Fishing Reports

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Zihuatanejo - April 19th, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  Just got back from a trip to sunny LaManzanilla Mexico, where the weather was great with daily temperatures in the eighties.

   This is not the best time of year for fishing the inshore waters because of the cooler ocean temperature, but every day we still gave it the old college try. We fished the inshore waters from the beach and boats, but with limited success. The fishing from the beach was as predicted, pretty slow with occasional action from small Jacks and a few Sierra. One day from the boat we covered miles of coastline trying to tease up some fish, and the only beach we found fish on was the beach in front of Boca De Iguanas where we were staying. We did have some exciting action on some small Jacks, landing a half dozen of them before we had to call it a day and head back to the marina. I was glad to finally get into some fish because our captain, who understood our concept of baiting fish in with a hookless lure and switching them on to a fly, was not convinced that the bait & switch technique would work. But after the third or fourth fish we teased in, hooked and landed on a fly, our captain shook his head with a smile and said “ It Works”.

   The fishing highlight of our trip was the exploration of a large mangrove lagoon that a local told us about. He told us about how he would go into the mangroves at night with a headlamp on and spear big Snook and Pargo while they were sleeping. The next day we had our local friend meet us at the lagoon to show us where to go and rent us his little boat to get around the lagoon and fish from. He was really happy when we gave him 200 pesos (about $16.00 US) for his efforts and the use of his boat. This of course happened before we actually saw the boat. The boat was about ten feet long and looked like a wide canoe that was cut in half. The oars for the boat looked like 2 X 6’s with the sides cut out to make them look like paddles. The important thing is that the boat floated and I was glad I had brought along a couple kayak paddles to use. We made our way out into the lagoon and started working the mangrove edges, coves and open water to see what we could catch. We worked top water baits with spinning rods, deceivers and clousers on sink-tip lines and poppers with floating lines, but no takers to anything we had to offer. As soon as the sun got low in the sky and shadows started to fall across the water, things started to pick up. Pargo and all snapper species prefer to feed in low light conditions, so we concentrated on fishing shaded water. I got my first explosive take on a top water bait and landed a nice Pargo. I quickly switched to my fly rod and a popper and started working the edges of the mangroves. It was like someone flipped a switch once the sun was off the water and every couple of casts a fish or school of fish would attack my popper. The fish that I caught were between one and four pounds, but where you find little fish, you usually will find big fish. Every once in a while you would hear a big splashy explosion from a bigger fish somewhere in the lagoon.

   The unfortunate part is that we found this lagoon on our last day. So I’ll have to wait until the next trip to check it out again. I wish I had checked it out earlier; I would have been out there every night!


The Patient Angler  

Peter Bowers
Zihuatanejo - April 27th, 2008
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
  Just got back from another great week at Boca de Iguanas on main land Mexico, just down the beach from the little town of La Manzanilla. Went down with some customers and friends to catch some sun, do a little saltwater fly-fishing and to take a look at the properties offered by this new eco-hotel/resort and real estate development. The weather was great with temps in the 80’s, and a cool ocean breeze every day.

  Unfortunately, the water conditions were not the best when we arrived, hitting the last few days of a red tide that moved into the Costalegre area the prior week. Which forced us to have to enjoy all the amenities the resort had to offer for a couple of days while we waited for the water to clear. Breakfast on the beach, beach combing, pool time, a mouth-watering cevichi lunch, a few games of horseshoes, quick game of soccer, more pool time with a cool drink, sea kayaks, rock climbing, get a massage,  happy hour with friends on the beach, a delightful elegant dinner served on the rooftop patio overlooking the ocean at sunset, music and a bon-fire on the beach at night. I was looking forward to the water clearing, so we might have something fun to do. Yeah Right!

  The water finally started to clear and the baitfish started to come back into the bay, which leads to good fishing since the bigger fish will soon follow the bait. We decided to give the inshore one more day to recover and headed out off shore in search of blue water where we hoped to find some Sailfish, Dorado or Tuna to chase, but we went out 24 miles and found the water to still be a little on the green side (a little cold for off shore game fish on the fly). We came across a few Dorado during our day, but none that wanted to play at the end of our lines. The inshore is where we spent the rest of out time at Boca, fishing from a boat and off the beach. Our fishing improved and we saw a few Yellow Tail, schools of Giant Needle Fish and a lot of small sized Jacks. The Jack Crevalle or Toro as they call it in Mexico for the way it fights, provided us with the most action. We caught lots of small ones and a few bigger ones to make each day, but given the colder water conditions I thought we did pretty well. I’m looking forward to getting back down to Boca de Iguanas not only to fish with better water conditions, but to also enjoy this beautiful resort community and it’s staff again.

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The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers
Zihuatanejo - December 19th, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  I went down this past week to check out a new resort property being developed on main land Mexico called Boca de Iguanas, located 40 min. north of Manzanillo.  I was invited down to view the beautiful resort community being developed, and more importantly to explore the local waters to see what kind of saltwater fly fishing was available.

  I started by fishing the beach in front of Boca de Iguanas which stretches 3 miles south to the small town of La Manzanilla. The water was a little on the green side (green water is colder), which sometimes makes inshore fish a little shy to artificial lures or flies. But the air temp was in the 80’s and the water felt pretty good to me. So I worked down the beach and to my surprise about 30 casts into my day, I had a small but excited Roosterfish follow all the way to my rod tip. He didn’t take, but he sure woke me up! I fished for a couple more hours and caught a few small Jacks, a Ladyfish and a Sierra. I walked back to the resort just in time to be served an elegant lunch on the beach. 3 types of Cevichi, grilled Mahi and a very nice white wine (rough life). The folks at Boca de Iguanas, know how to do things right.   I also fished two days by boat, which gave me the opportunity to check out about 10 miles of the local shoreline. We found some really nice classic inshore beaches to fish and worked those throwing teasers. On the first day, I was able to tease up 10-12 Roosterfish and 6 or 7 Jacks. Most of them were on the small side and not too aggressive, but we did managed to hook a couple Roosters. On the second day the water had warmed up a little and had more of a blue color to it, just the way we like it. We had a great day with action right out of the gate and it never really slowed down. We had consistent action with Roosterfish and every once in a while a small school of Jacks would bust the teaser. The best thing was, we were getting some action from bigger fish. The fish of the trip was a beautiful 20 lb Roosterfish caught by Mark Sternfeld. When the slashing attack of a larger Roosterfish hits the teaser and follows to the boat, your heartbeat jumps and time seems to slow down and you can’t move. Mark held it together though and made a good cast, but the Rooster turned off at the last second. So I threw the teaser back in the direction he was going and bang, he was back on it all fired up and I brought him back to the boat. Mark made another good cast but the Rooster turned off again, so I pitched the teaser again and the third time was the charm. The Rooster came in hot and Mark made a final cast and the excited Rooster ate his fly. The Roosterfish thrashed his head and then took Mark way into his backing. After a great fight with repeated runs he finally gave up and we were able to land him for a quick photo opportunity.

  I can’t wait to visit the fine folks at Boca de Iguanas again. (maybe next month)
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