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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2019

WINDS SHUT DOWN MUCH OF THE WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

First day out he hits the home run! With Captain Gerardo, Jeff Wedekind who owns the Chinook Shore Lodge in Ketchican, Alaska locked up this big wahoo.

 

Nice tuna for Rich Choate from Idaho. One of the few YFT’s hooked this week.

Amigo, Roger Thompson, was soaking a dead mackerel down deep off the Punta Arenas lighthouse when he got slammed by this toad yellowtail.

Maybe one of the largest dorado of the season, Jeff hooked this one out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Barbara Choate always has a great smile no matter what and she’s got a reason with his pretty blue dorado.

Colorful shot! Roger Sauvegeau from Boise, Idaho, had just one day to fish, but got himself a nice load of dorado like this one fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

 

Captain Armando with Randy and Barbara Choate and a nice batch of dorado.

Celebrating her honeymoon, Coral Ogden Hart has been our amigo since she was a little girl. She got this unusual rainbow runner off Bahia Muertos. These are cousin to the yellowtail.

Our good amigos from the Imperial Valley of California, Craig and Cathy Corda posing with a little Bahia Muertos yellowtail they released.

Another set of our fun friends from Idaho, Teri and Mac Christopherson hold up a double-hooke-up of dorado.

They always keep me laughing. Tom and Claire Ames posing on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Captain Pancho took Dan Friedman from San Diego out for one day and he got this nice dorado as well as a wahoo on his first try!

You can tell waters are getting colder when rainbow runners like this one by Rick Choate, show up.

A good day in November! Teri and Mac Christopherson.

Paul Octavio had himself a good week on the flyrod like with his fun roosterfish hooked and released. He had a blue marlin on the flyrod one day.

Clair McPherson took 20 minutes on this nice bull dorado giving Captain Victor and her a big reason to smile when they finally got the pretty fish in the boat.

Cheers! Rick Choate with a mess of good eating cabrilla, snapper and a trigger.

 

On the good side, the sun was out all week and the snowbirds from Canada, Alaska, Europe and colder areas are filtering into town.  On the downside, it wasn’t the best for fishing.

 

Northern winds ramped up and it’s just the start.  This is what happens during the colder months.  Two days we couldn’t even go out because the Port Captain shut down the port to all boat traffic and there were several other days when it would have been better if we had just not gone out at all.

 

The strong winds have the waters stirred up and dirty.  It brings in coolder greener waters as well.  Additionally, the currents and waves are up so makes for a less-than-comfortable day of fishing.  Plus, if the waves are crashing the shallow areas, it makes it hard to get bait.

 

However, kudos to our anglers and captains for hanging in there.  They braved the rougher seas with tight grins and still caught some fish.

 

There weren’t a lot of fish caught unless you’re counting bonito, jack crevalle and needlefish.  However, some of the largest dorado of the season were hooked as well as a few wahoo and tuna.  We even had several marlin hook ups as well (fish were lost).

 

The better fishing was with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet where it’s a bit more protected.  I imagine as the winds increase and become more frequent, we’ll be doing most of our fishing from that area.

 

2020 RESERVATIONS

Bookings are already coming in pretty fast and heavy for 2020.  Some dates are already filled or filling and popular captains are getting reserved as well.  In 2019, we were sold out by March and 2020 looks even busier.  Don’t wait . Check your calendars so we make sure we get you locked in.

 

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 Oct. 20-27, 2019

CONDITIONS AND FISHING COOLING OFF

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Alot of meat! Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles had a live mackerel pinned to her line not far from Punta Arenas with Captain Pancho  when she hooked this massive wahoo not far from the shoreline.  The big fish was weighed on a scale and measured 56-pounds!

It’s been over 10 years since Mark Rubin came to visit us so it was good to see him. He was out fishing with Captain Arcangel and got this colorful dorado up for a great photo!

