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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 16-23, 2020

YELLOWTAIL and DORADO…IF YOU CAN GET OUT!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 16-23, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amiga, Donna Thompson, who aced some nice yellowtail using live mackerel on the east side of Cerralvo Island.

Winter winds and chilly breezes pretty much domininated the past week.  Although not really much of anyone fishing during the winter months, we had a few folks scheduled to go out this week fishing as well as whale watching over on the Pacific side all set and ready to go.  However, we had to either cancel because it was too rough or re-schedule.

Had to cancel trips this week because of the winds!

Most were folks in town for a few days and not hardcore anglers.  They were just looking for a day on the water and wanted to give fishing a try.  Not many were too upset about staying onshore rather than braving the waves or else they had other days to re-schedule.

 

A few anglers did find a few small windows of opportunity to fish between bouts of wind.  If you had mackerel or got lucky on a trolled Rapala, the eastern side of Cerralvo Island was holding some nice forktail yellows.  These yellowtail ran about 10-25 pounds, but that can be a long run over there and you gotta scoot really fast if the winds kick up.

 

Also, a few schoolie-side dorado were hit here-and-there which could produce some nice surface action with fish about 10 pounds or so.  As well, a few snapper and pargo pretty much round out the scant moments of fishing.

Town has been packed for Carnaval which runs from Feb. 20-26th with pretty much a good portion of the waterfront closed down with booths, rides, fireworks, parades and huge concert stages every single day.  So, it’s pretty lively in town this week.

Parades every day! Food, fireworks, concerts and more!

Best place to watch the parade on the waterfront is from our 3 story Tailhunter Restaurant.!

Thanks to Jay Statman for this video clip of one of the parades!

TAILHUNTER CALENDAR

Our next show will be the 76th Annual Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at the Long Beach Convention Center Mar. 4-8.  This is the BIG ONE! 5 days of madness and fun!  Here’s a link for more info:

 

Long Beach – March 4-8, 2020

 

JOE JOST PARTY

The night before the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach we have a get together on Tuesday Night Mar. 4th to celebrate my birthday!  It’s at the iconic Joe Jost’s Bar in Long Beach that’s been there since 1924!  Come have a beer; eat a sausage sandwich, a pickled egg, an egg-salad sandwich and lots of peanuts!  Nothing formal.  Just friends and some fun!

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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 9-16, 2020

ANGLERS FIND SMALL OPPORTUNITIES DESPITE WINDS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 9-16, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Just a great photo! They got blown off the first day but hung in there and went out despite waves and strong winds (check out Jan’s hair and Art’s hoodie). However, first-timer Jan Paisley and Art Flippin from Colorado went out dragging a Rapala hoping something would bite and this big 70-pound yellowfin tuna chomped the line! They were just off Punta Arenas with Cerralvo Island in the background. Surprise catch for this time of year!

Our good amigos, Donna and Roger Thompson from La Ventana found some mackerel on the east side of Cerralvo Island and hung some nice yellowtail before the macks disappeared and the winds came back up.

Colorful dorado just outside Punta Perrico for Jan. The fish was taken to our Tailhunter Restaurant to be cooked up!

Escaping -30 degree weather up in Alberta, Canada, Sheri Maitland found sunshine and a school of dorado like this one just inside La Paz Bay on one of the calmer days.

Unusual fish for this time of year because dorado are warm water fish, Brad Bowdon got this bull fishing out’ve La Paz. Brad’s from Canada.

That’s a tasty barred pargo for first-timer, Jan Paisley from Colorado with a big smile!

It looks a bit choppy out there and chilly, but Stu Maitland has a firm gaff in this nice dorado.

It was a weird unusual, but not unusual week, if that makes sense. Yes, it was typically windy as if often the case this time of year and “cold” on top of it (by Mexico standards!). Locals were bundled up while tourists visiting La Paz for sunshine were walking around in shorts and t-shirts.

However, as far as the wind was concerned, it blew hard some areas some days and less so in other areas. And, of course, it affected the fishing. Some folks fishing one area pretty much got blown off the water or had to cancel trips. Others found some decent windows to get lines wet, even if only temporarily before winds shifted and the waves just got too rough and choppy.

