It had been awhile. About 20 years. I’ve been to Cabo Proper a couple of times since 1990, but it was nice to get back to the East Cape where the pace is considerably slower and hair-braiding is still reasonably priced.
Last week my friend Mike Siegman and I spent five days with guide Jeff DeBrown of The Reel Baja. The goal was to flick fur at roosters, goof around offshore, eat well, and shoot photos. We did all that and more.
Jeff runs a great program out of Rancho Leonero and he’s got the rooster-on-fly gig dialed in. Whether you chase them from the sand, or chum them up to a panga, he’s got a lot of years with those goofy rascals and the learning curve ain’t nearly so steep when he’s around. In addition to roosters, Jeff also runs trips for dorado, tuna, billfish and other pelagics. We had some fantastic striped marlin action and actually got one to eat the fly the traditional way…but…well…they’re marlin.
Thanks to Jeff for lining up some great fishing. To Mike for always being the patient poser and great boatmate, and to the hotel staff for recommending the doctor in Los Barriles who could arrange for an ambulance to San Jose del Cabo (just checking to see if anyone actually reads this).
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Evenings at Leonero
(L) A good bar (R) Mike Siegman
Haired up and hungry
Pointing down the man
The rooster dash
The rooster dance
Not Taco Bell
Striped marlin profile
Wishing Jeff was wearing a glove
Vaya con gallos, muchachos