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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 8-15, 2018

FEELS LIKE DORADO WEATHER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 8-15, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot and humid!  Temps in upper 90’s during the day.  Low 80’s at night.  Bring shorts and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses and sunscreen.  Warmer weather means better fishing!  Before we whined about too much wind.  Now some days we wish we had a breeze!

Water – In the 80’s, but last week water temps dropped from the mid-80’s to low 80’s and it seemed to affect the fish with the abrupt change.  Cooler waters got a bit dirtier.  Find the blue warmer water for the best bite and to locate fish.  Got better as the waters cleared up later in the week.

Fishing – Dorado are 70% of the bite right now.  More fish schooling up which is great and very typical of warm summer fishing.  Seeing more marlin these days.  Still tuna, roosterfish and wahoo around. But more folks targeting the mahi.

Catching – Alot easier to catch dorado than other species!

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Chance Wallis all the way from Kentucky was dragging live bait close to the rocks near Las Arenas when he got this big roosterfish to roll up on it. The fish was released.

Nice start to a fishing vacation for John Vondrak and his buddy, Kirk. A table full of dorado fillets!

Greg Garrison from San Diego always does well with the fish when he’s down fishing La Paz and took this speedy wahoo trolling a Rapala just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

Hard to find a prettier photo than this! Nice wahoo for Gary Wagner, owner of the Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay and the famous Giggling Marlin bar in Cabo. Thanks for all the photos, Gary!

She didn’t have to go out far for this nice tuna. Sydney Wagner from Colorado Spring CO staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay hung this nice tuna just around the corner relatively close to shore.

Captain Joel poses with Bennett Clegg’s big bull caught just off Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz…dorado-landia!

Matt Wallis has his hands full with this fat yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island.

On the flyrod, Tom Zelibor from Colorado got this nice dorado to his his pattern.

Matt and Jackson Duystschaever with their striped marlin with Gary Wagner at Rancho Costa. Muertos Bay in the background. The fish could not be released.

Jackson Duytschaever is all smiles with his roosterfish. Jackson is from Colorado and released the fish.

Another happy Colorado fisheman, Paul Milewski has a big tuna to hold up for his photo.

 

It was a decent week of fishing down here.  Like seemingly everywhere else on the west coast, weather was hot, dry and humid although water temps took a bit of a dive for some reason dropping from 85 to 81 degrees and getting a little cloudier and greener.

 

Still…everyone caught fish.  Not as many tuna or wahoo as the previous week, but the dorado bite seemed to fill the gaps with more dorado being caught each week.  This is a typical summer pattern.

Y’know how in California people say, “It feels like earthquake weather” when it’s hot and humid and still?  Down here, we say, “Feel like dorado weather.”

 

Some boats did better than others and some days were better than others.  However, for most of our anglers fishing multiple days, the could count on getting bit.

 

The secret is finding the right spot.  There’s a lot of fish, but the fish are not everywhere.  Locating the right current line (warmer water); or bluer water was key.  But also finding structure like floating and clumping sargasso weed on the surface could make the difference.

 

In addition to the dorado, there’s still some chunky tuna around. The smller fish are 40 pounders.   Not many folks looking for roosterfish, but they’re along the shores and good sized between 40 and 70 pounds .

 

Wahoo are still hanging out as well, but we’re losing more than we’re catching and we also saw more hookups on striped marlin this week than any other week with most fish either busting off or getting released.

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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

DORADO FINALLY MAKE A SHOW

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

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT 

Sorry about the audio quality.  It really wasn’t THAT windy, but I forgot my wind-screen microphone and I had to do this all in one take because I was almost out’ve batteries on my camera!  Hope you can still understand it!  With apologies for being an idiot!

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot and humid for the most part.  Day time in the mid-90’s and nights in the low 80’s.  In short, perfect fishing weather.  We did have a little bit of drizzle one morning for about an hour then the sun came blazing.

Water – Getting warmer and bluer each week.  Plus sargasso weed is building which co-incidentally has alot to do with the better dorado bite.

