jueves, 26 de enero de 2017

18/01/17 to 25/01/17


Captain Temo Verboonen summed it all up in a single word in describing the overall fishing this past week in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  He described it as, "Incredible" in the very near off shore waters, just west of Ixtapa, where the sailfish were prolific and providing multiple strikes for the anglers and many releases.  Adding to the hot bite actions from the sailfish were plenty of smaller stripers and some quality sized dorado adding to the daily action that literally extended from about 5 miles to the west of Ixtapa and on out to the 15 mile mark.  Rigged baits were unquestionably the baits of choice but even with that, there were occasional billfish being caught fishing inshore tight to the white rocks at the island as the anglers were trying to catch a few jack crevalles using poppers.  The area around Troncones was producing a good bite on Sierras and bonitos.  Overall, the action was as good as it gets and the anglers were kept very busy with the fishing action.  Adding to the good fishing was the calm season and very nice overall weather conditions for the area.

IZ Climate:  Near picture perfect weather for the visitors with an average of 83 degrees daytime temps and 70 degrees average for the nights.  Humidity ratio holding about 69% average.

Sea Conditions:  Tropical surface breezes flowing in from the southwest at about 8.75 mph average.  Water temps inshore at 80 degrees and rising to 81.5 in the near off shore waters.

Best Fishing Areas:  Starting at about 5 miles west of Ixtapa and stretching out o the 15 mile mark for the billfish and dorados.

Best Bait/Lures:  Freshly caught baits for rigging were the favorite bait and producing all the action an angler wanted with plenty of daily billfish releases.

Our Local Reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro De Amor and Macho Banana, 25' super 

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viernes, 20 de enero de 2017


> A late report from Ixtapa-Zighuatanejo reflected the fishing was red hot for the sailfish and very close in toward the beach and about a mile outside Los Morros de Potosi, and included striped marlin and big blue marlin in the area and quality sized dorado in the mix.  The inshore waters produced a few roosterfish and some Jack crevalles and Spanish mackerel, (aka Sierras).  All in all, Captain Temo Verboonen painted a terrific picture for the anglers this past week with a very good bite that started close to shore.

> IZ Climate:  Daytime temps at 83 degree average and nights at 70 degrees average.  Humidity ratio at 69% average.  A few days with a few clouds but overall, it was a mostly sunny week with good sea surface conditions.

> Sea Conditions:  In shore sea temps at 83 degrees and the off shore sea temps at 84 degrees.  Tropical surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions at 8.75 mph, very fishable conditions.

> Best Fishing Area:  1 mile from Los Morros de Potosi, (very close to the beach).

> Best Bait/Lure:  The rigged trolling baits were working very well for the sailfish and there was no hesitation with the bite and often, it was multiple strike action for the anglers.  The squid lures working best for the inshore action.

> Bait Supply: The bait supply was readily available for both, fresh baits for rigging and live baits at $5.00 per dozen paid direct to the bait catchers at time of receipt.

  Our local reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro de Amor and Macho Banana, two excellent super pangas.

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

04/01/2017 al 13 al 11/01/2017


An incredible shut off for the fishing from Cabo San Lucas and for no real apparent reason other than perhaps a bit of a water cooling trend this past week that wrapped around Cabo from the Pacific side to Las Frailes.  We had reports of a great number of 250 lb. yellowfin tuna feeding at the Cabo Falso drop off but not a single bite using live bait and casting right in the middle of the frenzy.  According to Captain Roberto Marques, owner of the Fish Cabo boats, we were in the midst of a tuna feeding frenzy with about 10 other boats and not a single bite was had by any of the boats.  A truly frustrating lesson in fishing.  Our last week's report reflected a fishing bonanza and this week brought the bite to a screeching halt.  The overall fish count for 38 days fished reflected 3 stripers released, (Gaviota IV, Gaviota VIII and Tuna Time, all had a single billfish released) 2 dorado, 5 yellowfin tuna, (smaller fish caught sporadically) 1 wahoo, 24 skipjack, 27 Sierras and 8 Toro, (jack crevalles).

