PHOTO 1: A new king is crowned! An incredible week of pargo fishing for the big elusive and frustrating fish was topped by this beast! We had more pargo and bigger pargo this week than we ever normally see! Barry Wood from Orange Co. CA with an assist from Captain Armando hefts a HUGE 49.6 pound pargo liso (on the scale!) he pulled out of the rocks near Muertos Bay.
BEST WEEK OF PARGO FISHING AS INSHORE SPECIES GO OFF WITH OFFSHORE SPECIES STILL GETTING BETTER!
La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 27, 2008
Photo2: Dan Cook was on his first trip to Mexico and first time fishing La Paz. The 18 year-old graduates from high school next week but skipped out for some early R n R to go fishing all the way from Boston MA to hang with his dad. Efforts rewarded! Check out the slugger of a pargo he got as well as roosterfish and lots of other species!
These fish are all over the shallows right now, but usually almost impossible to yank out’ve the rocks. Lee Cook and his son Danny (photo above) from Boston got FOUR of these huge fish off Cerralvo Island on live bait.
You may not recognize this guy, but he’s famous! Mike “Moogie” Alperin used to have a very popular fishing TV show on FOX TV. But he’s better known for being the inventor of the famous “banjo lure” that you used to see advertised on TV. Don’t laugh. He sold millions of these little plastic lures and laughed all the way to the bank enabling him to retire and do what all of us want to do…fish whenever he wants! He came all the way from Massachusetts to fish light tackle with us putting numerous species on line as light as 6 pound test. (Releasing almost all fish!) However, he knew enough to put down the little rods and grab heavy artillery to nail this HUGE pargo liso. He got four of these monsters in a single day. Almost unheard of!
Caryn Aizawa gets a hand from Jeff Sakuda both from the Los Angeles CA area with this nice bull dorado taken off the offshore buoys near Cerralvo Island. Dorado have show up early this year! Last year we had a decent dorado season, but not many big bulls. This year, we’ve already seen larger fish in the last 3 weeks than we’ve had all last year.
Not bad for a first fishing trip. Dan Cook is 18 years-old and ripped all kinds of species this past week including this trophy dorado.
Mike Alperin holds up a nice little roosterfish taken on 6 pound test. If you wanted roosters this week, we found a spot south of Muertos Bay with unlimited roosters. Alperin caught and released so many roosters “we stopped counting.” This is a perfect size for light tackle. Alperin also lost a fish estimated at over 50 pounds that chomped a huge ladyfish bait.
PHOTO 8 :
Keith Mufford from British Columbie and Kelly Ashmore from Valencia CA hold up a pair of dorado they got at the outside buoys. Mufford had never fished salt water. Ashmore is constantly on the water. In addition to a box of dorado on this day, they also hooked 3 marlin including a double hook-up and released all fish.
PHOTO 9 :
Just to show more of the inshore variety, Joe Fong from Laguna Beach holds o a jack crevalle (left) and a nice cabrilla (seabass on the right). Inshore fishing included sierra, jack crevalle, big eye jacks, snapper, pargo and pompano.
PHOTO 10: Yes, there’s still big yellowtail around, but since the dorado and pargo showed up, the focus has fallen off the great yellowtail bite. So, not many yellowtail on the books these days. However, outdoor writer and guide Ronnie Garrison from Atlanta GA holds up a fat yellowtail and lost many more to the rocks. Captain Jacobo lends a hand. Here’s what Ronnie wrote…
“. . .we went out with our local guide and fished all day in our old clothes. It was a fun trip. After buying live sardines for bait we headed to a ridge to fish. On the way we spotted a marlin and I found out why the outfitters are called Tail Hunters. As a marlin swims on the surface feeding its tail waves around and gives its location away. It was early in the season and the marlin did not bite.
We did land a 35 pound yellowtail. Linda hooked it and the guide took the rod from her when it looked like it was going to pull her in. He then handed it to me and I managed to land it. I found out how lucky I was when we hooked eight more yellowtail and every one cut our line on the rocks.”
Monica Calin originally from Romania and now living in La Paz always seems to do well. She was fishing with her boyfriend Kevin Beehn in the channel between the islands and got a nice bull dorado.
We had folks from all over the country this week. Rob Burns from Texas had a great few days of fishing with his family and hung a few of these big yellowtail.
PHOTO 12: We have a tremendous number of billfish in the area right now. One day they will barely give you a stare. The next day they are almost jumping in the boat! Pat Ireton from Pacific City, Oregon got this sailfish with Captain “Yofo” Adolfo and then released it.
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THE FISHING REPORT!
Check out the photos and it tells the story! Every week there’s another surprise. For a number of weeks the story was the great bite of big yelllowtail. Then dorado showed up and edged the yellows out of the spotlight. This week, it’s big pargo and roosterfish. This early season is the best we have had in ages!
Here’s the scoop…honestly, we had FEWER fish caught this week. However, the QUALITY of the fish was great. Big pargo…normally hard to catch…were breaking lines and rods. As one angler put it…”The waters were’t red with pargo! They were BLACK because the pargo were so thick!”
Additionally… We found a spot of roosterfish that yielded some of the BEST roosterfishing I have ever seen. With light tackle, the waters foamed around the pangas with as many 5-10 pound roosters as you could have wanted. I was on the water and we literally lost count of all the roosters we caught and released!
Are the yellowtail still there? I have to believe they are…but…we had a few days of wind which prevented anglers from heading to north Cerralvo. Further, folks were out chasing the dorado, pargo and even marlin and sailfish that have shown up a the outer buoys.
In all honesty…there are a few slow days. It’s not wide open. It depends on what variety of fish you are chasing and where you go. But EVERYONE is catching fish. I counted over 18 varieties of fish this week. Just alot of great fun.
One fishing tip…bring flurocarbon leaders! It makes a big difference with your bite. It’s very expensive to buy here in La Paz. You don’t need much. Just a few feet at the end of your line can make all the difference.
That’s my story. Have a great week!
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