Re: Inshore fishing

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Posted by MCD from ( on sábado, julio 26, 2003 at 22:28:31 :

In Reply to: Inshore fishing posted by glenn lemke from ( on sábado, julio 26, 2003 at 19:25:55 :

Inshore can mean a day charter to Ixtapa Island with fishing along the way (good rapid-fire bonita action) or some higher intensity game fishing for roosterfish or wahoo.

Any captain can provide a decent day experience including coastal tour, catching small game like bonita, etc. and ending up at Ixtapa island for snorkeling, lunch, etc.

If you want the avid fisherman experience seeking out roosterfish (20 - 70 pounds; fight like hell), there are a few boats that specialize in this, including most notably the Dos Hermanos.

Tuna can be found anywhere from 5 to 30 miles offshore, depending on the locat1on of currents. So check with your captain to see how far out they are going for tuna; if they are in close, a short boat ride will get you into tuna country.

Finally, you might consider going offshore for bigger game. Zihuatanejo is the #2 sailfish capital in the world, in part because the fishing grounds are only a few miles out of the harbor - so no long boat rides to go way offshore. Mountains down to the sea mean that you can be in 5,000 ft deep trench only 5-8 miles offshore - this is where the big game sailfish and Marlin can be found. For this, I would recommend the boat Whisky III, a small panga or that captain's brother operates a larger, 35 ft boat.

Finally, right at the boundary between blue offshore waters and the more greenish coastal waters there is a debris line that can be fished for Dorado (Mahi-Mahi). The locat1on of this line can be a close as a couple miles offshore or, after big summer storms up to 30+ miles offshore. Again, check the fishing report or a charter group for what to expect during a given time of year.

Inshore bass fishing is fantastic further north at reservoirs near Mazatlan and P.V.. There is a large reservoir just north of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, but I don't know if it has been stocked in a time frame that would now yield 10+ pound bass like the others. Probably coming soon to a reservoir nearby, but not yet publicized. In the interim, lots of near shore action to be had just outside Zihuatanejo harbor.

Enjoy; Zihuatanejo is a great place to fish with high likelihood of a memorable catch.

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