Cabo Climate:  It was a mostly sunny and clear week with a few days of passing clouds.  Daytime air temps averaged 77.6 and nights were cooler and averaged 59.4.  Humidity ratio averaged 56.4% for the week.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps were cooler from the Golden Gate Bank and around to Las Frailes, all at about 74 degrees.  Gorda Banks to Las Frailes at 72 degrees.  Outside the Jaime Bank to the southwest the temps reflected 75 degrees.  Surface breezes were flowing mostly from the westerly directions and averaged about 9 mph with Saturday blowing about 14 mph.  Some afternoon wind chop for Saturday but otherwise, good sea conditions in all out-bound directions.

Best Fishing Area:  There was no specific area reported for the better fishing, albeit, lots of really big tuna were seen in the area of the Cabo Falso Drop Off area.

Best Bait/Lure:  Nothing was working particularly well and a lot of different systems were being tried but without success.

Bait Supply:  Good supply of caballitos at the $3.00 per bait rate.  Mackerel still available on the bank drop-offs.

Our Local Reporters:  Gaviota Fleet Manager Carlos Pena and Captain Roberto Marquez, owner of Fish Cabo Fleet.

Mazatlan and The Aries Sportfishing Fleet reflected a total of 18 off shore fishing days that reflected 4 stripers, 3 sailfish, (2 released) and 11 yellowfin tuna for the week in the off shore waters and the in shore super pangas reflected 9 days fishing that produced 15 yellowfin tuna, 1 dorado, 3 white snappers, 22 triggerfish and 176 red snappers.  The sea surface conditions continue to be favorable throughout the area with an average surface breeze under 8 mph with exception to Sunday at 12 mph, all flowing from the westerly directions.

Mazatlan Climate:  Mostly a sunny and pleasant week with a couple of intermittent passing clouds on Friday & Saturday.  Daytime air temps averaged 80.6 degrees and the nights cooler at 55 degrees.

Sea Conditions:  Sea temps inshore at 74 degrees and off shore at 76 degrees.  Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions at an average of 7.8 mph.

Best Fishing Area:  Most of the off shore catches took place out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 16 miles and beyond, but there was no concentration of fish in any of the off shore location.

Best Bait/Lures:  The billfish bit best on the rigged trolling baits and the tuna bit best on the varied colored tuna feathers.

Bait Supply:  Remained plentiful for the boats for both, fresh rigging baits supplied with the charters and live baits sold at $1.00 per bait.

Our Local Fishing Reporter:  Ms. Kitcia Berenice Ceja Diaz, Office Manager for the Aries Fleet and fishing reporter for The Aries Fleet & Mazatlan Fishing.

According to the latest fishing report from Captain Temo Verboonen, our local reporter, the bite was very productive for most of the fleet fishing offshore and included sailfish, striped marlin, dorados and yellowfin tuna and the better action pretty much stayed at the 12 mile mark all week, although it was good enough from about 10-18 miles out front of the Bay.  The inshore fishing continues to be on the slow side with an occasional roosterfish and a few jack crevalle.  The Mark Kordus husband and wife charter for 3 days fished aboard the "Bloody Hook", reflected 2 stripers released, several sailfish released, several more strikes and a couple more sailfish early released and a bigger dorado in the mix, too.  We did focus on the bigger billfish trolling with live mackerels, but had no luck at all.  According to Captain Chiro and Luis, these Wyoming folks are repeat customers that fish with them annually and are wonderful anglers that always seem to have a great time during their off shore fishing charters and we very much enjoy their company.

IZ Climate:  Warm and pleasant days with daytime temps at 84 degrees average and nice evenings at about 71 degrees average.  Humidity ratio at 73.4%.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps at 85 inshore but the water is off-color and green inshore and changes to 86 degrees off-shore.  Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions and averaged about 7 mph and calm surface conditions.

Best Fishing Area:  The span is from about 10-18 miles out front of the Bay but the better bite area seemed to be right at the 12-mile mark for the most part.

