MAYBE SOME OF THE BEST YELLOWTAIL FISHING ALL SEASON!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for the week of March 20-27, 2011
It was another pretty solid week of fishing for us here in La Paz. Still some north winds pretty typical of this time of year made it bumpy and we could have done without them , but that’s also why we’ve been doing 90 percent of our fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet out of Muertos Bay. Air temps have been in the low 80’s and sunny for the most part so conditions continue to be ideal other than the winds!
Around Punta Perico and the south end of Cerralvo, we’re still jumping these nice Baja-grade yellowtail. That’s been the big story. A 20-pound class fish is small! Most of these fish have been easily 30-40 pound sluggers and they’re eating the yo-yo iron on the fast retrieve as well as live sardines with a little bit of weight to get them down. Also, some of the guys have been slow trolling mackeral-patterned crank baits like Yo-Zuri Magnums, Rapalas and Bombers over the shallower areas and getting strikes although, they’re also losing alot into the rocks too!
There’s actually quite a few spots where the big yellowtail are holding. North Cerralvo near La Reyna and La Reynita have fish. El Bajo Seamount has them as well as the SW corner of Espiritu Santo. The problem is getting in there to fish in between the wind gusts or traveling there. That’s why we’re doing the majority of our fishing with our Las Arenas fleet so that we can fish either closer to shore or on the lee side of the island with as much protection as possible. But no doubt, the fish are here! And, if one place is tough to get to…go fish another! The fish were stacked this past week!
In addition to the yellowtail, and often in the same spots, there’s a growing number of the big pargo liso…mullet snapper. But, getting them in the boat has been a more difficult proposition than the yellowtail. It’s pretty exciting to see them all balled up like an undulating mass of copper and red just below the surface. Then, tossing a handful of live sardines at them, the whole things explodes or the boils on the water looks someone dropping 30 pound boulders from the sky! When the guys get bit, however, if they can’t turn the fish away from the rocks within the first few seconds…FORGET IT! These horses can’t be stopped before getting into the reefs and we’re losing 90 percent of the hookups. The ones we are putting into the boats are the “smaller” 20-30 pounders! There’s larger ones down there. Guys were snapping off 50 pound test “like it was nothing” according to one of our fishermen.
“It was like trying to hold into a moving car over the side of a building!” said another. “Not a thing I could do except wait for the line to pop!”
“It was fun getting hooked up on these big fish but so frustrating watching them take the baits and losing fish-after-fish!” commented his buddy.
Oh…just a teaser…I know it’s March but…
- We hooked and lost our first marlin of the season north of La Paz!
- There was a sailfish that was caught!
- Commercial guys are reporting more tuna…big ones…at the north end of Cerralvo Island
- We got some dorado this week too!
Wow…hope this is just the beginning!
Will keep you posted!
That’s our story…
Jonathan and Jill
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