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rooster Dave Schneider 8-15 tags

Dave Schneider from San Jose CA was fishing with us for the first time here in La Paz and put the hurt on this big boy roosterfish while fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet. Great shot and he was able to release the big fish.

tara o-malley dorado boli 8-15 tags

Mommy-to-be, Tara O’Malley, only had one day to fish but went out with Captain Boli into La Paz Bay and got herself a limit of dorado of varying sizes.

yellowtail jorge santana 8-15

The man behind the mask is Jorge Santana with a real surprising catch for August…yellowtail and two trophy cabrilla. All those fish are normally caught when the waters are much cooler in the winter and spring. He was fishing deep off the Las Arenas lighthouse where there must be a current of cold water holding the fish.

 

Meng Foo tags rogelio 8-15

Captain Rogelio poses with Meng Foo and one of his several dorado he caught fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Kit Luu with rooster tags 8-15

It’s so big I gotta sit down for the photo! Kit Luu had a great day fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet with fish like this trophy roosterfish he caught and released fishing with Captain Victor.

Thai Foo dorado tags 8-15

Thai Foo holds up a nice bull dorado that ended up being brought back to Tailhunter Restaurant to share with his amigos!

 

GOOD FISHING FOR DORADO AND ROOSTERS!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 22-29 2015

The dog days of summer are here.  It seems like almost every day is cooke-cutter.  All the same!  Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s.  Occasional tropical thundershowers in the afternoons or evenings that come and go.  Sun pops back out leaving us with some spectacular sunsets.  Kids are back in school so the waters and beaches are emptying out.  Town is getting quiet again after the hubbub of summer vacation.  Tourist families are generally gone as well for the same reason…school starts!  So, mostly fishermen around.  And the fishing is pretty good.

LA PAZ

Solid dorado fishing.  Nothing wrong with that.  Most days, all the action you could want.  Good days to be on the water.

The dorado are ranging in size from 5-25 pounds.  Sometimes, it’s just hard to get away from the “doraditos!” (babies).  If you hit a spot, they are everywhere, they can be voracious.  The larger ones are around, but the kids are so thick and hungry, they don’t give the bigger ones a chance to get to your baits.  As one of our guys told us, “We released 10 before we got a larger one we wanted to keep and it’s sometimes hard to release the small ones because they don’t hesitate to swallow the baits and then the hooks are hard to get out.”

There are some larger fish getting lost.  But, it’s good to see larger fish around after a summer of so many little guys.  They do grow fast!

Again, there’s some huge bonito ripping things up as well. These fish fight like 30 pounders to most people although 12 pounds is about the true size.  Same with the big jack crevalle schools near the beaches along with some smaller roosters.

Hooked and lost several striped marlin this week again that bit light lines with live baits while fishing for dorado.

LAS ARENAS

The story continues to be rooster fish…big rooster fish in the area if you’ve ever wanted to nail one of these big exotic fish.  They are close and still willing to hit a bait.  They are almost all trophy-sized fish.  Rarely are we getting any that are under 30 pounds and most are 40-60 pounders.  All are getting released.

Good to also see a few more dorado and other species popping up as well. The captains put out about 30 semi-permanent buoys just offshore to act as FADS (Fish Attraction Devices).  And they’re working!  Normally, there’s commerical buoys out there most of the season, but for whatever reason, there weren’t quite so many out there so the sportfishing captains put them out themselves.  So, we’re seeing more dorado now…FINALLY and that might also have somethig to do with there being more bait available too.    Bonito, jack crevalle and snapper rounded out the fishing.

Again, just like last week, the surprise has been the yellowtail.  These are COLD WATER fish.  We get them in February to May…never in AUGUST!  Right now, the air temps are 100.  The water temps are 90.  The only thing I can think is that off the Las Arenas lighthouse (where the fish are located), there’s a cold current down deep.  No one is complaining.  It’s a nice bonus.  The ticket is finding mackerel either live or dead.  And that’s not so easy either because the mackies are usually around in the cooler water as well.  But, if you want a yellowtail and are willing to put in the time to catch a mackerel…a hour or two to catch a few…it’s spot-on for hooking a forkie right now.

SHOUT OUT

Big shout out to our “Pack for a Purpose”  good guys.  Brian and Marie McClanahan and Kip and Sue Slaugh all from the Salt Lake City area in Utah, hauled down several duffle bags filled with school supplies, health products (toothbrushes), notebooks, backpacks and other much-needed things for our kids.  Vong Mekdara also carried down a load of stuff.  As well, Steve Hartsook and Mike Jordan who have been visiting us for years filled up with great kid’s stuff. (Photographer’s error…the photo didn’t come out…but they deserve a big shout out too!)   Just in time since the school year is just starting down here and many kids don’t even have pencils.   We’re grateful for all the many many amigos and clients who have brought stuff over the months for the orphanage, schools and women’s shelters.  You’re the best!

