Archive for April, 2008

PHOTO 1: A new king is crowned! An incredible week of pargo fishing for the big elusive and frustrating fish was topped by this beast! We had more pargo and bigger pargo this week than we ever normally see! Barry Wood from Orange Co. CA with an assist from Captain Armando hefts a HUGE 49.6 pound pargo liso (on the scale!) he pulled out of the rocks near Muertos Bay.


La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 27, 2008

Photo2: Dan Cook was on his first trip to Mexico and first time fishing La Paz. The 18 year-old graduates from high school next week but skipped out for some early R n R to go fishing all the way from Boston MA to hang with his dad. Efforts rewarded! Check out the slugger of a pargo he got as well as roosterfish and lots of other species!

PHOTO 3: These fish are all over the shallows right now, but usually almost impossible to yank out’ve the rocks. Lee Cook and his son Danny (photo above) from Boston got FOUR of these huge fish off Cerralvo Island on live bait.
PHOTO 4: You may not recognize this guy, but he’s famous! Mike “Moogie” Alperin used to have a very popular fishing TV show on FOX TV. But he’s better known for being the inventor of the famous “banjo lure” that you used to see advertised on TV. Don’t laugh. He sold millions of these little plastic lures and laughed all the way to the bank enabling him to retire and do what all of us want to do…fish whenever he wants! He came all the way from Massachusetts to fish light tackle with us putting numerous species on line as light as 6 pound test. (Releasing almost all fish!) However, he knew enough to put down the little rods and grab heavy artillery to nail this HUGE pargo liso. He got four of these monsters in a single day. Almost unheard of!

PHOTO 5: Caryn Aizawa gets a hand from Jeff Sakuda both from the Los Angeles CA area with this nice bull dorado taken off the offshore buoys near Cerralvo Island. Dorado have show up early this year! Last year we had a decent dorado season, but not many big bulls. This year, we’ve already seen larger fish in the last 3 weeks than we’ve had all last year.

PHOTO 6: Not bad for a first fishing trip. Dan Cook is 18 years-old and ripped all kinds of species this past week including this trophy dorado.
PHOTO 7: Mike Alperin holds up a nice little roosterfish taken on 6 pound test. If you wanted roosters this week, we found a spot south of Muertos Bay with unlimited roosters. Alperin caught and released so many roosters “we stopped counting.” This is a perfect size for light tackle. Alperin also lost a fish estimated at over 50 pounds that chomped a huge ladyfish bait.

PHOTO 8 : Keith Mufford from British Columbie and Kelly Ashmore from Valencia CA hold up a pair of dorado they got at the outside buoys. Mufford had never fished salt water. Ashmore is constantly on the water. In addition to a box of dorado on this day, they also hooked 3 marlin including a double hook-up and released all fish.
PHOTO 9 : Just to show more of the inshore variety, Joe Fong from Laguna Beach holds o a jack crevalle (left) and a nice cabrilla (seabass on the right). Inshore fishing included sierra, jack crevalle, big eye jacks, snapper, pargo and pompano.

PHOTO 10: Yes, there’s still big yellowtail around, but since the dorado and pargo showed up, the focus has fallen off the great yellowtail bite. So, not many yellowtail on the books these days. However, outdoor writer and guide Ronnie Garrison from Atlanta GA holds up a fat yellowtail and lost many more to the rocks. Captain Jacobo lends a hand. Here’s what Ronnie wrote…
“. . .we went out with our local guide and fished all day in our old clothes. It was a fun trip. After buying live sardines for bait we headed to a ridge to fish. On the way we spotted a marlin and I found out why the outfitters are called Tail Hunters. As a marlin swims on the surface feeding its tail waves around and gives its location away. It was early in the season and the marlin did not bite.
We did land a 35 pound yellowtail. Linda hooked it and the guide took the rod from her when it looked like it was going to pull her in. He then handed it to me and I managed to land it. I found out how lucky I was when we hooked eight more yellowtail and every one cut our line on the rocks.”
PHOTO 11: Monica Calin originally from Romania and now living in La Paz always seems to do well. She was fishing with her boyfriend Kevin Beehn in the channel between the islands and got a nice bull dorado.

