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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug .13-20, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT Aug. 13-20, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – hot and humid.  Days are mid to upper 90’s.  Night’s mid-80’s.  Very humid.  Occasional tropical showers.

Water – mostly blue and mid-80’s on the surface

Bait – A mix of sardines, mackerel, ballyhoo.  Requires different sized hooks if you’re bringing your own gear

Fishing – Good to excellent for dorado with our La Paz fleet.   Picky to Variable for Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay (see report!)

Catching – Bigger the fish the harder to bring in (obviously!).  Bigger tuna and dorado are rugged fish!

Joker in the Deck – Have no idea what this big solar eclipse Monday Aug. 21 will do!  Screw with the currents?  The tides?  The Bait?  The bite?

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT

Our good amigo, Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA who fishes several times a year with us and his favorite, Captain Jorge, took this slug yellowfin tuna on 30 pound test to start out his fishing week at Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.

Not bad…his first tuna…and his first fish!!! Nicholas Madrigal and Captain Armando and a tough 40-pound yellowfin tuna that put a serious bend in the rod!

Cold Chavira from San Diego CA has been fishing our La Paz waters since he was smaller than the dorado he’s holding and just one of those guys who has always had the knack of putting great fish aboard like this bull dorado caught north of La Paz.

If you’ve ever fought a tuna…and fought one on light tackle…it’s not easy hefting it up for a photo after the battle! Caryn Aizawa got this one up for the pose! I see sashime for dinner!

Another young guy from San Diego, Payton Gaston, did a number on this dorado to add to the box!

Yes, it’s Caryn again. This time with a nice dorado and Captain Pancho while fishing out’ve Muertos/ Las Arenas.

It’s been a while since anyone has hit anything on the flyrod, but Mark Aizawa managed a feisty bonito on the long stick!

That’s alot of fish to hold up so best to just let it sit on the cutting table for Johnny Sakuda posed here with his tuna and Captain Jorge and Caryn Aizawa. Check out the catch…another yellowfin plus a rainbow runner and some nice triggers. That’s alot of good eating there!

 

DORADO STILL HEADLINE BUT TUNA SHOW AT ARENAS/ MUERTOS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 13-20, 2017

This past week’s action can be summed up fairly easily in two words.  Hot and dorado.  The weather is as hot and muggy as you could want it with humidity sometimes running 60-80%…and that’s a 5 a.m in the morning!  Thankfully, afternoon breezes blow it away later in the day.
As for the fishing, dorado seem to have taken center stage for all intents and purposes.  It’s been pretty steady more-or-less for the last 3 weeks.  There’s been an occasional bump or two where the schools either can’t be located or when found, just don’t wanna chew, but then the switch gets thrown and we’re all good again for a few days.
It will be interesting to see what the eclipse will do to the bite.  I have no idea.  It’s not like this happens every day!  I believe the last time this happened was in 1918 and it won’t happen again for another 90 years or so.  Will the fish be affected?  Who knows?  Will the tides and currents be different?  I wish I knew!
I’ve had some reports that some of the port captains around Baja plan to close the ports for some reason that just isn’t apparent right now.   Will keep you posted.  We did have some folks who told us that they purposely booked other dates because they were worried about the eclipse and others who moved their dates.  It’s just something no one has ever had to deal with!
I will say one thing…town is surely alot quieter this week.  The local kids have all gone back to school.  Tourists are also trickling out, especially the families as schools in other places are also going back to term and we head into the “low season” for tourism..but historically, the hottest part of the fishing season!
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FISHING FLEET
The best action has been with our La Paz fleet.  Limits or near limits of dorado have been the rule rather than the exception.  The only issue pertains to size!  If you hit a school of dinks…sure, you can catch and release a few dozen little grunts, but who wants to catch 12 inch babies?  It gets old pretty fast.  Hopefully, you hit the grown up batches of fish where you’ll get 10-25 pounders and then it’s bendo time.
Occasionally, it’s a day of one here…two there…one here…another one in a bit.  And by the end of the day you realize you’ve got a nice batch of fish.  Other times, you could be totally skunk all day then at the end hit that one spot and it’s madness for an hour of double and triple hookups…then it’s all gone.  And you’re exhausted and your gear is all busted up and you know it’s been a great day and head back in.
Hard to say where the better schools are.  They are in such a wide arc north of La Paz all the way from San Juan de la Costa to the west and El Rosario near Cerralvo Island to the eat and north to the Charro Bank.   Bottom line is that there’s some pretty good dorado fishing to be had.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

As for Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay…hit or miss.  There’s quite a variety of fish again.  There’s some dorado…some billfish…an or rooster fish.  In the rocks some cabrilla, pargo, jack crevalle and snapper.  Bonito can pop up anywhere.  Every day just seems different.
But, late in the week…a surprise…TUNA!
Some nice little scattering of 10-40 pound fish poked up north along the west side of Cerralvo Island where also (surprise) some sardines showed up.  Something definitely worth keeping an eye on.
 Every panga seems to do something different.  Had some crazy reports of some cooler water fish like sierra, yellowtail and amberjack popping up too.  What a weird season!

