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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 9-16, 2018

NICER CONDITIONS PRODUCE FISH

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 9-16, 2018

 

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Pleasant week for the most part.  Low in the 60’s and highs in the high 70’s.  Mostly sunny.  Winds gave us a break earlier in the week but got stronger (and colder) as the week went on.

Water – Choppier and rougher later in the week

Fishing – More blue water species early in the week when the winds were down and it was calmer.  More inshore and rock fish as weather got rougher and we had to fish closer in.

Species Caught This Week:  dorado, tuna, cabrilla, seabass, bonito, snapper, jack crevalle

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa there at Muertos, hooked 4 dorado and got 2 to the boat. He had a wahoo come off and he had a tuna on for over an hour before it came unbuttoned. Looks cold!

Laura Hernandez from San Diego got out a few days earlier in the week and got into the dorado. Later, as conditions changed, some huge sierra.

Not too bad a week, for the weather.  It was just cold (by our La Paz standards!).  Tourists were still running around in shorts while locals donned long pants and jackets!  Likewise, earlier in the week, winds laid down long enough to get boats out and fortunately for our type of fishing, no one really had to go out very far.

 

There’s still some schools of dorado around with some nicer 15-20 pounders mixed in.  Very surprising given the time of year.  Along with the dorado, some tuna were also hooked and a wahoo did bite one of the lines but came unbuttoned which is an encouraging sign (that it bit, not that it came off!).   Plus, add in the usual bonito and way too many needlefish.  All-in-all, not too bad.

 

As the week went on, winds came up again and the waters changed resulting in more restricted fishing with colder-water species like sierra, jack crevalle, cabrilla and snapper biting. Hard to know when not that many folks are fishing.  Most of the visitors to town are snowbirds just looking for sunshine and an escape from even colder places.  Locals are all getting ready for Christmas.

WHALES ON THE WAY!

Our annual whale-watching season is almost upon us.  Migrating yearly from the Bering Sea by Alaska, the whales are on their way to Baja to mate, give birth and hang out in the warm lagoons of the Pacific.  We have daily and overnight trips booking fast.  Contact us for more details for a great family trip!

SPREADING THE CHEER

Many of you know that my wife, Jilly, has had a program for five years whereby Tailhunter Outreach program collects clothes, toys, sporting goods, school supplies, medical supplies and more for needy folks and communities in and around La Paz. It was originally started after Hurricane Odile crashed into us in 2014, but the program just kept growing.   To date, our Tailhunter amigos and brought down over 3 tons of good that we distribute throughout the year!  Jill also has a scholarship program to keep kids in school as well.

Everyone’s favorite guy…Jorge Romero

 

This past week our own, Jorge and Sandra Romero donated almost 200 pounds of toys to the kids of Los

Planes (near Muertos Bay where many of our captains and their families live).  With the assistance of Gary Wagner and his crew at Rancho Costa, all these kids got something for Christmas!  Thanks, Jorge and Sandra!

Lining up the gifts

Lots of kids!

Have a great week!

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

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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
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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 Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

BIG MOON TUNA DORADO ROOSTERS ROAR

– BEST WEEK OF 2018 SO FAR!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Could not have been better.  Daytime highs sunny and blue 99 degrees.  Nighttime cooling to 78.  Humid!  Look out.  Could be some rain showers and thunder and lightning this coming week here and there

Water – Surface temps 85. Blue and clear!

Fishing – Maybe the best of the season.  More tuna than any other week in terms of sheer volumen…our largest dorado so far…solid roosterfish too.  Wahoo showed up as did billfish, cabrilla, pargo and other species .  Limits most day and some fishing was done by late morning!

Catching – Lost some big tuna.  Lost some big dorado.  Lost some big billfish!  That’s why they are BIG fish!

 

BIG PICTURE AND REST OF THE STORY…

Thumbs up for sure!  Captain Adolfo with Trey Shuck and Trey Nichodemis with a double-stack of tuna and dorado their first time fishing Las Arenas and visiting La Paz!

Our long time amigo, Allen “EL AL” Schneider from Orange CA with a hefty yellofin on the gaff off Punta Arenas in the thick of the tuna “honey hole! “

Captain Gerado with Stacy Florence from Kansas City…after loading on tuna, why not go try for roosters? Big boy gallo in the boat! Wow! Fish was released.

Great start! First day on the water produced a big load of tuna plus a dorado for Adam and Riley Florence who always visit us this time of year from Kansas.

