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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 16-23, 2019

ROOSTERFISH RAGE & HEADLINE

UNPREDICTABLE WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for

Week of June 16-23, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY. . .

My hero of the week! Enzo Moreno is only 11-years-old from the San Antonio area of Texas. He hooked this marlin with Captain Armando. He fought the fish for 2 hours on 30 pound test line! He refused help and battled it all by himself. He got the fish to the boat…took the photo…and released it! AWESOME!

The tuna popped up again after being somewhat absent the last few weeks. Bob Lederer from Massachusetts with Captain Jorge and a nice rack of footballs and some larger models!

San Diego birthday girl, Michele Conklin, was just off Punta Perico and dozing off when this big boy rooster hit her bait. Her largest rooster and she was able to release it!

 

That’s alot of cabrilla meat. This big seabass was taken by Dave Gee from San Francisco.

 

A legit La Paz dorado! Gary Lunger poses with a pretty mahi caught north of La Paz.

Captain Pancho strikes a pose with Justin Larson! The young man from San Diego caught and released 4 big roosters the same day!

A pretty good day and a pretty photo of the Steele Family…Ashley, Dan and Zach and some nice yellowtail headed for the cutting board.

Crazy to be catching yellowtail in June! These are cold water fish and normally, we don’t see them after about April. However, Dave Gee holds up another one with La Paz Malecon in the distance.

Happy Fella! Captain Jorge with our amigo, Dave Conklin and a hefty rooster taken not far off the Las Arenas sand. The fish was released.

Pretty photo with great colors! That’s a big yellowtail and Jackie Laes from Oregon enjoying some sunshine and some fun fishing.

Captain Raul gives 8-year-old Alice Wiebe from Bradley CA with her yellowtail.

Another fish we don’t see very much this late in the year, but a feisty ferocious fighter is the pargo liso (mullet snapper). Dana Jacklin wrestled this pretty fish out’ve the rocks.

First roosterfish for Ramy Shatara who gets a hand from Captain Arcangel. Ramy released the fish and caught it on light tackle.

Bob Lederer gets the tail-end of this striper he hooked just outside of Bahia Muertos while fishing with Captain Armando!

Big cabrilla like this lurk in rocky structure and reefs making them a difficult fighter, but Jeff Morgan got this tasty seabass into the boat.

Best week of roosters that I ca remember. Here’s another one for the photos gallery taken by Adam Larson. Adam released the fish which swam off strongly.

The man behind the mask is Dan Steele who gets a hand from wife, ashley on a thick pretty rooster he hooked not far off the shallow rocks at Punta Perrico then released it after the photo. Check those colors!

There’s alot of good-eating on this table. I see cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo including the one being held by Mark Jacklin.

Craig Hoffman from Phoenix AZ and brother Bryan, all the way from London got into the tuna bite with a table-load of yellowfin tuna.

These are tough fighters on hook and line…among the hardest to pull in for alot of our anglers. Ramy Shatara at the La Paz municipal pier off-loading some of his bonito

Family day! Desmond and Julia Sjauwfoekloy from Los Angeles with Julia’s cabrilla.

Keith Paulson gets a grip on double bull-dorado that he caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

With his first roosterfish, Bill Eggleston makes the photo gallery. The fish was released and he was fishing south of Bahia Muertos.

Lots of hard-fighting jack crevalle kept rods bent and reels screaming! Michele Conklin with big smiles and Captain Jorge.

Kyle Eggleston has to be one of the funniest first-timers we have had down here so far! First day out he got in on the rooster bite!

 

Captain Arcangel with Jonathan Hicks from San Francisco and yes, the big pompano are still biting.

Another rooster on the books for young Justin Larson, caught and released. He had a spectacular day.

Dan Steele, again behind the mask, with another yellowtail!

Strange fish of the week! Related to roosterfish, amberjack, pompano and jack crevalle, this is the first time we’ve had a Hawaiian trevally show up! Just goes to show you what a crazy season we are having! Tom Dietz does the honor.

Hefty amberjack (pez fuerte) for Miles Wagner and Kris Kobach coming in late with dinner at Rancho Costa.

It was like Jekyll & Hyde Week.  It was also a week of strange fishing on so many other levels.

