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EXPRESS  VIDEO FISHING REPORT 

Sorry this is such a rough video this week.  Only had time to do it in one take before the internet quit on me!

WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10)

Conditions:   6 – Better than it’s been

Fish Quality:  8 – Big fish with marlin in the spotlight

Fish Quantity:  2.5  Not many fish.  Just big fish!  Marlin or  smaller triggerfish.  More quality than quantity.

Water:  6 – Getting bluer and warmer finally

Weather:  8-  Hot and muggy.  Bits of rain at times.  Just enough to mess up my just-washed-car.😦

Storm:  2 – One to the south that went to Hawaii generated some waves to south facing beaches like Muertos Bay.  Got bouncy.

Live Bait:  3 – Still tough.  Gotta work for it. Some days better than others.  We use whatever shows up.

Overall:  4-5

Jonathan’s Disposition:  Much better than the week before.  Saw lots of smiles this week.

Applause:  To all the anglers who resisted the urge to kill their billfish and released them and to those that donated so much to others who needed the food!  Cheers!

 

THE BIG PICTURE

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Wow! What can you say, Robert “Pops” Henke from Montebello CA comes to see us every year. He’s 89-years-old and his first marlin turns out to be 370 pounds! With the help of son, Bo, they fought the fish for almost 3 hours. Captain Chito “ten more minutes” Martinez from the Tailhunter Fleet handled the boat. They also got a sailfish. There were some larger blue marlin hooked and lost this week as well!  Additionally, bravo to Pops and Bo who only kept about 50-pounds of meat (to divide among a group of 14 anglers)  and made sure that anyone of the locals  who wanted or needed fish received some to eat.  It fed many families!

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The laughs are non-stop for anyone around Jerry Acosta from Phoenix whenever he visits us! There were so many billfish hooked this week, it’s hard to tell if Jerry has a striped marlin or a small blue there in the water. I think it’s a small blue.

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Captain Pancho wit Craig and Cathy Corda from Calexico, our amigos, who had a great few days of fishing and kicked it off with a bookend pair of big mean dog-tooth snapper (pargo perros).

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Thomas only had 1 day to fish with us and got his first marlin too. It looks like a striper or even a small (dare-I-say) swordfish! I would tend to say a striped marlin but the captains called this a “white marlin” and indeed, the meat was white, not orange like a striped marlin and very meaty!

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Luis Arandia finally got his first marlin…a striper. He also hooked a blue and a sailfish over two days!

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And yet another big big dog-tooth snapper hits the beach. Usually, we get these big pargo in the fall and later fall. Mean fish. Big teeth too!

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Craig Corda is all smiles with a nice wahoo. Craig has gotten a wahoo the last few times he’s fished with us…which is every year!

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He has to head back in a few weeks for his 2nd year of law school in New York, but Marco Holguin did get this nice roosterfish before he released it!

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Monster Jack Crevalle for Africa outfitter, out friend, Ken Khaplin who also got big roosterfish and marlin last week.

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And here’s Cathy Corda with her first marlin too! Another one of the billfish I would call a striped marlin, but was told it was a “white marlin” even tho’ supposedly white marlin are only found in the Atlantic. The meat was indeed white when we packed it and striped marlin has dark reddish/orange flesh.

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Yes, even I got out for just a few hours at sunset thanks to Gary Wagner and his great family for hosting us for the evening at Rancho Costa in Bahia de los Muertos. Out with his captain Manuel, we got bit off by a big wahoo; got some fat bonito; then ended the evening with a barred pargo headed to the dinner table at the lodge!  It ate a purple Rapala XRap 30.

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Marco Holguin again with his first striped marlin and Captain Jorge. Over 3 days he and his dad, Steve, got 4 striped marlin!

BIG OR GO HOME! MARLIN GO CRAZY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July  16-24, 2016

We just had maybe the best week of billfish I have ever seen here in the 20 years, we’ve had Tailhunters here in La Paz.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen billfish all over, but with the colder waters, they just weren’t interested in much of anything.  They were sitting on the surface and completely lethargic.

I kept saying that if the water temperatures came up just a few degrees, these fish will go.  Well, the water temps came up and the fish suddenly got hungry.   Every day, maybe 80% of our pangas hooked at least 1 billfish a day.  For every one brought to the boat, maybe 2-3 others were lost or released.  About 70% were released (way-to-go-guys!) and for those that came in or couldn’t be released, alot of the anglers donated the meat (double way-to-go!).   But, alot of fun and for alot of our folks, it was their first billfish. In some cases, their 2nd and 3rd as well.

These fish ranged from smaller 50-80 pound stripers to our largest of the week which was a 370-pound blue marlin.  There were also some sailfish as well.  Plus there were 1 or 2 other billfish that would have been larger than 400 pounds, but we’ll never know as they broke off after long battles.

Several items…we’re getting marlin that sure look like striped marlin to me.  Same shape and size.  But our captains are calling them “white marlin.”   But, white marlin are only found (supposedly) on the Atlantic.  I was dubious and still am.  They sure look like striped marlin!  But, maybe a little slimmer. But white marlin generally are smaller and slimmer than striped marlin.

However, when I was packing fish, the meat of the “white marlin” was WHITE!  Almost creamy white like the flesh of the delicious blue marlin.  The striper flesh that I was vacuum sealing was the normal orange color and very fibrous like I expected!

The other thing…I think we would have been able to release more of these fish except that alot of these fish are really deep-hooked.  Most of the guys are NOT trying to hook billfish.  We don’t troll big lures like many areas.  We fish live and dead bait.  We’re fishing for dorado or even rooster fish and  other species.

But, these billfish are just hungry.  They come up…even in the shallow areas…and they are HUNGRY.  They grab a bait and then swallow it!  Hook goes deep.  Some we can release.  Others…well…not so easy.  When you have a bait in the water, it’s not like you can pick-and-choose what bites the hook down under the surface.  A number of guys did try really hard to revive their fish!

Let me also just add one more thing…for anyone who’s doesn’t like seeing photos of the billfish…

  • Mexican regulations allow a fisherman to keep one per day
  • For every photo you see, 5 or 6 billfish were either lost or released
  • Normally, about 90% of all billfish we catch are voluntarily released
  • Many times when anglers are unable to revive a fish, they donate the meat to folks who need food
  • Even when a fish is purposely taken, many times, the anglers still donate a good chunk anyway
  • Alot of the anglers that are catching the marlin aren’t really trying to catch the billfish and are trying to catch other fish but the ocean being what it is, if there’s a bait in the water, the billfish are eating it…even in shallow water.  There’s no control of what decides to grab your bait under the water.  And, unlike a lure, a small bait goes right down the throat with the hook and makes it harder to release although we are still able to release many and lots of guys spend alot of energy reviving their fish.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY FLEET

After several weeks of green cold water, the waters have improved dramatically!  Our captains have commented that there are many more patches of clean blue water now although still some colder areas.  Jill and I were out there mid-week and visibility and conditions looked extremely good.

There wasn’t alot of variety this week, but as stated above, we got billfish.  There are stripers, sailfish, “white marlin” and smaller blue marlin (150 pounders) hooked.

As well, we’re seeing a little tick again of wahoo.  I was out with Gary Wagner from Rancho La Costa only for about an hour or so at sunset and the first big caballito we had in the water got torn in half like a Ginzu knife got it.  Too bad, we didn’t have a double-trap-hook set up on it because it was a huge 3 pound bait and it got cleanly severed.  Several other guys during the week also hooked and lost fish.

Additionally, some of the big dog-tooth snapper got caught this week as well.   Big fat doggies with the fangs!

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There were two kinds of fish.  No in-between fish.  They were either big.  Or they were small.

There were only two kinds of fish.  Rock fish (lots of triggers…smaller cabrilla and pargo…snapper).  Or, they were big marlin 80-400 pounds!