First-timer luck and a big roosterfish for Sam Rumble who took this off Punta Perico. Sam is from Ripon CA.

No complaints on a fishing day that produces results like these! Lynn Marolf and Mike Wilbur had three days like this of dorado and tuna!

 

Tim Rumble poses with a pair of his dorado caught just north of La Paz on his first day fishing.

Check out the racing stripes on this tasty white bonito that Gordo is holding. Pretty fish.

 

These two are crazy fishermen and visit us several times a year, good amigos, Jim and his son Dan Bovee from San Diego said they stopped fishing for tuna by 9:30 and could have had “all they wanted.” Fishing was THAT good!

From Stockton, James Giovannoni, put the stops on this beautiful roosterfish just there in the shallows off Punta Perico with Captain Jorge. The fish was released.

Using light tackle and shorty rods, Al Schneider from Orange CA and Ryan Netherton from San Deigo CA, got tow of the larger tuna of the week . The two used to fish together as kids but had not fished together in 30 years!

 

Garrett Sills from Utah fishes with us several times-a-year but is a flyfishing guide on bluewater spots in his state. With Captain Adolfo, he got all these tuna and dorado except one on an 8 wt flyrod and had a blast on the lighter tackle!  “Great to strip once or twice and they’d fight to hit the fly!”

Riley Florence was with Captain Pancho when he decided to pull out a crank bait he picked up in Florida. Check it out! It’s black with white with pink polka dots? The new hot thing? It sure worked. He dropped it back and this wahoo chomped on it!

Nice pose and fat tuna for Phil Buckingham from Pennsylvania and Jared Overholtzer from CA. First timers with us had a great time.

Captain Gerardo photobombs Stacy and Josh Florence after another great day on the water!

Happy fella, Vito Cipponeri gets his first roosterfish with Captain Jorge off the rocks near Punta Perrico.

The Rumble Brothers, Sam and Tim, on the beach at Muertos with some of their yellowfin tuna.

The hat trick of wahoo, tuna and dorado for Riley and Adam! Last day and full coolers to take home!

Not a bad day on the ridge! Lots of grouper to clean for Ryan Netherton and Al “El Al” Schneider after spending a day with our Magdalena Bay outfit.

Pretty grouper on the gaff and stuck on a jig! Al Schneider rocked this one bouncing the jig on the bottom.

Forget the full moon or big moon!  I think we just had the best week of our 2018 season.  More tuna…bigger dorado…wahoo…billfish…and everyone who wanted a roosterfish got at least one!  On top of it, maybe the best weather of the year with sunny days; cool nights and flat blue waters!

 

Wow!  What a week.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was sure good this week and maybe it’s shaping up to be a the kind of fall we had last year in 2017 when we had two months of fishing like this.

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, everyone got limits or near limits of dorado.  Fish ran in the range of 10-25 pounds and it was pretty much a sure thing .  Could not miss. The fish were scattered over a wide range and no matter which way you went out’ve the bay, you would eventually hit some dorado.  Add to that some pargo, cabrilla, some billfish and roosterfish hookups and even some unusual yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds and, despite the occasional slower day or boat, most of our clients  were releasing fish or coming back early.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet…it was nothing short of spectacular most days!

 

Yellowfin tuna in the 10-20 pound size were just outside of Bahia Muertos.  Most of the time…all you wanted!  Limits by 9 or 10 a.m. then go find some other species or come in back to the beach!  It was THAT good.

 

Go out a tad “further” (just down the beach and out a ways), the fish jumped to 40-60 pounders!

 

“It was stupid good fishing!”

“I”ve never seen tuna crashing that thick before…and big ones boiling right next to the boat and the water was so shallow I could see the bottom!”

I’ve caught lots of 30 and 40 pound salmon, but they were right about tuna being strong.  My arms are still shaking!”

 

In the same tuna areas, dorado up to 40 pounds and schools of smaller dorado would range in or could be found not far away.

 

“I threw my flyrod and the fish would fight each other to get it after two or three strips.  Amazing!”

 

Others would go looking for roosterfish and in a year when we have not caught many rooster…everyone who wanted a rooster caught one…or two!  Fish up to 60 pounds were right there.  One day we caught 8 roosters.  That was more than we’ve caught in the last 2 months.

 

“I caught every species on my Baja bucket list my first day out..dorado…tuna…roosterfish…pargo…cabrilla.  It was awesome!”

