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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Nov. 25-Dec.2, 2018

WIND DROPS FISHING IMPROVES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 25-Dec 2, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE…

Weather – Much better this week.  Winds gave us a break.  Mostly sunny.  Daytime temps mid-80’s.

Water – Getting cooler, but largely flatter this week and calmer with the absence of those northern winds

Fishing – Transitional mix with warm and cooler water fish taken.  Warmer water fish on the way out and more cooler water fish showing up.  But strangely, one day it would be mostly cooler water fish like pargo, cabrilla and sierra.  Next day, warm water fish like dorado and wahoo.

Fish Caught This Week:  Wahoo, dorado, bonito, jack crevalle, cabrilla, needlefish, sierra, snapper

Forecast: Looks like the northern winds return this coming week with very strong winds maybe Monday or Tuesday then later in the week very strong.  Chance of showers mid-week.

THE BIG PICTURE & THE REST OF THE STORY…

We’re not usually going to see dorado this time of year, but they were a great surprise this week. Most fish 8-12 pounds. Fun size, but some larger. Check out the big jack crevalle on the rack. They were fishing with Captain Gerardo.

Manny poses with his big wahoo caught right off the point at Punta Perrico. Decent wahoo week earlier.

Captain Armando put his guys on a full box of sierra plus some fat bonito, a cabrilla and a giant needlefish.

Laura Rush with a great eating yellow snapper.

 

It was one of the better weeks we have had in awhile.  As is usually the case, weather has a lot to do with the fishing.  With mostly sunny skies, the winter north winds gave us a break for the most part allowing us to get out there and not make it an exercise in staying dry and in the boat in the big waves.  But, it also allowed us to get to some spots that are often difficult when it’s windy.

 

With daytime temps in the mid-80’s and nighttime in the high 60’s it’s a pleasant time to be in La Paz and the influx of snowbirds is a sure indicator.  But, as I’ve said in the past, they usually don’t fish or only fish a day so there just aren’t that many folks fishing this time of year.

 

But, we did get some folks out and the catches were rather surprising.

 

Early in the week out’ve Bahia Muertos, a good snap of 20-50 pound wahoo showed up just off the rocks with some nice fish hitting the box, but others getting lost.

 

All week, there were small bands of schoolie-dorado as well.  Nothing spectacular, but great fun action with fish running 8-12 pounds mostly with the occasional 20-pounder.  A bit unusual this time of year given the cooler water temps.

 

Other days, there was decent action on bonito, big jack crevalle, pargo and cabrilla and a sure indicator of cooler conditions was the appearance of good bites of sierra that make for great eating and fun on light tackle.  In fact, several days we had more sierra than I’ve seen in a long time.

 

The outlook for the coming week shows some spikes of wind as the northerns return, but most of the wind won’t hit until the end of the week.

 

That’s our story!

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Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Nov. 11-25, 2018

FISHING OK BUT NOT MANY FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 11-25, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Town is kinda quiet these days. Nice time to be down here to enjoy some sunshine! You have the beaches to yourself!

When you can only squeeze in one day to fish in between bouts of wind and you make a great day out’ve it…Elijah Rush from El Cajon, CA got a handful of dorado, a tuna and some pargo (not pictured) for the ice chest!

Typical catch right now. Some snapper. Some pargo. Maybe some dorado.

As far as conditions, it wasn’t as bad as it has been when it’s been windy and rough with port closures.  Actually, it was pretty nice overall.  Sun’s out and a nice time to be in town with day time temps  like a postcard in the high-70’s to low-80’s and night time temps in the high-60’s.   Breezes kicking up to about 15 mph, but mostly later.

 

You can see why lots of snowbirds are “escaping” into town right now and we’re getting inquiries from Minnesota, Canada, Montana and North Dakota!  No matter how “bad” our weather is, the only snow you’ll find is in a margarita glass.

 

But, by the same token, not many folks fishing.  Almost no-one as a matter of fact.  The folks coming to town are looking for sunshine and putting their toes in the sand.

 

The waters are still rougher than normal.  In fact, last week several days the port was closed to all boat traffic coming or going.  So, even if it’s calm in the bay, it can be crazy outside.  Even, inside the bay it can be churning.

