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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Nov. 3-10, 2019

FEW FISHERMEN TAKE ADVANTAGE of WEATHER

WINDOWS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 3-10, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gary Wagner has caught lots of big fish, but knew he had a battle on his hand when he switched down to 25-pound test fluorocarbon and this big yellowfin tuna bit the lines.  He was on the fish for more than 3 ½ hours!  Gary owns the Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo San Lucas but was staying at his Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay near Las Arenas.

Don Fee was in town from Florida and we got him out on the water for one day for his first time and he said he had bites all day producing some dorado, cabrilla, bonito and even some small roosterfish.

He said he was embarrassed to admit this fish took about 4 hours to put in the boat, but Roger Thompson has caught bigger tuna, but few that were this scrappy and he had to do it on 40 pound test.  “It pulled the panga,” he told us.  Roger was fishing the south side of Cerralvo Island across from Las Arenas.

Efrain and Patrick hold up a couple of their dorado with Captain Jorge.

Don caught and released a couple of these fiesty little roosterfish in Bahia Muertos. He let them grow so they’ll be the big 60-pounders in the spring-time!

Great eating pargo! Gary said he could have caught these all day long on light tackle just south of Bahia Muertos towards Boca de Alamo.

Three dorado! Dinner for Don to pack up and bring back to La Paz.

There were some blustery days that it was good no one was fishing, but there were some nice days too.  The problem was…no one was fishing!  Snow birds have started to descend on La Paz to enjoy the sunshine and our new Malecon, but the off-season has started and not much of anyone fishing these days because the winds are unpredictable.

 

However, we did have some folks out and on the days it wasn’t bumpy and windy, there were some fish to be caught.

 

Most suprising were the big tuna hung on the south side of Cerralvo Island.  Go figure.  Everyone leaves and all the fishermen are pretty much gone and the big tuna show up.

 

These were pretty beastly animals.  The ranged from 60-100 pounds and there weren’t many of them, but the ones that did bite would only eat light line which is incredibly problematic when you are using 25-40 pound line and a powerful tuna crunches your bait.   These fish required 3-4 hours of backbreaking battles to get them to the boats!

 

For other species, there’s still some decent dorado around running 10-15 pounds or so.  Not a lot, but enough to keep it interesting.  Mix in some bonito, jack crevalle, a few pargo and snapper and the occasional little roosterfish and it could be a fun day.

 

That’s our story!

Hope you have a great Veteran’s Day Weekend and thank you all who have served!

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  91942

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2019

WINDS SHUT DOWN MUCH OF THE WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

First day out he hits the home run! With Captain Gerardo, Jeff Wedekind who owns the Chinook Shore Lodge in Ketchican, Alaska locked up this big wahoo.

 

Nice tuna for Rich Choate from Idaho. One of the few YFT’s hooked this week.

Amigo, Roger Thompson, was soaking a dead mackerel down deep off the Punta Arenas lighthouse when he got slammed by this toad yellowtail.

Maybe one of the largest dorado of the season, Jeff hooked this one out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Barbara Choate always has a great smile no matter what and she’s got a reason with his pretty blue dorado.

Colorful shot! Roger Sauvegeau from Boise, Idaho, had just one day to fish, but got himself a nice load of dorado like this one fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

 

Captain Armando with Randy and Barbara Choate and a nice batch of dorado.

Celebrating her honeymoon, Coral Ogden Hart has been our amigo since she was a little girl. She got this unusual rainbow runner off Bahia Muertos. These are cousin to the yellowtail.

Our good amigos from the Imperial Valley of California, Craig and Cathy Corda posing with a little Bahia Muertos yellowtail they released.

Another set of our fun friends from Idaho, Teri and Mac Christopherson hold up a double-hooke-up of dorado.

They always keep me laughing. Tom and Claire Ames posing on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Captain Pancho took Dan Friedman from San Diego out for one day and he got this nice dorado as well as a wahoo on his first try!

You can tell waters are getting colder when rainbow runners like this one by Rick Choate, show up.

A good day in November! Teri and Mac Christopherson.

Paul Octavio had himself a good week on the flyrod like with his fun roosterfish hooked and released. He had a blue marlin on the flyrod one day.

Clair McPherson took 20 minutes on this nice bull dorado giving Captain Victor and her a big reason to smile when they finally got the pretty fish in the boat.

