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 Apr 27, 2007; 08:39AM - April 26, 2007
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Stan Lushinsky
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Report Description: April 26, 2007

A good mixed Bag of game fish was reported last week with some outstanding numbers of SAILFISH being reported. A few Marlin and Dorado were also reported. We have never had these large numbers of Sailfishk in the area as early as this year. Mr. Lance Brown’s group fishing 2 days aboard the Bloody Hook, Duquesa, Vamonos 3. La Bamba and Marlin Azul reported 20 SAILFISH. Captain Chiro of the Bloody Hook fishing with angler Mrs. Erickson reported 6 SAILFISH, 1 Striped Marlin and 2 Dorado in two days.. Angler Mr. Mcphillips also fishing aboard the Bloody Hook reported 4 SAILFISH and 1 Dorado in one day offshore. Returning angler Furman Sheppard fishing 3 days with Captain Arturo on the Janeth reported 11 SAILFISH. Captain Adolofo Espinosa of the Dos Hermanos 1 reported 13 SAILFISH in two days with French angler Mr. Duval and 7 ROOSTER to 60 Lbs on one inshore day. This has been the first Roosterfish activity of the season. Captain Adolofo finished off his week with Angler Mr. Ross who landed 5 Sailfish and 2 Striped Marlin in one offshore day. Captain Cheva on the Dos Hermanos 2 reported a 6 SAILFISH day for angler Mr. Brown and another 6 SAILFISH day form long time friend Chico Joe. Fishing conditions have dramatically improved over the past week and the blue water has moved to within 10 miles of the Bay. With action this hot at the present time, the summer season promises to be very good. Interested anglers should contact our office for available dates.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather: Sunny, mild temps.

Sea Conditions: Calm

Bait Supply: Excellent

Stan Lushinsky
Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters
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 Apr 27, 2007; 08:38AM - Gordo Banks Pangas
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Eric
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Gordo Banks Pangas

San Jose del Cabo

April 22, 2007

Anglers –

Considering that spring break is now over with, crowds of tourists visiting Los Cabos continues to be significant. The weather is still in transition and cannot really decide what to do, this past week there was quite a bit of cloud cover that keep temperatures down some and winds were also picking up from unpredictable directions, at times from the west, then the north, east, before switched to out of the south. This contributed to stirring up the ocean conditions and the action was changing from day to day. Water temperatures are back on the rise, but this is a slow process, most of the region is now in the 69 to 73 degree range.

Supplies of live bait were sufficient, consisting of mackerel out of Cabo San Lucas and off of San Jose del Cabo there have been plentiful supplies of healthy sized sardinas, with a few mullet mixed in. Striped marlin were the most prevalent fish being found offshore, spread out from on the Pacific to off of Chileno and Palmilla. Most of the marlin are being found from 5 to 15 miles offshore while trolling with lures and looking for signs of tailing fish, ready to drop back live baits. The water is clearing back up in recent days, after having been off colored, this has improved the action and many charters are reporting catching multiple marlin on each trip. Dorado and yellowfin tuna continue to be very scarce in the daily reports, but with the warming trend we expect that these species will soon become more prevalent in the reports.

For the San Jose del Cabo panga fleets they have continued to concentrate their efforts closer to shore for a smorgasbord of excellent eating species. Most of the action was coming from areas within one mile or less from shore in water fifty feet or less. Anglers had best success while using live sardinas, though artificials such as Rapalas, hoochies and various chrome patterned casting spoons also were productive. The shipwreck off of La Laguna / La Salina area was especially productive for African Pompano, though this is a small area and if too many boats fish it at any one time the fish can become spooky. The pompano averaged 10 pounds, but several specimens up to 20 pounds were accounted for. A handful of very nice sized golden jacks were mixed in, as well as a few island jacks. Yellow snapper continue to be the most common variety of pargo found, there were some huachinango, barred pargo, cabrilla, surgeon fish, amberjack, yellowtail, halibut, bonito and triggerfish rounding out the catches. It was not uncommon for anglers to catch at least six different species on one trip.

On the few scouting trips to the Gordo Banks there was not much to report, at this time last year there were some wahoo showing up on the Banks, so we hope that as the water continues to warm and clean up that these prized and highly sought after speedsters will make an appearance.

The La Playita panga fleets sent out approximately 88 charters for the week and anglers accounted for a total catch of: 3 striped marlin, 8 dorado, 2 halibut, 3 yellowtail, 11 amberjack, 14 roosterfish, 465 sierra, 12 jack crevalle, 665 combined pargo species, 18 surgeon fish, 66 triggerfish, 64 cabrilla, 14 grouper, 22 bonito, 6 island jacks, 14 golden jacks, 255 African pompano and 4 hammerhead sharks.

