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La Paz / Las Arenas Report for May 27, 2007

PHOTO 1 : Daniel Lee from Indiana was on his first trip to Baja and first salt-water trip. He holds up one of our first dorado of the season. We started get more dorado this week as waters warmed. Dan was fishing for pargo near the Punta Perrico rocks when several mahi shot through and bit the baits. Daniel also got his first wahoo this week as well as roosterfish! Talk about beginners luck!

PHOTO 2: You can’t see his face, but no mistaking the fish! This slugger rooster is being held by Bruce Kim of S.Pasadena CA. Las Arenas beach is in the background. Bruce said they had run out ‘ve bait and then used a small cocinero (jack) and hung this bad boy…the captain said it weighed about 30 kilos…65 pounds. We got lots of roosters this week and almost all of them were being released.

PHOTO 3: That’s no salmon! Cindi Colvin from Oregon had quite a first day with her husband Mark. In addition to numerous other species, they got TWELVE roosters including this 45 pounder. Cindi says they were into the fish five minutes after they started fishing. All fish were released.

PHOTO 4: Mark Colvin came down from Oregon and couldn’t get into the photo. But Captain Victor did! In addition to the roosters, he and his wife, Cindi (photo above) also got big eyed-jacks, pompano and tough fighters like this huge jack crevalle (toro).

PHOTO 5: Bob Keaton worked the flyrod all week. The flyfishers had a ball for the most part all week with all the species in the water right now, but check out the huge pompano! Size of a pizza plate! Smile, Bob! Great catch.
PHOTO 6: Everyone keeps asking me what a big-eye jack is! We call ’em ojotones. They’re thick in the beaches now and great fun. Also, unlike their cousin roosterfish and jack creavalle, these guys are great eating! This is Paul Shepherd from San Jose modeling his fish for us.

PHOTO 7 : This is our economy party-boat panga. You get what you pay for! Just having some fun! Honest, we don’t crowd you in our pangas. We’re just waiting for the tide to float us off the beach!

PHOTO 8 : Mexican sand is HOT! Two blocks of ice come in handy for obviuos reasons!


Well, I won’t say it was spectacular but in terms of light tackle inshore fishing, this past week was almost off the charts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a week where we got so many inshore species…pargo, snapper, rainbow runners, pompano, jack crevalle, big-eyed jacks, yellowtail, bonito…and roosters!!! OMG…amigos!!!
Imagine being 20 feet from shore in a panga cruising in 5 feet of water and watching the waters boil around you with roosters slicing through the chum…some of the fish 30-60 pounders with combs a foot out of the water!!!!
We had days where ever boat hooked 2, 4, 6, 7, even 12 roosters in a single day!!! That is unheard of! Guys come year after year trying to get a rooster and end up with a big ZERO! Right now, it’s almost like a shooting gallery! The only hinderance to getting the big boys is that when you flip a sardine into the water often the other jacks will grab it before the big rooster can gulp it!
Tell ya what else…if you like the light tackle…I had on 10 pound test and a 7 foot graphite spinning rod the other day and it was a complete hoot! I was almost spooled on every single fish even though I was high sticking and throwing water on the sizzling spool! Whether I was throwing plastics, bait, poppers…they were inhaled!
All of this was taking place for our Las Arenas fleet. It’s still a bit windy for most folks so we moved alot of our clients over to fish Las Arenas. Waters were noticeably warmer as water temps crept up into the high 70’s. The winds were the key. The less wind the better the fishing.
As you can see from the photos, we started getting some dorado and I will personally tell you that there’s at least one wahoo out there swimming around with my rapala stuck in his jaw as I was bit off twice this week. The wahoo are here just not many coming aboard. It seems everyday more and more biters are hitting; cutting lines; tearing up lures but only a handful hitting the beach, but no question…the wahoo are here!!!
Also seeing more and more billfish but they’re still not real cooperative.
For our La Paz boats, some sporadic dorado action but most were fishing inshore to get away from the strong morning winds. Big pargo, cabrilla and an occasional big yellowtail were the main catches.
Waters are warming. Schools of dolphin around and we finally got whalesharks in the area
A few days ago off Punta Perrico, all the panga fleets were working the waters for pargo. Several boats of freediving spearfishers moved right in. They set up floats and a perimeter right in the middle of our boats and into the water they went. You can imagine what that did to the bite with all the captains, crews and clients pretty pissed off. Guys are trying to make a living. There’s a ton of ocean out there. C’mon! They got chased out but by then, every pargo in the area had gone back into it’s holes. Ruined it for everyone. That’s just bad sportsmanship. The ocean is big enough for everyone.
That’s my story
Jonathan Roldan’s
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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La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for May 20, 2006

