It was pretty much a candy store out there this past week if you wanted to catch a dorado. Most days, it was pretty hard not to catch one. Some days were better than others, but no question that dorado season is in full swing with fish ranging from 5-50 pounds. Sacramento amigo, Jim Klein poses on Las Arenas beach near the lighthouse ith a nice female he caught his first day fishing.
I don't have any photos of big tuna to show you this week but this pair of yellowfin were "big enough" for first time La Paz visitors Anna and Shaun Ramirez from Oregon. The tuna were sporadic all week, but they were closer to Cerralvo Island than having to head all the way out to the 88 spot. We seemed to scratch out a few every day with most fish in the 15-30 pound class.
This was probably the best week for marlin and sailfish of the season . Justin Whisler got this one just off Cerralvo Island. Every day we hooked a few and some days, the fish were so voracious and pesky that the guys complained that the fish were literally following them from one spot to another. The problem also was that the guys would be fishing for dorado on light tackle using sardines and all of a sudden a striped marlin or sail would grab the bait and swallow it...FISH ON! But, it's hard to release fish that swallow the whole bait and get gut hooked. Fortunately, most of the billfish all week were released which is why I don't have more photos and also because we encourage catch-and-release. This one nice sail is one of those that could not be released and looks ilke a perfect wall mount just taken off the wall for this picture. Cerralvo Island is in the background.
The week started out a tad shaky for our La Paz fleet, but once it got going, it was pretty much no-brainer limits most days if you headed north from the city and put a line in the water. Dorado were on fire. Arizona amigos, Shaun Preston and Rex Smith show off a pair of good mahi. The got limits almost every day fishing 4 days with Tailhunter International.
Every year, Mike Sontag makes it down to visit us from the Phoenix area and this year brought first-timer Dan Baldwin standing here at Las Arenas beach with two of the nicer-grade yellowfin tuna we picked up this week. Fish were closer this week.
From Monterey CA, Ear Lawson gets an assist on a big bull dorado from Captain Joel. They were fishing north from La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.
That's alot of bull...dorado! We got quite a number of sizeable fish this past week with both our La Paz and Las Arenas fleets. Jeff Huff from Washington poses with his largest bull of the week which was estimated in the 45-pound class.
San Diego in the house...Dave Garibay on the right. Chas Wilson on the left with three of their yellowfin tuna they ended up bringing back to our Tailhunter Restuarant for a big dinner for their respective families.
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BIG WEEK FOR DORADO AND BILLFISH TO START JULY!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of July 3-10, 2011
No question, it’s summer down here with temperature firmly
in the upper 90’s every day now and feeling very tropical with occasionally
short strong showers here and there breaking way to blazing sunshine.
And, if it’s summer, it must be dorado season because that’s what lead the
charge all week. For both our La Paz and our Las Arenas fleets, the
majority of the fish were dorado. Some really nice fish too. There
were fewer of the small schoolies and more legit 10-20 pounders coming up but
also some great bulls in the 25-40 pound class.
Fish are spread out. For our Las Arenas fleet, the
fish could pop up everywhere, but the most targeted areas were the commercial
buoys not far offshore where our pangas play leapfrog over each other checking
out buoy-after-buoy as one boat would get ahead of another. But, more
often than not, if one buoy didn’t play our or was occupied by a panga or two,
the next would be “available” and could hold 1, 2 or perhaps a school
of hungry mahi. Just throw a few baits! If they come up, throw more
with hooks in them. If not, move onto the next one. Not every day
was productive and not every boat did as well as others, but if you fished
several days, no question you’d have a good load of dorado to take home.
Actually, the biggest problem was getting live sardines. Some
days were easier than others to get.
For our La Paz fleet, no problem with the baits and the
dorado schools were swarming most days with most of the larger fish being taken
north of town and around the eastern corner between Punta Mejia and Las Cruces.
But the fish could pop up anywhere or anytime. Often, the key might be
finding a patch of weeds; a current line; or keeping your eyes peeled for 2 or
3 birds dogging a fish or two that might be pushing bait to the surface.
All it takes is finding one and often others would also be in the area.
Not much in the way of tuna, but we did get into a few off
Cerralvo Island. We didn’t have to go all out to the 88 spot to find
them. Most of the fish were closer into the island and in the 20-30 pound
class. Everyday we seemed to get a few, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly
where they would show up or if larger schools were moving through the
area. Sometimes live smaller sardines worked. Sometimes slow
trolled feathers produced a bit. Other times, chunking dead sardines in
an area or chopping up bits of bonito produced hookups.
The biggest surprise, might have been the billfish bite this
past week. It got to the point where several clients were getting a bit
frustrated with hooking so many sailfish or marlin while trying to catch
dorado! Some boats hooked 2 or 3 a day and were getting tired of fighting
the fish and having to deal with trying not to harm the billfish so they could
be released and sometimes it wasn’t possible. Not to mention burning up
time fighting a billfish on light tackle using up time when the guys wanted to
be targeting other species. But, the marlin would often follow the pangas
around. They’d sweep in and grab any bait tossed in the water (like
sealions!) or grab the smallest feather or hootchie trolled behind the
boat! None of the fish were especially large. Most were in the
80-120 pound class, but fortunately we were able to release most.
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill
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