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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

BIG MOON TUNA DORADO ROOSTERS ROAR

– BEST WEEK OF 2018 SO FAR!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Could not have been better.  Daytime highs sunny and blue 99 degrees.  Nighttime cooling to 78.  Humid!  Look out.  Could be some rain showers and thunder and lightning this coming week here and there

Water – Surface temps 85. Blue and clear!

Fishing – Maybe the best of the season.  More tuna than any other week in terms of sheer volumen…our largest dorado so far…solid roosterfish too.  Wahoo showed up as did billfish, cabrilla, pargo and other species .  Limits most day and some fishing was done by late morning!

Catching – Lost some big tuna.  Lost some big dorado.  Lost some big billfish!  That’s why they are BIG fish!

 

BIG PICTURE AND REST OF THE STORY…

Thumbs up for sure!  Captain Adolfo with Trey Shuck and Trey Nichodemis with a double-stack of tuna and dorado their first time fishing Las Arenas and visiting La Paz!

Our long time amigo, Allen “EL AL” Schneider from Orange CA with a hefty yellofin on the gaff off Punta Arenas in the thick of the tuna “honey hole! “

Captain Gerado with Stacy Florence from Kansas City…after loading on tuna, why not go try for roosters? Big boy gallo in the boat! Wow! Fish was released.

Great start! First day on the water produced a big load of tuna plus a dorado for Adam and Riley Florence who always visit us this time of year from Kansas.

First-timer luck and a big roosterfish for Sam Rumble who took this off Punta Perico. Sam is from Ripon CA.

No complaints on a fishing day that produces results like these! Lynn Marolf and Mike Wilbur had three days like this of dorado and tuna!

 

Tim Rumble poses with a pair of his dorado caught just north of La Paz on his first day fishing.

Check out the racing stripes on this tasty white bonito that Gordo is holding. Pretty fish.

 

These two are crazy fishermen and visit us several times a year, good amigos, Jim and his son Dan Bovee from San Diego said they stopped fishing for tuna by 9:30 and could have had “all they wanted.” Fishing was THAT good!

From Stockton, James Giovannoni, put the stops on this beautiful roosterfish just there in the shallows off Punta Perico with Captain Jorge. The fish was released.

Using light tackle and shorty rods, Al Schneider from Orange CA and Ryan Netherton from San Deigo CA, got tow of the larger tuna of the week . The two used to fish together as kids but had not fished together in 30 years!

 

Garrett Sills from Utah fishes with us several times-a-year but is a flyfishing guide on bluewater spots in his state. With Captain Adolfo, he got all these tuna and dorado except one on an 8 wt flyrod and had a blast on the lighter tackle!  “Great to strip once or twice and they’d fight to hit the fly!”

Riley Florence was with Captain Pancho when he decided to pull out a crank bait he picked up in Florida. Check it out! It’s black with white with pink polka dots? The new hot thing? It sure worked. He dropped it back and this wahoo chomped on it!

Nice pose and fat tuna for Phil Buckingham from Pennsylvania and Jared Overholtzer from CA. First timers with us had a great time.

Captain Gerardo photobombs Stacy and Josh Florence after another great day on the water!

Happy fella, Vito Cipponeri gets his first roosterfish with Captain Jorge off the rocks near Punta Perrico.

The Rumble Brothers, Sam and Tim, on the beach at Muertos with some of their yellowfin tuna.

The hat trick of wahoo, tuna and dorado for Riley and Adam! Last day and full coolers to take home!

Not a bad day on the ridge! Lots of grouper to clean for Ryan Netherton and Al “El Al” Schneider after spending a day with our Magdalena Bay outfit.

Pretty grouper on the gaff and stuck on a jig! Al Schneider rocked this one bouncing the jig on the bottom.

Forget the full moon or big moon!  I think we just had the best week of our 2018 season.  More tuna…bigger dorado…wahoo…billfish…and everyone who wanted a roosterfish got at least one!  On top of it, maybe the best weather of the year with sunny days; cool nights and flat blue waters!

 

Wow!  What a week.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was sure good this week and maybe it’s shaping up to be a the kind of fall we had last year in 2017 when we had two months of fishing like this.

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, everyone got limits or near limits of dorado.  Fish ran in the range of 10-25 pounds and it was pretty much a sure thing .  Could not miss. The fish were scattered over a wide range and no matter which way you went out’ve the bay, you would eventually hit some dorado.  Add to that some pargo, cabrilla, some billfish and roosterfish hookups and even some unusual yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds and, despite the occasional slower day or boat, most of our clients  were releasing fish or coming back early.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet…it was nothing short of spectacular most days!