Fortunately, this time of the year, there aren’t that many folks fishing.

However, for the few folks out that were able to get on the water…even for a short time, there were some decent catches.

For our anglers fishing the Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Cerralvo Island areas, there were the occasispeonal dorado and we even got a surprising chunky tuna that ran about 70 pounds taken on a trolled Rapala. On the East side of Cerralvo Island, there was a quick jag of yellowtail that ran 15-25 pounds, especially if you got into the live mackerel that temporarily schooled up.

Inshore, pargo, cabrilla and jack crevalle provided some fun entertainment.

For our anglers that were able to get out of the Bay and head north towards Espirito Santo Island, some yellowtail were also found, but it was pretty rough getting out there. Fortunately, there were some school-sized dorado just inside the bay that could be caught with most fish going about 10 pounds. But, it was stil pretty rough out there.

And more…BAHIA MAGDALENA!

A table full of great fillets coming up including pargo, snapper, corvina and grouper for our amiga Verda Boyd after her first day fishing the mangroves.

Another nice pargo in the boat caught by Natalie Nazareno. You can see the mangroves in the background.

We sent some anglers out with our Bahia Magdalena outfit. It was also too windy to fish outside the bay and work the ridge for yellowtail and grouper. However, inshore among the mangroves in the shallows, the fishing was spectacular. They got almost a dozen species! These included grouper, several species of pargo, snapper and seabass as well as corvina all on light tackle.

Jorge Romero, sporting his Santa beard, pulled this grouper out’ve the tangle of mangrove roots.

Tim Zimmer with a hard fighting pargo that ate a hooked shrimp.

All by herself! Bella Nazareno hooked and fought all of her fish by herself including this fat pargo!

One day…lots of variety!

Captain Rigo poses with Verda and another pargo for the cooler!

Also, the whales have been late arrivals for the whalewatching season, but more whales are finally showing up in Bahia Magdalena not far from where we’re fishing these days.  Let us. know and we can set you up with a great whalewatching trip.

ROAD TOUR TAILHUNTER 2020 – THANK YOU SALT LAKE CITY!

Just finished the Western Hunt and Conservation Show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  It was 4 crazy days of madness and fun!  We just wanted to give a shout-out to all our Utah folks for the great hospitality and all the Tailhunter Nation members who came out to see us!    We had some of the best days of any of the 5 shows we’ve done this year.  Reservations to come fish with us in 2020 were off-the-charts and we’re looking forward to all the visits!  Thanks to everyone!

Next up…the grand-daddy show of the West Coast… It’s the 74th Annual Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at the Long Beach Convention Center March 4-8!  Come see us.  Click the link below!

Long Beach – March 4-8, 2020

CARNIVAL LA PAZ – Feb. 21-26!

If you’re headed to La Paz, don’t forget that Carnival starts Feb. 21 and goes through the 26th with lots of parades, fireworks, food and major partying!  The Tailhunter Restaurant on the Malecon is a great place to catch all the parades!

 

That’s our story!  Hope you had a super Valentine’s Day!

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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

 

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 2-9, 2020

RAIN WIND COLD REALLY COLD!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 2-9, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

The Torp family got a few dorado and a sierra before having to come in.

It was not only windy this week, but unseasonably cold as an unusual cold snap had pretty much everyone shivering and grabbing extra blankets! Of course, it’s all relative because tourist visiting from Canada, Alaska and other northern areas thought it was crazy to call 50-degree-weather “cold!”

However, for us, that’s pretty chilly and the week started out with heavy rains too that caused some localized flooding. On the backside of that storm is when the winds came up.

We did have some folks still insist on fishing despite our warnings and they were confined to fishing close to shore or having to get off the water early because of the weather and waves. Catches included some school-sized dorado but also sierra, bonito, jacks and cabrilla. It’s hard to find live bait when the weather is so inclement so at times we had to supplement with frozen bait and trolling inshore with small lures.

WHALES and WHALESHARKS!

Whalewatching is in full swing right now through about mid-March for our tours we’re taking out at Bahia Magdalena. Ask us for details on getting up close to these great animals. An experience for the whole family!