That was it in a nutshell.  No variation!  A few dorado thrown in, but that was the whole enchilada.  Guys either went inshore to the islands and rocks and knocked the heck out’ve triggerfish and rockfish.  Or they went deeper and got billfish.

For sure the larger billfish were on this side as waters tend to be deeper and there’s more current and feed north of La Paz than Las Arenas.  There were more sailfish on this side too.

TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION

Thanks to all of those who donated to our charities this week with school supplies and clothes!

Steve and Marco Holguin

Luis Arandia and Mario Salazar

Monte and Marlene Aldridge

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Big smiles and thank you to Monte and Marlene Adridge from Utah on their first trip to La Paz managed to stuff a bunch of great school supplies into an ice chest for our kids!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jill

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

http://www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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“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.”

THE EXPRESS TAILHUNTER FISHING REPORT WEEKLY VIDEO!

For those who don’t have the time to read, take a look and listen to our express weekly fishing report version above!

RATING THE WEEK:  (Scale of 1-10)

Variety:  7  Good (never knew what you’d hook up)

Action:  3-5 (Poor to OK on the number of hook-ups)

Quantity of Fish:  3 (Not so great)

Quality of Fish:  7 (some big fish out there which also had an effect on the Quantity of fish…lots of fish lost)

Weather:  Hot  (90’s)

Water:  Cooler than normal, but getting warmer high 70’s-low 80’s

Beer:  Icy

Overall:  3  (sad face waaaa…)

Jonathan’s Tempermant:  Hopefully Anxious

Quote of the Week:  “The best fisherman is the person having the most fun even if he has no fish”

 

THE FULL STORY

ROOSTERS STILL CHARGING BUT MARLIN WAKE UP

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 10-17, 2016

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The big smile says it all! Becky Csutoras from Elk Grove CA never has a bad week of fishing with us. She hoists up a huge slab roosterfish south of Bahia de los Muertos with Captain Pancho. The fish was released!

Craig and Cathy Corda hit the home runs with a paid of magnificent dog-tooth snapper!

Craig and Cathy Corda hit the home runs with a paid of magnificent dog-tooth snapper! Wow!

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It was a good week to check of fish from the bucket list. Our good amigo, Ken Chaplin, is a hunting guide and this is his 2nd trip to visit us and he finally got the marlin off his list. He caught and released this striped marlin near Las Arenas and released it. He also caught a blue marlin and a huge roosterfish. See below.

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Captain Chito and Terry Biggs with one of the only dorado we’ve seen all week. Hopefully, more on the way!

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From Denver somewhere behind that dorsal fin is Ben Larkin who hefted this huge roosterfish near Boca de Alamo with Captain Adolfo. The fish was released.

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McKenzie Pitts had some kind of week. Not only did boyfriend Josh propose to the Oregon gal, but her first day she gets a marlin right off the bat at Bahia de los Suenos/ Muertos. She got another one a few days later. They could not be released and meat was donated.

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Rich Keogh has been fishing with us for many years and he had a tough week like so many other amigos. However, Captain Raul with our La Paz fleet put Rich over this big cabrilla north of La Paz.

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Birthday fish for Buzzy Cook on his first trip with us and celebrated with this big roosterfish north of Boca de Alamo with Captain Pancho. The fish was released.

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Another guy who checked it off the bucket list…Rusy Cain with buddy, Jeff Hampton. Rusty got his first marlin and went home and booked to come back to fish with us at the end of October! He was with Captain Armando.

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Shaka Brah! From buddy Guy Petree and Oscar Castro who cradles another roosterfish that got put back in the water right after the photo!

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Terry Biggs with Captain Chito and some hefty good-eating rock fish including a barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper and a big trophy cabrilla (seabass).

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Pretty good week for jack crevalle. Just think roosterfish without all the adornment on the back! Tough tough fish to battle. Guy Petree again with the pose.

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Scott Brown of Santa Barbara with another striped marlin caught north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island. The fish could not be released.

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Amigo, Ken Chaplin fished hard all week. And, although the fishing was tough, he did get a striped marlin…blue marlin and this nice big roosterfish that he released. He also realeased some of the largest jack crevalle of the week also.

GENERALLY SPEAKING

Waters are still cooler than normal, but improving.  Big rooster fish are still keeping anglers bent, but the marlin finally woke up after weeks of dis-interest.  Things are encouraging although it’s summer and there’s still no dorado around!  There was a big dorado tournament to the south of us and the winning fish was FIVE POUNDS!  (He still won a big check so that’s awesome as long as it’s bigger than 2nd place!)

But…Either way, another real “iffy” erratically frustrating week of fishing.

It was also REALLY hot this week with some big temperature spikes for a day or two that went into the 100’s then dropped back down after a day.  It produced some big afternoon winds on the backside low pressure and also gave us our first thunderheads and afternoon showers and bluster late in the day.

LAS ARENAS/ BAHIA de LOS MUERTOS

It was another week of hit-or-miss on the water.  Like everywhere else, there’s no dorado to speak of other than the occasional 5-10 pounder when dorado should be 90% of our catch.  Waters are still cooler than normal although warming a bit and getting bluer finally after 3 weeks of cold green waters.  We are actually seeing some spots of 80-83 degree water although there’s still obvious patches of green, dirty colder water mixed in or down below the thermocline.  I know this because it’s July and we’re still hooking some yellowtail and sierra…both cold water fish that we normally get in March and April or the wintertime and definitely not in the summer.  This is the latests I have seen them.

No wahoo.  No tuna.  Had some guys out looking but got shut out.

Our best bet in the area is the rooster fish and again, they are hogs.  The smaller ones are 25 pounders.  The larger ones rolled up around 60-70 pounds and some possibly bigger as almost all the fish are getting released and we don’t always have photos of all the fish.  Which is fine.  I’m glad folks are releasing them and getting them back in the water as soon as possible.  Given having a great photo or releasing a healthy fish, I’d rather have the fish swim away to go again another day and make more babies!

Other stuff around included some big horse jack crevalle, some white bonito and some pargo and cabrilla. And a small flurry of some really big dog-tooth snapper (again usually a cooler water fish!)

Still some sharks around too after that flurry for about 2 weeks when every boat seemed to hook up a shark.  Bait has been an issue (again) until late in the week when the waters were filled with mackerel everywhere which might account for the lack of fish.  They were too full!  But, maybe this will also bring the sharks back following food source.

The other item of big interest are the marlin.  They woke up!  See below…

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Just like our fleet at Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, there no dorado. No tuna.  Not much of any pelagic species.  Waters have been colder than normal the last few weeks.  But…hold on…

They’re getting better!  Patches of blue showing up and water is getting clearer.  Also, one other indication is the marlin and sailfish finally started biting!

We’ve been seeing the billfish for several weeks.  They have been totally lethargic and uninterested in much.  Just finning and sitting on the surface.  This is the kind of behavior we normally see in the early spring when waters are cooler.

I kept telling folks that if the water temps kick up just a degree or two, the fish will get active!

Well, sure enough the temps rose and the fish started to bite.  We hooked more billfish this week than we have in the entire year.  Every day there were 2, 3..5 billfish hooked.  Many were lost after battles on relatively light tackle.  Most of the ones brought to the boat were released.  We had sailfish up to about 70 pounds.  Striped marlin in the 100-120 pound class or larger.  We even had a few smaller blue marlin to about 180 pounds.  Fish that were kept and unable to release, a good portion of the meat was donated.  But, for all the photos you see here, probably 95% were released.

The other indication of warming water is the algae bloom.  Normally, again, this is a phenomenon that takes place in the early spring.  As the waters warm algae starts busting out.  Moss like stuff appears and starts clogging up the beaches.  Waters can get cloudy.  Then, as the waters warm the algae dies off and we come out on the other side with clean, blue fish-laden waters!  So, this is a good sign.  Plus, we’re seeing sargasso patches form up in the outer waters that are usually another good harbinger of warm waters and more dorado.

