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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 6-13, 2019

WAHOO TURN IT UP FINALLY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 6-13, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

 

Firefighters Tim Nishimura and Scott Johnson from the Sacramento CA area have been coming for years to fish around La Paz and have caught almost every fish in the area. However, the wahoo have been elusive until this week when they were out with their favorite Captain Gerardo of the Tailhunter Fleet and they each finally got their wahoo as well as a 3rd ‘hoo as well while trolling Rapalas.

John Kennedy from Auburn, California tries to make a yearly trip to La Paz to fish with the Tailhunter Fleet and his favorite Captain Victor. He was with Victor when they caught a bonito and Victor quickly grabbed it; put it on a heavier rig; and went over to shallow water where they hooked and landed this whopper dog-tooth snapper. John said they lost several others that they couldn’t stop.

Beautiful photo and beautiful dorado for Don Vegter from Redondo Beach CA with Captain Gerardo goofing off behind the shot. The fish was Don’s personal best dorado and caught on live bait near Punta Arenas.

There’s a zillion reasons to love this photo of Roger Thompson and this big ‘hoo! He said it was almost an instant biter upon dropping the lures back.  He was fishing with Captain Hugo.

There are good days fishing and then there are REALLY good days fishing! Their first vacation in 25 years, Kimberlee and Kurt Cochran run a commercial fishing operation in Homer, Alaska. Their first day out was with Captain Moncho. They got their first marlin but look at the table in front…a huge wahoo…dorado…cabrilla…triggerfish too.

Our long time friends from Sacramento, Dennis Fujii and Wayne Kurahara start off with some good-sized dorado.

Making his 2nd trip in 2019 to see us, Chad McConnell from Arizona hung this colorful bull mahi fishing on Captain Alfredo’s boat.

I don’t know if this is his first or his 2nd wahoo, but Andy had never fished before and he takes down TWO wahoo! Awesome!

There were a few tuna here and there like the one Captain Jorge is holding and some nice bit of dorado to take home for Lon Tsukamoto and Walt Menda.

Great shot of Andy McIntyre and his wahoo . Note…there’s another on the cleaning table behind him!

This is a pig of a tuna! Dave Lindell from Pendleton OR has fished with us for many years and caught lots of fish, but this one was a bruiser and estimated between 70-80 pounds. Captain Armando gives a hand . Dave fought the fish almost 90 minutes!

First time with us from Denver, Jaren Jackson and Mike Miller got themselves a pair of fast-moving wahoo trophies.

Just a pretty shot in the channel in front of Cerralvo Island with Laurie Reynolds from Lake Havasu, AZ.

Captain Jorge with a couple of our newest and nicest visitors, Darren Robinson and Traci Kidman.

Tom Mullican from Dallas TX visits us twice a year and always does well, especially with Captain Pancho. Nice tuna and big pargo!

Gary Okamoto and Captain Jorge got themselves a wahoo!

From Washington, Bill Bigelman, wanted to make sure he finaly got in the fishing report!

Captain Gerardo with our amiga, Chelsea Roos, celebrating her engagement to Don Vegter with a couple day of fishing and here with a sleep wahoo.

It looks a bit bumpy and rough out there, but Candace and Captain Raul got this dorado under control just east of Espirito Santo Island.

Oh wow…John Stone might have one of the most colorful shots of the week with this dorado! John’s 2nd trip to year to visit us.

Now, this beats starting your day on the freeway any day! Don Vegter got his first wahoo at daybreak outside Bahia Muertos.

Captain Gerardo was on fire this week. Another wahoo, this time with Joe Cameron.

Bob McPhee came down with 6 of his buddies to celebrate their 50th birthday…all of them! And catch some dorado too!

Bobbi Kennedy from Denver with her two great kids, Erin and Raphael and a day of dorado . Bobbi never stops smiling. Great to have them visit!

Again…Andy’s first time ever..and he catches two wahoo. This might be the 2nd wahoo.

That’s a big mahi for Lon. Don’t see many female dorado that big . Great catch.

Tom Mullican again in the gallery this time with a nice load of dorado and a fat barred pargo too!

A last minute trip and they made good with a stack of dorado for Fionne and his dad, Bill Dingwell from Chandler AZ. They also squeezed in a day of diving as well.

Captain Jorge took this photo for me of the beach at Punta Arenas as the storm approached us Sunday and why we figured it was a good day to cancel the boats and not take any chances.

 

 

 

It was a pretty solid week of fishing mostly with fairly good conditions and cooperative fish until the end of the week when heavy rains arrived and put a damper on the bite and fishermen’s spirits.

 

Dorado continued to be the mainstay and if you wanted a dorado, they were 80% of the catch and found in a wide area by both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and our Tailhunter La Paz fleets.  La Paz seemed to have more fish most days, but Las Arenas had the larger fish.  Some days were better than others.  Some boats did better than others.  Some days, La Paz had the better bite but the next day, Las Arenas would have the hot honey holes.

 

Most fish were 10-20 pounders. Lots of little dorado were released.

 

The true highlight of the week was the heightened action on the wahoo.  This time of year is historically good for wahoo, but until this past week or so, the wahoo weren’t showing much interest in biting.

