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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 30-July 7, 2019

ROOSTERS AND DORADO RUN THE SHOW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of

July 1-7 ,2019


WEEK at a GLANCE

Water – Calming down and getting bluer and warmer.  Surface temp about 80 degrees.  Colder thermocline 30-60 feet down drops another 5-15 degrees.  Still choppy some days especially in the mornings.

Weather – Consistently highs in the mid-90’s and nighttime cools to mid-70’s. Feels warmer some days, but then the afternoon breeze cools things down.  Very tropical

Wind – Mostly better than other weeks.  Calming down hopefully.  Did have one day at Las Arenas/ Muertos where a baby storm went through and made it tough to go out for about an hour or so, but then it blew out and the folks got out on the water.  We just waited it out.

Fishing – Lots of variety, but more of the warm water-water fish like dorado becoming more prominent.  No wahoo, but fish caught this week included lots of big roosterfish (Las Arenas); dorado (La Paz); pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, skipjack, bonito, amberjack, pompano, yellowtail, palometa, snapper, baja grouper, marlin, sailfish.

Fish Scale of 1-10:  A solid 6


MEXICAN MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO REPORT


THE BIG PICTURE AND THE REST of the STORY…

Captain Gerardo gives Erik Foraker from Washington a hand with a big roosterfish caught and released off Punta Arenas. The fish was released and 3 were caught that day off the panga.

Mike and Jacquiline Aguilar caught 3 big roosterfish including this beast on a single day. All fish were released.

 

Miles and Sydney Wagner with big-time bull dorado there at Bahia Muertos staying at their dad, Gary’s place at Rancho Costa.

One of my favorite photos of the week. Captain Jorge gives a thumbs-up to Will’s big roosterfish. Will is from Denver and released the fish.

That’s alot of fish for an 11-year-old, but Levi Moore from Encinitas CA did the job on this big roosterfish then took the photo and let it go to swim strong!

Our buddy who never stops smiling! Rick Kasper has a handful if dorado for the camera then the grill. Rick is a hunting guide and TV personality in Wyoming and Arizona.

Just off the beach, Anabel, holds up a pretty roosterfish for the camera before letting it go.

And another roosterfish for Erik and captain Gerardo doing the great photo-bomb for the camera!

Deno and Mark Buchanan with the big tuna of the week hooked off Cerralvo Island.

Beautiful and rarely caught Baja Grouper or Golden Grouper taken by Vern Marschall who spent the week with us and fished two days . He caught this one off Espirito Santo Island.

The roosterfish is almost bigger than Jacqueline!

Colorful shot and another rooster on deck for Eric Ryan who released the fish.

Headed back to the hotel grill with two legit dorado, Jason Wagner took these fish working that area just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Big smile for Nick Gatelein with his first roosterfish at dawn off Las Arenas. Good way to start your day!

Incredible colors on this big dorado caught by Anabel not far off the rocks at Punta Perrico.

The tired satisfaction of besting a big fish is evident on our buddy, Ed Mitoma, who finally got his big roosterfish then realeased it . He also had another one on the line that got away. Punta Arenas in the background.

Another one for the camera! Levi Moore was on a roll with another roosterfish caught-and-released.

 

All the way from Kansas, Lilly Korbach, has a pretty smile for a pretty jack crevalle. She was staying at Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos.

1..2..3…LIFT! It’s a handful for 14-year-old Seth Moore and his big rooster almost as long as he is tall! Despite it’s looks, the fish swam off strongly upon release.

 

From Paso Robles, CA and on his first venture with Tailhunter Sportfishing, Scott McGuire put quite a few dorado like this on the hook.

Kris Korbach poses another big one for the camera shot then quickly released the big roosterfish.

That is one giant needlefish! Andy Lauber from New Orleans took this beast.

Weather was a little more agreeable this past week although we had one bit of a bump.  We caught a lot of different species again as well including: snapper, pargo, jack crevalle,  pompano, marlin, sailfish, several types of bonito, yellowtail, tuna and others.  However, the hotshots this week all came down pretty much to two species:  Dorado and roosterfish.

Pompano still biting. Jacqueline Aguilar does the honors.

First day out…first day on the water…first marlin! Andrew Tawaroski from Florida with Captain Gerardo . Andrew released the pretty fish.

Jules caught this football tuna off Bahia Muertos.

