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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2018

COOLER CONDITIONS DAMPENS FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 7-14, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Weather – Not bad.  Sunny.  Just different.  Almost overnight, it changed.  It got cooler by 10-12 degrees.  It’s supposed to be in the mid-90’s right now instead of the low 80’s.  Humidity dropped tremendously as well . And the winds came up too.  Even had a storm during the week that shut us down for a day.  Weird

Fishing – Affected tremendously by the abrupt change in weather.  Some high spots and some big fish, but overall, the fishing took a dive…or the fish took a dive.  Either way, fishing got tougher.  Hate to think the awesome tuna bite of 2018 is over.  On the bright side…huge huge pargo caught!  Incredible catches…and losses of gigantic fish too.

Fish Caught This Week:  tuna / marlin/ dog-tooth snapper / mullet snapper/ barred pargo/ cabrilla/ triggerfish/ dorado/ bonito/ skipjack / sailfish/ yellow snapper/ pompano / jack crevalle

Water – Air temps went down, but water stayed warm!  At least for now.  The winds sure made it rougher than normal and if the winds keep blowing the waters will definitely cool and the fishing will change even more.

Outlook: More winds expected this week, especially from the north which is usually a sign of winter weather approaching and rougher seas.  Possibility here and there or rain showers, but mostly sunny week ahead.

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE AND THE REST OF THE STORY…

Hard to believe the size of these dog-tooth cubera snapper we were catching this week or the number of them. Have never seen anything like it! We were using whole bonito to hook them and losing many fish as well. Captain Victor poses with a smiling Jim Gatti and Nino Bonfiglio from Sacramento CA. Check out two more big pargo dogs on the table!

Jerry Weber from Prescott AZ mugs in front of his big pargo while Captain Moncho and MIke Asbury from San Diego hold the pose. There’s another big fish on the table as well!

Smiling Steve Snead from Idaho! Good to have him back to visit us this past week and he got himself a pretty yellowfin tuna in the La Paz tuna bite.

Fun Family and we enjoy every time they visit us. Ken and Terri Bodle from Spring Valley Lake CA with three sons, Weston, Wyatt and Mason…oh…and some nice tuna!

With storm clouds threatening late in the week, Pete Wilson still stuck it to this massive dog-tooth snapper fishing with Captain Victor! Check out the photo below of the teeth!

Why these pargo perro / cubera snapper are also know as “dog-tooth snapper.” Pretty fierce looking grill! This is Pete Wilson’s big doggie. His photo is above.

Wiley, Jr and Wyatt Randolph got a double-hook-up on dorado fishing north of La Paz their first day!

Great shot! Big smile! Ryan Russel from Boise, Idaho worked this big tuna with our La Paz fleet.

That’s a big dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo) being held up by Henry Petrino from Sacramento with an assist from Captain Gerardo! Henry…I told you that you’d be in the fishing report! Congrats! 😀

Nice shot. Weston with his dad, Ken Bodle hold up a couple of legit YFT’s on the beach behind La Concha Hotel!

Our surf brothers, Jim Adair and Brad Baker with some nice pompano and tuna headed for the ice chest.

 

We even got pargo liso (mullet snapper) this week! It’s not springtime either! Steve and Captain Moncho do the honors!  Really unusual to get these powerful fish!

Tuna on the light tackle is a handful! C.P. Shannon with two hands fulll of tuna!

That’s alot of sashime fillets! Nothing wrong with this yellowfin tuna caught by Pete Wilson after a long fight!

Jim Adair and Brad Baker are pumped up! Fun day hitting the rock and reef fish with several great eating different species there…snapper, pargo, palometa, cabrilla…

Al Rorex got his dorado after a tough week of fishing. He lost a big big tuna at the boat after a long-battle too!

That’s a beast! We don’t usually see pargo liso (mullet snapper) this big and usually, we catch them in the springtime! Steve and Captain Moncho!

John Gibbs and Ken Campbell visit us every year and are always a kick. A couple of nice big barred pargo with Captain Armando.

First day out produced Danny Okazaki’s first wahoo on a Rapala. He wasn’t sure if they were good eating until we all assured him that it was NOT just a big mackerel!

Nice tuna for Wiley Randolph! He’s always smiling. Never seen him unhappy! We always enjoy his visits every year.

1…2..3…LIFT, Henry! Lifting this big pargo knocked one of the lenses outta Henry’s glasses! Look at the teeth on the beast. That’s why they call ’em “dog-tooth” snapper.

