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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 8-14, 2023

STILL WINDY BUT SOME SURPRISE TUNA POP

UP!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 8-14, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amigo and owner of famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo, Gary Wagner (r) was hosting some friends at his place at Bahia Muertos Rancho Costa including former Golden State Warrior Clifford Ray had quite a day. They found a window between bouts of wind and got over to Cerralvo Island where they hit snapper, sierra and surprising yellowfin tuna.

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We had the usual windy rough conditions most of the week, but earlier in the week some windows of opportunity popped up and we got some friends out from Bahia Muertos.  They tell me there’s a ton of sardines out there and the waters are loaded with sierra.  They got out to the south end of Cerralvo Island and found some 50-pound grade yellowfin tuna on dead sardines.  Plus added in some pargo and sierra as well. Winds came up later in the week again and shut things down.

It’s been mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s in the days and in the high 50’s at night.  The extended forecast is showing the winds will be down early in the week, but mid-week the winds will really ramp up and there’s a good chance the port captain will shut down boat traffic and close the port.

TAILHUNTER ROAD TOUR 2023 DOWN THE ROAD…

We’re just finishing up an amazing showing at the Wild Sheep Foundation Convention at the Reno Convention Center.  Thank you to everyone who came to visit us in our booth and welcome to our old and new Tailhunter amigos.  To many of you, thank you especially for your reservations!  We’re looking forward to having you visit us this year in La Paz!

Here’s our show schedule for the next few weeks!  Hope we’ll see you at one of our shows.  But, don’t wait.  We’re filling up really fast so get in touch with us so we can set you up for fishing with us in La Paz.

 

Our next show:

WESTERN HUNT & CONSERVATION SHOW

Feb. 2-5

Salt Lake City UT

Salt Palace Convention Center

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2022

WINDS SHUT DOWN MANY DAYS- Just the

start!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Bay for Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Not the best time to be out on the water in a panga! (turn up the sound)

 

Brent Ritchie has a big smile for his early morning dorado hook-up.

Our own, Brian Reid from Hewitt, Texas hit a school or dorado right out in front of the city where the big tankers sit at anchor and had a limit in about 45 minutes.

Sal Pamiza, first-timer with us from S. Carolina is our good family amigo and gets a hand from Captain Pancho with one of his first-ever fish!

Tom Brewer was able to squeeze in 3 days of fishing over a week by picking out days when the winds were down and scored good fishing for several species during his days on the water.

 

I wish I could say there’s alot going on and alot to tell you about, but the straight-up honest report is that as I’m writing this report, the port has been closed now for two days shutting down all boat traffic because of the fierce winds.  It will probably be shut down tomorrow as well for the better part of the day.

These are the northern winds that start up about this time of year and will blow erratically now through April or May.  That’s why we say that November to April is our off-season and there’s honestly not many folks on the water except windsurfers and kite-boarders who love these crazy northern winds.

In the past 2 weeks, in fact, we’ve had 2-3 days each week where the winds blew us off the water or we had to cancel the few fishing trips we still had booked.   Most of our regulars understand that it’s pretty much the end of the season so we don’t have that many anglers anyway.

You can probably tell by the fact that I don’t have many fish photos to post!

Fortunately for the few we’ve had and could get out, we are still finding some dorado around with most fish in the 10-pound range but also many more cooler-water species as the ocean temperatures start to drop off.  That includes sierra, jacks, pompano, trevally, rainbow runners and even a few yellowtail.  But, I think we are about the end of the blue water/ warm water species for the season.

Thankfully, for the dorado, even when it’s been blustery outside and tough to go too far from shore, dorado have been close.  In La Paz Bay, in fact, there’s been a nice jag of schoolie-sized dorado right under the big tankers anchored in the bay.    I was able to get out one day this week and we caught a limit in about 45 minutes which was great as the winds came up later.

With the winds, it’s also getting more difficult to get live bait with waves crashing the shallow areas where the bait guys usually net the sardines.

2023 BOOKINGS FILLING UP FAST

We’re getting heavy bookings already for 2023 and some dates are already filled or filling pretty fast.  Don’t miss out on the upcoming season!  We don’t want to miss you either!  Here’s a sample package just for our fishing report readers for May and June next year:

Sample Special Package:  5 days/ 4 nights ocean-front hotel / 3 days panga fishing
  • Ocean-front rooms (2 per room)
  • Panga (2 per panga)
  • Skipper
  • Tackle
  • Ice
  • Fish cleaning
  • Breakfast, lunches, soft drinks and water on fishing days
  • All taxes
Does not include:  tips, alcohol, other meals, bait (from the baitman), licenses (available online: http://www.sportfishingbcs.gob.mx/), commercial fish packing (available from our store)
Rates:  Starting at $1399 per person x 2 (double occupancy)
  •             Deposits:  Min. $300 pre-payment per person non-refundable/ non-transferable
  •             Balance:  Due no later than 45 days prior to arrival
  •             Payments:  Cash or check / credit cards or payment apps 4% processing fee
Also available: / Scuba/ snorkeling/ whale sharks / more nights/ more fishing/ day trips / airport ground transfers
  • Based on availability and cannot be attached to any other specials or discounts
  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Applies to Hotel La Concha (beach outside of town) or Hotel Waterfront (at the marina)
  • Upgrades to rooms and options for other hotels are available
  • Package price is good only if made before the end of the year
  • Write me directly:  Tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

Waterfront Hotel at the Marina

La Concha Beach Resort

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 15-22, 2022

COOLER WINDIER ROUGHER – SEASON IS

CHANGING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 15-22, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s a good look! Kenji Yamada from Juneau, Alaska with another nice bull for the box. Mom, Jackie is on another fish. They own the Shelter Lodge operation up there in Juneau and always great to have them visit!

Ed Mitoma with a beautiful bull to match his shirt! Ed has been coming to visit us for years and only had two quick days to squeeze in a fishing vacation and hit this mahi his last day.

Oh man! Where have these tuna been? Leif Dover from Atlanta, GA and Kevin Todd who lives near Austin TX with Captain Gerardo and a trio of fat tuna plus a dorado and cabrilla on the cleaning deck.

Captain Victor poses with Doug Dickerson from Kentucky who brought his son down for two days of fishing and started out on the right track with a table of dorado.

