Fishing in Cabo

I spent the last week in Cabo San Lucas after my brother won a trip through his work and took me with him.  One of the days we set out on an eight hour fishing trip and here are some images from that trip.

The fishing wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible either, we caught 10 Mackerel between 5 people and it is hard to be mad when you get to spend eight hours on trolling on the ocean.

It should have been prime season for  marlin, but the consensus from our captain the other people in the marina was the tsunami in Japan severely altered the fish patterns.  It was still great to be out on the water sipping cold ones and seeing the sights.

hard to get mad at so-so fishing when you have a view like this

 (Click on Images for a larger view)

Deep Sea Fishing

OK, I know the name of the blog is South Dakota Outdoor Adventures but I had to share my experience doing some Deep Sea Fishing while in Mexico this past week.

Myself and eight other family members chartered a 42 foot fishing boat for a half day one morning while staying in Play Del Carmen. Anyone who enjoys fishing and is in Mexico should try to get out on the water because it is absolutely a mind blowing experience.

First off , SALT WATER FISH FIGHT HARD! I was tasked with pulling in a large trigger fish (a reef fish that is relatively small when talking about ocean fish) while bait fishing and I could feel my biceps aching after the couple minute fight. Ultimately, that fish came off the hook as the guide was lifting it into the boat but it was so exhilarating trying to pull this manhole cover of a fish into the boat.

After catching our bait for the day we began bottom fishing.  Our guides told us we were going to be trying for big fish and they weren’t joking.  While we could see other boats around us catching smaller fish with the guides doing most of the work, we were fishing the bottom with cannon ball sized down-riggers.  The guides would hook a fish and then hand it off almost immediately to a family member, who then had the incredibly difficult task of pulling these huge strong fish off of the bottom 400 feet below our boat.  To make things more difficult the fish that we hooked were at least 500 feet out.  In the end, we hooked three big fish while bottom fishing but didn’t get one in the boat. After a struggle that lasted around 10-15 minutes per time each fish bit off the 60 pound monofilament line or spit the hook.

Luckily, we had our revenge while trolling.   My brother commented what we were fishing for walleyes because the set up was very similar.  We were using 5 poles, two on huge outriggers, and simply driving around with bait following a couple hundred yards behind us skimming the top of the water.  After 20-30 minutes of nothing we heard the whiz of line coming out fast while the guides yelled “fish on” and started jumping for joy with fingers crossed pointing to the sky.

What ensued over the next 45 minutes was a 7 person struggle to bring in a 6 -7 foot sailfish that ultimately ended with two guides pulling the massive fish into the boat. We had the fish out of the water for all of 45 seconds, just enough to snap a few pictures before the guides through it back so the fish could live to fight another day.  A shout of “Cerveza” came from one of the guides as we celebrated our catch.

Our Captain, Ivan, said we were very lucky to catch a sailfish.   Sport fish (marlins, sword and sailfish) are almost exclusively caught in March, April and May in that area and he said each boat catches only about one sailfish per season.  

If you go:

Get enough people together to charter a boat.  This drove the cost per person way down rather then pay a set price per person to be on a boat with a bunch of strangers. 

Be ready for a workout, salt water fish have a heck of a fight in them and the aren’t going to come to the boat easy.

While between fish watch the water around you, our group spotted a couple sea turtles and a large number of flying fish during out time on the water.

Monster Fish

Check out this huge buffalo* Tyler Hoffmann of Alexandria sent in.  Tyler caught it on Lake Mitchell Saturday with 1.5 pound test and the fish weighed 40 pounds.  Time to break out those augers and warm clothes and get out on the ice.

 

Send your hunting and fishing photos to chuber@mitchellrepub with the title South Dakota Outdoor Adventures to get them posted on the blog.

Time to hunt our state bird.