TAILHUNTER and CARE FOR KIDS LA PAZ

Every week our Tailhunter amigos and tribe bring us donations and I don’t always have the opportunity to post up photos or get all the names posted up, but our gratitude is no less for all your thoughtfulness.   We just sent over several hundred pounds to CARE FOR KIDS in La Paz that helps out with some really impovershed areas.  Check out the photos of the stuff YOU brought down the last two weeks that’s about to get distributed.  Thanks more than you know!

Our friends from Wyoming, Brandon and Tanya McGarr with a bunch of school supplies they hauled down.

A little goes so far when you don’t have much!

Lots of much needed treasures!

Getting the tables ready to distribute to the neighborhood kids!

 That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
 Jonathan Roldan’s
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Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

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from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 30-Aug. 6, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of JULY 31-Aug. 6, 2017

WEEK at A GLANCE 

Weather –  Hot sunny and humid. Daytime highs 104.  Nites 89.  Some afternoon quick tropical showers

Water – Blue and 83 degrees on the surface

Fishing –   (Las Arenas) – Slow and sticky like the heat.  Good variety but tough fishing . (La Paz) . Best fishing of the year…maybe in several years for dorado!

THE BIG PICTURE REPORT

 

Whoa!!! That’s an armful of big dog-tooth snapper for our good amigo, Wil Dolinar from Wyoming!

First timer friends from Utah with Taihunters, Curtiss and Jeri Frost, got into the big dorado bite and started their week with a pair of nice bull dorado.

Steve Holguin sporting his famous Dodger hat every year back with his favorite Captain Jorge and a paid of nice yellowfin tuna from Las Arenas for his first of 3 days fishing.

Darrell Manginelli lives on the Ventura CA area and has already made two trips to fish with us this year! He’s posing here with one of the larger bull dorado caught this week with our Las Arenas fleet.

He didn’t get many fish this year, but he got some of the biggest! Our light-line specialist amigo from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Sherm McDonnell and his favorite Captain Armando looks pretty worn from tangling with this big barred pargo. But, we tease Sherm every year for fishing with 17 pound test…but to his credit he always well!

Big smile for Jonathan Alegria and one of a number of his dorado to start his fishing week with us.  Jon lives up in Santa Barbara CA.

I love this photo of Captain Pancho all smiles with Stacy Dolinar from Wyoming and her first of several roosterfish for the week she caught and released. Note how close to shore these fish are caught!

Visiting us for the first time, Ryan Vorisek from Upland CA had quite a week topped off by this massive dog-tooth snapper he caught while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet and Captain Gerardo!

All the way from Jamaica, Nicholas Chen was able to get a rooster with us mid-week while fishing with his dad, James, who’s in the IGFA books!

Happy guy with another dorado, Matt Alegria from San Diego CA hangs another dorado with our La Paz fleet. He and his family donated all their catch to charity.

Wil Dolinar from Rock Springs, Wyoming finally got his big roosterfish on the last day and the last hour when he hooked and released this big guy fishing with Captain Pancho then suddenly the other rods went off and he got several dorado! Great way to wind up the week of fishing.

These two love to fish! Trevor Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisek hold up a few of the dorado and big bonito they hung fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

These two love to fish the light tackle and know what to do with it as they Sherman and Shelly McDonell show off a couple of their dorado after they limited on one of their days fishing with our La Paz fleet. Over the many years they have fished with us, they always manage some great catches!

Some new Tailhunter amigos from Colorado, Kent Williamson and son Brian found a few of the yellowfin tuna the day they fished with our Las Arenas Fleet and racked up some great dorado with our La Paz fleet over 3 days.

From San Diego area, Francis and Gina de Paolo had only time for one day of fishing and fortunately, we got them into some pretty nice dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Always good to make new fishing friends as this was their first time down.

Double pargo for Mike Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisak on the beach at Muertos! Great eating fish!

Madi and her dad, Jim Denver, had only 1 day to fish and I just happened to have one of our pangas available at the last minute but hammered some great dorado. Especially good because it was Madi’s first time fishing in La Paz!

Such a fun lady! Sharon Alegria from Altadena CA could not have been more excited or thrilled with every fish she caught. It was her first time with us and we sure hope to have her and her smile back with us soon!

Captain Jorge and soon-to-be attorney Marco Holguin in his last year of law school in New York comes to visit us every year with his dad and poses for the camera with some of the larger Las Arenas dorado!

Always great to have first-timers with us! Captain Joel and Madi Denver show off a couple of their La Paz bull dorado after a full-day of great fishing.

Her 2nd roosterfish of the week! It’s Stacy Dolinar with Captain Pancho again right off the rocks south of Bahia de los Muertos! The fish was released too!

From Pasadena CA, Chris Alegria looks a bit serious after racking another dorado, but he and his brothers were great fun to have visit us this week and got into the wild dorado.