 

Yellowfin tuna in the 10-20 pound size were just outside of Bahia Muertos.  Most of the time…all you wanted!  Limits by 9 or 10 a.m. then go find some other species or come in back to the beach!  It was THAT good.

 

Go out a tad “further” (just down the beach and out a ways), the fish jumped to 40-60 pounders!

 

“It was stupid good fishing!”

“I”ve never seen tuna crashing that thick before…and big ones boiling right next to the boat and the water was so shallow I could see the bottom!”

I’ve caught lots of 30 and 40 pound salmon, but they were right about tuna being strong.  My arms are still shaking!”

 

In the same tuna areas, dorado up to 40 pounds and schools of smaller dorado would range in or could be found not far away.

 

“I threw my flyrod and the fish would fight each other to get it after two or three strips.  Amazing!”

 

Others would go looking for roosterfish and in a year when we have not caught many rooster…everyone who wanted a rooster caught one…or two!  Fish up to 60 pounds were right there.  One day we caught 8 roosters.  That was more than we’ve caught in the last 2 months.

 

“I caught every species on my Baja bucket list my first day out..dorado…tuna…roosterfish…pargo…cabrilla.  It was awesome!”

 

Even boats that thought they were done for the day sometimes could not help catching fish.  Several boats were already coming in and slowly dragging lures back to the beach and got jumped by wahoo in 20’ of water!

 

What a week.  Hope it holds, but this coming week, we’re watching the weather.  Looks like we’re gonna have some tropical thunder and lightning storms coming through on-and-off.  Fingers crossed.  Most times it’s in the afternoon and evenings.  As long is there’s not a lot of wind, we should be OK.

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 22-29, 2018

FULL MOON DORADO AND BIG TUNA CHEW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 22-29, 2018

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – It changed every day.  Sunny…cloudy…windy…humid…broiling hot.  Take your pick or combine any two or three of the above.

Water – Mostly pretty blue, but find the cleanest warmest blue water currents and your chances of finding fish increases.  Stay away from cloudy water.

Fishing – Tuna are big and mean.  And we lose 3 out of every four fish.  They are eating light line and taking a 40-80 pound fish on 25 or 30 pound test is a battle that can last 1-2 hours.  It’s a slugfest.  The dorado are all over, but not always willing to bite.  They’ll jump the baits, but won’t always eat.  You have to be patient and let them swallow the baits.  Then, there are days when they’ll eat anything you throw in the water.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  And we’re losing alot of fish.  It’s not bad fishing.  It’s bad catching.  These fish are seriously testing us.  But that’s what makes it fun.  You have to find them first.  Then, you gotta get them to bite.  Then, hold on!!!

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

These two know how to pull on fish! Spike and Jamie Ivins hooked 5 of these tough fish and 3 pulled but got these two fatties to to the deck. Spike was one of the most awesome deckhands on the San Diego long range boat, Red Rooster. Great to see them!

Captain Armando help with photos duties on two big yellowfin tuna caught by Bill and Pam Eggleston. The fish were caught near Cerralvo Island and fought each fish over an hour!

Beautiful bull dorado caught on the other side of La Paz Bay by Brian Reid of Waco, TX. The big bull chowed on a live sardine.

Craig and Cathy Corda, our good amigos, had quite a week with us. Oh this particular day, Cathy hooked one tuna and fought it for a long time and the hook straightened. She hooked another one and a shark ate it. Then, she hooked another and Craig hooked this one and they had two on at one time…and a huge whaleshark swam in between them! You just never know what’s going to happen on the water.

Captain Jorge with our good amigas, Verda Boyd from the S.F. Bay Area and Pam Bolles from Loreto’s famous Baja Big Fish Co. and famous flyfisher. The ladies nailed a limit of dorado that day.

Nathan Anaya has his hands full with this stock yellowfin tuna. These fish are thick, heavy and powerful.

Barbara and Les Campbell started their trip out with an ice chest full of dorado fillets fishing with Captain Adolfo.

Daughter, Jessie Reid, just has the knack for taking down big fish…even when she’s 6 months pregnant! No big deal! She was fishing with captain Victor with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet when she stuck this big bull. Jessie lives in Waco, Texas.

It has been many years since Kenny Duong fished with us and, in fact, caught an IGFA world record 16 pound triggerfish the last time he was with us (I stopped him from cutting it up and eating it!). But he got this good-looking yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island late in the week when the tuna came crashing.

This is such a great photo despite one of those cloudy days we had mid-week. Captain Adolfo and Les Campbell with another yellowfin tuna for the camera and the ice chest.

I need to frame this photo! Jamie Ivins pulls hard on a big roosterfish with Captain Pancho looking on. The roosterfish photo is below.

