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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 6-13, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO FISHING REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot and humid.  In California, they call it earthquake weather.  Mid-90’s during day.  Mid-80’s at night.  Very tropical.  Some afternoon thundershowers that come and go.

Water – Warm and blue.  Surface temps in the mid-80’s.  Visibility 30′-50.’

Fishing – Terrible for Las Arenas.  La Paz week started slow, but gathered speed and size as the week went on and dorado woke up.

 THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT for AUG. 6-13, 2017

The dorado bite north of La Paz kept going despite a few hiccups here and there. Check out Brian Robertson’s nice bull. Brian is from Colorado.

Dennis McLeod from Oregon with Tailhunter Captain Joel rocked this large sailfish that Dennis says is his first “big game” fish. They hooked it off Espirito Santo Island and cheers to Dennis for the quick photo and release. Another great underwater shot below of the fish taken by Roger Hall.

Underwater shot of Dennis McLeod’s sailfish taken by Roger Hall. The guys released the fish.

One of the funniest guys we’ve ever had visit on his first trip to La Paz to fish with us, Mickey Cohen, from Lake Havasu took almost an hour on this big bull dorado on light tackle. It was Mickey’s first time dorado fishing and he put the wood to a number of fish this week. Mickey is a big guy so this fish is alot larger than it might look!

Our long-time, amigo, Dave Rose, drove all the way down from Washington to spend a few days fishing with us. He shows off one of his dorado caught while fishing with Captain Pancho out’ve Muertos Bay.

I think my favorite photo of the week! This is Captain Pancho with Ruthie and her first dorado! Ruthie lives in Utah and came to visit with her family.

 

Kent Williamson from Colorado had a nice three day trip with us and poses with one of his dorado and Captain Rogelio from our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Marie McClellan from Park City UT visits us every year and never seems to have a bad day and is always smiling! She and Captain Victor were fishing out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos when she got this mahi. She ended up having a banner week on the dorado “our best fishing ever!”

Our best fishing buddy, Sherman McDonnel from Rock Springs WYO with his favorite Captain Armando loves to fish light tackle and sometimes pays for it..in a fun way…like when this huge roosterifsh hit his 17-pound test and he ended up battling the beast for an hour in the blazing sun! But, he always gets his fish. Nicely done and a nice release too!

Another of our new Colorado amigos…Nate Jarvis…got in 3 days of some pretty sweet dorado fishing especially with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

From Colorado, Brian Williamson, caught and had a nice battle with this milkfish while fishing just off Punta Arenas with the Tailhunter Fleet. It looks like a giant sardine that has been hitting the steroids. Schools often swim through the area but the fish are rarely ever hooked because they eat algae. Occasionally, one gets snagged. However, this particular one ate a mackerel! He went off the vegetarian menu and got hooked. They can grow to 5 feet long and weight up to 30 pounds. The fish was released.

They might not taste real great, but hit a few of these “toro” jack crevalle and your arms will tell you that you’ve been in a battle. Mike Hall got a big jack here!

DORADO PLAY GAMES BUT FINALLY COME AROUND!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 6-13, 2017

Given the great week of dorado a two weeks ago and all the hoopla, the current week started off with some nervousness.  Sure, there was a full moon, but full moons don’t normally get us.  In fact, some of our best bites are during full moons.  But, the dorado had finally gone on a tear and it looked like things were finally kicked in.  And we were high-fiving ourselves and then the week started and the fishing was barely lukewarm.  What had changed? Where did all the dorado go?  How come the dorado we were seeing looked bored? Who flipped the switch?
Fortunately, we re-bounded.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY FLEET

Well, some parts re-bounded.  I don’t know what happened with Las Arenas.  Two weeks of pulling teeth that has everyone shrugging their shoulders.  Clients hung tough.  Captains worked like crazy.  And it just wasn’t happening. Sure, there was the occasional “nice catch.”  But for the most part, pangas were catching…1 dorado and a bonito.  Or 2 dorado.  Or 2 bonito and a cabrilla.  Maybe a jack crevalle on another boat.  Folks weren’t missing fish.  There just weren’t any fish hitting or being found. Conditions looked good. Water seemed OK.  Full moon?  Will keep you posted.
Fortunately, we have two fleets…

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

As mentioned at the beginning, the first few days of the week were really disappointing.  The WFO bite of dorado turned into a whimper.  We scratched for a few dorado.  After blowing my bugle that the dorado were “on” I looked like I had egg on my face.
We were seeing dorado, but they lockjawed and could care less about baits, feathers or lures.
Then, about mid-week the dorado got found and they got interested again!
The first schools we found were rats.  Literally rats.  It was the dorado nursery.  Schools and schools of itty-bitty dorado that were about the size of planter-trout.  I’m not kidding.  It was Happy Jack’s Trout Farm.  Except they were dorado.  Sure, you could catch a couple of dozen, but the novelty wears off after the first few then you start releasing fish-after-fish.  No one comes to catch 12-inch dorado.
But, at least they bit.
Then, we found the schools of bigger boys and legit 10-20 pounders started slamming like they are supposed to.  Some of my captains asked me not to give away the exact area, but it’s holding loads of nice floating sargasso weeds and some lit up dorado jumping over each other to hit the baits with double, triple and quadruple hook-ups.  Some boats got limits…caught and released others and made it back to La Paz in time for shrimp and beer for early lunch.  Limits were more the rule rather than the exception.
Hope we can hold them now for the rest of the season!
That’s our story!
 Jonathan and Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 30-Aug. 6, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of JULY 31-Aug. 6, 2017

