Thursday, May 2, 2013

Z Fish Report (5/2/13)

Theresa and Ken  Meyer with a nice pargo
The blue offshorewater is still about the 30 mile mark and basically following the 1,000 fathom curve. However, the colder water is being pushed back up north, with 80 degree water about 13 miles off the beach. I expect things to get back to normal in about two weeks.  The blue water fishing is still slow, but mostly because of the distance and the extra fuel premium needed to reach the fish. People just don’t want to pay the extra fuel, with no guarantees, and the prospect of a long boat ride.

In a way these difficult conditions are very good for the sport fishing industry, because starting this Friday (the 3rd) is the three day 30th annual sailfish tournament, which averages about 150 entry boats each year. It is a kill tournament, and one of the last remaining kill tournaments in the world. Prizes are awarded for the first three places for the largest sailfish, and also for the largest dorado and marlin. In years past I have seen as many as 800 sailfish killed in one three day span of the tournament. Fortunately, with the current conditions, this will not happen this year.
Will Anderson with a small dorado caught while
fishing with Ramon at Mahuaja

The inshore water is also warming up with 80 degree water sowing on the beach from about the White Rocks on down past Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Unfortunately, the chlorophyll level is still very high and almost a red tide condition in a lot of areas. Again, this will all clear out within a couple of weeks. There still are some areas producing, and the worst of discolored water is off the beach a ways. Ken and Theresa Meyer from Albany Oregon stayed at John Lorenz’s Bahia de Tortuga fishing lodge at Puerto Vicente Guerrero and got a nice dog tooth snapper while trolling a deep diving Rapala out in front of one of the river mouths down there.
   
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  


Melissa Lloyd with a nice black skip jack
while fishing with Ramon 
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