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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2020

DORADO BIG ROOSTERFISH BEND STICKS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

There’s a number of photos this week of roosterfish with Dan Stewart from Bishop, CA. They are NOT the same fish! Dan had a banner few days chasing the big gallos and caught a number of them like this fish in the 50-pound class! All fish were released.

Could not find a better roosterfish shot than Paul Nagata and Captain Pancho with this big-headed bull. Paul has a knack for putting good fish in the boat every year.

Johnny Lucero from the Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos was trolling the marlin lures and hooked THREE wahoo like this one!

One of our new “best amigos!” This is Bruce “White bread and baloney” Blumenthal who made his first trip down to see us and started off with a nice table o dorado to put in the freezer!

Fishing with out Tailhunter La Paz fleet, Eric shows off one of his mahi. He had 2 good days of fishing with us.

If she looks grim, Tanya McGarr from snowy Rock Springs, Wyoming it’s not because she’s unhappy! This big roosterfish not only busted her chops before she beat it, but she’s struggling to hold the big head up for a photo. Captain Pancho helps out. The fish was released!

Campbell CA, amigo, Rob “Leon Redbone” Martinez shows some of the crazy variety that is still around with a sierra in hand plus dorado, pargo and cabrilla on the cleaning table. All great-eating fish!

 

Dan has another big rooster and it’s a slug! Cerralvo Island just behind him and Captain Gerardo with the thumbs-up!

 

Texas in the house y’all! Randy Moe and Kevin Preuss from Thrall TX started out their fishing week with a mess of dorado fillets for dinner. Thanks to Randy who brought Jilly and I some big Texas steak from his ranch!

Goofing for the photo…Andrew Harrison, Captain Gerardo, Joe Vondrak and Joe Eide.

GAK! Captain Victor with the scourge of the sea…a big needlefish.

Kevin, Bob and Dave made it down to see us again this year from L.A. and really worked hard to get tuna and wahoo. However, they were alot more successful with the dorado!

This time wife, Becky, gives Dan Stewart a hand with another roosterfish for the camera before releasing the big fish.

Steve Bryan is too fun. No stress. Just easy fishing while hanging with us almost 2 full weeks here in La Paz! Captain Jorge helped get Steve into a day of dorado.

 

Jim Glaze has the gaff. Bruce Blumenthal holds the fish. They were with Captain Joel and our Tailhunter La Paz fleet for two days and had fun with the dorado schools.

Dan has yet ANOTHER rooster!

This past week was the exact opposite of the previous week.

We started excruciatingly slow with a picky bite at best. Had to really work hard to get fish and find fish.

However, as the week progressed, fishing picked up speed. Still not fast, but compared to the week before, it was nice to have folks come back to shore with big smiles and fish in the box.

Dorado were once again center-stage. Most got limits or near limits on most days. Not every boat on every day did OK, but for the most part every boat still came back with daily fish and if one particular boat had a slack day, the next day made up for it.  Locations and schools kept changing, but overall, the fish were nicely cooperative this week.

The dorado were schoolies-sized fish. Most were 5 to 15 pounds with the occasional fish in the 20-pound class. Lots of smaller fish were released. The fish hit live bait mostly, but would also hit trolled lures or cut bait.

It was also nice to see a few wahoo in the counts. We haven’t seen many this year and the wahoo that were caught this week were taken by anglers who were trolling lures trying to catch something else when the wahoo bit. But, I would still say, it’s been a down year for the speedsters. Same with tuna. We should be thick in the tuna, but after several years of tuna biters, we’ve not seen any at all. There’s some tuna biting to the south of us so hopefully, they’ll start swimming north.

After several weeks of no roosters, it’s good to know they are still out there. Normally, this is too late in the year to see the roosters around, but several fish running 25-60 pounds were caught and released.  Just when I thought they were gone after not seeing any for a few weeks, the big boys came back.

If you go outside-the-box, there’s not many folks fishing the structure around the reefs and rocks because most anglers are chasing the blue-water species, but there’s big triggerfish to be had as well as cabrilla, pargo, snapper and even sierra!

E-MAIL SNAFU at TAILHUNTER

If you’ve tried to reach us the last few days, our server has been down that handles all our e-mails.  Apparently, it either got hacked or corrupted so the brainy-guys in New York are working on it.

