A tough, scratchy week of fishing here in La Paz. None of us can get a “read” on this. It’s maybe the most inconsistent season I have ever seen. Water temps rise and fall by 10 degrees warm…cold…warm…cold. Winds are dead then howl – then die again. As I write this, the palm trees are bending over from strong northwesterlies and it looks like the port captain will shut down the port. This, after a week of relatively calm waters. The bait situation is fluid. Our La Paz boats have bait, but the water temperatures are so varied that the fish are lockjawed. Marlin and dorado ignore the baits and lures and we have to scratch out any kind of a bite. On the Las Arenas side, our fleets have no sardines or they are very tiny ones. So, the guys have resorted to using frozen ballyhoo, or jigging up pilot fish or cocineros or liso (mullet). It’s hard to chum if you don’t have sardines. I’m recommending guys bring fresh frozen squid or mackerel right now. Not the kind you buy at the bait store. Fresh frozen is the kind you buy in the market that’s for human consumption. It could make a big difference.
On the brighter side of things…
The marlin finally seem to have woken up. For weeks the marlin have been lethargically sunning themselves on the surface. No interested in anything. Well, each day now, the marlin seem more active. We seem to get a hookup or two each day and sometimes more. Credit to the anglers and captains for releasing all fish. Most of the fish have been about 120-pound stripers although we had one that one of my captains estimated close to 200 pounds that busted the line during the fight.
Also, if you want a roosterfish…we got those running around. Most days each of our Las Arenas boats is getting 1-4 of them up to about 40 pounds. All on bait. Really tough on the fly fishermen with no chum to speak of right now. But using mullet and cocineros, the conventional fishermen are getting the roosters. We’re also getting a few dorado now and then up to about 25 pounds, the occasional snapper or pargo as well as cabrilla. But nothing to get too excited about. Hope it turns around.
And that’s our story from Jonathan and Jilly at Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International.