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The McClanahans and the Sloughs! Thank you!

VONG MEKDARA

Vong Mekdara from Monterey Park CA brought everything from pencil boxes to batteries and staplers to white glue!

CHANGE YOUR MONEY?

It’s not good for the Mexican economy, but great for tourists.  The Mexican pesos is dropping dramatically this year and seems to keep falling.  The current peso-to-dollar exchange rate was at 14…15…16..17 and might go as low as 18:1 (pesos to dollars).   That means that the purchasing power for tourist holding pesos is pretty good and makes Mexico a great vacation value.

For example, two years ago when things were at 10:1 (ten pesos per dollar), a cab ride costs, for example 100 pesos (10 dollars).  That same cab ride now at 100 pesos means it’s now only costing about 6 or 7 dollars!  A restaurant meal that cost $200 pesos or a t-shirt for $200 that was easy…it was $20 dollars U.S.  Those same items now would be only $12 or $14 dollars.

The downside is for something like say…tips for captains.  If you are used to giving your regular guy $400 pesos ($40 U.S. dollars) if you hand him 400 pesos now, you might get a little look of disappointment since now you are only tipping about $25 or 26 U.S. dollars.

So, give some consideration to changing your dollars to pesos when you’re at the airport or go to a money exchange place when you get to town.

 

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

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.”

Esteban jurel tags 8-15

Well…YES! As a matter of fact we DO have yellowtail. Only problem is that they’re NOT supposed to be here. Our waters are about 90 degrees right now! We get our yellowtail in the winter and spring when the waters are COLD! Never in August! Our amigo Esteban Romero hooked 3. Two got unbuttoned, but he put this 30-pound class slug into the panga using a live mackerel fished down deep! Also, something we never have to do is fish deep!

Kit Luu tags wahoo 8-15

His first trip to La Paz turned out to be banner for Kit Luu of Monterey Park CA. He got his first roosterfish. He caught dorado. And, while he was jigging a Mega Bait, he hooked onto this nice wahoo…his first! Captain Victor looks on!

Rooster Jason Christofferson 8-15 tags

Another of our anglers on his first trip to visit us, Jason Christofferson from Las Vegas was with Captain Pancho when he latched into this trophy roosterfish off Las Arenas. Great photo and the fish was released.

Ken Chau dorado 8-15

Happy Birthday to Ken Chau! Ken is from Rosemead CA and on his birthday, he shows off a few of his fish…a nice dorado and one of the fat bonito we’ve got north of La Paz.

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San Francisco in the house. Paul Nagata is our good amigo who has been visiting us for years put the hurt on a nice rooster fishing with our popular Captain Jorge. The fish was released.

vong mekdara tags rooster 8-15

Big fat rooster! Vong Mekdara from Monterey Park CA went out with rain clouds threatening from Bahia de los Muertos with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and hauled in this huge rooster! The big guy was released.

Kit Luu and Kerry Lam tags 8-15

The dorado are finally getting a bit bigger! Three weeks ago, this would’ve been the biggest dorado of the week! Kit Luu and Kerry Lam put a number of dorado into the boat fishing out’ve La Paz.

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Scott Harvey from Del Mar CA brought his son, Andrew, down for the week to do some fishing and got into the fish himself including this roosterfish he was able to photo and let swim away strong!

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It has been a good year for billfish this year, especially with so many bonito and small dorado in the areas serving as food. This is a photo of Paul Nagata’s sailfish as it was being released after a good battle. Paul was fishing north of La Paz Bay.

STEADY FISHING MIXED WITH AFTERNOON THUNDERSHOWERS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 16-23, 2015

The week was a typical August kind of fishing week for us!  Everyone caught fish and most of it was dorado which is about right for this time of year.  Also, it was a week of tropical thunderstorms.  No hurricanes, but afternoon showers that would bring torrential rains (usually after everyone was done fishing…but sometimes not) that flooded streets in a flash but then quickly ran off and the sun came blazing out again.  Those of our fishermen that occasionally got caught out there told us they got drenched, but it was warm “like a shower.”  Or, they could see the columns of rain falling straight down from the sky and simply drove around it.  It would rain hard in one spot, but a mile away barely a drizzle!   There were some pretty spectacular thunder and lightning shows, however, and the thunder was like “being inside of a trash can and kids whacking it with baseball bats,” said another of our anglers.    This coming week, however, shows no rain in sight.