On her first day out and first-time in La Paz, Kathy Parker was with Captain Luis and deckie Miguel  in the channel between the city and Espirito Santo Island in an area where big 50-150 pound tuna had been sighted. On her first bait in the water, this big yellowfin inhaled her little sardine and the fight was on! With her sister, Sherry (see photo below), trading the rod-back-and-forth for 4 long hours, the ladies finally got this big boy to the boat!

Holly Kunzler’s big dorado of the week was caught while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Holly’s first trip to Baja and she was with us for the better part of the week visiting from Utah.

Our long-time amigos with their favorite Captain Jorge, Marianne and Jeff Sakuda enjoying Jeff’s retirement vacation after 30 years as a pilot for United, they kicked off things with a nice rack of bull dorado.

Double tag-team! Sherry Cady was on her 2nd visit to us this year and this time brought her sister, Kathy Parker (see photo above) when they hung this big yellowfin tuna with deckhand Miguel and Captain Luis and battled the fat fish for 4 hours!

 

Montana Dewey and Leslie Spafford guide trips in Arizona and came to visit this week and go into some dorado and cabrilla their first day at Las Arenas.

First-timer and happy fisherman, George Misner, started his trip with a nice bull dorado just south of Bahia Muertos.

Popular Captain Chito hung two of those big tuna that were boiling north of La Paz for a few days. Unfortunately, photos of the clients didn’t come out!

Hi Craig! Always good to have Craig Corda back with us . He’s been our amigo for over 20 years and never has a bad day.

Al Chaves lives outside of Phoenix and was out with Captain Jorge when he got this dorado. He had a big tuna on briefly.

Jarat Bagwell from Arizona got the jackpot with his buddies when he caught the most fish for the day including dorado, cabrilla and snapper.

Texas in the house! Cody Timberlake is a professional cowboy and former bullrider and lives in Banderas TX. First trip with us and a dorado with Captain Alfredo.

Monte Aldridge shows off a bull dorado he picked up fishing off Espirito Santo Island. He’s from Richfield UT and always good to have him visit.

Eric Gunnells and Steve Bayer picked up these dorado on their one day out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Barbara Burnett and her husband Jerry have their own great salmon operation in Juneau AK, but came to visit us and started off with a day of dorado.

These are great eating triggerfish! Best ceviche and fish tacos! Captain Jorge with or friends, Jeff and Marianne Sakuda.

Captain Fili is hidden behind a dorado, but no hiding Zach Arnold and Trent Baysinger and a couple of nice mahi.

Good to see Captain Arcangel smiling. Nice dorado in the box again for Mark.

 

Things have fallen off rapidly with cooler temperature, stronger winds and currents and rougher water the last week-and-a-half.  Fishing has also dropped off dramatically.  The warm water season ended sooner than expected and I think things will continue to change as warm water species like the dorado, tuna, wahoo, and billfish move out and are replaced by more inshore cooler water species.

 

Once again this week, captains and clients worked hard to find picky fish.  Bait was harder to come by in the rougher waters and there were times with there were some uncharacteristically big swells, chop and gusty winds making it more difficult to fish.  The winds will only get stronger as normally calm La Paz Bay even got some big wind-generated rollers that smashed waves onto the waterfront areas.

 

There were still some dorado around although the schools are diminishing.   Most days boats scratched out a catch of 1-5 dorado per day with most about 10 pounds or so.  Smaller ones were released.  Lots of bonito, fortunately usually kept rods bent.

 

More inshore fish like triggerfish, snapper, pargo and cabrilla as well as sierra and jack crevalle and pompano increased in the counts as waters cooled and it became more incumbent to fish closer to the beaches and rocks.

 

There are, however, some great catches still waiting!

 

We had a few nice wahoo this week including a whopper 56-pounder by Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles.  As well, there’s still the occasional 30-50 pound roosterfish.

