The Fish Market

I finally figured out how to download pictures from my cell phone. But because the phone part doesn’t work I’m not in the habit of carrying it with me. As a result I have no pictures of a lovely day spent prowling around Troncones with my friend Bonnie and no pictures of the grand opening of the Flophouse under new management featuring Jimmi Mamou.
The Flophouse has long been one of our favorite spots. Carlos the proprietor and bartender served good drinks, friendly ,knowledgeable conversation with great music weather live or recorded. We will miss him. Time will tell how successful the new managements endeavors will be, but it will never have the same vibe.
I wanted to buy dorado but there is none at the fish stalls at the Mercado, so I decided I

Busy fish market

would try buying direct from the fisherman at the beach. My spanish is quite limited so I have shied away from shopping at the beach as it is a super busy place with folks buying fish by the bucket or bag load and I just want a couple of fillets. In my very best spanish I requested dorado and the reply was the same every where “no hay dorado, muy dificil” There is

Red snapper by the bag full

no dorado, it’s very difficult to find. I think it is probably the end of the season or run as there seemed to be plenty in December.

The fishing industry is the heart of Zihuatanejo, weather it is the commercial fishing, subsistence fishing or sport fishing. It’s what pays the bills here. I was Playa Principal at 6 AM, the night fishing boats were in with more arriving on the beach every few minutes, the ice seller was busy delivering ice, women selling fruit drinks, knife seller hawking wares and of course the fishermen and their wives were selling their fish.

Ice man

Some bought fish by the bucket load, other by the fillet, house wife and restaurateurs alike. At the pier it was crowded with folks headed out for a day of sport fishing trying to find the right boat captain, packing coolers of drinks and little mystery sandwiches just purchased from the ladies at the head of the pier. Out on the bay are the net fishermen who seem to be in competition with the pelicans. All

Throwing the net

dependent on the fishing industry.  Signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like as I'm semi retired. I prefer that phrase to working part time. I would love to travel to new places, getting ready to do that as a solo traveler. For hobbies I make and sell stone & shell bird houses, garden and have joined a couple of hiking groups. I'm a reader and love my kindle. I still work some, I'm a Wedding Officiant and officiate at about 20 weddings a year, and also operate a small delivery service. Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. The Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that.

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