LAS ARENAS/ BAHIA de LOS MUERTOS

This has been our “grab bag” area all season.  Just crazy fishing.  Never know what you’re gonna catch!  About the ONLY consistent biter all season has been big rooster fish.  And these are all 30-50 pound fish!  Many of our anglers are getting their “first-ever” rooster fish and all of them have been trophy-sized fish.  There have even been larger fish, but they’ve busted off with estimates of fish going up to 90 pounds breaking off.

The bad thing is that roosters are bad eating.  They don’t help bring any fillets home in the ice chests!  The good thing is that all the roosters are getting released.

Pretty much, if you didn’t get a rooster, there wasn’t much else and that’s too bad because traditionally the Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay area has been a big old fish trap for all kinds of species and action.  So, beyond catching roosters, that was it.  We’d have our clients fishing in La Paz where there was alot more action.

However, this past week, we got some welcome surprises.  The biggest was that we caught some yellowtail in the deep water right of the Las Arenas lighthouse.  One of those rare occasions when you put on some weight and dropped a live or dead mackerel down 80-200 feet!  (Like fishing in Loreto where the yellowtail hunker down deep!) . But the mackerel were the key.  Guys were scouring the stores in La Paz looking for mackies!  Frozen worked just fine.   The real surprise is that yellowtail are cold water fish!  We get them in the cold water months of February to May.  In 20 years here, I’ve not ever seen any yellowtail caught in the summer!  No one is complaining, however.  These fish have been legit 20-30 pounders!

The other surprise is finding out there’s still  wahoo in the area.  We hooked and dropped a few this week and put a few in the tank as well.  After the phenomenal May and June wahoo bonanza we had this year, it just shut off after that.  So, good to know the speedy fish are still around.  Good-sized 20-30 pounders all on jigs or slow-trolled Rapalas!

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Dorado dorado dorado!  We’ve had them since springtime, but they’ve been so dinky, it’s ridiculous. But, they’ve bee a blessing because they’ve provided so much action.  But, just way smaller than what we should have been getting.  I mean, seriously…if you want to catch 12-inch dorado, there are some spots where you can park the panga all day and have a blast on light tackle catching-and-releasing as fast as you can go.

Slowly, however, the fish have gotten bigger.  Just not very fast.  This past week, better quality 15-30 pounders started showing up to the point where  the fishermen were tossing back smaller fish.  With the afternoon rains popping up, on some days, it was nice to get a limit of fish and be back to town by noon or 1 with a good load of fillets for the cooler.

For other species, still big bonito around…some smaller rooster fish…and we did get a few marlin and sailfish hooked and released this week.

A LITTLE WET

As I said at the beginning, we have some occasional thundershowers lately.  I rains…it floods…then it dries up!  Fairly typical sometimes.  We call them “toritos”  (little bulls) that roll in and quickly roll out.  But the flash flooding can be dramatic.  Thanks to Clima La Paz for the photos.  Take a look.  If you’ve been to La Paz, you might recognize some of the photos.  (Like the malecon!)

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DOWNTOWN LA PAZ

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THE MALECON…WHERE THE RUNOFF MEETS THE BAY!

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JUST HAD TO TRY IT!

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NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE MANUAL. DOWNTOWN LA PAZ.

 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.”

yellowtail jorge tags 8-15

WHAT??? No, I didn’t poach this photo! We actually got yellowtail this week at the Las Arenas lighthouse and Jorge Romero, our good amigo, rocked 3 of them fishing deep using dead mackerel with fish up to 30 pounds. In 20 years here, I have NEVER seen yellowtail here. These fish are cold water fish we find in March to May! Crazy El Nino!

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They’re finally getting a bit bigger! La Paz Bay and north towards Espirto Santo Island has been our “go-to” spot for dorado this season, but the fish have been smaller than normal. Finally getting some in the 15-25 pound category. San Francisco amigo, Paul Nagata with another bull for the box.

Taylor Marino 8-15 tags

Before she heads back to college in Colorado, Taylor Marino and Captain Victor teamed up for some nice big roosters caught and released just off the beach near Muertos. All on bait.

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The kids are alright! The youngsters had some great stories to tell when they get back to school this week. Andrew Harvey has to be back in school next week for 8th grade, but he had a great time fishing all week getting in some great fishing including catching and releasing this big roosterfish.  Andrew lives in Del Mar, CA.

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Long-time amigos of Tailhunter Michael Jordan from Santa Barbara and Steve Hartsook from Brentwood CA, hold a couple of their good fishing day for dorado as the rain approaches behind! It got a little wet for awhile!

