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La Paz – Las Arenas/Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK OF OCT. 10-17, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – It was great until a little “rain in the forecast” suddenly turned into “Hurricane Norma” that had us all scrambling.

Water – It was good.  I’m more interested in seeing what wind and rain will do to it this week.

Fishing – For the past 3 weeks, the best tuna fishing in several seasons. Dorado strong.  Roosters still around.  Until the storm.

Catching – Limits were the rule rather than the exception. Everyone going home with coolers

Forecast – Norma petered out and moved off, but still expecting some crazy wind this week that could make it tough on fishing and some rain showers and scattered thundershowers too.  The La Paz port captain is very cautious.  We’ve already been shut down for several days under the “threat” of  a storm even though not a single drop has fallen.  He might just open the port but then shut it down again and we can’t go out.  Vamos a ver!

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT for WEEK of Sept. 10-17, 2017

A sample of some of the larger tuna that showed up! Ed Breuning put the brakes on this nice yellowfin.

A good morning of work! A fat load of tuna and dorado to start the fishing trip for our first-time amigos, Stephanie and Louie Torres celebrating retirement! These folks were a hoot all week!

Whoa! Big big roostefish for Chad Gasser from Utah while fishing with Captain Victor just of the sandy point at Las Arenas. Chad’s first after a bg week of tuna and dorado. The fish was released.

Fishing with our La Paz fleet and popular Captain Boli, Lorna Gasser added to the catch with another young bull dorado!

 

Big smiles from Captain Jorge with John Case and some of his load of tuna from Bahia de Los Muertos!

Bryant and Mindy Buttars already had a big load of tuna and dorado from the week so their last day, they went out with Captain Armando to see how many different species they could catch. It was a successful day with jack crevalle, snapper, dorado, triggerfish, cabrilla and pargo…all on light spinning tackle too!

A good bit of mahi-mahi fillets to cut up for our good friend, John Terbu and Captain Armando fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet.

Dick Gasser is a funny guy! He had us cracking up all week but did himself good with nice tuna like this one to take back to Utah!

His first roosterfish, Tim Schlander, picked up this hefty gallo just off the beach at Muertos Bay. He was able to release the fish too!

The man behind the mask is Rafael Rios sharing the day with his wife Ivette and Captain Jorge posing with just a few of their yellowfin. In 4 days, he took alot of fish back to Texas.

First day start for Fred and Lisa Cruz as they pose with some of their tuna just before the storm warnings descended on us! Hopefully, we can get them out a few more times this week!

Captain Victor got Jonene Gasser onto a pretty pez gallo in the blue water just outside the sandy shore-break by the Las Arenas lighthouse. The fish was released.

Hi Trudy! Captain Moncho put her on one of the better bull dorado!

You can see how close to shore the tuna are and the boats bunched up together on the spot catching yellowfin like this double from Jesse Miller and Bob Benjamin.

We had alot of Texas amigos visit us the last week! Mica Lara from Corpus Christi puts another tuna in the boat . That’s a heck of a gaff in her hand too!

Another load of tuna headed to the fillet board for Captain Moncho with Cam Davidson and Ed Breuning visiting us for the first time.

Canadian amiga, Natalia Beauchamin, only had one day to fish with us, but got a nice batch of dorado like this one.

Another of our good Utah amigos…Brian Buchanan on the beach behind La Concha Hotel with one of his nice dorado.

It happens. And it happened again, but fortunately, not as bad as Lidia 3 weeks ago.

STORM NORMA JACKS THE FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2017

What’s up with the weather this year? Like I saw one person say, “It’s like Mother Nature said, ‘Hold my beer I’m gonna go cause some problems!'”

Sheesh…hurricanes…fires…earthquakes…

Well, we got our 2nd one in 3 weeks…Or did we?  Storm Norma…the storm that tried to be a storm.

 

Major buzz kill.  Sitting here at my desk looking out at sunny skies and flat seas and knowing we could be out fishing today, but anticipating the appearance of Tropical Storm Norma, the port captain has shut down all fishing and diving operations.  No one allowed out.  It is supposed to arrive with strong winds Sunday night and possibly the beginning of rain.  Or will it?

 

 

The advisories are all over the place on this one.  It started as some “rain in the forecast.”  It became a tropical storm.  Then a hurricane.  Then back to a tropical storm.  Then it disappeared.  Then back up to storm proportions again.  Then, it petered out and as of right now, we’ll get some strong winds and some scattered rain over the next few days.
Lidia two weeks ago was only a tropical storm as well, but it caused more devastation and casualties than Hurricane Odile in 2014 which was the largest in Mexico history and hit us with rain and 180 mph winds.  So, the port is closed.  It’s been closed for 3 days even though it looks really calm.  There are some really strong winds outside the bay and at Las Arenas.
But, the airlines didn’t fool around this time.  They started offering re-funds and suggesting they would not be flying.  So, alot of folks canceled their vacations.  We had alot of folks here on the ground that couldn’t go fishing and others we hustled off to the airport cutting their vacations short.  Madness.  Jilly and I had phones and e-mails going pretty much 24/7 adjusting all the changes, cancelations and postponments of rooms, boats, flights, shuttles, diving and snorkeling!
There’s just no way to know about something like this.  You hope for the best but you have to prepare for the worst for everyone’s safety and err on the side of caution .   We hated to lose so many of you to cancelations, but we think you made the right call.
It’s too bad because the fishing has been super.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY / SUENOS BAY FLEET
The “Tuna Stomp” of 2017 continued in full swing off Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay and Las Arenas lighthouse. Fish from 10-30 pounds were solidly biting most days and some of our boats were nailing limits by early morning and coming back or going to chase other species.
When  the tuna took time off, the dorado filled in the gaps plus there’s plenty of bonito keeping the rods bent in between dorado and tuna hook ups.  There were some off-moments here and there, but overall just a really consistent bite.  No wahoo to speak of or billfish, but roosters between 20 and 60 pounds provided some nice diversion from the bluewater species.
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
For our La Paz fleet…dorado…dorado…dorado.  Oh and some big blue marlin too!  The dorado schools were still out in force most days and it was just a matter of finding them.  Once you locked in, it could be madness for 30 minutes or an hour until you fished ’til you dropped and caught limits and released a dozen or more fish!  And then, here some “Mr. Blue” and the big marlin runs through the school and picks up a bait on 30 pound test and it wouldn’t last long, but the adrenaline buzz was fun!

