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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

“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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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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Nice one-day catch for Tim Hoops and his boys with some surprise early season school-sized dorado and sierra while fishing with us from Las Arenas. This photo was taken on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

 

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It’s that time again! The grey whales have arrived in Bahia and Tailhunters is running our daily whale watching trips to Bahia Magdalena. Come check it out!

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We’re Denver bound now! Jill and Jonathan in their booth ready to set up your next La Paz fishing adventure!

 

SOME SURPRISE SPECIES ADD ACTION!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of January 4-11, 2015

The New Year is off to a good start!  We had some nicer days on the water this week.  Some breezy days, but overall, some good days to be on the water, all things considered.  It’s just a nice time to be in town.  Sunshine and 75 degree days and 60 degree nights and not many tourists in town almost make it a “sleepy seaside city.”  It’s really one of my favorite times in Baja.

For the fishing, there were some surprises.  We got the usual winter-fare of inshore specials including some pargo liso…running about 5-10 pounds.  Cabrilla in the 3-4 pound class.  Some surprisingly large sierra this year up to about 5 pounds and some good fun with 4-6 pound bonito.

However, surprisingly, we had some appearances of some species we normally don’t see this early in the year.  For one, we had a few of our anglers tie into some pre-season rooster fish!  Normally, we don’t see roosters until maybe late February or March so these were a nice bonus.  The fish ran about 10-20 pounds and were taken around the Las Arenas lighthouse and Bahia de Los Muertos.

The other surprise was the showing of small school-sized dorado.  Perhaps 10 pounders, but great eating and again, we don’t usually see them in May so perhaps this is a sign of some early mahi moving into the area.

By the way, word has it that our scouts are already seeing gray whales over at Bahia Magdalena!  It seems they’re coming a tad early as well.  This is a great opportunity to get about as close to one of these wonderful huge animals as humanly possible without getting into the water!  We’ll be running trips until about late February or Mid-March when the whales start swimming north again  But for now, this is the time when the whales arrive after the longest and largest migration of any animal on Earth all the way from the Bering Sea to spend time mating and birthing in the warm lagoons of the western Coast of Baja.  Ask us about or great whalewatching tours!

TAILHUNTER  / WESTERN OUTDOOR NEW 2015 PANGA SLAM JACKPOT TOURNAMENT IS FILLING!

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Tim Zimmer, out amigo from the San Francisco Bay area put this one in the box in last year’s Panga Slam

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Dave and Michele Conklin from Washington just reserved and are coming back this year for more fun!

 

We just announced the dates for our 2015 Panga Slam last week and 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.

TAILHUNTER ON IT’S WAY TO DENVER

We just wrapped up the first of our road shows with an explosively great fun 4 days at the California State Fairgrounds for the Sacramento ISE show!  With over 650 vendors it was the largest fishing and hunting exhibit in the history of the Sacramento ISE and IT WAS PACKED!  Thanks to all our amigos who came out to see us and say hi and to also set up their La Paz fishing adventure with us.   We had a great time and also a big thank you to everyone who brought us so many goodies…everything from sushi to Chinese pork buns…wine…See’s candy…homemade cookies…homemade cheesecake…homemade carmel corn…gourmet chocolate…cheese…bread…pastries…champagne…you’re the best.  Also a special shout-out to the Tim Campbell family  (Better known as the TIM and PAULA BUTTERWORTH FAMILY…I screwed up dangit!)  who put together a little ice chest travel pack for us on the road filled with gourmet cheese…baguettes…marinated mushrooms…candies…seafood spread…wine and more!  We were well stocked for our journeys!

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But now…here we go again.  We hit the road and are now on our way to Denver.  We’ll be at the Denver Convention Center from Thursday to Sunday this week.  One of our favorite cities, this will be the Denver ISE show right downtown.  Come see us!  There’s tons for the whole family if you love the outdoors especially fishing and hunting.  Kids under 16 are free with their parents.   Here’s more information: http://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/2015/denver/

Hope to see you this week!

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

.

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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Jim and Brenda Bovee from San Diego hit the sweet spot for wind mid-week and turned in two days of nice varietal fishing with pargo, snapper, sierra and cabrilla!

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The Niemeyer family had just one day to get out to fish and came back with a great photo of dorado, white bonito, sierra and cabrilla while on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos!

