Archive for May, 2008

PHOTO 1: Ever seen 60 and 70 pound roosterfish? Those are the estimated weights of these two bruisers being held by Joe Dubler from Palmer AK, and Jeff Regnart from Anchorage AK. There’s a reason they call this area the “roosterfish capital of theworld. ” The world record 114 pounder came out of these waters and fish like these are not uncommon. In fact, considering it’s early in the season we’re getting banner numbers of the big fish. Here’s the best part of this. On this particular day, Joe and Jeff got FIVE of these fish including this double hook up. THEY RELEASED EACH FISH! They rock!


LA PAZ / LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT FOR JUNE 1, 2008 for the week of May 25 to 31, 2008

PHOTO 2: Mike Booth from Riverside CA holds up the kind of dorado that showed up this week. Nice BIG FAT BULLS! Several spots outside of Cerralvo Island, especially the elusive 88 spot and the inshore buoys some days held fields of fish and other days not a ripple. However, it seemed to be a week of all big fish in the 25 to 40 pound class!

PHOTO 3: What happend to all the small fish and females? As the boats unloaded each day, it seems like it was bull after bull after bull in the boxes! No one was complaining. Joe Dubler from Alaska hung this beauty on a live bait outside the island. Most all the fishing has been from the Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay side. Late in the week, schools of these big mahi ravaged through the bait schools. Marlin and sailfish were also in the same areas, ignoring baits one day then romping on anything thrown in the water the next day!
PHOTO 4: Not so many big pargo this week, but no doubt they were still there! This has been an incredible pargo season with lots of big fish early including fish like this pargo liso, but also big dog-tooth and paro mulatto have also been getting into the boxes. There were lots of fish hooked but so many lost in the rocks…as usual. This nice one is being helf up by one of our best pargo captains…the very popular Captain Manny Archangel.

PHOTO 5: As waters have gotten warmer, we’re seeing the appearance of more amberjack…the bigger and tastier cousins to yellowtail, pompano, jack crevalle and roosterfish with the same bad attitudes when hooked. This one is being held by Jim Nass who also got roosterfish. Some of these fish will get over 100 pounds and hang out along the rocks and pinnacles near high spots. Great eating.
PHOTO 6: OK…can you say, “Happy Birthday?” Mark Bonami from the San Francisco Bay area celebrated his 43rd birthday with us. He goes out and nails one of our first wahoo of the season as well as this 50-60 pound roosterfish (released). YEOW! We knew the wahoo were in the area, but none had been hooked yet only some short biters that fell off. Mark got our first of the season (see the video) on a black and purple trolled Rapala!

PHOTO 7: Dennie Dyer and Matt Lederer hold up some of the best inshore eating fish we have. The silver ones are African Pompano and the reddish fish is a barred pargo. Dennie came down with the specific intent to somehow get in the fishing report. You made it Dennie! (Also check out the video this week too!). This was an incredible week for the pompano that moved into the waters right off the beach areas where the sand sloped to deeper waters. A small sinker and live bait got anglers through the needlefish schools to the fish zone!
PHOTO 8: No small fish! Chris Silva, “Texas” Bill Sharp, and Mike “I only drink Corona” Booth all from Riverside CA hold up a trio of dorado bulls typical of the kind of quality dorado that showed up this week off the buoys outside of Las Arenas and Cerrlavo Island

PHOTO 9: Jeff Regnart spent a whole week fishing with us and went home with a load of fillet and lots of variety. He got the best of this big bull dorado. As one angler said, “We pulled up on one area and there were flying fish everywhere. Bull dorado in an area half the size of a football

PHOTO 10: Dave Rose trekked with his family all the way from the Denver area. These little roosters are as hearty and feisty as their big brothers. If you want some light tackle fun, there are schools of these youngsters off some of the beaches that can be hours of incredible fun until your arms fall of!

PHOTO 11: Wahoo!!! Yup…they’re here. (check the video). Dave Newman is a frequent amigo of ours and lives in Chicago. He often sends me photos of the incredible winters they have up here so it’s always good to see him down here in the sunshine. His first day out he spanks this nice wahoo. The south end of Cerralvo Island in that high spot that kicks out so many of the skinnies each year again looks like it’s holding fish!


