What better way to describe the blue water and temperatures conditions than the actual satellite photos from Terrafin SST on the almost cloudless day on Wednesday?
Offshore – The fishing picked up again this week, with about 12 to 15 sailfish raised per boat per day, with an average of about 3 to 4 sailfish hooked. A few dorado are still around, and providing good action on blind strikes while trolling for sailfish. Most of the sailfish and dorado are being taken between the 12 and 13 mile marks, straight out of Zihuatanejo (200° on the compass heading).
|One of 7 sailfish releases for Dick Terry on the super panga Gitana|
|1 of 4 tagged and released for Jason Strelzow|
Here is a great video by Tom Branoff fishing for sailfish here in Zihuatanejo. He takes it from A to Z. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWCvhOK-uKA
Some notable catches were with Wilson Hall fishing with Chiro on the cruiser Bloody Hook for 7 sailfish released this last Sunday. Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II has released 16 sailfish for his clients this last three days, and 2 nice sized dorado.
Santiago, on the super panga Gitana emailed me this information about his week and his brother, Adan on the panga Gitana II. “Good week; with Victor Stoltz from Alaska and his friend Rick from Seattle fished with me and we tagged & released 3 sailfish. Dave Johnson & his friend Gary Young tagged & released 7 Sailfish in one day. Dick Terry and his friend Kelvin from South Dakota tagged & released 4 sailfish and landed 2 Dorado (15#). Steve from Baltimore & Edmund Florida tagged & released 2 sailfish and landed 2 dorado's (35# & 20#). Today (Thursday) Jason Strelzow and his girlfriend from Vancouver, Canada tagged & release 4 sailfish in one day.
Also Victor Stoltz from Alaska fished with Adan one day they Tag & Release 4 Sailfish.Garry Taylor and his wife from Calgary CA. tagging & releasing 5 sailfish with Adan in one day.”
Also, Adolfo Jr. and his dad fished the blue water on Wednesday for 5 sailfish releases for their clients.
|Allen Marien of B.C., Canada with Abel|
The inshore action has once again given us a huge surprise. The roosterfish turned on again, and here it is February. But, this is what can happen when the 80° plus water is still with us on the shoreline. On Wednesday of last week, Adolfo made the long run to Calvario and Puerto Vicente Guerrero, and only got blanked. On Thursday, the day I posted last week’s report, we went down and fished different areas at Puerto Vicente, with the same results.
|Steve Thistle of B.C. with Abel|
So we knew where the roosters were not, and we both made a 180 degree reversal on Friday. Adolfo made the long run to the Ranch up north of Zihuatanejo, and got 7 large roosters for his French clients.
|After setting them up with Abel to fish, I called Abel on the phone to see|
how things were going. I found out . With Kevin Anderson with a nice one.
Adolfo Jr. and I made the run back to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with Steve Thistle of Edmonton Alberta and another hour panga ride south to my sweet spot. They hooked 7 roosters, with one spitting the hook. The smallest was about 25 pounds, with the rest in the 40 to 50 pound class. They also boated 2 jack crevalle in the 14-15 pound class, and two rainbow runners, of which one was about 4 feet long. What was funny was Steve, the fly fishing client, took one look the size of the roosters and how hard they fight, and put the fly rod away. All fish were caught on spin gear.
|Another huge rooster for Mark Denison|
Then, to prove it was not a fluke, I sent Mark Dennison and Kevin Anderson (both from B.C. Canada) to fish with my captain Abel in Vicente. They also scored well.
|Kent and Abel|
|Dave with his first large jack crevalle of the day|
Thursday (today), Roosterfish Foundation founding member Dave Radosta and Kent Marquardt of Wisconsin went down again to my sweet spot with Adolfo Jr. and me. We got one huge rooster (and missed a few others), two large jack crevalle, and a nice 6 pound sierra.
|Abel with Dave's second jack crevalle|
What was amazing, as we worked our way back to the port and fished a beach which had produced numerous roosters over the years. The water had turned green and was a cool 78°. Casting the surface poppers to the beach, we started getting doubles on follows, with as many as three at a time on 6 foot long black tip sharks. Neither I, nor anyone on the boat had ever seen that before.
|Mark Denison, from in front of his bungalows for rent on the beach of Playa|
La Barrita, with a nice sierra. He consistently gets great beach fishing there.
Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)
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