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LA PAZ – LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FISHING REPORT FROM TAILHUNTER SPORTFISHING FOR WEEK OF JULY 14-21, 2019

DORADO PARGO KICK IT UP A NOTCH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 14-21, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Not a bad start! Leif Dover (right) celebrating his bachelor party with Brian O’Neil kicked off their trip with a load of dorado and snapper out’ve Las Arenas. Both guys are long-time Tailhunter amigos and are from Atlanta GA.

Crazy to be catching these big mullet snapper (pargo liso) so late in the year, but Diana Hernandez and Mark Buchanan from San Diego pulled several of these tough fish out’ve the rocks.

They were done fishing early with limits of dorado. Kennedy Dixon poses with fish on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

 

Don has big smiles and a big rooster ready to photo and release just off the rocks at Punta Perrico.

Captain Rogelio with a great photo and tasty pargo mulato with Grayson Richmond from Colorado near the cliffs off Espirito Santo Island.

 

 

Jim Looney has a nice bull dorado just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Her biggest rooster after so many trips with us, Angela Farrell from Oceanside CA, with her favorite captain Moncho. Estimated size was 60 pounds and Angela released the fish.

Another good day with meat for the ice chest, Brian O’Neil and Leif Dover showing dorado, snapper, pargo liso and cabrilla. Quite a variety! They said they lost some huge pargo in the rocks and just couldn’t get the big fish headed up.

Pargo liso for Diana. Good eating members of the snapper family, they usually spawn and school up in the spring. Unusual for us to be catching them in the summer.

Beautiful beach shot of Don and his jack crevalle off Punta Arenas. The fish was released and are members of the jack family.  Same as the roosterfish without the mohawk fin.

Family day, Captain Pancho’s family out for the day (Carlos y Marisol), nailed the dorado and a big fat pargo. You better catch fish when it’s your own family!

Our Colorado, buddy Bill Richmond, with some inshore light tackle pargo in flat seas.

Big jack crevalle for Brian. Fish was released.

It’s finally feeling more like summer-time with both the weather (hot); the waters (warmer and bluer) and the fishing (almost there!).  We still had some flurries of crazy winds, but overall, it’s seemingly more typical overall.  It’s just that it seems like this fishing season, it’s taking it’s sweet time getting up to speed.

Dorado AND pargo?  One is decidedly a warm water fish.  The latter is a cold water fish! And catching them the same day?  Sometimes in the same spot?  Crazy!

Surely, the dorado are the best indication since these are the hallmark of our warmer months.  We’ve had them on-and-off with out La Paz fishing fleets, but strangely, it’s not been quite so good with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet until about a week or so ago when the dorado seemed to have finally got into the game.

 

This past week, some boats were limiting on the dorado by mid-morning with most fish in the 10-25 pound class.  Catches were rounded out with bonito, skipjack, jack crevalle, and rockfish like cabrilla and snapper.  Or, in a few cases, the folks just figured they had a good day and came back to shore early to have lunch and lay by the pool or beach!  Either way, a good day.

 

However, just a note that there must still be some cold water around and lingering wisps of springtime insofar as we’re still hanging some big dog-tooth and mullet snapper that normally, we stop seeing about April and are usually spawning in schools during the springtime.  It’s rare to have them this deep into the summer.  But, anglers were still catching them or at least hooking these powerful fish and getting broken off in the rocks.

 

No wahoo to speak of this week.  We had a few tuna hooked up, but lost and billfish as well.  Most folks were concentrating on the easier dorado bite.  Only a few roosterfish as well, but again, that’s probably a function of the fact that the dorado are taking over everyone’s focus.

 

It’s feeling really tropical lately.  Humidity is way up and some sporadic brief rainshowers, especially, in the afternoons are not uncommon . Time to get the trashbag and cut out some holes for your arms and head!

TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Because we’ve been filled with so many fishing photos, I’ve been slacking on something even more important in the big scheme of things.  Every year our Tailhunter Tribe member bring hundreds and hundreds of pound of donations to us for distribution in the community.

It’s a program that my wife, Jilly, started and it’s been incredibly successful because of our amigos like you.  The need is real and so are the smiles.  These are just some of the big-hearted folks who have brought stuff to us (I’m sorry I don’t have everyone’s photos), but the gratitude is huge.

 

Justin and dad, Adam, Larson.

The Toeniskoetter Family

Brian brings down several full suitcases every year stuff with clothes and other needed items.

Ken Chaplin and Scott Miller down from Washington

Brent Gumn and wife Vanessa

Thank you all!

That’s our story.  Have a great week!

 

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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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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Las Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 8-14, 2019

IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY DAY

LaPaz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 7-14, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amigo, Ken Chaplin from Washington, has fished and hunted all over the world and always does well with us at Tailhunter. His first day on the water with us he got into some big roosters including tangling with this beast just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

 

While fishing close to the rocky shallows of Espirito Santo Island for rockfish like cabrilla and pargo and snapper, Mike Garcia said he let his “sardine swim the wrong way away from the rocks and wasn’t paying attention” when his line took off and he found himself hooked on this big-headed bull dorado. The fish was brought to gaff after a long fight. Mike is from Houston TX and was fishing with Captain Rogelio with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet .

A couple of nice great-eating rock fish including a pargo liso and yellow snapper for our amigo, Steve Kechichian, currently living in Seattle.

Mike Garcia from Houston was fishing with his dad, Eddie who lives in Boston and on their first trip to La Paz fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They were in shallow water close to shore fishing for dorado and roosters, when this big striped marlin hit his sardine on light 30-pound test line. Mike battled the fish for over 2 hours and finally got it on board for a quick photos and released the fish swimming away strong .  Love the facial expression!  Yea, Mike!

 

That’s a pig of a roosterfish! Captain Victor gives Jean Edwards a hand with this giant roosterfish so she can get the photo and get it released. Early in the week, they were all big roosters and have been for several weeks.

Another cold-water fish, but no one is complaining are these giant pompano that have shown up in the shallows. Scott Miller got this guy out’ve Bahia Muertos. Scott is from Washington and this was his first trip with Tailhunter.

He’s now 14-years-old and we’ve known Grayson Richmond from Colorado since he was a youngster and he’s always been quite a fisherman. With Captain Moncho, he got into this nice jack crevalle.

It’s a pretty smile for a pretty dorado. Great colors! Captain Archangel and Ron Kellogg help out wife, Leona with the photo. More dorado showing weekly.

That’s alot of bull! (dorado). Nicole Balbas holds up the lighter end of her bull dorado with a smiling Captain Gerardo.

I love this photo of Kathy Wong as her pargo looks like it’s trying to biter her in the ear as Captain Armando holds onto the gaff.

Matt Brown from Cupertino CA came to La Paz fishing for a 2nd time and got his first roosterfish. He ended up hooking and releasing 3 nice roosterfish like this one just off the beach at Punta Arenas.

Eddie Garcia came all the way out from Boston to fish with us for the first time and I’m only sorry he’s a little blocked by the tail of his dorado held up by Captain Jorge . Eddies is holding onto the pargo liso. Good to have Eddie with us this week. Really enjoyed his visit.

Nice cabrilla for Ed Mitoma with Captain Alfredo looking on. Big cabrilla like this trophy have been a great bite lately.

Double pair of barred pargo for Mike Fisher and Chuck Williams from Washington on their first visit to La Paz with us.

First day…first big dorado in hand and in the photo for Jim Looney.

Nothing like your first rooster and the roosters have been feisty lately. Scott Miller gives a grin before releasing the fish.

Love this guy! Bill Richmond has visited us many times of the years and is always a welcome friend . He worked hard this week when the fishing was scratchy but ended up with alot of species to take home including this tasty pompano. Punta Arenas in the background.