 

This “pirate” has been coming to visit us for years and can get a whole van load of guys laughing. It’s Vic Gildelmontes with his hands full of dorado!

 

DORADO…LIKE BACK IN THE DAY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos / Suenos Fishing Report for Week of July 31-Aug. 6, 2017

We had some crazy fishing this last week.  Actually, some of the best we’ve had in years if you were looking for dorado.  I knew it had to happen eventually.  All the signs were there.  The water…the temps…the sargasso weeds…the bait…

AND BOOM!  It went off this week.  As one of our fishermen said…
“It was dorado fishing like back in the old days!”
But first…
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FLEET
Let’s go with the bad news.  Or slower news.
Our Las Arenas Fleet had some really picky fishing.  It just flip flops from week-to-week.  This past week must have been Las Arenas’ turn to go slack.  The clients and our captains really worked hard to get the bites.  Everything looked good.  The fish just weren’t biting that well.  There were a few dorado here and there.  A few rooster fish, but not many…but that could have been because everyone was chasing other species.  We had a few marlin on and got a few more of those huge big cubera (dog-tooth) snapper.  Add in some stray jack crevalle, bonito, pargo and a tuna here-and-there and that was it.
At best it was OK.  At worst, it was dismal.  And there was surely some variety, but it was hit or miss with a lot of misses!
That’s why it’s good we have two fleets and lots of our clients decided to switch over to fish with our La Paz fleet…
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
I’ll let comments from our anglers tell the story…
 
“I’ve not seen dorado biting like this for years!  It was wide open!”
 
“We started with one and before you know it there were dozens of dorado around us and we couldn’t get a rod out fast enough!”
 
“We had no less than 3 fish hooked at the same time!”
 
“For an hour, it was pandemonium and we were too tired after that and went back to have lunch!” 
 
“Everywhere you looked there were dorado and all of them seemed to be hungry!”
 
“It was just like a fishing video!  My wife kept screaming and we had to keep reminding her to turn the handle of the reel.  She was laughing too much!”
“We released or lost more than half our fish the first day and still had enough to fill the cooler…and then I remembered we had two more days of fishing!” 
 
Yes…it was that kind of a bite for many of our anglers and many days this week.  There were a few bumps here-and-there, but for the most part it was the kind of wild dorado bite we’ve been waiting to happen.  It really was like “back in the old days!”  We probably have not seen this kind of bite in about 3 years and surely, it was our best week of the year in terms of quantity and quality.
These were all legit 10-20 pound fish too!  The last few years, a 5-pound dorado was typical.  This week, they were all healthy strong young mahi-mahi and tore up almost anything tossed in the water. We honestly did have boats back early on several occasions in time to eat lunch back at the hotels.
I don’t know if this will keep up.  I hope so.  We’ve been waiting a long time for this to come back!

MIL GRACIAS!

Our three amigos from Oregon who visit us each year Dennis McLeod, Roger Hall and Wes Perkins brought several ice chest full of kids clothes, shoes, school supplies and other donations that will go so far down here!

 

Many thanks for all our Tailhunter amigos who brought donations down this week for our Tailhunter Outreach Program.  I’m sorry I didn’t get photos of everyone, but big shout out to Wally and Jeff Lee from San Francisco, The Williamson guys from Colorado, the Alegria family from So. Cal and also to the Dolinar Family and Sherm and Shelley McDonnell from Wyoming who each donated $300 to our FANLAP scholarship that takes care of one child each for an entire school year . Taihunter Tribe members are the best!
That’s our story!
 Jonathan and Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
.
Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 23-30, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for JULY 23-30, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – mid to high 90s / mid week showers/ high humidity

Water – low 80’s and mostly blue

Winds – Breezy at times

Fishing – Mostly slow for Las Arenas/ Hot and cold for La Paz changing all the time

Catching – Still loosing too many good fish after working hard to find them

Behind the bandana is a happy James Murphy from Salt Lake City who really wanted a big rooster and finally got one on his last day with Captain Jorge right off the sand near Punta Arenas

Our long-time amigo, Dick Winslow from Elk Grove CA , got this huge dog-tooth snapper with Captain Pancho while trolling for roosterfish in the shallow waters. It’s been a great week or two for these trophy fish!

Utah in the house with Dan Galli and Captain Jorge and a great colorful rooster mid-week when rain clouds threatened, but fortunately, the roosters bit! The fish was released strong!

One of the nicer bull dorado of the week with Phil Emard and Captain Joel taken from the far west side of La Paz Bay near San Juan de la Costa.

Dwayne Griffith only had one day to fish coming all the way from Texas but got his first dorado just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

The Midwest was well-represented this week! From Iowa and visiting for the first time, Roger Damon with Captain Archangel started his week with a fistful of dorado and tuna at Las Arenas.

