Thursday, May 27, 2010

Remembering Colorado

Its been almost 4 months since I have been back in Arizona, and Still waiting for the time I arrive back in Colorado.

Many new friends I have made, new experiences, and most of all my fishing talents have improved 10 fold.

To everyone in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Deckers, Leadville, Pueblo, and most of all Denver, one face and one name kick ass above all;
Dude, Michael, you proclaim yourself as 3/4 of a fat guy but I say 1/2 ( size only 100% with the attitude).

Thanks buddy for being cool and fishing with us!

Kyle- who wants that fucking hat

Z Fish Report (5/27/10)

The 80° blue water is just a couple of miles off the beach, and the action has been fairly steady for striped marlin, blue marlin, and a few sailfish. However, this is the time of year for these kind of results. It is hard to imagine, for the 30 calendar days starting about May 12, there can be better blue marlin fishing anywhere in the world, as compared to what we have here on this coast.             A few years back I made a study about our marlin fishing in May. The blue marlin out numbered the striped marlin by about 10 to 1, plus there were also a few blacks caught. The sport fishing fleet averaged 7.5 strikes a day, with almost 4 fish a day brought to leader. Historically during this time period, we average a blue marlin per boat, for every three days on the water.

         Plus, this was done by boats that were basically geared for sailfish, and found themselves sadly under equipped when the marlin hit. Some boats, like the See-Ya from Cabo San Lucas, spent the fuel money to get here to sample this action, and being they specifically targeted marlin, had a great month with 24 marlin brought to leader. Plus, there was an insignificant difference in fish caught between the pangas and the cruisers, proving the fish doesn’t care how fancy a boat you are on; only the hook in the corner of his mouth.
       For this last week, the super panga Huntress, with Captain Francisco, only caught 1 sail at the 16 mile mark, in what owner Mike Bulkley described as “beautiful blue water”, but had several marlin strikes also. The Huntress was handicapped by a couple of earthquakes the day before, which really hurts the fishing. Mike also told me there was a lot of the bait stealing bufeos (boo-fay-ohs) in the area. Almost identical, but much lager than a porpoise, they are false killer whales, near the top of the food chain, and can shut off a bite also.
       Santiago, on the super panga Gitana, says “fishing is good right now”. He fished three days with John Fuller of Chicago, with friends Ben and Sam, releasing 7 sailfish, and catching a 180 pound blue marlin. They also had 5 more sailfish and 2 striped marlin strikes, but missed them.
         Inshore action was tough this last week, as we had huge waves hit the coast from a storm several thousand miles away. The waves were actually washing up into the beachside restaurants, whose tables are on the sand. But, from tracking the waves on the internet, it sure brought in the surfers from all over the world.
Ed Kunze

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Z Fish Report (5/20/10)

          The 80° blue water is back on the beach, with the clear and clean water having moved in to about the 6 mile mark. Historically, this is typical of the 1st or 2nd week of May. Our bread and butter sailfish will be around, but this is also the time when the marlin and tuna move in. Plus, the warm water on the beach brings back our Roosters…the most exciting game fish on a fly rod of them all.

Commander Ellis Skidmore, 88 years young, from Madras OR with his about to be released sailfish and Annibel on the panga Avaspa The sail was caught at the 19 mile mark. Photo by Eric Skidmore.

          Fishing has been steadily improving this last week, with several notable catches. The boats are each averaging about 1 sailfish and a striped or blue marlin a day. But, there are only 8 to 12 boats a day fishing. Tourism is really slow right now, with many of the better captains sitting at home.

Sara Alexander of Littlerock, AR about to release her striped marlin fishing with Francisco on the Huntress
Photo by Mike Bulkley

          Santiago, on the panga Gitana, emailed me Bob Majewski from Texas caught and released a 200 pound blue marlin, and Jim McKenna from New York released 4 striped marlin and 2 sailfish for two days of fishing.
          Mike Bulkley, owner of the super panga Huntress, with Captain Francisco, told me this last Thursday through today they had a great 3 days on the water with 1 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin and 2 sailfish. The marlin were all taken on separate days, but within a few tenths of a mile at the 29 mile mark on a 180° heading.

Mike Herrity from Chantilly, Virginia. While fishing with Francisco on the Huntress, the 250 pound blue marlin swiped and missed the first two baits, then inhaled the third; right into the gill rakes.  

        Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos was real happy when he called me. “The roosters are coming back. We got two today up near Pantla”. He predicts with the warm water on the beaches again, we will be in full swing with the roosters in two more weeks.

Ed Kunze

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's almost time...

...for the Great Southwest Wrinkleneck Invitational!