 

However, each day wahoo were hooked and lost by our anglers fishing around Cerralvo Island as well as Punta Perrico and in the channel between the island and Punta Arenas.  Fish were between 20-and 50 pounders and most were caught trolling with dark-colored Rapalas or Yo-Zuri Magnums.  Quite a few fish were lost and there were a few days when several of our pangas boated multiple wahoo.

 

Other catches this week included hook-ups and both blue marlin and striped marlin and a sprinkling of yellowfin tuna.  Most were large footballs but one 50 pounder and another in the 70-80 pound class.  We also got a few of the big dog-tooth snapper, as well as cabrilla, pargo, triggerfish, some sierra, amberjack and lots of bonito!

 

It was all going well until it started to rain later Saturday afternoon.  And rained…and rained.  Through Sunday forcing us to cancel trips.  It wasn’t a strong rain.  Just a steady rain. Not a hurricane, but interestingly, more rain fell from this “rainstorm” than Hurricane “Lorena” several weeks ago.  We experienced power outtages and some areas had big areas of flooding.  Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, we’ll be back on the water.

MAGDALENA BAY REPORT

John Kennedy has been a long-time Tailhunter amigo and he waited 2 years to do one of our light tackle trips to fish the mangroves in Bahia Magdalena.  In just 1 day of fishing, Tom estimated he caught at least 10 different species including, corvina, pargo, dog-tooth snapper, grouper, cabrilla, sheephead, grunt, triggerfish and more.

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


“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.”

 

 

 

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 20-29, 2019

BOUNCING BACK FROM HURRICANE LORENA

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 20-29, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Big dorado of the week by a long-shot, Jon Eide came to see us again from Minnesota and got this big bull north of La Paz.

Mike Murray and Danny Lewis from Lancaster CA tag-teamed this blue marlin estimated at about 250 pounds on their panga just north of La Paz fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet.  The fish ate a live sardine on 50-pound test and was not able to be released after a long fight.

Herkko Miettinen came all the way from Finland and was fishing with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz and his friend Kris Honkola when he hooked and landed this pretty dog-tooth snapper on a chunk of bonito in the shallows outside of Bahia Muertos.

 

Nice first roosterfish for Toni Brown from Salt Lake City who was fishing for dorado near Punta Arenas when the big fish bit just off the rocky area.  She was fishing with the Tailhunter La Paz fleet and was able to release the fish.

Another of our fun amigos from Finland, Jussi Nassi poses with his first striped marlin that fed alot of folks that night for dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant.

Thumbs-up day for Greg and Larry Chastain to start their week with a nice rack of dorado from Las Arenas.

Captain Lorenzo with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz hoists up a big dog-tooth snapper for Jim Ginther who came to enjoy some sunshine all the way from Minnesota.

Oregon boys on the beach, Brad Bennett and Jon Barnard had themselves a full week with lots of species of fish including these dorado plus a big barred pargo.

Captain Gerardo gets in the photo with first-timers Merit Olmstead and Mike Dangler who kicked off their first day with an excellent rack of dorado plus pompano and barred pargo . Great eating!

Nice shot! Nice fish. Great colors! Kirk Shandrew is the amigo behind the mask with the barred pargo . Kirk is from Elko, NV.

Captain Armando and Gary Okizaki from Cypress, CA and his big dorado of the day.

Doesn’t get much prettier than these colors on Mark Brown’s dorado as he’s given a hand by Captain Gerardo. Mark is from Salt Lake City UT

You always remember that first one…Kirk Shandrew rocked this striper north of La Paz his first day.

Pound-for-pound, there aren’t too many fish that fight harder than these jack crevalle (“toro”). Bruce Luscombe took this one on the flyrod making it doubly tough!

Big smiles from Justin West who stuck this nice barred pargo. It was a pretty good week for these fish which is unusual this time of year. Great fighters and great eating too! Trophy size!

That’s a nice mix of reefish there including yellow snapper, triggerfish and palometas for John Vondrak, Joe Eide and Bruce Luscombe with Captain Victor.

Another good day on the water and another dorado for the box for Toni Brown.

Two new friends from Idaho who started their trip with a box full of dorado fishing with our La Paz fleet, Peggy and Joe Manning.

Here’s a pair! Bill Schroeder and Tom Lathrop with double dorado for the camera.

Captain Luis poses with Mike Kingsmore who took this dorado near Espirito Santo Island.

Adding to the variety! Bryan and his dad Steve Smith with a palometa and dorado. Bryan’s first trip. Steve visits us every year.

Kirk Shandrew and another tough jack crevalle caught, battled and released!

 

 

Hurricane Lorena reached category 1 status last weekend and came directly over La Paz instead of veering off as had been originally predicted.  Fortunately, other than some heavy flooding, a few roads washing out and felling some trees and power poles, no one was injured and property damage was relatively minimal compared to other hurricanes that have blown through.  The most damage appears to have occurred out towards Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ La Ventana and El Sargento over the hill from La Paz.

The biggest issue for us were all the anglers who got stuck for several days. With the beaches getting battered; the seas in a cauldron and the port captain shutting down all boat traffic, there wasn’t much to do for the several dozen visitors we had who were suddenly locked in.

 

Others were trying to get home and to the airport.  Many more were trying to fly in. However, with flights canceled and the Cabo Airport closed,  folks either had to stay extra days in La Paz or conversely, lost days of vacation because they couldn’t fly down.

