Wednesday, January 17, 2018

One is the Loneliest Number

Got an invite to go fishing so I jumped at the chance. Linda was with the gang out at the Banana Plantation and due to the invite, we had to split up for the day.

One of our friends, Charles, set the fishing trip up with a new-to-us guide named Cocol. While fishing in the past, I always heard our guide, Gerardo Kosonoy, radio a friend of his named Cocol. Gerardo would use a deep voice and say "Cocol, CocolCocol," over his radio and he and Cocol would share what had been happening fishwise that day. Now that I know who Cocol is, it will make going out with Gerardo that much more fun.

Our fishing crew consisted of Charles, Blair, Ron (of Ron and Marianne) and myself. Sorry for no last names; I do that to protect the innocent. (Plus down here no one introduces anyone using last names.)
Cocol lands Charles dorado.

The four crew grabbed a taxi in Melaque and were dropped off right at Cocol's boat in Barra.

We were out on the water before sunrise and caught a bonito right off the bat. Bonito is considered a junk fish to sports fishermen. They fight hard but only for a short run and their meat is blood red and very fishy tasting.

After Cocol let the fish go, we got back up to speed and immediately caught a dorado. Charles was first up and landed the fish quickly. Great! One in the boat and we just started!
For the next six hours, we got strikes and had runs but failed to hook up and land any more fish.
One lonely fish!

Disappointing to say the least, but fun due to the action and the amount of sea life we got to see. During our outing, we saw a ton of sea turtles, dolphins, one lone seal and a whale!

The seal was sleeping right out in the middle of nowhere. The whale was about a quarter mile off the inlet to Barra and it was jumping all over the place.

I didn't get a photo of the whale because we were pulling our lures in when Cocol spotted a dorado and started chasing it with the one remaining lure that we had in the water. Boy, six hours offshore and we see dorado by the inlet to Barra! We quickly let out two lines but failed to see any more fish.

After about six passes through the area where the fish was spotted we called it quits and headed into the dock. Cocol cleaned the fish and then we caught a taxi back to Melaque.

One fish, but we had a good day on the water.

Below are photos of the shipwreck that is located on the point off Barra. The first two are from today. The second two are from December 2016, the year she first went aground.

January 2018.
December 2016
January 1018.
December 2016.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Lot of Friends

It took me 20 shots to get this selfie. 
We hopped on the bus and headed to La Manzanilla this morning. On the way, I sat with a lovely young lady who was new to the area and we chatted about La Manz and this area as a whole. Her name was Sondra and she was adventuring around the area by herself. Linda met a lady by the name of Gail and when we got to La Manz we all found spots on the beach together.

From left - Sondra, Gail, Linda and John K.
Within a half hour, Iris and John, friends from Edison, WA and Langley, BC respectively, joined us and our group got a bit larger. John Karpenko, another friend from Coeur d'Alene, had his sailboat anchored offshore and he and his crewmate, Lucy, also joined our party.

Later on, to complicate things more, John and Liz, more friends from Edison, WA., also joined us with two new friends, Tom and Jessie.

If you are counting, that is three Johns.

We all set up camp at a beachfront restaurant called Fiesta Mexicana. Beers and margaritas were ordered as we all settled in.

Everyone chatted and enjoyed the day. We ate and drank, much like every day on the beach. It was good to catch up with our friends and also find out about and get to know the new folks we had just met.

Beach cocadas, a beach day standard.
The beach was not crowded as it was a Monday. Our usual gathering spot, Pedro's, was closed and that is why we were at the Fiesta Mexicana. The food left a lot to be desired and everyone longed for Pedro's fish tacos. Other than the so-so food, we had a great day.

At 3:30 PM all the bus travelers caught their transportation back to Melaque. Linda and I walked home to our casa and took a swim. It was an early night for both of us. Another great day in the books.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Shore Life

The aquatic life and birds along the shore of the Bahia de Navidad were going crazy all day long. We walked the playa to Casa Rosa to watch the sunset.

One of the locals had caught a net full of little fish and everyone was tossing the bait in the air to the terns and frigates. It was a frenzy of birds and little fish. Linda joined in and used her softball arm to feed a few of the flying wonders.

A frigate was caught on a hand line used to catch the shoreline fish. It was released no worse for the snagging.

Several shoreline fish were pulled in their fate most likely being a frying pan later on this evening.

A beautiful sunset was on display and another day passed. Linda and I walked home and made dinner, showered and went to bed.