DORADO

For the most part, this is the time of year when we should be swarming with dorado.  However, this year started pretty sluggishly with these warm-water species as waters have been taking their time getting warmer and no thanks to the pestering cool winds that have plagued us for months.

 

But, it seems like the fishing is finding it’s stride.

 

There are still patches of cold green water.  There are still erratic currents that push the bite and the baits off the mark.  But, this past week it was a lot more consistent although still not fully up-to-speed.  Nevertheless we saw more and larger dorado in the counts, especially for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet that fishes north from the city towards Espirito Santo Island and around Punta Coyote and Punta Mejia.

 

Those areas not only produced some great shallow-water fishing for the pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and snapper, but the shallows also produced dorado without having to go too far off or venturing to some of the other high spots or finding floating sargasso weed the dorado could also be found.

What a great shot and check the colors of Lauren and her dorado off Espirito Santo Island. Great smile too!

 

It wasn’t full turbo and not every panga caught fish every day, but over-all pretty consistent on the dorado.  It could be a day of picking off a fish here-and-there all day.  It could be a day where one panga found the dorado and the boat next to it couldn’t buy a bite.  It could be a day where it was slow for hours then all heck-breaks-loose in a frenzy of action…then it dies.  Just no way to tell.

That’s the right kind! Bull dorado headed for the fish box for Andy Lauber from New Orleans. Check out the flat ocean behind him! Like glass.

You could run into a school of firecracker-sized dinks or a group of larger bigger fish.  Or, it could be one big fish of the day.  But, the dorado are definitely around.

You don’t have to go far for bluewater sportfishing here! Eric Ryan caught this pretty dorado right off the rocky cliffs of Espirito Santo Island in shallow water.

ROOSTERFISH

The bigger story continues to be the roosterfish.

As one of our guys told me,

“I’ve never seen so many roosterfish in one spot.  We were hooked on two of them but others that looked like giants were boiling right next to the panga.  We could have caught all we wanted all day long if our arms held out!

Firs roosterfish for Taryn Mitoma! Punta Arenas beach in the background. Taryn did a great job in releasing the fish.

 

In all my years here, I have never seen this kind of rooster season. We are catching and releasing as many fish in one week as we might catch in several months of fishing.

One more rooster! Seth and Levi Moore!

Fish  are running 10-70 pounds and actually schooling in big groups and boiling on the surface in feeding frenzies!  Anglers coming down to just catch one fish for the bucket list end up hanging 2 or 3 in a single day and losing others.

“I fought two roosterfish for almost an hour each and that was it! It was still early and I wanted to back to the beach.  If we never caught another fish the rest of the week, those two fish made my trip. Seeing them swim away was awesome!” 

Will from Denver holds up another one for the camera.

He’ll grow up to be a monster! Nick Gatelein on deck at sunrise .

Pretty much all the fish are getting released and they’re really close to shore in shallow water.  Using mostly the large 12-inch ladyfish for bait, some of the battles are lasting well near an hour-or-more and exhausting anglers, especially first-timers having fun, but not used to the strain these big fish can put on arms, backs, legs and fingers!

“I finally got the roosterfish off my bucket list.  But, I paid the price.  A big blister on my finger and sore arms.  Never thought a fish could be so strong.  Great time!” 

Mike Aguilar has another!

Right on top of the rocks! Vern holds up his rooster.

 

Almost all of these fish are being caught by our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and the fish are scattered from the Punta Arenas lighthouse down to Boca de Alamo then also around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Of note, at the beginning of the week we did have a “torito” (small bull) hit around our Las Arenas area.  While La Paz stayed flat calm,  when our boats at Muertos Bay were ready to go out, suddenly the torito hit which is essentially a small localized wind/rainstorm almost like a baby hurricane. They come out’ve nowhere with no warning.  It whips the winds and waves and no one could get off the beach.

 

But, they can blow over quickly.  We kept everyone in the vans and decided to wait it out rather tha come back to town.  Surely enough, about 90 minutes later the winds died and, although the waters remained choppy, our anglers finally got out on the water.  Fishing was less than stellar, but fortunately, the big roosterfish stuck around!

 

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 9-16, 2019

A LITTLE MORE LIKE IT!

ROOSTERS and DORADO WAKE UP FINALLY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 9-16, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great week for roosterfish! First timer, Dru Toeniskoetter took this beauty right off the beach fishing with Captain Victor and son, Jack, looking on. The fish was released.