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Captain Victor photobombs the McIvor’s who were trying to get a photo of a sierra!

 

 

GREAT VARIETY OF INSHORE SPECIES TO BRING IN NEW YEAR

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 28, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!  Hope the new year is off to a good start for you!

We had another windy week here in La Paz, but about Wednesday it started to calm down and suddenly everyone wanted to go fishing!   We put out more pangas in one day than we had in the two previous weeks combined!  I guess everyone was waiting for those pesky north winds to settle down.

Anyway, we sure got quite a variety of fish.  Nothing big, but for so many of our fishermen who are really in town for some sunshine and not necessarily hardcore anglers, there was some great action and fish to bring back for dinner.  There’s alot of out-of-towners in La Paz right now for the holidays who are just trying to squeeze in an activity like snorkeling or diving or a day of fishing here-and-there.

So, for those who went out, we had cabrilla (sea bass) around 2-5 pounds.  Smaller snapper and pargo of about the same size.  Some really nice-sized sierra and some great bonito to bend the rods.  Additionally, we had some surprise fish as well with some rooster fish caught and released that were going about 10-15 pounds; a few school-sized dorado; and even had a wahoo take down a lure, but regretfully come unbuckled.  Oh well…

Still, great action and lots of fun without having to go out too far from shore or get bounced around out there in rough water.  As the weekend came up the winds ramped up a bit and so did the fishing, but as you’re probably reading this, the winds have likely petered out and the seas are flat again.  It’s going to be like this throughout the winter months which is pretty typical.  It’s definitely chillier.  I know many people will laugh, but our guys were complaining about the “cold water” which is now at 72 degrees! 

WE’RE ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

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The Tailhunter van has left the station and Jill and I are on the road and will be at the first of our “road shows” this week and for the next three months!  First stop will be the International Sportsmans Expo at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento! This is a huge show and will run from Thursday to Sunday (January 8-11th).  Our booth is in it’s usual place in the main hall.

Stop by and talk to us about your 2015 La Paz fishing adventure plus pick up a copy of our new 2015 full-color 24 page brochure and DVD!  Jill has our new 2015 style t-shirts plus Tailhunter stickers!    Jill and I will both be in the booth every day so come by and say hi!

You can get discount tickets right here: https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/a946b5?promo=M52SAC

TAILHUNTER / WESTERN OUTDOOR NEW PANGA SLAM 2015

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Big dorado showed up on our 3rd and final day of the 2014 Panga Slam!

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Angela Farrell caught several large dorado during the 3 day event and took home a big batch of jackpot money!

 

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One of several big parties at the Tailhunter Restaurant!

 

 

Here we go again!  We had such a great time last year, we’re gonna roll it again!  The Tailhunter/ Western Outdoor New Panga Slam is going to be bigger and better and even more fun!

New dates are June 16-21, 2015

Spots are limited to just 24 persons

We’ve added more by popular demand!  This year, it includes 3 days panga fishing…a two-day jackpot tournament…5 nights La Concha Beach Resort…1 day island beach snorkel party…welcome dinner…taco party at Tailhunter and more!

Cost is $1629 per fisherman / $849 non-fisher person.  

$300 non-refundable deposit is what it takes to hold your spot.

Contact us now to get all the details.  Don’t be left out.  Spots are already going!

That’s our story

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

.

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 Pancho with a nice rack of sierra and a cabrilla.

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Pretty typical inshore winter catch of some great eating, pargo, snapper, cabrilla and triggerfish.

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Incredible day trips right now to swim in La Paz Bay with the whalesharks in the shallow waters! On any given day there are up to several dozen 10-15 foot “juveniles” in the bay.

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Above or under the water, these gentle animals are a fantastic experience. This is about a 20 footer, feeding on the surface in only about 10 feet of water!

 

 

SUNS OUT BUT SO IS THE WIND!  

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 21-28, 2014

The weather was tough on us this week.  Quite a few windy days as is often the case during the winter months when the north winds come down and hit us and just make it difficult to get out or, even if we do, it’s just rugged out there or, the big waves make it tough to get bait.  And that’s the way it was for the majority of the week.

I feel badly because most of the folks that fish this time of year are snow-birds just enjoying sunshine who want a day of fishing while in La Paz.  This is unlike during the regular season when folks fish every single day of their vacation and are specifically in town to fish.  For the folks now with only one day to fish, that means we either have to cancel; or they have to just gut-it-out and have a rough day; or we have to juggle their fishing days to find a day where the winds are diminished.