Swimming off strong! Spike Ivins jumped in the water to photo the release of Jamie Ivin’s roosterfish. Great shot!

Big smile from first-time visitor, Tom Grindle who was fishing north of La Paz City with Captain Rogelio and got a load of nice dorado including this colorful bull.

Luis Arandia and Raul Rodriguez pulled a number of dorado out near San Juan de la Costa. Luis had an unusual method of getting the fish to bite. See the video at the end of the fishing report!

She’s a tiny little gal who can pull on fish. Jamie Ivins poses with one of her yellowfin tuna on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

 

Captain Pancho with one of the big tuna this week on the beach at Muertos.

Yes, even I get to go out sometimes! Double dorado with my son-in-law Brian Reid from Waco, Texas who had quite a week of fishing.

It can be a long hot day when your rod is bent on a single powerful fish for a long long time! Bill Eggleston holds on as a big tuna rips more line! See the fish below.

Nothing pulls like a tuna! Bill Eggleston got this one up after more than an hour on the rod. With Captain Armando.

Triple biters of yellowfin tuna for Captain Adolfo with Barbara and Les Campbell.

One of our funnest long-tme amigos, Bob “Pops” Henke shares a laugh with Captain Alfredo posing with two of their Las Arenas dorado.

1..2..3…LIFT for the camera! Noel Santoyo holds up one of his 4 fish they took that day. Yellowfin ranged from 40-80 pounds.

Frank Cruz gets a hand from Captain Adolfo and Captain Archangel with his striped marlin on the beach at Muertos. They were unable to release the fish but donated the meat to everyone.

On his way to college at Oregon State next year in the marine biology program, Ian Grindle has himself a good-looking bull! He and dad got limits of dorado on Captain Rogelio’s boat.

MUST SEE VIDEO –

Luis Arandia wasn’t getting bit so he decided to think outside the box and do a special “fish dance.”  Turn up the sound and check this short video out.  Right after this, two nice dorado bit the lines!

 

 

It was a week of unpredictable full moon fishing this past week here in La Paz waters.  Everyone got fish, but trying to figure out where and what and how were elusive.  It was impossible to figure out the bite this week.

 

One day the dorado would go crazy.  The next day in the same spot, the dorado would be finicky.  Another day, the tuna would bite like mad dogs and the next day, they acted like whipped puppies.  Roosterfish were the same.  So were the inshore fish like pargo and cabrilla.  But everyone caught fish!

 

It was the same with the weather.  One day hot and sunny with blue waters like a picture postcard.  The next day, it would be cloudy and choppy.  The next day, cloudy but still and oppressively humid followed by sunny and windy days.  And this affected the fishing too.

 

The best thing was just let the captain take you to whatever is biting.  The folks most impacted by the erratic fishing were folks who just fished one day…like freelance folks or folks who walked into our office right off the street and wanted to fish one day.  That day COULD be a funky day or the funky spot of fish or the funky weather.

 

If you were fishing with us, like most of our anglers, for 2, 3, 4 or more days, you probably got into several really good days of fishing and a nice load of fish to take home.

 

Several variables to note, however.

 

Yes, the tuna came back at Cerralvo Island off Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.  If you looked at the “number” of fish we caught, you would think fishing was bad.  But, if you knew the whole story, fishing was actually pretty good.  We’re losing 3 out of every four tuna that we hook.

 

These fish are beasts to most people.  They are tough, savage 40-80 pound fish.  Everyone wants to catch one.  Few folks have ever had the experience of catching one!  It’s one thing to want to catch one and another to be bent over in the sun for an hour or two on a straining rod and tortured line on a fish that yanks off 100 yard bursts in a single run.  It’s heartbreaking then to lose a fish like that…and we lost many of them! And to hook one then get another one and lose it after a long battle can just crush you.  Or to get it so close where you can see the fish then have it pull lose…and there’s nothing you can do.

 

One other thing is that these fish are biting LIGHT LINE!  We’re using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader so you’re already at a disadvantage on these fish as well.  It would be nice to hang fish on heavier line…even 50 pound test would make a huge difference,  but then you won’t get bit!

 

After a day battling tuna, I got comments like:

 

“Please, Jonathan, for the rest of my trip, I only want to catch small dorado!”

“My arms and back are still sore from 3 days ago!”

“Thirty minutes into the fight, my fingers started to cramp and I started seeing white spots in front of my eyes!”

“Tuna fishing is fun, they said.  I think childbirth is more fun!”

 

As for the dorado, we caught a lot of them this week.  The thing about them is that they were all around, but not always ready to eat.  They normally take a bait voraciously, but this week, it seemed like they would run with a bait and drop it.  Or they would literally attack baits and toss them around and play with them.  To hook dorado, you really had to restrain yourself from setting the hook.  You had to let them run…and run…and run…until you were sure they had swallowed the bait before pulling the trigger with a solid hookset.

