This is my new favorite photo! I think I am going to frame it. After the hundreds of fishing photos I have published this is one of the most creative. Ken Campbell wanted to show everyone the big dorado he LOST! Anyone can have a photo of the fish they caught but how many have a photo of the the fish they lost? Bravo, Ken! (He did catch plenty of other dorado, but this would have been the biggest and was a heartbreaker!)
Our amigos, Rick Hosmer (tail) and John Nagy (head) always do well. It’s Rick’s 4th trip this year and John’s 3rd trip this year and they always fish with Captain Mundo. They stuck this hefty blue marlin with a live bait estimated at about 200 pounds. Attempts to release the fish were not successful. They are posing with the fish at Bahia de Los Muertos near Las Arenas. Lots of billfish this week!
Yes! There are still roosters around! Steve Sibayan helps his son, Nathan, with this nice rooster caught near the Las Arenas lighthouse on live bait. The fish was released and the Sibayan family was on their first trip to fish with Tailhunter in La Paz (see photos below)
Our Tailhunter family! Son Jarrett Pfost and his girlfriend Diana Pleasants from San Diego spent the week with us and did well with the dorado bite at Las Arenas.
“Dancing Don” Busse is one of our favorite amigos who visits us each year. Don fished several day this week and poses with one of his larger fish from his first day fishing from Las Arenas. The nice dorado swallowed a chunk of chopped squid.
Devon Boatman was another new amigo who gave us a try this week for the first time. He spent an hour-and-a-half on this striped marlin…his first. He got it to the boat and figured it was about 100 pounds and could easily heft it into the panga for a photo. NOT! It was heavier than he thought! So…a quick photo and a nice strong release for the marlin! Well-done!!! Devon is from Lake Elsinore CA .
I love family photos! The Sibayan family with some of their dorado catch after a great day on the water. Nathan, William and mom Victoria on the beach!
From the mountains near Sacramento, John Kennedy, fished with us pretty much the whole week and had great outtings on the big dorado bite that’s been going on about 2 weeks now.
Al Basye and his future son-in-law-to-be Ehab Abufaire from Orange Co. CA fished 3 days this past week and got a bit of variety in the catch with dorado plus the nice barred pargo.
Gary Bryson from northern California gets a hand with his first-ever billfish taken near Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz by Kevin Hale, son Eric Bryson and Jeremy Lord. The fish was hooked on a live bait and could not be released. It was a great day. In addition to the sail, they also got a box of dorado; caught and released a hammerhead shark. They also saw a huge whaleshark and jumped into the water to swim with it. Quite a day!
From Aloha, Oregon (love that name!), Dorothy and Terry Humphreys were visiting us for the first time and came to spend Dorothy’s birthday in La Paz. Although they live in Oregon, she had not fished in 30 years even though she loved fishing. So, they came to visit! And they did great on dorado!
Angela Olivero is another of our first-timers this week. He’s from Murrietta CA and with Captain Pancho running the panga poses with his largest dorado of the day. That’s Bahia de los Muertos in the background.
Great shot. Fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, three dorado grab air from Eric Bryson, Kevin Hale and Jeremy Todd while on the beach in Balandra Bay after a day of fishing.
Amigo, John Kennedy, took this great photo of the fishermen mixed up with the commercial fishermen at dawn’s first light all fishing for giant squid near Las Arenas. This is how we start the day catching these big squid for bait. The dorado have been eating these like crazy!
Jeremy Frieze holds up one of the big squid that we catch in the morning and use for bait. It’s actually alot of fun and harder than most people think to pull one of these huge cephalopods up from the deep.
DORADO STILL THE MAIN PLAYERS AS SCHOOLIES SWARM THE PANGAS!
La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 6, 2013
I’m not sure how to explain this, but fishing “slowed down” this week…compared to last week! But it wasn’t bad!
Last week, our Tailhunter anglers were catching triple and quadruple limits of dorado as fast as they could bait hooks so the bar had been set pretty high! This week started like that but, as the week went on it “tapered” to only single and double limits. So, there was some disappointment. But hey…still catching and releasing 10 or 15 dorado a day is NOT a bad day on the water!
Not sure what happened. The waters didn’t change . The temperatures didn’t change. I didn’t see any noticeable differences in the winds or other variables, but no doubt the fishing dialed-down just a notch or two. Most noticeably, this was for fishing out’ve La Paz where the pangas had to work a little harder to find and catch fish.
For Las Arenas, for the most part, limits were still the rule rather than the exception with some fast action most times and for most pangas although there were some blips here and there.
Still, it’s alot of fun, especially on light tackle to get into a voracious school of 10-15 pound dorado. Guys would tell me that they could see bigger bulls on the periphery of the marauding schools, but the younger bucks would zoom in so fast that the bigger fish had no chance at the hooks! But, we still did manange to get a few 20-40 pound fish every day.
For Las Arenas, there is still no live bait to be had. But, that has not slowed the bite. What we’re doing is jumping into the squid holes in the morning and hauling up some of those giant squid. Using cut up squid for bait works just fine. The dorado don’t slow down at all.
For La Paz, we’re still getting some mackerel and caballitos for bait since we go out earlier than some of the other fleets. So, we hook a few dozen of them. Then we go buy some sardines from the bait guys. After that, go jig up some bonito to use for cut-bait. That gives us 2–4 different varieties of bait to offer once we’re at the fishing grounds.
For other species, the biggest comment is more for what we are NOT catching. Tuna just have not come to the party this year. That’s what most guys are asking since this is traditionally tuna time. We’re getting some wahoo and every day a few billfish are hooked and released most of the time. Many of the billfish are hooked while anglers are in the middle of a dorado frenzy and the marlin and sailfish show up to join the party by eating the chummed squid as well as feeding on the dorado themselves!
Roosterfish are still along the beaches although no one much has been fishing for them since they’re not good eating and the dorado are so rampant. We’re also seeing a few more pargo and sierra as the waters are now starting to cool down.
That’s our story!
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