STELLAR INSHORE ACTION BOOSTED BY SHOWINGS OF DORADO! PLUS NEAR RECORD AMBERJACK!
La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of May 19-26, 2013
Another great week of inshore fishing with some stellar rooster fish action. It’s still a little windy and downright chilly in the mornings, but if you were looking for action this week, it probably couldn’t have been better, especially for lots of variety inshore for light tackle and flyfishers plus the bonus of warming waters with some dorado and billfish moving in!
For the past 3 weeks or so we’ve had some of the most solid rooster fish action I’ve ever seen in almost 20 years. The fish are stacked up along the beaches near Las Arenas right up close to the beach within 100 yards of the break and often in just a few feet of water visible from the pangas. They are also rolling around the islands near the south end of Cerralvo Island as well as Espirito Santo Islands.
Clients have been hooking and releasing 4, 5, 8, 10 or more roosters per panga with fish ranging from 10 up to 60 pounds and some dynamic battles especially on the lighter tackle and on the flyrods. We’ve had a number of first-timers as well as youngsters, wives, girlfriends and families out lately as well so this is just exciting action for them to hook these exotic fish close to shore in calm waters plus hook into other species as well in the same areas.
Along the beaches and islands and shallow reefs, we’re also seeing some monster 30-40 pound pompano (related to the rooster fish…except good eating), as well as sierra (which means there’s still some cooler water around plus some truly huge pargo (snapper) and cabrilla (sea bass). We have also had some surprising jags of amberjack up to 50 pounds near Espirito Santo Island that seem to come and everyone gets excited then the next day the fish are gone. But when they’re on, it’s non-stop action on big fish.
But the bonus this week has been the warmer waters have finally brought in a smattering of dorado between 10 and 35 pounds as well as some marlin biters which is very encouraging as it seems the warmer water fish are a bit tardy moving in! Oh and we had a few wahoo bite off this week as well.
Also, in case you hadn’t heard, a near-world-record was also caught this week in our waters by Kevin Shiotani of Thousand Oaks, CA. Kevin was fishing with Captain Mundo Lucero on a panga near Cerralvo Island at the end of the day and had a live caballito in the water when he got hammered by and amberjack estimated at 130-140 pounds. He fought the fish for 25 minutes on 50 pound test! Spectacular catch but unfortunately, the fish was cut-up not realizing the potential as the world record is only about 150 pounds!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill
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