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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 18-25, 2022

YELLOWTAIL and ROOSTERS BITE IN MIXED

CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Our Oregon amigos, Jeff Killian and John Chung hung these 3 nice yellowtail using live caballitos of Espirito Santo Island.

 

Cheers from Patty Killian and Tracy Chung on their way back to La Paz from Espirito Santo Island with 7 big yellowtail on the deck!

Now THIS is a trophy cabrilla that Kahuku Oades caught right off the shoreline in front of Punta Perrico.

Mike Luna from Utah on his first visit to La Paz got our first big dog-tooth snapper (Pargo Perro) of the season.

Easy to see why they’re called dog-tooth snapper! Check out the choppers on this bad boy.

Randy “Doodles” Gumns had a banner day with a variety of fish including this bonito, snapper, cabrilla and others.

Brent Gumns had only one day to fish and squeezed in a day with Captain Gerardo and got these two cabrilla among others.

First time out and first day fishing, Mike Luna caught and released 3 roosterfish off Bahia Muertos.

We had some strange weather this week. Very windy mornings then calm afternoons. Calm mornings that turned into windy afternoons. Warm water current. Cold water currents. We even had a rare day of thick fog that made it look like something out’ve fishing the Oregon or Washington Coastal areas!

Except for the fog, of which I’ve only seen a handful of times in 30 years here in La Paz, the rest is pretty typical of this transition time between our cold water and warm water seasons. The weather (and fishing) can be erratic an unpredictable. One hot spot one day becomes ice cold the next day for fishing. One species of fish that is foaming one day can completely disappear and a different species pops up somewhere else.

It does, however, make for some fun fishing with some crazy variety.

A week ago, I was predicting that the yellowtail and cooler water fish were diminishing and moving off. Yellowtail counts were down and so were other cooler water species like the sierra and snapper. We were seeing more of the warmer water species like dorado and billfish starting to show up.

Well, I guess I was wrong. The yellowtail bit strong again, especially north of La Paz toward the Espírito Santo Island area where waters remain cooler than further south around Cerralvo Island. The fish were a healthy 15-25 pounds and willing to take live sardines, caballito and jigs. Lots of bigger fish are getting lost to the rocks, inexperience and simply being tough fish!

Further south for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, not so much in terms of yellowtail. The waters were windier, rougher and more of the fishing was confined closer to shore. As mentioned above, one day it was not only cold, but so foggy, it was impossible to even see Cerralvo Island across the channel and the bait guys couldn’t find the bait spots. So, anglers had to use lures and jigs for the day.

But, the good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!

Along the rocks, some big cabrilla getting taken along with snapper, pargo, sierra, jack crevalle and lots of common and white bonito.

THANK YOU BRETT!

For almost  15 years, the Tequila Bandito has wandered the tables of our Tailhunter Restaurant as a purveyor of fun and conduit to free tequila shots to our guests.  His famous bandoleros were shadows of their former glory and the leather was literally disintegrating daily and was due to be retired.  If only that belt could talk and tell stories!

New ones are impossible to find.  The guy down in Baja is no longer in business.  Can’t find any makers on the internet or in the states.

The newly- retired bandoleros. So disintegrated the shot glass holders were splitting and able to hold only a handful of “shot bullets.”  Had to duct tape the belts to keep them on.

Thank you Brett Bleichrodt who recently gifted the Bandito a brand new hand-made set of shiny bandoleros!  Brett is a leather-goods artisan from Colorado who has fished with us for several years and makes some dandy leather items.  The bandolero is his first, but probably not his last. If anyone wants a set, I can put you in touch with our amigo!  Muchas gracias, Brett!

Armed and ready! The new set and enjoying with Rita Luna from Utah!

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/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

NICE JAGS OF YELLOWTAIL

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great shot that sort of captures the whole thing. It’s like a travel poster shot…Mariah Vitolo in the warm sands and blue waters and a nice looking yellowtail. Mariah was staying at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

Captain Blas with his dad Captain Alfredo found a nice school of yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island on one of the nice calm days this past week.

