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Guatemala, Zihuatanejo Sails Sizzle (Read 852 times)
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Guatemala, Zihuatanejo Sails Sizzle
Nov 28th, 2004, 4:23am

IN GENERAL:  The 80 degree blue water is still just off the beach and the fishing for sailfish this last week has been excellent. This should slow down a bit with the first few days of the new week, and then pick up again as the full moon declines.  
Most boats are raising 7 to 9 fish a day and averaging about three released fish on conventional gear. First time fly-fishing client, John Mienstra of New Jersey, fished with me and Captain Mecate on the “Aqua Azul.” We raised 8 fish. I was able to tease four to the boat, and John hooked three. Unfortunately, he made most of the beginner’s mistakes – like after setting the hook, he continued holding onto the line while the fish was trying to run, etc. But, he did manage to release one fish.  
Dorado are definitely around, but are mostly incidental catches as we troll for the sails. The boats are averaging about one dorado a day each.
The inshore action is still holding up for roosters and jacks, with a few sierra thrown in.
Our Sails and Tails Sailfish on the Fly Tournament will begin on the 3rd and it should put our participants right in the thick of the bite.  
Water Temperature 80-83  
Air Temperature 77-89  
Humidity 66%  
Wind WSW 8 mph
Conditions: Clear  
Visibility 6 miles  
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. CST  
Sunset 6:09 p.m. CST  
Dec. 4, Last Quarter; Dec. 11, New; Dec. 18, First Quarter; Dec. 26, Full.
Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo report by Ed Kunze  
IN GENERAL:  The action has moved in close to shore this past week with the sails holding at 8- to 14-miles.  The weather has been picture perfect with calm seas.  The sails have also showed up in force with the high boat for week releasing 40 and the few other boats out able to average high teen to low twenty releases.  There are however only a few boats out and even fewer anglers around.  Dorado are making a showing, but are scarce.  No one has made the much longer run out to the tuna, so there are no tuna reports.  Inshore, there was one party that fished in the estero and had a lot of fun with small robalo (snook), grouper, snapper and jacks.  If you are planning a trip this season to Guatemala, be sure to pick up the Dec. issue of Pacific Coast Sportfishing for an in-depth feature, “Vela! Vela! Vela!” by Ray Rychnovsky on Guatemala fishing that talks about the double digit days in the world’s best sailfish hole. If you want to get up to speed on teasing techniques, check Gary’s column, “How to be a Tease,” in the same issue.
Water Temperature 78-82  
Air Temperature 80-82
Humidity 62 %  
Wind SSE 8 mph
Conditions:  Clear
Visibility 7 miles  
Sunrise 6:09 a.m. CST  
Sunset 5:32 p.m. CST
Dec. 4, Last Quarter; Dec. 11, New; Dec. 18, First Quarter; Dec. 26, Full.
San Jose, Guatemala report by Brian Barragy and Lissa McFarland  
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