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DORADO STILL AROUND BUT NOT MANY ANGLERS!

La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for December 31, 2006

Photo: Captain Joel lends a hand on this nice dorado about to get cleaned on Balandra Beach. Despite winds and waters that would seem too cold for mahi mahi, there’s still dorado to be caught north of La Paz

FISHING REPORT

Understandably, with the holidays being here, not many fishermen around. Mostly, it’s snow birds trying to get some sun on white legs and arms and attempting to escape colder climes like New Hampshire and Canada that fill the town right now. Locals are walking around with long pants and jackets. The tourists have their shorts and t-shirts!

The fish are there when we have fishermen! No doubt about it. When it’s windy, the inshore fishing produces some big jack crevalle, sierra, and snapper plus schools of bonito shooting through. During those days when we can get further out or towards the islands or outter banks or ridges, there’s still dorado unbelievably even though it’s the dead of winter! Go figure. Oh well. No one is complaining. But honestly, the winds are the factor. When it lays down, we get dorado and there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of wind and the amount of dorado. Less wind = more dorado! The cool thing is that most folks down right now are here f0r some sunshine, tacos or just getting away. Unlike the warmer months when the primary focus is fishing, the expectations right now are muted so whatever we catch, as long as the weather is good, putting some fish in the boat is a nice bonus and even if it’s not dorado, the other fish like the sierra and snapper are fun and good eating.

WHALE WATCHING JANUARY to MARCH 2007

Just a head’s up again that whale watching should start in the next months when the grey whales start showing up in Magdalena Bay. From about the middle or end of January to about March (it all depends on when the whales show up and leave…they don’t e-mail me their “schedule” so please don’t ask!) we’ll be arranging our day trips to go see the whales. It’s really an incredible experience to get close enough to the whales to touch them in the calm shallow waters of Magdalena Bay. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime-experience that would be great for the family. Let us know if you’d like more information.

CABIN FEVER CLASSIC APRIL 12-16, 2007

More calendar stuff…our only officially hosted event to kick off the year is the Cabin Fever Classic on tap for April 12-16th at La Concha Beach Resort. Our most popular event, many anglers, couples and amigos return every year just for this! Three days of fishing and basically a great excuse to eat some tacos, drink some beer and get outta your freezing cold cabin and have some fun with some great people. We have a blast every year. Spots are filling and are limited so get in touch with us ASAP and we’ll give you more details and get you dialed in. Last year, we hammered big yellowtail and pargo!

FISHING AND OUTDOOR SHOW CALENDAR 2007

Tailhunter International is heading out on it’s 2007 road tour and we hope you’ll come by to see us at our booth. Here’s our schedule for the next few months. Our first show will be in the San Francisco Bay Area at San Mateo January 11-14. Here’s the list:

Jan. 11- 14 – International Sportsmen’s Expo, San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo CA
Jan. 18-21 – International Sportsmen’s Expo, California State Fairgrounds, Sacramento CA
Jan. 25-28 – International Sportsmen’s Expo, Denver Convention Center, Denver CO
Feb. 7-11 – O’Laughlin Outdoor Shows, Portland Expo Center, Portland OR
Mar. 7-11 – Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach CA
Mar. 15-18 – International Sportsman’s Show, Salt Lake City CA
Mar. 29-April 1 – Great Outdoor Show , Anchorage AK

Hope to see you there!

PASSPORTS for 2007

One final note, don’t forget that if YOU are flying into Mexico this year, you MUST have a passport. Homeland Security no longer will allow you back into the U.S. with just your certified birth certifcate and your smiling face on your driver’s license. This is new for 2007 for anyone flying in North American and the Caribbean. Right now, if you’re driving, you’re OK for another year. By 2008 you’ll need a passport for ANY travel over international borders.

Happy New Year everyone! May it be an awesome 2007 for you, your families and all of us!

That’s my story!
Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Website: http://www.tailhunter-international.com: Phone: (626) 333-3355
FAX: (626) 333-0115
E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com
U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745
Mexico Office: Carr. a Pichilingue KM 5, Numero 205, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

“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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DORADO STILL AROUND WHEN WINDS NOT BLOWING

La Paz/Las Arenas Fishing Report for Dec. 23, 2006

Photo 1: Just wanted to start the report out with a “Feliz Navidad” to everyone!

