BIG WINDS – FULL MOON CHILL RED HOT BITE
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 19-26, 2016
Last week, I started out by saying “what a difference a week makes.” Well, I’m saying it again.
After such a phenomenal week previously, when the waters blew up with wahoo, roosters and others, fishing really chilled off this past week. Just more of the craziness we’ve had this season. It was tough. It was ugly. Maybe one of the most difficult weeks of the season. And like getting ice water tossed on us given how the week before it was fishing crazy!
Here’s what I think happened…
Last weekend, the winds that normally are done for the year, came up. Strong! On top of that, we had this huge full moon and big tide changes. I think they called it a “strawberry moon” that occurred over the Summer Solstice. Even when it didn’t blow and make things funky during the day, it blew at night.
What this all did is got the cold waters back up from down deep. What this did is turn all the pretty blue water we’ve had green and dirty. As a consequence, the fishing just tanked for the most part. Call it like it is. I’ve never seen it this late in the season. Even the species we did catch are more indicative of what we would catch in the cooler months of late April/ May than end of June bites.
Our captains worked hard. Our anglers worked hard and kept at it and kept grinning. But when Mother Nature is working against you, all you can do is keep at it…especially if it’s fishing.
On the upside, as the week came to a close, some of that green water is starting to come back to blue again and we were seeing more activity from the fish. At least a little bit. If only this wind would stay outta our business for awhile!
Still the area where we’re getting the most activity and species. However, compared to last week when the ocean was simply alive, it was really scratchy fishing. The thing is, the fish were either big…or there was not much else! So, there were some big trophy fish to be caught but if you missed your shot or the big guys didn’t show up, there wasn’t much else. So, a panga would come back with one or two nice fish. And that as it. Or very small fish. There was no “in-between” fun fish. It made for some long days and stretches of not much action.
That being said, we still got into some wahoo that are around a liking the dark-colored Rapalas and Yo-Zuris. If you want to bring anything down, bring down the Rapala XRap 15’s, 20’s and 30’s. Or the Yo-Zuri Magnums. Clients are losing the captains rigs and it costs $30-40 to replace them and the lures have been so hot, the few tackle stores here simple don’t have any more to sell. So, alot of you ask me all the time what to bring down, these would be awesome and also clients have been gifting them to the captains as well.
Aside from the wahoo, the amberjack we’re getting have been beasts. Fish in the 30-60 pound class are not uncommon, but they’re tough fish and are boating maybe 1 our’ve every 5 or 6 bites. These are awesome big-boy cousins to the yellowtail and make great eating.
Not much in the way of dorado around which is surprising given it’s summer! That’s normally our bread-and-butter fish. The few we’re catching, however, have been nicer 15-25 pounders.
The fish that keep saving is is the fish that made the area it’s name of “Roosterfish Capital of the World.” Folks come from all over the world to try to get a rooster and especially on some of the days when not much else is happening, catching a 30-80 pound gallo makes for alot of big smiles. But the fish have been monsters and are right there along the rocks and the beaches. The biggest issue is taking the time to catch the ladyfish/ sabalo big-baits that they love. You can’t just snap your fingers and make the bait show up. So, understand that it takes some time some days. Another reason that putting 3 in a panga can be an issue with any kind of bait…you have to get enough bait for 3 guys and what little you have, you burn up pretty quickly.
More marlin and sails showing up too which is nice and most getting released.
Erratic is the best word to describe the fishing straight out’ve the bay. Or anemic!
It’s been like this for about 3 weeks. The colder green waters moved in just about the first week of June and our captains have ventured all over the map finding the better water. Again, we should be into solid dorado right now, but the catch has been that mix of spring-time species when it’s a mix of cold and warm waters:
Dorado from 5-20 pounds (scattered)
Bonito and skipjack
Some rooster fish
Some yellowtail (still!)
Occasional billfish (stripers up to 120 pounds)
It’s crazy. For our La Paz anglers, there’s bait but no consistent fish. At Las Arenas, there’s fish, but not consistent bait!
One of the nice things that’s unique to Tailhunters is we have both fleets. One in La Paz and the other at Las Arenas so at least we can move folks around between our two fleets depending on the bite, the weather, the species and how that all keeps changing to give folks the best opportunity to get fish even when the conditions aren’t always the best.
The full moon is moving off. Waters are getting bluer. Hopefully, this coming week will be better. Honestly, it was hard to be much worse. It was a tough week.
TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH – GRACIAS!
We can’t say thank you enough to everyone of our Tailhunter friends who bring us things in their suitcases and ice chests to donate to our Tailhunter Outreach program to help some of our outlying under-served schools as well as the woman’s shelter. You have no idea how even the smallest things make such a big difference. Above are just some of the examples of what we rec’d just this week and every two weeks or so, we send another few hundred pounds of supplies to some very needy kids, women and families. Additionally, many thanks to those of you who donate funds to our scholarship program by which $300 keeps a kid in school for a year and is enough to supply the child with books, lunches transportation and clothes. Tailhunter Nation is the best! God bless you all.
That’s our story! Have a great week…
Jonathan and Jilly
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