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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 29-Oct.6, 2019

TUNA and WAHOO FINALLY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2019

 

Mexican Minute Video Report

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

You never forget the first. Especially, when you have been trying for years like John Gibbs and Wiley Randolph who visit us every year and finally nailed their first wahoo…on the same day…on the same panga with Captain Pancho.

It’s easy to see why these guys are fun. With Captain Jorge, James Ekern, Corey Sowers and George Aun from Utah and a bunch of dorado.

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First day and first time fishing with us, Steve Salbeck, rocked this big dog-tooth snapper with Captain Moncho. That’s alot of meat for the ice chest.

Eric Sanchez gives buddy Adam Nystuen with a nice wahoo they took off Bahia Muertos.

Scott Milligan and Dave Sedeno posing with their first day catch with quite a variety including, dorado, pompano and snapper .


Funny shot with Dana Murray our amigo from Washington who has a tuckered tongue out hefting this 50-pound class tuna to pose with Captain Armando.

A sweet-looking bull dorado and blue water! Brian Schwalbe gets some grins with Captain Luis who caught this with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Captain Fili with another pompano and Rich Sisk and Scott Pepper hold up some of their first-day catch on the beach at Bahia Muertos.


Enjoying some Baja sunshine from Montana where it was snowing 30″ this week, Pepper Paul Hamlin has a couple of nice bull dorado and a great shirt!

Brothers who fish together, the Suzumoto brothers, Thomas, Luke and John with Captain Jorge. Couldn’t find nicer guys. With us for the first time.

This trio is trouble and always having fun catching a big rack of dorado to match their shirts, Nino Bonfiglio, Captain Victor and Jim Gatti.

Mark Self just had one day to fish and got one of the largest dorado of the week.

Wiley’s biggest dorado ever despite many trips to fish with us here in La Paz! He was fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Brian had himself a nice week of fishing with this marlin his largest of the week and he shared the meat with his group.

Check out Al Jones and the variety of fish on the cutting board. He’s got dorado, white bonito, cabrilla, triggerfish and yellow snapper.

Our newly retired forestry amigos from Carson City NV, on their 2nd trip with us got a pile of dorado, triggerfish, pompano and jack crevalle.

A solid trophy barred pargo on the gaff for Chris Aiello. Great eating.

Kim Bell fought this nice plug yellowfin tuna for 45 minutes all by herself as it pulled the panga around. Good job!

Too cool from Colorado, Dave Van Steenkiste and Randall Sullivan got themselves a good batch of dorado for the day.

Great colors. Ken has another mahi for the box.

Gerardo gets into the photo with Bob Larson and Bill Bigelman who have a big pompano to go along with their dorado.

We finally got some wahoo in the boat! Wiley Randolph and Captain Pancho got the gaff in this big boy.


Early morning mahi! John Gibbs starts the day with a bull in the boat. Incredible colors.


Eric from Phoenix and Kendall from Denver on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

The man behind the mask with the huge bull is Brian Schwalbe.

Bob Manney is all smiles with his day’s fishing results. Bob is from Washington and visits us each year.

Captain Arcangel has been on our team for almost 25 years and is popular with many of our Tailhunter anglers. Take a look at the baby wahoo in his left hand. They thought it was a needlefish at first!

Tim Bell is all grins with Captain Jorge. Tuna and dorado headed to the fillet table.

Three of the best folks in the world…Captain Joel…Emily Duncan from Santa Barbara…our own Jorge Romero.

The Zuckerman brothers, Mike and Dave with a load of pompano, a barred pargo and a dorado. Lots of variety this past week.

Scott and Alfred after their first day with dorado, pompano, jack crevalle.

This is just funny…it’s not every day that the police inspector on the beach let’s loose and poses with the fishermen, but Angelo Oliverio, Captain Armando and Ken Campbell get a thumbs-up from the big man!


We probably could not have asked for a better week.  The seasons are changing and to go along with mild sunny temperatures and cool tropical breezes, the fish were on their game finally!

 

Whether you fished with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet or our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, there was no shortage of action.  Occasionally, one boat might be off-target, but for the most part, it was all the dorado you could possibly stand!

 

Limits or near limits of mahi were common with lots more released for being too small or over-limits.  We had some boat on some days back on the beach by 10 or 11 a.m. with happy anglers ready to hit the pool, nice lunch and a siesta! 

 

If there was any difference between our two fleets, the dorado seemed larger for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and for our La Paz Fleet, there were a lot more fish. .. but they tended to be smaller.  Most fish ran 10-15 pounds with occasional 20-35 pounders and larger fish lost.

 

In between the dorado, add a smattering of hard-fighting bonito, jack crevalle, a pargo or cabrilla and too many pesky needlefish and it was usually a fully day of bent rods and grinning clients! 

