jueves, 11 de enero de 2018

Z Fish Report (1/11/18)

Sailfish caught by Willie on the panga Dos Hermanos II with Cheva
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 83° (unchanged from last week).
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 80° (Again, same as last week).
Long time visitor, Willie from Seattle
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. The inshore is a bit off colored, which does us well for roosters and jack crevalle fishing.
Offshore: Sailfish action is doing well, plus large dorado are being caught by several boats each day. The dorado are ranging from 20 pounds for the hens and up to 45-50 pounds for the bulls.

Alex (above) and his Dad Ken Frisbie
Fished today with Cheva on the panga
Dos Hermanos II



And, a few boats got into a school of 80-100 pound yellowfin tuna yesterday (Wednesday), and only about 12-14 miles off the beach. Long time visitor here, Brian Hetland of North Dakota hooked one of the big tuna on a spin outfit, and soon realized it was a mistake. They didn’t even have time to get the boat pointed in the right direction before he was almost spooled.   

Blue marlin are still showing, with Santiago on the panga Gitana, almost having a very large one leap into the boat. The big blue just started leaping right for them. With Santiago hard on the throttle, and a last second swerve of the panga, the blue landed on the port side and only 3 feet away. It also broke the line, but they were damned glad to see it go.
Above and below is with Glen Lake on the boat Dos Hermanos III with Jesus
(hey-sus)  Shown is a large bait stealing needlefish and  the hard fighting
black skipjack tuna, the captains here call bonitos 

Inshore: With the water getting a bit off-color, the roosters and jack crevalle are now providing some decent action, but the larger fish are still a bit wary, and not many are taken.

(Plugging a bit of advertising here) Shown are Mark Denison's and my fly rods
(from 9wt to 14wt), spin gear, and conventional gear for all your light line fishing
needs down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Mark's  fishing lodge apartments are
behind the person taking the photo, with the campground in front. He is also set up
 to handle several  motorhomes or 5th wheelers.   

Ed Kunze                                                               

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 4 de enero de 2018

Z Fish Report (1/4/18)



Shane Olsen on the spin rod for a nice sailfish
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 83°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 80°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. The inshore is a bit off colored, which does us well for roosters and jack crevalle fishing.
Shane with his second sailfish.... Released
Offshore: A few dorado are being taken, bot off shore and just off the beaches. Sailfish action has held up well, despite the full moon. With the sailfish migration peaking out, January is the only month of the year we see that. Three, to up to six sailfish a day by each boat is not unusual.  
Shane Olsen, a trout fly fishing guide from Alberta, Canada, fished two days with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. For his offshore day, I had loaned him my 14 wt fly rod and a couple of flies my wife ties up. Being this was his 1st saltwater fishing experience, they started out with two nice sailfish on spin rods. Then the 3rd sailfish spit the fly.

A few blue marlin are still showing, as well as a few small yellowfin tuna. With both, it is more of a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Shane Olsen with a fly caught dorado inshore. 
Inshore: With the water getting a bit off-color, the roosters and jack crevalle are now providing some decent action, but the larger fish are still a bit wary, and not many are taken.
On Shane Olsen’s day of inshore fly fishing with Cheva, he got a large spectrum of different species, and had a blast. They had action all day long with dorado, black skipjack tuna, and jack crevalle. Shane is incredibly pumped up about the fly fishing here and told me he "has memories for a lifetime".
I picked up Matt Gumbel of Houston, TX at a small hotel in Zihuatanejo and drove him to La Barrita, where he and Mark Dennison continued on down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero.  Mark has a very nice campground there on the beach, and a fishing lodge. Plus, Mark knows how to fish here, whether it be spin rods or fly rods.
Mark, left, with Matt Gumbel with one of the typical 8 roosters they caught.
They had a good day on the water for 8 smaller size roosters and a few jack crevalle. They even had a shot at a 40 pound bull dorado, in just 20 feet of water, and only 15 feet from the boat. But, he spit the hook before it was even set. When the large roosters came to the lure, as happens a lot in the winter months, the faster jacks beat the larger roosters to the surface popper, and stole it away.
Ed Kunze                                                               
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)






jueves, 28 de diciembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (12/28/17)

Danny Gill from Alberta on the panga Dos Hermanos with Adolfo
up at the Ranch
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 82°. 
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 81°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. From the below photo, it doesn’t get much better than this to understand the conditions for both offshore and inshore are almost perfect.

Offshore: The average per boat day for sailfish is about two hooked fish a day, and raising many more. Yesterday, with “Chile Wilie”, a long time visitor here from Oregon, and always fishing with the Team Dos Hermanos, fished with Cheva for two sailfish and a nice dorado.
Jesus, on the panga Dos Hermanos III fished with Austin  Le Van of Toronto, Canada for two sailfish and a nice dorado.
 Wilie from  Oregon  with a nice dorado with Cheva


Inshore: Right now, especially going into the full moon period next week, the inshore is the best bet.
Scott Donaldson
 Scott Donaldson from Washington fly fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos early last week. He said he needed an extra day to rest up after the first day. This was what he emailed me: “I had two wonderful days with the Team Dos Hermanos. This is a great team to fish with. Tues. we went south. You could walk across the schools of bonita. I was toast by the end of the day. They let me throw a fly as long as I could then I switched to spinning gear.
Friday took us north and between the bonita, sierras and the jack crevalle, I knew my forearms were going to fall off. It looks like this 60-year-old better hit the gym before I try a double, in the same week, with this crew again”.