 

Lastly…it looks like we might get some thundershowers late this week.  It might force some cancelation of fishing days.  Make sure you purchased travel insurance!

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Chelsea Roos and Don Vegter brought down an entire set of outfits, gear and uniforms for a youth soccer team!

Bill Eggleston and Les Campbell hauled down a load of great school supplies for the kids at the orphanage.

Our Tailhunter Outreach program keeps rolling thanks to folks like our Tailhunter amigos and tribe members who find space to bring down great things for our donations.  Thanks to all of you!

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Pa – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 3-10, 2018

QUALITY TUNA ROLL THROUGH

CERRALVO ISLAND

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-10, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Got cloudier later in the week as bits from distant hurricane Aleta took away some of the sunshine. (It blew out to sea hundreds of miles away)  But with the cloud cover, the humidity and heat rose.  Days are in the high 90’s.  Nights in the upper 70’s.  Thankfully, every night the Corumuel Breeze blows through and cools things down . Hurricane Ben coming up behind, but we’re keeping an eye out.  Might give us a few showers and wind later in the week.

Water – Blue and mostly calm.  Summer conditions.  Weeds burning off.  Water about 82 degrees on the surface.

Fishing – Bigger 30-100 pound tuna bent rods and broke hearts this week.  Everyone focused on those sluggers.  But, dorado, pargo, big jack crevalle, some roosterfish, cabrilla, and several species of bonito around for anyone who wanted.

Catching – Bigger fish meant more losses.  Everyone WANTS a big fish until they’re fighting in the hot sun and realize they have a beast.  Some anglers fighting fish 1 or 2 hours and losing them, but that’s why they’re BIGGER fish!  More fish lost than caught.  But you’ll never catch one if you don’t put a line in the water!

THE BIG PICTURE and THE REST OF THE STORY…

Our amigo, Tom Mullican, from Idaho comes twice-a-year for 10 days at a time. Fishing with Captain Jorge, he got the 60-pound tuna then fought the 100 pounder for 2 hours! He said his arms were too tired and shaky to hold the fish up for the photo!

Craig Wong, Mark Buchanan and Laura Hernandez with quite a hault of yellowfin tuna and red snapper. They’re all from San Diego areas.

Captain Boli with Gene and Travis Harp from chillier climes in Oregon showing off one of their nice big bull dorado inside La Paz Bay.

Tom Hinmon, from Laguna Beach CA, had himself quite a week. Here’s one of his good days with Captain Pancho and a load of big yellowfin.

Our new amigos from North Caroline, Shanon Spivey and Steve Gray with Captain Archangel do the beach pose with their big tuna and a dorado. One day, I will get Arcangel to smile. He’s been with us 23 years so maybe there’s still hope!

Last minute trip for Desiree Winn and Ryan Bottensek from Florence Beach, Oregon produced these nice tuna with Captain Armando.

Victor from Wiconsin had only 1 day to fish, but squeezed it in and got himself one of the largest yellowtail of the season plus a big tuna.

When the tuna weren’t on the chew everyone seemed to get hung with these big schools of jack crevalle that really tore things up! Tom Hinmon poses with one of the big grunts before releasing it.

 

One of the few amberjack we got this year and caught by Gary Galbreath from Huntington Beach CA off Cerralvo Island. Note the big tuna at his knees also! Amberjack are great eating down here. Like sweet yellowtail meat and can get over 100 pounds.

Big smiles from big guys! Captain Gerardo grins with Jude Martinez and Scott/ Steve Ellis from San Diego with a trio of solid tuna and a couple more in the foregrounds. Grey skies already coming in!

This might be the largest bull dorado so far this season which is just getting underway, but Vince Acosta put the hurt on this flyer while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet in La Paz Bay.

 

Captain Victor looks on as a tired John Gaskins hold up another yellowfin with 2 more YFT’s on the cutting table at Muertos Bay.

Some prize! Craig Wong from San Diego with a hog of a cabrilla that he pulled off the rocks!

Two of our favorites! Captain Jorge and Vince Acosta ham it up for the camera with 4 nice tuna on the beach.

A good day for tuna for Craig Wong and Mark Buchanan from San Diego to add to their boxes going home!

Steve McGavern from Loreto drove down for a quick two days of fishing just at the start of the tuna run with us holding two fish ready to be cleaned and packed up.

Steve/ Scott Ellis and Captain Gerardo are two big guys which gives you some perspective on the nice size of the tuna Steve caught.

With the steep cliffs of the north end of Cerralvo Island in the background , Tom Hinmon put the gaff to this yellowfin tuna not far from the lighthouse rock.