What a mix of fish. Exactly what I’ve been referring to. We’ve got warm and cold water fish all mixing it up these days like the dorado, cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo on the cleaning table at Bahia Muertos.

Hidden by the dorsal fin of this big rooster is Captain Arcangel helping Mike Fisher photo his fish before letting it go.

Big roosters can hurt strong men! The bend on the rod and braced agains the gunwale and deckchair, Ken Chaplin battles a big roosterfish.

On the flyrod! G-man (Grayson Richmond) released this tough jack crevalle .

Again…such a variety of fish on the table. Nicole and Ed Balbas with Captain Gerardo hold onto a yellowtail plus yellow snapper and pompano on the beach at Muertos.

 

Once again, the fishing remains unseasonably crazy.  It’s mid-July, but the fishing still hasn’t quite caught up with the calendar.  It’s still more like April-May fishing…than summertime fishing.

 

Normally, we should be thick into the bluewater species that inhabit the warm waters and warmer seasons.  Our fishing reports should be full of dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish and the like.  We should be talking about hot sunny weather and flat balmy Baja seas.

 

But, it’s not like that and Mother Nature is only grudgingly moving to where it should be.  She’s not going easy.  For instance, we still have erratic un-predictable winds that pop up from nowhere and tear up the sea.  A few miles away, it’s flat. We have blistering sunny weather one day that feel like a tropical sauna.  By afternoon, it’s raining.  Or we have days when it’s overcast and heavily clouded.

 

One day waters are blue.  Next day, or even later in the day, the waters turn green, cold and turbid with strong currents.  Or, one day dorado bite and the next day, we see all kinds of dorado, but they could not care less about biting a bait or jig!

 

Sure,  we’re seeing more dorado and bigger dorado. And that is a good sign. And a few billfish mixed in. Plus assorted large and small roosterfish, bonito, and jack crevalle.   But, we are still catching crazy cold-water fish like spawning pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and even fish like sierra and yellowtail, the latter two being definite cold-water species.

 

That just tells me that there’s warm surface water, but below that, there’s a strong layer of colder water holding these other species.

 

Everyone is catching fish.  It’s just that the bite is unpredictable and varied.

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 23-30, 2019

ROOSTER-FEST WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 23-30, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY….

 

Dave Lester from Temecula CA with another beast roosterfish for the camera before putting it back in the water.  Dave and his 3 buddies estimate they hooked and released 31 roosterfish over 4 days. 

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What beast is this? DJ Bovee from San Diego fishes with us several times a year and hooked this massive bull dorado, the likes of which we have not seen in years!

Enzo Moreno is just 11-years-old from San Antonio, Texas.  He caught and fought a marlin all by himself; he caught numerous other species including dorado and put this hefty yellowtail in the box as well. 

Zach Smith had an eventful 2 days of fishing with us.  His first day he hooked this pretty striped marlin.  The fish could not be released and Zach donated all the meat to the local folks who welcomed the fresh fish 

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Our fun amigos for many years who always do well, Tim and Angela Farrell from Oceanside, CA with their favorite Captain Moncho and a handful of tough-fighting pargo liso and yellow snapper!

Pretty as could be.  Joe has another pretty roosterfish to the boat to photo and release.  The roosters were sure thick this week. 

This might be my favorite photo of the week.  Nina Moreno and Captain Rogelio mug for the camera with Espirito Santo island right behind them just a stone’s throw away. 

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Big fish…big mouth! The kind that can inhale a 12-inch-long bait! Ron Burgess gets a hand from Captain Moncho. Fish was released.

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That’s a handful of pargo liso for Dave Gee from San Francisco who grimaces to hold the stout fish for the camera. Great eating meat!

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From Florida, our long-time amigo, Al Burgess needs to take a seat after battling this 100 + pound yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island for almost 2 hours!

