Archive for December, 2008

PHOTO 1: Pargo are starting to show up more these days. These popular snapper (aka pargo liso or mullet snapper) usually start schooling up in numebers in the spring, but we’re already getting them. Or I should say, they’re biting! These tough fighters usually break off lines in the rocks before we can stop them!

PHOTO 2: Inshore fishing is great right now and surprisingly, there’s still roosterfish around! I don’t know if they’re holdovers from last season and just never left or they showed up early for 2009. But the shallow inshore waters are still holding some fun fish like this one which was released.


The La Paz/Las Arenas Report for the week of Dec. 20-28, 2008

A typical windy winter week down here, but we’ve been fishing the inner waters near Muertos with surprisingly good results. The variety has been exceptional. A typical catch for a day has been 4-12 sierra, a few cabrilla (sebass), some smaller pargo and snapper, some roosterfish and even a handful of dorado on occasion. When the winds are down, we’ve had some boats outside near the south end of Cerralvo.
There have been reports of tuna breezing the area, but we’ve not hooked any. However, two wahoo were hooked in the last few days on Rapalas. Nice time to be in town. It’s very festive. Day time temps are sunny 75! Nightimes are cool and comfortable at 65 with lots of holidays in the air. Don’t forget to bring a sweatshirt right now. I’m writing this and have a wool watch-cap on. It can get chilly in the early mornings and evenings, but really nice and sunny in the daytime.

Our 7th Annual Cabin Fever Classic Event is booking up but there are still spots. We’ve set it for April 30 to May 4th to take advantage of the new Alaska/Horizon Airlines Schedule so it will be over a weekend to make it more convenient. Also, we’re holding it a bit later to possibly get into a few more species this year.

This is our unofficial kick off for the season and is always a lot of fun. It’s not a competition, but, as the name implies, it’s to shake off the “cabin fever” and have an opportunity to wet some line, enjoy some sunshine, eat some tacos and knock back some cold ones. It’s our most popular event and we get regulars every year, especially couples. We fish for 3 days; stay at La Concha Beach Resort; and at night we go out for dinners.

We don’t even promise that the fish will be biting, but they always do! One year, the roosterfish went mad. Another year we had early season big dorado. One year we had over 18 different species of fish caught. Last year, it was big pargo and big yellowtail. We never know! The price if $775 per person (double occupancy) includes the ocean-facing room on the beach; boat, skipper, tackle, ice, fish cleaning, fish freezing, breakfast, lunch, soft drinks and water on fishing days, shuttles to the boats, airport shuttles, a welcome dinner; a taco party plus other fun things as well. Hope you can join us.
Also for your calendar, don’t forget the whale watching season in Baja starts next month. Prime time for the whale migration is mid-January to March when the grey whales arrive and take up residence in Magdalena Bay. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to get up close to these gentle animals in the calm bay waters. This is not open water whale chasing. The whales are already there and not going anywhere. We’ll be offering complete packages so get in touch with us.
It’s been a great 2008 down here in La Paz and a fantastic season. Beginning with seeing so many of you during our tour of all the Western States hunting and fishing shows from January to March (when we crashed our van in the snow!) and then kicking right into a busy season, it’s been fantastic! We had some great fishing and great times and we wanted to thank all of our friends who came to visit and all of you who continue to read these crazy reports we publish every week. We have been blessed with many smiles and the best part of this job is that most of our clients become our friends. We thank all of you and wish you a safe and peaceful 2009 and we hope to see you soon!
Best fishes always!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill

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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The La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for the Week of Dec. 13-20, 2008

First and foremost…

Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays to everyone! This is a special time of year and we wish you and yours a safe and peaceful Christmas and holiday season!

Sorry to have missed last week’s fishing report. For only about the 5th time in 12 years of doing the reports weekly, I missed. I begged off. I was on my honeymoon! For those of you who wrote in asking, yes…Jill and I got married finally and had a grand time and appreciate all the good wishes from you all! Life is good and I got myself a great lady!

OK…for the fishing down here…surprisingly good! Yes, it’s winter, but I’m really surprised at the variety of species. It’s windy and chilly most days, which makes it choppy and we surely aren’t fishing out of La Paz. However, we’ve been sending all of our clients out of Muertos Bay. Fishing is CLOSE! Don’t have to go far to get fish so no biggie about the winds!

And, like I said, there’s some nice variety and good action. For example, the boats we had out this week came back with 7 to 12 sierra each; a handful of seabass (cabrilla); some snapper and small pargo; some roosterfish up to 10 pounds; some jack crevalle; bonito; and even some dorado (go figure!). A bit like a smorgasboard! All the fish are eating live sardines so this is nice easy fishing. No casting needed. Just kinda hold onto the rod and get bit. The boats are no more than 100 yards off the beach this past week. There were some reports of breezing tuna off Cerralvo Island earlier in the week, but when we tried to check it out, the winds were up and it woulda been crazy wet and bumpy to go over there. There were also two wahoo hooked south of the island on one of the days when the winds backed off. We’ll keep an eye on that and let you know what happens.


Here’s some changes I thought you’d be interested in for the coming year

Alaska Airlines – Is now flying out of Los Angeles to La Paz on Monday/ Wednesday/ Thursday/ Saturday and Sunday for 2009. This is great news and presents many more options for the coming season.

