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CONSISTENT INSHORE FISHING WITH LOTS OF VARIETY AS PELAGIC BLUEWATER SPECIES START TO SHOW UP!

La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 29, 2007

PHOTO 1: Randy Breault and his son Philip from the S. Francisco Bay Area made their first trip to La Paz combining fishing and scuba diving. Here they show off a nice mixed catch at Muertos Bay including sierra, pargo lisa, cabrilla (seabass) and pargo mulatto (barred pargo).
Photo 2: Cole Chavira from Encinitas CA has made many trips to La Paz and always does well usually outfishing the adults. He hung this pretty dog tooth snapper on a jig off Cerralvo Island.

PHOTO 3: You’ll find few fish as tasty or as good looking at this fat cabrila being held by Shawn James of Los Angeles who was fishing north of La Paz around Espiritu Santo Island with his dad, Jack.
PHOTO 4 – Steve Marabella is going to hate that I’m going to call him one of my “poster boys” but Steve always seems to come out with some great catches whenever he comes down. Steve is from the San Pedro CA area and his holding onto a nice pargo lisa (mullet snapper) that he pulled out of the rocks off Punta Perrico.
THE FISH REPORT!
Well, if you were here looking for dorado, tuna and billfish, you’d have been disappointed. There aer smatterings of them. For instance, the billfish are definitely here…being lazy flojos…sitting on the surface unwilling to eat and only swimming away at the last minute when a boat is about to run them over and there’s the occasional fish at the shark buoys, but I think we’re gonna have to kick it up a bit in the water temperature just a few degrees to get everything going. It might be only a matter of weeks or days. There’s some steady southwinds blowing and hopefully, that will bring up the warmer water temps and the fish. Only about 30-60 miles south of us on the East Cape, they’re already deep in to the pelagics and it’s only a matter of time!
In the meantime…
There’s some really dynamic inshore action going on. Check out the photos above. I mean…OK…nothing huge, but alot of that is due to the fact that when a 40 pound pargo or 50 pound yellowtail hits, they take you right into the rocks! So, what we see in the fish boxes isn’t always a true indicater of the action taking place!
The best action has been for our fleet at Las Arenas/ Muertos. The sierra action is still steady there along the beach north of the old Las Arenas hotel and south of the lighthouse on the point. If you want some great fishing in calm water literally yards from the beach, this is a hoot! If you check out the photos, you’ll see some of the size differences in the sierra. Some of these bad boys are close to 10 pound fish. Live bait slow trolled with wired-up hooks (bring some light wire) or fast trolled rapalas or slow trolled chrome lures are the hot-set up. Catching a limit of these tasty sierra are the rule rather than the exception!
As for other species, roosterfish (smaller ones) have shown up along the beach, mostly south of Muertos and in the bay itself. Just a matter of time until the large bad boys pop up, I think. In the past 3 seasons, our average rooster ran 40-90 pounds so we’re hoping for another good year of big fish.
As well, there’s a smattering of big yellowtail at the island, along the ridges and near Punta Perrico where the pargo are still frustrating anglers busting them off at every turn. Also, especially for our flyrodders, the bonito are BIG…12-15 pound butt kickers! On a 10 wt flyrod, that’s a 15 minute fight and we had two guys bust their fly rods this past week.
For our La Paz fleet…it’s been hit or miss. The fish are definitely there, but the capriciousness of the wind has been the determining factor. It can change from north to south in a matter of minutes and calm seas can turn frothy with no warnings. I was out on the water one day this past week with Ravi Bashylar from St. Louis and Mike Mullen from Philadelphia and we pushed out in flat seas in the morning with high expectations.
There had been a jag of big yellowtail and cabrilla at La Reina lighthouse at the north end of Cerralvo Island. We had just gotten there and set up the lines when WHAM! We went from Walden Pond to Victory at Sea. The wind started howling and the chop had us bailing water. We got soaked and the guys did their best to hang in there, but ultimately we ended up with only a few small pargo. Had we been able to hang, I’m sure the yellowtail woulda hit the yo-yo iron and big mackeral baits we had!
Things are still unpredicatble right now. Wish I could get a handle on things. The winds are the main factor. If they’re blowing the game plan goes out the door and you do the best you can. If it’s not blowing…anything can happen and it’s usually good!
We’ll keep you posted!
That’s my story
Jonathan
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Tailhunter International
Phone: (626) 333-3355FAX: (626) 333-0115
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
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SIERRA SET THE PACE FOR ACTION

La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 22, 2007

PHOTO 1: Jillene Stevens of S. California came down on her birthday and has a hold of a nice sierra taken right off the beach in front of the old Hotel Las Arenas. Literally within feet of the waterline (note how flat the water is!) schools of the fast moving toothy fish have been the top catch this past week.