 

The first part of the week, cold winds, choppy seas, off-color water and strong currents really had us all working hard to get fish.  After a pretty decent previous week, it was like “What next?”  On top of it there was a full moon.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet…

 

Las Arenas fishing virtually shut off the first 3-4 days this week.  Some snapper and pargo and cabrilla.  Lots of bonito.  Jack crevalle kept rods bent. But not much else.

Our buddy, Doug Oclassen from Colorado right off the sand with a nice jack crevalle.

 

Thankfully, we had the roosterfish!

The rooster cruising the shallows! Pretty pretty pretty!

What a week for roosterfish…maybe the best I have seen in 25 years.  We had fish running 10-70 pounds.  Some pangas caught, 2,3…4 fish each day and lost several others!  Fish were literally schooling up like we have never seen them.

Dennis Adair’s rooster was so big the photographer (Glenn Oclassen) couldn’t back up any further to get the whole fish. Captain Ramiro on deck!

Justin and Adam Larson with another gallo.

 

Many anglers took their first or largest roosters ever!  I can’t tell you how often folks came back from fishing with big smiles but asking me for a band-aid for the blisters on a thumb or inside index fingers from reel with folks fighting a single fish from 15-45 minutes.  Then doing it all over again! It was crazy!

 

Also remarkable were the mullet snapper (pargo liso) on the backside of Cerralvo Island.  Normally, these big scrappy pargo school-up in huge undulating crashing pods in March and April!

 

But all of a sudden, here they were!  Fish up to 20-30 pounds were busting guys off as they watched this schools crashing the surface.  So many fish were lost and frustrating so quite a few anglers as these powerful fish took them into the rocks!

These pargo lisos can be beasts. Captain Ramiro at Muertos.

 

About Wednesday, it seemed like things changed.  By Thursday, it was like someone threw a lightswitch.

 

The winds died down.  The temperatures kicked into the low 100’s.  Humidity rose.  The sun blazed and the waters turned bluer.

He’s bent! Ramy shows good form on a fresh one on flat waters!

 

And the fish suddenly got into the game!

 

Tuna started crashing with yellowfin as small as footballs, but as large as 40-pounds. Most fish caught on the banks near Cerralvo Island. We have not seen many tuna in about 4-6 weeks.

Fun brother and sister Nina and Enzo Moreno from Texas with a double pair of yellowfin tuna!

A pretty “football” yellowfin tuna with Chad Oclassen

Marlin also got active with a number of fish caught and released. All the fish ranged from about 100-130 pounds.

Oh yea…marlin on the line!

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet…

 

Fishing was much better than Las Arenas if you just wanted to fill the ice chest and wanted some good rod-bending action.

The areas around Espirito Santo Island and Punta Coyote and Punta Mejia were productive for a number of species.

Stephon and Jason Munroe with some La Paz action in the panga

Zach Steele and a tasty Mexican cabrilla

Desmond and Joshua with his snapper and a big smile. Cool sunglasses!

 

No shortage of both tasty white bonito and hard pulling skipjack (barriletes).  Plus inshore, lots of snapper, pargo, cabrilla, trigger fish and amberjack.  You could have fun all day with that.

It’s mine and I caught it! Zach has his bonito in the boat

David Goodman has another tough bonito.

 

Plus add in the dorado that are roaming around and getting better every week with fish running 10-25 pounds to put in the ice chest and you can have a full day of fishing.

Pam and Bill Eggleston with a few of their dorado.

 

However, just like the unusual pargo liso near Cerralvo Island that popped up in big schools (a cold water fish), we had yellowtail show up!  In my 25 years down here, I’ve never seen yellowtail in June.  Normally, by April, we’re all done with any yellowtail in these waters.  Just like the pargo liso, they are cold water fish!

Dave Gee rocking the yellowtail!

Yellowtail headed for the freezer for Ramy

So, here we are almost at the end of June and at the technical beginning of summer and our boats are coming back with 2, 3 or 4 yellowtail and losing more in the rocks.  Fish going 10-20 pounds…totally legit.

 

Weird thing is that often they’re in the same spots as the dorado which are warm water fish!  That leads me to believe that there’s warm water on the surface then a chilly thermocline down deeper that brought the yellowtail up from colder deeper waters to feed on the abundant bait.  At least, that’s what I’m speculating.  But no complaints!  These are fun good-eating fish!

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 for Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 2-9, 2019

CRAZY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER and

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 2-9, 2019

 

The MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather– All over the place.  From Sunny to even some rain.  Mostly sunny.  Winds erratic and unpredictably.  Unseasonable.  Should be much calmer this time of year.

