Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From Alex, Aaron, and I,
We wish you the best for 2012.
Now enjoy the Photo.

Friday, December 30, 2011

THe Snow Has Arrived

On The Incoming....

Thousands of fish up to 40lb's crash the flats,, says it all really. Here is some really cool striped bass fishing they really are a super looking fish..... may have just given me the final push I needed....


If you would like to check out the coolest fishing videos out there have a look at the the drake mag site here go to the video section and dream......

Tight lines.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Little Snow

A LOT OF WIND

Z Fish Report (12/29/11)

Earlier in the week the 83° blue water was around the 100 fathom line (6 miles), with a large area of discolored water to the north of Troncones. The discolored water was due to large releases of nutrient rich fresh water from the Rio Balsas up at Lazaro C├írdenas. This has almost cleared up by now, with all areas having decent blue water.

The sailfish average per boat has has picked up a bit this week, with a 2 to 3 fish per day average. The main body of fish has moved in a bit, and is back at the traditional 11 to 15 mile marks.

Jack Jones and his granddaughter fished with Francisco on the super panga Huntress, and released 2 sails at 11 miles and on a southerly heading.

Adan, on the panga Gitana II tagged and released 4 sails three days ago, 2 sails and 2 dorado yesterday
Luke, with an average size black skipjack

Another client from Canada (Paul) wanted an opportunity for himself and his 13 year old son (Luke) to catch their first saltwater fish on the fly rods, so I set them up with Leonardo on the panga “Fish On”, with Adolfo Jr. as the teaser man and mate. This is what Paul emailed back to me:

We set out in the morning at 6:40 and headed directly to a pristine beach on the other side of Ixtapa Island to try for roosters. On the way we hooked into 4 skip jack while trolling. There was no sign of roosters along the beach while we presented them with expertly tied local flies. So we headed back into open water to try for more skip jack and dorado. The only dorado of the day hit quickly then it was skip jack for the rest of the day. They went hard for our flies and were a pleasure to catch. By day’s end at 1:45 we had caught 25 fish. It was a great day with skipper Leonardo and mate Adolfo.

And, Scott Donaldson of the Tacoma, WA area called me wanting to try his hand at saltwater fly fishing. I met Adolfo Jr. and Don at the pier early, and we drove down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero. When we got to my favorite spot, the action was not as hot as a few days before, but by mid-morning we had jack crevalle and even several huge roosters following Adolfo’s surface popper teaser back to the boat. We raised at least 7 roosters, which was a pleasant surprise for us, but they were mixed in with the jacks. You could actually see the huge roosters going for the fly, and then a smaller jack crevalle would come zipping in from the side, getting to the fly first. Most of the jacks were averaging 12 to 15 pounds. The roosters were all over 40 pounds and up to 60.
Paul, with his first saltwater fly caught fish
It is hard to describe the hole in the water, and the excitement generated, when a 50 pound plus rooster blows up on a surface popper teaser. I told Scott about the time Enrique Amatori, from Argentina, with fly rod in one hand, just stood there pointing with the other hand at a 60 pound rooster as it surfed down the back side of the wave and slashed at the popper all the way back to us. The rooster swam by at about 10 feet from the corner of the boat. Enrique just kept pointing and saying “LOOK”, “LOOK”! I then told him… “Yes, but please make a cast the next time”. His face just fell. He was enchanted and had frozen up. Enrique had completely forgotten the hundreds of dollars he had spent to get here from Argentina, to be on that boat for a chance for that specific size of fish.
Scott with one of his jack crevalle,
 with Jose Pino looking on

The following is what Scott sent to me about our day on the water at Puerto Vicente Guerrero:

We just got home and I wanted to thank you for the wonderful day! Not just on the water but the trip down and back on the coast from Zihuatanejo to Puerto Vicente Guerrero. I will forever look back and say it was one of the most remarkable fishing trips I've ever had. The lessons learned and the experiences shared; these I will always cherish. I will work the two hand strip into my fishing here on Puget Sound! And, thank you for the copy of your book. I'm half way thru it already. I wish you tight lines and fair seas till the next time our paths cross.
Scott

Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos has been fishing this last 2 weeks every day straight with French clients (After 4 years of steady French clients, his French is getting almost fluent by now). Using spin gear, they had a day where the clients got 32 jack crevalle, and 5 medium sized roosterfish. They are fishing up north above Saladita.

