jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

Z Fish Report (4/20/17)


Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 12 miles with 81°, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 83°.  (see below)
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: definitely a typical April cooling trend - very cool 78°
Blue water: See below. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) You will note the inshore has some very dirty water, and almost a red tide in some locations. Again, this is what happens during a typical April cooling trend. Historically, by the end of the 1st week in May, everything will be back to normal.
Offshore- Very slow, especially with the green water pushing out. A very typical April.
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).
Ken Baskin of Houston, TX has been inshore fishing here for over 10 years, but by using cheaper boats I have always told him he is only getting a boat ride. This week he finally gave in and told me to get him set up with one of the boats I recommend. Adolfo was available and they fished the inshore areas around Manzanillo Bay, just north of Troncones. It was 11:00 when Ken called me and said they were worn out and heading back to the pier. He, and his fishing partner, had caught 44 gamefish, including black skipjacks, jack crevalle, a red snapper, several tasty sierras, and even 2 small roosters. He told me he hadn’t even seen a rooster before, and he had never caught this many fish on any day he had been on the water here.
So, the fish and inshore action is here, but you need a captain who really understands the concept.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 6 de abril de 2017

Z Fish Report (4/6/17)

Adolfo Jr with a client  from last week, and a huge rooster taken down at
Vicente Guerrero. But, thee roosters are far and few between.
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, on out to about 12 miles with 81°, 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 April cooling trend - very cool  at 78°
Blue water: See below. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) You will note the inshore has some very dirty water, and almost a red tide in some locations. Again, this is what happens during a typical April cooling trend. Historically, by the end of the 1st week in May, everything will be back to normal.
Offshore- We have yellowfin tuna (15 to 30 pounds), and blue marlin. But, they are out between 40-45 miles. We have very few sport fishing anglers, so the commercial pangeros are the ones doing the catching. There are a few sailfish, but again, it is about 20-30 miles.
No dorado have been reported.
Mark Denison (blue shirt in the middle) with Terry and Eric of Helena, MT,
with the jack crevalle and sierra they got down at Puerto Vicente.  The
captain, Julio, is on the far right. The kids have helped us, since I started the trend,
18 years ago The shorter of these kids are a 2nd generation for 
helping us load and unload the panga. They get 10 pesos each, and often 
beat us as we drive out, to the store to buy a candy.
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).
Mark got back his lucky shorts. He has had them for 20
years. It got to be I told him to either change his shorts,
 or at least the location to take the photo. The photos started to
look like the same fish from last year, or the year, before
 They got sewed back up and on the first day, he is back in
business. At a different location
Mark Denison, from his fishing lodge on the beach at La Barritra, has been doing as well as anybody for both the shore fishing and from a panga down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 23 de marzo de 2017

Z Fish Report (3/23/17)


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: 81°

Blue water: See below. The white areas are cloud cover. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)

This morning, Anibel, Cheva’s oldest son, lives close to me in Coacayul, and I spotted him waiting for a combi to take him to Zihuat. He works with Temo on the panga Suquestra Amor (Steal Your Love). And is a captain himself, taking a second boat when Temo has another client. I picked him up on his way to the municipal pier, and gave him a ride. He immediately started speaking in English, which astounded me. On the pier in the mornings at 5:30, everything among us captains is Spanish. Many a person has asked me in the past, if the captain speaks English. Sometimes I do not have a clue. This was an eye opener, and Anibel told me this.  
Offshore- He went out yesterday. The blue water was perfect, and all conditions were excellent. But, there were no fish. They had one strike on a sailfish on a long day. There were no other signs for birds, bait, dorado, or tuna.   
Inshore: Anibel also told me, what I had already known from Adolfo and Cheva, on the Dos Hermanos pangas, the action for roosters is very good when making the long run to Puerto Vicente Guerrero. The fish are concentrated in the Calvario area. He also told me he got into some large jack crevalle (from 18 to 20 pounds)at the river mouth of Vanentine, which was a fly fisherman’ dream, with 5 to 6 of the large jacks chasing the hookless Ranger lure popper on every cast. After 8 fish, the client said “no more”, and they headed back to the pier.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 16 de marzo de 2017

Z Fish Report (3/16/17)


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: 81°
Blue water: Stained out to the 100 fathom line, and blue water on out from there. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, called me yesterday and said he had fished offshore, with not a single raised fish or strike. Plus, thew tuna are way out, and no dorado have been seen.
Some of Mark Denison's shore caught jack crevalle and sierra
Inshore: However, Cheva also went on to tell me he has mostly been fishing the inshore, and it is very good. He has been getting lots of very large jack crevalle, sierras, and black skipjack near Barra Potosi and the White Rocks, and jacks, sierras, and a few small roosterfish up near the Ranch.
Mark Dennison, shore fishing in front of his fishing lodge at La Barrita, told me large jacks are out in front, and just out of his casting range. They are between 10 and 20 pounds, feeding on the abundant bait (sardines) in the area. He also told me he still managed 8 smaller jacks and some nice sierras.  
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 23 de febrero de 2017

Z Fish Report (2/23/17)

Greg Wenner with one of the typical jacks we are getting
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: 81°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 79°
Blue water: See photo below. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Cooler water seems to be moving down on us, which explains the great yellowfin tuna bite we had this last few weeks. But, large seiners moved in on the school and wrapped the most of them. There are still a few around, but have moved out to the 27-mile mark.
We have had some early wind, which has been making the seas a bit knarly.
The sailfish action is still slow, with only about 1 per boat per day, and also attributed to the cooler water. We have seen very few dorado.
Inshore: We need 80° water to keep the roosters around. With the cooling of the water, like the sailfish, they have been scarce. A couple of high notes however, is the hard fighting large jack crevalle and the tasty sierras love the cooler water and the action for them is very good.
Here is what Greg Wenner, Of Foley, Minn. emailed me about the day he spent with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. “We had a good day yesterday and caught several jack cravalle, bonito, and some other catfish looking type fish. My wife wasn't feeling well so it cut our time short. The seas were very rough!  As rough as I have seen it down here. I very much enjoyed our captain, and would fish with him again.” 
And, when Cheva had called me telling me how the day went, I almost dropped the phone when he said they got several cuatete (salt water catfish) spin casting Mega Baits (1.5 to 2 ounce metal spoons). Normally they are caught off the bottom on the reefs. This week is the first time I have heard of them taken in shallow water, and on surface lures.
Jim McGovern with a ice jack fishing with Adolfo
And a nice pampano
Jim McGovern of Illinois, fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos, having an excellent day with large jack crevalle, sierras, cautete, and even the excellent eating pompano.
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

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)