Isla Cedros Calls to Kayak Anglers
By Jim Salazar
Cedros Island in Baja California, Mexico, known for it's monster yellowtail and fabulous world class calico bass fishing, was once only accessible via San Diego’s long range fleet, local panga operations and the rare kayak/skiff mothership trip. Now this incredible fishing destination hosts an island-based kayak fishing operation featuring Hobie kayaks.
Jeff Marani took on the daunting task of outfitting and running an all-inclusive kayak-fishing operation on this distant island, calling his company Cedros Tackle Kayak Tours.
Jeff has done the job of setting up a kayak fishing resort right. Everything you need is here at his comfortable compound centered around an American-style three-bedroom casitas for the clients. They resort has a comfortable Chevy crew cab pulling four yaks on a trailer to transport you and your fishing partners to an easy Cedros beach launch.
Bring a lot of plastics, leadheads, finger wrap and strong line as these southern calicos have sharp teeth, bad attitudes and live in bad neighborhoods.
Even with all the logistical headaches that an island in Mexico has to offer someone bringing in and rigging kayaks, Cedros Tackle Kayak Tours is equipped with some of the best outfitted Hobies you will find south of the border.
Jeff chose Hobie Outbacks for his fleet and they are equipped with everything from Turbo Fins to bait tanks.
Jeff invited me for my first trip to Cedros at the end of March. We did a little fishing and rigged his 4 new Hobie Outbacks. We flew out of the military/civilian airport in Ensenada, Mexico on a 12-seat single engine airplane. It's only about a 1 1/2-hour flight down the scenic Baja coast before you land next to the salt factory, which is the biggest employer on the 26-mile-long island.
Fishing had not heated up to the island's summertime standards, yet we still caught halibut up to 25 pounds and bass up to 5 pounds. On our last day, we caught lots of halibut to 20 pounds, with all the barracuda you wanted and an occasional 3- or 4-pound calico on the iron to spice things up.
Friday morning, the flight was off the island by 9 am and we were across the US border by 1:30 pm. Jeff hopes to have his website up soon and the resort in full operation by June. I already want to go back and pull on some big Cedros yellows from a Hobie this fall!