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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
.

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 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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