OH yea! Another ‘tail in the box. There’s were some nice spots of yellowtail around Espirito Santo Island and the north and south ends of Cerralvo.

Whitney Jones only had one day to squeeze in for fishing with her husband and caught a couple of bonito and a sierra that they had us cook up at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant.

A big slug toad yellowtail for Dr. Sergio caught on a Rapala.

Although winter winds still persisted, things appear to be slowly improving as spring approaches and there were some nice highlights to the week with waters warming and a handful of really nice fishing days.

There still aren’t that many folks fishing yet, but we did have a few out and fishing ranged to so-so to very good. It really all depended on conditions. The windier the days, the slower the fishing.

On the windier days, boats were restricted to fishing closer to shore or having to do more trolling than we normally like to do because of the lack of live bait which is difficult to get if it’s too rough or there aren’t many fishermen. The bait guys simple don’t go out.

The inshore bite consisted of mostly some scratchy cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jacks and sierra. We did have a few boats try for wahoo unsuccessfully. A handful of dorado were also picked up which is very indicative of the warming trend in the waters as we head into spring.

The highlights for the week were the nice grade of yellowtail. Again, dictated by wind and water conditions. On the calmer days, our boats got 1-5 really tough-fighting yellowtail each ranging from 20-30 pounds. Larger ones were lost to the rocks.

A good day on the fishing grounds this past week!

The fish fell for a variety of bait including sardines and mackerel as well as jigging with knife jigs and deeper running Rapalas and Yo-Zuris in darker or mackerel colors. The fish were found generally over structure like deeper rocks and reefs around both Cerralvo and Espírito Santo Island as well as Punta Perico and Punta Gorda fairly close to shore.

Darker mackerel-patterned deeper running lip-baits like this Rapala XRap 20 have been effective on the yellows.

Knife jig for straight drops.

Tried-and-true candy bar style yo-yo iron. This is a Tady 4/0. This zucchini color is good as are blue/white and all chrome.

BAHIA MAGDALENA

They mangroves of Bahia Magdalena! Miles and miles of inlets and changing currents and shoals!

Carolyn Cain had a nice day on the light tackle with a bunch of grouper taken in the shallows as well as a mess of corvina as well. I see a halibut in there as well!  They donated all the fish to the local families.

The Lopez Mateos mangroves holding some incredible fish and wildlife.

Not a bad start for Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh for the Salt Lake City area with a load of corvina, grouper and spotted bay bass.

IT’S A WRAP!

After 3 months on the road, Jill and I are finally coming home.

As you’re reading this, we’re closing it up at our last show here in Colorado at the Denver Convention Center.

We’ve been through more than a dozen states and want to thank everyone for all the hospitality in all our show cities of Reno, Sacramento,  Puyallup (Seattle), Salt Lake City, Portland, Redmond, Spokane and now here in Denver.  Plus all the dozens upon dozens of little cities, towns and cross-roads in between criss-crossing the western U.S.  Hey folks…it’s still a great country with great people!  The best!

Thanks to all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us these past months at all the shows and are coming to see us this year in La Paz!

It’s been great.  It’s been liberating to be out again and see so many of you out again.  We’re blessed as we watch everyone trying to climb and claw out of the calamity of the last 2 years.

But for now, I think we’re done with late night Denny’s meals, microwave burritos and hotel oatmeal breakfasts.  Middle-of-the-night laundry.  Tired backs, legs and hoarse voices from 10 hour days in the booth 4 and 5 days per week.  Waking up in hotel rooms and not sure what city we are in!  Snow…ice…rain…wind…

…and 10,000 miles of driving while gas prices rose over 5 bucks a gallon.

Jilly the road warrior driving through the snow and ice!

