This was sent to me via email from a long time Tony Reyes fisherman and Longfin customer named Ed V. This is straight from Ed, I have copied and pasted his exact email.
At 5 AM Saturday May 2nd, I along with 11 other guys left Bakersfield in 4 cars headed for San Felipe as I have done every year for the past 22 years. Although there have been travel advisories in the past this time we had a double whammy, one for the violence we all hear so much about in Tijuana and Texas plus the new threat of the swine flu. Leading up to the trip there was alot in the news discouraging travel into Mexico so we didn’t really know what to expect, we just knew were going.
We had all purchased insurance a head of time on the internet so we didn’t have to spend time at the boarder. At about 1 PM we crossed at the old Mexicali crossing as usual. I think I saw two people that were wearing white masks at the time.
The drive through Mexicali was pretty normal and uneventful. The underpass project is now complete and there is no longer a detour which is nice. There was new signage to help guide you through and on your way to San Felipe.
Just before the El Dorado Ranch there is about a 5 mile strip of road construct where you have to drive on a sort of paved/dirt road but it’s not bad.
We arrived at the Mira Mar sometime around 4 PM and commenced our Saturday night ritual before heading out in the Sea of Cortez for a week.
The weather was great, a little hot and the ocean was very flat, as flat as I have ever seen it. We fished San Lorenzo but as we moved south the water kept getting cooler so we bypassed San Francisquito and headed back north to Refugio. While in Refugio my skiff landed 19 very nice cabrilla in one morning alone. Over all fishing was fair, I think there was close to 80 yellowtail caught about 90 cabrilla and close to 800 quality spotted bass. Of course there was the usually weird stuff and some giant squid. The big fish was Erik’s 38 pound grouper caught on a pink MirrOlure with Ruben, followed by Ron’s 24 pound yellowtail (Antonio), then a 19 pound yellowtail with Roman, another 19 pound yellowtail caught by the Long Beach boys (Victor), and then a 13 pound cabrilla also by the Long Beach Boys and Victor.
The journey home was just as uneventful as the trip there with a great fishing trip in between. As I mentioned earlier I a have been doing this for over 20 years and I am not sure what all the hoopla is all about. I am not saying there will never be any problems along the way but there wasn’t anything to make me believe that Mexicali or the trip to San Felipe was any less safe than it ever has been including the swine flu.
The beer was cold, the weather was great so go fishing!