Baja Road trip with The Kayak Fishing Show

Kirstin and Jim Sammons enjoying their Baja adventure.

Kirstin and Jim Sammons enjoying their Baja adventure.

I am just back from a fifteen day road trip down Baja with my daughter Kirstin and my good friend Sean White along with my videographers Will Richardson and Mike McKay. Our destinations for the trip were Bahia Magdalena and Cedros Island, but the trip was as much about the journey as these destinations. Our two thousand mile round trip was filled with fun, fish and some obstacles that only made the trip that much more memorable.

As I really don’t feel like writing a novel about the trip I will just share a photo journal of our adventures. With part one being from San Diego to Mag Bay and part two Cedros Island.

First stop, Ballast Point Brewery loading up on supplies.

First stop, Ballast Point Brewery loading up on supplies.

 

Getting some advise

Getting some advise

 

Testing a few

Testing a few

 

Choices made and loading up

Choices made and loading up

Beers picked out it was time to load up the truck and trailer for the trip.

New Shell, well old shell, and rack for the trip. These both really came in handy on the trip

New Shell, well old shell, and rack for the trip. These both really came in handy on the trip

 

Getting the gear sorted and loaded in the truck

Getting the gear sorted and loaded in the truck

 

Loved the Malone trailer for the trip for hauling four kayaks

Loved the Malone trailer for the trip for hauling four kayaks

Once past the boarder the first stretch of road is toll road that runs along the Pacific down through Ensenada, it really is a lovely drive.

Of course you can't do a Baja roady without stopping for some street food.

Of course you can’t do a Baja roady without stopping for some street food.

There are some very cool stretches of road through the desert.

There are some very cool stretches of road through the desert.

Some very cool small towns

Some very cool small towns

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People to see

People to see

awesome scenery

awesome scenery

and the occasional oasis

and the occasional oasis

The roads are narrow and not always in great conditions so take your time and enjoy the journey.

A quick stop made to get some of our beers on ice. People would always stop to ask us about the kayaks.

A quick stop made to get some of our beers on ice.

 

Not sure how we forgot to get the beer on ice before we left

Not sure how we forgot to get the beer on ice before we left

A full day of driving found us in Guerrero Negro, which in the right season is the hot spot for whale watching. The next day we continued the final push to Mag Bay.

Of course more food stops needed. This one for "The Best Burger In Baja"

Of course more food stops needed. This one for “The Best Burger In Baja”

 

And this impromptu stop on the Sea of Cortez for an amazing sea food cocktail.

And this impromptu stop on the Sea of Cortez for an amazing sea food cocktail.

Finally arriving in Mag Bay we met up with Mag Bay Outfitters and unloaded the gear.

Sean White and our Host Bob from Mag Bay Outfitters

Sean White and our Host Bob from Mag Bay Outfitters

 

Unloading and getting our gear ready to fish

Unloading and getting our gear ready to fish

Our camera and support boat for the trip

Our camera and support boat for the trip

The fishing inside of Mag bay was mostly smaller fish, Spotted bay bass, Corvina and Halibut, nothing big but good numbers and fun fishing.

Corvina

Corvina

 

Kirstin of course gets the biggest Corvina

Kirstin of course gets the biggest Corvina

 

Fishing the Mangroves

Fishing the Mangroves

We wanted to spend more days fishing outside the bay but the winds kept us inside for all but one morning. The day we did get out it was big rolling swells and plenty of wind. We hooked several big grouper but these fish knew how to find structure and shake a hook so we only landed one.

Ready to head off shore

Ready to head off shore

 

It was actually a bit chilly out there

It was actually a bit chilly out there

 

A nice Grouper caught and released

A nice Grouper caught and released

The town where we stayed is a fishing village with most of the people there involved in commercial fishing for both fin fish and lobster.

Of course a hard day of fishing deserved a great meal and good beer.

Of course a hard day of fishing deserved a great meal and good beer.

We had a blast in Mag bay but it was time to head north to Cedros Island. More about that part of the trip in the part two of our Baja Road trip.

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