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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 18-26, 2020

BIGGER and MORE DORADO FINALLY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 18-26, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Well-deserved thumbs-up from Captain Jorge and Jeff Sakuda who finally got his wahoo on his birthday! You can see the purple Rapala Xrap dangling from the wahoo’s mouth. Jeff also had a really nice week on dorado too. See photos below.

Our friends from Henderson NV, Gary and Lois Tsunoda had a great week on dorado and pose for one-day’s catch on the beach at Bahia Muertos. The fish were definitely larger this week.

In 25 years in La Paz, I’ve only seen maybe one other white marlin caught. Captain Pancho and Leif Dover caught and released this one near Las Arenas.  They also caught a mess of dorado and released many of them as well.

John Washington is another of our favorite Nevada amigos. In fact, he and his wife have visited us twice in the last 6 weeks! John got himself a nice late-season roosterfish here that he released. More of their photos below. I think they must have caught about 8 different species.

Now that’s color for you! A fresh bull dorado with Marianne Sugawara and her favorite Captain Jorge.

They didn’t catch ALOT of any one species, but Captain Gerardo got Arla and John Washington on a bunch of different species. On the table, I see dorado, jack crevale, triggerfish, snapper, cabrilla and bonito.

Nothing like those first bites early in the morning on your first day fishing, right-off-the-bat. Nice legit bull dorado in the boat for Jeff and Captain Jorge.

Dorado are incredibly colorful sportfish. Lois Tsunoda has another one to put in the box! She went home with alot of bags of fish!

Some tasty cabrilla headed for the dinner table at his resort in Muertos, Gary Wagner owner of the Rancho Costa.

A good first day on the water for Leif (from Atlanta GA) and Mark (from California)

Alex Grant lives in San Francisco, but stopped in La Paz on his way to go fishing in Florida so we got him on the water for one day and he ran into the dorado schools as well.

A “decent” day of fishing! Jeff and Marianne Sakuda with Captain Jorge on their first of 3 days of fishing showing dorado, pargo and cabrilla!

Despite a few bumps during the week like a bit of drizzle; some wind days; and some bumpy oceans…most of the week was pretty good and for fishing turned into one of the better fishing weeks of the season.

With water temps running about 85 degrees and air temperatures about 95, the dorado really came on strongly. Limits of not unusual.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, limits were not only unusual, but often folks caught and then had to release so many dorado, they sometimes were back to the beach before lunch. Most of the fish were school-sized 5 to 15 pounders, but lots of fun, especially on light tackle or for first-timers. About half the fish hooked were released either because boxes were already full or folks were only keeping the larger fish.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, there weren’t as many dorado, but the dorado were some of the largest of the season. No big monsters, but fish were 10-25 pounders…a size we hadn’t seen in many months. Areas included the buoys, Punta Perrico and south towards Los Alamos. But, the schools could honesty show up anywhere. There were a few days when it was bumpy and windy and our anglers had to fish inshore for pargo, snapper and cabrilla, but overall, most folks fish several days with us and they made of for the slow days on their other days when they stacked up the larger dorado.

Additionally, there was always the chance of wahoo as well. Not many wahoo caught, but the fish were definitely there. Maybe one panga per day got a wahoo on the average. The dark Rapalas and dark Nomads were the best lures. The downside was that if you went trolling for wahoo and they didn’t bite, it was often too late to go chase anything else so you stood the chance of missing out on something else to put in the box.

There’s still some 5-20 pound roosterfish around plus a few marlin biters that we haven’t seen in a bit…and there are always rockfish to chase as well.

Just a heads-up that as typical this time of year, the winds are getting strong and from the north. Once these get pretty consistent, waters can start to cool; get rougher; and change the complexion of the fishing. Looking at the forecast for the coming week, several days this week will have strong north winds.  It is definitely cooler.  Fall is in the air.

