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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 14-21, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT for WEEK of MAY 14-21, 2017

THE WEEK AT A GLANCE (SCALE of 1-10)

Weather –  7 if you like sunshine.  2 if you like wind

Water – 8 if you’re from a cold place.  3 if you’re fishing.  (colder than normal)

Fishing – 3 at best . (read below…it’s worth it!)

Fish Catching – 3 at best . (keep reading…it’s really worth it!)

Happy fella!  What a day for the Damron family from Oregon! BIG ROOSTERS! Scott Damron got FOUR huge fish. Dad Dale and cousin Cody nailed another TWO! All fish SIX released strong!  Several others broke off!

Former Oregon charter captain, Dale Damron and nephew Cody Johnson caught and released two big roosterfish off the Las Arenas lighthouse and had another bust off.

First-time Arizona amigo, Dan Cherry caught two of the larger dorado of the season fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet north of the city near El Coyote.

Brian Hoff had a good day pulling cabrilla out’ve the rocks! Nice chunks of the fish ended up getting grilled up at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

Another of Scott Damron’s four big roosterfish on the same day. The Las Arenas lighthouse in the background. All fish released.

Big smiles for Dan Cherry and another big cabrilla.

Dan Cherry and Betty Woods posing with more of their cabrilla.

BUT WAIT…LOOK WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST DAY!  Just as I was going to print!

Nice pair for first -timer Mike Miller and return Tailhunter tribe amigo, Dave Codding and some sweet mahi mahi meat and Captain Armando!

Our buddy, Tom Ames, with Captain Jorge and some of the largest dorado we’ve seen this year! Tom is from Idaho and has fished with us several times over the years. Always good to have him back!

Tom Mullican, our amigo from Idaho who fishes with us several times a year and is about as hard-core as they come, with another dorado!

Brent and Amy Hyde from Montana with their first dorado fishing with Captain Victor!

Captain Ramiro got his guys from the Hoppa Group into the dorado too!

 

 

TOUGH WINDS – TOUGH CURRENTS – TOUGH FISHING…(Until the last day!)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 14-21, 2017

Winter just won’t let go.  Just like in so many spots in the U.S. where winter continues to cling or come back and brought snow, winds and rain this past week, we’re just as affected down here in La Paz.   We had viscious winds early in the week that forced us to cancel two days with our Las Arenas fleet and fish everyone out’ve La Paz.  Even when the winds diminished, it was still breezy and left us with green water and strong currents that made fishing difficult, unpredictable and with areas of green cold water.

The result, generally speaking, made for some difficult fishing.  Strong current made it tough to get bait.  When we did have live bait, the fishing areas changed from one place to the other.  A spot that was hot one way would go totally slack the next day. Areas that were like a desert one day without any sign of life would suddenly hop with fish.  An area that was blowing wind and choppy would be calm the in an hour and areas that were flat calm would suddenly be buffeted by double-digit gusts of winds.  I think even the fish are confused!
Having our two fleets in two different areas helped because we tried to remain flexible to move folks to whatever fleet was doing better, but Mother Nature always has the last word and all we can do is make educated guesses.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET
It was one of the more difficult weeks in the early season for this area.  The first two days, of the week, it was again blowing so hard, we couldn’t even get in the pangas.  Just not worth it.  When we did get out, the currents were rolling so strong and fast that we had trouble getting any live bait.  Even the commercial guys couldn’t catch any to sell.
We got some sierra, bonito and hooked a few dorado and that was pretty much it.  Scratchy fishing at best.
Then, later in the week, conditions came together better and we rebounded with some of the best roosterfish of the season with some big trophy fish in the 30-80 pound class right off the sand at the Punta Arenas lighthouse.  All the fish caught on big live ladyfish (sabalo).
Some billfish were also hooked as striped marlin and sailfish seemed to finally wake up.
LA PAZ TAILHUNTER FLEET
This is the area that had been really scratchy the last few weeks while the better fishing had been at Las Arenas.
However, true to form, everything flip-flopped this week!  We actually had far better fishing north of La Paz.
Early in the week!
Near the islands and outcroppings we hit some big cabrilla and pargo.  Lost even more big fish in the rocks including yellowtail and amberjack.  Made up for it with good action on big triggerfish and fat bonito.  Not great fishing, but decent action and a lot of fish lost!  And we also have live mackerel and big sardines which makes a difference.
Around the peninsula near Coyote and Las Cruces we found some schools of 15-25 pound early season dorado!  Some of the largest dorado that we’ve seen all year.
Then late in the week, things flipped again.  Strong currents shut down the bite.  And things went slack again.  Just as the Las Arenas fleets started to find fish!
It’s a guessing game every week.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!  (SEE THE DORADO PHOTOS ABOVE!)