Bait – Not an issue for our La Paz Fleet.  Still hit or miss sometimes with our Las Arenas fleet

Fishing – Not so many big tuna this week. They were there and sometimes would chew and other times not.  But dorado, wahoo and roosterfish helped fill the slack.  Some days better than others.  Some boats luckier than others.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose!  Lost some big marlin, big dorado, bit tuna and big dorado this week.

 

THE BIG PICTURE & THE REST OF THE STORY…

Happy fella! Darrell Manginelli from Ventura CA shows off a rack of nice dorado plus two nice snapper after a day fishing out’ve Bahia de los Muertos.

First day is a good day! Captain Jorge with Mike and Marta Shaw showing off some quality tuna and dorado near Las Arenas.

Whoa! Nice bull, Jason! Yes, you made the report, amigo! Starts off his trip with a quality bull dorado. Jason is from the San Diego area.

Glenn Rowland has a habit of dozing off on our pangas then his rod goes off all by itself and he reels in big fish like this nice wahoo that ate a Rapala while fishing with Captain Pancho . Glenn is from Ventura CA

Bennett Clegg has a habit of visiting us at Tailhunter each year and sticking some nice big fish like this big bull he caught while fishing with Captain Victor.

A little cloud mid-week down here, but the dorado bit for Jeff Klassen who got limits in the box and poses with two on the beach.

Like I said above, Bennett Clegg from Santa Rosa CA seems to always find big fish and was fishing light tackle 12-pound test in a school of medium dorado when this huge roosterfish blew up on his sardine and battled him on a very light rod for over an hour! The fish was photo’d and released strong. Bennet…not so much. He called it day after that and came in! Fish estimated at 50-60 pounds by the Tailhunter Captain.

Christina Morales from Lakewood CA has never been fishing and is about as tiny and petite as a button. She and her family came to fish with Tailhunter in La Paz and her very first fish ever is this pig tuna she wrestled over an hour in the sun in a spinning rod with Captain Arcangel. But, she got it in with no help although Captain Arcangel did a great job maneuvering the panga and was as proud as Christina to get the big fish.

I’ve seen this guy with so many nice fish over the years that he has caught with us. Sam Sybesma hold up one of his limits of dorado. He said while he battled this big bull, his buddy, Jeff caught 4 others!

If his tongue is hanging out, it’s for good reason. Mike Shaw from Oceanside CA battled this beast of a freckled roosterfish over an hour when it slammed his live bait north of La Paz fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet. The fish was caught not too far off Punta Coyote and was released. Estimated at over 70 pounds!

Darrell Manginelli is from Ventura CA and fishes with us every year. Captain Pancho poses with him and one of Darrell’s wahoo.

Nothing like having kids hook up! Eleven-year-old Fernando Balderrabano was with his dad, Manuel, when they got a nice pair of bulls plus a bunch of other dorado in the box while fishing north of the city with Captain Rogelio.

Great colors on this dorado that Alicia Clegg caught among several others fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Check those flat waters!

Light tackle monster for Dan Shay of San Diego who was fishing with a spinning rod when he knocked this fat amberjack.

 

Captain Armando with Greg Ponte and a great eating barred pargo taken off the rocks.

Mike Shaw on the beach at Muertos Bay with the tail of a nice yellowfin tuna. The fish is bigger than it looks. Mike’s a tall guy!

Great photo and a nice dorado for smiling Alicia Bennett.

Glenn Rowland with the 2nd of two wahoo he caught while fishing with Captain Pancho.

All the way from Sweden! Mike Sjosvard had a few roosterfish hooked, but got away. He still got a nice jack crevalle…close cousin!

The Morales Family…Ruby…Christina and Jesus from Lakewood CA with enough to fill a few ice chests including dad’s wahoo and two big tuna.

Incredible colors here on this bull dorado with Darrell Manginelli.

First-timers Scott Van Essen and Joel Warners have their hands full with a couple of schoolie dorado.

It was croaking according to Bennett Clegg who caught this near Espirito Santo Island. Jack crevalle are tough fighters and yes…they do make a croaking noise!

