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2 hours ago, Outdoor Writer said:

Seems the high bidder had a reading comprehension problem and failed to take note of this:

PLEASE DO NOT BID IF YOU DON'T PLAN TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR COMMITMENT!

When I played along with his game playing, as I expected he decided he'd better make an excuse in PM and renege on his commitment. 

 

Soooooooooo….The bidding is back to the original amount of $500 now.  The next bid should be $550

His wife probably changed his mind.

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i can tell you first hand that the fishing at picachos is unbelievable, me, my dad and my son caught around 650 bass in 3 days of fishing, up to 6lbs most in the 2-3 lb range. it would be worth it to get this and go do some bass fishing.......i'm debating myself

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17 hours ago, trphyhntr said:

are there other fees involved, am i obligated to go to a time share meeting? 

One thing I forgot when I explained about the timeshare tour:

The winner would be checking in with a confirmation that includes an owner's contract number. So the pretty gals that hand out the keys won't be pushing a tour. More likely they will try to convince the winner to attend the weekly owners-only breakfast where they attempt to sell you more points that add perks to your ownership. Like the tour, all you need to say is no just as we have done now for many years. After that, you're never pestered again. 

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This would be awesome but I could barely figure out my Mexico hunt. 

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7 minutes ago, wildwoody said:

This would be awesome but I could barely figure out my Mexico hunt. 

If you fly down, you get off the plane, you go thru customs and take a taxi to the resort for check in. Then spend the rest of the week drinking cervezas, ogling teeny bikinis on the beach or around the pool and pigging out on shrimp. 😎

Not too much to figure out, and I'm willing to help with any other details if needed for those who would rather drive.  

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On ‎6‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 4:55 PM, lefty said:

i can tell you first hand that the fishing at picachos is unbelievable, me, my dad and my son caught around 650 bass in 3 days of fishing, up to 6lbs most in the 2-3 lb range. it would be worth it to get this and go do some bass fishing.......i'm debating myself

I must have missed this yesterday. 

It  sounds like you had an outstanding trip. Did you fly down and go with one of the lodges? 

I've fished at least two-doz. days at El Salto over the years.  But due to my medical issues, I've yet to fish Picachos because we haven't been down there since the fishing  got good. But my friend who lives there during the winter is always bugging me about making one last trip, and I keep telling him no way that's going to happen. He keeps a boat near the lake with a Mexican family and just calls there when he wants to go out. It's launched and ready to go by the time he makes the 1-hr. drive.

It'll only be a matter of time now for Picachos to go from quantity to quality and yield some bigger bass like El Salto almost always does.  

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A few more photos of the resort:

 

The main lobby

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A view of Emerald Bay from one of the upper level rooms. The area to the left is Cerritos Point. 

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The main pool 

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Swim-up bar at the main pool.

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Kelly's Bar again

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A few more bass from El Salto for those bass fishing guys watching this thread.

My wife Ellen with an 8+lbs fatty. She holds the family record with an 11.5 pounder out of Lake Huites. 

El Salto 2006

This one of mine was 10.5

El Salto Bass

 

My biggest bass to date at 10 lb. 14 oz.

El Salto Bass

 

Here's a little one of 9 lbs. or so

Lake El Salto 4

 

Another little 9 pounder. 

El Salto Bass 2006

 

 

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Today's update is about Mazatlan and some touristy type things to see/do. 

Mazatlan, with a population of about 355k is Sinaloa's 2nd largest city. One of its main claims to fame is its shrimping fleet, which is regularly touted as the largest in the world. An often repeated quip is: "if you want steak to eat, go to Texas, if you want shrimp, come to Mazatlan."

Mazatlan is a Nahuatl word meaning "place of the deer." The city was started in 1531, obviously long before it became a major vacation destination. By the mid-1800s many immigrants had arrived from Germany and made Mazatlan into a successful commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. It served as the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. 

 

Views of the city from El Faro lighthouse.

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The Germans also influenced the music, banda, which is a form of Bavarian folk music, and also started the Pacifico Brewery on March 14, 1900. The brewery is still in a production today, and tours are available.

 

The brewery is the tall building in the center.

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The city now consists of three different areas: the central historical district (Old Town), the Golden Zone and Nuevo Mazalan. The central zone is the heart of the city with many of the interesting cultural sights someone might care to see. Considered the tourist area, the Golden Zone is a few miles to the north where most of the major resorts and dozens of restaurants are located. Nuevo Mazatlan is farther north, starting at the newer marina and ending at Cerritos Point. Pueblo Bonito Emeral Bay is located in Nuevo Mazatlan, about a 10-min drive via the free shuttle or by taxi to the Golden Zone. 

 

The Moorish style building on the left is Valentino's, which was originally built as a large disco and restaurant complex. It marks about where the Golden Zone starts and goes north for several miles, a little ways beyond where the mountain is located.

 
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With its soaring towers, elegant cupola and imposing scale, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Catedral Basilica de la Inmaculada de Concepción de Mazatlan) covers an entire city block and dominates the historic center of the city. It overlooks Plaza República, also known as Plaza de la Revolución, a leafy square set around an old bandstand. Construction began in 1856 and it took more than 40 years to complete. The cathedral’s extravagant organ was built by famed French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and many of the stained-glass windows display the Star of David, in recognition of a wealthy Jewish family who donated money to the church.

 

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Also located in Old Town is the José Maria Pino Suárez Municipal Market or Mercado Pino Suarez, which has been operating since 1900. Like the cathedral, the market covers an entire city block with vendors both inside and outside. Restaurants on the market’s upper floor offer traditional Mexican dishes such as cheese-smothered quesadillas, grilled meats and spicy fish tacos. 

 

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Inside, provides an overload of sights, sounds and smells. Hundreds of stalls sell colorful fruits and vegetables, herbs, fish, meat, spices, baked goods, clothes, jewelry, shoes, souvenirs and more. 

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The fish section is a highlight, with chilled counters covered in all kinds of seafood and shellfish. Don’t miss the butchers’ stalls, where almost all parts of slaughtered beasts are displayed. Inspect assorted cuts of beef as well as the likes of chicken feet, offal and pig’s head. 

 
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Another update of more thing to see or do manana. Now get to bidding so I can buy my kids some new shoes. LOL 

The next bid must be $700.

 

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