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Brad McBride had a good day working the rocks inshore for a great variety of good-eating fish and lots of action on light tackle.

You can imagine the size of this pargo…Steve is about 6’4″ tall!

Weston and his dad, Ken Bodle with a couple of nice YFT’s on the beach behind La Concha Hotel.

 

Is the great tuna bite of 2019 over?  Has the season already changed over to cooler winter conditions?

 

After this past week, I might have to concur in the affirmative.

 

It was a weird strange week. First, air temperatures abruptly dropped 10-12 degrees almost overnight.  The sun was still out (most of the week…more on that in a bit), but suddenly, it was like someone threw a switch and humid tropical 95-98 degree day time temps suddenly hit the mid-80’s and the humidity almost disappeared.

 

On top of that it got windy from the south brought on by concurrent hurricanes Rosa then Sergio that played out in the Pacific Ocean and made landfall hundreds of miles north along the Baja Peninsula, but caused enough of a pressure change to bring in some fairly strong wind and waves from the south…all of which contributed to some really difficult fishing.

 

Oh…then late-week, the “rain showers” we knew were going to happen and were supposed to be benign turned into basically a baby hurricane with the sun out!

Winds of 20-30 mph whipped the ocean into a froth and strong morning rains didn’t help either.  We had to shut down fishing for the most part when the La Paz Port Captain understandably shut down all boat traffic on Friday as big waves in normally calm La Paz Bay were strong enough to throw spray on cars passing by on the waterfront.  It was like having a baby hurricane with the sun still out!

 

So, fishing took the biggest tumble of the season.  It went from red-hot to barely tepid.  I think the fish were as confused as we were.  There were a few high spots here and there and the fish were definitely there.  They just didn’t want to bite or they moved to other spots.

 

Although we got some nice tuna and some huge tuna were lost, the volume of tuna we’ve enjoyed for several months diminished.  Same for dorado and other species.  There were a few wahoo and way too many bonito!

 

Our captains and anglers had t work hard to find fish and even when they did, so many of the fish were larger that many were lost which might have made our counts look better.  But, just the same…action was way way off.

 

The biggest surprise was the appearance of huge dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo perro or pargo colorado) and giant mullet snapper (pargo liso).  These huge red fish are generally a spring-time fish and during the season, maybe we get a half-dozen or so…maybe!

 

These huge fierce fish are not only big, but powerful and they’re in the shallows in the rocks and reefs.  They have scales like armor, sharp gills and gill plates plus set of long sharp teeth!

 

When the blue water fish weren’t biting, we went inshore for some action on pargo and cabrilla just to get the guys some fish and these big dogs started biting.  More than I have ever seen in more than 20 years here.

 

These fish were 50-80 pounders and larger ones were lost!  They were breaking 150-pound test line and the guys were using whole live bonito to hook them.  Guys were losing 2, 3, 4 or more fish in some cases and getting 1 to the boat, but it could be the fish of a lifetime.

 

This coming week, it looks like the winter northern winds are starting early.  The north winds are the vanguard of what we get during the months of November to April.  We are also expecting a “little rain” this week again.  Looks like winter might be starting pre-maturely.  If the winds persist, water temps will also start to drop and the fishing will change even more dramatically.

 

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

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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 Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2018

BITE CHANGING WITH SEASON – LOTS OF VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 1-7, 2018

 

The Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Short Attention Span Week at a Glance

Weather – Definitely cooler although water still warm.  In the mornings, the water at 86 or 87 degrees is warmer than the air!  Daytime temps down to about 92 now.  Humidity has thankfully dropped. Quite comfortable.  However, more winds and breezes especially from the north which is indicative of the changing season and coming winter…perhaps earlier than we would like.  Winds make it harder to fish.  We even had a little mini-hurricane by Cerralvo Island that we call “toritos” (little bull) that popped up and then left complete with waterspouts, wind, waves, thunder and lightning.

Water – Still warm and blue but the presence of so many cool-water species like the pargo, pompano, palometa are indicative of cooler water moving in.

Fishing – Incredible numbers of species for this time of year.  Normally, it’s dominated by the warm water species like tuna, dorado, wahoo and billfish.  But, right now, in addition to those we also have cabrilla, pompano, several types of pargo, jack crevalle, several species of bonito and more.

Outlook for Coming Week – Continued cooler.  Might get a spot of rain. Winds increasing

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

Our amigo, Rob Chambers, had himself quite a day doing the hat trick at Las Arenas with 3 exotic species. He started the day nailing this wahoo on a purple rapala (still hanging from the mouth); then he nailed a nice bull dorado (photo below) the caught and released a roosterfish off the Punta Perico rocks! Scroll down for the rest of the photos!

