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Al Sheppard tags small 5-15

In front of that awesome mustache is a beast of a wahoo! Behind the ‘stache, is Allan Sheppard from North Carolina who got in on the incredible wahoo bite we had this week. They were in the thick of it and actually left the fishing grounds so they could go chase marlin because the wahoo were so thick. They came back 3 hours later and the wahoo were still there!

 

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Long time friends and visitors to us here in La Paz at Tailhunter, JD Drucker and Donna Drucker had quite a week. This was just ONE of the day the had! Four wahoo with Captain Victor.

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With Captain Pancho, Clarence Foster shows off a dandy beautful roosterfish caught right off the Muertos rocks. Clarence is from Kansas. The fish was released.

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Forrest Parker fronts a big game hunting operation in S. Africa http://wildafricahuntingsafaris.com/ but calls North Caroilna home in the U.S. On his first visit to Tailhunters and La Paz, he shows off one of the larger wahoo of the week!

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Our Tailhunter Captain Jorge flanked by Clarence Foster and Leroy Freeman and Leroy’s wahoo that he took on a spinning rod! The guys are from Kansas.

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She got alot of “firsts” on this trip. First rooserfish…first shark and here first wahoo for Donna Drucker from Glendale AZ and Captain Victor.

 

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Captain Armando helps Tony Maldonado from Palm Springs while buddy Randy Burke from Washington looks on.

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Both islands producing roosterfish this week. Captain Joel and JD Drucker with a catch and release roosterfish off Espirito Santo Island.

 

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First day luck for Allen Burgess and Captain Jorge with a hefty roosterfish caught and released.

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Donna Drucker was on fire all week with big fish. Captain Victor strikes a pose to help her out with a big roosterfish that was released right after the shot.

 

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It looks like they have FOUR wahoo, but actually Jim ad Dan Bovee from San Diego have three nice wahoo and a really big sierra! Same family. Same good eats!

 

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The boys from Kansas with two more wahoo! Clarence Foster…Leroy Freeman…Al Burgess rocked the wahoo all week!

 

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Captain Jorge with another wahoo. This one caught by Dr. Dave Perrine from Washington who declined the photo! Dave had a super week of fishing the big ‘hoo!

THE LAST TIME THE WAHOO BIT LIKE THIS WAS….NEVER!

La Paz -Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 17-24, 2015

What a difference a week makes!  After several weeks of scratchy fishing, we had one of those weeks for the books.  In twenty years here in La Paz, I have never seen a bite like this.

Wahoo like crazy.  Wahoo became WOW-hooo!  I’ll let my clients say it better:

“Every bait we threw in the water got wahoo!”

“They were free swimming all round the pangas!”

“I was hooked up and my buddy was hooked up…and there were two or three swimming around us looking for something to bite!”

“We hooked two and lost four.  We wanted to try for a marlin so we went marlin fishing for 3 hours.  We came back and hooked two more wahoo!”

“It was like watching giant mackerel swimming around in the blue water!”

“We could have caught 10 or 15 easy if we were better fishermen.  What a blast!”

“I learned quickly NOT to put my thumb on the reel when a wahoo runs.  It’s not like a salmon! I fried my thumb off!”

LAS ARENAS / MUERTOS BAY

Whatever happened was epic.  Two areas.  One at the south end of Cerralvo Island on the high spot and then the other right outside Bahia de Los Muertos just off the rocks a hundred yards!  Small mackerel…baby sardines…trolled Rapalas…they got bit.  A few days were better than others, but there were wahoo everyday this week.  I hope I don’t jinx it.

These fish were running 20-50 pounds and the crazier part was that some of the rookie guys didn’t realize the prize they had caught…and GAVE AWAY ALMOST ALL THEIR FISH TO CAPTAINS OR ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTED A PIECE!!!   It was nuts.

In addition to the wahoo…well…we got the rooster fish back in the fold.  Not as good as its as two or three weeks ago, but at least we got some to the boat.  The fish ran 15-45 pounds on the average and all got released.  But, for alot of guys (and gals), it was one to check off the bucket list.

Anyway…whew…a much better week.  Not everyone caught fish every day like this, but this was the place to go for the larger fish this week.

LA PAZ

For all the bigger fish, Las Arenas was where the action was happening.  For the most action, our La Paz fleets did better.  Usually, it’s reversed.  Las Arenas has the variety and action while La Paz holds the larger fish.