Man I love South Dakota.  This weekend thousands of hunters will take to the fields to shoot and then later eat our state bird, the ring-necked pheasant.  Unless you count ruffed grouse in Pennsylvania..(and I don’t mostly because ruffed grouse are so dumb you can kill them with a rock) we are the only state to hunt our state bird.  We also hunt our state animal but i will save that for another post.

The largest hunting season in terms of state revenue officially began this last weekend with the resident hunt on public hunting grounds but the regular season will open at noon on Saturday.  

Some things to remember about the season.

  • Residents need a small game or combination license to hunt.  Non residents  need a non resident small game license that allows them to use it for two 5 day periods.
  • OCT 16-22 shooting time is from noon to sunset; after that it moves to 10 am to sunset for the rest of the season
  • Daily Limit is 3 roosters, with the possession limit being 15 roosters.
  • Wear Blaze orange
  • When hunting on or adjacent to public land you must use non toxic shot.
  • When transporting pheasants leave attached a fully feathered head , a fully feathered wing, or a leg
  • Make you are 660 feet away from schools, churches, occupied dwellings and livestock when hunting.
  • Also familiarize yourself with the hunting handbook before you head out to have a legal and safe hunt.

have fun and be safe.

If you went out in the field let us know how you did either comment on the story or send your pictures to chuber@mitchellrepublic.com

Duck season opened with a bang

Opening day at shooting time.

Last Saturday my alarm went off 3:45am but I was already awake.  It was the start of duck season in South Dakota and with the number ducks we saw in the area we were going to hunt I could hardly sleep.  I meet Luke Hagen, the co-author of this blog, at his house and we made the ½ hour drive east to the flooded corn field we are going to set up in. 

Through the rain and with a thunderstorm raging to the south we walked soggy field and hauled the 2 dozen mallard floaters, 2 mojo mallards, 2 layout blinds, 12 full body Canadians and 6 shells 1/3 of a mile.  Soaked with sweat we set up our decoys and blinded up our blinds in preparation for shooting time.

Lying in the blinds exhausted from slogging through the muddy field with several hundred pounds of dead weight one might start to wonder if this is worth it.  This is a heck of a lot of work very early in the morning.  Once you hear the slicing of locked up wings through the cold morning air, your heart races and you realize it defiantly was. 

Even though it was past shooting time we let flock after flock of ducks circle and slowly land into our decoys not 15 yards from where we lay.  The cloud cover that morning made it difficult to identify ducks so instead of taking a chance on shooting one we didn’t want we waited until the sun had risen a bit more.

After about 15 minutes of teal, pintails and some mallards swarming us and landing practically on Luke’s blind we decided to take a chance a group of 6 mallards that were coming in.  We popped up out of the blinds and bang, bang, bang, duck season was on.

That first day we saw over 1000 of ducks in the air and had over 100 come into our decoys.  Some needed convincing through calling while others were locked up from the moment they saw our decoys.  We ended with a limit of mallards each along with one pintail and one wigeon. 

Sunday we went back out again this time in thick fog.  We limited on ducks again with me shooting my first wood duck, and also go two bonus candian geese that were driven down because of the fog.  We gave them a few clucks and honks and they came right over.

 The hunt, as it mostly is, was about more then the number of ducks we bagged (even though we limited out both days).  It was great just to get out in the field again and to hear the noises and see the sights that go along with an early morning hunt.  Perhaps the best thing about this hunt was being about to share it with a hunting buddy, this was Luke and my first hunt together but we will have many more together this season. Splitting the work when you are setting up and being able to talk and laugh about the hunt after you are done, makes the experience that much better.  

Swarm City

Luke in the blind

One more in the bag

My first wood duck

 Luke and I will be sharing hunting and fishing stories along with reviews, and insight throughout the year on this blog but we would also love to hear from you.  Let us know how you did this weekend in the field, either by commenting on a story or sending us an email with photos of your outdoor adventures and we can post some of the blog.    

chuber@mitchellrepublic.com