Walt Menda from Sacramento comes down every year and always hangs the big fish fish. This one was with Captain Jorge and he and the fish battled for 2 long hours on light tackle.

Taking a quick week off from Germany where he serves in the U.S. Army, Marcus Yoo was just outside of Bahia Muertos when he took this colorful bull dorado.

 

That’s alot of meat! Ira Stephens from Washington and Mike Purcell from New York with Captain Jorge show off some nice tuna plus a bonus HUGE pargo liso (mullet snapper)

First-timer, Bryan Loh, from Newport Beach with Captain Gerardo put the hurt on this pretty wahoo using a dark X-Rap Rapala.

Hector and “Aguachile” Henry do it again with a couple of fat La Paz Bay yellowfin tuna.

Our La Paz Fleet really kicked out some nice catches this week. Check out the deck spread of tuna and dorado caught by Curt and Debbie Keller from Utah. First-visit to us!

Two funny guys! Captain Armando with our bud, John Gibbs and a colorful barred pargo.

Now that’s some variety! Marcus with yellowfin tuna, barred pargo, cubera snapper (pargo perro) and triggerfish . Great eating!

Mark Bonsack and Brad Sleder slipped in a quick two-day trip that produced this wahoo.

There was no shortage of tuna for our La Paz Fleet this week which usually relies on the dorado bite! But Captain Chito and Dave Wakabayashi rolled up some nice yellowfin off Espirito Santo Island.

Alex Dombrowski from Washington started off his fishing week with a bang…dorado, barred pargo and pompano for the fish box.

 

Wow…that’s alot of meat! A big pargo liso to go with tuna and a mess of pompano for Walt Menda and Lloyd Okimura from Sacramento!

Our best amigo, Jorge Romero, took a day off from driving all over Baja and took the biggest tuna of the day!

We had fun with these two! Great visit for the first time from Travis Woodard and Craig Wood and their wahoo.

Another of many trips in the book over the years from Delando Pegan who fished with our La Paz fleet and poses with tuna and dorado (more fish on the stern!). He owns Relik Winery in Oregon and is opening up his new B & B as well.

Jerry Kvaternik from Washington finally made it down to see us after many years! That’s a yellowfin tuna he’s goofing with!

Hard to believe all the pompano we caught this week. I don’t recall ever seeing this many caught. Normally a spring-time fish. Even then we never caught this many! John Gibbs does the honors. Great eating!

1-2-3…LIFT!!! That’s Curt Keller, trying to take a photo with his big roosterfish so he could released it. Captain Victor tries to help!

Nice shot. Powerful fish! Yellowfin tuna for Marcus.

Love that grin, Mike Jacobson! First-time visit with us, he got into the tuna and dorado!

Jae Park and Mike Kingsmore with Captain Ramiro and a nice wahoo. They also caught tuna and dorado over the 3 days of fishing.

 

Worth the smile after a good day fishing for Bill Bigelman from Washington with wahoo, cabrilla, tuna and dorado on the cutting table!

As good a picture as you might find. Nice bull dorado, Rob Chambers!

Lots of palometa this week which is highly unusual! Great eating fish related to jack crevalle, pompano, roosterfish and yellowtai.

That’s gonna be on a sashime plate! Andrew Bowman back for another year going home with tuna and dorado.

Nothing wrong with Bob Larson’s catch on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos! Tuna and dorado for ready to fillet!

Henry and Hector again! Barred pargo and an upside-down tuna!

Gary Okimoto on his first trip to La Paz with Lloyd Okimura who comes every year! Gary had a good time! Check out the first-day catch of tuna from Muertos Bay!

 

Armando and Choo…posing with their tuna. Big boy yellowfin!

Good form! Marcus Yoo on the stick has another La Paz tuna!

 

Jerry has another yellowfin! Washington in the house this week.

Good day for Rob Chambers! Just off the rocks at Punta Perico with a pretty roosterfish. Caught and released. Rob’s first trip to visit us.

Mike Kingsmore and Jae Park with another fat tuna on the beach.

 

The seasons are noticeably changing.  This past week temperatures seemed to have come down a good 5 degrees with daytime temps now in the low 90’s and the humidity has thankfully also eased up a bit.  But the surest indicator is that the north winds that blow during out winter off-season months have started to pick up which will surely continue the cooling trend.

 

The fishing, not so co-incidentally, also seemed to take a bit of a change as well.