Cheers! Rick Choate with a mess of good eating cabrilla, snapper and a trigger.

 

On the good side, the sun was out all week and the snowbirds from Canada, Alaska, Europe and colder areas are filtering into town.  On the downside, it wasn’t the best for fishing.

 

Northern winds ramped up and it’s just the start.  This is what happens during the colder months.  Two days we couldn’t even go out because the Port Captain shut down the port to all boat traffic and there were several other days when it would have been better if we had just not gone out at all.

 

The strong winds have the waters stirred up and dirty.  It brings in coolder greener waters as well.  Additionally, the currents and waves are up so makes for a less-than-comfortable day of fishing.  Plus, if the waves are crashing the shallow areas, it makes it hard to get bait.

 

However, kudos to our anglers and captains for hanging in there.  They braved the rougher seas with tight grins and still caught some fish.

 

There weren’t a lot of fish caught unless you’re counting bonito, jack crevalle and needlefish.  However, some of the largest dorado of the season were hooked as well as a few wahoo and tuna.  We even had several marlin hook ups as well (fish were lost).

 

The better fishing was with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet where it’s a bit more protected.  I imagine as the winds increase and become more frequent, we’ll be doing most of our fishing from that area.

 

2020 RESERVATIONS

Bookings are already coming in pretty fast and heavy for 2020.  Some dates are already filled or filling and popular captains are getting reserved as well.  In 2019, we were sold out by March and 2020 looks even busier.  Don’t wait . Check your calendars so we make sure we get you locked in.

 

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  91942

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 20-27, 2019

CONDITIONS AND FISHING COOLING OFF

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Alot of meat! Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles had a live mackerel pinned to her line not far from Punta Arenas with Captain Pancho  when she hooked this massive wahoo not far from the shoreline.  The big fish was weighed on a scale and measured 56-pounds!

It’s been over 10 years since Mark Rubin came to visit us so it was good to see him. He was out fishing with Captain Arcangel and got this colorful dorado up for a great photo!

On her first day out and first-time in La Paz, Kathy Parker was with Captain Luis and deckie Miguel  in the channel between the city and Espirito Santo Island in an area where big 50-150 pound tuna had been sighted. On her first bait in the water, this big yellowfin inhaled her little sardine and the fight was on! With her sister, Sherry (see photo below), trading the rod-back-and-forth for 4 long hours, the ladies finally got this big boy to the boat!

Holly Kunzler’s big dorado of the week was caught while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Holly’s first trip to Baja and she was with us for the better part of the week visiting from Utah.

Our long-time amigos with their favorite Captain Jorge, Marianne and Jeff Sakuda enjoying Jeff’s retirement vacation after 30 years as a pilot for United, they kicked off things with a nice rack of bull dorado.

Double tag-team! Sherry Cady was on her 2nd visit to us this year and this time brought her sister, Kathy Parker (see photo above) when they hung this big yellowfin tuna with deckhand Miguel and Captain Luis and battled the fat fish for 4 hours!

 

Montana Dewey and Leslie Spafford guide trips in Arizona and came to visit this week and go into some dorado and cabrilla their first day at Las Arenas.

First-timer and happy fisherman, George Misner, started his trip with a nice bull dorado just south of Bahia Muertos.

Popular Captain Chito hung two of those big tuna that were boiling north of La Paz for a few days. Unfortunately, photos of the clients didn’t come out!

Hi Craig! Always good to have Craig Corda back with us . He’s been our amigo for over 20 years and never has a bad day.

Al Chaves lives outside of Phoenix and was out with Captain Jorge when he got this dorado. He had a big tuna on briefly.

Jarat Bagwell from Arizona got the jackpot with his buddies when he caught the most fish for the day including dorado, cabrilla and snapper.

Texas in the house! Cody Timberlake is a professional cowboy and former bullrider and lives in Banderas TX. First trip with us and a dorado with Captain Alfredo.

Monte Aldridge shows off a bull dorado he picked up fishing off Espirito Santo Island. He’s from Richfield UT and always good to have him visit.

Eric Gunnells and Steve Bayer picked up these dorado on their one day out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Barbara Burnett and her husband Jerry have their own great salmon operation in Juneau AK, but came to visit us and started off with a day of dorado.

