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Old 11-03-2015, 23:29   #1
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Trading for fish in Mexico

OK, I don't like to fish! I cruised the Sea of Cortez last year and am leaving soon to do the same this year. I enjoy meeting locals and like to "buy" fish from the local fisherman. I know they love Pesos but would also like to trade with items they like. Batteries, Coca Cola and rope all seem to work well but Im looking for suggestions from others. Ideas?

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Old 11-03-2015, 23:36   #2
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Cerveza de Sol

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Old 17-04-2015, 01:49   #3
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Costco headlamps. 3 for $10. Fishermen there love em. 1 per lobster.
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Old 20-04-2015, 08:15   #4
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Old 20-04-2015, 08:33   #5
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Re: Trading for fish in Mexico

Before leaving south, go to a commercial fishing supply and look around. Boxes of hooks, different sizes for different fish. Spools of line for handlines. Sharpening stones and fillet knives. Gloves, different sizes. Bandage kits. Lifeguard hats. Sunglasses. Waterproof storage bags and boxes. Plastic buckets with lids. Stuff for the fisherman's wife and kids when he comes home for the day: soccer balls (and air pumps), shampoo and conditioner, jars and cans of seasonings, hand lotion, first aid kits (with tweezers!), and anything you particularly like having plenty of while out there in the sun and sea for long periods of time. It's a long way from a fish camp to a fully stocked market or farmacia. If the fisherman can't particularly use something, someone he knows will be happy to be the recipient of his generosity.

And if you really want to score points, DON'T TRADE. Just make a straight across gift and see what happens. Your return on investment will exceed your expectations.
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This reminds me of our cruising trip down the coast in 2002. It was just my wife and two kids (ages 9 & 12). Our non-sailing friends were frequently asking if we were afraid of pirates and I scoffed at them as I pointed out how (relatively) safe it was. The morning after our second night south of the border after seeing almost no one, we were sailing in towards Turtle bay when I saw a panga speeding directly towards us. I altered course to avoid them and they altered course to meet us head on. I was thinking WTF? I admit I was a bit nervous. As they got closer, I saw there were two of them and one was holding up something in each of his hands. Finally when they were nearly on us, I saw they were lobster. We furled the jib and slowed the boat until they were alongside. They wanted to trade for lobster. We ended up giving them a t-shirt and a couple cans of Coke in exchange for 4 lobster. I offered cerveza but they declined. Super likable guys.

I would add t-shirts to your list.
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So many great ideas! Tee shirts, headlamps, hooks, line, hats, fiellet knives, frst aid stuff, buckets, soccer ball, shampoo.

For me the best advice was to give stuff away and see what comes back. Thanks you all
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The fisherman near where my mom lives in Jamaica are absolutely crazy over headlamps. I picked up a few ENERGIZER Headlamp,LED,95 Lm,Yellow - Headlamps and Hands Free Lights - 1LEE1|HDL33AINE - Grainger Industrial Supply for them and swear I made friends for life. The first time i brought them I didn't bring enough for everyone, and they actually created a communal time share to spread them out amongst all the fisherman. The next trip I brought new ones for everyone. These days I can't even buy fish from them, anything I look at too long they beg me to take to say thank you.
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If you are in a more remote location, where they are out for a while, they loved the fresh banana bread we gave them.
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I ask. Batteries are popular. A friend swears by old playboy magazines.


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