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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 19-26, 2019

ANGLERS WORK HARDER FOR FISH in ERRATIC

CONDITIONS (But still catch fish!)

 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 19-26, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Captain Gerardo seemed to be on fire this week. He’s helping lift Ron Cutler’s big tuna. Ron is from Bend, Oregon.

We finally got Willy Moers from Denver to come visit. On the last day, he finally got his big dorado after a couple of misses. The smile says it all!

Tom Mullican our long-time amigo from Dallas TX, had 5 pretty successful days. He didn’t get many fish, but he made up for it with some quality species like this big yellowfin…and uh…a little snapper! ūüôā

 

First timer, 18-year-old Ryan McConnell is down on a graduation trip before heading to college and his first day out he rocks this 57-pound log wahoo with Captain Armando. The photo doesn’t do justice because young Ryan is about 6’6″ tall. It’s a BIG fish. See below as they put it on a scale!

Yup…57-pounds on the scale for Ryan McConnell and Captain Armando who needs to stretch to get his arms high enough.

More marlin showing up these days. Captain Victor put Ron Cutler on this striper as well as the big dorado. The fish could not be released.

Tom Reed from San Diego only had 2 days to fish, but made the most of it with a big tuna and then this nice wahoo right at the end just outside of Bahia Muertos on a trolled Rapala.

Susie Williams is a gem of a gal. What a gamer! She pulled this tough dog-tooth out’ve the rocks with fishing shallow water with Captain Gerardo.

Good start and great action for Margaret Cummings from Austin TX and Willy Moers from Colorado. Fun folks!

Adam Toeniskoetter shows off a nice late-season yellowtail, which tells me there’s still some cooler water around as summer approaches. Adam brings the family back in two weeks!

Boy, did we have some fun with Blake Warren and Laura Brunell who was on her first real fishing trip and lit it up with about 20 different species over 3 days of fishing. Here with Captain Pancho posing with triggerfish pargo, amberjack, snapper and cabrilla!

Another big tuna to off-load to the cutting table for Ryan.

Striper on the beach for Paul Markowitz with an assist from Mike Boutin both from the Boise, Idaho area. The fish could not be released.

Just off the beach. Good start to the day for Mike Boutin and his roosterfish which was released.

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of the Rancho Costa Resort dropped the hammer on this big yellowfin tuna, but only after he also dropped his line to 30-pound test and the fight was on! Looks like he also caught a foot!

Lots of great eating as Tom Mullican holds up his wahoo to add to his box of tuna.

First-day smiles with some pargo and amberjack from Susie and Bart Williams from San Diego.

I love this colorful photo of Raphael and Yvette Rios with Captain Jorge. A big barred pargo and yellow snapper and just great colors.¬† They’re from Texas and visit us yearly.

Dog-tooth snapper (pargo rojo) are still around if you can get them out’ve the rocks and reefs. They get alot bigger. Tom has this one on the gaff and headed to the fish box.

Lots of jack crevalle around providing some super light tackle action on this feisty fish. Willy Moers does the honors with Captain Armando.

Oh the joy! Susie Williams has a nice dorado caught north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

 

We had a very different, strange, good, anemic, erratic week!  It’s hard to describe.

I think the only thing we didn’t get was rain!  Fishing changed from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.

 

Anglers worked really hard for fish one day and the next it was 180 degree difference.  One boat would be bendo and pulling on fish all day and the boat right next to it spent the day eating lunch and drinking their beers waiting for a bite.  One boat would catch tons of bonito.  The boat next to it would have tuna, wahoo and a marlin and zero bonito.  It would be windy and choppy one day and the next flat as glass…or calm in one spot and a mile away like a washing machine.  We had winds from the north, south, west and east that changed daily!

 

A wild unpredictable week for sure!

 

There was no shortage of action or species, but for the most part, our anglers and captains had to work a little harder to find fish.

 

We still had great inshore action on several species of pargo as well as cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, sierra, yellowtail, snapper, big triggerfish and those big pompano.  If that’s what you wanted, you could do that all day long and have a blast!

Roosterfish for Paul Markowitz from Idaho. Fish was released. Punta Arenas in the background.

 

Roosterfish were still around although a little stickier this week than last where the roosters seemed to be everywhere and willing to chew.  With all the winds, the waters were a little turned over with a lot more turbidity and a little green so the fish were more finicky.  We did get more than a few, however, and all released.