The fish gal…Tyler Murphy…supressing a grin and holding another wahoo. She’s from Lakewood, CA. Always on the fish!

All the way from Arkansas, Tim Weaver, has a knack for big fish. His first rooster. Caught and released off Cerralvo Island.

These two had a fun week with us. Doug and Penny Nuffer got a mess of fish including this big dog-tooth and the dorado outside Bahia Muertos.

Even with a recently surgically repaired shoulder, Jason Goodman from Denver on his first trip with us stood up and battled this big tuna for 45 minutes before boating it. Amazingly, the fish bit while they were in shallow water near the island then towed them off to deeper water.

Big smiles and deservedly so! Just graduated, Joshua Suedkamp and Captain Boli with a legit bull dorado he hooked right near the rocks. Josh’s first trip with us from Denver, Colorado.

A nice start to several days of fishing, some great eating amberjack and big triggerfish on the boards for Deon Stein who brought his group down to fish with us from N. California.

Lots of first-timers taking roosters this week! This is Mandy Nuffer with Captain Victor holding a hefty gallo just outside Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Wahoo!!! Bryan Sanford got this ‘hoo fishing with Captain Ramiro outside of Bahia Muertos confounding his brother, Craig, who keeps coming down and never getting a wahoo himself. Bryan came out from Nebraska.

Almost as big as him!!! David Goodman poses with a dandy cabrilla he caught north of La Paz near the island. David came out with dad from Denver.

First trip. First day. First roosterfish. Right-off-the-bat! Joshua put this pretty rooster on the boat then released it! Good job, Josh!

The week started with quite a few striped marlin hook-ups! Cassie lifts one up there in Bahia Muertos. The fish could not be released and they donated the meat to the local families.

I think that’s Captain Gerardo giving a thumb-up behind a smiling Doug Nuffer and his first roosterfish! They were both pretty happy. Doug said he battled the fish for almost an hour and then did the good thing and released the fish!

That’s a thick wahoo for Captain Archangel (smile!) and Dave Rosenberg who took the ‘hoo his first day out just outside Bahia Muertos!

Oh the strain! Gutsy David Goodman lifts up this dorado for the camera and the good pose!

Nothing but smiles and alot of good eating fish. Jack Toeniskoetter and mom, Dru caught about 12 different species of fish this day with Captain Victor.

That’s the right kind! The dorado finally woke up this week especially fishing north of the city! Bryan and Captain Boli hold up another bull.

It was another good week of pompano fishing right off the rocks and beaches like this one with Tim Weaver off Punta Perrico. Tim’s from Arkansas.

 

Another good day! Lindy and Bryan back on the beach behind La Concha Hotel with more dorado!

Captain Jorge and Mandy Nuffer pose with another big delicious pompano. Related to yellowtail, roosterfish, jack crevalle and amberjack, pompano are hard fighters and great eaters!

Just off the beach, Mike Black from Idaho, got his first roosterfish and a great photo! The rooster was released!

There’s a reason the Mexican name for the jack crevalle is “toro” (bull). They are ferocious fighters! Get into a school and it’s bendo all day. Mandy Nuffer with one close to the beach in the surf . The fish was released.

From Boise, Idaho on their first trip to visit us, Lisa and Mike Black with a nice day of dorado fishing towards Espirito Santo Island.

For a first-timer, Josh got into some really nice big bull dorado this week. Some of the largest of the season! That’s Espirito Santo Island in the background.

Captain Armando with another nice jack crevalle! Super fish on light tackle.

After a number of chilly weeks where it was more like April fishing than June fishing, there was reason to optimism early on.  Just like someone had thrown a switch, the winds died.  The waters calmed and cleared.  It got hot.  It got humid.  It felt more like summer…finally!

 

And the fish bit nicely for both our Tailhuhter Las Arenas and Tailhunter La Paz fleets. We got a good variety of fish and great action on a whole range of species.

 

And we didn’t have to go very far offshore either!  Many of the fish were caught within a stone’s throw of the rocks and beach.

 

This included striped marlin where for two days, almost every one of our pangas hooked at least one striper.  Dorado between 5 and 30 pounds were suddenly feeding after several weeks of being so lethargic and lock-jawed.  A few wahoo started biting again. A couple of big tuna were hooked right up against the rocks in shallow water.

