The Sea of Cortez is now in full swing from my point of view. The Marlin are very active and many strikes and releases are occurring daily. I find the Billfish to be the most fascinating to fish for. Lures with bright colors are great attractors as the Marlin appear to be putos at heart.
As the Marlin is pulled to the boats edge one can only be amazed by the neon glow of the fish and the large eyes which are looking for a chance to escape or in some instances to “bill” the predator on the other end of the line. Something very primitive here and always exciting!
As I pull up the leader and grab to the bill a very special bond between man and fish occurs. The great fight is over and now the fish must be handled carefully so the return to the Sea is successful. This is pure magic. Not only a visual display but something deeper, something that cannot be described only experienced.
I have released hundreds of Marlin in my life and still have a great connection to these fish once I get their Bill in my hand. They are my friends, my competitors, and my greatest drug in life. I learned a tradition many years ago from a Panguero friend of mine. This involves spitting into the Marlins mouth before the release. This is done so the Marlin remembers you and hopefully to ensure a long life for both the Marlin and you. A tradition which interests the new generation of Pangueros as most have not witnessed this in the past and are amazed that a gringo would know about it and actually continue the tradition
The hook is removed with the health of the fish always on your mind. The boat returns to moving slowly, the fish is revived and the release makes friends both above and below the water line.
I sit quietly for a moment, Imprinting the occasion to memory. Now it is time to reset the spread and do it all over again.
In my life this is really what it is all about.
El tiempo cura y nos mata