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
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 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!
A new year and new intentions: at the end of each month, this blog provides a brief overview of the inshore and / or beach catches in and around Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Ruben from Casa Kalani and I continue with the construction of surface artificial bait and surface lures, but of course we also fish with the excellent assortment of Stephen Jansen, the 90 gr. Ballyhoo is doing great, 1 comment: the 2 big triple hooks are best replaced by 2 single hooks, the roosters will thank you.
A series of Flappers has been made, but they will be adapted in the future to make it easier and easier and … raw material will be wood instead of hard plastic.
Enjoy the following short video with some highlights of the past year:
Another month to go and Puerto Escondido is turned upside down for 3 days. Then the 30th. edition of the annual international sailfish tournament is organised and together with Bart, Ed, Guy, SurfandFishing Charters and myself we participate this year , as mixed team of 3 nationalities.
To my knowledge this never happened before on this tournament but it must be the first time for everything.
A really special experience, especially since the local club of Puerto Escondido made serious efforts to promote the C & R. A second scoop next to the C & R of the sailfish is the beautiful prize table in cash money. No more pick-up trucks, cars, quads but more than a 2 million pesos (more than 100,000 euros) to distribute among the different winners. Main prize remains the heaviest sailfish and most releases of sailfish, but also for the marlin, dorado and tuna there is a serious prize pool.
I am really curious how my guests are going to experience this, it is a difficult and exhausting game but for our entire team it is still super heavy because the boys go fishing for 7 days with Levi from SurfandFishing Charters inshore before the tournament. Casting for rooster, jack, dorado, pargo is then alternated with jigging at varying depths (50 – 80 meters) so dosing becomes very important.