Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3624 Nov 10-24 2017 - Page 30

28 Nov. 10 - 24, 2017 BAJA ROUNDUP VOL.36 • ISS. 24 Vol. 36 - Iss. 24 Pg. 26 “ T November 10 - 24, 2017 Tuna Slash Baits In Las Arenas here appears to be a full line of tuna that came up out of the trenches about 4 weeks ago and, so far (with fingers crossed) shows now sign of abatement as tuna are biting at both the north and south end of Cerralvo Island plus close to shore from the Arenas lighthouse and south 2-3 miles to Boca de Alamo. Some of the fish are right inside of Bahia de los Muertos and many times well within a stone’s throw of the beach in shallow water,” exclaimed Jona- than Roldan of Tailhunter Inter- national. “Limits of tuna between 10 and 30 pounds have been the norm rather than the exception as the fish chase the abundant sardine schools that we haven’t seen in 2-4 years. Many of our anglers are limiting by mid-morning then using the rest of the time to target dorado, cargo, cabrilla, wahoo and rooster fish,” said Roldan. “The big roosters are still around and the ones we caught and released this week were all big thick 40-80 pound fish either just off the rocks or the sandy areas near the Arenas lighthouse. As well, for the first time in several weeks we locked into some 30-40 pound wahoo,” Roldan continued. BAJA TIP OF THE WEEK Rigo on the Mahi Mahi holds up a monster yellowfin tuna that gobbled a live sardine on October 15. Photo courtesy of VAN WORMER RESORTS, East Cape, Baja. The Perch Got Cremed F ishermen have been trying to get fish to bite on artificial baits for what seems to be millennia. Records show that the Romans in their height of glory had written details of how to tie flies to catch fish. The Chinese before that also had records of tying hair and feathers onto hooks in an attempt to fool fish. One of the greatest inno- vations in artificial baits came in the late 40’s when Nick and Cosma Creme cooked up the perfect combination of vinyl, oil, and colors to come up with an artificial worm that not only looked like a real worm, but felt soft like a worm and also didn’t dry up when exposed to air over time. Such was the begin- ning of the soft plastics bait industry. At first, the original Creme Wiggle Worm came in the lifelike earthworm color, but soon after came in a variety of colors including black, white, green, red, blue, brown, and the often deadly purple. Of course, once the color barrier was broken, there seemed to be no end to the palate of colors Creme and other manufacturers would produce. The worms were such a hit (especially among bass fishermen) that in certain parts of the country, if a fish was caught on a fake worm, the proud angler would exclaim, “This fish got Cremed!” It is my belief that the soft plastic worm is the fish catchingest shape in the soft bait world, beating out min- now shapes, frog shapes, fly shapes, and crawdad shapes. It is not that these shapes aren’t effective many times, it’s just that the worm shape is that popular and that good. With worms working so well on bass, can some other shape work easily as well for some other species of fish? For a few years now, I have been eyeing Berkley’s Gulp sandworm in camo color with guarded suspicion. After all, it looks like a real sandworm (what we Westcoasters call “pile worms”), and Berkley claims it has a go get ‘em smell and taste, and I know that sandworms are a staple bait for surf perch, but the ques- tion remains ... can you Creme a perch in the surf with the Berkley Gulp sand- worm? NEXT TIME: Billy D. and Buddy-X school me on the fine art of Creme-ing surf = perch on the Gulp sandworm, and I add my contribution to the art. SALTY TIPS by Steve “Hippo”Lau A lot of folks go to Baja hoping to hook a roosterfish. A work- ing knowledge of their habits will help you realize your rooster- fish ambitions. Roosterfish patrol the shoreline searching for schools of baitfish. They will corral mullet and sardinas into tight balls and then attack. Slow trolling live bait close to the shore is the most productive technique for hooking into these fish, with mullet being the favorite bait and sardinas second on the list. They prefer sandy beaches that include some rocky structure in the proximity. Typically they are found within 100 yd. to 200 yd. off of the shore, and when the baitfish are abundant, it is common to see the roosterfish actively feeding. They will work right in the heavy surf and occasionally even end up on the bare sand while chasing bait. This is a very impressive sight to witness the roosterfish in a feeding frenzy and really gets an angler itching to get their rod and try their luck at hooking into one of them. A beautiful Beach Resort located half way between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas, right on the Sea of Cortez Fish Baja’s East Cape at Martin verdugo’s Beach resort Cruiser Packages Include: Room for 4 nights, 5 days, 2 days of fishing, tackle, breakfast