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Kim Hunt and Gabe Lao are doing their best to subdue this feisty rooster so they can take a photo and release it, but the rooster is having none of that and smacks them all over the place. Great effort by Kim and Gabe who caught 4 roosters this day.

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Shaka sign from Captain Luis and Cathy Boos from Washington posing with one of her La Paz dorado.

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Tom Hoey and Terry Hawk with the right kind of dorado! They hooked this legit pair off Muertos Bay. Some of the largest dorado of the season!

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This is a great photo. It’s not often over the 2 decades that we’ve gotten Captain Arcangel to smile, but we got him here with Jonah Voigstberger from Bakersfield and her first rooster. Caught and released.

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No shortage of fun and crazy fishing when the schools of jack crevalle move in like this one caught by Alise Ferguson from Colorado Springs CO. Las Arenas Beach and lighthouse nearby.

 

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Victor with some tasty pargo lisos.

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Nothing like starting off your day with a trophy catch of a roosterfish right off the bat for Joe and quickly released.

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Zach Smith and Captain Fili give Nick Tovar (right) a hand posing with his sailfish on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Nick was not able to release the fish and donated all the meat to local families.

 

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These fish might not look big, but hit and fight like freight trains. Kent holds up a colorful pargo liso he managed to pull from the rocks.

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An incredible shot! Off Cerralvo Island, Captain Moncho poses with one roosterfish while Ron Burgess already has another big rooster on the line!

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Alot of good eating and variety on the fish cleaning table including big triggerfish, pargo, yellow snapper and cabrilla (seabass) for Jonah and John Voigtsberger.

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Captain Gerardo with the thumbs-up photo bomb of Dave Boos and his roosterfish.

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From Kentucky, Chase Wallis staying at Bahia Muertos in the Rancho Costa Resort got himself and big striped marlin after a good battle. He donated all of the meat to the local families when the fish could not be revived.

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I love photos that are different and kooky like Nick and his big amberjack while he sports the cool beard and mustache face garb!

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Fishing with us for years, Terry Hawk, has caught and released quite a few roosterfish with us.

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Two great guys. Dave “Splash” Lopez and nephew Nick Gatelein from Los Angeles wit two pretty dog-tooth snapper.

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Yes, pompano are still biting and yes, they are the largest I have ever seen down here in our waters in 25 years. Zach Smith has this one under control and released it.

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Good amigo and owner of Rancho Costa Resort in Bahia Suenos, Gary Wagner with his son, Jason took this long roosterfish just outside of the bay. The fish was released.

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The parade of weird and unusual fish continues. We’ve had milkfish…blue treval;y and now an island trevally. Another member of the diverse jack family. In 25 years, I’ve never seen one down here and neither had any of our captains.

I want to say it was really a great week of fishing.  But, I can’t.  So many times, I thought we were right on the verge of it, but then it got crazy again.  For sure, we had some spectacular fishing and maybe one of the best if not the best fishing of the season.

 

However, the fishing is still all mixed up and unpredictable.  Many folks caught the fish of a lifetime; or their largest; or their first or the most they have ever caught and that was great.

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Gabe Lao, Elk Grove CA Roosterfish off the beach. Released.

 

But, there was just no getting a handle on what was biting . One day the bite was in one spot and the next, it was shut down. Clear blue water one day become green dirty water with current the next day.  One panga rips up the fish and the boat next to it can’t get a bite.  It was that kind of week.

 

I’m not sure where to start so let me break it out with our two different fleets.  The fact that we have two fleets fishing two different areas often made the difference between having a good day or a so-so day!

 

For our La Paz Tailhunter Fleet

 

The week started well.  This is where we’ve been getting yellowtail, amberjack, pargo and cabrilla and snapper. Plus lots of great eating white bonito.  Really weird because these are all coldwater fish, except for the bonito!  And it’s already 100 degrees and the end of June and beginning of July.  For example yellowtail are a fish we usually don’t see much of after April or so!

