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Captain Archangel shows off one of the nice roosterfish like the ones we got this week. We just didn’t have alot of photos to put in the report since everyone releases their roosterfish! (Which we encourage!) A good week for roosters a little earlier than normal for the year.

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ROOSTERFISH –  PARGO and WHALES HIGHLIGHT WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 22-March 1, 2015

There just weren’t that many fishermen in town this week.  Most folks in town this time of year are snow-birds just trying to get away from the colder areas they live in.  Or as one visitor told me this week, “We give up.  We live on the east coast and could not stand one more snowstorm.  We went as far as we could go as long as we had sunshine.”

It was surely a good week to be in town.  Temperatures were in the 80’s although there were some afternoon clouds that dropped some quick showers up in the mountains.  Pretty pleasant overall.   And not much wind which was pretty good for fishing…if we had more fishermen!  But, it’s to be expected during the off-season when we’ve always got the potential for some strong northern winds that can bounce you off the water.

But, for the few fishermen we had, there was some decent inshore fishing.  The highlights were the pargo and rooster fish.   We don’t have alot of photos this week because…well, most of the rooster fish are released (yay), but there were some nice 10-20 pound fish.  Close in tight to Bahia de Los Muertos and south towards Boca de Alamo.

The other fish that came up nice were the pargo.  But, we don’t have alot of photos of them either this week because…well, the fish bite, but if you have ever fished for pargo, you also know how tough they can be pulling these sluggers out’ve the rocks.  Probably not a tougher fish out there and this time of year is when the big redfish come up into the shallows to spawn.   We “estimate” that the fish that were lost would’ve been in the 10-30 pound range.

Other species included bonito, sierra and cabrilla (sea bass).

WHALES

Although we didn’t have alot of fishermen, we DID have some great whale watching and that’s what alot of folks come to La Paz for this time of the year.

We’re having a spectacular year with an abundance of grey whales in Bahia Magdalena and daily trips headed out and lots of whales this year.  Normally, they’re gone by mid-March but show no signs so far, of leaving in any hurry!   It’s been a great opportunity to literally get close to the whales and touch them.

WHALE SHARKS

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How about swimming with an animal the size of a school bus?

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Thanks to Kody and Rick Kasper for these great photos and this week’s great video of Kody underwater.

There have also been some great opportunities right in the bay to swim with the whalesharks.  The “babies” which are about 10-15 feet long are in shallow water but an incredible experience to get in the water with anywhere from one to more than a dozen whalesharks in shallow water.

FRED HALL FISHING SHOW – Wednesday to Sunday

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There’s nothing like this show if you’re into fishing!

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They line up early and long to get into the show looking for deals!

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Only part of a skyview of the main hall and the packed aisles in the Long Beach Convention Center!

This is it!  This is the BIG ONE of the YEAR!  We’ve been on the road now for 2 months and had some spectacular shows in Sacramento…Denver…Puyallup (Seattle)…Portland…Phoenix and Yakima.  And now…we’re splitting up again!

I’ll be at the Long Beach Convention Center for the Fred Hall Fishing and Outdoor Show from Wednesday to Sunday.  This is the 69th year for this show and it’s always packed with great gear, trips and lots of amigos!  It’s the big party!

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Our Tailhunter Booth…often a gathering spots for our other amigos in the fishing business. Just some of our “fishing brothers” waiting to see you this week in Long Beach!

BOISE IDAHO SPORTSMANS SHOW- Thursday to Sunday

Regretfully, Jill and I have to split up this week.  She’ll be at the Boise Fairgrounds from Thursday to Sunday.  Another great show and we hate splitting up.  Jill really wants to be with me in Long Beach and I’m sure going to miss being with her and not seeing our friends in Idaho.  But, it’s a way great super show!  Come see Jilly!

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Jill will be in the booth at the Boise Fairgrounds and has all the info you need to set up your 2015 Fishing Adventure in La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing!

 STILL SPOTS FOR 2015 PANGA SLAM

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Dave and Michelle Conklin from Washington got some nice dorado at last year’s Panga Slam

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BEACH LINEUP of DORADO at last year’s Panga Slam!

