Thursday, February 28, 2013


Z Fish Report (2/28/13)

The inshore waters from about Petatlan on down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero are starting to get stained with a high chlorophyll count, and the temperatures have dropped below 80 degrees this week. North of Zihuatanejo, the clean and favorable 80 degree water is still on the beach. The offshore clean water is still holding from about the 100 fathom line at 5 miles, on out to the 82 degree blue water at about 12 miles. I believe the stained water is an effect of the full moon, and soon will clear up again.
Photo by Mike Bulkley on the super panga Huntress
Under a full moon, the offshore fishing for sailfish took a hit this week with the per boat daily averages dropping to 1 to 2 fish a boat, with only about one boat in five getting a nice dorado. Yellowfin tuna have been holding up, but it is still a 30 mile plus run to get to them.

Early in the week, we also had some nasty wind, making for an uncomfortable day on the water, but Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos was still able to get two sailfish for his client Randall Sue of Houston, TX. However, considering the port closures up at Mazatlan and the reports coming from Baja, they could only wish to have the two days of wind we had. They have been lucky to just be able to get out and fish for two days a week.

The inshore fishing also had a bit of a turnaround this week. The best bite has been from about the white rocks on down to Valentine (pronounced balen – teen), where the water starts to get stained. The main action has been lots of sierras, jack crevalle, and black skipjack. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, made the long run to Vicente Guerrero and told me there was a huge amount of large jack crevalle down there, but they wouldn’t eat anything they threw at them. He said the water was ugly, but the fish are there. He feels with the full moon, it is more of an afternoon bite, but he couldn’t stay around and had to make the long run back to Zihuatanejo.
Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

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”…  

I have also made two new informative web pages for people coming here for their first time. The first is for when you go to the municipal pier in Zihuatanejo in the morning to find the boat you will be fishing on:

The second is for people who are looking for a place to stay: 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Senior Prom

We re-post this now since the court date is close and will address some important issues for Montana and perhaps fishing access across the country. Click on over to CHI WULFF for some insights and details. ((Originally posted November 4, 2012.))
Beware The Whisper
marshall your indignation -- again
.. Now that the rich and infamous have gotten a toehold on restricting usage of the Madison River they are marshaling their forces in the ongoing Ruby River lawsuit.
.. As noted by Ben Lamb, (LINK,) a pair of heavily muscled groups have just joined the fight to overturn Montana's stream access law.
.. As you have probably forgotten, that lawsuit is spearheaded by James Cox Kennedy who likes to use public bridges as fence posts. You remember him. He's the media mogul that has poured millions of dollars into Grady College in Georgia. It's now his alter ego in the new media business, (LINK.) We wonder what he's done for the colleges in MONTANA.
.. Talk about muddy waters! The two briefs, recently filed,  suggest that it's really private ownership and stewardship that enables our great fishing and hunting in this state, (LINK.)
.. In addition to all the rich folks from out of state moving in to buy legislators we now have billionaires and rock stars telling us that they should own the public's resources for our own good.
.. It's time to do some more homework and gear up for the next legislative session. Developers, Real Estate Agents & Brokers, and Land Speculators are watching very closely. With all the money flying into Montana it's not going to be easy - it never is.
Interesting resources:
** A River Runs Through It, (COX LAND THAT IS !)
** PERC, (LET US DO IT FOR YOU !) [Bozeman's gift to wealthy land owners.]
** In The Beginning, (Original debate and results.)
** The Company Line, (The way FWP sees it: currently being revised for the Madison River.)


Thursday, February 21, 2013


Z Fish Report (2/21/13)

Marlin, caught on the super panga Huntress
As we have been seeing for the last 3 weeks or so, the 82 degree blue water is still hugging the 100 fathom line all up and down the coast, with good clean water from the 100 fathom line to the beach. The offshore fishing is holding up with about an average of 2 to 3 sailfish per boat per day. We are getting a few dorado, and even yellowfin tuna when wanting to make a long 30 mile plus run. Plus, a few blue marlin are showing in the catches.

This sailfish is another Huntress photo
Mike Bulkley, representing the super panga Huntress with Captain Francisco reports: “Capt Francisco had a great day on Saturday releasing a Blue Marlin about 225 pounds (plus) and going 2 for 2 for raising and releasing 2 sailfish. The blue water is still right at the 100 fathom line and we had strikes from 13 out to 20 miles. The Marlin took a rigger bait at the 20 mile mark SSW of the white rocks”.
Dean Barclay on the super panga Gitana
Santiago on the super panga Gitana reported: Rene Hansen of Denmark caught and released a sailfish on the fly rod. Jim Schindhelm and Alan went out 60 miles with Santiago, catching 7 yellowfin tuna from 20 to 30 pounds. And on Tuesday, Dean Barclay from Minnesota, with friends Thomas and Eric released 6 sailfish and caught 1 small tuna.