There’s some nice grade dorado around north of La Paz! Randy Forestiere with Captain Raul hold one up for the camera!

Yes, you have three of them! Nice day of tuna for John Carser from Huntington Beach.

Fat tuna and big smiles from Laura Hernandez from San Diego who boated this one outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

They might not have been long, but these fish were plugs and big round bombs when they hit the lines like this one caught by Gary Galbreath.

Our long-time buddy Ricardo (Ranchero) Sawaske with Captain Raul and a young bull fresh on the gaff and going to dinner!

Favorite photo of the week. John Carser and Mark Rodman. Thanks, guys. Enjoy all the fish you brought home this week!

As we watch cloudy gray skies move in on us that might eventually bring us some rain later in the week, it’s been a good week for fishing.  Not a great week for a lot of fish, but a great week for BIG fish!

There’s still a lot of pargo and cabrilla around and more and more dorado, but everyone eschewed the fast action and ability to fill an ice chest to go for the bigger boy tuna that showed up at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Everyone had shots at these quality tuna that were as small as 30 pounds, but some in the 60 to 100 pound class!
Not everyone caught fish and the week started a bit slow.  But the fish were there.  Everyone eventually who wanted fish went home with full coolers of slabbed ahi.  One boat would get them and another boat next to them would miss.  One guy would hit two or three and his buddy would only run interference and pick off bonito.  Or needlefish.
Like I said, these fish were powerful and strong.  Stronger then most of our anglers had ever tangled with.  Fights of 1-2 hours were not uncommon.  More heartbreaking were the stories of fish that broke off after long fights or came unbuttoned.  Tougher still were stories of even larger fish that straightened a hook or broke a rod. For some of our anglers…1 fish was enough for the day!  Careful what you wish for.
There were funny stories about guys tossing a mackerel and immediately getting slammed.  After a long fight and a swig of water, they would routinely just toss in their 2nd bait of the day.  WHAM!  Bit again and on for another long long battle.  And regretting it!
No doubt there were more fish lost than were caught!
Live mackerel were the ticket so we had to get out there early and it’s a long run to the north end of Cerralvo Island.  But even with few baits, somedays every bait would get bit…and that was enough when you’re battling big fish for a long time!  When macs didn’t work, yo-yo iron also produced fish for the guys that knew how.
Still some variety around as well.  But, like I said, most of the focus was on the tuna grounds. So more tuna than anything else showed up in the boxes.  Nevertheless, when the tuna weren’t biting hefty jack crevalle put on a show that had guys shaking their heads with the power of these fish.  Not good eating, but made for great sport.
Also,  there’s a few yellowtail and sierra still lingering and for our La Paz Fleet, dorado, pargo, cabrilla and snapper

We’re keeping an eye on the weather.  A category 4 hurricane named “Aletta” became the first of the season far far south us by hundreds of miles and blew itself out to sea, but did send gray skies over us this past weekend and ramp up the humidity.  However, a 2nd blow by the name of “Bud” might bring us some bitty showers later this week and some worrisome winds.  We’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 1-April 8, 2018

BETTER CONDITIONS and LOTS OF VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Mag Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 1-8, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

WEEK at A GLANCE

Water – Warming and better and flatter this past week.  Coming week maybe not so much.

Weather – Mid 80’s now.  Bring the sunscreen.  Breezy at times, especially the afternoons

Fishing – Much better . Alot of vareity as warm water fish move in and mix with colder water fish

Catching – Lost alot of larger fish!

THE BIG PICTURE

Whoa! Just off the rocks, Jeff Brown and his son, Cole, were with Captain Joel Martinez from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz catching smaller snapper, pargo and cabrilla when this big grouper gulped Jeff’s live bait in shallow water and they were able to winch it away from the rocks! Jeff and Cole are from Minnesota and come down every year to La Paz for sunshine and fishing!

Steve and son, Ben Fox from Huntington Beach were visting La Paz for the first time and got into some of those Cerralvo Island yellowfin tuna their first day on live bait.

Good amigo from Wrangell, Alaska, Rod Brown comes down every year for about 10 days of fishing and got a variety of fish again this year. He took yellowtail, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, jacks, tuna and bonito among others while fishing north around Espirito Santo Island.

First-timer with a big smile, Cole Brown, and a real colorful dorado among several he caught fishing with our La Paz fleet.

Love how he fishes! Light tackle and top-water jigs! Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs with one of his nice dorado fishing out’ve Muertos Bay/ Las Arenas.

This kind of fishing is a hoot! Like tackle right up in the rocks for cabrilla, snapper and pargo. All great eating and these are tough fish on light or heavier tackle. Larger fish all lost in the rocks! Cole and dad, Jeff Brown, with Captain Joel.

