One of the best spots to catch a Marlin is called "Ocho mas
Ocho" (8 plus 8). This sea mount is almost in front of El Cardonal's
Hide-a-Way. There is also very near "Punta
Pescadero" that was named because of the great quantity of
fish that are present all year.
In 1997 a group of 3 tourists-fishermen hooked a BIG FISH. An intense fight ensured and each of the 3 fishermen took turns fighting this creature that only wanted to dive to the depths of the Sea of
Cortez. Line was peeling of the reel and it was decided to tie an
other rod and reel to the first one and overboard went the first
rod and reel but the fish keep on diving so an other rod and reel
was hooked to the first two ones.
Hours went by and hunger set in. The "Capitan" of the boat called to
shore. Food and supplies were shipped out. Darkness fell on the sea and the fight continued.
The fish never gave in and more food had to be sent out but this time farther out.
After 40 miles of running and 23 hours the fish decided to come up and one
after the other the rods and reels were brought back on board with
the last one still hooked to the fish. A strenuous fight ended
with the fish finally tied to the boat.
Once in port the fish was taken to the big hanging scaffold
scale But still the tail dragged on the round so a hole was dug in
the sand. When the fish was finally hanging free the scale
indicated 950 pounds. After taking physical measurement the
local fishing experts declared that the fish weighted approximately
1150 lbs. at hook up. Nice Marlin!!
One of our local stories has it that two fishermen in a panga had to jump overboard and push the boat to shore
because fish and men where to heavy a load...
In June 1999 one of our female guests went fishing with her husband in their 12-foot aluminum boat. While trolling a fish took the lure and peeled off line. After a long fight a Wahoo 61 inches long and 25 inches in diameter, with lots of teeth, was put in the boat.
Wahoo are the fastest fish in the water and the meanest test for any kind of line. This catch on a 20lbs. monofilament is a World Record for sure.
2002 an other record: 100 lbs Wahoo caught on a 20 lbs.
Recently one of our guests went spear fishing at the point located at the end of the bay, which is in walking distance from the hotel. Using only snorkeling equipment and reaching about 30 feet in depth with only a small volume of air in his lungs the hunter fired on a pretty big fish called "Pez Perro" (Dog Fish).
Once the spear was set the fish started to fight for his
life. The hunter pulled on the line attached to the spear and once the fish was within is grip he decided to apply a
head-hold on the fish (yes, like in wrestling). Because of his need for air the hunter started to head for the surface. When he got close the
fish was fighting him real hard with the result that he was
The hunter decided to put his free hand in the mouth of his
victim. The result of this was that he became a victim himself; the
fish bit right through one of his fingers. On the Scale a Weight of 20 kilos (42 pounds) was registered.
As a reminder that he should never put is hands in the mouth of
his victims we at El Cardonal's Hide-a-Way mounted
the "JAWS" for the victor.
In 1999 we had a fisherman that fished 5 half days in a row. Every day he would come back tired with lots of Yellow fin Tuna. At the end of his 5 half days
he had caught over 500 kilos of fish. Nothing was loss good people
got the food.
One morning as the sun rises over the ocean's horizon in August of 2000 another famous fisherman
was in the water up to his waist right in front of his suite.
After catching a few fish just to get in the mood he jumped in the
14 foot aluminum boat and took off for a few hours. Trolling live
bait he got to fight a rooster fish that would of topped 40
pounds. With enough small fish already caught for lunch he released
the fish. After lunch back he went trolling until around 6
pm. Had he fished enough...no way he was back on the beach and
casting out sardines that he was scooping off from the water. He
hooked one fish after an other. At one point an other person went
to see him and he passed the rod and reel to him...a big 5 pound
jack was on and after 20 minutes it was released so it could
continue to grow and make little ones...did this famous fisherman
go back fishing...not that night but for the next 2 weeks he
repeated his daily thing...fish, fish and fish...then one day he
said "Have my fill of fishing for a while...to many fish caught and released".
June 2001, the same
fisherman came with is daughter. She first
hooked a lady fish which was returned to the water, the next cast
was a trumpet fish, the next cast was a jack of over 5 kilos that
was released as the other ones in the middle of a sardines that
were jumping on the sand to get away from other hungry predators. In the same week her
father returned with a 60 pound dorado that was caught a few miles
out. The fish was only one of many that he played that day.
We had the pleasure of
having as guests two gentlemen that are fly fishermen (more and
more are discovering us). They when
out with a panga and came back with a 25 pound yellow fin tuna and
two bonitos (black fin tuna). All three fish were caught on streamer
flies. Shore fishing in the morning and evening gave them
Some local fishermen go out at night
and come back loaded with fish and loaded with fish. Why do the go
at night...? Because if the went during the day the
fish would jump right in the boat and they would have to swim
pushing the boat to shore...
one time in 2000 we had guests that were fishing from shore. The
sardines were boiling in the surf. thousands of them been chased by
the predators. The fisherman was casting out but not hooking on...
He decided to get in a kayak. Hook ups were one after an other after
he started to listen to the girls that keep on saying: "use
sardines". How did he get the sardines? No problem he
only had to take the ones that were trying to get away from becoming
a meal by jumping in the kayak
sept. 2001 an other true fisherman (the difference with a true
fisherman and a tourist-fisherman is the one that brings his own
equipment) fished every day from a super panga. The first day
dorado, the second day wahoo, the third day was dedicated at wahoo
but dorado and tuna were preventing good hook up on the wahoo, the
fourth day there were so many dorado that they were declared a nuisance
fish..., the fifth day out he went and released a big blue
marlin...the "Capitan" wanted the fish but all of it's 200
kilos were released. The next day out again chasing the
numerous sail fish he had seen while fighting the blue pointed
MAY 2002: Eddies
resort was everything a true fisherman who desires no interference
at all. It is basically at the end the trail, and seemed remote but
very pleasant. The resort consisted of 6 motel units that are
complete with kitchenettes, which we desired for cooking fish
frequently. Oysters were dirt cheap and giant sacks awaited us when
we needed a refill for only $20. We kept a sack in the sea at the
resort at all times. A quick stop for groceries was needed in Los
Barrilles. All the bait we could shake a stick at, was right on the
beach in front of the hotel. Eddie has a 14’ McGregor with a 15 hp
on it for rent. It was an excellent boat that a fellow and me rented
every second day. We would often track down Alberto who ran a bait
panga (Lu, Lu) and fish next to him. Great relationship. We could
trade fish and few dollars for tons of fresh bait (sardina) to put
in our bait well at any time. Fish for an hour, make a trade, and
then get more bait. We did this endlessly until our arms hurt from
the fish. We also took the skiff way out on the ocean during calm
days and had a blast with the looks from some of yachts we saw. We
never did land a marlin in the small boat but I believe the fellow
that stayed on for another two weeks will. Eddie and Beatrice run a
nice business and are extremely honest. Two thumbs up!
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