However ,yellowtail between 15-25 pounds have been biting now for almost 3 weeks.  By far our La Paz fishing north of town has been the most solid fishing most of the month.

If you wanted to just have a solid day of fun and action, this is where I had you fish.  I could really depend on it doing well and everyone having fun.

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Espirito Santo Island. Sy’s first dorado experience was a good one.

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No, that’s not Richard Branson, but Rick Kasper has been on many TV shows and had his own hunting show for many years. He’s an old hand at fishing with us down here.

The weird thing, however, is that almost in the same spots where we were hooking the cold water fish, we were also hooking dorado which are warm water fish!  The dorado ran 10-25 pounds and these are the kinds of fish we should be hooking this time of year.  But with the presence of both fish, this means there’s a thermocline in the water column with warm waters about 81 degrees at the surface, but below that is a very chilly thermocline holding colder waters.  This was confirmed by our scuba divers who ran into the colder water about 20-40 feet down.

 

Very unusual!  But, like I said, everyone catching fish.

 

Until about mid-week.  The fishing really died down.  My captains told me cold green water with lots of current and strong winds kicked the bite to the curb.  However, as the week went on…the bite came back little by little as temperatures rose again (we set a record 107 degrees Saturday) and waters calmed with dorado and other species once again getting active.

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Nina hooks another one!

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet…

 

The week was mostly slow.  But let me clarify.

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Jack crevalle “Toro” Captain Fili and Zach Smith

There were fish biting!  No doubt.  There were lots of those cool white bonito.  And pargo, jack crevalle, cabrilla and amberjack and  (Needlefish…yuk).

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Dave and a pretty and big yellow snapper.

But, the big pargo liso were schooling!  These huge mullet snapper are 10-30 pounds and are really difficult fish in the shallow waters, but these fish are normally schooling in these big groups in the colder waters of March and April.

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Among the toughest and most difficult fish in our waters, pargo liso frustrate many an angler and frustrate strong men. However, Tim and Angela Farrell with Captain Moncho yanked these bad boys out’ve the rocks.

 

All of a sudden, here they are.  The thing with them is that they are tough tough tough to catch.  I have often told folks that if you get 10 hookups and get 2 or 3 to the boat, it’s about par.

 

So, folks were coming back saying what a tough day they had.  Then, I’d find out they really hooked 6, 8, 10 pargo but busted them all off!  That’s GOOD fishing…but bad CATCHING!

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Pargo liso for Joe! Great eating.

Similarly, we had some tuna biting…and these were all 100+ pound beasts!  1 and 2 hour battles ended up with broken lines.  In one case, our guys had the fish right next to the boat ready to stick the gaff after an epic battle and suddenly a huge shark rolls up and in two bites completely wipes out the fish!

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Striped marlin waiting to be carted off to local homes.

Oh…and marlin and sailfish caught too finally although a couple of nice fish broke off.  Best billfish bite of the season!

 

But the best part of the week…(drumroll)…ROOSTERFEST!!!

 

Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay is known as the “Roosterfish Capital of the World.”  World record roosterfish up to 150 pounds have been caught on this beach area.

 

Well, this week, I’ve never seen the roosters go off like they did.  I estimate almost 100 roosters were hooked and released between 5 and 70 pounders!

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Captain Armando and Dave Lester in the Baja sunrise with an early big roosterfish released.

 

On a single day alone, our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet had 8 pangas on the water and got 35 roosterfish!  That’s unheard of!  One of our boats caught and released at least 10 fish.  This doesn’t even include the fish that were lost or broke off!

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From Denver, Adam Tarowoski got his first roosterfish this week. Fish was released.

Then, at the end of the week, another surprise.  We have not had many dorado caught this year around the Las Arenas area.  Most of the fish have been around La Paz.  Other than an occasional dink fish, not much to speak of.

