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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 8-16, 2018

TUNA FOAM FOR BOTH LAS ARENAS & TAILHUNTER FLEETS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept .8-16, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Short Attention Span Week at a Glance

Water – Blue and warm with surface temps at 86 degrees but lower thermoclines might be cooling off since we’re seeing some species biting like pargo, pompano and sierra that we normally only see in the springtime when waters are cooler.

Weather – Pretty much every day, the forecast calls for some rain.  But this time of year, that really doesn’t mean much.  It could be raining in the mountains or across the bay, but technically, it’s still “raining in La Paz. ”  We get some lightning in the mornings from the heat then it mostly clears up.  Then, afternoons, the thunderheads build and there’s some localized showers here and there.  Then, it clears up to a great sunset.  Mostly!  Now then it rains hard!   Humidity is a scorcher . At 4:30 in the morning the other day it was 94% humidity.  Like a fog of heavy air!  Then, it got better.

Fishing – Crazy tuna biters!  Las Arenas still producing tuna very nicely between 5 – 100 pounds off Muertos Bay, the Arenas lighthouse, the opening of the bay, Punta Perico and the south end of Cerralvo Island.  Some fish are fun. Some want to kill you!  LOL.  Not kidding.  Stay hydrated.  Have had several folks pretty much keel over from the heat; fighting fish and not drinking enough water (not beer!) WATER!!!  All goggle-eyed and delirious cuz their brains were getting friend.  Almost had to call the ambulances.  Know when to way when!

Catching – Dang, we lost some big tuna over 100 pounds this week.  Heartbreaking, especially after long fights and getting the fish close to the boat!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Yea…this is the right kinda!  Jeffrey and Michelle Martin came all the way from Michigan and had just one day to fish and stuck it! Two huge tuna for the coolers out’ve Bahia de los Muertos!

Paul Nagata, is our long-time amigo from San Francisco and tries to fish twice a year in La Paz with the Tailhunter Fleet. He shows off a gorgeous dorado he caught just outside of Bahia de los Muertos near Punta arenas on a live sardine.

Here’s trouble! Captain Armando with Jim Andrews and Terry Hudson after a nice day of fat tuna!

Leif Dover, our Georgia amigo from Atlanta with another nice fish to add to the many he has caught over the year. Roosterfish in the boat then photo’d and released!

Our new Tehachapi CA friends on their first visit to us, Frank and Annette Brooke had a really good first day with tuna and a nice dorado.

Jim Stahlman from Boise, Idaho was joined by brother, Jeff from Pennslyvania and had quite a variety during their week with us including tuna, pargo, cabrilla, and also dorado (not shown) as well as roosterfish (released).

That’s alot of meat! Scott Laughlin from San Diego and dad, Bob, from Arizona with Captain Armando posing with two 70-80 pound class tuna. One was fought for 3 hours and snapped Bob’s new rod!

Adriana Beucler is just 8-years-old from Laguna Niguel CA and joined granddad, Wayne Meriwether for a day on the water and got quite a variety including her two tuna, dorado, pargo and cabrilla that ended up at a delicious dinner that night, according to Grandpa Wayne! Good job, Adriana!  Come visit us again!

Captain Pancho looks on with our friends, Mac Treasure and Paul Jordan and a nice start to 3 days of fishing.

Fun folks from Redmond, Oregon, Ryan and Kelsey Williams pose with a couple of their yellowfin tuna.

The man of bronze! Scott Herman with another dorado caught with our Tailhuter La Paz fleet north of the city near Espirito Santo Island.

Great photo of Garrett Admiak and his 56-pound rocket tuna! It was Garrett’s first time fishing with us.

From Pennslyvania, Jeff Stahlman was able to pick up his first roosterfish. Caught and released!

The man in the cool sunglasses, Lolo Bencomo with a double fist of tuna for the cooler.

John Paladino had a big one on that got unbuttoned his first day, but came back on day 2 with this 40-pound class, yellowfin.

With the clouds, it almost looks a bit like Alaska, but it’s Muertos Bay and Dave Sealy and Debbie Omstead are actually from Alaska! Nice tuna to add to their cooler of fish!

Bob Pair has been coming to see us for year since way back in our first days almost 2 decades ago. He got a nice load of yellowfin with Captain Jorge. (more tuna on the table!)

Jamie Moore, one of our visiting firefighters poses with a nice day’s catch of mixed tuna and dorado from Bahia Muertos.

Great eating fish! We’re seeing more pargo lately than normal. Tough fighters, but delicious eating. Note the afternoon storm clouds in the distance. Not uncommon this time of year to get a tropical thundershower or two.

 

On the iron! Ari Caldavilla from Redondo Beach CA dropped a jig and got inhalded by this hefty yellowfin with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet where we don’t usually see the kind of tuna action we’re getting this year!

Greg West and Rich Pashley stacked ’em up on the beach. Somehow snuck a lone dorado into the pile!