Ben Tate  with Adolfo
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, fished yesterday with Danny Gill from Alberta, Canada. They made the long run north to the Ranch, getting a nice rooster and several jacks. But, this morning on the pier, Adolfo told me of the fish they missed. He said he saw this huge shark, or maybe even a false killer whale (bufeo) coming in on the surface popper. When the fish got close to the boat he said “it was the largest rooster I have seen in my life”. He was not prepared, and by the time he pitched out the live bait, the opportunity was gone. He told me it was at least 6 feet long, and the body was huge. Now remember, the 80 pound line world record for roosters (108 pounds) was taken on his boat, and he has logged 3 others over 100 pounds. This fish would have broken all records.

Mark Denison (right) with  Bob Ginther with one  of the many dobles
they had on roosters
The best news I have had all week is Mark Denison had repeat clients at his fishing lodge in La Barrita. Mark is taking over my fly and spin fishing clients down at Puerto Vicente, because of my skin cancer problems. And, he has a fishing lodge on the beach in La Barrita also.  Mark told me this “Today (Thursday) I fished with Bob Ginther and his son Tom from Wisconsin. Bob stayed with us last month as well. We found the roosters in the afternoon on the back side of Puerto Vicente Guerrero. We caught 25-30 roosters from noon on. All were ten to fifteen pounds, healthy and strong. More double and even triple headers than we could keep track of”.

In turn, Bob made this comment about his day on the water: “Mark, that was an absolutely awesome day on the water.  A checkmark on my bucket list after years of research and planning. And to be able to do it with my son even better!  You have a great thing going here at Casa Rayo del Sol in La Barrita, GRO, MX”
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)






jueves, 21 de diciembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (12/21/17)

The above and two below are on the panga Dos Hermanos II with Cheva



Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 84°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 83° And, same as last week, a cooling trend may be in the works. For both offshore and inshore. From the 100 fathom line to out the 1,000 fathom line, there are lots of spots showing 80° to 83° areas, which should bring in the yellowfin and blue marlin.
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. The inshore is finally breaking its grips from the clear blue water, and is becoming a bit off-colored, which is decent news, as long as it doesn’t get too discolored. The only stretch of pure clear water I see this week is near the La Barrita area.
Offshore: Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, fished 5 days straight offshore with his French clients. They caught and released 3-4 sailfish a day, for a total of 18. They also caught (and kept) 1-2 dorado a day, averaging about 15 pounds, for a total of 7.
A few blue marlin are still showing, as well as a few small stripe marlin. Dorado are showing a bit better, but tuna are scarce.

Figuring it all out


Mark with Mario, and the plan worked
Shore Fishing: Mario DePiero of the Portland, Oregon area wanted a day of shore fishing. I took him down to Mark Dennison, who has a fishing lodge on the beach at La Barrita. The La Barrita area has the best shore fishing anywhere on this coast, and is one of Mark’s specialties. Mario got the action he wanted, knew there were many missed opportunities, and had to cut the day short when he stumbled on a rock, slicing out a chunk on his toe. But, even then he wanted to get a last cast in to the hundreds of jack crevalle which were busting bait just out in front of them.  

Kevin Clay from the Seattle are fished a day with Mark Deninson  for a nice
inshore rooster near Calvario (A few minutes south of La Barrita)

Inshore: Scott Donaldson from Washington fly fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos on Tuesday. When I told him Adolfo was not available until Friday, but he could still go out with one of the other Dos Hermanos boats on his already scheduled Thursday (today) charter. He said “Adolfo is the best, and this gives me another day to rest up after all them fish on Tuesday when fishing with him.”
Ed Kunze                                                                            
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)









jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (12/14/17)

Troy Holzworth with one of the 5 sailfish, with Adolfo Jr. as deckhand, on the
 panga Dos Hermanos
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 86°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84° And, a cooling trend may be in the works. For both offshore and inshore.
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. The inshore is finally breaking its grips from the clear blue water, and is becoming a bit off-colored, which is decent news, as long as it doesn’t get too discolored.
Clark Ridgeway, with Adolfo on the panga Dos hermanos

One of ten sailfish caught by Cheva's French clients in three days of fishing
on the panga Dod Hermanos II 
Offshore: Hugh "Felipe" Himmelreich of Spokane WA sent me this (it is well worth reading):
 “The 12th annual OTHG torneo was held last week on Dec 7th and 8th.  8 anglers fished 2 days in 2 man teams on 4 pangas. Total catch was 16 Sails and 2 dorado. Not wide open, but everyone caught fish and enjoyed themselves as usual.  All 16 sails were tagged with NOAA tags and released.  The 2 dorado provided excellent table fare at our awards celebration dinner at Mariscos Chendo Restaurant in Zihuatanejo. Twenty-four folks attended, evenly divided between anglers and their families/guests and the captains and theirs.
  