2021 FILLING FAST – STILL OPENINGS FOR 2020 WHILE FISH BITE!

Our 2021 bookings are filling fast so check your calendars and don’t wait.  We will NOT be attending any of the sportsmans shows this year, as far as we know.  It could change, but most have been canceled.  So, don’t wait to see us at a show!  Get in touch with us.  Some dates are already sold out.   We still have spots open for this year so how about a quick get-away before the holidays?  Write me directly:  Jonathan@tailhunter.com!

 

 

That’s our story!  Have a great week!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

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

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

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

DORADO CHARGE BACK – WAHOO SHRED

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY

 

Not a bad way to start the fishing week for Tim Butterworth (behind the big wahoo) and Paul Machado with the the dorado. The wahoo was caught trolling a Nomad lure just outside Bahia Muertos. They went on to get several wahoo and some larger dorado (see more photos below).

Birthday boy, Bob Layko with a big wahoo, Captain Armando and Craig Brown with the dorado. Craig brings his cousin Bob down to see us every year as a birthday present. Craig is from Vancouver and Bob is a merchant seaman based in Portland, Oregon. This is their 8th year with us.

First timers score dorado! Our captain Jorge with Rick Lopez and Sean Price from Seattle who visited us for the first time and fished 3 days and took home a nice load of dorado.

Always great to see Craig and Kathy Sanford from Phoenix who have visited us for years. Fishing with Captain Jorge, they found some dorado and a big triggerfish.

Tim got his the first day, Paul Machado tore up this big wahoo on their 2nd day! Tim has the dorado and sierra this time.

With the purple Rapala sticking out’ve it’s mouth, Edgar Gutierrez poses with his early morning wahoo. He only had one day to fish and stuck it! Captain Gerardo gives the thumbs-up!

No down time! It’s a fishing vacation. Even when he’s not in the panga, Scott Herman from Redondo Beach CA grabs a kayak and paddles out behind the hotel. He’s got a nice little barred pargo he took back to the hotel for dinner!

Ashley Sanford has fished with us many times, but this year, brought her boyfriend Nate for his first time. With Captain Victor, they started the trip off with some nice dorado for the cooler!

Iovanni and Ivan had a good day on the dorado as well. Both are from La Paz. Those are tasty white bonito on the cutting table with the mahi.

Great colors for the afternoon. Fishing with our La Paz fleet, Scott Herman and Brent Skaff put dorado in the box for 3 days!

These guys again! Our amigos, Tim and Paul. No wahoo this time, but some of the larger dorado of the week. Always good to have them visit. Tim has been with us since the days I worked at Hotel Las Arenas.

There’s some good eats here…nice barred pargo for Steve Manney and Captain Gerardo. These are tough fish to pull out’ve the rocks, but some of the best eating!

 

Bahia Muertos in the background, Paul Machado is pretty happy with this nice bull mahi mahi!

 

After last week’s slow fishing we were ready for a come-back and we were happy to get it. The fishing has been up, down and sideways all season so it was good to see more smiles than frowns this week.

Despite some light rains early in the week and some post-storm chop that made it rough, we were able to get out every day. Not every boat did well. Not every day was great. But overall, compared to previous weeks, the fishing took a definitive upturn as dorado finally decided to blow back into the picture.

The better fishing was with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet where easy fast limits were the rule rather than the exception with fish somewhat larger than previous weeks where most fish were 5-10 pounders. This week 10-15 and even 20 pounders were found. Many times our boats got into the schools and came back early or, simply stayed out and released fish for the rest of the day.

Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet made up for the quantity of fish found outside of La Paz Bay, but turning in quality fish. So…fewer fish and you had to work hard to find them, but the fish were larger. They included some nice-sized 30-50 pound wahoo that bit on dark Rapalas and Nomad lures trolled just outside Bahia Muertos or on the south side of Cerralvo Island. Many times the fish were found in shallow water and about 1/2 the fish hooked were lost.

Even if the wahoo weren’t forthcoming the dorado that bit tended to be larger and thicker fish between 10 and 20 pounds.

