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 !!!
Years ago I started making some surface lures, like the Sharky and plastic soft baits. A few years ago I met Ruben who started making casting jigs which he called Rubylures. Today Ruben and I only fish with our handmade lures/shads and the results are really good. We make all our stuff by hand, work together and have a lot of fun catching fish with our handmade lures. I also did some comparing tests in the past and I must say that price/quality/availability in Mexico only 1 brand has a spot in both our tackle boxes besides our handmate stuff : the excellent Stephen Janssen lures which also do their job and sometimes make the difference.
Rubylures isn’t a commercial brand and we really don’t sell our handmade lures, although to recover our costs (material/paint) we offer from time to time some items. Just send us a message via whatsapp +52 1 954 159 0357 and we’ll see what we can do. The purpose for both of us is to fish and fish and fish and…….
July brought the usual swells (big waves) but half July it became a bit calmer with less wind and some fish close to the shoreline
Also the Manialtepec lagoon revived and some nice snook (robalo) and a lot of catfish was caught on Rapala like 5 cm. lures .
With the Texas rig I could catch some nice jacks and a few snappers. Not the big boys but nice fish, good sport on the light Xzoga seabass rod. Also the Rubylures did their job. Still no rooster for me but the hunt continues. The new Sharky lure does his moves and some day a big boy will snap it for sure.
Rare catch this month : a big wahoo with Levi (SurfandFishing Charters) . Wahoo loves “cold” water and not the 30° C temperature we have now but exceptions or surprises are always possible. Enjoy the short video
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.
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.
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!
Do you also want to be guided by 2 pleasantly disturbed Belgians? Feel free to send a non-binding E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or app to +52 1 954 131 8754