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If he looks a little bedraggled that’s cuz Mike just pulled in this huge wahoo estimated at 80 pounds that was a total beast. After we packaged the meat, the head alone weighed almost 20 pounds!
Wonderful guy, Roger Selner, from Montana was given this trip as part of his retirement package from Eastman publishing. You might recognize him if you go to the hunting and fishing shows. For more than 35 years, Roger drove the 30 foot long trailer that held all the Eastman hunting trophy elk heads to all the shows. He took this big trophy dog-tooth snapper after a long day right at the very end trying for a big roosterfish off the Punta Perrico rocks.
Tom Mullican had never made it into our fishing reports but now is in it two weeks in a row. His first yellowtail taken north of La Paz around Espirito Santo Island. Amigo Tom is from McCammon, Idaho. He got his first wahoo (see photos below), first yellowtail, a huge pargo and a tuna over 5 days fishing.
Persistence paid off for Mike Schoder our amigo from Alaska with Captain Efren. Mike was here flyfishing but decided to put a trolling lure out instead and ripped this wahoo up! Nice jacket, Mike! He told me later, it’s his wife’s jacket!
One of our newest amigas! First timer, American Airlines pilot Jan King from Phoenix with Captain Archangel and the biggest dorado of the week, a nice sierra and a white bonito (very tasty).
Dan Bovee and his dad, Jim, worked as hard as anyone all week with Captain Pancho for some scratchy fishing, but did get a nice sailfish out at the 88 spot (released) and this hefty roosterfish a few hundred yards off Punta Perrico. Also released! The guys are from San Diego.
Gary Wagner, owner of Cabo’s famous Giggling Marlin Bar and the Rancho and the Rancho de Costa in Muertos Bay got himself a really nice pompano that’s gonna be great eating!
Tom Mullican came down on a special trip just to get himself a wahoo and after losing two (including a monster) and burning his thumb, he finally put this beauty on the panga!
Wally King is already planning to come back in the fall after his first trip to see us. Really a fun couple to have him and his wife visit us from Phoenix. He got this surprising sierra…normally a cold-water fish, but great eating!
I don’t think I’ve seen a guy prouder to catch a roosterfish and our amigo, Roger Selner from Montana who got this big boy literally right off the rocks on a big live bait!
Taylor is always into fish. Trolling a purple Rapala off the south end of Cerralvo Island, she got this dog-tooth pargo plus a big amberjack and cabrilla. She never fails!
Utah in the house! Jim Dahl has his hands on a pompano as he poses at Bahia de los Muertos.
Nancy Hofecker from Pennsylvania had never fished in the ocean before and gets a roosterfish right out of the blocks! The fish was released.
Owen Hofecker and his wife on their first day fishing get a double-hook up on roosterfish! This nice one was taken on bait and released. Punta Arenas in the background Owen is from Pennsylvania.
TOUGH WEEK – TOUGH FISH
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 22-29, 2016
First off…Happy Memorial Day Weekend and a big God bless and thank you to all who serve or who have served and their families. We live here in Mexico, but never forget what you have all sacrificed. We hope you enjoy a safe and happy weekend. Times like this we especially miss these weekends so have some fried chicken and potato salad for us!
This week had pretty much a bit of everything. Good fishing and bad catching…full moon…lots of wind…even some rain and some hot sunshine to go along. And water temperatures are all over the place from the 60’s to mid-70’s! A true fish report would need comments by every single angler we had this week because it ran the gamut. And the comments would be as varied as the fishing.
Overall, it was rugged. The big fish of last week just decided pretty much not to play. Or something. Because the other side of the story is that there WERE some big fish HOOKED! There were some opportunities. But, fish were lost either because of “angler error,” inexperience with big fish or just plain bad luck. There was a big tuna hooked and lost . There were a number of wahoo lost. There were yellowtail and big roosters and amberjack lost. So, coupled with just some funky other variables like weather, winds, difficult bait and other stuff…well…dangit, it was a poor week of catching. It could have been so much better!