 

Two weeks ago, an independent dive boat overloaded with more than 2 dozen divers ignored the closures and went out.  It got swamped and sank!  Fortunately, everyone was picked up from what we heard.

 

However, we did get a few folks out.  On the days it was really windy, we couldn’t go.

 

If it was moderately windy we were still able to fish inshore for some cabrilla, snapper, bonito and jacks.  Weather permitting, if we could get just a little outside, there’s some dorado and tuna still hanging out.

 

Live bait has been an issue because of the rougher weather pounding the shallow bait areas so we’re using mostly dead bait or lures lately.

WHALE WATCHING SEASON COMING UP

 

Don’t forget our annual Whale Watching Season at Bahia Magdalena runs from January to March.  Contact us for more info about a great family event and the opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close like you’ve never imagined!

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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 Nov. 4-11, 21018

MIXED WEATHER – MIXED FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 4-11, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO FISHING REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK at A GLANCE

Weather – Nice and sunny but cooler every week.  Nights can be very cool.  Water temps are going down too.  Can get breezy and windy some days.

Water – Getting cooler and less blue.  Rough some days now as we move into the cooler months.

Fishing – Rougher and cooler waters are making it more difficult to get live bait.  That along with changing conditions overall are changing the complexion of the fishing.  Less bluewater fish like tuna and dorado.  More emphasis on inshore fishing for pargo, cabrilla and other reef fish.

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Just some incredible colors on this late-season dorado that Travis caught. Gorgeous fish!

Whoa…that’s a big cabrilla! Sweet meat for the grill with Captain Armando.

Travis is all smiles posing with his roosterfish, but check out the bent rod behind him! That’s wife, Melinda on another rooster. See the photo below! Both fish released!

First-timer rocks it! Captain Pancho helps out Melinda Woodward with this hefty roosterfish before releasing it.

Old Tailhunter amigos for many years, Bill and Patrick with Captain Jorge and a nice yellowfin to go along with a day of bonito fun.

Incredible flat water and perfect for Melinda to catch this sweet bull dorado.

Lots of fun on light tackle…even moreso on a flyrod! Bonito for the masked man from Oregon, Travis Woodward.

It was a mixed bag of fish this past week as we transition into the cooler aspects of the season.  Not really many folks fishing these days.  Many are walk-in visitors or snow-birds who are spending time in town and just want a day of fishing and sunshine, rather than folks coming specifically for fishing.  So, many aren’t very serious fishermen either and just want some fun and action.

 

This is that time before the holidays when folks aren’t really travelling much.  Families are doing other things.  Also, the weather and waters are changing.  It’s wonderfully sunny, but definitely cooler and also getting more and more breezy. So, it can be a tad rougher.

 

That makes it harder to get live bait, either because the bait guys aren’t going out very much since there’s not many folks fishing or because of the weather, the live bait is scattered.

 

That being said, we still got some action.  Good bites of bonito keep things interesting, especially for the first-timers.  But in between, we’re still getting a few yellowfin tuna up to about 25 pounds.  There’s some nice dorado not too far offshore.  Inshore, pargo and cabrilla are becoming more predominant, especially as it gets tougher to get too far from shore because of weather condition.   Also, surprisingly, some nice 30-50 pound roosterfish still around as well.

That’s my story!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2018

FISH GET PICKY AS SEASON TRANSITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Short Attention Span Week at a Glance

Weather – Beautiful sunny days, but winds are definitely up.  Erratically so.  Sometimes in the morning.  Sometimes in the afternoon.  Comes from different directions and sometimes several changes during the same day.  So, it can be bumpy and rough some days…some places…but not others.  Otherwise, it’s a really pretty time to be in town.  Snowbirds starting to filter back to the city.  Daytime temps low to mid-80’s.

Water – Winds are causing water temps to drop.  Also, less blue water and water getting turned over now.  The agitated water is also making it harder to get bait…very important in fishing production.

Fishing – Up and down.  So many variables now.  More wind.  Cooler waters.  More difficult to find bait. Big moon.  By themselves not a big deal, but combined fishing very much affected. Fish are moving around. Different species biting.  Still some tuna and dorado around.  Still some of those big pargo.  More cooler water fish inshore.  Had a good wahoo week.  Also, surprisingly strong for big roosterfish this past week.