Ed Kunze                                                                                                                                            IGFA Representative

To order a copy of my fishing book about fishing here on the West Coast of Mexico: http://www.mexperience.com/store/vuitem.php?itemid=13&sc=KUNZE-13

For a decent explaination to the seasons and best fishing for each species here in the Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo area check out this web site. http://calendarforfishing.blogspot.com/

Monday, December 26, 2011

Santa didn't pay too close attention...

Yeah.

-Alex who will be sure to post awesomeness with said awesomeness.

hey guess what

Almost a month ago she said..... YES
Kyle- I don't know what is wrong with her, but I am happy

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Opening Hours.....

Happy Christmas to everyone and we would like to say thanks for all your support throughout the year. Below are the Christmas opening hours for the shop...


Dec 24th - 10.00 - 14.00

Dec25th Closed

Dec26th Closed

Dec 27th Closed

Dec 28th 10.00 - 17.00

Dec 29th 10.00 - 17.00

Dec 30th 10.00 - 17.00

Dec 31st 10.00 - 14.00

Jan 1st Closed



Jan 2nd 10.00 - 14.00


If anyone needs anything over the Christmas period and the shop is not open just call the shop on 051393559 as the phone will be diverted to my mobile and I only live two min from shop and have no problem opening up if anyone needs anything . 


We will be having our January Sale on the 6th 7th and 8th, so make sure to call in as there will be some outstanding offers on all gear.

Happy Christmas....

Parking-A-Plenty

-21° F and counting.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Getaway

Luke sat with his back against the cold rock, his hat pulled low on his head. A Winchester repeating rifle leaned against the low rock wall to his right as he squinted his eyes against the wind and looked out over the pass.

Walter had told him it was real important that he keep a keen eye, because they would most likely be coming up through from south, so “keep your damn eye lids open, boy.” Walt had said. “I come back up’er and you catchin’ a wink im’a clean yer plow.” So Luke watched the moon-lit valley as he was told.

Movement caught his eye and adrenaline flushed through him. He looked hard. There was something moving, but Luke thought it seemed too small to be a man. Lots of night critters run around these hills. He stuck a blade of grass in his mouth and settled back into the rock and continued his vigil.

Luke was fourteen years old, and hard as any man, he reckoned. He had been with Walter for as long as he could remember. Luke’s parents had been killed when he was just a small boy and Walt had taken him to raise him best he could. He remembered little from his childhood.

They had once ridden with a hand named Francis, who had been one of Lem’s men till an unsettled dispute had sent Francis looking for work. Francis loved his Whiskey and had got full as a tic on stump one night and told Luke that Walt had killed his parents over a debt and grabbed him as cover from the sheriff’s deputies bullets on his way out the door.

Luke didn’t believe the story and had told Walt what Francis said. Walt assured Luke that it was just a tall tale, said “You should never believe words that smell somuch like whiskey, boy” and walked off with a limp. Francis never made it back to camp. Luke just assumed Walt had run him off. Luke thought he might have seen Francis’ saddle for sale in the store the following week, but he couldn’t be sure.

Luke heard a rustle over this left shoulder and turned his head. Walt’s dark outline slowly moved around the rock, cresting the hill in his direction. The shadowy figure quietly made its way to his side.

“Anythin’?”
“No sir, but this’s a dandy spot, yes sir, we’ll get the bulge on ‘em, alright.”

Walt nodded in the dark and turned away.

“Walt?”
“Yeah?”
“Is it true that Lem got the rope? I heard they came and drug ‘em right outta jail.”

Walt stopped and turned his head slightly, pulling his Stetson down against the cold. “Yeah, they lynched him.”

Luke swallowed hard and stared at his boots.

Walt turned full around, facing him.

“Don’t you worry ‘bout it, boy. In a few days we’ll shove the queer and be bendin’ our elbows someplace nice. Maybe get a couple ladies keep us company.”

Luke nodded in the dark. Walt turned back and picked his footing around the hilltop and disappeared.

Luke pulled his gloves tight. He thought about the money. He thought about ladies with skin fine as cream gravy. He thought about Lem Redfield swinging from a rope and shivered.

Luke stared out into the dark over the pass.

One hundred-and-something years later...

Luke's Wall


Aaron as usual.

Be afraid of this.

Some gotten.

