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Subscriber Mark G. Rubin has good things to say about a trip with Baja Flyfishing Company this past June to the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, where he fished the East Cape region of the Sea of Cortez. “We boated at least 15 roosters on two of the days we fished, and eight to 10 on most other days,” he writes, going on to note they caught nine species of fish in all, including roosters, marlin, dolphinfish, jacks, African pompano and ladyfish. “The fishing is exceptional in this area, with an incredible variety of species available.”

He gives the lodging and food a good rating, while rating the guides and equipment excellent: “Logistically, this is an easy trip to make. Baja Flyfishing Company even arranges to pick you up at the airport. All your food is included at the hotels (Punta Colorado and Palmas De Cortez). Lunches are delivered to your boat. Although the captains speak limited English, the guides (Mike Rieser or John Matson) are American and very capable of handling any questions or concerns even if you don’t speak a word of Spanish.”

According to Rubin, all fishing was done from a ‘super panga’ – that is, a modified center-console boat with a retractable top for shade and a 100 to 140 hp outboard. He describes multiple hook-ups daily on rooster- fish, mostly made by teasing the fish up and then chumming with live sardines. Other times they sightfished to “busting” roosters. Marlin and dorado were taken by trolling them up to the boat with teasers, including trolling flies, then fly casting to the fish behind the boat.

Rubin notes that the weather definitely cooperated while they were fishing: “We fished for seven days and every day was 90-degrees-plus. Most days were very calm with two- to three-foot seas and some mild wind in the morning that picked up in the afternoons but never too strongly to create a problem with casting. The water was beautiful, clear and in the mid 80s.”

Rubin concludes that the trip was “…like fishing with your Dad when you were a kid except now you don’t get yelled at.” He gives the cost as $5,000 for two people.

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