Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Another one on the zonk.....


This is Paul with yet another cracking Waterford bass taken on the lure of the moment the zonk gataride. This fish came in around the 9lb mark. The bass at the minute seem to be in great condition gorging themselves on the abundant baitfish around the coast which seem to be everywhere at the moment.
We have had some outstanding fishing in the last week, however the next big tides will hopefully see the fishing step up that extra notch which will result in some great fishing if the weather holds.
James

New Author

Above is a picture of James Barry taken the other night ( when he beat me 3-2 ) not that we would be competing or anything like that ! It was a great nights fishing with 5 bass in total and loads of mackerel , James was even taking the mackerel on a Z-Claw .
James is also going to be writing on this blog and will be in the shop from time to time (when I am fishing) so do not be afraid to drop in and pick his brain about lure fishing or bait as he will blow your mind with the info and knowledge the guy has. He is slightly obsessed about bass fishing , so watch his eyes light up when you mention it to him.
Be prepared for correct spelling , correct use of the English language , and some great posts on here from James. From now on when either of us post we will finish with our name so all of you will know who has written the post ( I think ye will tell anyway) . James is going to be a great asset to this blog with a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share.

Cian

Monday, August 30, 2010

Stuff I am late posting from around the blog-o-sphere that you have probably seen elsewhere but I feel the need to post anyways with a stupidly super huge title

1.
"The Fishy Kid Three Months of Summer contest is ending on August 31st"

Uh, yeah... that's today. So you better get on that and gather up all your photos of the youngans kicking ass on the water and get them in before it's too late. (Tomorrow)






2.
Aaron Otto has put together another mag, and this one is for the kids.

Check it out.














3.
BloodKnot isssue #2. LMB, stripers, panfish, pike, sharks, carp, smallies... oh my.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

light the fuse and toss that bitch in!

Like a Elk in rut, the bass fly fisherman eyes go bloodshot as he pisses all over himself at the thought of the LMB quarter-stick-of-dynamite-in-the-school-toilet explosion. It's enough to give even the part-time fisherman a semi, and it is all the more sweet victory when the water level is too low to launch your bass tracker, you suckers.

I like foam.


This frog has a very dirty name. In Latin I believe it roughly translates to the 'puniceus sperma inflatio'.



Gatta throw some deer hair bugs, too.

Trimming the deer hair with a razor and not accidentally cutting the wings off is ideal.

The last tie Mr. Leed and I were out, I ninja'd a big bastard dragon fly out of the air with my 10wt (actually it was Leeds rod, but you probably don't care) for a closer inspection. The bass seem to have a hard-on for these things on occasion, so I figured I should tie a couple. I have yet to find the perfect wing material, so I guess Swiss straw will have to do for now.

For the abdomen I took to thin strips of 2mm foam and glued them together with a piece of 40lb mono between them, leaving enough sticking out to tie on the hook. Then I made the segments by wrapping with white thread. I colored it with a sharpie, and then coated it in 5-min nail glue. It was a little work, but you can bet that bitch ain't coming off or breaking apart if Mr. Bass decides to partake.

-Alex covered in urine with bloodshot eyes who has a test-and-tune scheduled for Monday.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Z Fish Report (8/26/10)

The 80° blue water has moved in a bit and holding steady at around 14 miles. The fishing, even with the full moon phase is not all that bad. The boats are each averaging between 1 or 2 fish a day, with the fish being either sailfish or striped marlin. Plus, they are getting and average of 1 to 3 dorado each a day. Between the three species, it is making for a decent day on the water.


Even though Hurricane Frank transitioned from a tropical storm to hurricane status right out in front of this coast, it was nowhere near us. We didn’t even get any rain out of it. We have been getting more rain in the last weeks from the thunderstorms. Without any more heavy rains, which is unlikely as we head into September, it will take two weeks for the roosterfish action to come back around. September is the month with the most measured rainfall of all the rain months.
           The inshore water is almost completely silted out, with poor visibility and poor fishing along the beaches all up and down the coast. This is very evident by looking at the chlorophyll section of the Terrefin Satellite photos. Wherever a river or stream outlets into the ocean, a mass of green water is also being pushed out in front of them. The larger the river, the larger the green mass.

Fly fisher Steve Baldikoski from Los Angeles fished a day with Cheva and me on the panga Dos Hermanos II. We found some barely OK visibility water up near Troncones and Buena Vista, but that even shut down around noon. Steve only managed to hook a 20 pound class jack crevalle, which broke the 17 pound test leader, and a couple small black skipjack tuna.

