Susan Tuggle sweats-out the toughest fish Baja offers, an unexpected Swordfish.TERRY W. SHEELY PHOTO
BATTLING IN BAJA WITH…"THE FISH"
By Jim "Tug" Tuggle
My wife, Susan, was incredulous, shocked, angry, heartbroken, exhausted, and all her angst was directed at me! And it was my fault. You wouldn’t expect an East Cape fishing trip at Hotel Palmas de Cortez – our favorite fishing destination – to begin that way, but it did. Let me explain.
Last May, a group of fishing friends began our eighth season of fishing at one of Van Wormer’s wonderful resorts on the East Cape of Baja, Mexico. This would be our second season of staying at Palmas de Cortez, the flagship of the three Van Wormer Resorts’ world famous fishing destinations. Even though some of us only get together once a year, nevertheless we feel like old friends. Sharing world class fishing experiences has a way of bonding people as few other experiences do. I’m not quite certain why that is, but I’ve experienced it my entire fishing life. Hotel Palmas de Cortez is the perfect place to make a memory with friends – old or new.
On Susan’s and my first day of fishing, we joined our fishing partners Jim Goerg and Terry Sheely aboard the cruiser, Pez Vella, captained by another friend of several years, Nacho. In the morning, when the inshore fishing seemed a little on the slow side, Nacho suggested that we travel offshore for marlin since it was still early in the day. Soon the cruiser was headed due east, gently bouncing over the cobalt blue seas, while the deckhand, Manuel, prepared the big game rods for what we had hoped would be a tussle with a marlin or sailfish. Little did we know that what the four of us would soon experience would be indelibly imprinted in our mental book of fishing memories.
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