PHOTO 12: We had folks from all over the country this week. Rob Burns from Texas had a great few days of fishing with his family and hung a few of these big yellowtail.

PHOTO 12: We have a tremendous number of billfish in the area right now. One day they will barely give you a stare. The next day they are almost jumping in the boat! Pat Ireton from Pacific City, Oregon got this sailfish with Captain “Yofo” Adolfo and then released it.


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Check out the photos and it tells the story! Every week there’s another surprise. For a number of weeks the story was the great bite of big yelllowtail. Then dorado showed up and edged the yellows out of the spotlight. This week, it’s big pargo and roosterfish. This early season is the best we have had in ages!

Here’s the scoop…honestly, we had FEWER fish caught this week. However, the QUALITY of the fish was great. Big pargo…normally hard to catch…were breaking lines and rods. As one angler put it…”The waters were’t red with pargo! They were BLACK because the pargo were so thick!”

Additionally… We found a spot of roosterfish that yielded some of the BEST roosterfishing I have ever seen. With light tackle, the waters foamed around the pangas with as many 5-10 pound roosters as you could have wanted. I was on the water and we literally lost count of all the roosters we caught and released!

Are the yellowtail still there? I have to believe they are…but…we had a few days of wind which prevented anglers from heading to north Cerralvo. Further, folks were out chasing the dorado, pargo and even marlin and sailfish that have shown up a the outer buoys.

In all honesty…there are a few slow days. It’s not wide open. It depends on what variety of fish you are chasing and where you go. But EVERYONE is catching fish. I counted over 18 varieties of fish this week. Just alot of great fun.

One fishing tip…bring flurocarbon leaders! It makes a big difference with your bite. It’s very expensive to buy here in La Paz. You don’t need much. Just a few feet at the end of your line can make all the difference.

That’s my story. Have a great week!


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

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La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 20, 2008

PHOTO 1: Good- sized dorado…early for the season, continued to show up in surprising numbers. Spencer Lasley (L) and Jerry Smith (R) from Santa Rosa CA packed their coolers with dorado, yellowtail and a number of other species. These dorado were picked off outside Cerrlavo Island

PHOTO 2: All the way from Kansas, Marc Richert and Chris Richert are helped by Capt. Victor with one of their dorado. The pair had never been out’ve the country and were originally thinking of going to Cancun! Insstead, they came to La Paz and got dorado, yellowtail, roosterfish and marlin. Marc fought one striped marlin almost 3 hours on 30 pound test before it broke off.

PHOTO 3: This is the “right kind!” Note the colors on this young bull dorado held by Pete Schuller of Pacific City, Oregon. Check out the flat waters too. Captain Pancho is in the background. This dorado and others were taken off the 88 spot buoys outside Cerrlavo Island.
PHOTO 4: This is a typical nice inshore catch here by Mike Mamman and Scott Carpenter from Beaverton OR who came down for their birthdays. (They each got tatoos to commemorate the event!). In the photo you see dorado, sierra and pargo. All great eating fish!


The week started off with a bang. Just like last week, the sound you heard was the sound of fish exploding at all points. The yellowtail (20-50 pounds) continued to rip at the El Bajo Seamount north of Espiritu Santo Island. Sardines worked, but if you had the bigger caballitos it was almost instant bendo as fish fought for the baits.

The surprising thing…dorado in the channel as well as marlin! This is a first for the year. Again…way earlier than normal, but just like the dorado and billfish that showed up far outside at the 88 spot, these fish are normally pretty dormant until later in May or June. However, I’ve been watching water temps and the sargasso weed building up north of town.

Wham! Sure enough, boats early in the week got into both species big time with some great battles on light tackle and some anglers getting their first dorado and marlin. So, it was a good grab bag…yellowtail in the morning then grand slam with a dorado or marlin in the afternoon!

As well for my fleet out of Muertos, early in the week, the big bite at La Reyna north of Cerralvo Island continued to kick out those monster yellowtail with boats taking 2-6 of the big fish each. Outside at the 88 and a few spots in the channel around buoys or clumps of grass, dorado were milling and ready to eat like hungry wolves!

