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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 21-28, 2016

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More like it…for this time of year. Sierra in the bay like this one that’s headed for the ceviche bowl!

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Inshore catches including snapper, pargo, some nice cabrilla, and bonito, among others wasn’t bad this week at all!

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Yes! It’s that time for the BIG SHOW! The 70th Annual Fred Hall Show…the mega fishing and hunting show at the Long Beach Convention Center. It’s THIS WEEK!

GOT GREAT WEATHER…THERE’S FISH…BUT NOT SO MANY ANGLERS!

La Paz  – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 21-28, 2016

After a brutal winter of winds, we’ve had two of the calmest weeks of the year these past two weeks.  There was a day or two of winds, but nothing like we’ve been experiencing.  The only issue is that being off-season, there’s not really any fishermen around.  In about a month, we’ll be loaded, but right now, if you want the beach or water to yourself, it’s like a beach in a Corona Beer commercial.  Find your beach!

Of course, that’s not to say that the winds are over for good, but it’s been really nice lately with daytime temps in the 80’s.   Perfect beach weather and that’s what we have in town right now.  Alot of snow-birds enjoying the beaches and sunshine and the only ice they’re seeing is inside the rim of a margarita glass.

As for fishing, as I said, not many anglers this past week.  Earlier in the week, we did find some spots of yellowtail that went about 25 pounds along with the usual winter species of cabrilla, pargo and jack crevalle that were alot of fun.  Also, we had a few wahoo around, but each hookup came off, but the fish were definitely there!   Later in the week, we didn’t find any of the trophy species, but bonito and sierra filled in.  Not big, but fun. Actually, more typical of what we catch this time of the year.  The fish are in various places from the island to the bay.

The coming week looks good again as far as the wind and weather is concerned.  We’ve got anglers this coming week so hopefully, a more complete report coming by the weekend!

As far as Jill and I, we’ll finished our shows in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and had a great time seeing so many of our amigos!

But now, it’s time to discard the heavy coats and snow clothes and rain jackets.   I will be at the Long Beach Convention Center for the massive Fred Hall Fishing and Boating show that goes from Wednesday to Sunday.  This is the big boy giant show.  Come see us. We’ll be in our usual spot right smack in the middle of the action.

Jill will split off and head to the Boise Fairgounds in Boise, Idaho for one of our favorite shows in one of our favorite spots.  She’ll be at that show Thursday to Sunday.  Go say hi to her if you’re in the area and ask her about fishing in La Paz this year!

COMING YOUR WAY…and SPLITTING UP!

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The Tailhunter Road Show continues on into it’s 3rd month!  Just wrapped up in Yakima, Washington at the Central Washington Sportsman’s Show.

We’re now on our way to two different places at the same time!

Jill will be in Boise, Idaho at the Boise Sportsman’s Show from Thursday to Sunday to visit with all our good friends and clients in that pretty city.

Jonathan will be in the booth holding the fort at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach CA for the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show that goes Wednesday to Sunday.

Come by and say hi and check out our 2016 24-page brochure, DVD and new design Tailhunter t-shirts and come set up your La Paz fishing trip for this year too!   See you soon!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

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Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 14-21, 2016

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Tal Nazani and Captain Archangel teamed up for this hunky yellowtail at Muertos Bay. Over two days of fishing, Tal got 8 different species of fish!

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She’s always in the fish! Captain Hugo poses with Donna Thompson who tussled for awhile on this stubborn 35-pound class yellowtail near Cerralvo Island before getting it to the boat.

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Bill Corrigan poses with his nice yellowtail, but look closely at the fish being held by Captain Gerardo. It’s a yellowfin tuna…in February!

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First-timers Robert Werner from Gig Harbor, Washington with his young fishing “coach” McKenna with a nice wahoo just outside Bahia de los Muertos with “El Jefe” Capt. Victor.

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Another pretty fish and photo of Donna Thompson with a wahoo she nailed with a rapala near Cerralvo Island this week.

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That’s a BIG trigger fish for McKenna Werner from Gig Harbor WA who went fishing with dad out’ve Muertos Bay.

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More typical of our winter catch and way fun on light tackle pulling them out’ve the rocks are the cabrilla (seabass) and pargo (snapper).