 

The biggest surprise was the appearance of some pig yellowfin tuna that were in the 50-150 pound class between Punta Tecolote and Espirito Santo Island in the channel.  These fish were toads that tore into anglers for 1-4 hour battles, when they would bite.  Sometimes, they were just a tease boiling around the pangas, but not interested in eating a hooked bait.  But, when they did bite, they were beasts!  Normally, we don’t see tuna around La Paz as we catch them mainly around Las Arenas so this was a nice surprise!

 

BOOKING FOR 2020 STARTING TO FILL

Ice chests full of fish headed to the airport!

Our reservations are coming in faster than normal and many dates in 2020 are getting filled.  Calls and e-mails are coming in daily. Some dates are already sold out.  In 2019 we were filled by March.

We don’t want to miss you.  If you have a favorite captain, hotel or date in mind, don’t wait.  Especially, don’t wait until we do our fishing and hunting show tour in the winter.  We want to be sure we have you down and covered so we can have you visit next year!

Check your calendar!

 

That’s our story!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan & Jill


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 Oct. 13-20, 2019

ERRATIC CHANGING CONDITIONS HAMPERS

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

“Birthday Bob” Layko always visits us each year on his birthday with cousin Craig Brown. Got himself a wahoo and some dorado too with Captain Armando.

A two-hour battle for Eric Gunnels from Phoenix, produced this 70 pound tuna. It doesn’t look like it from the angle, but we put it on a certified scale. Captain Chito give the thumbs-up. Big tuna made an appearane between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.

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First-timer Steve Kunzler from Utah found dorado fishing to his liking.

Kyle Muir is from Beaverton OR, but skippers for Vonnie’s Fishing Charters up in Sitka, Alaska. He’s got a pair of bulls in hand.

From Denver, Bobby Hart had never fished in salt water before let alone been to Mexico, but his very first day hooked this trophy roosterfish off Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Our good amiga from Richfield, UT, Marlene Aldridge, has a big smile and 3 nice doardo on the cutting board.

On their way in from fishing out’ve La Paz, Dale and Daryl Martz from Colorado and Alan Martz from Boston hold up some of their catch.

Ten-year-old Carter Hart hooked this bull dorado north of La Paz. On just 30-pound-test the youngster battled the fish for 20 minutes refusing offers of help and got it to the boat all by himself.

A good day on the water for Larry Huey posing on the beach with a couple of dorado, some cabrilla, triggerfish and snapper.

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Funny shot of the week with Monty Aldridge and his baby roosterfish. A cute one! Monty released the fish there in Bahia Muertos.

Holly Kunzler repeatedly claims to have outfished husband, Steve and says she caught most of these dorado.

The Brasier Brothers, Bill and Scott have alot of fish for their captain to clean! Dorado, pargo, snapper, triggerfish and cabrilla as well as jack crevalle on the cleaning table.

Best shot of the week. Carter and Brooke Hart from Denver got some pargo liso out’ve the rocks and pose on the beach.

Two in hand and one on the table for Hugo with Captain Gerardo goofing off behind.

From Lake Havasu, AZ, Laurie Reynolds and John Gillespie got some nice dorado to show.

Armando, Craig and Bob in the gallery again with quite a variety of fish!

Young Carter on the gaff! Like a boss.

Bob Sayre was battling a bonito when a big wahoo came swimming around the panga. Just like that…in one bite..the wahoo scissored the back-half-of his bonito with it’s sharp teeth and swam away. Eat-and-run!

 

We have definitely had better weeks of fishing this season.  Overall, it was probably the most disappointing and difficult fishing of the year and the captains and clients really had to work hard for their fish.

 

It started with a combination of several factors and it took quite awhile to recover and it’s taking a long time to get back up to speed.

 

However, kicking off the week with the tail end of that huge 30-hour rainstorm and subsequent sporadic rains in the following days not only required that we cancel a day of fishing; but the rain sent lots of run-off into the ocean, muddying the waters.  Winds that persisted all week, including strong northern winds that are the vanguard indicator that the season is coming to an end, not only made it bumpy and rough to fish, but also cooled down surface water temperatures.  Add in a full moon and choppy waters and it was a round-house kick to the head.