Outlook – As the wind continue, things will continue to change towards the cooler, rougher water.  We’re not fishing much out’ve La Paz anymore with more focus fishing from Muertos/ Las Arenas where it’s a little more protected.

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Sorry we couldn’t get Marcus his marlin although he tried really hard at it, but he finally got his roosterfish as he and Captain Victor struggle to get a photo and get the big fish released. Punta Perico in the near background.

Captain Pancho with our fun Montana friends who had a super day. Darrel Zauner and daughter, Marni got two wahoo and a tuna and had a big dog-tooth on the line too!

Smiles from George Shaw who finally hit the fish on their 3rd day.

Fat tuna in the hands of Darcie…her first tuna and she rocked it like a boss.

Good week for wahoo. Came up from the East Cape to find the skinnies.

Hi Renee! Fun week with Renee and her husband who hung in there during a scratchy week and finally got into the fish.

Johnny from Rancho Costa got himself a wahoo for dinner too!

Captain Victor watched Marcus hoist his catch from Bahia Muertos.

We had an up-and-down week here.  We had some of the prettiest postcard days, but also some days when the sun was out but the winter winds were blowing making it tough to fish.  Oh, and a full moon as well!

 

I will officially now say we have passed from the warm water season into the cooler off-season.  Winds are starting to blow erratically now.  Some from the north, some from the south.  It changes from day-to-day and can even change several times during the same day.

 

The result is that the waters have cooled or are getting mucked up.  Bait is getting increasingly harder to find and the bait guys either can’t find it or you have to wait until they get enough to sell.  Folks get impatient, but what you gonna do?  Go fish without bait?  That’s the way it is this time of year.

 

We pretty much aren’t doing much fishing with our La Paz fleet the last week-and-a-half or so. The outside waters are just too unpredictable; fish are scattering now; and bait has become an issue.

 

So, most of our fishing is with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet.

 

On the days when we could get bait, there’s still some stray  10-25 pound tuna hanging out. A few dorado here and there.  Still some of those nice big pargo liso and big dog-snapper in the rocks, although we didn’t get any to the boat this week and lost all of them in the rocks on busted lines.

 

However, wahoo are still around.  Dark Rapalas are still the best option to get them.  We got some 20-40 pounders hooked up this week.  Also, I was really surprised that we got so many and so many LARGE roosterfish as well.  Really not a very prominent time for roosterfish, but I guess they’re still there.  Pretty much any of our anglers this week who wanted to get one hooked up at least one and all of them were respectable legit fish.

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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. 21-28, 2019

FISH & WEATHER MAKE US WORK HARDER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 21-28, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Short Attention Span Week-At-A-Glance

Weather – No shortage of sunshine.  It’s really pleasant to be in town right now .  Daytime temps in the mid-80’s with a breeze.  Nights in the low 70’s.  However, not always great to be on the water as Hurricane Willa (hundreds of miles to the south) didn’t mess with us, it did send up some huge swells and strong wind that caused us to shut down our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing for 2 days.  Then, increasing northern winds have made it difficult at time fishing out’ve La Paz.  (Also makes it tough to find bait!).  The seasons are changing.

Water – The increasing winds are lowering the water temperatures and the water is getting more green although there’s still some great blue water around . It’s all in transition.

Fishing – Maybe it was a combination of variables.  Erratic winds.  A full moon.  Big swells.  All of it contributed to a tougher week of fishing.  I’ve seen worse.  But I have also seen better.  We had to work hard to get fish sometimes.  Moreso than normal. More cooler water species showing up.  Fewer blue-water fish around.  Also, the ability to find and catch bait is affected by the weather.  Harder to catch bait means harder to catch fish.

Caught This Week – tuna, wahoo, dorado, jack crevalle, lots of bonito, needlefish, roosterfish, pargo liso, cabrilla, triggerfish, dog-tooth snapper, pompano, palometa.

Outlook for Coming Week – Probably alot more of the same.  Off-season imminent.

 

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Our Montana friend, Darrel Zauner, hooked into a few of these beasts, but finally got a big dog-tooth to the boat!