Microwave burritos from countless truck stops along the way.  Oh…3 months on the road and 10,000 miles of driving watching gas prices shoot over 5 bucks a gallon!

Me and my girl in the booth!

So….

We’re headed home to La Paz! Ready to put our toes in the sand!  Let’s get this season rolling and get cranked up for SHOWTIME in LA PAZ!   We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

When it’s as calm as this in Muertos Bay, the winds are down and the fish go turbo. Or you can just park it on the beach and throw your cell phone as far as you can. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 7-14, 2022

WINDS FINALLY SLACK FOR A FEW DAYS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week Feb. 7-14, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, gives a gaff-assist to Reagan Kobach from Kansas. Crazy dorado in February!

This is a first! In almost 30 years and thousands of fishing clients in the area, I’ve never seen anyone catch a barracuda. I’ve seen small schools during scuba diving, but this is really unusual. In fact, it looks very much like an Atlantic barracuda with it’s big head and jaw rather than the typical skinny Pacific barracuda. Kris Korbach with the smiling pose!

These fish might look small, but they are powerful fun action fish! Kris and Lily hit a bunch of these white bonito which are not only fun, but great tasting!

GW in the house! Actually, Gary Wagner in HIS house as the owner there of Rancho Costa Resort with a big sierra. Knowing Gary this ended up as bowls of ceviche for dinner!

I had a feeling this would happen. After so many crazy day and weeks of wind with so very few windows of opportunity to fish, the wind actually took it’s foot off the pedal for more than a day. The waters settled down. The ocean flattened out.

And sure enough we had some fish bite!

Once again, we had some nice slugger yellowtail in the count up to about 25 pounds feeding off the high spots south of Cerralvo Island and then north around La Reina and La Reynita. Some larger fish…maybe even big amberjack might have been hooked in the same area as the anglers said, they were getting hit by something much much larger down there more powerful than the yellowtail.

WHAAAAAT?  DORADO IN FEBRUARY? 

Additionally some dorado crept into the counts as well which is indicative of either some warm patches of surface water or else a sign that our waters are warming early this year. The fish averaged about 10 pounds. Not too big, but lots of fun and good eating. Surely, no one was complaining about the surprise biters on the chew. Dorado in winter? Usually, we don’t see dorado until late April!

On top of that, the usual inshore fish of sierra, pargo, lots of Pacific and white bonito as well as snapper and cabrilla were in the counts.

Again, not really that many folks on the water and this coming week looks like the wind are going to come stomping back at 10-18 knots per hour, but good to know there’s some fish out there.

WHALES ARE BACK!

Our whale-watching trips to Lopez Mateos on the Pacific side are in full-swing right now as the vanguard of the annual migration of grey whales have arrived in the shallow warm waters of Bahia Magdalena where they’ll mate and birth for the next 2 months or so. It’s a great opportunity to get close to these fantastic gentle animals.

The whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

HERE WE COME PORTLAND!

We just wrapped up the biggest show of the 2022 road season this week in Salt Lake City at the Western Hunt and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.  By far, the craziest and most hectically fun show so far!  Jill and I were 10 hours straight for 4 days talking non-stop in our booth.  We ran out’ve flyers and brochures as the aisles were packed shoulder-to-shoulder with folk coming to check out the more than 700 exhibitors from around the world.

 

Shout out and thank you to everyone who came by to say hi and we’re looking forward to seeing you in La Paz this year!

We got so many bookings and reservations for this year to come fish that each night, Jill and I were up another 3-4 hours logging all the reservations back in our hotel room!  Dates are filling up and now we’re headed to another huge show in Portland!

We banzai drive from Salt Lake City back to the Pacific Coast!  We’re probably on the road by the time you read this!

The Pacific Northwest Sportsmans Expo runs Wednesday to Sunday (Feb. 16-20) and is held at the Portland Expo Center at the north end of the city by the river.  We’ll be in the booth all 5 days and looking forward to seeing you.

