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Old 03-26-2010, 01:08 PM   #1
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La Paz, Mexico report

I just got back from 3 days of spearfishing in La Paz. The visibility was about the worst I've seen it in my nine visits. Our original goal was to go after Yellowtail, but the strong winds/big waves limited us to shore diving. Despite these circumstances I was very pleased with the results we had. The first day we did some drift dives along a sandy beach. The were hoards of lady fish schooling, but usually at the tail end the would be a sierra or two. I would try and guess when I thought the school was going to end, dive down, and then wait for one to pick off. I picked up a handful using this method. During this same dive I was greeted by a school of Toro and promptly put a shaft through one their heads. The rest of the trip we were eating machaca burritos, mmmm.

The second day we dove a rocky point. My dive buddies were in about 15-20 ft of water chasing around some barred pargo. They didn't land any, but they did manage a nice cabrilla and some parrot fish. I was diving around the corner from them around some caves. I made a drop on a school of sierra and noticed three pargo following me. When I turned to look at them they headed straight for the rocks. I made another drop and waited patiently. Then I saw one slowly stick his head out from under a rock. He gave me a perfect angle and I stoned him. I was screaming with excitement under the water. The one heartbreak of the day came when I was descending down on these same rocks and a yellowtail came right in on me. When I saw him he was within range but by the time i swung my gun up he was just out of range cruising away slowly...the agony

The third day was ok. We picked up some smaller pargo amarillo searching for YT's/pargo. Later on we went out and picked up some parrot fish, but that was about it.

Overall a great trip, and a lot of tasty fish consumed.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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Nice pics and nice report. Thanks
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the report - I love those yellow snapper. Great eating, and fun to hunt.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:06 PM   #4
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u actually ate the toro!? Now THAT takes some balls of steel!
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
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Thats one bigass trigger!!

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Old 03-26-2010, 04:53 PM   #6
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Re: La Paz, Mexico report

Wow! You guys scored some nice fish. I need to learn how to make machaca, then I would probably eat more toro. They seem to be around all year. The third picture looks like there are a couple of bait balls in the background.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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I need to learn how to make machaca, then I would probably eat more toro.
I've never tried it besides machaca. All I know is that its really good prepared that way. Its not tuna by any means, but still tasty. The guy who cooked it for us said the secret is to replace the water you boil the meat in several times while preparing it.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:09 PM   #8
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Re: La Paz, Mexico report

Nice fish man too bad the Yellowtails and the wind didn't cooperated, we are going to try luck next tuesday the winds should be good by then.

Let me know next time you come to La Paz i would like to go diving with you guys
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:36 PM   #9
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Re: La Paz, Mexico report

props for eating the crevelle, i like them, they are plentiful, and they keep my grocery bill down!. what size guns did your team use for hunting the rocks and sand bars?
edit: and thanks for fotos!
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:39 PM   #10
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Looks like you went out with Tim at Palapas....
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:22 PM   #11
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Cool report - thanks. Besides the crappy viz, what was the water temperature?
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:44 PM   #12
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what size guns did your team use for hunting the rocks and sand bars?
120cm, 130cm, and my 55 inch (140cm) midhandle. I think 120cm is a really good length for rocks and sand. Although I love my gun too.

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We actually didn't. We were just diving from shore. My friend has a house close to his place so we're in the same neck of the woods though. We have been out with Tim before though, and he's a cool guy.

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It was around 72-73 degrees. Thats 3 mil farmer john temperatures for me, I was comfy in my suit though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:47 PM   #13
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Right on - looks like you guys had a feast down there! How was the vis? Did you consider headin' out to the island or was it blowin' every day?
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Re: La Paz, Mexico report

I'm headed down to La Paz with my brother Dec 6-12. We are going to stay and dive with Tim at palapas ventana most of the trip. Good to hear the report!
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Re: La Paz, Mexico report

I had seen this thread before posting my own just the other day, but somehow missed the date.. despite being 5 years old looks like your trip was in March as is my upcoming trip.

Hopefully a few more will chime in with advice that pertains to that time of year.

That's quite a trigger! Biggest I've ever seen.
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