Ending Winter Fishing Report

La Paz Fishing Report / March 12th

It’s starting to feel a lot like spring, finally! With out a doubt the weather this week has been the best all year. 
Mid March is normally when we start to see the prevailing North winds lay down allowing us more time on the water.
Bait has been somewhat of a challenge. Fortunately Mackerel and Caballitos are now for sale. Normally you need to make big baits yourself and right now that can be a 2 hour ordeal. Sardines are available at the island, so it kind of depends on where your fishing whether it’s worth going up there then back tracking to some of the fishing spots.
The water temperature is 68 degrees with poor visibility.
Overall fishing for the spring species which includes yellowtail, Cabrilla, Pargo and AmberJacks has been very good. The yellowtail are schooled up nicely just about everywhere there is bottom structure. Some areas have fish in the 20lb range and others are loaded up with hogs. In my opinion the smaller fish eat better and the landing percentage is definitely on your side. On the YT that are tipping the scales around 40lbs better than half are busting off in the rocks or pulling the hook.
On most days we’re finding jigging to be more productive then bait. I’m not sure if the yellowtail are feeding on squid or if this is purely reactionary but they are jumping all over the Salas 6x in scrambled egg pattern or butterfly jigs.
The Cabrilla are making a nice showing on the same spots the yellowtail are on. Cabrilla are arguably one of the tastiest fish around. Some good news on the tuna front. Yellowfin in the 100lb range have been hanging around the north tip of Cerralvo. Drifting with dead sardines are getting your ticket punched. These fish show up for a couple of days then disappear for the same. Fortunately where they are being caught is also a great spot for AmberJacks and yellowtail, so if it’s a no show on the tuna you have plenty of opportunities for other species. This is not uncommon that we get a spring run of large Tuna.
All in all fishing is great and the weather conditions are improving, oh yea and the beer is always cold.

That’s it for the week
Be good to each other.

Keep the faith,

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