jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2018

Z Fish Report (12/13/18)

Matt, Wade, Derrick, and Brent rewarded themselves after three days of fishing
with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II, and Jesus (Hey-zus) on the panga  Dos
 Hermanos III. They were at the the Mirador restaurant above  Art's store on the pier. 

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 about 32 miles: 84°
With Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Wade with Jesus

Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) Clean water starts at the 100 fathom line, and on out. On northerly headings, heavy releases of fresh water from the Rio Balsas are making the water green (see below photo).
Offshore: The action has been scattered, with fish taken at the 13 mile mark, on out to 20 miles. Some captains hit a day with five sailfish, others only get a couple of strikes. The dorado are picking up some, with at least one per boat.
A nice sailfish from the North Dakota boys
Matt, from North Dakota emailed me this: Wade and I had a good day in Jesus’s boat, the panga Dos Hermanos III. We raised 5 sail strikes, hooked all 5 and landed 4 with 3 released. All were the same size in that 70-90lb range approximately. Wade also caught a nice dorado cow and bonito were caught as well.
With Adolfo
The other boat did well which was Brent and Derrick with Cheva, on the dos Hermanos II. Derrick landed his first sail fish and Brent got a large cow dorado and also landed a sail. Their boat had 3 strikes and landed all three, with the sails being released. Fishing was about 20 miles out in the blue water.
Nice sierras with Adolfo
Inshore: All three Dos Hermanos pangas had a great week. Adolfo, picked up a couple of nice roosters way down at Vicente Guerrero, then the next day, went way up to the north to the Ranch, and scored big. They came across a large migration school of huge roosters, and they were feeding. Six large roosters later, averaging 40 pounds, and even losing one estimate to close to 80 pounds, the bite ended. The large gallo was lost about 15 feet from the boat.
With Cheva

With Jesus



Jeff Ow, from Vancouver, BC fished a day with Cheva’s oldest son, Anibel. The charter was set up at the last minute, and I did not have time to explain the type of fly line or leaders to bring for his 7 wt switch fly rod, which was set up for steelhead. This is what he emailed me. “It was great! Had a tough time casting on the rocking panga so ended up trolling instead. Lol. Learnt a ton and caught a bunch of black skipjack tuna and a jack. Saw a humpback whale and her calf. All in all, a good day. Will need to work on casting on a rocking chair when I get home.” 

I have emailed him a copy of my book, The Rooster and the Fly.


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



jueves, 6 de diciembre de 2018

Z Fish Report (12/6/18)


With Adolfo, 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 about 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) There is a strong blue water current. Clean water starts at the 100 fathom line, and on out. 
Offshore: Talking with Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, he told me the action is in the clean water from 12 to 13 miles out. The boats are averaging 2 to 3 sailfish a day, with 1 dorado. This will improve, as the new moon is this Saturday, the 8th. The next two weeks will have the best offshore for this month.
Adolfo Jr. on the panga Dos Hermanos with 3
large and very tasty sierras
Inshore: The inshore action is fantastic, for a few boats who travel the distance to find fish. This is where Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos excels. There are lots of roosters, but not close to Zihuatanejo. Most of the action this last few weeks has been south.
A large jack crevalle, on the panga Dos Hermanos II
with Cheva. The school of large jacks were down at
 the river mouth of Valentine. (Balenteen) 
As a repeat from a couple of weeks ago, if you want to be serious about your fishing, and really want a rooster, please remember our fuel costs here are the same as in Canada, and at almost $4.00 a gallon, is more than the States. The advertised rates are for local fishing only.
With Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hrermanos
Mark Denison, down at La Barrita, reports excellent shore fishing for 3 to 5 pound jack crevalle.

