jueves, 11 de julio de 2019

Z Fish Report (7/11/19)

Adolfo and America. A typical day at the office for Adolfo.

Offshore (average) surface water temperature-Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 88°

Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: About 88°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water, near the beach, and all the way out. With the exception of the outflows of the Rio Balsas up at Lazaro Cardines.
Kha got this sailfish only a couple  of hundred yards off the beach. They
were trolling back to the port to maybe get a dorado. He took it on a spin rod.
Offshore: With few clients fishing, it is hard to tell. There are sailfish, for sure. From the commercial fishermen, selling their fish on the beach on Playa Principal, there are blue marlin, tuna, and lots of sailfish.
Michael's first ever fish
Inshore: Again, there has been few clients, but the roosters are here. This was proven by Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, yesterday (Wednesday). Kha Nguyen, with friends America and Michael fished with Adolfo. They are from Orange County, CA. and only a few miles from where I grew up.
Kha, wi5h one of his two roosters
He emailed me this: We did have a great day of fishing. We caught 4 roosters, lost one, and I caught a sailfish. We also got a few black skipjack tuna as well. We all had an amazing time and would definitely do it again. It was Michael's first time fishing ever, and he was stoked to catch a rooster his first time out.
Ed Kunze
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 4 de julio de 2019

Z Fish Report (7/4/19)


Wth Adolfo

Offshore (average) surface water temperature-Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 91°



Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: About 90°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water, all the way out, with the exception of the outflows of the Rio Balsas up at Lazaro cardines.

Offshore:  With few clients fishing, it is hard to tell. There are sailfish, for sure. And even yellowfin tuna in close.


Inshore: Again, there has been few clients, but the roosters are here.
Ed Kunze
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


jueves, 13 de junio de 2019

Z Fish Report (6/13/19)

On the panga  Dos Hermanos.  All photos this week are with Adolfo
Offshore (average) surface water temperature-Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: Exactly the same as the last several weeks. 83°

Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: About 80°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Clean from the beach to out past 30 miles.
Offshore: I talked to Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos. He said the action offshore is fantastic. There are striped marlin, blue marlin, and yellowfin tuna, all no further than the 15 mile mark. But other than the commercial pangas, having a great season, there are no clients for the sport fishing boats.
Adolfo and a nice yellowfin tuna
I also saw Noe, on the panga Porpy one morning. He was geared up for some heavy action. I asked him if he had a client to go for tuna. He told me he has had no clients, but is catching tuna to 200 pounds and only about 14 miles out. He is selling the tuna, and doing well. Noe is a bit gruff, but has taken over the vacant spot of being the best for tuna here, since Luis Maciel, on the panga Gringo Loco passed away a few years back.



Inshore: With few clients, Adolfo is finding large jack crevalle on the beaches, and a few roosters. But again, he has had few clients.
Ed Kunze

(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

viernes, 10 de mayo de 2019

Z Fish Report (5/9/19)



Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: Exactly the same as the last several weeks. 83°

Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: About 80°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Clean from the beach to out past 30 miles.
Offshore: I was in California this last week, to visit my 94 year old mother, for a week early Mother’s Day. She is doing incredibly well, and independently taking care of herself.

I was concerned about this last week’s sailfish kill tournament, which has been going on for more than thirty years. The news was surprising. I talked to Cheva, captain of the panga Dos Hermanos II, for some time.

The winning sailfish was only 38 kilos, which is about 84 pounds. In years past, it took a fish of 50 kilos, to just be in the money. Most of the fish averaged between 20 and 25 kilos. The winning marlin was a blue, weighing in at 104 kilos (229 pounds).

Cheva told me 4 to 6 sailfish or small striped marlin were taken each day by the average boat, which is really decent fishing.

As expected, there were over 200 boats entered. But, just as I was envisioning the sailfish stacked like cord wood on the pier at the end of each day, he told me few fish were killed. Taking a step in the right direction, there was a catch and release prize of 10,000 pesos for sailfish. I am sure that saved the lives of a bunch of fish.

Inshore: With few clients, there is little information Cheva told me the roosters are not around, but there is plenty of inshore action for chulas, sierras, and jack crevalle. And, a lot of the action is close by, taking place at the point and on down to Playa Larga.
Ed Kunze

jueves, 18 de abril de 2019

Z Fish Report (4/18/19)

Above: Tasty sierras on the panga Dos Hermanos
Below: Jack crevalle and black skipjacks


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 about 32 miles: Exactly the same as the last three weeks. 83°

Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: About 80°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Clean from the beach to out past 50 miles.
Offshore: Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, had a great day with 4 striped marlin and 2 sailfish. All were released, and all were taken on spin gear or light tackle conventional gear (like the gear you use for walleye, bass, or salmon). This makes for a lot more fun, compared to the deckhand setting the hook, and handing a 5 pound reel to you to winch in the fish.
Above and below: Bob Givens taking advantage of the leaning post on Rudolfo's
leaning post on the bow of his panga, down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. 


Above and below: With Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos


Inshore: With few clients, there is little information. Adolfo found the sierras for his clients.

