On Feb. 9, 2007, five of us from Bakersfield, California, embarked on a beautiful journey to a little Mexican coastal fishing town by the name of San Quintin, Baja California.
Fishing with me on this Baja trip were Marton Lightner, Manuel Gutirrez, James Pruitt, and Tony Borado.
We left California at 1 a.m. Friday to arrive in San Quintin around 10 a.m. to enjoy the day with the locals and imbibe in a few cold ones
We stayed with Tito at Tito's Pangas. He has 3 nice rooms located right down from the San Quintin launch ramp.
We went out fishing with Captain Roman on Saturday and scored as soon as we hit the bay for the bait. We were pulling up 4 to 5 bait fish at a time.
We filled up 3 large ice chests on Saturday, returning that afternoon to Tito's to have his first mate skillfully fillet out each and every fish, to our amazement in about 30 minutes. We bagged the fish up and sent them off to the freezer.
We went down to visit the Old Mill Hotel for a few more and a delicious dinner, then early to bed for we still had Sunday to fish again.
We awoke early Sunday morning to the aroma of food cooking, only to be disappointed it wasn't for us for during the night another group of gentleman from Orange County showed up for the third room at Tito's. They were up a bit earlier than us to do some goose hunting at San Quintin, and from what we heard they did well with Tito as their guide.
Fishing on Sunday, we stopped again in the beautiful bay of San Quintin to fish for bait. We headed out to the San Quintin 240 fishing spot to try our luck at the tuna to no avail, only finding a little rain along the way, so we returned to our lucky spots that had proven themselves the day before and scored again, on all the reds, whites and lings that were still around, along with a few large culprits that disembowel your catch to enjoy their snack and our humility at losing to them. We had 3 different seals following us around, first, one by himself scoring 3 to 4 fish, so we moved off only to find 2 more seals following us around and having their free lunch on us.
I have to admit there is nothing more exciting than to have a nice fish on and feel it pulling away then have something even larger grab it and remove 200 more feet of line in less then 60 seconds making you think you might have gotten the biggest fish in your life only to feel it let go and you come up with only the head of its morning snack.
We only have one thing left to do and that is to return and do it all over again.