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Diana Statman from Marina del Rey CA had never fished in salt water and was a little nervous going out on “that little panga.” But, with Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter fleet, she had a bait in the water only a few minutes and got slammed! Her husband Jay was still rigging up. He got bit shortly after and they had a double hookup going. Here she is trying to hold the big fish still for the camera.
Nice rooster for Allen Burgess from Kansas wit Captain Jorge from the Tailhunter Fleet. Caught and released off Bahia de Los Muertos. He also hooked and released a 250 pound blue marlin after a 3 hour battle on 40 pound test and a spinning rod.
Pretty typical of the nice bite around Espirito Santo Island right now for some great pargo and cabrilla and some of the best fish on the grill or plate. Captain Joel with our good amigo, John Drucker.
From Washington, Nyle Miyamoto, with one of our early season dorado no the beach at Muertos. Waters are warming and we expect to see more dorado anytime now.
Might be the last yellowtail of the season and caught by Brett Fair and Travis Craig from Portland OR off Espirito Santo Island on big mackerel.
Normally, he’s out white-water paddling, but Mike Dietzman from Oregon was just with us on his first time salt water fishing and he hooked into this nice sailfish north of La Paz.
Hard to beat for just getting pulled around on a fishing rod, there’s some big schools of jack crevalle running around right now. Great on light tackle! From Oregon, Joel Ulam and Brad Carlson with a pair or “toros.”
With Captain Chito trying to hook up another bait, Dave Cummins has a fresh one on the gaff. Nice bull dorado off Espirito Santo Island . Check out the great colors!
Captain Chito with Jay Statman from Marina Del Rey CA and two great yellowfin tuna out’ve Bahia de los Muertos. Jay and his wife were double hooked and had fish going when a boat load of spearfishing free divers jumped right in the water 10 yards off our panga despite being asked not to do it. That shut off the bite. C’mon…show some courtesy. It’s a huge ocean! Still a nice catch!
Mmmmm…one of the best eating fish here! Travis Craig with a huachinango (red snapper pargo) he pulled out of the rocks near Espirito Santo Island.
An unusual catch, but they are around here! Donna Drucker hooked this 80 pound hammerhead and fought it to the boat so it could be released.
ANGLERS WORK HARD FOR FISH…AGAIN…
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 10-17, 2015
It was another tough week after waters and conditions settle down from the strange crazy winds and waves we got the week before that just turned everything over and around. It brought in cooler, greener water plus residual winds and it’s taking quite a few days for things to settle down So, alot of this week was just scratchy fishing and hat’s off to all our anglers who kept grinning and kept patient and brought the smiles. I won’t lie, the fishing was way off what it should be this time of year.
There were some great highlights to be sure. But, alot of the week, it was either tough to find bait because of the waters or winds or, when we did find it, the guys had to work hard for their fish. However, with each day of better weather, the conditions were coming back. Each day the waters calmed and so did the winds and little-by-little the fishing seemed to inch better.
Probably the toughest fishing the last two weeks. There’s bunches of little dorado around that are entertaining for awhile, but I mean “really little” five pounders, if that. Good for a fish or two to be released, then most anglers move on unless they’re playing and having fun with the light tackle. There’s also some good schools of white bonito around. Again, lots of fun and they’re getting 5-10 per day. These aren’t the “bad bonito” or skipjack. These are the whites that make great eating and can fool anyone on a plate that it’s actually tuna! The meat is not dark, but rather great pink meat perfect for sashime and cooks up white as well.
The highlights of the week for our guys…rooster fish. Hard to come by this week with limited smaller baits so we only had the big ladyfish to use, but that produced a few of the bigger 30-50 pounders along the shores. But, the bite was definitely off.
As well, we had some wahoo bites, but no fish landed. All from the south end of Cerralvo Island and near Punta Perrico. But, the wahoo are there. (Just as I posted this Sunday night, two of our guys landed 2 forty-pound fish and lost a bigger one!)
We also had more marlin swimming around and one big-time hookup by Al Burgess from Kansas. Allen hooked a fish estimated by our captain at 250 pounds! But, even more amazing, Al was using 40 pound test AND A SPINNING ROD! He battled the fish solo for 3 solid hours with a bad back and legs and they said the big fish bulldogged them and barely ever jumped…the worst and strongest kind…smart fish that don’t waste energy jumping around! It pulled the panga with 3 anglers and a captain in circles the entire time.
Sorry there’s no photos but what happened is the guys burned up all the batteries and memory during the battle! When the fish was finally alongside the boat, no one had any memory or batteries! Only great stories. And the fish was released!!! Well done!
The other highlight was a nice jag of 30-40 pound tuna. Another good story.
Diana Statman had never fished in salt water before! First time down here too, although husband, Jay, is a long time fisherman and has been down to La Paz many times before. Diana gets a bait and gets it in the water and minutes later she’s bit!!! Tuna on!!! Husband Jay is still rigging up! Then, Jay gets bit! Doubles on!
But what happens…some private spear fishermen pull up not 10 yards from their panga and jump in the water! Despite being asked to move somewhere else…they jump in anyway. The tuna get pulled in, but bite over! C’mon guys…some courtesy. It’s a big ocean!!!
This is surprisingly where most of our action took place this week. And it wasn’t our usual bite.
Of all things, with the crazy weather, our captains have found some good spots for some big pargo and cabrilla near the islands and some of the reefs. It’s providing some pretty solid action and they’re losing some big big fish to the rocks and inexperience. Most of the fish that are coming back are delicious 3-5 pounders, but some great stories of 10-20 pound fish lost to the rocks. Plus some big amberjack up to 50 pounds caught at the north end of Cerralvo and larger ones being lost…some right next to the boat up to 70 pounds.
We did get a few yellowtail. Normally, we should be getting more this time of year, but waters are warming fast so I think the yellowtail we are getting might be the last of the season.
A few dorado around but of the larger variety and we should see more every week and we also hooked a few marlin and sails this week as well.
Again, not spectacular and not our usual. But every day seems a little better as long as the weather holds!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
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