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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2022

DORADO ROAR AFTER STORM AND FULL

MOON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Dan McKinley from Washington was with us last week with his family. He was having so much fun, he stayed to fish an extra two days, but sent the rest of the family home, including son, Ryan. Nice dorado too!

Larry Barnard with his favorite Captain Victor has fished with us many years, but this was his “personal best” dorado. He foul-hooked it on the side which made the battle triple-tough, but he got the big bull to gaff!

Captain Jorge poses with Andy LeVeque from Washington and his Tecate to finish off a good first day on the water at Bahia Muertos.

Clark Torres, Mike and Melissa LeVeque with some big-boy legit bull dorado. Check out all that meat! They had 3 solid days of fishing and brought the family of 10 to visit us for the week.

John Waters and Erin Martin started their week off with a nice box of dorado!

This is the way to start the morning with a brilliant sunrise and a big wahoo that bit John Vondrak’s “banana red” Rapala with Captain Gerardo. It was the first of 2 wahoo this day. (scroll down for the 2nd photo)

From Montana, Lee and Renee Leveque with Captain Victor and a nice day of dorado and a striped marlin. It could not be released and meat was donated.

Kim Spicer is telling husband Brian that she caught more dorado than he did! Fun couple visiting us for the first time and they did well over 3 days fishing.

Jess Keller fortunately was able to get in only one day fishing after the storms because the other days got cancelled, but he did well with nice rack of dorado headed for the freezers.

Ted Tamborski with Captain Edgar was another victim of Hurricane Kay that got several days fishing cancelled, but was able to get out 3 days and hung this sailfish north of La Paz.

Yea…tackle busting big bonito kept rod bent and folk smiling. Darrel had a kick on his light tackle rigs.

This isn’t roosterfish season, but there are some little fellas still hanging out here and there. Wes Miles put this on on the boat off Punta Perico for a quick photo and release.

Dan and Lisa Hicks from Washington with their son Sammy have been fishing with us almost 20 year, even before Sammy came along. Always good to have them visit. They started their week with some great mahi action.

Gary Piekaar and Chris Biggs came down for a quick 2-day trip and went home with some good dorado meat. It was their first time with us at Tailhunter.

Konrad “Mad Hatter” Knoeferl has had to keep postponing his trip for several seasons, but it was good to finally get him down with Pal Chris Lucas posing with some of their dorado they caught fishing out’ve La Paz Bay.

Dan, Ryan and Wes…nice day of dorado, guys! All from Washington visiting us for the week.

Mike Guest from Arizon has fished with us many times over the years and told me he was coming down for a wahoo even though I told him there weren’t many wahoo around this year. I’m glad he proved me wrong!

Captain Jorge gives Brian Spicer the “thumbs-up” after catching this rooster just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Don McKinley is a former missionary and 93-year-young and still going strong! Grandson Ryan helps with the photo, but 3 days of fishing and Don didn’t need any help reeling fish! Great to have him visit us .

John’s 2nd wahoo of the day on his funky yellow Rapala with Captain Gerardo. This one’s a fatter ‘hoo!

Double D!  Darrel and Don from Washington.  Some huge bulls on the table there in front to them.

 

Captain Armando having some fun with amigos, John Eide from Minnesota and Joe Vondrak on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

First-timer Lori Worthington from Oregon sadly lost 2 days fishing to the storms, but got in one day with Captain Gerardo and made the best of things with a fun dorado day.

Captain Gerardo with Andrew Harrison and John Vondrak. Quite a variety…dorado…wahoo…rainbow runner…pompano and snapper!

Andrew with the big smile for another dorado.

Carrie “Sparkle” McKinley is just a joy to have visit us from Washington. She can fish too!

John Eide with another fish for the box.

Beautiful morning shot of Kim Spicer with Captain Jorge just outside of La Ventana across from Cerralvo Island

I have no idea who’d behind the fish, but I do know that Captain Ramiro got him a huge bull dorado.

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After stormy weather, you just never know what the fishing is going to be like.   We had a tropical storm…followed by a 3 days hurricane…followed by a full moon last week.  It was a triple whammy-punch-in-the-nose kinda week with lots of cancelled fishing trips and disappointed anglers.

After a storm it could take days for the water to clear and settle down.   You just never know and after all the run-off from the rain, I figured it was gonna take awhile.  A full moon was not going to do us any favors either!

But, right off the bat it seemed the fish were as eager to eat as we were anxious to go fishing and catch them.  It just seemed to get better the further we got away from the stormy days.  At times, it seemed like there were so many dorado in the water it was like hand-feeding fish in a pond.  Turn up the sound and check out this video and look at all the dorado in the water!

There were some days where the boats were done by 9 or 10 a.m. and the anglers were tired and headed back to shore with full fish boxes!

