Like Moret, Mendillo prefers the fly to be behind the fish, to get a going-away bite. However, it's not a perfect world all the time. "If the fly lands beside the fish, you can still get a good bite, but it's harder to get a hookup," he says. "When we catch those fish, that's what I call 'stealing fish,' and you've got to steal the occasional fish to post the big numbers." When a fish bites from side to side, Mendillo's method is pretty simple: "Strike with the line and the rod, and always strike in the opposite direction of the bill." To give the fish a better chance of seeing the fly, Mendillo prefers using patterns a little larger than Moret's favorites. Larger flies are often more appealing to marlin, which are very likely to come up on the same spread as sailfish in Isla Mujeres. He customizes the hooks on his flies by filing down the sides in order to make them more like needles. When a fish bites from the side and the angler strikes as instructed, it doesn't take much pressure to penetrate the fish's mouth, especially with Mendillo's custom hook setup.