One of the happiest guys to visit us. Glenn Rowland from Ventura CA had himself a nice week of big fish.

Hope you had a great 4th of July holiday week!

For us…

It wasn’t a great week of fishing, but it wasn’t too bad either!  For sure… The fish are there and the highlight was the appearance of a nice grade of dorado.

The thing about the fishing this week was that it could still be spotty here-and-there. One boat could get fish and another right next to it would struggle. One boat can’t get bit and the two next to it are bent all day. No rhyme or reason. It’s just fishing!

Most of our folks who fish with us fish for 2, 3, 4 or more days . There could be an off-day or two. But, the good days usually more than made up for the down days with big fish or plentiful action . The biggest problem might be with folks who were walk-in clients or only scheduled one day of fishing. They could be the boat that just happens to have a slow day or the boat that loses their biters as often walk-in clients don’t have a lot of experience.

But, overall, some nice fishing this week for the most part.

Our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Tailhunter Fleet found the tuna a little closer to home base this week. The tuna were found off the south side of the big island negating the run all the way up to the north end of the island. The fish are quality 40-60 pounders. The issue is that they did not always want to bite. Some days, the went on the chew. Other days, especially when bait was tougher to find, the fish had lockjaw or guys saw then boiling or they were fast movers and just didn’t want to eat.

Wahoo made up for the slack on some of those days with some quality 30-40 skinnies that ate the Rapalas or Mega Baits or bit the live bait. Also, some big roosterfish and better quality dorado between 15 and 40 pounds helped ease things.

Still, for the most part, fishing Las Arenas/ Muertos area got you big fish or not much.

The better action was still with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Encouraging to see more schools of dorado gathering up. Especially if you can find the patches of sargasso weeds floating on the surface or the right current line. Nicer fish in the 20-30 pound class showed up too.

Some days, you’d pick-pick-pick getting a dorado here and there or, if you found the honey hole, then it could be dorado rodeo with every rod bent non-stop.

Some holdover amberjack and yellowtail are still around in the rocks as well as pargo, cabrilla, snapper and jack crevalle. Some unusually big roosterfish too!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 24-July 1, 2018

FISHING GOOD…

“CATCHING” NOT SO MUCH (read on)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 24-July 1, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Fishing –  Still lots of big fish around like tuna, wahoo, dorado and billfish.  Good on smaller species too like pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and still some yellowtail and amberjack around too. But the bite has been erratic.  Sometimes fish like dorado and tuna all around, but won’t eat!

Catching – Sure lost alot of big fish this week or fish in the rocks. The big fish are tough.  The smaller fish make it tough by being in the rocks and having attitude.

Weather – Sunny days in the low to mid-90’s mostly.  Humidity seems to be climbing.  Nights are cooled by the Corumuel breezes down to the high-70’s

Water – Still some cloudy cool waters around, but getting bluer.  Finding the blue water is key.

Bait – Las Arenas it’s hit or miss.  Mackerel and really small sardines.  No problem for bait with out La Paz fleet.

 

THE BIG PICTURE and THE REST OF THE STORY…

Rob Baird from Oregon showing the nice grade of yellowfin tuna we got this week around Cerralvo Island.

From Carmel CA, Bill Mitchell fishes with the Tailhunter Fleet at least once a year and on a quick get-away with his flyrod fished La Paz and got this nice roosterfish just off the rocks as well as several others plus jack crevalle and bonito. He released all his fish.

Kurt and Brenda Gallow from Washington have come down several times to fish with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz. While fishing with Captain Armando, they always do well. Five minuts after dropping back some Rapalas near Cerralvo Island, Brenda got this fat wahoo followed by Kurt with the 2nd wahoo.

Another nice fish for our amigo, Gary Wagner and Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs. Gary owns the Rancho Costa Resort and also the Giggling Marlin Restaurant in Cabo.

Captain Armando with Jason Veberette and Greg Ponte from Herald CA showing off a first-day catch of wahoo and a dorado.

Captain Jorge, with Rocky Schneider and John Teply and a trio of nice yellowfin.