 

Although the storm itself was relatively minor as hurricanes go, the after-effects have been tremendous.

 

In terms of climate, post-Lorena, air temperatures have dropped dramatically from the high 90’s and low 100’s to the low 90’s.  Almost a 10 degree drop across the board.  Additionally, humidity has fallen from the muggy 70-80% steambath to a very comfortable 50% these following days.  Accompanied by stronger winds reminiscent of later October, it’s actually been quite comfortable causing many of us to remark that we suddenly lost summer.  Fall dropped in like someone had thrown a switch.

 

The bite, as well, was heavily affected.

 

Right after Lorena moved north, it cause tropical storm Mario, holding off the Pacific Coast to move into the vacuum.  So, early in the week brought continued cloudiness, rough seas and occasional rainstorms.

 

All of this caused the bite to take it’s time getting back up to speed.

 

Prior to the storm, we had the best dorado bite of the season going.  We had the best marlin bite I have ever seen in over 2 decades.   After Lorena, it took awhile to gain momentum again.

 

The week started pretty scratchy ,but with each progressive day, the waters cleared up and the fish started to bite again. It wasn’t as full-turbo as the week before, but fairly decent action kept improving with mostly dorado biting for both our Tailhunter La Paz and our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleets.

 

Most of the dorado were respectable 10-20 pound fish. There were a few larger.  Many smaller fish were released.

 

Additionally, both blue and striped marlin improved as well with a number of  fish hooked each day while anglers were trying to catch dorado.  Consequently, many fish were hooked (and quite a few lost) on light tackle!  Most hooked fish were released.

 

Still no tuna or wahoo to speak of although this should be prime-time for both species.  Occasionally, one or two tuna get picked up, but the schools are either moving too fast or pop up and boil, then quickly go back down.  On several occasions, the fish were boiling but refused to take baits.  Checking the stomachs of several hooked tuna, we found their bellies full of small squid which could account for their unwillingness to take a hooked bait.

 

As for other species, the change in weather seems to have a dramatic effect on other species as well.  It’s almost as if we are fishing in June conditions again.  We’re getting pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, the occasional yellowtail and amberjack, pompano and even some sierra plus those big dog-tooth snapper again.

 

It’s been a weird crazy season.

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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 1-8, 2019

DORADO KEEP RODS BENT

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 1-8, 2019

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Weather – Days high 90’s with lots of humidity.  Nights, high 70’s to low 80 with a breeze.  Subject to afternoon thundershowers.  Very tropical

Waters – Mostly blue and clear.  Surface temps in the 80’s

Fishing (Scale of 1-10) – Solid 6 or 7.  Lots of dorado.  Lots of action with bonito, skippies and other species.  Sorry about the needlefish.  Not alot of trophy fish, but lots of fun fish.  Not included the big dog-tooth snapper we started catching.

Species Caught or Hooked This Week:  dorado (mahi-mahi), tuna, bonito, jack crevalle, dog-tooth snapper, pargo, roosterfish, sierra, cabrilla, rainbow runner, pompano, snapper, palometa, amberjack and several billfish hooked and lostl

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Pancho  helped Troy Anderson of Denver, Colorado with this monster cubera snapper that is apparently just a few pounds short of the World Record.  On a scale, the fish bottomed it at 68-pounds and was caught on a needlefish off Punta Perrico near Bahia Muertos in shallow water.

Two of our long-time amigos, Glenn Delmendo and Don Mariano, with a couple of nicer model dorado.

From Salt Lake City, Utah, Dave Mullholland was in the shallow high spot off Punta Arenas and fishing with Captain Armando with a whole bonito when he hung this big-boy dog-tooth/ cubera snapper.

JIm Bovee always does well and visits us 2-3 times a year from San Diego. Nice bull and flat waters to start the morning!

Ari Caldevilla from Redondo Beach CA is a tall guy and that helps put the size of his roosterfish in perspective. It’s legit! Captain Ramiro with the photobomb and the nearby rocksof Punta Perrico in the background. The fish was released.

One of the few tuna this week with Tony Jones and Captain Arcangel. Hefty football!

Big smiles from Linda Tomaselli posing with husband, Mike, and Captain Armando with the results of a nice foray to the dorado grounds.

The Prikazskys came all the way from upstate New York and strike a nice pose with a table full of doardo headed back east with them.

That’s alot of MEAT!!! Captain Nando lifts another one of those big cubera/ dog-tooth snapper (check the teeth). Shallow water too…that’s the waves on the beach at Punta Arenas right behind him.

Love this shot! Scott Herman was staying with us at La Concha Beach Resort and took out one of the kayaks just behind the hotel and caught a number of species including this barred pargo.

Ari was also out behind Hotel La Concha and launched a kayak there in the shallows and got a fun little roosterfish on light tackle that he photo’d and released.

Andy Fernandez was with us earlier in the year and cane back for another round of fishing. Another dorado in the box too!

 

It’s been about 10 years since Steve Bryan visited us last. He started out his fishing week hanging a big dog-tooth with Captain Armando who had the hot hand/ rod this week.

Great colors all around! Scott Herman and Brent Skaff with two of their dorado.

