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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 19-25, 2022

MIXED WEATHER KICKS OUT MIXED BAG OF

FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of May 19-25, 2022

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IN A NUTSHELL:

Fishing on a Scale of 1-10 (10 being best):  6

Temps:  Weirdly cold.  Mid 50’s at night to high 80’s in the day (bring a sweatshirt)

Las Arenas:  Lots of variety but mostly coldwater species.  A few tuna, dorado, wahoo.  But great roosterfish to 50+ pounds.  Pargo, cabrilla, snapper, pompano, trevally, palometa, sierra, jack crevalle, dog-tooth, amberjack, yellowtail, bonito.  Have to go to the island to find bait.

La Paz:  Mostly big yellowtail 10-40 pounds.  Some cabrilla and rockfish.   Rougher waters in the mornings and cold!  Catching mackerel for bait to catch the big yellowtail.

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THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Right up in the surf near the Punta Arenas lighthouse, Troy Kuzminsky from Washington found a big rooster and was able to release it!

I lost count of how many roosterfish Guy Markus from Utah caught and released over 2 days. Maybe 6 of them, but here’s one of the big ones!

Paul Markowitz (right) brought his amigo Rick Willis with him to fish with us in La Paz and these were Rick’s first ever salt-water fish. It included cabrilla, triggerfish, white bonito and a yellowfin tuna.

Yeow! Captain Pancho was out with Dave Kosnosky from Washington when this huge roosterfish…estimated at over 80 pounds…pounced on Dave’s 22″ ladyfish bait. Dave said the fish blew up and actually tail-walked across the water like a marlin! They were able to release the fish unharmed.

Captain Jorge and Troy Clovis with one of the few dorado caught this past week. We should be catching alot more normally this time of year, but waters remain on the cool side.

Trolling a Rapala xRap in the shallows, Dave nailed this big cabrilla.

Alot of good-eating variety here! Mike Lubliner and Pat Boyle have cabrilla, rainbow runners, mullet snapper, yellow snapper and dog-tooth snapper on the cleaning board with Captain Jorge

Bob Kuzminsky’s rooster was taken on a live bait just yards from shore near Punta Arenas.  They released the fish.

Enjoying his new retirement, Ruben Cornejo picked up then released this roosterfish just off the beach. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

If Steve Wright looks a little tired, it’s because his arms are probably a little worn from fighting several big roosterfish like this one! Steve released all his fish.

Yellowfin tuna, yellow snapper, dog tooth snapper and a big pargo liso made for a great day of action!

Another big rooster for Steve. He rocked several big roosters and was able to release them all.

Big smiles from Bob Kuzminsky and another roosterfish!

It was an up-and-down week, to be honest.  What’s going on??? CRAZY!

This is more like late March or April weather and fishing!

Winds, waves and colder weather…even fog were issues that affected the fishing and had us working harder for the fish. Bait was sometimes an issue as well because it was also affected by conditions and some days were just plain rough. These cooler conditions are lingering alot longer than normal when we should be into almost summer climates by this time. It’s a long thermometer to be sure. Nights are in the low to mid 50’s (cold) and then jumping into the high 80’s by daytime.

Roosterfish running 10-50 pounds (and larger)  have truly been a highlight as the fish are now prowling the shores and beaches around Las Arenas and Bahia Muertos. Our anglers are catching them on sardines, but the larger ones are falling for the bigger ladyfish (sabalo) baits slow trolled behind our pangas. Those same areas are holding jack crevalle, pargo, snapper, cabrilla, sierra and amberjack. Schools of white bonito have added to the action. Occasionally someone hooks a dorado. Billfish are swimming around, but not quite ready to bite. We are getting more pompano and trevally than I have ever seen. Same with rainbow runners…baby cousin to yellowtail.

Surprisingly, yellowtail up to 40 pounds should be long gone, but they’re still on the area north of La Paz and feeding on mackerel. I think as long as the waters stay some what cooler than normal and the mackerel stick around, so will the yellowtail. No doubt this has been the best yellowtail season in my memory after 30 years down here, but I wish the dorado would show up finally.

Football season starting?  Football-sized tuna here and there!   Troy got one!

Keeping an eye out…we’ve had little teasers of tuna and wahoo lately.  Trying not to get too excited then get disappointed, but it’s encouraging that they are around!  We’ll keep you posted.

Captai Armando put Matt Harringer and his guys onto a couple of nice little fun yellowfin tuna as well.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April, 2, 2022

STILL GOT SOME WINDS BUT FISHING

IMPROVING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s ALOT of quality meat on the table! Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh our long-time friends from Salt Lake City started their week with alot of filets for the ice chest! I see big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, a big yellowtail, sierra and snapper!