Neck 21's a'comin'. Oh yeah.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Z Fish Report (5/13/10)

Commander Ellis Skidmore with his day’s catch while fishing with Anibel on the panga Avaspa. Ellis got 7 of the excellent eating chulas, and 1 black skipjack. The fish were taken on a weighted red feather and Rapalas.

         The blue water is steadily making its way back closer to shore, with it currently being about 8 miles off the beach. The action is still slow for sailfish, with a per boat average of only about 1 a day. A few blue and striped marlin are also being caught.
          Jim Watson, Mike Hedrity, and Chuck Fischer of Arlington, VA fished today with Mike Bulkly and Francisco on the panga Huntress. They got 2 sailfish and a striped marlin. Mike told me they went 28 miles on a due South heading.

Jim Watson with his sailfish

         There are very few people fishing, with only about 8 to 10 boats a day leaving the municipal pier.

Chuck's striped marlin

         Light tackle and fly rod action has been excellent inshore on the hard fighting black skip jack tuna (barilettes) and chulas.
         Chulas are a small 4-6 pound tuna. The three main characteristics is they have teeth, are very tasty with a light colored meat, and are rarely seen breaking on bait on the surface. They are usually taken by trolling a Rapala.


             Eighty-eight year old Commander Ellis Skidmore (USN-retired) of Madras Or and Eric Skidmore of Bend OR fished with Cheva and me on the panga Dos Hermanos II. We would pull up on a school of the breaking skipjacks, with Eric on the bow with the fly rod, and Cheva casting a 1 oz crippled herring from the stern with a spin rod. Cheva would get bit instantly, and passed the rod off to Ellis. Eric was way behind his Dad's count of 30 caught and 22 brought to the boat, but both had a great time.

Ed Kunze

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Things to come: falling two miles into the sea

The anticipation is nearly drowned by responsibility, coming up for air only long enough to stir up my guts and make me feel like I don’t have enough time to prepare. I will go to Mike’s  soon to tie up some leaders and flies after picking up some Rio Hard Saltwater Nylon in the 44lb, 33lb, and 22lb variety, and also some 40lb Seaguar Classic fluorocarbon for the baby tarpon and snook. I still need to procure a 10wt, having ready an 8 and 12…

Holbox Island will be the host for the party that will start less than 48 hours after the conclusion of the twenty-first Wrinkleneck Invitational Tournament -- Five days of insanity in the White Mountains of Arizona followed by a full week of white sand, rum, and hardcore fly on saltwater action. The photography of a wedding is what brings me to this island, but also friendship and the opportunity to finally bust my saltwater-on-the-fly cherry.

I have much work to do before the Wrinkleneck tournament, things that must be done because it is my duty but also because it is necessary for the promotion of ass-kicking…  Things that on a daily basis seem to get in the way of excitement, but maybe it is a good thing and keeps me from tapping my proverbial pencil waiting for the day that shit finally gets fishy and I can cast a line without worrying about the next pile of retardation to plop into in my inbox.

Also, Gracie and I are cooking up something the likes of which the online fly fishing world has never seen that may very change the way you read fishing-related blog posts for the rest of your life… but all in good time, my friends. All in good time.

In less than 2 weeks the insanity will begin.

I should probably put some pants on and get to work.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Z Fish Report (5/6/10)

         Historically, we have always had a poor March/April for the blue water species, with this year being no different. And, after the 1st week of May, things turn around completely. This is what is happening again this year.

         The 30 plus year annual sailfish tournament was this last Friday though Sunday. It was a record breaking year, but fortunately not for sailfish killed; but rather the tournament had 220 boats signed up. With wind and rough seas, the overall winner took home a nice first prize of a Hummer truck, with a small (by other year comparisons) 86 pound sailfish. The tournament averaged much less than a sailfish a day per boat.
         Since last weekend's tournament, the current prospects show the blue 80° water moving in a full 10 miles, and 20 miles off the beach today (Thursday). Give the water a few days to calm down, after being beaten by more than 200 boats, and we can expect a very decent turn around.
         Adolfo and Cheva, on the pangas Dos Hermanos I and II, fished the area at 20 miles on a straight out 200° heading today, releasing 2 striped marlin for Adolfo, and two sailfish for Cheva.
         The inshore water is still very cold at 72°, with not much action other than the hard fighting jack crevalle. The jacks are being taken on light line outfits with a slow trolled Rapala or a live bait.

Ed Kunze

Sunday, May 2, 2010

halfway there....

Okay, so here is what I want to know... after installing this sheet and letting the "activated carbon fabric" soak up all the goodness for a year, how would one go about  removing the months of condensed awesomeness for a massive biological attack on Kyle?

via CHUM