First-timer, Andy Kelly from Florida had never been fishing but battled this big tuna in the sun for over an hour! When it came time for the photo, his arms and hands were still shaking so he asked Captain Gerado to do the honors! Good job, Andy!

Our amigo from Loreto, Steve McGavern, put this big tuna on the boat at the 11th hour, but it’s a good one!

Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs CO had himself a pretty good week showing off another wahoo in the boat .

Favorite photo of the week! We call this “Dorado Envy.” From yesterday, Kevin Ritchie caught looking at Jason Beverette’s dorado is classic!

 

Rocky Schneider had the “touch” this week on tuna!

Check out the flat water and the big fish that Andy Bautista of Corona CA caught!

Another Oregon amigo, Mike Keser got the biggest amberjack of the week.

 

It was another of those weeks of either highlights or lowlights and not much in between. There were big fish and there were assorted smaller fish (for fun) and then…well, not much in that middle area. You either got fish…or you didn’t!

The big fish were big. No doubt! If you got one, it could make your day. Or your trip!

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Tailhunter Fleet, the action around Cerralvo Island and Punta Perrico again focused on the bigger grade of tuna that popped up about 3 weeks ago. And these fish were not pushovers! The tuna were big and grumpy. The smaller fish were 40-pounders. The larger fish (we caught) were 60 pounders. Anyone who’s fought Baja yellowfin of that size knows these aren’t little “football” tuna.

And we lost probably 60-70% of the fish that were hooked either through inexperience, busted lines or hooks…or simply bad luck because well…that’s fishing! Good fishermen lost big fish. Rookies caught big fish. No rhyme or reason. But either way, heart-breaking when you’re on a fish for up to an hour or two and it busts off.

And you never see it the fish…just hours with a bend rod…straining line…sore back and arms…wondering what you have on and praying just to get a glimpse.

Or it’s “at color” right next to the boat and “BINK!” The line snaps.

Or the fish just unbuttons.

Or someone gets over-anxious in the hot Baja sun and loses their patiences and tries to horse a big fish to the boat. And the fish is just too hot and green and strong to come in. And breaks off.

Some days, if you just looked at the numbers, it looked like a terrible fishing day. Very fish coming in.

But after you talk the anglers, almost all of them had a shot at a fish or two…or three! And dumped the fish! Good fishing…bad catching.

And, there were also days when the fish were crashing and breaking and just not eating.

On top of the tuna there, we also had a nice jag of wahoo as well . Some nice speedy ‘hoo meat. The wahoo were chewing on Rapalas and we did get some fish up to 50 pounders. But, again, fish were lost.

But, that’s part of fishing! Add in a lot of pesky feisty bonito, jack crevalle and a few others including a few marlin and there was still some action to be had even if no fish were put in the coolers.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet…again, this was the fun area to fish. Not much in the way of big fish, but there wer some school-sized dorado. In the rocks there’s lots of snapper, big pargo and cabrilla and even some hold-over cooler water yellowtail and amberjack. Lots of fish lost in the rocks, but you could easily have 10-30 biters a day even if you lost most of those fish, you still got a nice chest of fish at the end of the day. I think I counted about a dozen different species out’ve La Paz.

Jonathan

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 17-24, 2018

GOOD…AND NOT SO GOOD

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 17-24, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – High 80’s low 90’s and mostly sunny.  Had some tropical afternoon clouds and a few raindrops fell but just very nice as it blew through.  The afternoon corumuel tradewinds cool things down nicely.  Still a bit breezy out there during the fishing day

Water – Got a bit cooler after last week’s storm, but little-by-little, the warming waters are burning off the algae bloom.  Find the blue water and you have a better chance of finding fish.  Cooler waters are green and a bit dirty so get away from it.

Fishing – Las Arenas holds the bigger fish…and seemingly not a whole lot else.  La Paz fish aren’t so big, bit there’s alot more fish so alot more action.

Catching – See above!  Bigger fish are harder to catch. Hence losing more fish too!