PHOTO 2: Jon Luker of Santa Maria CA hung this nice roosterfish off Espiritu Santo Island north of La Paz fishing live bait.

PHOTO 3: Another of our good amigos, Steve Marabella of Wilmington CA got a variety of fish while fishing with us for 4 days all out of Muertos/ Las Arenas including, sierra, yellow snapper, pargo, bonito, and pargo and jack crevalle like the one’s he’s holding here.

THE FISHING REPORT



I don’t know if it was post-Easter blues or what. A bit of an up-and-down week. Everyone caught fish, but I dunno…I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I’m trying my best to read this season, but can’t.

One day, it’s fishing paradise and the next, it’s ripping wind. One day from the north. Next day from the south. Some days it starts one way and ends up from the other. Then we get 3 days of dynamite 85 degree sun. Go figure. It’s just that time of the year. But, like I said, everyone has been hanging fish. Not shortage of action, it’s just not been real consistent this past week.

Out of La Paz, our fleet hit the most wind, but still got out to the islands for some of those big roosters and a few of the yellowtail that are on-again-off-again. I can’t imagine that in a few weeks with all the good sign that the La Paz side is going to go off.

Our best and most consistent fishing has been for our Las Arenas/ Muertos Fleet. That’s where we’ve been doing most of our fishing. Because of the winds, we’re having to run to the island to get bait, but then run back to Punta Perrico and right on the beach in front of Las Arenas.

Water was a big green this week from the wind compared to the clear blue of last week, but it still kicked out major amounts of nice sierra. On light tackle, it’s been a blast. Some of the larger sierra are in the 8 or 9 pound range and readily hitting sardines (better have some wire leader); smaller rapalas or chrome spoons. Limits are the rule most days, but also cutting throug the area, there have been some nice schools of jack (jack crevalle). Not great eating, but some of the feistiest fish you’ll encounter.

In addition, there’s still large bonito around, snapper and smaller roosters. However, some of the larger pargo schools that were bumping heads with us last week seemed to have gone to ground. I think they’re still around, but the problem is that a few days last week there were so many boats on the honey hole (plus we lose so many fish) that the fish just went shy on us and hunkered down.

If you’re headed down here…bring some light wire for leaders (the kind you can tie is a bonus) and flurocarbon leader is also a plus. Looks like we’re in for a nice week of mid-80’s weather and calmer winds so we’ll keep you posted!

That’s my story!
Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Website: www.tailhunter-international.com
Phone: (626) 333-3355FAX: (626) 333-0115
E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com
U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745
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SIERRA CRASH THE PARTY! ROOSTERS ARRIVE WITH ATTITUDE! PARGO IN THE SHALLOWS…AND STAYING THERE!

La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 14, 2007

PHOTO 1 – Gary Palese and Bob Robbins, both from Tucson AZ, are freqent fishermen to La Paz. This past week they were into pargo, sierra, bonito and other species. However, here’s Gary’s got himself and trophy cabrilla and Bob’s holding up the pargo lisa (mullet snapper) that have moved into the shallows around Punta Las Arenas. Both Gary and Bob were down here for our Cabin Fever Classic.

PHOTO 2 – Jerry and Daniele Caldwell came all the way from the snows of Wyoming to fish with us this week at our Cabin Fever Classic. Jerry is holding one of the numerous bigeye jacks that were caught this week. Daniele is holding up one of numerous sierras!
PHOTO 3 – Group photo of our 7th Annual Cabin Fever Classic April 12-16. The animals are loose! This was taken on the sand at Muertos Bay SE of La Paz.

PHOTO 4 – Glen Marks from Northern California hefts one of several nice yellowtail that were taken this week and last. Fish have all been bruisers ranging from 40 to 60 pounds.