Jim Bovee and Pancho are always a good team. Jim ran into some of the winds, but still picked up this good-looking yellowtail on a pink yo zuri. Jim was staying at Rancho Costa this time there at Bahia Muertos.

First-timers from Santa Barbara who only had one day to fish, Jack and son Lucas Bohnet have some terrific fish to take home with this yellowtail and big trophy cabrilla.

Another amigo with only one day to squeeze in, Chris Anthony put this yellowtail in the box, but also battled a big hammerhead shark as well fishing off Espirito Santo Island.

First-time friends from Utah, Kyle and Nancy Skibsted were out with Captain Armando and caught the only dorado of the week as well as some white bonito on the table and a tasty sierra! They also threw back a bunch of hard-charging skipjack.

Here you go!!! On day and BOOM! Captain Gerardo put Mike Gollick and his wife onto a sweet bite of hefty yellowtail plus bonito and sierra.

Bucket list for San Diego angler Jonathan Vilchez. Tough day fishing, but they did get one yellowtail fishing with captain Rogelio and Licho, but Jonathan put the hurt on his first roosterfish and one of our first of the season as well. The fish was released!

No big thing! Jim and Kip again with another good day on the water. Check out the size of these yellowtail plus the nice amberjack as well. I see a triggerfish and cabrilla peeking out as well.

YEOW! Craig Wong and Martin Aguilera have some pig yellowtail in hand there in Bahia Muertos!

This is a trophy cabrilla that Captain Pancho is lipping for Jim Bovee! Jim took it on a spinning rod and trolling a big lip Rapala. Nicely done, guys!

 

All indications are that with each passing week, the conditions are warming and improving. We’re not completely done yet with the strong northern winds of winter that often blow us off the water from November to April, but we had one one of the better fishing weeks, all things considered.

Still not many folks fishing, but overall the area has become much more fishable with only about 3 days that were gusty. We still had daytime temps in the low 80’s and nighttime temps in the high 60’s.

Fishing success was just really determined by where you fish and what day you picked. If it was one of the windier days, then it was more difficult. Also, if it’s windy, it’s hard to get live bait. Either because the winds make it difficult for the bait guys to catch the bait under the rough conditions or because there simply aren’t that many fishermen out right now, it’s not economic for them to go out if there aren’t enough anglers to purchase the bait. So, that means using alot more lures than normal. Also, alot of it is luck. On any given day, some boats just did better than others.

Two things especially stand out. First, the yellowtail are still around and biting nicely. Not sure how long they’ll stay around, but some nice healthy 20-35 pound fish are being hung on the high spots around Cerralvo and Espirito Santo Island as well as some of the inshore shallower rock reefs. The fish are eating jigs, lures and live bait. Hopefully, these fish will hang out a bit longer, but as the waters get warmer, these fish will move off to deeper water and replaced by warmer water species like the dorado of which we caught a few this week. In the same areas as the yellowtail, we also rocked some nice amberjack which are the cousins of the yellowtail and also pretty tasty on the table.

The big surprise were the big cabrilla (seabass) caught this week. Trophy-sized 5-12 pounders that looked like baby grouper were not uncommon and found in many of the rocky places where we were also hitting the yellowtail and amberjack .

In addition, action was also pretty good on several species of bonito and skipjack, snapper, pargo, sierra and jack crevalle.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 15-22, 2022

A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 15-22, 2022

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Some legit nice grade of yellowtail have been on the chew at the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island as well as other high spots and even in the shallows!

Not a bad mix of fish for February! Some bull dorado, a few good-sized cabrilla, white bonito and a sierra!

The area around Espirito Santo Island straight out’ve La Paz Bay is also holding yellowtail on the days the north winds aren’t blowing in your face and you can get out!

 

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, at his place the Rancho Costa Resort at Bahia Muertos with an uncharacteristic (for this time of year). dorado!

It was a kinder-gentler week from winter winds this past week. Most of the days were actually fishable much to the concern of all the windsurfers and kiteboarders, but much better for fishing.

Given it’s still technically “winter” the signs have been encouraging. Daytime temps touching the high 80’s and nighttime in the comfortable high 60’s and when the winds aren’t blowing those days been relatively calm for this time of year and good enough to get some folks on the water. There’s still not many as this is off-season, but most folks this time of year just want a day of fishing or so and are in town on vacation unlike the fishermen who show up later specifically to fish for numerous days.

“Catching” hasn’t been to bad either. Often, there’s a big difference between “fishing” and “catching,” but the catching lately has produced a nice variety of fish. In addition to the usual cabrilla (seabass), sierra, pargo, jacks, and numerous bonito including tasty white bonito, along the inshore areas, there are some toad-sized yellowtail coming off the high spots and rocky areas. Fish have been in the 20-30 pound class. There have also been some free-swimmer dorado in the 10-15 pound size starting to show up earlier than normal in the season.