First timers, Mike and Linda Williamson were fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing and had enough dorado in the box when Captain Armando Lucero put them over the rocks with live bait and they ended up with two hefty cubera snapper/ pargo perro.  Mike and Linda are from Discovery Bay, California. Fun couple!

Good start to the fishing trip with Captain Archangel and Linda and Mike Butler visiting us from Idaho for the first time.

Another rooster for Jim Bovee. Catch-and-release off the rocks near Bahia Muertos.

 

One of the better dorado of the week, Duane Shoemake holds it up on the beach at Bahia Muertos . He got a number of species fishing with us during the week.

 

Captain Arcangel got into alot of fish this week…and alot of photos! Glenn and Don again with another good day of fishing the dorado.

Two of our newest fun folks to visit us for the first time, Mike and Melanie Genanatti with a couple of handfuls of their dorado fishing with Captain Victor.

Two of our long time BFF’s from Denver, you won’t find nicer folks than Frank and Diane Kunze. They are darned good anglers too!

It’s great to have first timers with us like Marie Fanelli and Kathy Young who get a hand from Captain Rogelio fishing north of La Paz.

Captain Fili had a super day with Victor Baines who brought 3 other amigos down for 3 days of fishing and they ran into some nice days of dorado.

Dave Owens came last year with his wife, but she couldn’t make it and Mike Kirkpatrick came along for 3 days of fishing. The amigos are from the Phoenix area.

Jack Hornbeck came to celebrate his 60th birthday with us and had some great dorado fishing days and almost had a marlin too!

Bill Young waited two years to fish with us after a hurricane last year canceled his trip, But he was back and fishing with Captain Rogelio had some nice dorado fishing right in the bay.

Paul Roberts came with Charlie Finster to celebrate Paul’s birthday and he had a good time among some pretty good fishing!

 

It was a pretty solid week of fishing, expecially if you wanted to catch dorado. It was pretty hard not to hook one, unless you were targeting other species.  Typical of this time of year, the dorado could be found in numerous spots around Cerralvo Island, Espirito Santo Island, Punta Perrico, Punta Mejia, and Bahia Muertos as well as localized spots like the floating buoys and other areas.

 

The fish are mostly that 10-15 pound class with lots of smaller ones getting released.  Some larger fish up to 25-30 pounds also hooked.  Fishing can be a daily pick-pick-pick with a fish-or-two here and there.

 

Or, it might be pandemonium of you hit a schools and the school crashes the boat with every rod getting bent simultaneously in a wild melee of jumping and fighting fish!

 

Not much in the way of tuna this week, but that could also be because the dorado are so easy to find and the tuna are either fast moving or take full focus to chase them down or find a spot (especially when the boats around you are getting bent on dorado!).

 

Of greater interest are the big dog-tooth/ cubera snapper that have shown up in the shallows outside of Bahia Muertos.  Using whole bonito or needlefish, these toothy armored beasts have been biting almost every day although it takes a Herculean effort and a lot of luck to pull one out’ve their rocky hiding places and maybe only 1 per day is getting back to the beach for the big photo session.

 

These fish have been 40-50 pounds or more and we got one that was 68 -pounds (we had a scale on the beach) and apparently is just a few pounds short of the IGFA world record!

 

Additional species this week included roosterfish, jack crevalle, big bonito, sierra, pargo, snapper, pompano, amberjack and rainbow runners.

AND MORE!

We have been here in La Paz and even many of our long-time amigos don’t know that we offer many other activities besides fishing.  One of our most popular is snorkeling and scuba-diving trips to Espirito Santo Island.  Waters right now are a blue 85 degrees and I wanted to share some of the photos taken this week by some of our folks!  Thanks to Ryan Netherton for a majority of these great shots!

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Have a great week!

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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Las Arenas – La Paz/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 28-Aug. 4, 2019

MOSTLY PRETTY OK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 29-Aug. 4, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

His first roosterfish was a dandy.  Dave Payan visited from Roy, Utah and was out with us and right-off-the-bat hooked this big roosterfish not far from the Las Arenas lighthouse.  The fish was released.

Joe Treves from Los Angeles gets a hand from son, Matt, and Captain Gerardo of the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz with an 80-pound tuna he wrestled off Cerralvo Island just east of Bahia Muertos that ate a live sardine on light tackle.

Marco and Steve Holguin have been visiting us for years and always good to see them. Their first day started with a nice rack of dorado from Las Arenas.

San Diego in the house with Rick Carlton and Bruce Husson with a rare white marlin! I think I have only seen 3 the whole 25 years I have been here. The guys released it to swim strongly away! Cerralvo Island in the background.

Ryan Sallee and Shelby Pope via San Diego first-time fishing with us got a ice variety of great eating pargo, snapper and a dorado! 

What a pig of a fish! Largest dog-tooth snapper of the year hooked by Shelly Donnell from Beaverton OR with a happy Captain Pancho trying to hoist it up on the gaff.

Another nice one in the boat and this time a nice huachinago on the gaff for Utah amigo, Dave Payan.

Couldn’t resist the smile of Allie Tutino from San Diego with her only dorado, but there’s a couple of nice pargo on the table in front of her!

