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)

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)