Archive for May, 2009

PHOTO 1: Jude Martinez went to war to get this bad boy wahoo. Using a purple/black Y0-Zuri, he said the lure wasn’t in the water “3 minutes!” when this guy hit. While battling the big fish, his back went out and he went “oh-oh” and could hardly turn the crank. He had to ride back to the beach laying on the deck of the panga getting slammed because he couldn’t stand up. They propped him up to take this photo, but he was HURTING! Still, the grin says it all! The fish was taken at the south end of Cerralvo Island. There was at least one day this past week when the wahoo were so thick that several commercial pangas were using re-bar to harpoon the fish!

PHOTO 2: Two of our favorite poster kids…Mitch Chavira and Cole Chavira from San Diego. The two were hopping buoys outside Las Arenas when Cole got slammed with his big bull and fought the fish to the boat. Then dad got hit and thought he’d show Cole how “dad does it.” Well, he got the fish to the boat too hot and when they stuck it with the gaff, the fish slammed against the panga and almost pulled Captain Pancho into the water. The gaff broke off too and the fish took off screaming. As Mitch said, “Game on!” They had to fight the fish another 20 minutes to get it in. Nice work, Dad!

PHOTO 3: Ventura resident and first timer Don Rea didn’t do too badly on his first trip fishing with us. He got this beauty of a bull dorado with the last bait of the day at the last stop. They were fishing north of La Paz with Captain Marcos.

PHOTO 4: A pig of a dog tooth snapper! Vince Acosta hoists the slug of a fish on Las Arenas beach and pulled this guy out’ve the rocks near Cerralvo Island. There’s still alot of these pargo in the waters right now despite the late season!

PHOTO 5: I just had to pop this photo in of a “baby” whaleshark of about 25 feet long gliding under the panga. This was taken by Jack Sawaske. Pretty amazing. The waters are warming and there’s alot of algea right now. Bad for visibility and diving but this is when we get the whalesharks around. In a week or two the waters will be too warm and the algea dies off leaving us with great blue water. These great creatures are real sharks, not whales but are totally harmless and will often let you swim with them. They eat plankton, algea and krill although if you ever see one with it’s mouth open, a small car could easily fit! Many think this is the fish that spawned tales of “Jonah and the whale.”

PHOTO 6: The beast of the week! It might not weigh as much of some of the other fish this week like some of the big dorado, roosters or wahooo, but getting a pargo anywhere near this size is a trophy feat. There’s alot of these bad boys around but to get one into the boat is incredible. Rich Sawaske put two in the boat this day and holds up the big pargo liso for the photo op. He got this on a live sardine fishing off Muertos Bay.

PHOTO 7: Love the pose. Love the fish! Big yellowtail on light tackle! Vince Acosta from S.California put the wood to this big jurel fishing with our Las Arenas fleet.

PHOTO 8: Some of our favorite folks…Mark Langely from Aliso Viejo CA got into schools of roosterfish (released) and hold this youngster with Captain Victor looking on. Lots of roosters still all over the place right now. Best rooster season in a long time. We had some big 30-60 pound fish this week, but sorry…no photos! All the fish were released!

PHOTO 8: When she wasn’t being hounded for autographs here in town, world-famous triathalete Mo Langley was trying to stay incognito so she could catch some fish! She’s hardcore fishing and loves the light tackle. She hung this jack crevalle on the skinny string and it took her 30 minutes. “Thing just kept running!” she said. Here’s he holds it up and tries to imitate the croaking sound the big jacks make. The jack was released. By the end of the week, captains, taxi drivers and hotel employees all knew that Mo was in town and wanted her photo or autograph.

PHOTO 9: Jack Sawaske poked this nice dog tooth (cubera snapper) off the “Rock Highway” at the south end of Cerralvo Island. Although the highway juts as much as two miles off the south-end of the island, there are a number of high spots that come to within just a few dozen feet of the surface and often hold big pargo and other rock fish like this one not to mention wahoo and tuna swimming around picking off baitfish.

PHOTO 11: Brian Luhman just graduated from college in Virginia and came all the way out to par-TAY and celebrate and get in some fishing. He’s holding his first yellowtail here. Captain Victor smiles behind.

PHOTO 12: Our good friend Wade Gomes from the Sacramento loves to come here in the fall and catch our dorado. This time he came in May to try his luck with pargo. We all kinda laughed when he mentioned that he catches big ling cod back home. He’s a good sport. After two days of being frustrated by the pargo, he went back to dorado fishing and caught these two nice ones fishing with our La Paz fleet.