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San Diego angler Scott Harvey brought the family down for the week and wanted to “hit the dorado hard.” He did pretty good with some of the larger dorado we’ve seen in awhile this season! Pretty colors here! Matches his shirt.

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She’s 15-years-old from Colorado and has a big smile to go along with the big rooster! Haley Marino got into the fish her dad and sister catching and releasing several big roosters.

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It’s hard to pose when a big dorado won’t cooperate and keep still! Andrew Harvey wanted to catch his first dorado and did that and more this week fishing with both of our Tailhunter La Paz and Tailhunter Las Arenas fleets.

 

YELLOWTAIL IN AUGUST?  ROOSTERS AND DORADO STILL CENTER STAGE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 9-16, 2015

Summer dog days.  Hot and humid with fishing action pretty consistent. Some quick summer showers.   Just like in previous weeks, the rooster fish are the main attraction for the Las Arenas/ Bahia de los Muertos fishermen and dorado are keeping folks busy with our La Paz fleet.  It’s sunny and hot with humid clouds and tropical conditions.  Might be some thundershowers coming this week with a little storm out over the Pacific causing some momentary downpours, but not much wind showing.  Good thing.  Everyone going home with fish who wants fish!

Las Arenas/  Muertos Bay

It’s still living up to it’s nickname as the “Roosterfish Capital of the World.”   Our “smallest” roosters this week were 25-30 pound fish.  The largest were in the 40-50 pound class.  They’re not good to eat so everyone is releasing them, but sure are having fun with these big guys close to shore almost in the surf.  The ticket is getting the big sabalo (lady fish) or liso (mullet)for bait.

For other species, we had a surprise of yellowtail…yes yellowtail pop up!  Yellowtail are cold water fish. We see them in the later winter and early spring.  We haven’t had a yellowtail since May!  The commercial guys and a few pangas hit the 25-pounders off the lighthouse late in the week.  Crazy stuff.  The trick was having mackerel and the fish are off the ledge holding in deeper colder water. And the mackerel were not easy to come by.  But that’s been the trouble all season with the Las Arenas area.  If bait were easy and around,  we’d be catching all kinds of stuff in the area.  As it is, all the bait has been around the La Paz area.

A few dorado and cabrilla rounded things out.  Oh…and we also hooked our first wahoo in awhile too!

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If you’re not catching a limit or near limit or double limit of dorado these past few weeks, something’s wrong.  Many days our pangas are coming back early with tired anglers.  In all honesty, the fish are much smaller than they have been in previous years, but there’s still good action.  Even after limits guys are sometimes catching another 5-10 or more fish and releasing just for fun or going after other species like billfish or inshore pargo, cabrilla or rooster fish.

The dorado have been dinky…admittedly…but this is the first week we’re seeing more 10-20 pounders or larger which is encouraging.  So, the quality of the fish seems to be improving.  It seems most of the summer we were stuck in the “nursery” of 5 pound fish!

Anyway, there’s marlin and sailfish for those who want to give it a try  and the majority of bites are right around the areas where the small dorado are hanging out since the billfish will eat the small dorado.  There’s also some big schools of huge 20 pound jack crevalle that are tearing up the anglers plus big bonito.

GOOD GUY SHOUTS

NAGATA

Our good friend, Paul Nagata, from San Francisco brought down two full coolers of stuff for our “Pack for a Purpose” program. Filled with sporting goods, balls, air pumps, crayons, flash cards, bags of pencils and other school supplies for the kids. Thanks, Paul!

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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Scott Pitts is a pro fishing guide from Oregon and he and his wife, Sara, came down specifically to jump on some roosters! This particular day, they caught and released big fish including this great double hook-up!

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Lots of Oregon amigos lately! Ken Chaplin is a hunting outfitter and did good on the roosters and dorado like this really colorful bull dorado!

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Big smiles with Captain Joel and Scott Pitts for a big striped marlin they caught north of La Paz Bay and released.

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The man behind the mask is our Seattle amigo, Dustin Chaplin, with another big fat roosterfish. Caught and released several nice ones.

 

NICE WEEK OF FISHING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 2-9, 2015

I think this looks like the summer pattern for the season.  Maybe in a few weeks it will change, but for now, it appears that the fishing reports are getting pretty consistent.  Hot humid weather with occasional afternoon showers.  Great beach days and fishing fairly solid for three main species…rooster fish…dorado…and billfish.

