Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Having a blast

Well we have all been having a great week and seeing and hooking up with plenty of fish. Unfortunately I have not been out with the guys as much as I would have liked but I have to work. The lads have been doing great but also putting in the hours . Numerous fish have been taken off the rocks in the last few days mainly on Zonk Gatarides and Tide Minows due to a bit of surf these lures are more stable and stay down . Its great being out fishing with people who are as nuts about lure fishing as me it makes me feel some bit justified in my obsession with bass fishing. Taking pictures isn't usually my thing so I must make more of an effort to bring the camera out fishing instead of taking it out in the car park (sorry about that). Still its a good shot of friends out enjoying themselves and talking about the previous session. Having fun is why I keep fishing the people I fish with the people I meet the conversations about fishing is why I love bass fishing so much .
Just to let you know I am now able to take orders over the phone while I'm waiting for the online shop to be set up , new Megabass order arriving in the next few days and IMA next week.
Hope ye are all out there giving it a go and getting a few fish , ( careful its addictive)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pond X.2

Bass, Carp, and Gills.

Another ninja fishing adventure, Aaron and i today decided to check out a pond I have been to 2 times before. First time I went alone without trying to fish, i just wanted to see what the pond was like and see all the signs posted everywhere. Apparently as in Aaron's words, if we get caught, "We the violators will be Prostituted"....... thats right not "Prosecuted"!

Thinking right now Aaron may not know how to read, or on second thought he must just have a good ol' hooker on his mind..... like normal.

Now me being armed with my sage launch that I have not caught a fish on yet, My new goofy ass terminator reel, ok its a Airflow Balance 7-9 reel, and this things looks funnier than shit I flipped a shad colored zonker into the base of the reeds and pulled this little beauty out. The carp where everywhere but nothing wanted to take our delicious zonkers. Aaron however managed to pull about 10 gills out in the hour, hour and a half of our fishing. Sometimes where the fishing is good, and you dont want to leave, you have to quit while you are ahead. Though I must say getting Arrested for fishing would not be all that bad. Not like I stole a car or some shit.

Aaron and Kyle- We think trespassing is cool

Sunday, June 27, 2010

one last touch

Thank you, Mr. Tarpon.

More "tropical extravaganza reportage" to come.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I need sleep

Well the lads have arrived and the fishathon has begun,

It has been non stop so far and I don't think that will let up with Mr Gilbey around , I don't think he ever sleeps. Today I am at work in the shop which is great as I got to sleep past 5am but still I would love to be out fishing with the lads . We kicked off Thursday morning with a great session -the amount of bass we saw was incredible. It was frustrating as all of the bass we were seeing were not turned on and not jumping on the hook it was hard work to hook up and get them to attack . At one stage for about an hour myself and Andy had a fish a cast turning on our surface lures but not hooking up.
We did manage a decent number of fish which was great but if we had hooked up with every fish that followed our lures it would have been close to 100 fish.
That evening we went back to the same mark where again Andy did the business on the z -claw and Trevor on the lucky craft Gunfish -pictures on Henry's blog.

The next day we tried a rock mark but it was just too calm -I really think you need a little bit of fizz in the water in rock marks to get them to switch on , so we moved back to where we knew there were fish . Of course we were a little late arriving and missed most of the tide but Paul and Henry managed to land the last 2 bass moving out using finesse fishing with plastics ( finesse seems to be the word of the week)

I will be out again this evening so I will keep ye posted.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Z Fish Report (6/24/10)