Then the winds came up…

We’ve been living on borrowed time the last few weeks with not much in the way of winds, but late in the week, the seasonal winds we normally have started blowing making it downright uncomfortable if not impossible to get out to some of the big fish spots.

That meant back to inshore fishing.

So…roosters, sierra, cabrilla, big eye jacks, jack crevalle, bonito, skipjack punctuated by big pargo were the game toward the latter part of the week. The counts did not look good but that’s also because a lot of these fish, especially the pargo would take anglers to the rocks. So, lots of hook ups, but not so many fish brought into the boats. Lots of action! Winds will be intermittent all week so we’ll play it by ear.

It’s a warm 95 now! Break out the shorts!


In a huge shock to all of us here in La Paz, fish brother, competitor and friend, Francisco “Pancho” Aguilar owner and operator of the Baja Pirate Fleet here in La Paz died suddenly this past week.

He was a good guy. Always smiling. He was out on the boats when hit by a massive heart attack. He was only 42 years old and left two kids including a newborn.

Pancho and I did a lot together in the mid-90’s and worked together. We’d laugh at each other seeing each other at 5 a.m. every morning then seeing each other in town at midnight the same day laughing our heads off figuring we were the only guys in town still working that long or that late.

As our respective fleets grew larger and business interests got more complicated we saw less of each other except the occasional bump into each other in town or see each other at the trade shows. But he always had a joke or we’d bitch about wind, bait or some “special” customer and again…crack up.

I will miss him. I don’t think I had seen him happier than in the last year or so after his marriage to La La.

His partner, Leonard Phillips, is setting up a educational trust fund for the two kids, Andrea (14) and Kamila (5 months). The trust is being administered by Bank of America and Bancomer for the benefit of the kids. (Andrea wants to be a chef!). You can donate by sending a check or calling in a credit card to:

Andrea & Kamila AguilarC/O Baja Pirates10016 Pioneer BoulevardSuite 110Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670Or call (866)454-5386

God bless our fish brother. Make each day special. Every day on the water is a gift.

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: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico
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La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for Sunday April 13, 2008


I’m not sure where to start. What an incredible week. They say pictures are worth a thousand words so I’m gonna let this week’s photos tell the story.

For one, we had our 8th Annual Cabin Fever Classic and it was banner. Not only a great fun crowd but, more fish than we have ever seen. Remember…this is supposed to be APRIL!!! Instead of cold inshore fishing we had temperatures in the 90’s…and unbelievably HOT fishing. I counted over 15 different species taken over the course of the week.

And…these weren’t all yellowtail….DORADO…big bulls…the kind we don’t see until summer fought and charged the baits while marlin and sailfish also went after the same baits as if they hadn’t eaten all winter!!! Scroll down and read the tales!

PHOTO 1: Look VERY carefully? See some strange looking fish? Yes..those are indeed DORADO! In April! The buoys out at the 88 spot east of Cerralvo turned into a fishing honey hole this past week. Look also at all the big yellowtail too! North of Cerralvo at La Reyna lighthouse 30 and 40 pound HAWG yellowtail ripped surface baits like candy! Left to right: Pete Schuller (Pacific City OR); Larry Parnell (Pacific City Or): Pat Ireton (Pacific City OR); Jill Stevens (San Diego CA); JD Drucker (Redondo Beach CA); Bob Handigard (Portland Or); Stacy Amos (Harbor City CA); Gary Evans (Irvine CA); Bill Evans (La Paz BCS); Brett Wizniewski (Pacific City OR)

PHOTO 2: Bill Evans helps his brother Gary Evans (middle) and Captain Jorge hold up a 140 pound striper Gary fought over 3 1/2 hours on light line. It was his first trip to Baja and he got numerous species. Normally early season billfish are lethargic, but this past week marlin and sails charged the boat while dorado milled about. The dorado were so prolific that while Gary fought the marlin, Bill was able to put several bull doardo aboard. The guys had planned to release the billfish, but found it bleeding badly and instead donated the fish to the town of San Pedro.
PHOTO 3: Check out the smile and the big pargo! Angela Farrell of Oceanside CA comes down several times a year and never fails to rip up the waters. Here she took this big pargo liso off the rocks near Punta Perico on a Whopper Stopper rod and 40 pound test with a live sardine. Numerous pargo were hooked all week but so many were lost in the rocks. At one point. several of our anglers marveled as a “river of red” seemed to rise up about 100 yards long of nothing but 20-50 pound pargo! Many fish could NOT be stopped with 60 and 80 pound test!