IT’S FEBRUARY…OR IS IT MAY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 14-21, 2016

For one of the first times all winter, the winds kicked down and gave us a break with minimal interference for once.  Being off-season, there still weren’t many fishermen, but for those of our clients who got on the water, they were treated to some unusually great species of fishing.  Normally, our winter fishing consists of inshore species for pargo, cabrilla, jacks, bonito, sierra and other rock and reef fish.  Not bad fishing and some of these species can grow to hog-size, but we’re generally not seeing the much sought-after glamour species that get all the headlines.

Well, this past week, we turned in quite a variety.  And it wasn’t like we had to chase them far offshore.  In generally the same inshore waters where the rock fish hang out…generally shallow waters inside Muertos Bay…just outside or over the rocks near Cerralvo Island…we got the pargo, cabrilla, snapper and sierra.

But, crazily enough, we also hit nice wahoo in the 20-40 pound class (and got bit off some) .  Most of these fish were taken with trolled dark Rapalas or frozen mackerel.  There’s not much in the way of live bait right now.  We also got some toad yellowtail in the 25-30 pound category (and lost more).  Several marlin were lost in the shallows.  But, even more surprisingly, we got a few football yellowfin tuna!  Nothing big, but fun 10-15 pounders were just off the beach.

We don’t usually see these species (except the yellowtail) until mid-to-late-springtime.  So, these were really nice bonus fish. The other thing it that most of our folks who fish this time of year aren’t hardcore.  Many are first-timers (never fished before or never visited before) or are one-timers (in town on vacation and just toss in a day of fishing).  You can imagine the grins when someone from say…Wyoming or Canada or Europe used to catching trout suddenly latches onto a speedy 30 pound wahoo racing up to 70 mph or gets slammed by a fat yellowtail intent on jamming back into the rocks…fish that would give even veteran fish a run for their money!

As long as the winds stay down, anything is possible!

 DIVIDING OUR FORCES

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Just finishing up a great 3-day run at the Central Washington Sportsmans Show in Yakima Washington.  Thanks to all our Tailhunter amigos for their great hospitality!

So, now Jill and I split it up!

We’ve been on the road now for about 9 weeks of shows.  However…Due to show scheduling, we now head south…sort of.  Next week, Jill and I travel to the big boy, Fred Hall show at the Long Beach Convention Center to set me up for that event  (March 2-6), then she flies back north to the Boise Fairgrounds in Boise, Idaho for Idaho Sportsmans Show (March 3-6).

 Hope to see you in either Long Beach or Boise!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 8-14, 2016

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Not a bad day of fishing, but more incredible because these wahoo and yellowtail caught by Ken Gragg and Carl Lange from Bakersfield CA were caught in FEBRUARY! Captain Pancho on the left helps out!

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Carl Lange has been coming for years during the warmer months and never caught a marlin. In his first two days this week when he should have been catching little rock fish…he hooks and releases two striped marlin just outside of the rocks at Punta Perrico. Both marlin released!

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Another hard-to-believe fish ,but take a look at Gary Wagner standing outside his place in Bahia de los Muertos with a nice bull dorado. Last year, this would have been one of the largest bull dorado of the year when there were so many dinks! But, again…this is WINTER and dorado time is summer and fall! Gary is the owner of the famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo San Lucas.

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At one point this week, it was impossible to miss on the yellowtail in the bay at Muertos this week. There were THAT many of them ripping it up. Ken Gragg caught this big yellow and you’ll notice something that looks like a tongue sticking out of it’s mouth! Go to the next photo…

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That yellowtail was so hungry it swallowed the entire Rapala X-Rap 30 WHOLE! The only thing sticking out is the tongue of the crankbait which is about 9 inches long!

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Wahoo and yellowtail teeth marks on the Rapala after a hard day of fishing!

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Some fine-eating cabrilla meat for Ken and Carl! Big trophy fish!

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We’ve been getting some crazy unusual species the last several weeks and perhaps not many as unusual as this Golden Baja Grouper that Ken Gragg caught. I’ve only seen a handful of these caught in my 20 years here in La Paz. In the past month, there’s been THREE of them caught!

 

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Another nice reef fish…a big cabrilla for Tony Vitolo from Wyoming!

SPLIT PERSONALITY WEEK (WITH WIND…WITHOUT WIND!)

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 8-14, 2016

What a week!  As I’ve been harping for about 3 months, it’s winter.   I get it.