Still some spots available.  Dates are June 16-21 and is gonna be a blast with 3 days fishing / hotel/ several great parties and dinners and a big island snorkel party as well.  All this personally hosted by Jill and myself and Executive Editor Pat McDonell from Western Outdoor News.  It promises to be another great time.  For more information, contact us here at Tailhunter at riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com or call 626-638-3383.

That’s our story!

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Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

http://www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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There’s a variety of fish that came up this week. Red snapper…yellowtail…sierra…and yes triggerfish. All great eating fish.

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Our whaelwatching tours are in full swing and the whales are being incredibly cooperative! Kevin Kennedy and his group got the full experience in the calm waters of Mag Bay. Not sure how much longer these amazing animals will be here, but normally, they’re around until mid-March or so! Contact us and we’ll set you up!

 

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We say good-bye to a fantastic La Paz Carnaval . Many watched the parades from our Tailhunter Restaurant and had a great time.

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Great costumes and floats!

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Amy, Nicole and Kody Kasper enjoying one of Carnval parades in front of our Taihunter Restaurant on the malecon waterfront.

OK WEATHER GOES WITH OK FISHING!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 15-22, 2015 

Good week for weather and fishing this past week…relatively speaking!  I mean, it’s still winter so there were some breezy days, but compared to other weeks, the conditions were much more fishable and given that many of the folks in town are snow birds just wanting to get warm  (especially those trying to thaw out from the east coast of the U.S, not too many folks are complaining about 83 degree days.

The fishing was predictable.  With good weather, we’re able to get into more species and more variety to the fishing as well.

Among the larger species, some yellowtail popped up off Cerralvo Island including some nicer grades of fish in the 20-30 pound class.  Some nice horses.  Bait hasn’t been good as far as the mackerel are concerned which is what the yellows really charge, but using iron and heavier jigs (of course losing stuff in the rocks), scrambled egg and blue/white patterns produced fish.  Also slow trolling mackerel-patterned crank baits like the bigger Rapala xRap 20’s and Yo-Zuri’s in blue and grey got hits as well.

Also, given it’s only February, I was nicely surprised by the rooster fish we got this week.  Nothing big but fun-sized 5-10 pounders are great on light tackle, especially so close to shore.  Normally, we tend to see these fish about a month later.

Same with the dorado.  Again, nothing gigantic, but good-sating sized 6-12 pound “doraditos” again made for some good light tackle action.  Just like the roosters, I wouldn’t expect the mahi to be in so early in the year.

More typical were the other species we caught. Especially, the inshore types.  This included snapper and pargo, some decent 10-pound cabrilla and sierra along some of the beach drop offs.

The coming week’s weather is looking pretty good so hopefully better fishing reports next week.  Truthfully, this time of the year, there aren’t that many fishermen in town, but everyone is hooking up and getting good variety.

WHAT A WEEK ON THE ROAD!

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Jilly is all smiles in the Yakima booth!

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Once again…had a BLAST rocking the booth in the Phoenix University Football Stadium. Hard to believe the Super Bowl was played there two weeks ago!

Due to scheduling, Jill and I split up this week on our Tailhunter show tour.  Jill went up to Yakima, Washington for the Central Washington Sportsmans Show.  I was further south at the International Sportsman Show in Phoenix.  We both had a great week and it was great seeing so many new and old amigos!  Thanks to everyone for coming and visiting us and for those of you who booked trips to come see us this year in La Paz, we’re looking forward to seeing you again later this year!

We now move off to Southern California to set up for the massive Long Beach Fred Hall Fishing and Hunting Show at the Long Beach Convention Center  March 4-8.  Once again, we split up!  Jill goes north to the Idaho Sportman’s Show at the fairgrounds in Boise, Idaho!  If you’re going to be anywhere near these venues come out to see us and say hi!

That’s our story.  Have a great week!

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Jonathan and Jill

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

http://www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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From Napa and only time for one day of fishing, here’s NIck Clark and his girlfriend Jackie. I was a bit worried because of prediciions of wind and rain, but they did OK…several roosters released…a wahoo lost…two small dorado…some bonito….a red pargo and a cabrilla! Not too bad at all!  It’s hard to tell, but if you look closely at Jackie’s left hand…NICK got the best catch of all…HE ASKED JACKIE TO MARRY HIM!  Apparently, she said YES!!! 

