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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 10-17, 2018

HURRICANE BUD “LITE” IS A BUZZ KILL

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week At A Glance

Weather – Good start to the week.  Then got darker. And rougher.   Hurricane “Bud” started as a category 4 south of Cabo, but by the time it hit Baja it was a 1.  By the time it hit La Paz, Bud was a dud.

Not really.  Still dropped rain and heavy winds on us midweek and caused the Port Captain to shut the port down and prohibit all boat traffic (including fishing).  So, no fishing for 2 days.  But cleared up quickly.  Good weather since Saturday.

Water – Usually the water after a storm takes several days to clear up.  The high winds produced by Bud did cloud up the water somewhat, but not as bad as expected.  Also, since Bud did not have the torrential rains usually associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, there wasn’t as much muddy runoff.  So water is much better than expected and should be back to normal by middle of this week or so barring more winds.

Fishing – MIssed about 1/2 the week either because we could not go out because of the storm, or bad conditions prior to the storm (wind and waves) were already affecting fishing.  When we did fish this week, we saw tuna, dorado, roosterfish, jacks, bonito, pargo, cabrilla, amberjack, yellowtail and snapper

Catching – Lost some big fish!  Giant blue marlin broke off after a long fight, but was going to be released anyway . Some big tuna broke off.  Some big roosters and pargo also are still out there swimming…but with sore lips!

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

People ask all the time if we have to go out far to catch big fish! Tim Weaver from Arkansas was visiting us for the first time had his hands full wit this estimated 50 pound class tuna he hooked and battled just off the rocks near Espirito Santo Island while fishing in shallow water for cabrilla and pargo,

Gene Harp fro Oregon with a dandy bull dorado and the calm waters of La Paz Bay in the background. It’s been a good year so far for the larger dorado which showed up early.

YEOW! Nice trophy cabrilla for Cindy Weaver who was out with Captain Rogelio and tagged up this fine Mexican seabass that ended up as dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant.

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We have had a nice run of schools of big jack crevalle showing up and battling anglers like this big fella caught by Travis Harp or Oregon. The fish was released.

The man behind the fish! It’s Montana Paul “Pepper” Hamlin holding up one of his big tuna with Captain Victor also in the shot. Pepper also had on a big blue marlin they fought but the fish came loose right next to the panga after a long fight. They were going to release the fish anyway.

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      The story of the week was “Hurricane Bud” the storm that was…or was not!

The week started well with a continuation of some really great fishing for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and Tailhunter La Paz Fleets. Nice sizable 30-80 pound tuna from the north end of Cerralvo Island continued to bend rods, test wills, backs and break hearts at the same time. Marlin started to show including our first blue of the season, an estimated 300-350 pounder. Additionally, nice dorado, amberjack and even some yellowtail kept the variety going.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, inshore fishing for lots of snapper, pargo and huge cabrilla continued unabated plus legit 10-25 pound schools of dorado were great for some of the families and new-comers we had.

Then, Hurricane Bud decided to crash the party.

It started as a serious Hurricane Category 4, but diminished as it headed north towards Baja. By early week, we were already getting clouds. This is really early for Baja and us in La Paz to see big storms like this. But everyone started getting ready a hunkering down. You really never know about these things as memories of historic Hurricane Odile in 2014 with 200 mph winds are still fresh. Odile looked like it was going away then suddenly turned overnight picked up speed and smashed into us.

We all watched Bud as it slowly and ominously approached. With the cloudy skies, big rolling swells from the south started to affect us well before the Bud reached us. By Wednesday Bud had diminished to a Tropical Storm, but still lashed Cabo San Lucas to the south of us causing flooding and issues with the airport and incoming and outgoing flights.

By Thursday, we had pulled our boats out’ve the water and the Port Captain shut down all boat traffic and prohibited any water activities.

The skies got darker and darker and Bud hit us…

And it was kinda…MEH…”Was that a storm?” Ho-hum. Bud turned into “BUD LIGHT.” Still would not have sent any fishing boats out, but other than some sporadic rain that cleaned my car it was mostly winds of about 30 mph. I guess we should be thankful.

On Friday, the Port remained closed and the rain left, but the aftermath of winds to about 45 miles per hour kicked up the whitecaps in the bay and rattled windows and bent trees. But that was it. Grateful it wasn’t worse, but knowing it wasn’t safe to be out on the water, I’m sorry for the folks who were here who lost fishing days and had their vacations messed up. Most of them kept great attitudes and understood that weather is an unavoidable variable with fishing. But, we still felt badly for them.

So, it affected maybe 3 days. Back on the water Friday with trepidation. Had to get folks out’ve their rooms locked in with cabin fever. But after a storm you just never know. Waters are often dirty from runoff water or turned over from the winds. Fish are skittish.