Paul Nagata from San Francisco and Captain Pancho are all smiles with this hefty barred pargo!

 

It was pretty solid fishing again this past week and tuna left no doubt that they’re going to hog center stage right now.

 

With our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet the tuna bite continued to charge with fish ranging from a small as 10 pounders up to over 100 pounds.  It’s like the tuna never left from last year and we’re just gonna keep riding that horse because these are fun fish…until you tie into one of the gorillas and spend 1, 2 or more hours bent on one of these hog fish.

 

The thing is, most of this is on lighter tackle of 30-40 pounds. You just never know when the next fish will crush you.  In the middle of boiling footballs suddenly a volkswagen yellowfin gulps your little sardine and you’ve got no choice but to hang on.  The problem is that if you’re using the heavier stuff…you won’t get bit at all!  So, the fish already has an advantage on you!

 

The fish are in several spots, but you can never tell.  There’s a spot at the south end of Cerralvo Island, but they are as close as the drop-off near the Punta Arena lighthouse maybe only ¼ mile offshore.  There’s also another spot maybe 100 yards from the beach near Punta Perrico and another close to shore spot just outside of Bahia Muertos before you hit Boca de Alamo.  Imagine 50-100 pound fish that close to shore where sometimes you can see the bottom!

 

The biggest surprise is the tuna showing up en masse for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.  Usually for the La Paz fleets, the dorado are the main characters.  Probably 90% of the catch is dorado.  However, over the past few weeks tuna have been occasionally showing up in the middle of the dorado.

 

Well, this past week, the tuna came up boiling.  And these were healthy fun 20-30 pound class fish.  Not footballs.  Also some larger 40 pounders ripping around as well plus we had several folks hooked on freight trains estimate at over 100 pounds!

 

But, yes, there’s still dorado around. Plus roosterfish up to 70 pounds this past week. Add in some unusual big mullet snapper (pargo liso), some fat cabrilla (seabass) plus snapper and some other species and everyone had stuff to bring home in their ice chests.

 

The weather was variable all week.  Mostly hot and humid.  One morning at 4:30 a.m. it was 94% humidity and like a heavy hot fog!!!  Most days, rain is predicted, but it’s mostly in the afternooons after everyone is done and localized falling only here and there or enough to mess up your windshield. Then it’s gone.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH

Want to shout out to everyone these past few weeks who have brought down stuff for our outreach program we’ve had now for 5 years that has produced several tons of donations around the city in an on-going year-long program.  All from our Tailhunter Family and Friends finding a little space in their luggage and ice chest for everything from school supplies to shoes and toys to medical and hygiene items.

Regretfully I don’t have photos of everyone the past two weeks, but wanted to share some with you and the smiles they produced including one from a whole soccer team who were beneficiaries of an incredible donation of new uniforms and gear from Len Weaverling.  Thank you all!

That’s our story!

Have a great week!

 

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 Sept. 2-8, 2018

TUNA LEAD THE WAY

La Paz – Las Arenas / Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 2-8, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – That time of year.  High sunny 90’s during the day with high humidity.  Nights a comfortable 75.  But on and off-tropical showers during the week.  More expected this week with occasional thunder and lightning storms.

Water – Blue and mostly flat as long as the winds don’t blow at the beginning or end of a little rain squall.  Surface temps 85 degrees.

Fishing – Most folks caught more and bigger fish than they ever have in their lives.  Many caught so many fish early in their vacation or early in the day that they had to slow it down a bit or they would have too much fish.  Lots of fish released.  Tuna between 10 and 60 pounds.  Big roosters.  Dorado between 10 and 25 pounds.  Billfish showing.

Best tuna fishing Las Arenas/ Muertos.  Best dorado fishing is around La Paz.

Catching – We lost some marlin this week as well as some of the larger dorado and ALOT of the big tuna that were estimated between 50 and 100 pounds.

 

THE  BIG PICTURE AND THE REST OF THE STORY…

That’s a pig! Thick and fat! Daniel Bovee of San Diego has an understandable grin after landing his biggest tuna. Captain Pancho estimated it in the 80-pound-class!

Two of the funnest and funniest guys this week, Joaquim Perea and Rick Rumzy were visiting us for the first time and got a double hook-up on roosters! The squirming fish are kinda hard to hold onto for photos! But, both fish were released and swam off strongly. The guys are from Woodland CA.

Whoa! We don’t see to many of these this time of year and you need TNT and a crane to get them outta the rocks, but Greg Saubolle said this “was on my bucket list for years” when he stuck this 30-pound-class dog tooth (cubera) snapper.

1…2…3…SMILE! Captain Jorge helps out Greg Saubolle and Len Weaverling with a day’s catch of yellowfin tuna!

Colorful dorado for Ray Cabales who caught this mahi north of La Paz.  Pretty fish!