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Using yo-yo iron, commercial guys around Cerralvo Island are hooking some nice 20 pound class yellowtail. Hopefully, this week we can get some of our sports anglers on the fish. Thanks to Hawk for the photo!

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Amy Casper from Wyoming and Doc Finn from New York have visitors!

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Looks like Amy got a big smile from this big grey whale on one of our Tailhunter whalewatching trips!



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LA PAZ CARNAVAL 2015 is in full -swing this week! Everyone is out partying on the waterfront with lots of parades, floats, dancing, concerts, food and fun! Carnaval goes until FAT TUESDAY Feb. 17th. Great time to be in town.


FISHING MIXED BUT LOTS GOING ON IN LA PAZ!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 8-15, 2015

Relatively speaking…Not much to report this week.  We had a bit of wind which is characteristic of this time of year.  Also, there’s more folks in town for whale watching and the big week-long Carnavale than for fishing so everyone was having fun, nevertheless.

The folks that did go out, many were first-timers just looking for some sunshine and a day out on the water regardless of action so, in cases like that, best to keep close and have some fun and catch fish.  The results were enjoyably predictable with cabrilla and bonito up to about 5 pounds.  Good action on some schools of tough jack crevalle up to about 10 pounds.  Some pargo including some larger ones busted off in the rocks plus sierra along the beaches.  All great eating fish.

But, not to be discouraged, we did have two wahoo come off and several roosterfish were released so there’s alot of variety in the water and decent action!

The tuna bite we were hoping for, never really materialized although the commercial guys say there’s some fast-movers running with the dolphin schools outside Cerralvo Island or momentarily popping up at the drop-offs in deeper water then heading back down before anyone can get to them.   Encouragingly, more yellowtail are showing up on the commercial boats using heavier iron as not much bait is around.  But those guys go out no matter the conditions and it’s often a bit too rough to put first-timers out there and make the run on a sketchy bite.  This week, we’ve got some better experienced anglers coming out so hopefully some better results on the more quality fish.

The whale watching is really where everyone is these past few weeks.  The whales over at Bahia Magdalena have been incredible. The folks we’ve been sending over have been having a kick getting up close to these amazing animals in the calm waters of the bay and the whales and the new calves have shown no hesitancy to come right up and check out the funny-looking creatures in the pangas that can’t stop laughing.

Also, this week since Feb. 12th and continuing to the 17th, La Paz has been in full-turbo CARNAVAL mode with the city in quite the party mood with parades, booths, lots of food, giant concerts and pretty much shutting down the whole waterfront area in a giant street fair every day and night.  Great time to be in town!

JONATHAN and JILL SPLIT UP!

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 Not really per se!  But our Tailhunter 2015 Road Tour hits a fork in the road!

Jilly and I have been on the road now since just after Christmas and have had some incredible shows in Sacramento, Denver, Puyallup (Seattle), and most recently in Portland at all the big fishing and hunting shows telling folks about fishing with us in La Paz.  What an amazing time we’re having and the bookings have been off-the-charts and it’s so great to see so many old friends along the trail!

Well, as the schedule would have it Jill and I have to split up this week.   Jill heads for the show in YAKIMA, WASHINGTON at the SUN DOME there at the Yakima Fairgrounds.

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Jonathan goes to the other big show in PHOENIX, ARIZONA at the UNIVERSITY of PHOENIX STADIUM where the NFL Cardinals play and we just had the SUPER BOWL!

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We hate to split up, but it’s the way the schedule worked out and we surely don’t want to miss either show and seeing our amigos in both locations.  So, if you’re anywhere in the area, come by and say hi and talk to us about coming to visit us this year and go fishing in La Paz!  Hope to see you this week!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan Roldan’s

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James “Hawk” Davis, our amigo from La Ventana put the wood on this surprise yellowtin tuna estimated at about 80 pounds!

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TV show host and actor, Rick Kasper on the beach at Bahia de Los Muertos. Rich had a nice day of dorado including these two and a few others.

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Captain Favio was out with Sam from North Carolina and they stuck this beefy yellowtail from the island.

