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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 20-29, 2019

BOUNCING BACK FROM HURRICANE LORENA

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 20-29, 2019

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Big dorado of the week by a long-shot, Jon Eide came to see us again from Minnesota and got this big bull north of La Paz.

Mike Murray and Danny Lewis from Lancaster CA tag-teamed this blue marlin estimated at about 250 pounds on their panga just north of La Paz fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet.  The fish ate a live sardine on 50-pound test and was not able to be released after a long fight.

Herkko Miettinen came all the way from Finland and was fishing with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz and his friend Kris Honkola when he hooked and landed this pretty dog-tooth snapper on a chunk of bonito in the shallows outside of Bahia Muertos.

 

Nice first roosterfish for Toni Brown from Salt Lake City who was fishing for dorado near Punta Arenas when the big fish bit just off the rocky area.  She was fishing with the Tailhunter La Paz fleet and was able to release the fish.

Another of our fun amigos from Finland, Jussi Nassi poses with his first striped marlin that fed alot of folks that night for dinner at Tailhunter Restaurant.

Thumbs-up day for Greg and Larry Chastain to start their week with a nice rack of dorado from Las Arenas.

Captain Lorenzo with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz hoists up a big dog-tooth snapper for Jim Ginther who came to enjoy some sunshine all the way from Minnesota.

Oregon boys on the beach, Brad Bennett and Jon Barnard had themselves a full week with lots of species of fish including these dorado plus a big barred pargo.

Captain Gerardo gets in the photo with first-timers Merit Olmstead and Mike Dangler who kicked off their first day with an excellent rack of dorado plus pompano and barred pargo . Great eating!

Nice shot! Nice fish. Great colors! Kirk Shandrew is the amigo behind the mask with the barred pargo . Kirk is from Elko, NV.

Captain Armando and Gary Okizaki from Cypress, CA and his big dorado of the day.

Doesn’t get much prettier than these colors on Mark Brown’s dorado as he’s given a hand by Captain Gerardo. Mark is from Salt Lake City UT

You always remember that first one…Kirk Shandrew rocked this striper north of La Paz his first day.

Pound-for-pound, there aren’t too many fish that fight harder than these jack crevalle (“toro”). Bruce Luscombe took this one on the flyrod making it doubly tough!

Big smiles from Justin West who stuck this nice barred pargo. It was a pretty good week for these fish which is unusual this time of year. Great fighters and great eating too! Trophy size!

That’s a nice mix of reefish there including yellow snapper, triggerfish and palometas for John Vondrak, Joe Eide and Bruce Luscombe with Captain Victor.

Another good day on the water and another dorado for the box for Toni Brown.

Two new friends from Idaho who started their trip with a box full of dorado fishing with our La Paz fleet, Peggy and Joe Manning.

Here’s a pair! Bill Schroeder and Tom Lathrop with double dorado for the camera.

Captain Luis poses with Mike Kingsmore who took this dorado near Espirito Santo Island.

Adding to the variety! Bryan and his dad Steve Smith with a palometa and dorado. Bryan’s first trip. Steve visits us every year.

Kirk Shandrew and another tough jack crevalle caught, battled and released!

 

 

Hurricane Lorena reached category 1 status last weekend and came directly over La Paz instead of veering off as had been originally predicted.  Fortunately, other than some heavy flooding, a few roads washing out and felling some trees and power poles, no one was injured and property damage was relatively minimal compared to other hurricanes that have blown through.  The most damage appears to have occurred out towards Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ La Ventana and El Sargento over the hill from La Paz.

The biggest issue for us were all the anglers who got stuck for several days. With the beaches getting battered; the seas in a cauldron and the port captain shutting down all boat traffic, there wasn’t much to do for the several dozen visitors we had who were suddenly locked in.

 

Others were trying to get home and to the airport.  Many more were trying to fly in. However, with flights canceled and the Cabo Airport closed,  folks either had to stay extra days in La Paz or conversely, lost days of vacation because they couldn’t fly down.

 

Although the storm itself was relatively minor as hurricanes go, the after-effects have been tremendous.

 

In terms of climate, post-Lorena, air temperatures have dropped dramatically from the high 90’s and low 100’s to the low 90’s.  Almost a 10 degree drop across the board.  Additionally, humidity has fallen from the muggy 70-80% steambath to a very comfortable 50% these following days.  Accompanied by stronger winds reminiscent of later October, it’s actually been quite comfortable causing many of us to remark that we suddenly lost summer.  Fall dropped in like someone had thrown a switch.