Know when-to-say-when! Our great amigo, Paul Nagata from San Francisco has fished with us for years and has pulled on some big fish but after over an hour on this fish that weighed 56-pounds (he had a scale) on light tackle, he knew when to hand the rod off for the last few minutes of the fight and boated a beautiful tuna! The guys brought the huge collar (weighed about 10 pounds!) to have us grill it up at Tailhunter Restaurant for 4 guys!

From Arizona, Mike Hudson finally made it down to us and posted a great first day with Captain Arcangel with tuna, dorado and pargo!

When you’re tired of catching tuna, do something else! Burke Winnie with his firs rooster! Released!

Elija Gilbert really really really wanted a marlin! So we teamed him with our Captain Chito and at the last minute…this 200 pound blue marlin. He’s on the beach with Shaina Clayburn also from Utah!

Our favorite Atlanta guys! Leif Dover and Brian O’Neill have fished with us often for years and always do well. They caught so many tuna the first few days, they chased other species or donated their fish!

This is my favorite photo of the week. It’s called “My happy place!” Joaquim Perea on his flyrod getting bent and having a blast.

Our Stockton CA contingency for the week, Vito Cipponeri and James Giovannoni hauled back a mound of fish after 3 days.

Jim Bovee from San Diego enjoys fishing La Paz so much he comes 3 times a year. And sometimes, he even comes with his son, Daniel! “We could have caught all the tuna we wanted,” said Jim.  (And I think they did!)

Now THIS is a tuna! John Bertwistle from Woodland CA hooked this powertrain tuna and hung on!

First rooster for Joaquim Perea. A quick photo then back in the water! Gorgeous colors!

Just a great photo! That’s alot of sashime after one day. Greg Saubolle was with Len Weaverling and hung a few yellowfin!

Captain Armando and Austin Reay check out Taylor’s slug yellowfin tuna! He only had one day to fish but did well!

All the way from Illinois, Pat Ellis and Clayton Demanes with Captain Arcangel had one day to squeeze in some fishing and got a couple handfuls of dorado and tuna!

Hard to tell who’s photo-bombing Captain Victor, but Mike, Dave and Austin had a pretty good day on the yellowfin.

Good start for Rick Rumzy and Joachim Perea with a full box of tuna and dorado.

Joaquim found out how tough our bonito are on a flyrod!

 

Despite some winds and afternoon thundershowers during the week another great week of fishing down here especially for the tuna off Bahia de Los Muertos and Las Arenas.  Just like the previous week, there were some days when the tuna bit early and hard and there were so many tuna that anglers either quit and returned to the beach early or they went off looknig for other species.

 

The tuna ran the gamut from little 5-pounders up to about 50 or 60 pounds with several larger fish up to 80-pounds that were beasts on the live bait and light tackle.  Several fish up to 100 pounds were lost at color!

 

Most folks had as much fish as they wanted and caught and released many fish or donated the meat.  They went searching for other species!

 

That included nicer dorado up to 30 pounds although most fish were in the 10-15 pound range.  There were more dorado with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet which made up 90% of the catch.  But the larger dorado were with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet where the dorado mixed in with the tuna

 

We also got into jack crevalle, some nice dog-tooth snapper, pargo liso, cabrilla and pompano as well.

 

But the biggest surprise were the roosterfish!  Like the week before we caught more roosterfish this week and last week than the rest of the week combined!  There were a few days when we hooked and released at least a half-dozen gallos all ranging from 25-60 pounds!

 

The upcoming week shows signs of itermitent rain showers and scattered thunderstorms again, but not much wind so hopefully, it shouldn’t affect the fishing too badly. Most of the rain has been in the afternoons.  In between the rain, it’s hot and sunny!  Looks like a postcard!

 

NEW ONLINE LINK FOR MEXICAN FISHING LICENSES

The government changed the online link to purhase fishing licenses.  The new link is:

https://www.sportfishingbcs.gob.mx/

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


“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 Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

BIG MOON TUNA DORADO ROOSTERS ROAR

– BEST WEEK OF 2018 SO FAR!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Could not have been better.  Daytime highs sunny and blue 99 degrees.  Nighttime cooling to 78.  Humid!  Look out.  Could be some rain showers and thunder and lightning this coming week here and there

Water – Surface temps 85. Blue and clear!

Fishing – Maybe the best of the season.  More tuna than any other week in terms of sheer volumen…our largest dorado so far…solid roosterfish too.  Wahoo showed up as did billfish, cabrilla, pargo and other species .  Limits most day and some fishing was done by late morning!

Catching – Lost some big tuna.  Lost some big dorado.  Lost some big billfish!  That’s why they are BIG fish!

 

BIG PICTURE AND REST OF THE STORY…

Thumbs up for sure!  Captain Adolfo with Trey Shuck and Trey Nichodemis with a double-stack of tuna and dorado their first time fishing Las Arenas and visiting La Paz!

