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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 18-25, 2022

YELLOWTAIL and ROOSTERS BITE IN MIXED

CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Our Oregon amigos, Jeff Killian and John Chung hung these 3 nice yellowtail using live caballitos of Espirito Santo Island.

 

Cheers from Patty Killian and Tracy Chung on their way back to La Paz from Espirito Santo Island with 7 big yellowtail on the deck!

Now THIS is a trophy cabrilla that Kahuku Oades caught right off the shoreline in front of Punta Perrico.

Mike Luna from Utah on his first visit to La Paz got our first big dog-tooth snapper (Pargo Perro) of the season.

Easy to see why they’re called dog-tooth snapper! Check out the choppers on this bad boy.

Randy “Doodles” Gumns had a banner day with a variety of fish including this bonito, snapper, cabrilla and others.

Brent Gumns had only one day to fish and squeezed in a day with Captain Gerardo and got these two cabrilla among others.

First time out and first day fishing, Mike Luna caught and released 3 roosterfish off Bahia Muertos.

We had some strange weather this week. Very windy mornings then calm afternoons. Calm mornings that turned into windy afternoons. Warm water current. Cold water currents. We even had a rare day of thick fog that made it look like something out’ve fishing the Oregon or Washington Coastal areas!

Except for the fog, of which I’ve only seen a handful of times in 30 years here in La Paz, the rest is pretty typical of this transition time between our cold water and warm water seasons. The weather (and fishing) can be erratic an unpredictable. One hot spot one day becomes ice cold the next day for fishing. One species of fish that is foaming one day can completely disappear and a different species pops up somewhere else.

It does, however, make for some fun fishing with some crazy variety.

A week ago, I was predicting that the yellowtail and cooler water fish were diminishing and moving off. Yellowtail counts were down and so were other cooler water species like the sierra and snapper. We were seeing more of the warmer water species like dorado and billfish starting to show up.

Well, I guess I was wrong. The yellowtail bit strong again, especially north of La Paz toward the Espírito Santo Island area where waters remain cooler than further south around Cerralvo Island. The fish were a healthy 15-25 pounds and willing to take live sardines, caballito and jigs. Lots of bigger fish are getting lost to the rocks, inexperience and simply being tough fish!

Further south for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, not so much in terms of yellowtail. The waters were windier, rougher and more of the fishing was confined closer to shore. As mentioned above, one day it was not only cold, but so foggy, it was impossible to even see Cerralvo Island across the channel and the bait guys couldn’t find the bait spots. So, anglers had to use lures and jigs for the day.

But, the good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!

Along the rocks, some big cabrilla getting taken along with snapper, pargo, sierra, jack crevalle and lots of common and white bonito.

THANK YOU BRETT!

For almost  15 years, the Tequila Bandito has wandered the tables of our Tailhunter Restaurant as a purveyor of fun and conduit to free tequila shots to our guests.  His famous bandoleros were shadows of their former glory and the leather was literally disintegrating daily and was due to be retired.  If only that belt could talk and tell stories!

New ones are impossible to find.  The guy down in Baja is no longer in business.  Can’t find any makers on the internet or in the states.

The newly- retired bandoleros. So disintegrated the shot glass holders were splitting and able to hold only a handful of “shot bullets.”  Had to duct tape the belts to keep them on.

Thank you Brett Bleichrodt who recently gifted the Bandito a brand new hand-made set of shiny bandoleros!  Brett is a leather-goods artisan from Colorado who has fished with us for several years and makes some dandy leather items.  The bandolero is his first, but probably not his last. If anyone wants a set, I can put you in touch with our amigo!  Muchas gracias, Brett!

Armed and ready! The new set and enjoying with Rita Luna from Utah!

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 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/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 11-17, 2023

CHANGING CONDITIONS MIX FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 11-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Blas has been rocking the yellowtail when he can get out. This big one ate a live mackerel off Espirito Santo Island.

YEOW! Dr. Jesus Velarde was out with Captain Pancho and nailed this mossback yellowtail on a Rapala outside of Bahia Muertos.

Yea…the yellowtail can be horses right now.

Water condition are changing and definitely warming as indicated by some of the species that are starting to show up. The only issues is the winds still make it rough and difficult to fish. About half the days this week were not fishable or so bad that the port captain shut down all boat traffic. The other issue is that often, because of the winds or lack of fishermen this time of the year, the bait guys aren’t going out to get live bait or the bait is difficult to get.

