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Puerto Vicente Guerrero

From an email to me by Les Gado of Alberta, Canada:
Hey Ed
I really enjoyed our outing yesterday. Thanks for being personable, gregarious, and so darn informative. Again your attention to details  in my opinion makes you a guide that sets you apart and that others need to emulate. Since I am so new to saltwater fishing I can not begin to tell you how I appreciated our conversations about Zihua, life,  fishing techniques, and tactics. It was heartwarming to see how you treated and were treated by the people in Vicente. You have a very special relationship there. I will not forget the excitement on the children's faces when we arrived.
The Time Machine: Puerto Vicente Guerrero
The Author’s favorite fishing location for roosters.
Imagine what it would be like to step back in time into some of the most pristine fishing areas in Mexico. Believe it or not, you can do that; and only an hour and a half South of Zihuatanejo. Even for the non-fisherman, Puerto Vicente Guerrero is like stepping back in time 50 years. It is certainly not on your guided tour program, but it should be a part of your itinerary. You can either rent a car, or take a bus, and spend a couple of days in one of the inexpensive and clean hotels in the area. Other than the modern outboard motors on the panga commercial fleet, it would almost be impossible to tell you weren’t in a quaint Mexican fishing village in the 1950s.
Beside the night time commercial fishing fleet, there are also a couple of pangas devoted to diving for lobster, octopus, and oysters with a hookah hose and air compressor, providing fresh seafood for the small local restaurants and residents.
 
The oysters in this area are huge. I have had to cut them in 4 pieces in order to eat them. Plus, this is the only location on the coast with year round clean water, and the only place I will eat raw oysters with confidence.

Featuring pristine beaches which have  never seen a crowd, a quiet little 20 acre fishing port, and contrasted against the back drop of the Sierra Madres; makes for a veritable paradise. For the fisherman, you will be fishing almost virgin waters.
The port has only three sport fishing boats, and one is currently without a motor. There are rarely more than three or four days a week when one or two boats are fishing the area. But even if they hit it hard, they still can’t cover all the available areas, either inshore or offshore. There are very few places in the world where the last person to fish the area you are fishing, was more than two weeks prior.
 
 With the incredible roosterfish action here, Puerto Vicente, Gro. is definitely one of the top hotspots in the world for roosters. It would certainly rate no worse than number 4, but  only because few people have fished it as compared to the other places. But, the people who have fished it would rate it a possible No. 1 spot in the world for roosterfish. An average day will raise from 10 to 15 roosters, and last July, using a surface popper, I raised 32 in a four hour period. Of those 32 roosters, I was only counting the one on the surface slashing at the popper. I was not counting the two or three we could see down   below the popper. And these roosters are huge. There are a few in the 7 to 25 pound range, but the majority of the fish run from 35 to 50 pounds, with even a few in the 70 or 80 pound class. Have you ever seen the hole left in the water after a 50 pound rooster has turned on your fly? It is awesome. This is the place to be if you are into fly fishing for roosters.
This photo of Chris Lawson with a pargo shows the large diversity of fish teased up at the author’s “sweet” spot below Puerto Vicente Guerrero.                      
 
 
 
 
 
 There is quite a story behind this next photo. Bob Beck was fly fishing with Jose-Pino on the tiller and Cheva casting the teaser popper. We were at Vicente Guerrero. For about 2 hours the inshore was alive with huge roosters and jacks…Unlike any of us had ever seen before.  We counted over 80 roosters and 30 jacks brought to the boat, with Bob having every problem that could happen: Stepping on the line, line wrapped around the reel, etc.
We had an 80 pound rooster chasing a 2 foot long needle fish on the surface in front of us, and 60 pound fish   slashing bait behind us, We were surrounded! Bob finally hooked up to a big jack, which had beaten a huge rooster to the fly. Cheva swung the popper over to in front of my face and said “put on a hook”. The popper had barely hit the water and it was inhaled.  Jose-Pino no more than touched the tail of the jack to get it in the boat when Cheva handed me the rod, and I handed it to Bob. He is trying to get his photo taken in this picture, and had a big rooster on the spin rod in the other hand. All that Bob could say was “what a hoot!”
The blue water is just like the inshore fishery. It is almost virgin. What makes the blue water fishery here so unique is its geographical location and structure. At Puerto Vicente Guerrero., located approximately half way between Zihuatanejo and Acapulco, the Sierra Madre Mountains continue down to the water’s edge, and on out to sea. This creates the only structure between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo the fish can identify with. Wherever there is structure there will be bait hiding, and the game fish follow the bait.   
The dorado, marlin, and sailfish action starts at two miles from the port. Rarely do we travel more than 12 miles from port, and that would to be to fish the canyon formed by the 1,000 fathom line. The canyon has an incredible upwelling, as in goes from 6,000 feet of water up to 2,500 feet on each side. That is an almost 3,500 foot near vertical rise and the nutrient laden upwelling attracts all species of blue water game fish.
When you compare the blue water fishing around Puerto Vicente Gro. to Zihuatanejo, keep in mind there are very few sea mounts in Zihuatanejo, and to get to the 1,000 fathom line you must make a 30 mile boat ride. The blue water fishing is better than in Zihuatanejo, the action is closer to the port, and you have the added bonus of fishing essentially virgin water. 
Why has Puerto Vicente Gro. been such a well kept secret? Mostly it is from the lack of having a sport fishing fleet. Only this last two years has there been any covered pangas dedicated to sport fishing, and even these really do not have a captain or deckhand knowledgeable with sport fishing and tourists. The local captains are excellent fishermen, but with a hand line or using a net for commercial purposes. If you want to charter these boats, it is best if you have your own quality gear, a working knowledge of Spanish, and very good experience at rigging your own baits.

Whenever I fish with Jose-Pino in Puerto Vicente Guerrero, it seems to cost me a small fortune. He has a bunch of grandkids, and they all meet the boat when we return to the dock.
They then unload the gear from the boat and put it in my Suburban. Depending on size or age, each one gets one article each, with the value of the article determined by the age of the kid. Each one gets anywhere from a 5 to 10 peso tip

A few fishermen have been going to Puerto Vicente Gro. for years and getting some of the best fishing in the world. In fact, ESPN2 did a show there a while back and a couple of articles have been written about it in popular national fishing magazines. 

By staying in one of the local hotels, or the popular fishing lodge there,you eliminate the 3 hour (each way) run from Zihuatanejo. Instead, you are fishing in less than 15 minutes from the dock.
Times are changing however, and how long Puerto Vicente Gro. will remain an unknown hot spot remains to be seen. But for now, if you want to step back in time, be sure you make the trip down there. You will not just be amazed by the incredible fishing, but the experience of being in a quaint old time fishing village will be a memorable event which may never be seen again in a few more years.
Look at the concentration Jose – Pino and Adolfo Jr. have for the next fish. Jose is already on the tiller moving the boat towards the breaking fish and diving birds. I am trying to snap a quick photo before the boat turns and   everything is in the shade, and the client only              understands the present photo.

“A game fish is too valuable to catch only once” – Lee Wulff made this famous quote in 1939.

 
 
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