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Wow!! That’s huge bull dorado! Whoa…Jen Wilson from Colorado Springs CO with one of the largest dorado of the season.

Well, all of a sudden we have bit 20-45 pound bull dorado in the water!  Where’d they come from?  We haven’t seen dorado of that size in 3 years.

 

It’s a strange strange season!  Oh…and we broke heat records this week too.  107 degrees over the weekend.

That’s my story!

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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 April 28-May 5, 2019

INSHORE FISHING PRODUCES VARIED SPECIES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 28-May 5, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Bruce Bonsack caught what might be our largest roosterfish of the young season just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Our fishing ace amigo, Roger Thompson, was dragging a purple Rapala near Cerralvo Island when he got this beautiful wahoo to chomp. You can tell, it was a little chilly!

Rosario Hastings had not spent a whole lot of time on the water and was nervous about going fishing, but you can see the excitement after a 2-hour battle with our largest dorado of the season. She was fishing just north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

Another good day for Erik and Ethan Skinner who spent a full week of fishing with us and although some tough fish broke off near Espirito Santo Island, they got this nice jack crevalle and cabrilla.

Captain Jorge with Don Busse from Lakewood CA with a great variety including a huge pompano, cabrilla and pargo.

The right kind! That’s a nice colorful barred pargo for Ethan Skinner who had quite a week of fishing.

Check out Captain Jorge and the nice pompano and pargo.

Big smiles and a big amberjack for Dave Lindell and Captain Armando.

 

Captain Pancho and Don Busse with a sizeable cabrlla and a hawkfish also called a “china maru.”

We had a nice run of hawkfish also called “china maru” along with a cabrilla. All great eating.

Can’t ask for a better day of inshore fishing with pompano, pargo, snapper and cabrilla off the reef.

Bryan Duran and his amigos only had 1 day to fish, but did well on pompano, pargo, sierra, snapper and others.

Quite a nice mix of fish this past week with nice sunny weather and relatively calm seas.  Most of the fishing action centered over the inshore reefs and rocks where a plethora of different species kept rods bent…and hearts broken as fish often took frustrated anglers into the rocks.

 

So, sometimes fishing was good, but the actual “catching” was not as good with so many lost fish!  But, it still made for some fun times.

 

Inshore species ran the gamut from big cabrilla to several species of pargo including pargo mulatto (barred pargo); pargo liso (mullet snapper); dog-tooth pargo (dog-tooth snapper) plus red and yellow snapper.

 

Add to that a real nice jag of some big pompano; some brutish jack crevalle, common and white bonito and quite a few hawkfish also known as china maru that are similar to cabrilla but with bright blue designs on it’s face and flanks.

 

In the same areas, we lost some big yellowtail that couldn’t be stopped on both iron and bait plus slow-trolled Rapalas and Yo-Zuris, but those same lures also produced a couple of nice wahoo in shallow water up to about 35 pounds.

 

Dorado action is also picking up with some larger fish taken near Espirito Santo Island where sargasso weed is starting to appear which attracts bait fish and consequently more dorado as the waters get warmer.

 

Daytime temps have been really pleasant in the high 80’s and it’s starting to get a bit humid but conditions for the coming week look good!

 

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

 

Erik and Ethan Skinner spent almost a week fishing with us in the mangroves of Bahia Magdalena taking over a dozen species including pargo, snapper, halibut, dog-tooth, spotted bay bass, triggerfish and corvina.  Most of it was chronicled in last week’s report.

However, their last days they had an incredible snap of corvina!  Check out the photos.  They released many many fish and donated many more  and still took home several ice chests of fish.

Ethan with dad, Erik, and a nice sized corvina. You can see the mangroves in the backk

Back at the cleaning table with nice load of corvina plus bass, snapper and pargo.

