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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 16-23, 2019

ROOSTERFISH RAGE & HEADLINE

UNPREDICTABLE WEEK!

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

Week of June 16-23, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet…

 

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

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

 

Thankfully, we had the roosterfish!

The rooster cruising the shallows! Pretty pretty pretty!

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

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

Justin and Adam Larson with another gallo.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

And the fish suddenly got into the game!

 

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

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

A pretty “football” yellowfin tuna with Chad Oclassen

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

Oh yea…marlin on the line!

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet…

 

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

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

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

Zach Steele and a tasty Mexican cabrilla

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

 

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

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

David Goodman has another tough bonito.

 

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

Pam and Bill Eggleston with a few of their dorado.

 

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

Dave Gee rocking the yellowtail!

Yellowtail headed for the freezer for Ramy

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

 

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

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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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 for Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 2-9, 2019

CRAZY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER and

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 2-9, 2019

 

The MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather– All over the place.  From Sunny to even some rain.  Mostly sunny.  Winds erratic and unpredictably.  Unseasonable.  Should be much calmer this time of year.

Water– Winds have made waters cooler than normal.  At times very very choppy and rough.  Water are also cloudier than normal because of the turbulence.

Fishing – Action is good but not what we are used to catching this time of year.  Have to work really hard for quality.  Great inshore action saves the day.  Blue water fish are tougher to get.  But, there’s alot of fish out there, but often, they just didn’t want to bite.

Species Caught This Week:  Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Barred Pargo, Dog-Tooth Snapper (pargo), Pompano, Amberjack, 2 kinds of Bonito, Skipjack, Triggerfish, Roosterfish, Rainbow Runners, Sierra, Yellowtail, Jack Crevalle, Polometa, Cabrilla

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

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That’s the right kind! Big rooster for Utah amigo, Dave Waite, who went home and booked another trip to come back this September! This big fish was released.

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Wow! That’s a huge huge cabrilla! John Ehlers hooked this one on he yo yo iron in shallow water and it’s one of the largest we’ve seen in awhile! Dolores, his sweet wife is on his shoulder! They’re from Colorado and have visited us for years. Great amigos! Thanks for the cool mugs! I’m drinking coffee with it right now as I type!

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Doubles! Taylor Murphy and uncle Roger Thompson got a double hookup on wahoo outside of Bahia Muertos with Captain Hugo.

Our popular Capitan Jorge and a handful of tasty amberjack with Noe Fierros from Northern California on a return visit to us.

These two have a knack for big roosterfish everytime they visit us. Bennett Clegg and wife, Alicia (giving the thumbs up!) pose with another big boy they released off Las Arenas.

 

Big dorado of the week to Colton Matson who only had one day to fish, but boated these two big bulls.

George Talbott snuck down for two quick days of fishing and shows off the incredible variety of fish including: amberjack, triggerfish, snapper, pargo and cabrilla.

Whoa! Captain Boli helps Paul Siefert try to hold this 60-pound class tuna in a rolling seas north of La Paz. The fish was hooked in shallow water near Cerralvo Island, but over the next hour pulled the panga out to deeper water! Paul is from Utah.

Captain Jorge holds up a couple of amberjack for John Wagner

Scott Fitchett from Idaho with a nice amber.

Brothers John and Joe Vigneault have a nice pair of dorado.

 

Pompano everywhere! Great eating too! John Wagner, Captain Jorge and Noe Fierros in the lineup!

Graduation trip for Cahill Parker who catches and releases two roosters on his first try! Dad, Chris has the big smile too!

Just not enough hands! Huge pompano caught by Utah amigos, Doug and Penny Nuffer and the big dog-tooth snapper caught by Penny and battled to get out of the rocks and refused to give up the rod to Doug! Nicely done. Captain Gerardo helps out with the hefty fish.

Check the variety! Triggerfish, pompano, and snapper for Bryan Sanford all the way from Nebraska.

Hank Fitchett was visiting us from Boise, Idaho and right-off-the-bat on his first day hooks the dandy roosterfish off Punta Perrico. The fish was released.

