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Out There: Surfing for roosters

The beautiful, hard-fighting roosterfish is an elusive prize for patient anglers visiting Mazatlán, Mexico.

Updated: January 4, 2005, 2:41 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

Seated comfortably on the stern of the white-and-gray panga, a traditional Mexican fishing boat, my wife, Theresa, and I absorb the beauty that is Mazatlán, Mexico. It is easy to see why this 500-year-old city has come to be known as the "Pearl of the Pacific."

The clear water below us gleams like sapphires. The azure sky above teems with frigate birds and pelicans.

Just west of us are three peaceful islands — Isla de Pájaros (Bird Island), Isla de Venados (Deer Island) ...

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