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Stand-up surfers become big-game anglers at Baja's Rancho Leonero

February 17, 2009 | 11:35 am

Calvin Toms with a roosterfish

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

Chris Perret with a sierra mackerel

Photos courtesy of Rancho Leonero