More often than not, we either have to tell folks who only have one specific day to fish that it’s best they not go out, or they go out and really just have a bad time and get beat up and wet and not catch much fish…and that’s not fun either.

On the other side, at least it’s sunny!  Day time temps are in the low to mid-70’s and really pleasant.  Although it was windy, winds should calm down by the time you’re reading this.

We did get out a few times this week.  All of our fishing during the winter months are out’ve Las Arenas/ Bahia de Los Muertos areas.   Because of the winds, waters are pretty turned over and green and dirty in some of our hot spots.  However, we did get into some decent sierra along the beach drop-offs.   Some were hefty 4-5 pound chunkers and ALWAYS great eating.  There were a few small pargo, snapper and cabrilla caught.  We had some school-sized rooster fish caught and released and the bonito helped provide some action as well.

As a side note, many folks don’t know that La Paz has become quite a mecca for whalesharks which have been increasing in numbers the last few season in La Paz Bay where they’re protected.  At times there are 1/2 dozen to several dozen “juveniles” up to 15 feet long or more all in shallow water and great for snorkeling!   We’re running 2-3 hour trips to swim with the whalesharks every day that the winds are favorable.  The juveniles are just a few minutes away and it’s an incredible family once-in-a-lifetime experience.   You are NOT allowed to touch or ride the animals but still…getting just a few feet away from these gentle animals (they are true sharks with no teeth that eat plankton, krill and other small critters) is something not to be missed.

OUR YEAR IN REVIEW!  BRING ON 2015!

Well, 2014 is almost one for the books and I thought it would good to wrap up the year with a full review…

It was as crazy a year as I have ever had in my almost 20 years working here in La Paz.

With El Nino hovering, we entered the year with some trepidation.  El Nino seems to have a zillion variables that change the whole complexion of fishing and sure enough, it started right from the get-go.

El Nino conditions are characterized by warmer than normal waters.  Good in some ways, but bad in so many others.  So, crazily, our waters never really did cool down.  We started the year catching dorado which was a great surprise in some aspects, but the downside was not so good.

For one our cooler water species never really did show up.  While the dorado were biting, we never got into the good yellowtail or the amberjack, sierra or pargo that are so popular in our cooler months. We got a few, but it had to be called a big disappointment.  One aspect of the overly-warm water was the lack of bait.

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Tim Butterworth with a fat yellowtail caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

From Idaho taking a break from teaching school, Mandy Pollock let's Tailhunter Capt. Boli struggle with this big yellowtail from the north side of La Paz.  Still a few yellowtail around and this was Mandy's first trip to La Paz.

From Idaho taking a break from teaching school, Mandy Pollock let’s Tailhunter Capt. Boli struggle with this big yellowtail from the north side of La Paz. Still a few yellowtail around and this was Mandy’s first trip to La Paz.

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Jorge Ramiro, everyone’s amigo, with two nice spring-time dorado which showed up early this year with the warm waters!

 

Baitfish require cooler waters so that nutrients come from the deep.  The baitfish feed on the nutrients and without those necessities, bait either died off or moved away to find food.  Insofar as we’re a live bait fishery and bait is an important aspect of our sportfishing, it makes it hard to fish, let alone catch fish without bait!  This was to plague us throughout the year.

It didn’t help either that in the Bay of La Paz, bait catchers from the fish farms were scooping up what little bait was available, sometimes at night leaving virtually nothing for the sportfishing fleets and commercial local fishermen who rely on the bait to make their livings.  It wasn’t until almost mid-year that the bait catching stopped.  Surprisingly, our bait stocks suddenly increased!

But, bait was to be an issue all year long.  We made do with what we could get.  That often consisted of a mix of sardines, mackerel, caballitos, baby bonito, ballyhoo and dead bait like cut squid, cut bonito and the like.

It will produced some great catches throughout the year like the dorado, marlin, sailfish and some others.  The most remarkable catches of the year were the rooster fish and wahoo.  We had an above average year for rooster fish underscoring La Paz’s reputation as the “Roosterfish Capital of the World” with fish in the 30-80 pound class not uncommon.

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Kacie and Captain Armando put this nice big rooster in the boat for a photo then quickly released it!

