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Title: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on February 14, 2018, 05:46:20 PM
Got a house rented in los barriles  for march 16 to 23.  Gunna be targeting mainly dog snapper, AJ and Yellowtail but if the wahoo are around deffiantly going to make a trip out to the open waters. Also have pretty good odds of finding sierra and lepord grouper on shore dives from what i hear.   Did my homework for this trip on finding shore dive locations from the old timers and fingers crossed for some  nice weather. So far Joe ( dogpaddle) and Joe (abalonejoe)  are probably gunna be down  there.  Its going to be a low cost trip with the main expense being pangas which I plan on getting many days as possible. I got a  few bedrooms open still  If anyone wants to head down.


Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: 123ENGINEERING on February 14, 2018, 06:29:07 PM
You guys have a wonderful trip.  Hope I can join one of your trip near future.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on February 14, 2018, 09:33:38 PM
What house did you get?
One just up the road from Joes  house.   Like 5 houses to the south and on the water.

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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on February 14, 2018, 09:34:49 PM
You guys have a wonderful trip.  Hope I can join one of your trip near future.
Thanks, depending on where i transfer for school i would like to turn it into an annual trip so your welcome anytime in the future.

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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: the_derek on February 15, 2018, 09:24:08 AM
it on my calendar Ryan, ill keep you posted, just realized my passport expired this month. dammit. 
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on February 15, 2018, 02:19:34 PM
it on my calendar Ryan, ill keep you posted, just realized my passport expired this month. dammit.
Last year it only took my 20 days to get mine, i had to pay an extra 30 bucks though.   

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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: dogpaddle on February 15, 2018, 03:22:17 PM
it on my calendar Ryan, ill keep you posted, just realized my passport expired this month. dammit.
If your motivated you can go to the nearest government passport agency and get it taken care of immediately. I know theirs on in San Francisco not sure about Sac.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: the_derek on February 15, 2018, 03:42:10 PM
it on my calendar Ryan, ill keep you posted, just realized my passport expired this month. dammit.
If your motivated you can go to the nearest government passport agency and get it taken care of immediately. I know theirs on in San Francisco not sure about Sac.

expedited costs?
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: dogpaddle on February 15, 2018, 05:30:14 PM
it on my calendar Ryan, ill keep you posted, just realized my passport expired this month. dammit.
If your motivated you can go to the nearest government passport agency and get it taken care of immediately. I know theirs on in San Francisco not sure about Sac.

expedited costs?
Nope
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: dogpaddle on February 15, 2018, 05:31:21 PM
it on my calendar Ryan, ill keep you posted, just realized my passport expired this month. dammit.
If your motivated you can go to the nearest government passport agency and get it taken care of immediately. I know theirs on in San Francisco not sure about Sac.

expedited costs?
You can call to make appointment or just wait in line.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: dogpaddle on February 15, 2018, 08:29:41 PM
Got a house rented in los barriles  for march 16 to 23.  Gunna be targeting mainly dog snapper, AJ and Yellowtail but if the wahoo are around deffiantly going to make a trip out to the open waters. Also have pretty good odds of finding sierra and lepord grouper on shore dives from what i hear.   Did my homework for this trip on finding shore dive locations from the old timers and fingers crossed for some  nice weather. So far Joe ( dogpaddle) and Joe (abalonejoe)  are probably gunna be down  there.  Its going to be a low cost trip with the main expense being pangas which I plan on getting many days as possible. I got a  few bedrooms open still  If anyone wants to head down.
Tickets acquired. Can't wait!
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: the_derek on February 16, 2018, 09:05:40 AM
Got a house rented in los barriles  for march 16 to 23.  Gunna be targeting mainly dog snapper, AJ and Yellowtail but if the wahoo are around deffiantly going to make a trip out to the open waters. Also have pretty good odds of finding sierra and lepord grouper on shore dives from what i hear.   Did my homework for this trip on finding shore dive locations from the old timers and fingers crossed for some  nice weather. So far Joe ( dogpaddle) and Joe (abalonejoe)  are probably gunna be down  there.  Its going to be a low cost trip with the main expense being pangas which I plan on getting many days as possible. I got a  few bedrooms open still  If anyone wants to head down.
Tickets acquired. Can't wait!

