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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Nov. 11-25, 2018

FISHING OK BUT NOT MANY FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 11-25, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Town is kinda quiet these days. Nice time to be down here to enjoy some sunshine! You have the beaches to yourself!

When you can only squeeze in one day to fish in between bouts of wind and you make a great day out’ve it…Elijah Rush from El Cajon, CA got a handful of dorado, a tuna and some pargo (not pictured) for the ice chest!

Typical catch right now. Some snapper. Some pargo. Maybe some dorado.

As far as conditions, it wasn’t as bad as it has been when it’s been windy and rough with port closures.  Actually, it was pretty nice overall.  Sun’s out and a nice time to be in town with day time temps  like a postcard in the high-70’s to low-80’s and night time temps in the high-60’s.   Breezes kicking up to about 15 mph, but mostly later.

 

You can see why lots of snowbirds are “escaping” into town right now and we’re getting inquiries from Minnesota, Canada, Montana and North Dakota!  No matter how “bad” our weather is, the only snow you’ll find is in a margarita glass.

 

But, by the same token, not many folks fishing.  Almost no-one as a matter of fact.  The folks coming to town are looking for sunshine and putting their toes in the sand.

 

The waters are still rougher than normal.  In fact, last week several days the port was closed to all boat traffic coming or going.  So, even if it’s calm in the bay, it can be crazy outside.  Even, inside the bay it can be churning.

 

Two weeks ago, an independent dive boat overloaded with more than 2 dozen divers ignored the closures and went out.  It got swamped and sank!  Fortunately, everyone was picked up from what we heard.

 

However, we did get a few folks out.  On the days it was really windy, we couldn’t go.

 

If it was moderately windy we were still able to fish inshore for some cabrilla, snapper, bonito and jacks.  Weather permitting, if we could get just a little outside, there’s some dorado and tuna still hanging out.

 

Live bait has been an issue because of the rougher weather pounding the shallow bait areas so we’re using mostly dead bait or lures lately.

WHALE WATCHING SEASON COMING UP

 

Don’t forget our annual Whale Watching Season at Bahia Magdalena runs from January to March.  Contact us for more info about a great family event and the opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close like you’ve never imagined!

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Nov. 4-11, 21018

MIXED WEATHER – MIXED FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 4-11, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO FISHING REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK at A GLANCE

Weather – Nice and sunny but cooler every week.  Nights can be very cool.  Water temps are going down too.  Can get breezy and windy some days.

Water – Getting cooler and less blue.  Rough some days now as we move into the cooler months.

Fishing – Rougher and cooler waters are making it more difficult to get live bait.  That along with changing conditions overall are changing the complexion of the fishing.  Less bluewater fish like tuna and dorado.  More emphasis on inshore fishing for pargo, cabrilla and other reef fish.

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Just some incredible colors on this late-season dorado that Travis caught. Gorgeous fish!

Whoa…that’s a big cabrilla! Sweet meat for the grill with Captain Armando.

Travis is all smiles posing with his roosterfish, but check out the bent rod behind him! That’s wife, Melinda on another rooster. See the photo below! Both fish released!

First-timer rocks it! Captain Pancho helps out Melinda Woodward with this hefty roosterfish before releasing it.

Old Tailhunter amigos for many years, Bill and Patrick with Captain Jorge and a nice yellowfin to go along with a day of bonito fun.

Incredible flat water and perfect for Melinda to catch this sweet bull dorado.

Lots of fun on light tackle…even moreso on a flyrod! Bonito for the masked man from Oregon, Travis Woodward.

It was a mixed bag of fish this past week as we transition into the cooler aspects of the season.  Not really many folks fishing these days.  Many are walk-in visitors or snow-birds who are spending time in town and just want a day of fishing and sunshine, rather than folks coming specifically for fishing.  So, many aren’t very serious fishermen either and just want some fun and action.

 

This is that time before the holidays when folks aren’t really travelling much.  Families are doing other things.  Also, the weather and waters are changing.  It’s wonderfully sunny, but definitely cooler and also getting more and more breezy. So, it can be a tad rougher.