PHOTO 12: Hard to believe there are still yellowtail around with the water being so warm, but some toady fork-tails like this one hung by Ken Pimental and Captain Jorge prove the bigger models are still cruising around. This guy was hooked off Punta Perico near Las Arenas.

PHOTO 13 : Captain Romero helped put ROGER BONSON onto some nice fish this week including this pargo liso. Schools of these fish are still milling about apparently still in a late spawn.

PHOTO 14 : Nor Cal resident Bill Burris holds up his nice yellowtail. That’s Cerralvo Island in the background. The yellowtail are willing to eat live sardines, dead sardines and yo-yo iron jigged fast near the bottom.


La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of May 24-31, 2009

Well…I’d be pulling your leg if I said it was spectacular fishing down here, but it’s certainly GOOD fishing and some anglers had some spectacular catches! Just check out the photos and it gives you a great idea of what we have hitting! About the only fish I didn’t post up were the pompano (lots of them), the marlin (released so no photos), the big roosterfish (also released so no photos) and the bonito (you’ve seen those before anyway!).

Again, just like the last 2 weeks, there’s a ton of variety here. By far, our best fishing was with our Las Arenas fleet, mainly because the waters were protected from the winds that came up and secondly because there’s just more fish and more action. You can pick your spots and there’s probably some fish there…but not every day! A spot will go off for a day or two then the bite moves elsewhere. The key is knowing where to fish every day!
However, for our La Paz boats, I think this past week was just an aberration. I tell you what…things are sure looking good. There were some good fish caught, but the winds just made it rough as heck. But, the conditions north of La Paz have all the makings of going off. Weed lines are building with sargasso starting to bunch up. That’s prime for dorado. As well, warm water currents are also more pre-dominant. There’s also good amounts of bait around as well. So, give it a week or so and I think the waters around the northern islands will be going off the charts!
It’s warm down here but still a bit chilly in the mornings or evenings so bring a windbreaker. The rest of the day, it’s shorts and flip-flops!
Have a great week. That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill
Tailhunter International La Paz

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PHOTO 1: Bent and happy. This is “Bonefish” Bill Richmond hefting a nice dorado caught on the flyrod. From Colorado, Bill came down to throw patterns in front of roosterfish but couldn’t resist a few dorado that swam by the boat. That’s Punta Perico in the background but if you look carefully, you’ll see another flyrod being bent. That’s Kent Wiggins from North Carolina battling one of his own fish from the bow.

PHOTO 2: Now THIS is unusual and a great catch, Danny Hudak was on his very first ocean-flyfishing trip and came all the way from Denver. He got roosters, jacks, bonito…”they sure are alot stronger than rainbow trout!” He also got this incredible pargo as well on the fly. This is quite an accomplishment as they guys are hard enough to pull out of the rocks with a conventional rod, let alone a flyrod where you can barely put much pressure on the fish. Dan did a great job getting this hog to the boat!

PHOTO 3: The man knows hot to pose with a fish! With the fly still in his mouth and ready to be released, Bill Richmond hold a fresh roostefish caught just yards from the shoreling in Muertos Bay. Bill specifically fished a whole week just to fish for roosterfish on the flyrod.

PHOTO 4: Yes, they are still here! Natalie Athas from Orange Co, CA was on her first day out and got one of the most prized fish we have…a wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island.

PHOTO 5: He had just a few hours to kill before jumping on a plane so Rick Athas did what we’d all do…he jumped on a panga and made the best of a few hours! He’s holding a nice yellowtail that he got north of La Paz
And he made his plane on time too!

PHOTO 6: Everyone comes down for the “glamour” fish like roosters, dorado and billfish. They often forget about the awesome inshore fishing we have almost year-round where beast like this grouper grow big and grumpy. These inshore species are some of the toughest fighting and best eating fish in our waters. Natalie pulled his grump out of the rocks north of La Paz.


