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TAILHUNTER MINI-VIDEO FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK OF AUG. 1-7, 2016
THE WEEK IN SUMMARY (scale of 1-10)
Weather – 7 (sunny but humid)
Wind – 9 (not an issue/ sweet breeze in the afternoon and evenings)
Fishing Action – 4 (More fish with our La Paz fleet, but smaller. Las Arenas fewer fish but overall larger)
Quality of Fish – 6 (Big Roosters / Nice billfish / Tasty rock fish)
Water – 6 (bluer and warmer)
Tailhunter Restaurant – 6 (good crowds/ cold beer/ finally something to watch…Olympics and NFL Football)
Jonathan Attitude – 6 (cautiously optimistic / a bit of tight shorts over possible rain coming)
Forecast – 5 (El Nino broke my crystal ball / watching this weather right now)
Quote of the Week – “I don’t go fishing to find myself. I got fishing to lose myself.”
THE FULL STORY – THE WHOLE ENCHILADA FISHING REPORT
Olga Atamanyk is from Russia and she and her husband Anatoli walked into the Tailhunter Sportfishing office in La Paz speaking no English or Spanish. None of us could speak Russian! All she could say was “BIG FISH! BIG FISH!” and pantomime fishing with her hands and arms! So, we sent her fishing with Captain Pancho out’ve Bahia de los Muertos. She and Anatoli caught and released two huge rooster fish and a big jack crevalle plus triggerfish which they brought back to Tailhunter Restaurant to cook up. The big smile says it all. Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter Fleet lends a hand.
This photo of Eric Stefan from Kansas makes me smile on so many levels. It’s a great picture and a happy fella, but it’s also maybe one of the biggest dorado we’ve seen in awhile and they got several that day. Fingers crossed!
Wes Perkins from Portland OR found a speedy wahoo his first day of fishing with Captain Victor. Posing on the beach at Muertos Bay.
Lowen Hobbs and his girlfriend Heather, from Poway CA had only one day to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They went out of Bahia de los Muertos near Las Arenas and hooked this big blue marlin right off the bat. They also hooked and released a big rooster fish. They were not able to release the marlin. They fought the fish almost 2 hours on light tackle. They were with Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter Fleet.
Got what he wanted! Captain Gerardo helps out young Earl Natrass from Cool, California who really wanted to catch a big rooster! Nicely done and they also released the fish.
She’s always laughing! Chelsey Stefan from Topeka KS with her first dorado that she battled mightily on Captain Chito’s panga caught north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island. Check out the video of Chelsey below!
For one day fishing, it’s hard to top Lowen Hobbs from Poway CA. He got this nice roosterfish south of Bahia de los Muertos and released it then got bent on a big blue marlin (photos at the beginning of the report).
From Mesquite, Nevada, Darrold Stefan loves to fish. This jack crevalle yanked him around a bit before getting his photos taken and put back in the water! Darrold also caught a few marlin during the week.
Gary Wagner from Colorado Springs CO (owner of Rancho Costa Plenty at Muertos Bay) and Rush Whitmarsh from San Diego pose with a feisty jack crevalle just outside the bay. The guys released the fish to fight another day.
Great photo of Earl Natrass from Cool CA with his roosterfish still fresh and all lit up with great colors! Catch…photo…release…well done!
Captain Pancho and Bernie Stefan from Kansas with Bernie’s fat rooster from his first day fishing. Bernie released the fish.
Detante at it’s best! Hard to beat the smiles our our Russian friend who ony had one day to fish, Anatoli and Olga Atamanyk who also got 2 giant roosterfish!
Just had to post this one up! This tiny dorado was a hungry fella and grabbed Chelsey’s hook and gave it all he had! Captain Rogelio helps for the photo. They released the little tiger!
Not bad for just one day of fishing for Anatoli Atamanyk with Captain Pancho and his big rooster he fought and released. Great photo.
DORADO HIGHLIGHT A BETTER WEEK…BUT WAIT…
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 1-7, 2016
Not up to our usual summer standards by any stretch, but this past week was definitely an improvement over last week. The bite was more consistent. There were no weather related issues. The water was cleaner, warmer and bluer. This all added up to better action for our anglers.