 

Go figure.  Just as I was going to print with the weekly report, our La Paz fleet turned in some big cabrilla, lots of action on triggers and other great reef fish . BUT WHOA!!!!  Suddenly DORADO go off for our Las Arenas Fleet at Muertos Bay!  Best dorado bite of the season and larger than any dorado we generally saw last year!
So, just when I’m whining….Mother Nature has another laugh on me!  SUNDAY was a good day of fishing!  We were due!
A WORD ABOUT FLYFISHING
We really haven’t had many flyfishers yet this season and generally most of our flyfishers don’t come in until later.  But, we’re good friends with some of the flyfishing outfitters who don’t live here, but come to town for a a month or two and bring only flyfishers to fish here.
With all the winds and lack of bait, they’re not doing well.   Several are canceling parts of their season or seeing a big drop off in their bookings. Or their fishermen are having to fish conventionally.  These are outfitters who ONLY do flyfishing.
If you’re coming with a flyrod, my suggestion, as it has always been is to bring the flyrod, but be ready to fish conventionally.  Have fun.  We don’t mind if you grab one of our conventional rods or bring your own.  If the opportunity presents itself, by all means throw the flies.  But, if not, there’s no sense in just sitting in the panga bored or wearing out your arms.
Early indications show it’s not going to be a great flyfishing season so I’d rather be honest than blow smoke and mirrors at you.

Have a great week!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 7-14, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT VIDEO for May 7-14, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 with 10 being best)

Weather – 4 (Sunny, but so windy the early in the week we had to cancel trips)

Fishing – 4 (when the winds weren’t blowing there was action…when it was blowing not so much)

Fishing Quality – 4 (When we could fish there were some bigger grade yellowtail and other species available, but big fish are hard to put in the boat and some really big fish were lost too!)

 

THE BIG PICTURE

Wow! You don’t see many of these around unless maybe you’re diving! Jessica McPartin of San Diego caught quite the grouper just inside of Bahia de Los Muertos near La Paz in the shallow waters by the reef point fishing with Captain Hugo.

Kevin Shiotani of Thousand Oaks CA has a reputation everytime he comes to La Paz to fish several times a year. He put this huge horse yellowtail in the boat fishing out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos.

One of the best eating fish in our waters! Megan Richman poses with a beautiful cabrilla taken off the rocks just south of Bahia de los Muertos. She was staying at Rancho Costa there.

Winds were down! Lee Hance with a hand from Captain Victor got himself bookends of nice yellowtail today. Lee is from Colorado.

Daniel Shay from San Diego doing it the fun way. Standup on light tackle throwing a popper with his spinning rod rocks an awesome butt-kick jack crevalle! Well done!

I’m told this is Jessica McPatin again with another cabrilla. Kinda hard to tell! But yes, it’s a cabrilla!!!

More nice yellowtail for Megan and friends! Thanks for Rancho Costa and Gary Wagner for the photo again! Bahia de Los Muertos in the background.

MIXED WEATHER – MIXED FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 7-14, 2017

A bit of an up-and-down week for weather and fishing with the two directly related to each other this past week.  Winds were back up, especially during the early part of the week.  They weren’t just up.  They were strong enough that fleets either canceled boats or boats had to come back to shore.  Fortunately, we didn’t have too many folks early in the week or they had enough vacation time so that they could make up the lost days later in the week when the winds diminished…somewhat.