Other than the dorado, the inshore fishing has been surprisingly good.  Big pargo.  Big cabrilla.  Big snapper.  Regretfully, these are mean big fish.  I’d say for every 1 fish put in the boat, 3-6 fish bust off in the rocks!  For every 5 or 10 pound fish, 20-40 pounders just shred the anglers.  They are alot for fun, however…and frustrating, but great action and good eating!

 TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION

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Ken Chaplin and John “Buzzy” Cook live way up by the Canadian border and spent the week with us, but still jammed several ice chests with a table full of school supplies, clothes and sports equipment.

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Our railroad guys…Terry Biggs, Rich Keogh, Mitch Embry (with Jilly) and Ed Bird filled about 100 pounds of bags with toiletries, hygiene products, toys and school supplies for our program. Thanks, Guys!

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If you ever wonder where your donations are going, check out Gary Wagner and his son. Gary’s the owner of the famous Giggling Marlin bar in Cabo, but does tons of charity work. He and his son came out to La Paz to pick up donations to distribute to the orphanage in Los Planes that you see stacked on the table. Thanks everyone. Thanks to the Wagners too!

Just this year alone so far, you folks have brought down over 1/2 a ton of donations for our Tailhunter Outreach Program benefitting kids and families of two outlying schools, the women’s shelter as well as the orphange in Los Planes.  Ever bit helps and your thoughtfulness makes a big difference.  Thank you sincerely for the big hearts!

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

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://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.”

THE MINI-WEEKLY VIDEO REPORT –

This is our 2nd attempt at the weekly report in video.  We’re still working out the bugs.  I had to shoot it from inside our offices because it was too windy out on the beach and for lighting, I had to use some table lamps.  So, that’s why I came out orange!  I’ll get better!

THE FULL REPORT

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What a week for Dr. Greg Miller from Oklahoma on his first visit to us in La Paz. He got FIVE big roosters (you’ll see other photos below…these are NOT the same fish!) and released them all. These were all 40-70 pound fish. As you can see he got his glasses knocked off and his hands full with the big fish trying to pose for the photo and release!

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Captain Arcangel gives Reean Van Rooyen a hand with this fat plug of a roosterfish. Reean is a big man so the fish is alot bigger than it looks in his arms. The fish was released. Reean is from S. Africa and now in Newport Beach CA

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Captain Victor had quite a week with the roosters with multiple fish per day like this one with Vanessa Roost from New Mexico visiting us for the first time. She and her husband, Phililp got 3 roosters that day. Check out the flat waters at Punta Arenas Beach.

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I love this photo of Captain Victor and 7-year-old Alyssa Stevens who was in on the roosterfish action this week!

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More from the Stevens Family. Here’s Captain Pancho with the assist for Linda Stevens and 7-year-old son, Joe just off the rocks south of Muertos Bay with another big rooster that’s about to get released.

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On the light tackle spinning rod! This is the way to do it with Rich Pomeroy from the Sacramento CA area and a great eating barred pargo off Espirito Santo Island.

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A beast! The fish…not laughing Eric Delin who put the wood to this big dog-tooth snapper (check out the teeth) in the boulders off Punta Perrico.

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OH my! Dr. Miller has another big rooster to try to hold for a photo!

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Gotta love the hat! Todd Stevens brought his family to fish with us this week and got himself a nice rooster here for the camera and a quick put-back into the water.

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Rick Pope can do this kind of fishing all day…and even into the night. After fishing and dinner, he would hang out on the docks behind La Concha hotel and keep fishing with his spinning rod and hooking all kinds of fish. This nice pargo is headed to the freezer off Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz.

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Seven-year-old Alyssa Stevens. You always remember that first fishing trip!

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From New Mexico, this is Philip Troost who scored 4 roosterfish his first day out with his wife. All fish were released.

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Now THIS is alot of meat and a trophy cabrilla as well. Wow! Brad Charboneau was another of our first timers this past week and he sure scored with this slab of seabass!

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A neglected to post this photo last week of Tommy Newman from Illinois and his big roosterfish! Sorry, Tommy! Tommy’s just 11-years-old and released the fish.

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Vanessa Troost had a great week of fishing as she shows off one of her several roosterfish taken and released off Bahia de los Muertos.

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Our good amiga, Sandra Welborn poses at Bahia de los Muertos with a big chunk of barred pargo!

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The lone tuna of the week went to our amigos from the lone star state of Texas, Chris and Mika Lara.

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One of the funniest guys in a long time, Eric Delin with about a 30-pound roosterfish fishing with Captain Ramiro out’ve Bahia de los Muertos.

DIVING VIDEO – ISOLOTES

Alot of even our regulars don’t know that we also set up snorkeling and diving adventures here in La Paz.  We sent Dee Dee Pope out to the Isolaotes sea lion colony at Espirito Santo island and she got me some video footage that I produced into the following short video.  Hope you enjoy it.  Thanks, Dee Dee!  Turn up the sound!

SAVED BY THE R & R’s…ROOSTERFISH & ROCKFISH!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 3-10, 2016

Thankfully, we’ve got rooster fish here!  As one of the other outfitters in town told me, “Maybe we should start a marketing campaign to make triggerfish as popular as Chilean Seabass.”   It’s honestly been that kind of fishing the last several weeks.

Although the waters are clearing up from those winds that hit us about 2 weeks ago, in many spots the water is still cold, been and murky.  Although the air temps are nice and sunny, the water is 5-10 degrees below normal and that’s obviously going to affect the fishing.  Normally, during this time of year, we should be thick into the warm water species.  Dorado should be all over the place  Billfish should be willing.  Tuna and wahoo should be showing bending rods.

But, not right now.  The species were getting are cooler water species like what we should be catching in April and May.

LAS ARENAS

There’s a reason they call this the “rooster fish capital of the world” and it lived up to it this week.  Roosters really saved the day…they saved the whole week!  Our roosters this week averaged 25-60 pounds and we had some fish going into the 60-80 pound category too!  The best baits are the huge 12-18 inch ladyfish so, anything that can wrap it’s mouth around a bait that big is gonna be a big fish.  But…you have to be able to catch the ladyfish and that sometimes takes awhile to catch them one-by-one.  But, those are the hot ticket.

Other than the roosters, not much in the way of wahoo again.  We had so many two weeks ago.  There’s some marlin out there, but many of them just don’t seem very interested in chewing on anything other than sunning themselves.  We almost run over them with the pangas they’re so lethargic.  There’s an occasional tuna or dorado, some jack crevalle and white bonito and lots of triggerfish.  And that’s been about it this past week.

But, there’s been some pargo, but all of them are big it seems and hooking them and getting them into the boat are two different issues.  Bait is still an issue as well as it has been all season.  Some days it’s there.  Other days not.  Or you really have to work for it.  Or it changes from day-to-day as well.

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I won’t kid you.  It’s been like a desert out there.  We keep sending boats into the blue water looking for “what SHOULD be out there” and we’re coming back over and over to fish the rocks around the island and peninsula.  This has produced some wild wild action on big pargo and cabrilla with many many fish just too tough or too cagey to pull into the pangas.  We’ve had fish busting off 50, 60 and even 100 pound test line against the rocks and other impediments like sharp teeth, gill plates and scales.  When the lines come it’s it’s not just cut…it’s shredded.

There’s the occasional dorado and we know marlin are out there because we can see them.  But, not much interest this past week.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH – GRACIAS!

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Big gracias to Eric McFarland, Mackenzie Morrison, Martin Seiler and Parker Reed-Seiler for all the stuff they brought down including toys and school supplies!

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Philip and Vanessa Troost brought down a load of toys and school supplies for the kids. They’re from New Mexico.