Photo 2: Guess what? It’s December and dorado like these are still around! Hard to believe, but fish like this are a nice winter surprise!

The FISHING REPORT

Because of the holidays and because I plan on being tucked into my “long winter nap” Sunday (Christmas Eve night) waiting for Santa, I wanted to get the fishing report out early. Basically, the last place I wanted to be was staring at my computer screeen as much as I love putting up my fishing reports!

Anyway, amigos…

It’s winter. The winds are loco. They blow one day and not the next with on rhyme or reason. You can come down and get 3 solid days of warm sunshine and flat waters or get 4 days of chop and windbreaker weather. Still, it’s a nice time to be in La Paz if you have to stay on the beach. Town is quiet and in the holiday mode and you can smell tamales cooking everywhere!

On the days it’s not windy…

There’s still some pretty good fishing considering it’s winter! Dorado are still north of town around the island and in the channel willing to eat a slow trolled sardine, bonito or slab of dead bait. Nothing like our warm weather fishing, but on the calm days everyone has caught a few dorado in the 10-20 pound class with an occasional 30 pound bull (and tales of other fish lost!) and mixed in with a few cabrilla, snapper or sierra, that makes for a nice ice chest of fillets! No one is complaining.

Still, a word of advice if you’re coming down in the next few…bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt!

QUICK AIRLINE NEWS

Delta Airlines is now flying daily flights out of Los Angeles direct to La Paz! Yay! Flight prices look pretty good for 2007 and it looks like they’ll be neck-and-neck with Alaska which is also flying into La Paz.

DON’T FORGET PASSPORTS!

This is the biggie! Starting in 2007, if you’re flying in or out of Mexico, you MUST have a valid passport. Don’t wait until the last minute. They’re not hard to get and pretty cool to have!

Travel tip: I still carry a copy of my certified birth certicate with me when I fly. I also carry photo copies of my passport and my driver’s license with me as well and I put them in a ziplock bag and hide them somewhere else in my luggage. That way if I ever lose my real paperwork, I can at least have copies with me at all times.

LASTLY…

Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This last year was a tough one for us losing our only airline into town plus a series of storms that really busted us up a couple of times! Still, I gotta say that we had one of the most outstanding fishing seasons I’ve ever seen and I appreciate everyone who came down despite all the hardships and changes and had a good time or made the best of it. We kicked butt more often than not and it was great seeing so many amigos catch their first first; largest fish; first of a species; most fish, etc. or see a kid, friend or loved one have such a great time! Even moreso, I appreciate all of you who also didn’t make it down or couldn’t make it down for all the support and good wishes. You hung with us too! We’re still hanging in here and no one has told us to take our ball and go home yet and we are still blessed with good health, our families and friends around us. To each of you reading this, I wish you the same. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Enjoy those who care about you and God bless always!

Here’s a little Christmas story for you:

One beautiful December evening Pedro and his girlfriend Rosita were sitting by the side of the ocean. It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, “Hey, mamacita, let’s do Weeweechu.” Oh no, not now, let’s look at the moon!” said Rosita.Oh, c’mon baby, let’s you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it’s the perfect time,” Pedro begged.
“But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon.” replied Rosita.Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me.”Rosita looked at Pedro and said, “OK, one time, we’ll do Weeweechu.”Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang…..

“Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.”MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

“Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.”MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

That’s my story! Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

Phone: (626) 333-3355

FAX: (626) 333-0115

E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com

U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745

Mexico Office: Carr. a Pichilingue KM 5, Numero 205, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

“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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TOO MUCH WIND AND NOT ENOUGH FISHERMEN

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Dec. 17, 2006

Photo 1: Verda Boyd and Tim Zimmer are both sheriff’s officers from the San Francisco BayArea 0f California so they’re used to clouds, wind and chilly conditions. They always come in December when no one else is around and always seem to do well and have a good time. Here, Verda shows off a day’s work of sierra.

