Wednesday was a full day of fishing. It was great to get up and see the early morning activity on the pier as the fishermen and customers get ready for fishing. We opted to go for small game. I thought of my Dad a number of times during the day as they had planned to come to Mexico with us and he would have been with us on the boat. Happy 80th Dad! We were thinking of you out on the ocean!
Our first two strikes were unsuccessful. Our captain’s expression was “Oh well, catch and release!”
The first two “catch and release” were before sunrise and before we were out of the bay area. We still had a full day of fishing ahead.
Tada! La Bonito! The Bonito are a part of the tuna family. Our boat captain “Santos” described it as a black tuna. They put up a great fight and are very powerful for their size.
We also caught this small Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) and spiny Mackerel. We didn’t get many opportunities for pictures as the fish were striking really well. After the first two individual catch and release we were catching them two at a time. Pat had hoped for three at a time out of the five rods that were in the water. Sure enough, a few minutes later we had three fish on. After that Pat hoped we would catch five out of five; no luck with that but we did catch four at one time – that was a bit of a scramble as we untangled the rods and fishing line.
We did have a little time to look at some of the scenery and have a bit of lunch. In total we close to 30 fish!! I lost count after a while. We caught something like 10 spiny Mackerel, 1 Dorado and more than a dozen Bonito! There were four accidental “catch and release” and two more at the end that we threw back as we certainly had caught our fair share of fish! It was an awesome day of fishing! Our boat captain filleted the fish before we got to shore so we were able to bring home one fillet of Dorado, four fillets of Bonito and four fillets of spiny Mackerel.
Here are some the fish that Santos our boat captain gave away to the poorer people at the pier. The rest (about 10) were kept by Santos our boat captain. We grilled some Bonito for supper that night. It was excellent! Close in texture to tuna so real good eating. We should have enough fish in the freezer to last us a while now.