 

Yellowfin tuna that we’ve had all year, but especially the last 2 months took a bit of a slow-down.  They’re still here and we caught quite a few, but not as many.  Most were in the 10-30 pound class with a few 40-60 pounders. There were some 100+ pounders hooked at the south end of Cerralvo Island, but all of those fish were lost. Still, we had to work a lot harder to find the tuna this past week whereas in other weeks, the tuna were voracious.  Some days, some pangas did not get any tuna at all which have been our bread-and-butter fish most of the season…at least for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet.

 

However, remarkably, the bite was far better for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet which usually relies on a stead dorado bite to bend rods and fill fish boxes.  However, this past week, the tuna bite was actually much more solid and dependable with 25-40 pound yellowfin taking up perhaps 50% of the catch.  Whereas in normal years, we see only a handful of tuna for the La Paz fleet, this past week, our pangas were getting 2-10 yellowfin per panga per day!

 

Another indicator of the changing season is the variety of fish we’ve been catching the last two weeks.

 

Usually, this time of year warm water species like tuna and dorado dominate the fish counts.

 

However, in the last two weeks, we’ve gotten more wahoo which are normally late October fish.  Also, some of those big dog-tooth / cubera snapper and mullet snapper/ pargo lisos that we normally only see in the cooler spring-time months of March through May.  In addition a lot of palometa and pompano were also caught which are also spring-time fish .

 

We’ll have to keep an eye out for it and see if this is an on-going trend.  Or just a slight anomaly. You would have thought with the dark moon this past week the fishing would have been a little stronger.  Some boats some days actually really struggled while pangas right next to them were bent all day.  Then, it would reverse the next day.  But, overall, everyone got fish to bring home.

BIG HEARTS!

Jim Gatti arranged with the Sacramento Chapter of Safari Club International to have his 5 couples bring down a huge load of school supplies, sports equipment and hygiene items this past week. On top of it all, they donated money to our scholarship fund and brought enough to send 2 kids to school for two years with breakfast, books, uniforms and transportation!

Long-time Tailhunter amigos, Brad Baker and Jim Adair hauled down school supplies and tooth brushes.

Over the years, these guys have brought us not only lots of laughs and grins, but lots of donations for our Outreach Program. This week they hauled down several ice chests of new shoes, school supplies, clothes, hygiene products, and sports equipment.

 

As our season winds down to the last few weeks we need to give a shout-out to all of our Tailhunter Tribe who brought down thousand of pounds of donation items to our Tailhunter Outreach Program which over the past decade has distributed several tons of items to a local orphanage, a Womens Shelter, a Senior Citizen home and an under-served local neighborhood.

 

This past week even more great items were brought down and we appreciate everyone who found a little extra space in their ice chests and suitcases to stuff some stuff in there for our La Paz amigos. Regretfully, we don’t have photos of everyone who brought donations, but you know who you are and we’re grateful.  This stuff changes lives!

We are very blessed.  God bless you all!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 16-23, 2018

RAIN STYMIES EARLY WEEK – BUT TUNA ROLL BACK IN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 16-23, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Weather – It was getting pretty crummy and snotty even before the storm hit us late Tuesday when it started raining and didn’t stop until late Wednesday.  So it wasn’t real great at the beginning of the week weather-wise although the fish bit right up to the wind, waves and rain started crashing on our heads.

It wasn’t a hurricane, but it rained or drizzled or misted for over 24 hours.  The Port Captain closed down all boat traffic on Wednesday so we couldn’t fish at all.

Temperatures have dropped to the mid-90’s, but humidity is still up.  I measure 92% on morning at 5 a.m. and 88% humidity one night at midnight! STICKY! LOL

Water – I’m never sure how the waters will be after a storm as it can really be messed up.  It was choppy and rough before the storm hit.  After the storm, it was a little off, but not as bad as it might have been.  Fish were still hungry

FISHING – Tuna still center-stage from footballs up to 100 pounders.  They bit right up to the storm.  After the storm, they took about a day or two to get up to speed again, but then it picked up again.

Biggest surprise was all the tuna that showed up just outside of La Paz Bay where the fish foamed.  So, we had tuna hitting at both Las Arenas/ Muertos as well as La Paz!

CATCHING – Everyone who wanted fish to bring home had fish. But most of the larger tuna busted off…and busted up some of our anglers who ended up with sore backs, shoulders and arms!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

With Captain Jorge, Dave, Tony and dad, Felix Basadre from Long Beach pulled this hefty dog-tooth snapper out’ve the rocks! Great catch!