Video 1: The week in review. Check it out. A collection of clips from the week.
Video 2: Pete Savarese on light tackle goes head to head against a big jack crevalle on light tackle. Note the gaff technique in the lip by Captain Adolfo so that the fish could be released.


Well, amigos…if you read the captions to this week’s photos, you get the gist. I won’t blow smoke…
It wasn’t a great week of fishing. It was a GOOD week of fishing with some GREAT fish! Some guys did better than others. The fish really did play games.
One day all the good fish were on one spot and a few boats would get them. Then, the next day EVERYONE would shoot there and the fish would POP UP SOMEWHERE ELSE. The guys who just happened to be at the new spot would get slammed. The next day everyone would shoot to the new spot an the hot bite would turn up somewhere else!!! It was like “musical fishing chairs!”
But no one could argue about the quality.
Lots of guys got their biggest…roosterfish…dorado…marlin…sailfish. Happy to say that almost all the marlin/ sailfish were released…even by the rookies (good for you!)…as well as the bigger roosters and some game guys were even releasing their big dorado too. You rock!
Some guys who knew they already had too much fish were also letting fish go. One day it seemed each of our pangas had at least one marlin/sailfish hooked, released or lost and the only ones killed were the ones that were deep hooked or were already going to die. The rest are hopefully still swimming to fight another day. A good portion of the billfish that were brought in were given to folks who needed the food.
Most of the fishing spots centered on the area around the Arenas lighthouse for the roosters, pompano and jacks. Punta Perrico and the SE end of Cerrlavo Island held the pargo and rockfish. The outter buoys were the spot to go search for the big dorado and billfish.
Almost 99 percent of our fishing was out of Muertos Bay to fish these areas. We haven’t fished the La Paz side very much because of the winds or inconsistent fishing. However…FLASH…this week we did fish a bit more on the La Paz side and got some nice dorado…a few tuna…and even some larger yellowtail so we’ll keep an eye on that for you!
That’s my story! Have a great week!
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: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico
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PHOTO 1: Now this is the right kind! Guys dream about nailing one of these bad boys. Many bite, but few are taken! This is a pargo. It’s a pargo liso (mullet snapper) to be exact. Big schools of these big fish are up on the shallows right now. Jeff Regnert from Anchorage AK pulled this one out’ve the rocks in shallow water with live bait.


La Paz/ Las Arenas Report from Tailhunter International for May 24, 2009

PHOTO 2: Wally Huang and Frank Lui from the Los Angeles area hold up a 45 pound roosterfish taken off the lighthouse at Punta Arena. The big roosters have definitely moved into the area now. Lots of small ones around, but the big bad boys are cruising the beaches too! Most are getting released, but we’ve had some taken this week up to 70 pounds with larger ones being lost.

PHOTO 3: Another good one for the table, this is another type of pargo. It’s called a pargo mulatto…barred pargo. They get alot bigger and can be tough in the rocks. Jeff Santa holds this one. Jeff is from just south of San Francisco. CA.
PHOTO 4: Don White has a charter business up in Oregon, but comes down to check out the sunshine and fish without slickers on! Here he’s holding up a pargo taken off Punta Perrico. It was another week of good bites for the pargo. Perhaps this is one of the best pargo seasons in a long time.

PHOTO 5: This is Dimitry Postovalov. He’s from Russia. But he currently lives in Utah. He’s pretty funny and has himself a good time. . .all the time. He and his buddy Mike are favorite amigos of ours. He likes vodka and has been known to eat live bait from the bait tank as well as eat fish raw just after they are caught. He loves sashime! He also loves to flyfish and light tackle fish. This day he got a small roosterfish, but released over twenty. (See the attached video).
PHOTO 6: Here’s a real typical catch this week as strong winds late in the week really kept alot of our fleet confind close to the rocks and beaches where a number of rock species were hanging out and thankfully still eager to chew. Jeff and Jason are from the Orange Co. area of S.California. They are holding a nice fat cabrilla (dark brown seabass), a nice amberjack (cousin to yellowtail) and have several nice pargo as well.

