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2017 Mazatlan
10-24-2017, 08:43 PM (This post was last modified: 10-28-2017 04:41 PM by MuskieBait.)
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2017 Mazatlan
It has been an up and down year for me. Lots of happenings in my life...mostly good...but also some troubling times. I was still fishing and catching some new species, but I was quite nonchalant about it and the desire to update the blog and the lifelist simply wasn't there. I barely spent any time on the fishing forums.

Anyways...I was invited to fish in Mazatlan by my friend George, joined by our friend Josh. We graciously stayed at George's timeshare and enjoyed some luxury that we're not accustomed to. The fishing was fantastic, the food even better and what a treat it was to dip in a pool at the end of each long fishing day.

I had previous caught 33 new species from Mazatlan. I had an ambitious yet achievable target of 15 new species for this trip. But by Day 3, I upgrade that target to 20 new species and actually finished the trip with 25 new species!

If you wish to read more, you can start here and navigate through the 6 days.

http://muskiebaitadventures.blogspot.ca/...day-1.html

If you simply wish to see fish pics...here they are.

Species #751 - Oraangemouth Weakfish (Cynoscion xanthulus)

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Species #752 - Mexican Barred Snapper (Hoplopagrus guentherii)

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Species #753 - Blackblotch Pompano (Trachinotus kennedyi)

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Species #754 - Burrito Grunt (Anisotremus interruptus) - previously misidentified the Silvergrey Grunt for this species.

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Colorado Snapper (Lutjanus colorado) - previous misidentified the juvenile of this species as Pacific Dog Snapper. So I've caught this species in 2015, but this time properly identified.

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Species #755 - Longfin Salema (Xenichthys xanti)

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Species #756 - Bigeye Trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus)

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Species #758 - Gafftopsail Pompano (Trachinotus rhodopus)

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Species #759 - Pacific Dog Snapper (Lutjanus novemfasciatus)

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Species #760 - Unicorn Leatherjacket Filefish (Aluterus monoceros).

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Species #761 - Threadfin Jack ((Carangoides otrynter)

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Species #762 - Grey Grunt (Haemlon scudderii)

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Species #763 - Mottled Soapfish (Rypticus bicolor)

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Species #764 - Gungo Highhat (Pareques viola)

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Species #765 - Vacuocua Croaker (Corvula macrops)

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Species #766 - Banded Wrasse (Halichoeres notospilus)

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Species #767 - Longnose Puffer (Sphoeroides lobatus)

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Species #768 - Threebanded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon humeralis)

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Species #769 - Bumphead Damselfish (Microspathodon bairdii)

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Species #770 - Giant Damselfish (Microspathodon dorsalis)

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Species #771 - Tinsel Squirrelfish (Sargocentron suborbitale)

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Species #772 - Mexican Hogfish (Bodianus diplotaenia)

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Species #773 - Spotted Head Sargo (Genyatremus dovii)

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Species #774 - Mexican Lookdown (Selene brevoortii)

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Species #775 - Longfin Silverside (Atherinella eriarcha)

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And now some non-fish pics (sorry, not many food pics on this trip since we ate at the same locations, and the same dishes, as my 2015 trip)

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Homemade ceviche

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Malama o ke kai

Caution - Objects in picture are smaller than they appear. I am genetically predisposed to make fish look bigger.

Life List: 577 species and counting (2016: 91 new species)
http://muskiebaitadventures.blogspot.ca/...-list.html
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10-26-2017, 01:46 PM
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RE: 2017 Mazatlan
Along the way I've had fishing interests cool from a boil, to a simmer and back again several times. But I kept coming back......... and loved it all.

Another amazing adventure.

Did you sample the black blotch pompano, weakfish or snappers?

Which of all gave the best showing?

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,

OldTimer

<>< I once gave up fishing. It was the most terrifying weekend of my life. ><>

See you on the river.
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10-27-2017, 04:47 PM (This post was last modified: 10-27-2017 04:48 PM by MuskieBait.)
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RE: 2017 Mazatlan
You know me and food Big Grin.

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Top: Breaded Orangemouth Weakfish (aka Corvina)
Middle: Grilled Blackblotch Pompano
Bottom: Coconut-coated White Snook

In terms of my own personal taste:

Best: Coconut Snook with mango puree (should add to your bucket list!!!)
Better: Grilled Blackblotch Pompano collar
Very good: Breaded Orangemouth Corvina

They were all extremely good...but that's how I would rank the three.

This is the simple ceviche I made with salt, pepper, lime juice and soya sauce. Kinda like poke but kinda like ceviche but all very good.

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And one other night, we also had the Colorado Snapper fillets cooked up Veracruz style. Also very good.

I had the Finescale Triggerfish on my trip in 2015...it was OK. Very firm meat and I didn't like it as much. We've had grilled Spotted Rose Snapper (whole) before and that was OK too...but if I had a choice, hands down Coconut Snook!!!

Malama o ke kai

Caution - Objects in picture are smaller than they appear. I am genetically predisposed to make fish look bigger.

Life List: 577 species and counting (2016: 91 new species)
http://muskiebaitadventures.blogspot.ca/...-list.html
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11-14-2017, 01:23 AM
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RE: 2017 Mazatlan
Awesome trip as always and stellar pictures. Each of your trips is like a trip of a lifetime.
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11-14-2017, 08:43 AM (This post was last modified: 11-16-2017 08:46 AM by MuskieBait.)
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RE: 2017 Mazatlan
They are all trips of a lifetime. Smile

Malama o ke kai

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11-15-2017, 09:12 PM
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RE: 2017 Mazatlan
Awesome, thanks for sharing!
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