 

Any singular variable or even two of those things would not have impeded the bite much…if at all…but that combination of wind, waves, rain and a full moon put the hex on things.

 

It has been taking it’s time recovering, if at all.  With the continued north winds, that means we’re heading into the off-season and it might probably be getting rougher and more difficult to fish.  That being said, the fishing did improve little-by-little every day although still relatively slow compared to what it had been before the storms.

 

Dorado were the mainstay action with fish mostly 10-20 pounds.  Bonito were mostly plentiful to the point of being a nuisance, but together with jack crevalle, small roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla and snapper at least kept rods bent most of the time.

 

Most exciting were the boiling tuna that showed up between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.  Fish between 50 and 150 pounds came up several times and really rocked a few of our anglers who battled fish up to 4 hours.  All except ome fish…about a 70-pounder…were lost.  The angler on the 70 pounder battled for 2 hours to get the fish aboard.

 

Other species included pompano, sierra, amberjack and triggerfish.

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. 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. 1-8, 2019

DORADO KEEP RODS BENT

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 1-8, 2019

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

Weather – Days high 90’s with lots of humidity.  Nights, high 70’s to low 80 with a breeze.  Subject to afternoon thundershowers.  Very tropical

Waters – Mostly blue and clear.  Surface temps in the 80’s

Fishing (Scale of 1-10) – Solid 6 or 7.  Lots of dorado.  Lots of action with bonito, skippies and other species.  Sorry about the needlefish.  Not alot of trophy fish, but lots of fun fish.  Not included the big dog-tooth snapper we started catching.

Species Caught or Hooked This Week:  dorado (mahi-mahi), tuna, bonito, jack crevalle, dog-tooth snapper, pargo, roosterfish, sierra, cabrilla, rainbow runner, pompano, snapper, palometa, amberjack and several billfish hooked and lostl

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Pancho  helped Troy Anderson of Denver, Colorado with this monster cubera snapper that is apparently just a few pounds short of the World Record.  On a scale, the fish bottomed it at 68-pounds and was caught on a needlefish off Punta Perrico near Bahia Muertos in shallow water.

Two of our long-time amigos, Glenn Delmendo and Don Mariano, with a couple of nicer model dorado.

From Salt Lake City, Utah, Dave Mullholland was in the shallow high spot off Punta Arenas and fishing with Captain Armando with a whole bonito when he hung this big-boy dog-tooth/ cubera snapper.

JIm Bovee always does well and visits us 2-3 times a year from San Diego. Nice bull and flat waters to start the morning!

Ari Caldevilla from Redondo Beach CA is a tall guy and that helps put the size of his roosterfish in perspective. It’s legit! Captain Ramiro with the photobomb and the nearby rocksof Punta Perrico in the background. The fish was released.

One of the few tuna this week with Tony Jones and Captain Arcangel. Hefty football!

Big smiles from Linda Tomaselli posing with husband, Mike, and Captain Armando with the results of a nice foray to the dorado grounds.

The Prikazskys came all the way from upstate New York and strike a nice pose with a table full of doardo headed back east with them.

That’s alot of MEAT!!! Captain Nando lifts another one of those big cubera/ dog-tooth snapper (check the teeth). Shallow water too…that’s the waves on the beach at Punta Arenas right behind him.

Love this shot! Scott Herman was staying with us at La Concha Beach Resort and took out one of the kayaks just behind the hotel and caught a number of species including this barred pargo.

Ari was also out behind Hotel La Concha and launched a kayak there in the shallows and got a fun little roosterfish on light tackle that he photo’d and released.

Andy Fernandez was with us earlier in the year and cane back for another round of fishing. Another dorado in the box too!

 

It’s been about 10 years since Steve Bryan visited us last. He started out his fishing week hanging a big dog-tooth with Captain Armando who had the hot hand/ rod this week.