THE FISHING REPORT

Crummy week! Earlier in the week we had anglers, but had to cancel most trips because the winds were whipping so hard. By the time the winds calmed down later in the week, all the fishermen had gone home. We really were living on borrowed time. The dorado bite from the summer continued a good 2 months longer than expected right into late November with great conditions when we had no right to be expecting that kind of warm water fishing. However, two weeks ago the winds whipped up out of the north like they do this time of year and it’s amazing how fast the water temps dropped a good 5-10 degrees in some spots to the lower 70’s so I think the warm water season has finally come to a close and getting cooler.

Photo 2: Verda holds up a nice dorado taken off the south end of Espiritu Santo Island. I think this officially marks pretty much the end of the warm water season and the end of the best dorado bite I have ever seen that lasted from late May to early December with some of the most prolific mahi fishing ever. That’s Tim Zimmer peaking out from the background. He’s been cursed lately and Verda keeps outfishing him even though he rigs up all the gear and baits everything the same!
Photo 3: Tim is finally on the board! Tim holds a nice jack crevalle which like the dorado is normally a warm-water species. It tastes terrible so we release most, but they are terrific fighters. On the right is popular Captain Raul “Papa” Martinez.

CABIN FEVER CLASSIC IS ANNOUNCED

Everyone has been asking and I’m sorry for taking so long to pick a date, but I just wanted to make sure we had airflights and they weren’t sky-high (so to speak), especiallly after the experiences of last year when so many of us got stranded by Aero California! However, now that both Alaska Air and Delta Air have joined Aero Mexico in flights to La Paz, let’s rock! In fact, we’ve been checking random dates for much of 2007 and there’s some good rates out there! Delta seems to have the cheapest, but if you shop around they’re between $300 and 400 dollar round trip which is about 1/2 of what it was sometimes in 2006!

Anyway…here’s the scoop!

Event: SIXTH ANNUAL CABIN FEVER CLASSIC

Dates: April 12-16, 2007

Package: 5 days in La Paz/4 nights waterfront hotel at La Concha Beach Resort/ 3 days panga fishing Las Arenas with option on 3rd day to fish La Paz weather permitting/ round trip airport transfers La Paz airport to hotel and back/ boat/ skipper/ tackle/ ice/ fish cleaning/ fish freezing/ breaktfast, lunch, soft drinks, water on fishing days/ shuttles to boats/ welcome cocktails/ beach taco barbecue/ all taxes

Price: $630 per person double occupancy (two per room and two per boat)

Extras: tips/ bait/ alcohol/personal items

Notes: This started as a joke and has become one of the most popular events we’ve ever hosted. The idea is to officially start our fishing season by getting you out of your “cabin” after a long winter! We don’t promise there will even be fish, but we do promise a good time with some really fun people, many who come year-after year! Some only come for this event and become regulars!

As mentioned, we have no idea what we’ll catch. Maybe nothing! It all depends on what Mother Nature throws at us. However, in the past, one year we caught a ton of big roosters and jacks. Another year, dorado showed up and blew us all away. Another year, I think we had 15 different species of fish! Last year, was the year of the giant yellowtail with huge 30 and 40 pound yellowtail showing up in shallow water plus big pargo in the rocks! You just never know! But, we sure had a good time!

If you’re interested, just fire me an e-mail at riplipboy@aol.com and we’ll hook it up for you. We already have about 10 people booked with deposits even though we didn’t even know the dates so let us know ASAP. We have limited space for this one!

WHALE WATCHING SEASON APPROACHING!

Yes, it’s here again. From about January to March, the California grey whales show up in Baja. It’s incredible to see so many whales in the calm lagoons of Mag Bay. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that would make a great gift for yourself or family. We can set it all up for you. Get up and close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Just click this to get to my other webpage: http://www.tailhunter-international.com/jonathansblog.htm. Best time is in February when the whales are usually all in place and aren’t nervous about having the pangas around them and will often come right up to the boats!

