Baja Flyfishing Co is excited to offer Lopez Mateos/Magdelena Bay as one of our destinations, providing access to several hundred miles of mangrove channels, pristine beaches and the fabled Thetis Banks.
The Fishery: There are three separate fisheries accessible from the small Pueblo of Adolfo Lopez Mateos. A series of barrier Islands form a complex of inter connected bays and mangrove channels that extends two hundred miles, north and South along the central coast of Southern Baja. The interconnected bays include Bahia Magdalena, Bahia Almeja and a series of smaller bays ending at Santa Domingo to the north. The inside protected mangrove channels provide critical nursery habitat for a wide variety of species including: snook, corvine, bonefish, spotted bass, pargo, snappers, golden trevalle, broomtail grouper, sierra, Cortez halibut, leather jacks, as well as roosterfish.
The inshore waters that lay just beyond the barrier islands team with sierras, roosterfish, corvina, cortez halibut, pargo, grouper, yellow tail, skip jack, dorado, yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Casting into feeding blitzes is common in these inshore waters.
The Blue Water fishery is the stuff of legends, the heart of which is an area known as the Ridge. For many years the only sport fishermen that dropped a hook in these waters arrived by long range charters out of San Diego California. A series of sea mounts, pinnacles and banks, such as the Thetis and Potatoe Banks, hold huge concentrations of fish in the fall and spring as the species make their annual migrations.
The cold waters of the California Current and the warm waters of the Donaldson meet over this structure, trapping massive amounts of plankton and krill against the structure that forms the Ridge. The bait fish congregate as do the predators that hunt them. Huge fish boils are still the norm here, providing the fly fisher the opportunity to cast a fly in the churning waters with equal chance of catching dorado, tuna, wahoo or billfish.
The Location and Accommodations: Lopez Mateos is still a very remote part of the Baja and as such is a long ways from the bustle of Cabo and La Paz. Little has changed over the years in this small fishing village where the main available activities are around the fishing, whale watching and Eco Touring.
Our guests stay at the Mangrove Inn, a new facility located just outside the port town of Lopez Mateos. Situated on a secluded arm of the Bay the Inn offers six waterside bungalows. The food is true Mexican cuisine with a varied and customized choice of meals that is included with your stay.
For angler seeking some of the best fishing left on the planet and that appreciate remote and wild locations, this is your place.