These are great eating triggerfish! Best ceviche and fish tacos! Captain Jorge with or friends, Jeff and Marianne Sakuda.

Captain Fili is hidden behind a dorado, but no hiding Zach Arnold and Trent Baysinger and a couple of nice mahi.

Good to see Captain Arcangel smiling. Nice dorado in the box again for Mark.

 

Things have fallen off rapidly with cooler temperature, stronger winds and currents and rougher water the last week-and-a-half.  Fishing has also dropped off dramatically.  The warm water season ended sooner than expected and I think things will continue to change as warm water species like the dorado, tuna, wahoo, and billfish move out and are replaced by more inshore cooler water species.

 

Once again this week, captains and clients worked hard to find picky fish.  Bait was harder to come by in the rougher waters and there were times with there were some uncharacteristically big swells, chop and gusty winds making it more difficult to fish.  The winds will only get stronger as normally calm La Paz Bay even got some big wind-generated rollers that smashed waves onto the waterfront areas.

 

There were still some dorado around although the schools are diminishing.   Most days boats scratched out a catch of 1-5 dorado per day with most about 10 pounds or so.  Smaller ones were released.  Lots of bonito, fortunately usually kept rods bent.

 

More inshore fish like triggerfish, snapper, pargo and cabrilla as well as sierra and jack crevalle and pompano increased in the counts as waters cooled and it became more incumbent to fish closer to the beaches and rocks.

 

There are, however, some great catches still waiting!

 

We had a few nice wahoo this week including a whopper 56-pounder by Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles.  As well, there’s still the occasional 30-50 pound roosterfish.

 

The biggest surprise was the appearance of some pig yellowfin tuna that were in the 50-150 pound class between Punta Tecolote and Espirito Santo Island in the channel.  These fish were toads that tore into anglers for 1-4 hour battles, when they would bite.  Sometimes, they were just a tease boiling around the pangas, but not interested in eating a hooked bait.  But, when they did bite, they were beasts!  Normally, we don’t see tuna around La Paz as we catch them mainly around Las Arenas so this was a nice surprise!

 

BOOKING FOR 2020 STARTING TO FILL

Ice chests full of fish headed to the airport!

Our reservations are coming in faster than normal and many dates in 2020 are getting filled.  Calls and e-mails are coming in daily. Some dates are already sold out.  In 2019 we were filled by March.

We don’t want to miss you.  If you have a favorite captain, hotel or date in mind, don’t wait.  Especially, don’t wait until we do our fishing and hunting show tour in the winter.  We want to be sure we have you down and covered so we can have you visit next year!

Check your calendar!

 

That’s our story!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan & Jill


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

ERRATIC CHANGING CONDITIONS HAMPERS

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

“Birthday Bob” Layko always visits us each year on his birthday with cousin Craig Brown. Got himself a wahoo and some dorado too with Captain Armando.

A two-hour battle for Eric Gunnels from Phoenix, produced this 70 pound tuna. It doesn’t look like it from the angle, but we put it on a certified scale. Captain Chito give the thumbs-up. Big tuna made an appearane between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.

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First-timer Steve Kunzler from Utah found dorado fishing to his liking.

Kyle Muir is from Beaverton OR, but skippers for Vonnie’s Fishing Charters up in Sitka, Alaska. He’s got a pair of bulls in hand.

From Denver, Bobby Hart had never fished in salt water before let alone been to Mexico, but his very first day hooked this trophy roosterfish off Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Our good amiga from Richfield, UT, Marlene Aldridge, has a big smile and 3 nice doardo on the cutting board.

On their way in from fishing out’ve La Paz, Dale and Daryl Martz from Colorado and Alan Martz from Boston hold up some of their catch.

Ten-year-old Carter Hart hooked this bull dorado north of La Paz. On just 30-pound-test the youngster battled the fish for 20 minutes refusing offers of help and got it to the boat all by himself.

A good day on the water for Larry Huey posing on the beach with a couple of dorado, some cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper.

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Funny shot of the week with Monty Aldridge and his baby roosterfish. A cute one! Monty released the fish there in Bahia Muertos.

Holly Kunzler repeatedly claims to have outfished husband, Steve and says she caught most of these dorado.

The Brasier Brothers, Bill and Scott have alot of fish for their captain to clean! Dorado, pargo, snapper, triggerfish and cabrilla as well as jack crevalle on the cleaning table.