No roosterfish or tuna this week, but catches were supplemented with jack crevalle, white bonito, skipjack, pargo, snapper, triggerfish and cabrilla.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER SPECIALS

If you’re looking for some get-away time and have Cabin-Fever from too much downtime like the rest of us, we’ve got some fall specials for some great deals:

4 days in La Paz
3 nights water-front hotel
2 days panga fishing (includes: boat/ skipper/ tackle/ ice/ fish cleaning/ breakfast/ lunch/ soft drinks/ water/ shuttles to the boat/ all taxes)
As low as $859 per person (double occupancy)

We can customize pretty much any package! Just tell us what you want to do! We also have suites and condos as well!

2021 BOOKINGS

With so many cancelations in 2020, lots of folks are giving us new dates for 2021 and our calendar is booking up pretty heavily. Some dates are already sold out or close to selling out. Don’t wait.

It doesn’t look like the sportsman’s shows will be happening next year so we won’t be on the road to visit many of our favorite areas to take bookings. So, get in touch with us as soon as you can, especially if we’re holding your deposit credits from 2020. We want to make sure we have you covered and you get the dates, hotels and captains you want!

Also, don’t forget whale-watching season from January to March is fast approaching. These trips sell out fast as well so check your calendar and come join us!  Daily and overnight trips are available as well as packages to also fish Bahia Magdalena in the mangroves and La Paz fishing as well!

E-mail me directly at :  tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

That’s our story!
Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

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La Paz Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 3-9, 2020

BLUE WATER SPECIES SHOW…SOME DAYS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 3-9, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

First day, right off the bat. Andy Hail with a thick wahoo on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Our own Jorge Romero cradles a big roosterfish. Unusual for these big guys to still be around. Jorge released the fish. See the next photo.

Unceremoniously back you go, but it works! Roosterfish release!

Bob Larson from Washington (at the head) with his first striped marlin. Posing with Captain Armando and Billy Bigelman. The marlin could not be released and meat was donated. A big dorado also on the table.

Some great variety of good eating here! Steve Manney with the pargo. John Stendstra with the wahoo plus dorado and another big barred pargo on the cutting table.

Happy guy! The sailfish have been larger than usual this past week. That’s Billy Bigelman behind that sail. Caught on live bait

Captain Pancho poses a wahoo with Ted Hamm from Paso Robles CA and Jim Bovee from San Diego who has been down 3 times to visit us this year!

Big wahoo on the troll for Jorge Romero!

This past week presented us with another weird twist-and-turn in an already erratic and chaotic fishing season…and year.

All season, fishing has been up one week and down the next with no rhyme or reason. Fish that should be biting are scarce and the entire season has pretty much been taken up by dorado and roosterfish that should not even be around this late in the year. Frankly, we’re grateful for both because both fish have kept rods bent and people smiling.

With some additional catches of bonito, jack crevalle, pargo, cabrilla and snapper, that’s pretty much been the whole season.

Until this past week…with a full moon at that.

Fishing did not go wide-open. In all honesty, I can’t even say it was great fishing. However, numbers of fish have been replaced by quality.

Billfish started biting. We’re seeing striped marlin. We’re seeing big sailfish that are unusually larger than normal and have caught more sails in the last week than the last several years combined. The sailfish are easily in the 100 pound class or larger.

More exciting are the wahoo. Near the south end of Cerralvo Island and near Bahia Muertos, we’ve been seeing wahoo for a bit ,but they’ve been reluctant biters. This week, they went on the chew with boats often hooking (and often losing) multiple fish as the speedsters with sharp teeth tore into trolled lures. However, the fish have been legit 30-50 pound skinnies.

During this time, the dorado bite that has sustained us had dropped by 50%. Either it’s because the dorado just aren’t biting or folks are spending more time chasing the home run fish like the billfish and wahoo.

Hopefully, we’ll finally see some tuna which are way overdue!

BAJA LIFTS MORE RESTRICTIONS

In case you hadn’t heard, last Monday (Oct. 5), the government of Southern Baja (including the areas of La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape/ Los Barriles areas) eased up on more Covid Restrictions!

The danger level has gone from Red…to Orange…and now YELLOW (level 3).  More beaches are open.  Increased occupancy in hotels and restaurants, live music in clubs and restaurants and more!  All good news.