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson
800 4081199
Los Cabos 1421147
 Apr 27, 2007; 08:36AM - APRIL 19, 2007
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Stan Lushinsky
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Report Description: APRIL 19, 2007

The Beginning of the week was impacted by the latest “quake “ and the fishing slowed down. Coupled with some difficult sea conditions the fishing became “ difficult “ to say the least. Captain Chiro of the Bloody Hook reported 4 SAILFISH in 2 days for returning angler Stan Cross. Fishing inshore with Captain Cheva Mr. Cross had several Yellowtail Jacks and bonitos. AS the week progressed the blue water returned and fishing dramatically improved. Mr. Hoover fishing with his son aboard the Bloody Hook landed 1 SAILFISH and just before pulling the Lines for the day hooked a nice 400 Lb Black marlin on a dead bait trolled off a Zwing. The fish was landed and released. Mr. Hoovers group fishing a second day with Captain Chiro hooked 4 SAILFISH, landing and releasing 3. Angler Mr. Ross fishing aboard the Dos Hermanos 1 had 7 Shots at SAILFISH in 1 day Landing 5. Captain Chico on the Rosa Nautica reported (2 )75 lb Yellowfin Tuna a 2 SAILFISH in one offshore day. This is a good sign as the arrival of the Tuna is long overdue. Many of the captains are reporting 5 - 6 Shots per day on SAILFISH and we are still seeing a good mix of Marlin each day with the largest being reported a near the 400 lb mark. Inshore was exceptional for Bonitos and Yellowtail Jack but Roosterfish remain absent.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Weather: Cool mornings, sunny mild days

Sea Conditions: Moderate to Rough

Bait Supply: Very good

Stan Lushinsky
 Apr 21, 2007; 02:01PM - Outlook is Promising..
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Report Description: Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Fishing has improved considerably this last week. We are now getting a potpourri of several blue water species, including sailfish, blue marlin, dorado, and yellowfin tuna. Sailfish are still the predominate catch, with most fish being taken between 18 and 21 miles from Zihuatanejo Bay. The 80º blue water is at about 15 miles.

Santiago on the panga, Gitana, has been averaging about 8 sailfish a day raised to the spread. With Santiago, 1st time blue water fly fishing client, Mark Pinski of Cameron Park, CA, managed to tag and release two sails on the fly on Thursday.

Adolpho, on the panga, Dos Hermanos, is back to finding decent inshore action on jack crevalle and black skipjack tuna, and with May just around the corner, the outlook is very promising..

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 63-87
Humidity 43%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 3 miles
Sunrise 7:26 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:04 p.m. CDT
 Apr 15, 2007; 02:25PM - Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fish Report
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Stan Lushinsky
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Report Description: April 12, 2007

SAILFISH and MARLIN continue to dominate the fishing report for last week. Our captains report 6 BLUE MALRIN Caught today. Average fish is in the 225 LB range. Captain Jose on the La Bamba reported a 300 LB BLUE MARLIN caught early in the week and also reported a 2 SAILFISH day for angler Mr. Pool. Mr. Pat Gastineau fishing aboard the Dos Hermanos 1 & 2 for a single day recorded good inshore action with good numbers of Yellowtail Jacks, Bonitos and 2 DORADO. Angler Mr. Mann fishing aboard the Dos Hermanos 1 reported 5 SAILFISH in 1 day offshore. Captain Adolofo also reported good light tackle inshore action for Mr. McGovern who landed Jacks, Bonito and some nice sized Cocineros ( Green Jacks ). A large swell and some rough seas made the inshore waters much more difficult to fish than the offshore waters. Roosterfish continue to be absent so far this season. Angling pressure was light last week. Historically April and the beginning of May has been a very good time to target large Yellowfin Tuna and good numbers of Marlin., We still have some very good dates open for the summer Roosterfish season.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather: Sunny with some windy days

Sea Conditions: Moderate to Rough

Bait Supply: Fair

Stan Lushinsky
 Apr 14, 2007; 12:31PM - Shaky Week
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Report Description: Fishing still remains on the slow side, however there are definite signs of improvement. At least things were improving until we were hit by a 6.3 earthquake at mid week. Earthquakes apparently affect the vibration sensitive lateral lines of the game fish, and they absolutely refuse to bite for at least 24 hours after a quake.

Centered only about 60 miles South of Zihuatanejo, the quake did no damage at all.
Santiago, on the panga Gitana, told me he was raising 4 to 5 sailfish a day in an area between 18 and 21 miles from Zihuatanejo Bay. Dan and Alicia Sauder fished with Santiago for three days, releasing 6 sails and had a nice blue marlin come unbuttoned.