 

Inshore, cabrilla, amberjack and pargo; snapper and jack crevalle; as well as big pompano, palometas, dog tooth snapper and even a few yellowtail and sierra bit.  Plus all the skipjack and white bonito you wanted. Some big roosterfish were hooked and released.

 

Then, the winds kicked up again later in the week.  And it kicked up greener colder water; stronger currents and knocked the bite back down, especially for our Las Arenas fleet which started producing only a smattering of bluewater fish and the pesky white bonito.

Tasty and feisty white bonito like this are everywhere. More than I have ever seen. David Goodmam poses for the camera!

 

La Paz faired better in the winds. Dorado still hung in there on the chew.  Inshore fishing away from the winds, didn’t slow down at all.  You could stay in the shallows and hook everything from snapper to cabrilla…which many of our pangas decided to do.

WEIRD and STRANGE and COOL

Dave Conklin with a rare milkfish. Normally, I see about 1 of these a year. We’ve caught several in the last few weeks. They look like a giant sardine. Very unusual because they don’t eat baitfish! But, the ones we have hooked ate live bait.  They have alot of bones so they get released. I’m told they are related to tarpon.

I have never seen so many gigantic needlefish like this year. Normally maybe 2 feet long, this year, we’re seeing 5-6 footers like this guy hooked by Lisa Black and Captain Pancho.

I did a double-take when I saw this photo of Captain Armando. Trumpet fish are about 12-18 inches long…NORMALLY. But, we’ve been catching trumpet fish up to 4 and 5 feet long! This one might be even longer

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the “Aquarium of the World.”  With more than 700 known species of fish and more being discovered every year,  there’s some interesting critters swimming around.  However, this year, we’re seeing an abnormally large number of unusual residents!

 

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 May 26-June 2, 2019

BONITO RAGE…AND SO DO THE WINDS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 26-June 2, 2019

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Cooler than normal . Real pleasant.  Sunny days and cool nights.  Good time to be here, but maybe not so great on the water.  Winds came back again making it bumpy and rough at times. Very erratic.  Cold in the mornings!

Water – Winds make the waters cloudier and cooler by pulling up colder water from down deep . Affected the fishing

Fishing – Off from the week before . Lots of action . Everyone caught fish.  But mostly alot of inshore fish and tons of tough bonito. Great fun.  But the exotics like tuna, wahoo, dorado, etc. were very picky and harder to get.

Species Caught This Week – pargo liso, barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, yellow snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, parrotfish, needlefish, tuna, dorado, roosterfish, jack crevalle, white bonito, skipjack, common bonito, milkfish, pompano.

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Captain Armando put John Stone on a pig 65-pound yellowfin tuna he fought for over an hour! One of the few that we were able to land this week. Tuna are still there, but were tough sluggers and most broke loose when they bit.

Awesome colors on this dorado caught by Jenny Osborne near Espirito Santo Island. Dorado were around, but not often willing to bite as winds turned waters a little cooler and cloudier. But, the ones caught were legit grade fish.

Glenn Rose and Captain Jorge with two of the better eating fish in our waters…an amberjack and barred pargo.

Weird week in that we only see these milkfish about once or twice a year. They normally do not eat baits, but young Mark Pisano caught this one on a sardine. Very rare!

And yet another milkfish! Two in the same week! This one by Eddie Falcon from San Clemente CA with Captain Pancho also posing. The fish was released.

I keep telling folks we don’t have to go far offshore to catch exotic blue-water species like dorado! Grant Osborne took this pretty dorado right off the rocks in shallow water.

With shorts to match the fish, our amigo Jim Bovee from San Diego fishes us 2 or 3 times a year and caught this pretty dorado north of La Paz.

We did get some nice roosterfish this week, but with them all getting released, not many photos! However, this one was just too cute. Alicia Clegg has caught some monster roosters with us over the years. However, this little fella wasn’t one of them. A quick photo and smile from Alicia and back he went to grow into one of the big boys!

Honestly, my favorite photo of the week! Captain Rogelio was fishing with Mitch McRae of Dallas TX who brought his son and nephew out on the boat for their first time. Cousins Miers McCrea is 8 and from Dallas, and David McCrea (nephew) is 9 and from Roswell, New Mexico. The boys had a blast as you can tell from their faces! Quite a variety of species and they brought some of it back for dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

We are having one of the best pompano seasons that I can remember! Paul Siefert and Dave Waite caught these tasty pompano right off the beach as well as pargo, cabrilla and two big roosterfish that were released.

