Kind of strange weather last weeks on Cozumel island and that makes the ocean interesting. I went out with Diego and Leo. We were fishing in an area where we normally won’t find fish. But today we saw a sharp line between blue and green water. And that is an amazing place to free dive and spearfish. The blue is warmer and has great visibility. The green is colder and is murky which is caused by winds, rain and stirred up sand. I could spend all day long spearfishing in an area like this. We saw Tarpon diving in the blue and going back in the green. Little jacks dancing on the borderline and some Spanish Mackerels passing by. But nothing worth to shoot for dinner.
Until it was time to get back on the boat. I thought……
I decide to make one more dive. Leo was already on the boat; Diego was watching me. I dove down and waited for half a minute in the blue next to the green. Then this silver fish came towards me, swimming against the current. Wow. That looks delicious. Spanish Mackerel? Or not? I pointed my gun (did I mention I loooooove that Cressi Comanche???), waited and took the shot. Nice shot. Got the fish.
Now this is a fish that everybody calls “Spanish Mackerel”. But it is not. It is a “Cero”. A Spanish Mackerel has yellow/gold dots on its body. A Cero has that as well. But… besides the spots, a Cero has a yellow/gold stripe as well. On the picture you can see it well.
Spanish Mackerel? Or not? was last modified: June 26th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
After “some rainy” days finally some sun to warm up. And to go for Spanish Mackerel… The rain made the water less clear and Spanish love that. Hmm… already thinking of fresh ceviche… Here in Mexico it is said the best fish for ceviche is Spanish Mackerel. Who knows.. with all respect… I enjoy it all as long as it is fresh fish from ourselves, hihi. We drove to a spot 15 minutes away from shore. Not too much current and full of Barracuda, Triggerfish and Jacks. But didn’t we go for Spanish? Right. So I went down, the curious Barracudas came straight to me. I calm down at about 30ft and simply kept on hanging there… About a 100 Horse-eye Jacks approach me. Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry tempting to shoot, but underneath me 2 Spanish Mackerels are running…. I decided not to shoot anything else, but patiently wait for the 2 Spanish to come closer to me. I hope they decide to check me out…. And YES, they make a turn and some seconds later they swam into my direction. Both good sizes… I decide to go for the biggest one, though the smallest one is closer and more curious… waiting for the right angle… and… took the shot. Not the best shot, but hey… got the fish I came for. Later on Rodrigo shot another beautiful Spanish. And ceviche time it was…. Prevechoooooo.
Mackerel Ceviche on Cozumel was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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