Inshore fishing is only showing a few black skipjack tuna and smaller jack crevalle.
May will be here in a few weeks, and May is usually one of our best months of the year for tuna and marlin.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 71-90
Humidity 43%
Wind: ESE 4 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 4 miles
Sunrise 7:31 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:02 p.m. CDT
 Apr 2, 2007; 04:52PM - Ixtapa/Zihuataneo Sportfishing Report
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Stan Lushinsky
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Report Description: MARCH 29, 2007

The Marlin bite continues to get better and better along with a stronger showing of Sailfish. Captain Adolofo on the Dos Hermanos 1 reported 2 Blue Marlin and 2 Black Marlin in three days of fishing for returning Angler Harrell Minzenmayer. Captain Adolofo also reported raising 8 Sailfish for Mr. Minzenmayer but the fish were reluctant to bite the lures. Captain Cheva on the Dos Hermanos 2 reported a nice Black Marlin and 9 SAILFISH in 3 days of fishing with Mr. Godsey. Captain Cheva also had two productive Inshore days with fly fishing angler Mr. Rose who landed a mixed bag on Bonitos, Spanish Mackerel and Yellowtail Jacks. Captain Chiro on the Bloody Hook had an outstanding week leading Angler George Jennings to 2 Striped Marlin on his first day offshore and 4 SAILFISH on his second day offshore. First time visitor to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Mr. McCalum also fishing with Captain Chiro landed and released a Blue and a Black Marlin in one day. The Black Marlin was estimated to be near the 400 Lb mark. Mr. McCalum also landed 3 SAILFISH while fishing 2 other days aboard the Bloody Hook. Captain Adolofo fishing inshore with Travel Writer Mary Peachin landed several Yellowtail Jacks and Spanish Mackerel then fishing offshore and her second day landed 3 SAILFISH and missed 1 other SAILFISH. The Roosterfish continue to be absent as the cold green water is present all along the beaches. The cooler temps are also making it difficult on some days for the skippers to catch live bonitos which has been the favorite bait for the Big Blues and Blacks offshore.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather: Cool Mornings followed by beautiful days

Sea Conditions: Calm to Moderate

Bait Supply: Good

Stan Lushinsky

 Mar 31, 2007; 04:39PM - Cooler Water This Week!
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Report Description: Fishing has been a bit slow this week. The blue water moved out to the 15 mile mark, and then back in to 10 miles.

According to the Terrafin Satellite Surface Temperatures, the water within the normal fishing zone of 30 miles is a blustery 84º, with the preferable 80º water about 40 miles. This explains why most sailfish are being taken between 18 and 20 miles, with the tuna and blue marlin coming from the 40 to 45 mile mark.

Adolpho on the panga, Dos Hermanos, told me he did have one decent day on sails, releasing four. He also said the inshore action is very slow. Adolpho is one of our absolute best roosterfish and jack crevalle captains, and if he says it is slow, then do not waste your time trying for them.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 74-86
Humidity 83%
Wind: NNW 4 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:42 a.m. CDT
Sunset 7:59 p.m. CDT
 Mar 26, 2007; 12:20PM - Ixtapa/Zihuataneo Sportfishing Report
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Stan Lushinsky
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Report Description: March 20, 2007

The week started out with an outstanding Marlin Bite but activity slowed down over the past two days. Captains are reporting Blues, Blacks as well as Striped Marlin in the daily catch. Captain Chiro on the Bloody Hook reported an outstanding day for Angler Jason Sutch who landed a 275 lb. Blue Marlin and a 425 Lb. Black Marlin on his first day offshore. Mr. Sutch followed that day up with a double header SAILFISH day on his second day offshore. Returning Angler Harrell Minzenmayer fishing on the Dos Hermanos 2 with Captain Cheva fought a nice Blue Marlin for 30 minutes but pulled the hook. Captain Chico on the Llamarada fishing 40 miles offshore sighted a large school of Yellowfin Tuna landing 6 to 50 lbs. Captain Adolofo Espinosa fishing 4 days with French Angler Mr. Julienne fishing 4 days in Puerto Vincentee Guerrero landed 18 Yellowtail Jacks, 4 ROOSTERFISH, 6 DORADOS and many Bonitos. Very Few SAILFISH were reported this week as water temperatures continue to fall. The arrival of the Yellowfin Tuna is right on schedule and the month of April has historically been the time when the Largest Tuna arrive in the area. Interested anglers are encouraged to contact our office for boat availability and details.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather: Cool Mornings followed by beautiful days

Sea Conditions:

Bait Supply: Excellent

Stan Lushinsky
 Mar 10, 2007; 04:37PM - Blue Marlin a Go Go
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Report Description: The 80° blue water is just off the beach. However, most of the action appears to be a long boat ride off shore. For blue water action within 20 miles of the beach, the counts have been way down this last week. We have been averaging about one sailfish per boat per day. There have been very few dorado, but the blue marlin count is still respectable, with about 4 or 5 blue marlin a day being reported.

While fishing with Adan on the Gitana II this week, John Erickson of Wisconsin got a 180 pound blue on Tuesday, with John Torres catching a 220 pound blue on Friday.
At 40 miles, the commercial pangeros are getting yellowfin tuna in the 60 to 90 pound range. Plus, they are reporting a lot of sailfish and marlin in the same area. Apparently, there is a large concentration of bait along a current line at 40 miles, and this has been holding the game fish.

The inshore action for jack crevalle is still red hot. Now is the time for the light line and fly rod enthusiast to hit the water. You will be exhausted before noon.
Ed Kunze
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 71-87
Humidity 83%
Wind: SE at 4 mph
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 2 miles
Sunrise 6:59 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:55 p.m. CST
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