jueves, 7 de diciembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (12/7/17)

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 at 32 miles: 85°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 85°
Adolfo on the left with another rooster
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is on the beach, and difficult to find a small stretch of off-colored water for fishing roosters and jacks.
Offshore: Even though this week was the full moon period, the sailfish action was surprisingly not all that bad. Plus, a few blue marlin have been sticking around. Each boat is raising three to four sailfish a day, and hooking at least two. The dorado are around, but not many.
Early in the week Adolfo (panga Dos Hermaqnos) was wrapping up 4 days of offshore fishing with his French clients, having released 12 sailfish in the previous 3 days. All were taken on 30 to 40 pound outfits with Penn International 12 and Shimano TLD 25 reels. He told me on the pier that morning “This is my 4th day of offshore fishing, and tomorrow I get to go back home to the inshore. I really do not like offshore fishing”.  Well, the fish gods heard him, and either punished him, or confirmed his belief of where he should be fishing, because on the 4th day, at 7:00, and just beyond the black solitary rock in front of Zihuatanejo Bay, they had a strike. Eleven hours later, at 6:00 pm, they lost the black marlin when the 40 pound line parted. Adolfo told me it was larger than 250 Kilos (550 pounds).
Jack Crevalle with Adolfo

Sierras with Adolfo
Inshore: With the clear blue water on the beach, it has been tough fishing for jack crevalle, roosters, and even the sierras and black skipjacks just off the beach.
Brad Troyen of Calgary fished on Wednesday with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II yesterday (Wed.) They went up to the Ranch, but only ended up with a very nice 18 pound dorado, a jack crevalle, and a huge rooster which they couldn’t get a hook-set. Cheva told me the dorado are in tight and very near the beach. Today, Ben Tate from Austin Texas, fished with Cheva for a 35 pound rooster and a jack crevalle. They fished the Pantla beach/Troncones areas.
Adolfo redeemed himself, and cleansed the bitter aftertaste of his black marlin experience, by fishing in the back yard of his “home” today. Actually it was the lower forty of his back yard, because he made the 40 mile run up past the Ranch. He found some discolored water for 9 roosters, several jack crevalle, and sierras. But, then again, that’s Adolfo, and why he is one of the very best…anywhere.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 30 de noviembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (11/30/17)

Adolfo (left) fished 6 days straight with his French clients,
 on the panga Dos Hermanos, taking an assortment of  roosters,
jack crevalle,  pampano, black skipjacks, etc.
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) Basically the same as last week. 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.
A couple of the very tasty Pampano on the panga Dos Hermanos


Offshore: After the small earthquakes of last week, the fishing picked up again this week. And we are getting quite a variety, never knowing what is going to come into the trolling line spread. The boats are each averaging 4 strikes a day on sailfish, with many boats releasing 3 a day.
Ron Hubbard (left) with Armando (right), on the panga 3 Hermanos
The fleet is averaging about 20 boats a day, with an average of 4 blue marlin day being taken by the fleet.  And, we are getting dorado and even some yellowfin tuna. The majority of the fish are being taken from the 14 to 16 mile marks, with the marlin and tuna being predominately out in front of Ixtapa Island, and sailfish in front of the White Rocks.  
Norm Cook with one of four dorado taken
on the panga 3 Hermanos with Armando
From Colorado, Ron and Sonia Hubbard along with Norm and Sherry Cook, fished with Armando and Salvador on the panga Tres Hermanos. They fished for 5 days, catching 4 dorado, 4 sailfish, and 2 blue marlin.





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. Jack crevalle have been abundant down in the Petatlan area.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)





jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (11/23/17)

Above and below from Dan Putland: "No sail fish
 but we had a double header of Mahi Mahi
 and a nice day out! My Mother-in-law got
 the other dorado (Jan Fozard is her name) Angel and his crew were great!" They fished
on the cruiser Aqua Azul. 


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: 85°
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: We had a 4.8 earthquake centered only a few miles south of Zihuatanejo Bay early this week. With extremely sensitive lateral lines, which pick up bait school vibrations from hundreds of yards away, the pelagic billfish must feel like they are in a bowl of shaking jelly. Either they take off, or just go off their feed. I am not sure. Either way, maybe new fish move into the area, or the others start feeding again. But, after 24 hours the bite turns on again.
Gord Roberts on the panga Porpy, with Noe
Gord Roberts of Canada emailed me this: We made it back to Zihaut again this year. Fished with Noe in the Porpy on Monday. We went to the White Rocks, Los Morros, to start and stayed for 5 hours, I missed two wahoo. One by the boat, the other further out. 
We were using spinning reels with light tackle and small open face reels, we did get 2 small dorado in the morning on live bait, big eyes and anchovies. We could have had all the bonitos (black skipjack) we wanted but we were out for the tasty fish.

