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PHOTO 1: Dan Flatt from Atwater CA is a school teacher who was on his first trip to visit us. Despite some tough winds, Dan and his wife, Susan (photos below) got into some of the nice dorado that showed up north of La Paz between the islands around the sargasso patches near Las Cruces. ANOTHER TOUGH WEEK OF OFFSHORE FISHING AGAINST THE WINDS (GO AWAY ALREADY!) BUT DORADO ARE HERE FOR SURE AND INSHORE FISHING FOR ROOSTERS, JACKS AND POMPANO STILL HOT! La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for the week endi Sunday June 15, 2008
PHOTO 2: Susan Flatt, like her husband, Dan, (above) is also an educator from Northern, California. She's holding one of the nicer dorado taken north of La Paz this week where a spot of mahi was found around Las Cruces.
PHOTO 3: One of the funnest guys of the week and light tackle enthusiasts, Jonathan Speir from Sonoma CA holds up the kind of roosterfish that made Las Arenas famous as the "roosterfish capital of the world." If the rooster doesn't look that big, consider that Jonathan is about 6'4" tall and the tail of the rooster is barely touching the deck of the panga! The rooster was released as were most of the big roosters all week.
PHOTO 4: Another great example of a real pretty rooster taken near the lighthouse off Las Arenas where fish between 10 and 80 pounds have been hanging for the past 2 months. Dan Flatt from Atwater CA does the honors.
PHOTO 5: George Urena and his son, Christopher, from Chino Hills CA hold up a couple of pompano caught off Las Arenas. Over 3 days of fishing, young Chris fished with dad and caught dorado, roosters ("until my arms were so sore!") jack crevalle and numerous other species.
PHOTO 6: This is Charlie and Greg Gibson holding up a sample of some of their catch after fishing a day out of Las Arenas. Left to right: barred pargo, amberjack, snapper and pompano. This particular day they also hooked two sailfish. Charlie's broke off, but Greg hooked, fought and released his. Both had a blast using lightweight spinning rods for all their fish. Greg also spent the week completing his PADI scuba course certification.
PHOTO 7:[/] Smile says it all. Nick Fantozzi holds up a nice snapper here. Great eating and highly prized in the markets and restaurants and much sought after by the commercial panga fishermen, these fish are a tough fight out of the rocks.
PHOTO 8: Wendy and Cara Fantozzi got out on the water a few days with us this week. High winds made it difficult and tough to get out some days to the outter buoys where the larger dorado lurked, but some breezing school-sized dorado like these held by the ladies have moved closer to the beaches and island. VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Not many hightlights to show you this week, amigos. Alot of big fish broke off or were released so there wasn't much to video on the beach! Wahoo bit off a few guys. Lots of roosters were go as were billfish (good job!) So, click on this and enjoy! THE FISHING REPORT I know this is sounding like a busted record. We thought we were done with the winds a month ago when the fish literally exploded out of the Sea of Cortez. Not so fast, Bucky! They were back again this week...from the south. Not every day, but enough to make it tough to get to some of the spots with the bigger fish like the dorado and billfish. Additionally, the constant swells and chop pulled up more cool water and turned over alot of stuff so the water vis was off-color as well. If you made the right choice on days that the wind didn't blow and hit the outside areas or the sargasso paddies between the islands you could encounter some big slugger-style fishing with big bulls, sailfish and marlin. If you decided to head out there and the winds blew, either nothing was there or you'd have to turn around and come back to fish inshore and be late on spots where other fishermen had already worked the area over. If you stayed inshore, most days there was dynamite action for big roosterfish, pargo (losing many to the rocks), jack crevalle, pompano and cabrilla. In fact, some guys did ONLY that kind of fishing and really hammered well. On the other hand, you could also still have great action almost non-stop, but if the only fish biting were jack crevalle, you'd have really sore arms from all the pulling and fighting, but not much to show for it in the ice chests since the jacks are notoriously bad eating. Some wahoo were hooked and lost, but not many coming back to the beach. More dorado were showing up for our La Paz fleet in a spot between the peninsula and Cerralvo Island, but many of those fish were dinks spaced by some quality mahi. That was still encouraging to see the fishing picking up in that area. Bottom was a tough pick of a week. Some guys did pretty good and some not-so-good. Just depends who you spoke to and where they fished and what species they targeted. If we could only get maybe a week with no wind...that would be the key! We'll keep you posted! That's our story! Jonathan "When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try."

This post edited by Keone 06/16/2008
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