JACK CREVALLE HITTING ANYTHING FOR INSHORE FISHING BOATS
Feb. 16, 2007, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Larry Edwards, Cortez Yacht Charters:
The Mazatlan Mexican vacation area had another great inshore fishing week, with the jack crevalle leading the fast action bite.
Most of the Aries Fleet super pangas had catches of 20 to 40 jack crevalle released for a morning of fishing, and one of the charter super pangas also reported a couple of cabrilla and limits of cochitos, or triggerfish, and mojarras.
It was easy fishing for these jacks, especially on light tackle and most anything moving through the water got hit, with an emphasis on pencil poppers and chrome jigs.
Mazatlan fishing area weather had warm days and partly cloudy skies, with air temperatures ranging from 51 degree nights to 83 degree daytime highs.
Seas had light surface winds and surface chop, but no swell, with fishing water temperatures at 73 to 74 degrees.
The offshore fishing by Aries fleet boats produced about a 30 percent chance for a billfish. The fish counts reflected 13 striped marlin, 7 dorado, 25 jack crevalle, 2 roosterfish, 1 grouper, and 7 mako shark, for 40 days fished.
There was no real concentration of fish as Mazatlan boats scattered wide to look for new fish moving into the area.
Rigged baits worked best for the billfish and dorado offshore. Most everything that resembles movement worked for the jack crevalle, also known as Toro in Spanish.