Our long time amigo, Allen “EL AL” Schneider from Orange CA with a hefty yellofin on the gaff off Punta Arenas in the thick of the tuna “honey hole! “

Captain Gerado with Stacy Florence from Kansas City…after loading on tuna, why not go try for roosters? Big boy gallo in the boat! Wow! Fish was released.

Great start! First day on the water produced a big load of tuna plus a dorado for Adam and Riley Florence who always visit us this time of year from Kansas.

First-timer luck and a big roosterfish for Sam Rumble who took this off Punta Perico. Sam is from Ripon CA.

No complaints on a fishing day that produces results like these! Lynn Marolf and Mike Wilbur had three days like this of dorado and tuna!

 

Tim Rumble poses with a pair of his dorado caught just north of La Paz on his first day fishing.

Check out the racing stripes on this tasty white bonito that Gordo is holding. Pretty fish.

 

These two are crazy fishermen and visit us several times a year, good amigos, Jim and his son Dan Bovee from San Diego said they stopped fishing for tuna by 9:30 and could have had “all they wanted.” Fishing was THAT good!

From Stockton, James Giovannoni, put the stops on this beautiful roosterfish just there in the shallows off Punta Perico with Captain Jorge. The fish was released.

Using light tackle and shorty rods, Al Schneider from Orange CA and Ryan Netherton from San Deigo CA, got tow of the larger tuna of the week . The two used to fish together as kids but had not fished together in 30 years!

 

Garrett Sills from Utah fishes with us several times-a-year but is a flyfishing guide on bluewater spots in his state. With Captain Adolfo, he got all these tuna and dorado except one on an 8 wt flyrod and had a blast on the lighter tackle!  “Great to strip once or twice and they’d fight to hit the fly!”

Riley Florence was with Captain Pancho when he decided to pull out a crank bait he picked up in Florida. Check it out! It’s black with white with pink polka dots? The new hot thing? It sure worked. He dropped it back and this wahoo chomped on it!

Nice pose and fat tuna for Phil Buckingham from Pennsylvania and Jared Overholtzer from CA. First timers with us had a great time.

Captain Gerardo photobombs Stacy and Josh Florence after another great day on the water!

Happy fella, Vito Cipponeri gets his first roosterfish with Captain Jorge off the rocks near Punta Perrico.

The Rumble Brothers, Sam and Tim, on the beach at Muertos with some of their yellowfin tuna.

The hat trick of wahoo, tuna and dorado for Riley and Adam! Last day and full coolers to take home!

Not a bad day on the ridge! Lots of grouper to clean for Ryan Netherton and Al “El Al” Schneider after spending a day with our Magdalena Bay outfit.

Pretty grouper on the gaff and stuck on a jig! Al Schneider rocked this one bouncing the jig on the bottom.

Forget the full moon or big moon!  I think we just had the best week of our 2018 season.  More tuna…bigger dorado…wahoo…billfish…and everyone who wanted a roosterfish got at least one!  On top of it, maybe the best weather of the year with sunny days; cool nights and flat blue waters!

 

Wow!  What a week.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was sure good this week and maybe it’s shaping up to be a the kind of fall we had last year in 2017 when we had two months of fishing like this.

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, everyone got limits or near limits of dorado.  Fish ran in the range of 10-25 pounds and it was pretty much a sure thing .  Could not miss. The fish were scattered over a wide range and no matter which way you went out’ve the bay, you would eventually hit some dorado.  Add to that some pargo, cabrilla, some billfish and roosterfish hookups and even some unusual yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds and, despite the occasional slower day or boat, most of our clients  were releasing fish or coming back early.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet…it was nothing short of spectacular most days!

 

Yellowfin tuna in the 10-20 pound size were just outside of Bahia Muertos.  Most of the time…all you wanted!  Limits by 9 or 10 a.m. then go find some other species or come in back to the beach!  It was THAT good.

 

Go out a tad “further” (just down the beach and out a ways), the fish jumped to 40-60 pounders!

 

“It was stupid good fishing!”

“I”ve never seen tuna crashing that thick before…and big ones boiling right next to the boat and the water was so shallow I could see the bottom!”

I’ve caught lots of 30 and 40 pound salmon, but they were right about tuna being strong.  My arms are still shaking!”

 

In the same tuna areas, dorado up to 40 pounds and schools of smaller dorado would range in or could be found not far away.

 

“I threw my flyrod and the fish would fight each other to get it after two or three strips.  Amazing!”

 

Others would go looking for roosterfish and in a year when we have not caught many rooster…everyone who wanted a rooster caught one…or two!  Fish up to 60 pounds were right there.  One day we caught 8 roosters.  That was more than we’ve caught in the last 2 months.

 

“I caught every species on my Baja bucket list my first day out..dorado…tuna…roosterfish…pargo…cabrilla.  It was awesome!”

 

Even boats that thought they were done for the day sometimes could not help catching fish.  Several boats were already coming in and slowly dragging lures back to the beach and got jumped by wahoo in 20’ of water!