PHOTO 7: Lately Captain Jorge has been on fire with the pargo. He’s holding up a nice pargo pero (dog tooth snapper) on the gaff that was taken by our amiga Sara Moss from British Columbia.
PHOTO 8: Spring time is when all species of jacks seem to come into the shallows near the sandy areas. They make for great fun as all of them are natural fighters. These include the yellowtail, amberjack, big eye jacks, jack crevalle and this one…a pompano. Kent Petre from the Denver Co area holds it up off Muertos Bay.

PHOTO 8: Once again…Captain Jorge…on fire with another big pargo taken by Joe Czechan who lives up at Lake Isabella, California, and happily tells you he “fishes every day now that I’m retired.”
PHOTO 9: One of our best guys here is Wayne Moss who always hammers fish. Wayne is a commercial pilot from British Columbia who took this nice roosterfish on his flyrod south of Bahia de Los Muertos. He said he must have released more than 30 fish one afternoon but “stopped counting after awhile.”


Give this link a click and check out some of this week’s fishing action.
There were some nice fish caught this week, especially big pargo and roosterfish. However, there’s alot more that weren’t caught. We’d have done ALOT better but the big story this week was the 3 of 4 days of extremely high winds that came tearing through here.
We haven’t had winds like this since winter and I kid you not…if you know how calm it normally is here…these were the biggest waves and chop I have ever seen here in years that weren’t attached to a hurricane. However, the sun was out. Not a cloud in the sky, but winds came through like a freight train. Chop…gusts…dust…furniture getting blown over…big waves…what a mess! What a pain to be out on a panga! The guys who fished with us this week were gamers…hats off to them. They hung in there despite conditions that had most of us dressed in hooded sweatshirts and long pants shivering. I guess the weather is all screwed up this past week with tornados in California and the mid-west; snow in Los Angeles and other messed up weather patterns uncharacteristic of this time of the year.
However, as I tap out this report, things have calmed and it’s looking and feeling more like Baja again!
There’s no doubt there’s fish here, but if you’re getting bounced out’ve the panga; getting soaked in the waves; or the wind is blowing you off the spot, it’s gonna be hard. However, the pargo are still here. No doubts. I mean…BIG BIG SCHOOLS of BIG FISH FISH! Most anglers who have never felt the power, don’t have any idea of what these big fish can do. No B.S. guys were busting off 60 and 80 pound test on these fish and guys with 50 pound test and fully buttoned-down drags could only watch helplessly as the heavy gear failed to stop the fish from heading into the rocks! Excercises in frustration! You can see the fish. You can see the inhale your bait, then it’s like trying to stop a baby freightrain with a piece of string and a stick! Many bites…few fish. It wasn’t altogether bad fishing. It was bad catching!
However, roosterfish again stepped into the gap and provided great action inshore on small schoolie fish you could catch more than a dozen or the bigger bruisers up to 80 pounds lurking along the beaches. Shaping up to be an incredible roosterfish season. Most do
n’t taste good, but few would argue that these bad boys know how to slug it out when hooked.
Other than that, it was hard to get outside to the buoy spots because of the wind, but a few dorado were hooked and lost and there’s a ton of marlin cruising outside that just wouldn’t eat. We were almost running over the lethargic fish content to basically sit on the surface and sun. I have a feeling they’re ready to bust loose.
Inshore, more sierra, small cabrilla and snapper rounded out the catch.
Newsflash…we’ve been catching just about every species lately…except two…wahoo and tuna. I kept saying it was jut a matter of time. Sure enough some of the commercial guys got wahoo juswt south of the island and a pop of 40 pound tuna rolled off the east side of Cerralvo Island…just before two commercial Mexican seiners dog piled on the spot and wrapped up everything. Exhale….rat bastards…right in front of the fishing pangas! They wrapped up tuna, bonito, skipjack…three days of it. We never even got a shot at them.
Hopefully, the fish will move to a high spot and get out’ve the blue water. The commercial guys can’t fish on the high spots. As you remember, last year, we had several months of tuna in about 30 feet of water. That’s what we’re hoping for again.
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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PHOTO 1: Talk about a whopper! YEOW! Sara Moss from British Columbia has the knack every time she comes down. Captain Jorge gives her a hand with this 40 pound class dorado picked off the outer shark buoys. Sara nailed this on a light salmon rod with live bait. We normally don’t see this kind of quality bull dorado until a bit later, but the fish are here and show all signs of busting loose!



