La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 9-16, 2017
April 16, 2017 by riplipboy
Wade Ichimura from San Mateo CA got bent by this fat yellowfin tuna that ate a live mackerel off the south end of Cerralvo Island east of La Paz. This was Wade’s first trip to fishing La Paz waters. He’s posing for the photo on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.
Dylan Steinberg from Manhattan Beach CA happily hoists a fat yellowfin tuna over his head at the Beach at Bahia de Los Muertos near La Paz. The fish was caught off the high spot just south of Cerralvo Island. He was fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet.
Al has himself a big tasty pargo mulatto and he poses with Gary Wagner and their captain inside Bahia de los Muertos. Al is from San Diego and is staying at Gary’s place at Rancho Costa.
Soon Choy and Captain Gerardo from the Tailhunter Fleet pose with a nice yellowfin and a wahoo. The wahoo is bigger than it looks. Captain Gerardo is about 6’3”. The tuna was taken on a live mackerel. The wahoo fell for a trolled Rapala. Soon Choy is from San Mateo CA.
GOOD WEEK TO BE ON THE WATER
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 9-16, 2017
Happy Easter everyone!
Overall a really nice week to be fishing or just to be out on the water for Easter week. Nice sunny weather in the high 80’s with just a bit of breeze and some left over late gusts as winter leaves us. The beaches were full of vacationers…mostly locals who all take the week off as Easter is a major holiday in Mexico. It also meant a lot more folks on the water as well with locals, spring breakers, snow birds, etc. It’s not like Cabo or anything, but there was definitely a lot more going on if you were in town or on the beach. Just a nice place to have spent the week no matter what you were doing.
Fishing had some good moments. Nothing spectacular, but everyone caught fish so there was good action. Especially good since there were so many first-timers, kids and families with lines in the water. That probably had a lot to do with the quality of the fish caught. There’s some nice-sized fish out there, but not a lot of them made it to the boats because they were lost. But that’s fishing!
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TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
If you look at the actual numbers, it doesn’t look like we had a good week on the water. If all you looked at were numbers of fish caught, you’d be deceived. There actually were some very good fish caught! They just didn’t land many of them! Big yellowtail and amberjack took lines into the rocks. Especially true for many of our inexperienced anglers or kids. These fish don’t “nibble.” They are freight trains! So, overall, what came back were a few of this and that. Some smaller yellowtail. Some jacks. Some bonito and cabriole. A few dorado. Fun days.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET
This was the spot for not only better action, but more quality fish. But again, some really nice fish were lost. If you were looking for action, there as some massive schools of bonito rampaging through the area so. This was great for the kids or families or just hanging out on the water because you could spank bonito all day and have a blast until your arms fell off. Some of these weren’t the regular barriletes. There were some good eating white and blue bonito in the mix that pass very well for their cousins, the yellowfin tuna.
There were also some big feisty jack crevalle, yellow and red snapper and sierra caught.
There’s a lot of mackerel and ballyhoo in the water right now so using live bait, we did get into some nicer grade 25-50 pound yellowfin tuna off the south end of Cerralvo Island. Chunked fresh calamari also worked. These are lively, fast-movers and they surprised a lot of our first-timers with the power. These are not football tuna! It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. There were a lot more boats out there than usual because of the holidays and a lot of boat traffic drives the fish down so we’ll see what happens after the crowds leave. This could be promising.
Some yellowtail still around as well, but fewer and fewer as the waters warm up.
Also, it looks like the wahoo are still around and willing to hit those dark Rapalas!
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