PHOTO 1: Brenda Koenig from Chatsworth CA was here for her birthday and fished for the first time. She did great on these tasty pompano that suddenly showed up just off the Las Arenas Beach area.

PHOTO 2: Pound for pound it’s hard to top members of the jack family and there’s a reason why jack crevalle are called “toros” here in Mexico. “Toro” means “bull.” These chargers have two speeds. Stop and go. This 20 pounder was among several taken by Bob Duncan of Santa Barbara along the East side of Cerralvo Island including a bunch of small roosterfish, and sierra.

PHOTO 3: Jeff and Kim Howard came all the way from Portland OR to celebrate their anniversary and hang out in the sunshine for a few days and do a little fishing. Here, they’re standing at Muertos Bay with a nice cabrilla and yellow snapper.

PHOTO 4: Jillene Stevens of Alpine CA, was sure she had hooked the bottom when her rod bent over and the line wouldn’t budge! Then, “it started moving and shaking” she said. After a lengthy tussles, she pulled up this awesome pargo mulatto (barred pargo). Notice how close her panga is to the beach. Interestingly, this fish which is normally in rocky areas, hit a live sardine right off the beach where there’s nothing but sand.


A good week of fishing is you liked variety down here. The fish straight out of La Paz around Espiritu Santo Island were fewer, but they were bigger! A run of very large trophy-sized cabrilla set the pace mixed with pargo, larger roosterfish and the occasional 20-40 pound yellowtail with most of our fleet fishing the southern and eastern side of the island.

