|From L to R, "Best wishes, Jay West", "Best fishes, Bill Haniford", and "I can't tuna piano, but I can sure tuna fish, Gary Field"|
The other day, I was talking to Jay, who is also a collaborator on this blog. He was telling me that all these years he thought we took this trip in 1977. Well, if you look at the date on the photo, you'll notice the date is January 1979. Nuff said. Jay and I were very much present for the 60's and 70's. Just a little fuzzy when it comes to the chronology. Let it be know, that the reasons for the fuzzy headedness are no longer present in Jay's or my life. But, there still might be the occassional memory lapse, or senior moment, if you will.
The marlins in this picture are fairly small(approx. 180 lbs each) as the breed goes, but the fishing is so good around Los Cabos that even three somewhat less than alert amateurs like those pictured above, brought home these beauties. Now, everyone can fish like a pro in Los Cabos.
"Nine yellow fin tuna, four over 150 pounds and the others around one hundred pounds, in one day, for two anglers fishing within two miles of the shore. Repeat that for three days and you have a fishery unequaled anywhere" Zane Grey. Zane Grey was writing about the fishing at Cape San Lucas over 80 years ago in the book, Fishing Virgin Seas. But things change. Back in Zane Grey's day, the only way to get here was by boat. An 800 mile trip down the coast of the Pacific bringing everything you needed with you. When you got here there were no roads, hotels, golf course....nothing. Now it is a an easy, gorgeous, three day drive through spectacular desert country. The Los Cabos International airport now brings more than a million visitors a year. Accommodations range from hostels to world class resorts. You can also find some of the best golf and wind surfing in the world.
And don't forget the fishing. This 581 pound black marlin won the Bisbees East Cape Offshore Tournament in Los Barriles in July this year, just a stones throw from Casa Latimer where we live. Just look at that fish! The next Bisbee is in Cabo San Lucas in October and the fish will be bigger and the town will be jumpin'.
ps We lost Bill. If anyone sees him, please send him home.