Here’s what one of our local friends, Jimmy Williams,  wrote after fishing this past week and hitting the winds, but then finding some big yellowtail he couldn’t stop:

 

“I fished Wednesday out of El Sargento.. West wind was up when we reached the north end of Cervalvo, so we made beautiful large sardines just south of the red rocks on northeast side. Fished a few areas over there for a while for only 1 grande sierra. Left there and headed to La Riena and got our ass kicked getting out there, but when we drift fished just west of the rock over the pinnacles, we picked up 2 nice Dorado, 8 grande bonito, and some nice cabrilla. We hooked 4 brute yellows on live bait and couldn’t get one to boat. All 4 rocked us and I was using 60# with the drag buttoned down.”

It was also exciting to hear that at the north end of Cerralvo Island, some big 60-80 pound yellowfin tuna were blowing up in the chumlines although there were no bitters. I was told that they came up just aft of a big school of feeding yellowtail.

BUT WAIT!!!!

Just as I was going to post up this report, check out this slugger 150 pound yellowfin tuna caught at Bahia Muertos!  YEOW!  I guess the tuna ARE around!  It took 5 hours to boat this toad fish!

These pig tuna can put the hurt on you in the worst way!!! Be careful what you wish for! LOL

Stand by!!!  Maybe more coming soon!

THANK YOU PORTLAND!

Just finished up one of our favorite shows and saw so many of our good friends and clients!  It was a crazy 5 days, but always fun.  Thanks for all the hospitality, Portland, and we’re looking forward to everyone who signed up for trips to come fish with us in La Paz this year!

NEXT STOP – The Central Oregon Sportsmens Show!

We’re packing up our rig and now headed to Redmond, Oregon to the fairgrounds and we’ll be there March 10-13th.  We’re looking forward to seeing you.  However, don’t wait.  We are filling up so crazy fast!  Grab your calendars and get in touch with us so we don’t miss you.  Lots of regulars are coming back.  Lots of folks are tired of staying home.  So, come down and fish with us.

In fact, we know alot of folks didn’t want to venture out into the crowds at the show.  We perfectly understand!  However, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on our show special discounts!  Check this out:

Also, we’ve been doing this 30 years and we know alot of you have stayed with us at La Concha, on the beach, but we have some new locations as well on the Malecon so you don’t need taxis to get around!  We have suites, condos and single rooms overlooking the water or on the waterfront so make sure to ask us about them!

WHALES FULL SPEED!

Don’t forget that our whalewatching is in in full-season right now in the shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena.  The whales usually stay through March, before heading back north to the Bering Sea.  Contact us today and we’ll set you up for a lifetime experience!
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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb.1-7, 2022

FIRST YELLOWTAIL OF THE SEASON MAKE

APPEARANCE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 1-7, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Keith Williams stuck this nice forkie yellowtail along with bonito and cabrilla. Thanks for the photo BM!

Folks think that if there’s crazy weather in the U.S. that somehow it stops at the border.  On the contrary, weather doesn’t stop at border.  If things are happening in the U.S., it definitely affects things in Mexico.   Accordingly, winds continued from the north although there were some spots here and there where the winds gave us some breaks and allowed a few moments of fishing.  They were rare and you had to pick your spots.

However, in addition the usual inshore species like snapper, cabrilla and jacks, some beefy yellowtail started to show up.  The usual spots at the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island and off Punta Perico held some nice fish in the 15-25 pound class.  The fish were willing to chew sardines, mackerel as well as yo-yo and knife jigs.  Slow trolled mackerel-colored Rapalas also kicked in a few bites.  Some larger fish were lost insofar as these fish are around structure like rocks and reefs and after a slamming stike, they freight-train back to cover easily busting and cutting lines.

Hopefully, this is the start of a nice yellowtail season if the winds give us more breaks.  This coming week, actually looks like the winds will dial back a bit.  Not ideal, but more fishable than it has been for any extended period.

ROAD DIARY 2022

Just finishing up another good show here at the Washington State Fairgrounds for the Washington Sportsmans Show.  So great to see so many old friends and Tailhunter Nation!  Thanks for coming by and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you who reserved spots to come see us this year in La Paz!

By the time you’re reading this, we’ll be on the road and zooming to our next show which is the huge Western Hunt and Conservation Show at the Salt Palace downtown in Salt Lake City UT.  This will be possibly the largest show on our 2022 road tour and it’s ALWAYS fun and one of the most dynamic shows in which we exhibit.

