East Cape Fandango

It had been awhile. About 20 years. I’ve been to Cabo Proper a couple of times since 1990, but it was nice to get back to the East Cape where the pace is considerably slower and hair-braiding is still reasonably priced.

Last week my friend Mike Siegman and I spent five days with guide Jeff DeBrown of The Reel Baja. The goal was to flick fur at roosters, goof around offshore, eat well, and shoot photos. We did all that and more.

Jeff runs a great program out of Rancho Leonero and he’s got the rooster-on-fly gig dialed in. Whether you chase them from the sand, or chum them up to a panga, he’s got a lot of years with those goofy rascals and the learning curve ain’t nearly so steep when he’s around. In addition to roosters, Jeff also runs trips for dorado, tuna, billfish and other pelagics. We had some fantastic striped marlin action and actually got one to eat the fly the traditional way…but…well…they’re marlin.

Thanks to Jeff for lining up some great fishing. To Mike for always being the patient poser and great boatmate, and to the hotel staff for recommending the doctor in Los Barriles who could arrange for an ambulance to San Jose del Cabo (just checking to see if anyone actually reads this).

To see the entire shoot, please click here.


Evenings at Leonero

(L) A good bar (R) Mike Siegman

Haired up and hungry

Panga prize

Pointing down the man

The rooster dash

The rooster dance

Losing light

Not Taco Bell

Striped marlin profile

Wishing Jeff was wearing a glove

Vaya con gallos, muchachos

4 Responses to “East Cape Fandango”

  1. Matt Jones says:

    Awesome shots, Tosh! Looks like the trip was a success. Scrolling through your photos really makes me wish I would have gone down this year.

  2. Tosh says:

    Thanks, Matt – twas a great time and I ate enough fish tacos for the boffus

  3. Lynn B says:

    Epic adventure, amazing shots Tosh. I would love to do the rooster-on-the-fly thing someday. Glad you didn’t need that ambulance and doc. I’m not sure how successful they are yet at reattaching body parts removed by the cartels! 🙂

    • Tosh says:

      No cartels in Cabo. Too dry to grow weed down there. There actually was an ambulance ride, though. But that’s another story…

      Thanks for dropping by.

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