The La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Repoft for the week of MAY 17-23, 2009

I don’t know if it was the dark moon or whatever since I’m not a big believer in moon phases, but I’m not sure I have ever seen so much variety in our waters at one time on a given week! Where do I start? Maybe a fish-by-fish rundown…

1. Dorado – Outside at the buoys near Muertos Bay and at the 88 spot off Cerralvo (some days) as well as free swimmers at any given time. We’re also seeing more and more of them north of La Paz as waters warm.
2. Tuna – Yes, I said tuna! When was the last time we had tuna in May? Can’t remember! Anyway, nothing big, but 10-20 pound puddlers and blasters hit our fleet off Punta Perico not more than 100 yards from shore on live bait. There wasn’t a big bite as the boats put 1-3 fish aboard, but this is encouraging and a great surprise
3. Wahoo – They bit a few times at the south end of Cerralvo, but we didn’t put any aboard. But we know they are there!
4. Roosterfish – There’s a reason we call this the “roosterfish capital of the world.” If you want a rooster, you can find a rooster. 5 pound schoolfish all the way up to 50 pound sluggers along the beaches.
5. Pargo – They’re here too. Putting them in the boat is another issue! Pargo perro (dog snapper), pargo liso (mullet snapper) and pargo mulatto (barred parg) as well as yellow snapper (huachinango) are here along the rocks. The largest of the week were 45-pound beasts (Good job Richard!) but we hooked and lost larger fish!
6. Sierra – Yes, even though the water is warming, we still got a few. Not sure how much longer they’ll be around.
7. Yellowtail – Largest of the week were 40 pound fish, but most were 10-15 pounds. Not a lot, but we still got a few here. Waters getting far too warm.
8. Cabrilla and Rockfish – You can spend all day on these. Fun on light tackle. Most about 1-8 pounds.
9. Pompano – These were a great surprise towards the end of the week, Using live bait and a little lead, these fish were holding at the drop off spots near the sandy beaches like Las Arenas lighthouse. I’ve not seen so many big pompano. 15-20 pound fish were not unusual.
10. Jack Crevalle – There’s a reason they call these “toros.” (Bulls). Man…these are hard chargers pound-for-pound. Some of the most epic battles this week. Too bad they don’t taste good, but they can sure rip and are great sport.
11. Amberjack – Larger and better-eating cousins to the yellowtail. They get over 100 pounds, but, although we didn’t get any of those, we still had some nice 15-30 pound fish
12. Bonito and Skipjack – All you wanted, especially for the flyfishers
13. Billfish (sailfish/ striped marlin/ blue marlin/ black marlin) – Hooked and lost a few. Saw LOTS of them this week, but most aren’t quite willing to bite just yet! But we know they’re here!

So, that’s just a sample of some of the species we got! Definitely, the most action was with our Las Arenas/ Muertos Fleet (we have moved the boats over to the beach at Las Arenas by the lighthouse now) but our La Paz fleet got a few fish too. Still it can be windy some days so most of the fishermen are fishing out with our Las Arenas fleet instead of our La Paz fleet. Our La Paz fleet tangled with some yellowtail, some larger dorado and snapper.

It’s warm down here so bring the shorts and t-shirts, but still a tad windy in the mornings so a windbreaker wouldn’t hurt.

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See you here soon! That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill

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PHOTO 1: Captain Pancho gives first-timer Scott Shiminesky from Oregon a hand with a good-looking bull dorado. There weren’t alot of dorado around this week, but some that got caught were pretty fish. A combo of full-moon and changing currents and winds might have had something to do with it.

PHOTO 2: Perfect coloration on a fresh one…a dorado caught by Becky Solee and gaffed by popular Captain Adolfo just off the Las Arenas lighthouse. Notice the proximity to the shoreline.

PHOTO 3: Larry Parnell always does well when he’s down from the Oregon coast and he hefts a nice roosterfish here before releasing it. Roosterfish are in full swing right now varying in size from 5-50 pounders.

PHOTO 4: And then there’s Angela. Always with a nice fish, Angela Farrell lets her fish speak for themselves. Captain Raymondo “Moncho” Green put her on this fish off Cerralvo Island.

PHOTO 5: Stacy Welborn fished with us for the first time. Down from Sacramento CA, she’s helpd with this nice roosterfish by Captain Pancho. The fish was released after being taken on a live sardine.

PHOTO 6: Not to be outdone by his wife (above), Al Welborn also put a roosteraboard. This past week, the area lived up to it’s reputation as the roosterfish capital of the world.