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Our buddy from Arizona could not have a bigger heart. Every year he brings down a full chest of supplies for the kids, but also sponsors several of our kids through high school in our scholarship funds and took time to have lunch with the kids and their families this week at Tailhunter Restaurant to check on their school progress.

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Chris Lara had a soft ice chest of school supplies that will go a long way in the classroom where even a regular pencil is a prized commodity. Chris and his wife are from Texas.

Thanks to our awesome Tailhunter amigos for all the things they squeezed into ice chests and suitcases to help us continue our Tailhunter Outreach program to help underserved kids, their families in barrio schools as well as the women and their families at the battered women’s shelter.  God bless you all!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

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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

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from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Hector Chacon from Arcadia CA has been coming to fish in La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing for over a decade. This week he got his largest fish ever, this huge amberjack near Espirito Santo Island that took a live bait. Hector battled the fish for over 45 minutes on lighter tackle to get it to the panga.

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From Long Beach CA, Kennedy Nixon from Long Beach CA had only one day to fish in La Paz and made the most of it while fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet from Bahia de los Muertos and hooked and landed this huge dog-tooth snapper also called a “pargo perro” or “cubera snapper.”

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Pretty photo of first-timers Randy Madson and is son, Trevor, from Utah fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing when Randy caught and released this big rooster fish just off the Punta Perrico rocks.

Tommy Yellowtail 6-16 tags

This young man had quite a week. Tommy Newman from Illinois is just 11-years-old. He’s got several photos in this week’s fishing report. First day out, he put this big yellowtail in the boat all by himself off Espirito Santo Island.

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Rich Pope loves to fish. Just off the “fruit loop” housing complex at Punta Perrico near the end of his first day of fishing, he latched onto this nice roosterfish that he released. Just below this photo is underwater video of rich with his fish and Captain Gerardo.

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School-teacher Sam Sybesma heads to La Paz when the school season finishes for some fishing every year! He had never caught a yellowtail which are usually not around because the waters are too warm in the summer. But, look what showed up! Captain Chito gives a thumbs up!

Cheryl Delin Ramiro rooster tags 7-16

Cheryl Delin was a last minute booking to come fishing with us. She was out with Captain Ramiro and is all smiles with this nice roosterfish she caught ad released. Great photo! She lives in California, but was raised in Japan and told me, “I don’t like to eat fish” so she would have released the fish anyway! Fun fun lady! Nice to have her visit.

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Dee Dee Pope is as game as they come! She fishes. She hunts. She rocks! And she definitely rocked this big jack crevalle on light tackle using a mini-Whopper Stopper rod custom built by Ed Robison and coupled with a tiny Avet SX reel and light line. She released the big jack, but check out her video below and the underwater shots. Note how shallow it is and the rocks that bust overyone off when pargo and cabrilla strike!

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As nice a young man as you’ll find. Chase Roberts from Washington with Captain Pancho was visiting for the first time and got a striped marlin. It could not be released. He did a nice job trying.

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There’s a reason it’s called a “dog-tooth snapper.” Mean and ferocious, the attack out’ve the rocks and it’s rare to get big ones like Eric Delin’s fish here with a hand from wife, Cheryl. On the beach at Muertos Bay, these two are some fun folks.

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First trip to visit us, Trevor Madsen, from Utah got the biggest dorado of the week on his very first day. He got some roosterfish also! Great young man!

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Chuck Rodriguez and his dad with some dorado on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos. We should be seeing alot more dorado than we’re seeing, but waters are cooler than normal.

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That’s a lot to try to lift up. But, 11-year-old Tommy Newman does his best on his first marlin with Captain Gerardo early last week. Check out the video below of the fish going off.

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Our very own fishing champ and everyone’s favorite Tailhunter van driver, Jorge Romero,  finally was able to take some time off and went out with Sam Sybesma and put the wood to a pair of 40-50 pound amberjack near Espirito Santo Island.

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Just south of Bahia de los Muertos, Brad and Patti Charbonneau from Sacramento CA got this nice rooster into the boat then released it after the photo.

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Captain Armando with Jessica Reeve from Wyoming with another big roosterfish caught and released. Estimated 40 pounder!

A LITTLE BETTER THAN LAST WEEK AS WINDS DIMINISH…FOR NOW! BUT STILL TOUGH FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 26-July 3, 2016

Happy 4th of July Weekend, everyone!  Hope it’s a safe and fun one for you all.  We miss being there so eat some fried chicken and potato salad for us and enjoy some fireworks with the family!

Well…

It was a better week than last week when waters were green and the winds blew.  This week with the winds diminished, waters started to settle down and blue patches returned and some of the turned-up cold water dissipated.  But, I gotta tell you, this is as strange a June as we’ve had.  Well, it’s now July, but we should be thick into our warm water fish like dorado, billfish, tuna and other species.

Instead, this is much more like April/ May fishing!  Waters are noticeably colder than normal.  It’s breezy.  The evenings and mornings are actually cool.  And the fishing is way different!

We’re not seeing much of any dorado.  Our catch has been winter/ springtime species like pargo, cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle, rooster fish, amberjack and…(this is crazy)…YELLOWTAIL!  It’s 4th of July weekend and we’re hooking yellowtail.

They say El Nino is finally done and moving off.  After 18 months, a return to “normalcy”…whatever that is…would be pretty nice!

LAS ARENAS

Still our area with the most variety and the most action.  It’s not been spectacular by any stretch.  The fishing this week was a tad better than last week when it was like a desert out there some days.  However, our captains and anglers still had to keep at it and bring their best game to the water. Or sometimes, it was just dumb luck which can be alot better.  Hit or miss some days.  But there was still action to be had.

The catch has been some nice rooster fish with most of them running hefty 25-60 pounds.  Pretty much everything getting released.  The biggest issue is getting those big sabalo/ ladyfish baits to use on the big gallos.  Some days, it really takes a long time to get them and if you don’t have the bait, it’s gonna be tough to get the big roosters.  Also, some days the roosters where there and some days, they just didn’t come to play.  Alot of our rookie anglers seemed to do the best on the roosters which was nice to see, but some of our vets who know how to catch the big fish worked hard, but had a hard time.

Besides the roosters, the variety is pretty wide.  Like I said, it’s alot like April/ May fishing when you have warm and cold water fish all in the same area.  I think the fish are confused too.

We’re getting some big dog-tooth snapper (pargo),  big jack crevalle, white bonito, rainbow runners, cabrilla and the marlin and sailfish are getting more active too.

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Fishing north out’ve La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island has been a conundrum even moreso than fishing at Las Arenas.  I’ve never seen so many changes.

This past week, yellowtail popped up!  In 21 years here, I’ve not seen yellowtail this late in the season.  The fish are quality 20-30 pound forkies too!  The biggest issue has been our anglers have lost 2-4 fish for everyone they put in the boat.  But that’s why I mentioned that you gotta be on your game for alot of these fish.  If you lose fish, then yes…it’s gonna be a disappointing day and a big mistake I’m hearing from the captains is some of the lack of experience.  You can’t let these big fish “run.”  Like the pargo, cabrilla and amberjack that live around structure.  There is no place to “run.”  It’s not like hooking a marlin, tuna or wahoo in more open water with alot of deep water around you.

Here, the water can be literally only several feet deep so letting these fish run means you’re already behind the 8 ball because they’ll go right back to the rocks and BANG!  You’re snapped off .

We’re not seeing the open water dorado we normally encounter this time of year.  We’re having to work inshore where these big fish like the amberjack up to 100 pounds…tough yellowtail…toothy pargo and cabrilla will beat you up and spit you out!

When they hit, pull…lift and turn the handle of the reel so you can turn their heads.  Once they head down, you’re pretty much lost.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH SAYS GRACIAS!