PHOTO 4: This was NOT taken in the summer! Look at this bull doardo! We do NOT see this kind of quality dorado normally this year. Stacy Amos hold up a quality mahi he took out at the 88 spot east of Cerralvo. Stacy got limits of dorado and said there were many others plus billfish around the boat. As long as the winds are down, there’s a warm spot out there holding these bluewater fighters and they are eager to hit about anything tossed in the water!
PHOTO 5: Gary Palese and Bob Robins are two of our long-time amigos. Both are from Arizona. Check out the quality slugger yellowtail and the flat waters. This past week it was a bit of a ride to north Cerralvo, but anyone who went there ran into fish that were some of the biggest and baddest we’ve had in years. I personally had 3 fish on 50 pound test I could not stop before they rocked me! Air temps have been in the low to mid-90’s!

PHOTO 6: Larry Parnell and Pat Ireton from Pacific City OR were among our first pangas to find the dorado spot outside. Pretty much against all better judgement they went out there anyway and came back with tales of the big honey hole out there filled with milling dorado and billfish. These aren’t early season punk fish. These are full-grown summer swimmers!
PHOTO 7 : Lots of anglers this week got their first species ever like dorado, yellowtail, billfish, pargo and many other species. For some, it was their biggest yellowtail. Jillene Stevens, originally from San Diego grew up fishing S.California waters but never tangled with any yellowtail like this big 40 pound class forktail. She put two in the boat at the north end of Cerralvo Island off the La Reyna lighthouse in waters that were also alive with barracuda, jacks and 10 pound bonito. She yelled, “It’s a wonder!”

PHOTO 8: The tale of the “tails” just kept rolling! Steve Marabella (right from Wilmington CA) has been here plenty of times. So has Mark (“spread ’em”) Cabatuan from Santa Maria CA and seem to do better each time they roll in. This one day, the two anglers took 12 big yellowtail “until their arms fell off!”
PHOTO 9 : JD Drucker is also one of our frequent offender amigos from Redondo Beach, but invited his pal Bob Handigard from Oregon to join out Cabin Fever Classic this past week. They both stuffed ice chests with a variety of fish!

PHOTO 10: Two of the best eating and most prized inshore fishing from our area are being held up by Stacy Amos of Harbor City CA. With al the attention on chasing the big yellowtail as well as the dorado, everyone was ignoring the great inshore bite on the rocks just outside of Muertos Bay for pargo and cabrilla like these held by Stacy. Other species this week included big-eye jacks, jack crevalle, sierra, snapper and roosterfish.

PHOTO 11: Gary Evans and Bill Evans had 3 days of off-the-charts fishing. At La Reyna, they got these nice yellowtail. The key was heavy line; short rods and FLUROCARBON LEADERS!!! Mainlines were usually 40-60 pound test minimum. No spectra needed because these fish weren’t running far, but the mono is prime to keep the baits swimming right. The problem (not really) was that there are also so many big bonito and schools of barracuda in the area that EVERY bait got eaten sometimes before the yellowtail could get them but the big homeguards were swirling on the surface.

PHOTO 12: They’ve been on these pages numerous time. Tim and Angela Farrell…always spank the fish. The Oceanside CA couple hold some BIG TIME pargo liso. The pargo are up and spawning now. Only problem is that they are in shallow waters with big rocks.

PHOTO 13 : They are almost getting ignored, but schools of sierra are still roaming the inshore waters. Chad here is holding up a nice speedster headed to ceviche and chips! Great light tackle fare but wire is needed to guard against the teeth.

