HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY! One of our best amigas comes from Oregon each year. Amy Mann is a gamer. For her birthday she had a wish list: (a) her first tuna ever and (b) a BIG tuna (c) her first marlin (d) a roosterfish. She got her first tuna then set her mind on a big one. This big 65-pound fill did the trick. She not only hooked it, but battled the fish herself for over an hour refusing any assistance or handing the rod off to her husband who kept trying to take it away! It was a good week for some of these larger models still hitting off Las Arenas with big squid chunks. Later in the week, she got two 50 pound roosterfish and a 200 pound marlin. Pretty good birthday!
Ken Brady put this fat yellowfin tuna in the panga fishing off Las Arenas where we're having one of the best yellowfin tuna bites in many years. The fish are sometimes as close as just a few yards off the beach.
Cradling it like a baby...Jorge Romero holds onto a 60-pound class yellowfin tuna. Jorge was out that one monster day when all the tuna were beasts. Jorge got 3 of these fish that day.
Folks forget that we've got quite a few flyfishers here. It's just that we don't have many photos of flyfishers. Either they release most of their fish or flyfishing being a two-handed art form...they don't take many photos! However, our Canadian amigo, Scott Olvier from Canada shows that dorado can be taken on the fly!
S. Cal resident, Gary Evens also got into that monster bite of big tuna this week. He poses here with a handful of double ahi. He also got a giant amberjack that day as well.
Al Burgess comes to visit us every year all the way from Kansas and his first day crossed paths with this nice striped marlin. Unfortunately, on 30-pound test and having a bum arm, Al got as much as he gave. He eventually won, but the fish beat him up a bit too fighting for more than 2 1/2 hours and "pulling us all over the ocean" said Al. Also shown, is his wife, Kay, and Captain Jorge.
Mike Koontz and Quentin Abramo always have a good time with us. Two of the 3 days they fished with us they had the largest fish of the group of retired firefighters.
- On his first trip to La Paz, Toby Ferner hit this 40 pound class yellowfin off the Las Arenas lighthouse.
Dr. Bob Laughlin brought his father-in-law, Ralph Banks on his first trip to La Paz fishing. Dad did well catching a nice mix of tuna and dorado over 2 days fishing.
We're seeing more and more dorado the last few weeks like the ones held up here by John Ames from Pomona CA. Most of the fish are in the 10-20 pound class and John got limits his first day out.
Wade White (right) was another amigo on his first trip to La Paz who did well with dorado and tuna right-off-the-bat. He's pictured here with his fishing amigo, Craig Yoder.
TUNA AND DORADO FISHING IN FULL SWING WITH A FEW DAYS THAT WERE OFF THE CHARTS!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 12-19, 2010
It wasn’t the best week down here, but it was a pretty darned good week of fishing and several of the days this past week might well be several of the most spectacular fishing days of the season.
For the most part, calm waters and sunny skies continued to be good to our anglers who enjoyed the consistent bite of yellowfin tuna and dorado. For our La Paz fleet, daily limits of dorado were the rule rather than the exception mixed with sailfish and marlin biters. If anything, the two drawbacks were that most of the fish were in the 10-15 pound class with a 20-30 pound mahi being a “big fish” this week. Also, many days, the bite was late.
“We had one fish in the box by noon and that was it. Our captain moved around a bit and then just sat in one spot for 2 hours with nothing but needlefish biting. We were getting a bit frustrated and wondering why he wouldn’t move or he was just wasting time.
All of a sudden, it seemed a breeze picked up. And the water started to move a bit. Then it went crazy! Dorado everywhere! We had 2 and three on at one time and were going over and under each other as fast as we could go! I guess the captain knew what he was doing because every day it was like that. We figured it was best to just let the captain fish! We ended up releasing so many fish!”
Another angler said, “We were pretty much feeling we were skunked. Nothing was working. Oh well. On the way back in, our captain said he wanted to try another spot again that we had already fished earlier in the day. The spot was now loaded with dorado and for the next hour it was non-stop action!”
Contrary to that, as I said, some days were really spectacular. Mid-week the fish went kamikaze on us. Every one of our La Paz boats was back on the beach between 10 and noon! Some of the guys came back and had time to eat breakfast and their hotels because the fish attacked the boats!
“My buddy and I had so many fish we were back at the hotel by 10 a.m. ! Our friends weren’t too far behind us. I’ve never seen so many dorado and it was hard to keep track of how many we were keeping and releasing!” commented one of our fishermen.
For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, like I said, pretty steady for football tuna between 10-20 pounds and a nice mix of dorado in the 10-15 pound class. Everyone got fish although some did better than others on any given day. Most day were at least good but we had one so-so day when it seemed the currents changed and bait was hard to get. Still, most everyone got fish although we had to work hard for it.
However, as mentioned, there was one incredibly spectacular day that might be one of the best tuna days we have ever had…
Let me put it this way…the SMALLEST fish we weighed that day was 30 pounds. The next smallest was 55 pounds! It went up from there! 60, 62, 65, 78…pounders! Other fish lost. Other fish beat guys up! One fish well over 80 pounds, but the scale wasn’t big enough and the nose of the fish was still in the sand!
“We found the spot of fish among the dolpins,” said one tired guy. “We threw chunks of squid and it seemed like tuna started erupting from under the dolphin school. I have never seen 100 pound tuna come out of the water like that! It wasn’t just awesome, it was scary! Every rod went off!”
“I would say it was 100 yards long and 50 yards wide. The whole spot was alive with big tuna. You could look under the boat and see heavy dark shapes swimming by. I couldn’t believe how close to shore we were. I normally have to go on long range trips to see stuff like this! We were bent for 3 solid hours!” said another.
“While my amigo and I were fishing fish, the captain couldn’t really do anything because both of us were bent. So the captain was laughing tossing more squid chunks overboard,” said another of our anglers. “Suddenly two huge tuna come plowing up out’ve nowhere right next to the boat….literally just two feet away in front of the captain! We all jumped. These were at least 60 pound fish. Scared the crap outta us. It was something I will never forget. There were larger fish swimming around us while we were still fighting!”
What a day…the next day…nothing…only the smaller fish and a smattering of the larger fish…one day…INCREDIBLE! If you were there, you won’t forget!
WEEKLY VIDEO CLIPS
Here some video clips from this week’s action. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKKtgntALlI
Here’s another one made by two of our clients who fished with us late last month. It’s really well done:
That’s our story! Have a great week.
Jonathan and Jilly
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