Monday, August 10, 2015


Day 3 started off early...there were big game fish to be caught!  Ever since the hurricane blew through, the ocean temperatures had plummeted to 70-75 degrees due to the cool Pacific Ocean water being churned into the Sea of Cortez.  From the local reports, the fishing had been extremely slow since the warm water fish were out further seeking the warmer 80 degree water they were accustomed to.  The water looked the best I've seen since I've been here.  Much more clear and even more beautiful (if that was possible).

Rods loaded in the rig ready to roll.
The roads to the marina, like almost all other places,
were entirely dirt.
Very rustic and simple.
After driving the back roads through the dry, dusty, and somewhat barren, though beautiful desert landscape, we arrived in this beautiful little marina tucked away in the cove. We arrived early to not only get a head start on the fishing but to ensure that we could buy live bait from the local bait boat.  

Here is Brian and Michelle's boat.  It's named "Lil Puffer" after the cute little puffer fish.  This type of boat is known as a 'panga'.  The unique wedge-shaped bow represents the machete or knife, also called a panga.  This style of boat is particularly popular in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  Its open deck design makes it a perfect fishing boat.  Their unique hull (essentially the outer shell of the boat) design allows them to keep spray from coming over the bow, has increased stability at high angles of roll, and are very motor efficient, agile, and comfortable to ride in even in choppy waters.  I was very impressed with this little boat!

There were some very nice boats docked in the marina.

This is a fish hoist.
Photo opp area if you were lucky enough to catch one of the huge game fish.

Brian getting the boat ready to go.

These gentlemen were the guys that caught and sold all of the live bait in the marina.

Bait fish in the live well.

The artillery that would hopefully lure something desirable to the boat.  These alone were pretty to look at.

Brian being the very good captain he was, got all of the rods rigged up and ready to go.

Michelle at the helm steering us into the beautiful horizon.

Brian was very good at explaining how the gear worked and how it should look in the water.  The plugs we were using, ride in the wake of the boat and represent flying fish when they intermittently broke the surface of the water.

I have no idea what I was pointing at.  
I'm pretty sure I was just being a goofball!

As you can see, the seas were very dangerous that day!

Watching the gear and hoping to see a fin on the surface!

With the fishing still being really slow with the water still recovering and returning to normal after the storm, we had no luck trolling.  We decided to give jigging a try.  Michelle and I were lucky enough to each catch a triggerfish.  

There are approximately 40 different species of Triggerfish.  It gets its name from the spines on the dorsal fin.  When feeling threatened, it wedges itself into a tight crevasse and locks its fin into an erect position like an anchoring device.  

They are well known for their not so nice attitudes, especially around their nests.  Intruders, including humans can be charged or bitten.  This wicked set of teeth are designed to crush shells and are used to take on unlikely food sources such as sea urchins by flipping them to their vulnerable underside. 

Nice fish Michelle!

And the good stuff still continues on day three!  These two were not only great hosts but as always, a hoot to hang with!  

Day four continues taking in some sight seeing and soaking up the culture!

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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