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THE MINI-VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE- Scale of 1-10 being best

Water – 7 (way better than previously)

Weather – 7 (funky early in the week, but mostly gorgeous and low 90’s cooler than normal)

Fishing Conditions – 7 (much much improved)

Fishing Quality –  6-8 (can’t argue with marlin, dorado and big roosters and if only the dorado were larger!)

Fishing Quantity – 4 (lost alot of fish or counts would have been higher)

Traffic – 8 (town is quietly empty as summer vacationers leave)

Jonathan’s Attitude – 7 (hopefully optimistic with dorado and better fishing showing up!)

Quote of the Week – “My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I told her it cost.”

THE BIG PICTURE

Jeff Sakuda, our amigo, from Cerritos CA, who usually makes two trips a year to fish with us and Captain Jorge had a banner week landing 4 wahoo and losing one fish that was even larger. Note how close to shore they area. This is Punta Perrico just outside Bahia de los Muertos.

Jeff Sakuda, our amigo, from Cerritos CA, who usually makes two trips a year to fish with us and Captain Jorge, had a banner week landing 4 wahoo and losing one fish that was even larger. Note how close to shore they area. This is Punta Perrico just outside Bahia de los Muertos.

Marlin bit strong this week, especially for our clients that fished with our La Paz fleet around Espirito Santo Island. Striped marlin and bigger blues really bent some rods. Most fish were released.

Marlin bit strong this week, especially for our clients that fished with our La Paz fleet around Espirito Santo Island. Striped marlin and bigger blues really bent some rods. Most fish were released.

Finally, some decent showing of dorado this past week with Wade Gomes, Greg Gomes and Hugh Fielder.

Finally, some decent showing of dorado this past week with Wade Gomes, Greg Gomes and Hugh Fielder.

Captain Jorge with Jeff and Marianne Sugawara and another wahoo plus a rainbow runner, cousin to yellowtail, which is a cooler water fish.

Captain Jorge with Jeff and Marianne Sugawara and another wahoo plus a rainbow runner, cousin to yellowtail, which is a cooler water fish.

Another catch-and-release rooster! It continues to be a banner year for big roosterfish. This week, they ran 20-40 pounds along the beaches.

Another catch-and-release rooster! It continues to be a banner year for big roosterfish. This week, they ran 20-40 pounds along the beaches.

And yes! Dorado at Las Arenas too!

And yes! Dorado at Las Arenas too!

No, it's not all the same fish. Jeff and Marianne caught 4 of them over 2 days.

No, it’s not all the same fish. Jeff and Marianne caught 4 of them over 2 days.

DORADO WAHOO MARLIN END-OF-SUMMER-BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for week of August 21-28, 2016

A much much better week than we have had in awhile…at last!  Early on in the week we had some wind and a few sporadic showers, but as the week went on, both weather and water conditions improved and it was probably the best we have had in several weeks.  Not surprisingly, the fishing also corresponded with the conditions and there were some nice catches.  Still not up to what we’re usually at, but definitely a marked improvement over the past month!

The only thing was that it’s the end-of-summer and there weren’t many fishermen around.  It’s like that every year.  In fact, all of La Paz seemed to have “exhaled” as summer wound up and lots of vacationers and families went back to school including the local kids.  Airplanes were less than full.  Hotels have quite a bit of vacancy and La Paz activity dropped quite few notches.  For at least a week or two, it’s a “sleepy little city” again.  But, after Labor Day, we ramp up again and it’s full-steam into the meat of the season and our busiest months of September and October.  So, having a good fishing report is incredibly encouraging.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

The bad news is that the bait situation has not gotten better.  It’s negligible at best.  There’s a scarce mix of caballitos, sardines, ladyfish (sabalo) and mackerel.  At best…

The good news…we’re still catching fish and we had one of the better weeks in awhile.

For one, there’s marlin and sailfish around.  Both stripers and blues and smaller sailfish.  And they’re close.  The other good news is that we had a great week on wahoo.  The fish are also close in…literally a hundred or so yards off Punta Perrico.  Fish in the 20-40 pound class mostly with some larger ones lost!

Plus, in the rocks, the pargo and cabrilla are also eating and of course, there’s big rooster fish still around.  And…we finally saw some dorado in the counts as well.  Very encouraging!