And the fishing seems completely dependent on how the winds are blowing and no-doubt, this has been the windiest winter that anyone can remember.  Most days of the week it’s far to windy to even be out on the water.  But, whenever the winds drop down a bit and give us a break, the fish bite.  And when they’ve bit, it’s been something to see.

Well, this was a total schizophrenic fishing week.  Early in the week and late in the week it was crazy blowing.  Forget it.  Winds were kicking at around 20 knots with gusts up to 30 knots.  Even when it dropped off a bit as the week started, it was pretty bouncy out there and a rugged day of fishing.

However, it dropped off enough for us to get some anglers out there and sure enough, the fish bit!

I’m not even sure where to start.  We didn’t even have to get out very far!

As one of our guys put it inside Muertos Bay the fish were literally foaming.  It was like they were voracious at times.

There were 10-30 pound yellowtail boiling on the surface and moving in the shallows.  There were wahoo chasing mackerel in the bay.  Among the rocks and submerged reefs huge pargo and cabrilla were feeding.  There were some nice dorado free swimming through the bait schools and just outside…MARLIN!!!  And I’m talking just a few hundred yards off the beach!  Most of these fish shouldn’t even be here.  It’s WINTER!

But, how good is this?  It wasn’t wide open, but it was pretty darned good all things considered.   For a few days the striped marlin were on the chew…wahoo and yellowtail bit the dark rapalas…the pargo, cabrilla and snapper bit the jigs and dead bait.  Sierra hit small trolled baits and dorado were hitting just about everything else!

Then, the week ended.  The winds came back up.  The the bite disappeared!   However, as you’re reading this, the forecast for the coming week shows some good days of minimal wind and we’re hoping the bite comes back up!

THANK YOU PORTLAND!  HERE WE COME YAKIMA! 

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Thank you Portland and the Pacific Southwest Sportsman’s Show!  What a time we had this past week in Oregon.  Five huge days in one of our favorite cities and so many amigos coming to say hi and drop in at our booth to book trips to fish with Tailhunter this year in La Paz!  We’re exhausted, but a GOOD exhausted and excited about the fun and looking forward to so many visits!  To date our largest of the five shows we’ve done so far!  A big MUCHAS GRACIAS to everyone and especially to all of you that brought us such thoughtful gifts too!  Tailhunter Tribal members are the best!

So…now here we go on the road again and we’re taking the 2016 Tailhunter Tour to Yakima, Washington in the Sundome at the Western Washington Fairgrounds!  We’ll be there for the Sportsmans Show from Feb. 19th-21st.   We always look forward to this show.  Come see us this coming week!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 1-8, 2016

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Carl Lange has visited us many times over the years, but never got his marlin…until this week! Braving winds and waves and even getting a bit wet, he got this guy on a frozen mackerel. A quick photo with Captain Pancho and the fish was released. We don’t usually see Marlin until May or so! Great smile, Carl!

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An unusual and large catch for amigo, Ken Gragg. A chilecano that looks like a giant sardine! These fish usually school up and don’t usually hit a hook and line. Punta Perrico is just behind Ken.

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Nicely done…as always! Donna Thompson fishing with Captain Hugo rarely misses. She’s got a nice pair of sierra that make great ceviche! Interestingly, both warm and cold water species are in our area right now even tho’ it’s WINTER!

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We are smack in the middle of the migration of the gray whales and our whalewatching trips to Magdalena Bay. Ask us about our daily trips! This is a great family opportunity to get up close with these gentle giants!

We are smack in the middle of the migration of the gray whales and our whalewatching trips to Magdalena Bay. Ask us about our daily trips! This is a great family opportunity to get up close with these gentle giants!

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Here we are ready to go in Portland! The Pacific Northwest Sportsman’s Show kicks off Wednesday to Sunday at the Portland Expo Center in Oregon. It’s a great show. Come visit us in our booth.

TERRIBLE WINDY WEEK BUT THIS WEEK SHAPING UP BETTER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 1-8, 2016

Tough week to fish.  It’s been like this all winter.  Just too windy to get out with double digit winds every single day this week.  All from the north.  Fortunately, being winter, there’s not many folks asking to go fish or even many fishermen around.   We have one day early in the week where the forecast said it would be single digit winds and had some clients who only had one day to fish.  We tried to send them out, but the winds were so strong, they never even got off the beach and we had to drive them back to La Paz from Muertos Bay.

