PHOTO 1: Bent and happy. This is “Bonefish” Bill Richmond hefting a nice dorado caught on the flyrod. From Colorado, Bill came down to throw patterns in front of roosterfish but couldn’t resist a few dorado that swam by the boat. That’s Punta Perico in the background but if you look carefully, you’ll see another flyrod being bent. That’s Kent Wiggins from North Carolina battling one of his own fish from the bow.
Now THIS is unusual and a great catch, Danny Hudak was on his very first ocean-flyfishing trip and came all the way from Denver. He got roosters, jacks, bonito…”they sure are alot stronger than rainbow trout!” He also got this incredible pargo as well on the fly. This is quite an accomplishment as they guys are hard enough to pull out of the rocks with a conventional rod, let alone a flyrod where you can barely put much pressure on the fish. Dan did a great job getting this hog to the boat!
The man knows hot to pose with a fish! With the fly still in his mouth and ready to be released, Bill Richmond hold a fresh roostefish caught just yards from the shoreling in Muertos Bay. Bill specifically fished a whole week just to fish for roosterfish on the flyrod.
Yes, they are still here! Natalie Athas from Orange Co, CA was on her first day out and got one of the most prized fish we have…a wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island.
He had just a few hours to kill before jumping on a plane so Rick Athas did what we’d all do…he jumped on a panga and made the best of a few hours! He’s holding a nice yellowtail that he got north of La Paz
And he made his plane on time too!
Everyone comes down for the “glamour” fish like roosters, dorado and billfish. They often forget about the awesome inshore fishing we have almost year-round where beast like this grouper grow big and grumpy. These inshore species are some of the toughest fighting and best eating fish in our waters. Natalie pulled his grump out of the rocks north of La Paz.
MULTITUDE OF SPECIES HIGHLIGHT THE BITE AS ANGLERS SLUG IT OUT WITH INSHORE AND OFFSHORE FISH!
The La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Repoft for the week of MAY 17-23, 2009
I don’t know if it was the dark moon or whatever since I’m not a big believer in moon phases, but I’m not sure I have ever seen so much variety in our waters at one time on a given week! Where do I start? Maybe a fish-by-fish rundown…
1. Dorado – Outside at the buoys near Muertos Bay and at the 88 spot off Cerralvo (some days) as well as free swimmers at any given time. We’re also seeing more and more of them north of La Paz as waters warm.
2. Tuna – Yes, I said tuna! When was the last time we had tuna in May? Can’t remember! Anyway, nothing big, but 10-20 pound puddlers and blasters hit our fleet off Punta Perico not more than 100 yards from shore on live bait. There wasn’t a big bite as the boats put 1-3 fish aboard, but this is encouraging and a great surprise
3. Wahoo – They bit a few times at the south end of Cerralvo, but we didn’t put any aboard. But we know they are there!
4. Roosterfish – There’s a reason we call this the “roosterfish capital of the world.” If you want a rooster, you can find a rooster. 5 pound schoolfish all the way up to 50 pound sluggers along the beaches.
5. Pargo – They’re here too. Putting them in the boat is another issue! Pargo perro (dog snapper), pargo liso (mullet snapper) and pargo mulatto (barred parg) as well as yellow snapper (huachinango) are here along the rocks. The largest of the week were 45-pound beasts (Good job Richard!) but we hooked and lost larger fish!
6. Sierra – Yes, even though the water is warming, we still got a few. Not sure how much longer they’ll be around.
7. Yellowtail – Largest of the week were 40 pound fish, but most were 10-15 pounds. Not a lot, but we still got a few here. Waters getting far too warm.
8. Cabrilla and Rockfish – You can spend all day on these. Fun on light tackle. Most about 1-8 pounds.
9. Pompano – These were a great surprise towards the end of the week, Using live bait and a little lead, these fish were holding at the drop off spots near the sandy beaches like Las Arenas lighthouse. I’ve not seen so many big pompano. 15-20 pound fish were not unusual.
10. Jack Crevalle – There’s a reason they call these “toros.” (Bulls). Man…these are hard chargers pound-for-pound. Some of the most epic battles this week. Too bad they don’t taste good, but they can sure rip and are great sport.
11. Amberjack – Larger and better-eating cousins to the yellowtail. They get over 100 pounds, but, although we didn’t get any of those, we still had some nice 15-30 pound fish
12. Bonito and Skipjack – All you wanted, especially for the flyfishers
13. Billfish (sailfish/ striped marlin/ blue marlin/ black marlin) – Hooked and lost a few. Saw LOTS of them this week, but most aren’t quite willing to bite just yet! But we know they’re here!
So, that’s just a sample of some of the species we got! Definitely, the most action was with our Las Arenas/ Muertos Fleet (we have moved the boats over to the beach at Las Arenas by the lighthouse now) but our La Paz fleet got a few fish too. Still it can be windy some days so most of the fishermen are fishing out with our Las Arenas fleet instead of our La Paz fleet. Our La Paz fleet tangled with some yellowtail, some larger dorado and snapper.
It’s warm down here so bring the shorts and t-shirts, but still a tad windy in the mornings so a windbreaker wouldn’t hurt.
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