I am happy to report that we are back on line now heading south for beautiful Clipperton island with an epic load of bait on board. This voyage we had money in the bank as we stashed our remaining cocineros from the previous trip with a friend in Cabo for safe keeping while we headed north through the colder zones. The plan worked perfectly as we arrived in Puerto Vallarta with a good head start on the bait ready to supplement our big bait with the perfect caballitos found in the Vallarta region.
True to form however the dreaded Ekstrom bait curse appeared to be alive and well as we struggled through the entire night to catch a whopping twelve caballito. I can only say that following this joyous evening I was too irritated with our bad luck to be tired. As so happens in fishing though, luck has a tendency to change quickly and while we heading to the harbor in full daylight, we stumbled upon the mother lode. Perfect, eight to twelve inch cocineros, twelve to sixteen inch green mackerel, six to eight inch herring, and even a few tube mackerel began raining on and the adrenaline kicked in as we set to the task of filling the wells. As it turned out the bait continued to bite throughout the day while our group of anglers arrived and joined the effort.
I have to admit at this point that I was beginning to get a little greedy waiting around until just after dark to see if we couldn't get a few hundred more caballito. Like the previous night, the hours of dark were the end of the bait fishing and quickly taking the hint, we took off for Clipperton before any misery could set in.
As reported earlier we are now underway for what we hope will be the promised land with perhaps the finest load of bait imaginable for just such an adventure. We will of course keep you informed of our progress so be certain to check in and wish us good luck.