 

The blue water species were a little trickier as well. We got more marlin in the water and had out best marlin week with stripers moving in.  A lot of fish sighted, but weren’t quite interested in biting…just yet.  However, we hooked several with most getting released.

Marlin for Dave Bergurud while Captain Victor lends a “big hand” holding the heavy spike! Someone forgot their Pacifico!

 

The tuna were a conundrum.  The big 40-100 pounders were still there.  Everyone saw them busting and breaking water and foaming ,but they weren’t always willing to eat.  In fact, most of the time, they would eat everything but the bait that was on the hook.

Just another good day on the water for Tom.

 

Guys dropped down from 60…to 50..to 40…and finally getting fish on 30 pound fluro leaders.  But, if you hang a 100 pound fish on 30 pound, you’re already at a huge disadvantage.

 

One of our guys hooked a big fish on 30 and fought it for nearly 4 hours and it towed the panga almost 10 miles up the island.  They got it near the panga at color and my captain estimated it at almost 200 pounds!  Just as they were near to gaff, the line broke!  Heartbreak!

Wahoo are still around as well.  But this is the normal time for them.   I just have not had many photos to share because, although we get bit, most fish get lost.  But they are definitely there and very close to the rocks just outside Bahia Muertos.

Man…that is a beast of a wahoo for Ryan!

 

More and bigger dorado around for both our fleets so they seem to be coming on with more sargasso weed building up north of the city and the dorado slowly building up.  If we get just a few degrees warmer, I think it’s gonna bust open!

 

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:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 12-19, 2019

FULL MOON? WIND? TUNA and ROOSTERS DON’T CARE!

La Paz -Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 12-19, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT (a little longer than normal!)

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

All by herself!!! Peggy Miller’s first time and she rocked this big 70-pound-class tuna all by herself for almost 90 minutes! She and husband Ken are from Montana on their first visit to La Paz!

Captain Armando helps pose with a happy Dave Schiefelbein of Colorado who was on his first day of fishing and battled this 80 pound-class yellowfin tuna for almost 2 hours. His first ever!

Jed Hinkle from MONTANA (Thanks, Jed!) seems to have a knack for big roosters every time he visits. Just off the Las Arenas lighthouse he caught and released this rooster estimated (by the captain) and 95-pounds. It’s bigger than it looks! Jed is a really tall guy!

So many first-timers did so well this week. Laura Brunell hadn’t even fished before until about 2 weeks before her La Paz trip and her very first fish right off-the-bat is this hefty yellowfin she fought for almost 90 minutes all by herself. Boyfriend Blake Warren got a 55-pound rooster caught-and-released as well.

We had an incredible week of big pompano and this is one of the biggest! Nina Le from New Mexico holds up this tasty species of the jack family!

Tom Mullican has been visiting us for a number of years now twice a year and after catching this nice bull told me he had NEVER caught a big bull dorado in all that time! Tom’s from Dallas, TX.

A Washington smile from Jerry White who only had one day to fish but made it a good one with about 5 species of fish including his first roosterfish. The fish was released.

Two firsts! Kyndall Hinkle from Montana gets her first marlin with Captain Gerardo and also our first marlin of the season as well! Just outside of Bahia de los Suenos/ Muertos. On live bait! The fish could not be released.

These two had a great 3 days of fishing. Jeff and Patty Killian from Oregon show off a day of variety fishing over the reefs that produced pompano, snapper, white bonito, amberjack and pargo!

 

Captain Armando was on fire this week! First-timer from Arizona, Russel was on this fish over 3 hours! His arms were “rubber!”

First roosterfish is a good one. Right off the beach, Ken Miller, caught and released this nice fish!

Tom Reed was able to squeeze in a short trip that produced this quality yellowfin on the first day that he brought back to Tailhunter Restaurant for some poke and sashime!

Kyndall and Jed Hinkle were part of an incredible week of big pompano fishing. Great eating fish! That’s Punta Perrico in the background.

First-timers had it going on this week! Brian Dang’s first time trip kicked out this nice yellowfin tuna and a big smile on the beach. Brian is from New Mexico.

Captain Armando, Patty Killian and a nice barred pargo!