WEEK at A GLANCE 

Weather –  Hot sunny and humid. Daytime highs 104.  Nites 89.  Some afternoon quick tropical showers

Water – Blue and 83 degrees on the surface

Fishing –   (Las Arenas) – Slow and sticky like the heat.  Good variety but tough fishing . (La Paz) . Best fishing of the year…maybe in several years for dorado!

THE BIG PICTURE REPORT

 

Whoa!!! That’s an armful of big dog-tooth snapper for our good amigo, Wil Dolinar from Wyoming!

First timer friends from Utah with Taihunters, Curtiss and Jeri Frost, got into the big dorado bite and started their week with a pair of nice bull dorado.

Steve Holguin sporting his famous Dodger hat every year back with his favorite Captain Jorge and a paid of nice yellowfin tuna from Las Arenas for his first of 3 days fishing.

Darrell Manginelli lives on the Ventura CA area and has already made two trips to fish with us this year! He’s posing here with one of the larger bull dorado caught this week with our Las Arenas fleet.

He didn’t get many fish this year, but he got some of the biggest! Our light-line specialist amigo from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Sherm McDonnell and his favorite Captain Armando looks pretty worn from tangling with this big barred pargo. But, we tease Sherm every year for fishing with 17 pound test…but to his credit he always well!

Big smile for Jonathan Alegria and one of a number of his dorado to start his fishing week with us.  Jon lives up in Santa Barbara CA.

I love this photo of Captain Pancho all smiles with Stacy Dolinar from Wyoming and her first of several roosterfish for the week she caught and released. Note how close to shore these fish are caught!

Visiting us for the first time, Ryan Vorisek from Upland CA had quite a week topped off by this massive dog-tooth snapper he caught while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet and Captain Gerardo!

All the way from Jamaica, Nicholas Chen was able to get a rooster with us mid-week while fishing with his dad, James, who’s in the IGFA books!

Happy guy with another dorado, Matt Alegria from San Diego CA hangs another dorado with our La Paz fleet. He and his family donated all their catch to charity.

Wil Dolinar from Rock Springs, Wyoming finally got his big roosterfish on the last day and the last hour when he hooked and released this big guy fishing with Captain Pancho then suddenly the other rods went off and he got several dorado! Great way to wind up the week of fishing.

These two love to fish! Trevor Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisek hold up a few of the dorado and big bonito they hung fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

These two love to fish the light tackle and know what to do with it as they Sherman and Shelly McDonell show off a couple of their dorado after they limited on one of their days fishing with our La Paz fleet. Over the many years they have fished with us, they always manage some great catches!

Some new Tailhunter amigos from Colorado, Kent Williamson and son Brian found a few of the yellowfin tuna the day they fished with our Las Arenas Fleet and racked up some great dorado with our La Paz fleet over 3 days.

From San Diego area, Francis and Gina de Paolo had only time for one day of fishing and fortunately, we got them into some pretty nice dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Always good to make new fishing friends as this was their first time down.

Double pargo for Mike Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisak on the beach at Muertos! Great eating fish!

Madi and her dad, Jim Denver, had only 1 day to fish and I just happened to have one of our pangas available at the last minute but hammered some great dorado. Especially good because it was Madi’s first time fishing in La Paz!

Such a fun lady! Sharon Alegria from Altadena CA could not have been more excited or thrilled with every fish she caught. It was her first time with us and we sure hope to have her and her smile back with us soon!

Captain Jorge and soon-to-be attorney Marco Holguin in his last year of law school in New York comes to visit us every year with his dad and poses for the camera with some of the larger Las Arenas dorado!

Always great to have first-timers with us! Captain Joel and Madi Denver show off a couple of their La Paz bull dorado after a full-day of great fishing.

Her 2nd roosterfish of the week! It’s Stacy Dolinar with Captain Pancho again right off the rocks south of Bahia de los Muertos! The fish was released too!

From Pasadena CA, Chris Alegria looks a bit serious after racking another dorado, but he and his brothers were great fun to have visit us this week and got into the wild dorado.

 

This “pirate” has been coming to visit us for years and can get a whole van load of guys laughing. It’s Vic Gildelmontes with his hands full of dorado!

