viernes, 10 de febrero de 2017

Z Fish Report (2/10/17)

John Torre fished a day with Santiago, on the panga Gitana, for 10 of these
cookie cutter sized yellowfin tuna.
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: 83°. (Unchanged from last week)
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 81°
Blue water: Has moved back inside the 100 fathom line and approaching the beaches in many locations. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Above and below: Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II fished 2 days
 with his clients for these large jacks


Offshore-The sailfish action is still slow, basically from the full moon period, and the captains targeting the abundant 10-15 pound yellowfin tuna. This is the first time I have, in almost 20 years now, seen the yellowfin here in such numbers and hanging around for several weeks. Plus, they are only 8 to 12 miles off the beach. There is tonnage of bait in the water to keep them here, and they are too small, bringing a very low price, to be taken by the seiners.
A few dorado and small striped marlin are also still being taken.
Above: With Julio at the tiller, Blake with one of his 8 roosters caught on the fly rod.
Below: His dad, Peter, with one of his 10. They fished with
Mark Denison down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero


Inshore: With the clear water moving back to beaches in many locations, the larger roosters and jack crevalle have moved to about a half mile off the beach. Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II fished two days with 20 large jacks taken near Playa Larga, and then 12 near the white rocks.
Mark Denison, fishing from his place out of La Barrita is still into the small roosters and a few large jacks. Yesterday (Thursday) he fished with Peter Frautschi of Middleton, WI and his son Blake. Blake is a fly fishing/drift boat guide on the Snake River system in Idaho, and an excellent fly caster. With his Dad sitting on the roof with spin gear, and getting 10 small roosters, Blake caught 8 roosters fishing from the bow with a 9wt fly rod.
Mark emailed me this about their experience down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero yesterday:  We had a good time with the small roosters. We also saw a ton of sierra beneath the boat when we moved off the beach looking for the big roosters. Everything off the beach is pretty well stuffed with the small blue flying fish. Every now and then, the sierra with large roosters mixed in, would pop up, and then quickly go down again.  The only thing aggressive and plentiful was the small roosters.
  
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Z Fish Report (2/2/17)


I took this photo of spinner dolphins over a school of yellowfin tuna last week
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: 83°. (Unchanged from last week)
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 81°
Brian Hetland got these two underwater photos of a sailfish and a yellowfin tuna
while fishing with Chico on the panga Llamarada. Both were taken on spin gear


Blue water: Unchanged from last week, the blue water is out to about the 100 fathom line, with slight discoloration on the beaches. And as predicted, the inshore fishing action pick up. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) 
John Wierzba got the above yellowfin, the below striped marlin,
and a sailfish while fishing with Noe on the panga Porpy.
Offshore- The sailfish action dropped off a bit, but the 15 pound yellowfin tuna made for some great days on the water. The tuna were often within 5 miles of the beach. The small (very small) striped marlin are still around. While trolling for the billfish, there are also a few large dorado mixed in.
On Saturday, Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos, got a dorado, a sailfish, and 16 yellowfin tuna in the 10-15 pound class. All fish were taken on spin rods with his French clients.  The trick to the catching the tuna was he got out ahead of the porpoise and birds, and put the boat in neutral. The clients cast the jigging spoons of about 2 oz, but had taken the treble hooks off and replaced them with a single hook. After they sunk about 25 feet, they had double and triple hookups. Lots of fun.
 
Another spin gear sailfish by Brian Hetland on the panga Llamarada
Ron Marblestone, of Redwood city CA, fished a day with Noe on the panga Porpy, for a sailfish hooked, 3 yellowfin tuna, and a dorado. John Wierzba of Glendale, WI, also spent a couple of days with Noe for 3 sailfish, tuna, and a small striped marlin.

Rob Anderson's rooster from Puerto Vicente with Mark Denison as the guide
Inshore: The inshore, which had been steady for sierras and jack crevalle, round out nicely with several roosterfish being caught. The action was all up and down the coats, with the most being taken up at the Ranch, or down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero.
Mark Denison, out of his fishing lodge at La Barrita, fished with Rob Anderson of Burnaby, BC down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. This is what Mark told me Sunday afternoon: We found tons of small roosters raising fish with almost every cast and catching small roosters, and one in the 20 lb plus range. Probably 15 roosters caught during the day and no other fish besides roosters.
Above: John Torre with his first rooster and Below with Adolfo.


