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”… http://www.sportfishing-ixtapa.com/index.html
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. http://www.youtube.com/embed/EBYPlcSD490?rel=0

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.

http://sancarlos.tv/sperm-whale-marine-turtle-gil-net-rescue-a-success/

http://worldsaquarium.com/blog/female-sperm-whale-calf-rescue