Great colors all around! Scott Herman and Brent Skaff with two of their dorado.

First timers, Mike and Linda Williamson were fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing and had enough dorado in the box when Captain Armando Lucero put them over the rocks with live bait and they ended up with two hefty cubera snapper/ pargo perro.  Mike and Linda are from Discovery Bay, California. Fun couple!

Good start to the fishing trip with Captain Archangel and Linda and Mike Butler visiting us from Idaho for the first time.

Another rooster for Jim Bovee. Catch-and-release off the rocks near Bahia Muertos.

 

One of the better dorado of the week, Duane Shoemake holds it up on the beach at Bahia Muertos . He got a number of species fishing with us during the week.

 

Captain Arcangel got into alot of fish this week…and alot of photos! Glenn and Don again with another good day of fishing the dorado.

Two of our newest fun folks to visit us for the first time, Mike and Melanie Genanatti with a couple of handfuls of their dorado fishing with Captain Victor.

Two of our long time BFF’s from Denver, you won’t find nicer folks than Frank and Diane Kunze. They are darned good anglers too!

It’s great to have first timers with us like Marie Fanelli and Kathy Young who get a hand from Captain Rogelio fishing north of La Paz.

Captain Fili had a super day with Victor Baines who brought 3 other amigos down for 3 days of fishing and they ran into some nice days of dorado.

Dave Owens came last year with his wife, but she couldn’t make it and Mike Kirkpatrick came along for 3 days of fishing. The amigos are from the Phoenix area.

Jack Hornbeck came to celebrate his 60th birthday with us and had some great dorado fishing days and almost had a marlin too!

Bill Young waited two years to fish with us after a hurricane last year canceled his trip, But he was back and fishing with Captain Rogelio had some nice dorado fishing right in the bay.

Paul Roberts came with Charlie Finster to celebrate Paul’s birthday and he had a good time among some pretty good fishing!

 

It was a pretty solid week of fishing, expecially if you wanted to catch dorado. It was pretty hard not to hook one, unless you were targeting other species.  Typical of this time of year, the dorado could be found in numerous spots around Cerralvo Island, Espirito Santo Island, Punta Perrico, Punta Mejia, and Bahia Muertos as well as localized spots like the floating buoys and other areas.

 

The fish are mostly that 10-15 pound class with lots of smaller ones getting released.  Some larger fish up to 25-30 pounds also hooked.  Fishing can be a daily pick-pick-pick with a fish-or-two here and there.

 

Or, it might be pandemonium of you hit a schools and the school crashes the boat with every rod getting bent simultaneously in a wild melee of jumping and fighting fish!

 

Not much in the way of tuna this week, but that could also be because the dorado are so easy to find and the tuna are either fast moving or take full focus to chase them down or find a spot (especially when the boats around you are getting bent on dorado!).

 

Of greater interest are the big dog-tooth/ cubera snapper that have shown up in the shallows outside of Bahia Muertos.  Using whole bonito or needlefish, these toothy armored beasts have been biting almost every day although it takes a Herculean effort and a lot of luck to pull one out’ve their rocky hiding places and maybe only 1 per day is getting back to the beach for the big photo session.

 

These fish have been 40-50 pounds or more and we got one that was 68 -pounds (we had a scale on the beach) and apparently is just a few pounds short of the IGFA world record!

 

Additional species this week included roosterfish, jack crevalle, big bonito, sierra, pargo, snapper, pompano, amberjack and rainbow runners.

AND MORE!

We have been here in La Paz and even many of our long-time amigos don’t know that we offer many other activities besides fishing.  One of our most popular is snorkeling and scuba-diving trips to Espirito Santo Island.  Waters right now are a blue 85 degrees and I wanted to share some of the photos taken this week by some of our folks!  Thanks to Ryan Netherton for a majority of these great shots!