 

One off the bucket list for Tom Mullican. He has an amberjack in the left hand and a rainbow runner in his right. The rainbow runners are related to yellowtail.  This is a big one!

Captain Victor helps Wayne Krafft from Washington with his rooster that they released after the photo. Roosters were center stage this week.

Another big pompano in the boat for Nina! First thing at sunrise!

Christoper Le and Captain Jorge with a thumbs-up on a nice rack of pompano on the cleaning table!

I was worried this week when I saw the full moon and the probability that it would also combine with strong winds…again.  I’m not usually so worried about the moon phases as I am with wind, but in tandem they can be havoc with tides, currents and consequently the fishing.

 

However, we might have had one of the best weeks of the fishing season!

 

In all honesty, we did not catch as many fish as previous weeks, but what we lost in quantity, we made up for with quality with the largest fish of the season.  And, frankly, if you’re tied onto a single big fish for 1 or 2 hours, you don’t have time to catch a bunch of small fish!  But that’s exactly what happened.

 

We still had a tremendous amount of variety in terms of species that included  amberjack; yellowtail;  3 species of pargo (pargo liso / pargo mulatto / dog-tooth) ; cabrilla; yellow snapper, red snapper, bonito (common and white bonito); jack crevalle and wahoo (caught, but not landed) .

 

We also got our first marlin of the season!

 

However, we also got into several days of the largest pompano I have ever seen in several decades here with big hefty 10-pound fish.

 

In those same areas, the roosterfish came on strong with fish between 40 and 90 pounds getting caught and released.¬† By far our best roosterfish week of the season with some sightings or entire schools of roosterfish crashing baits along the beaches.¬† One of my captains said, there could have been ‚Äúhundreds‚ÄĚ of big roosterfish in one school!

 

The big highlight was our first solid week of tuna.  And these were NOT football fish.  There were those mean 40-100 pound yellowfin that have a tendency to even break strong men!  Most of these fish took 1-3 hours on our lighter live bait tackle and most of the fish taken in shallower water.

 

The fun thing was that it seemed that many of the larger fish were hooked by first-timers or the wives and girlfriends!  It was great to see them grit it out and all of them enjoyed it!  There were even larger fish that were battled and came unbuttoned or the lines broke after long fights!

For alot of folks, it was their biggest fish…or their first fish…or a new species they had never caught…or the longest fight…

It made for great stories, photos and a fun week!

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 5-12, 2019

ROOSTERFISH STARTING TO COME ON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 5-12, 2019

 

The MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

One day to fish and the had some fun! Wayne Krafft and Jerry White with some nice snapper including a hefty dog-tooth! They also caught and released 2 roosterfish.

Patty and Jeff Killian had quite a first day with 3 big roosterfish caught and released. A photo of one of the other fish is below.

Captain Joel gives Patty Killian a hand on one of their 3 big roosterfish caught at Espirito Santo Island.

 

Big cabrilla right up close and shallow to the rocks for Don Busse, our Lakewood CA amigo.

Yoshi and his family live in Mexico and were visiting La Paz for the first time and made the most of the one day they went out fishing.

Big teeth and a big mouth…on the fish! Not John Chung who has the good smile and knows this dog-tooth is gonna end up in the kitchen!

A big thumps-up for Jeff Killian and Captain Alfredo with a big cabrilla estimated at 30 pounds caught near Pilot Cove north of La Paz.

Pancho had a nice big snapper!

 

It gets a little better every week as we move towards warmer conditions and better fishing, but I guess we’re not outta the woods yet.  To co-incide with all the bad weather north of the border, it was reflected in some gusty winds and choppy water that affected the fishing and definitely the comfort level.

 

So, we had some good fishing…and we had some not-so-good fishing.

 

Some was weather related.  Even tho’ the sun is out, if it’s choppy and windy, it’s hard to get live sardines or, to get to some of the fishing spots.  Or, because of the winds, and because we are blessed to usually fish so close to shore, the waters are turned over and murkier than normal.  So, there were some off-days.

 

Some of the other days were much better.

 

Big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, triggerfish, pompano and snapper are still willing and hungry in the rocks and over the reefs in shallow water.  More dorado are starting to show up.  The wahoo are still biting although we hooked them, but all the hooked fish were lost or came unbuttoned.