Hopefully, the fishing returns quickly and by the time you’re reading this, we’re back on the water and full bendo!

BIG GRACIAS!

Every week we send out several hundred pounds of your donations of kids and adult clothes, toys, school supplies, women’s hygiene items, shoes and so much more to the orphanage at Los Planes, the La Paz Women’s Shelter and the Vista Hermosa Care for Kids Center rotating through a different location each week.  Again, big thanks for so many of our fishermen who find a little space to stuff some much needed treasures.

Because of the storm, I’m not able to put up photos this week. The internet and phone signals have been wonky for the last few days and I can’t get the photos off my smartphone! However, I will post them in the next report!

That’s our story!

Jonathan Roldan’s
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 3-9, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of SEPT. 3-10, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Some isolated thundershowers during the week here and there.  Some cloudy days but over all sunny, warm and humid.  Mid-90’s in the day.  Mid-80’s at night

Water – Some areas still dirty green and brown after the storm with alot of debris, but overall waters recovered faster than I have ever seen it and mostly good warm blue water.

Fishing – Tuna and dorado! Some roosterfish and marlin. Plus lots of bonito, jacks, pargo and cabrilla of you want them. Some days the dorado go nuts. Next day it’s the tuna.  Dorado growing up!

Catching – A few days this week it was stupid.  Everyone done with limits by 10 a.m. Some larger tuna lost.

Weather Forecast – Hopefully no more major storms, but this is the time of year when we can have isolated or occasional thundershowers ever week.  They come and go fast.

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT

From San Rafael CA, Corey Hughes shows off one of the nicer dorado this week. The dorado definitely got bigger with nicer legit bulls finally showing up . Corey fished before the storm…hung with us through the storm…and fished several days after the storm as well.

A good day! From Utah, Captain Armando poses with Lorna and Rich Gasser and some of their first-day catch of tuna and dorado.

 

He loves to fish light tackle and using 20 pound test and a fresh-water spinning rod, Randy Edge from Salt Lake City was fishing with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet and had his hands full with this nice bull dorado just off Punta Arenas. He also battled a few other dorado as well as tuna, bonito, pargo and cabrilla.

Jeff Pfost from Arroyo Grande, CA hung this nice yellowfin tuna on the one-day they had to squeeze in for fishing and it turned out to be a nice one also catching some great dorado. Check out how flat the water is!

Big smile from our amiga, Trudy Grove, who always lights it up each year with a big fish like this nice bull dorado on the beach at Bahia Muertos!

Two of our funnest couples that visit us from Colorado, Frank and Diane Kunze with their favorite Captain Adolfo and two of their dorado from the first day fishing.

Right after the storm, I thought for sure, the fishing would be off, but Wayne and Todd Wilson jumped all over the dorado right off the bat shown here on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

First time fishing with us, Alex Noriega put the wood to this nice bull dorado plus a bunch of yellowfin tuna!

Boise, Idaho in the house! James Stahlman and Nariza Manning pose with Captain Adolfo and some mahi mahi fillets headed to the freezer!

More of our Utah amigos! Chad and Jonene Gasser rocked the tuna and dorado big time on one of the days when the fish came to chew early and often!

Aaron Foxworthy hasn’t fished with us in a few years so it was great to have him back visiting from the San Francisco Bay area and had a boat all to himself when the yellowfin tuna exploded just off the beach.

What a sweet lady! This is Janie Edge showing off a bigger dorado than her husband caught! LOL! She boated this beauty on light tackle and a freshwater spinning rod too! Bravo!

The tuna got a little heftier and beefier this week and they were only a few yards from shore! Todd Wilson shows off one of his YFT’s!

Pierre Soyez from France spent 10 days light tackle fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz and caught over a dozen different species including tuna, dorado, jack crevalle, bonito, cabrilla and this nice rooster fish just off the rocks between the Las Arenas lighthouse and Punta Perrico. The fish was released. We got several nice roosterfish this week.

They had just one day to fish, but had a good time! Randelle and Jeff Pfost from Arroyo Grande CA with Captain Gerardo got into some nice dorado and tuna!

Our La Paz Fleet continued to jump on dorado! Dane Fulkerson from San Rafael CA hung with us through the storm and fished before and after the storm spending a few days fishing with Captain Luis of our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Our ever-popular Captain Joel with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet was with Gary Whitaker and had a difficult time finding the fish until late in the day when they hit a spot and everything exploded calling in the rest of our boats to join the fray!

She’s a tiny little gal with a big smile, especially when she’s catching or eating fish! Nariza Manning from Boise, Idaho with a colorful dorado and Captain Adolfo. Check out the glassy water! That’s Muertos Bay in the background and they’re only about 100 yards from the shore.

Master Sargeant Bryant Buttars with the U.S. Airforce in Utah has been talking to us about coming down for years! As part of his birthday present, he finally came down with his wife, Mindy and got to fish with Captain Armando! Using light tackle spinning rods, they got into the tuna and dorado.

Big smiles from Dave Landon and Julia Roberts who fished with us 3 days just after the storm and shown here with some of their dorado after fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

A really funny guy! This is our buddy, Larry McNeal with some of his batch of dorado. He fished several days with both of our fleets.

 

 

A good day with Captain Gerardo! This is Alex and Maria Noriega from the San Diego area who rocked it big time getting into a big bite of tuna and dorado their first day of fishing.

Kathy Terbu from Utah has been visiting us for years and always seems to find a big fish like this nice bull dorado and posing with her favorite Captain Armando.

Look! Diane caught HALF A DORADO! Actually, it’s just wiggling too much! Diane Kunze tries to take a photo with a fresh-caught mahi!

POST-STORM FISHING RECOVERS FAST WITH TUNA AND DORADO!

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 3-10, 2017

You would think that after a major tropical storm/ hurricane Lidia that hit us last week, combined with a massive full moon, that fishing would be more than a little off.  That’s usually the case.  