Water– Winds have made waters cooler than normal.  At times very very choppy and rough.  Water are also cloudier than normal because of the turbulence.

Fishing – Action is good but not what we are used to catching this time of year.  Have to work really hard for quality.  Great inshore action saves the day.  Blue water fish are tougher to get.  But, there’s alot of fish out there, but often, they just didn’t want to bite.

Species Caught This Week:  Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Barred Pargo, Dog-Tooth Snapper (pargo), Pompano, Amberjack, 2 kinds of Bonito, Skipjack, Triggerfish, Roosterfish, Rainbow Runners, Sierra, Yellowtail, Jack Crevalle, Polometa, Cabrilla

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

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That’s the right kind! Big rooster for Utah amigo, Dave Waite, who went home and booked another trip to come back this September! This big fish was released.

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Wow! That’s a huge huge cabrilla! John Ehlers hooked this one on he yo yo iron in shallow water and it’s one of the largest we’ve seen in awhile! Dolores, his sweet wife is on his shoulder! They’re from Colorado and have visited us for years. Great amigos! Thanks for the cool mugs! I’m drinking coffee with it right now as I type!

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Doubles! Taylor Murphy and uncle Roger Thompson got a double hookup on wahoo outside of Bahia Muertos with Captain Hugo.

Our popular Capitan Jorge and a handful of tasty amberjack with Noe Fierros from Northern California on a return visit to us.

These two have a knack for big roosterfish everytime they visit us. Bennett Clegg and wife, Alicia (giving the thumbs up!) pose with another big boy they released off Las Arenas.

 

Big dorado of the week to Colton Matson who only had one day to fish, but boated these two big bulls.

George Talbott snuck down for two quick days of fishing and shows off the incredible variety of fish including: amberjack, triggerfish, snapper, pargo and cabrilla.

Whoa! Captain Boli helps Paul Siefert try to hold this 60-pound class tuna in a rolling seas north of La Paz. The fish was hooked in shallow water near Cerralvo Island, but over the next hour pulled the panga out to deeper water! Paul is from Utah.

Captain Jorge holds up a couple of amberjack for John Wagner

Scott Fitchett from Idaho with a nice amber.

Brothers John and Joe Vigneault have a nice pair of dorado.

 

Pompano everywhere! Great eating too! John Wagner, Captain Jorge and Noe Fierros in the lineup!

Graduation trip for Cahill Parker who catches and releases two roosters on his first try! Dad, Chris has the big smile too!

Just not enough hands! Huge pompano caught by Utah amigos, Doug and Penny Nuffer and the big dog-tooth snapper caught by Penny and battled to get out of the rocks and refused to give up the rod to Doug! Nicely done. Captain Gerardo helps out with the hefty fish.

Check the variety! Triggerfish, pompano, and snapper for Bryan Sanford all the way from Nebraska.

Hank Fitchett was visiting us from Boise, Idaho and right-off-the-bat on his first day hooks the dandy roosterfish off Punta Perrico. The fish was released.

A rare fish. A big fish. It’s the biggest rainbow runner I have ever seen! It’s in the same family as the yellowtail and first-timer Parker Cahill caught it outside of Bahia Muertos.

Good start of pompano and trigger fish for Mandy and Cameron!

It’s June and we are still getting yellowtail normally a cold-water fish. The waters arer really mixed up right now! But props to our amiga, Dolores Ehlers who poses with Captain Pancho.

Reason to smile! Big rooster with Paul Siefert and Captain Gerardo. Caught and released near Las Arenas.

This is the time for pompano, but I have never seen pompano as big as the ones we are getting this season and Donna Thompson’s pompano is a horse! Just outside Muertos Bay.

This gal can fish! Taylor Murphy from Lakewood CA and another wahoo in the boat.

Captain Armando fished with Bob McAndrew and Fred Gray new first time Tailhunter tribe members! Jack crevalle, dorado and amberjack on the table!

Love this photo! Jeanne Cabales and the sheer joy! Amberjack on the gaff. Jeanne is from San Diego.

Donnie Rea probably had the best dorado day we’ve had so far this season boating limiting on dorado north of La Paz near Punta Mejia.

Our long-time Phoenix friends Craig and Kathy Sanford with their favorite Captain Armando and pompano, pargo and white bonito.

