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

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

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

 

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

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Armando, Patty Killian and a nice barred pargo!

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We also got our first marlin of the season!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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 April 21-28,2019

NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT!

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

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

From Washington, Steve Hastings was out with Captain Victor from the Tailhunter Fleet and did the hat trick with 3 wahoo not far off the rocks that went 25-35 pounds. He also got some tasty white bonito as well.

 

Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA makes one to two trips to La Paz to fish with Tailhunter for almost 20 years and loves fishing with Captain Jorge. One day produced two wahoo near Cerralvo Island.  The largest one taken on a purple Rapala Xrap and the other hit a live sardine.

Big roosterfish right off the rocks by Mark Bonsack from Washington. The fish was taken on live bait and released. These are the first large ones we’ve seen this year…right about on time!

Some tasty and hard fighting pargo liso/ mullet snapper that are in spawn mode right now. Gavin Chun and Navin Ramharak on the beach with the great shot. Fish much larger get lost in the rocks when they are schooling like this.

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Now, this is a fun day of fishing! Our good friends and anglers for many many years, Jeff Sakuda and Marianne Sugawara with a full rack of spring fish including white bonito, snapper and pargo.

Yup…some yellowtail still around. Our Captain Pancho does the honors! Hamachi for the grill!

Aloha boys from Maui shaka the camera. They only had one day to fish but got into some action. That’s Dean Badoyen and Ed with pargo, cabrilla, a huge trigger fish and snapper.

Jeff and Captain Jorge with the 2nd wahoo of the day. This one fell to a live sardine.

Yellowtail are still hitting on-and-off near Cerralvo Island. Mark Bonsack from Washington was fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet and caught this stocky forktail.

Trophy cabrilla headed into the box for Paul Nagata from San Francisco.

After a couple of so-so weeks where the weather and winds dictated our fishing, we finally got in a solid week of good weather and consequently better fishing.  There were still some lingering pesky winds, but overall a great time to be out on the water with good action and some good quality to the fish as well.

 

It also helps that we’ve got more fishermen now that the season is on too!

 

For sure, there were still some ups and downs and some low-points where the bite dropped off or only bonito bit.  However…inshore fishing over reefs, rocks and structure continued produce the most action as is typical of this time of the year.

 

Our guys who worked closer to shore and in the shallows saw good action and good quality on big snapper, big cabrilla, large triggerfish, amberjack, yellowtail and both barred pargo and pargo mulato.  Lots of larger fish lost in the rocks too…maybe half of all the fish hooked, but no shortage of biters!

Captain Armando with long-time amigo, Dave Lindell from Pendleton, Oregon with a nice amberjack in hand and quite a variety on the board including snapper, bonito and cabrilla

Paul has big smiles with his yellowtail!

 

The same areas produced jack crevalle, several kinds of bonito (including the good eating white-bonito) and still kicked out yellowtail as well up to about 25-pounds.

…and a jack crevalle! Lots of fun when you get into a school of these that can number into the hundreds. There’s a reason why the Mexican name for them is “TORO” which means “bull.” They are scrappy bulldogs when hooked.

 

We also hit our first big roosterfish of the season too.  We’ve gotten some smaller punk fish, but we got into some of the larger 30-50 pounders this week finally. All released.

 

Not too far away and still in relatively shallow water, the biggest and best surprise were the wahoo.  It’s about that time of the year and the speedsters were hitting live bait as well as trolled Rapalas and were nice sized 20-40 pound fish with some of our pangas getting multiple fish.

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

We had Eric Skinner and his son, Nathan out for a few days working those incredible mangroves at the shallow end of Bahia Magdalena on the Baja Pacific side this past week for a few days.  In fact, as you’re reading this, they’re still out there.  They got more than a dozen different species the first 2 days including, corvina, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, grouper and bay bass on light tackle.

Bahia Magdalena offers hundreds of square miles of changing current, sloughs, channels and impenetrable mangroves holding a multitude of species in the shallow waters.

 

One a single day, they estimated they hooked more than 50 fish releasing most and donating others and, of course, keeping some for dinner. Here’s a layer of fish sitting on a bed of ice in the ice chest with about a 1/2 dozen different species.

Nathan and dad, Eric, fishing right up in the mangrove bushes were catching garopa (grouper) like these and releasing most.