However, that means for the past few days, we have not been able to receive or send e-mails!  GACK!  That means we’ve been dead-in-the-water with our communications and unable to respond with our usual speediness!  We apologize and are on hectic damage control!

For the time being, please use these e-mails:

Jonathan:   tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

Jilly:  Jillyroldan@gmail.com

Thanks for understanding.

That’s our 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
 

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/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept 2-9, 2020

WEEK STARTS STRONG THEN GETS TOUGH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 2-9, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Back home in Denver, it was below freezing. Here in La Paz, it was 102 and after 2 slow days of fishing, John Lowdermilk and Gianni Checa finally hit the dorado schools and filled a box of fish!

By far, the best catches of a slower week, was had by our long-time amigos, Daniel and his dad, Jim Bovee from San Diego. Talk about a crazy season. Only our 2nd wahoo of the season. A big amberjack that usually is only around in the spring and two big pargo that are also usually cooler-water fish!

Eastern Washington in the house with Dan McKinley and Darrel Startin on their first trip down to visit us. They had one of the better days of fishing this past week.

Great prized catch for Don Busse who has fished with us for years and never gotten a pargo liso (mullet snapper). They are not only a difficult fish to pull from the rocks, but it’s September and these are cold-water fish we normally see in March and April. It’s a crazy year. Don is from Lakewood CA.

Firefighter Mike Welch on his first trip to visit us, shows off two of his dorado, but take a look at the box below. It was one of the better outtings this past week.

Dave Burnett with one of the tough bonito that at least provided some pulling action, even when the dorado weren’t biting.

 

Don Busse again with probably the biggest dorado of the week! Nice bull mahi!

The bonito north of town around Espirito Santo Island were especially tough and big fast sluggers like this one with Mike Welch hooked in between dorado.

Dave’s got another dorado in the boat. Lots of dorado did get released this week.

 

With the full moon, the week surprisingly started really strong! Limits of dorado for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Thunderstorms that were predicted, never materialized and we finally had a great combination of solid fishing action and sunny weather with fairly flat seas.

The dorado weren’t big. The largest ran maybe 20 pounds, but with the 5-10 pounders, there was alot of action and many boats often limited early then caught-and -released fish. Lots of fillets ended up at our Tailhunter Fubar Cocina Restaurant every night.

In addition, we had a bit or unexpected variety. The wahoo made a show although we only got one to the boat, but it was only the 2nd wahoo of the season, but some of the other boats got hook-ups as well.

Additionally some great inshore fishing with nice cabrilla, pargo, snapper, roosterfish, amberjack plus big bonito an jacks made for some good days of fishing.

As the week went on, amazingly, the full moon waned and so did the fishing! Our Las Arenas fleet really had to work hard to find fish, but our La Paz fleet continued to do OK.  But straight up…it really got tough.  Overall, the fishing action dropped off tremendously.

I have no idea why.  Conditions seemed normal for the time of year.  Lots of bait.  The fish just went “lockjaw” and captains and anglers alike really struggled to get into a solid bite of any note.  Everyone who wanted to take home fish, still took home fish, but it was spotty at best!

Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this we’ll be back up-to-speed.

Maybe the best news of the week was the re-opening of the beaches and our water-front malecon after almost 5 months or Covid-closure! It was good to see people in the water; walking along the waterfront and cruising the Malecon in the evenings. It really put people in an up-beat mood and you could feel the palpable joy in the locals as well as the tourists.

Along with that, the decrease in restrictions, also applied to the opening of churches (with protocols); gyms, the movie theaters, salons, spas and so man non-essential businesses that were shuttered.

That’s our 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
 

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 Aug. 5- Aug .12, 2020

OK WEEK FOR DORADO BUT…

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug 5-12, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

 

A good start on the first day for Frank Kunze and Lee Carlson, our long-time amigos who came back to the beach with some dorado and a pompano that ended up on the grill at our Fubar Cocina Cantina.

Captain Geraldo stands behind Matt Cirillo as he poses with a big long roosterfish just off the beach at Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Lorraine McDonald from Utah is all smiles with Captain Armando and her dorado.

Our buddy, Kip Slaugh, from Salt Lake City, holds up a huge roosterfish caught in the surf off Punta Arenas on live bait. Kip released the big slugger.

Dave from Dutch John, Utah, has a sailfish to his day! The fish was released.

Thumbs-up from Captain Jorge with Sommer Adams from San Diego on her first trip to visit us. Nice rack of dorado to start the week for her!