That being said, we did have a few folks out on the 2-3 days that were fishable. Again, as mentioned, bait was difficult, but using jigs and frozen bait, yellowtail were still the targeted catch, but other species showed up as well. The yellowtail could be close to shore in shallow water and with the fish going 20-30 pounds it could be a tough battle keeping the powerful fish from the rocks. The areas around Punta Perrico as well as the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island were all holding fish as were the west and east sides of Espirito Santo Island inside the coves and high spots.

Other species included some nice jags of sierra, pargo, cabrilla and snapper as well as bonito.

However, some dorado are starting to show up which is a good sign that waters are warming up earlier than normal. There were also marlin sightings although no hook ups .

SPOKANE – BIG HORN OUTDOOR SHOW WASHINGTON

We’ve been on the road for the better part of 3 months now and we’re finally coming to the end of the trail.  It’s been great!  Thanks to everyone and all the hospitality at the Central Oregon Show in Redmond last week!  Incredible fun!

This week, we’re at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for the Big Horn Outdoor Show that runs Thursday to Sunday.  This is our first time in this area and it’s a massive production and huge show with almost 500 exhibitors, live music, food, seminars, demonstrations, RV’s, boats and more!  Stuff for the whole family. Come out and see us!

Here’s more info:  https://www.inwc.org/big-horn-show/

After this, just one more show…one of our favorites.  The International Sportsmans Expo at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Then, we head home to La Paz!

Don’t get left out from fishing this year!   We’re filling fast.  Contact us soon.  I can be reached directly at jonathan@tailhunter.com

Even if you can’t make the show, we’ll apply the show discounts if you reach out before the end of 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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2022

WIND RIP AGAIN BUT SOME FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jimmy Williams, pulled this nice yellowtail off Cerralvo Island. See his comments below about a tough day fishing although he and his buddy ended up with two ‘tails on the day.

Justin Sawyer from Salt Lake City had just one day to fish and he and his wife drove all the way up from Todos Santos to squeeze a day on the water. He hooked this slap yellowtail plus a sierra and several big cabrilla (on the table). They also released our first roosterfish of the season.

Our good amigos, Marianne and Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA with Captain Pancho and a nice rack of sierra plus two yellowtail. They had trouble finding live bait because of the winds so they hooked everything on lures or Rapalas.

A nice week to be in La Paz, but not necessarily a good week, once again, to be on the water. Winds tore things up early in the week, then again, later in the week, the winds came back. As a matter of fact, at the time I’m writing this, the port captain has shut down all boat traffic out of La Paz because of the fierce winds and rough seas. Winds are blowing as much as 20+ mph.

We did have about 2 days of waters that were calm enough to get a few folks out. It was fortunate, because these were the only days that these anglers had to fish. As with so many folks during the off-season, folks are in town for some vacation, not necessarily to fish and then decide maybe to get a day on the water and try some fishing. I always warn them about the weather.

Fortunately for the few anglers this week, they picked the two days that were the least windy. Fishing out’ve Las Arenas and pushing out’ve Bahia Muertos, there was some decent action inshore for sierra, jacks, bonito and hefty cabrilla. We even got our first roosterfish of the season which was released and surprisingly a little early in the season to see roosters, but good to know. There were also a few stray dorado.

Over the inshore drop offs and then over at the north and south end of Cerralvo Island, there were a few yellowtail taken when the weather allowed. These were a nice great 20-30 pound class fish. A few nicer ones broke off.

This is how our amigo, Jimmy Williams, reported about his day on the water:

“Slow day fishing yesterday for us but the fish are there. Only problem catching quality sardines sucks right now. Nothing but pinhead bait for us. We even left the playa at El Sargento at 5: 30 to beat the masses. We went out to La Reina and made green jacks for bait. Big schools of perfect size jacks were all around La Reina. We ended up with 2 yellows for me and Phil lost 1 to the rocks. Nothing else.. Nada.. We fished between north end and La Reina and hooked all the yellows on green jacks. Shaw some dorado being caught as well.”

Captain Alfredo took a few of our guys to the west side of Espirito Santo Island norht of La Paz and hooking this nice yellowtail.