 

The highlights of the week were surely the jags of yellowfin tuna that finally popped up and landed in the boats.  Best spots were with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet using live bait with the fish as small as footballs but as large as 50-pounders.  I wouldn’t go so far as saying we have a “tuna bite” starting up, but it’s encouraging to finally see some tuna in the boxes.

 

Even better was that we finally hit some wahoo as well.  We’ve been getting teased by biters for that last week or two, but none of the fish stuck and it’s been months since one was landed.  We lost a few more this week, but at least we also got some onto the gaffs and onto the fish cleaning tables.  They were nice 20-45 pound ‘hoos!

 

Waters are cooling down. Air temps are very moderate with minimal humidity.  Breezes are coming more from the north so the season is changing.  It’s really really pleasant here right now.

ALERT for 2020 FISHING WITH TAILHUNTERS!

Just a heads-up for all our Tailhunter amigos…we are really booking up fast for 2020!  This year 2019 we were largely sold out by MARCH!!!  Some dates for next year are already sold out. 

If you have some favorites dates, rooms hotels AND CAPTAINS, don’t hesitate. Do not wait until we come to your town at one of the sportsman’s shows.  We are even getting bookings for 2021 and we want to make sure we have you covered for fishing and visiting us next year!

 

 

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
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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 Sept. 15-20, 2019

HURRICANE LORENA…FULL MOON…MARLIN INSANITY?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 15-20, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

I shot this earlier than normal…two days before the end of the week as Hurricane Lorena was about to hit us and I did not know at the time if we would lose electricity and internet.  Plus, I had a feeling that the rest of week we’d have to cancel fishing for a day or two.  So, it’s a little longer than normal as well because there was alot to chat about!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Hurricane Lorena was supposed to have veered off, but at the last minute came straight for us. It could have been alot worse as it dropped rain and wind on us for about 12 hours before moving on. The biggest issue was that we had to cancel fishing and diving and lots of folks got stuck when the airlines shut down or the airport got closed.

What an incredible marlin bite we had! For several days mid-week we had the best marlin fishing we have ever seen where almost every panga each day hooked 1-4 marlin like the Lauby Brothers…Justin and Noah…who hooked for marlin in 2 days. Most fish over the week were released and much meat was donated.

One of our newest funnest Tailhunter tribe members, Mari Bedsaul had some fun with us and got into some of that fun dorado fishing with Captain Alfredo.

Captain Arcangel looks like he’s checking the teeth of this big roosterfish…or looking for the hook so they can release it! But nice first rooster for Jon Sparks! And yes…they were able to release it!

The biggest tuna of the week and her first ever for Kasey Dewey from Washington. Tough fish, especially for a first-timer and she did great!

April Perry, husband Ryan and brother Taylor Sering got this blue marlin in that great marlin bite this week tag-teaming the rod on light tackle! One of the few blues that was caught. Most of the fish were able to be released and much meat was donated.

Dave Sowards has been visiting us for several years and always seems to do well. He got this striper with Captain Chito and had several others on as well.

Love this shot!!! Big smiles from Taylor Sering and Captain Luis plus a nice bull dorado as well.

That’s quite a table of fish for Larry Axtell and Clint Lowe from Idaho with Captain Fili including dorado, triggers and jack crevalle.

First marlin for firefighter Kallie Stahley who came down with her dad and were at the start of the marlin and dorado bite this week.

Not many tuna this week, but Greg Walter poses with a couple of nice footballs!

What a great shot and a super fish! Fishing wit Captain Jorge right off Punta Perico, Mari Bledsaul started her fishing week with a hefty roosterfish caught…photo’d…and released! Nicely done!

Great color and one of our newest amigas at Tailhunter, April Perry, from easter Washington poses with a fresh dorado.

Two funny guys and their tuna! Lou Torres and Frank Marshall! Tuna were hard to come by this week just when I thought they’d turn on!

Hard to find too many nicer guys than Chris Bedsaul showing off his first roosterfish. The fish was released!

Yes, there’s still lots of big hard-charging jack crevalle around to bend rods like this bad boy caught by Stefan Zeltvay. Cousin to the roosterfish, the Mexican name for them is “toro” (bull) for good reason. They are roosterfish without the headgear!

First day on the water with a sweet bit of tuna and dorado fillets for Randy and Kasey Dewey with Captain Gerardo peeking from behind.

Double dorado on the beach for April Sering. Some of it headed to our Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner

Another dorado for Mari north of La Paz.

Wow…what a week!

 

Initially with the full moon, I was wondering if the lunar phase would affect the nice dorado bite we had been having.  I’m not a big believer in how the moon affects our fishing down here, but you just never know!

 

So, the week kicked off with no big change in the dorado bite. In fact, it got better and the fish got bigger!  Especially for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, it was pretty typical to get limits of 10-20 or 25 pound dorado and then catch and release many many more.  Lots of fun!

How can you beat this photo! Dorado underwater! Thanks, Chris Bedsaul!

