When I moved to Puerto escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011, I had the basic equipment of 4 rods (2 Shimano Beastmasters of 3 m. and 2 of 2.7 m.), 2 Shimano Stella SW 6000 and about 20 Ranger lures. Now, 8 years later, 1 Stella remains. The guided eyes of the 4 Beast Masters were all broken after less than a year. Apparently they were not able to withstand the heat released during the fight with a decent fish.
I also don’t like the Ranger lures anymore and they have been replaced by the homemade Sharky. I have learned a lot in recent years and can imagine that for a sports fisherman who comes to fish for the first time to the Pacific coast of Mexico, finding the right (useful) equipment is a huge and expensive investment. That’s why all the visiting anglers from Casa Blanquis can use the necessary rods, reels and lures for both beach fishing and inshore boat fishing free of charge. Reimbursement is only required in the event of a break or loss of the fishing rod or lures. The big game fishing is done with top material from my regular and excellent captain/guide Levi from SurfandFishing Charters. Any breakage of that material should not be reimbursed.
Short overview of the available material:
The Sharky (derived from the Ice Kone), Skippy (modified model of the Flapper), stickbaits / pencil poppers and casting jigs from Rubylures are made by Ruben and myself. The great Killerpop, Ballyhoo and Cabokiller from Stephen Janssen are for sale at the local fishing store Halcon in Puerto Escondido.
Of course everybody can bring his own material but when staying at Casa Blanquis you save a lot on your budget by using the available top material for both the beach / inshore and big game fishing. The next step now is jigging at depths up to 100 meters, in 2020 “work” will be made of this but for advice you can already contact Frans Oomen (email@example.com) who was here in May 2018 fished (and caught) and returns in November 2020.
Another form of fishing that will normally also be tried out in the fall of 2020 is fly fishing in the lagoons and /or from the beach.
4 bedrooms beach house each with en suite. 4 full and 2 half baths. 2 master bedrooms and 2 bedrooms with queen bed + bunk bed. A/C in each bedroom. Covered garage. Private pool with outdoor shower. Main floor and ground level decks.
top access for views of area.
Ocean views from all bedrooms- steps to a small bay, tidal pool and open beach. Quiet and relaxing. Enjoy long walks along the coastline in either direction. Great for a family gatherings. Cleaning and cooking services available.
pool – airco – washing machine – TV – WIFI – sheets – towels – toilet paper – beach towels – private parking – fully equipped kitchen – BBQ set – garden
The short time rent cost for this complete house is 300 usd/night (1 – 14 persons). Long term rent cost is negotiable depending the period. More info via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2019 was a difficult month for Ruben and myself: we both simply had no time to fish. The 2 weeks of Easter holidays, a difficult customer in Casita Blanquis which we had to “throw out”, a new car for Ruben,…. enough on our mind.
I went in search of a big pargo from the beach with my Shimano Tiralejos, Daiwa BG 5000, braided 50lb and a stickbait. A strip of 8 km fished on foot (El Puertecito to Agua Blanca) gave a total of 1 hard bite. The fish went of the hook after a few seconds and left me with the brand new scratched stickbait. It is probably a month too early because “pargoland” as we call it also offers beautiful cuttings from the beach and in May I will have a second attempt.
The few times that Ruben fished from the beach were good for some Jacks. We now have to wait for the first rain and the opening of the lagoons to search for the rooster from the beach. With the boat, yellowfin tuna – sailfish and striped marlin are caught, so the 2019 season starts great!
Casita Blanquis, ideal for an affordable family. and / or fishing holiday is located 300 meters from the Pacific coast in a quiet Mexican village.
The casita is new since November 2019, has 2 bedrooms with air conditioning and ceiling fans, a complete bathroom, a safe and equipped kitchenette. Rent via AIRBNB but also directly via email to email@example.com
What does Casita Blanquis cost: 80 USD per night (1-4 persons)
In spite a lack of time I still had some nice fishing days. It was tough during the visit of Tony Politi, who just spent his vacation here the wrong week, but Levi managed to find a school (hard to seduce) of yellowfin tuna. Fantastic sport with the light popper, a lot of misses, but still about 10 of those torpedoes saw the inside of the boat. We kept 3 and it was delicious yummy sashimi the next day. At the 2nd. half boat fishing day the pargo (cubera snapper) was first sought, but besides a few followers it remained silent.