Early the next morning I met John Torre of Arizona at the pier and hooked him up with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. John is an 11 year veteran angler of Zihuat, but had never fished inshore for roosters. Like Keith Paul, who fished for years with Luis Maciel, it had been all offshore. Keith converted, as John probably will, after spending a day with Adolfo. Here is what John emailed me that afternoon: Hooked 9, with 5 in the boat and lost 1 at the boat. Largest was about 50 lbs. Adolfo is a great fisherman.

I find it amazing that Adolfo made the long run with John to Puerto Vicente Guerrero, and fished the exact same spot as Mark the day before. Some people may think Adolfo was “tipped off” to where the hot spot was, but I attribute it to his amazing 6th sense ability to find roosters (heh, heh).

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)



jueves, 26 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/26/17)

Photo by Gord Roberts on the panga Porpy with Noe.  See below for what he expeienced.
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: 83°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 82°

Blue water: The blue water has moved out to about the 100 fathom line, with a slight discoloration on the beaches. This bodes well for the inshore fishing.. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Above and below: Longtime fisherman and visitor to Zihuatanejo, Brian
Hetland of North Dakota, taught his first time 18 year old grandson, Ethan, the
fun of fishing sailfish on the spin rod. Ethan says he will be back


Offshore- The sailfish action is holding steady with 5-6 per day per boat being raised, and 3 or 4 being hooked. The small (very small) striped marlin are still around. While trolling for the billfish, there are also few large dorado mixed in.
Marty Smuk, and his group of 9, went out on the Orion and Vamonos II for a great trip. Staying at the Azul, the two boats picked them up at the Playa Linda pier at 730 am. Between the boats they caught 7 sails and released 5, 1 small Marlin caught and released, and one small Dorado. They were back at Playa Linda by 1:30 pm.
Gord Roberts with one of his released sailfish on the panga Porpy, with Noe.
Gord Roberts of Canada fished a day with Noe on the panga Porpy. Gord emailed me this: Caught and released 2 sails before 10:30 then turned our attention to the yellowfin tuna. We got into 3 different schools, but no luck. We tried lures, bait, and even the kite. The tuna are a very smart fish I have learned !!!!
It was still a great day though as we spent 3 hours in a pod of 1000 porpoise which were with the tuna. They are always amazing and entertaining. It was my wife's dream fishing trip come true for catch and release sailfish and close encounters with porpoise in the wild. Then on the way in, we spent a little time watching 2 humpbacked whales on the surface.

There are so many of the tasty sierras (Spanish Mackerel) they are even
being caught off the beach. Mark, at his fishing lodge in La Barrita, told me he
would keep one for dinner, and then, as caught caught more, toss them up on the
beach for the locals. They loved it. Besides his bungalows, Mark's campground
is now also functional, and a great place to camp, or bring the motor home. 
Inshore: The inshore is starting to discolor a bit finally, and the roosters are here. I am hearing reports from down at Vicente Guerrero there are lots of roosters on the beaches. And, there are also lots of the tasty sierras, with the action rounding out with jack crevalle, black skipjack tuna, and chulas.

Also, here is a great video put together by Captain Steve Henline of Utah:

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)



jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/19/17)

A great photo of Brian Hetland's sailfish as it comes to the boat for the release
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: 86°
Note the spin gear Dave Otto used to tag and release the below sailfish