Dude. Didn’t you hear about the hurricane coming in March??

hurricane derek.  ;D
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: TimBekk on February 20, 2018, 12:13:16 AM
I already made plans to go down to La Paz with my brother the 12th to the 16th otherwise I would try to join the fun. This is my first trip to Baja, I can't wait...hoping for good fishing and good visibility!
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on February 20, 2018, 08:41:36 AM
I already made plans to go down to La Paz with my brother the 12th to the 16th otherwise I would try to join the fun. This is my first trip to Baja, I can't wait...hoping for good fishing and good visibility!
Should be a good time, find some deep structure in 40 to 60 feet and hang out the fish will come to you,  let us know how vis and weather is. Goodluck

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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Diver Dan on February 25, 2018, 09:02:23 PM
I'm considering an April trip in that same area, staying at my friend's place which is kind of rustic but on the beach. I'd love to come down with you in March to get a feel for the area. I'm still recovering from broken ribs. I dove last weekend for the first time in 5 weeks but at best I was 50% ability.  So I might just be good as a boat hand/bar tender/chef. Still, would love to come down there and check it out. Keep me posted.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on March 24, 2018, 10:51:16 PM
Figured I'd give an update on the trip now im back home in the rain and fog.
The trip started off smoothly with my sporttube 3 getting down there with no oversize charge and all the guns intact. Rented a minivan and arrived at the house just in time for an evening dive to collect some parrotfish and golden trevally for dinner. 
Woke up the next morning the sunrise over the sea of cortez and headed up to punta pescadero for an early start. Within 20 minutes of getting in the water i was swarmed by sierra that seemed to never come within 20 feet of me. Finally I enticed one in with my throw flasher.  Was pretty stoked to land my first sierra and even more excited to eat it.

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Shorty after i was going around a wash rock in 7 feet of water and watched a big 15 pound grouper burst out of the rocks and into the blue, i tried to shoot but only sent my spear directly into the rocks.

Joe and Jake arrived that afternoon right as the wind started too pick up, we all jumped in right before dark to just test out gear. After about 10 minutes into the dive I saw a bunch of shiny fish around me but could make out was it was do too poor vis and low light, then i saw glimpse of yellow start to dance behind the flashes, i relized it was yellowtail but didnt have enough time to line up a shot before they were gone. Both Joe and Jake had similar expiriences and no one got a spear in the fish.

Woke up the next morning and headed north to a shore dive spot i found on google maps, what i didnt see on google maps was the gate that blocked the dirt road to the beach. So we ended up finding a spot and jumping in, and didnt see a shootable fish all day. At least we had left over sierra for dinner.
The next day we went out on a charter for wahoo. After an exciting drive down the wrong way on a few one way streets we arrived and headed out. 
The wind had picked up limmiting us pretty close to the harbor.  Didnt take long before a nice bull dorado came into my throw flasher and claimed the first trigger pull of my bluewater roller.

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Shortly after that i did a drop to about 65 feet and as i was laying on the bottom i saw a few sierra cruise by so i picked off the closest one.


Then after 2 houres of fishlessness the excitement started. Within minutes of resseting the drift I had a wahoo come check me out, I tried my best stay still and not look too much but he managed to stay just on the edge of my range and i decided to not pull the trigger. (  which i probably should have.)

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We all had opportunities but couldn't land a wahoo, the fish were smart and we were all using guns that we have never shot before so it made things a little difficult. Jake picked up a nice cow dorado and we headed in.

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The next day we planned on getting a panga but woke up to houling wind and a great loss of motivation from previous day in the water. So we took a drive and made the determination that we would be better off stopping by the tomale stand in downtown Los barriles instead of dealing with muddy rough waters by punta pescadero. Got back home and did a shore dive in front of the house and landed the biggest Sierra of the trip on a stone shot.