Chris Hutto…yes, you made the fishing report, Bro! From Colorado, Chris got in on the tuna explosion just outside La Paz Bay that surprised everyone and resulted in this 60-pound class yellowfin!

Captain Armando cranks out another big tuna with Steve and Ivy Carey. Check out the all the other fish on the table too! They’re from Marysville CA near Sacramento.

That’s a big rooster! Dennis Wenholz and Captain Pancho were just off the rocks near Punta Perico when Dennis whacked this 80-pound class roosterfish.  They fish swam off strong after being released!

That’s the right kind! Dan Lewis from Lancaster started off his week right with this power rocket yellowfin tuna that he fought for almost an hour on light tackle just off the beach.

Our newest Washington friends, Clint and Gloria Carey (married over 50 years and still fishing buddies!) and some of their fat yellowfin.

With ominous storm clouds brewing in the background that would shut us down early in the week, John Ehlers (visits us several times a year) watches Dennis Wenholz with another tuna!

Andrew Suedkamp from Denver pulled out his flyrod the first day and whacked about a half-dozen species including this feisty bonito! Andrew brought his whole gang of 16 from Ground Engineering Consultants for 3 days on the water. Great group!

A double handful of dorado just before the storm hits for Art Sanchez from Victorville CA. They got in 3 good days of fishing before the weather arrived.

Two fun amigos from Oregon! Back to visit us is Marty Sering who came along with buddy, Mat Large with two of their tuna from Punta Arenas.

Elvin “EL” Momon was great fun to have visit us this week on his first fishing trip to La Paz and poses here with two of his yellowfin tuna.

Great colors on Ivy Carey’s bull dorado just at the mouth of Muertos Bay. Headed for dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant.

Phil Rachal has known us since way back in the day, almost 20 years ago and his first day knocked out these quality yellowfin tuna. He’s from W. Sacramento CA.

Nothing wrong with this tuna! Great colors and a smile from Mir Wong from San Diego.

I love this photo!! It’s kinda self-explanatory! John Ehlers and Dennis Wenholz having a ball!

Ivy Carey looks a bit tired after battling this yellowfin tuna just a few hundred yards off the point. Posing here with Captain Armando.

Big smiles . Captain Jorge and Clint Carey from Washington with 4 nice models of tuna!

Good shot! Good tuna. Craig Wong from San Diego with another YFT!

Colorado in the house! Tuna and dorado for Joe Zorack and Aaron Klingsworth.

Captain Gerardo shows give Debbie Omstead a hand with her big yellowfin tuna. Dave Sealy looks on. They’re from Alaska and even Dave noted how rough the waters got before the storm hit us.

Good way to start the week for Brian Hudson and Andrew Suedkamp and some football yellowfin!

Good-bye summer and hello to the fall!

What a week!

 

We’ve had an excellent bite for the last few weeks, especially on tuna so when the forecast said we might have a “little rain” we expected that usual afternoon localized showers of short duration or the occasional little thunder and lightning cloudburst.

 

What we got instead wasn’t a hurricane or anything that dramatic.  But we got almost 2 days of wetness that included heavy rain or drizzle that just never stopped!  We have had hurricanes in the past with lashing torrential rain that might last 4 of 5 hours…and then it’s done!

But at one point this week it rained for about 27 hours!  We were telling our Oregon and Washington clients that they brought their weather from the Pacific Northwest down here.  We also had some strong gusts of wind and some big seas to go along with it!

 

It didn’t do us any favors for fishing although the desert has exploded with green everywhere and flowers are in full bloom!

 

Even as the storm approached the fish kept biting, but then well…it became just too rough and the port captain even shut down all boat traffic and that was it for us . We had to keep everyone on shore for a day. No fishing.

 

That always worries me because you never know what a storm will do to the waters and the fishing.  Will the waters be dirty?  Will there be a lot of runoff?  Will there be a lot of debris in the water?  What about water temps and bait?  Lots of variables!

 

Well, we hit the water on Thursday and while fishing wasn’t up to par, we still got into fish. Much better than I anticipated.  By Friday, we were back on our game for the most part.  With each passing day away from the storm, the tuna came back harder.  The dorado were more willing to bite.  Just overall better fishing.

 

The tuna bite has generally been mostly with our Taihunter Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fleet all season.  Fish between 10 and 100 pounds have been the general rule and it’s been very very good for about a month. Mixed with dorado, pargo, cabrilla and a few other species, it’s been solid.