 

2021 BOOKING FILLING UP

Many of the folks who had to cancel their trips this year are already booking for next year and many dates are filled or filling.  Don’t wait to get your reservations in, especially if you have a certain hotel or captain that you want.  It doesn’t look like many of the sportsmans shows are being canceled so we probably won’t be on the road doing our fishing/hunting shows like we normally do.  So, get in touch with us.

We are also booking fishing for January to March plus whalewatching trips and fishing at Bahia Magdalena for 2021 as well.  Hope to see you!

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2020

WAHOO BILLFISH FINALLY SHOW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

An exciting day for Rich Davidsmeier from Boise, idaho with our Captain Joel with this larger-than-normal sailflsh caught north of La Paz on light tackle . The fish estimated at 120-130 pounds (hard to see, but he’s really thick) was caught on 40 pound test while fishing for dorado. The fish could not be released, but Rich donated the meat. The trip was especially remarkable because Rich was celebrating his retirement, his birthday AND his anniversary!

The big fish legend, Roger Thompson popped three of these big dog-tooth south of Bahia Muertos on slab bonito. Scroll down for a photo of one of his other big slugger fish!

Hugo gives a thumbs-up on 6 wahoo boated at South Cerralvo Island on Rapalas! First real wahoo of the season!

A good day for John Ehlers and Captain Pancho with a table-full of dorado plus a nice barred pargo! John has been visiting us for years, sometimes more than once-a-year from Denver.

Two of our newest amigos! Rick and Beth Farrar with a pretty bull dorado. Rick and Beth spent the week from us and own the gorgeous Eagle’s Wings Wilderness Retreat in Alaska and came down to enjoy some sunshine!

Always fun to have John Stone and Jason Correia down to fish with us from San Diego. Some nice meat on hand with some fat cabrilla and tasty triggerfish that ended up at our Tailhunter Restaurant as ceviche!

A happy Neil Preston with his sailfish. Thanks to Gary Wagner from the Rancho Costa at Bahia Muertos.

One of the three big dog-tooth snapper caught by Roger Thompson. You can see why they’re called “dog-tooth!”

Manny Lucero with a speedy thick wahoo! Taken on the troll from Bahia Muertos. Thanks for the photo, Gary!

One of the sweetest ladies ever! Captain Pancho helps on a dorado for Dolores Ehlers who caught several of these mahi on a light tackle spinning rod.

I promised Julio Cornejo from West Covina CA that I’d put his big pargo in this week’s report!

Another sailfish ready for release! It was a good week for sailfish!

John Ehlers know he’s got some good eating on the gaff with this barred pargo.

It’s been that kind of year where so much is unpredictable. We have a good week. Then we have an so-so week. Then a good week again. No changes in temps. No changes in the water. No changes in any of the variables.

…and this was a “so-so” week at best. So, if you’re coming next week, we’re on schedule for a good week of fishing!

But this past week, we really struggled and our captains and clients worked hard to find fish.

…and when we did find fish, it was 99% dorado. That’s it. We should be deep in tuna, billfish, wahoo and others. And they are NOWHERE to be found. Sure, the occasional biter, but nothing worth mentioning. And the dorado are fun, but 5-20 pounders is the typical fish. Don’t get me wrong. Everyone who wants fish is getting fish, but this past week we could have used a bit more quantity as well as quality. (more and bigger). But that’s fishing.

We’re still getting some nice roosterfish up to about 50 pounds. All fish are getting released.

Add in a few bonito, jacks, pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and way too many needlefish and that was pretty much our whole week. So, next week we’re gonna get geared-up for a big comeback!

For sure, there could be bubbling up.  Late in the week, for the first time all season, we started landing some nice wahoo and sailfish also started showing up.  Where have these been all year?

We got a full-moon on the rise, but our last full-moon turned out to be one of the best weeks of the month!

