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Las Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 8-14, 2019

IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY DAY

LaPaz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 7-14, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amigo, Ken Chaplin from Washington, has fished and hunted all over the world and always does well with us at Tailhunter. His first day on the water with us he got into some big roosters including tangling with this beast just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

 

While fishing close to the rocky shallows of Espirito Santo Island for rockfish like cabrilla and pargo and snapper, Mike Garcia said he let his “sardine swim the wrong way away from the rocks and wasn’t paying attention” when his line took off and he found himself hooked on this big-headed bull dorado. The fish was brought to gaff after a long fight. Mike is from Houston TX and was fishing with Captain Rogelio with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet .

A couple of nice great-eating rock fish including a pargo liso and yellow snapper for our amigo, Steve Kechichian, currently living in Seattle.

Mike Garcia from Houston was fishing with his dad, Eddie who lives in Boston and on their first trip to La Paz fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They were in shallow water close to shore fishing for dorado and roosters, when this big striped marlin hit his sardine on light 30-pound test line. Mike battled the fish for over 2 hours and finally got it on board for a quick photos and released the fish swimming away strong .  Love the facial expression!  Yea, Mike!

 

That’s a pig of a roosterfish! Captain Victor gives Jean Edwards a hand with this giant roosterfish so she can get the photo and get it released. Early in the week, they were all big roosters and have been for several weeks.

Another cold-water fish, but no one is complaining are these giant pompano that have shown up in the shallows. Scott Miller got this guy out’ve Bahia Muertos. Scott is from Washington and this was his first trip with Tailhunter.

He’s now 14-years-old and we’ve known Grayson Richmond from Colorado since he was a youngster and he’s always been quite a fisherman. With Captain Moncho, he got into this nice jack crevalle.

It’s a pretty smile for a pretty dorado. Great colors! Captain Archangel and Ron Kellogg help out wife, Leona with the photo. More dorado showing weekly.

That’s alot of bull! (dorado). Nicole Balbas holds up the lighter end of her bull dorado with a smiling Captain Gerardo.

I love this photo of Kathy Wong as her pargo looks like it’s trying to biter her in the ear as Captain Armando holds onto the gaff.

Matt Brown from Cupertino CA came to La Paz fishing for a 2nd time and got his first roosterfish. He ended up hooking and releasing 3 nice roosterfish like this one just off the beach at Punta Arenas.

Eddie Garcia came all the way out from Boston to fish with us for the first time and I’m only sorry he’s a little blocked by the tail of his dorado held up by Captain Jorge . Eddies is holding onto the pargo liso. Good to have Eddie with us this week. Really enjoyed his visit.

Nice cabrilla for Ed Mitoma with Captain Alfredo looking on. Big cabrilla like this trophy have been a great bite lately.

Double pair of barred pargo for Mike Fisher and Chuck Williams from Washington on their first visit to La Paz with us.

First day…first big dorado in hand and in the photo for Jim Looney.

Nothing like your first rooster and the roosters have been feisty lately. Scott Miller gives a grin before releasing the fish.

Love this guy! Bill Richmond has visited us many times of the years and is always a welcome friend . He worked hard this week when the fishing was scratchy but ended up with alot of species to take home including this tasty pompano. Punta Arenas in the background.

What a mix of fish. Exactly what I’ve been referring to. We’ve got warm and cold water fish all mixing it up these days like the dorado, cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo on the cleaning table at Bahia Muertos.

Hidden by the dorsal fin of this big rooster is Captain Arcangel helping Mike Fisher photo his fish before letting it go.

Big roosters can hurt strong men! The bend on the rod and braced agains the gunwale and deckchair, Ken Chaplin battles a big roosterfish.

On the flyrod! G-man (Grayson Richmond) released this tough jack crevalle .

Again…such a variety of fish on the table. Nicole and Ed Balbas with Captain Gerardo hold onto a yellowtail plus yellow snapper and pompano on the beach at Muertos.

 

Once again, the fishing remains unseasonably crazy.  It’s mid-July, but the fishing still hasn’t quite caught up with the calendar.  It’s still more like April-May fishing…than summertime fishing.

