Was down in Zihuatanejo with my fiance and we decided to give offshore fishing a shot, our first blue water experience. Due to the economy, the approaching low tourist season, and swine flu we were able to get a great rate on one of the larger boats out of Zihuatanejo -- $300 for fishing 6 am to 3 pm. After going for jumping bonitos at daybreak we headed out to the bluewater and after about 2 hours of trolling we hooked up with something that took the bait silently. After about 10 minutes of fighting the unknown beast, a beautiful marlin shot out of the water behind the boat. He proceeded to make multiple runs and leaps and after a 60 minute fight we landed him. The boat that I was on doesn't tag and release -- didn't get the impression that tag and release is widespread or even existent down there. I asked the crew but they seemed puzzled by the idea. They said that the meat goes to their families. The rest of the trip was also awesome. The beaches weren't crowded and we didn't get swine flu.