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The best news is we finally found spots of dorado in several places, but the area around Rosario produced the kind of bite we’ve been waiting for.  Not big fish, by any stretch.  Normally, our smaller fish right now should be 20 pounders!  However, we caught more dorado in the last few days of the week than we caught all year.  Most of the fish were 8-15 pounders, with some 20 pounders in the mix and a few larger fish lost.  My captains tell me that there’s some spots where there’s so many baby dorado, you can sit on the spot all day long whacking and releasing all the babies.

That bodes well for the coming weeks as these “babies” grow fast.  Fortunately, all of our anglers this week went for the larger fish and got away from the voracious punk fish that will eat anything.  As one of them told me, “some of the giant baits were larger than the dorado!”

Perhaps as part of the dorado showing up are the billfish that have also really kicked it up a notch.  Favorite food of the marlin…blues and stripers…are baby dorado!  We had a number of billfish hooked but most either were released or came off.

Inshore, still all the triggerfish, pargo and cabrilla you could want, but it was nice that the blue water fish went on the chew a bit so we could give the inshore species a rest.

 That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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THE MINI VIDEO REPORT

The quick-video re-cap:

THE QUICK REVIEW – (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 2 (thunderstorms on and off all week)

Conditions Overall – 2 (windy cloudy many times)

Water – 3 (bumpy at times depending on the winds and nearby storms)

Fishing  Quality – 1 (big fish around but mostly all lost or broke off)

Fishing Quantity  – 7 (if you were catching triggerfish easy limits)

Quote of the Week – “Fishing is my anger management”

 THE BIG PICTURE

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Jeff Sakuda, our amigo for so many years, was trolling a small Rapala on just 30-pound-test for pargo while fishing with Captain Jorge and got this 20-pound wahoo hooked instead just  before the weather changed and they had to bring it closer in.

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Dee Dee Radar was fishing not to far off Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz and got this trophy cabrilla into the boat.

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Mike Zech and Aaron Warren from Portland OR with Captain Rogelio and a nice barred pargo. They also got lots of triggerfish and had a big blue marlin on for a bit that broke the line and took off with the lure.

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Roosterfish like Vanessa’s fish here with Captain Jorge just inside Bahia de los Muertos were about the size of the roosters this week. This fish was released.

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Surprisingly great eating and tough battling fish, triggerfish have been easy pickings the last few weeks especially around the rocks, reefs and islands. Thanks for Joey Fuschetti for the photo.

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Clarence and John showing off the kind of dorado we were hitting this week…when we could find them.

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Joey Fuschetti with a china maru…also knows as a hawkfish.

THUNDERSTORMS ADD TO END-OF-SUMMER FISHING LULL

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 14-21, 2016

Not much to tell you this week.  Weather wasn’t the most cooperative.  Summer thundershowers or threats of showers, thunder or lightning were almost an every-day occurrence.  It didn’t always happen or it rained and thundered in one area, but not another or the predicted precipitation lasted 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there.  Very tropical overall.  My point being that it wasn’t always “Chamber of Commerce” clear sunny beach weather.

For fishing, we had a lull.  What can I say?  After months and months of solid anglers every day, this past week, we just didn’t have many folks coming to visit and fish.  Actually, it’s kind of typical this time of year.

It’s the end of summer.  Families are headed back to school so it marks the end of our “summer vacation” visitors and families that come to La Paz.  (Local kids also head back to school as well).  Anyway, families have other things on their plates and it’s a rare dad who gets to slip away from home to go fishing while leaving mom back home to deal with back-to-school craziness!  So, there just weren’t many fishermen and this was the slow week of the season.  Given the weather, maybe that was a good thing.

For those that did fish, it was a mix.  I’m sure the weather had something to do with it.

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay some rooster fish were caught, but they missed some of the big boys.  The ones caught and released were the smaller 10-15 pounders.  There are wahoo in the area and we hooked 2, but lost them.  Our friend, Jeff Sakuda got one 20-pound wahoo…while trolling a small Rapala on 30-pound test for pargo!    The dark Rapalas are still the trick.   There were some tuna that hit earlier in the week.