But, then the craziest thing happened…

 

The marlin went crazy nut insane!  In 25 years here, I have never seen anything like it.  For 4 days, almost all our pangas were hooking 1-4 marlin per boat per day!  Stripers up to 120 pounds!  Blue Marlin in the 150-250 pound range!  We even had a 600 pound marlin at one point.

 

Here’s what some of our folks said:

 

“We had two marlin on the line and another one came up and bit a 3rd rod the captain had in the water.  He was trying to figure out which marlin to chase after with the boat!”

 

“We hooked and released two marlin and tried to get away from them and moved the boat.  Two marlin swam after the boat like they wanted to be fed!”

 

“Our panga was in the middle of the dorado school and we had two fish one and I happened to look down and saw a marlin just kinda hanging under the boat.  Then, I felt a bump and realized there was another marlin bumping the boat!” 

 

“Pretty exciting stuff.  In 3 days, we hooked and released 5 marlin on light tackle including 4 stripers and 1 blue.  My wife says she loves fishing now! Our last fish we were on our way in and had one rod out with a little feather and a striper bit it!”

 

The big issue was that so many of these fish showed up while guys were going full-turbo in the dorado schools.  Consequently, they were fishing with light 30 and 40 pound test…small hooks and small baits when the marlin bit.  Many of the marlin were not only eating the baits, but also eating the dorado.

 

On light tackle, the fights were long and epic.

Dave again!

 

The bad thing was that many folks tried to release fish but the fish were exhausted.  We released the majority of the fish, but some were not able to be released but many of our anglers donated meat to needy folks here in town.  Also, because of the small hooks and lines, the marlin were swallowing the hooks all the way down and that also made it difficult to release fish!

 

The other aspect is that as long as some fights were…others were short and some of the larger fish, especially, the blue marlin were lost!  By day 3, many of our captains were putting some heavier gear aboard!

 

Then…Hurricane Lorena showed up!

 

Relatively small compared to many others, but it started heading towards Baja and really didn’t look like much other than maybe a little wind and rain.  Then, the “Hurricane Watch” became  Hurricane “Warning.”  It was definitely headed up to Baja!  However, the initial advisories indicated it would veer off to the Pacific and La Paz would only get the edge of the storm.

 

However, as sometimes happens, late Friday, the storm turned and put us right in the crosshairs on a direct collision.  So…

C’mon man…you said you weren’t going to hit us!

 

Airports closed…flights got canceled…the port closed and no boats were allowed out…folks started getting ready with water, candles, flashlights and extra beer.  A lot of our anglers got stuck for an extra night or two unable to leave.  Others trying to get in couldn’t fly down because of canceled flights or the closed Cabo Airport.

 

When the storm finally hit, it was a lot weaker than so many storms we’ve had, but enough to drop wind and rain on us for about 12 hours and keep everyone pinned indoors all night watching the storm.  Fortunately, other than some flooding and downed trees, no one was hurt and very little property damage.  It was just a big wet “inconvenient” pain-in-the-butt!

 

Frankly, many of our clients partied and rolled with it and were very patient with us and the circumstances.   However, I felt badly for those that lost fishing days or got stuck one way-or-the-other.

As of Saturday morning the airports opened and normalcy started returning as we dried out and dug out.

 

Not sure how this will affect the fishing but we’ll keep you posted!

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 Sept. 8-15, 2019

DORADO STILL CHEW BUT TUNA TEASE FINALLY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 8-15, 2019

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Weather – hot and humid.  Very tropical.  Afternoon and occasional thunderstorms and flash flooding but otherwise sunny and in the mid to high 90’s.  Evenings low 80’s with a breeze.

Water – blue bathwater overall, but still come cold patches.  Might start getting colder soon.  Feels a bit like fall already.  A short summer.

Fishing (Scale of 1-10) – Maybe a high 6.  Still not where we should be this time of year although there’s solid dorado fishing mostly.  This is what it should be in July.

Fish Caught – 90% dorado mainly because that’s what 90% are fishing for!  But we’ve had some jags of tuna.  We’ve lost marlin and wahoo.  Roosterfish are still around but not many folks fishing for them.  Dorado are easy and fun.  Seeing more of those big dog-tooth, snapper, cabrilla, sierra, pargo, bonito, jack crevalle, pompano, needlefish.

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Just a great frameable shot with awesome colors! Lee Hazelquist with a big grin!

Another joyous ecstasy photo! Steve Avery with us for the first time put this beast dog-tooth snapper in the boat and he has every reason to be happy about this trophy!

Oh yea! About time! Joe Duffy who runs a charter operation up in the Bay Area with his dad, Noel (who came all the way from Ireland) and a nice yellowfin tuna just off Punta Perrico!

My funny buddy, Brian Buchanan, had a good week of dorado fishing with us. Brian is from the Salt Lake City area.

