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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 28-Aug. 5, 2018

SUMMER TIME DORADO AND TUNA!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 28-Aug. 5, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT FOR THE WEEK

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot hot hot.  Even us locals think so.  Dangit…stay hydrated!  Beer is fun, but doesn’t count.  With the humidity you have to keep knocking back the waters or you’ll get sick.  On the other hand…hot weather = best fishing!

But, weather will change this week. Intermittent rain, thundershowers and lightning predicted on-and-off all week.  Not sure what that will do to the fishing.  Weather reports change several times a day.  Not sure when or how hard it will rain or what days.

Water – Pretty blue.  Surface temperatures are perfect for swimming, SCUBA and snorkeling!  It’s about 80-83 degrees on top!

Fishing – Everyone caught fish!  If not big tuna then great on the dorado.  The tuna continue to be big and we’re losing most of the big fish.  But dorado have been making up for it just to have fun.

Catching – Losing 70% of the big tuna.  That’s why they’re big.  They are gorillas and make strong men cry!

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Rhett Riley and his grandfather, Herb Preszler from the Sacramento Area, tied into several big tuna off Cerralvo Island near La Paz on live bait with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They each hooked and fought a fish over an hour before lines broke then re-baited and tied into these two nice sluggers and fought then well over another hour before getting them into the pangas.

From Oroville CA, our amigo, Terry Biggs has made numerous trips to fish La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He had never caught a big tuna. He hooked one fish and fought it almost 2 hours before it broke off then hooked this big one estimated by Captain Armando as being in the 70-80 pound class. He was using only 40 pound test. Terry works for the railroad and is about 6’2 and 275 pounds and he wrestled this tuna almost 90 minutes and “it whupped me pretty bad.

One of our favorite new amigos, Matt Chase, was just great to have down this week! Even when he lost fish, we was like a kid in a candy store! He did get a nice batch of dorado, however. Here with Captain Boli on the beach.

If he looks a bit disheveled, Mitch Embry from Texas has a little help and a smile from Captain Armando lifting up this tough tuna he fought in the hot sun off Cerralvo Island.

Schoolie dorado for the Bartas who were staying with Gary Wagner at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

Rhett Riley started out a good week of tuna fishing with this plug of a yellowfin tuna.

 

Another dorado in the boat is a nice bull north of La Paz near Espirto Santo Island for Terry Biggs.

Well-deserved handshakes for Wes Perkins and Roger Hall who fished with Captain Victor and took a box of dorado and a big yellowfin. Our good amigos are from the Portland OR area and have visited us for many seasons.

First timer amigo, Mark Durham, poses on the beach at Muertos with another fat tuna.

Captain Jorge does the honors on a nice dorado with Rich Keough and Mitch Embry. Note all the other dorado on the cutting table in the foreground .

 

It was a pretty decent week of fishing. Everyone who wanted fish caught fish. Can’t argue with that. Some boats did better than others on any given day, but that’s fishing. If you fished several days like most of our folks then you might have one slow day, but the others surely made up for it.

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, the big tuna off Cerralvo Island were again, the name of the game. These 40-80 pound gorillas are made more formidable by the fact that they’re eating relatively light lines (as tuna will sometimes do). So, using 25-40 pound test line can turn into quite a battle and most of these fights are at least an hour to almost 2 hours in the hot Baja sun!

For some, the strain is just a little too much for the angler or the tackle and beast fish that have non-stop motors. We are losing about 70% of these fish for those reasons. One day, we hooked 10 fish and only 2 got boated. It is what it is. Everyone wants a shot at these homerun fish, but if you don’t knock it over the fence, there’s a good chance you won’t get any other chances at another or for other species because it’s already too late in the day. But the challenge is there and very compelling. . .and fun!

It’s hard to know if there’s other species around the area because everyone is chasing the tuna, but we did hoo up some dorado and billfish. Roosterfish have been scarce this year. But, again, hard to know because not many folks have been chasing them.

Fortunately, if the tuna aren’t going, we do have our other fleet out’ve La Paz and the dorado have been lighting it up . Most days there’s limits or near limits of fish running 10-20 pound and some larger. If you hit the right spot and find the school, it can be utter madness as fish crash all around and every rod is bent. You fill the box quickly!

Other times, you get 1 here…2 there…1 here…and a longer, but still productive day.

Weather advisory…looks like intermittent and localized thundershowers with lightning are predicted most of the week. Not a hurricane. Just tropical stuff. Not sure how that will affect fishing, but we’ll be watching.  It could rain one spot, but not another.  It could rain at night or afternoon.  The reports change daily.  Hopefully, the port captain doesn’t shut thing down.

That’s our story!

