Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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.
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
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)
Check it out.
BloodKnot isssue #2. LMB, stripers, panfish, pike, sharks, carp, smallies... oh my.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
|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
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.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
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
|Lake Baccarac, Mexico|
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.
Friday, August 20, 2010
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
Thursday, August 19, 2010
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.
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 .
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
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
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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 .
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 .