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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 20-27, 2019

CONDITIONS AND FISHING COOLING OFF

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 13-20, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Alot of meat! Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles had a live mackerel pinned to her line not far from Punta Arenas with Captain Pancho  when she hooked this massive wahoo not far from the shoreline.  The big fish was weighed on a scale and measured 56-pounds!

It’s been over 10 years since Mark Rubin came to visit us so it was good to see him. He was out fishing with Captain Arcangel and got this colorful dorado up for a great photo!

On her first day out and first-time in La Paz, Kathy Parker was with Captain Luis and deckie Miguel  in the channel between the city and Espirito Santo Island in an area where big 50-150 pound tuna had been sighted. On her first bait in the water, this big yellowfin inhaled her little sardine and the fight was on! With her sister, Sherry (see photo below), trading the rod-back-and-forth for 4 long hours, the ladies finally got this big boy to the boat!

Holly Kunzler’s big dorado of the week was caught while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Holly’s first trip to Baja and she was with us for the better part of the week visiting from Utah.

Our long-time amigos with their favorite Captain Jorge, Marianne and Jeff Sakuda enjoying Jeff’s retirement vacation after 30 years as a pilot for United, they kicked off things with a nice rack of bull dorado.

Double tag-team! Sherry Cady was on her 2nd visit to us this year and this time brought her sister, Kathy Parker (see photo above) when they hung this big yellowfin tuna with deckhand Miguel and Captain Luis and battled the fat fish for 4 hours!

 

Montana Dewey and Leslie Spafford guide trips in Arizona and came to visit this week and go into some dorado and cabrilla their first day at Las Arenas.

First-timer and happy fisherman, George Misner, started his trip with a nice bull dorado just south of Bahia Muertos.

Popular Captain Chito hung two of those big tuna that were boiling north of La Paz for a few days. Unfortunately, photos of the clients didn’t come out!

Hi Craig! Always good to have Craig Corda back with us . He’s been our amigo for over 20 years and never has a bad day.

Al Chaves lives outside of Phoenix and was out with Captain Jorge when he got this dorado. He had a big tuna on briefly.

Jarat Bagwell from Arizona got the jackpot with his buddies when he caught the most fish for the day including dorado, cabrilla and snapper.

Texas in the house! Cody Timberlake is a professional cowboy and former bullrider and lives in Banderas TX. First trip with us and a dorado with Captain Alfredo.

Monte Aldridge shows off a bull dorado he picked up fishing off Espirito Santo Island. He’s from Richfield UT and always good to have him visit.

Eric Gunnells and Steve Bayer picked up these dorado on their one day out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Barbara Burnett and her husband Jerry have their own great salmon operation in Juneau AK, but came to visit us and started off with a day of dorado.

These are great eating triggerfish! Best ceviche and fish tacos! Captain Jorge with or friends, Jeff and Marianne Sakuda.

Captain Fili is hidden behind a dorado, but no hiding Zach Arnold and Trent Baysinger and a couple of nice mahi.

Good to see Captain Arcangel smiling. Nice dorado in the box again for Mark.

 

Things have fallen off rapidly with cooler temperature, stronger winds and currents and rougher water the last week-and-a-half.  Fishing has also dropped off dramatically.  The warm water season ended sooner than expected and I think things will continue to change as warm water species like the dorado, tuna, wahoo, and billfish move out and are replaced by more inshore cooler water species.

 

Once again this week, captains and clients worked hard to find picky fish.  Bait was harder to come by in the rougher waters and there were times with there were some uncharacteristically big swells, chop and gusty winds making it more difficult to fish.  The winds will only get stronger as normally calm La Paz Bay even got some big wind-generated rollers that smashed waves onto the waterfront areas.

 

There were still some dorado around although the schools are diminishing.   Most days boats scratched out a catch of 1-5 dorado per day with most about 10 pounds or so.  Smaller ones were released.  Lots of bonito, fortunately usually kept rods bent.

 

More inshore fish like triggerfish, snapper, pargo and cabrilla as well as sierra and jack crevalle and pompano increased in the counts as waters cooled and it became more incumbent to fish closer to the beaches and rocks.

 

There are, however, some great catches still waiting!

 

We had a few nice wahoo this week including a whopper 56-pounder by Marlene Kikuchi from Los Angeles.  As well, there’s still the occasional 30-50 pound roosterfish.