The “baby” whalesharks are right in La Paz Bay in shallow water!

 

Although it might not be the best time to fish and although windy conditions sometimes affect things, this is prime time to swim with the whalesharks right in La Paz Bay just out front of the Malecon or to book one of our whalewatching trips on the Pacific side over at Magdalena Bay.  If you’d like a trip of a lifetime being with some incredible creatures, get in touch with us.  Space is limited!  http://www.tailhunter.com. Or e-mail me at Jonathan@tailhunter.com

MOVING ONTO SALT LAKE CITY

A big shout-out to all the Tailhunter Nation in the Portland and Oregon areas that showed us such a great time this past week at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmans Show where we spent 5 giant days in our booth visting and talking about fishing in La Paz!  Tons of sign ups to come fish with us in 2020.  We love coming out here ever year.

You just never know who’s gonna show up at these shows.

By the time you’re reading this, Jill and I will be back in “Ariel” our Tailhuter-Mobile rocking down the highway and headed to Salt Lake City for one of the largest hunting shows in the United States.  Folks come from all over the world to visit and check out some of the almost 1000 exhibits and vendors.  The show runs Feb. 13-16 (Thursday to Sunday) at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City downtown.

Check out this video clip from last year’s 2019 show:

 

Hope to see you there if you are anywhere near the area!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 19-26, 2020

INSHORE FISHING BEST 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan 19-26, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Scott Bryant from Colorado has himself some good eating cabrilla for dinner while staying at Rancho Costa.

Santiago gamaliel yellowtail 1-20 tags

Jigging with yo-yo iron, Dr. Santiago Gamaliel hung this nice yellowtail and had two other break off.

From Alaska, Mic Ward came down to enjoy a few days of sunshine at Rancho Costa at Bahia de los Muertos south of La Paz and landed a double-hand of cabrilla.

Not much of anyone out fishing this past week with mostly windy rough days outside.  Most of the fishing was confined to inshore species as anglers hugged the coastal areas seeking calmer water and protection from the north winds and choppy ocean.

 

Using Rapalas, stripped bait, squid and live bait (when it could be found), produced a mixed bag of pargo, snapper, triggerfish and cabrilla as well as some bonito, sierra and jack crevalle.  Slowly dragging smaller dark Rapalas over the rocky spots were especially productive for a variety of species.  Some yellowtail popped up as well and hopefully, this is the vanguard of our yellowtail

 

Despite the winds, it’s been sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70’s and nights down to the mid-50’s, but it looks like more wind will hit later this week.

 

DOWN THE ROAD WE GO!

Jill and I are just wrapping up here at the Washington State Fairgrounds where we spent the last 5 days in our booth at the Washington Sportsman’s Show!   It was the best show we’ve ever had here in almost 2 decades at this show.  Welcome to all our new amigos to the Tailhunter Nation and to see so many old friends and faces.  Also had alot of folks sign up to come down to see us as well and made reservations to fish with us in 2020.  We’re excited to have you down to visit!

Thanks for all the hospitality Washington!  (And rain too…loved it!  We don’t get much rain in Baja!)

So, here we go…next stop down the road south to Portland for the Pacific Northwest Sportsmans Show at the Portland Expo Center.  This is one of the largest outdoor shows in the Western U.S. and if you’re in the area, you gotta check it out!  Here’s details.  Click the link:

Show Information

Next stop…OREGON at the Portland Expo Center Feb. 5-9! Come see us!

WHALE WATCHING SEASON UNDERWAY AT BAHIA MAGDALENA

 

Although there might not be lots of folks fishing right now,  the 2002 whale watching season is just getting underway.  Whales should just about starting to show up.

It’s not too late to book a trip with us to head on over to experience an incredible day with these gentle creatures that migrate all the way from the Bering Sea year-after-year to spend the early months in the warm shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena.   Just write to me 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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 15-29, 2019

MELLOW HOLIDAYS in LA

PAZ

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Dec. 15-29, 2019

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Typical winter rack of fish. Bonito, snapper, pargo and some nice cabrilla for the ice chest!

The rocks are holding some nice cabrilla right now…if you can pull them from their hiding spots! They’re feisty fish when hooked.

