jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/8/16)

Steve Henline of Utah, with Noe on the panga Porpy
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 86°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 85°
Blue water: Some strange currents this week. Check out the satellite photo below. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Sailfish improved to a couple of fish hook a day for each boat, and the dorado action improved. The dorado have been decent, in the 15 to 45 pound class.
With Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II
at the White Rocks
The best action was from the yellowfin tuna, who took advantage of the tonnage of red sardines who moved off the beach, and back out to deeper water. Most of the tuna were caught with red squid style hoochies and cedar plugs. The tuna were taken from around the 6 mile mark, all up and down the coast.
Steve Henline while fishing with Mark Denison at Puerto Vicente GRO
A few wahoo were taken also at the White rocks, but only early in the morning.
Stephen Klappenbach of Sandpoint Idaho, fishing with Noe on the panga Porpy, caught a blue marlin 3 miles off Ixtapa on 50lb leader. After a 6 hr battle he finally landed it at the White Rocks, about 10 miles away.

Red back sardine fly - very effective
Inshore: Mark Denison of La Barrita, was here in Zihuatanejo to pick up clients for his fishing camp, and told me the smaller sardines have moved off the beach, and have been replaced by larger ones. There are still lots of jack crevalle and a few roosters around.

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 1 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/1/16)

Heading south, Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos took this photo of the sunrise
on the point, with the White Rocks to the right, and Barra Potosi to the left.
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 84°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 82°
Blue water: Basically the same as last week with the inshore a bit discolored, with some cleaner areas. Then from the 100 fathom line, and out to 14 miles, the water is clean, with a bit of discoloration. The blue water is out 15 miles and beyond.  (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- It has been a strange week. The sailfish are still only about one per boat per day, and the dorado are scarce. Over all, it has been slow action for the offshore.
Cary with a nice jack
Inshore: As the previous weeks, the roosterfish and jack crevalle are still providing the best action. With the sierras being about the only “table” fish showing for the entire coast.
Cary made sure this needle fish won't be stealing his bait again
 Mark Denison fished Puerto Vicente Guerrero with Cary Robarge and Captain Steve Henline of Utah, catching several mid-sized jack crevalle on the spin rods. But, again this week, as all the captains are experiencing up and down the coast, the red sardines are so abundant, the game fish are too full to catch using artificials.

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


CURRENT MOON



sábado, 26 de noviembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (11/27/16)

Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II with a nice dorado for his French client
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 82°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 82°
Blue water: Basically the same as last week with the inshore a bit discolored, with some cleaner areas. Then from the 100 fathom line, and out to 14 miles, the water is clean, with a bit of discoloration. The blue water is out 15 miles and beyond.  (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Sailfish on the panga Dos Hermanos iI with Cheva
Offshore- As we got out of the full moon period, the sailfish action picked up a bit, but the dorado really came onto the scene, with several 30 to 45 pound calls fishing taken.
Talking to a friend, Ruben Lara, who is a commercial panga fisherman, told me he is very disappointed in the fishing right now. He said the fish are coming down from Manzanillo, but the lone line pangas are shortstopping them before reaching Zihuatanejo. He told me he caught two 45 pound class dorado, and couldn’t get enough money to even pay for fuel. The price has been driven down so bad by the long liners shipping their fish to all local markets, even the commercial fishermen are having a tough time.
Dean Ferrel with a jack (above) and sierra (below) taken with Mark Denison at
Ruerto Vicente Guerrero


Inshore: As the previous weeks, the roosterfish and jack crevalle are still providing the best action. Sierras are showing now in decent numbers, and even several dorado have been taken just a 100 yards or so off the surf line.

Gord Roberts with one of many jacks


Gord Roberts of Canada continued great fishing with Noe on the Porpy. Noe has a lot of knowledge and tools in his arsenal to find fish. After catching many black skipjack and jack crevalle, they took the girls to the beach at Barra Potosi. Noe spotted a ball of anchovetas and netted them with his cast net he keeps on the boat. Anchovetas are much preferred over the small sardines, which the fish are gorging on all up and down the coast right now. And make for excellent hook bait. Gord and Noe then made the short run back to the White Rocks, and got humbled. The fish gods reminded them of who is really in charge when they lost a very large dorado while jumping, the 1st wahoo by a broken hook, the 2nd wahoo by a cut leader, and even the 3rd wahoo when the main line was sawed off on a rock.

Mark Denison fished Puerto Vicente Guerrero with fly fisherman Dean Ferrel of Seattle, getting sierra and several mid-sized jack crevalle on the spin rods. Mark told me the sardines were balled up in several locations, and had game fish bust on every one of them. The fish were ignoring the fly, so it was surface poppers on spin rods which did the trick.They did see a large school of roosters, which popped up and then went right back down and under the boat. They were just too full to be interested in the fly or the surface poppers.

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)









jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (11/17/16)


Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, with his French client
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles:
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Kyle with a nice rooster which now has Tag No. 2316 for the Roosterfish Foundation
Blue water: The inshore is a bit discolored, but there are some cleaner areas. Then from the 100 fathom line, and out to 16 miles, the water is clean, with a bit of discoloration. The blue water is out 16 miles and beyond.  (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- The same as the last several weeks, it has been very slow fishing offshore for all species. A blue marlin was taken this week, so maybe things will pick up if the bait is moving back into the area. Once this week’s full moon period is over, I am assuming this will be true.
A few large dorado were taken, and this action should improve over the next couple of weeks.
Sherry with her 12 pound barracuda

Full Moon barracuda action: The action was not as good as I expected, but the size of the fish are quality. Mike and Sherry Knauff of Kamloops, Canada fished one evening with Noe on the Porpy. The action was on the slow side but the two huge fish they got were about 12 and 22 pounds. They ended up with a bunch of fillets of the excellent eating fish.  
Inshore: As the previous weeks, the roosterfish and jack crevalle are still providing the best action. It is not great action, but steady. And, you have to work for it. A few sierra are now showing.