 

The biggest surprise was the appearance of some pig yellowfin tuna that were in the 50-150 pound class between Punta Tecolote and Espirito Santo Island in the channel.  These fish were toads that tore into anglers for 1-4 hour battles, when they would bite.  Sometimes, they were just a tease boiling around the pangas, but not interested in eating a hooked bait.  But, when they did bite, they were beasts!  Normally, we don’t see tuna around La Paz as we catch them mainly around Las Arenas so this was a nice surprise!

 

BOOKING FOR 2020 STARTING TO FILL

Ice chests full of fish headed to the airport!

Our reservations are coming in faster than normal and many dates in 2020 are getting filled.  Calls and e-mails are coming in daily. Some dates are already sold out.  In 2019 we were filled by March.

We don’t want to miss you.  If you have a favorite captain, hotel or date in mind, don’t wait.  Especially, don’t wait until we do our fishing and hunting show tour in the winter.  We want to be sure we have you down and covered so we can have you visit next year!

Check your calendar!

 

That’s our story!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan & Jill


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz -Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 20-27, 2019

WINTER WINDS CANCEL TRIPS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 20-27, 2019

Mexican Minute Video Report

Something a little different this week.  Sorry the video is a little ragged this week.  We were in our booth at the Puyallup Fairgrounds and crowds were already starting to come down the aisle and watching some goofy guy (me!) talking out loud to his laptop!  So I didn’t have much time!

Also, no real fishing to report so I answered some letters in the video about fishing in La Paz!

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Honestly not much to say about fishing this week.  I guess I could make something up, but that’s now how we roll.

This is winter and off-season and not many folks out fishing from November to April.  Mostly, it’s because of the winds and waves that can be very erratic.   So, that’s what happened this week.

We did have a few folks set to fish early in the week, but it was pretty rough.  So, as much as they wanted to go, I advised they just cancel. Stay at the hotel. Hang out at the pool.  Go to town of lunch.  Sleep in.  Take a siesta.

Fishing is supposed to be fun, right?  Not an excercise in staying dry and trying to stay in the boat.  Many of the folks we have this time of year aren’t hard-core anglers.  For some it’s their first time really fishing in the ocean so I don’t want them to have a bad time.  As much as we love the business, especially this time of year, it was better to just advise folks not to come out.

Not much bait around but plugs and lures are working.

However, when the wind isn’t blowing, there’s some dorado out there.  Pargo and cabrilla and snapper are still around the reefs and rocks.

Gary Wagner with a tasty sierra off Punta Perico. Note the jacket!

Sierra, bonito and jack crevalle near the drop offs.  This coming week, the winds die down about mid-week so hopefully, I”ll have a better report for you!

TAILHUNTER ROAD TOUR 2019

Thanks, Washington!  Now on our way to Portland!

Well, we just finished our 3rd show of the season.  We’re wrapping things up here in the Seattle area and packing to head to our next show at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Oregon Sept. 6-10.  We’ve had some fantastic shows so far!   We’ve been in Denver, Sacramento and then this past week in Seattle.

Reservations are coming in fast this year!  Don’t wait until we visit your area!  Dates are filling up so get in touch with us as soon as you can if you’re planning to come fishing!

Dave and Michele Conklin, our long-time amigos from Washington stopped in to share a little “Baja cheer!”

With my honey, Jill, in our booth! The fish was “THIS BIG!”

That’s our story!  Have a great week.

Jonathan & Jilly

 

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 13-20, 2019

DORADO IN WINTER? Really? 

La Paz -Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 13-20, 2019

 

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Short Attention Span Week at a Glance

Weather – Variable.  Some days were pretty windy and rough.  Others were nice.  Some localized showers.  Highs were in the high 70’s.  Nighttime lows low 60’s.

Water – You’d think it should be cooler than normal, but the fact that dorado are around indicates some warm waters.

Fishing – If the weather was good, it was fishable and some surprising catches with a nice mixed bag.  If weather was not so good, then it made it tough.  Live bait is not easy to get because of the erratic water.  However, lures and dead bait seem to work fine.  Got dorado, skipjack, bonito, jack crevalle, small yellowtail and sierra this week.  Everyone got fish!

Forecast – Some high winds early in the week.  Probably won’t be fishing.  Then, gets better.  Highs in the low 70’s and lows to the high 50’s.  Partially cloudy skies.

