VIDEO CLIP OF THE WEEK
Well, as mentioned, I dropped my regular video cam into the water on the beach last week so this week I had to use my backup cam. The shots are shakier than I would have liked, but you get the idea! Click and enjoy some of the highlights:
FULL MOON LEAVES AND FISH GET A BIT HUNGRIER AGAIN
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 18-25, 2011
We recovered nicely after the full moon last week. The further we got away from it, the better we seemed to do. It wasn’t a full recovery given what we did BEFORE the full moon, but we were definitely back on the fish bite.
For our Las Arenas boats, the tuna came back nicely. They were squirrelly at times with the bite taking off early one day then very very late the next day. Another time, they would eat only small sardines fished live and the next day they would only eat dead sardines chummed in the water. Another day, they would eat only slow trolled sardines or larger caballitos. Talk about picky! The secret was just hanging in there and keep trying a bunch of things until something worked. Also, it meant working through several dozen bites of big feisty bonito that would tear things up. Some days, our pangas would get 2-4 (20-40 pounders) tuna but would also nail several dozen bonito too which meant for a really tiring day! Lots of smiles most days.
I guess the biggest of problems was the monster that becomes the scourge of fishermen all over. There was one rat bastard sealion that planted itself right in the middle of the tuna school all week. You would think the thing would be gorged after taking about 20-40 percent of all the tuna hooked…that’s alot of tuna…but every day, it was right there again torturing us! We usually don’t have sealion problems, but this week we sure did. Guys were doing all kinds of thing. They were putting out dummy lines. They were heaving dead bonito at it (mostly to no effect except straining some arm muscles) and also throwing the occasional sinker at it…also to no effect. The best was my suggestion to two of our guys to get the hottest habanero sauce they could find and fill a dead bonito with it. Then toss it at the sealion.
They did it and said the sealion went right for it and gulped it down then came up barking like it’s mouth was on fire! It swam away to bother a different boat!
Anyway, the tuna seem to be back and with it there was also a decent bite of dorado as well as roosterfish and finally someone hooked a wahoo…maybe the 5th or 6th we’ve had all year in what has been a pretty sour year for wahoo.
For our La Paz fleet, again, the further we got from the full moon, the better. Limits or near limits was usually the case with decent 10-20 pound fish the norm and mostly found on the west side of Espiritu Santo Island. The bite could be early and then everyone comes home or, on some days, it was sparse pickings until fish exploded late in the day.
One note…this time of year the heat (combined with humidity) can be really incredible. Most of us are used to it, but we can’t stress enough about drinking liquids, especially water. Sorry, beer and margaritas don’t count! You can’t drink enough water here, especially when you’re on the water fishing. The heat literally sucks the moisture from your body. We’ve had several people feel the ills of heat stroke…headache, chills…almost like the flu. Fixed ’em up with Gatorades, water and just getting in a cooler environment. But just a heads up that it’s important to keep hydrated!
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Jonathan and Jill
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