Oklahoma Cary Joy Hans is dwarfed by the size of Captain Gerardo and the size of her big roosterfish. This was her first time and she said “fishing is the most fun I’ve ever had outdoors!” The big fish was released.

James Murphy and Dan Galli jumped into a nice school of dorado and plugged the boat with some nice fish like these two!

Captain Rogelio with big smiles and another dorado for Cary Joy.

Everytime Greg Miller comes down he has a knack for the roosterfish! This trip was no exception. Fish was released.

If you just have one day to fish and you come all the way from Texas, catching a big roosterfish is a good way to go especially if it’s your first time! Doug is from Rose, TX and was able to release the big fish taken just off the Punta Perrico rocks.

Nancy Enright had two really good day on the dorado with Captain Rogelio. She’s from the San Diego area and poses with one of their bigger bull dorado.

It’s just a great photo! James Murphy and another big rooster!

Yes, some football tuna have shown up! Lynn Schumacher with one of hers on the beach at Muertos.

Check out the flat waters! Johnny Lucero got limits of dorado including this one north of El Sargento/ La Ventana areas.

On the gaff! Another dorado aboard for Dan Galli!

Great meat! A big barred pargo on the beach and headed for the coolers taken by Greg Miller from Oklahoma.

EVERY DAY DIFFERENT- EVERY SPOT DIFFERENT

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 23-30, 2017

Another week of surprises in the fishing and weather as every day seemed to bring new conditions; different fishing; and a changing bite that could be described as anything from terrible to good.  It all depended on where you fish; what day you fish; what you were fishing for and which panga you were fishing in..and who you talked to.  It ran the gamut and there was no way to pinpoint or determine how fishing was going to be.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

Our Tailhunter Fleet had limited success at best, but mostly it was hard fishing and erratic catches when and if fish could be found.  Water was still cooler than normal and there were two days of winds and even some rain from the south that didn’t help matters resulting in a mixed bag of fish leaving anglers trying just about anything to get the fish to bite.
Mostly, it was hit-or-miss.  Wahoo were seen, but didn’t bite.  A few yellowfin tuna and dorado popped up as well as some jack crevalle and some hard hits on those big dog-toothed snapper.  And that was about as exciting as it got.  Some boats got blanked.  We did have a few marlin hooked up, but nothing stuck.
The most consistent biter as it has been all season, were the big rooster fish which created the most excitement.  The smaller ones were respectable 25-30 pounders.  The larger ones went up to 6o-70 pounds and were all found in those shallow waters between Punta Perrico and the Punta Arenas lighthouse. Some days, every boat we sent that wanted roosters got at least one of the big boys.  All on live bait.

LA PAZ

Our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet had better results but even then, nothing that could be counted on.  Here’s where luck really came to play.
Our boats ranged all over the bay and beyond looking for fish.  Some days nothing seemed to be in the water. Other days, if you hit the right spot, it was game over.  The fish were hitting everything in the water.
But here’s the rub.  Sometimes, you’d find the spot and fish were everywhere.  But they wouldn’t eat anything.  Guys were throwing everything but their lunch burritos at the fish and they weren’t interested and were lockjaw.  Other times, one boat would be bendo with every rod going off and the boat right next to it couldn’t get a bite.  Or, they’d hit a spot and nothing but little firecracker dorado.  All you could do was go fish and the day would bring it’s own surprises.
There were a lot of fish lost.  There were a lot of smaller dorado thrown back.  Those that were taken were nicer 5-25 pounders.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH

The Alegria Family and Akiyoshi Family pose with Jilly and two cases full of school supplies!

From Arizona, Bob Swank poses with some much needed school supplies headed to the orphange and he and Brian Levan brought down to us. School starts in about a month.

Big shout out to all of our Tailhunter amigos who continue to bring school supplies, clothes, toys, shoes and medical goods for us to distribute to the orphanages, outlying neighborhoods and La Paz women’s shelter.  Above are just a few photos of some of our friends.  Many thanks to them and our other Tailhunter tribe that I was not able to photo and properly thank . You are all appreciated more than you know.  So far this year, we’ve collected and distributed  several hundred pounds of goods!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 16-23, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best) 

Weather – 8 (sunny and hot)

Fishing – 3 (Las Arenas) 5 (La Paz

Catching – 4 (lost alot of fish)

Fish Quantity – 4 (half-limits at best)

Fish Quality – 6 (some BIG fish this week!)

THE FULL REPORT 

That’s a BIG “goldfish!” Doug McInnis was slow trolling a big ladyfish for roosters when this huge dog-tooth snapper (pargo perro / cubera snapper) came up and chomped it. He only had 40-pound test on and says the line came up incredibly frayed from the rocks! These are difficult catches! Captain Armando is rightfully beaming! They also hooked a rooster and about a big black marlin that got away.

Then…look what Doug McInnis and John Eddy did the 2nd day! They followed up one day of big pargo with MORE big pargo plus a dorado as well again with Captain Armando!