Check out this video I made from the 2022 show before the shutdowns…

It runs from Thursday to Sunday and we’d love to see you if you’re in the area.  If not, don’t wait to make your reservations to come see us for fishing this year.  Dates are filling up rapidly.  We’ve done shows in Reno, Sacramento, Washington and now headed to Utah.  Many dates are selling out so get in touch with us so we don’t miss you!

WHALEWATCHING SEASON KICKS OFF!

It’s been breezy in Bahia Magdalena for the whalewatching this year, but on the calm days, the whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

Someone needs a nose scratch!

The grey whales have shown up for their annual migration from the Bering Sea to spend the winter months in the warm waters at Bahia Magdalena.  It’s a pretty incredible experience to see and interact with these magnificent animals in the shallow bay.

Don’t miss out another year.  Get in touch with us to set up your once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The whales usually stick around until mid or late March!

 

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 from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 20-29, 2022

HONESTLY STRAIGHT UP…NOT MUCH GOING

ON EXCEPT WINDS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Jan 19-29, 2022

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THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

We actually tried to send out some boats this past week. Everyone was informed that it might be very windy and rough, but they wanted to give it a go. One day they had to cancel because of the winds. Another day, the only got to fish a few hours then were blown off by the winds. They got one bite from an unknown fish and lost it. That was it. Another day, was also a cancelations.

Just not a great time to be on the water. Air temps are sunny and warm going up to the low 80’s in the day, but the north winds continue to be pesky and prohibitive. Mostly the only folks fishing right now are some of the commercial guys as well as some of our captains with family or friends for sustenance during the off-season which runs November to April.

Live bait has also been an issue because with so very few folks on the water, it’s not economical for the bait guys to work all morning to get bait they can’t sell to anyone or they have trouble getting the bait because the areas holding bait are too rough.

The few catches that are being made are mostly the usual inshore stuff. Generally small snapper, some cabrilla and pargo. Peripherally hooking jack and bonito.

GRATEFULLY BACK ON OUR WAY and THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

Busted the glass, the wrap, the pistons AND the tailgate!

In case you hadn’t heard, we are finally back on the road and headed to our third show which will be at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup WA.   More on that below.

 

However, we wanted to give a shout-out to all of our Tailhunter Tribe, Family and Friends who came to our rescue.  Last week during the show in Sacramento, our Tailhunter vehicle got broken into.  Nothing taken, but the intruders pretty much destroyed not only the glass and custom wrap but also the pistons and part of the tailgate.

The vehicle was not driveable and had to be towed.

We have more than 2 more months of shows to attend and were initially told that parts and repairs might take as much as 3 weeks!  There were simply no parts in Sacramento because of supply chain issues.  One part was all the way in Michigan.  The one tech who could do the repairs was TWO months backed up with work!

Jill worked like crazy on the phones with dealers and found Epic Chevy in Sacramento who went above-and-beyond.  They found subcontractors in other cities who had parts and they all pulled together to get the parts expedited to the Chevy dealer where a tech put us to the head of the line and worked all weekend to get us on the road!

Instead of 3 week, it was done in 5 days!

Good job, Jilly. She used to work in the car industry for 20 years and dug deep to get us back on tour!

However, so many of you offered cars, trucks, trailers, your homes, your connections and even meals to help us get through or get back on our show circuit!  The out-pouring was incredible.  We are more than touched and grateful and you humbled us with your thoughtfulness!  God bless you all for being angels when we needed you!

On a side note, we’ve been doing the show in Sacramento for over 20 years.  Never had an issue.  But, sad and distressing to see the area around the fairgrounds.  Lots of homeless living everywhere and pretty much anywhere they decide to set up a camp or boxes on the sidewalk or a parking lot. Vagrants walking all over.  Folks living in derelict cars.  At the stores and markets, there are no baskets or carts…they have all been stolen.

One of our good friend who is an hunting outfitter in Idaho had his whole rig stolen from the parking lot. One of our clients was carjacked at gunpoint by a guy fleeing a murder.

So sad to see the deterioration.   Praying and hoping for better!

…SO HERE WE COME WASHINGTON!

Thanks to everyone who has come to visit us at our Reno and Sacramento show and to all of you who signed up for trips to come visit, we’re excited to have you come fishing with us this year!  Muchas gracias!

So from Feb. 3-6, we’ll be at the Washington State Fairgrounds south of Seattle at the Washington State Sportsman’s Show.  It’s always a good one and we love visiting the area every year.  Come say hi and let’s talk about fishing in 2022!

The calendar is filling up with reservations coming in daily!  Do NOT wait to check with us or to come to your city in the next few months.  We don’t want to miss you and dates are really filling up fast!

SHOWS COMING UP:

Salt Lake City, UT

Portland, OR

Bend, OR

Spokane, WA

Denver, CO

Hope to see you !

WHALEWATCHING SEASON IS READY FOR YOU!