Kyler Ries fly fished with Mark Denison down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero for a day. The condition were right, and the fish were there, but the bait was so abundant, the couple of fish taken were just stuffed with small sardines. 









Almost 5 feet long. Mike Knauff  with his big barracuda
Ed Kunze                                                                         



 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

Z Fish Report (11/17/16)


Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, with his French client
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles:
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Kyle with a nice rooster which now has Tag No. 2316 for the Roosterfish Foundation
Blue water: The inshore is a bit discolored, but there are some cleaner areas. Then from the 100 fathom line, and out to 16 miles, the water is clean, with a bit of discoloration. The blue water is out 16 miles and beyond.  (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- The same as the last several weeks, it has been very slow fishing offshore for all species. A blue marlin was taken this week, so maybe things will pick up if the bait is moving back into the area. Once this week’s full moon period is over, I am assuming this will be true.
A few large dorado were taken, and this action should improve over the next couple of weeks.
Sherry with her 12 pound barracuda

Full Moon barracuda action: The action was not as good as I expected, but the size of the fish are quality. Mike and Sherry Knauff of Kamloops, Canada fished one evening with Noe on the Porpy. The action was on the slow side but the two huge fish they got were about 12 and 22 pounds. They ended up with a bunch of fillets of the excellent eating fish.  
Inshore: As the previous weeks, the roosterfish and jack crevalle are still providing the best action. It is not great action, but steady. And, you have to work for it. A few sierra are now showing.

Kyler Ries fly fished with Mark Denison down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero for a day. The condition were right, and the fish were there, but the bait was so abundant, the couple of fish taken were just stuffed with small sardines. 


Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)






Almost 5 feet long. Mike Knauff  with his big barracuda


jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (11/10/16)

Kieth Paul sent me this photo, based on his fishing trip being saved a couple
of weeks ago by having live bait on the boat. Live bait is cheap insurance.
The main story this week was a non-seasonal rain of about 6 inches over three days, with about 3 inches on the first day (Monday afternoon  and evening). Monday’s lightning and thunder show was spectacular. The rains were mostly in the late afternoon and the boats had already returned for the day. But, it did affect the live bait availability and the commercial night fishermen.  
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 85°
Adolfo is still producing for his French clients
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Blue water: Heavy cloud cover did not allow a satellite photo this week. Reports are still saying decent blue water at 13 miles.  (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Very slow fishing offshore for all species. With the full moon on Monday (the 14th), I do not expect the sailfish action to pick up. Hopefully the tuna will come back in close. But, you may want to consider the barracuda action at night. With the full moon, and warm water, it may be excellent.
Adolfo about to tail a rooster. Note the blue and white Ranger.
Inshore: The roosterfish and jack crevalle are still providing the best action. It is not great action, but steady. And, you have to work for it. The rains have muddied up the beaches near the river outlets, and finding clean water is the key.
 
Larry Denison with his second rooster from last
week while fishing with Adolfo. 
This morning I was on the dirt road along Playa Blanca (by the airport), and on down to near Barra Potosi. The water was off-colored and green, but not murky. Then I went down to La Barrita to visit with Mark Denison at his fishing lodge. The water was about the same. Mark told me the water was stained and ugly yesterday (Wednesday), but is clearing up quickly.

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (11/3/16)

Bart Phillips, of Townsend, WA fished a day with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 50 miles with the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 88°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 86°
Blue water: The water is a bit discolored to about 8-13 miles off the beach. The blue water is from about 13 miles on out. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- About the same all this month. Very slow fishing offshore for all species.
We are averaging 1 sailfish raised to the boat and less than 1 hooked per boat per day.
There are still very few dorado, and no yellowfin tuna.
Above and below, Russ Weaver with his two roosters when fishing with Jesus
 on the panga Princesa Marcy


Inshore: The roosterfish and jack crevalle are providing the best action. It is not great action, but steady. And, you have to work for it. Here is what Russ Weaver from Corvallis OR emailed me last week when he fished with Jesus (Hay-soos) on The Princesa Marcy: I boated 2 roosters and 5 jacks but had a bunch more follows and good shots at several more roosters. Really not too bad considering I was the only rod fishing (I don't want to winch in fish the crew hooks). We ran to about Valentine (Balen-teen) and worked way past the antennas.
Keith with a well earned rooster  fishing with Cheva
And, here is what Keith Paul of Minn. told me after he fished with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II this Tuesday: The sun topped the mountains as we passed Barra de Potosi and the White Rocks, around the point and on down Valentine beach to where we would start.

 Checking the water clarity as we went, it was apparent that the river had opened a channel under the sand bar, and the clean waters of last week or so were no longer there. Cheva hunted up and down the beach for pockets of water that were "less dirty" that the rest, and when I say dirty, I mean you couldn't see more than a foot or two though the swirling brown, and what wasn't brown was green. Several stretches off a hundred meters or so would be "better" in relative terms, and that is where we found few fish.

On this trip, only one smaller Jack fell to a surface lure (Roberts Ranger) with all others taken trolling a live bait. I need to get me a sticker for the tackle box "Live Bait!! Don't leave the Dock Without It" It saved the day this trip. 

I caught a handful of Jacks, two of which were of a size to beat the hell out of me, and one nice 15 Lb class Rooster.
Keith showing a bait stealing needlefish, which had stolen its last bait
If you are vacationing here, and you "think" you might try fishing, there is no better destination in my opinion. About everything you would want to fish for is available at one time or another, the cost is more reasonable than about anywhere else that I have fished, and there is a cadre of Very Professional Captains for you to fish with. - Keith

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)