 

Even boats that thought they were done for the day sometimes could not help catching fish.  Several boats were already coming in and slowly dragging lures back to the beach and got jumped by wahoo in 20’ of water!

 

What a week.  Hope it holds, but this coming week, we’re watching the weather.  Looks like we’re gonna have some tropical thunder and lightning storms coming through on-and-off.  Fingers crossed.  Most times it’s in the afternoon and evenings.  As long is there’s not a lot of wind, we should be OK.

 

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 Aug. 12 -19, 2018

TUNA and DORADO SUMMER BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 12-19, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Warm and sunny.  Highs all week high 90’s.  Nightime dropping to high 70’s.  Pretty humid.  Not unusual to get some electrical and thunderstorms and showers here and there.  Nothing lasts long or affected the fishing .

Water – Blue with surface temps high 80’s.  Great snorkeling and diving time.  Some thermoclines down 30′-40′ much chillier by 5-8 degrees.

Fishing – More football-sized tuna showing up in the 10-15 pound class, but big bruisers still around.  Dorado are 80% of the catch, but the bite is often later in the day for the dorado.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  Lost some wahoo and billfish this week.  So, no photos, but the fish are there!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Eric Hill visiting us for the first tim from Colorado rocked it with a hefty yellowfin tuna off Punta Arenas .

After you’ve been fighting a big fish in the hot sun for a long time, it’s kinda hard to lift it for a photo as Jules found out in this photo. Punta Arenas and Cerralvo Island in the distance.

I couldn’t get a photo of Donovan Ackerman and his big dorado, but I do have a photo of the big dorado with Captain Ramiro on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Laura Hernandez with another fat fat yellowfin just off the beach at Arenas. Laura is from San Diego.

Amigo, Roger McCracken from Oregon was fishing with Shelly Donnell north of La Paz when they had a good day on the dorado and even a football tuna.

The right kind! Nice football tuna double-fisted by Mark Buchanan from San Diego.

We had more of a fairly typical summer fishing week these past few days. Temperatures in the high 90’s with night temps in the high 70’s. Days start often with clouds then the Baja sun busts through giving way to stronger breezes and the return of clouds in the afternoons and even some thundershowers that cool off the evenings.

Waters have settled and are mostly blue and holding some pretty decent fish!

We still have those larger model tuna off Punta Arenas that seem to average about 40-50 pounds and have really been tough dogged sport these past few weeks and schooling a lot of anglers in how powerful these fish can be. Especially, when success tips in favor of the fish since they are mostly eating light 25-40 pound test which really puts a strain in the angler and his gear. We sure lose a lot of them.

However, this past week, we saw fewer of the larger fish and more football tuna seemed to have taken up station. These fish are much much more manageable to most angler since these footballs are 10-20 pounders. They’ll pull hard, but at least they don’t kill you!

Rounding out the box, there’s some nicer 10-30 pound dorado that have moved in. Most surprising are the pargo, pompano and some other cooler water species we normally do not see this time of year with the waters so warm. Maybe the waters are already cooling?

For our La Paz Tailhunte fleet, the bay and around the islands north of town, dorado are still the mainstay with limits or near limits most days. The problems is about finding the spots. It seems the concentrations of fish move around, but once located, it can be crazy off-the-chart fishing.

Just a heads-up that the best bite is later in the day or afternoon so be patient. The fish are more willing to feed sometimes just about the time much of the fleet is heading back in. But, our Tailhunter pangas have been staying out a bit later to take advantage of the later bite .

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 Aug. 5-12, 2018

HURRICANE JOHN CRASHES PARTY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug 5-12, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – We had Hurricane John that bounced in and bounced out.  Some flooding, but honestly nothing serious as it headed out towards the Pacific, but enough that we had a few days of winds, rain and waves.  Enough to cause a nuisance and shut down fishing for 2 days.   But, even after it technically went it’s way the days in the aftermath still were cloudy…some rain…some thunder and lightning and winds.  Very unpredictable and erratic.

Water – Did not take as bad a hit as after other storms where the water is very turned over and dirty.  Since there wasn’t torrential rain, there wasn’t enough run-off to dirty the water.  Waters relatively blue and clear at 83 degrees.