Anyone who asks me about getting bluewater fish and not believing that the fish can be caught close to shore, take a look at the rocks just behind Jeff and Cole Brown holding a legit yellowfin tuna. Yup…just a few yards off the island!

OVERALL…

Looks like the weather is clearing up just in time for the season to kick off with alot more of our fishermen now arriving in La Paz.  There’s still some wind on tap for this coming week and indeed we had some this past week, but overall, a big improvement in not only the weather, but the fishing, catching, and variety!  Each week seems to get a little better as things warm up!  It’s all about the winds.  If the winds are gone, there’s fish starting to bite.

All signs are encouraging as just to the south of us along the East Cape, things are already starting to go off with the fishing so those conditions are moving north towards us!

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

It’s not crazy good…yet!  But the fishing is more like May fishing with lots of different variety in the water.  Inshore, pargo liso (mullet snapper), pargo per (dog-tooth snapper) and pargo mulatto (barred pargo) are biting along with several types of snapper, jack crevalle, bonito and cabrilla.
In the deeper water but not far off, dorado are around between 5 and 20 pounds although not in great numbers plus yellowtail up to 25 pounds.  Plus we found some tuna over at nearby Cerralvo Island although, again, not in great numbers.  Some wahoo were seen, but didn’t bite and commercial guys said billfish look like they’re moving into the area.

LA PAZ

For the first time all year, we had some consistent fishing for our La Paz Fleet.  Normally, with the winds blowing in from the north, it’s just often too rough to even get out’ve the bay or, when you get to the spots, it’s hard to fish the areas.
However, with some pretty good post-Easter conditions, I was blown away by the variety of species that ended up on the hook!  We didn’t find quantity of fish, but the variety was remarkable especially for inshore species.  This included several species of pargo, snapper, cabrilla, grouper, jacks and bonito.  As well, we hooked some yellowtail up to about 20 pounds and even got a tuna about 50 yards from the rocks!

BAHIA MAGDALENA

Ben Fox from Huntington Beach CA shows off a nice snook he caught light tackle fishing inside the shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He and his dad caught snook, snapper, pargo, cabrilla and other species using live shrimp and spinning gear.

He’s our guy! Jorge Romero with a nice snook (robabo) taken just outside the treeline in the flats off Bahia Magdalena using live shrimp.

That’s quite a box of pargo and snapper!

Almost all the fish was donated to the local church to clean and distribute.

Some video of the kind of fishing they were doing
We had anglers fishing our inshore waters with light tackle again and they scored great.  Using live shrimp for bait, they rocked snook, cabrilla, corvina and several kinds of snapper working in the shallow waters and in the eddys and backbays and sandbars among the trees.

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Magdalena Bay Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 25-April 1, 2018

BETTER CONDITIONS AND A BETTER WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay and Mag Bay Report for Week of March 25-April 1, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT for the WEEK

PAST WEEK AT A GLANCE

Water – Not bad. Getting warmer. Still stronger currents than we’d like

Temps – Mid 80’s day time.  Pleasant nights.  Still really windy about 1/2 the days

Fishing – I’d give it a 4 on a scale of 10, but 4 is better than it’s been.  Alot of variety and good fish signs

Catching– I’d give it a 4 also.  Could be alot better.  And I think it will get better as things get warmer and water and wind settles down more and more.

What Got Caught – Dorado, yellowtail, jack crevalle, bonito, yellow snapper, red snapper, pargo liso, pargo perro, barred bargo, triggerfish, bonito,, cabrilla, palometa, pompano, corbina

 

THE REST OF THE STORY

Our amigo for many years, Mitch Chavira has been fishing La Paz almost as long as we’ve been there. He knows his stuff and knows his way around throwing iron too. He jigged up this toad cabrilla off Espirito Santo Island.

Gary and Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs, Colorado fished inside the mangroves of Bahia Magdalena on a day Gary said, “The winds outside were blowing 40K!” and did great on the corvina and palometa on light tackle!

Two of the best fishermen, Mitch and Charlie “Stix” McGee from San Diego working just inside of La Paz Bay put the wood to some of those nice dorado that have shown up.

All the way from Germany, Claude Demith got himself some great eating variety…dorado…dog tooth snapper (cubera)…big triggerfish…and cabrilla!

Dan Miyake with Captain Pancho and a nice Muertos Bay yellowtail. Waters are warming so not sure how long we’ll see these YT’s around.

The right kind! Mitch looking good with one of those tough forkies. Yellowtail out’ve La Paz.

Guys from Colorado always know how to pose creatively with fish! Gary Wagner again with a palometa from Mag Bay!

