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La Paz Fishing Report /December 11th

Mag bay fall fishing, once again nothing short of spectacular.
I would like to start by saying there is a lot more to fishing than just catching fish. Mag Bay is not just one of the most incredible fishing spots in the pacific but, it’s also one of the most beautiful unspoiled spots on this planet. The variety of sea life is truly amazing and requires you to take pause no matter how good the fishing and just reflect. Not only you’ll fill your coolers but, you will fill your hearts with the most incredible sites the highest powers has to offer. From breaching whales to endless schools of porpoise, sea turtles to giant Mantas, WOW.
Let’s talk about fishing. Probably the hardest decision you will make on your trip is what species to target on any given day. Here is the short list of what your options are.
Striped Marlin
Blue Marlin
Yellowtail
Yellowfin tuna
Dorado
Wahoo
Grouper
Snapper
Now, as we transition from fall to winter the north winds start to blow more frequently, this is normal. Fortunately Mag Bay offers so many fishing options if we need to tweak our plan due to weather or water conditions it’s literally a short chat over a beer and voila you have a new plan.
To the north of Mag, the water temperature changed more often than usual. Some weeks more than 5 degrees swings. When the water conditions were good the wahoos were stacked. Whether you were spear fishing or rod and reel limits of wahoo were plentiful with quadruple hookups very common. When the water conditions changed we would fish further south for marlin and tuna. The tuna ran a bit on the smaller size this year but were plentiful. Chasing them under schools of porpoise or chunking on the seamounts we got our share. We did manage to both spear and catch a few in the legit #250 lb range. The striped Marlin are chasing down the bait balls this time of year. This is quite a site as you will see large groups of frigate birds come out of nowhere giving you an exact location of hundreds of Marlin going nuts feeding on large schools of bait. The Dorado are just everywhere. We would normally pick up a few on the way out and a few more on the way back to the anchorage trolling just about anything laying around.
South of the anchorage are miles of reefs that see little to no fishing pressure.
These reefs are loaded with Gulf and Broomtail grouper 50-60 lbs with many busting you off on 100 lb leader like it was nothing. Yellowtail are also mixed in on the same reefs. A couple drops with a jig and bendo. They seemed a little smaller this year then last but honestly I prefer the meat on the smaller ones. Anyway I think you get the idea it’s just all around spectacular trip.
When you get back on the hook a hot shower, cold beer and a freshly cooked meal is the perfect way to watch a bitchen sunset relax and plan your next day.
We are already booking trips for next year. This trip is becoming very popular and space is limited so if you have some specific or favorite dates in mind please don’t hesitate to call. It truly is a trip of a life time.
 
Keep the faith
Scotto
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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