FISH PARTY EARLY LEADING INTO CHRISTMAS WEEK WITH SIERRA-SNAPPER- DORADO- ROOSTERFISH- AND WAHOO BITING!
The La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for the Week of Dec. 13-20, 2008
First and foremost…
Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays to everyone! This is a special time of year and we wish you and yours a safe and peaceful Christmas and holiday season!
Sorry to have missed last week’s fishing report. For only about the 5th time in 12 years of doing the reports weekly, I missed. I begged off. I was on my honeymoon! For those of you who wrote in asking, yes…Jill and I got married finally and had a grand time and appreciate all the good wishes from you all! Life is good and I got myself a great lady!
OK…for the fishing down here…surprisingly good! Yes, it’s winter, but I’m really surprised at the variety of species. It’s windy and chilly most days, which makes it choppy and we surely aren’t fishing out of La Paz. However, we’ve been sending all of our clients out of Muertos Bay. Fishing is CLOSE! Don’t have to go far to get fish so no biggie about the winds!
And, like I said, there’s some nice variety and good action. For example, the boats we had out this week came back with 7 to 12 sierra each; a handful of seabass (cabrilla); some snapper and small pargo; some roosterfish up to 10 pounds; some jack crevalle; bonito; and even some dorado (go figure!). A bit like a smorgasboard! All the fish are eating live sardines so this is nice easy fishing. No casting needed. Just kinda hold onto the rod and get bit. The boats are no more than 100 yards off the beach this past week. There were some reports of breezing tuna off Cerralvo Island earlier in the week, but when we tried to check it out, the winds were up and it woulda been crazy wet and bumpy to go over there. There were also two wahoo hooked south of the island on one of the days when the winds backed off. We’ll keep an eye on that and let you know what happens.
HAPPENINGS IN LA PAZ
Here’s some changes I thought you’d be interested in for the coming year
Alaska Airlines – Is now flying out of Los Angeles to La Paz on Monday/ Wednesday/ Thursday/ Saturday and Sunday for 2009. This is great news and presents many more options for the coming season.
New Water Slide Water Park – It’s just about finished and is located at Caimancito Beach between Hotel La Concha and Hotel Marina. They’ve been working on it for almost two seasons and just had the big inauguration party this past week with the governor and mayor and about 500 people. It’s not officially open, but it’s close and they’re thinking by Spring Break 2009 it’ll be all set. It’s pretty nice.
More New Restaurants and Changes –
Tres Virgines – The popular upscale restaurant was closed for several months, but has now re-opened with some new management changes
Los Michoacanas – Just found the place. Everyone asks about carintas tacos. This place rocks!
Azul Marina – Located in the new Costa Baja Marina, it has slowly been growing popularity and now it’s often packed. Some of the most creative and killer good seafood, steak, pasta and imaginative upscale food in town.
Cafe Molina – Old and funky near the Marina La Paz. They have live music and a throwback lounge, but it’s our new favorite Italian place. Hey…four beers and a big pesto pizza for 10 bucks can’t go wrong!
La Paz is bustling with new places including the area around the Buffalo Grill. There’s another new high-end restaurant on the street (can’t remember the name) but it’s packed. There’s a Thai/Chinese fusion place now and another breakfast house owned by Americans that serves biscuits and gravy and sausage!
WHALE WATCHING NOW BOOKING
We’re now booking for the 2009 whale watching season at Mag Bay. This is from mid-January to March. Best time is February because by then the calves and females are used to having the pangas around them in the shallow lagoons. This is great fun for the whole family and an incredible experience to have whales come right up to the pangas. Get in touch with us ASAP and we can set up the whole package!
CABIN FEVER CLASSIC
We’re booking fast for our 7th Annual Cabin Fever Classic set for April 30 to May 4th. This is our unofficial kick-off for the season and we’re holding it just a tad later this year to get into more variety of fish. It’s not a competition. It’s a fun 3 days of fishing and a chance to bust out of your cabin and get some sunshine, sand and wet some lines. It’s $775 per person double occupancy. Quite a few couples book this one every year with us.
WALMART AND SAM’s CLUB
Yes, it finally happened. The world is changing. Lots of excitement about it on some levels. But after visiting, all I could say was (yawn)…what’s the big deal. Walmart is like a big dark warehouse. Looks nothing like a U.S. Walmart. Not even much inside of it. Poor selection. Even the locals have already found it to be a big thud. When I was there, the place was almost empty…one week before Christmas. Same with Sam’s Club. Duds!!! I didn’t want them in La Paz, but was looking forward to buying fishing gear and hardware in the same place! NOT!
HOTEL LOS ARCOS
It’s still closed now for 3 weeks. It’s a shame that the hotel and union can’t get it together. Bad for everyone. No signs of movement. The whole place remains boarded up. A deadline to resolve the impasse came and went. We’ll keep you posted. We’re putting folks in La Concha Beach Resort and Hotel Marina only until further notice.
ON A CHEERIER NOTE…
For 2009, Tailhunter International will be offering some off-the-water activities including horseback riding; ATV tours; and swimming with the dolphins!
That’s our story. Merry Christmas all!
Jonathan and Jill
Phone: (626) 333-3355
FAX: (626) 333-0115
U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745
Mexico Office: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico
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