A rare fish. A big fish. It’s the biggest rainbow runner I have ever seen! It’s in the same family as the yellowtail and first-timer Parker Cahill caught it outside of Bahia Muertos.

Good start of pompano and trigger fish for Mandy and Cameron!

It’s June and we are still getting yellowtail normally a cold-water fish. The waters arer really mixed up right now! But props to our amiga, Dolores Ehlers who poses with Captain Pancho.

Reason to smile! Big rooster with Paul Siefert and Captain Gerardo. Caught and released near Las Arenas.

This is the time for pompano, but I have never seen pompano as big as the ones we are getting this season and Donna Thompson’s pompano is a horse! Just outside Muertos Bay.

This gal can fish! Taylor Murphy from Lakewood CA and another wahoo in the boat.

Captain Armando fished with Bob McAndrew and Fred Gray new first time Tailhunter tribe members! Jack crevalle, dorado and amberjack on the table!

Love this photo! Jeanne Cabales and the sheer joy! Amberjack on the gaff. Jeanne is from San Diego.

Donnie Rea probably had the best dorado day we’ve had so far this season boating limiting on dorado north of La Paz near Punta Mejia.

Our long-time Phoenix friends Craig and Kathy Sanford with their favorite Captain Armando and pompano, pargo and white bonito.

 

Smiling Captain Pancho helps Dolores pose with a polometa!

 

First day and big rooster taken off the bucket list for Paul Gassmann from San Diego on his first visit. The fish was released.

Brandy Fitchett from Idaho and a dorado caught right off the rocks with Captain Rogelio.

I have come to the conclusion that given the present conditions of the way fishing has been the last two months, it’s NOT June or summertime fishing.  What we have is really early spring-time fishing.  This is more like April fishing than June fishing!

 

The reality of things is that, air temps are cooler.  Water temps are cooler than normal as well. The winds are taking their time in getting the heck out’ve town and keep being pesky while turning up waves and clouding up the water.  It’s definitely NOT June fishing!

Turn up the sound and check the video below:

But, don’t get me wrong.  There’s no lack of sunshine or action! (Although we did morning drizzle one day).

 

It’s really quite pleasant to be here and whereas we’d be in 95 degree weather with 70% humidity, it’s sunny and 85 degrees with a great breeze and only 50% humidity.  Us locals are loving it. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

On the water, everyone is catching a variety of fish.  But, like the weather,  it’s erratic.  Good, but erratic.  Everyone is getting bent but from day-to-day, it’s hard to know what’s biting.

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Parker Cahill with quite a variety for one day including palometa, rainbow runner, triggerfish and amberjack. Plus some roosterfish released as well!

One day there’s dorado and tuna.  The next day it’s big pompano or snapper.  100 yards away, a panga gets yellowtail and sierra…cold water fish.  One day there’s big roosters popping up and the next day, the same area is inhabited by voracious bonito and jack crevalle.  Wahoo come and go. Troll for hours and nothing.  Then one pangas runs over a school of them!

Marlin get us all excited, then won’t bite or simply tease the baits like doggies that just want to toss around an old rolled-up sock, then go back to being lazy.

Fish pop up in places they normally are not.  We hook a tuna or dorado only yards from the rocks in water that’s so shallow you can see the bottom.  But, then hook a big pargo in deep water while trolling for wahoo!

I think this past week, I counted more than a dozen different species of fish.  No one is NOT catching fish.  It’s just hard to tell anyone what they will catch.

TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Many thanks to our folks who brought down donations this week for our Tailhunter Community Outreach program that continues throughout the season.  We have several hundred pounds now and just about ready for the first distribution of the year.  Gracias to Frank Gray…The Toeniskoetter Family (Dru, Jack and Adam)…Jackie and Noe Fierros with John and Debbie Wagner.

That’s our story!

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Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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

ANGLERS WORK HARDER FOR FISH in ERRATIC

CONDITIONS (But still catch fish!)

 

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

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

A wild unpredictable week for sure!

