2006 Superior Hardwoods
3rd annual fishing tournament
For most of the group the trip started with a delay. We
sat in the plane for about 45 minutes while America West tried unsuccessfully to
repair a broken air conditioner. We were then taken off the plane and after a
surprisingly short delay we were loaded on to a different plane and the trip was
on. You would think this might be an omen of things to come but it was not. The
trip was great and the group was as well.
We arrived at the Punta Colorada Thursday afternoon and got
settled into our rooms. There has been some remodeling going on and they are
doing a wonderful job. After getting settled Dave and Jeff (the owners of
Superior Hardwoods) gave us all the information on the tournament including the
rules and prize money. The number one rule is that all bill fish must be
released or they will not count in the tournament. That is not only the desires
of Dave and Jeff but it is also requested by the owner of the Punta Colorada.
Other fish such as Tuna and Dorado can be kept. For a price the staff at the
Punta Colorada will fillet and vacuum pack your fish so that you can bring it
back with you. After covering the rules and handing out T shirts, pens and
Superior fishing lures the group reformed at the bar and waited for dinner.
After dinner we watched the Clippers defeat the Suns in game 6.
Friday morning breakfast was served at 6:00 am (that is
5:00am Arizona time) and then it was on to fishing. There were 29 people and 10
boats so the average was three per boat. For the most part the boats headed
south towards Cabo. I was fortunate to get the only fish from our boat of the
day. My catch was latter referred to as a baby Marlin but I prefer to accept
Captain Edgar's opinion that it was over 100 pounds. The fight was all of about five
to seven minutes and apparently this baby had not yet learned to jump as he
never once left the water. Many other boats had better luck then we did and as
we returned to dock there were more than one boat displaying two Marlin and
their release flags. After we returned I broke out the laptop and downloaded as
many pictures as I could from the day's fishing.
Saturday was another beautiful day starting with a
spectacular sunrise. Most of the boats headed north about thirty five miles.
There was quite a traffic jam of boats in this area but judging from the number
of fish caught there was good reason for all of the boats. We started off with a
huge sailfish that according to our crew was the second largest caught at the
Punta. Next came two Dorado, one male and while that one was being fought a
female bit on a second line. Both were very nice sized Dorado and became part of
dinner that night. Our boat finished off the day with a quick stop to try for
some rooster fish. We caught two within fifteen minutes than we had to get back
to the dock. I downloaded some more pictures and then it was time for the award
ceremony. In all the group caught 36 Marlin, 6 Dorado, 1 Sailfish and 2
Rooster Fish. Quite a successful trip.
Sunday it was off to the airport to check out all of the
sunburned and hung over tourists from Cabo, well that and to catch the flight
back to Phoenix and beyond. It was a great trip with great success fishing and a
good time had by all
Thanks Superior (and Jeff and Dave)