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Monday, August 31, 2015

DAY 6 - HOLA MEXICO! MY TRIP TO BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ SERIES


Day 6!
Are you going fishing again?  Why wouldn't I?!  Vacation is supposed to consist of relaxing by the pool and sipping cocktails, right?  Well, maybe for some.  I myself prefer to be seeking new experiences and trying new things.  This vacation has proven to be just that.  Never had I been deep sea fishing in warm water before.  Even though the hurricane put a pretty good hurt on the fishing, we were bound and determined to get something, somewhere!  Lack of effort was certainly not the issue on this trip.  Even so, without the fish, this place has certainly won my heart over and I am already looking forward to the next chance to get back down here.

Up and at'em at 06:00 again.  It is so peaceful waking up every morning to the sun smiling at you while you swing gently in your hammock overlooking the Sea of Cortez!

Today it got serious!  We invited a local and friend of Brian and Michelle's to come with us to help us find some rooster fish!  Luis is well known in the area for his fishing skills and his ability to find these somewhat elusive and beautiful fish.  

A rooster fish is easily identified by its distinct "rooster combs" along its dorsal.

(Picture courtesy of imghoot.com)

Back to the marina to load up the boat.


Gear ready for the trip.


This is Luis.
Our guide for finding the beautiful rooster fish.
Super nice guy!


Luis at the helm.


Today we headed south to the known rooster grounds.


A small light house on the point.


Luis prepping the bait.





Beautiful houses along the coastline.
Everyone here was waving as we went by.  





Looking for any sign of game fish.


These crazy brown pelicans hung out on the wall at the marina.
They were often found bugging the bait boat and sneaking their share of the catch.  Funny characters indeed!


Back on land and yes, time for lunch back at
Restaurant Bar "La Costa"!

Did you think I would pass these up?
I think not!
Today I gave the fish tacos a try.
Uh, yes, just as delicious as the shrimp tacos from yesterday.
This place knows how to make your belly smile.


During this visit,
I took some pictures of the fish oriented decorations.
This is a fish scale.


Shark jaws!


I loved the colors and the light through the bamboo!


Yes, I know, it's a sink but I love the contrasts of color, the mix of materials, and the light shapes in the sink bowl.





On the way back to the house through La Ribera,
I spotted some very cool wall advertisements.  


The rustic design is amongst my favorite.





After we got back to the house, Michelle and I again grabbed the Razor and went for a spin around the area.
Here is a perfect example of how hard the salt air is on all things metal.


I was hoping to see one and we did!  This is one of the neighborhood road runners.
I kept looking for Wile E. Coyote, but no luck.


Crazy stout cactus.


Sweet faces.


Although the desert is a very harsh and dry environment, it manages to produce some beautiful flowers!


Getting ready to bloom!


A good example of look but don't touch!








Skeletal remains of a cactus.


Yes, these are donkeys just cruising through town.








Cemetery sky line.


A perfect sunset to another fantastic day.

We were able to get a few aggressive bites and a couple on but was only for a short moment.  We never did catch a rooster fish.  We did in fact spot quite a few but they had other things on their mind than taking a slurp at our offering.  

It's hard to believe that this vacation is close to being over but tomorrow holds more adventure.
Time to hit the deep water and join the fish scuba diving.
If you can't catch'em, join'em!!

"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it."  --Harry Middleton
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DAY 5 - HOLA MEXICO! MY TRIP TO BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ SERIES

Day Five...
     Fishing again?  Heck yes!  Rise and shine at first light, 06:00.  Brian and I headed out this morning to have a go at it again.  As the water continues to improve, the fishing must follow suit!  

Like before, we headed to the marina to get the boat loaded and get our daily live bait.  



Beautiful morning at the marina.


Brian and I feel the same way about fishing!  
Let's roll!


The bait boat.
Fresh bait is a must for the big game fishing.


Today we got some very unique bait fish called ballyhoo.
A very unusual looking fish indeed!




Ballyhoo, a species of halfbeak, is a fish that prefers to be near the surface over sandy bottoms.  Their diet consists mostly of grasses and small fish.  Their length averages from 10-12" but can be as large as 16".  They are edible but are mainly used for bait.


The Ballyhoo are prepared by snipping off their lower jaw and inserting the large hook underneath. 


The Ballyhoo is also threaded through the eyes to ensure that the bait stays more secure while being drug through the boat wake.


It is then connected to a squid plug.  
This rig represents a squid consuming a fish.  
The bigger fish find this delectable.  


Looks delicious!


Bait fish in the tank.



Lil' Puffer back out to sea.
I loved this little work horse!


The helm.



In the upper right hand corner you can see the surface temperature of the water...80.1!!


Yes, this is an ocean.


Brian and I were about 18 miles out today.
Out here the surface water temperature was 84.9!  


As we were cruising around looking for fish, 
these guys came to pay a visit.  
Dolphins!! 


It was so cool how they came up and swam right next to the boat.  One of my most favorite animals.  
I wanted to jump in and swim with them!



So who's the goofball at the helm taking selfies 
while Brian does all the work?

Yes, that would be me.

Watching and waiting for that fin on the water!


Although Brian and I ended up getting skunked fishing again, 
we hit a couple of places on the way home.  
First stop, a cool little tackle shop in La Ribera called Baja Tackle & Marine.  The owner's name is Jim Hass.  A very nice guy with a great little shop.  Everything you needed and very reasonable prices.  
If you are ever in the area and need some supplies, you can email Jim at bajatackle@gmail.com or reach him at 52 (624) 130-0077.


This one was the tackle shop greeter.
As you can tell she was vicious.


This boat was for sale next to the tackle shop.  I loved it.
The hard part would have been convincing the airlines that it was suitable to check in with the luggage. 




I love the simple and unique architecture.


So after the tackle shop, we stopped here.
This place changed my life for real Mexican food!


Behind the bar making the good stuff!





Starting things off right...a pina colada. 

Absolutely THE best mixed drink I have ever had!

The very freshest of pineapple made this ever so savory! 

There are no words to describe how unbelievably tasty this was!


Homemade chips and salsa appetizer!


A palm tree in the middle of the restaurant.



Well you didn't expect me to quit drinking these beautiful beverages after the pina colada did you?
Here is the best mango daiquiri I've ever had!


Uh yes, I'd like one of everything please!


Brian offering up his garlic shrimp.  


My lunch...shrimp tacos adorned with all the homemade fixings:  guacamole, shredded carrots and cabbage, pico de gallo, rice, and beans!  So very very yummy!


I was able to get into the kitchen to find out where the food magic happens.  Here is the chef Pedro and his helpers.  He has cooked at various places around the world.  I was lucky enough to be in the same place he was so I could sample his 'works of art'.  A very talented chef indeed!
This is Efren, our waiter, and the owner.  He welcomes you in like it was his own home.  What a wonderful little establishment.  I am in hopes that this won't be the last trip here!



Another fantastic day on the Sea of Cortez.  
Another adventure filled day tomorrow!

"There are always new places to go fishing.  For any fisherman, there's always a new place, always a new horizon." 
-- Jack Nicklaus

***I have very unfortunate news.  I have just learned that La Costa Restaurant was destroyed in a fire in August.  I am very saddened to have heard this news but want to wish Efren and his staff the best of luck in a speedy rebuild of the restaurant.

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