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




jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2018

Z Fish Report (11/22/18)

I couldn't believe the size of this pampano. She took it  fishing with Adolfo,
on the panga Dos Hermanos. Note her arms are not extended.
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 about 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) There is a strong blue water current. The true blue water starts about 12 miles, but from there, back to the beach is a very clean water.
A nice dorado taken on the panga Dos Hermanos II
with Cheva


Offshore: Talking to Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, the action has moved from the 20 mile mark to a closer 12-14 miles. With the full moon, the offshore action has slowed. There is still at least one sailfish per boat taken, and a few dorado.
I expect the offshore action to pick up a lot about the end of next week.
Two Barracuda and a small dorado taken on the full moon  by Gord
Roberts, with Noe on the pangs Porpy.
Full moon night fishing: Gord Roberts of Saskatchewan, Canada seems to be the only smart fisherman here during the full moon period. This has been going on for several years now, as he fishes with Noe, on the panga Porpy. The photos Gord has sent to me, over the years, have been reported on this fish report many times.
I have fished with Noe for the incredibly white meat and tasty barracuda, and he is really dialed in. If anybody will catch them, with his double hook setup, using a slab of the shiny sierra, he will make it happen. When cooked correctly, it is hard to differentiate the barracuda from wahoo.
This morning on the pier, Noe had fished with Gord the night before, got a couple of hours of sleep, and was taking another client out. Noe told me it was a strange night for him. They had about 15 strikes, but all short biters, and only managed three fish. He was a bit upset, but knew it was beyond his control.
A nice rooster today (Thursday) with Adolfo (below)

    
Inshore: The inshore action is fantastic for a few boats who travel the distance to find fish. This is where Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos excels. There are lots of roosters, but not close to Zihuatanejo. Most of the action this last few weeks has been south.
Another nice rooster on the panga Dos Hermanos with Adolfo. 
If you want to be serious about your fishing, and really want a rooster, please remember our fuel costs here are the same as in Canada, and at almost $4.00 a gallon, which is more than the States. The advertised rates are for local fishing only.

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



jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2018

Z Fish Report (11/15/18)

Sunrise, aboard the Gitana II. Photo by John Wilkinson


 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 about 32 miles: 84°

Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Above and below, a decent photo of Adan on
the panga Gitana II, with John Wilkenson

John with his beautiful tuna. above. A better size perspective
is with Adan in the below photo. 


Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The inshore has a little off colored water, but the blue water is still at the 4 mile mark, and on out. Conditions for both inshore and offshore are excellent.
Noe, on the panga  Porpy, releasing one of Gord
Roberts sailfish.
Offshore: The offshore remains stable with about 4 raised sailfish a day, per boat. Plus, at least 1 decent sized dorado. Long time visitor, Gord Roberts of Saskatchewan, Canada, fished this last Monday with his usual captain, Noe on the panga Porpy. They raised 4 sailfish, and brought two to the boat. He will fish offshore again this week, and next week they are going out at night for the full moon barracuda.
John Wilkinson, with Adan on the panga Gitana II, took
this photo of the white bellied porpoise.
Another long time visitor, John Wilkinson of Minn. fished with his favorite captain, Adan, on the panga Gitana II. They were working an area with porpoise, but there were no birds or any other signs of life. Getting a blind strike on a trolled cut bait google eye, two hours later they had a 150 pound yellowfin tuna in the boat. 
Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos
Inshore: Like last week, to sum it up, Adolfo told me “mucho gallos, mucho sierras, and mucho jurel.” Which translates to there are a lot of roosters, sierras, and jack crevalle. Excellent inshore fishing.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Adolfo made the long run and fished the areas around Calvario, which is just north of Puerto Vicente Guerrero. They got eight decent sized roosters.
Scoot Cook with a small fly caught jack crevalle.
Today, Glenn Cook (now retired) and his son Scott, owners of a very respected fly shop and fly fishing guide service in Bend, Oregon, fished with Mark Denison today down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Adolfo loaned us his son as the deckhand to throw the hookless teaser for the fly fishermen. They got 8 smaller sized jack crevalle. There so many jacks, they were a nuisance. 

