April 10th Fishing Report

La Paz Fishing Report / April 10th

Weather & Bait

The crowds are heavy here in La Paz. Puerta Cortes resort as well as most hotels in town are completely full.
I’m guessing Spring break is in full swing and by the weekend should be nuts.
The weather has been nice overall. Mornings are a little cool as the winds start to shift from the North to our prevailing Southwest Coromuels. These winds bring cooler air from the Pacific making for chilly mornings and hazy skies, this usually burns off by the afternoon warming up to the mid 80’s.
Bait is plentiful with both mackerel and caballitos in the bay and sardines for sale at the island. The Mack’s normally hang out until the water starts to really warm up, so another month or so before these beauties. Currently the water is 72 degrees and still off color.

Fish Talk

The fishing in general is quite good. They seem to be moving around a lot more then normal. It seems like every few days wherever fishing was wide open is now shut down and where boats caught little to nothing are now wide open.
The seamount at El Bajo has been completely taken over by sea lions and porpoise. I have never seen so many in one place and they stay all day. The fish are still there as we are metering large schools of bait and yellowtail, getting them to eat is another story. That being said most of the normal yellowtail spots are close to each other so you just keep moving around until you find them. Limits or near limits are still the rule. We should have a few more weeks of this before the water gets too warm and the yellowtail move to cooler waters.
The sargasso paddies are still building up on the West side of the island. Not all but some of these paddies are starting to hold Dorado in the 20lb class.
Bottom fishing has been especially good on the falling tide. Pin either a Mackerel or sardine with 4-6 oz of lead on any metered structure and you will find Cabrilla and Pargo in the 12-15 pound class eager to bite.
Good news on the Tuna front. The north end of Cerralvo is giving up a few 150-200 lb class daily. It’s a hero or zero deal. But you’re patience will be rewarded if you’re willing to put in the time. Some boats are anchored in the shallows while others are slow trolling mackerel. These brutes seem to be working up and down the North/East side of the island. One local boat on Saturday busted off two and landed the third fish 190lbs after a 5 hour battle on 40 lb test. Ugh!
Anyway that’s the news
Be kind
Keep the faith
Scott Ohara

Scott Ohara

For Scott, the tug is the drug... He's now retired from business to pursue his passion and fish as much as he possibly can.

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