But, what we had this week was some really really great inshore action along the reefs and islands.   Some sizable pargo (yellow snapper and barred pargo)  and some good-sized cabrilla plus some late-season sierra provided some solid action most days.  There were also some rooster fish caught and released and we had a few marlin hookups as well with fish getting released or breaking off.  There’s some dorado out there, but not in the numbers we’d expect this time of year.  More expected as the waters warm up.

That’s our story!  Happy Memorial Day everyone and thanks to all who served!

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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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Diana Statman from Marina del Rey CA had never fished in salt water and was a little nervous going out on “that little panga.” But, with Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter fleet, she had a bait in the water only a few minutes and got slammed! Her husband Jay was still rigging up. He got bit shortly after and they had a double hookup going. Here she is trying to hold the big fish still for the camera.

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Nice rooster for Allen Burgess from Kansas wit Captain Jorge from the Tailhunter Fleet. Caught and released off Bahia de Los Muertos. He also hooked and released a 250 pound blue marlin after a 3 hour battle on 40 pound test and a spinning rod.

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Pretty typical of the nice bite around Espirito Santo Island right now for some great pargo and cabrilla and some of the best fish on the grill or plate. Captain Joel with our good amigo, John Drucker.

 

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From Washington, Nyle Miyamoto, with one of our early season dorado no the beach at Muertos. Waters are warming and we expect to see more dorado anytime now.

 

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Might be the last yellowtail of the season and caught by Brett Fair and Travis Craig from Portland OR off Espirito Santo Island on big mackerel.

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Normally, he’s out white-water paddling, but Mike Dietzman from Oregon was just with us on his first time salt water fishing and he hooked into this nice sailfish north of La Paz.

 

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Hard to beat for just getting pulled around on a fishing rod, there’s some big schools of jack crevalle running around right now. Great on light tackle! From Oregon, Joel Ulam and Brad Carlson with a pair or “toros.”

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With Captain Chito trying to hook up another bait, Dave Cummins has a fresh one on the gaff. Nice bull dorado off Espirito Santo Island . Check out the great colors!

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Captain Chito with Jay Statman from Marina Del Rey CA and two great yellowfin tuna out’ve Bahia de los Muertos. Jay and his wife were double hooked and had fish going when a boat load of spearfishing free divers jumped right in the water 10 yards off our panga despite being asked not to do it. That shut off the bite. C’mon…show some courtesy. It’s a huge ocean! Still a nice catch!

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Mmmmm…one of the best eating fish here! Travis Craig with a huachinango (red snapper pargo) he pulled out of the rocks near Espirito Santo Island.

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An unusual catch, but they are around here! Donna Drucker hooked this 80 pound hammerhead and fought it to the boat so it could be released.

 

ANGLERS WORK HARD FOR FISH…AGAIN…

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 10-17, 2015

It was another tough week after waters and conditions settle down from the strange crazy winds and waves we got the week before that just turned everything over and around.  It brought in cooler, greener water plus residual winds and it’s taking quite a few days for things to settle down So, alot of this week was just scratchy fishing and hat’s off to all our anglers who kept grinning and kept patient and brought the smiles.  I won’t lie, the fishing was way off what it should be this time of year.

There were some great highlights to be sure.  But, alot of the week, it was either tough to find bait because of the waters or winds or, when we did find it, the guys had to work hard for their fish.  However, with each day of better weather, the conditions were coming back.  Each day the waters calmed and so did the winds and little-by-little the fishing seemed to inch better.

Las Arenas

Probably the toughest fishing the last two weeks.  There’s bunches of little dorado around that are entertaining for awhile, but I mean “really little” five pounders, if that.  Good for a fish or two to be released, then most anglers move on unless they’re playing and having fun with the light tackle. There’s also some good schools of white bonito around.  Again, lots of fun and they’re getting 5-10 per day.  These aren’t the “bad bonito” or skipjack.  These are the whites that make great eating and can fool anyone on a plate that it’s actually tuna!  The meat is not dark, but rather great pink meat perfect for sashime and cooks up white as well.

The highlights of the week for our guys…rooster fish.  Hard to come by this week with limited smaller baits so we only had the big ladyfish to use, but that produced a few of the bigger 30-50 pounders along the shores.  But, the bite was definitely off.