Gary Pilkington has been visiting us for years and it was good to see him finally get his first wahoo!

Lots of “firsts” this week like this good-looking roosterfish caught by Mike Hanson from Grants’ Pass, Oregon while fishing with Captain Gerardo. The fish is alot bigger than it looks. Both Mike and Captain Gerardo are abut 6’3″ tall! The fish was released.

Outdoor writer, lecturer, author and TV show host, Scott Haugen finally came to visit us from his home in Oregon and put the hurt on this sizeable wahoo using a purple Rapala.

Some good eats here! Two different kinds of pargo caught by Tanner Millspaugh and his dad, Travis, from Washington state.

Two of our new favorite amigos, Debbie Arvin and Lynn Murphy from Colorado, with Captain Armando and some pretty yellowfin tuna.

Great colors on Chris Aiellos, dorado that he caught fishing with our La Paz fleet

A solid day to sea-the-least! Mike and dad Gary Pilkington with a rack of tuna, a dorado plus a wahoo! Grand slam!

 

First-time visitor from Colorado, in rough water, Don Vanzo got a legit bull dorado on the gaff.

That’s the right kind! John Morgenstern all the way from South Dakota got another tuna into the panga and a great photo!

HI Paula! Well done, amiga! Nice bull dorado!

Alaska in the house! John Daley with Captain Moncho and alot of tuna meat headed to the freezers.

Just too pretty of a photo. This is Jae Shin from Alaska with a roosterfish on the flyrod in Bahia Muertos.

Here’s Jae’s roosterfish caught on the flyrod . Great fun on such light tackle! The rooster was released. That’s Bahia Muertos water.

She’s an author and lecturer and teaches classes in outdoor cooking! Tiffany Haugen poses great with a wahoo in the blue waters near Punta Arenas.

Robbie Boyd and his dad, Bill, and Captain Jorge display a pretty pargo liso an a couple of yellowfin tuna on the beach at Muertos Bay.

He looks grim, but Brian is actually a nice guy with two handfuls of dorado and tuna caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

You’re kidding! Greg Garrison and Nic Huff sport THREE big wahoo from a day of fishing right off the rocks at Punta Arenas.

Celebrating Lollie Milano’s retirement, Dana Milano came down for the week and got themselves some nice yellowfin going on ice.

Stan Andre gives a little kiss to his dorado he got while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Brian’s got another dorado to add to the box! Despite some slow spots, he and his amigos took a nice load of fish home!

Gary Wagner loves light tackle and took this feisty rooster in the shallows in front of his place at Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Scott Haugen knows how to pose with a fish…like this colorful dorado.

Nic had never fished before but scored a number of highly covered wahoo!

I think that’s Brian behind the mask with another dorado.

Tough fish to pull out’ve the rocks, but Scott Haugen did the trick after 5 of them got the best of him and broke him off.

Table full ‘o’ tuna for Mike and Kirsten Hanson from Oregon!

Great shot of Mike Pilkington’s first wahoo. Caught with Captain Pancho driving the rig. Nice fish, Mike!

They don’t have many mahi mahi in S. Dakota which is where John Morgenstern will be taking these fillets!

First dorado for Ms. Tiffany. She is such a gamer!

It was a hit-or-miss week of fishing as the warm water season winds down and cooler conditions move in.  We often had to work a lot harder for our fish this past week than we’ve been used to during the season but everyone got fish.  It just wasn’t as easy or as plentiful in some cases.

 

It was erratic.  One boat would find fish and a boat next to them would struggle.  We’d look for tuna and only find dorado.  We’d chase dorado and get dog-tooth snapper.  A boat trying to pargo or cabrilla would hook a wahoo!  Just no rhyme or reason.  One day our Las Arenas fleet would be hot and the next day our La Paz fleet would have the hot bite!

 

A lot of it had to do with the weather.  Winds are blowing stronger and coming from all directions at different times of the day.  It’s cooling off the water temps.  It’s clouding up the water.  It’s making bait harder and harder to find as waves crash into the shallow areas disturbing the bait schools.