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Washington amigos in the house! Grant and Carol Darby with our Captain Gerardo and a colorful selection of the day’s catch including pargo, yellow snapper, cabrilla and sierra! All great eating fish.

 

 

YELLOWTAIL YES…BUT TUNA IN FEBRUARY?

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 1-8, 2015

After two weeks of on-again-off-again funky weather that included both wind AND rain, we finally had a week where the clouds parted a bit and we got sunshine and calmer seas.

Accordingly, I’m not surprised that we got into a few more fish and had some better conditions.  There was still some wind, but it was still better than it had been!

We had quite a variety and I guess the biggest news was the surprise jag of tuna found at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Commercial fishermen had been trickling reports to us of fast moving tuna now and then, often moving too fast to get on them, but we finally stuck one.  James “Hawk” Davis our amigo, stuck a fish we estimate at perhaps 60 pounds dragging a Rapala.  Now, normally, we don’t see tuna until maybe late spring or early summer and it’s too soon to call this a “tuna bite.”  But, it’s darned exciting to see a good-grade ahi hit the deck!  We’ll keep you posted.

Hawk got his fish on 40 pound test and his xRap30 was the mackerel pattern.  According to Hawk, there’s yellowtail around in the shallow spots, but that’s the problem.  Dragging deep running lures like the XRap30 means losing alot of expensive Rapalas in the rocks!

As for other species, there’s some slugger yellowtail also around the island with most fish running 20-30 pounds.  A nice grade of hefty fish that can pull like crazy.   This is the right time for more of them to show up.

In addition, talk about a buffet of species…we also have been getting into pargo…both the big mullet snapper (pargo liso) as well as the barred pargo mulatto that have the pretty orange and green bars on them.  Fish have been 5-20 pounds which might not sound like much until you try putting the wood to one of these guys and try to pull him outta the rocks.

We also found schools of dorado…some smaller school-sized rooster fish…bonito and cabrilla for a nice mix of fish.

Conditions look like they’re going to hold so hopefully, we’ll get some better fishing reports coming up!

TAILHUNTER WHALE WATCHING TRIPS IN FULL SWING!

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Our daily trips out to Bahia Magdalena for whale watching have been having some incredible times!  Lots of whales in the water and it’s an amazing experience to get close to these incredible animals.  They usually hang out in the area until about mid-March or so.  Plenty of time to see them before they start their long journey north back to the Bering Sea by Alaska!   For more information, give us a call at 626-638-3383, or write us at riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com.

CARNAVAL COMING TO TOWN!

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All the revelry right in front of our Tailhunter Restaurant Bar!

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It’s gonna be a full week of craziness and fun at Carnaval!

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Several huge parades will be taking place on the waterfront and all the town will turn out to watch!

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The best seats in the house to watch a parade are at Tailhunters!

 

Just a heads-up that the 2015 La Paz Carnavale kicks it off this week with the giant street fair…incredible concerts…huge parades…fireworks and food!  The revelry starts on Feb. 12 and goes to the 17th!  Alot of the action takes place right in front of our Tailhunter Restaurant on the malecon which is also the best seat on the waterfront to watch the parades!

TAILHUNTER ON THE ROAD HEADING FOR PHOENIX AND YAKIMA!

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Jill and I in our booth ready to talk La Paz fishing!

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Oregon amigos toasting their upcoming fish trip to La Paz this year! Salud!

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Amy and Belmond Mann , have been friends and frequent visitors to see us in La Paz for many many years! Always great to have them visit us at the show with the family!

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Don and Debbie White have been fishing with us for years! They’re coming again this April! But, they brought me some awesome fuzzy slippers to wear in the booth because they know I stand for 10-12 hours straight and my feet are killing me!

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An incredible shout-out THANK YOU / MUCHAS GRACIAS to our own Rod Brown from Wrangell, Alaska. Not only did he come all the way down to Portland but he put together the most amazing photos book called, “Fishing with Jonathan and Jill” filled with pages and pages of some of the fantastic fish he and his family and friends have caught with us over the years! I’m going to keep this somewhere very special. We were honored to get such a thoughtful gift! Thanks, Rod!