Driving back to Zihuatanejo with Glenn, Scott and Jr. I asked about the roosters. Junior is casting from the top of the roof of the panga and sees more things than when a person is standing in the boat. He told me “the roosters were there, but below the jacks, and some of them were huge. But, the schooled up jacks were way faster than the larger roosters, and were all over the teaser lure. It was almost like the roosters were too full to be aggressive.”

Everybody agreed, we were fly fishing only, and if we had hooks on the teaser popper lures, and spin rods instead of fly rods, the day would have been different. This is the enigma of fly fishing, but the satisfaction is sweeter.

Another high point to today’s fishing, is these smaller jacks are relatively non-migratory. Around March or April, when they are 18 to 22 pounds, we are going to have a great day on the water. 

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



jueves, 8 de noviembre de 2018

Z Fish Report (11/8/18)

Long time visitor, and a huge fan of the Dos Hermanos boats, Keith Paul
fished a day with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. He called the three
roosters he took chickens. 

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 about 32 miles: 84°
A decent sized jack crevalle with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°

A nice sized hard fighting skipjack tuna. And close to shore.
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The inshore has a little off colored water, but the blue water is still at the 4 mile mark, and on out. Conditions for both inshore and offshore are excellent.

With Adolfo
Offshore: The offshore remains stable with about 3 hooked sailfish a day, per boat. Plus, at least 1 decent sized dorado. Today (Thursday) Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, brought 3 sailfish to the boat, a dorado, and a striped marlin. The fish were taken around the 18 mile mark.
Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, had 3 sailfish to the boat, and were taken about 20 miles.

And another with Adolfo
 Inshore: To sum it up, Adolfo told me “mucho gallos, mucho sierras, and mucho jurel.” Which translates to there are a lot of roosters, sierras, and jack crevalle. Excellent inshore fishing.  
Ed Kunze


(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)



jueves, 25 de octubre de 2018

Z Fish Report (10/25/18)



With Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos
It has been about three months since I last made a report. In the 20 years I have lived here, I have never seen this little rain from July to now. The fishing was very good, but I have never seen this few clients either. With no one fishing, I had nothing to report.
Adolfo also fished a day offshore
Other than the full moon this week, the fishing is still holding up and excellent. We did have a two day port closure, due to tropical storm Vicente passing out in front of us. With the rain we finally got in October, when the season should be over, we finally got a decent July. Now we just lack the two wettest months of August and September.

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 about 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) The rain generated a lot of water coming from the rivers, creating some inshore murky water, but the strong blue water current is already cleaning it up. We got 10 inches of rain Monday, and the blue water is already back to the 4 mile mark today.

Offshore: The sailfish action remains decent. A couple of weeks ago there was 4 to 5 to a boat, and because of the moon phase this week, it is 2 to three. For each boat, there is about one dorado, of medium size, coming into the spread. No tuna have been reported.

Again, another client, but the same results for Adolfo

Inshore: The action remains the best bet. Last week Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, boat 43 roosters in two days. Both cheva and Adolfo are reporting slower action this week, but large sierras and jack crevalle.

Ed Kunze

(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 26 de julio de 2018

Z Fish Report (7/26/18)

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 about 32 miles: 88°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 88°
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is from about a couple of hundred yards off the beach, and on out. Some of the beaches to north and down near Petatlan are showing discolored water
Offshore: The sailfish action remains unchanged from the last few weeks, with few fish being raised to the trolled spread. There is action for yellowfin tuna, from 10 to 20 pounds, is out about thirty miles.
Another rooster on the panga Dos hermanos II
Inshore: The action remains the best bet, but very few anglers to take advantage of it. Averaging 4 to 5 roosterfish a day, a few sierras, 4 to 5 dorado, and several black skipjack tuna, and all on spin or fly gear. The roosters, like the dorado, this week were not big, but averaged between 5 to 10 pounds, with a few being larger. There are enough of the smaller dorado, the price for whole fish, on the principle beach near the pier, is down to $1.25 a pound.
Ed Kunze

(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)