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

 

Chuck Chandler from Alaska and staying at Rancho Costa there in Muertos Bay near La Paz found some great sunshine and this big-headed bull dorado (mahi mahi) that no doubtedly hit the grill.

Our Captain Jorge put his guys on some dorado like this as he photobombs on the beach.

Captain Armando checks out the catch with a nice mix of action fish including jack crevalle, white bonito and yellowtail

Gary Wagner loves light tackle and got this colorful bull dorado of Bahia Muertos near his place.

Hope you’re enjoying or enjoyed a great holiday Martin Luther King weekend!

It was an up-and-down week dictated by the weather and winds which is typical of this time of the year.  Earlier in the week it was calm although there were some incidents of localized rain mixed with sunshine.  Later in the week, winds got stronger generating some rougher water.

 

Surprisingly, however, given it’s winter and waters are chillier than normal, we got into some decent school-sized dorado.  Bait is difficult to get because of the winds and choppy surf, but dragging lures has been productive.

 

In addition to the dorado, tasty white bonito provided some great action.  Many folks are surprised that the white bonito are not just great sport, but also pretty good eating!  Add in some tough jack crevalle and a few firecracker yellowtail, sierra and cabrilla off the rocks and there were actually some nice catches.

TAILHUNTER 2019 TOUR

Just finished up our Sacramento Show for the International Sportsmans Expo that was at the state fairgrounds.   It was off-the-hook!  Jill and I stood and talked non-stop for 10 hours-a-day until we were hoarse!  It was great.  So many friends and new amigos.  Lots of bookings for this year.

If you’re planning on coming fishing with us, don’t wait. Dates are filling FAST!  I’m not kidding. Bookings are coming in daily and we’re booking dozens at every show.  Don’t wait.  Some dates are filled or filling fast.  If you wait until we come to a show near you, it might be too late!

If you’re reading this, we’re actually probably on the road driving from Sacramento to our next show at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington just south of Seattle.  This is the largest show in Washington and goes a whopping 5 days from Wednesday to Sunday.  We always look forward to it.

Some of our crazy Tailhunter Tribe! Cheers!

Jill and I will be in the booth every day so come by and let’s talk about coming to visit us in La Paz!

NEW WEBSITE IS UP!

Don’t forget.  Our newly remodeled Tailhunter Website is now up and rolling and we’re pretty excited.  It’s still got a glitch or two that we’re working out, but it’s ready for you to check out!

Click the link:  New Tailhunter Website 2019

That’s our story!

Hope you have a great week and maybe we’ll see you in Washington this week too!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

BIG MOON TUNA DORADO ROOSTERS ROAR

– BEST WEEK OF 2018 SO FAR!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Could not have been better.  Daytime highs sunny and blue 99 degrees.  Nighttime cooling to 78.  Humid!  Look out.  Could be some rain showers and thunder and lightning this coming week here and there

Water – Surface temps 85. Blue and clear!

Fishing – Maybe the best of the season.  More tuna than any other week in terms of sheer volumen…our largest dorado so far…solid roosterfish too.  Wahoo showed up as did billfish, cabrilla, pargo and other species .  Limits most day and some fishing was done by late morning!

Catching – Lost some big tuna.  Lost some big dorado.  Lost some big billfish!  That’s why they are BIG fish!

 

BIG PICTURE AND REST OF THE STORY…

Thumbs up for sure!  Captain Adolfo with Trey Shuck and Trey Nichodemis with a double-stack of tuna and dorado their first time fishing Las Arenas and visiting La Paz!

Our long time amigo, Allen “EL AL” Schneider from Orange CA with a hefty yellofin on the gaff off Punta Arenas in the thick of the tuna “honey hole! “

Captain Gerado with Stacy Florence from Kansas City…after loading on tuna, why not go try for roosters? Big boy gallo in the boat! Wow! Fish was released.

Great start! First day on the water produced a big load of tuna plus a dorado for Adam and Riley Florence who always visit us this time of year from Kansas.

First-timer luck and a big roosterfish for Sam Rumble who took this off Punta Perico. Sam is from Ripon CA.

No complaints on a fishing day that produces results like these! Lynn Marolf and Mike Wilbur had three days like this of dorado and tuna!

 

Tim Rumble poses with a pair of his dorado caught just north of La Paz on his first day fishing.

