Thursday, April 11, 2013

Z Fish Report (4/11/13)

Scott Werner's blue marlin while fishing with Adolfo
Saying almost the opposite of my last week’s report, the offshore fishing is still slow and is acting like the normal April green and cold water current. But, the 84° blue water is about 10 miles off the beach. A couple of blue marlin were taken this week, and the sailfish are averaging, at best, one per boat per day. A couple of captains will get lucky and get a couple of sailfish and a dorado, but it is not representative of the average.
  
Trish with her jack

Travis with a decent sized green jack 

And, just when I thought the inshore water was cleaning up a bit, and staying a warm, it took a nose dive and went to hell. Dirty and cold water is all up and down the coast, with even several areas of red tide.  Plus, we had had waves for most of last week. On Wednesday, Cheva and I went down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with Travis and Trish of Calgary. We were spin fishing. The water was very cold and dirty, but we still managed several small to medium jack crevalle (jurel) and a decent sized green jack (cocinero). I was hoping for a rooster, but Cheva helped bring me back to reality by saying “they are probably in Costs Rica by now”.
Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

I am developing a theory: Historically April is the worse month of the year to fish here, with the current being cold and pushing the blue water out past 30 miles. After the 1stweek of May we are back to great conditions, and lots of fish.  
Currently, on the surface (pun intended), it would appear to be almost ideal conditions with the blue water in close and a very warm surface temperature. But we are catching fish like a normal April…which means very few.

But, the inshore water is acting like the historical April current. It is discolored and a cold 76°.
My theory is it appears the cold water is out there OK, but below the surface. This keeps the pelagic species from coming here. It appears the cold water current is sinking and leaving the warm water to rise to the surface, with the cold water only coming to the surface in the shallow inshore water. It kind of makes sense to me the warm water is crowded out of the shallow areas of a 500 feet or less, as the cold water moves towards the shoreline. Maybe somebody with more scientific background can help me out with this.

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  

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:   http://municipalpier.blogspot.mx/2013/02/the-municipal-pier.html

The second is for people who are looking for a place to stay: http://edkunze2.blogspot.mx/2013/02/places-to-stay.html