For our Las Arenas fleet, I counted 15 different species of fish caught by our anglers. Big jacks remained ready eat on the eastern side of the Arenas lighthouse as well as near the island with 20 pounders not uncommon. Roosters, from little 1 pound punkers up to 50 pound sluggers could be had on any given day and there are still pargo liso, dogtooth and surprisingly a large number of barred pargo still being caught. One nice surprise were the big pompano that moved in to the shallow areas near the beach and, surprisingly, every now and then a school of dorado would shoot through as well. There are still wahoo on the south end of Cerralvo, but more hookups than catches as getting them to stick seemed to be a problem. Also, we thought it was too warm for the sierra already, but some nice fat skinnies were still being taken.
Almost all the fish were taken on live bait…mostly sardines. Nothing fancy. Flurocarbon leaders do seem to make a difference. As for the weather, it’s still transitional. Winds can be pesky, especially in the mornings, but it’s all from the south. It can start windy then settle to flat calm or…ouch…it can blow all day. No way to know. In a few weeks we’ll be praying for a breeze. However, the sun is out. Air temps are in the mid to upper 80’s and water temps on the surface are on the high 70’s.
1. The airlines seem to be misplacing alot of luggage lately. Three out of four times, it seems to be someone who rushed on the plane at the last minute. Get to the airport with plenty of time so you AND your luggage are safely aboard or you run the risk of having your underwear in Mazatlan and I have to take you on a shopping trip here in La Paz.
2. For several years, they have been very very concerned with gringos bringing mad cow disease to Mexico. They have every right to be worried. So, when you get off the plane and you go through the agriculture inspection, be prepared to lose any food products made of beef. Your slim Jim sausage, your beef jerky, etc.
Those of you who know me, know how superstitious I am about bananas. I have zero tolerance for bananas on our boats. They are bad ju-ju. Too many bad things happen with them aboard. I love the yellow fruit…just not on our boats!
Anyway, this past week several of my longtime friends and clients were here and rented two of our pangas to fish Las Arenas. I was enticed to join on one of the boats to guide and figuered I would be in for a nice long lazy day since these folks know how to fish; were long time veterans or our waters; and really didn’t need my help. Well, fine and good until the smack talk started between the pangas and pretty soon serious money was on the table. It was $100 per person bets and I was included into it. (Well…I don’t have $100 bucks but I wasn’t going to Nancy-out!). So, my lazy day now dictated that if I didn’t want to lose 100 bucks, I better fish hard.
So, off we went!
As we pulled off the beach, my one amigo snickered and told me not to worry because he had hidden bananas all over his compadres fishing gear and in their panga. Cool! I’m all over that.
So we fished and we did pretty good at first. Our boat was “on fire.” We got into jacks and small roosters and other species right off the bat. Then, we hooked a big big rooster. My amigo fought it for a good half-hour. Then for no reason…POP! The hook just came out! Bye bye fish!
Shortly after, we had dorado all around the boat. We hooked 1, then 2, then 3. Yea! That’s the ticket! But again…even though we had solid hook-sets, each fish came unbuttoned! No bueno.
For the rest of the afternoon, we lost fish after fish for no reason…hooks came out. Lines busted. Just plain bad luck.
The afternoon wore on and while digging for beers at the bottom of the ice chest, we found it! Those guy had planted a banana in our own ice chest! The offending piece of fruit was quickly dispatched, but by then it was too late. We now feared the worse. We had some nice jacks, a good sized pargo, some sierra…but we had not heard all day from the other guys and were certain that they must have dogged us and gotten something big and I was feeling the loss of my 100 bucks!
Well, turns out the banana curse hit them even harder. The ONLY fish they got was a needlefish for their entire day. It was basically the ONLY boat in the entire fleet that got zero fish. We won the bet but everyone was just re-affirmed that bananas are the devil’s fruit when it comes to fishing.
This past week, the Mexican government passed NOM 029, the new shark regulations for commercial fishermen in the Sea of Cortez. On it’s face, it sounds great, but it’s impact will basically devastate the Sea of Cortez and all sportfishing as you know it.
It went into effect May 15th and has already resulted in huge protests in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. More than 150 sportfishers jammed the harbor in protest and one boat was burned. Huge demonstrations have taken place. Both political parties PAN and PRI have backed the protestors. One Mexican senator has declared it illegal. Numerous unions including hotels, sportfishing, transportation and others plus the city council of Cabo San Lucas have banded together in solidarity and have acknowledged that violence is not out of the question. Already, the effects have been felt. Developers of a 200 million dollar project canceled their plans on the East Cape that same date the law went into effect.
As the new regulations went into effect on May 15th, reports of as many as 50-70 commercial boats were at the mouth of the Sea of Cortez ready to charge in and start “harvesting.”
The new law permits the more than 3000 operators with permits (each permit can have as many as 6 boats working for it) to:
1. Fish within the 50 mile protected zone from shore
2. No bag, size or weight limits on any “incidental catches (that means dorado, marlin, and other pelagic species are open game and they can take all they want)
3. Lay miles and miles of hooks up and down the Sea of Cortez
For the full blog on this, check out my webpage at: http://www.tailhunter-international.com/jonathansblog.htm
This is serious. Just yesterday, commercial boats were already setting up with the help of a spotter plane on the 88 fathom bank near Cerralvo Island as some of our boats were fishing. Reports came to me of other commercial boats setting up just 5 miles off Los Barriles on the East Cape. No limits. No discrimination on species. If it bites the hook, it’s fair.
Here’s the full breakdown of the new law: http://www.seawatch.org/mail_campaign/norma_press_release.pdf
If you want to join in and write your own letter of disgust to the Mexican government, the form letter is already there. You can alter it as you will and this form is already set up so it fires off to every agency in Mexico that can make a difference: http://www.seawatch.org/mail_campaign/norma_press_release.pdf
It will take two minutes of your time and maybe another minute to forward the link to every one you know that should be concerned about this.
Please check it out. They are already fishing!
That’s my story
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Phone: (626) 333-3355
FAX: (626) 333-0115E-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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La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for May 12, 2007

PHOTO 1: Pam Kenneally of Quartz Hills had some kind of day. First time fishing Baja and first time fishing La Paz as well as her first day of fishing, she and her husband and friend got 4 huge roosters on bait near the Las Arenas lighthouse. Pam got two of them herself. They took great pains to release and revive each fish except this one which had swallowed the hook. Meat was donated.

