MAK­ING THE TRIP

Sport Fishing - - FEATURES -

GET­TING THERE

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.

STAY­ING THERE

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.

FISH­ING THERE

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.

RESER­VA­TIONS/IN­FOR­MA­TION

Visit ce­droskayak­fish­ing.com (or 760-412-2507). Trips run from four to eight days (two to six full days of fish­ing, re­spec­tively).

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