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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 3-9, 2022

CRAZY VARIETY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-9, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jason Munroe from San Diego says he finally got his “bucket list” fish with this big rooster. He was out with Captain Gerardo.  The fish was released.

All smiles as Pat Schwyhart from Washington State hefts this big yellowtail and Captain Rogelio looks on.

On the flyrod! Fred Telleen runs a guide service and flyshop in Montana and was visiting us for the first time. Check out this big roosterfish caught on the flyrod out’ve Las Arenas. The fish was released.

One of our newest great amigos. Ken Bays came in from Oregon where he lives up on top of a mountain and was fishing La Paz for the first time. He had not fished in 30 years, but did well catching a number of species including one of the only dorado of the week.

There you go! Captain Blas helps Crystal Baker from Michigan with one of the big boy yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island. Sweet fish!

Another flyrod roosterfish! This catch-and-release by Omar from Montana who was staying out at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

From Denver, Brad and Brian Svoboda pose with a pair of yellowtail that fell to live mackerel north of La Paz off Espirito Santo Island.

 

Our long-time Alaska, amigo, Mike Schoder shows how it’s done. On the flyrod outside of Bahia Muertos with another rooster before the quick release.

She finally got one! Captain Rogelio help Ela Schwyhart with her yellowtail off the island. Ela looks pretty happy!

Love this photo of the ladies with Captain Jorge. Jordan Goodman, Gail Svoboda and Rebekah Goodman (Jordan’s mom) with some of their palometas on the beach. They’re from the Denver area.

A good start. Ela and Paul Schwyhart got a bunch of snapper and pargo that Ela loves whole to fry up and make fish soup!

 

A slug yellowtail in the boat for Mike Schoder from Alaska headed to Tailhunter Restaurant for some sashime and Hawaiian poke!

Chad came out from Minnesota with his amigos Jason and Steve Munroe from San Diego with a good day on the water posing with their 4 yellowtail.

 

When Jorge give you a thumbs-up, you know it’s a good day. One for the camera as Dave Edwards from idaho takes a quick photo of one of his roosters before releasing it.

David Goodman and sister, Libby started the week off with a mix of palometas, snapper and triggerfish.

Brad gets a roosterfish his first day on the water and it’s a nice one. The fish are getting bigger by the week. Brad was able to let this one go and grow bigger.

Jim Stahlman’s wife, Naraiza, loves it when Jim brings fish back to Idaho. Here’s some yellowtail and a big cabrilla for her. More in the fish box.  Jim is coming back in September.

Somewhere behind that mask, Ken has a grin, as he tried to hang onto this heavy roosterfish. That’s Las Arenas beach in the background. Ken was able to let this one go. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

 

Ryan Morgan and Crystal Baker with Captain armando with a nice variety on the beach including palometas, cabrilla, triggerfish and pompano.

Fishing guide from Montana, Fred actually gets to fish. He took home this chunky yellowtail for some ceviche!

It’s all relative. Our amigo, Gary Wagner who owns the Rancho Costa Resort there in Bahia Muertos loves taking his itty-bitty trout rod out and has a blast all day catching and releasing feisty roosterfish like this little fella.

 

Dave’s got another rooster on the day!

Hre we go. Flat waters close to shore produced this good-looking rooster for one of the nicest guys, Jason Goodman. Jason brought his whole family from Colorado on their first trip, although Jason has been with us before.

Fred Leuchte, Captain Gerardo, Zelda Rincon and Dave Ducas started their week with a dorado and a bunch of pargo and snapper.

There ya go! Ryan Morgan with the assist from Captain Blas on another yellowtail. Ryan came in from Michigan for his first trip with us.

This past week had a bit of everything going on with it. A little of this. A little of that.

We had mornings that were chilly enough where we had to wear jackets and sweatshirts with blustering winds that kicked up waves that eventually gave way to sunny skies and flast seas. We had fog. We had cloudy days. We had days without a cloud in the sky. It’s what we call the “transition” time when warmer spring/summer weather is moving in, but the winter chill isn’t giving up and going away with some scratching and clawing.