 

The big hurricane Willa that hammered far south of us, did not do us any damage.  The sun burned brightly every day.  But it did throw up some big wave and southerly winds that forced us to cancel two days of fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.  As the winds increase from the north, I imagine there will be more days that are tough to fish as the season diminishes.

 

However, there was a good jag of wahoo this week.  Some boats got multiple strikes and landed several.

 

The tuna were a little more scarce, but little spots of tuna popped up if you could jump on them fast enough.  The schools were very often busting water, but were hesitant to eat or would only eat quickly and move on so you only had a small window to get in on the bite.  The full moon might have had something to do with that.

 

Again, we had unusually huge dog-tooth snapper and pargo liso come up  off the shallows busting rods (really!) and 150-pound test.  We got about 1 out’ve every 8 or 9 hook-ups on these tough fish.

 

Dorado are still around.  Mostly in the 10-15 pound class.

ON a PERSONAL NOTE…

 

This is been an emotional roller-coaster week.  Earlier in the week, my dad passed away.  He was 91-years-young.

Many of you knew him.  He loved to fish.  He loved reading this fishing report.  Thankfully to Jill, she jammed a ticket back to Los Angeles in my hand on a “gut feeling” and told me to get back to see him NOW and she kicked me outta La Paz.

I got to spend a few hours with him and hold him for a bit and after spending most of the night with him told him I’d be back in the morning to have breakfast with him.  Little did I know that would be the last. The next morning, he took a breath and let go and slipped quietly and peacefully away.

I had to get back to La Paz and three days later…talk about the circle of life, we welcomed Hannah James Reid our 2nd grandchild to our daughter Jessie Reid and Brian Reid.  Whoo-hoooo!!!

The circle of life keeps rolling!

Just wanted to reach out to thank the hundreds of you that sent condolences to both Jill and I and also all of you sending congratulations.  We do not pass through life alone.  Glad to be on the path with so many of you.  God bless!

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 Oct. 13-21, 2018

HIGHS AND LOWS – SEASONS CHANGING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 14-21, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Temps dropped crazy almost 2 weeks ago and fish went into shock. North winds started blowing and stirred things up.  Supposed to have gotten some rain that never showed up but the season is definitely changing and moving towards cooler and breezier.  End of the blue-water season coming earlier than we’d like

Water – still warm!  Low to mid-80’s although air temps are sometimes cooler than the water temp!

Fishing – Really having to hunt and search these days.  Some days good.  Some days not so good. Some boats do good and boat right next to them terrible.  One captain is hot one day and next day someone different catches the lightning in the jar.  Fish are all confused with all the weather variables.  It’s also affecting the bait situation and availability.

However, mid-week, air temperatures started to rise.  Humidity returned.  The winds slowed down.  And the fishing got way better…mostly…sometimes…compared to before!

Outlook This Week – Supposed to get more and stronger north winds. Maybe even a tad of rain.  Might hurt the ability to fish with our La Paz Fleet if the northerns get too much stronger.   If the cooling trend is sustained, then fishing will definitely change.

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Wow! Great start for Craig Honkanen (r) and Ken Austad (l) and a double wahoo hook-up!

Fishing with their favorite Captain Armando, Bob Layko and Craig Brown from Washington visit us every year and started with a chunky dog-tooth snapper, a yellowfin tuna and some blue bonito!

Laura Hernandez’ giant dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo perro) that ate a whole bonito.

For two gals who had never fished in saltwater before, Margie and Debbie did pretty good on the tuna with Captain Pancho!

From Alaska, Brian Ginder posed with Captain Victor and one of the larger tuna and a bull dorado.

Nice grillwork on this big pargo that Mark Buchanan has! And a face only a mother could love…the fish I mean. Mark is fine!

Dorado aboard the Esperanzas fishing out’ve La Paz with Captain Boli and Scott and Mike Atherly.

I’d say Justin Jones and Mitch Gayman had a pretty good day with Captain Moncho! Check out all the tuna on the table and a nice wahoo as well!

Is this the biggest triggerfish ever? Jeff Ferguson from Colorado Springs CO. That’s alot of ceviche!

Steve Resky and the panga all to himself and rocked it with a solid day of tuna, cabrilla and big triggerfish!

