YELLOWTAIL FINALLY SHOW TO KICK OFF MARCH!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 28-March 7, 2010
We had another interesting week with quite a bit of variety at such diverse ends that it makes us wonder about the El Nino everyone says is upon us.
The best part is that yellowtail finally showed up in the counts. It’s about time! Fish ran 20-40 pounds and there weren’t alot caught compared to the number hooked, but that’s because most of the anglers were simply outgunned by the slugger fish or simply weren’t up to it! About 3 out of every 4 fish broke off!
The fish hit a variety of baits including mackerel and sardines as well as some of the caballitos that were found. Defintely, the larger baits were the preferred “candy” for the bigger fish. As well, yo-yo iron dropped off and jigged quickly back got some tremendous strikes. The secret is to not try to set the hook on a pick up but rather to keep grinding and turning that reel handle to make sure the fish is securely stuck in the jaw. Prefferred colors of lures includes blue and white as well as “scrambeled egg” (white, yellow, brown). Best spots included the north and south sides of Cerralvo Island, Punta Perrico off of Bahia de los Muertos and off Coyote Point where fish up to 30 pounds were seen in as shallow as just a few feet of water! We’ll keep you posted!
Inshore also, roosterfish and cabrilla as well as sierra were almost slam-dunk easy to hook most days. Wish we could say the same thing about the pargo. Easier to hook than put into the boat and the ones we got were the 5-15 pounders. The larger toad pargo kept taking guys into the rocks. The best news about the inshore fishing is that it looks like the yellowtail bite finally seems to have kicked in. Fish were in the 15-25 pound class, but about half the fish were breaking off. Still, it’s encouraging to finally get into some of the forktails.
On the other end of the spectrum, warm water fish like dorado are still hanging out. Not big fish but even seeing 5-15 pound fish in March is pretty remarkable. The fish are readily hitting sardines or any small feathers in dragged behind the pangas. As well, we’re seeing more and more marlin. We didn’t get any to bite this week, but again, having marlin in our waters this early in the season is worth keeping an eye on.
FIESTA INN IN LA PAZ CLOSES IT’S DOORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Just as an aside, the new Fiesta Inn Hotel in La Paz closed it’s doors this week. Word has it that they plan to re-open at some undisclosed time in the future, but for now, the hotel is closed.
VOLARIS AIR ANNOUNCES SURPRISE DISCOUNT SALE UNTIL MARCH 9!
Volaris Airlines, the ever-growing popular airlines flying out of Tijuana to La Paz (and several other destinations) announced a pretty incredible fare to come to La Paz. Basically, for about 118 dollars one way and ONE PESO to come back, they’ll sell you a ticket! The restrictions are that you MUST purchase the ticket before March 9 and you MUST use the ticket to travel between May 1st and June 30th! Jump on it. Here’s the website:
Check it out. Don’t wait. Seats are limited. Then c’mon down to see us!
TAILHUNTER ROAD TOUR CONTINUES BACK TO OREGON THIS WEEK!
Our 2010 road tour of the best fishing and hunting shows in the west continues this week as we head to Bend, Oregon in the beautiful central Oregon area. The show runs from Thursday to Sunday and we’ll be there with the full booth and all the new brochures and DVDs to set up your next trip to come fishing in La Paz.
We just left the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show in Long Beach after 5 days and it was a monster! Wow! In more than 2 decades of doing this massive show, I’ve never had a show like this one. We were swamped from the get-go and folks were making their reservations about as fast as we could take them! Thanks to all of you who came by to say hi; to let me know you enjoyed yourselves fishing with us; to share your photos; to let me know you’re reading my reports and Baja columns and to make your reservations for 2010. A special shout-out to everyone who brought us goodies to the booth also!
I’m surprised we could even walk out of there after all the home-made cookies, Chinese food, jerky, cakes, Mexican food, pastries, sandwiches, and cheese, sausage, sushi and other goodies. Also, thanks to everyone who came by to wish me a happy birthday and brought cards and gifts. You’re the best! It was the best place to spend my day…in the middle of a fishing show with all my fishing amigos!
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Jonathan and Jill
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