Fishing – Week started pretty well with big tuna, and dorado.  Then the storm hit and you always wonder what it will do to the fishing.  How long will the fish take to recover.  Surprisingly, the fish were fair good to us.  Not great, but not as bad as other times.  We still had action although we had to work harder for them, but everyone caught fish.  Surprised to see cooler water fish like pargo and pompano showing up.  Are waters getting colder already?  We usually don’t see these fish except in late winter and spring!

Catching – Still losing the majority of those big tuna; a couple of wahoo bites; and more dorado than we should!  But that’s fishing!  Everyone took home meat that wanted meat.

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Big tuna for Laura Hernandez and Mark Buchanan from San Diego who battled the big fish just off Punta Arenas. The fish were measured at about 50-55 pounds each.

A good reason NOT to be out fishing! Waterspout off Cerralvo Island during the storm! (Taken from the beach!) . Thanks for the shot, Rusty Cain!

Little vide of the beginning of Hurricane John.

Even after the hurricane “left” we still had localized and intermittent shower and thunderstorms all week. Pretty shot! Thanks, Mark Buchanan!

The fishing rabbi from Portland Oregon,  our amigo, Sheldon Donnell used to have a temple in Orange Co, but retired to Portland and often came to fish in La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He got this nice bull just off the rocks near Punta Arenas.

One of our favorite all-time families! Diego and Kelly Sanchez from Loveland, Colorado brought granddaughter, Selena down who had a great time fishing. Here’s one day’s fun of tuna, dorado, triggerfish and pargo! Plus they released jack crevalle and bonito.

Bryan Forward from Carlsbad wasn’t fishing for roosterfish just north of La Paz, but while fishing in a dorado school with Captain Rogelio from the Tailhunter Fleet, this big boy popped up and chewed his bait and the battle was on. The fish was released.

I think one day, Al Sandstrom will probably move down here. He just has too good a time fishing! Dorado in hand caught with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Skies are still cloudy but the smiles are real! Captain Jorge with Mark Hawkins and Harry Hsu posed with 3 of their 5 yellowfin on the beach at Muertos.

That’s alot of mahi mahi for Mark Buchanan and wife, Laura Hernandez from San Diego. Always in the fish!

He’s a little tired! Tony Smith has 4 big tuna on the table. First time down here and he had a good time.

Lee Carlson with Captain Moncho of the Tailhunter Fleet is from Denver. He hooked this roosterfish not far off the beach near Punta Perrico near La Paz and fought it for over an hour on light tackle and said “The fish did me in!”

The best is when someone catches their first fish ever! Rob Forward of Carlsbad and Captain Rogelio with his first dorado!

So crazy unusual to be catching pargo liso because normally, they are cooler water fish we catch from Feb. to April! But, Shelly Donnell got this one off the rocks at Punta Perrico. Great eating! Tough fighter too!

Hope came to visit us from Idaho for the first time and got her first dorado showing here on the beach at Balandra! Great to have her down!

Colorado friends since college, these two have been Tailhunter amigos for many years. Always smiling, Frank Kunze and Lee Carlson with a pretty good day out’ve Muertos Bay of tuna and dorado.

 

This one weighed out at over 52 pounds for Laura Hernandez. These are beast fish! Check out how close she is to the beach at Punta Arenas!

Football-sized yellowfin tuna showed up later in the week that were alot of fun and surely easier than the 60 pounders earlier in the week. San Diego boys in the house!

 

Captain Gerardo photo-bombs a dorado photo of Cal Lambert from Colorado trying to pose with one of several nice dorado caught just before the storm hit!

Harry Hsu and John Land with Captain Jorge and a nice haul of dorado and triggerfish.

Alex Moser from San Diego and his amigos with a big 50 pounder that took over an hour to land!

Laura has a knack for getting big fish! Nice bull dorado off Las Arenas Point!

We had a strange and crazy week. Things were going pretty nicely and then out’ve nowhere, what looked like a week of intermittent showers and occasional rain suddenly got a name and turned into “Hurricane John!” It got us scrambling!

These things are un-predictable and although it was only a “Category One” storm, we’ve seen them do some erratic things over the years and while the storm path didn’t have John barreling directly into us, it was going to glance off the southern tip of Baja and bounce out pretty hard.

The storm warnings went out and the clouds, wind and rain came in. Thunder, lightning and even water spouts! Some flights got diverted and although we never got the heavy hit, it was enough to have the Port Captain shut down the port and ban all boat traffic. Big waves and strong winds didn’t help.