Captain Rigo has a big smile with Ethan in Bahia Magdalena

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:
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from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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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 April 14-21, 2019

FISH BITE!…except when they dont! 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 14-21, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Paul Nagata from San Francisco makes at least 1 trip a year with Tailhunter in La Paz.  He was fishing off the south end of Cerralvo Island with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet in an area that had been producing some yellowtail in the shallow bank at South Point.  Not having much luck on live bait, they decided to make one more drift over the spot although it was already late in the afternoon.  The big tuna bit and towed the panga for 2 hours on 50-pound test, but a very light rod!   Paul and Captain Pancho handed the rod back-and-forth every 20 minutes.

 

Big fish in the rocks! Even Pancho got to pull on some fish this week. A solid cabrilla going onto the grill.

Paul had quite a week taking 8 different species of fish including this trophy cabrilla over the reef .

Variety on the cutting table! Cabrilla, pargo liso and snapper!

We had a schitzophrenic Easter Week of weather and fishing.  Although the sun was out, we had 4 days of windy rough conditions and 3 days that were reasonably fishable.

 

Consequently, the fishing reports reflected the conditions.  The days when the weather smiled, we had some banner fishing with lots of variety that included some fantastic inshore fishing including trophy-sized cabrilla and pargo ( big mullet snapper and barred pargo) as well as yellowtail, yellow snapper, several species of bonito and jack crevalle.  Most caught either with live bait or slow trolling Rapalas over the rocky shallow areas close to shore.

Typical catch this week…yellowtail…pargo liso (mullet snapper)…cabrilla…yellow snapper. All tough fighting fish inshore on the rocks.

 

Additionally, blue water species like dorado and wahoo also bit and one of our anglers nailed a big 108-pound yellowfin tuna (he had a scale) on a caballito that he fought for 2 hours.

 

On the days when the winds slammed, we were reduced to trolling because bait was impossible to obtain.  Winds also prevented us from getting to some of the hotter fishing spots.

 

This coming week looks a little more promising.  We have alot more folks fishing this week as more anglers start coming into town and the season opens up.  Will hopefully have more and better photos in the next report!

Hope Easter was great for you and your family.

That’s my story!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 7-14, 2019

“HOLD EVERYTHING!” (WINTER’s NOT DONE)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Apri. 7-14, 2019

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and REST OF THE STORY…

Now this is a yellowtail! Just off Espirito Santo Island, Desmond Sjaufoekloy took this hefty beast earlier in the week.

Cabrilla like this tasty trophy are on the chew right now in the rocky areas. Jeff Brown poses with a beauty.

Desmond took this fat cabrilla to dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

Captain Joel with Rod Brown and a nice mix of yellowtail, barred pargo and snapper.

 

Just when we were getting all comfortable and figured winter was done with us, I had a feeling she still had a few gusts left in her.  Sure enough, like “Game or Thrones” winter came back to remind us we’re not quite out’ve range yet.

 

The week started out sort or OK.  But we could tell it was going to ramp up again.  Our folks got a nice mix of fish including yellowtail, some big fat cabrilla and other species plus a smattering of dorado.

 

But, with each day, the winds got stronger.  Towards the latter part of the week, it was not just gusting, it was ripping and even the La Paz Port Captain shut down all boat traffic.  No fishing…diving…swimming with whale sharks…no boats coming in and out.

 

And, I get it.  Can’t blame him.  It was blowing white caps even in the bay, even with the sun out.  Better to err on the side of safety.  Heck, even on the “calmer” days our folks were getting bounced and wet.

It did calm down just a tad by the end of the week, but not much and about the only thing we could raise in the rough water was bonito.

The coming week, it looks a little better.  Fingers crossed.

That’s our story!  Happy Easter everyone.  Have a safe and blessed holidays.

 

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 March 31-April 7, 2019

CRAZY VARIETY FOR 2nd STRAIGHT WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 31-April 7, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

 

Micah Pettit from Utah came down with his dad for his first trip with us although dad fishes with us several times a year.  Micah stuck it to this tough yellowtail just outside Bahia Muertos his first day along with snapper, cabrilla and sierra.