Ed Kunze

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Man on a mission


Curled up in my nest this morning with no intention of getting up for at least another hour , when the phone rang . The phone was answered on the second ring to be met with the voice of the happiest man in Ireland , Pat Connolly . Soon as Pats name came up on my phone at that hour I knew it was good news as he had told me yesterday that he was heading out this morning. He was after landing a fish just over 10lb and better again he took him on a surface lure.Pat told me he was so happy with his fish that he was packing it in for the day and coming home, so we arranged to meet in the shop. Pat had taken the pictures on his phone and a video of the fish being released so he sent them on to me . So I must say I did not mind being woken up for that news , well done Pat another great fish and well deserved. The fish was taken on a Phospho Patchinko .
Anyfish Anywhere
The new range of Anyfish Anywhere lure fishing rods have just arrived in the shop and I have to say they look and feel amazing . You can tell by looking how well these rods have been made . Fast action rods that are just perfect for lure fishing and come in 7, 8 and 9ft to suit every ones taste and style . The rods also come in a travel version which are outstanding , there will be one going in my case from now on . Call in have a look and see what you think.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The man was catching one way or another

Well done Pat

Saturday morning I got a phone call from Pat Connolly to inform me of the 5 fish he was just after landing one after another on the megabass xlayer. It has to be said I was jealous , stuck at work wanting to be out fishing but such is life. Pat called in to the shop after his session for a cup of tea and to fill me in on his outstanding mornings fishing. Its great to hear about guys getting out there putting in the effort and finding fish . Plans were made to get back to where Pat was fishing for the evening tide or as soon as as could get out of work.

All set up and ready to go

Myself ,Paul, Pat and Alan met up at around half six and headed for the mark . It has to be said hopes were high. On the walk to the mark the conversation was fishing , tackle and fishing. We arrived at the mark and were to early we could not get to where we wanted to be the wind was after picking up the tide was bigger it was a case of sit down and wait for the tide to drop off another bit , something which I am not great at . It was hard sitting there with the idea in our heads that just across the channel there were fish waiting to be caught . Pat was really itching to get across even more so than the rest of us as he knew what was on the other side , at one point I thought after a few failed attempts at crossing he was going to swim . Luckily he didn't have to and we made it across after a short wait.

Weed Weed Weed

Imagine the disappointment after crossing to discover we were completely weeded out and the xlayer was covered in weed before it hit the bottom. Gutted we struggled on for a while casting , praying that the weed would push on . The weed never moved it was there for the night . Next thing I look to my right and Pat is stuck in to a fish . By the time I went up to him the fish had been released. The usual questions followed . Was he any size ? What did you get him on?. The reply was around 7lb on a Patchinko . My reply was ya right a surface lure , I did not even bring a surface lure with me to this mark , didn't even consider it . Pat did and it paid off fair play to him a quality fish in extremely difficult conditions , adapted to to conditions and caught a quality fish.
As I have said before I will never stop learning . Well done Pat and thanks for the photo Alan.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Death by Gluttony

Lake Baccarac, Mexico
1) Big bastard bass eats tilapia.
2) Big bastard bass chokes on tilapia and floats to surface.
3) Tilapia splashes around alerting Mike and friends.
4) Mike and friends release tilapia and eat bass.

The end.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Z Fish Report (8/20/10)

The 80° blue water is between 16 and 18 miles off the beach and the fishing is a bit on the slow side. The few boats fishing (only 8 to 10 a day) are each averaging about 1 to 2 sailfish or striped marlin a day. Wind was a major contributor to the fishing this week as we had 3 days where it was darn uncomfortable to go out 16 to 20 miles and then get hammered coming back.

Just before the winds hit us for three days, Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II, went to the 22 mile mark and got three sailfish for his clients on one day. So the potential is there.

Adolfo, on the Dos Hermanos, made the 40 mile run to Puerto Vicente Guerrero and is staying down there a couple of days. He was very disappointed. The nightly rains, very intense at times, have the chocolate colored rivers running brim full. They have discolored the entire coastline South of Zihuatanejo to way past Vicente Guerrero.