LAS ARENAS

Still earning it’s nickname as the “Roosterfish Capital of the World.”  If you’re targeting rooster fish, it’s been an excellent season for them.  Some days are better than others, but overall, if pez gallos are on your bucket list and you have a day or two, you’ve got a good shot at taking in a trophy.  There’s some fun little dinky-guys in Bahia de Los Suenos running a 1-3 pounds that are a hoot on light tackle and flyrods.

Then…there are the beasty boyz!

The rest of the fish are tackle busters.  The “smaller ones” are 25-30 pounds.  The larger ones are up to 60 pounds.  And they get larger!  We have caught them over 100 pounds through the years and some big guys have been lost.  The world record 114-pounder was taken in this area.

The key is having either sabalo (ladyfish) or caballito (jacks) for bait.  On the days when it was a little too windy or bumpy to get the baits, those were the days when the rooster bite was off.  But, if you have the baits in the tanks, then you’d better buckle in.  The fish surprise alot of people to find fish this size literally just a few yards off the beach in shallow water.  The baits themselves can be as big as 12 inches.  So, anything that can put a 12-inch bait in it’s mouth is gonna be big!

Beyond that, some billfish getting hooked and a few school dorado and cabrilla.

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Fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, the dorado have been the highlight.  There’s several spots north of La Paz Bay that are holding lots of fish.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that so many of the fish are 5 pounders.  Ready to eat anything you throw at them and there’s plenty of action.  There’s larger ones hanging out up to about 20 pounds, but the little “doraditos” are so plentiful, the larger ones don’t get the chance.  However, I will say that more of the bigger fish came up later in the week and it was a marked improvement!

Still, we’re hooking some larger ones each week and the smaller ones are providing lots of fun action so everyone gets bent.

For other species, with so many little dorado around, the billfish are feeding in the same areas on the small dorado so we’re hooking marlin and sails in the same areas as the dorado.  Big bonito also that pull like freight trains.

Inshore, the waters are getting almost too warm, but there’s still some pargo and cabrilla along the rocks as well as smaller rooster fish.

 GOOD HEART SHOUT OUTS!

High-five’s to this week’s big hearts who brought down stuff in their empty bags and ice chests for Jill’s “Pack for a Purpose” program to benefit needy kids here in La Paz!

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Just-in-time for the school year for kids that can’t get supplies, John Christofferson, who runs a huge barbecue catering biz in Las Vegas showed up with some great stuff for Jill’s Pack for a Purpose Charity.

 

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The Chacon Family (Rich, Hector, Lauren and friend Izzy) can give anyone a lesson in how to cram a ton of stuff into small places! Every year, they bring down clothes, supplies, school materials and so much more for the kids!

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He’s got a sly smile, but a big heart…Paul Zech with son, Mike, from Oregon come to see us every year and pose with Jill and a big load of things for the kids! Thanks, guys!

That’s our story!  Have a great week!

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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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Big smile from amigo and hunting guide, Ken Chaplin from Oregon, who finally made it down to visit us and was able to check several boxes off his bucket list including “big roosters.” It was a good week for it. Ken caught and released several.

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Wade Ralston is a pro fishing guide and light tackle expert from Washington (Happy Birthday, amigo!) and he had a kick on the light rods with dorado, big fast bonito and a bunch of other species out’ve La Paz Bay.


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Dave Schneider was on his first trip with us here in La Paz from San Jose CA. He’s here with Captain Victor and a big roosterfish. He caught several this week and released them all, but this one swallowed the hook and couldn’t be released. He donated the meat. Roosterfish rocked alot of anglers this week!

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Big rooster for Dustin Chaplin from the Seattle WA area. Dustin came down with his dad and they got into some nice roosters this week and caught and released several nice ones like this with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.

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Texas in the house! Long-time amigo, Dave Hill spent the week parked on the dorado out’ve La Paz and poses with another fish while fishing with Captain Boli.

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The man behind the mask is our amigo, Larry Barnard, from El Segungo CA! Larry got into the roosters this past week and shows off another fish he released.

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He visits us every year! Captain John Seidensticker with our own Captain Jorge and some of the better grade dorado from Bahia de Los Muertos.

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First-timer from the Bay Area, Joe Hill had a blast this week catching his first dorado fishing all week with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet and Captain Boli.

ROOSTERFISH…MARLIN…DORADO IN THE FULL MOON

La Paz – Las Arenas / Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 26-Aug. 1, 2015

Fishing was steady this week, if not spectacular.  Everyone got fish, even with the big blue moon full on.  There were some blustery days and a bit of swell generated by a big storm far to the south, but no rain or bad weather at all.  On the contrary, it was hot and humid.  Waters looked good.  Like I said, everyone got fish with the three main species being roosters, dorado and marlin.  The good thing is that for the most part, if you were hunting for a certain species and had a day or two to pursue them, you got what you were looking for.  So, the folks that wanted a marlin, got a marlin…or a rooster…or had fun with dorado!  That’s all good!

