Mentions in Fishing Literature
It received an excellent 9-page write-up in the March 2000 Saltwater Sportsman magazine.
The two guys featured in the Saltwater Sportsman article caught a 30-lbs Yellowfin Tuna, a good catch of Dorado, smaller Tuna, Skipjack, and Wahoo.
They also trolled the Cerralvo Channel between the island and Punta Arena using strips of Bonito as bait. This method often catches Dorado, Wahoo, and Billfish.
They flew into La Paz and took a shuttle to Las Arenas, a one-hour trip.
The guys in the article used a travel service specializing in sport fishing called Fishing International. It arranged airfare, accommodations, and the daily fishing itinerary.
It was listed in the March 2000 Fishing and Hunting News.
April 2000, FishSniffer advertised the following:
- From $399 per person, double occupancy
- 2 days of Panga fishing
- 3 nights in an oceanfront room
- 3 meals a day at the hotel
- All tips and taxes included
- Not included are fishing license and tackle
- Upgrades to SuperPanga or Cruiser available
Facts About Las Arenas and the Surrounding Area
- It is located about 45 miles east of La Paz on the Gulf of California.
- It is located at Punta Arena, which is one of the best places in the world to catch the famed Roosterfish, which can grow to 80-lbs.
- East Cape is the Eastern Shoreline of Baja Mexico (the Western Shoreline of the Sea of Cortez).
- Cerralvo Island (now called Jacques Cousteau Island) is about a 10-minute boat ride from Las Arenas.
- The hotel staff fillets and cleans your catches so that they can be frozen for the trip home.
- The Saguaro is one of the few native plants around Las Arenas.
- Las Arenas is a 40 room resort with dining – it is the only hotel in the area.
About Fishing in the Sea of Cortez Near Cerralvo Island
- The best fishing season is May through October. There are storms but the waters usually remain calm.
- Tuna caught here are Yellowfin Tuna. Bonita, also known as Skipjack Tuna are also caught here.
- One of the primary methods of fishing there is on a Panga boat. It is a large, heavy, and safe wood boat that is driven by an outboard motor. The Pangero is the skipper and the boat usually carries two fishermen. Regular Panga boats run approximately $60 a day for 2-gringo fisherman.
- The Super Panga is a larger boat with a top and a more powerful motor. It runs approximately $90 per person and is about 23-feet long.
- The smaller species that I would be interested in are: Wahoo, Dorado, Yellowtail, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Mackerel, Grouper, Amberjack, Cabrilla, Roosterfish, Pompano, Crevalle, and Trevally. I would like to get pictures of most of these.
- Prime bait used here are Sardines (sardinas) used live.
- The skipper often chums with live Sardines to attract fish to the boat.
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