Best shot of the week. Carter and Brooke Hart from Denver got some pargo liso out’ve the rocks and pose on the beach.

Two in hand and one on the table for Hugo with Captain Gerardo goofing off behind.

From Lake Havasu, AZ, Laurie Reynolds and John Gillespie got some nice dorado to show.

Armando, Craig and Bob in the gallery again with quite a variety of fish!

Young Carter on the gaff! Like a boss.

Bob Sayre was battling a bonito when a big wahoo came swimming around the panga. Just like that…in one bite..the wahoo scissored the back-half-of his bonito with it’s sharp teeth and swam away. Eat-and-run!

 

We have definitely had better weeks of fishing this season.  Overall, it was probably the most disappointing and difficult fishing of the year and the captains and clients really had to work hard for their fish.

 

It started with a combination of several factors and it took quite awhile to recover and it’s taking a long time to get back up to speed.

 

However, kicking off the week with the tail end of that huge 30-hour rainstorm and subsequent sporadic rains in the following days not only required that we cancel a day of fishing; but the rain sent lots of run-off into the ocean, muddying the waters.  Winds that persisted all week, including strong northern winds that are the vanguard indicator that the season is coming to an end, not only made it bumpy and rough to fish, but also cooled down surface water temperatures.  Add in a full moon and choppy waters and it was a round-house kick to the head.

 

Any singular variable or even two of those things would not have impeded the bite much…if at all…but that combination of wind, waves, rain and a full moon put the hex on things.

 

It has been taking it’s time recovering, if at all.  With the continued north winds, that means we’re heading into the off-season and it might probably be getting rougher and more difficult to fish.  That being said, the fishing did improve little-by-little every day although still relatively slow compared to what it had been before the storms.

 

Dorado were the mainstay action with fish mostly 10-20 pounds.  Bonito were mostly plentiful to the point of being a nuisance, but together with jack crevalle, small roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla and snapper at least kept rods bent most of the time.

 

Most exciting were the boiling tuna that showed up between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.  Fish between 50 and 150 pounds came up several times and really rocked a few of our anglers who battled fish up to 4 hours.  All except ome fish…about a 70-pounder…were lost.  The angler on the 70 pounder battled for 2 hours to get the fish aboard.

 

Other species included pompano, sierra, amberjack and triggerfish.

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  91942

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 29-Oct.6, 2019

TUNA and WAHOO FINALLY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2019

 

Mexican Minute Video Report

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

You never forget the first. Especially, when you have been trying for years like John Gibbs and Wiley Randolph who visit us every year and finally nailed their first wahoo…on the same day…on the same panga with Captain Pancho.

It’s easy to see why these guys are fun. With Captain Jorge, James Ekern, Corey Sowers and George Aun from Utah and a bunch of dorado.

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First day and first time fishing with us, Steve Salbeck, rocked this big dog-tooth snapper with Captain Moncho. That’s alot of meat for the ice chest.

Eric Sanchez gives buddy Adam Nystuen with a nice wahoo they took off Bahia Muertos.

Scott Milligan and Dave Sedeno posing with their first day catch with quite a variety including, dorado, pompano and snapper .


Funny shot with Dana Murray our amigo from Washington who has a tuckered tongue out hefting this 50-pound class tuna to pose with Captain Armando.

A sweet-looking bull dorado and blue water! Brian Schwalbe gets some grins with Captain Luis who caught this with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Captain Fili with another pompano and Rich Sisk and Scott Pepper hold up some of their first-day catch on the beach at Bahia Muertos.


Enjoying some Baja sunshine from Montana where it was snowing 30″ this week, Pepper Paul Hamlin has a couple of nice bull dorado and a great shirt!

Brothers who fish together, the Suzumoto brothers, Thomas, Luke and John with Captain Jorge. Couldn’t find nicer guys. With us for the first time.

This trio is trouble and always having fun catching a big rack of dorado to match their shirts, Nino Bonfiglio, Captain Victor and Jim Gatti.

Mark Self just had one day to fish and got one of the largest dorado of the week.

Wiley’s biggest dorado ever despite many trips to fish with us here in La Paz! He was fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Brian had himself a nice week of fishing with this marlin his largest of the week and he shared the meat with his group.

Check out Al Jones and the variety of fish on the cutting board. He’s got dorado, white bonito, cabrilla, triggerfish and yellow snapper.