As the waters cool off, we’re seeing more and more rainbow runners back in the count. These cousin to yellowtail are tasty eaters. Angela Ventura is all smiles.

Surprising to have roosterfish in the counts this time of year, but there are still some around. Richard Yamada, owner of Shelter Lodge up in Juneau, Alaska with a nice one off Punta Perrico that he caught and released.

Captain Jorge with two of our favorite folks from Henderson NV, Lois and Gary Tsunoda started 3 days of fishing with some dorado to put in the cooler.

First time, amigos from Utah, Colton Francis and his dad, Kent with Captain Jorge and one of several dorado on the day . Good to have them visit!

Adam Staible and Tony Riley with a colorful shot of dorado on the beach at Ensenada Muertos.

I neglected to post this last week, but Greg Saubolle from N. California has come to see us twice this year and was out with Captain Arcangel when he got this big dorado as well as a bunch of others and I also see a sizeable barred pargo on the cleaning board as well!

Just another good day on the water. Keith, Leif and Kevin with a good harvest of dorado and tuna.

Roy is pretty happy.

Ron Byrd with John and Nancy Quiring got on top of the tuna when they came up. Nice dorado and pargo too!

The right kind! Mike Jennings from Washington came back to see us on a last-minute trip and hit the dorado schools for 3 days including this nice bull mahi.

Cross a roosterfish off the bucket list for Joey Nawa. Caught and released!

Another sign of cooler waters. Eric has himself a little trevally!

One of the nicests and sweetest of our amigas, Jackie Yamada brought her crew from Shelter Lodge in Juneau AK for 3 days of fishing and gets a hand here from Captain Pancho on another bull mahi.

Two double fists of dorado for Dave and Candi Staigle on a first-time visit with us here in La Paz.

Captain Jorge with a thumbs-up for Brian and Chris from Atlanta who fished 6 days with us. Dorado, rainbow runner and a snapper on the cutting board.

Leif and Chris…another good day!

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It was another fairly good week of fishing, but there’s no doubt that the seasons are changing and our top-water warm-season fishing is tapering off.

Winds are getting stronger and breezier, especially from the north.  It’s getting choppier and waters are starting to cool off.   The result is a gradual change in the species of fish as more colder water fish start showing up.  There are some areas where it is starting to get too rough and we will not be able to fish those spots any longer.

Not co-incidentally, fewer fishermen as it not only gets cooler and rougher but we get closer to the holidays.  As we get fewer fishermen, we’ll start to see more snow-birds hit town who are just here to get some sunshine and not particularly here for fishing plus windsurfers from around the world as the winds increase.

That being said, the dorado are still biting with most fish in the 5-15 pound class and larger fish up to about 30 pounds.  Both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and our Tailhunter La Paz fleets are finding the schools which range in a wide area.  I would say there are more fish around La Paz and as close as the tankers anchored in the bay, however, the larger fish are found around Las Arenas and Cerralvo Island.

Oh yea! Wayne Vanzandt with Captain Jorge, did a “bait dump” on the way back into the beach at the end of the day and tossing all their live and dead bait into the water at the same time and the waters blew up with dorado including this big bull.

We did have a little jag or two of legit quality 25-40 pound tuna on-and-off.  Nothing to denote a full “tuna bite.”  However, a few fish showed up in the counts mostly from south of Bahia Suenos.

We still have some marlin and sailfish taking baits and lures plus inshore pargo, cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle and lots of bonito some days.  However, the presence of sierra, rainbow runners, pompano and trevally are all indicative of cooler colder waters that have moved in corresponding to the changing seasons.

Bottom line…our official 2023 season is just about tapering off.  It’s been a helluva season!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, MexicoPhones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2022

DORADO DON’T CARE ABOUT FULL MOON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Hugo Rafael from Santa Ana was with Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz and really just wanted to catch some inshore pargo and cabrilla for some dinner when he hooked this massive bull dorado. He was using a dead sardine for the rockfish and only had 25 pound test line. He battled the fish for about 30 minutes before landing it and when they put it on a handscale, it weighed out at 26 kilos (57 pounds). Hugo is only about 5’3” tall! He never did catch any rockfish, but had plenty of meat for dinner.

This is what you call a good fun day. Denver amigo, Joe Hicks with sons, Marco ad Hudson. A box of dorado plus a striped marlin that they all got to pull on.

Rusty Cain has been visiting us for years and was not gonna pass the rod of during his 4 hour battle on 25 pound test with this trophy sailfish. His hand was still cramping and shaking when he posed for this photo. Alot of the meat was donated.

Our long-time San Diego amigos, Byron Shovlain and George Bonner with their favorite captain Arcangel (managing a rare smile!) and some of their yellowfin tuna.

I”ve been waiting almost 3 years for Billy Bates from Idaho to finally make it down after Covid and other things forced cancelations. He finally made it with his son, Royal from San Diego, and they started the vacation with a nice rack of dorado and a legit yellowfin tuna. Two thumbs-up!

Sweetiest folks from Oregon on their 4th visit to us. This is Mari and Chris Bedsaul showing off their first-day catch at Ensenada Muertos.

Kentucky in the house! Doug Dickerson fished with us early this year and had time for two quick days this past week so he brought his son down for two days on the water before heading to Sammy Hagar’s birthday in Cabo.

Carson City, Nevada is where John and Arla Washington live and it’s such a pleasure seeing them each year. Could not be more fun and they pose here with a fat tuna and some good mahi on the cutting table.

Friends since kingergarten, Walt Menda and Dave Wakabayashi have been visiting us for years until Covid hit in 2020, but finally came to see us.

Buddy Middaugh and Mike Gistlink teamed up for a nice table of mahi!

Alan Martz has visited us for several years now with his dad and brother. He’s got another dorado for the box!

There you go! Nice bull dorado for Angelo Oliverio, Captain Jorge and Joe Malone. Outside the photo, there’s also a nice bunch of dorado on the cleaning table.

Austin Texas visiting us with Mark Trutna and Jason Hurst on their visit with us at Tailhunter.

Good start for Marco, Joe and Hudson on a 3 day outing with us from Denver. They rocked it for 3 days on the water.

Captain Julio in the mask with Billy and Royal Bates after a day fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

We had Chris Girard from Washington for 14 days of great fun! He gives a thumbs-up on his catch of dorado plus a rainbow runner at the end of the table.

Gorgeous shot of Chris Bedsaul and his bull. Great colors.