Bennett Clegg comes every year to fish with Captain Victor. Nice dog-tooth! He also got a big roosterfish that was released.Lots of action this week

 

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if you enjoyed inshore fishing or love the fast brutal action of big bonito.  There was almost no limit to either aspects.  However, exotic blue-water fishing took a dip as erratic winds dropped water temperatures and made for choppy, bouncy fishing .

 

Like many places in North America, winter just won’t let go.

 

Sometimes, the winds would hit in the mornings…enough that it was honestly cold.  Sometimes only in the afternoon.  Sometimes, it blew all day and changed directions throughout the day.  This not only chilled the air and water, but really affected the fishing.

 

With waters clouding up and choppy (some days our anglers got wet!), the fish went into lock-jaw mode.

 

Dorado were seen all over, especially for our La Paz fleet but they just weren’t interested in eating.  We did catch a few nice ones over the week, but normally, they would be going gangbusters tearing after any bait in the water, but instead acted like someone peed in the pool.

 

Same with the big tuna we have been dealing with.  We did get a few in the 50-90 pound class and broke off even more.  But hardly the action we’ve seen the previous few weeks.  Again, fish were breaking and eating ,but just wouldn’t eat any hooked baits.  And definitely would not eat any lines over 30-pound test which put anglers at a critical disadvantage if they got bit.

 

However, if you were just looking for fun action, there were tons of big bonito to contend with that ripped lined and bent rods.  Especially great for first-timers and families!  All you wanted.

 

As well, the inshore fishing seemed to roll along unabated.  Hard to remember so many species that were caught that included: cabrilla, amberjack, sierra, pompano, yellow snapper, red snapper, dog-tooth snapper, pargo liso, barred pargo, jack crevalle and triggerfish among others.  Plus some big roosterfish in the 30-50 poind class.

 

For some folks, that’s exactly what they wanted to fish for so it was great.  Just a little disappointing about the bluewater fish and the unpredictable weather.

 

PACK FOR A PURPOSE

Over the last five years our friends, clients and Tailhunter Tribal members have been putting all manners of things into the cracks and crannies of their luggage and ice chest to help with our Tailhunter community outreach program.

Paul Siefert and Dave Waite from Utah brought about a gazillion packed toothbrushes and mini-toothpastes for us to give to the local kids!

 

Each year, we have donated almost 1.5 TONS of everything from new and used clothes, shoes, medical supplies, toys, sporting goods, hygiene items, school supplies and money to our sponsored areas that include a school/orphanage out at Los Planes; the Women’s Shelter in La Paz; the senior center in La Paz and the Vista Mar neighborhood where they lack basics like running  water and electricity.

Thanks for the big hearts!  The season is just starting and already we’re getting a pile of great stuff.  Also, thanks to Paul Nagata…I didn’t get your photo!

 

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 May 19-26, 2019

ANGLERS WORK HARDER FOR FISH in ERRATIC

CONDITIONS (But still catch fish!)

 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 19-26, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Captain Gerardo seemed to be on fire this week. He’s helping lift Ron Cutler’s big tuna. Ron is from Bend, Oregon.

We finally got Willy Moers from Denver to come visit. On the last day, he finally got his big dorado after a couple of misses. The smile says it all!

Tom Mullican our long-time amigo from Dallas TX, had 5 pretty successful days. He didn’t get many fish, but he made up for it with some quality species like this big yellowfin…and uh…a little snapper! 🙂

 

First timer, 18-year-old Ryan McConnell is down on a graduation trip before heading to college and his first day out he rocks this 57-pound log wahoo with Captain Armando. The photo doesn’t do justice because young Ryan is about 6’6″ tall. It’s a BIG fish. See below as they put it on a scale!

Yup…57-pounds on the scale for Ryan McConnell and Captain Armando who needs to stretch to get his arms high enough.

More marlin showing up these days. Captain Victor put Ron Cutler on this striper as well as the big dorado. The fish could not be released.

Tom Reed from San Diego only had 2 days to fish, but made the most of it with a big tuna and then this nice wahoo right at the end just outside of Bahia Muertos on a trolled Rapala.

Susie Williams is a gem of a gal. What a gamer! She pulled this tough dog-tooth out’ve the rocks with fishing shallow water with Captain Gerardo.

Good start and great action for Margaret Cummings from Austin TX and Willy Moers from Colorado. Fun folks!