The formula is basically this.  If there’s storms north of Mexico, there will probably be windy days south of the border.  Simple!  With El Nino, there have been a big procession of storms in the U.S. which is much needed.  I get that.  This is all part of a natural cycle that’s been going on for eons so there’s not much to be done about it.  It is what it is.

This coming week looks much more promising according to the forecasts so hopefully, the winds will lay down.  When the winds lay down, the last few weeks we’ve gotten yellowtail, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, pargo, cabrilla and sierra.

PORTLAND PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMANS SHOW

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We’ll be taking the 2016 Tailhunter Road Tour to Portland this week.   We had a great time in the Seattle area last week for the Washington show with lots of folks reserving fishing trips for this year.  The Portland show starts Wednesday and goes through Sunday.  This is one of the largest shows on the West Coast.  It’s a great family event with everything for fishing, hunting, camping, boating, RV’s and more!

Here’s more details and how to get discounted tickets:  http:/http://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/show-information/

We’ll look forward to seeing you at the booth!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

“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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 24-31, 2016

First yellowtail of the season for our amiga, Donna Thompson who was out with Captain Hugo on their boat from La Ventana

First yellowtail of the season for our amiga, Donna Thompson who was out with Captain Hugo on their boat from La Ventana

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This wahoo might not look as large as it really is, but make no mistake this is a nice fish because Paddy Christopuli is 6’6″ tall! The fish was caught off the south end of Cerralvo Island.

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She’s an ace at catching big cabrilla too! Donna Thormpson shows off another bit of her “A” game!

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We have our grey whale watching tours going full on, right now! The whales have returned to Baja Sur and we’ve got great day trips to get up-close to these magnificent gentle animals who spend the winter months in the calm waters of Bahia Magdalena.  Ask us about trips!

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JIlly is ready to go! Had a great show in Washington and now we’re taking the Tailhunter booth to Portland Oregon for the Northwest Sportsmans Show.

THERE’S FISH TO BE CAUGHT!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of January. 24-31, 2016

True to form as has been since late October, the formula for fishing has been pretty simple.  Find a window of opportunity when the wind isn’t blowing and there’s a good chance that you’re going to find fish.   In fact, chances are the fishing will be pretty darned good…and likely unusual.

We had some winds this week.  But early in the week and late in the week the weather gods smiled and the wind speeds dropped to single digits and the waters went flat.  There’s not that many folks out because this is off-season, but for those that were out fishing, the “catching” was alot better than the typical winter fare of inshore species like pargo, cabrilla and jack crevalle.

There’s been quite a mix of fish because in addition to the “cold water” inshore fish like the jacks, sea bass and snapper, there’s also sierra, but more importantly, blue water species like sailfish, yellowtail and wahoo.  That’s pretty incredible because the sailfish and wahoo are normally warmer water fish.  More surprising because the fish are not far off or in deep water.  Areas such as Punta Perrico…right off the rocks just outside of Bahia de los Muertos and the south end of Cerralvo Island are  both holding some big fish.  The yellowtail are running 20-30 pounds.  The wahoo are also in that range of 30 -pound class fish.

This week Carnival starts for 6 days starting Thursday!  La Paz is going to be in full party-mode!

 THANK YOU WASHINGTON – NOW ONTO PORTLAND!

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Our friends, the Conklins, who have fished with us many many times in La Paz, were just some of so many amigos who visited us in Washington.

A big Tailhunter “GRACIAS” to everyone who came to visit us at our booth in Puyallup, Washington at the Washington State Fairgrounds near Seattle!  We had an incredible 5-day run and booked lots of amigos to come fish with us this year in La Paz.   We’ll see all of you soon!  Thanks to everyone for the fantastic Washington hospitality!

We now move onto show #5!  We’ve visited Billings, Montana…Denver, Colorado…Sacramento, California and now Puyallup, Washington.   It’s been a great “road tour!”

So, here we come, Portland, Oregon!  One of our favorite cities and we’ll be at the Portland Expo Center on the Columbia River from Feb. 10-14th for the Northwest Sportsmans’ Show.  Hope to see you there!

LA PAZ CARNIVALE!

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If you’re on town this week, the 2016 La Paz Carnival starts up and it’s one of the biggest parties of the year and one of the largest Carnivals in Mexico!  Similar to Mardi Gras, it kicks off Thursday and goes to the following Tuesday with all kinds of parades that pass right by our Tailhunter Restaurant plus all kinds of food, music, rides and other festivities!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

“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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