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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for the Week of June 25-July 1, 2022

FISHING STILL SCRATCHY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of June 25-July 1, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

First day biggest fish ever! Chris Graham from Louisiana hit his personal best fish on his first day out with this big roosterfish just off the Punta Arenas lighthouse. The fish was released.

Long-time Tailhunter amigo, Dave Conklin, was fishing deep just off the rocks near Punta Coyote when he stuck this nice yellowtail to add to his fish box.

She’s a regular poster-girl for Tailhunter ever year with the fish she catches . Alicia Clegg is always on the fish. Big bull dorado and she obviously could have used one more hand with that dorsal fin!

Young Kale Jenks from Washington had himself a banner week of fishing and got a hand from his dad, Justin, on this big sailfish he caught on a sardine off Bahia Muertos

It’s been awhile since Kevin Beehn from Lake Tahoe CA has visited us but he picked up right where he left off putting fish, like this big yellowtail onto the deck.

Funnest family! Kelly and Diego Jimenez from Loveland CO always come down this time of year and usually bring one of the grandkids. This time Neriah got the nod and a table full of fish including rainbow runners, a hawkfish and pompano.

Montana in the house! Andy Malone was with us for the first time this week and really wanted a roosterfish! Not a bad first try. Good catch and release with Captain Gerardo.

One of the nicest guys on his first trip with us. Justin Jenks from Washington sure went home with alot of fish including some nice yellowtail fillets!

Thumbs-up from Captain Jorge and Robbie Sickels, Jr. who put this big roosterfish aboard on his 27th birthday! The fish was released. Punta Perrico in the background.

A great fishing team every year. Captain Joel and Bennett Clegg know how to put fish on a rod like this yellowtail north of La Paz Bay.

Captain Pancho estimated this roosterfish to go 40 kilos…about 85 pounds and his biggest of the season. It was also the biggest fish ever for Andy Lauber as well! Andy was able to release the big gallo and is from New Orleans.

We sure don’t get many of these! Ken Smith from Idaho picked up a rare barracuda! I’ve seen schools of the while diving, but maybe only 2 or 3 caught on hook and line in my 30 years here.

Our own Ms. Michele! Big smile and a big yellowtail on the gaff for Michele Conklin who has visited us many times over the years from Spokane WA.

 

Not many dorado so far this year, but Bennett Clegg found a few one day including this nice bull.

Not a bad start for Kale Jenks. His first time to La Paz. His first day on the water. His first bait in the water! And this striped marlin picks it up! Captain Boli with the smiles and asssit!

Just another day in paradise for Alicia who never fails to put fish on the deck. She can fish! Nice yellowtail, Alicia!

The bonito are all over and voracious! Ask Kelly Jimenez! These bonito are actually the white bonito and very good eating. They are all over this season.

Louisiana in the house! Chris and Andy with two big yellowtail ready for the fillet table.

If Captain Jorge has his thumb in the air, it’s always a good sign. Rob Sickels, Sr. got his first catch-and-release rooster right up against the rocks of Punta Perrico.

Tough-fighting jack crevalle will pull you all over the panga! Ken Smith would probably agree!

It’s the lucky sunglasses. Dave with another yellowtail. Flat waters like a lake!

 

Well…we sure have alot more photos than last week!   It makes for a better looking fishing report, right?

But, remember, to be perfectly candid, it’s like watching the NFL highlights on a Sunday night.  You get to see all the touchdowns and the all-star moves!  You’re not seeing all the plays that got stuffed!

It’s been like that with fishing.  Mother Nature just won’t give us a break.  C’mon, Man!

Not only are we in a La Nina year when it’s obvious by now that waters are colder and cooler than normal along with the air temperatures…all affecting our fishing.  But, the weather gods threw another wrench at us this past week.

Tropical Storm Celia hit about 500 miles south of us.  It didn’t come any closer.  But, that didn’t stop it from sending strong winds and big waves up our way and really jacking up our south-facing fishing areas…like Las Arenas where we had to cancel fishing for 2 days and have everyone fish with our La Paz fleet.  Even after the storm conditions had passed, it’s been several days now, but waters there are still turned over, dirty , green and cold.  It’s difficult to get live bait as well because of the conditions.  Check out this video below and turn up the sound:

So, fishing with our Las Arenas fleet, which should be on fire under normal conditions, has been sticky and picky to say the least.  There are still some big roosterfish around between 10 and 80 pounds, but other than that, there’s just some inshore action on lots of bonito, rainbow runners, pompano, trevally, jack crevalle, pargo and bonito.

I think until the waters clean up, that’s the kind of fishing it’s going to be over on that side.  Our captains and clients are working really hard to find fish for sure!

For our La Paz Fleet, thankfully, the fishing closer to La Paz has rescued us much of the time.  The yellowtail bite continues strangely.  I say “strangely” because the yellowtail are a cold-water fish that are usually gone by April.

However, here it is in July and they are still around and have been biting strong.  Fish between 20 and 40 pounds are not uncommon.  Lots of these strong fish have been getting lost. They’re beasts and surprising alot of folks with their power.

We ARE starting to see more dorado so maybe that’s an indication that waters are warming (I hope!).  I don’t want to get too excited.  We should be thick into dorado by this time, but it just hasn’t happened.  However, we did catch more dorado this week than we have all season.  So, fingers crossed!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 10-17, 2022

GOOD DAYS…BAD DAYS…STRANGE DAYS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 11-17, 2022

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FISHING IN A NUTSHELL:

WEATHER:  Very erratic.  Chilly mornings one day.  Warm the next morning.  Daytimes usually hot and sunny. Sometimes very humid.  Some mornings very windy.  Other days, the afternoons and evenings are blustery.  Overall, for June much cooler than normal.

WATER:  Slowly very slowly seems to be clearing up, but largely still cooler and off-color than normal.  Green cold water still in many areas.  It doesn’t help that we keep getting winds that stir things up.   Sometimes it makes getting bait difficult.

FISHING:   Up-and-down to be honest.  Varies from day to day and boat-to-boat. Nothing consistent because of the changing weather and water.  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best, I’d say it’s a 2 at worst.  5 at best.

SPECIES:  Yellowtail, roosterfish, lots of white bonito, barred pargo, pargo liso, dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, triggerfish, jack crevalle, rainbow runner, trevally, pompano, some dorado.  Got our first sailfish finally and our 2nd marlin of the season.