PHOTO 2: Dave Manning of N. California took a gamble and had Captain Yofo take him outside to the buoys where some dorado had started to show up this past week. It paid off with one of the nicer and larger bull dorado of the early season. Capt. Yofo is behind him.

Photo 3 : Bob Hughes is a professor at Oregon State University. He came for some sun and fish this past week and got a number of nice pargo including this slugger “barred pargo” aka “pargo mulatto.” Great eats and highly prized!

Photo 4: He wanted his first rooster and Ray Laney of Palmdale CA took this one mere yards off the Las Arenas beach as it exploded through a school of big jacks (see photo below!). Ray and his friends released a number of big fish.

PHOTO 4 : They may not taste great, but no one seems to argue that it’s a tough combatant on rod and reel. Shane Vroman of Quartz Hills was on his first trip to La Paz and a huge school of jacks was terrorizing a bait school right in the surf near the Arenas lighthouse. Over a few days, Ray got mega bent on these jack crevalle and big-eyed-jack. This fish was released. They don’t taste too good, but make up for it with attitude.

PHOTO 6 : More than a decade ago, Tom Mooney of Fresno was one of my first customers. This past week he returned to La Paz and fished a couple of days with us. Check out this nice fat cabrilla. He was fishing north of La Paz around Espiritu Santo Island.

PHOTO 7 : Talk about variety! That’s what it was like this week with fishing with our Las Arenas fleet more productive than fishing out of La Paz. Ray Laney (Left from Palmdale) and Shane Vroman (right from Quartz Hills) show off their first day catch consisting of big eye jacks, cabrilla, pargo and roosters. They released just as many as they took.


What a rocking fun week! I was on the water myself a few days and, for the most part, it was just one of those killer blast weeks when the sun shone, the waves flattened and the fish bit. We never knew WHAT was going to bite, but doggone…it was fun.

Let’s start at the top! Take a look at this week’s photos!


Yea…the pez gallo finally came out to play at Las Arenas. They’ve been teasing the last few weeks, but the fish that put Las Arenas on many fishing maps decided to do some rod bending! For those of us who fished this week, it was easy to see why the call Las Arenas, arguably the roosterfish capital of the world!

If you were over at Cerralvo Island where we had to get most of our bait, there were little coves almost teaming with small roosters. I wouldn’t even call these punk fish! I was out one day with Jeff and Kim Howard from Portland and we must have hooked ten 2-4 pound fish in minutes. It seemed some of the baits were larger than the fish. But boy…were they voracious! It was great fun on light tackle and we released all of the fish.

Over towards the lighthouse, between the lighthouse and the old Las Arenas Hotel (which by the way just got some new owners!), and right up in the surf, if you stood on the bow of the panga, you could see the dark schools moving in and out. Another day, I was with Shane Vroman and Ray Laney (see their photos above) and was up pointing out fish from the bow. The dark shapes held a combination of roosters, jack crevalle and big-eyed jacks. They could sure tear it up. Any member of the jack family has so much attitude that even smaller ones came to the boat stubbornly. There were so many fish inside that another of my friend, Jay Mirakoshi, who guides flyfishermen was fishing from the beach and suddenly I saw him doing twirls in the knee deep water as he was trying to cast.

Actually, he had his flylines wrapped around his legs! A school of jacks was swimming all around him and through his legs causing him to twirl until he was tangled! You could stay out in this area all day and keep fairly hooked up all day. The fish would eat flies, live sardines, slow trolled spoons and fast-trolled smaller rapalas.

But…the big boys were on the OTHER side of the lighthouse!

Again, standing on the bow spotting fish, the crystal waters would be empty until dark shapes started to move around and they would almost go right for whatever baits you were slow trolling. Sometimes they were jacks or smaller roosters, other times, these huge combs would suddenly emerge behind the boat and slash the baits and make your toes curl. Early in the week when I was with Shane and Ray, they guys had their lines dragging behind the boat when the back of a rooster big enough to put a saddle on and take a ride suddenly rolled up on Shane’s bait like the Loch Ness monster.

