domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017


The "Bloody Hook", skippered by Captain Chiro Barragan, landed a 250 lb. blue marlin for Angler Bob Kowall, Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday.  However, overall, the fishing had sporadic good & difficult fishing days and the billfish were moving farther off shore by the day.  The yellowfin tuna came back for a few days and bit well but as the areas water clarity diminished, the fish seemed to move on to better water conditions.  According to Captain Temo Verboonen, our local reporter, the fishing from the 17 mile mark and outward was much better as the week progressed but most of the fleet were lucky to have only one or two strikes for the day in the off shore waters.  The inshore fishing was very good for the big jack crevalles all along the coast line.  The bonitos were spooky and we did land a few groupers on live baits, but the waters have turned greenish and cold and the fishing seems to have destabilized depending on the day of the week, even with the good weather conditions.  We are experiencing many anglers at the pier every morning, allowing for us to have a better season for he boats.

IZ Climate:  Mostly sunny & warm days with daytime temps averaging 82.6 degrees and nights at 66.2 degrees.  Humidity ratio averaged 61%.

Sea Conditions:  Sea Temps in shore at 80 degrees and rising to 81-82 degrees for the off shore waters.  The bluer water is nearing the 17 mile mark.  Surface breezes flowing in from varied directions at an average of about 8 mph.  Surface remains calm.

Best Fishing Area:  The better area is now starting at about 17 miles off shore from the Bay as the waters are clean and blue from there and outward from there, along with good sea temps holding at 81-82 degrees.

Best Bait/Lure:  Rigged baits were working fair for the billfish but trolled live bait was best for the off shore action.  Live bait were working well for the inshore fishing, especially for the groupers and the bigger jack crevalles.

Bait Supplies:  Freshly caught bait for rigging was readily available for the charters and provided gratis.  Live bait remained at $5.00 per dozen.

Our Local Reporter for Zihuatanejo:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the super pangas, Secuesto de Amor and Macho Banana, and Captain Chiro Barragan, skipper of the Bloody Hook.

viernes, 17 de febrero de 2017


According to Captain Temo Verboonen, there was a very good blue marlin bite the past week using live bait on the down riggers, with the fish averaging about 120kg.  Sailfishing was on the slow side, the dorado moved out of the area and the purse seiners moved in on the yellowfin tuna and very few were left over for the anglers.  A very different fishing week for the sport fishing anglers and the sport boats.  Adding to the change was the full moon phase, too.  The cleaner waters are now off shore, starting at about the 10 mile mark.  The inshore fishing remains very good for the jack crevalles, bigger Sierra and bonitos, but no roosterfish reported.

IZ Climate:  A mostly sunny and warm week with a partly cloudy Wednesday.  Daytime temps averaged 84 degrees and the nights at 67.6.  Humidity ratio averaged 65%.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps are favorable and stable at 83 inshore to 84 off shore.  Sea surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions and averages 8-9 mph.

Best Fishing Area:  The better blue marlin bite started in the 10 mile mark and outside that area aways. 

Best Bait/Lures:  Live baits were working best on the down riggers for the blue marlin and the fish were generally in the 250-270 lb. ranges.

Bait Supplies:  Live bait was a little difficult this past week for the first time in a long time and that was mostly due to the full moon and very clean waters in the inshore areas.  Plenty of freshly caught rigging baits

Our Local Reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner-operator of two super pangas, Sequesto de Amor and Macho Banana.

viernes, 10 de febrero de 2017


Captain Temo Verboonen continues to provide the third week of fabulous fishing for the fleet that produced near limit fishing for yellowfin tuna on most days and added many dorado and sailfish in the mixed bag catches in the very close in off shore waters.  The tuna are in the 10 kg. size ranges and for the most part are eager to bite the smaller feathers and artificials.  There is still a fair number of marlin throughout the area and almost everything wants to bite anything that's moving through the water.  The inshore fishing continues to be very good for the jack crevalles and bonito but no roosterfish were available for the additional action in shore.

IZ Climate:  A mostly sunny & warm week with daytime temps that averaged 87 degrees and nights at 71.4.  Humidity ration holding at 67.6 %.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps holding at 82 in shore and 83 off shore.  Surface breezes flowing in from the westerly directions at about 8 mph on average.