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Have a great 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

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 Aug. 25-Sept. 1, 2019

AT LAST…DORADO-LANDIA!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 25-Sept. 1, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great colorful fish and photo! Captain Victor had Chris Wilber on board when he pulled on this pretty bull dorado! Dorado bites really took off this past week.

Our Kansas amigo, Adam Florence, brought another great group to see us this past week. Here he is with Captain Pancho and some of their dorado at Muertos Bay. More on the cutting table too!

That’s a PIG! Darrell “Gomer” Oleson drove all the way from Salt Lake City UT area in two days to get in some fishing with us and his last day was able to drag this huge dog-tooth snapper out’ve the rocks!

Two of the nicest new folks this week, Dan Adams and Kim Howard with a good day of dorado on the cleaning board.

Yup…the tuna picked up a little bit stronger this week as well. Chris and Mike Wilber show off two chunky YFT’s!

Now, this is a great shot! Fly guys seem to like to put their rods in their mouth, but can’t blame them when your other two hands have fish! Marie and Joe Fanelli had to cancel last year when a hurricane got in the way but were able to come down this year and spend time with us. Fun fun folks and Joe has an operation in the Amazon for peacock bass so we want to go see him! They got these dorado on the fly as well as a small tuna fishing north of La Paz!

Finally! A big roosterfish for Brent “Mountain Dew” Racker and Captain Pancho. Good shot after a good fight. The fish was released. Brent also got a huge rare milkfish and I only wish we had a better photo to post up! Brent is from Utah.

Talk about variety! This is what I mean. Take a look at Bobby and Stacy Florence’s board and you’ll see dorado, snapper, pargo, a rainbow runner and a palometa!

Captain Jorge with two of our besties! Verda Boyd from the bay area has been coming to see us sometimes 3 times a year for many years. She’s teamed up with Pam Bolles who has run the Baja Big Fish Company up in Loreto for almost 25 years and is a well-known flyfishing expert. Two great amigas of Tailhunter.

A heavy lift, but a big smile from Dan Bovee who always seems to nail a big guy on every trip. He took this big dog-tooth just outside of Bahia Muertos and is a load to lift up for the camera. Dan is from Orange Co.

Two funny guys from San Diego, Tom Rose and Doug Ladderbush with some of their first-day catch.

 

Doing like a boss…nice rack of dorado for Lynn. Not a bad day at all!

It’a been about 12 years since Glenn Delmendo last came to see us but he picked up right where he left off and started the trip with a nice bull dorado!

Hard to believe these big pargo liso (mullet snapper) are still around. Normally they are a cold water fish that we only catch in the early spring. Incredible tough fighters, Riley Florence, from Kansas posts up with Captain Pancho.

Good start to vacation with a hefty table of tuna, dorado and pompano for Andrew Fernandez and Tony Smith.

Two of our newest amigos, Dale and Pete got into some nice dorado as well for their first time fishing with Tailhunters. They did quite well over 3 days!

Could not have had two nicer folks visiting us this week for the first time, but Ron and Sherry Cady from Colorado pose up with some of their dorado from their first day on the water at Bahia Muertos.

Captain Armando with two of our long-time Tailhunter amigos, Terry Biggs and Rich Keogh and a nice rack of mahi.

Arizona on board with two more of our good amigos for many years, Wade Gomes and Bill Moore who fished 3 days with us and got in on the dorado bite that kicked up a notch this week! Check more fish on the fish board at the bottom of the photo.

Captain Pancho gives a well-deserved thumbs-up for Darrel Oleson and his roosterfish. Darell had quite a day on the water with a variety of fish. This one was released.

LeaEila Oleson visited us for the first time, and as you can tell, got right into it with Captain Fili and the dorado bite.

Football season started? Chris Wilber with a football-sized yellowfin tuna.

Double Gomers! Darrell Oleson and son Young Darrell on their first day on the water. First time down for the younger Gomer.