Of course, that meant cancelations; no fishing; and lots of schedule juggling. It’s too bad because fishing had been pretty good.

Then the storm left. Sort of.

The port opened, but for several days, we didn’t know if the port captain would change his mind and shut things down again. So there were days when we had everyone ready, but also telling them they might have to head back to their rooms if the port captain shut things down again.

Because while “John” moved off, it never really completely left and almost each day, we had threats of wind, rain and big seas and occasional thundershowers and left everyone wondering what the next day would be like and days when we went fishing and still got wet.

Fortunately, the waters didn’t take too hard a hit from the storm and fishing the rest of the week was a lot better than I thought it would be although it still was not quite as good as it had been.

Everyone still got fish!

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, the big tuna were still around although a bit pickier. However, smaller fun football sized 10-20 pounders showed up right off Punta Arenas not far from the lighthouse. Also, decent dorado up to about 25 pounds rounded things out and surprisingly we got pompano and nice big pargo liso snapper that usually we only catch in the springtime. It makes me wonder if cooler waters are already moving in! Several roosterfish also hooked and released in the 30-50 pound category.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, dorado were centerstage again. Most of the fish were 5 to 20 pounders, but if you find the right spot, it could be crazy frenzied fishing. Most days, the boats got limits or near limits although some days the bite didn’t take off until late in the day. If boats left too early they sometimes missed the bite.

So, overall, not too bad given the weather. It could have been a lot worse!

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH – GRACIAS!

Diego Jimenez and his family from Loveland CO

Wes Perkins and Roger Hall from Oregon

Matt Chase, Terry Biggs, Mitch Embry and Rich Keogh

I’m sorry I don’t have ALL the photos of everyone who brought donations or school supplies, clothes, shoes, hygiene and other needed items for our Tailhunter Outreach Program.  But, e are so grateful for the generosity.   This year alone, we’ve collected over 1000 pounds of much-needed items that we distribute to the community.  Some of the photos above are just from the last week and all of this went to the school and orphanage in Los Planes near Las Arenas.  With school starting this week, the supplies and clothes were much appreciated!

Tailhunter Tribe rocks!  Thank you all!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 Week of July 28-Aug. 5, 2018

SUMMER TIME DORADO AND TUNA!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 28-Aug. 5, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT FOR THE WEEK

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot hot hot.  Even us locals think so.  Dangit…stay hydrated!  Beer is fun, but doesn’t count.  With the humidity you have to keep knocking back the waters or you’ll get sick.  On the other hand…hot weather = best fishing!

But, weather will change this week. Intermittent rain, thundershowers and lightning predicted on-and-off all week.  Not sure what that will do to the fishing.  Weather reports change several times a day.  Not sure when or how hard it will rain or what days.

Water – Pretty blue.  Surface temperatures are perfect for swimming, SCUBA and snorkeling!  It’s about 80-83 degrees on top!

Fishing – Everyone caught fish!  If not big tuna then great on the dorado.  The tuna continue to be big and we’re losing most of the big fish.  But dorado have been making up for it just to have fun.

Catching – Losing 70% of the big tuna.  That’s why they’re big.  They are gorillas and make strong men cry!

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Rhett Riley and his grandfather, Herb Preszler from the Sacramento Area, tied into several big tuna off Cerralvo Island near La Paz on live bait with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They each hooked and fought a fish over an hour before lines broke then re-baited and tied into these two nice sluggers and fought then well over another hour before getting them into the pangas.

From Oroville CA, our amigo, Terry Biggs has made numerous trips to fish La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He had never caught a big tuna. He hooked one fish and fought it almost 2 hours before it broke off then hooked this big one estimated by Captain Armando as being in the 70-80 pound class. He was using only 40 pound test. Terry works for the railroad and is about 6’2 and 275 pounds and he wrestled this tuna almost 90 minutes and “it whupped me pretty bad.

One of our favorite new amigos, Matt Chase, was just great to have down this week! Even when he lost fish, we was like a kid in a candy store! He did get a nice batch of dorado, however. Here with Captain Boli on the beach.

If he looks a bit disheveled, Mitch Embry from Texas has a little help and a smile from Captain Armando lifting up this tough tuna he fought in the hot sun off Cerralvo Island.

Schoolie dorado for the Bartas who were staying with Gary Wagner at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

Rhett Riley started out a good week of tuna fishing with this plug of a yellowfin tuna.

