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Big smiles from Captain Gerardo and Mark Bevans from Kenai, Alaska enjoying some sunshine and a hefty roosterfish. He released three that day!
Verda Boyd and Captain Jorge teamed up for a nice speedy wahoo that’s going to make for some great eating. The ‘hoo took a live bait. Verda fishes with us twice a year now for about 10 years usually with her husband, Tim Zimmer, but this time, it was a girls trip!
Captain Pancho poses with Brad Sleder from Mt. Pleasant, S. Carolina and a nice big amberjack on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.
Washington in the house! Heather Boyd, helps dad, Grant Darby take a photo of their roosterfish just outside of Bahia de los Muertos where they hooked three and released three roosters!
Our Las Vegas amiga, Yolanda Wheeler, recently retired from the Las Vegas Police Department and came down for an all-girls trip topped by her first wahoo. Captain Jorge does the honors.
You can tell a professional fisherman by the way he poses with his fish. You can also tell who the flyfishers are! Jeff Pralle left -55 degree weather in Alaska with Extreme Expeditions to enjoy a few days in the sun with his flyrod and friends. He didn’t get this one on the flyrod, but nevertheless, this jack crevalle (Toro or Bull in Spanish) is well-named for being a rugged tough fish and this one was no exception.
One of the funnest guys to fish with…the man with the “million dollar smile”… Rick Kasper from Wyoming with some really big sierra! I like Rick’s “stringer.”
Captain Gerardo was on fire with the roosters this week as he helps Helen Bevens with another rooster just outside of Muertos Bay. Helen is from Kenai, Alaska. The pez gallo was released.
Overall, in terms of quality fish, Mark Bonsack from Washington had one of the better weeks of fishing despite tough conditions. He hung in there every day and fished hard. Here’s one of his yellowtail. A couple of bigger fish during the week broke off.
Some of the best eating fish…Helen and Mark Bevans got a number of tasty huachinango off the rocks!
Well done, Heather! A big rooster for Heather Boyd and Captain Gerardo they quickly released.
Another pro who know how to pose his fish, Taylor Rowland is also an outfitter and flyfishing guide with Extreme Expeditions. He’s got himself a feisty bonito here that he got out’ve Muertos Bay.
Mark Bevans got quite a variety of fish this week including these two nice sierra that ended up as two big plates of ceviche at our Tailhunter Restaurant.
ANGLERS HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR FISH!
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 3-10, 2016
Fishing was a bit more promising this past week, but still not quite up to snuff and hats off to so many of our anglers who really kept at and worked hard and still kept smiling even when fishing was scratchy at best.
It’s hard to pinpoint. We are definitely transitioning from cooler to warmer water species so we’ve got quite a variety from sierra and pargo to wahoo and dorado. But the issue is the consistency. It’s just not the same every day. One boat catches fish, but another doesn’t. One day everyone gets something and the next day it’s like pulling teeth. One area has a good bite and the next day that same area can’t get a bump.
I will say one thing…you gotta be on your game. Fishing is fishing, but if you have a line in the water, you never know what’s gonna happen. The fishing would have been 180 degrees better if we hadn’t lost so many quality fish.
Some of that was just…well…that’s fishing! Big fish are tougher fish. Some of that was due to inexperience. Everyone wants a big fish and then it happens and they don’t know what to do with it. That’s part of the fun and learning process too! No one got completely skunked, but by the same token I felt their pain of losing fish or a tough fishing day!!! I appreciated all the folks who still came back laughing after a tough day and ready to go again the next day. You’re champs. You know who you are!
Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay
If you can call it that, our fleet here had the most “consistent” fishing. I use that term really loosely. Consistent insofar as there were fish to be caught and was the most productive. But it was erratic. There was no gauging if it were going to be an OK day or less than stellar. Some boats would do better than others. Nothing for certain.
There were surely ALOT of different species as is characteristic of this time of year. It’s like an aquarium list!
Big Eye Jacks
About the only thing we didn’t connect on was a marlin or tuna this week!
It was encouraging to see us hit more roosters. They weren’t the big slugs, but fun enough fish in the 20-40 pound class close to shore and more than enough tug for most folks. Wahoo as well hit bait and lures and for the two we got this week, there were about 10 lost. The fish were 20-30’s. However, larger ones in the 50 pound class were seen and one fish was swimming around that two of my captains swore was over 70 or 80 pounds cruised the area, but just wouldn’t go!
Inshore near structure and the beaches, you never know what’s gonna come up. Really larger than normal sierra up to about 8 pounds…some trophy-sized cabrilla (sea bass) and huachinango (red snapper) made for good action.
Had our first flyfishers of the year and they really had to work hard. It was breezy and the bait supply isn’t very hefty, but they did get a few and are still here for more days so we’ll see how they do.
Our La Paz fleet was either batting zero or getting a ton of “base hits.” What I mean to say is that our pangas that went over towards the islands or hit the seamounts looking for larger grades of fish like big yellowtail and amberjack simply struck out. Not only us, but some of the other fleets as well. This week it was just a desert there. Barely anything. It’s surprising also because sargasso weed is building up so you would think dorado would be rolling under the weed beds.
When I say, “base hits” there a whole bunch of teenie trout-sized dorado just near the outside of La Paz Bay. It saved us. Those fish are under 5-pounds and they’re massed there. Just for pure action, imagine schools of giant trout. That’s about it. Double and triple hook-ups. Several of our pangas got limits and were back by lunch time very happy. Our other veteran guys who ran into them smiled and moved on to something else, not wanting to bother with all these babies. However, for first-timers and families and kids, these fish were way fun. Lots of catch-and-release too! Some boats hooked as many as 20-25 fish and released most keeping just a few for dinner.
Tailhunter Community Outreach Program
Big hugs and gracias to Grant and Carol Darby and their family from Washington who brought down a full ice chest of school supplies and clothing for our local kids in the pueblo.
Over the last two years, our Tailhunter Family and Tribal Members have filled empty ice chests to bring down OVER ONE TON of clothing, school supplies, hygiene items, shoes, and other things for our needy school kids, the women’s shelter and other charities here in La Paz.
As we kick off a new season, we just wanted to give a big shout-out to all of you who’ve helped so many and brought smiles with your generosity. Tailhunter amigos rock!
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Jonathan and Jilly
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