Now, get this…we’re only in about 6 feet of water! The comb stood a good 18 inches out of the water! It startled the hell out’ve all of us including Shane who gut-reacted and literally yanked the bait away from the fish in surprise almost like he didn’t want the fish to get it. (Shane’s actually a good fisherman!…but the surprise factor just had such an unnerving effect!). I try to explain this to anglers all the time about how big these fish are and how close to shore they can be!

Well, he more than made up for it. Next day, Ray and Shane and his wife Pam went back to hunt the big PG’s and got 4 big boys in the 30-50 pound class (Pam got 2!) including a bunch of jacks. This time, they took the time to go get the big 18 inch ladyfish to use as bait. You can imagine that any fish that can wrap it’s choppers around an 18 inch bait is gonna be a slugger!

All the big PG’s were released and they spent tons of time reviving each one, except the one in the photo above which swallowed the hook. (The meat was donated to the pueblo).

But their experiences were not unusual. Other anglers from our fleet and others hit into the jacks, sierra, and roosters as well.

In addtion, there are still good number of pargo lisa, dog tooth and paro mulatto (barred pargo) along the rocks at Punte Perrico and the SE end of Cerralvo Island although as the saying goes…”many are hooked…few are landed!”

As for the wahoo…yup…they are still here! Early in the week one of the pangas found a dead whale floating and nailed 10 wahoo and 2 tuna. The skipper (who used to work for me!) didn’t bother to radio in anyone else and his fellow skippers jumped his butt when he got back to shore. Next day, everyone went looking and found nothing. What a few of them DID find were dorado!!! Yea…they’re starting to show up too. Not many, but we know this is the vanguard for the body of fish.

But, back to the wahoo. I’ve had boats trolling the big rapalas back and forth early in the morning off the south end of Cerralvo. Most are getting bit and will show you the teeth marks on their lures. But for whatever reason, nothing is sticking! But no doubt…the teeth marks on these lures are the signature bite of Mr. Hoo!

One boat encountered a big school of porpoise and ran around it trying to hook tuna. Nothing happened until a bait was dropped over the side. Zzzzzzzztttttttttt….wham! Something hit the line and went straight down and down…and down until the line broke. I think it was a BIG tuna.

Marlin are around too. We got a few. Hooked a few. Lost others. Many are still not eating quite yet. One of my good amigos here, Robert Hefner said, “one day it looked like there were HUNDREDS of them on the surface!” (his words not mine!). Even if Bob was exagerrating by a little bit…that’s ALOT of billfish no matter how you look at it!

Honestly…most of the better fishing has been around Las Arenas this past week. It’s still a tad windy around the La Paz side but the deciding factor is just that the fishing has been more consistent around Las Arenas. Since I have my fleet on both sides, we’re flexible enough this time of year to be able to move folks where the fishing is better. That’s not to say there aren’t fish on the La Paz side. Our boats that have gone out are finding some great cabrilla and pargo fishing. It’s just a matter of time before La Paz opens up too!

I think the ticket here right now is to realize that things are variable. Conditions change weekly and daily. You have to fish for what’s there. Some species have a higher probability of being caught. If you gamble on some species, you could hit the jackpot or you could get a goose-egg. If you fish for what’s biting, you’ll get better results. And anything can happen!


1. For those of you who keep track of such things and for some reason do not like Mexican beer, the bar at Los Arcos Hotel now serves Heineken, Bud, Bud light, and a few other foreign beers! Cheers!

2. Bring a hat and the heavy sunscreen. It’s already HOT!

3. Restaurant Wars!!! For those of you carnivores who love to eat at the Buffalo Barbecue but sometimes find that it’s gotten so popular that you need reservations, there’s a new place called “Tres Virgines.” (Three Virgins). They built it across the street and about 40 yards down the road from the Buffalo Grill. It’s got a brick courtyard and big fireplace. Tons of ambience and a more variety on their menu than the Buffalo. I’m still a big fan of the BB, but this new place is pretty nice too. Just one more choice! The Buffalo is not standing still. Report have it that Chef Carlos is building a pasta house across the street from the Buffalo too!

