|Rick Papa and fishing partner Jim Drapchaty (shown) had 4 sailfish strikes and|
this release while fishing with Ramon Olea. Rick told me Ramon did a great
job, has excellent English, and is a 100% native to Zihuatanejo.
We got a lot of rain this week, and especially on Sunday evening. I measured 4 inches of rain in about 2 hours, and we had another inch overnight. Then on Tuesday, we got more rain…. almost all day long. There was also some wind on Tuesday, which made for very tough fishing conditions.
Even though the average water temperature is holding about 83 degrees, heavy freshwater outflows from the rivers pushed the blue water out further. It had been just a couple of miles off the beach, but is now about 8 miles, with clean water about 4 miles. And, it does look like the conditions are recovering rapidly for both offshore and inshore.
The offshore action, even though we are coming out of the full moon period, was tough but does show promise. The tough conditions were mostly what nature threw at us, however when the conditions were fine, the boats were getting 1 to 3 sailfish each and some decent sized dorado.
|Chuck Clark with one of two nice dorado while fishing with Martin on the Spuma|
Adolfo and Cheva, on the Dos Hermanos pangas, both scored 2 to 3 sailfish a day and at least one big dorado. Adan, on the Gitana II got 1 sailfish, a striped marlin, and a couple of nice dorado for his one day of fishing.
Fly fishing client Mark Cadmus of Colorado did get a sailfish tagged and released while fishing on the cruiser Bloody Hook. On Wednesday, he also had a decent sized blue marlin and a sailfish come to the teasers and the boat at the same time. Sure enough, when the fly was cast the sailfish got to the fly before the marlin. And, the sail made a jump spitting the fly.
Mark Nuefeld fished on Wednesday with Martin on the panga Spuma. He had a decent day with three large dorado (26 to 30 pounds) off a floating log at 8 miles. But, the previous two days were ditto for Martin, just like with the rest of the fleet.
|With Rafael looking on, William shows off his largest rooster of the day..|
tagged and released
The inshore is also an enigma. Adolfo got 15 jack crevalle in the rain on Tuesday, and lots of sierras and black skipjack. But, no roosters. And, other areas he fished the previous days produced no fish at all. He has 8 pangas booked out this week for his French clients, with ½ fishing for roosters and the other ½ offshore. None have taken a rooster this week.
It is a family thing....David Blair, Dorian, and Nancy from Calgary, Canada...Had a great time with the hard fighting black skipjack, and a few dorado, on the fly rods (photos below) while fishing with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II.
Thursday (today) fly fisherman William Salzer of New Orleans, LA went down with me to near virgin waters of Puerto Vicente Guerro to see if we could find the roosters and a bit of action. With Jesus (Hay- soos) casting the teaser, and Rafael on the tiller, we managed to get lucky with 2 dorado and 2 roosters.
|William's dorado, with Rafael holding|
Normally the roosterfish action in November, when the water is as warm as it is right now, can be the best month of the year. We are having a real tough time of it, scratching out just a fish or two a week. But, the rains stayed late this year. Usually the rain season is over by no later than the middle of October, giving a few weeks to let the stained water along the shoreline to disperse.
One of the main reasons the rooster fishing is excellent in November is because the roosters up north are pushed down by the colder water there. So we have our local population, as well as migrants. Either the roosters up north haven’t got here yet because the El Niño conditions are still holding in the warm water up there (which is a very good possibility, and means December should be great for roosters). Or, if they have come down, they are not stopping because of all the stained water along the beaches. The stained water also drives the bait off the beach.
The stained water is not just a murky brown with silt sediments, it also has a large percentage of fresh water in it. When the fresh water, sitting on top the heavier salt water is in the surf, it gets mixed. Roosters are not like jack crevalle and snook, which can handle brackish water. They need pure salt water and either go to deeper water to feed, or depart and look for better conditions.
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)