Prime time for whale watching at Bahia Magdalena!  Now through March when the whales come to hang out in the shallow bay before heading back up to the Bering Sea near Alaska on their annual migration.  Get in touch with us to set up the whole package trip!  It’s a life-time experience!

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 from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 11-19, 2022

BILLFISH IN JANUARY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 11-19, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

A rare calm day, but there’s marlin in our waters!

Captain Pancho was out on his own with family friends near Bahia Muertos when he hooked this baby sailfish. An unusual catch in the winter. The fish was released and they went home with some cabrilla and pargo for dinner.

Unexpected biter on light tackle!

A windy week again and even a bit of rain this past week. Most of the winds are still coming from the north between 10 and 20 mph with some stronger gusts making it difficult to be on the water. Air temps are running from the low 60’s at night to the mid-70’s in the daytime.

There were a few very small windows to fish. Either because the winds diminished a bit (but it was still rough) or at least to get out for a very short time before the winds pushed everyone off the water.

Most of the fishing has been inshore since captains are hesitant to either go out too far where it can be rough or staying inside just-in-case the winds kick up. Also, if the winds are blowing, it’s difficult for the bait guys to get live bait so slow trolling inshore with crank baits or similar is often the only way to catch fish. However, catches inshore can still be fun with sierra, jacks, small bonito, cabrilla and snapper.

Mostly, it’s the captains, their friends and other locals fishing.

There must be some warmer water outside because on those rare occasions when the boats can push out a little further, there are some dorado hanging out. Either holdovers from last season or that have arrived early for the 2022 season! Who knows?

The biggest surprise were finding billfish in our waters so early in the season.  Normally, we don’t see billfish until maybe May or even June depending on the water temperatures.  But, in the small windows of fishing opportunity the last few days, the guys are hooking striped marlin.  Again, there must be some warm water around and obviously, a food source for the billfish!

But, still a nice surprise.

SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMANS EXPO

We just wrapped up a fantastic show at the Reno Convention Center in Reno, Nevada for the Wild Sheep Foundation last week.  With all the shows closed down for almost two years, it’s a crapshoot wondering if anyone will show up, but we had lots of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors so thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi…grabbed a brochure…and for those who booked with us!  We’re looking forward to the visit!

This week, we are back in the booth at the International Sportsman’s Expo taking place Thursday to Sunday at the Calfornia State Fairgrounds in Sacramento.   It’s the biggest show in California now and I’ve heard there’s over 600 exhibitors from all over the world for fishing, camping, hunting, boating, RV’s, off-road, seminars, demonstrations and more!  Stuff for the whole family!

 

Come bay and say hi.  Let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year.  The calendar is getting filled so we don’t want to miss you. We’ve got a new brochure this year as well.  Here’s more info:

https://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento/

Hope to see you here.  After this, we’ll be at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup WA from Feb. 2-6.

WHALEWATCHING SEASON IS HERE AGAIN!

February and March are ideal times to come see the whales in the warm calmwaters off the Pacific in Bahia Magdalena.  It’s the largest migration in the world as these great animals venture down from the Bering Sea to mate and give birth every year.  Contact us now to set up a trip of a lifetime!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

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 Nov. 26-Dec. 5, 2021

SIERRA OTHER SPECIES PROVIDE ACTION

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 5, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

First-timers to visit us, Jackie and Jose Gochoco from Arizona got in 3 days of fishing and got quite a variety of fish like these from their first day with lots of sierra, snapper, bonito, a palometa and pargo.

Frequent Tailhunter flyer…I think this is his 3rd visit this year…Marcus Yoo visited us via Nicaragua and Costa Rica before spending 2 days fishing and nailed at least a dozen sierra each day as well as other species.

From Chicago, good amigo, Bob Sayre, who went out to kill a couple of hours fishing just inside the bay and found dorado under the cruise ships parked just off the Malecon! You can see the bow of one of the big ships in the upper right corner.

Alaska first-time visitors from Wrangell, Caroline and Travis Bangs with daughter with 3 year-old, Remi, had one so-so day when the winds blew, but followed it up with a nice day with Captain Jorge and a rack of sierra plus a nice bull dorado that they donated all of the fish.

Given the strong winds that normally go along with this time of year, we had some overall very mild conditions this past week. It was still breezy but with temperatures in the sunny 80’s it was good enough to accommodate the few folks that wanted to go fishing. Not too many folks fishing between November and April because of the weather so it was nice to have a bit of a reprieve around Thanksgiving.

There were still a few days there where the winds were blowing pretty rough which not only made for tough fishing, but also made it difficult to get bait. It’s a big issue when the winds blow.

