Fall is in the Air

La Paz Fishing Report / November 10th 2019

Weather & Bait

Fall is definitely in the air. Nice cool mornings turning into pleasantly warm afternoons. We are seeing the winds change as well. November is the month when we notice our summer Coromuel, Southwest morning winds change to the stronger Northerlies which tend to last 3-5 days before giving us a break. This week we were pretty lucky with only a couple of days where either the port was closed or just uncomfortable days on the water.

The water is starting to green up which is normal for this time of year as the temperature cools down but the clarity is surprisingly good. During the week it’s not much of a problem but the weekends you need to get an early start as the bait suppliers are starting to find their winter work and fewer are making bait, longer lines means lost fishing time.

My personal opinion is skip the sardines and purchase 20 kilos of squid from the office and head straight to the fishing grounds. Fall is in the air, and the fish are in the water, it’s just a matter of going to the right places.

Fish Talk

Our guests that are targeting any species other than Marlin will do great with just the calamar and chunks of bonito. The Dorado are still literally everywhere, 15 minutes from the marina you can limit out in an hour, 2 fish per angler and release as many as you can reel in. Typical of Fall seasons, these sardine runs are definitely a sight to watch both above and below the surface.

Tuna Tuna Tuna. This fall they’re back and they’re big. The bite seems to come and go through out the day but, the early mornings have been the best. Drifting chunks of Calamar or Bonito on #50-#60 lb fluorocarbon leader and 2/0 circle hooks are the ticket. That being said we are still getting busted off from time to time. I think there’s some real brutes mixed in. The fish are averaging 70-100 lbs. The wahoo have slowed down a bit. Our spearfishing guests are having the best success. The fish are here just not very active. Slow trolling Chihuili with wire and trap hooks are working on the drop offs on the seamounts.
On the pacific the bite is wide open, which is why we’re moving a lot of our Fall charters over to the west side of the Baja. The folks at our camps are releasing as many Stripe Marlin as they care to reel in. These fish are still feeding on the bait balls and should be plentiful for months to come. Our Mag bay fleet is just going nuts filling their coolers with all the yellowtail, wahoo, tuna and grouper they want. Staying within their limits of course.

What's Next

The Whale shark tours are in full swing. These gentle giants are truly spectacular and only a few minute boat ride from the marina. As Fall continues and winter approaches, more whalesharks will make their way into the bay.

The newest addition to our fleet a leopard 51’ Power Cat is scheduled to ship from the east coast mid December. With any luck we should have her here by the beginning of the year if not sooner. The bookings are filling up quickly. If you have any interest in a daily cruise or a multiple day island or fishing adventure please give the office a call or visit us on our website for rates and availability.

Until next week,
Keep the faith


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