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MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Chris Stark from Yucaipa CA rocked this big bull dorado. We should be thick with dorado right now, but conditions are much cooler than normal.

Gerald Damge and Jim Caskey pose with a nice pair of hefty yellowtail caught north of the city. Both guys are from the Denver area.

Daniel and dad, Jim, Bovee! OK…nice yellowtail with Daniel. But, check out Jim. That’s a halibut/ flounder! Just shows you how cold the waters are! In 30 years down here running our operation, I’ve never had an angler hook a flattie! It ate a whole mackerel. Maybe we should start running halibut charters! (Yes, I know it’s a flounder, but locals call these halibut!)

Love this shot! Alan Hed has his big rooster, but Mike Jennings happily photobombs the shot while fighting his own rooster! Both were released. Check out Mike’s big fish below. The guys are from Washington.

Jerry Rost with Captain Rogelio got this big bull while fishing in shallow water right up against the rocks! Crazy fishing. Jerry is from Idaho and, although you can’t see the whole fish, we taped it out at 54″ long!

I have never seen so many white bonito being caught as we have had in the last week. Alex Cardenas has quite a table spread of bonito with Captain Armando. These bonito are quite tasty.

First trip to visit us from Colorado, Phoebe Bleichrodt had just one day to fish and made it a good one! Great weather and several yellowtail in the fish box!

Shane Lindquist from the Logan area of Utah has been talking to me for years and we finally got him down where he got a variety of fish including a personal best dorado.  Good to have him be part of the Tailhunter Tribe finally!

I think Mike is sticking his tongue out here. Not sure if it’s meant for the photographer or because the roosterfish tuckered him out. Great shot and great fish. (released)

This is just a great photo! Grant Checa from Denver has a great story to tell when he gets home. Starting early!

Two more of our Utah amigos that got initiated into the Tailhunter Tribe this week. First timers Andy and son Brandon Nebeker pose with a big first-time roosterfish. The fish was released.

Here you go! Great shot. Long-time amigo, Rich Keogh, with Armando and a sizeable amberjack. Rich gave the fish to a very happy Armando.

First sailfish of the year! Captain Pancho with Tanya and Brandon McGarr from Rock Springs, WYO took this on the east side of Cerralvo Island. Not able to release the fish, much of the meat was donated. They were able to release a striped marlin.

Dave Johnson has fished with us before, but this time, he brought his wife Rachel who took to things very nicely and spent 3 days fishing. Our amigos are from Denver CO.

John Lowdermilk has visited us a number of times and said this past trip was the best fishing has has ever had. Big boy yellowtail on the gaff. John caught about a dozen different species.

Brandon McGarr took only our 2nd marlin of the season with Captain Pancho. Normally, this should be well into billfish, but conditions just aren’t right…yet! Brandon was able to release the fish.

There are lots of big toro (Jack crevalle) running around right now. They are a tough fish to have on the end of your line. “Toro” is the Spanish word for “bull.” Jeri Damge gets a hand from Captain Boli.

Big smiles and a good shot of Greg Saubolle and one of his yellowtail from a really good day on the water. I recall that the boat took 4 or 5 yellowtail that day.

Daniel Bovee always does pretty well. He found a nice amberjack hole and pulled these two sluggers out while trolling for wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island with Captain Pancho. Daniel lives in Costa Mesa CA.

Fun family with Captain Gerardo. Noha, Stephanie and Chris Stark got a few rare dorado plus I see more fish on the cutting table as well.

Two of our best goofy friends, Bob Duncan from Santa Barbra fish slaps everyone’s favorite guy Jorge Romero. They got 5 nice yellowtail on the day.

A good start! Utah in the house and first day catch for Shane Lindquist and Aaron Rudie with yellowtail meat for the box.

Jim Caskey has his first roosterfish for a quick photo and release! Jim came to visit us from Denver.

Flat seas and good fishing. Brett Bleichrodt only had one day to fish but had one of the better days with the yellowtail.

Personal best rooster for Alan Hed with big smiles and Cerralvo Island in the background. I think they hooked and released 4 that day.

This is a classic slugger yellowtail. Mike Jennings hammered this forkie on a live mackerel towards Espirito Santo Island.

Tanya McGarr gets a hand from Captain Pancho on her big rooster battled just off the beach near Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Captain Joel gives Andy a thumb’s up on his yellowtail. His first!

Oh wow! Robert and his brother Jerry Rost hoist a trio of bull dorado that make quite a surprising catch just off the rocks of Espirito Santo Island.

After fighting a fish, it can be quite a chore to lift it for the camera. Chris Stark gets some grins watching his son, Noah, try to pose for the camera.

Tiffany Floyd from Idaho is one of the funnest folks that ever visits us. Captain Joel helps with a big yellowtail caught actually inside La Paz Bay of the San Rafaelito lighthouse.

Jeff Floyd has one for the box amid a good yellowtail bite they found just outside of La Paz Bay.

Ryan Melnick was on his first trip to visit us and got his first yellowtail worth the big smile and a good photo!

I just don’t know what to make of this season except to say, nothing is predictable. Nothing is “normal.”

Looking at all the photos, it looks like wow!!! Fishing MUST be great!

Here is the general picture. It has been a very cold cold season. Waters are 5 to 10 degrees cooler/ colder than normal. That might not seem like much, but it makes all the difference in the world to fishing. Air temps are getting warmer, but the daytime temperatures can vary from 25-35 degrees during the day. Cool and cold in the mornings then blazing hot in the afternoon. Some days very windy and choppy. Some days calm .
Some waters are green and cold. Some water is blue and clear. And that is just on the surface!

Down below under the water, our divers are saying there’s a big thermocline 20-30 feet below the surface that is another 5 more more degrees colder.

Every day seems different. Every location is different. Two fishing boats can be in easy sight of each other and have such completely different experiences that you wonder if they were even in the same ocean.

On top of it all, we had a “SUPER MOON” this week to thrown another wrench in the mix. A super moon is not just a full moon (which can be problematic all by itself!). A super moon happens rarely but it means the moon is something like 50,000 miles closer to the earth . The means huge tide swings. It means stronger currents. It affects the whole fishing environment.

