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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 20-27, 2020

BUSY WEEK!  ROOSTERFISH…BILLFISH…DORADO!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 20-27, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Every year, Kelly Jimenez from Colorado comes down with her family to visit us for years. Every year, it’s something new and better! This year, with Captain Jorge, check out the size of this huge roosterfish she battled outsid Bahia Muertos! The fish was released.

Captain Chito and Diego Jimenez are all smiles as Diego has been fishing with us for many years from Loveland CO and always wanted a sail. After releasing several marlin this week, this sail was kept and meat donated.

They hooked 4 big roosters this morning. Gary Wagner owner of the Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos with friend, Rush Whitmarsh from San Diego with one of those 4 hefty roosters caught and released.

Jim Stahlman was with us all week an fishing with Captain Jorge. Jim is from Boise, ID and caught roosterfish, jacks, wahoo and on this day, his personal best dorado.

Gary Wagner with one in the boat to start the day. The roosters were on the chew this week close to shore . Gary released this one and others.

Giving some “sugar” to their dorado, the Morales sisters from California, Christina, Kimberly and Ruby on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Ruby also landed a sailfish that day.

Kelly and Diego Jimenez were on a roll this week releasing several marlin, numerous roosterfish, jacks and other species. They estimated they caught almost 20 different species. They caught this marlin and sailfish the same day with Captain Chito. The fish could not be released, but meat was gifted.

He fished hard all week and got wore out! But, 11-year-old, Roman Jimenez worked it and this was his largest jack crevalle of the week which he released.

Jesus Morales and Carlos Kanemoto with two dorado out’ve their box after a day of hitting the mahi at the buoys.

Right in front of the Punta Arenas lighthouse just off the beach, Rush and Gary with another roosterfish for a quick photo and release!

Jim Bovee from San Diego…pulling hard on a light rode with a marlin at the other end! Check the series of photos. That’s Espirito Santo Island in the background just north of La Paz. More photos below.

After a long battle, Jim’s marlin is getting closer to the boat!

…and here it is! Great shot. Great battle ! Even better, Jim released the fish to fight another day!

Ruby Morales, holding the head, gets an assist from her sisters to pose with her sailfish. Ruby always does well. Last year she single-handed a huge yellowfin tuna.

Captain Pancho lends a hand to Kelly Jimenez and a fun little rooster right up in the shallows of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released. There’s alot of little jacks and roosters in the bay that are great for catch-and-release light tackle fun.

Immensely fun when you’re throwing a surface-popper like the one hanging out’ve the mouth of this jack crevalle caught by Rush Whitmore of San Diego. The fish was released.

Surely no shortage of action on these tough-fighting jack crevalle nicknamed “toros” by the Mexican fishermen which means “bull.” Diego Jimenez with the photo and fish!

Jim Stahlman from Idaho with one of two roosters caught and released just off the sands and surf at Punta Arenas.

Our Captain Gerardo stands behind Fernando Morales and pal, Jonathan Jackson and 3 of their dorado. They caught big fish limits early in the morning and were back on the beach and back to town long before anyone else!

A very good week overall. Some boats did better than others some days. Some spots were better than others. There was a little work involved in finding the fish. But for anyone who put in a couple of days on the water, you surely went home with a bunch of fish in the cooler; some to eat for dinner; and probably released alot of fish too.

I can’t believe how many species were hooked this week!

I think I counted almost 20 different species. They included dorado, tuna sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, jacks…we even hooked some sharks and (get this) salt-water catfish!

The week started out with an explosion of tuna for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet. I mean, the ocean just blew tuna out’ve the water and onto the rods and reels. Pretty much all you could want in the shallow waters off Punta Arenas and Bahia Muertos. You could see the tuna swimming under the boat and see the bottom as well. It was THAT shallow. Fish were nice-sized 10-20 pounders too.

Next day, everyone wanted the tuna again, but for the most part, that was the tuna show for the week, even though some tuna popped up here and there.

