BEST WEEK of the SEASON…FINALLY!
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 12-19, 2017
Finally, after so many up-and-down-weeks of windy weather and cold waters, Mother Nature smiled and sent calm seas, gentle breezes and warming waters! The result was a variety of fish we haven’t seen so far this season and is encouraging now that we’re finally getting away from the erratic weather of winter and finally moving towards spring! For the moment, we reveled in it, as we’re not quite out’ve the clutches of winter quite yet as forecasts show more wind is on the way.
But for now, it’s nice to have a decent report to show-off.
Not only did we get into some of our regular winter catches, but the quickly warming waters produced unusual pelagic blue-water species we usually don’t see until later in the season. But who’s complaining? It was far from wide-open, don’t get me wrong. But the variety was a great bonus. It was almost a “I-have-no-idea-what-we-will-catch-today” kind of fishing. Some days really had some nice action and with many first-timers or snowbirds fishing who really only fish one day of their vacation, this kind of fishing was ideal for having some fun and catching some dinner too! Boats side-by-side often caught different fish that didn’t seem to synch with the time of the year!
Inshore cold-water species this week included a smattering of yellowtail, several varieties of pargo and snapper, some really nice cabrilla (sea bass) out’ve the rocks, plus hefty bad-tempered jack crevalle, bonito, and even some sierra which should be abundant this time of year, but have rarely made an appearance.
But the blue-water species really sparked some raised eye-brows. It’s March yet some fun-sized 25-30 pound tuna showed up at the southside of the island. These are our first verified tuna of the season. So, did wahoo and even some respectable dorado. These are species we normally would not see until May or so depending on the water temperature. And, I think that’s the key! Water temps were showing 70-75 degrees and not as green and dirty as they had been in previous weeks when winds were kicking up. It remains to be seen what will happen this coming week when forecasts show that winds will roll in again and predominate for the better part of the week.
Another variable that worked in our favor was the presence of a variety of bait. Unfortunately, no sardines showing up, but larger baits like ballyhoo, mackerel, small jacks worked well as live and dead baits. Cut fresh squid worked as well, but slow trolling Rapalas and Yo-Zuris produced big strikes as well. Interestingly, dragging the big crank baits over rocky areas that should have produced cabrilla, pargo, and yellowtail resulted in open-water surprises from tuna and wahoo…in shallow water! As I often tell folks, you don’t have to go out far in our area to get the glamour species! Dropping and jigging yo-yo iron also worked!
We’ll keep you posted! Things are changing!
TAILHUNTER TOUR – JILL & JONATHAN SPLIT UP!
We had another super show with lots of reservations and great times with all our Salt Lake City amigos at the International Sportsman’s Expo this past week. Thanks for the great visit UTAH!
And now…Jill and I go our separate ways for the week. Jill will head to California and be at:
The FRED HALL FISHING and BOATING SHOW at the Del Mar Fairgrounds . March 23-26 (Thursday to Sunday) http://www.fredhall.com/san-diego/
Jonathan will be taking the other trail to the ISE Show and Arizona Boatshow at Scottsdale, Arizona at the Westworld Center March 23-26 (Thursday to Sunday)
Hope to see you there!
Here’s our parting shots from Salt Lake City and all our friends!
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Jonathan and Jilly
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