PHOTO 1: They started slow, but finished fast. Yusuke Suzuki and his dad Katsu from Portland had to cancel their first trip to La Paz 2 times last year, but finally made it down. Their first day fishing the winds blew strong and they barely scratched out a bite and had tough fishing. However, the fish gods finally smiled on their second day and they had quite a variety including sierra, pargo, snapper, cabrilla and bonito. This is pretty typical of winter fishing for inshore species.
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 14-20, 2010
It was a mixed bag of fish, so to speak, this past week which is pretty characteristic of this time of year. What we catch and how we fish and where we fish are often dictated by wind, weather and the bait conditions rather than by what clients want to specifically target. At least moreso than other times of the year.
Most of our fishing is confined to the Muertos Bay area as it is more protected and fishing is closer. Whether we go much further than that depends on the winds but generally we focus on the Punta Perrico areas, Punta Arenas, Boca de Alamo and the surrounding areas. If winds permit, we can head over to Cerralvo Island.
The other aspect is bait. Can’t fish without it so sometimes getting bait is hunt and peck a little bit. Since waters are a bit rougher this time of year, often the sardines get scattered by the wave action or the waters get too cloudy from the splash and it’s hard to throw the net. Alternatively, sometimes it’s hard to get in tight in the rocks to throw the bait nets when the waves are pushing you into the rocks.
Anyway, I guess that’s the so-so news and the realities of fishing some days. Others, it’s flat, calm, warm and the bait is readily taken. All that taken into account, we’re still having a great time with sierra which are easy since they can be taken close to shore anyway and will eat lures when bait is a little sketchy…basically, anything shiny will attract strikes. As well, pargo are frustrating anglers also. The big red fish are biting, but anglers will lose half their fish or more to the rocks when the fish immediately burrow down. But, in the same areas, cabrilla (seabass) and snapper are being taken and we’re also getting jack crevalle and some roosters along the beaches. Attribute it to El Nino, but every now and then, just a hair offshore, someone hooks a tuna or dorado.
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMENS EXPO THIS WEEK
That’s where we’ll be from Friday to Sunday this week for the next stop on our road tour. We’ll be right on the floor of the football stadium where the Cardinals play. It’s a great facility and great place to come out and spend the day; see some great exhibits and, of course, come say hi to us and check out some dates for your La Paz fishing trip this year! See you then!
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Jonathan and Jill
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