Best Lure/Bait:  Rigged baits working well for the billfish and small feathers & artificials working well for the yellowfin tuna.  Just plenty of action for the anglers.

Bait Supply:  There continues to be a good bait supply for frsh rigging baits and live baits.  Live baits are still available at $5.00 per dozen and the fresh rigging baits are provided gratis as part of the charter.

Our Local Zihuatanejo Reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, our local reporter for the fleet and the area and owner of Secuestro de Amor and Macho banana

viernes, 3 de febrero de 2017


Another banner fishing week from Ixtapa-Zihuagtanejo and now, there are big schools of yellowfin tuna 20-50 lb ranges just a few miles off shore, running along with the porpoise.  Adding to the excitement is the sailfish and dorados in the mix and everything is currently eager to bite whatever is moving around in the water.  We had many reports of anglers that had more than a double handful of tuna, along with dorado and sailfish in the mix, too.  The tuna are biting good on spoons and very small plastic lures.  Then, the inshore bite has also picked up with lots of jack crevalles, Sierras and even some roosterfish showing up in the area around Salidita.  

IZ Climate:  Fabulous weather with daytime temps at 84 degrees average and nights at 70.5 degrees average.  Humidity ratio was holding at 67 %.  Bright, sunny days and just incredible fishing results for all anglers.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps in shore holding at 82 degrees and rising to 85 degrees off shore, all with superb clarity from about a mile beyond the entrance to the Bay and on outbound from there.  Tropical surface breezes flowing in from the westerly directions at 7.85 mph average with calm sea conditions everywhere and in all directions.

Best Fishing Area:  The yellowfin tuna are in big schools and holding in an area that is about 8 miles offshore and in front of Zihuatanejo Bay.  Lots of sea life, birds and porpoise going everywhich direction and there is plenty of sailfish and dorado on the edges of the tuna schools.  It has been beyond great fishing in this area and going on for the 3rd to 4th straight week.

Best Bait/Lure:  The billfish like the rigged baits but the tuna are eager on the smaller spoons and small plastic lures.

Bait Supply:  A very good live bait supply at $5.00 per dozen and plenty of freshly caught baits for rigging.  The tuna have been anxious to bite the smaller lures in the 4-5 inches and most  any of the colors were working very well.  Jacks, roosterfish and Sierra were biting baits and the smaller arificials.  

Our Local Reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro de Amor and Macho Banana, 25' Super Panga sportfishers.  One can almost feel the excitement with the fishing the way it has been lately.

jueves, 26 de enero de 2017

18/01/17 to 25/01/17


Captain Temo Verboonen summed it all up in a single word in describing the overall fishing this past week in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  He described it as, "Incredible" in the very near off shore waters, just west of Ixtapa, where the sailfish were prolific and providing multiple strikes for the anglers and many releases.  Adding to the hot bite actions from the sailfish were plenty of smaller stripers and some quality sized dorado adding to the daily action that literally extended from about 5 miles to the west of Ixtapa and on out to the 15 mile mark.  Rigged baits were unquestionably the baits of choice but even with that, there were occasional billfish being caught fishing inshore tight to the white rocks at the island as the anglers were trying to catch a few jack crevalles using poppers.  The area around Troncones was producing a good bite on Sierras and bonitos.  Overall, the action was as good as it gets and the anglers were kept very busy with the fishing action.  Adding to the good fishing was the calm season and very nice overall weather conditions for the area.

IZ Climate:  Near picture perfect weather for the visitors with an average of 83 degrees daytime temps and 70 degrees average for the nights.  Humidity ratio holding about 69% average.

Sea Conditions:  Tropical surface breezes flowing in from the southwest at about 8.75 mph average.  Water temps inshore at 80 degrees and rising to 81.5 in the near off shore waters.

Best Fishing Areas:  Starting at about 5 miles west of Ixtapa and stretching out o the 15 mile mark for the billfish and dorados.

Best Bait/Lures:  Freshly caught baits for rigging were the favorite bait and producing all the action an angler wanted with plenty of daily billfish releases.