These two great guys had a fun week of fishing. First timers with Tailhunter Paul Marshall and Steve Avery.

For almost 20 years, our buddy retired firefighter Mac Treasure from Reno NV brings a great bunch of guys to visit us. This week, Mac stuck himself this big fat dog-tooth fishing with Captain Pancho.

They got Captain Arcangel to smile! Rob Markarian and Tom Worrel with a load of fish to start their trip.

Everyone’s favorite guy and hard working amigo, Jorge Romero, finally took a day off and got out to fish! Nice dorado Jorge!

The right kind! It’s about time! Captain Jorge gives a thumbs up for Jaimy Stolberg’s hefty tuna she battled just outside of Muertos Bay!

Great shot! Captain Armando helps out Geoff Merker from San Diego with a nice dorado off Punta Perico. Check the flat waters!

Dale and Dean Dzwonierek with Captain Jorge and a bunch of dorado on the fish cleaning table.

Nyle Miyamoto from Washington with a colorful bull.

First rooster for Jon Gallant from San Diego just off Punta Perico. Fish was released. Roosters are still around but with so much attention on dorado no one is really fishing for them.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer dorado photo than this one with John Birtwistle from Woodland CA. Great shot and good fish, JB!

Two of our nicest friends for many years from Oregon, Dorothy and Steve Murata started their vacation with some dorado and a couple of yellowfin tuna fishing with Captain Gerardo.

Trudy Grove with another dorado! She had a super week with the mahi and has been visiting us from Salt Lake City for many many seasons. Always good to have her down to see us!

Joaquin Perea from Woodland CA never has a bad day and always a pleasure to have him down. Another nice dorado for the cooler!

Denver in the house! Bill Johnson put a double pair on the cleaning table his first day.

A big fish dinner in their future! Fishing with Captain Jorge (in the background) Clint and Jaimy Stolberg pose with a good day’s production of dorado and tuna!

I told Tim Larson if he took a good photo, I would finally get him in the fishing report! Nicely done, Tim! You’re on!!!  It’s a great shot.  We told him no hat.  No sunglasses.  Good lighting.  No blood!

You can always tell a flyfishing guy. They always put their rods in their mouths! They need one extra hand! Well-done, Joaquin! He got several fish on his flyrod.

Stephen Chalbourg and his amigo, Bo, came all the way from Minnesota to fish and got these two lengthy females.

Another of our great Washington amigos, Jim Lundeen shows off one of his mahi.

Funniest guy of the week…Billy Baker! You’re on the fishing report, Billy! Good to have you here and thanks for all the laughs!

Two of our retired firefighters, Bernie Smith and Brian Rubino with Captain Adolfo.

Just another good day for Captain Gerardo as he checks out the dorado catch of Les Lovell and Terry Daniels.

Visting us for the 2nd year-in-a-row. Good to have you down, Fish Brother! Ryan Netherton who also got in a day of SCUBA diving as well! Ryan is from San Diego.

Joaquin Perea and Paul Marshall having some fun on the beach after another solid day on the water.

That’s a legit fish! John Birtwistle and a shiny dorado. Cerralvo Island in the background.

Paul and Steve with more dorado fillets coming up!

Despite the full-moon, another pretty solid week of dorado fishing overall with fish scattered over a wide-range of ocean both inshore and offshore.  It’s pretty hard NOT to catch a dorado right now if you have a bait, lure or jig in the water.  It’s probably 90% of the catch!

 

There’s lots of other species around, but when the fun-fighting, easily caught and tasty dorado around, folks don’t usually spend much time chasing the other species!  This is especially true for a lot of our first-timers or less-experienced anglers.

 

Not every boat does great every single day.  There’s always the 1 or 2 boats that only get a few dorado or really have to work at it on a given day, and I hate it when maybe those folks are only fishing  single day.  But, if you’re fishing multiple days, it’s difficult to keep the dorado off your hook and you’ll go home with some great meat for the dinner plate and freezer.

 

But, there are other species around.

 

We had some marlin hook-ups and breakoffs.

 

We had at least 1 or 2 wahoo bites that got unbuttoned per day.

 

If you wanted a roosterfish, yes ,the 30-60 pounders are still around.

 

Inshore, there’s cabrilla, pargo and those big-dog-tooth snapper are willing to bite if you are into putting in the time and are up to the frustration of nearly getting yanked out’ve your socks only to have the fish bust you off in the shallow rocks.

 

More excitingly, late in the week, we had some jags of 20-40 pound yellowfin tuna pop up.  These fish have been absent for about 2 months and this is the time we should be seeing them, but have been conspicuously absent the latter part of this week.  I don’t wanna jinx it and say the tuna season has started, but hopefully, this is the start of some better tuna fishing.

SHOUT OUT THANK YOU

Our community outreach program is still rolling full turbo.  Just sent a huge load of goods out to Los Planes to the kids and the community out there!  We also collected enough money this last week to sponsor two more kids for a whole year of school (books, food, uniforms, transportation…and they in turn have to keep up their grades and mentor another student).