Our newly retired forestry amigos from Carson City NV, on their 2nd trip with us got a pile of dorado, triggerfish, pompano and jack crevalle.

A solid trophy barred pargo on the gaff for Chris Aiello. Great eating.

Kim Bell fought this nice plug yellowfin tuna for 45 minutes all by herself as it pulled the panga around. Good job!

Too cool from Colorado, Dave Van Steenkiste and Randall Sullivan got themselves a good batch of dorado for the day.

Great colors. Ken has another mahi for the box.

Gerardo gets into the photo with Bob Larson and Bill Bigelman who have a big pompano to go along with their dorado.

We finally got some wahoo in the boat! Wiley Randolph and Captain Pancho got the gaff in this big boy.


Early morning mahi! John Gibbs starts the day with a bull in the boat. Incredible colors.


Eric from Phoenix and Kendall from Denver on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

The man behind the mask with the huge bull is Brian Schwalbe.

Bob Manney is all smiles with his day’s fishing results. Bob is from Washington and visits us each year.

Captain Arcangel has been on our team for almost 25 years and is popular with many of our Tailhunter anglers. Take a look at the baby wahoo in his left hand. They thought it was a needlefish at first!

Tim Bell is all grins with Captain Jorge. Tuna and dorado headed to the fillet table.

Three of the best folks in the world…Captain Joel…Emily Duncan from Santa Barbara…our own Jorge Romero.

The Zuckerman brothers, Mike and Dave with a load of pompano, a barred pargo and a dorado. Lots of variety this past week.

Scott and Alfred after their first day with dorado, pompano, jack crevalle.

This is just funny…it’s not every day that the police inspector on the beach let’s loose and poses with the fishermen, but Angelo Oliverio, Captain Armando and Ken Campbell get a thumbs-up from the big man!


We probably could not have asked for a better week.  The seasons are changing and to go along with mild sunny temperatures and cool tropical breezes, the fish were on their game finally!

 

Whether you fished with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet or our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, there was no shortage of action.  Occasionally, one boat might be off-target, but for the most part, it was all the dorado you could possibly stand!

 

Limits or near limits of mahi were common with lots more released for being too small or over-limits.  We had some boat on some days back on the beach by 10 or 11 a.m. with happy anglers ready to hit the pool, nice lunch and a siesta! 

 

If there was any difference between our two fleets, the dorado seemed larger for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and for our La Paz Fleet, there were a lot more fish. .. but they tended to be smaller.  Most fish ran 10-15 pounds with occasional 20-35 pounders and larger fish lost.

 

In between the dorado, add a smattering of hard-fighting bonito, jack crevalle, a pargo or cabrilla and too many pesky needlefish and it was usually a fully day of bent rods and grinning clients! 

 

The highlights of the week were surely the jags of yellowfin tuna that finally popped up and landed in the boats.  Best spots were with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet using live bait with the fish as small as footballs but as large as 50-pounders.  I wouldn’t go so far as saying we have a “tuna bite” starting up, but it’s encouraging to finally see some tuna in the boxes.

 

Even better was that we finally hit some wahoo as well.  We’ve been getting teased by biters for that last week or two, but none of the fish stuck and it’s been months since one was landed.  We lost a few more this week, but at least we also got some onto the gaffs and onto the fish cleaning tables.  They were nice 20-45 pound ‘hoos!

 

Waters are cooling down. Air temps are very moderate with minimal humidity.  Breezes are coming more from the north so the season is changing.  It’s really really pleasant here right now.

ALERT for 2020 FISHING WITH TAILHUNTERS!

Just a heads-up for all our Tailhunter amigos…we are really booking up fast for 2020!  This year 2019 we were largely sold out by MARCH!!!  Some dates for next year are already sold out. 

If you have some favorites dates, rooms hotels AND CAPTAINS, don’t hesitate. Do not wait until we come to your town at one of the sportsman’s shows.  We are even getting bookings for 2021 and we want to make sure we have you covered for fishing and visiting us next year!

 

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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


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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 20-29, 2019

BOUNCING BACK FROM HURRICANE LORENA

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 20-29, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Big dorado of the week by a long-shot, Jon Eide came to see us again from Minnesota and got this big bull north of La Paz.

