//WL2K It’s just a skipjack…
Left Puerto Escondido with Genny and Steve on board. Their two kayaks were strapped to the top of the zodiac which we towed behind us. It looked like a weird plastic pontoon boat.
We had a fun windward bash with light winds that built throughout the day to about 15kts. We trolled a spoon, a squid plug, and a rapala the whole way, and about 2 hours into the trip we heard the drag racing out on the rapala. Steve landed a nice skipjack about 10lbs. I know everyone says “it’s just a skipjack, not a r e a l bonito” but its red meat grilled up like a t-bone last night. We all thought it was as delicious as good beef.
We had a small delay when I hooked my 80 pounder and fought it for 20 minutes or so. It turned out to be another 10lb skipjack, which we released. He sure put up a fight, though. We didn’t make it to Puerto Ballandra until nearly sunset, but we found a spot to anchor between the 5 other boats.
Today we’re going to do a bit of hiking and explore Isla Carmen. There are a couple spots on the chart that look like good snorkeling which we’ll check out as well.
The boat looks like a circus tent with all the sun awnings we have put up, but it really makes a difference. It’s 73 degrees in the cabin as I write this.
The weather is great. The fishing is great. The sun is hot. The drinks are cold.
Puerto Ballandra, Isla Carmen
Lat. 26 01.139N
Lon. 111 09.813W
Sounds lovely guys! Love the updates.
Funny…on the Chesapeake Bay, a “skipjack” is a type of sailboat used by watermen for crapping and oyster harvesting. It’s a wide, flat-bottomed, shoal draft boat with a centerboard, a VERY long boom, sloop-rigged.
I liked the 80-pounder 20 minute battle story that turned into a 10 lb skipjack 😉
Also can’t wait to see pics of all the sun awnings!! Great idea! Hope you were able to get your water purifying system working again. Enjoy the rest of the adventure!!! Love that you guys are updating via ham radio haha.