 

THE BIG PICTURE and REST of THE STORY…

Mark Brown, from Vernal UT, had traveled the world for 5 years trying to get a roosterfish going to places like Costa Rica, Panama and various parts of Mexico unsuccessfully. He thought he’d give it a try with Tailhunter in La Paz and only had one day. And it was after Hurricane Bud had blown through. Waters were dirty and turned over. And they were only able to catch one single ladyfish for bait. But it was enough! With his wife, Toni, they got this dandy pez gallo just outside of Bahia de los Muertos estimated between 50-60 pounds. The fish was released.

Zach Smith was up at the north end of Cerralvo Island and got one fish for the whole day, but it was one of the nicer tuna of the week. It’s a fat one. It’s a bit of a run to the north, but if you get one of these fish, it’s well worth it.

Dave Frausto from Sacramento has been a good amigo for many years and made a last-minute trip to fish with us for a few days. With Captain Adolfo, he scored a nice wahoo and topped with with a tasty amberjack as well.

On vacation from Sequim, Washington, Kim Tomajko, got the big fish of the family their first day on the water with a nice bull dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Big smiles for Toni Brown who brought this nice yellowfin back to the beach and headed for poke and sashime at our Tailhunter Restaurant. She’s from Utah, but lived in Hawaii and knows her tuna!

First time in Mexico. First time in La Paz and first time fishing for Dani who put this dorado on the boat as her first. Zach Smith helps with the fish and photo! The also got other dorado and a nice mix of pargo and cabrilla.

Speedy ‘hoo for Janc, who poses with his wahoo while staying out at Muertos Bay at Gary Wagner’s Rancho Costa Hotel.

Captain Raul helps Alicia Tomajko give a kiss to her big bull dorado.

It takes two hands on these hefty yellowfin right now. Mark Brown pulled this guy out near Espirito Santo Island fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Just off the rocks at Espirito Santo Island, Zach got another nice dorado using live bait.

 

It was an OK fishing week for the most part down here. I’m a little disappointed that it’s taking longer for the waters to bounce back after last week’s Tropical Storm BUD came through. Fishing had been pretty decent prior to the storm and initially just after the blow, I had been pretty optimistic. It looked like conditions had re-bounded.

But, not quite as fast as we had wanted or thought.

Waters around Muertos Bay, Punta Arenas and Cerralvo Island still aren’t quite back. My Tailhunter captains are telling me the water is still a bit cloudy and turned over and it’s been reflected in the fishing. There just hasn’t been a lot going on. The main issue is the bait. It’s been difficult at best to get consistent bait.

On top of that, with nagging winds post storm Bud, the waters are slow coming back up to snuff. There have still been some nice grade tuna hanging out as well as some billfish, dorado and wahoo. But, you either get a big fish or nothing. It’s home runs or a strike out.

One boat finds bait. The next one struggles. One boat finds fish. The one right next to it can’t get anything to chew.

Our best and most consistent fishing has been with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Maybe not so many big fish, but in terms of action…in terms of funner fishing…in terms of variety, fishing with our La Paz fleet has been much less erratic.

It’s not surprising for one of our pangas to come back with a half-dozen species of fish that included dorado between 10 and 30 pounds; some smaller yellowtail and amberjack; several species of pargo; several species of snapper; and some nice cabrilla. Add in action with jack crevalle, skipjack, white and common bonito and it makes for a nice day on the water. PLUS, bait is much easier to find or buy!

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

To all our good folks who brought more donations for our various charities down here.  In  just the last two weeks alone, we’ve collected more than 100 pounds of goods to add to our already growing pile.  The Tomajko family below and also thanks to Dan Armstrong, John Tepley, Rob Baird and Rocky Schneider who brought stuff, but I did not have a chance to take their photos!

The Tomajko family (and Jill’s hand) holding some great stuff for the kid’s orphanage at Las Arenas including school supplies and boxes of toothbrushes and more!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

 

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 10-17, 2018

HURRICANE BUD “LITE” IS A BUZZ KILL

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week At A Glance

Weather – Good start to the week.  Then got darker. And rougher.   Hurricane “Bud” started as a category 4 south of Cabo, but by the time it hit Baja it was a 1.  By the time it hit La Paz, Bud was a dud.