 

Another dorado in the boat is a nice bull north of La Paz near Espirto Santo Island for Terry Biggs.

Well-deserved handshakes for Wes Perkins and Roger Hall who fished with Captain Victor and took a box of dorado and a big yellowfin. Our good amigos are from the Portland OR area and have visited us for many seasons.

First timer amigo, Mark Durham, poses on the beach at Muertos with another fat tuna.

Captain Jorge does the honors on a nice dorado with Rich Keough and Mitch Embry. Note all the other dorado on the cutting table in the foreground .

 

It was a pretty decent week of fishing. Everyone who wanted fish caught fish. Can’t argue with that. Some boats did better than others on any given day, but that’s fishing. If you fished several days like most of our folks then you might have one slow day, but the others surely made up for it.

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, the big tuna off Cerralvo Island were again, the name of the game. These 40-80 pound gorillas are made more formidable by the fact that they’re eating relatively light lines (as tuna will sometimes do). So, using 25-40 pound test line can turn into quite a battle and most of these fights are at least an hour to almost 2 hours in the hot Baja sun!

For some, the strain is just a little too much for the angler or the tackle and beast fish that have non-stop motors. We are losing about 70% of these fish for those reasons. One day, we hooked 10 fish and only 2 got boated. It is what it is. Everyone wants a shot at these homerun fish, but if you don’t knock it over the fence, there’s a good chance you won’t get any other chances at another or for other species because it’s already too late in the day. But the challenge is there and very compelling. . .and fun!

It’s hard to know if there’s other species around the area because everyone is chasing the tuna, but we did hoo up some dorado and billfish. Roosterfish have been scarce this year. But, again, hard to know because not many folks have been chasing them.

Fortunately, if the tuna aren’t going, we do have our other fleet out’ve La Paz and the dorado have been lighting it up . Most days there’s limits or near limits of fish running 10-20 pound and some larger. If you hit the right spot and find the school, it can be utter madness as fish crash all around and every rod is bent. You fill the box quickly!

Other times, you get 1 here…2 there…1 here…and a longer, but still productive day.

Weather advisory…looks like intermittent and localized thundershowers with lightning are predicted most of the week. Not a hurricane. Just tropical stuff. Not sure how that will affect fishing, but we’ll be watching.  It could rain one spot, but not another.  It could rain at night or afternoon.  The reports change daily.  Hopefully, the port captain doesn’t shut thing down.

That’s our story!

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 May 27-June 3, 2018

SUMMER SPECIES MOVING IN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 27-June 3, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

 

Week at a Glance

Weather – Getting WARMER!  Most days in the high-90’s.  Nights in the high-70’s.  Definitely some days you can feel the humidity creeping up.  But mostly pretty pleasant.  Still windy some days, but not as harsh.  Nice afternoon Corumuel breeze cools down the time nicely!

Water – As weather gets warmer the algae is burning off and waters are getting dramatically bluer.  Less winds mean calmer waters too.  Pretty stuff.  Our SCUBA and snorkelers are having a blast.

Fishing – Better every week.  Still not full speed.  Some slow spots and bumps.  But everyone catching fish if you’re here a few days assuming you might have a slow day here and there.  Las Arenas has fewer fish and slower action, but larger trophies.  La Paz fishing has more fish, but smaller.  Better action.

Catching – Lost some really nice wahoo, tuna and roosters this week that would have really made this week’s report explode.  But, big fish are tougher fish!

 

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Nineteen-year-old Mia Pettey from Orange CO, California came down with her dad, John Pettey, well-known goldsmith and jeweler to the Southern California fishing industry as a high school graduation present to do some SCUBA and fishing in La Paz with Tailhunter. She was slow-trolling a bait just north of La Paz when this big rooster fish rolled up behind the boat and hammered the bait. We estimate it in the 60-70 pound class and she said, “It kicked my butt!” She released the fish.

Tom DeLeon from Los Angeles came down to La Paz to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing specifically to knock a rooster fish off his bucket list. He got this beast north of Punta Arenas on a live bait on a double hook-up. This fish was released and estimated over 65-70 pounds.

Laura Hernandez from San Diego always does well in our area and was fishing outside of Bahia de los Muertos with her husband Mark when she landed this nice wahoo, one of two she caught that day.

Quality dorado for Captain Jorge and our long-time amigos, Doug Oclassen and dad, Glenn Oclassen. Doug is from Colorado near Denver and dad’s in the San Francisco Bay area. Good size on these bulls!

