jueves, 17 de septiembre de 2020

Z Fish Report (9/17/20)




 This is my first report for fishing in several months. I have often stated I am not a promoter. I only tell it like is. If the fishing sucks, I tell the reality. If it is good, I really like to help the captains here and get their client’s photos on the report.

However, it is difficult to publish a fish report when there are no clients. To the best of my knowledge, the only two captains who have had clients are Adolfo and Cheva from the pangas Dos Hermanos. This is mostly because they have an excellent reputation of being the absolute best for the inshore roosters and partially from their reputation in France, where they get many clients.

Good captains like Temo, Santiago, Adan, and Noe have had zero clients. They do go out fishing for a few fish for the family, however even that has to come to a stop because dinner for the family does not give them gas money to go out again.

Water Temperature – About 87°

Blue Water – Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos is the only one I know who has fished the blue water. He has a client from France fishing for 14 days out of his 18 day stay. The client leaves next Wednesday.

Only fishing 3 days in the blue water, they logged a 225 pound blue marlin, six sailfish, and a fifty-five pound dorado. I know the dorado weight is correct because Cheva brought a huge fillet to our house. I had to cut the 3 inch thick fillet in half and ended up with several meals for my wife and me.

Inshore – The rains have blown out the sandbars on the rivers, and finding clean water has been the trick to good action.

Adolfo has been making the long runs to Puerto Vicente Guerrero for larger roosterfish. He has been fishing about three days a week, with some great days on the water.

Cheva has been fishing closer in. He is running the beach from Playa Larga to Barra Potosi. His 85 roosters for the French client makes for a serious statement. Today (Thursday) they got 8 roosters from 13 to 35 pounds.

Ed Kunze

jueves, 12 de marzo de 2020

Z Fish Report (3/12/20)

Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, earlier this week was able to find a rooster
for Pete Lowen of Kansas, and below a nice Pampano for Earnie Olson (below)


Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 83° The traditional cooling trend appears to be starting with cooler water pushing down from the north..


Inshore (average) surface temperature - From the beach to about 5 miles: About 82°
Blue-water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temperatures (from Terrafin SST). Like last week, conditions are shaping up rather nicely with slightly off-colored water from the beach to the 100 fathom line, with clean and blue water on out.

Offshore:  The offshore action sucks. With this last full moon, if you catch a sailfish you are doing better than the rest of the fleet. I do not expect this trend to turn around anytime soon. No reports of any dorado or yellowfin tuna.

Inshore: Early this week the inshore was fantastic, with a few roosters and lots of jack crevalle. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos took advantage of this and did well.

 Then the super full moon hit us, causing huge waves, and cooler water moving in. The fishing flat out shut down.

I was guiding fly-fishing client John Stielow of Min. with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II, with his son Alejandro casting the hookless teaser popper.  John was casting the 10wt fly rod well and should have gone back to the hotel tired from catching fish, instead of being tired from casting all day. The fish were just not hungry or aggressive. They would follow the surface popper all the way to the boat, but under the surface, then switch over to the fly, and do the same.

Near the end of the day, Cheva took us to his sweet spot, where he got 10 roosters last week for his clients. We no more than got there, and a damned bufeao (false killer whale) surfaced just behind the boat. Cheva’s face just dropped. He knew he had lost the entire day for his client. When bufeaos show up, every game fish in the area gets out of Dodge, as fast as they can. It certainly wasn’t Cheva’s fault, but these guys take their fishing seriously and want to get fish for their clients.

Ed Kunze

jueves, 5 de marzo de 2020

Z Fish Report (3/5/20)

John Stephenson got this blue marlin on the flyrod fishing with Cheva
and Alejandro on the panga Dos Hermanos II

Offshore (average) surface water temperature - From the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 83° The traditional cooling trend appears to be starting.

Inshore (average) surface temperature - From the beach to about 5 miles: About 82°
Blue-water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temperatures from Terrafin SST). Conditions are shaping up rather nice this week with slightly off-colored water from the beach to the 100 fathom line, with clean and blue water on out.

Offshore:  The sailfish action is still on the slow side with only 1 per boat per day, or less. Some yellowfin tuna are being taken, but at 35 – 40 miles, it is a long day to chase them. Dorado were scarce this week.

With Cheva looking on, John has his hands full.
Blue marlin are still around, with a few being hooked.  Last week, fly fishing client John Stephenson had a tough 2 days fishing with Cheva on the panga Do Hermanos II. They were into the jacks and even a large rooster, but getting them to bite was a different situation. Early this week he wanted to try for a sailfish on the fly. He had never caught one before, and I told him Cheva is still his best bet. He ended up in a tough 1½ hour battle with an estimated 200 pound blue marlin. A fish of a lifetime on the fly rod.

The marlin was super active with the aerobatics. I have posted the link to the Facebook page showing the video.  https://www.facebook.com/100003240673704/posts/2660483384069658/?d=n

Mike Pierce and his wife Tammy, from New Jersey show off a couple of the 10
roosters they got fishing with Cheva on the Panga Dos Hermanos II. They also
had a double on roosters and a jack crevalle. 


Inshore: This week was a whole lot different than last week. Sierras, jack crevalle, roosters, black skipjacks, and even several small dorado. We had them all. The best reason for the difference between the two weeks was the high surf last week, and the inshore waters clearing up this week to almost ideal conditions.

Kyler Reis of Seattle fished a day with Cheva. They got several jack crevalle to 25 pounds, and then the bufeaos moved in. They look like a porpoise, but are black and much larger than a six foot porpoise. They are false Killer whales. And, very intelligent. 