However, surprisingly fish bounced back! The water was a little off, closer to shore but blue water was easily found probably owing to the fact that we really didn’t get much rain. However, even without having to go far, our captains found dorado, pargo, cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle, bonito and even some of those hefty 50 -60 pound tuna!

So, Hurricane Bud took away about 3 days from our week in an almost non-event. We’re just glad it wasn’t worse. To the south of us, they got hit a bit harder.

AND THANK YOU!

Our 5-year-old Pack for a Purpose/ Community Outreach program is still going grandly!  We’ve got so many great donations coming in every week that we distribute throughout the community and we appreciate the big hearts shown by our Tailhunter Tribe!  Muchas gracias!

Brett, Kim and Trent Fair (headed off to the Navy) and Steve Bonini came in this week with a couple of ice chests full of supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste and clothes!

Our good friends for many years, Grant and Carol Darby from Washington dropped off a bunch of school supplies and recreation equipment.

Wow! Don Vegter and Chelsea Roos had two ice chests full of an entire set of uniforms for a kids soccer team!

That’s our story!
Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Pa – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 3-10, 2018

QUALITY TUNA ROLL THROUGH

CERRALVO ISLAND

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-10, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Got cloudier later in the week as bits from distant hurricane Aleta took away some of the sunshine. (It blew out to sea hundreds of miles away)  But with the cloud cover, the humidity and heat rose.  Days are in the high 90’s.  Nights in the upper 70’s.  Thankfully, every night the Corumuel Breeze blows through and cools things down . Hurricane Ben coming up behind, but we’re keeping an eye out.  Might give us a few showers and wind later in the week.

Water – Blue and mostly calm.  Summer conditions.  Weeds burning off.  Water about 82 degrees on the surface.

Fishing – Bigger 30-100 pound tuna bent rods and broke hearts this week.  Everyone focused on those sluggers.  But, dorado, pargo, big jack crevalle, some roosterfish, cabrilla, and several species of bonito around for anyone who wanted.

Catching – Bigger fish meant more losses.  Everyone WANTS a big fish until they’re fighting in the hot sun and realize they have a beast.  Some anglers fighting fish 1 or 2 hours and losing them, but that’s why they’re BIGGER fish!  More fish lost than caught.  But you’ll never catch one if you don’t put a line in the water!

THE BIG PICTURE and THE REST OF THE STORY…

Our amigo, Tom Mullican, from Idaho comes twice-a-year for 10 days at a time. Fishing with Captain Jorge, he got the 60-pound tuna then fought the 100 pounder for 2 hours! He said his arms were too tired and shaky to hold the fish up for the photo!

Craig Wong, Mark Buchanan and Laura Hernandez with quite a hault of yellowfin tuna and red snapper. They’re all from San Diego areas.

Captain Boli with Gene and Travis Harp from chillier climes in Oregon showing off one of their nice big bull dorado inside La Paz Bay.

Tom Hinmon, from Laguna Beach CA, had himself quite a week. Here’s one of his good days with Captain Pancho and a load of big yellowfin.

Our new amigos from North Caroline, Shanon Spivey and Steve Gray with Captain Archangel do the beach pose with their big tuna and a dorado. One day, I will get Arcangel to smile. He’s been with us 23 years so maybe there’s still hope!

Last minute trip for Desiree Winn and Ryan Bottensek from Florence Beach, Oregon produced these nice tuna with Captain Armando.

Victor from Wiconsin had only 1 day to fish, but squeezed it in and got himself one of the largest yellowtail of the season plus a big tuna.

When the tuna weren’t on the chew everyone seemed to get hung with these big schools of jack crevalle that really tore things up! Tom Hinmon poses with one of the big grunts before releasing it.

 

One of the few amberjack we got this year and caught by Gary Galbreath from Huntington Beach CA off Cerralvo Island. Note the big tuna at his knees also! Amberjack are great eating down here. Like sweet yellowtail meat and can get over 100 pounds.

Big smiles from big guys! Captain Gerardo grins with Jude Martinez and Scott/ Steve Ellis from San Diego with a trio of solid tuna and a couple more in the foregrounds. Grey skies already coming in!

This might be the largest bull dorado so far this season which is just getting underway, but Vince Acosta put the hurt on this flyer while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet in La Paz Bay.

 

Captain Victor looks on as a tired John Gaskins hold up another yellowfin with 2 more YFT’s on the cutting table at Muertos Bay.

Some prize! Craig Wong from San Diego with a hog of a cabrilla that he pulled off the rocks!

Two of our favorites! Captain Jorge and Vince Acosta ham it up for the camera with 4 nice tuna on the beach.

A good day for tuna for Craig Wong and Mark Buchanan from San Diego to add to their boxes going home!

Steve McGavern from Loreto drove down for a quick two days of fishing just at the start of the tuna run with us holding two fish ready to be cleaned and packed up.

Steve/ Scott Ellis and Captain Gerardo are two big guys which gives you some perspective on the nice size of the tuna Steve caught.