Although Lidia tried hard to be a Category One Hurricane, it still dropped 20 to almost 40 inches of rain on Southern Baja and caused some wides-spread devastation, especially in the Cabo San Lucas area just to the south of us.  Usually, after something like that waters are turned over and dirty.  Lots of junk in the water which is often cooler than normal. There’s a lot of run-off from all the dirt that comes cascading down out’ve the arroyos.   Fishing can get really good, but it takes awhile to settle down.
Then, throw a huge full moon into the mix and I could almost hear the groans as folks filtered into town…happy the storm had passed and hoping for the best, but anticipating the worst.  As one angler said, “I figured fishing would be crappy and we’d be spending alot of time drinking beer and sitting by the pool drowning our fishing sorrows!”
Well, that wasn’t the case!
Fishing re-bounded pretty fast!  In fact, it was almost immediate.  Not as crazy wide-open as before the storm, but there was no shortage of action and some high spots that were as explosive as any we’ve seen all season as both dorado and tuna helped bend rods and keep folks smiling.

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

North of town from La Paz, the dorado kept on like the tropical storm had only been a little bump.  Not only is there sargasso weed floating out there, but now there’s all kinds of floating debris lining up in the current lines holding dorado and billfish plus some tuna!
It took a little longer for the waters to clear, but some of the best dorado fishing this past week was actually in the colder-dirtier water!  Go figure.
The big trick was finding the right spot.  Once you found it, you could load up the rods and fish boxes with one-stop shopping and wild dorado action of fish between 5 and 20 pounds.  Most of the dinks were getting tossed back because you could hit a spot and it would be a baby nursery of dinks.  Or, all the firecracker fish would jump your baits and not give the big boys time to get in on the feed!  But, a good problem to have with great action.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY FLEET

I was really worried about this area so soon after such a big storm.  However, literally the first day after the storm, we got into the dorado and tuna.  There were not as many or such a wild bite as before the storm, but numbers seemed to be replaced by a better quality of fish!
The dorado seemed to have gotten pumped up during the few days of the storm and came back bigger with more nice 15-25 pound bulls that were legit tackle busters.  Plus, the tuna added a few pounds as well so that we had better and scrappier 10-20 pound slugs!
There were even a few days in there when the fish just went rampant, especially the tuna and the anglers were slamming limits by 9 or 10 a.m. and out searching for other species after that!
One of our anglers told me, “It was incredible.  Within seconds of tossing out our first lines, we were hit.  For the next hour it was double and triple hook ups of yellowfin tuna.  We put 10 in the boat and probably lost and released another 10.  Add in another 10 big bonito and were were dog-tired!  Then, the captain said, ‘Let’s find some dorado now.’ So we caught 4 dorado and told him, we were done and let’s go back to the beach and drink a beer!  That was 10:30 a.m.!”
Some days, it was more tuna.  Some days more dorado.  Some days it was about a 50/50 mix.  Some days were better than others, but overall surprisingly steady biters!

STORM LIDIA UPDATE

That was quite a little storm we had a week ago which caused closure of flights and airports and some fairly significant damage to some areas, especially around Cabo.  When you get more than 3 feet of rain in about 30 hours, that’s an issue!  We all had alot of road closures, mudslides, rockslides  and flood damage and at one point it was taking 6-8 hours to go the 100 miles from La Paz to the Cabo Airport.
There’s still alot of highway repair going on, but all major roads are open and any washed out areas have detours now.

BRAVO TAILHUNTER TRIBE

Thanks going out to so many of our Tailhunter Tribe who brought stuff for the womens’ shelter, the orphanage and the Vista Hermosa Neighborhood…and all of you who bring stuff to us every week . I’m sorry I don’t have photos of everyone, but your generosity brings more smiles than you can ever imagine.

Gary Whitaker and Larry McNeal with school suppies and hygiene items plus adult and kids clothes

Good Tailhunter friends from Utah for many years, Brian Buchanan, Trudy Grove and Kathy and John Terbu with lots of school supplies! John’s beer is not for them!

Jon and Kimo Jennings brought clothes, bags, school supplies and a whole case of notebooks!

Kirt Schlander, Bob Benjamin, Jesse Miler and Tim Schlander had a couple coolers of great stuff.

That’s our story!
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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“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 Aug. 26-Sept. 3, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK OF AUG. 27-SEPT. 3, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Started great.  Ended with almost a hurricane as Tropical Storm “LIDIA” spanked us and created some problems, but she left and things seem to be recovering quickly.  Note that there’s some possible afternoon and evening thundershowers this coming week.  Pretty typical.  Should not be an issue with fishing.  We’re done by then for the day.

Water –  Was great but got pretty turned over by the storm’s strong winds and rain.  But I’m surprised how it really laid down flat immediately after and how it seems to be cleaning up much faster than expected.

Fishing – We had some of the best fishing of the season going before the storm hit.  WFO on tuna and dorado for both of our Tailhunter Fleets

Catching – Anglers were loading up by 8, 9, 10 a.m. in the morning and releasing fish after that!  Loaded up and plugged fast returning to shore early!

Fish – Variety!  Tuna. Dorado. Roosterfish. Bonito. Cabrilla. Pargo.  Jacks!

THE BIG PICTURE FULL VERSION FISHING REPORT

Corey Hughes, first time with us at Tailhunters, visits from San Rafael CA and got in on the tuna bite at Las Arenas before the storm hit. Skies were already starting to turn as you can see from the photo.

We had such a great time with Larry Morse and his cousin Daryl Boyd from Orange Co, CA who fished 5 days and crushed the fish every day. Regretfully, they got stuck for 3 extra days when the storm hit.

Danny Hypse and his family, daughter Sara and wife, Susie! Drove the Baja to come see us and always awesome to spend time with. They plugged the boat early with tuna and dorado fishing out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Happy fella! Firefighter, Jordan Boyd all the way from Ohio got his first roosterfish and the smiles to prove it. The fish was released.

Good start for Dean Alvarez who caught a limit of dorado and realeased most then added a few tuna for some variety! This was his first day.

Pierre Soyez..from France. Just a pretty pretty fish and picture. Captain Victor in the back. Frameable!

