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Zihuatanejo ranked 2nd in the world for Sailfishing

"Sport Fishing Magazine ranks Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo No. 2 in the world for sailfishing."
Catherine Krantz

The February Issue of Sport Fishing Magazine ranks Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo No. 2 in the world for sailfishing.

In an impressive list of world wide sailfishing destinations, with Mexico prominently represented, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo ranks second in the world. Doug Olander's destination scoring criteria was based on: Average sailfish strikes per day, average size of fish caught, practice of tag and release, motoring distance from dock to prime fishing spots, length of prime season, ocean conditions and weather, charter boat availability, quality and price, quality/diversity of area accommodations, other things to do in the area and travel costs.

Out of the 20 most popular world wide sailfishing destinations: Southeast Florida, USA; Miami, FL, USA; Florida Keys, USA; Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; La Guaira, Venezuela; East Cape, Baja, Mexico; Mazatlan, Mexico; Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico; Iztapa, Guatemala; Flamingo & Quepos, Costa Rica; Pinas Bay, Panama; Dakar, Senegal; Bom Bom, Principe Island; Dubai, U.A.E.; Malinda, Kenya; Nossi Be, Madagascar; Phuket, Thailand; Broome, Australia; and Fiji. Ixtapa/Zihuantejo received a score of 60 points, second only to Iztapa, Guatemala with 62 points, the rest of the destinations were in the 40-50 point range.

Zihua gets high points for travel distance from the dock to prime fishing spots. In comparison to the other listed spots, some requiring a travel distance up to 60 miles offshore for the best action, Zihuatanejo's prime spots can be found as close as 5 to 10 miles offshore. Also high points for the wide range of charter operations, some out of Ixtapa and another 40 plus out of Zihuatanejo, with average prices of around $300 US a day - that are "pretty hard to beat anywhere." And the "...impressive diversity of hotels from one to five stars", makes Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo a superb all around fishing destination.

In praise of our little fishing village, Sport Fishing Magazine states: "Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa combine a laid-back vacation setting with super prices and some of the best sailfishing this side of Guatemala."

But we already knew that, didn't we? Thanks Sport Fishing Magazine!

February 2001

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