As well, we had some wahoo bites, but no fish landed.  All from the south end of Cerralvo Island and near Punta Perrico.  But, the wahoo are there.  (Just as I posted this Sunday night, two of our guys landed 2 forty-pound fish and lost a bigger one!)

We also had more marlin swimming around and one big-time hookup by Al Burgess from Kansas.  Allen hooked a fish estimated by our captain at 250 pounds!  But, even more amazing, Al was using 40 pound test AND A SPINNING ROD!   He battled the fish solo for 3 solid hours with a bad back and legs and they said the big fish bulldogged them and barely ever jumped…the worst and strongest kind…smart fish that don’t waste energy jumping around!  It pulled the panga with 3 anglers and a captain in circles the entire time.

Sorry there’s no photos but what happened is the guys burned up all the batteries and memory during the battle!  When the fish was finally alongside the boat, no one had any memory or batteries!  Only great stories.  And the fish was released!!!  Well done!

The other highlight was a nice jag of 30-40 pound tuna.  Another good story.

Diana Statman had never fished in salt water before!  First time down here too, although husband, Jay, is a long time fisherman and has been down to La Paz many times before.  Diana gets a bait and gets it in the water and minutes later she’s bit!!!  Tuna on!!!  Husband Jay is still rigging up!    Then, Jay gets bit!  Doubles on!

But what happens…some private spear fishermen pull up not 10 yards from their panga and jump in the water!  Despite being asked to move somewhere else…they jump in anyway.   The tuna get pulled in, but bite over! C’mon guys…some courtesy.  It’s a big ocean!!!

LA PAZ

This is surprisingly where most of our action took place this week.  And it wasn’t our usual bite.

Of all things, with the crazy weather, our captains have found some good spots for some big pargo and cabrilla near the islands and some of the reefs.  It’s providing some pretty solid action and they’re losing some big big fish to the rocks and inexperience.  Most of the fish that are coming back are delicious 3-5 pounders, but some great stories of 10-20 pound fish lost to the rocks.   Plus some big amberjack up to 50 pounds caught at the north end of Cerralvo and larger ones being lost…some right next to the boat up to 70 pounds.

We did get a few yellowtail.  Normally, we should be getting more this time of year, but waters are warming fast so I think the yellowtail we are getting might be the last of the season.

A few dorado around but of the larger variety and we should see more every week and we also hooked a few marlin and sails this week as well.

Again, not spectacular and not our usual.  But every day seems a little better as long as the weather holds!

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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Tom Colley started his trip off right with 3 nice roosters his first day between 25-40 pounds including this one with an assist from our Captain Archangel. Right off the rocks near Punta Arenas. All fish were released.

 

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Brothers John (left) and Pat Lee (right) hold up one of our larger pargo liso (mullet snapper) that John caught fishing with our Tailhunter fleet from Las Arenas/ Muertos. The brothers are from the Sacramento area and fished 2 days, but got caught in the bad winds on their 3rd day that plagued us all week.

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Formerly from England, but now living in Seattle, Nigel Waterton with our Tailhunter Captain Armando hoist a nice roosterfish that Nigel caught and released not far from the Arenas lighthouse. Roosterfish saved us many days this past week which was great since these exotic fish are quite a trophy.

 

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One of our larger dorado of the young season and our good amigo, Kevin Beehn, who used to live here in La Paz, but now is in Brentwood CA. Kevin’s holding the nice bull on the beach at Balandra.

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This is a HAWG of a barred pargo! Jeff Page caught this fishing with amigo, Larry Cornwall outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

 

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Little Renae Minner just 2 years-old was a game as any veteran angler to go fishing even with the rough waters and she and her dad got this nice pompano. They came from Nashville, Tennessee.

STRONG WINDS- HIGH SURGE & RAGGED FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of May 2-10, 2015

It wasn’t the best of weeks for us.  Actually, it might have been one of the worst weeks of the young season.  Just want to be honest. Dang, it was tough.

Just when I thought we were headed into warm early summer weather and conditions, the fish gods put me back in my place.   Normally, a full moon is no big thing, but coupled with the some incredible big tide swings; several days of almost ferocious whipping winds and big waves and swell generated by a storm in the Pacific…well…let’s say it could have been better.

