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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 14-21, 2019

FISH BITE!…except when they dont! 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 14-21, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Paul Nagata from San Francisco makes at least 1 trip a year with Tailhunter in La Paz.  He was fishing off the south end of Cerralvo Island with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet in an area that had been producing some yellowtail in the shallow bank at South Point.  Not having much luck on live bait, they decided to make one more drift over the spot although it was already late in the afternoon.  The big tuna bit and towed the panga for 2 hours on 50-pound test, but a very light rod!   Paul and Captain Pancho handed the rod back-and-forth every 20 minutes.

 

Big fish in the rocks! Even Pancho got to pull on some fish this week. A solid cabrilla going onto the grill.

Paul had quite a week taking 8 different species of fish including this trophy cabrilla over the reef .

Variety on the cutting table! Cabrilla, pargo liso and snapper!

We had a schitzophrenic Easter Week of weather and fishing.  Although the sun was out, we had 4 days of windy rough conditions and 3 days that were reasonably fishable.

 

Consequently, the fishing reports reflected the conditions.  The days when the weather smiled, we had some banner fishing with lots of variety that included some fantastic inshore fishing including trophy-sized cabrilla and pargo ( big mullet snapper and barred pargo) as well as yellowtail, yellow snapper, several species of bonito and jack crevalle.  Most caught either with live bait or slow trolling Rapalas over the rocky shallow areas close to shore.

Typical catch this week…yellowtail…pargo liso (mullet snapper)…cabrilla…yellow snapper. All tough fighting fish inshore on the rocks.

 

Additionally, blue water species like dorado and wahoo also bit and one of our anglers nailed a big 108-pound yellowfin tuna (he had a scale) on a caballito that he fought for 2 hours.

 

On the days when the winds slammed, we were reduced to trolling because bait was impossible to obtain.  Winds also prevented us from getting to some of the hotter fishing spots.

 

This coming week looks a little more promising.  We have alot more folks fishing this week as more anglers start coming into town and the season opens up.  Will hopefully have more and better photos in the next report!

Hope Easter was great for you and your family.

That’s my story!

 

Jonathan


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 Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


“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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 7-14, 2019

“HOLD EVERYTHING!” (WINTER’s NOT DONE)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Apri. 7-14, 2019

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and REST OF THE STORY…

Now this is a yellowtail! Just off Espirito Santo Island, Desmond Sjaufoekloy took this hefty beast earlier in the week.

Cabrilla like this tasty trophy are on the chew right now in the rocky areas. Jeff Brown poses with a beauty.

Desmond took this fat cabrilla to dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

Captain Joel with Rod Brown and a nice mix of yellowtail, barred pargo and snapper.

 

Just when we were getting all comfortable and figured winter was done with us, I had a feeling she still had a few gusts left in her.  Sure enough, like “Game or Thrones” winter came back to remind us we’re not quite out’ve range yet.

 

The week started out sort or OK.  But we could tell it was going to ramp up again.  Our folks got a nice mix of fish including yellowtail, some big fat cabrilla and other species plus a smattering of dorado.

 

But, with each day, the winds got stronger.  Towards the latter part of the week, it was not just gusting, it was ripping and even the La Paz Port Captain shut down all boat traffic.  No fishing…diving…swimming with whale sharks…no boats coming in and out.

 

And, I get it.  Can’t blame him.  It was blowing white caps even in the bay, even with the sun out.  Better to err on the side of safety.  Heck, even on the “calmer” days our folks were getting bounced and wet.

It did calm down just a tad by the end of the week, but not much and about the only thing we could raise in the rough water was bonito.

The coming week, it looks a little better.  Fingers crossed.

That’s our story!  Happy Easter everyone.  Have a safe and blessed holidays.

 

Jonathan & 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 Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


“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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 31-April 7, 2019

CRAZY VARIETY FOR 2nd STRAIGHT WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 31-April 7, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

 

Micah Pettit from Utah came down with his dad for his first trip with us although dad fishes with us several times a year.  Micah stuck it to this tough yellowtail just outside Bahia Muertos his first day along with snapper, cabrilla and sierra.