With the blue water at only about 6 miles and a short ride off the beach, we are really getting some very warm surface temperatures. Morning readings are 84-85° with afternoon readings as high as 86-88°.
            The blue water action has also slowed down some, but not a lot. Part of this is because I only counted 5 boats yesterday morning leaving the municipal pier in Zihuatanejo Bay with clients, and three of the boats were fishing inshore. There are just not many people here.
             Martin, on the 35 foot cruiser Gaviota, told me the average is 2 to 3 sailfish a day per boat. Plus, one private yacht out of Marina Ixtapa was flying 6 sailfish release flags today (Thursday).
            Santiago, on the super panga Gitana, fished three days this week; with the first day taking 6 yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds, releasing 2 sailfish and getting another tuna on day 2, and wrapping it up by releasing a estimated 180 pound blue marlin on the last day (today).
            Inshore, roosterfish and jack crevalle fishing is still excellent. Early in the week, friend and fellow fly fishing guide Lance Peterson guided clients Tom Lorish and Kurt Ransohoff of California for 4 days. They were with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. Lance told me they raised more roosters than they could count while fishing down south between Valentine and the antennas. Tom did get a nice one of almost 30 pounds, with Kurt leadering 3 large jacks to 20 pounds. The next couple of days saw a few more jacks caught and a couple of roosters, with lots of missed opportunities.
            One of the problems they encountered, hurting their chances for the spectacular results of the first day, is a couple of pods of bufeos (pronounced boo-fay-ohs) moved in on the same beaches they were fishing. A bufeo looks like a porpoise, but is twice as long. They are actually false killer whales, and a predator to roosterfish and jacks.
            Fishing with Adolfo on the Dos Hermanos, I guided Rosario and Cecile Tortoice of Houston. We went north to the Buena Vista Beach area and ended up with 5 nice roosters to about 40 pounds.
Ed Kunze

cattle tank

The deer ran, looking back towards the intruders wandering down the dirt road toward the small piddle of standing water that could not be found in any fishing book, on any blog, or even the Arizona Game and Fish website.

In the mid-summer fishing doldrums when the sun slaps you around and the bass down south refuse to look at anything popping around on the top sometimes you just have to take desperate measures and try not to step in cow shit or twist your ankle on the rough, dry used-to-be muddy banks of the place apparently known as Fagan Tank. I don't know how to feel about it. Probably a good place to dump a body, though.


Monday, June 21, 2010

A great way to spend a Sunday

The day started when I met the Wicklow boys in the shop at 10am , my wife kindly offered to mind the shop for the day so I could go fishing ( now that's love). We had a quick coffee and set off 2min down the road and the clutch went in the van while towing the boat. Luckily one of the lads was able to hitch the boat to his jeep and we hit the road again after we abandoned the van at the side of the road , at that time the van was the least of my worries all I wanted to do was go fishing . Today its a different story after I found out what its gonna cost me to get fixed, ah well such is life.

More bad news

We arrived at the mark only to see that the water was coloured , the lads were after making a journey to fish this mark so we launched and gave it a go not to the success I had anticipated but everyone hooked up some more than others ( Damien). The fishing was OK but not spectacular and I couldn't care less what a day to be out on the water nice breeze glorious sunshine and good company Steven Corkish, Andrew Murphy and Damien Nockter a great bunch of lads who are well up on there lure fishing . Its great to get out with guys you have not fished with before and see what they are using and what works for them , forever learning.

The lads had to head home in the evening so I dropped them ashore and they hit the road then my buddy Paul arrived and my wife so we said we would give a go for an hour or so given then outstanding weather . What happened next I am still getting grief over this morning , one half hour drift and Paul had 3 fish off the top while I had nothing . My excuse is I trying to show Amy how to fish but he wont buy that !! All joking aside Paul did great all on the lucky Craft Gunfish 115 one of my favorite top water lures.

After that we decide to head home so we got the boat back on the trailer hooked it on to Pauls jeep and headed home for a feed, didn't even think about the jeep once until this morning. Its days like this is why I love fishing so much the excitement, the fun, meeting new people and good company so thanks to everyone who contributed to the brilliant day .

Sunday, June 20, 2010

pour one for pops

The old man Landeen himself

Happy Father's Day.

-Alex who is mucho grateful for everything. Thanks dad.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Z Fish Report (6/17/10)

The 80° blue water is still holding just 4-6 miles off the beach, and the fishing is holding up well also. Few boats are on the water, with only a maximum of 10 boats fishing a day, and often much less. Blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and a few striped marlin are make up the majority of the catches offshore.
         Santiago on the supper panga Gitana, and his brother Adan, on the panga Gitana II, only fished 1 day each this last week. However, Dave Sicard and his son from Mississippi, fishing with Santiago, released 2 sailfish and got 4 yellowfin from 10 to 30 pounds. And, Walter Glen of Las Vegas, fishing with Adan, caught and released an estimated 90 pound striped marlin on the fly.

