MAKING THE TRIP
Anglers need only drive to San Ysidro, California, south of San Diego, or fly into San Diego, as we did, to overnight in a hotel where Mariani picked us up early the next morning. The Cedros trip begins there, with all transportation included in the package. Mariani or an associate drives guests and gear in a van through customs in Tijuana (where knowing the ropes truly made it much quicker and easier) to the airport in Ensenada. From there, Mariani will have booked seats on one of two daily flights to Cedros. The 1½-hour flight offers some fabulous views of Baja and the coast.
As noted, Mariani’s casita has four comfortable bedrooms for up to four anglers. Although they’re air-conditioned, I found the dry desert air cool enough most evenings to sleep with the AC off and the window open. In addition to providing all meals, Mariani offers juices, coffee and sodas — and water that Mariani describes as bottled-water quality via the filtration system from any tap in the house. We drank it accordingly and had no issues.
Anglers can fish from the 27-foot superpanga owned by the resort. However, we were all about kayak-fishing (so they used the panga to shuttle yaks and carry supplies for angler support and beach lunches). With their Vantage seats, comfortable on even long days, and Mirage Drive pedals, the Hobie Outbacks are superb fishing machines. Mariani has outfitted his kayaks exceptionally well indeed, including waterproof handheld VHF radios and Lowrance Hook-4 color fish-finder/GPS units (with hot spots already logged in!). Each evening, Luis and David wash down the kayaks, charge batteries and generally have everything ready to go for the following morning.
In the what-to-bring department, a few items I’d suggest:
• Some combination of baitcast and spin outfits to fish 30- and 50- to 80-pound braid. Note that Mexican law allows you to bring in a maximum of four rods. We had to leave our rod tubes in Mariani’s van since they’re not welcome on the Caravan, but the rods were handled carefully and suffered no issues.
• Plenty of lures, particularly swimbaits, surface irons and sinking irons (metal jigs). (Note that you can buy lures and rent tackle via Mariani’s Cedros Tackle shop.) Some sabiki rigs and, for fishing liveys, various circle hooks and sinkers would also be wise.
• A BogaGrip (preferably the 60-pound model, the largest) and highquality pliers (I used Rapala’s 9-inch double-leverage pliers).
• As a backup, perhaps a reliable handheld VHF (for example, my Icom M36 is waterproof and floats — good qualities for use on a kayak).
The flight from Ensenada allows 30 pounds of gear without incurring any excess baggage charge.
Visit cedroskayakfishing.com (or 760-412-2507). Trips run from four to eight days (two to six full days of fishing, respectively).