 

DORADO…LIKE BACK IN THE DAY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos / Suenos Fishing Report for Week of July 31-Aug. 6, 2017

We had some crazy fishing this last week.  Actually, some of the best we’ve had in years if you were looking for dorado.  I knew it had to happen eventually.  All the signs were there.  The water…the temps…the sargasso weeds…the bait…

AND BOOM!  It went off this week.  As one of our fishermen said…
“It was dorado fishing like back in the old days!”
But first…
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FLEET
Let’s go with the bad news.  Or slower news.
Our Las Arenas Fleet had some really picky fishing.  It just flip flops from week-to-week.  This past week must have been Las Arenas’ turn to go slack.  The clients and our captains really worked hard to get the bites.  Everything looked good.  The fish just weren’t biting that well.  There were a few dorado here and there.  A few rooster fish, but not many…but that could have been because everyone was chasing other species.  We had a few marlin on and got a few more of those huge big cubera (dog-tooth) snapper.  Add in some stray jack crevalle, bonito, pargo and a tuna here-and-there and that was it.
At best it was OK.  At worst, it was dismal.  And there was surely some variety, but it was hit or miss with a lot of misses!
That’s why it’s good we have two fleets and lots of our clients decided to switch over to fish with our La Paz fleet…
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
I’ll let comments from our anglers tell the story…
 
“I’ve not seen dorado biting like this for years!  It was wide open!”
 
“We started with one and before you know it there were dozens of dorado around us and we couldn’t get a rod out fast enough!”
 
“We had no less than 3 fish hooked at the same time!”
 
“For an hour, it was pandemonium and we were too tired after that and went back to have lunch!” 
 
“Everywhere you looked there were dorado and all of them seemed to be hungry!”
 
“It was just like a fishing video!  My wife kept screaming and we had to keep reminding her to turn the handle of the reel.  She was laughing too much!”
“We released or lost more than half our fish the first day and still had enough to fill the cooler…and then I remembered we had two more days of fishing!” 
 
Yes…it was that kind of a bite for many of our anglers and many days this week.  There were a few bumps here-and-there, but for the most part it was the kind of wild dorado bite we’ve been waiting to happen.  It really was like “back in the old days!”  We probably have not seen this kind of bite in about 3 years and surely, it was our best week of the year in terms of quantity and quality.
These were all legit 10-20 pound fish too!  The last few years, a 5-pound dorado was typical.  This week, they were all healthy strong young mahi-mahi and tore up almost anything tossed in the water. We honestly did have boats back early on several occasions in time to eat lunch back at the hotels.
I don’t know if this will keep up.  I hope so.  We’ve been waiting a long time for this to come back!

MIL GRACIAS!

Our three amigos from Oregon who visit us each year Dennis McLeod, Roger Hall and Wes Perkins brought several ice chest full of kids clothes, shoes, school supplies and other donations that will go so far down here!

 

Many thanks for all our Tailhunter amigos who brought donations down this week for our Tailhunter Outreach Program.  I’m sorry I didn’t get photos of everyone, but big shout out to Wally and Jeff Lee from San Francisco, The Williamson guys from Colorado, the Alegria family from So. Cal and also to the Dolinar Family and Sherm and Shelley McDonnell from Wyoming who each donated $300 to our FANLAP scholarship that takes care of one child each for an entire school year . Taihunter Tribe members are the best!
That’s our story!
 Jonathan and Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
.
Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

“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 July 23-30, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for JULY 23-30, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – mid to high 90s / mid week showers/ high humidity

Water – low 80’s and mostly blue

Winds – Breezy at times

Fishing – Mostly slow for Las Arenas/ Hot and cold for La Paz changing all the time

Catching – Still loosing too many good fish after working hard to find them

Behind the bandana is a happy James Murphy from Salt Lake City who really wanted a big rooster and finally got one on his last day with Captain Jorge right off the sand near Punta Arenas

Our long-time amigo, Dick Winslow from Elk Grove CA , got this huge dog-tooth snapper with Captain Pancho while trolling for roosterfish in the shallow waters. It’s been a great week or two for these trophy fish!

Utah in the house with Dan Galli and Captain Jorge and a great colorful rooster mid-week when rain clouds threatened, but fortunately, the roosters bit! The fish was released strong!

One of the nicer bull dorado of the week with Phil Emard and Captain Joel taken from the far west side of La Paz Bay near San Juan de la Costa.

Dwayne Griffith only had one day to fish coming all the way from Texas but got his first dorado just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

The Midwest was well-represented this week! From Iowa and visiting for the first time, Roger Damon with Captain Archangel started his week with a fistful of dorado and tuna at Las Arenas.

Oklahoma Cary Joy Hans is dwarfed by the size of Captain Gerardo and the size of her big roosterfish. This was her first time and she said “fishing is the most fun I’ve ever had outdoors!” The big fish was released.

James Murphy and Dan Galli jumped into a nice school of dorado and plugged the boat with some nice fish like these two!

Captain Rogelio with big smiles and another dorado for Cary Joy.

Everytime Greg Miller comes down he has a knack for the roosterfish! This trip was no exception. Fish was released.

If you just have one day to fish and you come all the way from Texas, catching a big roosterfish is a good way to go especially if it’s your first time! Doug is from Rose, TX and was able to release the big fish taken just off the Punta Perrico rocks.