Also, Richard Muckle fished two days with Adan on the panga Gitana II, for 5 sailfish and 2 yellowfin tuna of 25 pounds.

The inshore is basically the same with the best locations being up at the Ranch, down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, or out in front of the White Rocks. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, fishing the Ranch 7 days a week for several weeks now, told me he will probably quit fishing up there when the game fish have consumed the last sardine.
Casey Willis with a nice jack crevalle
Casey Willis and Devin Page of Kirkland Washington fished a day with Arturo on the panga Janeth out in front of the White Rocks. They caught 6 large jack crevalle tossing the surface poppers, and several black skipjack tuna.

Santiago, on the super panga Gitana, made the long run to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with Mark Olsen of Montana on Wednesday. With his friend Tex, they caught two nice roosterfish and several large jack crevalle.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

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”…

In Memoriam: Even though it has been a couple of years since his passing, this week would have been Luis Maciel’s 63rd birthday. I know this because for years I used to tease him about being the “Old Man”. You can’t believe how hard my jaw dropped when we were talking and I found out he was actually 2 weeks younger than me.

The mold was broken after Luis passed away. There will never be another, because the fishing and the times have also moved on.


Monday, February 18, 2013


"Hey! Did you know that there is a special in-store screening of IF4 coming to a Cabela's near you? You should totally check it out! There will even be cheddar-flavored popcorn!"

"Wow, that is awesome! I live in Shitstainville and nothing cool in the fly fishing industry ever comes close to my stupid town but there is a Cabela's like two hours from my house, so I would totally go check that out! How much is it to get in?"

"It is totally free, bro! Even the cheddar popcorn!"

"Holy Shit! Wait, don't you  have to pay to get into the actual show?"

"Totally, bro."

"So why is this one free?"

"Oh, well, it's an abbreviated version of the actual festival and it's complementary."

"Oh, okay, so like, what will they be showing?"

"All of the films, bro! Just the abbreviated versions."

"What does that mean?"

"Well, they are she short versions."

"Like what, the trailers?"

"Yeah, pretty much."

"You mean like the ones on the IF4 Vimeo site?"

"Yeah, dude, but this is totally better cause they will play like one right after another!"

"Where will they be showing the trailers, on a big screen in the store or something?"

"Nah, dude, it's like a laptop and projector in a meeting room stuffed way in the back corner of the store. So like you just walk in and ask three employees where the IF4 screening is, because the first two will most likely have no idea what you are talking about, then find the meeting rooms, get your delicious free cheddar-flavored popcorn, sit down and wait for some Cabela's employee to walk in and press play on the laptop and enjoy, bro!"

"So wait, let me make sure I understand: all they are playing is the teaser-trailers that have been running around the internet for months?"


"Anybody going to be there?"

"Ah, hell yeah, bro! I mean, there is totally going to be at least a couple people there, probably, not even including the Cabela's girl who presses play on the laptop!


"Did I mention the cheddar popcorn? That shit is tasty, bro."

Ben Smith w/cheddar popcorn, bro.

-Alex who is still in reeling in awe and wonder and totally understands why organizing these "screenings" at Cabela's was not a complete waste of time.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Z Fish Report (2/14/13)

This sailfish, caught by Gord Roberts, is about to be released
by Capt. Noe on the panga Porpy
The 82 degree blue water is hugging the 100 fathom line all up and down the coast, with good clean water from the 100 fathom line to the beach. The offshore fishing is still holding up with about an average of 2 to 3 sailfish per boat per day. We are still getting a few dorado, and even yellowfin tuna when wanting to make a long 30 mile plus run. Plus, there have been some reports of blue marlin hookups or near misses.
Gord Roberts, on the panga Porpy, with 1 of 5 sails caught
in two days of fishing the blue water
Gord Roberts, as he has done for the last four years, fished with Noe on the panga Porpy for three days. He told me: “Overall we caught 5 sails, 3 dorado, 12 Jack crevalle and 5 bonito. We saw whales, turtles, dolphins and a marlin. This was the best fishing in 4 years by far”.