Maybe the prettiest photo of the week. It’s surely my favorite. Taken by Jae Shin of John Daley and a flyfishing catch of a little roosterfish from the shore (released). John and Jae are from Anchorage, Alaska.

That’s a legit cabrilla, Jenn Wilson! Just outside of Bahia Muertos she’s staying out there at the Rancho Costa Resort.

Geeze…that’s a big pargo! Steve McKellips from Arizona hung this gorilla just outside of Bahia Muertos.

You gotta love Paige Resky! She’s 8 years old and in rough seas outside La Paz Bay, in her rain slickers with blood on her legs, she’s a gamer and holding onto her dorado! Nicely done, young lady!

Captain Jorge has been fishing with our good friends, Jeff and Marianne Sakuda from Cypress CA for years.

Matt and his dad, Dennis Gayman from Arizona had some nice tuna to bring back to the beach, among other catches this day.

John! I told you that you’d get in this week’s report! Good day, my friend!

You can’t beat the light tackle action in our area. Gary Wagner had fun with his trout rod right in Suenos Bay and poses with a feisty jack.

Pretty photo of our first-time anglers to visit us in La Paz, Marlene and Taky Kikuchi with some handfuls of yellowfin.

Noah and Justin Lauby with Captain Chavelon with one of two big sailfish they hooked at the same time that swallowed little sardines while fishing for tuna.

Michelle and Mitch Allen show off some of the variety. In addition to tuna, they also got these two…a pargo liso and a cabrilla. All great eating! The Allens are from Arizona.

Our amigo, Jeff, and first-day yellowfin tuna!

That’s a big barred pargo (pargo mulatto) and Laura Hernandez always seems to hook big fish.

Craig Brown and cousin Bob Layko with their favorite Captain Armando. Nice wahoo, Bob!

Jeff’s got a barred pargo off the rocks at Punta Perrico there in the background.

Steve and Bill from Oregon got a whole-lotta fish over 3 days including one of quite a few yellowfin tuna.

Under the mask, I think that’s Brian Schwalbe and for sure that’s Chris Aiello with Captain Gerardo and 4 of their yellowfin.

Grant and Juli Nakagawa made their first trip to La Paz this week and got some dorado and tuna.

Really great shot of Mike Atherly and his dorado caught out’ve La Paz. He and dad had a pretty good day.

Our Florida visitors, Dave Wilson and Kurt Bertsch hung out in La Paz this week and took a few days to fish with us. Good guys!

No big deal! Ken Austad has himself a table full of tuna!

Tim Gardner is somewhere behind that mask! He had one day to fish and slammed pretty good with a number of tuna and this bull dorado.

Two weeks ago the weather down here changed dramatically.  Almost overnight temperatures dropped precipitously from the mid-to-high-90’s down to the mid-to-low-80’s!  Humidity disappeared and the northern winds or winter started kicking up waves and chop.

 

The fishing fell off drastically as well.  After such a good long season, I was about to declare the season pretty much done.  I figured the season had just ended a bit sooner than we expected because we normally don’t see these kinds of conditions until November.

 

So, for about a week and a half, including the beginning of this past week, fishing was difficult.  We had to scratch for everything we got.  It was erratic at best.  Rough waters…changing currents…winds…all contributed to an anemic bite.  It also affected our ability to find live bait. Several days there was little or no live bait to be had!  There were a few highlights here and there, but the chew was not what it had been. Some boats got skunked.

 

But then, about mid-week, we had a change.  The temperatures and humidity started to rise.  The winds calmed down just a bit.  Bait became more readily available.

 

And little-by-little, the bite improved.  A few more tuna.  A few more dorado.  Some wahoo.  Pargo, big dog-tooth and cabrilla.  Even a few billfish.  Not what it had been, but a zillion percent better than two weeks ago and the beginning of this past week.

 

It’s still a hunt right now.  Some boats are doing better than others.  Some captains are doing better than others.  But then…the next day a boat that was hot  now struggles.  A captain that couldn’t get a nibble suddenly is on fire!  There’s just no predicting.   The captains are working hard to find the bite.  Harder than they would normally have to as we adjust to the changing ambience of wind and water.

