Baja Trip - Dec 2014

Dan and I did a quick trip to the bottom of Baja and back.
Baja  This short trip was packed full of crazy. My buddy Dan and I drove the whole peninsula and back, fishing and camping all the way. My friend Al from San Diego joined us for some of the trip too. Dan's photos are geotagged so you can click the location icon to see where on the map the photo was taken.
1 This short trip was packed full of crazy. My buddy Dan and I drove the whole peninsula and back, fishing and camping all the way. My friend Al from San Diego joined us for some of the trip too. Dan's photos are geotagged so you can click the location icon to see where on the map the photo was taken.
IMG 1044  This was how things looked when I left White Rock!
2 This was how things looked when I left White Rock!
DSCN0554  We were on the water the end of the first day in Gonzaga Bay. Photo by DJL.
3 We were on the water the end of the first day in Gonzaga Bay. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0553  Blue-footed Boobies. Photo by DJL.
4 Blue-footed Boobies. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0558  My first day's bounty. Photo by DJL.
5 My first day's bounty. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0559  Dan nailed a HUGE trigger fish.
6 Dan nailed a HUGE trigger fish.
RSCN0635  Best stringer of the trip.
7 Best stringer of the trip.
DSCN0561  The Mexican Hogfish that I caught. Lots of teeth...  Photo by DJL.
8 The Mexican Hogfish that I caught. Lots of teeth... Photo by DJL.
DSCN0563  A coyote after the fish remains after the tide had went out. Photo by DJL.
9 A coyote after the fish remains after the tide had went out. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0572  On our way to Ensenada Alcatraz. Photo by DJL.
10 On our way to Ensenada Alcatraz. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0573  Sea lion skull. Photo by DJL.
11 Sea lion skull. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0574  Dan fell down...  while Al doesn't have a care in the world...
12 Dan fell down... while Al doesn't have a care in the world...
DSCN0577  Further south, looking at gulls in the marsh outside Guerro Negro. Photo by DJL.
13 Further south, looking at gulls in the marsh outside Guerro Negro. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0579  Brants. Photo by DJL.
14 Brants. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0581  Photo by DJL.
15 Photo by DJL.
DSCN0582  The large wetland along the river at San Ignacio. Photo by DJL.
16 The large wetland along the river at San Ignacio. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0584  Me and Al. Been travelling together for years. Photo by DJL.
17 Me and Al. Been travelling together for years. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0587  On Christmas Eve we were in Playa Coyote in Conception Bay. Lots of gringos camped out long-term, like a big family. That evening they had boats float by with Christmas lights which was kinda cool. :) They set out farolitos all down the beach. Photo by DJL.
18 On Christmas Eve we were in Playa Coyote in Conception Bay. Lots of gringos camped out long-term, like a big family. That evening they had boats float by with Christmas lights which was kinda cool. :) They set out farolitos all down the beach. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0589  Looking down the beach....  Photo by DJL.
19 Looking down the beach.... Photo by DJL.
DSCN0590  A small bonefish that Dan caught. Photo by DJL.
20 A small bonefish that Dan caught. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0592  A ladyfish that I caught. Photo by DJL.
21 A ladyfish that I caught. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0594  I also had a small trigger and a flat fish. This is also the last image of me with my old-growth beard! Photo by DJL.
22 I also had a small trigger and a flat fish. This is also the last image of me with my old-growth beard! Photo by DJL.
DSCN0595  This was a left-handed flatfish, so it wasn't the normal Baja California flouder we see. Photo by DJL.
23 This was a left-handed flatfish, so it wasn't the normal Baja California flouder we see. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0597  This is a cool video that Dan took of birds going after a bait ball of fish. The Blue-footed and Brown boobies especially were amazing to watch. Photo by DJL.
24 This is a cool video that Dan took of birds going after a bait ball of fish. The Blue-footed and Brown boobies especially were amazing to watch. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0600  Photo by DJL.
25 Photo by DJL.
DSCN0602  Photo by DJL.
26 Photo by DJL.
DSCN0604  Photo by DJL.
27 Photo by DJL.
MG 8326  This is Dan getting that video.
28 This is Dan getting that video.
MG 8330  The beach that we camped on at Ensenada Blanca.
29 The beach that we camped on at Ensenada Blanca.
MG 8331  The big resort to the south owned 95% of the beach...
30 The big resort to the south owned 95% of the beach...
MG 8332  But not this 5%.
31 But not this 5%.
MG 8333  Campo
32 Campo
DSCN0618  Too windy to fish, so we did some bird watching and herping. Photo by DJL.
33 Too windy to fish, so we did some bird watching and herping. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0619  The view north. Photo by DJL.
34 The view north. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0625  Nice Hooded Oriole pic, Dan! Photo by DJL.
35 Nice Hooded Oriole pic, Dan! Photo by DJL.
DSCN0627  I was planning to ID this plant, it was blooming all over southern Baja. Anyone? Photo by DJL.