Check out the racing stripes on this tasty white bonito that Gordo is holding. Pretty fish.

 

These two are crazy fishermen and visit us several times a year, good amigos, Jim and his son Dan Bovee from San Diego said they stopped fishing for tuna by 9:30 and could have had “all they wanted.” Fishing was THAT good!

From Stockton, James Giovannoni, put the stops on this beautiful roosterfish just there in the shallows off Punta Perico with Captain Jorge. The fish was released.

Using light tackle and shorty rods, Al Schneider from Orange CA and Ryan Netherton from San Deigo CA, got tow of the larger tuna of the week . The two used to fish together as kids but had not fished together in 30 years!

 

Garrett Sills from Utah fishes with us several times-a-year but is a flyfishing guide on bluewater spots in his state. With Captain Adolfo, he got all these tuna and dorado except one on an 8 wt flyrod and had a blast on the lighter tackle!  “Great to strip once or twice and they’d fight to hit the fly!”

Riley Florence was with Captain Pancho when he decided to pull out a crank bait he picked up in Florida. Check it out! It’s black with white with pink polka dots? The new hot thing? It sure worked. He dropped it back and this wahoo chomped on it!

Nice pose and fat tuna for Phil Buckingham from Pennsylvania and Jared Overholtzer from CA. First timers with us had a great time.

Captain Gerardo photobombs Stacy and Josh Florence after another great day on the water!

Happy fella, Vito Cipponeri gets his first roosterfish with Captain Jorge off the rocks near Punta Perrico.

The Rumble Brothers, Sam and Tim, on the beach at Muertos with some of their yellowfin tuna.

The hat trick of wahoo, tuna and dorado for Riley and Adam! Last day and full coolers to take home!

Not a bad day on the ridge! Lots of grouper to clean for Ryan Netherton and Al “El Al” Schneider after spending a day with our Magdalena Bay outfit.

Pretty grouper on the gaff and stuck on a jig! Al Schneider rocked this one bouncing the jig on the bottom.

Forget the full moon or big moon!  I think we just had the best week of our 2018 season.  More tuna…bigger dorado…wahoo…billfish…and everyone who wanted a roosterfish got at least one!  On top of it, maybe the best weather of the year with sunny days; cool nights and flat blue waters!

 

Wow!  What a week.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was sure good this week and maybe it’s shaping up to be a the kind of fall we had last year in 2017 when we had two months of fishing like this.

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, everyone got limits or near limits of dorado.  Fish ran in the range of 10-25 pounds and it was pretty much a sure thing .  Could not miss. The fish were scattered over a wide range and no matter which way you went out’ve the bay, you would eventually hit some dorado.  Add to that some pargo, cabrilla, some billfish and roosterfish hookups and even some unusual yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds and, despite the occasional slower day or boat, most of our clients  were releasing fish or coming back early.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet…it was nothing short of spectacular most days!

 

Yellowfin tuna in the 10-20 pound size were just outside of Bahia Muertos.  Most of the time…all you wanted!  Limits by 9 or 10 a.m. then go find some other species or come in back to the beach!  It was THAT good.

 

Go out a tad “further” (just down the beach and out a ways), the fish jumped to 40-60 pounders!

 

“It was stupid good fishing!”

“I”ve never seen tuna crashing that thick before…and big ones boiling right next to the boat and the water was so shallow I could see the bottom!”

I’ve caught lots of 30 and 40 pound salmon, but they were right about tuna being strong.  My arms are still shaking!”

 

In the same tuna areas, dorado up to 40 pounds and schools of smaller dorado would range in or could be found not far away.

 

“I threw my flyrod and the fish would fight each other to get it after two or three strips.  Amazing!”

 

Others would go looking for roosterfish and in a year when we have not caught many rooster…everyone who wanted a rooster caught one…or two!  Fish up to 60 pounds were right there.  One day we caught 8 roosters.  That was more than we’ve caught in the last 2 months.

 

“I caught every species on my Baja bucket list my first day out..dorado…tuna…roosterfish…pargo…cabrilla.  It was awesome!”

 

Even boats that thought they were done for the day sometimes could not help catching fish.  Several boats were already coming in and slowly dragging lures back to the beach and got jumped by wahoo in 20’ of water!