Blue water: All up and down the coast, the blue water is on the beach. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Brian Hetland also got this striped marlin on spin gear (as well as his sailfish),
while fishing with Jesus (Hay.Soos) on the panga Princessa Marcy Jesus
snapped the underwater photo
Offshore- The sailfish action has improved with 5-6 per day per boat being raised, and 3 or 4 being hooked. Several small (very small) striped marlin have also been showing up, so something has changed their normal migration pattern. While trolling for the billfish, there are also few large dorado mixed in.
Above: Altan with Cheva showing the small size of the stripped marlin being
taken in the area. Below a sail they caught and released
The yellowfin tuna, abundant last week, have disappeared again.
Altan from Skabenga Lures of Montana fished with Cheva on, the panga Dos Hermanos II, a couple of days for several sailfish and even a couple of the juvenile striped marlin.
I also got this email from Hugh Himmelreich of Spokane WA with the results of his tournament last week: Just back from our 11th annual OTHG tourney in ZIHUA .  11 anglers in 5 boats caught 58 football tuna, 3 sailfish, 3 striped marlin, and 3 dorado. Probably would have done better on the billfish if we hadn't concentrated on the tuna.

Chris (left) and Mark Denison
Mark Denison, from his fishing lodge at La Barrita, fished with Chris Kontogianis and Dave Otto of Kennewick WA down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. They raised 5 sails, hooked 3, and tagged and released 2.
Do you think Brian Hetland likes spin rods offshore? It is for a reason
They are a blast. Shown here on the panga Princessa Marcy
Inshore: With the clear water on the beach, the gamefish are having a hard time to surprise the baitfish and get them concentrated against the beach, the game fish have gone to deeper water, where using their sensitive lateral lines to pick up minute vibrations, the dimness of light makes it easier pickings for them.


However, Mark Denison got it figured out with fly fishing client Ben Miller from Montana. One of the advantages of fishing down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero is if the bite turns on later you are never more than a 15 minute run back to port. The boats out of Zihuat will have been making the run back to port already, when the bite turns on. In the morning, with the water too clear to get any action, the waves and wind churned up the shoreline in the early afternoon, and the roosters moved in. Here is what Mark and Ben did today (Thursday):
Ben with one of 3 small roosters, and then lost a couple of 40-45 pound
class larger ones.It makes for a day to whet your appetite to come back for more
Started off in Playa Escula but the water was too calm and clear.  Made a run back to Loma Bonita, several small roosters chased the hook in front of La Barrita.  Worked our way back to Calvarillo where we hooked three small roosters.  Continued working down to mouth of Papano River without any luck. One chaser in the whole stretch.  From the Papaonoa River to the island, we hooked up on two large roosters, losing both after fifteen minutes of fighting, both in the 40 to 45 lb range.  One large rooster made several attempts at the hook in the 55 to 60 lb range.  So they are here, just hard to find. The choppy water and wind helped substantially in the afternoon. 
Ed Kunze                                                                         
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


jueves, 12 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/12/17)


Zeb Padovani of B.C. Canada fishing with Adolfo  on the panga Dos Hermanos
The big news being reported every day in the newspapers and on the internet, is the 20% overnight increase of fuel costs here in Mexico. We are now paying, for unleaded regular, about $3.21 (U.S.) a gallon, which is more than you are paying in the States. I believe Canada is paying about $0.96 a liter (U.S), which is la bit more than what the Mexicans are paying, (but, remember, the Mexicans do not have your wages or income on a daily basis. In fact divide your income by at least 10, and you will be getting close).

 This does affect the Mexican people big time. From the fishermen, to the delivery of the corn to make the staple tortillas to everyday products. It does add money to the government, but at the cost of the majority of the people. The majority of the people in Mexico are poor.
Fortunately, the peso is about 20:1, which means, at least for a while, the boat captains can hold their existing prices. I have seen some price gouging already from outside outfitters who book charters here in Zihuatanejo, with the same excuses about fuel costs above. That is Bullshit.

One last thought on the fuel prices is when I talked to Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. He told me he is fine at the current rates for at least the 25 mile mark, but when he makes longer runs to the Ranch or down to Puerto Vicente, it gets dicey, and may need a few dollars more.