Craig Shijo and smiling Walt Menda with a dorado hooked just outside of La Paz Bay.

Dale Martz has another dorado!

Joe and Angelo had some great days with Captain Jorge who has some fish cleaning to do!

Brad Baker needs a pink shirt like Captain Arcangel and Jim Adair. Some big dorado, but check out the nice pargo on the table too!

Fishing inshore in the rocks is a hoot! Mari Bedsaul with one of several cabrilla and pargo she caught.

What’s wrong with this picture of Joe Hicks? LOL. He didn’t realize until I saw this photo. Nice bull dorado!

Kenny (“K.C.”) Campbell one of the best guys ever, brings a bunch of his amigos to visit us each year. Mike Gistlink was on his first visit to us and they were out with Captain Armando.

Nice chunks of meat! Debbie and Chris Girard spent 14 days with us and were incredible fun the whole time!

Even with the full moon and some breezier conditions, still a nice solid week of fishing with a good mix of surface biters. Temporatures are definitely cooling and the seasons are changing a little sooner than normal, but it’s been that kind of strange year and we’re just happy the fish kept biting.

Once again, for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, dorado were the main attractions. Here and there one boat might have a slow days, but overall, it was limits or near limits for all our anglers. The dorado were more numerous for our La Paz anglers, but larger fish seemed to show up with our Las Arenas anglers. But, frankly, you just never knew what was coming back in the fish boxes. If you had a bait in the water, you might hit a ferocious school of 10-15 pound voracious juveniles willing to hit anything and fight each other for it or you might get that 25-40 pound trophy that you never expected and always seems to hit your lightest line and smallest reel! There were definitely some big fish lost.

Most of the fish were caught on live and dead sardines, but trolled feathers and hootchies also worked and many of the larger fish were caught on strips of fresh bloody bonito. Catching the bonito, in and of itself, provided plenty of action in between the dorado bites.

No wahoo to speak of in a year that has seen a dearth of the prized speedsters, but every day we’re still hanging some 20-30 pound yellowfin tuna south of Cerralvo Island. It’s usually an early bite before all the boat traffic shows up.

In addition, we’re having a pretty good bite on billfish. Most are un-intentional hook-ups when an angler is in the middle of a school of bonito or dorado, but we’ve hooked some nice sailfish, striped marlin and smaller blue marlin with most fish getting released.

Surprisingly, even though it’s not the season, some 5-20 pound roosterfish are biting along with sierra and rainbow runners!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2022

TUNA BILLFISH BULL DORADO!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Another big-headed beast! Captain Pancho holds up the tail end of a huge bull dorado caught by Marlene Kikuchi!

Show me the meat! Good amigo, Dana Murray from Idaho, has a thumbs-up for 3 nice yellowfin tuna and a few dorado for the fillet table!

Honeymoon marlin for Terry Sandmeier and his wife Caroline with an assist from Captain Gerardo. The day before, Terry had a marlin on and it popped off. He want back the 2nd day and this time he rocked it. The fish was not able to be released. The Sandmeiers are from Colorado on their first visit to us in La Paz.

Yes! We finally found some tuna. Funny guys Nat Hargett and Steve Manney hung some nice yellowfin to go along with their dorado. The guys are from Washington and come visit us each year.

Paul Nagata has become a regular poster-boy over the years with all the great fish he has caught . Check out this pretty bull mahi! Paul is from San Francisco.

We finally got a visit from Stan Andre and Terry Hawk who fish with us each year until Covid got in the way two years ago then had to cancel again last year and earlier this year. However, they made up for it. They donated all of this dorado meat to the Captain Pancho and the pueblo.

First timer with us Ken Fritz battled this marlin on light tackle while fishing outside of La Paz Bay. He also put some dorado in the box as well. The marlin could not be released.

First timer who had never been to Mexico, Jim Gibson, was fun to have visit us. Nice day of dorado fishing on the sand at Balandra Bay.

Just a great photo that’s worth framing! Grant Nakagawa and Captain Armando with a legit bull.

Whoa!!! That’s some quality mahi. Wesley Peterson (middle) needs some assistance posing with his big bull dorado.

Jim Barlow from San Juan Capistrano with son-in-law Riley had 3 good days on the water like this one with a cleaning table full of dorado. Jim used to fish La Paz many years ago but hadn’t been down for years until giving us a try.

The hat-trick for Nat! A dorado…a tuna…and a marlin that he shared with his amigos. A good day!

Dale Ringer and Andy Hall pose with Captain Jorge and some of their dorado catch.

Double tuna. Double dorado! Terry and Stan…fishing buddies with us for many years.

First-timer from Oklahoma, John Grigsby had fun with his first time fishing for dorado . That’s Espiritu Santo Island in the background.

Big smiles for the honeymoon couple . Terry and Caroline Sandmeier took home alot of fish after spending a week with us scuba diving and fishing.

Ken Fritz with another bull for the fish box.

Les Bek from Oregon was with us for the first time this week and had some good fishing in the dorado schools.

Captain Armando with Dave Eady and Tom Fausnight after a day fishing out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Pete Walker from Washington got into the tuna that first day they showed up!

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Long story short…Dorado everywhere!

Although we nervously watched the approach of Hurricane Orlene, it veered off and went inland hundreds of miles to the south leaving us with excellent conditions all week and solid fishing with voracious dorado biting all week. Both our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet and Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet hit the mahi every day with easy limits most days and limits hit early that most of our anglers released more fish than they kept.

It seemed there were more but smaller 5-15 pound fish with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet scattered from San Juan de la Costa to Espiritu Santo Island to the channel between the islands. It can be a pick-pick all day to fill the fish box or BAM…hit the spot and it’s madness for an hour or pandemonium with fish everywhere like a trout pond hitting anything that hits the water.

That included sardines, strips of bonito, jigs and feathers and casting iron.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, fewer, but bigger fish. Good amount of school-sized fish, but larger 25-50 pound bulls were also evident with some of the best big mahi fishing of the year. Many of our anglers caught their largest fish ever.

As well, we had a nice bite of marlin and sailfish with the bills often swimming and feeding in the middle of the dorado schools or, in some cases, feeding on the smaller dorado and bonito. Several “small” blue marlin in the 100-200 pound class were hooked and lost, but several striped marlin and sails were hooked, landed and released. There were a few long long battles on light tackle!