 

No sooner did that load go out, then even more started coming in!  I was not able to get everyone’s photos, but some are below.  But a special shout-out to Tim Schlander who’s guys brought in numerous ice chests packed full of clothes, school clothes, hygiene items and more!!  Thanks for the big hearts to them and all of you who keep bringing both adult and childrens items and have helped us deliver several TONS of needed items over the last few years!

 

Justin and Noah Lauby with lot of great adult clothes! (Everyone targets the kids so great to get some adult stuff!)

From Bakersfield, nice smiles and great school supplies from Don and Gwen Parnell.

Our Utah Tailhunter Tribe…Brian Buchanan, Trudy Grove, Kathy and John Terbu with a whole table full of great stuff!

 

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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Las Arenas – La Paz/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 28-Aug. 4, 2019

MOSTLY PRETTY OK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 29-Aug. 4, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

His first roosterfish was a dandy.  Dave Payan visited from Roy, Utah and was out with us and right-off-the-bat hooked this big roosterfish not far from the Las Arenas lighthouse.  The fish was released.

Joe Treves from Los Angeles gets a hand from son, Matt, and Captain Gerardo of the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz with an 80-pound tuna he wrestled off Cerralvo Island just east of Bahia Muertos that ate a live sardine on light tackle.

Marco and Steve Holguin have been visiting us for years and always good to see them. Their first day started with a nice rack of dorado from Las Arenas.

San Diego in the house with Rick Carlton and Bruce Husson with a rare white marlin! I think I have only seen 3 the whole 25 years I have been here. The guys released it to swim strongly away! Cerralvo Island in the background.

Ryan Sallee and Shelby Pope via San Diego first-time fishing with us got a ice variety of great eating pargo, snapper and a dorado! 

What a pig of a fish! Largest dog-tooth snapper of the year hooked by Shelly Donnell from Beaverton OR with a happy Captain Pancho trying to hoist it up on the gaff.

Another nice one in the boat and this time a nice huachinago on the gaff for Utah amigo, Dave Payan.

Couldn’t resist the smile of Allie Tutino from San Diego with her only dorado, but there’s a couple of nice pargo on the table in front of her!

Now THAT’s alot of sashime, but these guys know how to fish! Long-time amigos who come several times a year got these hefty yellowfin tuna at the south end of Espirito Santo Island where a number of these horse fish have broken rods and hearts! Kevin SHIOTANI (sorry about that brain fart, Kevin…I kneel in apology! But at least I didn’t write CACA VERDE!) and Rick Hosmer doing it like a boss!

Nice bull dorado for our first-time visitor to La Paz Marco Martinez posing on the sand for us at Bahia los Muertos.

Three generations of the Mammott Family…Jeff…Jesse…Christy and Paden with some of their dorado.

 

Just another day on the water for amigo, Shelly Donnell and sister Gaby, both from Oregon with dorado and pargo ready for the fillet table.

Might be my favorite photo of the week! My two friends, Roger McCracken and Joe Treves goofing with their big “sardines.”

Dorado can be voracious feeders! But here’s the rule when a dorado picks up BOTH baits! Whoever’s hook is deepest in the mouth gets the fish! I think Gaby’s hook is deeper than her brother’s hook! But Sheldon will argue the point!

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Still crazy trying to figure out our fishing.  It seems we move two steps forward then one step back each week.  Get get excited about jags of fish like dorado, or marlin or tuna.  And just when we’re all fired up, things change again!

 

Every day, you can take your pick of words to describe the fishing…everyone has a different adjective for the day and it runs the full gamut from awesome and fun to erratic, anemic, or crummy!   And the boats can be right next to each other and you’ll get completely different results from boat-to-boat; location to location and from day-to-day.

 

Everyone arrives and says, “How’s the fishing?”  And all I can give them is a shrug of the shoulders.  Bottom line, everyone is catching fish.  But not everyone is catching fish ALL the time!

 

Here it is August, and it’s still more like late May or June fishing.  It’s deceiving because the waters are blue; the days are hot and humid; it feels really tropical…I mean it looks like summer.  It feels like summer.  But the fishing isn’t summer.  It’s more like springtime fishing.

 

Just check out the variety of fish.  We should be catching mostly bluewater/ warmwater fish like dorado, tuna and billfish.  And indeed, the dorado are probably 60% of the catch.  But, it’s hardly wide-open on the chew.  Dorado are scattered and we’re picking them up here and there.

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Good start of the fishing grip for Louie Mogabgab with some nice bull dorado and an amberjack to show for it!

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However, we’re still getting cold water fish like the big mullet snapper (pargo liso); sierra (winter fish); snapper, cabrilla, amberjack and even an occasional yellowtail.