Bob LeBrun is all smiles under that hat with his first and largest roosterfish that he fought on light line for about 45 minutes in a tough battle. The fish bit a ladyfish early in the morning just off the Las Arenas lighthouse with Captain Gerardo.  Good release on the fish too!

You just never know! Our buddy, Gama Flores from Desert Hot Springs CA was trolling in deep water for wahoo with Captain Pancho and both times got slammed by these huge dog-tooth snapper in deep water!

Dennis O’Brien from the San Diego area, caught and released his first roosterfish of about 40 pounds and topped it with some dorado to take home also!

She always does great! Check out Alicias Clegg’s huge jack crevalle! These are tough fish and the Mexican name for them is “toro” (bull) for just that reason!

Accomplished fisherman Al “El Al” Schneider from Orange CA has fished our area for many years but got his personal best roosterfish this week right off the sand near Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Shelly Donnell has been a friend of ours for almost 20 years and brought his sister down this time. Fishing with Captain Joel, they got a nice mess of dorado fishing north of La Paz. Shelly and Gaby are from Portland OR area.

Big smiles and another dorado for Steve Harvey from the San Diego area. If you found the right spot, the dorado could be thick at times!

Nothing wrong with this big roosterfish and Bennett Clegg who had a banner day with a number of big roosters caught and released.

Some folks turn their noses up at triggerfish forgetting how tough they fight and how tasty they can be plus can provide lots of action. Andrew Harvey is holding a really big one here!

GREAT WEATHER BUT ERRATIC FISHING WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 16-23, 2017

Great weather but a mixed bag of fishing this past week.  The key was finding the warm water.  Some patches of cold water moved in from the south so some of our more southern fishing spots like around Las Arenas were extremely picky but if you found the blue water areas more to the north, there were fish to be found.

LAS ARENAS/ BAHIA de LOS MUERTOS/ SUENOS

 
The bite was really stick.  Some might call it stink. Waters came from south and down deep bringing colder off-color water into the area and while there were some interesting fish caught, it was truly picky fishing at best.  There were some scattered dorado.  A few marlin hooked…most lost; an occasional wahoo; and some nice roosters and big pargo (best dog-tooth fishing I have ever seen!), but even those required some real work and luck to find.  Overall, just not real great fishing. Fortunately, having the two fleets we moved folks over to fish with our La Paz Fleet where most found some better action.

LA PAZ

Dorado fishing held most of the interest for the week.  But, it varied from place-to-place and literally from boat-to-boat.  Five boats could be in a single area and two of those boats could be going crazy on the dorado.  A third boat would get maybe 2 fish.  The other two boats wouldn’t even get a bite but be only yards away from the others.
The next day, the boats that caught nothing would be the new superstar boats.  Just no way to figure.
Likewise, areas that looked so promising with lots of sargasso and good currents wouldn’t produce anything while areas that looked like the desert without a sign of fish would suddenly explode with fish!
One note of importance.  Lots of opportunities being lost by folks using our live bait.  The live bait is big.  Folks get a little impatient and not letting these dorado get the baits down into their moths and pulling the baits too soon.  A little patience goes a long way.  Let these dorado eat!
Another note, we could be into some typical seasonal afternoon showers this week with some predictions of afternoon rains.  Just that time of year!  Feeling very tropical down here.
That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 9-16, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO FISHING REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best) 

Weather – 8 (Sunny hot and getting hotter.  Great weather!)

Water – 7 (Still recovering from that mess 2 weeks ago, but getting bluer and warmer)

Fishing –  7 (Started slow but got better)

Fish Catching – 8 (Everyone catching)

SPECIES – 8 (I counted 15 different species caught this past week)

 

THE BIG PICTURE COMPLETE FISHING REPORT

Chris Layne came for “one big fish.” We all tried hard to get him a marlin, but he was pretty happy with this giant roosterfish he caught and released near the Las Arenas lighthouse in shallow water!

Whopper slug of a rooster fish for Bennett Clegg from Sacramento CA who has a knack for hitting big roosters when he fishes with Captain Victor of the Tailhunter Fleet. He released the fish. He and his wife hooked 7 large roosters that day.

Chuck Chandler from Alaska landed this big boy dog-tooth snapper off the rocks not far from Punta Arenas while staying at the Rancho Costa lodge in Bahia de los Muertos.

We hooked several wahoo this week, but couldn’t seem to get them to the boat, unlike our amigo, Gary Wagner who rocked this ‘hoo while visiting his place at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

San Diego was well-represented this week with Andrew Harvey who had some nice days of dorado fishing toward the end of this week with his dad.

One of our friends from Canada, MacKay Spence, shows off one of his dorado.

Good start for Jason Amaro from New Mexico who spent the week fishing with us.

Yes, a couple of yellowfin popped into the mix like this one by our San Diego amigo, Scott Harvey.

She’s a regular roosterfish queen whenever she visits, Captain Victor with Alicia Clegg and ANOTHER roosterfish for the report! She and husband, Bennett, hooked and released 7 roosters that day.

