graphic Baja report

alpinetrout

Banned or Parked
#16
Nice, nice, nice report and photos. Baja fishing always seems to be best during the heat of summer....
I like the summer because there aren't as many people, but it just depends on where in Baja and what you're targeting. Some of the most epic striped marlin fishing I've ever heard of took place on the Pacific side of Cabo last November.
 

flybill

Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!
#19
IBN, I think you need to plan another bachelor party and invite me along! :beer2:

Great report and pic's!! Especially the dolphin shot in mid-air! :thumb:
 

ibn

Moderator
#20
Thanks for the kind comments guys. I forgot to thank Anil from Puget Sound Fly Co. in my original post. It's not easy leading and organizing trips like he does. He's always quick to pass on fishing wisdom and dish out gear/flies when needed. It's great to have such a nice friend who also happens to run a fly shop!
 

Anil

Active Member
#25
How about some more info on the new xi3? How does it compare to the xi2?
The XI3 was very impressive. After fishing it for a couple of days I gave it to Ibn and “Hutch” to try. All three of us agreed that it had excellent power without any unnecessary stiffness. Comparing it to the 1090-4 XI2 it was much lighter and more responsive. It fought fish well and landed more than a few large Dorado and Sailfish.
I know all that sounds like copy for the catalog, but you don’t have to believe me, cast one when they come out.
I also got the chance to fish a new Waterworks “Vanquish” reel. Unbelievable would be the best description. At $899 I would expect nothing less, but that reel was worth every penny.
Anil
 

Richard E

Active Member
#26
Married?!? What a long hold out! Congratulations. Hey, I know; why don't you make your wedding an annual event so you'll have to hit Baja each year for your bachelor party!

With deference to Pez Gallo, but this is the best Baja report yet, HANDS DOWN! Your sailfish opportunities, that will be tough to duplicate, as you know. I've heard elsewhere that it's a banner year for sails in Loreto, and you confirmed it. Many of the other stories I've heard the guys trolled their flies to get 'em. Even though that obviously works, given a choice I'd much prefer to cast to them, which it sounds like you guys did . . . ? And, on ten weights!??!? Man, you're lucky you guys only broke one stick.

How many days were you guys there? What hooks did you use on those Shock & Awes, on the sailfish? Great stuff!

Thanks for sharing! Awesome, awesome trip.
 

Anil

Active Member
#27
Married?!? What a long hold out! Congratulations. Hey, I know; why don't you make your wedding an annual event so you'll have to hit Baja each year for your bachelor party!

With deference to Pez Gallo, but this is the best Baja report yet, HANDS DOWN! Your sailfish opportunities, that will be tough to duplicate, as you know. I've heard elsewhere that it's a banner year for sails in Loreto, and you confirmed it. Many of the other stories I've heard the guys trolled their flies to get 'em. Even though that obviously works, given a choice I'd much prefer to cast to them, which it sounds like you guys did . . . ? And, on ten weights!??!? Man, you're lucky you guys only broke one stick.

How many days were you guys there? What hooks did you use on those Shock & Awes, on the sailfish? Great stuff!

Thanks for sharing! Awesome, awesome trip.
Richard,

4 days of fishing.
Gamakatsu SL12 4/0 was the definite favorite for landing Sails while casting.
Out of respect to Pez Gallo we landed no Pez Gallo…:rofl::beathead:
Anil
 

Mingo

the Menehune stole my beer
#29
Epic & Awesome report and photos. Congratulations on the pending nuptials Ibn! Holy shit you have set the bar ridiculously high for trip reports with this one..............nicely done.
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#30
Mingo, you hit the nail on the head. In fact, let's call this trip report the standard. Other trip reports will be fractions of this ibn report. Great pictures, compelling story, amazing fish. How do you top that??

Steve
 

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