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February 14, 2010

Mazatlan Mexico Inside Outside Charters Report for February 8-13, 2010

Freshwater Fisherman to Saltwater Fisherman!

Fishing off the coast of Mazatlan Mexico offers excellent opportunity to turn some saltwater fishing onto a new kind of fishing: Bottom Fishing. This past week, Inside Outside Charters have turned some freshwater anglers into bottom fisherman. On February 9th, Rob Haight and his group headed out for the first time bottom fishing off the coast of Mazatlan. With a run of about 45 minutes in our Super Panga, a variety of fish are being caught including 7 different types of snapper, an abundant amount of triggerfish and other species that include chile verdes, toros, paper fish, blowfish, groupers and more. The key to have a success trip is fresh shrimp heads (along with a great Captain). If you think about it, shrimp heads have all the juices of the shrimp and provide a "Chum" in the waters below. After about 10 minutes at our first stop with Rob and his group, the fish were on! Landing an estimated 120 fish, these new bottom fishermen were hooked! Although no monsters were landed, we did have our chances. These guys are hooked now and booked some trips for next week as well.

The next couple of days had the same results; new anglers that have never bottom fished before and they are hooked! Numerous fish in the boat ended for a very happy day for the anglers. Videos of our past customers can be found on our website under our Saltwater video fishing blog called "Catch Em' Up". Lindsay and Kelly from Canada headed out for a day of bottom fishing and did extremely well despite the fact that we were back at the marina due to sickness still landing an estimated 50 fish including triggers and snappers.

Here's the deal on catching fish on the bottom. First as explained above, fresh shrimp heads. As the juices of the head linger in the water, the smaller fish are attracted which then in turn attracts the bigger fish. Next are the area and the depth of water. There are some major reefs off the coast of Mazatlan in an area us locals call Marmol. And what is nice is that there are different reefs in different depths of water. This weeks catches were all caught in 130-140 foot of water. Using a 4-6 ounce sinker with double #2 VMC hooks will get the job done. Putting a small piece of squid on your hook as well as the shrimp heads will increase your chances. This way if you get robbed, you still have a chance of that fish coming back for the squid as it's tougher then the head.

As the seas were pretty smooth the beginning of the week, Wednesday afternoon was a different ball game. Seas started up about 9:30 am and lasted until 11 am. During this time, it was tough to feel the bite as the 4-6 foot swells rocked the boat. After 11 am, the bite was back on and we landed some more nice Flamigo Snapper along with some annoying Perch. Due to the day before, the Harbor Master closed the port on Thursday and Friday so no boats were out fishing due to weather.

Offshore fishing started to pick up for some boats. Although it's not the greatest time of year to be outside, Tuna are showing up sporadically anywhere from 24-37 miles outside. Ouch!

Stay tuned for next weeks report and until then "Catch Em' Up"!
Chappy Chapman
Office number: (856)-437-5596
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