It didn’t happen every day and it wasn’t like this for every boat, but overall, it’s been the best dorado fishing in several weeks.  Our Tailhunter La Paz fleet seemed to catch more fish, but they were smaller.  Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet got fewer fish but they were definitely larger models.

The nice surprise were the wahoo that finally started biting.  We picked up a few between Cerralvo Island and Bahia Muertos boating some nice 20-40 pounders and losing others.   We haven’t hooked many wahoo this season so it was a nice bonus.

In addition to the wahoo, also hooked some marlin and sailfish and the catch was rounded out with some big bonito, pompano , trevally, cabrilla, snapper, pargo and even a few out-of-season roosterfish!  All-in-all a pretty solid fishing week

Parting shot. Pelicans can be a pain in the B stealing your bait all the time, but Andrew seems to have made a new bestie!

TAILHUNTER ADDS MORE HOTELS TO OUR ROSTER

Many of you have stayed with us for decades at our beach favorite, La Concha Beach Resort or had us set you up at Costa Baja Resort/ Marina  or Casa al Mar on the Malecon.  We love all those spots!

However, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added several new locations in order to give our anglers more choices and more variety.  Over the new few weeks, we’ll show you some of our new additions.

This week, we wanted to show off a real gem and a hidden special spot for us…Gaviotas Beach Resort.  It’s right on the Malecon so you can walk to everything.  These are 2 BR/ 2 Bath condos so you get lots of space and a full kitchen, not to mention spectacular views of the bay and waterfront from your huge waterfront patio.  Spa services available as well!

GAVIOTAS BEACH RESORT

Unmatched view of the La Paz Bay.

The beach is steps away.  There’s a great seafood restaurant next door and a baby Starbuck gourmet coffee shop on the other side. Our Tailhunter Restaurant is a stone’s throw away as well.  There’s a sundeck. Barbecue.  Netflix and Wi-fi.  And washer/dryer on the premises plus bicycles!  For fishing or other activities, we’ll pick you up right out front.

If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll put together a complete package for you.  jonathan@tailhunter.com

Two huge master bedrooms

Cool off in the pool or grab some rays on the upper sundeck

Full living room with wifi and Netflix overlooking the water.

Lots of space to relax!

Wake up to this every morning!

Happy hour in the pool!

 

Full-sized kitchen and frig!

S. CAL FRED HALL SHOWS ARE BACK!

In case you hadn’t heard, after a two year hiatus, the Hall Shows are back after a 76-year-run. The dates will be a little different than in the past with the San Diego/ Del Mar Show being the first and Long Beach is now the 2nd show.  Jill and I will be there along with all your favorites!  Make your plans!

 

Turn up the sound and click the lower right “square” square to watch full-screen.

 

That’s our story!  Have a great week!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 18-24, 2022

AFTERNOON STORMS DON’T STOP DORADO

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 18-24, 2022

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our long-time amigo from Camarillo CA has another big-head bull dorado to put in the box. Note the clouds, but flat seas.

Big smile…Raleigh Inglis fishing off Espirito Santo Island with some mahi fillets for dinner.

Idaho John Stevenson fishing just off La Ventana got an early morning dorado to put in the box.

I’m always teasing Roger that he doesn’t smile enough when he’s fishing! With Captain Rogelio in La Paz Bay.

Jeff Inglis with a fresh mahi coming over the rail!

Shiloah and Pete Wilson had a good day on the water!

Shelton Donnell looks a big disheveled after battling a tough jack crevalle, but he’s been fishing with us for decades and he’s always up for the fight. His 2nd trip this year from Portland.

It was another decent week of fishing overall except for two things that made it different. Once again, dorado were the mainstay of the bite with fish running 5 to 15 pounds on the average and conditions being mostly hot and humid.

However, the week had a few bumps in terms of the weather. We did have a couple of those little baby tropical rainstorms blow through that really kicked it up. Not that we don’t need some rain, but when it rains down here, it really rains. Flooding is not unusual.

Often, these storms are not on the weather radar. With all the heat, they suddenly just build into a big weather conditions.

Usually, it’s sporadic and isolated. For example it can rain in one spot, but 200 yards away it’s dry. It can rain for 10 minutes solid or an hour solid, then the sun comes blazing out. If it happens while you’re on the water, you need to either come back in and hunker down for a bit and let it pass or, if possible, at least drive to a spot where it’s not raining.

We had one day, when one of these storms raced up and it was big enough to chase all the boats off the water. These things are to be expected this time of year. At least (so far), none of these has been a hurricane. Just alot of wind and rain.