-Alex who hopes Luke make it to the ladies with skin fine as cream gravy.

Perhaps !


Z Fish Report (12/22/11)

The 80 degree blue water is still on the beach, but the offshore action is taking place about 18 to 20 miles out. We are averaging about 1 or 2 sailfish a day per boat in the blue water, plus an occasional nice dorado or two.
Michael Stelma with a nice Dorado caught while fishing
with Capt. Francisco on the Super Panga Huntress about
25 miles south of Zihautanejo.
In closer, the best dorado action is about 3 to 4 miles off the beach, with boats getting 2 to 3 of the twenty pound class fish a day.
Adolfo Jr. leadering a nice jack crevalle for Fred Pfaffle
The inshore action for light line and fly fishing anglers is still excellent. The sierras, jack crevalle, a few roosters, and black skipjack tuna are keeping the anglers rods bent for way more time than they are waiting for a bite.

Adolfo and Cheva on the two Dos Hermanos boats have both been going north to the areas from Pantla to Salidita and even up to the Ranch. They have been doing excellent on dorado, the hard fighting jacks, and a few roosters.

Wednesday, with fly fishing clients David Knowles and Fred Pfaffle of Portland Oregon, I decided to go south to Puerto Vicente Guerrero. After clearing the point, we went even further south to a couple of rocky high spots I know which come to within 25 feet of the surface, and are about a mile off the beach. It was incredible! There were acres of breaking fish. There were rainbow runners, large sierras, jack crevalle, green jacks, black skipjack tuna, etc.

Within the first 10 minutes, and before the instruction time was over for first time saltwater fisherman Dave, he was hooked on to a huge fish. With Adolfo Jr. teasing, and Jose Pino running the boat, all we saw was about an 8” wide back of golden brown as the fish turned and ate the fly. From the way it went to the bottom, and pulled the panga wherever he went, it had to be about a 50 pound pargo; which would have been a world record for the fly rod, on any pound class tippet.
A double hookup on the bow with the fly rods
While Dave was up on the bow fighting his stubborn fish, Adolfo was still casting the hookless popper, and bringing 4 to 5 fish at a time back to within casting range of Fred. After being cut off about three times by the large sierras on the 30 pound fluorocarbon, I went to a 50 pound bite tippet. That did the trick, and get fish he did.
Jose at the tiller and Adolfo Jr. holding one of Fred's nice jack crevalle
In the meantime, Dave is still up on the bow with Jose maneuvering the boat so the lines don’t cross, and finally after 2 hours and 20 minutes, the hook straightened on the big pargo.
David Knowles - 2 hours and 20 minutes of concentration
on a fish we never saw.
Everybody took a few minutes break, and then back at it again. After about a half hour of not much action, Dave hooked up on an at least 20 pound plus jack crevalle. He stayed with it for another 45 minutes and had the fish close to the boat. And then the hook pulled. I examined the fly, and tested the hook for sharpness. The 4/0 hook was perfect. I told Dave he was “snake bit”, and we headed back for the hour and a half ride to the port. Dave will sleep well tonight, and be very sore tomorrow.

Ed Kunze
IGFA Representative

To order a copy of my fishing book about fishing here on the West Coast of Mexico: http://www.mexperience.com/store/vuitem.php?itemid=13&sc=KUNZE-13


For a decent explaination to the seasons and best fishing for each species here in the Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo area check out this web site. http://calendarforfishing.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

About Time

WEAK WARNING
We'll Take It

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.. A Bit of snow is falling. That's good for the rivers.
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Winter Storm Warning
MTZ015-055-212300-
/O.CON.KTFX.WS.W.0029.000000T0000Z-111222T0600Z/
/O.CON.KTFX.WW.Y.0056.000000T0000Z-111222T0600Z/
MADISON-GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...
RAYNOLDS PASS...TWIN BRIDGES...BATTLE RIDGE PASS...BOZEMAN...
BOZEMAN PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE
419 AM MST WED DEC 21 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS
EVENING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS
EVENING FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6000 FEET...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET REMAINS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6000 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST
THIS EVENING.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: PERIODS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED THROUGH
TODAY...THEN DIMINISH LATER THIS EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE
EXPECTED ABOVE 6000 FEET. 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BELOW 6000
FEET.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WINDS WILL BE BREEZY AND CREATE AREAS OF
BLOWING SNOW. VISIBILITIES COULD BE REDUCED BELOW ONE HALF MILE
AT TIMES.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BATTLE RIDGE PASS...BOZEMAN...
BOZEMAN PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA...DIAL 5 1 1.

