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After a mind blowing 2022 season, we are beyond excited to announce the dates and details for our 2023 Magdalena Bay Marlin program. This past season the fishing was beyond epic! Massive schools of Marlin feeding on the surface allowed anglers to sight cast with poppers and streamers without the need for teasers or bait. That's right, no teasing required, purely casting and stripping big flies to rising striped and blue marlin! Action was intense at times and on many days, double, triple, and quadruple hook-ups were common. Fishing Mag Bay is without question one of the most adrenaline-infused heart pounding trips for a saltwater fly angler and arguably the best destination in the world to catch a marlin on the fly!

Magdalena Bay is located on the Pacific side of Mexico's Baja and is known for its hundreds of square miles of uniquely rich marine ecosystem that sets the stage for ideal fly fishing opportunities spread across mangroves flats and volcanic islands inshore and steep seafloor shelves offshore. Difficult to access by all accounts, Magdalena Bay has remained a relatively untouched fishery that could easily be considered the Jurassic Park of fly fishing in Baja.

FFM is offering two trip options for our 2023 season, a six (6) nights / four (4) fishing days program and a seven (7) nights / five (5) fishing days program for up eight (8) anglers per week. The season runs late October through early December when large schools of baitfish migrate along the coast attracting an incredible abundance of sport fish to the area. On this trip anglers will have the opportunity to fly fish for a variety of inshore and offshore fish species. Inshore, beaches and mangroves support a variety of sport fish species including snook, roosterfish, grouper, halibut and snapper. Offshore, schools of mackerel and sardines attract a variety of pelagic species including marlin, dorado and tuna that attack the bait balls and provide anglers an opportunity of a lifetime to sight cast to feeding big game fish. At the mouth of the bay, huge school of baitfish congregate attracting schools of roosterfish, jacks and other species that will eagerly take a fly.

While fishing at May Bay guests stay in a simple, yet nice, hotel that is the closest accommodation available to the most productive offshore fishing areas allowing for short boat runs to start the day. All meals are prepared at the hotel

ITINERARY - 6 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS PROGRAM
Saturday: Arrive to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) airport. Take two (2) ground transfer to La Paz and overnight in the city's charing historic district. Dinner at one of La Paz's finer restaurants.
Sunday: Early breakfast at the hotel. Take two (2) hour ground transfer to Puerto Chale. Hotel check-in and prepare gear for a full day of guided fishing in Magdalena Bay. Overnight and meals at hotel.
Monday-Wednesday: Three (3) days of guided fishing in Magdalena Bay. Overnight and meals at hotel.
Thursday: After breakfast take two (2) ground transfer to La Paz and overnight in the city's charing historic district. Dinner at one of La Paz's finer restaurants.
Friday: After breakfast depart the hotel and take two (2) hour ground transfer to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) for your return flight home.

2023 DATES
Week 1 - Oct 28-Nov 4 (8 spots)
Week 2 - Nov 4-11 (8 spots)
Week 3 - Nov 11-18 (8 spots)
Week 4 - Nov 18-25 (8 spots)
Week 5 - Nov 25-Dec 2 (8 spots)
Week 6 - Dec 2-9 (8 spots)

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing new fly fishing opportunity or would like to confirm dates please contact us.

Our inaugural 2022 season fly fishing for Marlin in Magdalena Bay on Baja's pacific coastline has been nothing less than spectacular! It's been a mind blowing experience to approach these incredible fish as they bust bait balls at the surface. Casting to Marlin at close range and watching them crush your fly is a heart pounding experience for any angler. We hope you enjoy this short video clip and consider joining us to see what all the hype is about. We will be releasing more incredible video footage over the next couple months on our You Tube Channel so be sure to subscribe to catch our most current video productions.

Thank you to all of those adventurous anglers and guests who journeyed south to fish with the FFM team in Baja during our 2022 Summer Season. It was a great compliment to see so many familiar faces return to fish with us and an honor to host new ones. It was an incredible season and we were all thrilled to share our amazing part of the world with you. Check out our "best of 2022" compilation video on Youtube below.

They say variety is the spice of life. If that's true, our summer season in Baja was a spicy one. Each week felt like a new wave of species blew into town and the selection of fish species to target kept on coming. In the early season we saw a good amount of golden trevalle and rainbow blue runners along with the to be expected roosterfish and jacks. As the season progressed, a brief flurry of tuna, sierra and bonita appeared and provided us with lot of fun action. Several of these fish are cooler water species which signaled that the normal summer water temperatures could be cooler than expected.