 

Normally, we should be thick into the bluewater species that inhabit the warm waters and warmer seasons.  Our fishing reports should be full of dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish and the like.  We should be talking about hot sunny weather and flat balmy Baja seas.

 

But, it’s not like that and Mother Nature is only grudgingly moving to where it should be.  She’s not going easy.  For instance, we still have erratic un-predictable winds that pop up from nowhere and tear up the sea.  A few miles away, it’s flat. We have blistering sunny weather one day that feel like a tropical sauna.  By afternoon, it’s raining.  Or we have days when it’s overcast and heavily clouded.

 

One day waters are blue.  Next day, or even later in the day, the waters turn green, cold and turbid with strong currents.  Or, one day dorado bite and the next day, we see all kinds of dorado, but they could not care less about biting a bait or jig!

 

Sure,  we’re seeing more dorado and bigger dorado. And that is a good sign. And a few billfish mixed in. Plus assorted large and small roosterfish, bonito, and jack crevalle.   But, we are still catching crazy cold-water fish like spawning pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and even fish like sierra and yellowtail, the latter two being definite cold-water species.

 

That just tells me that there’s warm surface water, but below that, there’s a strong layer of colder water holding these other species.

 

Everyone is catching fish.  It’s just that the bite is unpredictable and varied.

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 16-23, 2019

ROOSTERFISH RAGE & HEADLINE

UNPREDICTABLE WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for

Week of June 16-23, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY. . .

My hero of the week! Enzo Moreno is only 11-years-old from the San Antonio area of Texas. He hooked this marlin with Captain Armando. He fought the fish for 2 hours on 30 pound test line! He refused help and battled it all by himself. He got the fish to the boat…took the photo…and released it! AWESOME!

The tuna popped up again after being somewhat absent the last few weeks. Bob Lederer from Massachusetts with Captain Jorge and a nice rack of footballs and some larger models!

San Diego birthday girl, Michele Conklin, was just off Punta Perico and dozing off when this big boy rooster hit her bait. Her largest rooster and she was able to release it!

 

That’s alot of cabrilla meat. This big seabass was taken by Dave Gee from San Francisco.

 

A legit La Paz dorado! Gary Lunger poses with a pretty mahi caught north of La Paz.

Captain Pancho strikes a pose with Justin Larson! The young man from San Diego caught and released 4 big roosters the same day!

A pretty good day and a pretty photo of the Steele Family…Ashley, Dan and Zach and some nice yellowtail headed for the cutting board.

Crazy to be catching yellowtail in June! These are cold water fish and normally, we don’t see them after about April. However, Dave Gee holds up another one with La Paz Malecon in the distance.

Happy Fella! Captain Jorge with our amigo, Dave Conklin and a hefty rooster taken not far off the Las Arenas sand. The fish was released.

Pretty photo with great colors! That’s a big yellowtail and Jackie Laes from Oregon enjoying some sunshine and some fun fishing.

Captain Raul gives 8-year-old Alice Wiebe from Bradley CA with her yellowtail.

Another fish we don’t see very much this late in the year, but a feisty ferocious fighter is the pargo liso (mullet snapper). Dana Jacklin wrestled this pretty fish out’ve the rocks.

First roosterfish for Ramy Shatara who gets a hand from Captain Arcangel. Ramy released the fish and caught it on light tackle.

Bob Lederer gets the tail-end of this striper he hooked just outside of Bahia Muertos while fishing with Captain Armando!

Big cabrilla like this lurk in rocky structure and reefs making them a difficult fighter, but Jeff Morgan got this tasty seabass into the boat.

Best week of roosters that I ca remember. Here’s another one for the photos gallery taken by Adam Larson. Adam released the fish which swam off strongly.

The man behind the mask is Dan Steele who gets a hand from wife, ashley on a thick pretty rooster he hooked not far off the shallow rocks at Punta Perrico then released it after the photo. Check those colors!

There’s alot of good-eating on this table. I see cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo including the one being held by Mark Jacklin.

Craig Hoffman from Phoenix AZ and brother Bryan, all the way from London got into the tuna bite with a table-load of yellowfin tuna.

