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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 9-16, 2021

DORADO CHEW AS WEATHER CHANGES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 9-16, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Triple catch. Daryl Martz with sons Allan and Dale show off some of their dorado caught with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

 

One of the larger dorado models of the week! Good amigo, Dave Lindell, got this one out’ve Bahia Muertos. Dave lives in Pendleton, OR.

Julie and daugther, Kendall Millspaugh from Washington have been fishing with us for years and did pretty well on the dorado and pargo waiting on the fillet table!

His 2nd trip with us this year, fun amigo, John Washington from Carson City NV with captain Gerardo with dorado, palometa and pargo waiting for the ice chest.

Over the years, we’ve watched young Tanner Millspaugh grow up and now he’s ready to hit high school! Nice bull, Tanner!

Never a dull moment when Wiley Randolph is visiting us. He was fishing with Chito when he got this dorado.

Mike Hanson got one of the larger roosters of the week just off Punta Perrico. The fish was released.

Barry Matlack just had time to squeeze in one day of fishing and it paid off with a nice day of dorado including this legit bull mahi.

It takes two! Debbie and Steve Millspaugh have some nice dorado to show off and take home to Washington.

Unfortunately, because of the weather, Jacob and dad, Jeffrey Cooper only got in one good day of fishing, but had some good action with dorado, pargo and snapper. Jacob just returned from his mission and it was their first time visiting us. Only with the weather had cooperated more.

Allan Martz doesn’t see many fish where he lives in Boston!

A good day for Tanner and Travis Millspaugh. On the beach at Muertos Bay. Good to have the family back again. Always great to see them.

Ceci has way too much fun. One day fishing produced dorado and a marlin with Captain Alfredo.

Daryl Martz finally got his roosterfish for a quick photo and release.

Good to have these guys back to see us after a bit of absence! Jim Adair and Brad Baker had a good day on the dorado schools.

MIke and Kirsten Hanson from Oregon with Captain Gerardo got quite a bit of variety including dorado, palometa, sierra, cabrilla and pargo!

Another one for Tanner headed into the fish box!

Most of the week, it was pretty good fishing.

But, you can really tell things are changing sooner than normal. Air temps are cooler. There are more and stronger winds, especially from the north. The water is rougher and colder. The fishing and the fish are changing.

There are still warm water species. In fact, it was a pretty solid week of dorado fishing for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet although the better dorado fishing was with our La Paz fleet. Fish between 5 and 20 pounds were the norm and limits were not unusual. Fish could be found in a wide variety of areas and you could have a slow bite all day and then hit the spot and fill the fish box in one stop. Or, you might get single and double fish all day through the end of the day.

Billfish like marlin and sailfish are still around, but it was a slower week on these two species. After an incredible year with more billfish than I have ever seen, perhaps this is the last hurrah for sailfish and marlin.

The biggest indicator of change are, of course, the fish. More cooler water fish are showing up in the counts. Sierra, amberjack, yellowtail, pargo liso are usually fish we see in December or early spring. However, it seems every week we’re getting more of these types of fish.

It’s hard to put a finger on the fishing picture looking back this week. Three of the days were a write off.

Tropical Storm Pamela came up and dropped alot of rain on us. So, one day we had to cut the fishing short as it started getting too rough. The next day, we had to cancel all trips. The port captain shut down the port for safety reasons with 7-9’ swells and breaking waves slamming outside. After the storm, the weather remained erratic and winds continued to tear up the water. Bait became difficult to find. We had some of the worst fishing days of the year, where we had boats out, but it probably would have been best to just stay off the water. Just being honest.

The coming week shows no weather disturbances…so far. But we’ll keep an eye. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that things are changing and getting cooler.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 2-8, 2021

COLD WATER/ WARM WATER SPECIES MIXING IN NOW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 2-9, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Washington amigo, Fred Cruz had quite a great few days fishing with us taking a number of species including sailfish, marlin, roosterfish and others like this dorado taken north of La Paz Bay.

Honeymoon first-timers, Lilia and Dave Brown from Wrangell, Alaska hooked this large striped marlin just off Punta Arenas on live bait. They donated all the meat to the pueblo.

Captain Raul with Lisa Cruz and a big bull her first day out. She had 4 banner days on the water with us.

That’s right, John, flex-up! Especially after a great day like this on ultra- light tackle with big sierra, dorado, pargo and snapper. John McLucas has fished with us for many years from the San Francisco Bay area.

Just a pretty photo on so many levels of this roosterfish with Deana Wilson from Montana and Captain Pancho. The fish was caught just off the rocks near Bahia Muertos and quickly released.

