PHOTO 1: Talk about a whopper! YEOW! Sara Moss from British Columbia has the knack every time she comes down. Captain Jorge gives her a hand with this 40 pound class dorado picked off the outer shark buoys. Sara nailed this on a light salmon rod with live bait. We normally don't see this kind of quality bull dorado until a bit later, but the fish are here and show all signs of busting loose! INCREDIBLE VARIETY OF SPECIES MARKS THE WEEK WITH SOLID FISHING AND A BIT OF EVERYTHING FROM MARLIN TO CABRILLA AND RO TO DORADO RIPPING LINES!LA PAZ - LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 18, 2008
PHOTO 2: Hard to beat a photo or a fish like this. Our amigo, Wayne Moss, a commercial pilot and former fishing guide in British Columba holds a coveted dog-tooth snapper. This horse of a fish is a rarity. They are hooked, but difficult to drag out've the rocks not to mention they have sharp gills and armor plating and they don't call 'em dog-tooth snappers for nothing...they have fang-like choppers. Great eating.
PHOTO 3: A gre week for roosterfish. They ran the gamut of fish from this school-sized 5 pounder up to 60 and even 80 pound fish. The smaller guys are balled up south of Muertos Bay where you can have a day of catching several dozen but the big bull roosters are hanging out in the place they call the "Roosterfish Capital of the World"...The Punta Arena lighthouse where the world record 114 pounder was caught and were several of our anglers got tagged by fish up to 80 pounds this week.
PHOTO 4: At first, I thought these were two of the largest cabrilla (Mexican seabass) I had ever seen in all my time here that weren't underwater when I was scuba diving. Surely the largest I've seen on hook and line. Dr. David Jones and his son, Brian Jones from Sylmar CA hold some doozies! Brian (right) for sure holds a HUGE cabrilla. However, the more I look at Davids fish (left) I see something that tells me it's NOT a cabrilla and I don't know why I didn't notice it when we were on the beach. Perhaps there w too much commotion and excitement about the fish, but now I think it's a broomtail grouper. Look at the tail! Either way...wow...great catches! Smiles say it all. (See the video below)
PHOTO 5: William and Robyn Bristol from the Los Angeles area had a day to spare so they came out fishing. Not only did they nail this trophy pompano, but also got yellowtail, pargo, cabrilla and numerous jacks. William says Wendy caught all the fish to which Robyn agrees, but says she handed the rod to William when this particular pompano got the best of her. Numerous species this past week were the name of the game. I got over a dozen species logged.
PHOTO 7 : Now THIS is a pargo liso (mullet snapper) unlike the dog tooth snapper (pargo perro) in the photo above. Len Veahey from the eastside San Francisco Bay area holds up a nice pargo liso headed for the grill. Great week for pargo. They were biting off Punta Perrico as well as the SE end of Cerralvo Island. Big schools could be seen like dark red moving balls in the shallow water with fish boiling on thrown chummed sardines. However, dead bait seemed to work particularly well for them.
PHOTO 9 : Bob Veahey (left) and Jack Shade (right) hoist a nice female and male bull dorado respecitvely. Both guys got a wide variety of fish topped by those two mahi on their last day. The dorado are out at the buoys in several spots along with marlin and sailfish. The problem is one day they'll bite and the next day they'll just look at you and your bait and swim away. They also got a sailfish and released it.
PHOTO 10: Jim Stewart was on his second trip with us. He's sometimes from Arizona and sometimes from Wyoming! He hooked two sailfish while on a panga with Captain Gerardo (on the left). He was able to release one, but not this one and the meat was divided among alot of hungry folks back at the captains pueblo. Jim and his wife Judy also got quite a few snapper.
PHOTO 11: Dr. Ralph Kettlekamp hails from San Luis Obispo CA and had a spectacular few days with us this past week. He got numerous pargo like this one here as well as other inshore species like cabrilla and amberjack. His topper was his last fish of the trip...a 50 pound dorado.
PHOTO 12: While a couple of the guys were fishing...in fact, had a fish on the line, this "baby" whaleshark felt like playing and checking them out. Gentle and plankton eating, this baby could grow to be over 50 feet long and will often let divers swim with them. These are real sharks and are the largest of their species. They don't bite people, but are the favorite food of killer whales and are killed as food in many countries since they are easy targets.
PHOTO 13: How good was the pargo fishing? This is a shot of pargo under the panga swarming. These might not look big because there's no perspective, but these are 20-50 pound fish in shallow water! THE FISH REPORT! I guess this is one of those weeks when I can just let the photo images do the explaining! It was a solid week of fishing. Can't believe the variety too! Not every species was biting every single day and the winds sometimes dictated where you could and couldn't fish. There mi also be a day when you decided you were gonna go for a home run and head off shore to the buoys for dorado and marlin and they wouldn't bite...and you'd come back skunked. Everyone who stayed inside had pargo, cabrilla , sierra and yellowtail in ther boxes...oh well. However...here's the ticket. If you fished 2-3 days like most of our clients, everyone is hooking fish! Not every fish is a keeper. By that, I mean there's some fish out here that are full-on warrior fish...ask anyone who has battled one of our 30 pound class jack crevalle or taken on a a big bonito on light tackle. They will kick your butt! But they don't taste real good so you might toss them back. But...wow...no shortage of action! Hard to complain when every other bait in the water gets bit by SOMETHING. You might also be one of the guys who hooks say...5 big pargo and loses every single one of them in the rocks. You then hook 3 big cabrilla and those pop off too. When you come back to the beach, you 've only got some 12-inch snapper. That wasn't bad fishing. That was bad catching! Just one of those days. But you might also have hooked 3 jacks that you released as well as 10 bonito that tore you up as well and you threw those back too! Here's just some of the species we got: dorado, sailfish (released most), marlin (released all...or they released themselves!), amberjack, pargo liso, barred pargo, cabrilla, broomtail grouper, yellow snapper, red snapper, sierra, roosterfish (up to 60 pounds), jack crevalle, china maru, African pompano, big eye jacks, small yellowtail and dog-tooth snapper. THE WEEK IN VIDEOS! Click these! [youtube][/youtube] and this one too: [youtube][/youtube] That's my story! Jonathan