For our La Paz fleet, the inshore fishing once again provided the most action with big triggerfish, pargo, cabrilla and smaller amberjack making up most of the catch.  Offshore, a few dorado in the 10 pound class hooked and one of our pangas had a big blue marlin on the line that broke the line after awhile.

More intermittent rain and thundershowers are predicted over the next few days again.  Remnants of Tropical Storm Kay that formed east of Cabo San Lucas, but moving westward out to the Pacific.

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.”

MINI- VIDEO REPORT

Sorry, it’s a little long this week.  Had alot to go over and the video quality isn’t that good for several reason.  One, I was born funny looking to begin with.  And also, I was crushed for time to get this up on time and had to do this in just one take!  Hope it’s OK!

The Quick Summary Week at a Glance (Scale of 1-10 worst to best)

Weather – 2  (Tropical Storm Javier came through)

Water – 5  (Could be better.  Could be worse.  Blue and warm but took a step back from the storm)

Fishing Action – 6 (Really good if you were fishing for inshore species  but only a 2 for offshore bluewater stuff)

Fishing Quality – 2 (Not so good.  Big fish were scarce or folks lost them.  No medium fish to speak of.)

Forecast –  5 (Might get some rain on Wednesday and Saturday.  Nothing serious…for now)

Jonathan’s Attitude:  4  (Tired and frustrated trying to predict the fishing bite during this crazy season…Just shoot me already!)

Quote of the Week:  “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.”

THE BIG PICTURE – FULL REPORT

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Our Colorado buddy, Frank Kunze looks a tad tuckers out after tangling with this blue marlin north of La Paz! He had it on light tackle and good for him…he released the fish to fight another day!

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This might be the most important fish of the week. As dorado go, it’s not that big, but bigger on so many other levels! You see, Lisa Gibson has been fighting and just beat cancer. They were going to come several years ago ,but then she got the diagnosis. She said that thoughts of coming fishing here in La Paz often kept her going. So, this trip was a celebration of all things good! She and her husband, Rick, caught 14 different species of fish over 3 days!

Here's a guy who knows how to pose with a fish! Chad Stachowicz is the man behind the mask and holding one of the nicer dorado from the week! He also just got married a few days ago! Fishing honeymoon! Erin's photo is below!

Here’s a guy who knows how to pose with a fish! Chad Stachowicz is the man behind the mask and holding one of the nicer dorado from the week! He also just got married a few days ago! Fishing honeymoon! Erin’s photo is below!

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They literally got married and jumped on a plane to start the honeymoon in La Paz! Erin and Chad Stachowicz here with some nice triggerfish and a bonito. Chad’s dorado is the photo above. They also lost a big pargo in the rocks!

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Carolyn Broshear has to be one of the most joyous gals we’ve run across. She’s always laughing and it’s evident here with this big roosterfish and Captain Victor. She said the roosterfish really hammered her but had a blast. She also released the fish too!

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Ah yes! The right kind. Rick Gibson from Arizona with an early morning trophy roosterfish and Captain Pancho! It was also Rick’s birthday too! The fish was released.

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Another rooster in the boat! John Radar from Colorado told me, “I’m so handsome the fish are scared!” Captain Victor helps for the photo. John released the big roosterfish.

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Captain “Jolly Roger” Rogelio and one of the big triggerfish we’ve been catching around Espirito Santo Island with Lisa Gibson. Great eating fish!

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Frank Kunze again with a rooster just south of Bahia de los Muertos! The fish lived to fight and grow bigger!

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Captain Victor was on fire this week with the roosterfish. This time Dee Dee was on the bite just off the rocks and she takes a quick pose before letting this one go too!

TROP STORM JAVIER DAMPENS FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 7-14, 2016

The week got jacked a bit by Tropical Storm Javier that hit us mid-week, but all-in-all, it could have been alot worse.  Mainland Mexico got hit pretty badly.  Cabo San Lucas and the East Cape got alot of rain and strong winds.  We were braced for it here in La Paz, but ultimately, we got some heavy winds the actual day of the storm with some 50-60 mph gusts and a few hours of steady but not torrential rains and thankfully, that was it.  No hurricane.  No flooding or damage to speak of.

But, from the perspective of fishing, it didn’t do us any favors.

The storm hit mid-week.  The day before it was already getting windy and cloudy.  Some flashes of lightning and thunder and the waters were already getting choppy.