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 July 22-29, 2018

FULL MOON DORADO AND BIG TUNA CHEW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 22-29, 2018

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – It changed every day.  Sunny…cloudy…windy…humid…broiling hot.  Take your pick or combine any two or three of the above.

Water – Mostly pretty blue, but find the cleanest warmest blue water currents and your chances of finding fish increases.  Stay away from cloudy water.

Fishing – Tuna are big and mean.  And we lose 3 out of every four fish.  They are eating light line and taking a 40-80 pound fish on 25 or 30 pound test is a battle that can last 1-2 hours.  It’s a slugfest.  The dorado are all over, but not always willing to bite.  They’ll jump the baits, but won’t always eat.  You have to be patient and let them swallow the baits.  Then, there are days when they’ll eat anything you throw in the water.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  And we’re losing alot of fish.  It’s not bad fishing.  It’s bad catching.  These fish are seriously testing us.  But that’s what makes it fun.  You have to find them first.  Then, you gotta get them to bite.  Then, hold on!!!

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

These two know how to pull on fish! Spike and Jamie Ivins hooked 5 of these tough fish and 3 pulled but got these two fatties to to the deck. Spike was one of the most awesome deckhands on the San Diego long range boat, Red Rooster. Great to see them!

Captain Armando help with photos duties on two big yellowfin tuna caught by Bill and Pam Eggleston. The fish were caught near Cerralvo Island and fought each fish over an hour!

Beautiful bull dorado caught on the other side of La Paz Bay by Brian Reid of Waco, TX. The big bull chowed on a live sardine.

Craig and Cathy Corda, our good amigos, had quite a week with us. Oh this particular day, Cathy hooked one tuna and fought it for a long time and the hook straightened. She hooked another one and a shark ate it. Then, she hooked another and Craig hooked this one and they had two on at one time…and a huge whaleshark swam in between them! You just never know what’s going to happen on the water.

Captain Jorge with our good amigas, Verda Boyd from the S.F. Bay Area and Pam Bolles from Loreto’s famous Baja Big Fish Co. and famous flyfisher. The ladies nailed a limit of dorado that day.

Nathan Anaya has his hands full with this stock yellowfin tuna. These fish are thick, heavy and powerful.

Barbara and Les Campbell started their trip out with an ice chest full of dorado fillets fishing with Captain Adolfo.

Daughter, Jessie Reid, just has the knack for taking down big fish…even when she’s 6 months pregnant! No big deal! She was fishing with captain Victor with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet when she stuck this big bull. Jessie lives in Waco, Texas.

It has been many years since Kenny Duong fished with us and, in fact, caught an IGFA world record 16 pound triggerfish the last time he was with us (I stopped him from cutting it up and eating it!). But he got this good-looking yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island late in the week when the tuna came crashing.

This is such a great photo despite one of those cloudy days we had mid-week. Captain Adolfo and Les Campbell with another yellowfin tuna for the camera and the ice chest.

I need to frame this photo! Jamie Ivins pulls hard on a big roosterfish with Captain Pancho looking on. The roosterfish photo is below.

Swimming off strong! Spike Ivins jumped in the water to photo the release of Jamie Ivin’s roosterfish. Great shot!

Big smile from first-time visitor, Tom Grindle who was fishing north of La Paz City with Captain Rogelio and got a load of nice dorado including this colorful bull.

Luis Arandia and Raul Rodriguez pulled a number of dorado out near San Juan de la Costa. Luis had an unusual method of getting the fish to bite. See the video at the end of the fishing report!

She’s a tiny little gal who can pull on fish. Jamie Ivins poses with one of her yellowfin tuna on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

 

Captain Pancho with one of the big tuna this week on the beach at Muertos.

Yes, even I get to go out sometimes! Double dorado with my son-in-law Brian Reid from Waco, Texas who had quite a week of fishing.

It can be a long hot day when your rod is bent on a single powerful fish for a long long time! Bill Eggleston holds on as a big tuna rips more line! See the fish below.

Nothing pulls like a tuna! Bill Eggleston got this one up after more than an hour on the rod. With Captain Armando.

Triple biters of yellowfin tuna for Captain Adolfo with Barbara and Les Campbell.

One of our funnest long-tme amigos, Bob “Pops” Henke shares a laugh with Captain Alfredo posing with two of their Las Arenas dorado.

1..2..3…LIFT for the camera! Noel Santoyo holds up one of his 4 fish they took that day. Yellowfin ranged from 40-80 pounds.

Frank Cruz gets a hand from Captain Adolfo and Captain Archangel with his striped marlin on the beach at Muertos. They were unable to release the fish but donated the meat to everyone.

On his way to college at Oregon State next year in the marine biology program, Ian Grindle has himself a good-looking bull! He and dad got limits of dorado on Captain Rogelio’s boat.

