SAILFISH PACE THE ACTION FOR LOCAL CHARTER BOATS
June 19, 2004, Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Fishing and Commercial Panguero Arrest:
ZIHUATANEJO, MAINLAND MEXICO IN GENERAL: The 80-degree blue water is still hanging only a mile off the beach. Zihuatanejo fishing is very similar to last week. The tuna and marlin are scarce, but the sailfish action is very good.
The main spot of fish is only about 3 miles directly in front of Zihuatanejo Bay. A lot of boats are getting back before noon, with 4 or 5 sailfish releases. Zihuatanejo rooster fishing is still outstanding and Arturo, on the panga “Janneth” is keeping up his weekly blistering pace with 8 roosters released in one day. All the fish were between 30 and 45 pounds.
In some respects, this week was a milestone for conservation. At least it is a step in the right direction. Federal authorities arrested two commercial pangeros, using Zihuatanejo Bay as their home port, with 13 sailfish and a long line of over 2 miles in length. All evidence was transferred for prosecution in Acapulco.
In the past, local enforcement just has not been effective at all. This is the first time the Feds have stepped in and are taking control at Zihuatanejo, and the word is spreading fast.
Zihuatanejo water Temperature 78-85 Air Temperature 78-91 Humidity 66% Wind 4 mph from the WSW Conditions Scattered Clouds 25,000 ft Visibility 8 miles Sunrise 7:11 a.m. CDT Sunset 8:22 p.m. CDT June 27 First Quarter July 2, Full, July 9 Last Quarter, July 17 New. Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo report by Ed Kunze.
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