The day of the storm, forget it.  It was completely blown out and impossible to get out.  Plus the port captain closed the port and kept everyone inside anyway.  So, we had to cancel all the trips and basically tell folks to sleep in; hang out and go hang out by the pool.  We had great folks with us this week and everyone was cool and just rolled with it and kept smiling.

The day after the storm, we were back out on the water, but as if often characteristic of storms, the day after, the waters are turned over and dirty.  It was still choppy and conditions weren’t exactly optimum.

So that knocked 3 days out’ve the week right there.

Overall, fishing wasn’t spectacular anyway.  Roosterfish, some billfish, lots of triggerfish, some pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, a few dorado and a couple of wahoo lost.  We’re expecting some thundershowers late Wednesday again.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

Once again, the rooster fish factory saved the day on more than one occasion.  Big feisty fish from 20-50 pounds.  All released. Great fighting.  Thrilling if you’ve never caught one and everyone is always surprised how close t shore these big fish can be and how shallow the water can be.  But, rooster fish were once again center stage for our anglers who fished this area.

Beyond that, a few billfish hooked.  A couple of wahoo lost.  The rest of the catch was a picky scratchy mix of some jack crevalle and bonito.

LA PAZ

This is where most of the action was.  This is where the fillets came from if you planned to take home some fish.

But strange.  We SHOULD be thick in to the dorado this time of year.  But, we’re only getting a handful a day..if that.  Still, it’s more than we were getting two weeks ago.  We SHOULD be into 10-30 pound fish.  The fish we’re getting are only about 10-15 pounds at best.  Conditions are improving, but we’ll have to see.

There’s sailfish, blue marlin and striped marlin and we hooked and released a couple of them.  We had one rooster fish come up and eat a marlin jig that was trolled over a high spot.  Never seen that before!

The main focus then was inshore stuff around the islands, reefs and rocks where there was great bite of 2-5 pound triggerfish mixed with cabrilla, pargo, amberjack and a few others.  All great eating fish and lots of the larger fish lost to the rocks and sharp teeth.

DONATION NATION

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Kent Hawkins and Joey Fuschetti had a full ice chest of stuff including a ton of sports equipment. Joey is a coach and he had bags of balls plus swimming gear and even his original baseball mits from when he was a kid.

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Clothes…school…supplies…book bags…just incredible from Kevin Davis, Dennis Smith, Phil France, Joe France, Del “Santa Clause” Winterfeld and Steve Gross all from Washington.

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Portland OR friends in the house! Steve and Dorothy Murata brought down 72 sets of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for the kids!

Major shout-outs to all our awesome Tailhunter Tribe amigos who kindly brought down donations for the schookids at our outlying schools, the orphanage and the woman’s shelter.  Your big hearts go a long way and we’re grateful.  In the last month alone we’ve donated over 1000 pounds of much needed things.

Also a big THANK YOU to the kids in Lisa and Rick Gibson’s family (photos of Rick and Lisa above).  The kids took their own money that they had saved and went out and bought school supplies to donate!  WOW!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of Rick and Lisa and the stuff they brought down…or their kids who did not make the fishing trip!  :(

God bless you all!

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.”

TAILHUNTER MINI-VIDEO FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK OF AUG. 1-7, 2016

THE WEEK IN SUMMARY  (scale of 1-10)

Weather – 7 (sunny but humid)

Wind – 9 (not an issue/ sweet breeze in the afternoon and evenings)

Fishing Action –  4 (More fish with our La Paz fleet, but smaller.  Las Arenas fewer fish but overall larger)

Quality of Fish – 6  (Big Roosters / Nice billfish / Tasty rock fish)

Water – 6 (bluer and warmer)

Tailhunter Restaurant –  6 (good crowds/ cold beer/ finally something to watch…Olympics and NFL Football)

Jonathan Attitude – 6 (cautiously optimistic /  a bit of tight shorts over possible rain coming)

Forecast –  5 (El Nino broke my crystal ball / watching this weather right now)

Quote of the Week –  “I don’t go fishing to find myself.  I got fishing to lose myself.”

