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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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ 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: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ 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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 11-17, 2023

CHANGING CONDITIONS MIX FISH

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Blas has been rocking the yellowtail when he can get out. This big one ate a live mackerel off Espirito Santo Island.

YEOW! Dr. Jesus Velarde was out with Captain Pancho and nailed this mossback yellowtail on a Rapala outside of Bahia Muertos.

Yea…the yellowtail can be horses right now.

Water condition are changing and definitely warming as indicated by some of the species that are starting to show up. The only issues is the winds still make it rough and difficult to fish. About half the days this week were not fishable or so bad that the port captain shut down all boat traffic. The other issue is that often, because of the winds or lack of fishermen this time of the year, the bait guys aren’t going out to get live bait or the bait is difficult to get.

That being said, we did have a few folks out on the 2-3 days that were fishable. Again, as mentioned, bait was difficult, but using jigs and frozen bait, yellowtail were still the targeted catch, but other species showed up as well. The yellowtail could be close to shore in shallow water and with the fish going 20-30 pounds it could be a tough battle keeping the powerful fish from the rocks. The areas around Punta Perrico as well as the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island were all holding fish as were the west and east sides of Espirito Santo Island inside the coves and high spots.

Other species included some nice jags of sierra, pargo, cabrilla and snapper as well as bonito.

However, some dorado are starting to show up which is a good sign that waters are warming up earlier than normal. There were also marlin sightings although no hook ups .

SPOKANE – BIG HORN OUTDOOR SHOW WASHINGTON

We’ve been on the road for the better part of 3 months now and we’re finally coming to the end of the trail.  It’s been great!  Thanks to everyone and all the hospitality at the Central Oregon Show in Redmond last week!  Incredible fun!

This week, we’re at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for the Big Horn Outdoor Show that runs Thursday to Sunday.  This is our first time in this area and it’s a massive production and huge show with almost 500 exhibitors, live music, food, seminars, demonstrations, RV’s, boats and more!  Stuff for the whole family. Come out and see us!

Here’s more info:  https://www.inwc.org/big-horn-show/

After this, just one more show…one of our favorites.  The International Sportsmans Expo at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Then, we head home to La Paz!

Don’t get left out from fishing this year!   We’re filling fast.  Contact us soon.  I can be reached directly at jonathan@tailhunter.com

Even if you can’t make the show, we’ll apply the show discounts if you reach out before the end of March!

That’s our 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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2022

WIND RIP AGAIN BUT SOME FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jimmy Williams, pulled this nice yellowtail off Cerralvo Island. See his comments below about a tough day fishing although he and his buddy ended up with two ‘tails on the day.

Justin Sawyer from Salt Lake City had just one day to fish and he and his wife drove all the way up from Todos Santos to squeeze a day on the water. He hooked this slap yellowtail plus a sierra and several big cabrilla (on the table). They also released our first roosterfish of the season.

Our good amigos, Marianne and Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA with Captain Pancho and a nice rack of sierra plus two yellowtail. They had trouble finding live bait because of the winds so they hooked everything on lures or Rapalas.

A nice week to be in La Paz, but not necessarily a good week, once again, to be on the water. Winds tore things up early in the week, then again, later in the week, the winds came back. As a matter of fact, at the time I’m writing this, the port captain has shut down all boat traffic out of La Paz because of the fierce winds and rough seas. Winds are blowing as much as 20+ mph.

We did have about 2 days of waters that were calm enough to get a few folks out. It was fortunate, because these were the only days that these anglers had to fish. As with so many folks during the off-season, folks are in town for some vacation, not necessarily to fish and then decide maybe to get a day on the water and try some fishing. I always warn them about the weather.

Fortunately for the few anglers this week, they picked the two days that were the least windy. Fishing out’ve Las Arenas and pushing out’ve Bahia Muertos, there was some decent action inshore for sierra, jacks, bonito and hefty cabrilla. We even got our first roosterfish of the season which was released and surprisingly a little early in the season to see roosters, but good to know. There were also a few stray dorado.

Over the inshore drop offs and then over at the north and south end of Cerralvo Island, there were a few yellowtail taken when the weather allowed. These were a nice great 20-30 pound class fish. A few nicer ones broke off.

This is how our amigo, Jimmy Williams, reported about his day on the water:

“Slow day fishing yesterday for us but the fish are there. Only problem catching quality sardines sucks right now. Nothing but pinhead bait for us. We even left the playa at El Sargento at 5: 30 to beat the masses. We went out to La Reina and made green jacks for bait. Big schools of perfect size jacks were all around La Reina. We ended up with 2 yellows for me and Phil lost 1 to the rocks. Nothing else.. Nada.. We fished between north end and La Reina and hooked all the yellows on green jacks. Shaw some dorado being caught as well.”