After that, dorado…some good grade legit 20-25 pounders moved in. So did big roosterfish between 10-80 pounds along the shoreline along with their jack crevalle cousins. Add in snapper, cabbrilla, pargo, triggerfish and bonito and there was no shortage of action most days with most boats. Our Las Arenas Fleet definitely had the better action but that doesn’t mean our La Paz fleet wasn’t working it.

North of town, the water just seemed a bit cooler…a bit off-color. It’s taking awhile to come around.

Honestly, with all this variety and the windy days we’re still getting, this is very much like spring-time fishing . Maybe May or June-style fishing. Plus, it’s not really as hot as I would expect for this time of year. The waters are still getting to the right spot . Even when fish weren’t biting, we were definitely seeing the fish…schools of them, but they weren’t necessarily on the chew. This was especially true of the dorado.

However, billfish really stepped up this week. Not all of them wanted to bite but we hooked more striped marlin and more sailfish this week than any week I can remember. We lost alot of them too because folks would be fishing for dorado or some other smaller species and instead a billfish would take a bite instead and well…off to the races. Usually the fish would win, but a couple of folks got their fish to the boats and most were released.

But, then again, there were marlin sometimes just sitting on the surface sunning. Not interested in feeding at tall. And that is very characteristic of spring-time behavior.
Hopefully, more and better coming up!

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Everything pretty much open or getting there!  Still holding at “Orange Level 5” which means no more than 30% occupancy and masks are required.  Lots of sanitation protocols in place everywhere.  Town not very full, but more fishermen coming all the time.  Beaches are still mostly closed, but plans to re-open maybe this week.  Social distancing required, but there’s not enough people around to make it an issue.

All water activities like scuba, snorkeling, booze cruises, kayaking, etc. were re-opened this week.

 FUBAR COCINA CANTINA

As many of you know, we regretfully had to close our famous Tailhunter Restaurant Bar permanently when the quarantine was first imposed back in early April.   However, these past few weeks we’ve been diligently painting, spackling and re-modeling our downtairs FUBAR cafe to include a full bar…outdoor seating…an expanded menu with many of your favorite items from upstairs…plus the Sirena Mini-Super Market next door.   We can’t wait to be open again watching sports, playing live music and enjoying our many friends from around the world!
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 July 13-20,2020

“ANGLERS WORK HARD FOR FISH UNTIL…”

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 12-20, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…(Part 1)

Suitable for framing with great colors and a great ocean! Our amiga, Alicia Clegg with a fresh mahi for the camera!

Behind the mask, Jess, Sean and Adam with a striped marlin at Bahia Muertos. The fish hit a bait then snagged on the side making it extremely difficult to reel and a tough fight for over an hour which exhausted the fish. The guys donated a majority of the meat as good sports.

It’s a keeper! Quality over quantity! He didn’t get many, but Al Vasquez from Santa Ana with a beautiful bull dorado caught outside La Paz Bay.

There’s a some nice bull mahi running around. Early in the week, there weren’t many dorado around or you could find them, but they weren’t interested, but some that were caught like this one by Santiago were gems!

They’re not much for eating, but they’ll put of an incredible battle just off the sandy beaches like this jack crevalle that Jesse is cradling for the photo! The fish was released.

It’s just what he wanted! First wahoo for Jim Stahlman and first wahoo of the season for us. The fish ate a blue Rapala.

Martin Santiago with family members, Tony and and Sergio hold a fat roosterfish they released.

 

Alicia again with double fisted mahi.

The week started out kinda slow and picky. After Tropical Storm Christine moved through the winds on the backend left us with some blustery days that really made fishing tough and we had to work hard for bites. Captains really pushed hard trying to find fish, but the winds not only made it choppy, but pushed cold waters up from the deep resulting in off-color green water more reminiscent of spring-time seas instead of July water.

Either fish weren’t showing up and were lock-jaw or we saw schools and they just weren’t interested in chewing.

Consequently, the first few days of the week resulted in a mixed bag of school-sized dorado, bonito, and not much else, although there was lot of inshore action on small roosterfish and tough jack crevalle which provided some great action for our folks using light tackle. Some smaller cabrilla and pargo and triggerfish also wound up on the lines. Lots of fish tossed back.