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Dylan Williams, Tommy Newman, Earl Lawson, Jilly and Jim Newman with some of the items they brought for our Tailhunter Outreach Program this week.

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Big gracias to the Rodriguez Family for bringing down two massive shipping chests of items that will be useful to the school kids and also the women and their families at the battered women’s shelter.

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Richard Pomeroy stuffed an ice chest down with school supplies for our kids! Thanks, Rich!

A big thanks to all our Tailhunter amigos who brought stuff down this past week for our Tailhunter Outreach program.  Each week, we’re sending off over 100-150 pounds of school supplies, clothes, hygiene items and sports equipment for our neglected kids and also the women’s shelter.  You’re all awesome!

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:  https://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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Vickie Mitchell and a smiling Captain Adolfo with her biggest rooster fish estimated at 70 pounds as they struggled to hold it still for the photos so they could release it. It swam off strongly. They were fishing with off Punta Arenas Vicki is from Pebble Beach CA

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Brothers, Larry McNeal and Gary Whitaker were fishing La Paz waters for the and not 5 minutes after putting lures in the waters, got these two wahoo near Bahia de los Muertos. Larry is from Baker City OR. Brother Gary lives in Lynnwood WA.

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Amigo Kip Slaugh from Salt Lake City UT with Captain Pancho and a trophy amberjack on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos. Beast of a fish. There weren’t many small amberjack this week.

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Given the tough fishing this week. Kevin Suzikada and his buddy, Jeff, had one of the better 3 days of fishing of anyone catching white bonito, snapper, jack crevalle, big cabrilla, pargo and this big boy amberjack. It was Jeff’s first time ever fishing! They’re from Los Angeles.

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He never fails to catch big fish on each trip to La Paz that he’s been making since he was a little kid, Cole Chavira, know how to bend a rod. Check out the big rooster caught north of La Paz and released. Cole is from Cardiff, Ca.  Rooster was released.

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This is Matt Lederer cradling a nice rooster in his arms just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos with Captain Ramiro. Matt released the fish after the photo.

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Another Utah, amigo, Daylon Slaugh, got the biggest dorado of the week, this nice bull. Not many dorado around although June should normally be a great month for them. However, the ones we’re catching are getting larger.

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Bill Mitchell from Carmel CA fishes with Tailhunter Sportfishing every year and got his personal best rooster off the rocks in shallow water near Punta Arenas. The big pez gallo was released. The fish looks a little surprised!

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It was a good week for big roosters around La Paz, although tough for other species. Dan Gaston from Encinitas CA with a big gallo caught and released near Las Arenas lighthouse. Great photo. Thanks to Mitch Chavira.

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Brian McClellan from Park City UT helps wife, Marie, with a big amberjack she caught fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing just off the rocks near Punta Perrico. She’s a gamer and put this fish in the panga on her own steam!

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I had so many photos from the previous week when the fishing was red hot that I screwed up and somehow left off photos of the best catch of the week by Sherman McDonnell from Rock Springs WYO and Jim Wilson from S. Dakota with Captain Pancho and FOUR nice wahoo. Several others were lost. Great day!

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Rick Carlton and Bruce Hasson from San Diego caught the only two tuna of the week, a pair of football yellowfin tuna.

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Whoa! Glenn Davis, one of our first-timers from San Diego hefts of a huge roosterfish with Captain Jorge. Glenn released the big fish after the photo.

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Mike Cain gives Charles Koeleman a hand with another big roosterfish early in the week just off the Perrico rocks. We estimated the fish as 80-100 pounds (according to Captain Victor). A beast! The world record was caught in these waters of 114 pounds! Charles released the fish to his credit!

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Another day…another rooster for Matt Lederer photo’d with his dad, Bob who is from Massachusetts. Matt was hot on the roosters and let this one go too!

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From Prescott AZ, this is Lucas Forray with a trophy cabrilla just north of La Paz in the bay.

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When a big rooster doesn’t want to have it’s picture taken and you’re doing your best to keep it still so you can take the photo and get it back in the water, it’s a bit of a chore! However, amiga Sue Slaugh from Utah does her best with this thick big rooster!

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Under the great mustache is a big smile for Robbie Nixon from Sacramento with his big roosterfish. This one was also let go.

Scott lost two wahoo before finally getting this gem of a fish.  He also got a yellowtail on this trip as well.

Scott lost two wahoo before finally getting this gem of a fish. He also got a yellowtail on this trip as well.

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Bobette Nixon gets in the lineup with a really big jack crevalle, cousin to the rooster and a great fighter. Husband Robbie helps out!

BIG WINDS – FULL MOON CHILL RED HOT BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 19-26, 2016

Last week, I started out by saying “what a difference a week makes.”  Well, I’m saying it again.

After such a phenomenal week previously, when the waters blew up with wahoo, roosters and others, fishing really chilled off this past week.  Just more of the craziness we’ve had this season.   It was tough.  It was ugly.  Maybe one of the most difficult weeks of the season.  And like getting ice water tossed on us given how the week before it was fishing crazy!

Here’s what I think happened…

Last weekend, the winds that normally are done for the year, came up.  Strong!  On top of that, we had this huge full moon and big tide changes.  I think they called it a “strawberry moon” that occurred over the Summer Solstice.  Even when it didn’t blow and make things funky during the day, it blew at night.

What this all did is got the cold waters back up from down deep.  What this did is turn all the pretty blue water we’ve had green and dirty.  As a consequence, the fishing just tanked for the most part.  Call it like it is.  I’ve never seen it this late in the season.  Even the species we did catch are more indicative of what we would catch in the cooler months of late April/ May than end of June bites.

Our captains worked hard.  Our anglers worked hard and kept at it and kept grinning.  But when Mother Nature is working against you, all you can do is keep at it…especially if it’s fishing.

On the upside, as the week came to a close, some of that green water is starting to come back to blue again and we were seeing more activity from the fish.  At least a little bit.   If only this wind would stay outta our business for awhile!

LAS ARENAS

Still the area where we’re getting the most activity and species.  However, compared to last week when the ocean was simply alive, it was really scratchy fishing.  The thing is, the fish were either big…or there was not much else!  So, there were some big trophy fish to be caught but if you missed your shot or the big guys didn’t show up, there wasn’t much else.  So, a panga would come back with one or two nice fish.  And that as it.  Or very small fish.  There was no “in-between” fun fish.  It made for some long days and stretches of not much action.

That being said, we still got into some wahoo that are around a liking the dark-colored Rapalas and Yo-Zuris.  If you want to bring anything down, bring down the Rapala XRap 15’s, 20’s and 30’s.  Or the Yo-Zuri Magnums.  Clients are losing the captains rigs and it costs $30-40 to replace them and the lures have been so hot, the few tackle stores here simple don’t have any more to sell.  So, alot of you ask me all the time what to bring down, these would be awesome and also clients have been gifting them to the captains as well.

Aside from the wahoo, the amberjack we’re getting have been beasts.  Fish in the 30-60 pound class are not uncommon, but they’re tough fish and are boating maybe 1 our’ve every 5 or 6 bites.  These are awesome big-boy cousins to the yellowtail and make great eating.

Not much in the way of dorado around which is surprising given it’s summer!  That’s normally our bread-and-butter fish.  The few we’re catching, however, have been nicer 15-25 pounders.

The fish that keep saving is is the fish that made the area it’s name of “Roosterfish Capital of the World.”  Folks come from all over the world to try to get a rooster and especially on some of the days when not much else is happening, catching a 30-80 pound gallo makes for alot of big smiles.  But the fish have been monsters and are right there along the rocks and the beaches.  The biggest issue is taking the time to catch the ladyfish/ sabalo big-baits that they love.  You can’t just snap your fingers and make the bait show up.  So, understand that it takes some time some days.  Another reason that putting 3 in a panga can be an issue with any kind of bait…you have to get enough bait for 3 guys and what little you have, you burn up pretty quickly.