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Captain Jorge and our buddy, Rick Kasper, always has the knack for big fish like this world-class huge roosterfish caught just off the shallow beach near the Las Arenas lighthouse then released.

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From Louisiana, Brian Davis stuck his giant roosterfish with Captain Pancho that might have tipped the scales into the triple digits, but was gratefully released.

As for wahoo, the cycle came around this year.  After a few years of negligible wahoo to show, we had a fairly outstanding year for wahoo with fish in the 30-50 pound class and larger often taken and the best spots around Espirito Santo Island.  For folks who had never caught a wahoo or rooster, this was the kind of year where many anglers finally got their first of each species, sometimes on the same day.

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Lots of amigos got their first wahoos this year like Rich Pomeroy from Northern California who was on his first trip to La Paz.

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Big wahoo like this one caught by Kris Honkola were a great catch this year in 2014

The biggest issue of our year was the weather.  It played havoc all year.

As is characteristic of El Nino years, storms are more common and we gritted our teeth and watched hurricanes and rainstorms threaten us and sometimes drop some rain on us and stormy conditions.  We have over a dozen come our way, but dodged almost all of them until the big one finally turned on us in a surprise of historic proportions.

Hurricane Odile slammed into Baja with winds up to 150 miles per hour.  It turned out to be the biggest hurricane in Baja history causing widespread devastation.  La Paz was in it’s path and, although the fury of the storm was spent in about 6 hours, the destruction and aftermath were felt for weeks and La Paz and Baja are still in the rebuilding process.

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Hotel La Concha in La Paz just hours after hurricane Odile ripped through.

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The Cabo San Lucas Airport was brand new but left in shambles.

Power lines and debris are knocked over on a street after Hurricane Odile hit La Paz

Hurricane Odile devastated neighborhoods. Baja is still re-building but financially, recovery will be long-coming .

 

As far as fishing, we were back to fishing within a week of the storm.  However, since airports were shut down or destroyed, there was no way for clients to come into Baja and hence suffered many weeks of cancelations and lost bookings during the part of the season which is traditionally the busiest time of the year.  The ripple effect on much of the economy will take a long time to recover.

But interestingly, right after the hurricane, fishing took off!  Some of the best fishing took place in the weeks and months post-Odile with dorado, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, and other species biting better than they had at any time of the year and with continued warm waters through Christmas, continued to bite!

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Bucket list marlin for Steve Snead from Idaho who battled this guy for a long fight despite his bad back and released the fish to fight another day!

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Craig and Cathy Corda had a gigantic nice day on the water with dorado and wahoo!

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First timers, Mike and Robbi Caray with one of several big dorado caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Here’s hoping for a mo’ bettah 2014, but as long as all of us are safe, happy and have each other, all  is good.  Here’s to wishing you the best with a big MUCHAS GRACIAS for being part of this great adventure!  God bless you all!

That’s our story!

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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

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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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A sample of the mix we’re getting right now which is interesting. Dorado, which are warm water fish, mixed with sierra (including some big ones!) which are cold water fish!

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Shirley and Dan Owens have a sierra and a dorado headed for the dinner table at the Tailhunter Restaurant!

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Captain Victor with a sierra that’s headed to the ceviche bowl!

 

NOT MANY ANGLERS AROUND FOR MIXED BAG OF FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of December 14-21, 2014

I think this is the slow-down before the holidays.  I think the whole city is just in “mellow Christmas mode” right now.  Everyone is excited about Christmas, but it’s just very “tranquil” (peaceful)  right now.  I think every place is like that right now no matter where you live…unless you’re hitting a shopping mall in the U.S.

Here in Mexico, Christmas season started well before the U.S. Thanksgiving.  There’s no Thanksgiving holiday in Mexico so right about Halloween / All Souls Day/ Dia de Los Muertos stores start selling decorations, toys, etc.  And people start buying and decorating and getting ready two months ahead of time.   Homes have been decorated for weeks.  Christmas trees have been up since the end of November (which means the live ones can be pretty dry by now!).  Packages have been under the trees for weeks also.

If you’re just headed out to buy toys or decorations now, you’re pretty much out-of-luck!  There’s not much to buy.  I had trouble finding a string of white lights last week for some that burned out already at the Tailhunter Restaurant!  I had to go to 5 stores to find any Christmas lights!