Mike Murray and Danny Lewis from Lancaster CA tag-teamed this blue marlin estimated at about 250 pounds on their panga just north of La Paz fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet.  The fish ate a live sardine on 50-pound test and was not able to be released after a long fight.

Herkko Miettinen came all the way from Finland and was fishing with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz and his friend Kris Honkola when he hooked and landed this pretty dog-tooth snapper on a chunk of bonito in the shallows outside of Bahia Muertos.

 

Nice first roosterfish for Toni Brown from Salt Lake City who was fishing for dorado near Punta Arenas when the big fish bit just off the rocky area.  She was fishing with the Tailhunter La Paz fleet and was able to release the fish.

Another of our fun amigos from Finland, Jussi Nassi poses with his first striped marlin that fed alot of folks that night for dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant.

Thumbs-up day for Greg and Larry Chastain to start their week with a nice rack of dorado from Las Arenas.

Captain Lorenzo with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz hoists up a big dog-tooth snapper for Jim Ginther who came to enjoy some sunshine all the way from Minnesota.

Oregon boys on the beach, Brad Bennett and Jon Barnard had themselves a full week with lots of species of fish including these dorado plus a big barred pargo.

Captain Gerardo gets in the photo with first-timers Merit Olmstead and Mike Dangler who kicked off their first day with an excellent rack of dorado plus pompano and barred pargo . Great eating!

Nice shot! Nice fish. Great colors! Kirk Shandrew is the amigo behind the mask with the barred pargo . Kirk is from Elko, NV.

Captain Armando and Gary Okizaki from Cypress, CA and his big dorado of the day.

Doesn’t get much prettier than these colors on Mark Brown’s dorado as he’s given a hand by Captain Gerardo. Mark is from Salt Lake City UT

You always remember that first one…Kirk Shandrew rocked this striper north of La Paz his first day.

Pound-for-pound, there aren’t too many fish that fight harder than these jack crevalle (“toro”). Bruce Luscombe took this one on the flyrod making it doubly tough!

Big smiles from Justin West who stuck this nice barred pargo. It was a pretty good week for these fish which is unusual this time of year. Great fighters and great eating too! Trophy size!

That’s a nice mix of reefish there including yellow snapper, triggerfish and palometas for John Vondrak, Joe Eide and Bruce Luscombe with Captain Victor.

Another good day on the water and another dorado for the box for Toni Brown.

Two new friends from Idaho who started their trip with a box full of dorado fishing with our La Paz fleet, Peggy and Joe Manning.

Here’s a pair! Bill Schroeder and Tom Lathrop with double dorado for the camera.

Captain Luis poses with Mike Kingsmore who took this dorado near Espirito Santo Island.

Adding to the variety! Bryan and his dad Steve Smith with a palometa and dorado. Bryan’s first trip. Steve visits us every year.

Kirk Shandrew and another tough jack crevalle caught, battled and released!

 

 

Hurricane Lorena reached category 1 status last weekend and came directly over La Paz instead of veering off as had been originally predicted.  Fortunately, other than some heavy flooding, a few roads washing out and felling some trees and power poles, no one was injured and property damage was relatively minimal compared to other hurricanes that have blown through.  The most damage appears to have occurred out towards Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ La Ventana and El Sargento over the hill from La Paz.

The biggest issue for us were all the anglers who got stuck for several days. With the beaches getting battered; the seas in a cauldron and the port captain shutting down all boat traffic, there wasn’t much to do for the several dozen visitors we had who were suddenly locked in.

 

Others were trying to get home and to the airport.  Many more were trying to fly in. However, with flights canceled and the Cabo Airport closed,  folks either had to stay extra days in La Paz or conversely, lost days of vacation because they couldn’t fly down.

 

Although the storm itself was relatively minor as hurricanes go, the after-effects have been tremendous.

 

In terms of climate, post-Lorena, air temperatures have dropped dramatically from the high 90’s and low 100’s to the low 90’s.  Almost a 10 degree drop across the board.  Additionally, humidity has fallen from the muggy 70-80% steambath to a very comfortable 50% these following days.  Accompanied by stronger winds reminiscent of later October, it’s actually been quite comfortable causing many of us to remark that we suddenly lost summer.  Fall dropped in like someone had thrown a switch.

 

The bite, as well, was heavily affected.

