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)



jueves, 26 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/26/17)

Photo by Gord Roberts on the panga Porpy with Noe.  See below for what he expeienced.
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°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 82°

Blue water: The blue water has moved out to about the 100 fathom line, with a slight discoloration on the beaches. This bodes well for the inshore fishing.. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Above and below: Longtime fisherman and visitor to Zihuatanejo, Brian
Hetland of North Dakota, taught his first time 18 year old grandson, Ethan, the
fun of fishing sailfish on the spin rod. Ethan says he will be back


Offshore- The sailfish action is holding steady with 5-6 per day per boat being raised, and 3 or 4 being hooked. The small (very small) striped marlin are still around. While trolling for the billfish, there are also few large dorado mixed in.
Marty Smuk, and his group of 9, went out on the Orion and Vamonos II for a great trip. Staying at the Azul, the two boats picked them up at the Playa Linda pier at 730 am. Between the boats they caught 7 sails and released 5, 1 small Marlin caught and released, and one small Dorado. They were back at Playa Linda by 1:30 pm.
Gord Roberts with one of his released sailfish on the panga Porpy, with Noe.
Gord Roberts of Canada fished a day with Noe on the panga Porpy. Gord emailed me this: Caught and released 2 sails before 10:30 then turned our attention to the yellowfin tuna. We got into 3 different schools, but no luck. We tried lures, bait, and even the kite. The tuna are a very smart fish I have learned !!!!
It was still a great day though as we spent 3 hours in a pod of 1000 porpoise which were with the tuna. They are always amazing and entertaining. It was my wife's dream fishing trip come true for catch and release sailfish and close encounters with porpoise in the wild. Then on the way in, we spent a little time watching 2 humpbacked whales on the surface.

There are so many of the tasty sierras (Spanish Mackerel) they are even
being caught off the beach. Mark, at his fishing lodge in La Barrita, told me he
would keep one for dinner, and then, as caught caught more, toss them up on the
beach for the locals. They loved it. Besides his bungalows, Mark's campground
is now also functional, and a great place to camp, or bring the motor home. 
Inshore: The inshore is starting to discolor a bit finally, and the roosters are here. I am hearing reports from down at Vicente Guerrero there are lots of roosters on the beaches. And, there are also lots of the tasty sierras, with the action rounding out with jack crevalle, black skipjack tuna, and chulas.

Also, here is a great video put together by Captain Steve Henline of Utah:

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)



jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/19/17)

A great photo of Brian Hetland's sailfish as it comes to the boat for the release
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: 86°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 86°
Note the spin gear Dave Otto used to tag and release the below sailfish


Blue water: All up and down the coast, the blue water is on the beach. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Brian Hetland also got this striped marlin on spin gear (as well as his sailfish),
while fishing with Jesus (Hay.Soos) on the panga Princessa Marcy Jesus
snapped the underwater photo
Offshore- The sailfish action has improved with 5-6 per day per boat being raised, and 3 or 4 being hooked. Several small (very small) striped marlin have also been showing up, so something has changed their normal migration pattern. While trolling for the billfish, there are also few large dorado mixed in.
Above: Altan with Cheva showing the small size of the stripped marlin being
taken in the area. Below a sail they caught and released
The yellowfin tuna, abundant last week, have disappeared again.
Altan from Skabenga Lures of Montana fished with Cheva on, the panga Dos Hermanos II, a couple of days for several sailfish and even a couple of the juvenile striped marlin.
I also got this email from Hugh Himmelreich of Spokane WA with the results of his tournament last week: Just back from our 11th annual OTHG tourney in ZIHUA .  11 anglers in 5 boats caught 58 football tuna, 3 sailfish, 3 striped marlin, and 3 dorado. Probably would have done better on the billfish if we hadn't concentrated on the tuna.

Chris (left) and Mark Denison
Mark Denison, from his fishing lodge at La Barrita, fished with Chris Kontogianis and Dave Otto of Kennewick WA down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. They raised 5 sails, hooked 3, and tagged and released 2.
Do you think Brian Hetland likes spin rods offshore? It is for a reason
They are a blast. Shown here on the panga Princessa Marcy
Inshore: With the clear water on the beach, the gamefish are having a hard time to surprise the baitfish and get them concentrated against the beach, the game fish have gone to deeper water, where using their sensitive lateral lines to pick up minute vibrations, the dimness of light makes it easier pickings for them.


However, Mark Denison got it figured out with fly fishing client Ben Miller from Montana. One of the advantages of fishing down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero is if the bite turns on later you are never more than a 15 minute run back to port. The boats out of Zihuat will have been making the run back to port already, when the bite turns on. In the morning, with the water too clear to get any action, the waves and wind churned up the shoreline in the early afternoon, and the roosters moved in. Here is what Mark and Ben did today (Thursday):
Ben with one of 3 small roosters, and then lost a couple of 40-45 pound
class larger ones.It makes for a day to whet your appetite to come back for more
Started off in Playa Escula but the water was too calm and clear.  Made a run back to Loma Bonita, several small roosters chased the hook in front of La Barrita.  Worked our way back to Calvarillo where we hooked three small roosters.  Continued working down to mouth of Papano River without any luck. One chaser in the whole stretch.  From the Papaonoa River to the island, we hooked up on two large roosters, losing both after fifteen minutes of fighting, both in the 40 to 45 lb range.  One large rooster made several attempts at the hook in the 55 to 60 lb range.  So they are here, just hard to find. The choppy water and wind helped substantially in the afternoon. 
Ed Kunze                                                                         
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)