More marlin and sails showing up too which is nice and most getting released.

LA PAZ

Erratic is the best word to describe the fishing straight out’ve the bay.  Or anemic!

It’s been like this for about 3 weeks.  The colder green waters moved in just about the first week of June and our captains have ventured all over the map finding the better water.  Again, we should be into solid dorado right now, but the catch has been that mix of spring-time species when it’s a mix of cold and warm waters:

Dorado from 5-20 pounds (scattered)

Bonito and skipjack

Some rooster fish

Some yellowtail (still!)

Some amberjack

Occasional billfish (stripers up to 120 pounds)

It’s crazy.  For our La Paz anglers, there’s bait but no consistent fish.  At Las Arenas, there’s fish, but not consistent bait!

One of the nice things that’s unique to Tailhunters is we have both fleets.  One in La Paz and the other at Las Arenas so at least we can move folks around between our two fleets depending on the bite, the weather, the species and how that all keeps changing to give folks the best opportunity to get fish even when the conditions aren’t always the best.

The full moon is moving off.  Waters are getting bluer.  Hopefully, this coming week will be better.   Honestly, it was hard to be much worse.  It was a tough week.

TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH – GRACIAS!

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The Slaughs and McClellan family from Utah with school supplies and, of course, a new Utah Utes flag for the Tailhunter Restaurant!

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Jilly with Larry McNeal and Gary Whitaker, two brother from Oregon and Washington respectively who had two full ice chests of kids clothes and hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, q-tips, deodorants and fem pads, combs and hair products! Wow. I’m sure alot of this will go to the women’s shelter here in town.

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Well…maybe some of the donated clothes won’t go to the kids! Maybe an older brother!

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They have been our friends for years and two-years in a row shipped down a huge heavy box of clothes and toiletry items for the school kids and the shelter! John and Katie Olson, recently retired from building Disneylands all over the planet are always a welcome set of vistors and dear friends.

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Himself a schooteacher from S.Dakota, Jim Wilson and his wife Laura stuffed a bunch of school items into their ice chest for the kids.

 

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You can take the 6-year-old out’ve some little girls, but not others. Jill tries on a cute pink raincoat and holds up some of the school binders that the Chacon family brought down.

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Our friends for many many years, the Chacon family stuffed several ice chests full of donations. Many thanks to Fernando, Hector, Richard (dad), Lauren and Izzy! The best.

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Leave it to the school teacher to know what to bring…Sam Sybesma from Orange Co, California, his wife, Kelly and their boys brough down sports balls and packs of boys socks underwear and other much needed things.

We can’t say thank you enough to everyone of our Tailhunter friends who bring us things in their suitcases and ice chests to donate to our Tailhunter Outreach program to help some of our outlying under-served schools as well as the woman’s shelter.  You have no idea how even the smallest things make such a big difference.  Above are just some of the examples of what we rec’d just this week and every two weeks or so, we send another few hundred pounds of supplies to some very needy kids, women and families.  Additionally, many thanks to those of you who donate funds to our scholarship program by which $300 keeps a kid in school for a year and is enough to supply the child with books, lunches transportation and clothes.  Tailhunter Nation is the best!  God bless you all.

That’s our story! Have a great week…

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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:  https://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 Jorge from the Tailhunter Fleet was with Jason Lester on his first trip to La Paz with his brother and a bunch of amigos called the Pez Gringos who specifically look to catch rooster fish . Jason did pretty good right out’ve the chute with this monster rooster fish that he released.

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This was just one of three days of this kind of fishing for these days and does not include the fish that busted off! Jacob Curtis, Don Vetger and Mike Gonsalves rocked it every single day like this.

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All the way from Cleveland, Mississippi…and with the great southern accents to prove it…Shay and Will House pose with Captain Adolfo from the Tailhunter Fleet to show off their wahoo, dorado and tuna. She proudly showed me her burned thumb and chaffed wrist from fighting the fish…her first wahoo! What a day.

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Dave Lester specifically comes fishing with Tailhunter to catch big roosters and does it every year like this big boy just south of Bahia de los Muertos. Dave is from Los Angeles and the rooster was released.

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Jacob Curtis started the day off right. He was still making bait in the bay in shallow water only a few feet deep when they put this big dog-tooth snapper on the hook and boated it! Jacob is from Torrance CA.

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Not a bad day at all. Captain Armando with Shelly Reeve from Rock Springs, WY with her wahoo and yellowfin tuna.

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Another day…another giant roosterfish for Jason Lester. The fish was released.

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A pretty nice birthday for Nicholas Koeleman and his girlfriend Brianna Seca from San Diego. For his 21st, they get two wahoo and there was also a sailfish.

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He comes for so many years to get roosterfish, but “missed” this time with a wahoo instead, darnit! My amigo, Ron Burgess, and a rare photo of Captain Archangel smiling.

Mitch Chavira always does pretty good here every year. He was fishing the north end of Cerralvo Island with Peyton Gaston. Both from Encinitas, California. Working the yo-yo iron, they put the hurt on this big yellowtail and amberjack.

Mitch Chavira always does pretty good here every year. He was fishing the north end of Cerralvo Island with Peyton Gaston. Both from Encinitas, California. Working the yo-yo iron, they put the hurt on this big yellowtail and amberjack.

Happy Anniversary wahoo for Diego Jimenez who came to fish with Tailhunters in La Paz for his 25th wedding anniversary from Loveland, Colorado. He and his wife come every year, but he and never gotten a wahoo until this big ‘hoo came along. He gets photo help from Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter fleet on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

Happy Anniversary wahoo for Diego Jimenez who came to fish with Tailhunters in La Paz for his 25th wedding anniversary from Loveland, Colorado. He and his wife come every year, but he and never gotten a wahoo until this big ‘hoo came along. He gets photo help from Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter fleet on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

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Note the purple Rapala hanging out of it’s mouth! Don Vetger with another wahoo in the boat.

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Two days and four wahoo for Norm Fulco and Captain Jorge on the beach at Muertos with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet. This was the first of the two days.

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It takes three! James Boyd (holding the head) got two of these big wahoo fishing with Captain Gerardo and getting a hand from fishing buddy, Charles Koeleman, from San Diego CA. James was using a purple Rapala on the speedy fish.

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From Portland, Oregon, James Damron had never fished in La Paz waters but took this big wahoo fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet and Captain Victor using a purple Rapala off Cerralvo Island.

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Jessica Reeve (in the middle) is a pretty tired lady. On light tackle, she battled this striped marlin for 3 hours! Right after this, she tossed in another bait and got slammed by a wahoo…then a shark. Long fun day. She’s helped here by Captain Armando and her mom, Shelley. They’re from Wyoming.

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Great early morning shot and the right way to start out a fishing day with a wahoo for Don Vetger and Mike Gonsalves from the Los Angeles area.

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One of two wahoo on the day for Glen Davis and Roz Brower from San Diego. Their first time fishing with us at Tailhunter.

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Dr. Bruce Mullen and Captain Archangel with a nice assortment for the day! A sizeable wahoo, a tasty amberjack and maybe the biggest sierra I’ve ever seen! Bruce hails from Del Mar CA

Robby and his wife, Bobette Nixon came down for the first time to La Paz from the Sacramento CA area and he wanted a wahoo and a rooster! He got both! The rooster was released, but he shows off the big wahoo on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

Robby and his wife, Bobette Nixon came down for the first time to La Paz from the Sacramento CA area and he wanted a wahoo and a rooster! He got both! The rooster was released, but he shows off the big wahoo on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

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Mike Gonsalvez from Torrance CA was fishing with Tailhunters for the first time and got about a dozen species of fish over 3 days including this huge amberjack he caught just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos.

