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Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico - Mothership Charter - December 2007

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Joined: 06/10/2002
Posts: 7808
 posted 09/22/2007 10:36 PM  

Magdalena Bay or "Mag Bay" is a pristine,
140-mile long system of hidden fish-filled mangrove lined channels,
shallow open bays, wide sand beach flats, and six navigable openings to the Pacific Ocean,
with quick access to some of the best fall offshore big game fishing along the west coast of North America.

Fish species encountered in the lagoons and mangroves are:
Snook, Broomtail Grouper, Sierra Mackerel, Halibut,
Pargo/Snappers, several species of Corvina, Pompano,
several species of Jacks and numerous other assorted fish.

At the entrances to the bay the following are caught:
Yellowtail, Cabrilla (Leopard Grouper), Roosterfish, Large Groupers and many of the species listed above.

The real jewel in the area is Thetis Bank which is 18 miles offshore.
During a six week period, usually starting in mid November,
there is a massive pile up of fish on this bank.
Yellowfin tuna, Mahi Mahi and Wahoo can be found in large numbers.
Some years all three, other years more of one than the others.
Lots of top water activity with fish crashing baits on the surface.

Striped Marlin are found in enormous numbers as well,
and this area during this time of year is considered the number one Striped Marlin spot in the world.
Last years trip they were running away from the Marlin so they could catch some Mahi to put in the fish box
as the Marlin are released unless mortally injured.

Bottom fishing is also available on the bank, ranging from 120-180 feet deep.
Most do not bottom fish as they are busy targeting the Pelagic fish,
but those who have tried have been rewarded with larger grouper in the 30-50 pound class.

This trip is currently in the final stages of planning,
and should be finalized in the week or so.
This is not an official sign up thread,
but an thread to determine who would be interested and available to go on this trip.
As the trip is 70 days away, once finalized we will have to act quickly.

Trip Dates:
Depart - Nov 30 or Dec 1
Return - Dec 8 or 9

Trip length is not set yet, but will be 7-9 days,
with 6-8 full fishing days.

{There is a possibility of a second charter from Dec 8/9 - 15/16,
so if the first set of dates does not work for you,
let me know if you are interested in the second charter.}

Meeting point will be CABO SAN LUCAS on the same day as we depart.
I will arrange for a charter bus to bring the group to San Carlos where the mothership will be waiting.
From San Carlos it is a short 4-5 hour steam to the staging/fishing area.

At this point we are not sure if there will be a second charter the week after ours.
If not, then we will do a ride down from Mag Bay to Cabo San Lucas and depart the boat the morning of our departure date.
If there is a second trip,
I will arrange for charter bus transportation for the return as well.
I am trying to arrange it so NO overnight stay will be required in Cabo.
If you want to spend some time in Cabo, there are several good hotels for $100 night.

Mothership - The Andrea Lynn
This is the same mothership we used for the Midriffs trip this year.
Ten Fully air conditioned staterooms, each with their own bathroom.
Fully air conditioned galley that seats 35 people in comfort,
with full time bartender on board.
This trip will be all inclusive with no charge for beer or alcohol.

Fishing - Two anglers per panga.
They can accommodate three anglers by your choice,
plenty of room, 26 foot pangas with 75hp motors.

Food - You will eat like a king on this trip.
The same chef as the Midriffs trip, Poncho is on board and his food is delicious.
Besides the usual dishes he creates,
I will upgrade our trip with lobsters, shrimp, abalone, and scallops purchased from the local divers.
If the Costco in Cabo has a good selection of meat,
I will get some Rib Eye steaks like I did for the Midriffs trip.
You will gain some weight on this trip Smile

Other Activities- The Andrea Lynn is a PADI Certified dive boat, with dive master on board.
There is a full compliment of diving equipment and tanks for your use.
Also snorkeling gear and spear guns.
There are good amounts of tropical fish in these waters similar to what you might see in Hawaii.
Bottom is littered with spiny lobsters.

Four Big Game Angler Ocean Kayaks are on the ship if you choose to use them for fishing or exploring.
Besides the beaches, islands and mangroves to explore,
Mag Bay is the calving ground for the Grey Whales.
November/December is when they begin to arrive in big numbers,
you will see them breaching in the area often,
and if you are lucky might have some come up to the boat for a visit.
Mag Bay is internationally known for its whale watching trips this time of year.

Trip Cost - This is a very affordable trip.
Even for a can collecting Piker Wink
I have arranged special discount pricing for this charter.
You will not find a better value for your fishing dollars.
Contact me by PM for more information.

Questions - Please post any you might have on this thread.

Want to come - Please post which week and how many spots you would be interested in.

I will update this thread with some more information about the fishing and other activities available.

Here is a link to articles on Mexfish about Mag Bay:
Mag Bay


Some pictures from last years trip

This post edited by HungryJack 11:32 AM 09/26/2007

Joined: 09/15/2004
Posts: 116
 posted 09/22/2007 11:19 PM  

What a Excellent Xmas gift to myselfup

Thanks for all the Info JackShades shouldnt be as Hot as June

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Posts: 21753
Location: Henderson, Nevada
 posted 09/22/2007 11:26 PM  

In typical Jack form you deliver the goods once again.
Simply amazing.up
Thank you.

