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)

jueves, 10 de agosto de 2017

Z Fish Report (8/10/17)

Seven and Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, with a
nice 30 pound class roosterfish
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: 87°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 88°
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- The full moon phase had the offshore fishing about shut down. Very few sailfish, dorado, tuna, or marlin.


One of five jack crevalle for Sven
   Inshore: The warm and clean water makes the inshore fishing the best bet. Even with a full moon, the roosterfish and jack crevalle action is still strong.


Above and below, with Adolfo  on the panga Dos Hermanos, 
fishing to the north at Pantla  Beach


Fly fisherman Kyler Ries, of Seattle, and his son-in-law Sven of Munich, Germany fished with Cheva and I for roosters and jacks. Kyler ties some incredible flies, which I have been using the last couple of years. He also is one of just a few hundred people in the world who is mastering the old art of making bamboo fly rods. After answering several of my questions about bamboo fly rods, he summarized it as “It takes a lot of patience”.

Double on roosters
Sven was a first timer (ever) on saltwater fishing, and had only fished fresh water a couple of times in his life. He made several mistakes, and lost a few fish due to slack line, but ended the day with a bunch of fish.  
We started out below the river mouth at Valentine, encountering porpoise, birds, gamefish, and lots of 6-8 inch flying fish. The porpoise actually were within 50 yards of the breaking waves, and in about 20 feet of water.
It was amazing watching the porpoise push a large flying fish air born, with a booby bird chasing from the air, only to have a huge jack making a straight line as soon as the flying fish hit the water.
Kyler had no luck with the fly rod from the bow, as the fish were hitting the surface popper 50 yards out, and could not be teased closer to the boat. Apparently they did not want to actually work for their meal, because there was so much bait in the water. But, Sven managed a decent rooster of about 35 pounds, and 3 roosters lost (of which one was about 60 pounds and had Cheva talking to himself for at least 10 minutes). Plus, 5 jack crevalle and 3 lost.

Kyler and Cheva
We did encounter a school of juvenile roosters of about 10-15 pounds breaking on bait. I told Kyler, on the bow, to free cast into the middle of the melee, and it will be an instant hookup. We got close enough, and they went down. After casting live bait and the surface poppers, we ended up with a double, with Sven losing his.            
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 27 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/27/17)

John Pearce with Adolfo and me yesterday (Wednesday)
The best news I have this week, after almost 20 years of preaching the need to use circle hooks, are finally being used for live bait fishing. Maybe with time, it will transfer to the blue water fishing.

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) 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. Yesterday (Wednesday), fishing the back side of the waves, we got 50 yards south of the open bar at the river mouth of Valentine and had clean water. There is a strong blue water current flowing to the north.
Offshore- The annual July mini-migration of sailfish has shut off, with the sailfish action being slow. The latest rains we have had were basically “the first flush” from the grasses and tree limbs which have fallen into the rivers.  
On our way back from fishing the inshore yesterday, we picked up Cheva, who had finished his day of fishing offshore, and had finished cleaning the Dos Hermanos II for the next day. We took him back to the pier with us.
In his gravelly voice, half talking to himself, and half taking to us, he explained his frustration for the day he had. Apparently he went out 30 miles, without a single strike from a sailfish. All he encountered was weed line after weed line, which kept the trolled baits continually fouled. This will clean up this week, and become better defined.  
After pumping me for information, he got this nice rooster today (Thursday)
 Inshore: Cheva lives near my house, so I offered him a ride home, but we must first drop off the client on Playa Ropa. He said “perfect, because I need some more live bait hooks”. I have always given these guys what they need, and he wanted circle hooks in the 4/0 to 6/0 size. I said sure, no problem.
A bait stealing needle fish, with a very
serious set of dentures.,
A couple of months earlier, I had taken him to fish with spin clients down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, and because they would be fishing with live bait also, I had put in a tackle box all of my circle hooks. I had also included some of Keith Pauls’ hooks, because I was running low. Keith trusts me enough to keep his rods and all gear here. I told Cheva to use what he needs. But, I screwed up by not telling him to use what he needs for the ONE day of fishing.
When Cheva and I got back to my house, there wasn’t a single circle hook! Chevas’ explanation to me was “you told me to take what I needed” Now I have to email Keith.    
The roosterfish and jack crevalle bite has slowed down. I assume it was from a low pressure situation, combined with cloudy weather. Yesterday, we fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos with fly fishing client John Pearce from the San Francisco Bay area. We ended up with 5 jack crevalle (small, medium, and large), and a couple of roosters. We got nothing on the fly rod, even though John stayed up on the bow all day. We also got 3 or 4 missed strikes on roosters on the Ranger surface popper, and hooked 3 more roosters on the popper. But, they shook the hook.
After losing a 12 pound sierra on live bait, Adolfo was starting to get frustrated. He said “necisita un gallo grade, y bravo”. In other words, the fish were not aggressive, and if they had been aggressive, it would have been whole story different than nothing with the fly rod.
Ed Kunze                                                                            
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/20/17)

