NICE MIX OF QUALITY FISH
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 2-9, 2017
Happy Easter everyone!
In all honesty, not a bad week. Not a great week, but not a bad week either. Unless you counted lots of bonito for great action or a fun day to just get bent or take out the kids (lots of folks on Easter break), there were not alot of fish. However, the quality of the fish we caught were pretty impressive. So it was a week of quality over quantity with some nice trophy fish taken. For a good number of our clients, they got personal bests…largest fish ever!
Also, week-by-week, the winds are diminishing from the crazy erratic winter we endured…as did much of the western continent. So, although we had a bumpy windy day or two, for the most part, they were the exception, not the rule and looking at the coming week, that pattern looks like it’s gonna continue. We’ll be having more calm days than windy let’s-just-stay-on-the-beach days!
If you’re coming down, keep in mind that Holy Week is really a busy week in Baja. Not only are folks jammed down for spring break, but it’s also a really big holiday week for Mexico as well. Many families travel back to visit friends and relatives in Mexico plus many locals take the week off and expect the beaches to be jammed with campers, picnickers, boaters and more. This is probably NOT the week if you’re looking for piece and quiet at many beaches that are normally deserted so be prepared and join in the fun.
LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY
Not much in the way of pelagic species. We chased the tuna and wahoo and hoped for dorado, but nothing stuck. However, the inshore action kept things interesting with some sweet rooster fish between 20 and 40 pounds plus some big-boy snapper and pargo…especially the cargo mulatto (barred pargo). Just for fun and action, there were alot of bonito which folks had fun with “til’ my arms hurt!” So that made for some good rod bending.
Also, there’s some huge cabrilla (Mexican sea bass) and jack crevalle over the shallow reef areas near Punta Perrico and then at Cerralvo Island. Our guys slow trolling Rapalas or dropping iron and jigging really did some great fish.
Still no sardines to speak of but there’s ballyhoo, mackerel and caballitos.
This is where our larger fish were this past week. Some hefty slugger yellowtail up to 40 pounds ended up in the boxes, but probably twice as many fish took guys into the rocks or ripped up the tackle. Also some nice amberjack as well in the same areas up to about 20 pounds were in the counts. One guy on his first trip told me, “these ocean fish don’t nibble!” Right. This isn’t trout fishing. These fish slam and head right back down to the structure and if you don’t lean into them and pull hard, you’re already toast!
There were also some nice yellow snapper, pargo and cabrilla caught as well as some smaller dorado.
That’s our story! God bless for a safe, happy and peaceful Easter and Easter week!
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