As I said, normally, the big moon isn’t a great concern.  However, early in the week, then several times mid-week, we had a combination of strong gusty winds from all directions.  On top of that, there was a huge storm in the Pacific that generated giant waves on the Pacific coast as well.  Those waves produced massive surf (surfers loved it) but were so big, there were stories of cruise ships in S. California that were unable to dock.  Down in Cabo San Lucas, the surge was so big that many boats didn’t go out.

Those waves didn’t hit us in La Paz, but the surge and peripheral wind generated waves and swell didn’t help us.  It surely had an effect on fishing just when I thought we were done with wintery weather.

We have a friend here in La Paz who keeps weather logs and he told us, “this is one of the coldest April-May records I’ve ever recorded.”  Indeed, although the days were warm and sunny, the evenings and mornings were downright chilly.   Clients were wearing sweatshirts.  Captains were wearing their full slickers and down jackets and vest out on the water!   There were even a few little rain squalls here and there.

All-in-all a tough week for everyone.

LAS ARENAS

A rough time for anglers.  Several of outfitters in town who specialize in flyfishing were not even able to get out on the water for 3 of the days this week because of the high winds and seas.   We had one day where our guys  (fishing conventionally) waited on the beach for things to calm down and still, had to come back to La Paz when it was clear the water was’t going to cooperate.

Except for that one day, we did get boats out everyday with varying degrees of success.  But not very spectacular.  On the days we were out, there were some good days and some not-so-good-days.  When the wind blows and the waters crash, it’s hard to get bait so that didn’t help.

Still, some nice catches of rooster fish (10-40 pounds), pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, small dorado, and bonito and a wahoo or two.  But not especially great and every day was different.  Really scratchy fishing overall.

LA PAZ

Since most of the winds came from the south and west, and we fish north of town, the La Paz fishing tended to be better with a little more protection from the elements.   But still, everything is connected and anglers and skippers still had to contend with choppier-than-normal waters and winds.   Again, the effect on the fishing was telling.

Some dorado were caught and a few marlin were baited but dropped.  Most of the action was inshore for pargo, cabrilla and jacks.  Lots of fish lost in the rocks.  So, it was decent for “fishing”, but not always good “catching.”   Some very big fish, including some big amberjack were lost to the rocks.

Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, things will have gotten back to normal!

That’s our story!  Happy Mom’s Day to everyone and God bless all you moms!

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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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Big tuna for our buddy, Rick Hosmer who tag-teamed with John Nagy and Captain Mundo at the south end of Cerralvo Island. They fought this fish for almost 2 hours on 50 pound test. Flurries of fast movers have been seen at north and south ends of Cerralvo lately!

 

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From New Mexico, on his last day of fishing, Terry Price finally landed his roosterfish on the flyrod . They were just outside of Muertos Bay. The fish was released.

 

 

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The ladies really did well this week. From the Oregon area, Dorothy Murata with Captain Jorge busts a big smile with her roosterfish she took on a live sardine with our Las Arenas fleet. The fish was released.

 

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A good day with 2 wahoo and a marlin to show, David from La Paz holds up one of his wahoo. Thanks to Hawk for the great photo. The north and south ends of Cerralvo have been hot spots for the speedsters.

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She is always in fish! Another of our Oregon amigas who knows how to fish…Debbie White and Captain Pancho pose with a strange-colored amberjack! Most are “amber” or bronze, but this guy didn’t get the memo and is almost albino. Related to yellowtail, they are great eating and great fighters and get over 100 pounds.

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Seeing more dorado as the days and waters get warmer. Captain Chito and Dorothy Murata from Oregon pose with a nice bull dorado on the east side of Espirito Santo Island.

 

 

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David and Dulce with a small blue marlin that went to the barbecue for the family. They live in La Paz. Thanks for the shot, Hawk!

 

 

INSHORE FISHING HIGHLIGHTS THE WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 26-May 3, 2015

It was a good week on all counts this week.  Weather-wise and fishing conditions were more consistent and just-like-that fishing seemed to be more consistent as well.  With winds not quite as erratic and seemingly more spots of warm water around, fishing leveled out too.  More days of action all-the-way-around which no one seemed to mind.

Las Arenas

Lately, this has surely been the place for some variety.  Nothing wrong with that.  If you want a shot at rooster fish, you have your best shot at the early season roosters.  Most of the fish are that 20-pound class, but some larger up to 40 pounds have been hooked.  The areas are in the usual spots…just around the beaches at the lighthouse and also just off the Punta Perico rocks.  Heading south from Bahia de Los Muertos towards Boca de Alamo, there are some larger roosters as well, especially along the shallow rocky areas incredibly close to shore.

