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 Jul 8, 2006; 12:15PM - More Fish Than People
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: The 82º water is holding great roosterfish action inshore and fairly good sailfish action offshore. This last week or two has only seen a total of about 7 to 10 boats a day fishing, but they are averaging two to three sailfish each in the blue water; or about four large roosterfish if they are concentrating on the inshore fishery. The roosters are averaging 30- to 42-pounds.

A few dorado are starting to show and this should pick up notably over the next few weeks.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 72 - 84
Humidity 83%
Wind W 4 mph
Conditions: Thunderstorms
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:16 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:24 p.m. CDT


 Jul 1, 2006; 05:15PM - Insore...Offshore Your Choice
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: Inshore and offshore, the water is averaging a very warm 88 degrees. This has kept the tuna and marlin out of here, but is very favorable for the sailfish. Dorado, even though they have yet to show, also like the warmer temperatures.

Fly fisherman Tod Eason had a short 4 day trip down here and wanted one day of fishing. I lent him my fly gear and put him on the panga “Gitana” with Santiago. In just a few short hours he had one sail come off on a poor hook set, another broke the leader, but they tagged and released the third.

Adolpho, on the panga “Dos Hermanos” told me the inshore roosterfish action is outstanding. He is averaging 6 roosters a day, between 30- and 45-pounds. His best day was 8. They took them about 14 miles to the north, along the Pantla beach area.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 72 - 84
Humidity 83%
Wind W 4 mph
Conditions: Thunderstorms
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:12 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:23 p.m. CDT

 Jun 24, 2006; 12:35PM - Blue Water Only 3 Miles Off
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
From the inshore, to way offshore, the water is averaging about 84 to 85º, and the blue water is only three miles off the beach. But, due to the moon phase, the sailfish and marlin were slow this week. With the new moon occurring tomorrow (6/25), the offshore fishing should make a substantial improvement.

One bright spot is the inshore fishing for the roosters. The roosterfish action is just outstanding, with every boat fishing them getting at least three or four. Even Santiago, on the panga “Gitana,” who came back inshore late because the sailfish action was slow offshore, ended up getting a 45 pound rooster off Playa Blanca.

Adolpho, on the panga “Dos Hermanos,” told me he only caught three roosters yesterday, but because each 70 pound class fish took an hour and a half to get to the boat, it was all the time they had before they had to head back to the dock.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 72 - 84
Humidity 83%
Wind W 4 mph
Conditions: Thunderstorms
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:12 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:23 p.m. CDT
 May 27, 2006; 12:14PM - Blue Marlin!!!
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: As I predicted, the warm water current moved in from the south and the fishing improved. The big story is the blue marlin. The fleet is averaging about five blue marlin a day. This is about average for us in the month of May, making Z one of the best locations in the world (for May and June anyway) to get a shot at a big blue marlin.

Santiago, on the panga “Gitana,” had a great week on sailfish. Early in the week he fished with John Wilkinson of Michigan. They released seven sails on Tuesday. Fishing with John and Ben Fuller of Boston on Wed, Thurs., and Fri., he released six, five, and five sailfish each day.

The 82º water inshore has also improved the roosterfish fishing. The best action is still 30 miles south near Papanoa, but in the next couple of weeks all the traditional roosterfish areas should have good populations of fish.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 73 - 82
Humidity 83%
Wind N 4 mph
Conditions: Thunderstorms
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:10 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:15 p.m. CDT
 Apr 29, 2006; 01:13PM - White Fly Works!
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 82° clean water is out about eight to nine miles, with the deep blue water at 20 miles. Most of the boats working the 18 to 20 mile mark are getting one or two sailfish a day.

Santiago, on the panga “Gitana,” along with his brother Adan on the “Gitana II,” are working the 25 mile area and averaging three sailfish a day on conventional gear. Plus, Santiago told me the schools of yellowfin tuna are out around the 1,000 fathom curve (30 miles), and are about ready to move in closer for our annual May run.

Santiago fished with clients Chris and Tom Topher of California, releasing three sails and took two smaller tuna of about 20 pounds. Yesterday (Friday) he fished with Dwight Holly of Seattle, releasing three sails. Adan also got a small 150 pound blue marlin fishing with Danny Burns of Oregon.