In fact, I want to be perfectly honest. We had 2 of the worst days fishing this week that I can ever remember. Even on “bad” days folks still catch fish. Maybe not as many or not the species they wanted. But, they still get some action .

There were two days this week when the ocean was like a desert! Some boats didn’t get a single bite. Not even from “junk fish.” Some boat got maybe one little fish. Our captains were frustrated. Our anglers were frustrated. Everyone working hard at it, but nature just didn’t want to give it up!

That’s just the way it is. Some really “off days.” Then a good day. We get excited. Then a so-so day. Then a good day. Then a bad day. The fishing is really sideways. One boat catches fish. The boat right next to it can’t even get a seagull interested.

We should be into our summertime bite right now with dorado, tuna, billfish and wahoo.

Instead, we’re still getting cold-water species. It’s not terrible fishing. It’s just strange fishing.

We’re having an incredible yellowtail season with fish up to 35 pounds or so. But normally, the yellowtail are done by April, maybe May. But, when they have been biting, it’s been great. But even the yellowtail take a day off or two.

 

There’s a few dorado here and there. We got only our 2nd marlin of the season. We got our first sailfish of the season. Thankfully, big roosterfish up to 60 pounds or more are still in the area and willing to bend the rods.

Other than that, lots and lots of white bonito, pargo, cabrilla, plus trevally, amberjack, rainbow runners, jack crevalle and (just to show you how cold it is) we even got a halibut. Well, a flounder, but the locals call any flat fish a “halibut.” But in 30 years down here, I’ve never seen anyone catch a halibut/ flounder. Usually, those are in very much cooler waters.

So, if you’re coming down, just be prepared for anything. Perhaps more cold water will continue. Or, suddenly things will click and everything will change!

UPDATE: Can’t catch a break. Even as I write this, we have to weather situations to the south of us. Hurricane Blas and Tropical Storm Celia are formed up way way way down the south of the Mexican Pacific Coast. They are NOT going to hit us, but nevertheless are sending up big waves and swells as well as strong winds. There’s a possibility of some afternoon rain.

The total effect is that it looks like for the next 2 days, the sun will be out, but the waters could be rough and for our Las Arenas fleet, my captains tell me there will be no live bait for fishing out’ve Las Arenas. So, we’ll probably have everyone fish with our La Paz fleet.

ON THE UPSIDE:  No more covid testing to return to the U.S. They finally got rid of it!

 

That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 3-9, 2022

FISHING OK MOSTLY – CRAZY COOL WEATHER

IS BACK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for June 3-9, 2022

FISHING IN A NUTSHELL

Scale of 1-10 (10 being best):  6 at best.

Temps:  Cold windy mornings in the high 50’s to low 60’s with rough water but then gets hot into mid-90’s by late morning and seas flatten.  Sweatshirt not a bad idea.

Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet – Most variety of fish.  More fish per rod.  Seems like a little of everything.  Pargo, dog-tooth snapper, yellowt snapper, rainbow runner, roosterfish, bonito, jack crevalle, amberjack, yellowtail, pompano, trevally, sierra, cabrilla and a tease of wahoo and tuna

Tailhunter La Paz Fleet – Fewer but bigger fish.  Mosty 20-40 pound yellowtail and some larger amberjack.  Smattering of bonito and jacks.  Maybe some of the best yellowtail fishing in years.

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

That’s a hog yellowtail! OINK! Rich Pope puts another big boy in the boat. Great shot!

The Mexican name of the amberjack is “Pez Fuerte” (The strong fish) for good reason. These bruisers can be over 100 pounds and are related to the yellowtail and roosterfish. Corey Fujita tugged this one up on the El Baja Seamount north of Espirito Santo Island. Check the yo yo jig still dangling from the fish’s mouth!

One tuna! Every now and then, we get a reminder that tuna should be here, but aren’t! Mark Malloy and Captain Ramiro pose with a yellowfin on the beach at Muertos.

I think this roosterfish was a personal best for Mike Muehl from San Diego. His buddy Bob lends a hand (Bob’s photos are below). Mike was able to release the big roosterfish.

Our first marlin of the season! He’s 5-years-old, but Owen Fujita actually pulled on this fish (with a little help from dad)! Note the marlin is missing it’s top bill! They donate the meat to folks at Aguamarga.

John Lowdermilk says it was his best day fishing here after putting the hurt on this big dog-tooth snapper. John is from Denver.

Captain Gerardo has alot of fish cleaning to do. Dave and Rachel Johnson had quite a bit of action by the looks of their table where I see golden trevally (palometa), rainbow runner, cabrilla, pompano, snapper and pargo.

Tiffany Floyd from Idaho is just a joy whenever she visits. Great pose with Captain Armando and a big roosterfish she caught off Bahia Muertos and released.

This lady loves fishing! Dee Dee Pope gets a hand on the gaff from Captain Alfredo and another big-shouldered yellowtail for the box.

Captain Arcangel with our long-time amigo, Doug Oclassen for a quick photo and roosterfish release.

Bob Francy has a big roosterfish to lift after a good battle so he can get it back in the water. I think Bob said this was his personal best rooster.

These folks were sure fun! Jim Caskey with Jeri and Gerald Damge from Colorado started their fishing week with a variety including cabrilla, rainbow runner, white bonito and snapper.

Good shot and a good fish for Rick Baer fishing north of La Paz where the yellowtail have been hanging out.

OH yea! Our roosterfish “poster boy” Steve Bryan cradles another big rooster for the photo so he can get it back in the water. Steve must have caught more than 8 of these big sluggers and released them all.

Not many dorado have shown up so far this year with the waters staying cold, but Dan Northrop got one of the larger models to bite a live bait while fishing with Captain Pancho

Bill Johnson with John Lowdermilk “We wore our arms out!” with a great rack of fish. Big amberjack, dog-tooth snapper, yellow snapper, cabrilla, yellowtail and rainbow runner on the day. This doesn’t show all the fish they released either!

Three generations of Fujitas! Robert, Owen (grandson) and Corey (son) with a couple of Cerralvo Island roosterfish for the photo then released.

It’s hard to lift a big fish after the battle, but Al Beilstein does his best with this big roosterfish for a quick photo then release!

Captain Adolfo with Bob Lederer from Massachusetts and a hefty yellowtail for the fish box taken off Las Arenas.