Good first day for Stan Andre who picked up this nice wahoo not far outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

That’s a legi bull dorado for Terry Hawk. Usually, this quality of dorado don’t show up until later in the summer and the fall but the fish seem to be here already although not in huge numbers…yet!

Jim Bovee from San Diego gave his wife a trip to La Paz for Christmas and their last day she put wood to this thick yellowfin tuna fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet north of the city . Jim will be back in August and again in October!

Easy to see why they are called “dog-tooth” snapper. Hard to catch and pull from the rocks, but Doug Oclassen got this one into the boat not far off the Punta Perrico rocks.

Hefty bull dorado headed for the grill for Diane Deleon from Los Angeles. She two of these big guys this day. Scroll down for her other fish!

Rhonda McGavern is from Northern California, but they spend a good part of the year at their place in Loreto and drove down to La Paz for a little change-of-pace. The did the number on a fat yellowfin tuna and this dorado as she poses on the beach at Muertos Bay.

 

Like a boss! John Stone from San Diego had himself a good several days with our Tailhunter Fleet! He poses here with one of his bull dorado.

Another big rooster for Tom Deleon from Los Angeles. Part of a double hook-up on live bait he came specifically to get a rooster. This one regretfully could not be released and the meat was donated.

Good buddy Randy Forestiere had several days of fun on light tackle hooking great cabrilla and pargo like this pargo mulatto north of La Paz.

 

Still some cooler water fish hanging out! Captain Armando put his folks on this amberjack, but also jack crevalle and dorado.

These two guys are making a habit of nice roosterfish over the years. Stan Andre and Terry Hawk with a slugger rooster near Cerralvo Island. They got several and all were released.

John Mc Lucas from the S.F. Bay area has been fishing with us for years and loves the light tackle inshore stuff. Check out the variety he has including yellow snapper, china maru (hawkfish), cabrilla and pargo liso (mullet snapper). All great-eating fish!

Happy fella with a fish! Long-time Tailhunter Tribe member, Bill Lee with another cabrilla from up-tight in the rocks where they hang out. He loves the light tackle battles!

That’s alot of fish! Diane Deleon poses with a heck of a bull dorado she caught with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet fishing around Espirito Santo Island.

Couple of great eating trophy fish for Terry Hawk including a big cabrilla and a yellow snapper. All highly-prized.

Early morning biter! Another dorado for San Diego, John Stone!

Another big wahoo in the boat for Laura Hernandez and Mark Buchanan from San Diego!

Right in the bay! Jeff Correia from San Diego hooked this mahi with the city still in view behind him!

 

It’s getting warmer down here.  The waters are getting bluer and the fishing is getting more consistent.  Still not great fishing, but there is some pretty good fishing to be had with some speed bumps here and there.  Still some funky water conditions around.  Still the occasional bout of wind and waves.  But, overall, the improvement every week is noticeable in conditions and consequently the fishing.
Not as many big fish this week, but some fun fishing nonetheless.
For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet at Muertos Bay, it was like last week.  Not a lot of fish, but quantity was trumped by quality.  The fish we caught were generally larger and fiestier models.  Larger rooserfish were running 30-80 pounds. Wahoo are still around in the 20-50 pound class.  The dorado came in as small as 8 pounders, but some nice bulls in the 20-30 pound class as well.  A few smattering of 20-30 pound tuna as well.  Plus, mix in a few nice pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and even some holdover cold-water species like amberjack and sierra.
The thing is, you got a home run fish more-or-less or it was really scratchy and slow.  Few fish, but the fish were generally larger.  One boat could hit money and the boat next to it could blank.  Or with these larger fish, you get hooked, but the fish (being larger and tougher) busts off.  That’s not bad fishing.  That’s just unlucky “catching” and part of the sport.
For straight action and fun, the better fishing was with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.  Not as many BIG fish as Las Arenas.  But for just a day of action and getting bent, this past week the action around the islands north of town were a lot more entertaining.  In addition to great action on snapper, several species of pargo and some real fat cabrilla, toss in some occasional tuna, some big rooster fish and some 10-25 pound dorado and you have the makings of a fun day and some great fillets for the cooler.

Alot of the algae that’s lining the beach is now starting to burn off leaving behind it warmer blue waters so expectations are high for better fishing as we head towards summer.

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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