The other thing that happened is that there was a noticeable downtick in the number of fishermen on the water and folks in town. This is the bit of slowdown during the season when many families and fishermen are ending summer vacations. Kids are going back to school. Parents have family things to attend to like football and other school or athletic-related activities. So, while fishing remains good, the crowds are diminishing.

Although dorado are the central focus because they are numerous, we also hooked a few striped marlin plus rounded out catches with bonito, jack crevalle, small roosterfish, cabrilla and snapper.

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug .10-17, 2022

SUPER FULL MOON & AFTERNOON STORMS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug 10-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Just another good day on the water! Joni and John Stevenson from Idaho with some fish for the freezer!

Kyle Alexander, first time fishing with us and Captain Jorge, hooked two of these striped marlin and released them both. Really well done! On light tackle at that! Cerralvo Island in the background .

Jeanne Cabales from San Diego is always fun to have visit. Check out her two dorado and the rest of the catch sitting on the transom behind her .

Pete Wilson got two of these mahi on the flyrod as well as bonito and took several on bait.

The Blisses just had one day to fish and Captain Jorge put them on some nice dorado.

Long time Tailhunter amigo who has been fishing with us for about 20 years sometimes twice a year, Darrell Manginelli always gets into the fish. Another good day of dorado fishing here with some big mahi on the cleaning table. Darrell is from Camarillo CA .

Brothers Greg and Wade Gomes from Oregon and Nevada respectively have fished with us for years and got in 3 solid days on the dorado schools and topped it with their last day and a box full of bulls.

Mark Alexander from Sacramento CA was visiting us for the first time. He poses with one of his many dorado he caught over 3 days.

 

Kevin Ritchie from Galt CA finally got down to us and poses with a few of his dorado ready for the cleaning table.

Captain Victor with Elsie Mulcare from Pendleton OR who is pretty happy with her dorado. Looks like husband Kevin in the background might have another on the line.

Big smiles from Joni Stevenson posing on the beach at Bahia Muertos with one of her dorado.

Trophy pargo for Pete Wilson who gets a hand from his wife, Shiloah. They caught this in the channel between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.

Favorite goofball friends…Ray and Jeanne Cabales from San Diego. Always fun having them visit.

Tough jack crevalle and a big one too! Shiloah with another great shot.

The Wilsons stacked up the dorado over 4 days of fishing with us.

Dan’s a happy fella! Good day on the water.

Nothing wrong with two nice bull dorado in hand for Wade Gomes. Good way to end 3 days of fishing with us. He had more in the fish box.

Ray…always a funny guy! Love these shots!

Going into this week, I was a bit nervous what would happen to our bite because of the big Super Moon that was predicted.  It’s the 3rd and last time this will occur this year and is a larger-than-normal full moon.  Indeed, especially early in the morning as I boarded our fishermen, the moon was spectacularly huge and gorgeous sitting over the dark waters in the early hours.

However, our fishing bite has been really solid the last few weeks and I was worried what such a big moon might do as it affects currents, tides, the bait situation and how the fishing schools would react…especially the dorado.  Over the past 3 or 4 weeks, we have finally gotten into a more typical summer-time bite that we expected for so long and was delayed for several months by La Nina conditions which kept the water chillier than normal.

Well, after all was said-and-done, I won’t say the moon didn’t have an effect, it did.  But, not as drastically as I had feared.

Overall, at the end of the day, everyone caught fish.  Everyone that wanted to bring home fish brought home fish.  Maybe not quite as abundantly as the week before the full moon, but the fishing days were sold, if not spectacular.

Perhaps the fish were a tad smaller.  Maybe not as many of those huge trophy bull dorado.  And the schools seemed a little more scattered over a wider area and had dispersed along the warmer water currents.  However,  many days our anglers were back on the beach early with limits.

Most fish were 5-15 pounds.  Lots of fish released. Some larger fish in the 20-30 pound class.  Overall, lots of action that varied from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.  A hot boat one day could find it a little slower the next.  And vice versa.  Or a cold spot one day could be the hot spot the next.

Fortunately, most of our anglers fish multiple days so slower days for dorado were off-set by better days and everyone went home with fish.

In addition to the dorado, we had a few nice biters or striped marlin.  A few scattered roosterfish between 10 and 30 pounds are still hanging out and some of our light-tackle anglers are having a blast catching-and-releasing all the little 2 and 3 pound dink roosters along the shore.

As well, there’s still some horse bonito, jack crevalle, pargo and cabrilla rounding out the mix.

