Thursday, February 2, 2012

Z Fish Report (2/2/12)

Forrest Orswell with Leonardo on the panga Fish On
The dorado measured 53 inches

The 80° blue water is still about 7 miles off the coast and basically hugging the 100 fathom line, but the warm sun enriched surface temperature belies a colder current beneath the top 3 or 4 feet of the water column. Because of this, the sailfish bite has basically shut off, with the boats averaging less than a fish per day each.

For instance, while having dinner last night at Lety’s, Adan and his clients (Tim Torgrimson and his wife Deborah of Minn.) came in and we talked about their day of fishing. Adan had taken the panga Gitana II out almost 20 miles, and they were well on their way back. Adan told me: “The day was over, and we were only a half an hour from the dock. It was tough; we hadn’t had a strike all day. And then, at 1:00, we got lucky with a double hookup on a pair of dorado.”
I saw the photos, and the fish were huge, with the bull being as tall as Adan. The bull was at least 55 pounds, with the hen almost pushing 40. The photos will be posted next week.


But, the jack crevalle action has been good. Forest Orswell and his fishing partner Bob Reed of Fort Collins Colorado fished a day with Leonardo on the Fish On, and two days inshore with Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II. They only got a very nice bull dorado in the blue water, but did well on jack crevalle, black skip jack tuna (barriletes), rainbow runners, cabrilla, and sierras with Cheva. This is what Forrest emailed me: “We had great fun despite the drop off on sail fishing. Just gives me more motivation to come back again in November. Thanks again Ed!”
Early in the week Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, had called me and had caught 3 roosters and several jack crevalle after making a very long trip down to Vicente Guerrero. We were both surprised, and figured they must have been fish coming from the North to warmer water in the South. On Tuesday, with fly fishing client Joshua Bigler and wife Maggie of the Seattle-Tacoma area, Adolfo took us down there.

The birds and bait were exactly as he had told me, but the roosters had moved on. We worked our way back up the coast, and Adolfo, being the professional he is, found the jack crevalle in several locations. We also got several barriletes and a chula (kawa-kawa; a good eating tuna with teeth and white meat) It was a great day on the water.

Ed Kunze – IGFA Representative