And that’s my story, amigos! The secret is really the winds. When the winds ;lay down, we can fish pretty much anywhere and chase all these species. When the winds blow (normal for this time of year). we’re more restricted to inshore fishing. However, the appearance of dorado and billfish is really unusual for this time of year and in these numbers and quality. We’ll keep you posted!
Have a great week!
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Phone: (626) 333-3355FAX: (626) 333-0115
U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745Mexico Office: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico
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PHOTO 1: The “right kind!” This is Kevin Beehn from South San Francisco CA. Kevin has been in our pages before. He’s holding an El Bajo yellowtail caught this week on the seamount north of town. For the good part of last week, the winds stayed down allowing access to the distant high spots which has kicked out a consistent bite almost ever day…as long as the winds stayed down.

PHOTO 2: Two yellowtail taken by Monica who is Kevin’s girlfriend from S. San Fransisco and holds up two that are almost as heavy as she is. Big fish continued to come from the area north of La Paz in perhaps the best bite of yellowtail in recent memory.

PHOTO 3: Here’s Kevin again. Two more fish. Had to include this one just ‘cuz I like when people take different photos with a sense of humor! Thanks, Kevin!

PHOTO 4: Cary McDermott of Las Vegas NV put this toad yellowtail on board the panga when he fished off Punta Perrico south of La Paz just outside of Muertos Bay.

PHOTO 5: Here’s a fish we chase and hook, but don’t often put in the boat! This is a pargo liso or “mullet snapper.” Schools of these badboys are roaming the shallows in their annual spawn. This is an “average” fish. Larger fish are rarely taken simply because they go right into the rocks. Mike Mattes of the San Fernando Valley area near Los Angeles jumped in his plane on a spur-of-the-moment-trip to get in on the yellowtail and pargo fishing.

PHOTO 6: Lots of Oregon folks down here and others from the Pacific Northwest soaking up sunshine right now. Nathan and Ryan Tarbet from Portland OR, came down for a week with their family and got a variety of fish including some big yellowtail like this one off Punta Perrico.
PHOTO 7: Glen McCarthy from Las Vegas ripped up a nice sierra here. Quite a few sierra are still in the area despite warming waters. Great eating and excellent fighters with a mout full of sharp teeth, sierra are an excellent game fish and table fare despite being members of the mackerel family.

PHOTO 8: One of our favorite Oregon amigos, Bruce Tarbet goes a little sideways on us to show off a nice jack crevalle (“toro”) he took. Schools of these feisty fish are up in the shallow waters offshore right now.

PHOTO 9: Just to show you the incredible variety, roosterfish have also come into the picture now. Captain Gerardo hold up a good roosterfish that Diane Tarbet caught on a day out’ve Muertos Bay. The roosters came a little earlier this year. Diane is from Portland OR.


La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for April 6, 2008

I guess this is one of those weeks, when I’ll let the photos above do the talking!

For some folks it’s probably some of the best fishing ever. Big yellowtail continued on the non-windy days north of town at the El Bajo Seamount, but with diminishing winds it allows us to check out other areas as well.

North Point at the north end of Cerralvo Island, the La Reyna light house, Punta Perrico, the Rock Highway (S. Cerralvo) and some others all produced fish this week. At times, it was a pick bite but on others, anglers described big fish simply “foaming” on the surface.

Not every day and every location was full turbo on the yellowtail, but there was enough action on enough other species to give everyone opportunities to get fish. Albeit, even if they weren’t the big sluggers, there were still big pargo…sierra…skipjack…snapper…cabrilla…jack crevalle…big eye jacks…pompano…and others! One day, I counted more than 15 species taken and not a needlefish in the bunch. If you were a light tackle angler these are some of the most sought after species on the light sticks and line.

However…that’s also undergunned for most of these fish…You want the bigger artillery.

Heavy line and fluro leaders are still the inside track to the bigger fish, but Rapalas and slow trolled BIG live bait also produced panga- stopping strikes!

On the days when the wind blew, the bite dropped off and winds hampered fishing later in the week. However, overall, not many complaints about the fishing….

Oh… as I was going to press on this fishing report, we had some EARLY season bull dorado caught as well this week and 1 marlin hook up. This is dynamite winds as this means perhaps warmer water species are coming early!

That’s my story! Have a great week


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: , 755 Paseo Obregon, 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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