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Hope you got to see it! It was pretty amazing to watch the moon go dark…then go red! It was already a HUGE full moon this week ,but extremely amazing to watch the “BLOOD MOON” eclipse! Unfortunately, combined with other factors, it might have had an affect on the fishing this past week…dangit.
Captain Boli from our Tailhunter La Paz fleet helps out young Peter Koschnitzke from snowy Colorado who earned himself a cigar and a beer from dad for nailing this slugger-sized yellowtail near Espirito Santo Island. I was told it tasted great with manga salsa!
Pargo were a good bet this week, but putting these tough good-eaters in the boat required some luck and skill as some of our anglers will tell you as they head straight back into the rockpiles! Tim Butterworth hung this fat hog north of La Paz on live bait.
With the warmer waters, we’re already seeing some billfish around Cerralvo Island and Las Arenas. Nothing full turbo yet, by any means, but promising! This hundred-pounder was hooked and released out by the buoys east of Bahia de los Muertos.
The latest satellite shot from http://www.terrafin.com shows the heavy bodies of warm water around Cerralvo Island while cooler waters still hold north of La Paz city.
BLOOD MOON WHAMMY? TOUGH WEEK OF FISHING
La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of April 13-20, 2014
Hope everyone had a safe and happy Easter week and weekend!
Not the best of weeks down here. Kinda wacky actually.
It’s really hard to put a finger on what happened. It was sort of a convergence of a lot of things that could have affected the fishing…a variable here and a variable there could have made the difference.
But, fishing was really down! It doesn’t happen often. The track record here…like any other fishing destination that has a reputation…is that sure…you get the down day now and again. But it usually bounces back pretty fast.
Well, this week we had several days that were either bad or at best…ho-hum…
But, here’s how the planets lined up that could have made a difference. Any single one or two of these items usually makes no difference, but perhaps all of them converging at the same time? I dunno. Take a look. All I know is that fishing was off.
1. Stronger than normal winds…even for this time of year when it can get breezy. This week we had some white-cap days!
2. Waters got a little cooler…not warmer as has been the trend. Maybe caused by the stronger winds! Fish get lock-jawed when water temps change drastically…especially for the cooler.
3. Strong winds make it harder to get bait as the shallow areas where we get bait are spanked with waves and the bait scatters or we can’t get up close to the rocks to throw nets.
4. Combination of #2 and #1 meant clouded green and off-color waters…again affecting fish activity and feeding
5. THE MOON! I hardly ever blame things on a full-moon, but in combination with the other factors PLUS it was not only full, but did you see the RED MOON ECLIPSE??? The moon was not only larger than normal, but it eclipsed to dark…then went almost dirty red! Here in La Paz everyone was out taking photos with their cell phones in the dark. It was pretty funny to see “photos flashes” going off! (Oh sure…that flash reaches up to the moon!). But, maybe…just maybe the fish freaked out too!
Anyway, by the time you’re reading this, the full moon will have waned and hopefully the rest of these things will have settled back to normal. Either way, a weird week.
That being said, it was still sunny most days…although we had some weird cloudy days when I thought it would rain. But day temps are usually in the high 80’s to low 90’s and pretty pleasant.
And, we still managed a few fish here and there. For our La Paz anglers, yellowtail up to about 30 pounds were found around Espirito Santo Island as well as some sizable barred pargo and some dorado in the 20 pound class.
For our Las Arenas anglers, it was picky. Some dorado up to about 15 pounds. Some big bonito. Some snapper and pargo and a few rooster fish (released) plus some sierra along the beaches.
Still better than working, but the fishing honestly could have been better and hopefully is back on track by the time you’re reading this!
SPOTS STILL OPEN FOR JUNE “SUMMER PANGA SLAM” WITH TAILHUNTER and WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS
We still have a few spots open for our 2013 Western Outdoor News/ Tailhunter Sportfishing PANGA SLAM!
The dates are June 17-21 and promises to be great fun, and it’s really GROWING! It was going to be a fun low-key tournament and fun get-together, but word got out! Now, it’s gotten some legs and it’s gonna be a special blast!
- Sponsors aboard now include: Okuma Reels, Costa Sunglasses, Yo-Zuri, Sufix, Turners Outdoors and Lazer Trokar Hooks!
- Three full days of panga fishing at Las Arenas (gear, breakfast and lunches included)
- 4 nights La Concha Beach Resort in ocean-facing room
- Welcome dinner and Awards Dinner
- Taco feed night and live music at famous Tailhunter Restaurant
- Two days jackpot tournament (cash entry $100 in La Paz per team)
- Event t-shirts
- Cabo San Lucas Airport Shuttles
Additionally, Tailhunter Sportfishing is now an IGFA weigh center with certified scales and will also have the new release measuring devices for the new IGFA “release categories.” As members of the Roosterfish Foundation, we will also have devices to tag and release roosterfish in the first sanctioned roosterfish release event of it’s kind and a great opportunity to posssibly get a world record in an area that has produced arguably more world records than few other places in the fishing world. IGFA record holder, representative, author and journalist, Gary Graham, will also be on hand.
We are limiting this to just 40 persons on 20 panga “teams.” Couples are welcome! Cost is $1350 per person! For more info, contact Mike Flynn at Western Outdoor News at Flynn@wonews.com or call him at 949-366-0030 extension 30. Or Western Outdoor News Editor, Pat McDonell at 949-366-0030 extension 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gonna be a real kick!
That’s our story! Happy Easter to you and your family!
Jonathan and Jilly
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