2021 BOOKINGS ALREADY FILLING!

Lots of dates for next year are already starting to fill, especially with amigos that had to cancel 2020 fishing trips.  Don’t miss out!  We’ve still got spots so contact us soon to get your favorite captains and hotel rooms!  Also, if you’re waiting to see us at the sportsman’s shows like usual during the early part of the year, it looks like all the sportsman’s shows are being canceled as of right now.  So, we won’t be hitting the road.  Check us out at: http://www.tailhunter.com. Or write me directly at: tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 17-24, 2020

DORADO CHEW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 17-24, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Happy Trio! Jim Stahlman from Idaho on his 2nd trip with us this year; Jim Morelli from Oregon and Captain Jorge show off some of their dorado catch on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Mark Whisler with his first-ever billfish…actually our first sailfish of the year. Caught north of La Paz with Captain Luis. The fish could not be released and meat was donated. Mark is from the Carmel area of California on his first trip with us.

If I ever need a good photo with a big fish, it’s Roger Thompson who hooked one of the rare wahoo of the season. Fishing with his Captain Hugo.

New Tailhunter friends! First time visitors from Arizona with us, Frank and Jadwiga Francuzik had a nice week of dorado fishing. Here with Captain Adolfo and some nice bulls.

From Cambell CA, Rob “Leon Chilibean” Martinez holds up one of several roosterfish he caught and released out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Long time, Tailhunter amigos, we have watched Sean Rose coming here with his dad, Dave for many many years and always good to see them. The Rose’s are from Washington.

 

Brandon McGarr had a banner day on the roosterfish catching and releasing 3 big fish like this one! Brandon is from Rock Springs, Wyoming. (Thanks again for the jalapeno pickles, Tanya!)

If you look really carefully, you’ll see Greg Saubolle giving a thumbs-up with a big bandaged thumb! Nice catch of dorado and triggerfish for the day.

If you only have one day to fish together, this isn’t bad for Dan Millikan and Mari Benson who fished with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet and Captain Alfredo who put them into a school of dorado.

Our San Francisco amigos, Mich Nekota and Paul Nagata added more dorado to their fish box.

These guys are always goofing. Andrew Harrison and Jon Eide with Captain Gerardo.

Greg has some nice variety for the day including a few dorado, some triggerfish, snapper and cabrilla. All great eating!

 

It’s been a pretty good week of fish and weather down here. Everyone who wanted fish, caught fish! Everyone who wanted to bring home fish, brought home fish! Whoever wanted to jump in the ocean or play on the beach; dive or snorkel; dine at a La Paz restaurant was pretty much covered and went home with smiles!

I guess I could end the report. That says it all!

Air temps were in the low 90’s in the day and night temps were in the high 70’s. Both unseasonably cooler than normal, but made life much more pleasant than normal too with less humidity as well. We did have some afternoon thunderstorms pass through that were very tropical, but they blew through quickly and were generally after the fishermen were already back from being on the water.

The fishing was steady-to-good! Again, dorado were the main catch with fish scattered all over wherever the warmer water was located. It could be a pick day with a fish-or-two here and there and at the end of the day you had a good box of fish. Or, anglers could run into a nice school and it would be crazy pandemonium with fish slashing all over and quick limits.

Surprisingly, roosterfish up to about 50 or 60 pounds are still here as well. Most of the fish are around Las Arenas and all our fish were released. But normally, these fish are long gone for the most part. It could have something to do with the cooler temperatures.

Other species included the random (and rare) wahoo that must be hanging out with the tuna that still have not shown up. Plus, inshore species like pargo, cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jack crevalle, cabrilla and even “cold water” sierra.

We did get our first sailfish of the season.  Normally, by now we are usually smack in the middle of billfish season, but there have been very few all year.  Same with tuna.  Just haven’t been around this year…yet!

Honestly, with all the variables, this seems more like late June/ early July fishing.  Crazy year.

Surprisingly, some of those species like dorado are right here in La Paz Bay only a few hundred yards off the beach and within minutes of leaving the beach.

HUGE NEWS…DIRECT FLIGHTS STARTING TO LA PAZ!