The tournament was dedicated to the 10 year old son of Capitan Joaqiun L’Valle who is undergoing radiation treatment for brain cancer.  The anglers/families and captains that participated presented Joaquin with $1500 USD and a kid’s version of the “Kindle Fire Tablet” for his son”.

This week, the sailfish went on the bite, and possibly the best bite of the year so far.. Troy Holzworth and Clark Ridgeway of Seeley Lake, Montana fished today (Thursday) with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. Adolfo called me at 10:40 this morning telling me they had caught 5 sailfish, and were headed back to the dock.
Adolfo, about to release one of the 5 sailfish  today
A few blue marlin are still showing, as well as a few small stripe marlin. Dorado and tuna are scarce.



This is why the client came from Seattle to fish with Adolfo on Wednesday.There
are no roosters in Seattle, and it was 76° when I went to the pier this morning

Inshore: With the water getting a bit off-color, the roosters and jack crevalle can now move up to the beach areas, and ambush the bait. By being close to the shore, it takes a dimensionof escape away from the bait. The next couple of weeks should be excellent. 
Ed Kunze
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)








jueves, 7 de diciembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (12/7/17)

On the panga Dos Hermanos
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 85°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 85°
Adolfo on the left with another rooster
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is on the beach, and difficult to find a small stretch of off-colored water for fishing roosters and jacks.
Offshore: Even though this week was the full moon period, the sailfish action was surprisingly not all that bad. Plus, a few blue marlin have been sticking around. Each boat is raising three to four sailfish a day, and hooking at least two. The dorado are around, but not many.
Early in the week Adolfo (panga Dos Hermaqnos) was wrapping up 4 days of offshore fishing with his French clients, having released 12 sailfish in the previous 3 days. All were taken on 30 to 40 pound outfits with Penn International 12 and Shimano TLD 25 reels. He told me on the pier that morning “This is my 4th day of offshore fishing, and tomorrow I get to go back home to the inshore. I really do not like offshore fishing”.  Well, the fish gods heard him, and either punished him, or confirmed his belief of where he should be fishing, because on the 4th day, at 7:00, and just beyond the black solitary rock in front of Zihuatanejo Bay, they had a strike. Eleven hours later, at 6:00 pm, they lost the black marlin when the 40 pound line parted. Adolfo told me it was larger than 250 Kilos (550 pounds).
Jack Crevalle with Adolfo

Sierras with Adolfo
Inshore: With the clear blue water on the beach, it has been tough fishing for jack crevalle, roosters, and even the sierras and black skipjacks just off the beach.
Brad Troyen of Calgary fished on Wednesday with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II yesterday (Wed.) They went up to the Ranch, but only ended up with a very nice 18 pound dorado, a jack crevalle, and a huge rooster which they couldn’t get a hook-set. Cheva told me the dorado are in tight and very near the beach. Today, Ben Tate from Austin Texas, fished with Cheva for a 35 pound rooster and a jack crevalle. They fished the Pantla beach/Troncones areas.
Adolfo redeemed himself, and cleansed the bitter aftertaste of his black marlin experience, by fishing in the back yard of his “home” today. Actually it was the lower forty of his back yard, because he made the 40 mile run up past the Ranch. He found some discolored water for 9 roosters, several jack crevalle, and sierras. But, then again, that’s Adolfo, and why he is one of the very best…anywhere.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 30 de noviembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (11/30/17)

Adolfo (left) fished 6 days straight with his French clients,
 on the panga Dos Hermanos, taking an assortment of  roosters,
jack crevalle,  pampano, black skipjacks, etc.
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 84°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Basically the same as last week. With the exception of fresh water releases from the Rio Balsas, up at Lazaro Cardenas, the blue water is basically on the beach. This is great for the offshore fishing, but makes it tough for catching roosters on the back side of the waves.
A couple of the very tasty Pampano on the panga Dos Hermanos


Offshore: After the small earthquakes of last week, the fishing picked up again this week. And we are getting quite a variety, never knowing what is going to come into the trolling line spread. The boats are each averaging 4 strikes a day on sailfish, with many boats releasing 3 a day.
Ron Hubbard (left) with Armando (right), on the panga 3 Hermanos
The fleet is averaging about 20 boats a day, with an average of 4 blue marlin day being taken by the fleet.  And, we are getting dorado and even some yellowfin tuna. The majority of the fish are being taken from the 14 to 16 mile marks, with the marlin and tuna being predominately out in front of Ixtapa Island, and sailfish in front of the White Rocks.  
Norm Cook with one of four dorado taken
on the panga 3 Hermanos with Armando
From Colorado, Ron and Sonia Hubbard along with Norm and Sherry Cook, fished with Armando and Salvador on the panga Tres Hermanos. They fished for 5 days, catching 4 dorado, 4 sailfish, and 2 blue marlin.





Inshore: The water along the beaches is very warm, and very clear. Warm is good, clear is bad. There are lots of small to mid-sized roosters all up and down the coast, and even small to medium dorado at the white rocks. Jack crevalle have been abundant down in the Petatlan area.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)