El Salto Recommendations??

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El Salto Recommendations??

Post by chriso916 » Mon May 27, 2019 10:06 pm

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Getting a little bored of margaritas this side of the border so decided it would be a good idea to check out the scene at the coveted Lake El Salto Mexico :big grin: Actually, the better half proposed it as an anniversary trip so we're starting to look at the various outfitters online. She's interested in Mazatlan but that's obviously more of a bonus to the fishing

Figured while I'm doing research what better place than here to ask the experts! If anyone has any experience with El Salto I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations - lodging/guides, gear (MUST haves, what to bring :?: :?: , how many combos, travel tips all much appreciated. Likely a 3 night stay at one of the local outfitters...Ideally would prefer to bring my own gear, reels at a min, but likely rods too....maybe a good excuse for a 2pc swimbait rod lol.

Thanks in advance!
Chris

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Re: El Salto Recommendations??

Post by Rodster14 » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:18 am

I would recommend the Anglers Inn. My wife sent me there for my 50th birthday and it was incredible. The fishing is out of this world. If your wife is going, she would appreciate the beautiful scenery, spa, delicious food and a staff that is first class. We’ve been to Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean and lots of other places. Other than South Africa, the trip to El Salto was my favorite trip. My son and I are scheduled to go back in the fall. 80% of their customers are repeat customers. I would go every year if I could. As far as fishing, you’ll need to take your own reels. They have St Croix rods. This time, I plan to take my own rods. For tackle, take plenty of black and blue 10 inch power worms, magnum zoom lizards (watermelon red), 6 inch wacky rigged Senkos in watermelon red and black and blue. Take a Rico popper (bigger one in bone), big whopper plotter, Chatterbaits, jigs, and some lipless. We caught the most numbers on a Red Eyed shad (including my son’s 11 pounder). If you Google Tackle Warehouse El Salto, it will show you a list of specific lures in specific colors. Take a good digital scale. As far as guides, I plan to ask for one of the younger ones that know how to take good video with your phone. The footage I saw from a few other anglers was stunning. I promise you it is a trip you will never forget. Good luck!

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Re: El Salto Recommendations??

Post by Cal » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:22 am

Angler's Inn is it.. Zander wrote them up a while ago:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewanglersinn.html
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Post by chriso916 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:01 pm

Rodster14 wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:18 am
I would recommend the Anglers Inn. My wife sent me there for my 50th birthday and it was incredible. The fishing is out of this world. If your wife is going, she would appreciate the beautiful scenery, spa, delicious food and a staff that is first class. We’ve been to Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean and lots of other places. Other than South Africa, the trip to El Salto was my favorite trip. My son and I are scheduled to go back in the fall. 80% of their customers are repeat customers. I would go every year if I could. As far as fishing, you’ll need to take your own reels. They have St Croix rods. This time, I plan to take my own rods. For tackle, take plenty of black and blue 10 inch power worms, magnum zoom lizards (watermelon red), 6 inch wacky rigged Senkos in watermelon red and black and blue. Take a Rico popper (bigger one in bone), big whopper plotter, Chatterbaits, jigs, and some lipless. We caught the most numbers on a Red Eyed shad (including my son’s 11 pounder). If you Google Tackle Warehouse El Salto, it will show you a list of specific lures in specific colors. Take a good digital scale. As far as guides, I plan to ask for one of the younger ones that know how to take good video with your phone. The footage I saw from a few other anglers was stunning. I promise you it is a trip you will never forget. Good luck!
Thanks for the the intel Rodster! The trip is booked and I'm being sent off to Anglers Inn as well. I'll be sure to take your tackle rec's into consideration. What time of year was your trip? I'm heading out 4th of July weekend so just before/during the start of rainy season. I'm planning to bring my own rods and reels but I will likely have a flight change which does make me a little nervous about checking rods but I guess that's the price to play. Will report back (hopefully with some picture worthy fish) - appreciate the insight!

