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From Kaysville UT, Channing Herrera and son, Kyle, started their week of fishing with a one-hour frenzy of yellowfin tuna.
Potential WORLD RECORD FISH on our certfiied IGFA scale…a 38.5 pound barred pargo (pargo mulatto). Matthew Deichsel shot the fish while freediving. He went back to the hotel to take a shower. His friends, Patrick Puhlmann with Pistoleros Del Mar here in La Paz, Nick Jones and Leo Tapia thought the fish might be a record so while Matt was in the shower, they ran to our place and we set up the certified scale! The old record on the speargun was just over 37 pounds. This one went 38.5 and is going to be submitted!
Another view of the big pargo and weight with Nick Jones.
Our own Captain Gerardo with a great day of fishing for Oregon amigos, Mike Stricker and Eric Bean (behind the cool mask) and their yellowfin tuna and nice wahoo.
Fishing brings old friends and co-workers together! Tom Mullican from Idaho got together with his friend, John, all the way from New Jersey. Been friends for 40 years and they knocked out some great tuna out of Bahia de Los Muertos. Check out the big sierra as well. Normally, a cold water fish. The sierra is the 2nd fish from the right on the rack.
Raphael Rios from Texas and his amigos brothers from Louisiana, Lindon “Lenny” Leishman and Allen “needlefish” Leishman, flank Captain Jorge from our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and a good day of tuna fishing.
Our new good amigo, Carl Zilinski, came all the way down from Canada to get himself a roosterfish. I told him that there weren’t many around this late in the year, but he buckled down and went for it. He got a little 8-pounder the first day. Mission accomplished! However, his last day, he hit the home run with 2 big 50-pound roosters! All released.
Jack Eichhorn from Ahwanee CA lends a hand to amigo, Zach Milano, who hooked this sailfish and had it on for a 20 minute battle south of Cerralvo Island. The fish was not able to be released.
One of the especially really great amigos of Tailhunter who visits us every year…twice this year…Dave Lindell from Pendleton OR with Captain Armando and a few of their yellowfin tuna.
From Nebraska, Bryan Sanford, was on his first trip with us and came with brother Craig from Phoenix AZ who’s been with us numerous times. His very first fish turned out to be a striped marlin. Captain Armando helps out with the photo.
Captain Archangel with Lillian and Rich Braughtigam from Phoenix and their first day on the water hitting a nice bit of yellowfin tuna.
Wahoo for Al Salmen mid-week when the wahoo showed up for a quick run!
The Montejano brothers…Rafa and Andy only had two days to fish this year, but got tuna one day and dorado the next.
The original “Gangsta Perch” amigo who is usually ice fishing in Montana, Bill McDaniel and Captain Eddy were fishing Espirito Santo Island when this striped marlin bit. Could not be released.
Nice mix of fish…yellowfin tuna…yellow snapper…cabrilla for brothers Bryan and Craig Sanford and Captain Armando.
I think I’ve known these guys for about the full 20-years I’ve been in La Paz. From Moscow, Idaho, Jim and Jeff put some football tuna in the boat to start things out for the week.
Raphael Rios from Texas fished 3 days with us along with Captain Jorge and his amigos from Louisiana. They plugged a few ice chests with the yellowfin.
Good way to start a fishing trip. Dave Milano flanked by Zach (right) and Dana Milano (left) all holding yellowfin tuna at Bahia de Los Muertos.
And yet one more wahoo! A sweet one for Florentino!
GRATEFULLY NO HURRICANE – LAS ARENAS TUNA BITE HIGHLIGHTS THE WEEK
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 18-25, 2015
The 2015 fishing season is winding down for us here in La Paz. Still plenty of fish to catch, but the end is pretty much like so much of the season…UNPREDICTABLE fishing and climate. Weather is really nice now. High 80’s and humidity dropping with great sunshine and waters still warm and light breezes. About that breeze…
Thanks to all of you who wrote or called us to ask if we were OK with Hurricane Patricia that slammed into the Puerto Vallarta/ Manzanillo areas. However we’re 500 miles away and were not affected by the storm which has been called the strongest hurricane on record in the western hemisphere. Poor folks had 200 mile-an-hour-winds and lots of rain. Thankfully, damage and injuries were much less than anticipated. As many will remember, only last year, Hurricane ODILE slammed into Southern Baja tearing La Paz, Cabo San Lucas and many areas up pretty badly. In many ways, we’re still mending.