Every reason for the smile and the thumb’s-up as Rich puts another big yellowtail aboard. As I recall, this as his 2nd of the day.

Corey Fujita had to get a little height to photo this big bull dorado he caught north of Espirito Santo Island.

Great colors! Great smile. Nice fish for Grant Checa from Colorado and a nice barred pargo to take home!

Captain Gerardo and Jacob Pulsifer with a nice photo-and-release roosterfish. Jacob was another of our Colorado first-time anglers who visited this past week.

It was another week of anemic weather for us here in the La Paz area. We have had unseasonably cool weather and water this year. It has been reflected in mostly cold-water species being caught which normally are not hear this later in the year.

Two weeks ago, temperatures soared and I was sure we had turned the corner into summer-time conditions. We also saw more warmer water species like dorado start to bite. It was encouraging!

However, this past week, temperatures dropped again. Winds picked up, especially in the mornings that had our skippers and even clients reaching for sweatshirts and jackets. Waters had been clear and blue and instead got murkier and greener with the erratic change in weather.

So, we were back with the cooler water species. It wasn’t bad fishing at all. It was just unusual fishing for this time of year, but there was plenty of action with a huge variety of species.

However, it seemed to change from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.  One day Las Arenas is better.  The next day La Paz is better.   One boat gets a great bite.  The boat next to it can’t buy a fish.  Some days the fish came easy but the next day we had to work harder to find fish or get them to bite.   For most of our anglers fishing several days, however, it usually evened out and everyone went home with fish.

 

Big yellowtail continued to bite on live mackerel for our clients fishing out’ve La Paz in the bay or out towards the island of Espírito Santo to the north. This is maybe the best yellowtail season we have ever had.  Boats were averaging 1-3 fish per boat, but losing 3, 4 or more fish! Some occasional dorado and big cabrilla and bonito were also caught, but the focus was on the bigger yellowtail and occasionally, some bigger amberjack the cousin to the yellowtail.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, it seemed like there were a dozen species caught every day. We just never knew.

In addition to some continued great action on big roosterfish up to 70 pounds, we also caught rainbow runners, cabrilla, snapper, several species of pargo, sierra, jack crevalle, pompano, golden trevally, bonito, and amberjack among others.

ADIOS y VAYA CON DIOS  AMIGO

When you’ve been doing this down here for almost 3 decades, we are blessed to have been part of so many special moments and to have known so many special amigos…part of our Tailhunter Tribe.

Sometimes, when we live and work here daily, we forget how special this place is, however.  To many of our friends, this is their happy spot.  It’s a place where they made so many memories with their own friends and families.

Over time, it’s invariable that we bid adios to more and more of our long-time Tailhunter Family.  It’s an even more important honor when they want their ashes spread or a memorial done on our waters.

This past week, we said good-bye to Glenn Oclassen.  Family and friends gathered in Bahia Muertos to place a wreath and cast individual roses in the water for him.

Glenn was one of my first customers who brought his family and friends to fish with us back in the 90’s.  He had a long history in Baja even before Tailhunters and it was always a joy to be around him and his smile every year.  I was honored to have been his friend and blessed with his memory.

Adios, my friend.  Be with the angels and we’ll see you again sometime on the waters!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 11-18, 2022

FULL MOON and WINDS CRAMP FISHING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 11-18, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Brad Sleder visits us a few times a year from S. Carolina and was out with Captain Pancho when he got this big roosterfish to chomp down on a live ladyfish he was using for bait. They were fishing just south of the Punta Arenas lighthouse and were able to release the big rooster.

Yes! Looks like wahoo are finally back in the area. Jim Sweet from Montana decided to commit a whole day to chase wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island and got this wahoo with Captain Armando on a trolled Rapala.

Thumb’s up from Captain Alfredo with Ryan Hales who put the hurt on this big boy yellowtail in surprisingly calm waters near Espirito Santo Island.

Kallie Steever just got married and came down with her husband specifically to catch a roosterfish. She did pretty good right off the rocks south of Bahia Muertos on this rooster that she photo’d and released. She and her husband are both firefighters from Grass Valley CA.

Keith Hemstreet from Washington gets a hand from buddy Brad Sleder on one of the few dorado caught this week…a nice bull.

Big smiles for Dr. Bruce Mullen from San Diego area and his rooster he caught and released just off Punta Perrico.

Captain Victor poses with our Arizona amigos, Mike and Roxsand McCleary and quite a great mixed catch of good-eating fish including cabrilla, rainbow runners, pargo, triggerfish and snapper.

Oh yea! Kirt Steever caught and released 3 of these roosterfish fishing with Captain Jorge right off the shore in shallow water. Beautiful fish.

That’s alot of fillet! Barbara and Bruce have cabrilla, snapper, huachinango, triggerfish and a few others on the cutting table after a day of fishing.

Great shot of first-timer with us from Jordan UT, Guy Markus and his roosterfish caught and released on a live sardine.

Two of our new Montana friends, Mil and Ann Siefke with rainbow runners (yellowtail0, pargo, snapper and cabrilla.

Whoa! That’s a hog of a cabrilla caught by Kendra Hales and even Captain Alfredo is straining to lift the big-belly fish!

First one for Steve Wright from Utah taken north of Punta Pescadero in shallow water with live bait. The fish was released.

All the way from Michigan where he said they are still able to ice fish, this is Ryan Morgan with one of several roosterfish he caught and released.

Captain Victor put Brad on another wahoo this week as well as one of the few dorado caught. Hopefully, the dorado kick in soon as waters warm

Ryan Hales had himself a pretty good week of fishing with us. Here’s another roosterfish to pose with and Captain Jorge before releasing the fish.

I have never seen so many palometa (yellow pompano) as we have caught the last 2 or 3 weeks. We are catching more in a day than we would catch in a normal year. Great eating too! Mil Siefke and Jim Sweet check out their haul.

Kendra’s first is a big rooster with Captain Jorge. The fish was taken on live bait in that shallow area just north of Boca de Alamo.

Another of the better cabrilla caugh this week. This time it’s Guy Markus.

It was a strange week on so many levels. Everyone caught fish, but the weather and water conditions made it a bit more difficult than it had to be. Mostly, just when I thought winter was done, it reminded us that anything can happen out on the water. Couple that with a full moon and (of all things) a solar eclipse and  there were some crazy moments out on the water.  It couldn’t help but affect the fishing!