 

The bite, as well, was heavily affected.

 

Right after Lorena moved north, it cause tropical storm Mario, holding off the Pacific Coast to move into the vacuum.  So, early in the week brought continued cloudiness, rough seas and occasional rainstorms.

 

All of this caused the bite to take it’s time getting back up to speed.

 

Prior to the storm, we had the best dorado bite of the season going.  We had the best marlin bite I have ever seen in over 2 decades.   After Lorena, it took awhile to gain momentum again.

 

The week started pretty scratchy ,but with each progressive day, the waters cleared up and the fish started to bite again. It wasn’t as full-turbo as the week before, but fairly decent action kept improving with mostly dorado biting for both our Tailhunter La Paz and our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleets.

 

Most of the dorado were respectable 10-20 pound fish. There were a few larger.  Many smaller fish were released.

 

Additionally, both blue and striped marlin improved as well with a number of  fish hooked each day while anglers were trying to catch dorado.  Consequently, many fish were hooked (and quite a few lost) on light tackle!  Most hooked fish were released.

 

Still no tuna or wahoo to speak of although this should be prime-time for both species.  Occasionally, one or two tuna get picked up, but the schools are either moving too fast or pop up and boil, then quickly go back down.  On several occasions, the fish were boiling but refused to take baits.  Checking the stomachs of several hooked tuna, we found their bellies full of small squid which could account for their unwillingness to take a hooked bait.

 

As for other species, the change in weather seems to have a dramatic effect on other species as well.  It’s almost as if we are fishing in June conditions again.  We’re getting pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, the occasional yellowtail and amberjack, pompano and even some sierra plus those big dog-tooth snapper again.

 

It’s been a weird crazy season.

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
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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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LA PAZ – LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FISHING REPORT FROM TAILHUNTER SPORTFISHING FOR WEEK OF AUG 4-11, 2019

THE WORLD IS FLAT – YELLOWTAIL IN AUGUST

with TUNA and DORADO?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 4-11, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Retired firefighter Craig Braswell strains to hold up a hefty roosterfish estimated at 60 pounds that hit Craig’s little sardine right close to the rocks as they were fishing for shallow water pargo and cabrilla.  The fish battled and pulled the panga around on light tackle for almost an hour which is why Craig says, “I could barely lift the fish!”  The fish was released.  Craig is from Chico C and our buddy is a long-time Tailhunter friend!

Denni Chin from Salt Lake City UT has a laugh with Captain Victor from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz on the beach at Bahia Muertos.  It was Denni’s first La Paz trip and he took a number of fish off his bucket list including a striped marlin; several big roosterfish (released) as well as dorado and this yellowtail and tuna!

A crazy mix of fish for Trevor Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisek hold up some of their catch that included a strange mix of fish for August.  The catch included  dorado (summer fish) , pompano (spring fish) and pargo liso (mullet snapper…a winter fish).  Dad Mike Akiyoshi with the photobomb.  They are from Upland CA.  They were fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz.

Amazing fish! Our biggest dorado of the season. It’s huge. Adam Jones is about 6′ tall and the head of the fish is turned away from the camera. He and cousin, Steve Braithwaite (photo below) tag-teamed the big fish over 40 minutes!

Another shot of the big bull dorado. Steve Braithwaite posing for this shot! Both guys are pretty tall and the photo doesn’t do justice to the size and girth of the fish.

Our long-time amigo, Kip Slaugh, hoisted this big roosterfish on a bit of a choppy day outside of Bahia de los Muertos. The fish was released.

Yup!!! Yellowtail in August? Check the photo! Phil and dad, Larry Braithwaite from Salt Lake City UT with captain Pancho on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Dorado are warm water fish. Yellowtail are cold water fish!

Colorado in the house! Louie Sanchez rocked this big roosterfish while fishing near Las Arenas on live bait and released it. It’s his personal best!

Just an incredible shot of a dorado jumping at sunrise! Captured by pro photographer amiga, Lynn Crooks from Reno NV who was fishing with her husband, Bernie.

Hard not to love our buddy, Denny Gallegos, who mugs for this shot. He’s always doing stuff like this over the years! With his buddy, Grant Parr, holding a big pargo perro.

The gent behind the mask with Captain Monch and the trophy roosterfish is Bernie Crooks who got several nice roosterfish and released them all. Our amigo, Bernie, is from Reno, Nevada.

