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Mexico: A Match Made in
“Fisherman’s” Heaven!

Rated by Conde Nast magazine as among the best resorts in the world, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, Mazatlan, offers visitors a chance to live in a village of freestanding villas amid lush vegetation. Within a short distance of Pueblo Bonito, sportsmen can try their luck at light-tackle fishing for roosterfish, jacks or corvine or go out for marlin and sailfish offshore.

Not many places on earth offer such good fishing for five species of billfish. With world-class duck and dove hunting and the best bass fishing in the world at Lake El Salto (90 minutes away) and Lake Mateos, the topwater and spinnerbait paradise (three hours away), it really is the premier destination for the sportsman.

Recently, Scott Eaken, his father Bill, and friends Marvin Bensinger and Lou Schmidtbauer visited Lake Mateos where they had a great time. Here is a synopsis of Scott’s report.

Upon arrival at Lake Mateos, Raul, the first of several absolutely first class people at Angler’s Inn, met and took us to our rooms; which were pretty cool. With two queens and one twin bed, full stocked refrigerator, remote control air conditioning units, satellite television, full bathroom with beautiful hand-laid river stone showers with “rain” showerheads, we were happy.

We then set out fishing from 18’ v hull older style with a nice casting platform and swivel chair on the front deck. There were two additional swivel chairs in the “floor” of the boat to use when traveling. Our boat had a 70-hp. Yamaha engine and motored at about 35 mph.

Our best day of fishing, Dad was on fire! He had seventeen fish in the boat by 8:40AM. I had six. We switched to the lizards and dad’s success continued all the way up until we went in for lunch at 11:20AM. Total for the morning: Bill Eaken - 32 fish, Scott Eaken a measly 20 fish. Great morning!

Later that day, fishing in a small cove, we were immediately catching fish. After about 15 minutes (and 10 more fish) my dad said “no mas” got a beer from Victor, the guide, and decided to sit and watch me fish for the last half hour or so. Mistake. I was now the one on fire! I caught 25 fish in the last 30 minutes, all in that one cove. It was literally almost every cast. Several of the fish were decent 4 lb plus size; one of the fish weighed 71/2 lbs. Marv and Lou also had great fishing, the largest catch of the week was 8 lb.

After fishing each day, we were greeted on the dock with margaritas. Never normally drinking liquor, I would take a few sips to be polite and then pour the rest down the sink in the room. Once in our room, a mouthwatering delivery of Hors d ‘oeuvres would arrive for us to enjoy while preparing for dinner. From Quesadilla’s to large scallop shells on a plate filled with a Shrimp Newberg all the Hors d ‘oeuvres were superb!

We then met Julio (great guy). He is the man in charge of Mateos. We all congratulated him on a job well done and let him know how nice everyone and everything has been so far.

Dinner was served in the main lodge, which had a beautiful tile floor entranceway leading to an outdoor area under the porch with large plush sofa and matching chairs. The whole area was surrounded by pink, purple, red and orange bouganvilliea. Wow!

The dinners were incredible. We enjoyed unbelievable bacon wrapped fillet mignon served on a sizzling plate with baked potato and sliced carrots. We took pictures of the food. Dessert was ice cream. Never turn down ice cream at Mateos. Another night we had a huge plate piled high with BBQ ribs sitting on top of a hollowed out ceramic pot. Inside the pot was a warming flame to keep the ribs hot. Another picture of the food!

The last morning, we said our goodbyes to Julio and crew and left Lake Mateos with full bellies, and fond memories of fishing and yes, by the end of week the margaritas too!

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