By: Tommy P
When heading there from San Diego, I prefer the eastern border crossing (Hwy 7) because you can go around Mexicali instead of going through it. After picking up my FMM Visa (free for 7 day visits) I was on my way 120 miles south to San Felipe, a very scenic drive. Although the boat doesn’t leave until Sunday around noon, I like to drive down on Friday to enjoy the town a bit. You can actually load your things on the boat any time after noon on Saturday.
On Sunday, after a brief passport/VISA check, we were on our way south to the Midriff Islands. We arrived Monday morning. After the pangas were unloaded it was time to go fishing. Cabrilla action was pretty good, the biggest reported was 18 lbs. That afternoon saw wide open spotted bay bass and whitefish action. The surface temperature read 62 degrees.
By Tuesday morning we had moved further south to Isla San Esteban. Yellowtail picked up, 20 lbs. was the largest reported. Later in the season, the yellowtail get larger. By Tuesday afternoon we were further west, fishing Isla San Lorenzo. That brought more yellowtail, up to 17 lbs.
Just a little north to Isla Raza the wind picked up a bit, so did the Cabrilla fishing on Wednesday. A 20 lb., two 14 lb., and numerous Cabrilla in the teens were caught.
Before we knew it, it was Thursday and we were back to Pta Refugio (top of La Guarda), a stunning bay! Our panga had some of the best Cabrilla fishing I have ever experienced. My Tranx 300 on a Ter
ez rod with a Wax Wing Jr was the ticket for me. Several times everyone on the panga were hooked up at once. That afternoon we headed west to the coast. Yellowtail were caught up to 21 lbs., also the biggest Cabrilla of the trip at 22 lbs.! There were also numerous whales heading south – that was amazing!
Friday morning we were at our last stop, Gonzaga Bay. Usually this is where we bottom fish. An 85 lb. grouper was hauled on board. One angler was cut off using 400 lb. leader.
I am sure you can tell why this trip is called Tony Reyes Fishing Tours. The scenery is incredible, as well as the fishing.
Many thanks to Pete from Let’s Talk Hook Up for all the giveaways. The 2019 trip is scheduled to depart San Felipe on Sunday, May 5, 2019. All trips are handled and booked thro
ugh Longfin Tackle in Orange (715-538-8010). Find your way there and you will see what I am talking about.