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Woke up to a glassy flat morning and bait working up and down the beach. Unfortunately for Joe and Jake they were getting ready to head off to their flight, i could see the pain in there eyes as i geared up and got in the water, unknowing of what the calm day could bring. Unfortunately i didnt change my go pro batteries so i would miss out on the videos.
Within 5 minutes of kicking out to the bait i saw 3 yellow tail fly by me and I didnt even have time to react. Then immediately after I saw some bait working and kicked that way, on guard with my gun up and ready to go I approached the bait and saw a small rooster crossing my vision. I passed on the rooster in search of the yellowtail.  As i kicked to the next bait ball I see a flash of green out of the corner of my eye and relize a small bull dorado is swimming right along my fins. I  splin around and compleatly miss a point blank shot and the dorado slowly cruises away while i watch in pain. The rest of the trip the thought of landing a dorado in 10 feet of water right off the back porch of the house both haunted and motivated me. I spent the next  6 hours of the day in the water and only got a small sierra to show for it. 

The second to last day conditions were equally as ideal except the bait was non existent. I tried some locations for grouper and came up empty handed for the  day except for 2 mid sized sierra.

As i woke up to my final morning in baja I opened the blinds and immediately was impressed by the amount of bait on the shore. I started packing my gear and saw large fish getting airborn in the bait. I walked out on the back yard and at first thought it was bonito and sort of shrugged it off in slight pain. Then I watched a 20 pound yellow tail leap fully into the air and reliezed all of those fish were yellow tail right off the beach. With limited time I grabbed my gun and frantically found my mask and floatline out of my carry on bag, I sprinted tword the beach and  jumped in without a wetsuit.  By the time I jumped in the water a panga had seen the birds and fish and slow trolled right over the school hooking up 2  medium sized yellowtail and spooking the rest away. I kicked out and saw nothing and returned to packing. Within 20  minutes the fish were back but the sport tube was packed beyond the point of no return.  We left the house watching the yellowtail and devil rays in full breach right off the beach.
Overall I had a lot of opportunity to shoot fish. I missed and didn't close the distance on a few nice fish but am still new to the baja game with big guns and clear water. Not many places you can wake up  to the  ocean sunrise every morning and watch the devil rays and yellowtail jumping from your bedroom. Even though we didn't nail the fish like we had planned we still all made the best out of every day we had and kept things positive and had a good time. I am defiantly motivated for another baja trip in the future.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: DG on March 24, 2018, 11:34:27 PM
Sounds like a fun trip.  Glad your new gun got some action. 
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: TimBekk on March 24, 2018, 11:43:41 PM
Wow, you really got into some fish, and I am amazed at the quality of fish right out your door. We were in La Ventana the week before. Shot alot of little stuff for meals. Did end up with a couple small pargo and a grouper. I had never had Pargo, but it is my new favorite. Two guys in our group saw yellow tail, but  no shots at yellow tail. This was my first trip down there, I hope to get alot more practice in SoCal before my next trip that far south.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: rluiz on March 25, 2018, 10:23:59 AM
Nice work Ryan! Way to stick it out there even after you missed a big fish. seems like you got a good experience run and will do great the next time with the knowledge you gained.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: dogpaddle on March 25, 2018, 03:01:08 PM
Ya, nice job Ryan. Without you we would of starved. Lol
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: 123ENGINEERING on March 25, 2018, 05:58:54 PM
Hi Ryan
Sounds like you had great trip.
Hope to get more details when we  get together next time.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: naturalSelection on March 25, 2018, 10:43:58 PM
nice write up Ryan! And good handy work with all those sierras.

I Had a blast and hope to get in on the next trip. I think we've all got Unfinished Business in Baja.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: dogpaddle on March 26, 2018, 02:15:00 AM
I think we've all got Unfinished Business in Baja.
So close!
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on March 26, 2018, 01:41:10 PM
nice write up Ryan! And good handy work with all those sierras.