He said it was the best fishing of his life…5 days of action for Larry Morse who limited almost every day.

Carolyn Cain has visited us several times, but never got a dorado…until this week! One of her dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Congrats, amiga!

Arnaud Pasquet our new best buddy from Montreal, Canada, and the producer of the TV fishing show “Chasing Monsters” holds on of the La Paz dorado that’ve provided so much action the last few weeks. Arnaud rocked it for 10 days with us.

Coming from Harvey in Texas to Lidia in La Paz, Mariana Bramblett, still got in some good fishing before the storm hit. On her first day out’ve Las Arenas, she got limits of yellowfin like this (how does she stay so clean?) then on the 2nd day limits of dorado before the storm arrived.

The right kind! Captain Adolfo and Jordan Boyd with two of their yellowfin tuna.

Shelby Cain came to visit from New Jersey and had never done this kind of fishing before but got into the surprising bite of yellowfin tuna out’ve La Paz north of the city.

YES! First roosterfish catch-and-release for Arnaud! Big thick fish!

Love this guy! Danny Hypse representing for us and he spent alot of time trying to get the pose “just right” trying to hold two La Paz yellowfin tuna out to get the great shot f our t-shirt.

Plugged! Captain Jorge is flanked by Dane Fulkerson and Corey Hughes from San Rafael CA with 4 of their yellowfin tuna. The guys loaded the boat with limits of tuna and dorado that day.

 

More yellowfin tuna for Ralph Jackson and Bill Lingo from Texas! They had two solid days of fishing with us before spending a few days on the East Cape.

Father-and-son, Mike and Derek Scannell could not have put one more fillet in their ice chests after 3 days of fishing with both of our Tailhunter fleets coming back each day with limits of tuna and dorado.

Rusty Cain on the right fishes with us every year and sometimes several times a year and this time brought brother, Mike, for his first trip with us and Captain Armando. They got some fat tuna plus dorado each day.

Hard to believe we got tuna like this with Susie Waters with our La Paz fleet, but she got these out’ve schools of boiling fish which is really unusual to see tuna north of the city! But no one complaining!!! Great fun.

A good start! Texas John Bramblett started his two days fishing by jumping into the tuna bite off the Las Arenas lighthouse.

Glen and Jordan Boyd…father and son…nothing wrong with this photo! They had 5 full days of full ice chests!

Most folks try to STAY in the BOAT! Our great amigo, Arnaud Pasquet, was casting by standing on the stern of the panga off Espirito Santo Island and when the lure went out…so did he!!! Makes for great story telling and he’s a gamer and a good sport!

On the knife jig…nothing like the jolt from a fish that comes out’ve the rocks and rips into your lure! Nice cabrilla for Pierre Soyez!

The path of Tropical Storm Lidia was far reaching. It was almost 200 miles wide with some winds over 100 mph.

No fishing today! Normally calm Bahia de los Muertos / Suenos Bay was a tad choppy during the storm.

Storm video I took behind La Concha Beach Resort just about an hour before the bulk of the storm hit us.

 

IT WAS AWESOME FISHING…UNTIL IT WASN’T!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2017

Talk about a “buzz kill.”  We had the best fishing of the season going until Tropical Storm Lidia showed up and crashed the fishing party almost turning into a Cat. 1 hurricane, but causing flooding, bringing rains and high winds and basically shutting everything down!

It started with a blip on the weather radar but by the end of the week ports were closing; boats were getting pulled in; folks were taping up windows and grocery stores were getting runs on water and batteries bracing for the hit.
When it did hit, Cabo and La Paz got hammered pretty hard.  Cabo, moreso as it got punched right in the nose.
Fortunately, it did not turn into a hurricane, but winds up to almost 100 mph and torrential rains played havoc on neighborhoods, roads, houses and businesses.  Airport closed and flights were canceled stranding many visitors.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET
Darnit!  We had an incredible tuna bite of 10-25 pound slugger fish just off the lighthouse at Las Arenas.  Our anglers were lighting it up and getting totally plugged with limits of tuna by 9 or 10 a.m. in some cases.  Then, they’d go for dorado and slam mahi-mahi for more limits!  It was crazy fishing.  It’s the best tuna bite I’ve seen all year and maybe in several seasons.  Everyone looked like a “pro” out there!  Add in some bonito, cabrilla, jacks and we had a lot of tired arms and big smiles!
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
As in the previous few weeks, the great dorado bite continued north of the city.  Not a lot of big fish, but lots of fun 10-20 pounders have kept everyone bent and smiling.
However, several days before the storm hit, we got schools of yellowfin tuna boiling!  This was pretty unbelievable.  Normally, we’ll get a tuna here or there from our La Paz fleet during the season.  But this was entire schools of jumping boiling feeding fish and our boats would do just the opposite of our Las Arenas fleet.  They’d be all over the dorado schools then suddenly be surrounded by tuna!
Best fishing we’ve seen in ages!
Until it wasn’t!
THIS WEEK…
Normally, after a storm, we expect high winds on the backside as the storms leave.  It’s often so strong to make it unfishable!  However, surprise…wow…not much more than a breeze and flat flat seas!  On top of it, the waters are usually muddy and dirty from all the runoff.  It looks like coffee with cream in it or it’s just dirty cloudy green.  However, I’m amazed at how fast the waters are clearing up!  So maybe things will turn back on again soon!

P.S. LAST MINUTE UPDATE

Just as I’m finishing this report, our pangas for Sunday are coming back!
La Paz – limits of dorado!
Las Arenas – limits of dorado plus some yellowfin tuna!!!
WHOO-HOOOO!!!
That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
 
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-53311
.
Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
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“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 Aug. 20-27, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of AUG. 20-27 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

FISHING – Very good!  Both fleets scoring fish.  Best of season.  Tuna at Las Arenas.  Dorado for La Paz

CATCHING –  Pretty good!  Guys still losing alot of fish, but there were alot of fish to catch so you lose one…catch the next one!

RELEASING – All roosterfish and lots of smaller dorado released!  Yay!

WEATHER  – Been a great week.  Daytime mid to high 90’s.  Night in the low 80’s.  Humidity manageable.