A good day back at the fish cleaning table!

That’s a mess of corvina, plus pargo, grouper and even a halibut. Most fish had been released.

 

Colorful grouper with Erik Skinner.

As mentioned, at the time of doing this report, they still had a few more days fishing Mag Bay so we’ll have more updates in next week’s report.

Have a great week!

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
.

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 24-31, 2019

IS WINTER FINALLY FINISHED WITH US?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 24-31, 2019

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Fishing brother Rod Brown from Alaska and Jeff Brown from Minnesota get together once a year in La Paz to fish with us and scored limits of yellowtail and other species fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, rocked this big thick yellowtail on the north end of Cerralvo island on the east side with a live mackerel.

That’s a trophy! Big tasty cabrilla headed no doubt for the dinner table caught by Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs CO.

Our own Captain Joel has a big smile posing with Jeff Brown and some of the limits of yellowtail they caught and lost many others in the rocks.

Yes! Roosterfish are starting to show up! Right there in Muertos Bay, Miles was working live sardines on light tackle and had a blast catching and releasing these smaller early-season roosters. The big boys should be close behind!

Nothing better than light tackle fishing and big fish. Check out this pretty cabrilla that Russ Whitmarsh nailed on a bass rod just close to the rocks where these guys hang out. Nice catch!

What a difference a week or two makes!

 

We’ve gone from some of the harshest and toughest winter fishing in a long time several weeks ago to some of the nicest conditions and fishing so far this season.  Still not completely up-to-speed and I’d be crazy to say we’re completely done with winter and the pesky winds, but this past week was sure a nice time to be on the water.

 

With the first true week of springtime and temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s. the winds weren’t completely done with us and there were some episodes for several days, but overall, Mother Nature was good to our fishermen for once.

 

With some perfect candy-sized mackerel for baits for both our Tailhunter La Paz and Las Arenas fleet, the big story were the yellowtail.  They popped up in several places including the upper east-side of Cerralvo Island; south point of Cerralvo and Punta Perrico.  We also had quite a bite going around the high spots around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Most of the fish weren’t huge, but that’s because so many of the fish were hovering and feeding in shallow waters close to the rocks, shore or over structure.  Lots of the bigger 30-40 pound mossbacks threw hooks or broke lines in the rocks plus quite a few missed bites!  But the ones that were landed were respectable powerful 20-25 pound fish.

I”ll let our amigo Rod Brown tell it:

“We had one of our best La Paz fishing days ever today. The yellowtail started biting as soon as we started fishing in the morning and were still biting when we quit a little before 1:00 – ran out of mackerel. We landed 10 medium to large yellowtail, missed a lot of good strikes, and lost some in the rocks. They are STRONG fish and bent 0ur heavy poles in a 90 degree arc and made several powerful runs each. Good thing we ran out of bait. We were buggered and Joel had to get home to watch his daughters play football. Some largish swells, but a beautiful day.”

Rod Brown from Alaska with smiling Captain Joel

 

Not to be completely outdone, we also had some incredible cabrilla fishing tight inside to the cliffs and rocks with some trophy-sized fish being landed on bait, jigs and slow-trolled Rapalas and YoZuris as well as pargo and assorted rockfish.

Our amigo, Rod Brown again:

“Another great fishing day. The yellowtail weren’t biting at first, but we landed 7 large barred pargo and 4 large cabrilla. They immediately  dive for the rocks and are strong, so we lost a lot of them – and a lot of fishing tackle. Around 11 the yellowtail started biting and we landed 3 nice ones. By noon we had used all our mackerel (62 of them) and spent an hour fishing with spinning gear and sardines for smaller  yellow pargo along the shore. Caught several of them.”

 

We also saw action on lots of bonito on light tackle, jack crevalle and even some early season roosterfish!  All-in-all some solid biters and some of the best variety of the young season!

HAPPY TRAILS 2019

Well, we finally came to the end of another awesome road trip.  Our 25th year going from one show to the other.  This year 12 states and 11 incredible shows meeting and talking to so many awesome folks and old friends!

Thanks to everyone who came by to chat and all the hospitality and also all of you who booked with us to fish in La Paz with us in 2019.  We’re are ready to fish!  Bring it on.  We still have some spots open so get in touch with us, but judging from our bookings this year, we’re gonna have a bang-up year!