Weather otherwise was pretty nice…except for the winds.  Sunny and warm with highs in the high 80’s.  Nightime lows in the mid-to-high-70’s.
On the days we got out, the bite was mixed. Again, we’re in that transition time between cooler and warmer conditions so the water conditions and the fish species are all over the map.  Most of the catch this week reflected cooler water species since the winds generally kept the fishing closer to shore.
Some nice yellowtail popped taken on live bait or jigs.  Schools of bonito and jack crevalle always made for great action.  Along the reefs, we got into snapper, cabrilla and pargo and hooked (but lost) some larger amberjack. We saw a few marlin that weren’t quite ready to feed yet.  Commercial fishermen saw some fast-moving schools of tuna and we did hook a few smaller bonito.

Forecast for the coming week show some slowing down of the winds, but there’s still some forecast for double-digit breezes and gusts.

That’s our story!  Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day and thank to all you mom’s out there!

Jonathan Roldan’s
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Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
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from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 1-7, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT – May 1-7, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10)

Fishing Quality  – 4 (not many big fish but we are seeing them!)

Fishing Quantity – 6 (lots of action on smaller to medium fish)

Weather – 7 (Sunny but windy and not too hot)

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT 

Raquel Johnson from Phoenix AZ on her first trip to La Paz only had one day to fish and scored this nice rooster right off the rocks just outside Bahia de los Muertos with Captain Victor for the Tailhunter Sportfishing Fleet. The fish was released.

Robin Weber from Washington lives in La Paz for part of the year and was trolling a Rapala behind his 75’ sailboat not too far offshore this huge yellowtail slammed him! Between trying to control a sailboat under full sail and battling the big fish he had his hands full, but finally got the fish to gaff. Estimated over 50 pounds.

Hefty barred pargo for our amigo, Gary Wagner from Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

Ben Lindell from La Grande, Oregon on his first trip to La Paz was fishing in Bahia de los Muertos with the Tailhunter Fleet and ran into a thick school of amberjack in the shallows and pulled several out on light tackle as well as big triggerfish!

Gary Wagner helps out Jen Wilson from Colorado with a sunset biter of a big jack crevalle.

WINDS BACK UP BUT GOOD VARIETY AT MUERTOS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 1-7, 2017

 

Weather is warming and a great time to be in La Paz this past week, but lingering winds made fishing difficult in some areas and during various parts of the day.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS

This is where we had everyone fishing this week.  With the winds back up, it was easier to send folks here where fishing was closer to shore; there was variety and action (especially with so many one-time fishermen this week); and there was more protection for the winds.
We had some shots at yellowtail and there were some tuna boils, but none of the bigger game fish showed up.  But, also we had quite a few folks just fishing either for the first time or they just had one day and we wanted them to have some fun and action rather then trying for home runs.
So, we did get into some nice variety.
There were some spots of smaller dorado.  In the structures, we found some nice schools of amberjack, pargo and cabrilla.  Closer to the beaches, pompano and jack crevalle offered some tough battles as well as sierra.
Roosterfish in the 10-40 pound class were found off the shore breaks and in the rocky areas around Punta Perrico.
Another indication that the waters are warming and the season is changing is that there’s marlin starting to show up.  They’re not quite ready to bite yet, but we did get one hooked this week and others were seen.

LA PAZ

 Not much to report.  As stated above, it was easier to just have everyone fish out’ve Las Arenas this past week.  With winds coming from the north and blowing up whitecaps and chop, it was too exposed to fish comfortably.  Nice to have two fleets so that we could move folks over to Las Arenas and still catch fish! It’s supposed to be fun, not an exercise in staying dry and keeping your kidneys from rattling!  No one seemed to mind when we moved them!

That’s our story

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
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Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
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from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 24-May 1, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of  April 24-May 1, 2017

I’m a bit rusty as it’s been 4-months since my last video, but if you’re short on time, here it is in a nutshell!  Forgive my verbal stumbling!

PAST WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Pretty windy at times. Sunny. Daytime temps high 70’s to low 80’s.  Nights high 60’s.