Now THAT’s alot of sashime, but these guys know how to fish! Long-time amigos who come several times a year got these hefty yellowfin tuna at the south end of Espirito Santo Island where a number of these horse fish have broken rods and hearts! Kevin SHIOTANI (sorry about that brain fart, Kevin…I kneel in apology! But at least I didn’t write CACA VERDE!) and Rick Hosmer doing it like a boss!

Nice bull dorado for our first-time visitor to La Paz Marco Martinez posing on the sand for us at Bahia los Muertos.

Three generations of the Mammott Family…Jeff…Jesse…Christy and Paden with some of their dorado.

 

Just another day on the water for amigo, Shelly Donnell and sister Gaby, both from Oregon with dorado and pargo ready for the fillet table.

Might be my favorite photo of the week! My two friends, Roger McCracken and Joe Treves goofing with their big “sardines.”

Dorado can be voracious feeders! But here’s the rule when a dorado picks up BOTH baits! Whoever’s hook is deepest in the mouth gets the fish! I think Gaby’s hook is deeper than her brother’s hook! But Sheldon will argue the point!

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Still crazy trying to figure out our fishing.  It seems we move two steps forward then one step back each week.  Get get excited about jags of fish like dorado, or marlin or tuna.  And just when we’re all fired up, things change again!

 

Every day, you can take your pick of words to describe the fishing…everyone has a different adjective for the day and it runs the full gamut from awesome and fun to erratic, anemic, or crummy!   And the boats can be right next to each other and you’ll get completely different results from boat-to-boat; location to location and from day-to-day.

 

Everyone arrives and says, “How’s the fishing?”  And all I can give them is a shrug of the shoulders.  Bottom line, everyone is catching fish.  But not everyone is catching fish ALL the time!

 

Here it is August, and it’s still more like late May or June fishing.  It’s deceiving because the waters are blue; the days are hot and humid; it feels really tropical…I mean it looks like summer.  It feels like summer.  But the fishing isn’t summer.  It’s more like springtime fishing.

 

Just check out the variety of fish.  We should be catching mostly bluewater/ warmwater fish like dorado, tuna and billfish.  And indeed, the dorado are probably 60% of the catch.  But, it’s hardly wide-open on the chew.  Dorado are scattered and we’re picking them up here and there.

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Good start of the fishing grip for Louie Mogabgab with some nice bull dorado and an amberjack to show for it!

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However, we’re still getting cold water fish like the big mullet snapper (pargo liso); sierra (winter fish); snapper, cabrilla, amberjack and even an occasional yellowtail.

Captain Pancho helps pose a pargo liso for Gaby Donnell

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Mix in the occasional billfish plus bonito, jack crevalle and even the sporadic beast tuna of 50-100 pounds and there’s action to be held…most days…most boats.  Here’s the deal…if you’re only coming down and fishing 1 day…you could have a great time or be that boat that just misses it.  If you’re fishing 2, 3 or 4 days, you’ll have an off-day or two, but you’ll be going home with fish!

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 30-July 7, 2019

ROOSTERS AND DORADO RUN THE SHOW!

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

July 1-7 ,2019


WEEK at a GLANCE

Water – Calming down and getting bluer and warmer.  Surface temp about 80 degrees.  Colder thermocline 30-60 feet down drops another 5-15 degrees.  Still choppy some days especially in the mornings.

Weather – Consistently highs in the mid-90’s and nighttime cools to mid-70’s. Feels warmer some days, but then the afternoon breeze cools things down.  Very tropical

Wind – Mostly better than other weeks.  Calming down hopefully.  Did have one day at Las Arenas/ Muertos where a baby storm went through and made it tough to go out for about an hour or so, but then it blew out and the folks got out on the water.  We just waited it out.

Fishing – Lots of variety, but more of the warm water-water fish like dorado becoming more prominent.  No wahoo, but fish caught this week included lots of big roosterfish (Las Arenas); dorado (La Paz); pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, skipjack, bonito, amberjack, pompano, yellowtail, palometa, snapper, baja grouper, marlin, sailfish.

Fish Scale of 1-10:  A solid 6


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THE BIG PICTURE AND THE REST of the STORY…

Captain Gerardo gives Erik Foraker from Washington a hand with a big roosterfish caught and released off Punta Arenas. The fish was released and 3 were caught that day off the panga.

Mike and Jacquiline Aguilar caught 3 big roosterfish including this beast on a single day. All fish were released.

 

Miles and Sydney Wagner with big-time bull dorado there at Bahia Muertos staying at their dad, Gary’s place at Rancho Costa.

One of my favorite photos of the week. Captain Jorge gives a thumbs-up to Will’s big roosterfish. Will is from Denver and released the fish.

That’s alot of fish for an 11-year-old, but Levi Moore from Encinitas CA did the job on this big roosterfish then took the photo and let it go to swim strong!

Our buddy who never stops smiling! Rick Kasper has a handful if dorado for the camera then the grill. Rick is a hunting guide and TV personality in Wyoming and Arizona.

Just off the beach, Anabel, holds up a pretty roosterfish for the camera before letting it go.

And another roosterfish for Erik and captain Gerardo doing the great photo-bomb for the camera!

Deno and Mark Buchanan with the big tuna of the week hooked off Cerralvo Island.

Beautiful and rarely caught Baja Grouper or Golden Grouper taken by Vern Marschall who spent the week with us and fished two days . He caught this one off Espirito Santo Island.