4. The charming garden restaurant on the malecon waterfront known for years for it’s live jazz music and varied menu known as “The Oasis” has changed. It’s now called “The Jungle” as in “Welcome to the…” and is now an outdoor drinking bar and nightclub. Will miss the Oasis.

That’s my story!

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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La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for May 6, 2007

Whoa…what a week, amigo! Let me let the fishermen tell it…

“I’ve been coming here for 20 years and never even got on esniff of wahoo. I got two in one day!” said one of our anglers.

“It was like a boil of wahoo there at the sound end of the island!” added another.

“My buddy had never hooked an ocean fish before and he goes and ‘tail-hooks’ a marlin..not tail ‘wrap.’ The hook actually got stuck in the fish’s tail and we fought it over 2 hours!” said another.

“There were marlin everywhere. We hooked one on light tackle and the striper took us to the rack for over an hour efore busting off. We were gonna release it anyway, but that was great fun!” commented another.

Just today, I had Scott and Eric Zimbler from Los Angeles out at Las Arenas they Scott told me, “We got 12 different species today and even some that the captain couldn’t identify!”

Paul Shepherd from San Jose wrote this:

“Needless to say my bro and I had a great time . I’ve never seen him cut loose like this , ever . On our last fishing day we smoked e’m , over 25 Sierra & 20 Roosters & the 2 days prior included Amberjack , Pargo , Green Pargo , and a numerous array of other junk fish , but hell’a fun. For a grand total of 80 + fish in 3 days . John was reeling in fish all day long .” (many fish released!)

Hard to top that, amigos. I was expecting the bluewater fish to turn on any day, but you just never know. For weeks we’ve been seeing the fish around, but they just weren’t biting. Well, it’s hard to know if fishing has turned the corner or not, but for this past week it sure got my hopes up and we’ll soon find out. It’s still a bit more windy than we’d like, but for our anglers fishing this past week, what a surprise1

I think we got more wahoo this past week then we got all of last year. We had several great years but then last year, the wahoo bite tanked. I think we got 4 wahoo all season. However this past week, bait, dark Rapalas (CD 18 size in black and purple or else black and white NO WIRE) were the rig of choice!

All of this was for our Las Arenas fleet. As well, bull dorado also showed up at the outer bouys also. Say what? Yup…not alot, but the ones that were caught were quality 20-40 pound fish! Like I said, it was just a matter of time.

Inshore for our Las Arenas boats…sheesh…talk about species…roosters, cabrilla, pargo, snapper, bonito… I had Eric and Scott Zimbler out today and they got 12 different species…”Including some that even the captain couldn’t identify,” said Scott. So…offshore, blue water species. Inshore pretty much the gamut of our inshore species. This is pretty typical of this time of year…you just never know what’s gonna bite.

For our La Paz fleet…no doubt there’s fish around. Big roosters, pargo, yellowtail are around the high spots, but again that wind is just so unpredictable. When it’s rough, it’s pretty bumpy and one moment the wind are coming from the south and the next from the north. But unless you’re pretty hardcore and enjoy getting bounced and wet…we’ve been switching alot of our clients to fish Las Arenas instead. That’s the nice thing about having two fleets available to our clients. We can move folks around to the better conditions and fish. Even if the wind is blowing, at Las Arenas, the fish are more consistent, closer and the waters are calmer.

We’ll see how long this bite lasts and hopefully, we’ll keep this rolling. We’ll keep you posted, but this is pretty exciting stuff!


If you weren’t in La Paz this past week you missed out. Not only were were celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but it was also the celebration of the Founding of La Paz. Three straight nights they closed down the waterfront malecon and turned it into a mardi gras style street fair with booths, music, games and pretty much non-stop party. I keep forgetting that they do this every year until it suddenly drops on us. Great fun.

If you’re trying to decide whether to fly down here on Alaska or Delta, both of them have great rates, but all other things being equal and having flown both of them, I gotta give the nod to Alaska.

