April 2017 By TommyP
Wow, another year has passed and it is once again time to act as Charter Master for the 2017 Tony Reyes fishing trip out of San Felipe, Mexico. I drove down Friday thru the Eastern border crossing, something I recommend as you don’t have to go thru downtown Mexicali. After picking up my FMM visa I was on my way 120 miles south to San Felipe, a very scenic drive.
You can load your stuff on the boat Saturday from 10 AM on. It saves the hassle of doing it all on Sunday as Tony tries to leave the dock by noon on Sunday for the 200 mile ride down to the Midriff Islands. Usually we are at the fishing grounds by 9-10 AM on Monday. Small Yellowtail (5 to 15 lbs) and plenty of Cabrilla was the ticket for that morning. The afternoon bite seemed to bring a little more variety of fish caught, Pinto Bass, Pargo, Whitefish to name a few, nothing of any size.
Tuesday afternoon at San Lorenzo Island brought the best Cabrilla fishing I have ever experienced! We caught them on the troll and casting (my favorite), they just bit. There was also a 32 lb Yellowtail and an 18 lb Cabrilla landed that day.
If you have ever been on any of these trips you know it is Tony’s MO to fish a different island in the AM and the PM. That is what makes this trip so unique.
Wednesday brought a couple of nice YT (30 lbs). I also caught two 15 lb Cabrillas on my new Tranx 500. Sorry if I forgot to mention the weather, it was flat calm with no wind through Thurs day evening. By then we were working our way back north. We did manage to catch some Bonita for bait for Friday’s morning session. After motoring that evening we ended up at the Enchanted Islands in Gonzaga Bay, wow that place is beautiful! With the wind picking up we ended fishing Friday about 10 am and started to head back to San Felipe.
Another amazing trip is all I can say. Many thanks to Pete and Ricky from Let’s Talk Hookup. Also Tom Ward from Longfin Tackle Store. Tony and his crew bend over backwards to make sure everyone has what they need and most importantly, a great time. If you haven’t done this trip you really should look at it, there are numerous fisherman who return year after year to fish with Tony. I am becoming one of those fisherman.
The 2018 trip is scheduled for Sunday April 29 thru Friday May 5. Longfin Tackle(714-538-9300 in Orange, CA handles all to bookings.
“Let’s Go Fishing