With the steep cliffs of the north end of Cerralvo Island in the background , Tom Hinmon put the gaff to this yellowfin tuna not far from the lighthouse rock.

There’s some nice grade dorado around north of La Paz! Randy Forestiere with Captain Raul hold one up for the camera!

Yes, you have three of them! Nice day of tuna for John Carser from Huntington Beach.

Fat tuna and big smiles from Laura Hernandez from San Diego who boated this one outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

They might not have been long, but these fish were plugs and big round bombs when they hit the lines like this one caught by Gary Galbreath.

Our long-time buddy Ricardo (Ranchero) Sawaske with Captain Raul and a young bull fresh on the gaff and going to dinner!

Favorite photo of the week. John Carser and Mark Rodman. Thanks, guys. Enjoy all the fish you brought home this week!

As we watch cloudy gray skies move in on us that might eventually bring us some rain later in the week, it’s been a good week for fishing.  Not a great week for a lot of fish, but a great week for BIG fish!

There’s still a lot of pargo and cabrilla around and more and more dorado, but everyone eschewed the fast action and ability to fill an ice chest to go for the bigger boy tuna that showed up at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Everyone had shots at these quality tuna that were as small as 30 pounds, but some in the 60 to 100 pound class!
Not everyone caught fish and the week started a bit slow.  But the fish were there.  Everyone eventually who wanted fish went home with full coolers of slabbed ahi.  One boat would get them and another boat next to them would miss.  One guy would hit two or three and his buddy would only run interference and pick off bonito.  Or needlefish.
Like I said, these fish were powerful and strong.  Stronger then most of our anglers had ever tangled with.  Fights of 1-2 hours were not uncommon.  More heartbreaking were the stories of fish that broke off after long fights or came unbuttoned.  Tougher still were stories of even larger fish that straightened a hook or broke a rod. For some of our anglers…1 fish was enough for the day!  Careful what you wish for.
There were funny stories about guys tossing a mackerel and immediately getting slammed.  After a long fight and a swig of water, they would routinely just toss in their 2nd bait of the day.  WHAM!  Bit again and on for another long long battle.  And regretting it!
No doubt there were more fish lost than were caught!
Live mackerel were the ticket so we had to get out there early and it’s a long run to the north end of Cerralvo Island.  But even with few baits, somedays every bait would get bit…and that was enough when you’re battling big fish for a long time!  When macs didn’t work, yo-yo iron also produced fish for the guys that knew how.
Still some variety around as well.  But, like I said, most of the focus was on the tuna grounds. So more tuna than anything else showed up in the boxes.  Nevertheless, when the tuna weren’t biting hefty jack crevalle put on a show that had guys shaking their heads with the power of these fish.  Not good eating, but made for great sport.
Also,  there’s a few yellowtail and sierra still lingering and for our La Paz Fleet, dorado, pargo, cabrilla and snapper

We’re keeping an eye on the weather.  A category 4 hurricane named “Aletta” became the first of the season far far south us by hundreds of miles and blew itself out to sea, but did send gray skies over us this past weekend and ramp up the humidity.  However, a 2nd blow by the name of “Bud” might bring us some bitty showers later this week and some worrisome winds.  We’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 20-27, 2018

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES! BIG FISH CRASH!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 20-27, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather– Could not have been nicer.  Sunny skies and nice breezers. First week without crazy winds.  Got hotter and more humid as the week went on.  You could definitely feel it!

Water – Getting warmer.  Find the blue water you find the fish.  About 80 degrees in some spots.  Getting bluer and clearer.  There was some big swell from the south for a day or two.

Fishing – Best fishing of the season in terms of quality fish.  Lots of BIG fish…wahoo…tuna..marlin…sailfish…dorado.  No roosterfish per se mostly because no one was chasing them!  Not much inshore pargo or cabrilla either.  They went for the bluewater species and trophy fish!   Lots of BIGGER fish lost!

Catching – Could have been better. We lost so many big fish!  But that’s why these are BIGGER fish!  They’re stronger and tougher on the anglers as well as the gear!  Great stories of fish that were lost!

Fishing got tougher later in the week as increased pressure on the fish plus a full moon seemed to lockjaw the fish.  Much better earlier in the week.

 

BIG PICTURES and THE REST OF THE STORY…

YEA! Now this is what we’re talking about! Captain Victor with Jennifer Robinette and Kenny Thompson from Utah with a great trio including tuna and to big dorado!

Wahoo family! Captain Armando with Krista, Anthony and Anthony, Jr. of the Schmidt Family and some of the great wahoo this week! The family is from Lehigh, Utah.

Two of the best amigos and two of the best anglers! Fat wahoo…look at this log! For Roger and Donna Thompson!

It’s hard to get Captain Gerardo to smile, but he’s got double tuna for Steve Ritz and Larry Chastain!