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Post by chriso916 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:05 pm

Cal wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:22 am
Angler's Inn is it.. Zander wrote them up a while ago:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewanglersinn.html
Thanks Cal, I found that article and was curious if the positive review was still relevant after all these years. After much research and the endorsements here, I'm fully confident in our choice for the upcoming trip to El Salto via Angler's Inn :big grin:

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Post by Rodster14 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:48 am

Chris,
I’m so excited for you. Please let me know how it turns out. We went in October last time and we are planning on going back this year around Thanksgiving. Good Luck!

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Post by chriso916 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:56 am

Thanks Rodster! Will keep ya posted!

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Post by chriso916 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:59 pm

Cal wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:22 am
Angler's Inn is it.. Zander wrote them up a while ago:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewanglersinn.html
Hey Cal,

Do you have any suggestions on logistics? I’ve heard some will check their tackle(baits/hooks/line/weight) and carry on reels.

I run a Loomis tackle bag that holds all the various 3700 size variants. If you and Zander were to go back how would you guys pack? Not too confident checking my Loomis soft duffle style tackle bag.

I’m looking to bring my own rods too but they’ll be in a hard case. Curious how many rods you’d suggest bringing

Thanks!

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Re: El Salto Recommendations??

Post by Rodster14 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:34 am

The last time I took a soft Loomis duffel bag (had to check it because of the hooks) and a small carry on. Anglers Inn launders your clothes each day, so you can pack light. The Loomis duffel served as my “tackle bag” on the boat and wasn’t that great for that purpose. This time, I bought a Tackle Warehouse Tackle Angler backpack. I can pack my clothes in there along with my tackle. It will be easy to maneuver through crowded airports. It has been packed (the tackle anyway) pretty much since I got back from the first trip. As for rods, I would carry as many multipurpose rods as possible. I plan to take a Loomis Conquest 7 ft MH for Senkos, lipless, topwater, etc. I will take a NRX 873CRR for big worms, jigs, Keitech Swimbait. I’ll take one 7 ft medium spinning rod. You may prefer heavier rods. If you find yourself needing something else, they will have rods there. I will take an 8 ft G Loomis crankbait rod for throwing crankbaits and maybe some glide baits. There isn’t a lot of room in the boat for tons of rods, so I would keep it lean. I hope that helps.
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Re: El Salto Recommendations??

Post by PeteRobbins » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:56 am

Hey Chris,

I run the social media for Anglers Inn and will be happy to give you general info on booking, tackle prep, logistics, etc.
Additionally, I'm in touch with the guides just about every week, so I can fill you in on current conditions right before you go. I've been to El Salto and Picachos about 15 times, and I know that even under similar water levels and seasons the best lures can vary substantially.

I also have an article I've written on the best strategies for traveling with rods. It's part art, part science, part crossing your fingers.

Happy to answer here or you can email me any time at pete_robbins AT hotmail DOT com

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Re: El Salto Recommendations??

Post by goldrod » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:26 am

I’d like you to take a Z2020 with you.
That would be great and I could vicariously enjoy that feeling of big baits big gear bigger fish
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Post by Cal » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:52 am

PeteRobbins wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:56 am
Hey Chris,

I run the social media for Anglers Inn and will be happy to give you general info on booking, tackle prep, logistics, etc.
Additionally, I'm in touch with the guides just about every week, so I can fill you in on current conditions right before you go. I've been to El Salto and Picachos about 15 times, and I know that even under similar water levels and seasons the best lures can vary substantially.

I also have an article I've written on the best strategies for traveling with rods. It's part art, part science, part crossing your fingers.

Happy to answer here or you can email me any time at pete_robbins AT hotmail DOT com
I had Pete chime in since he has a bit more current info on the establishment. Thanks Pete!
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Re: El Salto Recommendations??

Post by PeteRobbins » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:00 am

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