 

What a week.  Hope it holds, but this coming week, we’re watching the weather.  Looks like we’re gonna have some tropical thunder and lightning storms coming through on-and-off.  Fingers crossed.  Most times it’s in the afternoon and evenings.  As long is there’s not a lot of wind, we should be OK.

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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

 

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 22-29, 2018

FULL MOON DORADO AND BIG TUNA CHEW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 22-29, 2018

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – It changed every day.  Sunny…cloudy…windy…humid…broiling hot.  Take your pick or combine any two or three of the above.

Water – Mostly pretty blue, but find the cleanest warmest blue water currents and your chances of finding fish increases.  Stay away from cloudy water.

Fishing – Tuna are big and mean.  And we lose 3 out of every four fish.  They are eating light line and taking a 40-80 pound fish on 25 or 30 pound test is a battle that can last 1-2 hours.  It’s a slugfest.  The dorado are all over, but not always willing to bite.  They’ll jump the baits, but won’t always eat.  You have to be patient and let them swallow the baits.  Then, there are days when they’ll eat anything you throw in the water.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  And we’re losing alot of fish.  It’s not bad fishing.  It’s bad catching.  These fish are seriously testing us.  But that’s what makes it fun.  You have to find them first.  Then, you gotta get them to bite.  Then, hold on!!!

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

These two know how to pull on fish! Spike and Jamie Ivins hooked 5 of these tough fish and 3 pulled but got these two fatties to to the deck. Spike was one of the most awesome deckhands on the San Diego long range boat, Red Rooster. Great to see them!

Captain Armando help with photos duties on two big yellowfin tuna caught by Bill and Pam Eggleston. The fish were caught near Cerralvo Island and fought each fish over an hour!

Beautiful bull dorado caught on the other side of La Paz Bay by Brian Reid of Waco, TX. The big bull chowed on a live sardine.

Craig and Cathy Corda, our good amigos, had quite a week with us. Oh this particular day, Cathy hooked one tuna and fought it for a long time and the hook straightened. She hooked another one and a shark ate it. Then, she hooked another and Craig hooked this one and they had two on at one time…and a huge whaleshark swam in between them! You just never know what’s going to happen on the water.

Captain Jorge with our good amigas, Verda Boyd from the S.F. Bay Area and Pam Bolles from Loreto’s famous Baja Big Fish Co. and famous flyfisher. The ladies nailed a limit of dorado that day.

Nathan Anaya has his hands full with this stock yellowfin tuna. These fish are thick, heavy and powerful.

Barbara and Les Campbell started their trip out with an ice chest full of dorado fillets fishing with Captain Adolfo.

Daughter, Jessie Reid, just has the knack for taking down big fish…even when she’s 6 months pregnant! No big deal! She was fishing with captain Victor with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet when she stuck this big bull. Jessie lives in Waco, Texas.

It has been many years since Kenny Duong fished with us and, in fact, caught an IGFA world record 16 pound triggerfish the last time he was with us (I stopped him from cutting it up and eating it!). But he got this good-looking yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island late in the week when the tuna came crashing.

This is such a great photo despite one of those cloudy days we had mid-week. Captain Adolfo and Les Campbell with another yellowfin tuna for the camera and the ice chest.

I need to frame this photo! Jamie Ivins pulls hard on a big roosterfish with Captain Pancho looking on. The roosterfish photo is below.

Swimming off strong! Spike Ivins jumped in the water to photo the release of Jamie Ivin’s roosterfish. Great shot!

Big smile from first-time visitor, Tom Grindle who was fishing north of La Paz City with Captain Rogelio and got a load of nice dorado including this colorful bull.

Luis Arandia and Raul Rodriguez pulled a number of dorado out near San Juan de la Costa. Luis had an unusual method of getting the fish to bite. See the video at the end of the fishing report!

She’s a tiny little gal who can pull on fish. Jamie Ivins poses with one of her yellowfin tuna on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

 

Captain Pancho with one of the big tuna this week on the beach at Muertos.

Yes, even I get to go out sometimes! Double dorado with my son-in-law Brian Reid from Waco, Texas who had quite a week of fishing.

It can be a long hot day when your rod is bent on a single powerful fish for a long long time! Bill Eggleston holds on as a big tuna rips more line! See the fish below.

Nothing pulls like a tuna! Bill Eggleston got this one up after more than an hour on the rod. With Captain Armando.