Joined: 06/10/2002
Posts: 7808
 posted 09/22/2007 11:41 PM  

The Fishing

We will fish a combination of inshore and offshore on this trip.

Offshore on the days the weather will allow us,
and inshore on the windy days.

Offshore will be at Thetis Bank and several other smaller banks inshore of Thetis for the Pelagics.
Bottom fishing is available at the same banks,
as well as some shipwrecks and reefs in the area.
There should be plenty of birds and fish on top to follow around
and throw poppers and jigs at.
Trolling will put large amounts of fish into the boat,
and will also help locate fish, then you stop and jig.

Inshore fishing is varied, from mangrove fishing in small canals and bays, to lagoons, mangrove channels, flats, bay entrances, ricky shorelines, wash rocks, tidal beaches and more.
If you like to fish light tackle or fly fish,
this area would be considered heaven Smile
A good book about the potential this area holds:
Guide to Fly Fishing Magdalena Bay

Although heavier tackle should also be considered as Broomtail grouper in the mangroves are in the 10-20 pound class,
and were unstoppable last year on the lighter stuff.

They also fished a shallow sand beach with crystal clear water.
Drifting in about 5-6 feet of water they did a number of the Halibut in the area.
Not the monster size of far north, but good numbers of 3-10 pound fish that they would watch taking the bait and lures.
The divers on the trip snorkeled the same beach in 3 feet of water and speared the Halibut with their dive knives.

Inshore fishing also occurs around the mouth of the entrances to the bay and along the shorelines.
Most of the same fish we catch in the Midriffs will be found at these locations, and many from the inshore list above.

Basically as on all of these trips,
you are in charge in your panga.
The guide will fish the way you want,
or leave it up to him and he will do his best to put fish in the box for you.

When we fish offshore, the mothership will steam from the bay to the bank in the early morning.
After breakfast, or take it to go with you, hop into the panga and fish a morning session until noon or so when you return for lunch.
Then get back into the panga after lunch and fish until dark and return to the mothership for dinner.
You can hunt the pelagics or bottom fish.
After fishing, the mothership will return to Mag Bay for anchorage overnight.

At night we make live bait from the mothership,
and you can fish from it as well.
There is a possibility I might be able to arrange a night fishing trip for one of the evenings.

There is also World Class SURFING opportunities in the area.
So bring your long board Smile


Joined: 01/31/2006
Posts: 220
 posted 09/25/2007 10:51 AM  


Please keep me in the loop on this! The 8/9 - 15/16 would probably be easier for me, but I'll take either date.

Thanks for all the effort!

Puffer Pounder

Joined: 10/10/2001
Posts: 5514
Location: Cape Coral, Fl. was LI for 52 Yrs
 posted 09/26/2007 10:46 AM  

Has my interest for sure, Keep us posted with $$$ amount.

Joined: 10/10/2001
Posts: 5514
Location: Cape Coral, Fl. was LI for 52 Yrs
 posted 09/26/2007 11:15 AM  

Just ran it passed the wife and I am IN!!!

Now the airfare, Roll

Joined: 12/02/2001
Posts: 2370
Location: Lake Grove, N.Y.
 posted 09/26/2007 07:25 PM  

What kind of temperatures can be expected? And also I am assuming that you bring your own tackle.

Joined: 06/10/2002
Posts: 7808
 posted 09/26/2007 10:33 PM  

Air temperature 60-85
Water temperature 70-78

Tackle - A basic selection of rods and Penn reels are available.
Good to fill in gaps in your own assortment of rods,
but I would suggest bringing your own tackle.

Dive equipment is all brand new on the boat.


Joined: 10/10/2001
Posts: 5514
Location: Cape Coral, Fl. was LI for 52 Yrs
 posted 09/27/2007 01:07 PM  

The first week would be better for me.up

Joined: 12/15/2001
Posts: 6217
Location: High and Inside
 posted 09/28/2007 09:05 PM of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas left on this earth!

Thanks Jack for posting this trip.

Anybody that hasn't read the reports from our previous trips to BAJA....let me clue you in. These are the most enjoyable, fishing crazy trips I've ever been on. Period!

From the food...

To the accomodations...

To Jack's planning...

To the low cost....

To the location....

To the 'antics', lol Toungue

To the boats and crew....

To the guys you fish with...

And most of all:

TO THE FISHING!!!!!!!!!!!

This is gonna be another 'trip to remember'.

What a beautiful spot....I'm ready for a new adventure!

Thanks Jack, can't wait.


Joined: 12/15/2001
Posts: 6217
Location: High and Inside
 posted 09/28/2007 09:42 PM's the inshore spots I wanna hit on day one. lol Shades


Joined: 12/20/2005
Posts: 533
 posted 09/30/2007 05:25 PM  

Three of them look like outdoor bars........I want to go with youShades

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Posts: 533
 posted 10/10/2007 06:35 AM  

I sure hope that this trip can looks like a blast.

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