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Just another good day on the water for Tom.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 5-12, 2019

ROOSTERFISH STARTING TO COME ON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 5-12, 2019

 

The MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

One day to fish and the had some fun! Wayne Krafft and Jerry White with some nice snapper including a hefty dog-tooth! They also caught and released 2 roosterfish.

Patty and Jeff Killian had quite a first day with 3 big roosterfish caught and released. A photo of one of the other fish is below.

Captain Joel gives Patty Killian a hand on one of their 3 big roosterfish caught at Espirito Santo Island.

 

Big cabrilla right up close and shallow to the rocks for Don Busse, our Lakewood CA amigo.

Yoshi and his family live in Mexico and were visiting La Paz for the first time and made the most of the one day they went out fishing.

Big teeth and a big mouth…on the fish! Not John Chung who has the good smile and knows this dog-tooth is gonna end up in the kitchen!

A big thumps-up for Jeff Killian and Captain Alfredo with a big cabrilla estimated at 30 pounds caught near Pilot Cove north of La Paz.

Pancho had a nice big snapper!

 

It gets a little better every week as we move towards warmer conditions and better fishing, but I guess we’re not outta the woods yet.  To co-incide with all the bad weather north of the border, it was reflected in some gusty winds and choppy water that affected the fishing and definitely the comfort level.

 

So, we had some good fishing…and we had some not-so-good fishing.

 

Some was weather related.  Even tho’ the sun is out, if it’s choppy and windy, it’s hard to get live sardines or, to get to some of the fishing spots.  Or, because of the winds, and because we are blessed to usually fish so close to shore, the waters are turned over and murkier than normal.  So, there were some off-days.

 

Some of the other days were much better.

 

Big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, triggerfish, pompano and snapper are still willing and hungry in the rocks and over the reefs in shallow water.  More dorado are starting to show up.  The wahoo are still biting although we hooked them, but all the hooked fish were lost or came unbuttoned.

It takes some chopper teeth to mark up the hard body of a Rapala like this!

We know the fish are there.  Purple and black Rapalas and Yo-Zuri Magnums are still the best although the wahoo are willing to eat live bait as well.

The wahoo and even pargo like these things!

 

 

I will also officially declare roosterfish season open!  The bigger boys have started showing up with fish running 30-50 pounds and we’re seeing much larger fish as well.

One of three big roosters caught-and-released by Jeff Killian.

 

Two of our anglers scored a triple rooster-day with fish between 40 and 50 pounds and all released. Other nice roosters were lost.  Check out the photos in this report  of Jeff and Patty Killian from Oregon who were fishing with Captain Joel and hooked 3 pretty roosters!

Jeff White  and Wayne Krafft from Washington got the double rooster and released two fish as well!

 

That’s our story!

 

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 28-May 5, 2019

INSHORE FISHING PRODUCES VARIED SPECIES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 28-May 5, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Bruce Bonsack caught what might be our largest roosterfish of the young season just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Our fishing ace amigo, Roger Thompson, was dragging a purple Rapala near Cerralvo Island when he got this beautiful wahoo to chomp. You can tell, it was a little chilly!

Rosario Hastings had not spent a whole lot of time on the water and was nervous about going fishing, but you can see the excitement after a 2-hour battle with our largest dorado of the season. She was fishing just north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

Another good day for Erik and Ethan Skinner who spent a full week of fishing with us and although some tough fish broke off near Espirito Santo Island, they got this nice jack crevalle and cabrilla.

Captain Jorge with Don Busse from Lakewood CA with a great variety including a huge pompano, cabrilla and pargo.

The right kind! That’s a nice colorful barred pargo for Ethan Skinner who had quite a week of fishing.

Check out Captain Jorge and the nice pompano and pargo.

Big smiles and a big amberjack for Dave Lindell and Captain Armando.

 

Captain Pancho and Don Busse with a sizeable cabrlla and a hawkfish also called a “china maru.”

We had a nice run of hawkfish also called “china maru” along with a cabrilla. All great eating.

Can’t ask for a better day of inshore fishing with pompano, pargo, snapper and cabrilla off the reef.

Bryan Duran and his amigos only had 1 day to fish, but did well on pompano, pargo, sierra, snapper and others.

