PHOTO 1: Now this is the right kind! Guys dream about nailing one of these bad boys. Many bite, but few are taken! This is a pargo. It's a pargo liso (mullet snapper) to be exact. Big schools of these big fish are up on the shallows right now. Jeff Regnert from Anchorage AK pulled this one out've the rocks in shallow water with live bait. WINDS RIP ANGLERS IN LATE SEASON BLOW ALMOST AS HARD AS THE BIG PARGO and YELLOWTAIL!La Paz/ Las Arenas Report from Tailhunter International for 24, 2009
PHOTO 2: Wally Huang and Frank Lui from the Los Angeles area hold up a 45 pound roosterfish taken off the lighthouse at Punta Arena. The big roosters have definitely moved into the area now. Lots of small ones around, but the big bad boys are cruising the beaches too! Most are getting released, but we've had some taken this week up to 70 pounds with larger ones being lost.
PHOTO 3: Another good one for the table, this is an type of pargo. It's called a pargo mulatto...barred pargo. They get alot bigger and can be tough in the rocks. Jeff Santa holds this one. Jeff is from just south of San Francisco. CA.
PHOTO 4: Don White has a charter business up in Oregon, but comes down to check out the sunshine and fish without slickers on! Here he's holding up a pargo taken off Punta Perrico. It was another week of good bites for the pargo. Perhaps this is one of the best pargo seasons in a long time.
PHOTO 5: This is Dimitry Postovalov. He's from Russia. But he currently lives in Utah. He's pretty funny and has himself a good time. . .all the time. He and his buddy Mike are favorite amigos of ours. He likes vodka and has been known to eat live bait from the bait tank as well as eat fish raw just after they are caught. He loves sashime! He also loves to flyfish and light tackle fish. This day he got a small roosterfish, but released over twenty. (See the attached video).
PHOTO 7: Lately Captain Jorge has been on fire with the pargo. He's holding up a nice pargo pero (dog tooth snapper) on the gaff that was taken by our amiga Sara Moss from British Columbia.
PHOTO 8: Spring time is when all species of jacks seem to come into the shallows near the sandy areas. They make for great fun as all of them are natural fighters. These include the yellowtail, amberjack, big eye jacks, jack crevalle and one...a pompano. Kent Petre from the Denver Co area holds it up off Muertos Bay.
PHOTO 9: Once again...Captain Jorge...on fire with another big pargo taken by Joe Czechan who lives up at Lake Isabella, California, and happily tells you he "fishes every day now that I'm retired."
PHOTO 10: One of our best guys here is Wayne Moss who always hammers fish. Wayne is a commercial pilot from British Columbia who took this nice roosterfish on his flyrod south of Bahia de Los Muertos. He said he must have released more than 30 fish one afternoon but "stopped counting after awhile." WEEKLY VIDEO CLIP Give this link a click and check out some of this week's fishing action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zie1L6acBqsTHE FISHING REPORT There were some nice fish caught this week, especially big pargo and roosterfish. However, there's alot more that weren't caught. We'd have done ALOT better but the big story this week was the 3 of 4 days of extremely high winds that came tearing through here. We haven't had winds like this since winter and I kid you not...if you know how calm it normally is here...these were the biggest waves and chop I have ever seen here in years that weren't attached to a hurricane. However, the sun was out. Not a cloud in sky, but winds came through like a freight train. Chop...gusts...dust...furniture getting blown over...big waves...what a mess! What a pain to be out on a panga! The guys who fished with us this week were gamers...hats off to them. They hung in there despite conditions that had most of us dressed in hooded sweatshirts and long pants shivering. I guess the weather is all screwed up this past week with tornados in California and the mid-west; snow in Los Angeles and other messed up weather patterns uncharacteristic of this time of the year. However, as I tap out this report, things have calmed and it's looking and feeling more like Baja again! There's no doubt there's fish here, but if you're getting bounced out've the panga; getting soaked in the waves; or the wind is blowing you off the spot, it's gonna be hard. However, the pargo are still here. No doubts. I mean...BIG BIG SCHOOLS of BIG FISH FISH! Most anglers who have never felt the power, don't have any idea of what these big fish can do. No B.S. guys were busting off 60 and 80 pound test on these fish and guys with 50 pound test and fully buttoned-down drags could only watch helplessly as the heavy gear failed to stop the fish from heading into the rocks! Excercises in frustration! You can see the fish. You can see the inhale your bait, then it's like trying to stop a baby freightrain with a piece of string and a stick! Many bites...few fish. It wasn't altogether bad fishing. It was bad catching! However, roosterfish again stepped into the gap and provided great action inshore on small schoolie fish you could catch more than a dozen or the bigger bruisers up to 80 pounds lurking along the beaches. Shaping up to be an incredible roosterfish season. Most don't taste good, but few would argue that these bad boys know how to slug it out when hooked. Other than that, it was hard to get outside to the buoy spots because of the wind, but a few dorado were hooked and lost and there's a ton of marlin cruising outside that just wouldn't eat. We were almost running over the lethargic fish content to basically sit on the surface and sun. I have a feeling they're ready to bust loose. Inshore, more sierra, small cabrilla and snapper rounded out the catch. Newsflash...we've been catching just about every species lately...except two...wahoo and tuna. I kept saying it was jut a matter of time. Sure enough some of the commercial guys got wahoo juswt south of the island and a pop of 40 pound tuna rolled off the east side of Cerralvo Island...just before two commercial Mexican seiners dog piled on the spot and wrapped up everything. Exhale....rat ********...right in front of the fishing pangas! They wrapped up tuna, bonito, skipjack...three days of it. We never even got a shot at them. Hopefully, the fish will move to a high spot and get out've the blue water. The commercial guys can't fish on the high spots. As you remember, last year, we had several months of tuna in about 30 feet of water. That's what we're hoping for again. That's my story! Jonathan