Nancy Enright had two really good day on the dorado with Captain Rogelio. She’s from the San Diego area and poses with one of their bigger bull dorado.

It’s just a great photo! James Murphy and another big rooster!

Yes, some football tuna have shown up! Lynn Schumacher with one of hers on the beach at Muertos.

Check out the flat waters! Johnny Lucero got limits of dorado including this one north of El Sargento/ La Ventana areas.

On the gaff! Another dorado aboard for Dan Galli!

Great meat! A big barred pargo on the beach and headed for the coolers taken by Greg Miller from Oklahoma.

EVERY DAY DIFFERENT- EVERY SPOT DIFFERENT

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 23-30, 2017

Another week of surprises in the fishing and weather as every day seemed to bring new conditions; different fishing; and a changing bite that could be described as anything from terrible to good.  It all depended on where you fish; what day you fish; what you were fishing for and which panga you were fishing in..and who you talked to.  It ran the gamut and there was no way to pinpoint or determine how fishing was going to be.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

Our Tailhunter Fleet had limited success at best, but mostly it was hard fishing and erratic catches when and if fish could be found.  Water was still cooler than normal and there were two days of winds and even some rain from the south that didn’t help matters resulting in a mixed bag of fish leaving anglers trying just about anything to get the fish to bite.
Mostly, it was hit-or-miss.  Wahoo were seen, but didn’t bite.  A few yellowfin tuna and dorado popped up as well as some jack crevalle and some hard hits on those big dog-toothed snapper.  And that was about as exciting as it got.  Some boats got blanked.  We did have a few marlin hooked up, but nothing stuck.
The most consistent biter as it has been all season, were the big rooster fish which created the most excitement.  The smaller ones were respectable 25-30 pounders.  The larger ones went up to 6o-70 pounds and were all found in those shallow waters between Punta Perrico and the Punta Arenas lighthouse. Some days, every boat we sent that wanted roosters got at least one of the big boys.  All on live bait.

LA PAZ

Our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet had better results but even then, nothing that could be counted on.  Here’s where luck really came to play.
Our boats ranged all over the bay and beyond looking for fish.  Some days nothing seemed to be in the water. Other days, if you hit the right spot, it was game over.  The fish were hitting everything in the water.
But here’s the rub.  Sometimes, you’d find the spot and fish were everywhere.  But they wouldn’t eat anything.  Guys were throwing everything but their lunch burritos at the fish and they weren’t interested and were lockjaw.  Other times, one boat would be bendo with every rod going off and the boat right next to it couldn’t get a bite.  Or, they’d hit a spot and nothing but little firecracker dorado.  All you could do was go fish and the day would bring it’s own surprises.
There were a lot of fish lost.  There were a lot of smaller dorado thrown back.  Those that were taken were nicer 5-25 pounders.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH

The Alegria Family and Akiyoshi Family pose with Jilly and two cases full of school supplies!

From Arizona, Bob Swank poses with some much needed school supplies headed to the orphange and he and Brian Levan brought down to us. School starts in about a month.

Big shout out to all of our Tailhunter amigos who continue to bring school supplies, clothes, toys, shoes and medical goods for us to distribute to the orphanages, outlying neighborhoods and La Paz women’s shelter.  Above are just a few photos of some of our friends.  Many thanks to them and our other Tailhunter tribe that I was not able to photo and properly thank . You are all appreciated more than you know.  So far this year, we’ve collected and distributed  several hundred pounds of goods!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
.
Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

“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 July 9-16, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO FISHING REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best) 

Weather – 8 (Sunny hot and getting hotter.  Great weather!)

Water – 7 (Still recovering from that mess 2 weeks ago, but getting bluer and warmer)

Fishing –  7 (Started slow but got better)

Fish Catching – 8 (Everyone catching)

SPECIES – 8 (I counted 15 different species caught this past week)

 

THE BIG PICTURE COMPLETE FISHING REPORT

Chris Layne came for “one big fish.” We all tried hard to get him a marlin, but he was pretty happy with this giant roosterfish he caught and released near the Las Arenas lighthouse in shallow water!

Whopper slug of a rooster fish for Bennett Clegg from Sacramento CA who has a knack for hitting big roosters when he fishes with Captain Victor of the Tailhunter Fleet. He released the fish. He and his wife hooked 7 large roosters that day.

Chuck Chandler from Alaska landed this big boy dog-tooth snapper off the rocks not far from Punta Arenas while staying at the Rancho Costa lodge in Bahia de los Muertos.

We hooked several wahoo this week, but couldn’t seem to get them to the boat, unlike our amigo, Gary Wagner who rocked this ‘hoo while visiting his place at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

San Diego was well-represented this week with Andrew Harvey who had some nice days of dorado fishing toward the end of this week with his dad.

One of our friends from Canada, MacKay Spence, shows off one of his dorado.

Good start for Jason Amaro from New Mexico who spent the week fishing with us.

Yes, a couple of yellowfin popped into the mix like this one by our San Diego amigo, Scott Harvey.