Water – Mostly blue and clear but choppy from winds some days.

Fishing: 5 on a scale of 10.  Good action on bonito.  Big fish, but many lost.  Yellowtail surprised us.

THE BIG PICTURE

Attaching photo of Patty Killian’s big amberjack. She and Tracy Chung were with Capt. Chito and she fought the fish for a long time . As the fish got to the boat and was right next to it, the hook just came out. Simply came out of the mouth.
The fish was flapping on the surface and quick thinking Chito when he realized that moved fast with a long reach and gaffed it quick as it was swimming away from the boat on the surface. You can see where he barely got the gaff in near the tummy. Chito and Patty rocked it. She’s from Portland.

Paul Nagata has some fun with his yellowtail along with buddy Michi Nakota and Captain Pancho who has a big pompano to go along with the forktails. The amigos are from San Francisco.

Now THIS is a big yellowtail because Paddi is 6’5″ and this is a horse of a fish! Caught at the north end of Cerralvo using jigs and fishing with Captain Hugo.

Always cracking up! Jeff Killian from Oregon poses with his nice yellowtail on the beach at Muertos.

From Colorado, Jeff Ferguson, holds a huge sierra! Jeff was staying at the Rancho Costa in Muertos. Thanks for the shot, Gary!

You know the sierra are big when they’re almost…not quite…as big as the yellowtail! Michi Nakota and Paul Nagata have some good eating in store!

Big smiles for Angie Meehan from Montana who just had one day to fish driving up from Cabo San Lucas and had a big jack crevalle to show off plus hooking other fish for her first time on salt water!

Captain Armando and Jeff Killian showing off some of the big sierra we had this week near Muertos.

First yellowtail is a fine one for Michi Nakota getting a hand on the gaff from our buddy, Paul Nagata.

Angie Meehan again from Montana holds up her sierra. She had two dorado on the line, but got away.

John Chung, Captain Armando and Jeff Killian had a pretty good day on the water with some hefty yellowtail and three others got off!

Roosterfish for Jen Wilson from Colorado right inside of Bahia de los Muertos. Caught and released!

If you know how to fish iron, here’s some samples of the iron that worked this week on the yellowtail, but most of the fish were caught on mackerel which are abundant right now.

WIND BACK BUT SO ARE THE YELLOWTAIL!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 24-May 1, 2017

Just when I thought the winter winds were finally behind us and we were forward into the warmth of the season, Mother Nature came up with a (hopefully) final reminder that she can do what she wants and is entitled to be fickle.  After several really nice weeks we were into double-digit winds again for the better part of the week, mostly coming up in the mornings (ugly) then at night (nice…to cool things down).

It was still sunny and a great place to be for vacation, but it did make for some really rough fishing some days.
By the same token, just when it looked like we were into our “warm water species” it was like the clock turned backwards a month or two.  Not a terribly bad thing because we still got some really nice fish.  But they were the cooler water fish that we hadn’t seen in awhile.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY FLEET

What I said above was probably best reflected in our catch this past week from Muertos Bay and working around Cerralvo Island.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen more and more warm water species like tuna, wahoo and such.  Barely any cold water species!
Well, I’m not sure what happened.  As mentioned, the winds did come back but the water surface temperatures stayed pretty warm about 72-75 degrees.  All I can think of is that maybe the turbulence brought up some of the deeper cooler waters from down below so there was a sub-surface thermocline that caused the cold water species to come up and get active.
For sure, not much in the way of the bluewater fish (a few dorado)  but holy cow…we got big yellowtail all of a sudden!  Maybe our best yellowtail week of the year and this is already MAY!  This is what we should have been catching in March!  These yellowtail were 20-40 pound slugs and we probably lost 3 times as many as were caught.  Many went right back to the rocks or simply busted off for other reasons.
Areas at both the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island produced fish willing to eat mackerel, squid, Rapalas and jigged iron. They also showed up just off the rocky areas at Punta Perico and Castillo near the Arenas lighthouse.  These are heavy, healthy powerful fish and the same areas produced pargo and cabrilla as well.  Generally fish we associate with cooler water fishing!
It was’t wide open and it wasn’t every day and some boats struggled ever day despite best efforts from the captains and anglers themselves, but there were quality fish to be found.
In addition, we had some of the largest sierra I have seen in a long time. These were thick long and more like baby wahoo than big mackerel!  Great eating and we just haven’t seen many of them all season until this week.  There’s also lots of bonito for action including white bonito which are great eating and have a soft pink meat not unlike their big cousin tuna.
Some rooster fish around, but hard to tell since not many folks are fishing for them right now and are chasing the more edible fish.

