Fishing Tackle

by locahermanas, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 16:13 (3643 days ago)

If you could only have two pieces of tackle for fishing the waters around Zihua, both by shore and panga, what would they be? Is worthwhile to bring something from our region (MN), or a waste of time because the fish only bite on a lure that's only available in Zihua?

Fishing Tackle

by Ed K, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 17:58 (3643 days ago) @ locahermanas

The November 2010 edition of our local magazine, Another Day In Paradise, has an article I wrote about the versatility of 40 pound line. When I first moved here 14 years ago I had everything from 80 pound outfits on down, with the majority being Penn International 50’s and 30’s. Things changed dramatically in the first couple of years. Other than the bunch of fly rods I have (which are basically 20 pound outfits), all my conventional gear fishing is now done with a 40 pound rig.

The two ideal setups for fishing here are:
1)A 6 ½ foot sensitive rod with a conventional reel like a Shimano TLC 20 or 25, a Penn 12, or Penn 16 and loaded with 40 pound mono/fluorocarbon line.
2)And a 9 or 10 foot spin rod, with a quality reel and loaded with 40 pound braid line.

These two rigs will catch you anything you want here, with the exception of a large blue marlin. The 40 pound rigs will get the job done just fine, and you will not be using a reel as big as the winch on the front bumper of a truck.

You can use the spin rod for shore fishing, or all inshore casting for roosters, jacks, sierras, roosters, etc. from a panga, and using a cast bait for sailfish too. The conventional reel will handle trolling a live bait for roosters, tuna to 100 pounds, all sailfish, all striped marlin, and even smaller blue marlin around 150 to 180 pounds.

However a 7.5 foot salt water spin rod and fresh water gear will not get it done. It needs to be quality salt water tackle....and the same for the lures.

If you have any more questions, just email me. I have a lot of experience here.

This is Ed's article in ADIP

by GK, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 19:11 (3643 days ago) @ Ed K

To read Ed's article in Another Day in on this link...Nov. Issue ADIP

Then scroll over to the article by Ed Kunze...

FYI - Ed has been a writer for this magazine for years, and if you want to read about all types of fishing available in Zihuatanejo (plus find out about the top Captains), you can go to the ADIP Archives, and he has articles in almost every issue for as long as I can remember. Just click on Archives (once in the website), and go back as far as you want and start reading.


PS: Once you get to the page you want to read, left click anywhere on the page...and you can use your scroll wheel to enlarge the text.

This is Ed's article in ADIP

by locahermanas, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 20:12 (3643 days ago) @ GK

Thanks guys for the tips. We have fished for sailfish with much success and did catch and release. Good times. My brother-in-law is quite a fisherman, but he's packing a monster tackle box to bring down and we're kind of thinking it might be a bit too much. I remember reading the article about extreme rooster fishing a couple of years ago - some of you guys must be crazy chasing the foam.

This is Ed's article in ADIP

by John Redcorn, Friday, January 28, 2011, 07:10 (3643 days ago) @ locahermanas

For shore fishing, I usually bring a 6' collapse-able baitcast reel with 12lb test. I usually only throw gold and silver spoons, and have caught mackeral, jacks, small snapper etc. I have seen snook landed from the beach near the canal, but havent been lucky enough to catch one.

I would stick to the captains recommendation when fishing from the boat.