By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero
Nestled between the Grand Desert of Altar and the cool lapping waters of the sea, Puerto Peñasco has beckoned fishermen to its coast since the 1920s. Once principally known for its commercial shrimp industry, fishing is both a way of life for many in town as well as a welcome adventure when heading out in search of deep-sea treasures.
Recreational fishing now situates itself between tourism and local fishing endeavors, helping to transform Puerto Peñasco into a key destination spot located just an hour from the border linking Arizona and Sonora. With reefs located between five to fifty miles from the shores of Puerto Peñasco, recreational fishing enthusiasts can enjoy what is otherwise known as bottom fishing, reeling in one of the typical water dwellers such as Grouper, Black Sea Bass, Rock Bass, Sea Bass, Triggerfish, and Pinta bass. Anglers also frequently flock to Rocky Point’s waters for weekend tournaments and escapades.