|Dave Britt with his fly caught rooster|
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) 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.
Offshore: Lots more visitors here, and the fishing has picked up a bit. There is not a wide open bite, with 2-3 sailfish per boat per day, but with a few dorado, a black marlin, a few blue marlin, and several striped marlin being taken by the fleet this week, it is not all that bad.
Nighttime Barracuda: On the 3rd – the 5th of this month was the full moon period with warm water. Greg, Dave, and Mary Jo (see below) fished one night with Noe on the panga Porpy. Noe is about as good as it gets for barracuda fishing. With the clients also setting the hook, they got 4 nice barracuda, lost one on the gaff, lost another one at the boat, had a couple of long releases, and missed more than a dozen other strikes. It was constant action.
The way the conditions are now, this should happen again during the full moon period in early December.
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.
|Mary Jo with Juilo at the helm|
For 4 years now, Greg Corado of Seattle, his wife, Mary Joe and fishing partner Dave Britt of Portland have been fishing here. They fish with Mark Dennison down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, and stay at Marks fishing lodge in La Barrita.
Here is what Mark emailed me: Fly fishing today, we missed the big one again...I can't believe the hook didn’t set. We found the rosters against the rocks at Calvario and there was a ton of them. Stuffed full of small flying fish that they were puking up. Even the black skipjack tuna we caught were stuffed. Very few chasers among the roosters and not a jack crevalle in sight. Dave missed a huge rooster on the back hand cast as they came to the boat from behind us. It swirled on the fly twice and even took some line, but not enough and not tight enough to get the hook set.
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)