The big surprise was the show of tuna with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet. Fish up to 30 pounds hit baits for the first time all year! No idea if they’ll stick around, but it was alot of fun or a year when the tuna have been scarce.  Mostly, it was an early quick bite south of Bahia Muertos.  The fish would stick around until all the traffic showed but, but it has been a nice grade of fish.

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
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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept 18-27, 2022

DORADO KEEP CRUSHING IT

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 18-27, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Our amigo, Tim Larson, has been visiting us for years, but this past week landed his personal best largest dorado. Great shot and a pretty bull mahi!

Captain Alfredo gives Steve Ritz a hand with this big-headed bull. Steve has been with us for years and usually makes two trips a year. He tangled with this dorado on light tackle and fought it for over an hour! Steve is 86-years-young!

First day meat day! Brian Rubino and Mike Martins stacked the dorado on their first day of fishing big time!

Love this photo and this lady! Lisa Hicks from Washington has big smiles with her favorite Captain Victor out’ve Bahia Muertos. We’ve know Lisa for almost 20 years of visits to Tailhunter.

Oh yea! Josh Robert was just here about a month ago from Nashville. He had so much fun he came back and had his way with several big bull dorado like this one.

Two of our long-time favorite characters. Jess Franco from Prescott AZ and Mac Treasure from Reno NV. Both retired fire captains.

Oh my! No, Josh did not catch this. He’s just helping with the photo. Actually, Julia his wife, caught this beast on 30-pound test and battled it for over an hour. She refused to give up the rod even tho’ she said her hands were cramping and her arms were shaking! Well-done!

Captain Victor with Tim Larson and Paul Jordan with a good start to 3 days of fishing.

Vonnie McGonigal is the owner of the famous Vonnie’s Fishing Fleet in Sitka, Alaska. At the end of the season, she treats her crew and lodge workers to a big trip and this year brought them down to see us! Sandy Cromley works in the fish packing area of their lodge and the two ladies cranked out some fun dorado fishing!

Dan and Sammy Hicks! Sammy is 12 now and Dan has been fishing with us even before Sammy was born. Great fun family from Washington and one of our favorites. Lots of meat on the table!

It’s been a few years, but Patricia and Phil Andreason came to visit us after several postponed efforts because of Covid. They made up for lost time with Captain Armando.

The start of 3 days fishing for Grant and Julie Nakagawa who are always fun every year. They’ve already given dates for next year with their favorite Captain Armando.

Love this shot! Gerry Hermosillo from L.A. is feeling pretty powerful after his day of fishing! LOL

Two of our newest Tailhunter Tribe amigos…Bruce and Tanner Robert came down to celebrate Tanner becoming a dentist. Check out the size of Tanner’s bull! Whoa!!!

Captain Jorge with another of our new amigos! Terry Suminski came to visit from Sitka Alaska for some warm-water style fishing.

Our Utah amigos, Bick Lessor has been with us before, but brought first-timer Scott Bowes to come fish with Captain Gerardo. I have no idea how that little pompano ended up getting caught with this good mess o’ dorado!

Two more of our great retired firefighters, Jimmy Andrews and Gary Bowie with Captain Armando got a cleaning table full of dorado.

Fishing with their favorite Captain Pancho, Marlene and Taky Kikuchi hooked up on a good batch of dorado plus a tasty barred pargo.

Josh…with another big bull in the fish box! He had a banner trip on the dorado.

Jon Eide has been fishing with us for years from Minnesota, but never ever got a roosterfish until this past week! It’s even more remarkable since this is not usually roosterfish season! Jon released the fish post photo!

Jeff Sakuda has been with us about 20 years and loves fishing with Captain Jorge! Jeff is from Cypress CA and a retired pilot for United and comes down twice-a-year.

Captain Alfredo approves of Wade White’s dorado he caught just outside of La Paz Bay.

Lee Hazelquist with his first sailfish! The fish ate a live sardine and Lee battled it on light tackle. The fish could not be released.

Rapid City, S. Dakota is a long way from the ocean, but it was fun to have Dick and Lucy Mahlendorf come visit us for the first time. They sure took home alot of dorado fillets to share with neighbors!

Two of the best! On their 2nd visit this year, Steve Ritz and Larry Chastain. The got into a swarm of dorado by the looks of it with their favorite Captain Gerardo.

Two more of our newest Tailhunter amigos who were out with Captain Jorge, Vicky and Mark Sherwood from Washington had a good day on the dorado schools.

Pretty photo and great colors! Juli has another dorado!

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We had a little “tickle” of a storm that was supposed to pass through that had us all watching nervously as it bounced outside to the Pacific and didn’t affect us as we had feared like other storms these past few weeks.

But, other than that and a few cloudy days,  it was a wonderfully boring week for weather finally with just super conditions and it left us with some terrifically solid fishing.  In fact, it was one of the better fishing weeks of the season.

Not much variety to speak of, but that’s because the dorado were so numerous and voracious!  They weren’t giving any other species a chance, but no one was complaining.  Some boats were done by 9 or 10 a.m. with full limits of mahi and had released even more fish than they had caught.

The fish were generally legit 10-20 pound fish with some in to the 30 and 40 pound class.  Many anglers laughingly complained that they had dorado all around them feeding “like a fish pond” and would see some big dorado on the perimeter, but the “smaller” fish were so aggressive that the big ones never had time to grab a bait.

Still, everyone had fun.  Everyone who wanted dorado or had never caught a dorado got into fish!

We also have some decent billfish hook-ups on sailfish and marlin as well, this week with about 80% of the fis lost or released.  One big blue marlin actually snapped the rod in half!

Other species included cabrilla, rainbow runners, triggerfish, snapper and lots of tough bonito!

BOOKING FOR 2023 STARTING TO FILL UP!

Just a heads-up that we’re already starting to fill up early for our 2023 fishing season! We’re getting reservations daily and we don’t want to miss you!