For one, just when I thought we were done with the winter winds, they kicked up again from the north. In fact, they were so strong, the port captain shut down all boat traffic in-and-out of La Paz Bay for 2 days. That meant no fishing! Fortunately, we were able to put folks out with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet on the east side, so everyone could get out. However, one day the waters were so rough, the bait guys couldn’t catch bait. So, there was no live bait to sell or use. Therefore, not much caught. The next day, the waters were a bit calmer and the anglers could get bait, but there was a big swell and alot of chop.

Despite all that, air temps were still a very pleasant 90 degrees and sunny on the average and we still had a huge variety of fish. Normally, by now we’re in to the warmer water species like tuna, dorado, wahoo and billfish.

Cory Stewart with his dad, Dennis, and Captain Adolof check out the day’s catch of pargo, snapper and ‘cabrilla.

However, I think due to the winds keeping the waters cooler, the catch mainly consisted of cooler water fish with no shortage of pargo (dog-tooth as well as spawning mullet snapper/ pargo liso), snapper, cabrilla and jack crevalle. Plus some super catches of pompano and big palometa amarillos. Overall, I think I counted about 14 different species caught.

Captain Pancho poses with one of the larger pargo liso that are now moving into our waters to spawn.

Not so good eating, but tough when you finally hook them. Jack crevalle are called “toro” in Spanish because of their feisty and belligerent nature at the end of a line.

The real spotlight, however, remained on the nice catches of roosterfish which seem to get larger every week. Lots of legit fish in the 10-40 pound class were caught and released falling for live sardines and larger ladyfish. Some 50 pound class fish were also hooked most close to the shore between the Punta Arenas lighthouse and just south of Bahia Muertos.

Kirt has another one!

Crystal Baker with one of her caught-and-released roosters. Crystal is from Michigan.

For La Paz, just when I thought the yellowtail have to be gone because of the time of year, the big fork tails bit hard. We had one day where all of our boats got 2-7 big yellowtail running 20-40 pounds with lots of fish lost to the rocks or inexperience with these hard sluggers. Most of the fish were caught on live mackerel.

A stocky fat yellowtail for Dennis Stewart who was celebrating his birthday.

A few dorado caught, but until the waters warm up a tad, they’re just mostly not ready to feed although we’re seeing scattered schools. Same with the billfish and tuna.

MEXICAN FISHING LICENSE UPDATE!

For everyone that has been struggling with trying to obtain their Mexican Fishing license online:

https://www.sportfishingbcs.gob.mx/

It’s been a head-banger of frustation.  IT IS NOT YOU!!

Apparently, the bank that supports the credit card transactions bailed so they had to find a new bank to handle the transactions.  The search has taken week and its been a nightmare.

But, apparently the issue has been solved and the website is working!!!  Pick SANTANDER Bank when you fill out the application online.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 3-9, 2022

CRAZY VARIETY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-9, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jason Munroe from San Diego says he finally got his “bucket list” fish with this big rooster. He was out with Captain Gerardo.  The fish was released.

All smiles as Pat Schwyhart from Washington State hefts this big yellowtail and Captain Rogelio looks on.

On the flyrod! Fred Telleen runs a guide service and flyshop in Montana and was visiting us for the first time. Check out this big roosterfish caught on the flyrod out’ve Las Arenas. The fish was released.

One of our newest great amigos. Ken Bays came in from Oregon where he lives up on top of a mountain and was fishing La Paz for the first time. He had not fished in 30 years, but did well catching a number of species including one of the only dorado of the week.

There you go! Captain Blas helps Crystal Baker from Michigan with one of the big boy yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island. Sweet fish!

Another flyrod roosterfish! This catch-and-release by Omar from Montana who was staying out at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

From Denver, Brad and Brian Svoboda pose with a pair of yellowtail that fell to live mackerel north of La Paz off Espirito Santo Island.

 

Our long-time Alaska, amigo, Mike Schoder shows how it’s done. On the flyrod outside of Bahia Muertos with another rooster before the quick release.

She finally got one! Captain Rogelio help Ela Schwyhart with her yellowtail off the island. Ela looks pretty happy!

Love this photo of the ladies with Captain Jorge. Jordan Goodman, Gail Svoboda and Rebekah Goodman (Jordan’s mom) with some of their palometas on the beach. They’re from the Denver area.

A good start. Ela and Paul Schwyhart got a bunch of snapper and pargo that Ela loves whole to fry up and make fish soup!

 

A slug yellowtail in the boat for Mike Schoder from Alaska headed to Tailhunter Restaurant for some sashime and Hawaiian poke!

Chad came out from Minnesota with his amigos Jason and Steve Munroe from San Diego with a good day on the water posing with their 4 yellowtail.

 

When Jorge give you a thumbs-up, you know it’s a good day. One for the camera as Dave Edwards from idaho takes a quick photo of one of his roosters before releasing it.

David Goodman and sister, Libby started the week off with a mix of palometas, snapper and triggerfish.

Brad gets a roosterfish his first day on the water and it’s a nice one. The fish are getting bigger by the week. Brad was able to let this one go and grow bigger.

Jim Stahlman’s wife, Naraiza, loves it when Jim brings fish back to Idaho. Here’s some yellowtail and a big cabrilla for her. More in the fish box.  Jim is coming back in September.

Somewhere behind that mask, Ken has a grin, as he tried to hang onto this heavy roosterfish. That’s Las Arenas beach in the background. Ken was able to let this one go. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

 

Ryan Morgan and Crystal Baker with Captain armando with a nice variety on the beach including palometas, cabrilla, triggerfish and pompano.

Fishing guide from Montana, Fred actually gets to fish. He took home this chunky yellowtail for some ceviche!

It’s all relative. Our amigo, Gary Wagner who owns the Rancho Costa Resort there in Bahia Muertos loves taking his itty-bitty trout rod out and has a blast all day catching and releasing feisty roosterfish like this little fella.

 

Dave’s got another rooster on the day!

Hre we go. Flat waters close to shore produced this good-looking rooster for one of the nicest guys, Jason Goodman. Jason brought his whole family from Colorado on their first trip, although Jason has been with us before.

