I have been trying for 11 years to catch a Sailfish. each time I go I got the old 'its the wrong time of year' - 'you should have been here yesterday' all the same excuses I use myself when out fishing.
I got close last year in Baja but my pain was eased there by a brace of Striped Marlin - but alas no Sail.
This year i ummed and arred about who to go with, should I do it myself, should I share a boat, who is catching, who is not. Anyway, albeit it a little belatedly I made contact with the Capt Ricks office to enquire about the fishing, what Captains are available all the usual things that I have asked before and expected the same very positive answers you get before you pay out your Dollar.
I was pleasantly surprised to receive very quick and what turned out to be very accurate information about what my chances would be, what options I had and how much everything would cost.
My decision was to pay what I thought would be the additional few Dollars to get a recognized outfit who had a number of boats and so it would be in their interests to share the info on where the productive areas would be and what was the best method at the time to catch.
I phoned the company on arrival in Mexico and sorted the transfer. They modified the set off time as I see an early start as being an advantage. The transport was at the hotel early, told us (me and the wife) how long it would take to get to the Marina and what the fishing was likely to be.
At the office we were given a full induction on what to expect, how the day was going to be planned, we were introduced to the Captain and his two mates and made to feel very comfortable. I was told that the Sailfish bite wasn't the best at the moment but that a few had been seen and that conditions were good.
We booked for 8 hours and set off at 7am as planned.
By 7.20 the lines were out and we were fishing, I was a little worried as I thought we would be motoring a few miles offshore to get to the Southern fishing grounds. At 07.40 we had our first bite, a wahoo which bit the tail off the bait within a split second. Not long after that we continued to troll along the coast within site of the shore. I wondered if this would be 'another one of those days', I needn't have worried, The clip on the outrigger shot off and it was identified within a couple of seconds by the Captain as a Sailfish and so it proved, a 60lb Sailfish to be exact.
They could have taken me in there and then and I would still have been happy, however the crew continued to fish and changed the fresh baits I would say approx every 10 mins. Some looked ok to me but they still changed them anyway.
My wife and I took it in turn to take the bites as they came. The next fish was a small Tuna to her, the one after that a larger Barracuda to me. Then she had a another fish on which suddenly started pulling hard then came in easy. When it got to the boat there was only the head of a Tuna left on the hook!
At about 13;00 the right hand (of six) rods registered a bite and the Captain said it was a White Marlin. A nuisance fish to me but he was very excited as they are rare at this time of year apparently. The Marlin jumped and actually fought harder than the sailfish although it was 10lb smaller. The Mates said I could fight it 'Mano mano' which I did and experience the whole thrill of the fight.
Apart from the 41/2 fish we landed we also had at least 6 other bites which believe me is a good result on a deep sea charter.
My advice is that its worth spending the cash on a recognized outfit whos business is in repeat custom and reviews like this one. The boat crews are Mayan and so don't communicate in perfect English but we mostly go to catch fish and they are as keen as you are for you to be successful so who cares if you dont get the full history lesson on the area. Us fishermen want fish in the boat not a pleasant chat on the Ocean.
I told the Captain that I was there to catch a Sailfish and that I only wanted to fish for Sailfish. A gamble as it could have turned into 8 hours of tedious watching of rod tops, bu it didn't.
I can only tell you what I found and that is that Glenna and the rest at Captain Ricks are honest and committed to making your trip a success and that is all we can ask, the rest is down to mother nature and the fish themselves.
A great day out, one of my best, and now I have the bragging rights instead of my wife.
By the way, the boat (Puffin) was clean, the rods, reels and line never looked likely to let us down and the food the mate prepared was very good and very appreciated.
Thank you to all those concerned, I am a very happy fisherman
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