If living, fly fishing, and eating in a Mexican beach town sounds like a good life to you, stay tuned. Staying at the Casa de Pescadores, (home of the fishers) my trailer at the Playa de Oro Trailer Park in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico has its moments. I invited two new friends to join me in some fly fishing fun, and culinary delights. Both Greg Baker and Dave Rettler had fly fished great fishing destinations before, and they arrived with the right gear for our saltwater adventure. Our trip from Mesa, Arizona to Rocky Point went smoothly, and took about four hours. When we arrived we bumped into some mutual fly fisher friends, and got the latest fishing report, and some wonderful appetizers. The word was the fishing was good, but expect some wind, normal for spring fishing.
I have been coming to Rocky Point for so long that sometimes I forget what a good value it is compared to other destination fishing spots. Dave and Greg were pleased with the dinner we had at La Curva. The food, service, atmosphere, and price were all just right. Friday morning, at the trailer park, after gourmet coffee, fruit and rolls, we set up our pontoon boats, fishing gear, and took the incoming tide towards the Malecon.
When we first started the wind was mild, by the time we made the point the wind was urging us to return to the RV Park. We did catch some Pompano, Cabrilla, and Trigger.
Everyone caught fish and we were off to a good start. The guys were not opposed to street food, so I introduced them to the Hot Dog Guy (Chon’s) on Constitution. The guy is an artist at grilling bacon wrapped hot dogs, loading them up with condiments, and serving them with a flair. After lunch I gave the guys a tour of downtown Puerto Peñasco, Sandy Beach, Cholla Bay and tried to point out the landmarks, and dredge up all the colorful stories that I could think of. Our evening meal was at Pollo Lucas, and again my guests were impressed with how good the food was and how inexpensive the meal cost.
Saturday morning we stopped at Reggie’s and picked up burros on our way to the Second Estuary. We didn’t launch the pontoon boats, but we found some fish from the shore. We caught Pompano and Cabrilla. We decide to hit the First Estuary on the way home and we managed to land enough Flounder for dinner. I filleted the Flounder and marinated it in orange juice. Veggies got chopped and marinated in Italian salad dressing then grilled. The veggies took most of the time on the grill, but the fish turns almost magical after being brushed with butter, lime juice, chardonnay and spending a short amount of time on the grill. One of the biggest problems with a weekend trip to Puerto Peñasco, is that you can’t possibly eat at all the good places in three or four days. After our Flounder dinner we went to La Casa del Capitan for dessert-coffee and flan. Again the food, service, atmosphere, and view were superb. My friends have vowed to come back to Rocky Point for the food and the fly fishing.
Vince Deadmond “The Fly Fishing Hardware Guy” can be reached at Best Hardware 237 N Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ and firstname.lastname@example.org or at (480) 982-7461.