It was the same with the fishing. Just when I think the cooler water species have all but left and the warm water species have moved in, the cold-water species keep jumping back into the ring.

The mix has created an incredible variety of possible species getting hooked. I think this week, I counted 15 different species of fish!

For instance…

We’re starting to see more warmer water species like dorado and billfish poke in and out of the reports. We even had a great jag of yellowfin tuna as well as wahoo. Roosterfish are crusing the beaches in greater number and bigger sizes. Other related members of the jack family that are usually associated with the warmer waters like several species of pompano are also swimming around now and biting the baits.

Talk about some variety. Chris and Jen Sommer had only one day to fish and Captain Armando put them on a bunch of big pargo and jacks!

However, the big yellowtail that should have been gone by now are still holding in the cooler waters around the north side of La Paz where schools of mackerel are also keeping the fish near a ready food source. The ‘tails are a healthy 10-30 pound size and larger ones are getting lost. I’d have to say this is the best yellowtail bite that I’ve seen in years.

First time’s the charm! Jen has her first roosterfish with Captain Armando.

Additionally, other species usually associated with the cooler months and cooler waters include pargo, cabrilla, snapper, sierra, amberjack, sheephead and others. Lots of both common and white bonito, jack crevalle and even barracuda are keeping rods bent as well.

Just a good day to be on the water. Ken Bays with his first roosterfish. Quickly released.

Teaser…we now know they are out there.  Wahoo and tuna popped up for JUST ONE DAY!

Hopefully, more to come before we get too excited! That’s more wahoo than we caught the entire last year!

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 April 18-25, 2022

YELLOWTAIL and ROOSTERS BITE IN MIXED

CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Our Oregon amigos, Jeff Killian and John Chung hung these 3 nice yellowtail using live caballitos of Espirito Santo Island.

 

Cheers from Patty Killian and Tracy Chung on their way back to La Paz from Espirito Santo Island with 7 big yellowtail on the deck!

Now THIS is a trophy cabrilla that Kahuku Oades caught right off the shoreline in front of Punta Perrico.

Mike Luna from Utah on his first visit to La Paz got our first big dog-tooth snapper (Pargo Perro) of the season.

Easy to see why they’re called dog-tooth snapper! Check out the choppers on this bad boy.

Randy “Doodles” Gumns had a banner day with a variety of fish including this bonito, snapper, cabrilla and others.

Brent Gumns had only one day to fish and squeezed in a day with Captain Gerardo and got these two cabrilla among others.

First time out and first day fishing, Mike Luna caught and released 3 roosterfish off Bahia Muertos.

We had some strange weather this week. Very windy mornings then calm afternoons. Calm mornings that turned into windy afternoons. Warm water current. Cold water currents. We even had a rare day of thick fog that made it look like something out’ve fishing the Oregon or Washington Coastal areas!

Except for the fog, of which I’ve only seen a handful of times in 30 years here in La Paz, the rest is pretty typical of this transition time between our cold water and warm water seasons. The weather (and fishing) can be erratic an unpredictable. One hot spot one day becomes ice cold the next day for fishing. One species of fish that is foaming one day can completely disappear and a different species pops up somewhere else.

It does, however, make for some fun fishing with some crazy variety.

A week ago, I was predicting that the yellowtail and cooler water fish were diminishing and moving off. Yellowtail counts were down and so were other cooler water species like the sierra and snapper. We were seeing more of the warmer water species like dorado and billfish starting to show up.

Well, I guess I was wrong. The yellowtail bit strong again, especially north of La Paz toward the Espírito Santo Island area where waters remain cooler than further south around Cerralvo Island. The fish were a healthy 15-25 pounds and willing to take live sardines, caballito and jigs. Lots of bigger fish are getting lost to the rocks, inexperience and simply being tough fish!