MUST SEE VIDEO –

Luis Arandia wasn’t getting bit so he decided to think outside the box and do a special “fish dance.”  Turn up the sound and check this short video out.  Right after this, two nice dorado bit the lines!

 

 

It was a week of unpredictable full moon fishing this past week here in La Paz waters.  Everyone got fish, but trying to figure out where and what and how were elusive.  It was impossible to figure out the bite this week.

 

One day the dorado would go crazy.  The next day in the same spot, the dorado would be finicky.  Another day, the tuna would bite like mad dogs and the next day, they acted like whipped puppies.  Roosterfish were the same.  So were the inshore fish like pargo and cabrilla.  But everyone caught fish!

 

It was the same with the weather.  One day hot and sunny with blue waters like a picture postcard.  The next day, it would be cloudy and choppy.  The next day, cloudy but still and oppressively humid followed by sunny and windy days.  And this affected the fishing too.

 

The best thing was just let the captain take you to whatever is biting.  The folks most impacted by the erratic fishing were folks who just fished one day…like freelance folks or folks who walked into our office right off the street and wanted to fish one day.  That day COULD be a funky day or the funky spot of fish or the funky weather.

 

If you were fishing with us, like most of our anglers, for 2, 3, 4 or more days, you probably got into several really good days of fishing and a nice load of fish to take home.

 

Several variables to note, however.

 

Yes, the tuna came back at Cerralvo Island off Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.  If you looked at the “number” of fish we caught, you would think fishing was bad.  But, if you knew the whole story, fishing was actually pretty good.  We’re losing 3 out of every four tuna that we hook.

 

These fish are beasts to most people.  They are tough, savage 40-80 pound fish.  Everyone wants to catch one.  Few folks have ever had the experience of catching one!  It’s one thing to want to catch one and another to be bent over in the sun for an hour or two on a straining rod and tortured line on a fish that yanks off 100 yard bursts in a single run.  It’s heartbreaking then to lose a fish like that…and we lost many of them! And to hook one then get another one and lose it after a long battle can just crush you.  Or to get it so close where you can see the fish then have it pull lose…and there’s nothing you can do.

 

One other thing is that these fish are biting LIGHT LINE!  We’re using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader so you’re already at a disadvantage on these fish as well.  It would be nice to hang fish on heavier line…even 50 pound test would make a huge difference,  but then you won’t get bit!

 

After a day battling tuna, I got comments like:

 

“Please, Jonathan, for the rest of my trip, I only want to catch small dorado!”

“My arms and back are still sore from 3 days ago!”

“Thirty minutes into the fight, my fingers started to cramp and I started seeing white spots in front of my eyes!”

“Tuna fishing is fun, they said.  I think childbirth is more fun!”

 

As for the dorado, we caught a lot of them this week.  The thing about them is that they were all around, but not always ready to eat.  They normally take a bait voraciously, but this week, it seemed like they would run with a bait and drop it.  Or they would literally attack baits and toss them around and play with them.  To hook dorado, you really had to restrain yourself from setting the hook.  You had to let them run…and run…and run…until you were sure they had swallowed the bait before pulling the trigger with a solid hookset.

 

Lastly…it looks like we might get some thundershowers late this week.  It might force some cancelation of fishing days.  Make sure you purchased travel insurance!

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Chelsea Roos and Don Vegter brought down an entire set of outfits, gear and uniforms for a youth soccer team!

Bill Eggleston and Les Campbell hauled down a load of great school supplies for the kids at the orphanage.

Our Tailhunter Outreach program keeps rolling thanks to folks like our Tailhunter amigos and tribe members who find space to bring down great things for our donations.  Thanks to all of you!

 

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 July 15-22, 2018

FUNKY WEATHER PRODUCES ERRATIC FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 15-22, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Sunny and muggy most days. High 80’s to low 90’s. Other days it was just muggy and gray and heavy!  Humidity on those days was way high.  One day we even had tropical thunderstorms with lighting and wind that came up out’ve nowhere.  When it was sunny, the fishing was better.  When it wasn’t sunny, fishing wasn’t so good, especially earlier in the week.

Water – Warm and mostly blue in the low 80’s on the surface.  But it’s still incumbent on the fishermen to find the warmer and bluer water where it tends to be clearer and more likely to hold fish.

Fishing – It was tougher earlier in the week when we had clouds and even some rain.  Waters were mostly fishable but the fish just didn’t want to bite even tho’ we could see them boiling and jumping.  Got better later in the week as skies cleared.

Catching – Wish we could have boated some of those big tuna we lost.  But, they are big fish for a reason.

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Elementary school-teacher from the San Diego Area, Traci Valade caught her first tuna and it was a dandy 50 pounder she handled all by herself off Cerralvo Island fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing. Husband John Valade helps, however, with the photo opportunity.

