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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 29-July 6, 2020

MARLIN DORADO OTHERS MAKE GOOD SHOWING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 29-July 6, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Nice looking bunch of fish for the day from Ismael Hernandez and Paul Rodriguez holding with two bull dorado apiece while fishing out of Bahia Muertos south of La Paz. Both anglers live in La Paz.

Captain Pancho took two of his friends Omar and Chema from La Paz out fishing from Bahia Muertos. They hooked 3 marlin and released 2 of them. This one could not be released but the meat was welcomed by the three families.

One of the marlin released by Captain Pancho and his friends.

There are some good numbers of sizable roosterfish prowling the La Paz beaches right now. Big ones like this one caught by the Barta Family from Colorado was hooked near Punta Arenas while they were staying at Rancho Costa resort. The fish was released.

Captain Ramon ( “Moncho”) with the Tailhunter Fleet took out the son of one of his friends. Young Paul Rodriguez, Jr. from La Paz poses with his great looking bull dorado.

Another local, Erick was out and poses with one of his dorado. Great colors!

More pretty colors and a healthy roosterfish caught and released by Jovani who lives in La Paz.

Alisha Clegg and husband Bennett have fished with us many years and always do well. They started fishing this week just a bit south of us on the East Cape and Palmas de Cortez. They’ll be fishing with us later this week in La Paz. They caught and released 3 striped marlin.

Bennett Clegg in on the action too with another caught and released striper to start the day.

The Cleggs also put some fat football tuna in the box as well. Hopefully, the tuna will follow the Cleggs to La Paz this week.

I could sum it all up in 3 sentences. Fishing is pretty great. Weather is pretty hot. Tourism is slow but getting a little better.

Warm water species typical of this time of year are getting on on the action although truthfully, there’s not really that many folks in town and even fewer that are fishing. Mostly, it’s our captains and friends or locals taking themselves out. The city, like the rest of Baja Sur, has only been open for about 3 weeks now and the wheels are taking a bit to get up-to-speed.

Normally, this would be prime time, but many businesses are still cleaning and sanitizing as well as implementing the health protocols required by the government. Like everywhere else that has opened up their economies, Baja is watching it’s covid infections surge as well. The government says it was not unexpected although they are certainly worried about new spikes, just like in the U.S.

Baja is currently in Level 5 Orange.

Initially, many locals ignored the restrictions about masks and social distancing as well as only 30% maximum occupancy of hotels, restaurants, businesses and beaches. Consequently, this past week, the government has shut down the beaches once again, although they indicated this may only be for a week or two.  This pretty much includes all of the beaches from Mulege all the way down the Peninsula. The only exception are the beaches in Cabo San Lucas which remain open.  However, in Cabo, they shut down all watersports business like kayaks, booze cruises, parasailing and scuba, but kept sportfishing open.

Sportfishing is not affected in La Paz even with the beaches closed.  Hoewever…The La Paz Malecon is also closed except for vehicles and bikes.  Likewise, alcohol sales have been limited to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One other thing is the the border between the U.S. and Mexico is still closed through the latter part of July.  However, this does NOT apply to travel by plane, rail or boat.   That being said, I know lots of folks who seem to have crossed the border going both way via car without any real problem.

 

Empty beaches once again.

However, the fishing has been fairly solid although things change from day-to-day and place to place. It’s difficult to get a good read on anything since there’s just not the usual boat traffic on the water.

However, blue water species like marlin, tuna and dorado have come in, pretty much marking the summer season as waters get warmer.

Some boats are hooking (and releasing) multiple marlin which are mostly stripers in the 90-120 pound range. One huge black marlin of about 400 pounds was landed by some commercial fishermen in a panga when the massive fish got tangle in the grapples of their anchor and anchor line.

Dorado numbers are increasing as well with quality fish up to about 30 pounds which we normally don’t see this early. With lots of bait along the beaches, roosterfish and other jacks such as pompano and jack crevalle are providing great inshore action. Some of the roosterfish are running between 50 and 70 pounds and most getting released.

Bottom fishing on the reefs is producing pargo, snapper, cabrilla and triggerfish.

CRAZY STORY

Commercial fishermen were out in a panga when this huge black marlin estimated at maybe 400 pounds got tangled in their anchor lines and snagged itself on the grapple hooks of the anchor.  Check out the photo and the two videos!  In the photo, you can see the anchor!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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 June 1-12, 2020

YES!  NO!  Uh…MAYBE!  STAY TUNED!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for June 1-12, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Dennis Gaetz lives in San Pedro near Bahia Muertos where we usually launch our pangas and got out for a day with his wife. He shows off a tasty pompano.

 

Debbie Gaetz with a jack crevalle she caught while fishing with her husband (photo above). Too bad the jacks aren’t real good eating. Although sportfishing is prohibited right now, locals are permitted to subsistence fish. Apparently there’s alot of bait and they saw alot of roosterfish, but the roosters wouldn’t bite.

