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Jack or Better Final Update (Read 836 times)
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Jack or Better Final Update
Oct 16th, 2004, 10:25am
 
ZIHUATANEJO, MAINLAND MEXICO  
 
IN GENERAL:  The 80º blue water is only a mile off the beach. The overall action could be rated as decent. The boats are still averaging 2 to 3 sailfish releases each, per day. Brian Berger of San Francisco, fishing on the panga Dos Hermanos II, released two sailfish on the fly. Brian is the winner of this year's Baja on the Fly Jacks or Better Roosterfish Fly Fishing Tournament, and stayed over an extra day to practice on his blue water techniques for his return in Dec. for the Sails and Tales Tournament.  
 
A few good sized dorado of about 20 to 25 pounds are showing again, but the incidental catch is averaging less than one fish per boat.  
 
NEWS STORY:  Oct. 12 – In a come-from-behind finish, the Berger brothers, Brian from San Francisco and Michael from Pasadena, placed 1st and 2nd in the first annual Jacks or Better catch and release fly-fishing tournament.  
 
Jacks or Better was sponsored by Baja on the Fly and the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hotel Association of Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo.    
 
First place winner Brian received a 10-weight Abel rod and Super 10 Abel reel loaded with Gel-spun backing and a Scientific Anglers 375 Integrated flyline.  Additionally, he received an invitation to participate in the 2005 Rolex Inshore Tournament as well as a paid entry to the “Sails and Tales” to be held in Zihuatanejo, Dec. 3-7, 2004.  
 
Michael’s second place finish produced a 10-weight Abel Rod and Super 10 reel loaded Gel-spun backing and a Scientific Anglers 375 Integrated flyline.  
 
Adolpho Aleman, high skipper for the two-day event received a special pair of Kaenon polarized eye wear, hat and shirt.  
 
Yellow Dog Travel provided Scott Kelley, of Juneau, Alaska, a special award for the largest roosterfish caught that was hooked just after competition hours concluded.  
 
All participants received bags filled with items donated by the event’s sponsors: Abel Products, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, Scientific Anglers, IGFA Rolex Tournament, Outdoors America and Arizona, Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers, the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Visitors Bureau, Rainy’s Flies, Kaenon Eye Wear, Newport Blue, Mexfish.com, Terrafin SST-View, Promotions West, Sol Sun Products, Ichthyo-sys, Soft-tex and Frank Smethurst “Rasta”.  
 
Concurrently with “Jacks or Better” was a “Guide’s Challenge,” consisting of casting and other fly-fishing activities.  
 
Overall winner was Jim Klug, Bozeman, Mont., a scant nine points in front of John Ryzanych, of Castro Valley, Calif. Who locked up second place with a first place win in both the Fly Design and Accuracy casting events, Klug won $1,000; Ryzanych received a pair of Kaenon Eye Wear polarized glasses and assorted clothing.  
 
The 2005 Jacks or Better tournament has been set for Oct. 4-8.
 
Water Temperature 80-83  
Air Temperature 79-86  
Humidity 74%  
Wind NNE 2 mph
Conditions: Chance of Rain
Visibility 10 miles  
Sunrise 7:39 a.m. CDT  
Sunset 7:22 p.m. CDT  
 
Oct. 20, First Quarter; Oct. 27, Full; Nov. 4, Last Quarter; Nov. 12, New
Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo report by Ed Kunze  
 
SAN JOSE, GUATEMALA  
 
As the 2004-’05 season begin, a few clients are beginning to trickle in and the sailfish are waiting along with a few marlin here and there. A report of a few roosters with big shoulders cruising the back side of the beach break brings up another intriguing possibility.  
 
Water Temperature 75-82  
Air Temperature 80-84  
Humidity 94 %  
Wind NNE 6 mph  
Conditions:  Chance of Rain
Visibility 7 miles  
Sunrise 5:54 a.m. CST  
Sunset 5:42 p.m. CST
 
Oct. 20, First Quarter; Oct. 27, Full; Nov. 4, Last Quarter; Nov. 12, New
 
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