These are tough fighters on hook and line…among the hardest to pull in for alot of our anglers. Ramy Shatara at the La Paz municipal pier off-loading some of his bonito

Family day! Desmond and Julia Sjauwfoekloy from Los Angeles with Julia’s cabrilla.

Keith Paulson gets a grip on double bull-dorado that he caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

With his first roosterfish, Bill Eggleston makes the photo gallery. The fish was released and he was fishing south of Bahia Muertos.

Lots of hard-fighting jack crevalle kept rods bent and reels screaming! Michele Conklin with big smiles and Captain Jorge.

Kyle Eggleston has to be one of the funniest first-timers we have had down here so far! First day out he got in on the rooster bite!

 

Captain Arcangel with Jonathan Hicks from San Francisco and yes, the big pompano are still biting.

Another rooster on the books for young Justin Larson, caught and released. He had a spectacular day.

Dan Steele, again behind the mask, with another yellowtail!

Strange fish of the week! Related to roosterfish, amberjack, pompano and jack crevalle, this is the first time we’ve had a Hawaiian trevally show up! Just goes to show you what a crazy season we are having! Tom Dietz does the honor.

Hefty amberjack (pez fuerte) for Miles Wagner and Kris Kobach coming in late with dinner at Rancho Costa.

It was like Jekyll & Hyde Week.  It was also a week of strange fishing on so many other levels.

 

The first part of the week, cold winds, choppy seas, off-color water and strong currents really had us all working hard to get fish.  After a pretty decent previous week, it was like “What next?”  On top of it there was a full moon.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet…

 

Las Arenas fishing virtually shut off the first 3-4 days this week.  Some snapper and pargo and cabrilla.  Lots of bonito.  Jack crevalle kept rods bent. But not much else.

Our buddy, Doug Oclassen from Colorado right off the sand with a nice jack crevalle.

 

Thankfully, we had the roosterfish!

The rooster cruising the shallows! Pretty pretty pretty!

What a week for roosterfish…maybe the best I have seen in 25 years.  We had fish running 10-70 pounds.  Some pangas caught, 2,3…4 fish each day and lost several others!  Fish were literally schooling up like we have never seen them.

Dennis Adair’s rooster was so big the photographer (Glenn Oclassen) couldn’t back up any further to get the whole fish. Captain Ramiro on deck!

Justin and Adam Larson with another gallo.

 

Many anglers took their first or largest roosters ever!  I can’t tell you how often folks came back from fishing with big smiles but asking me for a band-aid for the blisters on a thumb or inside index fingers from reel with folks fighting a single fish from 15-45 minutes.  Then doing it all over again! It was crazy!

 

Also remarkable were the mullet snapper (pargo liso) on the backside of Cerralvo Island.  Normally, these big scrappy pargo school-up in huge undulating crashing pods in March and April!

 

But all of a sudden, here they were!  Fish up to 20-30 pounds were busting guys off as they watched this schools crashing the surface.  So many fish were lost and frustrating so quite a few anglers as these powerful fish took them into the rocks!

These pargo lisos can be beasts. Captain Ramiro at Muertos.

 

About Wednesday, it seemed like things changed.  By Thursday, it was like someone threw a lightswitch.

 

The winds died down.  The temperatures kicked into the low 100’s.  Humidity rose.  The sun blazed and the waters turned bluer.

He’s bent! Ramy shows good form on a fresh one on flat waters!

 

And the fish suddenly got into the game!

 

Tuna started crashing with yellowfin as small as footballs, but as large as 40-pounds. Most fish caught on the banks near Cerralvo Island. We have not seen many tuna in about 4-6 weeks.

Fun brother and sister Nina and Enzo Moreno from Texas with a double pair of yellowfin tuna!

A pretty “football” yellowfin tuna with Chad Oclassen

Marlin also got active with a number of fish caught and released. All the fish ranged from about 100-130 pounds.

Oh yea…marlin on the line!

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet…

 

Fishing was much better than Las Arenas if you just wanted to fill the ice chest and wanted some good rod-bending action.

The areas around Espirito Santo Island and Punta Coyote and Punta Mejia were productive for a number of species.

Stephon and Jason Munroe with some La Paz action in the panga

Zach Steele and a tasty Mexican cabrilla

Desmond and Joshua with his snapper and a big smile. Cool sunglasses!