PHOTO 2: Hard to beat a photo or a fish like this. Our amigo, Wayne Moss, a commercial pilot and former fishing guide in British Columba holds a coveted dog-tooth snapper. This horse of a fish is a rarity. They are hooked, but difficult to drag out’ve the rocks not to mention they have sharp gills and armor plating and they don’t call ’em dog-tooth snappers for nothing…they have fang-like choppers. Great eating.

PHOTO 3: A great week for roosterfish. They ran the gamut of fish from this school-sized 5 pounder up to 60 and even 80 pound fish. The smaller guys are balled up south of Muertos Bay where you can have a day of catching several dozen but the big bull roosters are hanging out in the place they call the “Roosterfish Capital of the World”…The Punta Arena lighthouse where the world record 114 pounder was caught and were several of our anglers got tagged by fish up to 80 pounds this week.
PHOTO 4: At first, I thought these were two of the largest cabrilla (Mexican seabass) I had ever seen in all my time here that weren’t underwater when I was scuba diving. Surely the largest I’ve seen on hook and line. Dr. David Jones and his son, Brian Jones from Sylmar CA hold some doozies! Brian (right) for sure holds a HUGE cabrilla. However, the more I look at Davids fish (left) I see something that tells me it’s NOT a cabrilla and I don’t know why I didn’t notice it when we were on the beach. Perhaps there was too much commotion and excitement about the fish, but now I think it’s a broomtail grouper. Look at the tail! Either way…wow…great catches! Smiles say it all. (See the video below)

PHOTO 5: William and Robyn Bristol from the Los Angeles area had a day to spare so they came out fishing. Not only did they nail this trophy pompano, but also got yellowtail, pargo, cabrilla and numerous jacks. William says Robyn caught all the fish to which Robyn agrees, but says she handed the rod to William when this particular pompano got the best of her. Numerous species this past week were the name of the game. I got over a dozen species logged.

PHOTO 6: A helluva day no matter how you look at it. Scott Foster from Los Osos CA holds an amberjack (big cousin to yellowtail) on the left and a pargo perro (dog-tooth snapper) on the right. It seemed we got an inordinate number of great dog tooth this week which is pretty rare. Usually we get more of the pargo liso (mullet snapper). Also, we’re seeing more amberjack now too. These guys are in the rocks with the pargo and May and June are excellent months for them. They get big! We had several between 70 and 100 pounds last year.

PHOTO 7 : Now THIS is a pargo liso (mullet snapper) unlike the dog tooth snapper (pargo perro) in the photo above. Len Veahey from the eastside San Francisco Bay area holds up a nice pargo liso headed for the grill. Great week for pargo. They were biting off Punta Perrico as well as the SE end of Cerralvo Island. Big schools could be seen like dark red moving balls in the shallow water with fish boiling on thrown chummed sardines. However, dead bait seemed to work particularly well for them.

PHOTO 8: More pargo. Darned good week for the big snapper. Scott Foster on the left and Tyler Sikes on the right hold a nice pair of big fish that are up on the shallows schooling right now. Both anglers are from Los Osos CA.

PHOTO 9 : Bob Veahey (left) and Jack Shade (right) hoist a nice female and male bull dorado respecitvely. Both guys got a wide variety of fish topped by those two mahi on their last day. The dorado are out at the buoys in several spots along with marlin and sailfish. The problem is one day they’ll bite and the next day they’ll just look at you and your bait and swim away. They also got a sailfish and released it.