In order to accommodate growing tastes we’ve broadened our hotel offerings once again.  Lots of different choices depending on where to stay…

OUR OLD FAVORITE LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT – ON THE BEACH ROOMS

HOTEL GAVIOTAS – WATERFRONT BAY VIEW CONDOS ON THE MALECON

HOTEL MORO – OLD STYLE MEXICAN OASIS ON THE MALECON

CASA AL MAR – BOUTIQUE CONDOS ON THE MALECON WATERFRONT

MARINE WATERFRONT HOTEL (Formerly Hotel Marina) – Modern Vacationing

COSTA BAJA RESORT COMPLEX- 5 STAR LUXURY ROOMS VILLAS CONDOS

RANCHO COSTA – BAHIA MUERTOS REMOTE LUXURY

Get in touch with us and we’ll customize a fishing package just for you!  If you’re already part of the Tailhunter nation and you want specific rooms or your favorite captain, don’t wait.  We’re booking fast!

The best fishing is May to October!

Write me directly:  tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

We’ll look forward to seeing you in 2023!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2022

DORADO ROAR AFTER STORM AND FULL

MOON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Dan McKinley from Washington was with us last week with his family. He was having so much fun, he stayed to fish an extra two days, but sent the rest of the family home, including son, Ryan. Nice dorado too!

Larry Barnard with his favorite Captain Victor has fished with us many years, but this was his “personal best” dorado. He foul-hooked it on the side which made the battle triple-tough, but he got the big bull to gaff!

Captain Jorge poses with Andy LeVeque from Washington and his Tecate to finish off a good first day on the water at Bahia Muertos.

Clark Torres, Mike and Melissa LeVeque with some big-boy legit bull dorado. Check out all that meat! They had 3 solid days of fishing and brought the family of 10 to visit us for the week.

John Waters and Erin Martin started their week off with a nice box of dorado!

This is the way to start the morning with a brilliant sunrise and a big wahoo that bit John Vondrak’s “banana red” Rapala with Captain Gerardo. It was the first of 2 wahoo this day. (scroll down for the 2nd photo)

From Montana, Lee and Renee Leveque with Captain Victor and a nice day of dorado and a striped marlin. It could not be released and meat was donated.

Kim Spicer is telling husband Brian that she caught more dorado than he did! Fun couple visiting us for the first time and they did well over 3 days fishing.

Jess Keller fortunately was able to get in only one day fishing after the storms because the other days got cancelled, but he did well with nice rack of dorado headed for the freezers.

Ted Tamborski with Captain Edgar was another victim of Hurricane Kay that got several days fishing cancelled, but was able to get out 3 days and hung this sailfish north of La Paz.

Yea…tackle busting big bonito kept rod bent and folk smiling. Darrel had a kick on his light tackle rigs.

This isn’t roosterfish season, but there are some little fellas still hanging out here and there. Wes Miles put this on on the boat off Punta Perico for a quick photo and release.

Dan and Lisa Hicks from Washington with their son Sammy have been fishing with us almost 20 year, even before Sammy came along. Always good to have them visit. They started their week with some great mahi action.

Gary Piekaar and Chris Biggs came down for a quick 2-day trip and went home with some good dorado meat. It was their first time with us at Tailhunter.

Konrad “Mad Hatter” Knoeferl has had to keep postponing his trip for several seasons, but it was good to finally get him down with Pal Chris Lucas posing with some of their dorado they caught fishing out’ve La Paz Bay.

Dan, Ryan and Wes…nice day of dorado, guys! All from Washington visiting us for the week.

Mike Guest from Arizon has fished with us many times over the years and told me he was coming down for a wahoo even though I told him there weren’t many wahoo around this year. I’m glad he proved me wrong!

Captain Jorge gives Brian Spicer the “thumbs-up” after catching this rooster just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Don McKinley is a former missionary and 93-year-young and still going strong! Grandson Ryan helps with the photo, but 3 days of fishing and Don didn’t need any help reeling fish! Great to have him visit us .

John’s 2nd wahoo of the day on his funky yellow Rapala with Captain Gerardo. This one’s a fatter ‘hoo!

Double D!  Darrel and Don from Washington.  Some huge bulls on the table there in front to them.

 

Captain Armando having some fun with amigos, John Eide from Minnesota and Joe Vondrak on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

First-timer Lori Worthington from Oregon sadly lost 2 days fishing to the storms, but got in one day with Captain Gerardo and made the best of things with a fun dorado day.

Captain Gerardo with Andrew Harrison and John Vondrak. Quite a variety…dorado…wahoo…rainbow runner…pompano and snapper!

Andrew with the big smile for another dorado.

Carrie “Sparkle” McKinley is just a joy to have visit us from Washington. She can fish too!

John Eide with another fish for the box.

Beautiful morning shot of Kim Spicer with Captain Jorge just outside of La Ventana across from Cerralvo Island

I have no idea who’d behind the fish, but I do know that Captain Ramiro got him a huge bull dorado.

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After stormy weather, you just never know what the fishing is going to be like.   We had a tropical storm…followed by a 3 days hurricane…followed by a full moon last week.  It was a triple whammy-punch-in-the-nose kinda week with lots of cancelled fishing trips and disappointed anglers.

After a storm it could take days for the water to clear and settle down.   You just never know and after all the run-off from the rain, I figured it was gonna take awhile.  A full moon was not going to do us any favors either!

But, right off the bat it seemed the fish were as eager to eat as we were anxious to go fishing and catch them.  It just seemed to get better the further we got away from the stormy days.  At times, it seemed like there were so many dorado in the water it was like hand-feeding fish in a pond.  Turn up the sound and check out this video and look at all the dorado in the water!

There were some days where the boats were done by 9 or 10 a.m. and the anglers were tired and headed back to shore with full fish boxes!

It didn’t happen every day and it wasn’t like this for every boat, but overall, it’s been the best dorado fishing in several weeks.  Our Tailhunter La Paz fleet seemed to catch more fish, but they were smaller.  Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet got fewer fish but they were definitely larger models.

The nice surprise were the wahoo that finally started biting.  We picked up a few between Cerralvo Island and Bahia Muertos boating some nice 20-40 pounders and losing others.   We haven’t hooked many wahoo this season so it was a nice bonus.

In addition to the wahoo, also hooked some marlin and sailfish and the catch was rounded out with some big bonito, pompano , trevally, cabrilla, snapper, pargo and even a few out-of-season roosterfish!  All-in-all a pretty solid fishing week

Parting shot. Pelicans can be a pain in the B stealing your bait all the time, but Andrew seems to have made a new bestie!

TAILHUNTER ADDS MORE HOTELS TO OUR ROSTER

Many of you have stayed with us for decades at our beach favorite, La Concha Beach Resort or had us set you up at Costa Baja Resort/ Marina  or Casa al Mar on the Malecon.  We love all those spots!

However, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added several new locations in order to give our anglers more choices and more variety.  Over the new few weeks, we’ll show you some of our new additions.

This week, we wanted to show off a real gem and a hidden special spot for us…Gaviotas Beach Resort.  It’s right on the Malecon so you can walk to everything.  These are 2 BR/ 2 Bath condos so you get lots of space and a full kitchen, not to mention spectacular views of the bay and waterfront from your huge waterfront patio.  Spa services available as well!

GAVIOTAS BEACH RESORT

Unmatched view of the La Paz Bay.

The beach is steps away.  There’s a great seafood restaurant next door and a baby Starbuck gourmet coffee shop on the other side. Our Tailhunter Restaurant is a stone’s throw away as well.  There’s a sundeck. Barbecue.  Netflix and Wi-fi.  And washer/dryer on the premises plus bicycles!  For fishing or other activities, we’ll pick you up right out front.

If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll put together a complete package for you.  jonathan@tailhunter.com

Two huge master bedrooms

Cool off in the pool or grab some rays on the upper sundeck

Full living room with wifi and Netflix overlooking the water.

Lots of space to relax!

Wake up to this every morning!

Happy hour in the pool!

 

Full-sized kitchen and frig!

S. CAL FRED HALL SHOWS ARE BACK!

In case you hadn’t heard, after a two year hiatus, the Hall Shows are back after a 76-year-run. The dates will be a little different than in the past with the San Diego/ Del Mar Show being the first and Long Beach is now the 2nd show.  Jill and I will be there along with all your favorites!  Make your plans!

 

Turn up the sound and click the lower right “square” square to watch full-screen.

 

That’s our story!  Have a great week!

Jonathan

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: 
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 18-24, 2022

AFTERNOON STORMS DON’T STOP DORADO

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 18-24, 2022

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our long-time amigo from Camarillo CA has another big-head bull dorado to put in the box. Note the clouds, but flat seas.

Big smile…Raleigh Inglis fishing off Espirito Santo Island with some mahi fillets for dinner.

Idaho John Stevenson fishing just off La Ventana got an early morning dorado to put in the box.

I’m always teasing Roger that he doesn’t smile enough when he’s fishing! With Captain Rogelio in La Paz Bay.

Jeff Inglis with a fresh mahi coming over the rail!

Shiloah and Pete Wilson had a good day on the water!

Shelton Donnell looks a big disheveled after battling a tough jack crevalle, but he’s been fishing with us for decades and he’s always up for the fight. His 2nd trip this year from Portland.

It was another decent week of fishing overall except for two things that made it different. Once again, dorado were the mainstay of the bite with fish running 5 to 15 pounds on the average and conditions being mostly hot and humid.

However, the week had a few bumps in terms of the weather. We did have a couple of those little baby tropical rainstorms blow through that really kicked it up. Not that we don’t need some rain, but when it rains down here, it really rains. Flooding is not unusual.

Often, these storms are not on the weather radar. With all the heat, they suddenly just build into a big weather conditions.

Usually, it’s sporadic and isolated. For example it can rain in one spot, but 200 yards away it’s dry. It can rain for 10 minutes solid or an hour solid, then the sun comes blazing out. If it happens while you’re on the water, you need to either come back in and hunker down for a bit and let it pass or, if possible, at least drive to a spot where it’s not raining.

We had one day, when one of these storms raced up and it was big enough to chase all the boats off the water. These things are to be expected this time of year. At least (so far), none of these has been a hurricane. Just alot of wind and rain.

The other thing that happened is that there was a noticeable downtick in the number of fishermen on the water and folks in town. This is the bit of slowdown during the season when many families and fishermen are ending summer vacations. Kids are going back to school. Parents have family things to attend to like football and other school or athletic-related activities. So, while fishing remains good, the crowds are diminishing.

Although dorado are the central focus because they are numerous, we also hooked a few striped marlin plus rounded out catches with bonito, jack crevalle, small roosterfish, cabrilla and snapper.

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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: 
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for the Week of June 25-July 1, 2022

FISHING STILL SCRATCHY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of June 25-July 1, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

First day biggest fish ever! Chris Graham from Louisiana hit his personal best fish on his first day out with this big roosterfish just off the Punta Arenas lighthouse. The fish was released.

Long-time Tailhunter amigo, Dave Conklin, was fishing deep just off the rocks near Punta Coyote when he stuck this nice yellowtail to add to his fish box.

She’s a regular poster-girl for Tailhunter ever year with the fish she catches . Alicia Clegg is always on the fish. Big bull dorado and she obviously could have used one more hand with that dorsal fin!

Young Kale Jenks from Washington had himself a banner week of fishing and got a hand from his dad, Justin, on this big sailfish he caught on a sardine off Bahia Muertos

It’s been awhile since Kevin Beehn from Lake Tahoe CA has visited us but he picked up right where he left off putting fish, like this big yellowtail onto the deck.

Funnest family! Kelly and Diego Jimenez from Loveland CO always come down this time of year and usually bring one of the grandkids. This time Neriah got the nod and a table full of fish including rainbow runners, a hawkfish and pompano.

Montana in the house! Andy Malone was with us for the first time this week and really wanted a roosterfish! Not a bad first try. Good catch and release with Captain Gerardo.

One of the nicest guys on his first trip with us. Justin Jenks from Washington sure went home with alot of fish including some nice yellowtail fillets!

Thumbs-up from Captain Jorge and Robbie Sickels, Jr. who put this big roosterfish aboard on his 27th birthday! The fish was released. Punta Perrico in the background.

A great fishing team every year. Captain Joel and Bennett Clegg know how to put fish on a rod like this yellowtail north of La Paz Bay.

Captain Pancho estimated this roosterfish to go 40 kilos…about 85 pounds and his biggest of the season. It was also the biggest fish ever for Andy Lauber as well! Andy was able to release the big gallo and is from New Orleans.

We sure don’t get many of these! Ken Smith from Idaho picked up a rare barracuda! I’ve seen schools of the while diving, but maybe only 2 or 3 caught on hook and line in my 30 years here.

Our own Ms. Michele! Big smile and a big yellowtail on the gaff for Michele Conklin who has visited us many times over the years from Spokane WA.

