THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT SPORTFISHING FLEET
The off shore fishing had slowed up a bit and was in the off again and on again mode for the entire week. One day, the fish would bite well and the next day would be difficult and turned into a have and have not scenario for many boats and anglers. The sailfish seemed to be concentrated in small areas. Some days, the yellowfin tuna would show up and bite well, too, along with the bigger marlin. The inshore fishing was slow for all fish as the water turned green and the fish moved off shore and into the deeper and cleaner waters. We saw big schools of bonito at the 11 mile mark in the afternoon and that should bring the bigger fish back into the area for the anglers. Once the inshore water regains clarity and bait schools, we will begin to see the roosterfish and jacks back to the inshore waters.
IZ Climate: A partly cloudy week with scattered sunshine and very comfortable days and evenings. Air temps varied from 71 nights to 92 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Surface flow mostly from the westerly direction and ranged from calm to 7 mph. Water temps varied from 83-84 degrees from inshore to off shore.
Best Bait/Lure: Rigged baits were still working well for the billfish. The tuna were best on the colored feathers.
Best Fishing Area: There was no specific area that was more productive.
Bait Supply: Good bait supply for the freshly caught baits for rigging and live baits at $5.00 per dozen.