Our folks in Bahia Magdalena who work with us were out catching some food. Captain Saul was out with family and has a nice pargo on the line.

Some really good eats! From the Bahia Magdalena shallows in the mangroves an ice chest with some fat grouper.

 

It looked like there was a ray of hope there for a bit regarding opening Baja for tourism again.  Indeed, there was a bright spot as June 16th was repeatedly bandied about as the day the quarantine and lockdown would be lifted.

 

Health inspections were taking place.  Businesses were sending employees to classes to learn about new health protocols.  Hotels and restaurants were digging themselves out from almost 3 months of dusty Baja darkness.

 

It seemed there was a green light in the distance and everyone was moving towards it.

 

But wait.  Not just yet.

 

That green light still sits at the end of the tunnel, but it’s gotten a bit dimmer.  Or perhaps it’s because it has moved further away.

 

I waited to post this latest update and report because I knew that last Wednesday, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis, the governor of Baja Sur, was going to post a new state address about the re-opening.    He was going to give a more definitive word about what was going to happen after June 15th.

 

Well, last Wednesday, the governor broadcast the message and all it did was leave alot of us scratching our heads; others pulling their hair out; and others just laughing at the ambiguity of the message.  I sort of get it.  I’m glad I’m not a politician right now.

In a nutshell the government has broken down re-opening into six “traffic light” segments based on how bad they think the infection situation is.  Here’s the chart.  See if it makes sense:

 

The governor’s new “traffic light” chart. Every business will get assigned a color which will be announced after June 15th. The chart tells you what a business can and cannot do.

 

Every business or entity will be judged by and given a “light.”  That will determine if they can open and then, in what capacity they can operate.  All of this, of course, is also based on how badly the pandemic is doing at that particular time.   And, just because you have a certain “color” designation does not pre-clude that your color can be changed at any time.  Kinda like a kid’s game board…up…back…sideways.  Do not pass “Go.”  Skip ahead 2 spaces…etc.

 

Shutting down again is not out of the question…just like the rest of the world.

 

However…Governor Mendoza Davis is not going to tell anyone their color UNTIL JUNE 15th…NEXT MONDAY!

 

It begs the question…how is anyone going to monitor this?

 

That hotel gets a green.  The one next to it is a yellow.  One restaurant is red.  The other is an orange.  Who is counting the number of people on the beaches or parks to make sure that only a certain percentage are on the beach or park at a given time?  Who is measuring the distance between tables in a restaurant?

 

And this is based on so many conflicting reports.  Just in the last few days here’s what I pulled from Mexican news sources.  Many contradict their own stories:

  • Some World Tourism Organization declared Cabo to be the first “safe” destination on Baja’s Pacific Coast (but no one has heard of this organization)
  • But…Health officials say the virus is spiking again and thing are opening too soon
  • Many businesses have received their official “health certification.”
  • But…Health officials say the the peak of infections has not yet hit and Baja Sur is one of the new hot spots in Mexico
  • Some tourists are already filtering back into Cabo
  • But…most hotels cannot yet open
  • The government says the curve has flattened according to the statistics
  • But…other groups says the numbers are skewed and falsely reported in order to get the businesses open again
  • The severe lockdown is still in place for locals and non-essential businesses
  • But…many people are ignoring it.  Businesses found in violation are simply given a warning.  People in violation are told to go home.

 

And on and on…

 

 

The lifting of the Baja quarantine was predicated upon the diminishing number of infections in the area. Compared to the rest of the country, Baja, as a whole, was doing pretty good.  Only a handful of cases compared to other areas.

 

However, in the past week or so, there has been a steady up-surge in Covid infections attributable possibly to a number of variables.

 

For one, about 2 weeks ago, local residents largely ignored social-distancing and came out in numbers for parties related to Mothers’ Day as well as Childrens Day.   Police busted hundreds of secret parties.  Numerous groups where chased off the beaches.

 

Add to that the fact that locals have just been antsy.  Police can’t stop everyone.  They can’t be everywhere.

 

So, out everyone went.  Social distancing be damned and folks just started getting out.  Vendors started selling.  People were out shopping.  Folks were eating out.  As soon as police cleared one beach, folks just drifted off to other beaches or other areas.   Social media was used to warn each other about areas to avoid where police might be checking.  A big game.

 

And to some degree, the police either stopped caring or realized the futility of too few resources for too big a job.

 

And, so up go the numbers.

 

Many businesses that had planned to open after mid-June are now saying that they will wait for an “official” word to re-open.  Others have not even started to open.  Others don’t care.  They have to work and so they open and hope not to get caught.  Most stay closed.

 

As one business owner told me, “I can’t afford to bring back all our staff and pay them to clean up and sanitize our place and take health classes.  Then, they will only have to sit around waiting for a real opening date.  Or I send them home again.  I can’t afford to do that nor do I want to do that to my employees.”