French clients Carole Nottin, and her father Michael, fished  several days with
Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos, catching an incredible number of roosters
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: 89°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 85°
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.
Michael Nottin
Adolfo and Carole
Offshore- The annual July mini-migration of sailfish has tapered off, with the sailfish action being fairy slow.
Yesterday (Wednesday), about 5 in the afternoon, we had a good rainstorm, and some wind. It did make the seas a bit rough today, and we had overcast skies all day, but everything will be calm and clear for the next several days.   
The yellowfin tuna and dorado have also pulled a disappearing act, and are probably following the bait to other areas.  

Inshore: The excellent roosterfish and large jack crevalle action is still holding up, especially down in the Petatlan area. Yesterday, of the 3 Dos Hermanos pangas, Cheva got 8, Jesus (Hay-soos) got 10, and Adolfo logged 15. Adolfo did tell me the jack crevalle are not around like they have been, but with the warm water and bait holding the roosters here, it is no major loss.
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 13 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/13/17)



Note the mega bait which took this yellowfin yesterday. The 1.5 to 2 oz mega bait style  casting lure/
jig will catch almost any species on this coast. From bottom fish to all tunas and all members  of
the jack family, it is  the single most effective lure here. I am not sure it will take bill fish, but
then again, I haven't tried it either. I may be surprised.
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°
One of three, and a very decent sized sailfiah.
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.
Offshore- The annual July mini-migration of sailfish is going strong. The boats are each averaging 3 to 4 sailfish a day. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, got three sailfish for his clients yesterday (Wednesday), with several other boats getting at least two, and up to four sailfish a day. With numbers like this, we are getting more fish per boat than the peak of the season in January. And, with a hundred times less tourists here. This has been happening for the last 4 years now.

Plus, being yellowfin tuna on this coast seem to be late sleepers, with the bite not happening until about 1:00. On the way back to port Adolfo came across a large school of tuna at the 2 mile mark. Yes… 2 miles off the beach. They boated 15 of the smaller 12 pound class tuna.    
The 80 pound plus tuna are still out at the 40-50 mile mark.
Inshore: The excellent roosterfish and large jack crevalle action is still holding up.
Adolfo fished today down at Petatlan for 15 roosters. They were “surtido”. Mixed - from small, medium, to very large.  
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Z Fish Report (7/6/17)


 Mark Horoupian
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) Blue water from the beach to way out. There are still a few isolated inshore areas with discolored water, but less than last week. 
Offshore- The blue marlin bite is still holding, as well as some decent yellowfin tuna. Both are out beyond the normal sport fishing day rate, but within the 30-40 mile mark. The tuna are averaging 75-80 pounds.
And, much closer to shore, the annual July mini-migration of sailfish appears to be going. The boats are each averaging 3 to 4 sailfish a day.   
Inshore: The excellent roosterfish and large jack crevalle action is still holding up. Mark Horoupian fished with Jesus (Hay-sus) on the panga Dos Hermanos III for a nice rooster fishing the Pantla /Buena vista areas to the north.  
And Adolfo, with his clients went south to the Petatlan area, for 6 mixed sized roosters and several large jack crevalle. The difference was the roosters are preferring the live bait, and there were fewer bait stealing needle fish to the south.  
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 29 de junio de 2017

Z Fish Report (6/29/17)



An estimated 25 pound snook, taken on live bait near
Valentine, with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II
What a difference a few days make. Last week we were fighting wind and choppy seas offshore, and huge waves inshore. When the big waves are pounding the surf line, even the bait fish can’t handle it and move out to deeper water. This creates a situation where the game fish can’t corral the bait in the relative shallow water the bait feeds in, and are not able to push them into the shallows, making them easy targets.

Cheva-about to release a nice rooster for one
of his French clientes.
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: 84°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water from the beach to way out. There are a few isolated inshore areas with discolored water, but way less than last week. 
Above and below: One of 3 sailfish and the nice dorado taken last week
fishing with Cheva


Offshore- Sailfish, a few dorado, yellowfin tuna on a hit or miss situation, and a few blue marlin. The numbers are not high, but there is some action.




Inshore: Most of last week, Cheva (panga Dos Hermanos II) fished with clients from France. They had tough fishing conditions, but on the 9th day, and last day of fishing before heading back home, they had a fantastic day. Starting out at the river mouth of Valentine (Valen – teen) they got into huge jack crevalle with the spin rods, using surface poppers and live bait. Taking 15 of the large jacks, between 15 and 20 pounds, they also took an estimated 25 pound snook on live bait. Then, moving down towards the Petalan area and the antenna’s, they also got an incredible 27 roosterfish. Fishing was tough for them for several days, but they will be back.
Ed Kunze