 

Right after Lorena moved north, it cause tropical storm Mario, holding off the Pacific Coast to move into the vacuum.  So, early in the week brought continued cloudiness, rough seas and occasional rainstorms.

 

All of this caused the bite to take it’s time getting back up to speed.

 

Prior to the storm, we had the best dorado bite of the season going.  We had the best marlin bite I have ever seen in over 2 decades.   After Lorena, it took awhile to gain momentum again.

 

The week started pretty scratchy ,but with each progressive day, the waters cleared up and the fish started to bite again. It wasn’t as full-turbo as the week before, but fairly decent action kept improving with mostly dorado biting for both our Tailhunter La Paz and our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleets.

 

Most of the dorado were respectable 10-20 pound fish. There were a few larger.  Many smaller fish were released.

 

Additionally, both blue and striped marlin improved as well with a number of  fish hooked each day while anglers were trying to catch dorado.  Consequently, many fish were hooked (and quite a few lost) on light tackle!  Most hooked fish were released.

 

Still no tuna or wahoo to speak of although this should be prime-time for both species.  Occasionally, one or two tuna get picked up, but the schools are either moving too fast or pop up and boil, then quickly go back down.  On several occasions, the fish were boiling but refused to take baits.  Checking the stomachs of several hooked tuna, we found their bellies full of small squid which could account for their unwillingness to take a hooked bait.

 

As for other species, the change in weather seems to have a dramatic effect on other species as well.  It’s almost as if we are fishing in June conditions again.  We’re getting pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, the occasional yellowtail and amberjack, pompano and even some sierra plus those big dog-tooth snapper again.

 

It’s been a weird crazy season.

That’s my story

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 15-20, 2019

HURRICANE LORENA…FULL MOON…MARLIN INSANITY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 15-20, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

I shot this earlier than normal…two days before the end of the week as Hurricane Lorena was about to hit us and I did not know at the time if we would lose electricity and internet.  Plus, I had a feeling that the rest of week we’d have to cancel fishing for a day or two.  So, it’s a little longer than normal as well because there was alot to chat about!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Hurricane Lorena was supposed to have veered off, but at the last minute came straight for us. It could have been alot worse as it dropped rain and wind on us for about 12 hours before moving on. The biggest issue was that we had to cancel fishing and diving and lots of folks got stuck when the airlines shut down or the airport got closed.

What an incredible marlin bite we had! For several days mid-week we had the best marlin fishing we have ever seen where almost every panga each day hooked 1-4 marlin like the Lauby Brothers…Justin and Noah…who hooked for marlin in 2 days. Most fish over the week were released and much meat was donated.

One of our newest funnest Tailhunter tribe members, Mari Bedsaul had some fun with us and got into some of that fun dorado fishing with Captain Alfredo.

Captain Arcangel looks like he’s checking the teeth of this big roosterfish…or looking for the hook so they can release it! But nice first rooster for Jon Sparks! And yes…they were able to release it!

The biggest tuna of the week and her first ever for Kasey Dewey from Washington. Tough fish, especially for a first-timer and she did great!

April Perry, husband Ryan and brother Taylor Sering got this blue marlin in that great marlin bite this week tag-teaming the rod on light tackle! One of the few blues that was caught. Most of the fish were able to be released and much meat was donated.

Dave Sowards has been visiting us for several years and always seems to do well. He got this striper with Captain Chito and had several others on as well.

Love this shot!!! Big smiles from Taylor Sering and Captain Luis plus a nice bull dorado as well.

That’s quite a table of fish for Larry Axtell and Clint Lowe from Idaho with Captain Fili including dorado, triggers and jack crevalle.

First marlin for firefighter Kallie Stahley who came down with her dad and were at the start of the marlin and dorado bite this week.

Not many tuna this week, but Greg Walter poses with a couple of nice footballs!

What a great shot and a super fish! Fishing wit Captain Jorge right off Punta Perico, Mari Bledsaul started her fishing week with a hefty roosterfish caught…photo’d…and released! Nicely done!

Great color and one of our newest amigas at Tailhunter, April Perry, from easter Washington poses with a fresh dorado.

Two funny guys and their tuna! Lou Torres and Frank Marshall! Tuna were hard to come by this week just when I thought they’d turn on!

Hard to find too many nicer guys than Chris Bedsaul showing off his first roosterfish. The fish was released!