         Adolfo, of the Dos Hermanos fame, was elated when I was talking to him on the pier a couple of days ago. He was telling me the currents have now changed and the roosters are back. He said we will have excellent fishing from now through December.
         Plus, Russ Hampton of Los Angeles fly fished on the Dos Hermanos II, with Cheva at the helm, hooking 6 roosters and catching 4 on the fly in two days of fishing. Adolfo’s clients have taken 12 roosters and “Mucho” jack crevalle on conventional gear over a 5 day span.
Ed Kunze

Let the fishing begin

The season has kicked off and already I am hearing loads of catch reports and hopefully we will be seeing plenty of fish like the one above taken by Mr Hill on a GT Shad on one of the trips last year.
Hopefully I will be able to get out tonight to give it a go with my buddy Paul but not sure yet but I will defo be out on Sunday with a few friends from Dublin and hopefully the mark we are planning on fishing throws up a few fish . It will be soft plastics all the way over sandy ground bumping the bottom nothing too complicated but very effective in estuary's. Xlayers, Rolling Shads, Fury Shads and stuff along those lines will be the lures of choice on Sunday all going well and weather permitting it should be good, I will be sure to give a full report and let ye know how we get on .
Next week is going to be the first of the summer fishathons , Henry, Graham, Andy ,Trevor and Nick are arriving on Wednesday evening for a weeks fishing , so from first light Thursday morning it will be nothing but fishing from dawn till dusk and a bit more. Every time the lads come over it takes me a week to recover after they leave and there wont have been a single drink had just a fishing hangover. Its always great to fish with the lads , talk tackle and show off what secret squirrel stuff everyone has got there hands on since we last met. Of course I will blog during the week and keep ye posted on how we are getting on and also complain a bit about how tired I am from fishing 18hrs a day ( a good complaint I know).

Monday, June 14, 2010

Yay! Super happy fun time tying video!

Before the Holbox trip I was over at Mikes house drinking whiskey and tying some leaders when I asked him how he attached a particular weed guard on one of his flies. He said he would show me. Then he decided to just tie a whole fly. Then we decided to film it.

So, yeah. Here it is, beotches.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bloodknot Magazine

If you have not already taken a look:

-Alex who was fashionably late to the party.

First Post

Hello all, the picture is to put a face to Absolute Fishing and show off the amazing bass we have on our coastline here in the sunny (well sometimes!) southeast of Ireland. My name is Cian O'Halloran and I have just opened a new tackle shop specialising in lure fishing for bass but catering for all aspects of salt water fishing in Ireland. We will be stocking all the major lure fishing brands- Megabass, Sakura, IMA, Lucky Craft, Duo, Tide Minow, Tenryu, Lunker City, DeLaLande- to name but a few. We will also be stocking a full range of bait fishing gear from rods, reels and terminal tackle to bait - frozen and live. The online shop is in the process of being done and this blog is to accompany it. The online shop will do what is says on the tin, it will show all of our products, sell them and so on; whereas the blog will give honest tackle reviews and follow me and my friends on fishing sessions throughout the year and show whats working for us, what tactics we are using and what new techniques we are trying.
You can contact the shop at or 051393559 or come and visit us in Riverstown Business Park, Tramore Co. Waterford.
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00 - 19.00, Sat 09.00-18.00 and Sundays & Bank Holidays 10.00-15.00.
Call in, have a coffee and talk fishing with me -its when I'm at my happiest -other than when I am fishing, of course!

Hope ye enjoy the blog!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Z Fish Report (6/10/10)

