CALM SEAS AND GOOD FISHING GREET LOCAL CHARTER BOATS
Jan. 9, 2005, Ed Kunze, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Fishing Report:
I have been reflecting on how we have very calm seas here in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico from October through June, and comparing this to what is happening off the coasts of the U.S. and Baja this last few weeks. Plus the fishing is good. Calm seas and good fishing is a hard combination to beat.
The blue water is close to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, and a lot of sailfish are being caught. There are not too many dorado (mahi-mahi) or tuna, but a few blue marlin are starting to show.
Client Bob Nelson released his first fly caught sailfish while fishing with Capt. Martin on the panga Isamar. It was the first time he had ever had a fly rod in his hands, and was a little more than impressed about the experience.
Also fly fishing at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo with Capt. Martin for one day was Tom Guerin of Idaho and John Wilkinson of Wisconsin. They hooked three sails and had raised 8.
Conventional gear fishermen, Rick Erdman and his son, fished three days on the Gitana II with Captain Adan. They released a total of 12 sailfish.
John Wilkinson also fished conventional gear one day with Santiago on the panga Gitana and released 6 sails.
Adolpho of the panga Dos Hermanos, and his compadre Arturo of the panga Janneth, made the 30 mile run from Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to Papanoa for roosterfish. Normally at this time of the year, fishing for roosterfish starts to thin out a bit, but they each hooked at least 8 roosters and 8 jack crevalle. The roosters were averaging about 35 pounds, and the hard fishing jacks were about 15 pounds. The fish were taken on a slow trolled live bait or surface poppers.
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