One last thing, no doubt this is summer.  It’s very tropical. Very humid!  Every day, we get a little rain shower or some intermittent thundershowers that can last 5 minutes to an hour.  It can be a drizzle or a downpour.  Then, it’s over.  Sun comes blazing out again.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 19-25, 2022

MIXED WEATHER KICKS OUT MIXED BAG OF

FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of May 19-25, 2022

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IN A NUTSHELL:

Fishing on a Scale of 1-10 (10 being best):  6

Temps:  Weirdly cold.  Mid 50’s at night to high 80’s in the day (bring a sweatshirt)

Las Arenas:  Lots of variety but mostly coldwater species.  A few tuna, dorado, wahoo.  But great roosterfish to 50+ pounds.  Pargo, cabrilla, snapper, pompano, trevally, palometa, sierra, jack crevalle, dog-tooth, amberjack, yellowtail, bonito.  Have to go to the island to find bait.

La Paz:  Mostly big yellowtail 10-40 pounds.  Some cabrilla and rockfish.   Rougher waters in the mornings and cold!  Catching mackerel for bait to catch the big yellowtail.

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Right up in the surf near the Punta Arenas lighthouse, Troy Kuzminsky from Washington found a big rooster and was able to release it!

I lost count of how many roosterfish Guy Markus from Utah caught and released over 2 days. Maybe 6 of them, but here’s one of the big ones!

Paul Markowitz (right) brought his amigo Rick Willis with him to fish with us in La Paz and these were Rick’s first ever salt-water fish. It included cabrilla, triggerfish, white bonito and a yellowfin tuna.

Yeow! Captain Pancho was out with Dave Kosnosky from Washington when this huge roosterfish…estimated at over 80 pounds…pounced on Dave’s 22″ ladyfish bait. Dave said the fish blew up and actually tail-walked across the water like a marlin! They were able to release the fish unharmed.

Captain Jorge and Troy Clovis with one of the few dorado caught this past week. We should be catching alot more normally this time of year, but waters remain on the cool side.

Trolling a Rapala xRap in the shallows, Dave nailed this big cabrilla.

Alot of good-eating variety here! Mike Lubliner and Pat Boyle have cabrilla, rainbow runners, mullet snapper, yellow snapper and dog-tooth snapper on the cleaning board with Captain Jorge

Bob Kuzminsky’s rooster was taken on a live bait just yards from shore near Punta Arenas.  They released the fish.

Enjoying his new retirement, Ruben Cornejo picked up then released this roosterfish just off the beach. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

If Steve Wright looks a little tired, it’s because his arms are probably a little worn from fighting several big roosterfish like this one! Steve released all his fish.

Yellowfin tuna, yellow snapper, dog tooth snapper and a big pargo liso made for a great day of action!

Another big rooster for Steve. He rocked several big roosters and was able to release them all.

Big smiles from Bob Kuzminsky and another roosterfish!

It was an up-and-down week, to be honest.  What’s going on??? CRAZY!

This is more like late March or April weather and fishing!

Winds, waves and colder weather…even fog were issues that affected the fishing and had us working harder for the fish. Bait was sometimes an issue as well because it was also affected by conditions and some days were just plain rough. These cooler conditions are lingering alot longer than normal when we should be into almost summer climates by this time. It’s a long thermometer to be sure. Nights are in the low to mid 50’s (cold) and then jumping into the high 80’s by daytime.

Roosterfish running 10-50 pounds (and larger)  have truly been a highlight as the fish are now prowling the shores and beaches around Las Arenas and Bahia Muertos. Our anglers are catching them on sardines, but the larger ones are falling for the bigger ladyfish (sabalo) baits slow trolled behind our pangas. Those same areas are holding jack crevalle, pargo, snapper, cabrilla, sierra and amberjack. Schools of white bonito have added to the action. Occasionally someone hooks a dorado. Billfish are swimming around, but not quite ready to bite. We are getting more pompano and trevally than I have ever seen. Same with rainbow runners…baby cousin to yellowtail.

Surprisingly, yellowtail up to 40 pounds should be long gone, but they’re still on the area north of La Paz and feeding on mackerel. I think as long as the waters stay some what cooler than normal and the mackerel stick around, so will the yellowtail. No doubt this has been the best yellowtail season in my memory after 30 years down here, but I wish the dorado would show up finally.

Football season starting?  Football-sized tuna here and there!   Troy got one!

Keeping an eye out…we’ve had little teasers of tuna and wahoo lately.  Trying not to get too excited then get disappointed, but it’s encouraging that they are around!  We’ll keep you posted.

Captai Armando put Matt Harringer and his guys onto a couple of nice little fun yellowfin tuna as well.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 11-18, 2022

SLOWER WEEK WITH WIND and FULL MOON

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 11-18, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Starting to see a few more roostefish. Christian was out with Captain Pancho who put him on this legit roosterfish right off the rocks near Bahia Muertos. The fish was released. Hopefully, start seeing more of the big gallos.

Waters are warming and more billfish being seen. They aren’t quite ready to bite just yet, but we did have two hook ups on the pangas this past week ,but none of them stuck.