           With the blue water holding just off the beach, the 80° surface temps are ranging from the beach to at least 60 miles out. And, the fishing is good.
         What is not so good is there are very few people here to enjoy it. We are only putting 5-10 boats on the water a day. That is the whole fleet, and with about half the boats fishing inshore, it is hard to find the concentrations of fish in the blue water.         
We are getting blue marlin, a few striped marlin, lots of yellowfin tuna, and sailfish. The marlin and tuna are being taken between the 18-25 mile marks, with the sailfish being mostly found  in decent quantities between the 6-10 mile areas.
          Adan, on the panga Gitana II had a couple of back to back bad luck days; however there were some very exiting moments. His client, Walter Glenn of Las Vegas was casting at yellowfin tuna with the 12wt fly rod, and had been very successful for several fish. But, he made one cast too many, as a 300 pound plus blue marlin ate the fly, with Walter ending up with a broken rod, a lost fly, and lost fly line.
          The next day, with Walter borrowing my fly reel (while I replaced the fly line on the other), and armed with one of Rebeca’s special billfish flies, Adan teased in another huge blue. At least Walter was using the 14wt this time. The fish took off for about 10 minutes, and did not jump until a long ways out from the boat. Then it put on a display, and unfortunately cut the 40 pound butt section with its beak.
          At least the next day he got more yellowfin tuna (to 30 pounds), raised 3 sailfish, and released an estimated 200 pound blue marlin on conventional gear.
         Jeff and Louise Stackhouse of South Carolina fished with Santiago on the super panga Gitana. With conventional gear, they had an outstanding day, releasing an estimated 300 pound blue marlin, a sailfish, and getting 4 football yellowfin tuna.
         Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos fished the blue water only 1 day, releasing 5 sailfish for his client.
         Inshore, Adolfo reported there are jack crevalle on the beaches in tonnage quantities. And, the fish are big, ranging from 18 to 25 pounds. He also took 3 roosters between 18 and 25 pounds, with the main concentrations of bigger fish not yet here.
(sailfish photo by Paul Phillips)
Ed Kunze

Sunday, June 6, 2010

a hard reentry

Today I stood above the sink for fifteen minutes with a flashlight and a pair of hemostats trying to dig out the cause of the hellish metal din that had been recently affecting the garbage disposal. After finding it and a few minutes of close inspection I still have no idea what it used to be.

I stood over the recently unpacked pile of gear and flies sitting on the kitchen table, just staring. My eyes wandering from thing to thing and I picked up a battered foam toad and turned it over in my hand. The green thread around the shank is frayed and broken, the thin ends unruly, sticking out every way like the weeds that pester the mesquite trees in my front yard. A rough mouth does that. I toss the fly back into the pile.

I did a load of whites.

I found a tangled leader while digging through my toiletries bag looking for chapstick. I untangled it and put it back even though I know that's not where it goes.

An editor for a local magazine called me and wanted me to take a photo of something but I am motivationally challenged and have feet that are a few shades darker than they used to be and don't like sitting at my computer.

It's almost been a week, now.

Havana Club and soda with a lime and one more cast?... No? Damn.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Z Fish Report (6/3/10)

      The deep blue 80° water is a short 6 miles off the beach and our late May / early June expectations are living up to their historical past. We have blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna in the blue water. Most of the action is taking place between 12 and 14 miles.

          The roosterfish have not yet shown up this week in the numbers we had hoped for, as Jay Esbahn of Ixtapa found out. Using two of some of our best panga captains for the inshore, Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II and Arturo on the Janeth, the group of 4 worked the areas south from Valentine to the 26 mile mark at the antennas, encountering water too murky for the roosters. However, in the Valentine area they did find the big hard fighting jack crevalle. These fish, averaging between 20 and 25 pounds, wore them out.

           Santiago, on the super panga Gitana had a great week, fishing almost every day. Last Friday, his clients released 2 sailfish and 2 striped marlin, with Saturday’s clients releasing 2 sailfish. All were taken on conventional gear.
           The next few days, fly fishing with Torgeir Hansson of San Francisco and Inge Solberg of Houston, they got into some great fly rod action. For the last 3 days they caught 3 yellowfin tuna from 26-29 pounds, and several other football sized yellowfin from 6-10 pounds. Tor also released an estimated 60 pound sailfish, and Inge lost a nice blue marlin.

          Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos I, reported he was fishing north today. With the water a bit cleaner than down south, however he had not yet found very many roosters either. With the 80° water on the beach, Adolfo is very confident it should happen any day now. He also fished offshore with conventional gear yesterday, releasing 3 sailfish for his clients.
Ed Kunze

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Isla Holbox teaser

Pete jumping a big water tarpon.

videos, pics and more...stay tuned.