There are hundreds of booths and exhibits each year with seminars, displays, lots of gear to check out and buy and exhibitors from all over the world for hunting, fishing, camping, RV’s, boating and so much more!

Here’s more info:

https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/

Dates are filling really fast and Mexico has dropped all covid restrictions as of last week!  Mexico has become the #1 international travel destination!  Don’t wait.  We have 4 more shows coming up, but our fishing calendar is filling. Get in touch with us!  ( Write me directly jonathan@tailhunter.com )

 

That’s our 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 Nov. 11-17, 2021

BETTER THAN EXPECTED

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 11-17, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Randy Shue brought his group from Montclair for two days of fishing and did pretty well on a variety of fish but surprisingly well on the dorado this late in the season.

Go figure. I guess there’s still some billfish around. Haven’t seen any in a few weekd, but Christian Espinoza was with Captain Pancho and hooked this striper.

It’s been more than a decade since John Jordan fished with us (left) but had a terrific day with the dorado and pal Milo Crowley.

…and yes a wahoo the same day for Christian! A fat one!  One of the rare ones this year.

Nick Jordan on his first time on the ocean and first time in La Paz came down with our long-time amigo…and his dad…Richard and got into some nice dorado!

And a dorado too! Almost as colorful as his shorts.

Dorado up-close-and-personal. A bunch of it ended up on the table at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant for dinner.

More dorado and this time some great – eating cabrilla (seabass)

Contrary to what I’ve been saying the last week or two, maybe the warm-water season isn’t quite over yet! The strong cold northern winds that had started to plague us for several weeks making for rough waters and difficult fishing, gave us a reprieve for a few days and made for some decent fishing and catching!

It was still a bit breezy, but while fishing wasn’t spectacular, it was a whole lot better than we expected or what I had predicted. Surprisingly good numbers of 10-15 pound dorado were willing to bite and apparently have not yet left the area. Live bait was the best bet and having the weather calm-down allowed the bait guys to get sardines. Most boats got 2-5 dorado each with other fish lost.

Additionally, there were even a few marlin, wahoo and the occasional tuna around. These are all fish I would have told you two weeks ago, have left the area. Especially tuna which never really even showed up this year.

In addition to the aforementioned species, the inshore areas continued to be productive for snapper, pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish, several species of bonito and jack crevalle as well as amberjack and palometas. It made for some good action. Overall, just a nice week to have been on the water.  Some boats did better than others, but usually it could change the next day depending on conditions.

WHALESHARK SEASON FINALLY OPENED

 

After almost 6 weeks of waiting, authorities finally opened up the whaleshark season.  Normally, the season run October 1 thought the end of April, but Covid restrictions curtailed the season the last 2 years.  The gentle animals have been there in the shallow waters of the bay.  It’s just that it was prohibited to swim with them.

As it is, captains of watercraft taking folks out to the animals, must have special permits and attend special classes in order to obtain those permits.  Guide services and captains have been chomping at the bit to get folks in the water.  Understandably, it’s a popular activity and folks come from all over the world to have the opportunity to participate.

This past week, there were anywhere from 5 to over a dozen of these “baby” whalesharks up to about 15′ long.  The problem, at times is that too many folks want to get in the water with too few animals.  Only 5 persons are allowed in the water per whaleshark so as not to intrude too much on the animals while they feed on plankton.

Therefore, swimmers often have to wait for time slots in order to get in the water which sometimes can take several hours.  Plus, there’s no tellng how many animals will be present on any given day or how long they will stay around or show up.  So, there’s no guarantees.

Still, it’s quite an experience to get in the water with these gentle babies.  Their parents can grow to over 50′ long!  Hopefully the season wil remain open as usual.

 

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 Nov. 3-10, 2021

MORE WINDS and FEWER ANGLERS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 3-7, 2021

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

When you only have one day to fish and you do pretty well…John Fergione with dad (John) and son (John)! Doardo and others posing on the beach at Muertos!

