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6 Days on The Sea of Cortez
By: Ryan Christianson
When I was presented with the opportunity to go on the Let’s Talk Hook Up Tony Reyes trip I jumped all over it. I had never spent any time in that part of the Sea of Cortez and was really excited to get the opportunity to go down there. I told my dad about the trip and he and three of his buddies decided to book spots as well. Tom up at the Longfin makes booking a breeze, and provides a reasonably priced tackle package that will cover all of the basics if you don’t have anything.
On Saturday April 27 the five of us met up and loaded the truck for our adventures south! After a smooth border crossing at Mexicali we made a quick stop to pick up our Tourist Visas for the trip. Then we ventured down the 5 to San Felipe. After a beautiful drive through the Baja Desert we made it to San Felipe. The first stop we made was at the marina where the Tony Reyes was tied up to load up our gear and pick out our staterooms. I was very impressed by the cleanliness of the boat and the professionalism of the operation. My dad and I picked out an upper two-man stateroom that was very comfortable and roomy. Once all of our gear was loaded we headed back into San Felipe for the night. After checking in at one of the many reasonably priced and nice motels, we ventured down to the Malecon to soak up some of the San Felipe nightlife. After some delicious tacos and some cold ones we turned in for the evening. The next morning we headed back to the Tony Reyes to begin our adventure into the Sea of Cortez.
Once everybody was loaded onto the boat the drivers follow Tony Jr. back to his house where their vehicles are securely stored. Once the drivers returned it was time to depart the marina and head south to The Midriff Islands. That afternoon was spent getting gear together, shooting the breeze, and just enjoying the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. By the next morning we were at our furthest point south for the trip. At this time all of the pangas were unloaded from the mother ship and loaded up with your gear. As your gear is loaded into the pangas it is labeled so that the deck crew can easily load the proper gear into the corresponding panga for tor the rest of the trip. You don’t have to worry about anything other than loading yourself into your boat for the rest of the trip. The Cabrilla fishing was phenomenal for the entire trip. They are really fun a to catch and ate a variety of different lures. We caught them on plastics, Wax Wings, surface irons, and Rapalas. When fishing for Cabrilla heavy line is key because they know the rocks where they live and will do anything to get there. This makes them exciting to catch, but also taxing on your tackle. We caught a few Yellowtail for the trip, but I was told that the Yellowtail fishing gets much better as the water warms up. That was okay with me because the Cabrilla fishing was epic, and I had never caught them before. We also had very good Golden Spotted Sand Bass fishing. We caught most of these fishing yo-yo jigs in deep water. On our final morning of fishing the Sierra Mackeral and Corvina decided to show up in full force. They were eating surface irons and Krocodiles the best. I really enjoyed the style of fishing on this trip because it encompassed two of my favorite methods of fishing, plastics and surface iron. This trip is the inshore fisherman’s dream trip because the majority of the fishing is done next to breathtaking islands with plastics and surface irons.
Throughout the trip I was continually impressed by the professionalism of the Tony Reyes operation. You don’t have to worry about anything. All of your gear is loaded, unloaded, and washed for you. In my opinion, you can’t beat the value of a Tony Reyes trip. For $1095.00 you get to go on an all-inclusive trip that includes three top-notch meals a day, 4 and half days of fishing, all the soda, beer, and bottled water that you could drink, and fish processing. Everyday your catch is unloaded from the pangas and gilled and gutted. Then it is filleted and professionally vacuum packed and frozen for you. I was really impressed by the quality of the fish when I got it home. The crew on the boat was very friendly and the Pangeros were all skilled fisherman and put everybody on fish. I really hope everybody had as much fun as I did on this trip and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!
If you would like to join us next year, our Let’s Talk Hook-up 6 day trip aboard the Tony Reyes is scheduled for April 27 to May 2, 2014. The cost will be the same- an amazing value at $1095. Because of the great experience and incredible value, the trip books fast. So call the Longfin in Orange to secure your spot- 714-538-9300. Check www.tonyreyes.com for more details.