It was a similar story for the few anglers we had fishing straight out’ve La Paz Bay towards Espirito Santo Island. Hiding from the wind in the coves, they found shallow water action on snapper, cabrilla and small amberjack, but also the occasional heftier 20 pound yellowtail.

YEOW!!!!

Just had to post this one up.  Captain Alonso is one of the independent panga skippers in the area and he had this client (I wish I knew her name) and 30 pound test jigging at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Take a look at this best of a grouper she battled to the boat!  HOLY COW! On 30-pound test and check out the little noodle-stick fishing rod!  Well done! Yes…there are still big fish around!

  TWO MORE SHOWS TO GO

As you’re reading this, we are currently at the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond Oregon.  The show goes through Sunday.

We’ve been on the road now almost 3 months and 2 more shows to go:

BIG HORN SHEEP SHOW

Spokane, Washington

March 17-20

and the

INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMENS EXPO

Denver Convention Center

DENVER CO

March 24-27

Come see us and let’s get you set up for fishing in La Paz this year.  Don’t wait. Dates are filling fast.  If you can’t come see us, take a look at this:

Hope to see you down the road or in La Paz this year.  The fishing is really heating up already!

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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 7-14, 2022

WINDS FINALLY SLACK FOR A FEW DAYS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week Feb. 7-14, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, gives a gaff-assist to Reagan Kobach from Kansas. Crazy dorado in February!

This is a first! In almost 30 years and thousands of fishing clients in the area, I’ve never seen anyone catch a barracuda. I’ve seen small schools during scuba diving, but this is really unusual. In fact, it looks very much like an Atlantic barracuda with it’s big head and jaw rather than the typical skinny Pacific barracuda. Kris Korbach with the smiling pose!

These fish might look small, but they are powerful fun action fish! Kris and Lily hit a bunch of these white bonito which are not only fun, but great tasting!

GW in the house! Actually, Gary Wagner in HIS house as the owner there of Rancho Costa Resort with a big sierra. Knowing Gary this ended up as bowls of ceviche for dinner!

I had a feeling this would happen. After so many crazy day and weeks of wind with so very few windows of opportunity to fish, the wind actually took it’s foot off the pedal for more than a day. The waters settled down. The ocean flattened out.

And sure enough we had some fish bite!

Once again, we had some nice slugger yellowtail in the count up to about 25 pounds feeding off the high spots south of Cerralvo Island and then north around La Reina and La Reynita. Some larger fish…maybe even big amberjack might have been hooked in the same area as the anglers said, they were getting hit by something much much larger down there more powerful than the yellowtail.

WHAAAAAT?  DORADO IN FEBRUARY? 

Additionally some dorado crept into the counts as well which is indicative of either some warm patches of surface water or else a sign that our waters are warming early this year. The fish averaged about 10 pounds. Not too big, but lots of fun and good eating. Surely, no one was complaining about the surprise biters on the chew. Dorado in winter? Usually, we don’t see dorado until late April!

On top of that, the usual inshore fish of sierra, pargo, lots of Pacific and white bonito as well as snapper and cabrilla were in the counts.

Again, not really that many folks on the water and this coming week looks like the wind are going to come stomping back at 10-18 knots per hour, but good to know there’s some fish out there.

WHALES ARE BACK!

Our whale-watching trips to Lopez Mateos on the Pacific side are in full-swing right now as the vanguard of the annual migration of grey whales have arrived in the shallow warm waters of Bahia Magdalena where they’ll mate and birth for the next 2 months or so. It’s a great opportunity to get close to these fantastic gentle animals.

The whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

HERE WE COME PORTLAND!

We just wrapped up the biggest show of the 2022 road season this week in Salt Lake City at the Western Hunt and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.  By far, the craziest and most hectically fun show so far!  Jill and I were 10 hours straight for 4 days talking non-stop in our booth.  We ran out’ve flyers and brochures as the aisles were packed shoulder-to-shoulder with folk coming to check out the more than 700 exhibitors from around the world.

 

Shout out and thank you to everyone who came by to say hi and we’re looking forward to seeing you in La Paz this year!

We got so many bookings and reservations for this year to come fish that each night, Jill and I were up another 3-4 hours logging all the reservations back in our hotel room!  Dates are filling up and now we’re headed to another huge show in Portland!