PHOTO 5 : Beth Sarachman from Huntington Beach helps manage www.charbait.com as well as the Charbait Tackle Store. She was attending her 2nd Cabin Fever Classic and blew up the fish with 3 big pargo and a number of cabrilla.

THE FISH REPORT

What a week! Sierra tore it up in big numbers at Las Arenas. Cerralvo Island and Muertos Bay erupted with pargo, but the fish took more than they gave and big roosters made an appearance at Espiritu Santo Island…sometimes kicking it into high gear and other times frustrating anglers with their “no thank you” attitude!
Well, we had quite a week. Just finished our 7th annual Cabin Fever Classic with an outstanding bunch of great folks. These events are just a true hook and kick in the pants! We never know what we’re going to catch…if anything. But everyone has a great time; gets into some fish; and it’s one of the best events of the year.
It was quite a mix of fish. For those who fished on the La Paz side, our boats ran up north to Espiritu Santo Island where the big roosters have been hanging out. Let me tell ya…these are the typical early season squirts. These pez gallo were in the 40-60 pound class! These are the bad boys!
There were two problems. Either the wind was blowing and it was hard to fish or these fish were so picky, they’d literally swim under and around the boat by the dozens yelling “neener-neener” at anglers who threw everything but the kitchen sink at them. But when they did bite…whoa!!! Hold onto your socks. These fish were slugger-grade! As usual this time of the year, more fish were hooked than brought to the boat!
Same with the yellowtail. It was hit or miss on the yellowtail, but those that were caught were trophy sized. Areas we worked included the east side of Espiritu Santo Islad as well as El Bajo seamount…wind permitting and early in the week it was pretty choppy!
The best fishing was to be had for our Las Arenas fleet. We had to run all the way to Cerralvo Island to get bait, but once the bait was in the tank, it was a bit like buffet fishing! What species would you like today?
The sierra were like mad dogs with many many limits each day plus tons of fish cutting off anglers with their viscious choppers! What awesome fighters on the light tackle, but wire was required or else you’d lose 9 out of 10 fish! Live bait fished on wire was primo but slow trolled shiny spoon lures or fast trolled small Rapalas also took down their share of fish! The best areas were in front of the beach…literally 10 to 100 feet in front of the sand..between the old Hotel Las Arenas and the lighthouse on the point. Another killer spot was the old wreck on the beach by Bahia Torquesa!
As for other species…pargo pargo pargo! The big reds are up and in the shallows, but let me tell ya…they destroyed more of us than the other way around. One day alone, the scoreboard read “Pargo 10 and Jonathan 0″…yea a big fat goose-egg! Fish took me into the rocks. Bit me off. Straightened hooks and basically spanked me! There was a nice mix of pargo lisa up to about 25 pounds and the big dog-toothed cubera snapper up to 40 pounds. That might not sound like much, but put these fish in their home territory in the rocks and they start the game with a huge advantage!
To this, add in some FAT FAT cabrilla (seabass); yellow snapper; 20 pound jack crevalle; big eye jacks; barred pargo, lots of bonito that tore up some of our flyfishers; plus the occasional dorado it made for a wacky wild and fun week for most of our anglers.
FISHING TIPS
Assuming fishing variables basically remain the same, if you’re coming down this week or the next, your fishing will basically be dictated by whether you get s southern or northern winds. Make no mistake, we’re not out of the windy period yet, but winds are diminishing with each passing week as things get warmer. How and where the winds blow will also determine where you get and even if you will be able to get the live sardines, caballitos and macks we use for bait.
However, gear wise…
1. For the pargo, you need short stout rods that can hang a fish and lift it. I’m talking rods that are 5-6 feet long and rates somewhere between 50-80 pounds or higher.
2. Flurocarbon has been making a difference. If you want to give yourself an edge, 30 and 40 pound fluro leader materials have been hitting 2:1 over straight mono.
3. Bring wire for leader material or buy some leadered hooks before coming down. The sierra are relentless. They can bite right through 40 pound test wit their teeth. The wire doesn’t have to be mega-strong. It just has to be about 20 pound to 30 pound test wire. Hooks should match the size of the boat so I’ve been using #1 to 3/0 live bait bronze hooks.
4. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt. It’s rather chilly in the morning.
5. The sierra and cabrilla are hitting small Rapalas in addition to live bait. I’m talking CD 8, 10 and 12 size. The sierra will also hit chrome colored spoons like Krocodiles. Wire them up so you don’t lose them.
That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Phone: (626) 333-3355
FAX: (626) 333-0115
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
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ROOSTERFISH ERUPT RIGHT OUT THE GATE AS WATERS WARM AND WIND GIVE US A BREAK!