TAILHUNTER’s SHOW SEASON for 2007

Everyone is asking us when we’re going to be in their neck of the woods for our fishing shows! I posted it a few weeks ago but happily put it out again. I’ll do it every few weeks so the info is fresh. Please come say hello. It’s always nice to see old friends and make new ones!

January 11 to 14 – International Sportsmen’s Expo San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo CA
January 18 to 21 – International Sportmens’ Expo California State Fairgrounds, Sacramento CA
January 25 to 28 – International Sportsmen Expo Denver Convention Center, Denver CO
Feb. 7 to 11 – Pacific Northwest Sportsmens Show, Portland Expo Center, Portland OR
March 1 to 5 – Fred Hall Fishing & Boating Show, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach CA
March 15 to 18 – International Sportsmens’ Expo, Sandy Convention Center, Salt Lake City UT
March 29 to April 1 – Great Alaskan Sportsman’s Show, Anchorage AK

NEW WORLD RECORD BLUE MARLIN ON A SPEARGUN!

Check this out! Just click: http://video.msn.com/v/us/msnbc.htm?g=725799E7-A6A9-481A-BFA8-41775E00826D&f=00&fg=email Pretty incredible. Remember, this is the world of freediving…no tanks allowed!

That’s my story!

Have a Great Week!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

Phone: (626) 333-3355

FAX: (626) 333-0115

E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com

U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745Mexico Office: Carr. a Pichilingue KM 5, Numero 205, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

“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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WINDS WHIP ANGLERS AND MAKE FISHING TOUGH

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for December 10, 2006

Photo 1: Steve Clarence from Menlo Park was hadn’t done much fishing and this was also his first trip to La Paz, but here he holds bragging rights for a slugger of a nice bull dorado north of La Paz. Mahi like this are still biting in between some really strong northern winds all week

THE FISHING REPORT

This is kind of tough to write…mainly because this was perhaps our roughest week of fishing in a long long time. We knew it had to happen sometime and well…the northern winds didn’t just blow a day or two! They blew most of the week and most anglers opted to try to wait it out. It even rained one day also.

The problem is that these winds come from the north. For our boats heading out of La Paz, that means heading directly north and getting either wet or getting their kidneys and teeth rattled. If you wanted to fish the Las Arenas area, yes, it was possible to fish Muertos Bay. However, the problem was that the sardines we use for bait were all NORTH at Cerralvo Island. There’s that word again…”North!” So, again you’d have to go crashing north to get bait and that’s no fun either.

That being said, we did get some boats out and they didn’t do too badly. In fact, sierra were on fire. Some of these were chunky speedsters and it was almost impossible not to get a limit or two of these fish. Using either bait or wired smaller Rapalas or hoochies were dynamite on these fish that are known for their slashing attacks and sharp teeth. Think of a baby wahoo and that’s what a sierra looks like (see the photo below). On top of that, these are just incredible for the table either as ceviche or cooked up in any number of ways.

Aside from the sierra, there’s still dorado around the island. Hard to realy judge when not that many boats are there, but the mahi are still biting. Again, however, you’d have to head north and waiting for a break in the wind or weather was really the key. Once you got to the grounds, you were in good shape.

Overall, definitely cooler this week with most of the time being cool, cloudy and/or windy too. Air temps were in the 70’s but water temps were still rather warm although you can sure tell things are cooling down! Folks were saying this was the first time all year they had seen me in long pants!

Photo 2: Steve Marabella or Wilmington holds up a sierra (kind of like a “mini wahoo”) which is what we caught alot of this week. These fish can arrive in schools and it’s not uncommon to hook several dozen which can be great fun on light tackle. Some of the larger fish will go 10 pounds. Don’t let the official name “sierra mackerel” throw you off. Unlike their cousins, these sierra make great eating!

GOT SOME DISPOSABLE INCOME?

If you have some extra green stuff in your pocket during the holidays or a fat checkbook, Cerralvo Island is officially for sale. Yes, you can be the emperor of all you see..as well as several herds of wild goats and a bunch of pelicans!

