Team Tex-Mex on Barra de Navidad,MX Tournament JANUARY 2013
Isla Navidad, MX- Early January was a little bit strange on the Mexican Pacific Side: Manzanillo, Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa. A lot of big storms, windy days and rough sea. All the boats and fleet's were not able to go fishing. It was strange because normally in new year eve and all January month is Flats seas and a low wind.
The Second week of January the fishing was slow in Manzanillo,MX. Small sailfish, couple of Dorados, green water on a 30 miles range.
Capt. Edgar "El chino" and "Lennin" Invite me to go fishing on a CABO 35 ft flybridge they were just checking the engines, navigation systems and all the details on the boat so we went fishing. It was a blast!!! 2-9 on sailfish and 0-1 on stripped Marlin. The fish were there just not hungry at all, they were just chasing our small lures and playing with the dead mullets.
On mid January a very good fishing friend told me to go to Barra de Navidad Tournament one of the best tournaments in Mexico so we set up our team: "Addiction Tex-Mex" on his 21 ft Key west boat. Our team ewas: Lico, El chino as capt, el guero as deckhand and me.
In the first day of tournament we went 15 miles out from Barra de Navidad we were the first boat on the "Danger zone" after 30 minutes of setting up the spread a small sailfish was behind a dead mullet we miss it!
500 yards was another yacht on our side and we just saw how they hook up a Blue Marlin. We were like: "C'mon Really?!"
At the end was a very good day a lot of Dorado Bite and sailfish. We end the day on the 6th place with a lot of points thanks to the dorados.
Second day we try the same zone it was a little bit slow for us.4-4 on sailfish but very small just for Catch & release and couple of dorados. When the day was over a lot of other teams were ahead of us in points... we were on 22th place.
Last day our last chance the first place was 80 points ahead of us....So everyone on the team knew that we need to land a Blue Marlin to get in the first three places.
We start the day losing a very good dorado maybe a 40 pounder, "El guero" had the leader on his hand, the dorado was shaking and the hook came out. It was 11:00 AM and no more strikes on the zone so we hear that 22 miles ahead of us were a big bait ball with a bunch of Tunas and dorados. So we run thru there. We cought couple of very good dorados, we hook up a lot of small tunas but we lost 1 big tuna (60 pounder) we were loosing the big animals and points. At 1:00 PM we saw our chance to get on first place a Big blue marlin swimming behind the tunas, we pass very close, the marlin went to a lure then to mullet el chino was on the reel.....20 seconds of SILENCE, then el Chino yelled It's ON!!!! we were just waiting on the jumps and then the worst feeling in the Fishing world...."NO! It's gone! the hook is out". We were 55 Miles out from Barra at 3:00 PM the sea was very rough. We end the day very sadly, very wet, we screw up our podium chances but we had a couple of big dorados to weight maybe to end on top 10 rank.
We end on 12th place. It was a good tournament for everyone the final report of the 3 days of the tournament was like: 250 dorados, 25 sailfish, 3 marlins (1 Blue marlin and 2 stripped) and 4 big tunas (80 pounders). January was good in average: Good dorado Action, couple of blue marlins, sailfish and some Tunas.
Here are the pics and a VIDEO OF TEAM TEX-MEX ON MANZANILLO INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L22A6hbSbbY