Our amigo, Rod Brown from Alaska has been coming to fish with us for over a dozen years and usually during the spring . Along with nice yellowtail, he put this trophy barred pargo in the box fishing around Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz over the rocks.

From Minnesota, Jeff Brown is a pretty good fisherman on our La Paz waters and always does well as he poses with one of his nice yellowtail.

This type of rack of fish is not unusual this time of year when we can end up with alot of variety.  Here you see yellowtail, yellow snapper, sierra, cabrilla and barred pargo.

Our popular Captain Joel has reason to smile after putting the gaff to Jeff’s trophy barred pargo.  That’s Espirito Santo Island in the background.

Coleman Wadsworth shows off his catch including this yellowtail plus some great eating variety on the boar behind him including rockfish like snapper, cabrilla and pargo.

Incredible variety this week as we hit a 2nd good week of action.   It’s what we call “transitional” time although it usually doesn’t hit until about next month.  However, it’s the time of the fishing season when it’s not winter anymore and not summer quite yet in the water.

 

Consequently, you still have the ability to catch cold-water species like cabrilla, pargo, sierra, yellowtail, amberjack, snapper and more as they still linger.  However, warm water species like dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish, larger roosterfish are no starting to move in as well as surface waters warm.

 

Add in bonito, jack crevalle, skipjack and other year-round species and you get a lot of variety right now and that’s the kind of week we just had with great action on a number of different kinds of fish.

 

You may not get a lot of any one species, but you could finish a day with 6, 8, 10 or more different species in the box at the end of the day.  The boat right next to you have have another 3 or 4 different species.  The next day you get completely different species.  It makes for some fun fishing.

 

Still not a lot of anglers out on the water, but the ones we did have out took yellowtail, barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, sierra, amberjack, bonito, jack crevalle, roosterfish (released), yellow snapper, cabrilla as well as tuna (lost) and wahoo (lost).  Signs of striped marlin were also seen.

 

Biggest problem is that many of the fish are in shallow water right now or over structure so lots of big fish are getting lost in the rocks but they’re willng to bite.

 

Here’s what one of our anglers had to say:

“Another great day of fishing. We caught almost 70 mackerel for bait this morning. For the third day in a row we ran out of bait by 1 o’clock because of just too many hook-ups!  . Today’s catch included  7 yellowtail, 5 nice sized cabrilla, one large barred pargo, and one sierra. The fish were tough on our equipment. The first thing they do is run for he rocks. We lost more than we boated…We also snapped one of the heavy rods on a hook set. This has never happened before!”

Despite the great fishing this week, don’t say good-bye just yet to those windy days of winter…Sunday was pretty rough and blustery again.  Will keep an eye out for you.  Stay tuned.

BAHIA MAGDALENA FISHING

We were able to send out our first anglers of the season over to the Pacific side to light-tackle fish the mangroves in the shallows of Bahia Magdalena and they had a spectacular time.  Using live bait, they had 50-60 fish days catching, releasing and donating much of their catch and also losing many fish in the tangles of roots and underwater structure.

Catches included: snook, cabrilla, spotted-bay bass, halibut, snapper, pargo, corvina, croaker, and many more!

That’s ALOT of variety and light tackle action after just one day fishing the mangrove shallows in Bahia Magdalena not including all the other fish lost and donated.

 

Rod Brown with a tasty snook.  Those are the barrier dunes on the edge of Mag Bay behind him.

Called “lenguado” (tonguefish) in Spanish, Jorge Romero has himself a good little halibut that ate a live sardine.

You can see the tangle of mangrove roots behind Jeff Brown and how close to shore we fish in the shallows of Mag Bay, but check out the kind of fish lurking in the roots like this pargo.

Tasty grouper!

That’s our story!

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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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