Sydney Wagner with big smiles and another nice cabrilla for dinner at her dad’s place at Rancho Costa at Bahia de los Muertos.

Captain Joel with Murielle Chacron from Los Angeles and two of their several nice dorado they hooked fishing north out’ve La Paz.

 

Carlos didn’t catch this big tuna, but this was caught by Captain Rigo  off the south end of Cerralvo Island fishing for the Tortugas. Big tuna keep popping up, but we can’t seem to get them stuck!  This one was estimated over 100 pounds. If you look closely, you’ll see where a shark took a chunk off it’s back! 

Miles Wagner from Colorado and Garrett Clark from Kansas have themselves a mess of mahi mahi steaks for dinner while staying at Rancho Costa Hotel. Dorado are getting bigger!

Tony and Alex with some of their catch at Muertos Bay. Tony caught and released his first rooster that day.

Alicia and Bennett Clegg got themselves a good day of dorado fishing after catching and releasing a number of dorado that day out’ve La Paz.

STARTS SLOW GATHERS SPEED

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 9-16, 2017

I hate to ever blame things on the full moon, but I need something to use as a scapegoat because early in the week fishing was horrendous.  We had some pretty good fishing going then the week started like a flat tire on a old bicycle.  It wasn’t going anywhere!

Then, as the week progressed, fishing got better!  I don’t know why.  I didn’t see many changes in the weather (hot) or water (warming and bluer) so the only thing I can point to is the full moon because as it waned the fish seemed to wake up.

Tailhunter La Paz Fleet

With our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, the numerous dorado we had been seeing that were all over the place, but not interested in feeding suddenly woke up and got hungry.   Action improved as the week went on with mostly 5-20 pound mahi-mahi north of town.  Add to that some great action on some huge jack crevalle and inshore species like snapper and cabrilla plus bonito and the week ended up on an up-note!

Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, pretty much the same thing.  Early in the week, it was really slack.  The conditions looked good but the fish just weren’t helping us out. Then, it got better and better each day.
Small football tuna (and some larger ones for commercial boats); big roosterfsh; a few wahoo; some larger pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and snapper and more dorado turned a nervous week into alot of variety!
Can only hope it gets better!
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La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 2-9, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT FOR THE WEEK

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best)

Fishing:    5  (respectably OK at best.  Last week it was a 1 or 2!)

Catching:  3 (some of the biggest fish still getting away…wahoo/ marlin/ dorado/roosterfish/ pargo)

Variety:  8 ( incredible variety possible:  dorado, tuna, wahoo, blue marlin, sailfish, striped marlin, roosterfish, barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, jack crevalle, sierra, bonito, cabrilla, palometa, pompano, red snapper, yellow snapper, triggerfish all hooked this week)

Weather:  7 (hot and sunny in the mid-90’s with evening and afternoon breezes)

Water:  4 (still messed up from last week’s red tide and cold upwellings, but improved over last week’s 2)

 

As a reward for finishing his first year at Texas A&M University with good grades, Quinn Mattson from Austin TX got to come down with his dad to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing, and over two days latched onto 10 huge rooster fish at Las Arenas getting 5 to the panga for photos including this monster. Notice the great squint as he holds the rooster for a photo in very tired arms! All fish were released.  He was fishing with Captain Arcangel.

Jed Hinkle, state senator from Montana, on his first trip to Mexico and first time fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz hooked and released 5 of these big rooster fish in a day right off the rocks and beach at Las Arenas east of La Paz all on live ladyfish in shallow water.

I”m sorry we didn’t get Chris Layne his marlin, but his first day started out with a nice rack of dorado north of La Paz fishing with his wife Anna!

Lisa Hernandez from Orange Co. saved the day with this big rooster she cradles in her arms just off the rocks at Punta Perrico east of La Paz. The fish was released.

Cathy Corda, a regular visitor yearly to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz with her favorite captain Pancho, poses with her wahoo she caught just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos on a deep running Rapala.

Yes, some football tuna popped up . Nick Ferguson on the beach in front of the Rancho Costa Hotel in Bahia de los Muertos.

Big smiles from Captain Pancho and Kimiko Inoue and a trophy cabrilla that ended up partially prepared at Tailhunter Restaurant as delicious sashime! She and husband Keith also got some tuna as well.

These two had the best week of fishing! Duane and son, Quinn with a pair of the larger dorado they caught with Captain Rogelio and our Tailhunter La Paz fleet over near Las Cruces.

She’s the best! Michele Conklin, our amiga, from Washington fished hard when fishing was tough and pulled out this nice big snapper!

Last week, for some reason, this great roostefish photo of Randy Kuntz didn’t post and it’s a beauty of a fish. Big smiles and a strong release! Well done, Randy!

 

Good start for long-time friend, Steve Duran (left) and Zainul Abedin (right) both from the Los Angeles area with a dorado and two awesome-eating barred pargo.

