jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/20/17)

French clients Carole Nottin, and her father Michael, fished  several days with
Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos, catching an incredible number of roosters
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: 89°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 85°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water from the beach to way out. There are still a few isolated inshore areas with discolored water.
Michael Nottin
Adolfo and Carole
Offshore- The annual July mini-migration of sailfish has tapered off, with the sailfish action being fairy slow.
Yesterday (Wednesday), about 5 in the afternoon, we had a good rainstorm, and some wind. It did make the seas a bit rough today, and we had overcast skies all day, but everything will be calm and clear for the next several days.   
The yellowfin tuna and dorado have also pulled a disappearing act, and are probably following the bait to other areas.  

Inshore: The excellent roosterfish and large jack crevalle action is still holding up, especially down in the Petatlan area. Yesterday, of the 3 Dos Hermanos pangas, Cheva got 8, Jesus (Hay-soos) got 10, and Adolfo logged 15. Adolfo did tell me the jack crevalle are not around like they have been, but with the warm water and bait holding the roosters here, it is no major loss.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 13 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/13/17)



Note the mega bait which took this yellowfin yesterday. The 1.5 to 2 oz mega bait style  casting lure/
jig will catch almost any species on this coast. From bottom fish to all tunas and all members  of
the jack family, it is  the single most effective lure here. I am not sure it will take bill fish, but
then again, I haven't tried it either. I may be surprised.
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°
One of three, and a very decent sized sailfiah.
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water from the beach to way out. There are still a few isolated inshore areas with discolored water.
Offshore- The annual July mini-migration of sailfish is going strong. The boats are each averaging 3 to 4 sailfish a day. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, got three sailfish for his clients yesterday (Wednesday), with several other boats getting at least two, and up to four sailfish a day. With numbers like this, we are getting more fish per boat than the peak of the season in January. And, with a hundred times less tourists here. This has been happening for the last 4 years now.

Plus, being yellowfin tuna on this coast seem to be late sleepers, with the bite not happening until about 1:00. On the way back to port Adolfo came across a large school of tuna at the 2 mile mark. Yes… 2 miles off the beach. They boated 15 of the smaller 12 pound class tuna.    
The 80 pound plus tuna are still out at the 40-50 mile mark.
Inshore: The excellent roosterfish and large jack crevalle action is still holding up.
Adolfo fished today down at Petatlan for 15 roosters. They were “surtido”. Mixed - from small, medium, to very large.  
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/6/17)


 Mark Horoupian
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: 86°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water from the beach to way out. There are still a few isolated inshore areas with discolored water, but less than last week. 
Offshore- The blue marlin bite is still holding, as well as some decent yellowfin tuna. Both are out beyond the normal sport fishing day rate, but within the 30-40 mile mark. The tuna are averaging 75-80 pounds.
And, much closer to shore, the annual July mini-migration of sailfish appears to be going. The boats are each averaging 3 to 4 sailfish a day.   
Inshore: The excellent roosterfish and large jack crevalle action is still holding up. Mark Horoupian fished with Jesus (Hay-sus) on the panga Dos Hermanos III for a nice rooster fishing the Pantla /Buena vista areas to the north.  
And Adolfo, with his clients went south to the Petatlan area, for 6 mixed sized roosters and several large jack crevalle. The difference was the roosters are preferring the live bait, and there were fewer bait stealing needle fish to the south.  
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 29 de junio de 2017

Z Fish Report (6/29/17)



An estimated 25 pound snook, taken on live bait near
Valentine, with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II
What a difference a few days make. Last week we were fighting wind and choppy seas offshore, and huge waves inshore. When the big waves are pounding the surf line, even the bait fish can’t handle it and move out to deeper water. This creates a situation where the game fish can’t corral the bait in the relative shallow water the bait feeds in, and are not able to push them into the shallows, making them easy targets.

Cheva-about to release a nice rooster for one
of his French clientes.
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: 84°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water from the beach to way out. There are a few isolated inshore areas with discolored water, but way less than last week. 
Above and below: One of 3 sailfish and the nice dorado taken last week
fishing with Cheva


Offshore- Sailfish, a few dorado, yellowfin tuna on a hit or miss situation, and a few blue marlin. The numbers are not high, but there is some action.




