PHOTO 1: King of the week is Captain Steve Greanias from the Los Angeles area who rocked the big fish all week as well as several of the largest roosters of the season. Take a look at some of the underwater photos this week. Steve also took those. Steve does well every time he comes down and released all of his big roosters. Steve got 3 fish that went upwards of 50 pounds plus they lost a few as well. Steve and his dad got marlin (released) and big dorado, but made a point of chasing the big roosters that Las Arenas is famous for.
STORM STARTS THE WEEK WITH A THUD BUT AFTER THINGS CLEAR FISHING STARTS TO GET BACK UP TO SPEED
La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for the week of Aug. 24-30, 2008
PHOTO 2: Two of the funnest folks we’ve had in a long time, Sherman and Shelley McDonell left snow falling in Wyoming to come enjoy some Baja sunshine and fishing. Both are extremely experienced and figured they’d try light tackle fishing in the Tailhunter House! Well, their first day out on 17 pound test and spinning rods, they got their first taste of Baja power. Double hookup within minutes! Shelley’s fish on the right was the larger of the two and in the 45 pound class and she fought it for an hour and 15 minutes! Attempts to revive the fish were unsuccessful so the meat was donated to the San Pedro pueblo.
PHOTO 11: Steven Laurentis is our amigo from “Los Angeles and world for a big radio station there. Great guy who was on his second trip to see us here in La Paz. He’s holding up a pair of yellowfin tuna, but also go his first sailfish on this trip which he released.
Well, where do I start? Fishing really tanked as we began the week. Straight up…it pretty funky and that was because tropical storm Julio came through here.
It was weird. There was absolutely nothing on the radar. Then, we wake up and suddenly we have rain coming. And not just a little blow. Turns into a tropical storm named Julio. In truth, it wasn’t much of a storm as storms go and thankfully, it wasn’t a hurricane so thanks to all of you who wrote and wished us well.
It was just enough to get my car muddy and have to turn on the window wipers and it was bad enough that we didn’t want anyone out on the water because it was rough and wet and the port captain shut things down for a bit.
But, I felt bad for the amigos that were here and lost a day of fishing and had to keep watching the weather screens like us wondering from day-to-day if they’d be able to go fishing that day. Hat’s off to all of them who kept patience with us and kept smiling!
The fishing was not great as you might guess, but everyone made a go of it and did their best…captains and anglers both! They scratched up a few dorado, some bonito, a few too many needlefish and some roosters.
As the week went on, the rain left us and the winds died down, but the clouds still hung over us, but the fishing did improve seemingly with each passing day. More dorado started up in the counts including some larger 30 and 40 pounders. We saw quite a few billfish and got a few to bite. Several anglers got 2 or more billfish in a single day. Most were released. As well, roosters along the beaches kept things fun for the light tackle guys and ladies plus we’re seeing more sierra which leads me to believe that there’s some cooler spots of water here and there.Some of the roosters, as you can see from the photos, were the trophy-sized horses that this area is famous for. We had a few wahoo jump the lures, but nothing stuck. Tuna showed up back in the counts as well with legitimate 15-pounders at the north end of Espiritu Santo Island.
Like I said, it wasn’t great fishing by any stretch, but as the week went on, things got more promising.
Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll be back in the swing of things and fishing is back up to speed.