As the week went on, waters cleared and consequently fishing improved…somewhat!

More dorado came through with some fish up to 30 pounds. Several marlin were hooked, lost and/or released. We got our first wahoo of the season as well, some larger roosterfish came back. Everyone who wanted fish, got fish, but not as much as expected and we had to push a little harder than normal for this time of year. However, with waters turning blue again, we’re looking forward to a better week.  Got our first wahoo of the year too so that might be a good sign!

BUT WAIT!!!!! (Fishing Report Part 2)

Just as I was about to publish all this…the ocean exploded!

“Wow! And we still have 4 more days to fish. Plus we got dorado too!” Captain Pancho put Kelly and Diego Jimenez and grandson Roman from Loveland, Colorado on the first tuna of the season!

From Utah, Bryan Richardson brought his boys, Cole and Cameron down and hit it just right on their first day on the water with a load of fish to take home!

…and yes…they also caught dorado in addition to all that tuna. They say they released and lost way more fish than they caught!

Uh yea…not who’s gonna clean all of those?  Everyone disappears when it’s time to clean the fish!

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I was in the process of posting the report.  Everything was ready.  The video was set up.  The photos were edited and ready and was about to press send and all of a sudden…WHAM!

The fishing blew up at Las Arenas…off the charts…off the hook!

“We could have put 50 fish in the boat!  We kept 9 but released and lost almost as many.  We could have stayed there all day. We ran outta bait and had to go buy more!” 

“The fish were in shallow water and we could see the tuna swimming under the panga!”

“We got tuna, then went over to the buoys and the dorado went nuts! I don’t remember how many we lost and released.  I had my GoPro camera under water filming it all!”

There were already plenty of tuna and dorado in the box and decided to go for roosterfish and pargo and those went crazy too.  We released so many fish!

My…how things turned around.  Best day of the year so far!  Will it continue?  I have no idea.  We can only hope this is the start of good things!  We’ll keep you posted!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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.”

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 July 6-13, 2020

WE’RE BACK FINALLY AND FISH ARE BITING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 6-12, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Not bad for a first-try to get a roosterfish off the bucket list, but Albert Vasquez from Santa Ana CA hefted this big rooster off Las Arenas before releasing it.

Big schools of big jack crevalle are providing lots of action off the sandy beaches. Mateo Saffon from San Diego poses with a tough jack with the sands of Punta Arenas just in the background.

Great colors, great guy! Bennett Clegg fishes with us yearly and loves ultra-light tackle. Not many fish more fun on light tackle than dorado and he hit some nice jags of mahi north of La Paz and limited the box. Check the calm water!

Big smiles and a nice bull for Lorena Balanzar just learning to fish. She’s visiting from San Diego CA and was fishing from Bahia Muertos.

Bennett just takes some great photos! Here he is again with another dorado, but this one taken near Las Arenas on the day when the winds and waves really started to rip it up!

Love this photo! Murray Scott with his first roosterfish while Al Vasquez tangled with the big jack crevalle…cousin to the rooster, but without the fancy headgear. Both fish were released.

Alway fun, no matter the size, but especially if it’s one of your first fish. Lorena holds up a rooster that’s headed back into the water to grow bigger.

Dorado fishing this past week was better for our La Paz fleet as the waters were more protected from the bashing received by south-facing beaches due to Tropical Storm Christina. Al and Murray took for dorado this day and had some fresh fish for dinner cooled up in town.

FISHING

The week started OK, but then hit a bump when Tropical Storm Christina hit southern Baja. It dump some rain on the Cabo area and forced the closure of the port there as well as on the East Cape. Up in La Paz, we didn’t get the rains or flooding, but south-facing beaches got slammed by big waves and high winds and forced everyone to come in early one day and the next day, no one could even push their boats off the beach.

However, with each day after that, waters got clearer and warmer again as the weather settled down .