Steve Manney has fished many years with us, but had his son-in-law Nat come down this year as well. Good start to the fishing week with dorado and sierra on the rack.

From N. Carolina, 84-year-old Duane Ottman was visiting us for the first time and battled this big striped marlin with Captain Gerardo. Great colors. Sorry, you can’t see Duane’s smiling face!

Good to see Kirsten and Mike Hanson back down here with us again. They were out with Captain Gerardo and got quite a variety of reef fish for the cooler.

Fred Cruz with his sailfish and captain Gerardo. Great day on the water with a number of species. The sail was released.

Easy to smile looking at this photo of a very happy Lilia Brown and another dorado in the boat!

Another of our good Washington amigos, Bob Larson has himself a big dorado, some tasty sierra and some big fat triggerfish.

Captain Joel gives Larry Wilson a hand with his sailfish for a quick photo. This was Larry’s first billfish. Note the tanker in the background. The fish was hooked literally just a few hundred yards in front of the La Paz Malecon.

Captain Armando and Pete Walker share a laugh and photo with the day’s catch. Lots of sierra again this week. More than I have ever seen.

It was a slow day, but the one saving catch for Brad Baker was his first sailfish. He donated all of the fish.

On his honeymoon, Sean Price spent a day fishing with our Las Arenas fleet and got some great sierra, pargo and triggerfish to take home as well as some dorado meat as well.

 

She’s the best! Sharon Virgin from Montana was great to have down this past week and holds up one of her dorado.

Hi Debbie! Not a bad day of dorado fishing for Debbie Millspaugh visiting us for the first time.

Two funny amigos from Washington that visit us each year and always a pleasure. John Stendara and Bill Bigelman posing with their catch at Bahia Muertos.

Somewhere behind the roosterfish comb is a very happy Lisa Cruz. Captain Gerardo helps out. The fish was released.

Two of our Canadian amigos, Save and Luke got a nice batch of triggerfish, sierra and snapper.

 

Bill Lee from San Francisco mugs with Johnny Mc Lucas and their catch.

Captain Gerardo was on fire this week and has Fred Cruz’s striped marlin for the photo.

Some incredible colors and pattern on this dorado. Wow! Dave Brown poses with another mahi for the box.

More of our Canadian amigos with Captain Arcangel and an assorted catch.

Captain Victor gets into the weekly gallery with Bob Larson showing dorado, sierra and triggerfish.

Whoa! Check out the head of this big bull dorado that Lisa caught!

 

Lilia and Dave had a super day on the water fishing out’ve La Paz this particular day. All the fish were donated.

 

 

It wasn’t a bad week of fishing. Overall, it was actually pretty good. For lack of a better word, it was just “erratic”. It was unpredictable.

Some folks had great days of fishing. Others really had to work hard to get fish. Same day. Same spots. Same bait. Same everything. Things changed from day to day or even hour-to-hour. Totally un-predictable.

Some of our regulars…some of our very experience fishermen found picky fishing at best. Conversely, some of our first-timers or novices just crushed the fishing.

Some days, it was dorado. Next day no dorado. Then billfish. Then no billfish. At times, the best we could do was go to the rocks and have fun with pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper. Those are always willing to bite.

Everyone got fish. No mistaking that. But, it was just hard to put-a-finger on the bite or predict anything.

Definitely, the seasons are changing. Water is getting cooler down deep. The air is cooler. The north winds are picking up much earlier than usual. And that’s affecting the fishing. As the air and water gets erratic so goes the fishing.

It’s clear by the type of fish that are starting to show up. More cooler water fish are in the counts. A tremendous number of sierra started showing up about 10 days ago. More sierra than I have ever seen in several decades here. Normally, these fish don’t show up until late November of December. But, they’re here now and they are thick. Usually, we’ll get a handful a day. This year, each panga might get a whole boat-load of them in a single day and they are also much larger than usual.

Additionally, we’re getting the occasional yellowtail, rainbow runner, pompano and other cooler water species.

We’re coming to the end of the warm-water season, it appears. Not sure how much longer the warm-water species will be here. We’ll keep you posted.

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing For Week of Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2021

CHANGING SEASONS BRINGING COOLER WATERS AND

CHANGING FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

John Wagner from Oregon took this bruiser roosterfish with Captain Pancho off Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Firefighter Brian Viora on his first visit to us poses in a great dorado photo!

Captain Rogelio and brother Licho give Noe Fierros a hand with his sailfish he battled for more than 90 minutes on 30 pound test line!