 

Just in time for Spring Break / Semana Santa and Easter,  the winds kinda gave us a bit of a break this week.  There were still some really windy days, but at least there were some windows of opportunity.  Definitely, more folks in town for vacation.  More fishermen on the water and for sure…the beaches are just jammed.
Normally, our beaches are pretty empty, but during Semana Santa, it looks like Woodstock!  Makes you wonder where everyone is the rest of the time?  I mean, on some beaches, there’s not a square inch of empty space and in Mexico, the beaches are public so you can pretty much camp and picnic anywhere and anytime.  Afterwards, it makes for quite a clean-up as you might imagine.  At least, it’s once a year and everyone is having a good time.
Anyway, for fishing, the fish are there!  If the windows of opportunity are open and the waters are fishable, the bite is there to be had!  It’s far from wide-open, but fishing is alot better than might be expected with alot of variety possible.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

 
It’s evident that the waters are changing.  We have quite a bit of transition going on with both warm and cold water fish occupying the same water space!  I’m surprised that this early in the year, we have some dorado, tuna and billfish around.  Normally, we don’t see those until maybe a month or more from now.  Not alot of these species, but any day holds its possibilities.
Likewise, there are still cold water species around as well.  Cabrilla, snapper and Sierra were caught this week as well as several species of pargo (dog-tooth/ cubera snapper and barred pargo).  Plus, add in the usual jack crevalle and lots of bonito on top of things and, you’re not quite sure what’s gonna bite.
Every day is not good.  Every boat is not catching fish.  I want to be honest about it.  But there’s fish there and the signs are encouraging.  It was one of the better weeks in awhile.  We’re using a combination of live bait, dead bait, jigs and Rapalas for the days.

LA PAZ

With the wind having backed down a bit this past week…with no guarantees of next week…we had some boats finally able to get out.  Again, just like at Muertos/ Las Arenas, there was a combination of cold and surprisingly warm water fish.  A few yellowtail and pargo around but maybe we’re not going to see much of a yellowtail season this year because the waters are getting warm quick as evidenced by a few tuna popping up plus there seems to be dorado right in La Paz Bay!  We don’t usually see mahi mahi in the bay until much later in the year.  The ones we’re seeing now are legit 10-20 pound fish! Plus, there’s sardines around too.  All good signs!

GASTRONIMICA LA PAZ 2018 – MAY 4

 The 2018 La Paz Gastronomica Food Festival will be held May 4 once again on the beach in La Paz.  If you’ve never been to it the massively fun food festival draws thousand of visitors and over 100 restaurants, hotels and culinary schools from La Paz as well as Todos Santos and Cabo San Lucas.
For one ticket price, you get to eat and sample all kinds of great regional Mexican foods…all you can eat…shrimps, clams, oysters, roasted pig, all types of tacos, moles, Italian food, Chinese, Thai,  desserts ,baked goods…everyone has a booth.  And so do the wine, tequila and beer distributors as well so it’s all the tequila, wine an cerveza you can handle as well.
Great music, bands and entertainment and it goes well past midnight and just an incredible event.  Each year, Tailhunter Restaurant also has a booth among the “seafood row” vendors!  Last year, we had our famous Hawaiian poke!
Tailhunters is putting together event packages with hotel, festival tickets, plus the usual great activities of fishing, diving, snorkeling and more!   If you’re already booked with us during these dates and want to attend the event, we’ll be selling tickets.  Contact me directly at:  Jonathan@tailhunter.com
That’s our story!
 Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 4-11, 2018

The Mexican Minute La Paz Video Report for Week of March 4-11, 2018

IF ONLY THE WIND WOULD TAKE A BREAK FOR AWHILE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 4-11, 2018

If there’s a fish, Kevin Shiotano usually finds one and it’s usually pretty respectable like this nice yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island.

Some good eating huachingo for Dave Keene just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

Andale Captain Mundo with a chunky yellowtail

It wasn’t a great week for fishing, but there also weren’t many fishermen either, which is typical this time of year.  And for good reason.  It can be rough and windy which is what we had this week.  After a few nice weeks of fishable weather, we’ve now had about 3 consecutive weeks where the majority of days weren’t exactly conducive to fishing.  On those days fishing was scratchy at best.  A few snapper.  Some small cabrilla and a few bonito at best.
I suppose the good side is that the sun was out and the majority of folks who do come down this time of year are really just looking for a day to get out and most of our clientele this time of year are from cold and wet places.  I always tell folks it’s off-season for fishing.
On the other hand, on the few windows of time when wind and currents are not a factor, I’m surprised at the quality of fish out there, especially for this time of year.  There’s some nicer grade of tuna; there’s chunky yellowtail; some free-swimming dorado and it seems like the big pargo liso (mullet snapper) are starting to spawn and school-up in the shallows.

