La Paz, Mexico



Nov. 30, 2004, Torrance Eddy, La Paz, Mexico Bay Inshore Fishing Trip Report:

Sunday fishing report. We were on the water by 8 a.m. with dreams of big Palometa. I was pulling a surface Rebel broken back with a black back, and my friend Joaquin, a blue #14 blue mackerel Rapala magnum. We had few strikes early on. I start trolling the moment I leave the dock. It's almost a religion with me. Always keep my line in the water

My first strikes were consistent with needlefish. We fished the far harbor channel near La Paz' El Mogote. It's about 15 to 20 feet deep there with very clear water. It was close to high tide. I picked up two spotted bay bass, each about 13 inches long. When we got to the end of El Mogote, we fished along a long deep hole close to shore, about 25 feet deep with shallow areas surrounding.

At that time I switched to a Rebel Fastrack and picked up another spotted bay bass and copious lizard fish of various sizes.

I had one very hard strike, but then again I was using very light tackle. I had a fairly tight drag on 20-pound spectra line and this fish made two short but hard runs in the thirty seconds it was on. My guess, a triggerfish of over two pounds, or perhaps a small Pargo.

Happily, both Joaquin and I can smell the flowers when the fish don't bite. Later on we were surrounded by a large herd of porpoise, but found no fish among them. We called it a day at about 2 p.m. We trolled five or six hours with my Honda 2, using about a quart and a half of gas.

When we got back to the launch ramp, an elderly native traded 3-4 pound Palometa for cigarettes. Barbecued. Yum.

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