 

So, he will just wait.

 

In fact, Baja’s government is now being accused by health administrators of covering up their true infection numbers so that they could jumpstart the economy.

 

In the rest of the country, the virus appears to be raging, especially in urban areas where social distancing is difficult and medical attention is already inundated.

 

The government says the worst is over. The curve is flattening.  Health officials scratch their heads and say, Mexico is just heading into the worst of it as bodies stack up in hospital storage rooms and morgues still not officially reported Crematoriums can’t keep up.

 

The entire country…all the Mexican states…have been painted red by the health ministers.  Red as in “Code Red.”

 

However, the individual states are being left to decide for themselves whether and when they will make their moves to re-open.  Like everywhere, it’s a precarious decision.

 

For now, as far as I can discern from the numerous new reports that emanate daily, Baja is on hold.  Wait-and-see.  Until after June 15th.

 

Ports and marinas are slated to be open by June 16th.  The border closing is supposed to terminate (driving only) by June 22.  Beaches are supposed to be open June 30th.  But wait-and-see.

 

International Terminal 2 at the Cabo Airport, maybe not until July.

 

But, if there’s no hotels, airlines, restaurants or other services open, it’s going to be very difficult to ramp up the tourism machine…just yet.

 

Head towards that green light in the distance, but pump the breaks and slow it down a bit.  We finally have tickets to fly home June 23rd.  But, that may change if we have no place to live and hotels aren’t open yet.

 

Personally, I think things won’t be back until July.   I can guarantee one thing.  Probably everything you just read and saw on this report will change by the time you’re seeing this.

 

IN OTHER NEWS...

Social distancing? What’s that? Beer is flowing again!

Breweries have been re-opened and have been deemed “essential” to business and are now trucking out cases as fast-as-they-can to re-fill shelves and refrigerators after many weeks of no beer sales!  Yes…even THAT beer with the unlucky name of a certain virus is back on the shelves too!

YES! It is indeed essential!

 

 

No matter what…please take care of each other and be good to each other!  These are trying times indeed.

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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 May 14-23, 2020

DELAYS and a NEW NORMAL?

La Paz  – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 14-23, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Secret parties being held all the time! Despite the quarantine.

Curfew time is 8 p.m. everyone off the streets, but locals use Facebook to let others know where the checkpoints are or where patrols will be.

This last weekend alone more than 8,000 people were chased off La Paz beaches which have been “closed” almost two months…supposedly. At one point, law enforcement confiscated everyone’s picnic gear, beach gear, floatie toys and ice chests.

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No fishing to report – Ports/ Marinas and all sportfishing and water activities continue to be closed and under quarantine.

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The news from Mexico and Baja continues to be conflicted and baffling…to say the least.

 

Amid reports that the State of Mexico and Mexico City seemingly keep setting records each week for infections and deaths, more than 300 “less infected” areas have started to ease their quarantines.  This is occurring despite warnings that Mexico has not even faced it’s worst infections…yet.

 

So, some areas have started re-opening.  Some industries like mining, auto manufacturing and construction might be re-starting.

 

Baja is not one of them.

 

Originally, slated for re-opening June 1, the government now says it is more likely to keep things shuttered until June 15th…or later. For, sure it definitely doesn’t look like anyone is opening up June 1st.  Everyone from hotels to restaurants and airlines is back-peddling now.

 

This comes in the face of many hotels, restaurants and other businesses, and airlines who were already making plans to open their services at the beginning of June.

 

The U.S and Mexico also agreed to continue with the border being closed until June 22. However, this does NOT apply to air, sea or rail travel.

 

The problem is that Baja is among a handful of Mexican states where the virus has not abated.  In fact, in areas such as Mexico City, many reports say that the infection and death counts are highly “under-reported.”

 

It sounds a bit like China.  Experts hypothesize that the real statistics might be as much as 3 times higher than reported.  As of this writing, there are  more than 66,000 confirmed infections with more than 7000 deaths. Numbers that might only be 1/4 or 1/3 of the actual numbers.

 

In Baja, the big issue is that Baja Norte,  which includes the border cities such as Tijuana and Mexicali are seeing very high numbers.  It is being lumped together with Baja Sur (which includes Los Cabos, La Paz, Mulege and Loreto) which has relatively few cases.

 

It’s somewhat like grouping North Carolina and Southern Carolina together.  Two different areas.  Different cities and populations, etc. Or comparing New York and North Dakota.

 

However PER CAPITA, Baja has among the highest infection and death rates in the country.  It’s always in the top 4 or so.  And that’s not good and has the health officials concerned.

 

The tourism zones of Cabo and La Paz have been quarantined now for over a month.  All non-essential businesses are closed.  So, are hotels, beaches and restaurants.  The ports and marinas are closed so no sportfishing is allowed either.

 

There’s also 8 p.m. curfews and many other restrictions.

