As mentioned in the new house post - L and I took Cole to Mexico for a quick trip in the middle of August. What a great time. We went to a small town called Loreto - it's on the Baja Peninsula, a few hours north of Cabo. Alaska has direct flights in from LA, so it was a reasonably quick trip down. We stayed at Hotel CoCo Cabanas - highly recommended for a getaway - it's a very small place, with about 8 cabanas centered around a pool. There aren't very many things to do in Loreto - you can fish, kayak, fish, snorkel, fish, or scuba dive. We spent 2 days just chilling around the hotel, and one day fishing.
Now, we should make one thing clear - we are not fisher-people. L and I went fishing in Cabo when we were there a couple of years ago, and that is pretty much the extent of my fishing experience (other than catching a dead carp as a kid and showing it to my dad, and falling in the river). Anyway, we thought it would be fun, man were we right! After a rather early wakeup call (exacerbated by the fact that the airline told us the wrong time when we got off the plane, so we were still asleep when our captain Francisco knocked on our door) we headed out to the docks and we were off.
First order of business was to catch our bait. L was the queen of catching mackerel - hauling in about 20 in 15 minutes. I was on giant squid duty. Whoa. I guess they cut up the squid into small chunks to use as bait. The squid itself was like 40lbs, and huge. I learned to pull up with the rod, rather than the reel, and after about 10 minutes we had our bait and we headed out to the open sea.
Along the way, came the highlight of the day - we had put in the big lures - hoping to catch the big one. Like my cool fishing terminology? Anyway, it was chaos. Francisco set the hook, and handed the pole over to L - and the fight was on. We could see the marlin jumping out of the water - it was beautiful. L fought that sucker for like 20 minutes. She'd reel reel reel, and then have to let it run. It put up a hell of a fight. But, 20min later, there it was, easily an 80lb marlin, longer from tip to tail than I am tall - she did a great job!
After that things mellowed out. We headed a little further out to sea, to search for Dorado (mahi mahi). On the way we saw whales, dolphins - what a trip. Once there, we put the mackerel on the hooks and started fishing. Now it was time for Cole to come into her own, even with a broken wrist she managed to land about 3 fish - maybe 30lbs each. She was grinning from ear to ear.
After the trip it was time to get back to the hotel, where our captain took care of filleting the Dorado, and taking the marlin to the smokehouse. That night, we took a bunch of the fish into a restaurant in town and had them prepare it for us 3 ways - what a great way to enjoy some of the freshest fish we ever had. The next day we picked up the marlin from the smokehouse (an interesting experience, given I don't speak so much Spanish, and the folks at the "smokehouse" didn't really recognize me). That night we enjoyed another chunk of the fish at a cookout around the pool at the hotel! As for the rest of the fish, well, we gave about half of it to the captain, his brother, and the hotel manager, and the rest we packing in our new cooler and brought it home.
All in all, a great trip!