We banzai drive from Salt Lake City back to the Pacific Coast!  We’re probably on the road by the time you read this!

The Pacific Northwest Sportsmans Expo runs Wednesday to Sunday (Feb. 16-20) and is held at the Portland Expo Center at the north end of the city by the river.  We’ll be in the booth all 5 days and looking forward to seeing you.

There are hundreds of booths and exhibits each year with seminars, displays, lots of gear to check out and buy and exhibitors from all over the world for hunting, fishing, camping, RV’s, boating and so much more!

Here’s more info:

https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/

Dates are filling really fast and Mexico has dropped all covid restrictions as of last week!  Mexico has become the #1 international travel destination!  Don’t wait.  We have 4 more shows coming up, but our fishing calendar is filling. Get in touch with us!  ( Write me directly jonathan@tailhunter.com )

 

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

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
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Dec. 19, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022

QUIET NEW YEAR START

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Dec. 19, 2022-Jan. 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Not much happening during the holidays.  Temperatures took a dip and weather remained inconsistent with some days showing very strong winds and rough waters and not many folks out at all on the water.  We even had some strong rain come through.

Because of the weather, we cancelled a few bookings and just advised folks it was better to roam around town or hang out at the pool.  No sense in wasting money getting bounced around and not catching fish.
Some folks who did go out, had to come back early.  With the rough waters, it was difficult to find live bait so they spent the day trolling up a few cabrilla and snapper.  However, some of the commercial guys reported some stray dorado and even a few wahoo taken far outside.  Some bonito and jacks also picked up as well.

But, overall, very slow mostly because no one is fishing this time of year.  Off-season is November to April.

 

ON OUR WAY TO SEE YOU IN 2022 – TAILHUNTER BACK ON THE ROAD!

Come visit our booth to say hi and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year!

Looks like we’re headed back out on the road this year!

In 2020, our show tour got curtailed about half-way through.  Then, last year, all the shows were cancelled.  However, this year, we’ve got 8 shows on the calendar and hopefully adding a few more before the end.  We are really excited and hope to have you come see us and say hi and let’s set up a trip to come visit us this coming fishing season!

Here’s the schedule:

TAILHUNTER 2022 ROAD TOUR

RENO NV – Wild Sheep Foundation Show (Jan. 13-15) (Reno Convention Center)

SACRAMENTO CA – International Sportsmans Expo (Jan. 20-23) / California State Fairgrounds

PUYALLUP WA – Washington Sportsman’s Show (Feb. 2-6) (Washington State Fairgrounds)

SALT LAKE CITY UT – Great Western Hunt & Conservation Show (Feb. 10-13) / Salt Palace

PORTLAND OR – Pacific NW Sportsman’s Show  ( Feb. 16-20) / Portland Expo Center

REDMOND OR – Central Oregon Sportsmans Show  (Mar. 10-13) / Central Oregon Fairgrounds

SPOKANE WA – Bighorn Sheep Show (Mar. 17-20) / Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

DENVER CO – International Sportsmans Expo (Mar. 24-27) / Denver Convention Center

We hope you can come visit.  You can Google the shows for further details or write to us at Jonathan@tailhunter.com

Also, don’t wait until the show comes!  Spaces are already filling and some dates are already filled.  Get in contact with us as soon as you can so we don’t miss you, especially if you want certain dates, hotels, captains or are looking to catch a specific species!

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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2021

END OF THE SEASON COMES EARLY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2021

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Long-time friends of Tailhunter from Oregon, Bob and Fran Handegard spent a few days fishing with us and really did well. Take a look at the rack of dorado, palometa and pargo!

Crazy tuna! We’ve literally caught almost zero tuna this year, but Tak and Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles were with Captain Pancho trolling Rapalas trying to catch a bonito for bait (since there was no live bait that day) in the shallows in front of Boca de Alamo when they got slammed by these two 40-pound class yellowfin. Pretty good on the dorado as well!

Yes, amazingly, there are still some roosterfish hanging out, Big smiles from Catherine Bennett who caught this pretty fish just outside of Muertos Bay. The fish was released. Catherine is from Washington.

First-timer luck? Hysby Ramirez did pretty darned good with big dorado, snapper, pargo, cabrilla and big triggerfish!

