We are again sitting at Isla Coronados outside Loreto waiting for another bout of extremely serious NW wind. Again, we have 5,000,000 sardines hiding out under the boat.
But now, we have their number.
We put two large very sharp single hooks on the swivel of a wire leader. Then we drop the hooks through the sardine shoal to the bottom. When we pull it back up, a sardine gets caught on one of the hooks. Too bad for it.
We cast the hooked sardine twenty or thirty feet from the boat. Usually, it swims as fast as it can to get back under the boat.
Sometimes it doesn’t make it.
Sometimes a larger fish trades places with the sardine on the hook.
That’s a Pacific Jack Crevalle on the left and a Green Jack on the right.
The Pacific Jack Crevalle doesn’t have a dorsal fin, or, at least, this one didn’t. He was pretty hard to fillet.
He had a big bony thing where his dorsal fin goes. It didn’t look like a tumor. Weird.
Nancy caught a Cero and a Spanish mackerel.
The Spanish mackerel is the kindest of all food fishes. If you wave a properly sharpened knife at it the fillets jump into the soaking bowl. There is no easier fish to clean in the entire world, and the meat is wonderful and white and flakey.
We caught so many we stopped taking pictures. We even stopped fishing. We also stopped fishing because a great big bull Sea Lion showed up and swam around under the boat for a while. Do Sea Lions like sardines? It’s a mystery.