The roosterfish is almost bigger than Jacqueline!

Colorful shot and another rooster on deck for Eric Ryan who released the fish.

Headed back to the hotel grill with two legit dorado, Jason Wagner took these fish working that area just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Big smile for Nick Gatelein with his first roosterfish at dawn off Las Arenas. Good way to start your day!

Incredible colors on this big dorado caught by Anabel not far off the rocks at Punta Perrico.

The tired satisfaction of besting a big fish is evident on our buddy, Ed Mitoma, who finally got his big roosterfish then realeased it . He also had another one on the line that got away. Punta Arenas in the background.

Another one for the camera! Levi Moore was on a roll with another roosterfish caught-and-released.

 

All the way from Kansas, Lilly Korbach, has a pretty smile for a pretty jack crevalle. She was staying at Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos.

1..2..3…LIFT! It’s a handful for 14-year-old Seth Moore and his big rooster almost as long as he is tall! Despite it’s looks, the fish swam off strongly upon release.

 

From Paso Robles, CA and on his first venture with Tailhunter Sportfishing, Scott McGuire put quite a few dorado like this on the hook.

Kris Korbach poses another big one for the camera shot then quickly released the big roosterfish.

That is one giant needlefish! Andy Lauber from New Orleans took this beast.

Weather was a little more agreeable this past week although we had one bit of a bump.  We caught a lot of different species again as well including: snapper, pargo, jack crevalle,  pompano, marlin, sailfish, several types of bonito, yellowtail, tuna and others.  However, the hotshots this week all came down pretty much to two species:  Dorado and roosterfish.

Pompano still biting. Jacqueline Aguilar does the honors.

First day out…first day on the water…first marlin! Andrew Tawaroski from Florida with Captain Gerardo . Andrew released the pretty fish.

Jules caught this football tuna off Bahia Muertos.

DORADO

For the most part, this is the time of year when we should be swarming with dorado.  However, this year started pretty sluggishly with these warm-water species as waters have been taking their time getting warmer and no thanks to the pestering cool winds that have plagued us for months.

 

But, it seems like the fishing is finding it’s stride.

 

There are still patches of cold green water.  There are still erratic currents that push the bite and the baits off the mark.  But, this past week it was a lot more consistent although still not fully up-to-speed.  Nevertheless we saw more and larger dorado in the counts, especially for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet that fishes north from the city towards Espirito Santo Island and around Punta Coyote and Punta Mejia.

 

Those areas not only produced some great shallow-water fishing for the pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and snapper, but the shallows also produced dorado without having to go too far off or venturing to some of the other high spots or finding floating sargasso weed the dorado could also be found.

What a great shot and check the colors of Lauren and her dorado off Espirito Santo Island. Great smile too!

 

It wasn’t full turbo and not every panga caught fish every day, but over-all pretty consistent on the dorado.  It could be a day of picking off a fish here-and-there all day.  It could be a day where one panga found the dorado and the boat next to it couldn’t buy a bite.  It could be a day where it was slow for hours then all heck-breaks-loose in a frenzy of action…then it dies.  Just no way to tell.

That’s the right kind! Bull dorado headed for the fish box for Andy Lauber from New Orleans. Check out the flat ocean behind him! Like glass.

You could run into a school of firecracker-sized dinks or a group of larger bigger fish.  Or, it could be one big fish of the day.  But, the dorado are definitely around.

You don’t have to go far for bluewater sportfishing here! Eric Ryan caught this pretty dorado right off the rocky cliffs of Espirito Santo Island in shallow water.

ROOSTERFISH

The bigger story continues to be the roosterfish.

As one of our guys told me,

“I’ve never seen so many roosterfish in one spot.  We were hooked on two of them but others that looked like giants were boiling right next to the panga.  We could have caught all we wanted all day long if our arms held out!

Firs roosterfish for Taryn Mitoma! Punta Arenas beach in the background. Taryn did a great job in releasing the fish.

 

In all my years here, I have never seen this kind of rooster season. We are catching and releasing as many fish in one week as we might catch in several months of fishing.

One more rooster! Seth and Levi Moore!

Fish  are running 10-70 pounds and actually schooling in big groups and boiling on the surface in feeding frenzies!  Anglers coming down to just catch one fish for the bucket list end up hanging 2 or 3 in a single day and losing others.

“I fought two roosterfish for almost an hour each and that was it! It was still early and I wanted to back to the beach.  If we never caught another fish the rest of the week, those two fish made my trip. Seeing them swim away was awesome!” 

Will from Denver holds up another one for the camera.

He’ll grow up to be a monster! Nick Gatelein on deck at sunrise .

Pretty much all the fish are getting released and they’re really close to shore in shallow water.  Using mostly the large 12-inch ladyfish for bait, some of the battles are lasting well near an hour-or-more and exhausting anglers, especially first-timers having fun, but not used to the strain these big fish can put on arms, backs, legs and fingers!

“I finally got the roosterfish off my bucket list.  But, I paid the price.  A big blister on my finger and sore arms.  Never thought a fish could be so strong.  Great time!” 

Mike Aguilar has another!

Right on top of the rocks! Vern holds up his rooster.

