Thursday, May 9, 2013

Z Fish Report (5/9/13)

Deckhand Adan on the Super panga Gitana with John and Justin 
The 80 degree blue water is still following the 1,000 fathom curve at 30 miles. The inshore water is as low as 74 degrees and holding on out to 5 or 6 miles and following the 100 fathom curve. Looking at a larger picture on the Terrafin Satellite photos, I see warm and clean water pushing up from the south, and already at Acapulco. Our conditions should be favorable again by the end of this next week.
Yellowfin tuna out of Puerto Vicente Guerrero

The
offshore fishingthis last week was mostly about the 3 day sailfish tournament. With 126 boats entered, they covered the local water as well as it can be covered. In summary there were 2 to 3 sailfish caught per boat over the 3 day tournament. The majority of the fish were under 30 kilos (66 pounds) and not eligible for weigh in. With last year’s tournament won by a known long line fisherman and this year’s additional controversy of a couple of politicians placing in the tournament (it appears the rules were bent a bit for them), hopefully this kill tournament will lose the luster it held in the past and will go away.

As far as the fishing went, it was very spotty with the fish concentrated in areas holding bait. A perfect example was Santiago, on the super panga Gitana, fishing with Flip Himmelreich and Dave Wisdom from Spokane & Portland. They caught only 1 fish on the 1st day, none on the 2nd day, and then 6 on the last day.

Normally it takes a week or so after the tournament for things to settle down, but on Wednesday Santiago went back out with John and Justin Strumilla from Toronto. They released 3 sailfish and landed a very nice 45# dorado.
Sam Gammy and Mike Frehlick with a huge dog tooth snapper
Inshore action has been on the slow side up here around Zihuatanejo. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, just wrapped up 6 days straight of fishing with his French client. Daily they were getting sierras, chulas, and jack crevalle, but they really had to work for them. They found huge jack crevalle out in front of the White rocks, plus a bunch of chulas they were able to troll up in the same area.
Sam Gammy and Mike Frehlick with a double
Another
John Lorenz, of the fishing lodge Bahia de Tortuga, down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero provided an incredible week for his clients Sam Gammy and Mike Frehlick of British Columbia. Trolling deep diving Rapalas inshore, they scored on roosters, jack crevalle, and dog tooth snapper. Offshore, they trolled out to 35 miles and found the yellowfin tuna on cedar plugs. They got full limits of tuna for everybody on the boat.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative) 

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