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Day two brings two more wahoo for Norm Fulco from Temple City CA and Captain Jorge. Norm had been coming down for many years, but his first time getting wahoo…or this many on a trip. Four in two days is pretty remarkable.

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From Cleveland, Mississippi, this is Will House with a fresh wahoo on the panga. He and his wife got two on the day with Captain Adolfo.

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Largest dorado of the week from our amigo from Loveland, CO visiting us with wife, Kelly, on their 25th anniversary.

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What a good week for Adam Toeniskoetter fishing with Captain Victor over 3 days with wahoo, tuna, roosterfish and white bonito.

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This is a frameable photo! Jacob Curtis right in Bahia de los Muertos right off the beach with another nice roosterfish which got photo’s and released. Note his thumb in a bandage. That’s from a big dog-tooth snapper that got him!

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Lifting for the picture AFTER the battle can be a little tough! James Boyd from San Diego hefts another wahoo on the gaff.

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Happy Father’s Day weekend! Chuck Toeniskoetter and son Adam with a nice handful of wahoo, yellowfin tuna and white bonito. They’re from the Los Gatos area of California.

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I think this has to be the largest rainbow runner I’ve ever seen one of our anglers catch. RR’s are related to yellowtail and make pretty good eating. Jim Wilson from S. Dakota is a school teacher there and is posing with his own high school buddy, Sherman McDonnell from Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Shelley Reeve from Wyoming with her favorite captain Armando and another nice yellowfin tuna on light tackle!

Shelley Reeve from Wyoming with her favorite captain Armando and another nice yellowfin tuna on light tackle!

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Just another reason they call Las Arenas “Roosterfish Alley.” Captain Victor holds up the tail end of Chuck Toeniskoetter’s big pez gallo. The fish was released.

This is part of what 160+ pounds of fish fillet looks like ready to put in the ice chests to take home for Jim Wilson, Sherman McDonnell and Jessica Reeve.

This is part of what 160+ pounds of fish fillet looks like ready to put in the ice chests to take home for Jim Wilson, Sherman McDonnell and Jessica Reeve.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES! BEST FISHING OF THE SEASON!

BIG ROOSTERS AND WAHOO CHARGE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 12-19, 2016

One for the books!

Maybe this week I should just let you all look at the photos and let the photos do the talking!  In the 21 years that I’ve been doimg our weekly reports, I can’t remember too many times when I had TOO MANY PHOTOS OF SUCH GREAT FISHING!

These are just SOME of the photos this week.  I could have added 20 more.  You might look at some photos and say, “Hey, that’s the same guy just holding the fish differently!”  Nope…that’s the same guy kicking butt and catching more fish on another day.  A completely different photo!

Generally speaking…even without the fishing just great weather and water.. for once! No wind issues.  No big waves to contend with.   It was like the Baja Chamber of Commerce dialed-in pretty much the perfect week.   Even our snorkelers and divers told us there was “so much life in the water, it was nuts!”  Whales…dolphin…manta rays…turtles…sealions…the ocean was alive this week.

LAS ARENAS

This was the kind of week they used to write books about.  This was the kind of historic week your father and grandfather would tell around the campfire with a cold beer and a glazed look in his eye.

It started about late last week.  All of a sudden the waters came alive with wahoo.  Our pangas were getting 1-5 wahoo per panga PER DAY!  And losing almost as many to luck, experience, busted tackle…

Wahoo were free swimming around the boats while guys were fighting other fish.  One panga LOST 7 wahoo one day!

These fish were running 20-60 pounds and I saw quite a few anglers come back with big smiles…and hold up a burned thumb with with a big red blister on it from reflexively trying to stop the reel with their thumbs!  Even some of my experienced guys “forgot” and shot that thumb to the spool only to have it come back seared!  But, this week it was almot like a funny “badge of honor” to have a burned thumb and a grin!  It only didn’t count if you lost the fish!  And there were plenty of fish lost.

If you’re coming down, bring those Yo-Zuri Magnums and the Rapala XRap 15’s, 20’s and 30’s.  The stores have run out of them here in La Paz and if you lose one of the captain’s rigs, it costs about $40 to buy a new one…if one can be found!

Put on a short wire leader…maybe 60 pound multi-strand…and if you can, take off the treble hooks and put on a single 5/0-7/0 siwash hook.  You’ll increase your catch-ratio!  Purple and dark colors are best, but fire tiger and dorado colors are working too.

As for other species…where do I begin?

Look at the roosterfish!  Our smallest were 25 pounders.  The largest were up to possibly 80 pounds.  It was a week for big pez gallos.  If you’re coming for roosters just be prepared to spend some time catching the big ladyfish baits.  You have to catch them one-at-a-time and that can take some doing.

There were also some huge 30-50 pound amberjack…scattered football yellowfin tuna up to about 18 pounds…and still lots of the tasty white bonito as well.

Dorado didn’t bite much, but the ones we caught were finally some legit 20-25 pound class fish.  Finally!  Last month, we were hard-pressed to find even a 5-pound mahi.

Some surprising catches including some of the largest rainbow runners I have ever seen.  They’re cousin to the yellowtail and amberjack and also tasty table fare.  There are still some sierra and pargo around as well.

All-in-all, there were about 15 species of fish we got this week in the area which made for alot of fun.

Oh, and there were still ALOT of sharks in the water and we’re hooking several a day from 80-200 pounders that included hammerheads, blues, silkies, white tip and makos.  Don’t know why they started biting about 2 weeks ago, but they’re alot of fun to hook and a helluva battle.  We’re releasing all of them.  Far too dangerous to put in a panga plus illegal to take without a commercial licenses.

LA PAZ

Compared to the blitz bite going on this week at Las Arenas/ Muertos, La Paz fishing didn’t compare.  It wasn’t bad.  It’s just that most of our anglers switched from La Paz reservations to fish with our Las Arenas fleet so they could get a shot at the wahoo and big roosters.

But, La Paz fishing wasn’t bad.

Dorado are larger.  The islands are holding some great pargo and cabrilla.  Plus the north end of Cerralvo Island, especially if you know how to fish iron has some huge amberjack and yellowtail that are smokin’ some of the drags!  Some of the larger stretches of beaches also produced some of the monster roosterfish that went 40-80 pounds.

We had one huge dog-tooth snapper (see the photos) that was caught right in La Paz Bay in shallow water while the anglers were trying to make bait!

PARTING NOTE – UPDATE

Saturday and Sunday…full moon and winds came up…not sure what happened…lots of heat too.  Fishing on both sides came down a few notches.  The fishing on the La Paz side Sunday was almost zilch…nada…really tough fishing… although Las Arenas continued to kick out big roosterfish and variety including some wahoo…but not at the full-speed it was going at during the week.  Hopefully, picks back up again.

That’s our story for the week!  Happy Father’s Day to all of you and your dads!  God bless…

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Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

http://www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Whoa! First-timers with us! Mike Gonzalves, Jacob Curtis, Don Vegter from Torrance CA put the lures in the water and within minutes later all heck broke loose. Three wahoo…1, 2, 3 !!!! Two others were lost! As the guys tell me, one of the purple Rapalas must have been crashed by a beast…the split ring holding one set of treble hooks on the lure was torn apart by the impact.  Never seen that happen although on two occasions over the years, I’ve seen wahoo hit so hard the Rapala was actually broken or cracked…and you know what it takes to bust one of those!

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Young Alex Coleman had quite a week! Three roosters (released) and two wahoo! See photos below.