All of a sudden, these big dog-tooth also started chewing this week! With Cerralvo Island in the background, Kip Slaugh, lifts the thick fish on the gaff for the money shot! Great eating!

Just a wonderful shot by this young lady! Oh the joy! Chloe Crum from San Antonio, Texas makes the shot with this dorado and captain Alfredo helping from off-camera!

Love the kid shots! We’ve known Sierra Sanchez since she was smaller than this dorado and it’s fun watching her grow up every year and enjoy the fishing with her family and Captain Rogelio. Dorado…right off the rocks in shallow water!

Victor Gil Delmonte comes to visit us every year and told me this fish “really hurt me!” You can see it on his face and Captain Archangel had to give Vic a hand! He gamely battled the fish then released the pretty fish too!

Yes, you CAN have too much fun! Pete Natividad from Los Angeles with Captain Alfredo, was on his first trip to see us and had only one day to fish, but caught about 6 different species including this amberjack.

Dr. Marc Crum came to visit us for the first time from Texas and was able to put this nice roosterfish aboard for the photoshot before letting it go to fight another day.

 

Talk about variety! Lynn Crooks has about 6 different species on the transom after a good day on the water fishing north of La Paz.

Just incredible colors in this photo to go along with Gaby Donnell’s pretty smile. Gaby is from Oregon and took the colorful bull dorado just outside of Las Arenas.

Our buddy, Roger “Fluffy” McCracken battled this feisty jack crevalle south of Espirito Santo Island. These are tough fighters!

Doing it like a boss! Gavin Carroll has himself a dorado in the boat with Captain Armando!

Dorado started biting better late in the week. Adam Jones and Steve Braithwaite.

Not normally something we recommend or target, but we DO occasionally hook sharks. It usually never lasts long before the shark busts the line nor do we recommend putting any shark in the boat. But, Jeff Slater is one of our long-time anglers and very very experienced and fought this hammerhead estimated at 300 pounds. Actually very good eating and he donated much of the meat as well.

 

This is frameable! Hard to get a better photo or smile than Cortez Sanchez with his bull dorado on the beach at Muertos.

Good way to greet a sunrise! Captain Rogelio and our first-timer Nick Arandia started the morning with a fine catch-and-release roosterfish near La Paz.

One of our all-time favorite families (Team Penguino). Louie, Sierra and Cortez Sanchez with some of their La Paz catch. Clouds building in the background. They were able to get two nice days of fishing in with us this year!

Not sure what’s more colorful. Louie Mogabgab’s sunglasses or the dorado! Both are admittedly almost a match! Captain Victor adds to the photo too!

When it’s your first time fishing and your first fish, it’s a great moment. Imelda Natividad got herself a fat triggerfish for ceviche with Captain Alfredo.

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There is no doubt that this has been an incredibly crazy year for weather as well as fishing! It seemed that winter took forever to leave and summer to take hold and given the types of fish we’re catching, summer is still reluctant even though we’re now half into August.

 

The week started somewhat sluggish and got better as the week progressed.  Lots of cloudy days (similar to San Diego grey skies of summer) kept things cooler which was appreciated by many of the anglers.  We even had about a 30 minute downpour one afternoon like a mini tropical hurricane that caused a lot of flooding and winds then quickly blew out.

Here it comes! Good thing everyone is off the water already.

 

Early in the week, we had the usual smattering of dorado mostly in the 10-20 pound class.  But we continued to show up with unusual cold-water fish like pargo liso (mullet snapper), giant dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, pompano, amberjack, jack crevalle and even sierra.

Yup! Amberjack in August. Louie Mogabgab.

Wish we could see his photo, but Captain Moncho give Bernie Crooks (I think that’s Bernie in there!) a hand with his jack crevalle which was released right there off the beach.

 

But, then the kicker showed up late in the week.  Not only did 20-100 pound tuna show up (most fish lost after long battles on light tackle) but we started getting YELLOWTAIL!

 

None of us can ever remember yellowtail so late in the season.  In my 25 years here we have never seen yellowtail in August. Mostly by May, these cold-water fish are long gone!

Never ever ever ever seen yellowtail caught in August. It’s like getting a snowstorm in the summer. It just doesn’t happen!

I’ve given up telling folks what they’re gonna catch these days! Oh, and the fish got bigger as the week went on.

That’s my 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 Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 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
.

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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LA PAZ – LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FISHING REPORT FROM TAILHUNTER SPORTFISHING FOR WEEK OF JULY 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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