 

What a week.  Hope it holds, but this coming week, we’re watching the weather.  Looks like we’re gonna have some tropical thunder and lightning storms coming through on-and-off.  Fingers crossed.  Most times it’s in the afternoon and evenings.  As long is there’s not a lot of wind, we should be OK.

 

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


“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 Aug. 19-26, 2018

SUMMER ROLLING OUT ON A HIGH NOTE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 19-26, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE for SHORT ATTENTION SPANS

Weather – Warm and humid!  Highs in the upper 90’s with lots of humidity.  Stay hydrated! Some tropical electrical storms in the afternoon, at night or early in the morning.  Similar weather predicted this week.  A bit of rain on the forecast.

Water – Warm and blue . Getting surface temps in the high 80’s . The fish love it!

Fishing – Just nice solid biters . Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay holding tuna, wahoo and dorado close to shore…literally.  Plus pompano, cabrilla and pargo.  For our La Paz fleet, everyone getting dorado.

THE REST OF THE STORY and THE BIG PICTURE

Jorge rack

Jorge Romero had a good day fishing. From La Paz, Jorge was fishing only 100 yards offshore (see photos below) from the beach just outside Muertos Bay, he caught a huge cabrilla and 30-40 pound tuna on sardines then got a wahoo dragging a rapala back to the beach.

We love the kids! Selena is just 8-years-old, but was out all week with Grandpa Diego, Jimenez from Loveland, Colorado and caught dorado and tuna like this one!

This is a good day! Mike Weinsz stacked up the fat tuna on the beach at Muertos. He also caught dorado.

Dorado are the main catch for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. These were caught just at the mouth of La Paz Bay.

Yea! Jorge Ramiro again with a hefty cabrilla. Punta Perrico in the background in shallow water!

Full moon?  Hmmm…

Summer is rolling out with some solid fishing as town empties of tourists as kids and families head back to school. Hot humid weather with temperatures in the high 90’s and warm waters kept the fishing on the high counts, although afternoon localized tropical electrical and thunderstorms did pop up now and then although usually after everyone was already back from fishing.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fleet, it lived up to it’s reputation with the fishing spot literally about 100 yards off the beach and tuna breaking within sight of where we launch our pangas. Tuna ranged in size from 10-50 pounds, but the same area also produced some nicer dorado in the 15-25 pound class as well. The same area also seems to be the hot spot for wahoo as we had several biters of wahoo in the 30 pound size and a number of fish that got bit off.

Our fleet fishing the tuna right at the mouth of Bahia de los Muertos. The point is right there behind the pangas. Water only about 50′ deep. The tuna are close!

Thanks Mark Buchanan for this photo from the hill above Muertos Bay. It’s our pangas fishing the tuna hot spot. Look carefully and you can see the bottom! For anyone who thinks we need to go a zillion miles offshore to find fish! Tuna, wahoo and dorado all right there this past week! Also, notice how green everything is from the rain!

Inshore has continued to be surprising as cooler water fish that we don’t normally see except in the winter/ spring when waters are cooler were caught including pargo liso (mullet snapper), pompano, and big cabrilla.

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, there dorado to be had. There’s smaller fish schooling right in the bay with larger fish out towards San Juan de la Costa and around the point at Punta Mejia. The smaller fish are as small as 5 pound “doraditos” that we mostly toss back, but fun to catch and up to about 20 pounds on the outside. There’s also some roosterfish biting around Bonanza Beach. But dorado are 90% of the catch with some days better than others.

Head’s up…

Looks like some afternoon thundershowers coming later this week!

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 Aug. 12 -19, 2018

TUNA and DORADO SUMMER BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 12-19, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Warm and sunny.  Highs all week high 90’s.  Nightime dropping to high 70’s.  Pretty humid.  Not unusual to get some electrical and thunderstorms and showers here and there.  Nothing lasts long or affected the fishing .

Water – Blue with surface temps high 80’s.  Great snorkeling and diving time.  Some thermoclines down 30′-40′ much chillier by 5-8 degrees.

Fishing – More football-sized tuna showing up in the 10-15 pound class, but big bruisers still around.  Dorado are 80% of the catch, but the bite is often later in the day for the dorado.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  Lost some wahoo and billfish this week.  So, no photos, but the fish are there!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Eric Hill visiting us for the first tim from Colorado rocked it with a hefty yellowfin tuna off Punta Arenas .

After you’ve been fighting a big fish in the hot sun for a long time, it’s kinda hard to lift it for a photo as Jules found out in this photo. Punta Arenas and Cerralvo Island in the distance.

I couldn’t get a photo of Donovan Ackerman and his big dorado, but I do have a photo of the big dorado with Captain Ramiro on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Laura Hernandez with another fat fat yellowfin just off the beach at Arenas. Laura is from San Diego.

Amigo, Roger McCracken from Oregon was fishing with Shelly Donnell north of La Paz when they had a good day on the dorado and even a football tuna.

