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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Friday, November 24, 2017, 19:00 (19 days ago)

For the last week or so, we have had millions of little fish (that are growing very fast) in the surf zone on Playa la Ropa. For the last 4 days now, the yellow tail, or what I'd call a jack mackerel have been coming in very close to shore and feeding on them.

It's been fun in the mornings while we walk and swim the dogs, watching everyone fishing with whatever they have: throw nets, a hook on line wrapped on a stick, nice rods and reels, lots of things, and many nice fish have been caught.

Today there were two new twists: the scoop net from a swimming pool, and a good sized chunk of fiberglass window screen. We didn't see the scoop net land anything, but the window screen got at least two!

Want to fish? Just get wet and have a good time!

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by Casa Juan @, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 07:42 (19 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Thanks for the fishing local report. I witnessed the thousands of small feed fish on Friday while swimming at La Ropa and assumed there were some larger fish feasting on them. Wonder what it means as to the quality of the water in the Bay?

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 08:14 (19 days ago) @ Talley Ho

A few years ago we had large schools of yellow jack (called jurel) moved up and down Playa Blanca Blanca virtually every day after the schools of sardinos. You could always spot them by the huge flocks of sea birds that followed them because a lot of sardinos threw themselves up on the beach to escape the jural. It happened almost every day and sometimes several times a day.

Then the launchas moved in trailing nets and caught jurel by the boatload. It didn't take them long to wipe out the jurel. I have lived on Playa Blanca since last April and seldom see a flock of even small flocks of birds and no one sees or catches jurel anymore.

Sad, but such is life in GRO and Costa Grande with no respect for laws of others. Is it any wonder they are losing a desirable tourists population.

Thanks for listening while I vent.

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 08:53 (19 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Hey GV!! How ya doin!!

The Jurel are still there!! They follow the Bait, and so do the Birds!

The first week of November, just Around The Point from you on Valantine, down by the mouth of the river, fishing with Captain Cheva of Dos Hermanos, and his son Alejandro, we came across a school of Jurel that was the Biggest I have ever seen! The school was busting the water on bait, and was more than 100 Meters long, and from the beach out another 70 Meters!!

One cast, two cranks on the reel and BANG!! This one took 20 minutes to get to the Panga!!

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by K&B, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 09:25 (19 days ago) @ Labrat

Are jurels the same as jack crevelles? And other jacks?

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 09:54 (19 days ago) @ K&B

Yes!

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by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 09:36 (19 days ago) @ Labrat

In Redneck terminology that would be a Hawg !

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 09:55 (19 days ago) @ Ernesto

They give you a bad case of Noodle Arm!

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:08 (19 days ago) @ Labrat

Used to catch them surf casting on Playa Blanca. Every catch was a six pack battle. Sure miss seeing the locals surf fishing with "spool reels".

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 09:55 (19 days ago) @ Labrat

Wow, now that is a great bait fish! ha ha

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 09:55 (19 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

:megusta:

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 14:28 (19 days ago) @ Talley Ho

They will still here this morning, and the dolphins were fishing, too. Largest group we have seen yet in the bay, at least 15 of them feeding.

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by tadpole1 @, Sunday, November 26, 2017, 14:10 (18 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Are they good eating?

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Sunday, November 26, 2017, 14:23 (18 days ago) @ tadpole1

It depends on your taste buds. They are a dark meat fish and a bit oily and strong tasting.

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by midalake @, Sunday, November 26, 2017, 18:52 (17 days ago) @ tadpole1

Are they good eating?


In my opinion, Jack's are not edible. Best used as cat food.

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by Leslie, Sunday, November 26, 2017, 14:53 (18 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Thanks for starting a new thread for fishing in the bay Talley Ho. Thanks to everyone for your input on that thread. Fishing from the beach or on the rocks are both enjoyable to me when the opportunities are good. Even when they are not so good it can be very relaxing. It is very exciting for a gringo like me when the Jacks are crashing bait fish in the surf!
I do have a couple of questions. If I am on the water by myself in a non-motorized craft, how much does a fishing license cost? Does it matter if you practice catch and release?
Does anyone want to comment on how the fishery in Zihua is doing in general?