However, for the few folks we had out, there was some surprisingly decent fishing. If the fish weren’t big, at least they were lively and fun. Lots of big sierra were hooked, but also a nice variety of big bonito; snapper, cabrilla, pargo, jack crevalle and even a few amberjack. Nothing huge, but fun inshore fishing and lots of good eating fish as well. We even had a few dorado here and there which is indicative of some patches of warmer water still lingering.

Jorge has big smiles…dorado under the cruise ships!

Dorado fillets to take to Tailhunter Restaurant for cooking up!

In fact, although it could be very  windy outside of La Paz Bay, some schools of dorado were found just off the city beaches under the big cruise ships and tankers that anchor-up within site of the Malecon. The big ships attract bait and obviously, the dorado which produced some fun 10-15 pound fish. A good alternative for a short day of fishing or trying to fish outside in the big waves.

Looking like the winds could be coming back fairly strong at the end of this week.   We’ll keep you posted!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 2-8, 2021

COLD WATER/ WARM WATER SPECIES MIXING IN NOW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 2-9, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Washington amigo, Fred Cruz had quite a great few days fishing with us taking a number of species including sailfish, marlin, roosterfish and others like this dorado taken north of La Paz Bay.

Honeymoon first-timers, Lilia and Dave Brown from Wrangell, Alaska hooked this large striped marlin just off Punta Arenas on live bait. They donated all the meat to the pueblo.

Captain Raul with Lisa Cruz and a big bull her first day out. She had 4 banner days on the water with us.

That’s right, John, flex-up! Especially after a great day like this on ultra- light tackle with big sierra, dorado, pargo and snapper. John McLucas has fished with us for many years from the San Francisco Bay area.

Just a pretty photo on so many levels of this roosterfish with Deana Wilson from Montana and Captain Pancho. The fish was caught just off the rocks near Bahia Muertos and quickly released.

Steve Manney has fished many years with us, but had his son-in-law Nat come down this year as well. Good start to the fishing week with dorado and sierra on the rack.

From N. Carolina, 84-year-old Duane Ottman was visiting us for the first time and battled this big striped marlin with Captain Gerardo. Great colors. Sorry, you can’t see Duane’s smiling face!

Good to see Kirsten and Mike Hanson back down here with us again. They were out with Captain Gerardo and got quite a variety of reef fish for the cooler.

Fred Cruz with his sailfish and captain Gerardo. Great day on the water with a number of species. The sail was released.

Easy to smile looking at this photo of a very happy Lilia Brown and another dorado in the boat!

Another of our good Washington amigos, Bob Larson has himself a big dorado, some tasty sierra and some big fat triggerfish.

Captain Joel gives Larry Wilson a hand with his sailfish for a quick photo. This was Larry’s first billfish. Note the tanker in the background. The fish was hooked literally just a few hundred yards in front of the La Paz Malecon.

Captain Armando and Pete Walker share a laugh and photo with the day’s catch. Lots of sierra again this week. More than I have ever seen.

It was a slow day, but the one saving catch for Brad Baker was his first sailfish. He donated all of the fish.

On his honeymoon, Sean Price spent a day fishing with our Las Arenas fleet and got some great sierra, pargo and triggerfish to take home as well as some dorado meat as well.

 

She’s the best! Sharon Virgin from Montana was great to have down this past week and holds up one of her dorado.

Hi Debbie! Not a bad day of dorado fishing for Debbie Millspaugh visiting us for the first time.

Two funny amigos from Washington that visit us each year and always a pleasure. John Stendara and Bill Bigelman posing with their catch at Bahia Muertos.

Somewhere behind the roosterfish comb is a very happy Lisa Cruz. Captain Gerardo helps out. The fish was released.

Two of our Canadian amigos, Save and Luke got a nice batch of triggerfish, sierra and snapper.

 

Bill Lee from San Francisco mugs with Johnny Mc Lucas and their catch.

Captain Gerardo was on fire this week and has Fred Cruz’s striped marlin for the photo.

Some incredible colors and pattern on this dorado. Wow! Dave Brown poses with another mahi for the box.

More of our Canadian amigos with Captain Arcangel and an assorted catch.

Captain Victor gets into the weekly gallery with Bob Larson showing dorado, sierra and triggerfish.

Whoa! Check out the head of this big bull dorado that Lisa caught!

 

Lilia and Dave had a super day on the water fishing out’ve La Paz this particular day. All the fish were donated.

 

 

It wasn’t a bad week of fishing. Overall, it was actually pretty good. For lack of a better word, it was just “erratic”. It was unpredictable.

Some folks had great days of fishing. Others really had to work hard to get fish. Same day. Same spots. Same bait. Same everything. Things changed from day to day or even hour-to-hour. Totally un-predictable.