The right kind! Nice football tuna double-fisted by Mark Buchanan from San Diego.

We had more of a fairly typical summer fishing week these past few days. Temperatures in the high 90’s with night temps in the high 70’s. Days start often with clouds then the Baja sun busts through giving way to stronger breezes and the return of clouds in the afternoons and even some thundershowers that cool off the evenings.

Waters have settled and are mostly blue and holding some pretty decent fish!

We still have those larger model tuna off Punta Arenas that seem to average about 40-50 pounds and have really been tough dogged sport these past few weeks and schooling a lot of anglers in how powerful these fish can be. Especially, when success tips in favor of the fish since they are mostly eating light 25-40 pound test which really puts a strain in the angler and his gear. We sure lose a lot of them.

However, this past week, we saw fewer of the larger fish and more football tuna seemed to have taken up station. These fish are much much more manageable to most angler since these footballs are 10-20 pounders. They’ll pull hard, but at least they don’t kill you!

Rounding out the box, there’s some nicer 10-30 pound dorado that have moved in. Most surprising are the pargo, pompano and some other cooler water species we normally do not see this time of year with the waters so warm. Maybe the waters are already cooling?

For our La Paz Tailhunte fleet, the bay and around the islands north of town, dorado are still the mainstay with limits or near limits most days. The problems is about finding the spots. It seems the concentrations of fish move around, but once located, it can be crazy off-the-chart fishing.

Just a heads-up that the best bite is later in the day or afternoon so be patient. The fish are more willing to feed sometimes just about the time much of the fleet is heading back in. But, our Tailhunter pangas have been staying out a bit later to take advantage of the later bite .

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 28-Aug. 5, 2018

SUMMER TIME DORADO AND TUNA!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 28-Aug. 5, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT FOR THE WEEK

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot hot hot.  Even us locals think so.  Dangit…stay hydrated!  Beer is fun, but doesn’t count.  With the humidity you have to keep knocking back the waters or you’ll get sick.  On the other hand…hot weather = best fishing!

But, weather will change this week. Intermittent rain, thundershowers and lightning predicted on-and-off all week.  Not sure what that will do to the fishing.  Weather reports change several times a day.  Not sure when or how hard it will rain or what days.

Water – Pretty blue.  Surface temperatures are perfect for swimming, SCUBA and snorkeling!  It’s about 80-83 degrees on top!

Fishing – Everyone caught fish!  If not big tuna then great on the dorado.  The tuna continue to be big and we’re losing most of the big fish.  But dorado have been making up for it just to have fun.

Catching – Losing 70% of the big tuna.  That’s why they’re big.  They are gorillas and make strong men cry!

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Rhett Riley and his grandfather, Herb Preszler from the Sacramento Area, tied into several big tuna off Cerralvo Island near La Paz on live bait with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They each hooked and fought a fish over an hour before lines broke then re-baited and tied into these two nice sluggers and fought then well over another hour before getting them into the pangas.

From Oroville CA, our amigo, Terry Biggs has made numerous trips to fish La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He had never caught a big tuna. He hooked one fish and fought it almost 2 hours before it broke off then hooked this big one estimated by Captain Armando as being in the 70-80 pound class. He was using only 40 pound test. Terry works for the railroad and is about 6’2 and 275 pounds and he wrestled this tuna almost 90 minutes and “it whupped me pretty bad.

One of our favorite new amigos, Matt Chase, was just great to have down this week! Even when he lost fish, we was like a kid in a candy store! He did get a nice batch of dorado, however. Here with Captain Boli on the beach.

If he looks a bit disheveled, Mitch Embry from Texas has a little help and a smile from Captain Armando lifting up this tough tuna he fought in the hot sun off Cerralvo Island.

Schoolie dorado for the Bartas who were staying with Gary Wagner at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

Rhett Riley started out a good week of tuna fishing with this plug of a yellowfin tuna.

 

Another dorado in the boat is a nice bull north of La Paz near Espirto Santo Island for Terry Biggs.

Well-deserved handshakes for Wes Perkins and Roger Hall who fished with Captain Victor and took a box of dorado and a big yellowfin. Our good amigos are from the Portland OR area and have visited us for many seasons.

First timer amigo, Mark Durham, poses on the beach at Muertos with another fat tuna.

Captain Jorge does the honors on a nice dorado with Rich Keough and Mitch Embry. Note all the other dorado on the cutting table in the foreground .

 

It was a pretty decent week of fishing. Everyone who wanted fish caught fish. Can’t argue with that. Some boats did better than others on any given day, but that’s fishing. If you fished several days like most of our folks then you might have one slow day, but the others surely made up for it.

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, the big tuna off Cerralvo Island were again, the name of the game. These 40-80 pound gorillas are made more formidable by the fact that they’re eating relatively light lines (as tuna will sometimes do). So, using 25-40 pound test line can turn into quite a battle and most of these fights are at least an hour to almost 2 hours in the hot Baja sun!