She’s a regular roosterfish queen whenever she visits, Captain Victor with Alicia Clegg and ANOTHER roosterfish for the report! She and husband, Bennett, hooked and released 7 roosters that day.

Sydney Wagner with big smiles and another nice cabrilla for dinner at her dad’s place at Rancho Costa at Bahia de los Muertos.

Captain Joel with Murielle Chacron from Los Angeles and two of their several nice dorado they hooked fishing north out’ve La Paz.

 

Carlos didn’t catch this big tuna, but this was caught by Captain Rigo  off the south end of Cerralvo Island fishing for the Tortugas. Big tuna keep popping up, but we can’t seem to get them stuck!  This one was estimated over 100 pounds. If you look closely, you’ll see where a shark took a chunk off it’s back! 

Miles Wagner from Colorado and Garrett Clark from Kansas have themselves a mess of mahi mahi steaks for dinner while staying at Rancho Costa Hotel. Dorado are getting bigger!

Tony and Alex with some of their catch at Muertos Bay. Tony caught and released his first rooster that day.

Alicia and Bennett Clegg got themselves a good day of dorado fishing after catching and releasing a number of dorado that day out’ve La Paz.

STARTS SLOW GATHERS SPEED

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 9-16, 2017

I hate to ever blame things on the full moon, but I need something to use as a scapegoat because early in the week fishing was horrendous.  We had some pretty good fishing going then the week started like a flat tire on a old bicycle.  It wasn’t going anywhere!

Then, as the week progressed, fishing got better!  I don’t know why.  I didn’t see many changes in the weather (hot) or water (warming and bluer) so the only thing I can point to is the full moon because as it waned the fish seemed to wake up.

Tailhunter La Paz Fleet

With our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, the numerous dorado we had been seeing that were all over the place, but not interested in feeding suddenly woke up and got hungry.   Action improved as the week went on with mostly 5-20 pound mahi-mahi north of town.  Add to that some great action on some huge jack crevalle and inshore species like snapper and cabrilla plus bonito and the week ended up on an up-note!

Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, pretty much the same thing.  Early in the week, it was really slack.  The conditions looked good but the fish just weren’t helping us out. Then, it got better and better each day.
Small football tuna (and some larger ones for commercial boats); big roosterfsh; a few wahoo; some larger pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and snapper and more dorado turned a nervous week into alot of variety!
Can only hope it gets better!
That’s our story!

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
.
Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

“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 Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 25-July 2, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK of JUNE 25-July 2, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (sunny and warm low 90’s / humid at times/ some breezes)

Water – 2 (some places dropped of cold / other places got warm and algae bloom started – see red tide below)

Fishing – 2 (at best)

Catching – 2 (when fishing is bad to begin with PLUS you lose fish…that hurts!!)

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK

Victor Higerada from Texas with one of the larger dorado of the week and Captain Jorge.

Washington in the house and always smiles when Michele Conklin visits us. She can fish too! She took this hefty yellow snapper on a rough day out’ve Las Arenas.

The start of summer vacation for Micah Sybesma who came down with his dad and took this nicer dorado fishing north from La Paz.

Our good buddy, Rex Smith, who has been with us so many years looks a bit tired and that’s because he is! He battled this big roosterfish and couldn’t lift it for the photo!  He did, however, get it back into the water and honestly, told me he was just trying to keep the fish still so it wouldn’t beat itself up so he could release it.  Well done!

Sam Sybesma in the center with a nice group shot. Sam has fished with us many time but for John Slager, Geoff Wilkinson, Micah Sybesma and AJ Wilkinson, their first dorado! Nice shot!

The Basadre guys got themselves a nice handful of fish with some nice cabrilla and a jack crevalle! They’re from Long Beach.  It’s Felix and his son, David!

Darrell Manginelli and Rob Bogartz started off their week with a couple of dorado.

A hat trick mix of fish for Captain Jorge in the center with an amberjack. Victor Higerada on the left has a football yellowfin tuna and Ed Martinez on the right has a dorado.

Double dorado! Micah on the right and AJ on the left with their first dorado ever!

A fish to match the outfit! It was great having Jeff Swift and his family fishing with us. He’s got a dorado on the gaff just off the island.

Jack crevalle might not be great eating, but they are tough fighers and here in Mexico they are called “Toros.” That’s Spanish for “bull” which is a good name. Darrell Manginelli had his hands full with this big jack!

FISHING FALLS APART

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 25-July 2, 2017

Just when I thought we had turned the corner and the season was “ON!” And being so high on the fishing a week ago, we got slapped back this week with some of the worst fishing I have ever seen.   Fishing literally went into the tank.  The waters turned into the Sahara desert in terms of life!

