NOVEMBER FISHING WATER TEMPERATURES AT 82 DEGREES
Nov. 25, 2005, Ed Kunze, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Sportfishing Report:
Today, the sea surface temperatures show the water averaging about 82 degrees in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area. We are now primed for the Baja On the Fly sponsored Sails and Tails Fly Fishing Tournament on Dec. 2-5, 2005.
Earlier this fishing week, and under a full moon we had 78 degree water. This was consistent with the cooler nighttime and morning temperatures we would not normally have at this time of the year. Since sailfish prefer the warmer 80-84 degree temperature range, we were only averaging one or two sailfish a day per boat. The 78 degree water was perfect for blue marlin, explaining why one out of every three Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing boats a day were getting a shot at a marlin, and one out of every five are actually getting the hooked fish to the boat.
Today, at 6 miles off the beach, the blue water is just a short ride, with lines in the water only 30 minutes after leaving the municipal pier in Zihuatanejo Bay.
Each fishing day at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has been improving as we are almost out of the effects of the full moon. This next week should see a major improvement in the sailfish action due to the new moon phase.
Inshore, the sierra fishing action continues its limits all-around pace up near Ixtapa Island, and it is the same for the jack crevalle near Pantla Beach. The roosterfish action, with the cooler water, had also cooled. The boats were averaging about one fish a day.
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