John Virgin “The Montana Banana” with wife, Sharon, are always fun to have here when they visit from Montana. Nice day on the water with Captain Pancho and a variety of dorado, pargo, triggerfish and sierra!

On their honeymoon from Wrangell, Alaska on their first visit to us, Dave and Lilia Brown with Captain Jorge and a crazy mess of sierra!

What a day! Donnie Foster rocked it with a triggerfish, 3 nice dorado, a wahoo AND…and marlin (tried to release, but couldn’t). Meat was donated.

Mark Melnick from San Francisco and Roy Wiggins from Oklahoma have themselves a great rack of good-eating including palomenta, dorado, sierra, carilla, triggerfish, permit, pargo and a big bonito.

Two of my Filipino fish brothers for many years, Don Mariano and Glenn Delmendo with a big sailfish caught just outside La Paz Bay on live bait.

Might be the best photo of the week! Mark Malone with Captain Rogelio and a fresh bull dorado on the gaff and headed to the fish box.

Joey Abrhams from San Diego is pretty happy with his first roosterfish . The shorline of Punta Perrico in the background nearby. The fish was released.

Don has another bull to add to the fish box today.

After so many years fishing with us, Jim Gatti finally got his first roosterfish! Photo and a quick release. Nicely done, Jim!

Luz Wilson from Northridge CA shows off a nice one-day catc of dorado, sierra and holding a tasty pompano on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Big barred pargo for Sharon Virgin and Deanna Wilson from Montana.

Captain Gerardo, Larry Ruden and Doug Martin had a pretty good day at Bahia Muertos with dorado, cabrilla and the triggerfish held by Gerardo.

First timers with Captain Jorge, Chuck Webber and Hill Evans got a nice start. Big sierra and a couple of dorado.

This bull dorado almost matches Dan’s shorts!

It’s been a few years, but good to have Vince Acosta back to visit us as he sticks his tongue out at the camera.

Lots of variety this week. Ron, Lee and Al have about 6 varieties on the table.

Glenn and Don with Captain Arcangel and a good first day mix of species on the cleaning table.

Lots of folks getting their first roosterish this year like Mark Malone just off the rocks near Muertos. The fish was quickly released.

One more for the box for Duane Ottman who was visiting us for the first time and also picked off a marlin.

Another nice rooster for the photo shoot! Brian Viora with the good catch and release.

Overall, pretty decent fishing this past week. Everyone got fish. Lots of variety. Some boats did better some days while boats right next to them had to work harder for fish. The next day, it could be the exact opposite.

The biggest thing to note this week was that the seasons are definitely changing and they are changing faster than expected. At least from what we saw this past week, temperatures are definitely on a cooling trend. Breezes are stronger. At night the north winds that we usually see about November or December are already blowing. Waters are still 84-87 on the surface, but below the thermocline waters are definitely cooling as well.

The biggest indicator of that is the number of cold water species we started catching.

Most notably, a huge number of sierra were caught. These are fish, we don’t start seeing in the counts until late November or so. They were running larger than usual as well. Normally, a 1 or 2 pound sierra is about right. The fish this week were 3-5 pounders.

Incredible one-day catch of sierra with Lilia Brown holding up a typical large model.

In addition to the sierra, there were sporadic catches of pompano, permit, pargo liso, amberjack, rainbow runner and even a couple of small yellowtail. These are all cooler water fish!

I’m not yet willing to say that it will continue to get colder. Fact is, in the morning, I’m actually wearing a sweatshirt when I put out the boats in the dark on the beach. By the time you’re reading this, we could very easily be into another warming trend. However, it’s pretty clear that summer is over and once we get the northern winds blowing consistently, the entire complexion of the fishing will change…or lack of fish in some cases.

That’s not to say also that we’re not catching warm-water species!

If you only have one day to fish, Larry Ruden knocked it outta the park on dorado. Check out the fillet table!

On the contrary. Dorado up to about 30 pounds are still the headline catch with about 90% of the ice chests packed with dorado fillets. Still no wahoo or tuna to speak of, but sailfish and marlin continue to be biting plus big bonito, jacks, pargo, cabrilla, snapper and huge triggerfish. Everyone who wants fish is going home with fish or bringing it to our restaurant to cook up.

Howie Low from Montana and Captain Adolfo had a double marlin strike out’ve Bahia Muertos and a spectacular battle one-after-the-other. Howie generously donated the meat from both fish to the community.

But, we’ll definitely keep an eye on the weather. What we’re seeing now in terms of cooling is about 4-6 weeks early.

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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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