Paul Kilborn holds up his first sailfish. Like many the past few weeks, he was on his first trip down here and slammed fish. The cool thing is that he did a great job of CPR…Catch-Photo-Release. He got the fish to the boat. He took the photo. He got it back in the water fast and let it swim away. Excellent! Captain Gerardo lends a hand.
Zack Barnard is 9, Connor Barnard is 11. They came down with mom and dad. According to dad, the boys handled the fish from start to finish on a tough day on the water and dad said, they just kept smiling! They proudly hold their catches of dorado here!
THE WEEKLY FISHING VIDEO CLIP
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THE FISH REPORT
Well, we had a pretty active week here. Boy…there were sure alot of species! Where do I start? The weirdest of weird seasons got even more goofy…
I think we had them all in one way, shape or form: DORADO, SAILFISH, MARLIN, AMBERJACK, CABRILLA, PARGO LISO, PARGO PERRO (dogtooth), PARGO MULATTO (barred pargo), WAHOO, YELLOW SNAPPER, ROOSTERFISH, JACK CREVALLE, POMPANO, BIG EYE JACKS, BONITO, SKIPJACK were just a few.
But then…add in the weird ones…TUNA…yes we even got a few TUNA. And where did the yellowtail come from all of a sudden? Yellowtail season ended weeks ago when all the cold water left us then…BOOM! We start getting yellowtail again.
Look…I don’t wanna blow smoke up the chimney, but it wasn’t WFO fishing my any stretch. It was good…NOT GREAT. At least not everyday. But, in all honesty, everyone got fish. And most got alot of fish. What I’m saying is that you could be on a boat that just missed the bite or sat on the wrong spot! The next day, you could be the boat that blows up the ocean and comes back with huge tails sticking out of your fish box and pound your chests as kings of the beach. Everyday was different. You COULD have a skunky day one day, then be on top of the hill the next.
Not kidding. If you hit the right spot, it could go world-class and explosive in the time it takes to cast a bait in the water. For some of the boats in our La Paz fleet that hit El Bajo during the latter part of the week…OMG…they whacked some of the biggest dorado of the season and more amberjack than I have seen in one spot in a long time. I had some freedivers in the area and they told me they saw 60 pound yellowtail swimming around down there. Big tuna were also seen breezing the area.
Bottom line…if you fish Las Arenas…light tackle heaven on a number of species. If you fish La Paz, expect about 90 percent dorado…and some of these dorado were tickling the 50-60 pound mark! Get ready to pull! It will be interesting to see what happens this week with the full moon. I’m not a big believer in the full moon stuff, but combine it with wind and the complexion could change of the fishing.
Several tips…this is one time, I would recommend bringing one or two tuna-sized feathers. One dark and one light color. The dorado are breezing. Sometimes, we find the schools by trolling the feathers then after a hook-up, chumming the rest of the school to the boat. Also, bring one or two sabiki /Lucky Joe rigs to catch a few of the larger caballitos or mackerel in the bay to top out your sardines for the day.
That’s my story!
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