Let’s get fishing!

 

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 Mar. 17-24, 2019

SPRING BRINGS A WELCOME CHANGE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 17-24, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

Skip Coomber from San Diego has a handful of hefty yellowtail.  He and his family landed 5 between 20-30 pounds and busted off 3.  He said one spooled him on 40 pound test. The fish were taking live bait off Cerralvo Island.

On the backside of Cerralvo Island where Captain Victor found calm waters, Erika and Carolyn landed several nice yellowtail like these in the shallow waters.

He’s just called “Joel the Bald Guy” by his amigos, but he gets the last grin with ah thick yellowtail and a handful of great eating . These fish were crashing on the surface over the rocky areas.

Amigo Bob Sayre, from Chicago, was just out in front of the hotels not far from shore when he ran into some pretty fun dorado taking 5 on dead bait and losing 2. Not like the fish to be here so early in the year…nor right there in the bay!

You can see how close to the shore they are. Captain Victor and a happy Caroline Coomber and another yellowtail!

Hard-charging jack crevalle for Erika. There’s a reason the Mexican name for these guys is “Toro” (Bull).

 

It’s nice to have something substantive to tell you this time after last week’s report!  Even photos and better video!

We definitely had a better week of fishing which happened to co-incide with better weather  finally as spring arrived with some surprising catches.

 

Maybe the fish woke up for spring!

 

Early in the week, waters really settled down nicely and some nice quality yellowtail came to chew and seemed to pop up in several places.  These 20-30 pound forkies were hitting live bait, jigs and dead bait on the back side of Cerralvo Island, just outside of Bahia Muertos (Suenos); Punta Perrico; as well as Espirito Santo Island.  Quite a few fish, including bigger ones were lost in the rocks insofar as many of these fish were biting in shallow water either right off the rocks or over shallow structure and reefs.  The same areas produced jack crevalle, small roosters, bonito, pargo and cabrilla.  A wahoo was lost as well!

 

The surprising catches were right in the Bay of La Paz.  Pretty much right out in front of the hotels and Malecon waterfront.  Fun, 10-15 pound schools of dorado showed up literally just a few hundred yards out front in shallow water.  It might have something to do with the patches of floating sargasso weed that moved in which we usually don’t see until about May or so when waters warm.  The sargasso draws baitfish which hide in the weeds as well as flying fish that lay eggs in the floating paddies.  This draws the dorado in searching for food.   A good sign of an early season!  Fingers crossed.

 

It’s been a brutal winter up north as well as in Baja and I have a feeling that winter isn’t quite done with us just yet!

AND SO IT ENDS!

Our 2019 Show Tour comes to an end!  After almost 4 months on the road driving to the most awesome fishing/ hunting expos in the west and hauling our booth back and forth across the country through one of the most crazy winters ever, we come to our last show…and it’s a good one!

But first a big shout out to all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us and welcomed us and extended so much hospitality and smiles as we traveled to these cities and all the cities in between:

Denver show to Sacramento…then to Puyallup (Seattle)…then to Portland…and Salt Lake City…then Boise…after which we hit the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach…then Bakersfield and back to Salt Lake City again.  Then just finishing up a great show in Scottsdale AZ.

Back and forth and up and down, what a fantastic country we have and are blessed to visit every year!  Thank you all and for those of you who booked with us, we’ll do our best to have the fish and sunshine waiting for you!

Now, we head to the beaches of San Diego for the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds just north of the city.  This is a fun show and all our friends are there and it’s a big party with lots to see and do for the whole family about fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and so much more.

The show runs Thursday to Sunday and we’ll see you there.  Here’s more info.  Click the link!

THE FRED HALL SAN DIEGO SHOW

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

 


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 10-17, 2019

NOT MUCH GOING ON TO BE HONEST

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 10-17, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

 

This is gonna be short.

I’ve been doing this report for over 20 years every single weekend.  And I’ve only missed something like 6 weeks the whole time.  And you know I always tell it straight up…good…bad…or otherwise.

Well, I guess I could make something up but, that’s not how I roll.

So, here it is. (drumroll…)   Nothing to report.

