INSHORE SPECIES DRAW MOST ATTENTION WITH BIG CABRILLA AND PARGO ROCKING ANGLERS
La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of April 22-29, 2012
An interesting week of fishing down here in La Paz. I think our yellowtail bite is officially over although we’re getting a few punky firecracker yellows that aren’t any bigger than 5-10 pounds. And…every now and then, especially north of La Paz, a nice little jag of the bigger fish jumps up and goes on a chew. But, for all intents and purposes, things are changing and it’s best not to lament what’s NOT biting and concentrate on what IS biting!
Basically, it’s turning into your typical spring smorgasborg of fish species. Frankly, it’s a lot of fun because from day-to-day, you’re never sure what’s going to hit. Sometimes it changes within the hour. I believe this past week alone we got over a dozen keepable species of fish!
This included our first dorado of the season, a nice 25 pound class mahi picked up on live bait right in the middle of swarming bonito schools. This also included some really nice action on roosterfish that are hitting in numerous spots around the La Paz fishing area. As well, cabrilla, grouper, sierra, amberjack, jack crevalle and all three members of the pargo family (barred pargo / pargo liso/ dog tooth-snapper) were all taken this week usualy in the areas around underwater structure.
I gotta tell you…take a look at some of the photos from this week. Don’t blow off fishing for cabrilla or pargo. Some of these fish are HUGE! Try stopping some of these bad boys before they get to the rocks. I was on the water a number of times this past week and I would guess that about 2 nice pargo or cabrilla were caught for ever 10 hook ups. Imagine a fish that can swallow a whole mackerel or a whole small needlefish that we’re using for bait. That is a BIG fish with a BIG mouth! One day, I personally lost at least 8 and only putting 3 aboard…and then again ONLY after amping up my gear from 40 pound test to 60…then to 80 pound test and basically my trolling sticks!
It sounds silly, but if you can’t turn their big heads of these guys, you might as well just throw bait in the water and watch them blow up on the surface and tear it up and forget fishing. You’re just feeding the fish! But, it’s incredibly exciting when you’re slow trolling a bait through blue clear waters and you can see the bottom just a few feet below. You start chumming baits and out of nowhere, 20, 30 and 40 pound fish start going ballistic behind the boat…and then your line screams!
The biggest factor this week was the darned wind! I tell you…one day we had barely wind and had a great day. Next day, the winds ripped us apart and we could not even get bait. The best we could do all day was troll Rapalas all day for less-than-happy results. When we went after yellowtail north of La Paz, it took us two hours in heavy winds and seas trying to catch a dozen mackerel for bait. After getting enough bait, we hit the yellowtail spot and it was like fishing in a washing machine. The current was so strong we couldn’t even get the mackerel down deep enough to the fish because the pangas were getting blown off the spots.
Hopefully, usually the winds keep diminishing but it’s not over until it’s over. I’m really excited about seeing so much sargasso weed floating around out there! Given that we got that first nice dorado, if we get a little more water temperature, schools of dorado can’t be far behind. Some commercial guys are seeing them as well as marlin sitting on the surface just sunning and not quite ready to go on the chew. Give it just a tad more temperature and the big boys should come flying!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
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