2) Offshore fishing
3) Inshore fishing
4) The potential disaster to the future of fishing in Zihuatanejo
5) The Billfish Conservation Act becomes law
6) Long line fishing update
7) Calendar and moon phase
|Russ Weaver with a 60# class rooster|
|Last week Stan Hootman of Pasedena, Texas fished with|
Adolfo catching 6 speices and 100 fish in 5 days of fishing.
2) Offshore fishing: There have been very few fishermen here, so I have no firsthand knowledge. But, Santiago of the super panga Gitana told me the average is still going about 3 to 4 sailfish per boat per day, with a few dorado mixed in. Combined with the fantastic inshore fishing, this is the best October in my 15 years of living here.
3) Inshore fishing: The inshore fishing is still excellent, even though you may have to make a long run to find the roosters.
|Ron with one of his 3 fly caught roosters|
|Russ, with a Vicente Gro. rooster|
They did manage 3 roosters, a nice large jack crevalle, and a couple of sierras. They were targeting roosters, so the sierra action is probably excellent when using light tackle and Rapalas.
|Photo by Russ Weaver of the "A" team. Cheva at the wheel,|
Adolfo with the bald spot, and Adolfo Jr.
They are heading to points South
Here is what Russ told me when he and our wives dined on the large sierra he got Wednesday. We ate at Lety’s, with the food and service being outstanding, as usual.
We put 10 roosters in the boat (released) including 1 more than 60 pounds and another of similar size, but no photo. We lost 3 to 5 on short releases close to the boat. There were approximately 20 more to the boat, with no hookups. We also got 1 big sierra and 2 big jacks. (The sierra we ate)
Russ told me it was his best day on the water after fishing here for 10 years. He said they are going back up to the Ranch again today (Thursday). I just reminded him to keep his expectations unbiased, as it is a “new day on the water”.
4) The potential disaster to the future of fishing in Zihuatanejo: Mike Bulkly of the super panga Huntress and panga Huntress II (with Captain Francisco) emailed me this:
My fishing friends,
I would like to make you aware of a situation here in Zihuatanejo and solicit your help if possible. The previous mayor, Alejandro Bravo sold the Zihuatanejo pier and the rights to the use of the Bay to Fonatur for reportedly millions of US dollars. (Fonatur is the government agency for tourism in Mexico who developed Ixtapa, Cancun, and others) And, Fonatur has begun a campaign to evict the fishing community, both commercial and sport fishing from the bay by imposing fees and taxes that are so high that the local fishermen cannot afford to pay. Fonatur wants to build the cruise ship pier and needs to get the locals out of the way to accomplish this.
The local fishing and fishing tourism community, through the various cooperatives, are fighting this effort via meetings with Mexican Federal officials and trying to generate public awareness through local radio programs. This, of course, costs money which is in very short supply here. If you like Zihuatanejo the way it is, please consider supporting the effort.
I have been looking into this and it appears a treasurer has been assigned the duties to collect funds, a Notary is to make it all legal and keep it honest, and the fight will be in earnest. I will have more information in next week’s report.
Some of the items being protested by the local fishermen are a monthly fee to have a mooring in the Bay, a fee charged for each client to embark on the boat from the pier, a fee for use to even walk out on the pier, the relocation of the night fishermen fishing fleet, and many other items.
5) Billfish Conservation Act becomes law: From the IGFA web site: http://igfa.org/
On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Billfish Conservation Act into law, effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States. The signing marks the culmination of a united undertaking by a diverse coalition of angling and conservation organizations working in cooperation with a bipartisan group of congressional champions. Although there are no commercial fisheries targeting billfish in the US, the US has been the largest importer of billfish in the world, importing about 30,000 billfish annually.
“This is a tremendous success for these highly migratory species,” National Coalition for Marine Conservation (NCMC) President Ken Hinman said. “Marlin, sailfish, and spearfish do not know country boundaries and travel through three of the planet’s oceans. Giving them greater protection in the United States sets the stage for better protection worldwide.”
With the largest buyer out of the market, the NCMC and International Game Fish Association (IGFA), who championed the bill, will now turn their attention to the international challenges facing these imperiled species. And with populations of three species of marlin having declined by more than 50%, their efforts come not a moment too soon.
“Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists have been the primary supporters behind the Billfish Conservation Act,” IGFA President Rob Kramer commented, “and I am confident that with this strong step by the United States, we will be able to raise support for more robust measures elsewhere.”
The support of the Billfish Conservation Act by groups like the American Sportfishing Association, the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Keep America Fishing, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, OCEARCH and numerous partners in the environmental community played an integral part in the bill’s success.
“We have sound science that indicates that billfish are not doing well on a global level,” IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser added. “Better international protection for these fish benefits open ocean ecosystems and recreational anglers around the world.”
6) Long line fishing update: The long line situation has been reduced dramatically. Very few sport fishing boats have even seen a long line these last few weeks. However there are a couple of pangas still claiming they will continue fishing illegally, with threats of serious retaliation if they are stopped. It is my understanding the government is putting together a solid case against the renegades, and by the 1st of November, it will be a mute subject.
7) Calendar and moon phase: For a better understanding of our seasons and species of fish here in Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo, please click on this link: http://calendarforfishing.blogspot.mx/