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: Clean water from the beach, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Mark Denison tagged and released this sailfish down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero
Offshore- Still holding at only a couple of sailfish per boat per day, and a few large dorado are mixed in. The yellowfin tuna are hit and miss again. But, Adolfo, on his way up to the Ranch to fish inshore, spotted breaking fish about 1,500 feet out in front of La Salidita. They were yellowfin tuna from 17 to 22 pounds. Only rigged with surface poppers on spin gear, they still managed 4 of the tuna before they were gone.
Mark Denison, from his fishing lodge at La Barrita, fished with a Canadian friend down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero today, with 3 sailfish tagged and released, and a decent dorado for dinner. They lost a huge dorado, and a lost a favorite trolling lure of mine, which I had loaned to Mark, to a wahoo.
Dinner for Mark Denison and his friend from Canada
As a joke and a side note: I keep my favorite trolling lures below the sides of the boat, and out of sight.. If I were to rig it up high, the fish would see it and be jumping into the boat to get them. We do not want sailfish and marlin jumping into the boat. Mark will pay for my lost lure “big time”.
Another of Zeb's roosters coming to the boat. Note the Mega Bait
style casting spoon, and not a surface popper
Inshore: Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, has been working the areas up north near the Ranch for the last 3 weeks, for a reason. He is getting a lot of roosters and jack crevalle for his clients.
Ed Kunze                                                                         
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 5 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/5/17)


Another year has gone by and it seems like every year the sailfish population, which is the bread and butter of the fleet here, seems to dwindle. I remember fishing between 1998 and 2005 when it was not uncommon, after releasing a fish, to hookup again and having been underway for only a hundred yards. We left the drags a bit loose in order to get the second bait in the water and then it would be a double. I remember days of as many as 5 hookups, with only 4 people on the boat, including me as the captain.

The big news is two days ago (Tuesday) a boat had 122 raised sailfish in the spread, 118 strikes, and 73 caught and released. The bad news is it happened in Guatemala. But, the good news is with that many fish in one day and with only one boat, the sailfish population can’t be too decimated.

So why aren’t we getting our share? Long lines have taken their toll, and maybe the fish, due to the relative nearness of the long lines to shore, are migrating further out to sea than historically in the past. And, currents are changing, especially this last couple of years with El Niño. This could also be pushing them further out. Whatever the reason, they do not seem to be stopping much in Colima or Zihuatanejo, which historically are layover feeding grounds on their way to the terminus of their migration in Central America. 

And, a good argument for this is the 73 released fish were taken in early January, which should be prime time in Zihuatanejo, with February and March being prime time in Guatemala. It appears they just blew right past us. No wonder they were hungry for that lucky boat.

The three lower Back Bart lures are my favorites. The motor oil (brown,
orange, and a bit of black) is great for blue and black marlin. The next
down is the yellowfin tuna, and then a great dorado lure. 
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: 83°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 82°
Really effective here in Zihuat for sailfish and dorado
Blue water: Clean water, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Still holding at only a couple of sailfish per boat per day, and a few large dorado are mixed in. The yellowfin tuna are hit and miss again.
Inshore: Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, has been working the areas up north near the Ranch for the last two weeks. He told me “mucho, mucho gallos. Mucho, mucho jurel, y mucho sierras grande.” Translation: lots and lots of roosterfish, lots and lots of jack crevalle, and a lot of the large (and excellent eating) Spanish mackerel.
The areas to the south have been too clear for decent fishing. The fish are spooky in the clear water. Also, there has been a lot of the pelagic red crabs to the south, with the gamefish gorging on them.
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)




CURRENT MOON




jueves, 29 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/29/16)


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: Check out the satellite photo below. Clean water, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Not a good week. A few dorado were caught, and a few sailfish. But, nowhere the numbers of what should be happening for this time of the year.
Inshore: Roosters are still far between, but they are here. Adolfo has been working the areas up near the Ranch for lots of large sierras. The roosters are evasive, as the inshore water was too clear to bring the fish close to the boat with surface poppers (our mainstay).
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, told me he was getting a lot of large sierras on jigging type lures, cast for distance on spin rods.  
I was down at La Barrita yesterday (Wednesday) visiting with Mark Denison. He told me if you are in 30 feet of water you can count every rock on the bottom. 
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)