Quite a nice mix of fish this past week with nice sunny weather and relatively calm seas.  Most of the fishing action centered over the inshore reefs and rocks where a plethora of different species kept rods bent…and hearts broken as fish often took frustrated anglers into the rocks.

 

So, sometimes fishing was good, but the actual “catching” was not as good with so many lost fish!  But, it still made for some fun times.

 

Inshore species ran the gamut from big cabrilla to several species of pargo including pargo mulatto (barred pargo); pargo liso (mullet snapper); dog-tooth pargo (dog-tooth snapper) plus red and yellow snapper.

 

Add to that a real nice jag of some big pompano; some brutish jack crevalle, common and white bonito and quite a few hawkfish also known as china maru that are similar to cabrilla but with bright blue designs on it’s face and flanks.

 

In the same areas, we lost some big yellowtail that couldn’t be stopped on both iron and bait plus slow-trolled Rapalas and Yo-Zuris, but those same lures also produced a couple of nice wahoo in shallow water up to about 35 pounds.

 

Dorado action is also picking up with some larger fish taken near Espirito Santo Island where sargasso weed is starting to appear which attracts bait fish and consequently more dorado as the waters get warmer.

 

Daytime temps have been really pleasant in the high 80’s and it’s starting to get a bit humid but conditions for the coming week look good!

 

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

 

Erik and Ethan Skinner spent almost a week fishing with us in the mangroves of Bahia Magdalena taking over a dozen species including pargo, snapper, halibut, dog-tooth, spotted bay bass, triggerfish and corvina.  Most of it was chronicled in last week’s report.

However, their last days they had an incredible snap of corvina!  Check out the photos.  They released many many fish and donated many more  and still took home several ice chests of fish.

Ethan with dad, Erik, and a nice sized corvina. You can see the mangroves in the backk

Back at the cleaning table with nice load of corvina plus bass, snapper and pargo.

Captain Rigo has a big smile with Ethan in Bahia Magdalena

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of 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 from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 14-21, 2019

FISH BITE!…except when they dont! 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 14-21, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Paul Nagata from San Francisco makes at least 1 trip a year with Tailhunter in La Paz.  He was fishing off the south end of Cerralvo Island with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet in an area that had been producing some yellowtail in the shallow bank at South Point.  Not having much luck on live bait, they decided to make one more drift over the spot although it was already late in the afternoon.  The big tuna bit and towed the panga for 2 hours on 50-pound test, but a very light rod!   Paul and Captain Pancho handed the rod back-and-forth every 20 minutes.

 

Big fish in the rocks! Even Pancho got to pull on some fish this week. A solid cabrilla going onto the grill.

Paul had quite a week taking 8 different species of fish including this trophy cabrilla over the reef .

Variety on the cutting table! Cabrilla, pargo liso and snapper!

We had a schitzophrenic Easter Week of weather and fishing.  Although the sun was out, we had 4 days of windy rough conditions and 3 days that were reasonably fishable.

 

Consequently, the fishing reports reflected the conditions.  The days when the weather smiled, we had some banner fishing with lots of variety that included some fantastic inshore fishing including trophy-sized cabrilla and pargo ( big mullet snapper and barred pargo) as well as yellowtail, yellow snapper, several species of bonito and jack crevalle.  Most caught either with live bait or slow trolling Rapalas over the rocky shallow areas close to shore.

Typical catch this week…yellowtail…pargo liso (mullet snapper)…cabrilla…yellow snapper. All tough fighting fish inshore on the rocks.

 

Additionally, blue water species like dorado and wahoo also bit and one of our anglers nailed a big 108-pound yellowfin tuna (he had a scale) on a caballito that he fought for 2 hours.

 

On the days when the winds slammed, we were reduced to trolling because bait was impossible to obtain.  Winds also prevented us from getting to some of the hotter fishing spots.

 

This coming week looks a little more promising.  We have alot more folks fishing this week as more anglers start coming into town and the season opens up.  Will hopefully have more and better photos in the next report!

Hope Easter was great for you and your family.

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:

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