For some, the strain is just a little too much for the angler or the tackle and beast fish that have non-stop motors. We are losing about 70% of these fish for those reasons. One day, we hooked 10 fish and only 2 got boated. It is what it is. Everyone wants a shot at these homerun fish, but if you don’t knock it over the fence, there’s a good chance you won’t get any other chances at another or for other species because it’s already too late in the day. But the challenge is there and very compelling. . .and fun!

It’s hard to know if there’s other species around the area because everyone is chasing the tuna, but we did hoo up some dorado and billfish. Roosterfish have been scarce this year. But, again, hard to know because not many folks have been chasing them.

Fortunately, if the tuna aren’t going, we do have our other fleet out’ve La Paz and the dorado have been lighting it up . Most days there’s limits or near limits of fish running 10-20 pound and some larger. If you hit the right spot and find the school, it can be utter madness as fish crash all around and every rod is bent. You fill the box quickly!

Other times, you get 1 here…2 there…1 here…and a longer, but still productive day.

Weather advisory…looks like intermittent and localized thundershowers with lightning are predicted most of the week. Not a hurricane. Just tropical stuff. Not sure how that will affect fishing, but we’ll be watching.  It could rain one spot, but not another.  It could rain at night or afternoon.  The reports change daily.  Hopefully, the port captain doesn’t shut thing down.

That’s our story!

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 Video Channel:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 22-29, 2018

FULL MOON DORADO AND BIG TUNA CHEW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 22-29, 2018

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – It changed every day.  Sunny…cloudy…windy…humid…broiling hot.  Take your pick or combine any two or three of the above.

Water – Mostly pretty blue, but find the cleanest warmest blue water currents and your chances of finding fish increases.  Stay away from cloudy water.

Fishing – Tuna are big and mean.  And we lose 3 out of every four fish.  They are eating light line and taking a 40-80 pound fish on 25 or 30 pound test is a battle that can last 1-2 hours.  It’s a slugfest.  The dorado are all over, but not always willing to bite.  They’ll jump the baits, but won’t always eat.  You have to be patient and let them swallow the baits.  Then, there are days when they’ll eat anything you throw in the water.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  And we’re losing alot of fish.  It’s not bad fishing.  It’s bad catching.  These fish are seriously testing us.  But that’s what makes it fun.  You have to find them first.  Then, you gotta get them to bite.  Then, hold on!!!

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

These two know how to pull on fish! Spike and Jamie Ivins hooked 5 of these tough fish and 3 pulled but got these two fatties to to the deck. Spike was one of the most awesome deckhands on the San Diego long range boat, Red Rooster. Great to see them!

Captain Armando help with photos duties on two big yellowfin tuna caught by Bill and Pam Eggleston. The fish were caught near Cerralvo Island and fought each fish over an hour!

Beautiful bull dorado caught on the other side of La Paz Bay by Brian Reid of Waco, TX. The big bull chowed on a live sardine.

Craig and Cathy Corda, our good amigos, had quite a week with us. Oh this particular day, Cathy hooked one tuna and fought it for a long time and the hook straightened. She hooked another one and a shark ate it. Then, she hooked another and Craig hooked this one and they had two on at one time…and a huge whaleshark swam in between them! You just never know what’s going to happen on the water.

Captain Jorge with our good amigas, Verda Boyd from the S.F. Bay Area and Pam Bolles from Loreto’s famous Baja Big Fish Co. and famous flyfisher. The ladies nailed a limit of dorado that day.

Nathan Anaya has his hands full with this stock yellowfin tuna. These fish are thick, heavy and powerful.

Barbara and Les Campbell started their trip out with an ice chest full of dorado fillets fishing with Captain Adolfo.

Daughter, Jessie Reid, just has the knack for taking down big fish…even when she’s 6 months pregnant! No big deal! She was fishing with captain Victor with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet when she stuck this big bull. Jessie lives in Waco, Texas.

It has been many years since Kenny Duong fished with us and, in fact, caught an IGFA world record 16 pound triggerfish the last time he was with us (I stopped him from cutting it up and eating it!). But he got this good-looking yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island late in the week when the tuna came crashing.

This is such a great photo despite one of those cloudy days we had mid-week. Captain Adolfo and Les Campbell with another yellowfin tuna for the camera and the ice chest.

I need to frame this photo! Jamie Ivins pulls hard on a big roosterfish with Captain Pancho looking on. The roosterfish photo is below.

Swimming off strong! Spike Ivins jumped in the water to photo the release of Jamie Ivin’s roosterfish. Great shot!

Big smile from first-time visitor, Tom Grindle who was fishing north of La Paz City with Captain Rogelio and got a load of nice dorado including this colorful bull.

Luis Arandia and Raul Rodriguez pulled a number of dorado out near San Juan de la Costa. Luis had an unusual method of getting the fish to bite. See the video at the end of the fishing report!

