WAHOO PUT ON THE SHOW OF THE SEASON DURING FULL MOON!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 24-31, 2010
What a week! So much for the full moon superstition. Save it for Halloween next week!
Except for one day when it got pretty windy and also a pesky sea lion popped up in the middle of the gathered fleet and not only stole wahoo and tuna off the hooks but shut off the bite, it was a pretty darned good week of fishing with most anglers wondering what to do with all the over-weight ice chests of fish they had to bring to the airport!
Just when we mentioned that things were cooling off and conditions were changing, the fish blew up again! Bigger and better than before! We were even telling folks not to get their hopes too high because the fishing was changing. Instead, some of our anglers had the fishing trips of their lives!
Tell ya what…the wahoo came on like gangbusters in the best wahoo bite I believe I have ever seen here! Guys come for years and never ever ever even get to sniff a wahoo let alone hook one! This week, we had anglers catch 1, 2…4…one boat got 9 wahoo in two days with fish up to 60 pounds! Even our scuba divers and free divers (who speared wahoo as well) told us, “The wahoo are so thick down there!”
There were two hot spots for the wahoo…the high mounds south of Cerralvo Island and the area of the drop-off near Punta Gorda just north of Ventana across from Cerralvo. (same place where big tuna were hitting as well).
Dark Rapalas were the ticket with fish doing single and double hook-ups at times and free-swimmers milling around our pangas!
“I’ve never seen so many wahoo just swimming around in the water which was incredibly clear!,” said one angler
“I’ve been coming here for years trying for wahoo and I never got anything and suddenly, I got 3 bites and got 2 fish aboard! What a thrill!” said another.
“I was down shooting my speargun,” said one of our freediving spearfishermen. “I had never shot a wahoo before, but got two, but they were so thick down there, I could have gotten more. I missed 4 others!”
Personally, I was on the water four days myself this week, and although the pangas I was on did not hook any wahoo (we were tied up with tuna!), I did see quite a few. We were drifting baits off Punta Gorda on one day and a big flurry of huge bonito came through and, of course, hit all our biats. We we were pulling in one of the bonito and had it maybe 10 feet below the boat, a huge wahoo that I estimate ad 50 pounds suddenly materialized! No mistaking the dark body with electric blue stripes. It rose up slowly then with a flick of it’s tail it came in and cut the bonito in half just-like that! This bonito was about as fat and round as a person’s thigh and the wahoo completely severed it one bite! We were all exited as the wahoo circled back and casually hit the half-bonito again leaving only the head in front of the gill-plates. The line and rod barely jerked. It was like a laser or a surgeon’s scalpel had neatly severed the fish. When we brought it up, the “cut” was as clean and smooth as a mirror surface! Those are sharp teeth!
In addition to the wahoo, the tuna came on strong as well as the dorado!
The tuna hit in a number of areas. As mentioned, Punta Gorda just north of Ventana/ El Sargento was hot only about 200 yards from the beach area. So was the “rock highway” south of Cerralvo Island and also Punta Perrico not more than 100 yards from the cliffs. These were good quality fish. Not too many “footballs.” These were solid hefty fish from 25-45 pounds that really put the hurt on a few anglers.
Even the dorado were good quality. We’ve had a season full of small dinks and it was good to see fish between 15-30 pounds finally. The fish could show up almost anywhere as solo or double free-swimmers or slam into a panga en masse with scores of fish suddenly around the boat and every reel suddenly screaming.
Not a bad week at all!
WEEKLY VIDEO CLIPS
You gotta check this out. We got some great action shots this week. You wanna to turn up the sound before you watch this. It starts out with a really sweet sounding reel burn! Just click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXbTnlMpucE
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Jonathan and Jill
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