It was very busy around the Rocks with as many as 11 boats I could see at one time, 5 were locals in open pangas fishing for skip jack, they were being very successful in addition to the skip jack I saw them pull in 4 dorado.

We left after lunch to troll further out and got another dorado just as we were heading in.
So it was a good trip with an afternoon nap. It was good to see the dorado back. 
Things are now picking up again.  
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.
Jason, with a medium sized rooster.
Today (Thursday) Jason from the San Francisco Bay area fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. Jason understands the concept of distance casting and even brought the right kind of gear. I think Adolfo took this as a challenge, because he told me this afternoon, Jason is “dead”. He caught so many fish (40 black skipjack tuna, and 5 roosterfish), he was flat out wiped out. 
Keith Paul says it best. “El Senor put me in the bottom of the boat...again”.
John Torres of Arizona, also fly fished with Adolfo earlier this week. John told me this… 
Fished with Adolfo yesterday for an unbelievable trip.  The guy is amazing.  I had more fun than any man should be allowed to enjoy.  Fly fishing only, we fished going north and caught just about everything except a rooster. Adolfo brought oysters, and the fixin's for tirita's (ceviche). 
We caught a bunch of barilletes (black skipjack tuna) right out of the gate.  I caught so many, my shoulders started to hurt.  Moved up further north and hit pods of the incredible tasting pompano, an occasional needle fish, and one tiger grouper.

Lunch time was oyster's and tiritas. Friggin oysters were outrageous.
 
I finally figured out that I had the wrong line set up on my fly rod.  Will fix that as soon as I get home.  Need a 28 foot heavy, sinking shooting head and 40 feet of thin running line.  I have been trying to throw 78 feet of standard weight forward line and about the time I get it all in the air it becomes too heavy and slow to shoot the line and collapses. All these years of fly fishing and I don't know squat about fishing the salt.  At the age of 74 I guess there is still time to learn. 

Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)








jueves, 16 de noviembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (11/16/17)

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.
Greg Corado
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.
Ed Kunze                                                                            
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)





viernes, 3 de noviembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (11/3/17)

 Keith and Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, with one of 13 large jack crevalle
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: 88°.
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 a couple of rivers with the bar still open, allowing stained water along the beach for a few miles (following the current), 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- With few clients here, about the only boats fishing offshore are the commercial pangeros. And, traveling 40-45 miles they are getting a few blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, and a few dorado. It is not wide open, but the fish are there and can be caught. And the full moon period of this week coming up should see little improvement.

Inshore: The water along the beaches is very warm, and very clear. Warm is good, clear is bad.
Long time visitor Keith Paul of Minnesota fished a day with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. The fished south, from the Valentine river bar to the Petatlan areas. Here is what Keith told me:
I fished a day with Cheva of the Dos hermanos fleet. And, as typical of these three captains, Cheva fished me to the bottom of the boat. The water was very clear and we got no roosters this trip, but after the huge jack crevalle got done with me, I probably couldn’t have handled a large rooster anyway.
I was hot, sweated out, and moaning “no mas” by 11:00. We ended up the day with two large dorado coming unbuttoned, a half dozen black skipjack tuna, and 13 of the largest and meanest jacks I have ever encountered. Twenty minutes of constant pulling for the smallest of them, and they were hitting us three at a time. We were hooked up with at least a double on jacks all morning.

Keith also added the below comment on our methods here for catching jack crevalle and roosterfish. I have seen what he experienced hundreds of times, and like the way he describes it:
Let me tell you about casting for distance, and getting your casts off quick, before the school of fish go down.
When you get here, and think that you know what you are doing, be prepared to be personally embarrassed. No, I'm not being an ass here. Now I have no claims of being the great Houdini when casting a 10 light surf rod. I come from casting a jig and minnow 30 yards for Walleye. 

Cheva's son (Alexandro) is his deckhand. He is about 19 and was sitting, yes SITTING on top of the Panga, busting out 120-130 yard casts with an Okuma Nomad 10 foot travel rod and a 2 1/4 oz. Roberts Ranger lure.

We were stationed off the back of the surf about 150 yards, and repeatedly this kid would plop that Ranger into the foam wash coming back down the beach. Yup, he was On The Sand from as much as 140 out. Oh, yeah, and he stands about 5'6" and goes about 140 dripping wet.

You may think this is a fluke, but no, Adolfo's son does this as well, and don't get me started on Cheva and Adolfo! Cheva was back handing casts of 110 + while running the boat, watching the water/waves, and keeping up a running conversation with me. Yes Back Handing!!!! Plus, everyone agrees Jesus (Hey-sus), who was Adolfo’s deckhand for 10 years and now runs the Dos Hermanos III, casts further than all of them.

Trust me, this is one of their secrets to being the best inshore boats in the fleet. An excellent and experienced fisherman can be mortally embarrassed fishing with them.