Big smile from Grant Jensen from Woodland WA and a pretty bull dorado not far from Punta Arenas.

Wow! Thank you, Gary Wagner for this great shot of about a 60-pound rooster being released and headed back down from the surface!

2. Michele Conklin from Washington fishes every year with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz and knows how to pose with her fish. She caught several larger dorado plus had a big tuna on the line as well while fishing from Bahia Muertos with live baits.

All the way from Corpus Christi, Texas, Rafael Rios fishes every year with Tailhunter Sportfishing and was trying to get one big tuna. After 2 days of struggling, his last day, he finally tied into this big yellowfin while fishing with Captain Gerardo. Estimated size was 60 + pounds.

What an incredible photo and yes, these are the true colors of what I like to call a “Tiger Blue Dorado.” No such thing but that’s what I personally call it when we get one of these gorgeous fish! Dave Conklin, our Washington amigo, caught this one just outside of Muertos Bay fishing with Captain Jorge.

ou’ve heard of a “photo bomb.” How about a “photo bum?” Craig Corda has a funny way of getting into the photo with Cathy Corda by facing his “bum” at the camera! Great shot! Nicely done, Craig! Good day fishing!

It’s almost bigger than her! Ann Zelibor and her big roosterfish while staying in Muertos Bay at Gary Wagner’s Rancho Costa. The fish was released.

San Diego in the house with Mike and dad, Bob Stasiak and a nice pair of bulls caught north of La Paz.

Our amiga for so many years and so many visit here, Cathy Corda holds onto a bull dorado she caught just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

You remember that first one! Colin Huston wanted so badly to catch a dorado! Here is at the Costa Baja Marina with his prize. Colin caught about a dozen different species of fish over 2 days for his first salt-water experience.

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Check out all the colors! This dorado looks like it’s part of a Monet painting! Rafael Rios and Captain Jorge.

The week was marked by erratic fishing that pretty much co-incided with the up-and-down weather patterns we got. It really was all about the weather. Even us locals were commenting that the weather was strange.

Several days, it was cloudy and oppressively humid. In many areas and heavy stillness sat on everything where there wasn’t even a breeze. The waters were so flat that you could not tell where the grey ocean ended and the grey sky began. It seemed like there wasn’t even any current. And the fish just didn’t want to bite. It was really picky.

Strangely in other areas, the grey skies brought thunder, lightning and even heavy localized rain that drove fishermen to seek cover back on shore especially at Las Arenas and toward the East Cape…while back in La Paz, it was calm and gray. But, again, the fishing bite was stingy even when we could fish. And the rough conditions affected fishing by turning over the water; bringing cooler waters up from the deep and scattering the all-important schools of bait.

So, fishing, especially early in the week was a hit-or-miss proposition. Fish were caught, but the bite was definitely off. Crazily, many of our anglers saw tuna…they saw dorado…they saw marlin…but the fish would refuse to bite even though the fish were chasing and breaking and seemingly feeding. They didn’t want anything attached to a hook. They didn’t want anything dragged behind a boat either.

Mid-week, the weather cleared and bright sunshine returned. And the fishing picked up noticeably.

Tuna at Cerralvo Island between 40 and 60 pounds finally decided to eat hooked baits although they were somewhat line shy and preferred very light leaders. That didn’t bode too well for long battles, but at least there were hook-ups! Dorado decided to tear it up as well as wahoo and roosterfish. It was a complete turn-around.

Then, late in the week the clouds returned but this time with winds! And the bite tapered off again. Everyone still got fish and there was action to be found, but we really had to work hard to find fish and get them to bite.

THANK YOU SAN DIEGO ANGLERS FISHING CLUB

Jilly and I wanted to take a special shout-out to our friends in the San Diego Anglers Fishing Club.  They heard that during the recent fires in San Diego that our home had burned down.

There were many who sustained losses, but we were thankfully not among them.  We don’t have a home in San Diego nor do we live there, but an area where Jill used to live was devastated.

The San Diego Anglers reached out and held a collection at their monthly meeting and collected $700 for us!

To our fish brothers and sisters, we are touched beyond words!  We know you do alot of work for charity and the community so hopefully, the funds can be used towards that or possibly to the many folks who actually suffered losses from the fires.

You’re the best!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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 June 17-24, 2018

GOOD…AND NOT SO GOOD

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 17-24, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – High 80’s low 90’s and mostly sunny.  Had some tropical afternoon clouds and a few raindrops fell but just very nice as it blew through.  The afternoon corumuel tradewinds cool things down nicely.  Still a bit breezy out there during the fishing day

Water – Got a bit cooler after last week’s storm, but little-by-little, the warming waters are burning off the algae bloom.  Find the blue water and you have a better chance of finding fish.  Cooler waters are green and a bit dirty so get away from it.