Montana in the house with Captain Gerardo once again and a great photo and big rooster for Kyndall Hinkle on her first time visiting us! She got several of these and released them all!

Captain Arcangel with Duane Mattson from Texas with one of several nice roosters he battled and released!

Alot of dog-tooth snapper for Mike Feign from Colorado! Wow. Thanks to Gary Wagner owner of Rancho Costa there in Bahia de los Muertos for the photo of Mike.

Lisee Ferguson from Colorado with Gary Wagner and a pretty barred pargo ready for dinner at Rancho Costa!

Yes! The roosters are big! Mark Buchanan and Lisa Hernandez pose with another big rooster before letting it go. The rocks of Punta Perico right behind them. These fish are in shallow water!

Tony from Montebello CA  and Juan Licon from Carson CA  with a nice pair of Muertos Bay dorado to pack home!

Check out the great variety of inshore fish from Kyndall and Jed Hinkle from Montana. Yellow snapper…cabrilla…palometa…triggerfish…pompano all in the mix and all great-eating! Jed and Kyndall came to visit from Montana.

First day on the water for Quinn Mattson turned out to be epic with one of several huge roosterfish he took just off the Punta Arenas lighthouse and released!

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa there in Bahia Suenos got out with his daughter, Sydney, on a successful day for gallos!

A visit from Canada and a tough jack crevalle for MacKay Spence and Captain Armando.

Captain Arcangel was on fire this week with the roosterfish. Here with Duane Mattson and another rooster for him! All fish released.

Kris Kobach from Kansas with Gary Wagner and another big catch-and-release roosterfish this week!

Just an amazing week of roosterfish! Jed Hinkle with a monster and captain Gerardo running the boat right off the rocks. Fish was released.

Nice smattering of yellowfin tuna this week. Quinn and his dad, Duane, got this one in addition to roosterfish.

Strangest story of the week…one of our La Paz fishing boats was out north of La Paz and found this pig swimming out in the middle of the ocean. The little guy was shivering when pulled aboard and no idea what or why he was doing way out there. He was brought back to shore and reportedly doing well. No…he was not made into carnitas and eaten!

NOT GREAT BUT FISHING REBOUNDS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 2-9, 2017

It wasn’t great fishing.  It was good at best, but “spectacular” compared to the previous week when cold waters from Hurricane Dora to the south pushed in and turned waters green and cold.  Then warmer waters from the north set off a huge red tide algae bloom that not only turned waters the color of rust and wine but chokes oxygen out’ve the waters and shut down what had been a very promising bite.

(I barely had any photos two weeks ago!!!)

 Bottom line for this past week was that fishing was definitely on the re-bound as waters recovered daily from nature’s quirks! But still some “bumps” in the fishing.  Not back to status quo yet.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET
The week started slow.  Very slow.  To some degree waters remained chillier than normal and relatively off-color as it re-bounded from the previous week.
But, the fish definitely woke up about mid-week led by some outstanding rooster fish.  It wasn’t consistent, but some days we had 2, 3, 4 or more hookups per panga with big fish close to shore in shallow water and taking it out on many first-time anglers. The “smaller fish” were 30 pounders.  The larger fish were in the 70-80 pound class and willing to hit live ladyfish.  It all depended on getting the lady fish which were like gold.  All fish were released.
The amount of variety was more akin to May or April fishing.  When the fish finally got with the program, we had not only rooster fish, but dorado, barred pargo, yellow and red pargo (snapper), dog-tooth snapper, big cabrilla (seabass), jack crevalle, sierra, triggerfish, pompano, palometa, some wahoo, a few football tuna and even some marlin hooked!  You just never knew what would hit.  Some boats did better than others but compared to last week at least the fish gave it some effort to the relief of all of us!  Still scratchy fishing to where it SHOULD be, but things improving.
Last minute note:  As of writing this, an offshore storm on the Pacific side on Saturday shut down fishing at Las Arenas with big waves and winds and dropped fishing back down.  Can’t win.  Nature always comes out on top.  Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, it bounces back.
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
The red tide that shut down fishing a week ago it taking it’s time leaving us.  The water was so choked with algea that some places almost looked like someone had poured red wine into the sea.  You could put your hand into the ocean and not see your hand!  That’s how bad it was and all that algae depletes the oxygen from the fish.   The fish were lock-jawed all last week and it took awhile for them to get with the program this week.
Things got better as the week went on. Not great, but better.  Waters turned blue again although still not up to speed.  Fish activity increased as both dorado and marlin can easily be seen. The problem is that they didn’t alway bite or show much interest.  However, as the week progressed, the dorado started to wake up. There were some nice flurries of 5-25 pound mahi-mahi and some full-on dorado rodeos with multiple rods bending.  But one boat could be going full tilt and just a handful or yards away, another boat could be staring at limp rods.  Same with the marlin.  They’re showing up more and more but just not quite ready to go yet!
That’s our story!
 

