BIG YELLOWTAIL AGAIN STAR FOR ANGLERS
La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 19-16, 2012
Not a bad week of fishing here in La Paz. Some days the wind really kicked like a mule, but it all depended where you were. The unique thing about La Paz is that there are so many micro- climates. You can be tied to a palm tree in one part of the area trying not to get blown away and then be just a few miles away on the beach and there’s barely a ripple. A few hours later, the situation is completely reversed. It’s typical winter weather in Baja. Anyway, just-to-be-sure, we’re doing most of our fishing out of the Las Arenas/ Bahia de Los Muertos side. At least, even if the winds are blowing, we’re closer to shore and the lee side of Cerralvo Island offers some protection for our anglers and there’s less of a boat ride for them since the fishing isn’t that far anyway.
We did hear of some good concentrations of yellowtail out at El Bajo north of town, but the winds are just too ripping to get out there. And really, there’s no need to run that far if the fish are much closer to shore without getting your kidneys knocked around!
That being said, we had some nice jags of yellowtail again…but all with our Las Arenas/ Muertos Fleet. Surprisingly, even on some of the windiest days, the fish still bit! Some of the fish were real horses up to over 40 pounds. The range of the fish went from firecracker 10 pounds up to the larger models. Personally, I think the smaller ones taste better, but nothing fights like a yellowtail. Sardines, mackerel, jigs and ballyhoo all worked well. The trick isn’t getting them to bite. The trick is getting them stopped from the rocks once they hook up as that’s their first inclination to head back to structure!
So, sometimes, even tho’ the counts might look smaller than we’d like, when you talk to the anglers, they’ll tell you that they lost 1, 2, 3 or more fish to the rocks and just weren’t ready to stop the fish. If you’ve never had one of these sluggers on your rod, you can’t sit there and goof –around or rest or think you’re gonna tire the fish just by holding the rod! You gotta pull and you gotta turn the reel handle the get the fish’s head turned towards the boat and away from the rocks!
Speaking about heading back into the rocks, another mean customer, the big pargo liso snapper were also biting this week. Ballyhoo, especially the larger ones, were especially effective baits in getting the big red fish to bite. Slow trolled over the rocky areas produced some monster bites. But that was also the problem. By slow trolling…literally kicking the outboards in and out of gear…means that you have quite a bit of line out behind the boat. When you hooked up, the fish already have the edge by taking all that excess line straight down to the reef. Ergo…adios! Bye-bye. Fish gone! But there’s nothing quite like seeing a 20-50 pound fish attack a bait on the surface. So, you tie on another bait and drop it back and go again. It’s addicting. Like dropping another quarter in the slot machine. There’s always “hope” but we all know the casino usually always wins! So, we got some nice bites on pargo…but sadly the ratio of fish put in the boat to fish hooked wasn’t that good!
Other species included some fun biters on the schools of jack crevalle and bonito that moved in. They provided lots of fun furious action even tho’ most of the fish get released.
TAILHUNTER HEADS TO BOISE!
Yup…we head back north this week after an incredible great show in Phoenix at Phoenix Football Stadium. Come say hi and talk to us about fishing in La Paz this year. We’ll be at the Boise Fairgrounds for the Boise Fishing & Hunting Show this Thursday to Sunday.
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Jonathan and Jill
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