 

Not many dorado so far this year, but Bennett Clegg found a few one day including this nice bull.

Not a bad start for Kale Jenks. His first time to La Paz. His first day on the water. His first bait in the water! And this striped marlin picks it up! Captain Boli with the smiles and asssit!

Just another day in paradise for Alicia who never fails to put fish on the deck. She can fish! Nice yellowtail, Alicia!

The bonito are all over and voracious! Ask Kelly Jimenez! These bonito are actually the white bonito and very good eating. They are all over this season.

Louisiana in the house! Chris and Andy with two big yellowtail ready for the fillet table.

If Captain Jorge has his thumb in the air, it’s always a good sign. Rob Sickels, Sr. got his first catch-and-release rooster right up against the rocks of Punta Perrico.

Tough-fighting jack crevalle will pull you all over the panga! Ken Smith would probably agree!

It’s the lucky sunglasses. Dave with another yellowtail. Flat waters like a lake!

 

Well…we sure have alot more photos than last week!   It makes for a better looking fishing report, right?

But, remember, to be perfectly candid, it’s like watching the NFL highlights on a Sunday night.  You get to see all the touchdowns and the all-star moves!  You’re not seeing all the plays that got stuffed!

It’s been like that with fishing.  Mother Nature just won’t give us a break.  C’mon, Man!

Not only are we in a La Nina year when it’s obvious by now that waters are colder and cooler than normal along with the air temperatures…all affecting our fishing.  But, the weather gods threw another wrench at us this past week.

Tropical Storm Celia hit about 500 miles south of us.  It didn’t come any closer.  But, that didn’t stop it from sending strong winds and big waves up our way and really jacking up our south-facing fishing areas…like Las Arenas where we had to cancel fishing for 2 days and have everyone fish with our La Paz fleet.  Even after the storm conditions had passed, it’s been several days now, but waters there are still turned over, dirty , green and cold.  It’s difficult to get live bait as well because of the conditions.  Check out this video below and turn up the sound:

So, fishing with our Las Arenas fleet, which should be on fire under normal conditions, has been sticky and picky to say the least.  There are still some big roosterfish around between 10 and 80 pounds, but other than that, there’s just some inshore action on lots of bonito, rainbow runners, pompano, trevally, jack crevalle, pargo and bonito.

I think until the waters clean up, that’s the kind of fishing it’s going to be over on that side.  Our captains and clients are working really hard to find fish for sure!

For our La Paz Fleet, thankfully, the fishing closer to La Paz has rescued us much of the time.  The yellowtail bite continues strangely.  I say “strangely” because the yellowtail are a cold-water fish that are usually gone by April.

However, here it is in July and they are still around and have been biting strong.  Fish between 20 and 40 pounds are not uncommon.  Lots of these strong fish have been getting lost. They’re beasts and surprising alot of folks with their power.

We ARE starting to see more dorado so maybe that’s an indication that waters are warming (I hope!).  I don’t want to get too excited.  We should be thick into dorado by this time, but it just hasn’t happened.  However, we did catch more dorado this week than we have all season.  So, fingers crossed!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 10-17, 2022

GOOD DAYS…BAD DAYS…STRANGE DAYS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 11-17, 2022

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FISHING IN A NUTSHELL:

WEATHER:  Very erratic.  Chilly mornings one day.  Warm the next morning.  Daytimes usually hot and sunny. Sometimes very humid.  Some mornings very windy.  Other days, the afternoons and evenings are blustery.  Overall, for June much cooler than normal.

WATER:  Slowly very slowly seems to be clearing up, but largely still cooler and off-color than normal.  Green cold water still in many areas.  It doesn’t help that we keep getting winds that stir things up.   Sometimes it makes getting bait difficult.

FISHING:   Up-and-down to be honest.  Varies from day to day and boat-to-boat. Nothing consistent because of the changing weather and water.  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best, I’d say it’s a 2 at worst.  5 at best.

SPECIES:  Yellowtail, roosterfish, lots of white bonito, barred pargo, pargo liso, dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, triggerfish, jack crevalle, rainbow runner, trevally, pompano, some dorado.  Got our first sailfish finally and our 2nd marlin of the season.

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MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Chris Stark from Yucaipa CA rocked this big bull dorado. We should be thick with dorado right now, but conditions are much cooler than normal.

Gerald Damge and Jim Caskey pose with a nice pair of hefty yellowtail caught north of the city. Both guys are from the Denver area.

Daniel and dad, Jim, Bovee! OK…nice yellowtail with Daniel. But, check out Jim. That’s a halibut/ flounder! Just shows you how cold the waters are! In 30 years down here running our operation, I’ve never had an angler hook a flattie! It ate a whole mackerel. Maybe we should start running halibut charters! (Yes, I know it’s a flounder, but locals call these halibut!)

Love this shot! Alan Hed has his big rooster, but Mike Jennings happily photobombs the shot while fighting his own rooster! Both were released. Check out Mike’s big fish below. The guys are from Washington.

Jerry Rost with Captain Rogelio got this big bull while fishing in shallow water right up against the rocks! Crazy fishing. Jerry is from Idaho and, although you can’t see the whole fish, we taped it out at 54″ long!

I have never seen so many white bonito being caught as we have had in the last week. Alex Cardenas has quite a table spread of bonito with Captain Armando. These bonito are quite tasty.

First trip to visit us from Colorado, Phoebe Bleichrodt had just one day to fish and made it a good one! Great weather and several yellowtail in the fish box!

Shane Lindquist from the Logan area of Utah has been talking to me for years and we finally got him down where he got a variety of fish including a personal best dorado.  Good to have him be part of the Tailhunter Tribe finally!

I think Mike is sticking his tongue out here. Not sure if it’s meant for the photographer or because the roosterfish tuckered him out. Great shot and great fish. (released)

This is just a great photo! Grant Checa from Denver has a great story to tell when he gets home. Starting early!

Two more of our Utah amigos that got initiated into the Tailhunter Tribe this week. First timers Andy and son Brandon Nebeker pose with a big first-time roosterfish. The fish was released.

Here you go! Great shot. Long-time amigo, Rich Keogh, with Armando and a sizeable amberjack. Rich gave the fish to a very happy Armando.

First sailfish of the year! Captain Pancho with Tanya and Brandon McGarr from Rock Springs, WYO took this on the east side of Cerralvo Island. Not able to release the fish, much of the meat was donated. They were able to release a striped marlin.