They have larger planes. They allow you to bring your rods with no charge. If you have overweight or extra items, it’s $50 bucks instead of the 100 dollars that Delta charges. Alaska also sells food on their flights as well.

But…there’s drawbacks…if you fly through Los Angeles you do have to stand in a few lines. You stand on one line to get your boarding pass from a machine…much like and ATM. Then, you take all your stuff into another line to show them your boarding pass. After that…it’s off to see the folks at TSA to ex-ray your gear so that’s another line. Then, off to the other line to take off your shoes and get your hairspray taken away.

Just some observations.


Thanks to all of you who have been reading my columns in Western Outdoor News this past 3 years. Last week we received an award from the Outdoor Writers Association for the column. Pretty neat stuff! Very honored to be in some elite company.

That’s my story!

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
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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La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for May 6, 2007

AS one of our anglers told me this week…”It was like a boil of wahoo out there! I couldn’t believe it! My captain told me people come out here for years and never even get sniff, but I finally nailed my wahoo!”

Another said, “I didn’t get a wahoo, but I got bit and couldn’t get ’em to stick! But, we did hook marlin and that was awesome to get them on light tackle! I never expected that. We fought one fish for almost 2 hours before it busted off and what a great time! We were going to release it anyway.”

“We tailhooked another! Not tail “wrapped.” Tail “hooked!” added another of our anglers. “The hook actually got stuck in the tip of it’s tail and took us for a ride for over 2 hours!”

“I was more than happy to be catching the big bonito, sierra and roosters, but I got two wahoo my first day!” interjected another of our guys.

What can I say, amigos? That kinda says it all. It was still windy…winds shifting daily…sometimes several times a day from the north and south making it tougher to fish out’ve La Paz, but we had most of our clients fishing out’ve Las Arenas instead where the fish were more consistent, closer and had more variety. Who’d have guessed this would be the week!

I was sure it was just a matter of time because we’ve been seeing the big boys for several weeks, but they just wouldn’t go. Well, this past week they went off! We still got great action inside on the pargo, cabrilla, snapper, roosters and sierra, but the bite off the south end of Cerralvo Island surprised everyone!

Bait and fast trolled Rapalas (CD-18 size in black and white and purple and black…NO WIRE!) were the hot tickets. Oh…almost forgot…at the buoys offshore from Las Arenas…bull dorado too! Nice 20-40 pound fish. Not alot but enough to make it worth the trip and certainly nothing to sneeze at which is very encouraging that maybe the season has turned the corner!

For our La Paz boats…the issue is the wind. When the winds don’t blow, there’s fish to be had…yellowtail, big roosters, pargo and snapper. But again…it’s been tough to predict. I’ve had long-time friends here tell me they’ve not see so much springtime wind as they’ve seen this year. If you’re willing to get bumped and maybe a little wet, there’s fish to be had. But, that’s the advantage for our clients…I have TWO fleets…Las Arenas AND La Paz so we’re able to stay flexible and move our clients around to where the conditions and fishing are more accommodating.

Don’t know how long this bite will last, but you can be sure we’ll keep you posted.


If you weren’t in town this week…you missed a helluva party! Not only was it Cinco de Mayo, but it was also La Paz Founding week so they had 3 full days/nights of mardi-gras style party. Every night for 3 nights, the malecon along the waterfront was closed to street traffic and massive street-fair/parties took place. Music…food…gaming. Wow…nothing like a good street fair.

Lastly…if you’re trying to decide whether to fly Delta or Alaska down here, I give my nod to Alaska. Fares are comparable although maybe Alaska has a bit of an edge. However, all other things equal, Alaska has bigger planes. Alaska allows rods without charging. If you do have overweight or extra baggage…as long as it’s under 100 pounds, it’s 50 bucks. Delta charges 100 bucks! The only drawback is if you’re headed through Alaska Airlines terminal in LAX. What a zoo. You go to a kiosk to electronically get your boarding pass (it’s like an ATM machine). Then, you go to another line to check your bags using your boarding pass. Then, you go to another line with TSA to get your stuff ex-rayed. Then…you have to go through yet another line for the individual screening wehre

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