LAS ARENAS

Again, this is why they call it the rooster fish capital of the world.  The roosters generally, did not disappoint.  The “smaller roosters” this week were in the 30 pound class.  The larger ones were good-sized 50-60 pounders with larger roosters lost!  Most days, if you were looking for a rooster, you got one…or two…or three!  Great to check off the bucket list!  The only days when the roosters were tough were the days it was windy and it was hard to get bait.

And that’s the issue.  Bait is still tough to get out there.  The larger baits like caballitos, mackerel and lady fish are great and most days you can get a handful to try for a rooster or marlin.  But the smaller baits like the sardines are hard to come by.

So, beyond the roosters, we’re getting some OK-sized 10-15 pound dorado.  Many are the 5 pound class.  There’s also small roosters in Muertos Bay around 5 pounds that are a hoot on light tackle or flyrod.  There’s also some smaller pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish and such along the rocks that are great eating.

LA PAZ

If you want to put fillets in the ice chest, fishing with our La Paz Fleet is best.  Most days, it’s limits or near limits of dorado around the areas north of La Paz and around Espirito Santo Island.  The fish are slow to get bigger.  Lots of dinks unfortunately, in the 5-10 pound class, but some are getting bigger.  We finally got into a few in the 20 pound class, but few and far between.  This is more like May fishing than August fishing!  But, in terms of just action, it’s hard to resist a school of hungry dorado slamming around the panga.

Actually, the big bonito are larger than the dorado and surely a zillion times more powerful.  Lots of 10-15 pound bonito around that are just beating the heck out’ve our light tackle guys mixed in with some 25 pound jack crevalle.

I think because we have so many little dorado around, it’s also keeping the marlin around as well.  Like I said earlier, if you’re looking for a marlin, this past week was a good one to get it off the bucket list.  Everyone who wanted a marlin at least had a hook-up or two and all fish this week were released.  Most of the marlin were stripers going 100-150 pounds. We did have two blue marlin on for awhile that might’ve gone 200 pounds before they busted off.

There’s still some decent action on pargo and cabrilla in the coves around the islands and reefs although not sure how much longer that will last with the warming waters.   Guys have a kick this week on the light tackle trying to pull them outta the rocks.

I BLEW IT!

Last week, I incorrectly said this was my amigo, Larry Barnard , holding the big rooster.  FAIL!  It’s Matt Iacabelli from Florida who was on the boat with Larry!  Apologies to both amigos!  Nice fish, Matt! It’s still an awesome photo!   Larry is actually pictures above!

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PACK FOR A PURPOSE

Shout out to Joe and Dave Hill who brought down a bunch of stuff for our kid’s charities. Thanks guys.  Also, to Dave Schneider who brought down an ice chest full of stuff as well, but I didn’t have my camera with me!  You guys are all great!

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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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Making the most of just enough time to squeeze in a day of fishing, Gary Boote from New Zealand landed this hug fat roosterfish then released it. Big roosters have been great all week. e

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From Washington, Kyler Whitlow got a great graduation present before heading to college next month. He came down with long-time amigo, Mike Whitlow, Kyler’s stepdad who also happens to be a pro-bass fisherman. They had a great week and we enjoyed them both!

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Something to crow about! Big rooster for Larry Barnard from El Segundo CA who rocked this big rooster and did C.P.R. on it (catch…photo…release). Nicely done. He got several.

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You gotta love Rebecca Jennings’ facial expression as Captain Luis hoist the biggest dorado of the week for her! The big mahi was estimated between 35-40 pounds. Rebecca visits us every year from Arkansas.

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I know this is a BIG fish because Chris Barnard is a BIG GUY! Flat seas…sunshine…and big roosters! A good day. Caught and released!

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This amiga can hang with the best of them! Wendy Ralston from Washington fished hard all week and out-fished many of the guys. Check out this nice mahi from La Paz.

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Our “TEAM PROFESSOR.” Two of our favorites have been visiting us for years. Professor Mark Marcus now lives in Tennessee and Professor Llew Williams now calls Florida home. They got a nice rack of dorado and a pargo fishing out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos.

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This is a great shot of Captain Archangel having a laugh with Mike Majors and Mike’s big roosterfish. Mike’s from Arkansas and he released this nice gallo.

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Nothing like starting ’em early and these school-sized dorado are perfect for the family! John Ungaro from San Pedro CA had two days on the water and shows off some of their dorado with boys Nicholas and younger John Raul.