Further south for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, not so much in terms of yellowtail. The waters were windier, rougher and more of the fishing was confined closer to shore. As mentioned above, one day it was not only cold, but so foggy, it was impossible to even see Cerralvo Island across the channel and the bait guys couldn’t find the bait spots. So, anglers had to use lures and jigs for the day.

But, the good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!

Along the rocks, some big cabrilla getting taken along with snapper, pargo, sierra, jack crevalle and lots of common and white bonito.

THANK YOU BRETT!

For almost  15 years, the Tequila Bandito has wandered the tables of our Tailhunter Restaurant as a purveyor of fun and conduit to free tequila shots to our guests.  His famous bandoleros were shadows of their former glory and the leather was literally disintegrating daily and was due to be retired.  If only that belt could talk and tell stories!

New ones are impossible to find.  The guy down in Baja is no longer in business.  Can’t find any makers on the internet or in the states.

The newly- retired bandoleros. So disintegrated the shot glass holders were splitting and able to hold only a handful of “shot bullets.”  Had to duct tape the belts to keep them on.

Thank you Brett Bleichrodt who recently gifted the Bandito a brand new hand-made set of shiny bandoleros!  Brett is a leather-goods artisan from Colorado who has fished with us for several years and makes some dandy leather items.  The bandolero is his first, but probably not his last. If anyone wants a set, I can put you in touch with our amigo!  Muchas gracias, Brett!

Armed and ready! The new set and enjoying with Rita Luna from Utah!

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 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 April 3-10, 2022

THE LULL BEFORE EASTER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bania Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for April 3-10, 2022

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s alot of ceviche! Gary Wagner, out amigo and owner of Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos got himself a big sierra!

Hugo, our popular driver, even got into the bite one day with a fat yellowtail off Punta Perrico.

Kyle Skibsted from Salt Lake City was out with Captain Gerardo again and got a nice variety including the big yellowtail, pargo, sierra, sheephead and triggerfish. All great eating on the table!

Tought day of fishing, but young Jesue Denogean got the lone yellowtail of the day out’ve La Paz. Captain Licho lends a hand. That’s Captain Rogelio in the back who was also aboard that day.

Greg Garrison is back and poses with an good-eating pargo he pulled off the reef. Greg is from Colorado.

Third day fishing for Nancy and Kyle and they have more fish to take home. I see cabrilla, sierra and bonito on the cutting table.

Gary’s taking a tasty yellowtail back to is place!

Captain Gerardo even got into the action with his own yellowtail this past week.

Not too bad of a week. Not great but not bad. There were high and low spots depending upon conditions. Winds came up somewhat again so it did hamper some of the bite and it wasn’t as good as the week before.

However, it’s really hard to tell. This past week is the lull before spring break and Easter Week when the crowds really hit. So, normally we haven’t had many folks on the water and this past week there were even fewer. Most folks coming in are here on holiday and not necessarily to fish. Maybe, they want a day on the water, but that’s it. So, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific bite.

We did have yellowtail again as the prime target. Fish ran from 15 to 30 pounds, but the bite varied from day-to-day and place-to-place. It even varied from boat-to-boat. It really was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The captains and clients all worked hard to find the fish, but it wasn’t always as productive as we would have liked.

Still, in the right spots, the yellowtail fell for live sardines, mackerel, trolled jigs and dropped iron and knife jigs. A number of nice fish were lost to the rocks because these fish hold close to structure which could mean, rocks reefs or other underwater objects. The same areas held their cousin amberjacks and some nice cabrilla (seabass) in the 3-8 pound class.

We did have a few dorado hooked and the marlin are getting more active. We had a couple of billfish shakers, but none of the hookups stuck. No wahoo or tuna yet, but more roosterfish are starting to show up. Nothing big to speak-of. However, some of the anglers had fun on light tackle with 3-10 pound fish. Several larger 20 pound class fish were released. We also had jacks, cabrilla, sierra and lots of bonito in the counts.

Winds might be increasing this week, but overall, we’ve been looking at sunny days in the mid-80’s and nighttime temps in the mid-60’s. Pretty time to be in town!

