|On the panga Dos Hermanos|
Offshore (average) surface water temperature - Includes from the 5-6 mile mark at the 100 fathom line, then to the 1,000 fathom line being at 32 miles: 85°.
Inshore (average) surface temperature. From the beach to about 5 miles: 85°
|Adolfo on the left with another rooster|
Blue water: (Chlorophyll amounts and surface temps from Terrafin SST) The blue water is on the beach, and difficult to find a small stretch of off-colored water for fishing roosters and jacks.
Offshore: Even though this week was the full moon period, the sailfish action was surprisingly not all that bad. Plus, a few blue marlin have been sticking around. Each boat is raising three to four sailfish a day, and hooking at least two. The dorado are around, but not many.
Early in the week Adolfo (panga Dos Hermaqnos) was wrapping up 4 days of offshore fishing with his French clients, having released 12 sailfish in the previous 3 days. All were taken on 30 to 40 pound outfits with Penn International 12 and Shimano TLD 25 reels. He told me on the pier that morning “This is my 4th day of offshore fishing, and tomorrow I get to go back home to the inshore. I really do not like offshore fishing”. Well, the fish gods heard him, and either punished him, or confirmed his belief of where he should be fishing, because on the 4th day, at 7:00, and just beyond the black solitary rock in front of Zihuatanejo Bay, they had a strike. Eleven hours later, at 6:00 pm, they lost the black marlin when the 40 pound line parted. Adolfo told me it was larger than 250 Kilos (550 pounds).
|Jack Crevalle with Adolfo|
|Sierras with Adolfo|
Inshore: With the clear blue water on the beach, it has been tough fishing for jack crevalle, roosters, and even the sierras and black skipjacks just off the beach.
Brad Troyen of Calgary fished on Wednesday with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II yesterday (Wed.) They went up to the Ranch, but only ended up with a very nice 18 pound dorado, a jack crevalle, and a huge rooster which they couldn’t get a hook-set. Cheva told me the dorado are in tight and very near the beach. Today, Ben Tate from Austin Texas, fished with Cheva for a 35 pound rooster and a jack crevalle. They fished the Pantla beach/Troncones areas.
Adolfo redeemed himself, and cleansed the bitter aftertaste of his black marlin experience, by fishing in the back yard of his “home” today. Actually it was the lower forty of his back yard, because he made the 40 mile run up past the Ranch. He found some discolored water for 9 roosters, several jack crevalle, and sierras. But, then again, that’s Adolfo, and why he is one of the very best…anywhere.
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)