It was a combination of a number of things.  And what a crazy mix and just a bad combination of weather conditions.
Hurricane Dora way way way to the south of us that skirted far down and quickly went out west to the Pacific.  It didn’t bring rain.  It didn’t bring clouds.  The skies remained sunny and hot.  In fact, humidity got up to 80% one morning when I was putting out the boats.  But, what it did bring was upwelling and swells of cold water that dropped water temperatures 5-10 degrees!  Not only did the waters turn from blue to green, but I think the fish were just in shock like when your hot water turns off in the shower or your neighbor flushes the head and you get a jolt of cold water.  The fish went lockjaw.

Hurricane Dora this past week way to the south of us, but it pushed some colder upwellings towards us that affected the fishing.

On top of that we had several days of winds that gusted here…but not there…and there…but not here.  One place flat as a pond but several miles away white-capping waves that again, didn’t do much for clearing up the water.
(We’re told pretty much all of Southern Baja from La Paz to the East Cape to Cabo were hurting this week for fishing…not just us!.  We were getting calls and e-mails from folks in the other areas asking if our fishing was any better because they wanted to come up to fish.)

This is what red tide looks like and the algae bloom goes off and gets so thick it’s like a soup.  Algae blooms deplete the water o oxygen.

Algae soup!

The biggest issue was a red tide that really put the slammer on everything.  This result from…of all things…warm water that sets off a massive algae bloom that gets so out-of-hand and so thick that waters can looks “red” or “rusty” in places but surely cloudy and filmy and dirty.  In fact, local restaurants are warned not to use local shellfish during a red-tide and for fishing, the algae bloom chokes the oxygen out’ve the water and in some cases like shallow bays kills off marine life.
So, fish just disappeared.  We busted our butts and clients worked hard, but limits of dorado went down to looking for a single dorado bite.  Fish we saw, weren’t interested in eating.  Or, the waters were just empty.
We got a dorado here and there.  We lost the occasional wahoo.  Pargo and and cabrilla and triggerfish were still in the rocks if that’s what you wanted.  A few jack crevalle and rooster fish.  But that was it!
Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll have swung around again.  Things change fast.  The thing with the algae blooms is that the warm water that creates will suddenly kill it off as the temperatures continue to climb.  Then, the waters turn blue.  Fingers crossed.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH

Thank for the big hearts guys!  Donations last week went to the Care for Kids Program.  This week, thanks to Geoff Wilkinson and Sam Sybesma for their donations and also, Felix Basadre and his sons Dave and Tony who hauled down two full ice chests of clothes that will go to the women’s shelter.  (I’m sorry I didn’t get your photos!)   Muchas gracias, guys!
 
 Have a great week everyone!
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 17-25, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

TAILHUNTER BONUS VIDEO FOR THE WEEK – “HUNTERS IN THE SHALLOWS” . 

WEEK AT A GLANCE . (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (getting warmer, but overall nice and sunny mid-90’s in the day / maybe some rain showers this week)

Wind – 6 (still breezy and brisk in the mornings)

Water – 5 (got a little bumpy and rough some days / still cooler green water around/ more clear blue water showing)

Fishing – 6 (More dorado and good action!  Yay…finally dorado!)

Catching – 4 (larger fish frustrating anglers…larger dorado…wahoo…marlin…pargo…cabrilla…many lost!  That’s fishing!)

THE BIG PICTURE REPORT

 

Lots of reasons to love this great photo! First…nice roosterfish just off the beach! Second…Claire Swift’s big smile on her first roosterfish that she REALLY came down to catch! Third…in 20 years of working for us, Captain Arcangel rarely smiles for the camera although he’s a fun guy! He’s got it going on here in this photo! They had 3 other fish that got away also! This beauty was released as well! Claire is from Dana Point CA.

Great start of the week of fishing for our great Washington friends, Grant and Carol Darby with Captain Gerardo and a nice box of dorado!

Every year, Diego Jimenez from Loveland, Colorado comes to visit us and does well. Check out the big roosterfish with Captain Pancho. The fish was released.

We call him the “Mayor.” Butch Tropez from Los Angeles brought the family to see us this year and usually makes at least one or two trips a year to come fish. He got into the dorado right off the Punta Perrico rocks just outside of Muertos Bay. Don’t have to go far for these fish!

Grant Darby from Washington has fished with us a zillion years, but got into three sizeable roosters with Captain Gerardo and said, “No mas!” These fish are a handful. All released.  Grant had fun on the light tackle.

This lady can fish! Verda Boyd visits us every year and our amiga loves to fish…so much so that she left husband Tim back in the San Francisco area and came alone! He wishes he had come now after she had a full 3 days of pretty good fishing with Captain Victor!

From Colorado, Craig Weitzer was fishing with Captain Armando when he got two huge roosters . The largest got released but this one was not able to be let go, but the meat was donated. His first two roosters were beasty-fish!

Another of our regular great amigos who visits us sometimes twice a year and loves fishing with Captain Jorge, John McVey got into this week’s dorado bite.

This lady always gets her fish! Big roosterfish for Kelly Jimenez (Happy Anniversary, amiga!) with Captain Pancho. The fish was released .

Limits for our friend and first time, visitor Jeff Swift from Dana Point, who got a limit of dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. (Those wily pargo and cabrilla are waiting for your next trip, Jeff!)

