July 11th Fishing Report

La Paz Fishing Report / july 11th 2021

Weather & Bait

This week has been much better weather wise. With Enrique long gone and nothing in the long range forecast , conditions have stabilized and the fishing has greatly improved.
The water temperature is running 81 degrees inshore with improving clarity to 86 degrees offshore and cobalt blue.
Bait is plentiful with no waiting and it’s on the way to the fishing grounds, big plus. 

Fish Talk

Normally mid July is considered the end of our transition season, with that being said your fishing experience can be great or perhaps less than great. The key to success at this time of year is to not be species specific. There are a lot of fish out there, so fish for what’s biting and you won’t be disappointed. We are currently catching Pargo, Cabrilla, Alamaco Jacks, yellowtail, Dorado, Striped Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna. That’s a huge variety of good eating and great fighting fish. All of these species are available on any given day, just not every day.
We are still picking up large grade tuna in the shallows close to the island. This is not a consistent bite and it will test your patients, but the fish are big and well worth the time you invest.
The striped Marlin are being caught everywhere. They are eating everything you put in front of them from traditional Marlin lures to dead sardines. They are really mixed in size ranging from 50-100lbs. The Dorado scene is definitely on. The sargasso paddies are starting to disappear so look for birds and current lines. Slow trolled Sardines or ballyhoos will get your ticket punched. Some of these fish are pushing 60lbs. 

Shark Week

This week we have had a huge migration of sharks, mostly Silky’s and a few bulls move in on the seamounts. This has made landing fish a bit of a challenge and a lot of lost gear. These toothy critters are super aggressive and are striking your catch immediately after hooking up. This migration is normal and should last for the next few weeks. Perhaps they’re auditioning for shark week. My recommendation is fish the open waters and around the islands for multiple species including Dorado, YF Tuna and Striped Marlin and let the sharks do their thing.

Fishing Trip onboard our Catamaran Leopard 51′

We had a group onboard Pacifico, our 51’ catamaran for 8 days, with our Prokat 27′ as a fishing tender and Captain Ivan they had so much fun filling their coolers with dog tooth Pargo, Dorado and release 2 striped Marlins and Rooster fish, up to  85 lb! 
They went fishing to the North (Las Animas) and to some Islands like San Francisquito, San Jose and Espiritu Santo Island. In their way to El Bajo they caught a really good size Dorado.

Spearfishing Talk

The spearos are having great success with giant Cubera snapper and Alamaco Jacks, cousins to the AmberJacks. A few of the snapper shot were north of 60lbs. With light currents and better water conditions they can get deeper where these home guard giants live. I’m just not sure how thing will fare for them with the amount of sharks that have moved in on the seamounts. I guess the brave will prevail.
Generally speaking all the stars are lining up. We should start seeing a more consistent bite as the season progresses.
The government is starting to make some changes with the COVID protocols. Keep your ear to the track on that or give us a call. They meet every Thursday to asses the current conditions, so things can change quickly.
That’s it for the week
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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