There is a major movement being undertaken by sportsmen right now. A Billfish Conservation Act has been introduced to congress. It is for the purpose of “taking bill fish off the menu.” Please click on the attached link and then contact your congressman through the link inside the article. http://www.sportfishingmag.com/news/news/billfish-conservation-act-of-2010-introduced-to-us-congress--1000084822.html

Ed Kunze

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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New Mark


Fished a new mark last night .
Myself and Paul were kindly brought to a new mark last night by James Barry. Yesterday when James told me about this mark he had my full attention . James is an outstanding angler who gets out there and finds marks all over the coast fishes them at every stage of the tide and finds out if they are gonna fish or not ( a bass nut ). James has worked out that the mark fishes at the top of the tide but we could not wait to see it so we went out at the start of the rise to have a look and of course a few casts . Top of the tide was too late for us last night with work this morning . When we arrived we knew that we were in bass country reef, gully's and drop offs everywhere . We started fishing and after 10 min I had a fish have a go at my yellow Patchinko but no hook up. The same thing happened to James two seconds later and then it was Paul's turn but he did hook up and landed a nice fish of around 5 lb again on the yellow Patchinko. After that the tide pushed us off where we were fishing and it was a case of waiting for the tide to fill before we could get at the fish again . It was getting dark and a bit dodgy for wading around rocks on a mark you have never fished before under the cover of darkness. Cant wait to get back to the mark over the next few weeks at the top of the tide and give it a good go.

Finding Marks
We are so lucky with the amount of marks we have on our doorstep around here , it is never ending and enough marks for us to keep fishing new marks every year. It is just a matter of putting in the effort getting out there walking around spotting places that look good. Look for shallow rocky ground with drop offs and gully's. Put in the effort fish them at different stages of the tide and find out if they are gonna produce. The weather obviously will play a big part so fish them in conditions that produce on other marks for you. Its all part of the fun finding your own mark and catching fish on it , that's an achievement .

Greedy

'Vaca Frogs with Mr. Leed.... It's almost on:

Leed's 10wt of Doom
Greedy
Sexy Bitch
That's a fish

Yeah.

Monday, August 16, 2010

a little taste of home

"Structure" for the tank... These particular fish recognized it immediately.


-A

Sunday, August 15, 2010

hopper inspiration and minds to a simpler time... a wandering thought

When your small it's crayons. 97 million colors at your disposal and even one that was 'flesh' colored until the brass at Crayola realized that there were people running around out there in the world that weren't peach colored.

Just close your eyes and remember the experience of pushing those wax sticks over semi-gloss brown paper and never quite being able to get the shading perfect until it was too late, now your light-blue duck is just going to have to be a purple duck. Remember the crayon smell? I know you can.

Later in life after the safetys were removed from the scissors and the chairs grew metal legs we graduated to colored pencils. More color and shading control, the addition of wood and a sharp point capable of a higher degree of precision and drawing blood were a right of passage. The lines for coloring within were often lost, however, leaving the implement wielder to define their own boundaries, and often for the worst: For years the final product suffered as the creativity never seemed quite capable of overcoming the improper proportions of wildlife appendages...

...and nothing has changed, really. These days it's not strangely colored cats and dogs hung with magnets on the refrigerator door but bugs tied on lines sitting on water with a more distinct purpose. I am not saying that "muffy's" portrait was a waste of time, sweetie, the fact that it looks more like a Dali painting than an anatomy drawing does little to affect its potency in extracting smiles from mommy and daddy, however the fish seem to be a little more critical.

Anyways, the point I was somehow getting to is that I like foam. I like playing with foam. I like jumping in foam. I like tying flies with foam. There is something about the colors and texture that take me back to a more simpler time, when the only think I was worried about was what friends house I was going to ride my bike to, or what I was going to spend my $5 weekly allowance.

So when Mr. Dunn over at Third Coast Fly brought the Hopper Fishing Blog to my attention, I just became inspired. And being inspired in a wonderful feeling these days, even though I don't do a lot of hopper fishing on the rivers that don't exist around here.

This is what adult kindergarten looks like

-Alex who is a big kid now.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Big Tides


Big tides this week with plenty of fish around but I think next week will fish even better .

Over the last few years lure fishing I am noticing that the big tides are good but the following week as tides are dropping back down to 3.9 , 3.8, 3.7 are out fishing the bigger tides. So you can be sure that I will be out this week to try and get a few. This is only my opinion based on marks that I fish I am sure there are plenty of people out there with marks that fish better on the big tides.


Xlayers and yellow Patchinkos did the business

Managed to make it out on Thursday for a while with Paul and Keith from the Isle Of Man , now I did not expect much with the northerly wind over the last few days but we said we would give it a go. Off to an estuary with xlayers rigged up and ready to go . Soon as we got to the mark Paul had a fish first cast as you can imagine the excitement levels rose . Paul hooked up again 3 or 4 cast later and still not a touch for me and keith. The water was moving so fast with 7g heads we could not reach the bottom but clever Paul was using 14g heads so obviously me and keith switched over to the heavier weight . What follwed for the next hour and a half was some of the most exciting fun fishing that can be had . Sixteen fish were landed in total and many more dropped. After that we decided to give a rock mark a go for and hour on the start of the push , I was the first to hook up on the yellow Patchinko with a nice fish of around 5lb . Then keith had one just over four on the IMA Popkey . Of course Paul would not be out done and landed 2 fish on the yellow Patchinko . A great day out and glad I made the effort even with the northerly breeze.