I got a hard hit from a beautiful barracuda and that was it. No more tuna found on the way back but we enjoyed the beautiful sea and the passing landscape.
Together with Tony we made an early trip to the Sierra Madre, impressive views of a lookout point on top of hill peak. Indescribably beautiful and worth repeating. Unfortunately we did not spot any birds, they were there but our untrained eye could not locate them.
Again the Rubylures turned out to be real catchers during the beach fishing, the Skippy will do it once the roosters are back and if all goes well both lures will be available for sale in the course of this year via a new webshop but more about that later.
As agreed the fishing report of the past month. February was reasonable good with even a few outliers such as a rooster from the beach in February by my buddy Ruben. The Rubylures are a fixed value in our tackle box, actually we are currently not fishing with any other lure. It casts like a spear and you even catch a rooster in the winter with this kure, that should not be more. A negative “outlier” than: the lagoon of Manialtepec. Very tough at the moment, never was that bad in the past. The water is crystal clear, we get fake hits of nice snook but we do not manage to hook a fish. Even with the fly rod and with a reputable English guide nothing but misses, hopefully there will soon be improvement. Images say more than words so a short video about the beach, lagoon and kayak fishing can be found in this page. Levi from SurfandFishing Charters had satisfied biggame customers but also inshore he managed to find beautiful fish. His short films can be found here on his Facebook page, now the video fragments of the past month, probably in the future a 2-weekly fish report will br posted; we try to bring better quality but active fishing and at the same time shooting videos and / or photos requires exercise.
There is also more “pressure” on the C & R ( still a hot topic here), but improvement among the anglers is noticeable. The “professional” (poachers) on the other hand are still enjoying themselves, A closed group which even are threatening profesional fishing guides; I am not allowed to interfere with this because all that protected poaching has political ties and a foreigner can be expelled if he is involved in political struggles. Just today I received a good news item: Illegal net fishing tackled by CONAPESCA
Ruben and I also eat fish, but taking a fish for your own consumption or killing hundreds of baby roosters with illegal nets to sell at dump prices makes a big difference. I now hope that CONAPESCA will continue on its own and make a clean ship.
After a difficult, tough lagoon session and despite the bad tide (low tide), we still spent 2 hours for beach angling. Not for nothing because out of the blue fishmate Ruben caught a nice rooster Despite 1 defective Gopro still some footage:
Congratulations for your efforts buddy, the Rubylures did it again!
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As promised from now on at the end of every month an overview of the beach and inshore catches in and around Puerto Escondido.
Beach fishing is limited to a few hours a week for me, January is a quiet month in Puertecito for catches from the beach. Cold currents cool down the beach water to approx. 20 ° C. and you have to be really lucky to see some activity. The big schools of jacks, sierra, … are now a few miles from the shore and can only be reached via a boat. One big exception: the beach around La Punta /Zicatela. Buddy Ruben catches early in the morning some nice fish there , not only from the beach but also with his Ocean kayak.
I was invited for a morning boat fishing with a neighbor and good friend Mark and his wife Nikki. A morning never to be forgotten, my eldest son Jaffet has even caught the heaviest wahoo I have ever seen in this region. I was captain of the day but could also catch my first wahoo.
These wahoos are beautiful and superfast predatory fish, they are only around in January / February. The catch location: a huge boulder on a 10 minute boat ride from Puerto Escondido. Upon arrival at that underwater rock the fish were clearly visible on the depth gauge, after a few meters of trolling the first “barriletes con dienes” were caught, alternating with (small) dorado and ….. wahoo. The party continued until the current fell out.
Everything was neatly put back except the wahoos and some nice barriletes con dientes. These skipjacks with teeth are in contrast with the more common toothless skipjack very tasty and are eaten raw like the tuna with soya and wasabi sauce, accompanied by tomatoes and cucumber. 1 wahoo will be eaten by ourselves and “the crew” tomorrow, the other 2 went to 2 poor families together with some skipjacks.
A compliment for Levi from SurfandFishing Charters, I now know how hard it is to steer and position a 29ft. panga with a 250 hp bb engine and Levi does it time after time right down to the meter.
Some videos of Ruben and myself from last month can be found below as well as the facebook page of Levi. Watch and enjoy!