PHOTO 10: Jim Stewart was on his second trip with us. He’s sometimes from Arizona and sometimes from Wyoming! He hooked two sailfish while on a panga with Captain Gerardo (on the left). He was able to release one, but not this one and the meat was divided among alot of hungry folks back at the captains pueblo. Jim and his wife Judy also got quite a few snapper.

PHOTO 11: Dr. Ralph Kettlekamp hails from San Luis Obispo CA and had a spectacular few days with us this past week. He got numerous pargo like this one here as well as other inshore species like cabrilla and amberjack. His topper was his last fish of the trip…a 50 pound dorado.

PHOTO 12: While a couple of the guys were fishing…in fact, had a fish on the line, this “baby” whaleshark felt like playing and checking them out. Gentle and plankton eating, this baby could grow to be over 50 feet long and will often let divers swim with them. These are real sharks and are the largest of their species. They don’t bite people, but are the favorite food of killer whales and are killed as food in many countries since they are easy targets.

PHOTO 13: How good was the pargo fishing? This is a shot of pargo under the panga swarming. These might not look big because there’s no perspective, but these are 20-50 pound fish in shallow water!


I guess this is one of those weeks when I can just let the photo images do the explaining! It was a solid week of fishing. Can’t believe the variety too! Not every species was biting every single day and the winds sometimes dictated where you could and couldn’t fish. There might also be a day when you decided you were gonna go for a home run and head off shore to the buoys for dorado and marlin and they wouldn’t bite…and you’d come back skunked. Everyone who stayed inside had pargo, cabrilla , sierra and yellowtail in ther boxes…oh well.

However…here’s the ticket. If you fished 2-3 days like most of our clients, everyone is hooking fish! Not every fish is a keeper. By that, I mean there’s some fish out here that are full-on warrior fish…ask anyone who has battled one of our 30 pound class jack crevalle or taken on a a big bonito on light tackle. They will kick your butt! But they don’t taste real good so you might toss them back. But…wow…no shortage of action! Hard to complain when every other bait in the water gets bit by SOMETHING.

You might also be one of the guys who hooks say…5 big pargo and loses every single one of them in the rocks. You then hook 3 big cabrilla and those pop off too. When you come back to the beach, you ‘ve only got some 12-inch snapper. That wasn’t bad fishing. That was bad catching! Just one of those days. But you might also have hooked 3 jacks that you released as well as 10 bonito that tore you up as well and you threw those back too!

Here’s just some of the species we got: dorado, sailfish (released most), marlin (released all…or they released themselves!), amberjack, pargo liso, barred pargo, cabrilla, broomtail grouper, yellow snapper, red snapper, sierra, roosterfish (up to 60 pounds), jack crevalle, china maru, African pompano, big eye jacks, small yellowtail and dog-tooth snapper.


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That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

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Mexico Office: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

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PHOTO 1: The smile says it all. Nothing better than a kid who catches a fish! Sebastian Villareal is 12-years-old and came down with his family for the first time to La Paz. It was a great week for roosterfishing as shown by this striped pez gallo! Larger roosters moved into the shallows with fish up to 50 pounds. Note how close the panga is to the shore! The fish was released.



PHOTO 2: Mark Langley from Orange Co. CA makes it down almost yearly with his wife (see below) to fish with us. Check out the burly rooster he got here just outside Muertos Bay. the fish was released.

PHOTO 2: The beauty of working the shoreline. Check out the variety of fish in front of Mo Langley! Someone is gonna have a smoking-good barbecue! In frnot of her are nice pargo (big red fish), yellowtail and cabrilla. The small yellowtail made several big charges this past week with boats getting 10-20 of the fish.

PHOTO 3: Even sideways, this is a nice fish for Scott Luker from Santa Maria CA. There’s a reason that the Mexican name for these members of the jack family that fight like crazy. The English name is “jack crevalle.” The Mexicans call them “toro.” (bull). Extremely tough on light tackle.
PHOTO 4: Josh Kiffe from Grover Beach CA holds up another nice jack crevalle. These fish often hold up in some fairly large schools. Where there’s one…there’s others! It can last for hours if you keep them around the boat and often they are close enough to fish from the beach.