Dave Johnson has fished with us before, but this time, he brought his wife Rachel who took to things very nicely and spent 3 days fishing. Our amigos are from Denver CO.

John Lowdermilk has visited us a number of times and said this past trip was the best fishing has has ever had. Big boy yellowtail on the gaff. John caught about a dozen different species.

Brandon McGarr took only our 2nd marlin of the season with Captain Pancho. Normally, this should be well into billfish, but conditions just aren’t right…yet! Brandon was able to release the fish.

There are lots of big toro (Jack crevalle) running around right now. They are a tough fish to have on the end of your line. “Toro” is the Spanish word for “bull.” Jeri Damge gets a hand from Captain Boli.

Big smiles and a good shot of Greg Saubolle and one of his yellowtail from a really good day on the water. I recall that the boat took 4 or 5 yellowtail that day.

Daniel Bovee always does pretty well. He found a nice amberjack hole and pulled these two sluggers out while trolling for wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island with Captain Pancho. Daniel lives in Costa Mesa CA.

Fun family with Captain Gerardo. Noha, Stephanie and Chris Stark got a few rare dorado plus I see more fish on the cutting table as well.

Two of our best goofy friends, Bob Duncan from Santa Barbra fish slaps everyone’s favorite guy Jorge Romero. They got 5 nice yellowtail on the day.

A good start! Utah in the house and first day catch for Shane Lindquist and Aaron Rudie with yellowtail meat for the box.

Jim Caskey has his first roosterfish for a quick photo and release! Jim came to visit us from Denver.

Flat seas and good fishing. Brett Bleichrodt only had one day to fish but had one of the better days with the yellowtail.

Personal best rooster for Alan Hed with big smiles and Cerralvo Island in the background. I think they hooked and released 4 that day.

This is a classic slugger yellowtail. Mike Jennings hammered this forkie on a live mackerel towards Espirito Santo Island.

Tanya McGarr gets a hand from Captain Pancho on her big rooster battled just off the beach near Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Captain Joel gives Andy a thumb’s up on his yellowtail. His first!

Oh wow! Robert and his brother Jerry Rost hoist a trio of bull dorado that make quite a surprising catch just off the rocks of Espirito Santo Island.

After fighting a fish, it can be quite a chore to lift it for the camera. Chris Stark gets some grins watching his son, Noah, try to pose for the camera.

Tiffany Floyd from Idaho is one of the funnest folks that ever visits us. Captain Joel helps with a big yellowtail caught actually inside La Paz Bay of the San Rafaelito lighthouse.

Jeff Floyd has one for the box amid a good yellowtail bite they found just outside of La Paz Bay.

Ryan Melnick was on his first trip to visit us and got his first yellowtail worth the big smile and a good photo!

I just don’t know what to make of this season except to say, nothing is predictable. Nothing is “normal.”

Looking at all the photos, it looks like wow!!! Fishing MUST be great!

Here is the general picture. It has been a very cold cold season. Waters are 5 to 10 degrees cooler/ colder than normal. That might not seem like much, but it makes all the difference in the world to fishing. Air temps are getting warmer, but the daytime temperatures can vary from 25-35 degrees during the day. Cool and cold in the mornings then blazing hot in the afternoon. Some days very windy and choppy. Some days calm .
Some waters are green and cold. Some water is blue and clear. And that is just on the surface!

Down below under the water, our divers are saying there’s a big thermocline 20-30 feet below the surface that is another 5 more more degrees colder.

Every day seems different. Every location is different. Two fishing boats can be in easy sight of each other and have such completely different experiences that you wonder if they were even in the same ocean.

On top of it all, we had a “SUPER MOON” this week to thrown another wrench in the mix. A super moon is not just a full moon (which can be problematic all by itself!). A super moon happens rarely but it means the moon is something like 50,000 miles closer to the earth . The means huge tide swings. It means stronger currents. It affects the whole fishing environment.

In fact, I want to be perfectly honest. We had 2 of the worst days fishing this week that I can ever remember. Even on “bad” days folks still catch fish. Maybe not as many or not the species they wanted. But, they still get some action .

There were two days this week when the ocean was like a desert! Some boats didn’t get a single bite. Not even from “junk fish.” Some boat got maybe one little fish. Our captains were frustrated. Our anglers were frustrated. Everyone working hard at it, but nature just didn’t want to give it up!

That’s just the way it is. Some really “off days.” Then a good day. We get excited. Then a so-so day. Then a good day. Then a bad day. The fishing is really sideways. One boat catches fish. The boat right next to it can’t even get a seagull interested.

We should be into our summertime bite right now with dorado, tuna, billfish and wahoo.

Instead, we’re still getting cold-water species. It’s not terrible fishing. It’s just strange fishing.

We’re having an incredible yellowtail season with fish up to 35 pounds or so. But normally, the yellowtail are done by April, maybe May. But, when they have been biting, it’s been great. But even the yellowtail take a day off or two.

 

There’s a few dorado here and there. We got only our 2nd marlin of the season. We got our first sailfish of the season. Thankfully, big roosterfish up to 60 pounds or more are still in the area and willing to bend the rods.

Other than that, lots and lots of white bonito, pargo, cabrilla, plus trevally, amberjack, rainbow runners, jack crevalle and (just to show you how cold it is) we even got a halibut. Well, a flounder, but the locals call any flat fish a “halibut.” But in 30 years down here, I’ve never seen anyone catch a halibut/ flounder. Usually, those are in very much cooler waters.

So, if you’re coming down, just be prepared for anything. Perhaps more cold water will continue. Or, suddenly things will click and everything will change!

UPDATE: Can’t catch a break. Even as I write this, we have to weather situations to the south of us. Hurricane Blas and Tropical Storm Celia are formed up way way way down the south of the Mexican Pacific Coast. They are NOT going to hit us, but nevertheless are sending up big waves and swells as well as strong winds. There’s a possibility of some afternoon rain.

The total effect is that it looks like for the next 2 days, the sun will be out, but the waters could be rough and for our Las Arenas fleet, my captains tell me there will be no live bait for fishing out’ve Las Arenas. So, we’ll probably have everyone fish with our La Paz fleet.

ON THE UPSIDE:  No more covid testing to return to the U.S. They finally got rid of it!

 

That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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