Captain Alfredo took a few of our guys to the west side of Espirito Santo Island norht of La Paz and hooking this nice yellowtail.

It was a similar story for the few anglers we had fishing straight out’ve La Paz Bay towards Espirito Santo Island. Hiding from the wind in the coves, they found shallow water action on snapper, cabrilla and small amberjack, but also the occasional heftier 20 pound yellowtail.

YEOW!!!!

Just had to post this one up.  Captain Alonso is one of the independent panga skippers in the area and he had this client (I wish I knew her name) and 30 pound test jigging at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Take a look at this best of a grouper she battled to the boat!  HOLY COW! On 30-pound test and check out the little noodle-stick fishing rod!  Well done! Yes…there are still big fish around!

  TWO MORE SHOWS TO GO

As you’re reading this, we are currently at the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond Oregon.  The show goes through Sunday.

We’ve been on the road now almost 3 months and 2 more shows to go:

BIG HORN SHEEP SHOW

Spokane, Washington

March 17-20

and the

INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMENS EXPO

Denver Convention Center

DENVER CO

March 24-27

Come see us and let’s get you set up for fishing in La Paz this year.  Don’t wait. Dates are filling fast.  If you can’t come see us, take a look at this:

Hope to see you down the road or in La Paz this year.  The fishing is really heating up already!

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Dec. 19, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022

QUIET NEW YEAR START

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Dec. 19, 2022-Jan. 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Not much happening during the holidays.  Temperatures took a dip and weather remained inconsistent with some days showing very strong winds and rough waters and not many folks out at all on the water.  We even had some strong rain come through.

Because of the weather, we cancelled a few bookings and just advised folks it was better to roam around town or hang out at the pool.  No sense in wasting money getting bounced around and not catching fish.
Some folks who did go out, had to come back early.  With the rough waters, it was difficult to find live bait so they spent the day trolling up a few cabrilla and snapper.  However, some of the commercial guys reported some stray dorado and even a few wahoo taken far outside.  Some bonito and jacks also picked up as well.

But, overall, very slow mostly because no one is fishing this time of year.  Off-season is November to April.

 

ON OUR WAY TO SEE YOU IN 2022 – TAILHUNTER BACK ON THE ROAD!

Come visit our booth to say hi and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year!

Looks like we’re headed back out on the road this year!

In 2020, our show tour got curtailed about half-way through.  Then, last year, all the shows were cancelled.  However, this year, we’ve got 8 shows on the calendar and hopefully adding a few more before the end.  We are really excited and hope to have you come see us and say hi and let’s set up a trip to come visit us this coming fishing season!

Here’s the schedule:

TAILHUNTER 2022 ROAD TOUR

RENO NV – Wild Sheep Foundation Show (Jan. 13-15) (Reno Convention Center)

SACRAMENTO CA – International Sportsmans Expo (Jan. 20-23) / California State Fairgrounds

PUYALLUP WA – Washington Sportsman’s Show (Feb. 2-6) (Washington State Fairgrounds)

SALT LAKE CITY UT – Great Western Hunt & Conservation Show (Feb. 10-13) / Salt Palace

PORTLAND OR – Pacific NW Sportsman’s Show  ( Feb. 16-20) / Portland Expo Center

REDMOND OR – Central Oregon Sportsmans Show  (Mar. 10-13) / Central Oregon Fairgrounds

SPOKANE WA – Bighorn Sheep Show (Mar. 17-20) / Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

DENVER CO – International Sportsmans Expo (Mar. 24-27) / Denver Convention Center

We hope you can come visit.  You can Google the shows for further details or write to us at Jonathan@tailhunter.com

Also, don’t wait until the show comes!  Spaces are already filling and some dates are already filled.  Get in contact with us as soon as you can so we don’t miss you, especially if you want certain dates, hotels, captains or are looking to catch a specific species!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly
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 Nov. 11-17, 2021

BETTER THAN EXPECTED

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 11-17, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Randy Shue brought his group from Montclair for two days of fishing and did pretty well on a variety of fish but surprisingly well on the dorado this late in the season.

Go figure. I guess there’s still some billfish around. Haven’t seen any in a few weekd, but Christian Espinoza was with Captain Pancho and hooked this striper.

