Due to a lack of rain a lot of lagoons closed again and the roosters stay out of reach for the moment. Some surf spinning days were really good around high tide and all in all Ruben and I had fun. I tried to find the fish really close in the rocks with the Texas rig, Ruben (who lives 30 km. more to the north) only used his Rubylures casting jig. Both of us had a mix of good and bad days but we really can’t complain. I changed my strategy and I try to catch a fish in the morning around high tide in my backyard, Ruben starts at daybreak. I’m still on the hunt for a good sized rooster but close to home now at walking distance. Unfortunately it’s too dry for the time of the year but some rain is on his way and it only can get better.
I had a nice surprise 2 weeks ago : in a big tide pool a snook (robalo) couldn’t resist my softbait, the 8 pounder gave a nice fight and was landed after some “sweaty” moments. This snook ended up in our kitchen and was prepared bij chef José. Delicious !!!
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!
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.
During Adri’s visit, it was unbelievable how nature determines the rules, but in spite of that, we enjoyed the 4 inshore / big game trips with SurfandFishing Charters. After the first day it became clear that the roosterfish wasn’t hungry. We “worked” for hours and finally only a few heavy jacks and 1 small pez gallo came on board. It was good for me that just that one rooster was caught on my trusted sharky but the result of hours and hours of casting was very disappointing to me. Worse to me: on the known pargo spot at Roca Blanca, I managed to loose a monster snapper : a brutal hit on a blue / silver Stephen Jansen popper (my fishing rod was almost ripped out of my hand) and ….the line snapped (80lb braided!). As a matter of fact, I’m missing out on a record fish, those heavy snappers become the black beasts for me. Please watch the video of our first fishing day:
Day 2 was actually tougher, we chose a very different spot that day, but we did not even make it to our “roosterbeach”. Cloudy water on the way to that hot spot and countless fruitless attempts promised a tougher day. Painful muscles and no action after hours, you would be less desperate. Crisis consultation with Levi resulted in a complete turnaround: we left the inshore stretches and started again at about 8 miles in search of driftwood and the associated fish species such as mahi mahi, amberjack and / or smaller sharks. We found a small shrub with some other driftwood and it was truly incredible what we saw: hundreds or thousands almost fresh born dorado’s (4-6 months old) blasted underneeth the boat. Fish from a few months old (around 20 cm.) and a few meters deeper small amberjacks and even bigger dorados. There were so many little fish that our light pilkers could not reach the bigger ones. We enjoyed the picture and the greed of the little mahi mahi’s. After some small fish we found it sufficient and went for dolphins and the associated yellowfin tuna. I had 2 well-catching HALCO LASER PRO 190 plugs in the bag in case of, so that couldn’t go wrong. In front of Tomatal we eventually found feeding dolphins but weird, Levi advised to cast at the tuna we saw on the fishfinder with the Williamson Thunderjig. I have to admit that I have never caught a tuna casting with jigs but it has to be the first time for everything, so why not ? The boat was well positioned and 2 jigs crashed 100 meters further into the water. Fast reeling resulted in a hard strike after a few meters. Unbelievably what a force or power tuna of 6 – 8 kg, develops, so top-sport and we enjoyed it. After 5 tuna we left the area, 3 for the captain and 2 for ourselves was more than enough to have some super fresh sashimi at home. A tough inshore day got a nice end, a video about day 2 comes later in a next report