That’s a big one! Another rooster for a quick photo and release!

Elena Galvan and Steve Ortega visited us for the first time and put some dorado into the box. Standing on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Sue Slaugh has been with us for many years from Salt Lake City and has herself a dorado on the gaff headed for the grill!

From the Los Angeles area on a first-time visit, Daniel Ahman and Jimmy Stathis pose with Captain Victor and a nice batch. of dorado on the cleaning table.

Kip with another dorado from the blue waters at Bahia Muertos!

It was an OK week. Honestly, nothing spectacular. That’s the bottom line. Not much more to say about it.

Dorado were surely the focus of attention with 90% of the catch being mahi mahi between 5-20 pounds. But, it was a weird week. For all of you out there that think the full-moon is a terrible time to fish…last week’s full-moon fishing was far better than this week!

The week started out fairly OK. Dorado, pargo, snapper, cabrilla. Even some billfish. Thankfully, the big roosterfish picked up some of the slack. However, no wahoo. No tuna. No dog-tooth.

But, then as the week went on, the last several days, it just kind of shut off. Even the dorado took a powder and got lockjaw. We had one day of very strong winds that bounced everyone and turned the waters over and even after the waters flattened the subsequent days really didn’t produce much and captains and anglers really had to work hard for their fish. Las Arenas was definitely better than fishing out’ve La Paz and although summer-like conditions are only now just starting to hit, the waters are remarkably cooler than normal. Hopefully, the fish get with the program again real quick.

 

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 July 27-Aug. 5, 2020

BIG ROOSTERS & DORADO HIGHLIGHT FULL MOON WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 27-Aug. 5, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Full moon bull! Lynn Crooks from Sparks, NV, battled this big bull “until her arms fell off” but with the help of Captain Joel, got it to the boat! Fillets were eaten here in town that night, but she donated the rest of the meat to local folks.

 

 

Grins and smiles from Roger Meyer (head) and Joe Duryea (tail) from Phoenix, AZ. Roger caught this slugger of a roosterfish just off the point at Punta Arenas with the Tailhunter Fleet using live bait. It was his biggest and was released.

Some good eating pompano in the hands of Jake Oosterman. Members of the jack family related to yellowtail, roosterfish, jack crevalle and amberjack.

You do not have to go very far to get big fish. With the rocks of Punta Perrico just over his shoulder, Dave Roos, from Escalon CA, is pretty happy with this dandy roosterfish. It’s alot bigger than it looks as Dave is NFL lineman sized 6’3”. He released the rooster.

Personal best roosterfish for our amigo, Bernie Crooks visiting us from Sparks, NV with Captain Moncho. That’s the beach at Punta Arenas behind them. Bernie released the big rooster.

Mauricio made the trip up from Cabo to visit Rancho Costa at Bahia Muertos and was out with Gary Wagner when he put this dorado on the deck.

…and here’s Gary at his place there in Bahia Muertos with a tuna he told me ended up as ceviche at Rancho Costa.

Darrell Manginelli visits us once or twice a year from Camarillo CA and started his trip out finding a nice school or dorado.

It was a good week for big roosters! Lynn back on the board with Captain Moncho and her own big rooster for a quick photo and release.

Nothing prettier than a lit up dorado in the water!

Like everything else in the world, this definitely is not typical summer-time fishing. For sure, this isn’t typical August fishing. Temperatures are cooler with day time highs in the low 90’s.  Humidity is down. It can be breezy. So, it’s been rather more pleasant as far as being in town. But, waters are also cooler. That’s not to say fishing is bad. There’s definitely action to be had. It’s just very different.

Oh…and although I’m not a big “full moon” believer, combined with other variables like temperatures, winds and water clarity, can make a big difference so that surely had some bearing on this week’s past bite.

So…

Instead of mostly pelagic species typical of this time of year like dorado, tuna, wahoo and billfish…the blue water species…of a normal year, catches have been marked by a variety of fish more characteristic of later spring fishing.

Sure, we’re getting some good bites of dorado there’s some billfish mixed with the occasional tuna and wahoo, but anglers are also still getting big roosterfish up to about 70 pounds these past weeks. At the end of the day, I’m seeing fish boxes with species such as dog-tooth snapper (pargo perro), mullet snapper (pargo list), barred pargo and cabrilla. As well, this past week, there were catches of jack crevalle, yellow snapper, bonito, big triggerfish, pompano and even sierra…a fish we see between November and March when waters are colder.