 

Smiling Captain Pancho helps Dolores pose with a polometa!

 

First day and big rooster taken off the bucket list for Paul Gassmann from San Diego on his first visit. The fish was released.

Brandy Fitchett from Idaho and a dorado caught right off the rocks with Captain Rogelio.

I have come to the conclusion that given the present conditions of the way fishing has been the last two months, it’s NOT June or summertime fishing.  What we have is really early spring-time fishing.  This is more like April fishing than June fishing!

 

The reality of things is that, air temps are cooler.  Water temps are cooler than normal as well. The winds are taking their time in getting the heck out’ve town and keep being pesky while turning up waves and clouding up the water.  It’s definitely NOT June fishing!

Turn up the sound and check the video below:

But, don’t get me wrong.  There’s no lack of sunshine or action! (Although we did morning drizzle one day).

 

It’s really quite pleasant to be here and whereas we’d be in 95 degree weather with 70% humidity, it’s sunny and 85 degrees with a great breeze and only 50% humidity.  Us locals are loving it. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

On the water, everyone is catching a variety of fish.  But, like the weather,  it’s erratic.  Good, but erratic.  Everyone is getting bent but from day-to-day, it’s hard to know what’s biting.

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Parker Cahill with quite a variety for one day including palometa, rainbow runner, triggerfish and amberjack. Plus some roosterfish released as well!

One day there’s dorado and tuna.  The next day it’s big pompano or snapper.  100 yards away, a panga gets yellowtail and sierra…cold water fish.  One day there’s big roosters popping up and the next day, the same area is inhabited by voracious bonito and jack crevalle.  Wahoo come and go. Troll for hours and nothing.  Then one pangas runs over a school of them!

Marlin get us all excited, then won’t bite or simply tease the baits like doggies that just want to toss around an old rolled-up sock, then go back to being lazy.

Fish pop up in places they normally are not.  We hook a tuna or dorado only yards from the rocks in water that’s so shallow you can see the bottom.  But, then hook a big pargo in deep water while trolling for wahoo!

I think this past week, I counted more than a dozen different species of fish.  No one is NOT catching fish.  It’s just hard to tell anyone what they will catch.

TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Many thanks to our folks who brought down donations this week for our Tailhunter Community Outreach program that continues throughout the season.  We have several hundred pounds now and just about ready for the first distribution of the year.  Gracias to Frank Gray…The Toeniskoetter Family (Dru, Jack and Adam)…Jackie and Noe Fierros with John and Debbie Wagner.

That’s our story!

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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 May 19-26, 2019

ANGLERS WORK HARDER FOR FISH in ERRATIC

CONDITIONS (But still catch fish!)

 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 19-26, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Captain Gerardo seemed to be on fire this week. He’s helping lift Ron Cutler’s big tuna. Ron is from Bend, Oregon.

We finally got Willy Moers from Denver to come visit. On the last day, he finally got his big dorado after a couple of misses. The smile says it all!

Tom Mullican our long-time amigo from Dallas TX, had 5 pretty successful days. He didn’t get many fish, but he made up for it with some quality species like this big yellowfin…and uh…a little snapper! 🙂

 

First timer, 18-year-old Ryan McConnell is down on a graduation trip before heading to college and his first day out he rocks this 57-pound log wahoo with Captain Armando. The photo doesn’t do justice because young Ryan is about 6’6″ tall. It’s a BIG fish. See below as they put it on a scale!

Yup…57-pounds on the scale for Ryan McConnell and Captain Armando who needs to stretch to get his arms high enough.

More marlin showing up these days. Captain Victor put Ron Cutler on this striper as well as the big dorado. The fish could not be released.

Tom Reed from San Diego only had 2 days to fish, but made the most of it with a big tuna and then this nice wahoo right at the end just outside of Bahia Muertos on a trolled Rapala.

Susie Williams is a gem of a gal. What a gamer! She pulled this tough dog-tooth out’ve the rocks with fishing shallow water with Captain Gerardo.

Good start and great action for Margaret Cummings from Austin TX and Willy Moers from Colorado. Fun folks!

Adam Toeniskoetter shows off a nice late-season yellowtail, which tells me there’s still some cooler water around as summer approaches. Adam brings the family back in two weeks!