Debra Campbell from Salisbury, Md. with her first sailfish. She
went 3 for 3 on the trip with Capt. Francisco on the Huntress.
The super panga Huntress, fishing every day, reports Captain Francisco is averaging 3 hookups a trip and an occasional dorado. 
Chuck Ray of Canada with his sailfish coming in
aboad the panga Janeth with Arturo
Santiago on the super panga Gitana reported, “This week, Dick and Ernie from Troncones caught 3 yellow fin tuna and one dorado. Mark Olson from Montana got one 20# tuna and released one sailfish.
Jim Schdhelm aboard the super panga Gitana with Santiago
Deckhand Francisco is holding the sail
On Wenesday, Jim Schindhelm, and his friend Alan, released 5 sailfish. Plus, Josh Schroeder and friends fished with Adan aboard the Gitana II, tagged and released 2 sailfish and kept one large Dorado”
Leadered...on the panga Gitana
Also, Ron Hubbard and Norm Cook from Colorado fished 8 days with Armando aboard the panga 3 Hermanos, releasing 17 sailfish, 7 large dorado, and one jack crevalle.
Noe, aboard the panga Porpy, releasing Gord Roberts jack
The inshore action has been a bit on the tough side and we have been making long runs to find the fish. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos found the answer again by fishing up at the Ranch. He told me they fished a few minutes on the backside of the waves, and got a very nice 40 pound rooster for his French clients. While the client was fighting his fish, Adolfo spotted birds about a ½ mile off shore. When they got there, they found huge jack crevalle and stayed with them until the clients finally wore out.
Mike Tinker, with a nice jack on the panga Dos Hermanos
with Adolfo
But, Gord Roberts reports he and Noe on the panga Porpy made a short run to out in front of the white rocks and had a blast with the hard fighting jacks. “Bonito were plentiful and we caught as many as we wanted to release, and the same with jack crevalle. Sometimes we would look down into the schools of jacks in the blue water,  just off the white rocks, and you had to be sure you wanted to fight another one before you baited another goggle eye on the hook”.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

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”…


Friday, February 8, 2013

Z Fish Report (2/8/13)

Dan Pasanan on the Aqua Azul
The 84 degree blue water, at six miles, is hugging the 100 fathom line all up and down the coast. The inshore waters are averaging about 82 degrees. The offshore fishing is producing sailfish, a few dorado, and even some yellowfin tuna being taken out past the 1,000 fathom line (35 miles).

Dan Pasanan from Ely, Minn. fished with a few friends on the Aqua Azul with Cap. Mecate. They got a sailfish and two nice dorado that fed their whole group of people.

Sam Alhadeff of Seattle fished with some of his friends in his wedding party on the Orion with Cap. Jaime. They caught 3 sailfish.

Victor's sailfish on the Gitana

Santiago on the super panga Gitana reported, “Victor Stoltz from Alaska and his friend Rick from Seattle fished for yellowfin tuna… we went 64 miles out. We landed 7 tuna, and tagged & released one sailfish. Also, Rick Harder and his friend from South Idaho released 4 sailfish Tuesday. On Wednesday, from Wisconsin Harry Fisher and his friend Fred, with their wives, released 3 sailfish”.

Victor's dorado

Rick Harder on the Gitana
The inshore action is still holding with a few roosters, large jack crevalle, and lots of sierras. Adolfo called me on Wednesday on his cell phone on their way back from being up North at the Ranch and fishing with conventional gear spin rods. I talked to his client Mike Tinker from Kalamazoo Mich. He was also fishing with his cousin Burn Tinker of Saint Luis. They got 11 jack crevalle in the 20 pound class, and 4 large sierras. They raised a couple of large roosters, but didn’t get a hookup.

On Thursday, I made the drive down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with Art and Janette Morrison of the Tacoma area and once again proved my theory of when guiding fly casters like Art, who is an excellent caster; throwing the full line from the bow of the panga, you can’t buy a fish, which makes the guide look real bad. But, with a newbie, we will have fish almost jumping in the boat….Go Figure. There were a lot of jack crevalle there, but they were filled up on the huge quantities of bait on the shoreline. They would make a pass or two at the teaser on the spin rod, but not a whiff at the fly.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

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”…
Gill nets and long lines revisited: These videos are not new, so you may have seen them before, but they sure depict how floating long lines and gill nets are indiscriminate killers of all varieties of marine life. The first link is of a humpbacked whale, which will eventually breach upon release and give off quite a show.

However, Vince Radice is very much an activist for the conservation of the marine species in Mexico. He released a sperm whale and the calf, with less dramatic shots. But his dialog is very pointed, and asking the department of fisheries why are we killing our resources, for a few people to fish illegally. Vince is also very decent with the camera. Just sign up to World’s Aquarium and follow Vince’s efforts of exposing illegal long ling fishing, saving dorado from illegal export to the U.S, and to saving whales.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Shoot On Sight ?

Our Legislature Is Back In Session
not just fish stupidity this time though

.. The Montana Legislature is well known for introducing bills that grab hot button issues and turn them into seething debates, while polarizing it's members and our citizenry. They've done it again!
.. Quick as a sprinter off the blocks, the property rights and agribusiness interests are manipulating their legislative puppets and introducing bills to strip Montana of it's heritage and wildlife.
.. We don't need to belabor the point here. If you are interested in the fate of wild bison, (or elk, or trout, or deer, or any other wild native species,) you can read about it
.. Suffice it to say; many of us have learned to live with these huge, hairy, hoary beasts. Bless their hearts.
.. We're headed to the ice fishing social hour but thought that this should see the light of day as soon as possible. Ice hole report to follow.