Great shot of first-timer Hysby Rodriguez from Glendale CA with a smiling Captain Arcangel and another of her dorado for the fish box.

 

Taky and Marlene Kikuchi had a few nice days on the water before the winds came up.

Not much to crow about lately. Things can be summed up pretty easily.

Winds are up. Waves are bigger. Air temps cooling. Fishermen are down and snowbirds increasing.

That’s kind of it in a nutshell. Not many folks fishing or even on the water this past week as winter winds grow stronger from the north and cool things down. It’s still nice to be out on the beach or hang at the pool with lots of sunshine, exactly what the snowbirds are here for. The thermometer is pretty long with daytime temps in the mid to high 80’s and night time temps drop to a cool (for us) 63 degrees. However, other than that, it hasn’t been a great time to be fishing.

There are still some nice days to be out.  You just have to pick your spots.

The few fishermen we’ve had out found the catch to be erratic at best. Some boats dinked around for a scratch of dorado or rockfish at best. Others hit a few spots and did better with a variety of mostly inshore species like pargo, pompano, palometa, sierra, cabrilla and roosterfish. If lucky, maybe even few holdover dorado. It’s quite a mixed bag as we transition to cooler-water fishing.

Alot, of course, depends on the live bait situation. If the winds are waves are big, then it’s hard for the bait guys to get into the shallows to get live bait. Also, with the diminished number of anglers, economically, it makes no sense for the bait guys to go out at night or the mornings when they know there won’t be any or many fishermen to buy bait come sun up.

LATE BREAK NEWS…

Just as I was posting this up, some tuna have shown up of Punta Perrico.  Not many, but a small jag of them!

BUSY TOWN FOR BAJA 1000

After a hiatus, the Baja 1000 is back and will concluded in La Paz this year.  The dates are Nov. 15-20th and town is already filling up with teams and cars.  Honest.  If you didn’t get a hotel rooms months ago, you could easily be sleeping on the beach or in your rental car!

The internationally famous race starts up in Ensenada cars will roll through some of the most challenging terrain on the planet.  Hopefully, in one piece in La Paz.  Lots of cars don’t make it!  Just finishing is a challenge.

Folks will line the dirt course throughout La Paz and town will be full with lots of parties and roaring cars.  Good to have them back!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

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/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 9-16, 2021

DORADO CHEW AS WEATHER CHANGES

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another one for Tanner headed into the fish box!

Most of the week, it was pretty good fishing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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 26 – Nov. 1, 2020

NORTHERN WINDS START UP BUT FISH BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos for Week of Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Yup…those are yellowfin tuna! Only the 2nd batch of tuna we have seen all season in a STRANGE year! Leif Dover from Atlanta GA and Mark Bronge from Los Angeles CA went south almost to the northern east cape to find the fish as well as a nice dorado and a big triggerfish. The next day, winds came up and they weren’t able to get to the spot again.

Surprising to still find roosterfish this late in the season, but Mark caught and released his first rooster just off Punta Perrico.

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, from Colorado loves to fish the twilight bite when staying at his Rancho Costa Resort in Muertos and shows off a tasty barred pargo.

Captain Alfredo helps Alla Cazier from Arizona on her first trip to La Paz and found some nice dorado north of La Paz.

Oh yea, this is the right kind! Leif has a big dog-tooth snapper on the gaff caught the last of 6 days on the water with us.

 

If you find the right spot, the dorado can go nuts! First day success for Leif and Mark with some good-looking mahi on the cutting table.

Well…we can definitely tell the seasons are changing. The air temps are getting cooler with the highs this last week a really comfortable 85 on the average and really pleasant evenings.

However, with the change in temperature, we’re also getting more winds, especially the north winds that blow from about November to April that can make fishing a little bumpy and choppy. It can also hinder our ability to get to certain fishing holes and even to get to the places where we get live bait.