WATER – Blue and warm.  Just like the photos!

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO Hmmmm : Might get some thundershowers and rain later this week.  Buzz kill.

 

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK

Captain Victor from the Tailhunter Fleet with Pierre Soyez from France and Arnaud Pasquet from Montreal Canada. Arnaud is the producer of the reality TV fishing show, “Chasing Monsters.” Shown here with some of their tuna and dorado caught off Las Arenas. Over 8 days of fishing the pair caught almost 20 different varieties of fish including dorado, tuna, rooster fish, cabrilla, cargo and others all on light tackle.  Fun fun guys!

Daryl Boyd is a little camera shy? Buddy Larry Morse not so much! A good start to their trip with handfuls of dorado and tuna!

In 3 days, Jeff and Marianne Sakuda fishing with Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter Fleet caught numerous dorado out’ve Muertos Bay as well as tuna up to 35 pounds. They fish 2-3 times a year with Tailhunter for over 15 years. This is their 2nd trip this year. They live in Cypress CA

Two of our favorite guys that everyone knows here in La Paz, Jorge Romero took a day off from driving our shuttle vans to get out on the water and get in on the bite with Captain Moncho and coming back with a rack full of yellowfin tuna and dorado!

Captain Pancho with Mark Aizawa from the Bay Area with a couple of nice yellowfin and dorado headed to the ice chest.

Derek Scannell and dad, Mike, both Orange Co. firefighters had 9 yellowfin and 3 dorado to kick off their fishing trip!

Nicholas Madrigal from S. California on his first fishing trip ever was with Captain Armando of the Tailhunter Fleet and got tuna between 10 and 40 pounds plus a load of dorado all on light tackle and with a broken finger too.

Glen and son Jordan Boyd posing with one of the larger tuna of the week, but they also got a cooler fool of other tuna as well.

Captain Gerardo poses with Eddie and Johnny Sakuda with some double-fists of dorado plus a rainbow runner.

One of a couple of wahoo we got this week and showing it off on the beach at Muertos our guy, Jorge Romero!

Light tackle jig maestro, Arnaud Pasquet, producer of the TV show “Chasing Monsters” spent 9 days fishing with us and got numerous species.

This is just pure fun! Bonito on the flyrod for Mark Aizawa.

I inadertently forgot to post this great photo of a color Chris Sette and his son, Brian with just not enough hands for their dorado and tuna!

Jorge Romero and brother Esteban Romero told me they drank 3 cases of beer while fishing and lost “mucho atun” but still managed to have a great time and caught 9 football yellowfin.

Lots of you know Benny Munoz! He works at Tailhunter International and helps me process fish every afternoon. This is almost 400 pounds of tuna and dorado fillets we spent 4 hours vacuum sealing and labeling FROM JUST ONE DAY FISHING and now headed into the freezers! That doesn’t include all the fish that were lost…released…and got set aside for dinner that night at our Tailhunter Restaurant for us to cook up!

FISH GO ON THE CHEW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 20-27, 2017

If I wanted, this could be the shortest report from La Paz in a long time.  One sentence:  “We got fish!”

I almost don’t want to get too excited because this is the kind of fishing like it should be.  Like the way it used to be before El Nino.  Like the way it looks in all the videos and magazines.  This is what folks come for and we’ve been waiting for for almost 3 season.  But, clearly, this is the best fishing we’ve seen in a long time and we can only hope it stays.
We have one pair of light tackle anglers this week fishing 9 days and in that time have caught almost 20 different species of fish!  It’s been that kind of week.
Nature being fickle, who knows?  For now, we’re sure enjoying the hot bite!  We’re keeping an eye on the weather because this coming week there’s predictions for some thunderstorms and strong winds!  Fingers crossed.

TAILHUNTER FLEET at LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

Tuna! Tuna! Tuna!  It started almost two weeks ago and has only gotten steadier.  The key is finally finding some sardines for live bait.  Not a lot, but surely more than we’ve seen in ages an sure enough, the tuna came up from the trench.
It’s a nice mix of fish.  As small as 5-8 pounds but as large as 40-50 pounds as well.  Most of our pangas were getting limits to near limits of footballs in the 10-20 pound class.  Perfect for live bait fishing and having fun, especially for a lot of families and first timers that don’t have a lot of experience but great for more experience anglers that want to fish light tackle or jigs.  Plus, the fish are pretty close to shore in flat blue water which just adds to a great day!
On top of it, we’ve got a nice mix of 10-25 pound dorado; some rainbow runners; rooster fish up to 60 pounds plus lots of bonito for action and throw in a few cabrilla, pargo, triggerfish and the occasional wahoo and it makes for a fun time on the water and a lot of variety.

Tailhunter La Paz Fleet

Our La Paz fleet has been rocking now for about 3 weeks. Dorado are scattered in groups across the bay and from Espirito Santo Island to Cerralvo Island.  Limits or near limits of 10-30 pound fish have been common with some boats hitting the “honey hole” and catching and releasing enough fish to be back to the hotels by noon.  Just good fun fishing!
As well, there’s been big blue marlin cruising in and out’ve the dorado schools also feeding on the smaller dorado which are raising a lot of interest but lots of other sealife as well to see including whales, dolphin, sea turtles and manta rays.

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH

Good guys…big hearts!…Mike Scannell, Larry Morse, Jordan Boyd, Daryl Boyd, Glen Boyd and Derek Boyd brought down several ice chest full of school supplies, clothes, backpacks, toys and clothes for our Tailhunter community outreach program.

 Thanks for all our Tailhunter Tribe who brought down stuff the last two week for our Outreach Program.  Several hundred pounds arrived and will be distributed.  Last week’s donations went to the Care for Kids Program in one of the outlying disadvantaged areas as well as the Women’s Shelter.
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug .13-20, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT Aug. 13-20, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – hot and humid.  Days are mid to upper 90’s.  Night’s mid-80’s.  Very humid.  Occasional tropical showers.

Water – mostly blue and mid-80’s on the surface

Bait – A mix of sardines, mackerel, ballyhoo.  Requires different sized hooks if you’re bringing your own gear

Fishing – Good to excellent for dorado with our La Paz fleet.   Picky to Variable for Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay (see report!)

