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LosLocos Mag Bay Puerto San Carlos

Location: Puerto San Carlos.

Fishery:The off shore ecosystem that is fed by the nutrient rich water that pours out of the Bay is even more exciting and dynamic then its inshore counterpart. The Pacific Ocean, immediately outside the Bay is teaming with massive bait balls, hungry pelagic fish species, and plenty of deep water bottom topography to provide habitat for a myriad of species. The notable ocean floor structures include the continental shelf, Thetis Bank, Pinnacle Rock, and Petrel Bank, all easily accessible from Los Locos’ base out of Villas Mar y Arena Eco Hotel in Puerto San Carlos.

Accomodations:Los Locos has partnered with a local Eco Hotel, Villas Mar y Arena. For lodging they provide anglers with 2 palapa style villas that are on the water with panoramic views of Magdalena Bay. Each villa has 2 comfortable beds, a television, hot water, wifi, and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the property guests can enjoy a full service bar and restaurant with a relaxing outdoor patio on the water fit for enjoying a drink as the sun sets.

The Story

What started 4 years ago as a once-in-a-lifetime surf/fishing trip has developed into much more. In 2016, a group of friends from Wyoming made their way south towing a 19-foot Boston Whaler (The Black Pearl) with dreams of sunshine, salt water, big fish, and new experiences. For the entire month of November, the team traveled without a plan up and down the Baja peninsula fishing and surfing as much as possible. Through conversations with locals and a lot of trial and error, they got on fish and made some unforgettable memories but when the trip was over there was still a desire for more. They felt as though they hadn’t reached the potential of what Baja had to offer.

For the next year, the boys re-read their notes from the year before, looking into the different bits of information that they had picked up from all sorts of people throughout their preliminary trip. “Magdalena Bay” was a name that came up a few times, and based on fish migrations and fishing reports it seemed like the right place to be for the month of November. With that, they had their plan for year 2: Mag Bay or bust!

After 40 hours of driving split over 3 days, the boys arrived with The Pearl to Puerto San Carlos in Magdalena Bay. They stopped at the first place in town that had food and beer which happened to be Villas Mar y Arena where the boys were greeted by the owner, Fito Gonzalez. After some great food and a few beers, Fito offered the boys a place to pitch their tent right on the water in front of his hotel, but he didn’t want money he wanted fish. Now the pressure was on!

The first day offshore made the whole trip worth it. Within a few hours, the boys had encountered numerous schools of marlin and wahoo attacking bait balls and managed to get a few in the boat. It was at that time that they knew they’d found something special. Throughout the remainder of that month, the team decided there was no reason to leave Magdalena Bay, so they remained there in their tent on the beach fishing as much as possible.

Accommodations: Los Locos has partnered with a local Eco Hotel, Villas Mar y Arena. For lodging they provide anglers with 2 palapa style villas that are on the water with panoramic views of Magdalena Bay. Each villa has 2 comfortable beds, a television, hot water, wifi, and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the property guests can enjoy a full service bar and restaurant with a relaxing outdoor patio on the water fit for enjoying a drink as the sun sets.

Foods:
All food and drink, excluding alcohol, is included with your fishing package.
Breakfast: Traditional American and Mexican breakfast menu
Lunch: Anglers have a choice between burritos and sandwiches accompanied with snacks, water, soda, and fruit
Dinner: A variety of local seafood, vegetables, and meat. We have a rotation of local restaurants that we love to support in town.

Season: Fall Season: October – January (marlin and offshore season) | Spring season: May- July (roosterfish, snapper and inshore) 

Capacity: Fall Capacity 12-15 Guests per week. |  Spring 4-6 Guests Per week

Gear Guide

Marlin Flies

  •   Features

    • Great for big predators snacking on Mullet
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15
    • #2/0 3″ long with weedguard; #3/0 5″ long
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  • Features

    • A GT baitfish fly made for the biggest baddest fish in the ocean.
    • Oversize eyes for predior fish to key in on.
    • 6″ long in size.
    • Strong eyes made to withstand a GT bite.
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  •   Features

    • Great for offshore and freshwater predators
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15
    • Approx. 5″ long
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    • Great for offshore and freshwater predators
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SL12S
    • Approx. 8″ long
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  • Features

    • Oversized eye that big GT’s Key in on.
    • Fully body fly.
    • The perfect color that guides Recommend in Amirantes Islands group.
    • Super stout 6/0 hook.
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  • Features

    • Designed for bait and switch billfishng
    • Banger popper head causes commotion and keeps it floating
    • Approx lengths #6/0: 7 3/4″, #4/0: 6 1/4″
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  • Features

    • Designed for large predators
    • Combines natural and synthetic material for durability, bulk and movement
    • Epoxy head adds weight
    • Approx lengths #6/0: 11″, #4/0: 5″
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Roosterfish Flies

  •   Features

    • Designed by Joe Blados
    • Like a slider, this fly pops first and then glides just under the surface mimicking a wounded baitfish
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  • Features