 

However, as one of my gringo amigos living in La Paz told me, “The locals either ignore the restrictions or don’t give-a-s#@t!  They party…sneak out to the beaches…have secret gatherings…you should have seen Mothers Day and Childrens Day!”

 

“The authorities are supposed to enforce the quarantine, but it is very arbitrary.  Anyway, the locals use social media and other clandestine means to avoid checkpoints and to inform each other when the police are searching areas.  It’s like a big game to not get caught!  Many folks during the daytime wander downtown as if nothing is going on.”

 

So, bottom line is that no one really knows what’s going to happen.  There are a lot of moving pieces.

 

And, I have to ask, what is the new “normal” going to look like?  Do any of us even know what normal will look like in our own towns and cities in the U.S.?

 

In Mexico, we come to fish, dive and party and spend time with family and friends.

 

Fishing might be the vehicle that brings us to Mexico, but it’s the whole ambience that keeps us coming back.  We come for the beaches, the great food, the nightlife, the shopping, and more.

 

I have no doubt that when Baja opens up again, it’s going to take time to get on it’s feet again.  Whether things open up in early June, late June or whenever, it’s going to be a slow opening.

 

Officials predict 20-30% of all restaurants will not be able to open.  I know our own Tailhunter Restaurant in La Paz had to be closed permanently as a casualty of the pandemic.

 

I think fishing will be some of the best ever.  The fish have been left alone for months.  But, which operators will still be running?  I once heard that Cabo has over 500 “charter” operators.  But, what now?  Many could not afford the high slip fees in the marinas during the quarantine.

 

And what about the hotels and restaurants.

 

New sanitary protocols will have to be in place.

 

Does that mean social distancing in restaurants? In hotels?  Wearing masks around town or to go to night spots or shopping?  What does that mean for tours like snorkel tours or booze cruises where big groups get together?  Hanging out on the beach with a mask or walking the waterfront or marina but not after a certain time or keeping social distancing?  How are rooms going to be cleaned?  Everyone will have to be re-trained.

 

How is all that going to work out?

 

I just don’t know.   We’re all figuring it out as we go.  Everywhere.

ON THE GOOD NEWS FRONT! THANK YOU ALL!

Hugo, our awesome Tailhunter team member, amigo and popular driver for our fishermen to Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos was hospitalized about 2 weeks go with Covid.  It was touch-and-go for a bit.

Happy to say that he has been released and is re-cuperating at home!

I made sure to alert him to all of the e-mails, and facebook messages and prayers that you all sent on his behalf.  He saw them all and said to thank you and tell you that the messages were “the best medicine.”  He’s looking forward to getting back on his feet and seeing you all again in La Paz very soon!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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 ro Week of March 16-23, 2020

BEST FISHING WEEK OF SEASON…BUT…

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Fishing Report for week of March 16-23, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Miles Wagner is always on fish and he put the wood to several yellowtail at Punta Perrico as well as Cerralvo Island including this hefty yellow. Miles lives in Colorado Springs CO.

Yes, that’s our Captain Chito and Captain Luis out with family members and big load of meat including a big amberjack, yellowtail and dorado. This group knows how to fish!

Good guy, Gary Wagner, owner of the Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo and Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos with one of several dorado he took last week.

For real now, there aren’t many anglers or much of anyone in town. There weren’t many to begin with insofar as November to April is off-season, but usually this time of year, there’s an influx of spring breakers that descend on southern Baja and more snowbirds finally tired of cold winters north of the border.

However, that has pretty much come to a halt. Springbreakers understandably abruptly left. Actually, it was canceled. Lots of visitors have returned to their respective countries. Locals are hunkered down at the suggestion of the local, state and federal authorities. It’s kind of eerie out seeing much of anyone on eat beaches, streets, water, restaurants or bars. Much like the U.S. although to date, there has been only 1 confirmed case of the virus in Baja.

 

As we all know, changes have been almost daily, if not hourly and whatever you’re reading here could well have changed by that time.

 

Of course, as Murphy’s cruel law would have it, we probably just had one of the best fishing and weather weeks of the year.

 

Sardines and ballyhoo showed up for live bait. Even squid for the first time in years, got the commercial squid fishermen out to catch squid that came up from the deep trenches for the markets and for bait!

Go figure! For the first time in years, the squid came up from the deep trenches! Thanks to Gary Wagner for this photo of the commercial squid fishermen out on the bay at Muertos.

Winds settled down as well. So, with very few visiting anglers, captains were out catching fish for food and families taking friends, locals and family members out to fish.

 

With the good conditions, the production of a variety of fish was pretty remarkable. Yellowtail up to about 30 pounds were hitting off the structure and drop-offs. In those same areas, some 30-60 pound amberjack were also racked.

 

Over the reefs, some of those big tough pargo liso in the 15-20 pound range were getting hooked as well as an abundance of cabrilla and snapper plus bonito, jack crevalle, sierra and even some tuna were hooked (but not confirmed).

