Okay... you may have noticed that I haven't posted in the past week. The reason was my wife and I took the kids down to Mazatlan for a little time off during spring break. I did manage to spend a day with my father in law and a couple of my brother in laws out on the ocean for a bit of fishing. I have fished the Gulf and Atlantic a few times but this was the first time I ever fished on the Pacific side. We rented a boat for the day and went about 15 miles out on some humps and bottom fished at 125 to 135 feet. It was non-stop action for a couple of hours and we had a blast. I caught 7 red snappers, 3 white snappers, 2 perch and 2 trigger fish. The trigger fish were the most fun... kind of like trying to get a giant sunny up off th bottom. The captain seemed very knowledgable and had a bunch of gps coordinates stored and when things started dropping off, he would up the anchor and move us to another spot. We caught over 50 fish in all.
If you ever get down in that area, I would recommend the charter. We used Escualo Fishing Charters. We picked a smaller boat because of the cost. It was $285 for around 7 hours on a 26 footer which I thought was a pretty good price. Our captain was Captain Palos and he got us on fish immediately. In fact, I pulled out a red snapper within 3 minutes of anchoring.
Sorry, I have no pics, unless you want to see family members sitting around a pool or eating and drinking. One of the brothers brought a camera, but I am not sure he took any pictures. I had a camera too, but really, we caught nothing over 5 lbs. I was kind of hoping for one of those fish that weigh 500 lbs that I could stand next too, but that didn't happen. The snappers and perch averaged around 3 lbs while one of the trigger fish looked to be about 5 lbs. To me, that's hardly worth photographing on the ocean.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988