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2/26/01 11:23 PM
Zihuatanejo in Feb. [Post#: 122 ] Reply to this post

Marlin, marlin, marlin that’s the word for the month. Blues, Blacks and Striped, some of each with the hot boats being the Whisky II. The Cristi and the Agua Azul were in the fray also each with a two Blue Marlin day. The Sailfish seemed to have slowed a bit but the panga Gitana with Captain Santiago Valdovinos had a 6 fish tagged day and a 5 fish tagged day. Most boats targeting Sails are raising 3-4 fish per day and averaging about a 1.4 billfish per boat catch ratio. T.J. Cunningham and Allan VanDuyne had a great day on the Intruza fly fishing for Sails, Allen getting his first and for a major surprise T.J. managed to stick a Blue Marlin with a fly but couldn’t get a good hook set as the fish charged the boat. March should bring in some major Yellowfin Tuna catches in the 200# plus range. With information on less than 1/3 of the fleet the February figures were 279 Sails, 22 Marlin, 59 Dorado over 40#, 16 Roosters over 20# and a couple of big Yellowfins.

Plentiful Dorado in the 25-35 pound range and numerous school Yellowfin up to 40 pounds. A slight drop in the water temperature has brought in more Blue Marlin and some BIG Yellowfin Tuna are being taken.

Inshore the Roosterfish are back in the surf. Several were taken in the 50# range along with numerous Jack Crevalle and Sierra Mackerel. Live bait was the ticket to success.

In planning your fishing please request that the crew release the billfish, tagging them if possible, the population cannot sustain the pressure of continued taking of the fish for market and photos.

Tight Lines,

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Climate: high 80's, Water temp. 77

Best Fishing Area: Best areas are about 15-20 miles out heading SSW

Sea Conditions: Calm

Bait Supply: Excellent

Come fish with us November 15-17, Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Tight lines,
Paul Phillips
Fintastic’s Total Tag & Release Tournament

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