 

Later in the week, the winds came back and waters got colder and greener and the bite softened a bit, but overall a pretty good week to have been on the water!

 

Daytime temps are already in the low 80’s and supposedly the virus can’t survive in humidity and temperatures over 65. We’ll see. We can only hope.

JILL and I and TAILHUNTER STATUS

After almost 4 months on the road, Jilly and I returned to our house in the U.S. to a completely different world.  Alot has changed since December as we all know.

Many of you who have followed our 2020 TAILHUNTER TOUR know that our last two shows in Salt Lake City and in San Diego got canceled so were involuntarily came back two weeks early to re-group and figure out what’s going on. Like you, we see things changing daily or even hourly. Like you we’re just waiting to see how this all plays out.

 

We did figure that in the last 3 months, we’ve probably come in contact with about 250,000 people in close-quarters while attending all these shows. We’ve been high-fiving, shaking hands, hugging and there’s hardaly any social distancing! We have stayed in hotel rooms and eating in restaurants every single day and night. That’s ALOT of contact!

 

We FEEL FINE. However, we don’t know if we might be carrying.

 

So, we’ve basically self-quarantined so we don’t infect anyone else. At least 14 days, we’re hunkered down just like so many of you! We’re hoping to return ASAP to our home in La Paz.

 

As far as fishing trips, many of you heard about the mutual agreement between Mexico and the U.S. to prohibit all non-essential travel. And everyone who was there visiting, has largely left to come home…or plans to stay for awhile. Alot of things are empty.

 

This obviously puts a big crimp in our fishing season which should have been just kicking off right now.

 

We have not gotten many cancelations. Most of our reservations for March, April and much of May simply postponed their trips to later dates and we are all just waiting-to-see what plays out. No one has lost their deposits or funds. Everyone is still credited if they have changed dates or postponed or, in the case of a rare cancelation.

 

In the meantime, I don’t know how often I’ll be posting fishing reports for a bit. I’ve only missed like…6 weeks in 24 years! But, hopefully, we can all get a handle on this and do the difficult things so we can get back to some normalcy as soon as possible.

If you’ve got a trip planned anywhere this year…BUY TRIP INSURANCE!  We’ve recommended it to our clients for years.  Even if coronavirus had not occurred, trip insurance is very economical and covers unforseen things like injuries, bad weather, flight cancelations, getting sick on a trip, etc.  Look into it and purchase it ASAP!

 

Here’s some assistance:   CLICK HERE FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE HELP

 

Be well. Stay healthy. Take care of each other and God bless!

 

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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 Feb. 9-16, 2020

ANGLERS FIND SMALL OPPORTUNITIES DESPITE WINDS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 9-16, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Just a great photo! They got blown off the first day but hung in there and went out despite waves and strong winds (check out Jan’s hair and Art’s hoodie). However, first-timer Jan Paisley and Art Flippin from Colorado went out dragging a Rapala hoping something would bite and this big 70-pound yellowfin tuna chomped the line! They were just off Punta Arenas with Cerralvo Island in the background. Surprise catch for this time of year!

Our good amigos, Donna and Roger Thompson from La Ventana found some mackerel on the east side of Cerralvo Island and hung some nice yellowtail before the macks disappeared and the winds came back up.

Colorful dorado just outside Punta Perrico for Jan. The fish was taken to our Tailhunter Restaurant to be cooked up!

Escaping -30 degree weather up in Alberta, Canada, Sheri Maitland found sunshine and a school of dorado like this one just inside La Paz Bay on one of the calmer days.

Unusual fish for this time of year because dorado are warm water fish, Brad Bowdon got this bull fishing out’ve La Paz. Brad’s from Canada.

That’s a tasty barred pargo for first-timer, Jan Paisley from Colorado with a big smile!

It looks a bit choppy out there and chilly, but Stu Maitland has a firm gaff in this nice dorado.

It was a weird unusual, but not unusual week, if that makes sense. Yes, it was typically windy as if often the case this time of year and “cold” on top of it (by Mexico standards!). Locals were bundled up while tourists visiting La Paz for sunshine were walking around in shorts and t-shirts.

However, as far as the wind was concerned, it blew hard some areas some days and less so in other areas. And, of course, it affected the fishing. Some folks fishing one area pretty much got blown off the water or had to cancel trips. Others found some decent windows to get lines wet, even if only temporarily before winds shifted and the waves just got too rough and choppy.

Fortunately, this time of the year, there aren’t that many folks fishing.

However, for the few folks out that were able to get on the water…even for a short time, there were some decent catches.

For our anglers fishing the Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Cerralvo Island areas, there were the occasispeonal dorado and we even got a surprising chunky tuna that ran about 70 pounds taken on a trolled Rapala. On the East side of Cerralvo Island, there was a quick jag of yellowtail that ran 15-25 pounds, especially if you got into the live mackerel that temporarily schooled up.

Inshore, pargo, cabrilla and jack crevalle provided some fun entertainment.