She’s a tiny little gal who can pull on fish. Jamie Ivins poses with one of her yellowfin tuna on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

 

Captain Pancho with one of the big tuna this week on the beach at Muertos.

Yes, even I get to go out sometimes! Double dorado with my son-in-law Brian Reid from Waco, Texas who had quite a week of fishing.

It can be a long hot day when your rod is bent on a single powerful fish for a long long time! Bill Eggleston holds on as a big tuna rips more line! See the fish below.

Nothing pulls like a tuna! Bill Eggleston got this one up after more than an hour on the rod. With Captain Armando.

Triple biters of yellowfin tuna for Captain Adolfo with Barbara and Les Campbell.

One of our funnest long-tme amigos, Bob “Pops” Henke shares a laugh with Captain Alfredo posing with two of their Las Arenas dorado.

1..2..3…LIFT for the camera! Noel Santoyo holds up one of his 4 fish they took that day. Yellowfin ranged from 40-80 pounds.

Frank Cruz gets a hand from Captain Adolfo and Captain Archangel with his striped marlin on the beach at Muertos. They were unable to release the fish but donated the meat to everyone.

On his way to college at Oregon State next year in the marine biology program, Ian Grindle has himself a good-looking bull! He and dad got limits of dorado on Captain Rogelio’s boat.

MUST SEE VIDEO –

Luis Arandia wasn’t getting bit so he decided to think outside the box and do a special “fish dance.”  Turn up the sound and check this short video out.  Right after this, two nice dorado bit the lines!

 

 

It was a week of unpredictable full moon fishing this past week here in La Paz waters.  Everyone got fish, but trying to figure out where and what and how were elusive.  It was impossible to figure out the bite this week.

 

One day the dorado would go crazy.  The next day in the same spot, the dorado would be finicky.  Another day, the tuna would bite like mad dogs and the next day, they acted like whipped puppies.  Roosterfish were the same.  So were the inshore fish like pargo and cabrilla.  But everyone caught fish!

 

It was the same with the weather.  One day hot and sunny with blue waters like a picture postcard.  The next day, it would be cloudy and choppy.  The next day, cloudy but still and oppressively humid followed by sunny and windy days.  And this affected the fishing too.

 

The best thing was just let the captain take you to whatever is biting.  The folks most impacted by the erratic fishing were folks who just fished one day…like freelance folks or folks who walked into our office right off the street and wanted to fish one day.  That day COULD be a funky day or the funky spot of fish or the funky weather.

 

If you were fishing with us, like most of our anglers, for 2, 3, 4 or more days, you probably got into several really good days of fishing and a nice load of fish to take home.

 

Several variables to note, however.

 

Yes, the tuna came back at Cerralvo Island off Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.  If you looked at the “number” of fish we caught, you would think fishing was bad.  But, if you knew the whole story, fishing was actually pretty good.  We’re losing 3 out of every four tuna that we hook.

 

These fish are beasts to most people.  They are tough, savage 40-80 pound fish.  Everyone wants to catch one.  Few folks have ever had the experience of catching one!  It’s one thing to want to catch one and another to be bent over in the sun for an hour or two on a straining rod and tortured line on a fish that yanks off 100 yard bursts in a single run.  It’s heartbreaking then to lose a fish like that…and we lost many of them! And to hook one then get another one and lose it after a long battle can just crush you.  Or to get it so close where you can see the fish then have it pull lose…and there’s nothing you can do.

 

One other thing is that these fish are biting LIGHT LINE!  We’re using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader so you’re already at a disadvantage on these fish as well.  It would be nice to hang fish on heavier line…even 50 pound test would make a huge difference,  but then you won’t get bit!

 

After a day battling tuna, I got comments like:

 

“Please, Jonathan, for the rest of my trip, I only want to catch small dorado!”

“My arms and back are still sore from 3 days ago!”

“Thirty minutes into the fight, my fingers started to cramp and I started seeing white spots in front of my eyes!”

“Tuna fishing is fun, they said.  I think childbirth is more fun!”

 

As for the dorado, we caught a lot of them this week.  The thing about them is that they were all around, but not always ready to eat.  They normally take a bait voraciously, but this week, it seemed like they would run with a bait and drop it.  Or they would literally attack baits and toss them around and play with them.  To hook dorado, you really had to restrain yourself from setting the hook.  You had to let them run…and run…and run…until you were sure they had swallowed the bait before pulling the trigger with a solid hookset.

 

Lastly…it looks like we might get some thundershowers late this week.  It might force some cancelation of fishing days.  Make sure you purchased travel insurance!

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Chelsea Roos and Don Vegter brought down an entire set of outfits, gear and uniforms for a youth soccer team!

Bill Eggleston and Les Campbell hauled down a load of great school supplies for the kids at the orphanage.

Our Tailhunter Outreach program keeps rolling thanks to folks like our Tailhunter amigos and tribe members who find space to bring down great things for our donations.  Thanks to all of you!

 

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:

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