Carol Darby had quite a week with the dorado and also this roosterfish that’s almost as big as she is and a smiling big Captain Gerardo! They caught the fish not far off the Arenas lighthouse on light tackle. They also released the fish.

Verda Boyd has a nice variety of fish for the day with Captain Victor and Carlos including dorado, a big pompano, triggerfish, a barred pargo and a palometa! All great eating!

Captain Jorge and Diego Jimenez started his week off with some pretty dorado to fill the ice chest.

Wow! We’ve had some big needlefish this season but this one is prehistoric! Captain Rogelio helps Carol Darby (longer than she is tall!) pose with this creature!

DORADO SEASON OFFICIALLY ON…FOR AT LEAST THIS WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 17-25, 2017

It’s been a long time…several seasons actually…since I’ve been able to blow the “dorado trumpet!”  After about 2  1/2 seasons where el Nino conditions kept the dorado eenie-meenie small or almost non-existent, it’s nice to have the mahi-mahi back in our waters and, while not beasts, they’re nice good-sized fun fish that kept rods bent and folks (especially first-timers) happy.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say these two words…”DORADO LIMITS!”

While there’s still a bit of chill and wind in the mornings, it’s warm and sunny during the day and some of the best conditions we’ve seen in awhile.  I’m sure that has had a lot to do with the improved fishing.  Still some bump out there, but surely better than it has been and, although I hear there’s been a crazy heat wave in much of the lower U.S. and Pacific States, it’s been a balmy 95 here most of the week.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET

There’s still some big rooster fish around.  There’s still wahoo around.  But, our counts surely didn’t show it this week although we did get a few of each.  For once, there was something else to chase and for alot of folks, the opted for fun and action chasing the dorado schools that moved in rather than spend long hours chasing the bigger home run fish like the roosters and wahoo.
The roosters we did get were in the 25-60 pound class.  The wahoo…well…we lost most of them but were about 30 pounders.
The excitement focused on some of the best dorado fishing we’ve seen in ages.  Not huge fish, but good respectable 8-20 pounders and we were getting limits or near limits on some days with fish being released, especially smaller or female fish!  There were also some larger bulls in the 25-30 pound class as well.
Another good sign is that these dorado will wake up the billfish and sure enough there was a huge black marlin and a blue marlin hooked as well!
Still some white bonito, pompano, huge jack crevalle and pargo mixed in as well.

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

Another nice mix of fish with dorado leading the way. Again, it’s been awhile since dorado have been center-stage and even a longer time since I’ve been able to say that both our La Paz and our Las Arenas fleets are into the fish!
Like Las Arenas, the dorado have been that nice-grade medium-sized with occasionally larger bulls and not unusual to get early limits.  The issue, mostly is finding the fish. There’s still some thick cold green water muddling around the island so the idea is to find the warmer water and blue currents.  It’s so markedly different you can stand in the panga and see the two waters next to each other like night-and-day.
In the inshore waters, you can have fun all day if you’re tired of chasing dorado.  In the rocks we had some great…but frustrating acition…on tough pargo, cabrilla and amberjack that rocked alot our efforts!
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 11-17, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO LA PAZ FISHING REPORT

June 11-17, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (Pretty nice.  Sunny days / comfortable nights/ cool breezes)

Wind – 6 (Still pesky but better than before.  Messes up the fishing water)

Fishing – 5 (Decent, not great.  Should be way way better for this time of year.  Changes daily.)

Catching – 4 (Still losing alot of bigger fish that would change alot of things)

Bait – 4 (At best.  Better in La Paz than Las Arenas)

THE BIG PICTURE!

Laura Weinholtz from Denver, Colorado was with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet near La Paz when she hooked this huge bull dorado not far from Bahia de los Muertos on a live bait. It’s the largest dorado so far of the season. She had a pretty good trip! She also got a wahoo. See photos below!

Damon Chin from Massachusetts was on his first fishing trip to La Paz and fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing and got a wahoo pretty much bigger than him on his first at-bat! He needed a hand from his buddy, Tim Mistler and Captain Gerardo who is about 6’5” tall. Fish is estimated at about 65 pounds.

Good start for the Pacific NW! Captain Arcangel with Kelly Steck from Washinton and dad, Ed, from Oregon and a nice pair of dorado to start the week!

Megan Garrison tied into this beautiful wahoo just outside of Bahia de los Muertos and got it to the panga to pose. Megan is from San Diego.  Thanks to Gary Wagner for the photo.  Megan was staying at his place a Rancho Costa.

Doctors in the house! Jim Good and his son, Marshall Bell, are both heart doctors from Colorado. They got a nice little adrenaline buzz off these two dorado south of Bahia de los Muertos.

What a week for Arizona cattleman, Rick Skaaler, and Captain Gerardo with another big fish. This time, a hefty roosterfish. Released.

From Park City, Utah, it was great to finally get Jim Pankow down to visit us. He scored one of the larger dorado with our La Paz fleet so far this season fishing with Captain Boli.

