jueves, 8 de febrero de 2018

Z Fish Report (2/8/18)

A large hard fighting jack crevalle coming to the boat

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: 83°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Blue water is almost all the way to the beach up and down the coast. See the below satellite photo. (The white areas are either land mass or cloud cover).
Offshore: Sailfish action has slowed to one or two fish a day per boat, much the same as this last week. Dorado are becoming more scarce also.
Above and below, Chili Willy, a long time client of the Dos
Hermanos pangas, fished inshore with Cheva on the panga
Dos Hermanos II. They went up to the Ranch and  found
4 yellowfin tuna, mixed with 8 jack crevalle only a mile off
the beach

The yellowfin tuna are still a hit or miss situation. But, the separate schools pop up and are still giving action if you are in the right place and time.
A small yellowfin tuna doing the "dance" at the boat , on
the panga Dos Hermanos II

Above and below: Vico Rust of Mount Vernon, WA, fly fishing
with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos  for the hard
fighting black skipjack tuna 

 
Inshore: There are very few roosterfish being caught, and large jack crevalle are being taken, but you have to work for them. The clear water makes conditions very tough to get close to fish cruising the beaches looking for bait. And, the gamefish are spotted by the bait, long before they would have under normal conditions, eliminating the ability for the gamefish to ambush the schools of bait and herd them against the beach.
But the black skipjack tuna action has been outstanding. Due to the abundance of other game fish, this is a fishery not often appreciated here, and rarely targeted. But, for a light line spin caster, or on a fly rod, this incredibly hard pulling fish will wear anybody out.
Ed Kunze                                                               
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)



jueves, 1 de febrero de 2018

Z Fish Report (2/1/18)



Most good captains  make their own luck, but sometimes, they get lucky too.
Here is Adolfo.on the panga Dos Hermanos, with a  250 pound black marlin.
The  marlin ate a trolled  goggleye  on a spin rod.
They were looking for sailfish or dorado. The black inhaled the bait, and
 blocked his ability to breath. Twenty minutes later the marlin was along side the panga. 
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) Blue water is almost all the way to the beach up and down the coast. See the below satellite photo. (The white areas are cloud cover).
Offshore: Sailfish action has slowed to one or two fish a day per boat, and should hold up through the full moon period this next week.
Decent sized dorado are still showing up in the counts for both offshore and onshore.
Another incredible catch on a spin rod., taken by Brain
Hetland of  North Dakota. This fish took 5 hours to subdue,
With Brian on the rod the entire time.
The yellowfin tuna are now a hit or miss situation, with the best action early in the week. Yesterday (Wednesday) a tuna seiner has moved into the area and is taking a lot of them. But, the separate schools pop up and are still giving action if you are in the right place and time.
Brian Hetland , fishing with a trolled fly on his spin rod, for this nice wahoo
at daybreak  just out of Zihuatanejo Bay. 
 Inshore: It is spotty at best. There are lots of sierras a few hundred yards off the beach, as well as lots of black skipjack tuna (called bonitos by the captains here). Roosters and jack crevalle are only coming to the captains willing to spend the gas money and look for the off-colored water.
Adolfo found some action for a rooster in the off colored water at Pantla.
And, we had a day of very high waves, which shut down the inshore action for many boats.
Jeff Burbank, from Min. fished with Cheva and only found this nice
 dorado on the inshore for two days of hard casting.
Above and below is Rod Anderson  of Vancouver, B.C. And Greg  Corrardo
from Seattle. Fishing with Mark Denison  out of Puerto Vicente Guerrero, they
got the above rainbow runner, and the below large jack crevalle. But, the jack
took the  lure out of the mouth of he huge rooster . Incredible.


Mark Denison, fishing from the beach in front of his fishing lodge at La Barrita, caught 16 smaller sized jack crevalle in just a couple of hours of spin casting, then he rested up, and went back out in the afternoon. He told me the hard part was to not get the line fouled by the pelicans and birds crashing on the sardines. The water clarity was perfect, and there were thousands of game fish concentrating on the sardine bait. It was basically a fish on with every cast, if the line didn’t get fouled by the diving birds.

The jack crevalle were small, about 3 to 6 pounds, but this smaller size is desired by the locals. The heavy oils have yet to get into the meat when the jacks are young. Mark solidified his status at La Barrita by tossing about 30 jacks up on the beach, and a couple of 5 foot long needlefish. The locales were there waiting, and ate well that night.     
Ed Kunze                                                               
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)



jueves, 25 de enero de 2018

Z Fish Report (1/25/18)

Basically, no change at all from this last 2 weeks. With the exception of the yellowfin tuna showing.

With Cheva on the panga Dos hermanos II
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° (What happened to the cooling trend?).
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 86° - see below chart for localized surface temperatures.

Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Offshore conditions are good for dorado, yellowfin tuna, and marlin. It is best to look for a bit of stained water for the jack crevalle and roosters inshore.  
Mark Denison, right, fished with client  Brad Simpson of Kamloops, Canada
and released this sail caught on spin gear down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero
Offshore: Sailfish action is doing well, plus large dorado are being caught by several boats each day. The dorado are ranging from 20 pounds for the hens and up to 45-50 pounds for the bulls. (No change from last week).
The yellowfin tuna did show this week, with consistency at the 25 mile mark, but the twenty pound fish also popped up and gave a lot of action just at 5 miles. The problem is they are moving fast, and only eating the smaller trolled hootchies and flies, or the small live bait taken from the nets out at Playa Linda, or inside the Bay.

Cheva, on the right, with a nice dorado for his client on the Dos Hermanon II
Inshore: It is spotty at best. There are lots of sierras a few hundred yards off the beach, as well as lots of black skipjack tuna (called bonitos by the captains here). Roosters and jack crevalle are only coming to the captains willing to spend the gas money and look for the off-colored water. 

Mary-Jo with a typical dorado
Mark Denison, with his fishing lodge and camping ground in La Barrita, fished with Mary Joe and Greg Cornado for the second time this year. They went down to my sweet spot, 20 miles below the point at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Mark knows the spot, because he is taking over my guiding duties, and doing very well. The sweet spot was alive with game fish, whales, porpoise, sea turtles, and bait. At one time they had 20 large dorado under the boat, with three hooked up. And, this did not include the wahoo who streaked in and cut lines and baits.     
Ed Kunze                                                               
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)




jueves, 18 de enero de 2018

Z Fish Report (1/18/18)


On the panga Dos Hermanos  II with Cheva
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: 83° (unchanged from last week).
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 82° - see the above chart for localized surface temperatures.
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The water, up and down the coast is not a deep blue, but rather “clean and clear”. This also includes the inshore. Offshore conditions are good for dorado, yellowfin tuna, and marlin. It is best to look for a bit of stained water for the jack crevalle and roosters inshore. 
Above, a dorado hooked on the panga  Dos Hermanos. Below a sailfish on the
same day

Another sailfish on the panga Dos Hermanos II with Cheva
Offshore: Sailfish action is doing well, plus large dorado are being caught by several boats each day. The dorado are ranging from 20 pounds for the hens and up to 45-50 pounds for the bulls. (No change from last week).


A jack crevalle and a rooster on the panga Dos Hermanos with  Adolfo 
Inshore: It is spotty at best. There are lots of sierras a few hundred yards off the beach, as well as lots of black skipjack tuna (called bonitos by the captains here). Roosters and jack crevalle are only coming to the captains willing to spend the gas money and look for the off-colored water.  

 Taxidermist Travis Peterson of the Deep South of Alaska (Prince of Wales), fishing with Jesus (Hay-Zoos) on the panga Dos Hermanos II,  emailed me. Travis also said he will send photos next week: "We finally found what we were hoping for. Dad got his first rooster. He hooked into 5, but only got one to the boat. I hooked one, but broke off. That’s how it goes. It looked like about the same size as Dad's. Jesus said dad’s first one was a real big one." 
Ed Kunze                                                               

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)


jueves, 11 de enero de 2018

Z Fish Report (1/11/18)

Sailfish caught by Willie on the panga Dos Hermanos II with Cheva
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: 83° (unchanged from last week).
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 80° (Again, same as last week).
Long time visitor, Willie from Seattle
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. The inshore is a bit off colored, which does us well for roosters and jack crevalle fishing.
Offshore: Sailfish action is doing well, plus large dorado are being caught by several boats each day. The dorado are ranging from 20 pounds for the hens and up to 45-50 pounds for the bulls.

Alex (above) and his Dad Ken Frisbie
Fished today with Cheva on the panga
Dos Hermanos II



And, a few boats got into a school of 80-100 pound yellowfin tuna yesterday (Wednesday), and only about 12-14 miles off the beach. Long time visitor here, Brian Hetland of North Dakota hooked one of the big tuna on a spin outfit, and soon realized it was a mistake. They didn’t even have time to get the boat pointed in the right direction before he was almost spooled.   

Blue marlin are still showing, with Santiago on the panga Gitana, almost having a very large one leap into the boat. The big blue just started leaping right for them. With Santiago hard on the throttle, and a last second swerve of the panga, the blue landed on the port side and only 3 feet away. It also broke the line, but they were damned glad to see it go.
Above and below is with Glen Lake on the boat Dos Hermanos III with Jesus
(hey-sus)  Shown is a large bait stealing needlefish and  the hard fighting
black skipjack tuna, the captains here call bonitos 

Inshore: With the water getting a bit off-color, the roosters and jack crevalle are now providing some decent action, but the larger fish are still a bit wary, and not many are taken.

(Plugging a bit of advertising here) Shown are Mark Denison's and my fly rods
(from 9wt to 14wt), spin gear, and conventional gear for all your light line fishing
needs down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Mark's  fishing lodge apartments are
behind the person taking the photo, with the campground in front. He is also set up
 to handle several  motorhomes or 5th wheelers.   