That’s my story!   Happy Easter and Easter Week everyone!  Blessings always!

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 for Week of Mar. 26-April, 2, 2022

STILL GOT SOME WINDS BUT FISHING

IMPROVING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s ALOT of quality meat on the table! Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh our long-time friends from Salt Lake City started their week with alot of filets for the ice chest! I see big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, a big yellowtail, sierra and snapper!

Jim Bovee and Pancho are always a good team. Jim ran into some of the winds, but still picked up this good-looking yellowtail on a pink yo zuri. Jim was staying at Rancho Costa this time there at Bahia Muertos.

First-timers from Santa Barbara who only had one day to fish, Jack and son Lucas Bohnet have some terrific fish to take home with this yellowtail and big trophy cabrilla.

Another amigo with only one day to squeeze in, Chris Anthony put this yellowtail in the box, but also battled a big hammerhead shark as well fishing off Espirito Santo Island.

First-time friends from Utah, Kyle and Nancy Skibsted were out with Captain Armando and caught the only dorado of the week as well as some white bonito on the table and a tasty sierra! They also threw back a bunch of hard-charging skipjack.

Here you go!!! On day and BOOM! Captain Gerardo put Mike Gollick and his wife onto a sweet bite of hefty yellowtail plus bonito and sierra.

Bucket list for San Diego angler Jonathan Vilchez. Tough day fishing, but they did get one yellowtail fishing with captain Rogelio and Licho, but Jonathan put the hurt on his first roosterfish and one of our first of the season as well. The fish was released!

No big thing! Jim and Kip again with another good day on the water. Check out the size of these yellowtail plus the nice amberjack as well. I see a triggerfish and cabrilla peeking out as well.

YEOW! Craig Wong and Martin Aguilera have some pig yellowtail in hand there in Bahia Muertos!

This is a trophy cabrilla that Captain Pancho is lipping for Jim Bovee! Jim took it on a spinning rod and trolling a big lip Rapala. Nicely done, guys!

 

All indications are that with each passing week, the conditions are warming and improving. We’re not completely done yet with the strong northern winds of winter that often blow us off the water from November to April, but we had one one of the better fishing weeks, all things considered.

Still not many folks fishing, but overall the area has become much more fishable with only about 3 days that were gusty. We still had daytime temps in the low 80’s and nighttime temps in the high 60’s.

Fishing success was just really determined by where you fish and what day you picked. If it was one of the windier days, then it was more difficult. Also, if it’s windy, it’s hard to get live bait. Either because the winds make it difficult for the bait guys to catch the bait under the rough conditions or because there simply aren’t that many fishermen out right now, it’s not economic for them to go out if there aren’t enough anglers to purchase the bait. So, that means using alot more lures than normal. Also, alot of it is luck. On any given day, some boats just did better than others.

Two things especially stand out. First, the yellowtail are still around and biting nicely. Not sure how long they’ll stay around, but some nice healthy 20-35 pound fish are being hung on the high spots around Cerralvo and Espirito Santo Island as well as some of the inshore shallower rock reefs. The fish are eating jigs, lures and live bait. Hopefully, these fish will hang out a bit longer, but as the waters get warmer, these fish will move off to deeper water and replaced by warmer water species like the dorado of which we caught a few this week. In the same areas as the yellowtail, we also rocked some nice amberjack which are the cousins of the yellowtail and also pretty tasty on the table.

The big surprise were the big cabrilla (seabass) caught this week. Trophy-sized 5-12 pounders that looked like baby grouper were not uncommon and found in many of the rocky places where we were also hitting the yellowtail and amberjack .

In addition, action was also pretty good on several species of bonito and skipjack, snapper, pargo, sierra and jack crevalle.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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 March 11-17, 2023

CHANGING CONDITIONS MIX FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 11-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Blas has been rocking the yellowtail when he can get out. This big one ate a live mackerel off Espirito Santo Island.

YEOW! Dr. Jesus Velarde was out with Captain Pancho and nailed this mossback yellowtail on a Rapala outside of Bahia Muertos.