Catching – Bigger the fish the harder to bring in (obviously!).  Bigger tuna and dorado are rugged fish!

Joker in the Deck – Have no idea what this big solar eclipse Monday Aug. 21 will do!  Screw with the currents?  The tides?  The Bait?  The bite?

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT

Our good amigo, Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA who fishes several times a year with us and his favorite, Captain Jorge, took this slug yellowfin tuna on 30 pound test to start out his fishing week at Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.

Not bad…his first tuna…and his first fish!!! Nicholas Madrigal and Captain Armando and a tough 40-pound yellowfin tuna that put a serious bend in the rod!

Cold Chavira from San Diego CA has been fishing our La Paz waters since he was smaller than the dorado he’s holding and just one of those guys who has always had the knack of putting great fish aboard like this bull dorado caught north of La Paz.

If you’ve ever fought a tuna…and fought one on light tackle…it’s not easy hefting it up for a photo after the battle! Caryn Aizawa got this one up for the pose! I see sashime for dinner!

Another young guy from San Diego, Payton Gaston, did a number on this dorado to add to the box!

Yes, it’s Caryn again. This time with a nice dorado and Captain Pancho while fishing out’ve Muertos/ Las Arenas.

It’s been a while since anyone has hit anything on the flyrod, but Mark Aizawa managed a feisty bonito on the long stick!

That’s alot of fish to hold up so best to just let it sit on the cutting table for Johnny Sakuda posed here with his tuna and Captain Jorge and Caryn Aizawa. Check out the catch…another yellowfin plus a rainbow runner and some nice triggers. That’s alot of good eating there!

 

DORADO STILL HEADLINE BUT TUNA SHOW AT ARENAS/ MUERTOS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 13-20, 2017

This past week’s action can be summed up fairly easily in two words.  Hot and dorado.  The weather is as hot and muggy as you could want it with humidity sometimes running 60-80%…and that’s a 5 a.m in the morning!  Thankfully, afternoon breezes blow it away later in the day.
As for the fishing, dorado seem to have taken center stage for all intents and purposes.  It’s been pretty steady more-or-less for the last 3 weeks.  There’s been an occasional bump or two where the schools either can’t be located or when found, just don’t wanna chew, but then the switch gets thrown and we’re all good again for a few days.
It will be interesting to see what the eclipse will do to the bite.  I have no idea.  It’s not like this happens every day!  I believe the last time this happened was in 1918 and it won’t happen again for another 90 years or so.  Will the fish be affected?  Who knows?  Will the tides and currents be different?  I wish I knew!
I’ve had some reports that some of the port captains around Baja plan to close the ports for some reason that just isn’t apparent right now.   Will keep you posted.  We did have some folks who told us that they purposely booked other dates because they were worried about the eclipse and others who moved their dates.  It’s just something no one has ever had to deal with!
I will say one thing…town is surely alot quieter this week.  The local kids have all gone back to school.  Tourists are also trickling out, especially the families as schools in other places are also going back to term and we head into the “low season” for tourism..but historically, the hottest part of the fishing season!
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FISHING FLEET
The best action has been with our La Paz fleet.  Limits or near limits of dorado have been the rule rather than the exception.  The only issue pertains to size!  If you hit a school of dinks…sure, you can catch and release a few dozen little grunts, but who wants to catch 12 inch babies?  It gets old pretty fast.  Hopefully, you hit the grown up batches of fish where you’ll get 10-25 pounders and then it’s bendo time.
Occasionally, it’s a day of one here…two there…one here…another one in a bit.  And by the end of the day you realize you’ve got a nice batch of fish.  Other times, you could be totally skunk all day then at the end hit that one spot and it’s madness for an hour of double and triple hookups…then it’s all gone.  And you’re exhausted and your gear is all busted up and you know it’s been a great day and head back in.
Hard to say where the better schools are.  They are in such a wide arc north of La Paz all the way from San Juan de la Costa to the west and El Rosario near Cerralvo Island to the eat and north to the Charro Bank.   Bottom line is that there’s some pretty good dorado fishing to be had.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

As for Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay…hit or miss.  There’s quite a variety of fish again.  There’s some dorado…some billfish…an or rooster fish.  In the rocks some cabrilla, pargo, jack crevalle and snapper.  Bonito can pop up anywhere.  Every day just seems different.
But, late in the week…a surprise…TUNA!
Some nice little scattering of 10-40 pound fish poked up north along the west side of Cerralvo Island where also (surprise) some sardines showed up.  Something definitely worth keeping an eye on.
 Every panga seems to do something different.  Had some crazy reports of some cooler water fish like sierra, yellowtail and amberjack popping up too.  What a weird season!

TAILHUNTER and CARE FOR KIDS LA PAZ

Every week our Tailhunter amigos and tribe bring us donations and I don’t always have the opportunity to post up photos or get all the names posted up, but our gratitude is no less for all your thoughtfulness.   We just sent over several hundred pounds to CARE FOR KIDS in La Paz that helps out with some really impovershed areas.  Check out the photos of the stuff YOU brought down the last two weeks that’s about to get distributed.  Thanks more than you know!

Our friends from Wyoming, Brandon and Tanya McGarr with a bunch of school supplies they hauled down.

A little goes so far when you don’t have much!

Lots of much needed treasures!

Getting the tables ready to distribute to the neighborhood kids!

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 6-13, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO FISHING REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot and humid.  In California, they call it earthquake weather.  Mid-90’s during day.  Mid-80’s at night.  Very tropical.  Some afternoon thundershowers that come and go.

Water – Warm and blue.  Surface temps in the mid-80’s.  Visibility 30′-50.’

Fishing – Terrible for Las Arenas.  La Paz week started slow, but gathered speed and size as the week went on and dorado woke up.

 THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT for AUG. 6-13, 2017

The dorado bite north of La Paz kept going despite a few hiccups here and there. Check out Brian Robertson’s nice bull. Brian is from Colorado.