That’s what happened this past week. We had 2-3 days of pretty good windy conditions and whitewater on the ocean. For better-or-worse, not too many folks fishing this week which will be typical as we get closer to the holidays. More snowbirds looking for sunshine coming to town than anglers. More walk-in anglers to our offices and folks just looking for one day of fishing out on the water.

All that being said, there was still some excellent fishing to be had. Some boats did better than others. Some area were much more productive than others.

Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet had the most variety.

We actually got into some tuna…finally…after almost an entire season with no tuna. The guys had to run really far, however. They went south almost to the north end of the East Cape. They made it one day, but then after that, it was too windy to get there on subsequent days.

Still, there were some legit 10-20 pound dorado, cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle, bonito, several types of pargo and we even got one big dog-tooth snapper as well pulled out’ve the rocks.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, several days, it was simply too windy. All whitecaps and rough water. However, there’s dorado right in the bay around where the big tanker ships are anchored off Punta Prieta only about 5 minutes from where we launch. There’s also sierra under those big boats.

Outside, seeing more marlin although we couldn’t get any of them to bite this week.

This coming week, it’s going to be breezy again, but not as bad as last week.

END OF YEAR SPECIALS TO LA PAZ

If you’ve got a bad case of “cabin fever” after a year like this, how about a quick getaway to come see us in La Paz?

We’ll customize whatever you want to do.  Trips as low as $899 per person (double occupancy).  Take a look at this sample:

  • 4 days in La Paz
  • 3 night water-facing room
  • 2 days panga fishing
  • Fishing includes: boat/ skipper/ tackle/ ice/ fish cleaning/ breakast/ lunch/ soft drinks and water/ shuttles to the boats/ all taxes
  • Based up availability

WHALE WATCHING SEASON COMING UP!

Don’t miss out on some “COASTAL DISTANCING!”

 

Our 2021 Whale Watching season is coming up soon.  Prime dates are mid-January to March and spots are filling fast!  We can set up daily trips from La Paz or multi-day trips to Lopez Mateos to get several days spent with these beautiful creatures!  A fantastic family experience in the calm waters or Bahia Magdalena.  Let us set you up with an entire package and maybe even get in some fishing too!  Get in touch with us directly:  tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter Sportfishing
8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA 91942

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

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 17-24, 2020

DORADO CHEW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 17-24, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Happy Trio! Jim Stahlman from Idaho on his 2nd trip with us this year; Jim Morelli from Oregon and Captain Jorge show off some of their dorado catch on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Mark Whisler with his first-ever billfish…actually our first sailfish of the year. Caught north of La Paz with Captain Luis. The fish could not be released and meat was donated. Mark is from the Carmel area of California on his first trip with us.

If I ever need a good photo with a big fish, it’s Roger Thompson who hooked one of the rare wahoo of the season. Fishing with his Captain Hugo.

New Tailhunter friends! First time visitors from Arizona with us, Frank and Jadwiga Francuzik had a nice week of dorado fishing. Here with Captain Adolfo and some nice bulls.

From Cambell CA, Rob “Leon Chilibean” Martinez holds up one of several roosterfish he caught and released out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Long time, Tailhunter amigos, we have watched Sean Rose coming here with his dad, Dave for many many years and always good to see them. The Rose’s are from Washington.

 

Brandon McGarr had a banner day on the roosterfish catching and releasing 3 big fish like this one! Brandon is from Rock Springs, Wyoming. (Thanks again for the jalapeno pickles, Tanya!)

If you look really carefully, you’ll see Greg Saubolle giving a thumbs-up with a big bandaged thumb! Nice catch of dorado and triggerfish for the day.

If you only have one day to fish together, this isn’t bad for Dan Millikan and Mari Benson who fished with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet and Captain Alfredo who put them into a school of dorado.

Our San Francisco amigos, Mich Nekota and Paul Nagata added more dorado to their fish box.

These guys are always goofing. Andrew Harrison and Jon Eide with Captain Gerardo.