Best Bait/Lure:  The rigged baits were working well for the billfish and the dorado but the bigger, live trolling baits, were not having any black or blue marlin successes this year.

Bait Supply:  The area continues to be excellent for freshly caught baits for rigging and live bait at $5.00 per dozen.

Our Local Reporters:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro de Amor and Macho Banana, 25' Super Pangas and Captain Chiro Barragan, owner of the "Bloody Hook"

A rather busy week's fishing from Puerto Morelos this past week and it looks like the folks are getting a little tired of the cold weather in the U.S.?  While the sailfish haven't bit for the past couple of weeks, there is still plenty of action for the anglers and most of all, the weather stays warm in this area even when it's raining or the wind is blowing.  This past week's weather was somewhat unusual and a few showers came and went everyday except for Saturday.  However, the fishing was just fine and the fleet reflected a total of 47 days fished that produced 1 dorado, 88 bonito, 13 giant Atlantic barracuda, 10 triggerfish, 17 snappers, 110 chackchi, 13 sawfish, 22 banana fish, 12 kin mackerel, 25 grouper, 2 pargos, 8 blackfin tuna 4 petos and 28 amberjacks.

PM Climate:  Daytime temps averaged 79.4 degrees and nights were near 71 degrees.  Humidity ratio averaged 71.8%.  It has been a mostly cloudy week with a few peek-a-boo sunshine days and scattered showers here and there.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps averaged 81 degrees up and down the coastline from Cancun to Cozumel.  Tropical surface breezes flowed mostly from the easterly directions at 11.4 mph daily.

Best Bait:  The best baits for this area continue to be the on-going supply of the Ballyhoo baits available to our bait catchers.

Bait Supply:  The enormous surplus of ballyhoo baits continue to be readily available and are provided gratis as part of the charters in this area.
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viernes, 6 de enero de 2017


High billfish boat for the week was the "Tuna Time", reporting in with 12 stripers released, 12 yellowfin tuna and 1 thresher shark for 5 days fished.  According to the owner, Captain Roberto Marquez, the billfish bite was the result of drift fishing the Cabo Falso Drop Off Area using live bait and sinkers and the yellowfin tuna all came from the Jaime Bank from tuna running with the porpoise.  The overall combined fish counts for a total of 36 days fished reflected 26 stripers, (24 released) 5 dorado, 17 yellowfin tuna, 19 skipjack, 1 thresher shark, 2 mako shark, (1 released) and 5 toros, (jack crevalles).

Cabo Climate:  A partly cloudy day for Sunday that turned into a full week of sunshine days following.  Daytime air temps averaged 80.4 and nights a little cooler at 64 degrees.  Humidity level at 55.4% average.

Sea Conditions:  Surface breezes flowing in from the southwest at an average of 7.4 mph.  Water temps that now range from the Finger Bank on the Pacific side to Las Frailes on the Sea of Cortez side, are all in the 73-74 degree ranges.

Best Fishing Area:  The billfish bite was best in the Cabo Falso Drop Off area and the tuna bite was best at Jaime Banks.

Best Bait/Lure:  Drift fishing live baits were best for the billfish.  Tuna were eager to bite on the varied colors of feathers, cedar plugs, tuna clones and more.  

Bait Supply:  Excellent bait supply for caballitos and still some mackerel available, all at the $3.00 per bait rate.

Our Local Reporters for Cabo San Lucas:  Captain Roberto Marquez, Fish Cabo Boats and Gaviota Fleet Manager, Carlos Pena, continue to provide an excellent observation of the Cabo San Lucas fishing.

The inshore fishing has been impressive this past week and the numbers of fish caught continue to be near limits for some of the species, especially the red snappers.  The fishing report for the inshore waters this past week reflected a great catch for 8 days fished that reflected 1 striper, 20 seabass, 10 white snappers, 19 triggerfish and 163 red snappers.  The off shore waters entertained a total of 28 days fished that reflected 4 stripers, (1 released) 10 dorado and 6 yellowfin tuna.  