After Kyler caught another large jack, the bufeo played with it for several minutes before Kyler finally reeled in a head.


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

jueves, 27 de febrero de 2020

Z Fish Report (2/27/20)

Adolfo did manage to find a rooster this week, but more predominate were  the sierras


Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 83° The traditional cooling trend appears to be starting.


 Inshore (average) surface temperature - From the beach to about 5 miles: About 82°

Blue-water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temperatures from Terrafin SST). Off colored water from the beach to the 100 fathom line, with blue water on out.

 Offshore:  The sailfish action is still on the slow side with only 1 or 2 per boat per day. There are still a few dorado being taken when trolling for sailfish, and they are of a decent size of over 20 pounds.

Due to the cooler water moving in, the blue marlin and tuna are showing up. On one day this week, four blue marlin were taken, with a few taken every day, along with a lot of missed strikes.
 
Karl Peters with a nice tuna
The yellowfin tuna have also shown up, but out about 35 miles. Most are in the 40 to 80 pound range, but a few larger have been taken.
Ken Hill of Utah was fishing with Miguel Martinez
aboard the Wahoo and caught this nice yellowfin 
Inshore: With the green water, the jack crevalle are more dominant now, with the roosters making a disappearing act. We had a couple of days of high waves on the beach, which shut down the normal casting to the backside of the waves to find feeding fish. With high waves, the baitfish can’t take the pounding and move offshore to feed.
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, is ever alert and attentive to all the conditions saw birds working on porpoise about a mile offshore. Brian Hetland was his client, and Steve Stoor. When they pulled in Adolfo Jr. made the first cast with a surface popper. It was the last cast he made as the ocean exploded with hungry jack crevalle. Jr. spent the next 92 minutes unhooking and releasing fish while they came in at a fish on with every cast. Even his dad was fishing and catching.

It was so crazy, while Jr. unhooked Brian’s fish, Brian laid his rod down and tailed another for his fishing partner. 92 minutes later, they all agreed to head back to the dock. 

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

jueves, 13 de febrero de 2020

Z Fish Report 2/13/20

Above and below: On the panga Dos Hermanos  with Adolfo 







Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 83° The traditional cooling trend appears to be starting.

Inshore (average) surface temperature - From the beach to about 5 miles: About 81°

Blue-water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temperatures from Terrafin SST). Off colored water from the beach to the 100 fathom line, with blue water on out. The blue water current is gaining ground for the inshore around the antennas to the south and more pronounced from Troncones to the north.


Offshore: Like last week, the sailfish action is still decent. The boats are averaging 3 to 4 raised sailfish a day. Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, got three sailfish this last Sunday. There are a few more dorado showing up. The yellowfin tuna are not around.

Dean Burau of Illinois got this nice dorado with Poli on
the panga Gringo Loco
 Brian Hetland is more dialed into yellowfin tuna than sailfish, and talks to the captains, like Noe every morning on the pier about 6:00. He told me the commercial pangas are bringing in tuna to 80 pounds, but they are traveling out to 30 to 45 miles to get them. A few sport boats have found them on a hit or miss situation at 20 miles.

Inshore: With the green water breaking down, and the inshore still around 80°, the roosters are still around, but scarce. The jack crevalle are more dominant now.
Ed Kunze
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 6 de febrero de 2020

Z Fish Report (2/6/20)

Another nice photo from Brian Hetland. Note the multiple reflections.

Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line is about 32 miles: 83° The traditional cooling trend appears to be starting.

Inshore (average) surface temperature - From the beach to about 5 miles: About 81°
Adolfo caught several sailfish for his French clients
Blue-water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temperatures from Terrafin SST). Slightly off colored water from the beach to the 100 fathom line, with blue water on out.
 
Adolfo with a  tasty pampano taken on live bait. Below, Lots of
action for his French clients




Offshore: like last week, the sailfish and dorado action is still decent. The boats are averaging 3 to 4 raised sailfish a day.  There are a few dorado, but scarce. The yellowfin tuna are not around.
Vico Rust, his brother Luke and dad Mike of Mount  Vernon, WA
fished two days with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II







Inshore: As the captains find areas of slightly less off-colored water, the fishing is improving this week. Adolfo told me it is getting better every day.
Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II also found a nice rooster for his client.


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

jueves, 30 de enero de 2020

Z Fish Report (1/30/20)

Al Rossmeisl of Salem, OR fly fished with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. 

Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5 to 6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being about 32 miles: 84° The warm water is still holding up.

Inshore (average) surface temperature - From the beach to about 5 miles: About 82°

Blue-water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temperatures from Terrafin SST). What a change from last week to this week! For the last several months the clean water was hurting our inshore fishery. Now, almost overnight, the green water is hurting it. There does not seem to be an easy transition. It appears to be black or white. See the photo below and scroll down to the past several weeks to see what I am talking about.

Offshore: The sailfish and dorado action is still decent. The boats are averaging 3 to 4 raised sailfish a day.  There are a few dorado, but scarce. The yellowfin tuna are not around.
Brian Hetland fishing with Adolfo 
Inshore: This phenome of clean water, replaced by green water in less than a week is something I have never seen before.  I am going to speculate the strong blue water current has moved a bit offshore, and combined with a drop of a couple of degrees in temperature, an algae bloom happened.
Above: John Torre and below, another client with Adolfo

Regardless, the roosters are smaller this week and fewer. There are still several large jack crevalle, because they thrive in this kind of water.

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