Boy, did we have some fun with Blake Warren and Laura Brunell who was on her first real fishing trip and lit it up with about 20 different species over 3 days of fishing. Here with Captain Pancho posing with triggerfish pargo, amberjack, snapper and cabrilla!

Another big tuna to off-load to the cutting table for Ryan.

Striper on the beach for Paul Markowitz with an assist from Mike Boutin both from the Boise, Idaho area. The fish could not be released.

Just off the beach. Good start to the day for Mike Boutin and his roosterfish which was released.

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of the Rancho Costa Resort dropped the hammer on this big yellowfin tuna, but only after he also dropped his line to 30-pound test and the fight was on! Looks like he also caught a foot!

Lots of great eating as Tom Mullican holds up his wahoo to add to his box of tuna.

First-day smiles with some pargo and amberjack from Susie and Bart Williams from San Diego.

I love this colorful photo of Raphael and Yvette Rios with Captain Jorge. A big barred pargo and yellow snapper and just great colors.  They’re from Texas and visit us yearly.

Dog-tooth snapper (pargo rojo) are still around if you can get them out’ve the rocks and reefs. They get alot bigger. Tom has this one on the gaff and headed to the fish box.

Lots of jack crevalle around providing some super light tackle action on this feisty fish. Willy Moers does the honors with Captain Armando.

Oh the joy! Susie Williams has a nice dorado caught north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

 

We had a very different, strange, good, anemic, erratic week!  It’s hard to describe.

I think the only thing we didn’t get was rain!  Fishing changed from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.

 

Anglers worked really hard for fish one day and the next it was 180 degree difference.  One boat would be bendo and pulling on fish all day and the boat right next to it spent the day eating lunch and drinking their beers waiting for a bite.  One boat would catch tons of bonito.  The boat next to it would have tuna, wahoo and a marlin and zero bonito.  It would be windy and choppy one day and the next flat as glass…or calm in one spot and a mile away like a washing machine.  We had winds from the north, south, west and east that changed daily!

 

A wild unpredictable week for sure!

 

There was no shortage of action or species, but for the most part, our anglers and captains had to work a little harder to find fish.

 

We still had great inshore action on several species of pargo as well as cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, sierra, yellowtail, snapper, big triggerfish and those big pompano.  If that’s what you wanted, you could do that all day long and have a blast!

Roosterfish for Paul Markowitz from Idaho. Fish was released. Punta Arenas in the background.

 

Roosterfish were still around although a little stickier this week than last where the roosters seemed to be everywhere and willing to chew.  With all the winds, the waters were a little turned over with a lot more turbidity and a little green so the fish were more finicky.  We did get more than a few, however, and all released.

 

The blue water species were a little trickier as well. We got more marlin in the water and had out best marlin week with stripers moving in.  A lot of fish sighted, but weren’t quite interested in biting…just yet.  However, we hooked several with most getting released.

Marlin for Dave Bergurud while Captain Victor lends a “big hand” holding the heavy spike! Someone forgot their Pacifico!

 

The tuna were a conundrum.  The big 40-100 pounders were still there.  Everyone saw them busting and breaking water and foaming ,but they weren’t always willing to eat.  In fact, most of the time, they would eat everything but the bait that was on the hook.

Just another good day on the water for Tom.

 

Guys dropped down from 60…to 50..to 40…and finally getting fish on 30 pound fluro leaders.  But, if you hang a 100 pound fish on 30 pound, you’re already at a huge disadvantage.

 

One of our guys hooked a big fish on 30 and fought it for nearly 4 hours and it towed the panga almost 10 miles up the island.  They got it near the panga at color and my captain estimated it at almost 200 pounds!  Just as they were near to gaff, the line broke!  Heartbreak!

Wahoo are still around as well.  But this is the normal time for them.   I just have not had many photos to share because, although we get bit, most fish get lost.  But they are definitely there and very close to the rocks just outside Bahia Muertos.

Man…that is a beast of a wahoo for Ryan!

 

More and bigger dorado around for both our fleets so they seem to be coming on with more sargasso weed building up north of the city and the dorado slowly building up.  If we get just a few degrees warmer, I think it’s gonna bust open!

 

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 May 12-19, 2019

FULL MOON? WIND? TUNA and ROOSTERS DON’T CARE!

La Paz -Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 12-19, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT (a little longer than normal!)

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

All by herself!!! Peggy Miller’s first time and she rocked this big 70-pound-class tuna all by herself for almost 90 minutes! She and husband Ken are from Montana on their first visit to La Paz!