Fred Leuchte, Captain Gerardo, Zelda Rincon and Dave Ducas started their week with a dorado and a bunch of pargo and snapper.

There ya go! Ryan Morgan with the assist from Captain Blas on another yellowtail. Ryan came in from Michigan for his first trip with us.

This past week had a bit of everything going on with it. A little of this. A little of that.

We had mornings that were chilly enough where we had to wear jackets and sweatshirts with blustering winds that kicked up waves that eventually gave way to sunny skies and flast seas. We had fog. We had cloudy days. We had days without a cloud in the sky. It’s what we call the “transition” time when warmer spring/summer weather is moving in, but the winter chill isn’t giving up and going away with some scratching and clawing.

It was the same with the fishing. Just when I think the cooler water species have all but left and the warm water species have moved in, the cold-water species keep jumping back into the ring.

The mix has created an incredible variety of possible species getting hooked. I think this week, I counted 15 different species of fish!

For instance…

We’re starting to see more warmer water species like dorado and billfish poke in and out of the reports. We even had a great jag of yellowfin tuna as well as wahoo. Roosterfish are crusing the beaches in greater number and bigger sizes. Other related members of the jack family that are usually associated with the warmer waters like several species of pompano are also swimming around now and biting the baits.

Talk about some variety. Chris and Jen Sommer had only one day to fish and Captain Armando put them on a bunch of big pargo and jacks!

However, the big yellowtail that should have been gone by now are still holding in the cooler waters around the north side of La Paz where schools of mackerel are also keeping the fish near a ready food source. The ‘tails are a healthy 10-30 pound size and larger ones are getting lost. I’d have to say this is the best yellowtail bite that I’ve seen in years.

First time’s the charm! Jen has her first roosterfish with Captain Armando.

Additionally, other species usually associated with the cooler months and cooler waters include pargo, cabrilla, snapper, sierra, amberjack, sheephead and others. Lots of both common and white bonito, jack crevalle and even barracuda are keeping rods bent as well.

Just a good day to be on the water. Ken Bays with his first roosterfish. Quickly released.

Teaser…we now know they are out there.  Wahoo and tuna popped up for JUST ONE DAY!

Hopefully, more to come before we get too excited! That’s more wahoo than we caught the entire last year!

That’s my story…

Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones: 
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 18-25, 2022

YELLOWTAIL and ROOSTERS BITE IN MIXED

CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Our Oregon amigos, Jeff Killian and John Chung hung these 3 nice yellowtail using live caballitos of Espirito Santo Island.

 

Cheers from Patty Killian and Tracy Chung on their way back to La Paz from Espirito Santo Island with 7 big yellowtail on the deck!

Now THIS is a trophy cabrilla that Kahuku Oades caught right off the shoreline in front of Punta Perrico.

Mike Luna from Utah on his first visit to La Paz got our first big dog-tooth snapper (Pargo Perro) of the season.

Easy to see why they’re called dog-tooth snapper! Check out the choppers on this bad boy.

Randy “Doodles” Gumns had a banner day with a variety of fish including this bonito, snapper, cabrilla and others.

Brent Gumns had only one day to fish and squeezed in a day with Captain Gerardo and got these two cabrilla among others.

First time out and first day fishing, Mike Luna caught and released 3 roosterfish off Bahia Muertos.

We had some strange weather this week. Very windy mornings then calm afternoons. Calm mornings that turned into windy afternoons. Warm water current. Cold water currents. We even had a rare day of thick fog that made it look like something out’ve fishing the Oregon or Washington Coastal areas!

Except for the fog, of which I’ve only seen a handful of times in 30 years here in La Paz, the rest is pretty typical of this transition time between our cold water and warm water seasons. The weather (and fishing) can be erratic an unpredictable. One hot spot one day becomes ice cold the next day for fishing. One species of fish that is foaming one day can completely disappear and a different species pops up somewhere else.

It does, however, make for some fun fishing with some crazy variety.

A week ago, I was predicting that the yellowtail and cooler water fish were diminishing and moving off. Yellowtail counts were down and so were other cooler water species like the sierra and snapper. We were seeing more of the warmer water species like dorado and billfish starting to show up.

Well, I guess I was wrong. The yellowtail bit strong again, especially north of La Paz toward the Espírito Santo Island area where waters remain cooler than further south around Cerralvo Island. The fish were a healthy 15-25 pounds and willing to take live sardines, caballito and jigs. Lots of bigger fish are getting lost to the rocks, inexperience and simply being tough fish!

Further south for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, not so much in terms of yellowtail. The waters were windier, rougher and more of the fishing was confined closer to shore. As mentioned above, one day it was not only cold, but so foggy, it was impossible to even see Cerralvo Island across the channel and the bait guys couldn’t find the bait spots. So, anglers had to use lures and jigs for the day.

But, the good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!

Along the rocks, some big cabrilla getting taken along with snapper, pargo, sierra, jack crevalle and lots of common and white bonito.

THANK YOU BRETT!

For almost  15 years, the Tequila Bandito has wandered the tables of our Tailhunter Restaurant as a purveyor of fun and conduit to free tequila shots to our guests.  His famous bandoleros were shadows of their former glory and the leather was literally disintegrating daily and was due to be retired.  If only that belt could talk and tell stories!

New ones are impossible to find.  The guy down in Baja is no longer in business.  Can’t find any makers on the internet or in the states.

The newly- retired bandoleros. So disintegrated the shot glass holders were splitting and able to hold only a handful of “shot bullets.”  Had to duct tape the belts to keep them on.

Thank you Brett Bleichrodt who recently gifted the Bandito a brand new hand-made set of shiny bandoleros!  Brett is a leather-goods artisan from Colorado who has fished with us for several years and makes some dandy leather items.  The bandolero is his first, but probably not his last. If anyone wants a set, I can put you in touch with our amigo!  Muchas gracias, Brett!

Armed and ready! The new set and enjoying with Rita Luna from Utah!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 11-18, 2022

SLOWER WEEK WITH WIND and FULL MOON

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 11-18, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Starting to see a few more roostefish. Christian was out with Captain Pancho who put him on this legit roosterfish right off the rocks near Bahia Muertos. The fish was released. Hopefully, start seeing more of the big gallos.

