Baja fishing trip begins with travel adventures
A couple of weeks ago I was down on Bajaand#8217;s famous East Cape, fishing with three friends from Tahoe City. We have been doing this each year now for a number of years.
The East Cape is a legendary piece of water in the Sea of Cortez located from Punta Pescadero to Los Frailes. This is about an hourand#8217;s drive northeast of the airport in San Jose Del Cabo.
We got a direct flight out of Sacramento to San Jose Del Cabo. From there we rented a car large enough to accommodate all of our gear. With fishermen, you always seem to have a large amount of gear.
Complicating matters this year was that fact that the airline that we were flying, Mexicana, had changed the baggage policy from the previous year. Instead of two bags free, we could only take one at 55 pounds, along with a personal carry-on item and another carry-on such as rods less than so many inches.
Compounding our weight limits was that fact that I had decided to take a cooler this year to try and bring back some fish. Two of my partners did it last year and were quite successful in bringing back some quality fish. They convinced my wife that I should do the same this year.
The trip down went smoothly, as I did not get charged for the cooler since my total weight was under the 55-pound limit for one bag. I was glad that I had taken the time to take out unnecessary gear from prior yearsand#8217; experience. We also found out that you are charged for the heavier of the two bags on the return trip. This is a good thing to know if you are planning to bring any fish home or doing a lot of shopping in Mexico.
Picking up the rental car has always been our single most challenging element. We ordered a mini-van. But when we arrived, once again we were not pleased to find that none was available. This had happened to us on prior visits as well. We did get a free upgrade to a larger two-wheel-drive Ford Explorer that was adequate for the four of us, and all of our gear.
By the time we arrived at our rental house in La Ribera, it was near 6 p.m. Fortunately, we did not have to prepare our dinner since we had hired the same cooks we had the prior year to prepare our meals. This year we prepared our own lunches and only had one breakfast on the first day prepared by them.
Traveling is always a challenge, but it was relatively smooth this year. Fishing, as we found out, would prove to be quite different than the prior year. Iand#8217;ll talk more about that next week.
and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.