Our amigo, Rod Brown from Alaska has been coming to fish with us for over a dozen years and usually during the spring . Along with nice yellowtail, he put this trophy barred pargo in the box fishing around Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz over the rocks.

From Minnesota, Jeff Brown is a pretty good fisherman on our La Paz waters and always does well as he poses with one of his nice yellowtail.

This type of rack of fish is not unusual this time of year when we can end up with alot of variety.  Here you see yellowtail, yellow snapper, sierra, cabrilla and barred pargo.

Our popular Captain Joel has reason to smile after putting the gaff to Jeff’s trophy barred pargo.  That’s Espirito Santo Island in the background.

Coleman Wadsworth shows off his catch including this yellowtail plus some great eating variety on the boar behind him including rockfish like snapper, cabrilla and pargo.

Incredible variety this week as we hit a 2nd good week of action.   It’s what we call “transitional” time although it usually doesn’t hit until about next month.  However, it’s the time of the fishing season when it’s not winter anymore and not summer quite yet in the water.

 

Consequently, you still have the ability to catch cold-water species like cabrilla, pargo, sierra, yellowtail, amberjack, snapper and more as they still linger.  However, warm water species like dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish, larger roosterfish are no starting to move in as well as surface waters warm.

 

Add in bonito, jack crevalle, skipjack and other year-round species and you get a lot of variety right now and that’s the kind of week we just had with great action on a number of different kinds of fish.

 

You may not get a lot of any one species, but you could finish a day with 6, 8, 10 or more different species in the box at the end of the day.  The boat right next to you have have another 3 or 4 different species.  The next day you get completely different species.  It makes for some fun fishing.

 

Still not a lot of anglers out on the water, but the ones we did have out took yellowtail, barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, sierra, amberjack, bonito, jack crevalle, roosterfish (released), yellow snapper, cabrilla as well as tuna (lost) and wahoo (lost).  Signs of striped marlin were also seen.

 

Biggest problem is that many of the fish are in shallow water right now or over structure so lots of big fish are getting lost in the rocks but they’re willng to bite.

 

Here’s what one of our anglers had to say:

“Another great day of fishing. We caught almost 70 mackerel for bait this morning. For the third day in a row we ran out of bait by 1 o’clock because of just too many hook-ups!  . Today’s catch included  7 yellowtail, 5 nice sized cabrilla, one large barred pargo, and one sierra. The fish were tough on our equipment. The first thing they do is run for he rocks. We lost more than we boated…We also snapped one of the heavy rods on a hook set. This has never happened before!”

Despite the great fishing this week, don’t say good-bye just yet to those windy days of winter…Sunday was pretty rough and blustery again.  Will keep an eye out for you.  Stay tuned.

BAHIA MAGDALENA FISHING

We were able to send out our first anglers of the season over to the Pacific side to light-tackle fish the mangroves in the shallows of Bahia Magdalena and they had a spectacular time.  Using live bait, they had 50-60 fish days catching, releasing and donating much of their catch and also losing many fish in the tangles of roots and underwater structure.

Catches included: snook, cabrilla, spotted-bay bass, halibut, snapper, pargo, corvina, croaker, and many more!

That’s ALOT of variety and light tackle action after just one day fishing the mangrove shallows in Bahia Magdalena not including all the other fish lost and donated.

 

Rod Brown with a tasty snook.  Those are the barrier dunes on the edge of Mag Bay behind him.

Called “lenguado” (tonguefish) in Spanish, Jorge Romero has himself a good little halibut that ate a live sardine.

You can see the tangle of mangrove roots behind Jeff Brown and how close to shore we fish in the shallows of Mag Bay, but check out the kind of fish lurking in the roots like this pargo.