Whew! Haven’t seen dorado like this in awhile! However, Kenny Thompson hikes up this pretty bull mahi with Captain Victor with all it’s great colors!

Texas in the house! Larry Dodson with this gorgeous striper that ate a trolled Rapala and swallowed it deep so it couldn’t be released! However, the meat was donated around to La Ventana.

Taylor Murphy with a huge cabrilla and her grandma who’s no slouch either and a big time barred pargo! Check those colors!

Pretty incredible catch with this big wahoo she handled by herself…Krista Schmidt from Utah with Captain Armando and an armful of speedy ‘hoo!

Yup…there’s still some cold-water fish around! Hard to believe! But Jennifer has herself an amberjack and Kenny has the biggest sierra I’ve seen all year!

Great colors on this dorado caught by Jeff Correia from San Diego and gaff honors by Captain Joel.

1…2…3 LIFT! Roger Thompson fishing with Captain Hugo poses with a thick slugger yellowfin tuna!

 

Another big smiles from Captain Gerardo and a legit yellowfin tuna for Steve Ritz and Larry Chastain!

La Paz Bay yielded some nice dorado not too far out like this one for Tim Weaver of San Diego!

Andale Captain Hugo! Hard to believe the size of some of the wahoo this week!

Our Texas visitors really had a good week! No shortage of fish taken home to the lone star state! Tami put the hurt on this big ‘hoo.

Captain Jorge from our Tailhunter Fleet lends and assist to Anthony Schmidt posing with another big wahoo and a good dorado as well as Jordan Schmidt.

 

Oregon friends just had one day to visit us but managed to hang a nice wahoo at the end of the week when the bite was diminishing. This is Zeb and Katrina Jensen from Oregon.

On the beach at Muertos, Captain Gerardo and Steve Ritz with some of that good-eating wahoo. Doubles!

The Pantuso boys from Colorado hung this nice striped marlin. The fish could not be released but the meat was distributed.

Early morning…nothing like starting out with a big wahoo for your fishing day! Another ‘hoo in the box! Al Dodson from Texas!

 

As the week went on, fewer fish, but the tuna still hovered around.

It was all home-run hitting this week.  We had the best weather of the season and probably the best fishing of the season as well.  Honestly, there weren’t many fish caught.  And it got tougher as the week went on and more boats and fishing traffic hit the area as word got out.  But the quality of the fish was outstanding, especially early in the week.

The anglers could have caught a lot more fish if they had opted to go small and fish inshore for all the cabrilla, jacks, pargo, bonito they wanted.  However, as the week started, things blew up for our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Tailhunter Fleet.
Nice fat 30-60 pound yellowfin tuna showed up.  Wahoo in the 20-60 pound class blew up the rods.  Dorado up to 40 pounds came crashing and even marlin and sailfish!
So, when this happened, everyone came-a-running!
It was swing-for-the-fences and hit a home run or nothing!  But, folks got their largest fish ever or their first fish ever of this quality.  Some folks got them and others didn’t.  But, everyone wanted to take a shot. Also when you fight a fish for 45 minutes to an hour and it beats you up…for some, that was all they needed. For others who hooked up and had long battles…then lose the fish…just bad luck!  That’s why these are bigger fish.  It’s not bad fishing…it’s bad catching and we lost probably half the big fish that were hooked!  Many of our anglers didn’t have that kind of experience on big fish or simple were over-powered or under-gunned in their gear!  All part of the fun!  It’s one thing to WANT a big fish and it’s completely different to actually HAVE a big fish on the line and you’re 10 minutes into the fight and realize the sun is blazing; your hands are already cramping; the line is stretched to breaking; the rod is completely doubled-over; and you’re sweating bullets!  And the fish is STILL pulling line off the reel!
That’s fishing!
As I said, some boats got into them and a boat right next to them would blank.  Next day vise versa.
But, al the fish were BIG!  And as word got out, more and more boats came out and traffic on the spots increased.  That scattered the bite and drove the fish down.  So, the bite diminished a little bit each day although there were still some scattered fish.  Also, the full moon came up with the weekend.
However, for those who got into it, they caught fish of a lifetime!

GRACIAS!

The season is ON!  And many thanks going out to our Tailhunter Tribe members who have been bringing in donations for our Tailhunter charities!  We have already distributed several hundred pounds of school supplies, clothes, shoes and other items!  You’re the best.

Thanks for Tom Ames  from Idaho (who also donated to our scholarship program) and brought a big box of kids toys and gear; The Sawaske and Forestiere families who brought school supplies and Jim and Brenda Bovee from San Diego who hauled stuff this week.  God bless you all!

Jim and Brenda Bovee from the San Diego area came in with two ice-chests full of kid’s clothes!