Yea…the yellowtail can be horses right now.

Water condition are changing and definitely warming as indicated by some of the species that are starting to show up. The only issues is the winds still make it rough and difficult to fish. About half the days this week were not fishable or so bad that the port captain shut down all boat traffic. The other issue is that often, because of the winds or lack of fishermen this time of the year, the bait guys aren’t going out to get live bait or the bait is difficult to get.

That being said, we did have a few folks out on the 2-3 days that were fishable. Again, as mentioned, bait was difficult, but using jigs and frozen bait, yellowtail were still the targeted catch, but other species showed up as well. The yellowtail could be close to shore in shallow water and with the fish going 20-30 pounds it could be a tough battle keeping the powerful fish from the rocks. The areas around Punta Perrico as well as the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island were all holding fish as were the west and east sides of Espirito Santo Island inside the coves and high spots.

Other species included some nice jags of sierra, pargo, cabrilla and snapper as well as bonito.

However, some dorado are starting to show up which is a good sign that waters are warming up earlier than normal. There were also marlin sightings although no hook ups .

SPOKANE – BIG HORN OUTDOOR SHOW WASHINGTON

We’ve been on the road for the better part of 3 months now and we’re finally coming to the end of the trail.  It’s been great!  Thanks to everyone and all the hospitality at the Central Oregon Show in Redmond last week!  Incredible fun!

This week, we’re at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for the Big Horn Outdoor Show that runs Thursday to Sunday.  This is our first time in this area and it’s a massive production and huge show with almost 500 exhibitors, live music, food, seminars, demonstrations, RV’s, boats and more!  Stuff for the whole family. Come out and see us!

Here’s more info:  https://www.inwc.org/big-horn-show/

After this, just one more show…one of our favorites.  The International Sportsmans Expo at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Then, we head home to La Paz!

Don’t get left out from fishing this year!   We’re filling fast.  Contact us soon.  I can be reached directly at jonathan@tailhunter.com

Even if you can’t make the show, we’ll apply the show discounts if you reach out before the end of March!

That’s our 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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 7-14, 2022

WINDS FINALLY SLACK FOR A FEW DAYS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week Feb. 7-14, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, gives a gaff-assist to Reagan Kobach from Kansas. Crazy dorado in February!

This is a first! In almost 30 years and thousands of fishing clients in the area, I’ve never seen anyone catch a barracuda. I’ve seen small schools during scuba diving, but this is really unusual. In fact, it looks very much like an Atlantic barracuda with it’s big head and jaw rather than the typical skinny Pacific barracuda. Kris Korbach with the smiling pose!

These fish might look small, but they are powerful fun action fish! Kris and Lily hit a bunch of these white bonito which are not only fun, but great tasting!

GW in the house! Actually, Gary Wagner in HIS house as the owner there of Rancho Costa Resort with a big sierra. Knowing Gary this ended up as bowls of ceviche for dinner!

I had a feeling this would happen. After so many crazy day and weeks of wind with so very few windows of opportunity to fish, the wind actually took it’s foot off the pedal for more than a day. The waters settled down. The ocean flattened out.

And sure enough we had some fish bite!

Once again, we had some nice slugger yellowtail in the count up to about 25 pounds feeding off the high spots south of Cerralvo Island and then north around La Reina and La Reynita. Some larger fish…maybe even big amberjack might have been hooked in the same area as the anglers said, they were getting hit by something much much larger down there more powerful than the yellowtail.

WHAAAAAT?  DORADO IN FEBRUARY? 

Additionally some dorado crept into the counts as well which is indicative of either some warm patches of surface water or else a sign that our waters are warming early this year. The fish averaged about 10 pounds. Not too big, but lots of fun and good eating. Surely, no one was complaining about the surprise biters on the chew. Dorado in winter? Usually, we don’t see dorado until late April!

On top of that, the usual inshore fish of sierra, pargo, lots of Pacific and white bonito as well as snapper and cabrilla were in the counts.

