Fishing
The Versatility of 40 Pound Test Line

The Versatility of 40 Pound Test Line

If you had to make a choice for a single line weight to use in salt water fishing, what weight line comes to mind first? Remember, it doesn’t matter if it is braid line or mono-filament. The dedicated light line sportsman would probably choose twenty pound test, and have many a valid argument. Using a...

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An "Inside Game" for Sustainable Waters

An “Inside Game” for Sustainable Waters

There is a “new frontier” in fly fishing, right here in Zihuatanejo. It has been here all along. I most certainly did not discover it, but have only just begun to discover its potential with fly rod and reel.  Local pangeros (fishermen) have known of the abundant species of inshore game for many generations. Combining...

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The Secret to Raising Fish

The Secret to Raising Fish

The Holy Trinity of Resonance


Do some boats raise fish better than others? You bet they do, but why? And, how can a 25 foot Mexican panga raise more fish than a “no expenses spared” 45 foot sport fisher? It is all about the Holy Trinity of Resonance, Vibration and the Horsepower to Weight Ratio.  First you must understand how...

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World Class Roosterfish

World Class Roosterfish

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is almost centered in an area on the West Coast of Mexico known as the Costa Grande… This approximate 200 mile stretch of coast is renowned as a world class fishery.  Many tourists come here to sample it, because Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a great family destination, where the casual angler can fish with world class...

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Zihuatanejo: Unbeatable for Bargain Fishing

Zihuatanejo: Unbeatable for Bargain Fishing

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has already proven itself a world class fishing destination… We were ranked the No. 2 fishing destination in the world by the noted Saltwater Sportsman Magazine. But, how do we compare in affordability to other world class fishing destinations? With the current world economic situation, getting the most bang for your buck has to...

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Popping a Rooster or Jack

Popping a Rooster or Jack

March, April and May are some of the best months we have for inshore fishing. When I mean fishing, I am talking about the hard fighting Jack Crevalle. Plus, May through December brings on the incredible roosterfish. For both of these fish, the lighting fast runs, combined with brute strength and a bad attitude, make...

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Experience Fly Fishing

Experience Fly Fishing

There is no mystery to it. It is only taking light line fishing to the next level. In a previous Another Day In Paradise, I had written about the many different ways to catch a sailfish, so you not just end up being a winch after one of the crew sets the hook. The various...

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Shore Fishing

Is there any shore fishing in Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo? This is an often asked question. A lot of people, if they are not chartering a boat that day, like to hit the shoreline early in the morning, or late in the evening for some additional recreation. Shore fishing has a lot of advantages. You do...

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Fish Report – January 2001

The blue water has moved in to just off the beach and the gamefish came in with the water.   We are getting outstanding light line action on the small game at the White Rocks, the Solitary Rock, and around Ixtapa Island. It is not unusual, when fishing with live bait, to get five or six different...

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Zihuatanejo Sportfishing on ESPN again

“December’s ESPN shoot was the 10th ESPN show and 15th cable fishing show filmed in Zihuatanejo.” Thanks to the efforts of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters, Aeromexico Vacations and Airlines, and the Barcelo all-inclusive resort,Ixtapa Zihuatanejo once again enjoyed the opportunity to show the world its outstanding big game sportfishing through the eyes of the ESPN cameras. Mr. Jim Costolnick, host of the television series, In...

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Meet The Captains – Chiquis

“He flat out produces marlin when other people do not think they are even in the area.” Captain José (Chiquis) Alberto Hernandez is the owner/operator of the 36-foot diesel powered sportfishing boat named the Intruza. With an extremely wide beam and spacious cabin, the Intruza ensures a very comfortable ride for as many as 6 passengers under any...

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Fishing Report – December 2000

We have it all this month and we must be the envy of other world wide fishing hotspots. Here it is December, the middle of winter, and we are catching blue marlin, giant yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and dorado.   Most of the marlin are being taken with a live 2 to 3 pound barrilete (black...

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