The La Paz/ Las Arenas Report for April 8, 2008

PHOTO 1: Fred Li of Tarzana CA gets personal with a big roosterfish he took north of La Paz.

PHOTO 2: Doctor Al Yu from Simi Valley CA is a trauma doctor. He put the hurt on this big pez gallo this past week out of La Paz

PHOTO 3: Our amigo, Jorge “Campion” Romero, always does well in the local yellowtail tournament. He placed 3rd this past week with a nice 26 pounder.

PHOTO 4: I love signs! This is from Seward, Alaska! Makes sense to me!

Photo 5: Al Bruns took this great shot from the bow of “Mama’s Mink” one of our super pangas just off Espiritu Santo Island. It’s a pod of whales leaving footprints on the calm channel waters.

THE FISHING REPORT!

Well, amigos…better things to report this week fer shure! Winds weren’t quite so brutal on us and, although the fishing wasn’t quite WFO, compared to previous weeks, our people sure had some fun because THE ROOSTERS SHOWED UP!

I’ve been waiting for this. A bit late this year, but they sure came hard charging this week. Many of our guys got their first roosters ever and the best part…these weren’t punk fish! Normally, early in the season, we got the schoolie fish that are 10-30 pounds. However, this week, wow…there were some TOADS!!! These were roosters (pez gallo) in the 40-60 pound class.

As one of our amigos said, these were like “carp with bad haircuts!” But they sure came busting.

Glen Marks went out two days with us this week and the first day they ran into a mess of big yellowtail, “Man they fight like tanks!” he would tell us later.

Then, the next day to the island. “Wednesday, we went out and found ourselves in the middle of hundreds of roosters. If we were any good we should have caught 10 or more!”

Fred Li from Tarzana CA and his cousin Al Yu, from Simi Valley CA got into the roosters as well.

“We got to an area where the water was so clear that you could see 20 feet down. We then saw about 50 roosterfish swimming below us! They didn’t take the slow trolled live sabalos we had out so Captain Martin took a caballito and threw it out and we were on!. I brought in this (I believe to be 60+ lbs…I’m 250+lbs myself and couldn’t hold it up with one arm and had difficulty with two!) behemoth in about 10 minutes. I didn’t know roosterfish got that big and my cousin’s mouth dropped as he thought they got only to 15-30 lbs. The whole school of them were in the 40 to 50 lb range. My cousin then hooked into a beauty of a roosterfish also on a caballito. His also had to be 55+ lbs. ” (See the photos above)

(Fred and Al would have released the fish, but thought they’d try some for dinner. I guess no one told them how bad roosterfish tastes and I didn’t get to warn them because prior to this week I hadn’t seen any roosters, but these big sluggers taste terrible! Small ones taste like yellowtail.)

Anyway…nice to know the roosters are there! Pargo still out at Las Arenas, but also some dorado popped up. Might have something to do with the waters now in the 70’s and we also got another sailfish this week as well. Fingers crossed that we’re finally on the upswing!

ALASKA SHOUT OUT!

To all the amigos who came to visit us in Anchorage, great to meet you all. Thanks for the visit. What a magnificent state it is up there and hat’s off to some of the hardiest people I’ve ever seen. The American frontier is still alive in our northernmost state. That’s our last outdoor trade show of the year after 3 months on the road. See ya all in La Paz the rest of the year!

LUGGAGE REGULATIONS FOR LA PAZ

As many of you know, we finally have 3 airlines flying regularly servicing La Paz…Alaska, Delta and Aero Mexico. It’s great. Prices are half of what they were last year. However, you should note that there’s some changes in the luggage regulations. Looks like Alaska and Delta are both allowing rods now for free as long as they do not exceed regulations. However, instead of the customary 70 pounds for each check-in piece, you are now limited to only 50 pounds, OUCH! So keep it simple and small. No need for those 100 quart ice chests anyway! Stuff that’s overweirt or oversized are subject to as much as 100 bucks surcharge.

