Boating and Fishing
The narrow Sea of Cortez also known as Gulf of California is home to a unique and rich ecosystem. The sea sustains a large number of marine mammals, many of which are rare and endangered. Its more than 900 islands are important nesting sites for thousands of seabirds, and its waters are primary breeding, feeding, and nursing grounds for myriad migratory and resident fish species. For decades, the gulf has been a primary source of two of Mexico's leading marine resources, sardines and anchovies.
This region has historically been a magnet for world-class sport fishing activities, with a rich history of sporting world records. Both commercial and sport fishing are Kino Bay’s life blood. On a balmy evening on the beach, one can see the local fishing pangas come home to Old Kino with their day’s catch and see the lights of the shrimp boats on the sea’s horizon. At day’s end, the sport fisherman are coming home too; every boat captain drives his boat onto his trailer and which is then pulled out of the water by a tractor or truck and placed into storage until the next day. Then the captain on board makes a final call to Rescue One to report that the boat and everyone in it have returned safely.
Rescue One is the number one activity of our club and is the reason the club was established. Rescue One is a 24/7, 365 days-per-year service that provides a safety net for boaters using the Sea of Cortez and the travelers crossing the Sonoran Desert. It is also the communications hub for emergencies in our community. This service is open to all, not just our members. It is the only service of its kind in Mexico.
The Rescue One VHF radio channel has changed from 24 to 26.
Club Deportivo hosts several fishing tournaments a year. But catching a "big one" any time at all is a big thrill! Although there are specific fishing limits for the amount of fish one can catch, many fishermen "can" their excess fish and give these jars of canned fish away to friends and family as well as feeding the poor in our community.
The following table lists several types of fish in the area and in some cases, the best temperatures for the fish to thrive in this area.