Triple biters of yellowfin tuna for Captain Adolfo with Barbara and Les Campbell.

One of our funnest long-tme amigos, Bob “Pops” Henke shares a laugh with Captain Alfredo posing with two of their Las Arenas dorado.

1..2..3…LIFT for the camera! Noel Santoyo holds up one of his 4 fish they took that day. Yellowfin ranged from 40-80 pounds.

Frank Cruz gets a hand from Captain Adolfo and Captain Archangel with his striped marlin on the beach at Muertos. They were unable to release the fish but donated the meat to everyone.

On his way to college at Oregon State next year in the marine biology program, Ian Grindle has himself a good-looking bull! He and dad got limits of dorado on Captain Rogelio’s boat.

MUST SEE VIDEO –

Luis Arandia wasn’t getting bit so he decided to think outside the box and do a special “fish dance.”  Turn up the sound and check this short video out.  Right after this, two nice dorado bit the lines!

 

 

It was a week of unpredictable full moon fishing this past week here in La Paz waters.  Everyone got fish, but trying to figure out where and what and how were elusive.  It was impossible to figure out the bite this week.

 

One day the dorado would go crazy.  The next day in the same spot, the dorado would be finicky.  Another day, the tuna would bite like mad dogs and the next day, they acted like whipped puppies.  Roosterfish were the same.  So were the inshore fish like pargo and cabrilla.  But everyone caught fish!

 

It was the same with the weather.  One day hot and sunny with blue waters like a picture postcard.  The next day, it would be cloudy and choppy.  The next day, cloudy but still and oppressively humid followed by sunny and windy days.  And this affected the fishing too.

 

The best thing was just let the captain take you to whatever is biting.  The folks most impacted by the erratic fishing were folks who just fished one day…like freelance folks or folks who walked into our office right off the street and wanted to fish one day.  That day COULD be a funky day or the funky spot of fish or the funky weather.

 

If you were fishing with us, like most of our anglers, for 2, 3, 4 or more days, you probably got into several really good days of fishing and a nice load of fish to take home.

 

Several variables to note, however.

 

Yes, the tuna came back at Cerralvo Island off Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.  If you looked at the “number” of fish we caught, you would think fishing was bad.  But, if you knew the whole story, fishing was actually pretty good.  We’re losing 3 out of every four tuna that we hook.

 

These fish are beasts to most people.  They are tough, savage 40-80 pound fish.  Everyone wants to catch one.  Few folks have ever had the experience of catching one!  It’s one thing to want to catch one and another to be bent over in the sun for an hour or two on a straining rod and tortured line on a fish that yanks off 100 yard bursts in a single run.  It’s heartbreaking then to lose a fish like that…and we lost many of them! And to hook one then get another one and lose it after a long battle can just crush you.  Or to get it so close where you can see the fish then have it pull lose…and there’s nothing you can do.

 

One other thing is that these fish are biting LIGHT LINE!  We’re using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader so you’re already at a disadvantage on these fish as well.  It would be nice to hang fish on heavier line…even 50 pound test would make a huge difference,  but then you won’t get bit!

 

After a day battling tuna, I got comments like:

 

“Please, Jonathan, for the rest of my trip, I only want to catch small dorado!”

“My arms and back are still sore from 3 days ago!”

“Thirty minutes into the fight, my fingers started to cramp and I started seeing white spots in front of my eyes!”

“Tuna fishing is fun, they said.  I think childbirth is more fun!”

 

As for the dorado, we caught a lot of them this week.  The thing about them is that they were all around, but not always ready to eat.  They normally take a bait voraciously, but this week, it seemed like they would run with a bait and drop it.  Or they would literally attack baits and toss them around and play with them.  To hook dorado, you really had to restrain yourself from setting the hook.  You had to let them run…and run…and run…until you were sure they had swallowed the bait before pulling the trigger with a solid hookset.

 

Lastly…it looks like we might get some thundershowers late this week.  It might force some cancelation of fishing days.  Make sure you purchased travel insurance!

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Chelsea Roos and Don Vegter brought down an entire set of outfits, gear and uniforms for a youth soccer team!

Bill Eggleston and Les Campbell hauled down a load of great school supplies for the kids at the orphanage.

Our Tailhunter Outreach program keeps rolling thanks to folks like our Tailhunter amigos and tribe members who find space to bring down great things for our donations.  Thanks to all of you!

