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sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

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sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

We are traveling to Mazatlan in March and we want to get infomation on sail boat rides, pan fishing and horseback riding. Other places we have been to in Mexico we just spoke with people on the beach to arrange these things. Is this the thing to do in Mazatlan or should we book ahead online?

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1. Re: sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

Jadin, The equivelent of our northern pan fishing would be inshore fishing in a Panga, for bottom species usually. There are plenty of opportunities for that, at either marina. Around 180 for a 6 hour trip. Is that what you want?

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2. Re: sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

Okay, I'll bite. What is pan fishing?

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3. Re: sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

IMHO the best horseback riding is at Gingers--which is at Bruja--the end of the bus line to the north. Very easy to find. Stone island has good horses as well--take your pick. There are Catamarans (small 3-4 passenger) sail boats for hire all over the Golden Zone. The horses that some young men will offer for rent in the Golden Zone on the beach are not a good idea--unless you are a VERY accomplished horseman.

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4. Re: sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

Thank you for the all of the good info.

Pan fishing is fish small enough to fry up in a pan. Not sailfish. Usually done in smaller boats. Not deap sea fishing.

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5. Re: sail boats, pan fishing and horseback riding

Jadin,

Are you bringing your own fishing gear? If so, I recommend you strip all of the line off and clean the reels as soon as you get home to remove the residue from salt water.

If not, most fishing guides will provide rods and reels. Sometimes the quality is not so great. Remember, you get what you pay for. Cheaper is not always better.

I've seen some adversiting for guides who take people inland to go freshwater bass fishing. Never done it myself, but we are considering it this time.

If you go out in a panga, tell the guide you want to catch some Sierra. The are a very tasty mackerel about the size of small northerns. They school on the surface less than a half mile from shore. Trolling with blue and silver Kastmasters works great. Best places are north of Mazatlan.

The guides will say Sierra are not good to eat, but don't believe them. If you allow them to keep the fish, they will either take them home to eat or sell them to the local markets. The meat is very soft, so most locals make a dish called Cervice (sp). They cut the meat into small cubes and "cook" it in the refigerator in lime juice for 8 hours. Add salsa, and YUM! It's also good grilled, but if you do that, leave the skin on the outside of the filet, or it will break up into small pieces.

Bottom fishing on the reefs might net you some grouper, sea bass, or any variety of species. When we go out in a panga we usually spilt time between trolling for Sierra and bottom fishing. That way we have a variety of fish to eat.

We generally share our fish with the guide in return for cleaning them for us.

If you go out in a panga, make sure to tell the guide that you don't want to go way out for marlin or tuna. If you want to do that, you are better off in a bigger boat. If you are lucky, you might see whales.

Good Luck!