That’s our story and hope you had or are having a great Memorial Day Weekend! God bless all who gave…all who served…and their families!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

“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 April 28-May 6, 2018

TUNA and BIG DORADO SAVE THE WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 30-May, 6, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Still windier than I would like, especially earlier in the week.  I’m starting to get upset.  It better stop soon!  Got better as the week went on.  Daytime temps hight 80’s and sunny.  Nights low 60’s

Water – Pretty blue and warming up. So why are we still getting cold water fish like sierra and yellowtail?

Fishing – Most of the week, it was sticky.  Decent action, but nothing too special.  Got way better late in the week.  Way mo’ bettah!

Catching – See “Fishing above.”  But, with bigger fish, catching got a little harder…BIGGER fish are tougher fish.  Some of our anglers got “played” and toyed with by the big fish!  LOL .  But if the fishing wasn’t good, there could be no “catching, ” right?

THE REST OF THE STORY

Wow! Now THIS is a good day of fishing! Captain Pancho hooked up Craig and his dad, Robert Hoffman with 8 yellowfin tuna, a dorado and a big dog-tooth snapper near Las Arenas!

Traci Weaver is an accomplished flyfisher from Oregon, but when big winds and waves made it tough, she grabbed a conventional rod for the first time. She said, “I didn’t even know which side was up and the handle seemed to be on the wrong side!” However, her first biter turned into a trophy dog-tooth snapper just off the rocks at Punta Perrico near Las Arenas with Captain Moncho of the Tailhunter Fleet.

Colorado in the house! Ed Eversol with his first tuna and a great pose on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Chunky yellowfin!

 

From San Diego, Rebecca Coxsey fished in La Paz for the first time with Tailhunter Sportfishing and got her first dorado and had fun with lots of bonito and pargo as well. She thought it was pretty funny that the dorado matched her bikini. The fish was caught just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

 

It started this week a nice smattering of yellowfin at Muertos Bay…that got better. Dave Hill is from Grand Junction CO with this tuna.

Popular Captain Gerardo with Dr. Gianna Checa and some of their yellowfin tuna plus a few other assorted fish on the cutting table!

Pretty smile for Traci Weaver and the nice dorado she caught off Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz.

His first tuna…finally! Craig Hoffman visited us from Arizona and was able to spank this tough yellowfin tuna just outside Bahia de los Muertos near Las Arenas.

Dave and Bill Johnson share some photo time with Bill’s tuna!

Big bull for a big fella! Jason Robbins from Washington put the wood to this bull dorado fishing with our Tailhunter Fleet out’ve La Paz near Espirito Santo Island north of town.

Trophy grouper in the boat! Don’t see many of these, not because they’re not around, but getting them out’ve the rocks is quite a task. Marc Garrison from Chicago staying there in Muertos at Rancho Costa.

 

We don’t often have Captain Boli of our Tailunter La Paz fleet, but he’s got a big sonrie going on here with Mike Lohrey from Portland OR and one of several sizeable dorado he caught.

 

Another of our first-timers this week who rocked it! Louis Agassiz from Canada was in town for a wedding and only had limited time to fish. He had never fished in warm water before, but his first fish turned out to be our first marlin of the season. He also got this nice dorado! The marlin could not be released but the meat was shared.

 

A load of fish headed to the Tailhunter Restaurant for sashime and Hawaiian poke! This is Matt Bigalk with a couple of nice yellowfin tuna. Matt is from Colorado.

Our buddy, Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa and the famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo with one of several amberjack caught this week.

Rob Hoffman lost his first one but finally got his first yellowfin tuna into the panga! He’s from Scottsdale AZ. He has is “best fishing day ever!”

Marc Garrison from Chicago with another YFT! Just south of Cerralvo Island on the high spot.

It’s easier said than done to pose with a fresh powerful dorado and take a good photo when you’re tired and the fish is trying to whack you in the shins! But, Mike Lohrey poses with one of the larger dorado of the week!

These big bonito kept everyone busy when not much else was happening and believe me, they tore up some of our anglers. Mauricio Villanueva poses with a pig boney! Thanks for the photo, Gary Wagner!

Washington boys on deck with Jason Robbins, Brian Izzi and Dave Wentworth and quite a variety of fish taken with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet!

Barred pargo / pargo mulatto for Craig Hoffman just off Punta Perrico.

Marc has another one for the fish box. This time it’s a great eating pargo.

First amberjack showing of the season. This is Dr. Roy Stringfellow showing off his fish while staying at Rancho Costa there at Muertos Bay.

This is what guys from rainy Washington do when they come down here. Parting shot from Jason Robbins getting some sunshine.

