was choppy as we headed west on our morning adventure, out
of the bay past a large rusty shrimp boat and the islands.
There were only a few of us out there; the Mexican were
still anchored to the shore as the reports of NO
FISH were prevalent throughout the area. "They say that
they've gone North," said Frank. "The water may be too
Early on we
spotted a large 2 1/2 foot turtle to our right. The green
and yellow shell was still until we passed, and then it
picked up some speed and we watched it swim away quickly.
morning waves brought on a few dolphins to the side of the
boat, then more. We saw a pod of about thirty play just 15
feet in front of the boat; their telltale fin high on the
But there were no
birds. Birds, I was told, would indicate where fish were.
Certain birds liked Chula and others liked Dorado. But
there were no birds. None.
We were quiet.
Bill pulled out a tuna sandwich....and a banana. "Bananas
to be bad luck" said Frank. "Bananas and tuna sandwiches."
Bill glared at the lunch bag as if it were a dead
It was getting on.
No fish. On the radio Whitey finally told us that he made
a catch but he was substantially south of us. Fifteen
minutes later Whitey's buddy reported he caught a Dorado
too. We continued. A few birds would appear then disperse.
Flocks would congregate and then disappear. "They aren't
even selling Dorado in the market" I told them, trying to
justify our empty hull. "I tried about three places and
they all said no."
Dolphins playing by the boat
A line was tangled
and Frank untwisted the knot and threw the line back out.
A moment later he yelled "Wait an minute.....we've got
something....." And she jumped. A beautiful bright blue
and green dorado jumped to the rear of the boat some 10
of us reeled in the excess lines and tied back the awning.
Quickly. "She's not the monster" said Frank referring to
one that got away earlier in the season, "but she's a
good size. Probably 20 lbs."
Dot Bell holding the BIG Dorado
I was amazed. A
fish my first trip out. Frank passed the fishing pole to
me. "See how strong she is." The pole was swayed towards
the water and I could barely hold on never mind reel her
in. I quickly passed the pole back, afraid of letting the
ship down with my banana luck.
It took about 35
exciting minutes to pull her in. She swam round and round
the boat and almost got away when she dove under the boat
and tangled the line in the propeller. Frank and Bill
quickly worked the line and made sure we weren't going
home empty. She repeated her trick again but this time the
motor and propeller were up and there was nothing to get
She tired as she
fought the line. Around and around the boat she swam,
amazing us with the florescent colors and mighty strength.
Bill brought out the net and on the second attempt,
scooped her in head first. A big one; some 31 lbs.
High fives all
around and joy.
Thanks Frank. For
the experience and opportunity. It was a blast and a
memory I will cherish. Hey.....Sushi's on me at 1.
About the Area
Bahía de Jaltemba is about
40 miles (60 KMS) North of Puerto Vallarta in the State of Nayarit and has a
number of small communities with a variety of accommodation ranging from spartan
$30 per night to the luxury B & B for over $150. Rincon de Guayabitos and La
Peñita have great camping and RV facilities – many with room for a boat for
under $30 per night or $550 per month.
Driving to La Peñita
– Cross the border at Nogalas and drive down Highway 15 through 3 states to the
City of Nayarit. (Approximately 1500KMS or just over 900 miles) From Tepic to La
Peñita take Highway 200 south 80 KMS or 55 miles more.
Fly in to Puerto Vallarta
Airport. Either rent a car and head North on Highway 200, hire a taxi to la
Peñita (approximately $60) or hire a taxi to the bus station ($3) and take a bus
Linnaeus, CORY PHAENIDAE FAMILY; also called dolphinfish, mahi mahi, domdo
The Dorado is a type of
dolphin though it shouldn't be confused with the dolphin that is a mammal.
It is not a porpoise, which are also called dolphin. Dorado are cold-blooded
fish- porpoises are mammals and are protected by law. Flipper this is not.
roughly translated to mean Golden in Spanish refers to the golden hue that is
sometimes seen on the sides
Also known as
Mahi Mahi in Hawian meaning Strong Strong refers to the spiecies amazing
strength and arobatic fight
World Record –
88lbs caught off Exuma in the Bahamas
Mexican Record –
85 lbs caught off Cabo San Lucas
tropical waters around the world in waters 68 degrees although the preferred
tempratures are 78 to 85
Dorado grow very
quickly (1 year approximately 6 lbs, 2 years approximately 20 lbs, 3 years
approximately 30 lbs, lifespan of 5 years or less)
florescent blue/green in the water with a bright blue pectoral fin in the water
with yellow or golden spots on the sides. When the fish is removed from the
water the colors change between green, blue and yellow; it often turns yellow
and a muted grey after death
are usually larger than the females and are distinguished by a big flat
forehead; females heads are more rounded. Males live longer and grow faster
travel in schools whereas older bulls and cows travel alone or in pairs,
probably the remaining fish from the original school
Dorado spawn every six weeks and produce pin-size 400,000 eggs
Dorado run fiercely and can exceed 50 miles per hour in short bursts. Hooked
Dorado often leap or tail walk.
Dorado feeds on
fish that are sheltered; floating debris, such as weeds attract Dorado
Man-o-wars and other birds feed on the fish driven to the surface by Dorado
A delicious fish with firm
flesh, delicate flavor and moderate fat A 4 -ounce portion of Dorado has
approximately 100 calories, 18.5 g protein, 1 g total fat, 15 mg calcium, 1.3 g
iron, 143 mg phosphorus, 416 mg potassium, 88 mg sodium, and 180 IU vitamin A.
It is a versatile fish and
can be broiled, baked, sautéed grilled, fried or deep fried. All are
sensational. If using on the barbeque, leave the skin on to hold the flesh.