Not really.  Still dropped rain and heavy winds on us midweek and caused the Port Captain to shut the port down and prohibit all boat traffic (including fishing).  So, no fishing for 2 days.  But cleared up quickly.  Good weather since Saturday.

Water – Usually the water after a storm takes several days to clear up.  The high winds produced by Bud did cloud up the water somewhat, but not as bad as expected.  Also, since Bud did not have the torrential rains usually associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, there wasn’t as much muddy runoff.  So water is much better than expected and should be back to normal by middle of this week or so barring more winds.

Fishing – MIssed about 1/2 the week either because we could not go out because of the storm, or bad conditions prior to the storm (wind and waves) were already affecting fishing.  When we did fish this week, we saw tuna, dorado, roosterfish, jacks, bonito, pargo, cabrilla, amberjack, yellowtail and snapper

Catching – Lost some big fish!  Giant blue marlin broke off after a long fight, but was going to be released anyway . Some big tuna broke off.  Some big roosters and pargo also are still out there swimming…but with sore lips!

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

People ask all the time if we have to go out far to catch big fish! Tim Weaver from Arkansas was visiting us for the first time had his hands full wit this estimated 50 pound class tuna he hooked and battled just off the rocks near Espirito Santo Island while fishing in shallow water for cabrilla and pargo,

Gene Harp fro Oregon with a dandy bull dorado and the calm waters of La Paz Bay in the background. It’s been a good year so far for the larger dorado which showed up early.

YEOW! Nice trophy cabrilla for Cindy Weaver who was out with Captain Rogelio and tagged up this fine Mexican seabass that ended up as dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant.

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We have had a nice run of schools of big jack crevalle showing up and battling anglers like this big fella caught by Travis Harp or Oregon. The fish was released.

The man behind the fish! It’s Montana Paul “Pepper” Hamlin holding up one of his big tuna with Captain Victor also in the shot. Pepper also had on a big blue marlin they fought but the fish came loose right next to the panga after a long fight. They were going to release the fish anyway.

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      The story of the week was “Hurricane Bud” the storm that was…or was not!

The week started well with a continuation of some really great fishing for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and Tailhunter La Paz Fleets. Nice sizable 30-80 pound tuna from the north end of Cerralvo Island continued to bend rods, test wills, backs and break hearts at the same time. Marlin started to show including our first blue of the season, an estimated 300-350 pounder. Additionally, nice dorado, amberjack and even some yellowtail kept the variety going.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, inshore fishing for lots of snapper, pargo and huge cabrilla continued unabated plus legit 10-25 pound schools of dorado were great for some of the families and new-comers we had.

Then, Hurricane Bud decided to crash the party.

It started as a serious Hurricane Category 4, but diminished as it headed north towards Baja. By early week, we were already getting clouds. This is really early for Baja and us in La Paz to see big storms like this. But everyone started getting ready a hunkering down. You really never know about these things as memories of historic Hurricane Odile in 2014 with 200 mph winds are still fresh. Odile looked like it was going away then suddenly turned overnight picked up speed and smashed into us.

We all watched Bud as it slowly and ominously approached. With the cloudy skies, big rolling swells from the south started to affect us well before the Bud reached us. By Wednesday Bud had diminished to a Tropical Storm, but still lashed Cabo San Lucas to the south of us causing flooding and issues with the airport and incoming and outgoing flights.

By Thursday, we had pulled our boats out’ve the water and the Port Captain shut down all boat traffic and prohibited any water activities.

The skies got darker and darker and Bud hit us…

And it was kinda…MEH…”Was that a storm?” Ho-hum. Bud turned into “BUD LIGHT.” Still would not have sent any fishing boats out, but other than some sporadic rain that cleaned my car it was mostly winds of about 30 mph. I guess we should be thankful.