It’s been more than a decade since John Jordan fished with us (left) but had a terrific day with the dorado and pal Milo Crowley.

…and yes a wahoo the same day for Christian! A fat one!  One of the rare ones this year.

Nick Jordan on his first time on the ocean and first time in La Paz came down with our long-time amigo…and his dad…Richard and got into some nice dorado!

And a dorado too! Almost as colorful as his shorts.

Dorado up-close-and-personal. A bunch of it ended up on the table at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant for dinner.

More dorado and this time some great – eating cabrilla (seabass)

Contrary to what I’ve been saying the last week or two, maybe the warm-water season isn’t quite over yet! The strong cold northern winds that had started to plague us for several weeks making for rough waters and difficult fishing, gave us a reprieve for a few days and made for some decent fishing and catching!

It was still a bit breezy, but while fishing wasn’t spectacular, it was a whole lot better than we expected or what I had predicted. Surprisingly good numbers of 10-15 pound dorado were willing to bite and apparently have not yet left the area. Live bait was the best bet and having the weather calm-down allowed the bait guys to get sardines. Most boats got 2-5 dorado each with other fish lost.

Additionally, there were even a few marlin, wahoo and the occasional tuna around. These are all fish I would have told you two weeks ago, have left the area. Especially tuna which never really even showed up this year.

In addition to the aforementioned species, the inshore areas continued to be productive for snapper, pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish, several species of bonito and jack crevalle as well as amberjack and palometas. It made for some good action. Overall, just a nice week to have been on the water.  Some boats did better than others, but usually it could change the next day depending on conditions.

WHALESHARK SEASON FINALLY OPENED

 

After almost 6 weeks of waiting, authorities finally opened up the whaleshark season.  Normally, the season run October 1 thought the end of April, but Covid restrictions curtailed the season the last 2 years.  The gentle animals have been there in the shallow waters of the bay.  It’s just that it was prohibited to swim with them.

As it is, captains of watercraft taking folks out to the animals, must have special permits and attend special classes in order to obtain those permits.  Guide services and captains have been chomping at the bit to get folks in the water.  Understandably, it’s a popular activity and folks come from all over the world to have the opportunity to participate.

This past week, there were anywhere from 5 to over a dozen of these “baby” whalesharks up to about 15′ long.  The problem, at times is that too many folks want to get in the water with too few animals.  Only 5 persons are allowed in the water per whaleshark so as not to intrude too much on the animals while they feed on plankton.

Therefore, swimmers often have to wait for time slots in order to get in the water which sometimes can take several hours.  Plus, there’s no tellng how many animals will be present on any given day or how long they will stay around or show up.  So, there’s no guarantees.

Still, it’s quite an experience to get in the water with these gentle babies.  Their parents can grow to over 50′ long!  Hopefully the season wil remain open as usual.

 

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 Nov. 3-10, 2021

MORE WINDS and FEWER ANGLERS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 3-7, 2021

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

When you only have one day to fish and you do pretty well…John Fergione with dad (John) and son (John)! Doardo and others posing on the beach at Muertos!

Great shot of first-timer Hysby Rodriguez from Glendale CA with a smiling Captain Arcangel and another of her dorado for the fish box.

 

Taky and Marlene Kikuchi had a few nice days on the water before the winds came up.

Not much to crow about lately. Things can be summed up pretty easily.

Winds are up. Waves are bigger. Air temps cooling. Fishermen are down and snowbirds increasing.

That’s kind of it in a nutshell. Not many folks fishing or even on the water this past week as winter winds grow stronger from the north and cool things down. It’s still nice to be out on the beach or hang at the pool with lots of sunshine, exactly what the snowbirds are here for. The thermometer is pretty long with daytime temps in the mid to high 80’s and night time temps drop to a cool (for us) 63 degrees. However, other than that, it hasn’t been a great time to be fishing.

There are still some nice days to be out.  You just have to pick your spots.

The few fishermen we’ve had out found the catch to be erratic at best. Some boats dinked around for a scratch of dorado or rockfish at best. Others hit a few spots and did better with a variety of mostly inshore species like pargo, pompano, palometa, sierra, cabrilla and roosterfish. If lucky, maybe even few holdover dorado. It’s quite a mixed bag as we transition to cooler-water fishing.

Alot, of course, depends on the live bait situation. If the winds are waves are big, then it’s hard for the bait guys to get into the shallows to get live bait. Also, with the diminished number of anglers, economically, it makes no sense for the bait guys to go out at night or the mornings when they know there won’t be any or many fishermen to buy bait come sun up.