If you’re flying domestically, for example Tijuana to La Paz, take note that the total amount of luggage cannot exceed 50 pounds FOR EVERTHING and only one carry-on piece.

Check out the following links from Alaska Airlines and make copies:

THE LINK BELOW CONFIRMS THAT ALASKA AIR ALLOWS SOME OF YOUR TACKLE TO BE CARRIED FREE IN ADDITION TO YOUR TWO CHECKED BAGS. I SUGGEST MAKING A COPY OF IT AND CARRYING IT WITH YOU. ALSO CHECK AGAIN NEAR YOUR TRAVEL TIME IN CASE THEY CHANGE THE RULES.

http://www.alaskaair.com/www2/help/faqs/SportRelatedItems.asp

BELOW IS THE TSA LINK THAT RECOMMENDS CARRYING YOUR REELS IN YOUR CARRY-ON. READ THNE LAST PARAGRAPH TITLED “TACKLE EQUIPMENT.” THE LAST SENTENCE IS DEFINITIVE. I HAVE USED A COPY OF THIS PAGE IN MEXICO AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1188.shtm

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 91745
Mexico Office: Carr. a Pichilingue KM 5, Numero 205, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

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SIMPLE FORMULA: WHEN THE WINDS BLOW IT’S HARD TO FISH! WHEN THE WINDS LAY DOWN, THE FISH CHEW! ANYONE HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL?

LA PAZ/ LAS ARENAS REPORT FOR APRIL 1, 2007

PHOTO 1: No, this is not La Paz Bay covered with shaving cream! This is Anchorage, Alaska under a long winter coat and what the ocean looks like when it’s frozen solid! So much for global warming! We’ve been up here in Anchorage for our last fishing show of the season. This photo is the Cook Inlet.


PHOTO 2: Hmmmm…strange laws in old Anchorage! Look carefully at the mandates! No rum…no fun! Hot chocolate anyone?

PHOTO 3: Jeff Holcomb came all the way out from frozen Wisconsin for a week in La Paz. Jeff had told me they had been ice fishing before coming out so basically, winds or colder weather didn’t deter Jeff. He went out only 1 day…a day with minimal wind and banged 3 nice yellowtail including this one fishing with Captain Martin on Mama’s Mink at the island.

PHOTO 4: Rick Hosmer from S. Cal holds up a nice slugger pargo (mullet snapper). The pargo have finally moved into the shallows for their spring spawn. As I’ve told other clients when they move through, it can look like a carpet of red…Japanese koi on steroids! There are bigger ones than this moving around Cerralvo Island and other spots like Punta Perrico right now.


PHOTOS 4-8 : I wanted to share these photos with you. We’ve had some funky weather conditions lately, but here’s one you will rarely see. In all my years here in La Paz and all the time I spend on the water, I’ve seen fog maybe only 1 time. This is the second! It’s eerie how it moves up around the island but then behind it the sun is blazing!
THE FISHING REPORT

In like a lion and out like a lamb so much for winter…our fishing was hampered all week by winds. Early in the week, we had a break and hooked some yellowtail, dorado and even some tuna which got everyone fire up but my mid-week the winds were howling and made La Paz Bay look like beer suds with so much foam on it and chop. We couldn’t even go out. Later in the week, it got better but things are still unsettled. Still, some pargo, cabrilla and finally a few roosters were hooked. But, nothing remarkable unfortunately. If the winds would finally lay down, we’d sure like to check out the dorado and tuna a bit more and get over to Cerralvo Island where the bigger pargo have finally move in. But with the winds, it’s not only tougher to get out, but it also makes it difficult to get bait.

I guess the bottom line is that fishing kinda depends on who you talk to!!! Unfortunately, some of our amigos that fished this week had to have their trips canceled by the wind OR…made a valiant effort to hang in there during tough conditions. Others, like Jeff Holcomb holding the yellowtail in the photos above, go out on that one day when the winds lay down and just do a beat down on the fish! We know they are there! Just waiting for the conditions to turn the corner.