AIRLINE FARES

Amigos, I don’t know if you’ve started looking at airfares for 2007, but if you follow my fish reports you know that Alaska is now flying into La Paz and, beginning this week, so does Delta. Aero Mexico is already flying in as of this year. There’s also some rumors that Frontier, Jet Blu, Avolar and Interjet will also have flights this year. I was hoping that the increased competition would help lower the ticket rates from the rip-off prices they were charging in 2006.

Well, we started to scan a few things and wow…Delta (which will be going under the name of Atlantic Eastern or something like that) has some super low prices. In some cases they were over 100 bucks cheaper than Alaska and more in the 300-400 dollar range than the robbery prices Aero Mexico and some of the other carriers were charging. Keep an eye out. This is good news!

WHALE WATCHING!

If you’ve ever wanted an experience of a lifetime, don’t forget that we start whale watching out of Magdalena Bay about the end of January until March. Get up close and personal with the whales in shallow calm water! Ask us about it. We’re now taking reservations!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

Phone: (626) 333-3355

FAX: (626) 333-0115

E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com

U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745

Mexico Office: Carr. a Pichilingue KM 5, Numero 205, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

“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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DORADO STILL BITE DESPITE LATE WEEK WINDS

La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for Dec. 3, 2006

Photo 1: Sid, Brad and Mike Sicoff from Calabasas CA finally made it down to La Paz after being deterred earlier in the season when Aero California was suspended. Better late than never, they slammed some of the great late season dorado!

FISHING REPORT

Maybe things are starting to turn. It finally seems like fall is in the air as temps drop a little bit on the water as well as in the air and we had some windy weather late in the week. However, it sure seems like the dorado don’t know it’s Christmas yet!

La Paz Fishing

It was definitely a bit more brisk this week than before. In fact we had two days when it was basically a bit too snotty and uncomfortable to be out fishing. However, earlier in the week, that nice dorado bite we had through the Thanksgiving holidays continued on. What can I say? How can you argue with big 3o pound dorado in the chum line or getting double bendo on a 50 pound bull dorado coming out of the water and charging the panga? That’s a kick no matter how you look at it and that’s what we’ve had going. Add to that the island and cove fishing for pargo, sierra, snapper and cabrilla and you get the best of all worlds. Heck, if the tuna joined in, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves. However, hold on…late week, I got some whispers that there were some tuna at El Bajo and we’ll keep you posted on that one!

Photo 2 : Mike Sicoff hefts a toady beast of a dorado after a solid day of action with fishing more reminiscent of summer-time bites!

Las Arenas Fishing:

I feel badly for our captains at Las Arenas. Man….it’s been a rough year. Not only did we lose so many clients when the airlines took a dump, but because the fishing has just been so much better out of La Paz the latter part of the year, everyone has been fishing La Paz more than Las Arenas. This week we had to cancel trips for Las Arenas simply becuase it was too darned windy to go out. However, on the days we did send boats, there were dorado as well as pargo, sierra and even a full yellowfin tuna near the island as well as outside Punta Perrico. Hopefully, waters will calm a bit and we’ll be back out. There’s great variety there right now.

2007 Show Fishing Show Schedule Announced for Tailhunter International

Amigos, we’ve finally set our schedule for our 2007 season of fishing shows and we’d love to have you come by our booth to say howdy! Here you go:

January 11 to 14 – International Sportsmen’s Expo San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo CA

January 18 to 21 – International Sportmens’ Expo California State Fairgrounds, Sacramento CA

January 25 to 28 – International Sportsmen Expo Denver Convention Center, Denver CO

Feb. 7 to 11 – Pacific Northwest Sportsmens Show, Portland Expo Center, Portland OR

March 1 to 5 – Fred Hall Fishing & Boating Show, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach CA

March 15 to 18 – International Sportsmens’ Expo, Sandy Convention Center, Salt Lake City UT

March 29 to April 1 – Great Alaskan Sportsman’s Show, Anchorage AK

Hope to see you there!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International

Website: http://www.tailhunter-international.com/

Phone: (626) 333-3355

FAX: (626) 333-0115

E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com

U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745

Mexico Office: Carr. a Pichilingue KM 5, Numero 205, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

“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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