Fishing in Huatulco awesome

Last week, about 70 people, nearly all from Kenora, hit the road to Huatulco, Mexico for the marriage of Chris Savage and Chrysti Bowen.
Chris is my longtime bass tournament partner, and likes to fish as much as I do, so it was no surprise that we brought some fishing gear down to Mexico to see what we could find in the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean.
Huatulco is a beautiful place. Located on the southwest coast of Mexico, we were greeted with fantastic weather throughout our stay. Temperatures were in the high 30s C every day and the low 20s at night. The sun shone bright every day we were there, as well.
The waters of the Pacific were warm, crystal clear, deep blue, and absolutely full of life.
I spent parts of four days on the water during this trip and caught a mixed bag of fish—most of which I had never caught before (or even heard of, for that matter). Roosterfish, rockfish, grouper, bonita, spanish mackerel, and various types of jacks were all eager to bite.
It’s amazing how much life there is in the ocean and how fast every thing moves. Most of the fish have teeth, too.
We caught mostly all of our fish on Rapala X-Raps by casting them out and basically reeling them in as fast as we could. If you twitched these baits like we do for smallmouths in Sunset Country, these fish would follow but would bite.
They all wanted baits that moved fast!
Besides the great fishing, the other saltwater life we saw was what really made the trips on the water worthwhile: giant manta rays up to 12 feet wide. We saw a number of these gracefully swimming along offshore.
On one trip, Jeff Rose and I encountered a group of more than 1,000 dolphins swimming playfully along. Our guide motored the boat into the large school and the dolphins actually played with the boat and allowed us to reach out and touch them—it was really awesome.
On another outing with Jeff Poperechny and our girlfriends, August and Cheryl, we had another encounter with a group of probably 200 dolphins. They are an entertaining animal to watch just how smoothly and effortlessly they cruise through the water. Large sea turtles could be found rather easily, as well.
We also had one whale sighting, about a half-mile ahead of us in the boat one morning. I dunno how a 20,000-pound animal can disappear, but in the ocean anything is possible.
The fishing is relatively easy; you just have to constantly be on the lookout for action happening on the water like birds diving at bait or baitfish busting on the surface. Find these types of things happening (and it isn’t difficult) and you will catch fish.
Virtually all saltwater fish make our freshwater cousins look very wimpy. We caught a lot of three- to five-pound fish and every one felt like a 20-pound lake trout was on the end of our line.
Since we just brought bass tackle along, we did not tangle with any of the big stuff the ocean is famous for, like marlin, mahi-mahi, or tuna, which all could be found where we were fishing. Instead, we just had fun with the small inshore fish and had a ball.
Jeff Rose caught the best fish of the trip—a 15-pound rooster.
As for the wedding, it went off without a hitch. The weather was great that day and everyone had fun.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Savage!

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