Dennis McLeod from Oregon with Tailhunter Captain Joel rocked this large sailfish that Dennis says is his first “big game” fish. They hooked it off Espirito Santo Island and cheers to Dennis for the quick photo and release. Another great underwater shot below of the fish taken by Roger Hall.

Underwater shot of Dennis McLeod’s sailfish taken by Roger Hall. The guys released the fish.

One of the funniest guys we’ve ever had visit on his first trip to La Paz to fish with us, Mickey Cohen, from Lake Havasu took almost an hour on this big bull dorado on light tackle. It was Mickey’s first time dorado fishing and he put the wood to a number of fish this week. Mickey is a big guy so this fish is alot larger than it might look!

Our long-time, amigo, Dave Rose, drove all the way down from Washington to spend a few days fishing with us. He shows off one of his dorado caught while fishing with Captain Pancho out’ve Muertos Bay.

I think my favorite photo of the week! This is Captain Pancho with Ruthie and her first dorado! Ruthie lives in Utah and came to visit with her family.

 

Kent Williamson from Colorado had a nice three day trip with us and poses with one of his dorado and Captain Rogelio from our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Marie McClellan from Park City UT visits us every year and never seems to have a bad day and is always smiling! She and Captain Victor were fishing out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos when she got this mahi. She ended up having a banner week on the dorado “our best fishing ever!”

Our best fishing buddy, Sherman McDonnel from Rock Springs WYO with his favorite Captain Armando loves to fish light tackle and sometimes pays for it..in a fun way…like when this huge roosterifsh hit his 17-pound test and he ended up battling the beast for an hour in the blazing sun! But, he always gets his fish. Nicely done and a nice release too!

Another of our new Colorado amigos…Nate Jarvis…got in 3 days of some pretty sweet dorado fishing especially with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

From Colorado, Brian Williamson, caught and had a nice battle with this milkfish while fishing just off Punta Arenas with the Tailhunter Fleet. It looks like a giant sardine that has been hitting the steroids. Schools often swim through the area but the fish are rarely ever hooked because they eat algae. Occasionally, one gets snagged. However, this particular one ate a mackerel! He went off the vegetarian menu and got hooked. They can grow to 5 feet long and weight up to 30 pounds. The fish was released.

They might not taste real great, but hit a few of these “toro” jack crevalle and your arms will tell you that you’ve been in a battle. Mike Hall got a big jack here!

DORADO PLAY GAMES BUT FINALLY COME AROUND!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 6-13, 2017

Given the great week of dorado a two weeks ago and all the hoopla, the current week started off with some nervousness.  Sure, there was a full moon, but full moons don’t normally get us.  In fact, some of our best bites are during full moons.  But, the dorado had finally gone on a tear and it looked like things were finally kicked in.  And we were high-fiving ourselves and then the week started and the fishing was barely lukewarm.  What had changed? Where did all the dorado go?  How come the dorado we were seeing looked bored? Who flipped the switch?
Fortunately, we re-bounded.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY FLEET

Well, some parts re-bounded.  I don’t know what happened with Las Arenas.  Two weeks of pulling teeth that has everyone shrugging their shoulders.  Clients hung tough.  Captains worked like crazy.  And it just wasn’t happening. Sure, there was the occasional “nice catch.”  But for the most part, pangas were catching…1 dorado and a bonito.  Or 2 dorado.  Or 2 bonito and a cabrilla.  Maybe a jack crevalle on another boat.  Folks weren’t missing fish.  There just weren’t any fish hitting or being found. Conditions looked good. Water seemed OK.  Full moon?  Will keep you posted.
Fortunately, we have two fleets…

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

As mentioned at the beginning, the first few days of the week were really disappointing.  The WFO bite of dorado turned into a whimper.  We scratched for a few dorado.  After blowing my bugle that the dorado were “on” I looked like I had egg on my face.
We were seeing dorado, but they lockjawed and could care less about baits, feathers or lures.
Then, about mid-week the dorado got found and they got interested again!
The first schools we found were rats.  Literally rats.  It was the dorado nursery.  Schools and schools of itty-bitty dorado that were about the size of planter-trout.  I’m not kidding.  It was Happy Jack’s Trout Farm.  Except they were dorado.  Sure, you could catch a couple of dozen, but the novelty wears off after the first few then you start releasing fish-after-fish.  No one comes to catch 12-inch dorado.
But, at least they bit.
Then, we found the schools of bigger boys and legit 10-20 pounders started slamming like they are supposed to.  Some of my captains asked me not to give away the exact area, but it’s holding loads of nice floating sargasso weeds and some lit up dorado jumping over each other to hit the baits with double, triple and quadruple hook-ups.  Some boats got limits…caught and released others and made it back to La Paz in time for shrimp and beer for early lunch.  Limits were more the rule rather than the exception.
Hope we can hold them now for the rest of the season!
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 30-Aug. 6, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of JULY 31-Aug. 6, 2017

WEEK at A GLANCE 

Weather –  Hot sunny and humid. Daytime highs 104.  Nites 89.  Some afternoon quick tropical showers

Water – Blue and 83 degrees on the surface

Fishing –   (Las Arenas) – Slow and sticky like the heat.  Good variety but tough fishing . (La Paz) . Best fishing of the year…maybe in several years for dorado!

THE BIG PICTURE REPORT

 

Whoa!!! That’s an armful of big dog-tooth snapper for our good amigo, Wil Dolinar from Wyoming!

First timer friends from Utah with Taihunters, Curtiss and Jeri Frost, got into the big dorado bite and started their week with a pair of nice bull dorado.

Steve Holguin sporting his famous Dodger hat every year back with his favorite Captain Jorge and a paid of nice yellowfin tuna from Las Arenas for his first of 3 days fishing.

Darrell Manginelli lives on the Ventura CA area and has already made two trips to fish with us this year! He’s posing here with one of the larger bull dorado caught this week with our Las Arenas fleet.

He didn’t get many fish this year, but he got some of the biggest! Our light-line specialist amigo from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Sherm McDonnell and his favorite Captain Armando looks pretty worn from tangling with this big barred pargo. But, we tease Sherm every year for fishing with 17 pound test…but to his credit he always well!

Big smile for Jonathan Alegria and one of a number of his dorado to start his fishing week with us.  Jon lives up in Santa Barbara CA.