It was hard to put a finger on the fishing this week. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad. I don’t know if some of the lack of fish was due to inexperience of the anglers or bad luck or lack of fish. Maybe it was the big full moon which I don’t put much stock in, but perhaps a combination of the moon, stronger winds…who knows? Some very good anglers lost fish. Some rookies turned in some good catches. But, it was also hard to get a read on the fishing because there were so few anglers around. Because of the swine flu scare a few weeks ago, a number of anglers canceled trips with many of the fleets until a later date. Well…that meant that airplanes were almost bare! (Thanks to the media for scaring everyone…not a single case of swine flu reported on the entire 1000-mile-long-Baja peninsula!) So, because of the light loads, airlines canceled flights. Some airlines didn’t even tell passengers until they got to the counter. Passengers were simply told, “There’s not enough people on your flight so we are going to cancel.”

That pissed off a lot of folks as you can imagine…stranded at the airport…

Anyway, there were some nice roosters taken, but the bite seemed to be off. More were seen, but they didn’t necessarily want to eat. Most of the better fishing was with the roosters. But.. Even the jack crevalle seemed pickier. The bigger pargo were still around, but with so few anglers, it was difficult to say how good a bite took place. Bonito were rampant and some tuna ran with them in little flurries. Dorado were sketchy as were some of the other fish. It didn’t help that winds were up some of the days keeping the boats more inshore than we would have liked. Here’s the weird twist…it was actually FOGGY out on the water! Go figure!

Anyway, as the week ended, things took an upturn and it seemed the fish got more active. We’re hoping for a more lively week and we’ve got a lot more anglers this week.

So…that’s kinda the story. Honestly, it was kind of a “shrug” fishing week. I just don’t know! I can only tell you what I saw.

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PHOTO 1: Color-coordinated between fish and fishing shorts, Charlie McGhee from the San Diego area is one of our most prolifically good AND lucky fishermen. It’s a great combination and he makes his own luck by always working hard for his fish. But, who could have predicted this incredible catch of a gold pargo…not a golden grouper…it’s a pargo! He got it using live bait while fishing out’ve Muertos Bay.

PHOTO 2: He’s young and quiet, but don’t let that fool you. Everytime young Eric Walker comes down he pulls some surprisingly big fish out’ve the fish box that pops everyone’s eyes. Here, dad, Rick helps hoist a nice bull dorado. A live sardine did the trick fishing with Captain Romero outside of Las Arenas SE of La Paz.

PHOTO 3: Charlie McGhee again and his lucky orange shorts! Over 3 days, Charlie and his wife Jane, got 7 wahoo, numerous dorado, roosterish, jack crevalle and a number of other species. Charlie was trolling a Rapala and a wahoo bomb.

PHOTO 4: Angela Farrell has been in our fishing reports and in our magazine columns so often over the years, she’s known as TGP (The Poster Girl). And why not? She catches fish and they are usually trophies like this whopper of a pargo liso (mullet snapper) she cradles after boating it near Cerralvo Island. These fish are up and in their spawning mode right now.

PHOTO 5: Tim Farrell is not slouch either and is an experienced La Paz angler and our good amigo. Tim’s from Oceanside, CA and ripped this excellent dog-tooth snapper out of it’s cave fishing with Captain Moncho and our Las Arenas fleet.

PHOTO 6: Stacy Amos from Harbor City CA is always just a happy guy…even moreso when he nails a big fish like this big cabrilla (Mexican Seabass). Stacy also got pargo, dorado, yellowtail, roosterfish and sierra on this trip. So he was VERY happy!

PHOTO 7: Stacy Amos is our NASCAR diva but holding this dorado she’s got a winning grin. She and her husband had a slow morning then got a radio call about a big spot of dorado and they were off to the races and simply pounded the school of big fish.

PHOTO 8: Scott Shiminesky (left) was on his first trip to La Paz from his home in Oregon and, after catching numerous species including roosterfish and dorado and now has a really healthy respect for the fighting abilities of our Baja sportfish. He’s got a lot of fishing experienc, but had never had anything pull like our fish! Larry Parnell (right) also from Oregon has been down here several times and showed Scott all about big dorado like these waiting to get filleted on Muertos Bay Beach.

PHOTO 9 – Here’s a couple of beasts! I”m talking about the dorado, not brother Charlie Marabella (left) from Riverside CA and Steve Marabella from San Pedro CA (right). It was Charlie’s first trip while Steve comes down twice a year to visit us. This particular day, they got 5 big dorado and hooked a striped marlin and a black marlin (both released) while fishing the 88 spot off Cerralvo Island.

