You probably have your own list of things you enjoy about Puerto Peñasco. One of my favorites is the view of the Sea of Cortez from the top of the hill on Campeche when I am returning to Mirador Beach. That’s my first opportunity to see the sea again, and I know that I am close to friends, music, good food, and good times.

Another hilltop with a spectacular view is the overlook at La Pinta or the Second Estuary. This is a place of solitude, natural beauty, and where you have a good chance of seeing dolphins, sea turtles, and sea lions. It’s where I have launched countless kayak fly fishing adventures. The Second Estuary is protected from the wind sometimes and is one of the easiest places to launch a kayak. If it’s calm enough to launch your kayak you can usually catch fish. I was reminded of how much fun it is to catch fish when I took two of my grandkids to catch their first fly rod fish. They were enthusiastic and each of them was looking for bragging rights on most fish, and the biggest fish. If you have kids around take them fishing while you can.

The best view in Puerto Peñasco is from Whale Hill. El Captain and Pane e Vino restaurants are located here, and I often introduce new folks to these places. The view of the Old Port, Malecon, Sandy Beach, and the spectacular sunsets are quite memorable, and the food and drink is very enjoyable. While dining at Pane e Vino I try to save room for dessert. The pannacotta looks like flan but tastes better.

Fly fishing in August is still good, plan to go early and get out of the sun before noon.  Have plenty of sunscreen, water to drink, and aloe vera if you missed a spot with the sunscreen. Seasonal fish such as Lady Fish, and Sierra Mackerel are catchable this time of year. Hope to see you on the water soon. Vince Deadmond The Retired Fly Fishing Hardware Guy can be reached at and 480 818 1796.