Captain Armando helps pose with a happy Dave Schiefelbein of Colorado who was on his first day of fishing and battled this 80 pound-class yellowfin tuna for almost 2 hours. His first ever!

Jed Hinkle from MONTANA (Thanks, Jed!) seems to have a knack for big roosters every time he visits. Just off the Las Arenas lighthouse he caught and released this rooster estimated (by the captain) and 95-pounds. It’s bigger than it looks! Jed is a really tall guy!

So many first-timers did so well this week. Laura Brunell hadn’t even fished before until about 2 weeks before her La Paz trip and her very first fish right off-the-bat is this hefty yellowfin she fought for almost 90 minutes all by herself. Boyfriend Blake Warren got a 55-pound rooster caught-and-released as well.

We had an incredible week of big pompano and this is one of the biggest! Nina Le from New Mexico holds up this tasty species of the jack family!

Tom Mullican has been visiting us for a number of years now twice a year and after catching this nice bull told me he had NEVER caught a big bull dorado in all that time! Tom’s from Dallas, TX.

A Washington smile from Jerry White who only had one day to fish but made it a good one with about 5 species of fish including his first roosterfish. The fish was released.

Two firsts! Kyndall Hinkle from Montana gets her first marlin with Captain Gerardo and also our first marlin of the season as well! Just outside of Bahia de los Suenos/ Muertos. On live bait! The fish could not be released.

These two had a great 3 days of fishing. Jeff and Patty Killian from Oregon show off a day of variety fishing over the reefs that produced pompano, snapper, white bonito, amberjack and pargo!

 

Captain Armando was on fire this week! First-timer from Arizona, Russel was on this fish over 3 hours! His arms were “rubber!”

First roosterfish is a good one. Right off the beach, Ken Miller, caught and released this nice fish!

Tom Reed was able to squeeze in a short trip that produced this quality yellowfin on the first day that he brought back to Tailhunter Restaurant for some poke and sashime!

Kyndall and Jed Hinkle were part of an incredible week of big pompano fishing. Great eating fish! That’s Punta Perrico in the background.

First-timers had it going on this week! Brian Dang’s first time trip kicked out this nice yellowfin tuna and a big smile on the beach. Brian is from New Mexico.

Captain Armando, Patty Killian and a nice barred pargo!

 

One off the bucket list for Tom Mullican. He has an amberjack in the left hand and a rainbow runner in his right. The rainbow runners are related to yellowtail.  This is a big one!

Captain Victor helps Wayne Krafft from Washington with his rooster that they released after the photo. Roosters were center stage this week.

Another big pompano in the boat for Nina! First thing at sunrise!

Christoper Le and Captain Jorge with a thumbs-up on a nice rack of pompano on the cleaning table!

I was worried this week when I saw the full moon and the probability that it would also combine with strong winds…again.  I’m not usually so worried about the moon phases as I am with wind, but in tandem they can be havoc with tides, currents and consequently the fishing.

 

However, we might have had one of the best weeks of the fishing season!

 

In all honesty, we did not catch as many fish as previous weeks, but what we lost in quantity, we made up for with quality with the largest fish of the season.  And, frankly, if you’re tied onto a single big fish for 1 or 2 hours, you don’t have time to catch a bunch of small fish!  But that’s exactly what happened.

 

We still had a tremendous amount of variety in terms of species that included  amberjack; yellowtail;  3 species of pargo (pargo liso / pargo mulatto / dog-tooth) ; cabrilla; yellow snapper, red snapper, bonito (common and white bonito); jack crevalle and wahoo (caught, but not landed) .

 

We also got our first marlin of the season!

 

However, we also got into several days of the largest pompano I have ever seen in several decades here with big hefty 10-pound fish.

 

In those same areas, the roosterfish came on strong with fish between 40 and 90 pounds getting caught and released.  By far our best roosterfish week of the season with some sightings or entire schools of roosterfish crashing baits along the beaches.  One of my captains said, there could have been “hundreds” of big roosterfish in one school!

 

The big highlight was our first solid week of tuna.  And these were NOT football fish.  There were those mean 40-100 pound yellowfin that have a tendency to even break strong men!  Most of these fish took 1-3 hours on our lighter live bait tackle and most of the fish taken in shallower water.

