La Paz, Mexico



Jan. 14, 2006, Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International, La Paz, Mexico Sportfishing Report:

I think the post-Christmas funk has settled in for us in the La Paz fishing area. It's winter and there are not many folks around La Paz at the moment, at least not a lot of fishermen, although there are quite a few snowbirds are out and about from places like Europe, Canada and the East Coast.

However, those fishermen we've had this week all got fish of varying types and in various places. Hard to predict what you'll be catching right now at La Paz, but the mix hasn't turned anyone away.

For our La Paz anglers, on the days when it's not windy, there are quite a few red snapper and pargitos, as well as bonito and sierra. Most of the fishing is up tight and against the shoreline in the structures and drop-offs using live bait. If you get into the right spot the bite can be pretty thick once you get the fish to go. There is not much blue water fishing taking place as those north winds can make it choppy.

For my Las Arenas side boats, fishing conditions are much usually much better and more protected. We are still getting the occasional tuna, surprisingly for winter but no complaints. Again, they're just unpredictable. There may be no tuna for a few days, then a panga will run into a jag of 2-3 thirty pound fish. Same for the dorado. Again, a warm water fish that shouldn't be around, but just outside of Muertos Bay and towards the buoys, some nice grades of fish can be found.

Bait is no problem, and along with the dorado and tuna, sierra, cabrilla and snapper help fill in the gaps in the fish boxes.

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