I love this photo of Captain Pancho all smiles with Stacy Dolinar from Wyoming and her first of several roosterfish for the week she caught and released. Note how close to shore these fish are caught!

Visiting us for the first time, Ryan Vorisek from Upland CA had quite a week topped off by this massive dog-tooth snapper he caught while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet and Captain Gerardo!

All the way from Jamaica, Nicholas Chen was able to get a rooster with us mid-week while fishing with his dad, James, who’s in the IGFA books!

Happy guy with another dorado, Matt Alegria from San Diego CA hangs another dorado with our La Paz fleet. He and his family donated all their catch to charity.

Wil Dolinar from Rock Springs, Wyoming finally got his big roosterfish on the last day and the last hour when he hooked and released this big guy fishing with Captain Pancho then suddenly the other rods went off and he got several dorado! Great way to wind up the week of fishing.

These two love to fish! Trevor Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisek hold up a few of the dorado and big bonito they hung fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

These two love to fish the light tackle and know what to do with it as they Sherman and Shelly McDonell show off a couple of their dorado after they limited on one of their days fishing with our La Paz fleet. Over the many years they have fished with us, they always manage some great catches!

Some new Tailhunter amigos from Colorado, Kent Williamson and son Brian found a few of the yellowfin tuna the day they fished with our Las Arenas Fleet and racked up some great dorado with our La Paz fleet over 3 days.

From San Diego area, Francis and Gina de Paolo had only time for one day of fishing and fortunately, we got them into some pretty nice dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Always good to make new fishing friends as this was their first time down.

Double pargo for Mike Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisak on the beach at Muertos! Great eating fish!

Madi and her dad, Jim Denver, had only 1 day to fish and I just happened to have one of our pangas available at the last minute but hammered some great dorado. Especially good because it was Madi’s first time fishing in La Paz!

Such a fun lady! Sharon Alegria from Altadena CA could not have been more excited or thrilled with every fish she caught. It was her first time with us and we sure hope to have her and her smile back with us soon!

Captain Jorge and soon-to-be attorney Marco Holguin in his last year of law school in New York comes to visit us every year with his dad and poses for the camera with some of the larger Las Arenas dorado!

Always great to have first-timers with us! Captain Joel and Madi Denver show off a couple of their La Paz bull dorado after a full-day of great fishing.

Her 2nd roosterfish of the week! It’s Stacy Dolinar with Captain Pancho again right off the rocks south of Bahia de los Muertos! The fish was released too!

From Pasadena CA, Chris Alegria looks a bit serious after racking another dorado, but he and his brothers were great fun to have visit us this week and got into the wild dorado.

 

This “pirate” has been coming to visit us for years and can get a whole van load of guys laughing. It’s Vic Gildelmontes with his hands full of dorado!

 

DORADO…LIKE BACK IN THE DAY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos / Suenos Fishing Report for Week of July 31-Aug. 6, 2017

We had some crazy fishing this last week.  Actually, some of the best we’ve had in years if you were looking for dorado.  I knew it had to happen eventually.  All the signs were there.  The water…the temps…the sargasso weeds…the bait…

AND BOOM!  It went off this week.  As one of our fishermen said…
“It was dorado fishing like back in the old days!”
But first…
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FLEET
Let’s go with the bad news.  Or slower news.
Our Las Arenas Fleet had some really picky fishing.  It just flip flops from week-to-week.  This past week must have been Las Arenas’ turn to go slack.  The clients and our captains really worked hard to get the bites.  Everything looked good.  The fish just weren’t biting that well.  There were a few dorado here and there.  A few rooster fish, but not many…but that could have been because everyone was chasing other species.  We had a few marlin on and got a few more of those huge big cubera (dog-tooth) snapper.  Add in some stray jack crevalle, bonito, pargo and a tuna here-and-there and that was it.
At best it was OK.  At worst, it was dismal.  And there was surely some variety, but it was hit or miss with a lot of misses!
That’s why it’s good we have two fleets and lots of our clients decided to switch over to fish with our La Paz fleet…
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
I’ll let comments from our anglers tell the story…
 
“I’ve not seen dorado biting like this for years!  It was wide open!”
 
“We started with one and before you know it there were dozens of dorado around us and we couldn’t get a rod out fast enough!”
 
“We had no less than 3 fish hooked at the same time!”
 
“For an hour, it was pandemonium and we were too tired after that and went back to have lunch!” 
 
“Everywhere you looked there were dorado and all of them seemed to be hungry!”
 
“It was just like a fishing video!  My wife kept screaming and we had to keep reminding her to turn the handle of the reel.  She was laughing too much!”
“We released or lost more than half our fish the first day and still had enough to fill the cooler…and then I remembered we had two more days of fishing!” 
 
Yes…it was that kind of a bite for many of our anglers and many days this week.  There were a few bumps here-and-there, but for the most part it was the kind of wild dorado bite we’ve been waiting to happen.  It really was like “back in the old days!”  We probably have not seen this kind of bite in about 3 years and surely, it was our best week of the year in terms of quantity and quality.
These were all legit 10-20 pound fish too!  The last few years, a 5-pound dorado was typical.  This week, they were all healthy strong young mahi-mahi and tore up almost anything tossed in the water. We honestly did have boats back early on several occasions in time to eat lunch back at the hotels.
I don’t know if this will keep up.  I hope so.  We’ve been waiting a long time for this to come back!

MIL GRACIAS!

Our three amigos from Oregon who visit us each year Dennis McLeod, Roger Hall and Wes Perkins brought several ice chest full of kids clothes, shoes, school supplies and other donations that will go so far down here!

 

Many thanks for all our Tailhunter amigos who brought donations down this week for our Tailhunter Outreach Program.  I’m sorry I didn’t get photos of everyone, but big shout out to Wally and Jeff Lee from San Francisco, The Williamson guys from Colorado, the Alegria family from So. Cal and also to the Dolinar Family and Sherm and Shelley McDonnell from Wyoming who each donated $300 to our FANLAP scholarship that takes care of one child each for an entire school year . Taihunter Tribe members are the best!
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 Jonathan and Jilly
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