Magdalena Bay

Magdalena Bay, located 550 nm South of San Diego is a dream location for many because it is essentially cushioned from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands of Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita. This isolation provides a variety of fishing locations for marlin, tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, and yellowtail, as well as personal up-close encounters with the majestic California gray whale.

 

Anchored Near North Entrance

 

The fishing on the high spots (including the infamous Thetis Bank) located approximately 25 to 30 nm outside Magadelana Bay is simply phenomenal during the months of October through December.  These banks play host to countless migrations of fish that pass by in the fall, including Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado.

 

Magdalena Bay Fishing Village

 

The Local Restaurant

 

After you do battle with these fish it is imperative to witness the impressive size and friendliness of the California grey whales. During the winter months Magdalena Bay is one of the three most popular spots for these incredible whales to breed and calve. The bay is then filled with mothers and their newborns who approximately 45 feet and 16 feet respectively. These astonishing creatures, which were almost hunted to extinction in recent history, now are friendly and are frequently close enough to be touched in Magdalena bay.

 

Buying Lobster from the Local Fishermen

 

The appeal of Magdalena Bay is rests its inaccessibility, there is small private airport in San Carlos. Alternatively, you can fly into La Paz or Loreto and drive to San Carlos.

 

San Carlos

Although San Carlos provides some select tourist attractions it is primarily a local fishing port, but more importantly a send off point for your charter!