PHOTO 5: You don’t know jack! Yes…along with yellowtail, roosterfish, jack crevalle and others, this African pompano is also a member of the jack family and has the same bad attitude when hooked. Sebastian Villareal from Rosarita Beach holds him here.

PHOTO 6: Beach spread! Sebastian and Pablo Villareal pose in front of a fine day of inshore fishing. Pictured here are yellowtail, African pompano, barred pargo, big eye jacks, and yellow snapper. They also got many jack crevalle and roosters that were released.


Well…the fishing wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad either. But winds that had been good to us for several weeks came roaring back just to remind us with a kick in the keister that it’s still spring! “In like a lion and out like a lamb.”

Consequently, most of our fishing was out of Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay where it’s more protected and we didn’t do that much fishing from La Paz.
That also meant getting to some of the outside fishing spots was an excercise in misery unless you like getting wet and getting your kidneys jarred into your lungs. So….we stayed inshore where we know there’s fish!

Therefore, you won’t see any dorado or marlin photos this week, but some excellent stuff close to shore. In fact, just to let us know they’re still around, the roosters came on several days like gangbusters and they brought bigger cousins with them. Several fish in the 40-60 pound class were hooked and most of them either busted off or released. The hot spot seemed to be around the Las Arenas lighthouse in that long stretch of white beach that’s famous as the “roosterfish capital of the world.”

Also…not many of the big yellowtail around anymore either. For about 3 months the AVERAGE horse was about 25-40 pounds. Part of that might be the waters getting too warm and the other might be that we just haven’t been fishing in the yellowtail spots because of the wind. However, for several days, punk yellowtail in the 5-10 pound class were like mad puppies charging the boats with double and triple hooksup as fast as you could bait-up! Most boats ended up with 10-20 of the smaller yellowtail and had a blast. I guess it’s too soon to say the yellowtail bite is dead!
If the winds flatten out this week, I think we’ll have a better bite. We’ll keep you posted! The late breaking report for the last few days of the week were big dorado on the outer banks up to 40 pounds so we’ll be scouting that plus there’s marlin hanging there as well! Praying for no wind!
Have a great week!

That’s my story…

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
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: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico
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PHOTO 1: There weren’t as many dorado caught this week, but we shouldn’t normally even have dorado this time of year yet. However, those that were landed turned out to be gems like the deuce held here by Sherry and Carter Crossland (are you happy now?) from Yuma AZ. They fished 5 days here this week and seemed to hit about every species we had to offer. Including these bulls taken at the 88 spot buoys, they hit a triple hook up on sailfish; nailed numerous roosters; jacks; pargo, sierra and everything in between


La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for Sunday May 4, 2008

PHOTO 2: One of our poster-boy regulars over the years is Marty Johnson of Atascadero CA. I think he’s caught about everything that has eye-balls and a face down here in our waters and comes each year specifically looking for something new. Here he holds up some of our inshore species…a barred pargo on the left (pargo mulatto) and a china maru (China face) on the right. Both great eating fish. Marty loves the flyrod and light tackle, but put them down and pulled a rapala through the rocks to get those two.

PHOTO 3: Not so many of the big pargo this week. Part of it was windier and roughter waters. Part of it was a lack of luck and fishing experience among anglers and some was just plain nastiness of these big snapper! However, Don Winklepleck from FLA holds up a slugger pargo liso.
PHOTO 4: No shortage of roosterfish for sure. All sizes and shapes. There are so many in some spots they foam to get the baits. Most are released with some of the smaller ones taken for the table which make pretty good frying or sauteeing!