THE FULL STORY – THE WHOLE ENCHILADA FISHING REPORT

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Olga Atamanyk is from Russia and she and her husband Anatoli walked into the Tailhunter Sportfishing office in La Paz speaking no English or Spanish. None of us could speak Russian! All she could say was “BIG FISH! BIG FISH!” and pantomime fishing with her hands and arms! So, we sent her fishing with Captain Pancho out’ve Bahia de los Muertos. She and Anatoli caught and released two huge rooster fish and a big jack crevalle plus triggerfish which they brought back to Tailhunter Restaurant to cook up. The big smile says it all. Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter Fleet lends a hand.

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This photo of Eric Stefan from Kansas makes me smile on so many levels. It’s a great picture and a happy fella, but it’s also maybe one of the biggest dorado we’ve seen in awhile and they got several that day. Fingers crossed!

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Wes Perkins from Portland OR found a speedy wahoo his first day of fishing with Captain Victor. Posing on the beach at Muertos Bay.

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Lowen Hobbs and his girlfriend Heather, from Poway CA had only one day to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They went out of Bahia de los Muertos near Las Arenas and hooked this big blue marlin right off the bat. They also hooked and released a big rooster fish. They were not able to release the marlin. They fought the fish almost 2 hours on light tackle. They were with Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter Fleet.

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Got what he wanted! Captain Gerardo helps out young Earl Natrass from Cool, California who really wanted to catch a big rooster! Nicely done and they also released the fish.

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She’s always laughing! Chelsey Stefan from Topeka KS with her first dorado that she battled mightily on Captain Chito’s panga caught north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island. Check out the video of Chelsey below!

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For one day fishing, it’s hard to top Lowen Hobbs from Poway CA. He got this nice roosterfish south of Bahia de los Muertos and released it then got bent on a big blue marlin (photos at the beginning of the report).

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From Mesquite, Nevada, Darrold Stefan loves to fish. This jack crevalle yanked him around a bit before getting his photos taken and put back in the water! Darrold also caught a few marlin during the week.

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Gary Wagner from Colorado Springs CO (owner of Rancho Costa Plenty at Muertos Bay) and Rush Whitmarsh from San Diego pose with a feisty jack crevalle just outside the bay. The guys released the fish to fight another day.

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Great photo of Earl Natrass from Cool CA with his roosterfish still fresh and all lit up with great colors! Catch…photo…release…well done!

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Captain Pancho and Bernie Stefan from Kansas with Bernie’s fat rooster from his first day fishing. Bernie released the fish.

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Detante at it’s best! Hard to beat the smiles our our Russian friend who ony had one day to fish, Anatoli and Olga Atamanyk who also got 2 giant roosterfish!

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Just had to post this one up! This tiny dorado was a hungry fella and grabbed Chelsey’s hook and gave it all he had! Captain Rogelio helps for the photo. They released the little tiger!

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Not bad for just one day of fishing for Anatoli Atamanyk with Captain Pancho and his big rooster he fought and released. Great photo.

DORADO HIGHLIGHT A BETTER WEEK…BUT WAIT…

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 1-7, 2016

Not up to our usual summer standards by any stretch, but this past week was definitely an improvement over last week.  The bite was more consistent.  There were no weather related issues.  The water was cleaner, warmer and bluer.  This all added up to better action for our anglers.

And…(drumroll)…we had some dorado show up!  These were quality fish too.  Nothing spectacular.  Nothing on fire.  But given the dearth or mahi this year, this was very encouraging.

Hopefully, things will improve…but wait…

As I’m writing this, we’re on storm watch.  Mother Nature is gonna maybe have another laugh at our expense and drop kick us to see how we roll.  There’s a potential tropical storm headed our way which could be dropping some rain on us by the time you’re reading this.  If I had hair long enough to grab, I might be pulling it out right now in frustration.   More on that below…

LAS ARENAS

After a week or so of some iffy fishing I was wondering if our rooster fish had left us.  Well, if they did, they came back nicely.  Good to have the big gallos back to put on a show.  We had some good roosters this week like normal.

Fish ranged from about 10 pounds to over 60 in some cases.  Not good to eat so as far as I know, all of them were released, but hard not to get thrilled by a big fish in shallow water and that’s exactly what these big slab fish do.  They kick your heart rate up a few notches.

That’s the good news.

