This has been an incredible week of ups and downs. Some captains, like Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II released 7 sailfish. Others are getting two to four. With the 80° blue water only a couple of miles off the beach, the fishing is really taking off. Cheva got all of his fish at the 11 mile mark.
|Sailfish coming in close to the boat- the Huntress with |
Captain Francisco and angler Utta. Leboriao
Cheva switched tactics and fished close to the inshore White Rocks, which are 7.5 miles south of the point at Zihuatanejo Bay. His clients, fishing with live bait, got a sailfish (only a couple of miles off the beach), 3 large dorado between 28 and 33 pounds, a twenty pound California yellowtail (which we rarely see here), and five 15 to 20 pound jack crevalle. It was a great day on the water by anybody’s standards.
Mike Bulkly of the super panga Huntress emailed me this write-up and the following photos.:Utta. Leboriao from Mexico City and Zihuatanejo with her first fish ever. She later released a sailfish also on Monday. We had two large Dorado and two sailfish releases on Monday, and today we released 5 sailfish at the 15 mile mark with Chris Arnold from Australia and his girlfriend Angie from Canada.
|Captain Francisco and Utta on the supper panga Huntress|
Adan, on the panga Gitana II had a 400+ pound blue marlin bust off on 100# braid line. It was a clean cut, so probably a wahoo came slashing through when the lure was ridding up high near the swivel.
Jose Pino, down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, managed to get his client’s estimated 350 pound blue marlin to the boat for a release.
|Jose Pino and Ludo with a 40 pound rooster|
On Monday, I was fly fishing with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos with Mexican National fly fisher Teodoro Alonso from the State of Puebla. Even though there was not a cloud in the sky, a couple of hundred miles off shore was turbulence, and the low pressure system moved in on us. The first sign of the low pressure was when the wind shifted from the normal Westerly destination, to coming at us from the South. We got a few fish, but not nearly as much as we had hoped for. Low pressure will put fish down deeper into the water column to balance out the pressure differential, which really hurts the shoreline fishing. Teo was great to fish with, an excellent caster, and a just fantastic all around great guy. We went way up north to the Ranch…and where Adolfo had been fishing this last couple of weeks with his French clients.
During a dry spell, Adolfo casually pointed and mentioned to me: “This is the spot my French client got a 50 or maybe 51 kilo rooster on Christmas”, the 24th of this last week. I slowly turned my head and just looked into his ice blue eyes, searching them for the punch line. He softly said “I have a photo on my phone”. I reached up and pulled his phone from its protected place and said “show me”.
And, there it was! A fish too big to lift and a head almost as wide as the French client’s body… Incredible! Adolfo has now logged 3 roosterfish over 100 pounds for his clients here in Zihuatanejo, including the existing 80 pound IGFA line class world record of almost 106 pounds, and caught by Jeffry Reinhardt in 2008. The angler, MISSERI Jean Pierre, emailed me the following photo.
|Its lenghth almost goes from one side of the boat to the other|
Plus, this photo does not do justice as to how thick the rooster
is across the back.
|One of Ludo's jack crevalle with Jose Pino holding|
|Ludo with his 9 pound sierra|
|With Jose Pino looking on, John and Jonathan with his sierra|
|A nice jack crevalle by John|
|Bert Sandell with a small jack|