New Water Slide Water Park – It’s just about finished and is located at Caimancito Beach between Hotel La Concha and Hotel Marina. They’ve been working on it for almost two seasons and just had the big inauguration party this past week with the governor and mayor and about 500 people. It’s not officially open, but it’s close and they’re thinking by Spring Break 2009 it’ll be all set. It’s pretty nice.

More New Restaurants and Changes –

Tres Virgines – The popular upscale restaurant was closed for several months, but has now re-opened with some new management changes

Los Michoacanas – Just found the place. Everyone asks about carintas tacos. This place rocks!

Azul Marina – Located in the new Costa Baja Marina, it has slowly been growing popularity and now it’s often packed. Some of the most creative and killer good seafood, steak, pasta and imaginative upscale food in town.

Cafe Molina – Old and funky near the Marina La Paz. They have live music and a throwback lounge, but it’s our new favorite Italian place. Hey…four beers and a big pesto pizza for 10 bucks can’t go wrong!

La Paz is bustling with new places including the area around the Buffalo Grill. There’s another new high-end restaurant on the street (can’t remember the name) but it’s packed. There’s a Thai/Chinese fusion place now and another breakfast house owned by Americans that serves biscuits and gravy and sausage!


We’re now booking for the 2009 whale watching season at Mag Bay. This is from mid-January to March. Best time is February because by then the calves and females are used to having the pangas around them in the shallow lagoons. This is great fun for the whole family and an incredible experience to have whales come right up to the pangas. Get in touch with us ASAP and we can set up the whole package!


We’re booking fast for our 7th Annual Cabin Fever Classic set for April 30 to May 4th. This is our unofficial kick-off for the season and we’re holding it just a tad later this year to get into more variety of fish. It’s not a competition. It’s a fun 3 days of fishing and a chance to bust out of your cabin and get some sunshine, sand and wet some lines. It’s $775 per person double occupancy. Quite a few couples book this one every year with us.


Yes, it finally happened. The world is changing. Lots of excitement about it on some levels. But after visiting, all I could say was (yawn)…what’s the big deal. Walmart is like a big dark warehouse. Looks nothing like a U.S. Walmart. Not even much inside of it. Poor selection. Even the locals have already found it to be a big thud. When I was there, the place was almost empty…one week before Christmas. Same with Sam’s Club. Duds!!! I didn’t want them in La Paz, but was looking forward to buying fishing gear and hardware in the same place! NOT!


It’s still closed now for 3 weeks. It’s a shame that the hotel and union can’t get it together. Bad for everyone. No signs of movement. The whole place remains boarded up. A deadline to resolve the impasse came and went. We’ll keep you posted. We’re putting folks in La Concha Beach Resort and Hotel Marina only until further notice.


For 2009, Tailhunter International will be offering some off-the-water activities including horseback riding; ATV tours; and swimming with the dolphins!

That’s our story. Merry Christmas all!
Jonathan and Jill

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
Website: http://www.tailhunter-international.com/
Phone: (626) 333-3355
FAX: (626) 333-0115
E-Mail: Riplipboy@aol.com
U.S. Office: 3319 White Cloud Dr., Suite A, Hacienda Hts. CA 91745
Mexico Office: , 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Cal Sur, Mexico

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PHOTO 1: Belmond Mann, came down for his anniversary with his wife for their first trip to La Paz and surprised everyone with not one..but TWO prized wahoo fishing with Captain Archangel south of Cerralvo Island. You can see the purple/black Rapala hanging from the mouth of the wahoo.


La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2008

PHOTO 2: Amy Mann and Captain Archangel hold up a nice late-season dorado. Surprsingly, for such a late time in the season, there are still dorado holding in some lingering warm water spots of water. Amy and her husband fished two days and landing sierra, permit, dorado, wahoo and roosterfish (released).

An incredible week of inshore fishing. Quite a mix that kept rods bent and folks pretty happy. Nothing big, but quantity overcame quality. Lots of sierra all over the place for both our Las Arenas and La Paz fleets. Roosters are still around and if you hit a school of them…10 pounders all day long! Cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle, permit are all close to shore and can hit at any time. We’ve already got pargo showing as well although “showing” and putting one in the boat are separate issues. Several were hooked, but none boated. As well…offshore, there’s still dorado cruising. Best spots have been off the SE end of Espiritu Santo Island although there’s free swimming breezers in the warmer water. Still the occasional wahoo as well although it’s hard to tell. This is winter and there’s not many folks out fishing so it’s not like the hot spots are hit every day. There could be whole schools of marlin and tuna and other critters on certain spots and we’d never know!
Now is the time to book. The grey whales migrate down by the thousands to Baja’s Pacific side and this is a great opportunity to get right up next to them in a great family trip.
2. 7th ANNUAL CABIN FEVER CLASSIC – Spots are filling fast and it looks like we will see out for our 7th annual Cabin Fever Classic being held April 30 to May 4. It’s our only personally escorted trip and includes 5 days/ 4 nights ocean front hotel/ 3 days fishing and lots of extras. It’s become our unofficial kick off to the season and it’s our most popular event down here in La Paz for the season. Lots of couples and regular attend year-after-year and we’re already filling. E-mail us at riplipboy@aol.com for more details.
That’s my story!
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 91745Mexico 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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