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La Paz fishing picks up as wahoo, tuna and dorado take up slack

August 21, 2009 | 11:06 am

Shannon Aurand is all smiles while holding a wahoo while posing with Capt. Jorge of the Tailhunter fleet. Aurand caught 10 species in 10 days.

Wahoo, tuna and dorado are active again in the Sea of Cortez near La Paz, reports Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International.

"Not only did the dorado find their way back into the feeding mode, but even more importantly for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, the tuna and wahoo came back strong," Roldan exclaims.

The yellowfin tuna are running 10-30 pounds and biting close to the beach in the remote Las Arenas area, where the deep blue water is almost literally a stone's throw from the sandy beach. The tuna are biting on live bait, slow-trolled dead bait and iron lures.

"Light-tackle anglers had a blast because the tuna were mixed in with even harder-charging bullish bonito and big skipjack, so it was nonstop action between the three species," Roldan continues.

Further spicing up the action are sleek and speedy (and delectable) wahoo, which are biting on dark crankbaits and standard wahoo lures, and running 30-50 pounds. Many wahoo were lost but most anglers fishing for the sharp-toothed game fish are at least getting strikes.

Dorado are averaging 10-30 pounds. Marlin (offshore) and roosterfish (inshore) are biting only sporadically.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Shannon Aurand is all smiles while holding a wahoo while posing with Capt. Jorge of the Tailhunter fleet. Aurand caught 10 species in 10 days. Credit: Tailhunter International

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