Birthday dorado! Bill Smith from Santa Cruz CA spent his birthday with us in La Paz visiting us for the first time and put this nice bull in the boat just north of La Paz.

Armando gives Grant Nakagawa a hand for the dorado photo.

Quite a variety for Marlene and husband Taky of great eating fish including lots of pargo, cabrilla, snapper, palometa and dorado!

 

Ron gives Dan and Keith, both first timers with their dorado. Good to have the guys visiting. They were lots of fun.

From Washington, J.D. Fouts got his first roosterfish just off Punta Perrico with live bait. J.D. was able to release the fish after the photo.

Captain Armando with Juli and Grant before putting the fillets on ice with a nice variety for the day .

Good to see long-time amigo, John McVay from Lake Havasu AZ with his favorite Captain Jorge.

There are always feisty bonito to tear up the lines for some fun! Jennifer and J.S. show off a couple of these tough fighters .

More fish for the freezer! A good day for Henry and Hysby. Henry took some of the snapper home whole for some great eating.  Both live in Glendale CA.  Henry has been with us many times over the years, but it was Hysby’s first time and Henry says she outfished him!

 

It was an up-and-down week for fishing in La Paz.  At best.

Some boats do better than others.  Some days are better than other days.  Live bait is getting harder to find.

It’s clear that the season has definitely changed and we’ve moved into the transition towards cooler temperatures, windier days and nights and rougher seas. It’s a trend that will continue into the winter months.

We are definitely seeing fewer fishermen understandably and we consider November to April our off-season when there honestly are very few people on the water due to the erratic water and weather conditions. For instance, there are days this coming week when I’m glad we do not have any fishermen scheduled as the winds will be blowing up to 20 knots from the north.

No question, the sun is out and it’s very pleasant to be in town. Crowds are down as we approach the holidays, but the visitors now are mostly snowbirds escaping from colder climates.

However for fishing, it’s changing with the season. There are still warm water species around. In fact, some legit-sized 20-30 pound class dorado can still be caught as well as some stray sailfish and marlin. We even hooked a few rare tuna this weekend that were 40 pound sluggers. We haven’t seen much tuna or wahoo at all this year which is unusual and I pretty much wrote off both species this season. However, it’s been a great year for dorado, billfish and yes…even roosterfish are still around as well.

But these fish are getting harder to find so the bite on the warm water species is diminishing rapidly.

With the changing water, more focus is on the inshore and cooler water species like pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, snapper, triggerfish and grouper. We did hook a few of those big dog-tooth snapper in the rocks, but all the fish broke off. You know that any fish that can eat a whole bonito has to be huge! But, stopping them is another story.

Bonito and jacks rounded out the catch this week. With rougher water, live bait is getting more difficult to obtain and that’s a big key to where and how we fish and ultimately what we catch as well.

2022 BOOKINGS STARTING TO FILL

Dates for 2022 already filling!

It’s only November, but many of our 2022 dates are starting to fill up.  In fact, some dates are already sold out with reservations coming in daily.  Don’t wait.  Get in touch with me so we can get you set up.  My direct e-mail is Jonathan@tailhunter.com.   Especially if you want certain captains or hotel rooms, get in touch with me!  We don’t want to miss you or disappoint you!

 

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 Sept. 16-23, 2021

FULL MOON DORADO AND OTHERS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 16-23, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Sherry Cady made me promise she’d make the fishing report this week with this beautiful big roosterfish she battled with Captain Pancho. So, here you go, Sherry! Nicely done and nice release too! Sherry is from Denver.

Big smiles and a big bull. Greg Saubolle has another one for the box.

Clair Olson and Mich Nekota have themselves a nice rack of dorado after a day of fishing on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Might be one of my favorite photos of the year. John Sessums was on his first trip down with us and got his first roosterfish…finally! He was pretty happy! His biggest fish to that point. The rooster was released. Punta Perrico in the background.

Gary Okizaki from Cypress CA said “Dorado fishing this year was like the old days!” Great colors on this bull just outside of La Paz Bay.

From San Francisco, our amigo Paul Nagata, visits us each year and gets big fish and takes great photos. He did it again this year with an incredibly colorful bull mahi and an assist from Captain Pancho.

After visiting us for so many years, Tim Nishimura finally got a marlin plus a boatload of other species including dorado, pargo and snapper all on light tackle.