Again, not really that many folks on the water and this coming week looks like the wind are going to come stomping back at 10-18 knots per hour, but good to know there’s some fish out there.

WHALES ARE BACK!

Our whale-watching trips to Lopez Mateos on the Pacific side are in full-swing right now as the vanguard of the annual migration of grey whales have arrived in the shallow warm waters of Bahia Magdalena where they’ll mate and birth for the next 2 months or so. It’s a great opportunity to get close to these fantastic gentle animals.

The whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

HERE WE COME PORTLAND!

We just wrapped up the biggest show of the 2022 road season this week in Salt Lake City at the Western Hunt and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.  By far, the craziest and most hectically fun show so far!  Jill and I were 10 hours straight for 4 days talking non-stop in our booth.  We ran out’ve flyers and brochures as the aisles were packed shoulder-to-shoulder with folk coming to check out the more than 700 exhibitors from around the world.

 

Shout out and thank you to everyone who came by to say hi and we’re looking forward to seeing you in La Paz this year!

We got so many bookings and reservations for this year to come fish that each night, Jill and I were up another 3-4 hours logging all the reservations back in our hotel room!  Dates are filling up and now we’re headed to another huge show in Portland!

We banzai drive from Salt Lake City back to the Pacific Coast!  We’re probably on the road by the time you read this!

The Pacific Northwest Sportsmans Expo runs Wednesday to Sunday (Feb. 16-20) and is held at the Portland Expo Center at the north end of the city by the river.  We’ll be in the booth all 5 days and looking forward to seeing you.

There are hundreds of booths and exhibits each year with seminars, displays, lots of gear to check out and buy and exhibitors from all over the world for hunting, fishing, camping, RV’s, boating and so much more!

Here’s more info:

https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/

Dates are filling really fast and Mexico has dropped all covid restrictions as of last week!  Mexico has become the #1 international travel destination!  Don’t wait.  We have 4 more shows coming up, but our fishing calendar is filling. Get in touch with us!  ( Write me directly jonathan@tailhunter.com )

 

That’s our 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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb.1-7, 2022

FIRST YELLOWTAIL OF THE SEASON MAKE

APPEARANCE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 1-7, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Keith Williams stuck this nice forkie yellowtail along with bonito and cabrilla. Thanks for the photo BM!

Folks think that if there’s crazy weather in the U.S. that somehow it stops at the border.  On the contrary, weather doesn’t stop at border.  If things are happening in the U.S., it definitely affects things in Mexico.   Accordingly, winds continued from the north although there were some spots here and there where the winds gave us some breaks and allowed a few moments of fishing.  They were rare and you had to pick your spots.

However, in addition the usual inshore species like snapper, cabrilla and jacks, some beefy yellowtail started to show up.  The usual spots at the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island and off Punta Perico held some nice fish in the 15-25 pound class.  The fish were willing to chew sardines, mackerel as well as yo-yo and knife jigs.  Slow trolled mackerel-colored Rapalas also kicked in a few bites.  Some larger fish were lost insofar as these fish are around structure like rocks and reefs and after a slamming stike, they freight-train back to cover easily busting and cutting lines.

Hopefully, this is the start of a nice yellowtail season if the winds give us more breaks.  This coming week, actually looks like the winds will dial back a bit.  Not ideal, but more fishable than it has been for any extended period.

ROAD DIARY 2022

Just finishing up another good show here at the Washington State Fairgrounds for the Washington Sportsmans Show.  So great to see so many old friends and Tailhunter Nation!  Thanks for coming by and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you who reserved spots to come see us this year in La Paz!

By the time you’re reading this, we’ll be on the road and zooming to our next show which is the huge Western Hunt and Conservation Show at the Salt Palace downtown in Salt Lake City UT.  This will be possibly the largest show on our 2022 road tour and it’s ALWAYS fun and one of the most dynamic shows in which we exhibit.