RAMBLING DOWN THE ROAD!

Denver…Sacramento…Seattle…Portland…Salt Lake City…Bakersfield…Boise…Long Beach and now…time to climb in the van once again!

Long Beach is always a party with about 100 thousand of your closest fishing friends!

We’ve been on the road now since the middle of December and just finished up the incredible Fred Hall Fishing & Boating Show at the Long Beach Convention Center that just broke all kinds of attendance records.  Jilly and I talked for 5 days straight without a let-up and it was off-the-hook!  Thank you, Southern California and all our friends and Tailhunter Tribe for all the grins and high-fives!

Jilly is all set up and ready to go!

OK! But, how does he really feel? Nothing wrong with tacos!

We really could use a week to recover!  However, it’s onward down the road to our 10th show of the season.  So, starting Thursday and going through Sunday, we’ll be at the SOUTH TOWNE EXPO CENTER for the INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMAN’S EXPO just outside of Salt Lake City!  Always a great show and tons of things to see and do! Come down to see Jill and I and let’s chat about fishing in La Paz this year!

PARTING SHOT!

What a grand birthday I had!

Lastly, just a quick shout out to everyone for all the fantastic birthday wishes this past week.  It just could not have been any better!  I got hundreds of cards, e-mails, texts and visits from so many of you!  You’re the best!  Also, to everyone who showed up to share some beer, pickled eggs, polish sausage sandwiches and way to many salty pretzels at Joe Jost’s Bar in Long Beach, you rock and I’m grateful and blessed and an even bigger thank you and love to my lovely partner-in-crime who makes it all happen and everyday like my birthday, Jilly!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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


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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 21-28, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of Jan. 21-28 2018

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT

Nice plug yellowfin tuna for Dave Distel of Arizona. Pretty unusual to get a bonus fish like this in the winter!

Dave Distel again with one of the firecracker yellowtail that’s come up close to shore. That’s Captain Victor grinning in the background.

Happy Birthday to Mike Distel of Huntington Beach CA celebrating at our Tailhunter Restaurant with fresh cooked fish that he and his son caught!

WINDS HAMPER FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 21-28, 2018

Still not too many folks fishing.  It’s been pretty windy from the north as is pretty typical for this time of year and it’s the January slump when there’s just not that many folks in town either!  It’s actually a nice time to be in La Paz.  It’s sunny and relatively warm for the snow birds with day time temps in the high 70’s compared to where they’re escaping from.  It’s just not necessarily the best time to be in the water.
However, we did get some folks out for a few days for some scratchy mixed bag fishing.  Again ,the winds weren’t exactly our friends.  However… Inshore, there’s snapper, bonito, pargo, seabass and good schools of jack crevalle.  There should be more sierra around, but it hasn’t been consistent.  One day, they swarm and the next day, they can’t be found.
The more quality fishing has been some firecracker 10 pound yellowtail around and also some surprising 20-pound class tuna in Muertos Bay.  Maybe still hanging out from last fall!  One of our captains saw some free swimming wahoo as well, but they moved off.

 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – Highlights Tailhunter Sportfishing!

Award-winning write Tom Steinstra of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a feature article in the Sunday Edition of the Outdoor Section.  Check it out!  Click the link below to see the article!

CLICK HERE FOR SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ARTICLE 

 THANK YOU WASHINGTON!

We had a way fun time and a great show for the five days of at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup just south of Seattle!  The Washington Sportsmans Show was super as always!

Great to see so many friends and Tailhunter Tribe members and also we’re looking forward to visits from everyone who booked trips to come see us and fish in La Paz in 2018.  Thanks for all the hospitality, Washington…and the rain too!  It just would’t be Washington without the rain!  We love it!  We live in a desert in Baja so it’s nice to see so much green!

Jilly and I will be splitting up now…

In two weeks, I will man the booth at the Northwest Sportsmans Show in Portland, Oregon at the Expo Center right next to the Columbia River.  Jill will fly out to the huge Western Hunt Expo at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City!  I’ll post up more details next week.  We’re looking forward to seeing all our amigos!

Jilly and I working the booth at the Washington State Fairgrounds!

Good buddy and pro-fisherman Mike Whitlow from Washington who sets up trips for awesome bass fishing in Mexico at El Salto Lake and also in Brazil for big peacock bass.

 

 

A rough crowd of ne’er-do-wells! Ken and Lisa Chapman who book big game hunting in South Africa join Jilly and I in the booth!

Dave and Michele Conklin have visited us many times in La Paz! Good to see them on their homegrounds in Washington!

That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
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