Tasty grouper!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan & 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 Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


“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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 24-31, 2019

IS WINTER FINALLY FINISHED WITH US?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 24-31, 2019

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Fishing brother Rod Brown from Alaska and Jeff Brown from Minnesota get together once a year in La Paz to fish with us and scored limits of yellowtail and other species fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, rocked this big thick yellowtail on the north end of Cerralvo island on the east side with a live mackerel.

That’s a trophy! Big tasty cabrilla headed no doubt for the dinner table caught by Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs CO.

Our own Captain Joel has a big smile posing with Jeff Brown and some of the limits of yellowtail they caught and lost many others in the rocks.

Yes! Roosterfish are starting to show up! Right there in Muertos Bay, Miles was working live sardines on light tackle and had a blast catching and releasing these smaller early-season roosters. The big boys should be close behind!

Nothing better than light tackle fishing and big fish. Check out this pretty cabrilla that Russ Whitmarsh nailed on a bass rod just close to the rocks where these guys hang out. Nice catch!

What a difference a week or two makes!

 

We’ve gone from some of the harshest and toughest winter fishing in a long time several weeks ago to some of the nicest conditions and fishing so far this season.  Still not completely up-to-speed and I’d be crazy to say we’re completely done with winter and the pesky winds, but this past week was sure a nice time to be on the water.

 

With the first true week of springtime and temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s. the winds weren’t completely done with us and there were some episodes for several days, but overall, Mother Nature was good to our fishermen for once.

 

With some perfect candy-sized mackerel for baits for both our Tailhunter La Paz and Las Arenas fleet, the big story were the yellowtail.  They popped up in several places including the upper east-side of Cerralvo Island; south point of Cerralvo and Punta Perrico.  We also had quite a bite going around the high spots around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Most of the fish weren’t huge, but that’s because so many of the fish were hovering and feeding in shallow waters close to the rocks, shore or over structure.  Lots of the bigger 30-40 pound mossbacks threw hooks or broke lines in the rocks plus quite a few missed bites!  But the ones that were landed were respectable powerful 20-25 pound fish.

I”ll let our amigo Rod Brown tell it:

“We had one of our best La Paz fishing days ever today. The yellowtail started biting as soon as we started fishing in the morning and were still biting when we quit a little before 1:00 – ran out of mackerel. We landed 10 medium to large yellowtail, missed a lot of good strikes, and lost some in the rocks. They are STRONG fish and bent 0ur heavy poles in a 90 degree arc and made several powerful runs each. Good thing we ran out of bait. We were buggered and Joel had to get home to watch his daughters play football. Some largish swells, but a beautiful day.”

Rod Brown from Alaska with smiling Captain Joel

 

Not to be completely outdone, we also had some incredible cabrilla fishing tight inside to the cliffs and rocks with some trophy-sized fish being landed on bait, jigs and slow-trolled Rapalas and YoZuris as well as pargo and assorted rockfish.

Our amigo, Rod Brown again:

“Another great fishing day. The yellowtail weren’t biting at first, but we landed 7 large barred pargo and 4 large cabrilla. They immediately  dive for the rocks and are strong, so we lost a lot of them – and a lot of fishing tackle. Around 11 the yellowtail started biting and we landed 3 nice ones. By noon we had used all our mackerel (62 of them) and spent an hour fishing with spinning gear and sardines for smaller  yellow pargo along the shore. Caught several of them.”

 

We also saw action on lots of bonito on light tackle, jack crevalle and even some early season roosterfish!  All-in-all some solid biters and some of the best variety of the young season!

HAPPY TRAILS 2019

Well, we finally came to the end of another awesome road trip.  Our 25th year going from one show to the other.  This year 12 states and 11 incredible shows meeting and talking to so many awesome folks and old friends!

Thanks to everyone who came by to chat and all the hospitality and also all of you who booked with us to fish in La Paz with us in 2019.  We’re are ready to fish!  Bring it on.  We still have some spots open so get in touch with us, but judging from our bookings this year, we’re gonna have a bang-up year!

Let’s get fishing!

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & 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 Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


“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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