LATE BREAK NEWS…

Just as I was posting this up, some tuna have shown up of Punta Perrico.  Not many, but a small jag of them!

BUSY TOWN FOR BAJA 1000

After a hiatus, the Baja 1000 is back and will concluded in La Paz this year.  The dates are Nov. 15-20th and town is already filling up with teams and cars.  Honest.  If you didn’t get a hotel rooms months ago, you could easily be sleeping on the beach or in your rental car!

The internationally famous race starts up in Ensenada cars will roll through some of the most challenging terrain on the planet.  Hopefully, in one piece in La Paz.  Lots of cars don’t make it!  Just finishing is a challenge.

Folks will line the dirt course throughout La Paz and town will be full with lots of parties and roaring cars.  Good to have them back!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

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 Aug 10-17, 2021

TROPICAL SHOWERS DON’T DAMPEN DORADO

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Aug 10-17, 2021

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

We had a few short, but strong rainstorms blow through this past week.

Shelton Donnell, our long-time amigo, is always good to see in La Paz. He’s from Portland and had a nice few days and took home a nice chest of dorado.

There’s still nice roosterfish around . Paul Di Gaudio and his amigo caught and released 6 roosters on this particular day. Paul is from Corona CA.

It’s like fishing in an aquarium if you go for the reefs and rocks holding snapper, cabrilla, pargo and others. All great eating. Captain Joel in the middle with Jeffrey and Miles Brown from Oregon who hit the rocks with light tackle north of La Paz.

Smiles say it all. We’ve watched these two grow up for many years! Cortez and Sierra Sanchez came to see us from Colorado, but have been fishing Baja since they could walk! Nice dorado to take home to mom and dad.

Beto Chavez on his first trip to visit us shows off one of his several dorado. He says he’s coming back soon!

Mike O’Connell had a kick fishing with us for the first time and shows off his largest dorado of a 3-day trip.

Oh just too much fun for Gaby Donnell with another dorado for the box! She’s way fun!

A long way from Wisconsin, but he visits us every year and always does well. Jeff Brown with one of his dorado. Check those rain clouds in the back.

It was kind of an unremarkable in a good way this past week. The fish bit and everyone had fun!

The only issue was really the weather. We had tropical storms Kevin and Linda…and Linda turned into a Category 3 hurricane. However, they were far far outside and to the south and never threatened anything. However, both did send over some afternoon thundershowers that kept us on our toes wondering how it would affect the fishing.

Some of the thundershowers were torrential and caused widespread flooding even though the rain storm might have only been for 15 minutes to an hour. And, as often happens with our rain, it can rain really hard in one spot, but down the highway or across the bay, they are dry and in sunshine. Or you can be out on the water in sunny weather, but you can see columns of rain in the distance. Sometimes, it’s so hot, you actually want to drive the boat through the rain to cool off.

The good thing about the rain storms was that there wasn’t alot of wind. In fact, the seas stayed flat. So, even if it was raining or drizzling, we could still fish and actually it was quite comfortable.

Fishing-wise…our Las Arenas Tailhunter fleet still kept kicking out roosterfish between 10 and 50 pounds. Plus cabrilla, pargo, jack crevalle, snapper and bonito.

We SHOULD be finding tuna about now and also there should be more wahoo in the counts, but neither has materialized so far. Could start anytime. We hope!

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet…well, dorado are 90% of the catch. Fun-sized fish running about 10-15 pounds mostly with some bigger bulls mixed in. Plus there’s still a far amount of billfish…striped marlin and sailfish getting hooked. All the fish this week were released or broke off as they were all larger fish on lighter tackle.

PASSPORT ISSUES

If you’re waiting for a passport renewal or a new passport for someone, it would be a good idea to check on it ASAP if you’ve got a pending trip.  Just like last year, it appears the U.S. passport office is slowing processing so even if you expedite things, chances are it’s gonna take alot longer than anticipated.  Don’t wait until the last minute to find out your passport won’t arrive on time!

Yes…even Spiderman needs to get his passport renewed.