I Had a blast and hope to get in on the next trip. I think we've all got Unfinished Business in Baja.
Yea im already feeling due for another trip,  haha to bad my schedule and bank acount say different

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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 10, 2018, 09:38:06 AM
Ok..... reading this.... im excited as shit cuz im going in may to pay my taxes..... i do hope that the wind dies down though...... the kite boarders scare me.....but i do hope the dorado are still there..... were you in the last house on the beach? If so probably Hanks place..... he said they were moving to Medford. Not going with anyone this trip so if anybody has time in May, let me know..... thanks
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on April 10, 2018, 10:04:19 AM
Ok..... reading this.... im excited as shit cuz im going in may to pay my taxes..... i do hope that the wind dies down though...... the kite boarders scare me.....but i do hope the dorado are still there..... were you in the last house on the beach? If so probably Hanks place..... he said they were moving to Medford. Not going with anyone this trip so if anybody has time in May, let me know..... thanks
I think you should be fine in may,  march is the windiest month from what i hear. and even when its houling it is still doable in front of your house, we were like 100 yards south of you in the yellow house with the pool . And i spent 90% of my time working up and down the beach where the rocks turn to sand in 20feet of water. Just keep and eye out for jumping bait at first light.  I found a decent  looking grouper spot with good structure that i can send you a picture of a few miles up the road if you want to check it out. 



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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 10, 2018, 10:46:22 AM
Sweet... anytime in may works..... would be nice if a couple others came to split the panga costs...... but we could just shore dive too..... oh and theres always that inflatable kayak for you haha
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Shark Slayer on April 10, 2018, 12:40:30 PM
If anybody is planning a trip mid June - mid Aug let me know.  Would be up for an "el cheapo" trip during these months.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 10, 2018, 06:40:23 PM
Sweet... anytime in may works..... would be nice if a couple others came to split the panga costs...... but we could just shore dive too..... oh and theres always that inflatable kayak for you haha

I think I’d rather paddle around on a floating outhouse door from Bakersfield.

How is the weather a tu casa en Mayo.
[/qui think hit or miss..... but i have to pay Lupe for fixing mi cerces!!! Jajaote]
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on April 10, 2018, 07:38:22 PM
Sweet... anytime in may works..... would be nice if a couple others came to split the panga costs...... but we could just shore dive too..... oh and theres always that inflatable kayak for you haha

I think I’d rather paddle around on a floating outhouse door from Bakersfield.

How is the weather a tu casa en Mayo.
[/qui think hit or miss..... but i have to pay Lupe for fixing mi cerces!!! Jajaote]
esas cerca son de primera calidad para baja
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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Diver Dan on April 10, 2018, 10:09:15 PM
Nice report! I plan on doing a trip to Palapas Ventanas next April.
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 11, 2018, 11:46:50 AM
Wow..... thats a long projection!!
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 11, 2018, 11:50:24 AM
Sweet... anytime in may works..... would be nice if a couple others came to split the panga costs...... but we could just shore dive too..... oh and theres always that inflatable kayak for you haha

I think I’d rather paddle around on a floating outhouse door from Bakersfield.

How is the weather a tu casa en Mayo.
[/qui think hit or miss..... but i have to pay Lupe for fixing mi cerces!!! Jajaote]
esas cerca son de primera calidad para baja
Jajaja(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/20dcecafe08695b4de703c3152439dbb.jpg)

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looks killer!!
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: MolonLabe916 on April 18, 2018, 10:38:20 AM
Is there a website for the house rental you used out there? How much was it per night?
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on April 18, 2018, 12:18:12 PM
Is there a website for the house rental you used out there? How much was it per night?
There's all kinds of houses  on air BnB

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Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: MolonLabe916 on April 19, 2018, 10:02:31 PM
Is there a website for the house rental you used out there? How much was it per night?
There's all kinds of houses  on air BnB

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Oh ok thanks. I forgot about that.   Have you ever been out there in August or September?  Is it still good shore diving that time of year or do the fish move out farther?
Title: Re: March Baja trip
Post by: ryang85 on April 19, 2018, 10:36:53 PM
Is there a website for the house rental you used out there? How much was it per night?
There's all kinds of houses  on air BnB

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Oh ok thanks. I forgot about that.   Have you ever been out there in August or September?  Is it still good shore diving that time of year or do the fish move out farther?
We went in august last year and it was pretty hot and lousy fish wise. The pelagics are in but fall and spring are best for divers  from what Ive been told.

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