Good catches of 10-20 pound dorado could be found in various scattered areas between Espirito Santo Island and Cerralvo Island. Inshore fishing for big schools of tough jack crevalle provided plenty of action along with big roosterfish in the 10-50 pound class in the same areas.

We had one wahoo that was hooked and lost so we know they’re around. Also some big pargo were lost in the rocks in the same place that produced some decent-sized cabrilla. We saw marlin again this week, but couldn’t get them to chew then the weather changed and they took a powder. Should be back this coming week.

Sportfishing slowly getting back to speed after the quarantine, but restrictions still exist for other operations which require maximum 30% occupancy and it is expected that the beaches and malecon will still be closed for another week.

TRAVEL

Here’s some observations on my traveling back home here to La Paz from the states…

  • The plane was half-full.  Either because they weren’t sold out or because of social distancing.  It looked like couples were kept together, but solo travelers seemed to be seated at least 2 seats away from each other.  This was American Airlines.
  • Everyone on the flight wore masks.  Once we were in flight, there was pretty much no interaction with the flight attendants.  The days of food and drink service might be a memory.  We were given a little bag that had a little bottle of water; a small bag of pretzels and a small packet of hand gel.  Just as we were boarding they said any flight less than 900 miles would not have food service and we needed to purchase food and drinks before we got on the plane.  Of course, they said that 5 minutes before boarding so no one could get anything.
  • Landed at Los Cabos Airport and it was eerie.  Maybe it was just the time-of-day because it was an early flight, but there was not a single aircraft on the tarmac!  There was not a single person on the tarmac.  Not baggage handlers, drivers, ground crew or anyone!  It was like a zombie movie.
  • Inside the terminal it was the smoothest I have ever seen.  That’s because instead of hundreds of people trying to get through immigration, there were maybe 10 total people.  It was a breeze.
  • Gotta tell you that everyone we ran into had the biggest sincerest smiles.  They were really really happy and welcoming and wanted us there.  Everyone had a squeeze of anti-bacterial gel in their hands for you as well.
  • I had to fill out a questionnaire asking the usual…Have I had covid?  Have I been around anyone with it?  Do I have any symptoms?  Etc.  etc.  I had to sign it, but then no one collected it!
  • Customs was crazy easy!  They just wanted us to come on in!  Normally, everyone has to put every piece of luggage on the x-ray machine.  You also have to press the “red light/ green light” inspection button.  EVERYONE got the GREEN LIGHT and almost no one had to put anything through the x-ray machine.  Everyone kept smiling at me saying, “Welcome to Mexico!”  I think everyone of them would have hugged me or shook my hands if they could!
  • Walking out to the shuttles, everyone offers to wipe down your luggage or give you cleaning wipe or offers you some gel!
  • Looking at the shuttle vans lined up, you have to step in a little tray of antiseptic then onto a mat before you climb into the shuttle.

  • Almost after everything you touch someone seems to come up behind you and wipe it down.  Even with taxi’s and shuttle vans drivers seem to be constantly wiping or spraying antiseptic in their vehicles.
  • Everyone wears mask and there’s very little griping.  People just accept that it’s part of life right now.
  • Restaurants and hotels and other businesses are very careful to observe the 30% capacity rules.  Businesses that don’t get shut down.
  • Tables are spaced and since there’s not many folks there, service is great and probably some of the best I have seen down here in all my years.  They are very attentive.
  • Traffic is very minimal on the road.  On the water, there’s almost no boats.  You have the ocean to yourself!

My final word…

After almost 4 months of a quarantine that was much much more rigid than we had in the states, I think no one is taking being able to work or tourism for granted.  There’s no unemployment or stimulus checks here.  People want and need to work and know how important tourism is to this economy.  So, the smiles and welcoming attitudes are genuinely sincere.  Nothing and no one is taken for granted.

To me, it seems they are going above-and-beyond and taking extra measures in health and sanitation in regards to tourism here in Baja Sur.