Some of our regulars…some of our very experience fishermen found picky fishing at best. Conversely, some of our first-timers or novices just crushed the fishing.

Some days, it was dorado. Next day no dorado. Then billfish. Then no billfish. At times, the best we could do was go to the rocks and have fun with pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper. Those are always willing to bite.

Everyone got fish. No mistaking that. But, it was just hard to put-a-finger on the bite or predict anything.

Definitely, the seasons are changing. Water is getting cooler down deep. The air is cooler. The north winds are picking up much earlier than usual. And that’s affecting the fishing. As the air and water gets erratic so goes the fishing.

It’s clear by the type of fish that are starting to show up. More cooler water fish are in the counts. A tremendous number of sierra started showing up about 10 days ago. More sierra than I have ever seen in several decades here. Normally, these fish don’t show up until late November of December. But, they’re here now and they are thick. Usually, we’ll get a handful a day. This year, each panga might get a whole boat-load of them in a single day and they are also much larger than usual.

Additionally, we’re getting the occasional yellowtail, rainbow runner, pompano and other cooler water species.

We’re coming to the end of the warm-water season, it appears. Not sure how much longer the warm-water species will be here. We’ll keep you posted.

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 25-Aug. 1, 2021

DORADO and BILLFISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 25-Aug.1, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

NOTE: MARLIN and SAILFISH PHOTOS! Folks…before you send me e-mails or post up hate messages, please take notice that there are ALOT of billfish photos in this report. These represent perhaps 5% of the billfish that our fishing fleet hooked this past week. There are THAT many billfish out there. Some days, the waters are thick with billfish. Many times our anglers are NOT trying to catch billfish. But the billfish are biting. The vast majority of the fish that we hook are released by our anglers or (being big fish), they break off or get unhooked). In many cases, the billfish you see here were unable to be released or, after the photo was taken, the fish were indeed returned to the water. In many cases, when the fish was not or could not be released, the meat was donated to local folks who were very grateful for the meat. But, that being said, anglers are entitled to keep a billfish if they did want to keep one and we are very stringent about never exceeding the billfish limits.

Marius came all the way from South Africa to spend two weeks fishing with us every-other-day. He was so impressed, he purchased property in La Paz! He caught lots of dorado and on this particular day hooked, landed and released four billfish all on light tackle including this striper.

Jeanne Cabales had to cancel her yearly trip last year, but is always fun to have visit. She’s pretty excited about these nice dorado. Jeanne is from San Diego.

Not too many funnier guys to have visit us each year than Sal Lopez with another dorado in the boat with our La Paz fleet.

Young Jacob Radloff from northern California…first day…fishing in the rocks in shallow water hooks his first marlin! You don’t have to go a zillion miles out to find big sportfish!

Bo Henke has been fishing with us for a generation every year. He always does well. Here with his son Gio and two of his box of dorado for the day. Loves fishing with Captain Chito.

Jose Mohler from Carlsbad CA had just one day to squeeze in for fishing and had a pretty good day of it with one of several dorado in the photo.

Captain Raul took Luis Arandia out for several days. One of them produced this striper. They took a number of dorado as well. Luis has been fishing with us for years and owns his own high end clothing line. Most of this marlin was donated.

My San Diego “bruddah” from Hawaii has never taken a straight-faced fishing photo in all the years he’s fished with us. This pargo is headed home in the box.

Molly and Travis came all the way from Texas with just one day to fish. They wanted to do some inshore fishing and had alot of action with cabrilla, snapper and triggerfish.

One of our long-standing amigos for so many years came back to see us and got a load of dorado over two days. Hector Chacon from Arcadia CA came down with his dad. Always good to see him.

Dan Sayin and son Aidan squeezed in a day of fishing at the end of their vacation and found a productive day on the dorado schools. Both are from Carlsbad CA.

 

Daniel Acosta on his first trip to fish with us for 3 days took this striper. Most of the meat was donated.

With the full moon earlier in the week, the fish counts took a tiny bit of a dip, but overall, it was just a nice solid summer week of fishing.  It was hot, humid and sunny.  Waters were blue and warm and mostly it was pleasant vacation style fishing which is perfect for most folks that are here right now.  Lots of couples and families.  Lots of first-timers experiencing Mexico and salt-water fishing for the first time.  Quite a few kids.  So the kind of fishing we had was pretty much just-right!