Our buddy, Jimmy Williams was dropping lines around the north of Cerralvo Island hanging some nice cabrilla when this nice bull dorado bit!

 

Honestly, it wasn’t exactly a super-dooper for fishing. Lots of folks in town for spring break and Easter as expected with hotels, restaurants and beaches pretty packed, so not exactly alot of folks wanting to go fish to begin with. With daytime temps in the high 80’s and nighttime in a comfortable high 60’s, it was an enjoyable time in town.

However, the biggest issues with fishing were the return of blustery winds combined with a full moon.

I guess the winter winds are not completely gone yet as we had some windy days that made fishing less than stellar and confined most of the fishing closer to shore for inshore species. Even when the winds didn’t blow in the daytimes, they winds came up in the afternoons and evenings which overturns the water clouding it up and affecting fish and bait patterns.

Add to that a full moon that also affects currents and tides and our fishermen and captains had to really work hard for species like cabrilla, jacks, snapper, pargo, sierra and bonito. Decent action but hardly spectacular.

One thing is that waters are warming as is typical this time of year and based on recent catches, I’d have to speculate that maybe our yellowtail season is on the wane. As waters get warmer, the big jacks start moving to cooler water. The ’tails definitely were more elusive and harder to find this week and we saw a few more dorado and billfish in our waters. All indicative of warming conditions.

We did see more roosterfish this week that were quality 20-40 pound fish. All released. That’s a good sign as hopefully these are the vanguard to start the influx of big boy roosterfish we get in the springtime. So, we’ll keep an eye on that. If the bigger baits like mullet and ladyfish start moving up to the shallows, the big gallos will follow up their food source

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 2-9, 2021

GREAT MIX POST ENRIQUE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 2-9, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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NOTE:  MARLIN and SAILFISH PHOTOS! Folks…before you send me e-mails or post up hate messages, please take notice that there are ALOT of billfish photos in this report. These represent perhaps 5% of the billfish that our fishing fleet hooked this past week.  There are THAT many billfish out there.  Some days, the waters are thick with billfish.  Many times our anglers are NOT trying to catch billfish.  But the billfish are biting.  The vast majority of the fish that we hook are released by our anglers or (being big fish), they  break off or get unhooked).  In many cases, the billfish you see here were unable to be released or, after the photo was taken, the fish were indeed returned to the water.  In many cases, when the fish was not or could not be released, the meat was donated to local folks who were very grateful for the meat.  But, that being said, anglers are entitled to keep a billfish if they did want to keep one and we are very stringent about never exceeding the billfish limits.

One guy who loves to fish light tackle is our amigo, Bennett Clegg from the East Bay Area of San Francisco. Nice fat roosterfish. A quick photo and a good release!

Speaking of releasing fish, Mark Bonsack from Washington is one of our frequent amigos and a solid angler. He and Captain Pancho release a blue marlin that Pancho estimated went between 250 and 300 pounds.

Our own! Had a great week of fishing. Our son, Jarrett Pfost from Lakeside CA and his wife, Diana, with a big boy bull dorado she hooked and fought north of La Paz with Captain Chito.

Our Utah amigo, Monte Aldridge, made a last minute trip to come visit us and shows off one of 3 marlin he hooked and released while fishing with Captain Armando.

Texas in the house! Big smile from young Drake Rowland with a feisty roosterfish. The fish was released.

That’s a great eating mess o’ fish! Cathy and Dave Boos with a cleaning table full of dorado, snapper, cabrilla, pargo and triggerfish!

Impressively done! Patrick-Ewick-Chouinard from New Jersey is 11-years-old and battled this big bull dorado all by himself. Posing here on the beach with Captain Adolfo! He later hooked a marlin as well.

Our boy, Jarrett put this colorful bull on the deck. Check the colors! Jarrett caught this dorado off a string of sargasso paddies between North Cerralvo Island and Punta Gorda.

Won’t find a sweeter lady than Dolores Ehlers who loves fishing with Captain Pancho. Dolores is from Colorado and has fished with us for years.

Captain Gerardo poses with our good friends, John and Arla Washington from Carson City NV who put a marlin, some cabrilla, snapper and pargo fillets in the box. Most of the meat was donated.

Captain Armando and Jonathan Strain visiting us for the first time on a trip that was delayed from last year because of Covid, but made up for with numerous marlin over 3 days of fishing including this thick one. Almost all the marlin were released.

More good Utah friends, brothers John and Bic Lesser with Captain Jorge and John’s first marlin plus some snapper on the table. First time trip for John and Bic.

Alicia Clegg is one of the best roosterfish anglers we see here every year and this gal can fish! Another rooster in the boat for a quick photo before release.

