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Fishing in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has recently been discovered for its fantastic angling. In fact, Saltwater Sportfishing magazine, based on its comprehensive international survey, ranked Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo as the second best sportfishing destination in the world!

In the abundant waters offshore, Pacific sailfish weighing up to 175 pounds are the primary catch during most of the year, and fishermen's success ratios are extraordinary.

In addition, black and blue marlins migrate through these waters; during the spring months the average size runs between 275 and 400 pounds. Even spectacular specimens reaching the 1,000-pound mark have been landed!

Rounding out the range of offshore finned combatants are large schools of yellowfin tuna, some reaching 300 pounds, as well as the delicious dorado (mahi-mahi).

These coastal waters quickly reach a depth of over 1,000 fathoms, therefore exciting action can occur anytime after leaving port. Most of the consistent action happens just 5 to 15 miles offshore, giving anglers a long quality fishing day.

Closer to shore a wide variety of species is always ready for battle -- high-flying roosterfish and hard-fighting grouper (pargo) thrill small game anglers, as do Spanish mackerel, wahoo, bonito and barracuda. Fly-fishing catches in Zihuatanejo Bay are registered as world records by IGFA (International Game Fish Association).

Primary venues are Zihuatanejo Bay and Marina Ixtapa which has over 600 slips and full facilities for pleasure cruisers and sportfishers.

Keep in mind that seafood has been a dietary staple in this pueblo for centuries -- so, for back-on-land culinary delight, certain local restaurants are pleased to prepare and serve filets of fresh tuna or dorado brought in by angler-customers.

Seasonal Sportfishing Chart
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sailfish X X X X X X X X X X X X
Blue marlin X X X             X X X
Yellowfin tuna X X X X X X       X X X
Wahoo X X X               X X
Roosterfish           X X X X      
Snook X X X X X X X X X X X X
Grouper X X X X X X     X X X X
Barracuda X X X X X X X X X X X X
Dorado X X X X   X X X X X X X

Source: Conventions and Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (OCVIZ)

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