For our anglers that were able to get out of the Bay and head north towards Espirito Santo Island, some yellowtail were also found, but it was pretty rough getting out there. Fortunately, there were some school-sized dorado just inside the bay that could be caught with most fish going about 10 pounds. But, it was stil pretty rough out there.

And more…BAHIA MAGDALENA!

A table full of great fillets coming up including pargo, snapper, corvina and grouper for our amiga Verda Boyd after her first day fishing the mangroves.

Another nice pargo in the boat caught by Natalie Nazareno. You can see the mangroves in the background.

We sent some anglers out with our Bahia Magdalena outfit. It was also too windy to fish outside the bay and work the ridge for yellowtail and grouper. However, inshore among the mangroves in the shallows, the fishing was spectacular. They got almost a dozen species! These included grouper, several species of pargo, snapper and seabass as well as corvina all on light tackle.

Jorge Romero, sporting his Santa beard, pulled this grouper out’ve the tangle of mangrove roots.

Tim Zimmer with a hard fighting pargo that ate a hooked shrimp.

All by herself! Bella Nazareno hooked and fought all of her fish by herself including this fat pargo!

One day…lots of variety!

Captain Rigo poses with Verda and another pargo for the cooler!

Also, the whales have been late arrivals for the whalewatching season, but more whales are finally showing up in Bahia Magdalena not far from where we’re fishing these days.  Let us. know and we can set you up with a great whalewatching trip.

ROAD TOUR TAILHUNTER 2020 – THANK YOU SALT LAKE CITY!

Just finished the Western Hunt and Conservation Show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  It was 4 crazy days of madness and fun!  We just wanted to give a shout-out to all our Utah folks for the great hospitality and all the Tailhunter Nation members who came out to see us!    We had some of the best days of any of the 5 shows we’ve done this year.  Reservations to come fish with us in 2020 were off-the-charts and we’re looking forward to all the visits!  Thanks to everyone!

Next up…the grand-daddy show of the West Coast… It’s the 74th Annual Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at the Long Beach Convention Center March 4-8!  Come see us.  Click the link below!

Long Beach – March 4-8, 2020

CARNIVAL LA PAZ – Feb. 21-26!

If you’re headed to La Paz, don’t forget that Carnival starts Feb. 21 and goes through the 26th with lots of parades, fireworks, food and major partying!  The Tailhunter Restaurant on the Malecon is a great place to catch all the parades!

 

That’s our story!  Hope you had a super Valentine’s Day!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 28, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

WINDOWS of OPPORTUNITY PRODUCE NICE MIX

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 28, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY. . .

From Richfield, Utah, Monte and Marlene Aldridge got in one day of fishing and picked the one day of the week when waters were calm enough and got some nice biters on some big sierra mixed in with dorado out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos south of La Paz.

Yup…it’s wintertime, but there’s still dorado around! Nice little bull mahi for Marlene.

Some great eating and great fun on light tackle, Monte has a speedy toothy sierra.

It pays to watch the weather.  This past week there were some incredible uber windy and cold days.  Normally, these are days we would recommend not going fishing.  We even had some rain this past week.  It happens. It’s winter.  It’s off-season.

 

Some folks decided they still wanted to go fishing. So, off they went despite my warnings.  Didn’t catch much of anything and it was so rough they had to come back early.  We had others booked but had to cancel them because of the rough weather.

 

Honestly, only about 2 days this week would have been fishable at all.

 

However, we also had folks who were flexible on their fishing days and let me tell them when they should go fishing.  And, sure enough, they found fish.  Surprisingly, pretty decent fishing.  Most amazing was the mixture of fish.

 

Cold-water fish like big sierra typical of this time of year were running 5-8 pounds. However,  mixed right in were some school-sized dorado.  The strange thing is that dorado are warm water fish that we usually catch during the warmer summer and fall months.  So, they’re normally not running this time of year!

 

Along with those species, there were jags of bonito and scattered jack crevalle as well as snapper and cabrilla along the shoreslines where there was structure such as reefs, rocks and drop offs.

 

The weather makes all the difference.  The coming week forecast mostly cloudy weather again to start the year with winds running 15-20 mph at times.

 

WE ARE COMING YOUR WAY! ROAD TOUR 2020!

By the time you’re reading this, Jilly and I will be on the road for our 2020 Tailhunter Road Tour coming to see you!  We’ll be on the road through April criss-crossing the western U.S. and hitting up the biggest and most awesome fishing and hunting shows in the world!

In our brand new Tailhunter-mobile, we’ll be hitting a different show each week with our booth, flyers and brochure and would love to see you and talk to you about fishing with us in La Paz in 2020.

 

These shows are massive and there are hundreds-upon-hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world to tell you about fishing, hunting, camping, RV’s, kayaking, boating, trekking…basically anything outdoors!  Great for the entire family.