Fishing – Las Arenas holds the bigger fish…and seemingly not a whole lot else.  La Paz fish aren’t so big, bit there’s alot more fish so alot more action.

Catching – See above!  Bigger fish are harder to catch. Hence losing more fish too!

 

THE BIG PICTURE and REST of THE STORY…

Mark Brown, from Vernal UT, had traveled the world for 5 years trying to get a roosterfish going to places like Costa Rica, Panama and various parts of Mexico unsuccessfully. He thought he’d give it a try with Tailhunter in La Paz and only had one day. And it was after Hurricane Bud had blown through. Waters were dirty and turned over. And they were only able to catch one single ladyfish for bait. But it was enough! With his wife, Toni, they got this dandy pez gallo just outside of Bahia de los Muertos estimated between 50-60 pounds. The fish was released.

Zach Smith was up at the north end of Cerralvo Island and got one fish for the whole day, but it was one of the nicer tuna of the week. It’s a fat one. It’s a bit of a run to the north, but if you get one of these fish, it’s well worth it.

Dave Frausto from Sacramento has been a good amigo for many years and made a last-minute trip to fish with us for a few days. With Captain Adolfo, he scored a nice wahoo and topped with with a tasty amberjack as well.

On vacation from Sequim, Washington, Kim Tomajko, got the big fish of the family their first day on the water with a nice bull dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Big smiles for Toni Brown who brought this nice yellowfin back to the beach and headed for poke and sashime at our Tailhunter Restaurant. She’s from Utah, but lived in Hawaii and knows her tuna!

First time in Mexico. First time in La Paz and first time fishing for Dani who put this dorado on the boat as her first. Zach Smith helps with the fish and photo! The also got other dorado and a nice mix of pargo and cabrilla.

Speedy ‘hoo for Janc, who poses with his wahoo while staying out at Muertos Bay at Gary Wagner’s Rancho Costa Hotel.

Captain Raul helps Alicia Tomajko give a kiss to her big bull dorado.

It takes two hands on these hefty yellowfin right now. Mark Brown pulled this guy out near Espirito Santo Island fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Just off the rocks at Espirito Santo Island, Zach got another nice dorado using live bait.

 

It was an OK fishing week for the most part down here. I’m a little disappointed that it’s taking longer for the waters to bounce back after last week’s Tropical Storm BUD came through. Fishing had been pretty decent prior to the storm and initially just after the blow, I had been pretty optimistic. It looked like conditions had re-bounded.

But, not quite as fast as we had wanted or thought.

Waters around Muertos Bay, Punta Arenas and Cerralvo Island still aren’t quite back. My Tailhunter captains are telling me the water is still a bit cloudy and turned over and it’s been reflected in the fishing. There just hasn’t been a lot going on. The main issue is the bait. It’s been difficult at best to get consistent bait.

On top of that, with nagging winds post storm Bud, the waters are slow coming back up to snuff. There have still been some nice grade tuna hanging out as well as some billfish, dorado and wahoo. But, you either get a big fish or nothing. It’s home runs or a strike out.

One boat finds bait. The next one struggles. One boat finds fish. The one right next to it can’t get anything to chew.

Our best and most consistent fishing has been with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Maybe not so many big fish, but in terms of action…in terms of funner fishing…in terms of variety, fishing with our La Paz fleet has been much less erratic.

It’s not surprising for one of our pangas to come back with a half-dozen species of fish that included dorado between 10 and 30 pounds; some smaller yellowtail and amberjack; several species of pargo; several species of snapper; and some nice cabrilla. Add in action with jack crevalle, skipjack, white and common bonito and it makes for a nice day on the water. PLUS, bait is much easier to find or buy!

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

To all our good folks who brought more donations for our various charities down here.  In  just the last two weeks alone, we’ve collected more than 100 pounds of goods to add to our already growing pile.  The Tomajko family below and also thanks to Dan Armstrong, John Tepley, Rob Baird and Rocky Schneider who brought stuff, but I did not have a chance to take their photos!

The Tomajko family (and Jill’s hand) holding some great stuff for the kid’s orphanage at Las Arenas including school supplies and boxes of toothbrushes 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:

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La Pa – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 3-10, 2018

QUALITY TUNA ROLL THROUGH

CERRALVO ISLAND

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-10, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Got cloudier later in the week as bits from distant hurricane Aleta took away some of the sunshine. (It blew out to sea hundreds of miles away)  But with the cloud cover, the humidity and heat rose.  Days are in the high 90’s.  Nights in the upper 70’s.  Thankfully, every night the Corumuel Breeze blows through and cools things down . Hurricane Ben coming up behind, but we’re keeping an eye out.  Might give us a few showers and wind later in the week.

