SUMMERTIME CONDITIONS PROMPT DORADO AND MARLIN TO WAKE UP!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of June 20-27, 2010
Things are definitely changing here finally. Winds have laid down quite a bit. Waters and air temps are getting noticeably warmer too. It finally feels like summer. Waters are high 70’s to low 80’s Daytime temps are high 90’s to low 100’s, but there’s still a nice breeze most times. Our anglers are telling us it’s one of the most pleasant June’s they’ve ever experienced here.
Co-incidentally, fishing has seemingly turned the corner as well. While not wide open, the warmer conditions finally brought in more of the top-water species. For sure, it finally kick-started all the marlin and sailfish that have been lazing around our waters for two months. “We had 8 swimming around our panga at one time!” said one of our anglers. It was not unusual to hook 1 or 2 this week. Many fish broke- off on the lighter tackle, but it’s gratifying to see so many anglers…especially first timers…releasing their billfish! Bravo! Our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet has been seeing most of the billfish action.
As well, there’s been a smattering of tuna in the 60-100 pound class as it seems the big Humboldt squid have come up to the surface from their trenches and that usually brings the big tuna with them. There weren’t many tuna, but here and there, they popped up and tore into a few of our pangas leaving anglers battered and bruised and, more often than not, with nothing to show after long battles where the fish broke off or got unbuttoned.
Also, we’re seeing many more dorado all around La Paz waters, but even moreso, we’re finally seeing bigger 20-40 pound bulls instead of the little punks we’ve been dealing with since April. Every day several fish in the 25-30 pound class have been taken at various spots. Check out the photos this week! Lots of dorado shots!
Bait is the biggest issue. We’re getting bait, but it just takes time to find it or wait for the bait guys to find it so they can sell it to us. Once you have the bait, the fish can be found. The fish are here…no doubt. Hopefully, that will change but we’ll keep an eye out for it. We’ve been using mostly sardines, but a few cocineros and even some big squid has been working or stripped out bonito for slow trolling the larger dorado.
FIRST PERSON REPORT
Thanks to Mike Sontag from Arizona for putting this one together!
“The fishing the week of June 25th was phenomenal. Besides having my fishing partner extraordinaire (Rex) with us, I was blessed with being able to spend quality time with my 2 brothers (both from the midwest).
The first 2 days launched out of Los Arenas with my brother tying into a beautiful marlin within an hour of being on the water. The fight was on with the fish showing us his size and attitude with a series of surface crashing launches and acrobatics. The fish won out after a 10 minute fight, but not without leaving a lifetime impression on my brother and me since I was able to watch the silly smirk on my brothers face for the durations of the hookup (I believe it s permanent as it still hasn’t left his face).
Not to be outdone, within another 30 minutes I had a sailfish on the business end of the rod while my brother provided commentary and helpful hints since he was now experienced at this sort of thing. The sail was a thing of beauty and after about 25 minutes was brought up next to the boat. Our masterful Captain Ramiro estimated it’s weight at about 40-45 Kg (90-100lbs). We performed CPR (catch, photograph, release) and let it go for another day.
The rest of our day as well as the same for Rex and my other brother was rounded out with a multi-species bad of pargo, trigger, sierra, dorado, amberjack, bonita, plus several roosterfish sightings.
The cream on top of this trip was day 3 out of LaPaz with limits of dorado for both our boats. All I can say is my two brothers will never be the same when it comes to fishing experiences of a lifetime. As with our previous visits – the professional hospitality and friendliness of yourTailhunter operation and the fishing captains are second to none.”
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill
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