In order, we’ll be hitting:

DENVER CO

SACRAMENTO CA

SEATTLE/PUYALLUP WA

PORTLAND OR

SALT LAKE CITY UT

LONG BEACH CA 

SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX AZ

SANDY (Salt Lake City) UT

DEL MAR (San Diego) CA

Our first show will be this week at the International Sportsmans Expo held Thursday to Sunday at the Denver Convention Center downtown.  Here’s a link with all the info:

DENVER ISE SHOW JAN 99-12, DENVER COLORADO

Click the link and come see us and let’s get you fishing in 2020 in La Paz, Mexico.  Dates are filling fast so let us know!

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 15-29, 2019

MELLOW HOLIDAYS in LA

PAZ

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Dec. 15-29, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

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Typical winter rack of fish. Bonito, snapper, pargo and some nice cabrilla for the ice chest!

The rocks are holding some nice cabrilla right now…if you can pull them from their hiding spots! They’re feisty fish when hooked.

Mostly a quiet Christmas and holiday week in La Paz.  Sun’s out.  Occasionally some showers and breezy.  Most folks in town aren’t here to fish or hit the water.  Those that are in town for watersports are windsurfers and kiteboarder taking advantage of the strong winter winds.  Or they’re here to swim with the whalesharks in the bay.

 

The few that are out fishing are mostly finding action inshore along the rocks and beaches.

 

It’s not bad fishing at all.  There’s been a decent bite on some nice cabrilla up to about 10 pounds with most in the 2-5 pound range and lots of little ones getting released.  Snapper were also on the chew.  All good fish for the table.  The biggest issue is getting live bait.  If waters are rough and winds are blowing, getting live bait in the shallow areas where the bait school-up can be problematic.  If bait is an issue, slow trolling small crankbaits like Rapalas, Rebels, Yo-Zuri, Mirolures or similar can still be very productive and fun.

 

Moving slightly offshore, bonito are still there for some harder battles as well as jack crevalle.  There’s a chance of an occasional dorado as well.  I’m surprised we aren’t getting into more sierra as this is the time of year we should be getting them, but perhaps we’ll see more as the waters get cooler.

 

That’s our story and the last report for 2019!

May God bless you and the upcoming new year!

 

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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

LULL BETWEEN THE HOLIDAYS

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

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

Amigo, Roger Thompson made it out to the south end of Cerralvo Island between bouts of wind and trolled up this nice wahoo.

Roger was pulling a dark Rapala looking for wahoo when this hefty yellowfin tuna ripped his line.

Typical catch right now…some inshore reef fish like the cabrilla and trigger fish; mix in some bonito and a bonus dorado. All close to shore.

Not too many folks fishing these days in the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas and town almost seemed deserted this week, but the crowds will eventually come.

 

The city is nicely moving into Christmas mode!

 

Winds were a little milder than normal so some folks were able to get out fishing.  Most of the fishing was inshore for jack crevalle, snapper, and cabrilla, although some larger pargo were reportedly lost.   Bonito schools can be problematic or a lot of fun depending on your point of view.

 

There are still some small schools of dorado running around with most fish in the 10-15 pound class.

 

When winds are down, there’s some good action with bait on light tackle for some nicer grade of tuna in the 40-80 pound range that can be tough battles on the smaller line that get them to bite.  Rapalas like the darker deep-runners also kicked up some wahoo.

 

 

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Nov. 3-10, 2019

FEW FISHERMEN TAKE ADVANTAGE of WEATHER

WINDOWS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 3-10, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gary Wagner has caught lots of big fish, but knew he had a battle on his hand when he switched down to 25-pound test fluorocarbon and this big yellowfin tuna bit the lines.  He was on the fish for more than 3 ½ hours!  Gary owns the Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo San Lucas but was staying at his Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay near Las Arenas.

Don Fee was in town from Florida and we got him out on the water for one day for his first time and he said he had bites all day producing some dorado, cabrilla, bonito and even some small roosterfish.

He said he was embarrassed to admit this fish took about 4 hours to put in the boat, but Roger Thompson has caught bigger tuna, but few that were this scrappy and he had to do it on 40 pound test.  “It pulled the panga,” he told us.  Roger was fishing the south side of Cerralvo Island across from Las Arenas.

Efrain and Patrick hold up a couple of their dorado with Captain Jorge.

Don caught and released a couple of these fiesty little roosterfish in Bahia Muertos. He let them grow so they’ll be the big 60-pounders in the spring-time!

Great eating pargo! Gary said he could have caught these all day long on light tackle just south of Bahia Muertos towards Boca de Alamo.

Three dorado! Dinner for Don to pack up and bring back to La Paz.

There were some blustery days that it was good no one was fishing, but there were some nice days too.  The problem was…no one was fishing!  Snow birds have started to descend on La Paz to enjoy the sunshine and our new Malecon, but the off-season has started and not much of anyone fishing these days because the winds are unpredictable.

