DORADO REPRIEVE - TUNA RISING
In a long battle between the commercial and sportfishing industries, culminating on May 20th in Michoacán, Mexico, the government convened a third round of public hearings to decide the fate of the sportfishing industry.
“The Department of Mexican Fisheries decided to violate their own laws by allowing the commercial fishing industry to illegally harvest dorado,” said Vince Radice, who has dedicated the past few years to fighting the indiscriminate commercial sale of dorado to the United States. He was instrumental in the making of the documentary "El Oro de Cortez (The Gold of Cortez)" http://sancarlos.tv/portfolio/a-fish-made-of-gold/ about the illegal catch and sale of dorado that was ultimately shipped to the United States, and the Mexican government's unwillingness to enforce the 25-year-old law that made it illegal to sell sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, swordfish, sabalo and dorado.
After hearing testimony and presentations regarding the alleged economical benefits of commercially caught dorado, it was determined that only a few were reaping any rewards from NOM 029 and the words social justification were stripped from the amendment to avoid using any more loop holes in the law.
“This victory is truly amazing considering we only heard of the forum two weeks ago,” said Minerva Saenz, president of the Los Cabos Sportfishing Union. “Representatives from many distant areas of Mexico rallied together after a single e-mail, and attended the forum creating a united front against the commercialization of dorado." In attendance were sportfishing leaders from Manzanillio, Culiacan, Loreto, the East Cape, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and many other areas.
"This is a great victory for Mexico's sportfishing industry."
Now, on to the fishing...
Capt. Louie Prieto reported that the yellows and barracuda had been showing outside of the Sauzal area. After trolling the area, he moved out toward San Miguel Reef. There they connected with a 22.5-pound yellowtail in 58.2-degree water. No other fish was seen or caught although there were plenty of bottom fish showing on the fishfinder. Next they moved out to the 500-fathom curve to search for kelps. Water was clean and a nice 64.5 degrees. They found a few and finished off the day at Salsipuedes for a nice load of rockfish and one lost mystery fish trolling in front of Marina Coral. Could have been either a yellow or white sea bass. Here is the link to his forum post, http://bit.ly/lLEBmj.
According to Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing, there has been a large swell and some wind. South of the bay, the water is still 57 to 60 degrees with plenty of calico bass up in the water column, as well as sandies, goats and rockfish.
Duane Weston, of Vista, Calif., fished with Capt. Lionel of Arturo's Sportfishing for three days and got limits of yellowtail for two days, then headed offshore one day and lost two dorado. He used live bait with an 8- to 10-ounce torpedo sinker and a 6/0 hook. The mackerel pattern Megabait out-fished the blue-and-white Tady and Salas 6x Jr.
What a difference when the wind isn't blowing! There were dorado, marlin, roosterfish, yellowtail and amberjack! A complete 180-degree turnaround. It's all about the wind. Hope the winds hold off and the fish stay ready to chew!
“We had a great trip. First day was very slow, the second day we caught a few roosters, but nothing really to take home so we decided to go to the La Paz side. We slammed it. We caught more than 25 fish – 10 bonito, four amberjack, seven yellowtail, four triggerfish, and two cabrilla,” says Kevin Blakely from Texas. “Kevin, my son caught a 50-pound and a 40-pound amberjack. He pulled in the biggest fish of the group! I caught two massive yellowtail – a 35- and 25-pounder. My brother Kim, caught a 30-pound yellowtail. My 35-pound yellow was caught on a blue-and-white jig. Most of the fish were caught with squid that the captain, Chito, caught for us.”
Tailhunter posted a great report in the forums of a trip to Las Arenas http://bit.ly/kLOMvT
Gorgeous weather helped the seas lay down. The Las Arenas fleet had its first decent dorado bite of the season. Nothing big, but fish to 10 pounds came swarming to the boats with double and triple hookups! Plus some big roosters in the 30- to 50-pound class. Additionally, there were 30- to 40-pound yellowfin tuna!