 Rudolfo, down at Puerto Vicente found some jack crevalle for Bob Givens. Bob stayed at Mark Dennison’s fishing lodge at la Barrita (Rayo del Sol). They fished Puerto Vicente Guerrero, raised several roosters, which were not eating.  
Ed Kunze

jueves, 11 de abril de 2019

Z Fish Report (4/11/19)

Chris with Adolfo, 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 about 32 miles: Exactly the same as the last three weeks. 83°


Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: About 80°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The water is a bit discolored this week out to the 100 fathom line, but clean from there to way out past 50 miles.
Offshore: This morning, my wife Rebeca and I, went to the centro mercado to buy fresh veggis and chicken. I ended up getting about ½ of my fish report while my wife shopped. First, we ran into an old friend, and previous sport fishing captain, Rubin Lara. Rubin and I spend many a day on the water on the 31 foot Bertram Vamonos, owned by Jaimie Morales, with fly fishing clients for sailfish. 
After the economic downturn of 2008, like many excellent captains here, they had to make a living and he turned to the dark side. He became a commercial fisherman, working out of his own panga, and did well. But, commercial guys kill anything that bites the hook, because there is a huge market for it (which is another story and problem).

Rubin told me there is lots of big tuna, marlin, and sailfish out beyond the 40 mile mark. Just yesterday he boated a 215 pound yellowfin. We laughed as to how much easier it is to get five or six 40 pounders in the boat, rather than risk losing one big one, after several hours of fight.
Chris Ball also caught this striped marlin on the cruiser Bloody Hook

Then I met Mike Buckley and his wife. Mike, a retired white marlin captain from Rhode Island, has a condo here. He used to own the super panga Huntress, a well-respected boat with great fish counts. Mike is getting up in his years, looking great, and is still fishing.

Mike, fishing with Santiago and Adan yesterday (Wednesday), on the super panga Gitana, told me they tagged and released 2 striped marlin, but had 2 others on, which spit the hook at the boat with leader in hand. As far as IGFA rules, those are caught and released fish. Plus, they had two other strikes. Mike said “we were back by noon, but could easily had 6 caught marlin for the day. They were everywhere, basking and sleeping on the surface.”

Above and below:When Chris emailed me to set up the charter with Adolfo,
he told me  his friend  Karen does not fish, but wants to go along  for the
boat ride and views. Now, if  I was to put money on  whether he was not
telling me the truth, she sure looks like she is fishing. But, Adolfo  does
that to people. 


Inshore: With few clients, there is little information. Chris Ball and his friend Karen Gallagher, have fished here many times in the past few years, but mostly offshore. Chris called me and wanted to try the inshore, and with a bit of luck, get a rooster. This is what he emailed me: We had a great day on the water with Adolfo yesterday! After shaking off the effects of a long fishless winter in Maine, catching several black skipjack tuna and jack crevalle, Adolfo put us on a trophy roosterfish.  After nearly a 30 minute tug of war with this broad shouldered bull, we were able to release this beautiful fish. Adolfo and his son are great anglers and great guys.    
Ed Kunze  

jueves, 4 de abril de 2019

Z Fish Report (4/4/19)

The striped marlin, along with 6 sailfish on the panga Dos |Hermanos,
with Adolfo
The pier demolition appears to have been put on hold, at least until after the two week holiday celebrating Easter. Called Semana Santa in Spanish, this is when about 40,000 Mexican Nationals descend on our beaches, hotels, and restaurants, giving a whole new meaning to “insane.”

What it means to us fishermen, at least for the next couple of weeks, is the parking lot at the pier is open again, but it will be so crowded with vehicles 24 hours a day, there is no change as far as we are concerned.  

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 about 32 miles: Exactly the same as the last two weeks. 83° 
Rudy, fishing out of Puerto Vicente Guerrero also found the marlin.
below are the teaser birds he uses  to get their attention.



Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: A little warmer this week with about an 82° temperature, all up and down the coast.
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) A bit better this week. Clean water is actually approaching the beaches, but a well-defined blue water is still out past the 1,000 fathom mark. 

 Offshore: What a difference a week makes. I am not sure if it was the water cleaning up, the temperature, or the moon phase, but probably all of them. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, had offshore clients today (Thursday). Using spin rods, they released 6 sailfish, and 1 striped marlin. (Can you imagine the fun with spin rods, instead of heavy Penn Internationals?)
One of six sailfish caught on the panga
Dos Hermanos with Adolfo.
None of the fish were caught beyond the 8 mile mark. This is the best offshore catch, including the peak of the high season (January), I have heard of for two years. And it was done in April.

Another striped marlin coming to the boat for Rudy.
Inshore: Like last week, the inshore is still holding up very well. Even though the roosters have mostly, due to the cooler water temperatures, the jack crevalle and sierras are still providing a lot of action.
Mark Dennison, with a fishing lodge and campground down at La Barrita, emailed me about the action there. Using spin gear on the shore, in front of his place, he is getting some great fishing from the beach in front of his place: “I have been catching 8 or 10 jack crevalle every morning and evening, as well as a few needle fish. I have also seen a few roosters in the waves. One big one, I bet was about 25 kilos.” 
Ed Kunze
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)