 

No shortage of both tasty white bonito and hard pulling skipjack (barriletes).  Plus inshore, lots of snapper, pargo, cabrilla, trigger fish and amberjack.  You could have fun all day with that.

It’s mine and I caught it! Zach has his bonito in the boat

David Goodman has another tough bonito.

 

Plus add in the dorado that are roaming around and getting better every week with fish running 10-25 pounds to put in the ice chest and you can have a full day of fishing.

Pam and Bill Eggleston with a few of their dorado.

 

However, just like the unusual pargo liso near Cerralvo Island that popped up in big schools (a cold water fish), we had yellowtail show up!  In my 25 years down here, I’ve never seen yellowtail in June.  Normally, by April, we’re all done with any yellowtail in these waters.  Just like the pargo liso, they are cold water fish!

Dave Gee rocking the yellowtail!

Yellowtail headed for the freezer for Ramy

So, here we are almost at the end of June and at the technical beginning of summer and our boats are coming back with 2, 3 or 4 yellowtail and losing more in the rocks.  Fish going 10-20 pounds…totally legit.

 

Weird thing is that often they’re in the same spots as the dorado which are warm water fish!  That leads me to believe that there’s warm water on the surface then a chilly thermocline down deeper that brought the yellowtail up from colder deeper waters to feed on the abundant bait.  At least, that’s what I’m speculating.  But no complaints!  These are fun good-eating fish!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 19-26, 2019

ANGLERS WORK HARDER FOR FISH in ERRATIC

CONDITIONS (But still catch fish!)

 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 19-26, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Captain Gerardo seemed to be on fire this week. He’s helping lift Ron Cutler’s big tuna. Ron is from Bend, Oregon.

We finally got Willy Moers from Denver to come visit. On the last day, he finally got his big dorado after a couple of misses. The smile says it all!

Tom Mullican our long-time amigo from Dallas TX, had 5 pretty successful days. He didn’t get many fish, but he made up for it with some quality species like this big yellowfin…and uh…a little snapper! 🙂

 

First timer, 18-year-old Ryan McConnell is down on a graduation trip before heading to college and his first day out he rocks this 57-pound log wahoo with Captain Armando. The photo doesn’t do justice because young Ryan is about 6’6″ tall. It’s a BIG fish. See below as they put it on a scale!

Yup…57-pounds on the scale for Ryan McConnell and Captain Armando who needs to stretch to get his arms high enough.

More marlin showing up these days. Captain Victor put Ron Cutler on this striper as well as the big dorado. The fish could not be released.

Tom Reed from San Diego only had 2 days to fish, but made the most of it with a big tuna and then this nice wahoo right at the end just outside of Bahia Muertos on a trolled Rapala.

Susie Williams is a gem of a gal. What a gamer! She pulled this tough dog-tooth out’ve the rocks with fishing shallow water with Captain Gerardo.

Good start and great action for Margaret Cummings from Austin TX and Willy Moers from Colorado. Fun folks!

Adam Toeniskoetter shows off a nice late-season yellowtail, which tells me there’s still some cooler water around as summer approaches. Adam brings the family back in two weeks!

Boy, did we have some fun with Blake Warren and Laura Brunell who was on her first real fishing trip and lit it up with about 20 different species over 3 days of fishing. Here with Captain Pancho posing with triggerfish pargo, amberjack, snapper and cabrilla!

Another big tuna to off-load to the cutting table for Ryan.

Striper on the beach for Paul Markowitz with an assist from Mike Boutin both from the Boise, Idaho area. The fish could not be released.

Just off the beach. Good start to the day for Mike Boutin and his roosterfish which was released.

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of the Rancho Costa Resort dropped the hammer on this big yellowfin tuna, but only after he also dropped his line to 30-pound test and the fight was on! Looks like he also caught a foot!

Lots of great eating as Tom Mullican holds up his wahoo to add to his box of tuna.

First-day smiles with some pargo and amberjack from Susie and Bart Williams from San Diego.

I love this colorful photo of Raphael and Yvette Rios with Captain Jorge. A big barred pargo and yellow snapper and just great colors.  They’re from Texas and visit us yearly.