Water – Blue and mostly calm.  Summer conditions.  Weeds burning off.  Water about 82 degrees on the surface.

Fishing – Bigger 30-100 pound tuna bent rods and broke hearts this week.  Everyone focused on those sluggers.  But, dorado, pargo, big jack crevalle, some roosterfish, cabrilla, and several species of bonito around for anyone who wanted.

Catching – Bigger fish meant more losses.  Everyone WANTS a big fish until they’re fighting in the hot sun and realize they have a beast.  Some anglers fighting fish 1 or 2 hours and losing them, but that’s why they’re BIGGER fish!  More fish lost than caught.  But you’ll never catch one if you don’t put a line in the water!

THE BIG PICTURE and THE REST OF THE STORY…

Our amigo, Tom Mullican, from Idaho comes twice-a-year for 10 days at a time. Fishing with Captain Jorge, he got the 60-pound tuna then fought the 100 pounder for 2 hours! He said his arms were too tired and shaky to hold the fish up for the photo!

Craig Wong, Mark Buchanan and Laura Hernandez with quite a hault of yellowfin tuna and red snapper. They’re all from San Diego areas.

Captain Boli with Gene and Travis Harp from chillier climes in Oregon showing off one of their nice big bull dorado inside La Paz Bay.

Tom Hinmon, from Laguna Beach CA, had himself quite a week. Here’s one of his good days with Captain Pancho and a load of big yellowfin.

Our new amigos from North Caroline, Shanon Spivey and Steve Gray with Captain Archangel do the beach pose with their big tuna and a dorado. One day, I will get Arcangel to smile. He’s been with us 23 years so maybe there’s still hope!

Last minute trip for Desiree Winn and Ryan Bottensek from Florence Beach, Oregon produced these nice tuna with Captain Armando.

Victor from Wiconsin had only 1 day to fish, but squeezed it in and got himself one of the largest yellowtail of the season plus a big tuna.

When the tuna weren’t on the chew everyone seemed to get hung with these big schools of jack crevalle that really tore things up! Tom Hinmon poses with one of the big grunts before releasing it.

 

One of the few amberjack we got this year and caught by Gary Galbreath from Huntington Beach CA off Cerralvo Island. Note the big tuna at his knees also! Amberjack are great eating down here. Like sweet yellowtail meat and can get over 100 pounds.

Big smiles from big guys! Captain Gerardo grins with Jude Martinez and Scott/ Steve Ellis from San Diego with a trio of solid tuna and a couple more in the foregrounds. Grey skies already coming in!

This might be the largest bull dorado so far this season which is just getting underway, but Vince Acosta put the hurt on this flyer while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet in La Paz Bay.

 

Captain Victor looks on as a tired John Gaskins hold up another yellowfin with 2 more YFT’s on the cutting table at Muertos Bay.

Some prize! Craig Wong from San Diego with a hog of a cabrilla that he pulled off the rocks!

Two of our favorites! Captain Jorge and Vince Acosta ham it up for the camera with 4 nice tuna on the beach.

A good day for tuna for Craig Wong and Mark Buchanan from San Diego to add to their boxes going home!

Steve McGavern from Loreto drove down for a quick two days of fishing just at the start of the tuna run with us holding two fish ready to be cleaned and packed up.

Steve/ Scott Ellis and Captain Gerardo are two big guys which gives you some perspective on the nice size of the tuna Steve caught.

With the steep cliffs of the north end of Cerralvo Island in the background , Tom Hinmon put the gaff to this yellowfin tuna not far from the lighthouse rock.

There’s some nice grade dorado around north of La Paz! Randy Forestiere with Captain Raul hold one up for the camera!

Yes, you have three of them! Nice day of tuna for John Carser from Huntington Beach.

Fat tuna and big smiles from Laura Hernandez from San Diego who boated this one outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

They might not have been long, but these fish were plugs and big round bombs when they hit the lines like this one caught by Gary Galbreath.

Our long-time buddy Ricardo (Ranchero) Sawaske with Captain Raul and a young bull fresh on the gaff and going to dinner!

Favorite photo of the week. John Carser and Mark Rodman. Thanks, guys. Enjoy all the fish you brought home this week!

As we watch cloudy gray skies move in on us that might eventually bring us some rain later in the week, it’s been a good week for fishing.  Not a great week for a lot of fish, but a great week for BIG fish!

