PHOTO 1: Steve Hastings was in town from Washington State to study with our friend Juli Goff at Se Habla La Paz Spanish Language School. He figured to take a day or two and go fishing just for a break-in-the-action. He ripped on a variety of fish including bull dorado such as this, despite winter-conditions. Captain Pancho looks on. Bahia de Los Muertos in the background. On his 2nd day, Steve even hooked a marlin on a light tackle spinning rod before it broke off.
BEAUTIFUL WEEK OF CHRISTMAS FISHING WITH COOPERATIVE FISH AND WEATHER!
We probably could not have asked for a better week for fishing conditions. There were some strong breezes, but that didn’t stop the fish from biting and overall, it was just really pleasant time on the water with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70’s to low 80’s. All of our fishing was done out of Muertos Bay and we really got a surprising variety of fish. Despite the cooler temperatures and it being late in the season, pelagic species such as tuna, wahoo, dorado, marlin and roosterfish are still around!
The tuna were just off the drop off between Punta Perrico and the old Hotel Las Arenas. Nothing big, but a fun size 20 pound class fish were great on light tackle. There also seemed to be a school running around the high spots south of Cerralvo…er Jacques Cousteau Island! It’s the same place were getting the occasional wahoo rip as well! The 2nd mount seems to be some type of concentration of wahoo with fish around 30 pounds there. One boat got 6 fish one day. Another day, a panga got 3 while several others dropped fish.
Dorado are just as surprising. Pretty much, the mahi are free ranging. We’ve been finding the fish by dragging a strip of fresh bonito behind the pangas, especially around concentrations of bait or where the waters fall to deeper waters. No telling. But all of a sudden if you get bit on the strip bait, tossing some live sardines around often brings 2, 3 or more dorado into the bite as well. The fish aren’t big, but you can have a blast on 10-25 pound fish! Straight live bait with nothing else except possibly a heavier leader, like 30-40 pound test, is about all it’s taking!
And then, there’s the billfish…striped marlin and sailfish. Steve Hastings from Washington fished several times with us and he was busy with tuna and dorado and a striper went swimming by the panga. He grabbed the nearest rod and fired out a sardine which got inhaled by the striper. Unfortunately, as Steve laughed later…it was his light spinning rod! He immediately realized his error and hung on for about 2 minutes but said it was incredible fun. He would have released the fish anyway.
As well, what’s up with the roosterfish? I think this is the longest roosterfish season I’ve ever had down here! We were getting them as early as February and even now in December, there’s big sluggers around as well as schoolie fish! My amigo, Leonard Bishop and his amigo, Craig Black from Canada took out the flyrods and in a matter of about 3 hours caught and released close to 30 school-sized roosterfish and some nice sized jack crevalle and had a hoot.
TAILHUNTER ROAD TOUR 2010 COMING SOON NEAR YOU!
In a few days, we climb in our trusty white van and hit the road to visit all of you back in the states as we start our 2010 Tailhunter Road Tour setting up our booth at all the big hunting and fishing shows in the Western United States.
Our first show is January 7-10th at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Denver CO at the Denver Convention Center. Come say hi and pick up a copy or our DVD and brochures!
Here’s our full schedule:
January 7-10 – Denver Convention Center for the International Sportsman’s Expo Booth 648
January 14-17 – San Mate Expo Center (San Francisco) for the International Sportsman’s Expo Booth 556C
January 21-24 – International Sportsmens Expo Sacramento CA at the State Fairgrounds Booth 3108
January 27 -31 – Washington Sportsmens Show at Puyallup Washington Booth 1041
Feb. 10-14 – Pacific Northwest Sportmens Expo at Portland OR Booth 1231
Feb. 26-28 – Cardinal Football Stadium Phoenix AZ for the International Sportsmen’s Expo Booth 533C
March 3-7 – Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at Long Beach Convention Center
March 9-15 – Central Oregon Sportmens Show Redmond OR Booth 135
March 18-21 – International Sportsmens Expo at Salt Lake City UT Both L1422C
Hope to see you in 2010.
Have a great New Year! That’s our story…
Jonathan and Jill
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