Captain Pancho helps pose a pargo liso for Gaby Donnell

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Mix in the occasional billfish plus bonito, jack crevalle and even the sporadic beast tuna of 50-100 pounds and there’s action to be held…most days…most boats.  Here’s the deal…if you’re only coming down and fishing 1 day…you could have a great time or be that boat that just misses it.  If you’re fishing 2, 3 or 4 days, you’ll have an off-day or two, but you’ll be going home with fish!

 

That’s my 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 July 21-28, 2019

FINALLY GETTING UP TO SPEED!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 21-28, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Landon Verhoven shows off his first striped marlin with Captain Armando. The fish was hooked on a little sardine, and they had a double hook-up going on marlin with two fish leaping and heading in opposite directions at the same time. Both fish were released. Cerralvo Island in the distance. Landon is from Los Angeles.

She looks a little tires! It’s her biggest roosterfish! From Loveland, Colorado, our amiga, Kelly Jimenez, has been fishing 8 years with us. She landed (and released) this big roosterfish just off the shore near Bahia Muertos with Captain Pancho. She and her daughter caught and released 14 smaller roosterfish as well.

Lots of bull dorado for Taylor Kooiman and Geoff Wilkinson from Los Angeles. Fishing with the Tailhunter Fishing Fleet in La Paz, they said they hooked another 12 fish and released them all before 9 a.m.

Lucien and his dad Jacob Sanders started off their trip with a boatload of dorado! They had two solid days of dorado fishing. They’re from Bellflower CA.

Yea…that’s the right kind! Captain Pancho smiles with Brandon and Tanya McGarr all the way from Rock Springs, Wyoming with a great mix of dorado and snapper/ pargo.

Three generations of the Rudloff family with Captain Adolfo. Bob, son Jason and grandson, Jacob with dorado and…check out the nice snapper and pargo lisos!

Trevor Hefner pulled this nice dog-tooth snapper (pargo Colorado) out’ve the rocks near Bahia Muertos fishing a sardine just outside of Bahia Muertos

Paul Zuelke with Captain Victor and a giant pompano he caught off Bahia Muertos! Paul was on his first visit with us from Washington.

Double handfuls of mahi-mahi forJustin Grasmeyer Tommy Groe who got quick limits and released alot of their fish as well.

Nicely done on the spinning rod! A great photo of young Lucien Jacobs.

One of our long-time amigos, Diego Jimenez, with grandson, Roman from Colorado with a nice rack of dorado to start out their trip!

Mahi fillets headed for Wyoming! A table-full of dorado for Brandon and Tanya McGarr. Always good to see them!

First dorado for his daughter, Mikaila, Diego helps with the pose!

It feels like summer!  Hot, humid Baja the way it’s supposed to be…finally!  Very tropical conditions with daytime temps in the high 90’s to low 100’s now and lots of humidity.  Everyone has their AC going which has caused some intermittent short power outtages in town, but overall a nice time to be on the water and hitting the beach.

 

With the tropical conditions, we are getting some brief, but sometimes very strong rainstorms with flash flooding, lightning and thunder in the later afternoons and evenings that blow through certain areas then quickly dissipate.

Afternoon storms like this one are not uncommon this time of year. We had two of them this week that swept in and swept out within minutes but flooded streets. Then the sun came back out. Everyone was done fishing when the storms hit!

These storms can be pretty ferocious and noisy when they blow in.  Very tropical.  Then, they blow right back out! They can get pretty noisy with thunder and lightning.  This is the view in front of Tailhunter Restaurant.  We got strong winds, but only a few drops of rain.  The other side of town got totally flooded for about an hour!

 

 

 

For the fishing, the dorado are finally the focus of our fishing efforts as the waters have finally warmed and turned blue, although there’s still some colder green patches around.  Schools of dorado or individual fish ranging from 5-30 pounds have been the norm.  If you find the right spot, you can load up on limits in short order and/or catch-and-release as fast as you can let a fish go and hook up another one!

 

Roosterfish are still around although not as many showing up in the counts.  That could be the result of more people targeting “meat” fish like dorado and other species so there’s not that much attention being paid to roosterfish which all get released because they don’t eat well.  We’ve had some 30-60 pound roosters, but then other days when it’s not uncommon to catch up to a dozen smaller roosters from a school and release them all.

 

We’re still getting an unusual number of big pargo liso (mullet snapper) that are normally cold water fish from the late winter and early spring.  I’ve never seen so many this late in the season, especially when it’s this warm.  But that is probably because there’s still some cold patches of water here and there.  These are tough mean powerful fish and make for great sport and eating.

 

No tuna or wahoo to speak of although tuna keep popping up but head down quickly unwilling to bite or disappearing before we can get on them.  A few marlin hooked and released.

 

 

 

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
.