 

 

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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 25-Aug. 1, 2021

DORADO and BILLFISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 25-Aug.1, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

NOTE: MARLIN and SAILFISH PHOTOS! Folks…before you send me e-mails or post up hate messages, please take notice that there are ALOT of billfish photos in this report. These represent perhaps 5% of the billfish that our fishing fleet hooked this past week. There are THAT many billfish out there. Some days, the waters are thick with billfish. Many times our anglers are NOT trying to catch billfish. But the billfish are biting. The vast majority of the fish that we hook are released by our anglers or (being big fish), they break off or get unhooked). In many cases, the billfish you see here were unable to be released or, after the photo was taken, the fish were indeed returned to the water. In many cases, when the fish was not or could not be released, the meat was donated to local folks who were very grateful for the meat. But, that being said, anglers are entitled to keep a billfish if they did want to keep one and we are very stringent about never exceeding the billfish limits.

Marius came all the way from South Africa to spend two weeks fishing with us every-other-day. He was so impressed, he purchased property in La Paz! He caught lots of dorado and on this particular day hooked, landed and released four billfish all on light tackle including this striper.

Jeanne Cabales had to cancel her yearly trip last year, but is always fun to have visit. She’s pretty excited about these nice dorado. Jeanne is from San Diego.

Not too many funnier guys to have visit us each year than Sal Lopez with another dorado in the boat with our La Paz fleet.

Young Jacob Radloff from northern California…first day…fishing in the rocks in shallow water hooks his first marlin! You don’t have to go a zillion miles out to find big sportfish!

Bo Henke has been fishing with us for a generation every year. He always does well. Here with his son Gio and two of his box of dorado for the day. Loves fishing with Captain Chito.

Jose Mohler from Carlsbad CA had just one day to squeeze in for fishing and had a pretty good day of it with one of several dorado in the photo.

Captain Raul took Luis Arandia out for several days. One of them produced this striper. They took a number of dorado as well. Luis has been fishing with us for years and owns his own high end clothing line. Most of this marlin was donated.

My San Diego “bruddah” from Hawaii has never taken a straight-faced fishing photo in all the years he’s fished with us. This pargo is headed home in the box.

Molly and Travis came all the way from Texas with just one day to fish. They wanted to do some inshore fishing and had alot of action with cabrilla, snapper and triggerfish.

One of our long-standing amigos for so many years came back to see us and got a load of dorado over two days. Hector Chacon from Arcadia CA came down with his dad. Always good to see him.

Dan Sayin and son Aidan squeezed in a day of fishing at the end of their vacation and found a productive day on the dorado schools. Both are from Carlsbad CA.

 

Daniel Acosta on his first trip to fish with us for 3 days took this striper. Most of the meat was donated.

With the full moon earlier in the week, the fish counts took a tiny bit of a dip, but overall, it was just a nice solid summer week of fishing.  It was hot, humid and sunny.  Waters were blue and warm and mostly it was pleasant vacation style fishing which is perfect for most folks that are here right now.  Lots of couples and families.  Lots of first-timers experiencing Mexico and salt-water fishing for the first time.  Quite a few kids.  So the kind of fishing we had was pretty much just-right!

Dorado made up the mainstay of the catch, especially for our Tailhunter fleets that fish out’ve La Paz.  Most of the fish were perfect fun-sized 10-20 pounders with the occasional larger fish.  Schools were scattered over a wide area and could provide crazy action if the right school was found.
Sometimes a boat didn’t do as well as other boats, but the next could could be the exact opposite or the boat that didn’t bring back much fish might be because they tied into the other pre-dominant species we had this week…billfish.
Once again, as has been the case for the last two months, we’re seeing more marlin and sailfish than we have ever seen in many seasons.  Often, whether you wanted one or not, it was not unusual to hook a billfish…or two…or three!
Many times the anglers are trying to catch a dorado or some keeper fish and along come the marlin and bites and they are in the middle of dorado or bonito or other species.  The billfish comes along eating the bonito or the dorado and even the little sardine bait on the tiny hook and light line!  Then, the angler is in for a crazy long battle or the fish gets off.  It makes for some fun fishing and there is always the unexpected anxiety of not knowing just what is going to bite if you have a line in the water.

Most of the billfish were released or broke off.  For all the photos, it represents only a fraction of the billfish that were hooked.  If a fish could not be released, more-often-than-not the anglers donated the meat.
Other than dorado and billfish, the rest of the catch included roosterfish which are surprisingly still around with fish up to 40 or 50 pounds as well as jack crevalle, bonito, snapper, pargo and a few other random species. No shortage of action, especially if you’re fishing several days.
Like I said, you could have an off-day here or there, but if you’re fishing several days, the other days might well make up for it.
By the way, beaches have been re-opened and alcohol sales in restaurants and markets are now back to 11 p.m. instead of the 8 p.m. cut off. 😁👍
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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