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)


jueves, 12 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/12/17)


Zeb Padovani of B.C. Canada fishing with Adolfo  on the panga Dos Hermanos
The big news being reported every day in the newspapers and on the internet, is the 20% overnight increase of fuel costs here in Mexico. We are now paying, for unleaded regular, about $3.21 (U.S.) a gallon, which is more than you are paying in the States. I believe Canada is paying about $0.96 a liter (U.S), which is la bit more than what the Mexicans are paying, (but, remember, the Mexicans do not have your wages or income on a daily basis. In fact divide your income by at least 10, and you will be getting close).

 This does affect the Mexican people big time. From the fishermen, to the delivery of the corn to make the staple tortillas to everyday products. It does add money to the government, but at the cost of the majority of the people. The majority of the people in Mexico are poor.
Fortunately, the peso is about 20:1, which means, at least for a while, the boat captains can hold their existing prices. I have seen some price gouging already from outside outfitters who book charters here in Zihuatanejo, with the same excuses about fuel costs above. That is Bullshit.

One last thought on the fuel prices is when I talked to Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. He told me he is fine at the current rates for at least the 25 mile mark, but when he makes longer runs to the Ranch or down to Puerto Vicente, it gets dicey, and may need a few dollars more.

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: 82°
Blue water: Clean water from the beach, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Mark Denison tagged and released this sailfish down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero
Offshore- Still holding at only a couple of sailfish per boat per day, and a few large dorado are mixed in. The yellowfin tuna are hit and miss again. But, Adolfo, on his way up to the Ranch to fish inshore, spotted breaking fish about 1,500 feet out in front of La Salidita. They were yellowfin tuna from 17 to 22 pounds. Only rigged with surface poppers on spin gear, they still managed 4 of the tuna before they were gone.
Mark Denison, from his fishing lodge at La Barrita, fished with a Canadian friend down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero today, with 3 sailfish tagged and released, and a decent dorado for dinner. They lost a huge dorado, and a lost a favorite trolling lure of mine, which I had loaned to Mark, to a wahoo.
Dinner for Mark Denison and his friend from Canada
As a joke and a side note: I keep my favorite trolling lures below the sides of the boat, and out of sight.. If I were to rig it up high, the fish would see it and be jumping into the boat to get them. We do not want sailfish and marlin jumping into the boat. Mark will pay for my lost lure “big time”.
Another of Zeb's roosters coming to the boat. Note the Mega Bait
style casting spoon, and not a surface popper
Inshore: Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, has been working the areas up north near the Ranch for the last 3 weeks, for a reason. He is getting a lot of roosters and jack crevalle for his clients.
Ed Kunze                                                                         
 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 5 de enero de 2017

Z Fish Report (1/5/17)


Another year has gone by and it seems like every year the sailfish population, which is the bread and butter of the fleet here, seems to dwindle. I remember fishing between 1998 and 2005 when it was not uncommon, after releasing a fish, to hookup again and having been underway for only a hundred yards. We left the drags a bit loose in order to get the second bait in the water and then it would be a double. I remember days of as many as 5 hookups, with only 4 people on the boat, including me as the captain.

The big news is two days ago (Tuesday) a boat had 122 raised sailfish in the spread, 118 strikes, and 73 caught and released. The bad news is it happened in Guatemala. But, the good news is with that many fish in one day and with only one boat, the sailfish population can’t be too decimated.

So why aren’t we getting our share? Long lines have taken their toll, and maybe the fish, due to the relative nearness of the long lines to shore, are migrating further out to sea than historically in the past. And, currents are changing, especially this last couple of years with El Niño. This could also be pushing them further out. Whatever the reason, they do not seem to be stopping much in Colima or Zihuatanejo, which historically are layover feeding grounds on their way to the terminus of their migration in Central America. 

And, a good argument for this is the 73 released fish were taken in early January, which should be prime time in Zihuatanejo, with February and March being prime time in Guatemala. It appears they just blew right past us. No wonder they were hungry for that lucky boat.

The three lower Back Bart lures are my favorites. The motor oil (brown,
orange, and a bit of black) is great for blue and black marlin. The next
down is the yellowfin tuna, and then a great dorado lure. 
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°
Really effective here in Zihuat for sailfish and dorado
Blue water: Clean water, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Still holding at only a couple of sailfish per boat per day, and a few large dorado are mixed in. The yellowfin tuna are hit and miss again.
Inshore: Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, has been working the areas up north near the Ranch for the last two weeks. He told me “mucho, mucho gallos. Mucho, mucho jurel, y mucho sierras grande.” Translation: lots and lots of roosterfish, lots and lots of jack crevalle, and a lot of the large (and excellent eating) Spanish mackerel.
The areas to the south have been too clear for decent fishing. The fish are spooky in the clear water. Also, there has been a lot of the pelagic red crabs to the south, with the gamefish gorging on them.
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)




CURRENT MOON




jueves, 29 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/29/16)