Bill Young from Northern California had to cancel his trip last year when a hurricane got in the way. But he made it back this year and poses with some dorado and a yellowfin tuna on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Captain Pancho photo-bombing Riley and his dorado! Great shot!

Great colors! That’s Terry Biggs with Captain Armando just off the sand there at Punta Arenas! Don’t have to go far to catch fish!

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The week had a as many ups-downs and sideways as a Disneyland ride.  The short version of the week was that it was the best dorado bite of the season as the fish finally seemed to hit their summer stride and the mahi finally woke up.

 

The week started kind of so-so.  Not bad.  Just not real consistent.  Some of this.  Some of that.  Just a mix-match-hodgepodge of species.

 

Then, Tuesday we got hammered by an unexpected storm that was not on the radar.  We call them “Toritos” (baby bulls) because they come out’ve nowhere generated by the huge amounts of heat off the ocean and lots of water vapor in the air (humidity is easily in the 60-70% range).  It hit TUESDAY morning with a fury that had thunder shaking glass window panes like being in a bass drum and so much close lighting you could easily have read a book as streak after streak ripped through the sky right overhead and some bolt even hitting the water!

Turn up the sound and listen to this…This is when it was starting to “diminish!”  The flashes are lightning and I was hiding under an alcove.  The lighting was so close, the static electricty had the hair on my arms standing up!

 

The thing is, I had several dozen people ready to climb into boats that morning and as the storm passed overhead with such turbulence the rain started to come down as well, not sure what to do except wait it out.  These things usually pass fairly quickly, but while you’re in it, it feels like you should be running for cover!   But, we waited and despite the nervousness of all of us and what it would do to the fishing, we got everyone out…and it turned out to be the best dorado day of the year.

 

And it continued pretty solid all week.

Jay taking some shots of some nice bull dorado

Some boats did better than others then things would reverse the next day, but overall, it was pretty hard NOT to catch a dorado.  The fish are scattered all over and a dull day could suddenly turn into a feeding frenzy if you hit the right spot with dorado crashing all around.  Some fish were literally caught within 10 yards of the beach!

 

Most of the fish were respectable 10-15 pounders, but some 20’s were mixed in and a few 30-pounders were taken and larger fish lost .  The only thing that diminished the bite was that once the word got out, traffic on the “honey holes” sometimes had the fish running for cover and the bite would slow until the crowds drifted to other spots.

 

Add to the dorado a nice smattering of yellowfin tuna that ran 10-25 pounds; some 40-60 pound roosterfish and a few wahoo (lost) plus plenty of bonito and it made for a pretty decent day of action most days for most folks.  For a good number of anglers, especially some of the new-comers, they lost a lot of fish until they got the hang of it so often, numbers would be down when they got to the beach, but then find out they lost a half-dozen fish or more!

 

We also got into big-time dog-tooth snapper (cubera snapper) that were 30-50 pounders in the shallow rocks; pargo, cabrilla, the occasional amberjack and even rainbow runners plus a surprising showing of cold-water sierra and it was hard NOT to head home with some fish in the coolers.

BAHIA MAGDALENA TRIP

We had 6 of our amigos spend 2 days with our Bahia Magdalena folks fishing inside the mangroves as well as outside on the ridge.  They had two productive days with about a dozen different species of fish in the coolers including tuna, sierra, pargo, snapper, cabrilla, halibut, triggerfish, snook and corvina.

Ready for a good day fishing the mangroves of Bahia Magdalena with Captain Rigo. It was pretty misty and drizzly sometimes but the fishing was productive.

Good table of grouper, pargo, cabrilla, snapper, triggerfish and halibut for Rich, Terry, Captain Rigo, Ed and Matt.

Rich Keogh with a nice snook on the gaff.

A darned good day! 14 tuna and 14 big sierra for Jay, Ed and Matt. Lots of fish cleaning coming up!

Pop another beer, Ed! Another day and another pile of fish!

