La Paz Fishing Trip Greeted by Gray Whales

By: Parimal M. Rohit

Jonathon Roldan’s fishing report for Jan. 11-18 noted there were not too many anglers on his La Paz – Las Arenas trip. However, those who did make it out had a chance to interact with gray whales.

“The gray whales have arrived earlier than normal and are already at Bahia Magdalena, and we’re already running day trips to get on the water with them,” Jonathan Roldan posted for Tailhunter International Jan. 18.

Roldan continued: “There weren’t that many fishermen around this week, either because there simply weren’t that many around or those that wanted to fish were kept off the water by pesky northern winds. But, this is typical of winter fishing in our area, and it’s pretty common a few weeks after Christmas not to have even many tourists in town. You could almost call La Paz sleepy.

“We did get a few folks out on the water with air temps in the mid-70s and a bit choppy. Sierra were biting along the drop-off points where shallow water slopes into deeper areas like near the Las Arenas lighthouse and also in the channel areas where current moves between rocky spot. As well, the sloping areas also produced jack crevalle and some pompano … both related, plus their more popular cousin the roosterfish with some smaller school-sized fish that might have gone about 15 pounds.

“Bonito were prevalent not too far from shore either, and a few stray free-swimming dorado were hooked as well.”

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