La Paz Fishing Report / August 30th 2020
August came and went with hardly a notice. Normally August is our solid summer Pelagic all hands on deck month. Tuna, wahoo, Dorado and all variety of Marlin. This year not so much. That’s not to say we didn’t have great days on the water, we did. You just had to spend a lot of time out here or get lucky to get those days. We had some guest come in at the end of the day saying they had the best fishing ever, we also had some wondering what happened to the epic summertime bite of the Sea of Cortez.
Water conditions definitely seem to be improving. Water temperature are now in the mid 80s a few miles offshore and the water is blue. Bait is everywhere, large shoals of chihuil, bolitos and sardines are breezing anywhere there’s structure with the occasional predator ripping through them sending bait in every direction. I think its safe to say the Dorado bite is the best bet. They are literally everywhere. Yesterday I got a report that the dorado are in the bay hanging out under the Pemex tankers. They did this all winter making for fun light tackle action and good eating 3 minutes from the marina. Large schools of porpoises holding large tuna are south of us but headed our way. These fish are 50-200lbs. This is the type of fish that will settle in on the seamounts if the conditions are favorable. We can only hope.
Huachinango and Cubera snapper are being caught on the more shallow rocky spots. Either sardines or small jigs yo-yo scramble egg pattern. Billfish, mostly striped Marlin with the occasional Blue have been feeding along Partida, el bajo out to el Charro. Best lure colors have been Gaucamaya, bleeding mackerel and blue and white. Also the pre rigged Ballyhoos from Baitmaster are great for everything.
Our Spearfishing branch is still delivering Amberjack and the coveted Wahoos of the summer season. Soon we will be announcing some of our Fall dates for liveaboard spearfishing expeditions.
We had a couple of storms come and go this month. Cabo caught the brunt of most of them. La Paz which is in need of rain barely squeezed out a drop.
September is historically our worst month for storms and toritos. Hopefully Mother Nature will give us a pass this year. We have enough going on not to have to deal with that would be a blessing.
Anyway that’s it for this week
Keep the faith