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, Cocol, Cocol," 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.