Cathy Boos so wanted a billfish! Well, she hooked two on this particular day and fought this one close to two hours. The fish could not be released. Dave helps with the photo.

Captain Pancho with a smiling Jas and her first roosterfish. First-time ever fishing! The rooster was released.

What a beast! Phil has himself a monster pompano.

Keith Hemstreet from Washington State had been thwarted on several trips to hook a roosterfish. Well, his first was a dandy! Captain Pancho estimated the fish to be about 80 pounds and was released.

Steve Strain had a marlin magnet in his back pocket! Everytime he put a hook in the water, the marlin couldn’t help themselves. With Captain Joel around Espirito Santo Island. Steve’s birthday trip!

Silas Bartlet visiting us from Texas has himself a nice roosterfish off the rocks for a quick photo and release.

One of the rare days that we could get out far to where we’ve seen tuna about 15-18 miles offshore, Mark Bonsack and Keith Hemstreet found all the football tuna the could handle. Actually, ran out’ve bait! After this, the days got too windy to go out there.

 

Hi Diana! Great smile to go with the great fish! Another roosterfish catch-and-release!

 

Captain Gerardo with Cody Robinson and his first marlin. Cody donated the fish. His first time with us!

Mark always does well with us and always wears the same lucky shirt every year. I think it’s the camo pattern that does it. He’s also a pretty good fisherman! The rooster was released.

 

Now here’s a nice variety catch! Monte and Captain Armando with dorado, big fat triggerfish, pargo and cabrilla are definitely going into the ice chest.

Another successful CPR! Catch. Photo. Release. My guy, Jarrett Pfost.

You would think Spiderman took a day off and went fishing, but that’s Monte Aldridge under there with another marlin for a quick photo and release. Tough to see from this angle, but I almost thought this might be a short-billed spearfish or white marlin, but just speculating.

 

 

It’s Mark’s camo shirt. That’s the secret. Dorado going back to Washington with him.

 

Anytime a big storm blows through, I’m always a bit tenuous about the bite in the aftermath.  About 2 weeks ago, Tropical Storm Enrique tracked through La Paz with enough wind and rain to cause the port captain to shut things down and keep boats off the water.
Post-storm, you just don’t know how the waters are affected.
Heavy rain waters cause run-off into the ocean which produces dirty cloudy water.  High winds can further stir things up and enough wind can cause cold water up-wellings from deeper water at worst and create bumps post-storm wave action at best. Winds can also change currents and disturb the bait stocks.
There’s alot of variables.  Any one can significantly affect the bite.  Any combination of those variables could completely crush the bite.
Prior to the storm, we had an incredible marlin bite going full speed.  Dorado were voracious.  Roosterfish were hungry and huge.
So, with some trepidation, we got our boats back on the water.
Surprisingly, the conditions didn’t take that long to start producing again.  With each passing day after the departure of the storm, conditions improved and not surprisingly so did the bite.
Dorado in the 20-40 pound class were not as numerous and had gotten scattered, but were definitely around.  Big roosterfish continued to prowl the shallows with fish up to 80 pounds although most were safely 20-40 pounders.  Plenty big on light tackle.
Marlin were frenzied at times with pangas getting numerous hook-ups. Stripers up to 120 pounds; sailfish mixed in up to 80 pounds and even some sizable blues up to 300 pounds readily picked up live bait, dead bait and lures.
Inshore action remained steady with snapper, huachinango, pargo and cabrilla with a good dose of triggerfish mixed in.  Big bonito and jack crevalle were fun feisty pests.
That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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. 13-20, 2019

ERRATIC CHANGING CONDITIONS HAMPERS

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

“Birthday Bob” Layko always visits us each year on his birthday with cousin Craig Brown. Got himself a wahoo and some dorado too with Captain Armando.

A two-hour battle for Eric Gunnels from Phoenix, produced this 70 pound tuna. It doesn’t look like it from the angle, but we put it on a certified scale. Captain Chito give the thumbs-up. Big tuna made an appearane between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.

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First-timer Steve Kunzler from Utah found dorado fishing to his liking.

Kyle Muir is from Beaverton OR, but skippers for Vonnie’s Fishing Charters up in Sitka, Alaska. He’s got a pair of bulls in hand.

From Denver, Bobby Hart had never fished in salt water before let alone been to Mexico, but his very first day hooked this trophy roosterfish off Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Our good amiga from Richfield, UT, Marlene Aldridge, has a big smile and 3 nice doardo on the cutting board.

On their way in from fishing out’ve La Paz, Dale and Daryl Martz from Colorado and Alan Martz from Boston hold up some of their catch.

Ten-year-old Carter Hart hooked this bull dorado north of La Paz. On just 30-pound-test the youngster battled the fish for 20 minutes refusing offers of help and got it to the boat all by himself.