While the rest of the country was getting “winterized” again for the umpteenth time this season,  the winds blew again in La Paz which isn’t surprising.  That’s why November to April is called “off-season” and why so many windsurfers and kite-boarders descend on the area from all over the world during these months. Cuz it’s WINDY!  There was even a bit of rain one day early in the week.

And why not many people fishing.

We did have some folks request to go out, but the days they wanted to go out, I advised them not to.  I told ’em, I’d love to take their money, but that they’d be wasting their time and it would be best just to hang out and not go out and get bounced around and get wet.  Not much fun in that.  I want everyone to have a good time.

On the 2 days that looked fishable, no one asked to go out.  I think they would have gotten some fish.   Oh well.  I did hear there were some dorado right in the bay.  And there were some bonito out as well, but that was about it.  Just not many folks out.

BACK ON the TRAIL

Jilly and I were split apart this past weekend.  Each of us at a different show.  I was there at the ISE SHOW in Sandy UT, just south of Salt Lake and it was great to see so many amigos and meet new ones.  Thanks for everyone who came by and also for all the kind gifts as well!

Jilly wrapped up the Fred Hall Show in Bakersfield.  It was her first time doing that show by herself and we appreciate everyone who looked in on her and stopped to chat.

But now, onto Scottsdale, Arizona.  I pick up Jilly in Las Vegas and we’ll drive south to the ISE Show that starts Thursday and runs to Sunday.  It’s at the Westworld facility there in Scottsdale.

After that…last show of the season and 3 months on the road will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego.

Hope to see you down the road!

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 March 3-10, 2019

FISHING UPS & DOWNS WITH WEATHER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Early in the week hogs like Carl Lange’s hefty yellowtail were hanging in the shallow waters willing to take the baits, but as the week went on the fish got harder to find.

From Paso Robles, Joel Zarmati was fishing live bait over shallow rocks on the lee side of Cerralvo Island where the waters were calmer and sheltered from the winds when he hooked and landed this big-headed yellowtail.

A little early in the season for warm-water dorado, but nonetheless, Al Hutchinson brought this one back to the beach for the dinner table.

Tasty huachinango/ dog-tooth snapper right there in Bahia Muertos by our amiga, Donna Thompson. These guys can grow well over 50 or 60 pounds.

Lots of action for Kyra Sacadan who shows off her dorado and a table full of white bonito.

Great photo! Great fish! Donna can fish! Check out the size and colors of this trophy yellowtail off Cerralvo Island.

It was a hit-or-miss kind of fishing week.  The windsurfers and kite boarders had fun with the continuing winds, but even on the few days that were fishable, the few anglers out found it less than stellar although some fish were caught.  There are some quality fish around, that seem like they’re just waiting to bust loose and as winter pulls away, it’s like we two steps forward then 1 ½ steps back each week.

 

It just doesn’t pay to get too excited.  Last week, I was optimistic that maybe we were finally getting something going with some hog yellowtail, dorado, wahoo and even a tuna hookup and a marlin hook-up!  These are all species we generally don’t see this early in the year.  Things seemed like they were picking up!

 

Then, Mother Nature kinda slapped us back in place.  The yellowtail bite near Punta Perico and over at Cerralvo Island diminished significantly.  Bait got a little harder to find…again!  And overall, we were left with a smattering of dorado; some snapper; a cabrilla or two (although a few were trophy-sized) and lots of bonito.  Oh, and one marlin just to keep us excited.  Overall just kind of a ho-hum week, even for this time of the year.

 

The coming week looks promising.  Early, there’s some strong winds and there’s a possibility of rain, but then they really drop back quite a bit for the majority of the week.  That will hopefully kick the fish up again.

 

Thank You Long Beach Here We Come Salt Lake City!

Hanging in the booth with the Secretary of Fishing and Agriculture for Mexico, Luis Andres Cordova.

Just wrapping up a spectacular over-the-top show at the Fred Hall Fishing Show in Long Beach CA at the Convention Center.  The largest fishing and boating show in the world and over 1000 vendors from all over the world packed in the crowds and Jill and I talked non-stop for 5 full days.

We had a blast!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi and everyone who set up trips to see us this year in La Paz.  It was a fantastic party!

Jilly doing some socializing with Michelle from Big T’s Shirts, Carrie Wilson with Vagabundos del Mar and Rene Olinger from Baja Peninsula Tours in Loreto.