Anyway, not many visitors around either.  Next week folks will come in for vacation, but many of them are snow-birds or folks just coming in for the holidays. Not many anglers around!  It would be a good time to be on the water since there’s no pressure on the fish at all!

We only had a few anglers ourselves.  The only ones out there, for the most part, are the commercial guys.

It was a little windy here and there and kinda bouncy and rough a few days, but that’s typical this time of year.  As I’ve mentioned often, we are only fishing with our fleet at Las Arenas/ Bahia de Los Muertos because it’s calmer there and the fish are closer and there’s more variety.  With our La Paz fleet, it’s just too rough many days and a long bumpy ride to the fishing grounds for erratic fishing.

But, at Muertos and around Cerralvo, we’re still getting a few dorado up to about 15 pounds.  Nothing big, but decent action.  There’s still a few roosters around to about 20 pounds.  Mostly school-sized fish although someone did latch onto a fish estimated at double that size.  They never saw the fish, but it was hooked right there in the “rooster zone” near the Arenas light house and slammed into the bait like a big rooster.  The clients had never caught a rooster before and kinda fumbled around and lost the fish!  Oh well.  Everyone had a laugh.

There are still some great inshore stuff too.  Sierra are becoming more abundant as the waters get cold and in the rocks, we got some decent cabrilla and small pargo.

FELIZ NAVIDAD!

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Jill and I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a safe, happy and peaceful holidays and Christmas season with many blessings and good wishes for an even better 2015!

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From our Tailhunter Staff to you…thanks for a great 2015 and best wishes for a great Christmas and next year! It’s been fun!

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I did get some of our Las Arenas captains who are well known to so many of our clients to get together on a slow day to wish everyone a Feliz Navidad. Left to right…Jorge “Moscoron”…Ramiro “Juan Valdez”…Manuel Archangel “Arkie”…Gerardo “Albondigan”…Pancho and Adolfo’s son (Adolfo’s wife had him doing something. ). Victor was out fishing. Armando was working up on the ranch. Regretfully, I couldn’t get all our La Paz captains together at one time!

 

That’s our story!  God bless you all!

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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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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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Tracey and Brian Campbell were originally supposed to visit us last September, but Hurricane Odile got in the way . They were able to visit us this past week and get in some scuba diving, snorkeling and even a few days of fishing. Day one produced some nice dorado for taking back to Maryland and for dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant!

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Carlos Cota just went out for an hour. That’s all the time he had. We went just past the point in about 30 feet of water to catch a few snapper for dinner and ended up with this striped marlin instead. Just shows some of the crazy variety right now. They weren’t able to release the billfish.

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Captain Jorge and Yolanda Wheeler, our amiga from Las Vegas got some HUGE sierra not too far offshore from Bahia de Los Muertos.

 

 

CRAZY MIX OF FISH STILL HAPPENING BUT COOLER CONDITIONS ARRIVE

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 7-14, 2014

This past week was much more characteristic of December fishing.  We had a little wind.  A little breeze, especially late in the day.  Waters are turning cooler and so is the air temp, but the sun has been out all week and it’s a pleasant time to be in town.  Not many folks are in town now so you have the waters and the town pretty much to yourselves.

For the fishing, it seemed like it was different from day-to-day and panga to panga.  All of our fishing right now, is pretty much with our Las Arenas fleet, because the waters out of La Paz are more subject to the rougher waters and also greener waters not conducive to very good fishing.

But, for the bite, we’re still getting some nice wahoo…some billfish…and dorado.  Plus rooster fish seem to pop up ever few days as well.  The problem now is that it’s not consistent.  I tell folks there’s a big difference every day.  If the blue water fish aren’t biting then the inshore fish like sierra, pargo and cabrilla be come the target or, if the waters are bouncy or rough, there’s just no way to go too far out and you’re relegated to staying closer inshore fishing structure fish like the species mentioned.

The rub is that it’s hard to tell which fish will bite when.  We do keep an eye on the winds and generally speaking if the winds are blowing from the north, then we’re gonna be fishing inshore and there’s not too much chance of blue water species.  However, that being said, we DID hook a striped marlin this week less than 50 yards from shore in only about 30 feet of water and some of the dorado we hooked this week were close to shore as well!

 That’s our story!  Hope your holidays and Christmas season are off to a good start!

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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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