On Friday, the Port remained closed and the rain left, but the aftermath of winds to about 45 miles per hour kicked up the whitecaps in the bay and rattled windows and bent trees. But that was it. Grateful it wasn’t worse, but knowing it wasn’t safe to be out on the water, I’m sorry for the folks who were here who lost fishing days and had their vacations messed up. Most of them kept great attitudes and understood that weather is an unavoidable variable with fishing. But, we still felt badly for them.

So, it affected maybe 3 days. Back on the water Friday with trepidation. Had to get folks out’ve their rooms locked in with cabin fever. But after a storm you just never know. Waters are often dirty from runoff water or turned over from the winds. Fish are skittish.

However, surprisingly fish bounced back! The water was a little off, closer to shore but blue water was easily found probably owing to the fact that we really didn’t get much rain. However, even without having to go far, our captains found dorado, pargo, cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle, bonito and even some of those hefty 50 -60 pound tuna!

So, Hurricane Bud took away about 3 days from our week in an almost non-event. We’re just glad it wasn’t worse. To the south of us, they got hit a bit harder.

AND THANK YOU!

Our 5-year-old Pack for a Purpose/ Community Outreach program is still going grandly!  We’ve got so many great donations coming in every week that we distribute throughout the community and we appreciate the big hearts shown by our Tailhunter Tribe!  Muchas gracias!

Brett, Kim and Trent Fair (headed off to the Navy) and Steve Bonini came in this week with a couple of ice chests full of supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste and clothes!

Our good friends for many years, Grant and Carol Darby from Washington dropped off a bunch of school supplies and recreation equipment.

Wow! Don Vegter and Chelsea Roos had two ice chests full of an entire set of uniforms for a kids soccer team!

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

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
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La Pa – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 3-10, 2018

QUALITY TUNA ROLL THROUGH

CERRALVO ISLAND

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

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

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

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

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

THE BIG PICTURE and THE REST OF THE STORY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 27-June 3, 2018

SUMMER SPECIES MOVING IN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 27-June 3, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

 

Week at a Glance

Weather – Getting WARMER!  Most days in the high-90’s.  Nights in the high-70’s.  Definitely some days you can feel the humidity creeping up.  But mostly pretty pleasant.  Still windy some days, but not as harsh.  Nice afternoon Corumuel breeze cools down the time nicely!

Water – As weather gets warmer the algae is burning off and waters are getting dramatically bluer.  Less winds mean calmer waters too.  Pretty stuff.  Our SCUBA and snorkelers are having a blast.

Fishing – Better every week.  Still not full speed.  Some slow spots and bumps.  But everyone catching fish if you’re here a few days assuming you might have a slow day here and there.  Las Arenas has fewer fish and slower action, but larger trophies.  La Paz fishing has more fish, but smaller.  Better action.

Catching – Lost some really nice wahoo, tuna and roosters this week that would have really made this week’s report explode.  But, big fish are tougher fish!

 

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Nineteen-year-old Mia Pettey from Orange CO, California came down with her dad, John Pettey, well-known goldsmith and jeweler to the Southern California fishing industry as a high school graduation present to do some SCUBA and fishing in La Paz with Tailhunter. She was slow-trolling a bait just north of La Paz when this big rooster fish rolled up behind the boat and hammered the bait. We estimate it in the 60-70 pound class and she said, “It kicked my butt!” She released the fish.

Tom DeLeon from Los Angeles came down to La Paz to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing specifically to knock a rooster fish off his bucket list. He got this beast north of Punta Arenas on a live bait on a double hook-up. This fish was released and estimated over 65-70 pounds.

Laura Hernandez from San Diego always does well in our area and was fishing outside of Bahia de los Muertos with her husband Mark when she landed this nice wahoo, one of two she caught that day.

Quality dorado for Captain Jorge and our long-time amigos, Doug Oclassen and dad, Glenn Oclassen. Doug is from Colorado near Denver and dad’s in the San Francisco Bay area. Good size on these bulls!

Good first day for Stan Andre who picked up this nice wahoo not far outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

That’s a legi bull dorado for Terry Hawk. Usually, this quality of dorado don’t show up until later in the summer and the fall but the fish seem to be here already although not in huge numbers…yet!