Waters are warming and more billfish being seen. They aren’t quite ready to bite just yet, but we did have two hook ups on the pangas this past week ,but none of them stuck.

Our buddy, Jimmy Williams was dropping lines around the north of Cerralvo Island hanging some nice cabrilla when this nice bull dorado bit!

 

Honestly, it wasn’t exactly a super-dooper for fishing. Lots of folks in town for spring break and Easter as expected with hotels, restaurants and beaches pretty packed, so not exactly alot of folks wanting to go fish to begin with. With daytime temps in the high 80’s and nighttime in a comfortable high 60’s, it was an enjoyable time in town.

However, the biggest issues with fishing were the return of blustery winds combined with a full moon.

I guess the winter winds are not completely gone yet as we had some windy days that made fishing less than stellar and confined most of the fishing closer to shore for inshore species. Even when the winds didn’t blow in the daytimes, they winds came up in the afternoons and evenings which overturns the water clouding it up and affecting fish and bait patterns.

Add to that a full moon that also affects currents and tides and our fishermen and captains had to really work hard for species like cabrilla, jacks, snapper, pargo, sierra and bonito. Decent action but hardly spectacular.

One thing is that waters are warming as is typical this time of year and based on recent catches, I’d have to speculate that maybe our yellowtail season is on the wane. As waters get warmer, the big jacks start moving to cooler water. The ’tails definitely were more elusive and harder to find this week and we saw a few more dorado and billfish in our waters. All indicative of warming conditions.

We did see more roosterfish this week that were quality 20-40 pound fish. All released. That’s a good sign as hopefully these are the vanguard to start the influx of big boy roosterfish we get in the springtime. So, we’ll keep an eye on that. If the bigger baits like mullet and ladyfish start moving up to the shallows, the big gallos will follow up their food source

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter Sportfishing
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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 3-10, 2022

THE LULL BEFORE EASTER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bania Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for April 3-10, 2022

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s alot of ceviche! Gary Wagner, out amigo and owner of Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos got himself a big sierra!

Hugo, our popular driver, even got into the bite one day with a fat yellowtail off Punta Perrico.

Kyle Skibsted from Salt Lake City was out with Captain Gerardo again and got a nice variety including the big yellowtail, pargo, sierra, sheephead and triggerfish. All great eating on the table!

Tought day of fishing, but young Jesue Denogean got the lone yellowtail of the day out’ve La Paz. Captain Licho lends a hand. That’s Captain Rogelio in the back who was also aboard that day.

Greg Garrison is back and poses with an good-eating pargo he pulled off the reef. Greg is from Colorado.

Third day fishing for Nancy and Kyle and they have more fish to take home. I see cabrilla, sierra and bonito on the cutting table.

Gary’s taking a tasty yellowtail back to is place!

Captain Gerardo even got into the action with his own yellowtail this past week.

Not too bad of a week. Not great but not bad. There were high and low spots depending upon conditions. Winds came up somewhat again so it did hamper some of the bite and it wasn’t as good as the week before.

However, it’s really hard to tell. This past week is the lull before spring break and Easter Week when the crowds really hit. So, normally we haven’t had many folks on the water and this past week there were even fewer. Most folks coming in are here on holiday and not necessarily to fish. Maybe, they want a day on the water, but that’s it. So, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific bite.

We did have yellowtail again as the prime target. Fish ran from 15 to 30 pounds, but the bite varied from day-to-day and place-to-place. It even varied from boat-to-boat. It really was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The captains and clients all worked hard to find the fish, but it wasn’t always as productive as we would have liked.

Still, in the right spots, the yellowtail fell for live sardines, mackerel, trolled jigs and dropped iron and knife jigs. A number of nice fish were lost to the rocks because these fish hold close to structure which could mean, rocks reefs or other underwater objects. The same areas held their cousin amberjacks and some nice cabrilla (seabass) in the 3-8 pound class.

We did have a few dorado hooked and the marlin are getting more active. We had a couple of billfish shakers, but none of the hookups stuck. No wahoo or tuna yet, but more roosterfish are starting to show up. Nothing big to speak-of. However, some of the anglers had fun on light tackle with 3-10 pound fish. Several larger 20 pound class fish were released. We also had jacks, cabrilla, sierra and lots of bonito in the counts.

Winds might be increasing this week, but overall, we’ve been looking at sunny days in the mid-80’s and nighttime temps in the mid-60’s. Pretty time to be in town!

That’s my story!   Happy Easter and Easter Week everyone!  Blessings always!

Jonathan
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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April, 2, 2022

STILL GOT SOME WINDS BUT FISHING

IMPROVING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s ALOT of quality meat on the table! Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh our long-time friends from Salt Lake City started their week with alot of filets for the ice chest! I see big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, a big yellowtail, sierra and snapper!

Jim Bovee and Pancho are always a good team. Jim ran into some of the winds, but still picked up this good-looking yellowtail on a pink yo zuri. Jim was staying at Rancho Costa this time there at Bahia Muertos.

First-timers from Santa Barbara who only had one day to fish, Jack and son Lucas Bohnet have some terrific fish to take home with this yellowtail and big trophy cabrilla.

Another amigo with only one day to squeeze in, Chris Anthony put this yellowtail in the box, but also battled a big hammerhead shark as well fishing off Espirito Santo Island.

First-time friends from Utah, Kyle and Nancy Skibsted were out with Captain Armando and caught the only dorado of the week as well as some white bonito on the table and a tasty sierra! They also threw back a bunch of hard-charging skipjack.

Here you go!!! On day and BOOM! Captain Gerardo put Mike Gollick and his wife onto a sweet bite of hefty yellowtail plus bonito and sierra.

Bucket list for San Diego angler Jonathan Vilchez. Tough day fishing, but they did get one yellowtail fishing with captain Rogelio and Licho, but Jonathan put the hurt on his first roosterfish and one of our first of the season as well. The fish was released!

No big thing! Jim and Kip again with another good day on the water. Check out the size of these yellowtail plus the nice amberjack as well. I see a triggerfish and cabrilla peeking out as well.

YEOW! Craig Wong and Martin Aguilera have some pig yellowtail in hand there in Bahia Muertos!

This is a trophy cabrilla that Captain Pancho is lipping for Jim Bovee! Jim took it on a spinning rod and trolling a big lip Rapala. Nicely done, guys!

