Mag Bay 2020 is in the books and was one of the best if not the best annual Baja trip yet. La Nina affected the overall fishing, leading to less marlin and yellowtail tuna but the abundance of several other species of tuna, snook, dorado and grouper made for some very exciting action. Jeff de Brown of Reel Baja upped his program significantly with new accommodations and gourmet food. Joe Staller, Tom Horvath, Skip Culbert, Dave Weaver, Vince Deadmond and myself enjoyed 6 days of great weather, good fishing and great food…really lucky for saltwater fishing.
Skip…aka “Pappie” with beautiful 18 lb snook caught in the mangroves
Tom getting chummy with a mangrove grouper
A flock of frigates in the mangroves. When outside in the blue water, we look for these birds circling to locate baitfish. Find the baitfish…you find the game fish.
One of the nightly appetizers served by our gourmet chef, Crystal. We were served these every night, usually large enough that it could have been my entire meal
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Fished Sunrise Lake this morning and landed nice 16″-18″rainbows stripping Mega Simi Seal leeches…2″ Nice to feel the old Sunrise grab. No lake up here has a better strip bite than Sunrise. They eat it like they’re going 100 miles an hour…broke off the first couple on 3x. The bobber boys were doing even better.
Sorry for the lack of reports but I’ve been hitting Show Low and Becker and you can only do that same report so many times. All the rez waters are open now and I would imagine they are all fishing well with the lack of pressure on them early this season. Time to hit it. You don’t really know if they will stay open. It all depends on the number of new virus cases that show up.
Hit it while you can
Joe and Dick Brooks came up for a few days of cooler weather and some fishing. Hit Becker first morning and landed some very nice rainbows and a couple Tigers on #16 midges.
Hit Carnero the next morning to find a bunch of floating fish in the weeds and at least a dozen boaters on the very small fishable area with two more ready to launch. Decided to go hit Becker again. With Becker being Becker, the fish did not want to play with the same midge that day and we pretty much got spanked. Not the first time…won’t be the last.
Decided to fish Show Low the final morning and she came through for us again. Landed bluegills, green sunnies, walleye, catfish and of course some nice smallies…all on the Jiggly again.
Nice to have such a versatile fishery so close to home