 

That makes it harder to get live bait, either because the bait guys aren’t going out very much since there’s not many folks fishing or because of the weather, the live bait is scattered.

 

That being said, we still got some action.  Good bites of bonito keep things interesting, especially for the first-timers.  But in between, we’re still getting a few yellowfin tuna up to about 25 pounds.  There’s some nice dorado not too far offshore.  Inshore, pargo and cabrilla are becoming more predominant, especially as it gets tougher to get too far from shore because of weather condition.   Also, surprisingly, some nice 30-50 pound roosterfish still around as well.

That’s my story!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 21-28, 2019

FISH & WEATHER MAKE US WORK HARDER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 21-28, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Short Attention Span Week-At-A-Glance

Weather – No shortage of sunshine.  It’s really pleasant to be in town right now .  Daytime temps in the mid-80’s with a breeze.  Nights in the low 70’s.  However, not always great to be on the water as Hurricane Willa (hundreds of miles to the south) didn’t mess with us, it did send up some huge swells and strong wind that caused us to shut down our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing for 2 days.  Then, increasing northern winds have made it difficult at time fishing out’ve La Paz.  (Also makes it tough to find bait!).  The seasons are changing.

Water – The increasing winds are lowering the water temperatures and the water is getting more green although there’s still some great blue water around . It’s all in transition.

Fishing – Maybe it was a combination of variables.  Erratic winds.  A full moon.  Big swells.  All of it contributed to a tougher week of fishing.  I’ve seen worse.  But I have also seen better.  We had to work hard to get fish sometimes.  Moreso than normal. More cooler water species showing up.  Fewer blue-water fish around.  Also, the ability to find and catch bait is affected by the weather.  Harder to catch bait means harder to catch fish.

Caught This Week – tuna, wahoo, dorado, jack crevalle, lots of bonito, needlefish, roosterfish, pargo liso, cabrilla, triggerfish, dog-tooth snapper, pompano, palometa.

Outlook for Coming Week – Probably alot more of the same.  Off-season imminent.

 

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Our Montana friend, Darrel Zauner, hooked into a few of these beasts, but finally got a big dog-tooth to the boat!

Gary Pilkington has been visiting us for years and it was good to see him finally get his first wahoo!

Lots of “firsts” this week like this good-looking roosterfish caught by Mike Hanson from Grants’ Pass, Oregon while fishing with Captain Gerardo. The fish is alot bigger than it looks. Both Mike and Captain Gerardo are abut 6’3″ tall! The fish was released.

Outdoor writer, lecturer, author and TV show host, Scott Haugen finally came to visit us from his home in Oregon and put the hurt on this sizeable wahoo using a purple Rapala.

Some good eats here! Two different kinds of pargo caught by Tanner Millspaugh and his dad, Travis, from Washington state.

Two of our new favorite amigos, Debbie Arvin and Lynn Murphy from Colorado, with Captain Armando and some pretty yellowfin tuna.

Great colors on Chris Aiellos, dorado that he caught fishing with our La Paz fleet

A solid day to sea-the-least! Mike and dad Gary Pilkington with a rack of tuna, a dorado plus a wahoo! Grand slam!

 

First-time visitor from Colorado, in rough water, Don Vanzo got a legit bull dorado on the gaff.

That’s the right kind! John Morgenstern all the way from South Dakota got another tuna into the panga and a great photo!

HI Paula! Well done, amiga! Nice bull dorado!

Alaska in the house! John Daley with Captain Moncho and alot of tuna meat headed to the freezers.

Just too pretty of a photo. This is Jae Shin from Alaska with a roosterfish on the flyrod in Bahia Muertos.

Here’s Jae’s roosterfish caught on the flyrod . Great fun on such light tackle! The rooster was released. That’s Bahia Muertos water.

She’s an author and lecturer and teaches classes in outdoor cooking! Tiffany Haugen poses great with a wahoo in the blue waters near Punta Arenas.

Robbie Boyd and his dad, Bill, and Captain Jorge display a pretty pargo liso an a couple of yellowfin tuna on the beach at Muertos Bay.