Ed Kunze                                                               

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 4 de enero de 2018

Z Fish Report (1/4/18)



Shane Olsen on the spin rod for a nice sailfish
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: 83°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 80°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. The inshore is a bit off colored, which does us well for roosters and jack crevalle fishing.
Shane with his second sailfish.... Released
Offshore: A few dorado are being taken, bot off shore and just off the beaches. Sailfish action has held up well, despite the full moon. With the sailfish migration peaking out, January is the only month of the year we see that. Three, to up to six sailfish a day by each boat is not unusual.  
Shane Olsen, a trout fly fishing guide from Alberta, Canada, fished two days with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. For his offshore day, I had loaned him my 14 wt fly rod and a couple of flies my wife ties up. Being this was his 1st saltwater fishing experience, they started out with two nice sailfish on spin rods. Then the 3rd sailfish spit the fly.

A few blue marlin are still showing, as well as a few small yellowfin tuna. With both, it is more of a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Shane Olsen with a fly caught dorado inshore. 
Inshore: With the water getting a bit off-color, the roosters and jack crevalle are now providing some decent action, but the larger fish are still a bit wary, and not many are taken.
On Shane Olsen’s day of inshore fly fishing with Cheva, he got a large spectrum of different species, and had a blast. They had action all day long with dorado, black skipjack tuna, and jack crevalle. Shane is incredibly pumped up about the fly fishing here and told me he "has memories for a lifetime".
I picked up Matt Gumbel of Houston, TX at a small hotel in Zihuatanejo and drove him to La Barrita, where he and Mark Dennison continued on down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero.  Mark has a very nice campground there on the beach, and a fishing lodge. Plus, Mark knows how to fish here, whether it be spin rods or fly rods.
Mark, left, with Matt Gumbel with one of the typical 8 roosters they caught.
They had a good day on the water for 8 smaller size roosters and a few jack crevalle. They even had a shot at a 40 pound bull dorado, in just 20 feet of water, and only 15 feet from the boat. But, he spit the hook before it was even set. When the large roosters came to the lure, as happens a lot in the winter months, the faster jacks beat the larger roosters to the surface popper, and stole it away.
Ed Kunze                                                               
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)






jueves, 28 de diciembre de 2017

Z Fish Report (12/28/17)

Danny Gill from Alberta on the panga Dos Hermanos with Adolfo
up at the Ranch
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: 81°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about the 100 fathom line, on out. From the below photo, it doesn’t get much better than this to understand the conditions for both offshore and inshore are almost perfect.

Offshore: The average per boat day for sailfish is about two hooked fish a day, and raising many more. Yesterday, with “Chile Wilie”, a long time visitor here from Oregon, and always fishing with the Team Dos Hermanos, fished with Cheva for two sailfish and a nice dorado.
Jesus, on the panga Dos Hermanos III fished with Austin  Le Van of Toronto, Canada for two sailfish and a nice dorado.
 Wilie from  Oregon  with a nice dorado with Cheva


Inshore: Right now, especially going into the full moon period next week, the inshore is the best bet.
Scott Donaldson
 Scott Donaldson from Washington fly fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos early last week. He said he needed an extra day to rest up after the first day. This was what he emailed me: “I had two wonderful days with the Team Dos Hermanos. This is a great team to fish with. Tues. we went south. You could walk across the schools of bonita. I was toast by the end of the day. They let me throw a fly as long as I could then I switched to spinning gear.
Friday took us north and between the bonita, sierras and the jack crevalle, I knew my forearms were going to fall off. It looks like this 60-year-old better hit the gym before I try a double, in the same week, with this crew again”.

Ben Tate  with Adolfo
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, fished yesterday with Danny Gill from Alberta, Canada. They made the long run north to the Ranch, getting a nice rooster and several jacks. But, this morning on the pier, Adolfo told me of the fish they missed. He said he saw this huge shark, or maybe even a false killer whale (bufeo) coming in on the surface popper. When the fish got close to the boat he said “it was the largest rooster I have seen in my life”. He was not prepared, and by the time he pitched out the live bait, the opportunity was gone. He told me it was at least 6 feet long, and the body was huge. Now remember, the 80 pound line world record for roosters (108 pounds) was taken on his boat, and he has logged 3 others over 100 pounds. This fish would have broken all records.

Mark Denison (right) with  Bob Ginther with one  of the many dobles
they had on roosters
The best news I have had all week is Mark Denison had repeat clients at his fishing lodge in La Barrita. Mark is taking over my fly and spin fishing clients down at Puerto Vicente, because of my skin cancer problems. And, he has a fishing lodge on the beach in La Barrita also.  Mark told me this “Today (Thursday) I fished with Bob Ginther and his son Tom from Wisconsin. Bob stayed with us last month as well. We found the roosters in the afternoon on the back side of Puerto Vicente Guerrero. We caught 25-30 roosters from noon on. All were ten to fifteen pounds, healthy and strong. More double and even triple headers than we could keep track of”.

In turn, Bob made this comment about his day on the water: “Mark, that was an absolutely awesome day on the water.  A checkmark on my bucket list after years of research and planning. And to be able to do it with my son even better!  You have a great thing going here at Casa Rayo del Sol in La Barrita, GRO, MX”
Ed Kunze                                                                            

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)