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

For our La Paz Fleet fishing straight north out’ve the bay and around Espirito Santo Island, they were most affected by the winds which come mostly from the north making it a rough rough trip to the fishing grounds then getting bounced around until the winds settle down in the day.
There’s a few dorado around, but most of the focus was on the yellowtail and amberjack around the island with a number of big fish lost, but some really nice amberjack in the 30-60 pound class caught.  A few rooster fish around mixed with pargo, cabrilla and triggerfish.

PACK FOR A PURPOSE

Thanks for Paul Nagata and Michi Nakota who hauled down an ice chest full of school supplies, dental supplies  and medical things for our charities! Thanks, guys!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International
 
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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: 
https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

“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 Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 16-23, 2017

I lke putting first-timers up. Especially great guys like John Pol all the way from Alberta, Canada who told me he had never fished in the ocean and his first fish turns out to be a yellowfin tuna that he battled for 2 hours! Nice start! Next day he rolls a 50-pound roosterfish and his last day, a fat pompano (picture down below).

Darrin Williams is another first timer who came to visit this week and had one day full of bonito bendo then his 2nd day ran into some nice dorado north of La Paz. He’s from the Bay Area and runs a very popular basketball academy in the Bay Area. Check him out on Google. Great to have him visit!

You probably wont’ see many great photos like this one. Great colors and this is what a tuna should look like! Roger Thompson our amigo living in La Ventana was working Cerralvo Island with Captain Hugo and rocked this bad boy on some chunked squid.

Eli Rush poses with about a 45-pound amberjack he took off Espirito Santo Island. Eli is from San Diego. It was a good day of action as they also got into alot of big bonito.

Todd Ross from Granite Bay CA and Ken McConnell from Chico CA are two more first timers who got into the bonito as well as this speedy wahoo while fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.

Amigo Gavin Chun has fished with us several times and shows off some nicer dorado from La Paz as well as one of several nice cabrilla he caught. Gavin is from San Francisco.

Big bonito like this are really tough to pull in, let alone hold up for a photo, but there’s lots of bonito providing action right now like this one in the hands of Julianne Argent from San Diego.

It’s our Canadian amigo, John Pols again, this time with a photo of his big pompano!

NICE WEEK ON THE WATER – FISHING WAKING UP!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 16-23, 2017

Kids here all heading back to school and “spring break” for Mexican kids comes to a close. It’s been a crazy busy two or three weeks with lots of folks on the beaches and on the water as these holidays are actually the largest in Mexico. Even bigger than Christmas in terms of traveling and visiting. It’s also been just great beach weather with highs in the mid-80’s and evenings in the low 60’s.

For fishing, it’s been a decent week. Not great. But not bad either. Lots of action but that needs some explaining. Everyone is catching fish, but we’re still transitioning from winter/ cooler to spring/warmer conditions so the fishing is still mixed up. Those pesky winter winds seemed to have finally calmed down. The last two weeks it’s been great weather to be on the water, but as I write this, the coming week, the winds are coming back up! So, it could be a bumpy week.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET

If you wanted action this was a great place to fish all week. There’s tonnage of mackerel and ballyhoo in the bay. Still not much sign of sardines which doesn’t bode well for our fly fishers who have been watching the reports, but most of them don’t show up for awhile when the winds start dying down. Still, the sardines are what we like to see.

