PHOTO 1: Yes! That’s right…YELLOWFIN TUNA! The north end of Cerralvo Island gave up a few teasing days of great tuna fishing early in the week with 20-25 pound fish crashing around the boats. Popular Captain Jorge holds up some fish with our good friends, Len and Cheryl Atkinson.
CHANGING NORTH WINDS AND UNSTABLE WATERS DAMPEN A SOLID BITE AND APPEARANCE OF TUNA!
La Paz Fishing Report for the Week of Oct. 19-25, 2008
PHOTO 2: Len Atkinson and Captain Jorge at North Point Cerralvo Island holding one of the yellowfin tuna that romped on the panga fleets early in the week. Our bait and flyfishers alike all got into the fish. Down below, deeper water amberjack also bit for anglers fishing further down the water column.
Well…we were kinda hoping we’d go out at the end of the season with a roar. It sure looked like it. However, mother nature is cruel and she had other ideas. Instead of a roar. We got a whimper as the week went on. Fish kinda went on strike!
Simply put, by the end of the week, we were struggling for fish as seasonal northern winds appeared to have started earlier this year. When they start blowing with regularity, things change. And I have a feeling that our blue water season may be coming to an end. We’ll have to see.
However, the week sure started nicely. Dorado, although not big, continued to bite pretty steadily for both our Las Arenas (Muertos Bay) and La Paz fleets. Most of the fish were 10-15 pounders. Hardly the big bulls we’re used to this time of year, but lots of fun, especially on the lighter tackle. Jacks and roosterfish were in the shallows as well. Some boats did better than others, but if you fished a few days, everyone got fish at some point. Not banner, but steady.
Then, we got the real bonus…tuna showed up at the north end of Cerralvo Island! Whoa…what a surprise. These were a nice grade of fish too…25 pound class sluggers! Light tackle and even our flyfishers got into the fish and had a blast getting beat up. In the same spot, some of those nice amberjack also came up too! We had those kinds of days when everyone literally came back to the beach looking trashed and bloody, but all with big grins. So we got pretty jazzed and figured we were finally on it…
Well, then the winds started up. They blew hard enough that it was almost impossible to get up to the spot again bucking against the north winds…unless you wanted to get soaking wet and/or get your teeth rattled out of your head!
And that was the bite…after that…with the winds blowing…even the dorado seemed to go ground and became about as scarce as chicken’s teeth. Really had to work for the fish the latter part of the week. Even the bonito seemed like they weren’t interested. I won’t kid ya. The last part of the week had lots of sunshine and that was almost about it.
I sure hope the winds don’t hang around. We’ll hope for the best this coming week. I’d like to run up for some of that tuna again.
That’s our story!
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