Ed Kunze                                                                            
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


















jueves, 26 de octubre de 2017

Z Fish Report (10/26/17)

Russ Weaver on the panga Dos Hermanos III with Jesus
 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) Per the below satellite photo: The blue water current is trying to create blue water from the beach on out. But, heavy releases from the hydroelectric dam on the Rio Balsas River are sending millions of gallons of nutrient rich fresh water (chlorophyll) out into the Pacific, creating a clean water, and even a bit green on the beaches above Zihuatanejo. The Rio Balsas is the largest river in Mexico, and outlets at the deep water port of Lazaro Cardenas, about 45 nautical miles above Zihuat.
Offshore- With few clients here, about the only boats fishing offshore are the commercial pangeros. And, traveling 40-45 miles they are getting a few blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, and a few dorado. It is not wide open, but the fish are there and can be caught.
Dominique Messeri
Inshore: With the heavy rains gone, the beaches are clearing up again, and the water temperatures are warm. This means roosterfish! And they are here.
Note the tattoo - a rooster chasing bait. I bet that leads to
some interesting conversations in France.
Dominique Messeri, the wife of the late Jean Pierre Messeri came back to Zihuatanejo to fish with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos a few more times. She is a world class fisherman herself.  They are from France. With her husband and Adolfo, they created legends from the catches they had. And, all fish were taken on spin gear. Here is what Jean emailed me three years ago: I have been fishing Zihuatanejo for 14 years, and 12 of them with Adolfo. On every trip I keep precise records of species caught, inshore and offshore. My wife also fishes with me on every trip.
On the panga Dos Hermanos I have recorded 312 roosters, with 35 equal to, or more than 30 kilos (66 pounds). I only keep my records for memories and a photo.” … Imagine that! He caught 35 roosters greater than 66 pounds…incredible.

Also, long time fisherman with Adolfo and the Dos Hermanos pangas, Russ Weaver of Corvallis, Oregon fished a day with Adolfo, and another day with Jesus (Hey-sus) on the Dos Hermanos III. He caught 14 roosterfish in two days of fishing. Russ Emailed me this: “I went fishing with Adolfo, with Adolfo Junior as the deckhand, on the Dos Hermanos. Adolfo said on the way out “my season starts today”. He’s obviously ready with fresh paint, cushions, a new motor, etc.” We went south and ended up all the way to Papanoa. I missed on the first three roosters raised before re-gaining my abilities. After Adolfo’s coaching I boated 9 smaller sized roosters on the spin cast surface popper. Weird day on the beach, with no jacks whatsoever – just roosters. On the way back we chased the barrriletes and boated about a dozen or so before finishing the long run back. (These were given to the poor people on the pier after we arrived).

One of the many smaller sized roosters Russ took with Adolfo.
With Jesus on the Dos Hermanos III, after catching smaller roosters on Monday it was nice to get into a big one on the fourth cast. Unfortunately, it broke off while running back to the beach. Not too long after, I was able to boat a really nice 30lb class rooster. I ended with 5 total roosters for the day. On the way back we worked jacks whose presence was given away by birds, and ended up with a couple of them as well. 

We saw Adolfo while we were working the jacks. I believe they got 3 roosters and several jacks today.  He also went out yesterday. It’s hard to tell from Facebook how many fish they caught.

Jesus told me, with the boats out of the water, new paint and motors, it was his first day of fishing in 3 months! I’m glad I got Adolfo once, but I really like Jesus. He and I have a great rapport.


Ed Kunze                                                                            
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


jueves, 31 de agosto de 2017

Z Fish Report (8/31/17)

Fishing with Adolfo last week, before the rains came.
Sorry I haven’t done a report for the last couple of weeks. There are few people fishing, and it was a great time for me to visit my 92 year old mom for a week in California. She is a remarkable woman and is still driving, with a valid license for 3 more years (kind of spooky).
This week, after returning, we have had a lot of rain, but not serious stuff, and minimal wind. The port has been closed for a few days due to tropical storm Lidia, which formed out in front of us, and is now hitting Cabo San Lucas (heh, heh). 

 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: 82°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 80°
Note: The lower sea temperatures this week are due to the amount of rainfall, and the cooler fresh water floats on the surface of salt water.  
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 mostly at the river mouths.
Offshore- Last week Cheva hooked a 260 pound blue marlin for his clients. There were a few sailfish, but the dorado are scarce. Then Cheva did a switch, and fished my favorite spot off the White Rocks (the first 5 foot high pinnacle closest to Zihuatanejo). He told me he was taking 20 pound yellowfin tuna by fly lining a live bait on a spin rod. I was not surprised as I had done it many times before.  
Inshore: Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, told me last week he was still getting roosters and jack crevalle, but did not fish this week.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)