 

There’s no doubt that the season is changing.  Winter conditions have definitely started to move in earlier than we would have liked.

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Celebrating her retirement, Dana and Lollie Milano came down with several loads of BRAND NEW clothes this week.

As we wind-down to the end of another season…our 23rd down here…just wanted to give another high-five to everyone who brought down stuff for our Tailhunter Outreach programs and charity foundations!  You made a huge difference  in so many ways with thousands of pounds of goods and bags and bags brought in every week.  I wish I had space for everyone’s photos.  But, you know who you are!

Just this week we got so many more loads of clothes, school supplies, medical items, shoes and more.  I think most of it will be headed to the orphanage.

Every bit helped more than you know!  Gracias!

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2018

COOLER CONDITIONS DAMPENS FISHING

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

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SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Weather – Not bad.  Sunny.  Just different.  Almost overnight, it changed.  It got cooler by 10-12 degrees.  It’s supposed to be in the mid-90’s right now instead of the low 80’s.  Humidity dropped tremendously as well . And the winds came up too.  Even had a storm during the week that shut us down for a day.  Weird

Fishing – Affected tremendously by the abrupt change in weather.  Some high spots and some big fish, but overall, the fishing took a dive…or the fish took a dive.  Either way, fishing got tougher.  Hate to think the awesome tuna bite of 2018 is over.  On the bright side…huge huge pargo caught!  Incredible catches…and losses of gigantic fish too.

Fish Caught This Week:  tuna / marlin/ dog-tooth snapper / mullet snapper/ barred pargo/ cabrilla/ triggerfish/ dorado/ bonito/ skipjack / sailfish/ yellow snapper/ pompano / jack crevalle

Water – Air temps went down, but water stayed warm!  At least for now.  The winds sure made it rougher than normal and if the winds keep blowing the waters will definitely cool and the fishing will change even more.

Outlook: More winds expected this week, especially from the north which is usually a sign of winter weather approaching and rougher seas.  Possibility here and there or rain showers, but mostly sunny week ahead.

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE AND THE REST OF THE STORY…

Hard to believe the size of these dog-tooth cubera snapper we were catching this week or the number of them. Have never seen anything like it! We were using whole bonito to hook them and losing many fish as well. Captain Victor poses with a smiling Jim Gatti and Nino Bonfiglio from Sacramento CA. Check out two more big pargo dogs on the table!

Jerry Weber from Prescott AZ mugs in front of his big pargo while Captain Moncho and MIke Asbury from San Diego hold the pose. There’s another big fish on the table as well!

Smiling Steve Snead from Idaho! Good to have him back to visit us this past week and he got himself a pretty yellowfin tuna in the La Paz tuna bite.

Fun Family and we enjoy every time they visit us. Ken and Terri Bodle from Spring Valley Lake CA with three sons, Weston, Wyatt and Mason…oh…and some nice tuna!

With storm clouds threatening late in the week, Pete Wilson still stuck it to this massive dog-tooth snapper fishing with Captain Victor! Check out the photo below of the teeth!

Why these pargo perro / cubera snapper are also know as “dog-tooth snapper.” Pretty fierce looking grill! This is Pete Wilson’s big doggie. His photo is above.

Wiley, Jr and Wyatt Randolph got a double-hook-up on dorado fishing north of La Paz their first day!

Great shot! Big smile! Ryan Russel from Boise, Idaho worked this big tuna with our La Paz fleet.

That’s a big dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo) being held up by Henry Petrino from Sacramento with an assist from Captain Gerardo! Henry…I told you that you’d be in the fishing report! Congrats! 😀

Nice shot. Weston with his dad, Ken Bodle hold up a couple of legit YFT’s on the beach behind La Concha Hotel!

Our surf brothers, Jim Adair and Brad Baker with some nice pompano and tuna headed for the ice chest.

 

We even got pargo liso (mullet snapper) this week! It’s not springtime either! Steve and Captain Moncho do the honors!  Really unusual to get these powerful fish!

Tuna on the light tackle is a handful! C.P. Shannon with two hands fulll of tuna!

That’s alot of sashime fillets! Nothing wrong with this yellowfin tuna caught by Pete Wilson after a long fight!