Dorado made up the mainstay of the catch, especially for our Tailhunter fleets that fish out’ve La Paz.  Most of the fish were perfect fun-sized 10-20 pounders with the occasional larger fish.  Schools were scattered over a wide area and could provide crazy action if the right school was found.
Sometimes a boat didn’t do as well as other boats, but the next could could be the exact opposite or the boat that didn’t bring back much fish might be because they tied into the other pre-dominant species we had this week…billfish.
Once again, as has been the case for the last two months, we’re seeing more marlin and sailfish than we have ever seen in many seasons.  Often, whether you wanted one or not, it was not unusual to hook a billfish…or two…or three!
Many times the anglers are trying to catch a dorado or some keeper fish and along come the marlin and bites and they are in the middle of dorado or bonito or other species.  The billfish comes along eating the bonito or the dorado and even the little sardine bait on the tiny hook and light line!  Then, the angler is in for a crazy long battle or the fish gets off.  It makes for some fun fishing and there is always the unexpected anxiety of not knowing just what is going to bite if you have a line in the water.

Most of the billfish were released or broke off.  For all the photos, it represents only a fraction of the billfish that were hooked.  If a fish could not be released, more-often-than-not the anglers donated the meat.
Other than dorado and billfish, the rest of the catch included roosterfish which are surprisingly still around with fish up to 40 or 50 pounds as well as jack crevalle, bonito, snapper, pargo and a few other random species. No shortage of action, especially if you’re fishing several days.
Like I said, you could have an off-day here or there, but if you’re fishing several days, the other days might well make up for it.
By the way, beaches have been re-opened and alcohol sales in restaurants and markets are now back to 11 p.m. instead of the 8 p.m. cut off. 😁👍
That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 18-24, 2021

GOOD FULL MOON MID-SUMMER ACTION

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 18-24, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Hector Chacon from Arcadia CA used to visit us every year for many years, but missed the last 5. He finally made it back to us and started out with a nice catch-and-release roosterfish fishing with Captain Jorge.

Tannier Pierson from San Diego was a billfish magnet for a few days. I think I heard he hooked one or two billfish a day including this one with Captain Pancho. All were released or broke off.

Smiles say it all. Megan Graves from San Diego while staying at Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos poses with a fresh bull mahi.

One of the nicest all-time amigos, Rafael Rios fishing every year with us and hails from Corpus Christi TX. Good way to start the say with an early morning bull mahi! Pretty shot. We cooked up a bunch of it at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant.

He said it was his best fishing day ever . From Washington, Brett Thomassen, tries with the help of Captain Raul to pose with one of the larger sailfish we’ve seen lately. They were fishing just north of La Paz. Waters were a bit bouncy . They also caught dorado.

Catching a marlin is quite a feat. Catching one on a flyrod is incredible, but that’s what Greg Wetherbee from Colorado did with this pretty fish and Captain Rogelio. Greg Released the fish and over 5 days with his flyrod also caught numerous roosterfish, jacks, bonito, dorado and others. All released.

Just one day to squeeze in a day of fishing with us, Howie Cohen, had some fun with 4 droado plus snapper and cabrilla. Howie is from Alpine CA. He was fishing around Espirito Santo Island with Captain Raul.

Dan Jenkins staying at Rancho Costa Resort at Bahia Muertos looks pretty happy with his roosterfish! The fish was released.

Captain Gerardo with Wally Graves (the one smiling) and a nice marlin for the photos before a good release. Nice photo!

Hector says his dad, Richard Chacon, caught all the fish! Nice rack…dorado, snapper and huge triggerfish!

YEOW! This looks like a mutant! I wish Tim Dumler had a scale to put this fish on. What a dorado!

Greg has another one on the flyrod. This one a colorful dorado and then the meat donated.

It wasn’t a spectacular week of fishing by any means, but it was a good solid fun summer week fishing.  Even with a full moon.  Just fun!  No real surprises.  Everyone who wanted fish caught fish.  Everyone who wanted to bring home fish, brought home fish.  Everyone who wanted to bring some fish to have cooked up back on shore, had fish to cook up.
Some folks caught the bucket list they always wanted.  For some, it was a billfish like a marlin or a sailfish.  For others it was that first roosterfish. For others, they targeted dorado.  If it wasn’t their bucket list fish, for some, it was the biggest fish they had every caught.
Indeed, roosterfish, marlin and dorado were the three pre-dominant species of the week.  But the action was rounded out with good rod-bending on jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, cabrilla, pargo and snapper.  Bait was not an issue.
Lots of smiles and good action.  Can’t ask for more!
If anything, the biggest issue we had was mid-week when a hurricane way way way down south and headed out to Hawaii sent some big swells up the Sea of Cortez making it more than a bit bump and rough for our boats fishing out of La Arenas and damping down the bite.  Conversely, the more protected waters north of La Paz produced better fishing during those days.  When the seas calmed down so did the bite and right back to normal.
It’s really HOT and humid these days.  Anyone coming down is advised to stay hydrated!  Not kidding.  Easy to get sick if you’re not drinking lots of water.  Unfortunately, beer and margaritas don’t count!
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: 
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