Adam Toeniskoetter shows off a nice late-season yellowtail, which tells me there’s still some cooler water around as summer approaches. Adam brings the family back in two weeks!

Boy, did we have some fun with Blake Warren and Laura Brunell who was on her first real fishing trip and lit it up with about 20 different species over 3 days of fishing. Here with Captain Pancho posing with triggerfish pargo, amberjack, snapper and cabrilla!

Another big tuna to off-load to the cutting table for Ryan.

Striper on the beach for Paul Markowitz with an assist from Mike Boutin both from the Boise, Idaho area. The fish could not be released.

Just off the beach. Good start to the day for Mike Boutin and his roosterfish which was released.

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of the Rancho Costa Resort dropped the hammer on this big yellowfin tuna, but only after he also dropped his line to 30-pound test and the fight was on! Looks like he also caught a foot!

Lots of great eating as Tom Mullican holds up his wahoo to add to his box of tuna.

First-day smiles with some pargo and amberjack from Susie and Bart Williams from San Diego.

I love this colorful photo of Raphael and Yvette Rios with Captain Jorge. A big barred pargo and yellow snapper and just great colors.  They’re from Texas and visit us yearly.

Dog-tooth snapper (pargo rojo) are still around if you can get them out’ve the rocks and reefs. They get alot bigger. Tom has this one on the gaff and headed to the fish box.

Lots of jack crevalle around providing some super light tackle action on this feisty fish. Willy Moers does the honors with Captain Armando.

Oh the joy! Susie Williams has a nice dorado caught north of La Paz towards Espirito Santo Island.

 

We had a very different, strange, good, anemic, erratic week!  It’s hard to describe.

I think the only thing we didn’t get was rain!  Fishing changed from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.

 

Anglers worked really hard for fish one day and the next it was 180 degree difference.  One boat would be bendo and pulling on fish all day and the boat right next to it spent the day eating lunch and drinking their beers waiting for a bite.  One boat would catch tons of bonito.  The boat next to it would have tuna, wahoo and a marlin and zero bonito.  It would be windy and choppy one day and the next flat as glass…or calm in one spot and a mile away like a washing machine.  We had winds from the north, south, west and east that changed daily!

 

A wild unpredictable week for sure!

 

There was no shortage of action or species, but for the most part, our anglers and captains had to work a little harder to find fish.

 

We still had great inshore action on several species of pargo as well as cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, sierra, yellowtail, snapper, big triggerfish and those big pompano.  If that’s what you wanted, you could do that all day long and have a blast!

Roosterfish for Paul Markowitz from Idaho. Fish was released. Punta Arenas in the background.

 

Roosterfish were still around although a little stickier this week than last where the roosters seemed to be everywhere and willing to chew.  With all the winds, the waters were a little turned over with a lot more turbidity and a little green so the fish were more finicky.  We did get more than a few, however, and all released.

 

The blue water species were a little trickier as well. We got more marlin in the water and had out best marlin week with stripers moving in.  A lot of fish sighted, but weren’t quite interested in biting…just yet.  However, we hooked several with most getting released.

Marlin for Dave Bergurud while Captain Victor lends a “big hand” holding the heavy spike! Someone forgot their Pacifico!

 

The tuna were a conundrum.  The big 40-100 pounders were still there.  Everyone saw them busting and breaking water and foaming ,but they weren’t always willing to eat.  In fact, most of the time, they would eat everything but the bait that was on the hook.

Just another good day on the water for Tom.

 

Guys dropped down from 60…to 50..to 40…and finally getting fish on 30 pound fluro leaders.  But, if you hang a 100 pound fish on 30 pound, you’re already at a huge disadvantage.

 

One of our guys hooked a big fish on 30 and fought it for nearly 4 hours and it towed the panga almost 10 miles up the island.  They got it near the panga at color and my captain estimated it at almost 200 pounds!  Just as they were near to gaff, the line broke!  Heartbreak!

Wahoo are still around as well.  But this is the normal time for them.   I just have not had many photos to share because, although we get bit, most fish get lost.  But they are definitely there and very close to the rocks just outside Bahia Muertos.

Man…that is a beast of a wahoo for Ryan!

 

More and bigger dorado around for both our fleets so they seem to be coming on with more sargasso weed building up north of the city and the dorado slowly building up.  If we get just a few degrees warmer, I think it’s gonna bust open!

 

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:
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from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of 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:

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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:

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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:

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