Yes, there’s still lots of big hard-charging jack crevalle around to bend rods like this bad boy caught by Stefan Zeltvay. Cousin to the roosterfish, the Mexican name for them is “toro” (bull) for good reason. They are roosterfish without the headgear!

First day on the water with a sweet bit of tuna and dorado fillets for Randy and Kasey Dewey with Captain Gerardo peeking from behind.

Double dorado on the beach for April Sering. Some of it headed to our Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner

Another dorado for Mari north of La Paz.

Wow…what a week!

 

Initially with the full moon, I was wondering if the lunar phase would affect the nice dorado bite we had been having.  I’m not a big believer in how the moon affects our fishing down here, but you just never know!

 

So, the week kicked off with no big change in the dorado bite. In fact, it got better and the fish got bigger!  Especially for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, it was pretty typical to get limits of 10-20 or 25 pound dorado and then catch and release many many more.  Lots of fun!

How can you beat this photo! Dorado underwater! Thanks, Chris Bedsaul!

But, then the craziest thing happened…

 

The marlin went crazy nut insane!  In 25 years here, I have never seen anything like it.  For 4 days, almost all our pangas were hooking 1-4 marlin per boat per day!  Stripers up to 120 pounds!  Blue Marlin in the 150-250 pound range!  We even had a 600 pound marlin at one point.

 

Here’s what some of our folks said:

 

“We had two marlin on the line and another one came up and bit a 3rd rod the captain had in the water.  He was trying to figure out which marlin to chase after with the boat!”

 

“We hooked and released two marlin and tried to get away from them and moved the boat.  Two marlin swam after the boat like they wanted to be fed!”

 

“Our panga was in the middle of the dorado school and we had two fish one and I happened to look down and saw a marlin just kinda hanging under the boat.  Then, I felt a bump and realized there was another marlin bumping the boat!” 

 

“Pretty exciting stuff.  In 3 days, we hooked and released 5 marlin on light tackle including 4 stripers and 1 blue.  My wife says she loves fishing now! Our last fish we were on our way in and had one rod out with a little feather and a striper bit it!”

 

The big issue was that so many of these fish showed up while guys were going full-turbo in the dorado schools.  Consequently, they were fishing with light 30 and 40 pound test…small hooks and small baits when the marlin bit.  Many of the marlin were not only eating the baits, but also eating the dorado.

 

On light tackle, the fights were long and epic.

Dave again!

 

The bad thing was that many folks tried to release fish but the fish were exhausted.  We released the majority of the fish, but some were not able to be released but many of our anglers donated meat to needy folks here in town.  Also, because of the small hooks and lines, the marlin were swallowing the hooks all the way down and that also made it difficult to release fish!

 

The other aspect is that as long as some fights were…others were short and some of the larger fish, especially, the blue marlin were lost!  By day 3, many of our captains were putting some heavier gear aboard!

 

Then…Hurricane Lorena showed up!

 

Relatively small compared to many others, but it started heading towards Baja and really didn’t look like much other than maybe a little wind and rain.  Then, the “Hurricane Watch” became  Hurricane “Warning.”  It was definitely headed up to Baja!  However, the initial advisories indicated it would veer off to the Pacific and La Paz would only get the edge of the storm.

 

However, as sometimes happens, late Friday, the storm turned and put us right in the crosshairs on a direct collision.  So…

C’mon man…you said you weren’t going to hit us!

 

Airports closed…flights got canceled…the port closed and no boats were allowed out…folks started getting ready with water, candles, flashlights and extra beer.  A lot of our anglers got stuck for an extra night or two unable to leave.  Others trying to get in couldn’t fly down because of canceled flights or the closed Cabo Airport.

 

When the storm finally hit, it was a lot weaker than so many storms we’ve had, but enough to drop wind and rain on us for about 12 hours and keep everyone pinned indoors all night watching the storm.  Fortunately, other than some flooding and downed trees, no one was hurt and very little property damage.  It was just a big wet “inconvenient” pain-in-the-butt!

 

Frankly, many of our clients partied and rolled with it and were very patient with us and the circumstances.   However, I felt badly for those that lost fishing days or got stuck one way-or-the-other.

As of Saturday morning the airports opened and normalcy started returning as we dried out and dug out.

 

Not sure how this will affect the fishing but we’ll keep you posted!

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  91942

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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