Roosterfish were around all season but they were extra picky and catching them was sporadic. There were a handful of standout fish in the 60-70 pound range and plenty of fish in the 15-30 pound range.

By late June the water temps finally warmed up and we had some really good offshore action with grande dorado and marlin. It has been quite a few years since we have seen dorado in the 40-50 pound class with the consistency and numbers we had this year.

The sardine stocks were good all season which kept the big game trolling the shorelines and deep inshore ledges looking for easy meals. With so many sardines around we used less bait and used more teasers to draw fish within fly casting range.

Again, a huge thank you to all the guests who journeyed down to fish with us so this season! If you are interested in booking for 2023 dates, contact us or view 2023 season availability here. Stay tuned for more on our new Mag Bag Marlin program!

If you are interested in using the FlyFishMex shuttle service, please send your airline itinerary and number of guests to flyfishmex@gmail.com to reserve space.

There is a new system at the San Jose del Cabo airport to reduce curbside crowding and increase flow of track at the shuttle bus/van meeting area outside of baggage claim. If you've visited us in the past, you likely witnessed the relative free-for-all craziness of newly arrived "got a cold margarita on my mind" vacationers scurrying around the crowd to locate their shuttle drivers. Thankfully, those times are now behind us! Now the process is organized so that drivers are assigned numbered canopies where their guests can go to meet them. Guests taking our shuttle should exit the baggage claim and meet the driver at canopy #10.

Alternatively, if you arrive to Baja via the, much smaller and less congested, La Paz airport simply exit baggage claim and look for your driver.

If you have a trip planned with us and need to arrange transportation between the airport and Bahia De Los Suenos, please email us to coordinate and schedule shuttle times. Our van comfortably accommodates up to 8 passengers with luggage.

Shuttle rates are listed below. The total transfer cost is split between the total number of passengers. Charges can be added to your invoice in advance or you can pay cash on-site.

Shuttle Rates Each way
To/From San Jose del Cabo (SJD) airport and the lodge (2 hours)
1 Passenger - $150.00
2 Passengers - $180.00
3 Passengers - $225.00
4 to 8 Passengers - $250.00

To/From Each way La Paz (LAP) airport and the lodge (45 minutes)
1 Passenger - $120.00
2 Passengers - $135.00
3 Passengers - $150.00
4 to 8 Passengers - $185.00


The key to any successful destination fly fishing trip is knowing what you need to bring and making sure you pack it into your luggage. We came up with a list of 5 essential things to pack that will make your trip more enjoyable and rewarding.

#1 Passport and Fishing License
Be sure that your passport is valid for the dates of your trip and that you have copies (digital or print) of all other necessary travel documents and buy, and print, your Mexico fishing license online prior to your trip. Purchase Fishing License Here! Note: the website charges pesos, not US dollars.

#2 Flies
For a full week of fishing bring a minimum of 4 dozen flies in a variety of sizes and colors.

• Sardinas - 24-30 flies in size 2/0-4/0 hooks and 3"-6" long in tan/white, grey/white, and olive/white
• Clousers - 6 flies in size 1/0 hooks in chartreuse/white
• Billfish Poppers - 1-2 flies in size 4/0-8/0 hooks and 8"-10" long in pink/white or blue/white

#3 Leaders
Bring 25 yard spools each of fluorocarbon in 20#, 30#, and 40#. We are fans of Seaguar line but any quality brand will do.

#4 Rod, Reel, and Line Outfits
We recommend that you bring at least three rod and reel outfits to tackle the various species we encounter in Baja. Back-up rods and spare reel spools for different lines are recommended. Here are our outfit recommendations.

• A 9 wt. with floating and clear intermediate sink tip lines and 150 yards of 60# backing for small roosters, jacks, and pompano.
• A 10 wt. with clear intermediate sink tip lines and full sink line,350 yards of 60# backing for large dorado, roosterfish and jacks.
• A 12 wt. intermediate sink tip, and full sink lines with 350-500 yards of 60#+ backing for billfish, dorado, and tuna.

#5 Fishing Accessories and Clothing
The Baja environment is often times hot and humid and it's essential to plan and prepare to maximize your comfort while fishing in these conditions. We highly recommend packing the following items.

• Polarized sunglasses for various sun conditions
• Sun block
• Large brimmed hat
• Buff or hooded sun shirt
• Sun shirts
• Sun pants
• Bug repellent
• Waterproof bag or backpack
• Nippers and pliers
• Footwear to protect feet when walking on hot sand and boat decks

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