Stand-up surfers become big-game anglers at Baja's Rancho Leonero
Stand-up fishing has new meaning for a couple of Carlsbad anglers, who recently visited Rancho Leonero in Baja California's East Cape region and tackled several big-game species while atop surfboards designed for stand-up paddling.
That's Calvin Toms (above) with a nice roosterfish, and Chris Perret (below) with a very impressive sierra mackerel, which presumably was prepared as ceviche for an afternoon snack by the sleepy resort's chef.
"The Ranch," with its laid-back feel and close proximity to some of the best fishing in the world, is one of my favorite Baja haunts and the winter winds have subsided, so I may travel there soon.
As for stand-up fishing aboard a stand-up surfboard, I'd like to give it a try but with my luck I'd hook a marlin that'd tow me across the Sea of Cortez, causing me to miss happy hour.
-- Pete Thomas
Photos courtesy of Rancho Leonero