Putting the Win in Winter!

La Paz Fishing Report / February 14th 2021

Weather & Bait

Winter weather, spring fishing. The winds are pretty typical for this time of year. Some days are nice some days are nasty. The one thing you can count on is the weather reports will rarely be correct.
Even with lighter then usual crowds we still have boats out every day weather permitting of course. Bait has been plentiful and super convenient to make being it’s right on the way to the fishing grounds. Mackerel and Caballitos are schooled up just as you exit the bay and a must.

Fish Talk

There has been a few Dorado in the mix, not normal for the time of year. Even tuna are popping up here and there, but the real story is the Yellowtail. I think I can officially say the bite is wide open. They are literally everywhere, or at least everywhere they should be.
The ticket is bait and fishing the tides. Saturday I watched boats at the seamount do everything wrong and caught nothing. On the other hand our boats at the same seamount were dialed in and back by 1pm with their limits. For this is the reason we send our boats out scouting, figuring out what needs to be done before our guests go out. It’s a fine line between fishing and catching. Anyway the key right now is to fish the surface slow trolling mackerel over the deeper water on the incoming tide. When the tide changes fish the skinnier waters with weights or down-riggers. The fish on the surface are running 15-20lbs. The fish close to the bottom are just thugs running 30-45 pounds. Also these fish look like they’re ready to spawn which normally doesn’t happen until spring.
The water conditions are 65 degrees and poor visibility. Perhaps this has something to do with this early activity. Pargo and Cabrilla are being caught in the same area. Tasty as they are, as I said the yellowtail are the real story. It’s just epic right now.
Hopefully this bite is just the beginning of a great season to come.
Until next week be safe and stay healthy.
Keep the faith

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