These two amigos had themselves a fun few days fishing with us the first time. Nate Odell gives his amigo, John Sessums a hand with his first marlin. It could not be released and meat was donated.

Now THIS is how to fish…a bottle of Don Julio in hand and an ice chest of great eating triggerfish, pargo, snapper and cabrilla ready to fillet!

Captain Joel gets a solo photo with a fish he gaffed for Gary and Danny Okazaki. They got 2 days of nice dorado limits.

Claire Olson and Greg Saubolle from the Bay Areas got more fish to add to the freezer wth 6 dorado and a couple of fat triggerfish they brought to our Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner.

Another of our fun Colorado friends, Ron Cady likes to bring his flyrod out and got into a couple of of fun dorado just outside of Bahia Muertos. He had a sailfish on the flyrod as well that straightened the hook!

Easy to get excited when a couple of tuna get hooked, but so far, except for a few stray individual fish, the tuna bite has just not happened this year although the guys got two chunky football YFT’s here.

Captain Armando has a knack for the billfish this year. In addition to two dorado, Bing Presnell also got this marlin. It could not be released and meat was donated.

Pretty water. Pretty fish. That’s what it’s like fishing for roosterfish this time of year. Ron poses with a big boy before letting it go. Looks like a lake.

First time new amigos from Washington, Terri Marshall and Tim Doyle have quite the variety on the cleaning table of dorado, pargo, snapper ,triggerfish and cabrilla.

One of our yearly amigos who has been visiting us for years, Danny Okazaki with one of his roosterfish caught right up against the rocks for the photo and release.

Captain Adolfo poses with Joe Brown’s marlin plus a big barred pargo and a double dorado. The meat was donated.

Steve never stops smiling. From Seattle, he’s visited us 3 times this year already and fishes for 6 days with his favorite Captain Jorge. He always chases the bigger and unusual fish, but this particular day he got a sole dorado and tries to hide it from the camera.

Here’s trouble…Andrew Harrison, Jon Eide and Captain Gerardo are a fun trio. Check it out…marlin, tuna, dorado, snapper, pargo, cabrilla and triggerfish. What a day!

 

Usually, after a big storm like Hurricane Olaf that hit us last week, it takes a week-or-so for the waters to get back in shape for fishing. Hurricane Olaf surprisingly turned into a Category 2 storm with up to 15 inches of rain in 20 hours and gusts of wind up to 150 mph.

That kind of storm churns the waters.  There’s lots of mud and debris runoff into the ocean.  Big current bring in dirtier and cooler water.   There can be alot of stuff floating in the ocean and frankly the fish get lockjaw and we really have to work hard to find the bite.
However, surprisingly, the waters and fishing bounced back faster than expected.  Not as good as before the hurricane, but the thankfully did come back so that at least anglers got into some action and everyone had fish to put in the boats and/or bring home.
Each day post Olaf, it seems to get a little better.
Dorado, especially for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet are 90% of the catch with most fish about 10 pounds, but if you find the right spot, fish up to 20 or even 30 pounds are not uncommon.  Quite a few fish are getting lost, but that’s part of the fun.
The dorado are not quite up-to-speed for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet.  One day, the dorado are there.  Next day not so much.  It’s up-and-down . Or, one boat finds a few dorado and others scratch to find even one dorado.
However, for both of our fleets, thankfully, there are other species willing to bite.
Healty-sized cabrilla, jack crevalle and some toad bonito provide lots of action as well as pargo, snapper and even some sierra, pompano, palometas and amberjack.  Very unusual to catch sierra and amberjack this time of year as those are cooler water fish and we don’t see them until November or December.   It leads me to believe that maybe waters are getting cooler.
Surprisingly, we still have roosterfish around which is quite late in the season.  On light tackle, you can have fun all day along the beaches and rocky areas with 2-10 pound fish.  However, some of the legit 30-50 pound fish are still cruising as well.
Additionally, marlin and sailfish are still getting hooked in numbers I have not seen in decades.  It’s been like that all year.  Most are getting released, but there’s sailfish, striped and blue marlin still biting and most are getting hooked on light tackle.
We did get a few tuna this week.  Just a little jag of 30-pound fish that got everyone excited.  We also got a wahoo.  But, overall, there’s been a dearth of both species this season.  Maybe, they’ll kick in soon.

 

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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