For the first time in almost a decade air service will be coming directly from the U.S. to La Paz!  American Airlines has announced flights beginning this December through April.  Then again for the summer.  This is huge big news!

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2020/09/22/american-airlines-adds-flights-to-two-new-mexico-destinations-from-dfw/

 

For almost 10 years, we have had most of our folks having to fly to Cabo San Lucas then have us shuttle you all up 100 miles to La Paz and a 3-4 hour van ride!  Also, if you don’t have to drive that route and can fly directly, that’s a huge savings (more beer and fishing money available!)

 

At this time, flights are only from Dallas to La Paz.  However, American is huge and this hopefully, will mean that other airlines will follow-up or American will add routes from other U.S. cities.

 

BOOKING FOR 2021 – CHECK YOUR CALENDARS!

Dates for 2021 already filling!

 

With many folks having to cancel their trips in 2020 because of you-know-what…many have already given us new dates for 2021.  Many dates are already filling up.  So, give some thought to your calendar, especially if you want a certain date…hotel…or your favorite captain!

 

 

That’s our story!
Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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

DORADO BIG ROOSTERFISH BEND STICKS!

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dan has yet ANOTHER rooster!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E-MAIL SNAFU at TAILHUNTER

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

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

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

Jonathan:   tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

Jilly:  Jillyroldan@gmail.com

Thanks for understanding.

That’s our story!

Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept 2-9, 2020

WEEK STARTS STRONG THEN GETS TOUGH

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s our story!

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2020

DORADO – BIG COVID NEW HIGHLIGHT A GOOD WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Sherry Cady from Denver CO, had a pretty good week on the dorado. This is one of the larger mahi of the week she caught fishing with Captain Raul with our La Paz fleet.

Big smiles and bucket list fish for Mateo Rangel from Atascadero CA with captain Jorge and his first roosterfish.

Rob Markarian from Camarillo CA with one of the larger dorado of the week. He and his amigo, slammed dorado all week.

One of our funnest regular amigos, John Washington started his week with a nice load of dorado. He’s from Carson City NV and planning to come back to visit next month!

Somewhere behind that mask, Gary from Florida got himself a big roosterfish outside of Bahia Muertos. Thanks to Gary Wagner from Rancho Costa for the photo.

Mike Welch and his bunch of crazy firefighter friends with just a small sample of dorado from their first day. They started with quite a bang..

More dorado! Rob Markarian and Tom Worrell found some nice schools of mahi north of La Paz near Las Cruces.

When Mateo catches a fish he’s always got the big smile!

Kevin and Tom with a nice load of dorado ready to fillet and bring back to La Paz to our FUBAR Cocina Cantina.

 

Good day on the flyrod! Ron and Sherry Cady with another dorado day.

Amigo Gary Wagner with yet another nice rooster for the gallery. The fish was released. Gary owns Rancho Costa there at Muertos.

Tom Worrell and his rather large variety of needlefish! That’s a beast. Espirito Santo Island in the background.

A double-fist of dorado! Ron Cady was fishing north around Las Cruces with Captain Raul and got some nice bulls.

NBA All-Star Clifford Ray was staying out at Rancho Costa for a few days and caught this colorful roosterfish as well as dorado. The rooster was released. Clifford played alot of years with the Bulls and Warriors and won and NBA championship in 1975 wit the Warriors.

Well, knock on wood, we seem to have mostly dodged a three  chubascos. Two weeks ago, it was Guenevere. This week, it was Hernan and Isella. It’s that time of year.

For the storms, however, that came through…

Although they closed the port, neither did more than bring cloudy skies and a few drops of rain. Actually, the cloudy skies were kinda nice if you were on the water as it was alot cooler and more comfortable than blazing sunshine.  Most of the week has been cloudy or given us sporadic sunshine.

It’s been that kind of year, however. Both air and water temps are cooler and it’s made fishing, a bit different than normal.

Even with the cloudy skies, fishing actually seemed to improve. Fortunately, the storms didn’t push alot of wind when they came through so waters stayed pretty flat and the fish seemed to wake up a bit from what they were doing previously.

