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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:47 am

Just one of many, of my Hubbys catches from the beach. He likes to catch and release. Hubby has gained many Mexican friends also, as he will give some to them, as it is a very poor village near where he fishes. He also caught some Pez Gallo ( Rooster Fish) last year, they are a beautiful, hard fighting fish.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:50 am

Nice fish. Where about was this one caught?
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Post by RoofBob on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:55 am

Uh Blondie1, at which beach might your husband be fishing and what time of year is best and what kind of gear and bait is he using and can you post a map of how to get there? Not that I have any interest mind you.
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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:21 am

CanuckBob wrote:Nice fish. Where about was this one caught?
Hubby says the first fish, Jack Crevalle was caught the same place he caught this Rooster fish (Pez Gallo).
Puerto Vallarta area.


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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:32 am

RoofBob wrote:Uh Blondie1, at which beach might your husband be fishing and what time of year is best and what kind of gear and bait is he using and can you post a map of how to get there? Not that I have any interest mind you.

Hey RoofBob,

This is the "Hubby". Truth be known, I could never get anyone Lakeside, interested in surf fishing. A few times I went to Chuck Gasser's (RIP), home where he held the monthly fishing club meeting's. 99% of the interest was in Bass fishing. Seeing that I had fished Bass most of my life, I wanted different, so I started to learn about surf fishing and it has paid off. Some of these fish will take you a half hour to 45 minutes before you can land them.

Sorry I can't tell exact location, it took me 3 years of lots of walking in the Hot Sun and humidity to find these places. I now have an ATV and put 500 miles on it at the beach last year. Best time of year is, YES in the Heat of the summer. This will seperate the real fishermen from the wannabees! LOL I use a custom built 12'6" rod and a Spinning reel. I cast anywhere from 2 to 4 OZ lures. You also need to cast extremely long distances to get past the breakers here on the Pacific.

At my age the clock is "Ticking", don't know how much longer I will be able to do this surf fishing, it is very physical demanding.

Hope this helps and Surte

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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:03 pm

Especially the Pescado Gallo! I caught a 35 lb one once off Zihua in a boat that took me 45 minutes to bring in and I was black and blue all over! They are beautiful animals but they can really put up a fight. We fed the entire village with it that night.
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Post by viajero on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:20 pm

IMO surf casting beats bass fishing anyday,you never know what you're going to hook,it can be physically demanding especially if you wade out into the surf.
Had some great fishing at Tenacatita before they closed it.

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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:35 pm

Trailrunner wrote:Especially the Pescado Gallo! I caught a 35 lb one once off Zihua in a boat that took me 45 minutes to bring in and I was black and blue all over! They are beautiful animals but they can really put up a fight. We fed the entire village with it that night.

Trailrunner,

That was a nice catch, I am hoping to give Zihua a try next year as we have our plans made for this year. I ( the Hubby),caught some roosters up to 30 pounds from the beach last year and that is amazingly fun. I have a friend who caught a 63 inch 72 pound Rooster from the surf about 3 years ago.


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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:42 pm

viajero wrote:IMO surf casting beats bass fishing anyday,you never know what you're going to hook,it can be physically demanding especially if you wade out into the surf.
Had some great fishing at Tenacatita before they closed it.

viajero,

Yes, I fished Tenacatita many,many times. Caught some small Roosters, some Big Jacks and Needlefish. It was a great place cause the wife could go to the calm side and swim, read and just take it easy while I enjoyed my fishing. Walked all the way to the Lagoon past the cemetary one day. Saw some of my amigo's with some nice snook. Too bad , the situation up there.

I have fished many places along the Costa Alegre. There is a place in Manzanillo called Tepacaltes near the power plant that is real good for Roosters. Takes time to find these places out and most are not easy to get to.

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Post by RoofBob on Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:24 pm

blondie1 wrote:
RoofBob wrote:Uh Blondie1, at which beach might your husband be fishing and what time of year is best and what kind of gear and bait is he using and can you post a map of how to get there? Not that I have any interest mind you.