Dog-tooth snapper (pargo rojo) are still around if you can get them out’ve the rocks and reefs. They get alot bigger. Tom has this one on the gaff and headed to the fish box.

Lots of jack crevalle around providing some super light tackle action on this feisty fish. Willy Moers does the honors with Captain Armando.

Oh the joy! Susie Williams has a nice dorado caught north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

 

We had a very different, strange, good, anemic, erratic week!  It’s hard to describe.

I think the only thing we didn’t get was rain!  Fishing changed from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.

 

Anglers worked really hard for fish one day and the next it was 180 degree difference.  One boat would be bendo and pulling on fish all day and the boat right next to it spent the day eating lunch and drinking their beers waiting for a bite.  One boat would catch tons of bonito.  The boat next to it would have tuna, wahoo and a marlin and zero bonito.  It would be windy and choppy one day and the next flat as glass…or calm in one spot and a mile away like a washing machine.  We had winds from the north, south, west and east that changed daily!

 

A wild unpredictable week for sure!

 

There was no shortage of action or species, but for the most part, our anglers and captains had to work a little harder to find fish.

 

We still had great inshore action on several species of pargo as well as cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, sierra, yellowtail, snapper, big triggerfish and those big pompano.  If that’s what you wanted, you could do that all day long and have a blast!

Roosterfish for Paul Markowitz from Idaho. Fish was released. Punta Arenas in the background.

 

Roosterfish were still around although a little stickier this week than last where the roosters seemed to be everywhere and willing to chew.  With all the winds, the waters were a little turned over with a lot more turbidity and a little green so the fish were more finicky.  We did get more than a few, however, and all released.

 

The blue water species were a little trickier as well. We got more marlin in the water and had out best marlin week with stripers moving in.  A lot of fish sighted, but weren’t quite interested in biting…just yet.  However, we hooked several with most getting released.

Marlin for Dave Bergurud while Captain Victor lends a “big hand” holding the heavy spike! Someone forgot their Pacifico!

 

The tuna were a conundrum.  The big 40-100 pounders were still there.  Everyone saw them busting and breaking water and foaming ,but they weren’t always willing to eat.  In fact, most of the time, they would eat everything but the bait that was on the hook.

Just another good day on the water for Tom.

 

Guys dropped down from 60…to 50..to 40…and finally getting fish on 30 pound fluro leaders.  But, if you hang a 100 pound fish on 30 pound, you’re already at a huge disadvantage.

 

One of our guys hooked a big fish on 30 and fought it for nearly 4 hours and it towed the panga almost 10 miles up the island.  They got it near the panga at color and my captain estimated it at almost 200 pounds!  Just as they were near to gaff, the line broke!  Heartbreak!

Wahoo are still around as well.  But this is the normal time for them.   I just have not had many photos to share because, although we get bit, most fish get lost.  But they are definitely there and very close to the rocks just outside Bahia Muertos.

Man…that is a beast of a wahoo for Ryan!

 

More and bigger dorado around for both our fleets so they seem to be coming on with more sargasso weed building up north of the city and the dorado slowly building up.  If we get just a few degrees warmer, I think it’s gonna bust open!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 24-31, 2019

IS WINTER FINALLY FINISHED WITH US?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 24-31, 2019

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Fishing brother Rod Brown from Alaska and Jeff Brown from Minnesota get together once a year in La Paz to fish with us and scored limits of yellowtail and other species fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, rocked this big thick yellowtail on the north end of Cerralvo island on the east side with a live mackerel.

That’s a trophy! Big tasty cabrilla headed no doubt for the dinner table caught by Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs CO.

Our own Captain Joel has a big smile posing with Jeff Brown and some of the limits of yellowtail they caught and lost many others in the rocks.

Yes! Roosterfish are starting to show up! Right there in Muertos Bay, Miles was working live sardines on light tackle and had a blast catching and releasing these smaller early-season roosters. The big boys should be close behind!

Nothing better than light tackle fishing and big fish. Check out this pretty cabrilla that Russ Whitmarsh nailed on a bass rod just close to the rocks where these guys hang out. Nice catch!

What a difference a week or two makes!