 

But the big surprise this week was with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet!

 

Out’ve La Paz Bay, most of the fishing is dorado fishing.  Probably 90% of the catch is dorado.  It’s the “honey hole” for mahi mahi!  Well, this season we’ve little jags of tuna here and there.  Pretty surprising all by itself and a nice bonus.  But, this past week, we had entire areas bust loose with boiling, foaming tuna!  Fish between 20 and 60 pound just blasting out’ve the water and slamming every bait tossed in the water!  Friday this past week was especially explosive!  In 23 years down here ,I’ve never seen so many tuna!

 

Hope it continues. We might get s’more showers this week, but nothing major like this last week where the first 3 days of the week were pretty much in the dumps because of weather.

 

Air temps are cooling.  Most day only in the mid-90’s.  However, the humidity has been incredible!  One morning at 5 a.m. when we were sending out our fishermen it was 92% humidity. One evening at midnight it was 88% humidity!

 

 

 

 

 

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 Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

BIG MOON TUNA DORADO ROOSTERS ROAR

– BEST WEEK OF 2018 SO FAR!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Could not have been better.  Daytime highs sunny and blue 99 degrees.  Nighttime cooling to 78.  Humid!  Look out.  Could be some rain showers and thunder and lightning this coming week here and there

Water – Surface temps 85. Blue and clear!

Fishing – Maybe the best of the season.  More tuna than any other week in terms of sheer volumen…our largest dorado so far…solid roosterfish too.  Wahoo showed up as did billfish, cabrilla, pargo and other species .  Limits most day and some fishing was done by late morning!

Catching – Lost some big tuna.  Lost some big dorado.  Lost some big billfish!  That’s why they are BIG fish!

 

BIG PICTURE AND REST OF THE STORY…

Thumbs up for sure!  Captain Adolfo with Trey Shuck and Trey Nichodemis with a double-stack of tuna and dorado their first time fishing Las Arenas and visiting La Paz!

Our long time amigo, Allen “EL AL” Schneider from Orange CA with a hefty yellofin on the gaff off Punta Arenas in the thick of the tuna “honey hole! “

Captain Gerado with Stacy Florence from Kansas City…after loading on tuna, why not go try for roosters? Big boy gallo in the boat! Wow! Fish was released.

Great start! First day on the water produced a big load of tuna plus a dorado for Adam and Riley Florence who always visit us this time of year from Kansas.

First-timer luck and a big roosterfish for Sam Rumble who took this off Punta Perico. Sam is from Ripon CA.

No complaints on a fishing day that produces results like these! Lynn Marolf and Mike Wilbur had three days like this of dorado and tuna!

 

Tim Rumble poses with a pair of his dorado caught just north of La Paz on his first day fishing.

Check out the racing stripes on this tasty white bonito that Gordo is holding. Pretty fish.

 

These two are crazy fishermen and visit us several times a year, good amigos, Jim and his son Dan Bovee from San Diego said they stopped fishing for tuna by 9:30 and could have had “all they wanted.” Fishing was THAT good!

From Stockton, James Giovannoni, put the stops on this beautiful roosterfish just there in the shallows off Punta Perico with Captain Jorge. The fish was released.

Using light tackle and shorty rods, Al Schneider from Orange CA and Ryan Netherton from San Deigo CA, got tow of the larger tuna of the week . The two used to fish together as kids but had not fished together in 30 years!

 

Garrett Sills from Utah fishes with us several times-a-year but is a flyfishing guide on bluewater spots in his state. With Captain Adolfo, he got all these tuna and dorado except one on an 8 wt flyrod and had a blast on the lighter tackle!  “Great to strip once or twice and they’d fight to hit the fly!”

Riley Florence was with Captain Pancho when he decided to pull out a crank bait he picked up in Florida. Check it out! It’s black with white with pink polka dots? The new hot thing? It sure worked. He dropped it back and this wahoo chomped on it!

Nice pose and fat tuna for Phil Buckingham from Pennsylvania and Jared Overholtzer from CA. First timers with us had a great time.

Captain Gerardo photobombs Stacy and Josh Florence after another great day on the water!

Happy fella, Vito Cipponeri gets his first roosterfish with Captain Jorge off the rocks near Punta Perrico.

The Rumble Brothers, Sam and Tim, on the beach at Muertos with some of their yellowfin tuna.

The hat trick of wahoo, tuna and dorado for Riley and Adam! Last day and full coolers to take home!