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Doin’ it right! Ryan Williamson from Washington on his first trip here with Tailhunter dropped a purple Rapala with Captain Juan at the north end of Cerralvo Island near La Reyna and almost immediately got ripped by this toothy speedster! Wahoo blood on the deck! ‪

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That’s alot of meat! Mike Donnelly and Ed Sorenson put the heavy wood to this big dog-tooth snapper and amberjack outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

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Bob Sayre from Chicago and our own Jorge Romero hooked this striped marlin that Bob fought for about an hour on just 40 pound test line. After he got it in (could not be released and meat was donated), Jorge’s line went screaming. They thought it was a big tuna as the first run took over 400 yards of line. Jorge fought the fish almost 2 hours to find it it was a 300 pound shark.

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Like I said, Alex Coleman from Bakersfield had a a great week of fishing. Here’s one of his two wahoo. Cerralvo Island in the background.

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Our friend from Woodland, Washington Grant Jensen got a nice bull dorado with Captain Victor.

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The “right kind” for Don Vegter and Mike Gonsalves from Torrance CA. This was Don’s first wahoo. During the week he caught about 5 different species that he had never caught!

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Scott and brother Jim Damron from Portland OR with one of the nicer yellowfin tuna of the week.

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Montana girl on the beach, Jessica Reeves and Captain Armando with a good looking bull dorado.

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Always with a trophy fish, our own Donna Thompson fishing with Captain Hugo got this big barred pargo with a jig.

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First day fishing and first trip to see us in La Paz, Jim Wilson from Marion, S. Dakota caught and released two nice roosterfish. Here’s the first!

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Ron Lawver, Sr. and his son, Ron, Jr. from Phoenix with a striped marlin they caught right out’ve the chute their firsts day of fishing The fish could not be released.

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He’s taking this one to our Tailhunter Restaurant. Tasty amberjack for Grant Jensen from Woodland, WA. These are great eating and relate to yellowtail.

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Pretty fish for Dale Damron from Oregon. This barred pargo came back to the Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner.

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Over 3 days of fishing, Mike Donnelly and Ed Sorenson caught about a dozen different species of fish including sharks, pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and others. Here, they’ve got a handful of pompano amberjack and a white bonito.

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Captain Armando with Jessica and Shelley Reeves from Montana. Shelley has a dorado in her hands and Jessica has about the biggest rainbow runner I’ve seen in years. It’s cousin to the yellowtail and a good eater!

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Tasty pompano for Carol Damron from Oregon. She caught a number of different species on her one day on the water with us.

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Ken Gragg and his stepson, Alex Coleman, did a double hook-up just off the sand at Punta Arenas on two pretty roosterfish. Both were released.

WINDIEST WEEK – LOTS OF VARIETY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 5-12, 2016

Crazy windy week here which is nuts for June.  None of us down here can remember it ever being this windy in June and surely not for so many consecutive days.  It made for some really choppy unusual waters and some especially chilly mornings where us locals were wearing jackets, long pants and sweatshirts even though by afternoon, it broke into the high 90’s.  Of course, all of that had an effect on fishing…and our anglers too!

Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay

Again, like other weeks there is just no way to describe the fishing there.  It’s great.  It’s bad.  It’s super.  It’s stinky.  It’s up.  It’s down.  We’re catching this.  But we’re not catching that.  Weather as great.  Weather was crap.  Every day is different.  Every panga is different.  Every angler has a different opinion…EVERY DAY!  Some come back with long faces and don’t talk when they get back.  Others have a great day on the panga right next to it and can’t stop jumping up and down about the great day they had.  The next day, it’s just the opposite.  I’ve had clients just get skunked day-after-day.  Regulars who normally do great.  Then, I have rookies who go out every day and have banner days that are off-the-charts!  This particular week has been a microcosm of the whole season…so far.

But, take a look at the photos this week.  Hard to deny that there’s fish around.  The other side of the equation is that…some anglers who come back with bad days…HOOKED FISH but lost them!  Now THAT’s a different story.  Some of these fish are BIG.  If the fish comes off…if the line breaks…if the angler makes an error…or hey, sometimes that fish just wasn’t meant to be caught…well, that’s just fishing!  And there were some big fish caught.

So, darn Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay sure has been kicking out alot of variety!  If you want to go to a spot and catch a fish you’ve never caught before or want to cross a fish off your bucket list, we had as many as 14 different species this week!  One day alone, I counted 10 different species.  Some of the fish this week included:

Pargo – some dog-tooth up to 20 pounds

Yellow snapper

Bonito – white bonito that tastes like tuna with some great meat

Yellowfin tuna – firecracker footballs

Yellowtail – up to 20 pounds (just a few)

Striped marlin – 100 to120 pounders

Cabrilla – (Mexican seabass)

Amberjack – (like giant yellowtail) but most about 10-15 pounds

Barred Pargo – some big ones!

Jack Crevalle

Dorado  – finally getting larger up to about 15 pounds, but not alot of them

Roosterfish – 25 to 60 pounders this week

Wahoo – Lost a few but the ones caught were about 20-40 pounders

Rainbow runners – same family as yellowtail and good eating

Pompano – delicious 5-10 pounders

…and SHARKS!  Lots of sharks!

Holy cow…where did all the sharks come from?

We normally don’t catch many, and we’ve not had much of anything at all for the whole season.  But this week, I believe we hooked over 25 of them in the pangas!  Hammerheads…blues…thresher…lemon…mako…reef…Some of them were 200-300 pounders.

We call them the “grinning men in the grey suits!”   We think they moved in to feed on all the bonito we have in the water right now.  But, some days, every panga hooked 1-2 of them and the fights lasted up to 2 hours and just beat up the anglers!  Of course, we release all of them and would never put them into our pangas as a security issue (I used to commercially fish sharks and even a dead shark can injure someone).  But, they’re a great sport fish to hook up, but they will surely take the fight to you.

In the hot sun, it can really beat you up.  Alot of the time, the angler gets slammed and really don’t know what they’ve hooked.   A big tuna?  A marlin?  No telling on this first blistering runs!  It’s not until the fish is close to the boat after agonizing time on a bent rod, they realize they’ve been fighting a shark!

LA PAZ

Like Las Arenas, our La Paz anglers have encountered some of the same things.  The bite varies from day-to-day and from panga to panga and location to location.  It’s a big ocean out there and a panga 100 yards away from another panga can have completely different outcomes.  Wind had an effect on where we fished as well since fishing out’ve La Paz, there’s alot more open water and we have to travel further to the fishing areas.

The north end of Cerralvo Island produced some really nice wahoo and amberjack this week although a bit of a run to La Reyna and La Reynita.  The wahoo were larger 40 pounders.  The amberjack bigger than 50 pounds with some really big fish lost.

As well, there’s more dorado on the La Paz side than Las Arenas and up to about 18 or 20 pounds at times.  Around the islands and reefs, decent fishing for bigger pargo, cabrilla and amberjack with big white bonito and jack crevalle around the drop offs.

MORE BIG HEARTS – (and some big hearts from small people…read below!)

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Our amigo from Kansas, Marion Lawver, came down with a bunch of things for the kids stuffed in his ice chest.

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Colorado gets a shout-out for special friends, Diego and Kelly Jimenez who have been bringing things every year for the kids and families. And there’s a special story to this as well. See the attached story!

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These two toys have a remarkable story on how they ended up in Mexico with Jill and Catlyn, our Mexican pocket panther, giving their approval.

For 3 years, our wonderful friends and clients have been donating to our Tailhunter Outreach Program where we collect things for some underserved schoolkids as well as for the womens shelter here in La Paz. We’ve collected well-over 2000 pounds for Jill’s program thanks to you and more gets brought every week!  On behalf of so many kids and families, we are incredibly grateful.

Take a look at the photo above.  Good Tailhunter friends, Kelly and Diego Jimenez arrived with some great school supplies but when they dug into their own suitcases back at the hotel,  they found two favorite dolls that belonged to their granddaughter.

The dolls had been hidden in the luggage. There was a note that said,
“These are my favorite, but maybe a little girl in Mexico needs them more and they will make her happy.”

Sigh…

You have a great week.

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

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://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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