CRAZY WEEK WITH A HURRICANE AN EARTHQUAKE THEN ANOTHER STORM WITH DORADO BITING EARLY
La Paz- Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 23-30, 2012
It was one of the strangest weeks ever in years. It was certainly one for the record books. In a week, we got sideswiped by Hurricane Miriam. We got hit by a 6.2 earthquake. And we got a Tropical Storm Norman that dropped 12 inches of rain on us in less than 24 hours! It was a crazy week.
We technically didn’t take the hurricane on the nose, but it brushed us and dropped several heavy afternoons of rain with thunder and lightning. (We were still able to fish each day as the storms did not hit until late in the afternoon!). However, it was during one of these big thundershowers on Tuesday that one giant “thunderclap” didn’t stop. Thinks kept rumbling and then things started falling off the wall. The floor started jumping and walls bending and we realized EARTHQUAKE! Our staff went flying out the door into the rain as our Tailhunter offices and restaurant are in a 3 story concrete building that’s 100 years old! Not the funnest place to be when things are shaking!
Anyway, no real damage. No one hurt. More laughs when it was over than anything else but quakes are so unusual here, let alone one during a rainstorm that we were all scratching our heads as we stood in the rain!
Then, late in the week as Hurricane Miriam was just leaving us, Tropical Storm Norman crashed into us dropping as much as 12 inches of rain in about 18 hours and truly flooding the city. Cars were stranded in the deep waters. People were stranded from getting to their homes and jobs as streets flooded. It was like a hurricane without the 50 mph winds!
For the first time in 3 years, we had to cancel pangas to the disappointment of many of us, but the roads to Las Arenas become too flooded and muddy with water-filled arroyos to go out and for our La Paz fleet, the port captain closed down the port re-calling all boats or preventing watercraft from leaving. Real disappointing 2 days.
We’ve gotten more rain in 3 weeks than we’ve had in 3 years. In fact, we’ve pretty much had zero rain here in La Paz in 3 years and were in a drought situation. This is also the first time in 3 years we’ve canceled pangas due to the weather. What a week!
More specifically for the fishing…
Early in the week with hurricane Miriam dropping afternoon rains on us, we were still able to fish and were doing quite well for the most part. Not great fishing ,but we were still catching. Dorado were the main hitters and our Las Arenas fleet was more on target than our La Paz fleet. Again, just like the week before, there were some low spots where some boats found the fish and others virtually right next to them struggled. But dorado in the 15-20 pound class were the norm with some larger fish up to 45 pounds.
As mentioned, I think this past week, our Las Arenas fleet had the edge with not only better dorado action, but also more variety. In terms of species, we had dorado, sailfish, striped marlin, pargo, blue bonito, pacific bonito, jack crevalle, and a few stray yellowfin tuna and a wahoo. But, what was really exciting was that for the first time in 2 years the giant squid came up. These were the nice 30 pounders and they came up out’ve the trench in front of the old Hotel Las Arenas. I was especially excited because usually within a few days of squid coming up from the deep, the yellowfin tuna also come up. But then the storm hit and we had 2 days of canceled trips. Hopefully by the time you’re reading this we’ll have some tuna in the counts.
La Paz fishing continued to produce dorado as well, but not as well as we’ve been doing the past few months. Colder greener water was the problem and it appears that waters might indeed be getting colder sooner than expected. We started catching sierra mixed with the dorado which usually don’t show up until it gets cooler in late November. Sierra are always an indicator of the colder water.
Hopefully, now that the storms have passed and not a cloud in the forecast, there will be lots of debris in the water which becomes perfect habitat for dorado. Maybe we can make up this week for having to cancel a few days of fishing this past week!
That’s our story
Jonathan and Jill
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