 

The week started with a lot of promise.  The end of last week, it seemed like the fish were ready to go even with a full moon and windy conditions.  However, that’s what you get when you start guessing on Mother Nature.
The week started out pretty scratchy.  We had to work hard to find and get fish.  It wasn’t for lack of trying by the anglers or captains.  It’s just the way it was.  Big waves and winds didn’t help.  We did have some action, don’t get me wrong.  Thankfully, pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle and big bonito kept rods bent when nothing else was happening but there just wasn’t any quality to the fish…nothing really to put in the ice chest or bring back to the restaurant!
Dangit!
Then…right at the end of the week, we recovered in the 9th inning!
Tuna and dorado saved our bacon!
Some slugger 15-30 pound yellowfin tuna showed up for our Tailhunter Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay fishers.  For many, their first experience on yellowfin and we lost some fish after some rough battles.  Actually, we had the best tuna bite of the season with the kind of tuna we don’t usually see until later in the year!
Also, we got wahoo bit and we also got our first marlin as well plus amberjack and a big dog-tooth snapper out’ve the rocks. The biggest thing was finding bait and waiting for winds to abate.  Tough time for many of our flyfishers.  They went to conventional gear and still had fun.
Our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet fared a bit bitter.  Good action in the rocks for snapper, pargo, big cabrilla and lots of big triggerfish plus a smattering of dorado and lots of huge bonito.  Then, like our Las Arenas fleet…the end of the week capped it off nicely when bigger dorado in the 10-30 pound class showed up and decided to chew!  Way fun, especially for a lot of our first-timers to see these big mahi charging through the water and hit the baits!  Just like the tuna… These are the size and type of dorado we normally don’t see until the fall and we have not seen this grade of fish in 2 seasons!
We saw schools of boiling tuna, but all moving too fast to jump on them.
Hopefully, things will continue to improve!
That’s our story!
 
Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 22-29, 2018

WIND + FULL MOON = BETTER FISHING?  REALLY?

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

Mexican Minute Weekly Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Picture-perfect most of the week.  Highs in the hi-80’s to lo-90’s.  Got windier later in the week

Water – Blue and warming

Bait – Tough to get for our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay guys better on the La Paz side for sardines

Fishing – Lots of variety.  Warm and cold water species still around.  I thnk I counted about 14 different species caught this week not including junk fish!  Fishing was picky and scratchy however but got better as the week went on (and the winds got stronger and we moved towards the full moon!) . Crazy!

Catching – Lost alot of nice fish in the rocks.  Lost wahoo.  Lost tuna.  Lost yellowtail.  That’s why these are bigger fish!

THE BIG PICTURE

Chris Cribbs has been fishing with Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter Fleet for years and came down with buddy Matt McSweeney from San Gabriel CA.  They rocked the hat trick with a big tuna, cabrilla and a fat barred pargo.  The tuna, surprisingly was caught while they were inshore trying to catch rooster fish in shallow water!

Good start to their week of fishing for Jason and Rebecca Coxsey from the San Diego area with a boatload of action with great snapper plus some white and black bonito chargers.

 

It’s a wonder! Our good friends for so many years, Angela and Tim Farrell from Oceanside CA got some great food quality fish with some nice cabrilla and pargo. They have caught some big with with us over the years!

From Utah, Jackie Cole, her first time fishing and visiting La Paz with some late season sierra plus white bonito and cabrilla.

Angela with another fatty cabrilla to add to her list of big fish she’s caught here with Tailhunter and her favorite Captain Moncho!

Finally got a dorado in the boat for Captain Armando with Rebecca and Jason from San Diego to add to the collection of white bonito, snapper and cabrilla!

Captain Jorge with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet poses with one of the better dorado of the week caught by Chris Cribbs.

 

The rest of the story…

Crazy sport, this fishing thing.  I’ve been whining for weeks about how the winds have detrimentally affected the fishing down here.  It’s been a long agonizing first 5 months of the year!

 

Well, this week, we had some of the nicest weather I’ve seen all season.  We’ve had some nice days in the past, but it was never consistent.  But, this week, beautiful sunshine…blue waters…calm seas.  Not too hot.  Not too breezy.  Barely a trace of humidity.  If, you asked me to predict, I’d have said it was perfect fishing weather.

 

 

But, it wasn’t.  It was scratchy.  It was picky.  Frustratingly difficult most of the week.  With the good weather.  A few fish here.   A few fish there.  And our captains and anglers had to work pretty hard to find them too!

 

 

And then, as the week went on…it started getting breezier and breezier.  Oh no.  Not again.  This can’t get any worse!

 

 

But, heck…the fishing got better when the winds blew a bit!  And not only that, we had a full moon coming up on us as well that I thought for sure was gonna just crush us in a double whammy!  But, as I said, the fishing actually got better!  Not great, by any stretch, but it surely improved!

 

 

At Las Arenas, we found a few tuna.  A few yellowtail.  Some barred pargo.  Some red snapper.  Some yellow snapper.  A few dorado and Sierra. Some nice horse-sized cabrilla too!   Even had wahoo bite (off).  Plus lots of good action on both Pacific and those tasty white bonito.  All pretty much late in the week!

