La Paz Fishing Report / MArch 6th 2022
Weather & Bait
March Madness for Mossbacks,
As we put the first week of March in the books we are starting to see some of the more traditional signs of Spring.
The crowds are starting to build as schools prepare for spring break. Most of the flights are full and air fares are becoming outrageous.
The winds are still blowing making for some uncomfortable outings and some port closures, but they should start to settle down
anytime allowing our fleets to venture further out to some of the more prolific yellowtail grounds. Bait is available in or around the bay but,
not consistent. If your going to fish multiple days it’s wise to try and save any live unused baits as the next day they may be harder to make.
Sardines are unavailable at this time. The water conditions are pretty normal in the high 60s and poor visibility.
Here’s where it gets tricky, if luck is on your side and the winds are light, the seamounts at El Bajo and Bajo Seco can be wide open. Limits
of yellowtail upwards of 35 lbs either on the jig or mackerel with weights fishing close to the rocks are getting hammered. Usually I’ll tell you
fishing with down riggers is your best bet but, that’s not the case right now. Perhaps the fished are balled up closer to the rise of the
seamounts, not sure the deal but, fishing with weights are the ticket. This may change if the schools spread out a bit. Either way there’s a lot
of fish out there if you can make it out.
On the windier days we are forced to stay closer to the islands and rocky points. There’s plenty of fish inshore but the majority of the fight is
close to the bottom resulting in more heartbreaking lost fish.
The cabrilla are scattered throughout the same fishing grounds although they seem to be on the smaller size so far. The Cubera snapper on
the other hand are giants ranging from 10-50 pounds and those are the ones making to the boat. Plenty are not making it out of their lairs
breaking lines up to 60 lb test.
On occasion the never ending Dorado bite picks up for a nice treat. This bite is not consistent but they are around.
When we are traveling around working the sport shows the most frequently asked question is what month is best for our spring species.
There never any hesitation in my answer, March and April. This is the time when it all starts to happen. The weather improves dramatically
and the yellowtail,AmberJacks, grouper and Snapper are abundant.
Now’s the time get on down.
The whales and whale sharks are still here so that makes for a great break when you’re not fishing.
Until next week
Keep the faith Scotto.