Date: 27 Feb 2000
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
February in Zihuatanejo
The following is a compilation of the reports received from Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters, Ed Kunze of Mar y Tierra and Ed Garvis of Whisky Charters. They represent about 1/3 of the totals from the Zihuatanejo fishing fleet. The best part is that unless dead or severely injured these fish were released.
The beginning of the month brought excellent Sailfish action that waned with the coming of the full moon and a slightly colder offshore current appearing in the latter portion of the month. Though this moves the blue water out from the bay, the colder current also brings the Marlin and big Tuna. These fish will now remain in the area through the summer. The Sailfish bite will remain very good during the new moon periods. The blue water should remain at about 5-10 miles offshore with the best chance at the larger fish being in the 20-30 mile range.
Numbers and notable catches for the month are as follows. These vessels fished a total of 166 days landing 367 Sailfish, 13 Blue Marlin, 1 Black Marlin, 56 Dorado, 3 Wahoo, 7 Tuna and 10 Roosterfish. Only Tuna in excess of 250#, and Dorado, Wahoo and Roosterfish in excess of 20# are reported. Last week Captain Alfredo Vargas on the “Whisky I” landed a Blue Marlin in excess of 500#. Both Captain Javier of the “Marlin Azul” and Captain Luis of the “Gringo Loco” landed Yellowfin over 300#. Angler Ron Peschon fishing with Captain Cortes of the “Aguazul” for 4 days averaged 5.6 Sails per day. ------- Come fish with us November 16-18, Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Tight lines, <*}}}}>>< Paul Phillips Director Fintastic's Total Tag & Release Tournament FintasticFish@sportsfishing.com http://www.fintastic.com/zih-tour