 

The fun thing was that it seemed that many of the larger fish were hooked by first-timers or the wives and girlfriends!  It was great to see them grit it out and all of them enjoyed it!  There were even larger fish that were battled and came unbuttoned or the lines broke after long fights!

For alot of folks, it was their biggest fish…or their first fish…or a new species they had never caught…or the longest fight…

It made for great stories, photos and a fun week!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 5-12, 2019

ROOSTERFISH STARTING TO COME ON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 5-12, 2019

 

The MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

One day to fish and the had some fun! Wayne Krafft and Jerry White with some nice snapper including a hefty dog-tooth! They also caught and released 2 roosterfish.

Patty and Jeff Killian had quite a first day with 3 big roosterfish caught and released. A photo of one of the other fish is below.

Captain Joel gives Patty Killian a hand on one of their 3 big roosterfish caught at Espirito Santo Island.

 

Big cabrilla right up close and shallow to the rocks for Don Busse, our Lakewood CA amigo.

Yoshi and his family live in Mexico and were visiting La Paz for the first time and made the most of the one day they went out fishing.

Big teeth and a big mouth…on the fish! Not John Chung who has the good smile and knows this dog-tooth is gonna end up in the kitchen!

A big thumps-up for Jeff Killian and Captain Alfredo with a big cabrilla estimated at 30 pounds caught near Pilot Cove north of La Paz.

Pancho had a nice big snapper!

 

It gets a little better every week as we move towards warmer conditions and better fishing, but I guess we’re not outta the woods yet.  To co-incide with all the bad weather north of the border, it was reflected in some gusty winds and choppy water that affected the fishing and definitely the comfort level.

 

So, we had some good fishing…and we had some not-so-good fishing.

 

Some was weather related.  Even tho’ the sun is out, if it’s choppy and windy, it’s hard to get live sardines or, to get to some of the fishing spots.  Or, because of the winds, and because we are blessed to usually fish so close to shore, the waters are turned over and murkier than normal.  So, there were some off-days.

 

Some of the other days were much better.

 

Big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, triggerfish, pompano and snapper are still willing and hungry in the rocks and over the reefs in shallow water.  More dorado are starting to show up.  The wahoo are still biting although we hooked them, but all the hooked fish were lost or came unbuttoned.

It takes some chopper teeth to mark up the hard body of a Rapala like this!

We know the fish are there.  Purple and black Rapalas and Yo-Zuri Magnums are still the best although the wahoo are willing to eat live bait as well.

The wahoo and even pargo like these things!

 

 

I will also officially declare roosterfish season open!  The bigger boys have started showing up with fish running 30-50 pounds and we’re seeing much larger fish as well.

One of three big roosters caught-and-released by Jeff Killian.

 

Two of our anglers scored a triple rooster-day with fish between 40 and 50 pounds and all released. Other nice roosters were lost.  Check out the photos in this report  of Jeff and Patty Killian from Oregon who were fishing with Captain Joel and hooked 3 pretty roosters!

Jeff White  and Wayne Krafft from Washington got the double rooster and released two fish as well!

 

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:
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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 April 7-14, 2019

“HOLD EVERYTHING!” (WINTER’s NOT DONE)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Apri. 7-14, 2019

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and REST OF THE STORY…

Now this is a yellowtail! Just off Espirito Santo Island, Desmond Sjaufoekloy took this hefty beast earlier in the week.

Cabrilla like this tasty trophy are on the chew right now in the rocky areas. Jeff Brown poses with a beauty.

Desmond took this fat cabrilla to dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

Captain Joel with Rod Brown and a nice mix of yellowtail, barred pargo and snapper.

 

Just when we were getting all comfortable and figured winter was done with us, I had a feeling she still had a few gusts left in her.  Sure enough, like “Game or Thrones” winter came back to remind us we’re not quite out’ve range yet.

 

The week started out sort or OK.  But we could tell it was going to ramp up again.  Our folks got a nice mix of fish including yellowtail, some big fat cabrilla and other species plus a smattering of dorado.

 

But, with each day, the winds got stronger.  Towards the latter part of the week, it was not just gusting, it was ripping and even the La Paz Port Captain shut down all boat traffic.  No fishing…diving…swimming with whale sharks…no boats coming in and out.

 

And, I get it.  Can’t blame him.  It was blowing white caps even in the bay, even with the sun out.  Better to err on the side of safety.  Heck, even on the “calmer” days our folks were getting bounced and wet.