He looks grim, but Brian is actually a nice guy with two handfuls of dorado and tuna caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

You’re kidding! Greg Garrison and Nic Huff sport THREE big wahoo from a day of fishing right off the rocks at Punta Arenas.

Celebrating Lollie Milano’s retirement, Dana Milano came down for the week and got themselves some nice yellowfin going on ice.

Stan Andre gives a little kiss to his dorado he got while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Brian’s got another dorado to add to the box! Despite some slow spots, he and his amigos took a nice load of fish home!

Gary Wagner loves light tackle and took this feisty rooster in the shallows in front of his place at Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Scott Haugen knows how to pose with a fish…like this colorful dorado.

Nic had never fished before but scored a number of highly covered wahoo!

I think that’s Brian behind the mask with another dorado.

Tough fish to pull out’ve the rocks, but Scott Haugen did the trick after 5 of them got the best of him and broke him off.

Table full ‘o’ tuna for Mike and Kirsten Hanson from Oregon!

Great shot of Mike Pilkington’s first wahoo. Caught with Captain Pancho driving the rig. Nice fish, Mike!

They don’t have many mahi mahi in S. Dakota which is where John Morgenstern will be taking these fillets!

First dorado for Ms. Tiffany. She is such a gamer!

It was a hit-or-miss week of fishing as the warm water season winds down and cooler conditions move in.  We often had to work a lot harder for our fish this past week than we’ve been used to during the season but everyone got fish.  It just wasn’t as easy or as plentiful in some cases.

 

It was erratic.  One boat would find fish and a boat next to them would struggle.  We’d look for tuna and only find dorado.  We’d chase dorado and get dog-tooth snapper.  A boat trying to pargo or cabrilla would hook a wahoo!  Just no rhyme or reason.  One day our Las Arenas fleet would be hot and the next day our La Paz fleet would have the hot bite!

 

A lot of it had to do with the weather.  Winds are blowing stronger and coming from all directions at different times of the day.  It’s cooling off the water temps.  It’s clouding up the water.  It’s making bait harder and harder to find as waves crash into the shallow areas disturbing the bait schools.

 

The big hurricane Willa that hammered far south of us, did not do us any damage.  The sun burned brightly every day.  But it did throw up some big wave and southerly winds that forced us to cancel two days of fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.  As the winds increase from the north, I imagine there will be more days that are tough to fish as the season diminishes.

 

However, there was a good jag of wahoo this week.  Some boats got multiple strikes and landed several.

 

The tuna were a little more scarce, but little spots of tuna popped up if you could jump on them fast enough.  The schools were very often busting water, but were hesitant to eat or would only eat quickly and move on so you only had a small window to get in on the bite.  The full moon might have had something to do with that.

 

Again, we had unusually huge dog-tooth snapper and pargo liso come up  off the shallows busting rods (really!) and 150-pound test.  We got about 1 out’ve every 8 or 9 hook-ups on these tough fish.

 

Dorado are still around.  Mostly in the 10-15 pound class.

ON a PERSONAL NOTE…

 

This is been an emotional roller-coaster week.  Earlier in the week, my dad passed away.  He was 91-years-young.

Many of you knew him.  He loved to fish.  He loved reading this fishing report.  Thankfully to Jill, she jammed a ticket back to Los Angeles in my hand on a “gut feeling” and told me to get back to see him NOW and she kicked me outta La Paz.

I got to spend a few hours with him and hold him for a bit and after spending most of the night with him told him I’d be back in the morning to have breakfast with him.  Little did I know that would be the last. The next morning, he took a breath and let go and slipped quietly and peacefully away.

I had to get back to La Paz and three days later…talk about the circle of life, we welcomed Hannah James Reid our 2nd grandchild to our daughter Jessie Reid and Brian Reid.  Whoo-hoooo!!!

The circle of life keeps rolling!

Just wanted to reach out to thank the hundreds of you that sent condolences to both Jill and I and also all of you sending congratulations.  We do not pass through life alone.  Glad to be on the path with so many of you.  God bless!

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 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

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. 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: 

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

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

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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:
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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 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


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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