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 15-22, 2018

FUNKY WEATHER PRODUCES ERRATIC FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 15-22, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Sunny and muggy most days. High 80’s to low 90’s. Other days it was just muggy and gray and heavy!  Humidity on those days was way high.  One day we even had tropical thunderstorms with lighting and wind that came up out’ve nowhere.  When it was sunny, the fishing was better.  When it wasn’t sunny, fishing wasn’t so good, especially earlier in the week.

Water – Warm and mostly blue in the low 80’s on the surface.  But it’s still incumbent on the fishermen to find the warmer and bluer water where it tends to be clearer and more likely to hold fish.

Fishing – It was tougher earlier in the week when we had clouds and even some rain.  Waters were mostly fishable but the fish just didn’t want to bite even tho’ we could see them boiling and jumping.  Got better later in the week as skies cleared.

Catching – Wish we could have boated some of those big tuna we lost.  But, they are big fish for a reason.

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Elementary school-teacher from the San Diego Area, Traci Valade caught her first tuna and it was a dandy 50 pounder she handled all by herself off Cerralvo Island fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing. Husband John Valade helps, however, with the photo opportunity.

Big smile from Grant Jensen from Woodland WA and a pretty bull dorado not far from Punta Arenas.

Wow! Thank you, Gary Wagner for this great shot of about a 60-pound rooster being released and headed back down from the surface!

2. Michele Conklin from Washington fishes every year with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz and knows how to pose with her fish. She caught several larger dorado plus had a big tuna on the line as well while fishing from Bahia Muertos with live baits.

All the way from Corpus Christi, Texas, Rafael Rios fishes every year with Tailhunter Sportfishing and was trying to get one big tuna. After 2 days of struggling, his last day, he finally tied into this big yellowfin while fishing with Captain Gerardo. Estimated size was 60 + pounds.

What an incredible photo and yes, these are the true colors of what I like to call a “Tiger Blue Dorado.” No such thing but that’s what I personally call it when we get one of these gorgeous fish! Dave Conklin, our Washington amigo, caught this one just outside of Muertos Bay fishing with Captain Jorge.

ou’ve heard of a “photo bomb.” How about a “photo bum?” Craig Corda has a funny way of getting into the photo with Cathy Corda by facing his “bum” at the camera! Great shot! Nicely done, Craig! Good day fishing!

It’s almost bigger than her! Ann Zelibor and her big roosterfish while staying in Muertos Bay at Gary Wagner’s Rancho Costa. The fish was released.

San Diego in the house with Mike and dad, Bob Stasiak and a nice pair of bulls caught north of La Paz.

Our amiga for so many years and so many visit here, Cathy Corda holds onto a bull dorado she caught just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

You remember that first one! Colin Huston wanted so badly to catch a dorado! Here is at the Costa Baja Marina with his prize. Colin caught about a dozen different species of fish over 2 days for his first salt-water experience.

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Check out all the colors! This dorado looks like it’s part of a Monet painting! Rafael Rios and Captain Jorge.

The week was marked by erratic fishing that pretty much co-incided with the up-and-down weather patterns we got. It really was all about the weather. Even us locals were commenting that the weather was strange.

Several days, it was cloudy and oppressively humid. In many areas and heavy stillness sat on everything where there wasn’t even a breeze. The waters were so flat that you could not tell where the grey ocean ended and the grey sky began. It seemed like there wasn’t even any current. And the fish just didn’t want to bite. It was really picky.

Strangely in other areas, the grey skies brought thunder, lightning and even heavy localized rain that drove fishermen to seek cover back on shore especially at Las Arenas and toward the East Cape…while back in La Paz, it was calm and gray. But, again, the fishing bite was stingy even when we could fish. And the rough conditions affected fishing by turning over the water; bringing cooler waters up from the deep and scattering the all-important schools of bait.

So, fishing, especially early in the week was a hit-or-miss proposition. Fish were caught, but the bite was definitely off. Crazily, many of our anglers saw tuna…they saw dorado…they saw marlin…but the fish would refuse to bite even though the fish were chasing and breaking and seemingly feeding. They didn’t want anything attached to a hook. They didn’t want anything dragged behind a boat either.

Mid-week, the weather cleared and bright sunshine returned. And the fishing picked up noticeably.