Our Local Reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro De Amor and Macho Banana, 25' super 
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viernes, 20 de enero de 2017


> A late report from Ixtapa-Zighuatanejo reflected the fishing was red hot for the sailfish and very close in toward the beach and about a mile outside Los Morros de Potosi, and included striped marlin and big blue marlin in the area and quality sized dorado in the mix.  The inshore waters produced a few roosterfish and some Jack crevalles and Spanish mackerel, (aka Sierras).  All in all, Captain Temo Verboonen painted a terrific picture for the anglers this past week with a very good bite that started close to shore.

> IZ Climate:  Daytime temps at 83 degree average and nights at 70 degrees average.  Humidity ratio at 69% average.  A few days with a few clouds but overall, it was a mostly sunny week with good sea surface conditions.

> Sea Conditions:  In shore sea temps at 83 degrees and the off shore sea temps at 84 degrees.  Tropical surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions at 8.75 mph, very fishable conditions.

> Best Fishing Area:  1 mile from Los Morros de Potosi, (very close to the beach).

> Best Bait/Lure:  The rigged trolling baits were working very well for the sailfish and there was no hesitation with the bite and often, it was multiple strike action for the anglers.  The squid lures working best for the inshore action.

> Bait Supply: The bait supply was readily available for both, fresh baits for rigging and live baits at $5.00 per dozen paid direct to the bait catchers at time of receipt.

  Our local reporter:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro de Amor and Macho Banana, two excellent super pangas.

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

04/01/2017 al 13 al 11/01/2017


An incredible shut off for the fishing from Cabo San Lucas and for no real apparent reason other than perhaps a bit of a water cooling trend this past week that wrapped around Cabo from the Pacific side to Las Frailes.  We had reports of a great number of 250 lb. yellowfin tuna feeding at the Cabo Falso drop off but not a single bite using live bait and casting right in the middle of the frenzy.  According to Captain Roberto Marques, owner of the Fish Cabo boats, we were in the midst of a tuna feeding frenzy with about 10 other boats and not a single bite was had by any of the boats.  A truly frustrating lesson in fishing.  Our last week's report reflected a fishing bonanza and this week brought the bite to a screeching halt.  The overall fish count for 38 days fished reflected 3 stripers released, (Gaviota IV, Gaviota VIII and Tuna Time, all had a single billfish released) 2 dorado, 5 yellowfin tuna, (smaller fish caught sporadically) 1 wahoo, 24 skipjack, 27 Sierras and 8 Toro, (jack crevalles).

Cabo Climate:  It was a mostly sunny and clear week with a few days of passing clouds.  Daytime air temps averaged 77.6 and nights were cooler and averaged 59.4.  Humidity ratio averaged 56.4% for the week.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps were cooler from the Golden Gate Bank and around to Las Frailes, all at about 74 degrees.  Gorda Banks to Las Frailes at 72 degrees.  Outside the Jaime Bank to the southwest the temps reflected 75 degrees.  Surface breezes were flowing mostly from the westerly directions and averaged about 9 mph with Saturday blowing about 14 mph.  Some afternoon wind chop for Saturday but otherwise, good sea conditions in all out-bound directions.

Best Fishing Area:  There was no specific area reported for the better fishing, albeit, lots of really big tuna were seen in the area of the Cabo Falso Drop Off area.

Best Bait/Lure:  Nothing was working particularly well and a lot of different systems were being tried but without success.

Bait Supply:  Good supply of caballitos at the $3.00 per bait rate.  Mackerel still available on the bank drop-offs.

Our Local Reporters:  Gaviota Fleet Manager Carlos Pena and Captain Roberto Marquez, owner of Fish Cabo Fleet.

Mazatlan and The Aries Sportfishing Fleet reflected a total of 18 off shore fishing days that reflected 4 stripers, 3 sailfish, (2 released) and 11 yellowfin tuna for the week in the off shore waters and the in shore super pangas reflected 9 days fishing that produced 15 yellowfin tuna, 1 dorado, 3 white snappers, 22 triggerfish and 176 red snappers.  The sea surface conditions continue to be favorable throughout the area with an average surface breeze under 8 mph with exception to Sunday at 12 mph, all flowing from the westerly directions.

