First Timer Thoughts
by Mark Smith
- We made it back from La Paz in one piece, I mean two pieces (Beth and I
traveled). Jonathan Roldan booked our trip for us, and Aero California
provided the transportation (along with the most beautiful stewardesses
I've come across in many a year). Compared to some times reported
there, I'd say the fishing was relatively slow, but still very productive.
We landed a few dorado each day, hooked one Marlin, saw another finner we
couldn't entice. We also hooked a couple bonita and needlefish.
Others found some quality yellowtail (2 fish caught) and very small tuna.
Ah, in case you were wondering...yes, Beth's fish is larger than mine (but
it's still only 20#). She's also exaggerating it's size by standing closer
to the camera and holding her fish way out in front of her body, thus
providing an illusion of much greater size...Not that I'm
rationalizing her fish appearing far greater than mine... It was a
nice enough trip, but I'm thinking that
Rancho Leonero might be more of what
I'm looking for next time. The fishing was fair to poor, average of 2
keeper-size fish per boat. But, no doubt the recent hurricane put a damper
on the action. Accommodations at the La Concha were on a Holiday Inn par,
but with much better food and drinks, and bigger bugs. The thing that
Jonathan does well is provide reliable skippers, organized and well timed
pick-ups and drop-offs. For first time fishermen and their families,
his services are first rate and a great way to go. For more experienced
Baja travelers, Jonathan Roldan's services are far from necessary.
But, he saves you some time and adds to the reliability factor.
Sunrise, motoring out to fish the first day.
Dorado to the boat!
Fish so dumb, I can catch 'em.
got a finner!
So, what do you do when you've just returned from
La Paz? Go marlin fishing locally of course. Went out today
towards Catalina, approaching the 499 spot, back up to Avalon Bank, then
over to Long Point. Got a late start due to the Navy moving a boat up to
the weapons depot dock. Motored through thick fog, which did burn off in
the afternoon. Conditions a little poor, but doable. Saw lots of porpoise,
no marlin...until we'd given up for the day, hauled in lines, tossed a few
jigs off at Long Point and headed back in at about 2PM. Sure enough, right
when we're totally unready I see two jumping fish, one definitely a BIG
marlin about 2 miles off Long Point. The second fish was either a smaller
marlin or a mako, only got a glance. Then the big one came out of the
water again, Aret saw it this time. We circled back once we got rigged up,
no go. Pretty rough coming back in, white caps and wind chop, not much
period between swells. Nice long day on the water, but no fish. Hey, it's
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