By Melanie Lamaga, AKA La Jefa
Three of our clients arrived on our Fly from USA Package. Charles Cook, Marc Davis and Michael Leathers, aka, Team “The Three Gringos” participated in Cedros Island’s annual fishing tournament, and took third place. Congrats to them. REPRESEEEENT!
The rest of the group, on a 6-day trip headed by charter master Roger Eckhardt, also tallied impressive results. The calico bite is hot, with most of our anglers reporting catch and release of 50 or more per day in the 4-7 lb. range. Some even report 8’s and 9’s. They are having the best luck at San Augustin off the south part of the island, fishing with live bait, and a wide range of lures. Standouts include waxwings, Rapala long cast xrap 14, MC Bait’s 8” weedless, red and brown, Reeb’s Lures Kelp Assasins and Swimbaits, Hardbaits, MC Viejos, 1.5 oz Warbait Weedless Heads, and Mutant Tackle Spinner Bait. A number of anglers reported that Rapalla Xrap 30ft Magnum Bonita Pattern was the clear standout, getting hit again and again. If you need details about Reebs products, or advice about fishing calicos at Cedros Island, please call owner Mike Ryba with the most experience in the area.
Many of the guys were also getting limits every day on yellowtail in the 20-30 lb. range. One angler reported good luck trolling with X rap 30, bonita color, another angler reported success with tatty sea surface iron. Another panga reported getting more than 20 yellows (catch and release after limits, of course), 18 lbs. average, 80% on rapala, 20% on live bait and a couple on jigs.
The dorado have also started showing up over the past couple of days, with several anglers getting limits (2 per person, according to regulations, which by the way, we follow strictly) up to 11 lbs., using live bait.
Finally, Jordan Cavenaugh, a hardcore fly fisherman got impressive results: limits on yellowtail, more than 50 per day of “tanker” bass, and two big bonitas – all on the fly!
This group, as well as those upcoming this season, are filling our lodge and pangas to capacity for the next two months. But, our trip calendar show some open spots at the end of September and in October, which is usually good for yellowtail and calicos, plus some more dorado and maybe even fun football size yellowfin tuna. Or, take a look at our 2018 calendar. We are already booking, so reserve your preferred date before it gets full, and take advantage of our early bird specials.