It did calm down just a tad by the end of the week, but not much and about the only thing we could raise in the rough water was bonito.

The coming week, it looks a little better.  Fingers crossed.

That’s our story!  Happy Easter everyone.  Have a safe and blessed holidays.

 

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 March 31-April 7, 2019

CRAZY VARIETY FOR 2nd STRAIGHT WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 31-April 7, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

 

Micah Pettit from Utah came down with his dad for his first trip with us although dad fishes with us several times a year.  Micah stuck it to this tough yellowtail just outside Bahia Muertos his first day along with snapper, cabrilla and sierra.

Our amigo, Rod Brown from Alaska has been coming to fish with us for over a dozen years and usually during the spring . Along with nice yellowtail, he put this trophy barred pargo in the box fishing around Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz over the rocks.

From Minnesota, Jeff Brown is a pretty good fisherman on our La Paz waters and always does well as he poses with one of his nice yellowtail.

This type of rack of fish is not unusual this time of year when we can end up with alot of variety.  Here you see yellowtail, yellow snapper, sierra, cabrilla and barred pargo.

Our popular Captain Joel has reason to smile after putting the gaff to Jeff’s trophy barred pargo.  That’s Espirito Santo Island in the background.

Coleman Wadsworth shows off his catch including this yellowtail plus some great eating variety on the boar behind him including rockfish like snapper, cabrilla and pargo.

Incredible variety this week as we hit a 2nd good week of action.   It’s what we call “transitional” time although it usually doesn’t hit until about next month.  However, it’s the time of the fishing season when it’s not winter anymore and not summer quite yet in the water.

 

Consequently, you still have the ability to catch cold-water species like cabrilla, pargo, sierra, yellowtail, amberjack, snapper and more as they still linger.  However, warm water species like dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish, larger roosterfish are no starting to move in as well as surface waters warm.

 

Add in bonito, jack crevalle, skipjack and other year-round species and you get a lot of variety right now and that’s the kind of week we just had with great action on a number of different kinds of fish.

 

You may not get a lot of any one species, but you could finish a day with 6, 8, 10 or more different species in the box at the end of the day.  The boat right next to you have have another 3 or 4 different species.  The next day you get completely different species.  It makes for some fun fishing.

 

Still not a lot of anglers out on the water, but the ones we did have out took yellowtail, barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, sierra, amberjack, bonito, jack crevalle, roosterfish (released), yellow snapper, cabrilla as well as tuna (lost) and wahoo (lost).  Signs of striped marlin were also seen.

 

Biggest problem is that many of the fish are in shallow water right now or over structure so lots of big fish are getting lost in the rocks but they’re willng to bite.

 

Here’s what one of our anglers had to say:

“Another great day of fishing. We caught almost 70 mackerel for bait this morning. For the third day in a row we ran out of bait by 1 o’clock because of just too many hook-ups!  . Today’s catch included  7 yellowtail, 5 nice sized cabrilla, one large barred pargo, and one sierra. The fish were tough on our equipment. The first thing they do is run for he rocks. We lost more than we boated…We also snapped one of the heavy rods on a hook set. This has never happened before!”

Despite the great fishing this week, don’t say good-bye just yet to those windy days of winter…Sunday was pretty rough and blustery again.  Will keep an eye out for you.  Stay tuned.

BAHIA MAGDALENA FISHING

We were able to send out our first anglers of the season over to the Pacific side to light-tackle fish the mangroves in the shallows of Bahia Magdalena and they had a spectacular time.  Using live bait, they had 50-60 fish days catching, releasing and donating much of their catch and also losing many fish in the tangles of roots and underwater structure.

Catches included: snook, cabrilla, spotted-bay bass, halibut, snapper, pargo, corvina, croaker, and many more!

That’s ALOT of variety and light tackle action after just one day fishing the mangrove shallows in Bahia Magdalena not including all the other fish lost and donated.

 

Rod Brown with a tasty snook.  Those are the barrier dunes on the edge of Mag Bay behind him.

Called “lenguado” (tonguefish) in Spanish, Jorge Romero has himself a good little halibut that ate a live sardine.

You can see the tangle of mangrove roots behind Jeff Brown and how close to shore we fish in the shallows of Mag Bay, but check out the kind of fish lurking in the roots like this pargo.

Tasty grouper!

That’s our story!

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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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