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: 82°
Blue water: Check out the satellite photo below. Clean water, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Not a good week. A few dorado were caught, and a few sailfish. But, nowhere the numbers of what should be happening for this time of the year.
Inshore: Roosters are still far between, but they are here. Adolfo has been working the areas up near the Ranch for lots of large sierras. The roosters are evasive, as the inshore water was too clear to bring the fish close to the boat with surface poppers (our mainstay).
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, told me he was getting a lot of large sierras on jigging type lures, cast for distance on spin rods.  
I was down at La Barrita yesterday (Wednesday) visiting with Mark Denison. He told me if you are in 30 feet of water you can count every rock on the bottom. 
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 22 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/22/16)


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: 85°
Blue water: Check out the satellite photo below. Clean water, but not blue, for miles and miles. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- The action is picking up with the cruiser Esturion today (Thursday) getting 4 sailfish and 2 dorado. 

Earlier in the week, Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II, while using skirted teasers (no hooks), got 4 small striped marlin on spin gear for his French clients.
Inshore: Roosters are still far between, but they are here. Adolfo has been working the areas up near the Ranch for lots of large sierras, and several roosters.
Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)

jueves, 15 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/15/16)

Noe, on the panga Porpy
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: 85°
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 84°
Blue water: Some strange currents again this week. Check out the satellite photo below. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Even with the full moon cycle, the sailfish action is still holding to a couple of fish hooked a day for each boat, and the dorado action backed down a bit.
The best action was still from the yellowfin tuna. However, the action develops late in the day. I can remember many a day going out 40 miles, and then finding active feeding tuna about 1:00 to 2:00 in the afternoon around the 15-20 mile mark, while on the way back.
This is also something Noe, on the panga Porpy, understands and plan on a long day with him. But, he has been very successful with the tuna this last two weeks. Most of the other boats are back at the dock by 2:00, but he is still out at 18 miles with rods bent on tuna all around.
Today (Thursday) Noe took 2 sailfish, a 27 pound dorado, and a 65 pound yellowfin.
MJ with her tagged rooster No. 2317
Inshore: Roosters are still far between, but they are here.
Today, Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, caught 9 large jack crevalle for his French clients on spin gear and top water action plugs. The jacks were between 22 and 23 pounds. He also told me they caught several of the tasty large sierras. He was down at the river near Petatlan.
Mark Denison, with clients Dave Britt, from Portland Oregon, and Greg and Mary Jo Corrado, from Seattle area, fished with Mark out of his fishing lodge in La Barrita, making the ½ drive to Puerto Vicente Guerrero had moderate success this week. 
Dave Britt
 Mark emailed me this: We ran north all the way to Julachuca, passing Adolfo at about the cliffs of Calvario, and worked our way back towards Puerto Vicente. We passed over a school of about a 1,000 jacks that never sniffed the lure and just passed under the boat.  We looked at the normal hot spots all the way back. Las Salinas had nothing.  Loma Bonita had something that chased a surface popper lazily from the rocks. I think maybe a 50 or so pound snook.  We spotted lots of jacks that weren't interested in the lure, all the way back to where we passed Adolfo again just past Papanoa. He was heading back to Zihuatanejo.

 At the mouth of river at Papanoa we hit a double header on roosters, MJ caught hers, but Dave lost his right near the boat.  Greg had two near hook ups, Dave hooked up once again, but again lost it. (Five roosters in just a few minutes apart). We then ran Cayacolito Beach with no success, so for the last half hour of the day we ran out to the rocks in front of Vincente in very rough water.  Greg hooked up with a big eye jack. The wind had come up and Adolfo must have had a hard a time getting home. We were lucky to end the day so close to Puerto Vicente.

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)





jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2016

Z Fish Report (12/8/16)

Steve Henline of Utah, with Noe on the panga Porpy
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: 85°
Blue water: Some strange currents this week. Check out the satellite photo below. (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST)
Offshore- Sailfish improved to a couple of fish hook a day for each boat, and the dorado action improved. The dorado have been decent, in the 15 to 45 pound class.
With Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II
at the White Rocks
The best action was from the yellowfin tuna, who took advantage of the tonnage of red sardines who moved off the beach, and back out to deeper water. Most of the tuna were caught with red squid style hoochies and cedar plugs. The tuna were taken from around the 6 mile mark, all up and down the coast.
Steve Henline while fishing with Mark Denison at Puerto Vicente GRO
A few wahoo were taken also at the White rocks, but only early in the morning.
Stephen Klappenbach of Sandpoint Idaho, fishing with Noe on the panga Porpy, caught a blue marlin 3 miles off Ixtapa on 50lb leader. After a 6 hr battle he finally landed it at the White Rocks, about 10 miles away.

Red back sardine fly - very effective
Inshore: Mark Denison of La Barrita, was here in Zihuatanejo to pick up clients for his fishing camp, and told me the smaller sardines have moved off the beach, and have been replaced by larger ones. There are still lots of jack crevalle and a few roosters around.

Ed Kunze                                                                         

 (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)