All fish were released .

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Z Fish Report (8/12/10)

The 80° blue water is between the 12-14 mile marks, with the fishing fairly slow. Most of the blue water action is taking place about 16 to 17 miles. Each boat in the blue water is averaging about one or two sailfish a day, with every 3’rd boat is catching a blue or striped marlin. It is still confusing as to why the blue marlin are here at this time of the year, but the 2 to 3 pound black skipjack tuna are here in abundance, and maybe they are just following the food supply.

            The striped marlin dilemma is the same thing. They have been abundant this last couple of years, with each year getting more and more. We have historically have had very few of them. Because they are so small (about 80 pounds or less…and called Rats), it makes you wonder if deeper cooler water currents are swinging further south this last few years, bringing juvenile fish into a different pattern than their parents are taking. Plus, this would explain the blue marlin, as they have never been here in the summer months.
              Inshore has been fantastic, with the roosterfish taking the front seat…or at least when the angler is casting from the bow. Yesterday (Wed.) Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos had an incredible day fishing down south between 16 and 25 miles from Zihuatanejo Bay. His clients got 25 roosterfish between 15 and 40 pounds, and even one at an estimated 60 pounds on the surface popper.
Ed Kunze

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Z Fish Report (8/6/10)

           The 84° blue water is still holding at 16 miles. There is also a huge area of very warm 88° water holding just south of Zihuatanejo, on down towards Acapulco.

          Normally, water this warm would not be productive for blue marlin, but the consensus among the captains is there are as many blues out there as there are sailfish. This is probably due to the huge amount of black skipjack tuna we have here right now. The blue marlin are just simply following the food supply. Plus, a 3 pound tuna is too large for a sailfish.
           Early in the week, the skies were clear and the fishing decent for all species. But, the last couple of nights has seen some very intense rains. This morning’s (Thursday) rain, from about 1:30 until 2:00 dumped 3” of rain and wind on us in a half hour. Plus it lasted intermittently until about 10:00, but much less intense.
           Inshore has been slow, with the roosters moving off the beach and into deeper and cleaner water. One bright note is the ojtones, a member of the hard fighting jack family, is giving the inshore fisherman a lot of action. The 20 to 25 lb. good eating fish are being taken off the rock pinnacles, the White Rocks, and the rocky points on live bait and trolled Rapalas.
Ed Kunze

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It could be carp flies, or pain


Only the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam knows for sure...

In Soviet Russia Blob Launches You!



Ha ha... Funny

Last minute sessions are always the best


Last Minute

Myself Paul and lets call him K-Ten man( as he does not want his name mentioned for embarrassing reasons ) decided to head out last night at the last minute and how glad we were. We arrived at the mark at around 19.45 to be met by a group of turns picking sandeel off the surface. It was the start of the rise so there was very little water at the mark so surface lures were the order of the day. The yellow Patchinko was my first choice and third cast with a big splash I was on , heart pumping after such an aggressive attack I got the fish in a nice fish around 4lb out with the hooks and straight back . Next chuck a big boil behind the lure and another big splash to follow but the fish missed the lure , that didn't stop him though back he came again and devoured my lure a fish of about 5lb my biggest of the night . After that I had another 4 fish all between 2lb and 4lb over an hour or so . While all this was happening I was looking over at Paul across the rocks from me smashing fish as well also on the yellow Patchinko.Paul had five fish his biggest 7.5lb . It was just quality fun , as I have said before surface lure fishing is so exciting it really gets me going .

Cut Short

Now we get to K-Ten man , he was not having a great night at the start which just happens many a night everyone around me is smashing fish and I cant hook up and then bang he smashed a fish on his favorite lure you guessed it the K-TEN . The fish was landed a nice fish again around the 4lb mark. It was the unhooking where the problem arose . As K-Ten man was unhooking his fish it was still full of beans thrashing around and shaking its head and then a treble in the finger while the fish is still on the other treble jumping around . We got the fish off and released and jumped off the rock we were on to the shore to have a look at the damage done. We considered our options cut the hook and push it through rip it out . We decided on cutting the hook , this did not go so well as the pliers would not go through the hook and all we did was cause more discomfort . So K-Ten man decided to try rip it out approach this to failed as he yanked on the treble it did not budge .So the decision was made off to the hospital K-Ten attached. After a five and a half hour wait the hook was cut out of the finger and home for four in the morn. The main thing is K-Ten man is ok , the fish will still be there tonight so its back out again if I can stay awake .

Ouch !!!