Thursday, January 24, 2013

Z Fish Report (1/24/13)

For all photos, see below Special
Inshore Report

The cooling trend seems to be put on hold for a while longer as the 83 degree surface temperature average is all up and down the coast, and from the beach to way out beyond 80 miles. And, the blue water is nearly on the beach again, with only a small area of slightly discolored water down near Puerto Vicente Guerrero.

While not as fantastic as the last couple of week’s dark of the moon phase for sailfish and dorado, offshore fishing is still holding up with some respective numbers coming in for a few boats. However, the fleet average is about 2 to 3 sailfish and at least one dorado per boat / day.

Plus, a few boats are finding the yellowfin tuna. They are scattered, but they are out there. On the same day Santiago went 26 miles in the Gitana and got 7 smaller tuna from 15 to 20 pounds, Martin went 40 miles in the panga Spuma with his client Bruce Lippman for a 100 pound yellowfin, a 60, and two at 20 pounds. (And, I got a nice 5 pound loin chunk off the 60 pound fish).

Santiago, on the super panga Gitana emailed me this: Robert Leonard from Ireland fished with Adan on the panga Giatana II and for 6 Sailfish, plus one dorado. Victor from Alaska & Rick from Seattle fished inshore with me, and released 3 Roosterfish and a few Bonitos, Dick and Jimmy from Troncones fished with me, tagging & and releasing 4 sailfish.

Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II fished with Mary Grantges of Ixtapa and caught 4 sailfish on the spin rod. A few days earlier, with her husband Don, they caught 3 sailfish and three huge dorado of 45,40, and 35 pounds.

The inshore action is still holding well with a few roosters, large jack crevalle, and lots of sierras.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

A belated special inshore report: MISSERI Jean Pierre and his wife are from France. They fish every December with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos, and have been doing so for 12 years. They use spin rods and are excellent fishermen. He does not speak English, and I do not speak French, so we both use Spanish as a mutual language medium. In his email to me this week he sent the following:

“We had an interesting trip this year. In 14 days of fishing we caught 640 fish, averaging between 5 and 10 kilos (10-20 pounds). The roosterfish were not as big as we have caught in years past*, but we also got 200 sierras, 150 barrilettes, and 20 pargo. This year we did not fish for sailfish or dorado, staying entirely with the inshore and using our spin gear and surface poppers. Every day, after we got back to the port, we were exhausted".

*Note: In “years past” they have accounted for several roosters between 70 and 80 pounds, including a 100 pound fish. On the panga Dos Hermanos he has recorded 312 roosterfish, with 35 roosters equal to, or more than 30 kilos (66 pounds).


For a better understanding of our seasons and species of fish here in Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo, please click on the link to my web site and scroll down on the left side bar for “Calendar”…