Martin, on the panga “Isamar,” sampled the inshore fly-fishing and his client had some fantastic action on fish perfect for the 7- to 9-weight rods. Yesterday they got approximately 30 green jacks, about 15 jack crevalle, and 20 black skipjack tuna on a very small white fly. All the fish were in the 2- to 5-pound class.
Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 80 - 86
Humidity 83%
Wind NW 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:20 a.m. CST
Sunset 8:05 p.m. CST

 Apr 24, 2006; 03:14PM - IXTAPA / ZIHUATANEJO SPORTFISHING REPORT 4/15/06 TO 4/20/06
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Stan Lushinsky
 Author E-mail:  ixtsptf@epix.net
Report Description: Despite light fishing activity and light angler turnout, the week produced some better than average catches. The fleet were averaging more than 1 BILLFISH per day and there has been a mix of SAILFISH and BLUE MARLIN.
Capt. Adolofo Espinosa of the Dos Hermanos 1 fishing with French angler, Mr. Lemonnon took the first 2 ROOSTERFISH of the season as well as 5 JACKS, and 38 BONITO in 5 days of fishing. Capt. Luis of the Gran Jefe total catch for 3 days of fishing was 4 SAILFISH, 8 JACKS, 2 SPANISH MACKEREL, and 17 BONITO.
Capt. Temo Verboonen of the Securestro de Amor reports 1 JACK and several BONITO for 1 fishing day.

The captains report that the warmer currents are moving into the area which will much improve the SAILFISH and DORADO action.

I/Z Climate: Temps in the high 80’s with low humidity

Sea Conditions: Calm

Best Fishing Area: 10 - 15 miles offshore


Susan Richards
Stan Lushinsky
Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters
 Apr 8, 2006; 12:32PM - Cloe and Cool
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: The blue water is still only a very short three mile ride, with water temperatures hitting 80°. The fleet is averaging about two sailfish a day, per boat. Adan, on the panga “Gitana II” did have a four sailfish release day for his clients. His brother Santiago, on the “Gitana,” fishing with Martin and Rachel Patrick, released two sailfish and a 170 pound blue marlin. Doug Leach, also fished a day with Santiago using the flyrod, hooking a couple, and releasing one sail, and a dorado.

The inshore action is still strong for the large jack crevalle and there are lots of black skipjacks.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 78 - 87
Humidity 83%
Wind WNW 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:34 a.m. CST
Sunset 8:00 p.m. CST
 Apr 1, 2006; 01:09PM - Blue Water Creeps Closer
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: The blue water is only three miles off the beach, yet a cooler water current is moving down from the north and pushing the sailfish further south. The current Terrafin Surface Temperature image shows 78 degree water coming down and displacing the sailfish rich 82 degree water. This will be great for the blue marlin and yellowfin tuna however.

Inshore, the action has been outstanding on large jack crevalle. The fish have been averaging 16- to 18-pounds, with some going 25-pounds. Most are being taken at the white rocks on slow trolled live bait, but many are following a hookless popper to give a fly-caster a decent shot.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 78 - 87
Humidity 83%
Wind SW 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:40 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:59 p.m. CST
 Mar 26, 2006; 07:32AM - Warmer Water...More Action
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: The water warming up several degrees did wonders for the fishing this week. Martin, Captain of the “Isamar,” provided three memorable days for Greg Pike, visiting from Great Falls, Mont. By the end of the trip Greg had landed seven sails and a striped marlin on the fly. Santiago, Captain on the “Gitana,” had several busy days with ample action to keep everyone on the boat smiling.

Inshore at Ixtapa Island, jacks in the 15 pound class were feeding on the surface keeping the flyrods bent most of the morning.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 78 - 87
Humidity 83%
Wind NNE 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:45 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:57 p.m. CST
 Mar 11, 2006; 12:03PM - Blue Water Moving Closer
 Category:  Mexico Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: Blue water has moved back from 40 miles to the 23 mile mark, and the fishing has picked up some this last week. But, it is still a bit on the slow side. The Terrafin Satellite Surface Temperatures now show 76° water from the beach, out 10 miles to the 100 fathom curve, and an average of 79° water beyond the 100 fathom curve. This is a substantial raise of at least 5° over earlier in the week.

Lots of sailfish are being seen, with a least four or five fish a day being raised to the spread. There are also plenty of yellowfin tuna, and several blue marlin. But, with an incredible supply of mackerel and black skipjack tuna, keeping the fish's attention long enough to eat a trolled bait has been the downfall. We honestly believe they fish are too full to aggressively charge the trolled baits.

The inshore action should also pick up substantially now the water has warmed up a bit.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 75 - 84
Humidity 83%
Wind ESW 8 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:57 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:54 p.m. CST
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