 

All indications are that with each passing week, the conditions are warming and improving. We’re not completely done yet with the strong northern winds of winter that often blow us off the water from November to April, but we had one one of the better fishing weeks, all things considered.

Still not many folks fishing, but overall the area has become much more fishable with only about 3 days that were gusty. We still had daytime temps in the low 80’s and nighttime temps in the high 60’s.

Fishing success was just really determined by where you fish and what day you picked. If it was one of the windier days, then it was more difficult. Also, if it’s windy, it’s hard to get live bait. Either because the winds make it difficult for the bait guys to catch the bait under the rough conditions or because there simply aren’t that many fishermen out right now, it’s not economic for them to go out if there aren’t enough anglers to purchase the bait. So, that means using alot more lures than normal. Also, alot of it is luck. On any given day, some boats just did better than others.

Two things especially stand out. First, the yellowtail are still around and biting nicely. Not sure how long they’ll stay around, but some nice healthy 20-35 pound fish are being hung on the high spots around Cerralvo and Espirito Santo Island as well as some of the inshore shallower rock reefs. The fish are eating jigs, lures and live bait. Hopefully, these fish will hang out a bit longer, but as the waters get warmer, these fish will move off to deeper water and replaced by warmer water species like the dorado of which we caught a few this week. In the same areas as the yellowtail, we also rocked some nice amberjack which are the cousins of the yellowtail and also pretty tasty on the table.

The big surprise were the big cabrilla (seabass) caught this week. Trophy-sized 5-12 pounders that looked like baby grouper were not uncommon and found in many of the rocky places where we were also hitting the yellowtail and amberjack .

In addition, action was also pretty good on several species of bonito and skipjack, snapper, pargo, sierra and jack crevalle.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter Sportfishing
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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

NICE JAGS OF YELLOWTAIL

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great shot that sort of captures the whole thing. It’s like a travel poster shot…Mariah Vitolo in the warm sands and blue waters and a nice looking yellowtail. Mariah was staying at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

Captain Blas with his dad Captain Alfredo found a nice school of yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island on one of the nice calm days this past week.

OH yea! Another ‘tail in the box. There’s were some nice spots of yellowtail around Espirito Santo Island and the north and south ends of Cerralvo.

Whitney Jones only had one day to squeeze in for fishing with her husband and caught a couple of bonito and a sierra that they had us cook up at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant.

A big slug toad yellowtail for Dr. Sergio caught on a Rapala.

Although winter winds still persisted, things appear to be slowly improving as spring approaches and there were some nice highlights to the week with waters warming and a handful of really nice fishing days.

There still aren’t that many folks fishing yet, but we did have a few out and fishing ranged to so-so to very good. It really all depended on conditions. The windier the days, the slower the fishing.

On the windier days, boats were restricted to fishing closer to shore or having to do more trolling than we normally like to do because of the lack of live bait which is difficult to get if it’s too rough or there aren’t many fishermen. The bait guys simple don’t go out.

The inshore bite consisted of mostly some scratchy cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jacks and sierra. We did have a few boats try for wahoo unsuccessfully. A handful of dorado were also picked up which is very indicative of the warming trend in the waters as we head into spring.

The highlights for the week were the nice grade of yellowtail. Again, dictated by wind and water conditions. On the calmer days, our boats got 1-5 really tough-fighting yellowtail each ranging from 20-30 pounds. Larger ones were lost to the rocks.

A good day on the fishing grounds this past week!

The fish fell for a variety of bait including sardines and mackerel as well as jigging with knife jigs and deeper running Rapalas and Yo-Zuris in darker or mackerel colors. The fish were found generally over structure like deeper rocks and reefs around both Cerralvo and Espírito Santo Island as well as Punta Perico and Punta Gorda fairly close to shore.

Darker mackerel-patterned deeper running lip-baits like this Rapala XRap 20 have been effective on the yellows.

Knife jig for straight drops.

Tried-and-true candy bar style yo-yo iron. This is a Tady 4/0. This zucchini color is good as are blue/white and all chrome.

BAHIA MAGDALENA

They mangroves of Bahia Magdalena! Miles and miles of inlets and changing currents and shoals!

Carolyn Cain had a nice day on the light tackle with a bunch of grouper taken in the shallows as well as a mess of corvina as well. I see a halibut in there as well!  They donated all the fish to the local families.

The Lopez Mateos mangroves holding some incredible fish and wildlife.

Not a bad start for Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh for the Salt Lake City area with a load of corvina, grouper and spotted bay bass.

IT’S A WRAP!

After 3 months on the road, Jill and I are finally coming home.

As you’re reading this, we’re closing it up at our last show here in Colorado at the Denver Convention Center.

We’ve been through more than a dozen states and want to thank everyone for all the hospitality in all our show cities of Reno, Sacramento,  Puyallup (Seattle), Salt Lake City, Portland, Redmond, Spokane and now here in Denver.  Plus all the dozens upon dozens of little cities, towns and cross-roads in between criss-crossing the western U.S.  Hey folks…it’s still a great country with great people!  The best!

Thanks to all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us these past months at all the shows and are coming to see us this year in La Paz!

It’s been great.  It’s been liberating to be out again and see so many of you out again.  We’re blessed as we watch everyone trying to climb and claw out of the calamity of the last 2 years.

But for now, I think we’re done with late night Denny’s meals, microwave burritos and hotel oatmeal breakfasts.  Middle-of-the-night laundry.  Tired backs, legs and hoarse voices from 10 hour days in the booth 4 and 5 days per week.  Waking up in hotel rooms and not sure what city we are in!  Snow…ice…rain…wind…

…and 10,000 miles of driving while gas prices rose over 5 bucks a gallon.

Jilly the road warrior driving through the snow and ice!

Microwave burritos from countless truck stops along the way.  Oh…3 months on the road and 10,000 miles of driving watching gas prices shoot over 5 bucks a gallon!

Me and my girl in the booth!

So….

We’re headed home to La Paz! Ready to put our toes in the sand!  Let’s get this season rolling and get cranked up for SHOWTIME in LA PAZ!   We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

When it’s as calm as this in Muertos Bay, the winds are down and the fish go turbo. Or you can just park it on the beach and throw your cell phone as far as you can. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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