Not a bad day on the ridge! Lots of grouper to clean for Ryan Netherton and Al “El Al” Schneider after spending a day with our Magdalena Bay outfit.

Pretty grouper on the gaff and stuck on a jig! Al Schneider rocked this one bouncing the jig on the bottom.

Forget the full moon or big moon!  I think we just had the best week of our 2018 season.  More tuna…bigger dorado…wahoo…billfish…and everyone who wanted a roosterfish got at least one!  On top of it, maybe the best weather of the year with sunny days; cool nights and flat blue waters!

 

Wow!  What a week.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was sure good this week and maybe it’s shaping up to be a the kind of fall we had last year in 2017 when we had two months of fishing like this.

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, everyone got limits or near limits of dorado.  Fish ran in the range of 10-25 pounds and it was pretty much a sure thing .  Could not miss. The fish were scattered over a wide range and no matter which way you went out’ve the bay, you would eventually hit some dorado.  Add to that some pargo, cabrilla, some billfish and roosterfish hookups and even some unusual yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds and, despite the occasional slower day or boat, most of our clients  were releasing fish or coming back early.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet…it was nothing short of spectacular most days!

 

Yellowfin tuna in the 10-20 pound size were just outside of Bahia Muertos.  Most of the time…all you wanted!  Limits by 9 or 10 a.m. then go find some other species or come in back to the beach!  It was THAT good.

 

Go out a tad “further” (just down the beach and out a ways), the fish jumped to 40-60 pounders!

 

“It was stupid good fishing!”

“I”ve never seen tuna crashing that thick before…and big ones boiling right next to the boat and the water was so shallow I could see the bottom!”

I’ve caught lots of 30 and 40 pound salmon, but they were right about tuna being strong.  My arms are still shaking!”

 

In the same tuna areas, dorado up to 40 pounds and schools of smaller dorado would range in or could be found not far away.

 

“I threw my flyrod and the fish would fight each other to get it after two or three strips.  Amazing!”

 

Others would go looking for roosterfish and in a year when we have not caught many rooster…everyone who wanted a rooster caught one…or two!  Fish up to 60 pounds were right there.  One day we caught 8 roosters.  That was more than we’ve caught in the last 2 months.

 

“I caught every species on my Baja bucket list my first day out..dorado…tuna…roosterfish…pargo…cabrilla.  It was awesome!”

 

Even boats that thought they were done for the day sometimes could not help catching fish.  Several boats were already coming in and slowly dragging lures back to the beach and got jumped by wahoo in 20’ of water!

 

What a week.  Hope it holds, but this coming week, we’re watching the weather.  Looks like we’re gonna have some tropical thunder and lightning storms coming through on-and-off.  Fingers crossed.  Most times it’s in the afternoon and evenings.  As long is there’s not a lot of wind, we should be OK.

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 19-26, 2018

SUMMER ROLLING OUT ON A HIGH NOTE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 19-26, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE for SHORT ATTENTION SPANS

Weather – Warm and humid!  Highs in the upper 90’s with lots of humidity.  Stay hydrated! Some tropical electrical storms in the afternoon, at night or early in the morning.  Similar weather predicted this week.  A bit of rain on the forecast.

Water – Warm and blue . Getting surface temps in the high 80’s . The fish love it!

Fishing – Just nice solid biters . Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay holding tuna, wahoo and dorado close to shore…literally.  Plus pompano, cabrilla and pargo.  For our La Paz fleet, everyone getting dorado.

THE REST OF THE STORY and THE BIG PICTURE

Jorge rack

Jorge Romero had a good day fishing. From La Paz, Jorge was fishing only 100 yards offshore (see photos below) from the beach just outside Muertos Bay, he caught a huge cabrilla and 30-40 pound tuna on sardines then got a wahoo dragging a rapala back to the beach.

We love the kids! Selena is just 8-years-old, but was out all week with Grandpa Diego, Jimenez from Loveland, Colorado and caught dorado and tuna like this one!

This is a good day! Mike Weinsz stacked up the fat tuna on the beach at Muertos. He also caught dorado.

Dorado are the main catch for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. These were caught just at the mouth of La Paz Bay.

Yea! Jorge Ramiro again with a hefty cabrilla. Punta Perrico in the background in shallow water!