Big roosterfish are still around off Las Arenas, but it was the dorado schools that seemed to turn on.

Nothing spectacular, but alot of fun 5-20 pound dorado for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Especially, this past week, we had alot of first-timers and couples so having some great dorado fishing plus add in pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and triggerfish and there could be some really fun action.

Live bait was best and included sardines, cocineros and mackerel.

Not every boat did great every day. There’s still some areas of off-color cold water and without as many boats as normal for all the fishing fleets, it’s hard to cover all the spots every day. However, if they were fishing several days, everyone went home with fish and it definitely was better fishing than the week before.

Still no tuna or wahoo showing which is unusual for this time of year, but I hear there’s some biters to the south of us so hopefully, the schools will come north.

BAHIA MAGDALENA

A couple of our regular good amigos from San Diego, Daniel Bovee and his dad, Jim…who’s already fished with us once this year, took a few days to head out to our Bahia Magdalena operation on the Pacific about 4 hours from La Paz.  First day they fished inside the mangroves for cabrilla, pargo, snook and other inshore species, but the next day went outside to the ridge and really jumped some nice fatty dorado and legit dorado!

 

A table full of good fillets coming up…tuna and dorado!

THE BIG WHOOP!

We’re pretty excited here with the news this week that many of the covid restrictions are being eased.  For many of us, it’s been 5 months of closures and strict protocols.

Initially, back in late March we were in pretty much full closure at RED LEVEL 6.

June 15th, we dropped to ORANGE LEVEL 5.  Better, but still meant only 30% occupancy of hotels, restaurants and businesses.  Beaches and the waterfront Malecon were closed.  Masks still required.  Social distancing maintained at 6 feet.

Well…this past week, the governor reduced us to LEVEL 4 which is great news.

Masks are still required, but that means social distancing was cut in half. Our waterfront Malecon is now open until 11 p.m. at night.  Restaurants do not have to serve food in order to serve drinks.  That means bars can open.

Hotels, restaurants and other businesses can observe 40% occupancy instead of 30%.

Gyms, churches, spas, salons and other “non-essential” businesses can open with some restrictions.  Many have been closed for 5 months.

With restrictions, some of the beaches are now being opened!

The town is pretty elated.  People have to work and eat and it’s nice to have a little more space and places to go!  We just can’t abuse it. The government warns that they could still reverse things if folks don’t respect the rules.  However, they’re optimistic that soon we could be dropped to Level 3 YELLOW.

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://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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Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug 20-27, 2020

MIXED WEATHER – MIXED CATCHES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 20-27, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Almost looks like a poster! Hard to find a better photo than Mark Bonsack and his 66-pound roosterfish. He had it on a scale before releasing it. He got 3 this day.

Orrin Grant has some nice fillets to take home to Utah.

Big smiles from Brad. He caught and released 3 roosterfish. Cerralvo Island in the background.

They are big and they’re not in very deep water. Roosterfish almost to the boat. Great shot by Mark Bonsack.

Start of 3 days fishing wasn’t too bad. Tom Worrell and Rob Markarian with 4 bull dorado at Bahia Muertos. Next day they slammed ’em.

If Brad looks a little gassed, this was his 3rd roosterfish of the day. Caught and released.

You may not recognize him, but that’s NBA Hall or Famer Rick Barry who won the NBA championship in 1975 and has himself a dandy bull dorado. He was staying at Rancho Costa at Gary Wagner’s place.

Gary at Rancho Costa with another NBA All-star Clifford Ray who played center when Rick Barry was with the Golden State Warriors.

Another one for the photo gallery! Brad with another rooster before releasing it.

Mark with another monster roosterfish that hit the 60 pound mark on a scale before Mark released it.

Pretty cool underwater shots of Pancho and Brad and a seriously bent rod and a roosterfish at color.

Almost to the boat!

We sure don’t see many amberjack in August. These are normally cold-waterfish but great eating. Mark Bonsack is taking this one home!