A good day on the water for Larry Huey posing on the beach with a couple of dorado, some cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper.

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Funny shot of the week with Monty Aldridge and his baby roosterfish. A cute one! Monty released the fish there in Bahia Muertos.

Holly Kunzler repeatedly claims to have outfished husband, Steve and says she caught most of these dorado.

The Brasier Brothers, Bill and Scott have alot of fish for their captain to clean! Dorado, pargo, snapper, triggerfish and cabrilla as well as jack crevalle on the cleaning table.

Best shot of the week. Carter and Brooke Hart from Denver got some pargo liso out’ve the rocks and pose on the beach.

Two in hand and one on the table for Hugo with Captain Gerardo goofing off behind.

From Lake Havasu, AZ, Laurie Reynolds and John Gillespie got some nice dorado to show.

Armando, Craig and Bob in the gallery again with quite a variety of fish!

Young Carter on the gaff! Like a boss.

Bob Sayre was battling a bonito when a big wahoo came swimming around the panga. Just like that…in one bite..the wahoo scissored the back-half-of his bonito with it’s sharp teeth and swam away. Eat-and-run!

 

We have definitely had better weeks of fishing this season.  Overall, it was probably the most disappointing and difficult fishing of the year and the captains and clients really had to work hard for their fish.

 

It started with a combination of several factors and it took quite awhile to recover and it’s taking a long time to get back up to speed.

 

However, kicking off the week with the tail end of that huge 30-hour rainstorm and subsequent sporadic rains in the following days not only required that we cancel a day of fishing; but the rain sent lots of run-off into the ocean, muddying the waters.  Winds that persisted all week, including strong northern winds that are the vanguard indicator that the season is coming to an end, not only made it bumpy and rough to fish, but also cooled down surface water temperatures.  Add in a full moon and choppy waters and it was a round-house kick to the head.

 

Any singular variable or even two of those things would not have impeded the bite much…if at all…but that combination of wind, waves, rain and a full moon put the hex on things.

 

It has been taking it’s time recovering, if at all.  With the continued north winds, that means we’re heading into the off-season and it might probably be getting rougher and more difficult to fish.  That being said, the fishing did improve little-by-little every day although still relatively slow compared to what it had been before the storms.

 

Dorado were the mainstay action with fish mostly 10-20 pounds.  Bonito were mostly plentiful to the point of being a nuisance, but together with jack crevalle, small roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla and snapper at least kept rods bent most of the time.

 

Most exciting were the boiling tuna that showed up between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.  Fish between 50 and 150 pounds came up several times and really rocked a few of our anglers who battled fish up to 4 hours.  All except ome fish…about a 70-pounder…were lost.  The angler on the 70 pounder battled for 2 hours to get the fish aboard.

 

Other species included pompano, sierra, amberjack and triggerfish.

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 April 21-28,2019

NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 21-28, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

From Washington, Steve Hastings was out with Captain Victor from the Tailhunter Fleet and did the hat trick with 3 wahoo not far off the rocks that went 25-35 pounds. He also got some tasty white bonito as well.

 

Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA makes one to two trips to La Paz to fish with Tailhunter for almost 20 years and loves fishing with Captain Jorge. One day produced two wahoo near Cerralvo Island.  The largest one taken on a purple Rapala Xrap and the other hit a live sardine.

Big roosterfish right off the rocks by Mark Bonsack from Washington. The fish was taken on live bait and released. These are the first large ones we’ve seen this year…right about on time!

Some tasty and hard fighting pargo liso/ mullet snapper that are in spawn mode right now. Gavin Chun and Navin Ramharak on the beach with the great shot. Fish much larger get lost in the rocks when they are schooling like this.

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Now, this is a fun day of fishing! Our good friends and anglers for many many years, Jeff Sakuda and Marianne Sugawara with a full rack of spring fish including white bonito, snapper and pargo.

Yup…some yellowtail still around. Our Captain Pancho does the honors! Hamachi for the grill!

Aloha boys from Maui shaka the camera. They only had one day to fish but got into some action. That’s Dean Badoyen and Ed with pargo, cabrilla, a huge trigger fish and snapper.

Jeff and Captain Jorge with the 2nd wahoo of the day. This one fell to a live sardine.

Yellowtail are still hitting on-and-off near Cerralvo Island. Mark Bonsack from Washington was fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet and caught this stocky forktail.

Trophy cabrilla headed into the box for Paul Nagata from San Francisco.

After a couple of so-so weeks where the weather and winds dictated our fishing, we finally got in a solid week of good weather and consequently better fishing.  There were still some lingering pesky winds, but overall a great time to be out on the water with good action and some good quality to the fish as well.