Whether you believe that masks, social distancing, anti-bacterial gels and controlled occupancy does one bit of good, the folks down here want YOU, the traveller and guest that THEY are doing everything they can to assure you that they have as many bases covered as possible.   No business is even allowed to re-open unless it passes a rigid sanitation inspection and certfication process…not just that it’s clean, but also so that protocols are in place to maintain that standard including re-training all staff members.

The other side is that they also want to protect themselves from outsiders, especially visitors from the U.S. where Covid-19 is much much more rampant than here in Mexico.

Hope to see you down with us real soon!

That’s our story

Jonathan & Jilly

 

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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 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 for Week of June 12-19, 2020

WE ARE FINALLY OPEN – (MOSTLY!)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 12-19, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT & UPDATE

 

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Luis lives in La Paz and got out with his neighbor for a day of fishing and put up this nice brace of pargo liso (mullet snapper)..

Nothing wrong with this fat pargo that probably ended up getting cooked up whole! Omar lives in La Paz. Locals were permitted to fish during the quarantine which ended earlier this week.

Our own captain Pancho with a barred pargo for the family. Cerralvo Island in the background. He says there’s roosterfish along the beaches!

 

LOTS OF IMPORTANT INFO…

La Paz has been downgraded to Level 5

 

The State of Baja Sur, which includes, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, the East Cape, Loreto and Mulege has been re-opened!  Finally.  But it’s with some precautions!

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE RESERVATIONSWe can set up everything from fishing, hotels, scuba, snorkel, day tours, airport shuttles and more.  Write to us!  We’re still pretty full, but have some choice spots, but now that Baja is open, reservations are coming in pretty fast!

Jonathan@tailhunter.com

JONATHAN@TAILHUNTER.COM

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Like everything else these days, this is gonna take some getting used to.

 

As you’re reading this, Baja is slowly re-opening after some 3 months of lockdown.  This is happening, despite the fact that Covid-19 still seems to be raging right along.

 

But that depends on who’s statistics you’re looking at and who you’re listening to.  Not too different from the U.S. actually.

 

Be that as it may, as of June 16th, Baja Sur begins it’s emergence into a new and unexplored era.  But, it’s not like they’re throwing the gates wide open.

 

Baja remains in a cautionary state and there are still restrictions.

 

For instance, restaurants, hotels , beaches and other locales must grapple with the requirement that occupancy will not exceed 30%.  This is further, complicated by the mandate of 4 square meters per person.

 

I was never good in math, but I think that’s 43 square feet per person?   Either way, that’s A LOT of social distancing.

 

There’s a lot that goes into opening up for tourism.  Everything has to be sanitized to-to-bottom.  Businesses must  obtain a certification of health as well.

 

Staff needs to be re-trained.

 

Imagine a 100-room hotel or a restaurant.  Every piece of bedspread; matress; curtains and surface must be cleaned after 3 months of being closed.  But, it also has to be sanitized as well.  Every air duct. Every air-conditioner. Every nozzle has to be cleaned.

 

Most hotels also have restaurants and bars.

 

In all fairness, it’s a work-in-progress.  There’s no blueprint for this and it’s gonna take some time and tweaking.

 

However, if you’re planning to come down, here’s what you should be expecting and how you can make things go smoother.

 

Bring a bunch of masks.  You’re going to have to use them on the plane and you will probably want to use them at the airport.  You will definitely need them once you land.

 

Just like you’ve learned already, keep your hands clean.  Wash often.  Bring sanitizer along.  Restaurants and hotels will put supplies in rooms and other public areas.  But, bring your own.

 

Check with your airlines.  Some airlines are allowing larger bottles of sanitizer on the plane these days.

 

Bring wipes!

 

Airlines are going hardcore on their sanitation processes, but you know thay can’t get every little spot on and around your seat.  No telling who the last person was in your seat.

 

So wipe-wipe-wipe.  Tray tables, latches, switches, the entertainment console or any knobs need to be touched up.

 

We may have seen the last of in-flight food and drink services.  Check with your airlines.

 

Once you’re at your destination, it won’t hurt to hit up your room before you do anything else.  You have no idea about that last guest.  Or how long it has been since the room was occupied or how well it was cleaned.