Check out this video I made from the 2022 show before the shutdowns…

It runs from Thursday to Sunday and we’d love to see you if you’re in the area.  If not, don’t wait to make your reservations to come see us for fishing this year.  Dates are filling up rapidly.  We’ve done shows in Reno, Sacramento, Washington and now headed to Utah.  Many dates are selling out so get in touch with us so we don’t miss you!

WHALEWATCHING SEASON KICKS OFF!

It’s been breezy in Bahia Magdalena for the whalewatching this year, but on the calm days, the whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

Someone needs a nose scratch!

The grey whales have shown up for their annual migration from the Bering Sea to spend the winter months in the warm waters at Bahia Magdalena.  It’s a pretty incredible experience to see and interact with these magnificent animals in the shallow bay.

Don’t miss out another year.  Get in touch with us to set up your once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The whales usually stick around until mid or late March!

 

That’s our 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
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 20-29, 2022

HONESTLY STRAIGHT UP…NOT MUCH GOING

ON EXCEPT WINDS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Jan 19-29, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

We actually tried to send out some boats this past week. Everyone was informed that it might be very windy and rough, but they wanted to give it a go. One day they had to cancel because of the winds. Another day, the only got to fish a few hours then were blown off by the winds. They got one bite from an unknown fish and lost it. That was it. Another day, was also a cancelations.

Just not a great time to be on the water. Air temps are sunny and warm going up to the low 80’s in the day, but the north winds continue to be pesky and prohibitive. Mostly the only folks fishing right now are some of the commercial guys as well as some of our captains with family or friends for sustenance during the off-season which runs November to April.

Live bait has also been an issue because with so very few folks on the water, it’s not economical for the bait guys to work all morning to get bait they can’t sell to anyone or they have trouble getting the bait because the areas holding bait are too rough.

The few catches that are being made are mostly the usual inshore stuff. Generally small snapper, some cabrilla and pargo. Peripherally hooking jack and bonito.

GRATEFULLY BACK ON OUR WAY and THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

Busted the glass, the wrap, the pistons AND the tailgate!

In case you hadn’t heard, we are finally back on the road and headed to our third show which will be at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup WA.   More on that below.

 

However, we wanted to give a shout-out to all of our Tailhunter Tribe, Family and Friends who came to our rescue.  Last week during the show in Sacramento, our Tailhunter vehicle got broken into.  Nothing taken, but the intruders pretty much destroyed not only the glass and custom wrap but also the pistons and part of the tailgate.

The vehicle was not driveable and had to be towed.

We have more than 2 more months of shows to attend and were initially told that parts and repairs might take as much as 3 weeks!  There were simply no parts in Sacramento because of supply chain issues.  One part was all the way in Michigan.  The one tech who could do the repairs was TWO months backed up with work!

Jill worked like crazy on the phones with dealers and found Epic Chevy in Sacramento who went above-and-beyond.  They found subcontractors in other cities who had parts and they all pulled together to get the parts expedited to the Chevy dealer where a tech put us to the head of the line and worked all weekend to get us on the road!

Instead of 3 week, it was done in 5 days!

Good job, Jilly. She used to work in the car industry for 20 years and dug deep to get us back on tour!

However, so many of you offered cars, trucks, trailers, your homes, your connections and even meals to help us get through or get back on our show circuit!  The out-pouring was incredible.  We are more than touched and grateful and you humbled us with your thoughtfulness!  God bless you all for being angels when we needed you!

On a side note, we’ve been doing the show in Sacramento for over 20 years.  Never had an issue.  But, sad and distressing to see the area around the fairgrounds.  Lots of homeless living everywhere and pretty much anywhere they decide to set up a camp or boxes on the sidewalk or a parking lot. Vagrants walking all over.  Folks living in derelict cars.  At the stores and markets, there are no baskets or carts…they have all been stolen.

One of our good friend who is an hunting outfitter in Idaho had his whole rig stolen from the parking lot. One of our clients was carjacked at gunpoint by a guy fleeing a murder.

So sad to see the deterioration.   Praying and hoping for better!

…SO HERE WE COME WASHINGTON!