PHOTO 10: Just to show the variety, Grant Darby didn’t quite know what this was, but everyone told him it tasted good! It’s a coveted pompano…cousin to roosterfish, jack crevalle, amberjack, permit and yellowtail. These tough fighters are holding just off the deeper ends of the sandy beaches. Grant got this off the Punta Arenas lighthouse. The next day using 17 pound test and light rigs, he and his son-in-law fought 4 sailfish (“like feeding hungry dogs!”) able to release two and donating the meat of the other two to families when they could not be revived.

PHOTO 11: We’re just not supposed to be gettting dorado of this quality this time of the year, but John Bolton, our amigo from the San Luis Obispo area holds the proof.

PHOTO 12: She is just too fun! Becky Solee from Portland never seems to stop laughing and smiling, especially when she’s fishing and evenmoreso when she pulls up a big dog-tooth like this one she got fishing with Captain Adolfo in shallow water where the big boys have moved in. Becky and her husband, Bob, also got cabrilla, snapper and big roosterfish as well.


La Paz / Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of May 3-10, 2009

I guess this week I can almost let the this week’s pictures do the talking and end it right there!

It’s really summertime fishing right now. Waters are warm and so is the air and the fishing has so much variety to offer that as one of our clients said, “When I put a bait in the water, I never know what’s going to bite! Every hour it seemed like we caught something different. Over 4 days of fishing we got over 12 different species from roosterfish to pargo.”
And that pretty much sums it up. The warmer waters have brought in the blue water species like dorado, sailfish, blue marlin and blackmarlin. Wahoo also keep popping up every few days as well. About the only blue water fish we haven’t seen is tuna, but every few days someone keeps jumping in with a story of breezing tuna that are going to fast to jump on. (Flash…just as we were going to report on this, we did get some tuna off Cerralvo Island…more to come!)
However, the cooler waters are still around as well so, as you can see we’re still getting these HUGE pargo (dog tooth, pargo liso and barred pargo). We’re also still getting good numbers of sierra along the beaches, pompano, giant jack crevalle and the roosterfish…heck…20-80 pound fish!
You can still have a bad day…don’t get me wrong…it’s still fishing, but if you spend a few days with us here, it would be difficult NOT to get fish. It’s like standing in a rainstorm…you gotta figure you’ll get rained on. It’s like that with fishing right now. You’re gonna get bit if you have a rod with bait in the water. Really, the ONLY time someone seems to have a slow day is when they make a bad choice.
For instance, maybe the wahoo go off at South Island so the next day EVERYONE charges out there and the wahoo get lock jaw so a bunch of boats have low counts. It looks like a bad day. But, the boats who say…went after roosterfish all come back raving about wide-open bite on the beach! Since we mostly release roosters, again, the fish counts look low. So, you just have to read between the lines.
Fishing out’ve Muertos/Las Arenas provides the most variety. Big and small roosterfish, dorado, sailfish, marlin, sierra, pargo, snapper, amberjack and cabrilla are on the chew. If you fish with our La Paz fleet the waters are still on the cooler side so there are more yellowtail between 10 and 40 pounds, pargo and also large roosterfish in the 20-50 pound class.
It’s sure not a bad time to be down here!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jill

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FEATURED PHOTO: After more than 3 years, the TAILHUNTER and the FUBAR Cantina are finally open on the waterfront in La Paz. Jill and I finally opened the doors this past Saturday to a packed house and three stories of food and drink, a dance floor, two bars, seven sports TV’s, convenience store, offices, fish processing operation and tackle shop. We still have more to do to get fully up to speed, but the first night was incredible thanks to so many people who put in their time and energy to open a place that will offer more services to our fishing client and fun for the public.

PHOTO 1: Talk about a banner day of fishing. Charlie and Jane McGhee from the San Diego area were just here two weeks ago spanking fish. Well, in 3 days fishing, Charlie got 5 wahoo the morning of the 1st day and 2 more on day 3. These fish were all taken at the south end of Cerralvo Island while trolling. Largest fish went about 30 pounds. In addtion, the pair were on fire taking amberjack, jack crevalle (released) , a mako shark (released) , numerous roosterfish (released) and huge dorad0 (many released) .