 

Almost all of these fish are being caught by our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and the fish are scattered from the Punta Arenas lighthouse down to Boca de Alamo then also around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Of note, at the beginning of the week we did have a “torito” (small bull) hit around our Las Arenas area.  While La Paz stayed flat calm,  when our boats at Muertos Bay were ready to go out, suddenly the torito hit which is essentially a small localized wind/rainstorm almost like a baby hurricane. They come out’ve nowhere with no warning.  It whips the winds and waves and no one could get off the beach.

 

But, they can blow over quickly.  We kept everyone in the vans and decided to wait it out rather tha come back to town.  Surely enough, about 90 minutes later the winds died and, although the waters remained choppy, our anglers finally got out on the water.  Fishing was less than stellar, but fortunately, the big roosterfish stuck around!

 

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 23-30, 2019

ROOSTER-FEST WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 23-30, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY….

 

Dave Lester from Temecula CA with another beast roosterfish for the camera before putting it back in the water.  Dave and his 3 buddies estimate they hooked and released 31 roosterfish over 4 days. 

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What beast is this? DJ Bovee from San Diego fishes with us several times a year and hooked this massive bull dorado, the likes of which we have not seen in years!

Enzo Moreno is just 11-years-old from San Antonio, Texas.  He caught and fought a marlin all by himself; he caught numerous other species including dorado and put this hefty yellowtail in the box as well. 

Zach Smith had an eventful 2 days of fishing with us.  His first day he hooked this pretty striped marlin.  The fish could not be released and Zach donated all the meat to the local folks who welcomed the fresh fish 

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Our fun amigos for many years who always do well, Tim and Angela Farrell from Oceanside, CA with their favorite Captain Moncho and a handful of tough-fighting pargo liso and yellow snapper!

Pretty as could be.  Joe has another pretty roosterfish to the boat to photo and release.  The roosters were sure thick this week. 

This might be my favorite photo of the week.  Nina Moreno and Captain Rogelio mug for the camera with Espirito Santo island right behind them just a stone’s throw away. 

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Big fish…big mouth! The kind that can inhale a 12-inch-long bait! Ron Burgess gets a hand from Captain Moncho. Fish was released.

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That’s a handful of pargo liso for Dave Gee from San Francisco who grimaces to hold the stout fish for the camera. Great eating meat!

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From Florida, our long-time amigo, Al Burgess needs to take a seat after battling this 100 + pound yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island for almost 2 hours!

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Kim Hunt and Gabe Lao are doing their best to subdue this feisty rooster so they can take a photo and release it, but the rooster is having none of that and smacks them all over the place. Great effort by Kim and Gabe who caught 4 roosters this day.

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Shaka sign from Captain Luis and Cathy Boos from Washington posing with one of her La Paz dorado.

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Tom Hoey and Terry Hawk with the right kind of dorado! They hooked this legit pair off Muertos Bay. Some of the largest dorado of the season!

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This is a great photo. It’s not often over the 2 decades that we’ve gotten Captain Arcangel to smile, but we got him here with Jonah Voigstberger from Bakersfield and her first rooster. Caught and released.

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No shortage of fun and crazy fishing when the schools of jack crevalle move in like this one caught by Alise Ferguson from Colorado Springs CO. Las Arenas Beach and lighthouse nearby.

 

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Victor with some tasty pargo lisos.

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Nothing like starting off your day with a trophy catch of a roosterfish right off the bat for Joe and quickly released.

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Zach Smith and Captain Fili give Nick Tovar (right) a hand posing with his sailfish on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Nick was not able to release the fish and donated all the meat to local families.

 

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These fish might not look big, but hit and fight like freight trains. Kent holds up a colorful pargo liso he managed to pull from the rocks.

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An incredible shot! Off Cerralvo Island, Captain Moncho poses with one roosterfish while Ron Burgess already has another big rooster on the line!

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Alot of good eating and variety on the fish cleaning table including big triggerfish, pargo, yellow snapper and cabrilla (seabass) for Jonah and John Voigtsberger.

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Captain Gerardo with the thumbs-up photo bomb of Dave Boos and his roosterfish.

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From Kentucky, Chase Wallis staying at Bahia Muertos in the Rancho Costa Resort got himself and big striped marlin after a good battle. He donated all of the meat to the local families when the fish could not be revived.

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I love photos that are different and kooky like Nick and his big amberjack while he sports the cool beard and mustache face garb!

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Fishing with us for years, Terry Hawk, has caught and released quite a few roosterfish with us.

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Two great guys. Dave “Splash” Lopez and nephew Nick Gatelein from Los Angeles wit two pretty dog-tooth snapper.

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Yes, pompano are still biting and yes, they are the largest I have ever seen down here in our waters in 25 years. Zach Smith has this one under control and released it.

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Good amigo and owner of Rancho Costa Resort in Bahia Suenos, Gary Wagner with his son, Jason took this long roosterfish just outside of the bay. The fish was released.

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The parade of weird and unusual fish continues. We’ve had milkfish…blue treval;y and now an island trevally. Another member of the diverse jack family. In 25 years, I’ve never seen one down here and neither had any of our captains.

I want to say it was really a great week of fishing.  But, I can’t.  So many times, I thought we were right on the verge of it, but then it got crazy again.  For sure, we had some spectacular fishing and maybe one of the best if not the best fishing of the season.