Mazatlan Climate:  A sunny and warm week that provided an average daytime temperature of 85 degrees and nights at 75.  Humidity ratio averaged 75% for the week.  

Sea Conditions:  The water temps have been dwindling downward over the past week or so and the inshore temp is now at 73 degrees and the off shore temp at 75 degrees.  Surface breezes flowing in mostly from the westerly directions at 7.5 mph., making for some very comfortable off shore fishing.

Best Fishing Area:  The off shore waters started at about 16-17 miles with the boats woking in all directions from there.  No concentration of fish reported in any of the off shore waters.

Best Bait/Lure:  Rigged bait were best for the billfish and even for the dorado but the tuna were taken on tuna feathers of various colors.

Bait Supplies:  Good bait supplies for freshly caught baits for rigging and live bait remains available at he $1.00 per bait rate.

Our Local Mazatlan Reporter:  Ms. Kitcia Berenece Ceja Diaz, Office Manager for The Aries Sportfishing Fleet and Marina El Cid, Pacific.

We had a glowing report come in from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo today that reflected an incredible surge in fishing action for sailfish, marlin, dorado and yellowfin tuna and a completely renewed bite for the inshore fishing, too, including skipjack, jack crevalles and even some roosterfish showing up in the mix.  According to our local area reporter, Captain Temo Verboonen, the fish are popping up in a very wide area that ranges from about 7 miles out front of the bay and on out to about 20 miles or so and there is very good catching action the entire distance.

IZ Climate:  It was a mostly sunny and warm week with the average daytime temps at 83 degrees and the nights hovering at about 71 degrees.  The humidity ratio is holding at about 75%.  Calm ocean and excellent fishing weather.

Sea Conditions:  In shore water temps at 81 degrees and rising to 82 degrees for the off shore waters.  Pristine blue waters start at about a mile out front of the bay.  Tropical surface breezes flowing mostly from the southwesterly directions at an average of 7.5 mph.

Best Fishing Areas:  An enormously wide area of big game fish, including marlin, sailfish, dorado and yellowfin tuna that are keeping the anglers very busy on this year's beginning of the catching action and it all starts at about 7 miles off shore and continues on for the next 13 miles or so.  There is probably more fish beyond the 20 mile mark but there is just no reason to extend the burning of fuel.

Best Bait/Lures:  Rigged baits are working very well and so are live baits and Cedar plus, tuna feathers and so much more.  The fish are anxious to bite most everything moving through the water right now and the anglers are having terrific fun fishing days.

Bait Supplies:  Good bait supplies that include freshly caught baits for trolling and live bait at $5.00 per dozen.

Our Local Fishing Reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the super pangas, Secuestro de Amor and Macho Banana.

Unfortunately, the port was closed for a total of 3 days the past week that included New Year's Day, along with one day before and one day after.  The fishing action continued to be productive for most of the anglers and the report reflected a total of 30 days fished that resulted in a 13 fish mixed bag catch that included 1 sailfish, 19 amberjack, 7 triggerfish, 29 snappers, 45 groupers, 21 grunts, 5 bonito, 5 sawfish, 77 chackchi, 4 king mackerel, 8 banana fish, 1 rubia and 6 giant Atlantic barracudas.  Overall, fishing continues to be good and the anglers are enjoying their catching action in the near off shore waters.

PM Climate:  Sunday & Monday provided cloudy conditions and some scattered showers but the remainder of the week was mostly sunny and warm conditions.  Daytime air was 81.8 average and nights at 70.5.  Humidity held at 75.6% averages,

Sea Conditions:  Water temps stable at 82 degrees.  Surface breezes flowing mostly from the easterly directions and averaged about 6 mph.

Best Bait:  Continues to be the ballyhoo baits that are so very populous throughout this area and the bait of choice for the anglers and the crews.

Bait Supplies:  The over abundance of ballyhoo baits in this are continues to provide a terrific everyday supply of freshly caught baits for rigging.

Our Local Reporter:  Ms. Lily Valdez is our local reporter for this area of Puerto Morelos and the Marina El Cid Sportfishing Fleet.
Larry Edwards
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