 

 

For our La Paz fleet, the same thing.  Better as the week went on.  Lots of inshore pargo and cabrilla that guys had a hoot with trying to keep them outta the rocks plus some sizable cabrilla, pompano and dorado as well.  We also saw schools of breezing tuna that just need a kick to get to bite!

 

 

So, go figure.  Full moon plus wind meant better fishing this week!  I give up!

LA PAZ SUNSET THIS WEEK

Told ya the weather has been incredible.  The kind of weather the La Paz Board of Tourism brags about and they make postcards with.  Thought I’d share a little video of one of the sunsets from our Tailhunter Restaurant.  Turn up the sound!

FOODIES PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR for THIS WEEK! 

Coming this week to La Paz!

If you’re coming to La Paz this week, on Friday, May 4th the 8th Annual Gastronomica (“TASTE OF LA PAZ”) Food Festival will be taking place.  It’s an incredible event we have every year with more than 150 restaurants and food vendors participating.

It’s all you can eat and drink from the best restaurants in La Paz plus some from Cabo, Todos Santos, the East Cape and Cabo!   Plus lots of great live music.  It goes from 7 p;m to midnight and it’s right on the beach and one of the largest city events of the year.

You’ll find food from the different regions of Mexico and Baja; Italian; American; Japanese; Chinese; bakeries; pastries; the culinary schoools, the hotel restaurants; the caterers; as well as tequila, wine and beer vendors and distributors as well.

Cost is about $40 per ticket for all-you-can-eat.  We’ll be there with Tailhunter Restaurant samples!

THANK YOU!

Norm and Jackie Cole from Utah brought dow a case of kids toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and other great dental hygiene things that went out to the orphanage at Los Planes!

Our season is on and already, we’re floored by the generosity of our Tailhunter tribe members who have already delivered more than 200 pounds of clothes, shoes, hygiene items and school items that we distribute to various charities!  Cheers and gracias to all of you!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Mag Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 15-22, 2018

FISH RESPOND TO BETTER WEATHER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Magdalena Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 15-22, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE FISHING REPORT

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – Much more stable and winds backed off.  But, this coming week, we could have some winds back again.

Water – Warming.  Surface temps in the mid-70’s now.

Fishing – Always responds to less wind.  Week started slow, but as the week went on, fishing got better with both inshore and a smattering of offshore species as well.

Catching – Lost more fish than we should have!  Especially, the larger fish and those in the rocks.  But, that’s why they are big fish!

THE BIG PICTURE REPORT

 

You just never know! Dragging a small Rapala over the rocks for cabrilla and pargo a huge dog-tooth ripped Gama Flores from Palm Desert CA and he managed to keep it out’ve the reef! Gama comes down with buddy Ray Salanga from Carson CA one or two times a year to fish with us.

Enjoying the sunshine and a bit of fishing too! Happy Steve and Becca Freimark from Edmonds WA show off some nice snapper and bonito.

Red snapper and cabrilla on the beach posing with Gama Flores.

Sorry I didn’t have more photos this week!  Folks either didn’t take any…forgot their cameras or cell phones…or didn’t want their photos taken!

Anyway…

The winds dropped off and gave us a bit of a break this past week after several weeks of strong breezes.  The abatement of wind produced a decent mix of fish that ran the gamut from inshore species to bluewater breezers.  Not a lot of any one type of fish, but the mix is pretty typical of this time of year when cooler water species like yellowtail, sierra and amberjack are moving out, but lingering.  Warmer water species like dorado and wahoo, may have never left from last year, but are getting more active and following the warmer currents and food sources.

For inshore species this week, we tallied up quite a nice bite on snapper and pargo including barred pargo and dog-tooth as well as a few mullet snapper (pargo liso).  We also got into more of those tasty white bonito, jack crevalle and a few pompano.
Bluewater species that showed up including some 10-20 pound yellowfin tuna and some free-swimming dorado.  They’re not really schooling up, but seem to be hitting solo or in smaller schools.  Bait works best.

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

Jorge Romero pulled this dog-tooth out’ve the mangoves and roots on a live sardine.

A couple of pargo headed to the grill that I got out’ve a deep hole that was right up against the bank and holding fish. We lost larger fish to all the roots and structure down there.

Jilly and Rigo pose with a pargo and snook!

Yay…not huge, but my first snook (robalo).  Can’t wait to try it on the table.  Supposed to be excellent!

Jorge with one of a number of corbina that were voraciously feeding in the shallows.

We got several types of croaker too!

First one in the box for Jilly

The box is getting full . And we lost quite a few fish and released alot of fish too!  The majority of the fish was donated.

Jill and I with Jorge Romero ran our own personal exporatory trip out to Bahia Magdalena (Mag Bay) this past week and what a trip we had.  Three hours from La Paz, Mag Bay boats a length of over 50 miles and hundreds of miles of shoreline that encompasses countless lagoons, estuaries, mangroves, sand dunes, sand bars and islands.