 

It also helps that we’ve got more fishermen now that the season is on too!

 

For sure, there were still some ups and downs and some low-points where the bite dropped off or only bonito bit.  However…inshore fishing over reefs, rocks and structure continued produce the most action as is typical of this time of the year.

 

Our guys who worked closer to shore and in the shallows saw good action and good quality on big snapper, big cabrilla, large triggerfish, amberjack, yellowtail and both barred pargo and pargo mulato.  Lots of larger fish lost in the rocks too…maybe half of all the fish hooked, but no shortage of biters!

Captain Armando with long-time amigo, Dave Lindell from Pendleton, Oregon with a nice amberjack in hand and quite a variety on the board including snapper, bonito and cabrilla

Paul has big smiles with his yellowtail!

 

The same areas produced jack crevalle, several kinds of bonito (including the good eating white-bonito) and still kicked out yellowtail as well up to about 25-pounds.

…and a jack crevalle! Lots of fun when you get into a school of these that can number into the hundreds. There’s a reason why the Mexican name for them is “TORO” which means “bull.” They are scrappy bulldogs when hooked.

 

We also hit our first big roosterfish of the season too.  We’ve gotten some smaller punk fish, but we got into some of the larger 30-50 pounders this week finally. All released.

 

Not too far away and still in relatively shallow water, the biggest and best surprise were the wahoo.  It’s about that time of the year and the speedsters were hitting live bait as well as trolled Rapalas and were nice sized 20-40 pound fish with some of our pangas getting multiple fish.

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

We had Eric Skinner and his son, Nathan out for a few days working those incredible mangroves at the shallow end of Bahia Magdalena on the Baja Pacific side this past week for a few days.  In fact, as you’re reading this, they’re still out there.  They got more than a dozen different species the first 2 days including, corvina, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, grouper and bay bass on light tackle.

Bahia Magdalena offers hundreds of square miles of changing current, sloughs, channels and impenetrable mangroves holding a multitude of species in the shallow waters.

 

One a single day, they estimated they hooked more than 50 fish releasing most and donating others and, of course, keeping some for dinner. Here’s a layer of fish sitting on a bed of ice in the ice chest with about a 1/2 dozen different species.

Nathan and dad, Eric, fishing right up in the mangrove bushes were catching garopa (grouper) like these and releasing most.

A good day back at the fish cleaning table!

That’s a mess of corvina, plus pargo, grouper and even a halibut. Most fish had been released.

 

Colorful grouper with Erik Skinner.

As mentioned, at the time of doing this report, they still had a few more days fishing Mag Bay so we’ll have more updates in next week’s report.

Have a great week!

That’s my 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 for Week of Feb. 3-9, 2019

BEST BITE EARLY IN WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 3-9, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Spoiler alert!  This week’s video report was NOT filmed in La Paz!  But, it makes it easier to sell sunshine and warm sandy beaches in places like this!   Thank you, Oregon!

 

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

The week started well with lower winds and calmer seas for once.  Not many anglers in town, but we had a few and surprisingly got into some water-water action with a handful of dorado popping up.  Nothing big, but it’s surprising to get dorado in the winter and for first-timers hooking an acrobatic 10 or 15 pound dorado is pretty exciting.

In addition, jack crevalle, good numbers of fat bonito plus some cabrilla over the rocks provided fun action, especially on light tackle.  As the week went on, winds came up and it got colder and rougher..enough to bend the palm trees and put little white-caps on the bay.

TAILHUNTER WHALE WATCHING SEASON FULL ON

Our 2019 whale watching season is in full swing over at Bahia Magdalena and there’s a good number of grays that have already show up in the bay.  They’ve arrived from their migration from the Bering Sea and around until about early or mid-March!  Come on down and check out this great experience.  Get in touch with us at http://www.tailhunter.com .

WHERE WILL BE WE NEXT?

By the time you’re reading this, we’ve left snowy cold Portland Oregon and headed to….snowy cold Salt Lake City, Utah!  But, first a shout-out to Portland and all of our amigos in the Pacific NW for all the hospitality and ohana after 3 week in one of our favorite places.

It was off-the charts with shows in the Seattle and Portland area.  Lots of you are coming to see us in La Paz this year so we’re looking forward to seeing you again!

So now, onto show #5…it’s at the

GREAT WESTERN HUNT 

and 

CONSERVATION EXPO

Feb. 14-17

SALT PALACE CONVENTION CENTER, SALT LAKE CITY UTAH

It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen.  People come from all over the country to see this one!  Here’s more information.  Click the link:

WESTERN HUNT EXPO

Hope to see you there!

 

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 Nov. 11-25, 2018

FISHING OK BUT NOT MANY FISHING

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

WHALE WATCHING SEASON COMING UP

 

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

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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