 

We’ve gone from some of the harshest and toughest winter fishing in a long time several weeks ago to some of the nicest conditions and fishing so far this season.  Still not completely up-to-speed and I’d be crazy to say we’re completely done with winter and the pesky winds, but this past week was sure a nice time to be on the water.

 

With the first true week of springtime and temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s. the winds weren’t completely done with us and there were some episodes for several days, but overall, Mother Nature was good to our fishermen for once.

 

With some perfect candy-sized mackerel for baits for both our Tailhunter La Paz and Las Arenas fleet, the big story were the yellowtail.  They popped up in several places including the upper east-side of Cerralvo Island; south point of Cerralvo and Punta Perrico.  We also had quite a bite going around the high spots around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Most of the fish weren’t huge, but that’s because so many of the fish were hovering and feeding in shallow waters close to the rocks, shore or over structure.  Lots of the bigger 30-40 pound mossbacks threw hooks or broke lines in the rocks plus quite a few missed bites!  But the ones that were landed were respectable powerful 20-25 pound fish.

I”ll let our amigo Rod Brown tell it:

“We had one of our best La Paz fishing days ever today. The yellowtail started biting as soon as we started fishing in the morning and were still biting when we quit a little before 1:00 – ran out of mackerel. We landed 10 medium to large yellowtail, missed a lot of good strikes, and lost some in the rocks. They are STRONG fish and bent 0ur heavy poles in a 90 degree arc and made several powerful runs each. Good thing we ran out of bait. We were buggered and Joel had to get home to watch his daughters play football. Some largish swells, but a beautiful day.”

Rod Brown from Alaska with smiling Captain Joel

 

Not to be completely outdone, we also had some incredible cabrilla fishing tight inside to the cliffs and rocks with some trophy-sized fish being landed on bait, jigs and slow-trolled Rapalas and YoZuris as well as pargo and assorted rockfish.

Our amigo, Rod Brown again:

“Another great fishing day. The yellowtail weren’t biting at first, but we landed 7 large barred pargo and 4 large cabrilla. They immediately  dive for the rocks and are strong, so we lost a lot of them – and a lot of fishing tackle. Around 11 the yellowtail started biting and we landed 3 nice ones. By noon we had used all our mackerel (62 of them) and spent an hour fishing with spinning gear and sardines for smaller  yellow pargo along the shore. Caught several of them.”

 

We also saw action on lots of bonito on light tackle, jack crevalle and even some early season roosterfish!  All-in-all some solid biters and some of the best variety of the young season!

HAPPY TRAILS 2019

Well, we finally came to the end of another awesome road trip.  Our 25th year going from one show to the other.  This year 12 states and 11 incredible shows meeting and talking to so many awesome folks and old friends!

Thanks to everyone who came by to chat and all the hospitality and also all of you who booked with us to fish in La Paz with us in 2019.  We’re are ready to fish!  Bring it on.  We still have some spots open so get in touch with us, but judging from our bookings this year, we’re gonna have a bang-up year!

Let’s get fishing!

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  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 Mar. 17-24, 2019

SPRING BRINGS A WELCOME CHANGE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 17-24, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

Skip Coomber from San Diego has a handful of hefty yellowtail.  He and his family landed 5 between 20-30 pounds and busted off 3.  He said one spooled him on 40 pound test. The fish were taking live bait off Cerralvo Island.

On the backside of Cerralvo Island where Captain Victor found calm waters, Erika and Carolyn landed several nice yellowtail like these in the shallow waters.

He’s just called “Joel the Bald Guy” by his amigos, but he gets the last grin with ah thick yellowtail and a handful of great eating . These fish were crashing on the surface over the rocky areas.

Amigo Bob Sayre, from Chicago, was just out in front of the hotels not far from shore when he ran into some pretty fun dorado taking 5 on dead bait and losing 2. Not like the fish to be here so early in the year…nor right there in the bay!

You can see how close to the shore they are. Captain Victor and a happy Caroline Coomber and another yellowtail!

Hard-charging jack crevalle for Erika. There’s a reason the Mexican name for these guys is “Toro” (Bull).

 

It’s nice to have something substantive to tell you this time after last week’s report!  Even photos and better video!