I will tell ya one thing…at the very end of the week, the roosterfish finally convinced me they’re up on the beaches. Several fish in the 30-50 pound class were hooked and others were lost so I guess…Rooster season is ON!
Like I said, it all depends on who you talk to! Here’s a first-hand report from our amigo from San Diego, Charlie “Stix” McGhee who fishes with us quite a bit out with Mitch Chavira and his son Cole:
” Anyway, the wind layed down but the swell was still strong and the water green from a week of wind. We found bait on the south end which made things easier. We hit all the high spots south of the island trying yoyo and dropperloop. We caught some Cabrilla, chica. Then we went to Punta Perico and spent the rest of the day slow trolling for whatever. We saw a lot of action! Yellows, Pargo, and Jacks break the surface all around us.

We couldn´t get bit on ·40 so we bumped down to ·30. We got bit on ¨Bonita¨ Big Eye. NOT the Bonita from San Diego. Anyway we just couldn´t get bit from all these breaking fish! Finally Cole caught a Pargo using a crazy jig that Mitch had in his box. I don´t remember the name but it is a terrible looking thing. When all was said and done most of the boats fishing with us caught one pargo each. The size was 15 to 20. No Yellows. There was one boat that fished the NEW bouys that were placed outside. They were looking for Dodos but came up dry.

This one is from Jeff Holcomb, our Wisconsin amigo who was fortunate to fish for the first time on a day when the winds weren’t an issue.

“Well, all of the months of anticipation and yesterday, I finally went fishing in the Sea of Cortez on the Super Panga. We stopped for bait for chum and then jigged for some mackeral. Then we headed out to the fishing area.

The guide Captain Martin was a very good boat handler, especially since he had to put up with a boat motor that was having problems with a fuel pump. We started out with some bonita and kept a few nice ones. Then the first yellowtail… and I learned the power of the fish and how to reel properly!

Then another yellowtail. Now my arms know what good fishing is like! We ran out of mackeral and had one slightly larger bait fish that we put out. the guide noticed something in the line movement and rushed for the pole and set the hook, but nothing. So he left it alone a few minutes and again went to set the hook. Finally on, I think the 3rd try was the charm and he handed me the pole for the 3rd and biggest yellowtail of the day.

Captain Martin was pleased that his boat outfished his brother´s boat and, of course Missy and I had the time of our lives.

We saw a whale, seals, and lots of dolphins. I gave my guide $20, plus a nice Wisconsin Badgers hat and a nice pocket knife. In the knife box I placed a penny. This is a tradition that when you give a knife as a gift you give a penny as good luck so the person won´t cut themselves with it.”
FINALLY OFF THE ROAD!
Well, after three months, we are finally pulling off the road! As I write this, we are wrapping up our final outdoor show here in Anchorage, Alaska and now we had back for the rest of the season and the REAL work home in La Paz! Our travels have taken us through California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and now Alaska. What a great great adventure it is every year and a great time to meet so many new amigos, and shake hands again with old amigos! Thanks to all of you who are now reading this that welcomed us to your great cities! Hope to host you someday down our way where the sun is warm and hopefully the fish are willing!

I will tell ya that this trip up here to Alaska has been one for the books! They have had an extensive winter here and it was as low as 11 degrees in Anchorage, but folks were treating it like a heatwave because two weeks ago, it was 16 degrees BELOW zero! There’s still several feet of snow on everything. The funny thing is that the Great Alaskan Outdoor Show was at the Sullivan Ice Hockey Arena. Well, it’s actually three ice rinks! Yes, I-C-E !!! They play hockey year-round here so in one hall, the literally put boards down on the ice and then the vendors set up their booths on the boards. In our own rink, they just melted the ice off before we set up on FROZEN concrete! It was so cold in there one day that we could see our breaths as we talked to customers! I think it was colder INSIDE that OUTSIDE the show!
Two little notes…it’s really strange that the sun is still blazing at 9 p.m. at night! It throws your entire body rhythm off that the sun stays up so long. Second, if you ever get a chance to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), it’s incredible. It shimmers and undulates across the sky like a florescent rainbow on LSD. Well, it’s prettier than that, but words escape me…just go see it!
That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Phone: (626) 333-3355
FAX: (626) 333-0115
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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