The bad news from the area was that there wasn’t much more biting.  We had a few billfish.  There were a few wahoo bites that were lost, although we got a few.  There was one solitary tuna and a few rock fish, jack crevalle, bonito, and assorted mixes.  That was it.

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Our Tailhunter La Paz fleet  surely had the most variety and best action overall.

Inshore fishing continues to be the highlight with some huge triggerfish, pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and parrot fish really surprising some of our anglers who often go to the rocks a big dejected when the blue water fishing doesn’t work out so well.  Then, they hit the rocks and get schooled a few times by giant pargo and cabrilla or get triple bites on huge jacks or the triggerfish and realize they’re having a blast and filled the fish box with some quality fillets.

But, the big surprise was finding a couple pods of dorado…finally!  We should be hitting limits of dorado every single day right now in a normal year.  This isn’t a normal year.  It’s been like this for 2 seasons now as we hit the tail end of the El Nino conditions.   But, some of our anglers found some of the mahi schooled up and got a few handfuls into the boat that were quality 10-25 pound fish and some larger ones lost!   We can only hope for more!

As for other species, the deep canyons and drop off areas still produced some good billfish action for stripers, sailfish and the occasional hookup (and loss) of bigger blue marlin.

THE STORM?

As mentioned above, we’ve got our eye on a tropical storm that might be hitting us with some thundershowers and wind starting Monday.  As I write this on Sunday, wind is already stronger than normal although the sun has been shining.  This is NOT a hurricane, but there might be some flurries of intermittent rain, thunder and lightning coming Monday and Tuesday.

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This is Tropical Depression Eleven-E as of Sunday and the possible path it might take over the next few days. Or not…the diagram changes every few hours.

The advisories seem to change every few hours.  It’s not really going to affect anyone here on vacation.  The margaritas will flow and tacos will be eaten.  I’m only writing this as to how it might affect our fishermen, divers and snorkelers that it’s just something we’re watching and might have to do some adjustments to fishing schedules and that waters might be a little rough   A little rain here and there is no big deal.  Fish still bite.  But if it gets really windy that might be another issue.  

TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION!

Wow! Don and Sue Ogden DROVE about 10 crates of school supplies down to us including books, teaching materials, about 50 completely packed pencil boxes and so many other things all headed to the orphanage at Los Planes. Incredible.

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All the way from Topeka, Kansas, the Stefan Family brought down a big batch of things for our charities.  Super fun family and their first time fishing with us in La Paz.  The empty ice chests that brought all this down went home with about 100 pounds of fish filets!  Nice exchange!

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Our good friends for so many years, on their 2nd trip here in 2016, Grant Darby and son-in-law, Ben Van Gerpen from Washington brought down school supplies, toiletries, hygiene items and clothes, which I think we’ll deliver to the women’s shelter here in La Paz. You rock, guys!

All the items that came in this week literally filled the entire back and the inside cab of a truck!  I think there was over 300 pounds of supplies and we are so grateful.   The donations go to so many needy families and kids and are priceless.

Big shout out to the folks pictured above:

Don and Sue Ogden

The Stefan Family

Ben Van Gerpen and Grant Darby

And some great amigos we didn’t get pictures of:

Lee Carlos and Frank Kunze

Noe and Dante Fierros

Thanks for the big hearts, my friends!

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 SPORTFISHING – WEEKLY MINI REVIEW 

THE WEEK AT A GLANCE

Conditions:  4 (cloudy, humid, a few passing storms, windy at times and choppy)

Sunshine:  3 (much of the week overcast, but finally sunshine late in the week)

Bait:  3 ( better for La Paz than Las Arenas)

Quality of fish:  5 (nice marlin and roosters)

Quantity of fish:  2 (sometimes there were only triggerfish caught)

Optimism:  6 (it’s gottta get better!)

Quote of the Week:  “I have 99 problems.  Fishing solves all of them.”

THE BIG PICTURE

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From Puyallup WA area, fireman Seth Maxwell is on his honeymoon with his new wife Vann. Their first date was fishing. He proposed to her while they were fishing and now this! Nice amberjack off Punta Arenas!

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C.J. Randolph with the big boy dog-tooth snapper (check out the choppers!) on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos! CJ is from Pacific Palisades CA

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Gary Wagner and his daughter, Sydney, with her rooster caught not far from Gary’s place in Bahia de los Suenos…great lodge Rancho Costa (Plenty!). The fish was released!