 

Wipe down phones, TV’s, remotes, faucet handles, table and sink tops as well as light switches.  Unfortunately,  don’t count on there being a stocked hospitality refrigerator any longer.

 

Don’t forget to wipe down any luggage.  You don’t know who’s hands have been on it.  Baggage handlers; drivers; bellmen have probably all touched it.

 

What about restaurants?  Eating out is at least half-the-fun when travelling.  But, remember in the new “normal” no more than 30% occupancy and 4 square meters allowed per person.

 

So, it’s probably good to have reservations.  Be prepared to wait for a table during the busiest times.

 

Each table must be disinfected after someone leaves.

 

The table will probably not be “set.”

 

Linens, utensils, adornments will be set up in front of the new patrons when the guests are seated.  We’ll also have less interaction with your waiter and don’t be surprised if there is no menu.

 

Menus will be digital or perhaps on a blackboard.  Food comes out of the kitchen with foil or some kind of cover.   I guess the days of the buffet are gone as well unless someone is directly serving it to the customer.

 

Beaches?  I have no idea how they will calculate 30% occupancy.  As of this moment,  no groups allowed larger than 5 are allowed.  Groups are required to stay a 1 ½ meters apart from each other.  Beaches will also only be open during specific hours.

 

No mention about whether masks must be worn on the beaches.

 

For sportfishing, scuba, snorkeling or other water sports, your guess is as good a mine about how to manage social distancing on a vessel.  But, I guess once the boat is off the beach or out’ve the marina, it’s going to be hard for anyone to check.

 

Knowledge is power.  And, in these times, knowledge is safety, no matter if you’re travelling or staying home.

 

Everything is a work in progress.

BORDER CLOSURE EXTENDED

The closing of the border has been extended through July because of the infections along the border.  The closure DOES NOT apply to travel by plane, water or rail!

OTHER NOTES

  • Smaller hotels and boutique hotels are open or opening
  • Larger hotels like La Concha Beach Resort and Hotel Perla will be open at the beginning of July
  • Costa Baja Resort is largely open

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 23-June 1, 2020

GRADUAL OPENINGS NOW SET FOR JUNE 16th!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 23-June 1, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Popular Captain Pancho got out to fish close-in for some cabrilla and pargo for the family and said there’s alot of roosterfish along the shoreline like this one he caught and released.

Dennis is a Canadian amigo who lives in San Pedro near Muertos Bay and was out trying to catch some food. He ran into this hefty jack crevalle.

With no fishing allowed, the fish have no pressure!  Check this crazy video of jack crevalle on a feeding frenzy in the Cabo Marina.  Turn up the sound.  Thanks for the Pisces Fleet in Cabo for the footage!

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Looks like La Paz will slowly be opening after June 15th.

 

Although Covid is raging in many parts of Mexico, La Paz has been designated as the safest tourist city by Mexican Health authorities and will have a gradual re-opening mid-month.  Authorities are saying, it would still probably take 10-14 days for businesses to resurrect themselves plus establish the safety and sanitation protocols that are being required to re-open.  Some, but not all airlines are also re-establishing routes and services.

 

 

As I’ve stated before, just because everyone gets the green light on June 16th to open, that doesn’t mean automatically everyone suddenly opens!  Like the U.S. many businesses suddenly just turned the keys and had to walk out.  Some will take time to re-open.  Others may never open again.

 

 

As of right now, I have no idea who plans to be open and when!!!!

 

 

Businesses are required to pass a health certification inspection.  New sanitary protocols have to be put in place.  Employees have to be found…and re-trained.  Everything has to be cleaned extensively after being vacant for almost 3 months.   Hotel rooms need to be sanitized from the ground up.  So do restaurants.  Even sportfishing boats need to be sanitized.

 

 

And then what?  How will folks eat in restaurants?  How many people in the shuttle from the airport?  Can hotel rooms be located next to each other?  How do you clean the rooms after a guest leaves?  So many moving parts!