    • A GT baitfish fly made for the biggest baddest fish in the ocean.
    • Oversize eyes for predior fish to key in on.
    • 6″ long in size.
    • Strong eyes made to withstand a GT bite.
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  • Features

    • A roosterfish fly made for the biggest baddest fish in the ocean.
    • Oversize eyes for predior fish to key in on.
    • 5.5″ long in size.
    • Strong eyes made to withstand a roosterfish attack.
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  •   Features

    • Durable block popper
    • A staple for GTs
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Inshore Flies

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    • Great on Bonefish everywhere
    • Spun Deer Hair head pushes water while tail has plenty of movement
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S with a single mono weedguard
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  •   Features

    • Represents a juvenile mantis shrimp, a favorite of bonefish everywhere, especially in the Bahamas and Caribbean
    • Bead chain (BC) eyes for shallow water tailers
    • Lead eyes for deeper water cruisers
    • 2-prong style weed guard
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  •   Features

    • Large heavy lead eyes
    • Tied on Gamakatsu SL12S
    • Fed and landed multiple redfish over 30lbs on Louisiana research trip
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  •   Features

    • Keys and Biscayne style bonefish bug
    • Great movement and colors, especially over sandy bottom
    • Small lead eyes land softly but get fly down
    • Single prong weedguard
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  •   Features

    • Longer profile shrimp pattern
    • Killer on redfish from Louisiana to Carolinas to Florida
    • Medium lead eyes on #2 ideal for fish in a 1 foot+ of water
    • Tantalizing movement from craft fur and legs
    • Single prong weedguard
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Rods
The guides recommend having a 10, 11, and 12 weight.
They went with the Hardy rods for their bulletproof durability, ability to cast larger flies, and fighting/lifting power.

  • Features

    • Titanium recoil intermediate snake guides
    • Ceramic lined titanium framed stripper guides
    • Durable custom designed reel seat
    • Sintrix FLT applied to an updated mandrel design
    • Supplied in Hardy aluminium rod tube
    • Aluminium section stoppers
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Reels
The guides at Los locos recommend the 10,000 and 12,000 Hardy Fortuna Reel.

  • Features

    • Carbon fibre multi-pad disc drag system
    • Sealed, waterproof drag housing
    • Large arbor design
    • Narrow spool profile for more line pickup
    • Positive, linear drag adjustment with defined detents for ease of setting
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Fly Lines

  •   Features

    • Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets
    • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head and short front taper
    • Mastery Texturing reduces friction, providing longer casts, easier pick-up, and increased durability
    • Built on a 100-lb. monofilament core
    • Tropi-Core technology for tropical climates
    • Sink Rate: Sink 6 = 6.0+ ips
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  • A heavy full sinking/intermediate line is what you’re going to want for the offshore fishing.

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Offshore Leader & Tippet

  •   Features

    • 100% fluorocarbon
    • Excellent abrasion resistance
    • Medium stiff
    • 8 lb – 12 lb 30 yd spool, 16 lb – 20 lb 25 yd spool, 25 lb – 50 lb 20 yd spool, 60 lb – 100 lb 15 yd spool
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  • RIO Saltwater Leader 30Lb
  • RIO Saltwater Leader 40Lb

Inshore Leader & Tippet.

  •   Features

    • Tough multi stand wire for bite tippets.
    • Flexible for knot tying.
    • 15Ft or 50Ft Guide spools available.
    • Perfect for shark, barracuda, bluefish, muskie, kingfish and more.
    • Softer wire for better turnover on leaders.
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  •   Features

    • Ideal for toothy fish such as barracuda, bluefish, and pike
    • Bronze – a supple, easy to knot, nylon coated braided wire
    • Silver – a nylon coated single strand steel wire with snap link
    • Medium stiff nylon leader that tapers down to 16 lb
    • Pre-looped for easy rigging
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  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 16 lb
  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 20 lb

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Fishing Apparel

  •   Features

    • Ultralight nylon/polyester blend dries in a flash and has 30-UPF sun protection
    • Mechanical stretch in the fabric allows for greater comfort when casting
    • 2.25-oz 52% nylon/48% polyester with mechanical stretch and 30-UPF sun protection
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  •   Features

    • Lightweight, UPF50 sun glove with improved coverage & fit
    • Synthetic overlay on the index finger for stripping durability
    • Half finger style with extended coverage on index/middle fingers, long length to cover the wrists & pairing snaps for storage
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  •   Features

    • Quick-dry, breathable stretch fabric with laser cut breathing holes
    • Coolcore technology – up to 30% lower surface tempature when wet
    • Longer cape for better sun coverage at neckline
    • Tall enough to fit over back of fishing cap
    • One size fits most
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  •   Features

    • UPF 30
    • Durable and lightweight with COR3™ and Cool Control™ technology – perfect for warm weather fishing
    • Zip-secure back pocket and slash hand pockets with an internal cell phone pocket
    • Partial elastic, brushed tricot lined waistband for adjustability, comfort and moisture management
    • Crotch gusset for comfort and ease of movement
    • Inseam 30”
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  • Sun protection is critical. Lightweight, quick-drying technical fishing apparel with built-in UPF protection is best.

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