Thursday, February 16, 2012

Z Fish Report (2/16/12)

Douglas Schrieiber on the super panga Huntress with his
released sailfish. The released blue marlin was too big to get a photo 
The 80° blue water is still only a mile or so off the beach, and the offshore fishing has picked considerably from what we were experiencing this last few weeks. This trend should continue, and even improve, as we head into the new moon period next week.
Andy Grupp of Fort Francis Ontario with a nice
dorado while fishing with Santiago and
Francisco on the super panga Gitana.
Adan, on the panga Gitana II has really been showing his skills this last 8 or 10 days. With the average of 1 to 2 sailfish a boat each day in the fleet, Adan’s catch and release of sailfish has been averaging between 3 and 5 fish a day.
Len Grupp, with a huge sail (released) while fishing with
Santiago and Francisco on the super panga Gitana. 

Plus, a few blue marlin have been caught and released. Douglas Schrieiber of Wisconsin fished with Francisco on the super panga Huntress this last Monday releasing one blue marlin, a sailfish, and had three more strikes on sails south/east of Zihuatanejo at the 18 mile mark.
One of Adan's released sailfih with his Danish client.

Inshore is still very good for jack crevalle, sierras, and black skipjacks up near Troncones and on above to Saladita.

Yesterday (Wed.) I took fly fishing client Chris Lawson of Anchorage, and his family down to my “sweet spot” below Puerto Vicente Guerrero. The target was big jack crevalle, but a low pressure system moved in, shutting off the bite. We were surrounded by hundreds of big jacks at one point, and couldn’t buy a strike. Still, we managed 16 fish of 5 different species. We got a few black skipjacks, 8 huge sierras, 5 chulas, a 13 pound jack, and an estimated 8 pound pargo.
Lisa Lawson
Chris Lawson with his fly caught pargo off my "sweet spot"
The rock pinacle comes close to the surface  

On the way back to their rented house on Playa Blanca, we stopped at the restaurant Chula Vida, which has a sushi special on Wednesdays. I talked to the cook, dropped off the fish, making arrangements for them to have their fish cooked up that evening. They had sushi, the pargo cooked up on the coals “a la talla”, with fish tacos and ceviche for lunch today. In fact, we all took chulas and sierras home and ate well last night, including the maid at the Casa Verde where the Lawson family is staying on Playa Blanca. She got a 7 pound sierra.
Caleb Lawson with a very nice sierra

Today, Thursday, we went back down to the “sweet spot”, with Tim Cross of Wisconsin. It was an almost exact replica of yesterday, but today we got over 20 fish. Again, the jacks didn’t eat, but only because they were stuffed full of small squid and sardines. However, we will eat well again tonight.
Santiago also took his Danish clients on the long run
down to Vicente Guerrero. It paid off, with fourty pound
 roosterfish and this  fifty pound rooster.

Ed Kunze – IGFA Representative