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So I'm heading to east cape baja  in November and have to buy all new gear for the trip.  All I have in my arsenal is a spin fisher V4500ll and my surf perch rig. The problem I'm running into is all the  rods and reels for baja fish seem very overkill for California. Especially for a guy who only fishing  California saltwater for once a year.  I mostly fish for Cats and stripers. and they always seem to be under 5lb.

So do you recommend going to baja with gear that's a little light and Rent for heavy? or buy heavy for baja and come back a little over kill.  The diawai Saltist 6500 I was looking at for surf fishing is a monster reel by California standards isn't it?

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East cape has the potential for some big fish from the surf. Comparing it to California is a bad idea as most of the species dont even come to California. Can you be more specific on what you are trying to do?

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rancho leonera

 

Looks like you can get rental tackle for the surf as well as the boats will provide tackle,I would contact them and see what the surf rental gear is first.   Your best bet would be to bring lures and terminal tackle and use their rods / reels. 

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Agree with Surf Hunter. I go down to Loreto Baja annually and learned on my first trip that my heaviest gear was too light down there for the fish. Had a coastal lock snap swivel rated for 60lbs straighten out like a pin on a large bull dorado. I would take some lures and maybe some florocarbon leader material in the 80-100lb range. Lures I take with me are some Jigging Irons, few tuna or sailfish skirts, a few Cedar plugs and a few large topwater poppers. Your best bet is to rent gear, rods, reels and terminal tackle while you are down there. Good luck on your trip and enjoy the fishing! 

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Agree with Surf Hunter. I go down to Loreto Baja annually and learned on my first trip that my heaviest gear was too light down there for the fish. Had a coastal lock snap swivel rated for 60lbs straighten out like a pin on a large bull dorado. I would take some lures and maybe some florocarbon leader material in the 80-100lb range. Lures I take with me are some Jigging Irons, few tuna or sailfish skirts, a few Cedar plugs and a few large topwater poppers. Your best bet is to rent gear, rods, reels and terminal tackle while you are down there. Good luck on your trip and enjoy the fishing! 

 

don't forget silver.... i repeat, silver #1 and #2 live bait hooks for the sardinas you will be using.  Bring rubber core sinkers in various size from 1/4oz to 3oz.    Honestly, most of the fishing is done with 30lb live bait rods and reels, if your gonna buy, get a good 30lb outfit loaded with mono (a lot of the panga captains despise braid) and get, florocarbon in 30, 40 and 50lb and you will be golden from the boats.  anything bigger for trolling plumas (feathers or big eye jacks), the boat gear is A-oaky and you will be fine.   

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We all know how particular we are with reels amd the condition of most rentals.My preference would be to take down my own reel(s) and rent the rods. I'm pretty sure the reels that are used down there will be useful up here.

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I have been fishing down at Rancho for several years. I will PM you my number and I can give you the low down. I also may have some gear that you can use or sell to you.

Lee

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You are headed to a really cool place!

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As for gear, Odasan's advice on taking only your reals is good thinking. Rancho has plenty of rods and not taking yours eliminates you having to tote a rod tube on the plane.

 

Because God knows you wouldn't want to take too much S*** on the plane!

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Girlfriend is not-so-subtlely hinting that we had better be scaling down the load next time! :D

 

 

And Rancho is a great place to do some serious shore fishing, lots of structure, reefs, etc…the beach out front and the mile to the south reminds me a bit of a sort of Disneyland for fishermen.

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Although when a front comes through….I'd think about getting off the beach! That's a bolt of lightening over my shoulder and I was standing on that beach about 5 minutes before this photo was snapped. And it was gorgeous weather 10 minutes before that….the boats they were launching disappeared into the fog and then magically reappeared heading lickety-split back to the dock!post-26566-0-13756900-1473389685.jpgpost-26566-0-23109000-1473389717.jpgpost-26566-0-74443000-1473389753.jpg

 

And I'd throw some stuff that has some blue in it….one of my biggest hits came on a fly 'n bubble rig with a blue and white 3.5 inch hoochie. And having some squid stored in Rancho's walk in freezer isn't a bad idea either for both off the shore and the boat. We brought a case down on the plane and it was still frozen solid when we got there hours later. And at night, a little squid fished in the hole right out front between the reef and the dock, seemed to attract Triggerfish up the yin yang. And those same Triggers, if delivered up to the bar/restaurant will get turned into some darn good Ceviche while you are still fishing!

 

Good people there and a fun spot to hang out whether you a fishing fanatic or not….

 

Enjoy your trip and good luck!

Tom

 

 

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Ok, fish pics….no shots of anything off the shore though, never had the gumption to take the camera with us while fishing in the surf. Caught a lot of these guys from the beach, one that was a pretty hefty dude….

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This was the fish of the trip….she hooked it on a live Caballito. We fished a Dorado tournament the next day and the winner was a few lb's shy of Katie's fish! :eek:  post-26566-0-17619200-1473451374.jpgpost-26566-0-71945500-1473451427.jpg

 

And don't mess with her during the middle of a fight…..seriously!   :dismay:

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Two happy campers! Was a chaotic fight, hooked on 30lb gear...

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Last part of the last day of our trip…. :shaky:

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Lucky cat named Blackie hangin' out at the fish cleaning station!

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Lucky cat named "Lucky" hangin' out at the bar! :howdy:

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More fish pics! :D

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