Bait such as sardines and mackerel and ballyhoo are pretty good this year and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out.

ALMOST THERE!

Regretfully, back in March when the quarantine hit La Paz, we had to close our fun and famous Tailhunter Restaurant.  It was a sad moment after 12 years of great memories.

However, after almost 2 months of re-model and crazy work with our team, we’ll finally be opening up our FUBAR COCINA CANTINA.  It’s not the Tailhunter Restaurant but the closest thing to it…it’s our first floor right on the Malecon waterfront.  We’ll have a new expanded street-side dining  menu plus full bar featuring our new Bloody Mary Bar.

We’ll have many of your favorites that we had upstairs:

Huge burgers

Street hot dogs

Fish and Chips

Shrimp, Fish and Carne Asada Tacos

Fubar Fries and Loaded Nachos

Your Fish Preparations

…and more!

Hopefully, live music again too!

 

We’ll also be opening our Sirena Mini-Super Market with beer, sodas, munchies, souveniers plus beach gear as well. Of course, we still have our fish processing plant as well.

We’ll look forward to seeing you 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 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 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

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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

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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
 

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 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 for Week of April 16-23, 2020

BAJA QUARANTINE NOW EXTENDED TO END OF MAY

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY

Popular Captain Ramon “Moncho” Green went north to Espirito Santo Island and took this 80-pound yellowfin tuna and several big 20-pound class yellowtail using sardines.

Gary Wagner, who owns the Rancho Costa there in Muertos has been a bright spot in getting us photos these past few weeks since he’s able to get his own boat right off the beach and go fishing. He sure has a colorful dorado here. Thanks, Gary.

Alot of you know our great Captain Pancho. His son Carlos is growing up (heck of a guitar player too!) and looks he definitely has dad’s fishing DNA. Big tasty pompano in the boat!

Wish I could say things were better, but no one out on the water.  Even the locals are having an issue with fishing for personal consumption.  The ports have been closed for several weeks now to all traffic, but there’s quite a bit of confusion over whether local fishermen can fish for their families.  Some think no problem and are out.  But others have been stopped and told they can only be out if they have permits and apparently the paper process is lengthy and confusing in itself.

From the couple of reports that I did get from local fishermen, there’s some nice jags of 25-pound class yellowtail around both Espirito Santo Island and Cerralvo Island.  Tuna up to 70-pounds also at the north end of Cerralvo with scattered schools of dorado moving in as waters warm up. Roosterfish have started showing up near the beaches as well as pargo liso started their yearly spawn.  No shortage of bonito either.
Tons of bait.  No fishermen.

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES (AS OF APRIL 22)

  • Mexico almost has over 10,000 confirmed virus cases a jump of over 3,000 in a single week.
  • Coronavirus deaths are over 950 and climbing daily. Three weeks ago it was 125.
  • Health officials think that as many as 54,000 is a true number of cases because of so many unreported cases and very little testing.
  • Four Mexican states with more than 33 million residents are not reporting any statistics because they do not want to violate people’s privacy or “cause panic.”
  • More than 200 municipalities in 10 Mexican states have closed their roads unilaterally to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the towns.
  • Hospitals in Mexico City are already almost at capacity.
  • Baja (states of Baja Norte and Baja Sur) has almost 800 confirmed cases with 38 deaths.
  • Baja has the highest incidence of infection per capita in the country. Mexico City has the 2nd highest per 100,000 people.
  • Baja has extended the quarantine past the original April 30th In the absence of something changing, the quarantine is now extended to May 30th.
  • Health officials estimate that only about 60% of the population are adhering to the quarantine. Many are ignoring the mandates while law enforcement and the military continue to chase people off beaches, public areas and gathering locations.
  • Healthcare workers are pleading for non-existent personal protection while now themselves becoming targeted for attacks by people who say the workers are spreading the disease.
  • There’s no stimulus checks, unemployment or health insurance (socialized medicine). In fact 40% of the working population aren’t even on anyone’s books.  They work as laborers, vendors and other “cash-only” workers.
  • The Mexico Undersecretary of Health has not recommended face masks because it gives people a “false sense of security.”

LA PAZ IN QUARANTINE – You Might Recognize a Few Places

That’s my story.  Be safe.  Let’s get through this.

 

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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