 

However, the fishing is still all mixed up and unpredictable.  Many folks caught the fish of a lifetime; or their largest; or their first or the most they have ever caught and that was great.

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Gabe Lao, Elk Grove CA Roosterfish off the beach. Released.

 

But, there was just no getting a handle on what was biting . One day the bite was in one spot and the next, it was shut down. Clear blue water one day become green dirty water with current the next day.  One panga rips up the fish and the boat next to it can’t get a bite.  It was that kind of week.

 

I’m not sure where to start so let me break it out with our two different fleets.  The fact that we have two fleets fishing two different areas often made the difference between having a good day or a so-so day!

 

For our La Paz Tailhunter Fleet

 

The week started well.  This is where we’ve been getting yellowtail, amberjack, pargo and cabrilla and snapper. Plus lots of great eating white bonito.  Really weird because these are all coldwater fish, except for the bonito!  And it’s already 100 degrees and the end of June and beginning of July.  For example yellowtail are a fish we usually don’t see much of after April or so!

However ,yellowtail between 15-25 pounds have been biting now for almost 3 weeks.  By far our La Paz fishing north of town has been the most solid fishing most of the month.

If you wanted to just have a solid day of fun and action, this is where I had you fish.  I could really depend on it doing well and everyone having fun.

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Espirito Santo Island. Sy’s first dorado experience was a good one.

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No, that’s not Richard Branson, but Rick Kasper has been on many TV shows and had his own hunting show for many years. He’s an old hand at fishing with us down here.

The weird thing, however, is that almost in the same spots where we were hooking the cold water fish, we were also hooking dorado which are warm water fish!  The dorado ran 10-25 pounds and these are the kinds of fish we should be hooking this time of year.  But with the presence of both fish, this means there’s a thermocline in the water column with warm waters about 81 degrees at the surface, but below that is a very chilly thermocline holding colder waters.  This was confirmed by our scuba divers who ran into the colder water about 20-40 feet down.

 

Very unusual!  But, like I said, everyone catching fish.

 

Until about mid-week.  The fishing really died down.  My captains told me cold green water with lots of current and strong winds kicked the bite to the curb.  However, as the week went on…the bite came back little by little as temperatures rose again (we set a record 107 degrees Saturday) and waters calmed with dorado and other species once again getting active.

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Nina hooks another one!

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet…

 

The week was mostly slow.  But let me clarify.

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Jack crevalle “Toro” Captain Fili and Zach Smith

There were fish biting!  No doubt.  There were lots of those cool white bonito.  And pargo, jack crevalle, cabrilla and amberjack and  (Needlefish…yuk).

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Dave and a pretty and big yellow snapper.

But, the big pargo liso were schooling!  These huge mullet snapper are 10-30 pounds and are really difficult fish in the shallow waters, but these fish are normally schooling in these big groups in the colder waters of March and April.

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Among the toughest and most difficult fish in our waters, pargo liso frustrate many an angler and frustrate strong men. However, Tim and Angela Farrell with Captain Moncho yanked these bad boys out’ve the rocks.

 

All of a sudden, here they are.  The thing with them is that they are tough tough tough to catch.  I have often told folks that if you get 10 hookups and get 2 or 3 to the boat, it’s about par.

 

So, folks were coming back saying what a tough day they had.  Then, I’d find out they really hooked 6, 8, 10 pargo but busted them all off!  That’s GOOD fishing…but bad CATCHING!

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Pargo liso for Joe! Great eating.

Similarly, we had some tuna biting…and these were all 100+ pound beasts!  1 and 2 hour battles ended up with broken lines.  In one case, our guys had the fish right next to the boat ready to stick the gaff after an epic battle and suddenly a huge shark rolls up and in two bites completely wipes out the fish!

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Striped marlin waiting to be carted off to local homes.

Oh…and marlin and sailfish caught too finally although a couple of nice fish broke off.  Best billfish bite of the season!

 

But the best part of the week…(drumroll)…ROOSTERFEST!!!

 

Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay is known as the “Roosterfish Capital of the World.”  World record roosterfish up to 150 pounds have been caught on this beach area.

 

Well, this week, I’ve never seen the roosters go off like they did.  I estimate almost 100 roosters were hooked and released between 5 and 70 pounders!

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Captain Armando and Dave Lester in the Baja sunrise with an early big roosterfish released.

 

On a single day alone, our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet had 8 pangas on the water and got 35 roosterfish!  That’s unheard of!  One of our boats caught and released at least 10 fish.  This doesn’t even include the fish that were lost or broke off!

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From Denver, Adam Tarowoski got his first roosterfish this week. Fish was released.

Then, at the end of the week, another surprise.  We have not had many dorado caught this year around the Las Arenas area.  Most of the fish have been around La Paz.  Other than an occasional dink fish, not much to speak of.

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Wow!! That’s huge bull dorado! Whoa…Jen Wilson from Colorado Springs CO with one of the largest dorado of the season.

Well, all of a sudden we have bit 20-45 pound bull dorado in the water!  Where’d they come from?  We haven’t seen dorado of that size in 3 years.

 

It’s a strange strange season!  Oh…and we broke heat records this week too.  107 degrees over the weekend.

That’s my 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
.

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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


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