GREAT WEEK FOR DORADO FISHING HIGHLIGHTED BY THE GIANT SQUID FINALLY SHOWING UP!
La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for the week of Sept. 20-27, 2008
PHOTO 6: Lionel Frailey from Arizona always wanted to get a roosterfish. He succeeded! The roosterfish are still along the areas beachs ranging up to 50-60 pounds. This one was released.
PHOTO 8: Alex Molina came down with a pack of his firemen buddies and he displays one of the good looking dorado caught off La Paz waters this past week.
What a week! Dorado! Dorado! (And more dorado!). Not a whole lot of BIG fish, but there was generally now shortage of action for 10-20 pounders with limits of fish the rule rather than the exception. There were a few bulls in the 30-40 pound class, but they were fewer and far between Suffice to say that at least the fish were bigger this week than last and there were a few days this week when the boats came back early or simply stopped fishing the dorado well before noon because anglers simply had too much; got bored with too many dorado; or wanted to hunt other species. All of these are GOOD things which meant lots of action and fillets for the ice chests.
Overall, I’d have to say that our Las Arenas fleet did better than our La Paz fleet, but our La Paz boats weren’t far behind.
Our Las Arenas boats ran into several days of the giant squid (20-60 pound beasts to start the day!) and using them chummed schools of hungry dorado into a frenzy towards the boats. After that the schools would eat live bait, chunked squid, trolled bonito, chunked bonito, trolled feathers…and even a piece of lunch burrito that one angler dropped over board in the middle of the bite and had two dorado race to explode on the toritllas! Actually, the larger problem has been reminding anglers and captains to RELEASE more fish, especially the smaller and female fish! As the week went on, I think anglers got the clue as we heard stories and saw more fish getting tossed back.
But a word about these squid. These are the big boys everyone keeps asking about. Imagine starting the day winching up one of these creatures from deep water when the sun is climbing higher and the humidity is already 80 percent and the captain tells you that you need several of these for bait! As one guy said, “It was like pulling a refrigerator up the side of a building with a string!” But all had fun. If you can, bring the BIG heavy squid jigs with you!
Roosterfish were sporadic but still on the beaches. Tuna would pop up and bite then go down fast. We had 5 or 6 wahoo biters, but only 2 landed at the south end of Cerralvo Island.
For our La Paz fleet, the bite was scattered, but centered generally between the islands. The dorado were a touch larger than their Las Arenas counterparts and the largest dorado of the week came from our La Paz boats. We had a few marlin hooked up and released as well. There were stories of tuna breaking at the north end of Cerralvo Island, but every boat that chased them there never found the fish.
That’s our story!