However, the schools of mackerel have drawn in big spots of bonito that are just ripping everyone up. It’s great fun, especially for a lot of our first-timers; snow birds; or light tackle folks. A dozen or two bonito a day with every bait hitting the water getting slammed is awesome sport! Most of the fish are getting tossed back to chew again, but there’s also white bonito in the mix which are pretty good eating. So, if your captains suggest you keep a bonito, don’t scrunch up your face! Keep it! Don’t tell folks it’s bonito and they will think it’s tuna! Honest. Seen it happen a lot, especially for the white bonito. Makes pretty good poke and sashimi too!

The other side of the great bonito explosion is that there’s also some nice 20-50 pound tuna in the area and near the south end of Cerralvo. The tuna are deeper and not as as as the scooting bonito! So, often as soon as a bait hits the water, the bonito blow up on it and the bait never has a chance to get down to the tuna or for the lumbering tuna (no slouch for speed) to get up and grab the bait.

However, yes, there’s some bigger model tuna around and we did get a couple. Squid is also working on them as well as the mackerel. Also, we have some wahoo swimming up in the same areas too!

There’s been some rooster fish action along the beaches, but it’s hard to gauge because everyone is out chasing the fast action on the bonito or looking for the tuna, wahoo or other species they can eat.

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

For our anglers that fished with our La Paz fleet north out’ve La Paz and around Espirito Santo Island, the effects of the transition from cooler to warmer water is definitely evident.

The cooler water around the island is still holding nice yellowtail, some pargo and cabrilla. We hooked a number of yellowtail this week, but the problem is that these fish are tough and in the rocks and near reefs. So many fish were busted off. You really gotta lean into these fish or you’re gonna end up with some limp line and a frown. If you look at our numbers, it doesn’t look good, but it doesn’t tell the whole story because some big fish got lost.

Outside of the island, waters are warming and the sargasso weeds are starting to build up which are a great haven for the dorado. There’s not a lot yet, but the conditions look great. Blue water and sargasso are a great combo plus bait to eat! We just need the waters to warm a tad. We did get a few nicer mahi-mahi in the 20-pound class near San Juan de la Costa.

There’s some big roosters near the white sand beaches and along the rocks, cabrilla, pargo and triggers are around.

However, just like for our Las Arenas fleet, there’s big schools of bonito. Not only are the schools big, but the bonito are heffers too! Good rod-bending action, but getting through the bonito schools with your bait so you can get other species was an issue all week.

THE REDHEAD IS LOOSE!

First bottle out’ve the first case for a “test drive.”

Jason Hite zoomed down to the restaurant as soon as he heard we had the beer…and his band broke down on the way and he still was there to drink the first official bottle!

We wanted to welcome our new Tailhunter IPA to our Tailhunter Restaurant.  It finally arrived and we have it for sale now at our place on the La Paz Malecon.  It’s our first micro-brewed craft beer with more to follow and we’re excited and really proud to finally have it waiting for you all chilled up!  It’s a micro-brew so it’s being hand-crafted and made only in small batches.  It’s pretty tasty especially on a sunny La Paz afternoon!

That’s our story


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 2-9, 2017

Jeff Brown from Minnesota on the 2nd of two weeks fishing with us and Captain Joel scored his share of nice yellowtail like this one off Espirito Santo Island, but still left enough in the water for future trips (He comes every year!) as a number of fish took ’em into the rocks! Yellowtail are tough fighters!

Now that’s a nice day of trophy cabrilla! Fishing with Captain Hugo they’re posed just inside of Bahia de los Muertos, it’s our good friends Roger and Donna Thompson with their amigo. Some great eating!

Tanner Whitmarsh from San Diego had himself a good few days of fishing (see other photos below) while staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay including a number of nice roosterfish like this beauty. Catch and release!

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa always gets fish and poses with a huge jack crevalle just off Punta Perrico rocks where nice schools of these jacks hang out. The fish was released.

Iron man, Roger Thompson from Long Beach and La Ventana was fishing the iron dropping a Salas 6X blue and white at the north east side of Cerralvo Island when he got chomped by this big boy cabrilla! Captain Hugo to the head to make the soup!