In the same areas, there’s some big schools of feisty jack crevalle and big pompano as well. Related to the roosters, they share that same tenacious bad attitude.  Just like their cousins, the jacks  are also not good for eating so everyone releases them, but for sheer fun, it’s hard to beat them. On the other hand, if you stick a pompano, they’re a real treat on the grill or as sashimi!

Offshore (for us, “offshore” means 100 yards out!), there’s schools of bonito.  We have several species of bonito and if you get the “toothed bonito” not only are they good fighters, but your captain will tell you to keep them as they are some great eating and not like the skipjack and Mexican bonito that have dark strong-tasting meat and get released.  But, you can hook a dozen-a-day of these things.

Additionally, we’re seeing more dorado here and there with larger sizes becoming more pre-dominant. More marlin showing which is encouraging.  As waters get warmer, I’m sure they’ll turn on. Plus, there’s some wahoo close in near Punta Perico and just this side of the south side of Cerralvo Island.  Rapala X-Wraps in 15’s and 30’s in dark colors are producing the best bites.

La Paz

Surprisingly, the inshore action has been quite better than I would have expected.  Honestly, the yellowtail bite seems to have gone under so-to-speak.  I shut down earlier this year than I would have thought.  Blame it on the warm water.

However, the rest of the action inshore has rocked for amberjack, pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle and some assorted rooster fish.  There’s some inshore spots where some of our clients caught and released as fast as they could go.  Plus losing lots of fish to the rocks as well and had a blast.

In the blue water, more dorado showing up and we’ve missed a few shots at sunning marlin and sailfish too and had a few wahoo hookups also that were dropped.  

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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There’s a little honey hole hotspot just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos that’s just off the rocks that has produced some really nice wahoo this season and has to surprise folks about just how close to shore it is! Don White, our Oregon amigo and Captain Pancho pulled this wahoo there late this week!

 

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Captain Pancho with Tom Brown and a dorado taken just off the rocks at Punta Perico just outside of Bahia de los Muertos near Las Arenas. As waters continue to warm, we’ll see more dorado showing up!

 

 

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Double handful of big barred pargo for Gary Tsunoda who pulled these guys out’ve the rocks out north of La Paz Bay. Great eating!

 

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Big big jack crevalle for Debbie White who always seems to get a large fish every time she fishes with us! Not too many fish like the jack that can rip it up. The Mexican name for them is “TORO” which means “bull” for good reason!

 

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It was another pretty good week for roosterfish for our anglers who fished out’ve Las Arenas/ Bahia de Los Muertos. Tyler Lyon with a pretty fresh one. The fish was released. Tyler got this one on a flyrod.

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Gary Tsunoda was totally dialed in on pargo and red hot on the bite! Colorful fish!

 

MIXED WEEK FOR WEATHER and FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas / Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 19-26, 2015

Weather and fish-wise, it was an up-and-down week.  I think we’re in that “transition” season when it’s not really winter and it’s not quite springtime.  There are areas of warm water.  There are areas of cooler water.  There are areas where the surface water is cold and the water below is warm…and vice versa.  We have sunny warm days that look like postcards and we have cloudy windy days and even some showers on other days that aren’t quite so hunky dory.  And that’s the kind of week it was.

Consequently, we have several things going on with the fish.  On one hand, there’s alot of variety.  Cooler water fish like amberjack, pargo, cabrilla and sierra are still around.  But, in the same area, you might get rooster fish, bonito, marlin, dorado and wahoo.  That’s a good thing.  Variety is nice.

On the other hand, if you’re coming to target a certain species, that species might not be biting on that day.  Or, due to changes in the weather, the conditions just aren’t that great.  Then, there are other days when everything seems to go off.  You just gotta get out on the water and take a shot.

LAS ARENAS / MUERTOS BAY

This is still the area for the most action and the most variety.  This is where I’ve been sending more of the first-timers or families or when kids are here.  There’s no shortage of stuff to catch most days.  Get bent.  Have fun.  Pull on some fish!  Just go have a ball.  There’s rooster fish; some dorado; a shot at wahoo; maybe a marlin; trigger fish; sierra; pargo; cabrilla…and lots of bonito.

