Cancun Boat Club takes Tony Ludovico for a ride on Perfect Game
Tony Ludovico, renowned Marine Wildlife Photographer, joined the owners and crew of Cancun Boat Club for a recent Sailfish Charter trip onboard the newly refit (type of boat here) in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Ludovico makes his way to Isla almost annually to jump in on the baitball action that takes place offshore. Arguably the first guy to capture the phenomenon in still photographs, he brought with him his knowledge and skill and we put him right where he needed to be.
Upon arrival in Cancun, we picked Tony and his assistant up and transported them to their suite at the Isla Mujeres Boat Club where we docked Perfect Game for the remainder of their stay. The next morning the crew gathered on the dock and loaded Tony’s cameras when he came aboard. Bait rigged and engines running, we jumped aboard and set out on our mission to find the fish. The season was slowing down, so there was worry that the baitball’s may be scarce. We were pleasantly surprised, however, when our captain saw the birds and brought Tony in close. Suite donned and Camera in hand, he slid in and went about his work. Mission number one was for Tony to capture stills of chaos that is a baitball. That achieved, we hauled him back onboard and set out to execute mission number two: A double-header transom shot of Perfect Game.
Having completed the baitball shots before noon, we had plenty of light to set out the lines and fish for our double header. We caught several Sail’s that afternoon, but none that were transom shot worth. With two more days of fishing ahead, we decided to button up the lines and head a secret bottom fishing spot for fresh ceviche. Hovering over the spot, the crew dropped the lines and immediately begun boating the goods. With several snapper and few nice grouper, the captain pointed the bow towards the Island and headed in. That night at the dock the crew prepared ceviche for and appetizer and Steak Taco’s for dinner.
Day two went much like the first with baitball action in the mid morning, allowing for another opportunity for Tony to capture more stills. Just after noon the lines went out again and we continued our mission for the double-header. Just when everyone had relaxed, the whir of the reel stirred the group into action. Quickly the mates cleared the lines while Tony’s assistant and Martin, one of the owners grabbed the rods and begun fighting the fish to the transom. Allowing time for the fish to calm down, Tony donned his gear and slid in. With the mates on the swim platform holding the Sails in the water, the rest of the group fell in behind them to pose for the shot. With bucking seas, it proved very difficult at first for Tony to get the right angle. But after a few minutes he had the shot. Martin jumped in to help release the sails, gently guiding them through the water until they revived enough to swim away on their own. Tony was able to capture a shot of Martin swimming with his Sail, as well.
With the shot list accomplished, the third day was spent leisurely fishing offshore. Much like the previous days, the Sails were plentiful and Tony had many opportunities to get in the water. After a few hours the crew decided to take the boat back to the bottom fishing spot to catch dinner. After they caught their fill, we headed back to a local restaurant where they cooked the catch and everyone watched the sun go down on the beach marking the close of Tony’s trip.
Cancun Boat Club thoroughly enjoyed having Tony and his assistant onboard and we look forward to many more trips in the future. With new additions to the fleet online, including a newly revamped outboard boat, Tony’s next trip will include diving with the Whale Sharks and other sea life.