SLOW FISHING DAY AT THE 41-MILE REEF FOR THE DOS BORRACHOS
Feb. 7, 2007, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, Mexico, Ollie Peltier, boat Dos Borrachos:
On Tuesday February 6th, we launched the Dos Borrachos from the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) harbor at 8:15 a.m. The water temperature was 60-62 degrees.
Fishing on board the Dos Borrachos with me were Harry Florian, Jim Peltier and Les Foss.
We had heard that the red snapper were hitting at the 41 mile reef, which is approximately 40 miles at 191 degrees from Rocky Point.
The tide change was at approximately 10:05 a.m., so we headed directly to the reef.
We arrived at the reef at 9:45 a.m.
I looked around for several minutes until I saw some structure and fish. We all baited up using squid, bonita, or both.
On the first drop, Jim hooked into a nice fish which took him into the rocks. This fish was subsequently lost.
Several minutes later, Les got a good hookup on his bonita bait. After a short fight, Les boated a nice pinta, or spotted cabrilla, which weighed 37 pounds on the De-liar scale.
We continued to fish the 41 mile reef for several hours but only boated 3 nice calico bass, or gold spotted sand bass.
I could see quite a number of fish on my Lowrance depth sounder, but they had a case of lockjaw.
We tried fishing at several other nearby reefs but didn't have any action.
We did see one finback whale but that was all we saw. We didn't see any birds working, sea lions or dolphins.
I have noticed that typically, if you don't see anything else feeding, the fish aren't either.
At 2:30 p.m., we headed back to the harbor at Rocky Point on smooth water.