PHOTO 2: Becky and Stacy Amos come to town twice a year from Harbor City CA. This catch of their shows the tremendous variety of fish the hit on a single day…yellowtail, dorado, cabrilla, snapper, roosterfish are in the mix plus the released many others all caught not far off shore with live bait.

PHOTO 3: Talk about a fish of a lifetime! Our good buddy, Bob Solee from Portland OR found some Baja sunshine and this BEAST of a roosterfish estimated at 70 pounds taken off the Las Arenas lighthouse. According to Bob and Captain Adolfo, there were bigger fish swimming around. Good for him…he released this fish to swim away. Not the size of the mouth as Bob’s hand is fully inside! There were LOTS of roosterfish of assorted sizes this past week ranging from 5 to 70 pounds.

PHOTO 4: A great week for dorado. Not Norm Fulco’s fish. Norm is from Los Angeles area and took this nice bull out of Muertos Bay outside. If you look carefully, Norm is holding the tip of his rod that snapped while he was battling the fish on light tackle.

PHoto 5: Lots of sierra still around even though waters are getting warmer. George ” the Governor” Gill holds a nice pair taken inshore. You can spend all day catching these right now. Light tackle makes for a great fight and terrific eating!

PHOTO 6: Lloyd Newton and Ed Sussex from northern California came down this week for just two things…big dorado and a billfish. Normally, I’d tell them, they’re a bit early in the season but they not only got into some nice bull dorado, but got themselves a sailfish as well!

PHOTO 7: Nice forktails! Johnny Stoneman and Steve Sturm from Huntington Beach CA hoist these two pretty yellowtail fishing out of La Paz Bay. The big jacks are still around although seemingly diminishing as the waters warm. The ticket is to get the big baits and get to the spots fast. Big mackerel are key!

PHOTO 8: It was an outstanding week for pargo. Some of the biggest dog-tooth in recent memory were put on the decks including this hefty dog just off Cerralvo Island held by Captain Armando. As one angler said, “These are the most frustrating fish in the ocean. They are all around and you think it would be easy to catch, but it’s just the opposite. They tease and then beat you up!”

PHOTO 9: Great color on this cubera snapper (dog tooth) held by Steve Sturm of Huntington Beach CA. The fish ate a flylined sardine and schools of these guys have come up in to the high spots and shallows to spawn.

PHOTO 10: Mike McFeely from Southern CA knows yellowtail fishing and there are some nice grades of fish here right now as we head into the late spring months. Waters are getting warm so I’m not sure how long these guys will be around, but Mike put the beatdown to this nice yellowtail just off the island.


La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of April 26 to May 3, 2009

Just an outstanding week of fishing, amigos! Where do I start? What did you want to catch this past week? About the ONLY fish we didn’t catch were tuna, but everything else from A to Z showed up the radar at one point or another!

For our guys that fished straight north out of La Paz toward Espiritu Santo Island, they found big yellowtail and roosters. These were yellows in the 20-40 pound class and roosters up to 50 pounds although with waters warming, I can’t say how much longer the roosters will stick around. The ticket was having the big baits like mackerel to drop in front of their noses!

For our anglers that fished out’ve Muertos Bay…it was literally a fish buffet! Over the past week, we hooked blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, wahoo, big dorado, huge roosterfish, cabrilla, pargo (dogtooth and mullet snapper) , grouper sierra, cabrilla, amberjack, pompano and snapper.

You almost never knew what was going to hit. Guys came back reporting scores of billfish circling the boat or non-stop dorado action until their arms fell off. They told of catching and releasing a dozen roosterfish in a single stop or finding a world-class gallo that had them pinned to the rails. One of our amigos, Charlie McGhee (photo above) got 5 wahoo one day and 2 wahoo the next. Others came back with eyes big as saucers when talking about “all the pargo” that were under the boat and how they couldn’t stop any of them from taking them into the rocks!

Trolled marauders and rapalas worked for the wahoo as did trolled wahoo bombs. For pretty much everthing else merely dangling a live sardine seemed to work. The dorado were a super surprise. Several of the outside buoys produced non-stop action and it didn’t hurt the day our boats found a dead whale outside just loaded with mahi up to 40 pounds.

For inshore fishing, flurocarbon leader did make a difference so bring some if you’ve got it. If you’ve got the itch to fish inshore for the numerous species, crank baits by Rapala (x-rap) and Yo-zuri models were off the charts!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jill

Tailhunter International La Paz

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