And…(drumroll)…we had some dorado show up! These were quality fish too. Nothing spectacular. Nothing on fire. But given the dearth or mahi this year, this was very encouraging.
Hopefully, things will improve…but wait…
As I’m writing this, we’re on storm watch. Mother Nature is gonna maybe have another laugh at our expense and drop kick us to see how we roll. There’s a potential tropical storm headed our way which could be dropping some rain on us by the time you’re reading this. If I had hair long enough to grab, I might be pulling it out right now in frustration. More on that below…
After a week or so of some iffy fishing I was wondering if our rooster fish had left us. Well, if they did, they came back nicely. Good to have the big gallos back to put on a show. We had some good roosters this week like normal.
Fish ranged from about 10 pounds to over 60 in some cases. Not good to eat so as far as I know, all of them were released, but hard not to get thrilled by a big fish in shallow water and that’s exactly what these big slab fish do. They kick your heart rate up a few notches.
That’s the good news.
The bad news from the area was that there wasn’t much more biting. We had a few billfish. There were a few wahoo bites that were lost, although we got a few. There was one solitary tuna and a few rock fish, jack crevalle, bonito, and assorted mixes. That was it.
Our Tailhunter La Paz fleet surely had the most variety and best action overall.
Inshore fishing continues to be the highlight with some huge triggerfish, pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and parrot fish really surprising some of our anglers who often go to the rocks a big dejected when the blue water fishing doesn’t work out so well. Then, they hit the rocks and get schooled a few times by giant pargo and cabrilla or get triple bites on huge jacks or the triggerfish and realize they’re having a blast and filled the fish box with some quality fillets.
But, the big surprise was finding a couple pods of dorado…finally! We should be hitting limits of dorado every single day right now in a normal year. This isn’t a normal year. It’s been like this for 2 seasons now as we hit the tail end of the El Nino conditions. But, some of our anglers found some of the mahi schooled up and got a few handfuls into the boat that were quality 10-25 pound fish and some larger ones lost! We can only hope for more!
As for other species, the deep canyons and drop off areas still produced some good billfish action for stripers, sailfish and the occasional hookup (and loss) of bigger blue marlin.
As mentioned above, we’ve got our eye on a tropical storm that might be hitting us with some thundershowers and wind starting Monday. As I write this on Sunday, wind is already stronger than normal although the sun has been shining. This is NOT a hurricane, but there might be some flurries of intermittent rain, thunder and lightning coming Monday and Tuesday.
This is Tropical Depression Eleven-E as of Sunday and the possible path it might take over the next few days. Or not…the diagram changes every few hours.
The advisories seem to change every few hours. It’s not really going to affect anyone here on vacation. The margaritas will flow and tacos will be eaten. I’m only writing this as to how it might affect our fishermen, divers and snorkelers that it’s just something we’re watching and might have to do some adjustments to fishing schedules and that waters might be a little rough A little rain here and there is no big deal. Fish still bite. But if it gets really windy that might be another issue.
TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION!
Wow! Don and Sue Ogden DROVE about 10 crates of school supplies down to us including books, teaching materials, about 50 completely packed pencil boxes and so many other things all headed to the orphanage at Los Planes. Incredible.
All the way from Topeka, Kansas, the Stefan Family brought down a big batch of things for our charities. Super fun family and their first time fishing with us in La Paz. The empty ice chests that brought all this down went home with about 100 pounds of fish filets! Nice exchange!
Our good friends for so many years, on their 2nd trip here in 2016, Grant Darby and son-in-law, Ben Van Gerpen from Washington brought down school supplies, toiletries, hygiene items and clothes, which I think we’ll deliver to the women’s shelter here in La Paz. You rock, guys!
All the items that came in this week literally filled the entire back and the inside cab of a truck! I think there was over 300 pounds of supplies and we are so grateful. The donations go to so many needy families and kids and are priceless.
Big shout out to the folks pictured above:
Don and Sue Ogden
The Stefan Family
Ben Van Gerpen and Grant Darby
And some great amigos we didn’t get pictures of:
Lee Carlos and Frank Kunze
Noe and Dante Fierros
Thanks for the big hearts, my friends!
That’s our story !
Jonathan and Jilly
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