Greg has some nice variety for the day including a few dorado, some triggerfish, snapper and cabrilla. All great eating!

 

It’s been a pretty good week of fish and weather down here. Everyone who wanted fish, caught fish! Everyone who wanted to bring home fish, brought home fish! Whoever wanted to jump in the ocean or play on the beach; dive or snorkel; dine at a La Paz restaurant was pretty much covered and went home with smiles!

I guess I could end the report. That says it all!

Air temps were in the low 90’s in the day and night temps were in the high 70’s. Both unseasonably cooler than normal, but made life much more pleasant than normal too with less humidity as well. We did have some afternoon thunderstorms pass through that were very tropical, but they blew through quickly and were generally after the fishermen were already back from being on the water.

The fishing was steady-to-good! Again, dorado were the main catch with fish scattered all over wherever the warmer water was located. It could be a pick day with a fish-or-two here and there and at the end of the day you had a good box of fish. Or, anglers could run into a nice school and it would be crazy pandemonium with fish slashing all over and quick limits.

Surprisingly, roosterfish up to about 50 or 60 pounds are still here as well. Most of the fish are around Las Arenas and all our fish were released. But normally, these fish are long gone for the most part. It could have something to do with the cooler temperatures.

Other species included the random (and rare) wahoo that must be hanging out with the tuna that still have not shown up. Plus, inshore species like pargo, cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jack crevalle, cabrilla and even “cold water” sierra.

We did get our first sailfish of the season.  Normally, by now we are usually smack in the middle of billfish season, but there have been very few all year.  Same with tuna.  Just haven’t been around this year…yet!

Honestly, with all the variables, this seems more like late June/ early July fishing.  Crazy year.

Surprisingly, some of those species like dorado are right here in La Paz Bay only a few hundred yards off the beach and within minutes of leaving the beach.

HUGE NEWS…DIRECT FLIGHTS STARTING TO LA PAZ!

For the first time in almost a decade air service will be coming directly from the U.S. to La Paz!  American Airlines has announced flights beginning this December through April.  Then again for the summer.  This is huge big news!

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2020/09/22/american-airlines-adds-flights-to-two-new-mexico-destinations-from-dfw/

 

For almost 10 years, we have had most of our folks having to fly to Cabo San Lucas then have us shuttle you all up 100 miles to La Paz and a 3-4 hour van ride!  Also, if you don’t have to drive that route and can fly directly, that’s a huge savings (more beer and fishing money available!)

 

At this time, flights are only from Dallas to La Paz.  However, American is huge and this hopefully, will mean that other airlines will follow-up or American will add routes from other U.S. cities.

 

BOOKING FOR 2021 – CHECK YOUR CALENDARS!

Dates for 2021 already filling!

 

With many folks having to cancel their trips in 2020 because of you-know-what…many have already given us new dates for 2021.  Many dates are already filling up.  So, give some thought to your calendar, especially if you want a certain date…hotel…or your favorite captain!

 

 

That’s our story!
Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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 Jan. 7-14, 2018

Our Captain Adolfo was out just outside of Muertos. Dropped a mackerel and caught the nice little yellowtail. So, he then put down a Rapala and immediately got whacked by the wahoo right up close to the rocks!

Bonus for Paul Melewski from Colorado staying in Muertos Bay at Rancho Costa. Goes out for snapper over the rocks and pops a pair of dorado…in January!

THE LULL AFTER the HOLIDAYS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 7-14, 2018

Not many folks fishing this week which is pretty typical now that the holidays are over.  Most of the holiday visitors have left and town is pretty mellow again, not that it was ever very bustling.  But, by the same token, not many folks fishing either.  Too bad because it was actually a pretty decent week for weather and the few trips we had out all resulted in some surprising fish.

There were the usual jacks and snapper, but also in those same spots close to shore and over the rocks we got yellowtail and wahoo.  In the bay, there’s still some dorado cruising around too.