Hey RoofBob,

This is the "Hubby". Truth be known, I could never get anyone Lakeside, interested in surf fishing. A few times I went to Chuck Gasser's (RIP), home where he held the monthly fishing club meeting's. 99% of the interest was in Bass fishing. Seeing that I had fished Bass most of my life, I wanted different, so I started to learn about surf fishing and it has paid off. Some of these fish will take you a half hour to 45 minutes before you can land them.

Sorry I can't tell exact location, it took me 3 years of lots of walking in the Hot Sun and humidity to find these places. I now have an ATV and put 500 miles on it at the beach last year. Best time of year is, YES in the Heat of the summer. This will seperate the real fishermen from the wannabees! LOL I use a custom built 12'6" rod and a Spinning reel. I cast anywhere from 2 to 4 OZ lures. You also need to cast extremely long distances to get past the breakers here on the Pacific.

At my age the clock is "Ticking", don't know how much longer I will be able to do this surf fishing, it is very physical demanding.

Hope this helps and Surte
Hey "Hubby",

Thanks for the detailed response to my post. My surf fishing days are past as are my days in the sun and heat. I just had to respond because of my fond memories of surf fishing in Mexico and Costa Rica. I've worked the sport boats, crewed commercial and when I wasn't working I was surf fishing along the San Diego coast. Finally had to hang it up and get a real job in my early 40's. Anyway, fresh water bass are nice but surf fishing is much more exciting in that you never know what you are going to catch. My surf gear was a Penn Jigmaster 500 on a 16' custom rod throwing 4 oz. metal jigs. For halibut and bass used to have a ton of fun with a fresh water rod, spinning reel and 1 oz. scampis. Anyway, looks like you are into some sweet spots and ya gotta love those Roosters. I swear they fight better than tuna and there isn't anything much more exciting that seeing a rooster chasing bait with his dorsal up. So how about favoring an ol' salt by taking and posting pictures of your catches including some narrative? I'm sure more than a few of us would be pleased. Thanks again.
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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:40 pm

When I lived in Sayulita I used to watch the beach guys surf cast. They did pretty well, looked like Mahi and Sierra mostly.

A 72# rooster fish from the surf - WOW! That must have been a battle!

BTW, why do you release? That Pescado Gallo was delish! Al mojo de ajo a la parilla. . .sweet.
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Post by viajero on Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:47 pm

blondie1 wrote:

viajero,

Yes, I fished Tenacatita many,many times. Caught some small Roosters, some Big Jacks and Needlefish. It was a great place cause the wife could go to the calm side and swim, read and just take it easy while I enjoyed my fishing. Walked all the way to the Lagoon past the cemetary one day. Saw some of my amigo's with some nice snook. Too bad , the situation up there.

Tenacatita was great,snorkle in the "aquario" in the morning, surfcast in the afternoon and grill your catch in one of the empty palapas,hope they get it open again soon.

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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:57 pm

RoofBob wrote:
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RoofBob wrote:Uh Blondie1, at which beach might your husband be fishing and what time of year is best and what kind of gear and bait is he using and can you post a map of how to get there? Not that I have any interest mind you.

Hey RoofBob,

This is the "Hubby". Truth be known, I could never get anyone Lakeside, interested in surf fishing. A few times I went to Chuck Gasser's (RIP), home where he held the monthly fishing club meeting's. 99% of the interest was in Bass fishing. Seeing that I had fished Bass most of my life, I wanted different, so I started to learn about surf fishing and it has paid off. Some of these fish will take you a half hour to 45 minutes before you can land them.

Sorry I can't tell exact location, it took me 3 years of lots of walking in the Hot Sun and humidity to find these places. I now have an ATV and put 500 miles on it at the beach last year. Best time of year is, YES in the Heat of the summer. This will seperate the real fishermen from the wannabees! LOL I use a custom built 12'6" rod and a Spinning reel. I cast anywhere from 2 to 4 OZ lures. You also need to cast extremely long distances to get past the breakers here on the Pacific.

At my age the clock is "Ticking", don't know how much longer I will be able to do this surf fishing, it is very physical demanding.