PHOTO 5: Some days there are so many little roosters, they are like hungry little puppies. Other day, the big baja bad boys cruise the shores like this 50 pound class rooster Doug Shearer got fishing with Capt. Victor. You can often see these characters just on the edge of the schools of smaller fish. One of our clients, Carter Crossland (photos above) was in the middle of the smaller roosters, but had hooked a sierra mackere. Just as he was about to pull the sierra to the boat, a rooster estimated at 50 pounds came up and wolfed the sierra! Hook up on the big rooster, but Carter had on the light tackle so it didn’t last long, but that’s just insane fishing!
PHOTO 6: Dave Elliot and Eric Massey, hold up one of those monster pargo that are lurking off Punta Perrico and the SE corner of Cerralvo Island right now. Despite winds, they got int a variety of species, but none better than a prized pargo liso. These are hooked every day, but few are landed.

PHOTO 7 and 8 : I couldn’t ignore these photos by Brent Wisniewski from Oregon. At just the right moment he hit the shutter button and caught this sailfish hooked by Pat Ireton as the fish came out of calm water and tail walked. There’s quite a few billfish considering how early in the season it is. One day you’ll se dozens and they won’t eat a thing. The next day they are fighting to get a single piece of bait on your hook!

PHOTO 9: Yes, the rumors are true. This old guy can still catch a fish now and then. There’s a spot in front of Boca de Alamo we found about 2 weeks ago. Unlimited light tackle small roosters for HOURS!!! Catch and release as fast as you can go. (But there’s bigger ones hanging on the fringe, but the punk fish zip in too fast!). Anyway, I threw a white and fluro orange splasher with a small Krocodile into the melee and the fish exploded on it. This was the lucky guy…who was lucky I wasn’t hungry because this size is very good eating. We released about 30 of them this round.

PHOTO 10: Texan Rob Burns showing off again the incredible variety right now. Here he holds up a toad of an African pompano. Super fighter. Great eating. Busts your chops on light tackle and capable of snapping a rod with burst of speed. Look at this guy…he still looks pissed off (the fish, not the angler!)


Click on these links to check out our video clips from the week!
1. Weekly round up of variety:
The first angler in this video is Mike Hossack long time-drummer for the Doobie Brothers who got in a day of fishing with us.
2. Sherry and Carter Crossland were hot sticks:
I won’t lie. It wasn’t spectacular fishing this week. It was VERY good fishing, but not like it had been with the big pargo and giant yellowtail. In fact, I’d say the great yellowtail bite of 2008 is probably over as water warm.
Dang…when it was good it was good! If you wanted action, this was an incredible week when almost every bait that hit the water some days blew up with something. There were some rough spots and some days that the fish were a bit stingy, but over all, if you put in a few days at the rail, there was some good rod-bending to be had.
I lost count of some of the species… dorado, small yellowail. some marlin, some sailfish, cabrilla, sierra, big eye jacks, bonito, skipjack, roosterfish, rainbow runners, jack crevalle, barred pargo, yellow snapper, pargo liso, sabalo, pompano, china maru, chilecanos…what variety!
The biggest detriment was that there were times this week when it was too windy to go outside to the dorado or marlin spots. For sure…we almost did NOT fish the La Paz side because winds produced mostly a long boat ride for only a few yellowtail, cabrilla and alot of bonito. Almost all our fishing was from the Muertos/ Las Arenas side where even if the wind was blowing, at least the fish were close up and not to far away.
The other part is that not every fish bit every day. One day the yellowtail would foam, but the next it would be sierra day or roosterfish day. If you went out to the yellowtail spot. you might have a bum day. The guys who went for roosters or sierra would’ve had a banner day!
Live bait and small rapalas did the most damage. Flurocarbon leaders were definitely bit more than standard mono. Flyrodders and light tackle guys had a ball. We didn’t catch alot of the big pargo this week, but that’s also because so many continued to be lost in the rocks.
Water temps are moving up! Air temps are in the mid-90’s now.
Alaska Air announced another surprise sale. For a limited time, fares have dropped almost half for flights here to La Paz. Alaska flies Monday/ Wednesday and Saturaday. Seats must be purchased by May 8 and used before June 25. Their phone is 1-800- AlaskaAir. Jump on these. Seats are limted and so are our spots here for boats and rooms.
That’s my story!
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