Mazatlan Climate:  Mostly a sunny and pleasant week with a couple of intermittent passing clouds on Friday & Saturday.  Daytime air temps averaged 80.6 degrees and the nights cooler at 55 degrees.

Sea Conditions:  Sea temps inshore at 74 degrees and off shore at 76 degrees.  Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions at an average of 7.8 mph.

Best Fishing Area:  Most of the off shore catches took place out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 16 miles and beyond, but there was no concentration of fish in any of the off shore location.

Best Bait/Lures:  The billfish bit best on the rigged trolling baits and the tuna bit best on the varied colored tuna feathers.

Bait Supply:  Remained plentiful for the boats for both, fresh rigging baits supplied with the charters and live baits sold at $1.00 per bait.

Our Local Fishing Reporter:  Ms. Kitcia Berenice Ceja Diaz, Office Manager for the Aries Fleet and fishing reporter for The Aries Fleet & Mazatlan Fishing.

According to the latest fishing report from Captain Temo Verboonen, our local reporter, the bite was very productive for most of the fleet fishing offshore and included sailfish, striped marlin, dorados and yellowfin tuna and the better action pretty much stayed at the 12 mile mark all week, although it was good enough from about 10-18 miles out front of the Bay.  The inshore fishing continues to be on the slow side with an occasional roosterfish and a few jack crevalle.  The Mark Kordus husband and wife charter for 3 days fished aboard the "Bloody Hook", reflected 2 stripers released, several sailfish released, several more strikes and a couple more sailfish early released and a bigger dorado in the mix, too.  We did focus on the bigger billfish trolling with live mackerels, but had no luck at all.  According to Captain Chiro and Luis, these Wyoming folks are repeat customers that fish with them annually and are wonderful anglers that always seem to have a great time during their off shore fishing charters and we very much enjoy their company.

IZ Climate:  Warm and pleasant days with daytime temps at 84 degrees average and nice evenings at about 71 degrees average.  Humidity ratio at 73.4%.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps at 85 inshore but the water is off-color and green inshore and changes to 86 degrees off-shore.  Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions and averaged about 7 mph and calm surface conditions.

Best Fishing Area:  The span is from about 10-18 miles out front of the Bay but the better bite area seemed to be right at the 12-mile mark for the most part.

Best Bait/Lure:  The rigged baits were working well for the billfish and the dorado but the bigger, live trolling baits, were not having any black or blue marlin successes this year.

Bait Supply:  The area continues to be excellent for freshly caught baits for rigging and live bait at $5.00 per dozen.

Our Local Reporters:  Captain Temo Verboonen, owner of the Secuestro de Amor and Macho Banana, 25' Super Pangas and Captain Chiro Barragan, owner of the "Bloody Hook"

A rather busy week's fishing from Puerto Morelos this past week and it looks like the folks are getting a little tired of the cold weather in the U.S.?  While the sailfish haven't bit for the past couple of weeks, there is still plenty of action for the anglers and most of all, the weather stays warm in this area even when it's raining or the wind is blowing.  This past week's weather was somewhat unusual and a few showers came and went everyday except for Saturday.  However, the fishing was just fine and the fleet reflected a total of 47 days fished that produced 1 dorado, 88 bonito, 13 giant Atlantic barracuda, 10 triggerfish, 17 snappers, 110 chackchi, 13 sawfish, 22 banana fish, 12 kin mackerel, 25 grouper, 2 pargos, 8 blackfin tuna 4 petos and 28 amberjacks.

PM Climate:  Daytime temps averaged 79.4 degrees and nights were near 71 degrees.  Humidity ratio averaged 71.8%.  It has been a mostly cloudy week with a few peek-a-boo sunshine days and scattered showers here and there.

Sea Conditions:  Water temps averaged 81 degrees up and down the coastline from Cancun to Cozumel.  Tropical surface breezes flowed mostly from the easterly directions at 11.4 mph daily.

Best Bait:  The best baits for this area continue to be the on-going supply of the Ballyhoo baits available to our bait catchers.

Bait Supply:  The enormous surplus of ballyhoo baits continue to be readily available and are provided gratis as part of the charters in this area.