We had those toad yellowtail pop up two weeks ago in the 30-50 pound class and it seemed the dorado were getting bigger. This week, there were fewer hook-ups and the dorado took the week off or something. The yellowtail we did hook were lost and there were just a few small dorado our guys worked hard to find. Our captains did find some nice spots of cabrilla and pargo inshore along with some big triggerfish. Again, more fish lost than caught. But, these pargo and cabrilla are always tough in the rocks. You know you’re gonna lose fish there when these fish are so powerful, but that’s part of the fun. Even the best angler knows he’s sometimes going to a gunfight with a pocket knife.
We didn’t hook any yellowtail this week, but no doubt there’s wahoo and rooster fish roaming the waters. But, we were hampered by strong winds that I thought were gone for the season and even some heavy clouds and some rain as well! Plus, some nice hook-ups were lost. Oh well…that’s fishing. Still got some pargo, cabrilla and those tasty white bonito are still around. But, I won’t lie. It was a tough pull. If you got a bite and missed it, it could have been a big fish and you might not get another bite all day. I had to tell one guy who lost 2 wahoo…”Put down the beer and cigarette next time.” Both times his hands were occupied when the wahoo slammed him and of course, he ended up dropping the cigarette, spilling his beer AND missing the wahoo!
We also had a big tuna on the line for awhile, but it unbuttoned and the angler admitted he didn’t know how to fight a fish that big. Hopefully, as this full moon gets behind us, the fishing will get better. I’m not a big believer in the full-moon effect on fishing, but it could’t hurt if it went away!
CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS
We’ve been here now in La Paz over 20 years. We have come to know so many awesome people and the best part of our job is so many “clients” become our friends! Indeed, part of the Tailhunter Tribe.
John “J.D” Drucker from Portland, has been fishing with us for 18 years with his wife, Donna. They sometimes visited us twice a year, but every year they were here without fail. They were part of our family here.
After, last year’s trip in May, J.D. was diagnosed with cancer and passed early this year, but he and Donna had promised no matter what, they were coming back to La Paz this May for their 30th Anniversary.
Donna made good on that promise.
She brought him and 54r4 18 members of the family and John’s ashes to be spread in Bahia de Los Muertos using his favorite Tailhunter captains. They all remembered him.
So, this past Saturday afternoon we all climbed in vans and we brought J.D. on his last trip to Muertos.
When we got there, the winds were ripping and the waves were white-capping and I was worried how this was all going to happen with the ashes. Amazingly, as we reached the spot, the wind died and seas went flat…
Three floral wreaths were carried out to the mouth of Bahia de los Muertos by the 18 family members. Each of the 7 pangas had a small baggie of J.D.’s ashes.
The current also seemed to stop.
A few words. Some minutes of silence. The wreaths barely moved from their spot. Muertos Bay was one of JD’s favorite places. A round of applause to send him on his way before returning to the beach.
The Drucker family
The next day (today Sunday) in 6 pangas everyone went fishing! And in a week when almost very little was biting, the family posted up 3 marlin ( released). Quite a few nice-sized amberjack, white bonito, dorado, sierra, some big pargo and cabrilla too! Most had never fished before, let alone fished the area. But the fish bit!
Captain Jorge and Don Meade with two of his amberjack.
Donna Drucker and her favorite captain, Victor. I believe I was told the fish hit almost as soon as the line hit the water. Of the three hooked, this one could not be released.
JD’s son, Johnny Drucker and Uncle Jeff Drucker with a productive day of good eating species.
Captain Ramiro with Chris and Drew Fogg and some of their amberjack!
Fairwinds and flat seas on the journey to our fish brother, John “J.D.” Drucker. Your spirit along with our other fish brothers whose ashes have drifted in Muertos Bay will alway be with us. We’re honored that you shared time with us. God bless.
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
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