 

TAILHUNTER SPORTISHING

 

The bottom line for us is that we will be back in La Paz June 23rd.  We finally found a flight home!  But, that also gives hotels, etc. a chance to get going and establish new routines, etc.   We lost our Tailhunter Restaurant permanently in the early days of the quarantine so we don’t have much to prep.  We are READY to fish!

 

 

But, we don’t (and can’t ) have you down if we don’t even know if the hotels will be ready!  Some still aren’t answering phones or e-mails because no one is in the offices.  Even if you have reservations, there might not yet flights…so many airlines seem to be making adjustments daily!

 

 

I’ve sent e-mails to everyone who had reservations for the month of June to contact us.  For all practicality, I think we’ll be up and going July 1st.  I hope.

 

That’s my story!
Jonathan
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
 

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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 April 23-29, 2020

STRONGER RESTRICTIONS…VIRUS SLOWING?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 22-29, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

Please remember that anything I say, might have already changed between the time I recorded this, produced it and when you are actually seeing this!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our Tailhunter Captain Luis has been a hotshot the last two seasons and has been rocking some big fish during the downtime. He’s got the DNA for it! His uncle is popular Captain Chito and his grandfather is Raul who have both fished for us for several decades. Luis is our youngest captain and already in big demand. He was out at El Bajo this week and took this big tuna on THIRTY POUND test with 50-pound leader after a 3 hour battle. The fish is estimated at 160-170 pounds.

Only commercial fishermen or locals fishing for sustenance can fish right now. Here’s a smattering of species caught by one of the local guys to feed his family for the week that includes triggerfish, pargo, snapper and cabrilla.

The only folks fishing are locals and folks who have homes there and are staying in place.  And, even then, not many.   Most are sheltering-in-place.  The quarantine in Baja Sur was extended through May 30th and more stringent restrictions have been mandated because too many people were ignoring the quarantine.

CHASING CAMPERS OFF THE BEACH

Therefore,  the non-essential businesses remain closed like all hotels, restaurants, stores (not markets) as well as beaches, public areas, etc.  However, with the new restrictions, there is also a 10 p.m. curfew now.  Facemarks are required by everyone.  Only 1 person from a family or group may enter a market now and only 1 person in a car at a time.  Plus no alcohol sales after 6 p.m.  The governor or Baja addressed the state and said that penalties would include fines, jail time and/or public service.

YOU NEED A GOOD REASON TO BE DRIVING AFTER 10 P.M. ONLY 1 PERSON IN THE CAR AT A TIME

Maybe it’s paying off.  Maybe it’s too early to tell.

With almost 800,000 residents in the state of Baja Sur (including Loreto, Mulege, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas), has less than 200 cases with only about a dozen fatalities.  230 have recovered.

Compared to the state of Baja Norte (including Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito, Mexicali and San Felipe) as well as mainland Mexico, Baja Sur (so far) is weathering things better than most.

Assuming there are no drastic changes, major hotels are talking about opening up in June.

Several Airlines will resume flights including Delta, Aero Mexico, United, Alaska, Spirit and others.

Restaurants are gearing up to re-open.

They are telling students be prepared to get back to school on July 1.  (Just learned…Now June 1)

No idea yet about the ports and marinas which would allow sportfishing boats to get out, but that would be additional good news.

FISH…

We know there’s fish around.  A few of our captains and their families are finding yellowtail, dorado and tuna in various spots, but again, barely anyone is fishing. Some have commercial licenses and are using them to get out.  However… If you don’t have alot of gas, you can’t go too far, but inshore fishing has been good for amberjack, pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper.  But, again, most of the fish caught is for personal consumption.

However, as in many other parts of the world where human traffic has diminished significantly, there are some interesting reports.

It’s hard to go fishing when there’s no work or money to buy gasoline for the boat.

The waters in the marinas have cleared up.  Big gamefish such as yellowtail and roosterfish are being seen close to shore in schools and numbers that haven’t been seen in awhile.  Pargo schools at the islands are crashing the rocky areas.  Even diving areas such as Cabo Pulmo and around Espirito Santo Island are seeing more and larger sealife that hasn’t been around in awhile.