Kayak fishing can be pretty productive over the reefs just off the beach in Bahia de Los Muertos. Check out Tanner Whitmore with his two giant barred pargo! Thanks for the photos, Gary Wagner.

Two fishing brothers, Rod and Jeff Brown. Rods from Alaska and Jeff’s from Minnesota and always come to fish with us every year for a few weeks. They pose with a couple of nice yellowtail with Espirito Santo Island in the backgrounds. They also got cabrilla and snapper, but Rod tells me that over the two weeks alot of fish rocked them and busted off. All these fish hang out in rocky structure.

Donna Thompson with another big cabrilla makes the report again!

San Diego in the house! Trever and Tanner Whitmarsh with more of those nice barred pargo from just off the beach at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

NICE MIX OF QUALITY FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 2-9, 2017

Happy Easter everyone! 

In all honesty, not a bad week.  Not a great week, but not a bad week either.  Unless you counted lots of bonito for great action or a fun day to just get bent or take out the kids (lots of folks on Easter break), there were not alot of fish.  However, the quality of the fish we caught were pretty impressive. So it was a week of quality over quantity with some nice trophy fish taken.  For a good number of our clients, they got personal bests…largest fish ever!  

Also, week-by-week, the winds are diminishing from the crazy erratic winter we endured…as did much of the western continent.  So, although we had a bumpy windy day or two, for the most part, they were the exception, not the rule and looking at the coming week, that pattern looks like it’s gonna continue.  We’ll be having more calm days than windy let’s-just-stay-on-the-beach days!

If you’re coming down, keep in mind that Holy Week is really a busy week in Baja.  Not only are folks jammed down for spring break, but it’s also a really big holiday week for Mexico as well.  Many families travel back to visit friends and relatives in Mexico plus many locals take the week off and expect the beaches to be jammed with campers, picnickers, boaters and more.  This is probably NOT the week if you’re looking for piece and quiet at many beaches that are normally deserted so be prepared and join in the fun.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

Not much in the way of pelagic species.  We chased the tuna and wahoo and hoped for dorado, but nothing stuck.  However, the inshore action kept things interesting with some sweet rooster fish between 20 and 40 pounds plus some big-boy snapper and pargo…especially the cargo mulatto (barred pargo).  Just for fun and action, there were alot of bonito which folks had fun with “til’ my arms hurt!”  So that made for some good rod bending. 

Also, there’s some huge cabrilla (Mexican sea bass) and jack crevalle over the shallow reef areas near Punta Perrico and then at Cerralvo Island.  Our guys slow trolling Rapalas or dropping iron and jigging really did some great fish. 

Still no sardines to speak of but there’s ballyhoo, mackerel and caballitos. 

LA PAZ

This is where our larger fish were this past week.  Some hefty slugger yellowtail up to 40 pounds ended up in the boxes, but probably twice as many fish took guys into the rocks or ripped up the tackle.  Also some nice amberjack as well in the same areas up to about 20 pounds were in the counts.  One guy on his first trip told me, “these ocean fish don’t nibble!”  Right.  This isn’t trout fishing.  These fish slam and head right back down to the structure and if you don’t lean into them and pull hard, you’re already toast!

There were also some nice yellow snapper, pargo and cabrilla caught as well as some smaller dorado. 

That’s our story!  God bless for a safe, happy and peaceful Easter and Easter week!

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 25-April 2, 2017

The right kind! Slugger yellowtail for Jeff Brown who comes fishing with us every spring to enjoy some sunshine, fishing and his favorite Tailhunter captain Joel. He got this big yellow north of La Paz.

Roosters are back! Just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos, Beth McDonald is all smiles with her big fish. This was a catch-and-release fish and Beth is from Colorado Springs, CO and was staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos. Thanks to Gary Wagner for the photo.

Big boy jack crevalle just off the rocks for Colto Hallauer from San Diego. Thanks Gary Wagner for the photo.

Starting early! Zach Benisek is 13 years old and he brought his dad, Eric out and showed him how to land a nice roosterfish! That’s Muertos Bay in the background. The day was too windy to go out too far so roosters filled the gap inshore. Bravo to Zach for releasing the fish!