Two of the best…Ed Robison from Whopper Stopper Custom Rods and Pat McDonnell retired editor of Western Outdoor News. Pat brought me a bottle of Don Julio 70 for my birthday!

Can’t find a nicer guy in Dave Balthius, Vice President of Costa Sunglases and came out from Florida.

Some of the guys from the Long Beach Rod and Reel Club!

But now…no rest!  By the time you’re reading this, we’re in our Tailhunter-Mobile and zooming back to Utah for the International Sportsmans Show at the Expo Center in Sandy, Utah…just south of Salt Lake City.  This is always a fun show and we have a ba-jillion Tailhunter amigos in the area.  Hope to see you all!

There’s hundreds and hundreds of vendors from everywhere from Alaska to South America and New Zealand to the Siberia!  Hunting…fishing…camping…off-road…boating…there’s great things for the whole family.

The show goes Thursday to Sunday.  Here’s details. Click the link:

INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMANS EXPO – DETAILS

AND THANKS for a GREAT BIRTHDAY!

I am blessed with so many great friends!

 

Have a great week!  That’s our story…

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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“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. 17-24, 2019

TOUGH WEEK BUT SOME FISH FOUND

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 17-24, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

He always rocks! Roger Thompson busted up this big boy slug yellowtail up at the north end of Cerralvo Island slow trolling sardines in shallow water and lost another one that he couldn’t stop jigging iron.

Armando took out Dick and Lorna Gasser from Spanish Fork, UT, who have been with us many times and always do great. But with winds and lack of bait, it was a little tougher this week with basically only some bonito to show.

For the first time this week, we sent out some of the boats from our La Paz Fleet. Despite fears about winds and waves, they found bait and got into some decent dorado which we don’t usually see until later in the warmer months.

Debbie Walden from Lakewood CA was out visiting her sister Donna Thompson (right) this past week near La Paz. Donna has lots of experience on big Baja fish and they were out at the north end of Cerralvo Island when they hit breaking yellowtail. This guy hit and both ladies had fun tag-teaming to get it to the boat.

It looks a little chilly! Is this Baja? Just off the rocks at Punta Perico, Dick Gasser got this little cabrilla and released it.

Yea…it was that chilly! Jorge…Dick…Lorna suited up to get out on the water!

 

It was a strange week.  The two variables of weather and bait played a big part in success on the water as it usually does, but perhaps even moreso in the winter months when winds can be strong and bait can be scarce.

 

It was no different this week.  At times the winds blew strong and consistently.  Gusts up to 30 knots at times pushed a lot of white water around which made it hard to find, let alone get live bait.  But that’s how it is during these months and a big reason not many folks are out fishing even when the sun is out most times and the daytime air temps are running in the 70’s which is great for the snowbirds in town.

 

It was “chilly” by Baja standards and there were even little bouts of rain here and there.

 

Most of the fishing was picky at best with a mixed bag of small cabrilla, jacks, some snapper and bonito, although many of them were the white bonito which are actually pretty good eating and a lot of fun. But, not fun if you’re in a bouncing boat and getting sprayed with white-water. A lot of the fishing relied on dragging Rapalas or lures trying to get a hook up when we couldn’t get the bait.

 

However, what a difference on the days when we did find bait…even when the weather was less than desireable.   We had some exploratory boats we sent out’ve La Paz with some of our regulars who took a chance on the weather and hooked into some surprisingly decent dorado which aren’t very common this time of year.  Each of our pangas got a handful and lost others.

 

Additionally, again using bait, but slow trolling in shallow water, in a chum line of sardines, fat yellowtail popped up and ripped some rods too with some fish that couldn’t be stopped, especially with the rocks so close rising up from the bottom.

…AND THE WHALES!

Whalewatching season is in full swing and we’re running daily and overnight trips out to see them but this past week, it was a bit rough and bumpy and made it hard to get onto the whales, even out in Magdalena Bay which is normally flat and calm.

Check out this little video I put together:

HERE WE COME BOISE!

Jilly and I are now in Boise, Idaho for the Idaho Sportsman’s Show that starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday.  Come see us and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year.  (Where it’s sunny!)

Hope to see you this week.  If you’re driving in, it’s going to be a little icy!  Drive safely and we’ll see you here!

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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