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Baja fishing update: La Paz dorado action 'unseasonably great'

July 17, 2009 | 12:07 pm

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Fishing out of La Paz is "unseasonably great," exclaims Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International.

Cole Chavira, above center, will not argue. Nor will scores of others who ventured into the Sea of Cortez and caught even larger dorado, along with yellowfin tuna and wahoo. 

Roldan says water temperature is about 5 degrees above normal, which might explain the boost in game fish activity.

Dorado are abundant and most are tipping the scale at 5 to 20 pounds, but many larger bulls have been caught.

"Fish in the 30- to 50-pound class have been smoking drags for weeks," Roldan says. "But the best surprise is the other species that have been pounding our two fleets. Football-sized yellowfin tuna in the 10- to 20-pound class showed up about two weeks ago just off the shore near Las Arenas, and it’s been an easy run to the spot, and limits have been the rule rather than the exception.

"On top of it, wahoo charged into the foray about a week ago also where the pangas were getting two to four hookups per day bait and trolled Rapalas and Marauders and Yo Zuris."

Roldan also cites a steady roosterfish bite inshore and sporadic marlin and sailfish hookups offshore.

Perhaps the only drawback is the weather. "It's over 100 every day," the outfitter says.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Flanked by his sisters, Monica and Gabi, Cole Chavira of San Diego shows off a dorado caught at Espiritu Santo Island. Credit: Jonathan Roldan

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