- 1 ea. Fine day of weather, with temps in the low 70's, light winds, and just a pinch of small wave action.
- 1 ea. Experienced local captain, in this case an aged but not aged friend named Kalin
- 1 ea. Fishing partner, in this case we chose a son, named Christopher
As with most successful recipes the ingredients should be simple, but must be the freshest and most flavorful. In this case all of the pieces were bursting with the optimism of a new year and a day spent with friends in the most comely of all places.
- Head for the series of rocks that pepper the bottom SSE of Cerralvo Island. These include the legendary Roca Montana and the less known but equally productive Roca Hennessee and Roca RamBob. These last two are "secret" spots named after famed fisherpersons who have been known to frequent these locations, often catching fish and occasionally losing items of clothing such as hats.
- Using either bait or knife jigs, a subspecies of the venerable yo-yo jig, ply the bottom. Caution: when using the knife jigs it is best to use the ultra strong hook rigs manufactured in a small facility in Lodi, California, by craftsmen resembling the Orcs of the Ring trilogy. These jigs work best if retrieved at a very high rate of speed, with a spastic upwards jerking motion on the rod, resulting in an almost epileptic motion by the fisherman.
The proof is in the pudding!
On this day, this recipe resulted in us heading home with:
- 1 ea. 38lb. Yellowfin tuna
- 1 ea. 28lb. Yellow tail
- 2 ea. 8lb. Pargo mullato, (A finely matched brace of these tasty denizens)
- 1 ea. 20lb. Wahoo.(A surprise visitor that smacked the aforementioned jig within 6 feet of the boat and
since there was no wire leader resulted in an 8 minute display of terpsichore that rivaled the
legendary efforts of the oft talked about Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, but was accompanied by
as eloquent a combination of epithets as I have had the pleasure of hearing in many a moon)
- 1 ea. 7lb. Sierra mackerel (this fellow topped the sundae at Punta Perico)
This recipe, finely crafted and carefully executed resulted in a very fine version of the meal that we know as "Ensalada de Muertos".