THANKS DENVER – ONWARD TO SACRAMENTO

Thanks to everyone who came to visit us in Denver.  The ISE show at the Denver Convention Center was massive.  Great turnout and great to have so many of you booking to come visit us in La Paz this year.  Apologies if I personally missed you as I was out  2 1/2 days from the booth with a fever, no voice and an upper respiratory infection!  But, Jill did a stellar job, as she always does and I’m mo’ bettah now!  Thanks for understanding!
So, we’re on the road now with our van loaded and driving through the snow to get form Colorado to California to set up at the ISE show at the California Fairgrounds in Sacramento.  This is the largest hunting/ fishing show in N. California and a huge event for the whole family.  Come see us. We’ll have the booth in the usual spot.  Show runs Thursday to Sunday.  Here’s more details.  Click this link:
Hope to see you there this week!  Let’s talk about fishing in La Paz!
That’s our story!
Jonathan Jilly & Catlyn
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 7-14, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT VIDEO for May 7-14, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 with 10 being best)

Weather – 4 (Sunny, but so windy the early in the week we had to cancel trips)

Fishing – 4 (when the winds weren’t blowing there was action…when it was blowing not so much)

Fishing Quality – 4 (When we could fish there were some bigger grade yellowtail and other species available, but big fish are hard to put in the boat and some really big fish were lost too!)

 

THE BIG PICTURE

Wow! You don’t see many of these around unless maybe you’re diving! Jessica McPartin of San Diego caught quite the grouper just inside of Bahia de Los Muertos near La Paz in the shallow waters by the reef point fishing with Captain Hugo.

Kevin Shiotani of Thousand Oaks CA has a reputation everytime he comes to La Paz to fish several times a year. He put this huge horse yellowtail in the boat fishing out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos.

One of the best eating fish in our waters! Megan Richman poses with a beautiful cabrilla taken off the rocks just south of Bahia de los Muertos. She was staying at Rancho Costa there.

Winds were down! Lee Hance with a hand from Captain Victor got himself bookends of nice yellowtail today. Lee is from Colorado.

Daniel Shay from San Diego doing it the fun way. Standup on light tackle throwing a popper with his spinning rod rocks an awesome butt-kick jack crevalle! Well done!

I’m told this is Jessica McPatin again with another cabrilla. Kinda hard to tell! But yes, it’s a cabrilla!!!

More nice yellowtail for Megan and friends! Thanks for Rancho Costa and Gary Wagner for the photo again! Bahia de Los Muertos in the background.

MIXED WEATHER – MIXED FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 7-14, 2017

A bit of an up-and-down week for weather and fishing with the two directly related to each other this past week.  Winds were back up, especially during the early part of the week.  They weren’t just up.  They were strong enough that fleets either canceled boats or boats had to come back to shore.  Fortunately, we didn’t have too many folks early in the week or they had enough vacation time so that they could make up the lost days later in the week when the winds diminished…somewhat.

Weather otherwise was pretty nice…except for the winds.  Sunny and warm with highs in the high 80’s.  Nightime lows in the mid-to-high-70’s.
On the days we got out, the bite was mixed. Again, we’re in that transition time between cooler and warmer conditions so the water conditions and the fish species are all over the map.  Most of the catch this week reflected cooler water species since the winds generally kept the fishing closer to shore.
Some nice yellowtail popped taken on live bait or jigs.  Schools of bonito and jack crevalle always made for great action.  Along the reefs, we got into snapper, cabrilla and pargo and hooked (but lost) some larger amberjack. We saw a few marlin that weren’t quite ready to feed yet.  Commercial fishermen saw some fast-moving schools of tuna and we did hook a few smaller bonito.

Forecast for the coming week show some slowing down of the winds, but there’s still some forecast for double-digit breezes and gusts.

That’s our story!  Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day and thank to all you mom’s out there!

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
.
Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

“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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