We definitely had a better week of fishing which happened to co-incide with better weather  finally as spring arrived with some surprising catches.

 

Maybe the fish woke up for spring!

 

Early in the week, waters really settled down nicely and some nice quality yellowtail came to chew and seemed to pop up in several places.  These 20-30 pound forkies were hitting live bait, jigs and dead bait on the back side of Cerralvo Island, just outside of Bahia Muertos (Suenos); Punta Perrico; as well as Espirito Santo Island.  Quite a few fish, including bigger ones were lost in the rocks insofar as many of these fish were biting in shallow water either right off the rocks or over shallow structure and reefs.  The same areas produced jack crevalle, small roosters, bonito, pargo and cabrilla.  A wahoo was lost as well!

 

The surprising catches were right in the Bay of La Paz.  Pretty much right out in front of the hotels and Malecon waterfront.  Fun, 10-15 pound schools of dorado showed up literally just a few hundred yards out front in shallow water.  It might have something to do with the patches of floating sargasso weed that moved in which we usually don’t see until about May or so when waters warm.  The sargasso draws baitfish which hide in the weeds as well as flying fish that lay eggs in the floating paddies.  This draws the dorado in searching for food.   A good sign of an early season!  Fingers crossed.

 

It’s been a brutal winter up north as well as in Baja and I have a feeling that winter isn’t quite done with us just yet!

AND SO IT ENDS!

Our 2019 Show Tour comes to an end!  After almost 4 months on the road driving to the most awesome fishing/ hunting expos in the west and hauling our booth back and forth across the country through one of the most crazy winters ever, we come to our last show…and it’s a good one!

But first a big shout out to all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us and welcomed us and extended so much hospitality and smiles as we traveled to these cities and all the cities in between:

Denver show to Sacramento…then to Puyallup (Seattle)…then to Portland…and Salt Lake City…then Boise…after which we hit the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach…then Bakersfield and back to Salt Lake City again.  Then just finishing up a great show in Scottsdale AZ.

Back and forth and up and down, what a fantastic country we have and are blessed to visit every year!  Thank you all and for those of you who booked with us, we’ll do our best to have the fish and sunshine waiting for you!

Now, we head to the beaches of San Diego for the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds just north of the city.  This is a fun show and all our friends are there and it’s a big party with lots to see and do for the whole family about fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and so much more.

The show runs Thursday to Sunday and we’ll see you there.  Here’s more info.  Click the link!

THE FRED HALL SAN DIEGO SHOW

 

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 Feb. 17-24, 2019

TOUGH WEEK BUT SOME FISH FOUND

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 17-24, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

He always rocks! Roger Thompson busted up this big boy slug yellowtail up at the north end of Cerralvo Island slow trolling sardines in shallow water and lost another one that he couldn’t stop jigging iron.

Armando took out Dick and Lorna Gasser from Spanish Fork, UT, who have been with us many times and always do great. But with winds and lack of bait, it was a little tougher this week with basically only some bonito to show.

For the first time this week, we sent out some of the boats from our La Paz Fleet. Despite fears about winds and waves, they found bait and got into some decent dorado which we don’t usually see until later in the warmer months.

Debbie Walden from Lakewood CA was out visiting her sister Donna Thompson (right) this past week near La Paz. Donna has lots of experience on big Baja fish and they were out at the north end of Cerralvo Island when they hit breaking yellowtail. This guy hit and both ladies had fun tag-teaming to get it to the boat.

It looks a little chilly! Is this Baja? Just off the rocks at Punta Perico, Dick Gasser got this little cabrilla and released it.

Yea…it was that chilly! Jorge…Dick…Lorna suited up to get out on the water!

 

It was a strange week.  The two variables of weather and bait played a big part in success on the water as it usually does, but perhaps even moreso in the winter months when winds can be strong and bait can be scarce.

 

It was no different this week.  At times the winds blew strong and consistently.  Gusts up to 30 knots at times pushed a lot of white water around which made it hard to find, let alone get live bait.  But that’s how it is during these months and a big reason not many folks are out fishing even when the sun is out most times and the daytime air temps are running in the 70’s which is great for the snowbirds in town.