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Monte Adridge from Utah with a really gorgeous white marlin and Captain Pancho near the south end of Cerralvo Island.

One of the rare dorado caught this week. Van Maxwell, again in the report with Captain Chito north of La Paz.

One of the rare dorado caught this week. Van Maxwell, again in the report with Captain Chito north of La Paz.

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Gary Wagner again, our amigo, with his son Miles’ roosterfish and captain Manny looking on! They are near Punta Perrico and released the fish.

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Here’s Vann Maxwell again with big smiles and a huge roosterfish and Captain Pancho. The fish was released. Look closely and you can see the rain hitting the water in the background!

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Pretty photo of Marlene and Monte Adridge visiting us for the first time from Utah and a big rooster just off the rocks near Baha de los Muertos. The fish was released.

Slug of a trophy cabrilla (seabass) for young Captain Randolph out've Las Arenas/ Bahia de los Muertos!

Slug of a trophy cabrilla (seabass) for young Captain Randolph out’ve Las Arenas/ Bahia de los Muertos!

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Dietmar Kruger with a nice barred pargo that’s going to get filleted!

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You alway remember that first fish! Kudos to Marlene Aldridge for the fiesty bonito that was released and Captain Joel near Espirito Santo Island.

WEATHER AND FISH RELUCTANT PARTICIPANTS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 24-31, 2016

It was a struggle this week.  It’s been a repeated pattern all season.  We have a week or two of really encouraging fishing and conditions when things look like they’re turning around followed by some really tougher fishing a week later.  The last two weeks, the billfish really kicked it in and we were even seeing a few dorado finally.

This week the winds came in strong.  So did cloudy skies and even some rain in the mountains and occasional showers on the water for our anglers.  We barely saw sunshine.  The billfish bite, while still OK was not as consistent as the week before.  The dorado couldn’t be found.  Even our reliable rooster fish were harder to find.  It was like two steps forward…one step back.

We didn’t have alot  fishermen this week, so maybe that was a good thing.  We’ve been really solidly busy, but this week we had a few days with only a few pangas out.  But, the guys really hung in there and worked hard.  The captains were working especially hard.  As I told my captains, when the fish are biting, all of us are superstars and the “best captains” in the world.  When the fish are not biting, we have to prove we’re good by showing the clients that we work even harder.  Some of our guys were staying out just a little longer than normal to give our guys as much time on the water as possible.   We did whatever we could.  Sometimes it paid off.  Sometimes…well, that’s fishing.  Not for lack of effort by the anglers or the captains.

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Roosterfish have saved us time-and-again all season.  The fish are nice quality fish of 25-60 pounds.  But this week even the roosters were harder to come by although we still got a few.  As well, surprisingly, we got amberjack this week.  We had not seen any for about a month and these are usually spring-time fish when waters are cooler.  It’s really surprising to get any when it’s almost August!

A few billfish hooked and lost.  Wahoo are apparently still in the area too.  We had several inadvertent hook-ups but fish either bit-off or were dumped.

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Definitely our area this past week with the most action.  Not great fishing, but the better area just to get your rod bent. There were billfish out there with stripers and larger blues getting hooked, but nothing like it was last week.  Word is out now and there’s so much more boat traffic out there with alot of local boats all zipping back and forth across the marlin holes.  So, I’m sure that had an effect on it too.  A week ago, there were 1-3 billfish per boat some days.   One day we counted 26 vessels criss-crossing the same patch of water over…and over…and over…

With the marlin action diminished…

Alot of our action has been inshore for pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, triggerfish, bonito and amberjack.  Again, we would normally NEVER even be talking about these species of fish this time of year.  These are spring-time species.  We SHOULD be talking about dorado!  But other than the occasional free-swimmer, there’s just not much out there for pelagic species.  Other areas are also having their issues finding dorado as well so it’s not just us.

On the upside, the waters are warming and clearing up.  Much bluer every week and there’s a bunch of sargasso weed about 10 miles north of town that’s moving south towards us so that’s very promising because the live bait situation is also improving.  My captains are saying to give it 2-3 weeks and they think we’ll be getting dorado.

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:  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.”

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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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 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…

LA PAZ

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

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