 

We just finished one of our best shows of the year at the Portland Expo Center for the Northwest Sportsmans Show!  It as off-the-charts!  Solid wall-to-wall people for 5 days and we saw soooo many of our amigos who came to visit us at the booth!  We had a blast and thank you for all of you who were so thoughtful to bring goodies and gifts.  You’re the best.  And a special shout-out to everyone who booked their 2015 La Paz fishing vacations as well!

We now head on down the road to our next stops  Only this time, we do something different.  Because of scheduling, Jill and I will split up!

Jill will head up to Yakima Washington and do the show there!

I’ll be in the football stadium at Phoenix doing the ISE show there!

Gonna be a crazy week.  Come say hi and talk to us about your 2015 La Paz Fishing Adventure!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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Captain Armando busts a smile over the shoulder of Scott Burnham who trolled up this nice sierra fishing with our Tailhunter Fleet at Las Arenas.

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We don’t see many of these, but take a look at the China Mero (Hawkfish) caught by Jeff  Burnham. These are tasty fish we occasionally catch around rocky areas.

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Jeff Burnham poses with another beautiful sierra. These fish are great eating and tough fighters but during the winter cooler months, they hang out around ridges and beach drop offs near shallow water.

 

 

ANOTHER CRAZY WINDY AND RAINY WEEK!  

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 25 – Feb. 1, 2015

Not a whole lot to report this past week.  We had some crazy days of rain and drizzle and when it wasn’t wet, it was windy either on the front or backside of the storm cells that came through.  It didn’t rain hard, but definitely, not great to be outside trying to get a tan.   We normally have windy days during this time of year and it’s unusual for us to get rain, but nothing is “for sure” when it comes to weather.

The good side is that we don’t have alot of anglers this time of year and those that do, usually are not hardcore and wanting to fish every day.  So, with flexible schedules we can ask them to wait until perhaps another day later in the week is better.  That being said, we got some OK inshore action on sierra, bonito and jack crevalle.  Not much in the way of bait but have been using baby bonito when we can get them.

We have been keeping an eye on what the commercial guys are doing since they are working any chance they can get out, unlike sports fishing.  These guys gotta make a living.  They tell me there’s yellowtail at the island and there’s also sardines and mackerel for bait.

The forecast for the coming week is looking pretty good.  Nothing but sunshine mostly.  Back to normal!  It’s gonna be 75 to 80 degrees in the daytime and mid-50’s at night!

Whales are in full “come see us” mode out at Bahia Magdalena and we’re running daily whale watching trips right now.

PORTLAND SPORTMAN’S EXPO COMING UP THIS WEEK!

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La Paz in the house. All the way up in Washington, Jeanne and Jeff Brown who own Big Left Turn Yacht Managment in La Paz and were up for the Seattle Boat Show. They stopped in at the Seattle Fairgrounds to say hi. Great to see them. Tom is La Paz’s biggest Seahawks fan at our Tailhunter Restaurant!

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Amigos from Bloody Decks! They are everywhere! Even at the Tailhunter Booth at the Washington Sportsmans Show!

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More amigos from Bloody Decks…the brought over a whole box of Crown Royal flannel sacks for Jill to use!

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Jilly working the crowd at our Tailhunter Booth at the Washington Sportsmans Show in Puyallup, Washington!

 We’re here in Portland, Oregon this week.  We had a bang up great show in Puyallup, Washington at the Seattle Fairgrounds and great to see so many amigos.  This week the “Tailhunter Tour” moves to the Portland Expo Center right on the banks of the Columbia River for one of the biggest shows on the West Coast.   We’ll be in our usual spot in the main complex in the southern building from Wednesday to Sunday.  Come by.  Say hi. Talk to us about your 2015 La Paz Fishing Adventures.    For more info and to get discount tickets for the show, check out this link: http://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly  

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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She’s one of the best! Donna Thompson gets our first yellowtail of the season putting the wood to two nice yellowtail off Cerralvo Island with live bait.

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Two more of our super amigos…from Bakersfield, California…Ken Gragg and Carl Lange put a handful of pargo and a cabrila in the boat fishing just outside of Bahia de los Muertos. These are tough fish to pull out’ve the rocks!