Full moon?  Hmmm…

Summer is rolling out with some solid fishing as town empties of tourists as kids and families head back to school. Hot humid weather with temperatures in the high 90’s and warm waters kept the fishing on the high counts, although afternoon localized tropical electrical and thunderstorms did pop up now and then although usually after everyone was already back from fishing.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fleet, it lived up to it’s reputation with the fishing spot literally about 100 yards off the beach and tuna breaking within sight of where we launch our pangas. Tuna ranged in size from 10-50 pounds, but the same area also produced some nicer dorado in the 15-25 pound class as well. The same area also seems to be the hot spot for wahoo as we had several biters of wahoo in the 30 pound size and a number of fish that got bit off.

Our fleet fishing the tuna right at the mouth of Bahia de los Muertos. The point is right there behind the pangas. Water only about 50′ deep. The tuna are close!

Thanks Mark Buchanan for this photo from the hill above Muertos Bay. It’s our pangas fishing the tuna hot spot. Look carefully and you can see the bottom! For anyone who thinks we need to go a zillion miles offshore to find fish! Tuna, wahoo and dorado all right there this past week! Also, notice how green everything is from the rain!

Inshore has continued to be surprising as cooler water fish that we don’t normally see except in the winter/ spring when waters are cooler were caught including pargo liso (mullet snapper), pompano, and big cabrilla.

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, there dorado to be had. There’s smaller fish schooling right in the bay with larger fish out towards San Juan de la Costa and around the point at Punta Mejia. The smaller fish are as small as 5 pound “doraditos” that we mostly toss back, but fun to catch and up to about 20 pounds on the outside. There’s also some roosterfish biting around Bonanza Beach. But dorado are 90% of the catch with some days better than others.

Head’s up…

Looks like some afternoon thundershowers coming later this week!

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
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 12 -19, 2018

TUNA and DORADO SUMMER BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 12-19, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Warm and sunny.  Highs all week high 90’s.  Nightime dropping to high 70’s.  Pretty humid.  Not unusual to get some electrical and thunderstorms and showers here and there.  Nothing lasts long or affected the fishing .

Water – Blue with surface temps high 80’s.  Great snorkeling and diving time.  Some thermoclines down 30′-40′ much chillier by 5-8 degrees.

Fishing – More football-sized tuna showing up in the 10-15 pound class, but big bruisers still around.  Dorado are 80% of the catch, but the bite is often later in the day for the dorado.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  Lost some wahoo and billfish this week.  So, no photos, but the fish are there!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Eric Hill visiting us for the first tim from Colorado rocked it with a hefty yellowfin tuna off Punta Arenas .

After you’ve been fighting a big fish in the hot sun for a long time, it’s kinda hard to lift it for a photo as Jules found out in this photo. Punta Arenas and Cerralvo Island in the distance.

I couldn’t get a photo of Donovan Ackerman and his big dorado, but I do have a photo of the big dorado with Captain Ramiro on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Laura Hernandez with another fat fat yellowfin just off the beach at Arenas. Laura is from San Diego.

Amigo, Roger McCracken from Oregon was fishing with Shelly Donnell north of La Paz when they had a good day on the dorado and even a football tuna.

The right kind! Nice football tuna double-fisted by Mark Buchanan from San Diego.

We had more of a fairly typical summer fishing week these past few days. Temperatures in the high 90’s with night temps in the high 70’s. Days start often with clouds then the Baja sun busts through giving way to stronger breezes and the return of clouds in the afternoons and even some thundershowers that cool off the evenings.

Waters have settled and are mostly blue and holding some pretty decent fish!

We still have those larger model tuna off Punta Arenas that seem to average about 40-50 pounds and have really been tough dogged sport these past few weeks and schooling a lot of anglers in how powerful these fish can be. Especially, when success tips in favor of the fish since they are mostly eating light 25-40 pound test which really puts a strain in the angler and his gear. We sure lose a lot of them.

However, this past week, we saw fewer of the larger fish and more football tuna seemed to have taken up station. These fish are much much more manageable to most angler since these footballs are 10-20 pounders. They’ll pull hard, but at least they don’t kill you!

Rounding out the box, there’s some nicer 10-30 pound dorado that have moved in. Most surprising are the pargo, pompano and some other cooler water species we normally do not see this time of year with the waters so warm. Maybe the waters are already cooling?

For our La Paz Tailhunte fleet, the bay and around the islands north of town, dorado are still the mainstay with limits or near limits most days. The problems is about finding the spots. It seems the concentrations of fish move around, but once located, it can be crazy off-the-chart fishing.

Just a heads-up that the best bite is later in the day or afternoon so be patient. The fish are more willing to feed sometimes just about the time much of the fleet is heading back in. But, our Tailhunter pangas have been staying out a bit later to take advantage of the later bite .

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

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