I guess in a weird way, I’m glad we didn’t have many fishermen this week. About 1/2 the week we had weather issues with Hurricane Guenievere that came up the Pacific Coast. Inititial forecasts predicted as much as a category 3 or 4 blast. It wasn’t supposed to make landfall, but brush into Cabo then veer up the Pacific side of Baja with 3-4 inches of rain.

By the time it hit it had been downgraded to a category 1 and didn’t slam as hard as predicted, but down in Cabo there was extensive flooding and for the rest of us, alot of wind and waves that kept us off the water for a few days and had the city of La Paz locked down pretty tightly. As it was, here in the city, it didn’t even rain hard enough to clean the dust off my car windshield, but it probably wasn’t very comfortable to be out fishing.

So, about 1/2 the week was pointless.

The rest of the week gave us sporadic cloudiness and sunshine and a mix of dorado and inshore fish that surprisingly included cool water fish like amberjack and sierra mixed with jack crevalle, bonito, cabrilla, snapper and pargo. Decent action, but nothing spectacular to be honest, as the waters settled back down.

Thankfully, again, there were the big roosterfish. Not good eating, but the beasts still slugged it out with fish in the 20-65 pound class along the Muertos/ Las Arenas beaches. All fish were released.

 

Heads-up!  There’s a couple of weather disturbances to the south of us.  They’re not fully-formed yet and are not hurricanes or tropical storms, but we’re keeping an eye on them.  Right now, they look like they might bounce west out to the Pacific, but might still bring some afternoon thundershowers over us by the end of the week.

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug 12-20, 2020

THANKFULLY THERE’S ROOSTERFISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 12-20th, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

Apologies, amigos.  I tried to hold out as long as I could,  but I lost my voice this week and I just couldn’t  do the video. I was already starting to feel it go on last week’s video and it just went downhill.   I feel fine. Just wracked my voice!  I sound like Mike Tyson right now.   More tea and honey!   Thanks for understanding.

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Tony Toven’s big roosterfish gets him grinning! That’s the beach at Punta Arenas behind him. The fish was released.

Orrin Grant all the way from Salt Lake City, Utah for his first saltwater fishing experience and his first fish is a big roosterfish. He caught and released several over the week and had some long battles.

One of our funnest guys who’s known us for years, Jim Newman comes down from Chicago for quick get-aways and loves his fishing. Check out the nice dog-tooth.

A good start to the fishing trip! Austin and Dan Dorati show a table-full of dorado headed to the freezer!

Finally!!! After watching his son battle a few big boys, Grant Parr from Utah, finally gets a rooster of his own. Well done and a strong release.

With football season getting postponed, Tommy Newman was able to come down a few days with his dad and get some dorado and other species with us.

Some fine fish meat for the table! Captain Gerardo and Tony Toven show off a pair of great barred pargo.

The masked fisherman is Austin Dorati with a fat roosterfish to start the day. The fish was released.

This week was a tad better than last week, but still wasn’t quite where it should be. This is turning into a funky season in more ways than one. It’s like the fish have been affected by world events or something like the rest of us.

One day, it feels like summer fishing with specias like dorado and billfish in the counts. The next day, it gets rougher and cooler and the wind pick up and the waters turn over. And we’re back to spring-time fishing catching cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, snapper, jack crevalle and other inshore fish. All very fun, but not typical this late in the year.

Thankfully, big roosterfish are still hanging out and throwing some thrill at the anglers.

Honestly, it’s been up and down. If you fish a few days, you’ll do OK. Some days some boats do better than others or one spots is hotter than another. If you only fish 1 day, you could be that one boat that just has a slack bite.

It’s just hard to get any consistency.  Just when I thought we were on an upswing,  Hurricane Genevieve came up mid-week and was supposed to be a big one. Just what we needed.   Lots of clouds and winds came up.  Everything got shut down.  Cabo got flooded.  Here in La Paz, we waited and waited.

And other than strong winds, there wasn’t even enough rain to clean the dust off my windshield.   We actually could use a little rain.   So, ho-hum.

Cooler than normal at 95 degrees during the day. There’s still bands of very cold water on the outside.

 

That’s our story…

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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