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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 14-21, 2019

DORADO PARGO KICK IT UP A NOTCH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 14-21, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Not a bad start! Leif Dover (right) celebrating his bachelor party with Brian O’Neil kicked off their trip with a load of dorado and snapper out’ve Las Arenas. Both guys are long-time Tailhunter amigos and are from Atlanta GA.

Crazy to be catching these big mullet snapper (pargo liso) so late in the year, but Diana Hernandez and Mark Buchanan from San Diego pulled several of these tough fish out’ve the rocks.

They were done fishing early with limits of dorado. Kennedy Dixon poses with fish on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

 

Don has big smiles and a big rooster ready to photo and release just off the rocks at Punta Perrico.

Captain Rogelio with a great photo and tasty pargo mulato with Grayson Richmond from Colorado near the cliffs off Espirito Santo Island.

 

 

Jim Looney has a nice bull dorado just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Her biggest rooster after so many trips with us, Angela Farrell from Oceanside CA, with her favorite captain Moncho. Estimated size was 60 pounds and Angela released the fish.

Another good day with meat for the ice chest, Brian O’Neil and Leif Dover showing dorado, snapper, pargo liso and cabrilla. Quite a variety! They said they lost some huge pargo in the rocks and just couldn’t get the big fish headed up.

Pargo liso for Diana. Good eating members of the snapper family, they usually spawn and school up in the spring. Unusual for us to be catching them in the summer.

Beautiful beach shot of Don and his jack crevalle off Punta Arenas. The fish was released and are members of the jack family.  Same as the roosterfish without the mohawk fin.

Family day, Captain Pancho’s family out for the day (Carlos y Marisol), nailed the dorado and a big fat pargo. You better catch fish when it’s your own family!

Our Colorado, buddy Bill Richmond, with some inshore light tackle pargo in flat seas.

Big jack crevalle for Brian. Fish was released.

It’s finally feeling more like summer-time with both the weather (hot); the waters (warmer and bluer) and the fishing (almost there!).  We still had some flurries of crazy winds, but overall, it’s seemingly more typical overall.  It’s just that it seems like this fishing season, it’s taking it’s sweet time getting up to speed.

Dorado AND pargo?  One is decidedly a warm water fish.  The latter is a cold water fish! And catching them the same day?  Sometimes in the same spot?  Crazy!

Surely, the dorado are the best indication since these are the hallmark of our warmer months.  We’ve had them on-and-off with out La Paz fishing fleets, but strangely, it’s not been quite so good with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet until about a week or so ago when the dorado seemed to have finally got into the game.

 

This past week, some boats were limiting on the dorado by mid-morning with most fish in the 10-25 pound class.  Catches were rounded out with bonito, skipjack, jack crevalle, and rockfish like cabrilla and snapper.  Or, in a few cases, the folks just figured they had a good day and came back to shore early to have lunch and lay by the pool or beach!  Either way, a good day.

 

However, just a note that there must still be some cold water around and lingering wisps of springtime insofar as we’re still hanging some big dog-tooth and mullet snapper that normally, we stop seeing about April and are usually spawning in schools during the springtime.  It’s rare to have them this deep into the summer.  But, anglers were still catching them or at least hooking these powerful fish and getting broken off in the rocks.

 

No wahoo to speak of this week.  We had a few tuna hooked up, but lost and billfish as well.  Most folks were concentrating on the easier dorado bite.  Only a few roosterfish as well, but again, that’s probably a function of the fact that the dorado are taking over everyone’s focus.

 

It’s feeling really tropical lately.  Humidity is way up and some sporadic brief rainshowers, especially, in the afternoons are not uncommon . Time to get the trashbag and cut out some holes for your arms and head!

TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Because we’ve been filled with so many fishing photos, I’ve been slacking on something even more important in the big scheme of things.  Every year our Tailhunter Tribe member bring hundreds and hundreds of pound of donations to us for distribution in the community.

It’s a program that my wife, Jilly, started and it’s been incredibly successful because of our amigos like you.  The need is real and so are the smiles.  These are just some of the big-hearted folks who have brought stuff to us (I’m sorry I don’t have everyone’s photos), but the gratitude is huge.

 

Justin and dad, Adam, Larson.

The Toeniskoetter Family

Brian brings down several full suitcases every year stuff with clothes and other needed items.

Ken Chaplin and Scott Miller down from Washington

Brent Gumn and wife Vanessa

Thank you all!

That’s our story.  Have a great week!

 

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:

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Las Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 8-14, 2019

IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY DAY

LaPaz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 7-14, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amigo, Ken Chaplin from Washington, has fished and hunted all over the world and always does well with us at Tailhunter. His first day on the water with us he got into some big roosters including tangling with this beast just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

 

While fishing close to the rocky shallows of Espirito Santo Island for rockfish like cabrilla and pargo and snapper, Mike Garcia said he let his “sardine swim the wrong way away from the rocks and wasn’t paying attention” when his line took off and he found himself hooked on this big-headed bull dorado. The fish was brought to gaff after a long fight. Mike is from Houston TX and was fishing with Captain Rogelio with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet .

A couple of nice great-eating rock fish including a pargo liso and yellow snapper for our amigo, Steve Kechichian, currently living in Seattle.

Mike Garcia from Houston was fishing with his dad, Eddie who lives in Boston and on their first trip to La Paz fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They were in shallow water close to shore fishing for dorado and roosters, when this big striped marlin hit his sardine on light 30-pound test line. Mike battled the fish for over 2 hours and finally got it on board for a quick photos and released the fish swimming away strong .  Love the facial expression!  Yea, Mike!

 

That’s a pig of a roosterfish! Captain Victor gives Jean Edwards a hand with this giant roosterfish so she can get the photo and get it released. Early in the week, they were all big roosters and have been for several weeks.

Another cold-water fish, but no one is complaining are these giant pompano that have shown up in the shallows. Scott Miller got this guy out’ve Bahia Muertos. Scott is from Washington and this was his first trip with Tailhunter.

He’s now 14-years-old and we’ve known Grayson Richmond from Colorado since he was a youngster and he’s always been quite a fisherman. With Captain Moncho, he got into this nice jack crevalle.

It’s a pretty smile for a pretty dorado. Great colors! Captain Archangel and Ron Kellogg help out wife, Leona with the photo. More dorado showing weekly.

That’s alot of bull! (dorado). Nicole Balbas holds up the lighter end of her bull dorado with a smiling Captain Gerardo.

I love this photo of Kathy Wong as her pargo looks like it’s trying to biter her in the ear as Captain Armando holds onto the gaff.

Matt Brown from Cupertino CA came to La Paz fishing for a 2nd time and got his first roosterfish. He ended up hooking and releasing 3 nice roosterfish like this one just off the beach at Punta Arenas.

Eddie Garcia came all the way out from Boston to fish with us for the first time and I’m only sorry he’s a little blocked by the tail of his dorado held up by Captain Jorge . Eddies is holding onto the pargo liso. Good to have Eddie with us this week. Really enjoyed his visit.

Nice cabrilla for Ed Mitoma with Captain Alfredo looking on. Big cabrilla like this trophy have been a great bite lately.

Double pair of barred pargo for Mike Fisher and Chuck Williams from Washington on their first visit to La Paz with us.

First day…first big dorado in hand and in the photo for Jim Looney.

Nothing like your first rooster and the roosters have been feisty lately. Scott Miller gives a grin before releasing the fish.

Love this guy! Bill Richmond has visited us many times of the years and is always a welcome friend . He worked hard this week when the fishing was scratchy but ended up with alot of species to take home including this tasty pompano. Punta Arenas in the background.

What a mix of fish. Exactly what I’ve been referring to. We’ve got warm and cold water fish all mixing it up these days like the dorado, cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo on the cleaning table at Bahia Muertos.

Hidden by the dorsal fin of this big rooster is Captain Arcangel helping Mike Fisher photo his fish before letting it go.

Big roosters can hurt strong men! The bend on the rod and braced agains the gunwale and deckchair, Ken Chaplin battles a big roosterfish.

On the flyrod! G-man (Grayson Richmond) released this tough jack crevalle .

Again…such a variety of fish on the table. Nicole and Ed Balbas with Captain Gerardo hold onto a yellowtail plus yellow snapper and pompano on the beach at Muertos.

 

Once again, the fishing remains unseasonably crazy.  It’s mid-July, but the fishing still hasn’t quite caught up with the calendar.  It’s still more like April-May fishing…than summertime fishing.

 

Normally, we should be thick into the bluewater species that inhabit the warm waters and warmer seasons.  Our fishing reports should be full of dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish and the like.  We should be talking about hot sunny weather and flat balmy Baja seas.

 

But, it’s not like that and Mother Nature is only grudgingly moving to where it should be.  She’s not going easy.  For instance, we still have erratic un-predictable winds that pop up from nowhere and tear up the sea.  A few miles away, it’s flat. We have blistering sunny weather one day that feel like a tropical sauna.  By afternoon, it’s raining.  Or we have days when it’s overcast and heavily clouded.

 

One day waters are blue.  Next day, or even later in the day, the waters turn green, cold and turbid with strong currents.  Or, one day dorado bite and the next day, we see all kinds of dorado, but they could not care less about biting a bait or jig!

 

Sure,  we’re seeing more dorado and bigger dorado. And that is a good sign. And a few billfish mixed in. Plus assorted large and small roosterfish, bonito, and jack crevalle.   But, we are still catching crazy cold-water fish like spawning pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and even fish like sierra and yellowtail, the latter two being definite cold-water species.

 

That just tells me that there’s warm surface water, but below that, there’s a strong layer of colder water holding these other species.

 

Everyone is catching fish.  It’s just that the bite is unpredictable and varied.

That’s my 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:

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


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