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Captain Jorge and Richard Branson from Virgin Airlines? Nope…it’s our amigo, Rick Kasper who actually has been a double for Branson, but as an actor and host of his own outdoor TV show has also been a double for Gary Bussey. He’s also a fun fisherman! He’s showing off a dorado and a sierra here although they let a few get away!

YELLOWTAIL AND PARGO MAKE A SHOWING…SO DOES DRIZZLE AND RAIN!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 18-25, 2015

The week started on some real high notes.  Not only did we have some really fishing-condusive weather, but the fish decided to join in as well. However, as the week progressed, by the end of the week, not only did winter winds return, but we also got the surprise of rain which dampened things a bit.  Fortunately, being the off-season, we didn’t have to cancel anyone’s fishing trips as they weren’t many folks fishing this week anyway.

However, let’s talk about fishing.  The best news is that we finally got into yellowtail.  The big fork tail jacks really laid low last year when El Nino conditions warmed the waters and made bait and the  big fish a rarity.  However, this week we took some nice quality-grade yellows around Cerralvo Island near the high spots both north and south ends with bait and iron with fish going 20-30 pounds.  Some hefty hamachi!  Hopefully, this is just the start of things to come.

The yellowtail require the cooler waters and normally, we don’t see many until about February or March.  They stick around until about May when the waters start warming and we see the warm water species like dorado, billfish and wahoo move in.  We barely had any yellowtail to speak of at all last year.  We’re hopeful that the yellowtail we saw this week are the vanguard of a nice yellowtail season.

Another fish we really didn’t see last year were the pargo…the big snapper that come up in the springtime just like the yellowtail.  These big red/ copper fish are powerful and in the spring come into the shallows to spawn.  One of the most vicious fish to tangle with and a real frustrating game fish to put in the boat because of their power and the rock cover they love, we got a few of those this week as well.  Most of the big ones get lost because they’re just rugged sluggers, but early in the week some 3-8 pounders came up (a good sized one is 15…a brute is 40!) so, like the yellowtail maybe this year we’ll get them back.

In addition to the yellowtail and the pargo, there were some dorado and sierra taken plus cabrilla.

Then, the wind came back up again from the north and as the weekend approached, skies got cloudy and a few days of rain hit us.  As I’m writing this, we’re still looking at rain then it will let up next week and the forecast calls for some rain late in the week again as the month ends.

WHALES WATCHING ON BAHIA MAGDALENA GOING FULL

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If you want to really do one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” things or check something off your “bucket list” our Bahia Magdalena Whale Watching is in full swing.  The grey whales have come down from the Bering Sea in the longest migration of any animal on the planet.   They showed up a bit early this year and we’re running daily trips to see them.  They usually stay around until about mid-March and the bay is where they come to mate, give birth and basically hang out in the warm calm waters where we can get up close to them in their natural environment.  If you’d like details get in touch with us at riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com or give us a call at 626-638-3383.

SPOTS FILLING FOR JUNE PANGA SLAM

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We still have a few spots for our 2015 Tailhunter International / Western Outdoor News Panga Slam.  With 3 days of fishing…a snorkel day party on the island…several fun dinners…a fishing jackpot and much more, this is one of the highlights of our season!  We’re limiting it to only 24 spots and there’s just a few spots still left.  We’ve love to have you join us!  Write us at riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com for all the details!

THANKS WASHINGTON!  NOW ONTO PORTLAND SPORTSMANS SHOW!

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Our good friends, Dave Rose and his family dropped in to say hi and pose for a quick shot. Great family and they’ve visited us a number of times in La Paz. Great to see them.

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Jilly working the counter at our booth at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Washington.

Just a shout-out thank you to all our amigos who came to visit us at the Washington Sportsmans Show at the Seattle Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington.  After shows in Sacramento and Denver and about 3,000 miles of driving, this was our third show of the year and it was a great time. We saw so many of our friends and signed up lots of amigos for their 2015 fishing trips with Tailhunters in 2015.    We now have a few days to catch up and re-group then hit our next show in Portland at the Portland Expo Center from Feb. 4th to 8th.  If you’re in the Portland area, come see us and talk to us about fishing in La Paz!  We’ll see you there.