Thanks to everyone who has come to visit us at our Reno and Sacramento show and to all of you who signed up for trips to come visit, we’re excited to have you come fishing with us this year!  Muchas gracias!

So from Feb. 3-6, we’ll be at the Washington State Fairgrounds south of Seattle at the Washington State Sportsman’s Show.  It’s always a good one and we love visiting the area every year.  Come say hi and let’s talk about fishing in 2022!

The calendar is filling up with reservations coming in daily!  Do NOT wait to check with us or to come to your city in the next few months.  We don’t want to miss you and dates are really filling up fast!

SHOWS COMING UP:

Salt Lake City, UT

Portland, OR

Bend, OR

Spokane, WA

Denver, CO

Hope to see you !

WHALEWATCHING SEASON IS READY FOR YOU!

Prime time for whale watching at Bahia Magdalena!  Now through March when the whales come to hang out in the shallow bay before heading back up to the Bering Sea near Alaska on their annual migration.  Get in touch with us to set up the whole package trip!  It’s a life-time experience!

That’s our 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 Jan. 11-19, 2022

BILLFISH IN JANUARY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 11-19, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

A rare calm day, but there’s marlin in our waters!

Captain Pancho was out on his own with family friends near Bahia Muertos when he hooked this baby sailfish. An unusual catch in the winter. The fish was released and they went home with some cabrilla and pargo for dinner.

Unexpected biter on light tackle!

A windy week again and even a bit of rain this past week. Most of the winds are still coming from the north between 10 and 20 mph with some stronger gusts making it difficult to be on the water. Air temps are running from the low 60’s at night to the mid-70’s in the daytime.

There were a few very small windows to fish. Either because the winds diminished a bit (but it was still rough) or at least to get out for a very short time before the winds pushed everyone off the water.

Most of the fishing has been inshore since captains are hesitant to either go out too far where it can be rough or staying inside just-in-case the winds kick up. Also, if the winds are blowing, it’s difficult for the bait guys to get live bait so slow trolling inshore with crank baits or similar is often the only way to catch fish. However, catches inshore can still be fun with sierra, jacks, small bonito, cabrilla and snapper.

Mostly, it’s the captains, their friends and other locals fishing.

There must be some warmer water outside because on those rare occasions when the boats can push out a little further, there are some dorado hanging out. Either holdovers from last season or that have arrived early for the 2022 season! Who knows?

The biggest surprise were finding billfish in our waters so early in the season.  Normally, we don’t see billfish until maybe May or even June depending on the water temperatures.  But, in the small windows of fishing opportunity the last few days, the guys are hooking striped marlin.  Again, there must be some warm water around and obviously, a food source for the billfish!

But, still a nice surprise.

SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMANS EXPO

We just wrapped up a fantastic show at the Reno Convention Center in Reno, Nevada for the Wild Sheep Foundation last week.  With all the shows closed down for almost two years, it’s a crapshoot wondering if anyone will show up, but we had lots of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors so thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi…grabbed a brochure…and for those who booked with us!  We’re looking forward to the visit!

This week, we are back in the booth at the International Sportsman’s Expo taking place Thursday to Sunday at the Calfornia State Fairgrounds in Sacramento.   It’s the biggest show in California now and I’ve heard there’s over 600 exhibitors from all over the world for fishing, camping, hunting, boating, RV’s, off-road, seminars, demonstrations and more!  Stuff for the whole family!

 

Come bay and say hi.  Let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year.  The calendar is getting filled so we don’t want to miss you. We’ve got a new brochure this year as well.  Here’s more info:

https://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento/

Hope to see you here.  After this, we’ll be at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup WA from Feb. 2-6.

WHALEWATCHING SEASON IS HERE AGAIN!

February and March are ideal times to come see the whales in the warm calmwaters off the Pacific in Bahia Magdalena.  It’s the largest migration in the world as these great animals venture down from the Bering Sea to mate and give birth every year.  Contact us now to set up a trip of a lifetime!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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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