November Rain

La Paz Fishing Report / November 19th 2019

Weather & Bait

The middle of November is usually the time when we all start guessing when the summer fishing will finally start to wind down. This is when we start to see the weather transition from our summer wind pattern to the normal prevailing northerlies. 

Water temperature are starting to cool off as the north winds pick up in frequency. By mid week we metered temperatures below 80 degrees for the first time all summer, with greener water starting its annual migration north.

Sardines are still plentiful and required if your target species are Dorado, bonito and all inshore species. The larger baits mackerel and caballitos still haven’t moved in the bay yet but this should happen as the water temp continues to fall.

Fish Talk

Dorado are still scattered through most of the traditional fishing grounds and easily accessible for full or half day fishing. November rains bring some driftwood out of the arroyos, which then create holding sites for Mahi.

As for the tuna they seem to come and go. Last week we had a nice showing of 70-100 lb fish near the island and close to shore. This week quite the opposite. Snapper and grouper are starting to gather on the high rocky spots. These fish are being caught using sardines with 4 oz weights or on the yo-yo. As we start to see the mackerel come in these excellent eating bottom fish should go on the chew and remain a favorite target thru our winter months.
Wahoo have been fairly elusive. That being said our guest that devote their entire day chasing these speedsters around will usually be rewarded with a couple of fish in the 35-40lb range.
Our pacific fleet is still the ticket for prime Pelagic’s. Dorado, Wahoo, Stripe Marlin and Tuna. We are also finding Pargo, Cabrilla and yellowtail on the reefs and ridges. It’s a nice variety and if your in for a multi day fishing adventure you will be well rewarded.

What's Next

As I write this report our weather has taken a turn for the worst. Tropical storm (an anomaly in November) Raymond is starting to dump rain and bring in cooler water from the pacific. We will keep you posted on this development as it looks like it should be a short event and hopefully our water conditions won’t change too much.
This year BACo will have a booth at the sportsman shows. Our first show is January 9th in Denver. I will post the schedule for the rest of the shows in the coming weeks. Hope to see you there.

Until next 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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