La Paz, Mexico



May 14, 2005, Dos Hernandez, Tortuga Sportfishing, Las Arenas, La Paz, Mexico Fishing Report:

Fishing has been steady the last several days at Las Arenas. The weather is getting better and better, and we don't have the north winds anymore. The air temperature ranges from 85 degrees during the day to 65 degrees with nice western breezes at night.

The last few days, we have caught a big variety of species, such as dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish), pargo liso, pargo colmilludo or dog snapper, cabrilla, and marlin. These species have been located in different places along the coast of Isla Cerralvo. We still are getting a large amount of bait on the back side of the island, up to Punta Norte.

Fishing with us recently was Carlos Tuche and his friends, who caught different types of pargo on their first day. On their second day, they decided to go fishing for dorado, but on that day, they did not have luck at the buoys. The dorado we know have not really arrived in this area yet, but we have seen a large number of marlin around the buoys.

I fished a day out of Las Arenas with Capt. Martin, looking for dog snapper, or pargo colmilludos, arriving very early at Punta Sur on Isla Cerralvo. We began trolling with sardina, and during the first half-hour nothing happened. But then we saw a big school of pargo around the panga, and we hooked two nice ones of good size, about 25 pounds, dog snapper, and a cabrilla of about 10 pounds.

Afterwards, we returned to Punta Perico, where other boats were catching pargo liso, a lot of them, but only if you fish early with bait. Everybody had exciting days of fishing at Las Arenas this week.

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