36 I was planning to ID this plant, it was blooming all over southern Baja. Anyone? Photo by DJL.
MG 8350  One of many Cabo san Lucan Rock lizards we found in San Bartolo wash.
37 One of many Cabo san Lucan Rock lizards we found in San Bartolo wash.
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MG 8372  They are colorful...
39 They are colorful...
IMG 1050  At Hotel Los Pescadores in Los Barriles setting up a half-day charter. Patty treated us well, I recommend her place. (www.fisheastcape.com)
40 At Hotel Los Pescadores in Los Barriles setting up a half-day charter. Patty treated us well, I recommend her place. (www.fisheastcape.com)
DSCN0631  The next morning we're on the water before dawn. We were on a 23' super panga and our captain was Lavo. Photo by DJL.
41 The next morning we're on the water before dawn. We were on a 23' super panga and our captain was Lavo. Photo by DJL.
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IMG 1054  GOOD times! :)
43 GOOD times! :)
IMG 1055  Dan fighting one of several bonitas he caught.
44 Dan fighting one of several bonitas he caught.
DSCN0645  I didn't catch a lot of fish on this charter, but I had a hell of a good time! I caught a striped marlin!!! What a fun fight! Photo by DJL.
45 I didn't catch a lot of fish on this charter, but I had a hell of a good time! I caught a striped marlin!!! What a fun fight! Photo by DJL.
RSCN0692  A digital zoom, it's a wonder I didn't lose him with the line slack like that. Photo by DJL.
46 A digital zoom, it's a wonder I didn't lose him with the line slack like that. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0632  Photo by DJL.
47 Photo by DJL.
DSCN0646  Finally he was getting tired after about a half hour. Our captain, Lavo, asked if we wanted the meat or to let it go. I wanted the meat, so he gaffed it and brought it aboard. Photo by DJL.
48 Finally he was getting tired after about a half hour. Our captain, Lavo, asked if we wanted the meat or to let it go. I wanted the meat, so he gaffed it and brought it aboard. Photo by DJL.
IMG 1057  Right when he was brought on board.
49 Right when he was brought on board.
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DSCN0649  Me and my marlin! Photo by DJL.
51 Me and my marlin! Photo by DJL.
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DSCN0647  Quite a few remoras came off the marlin once on the boat. Photo by DJL.
53 Quite a few remoras came off the marlin once on the boat. Photo by DJL.
RSCN0689  Photo by DJL.
54 Photo by DJL.
MVI 3249  I took this video as we headed back at noon. What a trip!
55 I took this video as we headed back at noon. What a trip!
MG 8378  Woohoo!!!!!!!!!
56 Woohoo!!!!!!!!!
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DSCN0655  Dan's turn!
58 Dan's turn!
MG 8384  Time to make us some fillets! We left it at the hotel to freeze and we picked it up in the way home. We brought back about 28 pounds of marlin fillets. :)
59 Time to make us some fillets! We left it at the hotel to freeze and we picked it up in the way home. We brought back about 28 pounds of marlin fillets. :)
MG 8386  Oversaturated? Not really, it was pretty intense light that night at Los Frailles.
60 Oversaturated? Not really, it was pretty intense light that night at Los Frailles.
DSCN0659  I caught a lot of Orangeside Triggerfish at Los Frailles. We fished south of the border of the marine park. Photo by DJL.
61 I caught a lot of Orangeside Triggerfish at Los Frailles. We fished south of the border of the marine park. Photo by DJL.
IMG 3251  I think that I had a small grouper here.
62 I think that I had a small grouper here.
IMG 3252  My lunch spot.
63 My lunch spot.
DSCN0668  Dan did a lot of hiking today and caught a number of lizards. I'll include a few. Photo by DJL.
64 Dan did a lot of hiking today and caught a number of lizards. I'll include a few. Photo by DJL.
DSCN0670  Nice! Photo by DJL.
65 Nice! Photo by DJL.
DSCN0677  Another endemic. Photo by DJL.
66 Another endemic. Photo by DJL.
IMG 1065  We spent New Year's Eve in Cabo san Lucas. I didn't expect much, but by the end of the night my mind was blown!!
67 We spent New Year's Eve in Cabo san Lucas. I didn't expect much, but by the end of the night my mind was blown!!
IMG 1063  The crowds kept growing.
68 The crowds kept growing.
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IMG 1070  This is the last picture that I took. We had to get home quick so we drove 2 12-hour days to get back to Phoenix. What a fun, crazy trip!. Thanks for going with Dan and Al.
70 This is the last picture that I took. We had to get home quick so we drove 2 12-hour days to get back to Phoenix. What a fun, crazy trip!. Thanks for going with Dan and Al.