A word on these bonito before you turn your nose up at it.  These are “bonito dientero.”  Toothed bonito…also called white bonito.  In addition to being tough fighters, the meat is pink and white not dark like the bonito you might be used to.  It cooks up great and we encourage folks to keep some.  After it’s cooked or made into sashimi, most folks can’t tell that it’s not tuna.  Tastes pretty good!

LA PAZ

I’m a bit worried.  I think the waters have gotten a bit too warm now.  The mackerel are hard to come by and without the larger baits and with the warmer temperatures, it seems the yellowtail have gone deep or gone away.  Not much in the way of yellowtail this week.  Got a few, but they were small.  If they are still around, they only seem to be interested in the larger baits or iron.

However, there’s still some big fish around.  Trophy barred pargo and cabrilla, amberjack and chunky rooster fish are around.  Also seeing more and more sailfish and marlin as well.

WHALESHARKS

This week there were 3-8 whalesharks each day in the bay to swim with.   

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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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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Wow! Our Captain Armando holds the pointy-end of a big fat wahoo that Gary Tsunoda of Las Vegas popped just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos. Our amigo, Gary, had a great week of fishing with a number of species and some awesome trophys ,but this one was a gem! Good week for wahoo…and some were very very close to shore!

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Our best week of the year for roosterfish! Some days our anglers got 3-6 roosterfish each panga an many were very close to shore and not too far from the beach. Bait worked best, but even our flyfishers got them as well with almost all the fish, like this one from Jorge Romero headed back to live, grow and fight another day!

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You’re probably not gonna see too many pretty wahoo with such perfect coloring as this one caught by our amigo, Tom Brown, who owns Big Left Turn Yacht Management here in La Paz. Boy, did he have a good day that started right off the bat with this awesome yahoo that literally looks like it came from being airbrushed! They also caught giant pompano, dorado and a huge sierra. Captain Pancho gets in on the photo. Great shot!

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Lots of the fish that Tom and his buddy, Tim, caught went towards a big fish party they held for 13 amigos that same night at our Tailhunter Restaurant that included, ceviche, Hawaiian marinated poke, battered fish tacos and mahi mahi en chile poblano sauce!

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Nothing better than fish that was swimming in the morning and dinner at night! Tom’s dorado was prepared with our award-winning chile poblano sauce!

 

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Whoaaa…lift that thing for the photo, Roger! Roger Thompson rocked it big time with this nice striper…a huge one this week. They tried to revive it insuccessfully, so they donated the meat to various families. Roger never gets skunked.

 

 

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Love this photo! Flyfishers ALWAYS seem to know how to pose and take good photos. Tyler Lyon from Utah spent a few days with us and his flyrod doing great with his hand-tied flies. “I couldn’t keep the fish off of the fly! he told me! He got into several nice roosterfish like this one. He told me at one point, “I saw a school of 70-pounders go cruising by!” He released all fish.

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Dave Henderson from the Los Gatos CA area was with us for his first La Paz fishing trip and put the wood to a nice wahoo on his 2nd day!

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Yes! And dorado too! Captain Armando takes the photo op on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos with Gary and Lois Tsunoda, our Las Vegas amigos! It ended up as sashime at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

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Wow! Now THAT’S a big pompano! It was a great week for pompano…cousins to the jack crevalle, roosterfish and yellowtail. They taste great and good runs of them come through about this time of year. But this one is like a pizza pie plate! Tim rock this bad boy just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos.

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Lois Tsunoda always wanted a big pargo and this was her first. It wasn’t her last. She got several during the week. Captain Alfredo with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet lends a hand. Big old fat fish. The head is great for soup!

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Many of our anglers bring their fish in to have us cook it at our Tailhunter Restaurant on the La Paz malecon waterfront.

 

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Tyler Lyon give his wife, Sarah, a hand for the photo of one of her jack crevalle they caught fishing north of La Paz. They were on their first trip to La Paz with us.

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Somewhere behind that comb, Robert Pettit from Utah holds up one of his roosterfish he caught and released. Check out how close to shore he is! Captain Adolfo lends a hand and a smile. That’s Bahia de los Muertos in the background. Roosters ripped it up this week.

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Local ace, Roger Thompson, with another beast. Check out the colors on this huge amberjack!

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Garrett Sills was another of our anglers on his first trip with Tailhunters. He’s got his hands one of those nice pompano that was chewing all week. Captain Gerardo in the photo as well.