&&

$$

Not Looking Good

Monday, December 19, 2011

Busy Busy Busy.... A small overview.

Lack of posts, lack of fishing, planning a wedding, and work have been keeping me from posting as much as I would like.

I have still been able to make it to the "Meth Lab Trailer Pond" but the carp still have been testing my skills. By that I found out I lack in skills.
The Bass seem to be calming down, but still aggressive during the colder times of the week.
Yesterday when I was out I was unable to catch a bass, yet I hooked into 2 carp, and caught an asshole turtle. This proves that a Crazy Charlie will catch anything.



My giant Midas Cichlid, Butt Head, died



Also I was in San Diego last month, an amazing time with friends Christian, Tessa, and their baby Sophia, and with my now Fiance Jamie, for a tattoo convention, Well it was more of a vacation for me, I spent most of my time running around San Diego fishing, and drinking. I got ahold of an old Friend of mine, Alex Anzaldua, whom I used to beat up when I was younger because his older brother is a good friend of mine.

The man Alex Anzaldua himself

Alex and I hit up a boat from Seaforth Sportfishing, and I was SUPER impressed with this company! It may not be fly fishing but every now and then I still love to grab some traditional gear or my deep sea gear and remember what got me into fishing in the first place. I have been on many charters in S.D. in the past and they were fun, but the staff and knowledge of Seaforth is second to none. Many Sheeps Head, Sculpin, Rock fish, few Ling Cod, and many other types of fish were caught. From 27 people on the boat, over 225 fish were taken home on a half day trip.
I have never had this much fun before on a San Diego charter before, 5 stars in my opinion. I would recommend this company to anyone, 100%!

The pier fishing was a load of fun, fish the waves just as you would nymphing a river with an indicator you may catch small fish as well, Like my super tiny Halibut

Top to bottom:
  1. Turbot
  2. Calico Bass
  3. Lizard Fish
  4. Halibut




Work is getting busy again, I don't want to talk about work.

So just a little info for your reading pleasure, if you like to hear what I have to say that is!

-Kyle

Top 5 Hard lures.....

Top 5 hard lures of the year,

I try to keep a diary of my fishing during the year and looking through it today I picked out the lures which worked best for me this year and here they are no surprises with number one the same as last year....in my opinion the ultimate bass lure....

1) Zonk Gataride (have a soft spot for the pearl rainbow but also had a lot of fish on this colour)

2) Tackle House Feed Shallow (sardine and sardine red belly)

3) IMA Sasuke 140 (cotton candy)

4) IMA Komomo SF-130 slim (definitely the find of the season for me worked extremely well in ultra shallow water)

5)  Megabass X-140 (hama shirasu)

Others worth a mention that didnt quite make it into the top 5 would be the SF 125, FX9 and the Jackson Athlete all outstanding lures on their day.

Tight lines,

James

Winter's Nearly Here

The neighbors host one of the largest sled dog races in the Rockies.
This year there were 33 human teams and about 46 sled dog teams.
Included were 4 Iditarod winners and several contenders.
We believe running naked and barefoot in the snow is great sport!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's The Berries - II

Double Sweet Shortcake, California Berries,
Fresh Real Whipped Cream, Hand Shaved Chocolate,
Golden Nectar Of The Gods

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Z Fish Report (12/15/11)

Nothing but blue...and a few clouds

All up and down the coast, the 82 degree blue water is basically on the beach. However, even though the fishing is improving, the best areas have moved to about 20 miles off the coast.

Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, is doing well for his clients on the inshore waters, with several roosterfish, a few large jack crevalle, and lots of sierras. He feels the best action is to the north and up around Saladita.

This is a great time for light line conventional gear fishermen and fly fishers. The numbers of sierra and black skipjacks is huge, with a lot of surface action.

Cheva, on the Dos Hermanos II has been averaging 3 sailfish a day at the 20 mile mark, along with an occasional dorado. However, the best dorado action remains fairly close to the beach.
Keri Ellen from Oregon, about to release her 1st sailfish, with
Captain Francisco on the super panga Huntress

Yesterday, I was treated to some excellent “front door service”. Cheva and Adolfo showed up at my house, consuming a beer or 5, to discuss the fish report action with me. When they left, I had 10 pounds of dorado fillets, and a couple of nice sierra. My wife and I had a great dinner last night.