Fortunately, for us, Hurricane Patricia went south.
Still, it DID affect us. Big wind and waves hit us late in the week. I mean, big chop and big rollers unlike anything we get here! Sea-sickness is not something we usually have to deal with here because water are so calm, but folks were taking dramamine and we had more than a few tell me they got queasy. It was not easy fishing. The upturned water also affected the fishing insofar as it make the waters dirty and moved the bait around which was harder to catch. Our captains and fishermen really had to work hard for fish this week.
LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY
I think this is one of the few times this year where I can say the fishing was actually better in this area and with our fleet than with our La Paz fleet fishing north out’ve town.
Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet at least had the nicer football tunas to play with. Fish in the 8-20 pound class at least put some quality fillets in the box. It wasn’t wide open by any stretch, but the boats got 2-9 fish per day and it changed daily and from boat-to-boat often fishing right next to each other. Just came down to dumb luck sometimes with no rhyme or reason as to why one boat would get bit and others would goose-egg. But, the fish were there and made for fun when mixed with the other species like bonito…some wahoo…as well as some decent billfish too!
It was honestly a struggle this week. La Paz fishing and our La Paz Tailhunter Fleet have been our wild card ace all year. At least the small dorado would provide ready action and help fill the chests. The fish were often close to shore and the bay and voracious.
This week, it was a struggle. Bait was small and difficult to get. The bigger body of fish was all the way on the other side of the bay near San Juan de la Costa…a pretty far run.
One of our pangas would get 6 or 7 dorado up to about 10 pounds and others would get 1, 2, 3 or even none…just lots of bonito biters. Combined with the big winds and chop from Hurricane Patricia, it was not easy fishing. Fortunately, that’s why we have two fleets and we had most of our folks fishing with our Las Arenas fleet so they at least had shots at tuna and wahoo.
Always so generous. From Pendleton, Oregon, Dave and Malina Lindell visit us every year…sometimes twice a year like this year! And, they have the biggest hearts in always bringing down things for the kids and families. Check out the cases of new toothbrushes, being held by Dave and Jilly! Much needed items!
Sue and Richard Marksberry hauled a 50 pound suitcase full of kids clothes and school supplies from Washington DC all the way to La Paz to donate to the PACK FOR A PURPOSE PROGRAM.
Kids clutching bags of paper, pencils, crayons, toothbrushes and toothpaste!
Like gold! A new pair of shoes for this young man!
Moms got to go through the stacks of things you brought down and make bags for themselves and their families…school supplies…toys…clothing…hygiene…shoes…things so many of us take for granted.
New shoes for these young ladies!
Every little bit helps!
Smiles for things they would not ordinarily be able to have for school. Simple notebook paper and pencils!
For over a year now, you, our awesome friends and fishing clients have been bringing us so many incredible donations for our Pack for a Purpose Program. To date, there’s been over 2000 pounds of goods delivered and all gone to great use.
For those of you who don’t know, my wife Jill spearheaded the program and it basically works like this. Folks are coming down to fish. They bring down empty ice chests that they have to pay for anyway to bring down so they can haul fish home. We ask that if you can, set aside a little space (doesn’t have to be much) and bring something down for some of our charities down here. Every little thing counts.
Well, our Tailhunter Tribe has responded. Every week entire ice chests…full suitcases…boxes come in with so many fantastic things. Every week, I post photos of some of our generous donors!
But, rarely do you folks get to see where all the good is being done. This week, I posted up photos from the Care for Kids La Paz operation where the most recent batch of donations went. Donations go here as well as some impoverished schools out in the desert and also the battered women’s shelter. We wanted you to see some of the smiles YOU all provided in a place where even a simple pencil or toothbrushes and toothpaste can make a difference.
Also, many of our clients leave us money as well. That money goes towards the FANLAP Scholarship program to help put kids through school. Here in Mexico, after 6th grade, education is not guaranteed and families must pay for further schooling.
Through this program, $300-40o puts a child through school providing uniforms, books, supplies, food and transportation FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! Thanks to you, we’ve got several elementary and highschool students who otherwise would not be going to school furthering their education. They, in turn, must keep up their grades and are required to give back to the community and the FANLAP program doing things like tutoring other students. http://www.lapazninos.org/our-programs/scholarship-program/how-the-scholarship-program-began/
Jill and I just wanted to say thank you!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
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