SAILFISH AND SOME TUNA CAUGHT BY OFFSHORE FISHING BOATS
Aug. 7, 2004, Ed Kunze, Baja On The Fly, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Fishing:
The 80-degree plus blue water is still holding only a mile off the beach. Most species are biting, with the exception of the blue marlin and dorado. The dorado are missing because the rainfall this last few weeks has been below normal and we have not had much debris washed out of the rivers to hold them.
Most every Ixtapa Zihuatanejo boat fishing the blue water is averaging between 2 and 3 sailfish per day. Plus, the added bonus of school-sized yellowfin tuna that are only out 10 miles, and are biting.
Inshore, there are a lot of jack crevalle; and light line anglers have been scoring up to 50 a day on these hard fighting fish.
The big news for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing is still just off the surf line with the roosterfish action. The bite is fantastic, and has been holding up for several weeks now. We expect this action to continue on into Dec. It should really make for a great "Jacks or Better Fly Fishing Tournament" Oct. 7-10 for Baja on the Fly.
Capt. Adolofo, fishing on the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo panga “Dos Hermanos” caught 6 roosters for his clients yesterday, between 35 and 45 pounds.
But the one they did not get was the real story. They were using a surface popper on spinning gear, casting into breaking bait, with birds diving and roosters crashing the surface. One cast was laid over the wing of a pelican. Naturally, the pelican was startled and flew off, but he wrapped the line by making a turn and heading in another direction. What happened was incredible! The pelican flew a few feet off the water and was "trolling" the popper. Up to 5 different roosters grabbed the popper, dragged the pelican back down to the water, and then came unbuttoned, to just start the process all over again. That was one very confused bird! Where is a video camera when you need it?
Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing water Temperature 80-89. Air Temperature 80-87. Thunder Storms.
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