Captain Armando shares a smile and photo with our Denver amigos, Diane and GaryKaiser and their dorado.

Big smiles from Dr. Marshall Bell and his dad, Dr. Jim Good, who baited our first striped marlin of the season then had himself quite a stand-up battle just off the east side of Espirto Santo Island. The fish could not be released. Father and son are from Colorado.

Hard to have more fun than Katie Skaaler from Arizona who got her first wahoo with us and Captain Gerardo!

From San Diego, Karl Ferreira, only had one day to fish with us and did himself well with several dorado in the box and brought to dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner!

For someone who hasn’t done alot of fishing, Laura Weinholtz had herself a dandy week of fishing including this nice wahoo with Captain Pancho.

Funny pose with Captain Jorge and amigo, Craig Weitzel, from Denver and a couple of schoolie dorado.

Good bonito action for both our fleets with several species of bonito. Anyone who doubts the feistyness of these members of the tuna family has never had one on a hook! They pull perhaps harder pound-for-pound than anything in the water. If they were only 50 pounds larger ,they’d probably yank fishermen right into the water. Captain Pancho and John Ehlers, our amigo from Colorado, with a big fat bonito!

DORADO FINALLY JOIN THE ACTION

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 11-17, 2017

Not a terribly bad week.  Even with the big moon!
Good sunny  weather and diminishing winds helped conditions improve although there are still some big patches of cold green water and erratic fishing patterns as the season still tries to get in gear.  Some high spots.  Some low spots.  Every day seemed different.  Hot fishing spots changed daily.  Bait availability changed daily.   What we caught changed daily.
It’s just traces of winter still lingering as we’re about 5-8 degrees cooler than normal as are the waters. Even my scuba divers are telling me that there’s warm “green water” up on top but then 30’ below the surface the water is clear, but icy cold!  Usually, it’s just the reverse.  Warmer waters are clear and colder waters are greener.  There are also current lines where one side of the current is green and the other side is clear.
Apparently, fishing is erratic all over as we’re getting calls from other locations and folks staying in other areas asking how our fishing is doing!
However, overall, the best thing about the week is that the dorado look like they’re finally joining the show about 1-2 months late!  The conditions we’re seeing right now are basically what we should have seen at the end of April or through May, not mid-June.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ BAHIA de LOS MUERTOS FLEET

We saw more and bigger dorado than we’ve seen in a long time.  Not a lot of mahi-mahi, but anything is an improvement over what we’ve had, especially over the last two years when fish averaged about 12” long!  The dorado we saw this week were nicer 8-20 pounders with a few in the 25-35 pound range and it was great to see some actual schools of dorado instead of one or two free-swimmers!
Wahoo are also still around with us getting some fish in the 20-30 pound class, but also one estimated over 60 pounds.  Not sure how much longer they will be around as the waters get warmer which is bringing some of the billfish into the waters as we’re seeing more sails, striped and blue marlin hanging out the the surface just waiting for the waters to kick it up a notch or two in temperature and they’ll start biting.
Not much in the way of rooster fish this week but that’s also a function of the fact that folks weren’t really chasing the in-edible rooster fish although they are a spectacular fish to catch and a real trophy. They’re not good eating so most of our clients were out chasing dorado and wahoo.  But the fish we did catch were all chunky 30 pound class fish or larger.
Live bait is still an issue.  Flyfishers are pretty much giving up although two of our flyfishers did see some action on sabalo and dorado.  The flyfishers down here have all pretty much been fishing conventionally if they want to catch fish.

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

Very very encouraging to see more dorado finally with 10-20 pound fish in the mix.  Better than it has been in a long time.  But, a lot of the fish are just not quite ready to go yet.
My captains are telling me the area is set to blow up.  Waters are getting bluer away from the islands (still green) and there are dorado everywhere, just not yet feeding on much or not willing to take a bait or lure.  But, it’s bubbling and promising to hear that there’s dorado activity that could go off soon!
Same for billfish.  More and more billfish showing up and look like they could go on the chew if waters warm and clear up just a tad more .
Inshore, there’s still amberjack, pargo, snapper and cabrilla  as well as triggerfish biting nicely.

PACK FOR A PURPOSE

Thanks to our folks who brought us donations this week for our on-going community out-reach programs.  So many great things.  We just sent several hundred pounds to one of the outlying La Paz communities where they have no water or electricity.  This batch might be headed to the women’s shelter.  But big gracias to Grant and Carol Darby, John Ehlers and his family with Laura Weinholtz his daughter; Jim and Jeff Pankow from Utah and more Colorado amigos, Diego and Kelly Jimenez plus the Ferreira Family from San Diego.

From Washington, Carol and Grant Darby with toothbrushes, toothpaste, school supplies and toys!

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John Ehlers and his daughter Laura Weinholtz with school items, hygiene things and more.

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Every year, they bring the big hearts.  Diego and Kelly Jimenez from Colorado!

HAPPY FATHER’s DAY!

My dad is giggling as I shave him. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I miss you!

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