 

YELLOW STICKY NOTES FROM THE TACKLE BOX

PLASTIC BAN – If you’re coming down, La Paz has just enacted a plastic ban.  So, if you go to the market or convenience store, be prepared to buy one of those fabric bags or bring your own or bring a box.  No more plastic.  That includes doggie containers from restaurants and “Red Solo” cups for drinks!

TRIP INSURANCE – Don’t forget to purchase some inexpensive trip insurance if you’re visiting us or anywhere else in Baja.  It’s the best time of the year for fishing now and the busiest, but also there can be occasional unexpected storms.  There’s no refunds for weather-related cancelations.  It’s part of fishing.  So, cheap trip insurance will help cover canceled airlines, hotels, activities or other unforseen occurances.  https://www.insuremytrip.com/

BOOKINGS for 2020 – We’re getting alot of bookings for 2020 already and some dates are filing up.  Folks are going home from trips this year and immediately giving us dates for next year.  If you are thinking about it and especially if you have a favorite room or captain, get in touch with us.  We were pretty much sold out for 2019 by March so let us know!  We do still have a spot here and there for the rest of this season, but let us know!  Go to the website at www.tailhunter.com Or write us directly at Jonathan@tailhunter.com

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 Aug. 18-25, 2019

DORADO DOMINATE…But wait!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 18-25, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Just a few hours of strong winds, but it was AFTER everyone was done fishing!

Nice spread of dorado. Smaller ones got released.

Long-time amigo, John McVay and Captain Jorge finally finding some quality tuna! John fought the larger fish for 45 minutes and said he didn’t get bit until he dropped down to 30-pound test line.  Note the pending clouds!

No shortage of jack crevalle to keep rods bent and folks smiling! All the way from Russia to fish one day!

Fat bonito are still keeping the action going in between dorado bites and other species.

John has 3 more ready to be filleted.

It’s almost the end of summer and for once, it felt like summer and fished like summer here in La Paz.   Air temps in the high 90’s with lots of humidity.  Waters blue with a surface temp of about 84 degrees.  We even dodged our first real storm of the season.

 

It’s chubasco weather and we had storm system IVO to the south and offshore to keep an eye on, but fortunately, it went outside and up the coast on the Pacific side.  However, it did leave us with quite a few cloudy days and, at the end of the week really strong winds and wave with wave surge for south-facing beaches.   Some rain fell as well, but localized.

We almost had to cancel some trips, but luckily things blew out quickly or they were days when the fish bit early.

This is storm season and, while we may or may not get a hurricane, this time of year is subject to occasional strong storms that may affect your fishing although it’s the prime time fishing season during the fall.

You never know when one of these builds up looking pretty ominous, but they blow in and then blow out.

Fishing-wise, dorado were the main target.  Typical summertime bite.  The fish are scattered all over and can be found pretty much anywhere.  Close-to-shore…off-shore…under buoys or floating debris…under seaweed…under the birds.  Once you find the spot,  it can get pretty crazy.  Or, you pick at a few all day long.

 

The fish are decent-sized from 8-20 pounds mostly with some larger up to about 25 or 30 pounds.  First-timers are having a lot of fun, but also losing a lot of fish until they get the hang-of-it.   Same areas are producing bonito and jack crevalle and marlin have been seen cruising through the schools feeding as well.

The ticket to increasing the odds on  getting tuna bit is to use the lighter line.  Drop down to 20-30 pound test or use light flurocarbon leaders.   These fish are line shy!

More exciting are the tuna that pop-up and drop out…then pop up again.  It’s hit or miss, but the fish seem like they’re here.  Sometimes moving too fast to get on them.  Sometimes, just staying too deep.  But when they come up, they’re quality 20-40 pounders this past week.   Most of the tuna are on the Cerralvo side of things near Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.   The same areas saw an increase in wahoo…finally!  They’ve been scarce since early spring so hopefully, they’re coming back in time for the fall bite!

 

 

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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