02 Sep Mexico Fishing
San Diego –> Mexican Waters
Time to hunt for Yellow Fin Tuna. Once again, no clue what we were getting ourselves into. A recurring theme, yes. Adventure buddy, ZZZ.lf, were vacationing in San Diego for a duel birthday weekend. Big fans of fishing, we wanted to get out on the waters and catch something big.
The day started out like any other day. Standing in line. We waited in line to check in and get our poles for the day long trip. Surrounded by sea faring men, these two city slickers were ready to land a big one.
Heading out on the boat we made our way to Mexican waters. First stop was our live bait, sardines. Surrounded by sea lions waiting for a free meal, the deck hands scooped and transferred hundreds of fish.
Arriving at our destination area, the troll line was flagged out and we trolled… “FRESH ONE! WE GOT A FRESH ONE!” yelled the deck hands. Chaos erupted. Everyone scrapping around to get the perfect bait, hook and cast. We both looked at each other like, what the heck is going on… A couple of people pulled up some Yellow Tail, most didn’t. then it was over.
Zach looked at me and said, “Justin, you don’t look like you know what you’re doing.” I replied, “Well, that’s because I don’t.” We both laughed.
The remainder of the day was about the same. Complete chaos followed by a dead calm of people standing around waiting to make the next catch. Then controlled chaos.
Learning how to fish off the side of a boat with 60 other people is tricky. You first have to be aggressive, then inept followed by a really good cast. Other considerations are which way the boat is drifting, which way the wind is blowing and whether the idiot next to you is going to reel up his line with yours. One of the more frustrating aspects of fishing with a large group is knowing when your bait has been taken by a sea lion.
The day’s catch ended with hooking two sea lions, a bust, and one tuna. But some great stories and interesting people.