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Don’t let the size fool you. Pargo are some of the toughest fish to nail out’ve the rocks and they get much bigger, but even tougher on light tackle and Wade Ralston from Washington is a light tackle specialist. I think he must have gotten about 10 different species all week on light tackle and is shown here with Captain Raul.

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I might have to frame this photo! I don’t have many photos of popular Captain Boli giving off a good belly-laugh but he and our amigo, John Olson recently retired from a career with Disney, got into a school of small jacks and roosters and had themselves a ball.

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Tough kid! Aristotle Chang from Vancouver, Canada got a 450 pound marlin last year with his dad. Nothing quite so big this year, but he had fun with dorado and big bonito.

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Katie Olson with another dorado and a picture-postcard photo after a day of fishing with out Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Always good to have her and husband, John, visiting us.

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I promised Alex Trasvina that I would post his photo with Mario Ayala from Chula Vista CA on this week’s report with their dorado. So…there you go, Alex! Thanks!!!

No hurricanes!

Our buddy, Alex Trasvina from San Diego (white shirt in front) always brings a fun group of guys every year, but last year they showed up just as a hurricane broke on our heads and we all had to come back and cancel all the fishing. But this year…all went smooth so we toasted a bunch of beer in the Tailhunter store!

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Shout outs to Mike and Diane Shyrock from Washington who came down with a bunch of great stuff for the kids and Jill’s “Pack for a Purpose” program. Thanks to you both for the big hearts!

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I’ve known Ken Chaplin from Oregon for many years as Ken is a S. African hunting outfitter. He got to finally bring his son, Dustin, down to get some fishing in but packed a few ice chests with clothes, school supplies and sporting goods for the kids! Wow!

 

BIG ROOSTERS and DORADO BEND RODS!

La Paz – Las Arenas (Muertos Bay) Fishing Report for Week of July 19-26, 2015

Another “go figure” week as fish defied general logic, but at least were co-operative.  The week also saw us watching another storm come and go (Leticia) that gave us a few rain showers and some wind, but that was it.  Everyone caught fish.  Everyone who wanted to bring home fish brought home fish.  Maybe not the species they wanted or the size they wanted, but everyone pretty much having fun and leaving with smiles and good memories…so all-in-all-a good week! Just wish the weather would make put it’s mind!  One day blazing sunshine.  Next day clouds.  Like I said, “Go figure.”

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

Bait continues to be a problem.  Quite honestly, unless you’re chasing billfish or bonito and maybe a few dorado, there’s not much else going on.  Of course, this could change any day!  That’s just the way it is here.

But…as we say here “Gracias a Dios!” (thank God!)…the rooster fish are here.  Man, the rooster fish have saved more than one fishing day or frankly, they have made an entire trip.  Our “smallest roosters” this week were 35 pounders.  Our larger ones were ticking the 70-pound range.  Lifetime trophy fish!  They are big and they are mean and most are getting released too.  Anything that can chow-down a 12-18 inch ladyfish as bait has GOT TO BE BIG!  There’s a reason they call this “Roosterfish Alley” and “Roosterfish Capital of the World.”

LA PAZ

Dorado are leading the charge.  Limits or near limits for most of our fishermen most days.  Some days coming back early. But good steady action.  Dorado seem to be getting bigger each week.  Fewer sinks and better 10-15 pounders (still small by our standards) but some larger 20-30 pounders getting hooked and occasionally brought in.  Billfish also around as well.  Inshore, some decent pargo and cabrilla fishing still available as well for those with the patience and hand-eye coordination to pull them outta the rocks!

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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Show -and-tell! When 15-year-old, Brett Vitale from San Diego goes back to school, he might have at least one pretty good story to tell! With Captain Gerardo, he tore it up with this big time roosterfish that he caught and released! Same day, his brother caught a 180 pound blue marlin.

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Flyrod grins for Randy Skedgel , who has citrus farms in Central California. Randy had a great week on the flyrod with dorado, roosterfish, cabrilla, pargo, and even a wahoo.

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San Luis Obispo in the house with 3 big dorado days for Bill White and Mark Davis holding up a pair of young bull dorado!

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Two of our long-time best amigos, Barry Wood and Mike Kelly, from Orange Co. California with some great eats! Barry is holding a prized pargo mulatto (barred pargo) and Mike is holding a bull dorado. Thanks to them as well for bringing a bunch of stuff for the kids and also some chocolate for Jill!!!

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Andrea Reynolds from San Luis Obispo came for a week of diving with us, but took a few days for fishing and had a big smile with Captain Rogelio and another dorado in the boat.