We are near the end of the year, and Don Wollcott
sent me a photo from about 12 years ago.
In the photo above, this is what Don Wolcott had to say about our day on the water 12 years ago:

      “We caught just about everything that swims that day! Sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and a huge dorado.
       The tuna were all yellowfin, and there are actually at least one or two more behind Larnold Jones my buddy. He felt stupid for standing in front of the fish at the time I remember, when we got home and developed the pic's...........That was a time before all the digital cameras we have nowdays, where you could instantly check the pic's and take them over again........But how bout the size of that dorado? I remember that one especially because we had just got done catching a tuna or two and a 3 foot log or fairly large size piece of driftwood floated about 5 feet out from the boat and you literally told me to throw my line out about 5 ft from the boat because you had a feeling the cover of the log may be holding dorado, and sure enough that big boy erupted and it was fish on!”

Ed Kunze
To order a copy of my fishing book about fishing here on the West Coast of Mexico: http://www.mexperience.com/store/vuitem.php?itemid=13&sc=KUNZE-13
For a decent explaination to the seasons and best fishing for each species here in the Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo area check out this web site. http://calendarforfishing.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dark, Cold, And Productive

WHERE YOU DON'T SEE
Simple Stuff Works
"GALLATIN WINTER" by DeLacy
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.. There have been days when the snow came and went in a moment. There have been days when the roads have been pure ice.
.. There have been days with fog so thick it obscures your line. There have been days so bright that sunglasses don't work. There have been days when It was so gray that the trees looked like nothing at all.
.. Happily, most of the recent days have been temperate and the fish have been willing.
..Snow flies, midge clusters, nymphs, and small streamers are the usual choices for the Gallatin River right now. A few folks are using the perennial winter wonder the small stonefly nymph.
.. The most productive, (if you're into catching,) seems to be various Copper John iterations.
.. Some have red tails, some have a bead for both the head and thorax. Some have legs, Some are funny colors. And so it goes!
.. The story being told is simple and direct: 'GET DOWN AND FISH SLOW.' The water temperature has dropped significantly with our cold nights. The lack of snowfall and the sparse cloud cover makes the nighttime temperatures fall rapidly. The plus side is that the days warm quickly and mid 40's or better are still possible, (but not today in the canyon section.)
.. Don't rush your second, (or third,) pot of coffee. The rocks are slippery, bits of anchor ice are starting in the upper reaches near the Yellowstone National Park boundary, and safety is a major consideration. Right now the flow is still pretty swift and just a bit above average, (depending on the nighttime temps.)
.. Most of the neighbors are on the river around noon. There have been some noses in the air but it's anyone's guess as to what they are eating and what flies to use. Midge clusters with no floatant beneath the surface can take fish - if you're willing to pester a cold nose long enough. It's tedious but rewarding for surface fishers.
.. Unverified reports from obscure sources indicate that a fish or two has been moved to small streamers. Good Luck!
.. Short leaders, sink tips, deep drifts in the darkest and slowest waters combined with nymphs in the size 8 - 12 range seems the way to get a dance or two.
.. This is the time of year when a few boxes of "weird" patterns come to the fore. Have you ever seen a 'Bead Head Flymph?' How about a Triple Bead Hare's Ear Streamer? Even the rare and unmentionable Double Bead San Juan Worm has made it's appearance.
.. All are ways to get down and stay down. All are ways to catch rocks, snags, weeds, and the occasional fish. Have at it. It's better than a poke in the ass by a sled runner.
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Winter Water
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IMA Sasuke 105.....

The IMA Sasuke 105 (this weeks special)  has been one of my go to lures this year. It is an excellent casting lure and cuts through strong winds. Working this lure on a steady retrieve with some added action will account for a lot of fish, however a method which has worked well for me this year is, lifting the rod tip and cranking the lure back very quickly the lures rises to just underneath the surface and the action the lure makes when it is being worked this quick is excellent and it seems to really draw the attention of any bass within the area you are fishing. Hits can be savage and a lot times will be right at your feet, make sure to pause your lure just before lifting it out of the water as I have found I get hit 90% of the time at my feet when cranking it back like this. A very fun method with savage hits..... 
















Tight lines....