It takes some chopper teeth to mark up the hard body of a Rapala like this!

We know the fish are there.  Purple and black Rapalas and Yo-Zuri Magnums are still the best although the wahoo are willing to eat live bait as well.

The wahoo and even pargo like these things!

 

 

I will also officially declare roosterfish season open!  The bigger boys have started showing up with fish running 30-50 pounds and we’re seeing much larger fish as well.

One of three big roosters caught-and-released by Jeff Killian.

 

Two of our anglers scored a triple rooster-day with fish between 40 and 50 pounds and all released. Other nice roosters were lost.  Check out the photos in this report  of Jeff and Patty Killian from Oregon who were fishing with Captain Joel and hooked 3 pretty roosters!

Jeff White  and Wayne Krafft from Washington got the double rooster and released two fish as well!

 

That’s our 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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 28-May 5, 2019

INSHORE FISHING PRODUCES VARIED SPECIES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 28-May 5, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Bruce Bonsack caught what might be our largest roosterfish of the young season just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Our fishing ace amigo, Roger Thompson, was dragging a purple Rapala near Cerralvo Island when he got this beautiful wahoo to chomp. You can tell, it was a little chilly!

Rosario Hastings had not spent a whole lot of time on the water and was nervous about going fishing, but you can see the excitement after a 2-hour battle with our largest dorado of the season. She was fishing just north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

Another good day for Erik and Ethan Skinner who spent a full week of fishing with us and although some tough fish broke off near Espirito Santo Island, they got this nice jack crevalle and cabrilla.

Captain Jorge with Don Busse from Lakewood CA with a great variety including a huge pompano, cabrilla and pargo.

The right kind! That’s a nice colorful barred pargo for Ethan Skinner who had quite a week of fishing.

Check out Captain Jorge and the nice pompano and pargo.

Big smiles and a big amberjack for Dave Lindell and Captain Armando.

 

Captain Pancho and Don Busse with a sizeable cabrlla and a hawkfish also called a “china maru.”

We had a nice run of hawkfish also called “china maru” along with a cabrilla. All great eating.

Can’t ask for a better day of inshore fishing with pompano, pargo, snapper and cabrilla off the reef.

Bryan Duran and his amigos only had 1 day to fish, but did well on pompano, pargo, sierra, snapper and others.

Quite a nice mix of fish this past week with nice sunny weather and relatively calm seas.  Most of the fishing action centered over the inshore reefs and rocks where a plethora of different species kept rods bent…and hearts broken as fish often took frustrated anglers into the rocks.

 

So, sometimes fishing was good, but the actual ‚Äúcatching‚ÄĚ was not as good with so many lost fish!¬† But, it still made for some fun times.

 

Inshore species ran the gamut from big cabrilla to several species of pargo including pargo mulatto (barred pargo); pargo liso (mullet snapper); dog-tooth pargo (dog-tooth snapper) plus red and yellow snapper.

 

Add to that a real nice jag of some big pompano; some brutish jack crevalle, common and white bonito and quite a few hawkfish also known as china maru that are similar to cabrilla but with bright blue designs on it’s face and flanks.

 

In the same areas, we lost some big yellowtail that couldn’t be stopped on both iron and bait plus slow-trolled Rapalas and Yo-Zuris, but those same lures also produced a couple of nice wahoo in shallow water up to about 35 pounds.

 

Dorado action is also picking up with some larger fish taken near Espirito Santo Island where sargasso weed is starting to appear which attracts bait fish and consequently more dorado as the waters get warmer.

 

Daytime temps have been really pleasant in the high 80’s and it’s starting to get a bit humid but conditions for the coming week look good!

 

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

 

Erik and Ethan Skinner spent almost a week fishing with us in the mangroves of Bahia Magdalena taking over a dozen species including pargo, snapper, halibut, dog-tooth, spotted bay bass, triggerfish and corvina.¬† Most of it was chronicled in last week’s report.

However, their last days they had an incredible snap of corvina!  Check out the photos.  They released many many fish and donated many more  and still took home several ice chests of fish.

Ethan with dad, Erik, and a nice sized corvina. You can see the mangroves in the backk

Back at the cleaning table with nice load of corvina plus bass, snapper and pargo.

Captain Rigo has a big smile with Ethan in Bahia Magdalena

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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