Mostly a quiet Christmas and holiday week in La Paz.  Sun’s out.  Occasionally some showers and breezy.  Most folks in town aren’t here to fish or hit the water.  Those that are in town for watersports are windsurfers and kiteboarder taking advantage of the strong winter winds.  Or they’re here to swim with the whalesharks in the bay.

 

The few that are out fishing are mostly finding action inshore along the rocks and beaches.

 

It’s not bad fishing at all.  There’s been a decent bite on some nice cabrilla up to about 10 pounds with most in the 2-5 pound range and lots of little ones getting released.  Snapper were also on the chew.  All good fish for the table.  The biggest issue is getting live bait.  If waters are rough and winds are blowing, getting live bait in the shallow areas where the bait school-up can be problematic.  If bait is an issue, slow trolling small crankbaits like Rapalas, Rebels, Yo-Zuri, Mirolures or similar can still be very productive and fun.

 

Moving slightly offshore, bonito are still there for some harder battles as well as jack crevalle.  There’s a chance of an occasional dorado as well.  I’m surprised we aren’t getting into more sierra as this is the time of year we should be getting them, but perhaps we’ll see more as the waters get cooler.

 

That’s our story and the last report for 2019!

May God bless you and the upcoming new year!

 

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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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

A QUIET TOWN IN LOWER BAJA

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Not too different even in Mexico! Christmas scenes like this one with kids lining up for visits with Santa and their favorite cartoon characters downtown La Paz.

Manger scenes for Christmas in La Paz

 

Town is kinda quiet right now!  It’s that lull between the holidays and not many folks in town right now except for some snowbirds and kiteboarders and windsurfers taking advantage of the winter breezes.   Not really many folks on the water as this is off-season for fishing, but even then, most folks in town are just enjoying the sunshine and getting ready for Christmas.  Definitely seems like you can already smell the tamales cooking on the streets!  But, lights are up and folks are doing Christmas shopping and that’s kind of it.

 

Some action for fishing has mostly been inshore.  There’s a decent bite over the rocky spots of cabrilla up to about 5 pounds plus snapper and pargo.  All great eating fish.  The hard-pullers include some nice jack-crevalle running up to about 10 pounds plus good activity on bonito.   Really hard to get a complete fishing picture when not many folks are fishing.  It was too bad because this past week was one of the better weeks for weather and minimal winds.

 

I’m sure town is gonna start getting more crowded in the next few days as we get closer to Christmas.

BOOKING FOR 2020

It’s not too early to check on getting your dates together for next year which hits us in just a few weeks already!  Reservations are already coming in steadily and some dates are filling fast and a few are already sold out.  Don’t wait to see at at one of the sport shows.  Last year, by March, we were largely all booked up.  Get in touch with us today.   Check out the website at http://www.tailhunter.com or e-mail me directly at Jonathan@tailhunter.com and let’s get you set up to fish with us in La Paz in 2020!

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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

 

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

LULL BETWEEN THE HOLIDAYS

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

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

Amigo, Roger Thompson made it out to the south end of Cerralvo Island between bouts of wind and trolled up this nice wahoo.

Roger was pulling a dark Rapala looking for wahoo when this hefty yellowfin tuna ripped his line.

Typical catch right now…some inshore reef fish like the cabrilla and trigger fish; mix in some bonito and a bonus dorado. All close to shore.

Not too many folks fishing these days in the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas and town almost seemed deserted this week, but the crowds will eventually come.

 

The city is nicely moving into Christmas mode!

 

Winds were a little milder than normal so some folks were able to get out fishing.  Most of the fishing was inshore for jack crevalle, snapper, and cabrilla, although some larger pargo were reportedly lost.   Bonito schools can be problematic or a lot of fun depending on your point of view.

 

There are still some small schools of dorado running around with most fish in the 10-15 pound class.

 

When winds are down, there’s some good action with bait on light tackle for some nicer grade of tuna in the 40-80 pound range that can be tough battles on the smaller line that get them to bite.  Rapalas like the darker deep-runners also kicked up some wahoo.

 

 

 

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


“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

 

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