VIDEO CLIP OF THE WEEK
Some good footage and still images from the week! Click the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZAsl6pdF6Q
DORADO PUT ON A SHOW FOR ANGLERS!
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 22-28, 2011
It was a not only a week for good dorado fishing, but a week for big dorado as well. Especially if you were fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, the action was fast and furious. Sometimes, our boats were back onshore at the beach by 10:30 or 11 each day with the anglers tired, laughing and saying, “no mas!”
“We released twice what we caught!” said one.
“We were barely out of the bay after getting bait,” said another of our fishermen “and in an hour it was some of the crazy fishing I have ever seen. There were so many dorado around the boat!”
“It took us longer to catch bait than to fill up on limits plus release many other dorado. We had some 20-40 pound fish, but there it looked like there were others in the school but the smaller fish would beat them to the bait. We had double and triple hookups solidly for most of the time!”
“No sooner did my wife boat one fish then the captain was handing her another rod with another fish one while I tried to film all the action! We caught limits then then went to catch pargo and roosterfish! We were laughing all day!”
And so it went. One angler laughingly complained that he filled his ice chest in one day and still had 4 more days to fish!
The crazy thing was that along with all the smaller schoolie sized fish there were so many more larger bulls this week. We’ve had some great weeks of dorado fishing, but I don’t re-call having so many larger fish in any recent weeks. For many of our fishermen and fisherladies, it was their largest fish they had ever caught. For many of our first-timers they got spoiled right out the gate with such quality as well as quantity.
For our Las Arenas fleet, it wasn’t quite so good. It was a bit scratchier, but there were still some good catches in between some slower days. A boat might do poorly, but the next boat would get into a good bite. Dorado were the mainstay just like with our La Paz fleet, but as well, there were some good quality fish in the mix with 20-30 pounders not uncommon. Additionally, what we lost in quanity of fish was made up for by the variety of fish that were available. In addition to the dorado, there were some smatterings of tuna, pargo, roosterfish, cabrilla and some really nice bites on sailfish and marlin that were amongst the dorado and bonito schools feeding that seems to show no hesitation grabbing a hooked sardine. Some anglers had some real thrills having a billfish hooked on light tackle.
If you’re planning on coming down in the near future, several things to mention…
We had some little baby tropical storms this last week. It’s that time of the year when some pretty hard downpours come through. It might rain for a just a few minutes most times and one panga might get wet but 100 yards away another is bone dry. Having a cheap pancho or windbreaker isn’t a bad idea. Several creative guys brought the big trash bags from their rooms and just cut holes in them for their heads and arms and kept on laughing and fishing in the rain!
For gear…plain wooden cedar plugs seem to be the rage of the season. You might want one or two. Also, flurocarbon leader in 20-40 pound test is a good thing to bring along as well as smaller live bait hooks for some of the smaller sardines. A #2 and a #4 sized hook is good to have as well as 1/0, 3/0 and 5/0 hooks. The tuna we found this week at the smaller baits.
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Jonathan and Jill
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