Jonathan and Jilly

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 25-July 2, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK of JUNE 25-July 2, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (sunny and warm low 90’s / humid at times/ some breezes)

Water – 2 (some places dropped of cold / other places got warm and algae bloom started – see red tide below)

Fishing – 2 (at best)

Catching – 2 (when fishing is bad to begin with PLUS you lose fish…that hurts!!)

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK

Victor Higerada from Texas with one of the larger dorado of the week and Captain Jorge.

Washington in the house and always smiles when Michele Conklin visits us. She can fish too! She took this hefty yellow snapper on a rough day out’ve Las Arenas.

The start of summer vacation for Micah Sybesma who came down with his dad and took this nicer dorado fishing north from La Paz.

Our good buddy, Rex Smith, who has been with us so many years looks a bit tired and that’s because he is! He battled this big roosterfish and couldn’t lift it for the photo!  He did, however, get it back into the water and honestly, told me he was just trying to keep the fish still so it wouldn’t beat itself up so he could release it.  Well done!

Sam Sybesma in the center with a nice group shot. Sam has fished with us many time but for John Slager, Geoff Wilkinson, Micah Sybesma and AJ Wilkinson, their first dorado! Nice shot!

The Basadre guys got themselves a nice handful of fish with some nice cabrilla and a jack crevalle! They’re from Long Beach.  It’s Felix and his son, David!

Darrell Manginelli and Rob Bogartz started off their week with a couple of dorado.

A hat trick mix of fish for Captain Jorge in the center with an amberjack. Victor Higerada on the left has a football yellowfin tuna and Ed Martinez on the right has a dorado.

Double dorado! Micah on the right and AJ on the left with their first dorado ever!

A fish to match the outfit! It was great having Jeff Swift and his family fishing with us. He’s got a dorado on the gaff just off the island.

Jack crevalle might not be great eating, but they are tough fighers and here in Mexico they are called “Toros.” That’s Spanish for “bull” which is a good name. Darrell Manginelli had his hands full with this big jack!

FISHING FALLS APART

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 25-July 2, 2017

Just when I thought we had turned the corner and the season was “ON!” And being so high on the fishing a week ago, we got slapped back this week with some of the worst fishing I have ever seen.   Fishing literally went into the tank.  The waters turned into the Sahara desert in terms of life!

It was a combination of a number of things.  And what a crazy mix and just a bad combination of weather conditions.
Hurricane Dora way way way to the south of us that skirted far down and quickly went out west to the Pacific.  It didn’t bring rain.  It didn’t bring clouds.  The skies remained sunny and hot.  In fact, humidity got up to 80% one morning when I was putting out the boats.  But, what it did bring was upwelling and swells of cold water that dropped water temperatures 5-10 degrees!  Not only did the waters turn from blue to green, but I think the fish were just in shock like when your hot water turns off in the shower or your neighbor flushes the head and you get a jolt of cold water.  The fish went lockjaw.

Hurricane Dora this past week way to the south of us, but it pushed some colder upwellings towards us that affected the fishing.

On top of that we had several days of winds that gusted here…but not there…and there…but not here.  One place flat as a pond but several miles away white-capping waves that again, didn’t do much for clearing up the water.
(We’re told pretty much all of Southern Baja from La Paz to the East Cape to Cabo were hurting this week for fishing…not just us!.  We were getting calls and e-mails from folks in the other areas asking if our fishing was any better because they wanted to come up to fish.)

This is what red tide looks like and the algae bloom goes off and gets so thick it’s like a soup.  Algae blooms deplete the water o oxygen.

Algae soup!

The biggest issue was a red tide that really put the slammer on everything.  This result from…of all things…warm water that sets off a massive algae bloom that gets so out-of-hand and so thick that waters can looks “red” or “rusty” in places but surely cloudy and filmy and dirty.  In fact, local restaurants are warned not to use local shellfish during a red-tide and for fishing, the algae bloom chokes the oxygen out’ve the water and in some cases like shallow bays kills off marine life.
So, fish just disappeared.  We busted our butts and clients worked hard, but limits of dorado went down to looking for a single dorado bite.  Fish we saw, weren’t interested in eating.  Or, the waters were just empty.
We got a dorado here and there.  We lost the occasional wahoo.  Pargo and and cabrilla and triggerfish were still in the rocks if that’s what you wanted.  A few jack crevalle and rooster fish.  But that was it!
Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll have swung around again.  Things change fast.  The thing with the algae blooms is that the warm water that creates will suddenly kill it off as the temperatures continue to climb.  Then, the waters turn blue.  Fingers crossed.

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Thank for the big hearts guys!  Donations last week went to the Care for Kids Program.  This week, thanks to Geoff Wilkinson and Sam Sybesma for their donations and also, Felix Basadre and his sons Dave and Tony who hauled down two full ice chests of clothes that will go to the women’s shelter.  (I’m sorry I didn’t get your photos!)   Muchas gracias, guys!
 
 Have a great week everyone!
That’s my story!
Jonathan Roldan’s
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