With crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, and over 850 different species of fish, Baja’s East Cape is a special place that easily ranks as one of the world’s most productive fly fishing areas. The Reel Baja is a year-round guide service based on the East Cape’s Sea of Cortez, one hour north of the famed Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. The Reel Baja offers experienced and talented guides who specialize in targeting gamefish from the beach, with inshore pangas, and by fishing offshore in larger cruisers.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and itineraries of any length can be arranged. All trips with The Reel Baja are completely customized and built around your schedule, fishing preferences, time of year, and desired species.

Accommodations and Lodging

The Reel BajaTo provide all clients that are fishing with The Reel Baja with a comfortable and relaxing stay,Yellow Dog utilizes Rancho Leonero Resort as our East Cape fishing headquarters and home base. Rancho Leonero has a long and well-earned reputation as an East Cape favorite among anglers. The resort and staff are well equipped to cater to the saltwater fly fisherman, spouses and families. The beach resort features spacious guest rooms, delicious food served family-style in the dining room, a great swimming pool, fishing boats and beautiful grounds. Anglers are provided double occupancy accommodations, all meals and complete use of the grounds while staying as a guest. If you should prefer to stay at another local hotel, please call Yellow Dog and we can discuss other options.

Food and Beverages

The meals at Rancho Leonero are mostly American style cuisine, with a great array of Mexican choices available. Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 9:00 AM in the dining room and on the patio. The fare is typically American, featuring eggs, bacon, fresh tropical fruits & juices, cereals, toast, pancakes, etc. Traditional Mexican items are also available, including homemade tortillas, frijoles, Mexican-style eggs, machaca and chorizo. For those guests not fishing/diving or on excursions, lunch is served family-style in the dining room from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. For those guests out fishing or on other adventures, the resort will prepare box lunches [generally either sandwiches or burritos, your choice] for the trip. There are freshly prepared chips, salsa and/or guacamole every afternoon in the bar, and they can also prepare ceviche from your fresh catch. Bar snacks are for sale seasonally between 2:30 - 5:00 PM, including nachos and quesadillas. Dinner is served from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on the outside dining patio. Dinners are mostly American style, including entrees such as grilled breast of chicken, steaks, and the resort's famous Saturday night BBQ rib buffet. Fresh fish is also offered daily [subject to availability]. For those guests with special dietary preferences, including vegetarian,the staff will do their best to accommodate you.

Fishing Information

The Reel Baja Rooster FishThe East Cape region of Baja Sur Mexico has remained a rich and diverse environment that even today supports more than 850 species of fish. The Sea of Cortez features spectacular green and blue waters set against a majestic and awesome desert landscape. The protected waters of the Sea of Cortez are typically a much calmer nautical experience than fishing the offshore waters of the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.

Our outfitters in Baja specialize in targeting gamefish from three distinctive zones in the Sea of Cortez: the beach, inshore and offshore. Beach fishing consists of accessing prime areas via four wheel drive vehicles and then walking to locate and sight cast to fish close to shore. With this type of beach fishing, you are typically targeting roosterfish, jack crevalle, pompano, ladyfish and many other species depending on the time of year and the conditions. Inshore pursuits are performed from fast and agile pangas or small boats that are able to cruise in shallow depths and locate fish along reefs and shore breaks. Fishing inshore typically keys in on jack crevalle, roosterfish, pargo, sierra mackerel and other exotic species depending on the time of year. Offshore fishing utilizes both pangas and cruiser-style boats to pursue large gamefish such as striped marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado and bonito.

The fishing in the Sea of Cortez is still dominated by local family fishermen and adventuresome sportsmen. Both have garnered a certain love and respect for the prized resource and work diligently to protect it. Both local captains and North American anglers have united to practice catch and release to ensure a long and rich resource for many generations to come. The local captains and deck hands that Yellow Dog works with in Baja are instinctual fisherman following the lessons learned from fathers, uncles and grandfathers. Spending time on the water with these born-and-raised fisherman will take you back to a genre reminiscent of a time and place so well captured by the pen of Hemingway and his accounts of time spent on the Sea of Cortez. The real reward of fishing with the East Cape region is the opportunity to step back in time, leave the stress and pace behind and to enjoy a rich and unspoiled diverse fishing environment found nowhere else in the world. You will come away from your East Cape experience with new appreciation, new skills and a new passion for a unique and beautiful corner of the world.

Boats and Equipment

Cruiser boats ranging from 28 to 36 feet, 23 foot Super Pangas, and four-wheeled drive vehicles for beach access. The Reel Baja can also provide all fly fishing and conventional equipment if needed.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Four-Wheeling Baja StyleFor non-anglers or those looking to take a day off from fishing there are a number of activities and attractions that are available when visiting the Baja Peninsula. While Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo offer some extraordinary beaches, shopping, and night life there are also a myriad of outdoor activities that you can take advantage of. The East Cape is home to some of the best windsurfing and kite surfing on the planet, and the Sea of Cortez offers world-class snorkeling. Since the entire area is sparsely populated, cruising the beaches and relaxing in the sun and sand is a great way to spend the day.

There are miles of open, undeveloped beaches perfect for exploring. If you are interested in organizing a side trip to nearby villages or towns, sightseeing in Can San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, or participating in any other non-angling activities during your visit, please let us know prior to your departure. We will be happy to make recommendations and take care of any necessary arrangements..

How To Get There

You will access your Baja fishing destination via San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. International flights to San Jose Del Cabo depart from a number major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Houston, and Denver. We can arrange airport transfers and shuttles from the airport to Rancho Leonero and the East cape upon request.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Trips and itineraries of any length can be arranged, and you can arrive or depart on any day of the week. We do recommend that you try to arrive during daylight hours in order to avoid making the drive over to the East Cape in the dark. (It is safe, but there are often-times cattle and other animals in the road!)

2012 Rates / Package Costs

Rates below are sample rates for 4 night / 3 fishing day package. For rates and details on longer trips, please contact Yellow Dog. ALL RATES LISTED BELOW ARE PER PERSON.

Type Of Trip 1 Person
(Single Occ.)
2 Persons
(Double Occ.)
2 Days Beach Fishing + 1 Panga Fishing Day $2,795 $1,800
1 Day Beach Fishing + 2 Panga Fishing Days $3,225 $2,000
3 Days Beach Fishing (No Panga Days) $2,450 $1,500
3 Days of Panga Fishing $3,575 $2,100

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All packages are completely customized and include daily guided fishing
  • Shuttle or ground transfer from the Cabo airport to your final destination/resort in Baja
  • All accommodations and all meals at Rancho Leonero
  • Taxes, GST's and service charges
  • Mexican fishing licenses
  • Use of rods and reels

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to San Jose Del Cabo
  • Soda, bottled water, alcohol, and bar tab at Rancho Leonero
  • Bait (sardines, etc.)
  • Gratuities for guides and boat crews
  • Flies and terminal tackle

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 17 years of age or younger entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent must have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents.

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