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Gary Graham – ROAD TREKKER

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Friday, February 22, 2019
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Baja Multihull, a novel option

It’s showtime! Forget Facebook — it’s facetime!
By all accounts, the 73rd Annual Fred Hall World’s Largest Sportfishing Show has no spaces left — the staff is abuzz with the notion that this could be the largest one ever!

The beauty of the show for those who love Baja, both long-time veteran visitors as well as newcomers, is that there is a large contingency of representatives of Baja all under one roof at the Long Beach Convention Center offering an extensive array of locations and types of sportfishing from the border to the tip of Baja.

The Fred Hall Show provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the folks who live, work, and play in Baja. Plan to spend at least one full day, but more if necessary, allowing yourself all the time you need to plan your 2019 Baja season.

Introduce yourself to the many new operations; be one of the first to discover them. Reintroduce yourself to some of your old favorites who may have new upgrades, new boats, new personnel. And there are always some “specials,” discounts that will save you some money at the show.

The Baja California Sur Tourism group will be well represented this year with Government officials and representatives of hotels and marinas; they are available to share many sportfishing opportunities that their state has to offer from the northern border at Guerrero Negro to Baja’s tip, Cabo San Lucas.

Introduce yourself to:

Andres Cordova, Baja Sur Secretary of Fisheries (Secretario de Pesca, Acuacultura y Desarrollo Agropecuario).

Clicerio Mercado: The local Bisbee's Tournaments Representative.

Gonzalo Alamea (The Copa Campeones Calisureños Baja Tournament Director) – a series of 26 grassroots sportfishing tournaments held throughout Baja Sur: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz, Loreto, El Cardonal, Buena Vista, Punta Chivato, Bahia Ascension, Punta Abreojos, and Todos Santos. All have been covered extensively in the WON “RoadTrekker” column since their inception.

Cesar Angulo (Webmaster: https://www.sportfishingbcs.gob.mx/ ) – the official website for purchasing Mexican Fishing Licenses. He will be available throughout the show to answer your questions regarding Mexican Licenses.

Lourdes Antillón (Baja California Sur Tourism Board tour and travel manager).

Rene Olinger (Baja Peninsula Adventures, Loreto).

Felipe Valdez Martinez (Fleet Owner, Buena Vista).

Agustin Olachea (Head of the Board of the Hotel and Tour Operators of La Paz)


Other areas of Baja Represented:

— Mexico Marina Association /AMM

— Baja Fishing Convoys

— Cass Tours, LLC

— Vagabundos Del Mar Club

— Lynn Rose Tours

— Clarks Outdoor Sporting Adventures


— Marla Sportfishing

Cedros Island

— Cedros Kayak Fishing

— Cedros Outdoor Adventures

— Cedros Sportfishing

Sea of Cortez Midriff Islands

— The Longfin (Tony Reyes) Multi-day Trips


— Rene Olinger (Baja Peninsula Adventures, Loreto)

La Paz

— Baja Pirates Fishing Fleet

— Tailhunter Sportfishing

— Palapas Ventana

East Cape (Los Barriles)

— Baja's Van Wormer Resorts

— Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort

— Martin Verdugo’s Beach Resort

— Rancho Leonero Resort

Cabo San Lucas

— Blue Sky Cabo

Mexico Mainland

— Marla Sportfishing, Puerto Vallarta

After taking time to figure out where, when and what species you are going to target in Baja, check out all the great seminars being offered throughout the day, every day, during the show to fine-tune your techniques.

There are always special deals for all kinds of tackle and clothing — “must haves” for the upcoming 2019 season. You won’t find any deals better than at the show.

By the way, if you look for me you can often find me checking out the “Dock Dogs” Jumping Competitions. It’s always a neat place eat lunch and watch them fly!

Now on to another subject. Captain Ken Franke, President of the Sportfishing Association of California called to give me the scoop on the bracelets that are required to be worn by each person aboard a vessel in the protected area of Mexico Biospheres (example: Coronado Islands).

The protected areas are managed by the Mexican Agency, " CONANP."

CONANP has created a "passport" that will permit a person to enter protected Biospheres areas anywhere in Mexico for an entire year from the date of purchase for a cost of less than $20, instead of the $5 per trip that was once required. The "passport" must be in your possession while in the protected area. This seems to be a pretty good deal.

CONANP Protected Area Bracelets ("passport") can be purchased at: https://pasaportedelaconservacion.conanp.gob.mx/vistas/inicio.php

Don’t forget to stop by the WON booth and say hello to the gang. And don’t forget to renew your subscription and take a spin on the wheel for some cool stuff.

The show is a celebration of fishing, but it is so much more. It’s my chance to see so many faces that I don’t get to see that often, if at all, throughout the year; so, I’m getting fired up to go visit “Baja” and many of my friends. See you at Fred Hall, Long Beach!

BY THE WAY, if you look for me you can often find me checking out the “Dock Dogs” Jumping Competitions.

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