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Well I managed to get out for a few hours fishing, here are the results...
 

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Nice Haul!...

I am heading to cancun this summer, any recommendations on where to stay?....The soon to be wife and i are getting married in Cancun this summer and are in the process of looking for a place down there to stay.

And who did ya fish with?....Would you recomend them again?

Thanks again and congrats!
 

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Nice Haul!...

I am heading to cancun this summer, any recommendations on where to stay?....The soon to be wife and i are getting married in Cancun this summer and are in the process of looking for a place down there to stay.

And who did ya fish with?....Would you recomend them again?

Thanks again and congrats!
We stayed at Dreams resort, if you looked at a map of the hotel zone they are on the end point. Yes I would recommend both the resort, it is all inclusive and they have specials for newlyweds I hear, and the fishing was with Chaak Chik. The fishing was 6 hours @ $115 US, shared fishing.
 

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Any of the resorts can point you to someone to go fishing with. The great thing about Mexico is they are happy to have you there and want you to have a great time. After vacationing in Hawaii and Mexico we will never go back to Hawaii again. Your money goues along way and they treat you like a rock star.
 

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They do eat them. One great thing about Mexico is you can catch a fish and take to a restaurant and they will cook it for you. They don't charge to much to cook your fish for you.
 

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In Hawaii, a lot of the reef fish, including cudas and trevalles have to be tested for ciguatera. It is a toxic substance found in some of the fish. I am sure you could take the fish to a mexican restaurant and have it cooked, but I doubt they will check the cigua level. That is why I was wondering why you would keep cudas when you catch dodos and hoos? They taste better anyway.
 

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barracuda have some of the highest mercury levels as well as other toxins, its too bad as they are a great sport fish. Nice fish you caught. Tup:


In some species, high mercury levels were eye-opening.

King mackerel, barracuda, cobia (ling), and bonito (little tunny) all had mercury levels exceeding 1 part per million (ppm), on average, the level at which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can take legal action to remove a product from the market and at which Alabama and Mississippi issue advisories for no consumption.

However, no Gulf state except Florida has issued such an advisory for cobia, bonito or barracuda.

Ten additional species averaged above 0.5 ppm, the level at which Florida and Louisiana issue consumption advisories. These included Spanish mackerel, blackfin tuna, amberjack, black drum, gag grouper, wahoo, bluefish, gafftopsail catfish, crevalle jack, and ladyfish. Florida has issued limited consumption advisories for all of these species.

Other key findings from the report include:

• The highest mercury levels in individual samples were from the two king mackerel (3.97 and 3.56 ppm), followed by a cobia (3.24 ppm).

• Five of the fish species had the highest mercury levels for individual fish ever recorded for the Gulf, based on available Gulf data. These included (in ppm): a cobia (3.24), an amberjack (1.57), a bonito (1.60), a yellowfin tuna (0.60), and a hardtail (0.83).

• The most frequently consumed fish from the survey - snappers, groupers, and yellowfin tuna - averaged in the low- to mid-range for mercury in this study. However, other Gulf data sources are woefully lacking for red snapper and yellowfin tuna.

• The lowest average mercury levels were observed in flounder, dolphin (mahi mahi), vermilion snapper, tripletail (blackfish), and gray triggerfish.

Recreational anglers are the hardest hit by mercury contamination in fish, according to the federal government. In 2004, 45 of the 50 states issued mercury advisories for recreationally caught fish. However, many of the high-mercury fish found in this study are not covered by these advisories.

A federal report issued in 2004 called the Gulf of Mexico an area of concern for mercury contamination in seafood.

"The report gives us a clearer idea of how much mercury is in Gulf fish species, and it highlights lower-mercury fish like dolphin and flounder that are good choices for anglers to feed their families. It's also a wake-up call showing us where more monitoring is critically needed," said Kim Warner, Oceana's Marine Pollution Scientist.

"We could never have compiled such a wide analysis of mercury levels in Gulf fish if not for the invaluable help of Rodeo organizers and anglers."

Oceana is campaigning to reduce the amount of mercury that can get into seafood by lobbying nine remaining manufacturing plants that still use mercury-cell technology to produce chlorine to convert to modern, mercury-free technology. Seven of the nine plants are within the Gulf of Mexico watershed.

Oceana is also campaigning to persuade supermarkets nationwide to post warning signs wherever fish under an FDA mercury advisory are sold.

For most people, the group says, fish is the number one source of mercury exposure.

Mercury can cause serious health problems, especially in children. An EPA scientist has estimated that one in six pregnant women has enough mercury in her blood to pose risks, such as brain damage, to her developing baby.

In the United States, the EPA and the FDA caution women of childbearing age and children to limit the amount and types of fish they eat, due to the risk of mercury poisoning. Governments around the world have issued similar warnings.
 

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What did they do with the cudas?
I left them for the crew because the resort we were staying at was all inclusive. I knew that I could have taken it back to the hotel and they would have fixed it for me, but I figured that they would be better served "no pun intended" with the crew and their families.
 

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Where were the samples taken from. If near the U.S. coast does that mean that far south, Cancun, there are the same levels of mercury? Please don't take this wrong, I am just asking a question.
 

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phatjak where did you stay down there ?
Dreams resort, out on the point.
 
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