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Alaska in the house. Gordy Robertson, who guides up in Sitka, Alaska holds up another nice rooster like about the size we were getting all week. They get bigger!


 

ROOSTERFISH AND WAHOO HIGHLIGHT STRANGE WEEK!

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

It wasn’t a great week of fishing,  but for certain species it was VERY good fishing.  Pesky early spring winds and even a thundershower hampered anglers; made the seas a bit bouncy some days; and thwarted efforts at getting bait some days.  So that was no help.

But, overall, it wasn’t bad.  Thankfully, rooster fish and pargo carried the day for many of our anglers who caught their first or largest of the species.

La Paz Fishing

Here’s where the winds played the most havoc.  Especially in the nights and early mornings.  With the mornings a bit blustery about 1/2 the week, it made getting the big mackerel difficult to jig for or purchase.  And mackerel are what the big yellowtail like to chew.  Consequently, our yellowtail counts were quite a bit down this week.

However, when the mackies were in the bait tank, the fish bit pretty well around Espirito Santo Island.  The problem is that so many fish were lost!  I would say that about 3 out of every four yellowtail took the anglers right back to the rocks!  So, fishing was good. It was the “catching” that was problematic.  Some of the fish ran 15-40 pounds that I did see so there was a nice range of fork tails.

One nice bonus were the nice barred pargo (pargo mulato) that were brought in.  I mean, these were PIG fish!  Just big old fat nasty bad attitude pargo that busted alot of lines and bent the rods.  The ones that did get in were 10-20 pounders.  One of our clients had us bag up the head for soup and the head alone weighed 5 pounds!

I’m a little worried that with the weather and water getting warmer that we’re already moving away from our cooler water species like the yellowtail and the season maybe be diminishing.  I’ve been wrong before.  We’ll have to wait and see what the coming weeks bring.  I’m sure we’ll get a few more windy times coming up!

Las Arenas/ Bahia de los Muertos (Suenos) 

Again, like previous weeks, this is where the variety lies.  If you want big fish, but fewer fish, we have our folks fish La Paz.  If you just wanted fun grab-bag action and never knowing what you would hook then Las Arenas/ Muertos is where we’d put you.  Not kidding…if you add in all the bonito you wanted plus pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, sierra, plus fish that busted off…it could easily be a 20-30 fish day!

But the really fun thing were the “bonus fish.”  The weekly stars were the pompano and rooster fish that really took off.  Especially, the exotic rooster fish.  Nothing really really big, but some days each of our pangas would land 3-5 roosters very close to shore that went 10-30 pounds.  Larger 30-50 pounders were seen as well!  Our flyfishers really enjoyed themselves on the pez gallo!  In those same areas, their cousins the pompano made their first good appearance of the season and did great for flyfishers and light tackle guys on these great eating fish.

Tuna were seen, but none hooked but we did get into some nice wahoo at the south side of Cerralvo Island that ate the dark Rapalas and several marlin were hooked and released.  Plus we had some amberjack biters as well.  Great variety!

WHALESHARKS

Every day, we’ve got 5-10 whalesharks in the bay and folks are having a blast swimming with them!

JUST FOR LAUGHS

“Dying penniless just means you budgeted perfectly.” 

 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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Lift that baby! Sergio Rodriguez from Santa Barbara hooked this hefty thick yellowtail while still pretty much inside the La Paz Bay near Balandra Beach!

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It’s gotta be the great glasses and the high-vis shirt! Aaron Beckord from Oregon gets big smiles with Captain Joel and a huge roosterfish they caught and released near Espirito Santo Island. This day, they caught two roosters and released both. Check out the flat seas!

 

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What a story. School-teacher Mindy Pollock from Orofino Idaho spent some spring break time with us in La Paz and had some big fish over 3 days fishing. On her last day fishing with Captain Boli, handful of nice yellowtail got away, but her LAST fish she hung on! It produced this huge 90-pound amberjack off Espirito Santo Island! Well done!

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Love this photo of soon-to-be, Doctor Aaron Beckord who starts his residency at UCLA but took time for a quick trip to La Paz that produced some good fishing including this great photo of one of his big yellowtail.

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Joel Puente brought his son fishing and told us, “We don’t need any big fish. Just some “action.” The 12-year-old, Ben shows off his “action” including dorado, cabrilla, skipjack, pargo and another 10 or so fish the released. Happy guys! They are from El Monte CA.