There’s still a lot of pargo and cabrilla around and more and more dorado, but everyone eschewed the fast action and ability to fill an ice chest to go for the bigger boy tuna that showed up at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Everyone had shots at these quality tuna that were as small as 30 pounds, but some in the 60 to 100 pound class!
Not everyone caught fish and the week started a bit slow.  But the fish were there.  Everyone eventually who wanted fish went home with full coolers of slabbed ahi.  One boat would get them and another boat next to them would miss.  One guy would hit two or three and his buddy would only run interference and pick off bonito.  Or needlefish.
Like I said, these fish were powerful and strong.  Stronger then most of our anglers had ever tangled with.  Fights of 1-2 hours were not uncommon.  More heartbreaking were the stories of fish that broke off after long fights or came unbuttoned.  Tougher still were stories of even larger fish that straightened a hook or broke a rod. For some of our anglers…1 fish was enough for the day!  Careful what you wish for.
There were funny stories about guys tossing a mackerel and immediately getting slammed.  After a long fight and a swig of water, they would routinely just toss in their 2nd bait of the day.  WHAM!  Bit again and on for another long long battle.  And regretting it!
No doubt there were more fish lost than were caught!
Live mackerel were the ticket so we had to get out there early and it’s a long run to the north end of Cerralvo Island.  But even with few baits, somedays every bait would get bit…and that was enough when you’re battling big fish for a long time!  When macs didn’t work, yo-yo iron also produced fish for the guys that knew how.
Still some variety around as well.  But, like I said, most of the focus was on the tuna grounds. So more tuna than anything else showed up in the boxes.  Nevertheless, when the tuna weren’t biting hefty jack crevalle put on a show that had guys shaking their heads with the power of these fish.  Not good eating, but made for great sport.
Also,  there’s a few yellowtail and sierra still lingering and for our La Paz Fleet, dorado, pargo, cabrilla and snapper

We’re keeping an eye on the weather.  A category 4 hurricane named “Aletta” became the first of the season far far south us by hundreds of miles and blew itself out to sea, but did send gray skies over us this past weekend and ramp up the humidity.  However, a 2nd blow by the name of “Bud” might bring us some bitty showers later this week and some worrisome winds.  We’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

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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  91942Phones:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 1-April 8, 2018

BETTER CONDITIONS and LOTS OF VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Mag Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 1-8, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

WEEK at A GLANCE

Water – Warming and better and flatter this past week.  Coming week maybe not so much.

Weather – Mid 80’s now.  Bring the sunscreen.  Breezy at times, especially the afternoons

Fishing – Much better . Alot of vareity as warm water fish move in and mix with colder water fish

Catching – Lost alot of larger fish!

THE BIG PICTURE

Whoa! Just off the rocks, Jeff Brown and his son, Cole, were with Captain Joel Martinez from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz catching smaller snapper, pargo and cabrilla when this big grouper gulped Jeff’s live bait in shallow water and they were able to winch it away from the rocks! Jeff and Cole are from Minnesota and come down every year to La Paz for sunshine and fishing!

Steve and son, Ben Fox from Huntington Beach were visting La Paz for the first time and got into some of those Cerralvo Island yellowfin tuna their first day on live bait.

Good amigo from Wrangell, Alaska, Rod Brown comes down every year for about 10 days of fishing and got a variety of fish again this year. He took yellowtail, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, jacks, tuna and bonito among others while fishing north around Espirito Santo Island.

First-timer with a big smile, Cole Brown, and a real colorful dorado among several he caught fishing with our La Paz fleet.

Love how he fishes! Light tackle and top-water jigs! Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs with one of his nice dorado fishing out’ve Muertos Bay/ Las Arenas.

This kind of fishing is a hoot! Like tackle right up in the rocks for cabrilla, snapper and pargo. All great eating and these are tough fish on light or heavier tackle. Larger fish all lost in the rocks! Cole and dad, Jeff Brown, with Captain Joel.

Anyone who asks me about getting bluewater fish and not believing that the fish can be caught close to shore, take a look at the rocks just behind Jeff and Cole Brown holding a legit yellowfin tuna. Yup…just a few yards off the island!

OVERALL…

Looks like the weather is clearing up just in time for the season to kick off with alot more of our fishermen now arriving in La Paz.  There’s still some wind on tap for this coming week and indeed we had some this past week, but overall, a big improvement in not only the weather, but the fishing, catching, and variety!  Each week seems to get a little better as things warm up!  It’s all about the winds.  If the winds are gone, there’s fish starting to bite.

All signs are encouraging as just to the south of us along the East Cape, things are already starting to go off with the fishing so those conditions are moving north towards us!

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

It’s not crazy good…yet!  But the fishing is more like May fishing with lots of different variety in the water.  Inshore, pargo liso (mullet snapper), pargo per (dog-tooth snapper) and pargo mulatto (barred pargo) are biting along with several types of snapper, jack crevalle, bonito and cabrilla.
In the deeper water but not far off, dorado are around between 5 and 20 pounds although not in great numbers plus yellowtail up to 25 pounds.  Plus we found some tuna over at nearby Cerralvo Island although, again, not in great numbers.  Some wahoo were seen, but didn’t bite and commercial guys said billfish look like they’re moving into the area.