Our amigo from Wrangell AK, Rod Brown comes down for two weeks sometimes twice a year to fish with us and check out tis huge yellowtail he landed fishing with Captain Joel near Espirito Santo Island.

La Paz side has some roosters too! Eric Benisek was fishing Sunday in great conditions and caught and released another nice rooster!

Alaska in the house! Nice trophy cabrilla for Ken Ward nailed on a trolled Rapala near Punta Perico. Ken was staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay. Gracias to owner Gary Wagner for the photo.

Early season dorado for Jeff and Captain Joel! Normally, we’re not seeing dorado of this size so early, but Jeff Brown got two of these plus some snapper fishing out’ve La Paz.

Another rooster! Tanner Whitmarsh from San Diego was just outside of Bahia de los Muertos. He was staying at Rancho Costa.  The fish was released.

Headed for the dinner plate! Eric Benisek has a yellowtail on the gaff taken near Espirito Santo Island.

CONDITIONS TRANSITION and PRODUCE VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 25-April 2, 2017

It was an up-and-down week of fishing and weather as we transition from winter-to-spring, but things look promising.  Basically, it was the same formula.  When the winter winds blew, it was tough to get bait and tough to fish, even if the bait was available. When the weather laid down, there was spotty action with a mix of species.  Nothing spectacular, but some OK catches.  The season still hasn’t really kicked in yet so on the days when conditions were OK, some boats got fish while others had to really work hard and pick at it.    There was really no pattern or consistency.  The good side is that there aren’t many fishermen in town yet.   Most of the folks around are spring-break or snow birds looking for a day or two of fishing, if even that.

But, let’s break it down.  We actually had boats fishing with both of our fleets this past week as weather finally allowed us to put everyone out on both sides of the peninsula.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

On the days we were able to get out, there were a few tuna around that were a nice grade, 15-40 pounds.  Those fish were over by the island and eating chunked bits of fresh squid.  Some days they would show up and other days, it was a gamble.  If you went out there and put in the effort, but the fish didn’t show, sometimes it was too late to try to put in the time for other species.  So, it was swinging for the fences.  But every now and then a boat would connect.  

Closer to Muertos Bay, there was a nice mix of fish including snapper, pargo, some nicer cabrilla over the rocky areas, bonito, jack crevalle and even a few sierra. The nicest surprise was finding some decent early-season rooster fish running 15-40 pounds.  This was especially good on the windy days when we couldn’t get too far away from the beach which made for perfect hunting for the gallo.  It’s good to know the roosters are around.  

LA PAZ

We were finally able to put out our La Paz boats with more consistency this past week as there were some better days where the winds weren’t so erratic or strong.  Finding bait was the issue.  If the winds blew, then getting and finding the live bait became problematic.   However, using a combination of trolling, jigging and baits, there was a good mix of fish, if not alot of them. 

Hefty 30-45 pound yellowtail were taken and others lost in the rocks.  There were even a few 15-20 pound dorado which is a bit nuts to have them so early since they are a warm water fish, but a good sign because the last two years, the dorado bite has been a bit anemic, especially with the larger dorado. 

Inshore, there were triggerfish, jacks, roosters and bonito. 

Daytime temps have been in the high-80’s to low 90’s, but cooler at night dropping pretty far down into the high 50’s. 

BLESSED AND GRATEFUL…NOW LET”S GET FISHING!

Well…HECK YA!!!!  We’re on our way home after almost 4 months on the road…13 shows and criss-crossing so many states!  Just tore down the booth and packed it all up for another year in the van and we’re rolling and all I can hear in my ears is Jackson Browne singing “STAY!”

It’s our 21st year on the Tailhunter Tour and we started in Denver and finished in Bozeman, MT with another great show!  Everywhere we went, nothing but smiles and hospitality.  Thanks to each of you who made us feel so welcome and treated us like family on the road and for all of you who are coming to visit us in La Paz…”Let’s crank it up and let’s get fishing!”

We’ll see you in La Paz!

God bless you all!

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

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

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