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Proudly sporting his “Bass Knuckles” t-shirt, Dan Hypse with one of his yellowtail out’ve La Paz. Earlier they hooked a huge 200 pound manta ray they fought and lost after a 2 hour battle!

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He loves to flyfish! Tyler Lyon from Utah spent a few days with us and his flyrod and had a ball with his hand-tied flies taking multiple species including bonito like this…roosterfish…cabrilla…ladyfish…pargo and sierra. (See the photo of Captain Moncho below).

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A whopper of a jack crevalle. There’s a reason the Mexican name for them is “toro” (bull). Susie Waters from Orange Co, CA battled this tough guy for a photo then released him.

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Tyler Lyon (2 photos above) released all the fish he caught on his flyrod except this one which he gave to Captain Moncho to whip up some great ceviche! Sierra show us that cold water fish are still hanging out.

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Rod Brown had too many good photos during his trip not to post one more. Our amigo from Alaska fishing with our Tailhunter Captain Boli, rocked this nice yellowtail north of La Paz Bay.

 

 

FISH MIX IT UP UNDER WEEK OF CLOUDY SKIES

La Paz – Las Arenas /  Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 5-12, 2015

Hopefully, you weren’t here for the sunshine this week.  Really weird week of weather.  Temperature-wise, it was very comfortably moderate, but what happened to the sunshine.  It was overcast and gray almost all week which didn’t bode well for folks still trying to catch some rays for spring break and late Easter vacations so I felt badly for them.  As you read this, there’s actually a small chance of rain by the weekend for a few hours. Then, it clears up for next week so hopefully back to normal.

Anyway, fishing conditions weren’t bad.  A little wind, but nothing drastic.  Bait was good for both our Las Arenas and La Paz fleets so right there that’s always a good start to kick off the day knowing that we’ve got live bait which is the life blood of our fishing style here.  Last year with El Nino, bait was hard to come by for pretty much all of Baja.  But this year, we’ve got sardines for our Las Arenas guys and La Paz has a mix, mostly of mackerel, but also some caballitos and and sardines as well.

So, here goes…

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

We actually got some sunshine there relatively speaking this week.  The fishing produced some good action.  The wahoo had been going nicely, but none were boated this week although there were some fish that were dropped.  However, this is our area to go if you were looking for some action and variety.

This week we had some first timers and family so this was great to get them bent…for some of them…the first time ocean fishing.  Nothing huge to speak of, but what a variety.  You never knew what the catches would be each day.  To give you an example on a single day between several of our pangas we got:

1.  Dorado

2.  Roosterfish

3.  Barred pargo

4.  Yellow Snapper

5.  Jack crevalle

6.  Cabrilla (seabass)

7.  Skipjack

8.  Bonito (lots of them!)

9.  Ladyfish

10.  Pompano

11.  Dog tooth snapper

And that was just ONE day!  Plus, add in the lost wahoo and also a lost marlin and there were some cool fish out there to hook onto.

We also had our first flyfishers of the year as well.  I’m always a bit leery this early in the season for flyfishing because you never know about the wind, but our flyfishers got roosters, jacks, bonito and ladyfish and had a blast.

LA PAZ

While not showing as much variety as Las Arenas/ Muertos, our anglers who fished out’ve La Paz got the larger fish.  More quality for sure.

Around Espirito Santo Island, there’s several spots that glowed nicely for yellowtail.  Fish were running 15-30 pounds and were eating the mackerel as well as the iron.  Quite a few fish lost to inexperience, and also, I’m sure the bite would’ve been better, but there was alot of traffic out there because lots of folks are still on vacation.  Here in La Paz, spring break is actually two weeks long so there were lots of families out on the water as well as fishermen.   By next week, it should calm down a bit better.  The fish are definitely there.

In addition to the yellowtail, the same area is also holding some nice amberjack, pargo and hefty cabrilla.  Some of the beaches and coves have been good spots to look for roosters with most about 40 pounds or so.

We’re seeing more marlin north of town as the waters get warm and I’ve got reports of bits of sargasso weed starting to break looks and start floating so that’s also a good sign for the dorado to move in.

WHALESHARK WATCH

Yes!  They are still in the bay!  Our clients are swimming with 3-10 of the “baby” whalesharks almost every day in the shallow water.  Most of the babies are 10-20 feet long!  Great trip!

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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