Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3626 Dec 8- 22 2017 - Page 30

30 BAJA ROUNDUP Dec. 8 - 22, 2017 VOL.36 • ISS. 26 Vol. 36 - Iss. 26 Pg. 26 “ W December 8 - 22, 2017 Wind Makes For Tough Fishing Off La Paz hen there is fishing, it’s all dependent on the weather right now,” reported Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International. “At least half the days this week weren’t even worth going out. Winds from the north are now pushing big swells into us and at times, even calm La Paz Bay is filled with little whitecaps or larger surges that throw spray onto the waterfront and passing cars. Even days when it seems not to be blowing, the surge and swell can still crash in and it’s just a mis- erable rough day to be out on the water… even if the sun is shining and it’s a pleasant 90 degrees! These are just days when it’s nicer to hang out on the beach or find some friendly cantina to pour a cold one and wrap your hand around a fish taco.” “On the days when it’s calm enough and there’s no winds, there’s still some surprisingly de- cent fishing. Waters are definitely getting cooler and not quite as blue and a little more cloudy and green as the winds turn it up. However, there’s still some spots of 10-20 pound tuna and some nice schools of dorado in varying sizes. How- ever, with the cooler waters, we’re seeing more cooler water species like sierra, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, and amberjack,” said Roldan CONTACT THE FISH SNIFFER (800) 748-6599 8 a.m. to noon & 1-5 p.m. weekdays or leave your message on our 24-hour recorder. FISH SNIFFER GOES DIGITAL! Digital subscription now available to the Fish Sniffer. Download the app from iTunes or Google Play. John landed this incredible grouper while fishing Mexican waters aboard the Excel on November 18. Photo courtesy of EXCEL LONG RANGE SPORTFISHING, San Diego. S urfperch fishing has really changed over the years. Originally, it was a lonely man’s sport where the angler, using a big heavy surf rod, would chuck out a 4 oz-8 oz sinker on the end of a two-hook surf leader with a couple of baited hooks. To complete the picture, the rod would then be insert- ed into a tall rod holder and the wait would be on until some poor fish killed himself on that rig. It was (and still is) a productive way to take home supper, but alas, not very sporting. Two of the earliest pioneers of light tackle surf perch fishing were the famous Abe and Angelo Cuanang. If I remember correctly, they were the first to publicize the use of light tackle and surf grubs in the pages of the wonderful Angler mag- azine, an absolutely marvelous fishing publication from years gone by. To sum up, the rig they used consisted of a seven foot Fenwick rod powering some six or eight pound test line. The line was threaded through an egg sinker, an 8mm red bead, and tied to a small #10 swivel. A short 18”-24” leader terminated with a #8 octopus hook whereupon a 1.5” grub was threaded. This rig has counted towards thou- sands of perch (and also a number of striped bass and halibut,too!) being caught off our coast and continues to be a surf Check us out on magazine.fishsniffer.com or Email digital_subscriptions@fishsniffer.com Small Details = Big Results fishing staple. This is also the rig my fishing pals Billy D and Buddy-X have been using with the Berkley Gulp Sandworm. As I watched them fishing, however, I came up with a couple of modifications that I felt would advance the sport. Originally, Billy D went for the shorter seven foot rod, but Buddy-X went with a longer nine foot steelhead styled rod. This is no big secret as many of the surf perch crowd has been using the steelhead rods for years. The longer rod offers a longer cast, a little more flex when fighting a fish, and the longer butt section affords a little more comfort when casting all day. The sliding egg sink W"FVv0&VV6&RBf"RBf"FW'0fRFW'fWvVBR6VRFRƖPFW6( BfRF6ƖFRF&VvFRP66RR6( BfVVFrƖRvVFRW&6FW2FR&BFRRFW2f7BvW@G2b6B7GV6FRRBFB0fW''&6fR&W7VFrƖRfW&R@76&ǒ7Bf6FRW&66'W2FvFW&WfBFR&&V'W6rGvWV@F'VF6W"7FVBbFR6ƖFrVvp6W"FR&&VvFFB2FBFW&P26Rf"FR&VB&VBFR&V@&VBfr&fVG6Vbf6GG&7F b6'G2FR6WF6RWvF7F'G2vF4ED0'7FWfP( Ć( P6'BV6Rb32W&6f6pv&R6vR7G&BVFW"v&RW6r"b&VB6VBƖW'2f&VB6FRVBbFRv&RFFV@Gv&VBv72&VG2FV'VW@6W"FFRv&RFVf6VBBf`vFFW"6B7&VFVBVffV7B&GFƖrGvWVB6W"f"FRVFW"FVB367vfVF6'BV6RbfV&6&&BFVFVBFR2#N( vg&FBॖW2R&VB&vB2FR&&VЧv2FBvVW6r6vR^( У.( V6RbwV6Gv&vVBGG&7@&FR'WB2V6vVBfRBFRW&6vVB&FR6WvW&RFRv6( BW6r6'FW"V6RbwV6BЧv&FF( Bv&W"2&FW3FP'fW26WFv2F6VFR"`2&WB6'B6FB&FPFR&BvVB&W7VBWFRVFW'2&RFVBvF67vfV6FBvVbf67vw2FP&B^( &RBfƖr&VBG'rFVFR&66V6ƗFRVFW"6ƗWrRBfbRvऒG'BFVF'6RF&GV7G0גw&Fr'WBg&FRFFR6WFrWG7FFrV'2BF066R&W&W( 2wV6Gv&62W7B7V6&GV7@&VWFgV&V6&W6'B6FV@bv&WGvVV@6&6V62&vBFR6Vb6'FWf6&( 0V7B6R@'FfW&GVv( 2&V6&W6'@7'V6W"6vW26VFS&f"BvG2RF2"F2bf6rF6R'&Vf7BbV6#gB7WW&7'V6W"r6FbFP6rf"f&F3#0'FfW&GVv( 2&V6&W6'@6Fg&VSScrӃSS"wwrfW&GVv6&V6&W6'B6ТC##bsc"S"c#BCSBRâ'FfW&GVv&FwWB