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

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Barred pargo and cabrilla (Mexican seabass) like these two nice fish taken by the Montejano Brothers (Andy and Raphael) have been biting nicely inshore lately. Typical action for this time of year and tough to get outta the rocks. But GREAT eating!

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Some fat sierra and schoolie dorado are were not uncommon this week. No roosterfish to show you because all the roosters were released!

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The grey whales have arrived earlier than normal and are already in good numbers at Bahia Magdalena and we’re already running day trips to get on the water with them!

POST HOLIDAY BLUES

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 11-18, 2015

There weren’t that many fishermen around this week, either because there simply weren’t that many around or those that wanted to fish were kept off the water by pesky northern winds.  But, this is typical of winter fishing in our area and frankly, it’s pretty common few weeks after Christmas not to have even many tourists in town.  You could almost call La Paz “sleepy.”  Even the locals are keeping it low key and under the radar, perhaps still recovering from the holidays.  Stores, streets and restaurants are almost empty sometimes!

We did get a few folks out on the water with air temps in the mid-70’s and a bit choppy.  Sierra were biting along the drop-off points where shallow water slopes into deeper areas like near the Las Arenas lighthouse and also in the channel areas where current move between rocky spot.  As well, the sloping areas also produced jack crevalle and some pompano…both related plus their more popular cousin the rooster fish with some smaller school-sized fish that might have gone about 15 pounds.

Bonito were prevailant not to far from shore either and a few stray free-swimming dorado were hooked as well.

WHALES HAVE SHOWN UP EARLY IN BAHIA MAGDALENA!

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Yes, please rub my head for me! We love getting our photo taken with visitors!

Normally, from about late January to late March, the grey whales take up residence at Bahia Magdalena where they spawn, breed and give birth.  In these shallow warm waters, this is the end of the largest migration of mammals on earth as they come down from the Bering Sea near Alaska.   We’ve started running daily trips to the Bay to spend a day getting close to these amazing gentle animals and it’s a great life-time experience for the whole family.  If ou’re interested,  you can get more information by calling us at Tailhunter at 626-638-3383 or e-mailing us directly at riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com for an even faster response!

THANKS DENVER AND NOW ONTO WASHINGTON!

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In our booth at the Denver ISE show and a special shout-out to Kelly and Diego Jimenez, our amigos from Loveland, Colorado. Kelly made this incredible wreath for us out’ve shells and other items collected from the beaches around Las Arenas. Kelly and Diego are making their 3rd trip in a row to us this year!

From one of our favorite cities…DENVER…we just had an incredible time at the International Sportsman’s Expo at the Convention Center downtown.  Thanks to everyone who came to visit us in our booth to say hi and talk about their past and future fishing adventures in La Paz.  What a kick and we never tire of seeing everyone!

So now…we head to our 3rd show on the “road tour.”  First was Sacramento.  Now, we just finished Denver.  This week we set up for the Washington  Sportsmans Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds near Seattle, Washington!  This is always a super-fun show and it’s going to be nice to be in the green trees again in a beautiful state and seeing all our amigos.  The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday.  Please come visit us!  We’re in our booth every day.  For more information and to buy tickets, click this link: http://www.thesportshows.com/shows/washington/

2015 TAILHUNTER/ WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS PANGA SLAM & JACKPOT IS FILLING!

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Captain Jorge and Verda Boyd started off the first day of last year’s Panga Slam with a nice bull dorado taken just off the area of La Ventana.


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Tim Farrell took a photo of a trophy rooster fishing with Captain Archangel during last year’s Panga Slam. Tim caught several nice fish and released the all!

We just announced the dates for our 2015 Panga Slam two weeks ago  nd the response was incredible!  Still some spots available.  Dates are June 16-21 and is gonna be a blast with 3 days fishing / hotel/ several great parties and dinners and a big island snorkel party as well.  All this personally hosted by Jill and myself and Executive Editor Pat McDonell from Western Outdoor News.  It promises to be another great time.  For more information, contact us here at Tailhunter at riplipboy@tailhunter-international.com or call 626-638-3383.

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  http://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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