And best of all…almost no one there.  It’s remote.  It’s rustic.  It’s the boonies.  This is not Club Med land.  There’s no swimming pools or health spas.  There’s no craft beer or fancy restaurants.  It’s dusty and largely unspoiled.   It’s not for tourists.

Little fishing pueblos are spotted here and there.  Hard-working blue-collar fishermen and their families.  All making a living in one way-shape or form from the sea…for generations.

And,  it’s an incredible area and an unbelievable ecosystem.  Birdlife…wildlife…lobster…shrimp…clams…oysters…and so many varieties of fish!

I lost count, but I believe we caught about 17 different varieties of fish that included snook, several species of pargo, seabass, corvina, croaker, and more.  They told me fishing was “slow” because of the strong currents, but it was the best inshore, light tackle fishing I have ever had in Baja!  And this is just the inshore stuff.

I’ve fished offshore and there’s bountiful grounds for wahoo, tuna, dorado, marlin, yellowtail and grouper.   That will be on our next trip.  If you’re interested, get in touch with us!  We’ll set up the transportation, hotel, meals and fishing!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 8-15, 2018

WINDS LEAVE US WITH PICKY FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 8-15, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE La Paz Fishing Report

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – Sunny and super with highs mid-80’s, but cool enough for a light sweatshirt in the mornings and evenings

Wind – CURSED!  Storm in the U.S. = winds in Baja.  They were back again.  Maybe only 2 days this week not windy.  One day winds were gusting 20-25 knots and the port captain shut everything down in La Paz.  No boats in or out . Fortunately, we have our Las Arenas fleet and our folks were able to fish, but it was still a difficult effort.

Water – Warming, but with the winds, there were strong currents and big rollers at time.  Even crashing surf here in La Paz Bay which is highly unusual.  On the days the wind was not blowing the waters were really turned up and cloudy from the winds.

Fishing – Dictated by the winds.  Better fishing on days when it was less windy.  Hard to get bait also when it’s windy.

Catching – Nice variety.  Some tuna, dorado, yellowtail, several species of pargo and snapper, cabrilla and some hefty white bonito.

LAST MINUTE FLASH – Just as we were going to post this report and too late to make changes, we had a great dorado bite take off. Go figure!  Will have more in next week’s report.

THE BIG PICTURE

Not sure how much longer there will be yellowtail in the water with waters getting warmer, but this forktail didn’t know that and got hammered by Chuck Toeniskoetter.

Chuck Toeniskoetter and son, Adam, from Los Gatos CA try to come down to La Paz at least once a year to fish and did relatively well despite tough conditions while fishing, once again, with the Tailhunter Fleet. This one day rack of fish shows an incredible variety including yellowfin tuna, a big yellowtail, a nice cabrilla, white bonito, pargo mulatto and a red snapper.

Captain Victor with a big cabrilla and some great reef fish including pargo liso, barred pargo and huachinango.

You remember the thrill? Big bonito for 12-year-old Nick Genovese with Captain Armando. He also had a big tuna on for awhile.

Sweet yellowfin tuna for Adam Toeniskoetter.

Couldn’t be any nicer folks! Steve Friemark with a handful of tasty white bonito and Captain Jorge on the beach at Muertos.

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Just when we thought it might be mellowing out, those winds came back and hit us again this week.  In fact, one day the northerns were so bad, there were surfable breakers in our normally calm La Paz Bay and the port captain closed the port for any boats leaving.   As one person described it, it’s like winter all over the Northern hemisphere being like an angry boyfriend or girlfriend who stomps out’ve the room then comes back and says, “And One More Thing!!!”  Blah blah blah…

Basically, as long as storms keep showing up in the U.S., it’s going to affect things in Baja and the Sea of Cortez!

 

So, it wasn’t the greatest week for fishing.
There was some variety, but not much for quantity although some days there was some great action on some pig bonito. Not only good fighters, but these are “white bonito.”  (Bonito Diente).  They have teeth, but also have some incredible great white meat for table fare.  Most folks would not be able to tell it from tuna.
In addition, we did have some 15-30 pound yellowfin tuna show up around Cerralvo Island and some larger that were lost after long battles.  But, the issue is getting across the channel to the island.  If there’s wind and rollers happening then getting across to the island (and to get sardines) is pretty futile.
But, inshore offered alternatives like several species of pargo including pargo mulatto (barred pargo); pargo liso (mullett snapper); cubera snapper (pargo perro/ dog-tooth snapper) as well as red and yellow snapper (huachinango). We also got some action off cabrilla (seabass) and some decent triggerfish and jack crevalle.
Honestly, however, not the best fishing and kudos to our anglers who hung in there and grinned through it all the kept smiling.  But, one reason, not many folks are fishing this early in the season.
BUT WAIT…Just as I was posting this up but too late to make changes, we had dorado go off in La Paz Bay!  Go figure . I’ll have more on that in the next report!
That’s our story!
Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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