LA PAZ

For the first time all year, we had some consistent fishing for our La Paz Fleet.  Normally, with the winds blowing in from the north, it’s just often too rough to even get out’ve the bay or, when you get to the spots, it’s hard to fish the areas.
However, with some pretty good post-Easter conditions, I was blown away by the variety of species that ended up on the hook!  We didn’t find quantity of fish, but the variety was remarkable especially for inshore species.  This included several species of pargo, snapper, cabrilla, grouper, jacks and bonito.  As well, we hooked some yellowtail up to about 20 pounds and even got a tuna about 50 yards from the rocks!

BAHIA MAGDALENA

Ben Fox from Huntington Beach CA shows off a nice snook he caught light tackle fishing inside the shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He and his dad caught snook, snapper, pargo, cabrilla and other species using live shrimp and spinning gear.

He’s our guy! Jorge Romero with a nice snook (robabo) taken just outside the treeline in the flats off Bahia Magdalena using live shrimp.

That’s quite a box of pargo and snapper!

Almost all the fish was donated to the local church to clean and distribute.

Some video of the kind of fishing they were doing
We had anglers fishing our inshore waters with light tackle again and they scored great.  Using live shrimp for bait, they rocked snook, cabrilla, corvina and several kinds of snapper working in the shallow waters and in the eddys and backbays and sandbars among the trees.

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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La Paz-Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 11-18, 2018

Mexican Minute Fishing Report for Week of March 11-18, 2018

WINDS CUT US SOME SLACK FINALLY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 11-18, 2018

A mess of great eating for Carl Bock from Puyallup Washington with Captain Pancho and some nice cabrilla and pargo lisa (mullet snapper) taken off the reefs and rocks. Typical winter fishing!

Chunky winter yellowtail for Greg Garrison of San Diego that he took off the north end of Cerralvo Island this week. Thanks for the photo, Gary!

We’d like to see a few more of these as the waters get warmer. Steve Strummell from the bay area of San Francisco poses with his bull dorado.

A hog trophy cabrilla off the north end of Cerralvo Island caught by Gary Garrison of San Diego. Thanks Gary Wagner for the photo.

Second day on the water proved a nice mix of warm and cold water fish for Carl Bock who poses with his cabrilla and dorado

Well, the good news is that after 3 weeks, the winds settled down a bit and allowed us to get to do a bit of fishing.  The bad news is that well…there weren’t many fishermen.  Fairly typical for this time of year.  Further bad news is that the winds are supposed to jump back up this coming week!

Oh well, you just roll with it because that’s how it is during the winter months.  For all the lack of fishermen right now, with Easter coming up April 1, those are the busiest times for travel to Mexico and especially places like Baja and particularly La Paz where we are.  Not necessarily gringos looking to party and kick it up during spring break, but for Holy Week and the dates around Easter, these are the busiest travel times for Mexicans.  Moreso than Christmas or any other time of the year, Mexicans visit and travel outside the country, but also many Mexicans living in the U.S. and other places take the time to visit their friends and relatives back home.  Likewise, domestically many locals travel to visit during this time.  What that means is that many otherwise “empty” beaches are going to be packed with folks camping and picnicking all week.  Many will be fishing too so expect that in about 2-3 weeks, it’s going to be jammed.
Anyway, on the days we could fish, we got out and got an interesting mix.  Coldwater species like snapper, cabrilla, pargo, jack crevasse and yellowtail mixed it up with warm water species like dorado and even a few tuna and lots of bonito. The better action and most consistent bite was in shallow waters over structure for the colder water species using Rapalas, live bait and dead bait.  We found fish close and around Punta Perrico and also at the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island.

TAILHUNTER DOWN THE HOME STRETCH

After almost 3 1/2 months on the road with our 23rd year kicking off, we have just two more shows to do before going home.  We just finished up the ISE Show in Sandy, UT, just south of Salt Lake City and a big “GRACIAS!” to everyone who came by to say hello and to those of you who booked with us, we’re sure looking forward to your visit!

So now…Jilly and I go in different directions again.

Jilly will be headed to the Fred Hall Fishing & Boating Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego CA. Click the link:

Fred Hall Show Del Mar

Jonathan will be driving down to Scottsdale AZ for the International Sportsmans Expo. Click the link:

ISE SHOW SCOTTSDALE AZ

These are our last two shows of the season then we’ll be headed home to La Paz.  We’ve got alot of you reserved this year, but still have some spots open! Get in touch with us ASAP so we make sure we have you covered and you get in on this 2018 season!   If you can make it to Del Mar or Scottsdale, Jilly and I will be in the booth every day and it would be great to see you!

That’s our story!

Have a great week!

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  91942Phones:
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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