Inshore: Most of last week, Cheva (panga Dos Hermanos II) fished with clients from France. They had tough fishing conditions, but on the 9th day, and last day of fishing before heading back home, they had a fantastic day. Starting out at the river mouth of Valentine (Valen – teen) they got into huge jack crevalle with the spin rods, using surface poppers and live bait. Taking 15 of the large jacks, between 15 and 20 pounds, they also took an estimated 25 pound snook on live bait. Then, moving down towards the Petalan area and the antenna’s, they also got an incredible 27 roosterfish. Fishing was tough for them for several days, but they will be back.
Ed Kunze 

viernes, 23 de junio de 2017

Z Fish Report (6/22/17)

Jeff Johnson with a nice pompano taken with a live bait and spin rod.
We had some hard rains this week, starting on Sunday. Technically it was not a named storm, but the area covered was massive. Whether you were offshore, or inshore, combined with the huge surf, fishing was tough.

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) Blue from the 100 fathom line to way out. Even though the heavy rains blew open the sand bars in front of the rivers, the strong blue water current is cleaning the inshore up. The inshore now has only has stained water for a couple of hundred yards off the beach.
Offshore- As predicted, Blue marlin are showing up. And, with calming weather and seas, a few sailfish were taken on Wednesday. There have even been a few dorado taken. Fishing with French clients, Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II, got 3 sailfish (released) on Wednesday, and an 18 pound dorado (dinner). 
The small rooster we got down at Puerto Vicente. The smaller, and quicker
fish beat about a 40 pound rooster to the lure, by only a heartbreaking 6 inches.
 Inshore: All last week the roosterfish numbers were excellent, with Cheva and Adolfo both having a few 8 fish days, plus up to 15 large jack crevalle on the same day. The rains really put a damper to it. On Wednesday, Adolfo, also fishing with French clients on the panga Dos Hermanos, got one 40 pound rooster, and 15 small dorado to 8 pounds. They were fishing the Barra Potosi area.
Jeff Johnson of Fort Worth TX fished with me down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero on Thursday. They had more rain down south than we had up here in the Zihuatanejo area, and the inshore was still a bit murky. We had to work hard for the couple of jack crevalle we got, a large pompano, and a small roosterfish. Plus, the waves were still large and dangerous.
By this weekend, all up and down the coast, the conditions should be a lot better.  
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)






jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

Z Fish Report (6/1/17)

Mrs. Xavier and Cheva with a very nice rooster
The good news is the water is cleaning up and getting warmer again. And, the roosters are coming back. It is nice to get back to the historical pattern, and not have the El Niño of the last couple of years fooling around with the currents and bait patterns.

June is probably my favorite month of the year, with November being second. June is the best month of the year for roosters. And, we have yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, a few sailfish, the tasty sierras and chulas, and the abundant jack crevalle which we were getting in March and April have all added 8-10 pounds on. But no tourists. November has dorado, sailfish, roosters, and more tourists. 

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: 83°
Last week, Christian Caldwell  fished with Cheva for this 30 pound class tuna
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue from the 100 fathom line to way out. The inshore is also cleaning up.
Note the bent pole on the right of the photo where Rick's wife is also hooked up.
Offshore- The yellowfin tuna are still here, but not in the numbers as the last few weeks. They are showing up from 4 miles off the beach, to 10 miles, and averaging about 15 pounds. This is the month for blue marlin and large tuna, so expect to see some in the counts over the next few weeks.   
Rick's rooster
Inshore: Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, only fished one day with Rick Xavier and his wife. They are from San Diego. But, it was a very good day. They got it started and kind of warmed up with a few black skipjack tuna. Then they got serious with 10 nice sized jack crevalle, some sierras, and two very nice roosterfish. They were fishing the Petatlan area.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 25 de mayo de 2017

Z Fish Report (5/25/17)

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: definitely a typical warming trend at 83°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Really mixed. Blue and green all over the place.
Offshore- Spotty blue water and cool water temperatures still have the offshore very slow. But the yellowfin tuna are here. They are showing up from 4 miles off the beach, to 10 miles, and averaging about 15 pounds,  
Inshore: The dirty inshore water has slowed down most all species. However, just a couple of hundred yards off the beach, we are getting the tasty sierras, the hard fighting jack crevalle, and black skipjack tuna (called bonitos here by the captains). And the white meated Chulas have shown up. They are a member of the tuna family, with a serious set of dentures. Chulas are rarely taken on surface lures, rather small trolled Rapalas. They are great table fare.
The mid-sized jack crevalle exploded a couple of days ago off the river bar Valentine, but the water is still green there.
Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, fished with Christian "Cubby" Caldwell from New York for a small rooster on the 9wt fly rod, a large 20 pound jack crevalle on live bait with the spin gear, and a 30 pound yellowfin tuna on a Mega Bait with spin gear. All were taken in the area of the White Rocks.
Ed Kunze                                                                            
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative