February 24th, 2006 by: joshua

We arrived in Mazatlan at 5:00 this morning just in time for carnival.

Our fishing luck seems to have turned around. We hooked two sierras on our way into Playa Bonanza. We got one on deck but the other fucked off with our rapala. That thing cost $20 and only caught 2 fish. Oh well, I guess you have to expect it. Hopefully it will be a bonus for some mexican fisherman.

We left Punta Bonanza at about 7:00 toward Mazatlan and just as we were rounding the northern tip of Isla Cerralvo we caught 2 bonito. We threw one back and left the lures in the water. Later we caught our first dorado which made a great breakfast especially since we had butter. Mmmm. Butter. Mmmm. Dorado.

We left with a norther because we didn’t want to end up motoring the whole way. The wind was nice 15-25 kts nnw but the seas were pretty ugly. 6-8 ft and steep (about 5s).

Day 2 was better. Especially because we caught our first yellow-fin tuna. I had to wake up Cheyenne to steer while I reeled it in. However, cleaning the thing in those seas was a mess. I was completely covered in fish blood. Yummy though so it was worth it. We’ve been having seared tuna for every meal with no end in sight. The bonito will have to wait.

3 Comments on “Mazatlan”

  1. jeff says:

    congrats wow your fishin now ,
    mainland mex on you way now, be sure to ck out
    thoes places we talked about san blas, tennicatitas
    (spel) bandaras, and so on.
    dad says howdy he’s leaving March 1st for bahamas.
    love jeff

  2. Grant Douglass says:

    Josh – were you using a leader of any kind when the sierra (Spanish Mackerel) broke off? If not, you can prevent that by fashioning a wire leader to tie to your main line. Kingfish, sierra and the like have bunches of sharp teeth that will slice through ordinary mono line. Either find some small guage wire or 80 – 100 test mono to fashion a 18″ – 2′ leader. Also, it is a very good idea to re-tie your knot every 2 or 3 fish caught.

    Just food for thought, my two cents worth.

    Enjoying very much.


  3. joshua says:

    Hi Grant. I had been using a braided wire leader, but we hadn’t caught anything in a while so a switched to mono. Maybe 50lb, I don’t remember. I hadn’t thought to rety the knots but it sounds like a good idea.

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