Mother Nature recovering!  Hope we can all say the same very soon as well.

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

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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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 10-16, 2020

SCATTERED YELLOWTAIL TAKE BAITS and JIGS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 10-16, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Ed Moreno and his wife had just one day to get on the water and always like fishing with our Captain Victor. Despite cloudy skies and erratic seas, they took a trio of nice yellowtail.

A better view of their 3 yellowtail!

Miles Wagner has a knack for fish and took this nice yellowtail on a trolled Rapala right off the rocks at Punta Perrico near his dad’s place at Rancho Costa Resort there in Muertos .

Not much to talk about.  Not many folks fishing this past week as usual because it’s off-season and windy, especially with storms hitting the U.S. there’s a direct affect on the weather in Baja. Most of the folks on the water are actually in the area windsurfing.
We did have some early week fishing when there were some gaps in the winds although conditions remained cloudy.  In addition to inshore species like snapper, sierra and bonito, some jags of decent yellowtail up to about 20-25 pounds were taken outside of Bahia Muertos, up by the Punta Arenas lighthouse and, on the rare occasion of getting across the channel to Cerralvo Island on the south and east side of the island by Los Pilis.
As well, some stray spots of school-sized dorado were also hit with most fish taken running about 10-pounds. Live bait was best, when it could be found.  However, winds and rough water make that prohibitive at times.  Therefore frozen dead bait worked as did jigs and trolled lures.  No tuna this week or wahoo although there were several hook-ups that my captains said might have been tuna or wahoo.

COULD BE THE END OF THE ROAD for TAILHUNTER TOUR!

Kicking back in the Arizona sunshine waiting to get into the show facility. Since coronavirus can’t exist in temps oer 65 degrees we’re getting “sanitized.”

Amid all the craziness of the past week, we finished the 3-day International Sportsman’s Show in Scottdale AZ just outside of Phoenix.  We had a great time and thanks to everyone who took the time to come in and visit with us and especially for those who signed up to come fish with us.
It was a strange show insofar as we didn’t know from day-to-day if it would be canceled.  And, like so many other vendors, none of us knew what was going to happen to other shows that were to follow.  It was a matter of waiting for the other shoe to drop.  With each passing day, we heard from other friends in the outdoor industry that shows in other cities were dropping and cancelling like dominos.
Redmond, Oregon…Edmonton and Toronto up in Canada…Bakersfield CA…the Houston Stock Show…and others.
Then we found out that our next show in Salt Lake City at the ISE Show was shut down by the city.
Our last show…a big fun show…the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego…got canceled.   Then, it got re-scheduled for 6 week from now…April 30-May 3rd.  Regretfully, or fishing season is already on.  Jill and I need to be back in La Paz by then there’s th expense of flying all the way plus our huge booth, all the materials, hotel, etc. might make it pretty impossible.   We’re gonna try our best.
Maybe Jill will have to do the show by herself so I can stay in La Paz.  We’ll see.
Things are kinda crazy and the world situation is very liquid and changing daily and sometimes hourly.   It might have changed by the time you’re reading this.
I will tell you that we’ve had no cancelations because of the virus.  In fact, we’re almost sold out and I have folks in line asking to take any spots that get canceled.  We’re getting bookings from folks whose trips to Europe, Asia or on cruises got canceled.  Also, we’ve been in touch daily with our captains, staff, managers, and employees back in La Paz and there’s no virus in Baja.  Apparently, the virus cannot survive in temperatures over 65 degrees!

Thank you everyone! Tailhunter Nation is the best!

So, all I can say it that the season looks good and we’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, thank you to everyone who made our 2020 Tailhunter Tour such great fun and for all the hospitality.  Big shout out to:
DENVER
SACRAMENTO
PUYALLUP (Seattle)
PORTLAND
SALT LAKE CITY
LONG BEACH
Thanks for making us feel so welcome and we’ll see you in La Paz!  God bless you all.  Now, let’s go fishing!
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
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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


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www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
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from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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“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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