 

However, we did have some folks out and on the days it wasn’t bumpy and windy, there were some fish to be caught.

 

Most suprising were the big tuna hung on the south side of Cerralvo Island.  Go figure.  Everyone leaves and all the fishermen are pretty much gone and the big tuna show up.

 

These were pretty beastly animals.  The ranged from 60-100 pounds and there weren’t many of them, but the ones that did bite would only eat light line which is incredibly problematic when you are using 25-40 pound line and a powerful tuna crunches your bait.   These fish required 3-4 hours of backbreaking battles to get them to the boats!

 

For other species, there’s still some decent dorado around running 10-15 pounds or so.  Not a lot, but enough to keep it interesting.  Mix in some bonito, jack crevalle, a few pargo and snapper and the occasional little roosterfish and it could be a fun day.

 

That’s our story!

Hope you have a great Veteran’s Day Weekend and thank you all who have served!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

ERRATIC CHANGING CONDITIONS HAMPERS

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

“Birthday Bob” Layko always visits us each year on his birthday with cousin Craig Brown. Got himself a wahoo and some dorado too with Captain Armando.

A two-hour battle for Eric Gunnels from Phoenix, produced this 70 pound tuna. It doesn’t look like it from the angle, but we put it on a certified scale. Captain Chito give the thumbs-up. Big tuna made an appearane between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.

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First-timer Steve Kunzler from Utah found dorado fishing to his liking.

Kyle Muir is from Beaverton OR, but skippers for Vonnie’s Fishing Charters up in Sitka, Alaska. He’s got a pair of bulls in hand.

From Denver, Bobby Hart had never fished in salt water before let alone been to Mexico, but his very first day hooked this trophy roosterfish off Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Our good amiga from Richfield, UT, Marlene Aldridge, has a big smile and 3 nice doardo on the cutting board.

On their way in from fishing out’ve La Paz, Dale and Daryl Martz from Colorado and Alan Martz from Boston hold up some of their catch.

Ten-year-old Carter Hart hooked this bull dorado north of La Paz. On just 30-pound-test the youngster battled the fish for 20 minutes refusing offers of help and got it to the boat all by himself.

A good day on the water for Larry Huey posing on the beach with a couple of dorado, some cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper.

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Funny shot of the week with Monty Aldridge and his baby roosterfish. A cute one! Monty released the fish there in Bahia Muertos.

Holly Kunzler repeatedly claims to have outfished husband, Steve and says she caught most of these dorado.

The Brasier Brothers, Bill and Scott have alot of fish for their captain to clean! Dorado, pargo, snapper, triggerfish and cabrilla as well as jack crevalle on the cleaning table.

Best shot of the week. Carter and Brooke Hart from Denver got some pargo liso out’ve the rocks and pose on the beach.

Two in hand and one on the table for Hugo with Captain Gerardo goofing off behind.

From Lake Havasu, AZ, Laurie Reynolds and John Gillespie got some nice dorado to show.

Armando, Craig and Bob in the gallery again with quite a variety of fish!

Young Carter on the gaff! Like a boss.

Bob Sayre was battling a bonito when a big wahoo came swimming around the panga. Just like that…in one bite..the wahoo scissored the back-half-of his bonito with it’s sharp teeth and swam away. Eat-and-run!

 

We have definitely had better weeks of fishing this season.  Overall, it was probably the most disappointing and difficult fishing of the year and the captains and clients really had to work hard for their fish.

 

It started with a combination of several factors and it took quite awhile to recover and it’s taking a long time to get back up to speed.

 

However, kicking off the week with the tail end of that huge 30-hour rainstorm and subsequent sporadic rains in the following days not only required that we cancel a day of fishing; but the rain sent lots of run-off into the ocean, muddying the waters.  Winds that persisted all week, including strong northern winds that are the vanguard indicator that the season is coming to an end, not only made it bumpy and rough to fish, but also cooled down surface water temperatures.  Add in a full moon and choppy waters and it was a round-house kick to the head.

 

Any singular variable or even two of those things would not have impeded the bite much…if at all…but that combination of wind, waves, rain and a full moon put the hex on things.

 

It has been taking it’s time recovering, if at all.  With the continued north winds, that means we’re heading into the off-season and it might probably be getting rougher and more difficult to fish.  That being said, the fishing did improve little-by-little every day although still relatively slow compared to what it had been before the storms.

 

Dorado were the mainstay action with fish mostly 10-20 pounds.  Bonito were mostly plentiful to the point of being a nuisance, but together with jack crevalle, small roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla and snapper at least kept rods bent most of the time.

 

Most exciting were the boiling tuna that showed up between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.  Fish between 50 and 150 pounds came up several times and really rocked a few of our anglers who battled fish up to 4 hours.  All except ome fish…about a 70-pounder…were lost.  The angler on the 70 pounder battled for 2 hours to get the fish aboard.

 

Other species included pompano, sierra, amberjack and triggerfish.

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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