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Fire Captain Dave Castanon from La Verne CA has been fishing with us from the beginning! It’s always great to see him and his family. Dave has his fingers in the gills for a couple of nice dorado.

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Good week for marlin. Jose Lopez and his dad, Sal, hold up a striper they took off Las Arenas on a bait. The fish was not able to be released and they donated good chunks of meat.

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First timer, Dane Mrazek from the Sacrament CA area had himself a crazy week with limits or dorado every single day for 5 days! He’s got a nice pair here posing on the beach at Balandra!

HURRICANE DOLORES MISSES – BUT AFFECTS SOME OF THE FISHING!  (BUT NOT ALL!)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 12-19, 2015

No doubt about it, an odd-sort of week for fishing.  Much of the week was spent watching the weather websites and satellite images wondering how Hurricane Dolores was going to unfold.  Or not.

You just never can tell.  Early on, it looked ominous as the storm developed and made it’s way north gathering power.  We cringed a bit as this was one of our busiest weeks with a full house of fishermen, divers and families.  Early predictions has as much as 4 days of rain coming down on us.  Sure we need the rain, but we surely don’t need it in hurricane force and surely not ruining vacations.  So, there was alot of trepidation and anxiety about it.

However, as the week went on, Dolores veered out and north.  Thankfully.  I’m sure up the Pacific Coast, surfers were ecstatic.

For us, it was a mixed bag.  We ended up with a few windy and bumpy days, especially for our Las Arenas anglers and then we had about 30 minutes of hard rain followed by some intermittent showers on Friday.  And that was it.  More or less.  Still beats a full-fledged hurricane!

LAS ARENAS/ BAHIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Really poor fishing this past week.  I think the epic historic wahoo bite of 2015 is officially dead and gone.  It’s been an incredible two months.  There’s still a few fish out there, but we only hooked one this week.  Bait has been an issue.  Once again, like last week, there’s big fish…or there’s nothing.  That meant some good action on marlin…blues…blacks and sailfish.  Or big rooster fish.  And that was pretty much it.  The rest of the catch was triggerfish and bonito and an occasional dorado.

By the latter part of the week, wind and waves generated by Hurricane Dolores to the south made it pretty rugged to fish.  It as pretty ugly. That didn’t help much.  Which is also why it’s a good thing we have two fleets…so we can move folks around to where conditions and fishing are better.

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There were a few rough days as Hurricane Dolores got closer, but for the most part, other than some bump and a little rain for less than an hour, this is where all the action was happening.  The nice thing about us having our two fleets is that when one side isn’t happening like the way Las Arenas was scratchy this week, we were able to move lots of our clients to our La Paz fleet and get into some good action.

Truthfully, still ALOT of smaller dorado…under 10 pounds.  But crazy good action mostly!  Some days catch and release as fast as you could go.  A few days some of the boats were back before lunch with limits of dorado and having released another limit or two.  Great light tackle stuff.  Also, some of the larger dorado started to mix in with some 15-30 pound bulls getting hooked. Fishing got better as the week went on.   Additionally, a few striped marlin and sails hooked every day as well as blue and hammerhead sharks plus a blue marlin as well.  Pargo, triggers, cabrilla and rooster fish inshore to give some variety.

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Just a head’s up…no hurricanes on the radar, but early predictions are showing maybe some thundershowers mid-week!

GOOD GUY SHOUT OUTS!

Our “Pack for a Purpose” program keeps rolling along and has been such a success now for almost 2 years.  Another big shout-out on behalf of the Battered Women’s Shelter and the FANLAP orphanages to our generous amigos who filled up their empty coolers on the way down and brought much-needed things for Jill’s charities.  Hugs to all of you!

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Enough to start a school! Rebecca Jennings (Arkansas), Wade and Wendy Ralston (WA), our own Jilly, Mike and Kyler Whitlow (WA) and Mike Majors (Arkansas) standing with bags and bags of donations for the kids!

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Just retired from a zillion years working for Disney all over the world, John and Katie Olson paid to have a huge box of toys and other incredible goods shipped down with them to donate to Pack for a Purpose!

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Two of our best! Mike Kelly and Barry Wood, flank Jilly with a table load of school supplies they packed down as donations!

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Big hearts from Oregon standing with Jilly…Gary, Bob, Jo and Phil always come visit us and we’re grateful!

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Cheers! Two professors in the house! Mark Marcus (Tennessee) and Llew Williams (Florida) are retired college professors and long-time friends. Balls…hats…schools supplies and toys for the kids! Always great to seen them!

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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