THE EXPRESS VIDEO VERSION FISHING REPORT
This was done really really early in the morning after we had put out our boats and I did NOT wear my day-glow green shirt this time!
THE ABBREVIATED FISHING REPORT
Weather – Nice. High 90’s day/ high 60’s night Very pleasant. Getting cooler. Had two days quite windy
Water – Blue and generally clear. Surface temps in the mid-80’s. But cooling down with the weather
Las Arenas Bite – The fish were twice as big. But not many. Tuna and wahoo main targets. Lost more fish than we should.
La Paz Bite – All the little dorado you want. Can be like a fish pond. Releasing lots. Some marlin still around.
Forecast – Really tapering off. Gone from 20-40 fishermen a day to 4-8 per day. Holidays approaching. More snowbirds. and folks who just look for some sunshine and not necessarily here for water sports. Town is nicely quiet!
Whalesharks – Got 3-8 right out in front in 10 feet of water. Mostly 10-15 foot “babies” but there’s a few 20-30 footers too! Fun swimming with them!
Quote of the Week – “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can by a fishing rod and that’s pretty much the same thing!”
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA EDITION FISHING REPORT
END OF SEASON – FEWER FISH…BIGGER FISH!
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 23-30, 2016
Now that we’ve come to the end of the month, I can say to all doubters…the best bite of the month took place during the full moon! We had some pretty great conditions this past week, but it seemed that the further we got away from the full moon the pickier the fish got. Still, everyone got bit. Everyone took home fish. The action just wasn’t as heady as it had been the previous week or the week before. In many respects, the fish were bigger…twice a big as before! But only half as many fish were caught which meant some days some anglers didn’t get anything while their buddy caught one or two fish!
Also, water are getting cooler. We’re coming up on the end of the season and conditions are changing. We’re getting cooler water fish like amberjack and sierra and the winds are also noticeably just a little stronger from the north week-by-week.
LA PAZ FISHING
For the most part, not much changed. I almost don’t even count the fishing anymore. The dorado are there. They have been there for months. Some days all you want. And more! You can catch easily limits by noon. Stay out longer and catch-and-release many more.
The problem is, they’re relatively all small fish. Five pound mahi up to maybe 10 pounds. If you wanna bring the kids or the family or don’t have much experience this is awfully fun and sometimes frantic with double and triple hookups. Fill your cooler!
On the other hand, after a day-or-two, most folks have the “cake” and go for the larger and more elusive fish at Las Arenas.
There are billfish out there still. Mostly eating the smaller dorado. Sent one panga out specifically only for marlin and they hooked four and lost 3 after nice fights.
LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY
In a word…the fish got twice as big this week. But, there were less than half-as-many!
Basically, whereas we were catching 3, 4…6 ten-to-fifteen-pound tuna before, this week the fish were 20-35 pounds, but the boats only averaged 1-3 fish each. Sometimes not even that. But, these were definitely bigger, heartier and feistier fish. I can only think what the counts would be like if so many fish had not been lost. But, alot were lost!
Several reasons for that…
1. Tougher fish and bigger fish
2. Lack of experience (all part of the fun!)
3. Danged triggerfish (we’re using chunked squid for bait. The triggerfish dive bomb the squid. Their teeth nick up the line. Then a tuna bites. The line snaps under pressure!)
Same with the wahoo. The fish are definitely there and we got a couple. But lost so many more. Seems like the fish are bigger and surely more vicious. Or maybe just smarter. We’re losing alot of trolling lures the past few weeks to fish that seem to know how to hit the lines from the side…or something! Only getting maybe 1 for every four fish that we hooked.
Other species included some late-season rooster fish; scattered dorado; bonito; lots of triggerfish; sierra and even an amberjack. A few marlin hooked too and lost.
TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION
Out with a bang! If this is about the end of our season, there was surely no end to the generosity of our Tailhunter Tribal family who continued to bring so many goods for our supported charities. Thanks to all of you and a special shout-out to Vic Patton, Joe Barrera and Tom Maher who brought a huge bag of clothes I could barely carrry it. I didn’t get a chance to take their photo and give them the proper props. You guys rock! Muchas gracias!
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