Hope this helps and Surte
Hey "Hubby",

Thanks for the detailed response to my post. My surf fishing days are past as are my days in the sun and heat. I just had to respond because of my fond memories of surf fishing in Mexico and Costa Rica. I've worked the sport boats, crewed commercial and when I wasn't working I was surf fishing along the San Diego coast. Finally had to hang it up and get a real job in my early 40's. Anyway, fresh water bass are nice but surf fishing is much more exciting in that you never know what you are going to catch. My surf gear was a Penn Jigmaster 500 on a 16' custom rod throwing 4 oz. metal jigs. For halibut and bass used to have a ton of fun with a fresh water rod, spinning reel and 1 oz. scampis. Anyway, looks like you are into some sweet spots and ya gotta love those Roosters. I swear they fight better than tuna and there isn't anything much more exciting that seeing a rooster chasing bait with his dorsal up. So how about favoring an ol' salt by taking and posting pictures of your catches including some narrative? I'm sure more than a few of us would be pleased. Thanks again.

Hey Bob,
Thanks for your kind words, I am happy to bring back some good memories for you. Sorry to hear your surf fishing days are done. When I can't fish anymore, they might as well send me on the way to "Fishin Heaven" LOL! I am really glad you responded to my post, I bet you have some great stories to tell.

WOW! a 16' rod with a conventional reel, you must have been a beast! I mean that in a GOOD WAY of course!

Yes. I am a Rooster Fish ADDICT! When they are chasing your lure with their fins out of the water, makes your heart skip a beat. Bob, the reel I use can bring in 53 inches of line per turn of the handle. The Roosters like FAST, if they get a glimpse of your lure and see that it's not real, they will turn away.

We leave for the beach middle of August til October, I will try to get more photos this year. Most of my fishing has been by myself, but last year met some new friends we hope to fish together this year. A lot of my photos were taken from my ATV with a self timer.

Regards,
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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:08 pm

Trailrunner wrote:When I lived in Sayulita I used to watch the beach guys surf cast. They did pretty well, looked like Mahi and Sierra mostly.

A 72# rooster fish from the surf - WOW! That must have been a battle!

BTW, why do you release? That Pescado Gallo was delish! Al mojo de ajo a la parilla. . .sweet.

Trailrunner,
Last summer stayed at Punta Mita. Fished litibu,Sayulita,San Pancho and many other beaches all the way North to Los de Marcos.

I couldn't imagine catching a 72# Rooster, at my age don't know if I could do it. The photos are amazing of that fish. He also caught a 50# Cubera Snapper that same week. It was a trip he will never forget.

I just like to catch and release, but I don't have anything against fishermen who keep their catch. The roosterfish has a very dark red flesh and unless you know how to prepare it, the taste would be very strong. I have had it prepared by our Mexican friends and it is OK. I like the Robalo (Sea Bass) much better.

Thanks for your replies,
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Post by blondie1 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:16 pm

viajero wrote:
blondie1 wrote:

viajero,

Yes, I fished Tenacatita many,many times. Caught some small Roosters, some Big Jacks and Needlefish. It was a great place cause the wife could go to the calm side and swim, read and just take it easy while I enjoyed my fishing. Walked all the way to the Lagoon past the cemetary one day. Saw some of my amigo's with some nice snook. Too bad , the situation up there.

Tenacatita was great,snorkle in the "aquario" in the morning, surfcast in the afternoon and grill your catch in one of the empty palapas,hope they get it open again soon.

viajero,

My wife and I were staying in Barra de Navidad at the time of the closing. I was heading there that morning and changed my mind and went fishing at Playa de Coco. Sure was glad I did, because the people involved were not treated very good. We have been to many.many beaches from North of Puerto Vallarta to Acapulco and Tenacatita was one of our favorites.

Regards,
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Post by gatosigi on Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:47 am

Terrify, injure and release, just for fun because we can? After all they're only fish over which we have dominion.

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Post by viajero on Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:11 am

Catch em & cook em...till they're all gone.

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Post by blondie1 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:17 am

viajero wrote:Catch em & cook em...till they're all gone.

Very Happy mariachi Very Happy

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Post by RoofBob on Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:28 am

blondie1 wrote:
viajero wrote:Catch em & cook em...till they're all gone.

Very Happy mariachi Very Happy
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Post by blondie1 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:00 am

OH, NO ! How could I forget the Beer Beer ?? LOL!


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