VIDEO CLIP OF THE WEEK
Jeff Klassen fishing with Sam Sybesma and Tailhunters’ Captain Chito, got this clip of them sticking a big bull:
STORM PASSES AND FISHING RECOVERS NICELY WITH BILLS DORADO WAHOO & TUNA!
La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of July 7-14, 2014
The week started nervously as we waited to see what Hurricane Erick would do and it’s aftermath. Up to then, fishing had been on the upswing and just our luck, Hurricane Erick sneaks up on us! Grrrr…
Well, as it turned out, the storm blow off the west side of of Baja and into the Pacific. Some of the southern areas got some rain and winds, but for the most part, here in La Paz, all we got were some clouds. However, the storm did send some really big swells and chop our way and in one of the rare occasions, we canceled one day of fishing.
It’s rare and we could have fished. But, we COULD have fished, but most of the fishermen had extra days to make up the day so there was no sense in sending out folks to be uncomfortable and get bounced around! It’s supposed to be fun right? And if they weren’t going to catch much fish, it seemed more logical to tell folks to hang at the pool and soak up some sunshine instead. So, that’s what everyone did.
But, the downside to that is we never know how it’s going to be AFTER a storm. I am always worried that the waters can be turned over and dirty or cold water moves in or the fish are just plain skittish!
Well, as it turned out, canceling the day was a good move!
The fish came back strong right out of the chute! We got right back into a pretty solid dorado bite for our Las Arenas and La Paz fleet with some nice 30-40 pound fish. La Paz had the better dorado bite out of the two areas with some nice patches of bull dorado. But, there were some hot spots out at the 88 east of Cerralvo and at the shark buoys off Las Arenas for the nicer bulls.
But, there were some great surprises…
Wahoo popped up on the south end of Cerralvo and we had some biters each day. Dark Rapalas and Yo-Zuris trolled over the high spots were the ticket but also strangely mackerel-colored patterns also worked.
Additionally, hey…we finally got tuna!!! Football tuna in the 10-20 pound class made for some great action not too far offshore Punta Perrico and Cerralvo Island. Some pangas took limits of the flashing footballs in short order. Several of our anglers said that slow trolling Cedar Plugs and dark feathers resulted in instant hook-ups. Hopefully, this bite is just the vanguard of us finally getting into a lengthy tuna bite as we didn’t have any tuna to speak-of, last season! Also, maybe the larger models will also show up!
The other fun even was the billfish. As one of our guys told me, “Jonathan, I’ve never seen anything like it! There were sailfish and marlin literally JUMPING out of the water around the panga!” There were several days here this past week where every one of our pangas hooked at least one billfish but somedays where some of the boats hooked 2-4 billfish! Most of the billfish were 60-120 pounds with some larger and almost all of them were released!
The fish are not very far offshore and I would recommend that anyone coming down bring some marlin feathers. One color that seems really hot is a green and yellow that looks like a small baby dorado because there’s a ton of baby dorado in the waters…little itty-bitty 10-inch dorado that are like candy for some of the larger fish and even the monster dorado are also chasing the babies! Food is food, I guess! But, if you want to troll, bring 2 dark colored feathers and 2 light colored lures.
That’s our story!
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