 

It was “chilly” by Baja standards and there were even little bouts of rain here and there.

 

Most of the fishing was picky at best with a mixed bag of small cabrilla, jacks, some snapper and bonito, although many of them were the white bonito which are actually pretty good eating and a lot of fun. But, not fun if you’re in a bouncing boat and getting sprayed with white-water. A lot of the fishing relied on dragging Rapalas or lures trying to get a hook up when we couldn’t get the bait.

 

However, what a difference on the days when we did find bait…even when the weather was less than desireable.   We had some exploratory boats we sent out’ve La Paz with some of our regulars who took a chance on the weather and hooked into some surprisingly decent dorado which aren’t very common this time of year.  Each of our pangas got a handful and lost others.

 

Additionally, again using bait, but slow trolling in shallow water, in a chum line of sardines, fat yellowtail popped up and ripped some rods too with some fish that couldn’t be stopped, especially with the rocks so close rising up from the bottom.

…AND THE WHALES!

Whalewatching season is in full swing and we’re running daily and overnight trips out to see them but this past week, it was a bit rough and bumpy and made it hard to get onto the whales, even out in Magdalena Bay which is normally flat and calm.

Check out this little video I put together:

HERE WE COME BOISE!

Jilly and I are now in Boise, Idaho for the Idaho Sportsman’s Show that starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday.  Come see us and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year.  (Where it’s sunny!)

Hope to see you this week.  If you’re driving in, it’s going to be a little icy!  Drive safely and we’ll see you here!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 10-17, 2019

WIND PROVIDES FEW WINDOWS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 10-17, 2019

Mexican Minute Weekly Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Janie Robison escaping from chilly Wyoming got herself a nice yellowfin tuna.

We had folks fishing Bahia Magdalena this week. Guy Nazareno is holding a nice snook. But actually, it was caught by his 5-year old daughter, Natalie, but she couldn’t hold up the big fish although she dialed it in all by herself.

Big smiles for our very own, Jorge Romero, who took this tasty corvina in the shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena this week.

Donna Corona helps Janie Robison with her dorado taken just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Cute little baby roosterfish inside the bay! The fish was released to grow into one of the giants we get later in the season.

The winds came back this week and it was on the chilly side.  However, fortunately the two best days when the winds laid down were the two days we had folks out on the water!

Bottom line, however is that the opportunities, overall for the week were small and when we did get fish, it was mostly bonito.  No sugarcoating it.

On the two days when the winds gave us a break…

The first day, as is often the situation during these windy months, bait was hard to find so we had to drag lures.  Still, some good action with lots of bonito to bend rods.

The 2nd day was much better and live bait was available and our folks got more bonito, but also small roosterfish and even dorado and tuna which are pretty unusual this time of the year during the colder windier months.

What many folks seem to forget is that when there’s storm in the U.S., the “winter conditions” don’t stop at the border.  It has been an incredible stormy week in the western U.S. and along the Pacific Coast with wind, rain and snow.

Consequently, it was also windy and relatively cold in La Paz as well.  The coming week doesn’t look that much better, but that’s to be expected this time of year.

In Other News…

Our Whale-Watching Season is in full swing.  Lots of whales there in Bahia Magdalena and we’re running daily and over-night tours there for as long as the whales stick around.  Hopefully until mid-late March!

 

Jilly and I just wrapped up the best Salt Lake City show ever at the Great Western Hunt and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.  It was probably the largest hunt show we have ever participated in with outfitters from all over the world including S. America…Asia…Canada…New Zealand…Alaska…the U.S…./even Russia!  Just walking the aisles was a lesson in geography!

Take a look at this video, I made.  Turn up the volume and click the link:

We had folks come to see us from a number of states including New Mexico…Wyoming…Colorado…California…Arizona…Idaho and, or course Utah.  We booked lots of trips!  If you’re planning to come see us this year, don’t wait until we visit your town.  We’re filling fast. Get in touch with us. We have 7 more shows to do!

Our next show is in Boise, ID from Feb. 28-March 3rd.  We will be at the Boise Expo Center at the fairgrounds in Boise.  Come check us out and let’s talk fishing in La Paz!

That’s our story!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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