Jim Bovee from San Diego gave his wife a trip to La Paz for Christmas and their last day she put wood to this thick yellowfin tuna fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet north of the city . Jim will be back in August and again in October!

Easy to see why they are called “dog-tooth” snapper. Hard to catch and pull from the rocks, but Doug Oclassen got this one into the boat not far off the Punta Perrico rocks.

Hefty bull dorado headed for the grill for Diane Deleon from Los Angeles. She two of these big guys this day. Scroll down for her other fish!

Rhonda McGavern is from Northern California, but they spend a good part of the year at their place in Loreto and drove down to La Paz for a little change-of-pace. The did the number on a fat yellowfin tuna and this dorado as she poses on the beach at Muertos Bay.

 

Like a boss! John Stone from San Diego had himself a good several days with our Tailhunter Fleet! He poses here with one of his bull dorado.

Another big rooster for Tom Deleon from Los Angeles. Part of a double hook-up on live bait he came specifically to get a rooster. This one regretfully could not be released and the meat was donated.

Good buddy Randy Forestiere had several days of fun on light tackle hooking great cabrilla and pargo like this pargo mulatto north of La Paz.

 

Still some cooler water fish hanging out! Captain Armando put his folks on this amberjack, but also jack crevalle and dorado.

These two guys are making a habit of nice roosterfish over the years. Stan Andre and Terry Hawk with a slugger rooster near Cerralvo Island. They got several and all were released.

John Mc Lucas from the S.F. Bay area has been fishing with us for years and loves the light tackle inshore stuff. Check out the variety he has including yellow snapper, china maru (hawkfish), cabrilla and pargo liso (mullet snapper). All great-eating fish!

Happy fella with a fish! Long-time Tailhunter Tribe member, Bill Lee with another cabrilla from up-tight in the rocks where they hang out. He loves the light tackle battles!

That’s alot of fish! Diane Deleon poses with a heck of a bull dorado she caught with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet fishing around Espirito Santo Island.

Couple of great eating trophy fish for Terry Hawk including a big cabrilla and a yellow snapper. All highly-prized.

Early morning biter! Another dorado for San Diego, John Stone!

Another big wahoo in the boat for Laura Hernandez and Mark Buchanan from San Diego!

Right in the bay! Jeff Correia from San Diego hooked this mahi with the city still in view behind him!

 

It’s getting warmer down here.  The waters are getting bluer and the fishing is getting more consistent.  Still not great fishing, but there is some pretty good fishing to be had with some speed bumps here and there.  Still some funky water conditions around.  Still the occasional bout of wind and waves.  But, overall, the improvement every week is noticeable in conditions and consequently the fishing.
Not as many big fish this week, but some fun fishing nonetheless.
For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet at Muertos Bay, it was like last week.  Not a lot of fish, but quantity was trumped by quality.  The fish we caught were generally larger and fiestier models.  Larger rooserfish were running 30-80 pounds. Wahoo are still around in the 20-50 pound class.  The dorado came in as small as 8 pounders, but some nice bulls in the 20-30 pound class as well.  A few smattering of 20-30 pound tuna as well.  Plus, mix in a few nice pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and even some holdover cold-water species like amberjack and sierra.
The thing is, you got a home run fish more-or-less or it was really scratchy and slow.  Few fish, but the fish were generally larger.  One boat could hit money and the boat next to it could blank.  Or with these larger fish, you get hooked, but the fish (being larger and tougher) busts off.  That’s not bad fishing.  That’s just unlucky “catching” and part of the sport.
For straight action and fun, the better fishing was with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.  Not as many BIG fish as Las Arenas.  But for just a day of action and getting bent, this past week the action around the islands north of town were a lot more entertaining.  In addition to great action on snapper, several species of pargo and some real fat cabrilla, toss in some occasional tuna, some big rooster fish and some 10-25 pound dorado and you have the makings of a fun day and some great fillets for the cooler.

Alot of the algae that’s lining the beach is now starting to burn off leaving behind it warmer blue waters so expectations are high for better fishing as we head towards summer.

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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