Jim Adair and Brad Baker are pumped up! Fun day hitting the rock and reef fish with several great eating different species there…snapper, pargo, palometa, cabrilla…

Al Rorex got his dorado after a tough week of fishing. He lost a big big tuna at the boat after a long-battle too!

That’s a beast! We don’t usually see pargo liso (mullet snapper) this big and usually, we catch them in the springtime! Steve and Captain Moncho!

John Gibbs and Ken Campbell visit us every year and are always a kick. A couple of nice big barred pargo with Captain Armando.

First day out produced Danny Okazaki’s first wahoo on a Rapala. He wasn’t sure if they were good eating until we all assured him that it was NOT just a big mackerel!

Nice tuna for Wiley Randolph! He’s always smiling. Never seen him unhappy! We always enjoy his visits every year.

1…2..3…LIFT, Henry! Lifting this big pargo knocked one of the lenses outta Henry’s glasses! Look at the teeth on the beast. That’s why they call ’em “dog-tooth” snapper.

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Brad McBride had a good day working the rocks inshore for a great variety of good-eating fish and lots of action on light tackle.

You can imagine the size of this pargo…Steve is about 6’4″ tall!

Weston and his dad, Ken Bodle with a couple of nice YFT’s on the beach behind La Concha Hotel.

 

Is the great tuna bite of 2019 over?  Has the season already changed over to cooler winter conditions?

 

After this past week, I might have to concur in the affirmative.

 

It was a weird strange week. First, air temperatures abruptly dropped 10-12 degrees almost overnight.  The sun was still out (most of the week…more on that in a bit), but suddenly, it was like someone threw a switch and humid tropical 95-98 degree day time temps suddenly hit the mid-80’s and the humidity almost disappeared.

 

On top of that it got windy from the south brought on by concurrent hurricanes Rosa then Sergio that played out in the Pacific Ocean and made landfall hundreds of miles north along the Baja Peninsula, but caused enough of a pressure change to bring in some fairly strong wind and waves from the south…all of which contributed to some really difficult fishing.

 

Oh…then late-week, the “rain showers” we knew were going to happen and were supposed to be benign turned into basically a baby hurricane with the sun out!

Winds of 20-30 mph whipped the ocean into a froth and strong morning rains didn’t help either.  We had to shut down fishing for the most part when the La Paz Port Captain understandably shut down all boat traffic on Friday as big waves in normally calm La Paz Bay were strong enough to throw spray on cars passing by on the waterfront.  It was like having a baby hurricane with the sun still out!

 

So, fishing took the biggest tumble of the season.  It went from red-hot to barely tepid.  I think the fish were as confused as we were.  There were a few high spots here and there and the fish were definitely there.  They just didn’t want to bite or they moved to other spots.

 

Although we got some nice tuna and some huge tuna were lost, the volume of tuna we’ve enjoyed for several months diminished.  Same for dorado and other species.  There were a few wahoo and way too many bonito!

 

Our captains and anglers had t work hard to find fish and even when they did, so many of the fish were larger that many were lost which might have made our counts look better.  But, just the same…action was way way off.

 

The biggest surprise was the appearance of huge dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo perro or pargo colorado) and giant mullet snapper (pargo liso).  These huge red fish are generally a spring-time fish and during the season, maybe we get a half-dozen or so…maybe!

 

These huge fierce fish are not only big, but powerful and they’re in the shallows in the rocks and reefs.  They have scales like armor, sharp gills and gill plates plus set of long sharp teeth!

 

When the blue water fish weren’t biting, we went inshore for some action on pargo and cabrilla just to get the guys some fish and these big dogs started biting.  More than I have ever seen in more than 20 years here.

 

These fish were 50-80 pounders and larger ones were lost!  They were breaking 150-pound test line and the guys were using whole live bonito to hook them.  Guys were losing 2, 3, 4 or more fish in some cases and getting 1 to the boat, but it could be the fish of a lifetime.

 

This coming week, it looks like the winter northern winds are starting early.  The north winds are the vanguard of what we get during the months of November to April.  We are also expecting a “little rain” this week again.  Looks like winter might be starting pre-maturely.  If the winds persist, water temps will also start to drop and the fishing will change even more dramatically.

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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