Tuna at Cerralvo Island between 40 and 60 pounds finally decided to eat hooked baits although they were somewhat line shy and preferred very light leaders. That didn’t bode too well for long battles, but at least there were hook-ups! Dorado decided to tear it up as well as wahoo and roosterfish. It was a complete turn-around.

Then, late in the week the clouds returned but this time with winds! And the bite tapered off again. Everyone still got fish and there was action to be found, but we really had to work hard to find fish and get them to bite.

THANK YOU SAN DIEGO ANGLERS FISHING CLUB

Jilly and I wanted to take a special shout-out to our friends in the San Diego Anglers Fishing Club.  They heard that during the recent fires in San Diego that our home had burned down.

There were many who sustained losses, but we were thankfully not among them.  We don’t have a home in San Diego nor do we live there, but an area where Jill used to live was devastated.

The San Diego Anglers reached out and held a collection at their monthly meeting and collected $700 for us!

To our fish brothers and sisters, we are touched beyond words!  We know you do alot of work for charity and the community so hopefully, the funds can be used towards that or possibly to the many folks who actually suffered losses from the fires.

You’re the best!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Mag Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 15-22, 2018

FISH RESPOND TO BETTER WEATHER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Magdalena Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 15-22, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE FISHING REPORT

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – Much more stable and winds backed off.  But, this coming week, we could have some winds back again.

Water – Warming.  Surface temps in the mid-70’s now.

Fishing – Always responds to less wind.  Week started slow, but as the week went on, fishing got better with both inshore and a smattering of offshore species as well.

Catching – Lost more fish than we should have!  Especially, the larger fish and those in the rocks.  But, that’s why they are big fish!

THE BIG PICTURE REPORT

 

You just never know! Dragging a small Rapala over the rocks for cabrilla and pargo a huge dog-tooth ripped Gama Flores from Palm Desert CA and he managed to keep it out’ve the reef! Gama comes down with buddy Ray Salanga from Carson CA one or two times a year to fish with us.

Enjoying the sunshine and a bit of fishing too! Happy Steve and Becca Freimark from Edmonds WA show off some nice snapper and bonito.

Red snapper and cabrilla on the beach posing with Gama Flores.

Sorry I didn’t have more photos this week!  Folks either didn’t take any…forgot their cameras or cell phones…or didn’t want their photos taken!

Anyway…

The winds dropped off and gave us a bit of a break this past week after several weeks of strong breezes.  The abatement of wind produced a decent mix of fish that ran the gamut from inshore species to bluewater breezers.  Not a lot of any one type of fish, but the mix is pretty typical of this time of year when cooler water species like yellowtail, sierra and amberjack are moving out, but lingering.  Warmer water species like dorado and wahoo, may have never left from last year, but are getting more active and following the warmer currents and food sources.

For inshore species this week, we tallied up quite a nice bite on snapper and pargo including barred pargo and dog-tooth as well as a few mullet snapper (pargo liso).  We also got into more of those tasty white bonito, jack crevalle and a few pompano.
Bluewater species that showed up including some 10-20 pound yellowfin tuna and some free-swimming dorado.  They’re not really schooling up, but seem to be hitting solo or in smaller schools.  Bait works best.

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

Jorge Romero pulled this dog-tooth out’ve the mangoves and roots on a live sardine.

A couple of pargo headed to the grill that I got out’ve a deep hole that was right up against the bank and holding fish. We lost larger fish to all the roots and structure down there.

Jilly and Rigo pose with a pargo and snook!

Yay…not huge, but my first snook (robalo).  Can’t wait to try it on the table.  Supposed to be excellent!

Jorge with one of a number of corbina that were voraciously feeding in the shallows.

We got several types of croaker too!

First one in the box for Jilly

The box is getting full . And we lost quite a few fish and released alot of fish too!  The majority of the fish was donated.

Jill and I with Jorge Romero ran our own personal exporatory trip out to Bahia Magdalena (Mag Bay) this past week and what a trip we had.  Three hours from La Paz, Mag Bay boats a length of over 50 miles and hundreds of miles of shoreline that encompasses countless lagoons, estuaries, mangroves, sand dunes, sand bars and islands.

And best of all…almost no one there.  It’s remote.  It’s rustic.  It’s the boonies.  This is not Club Med land.  There’s no swimming pools or health spas.  There’s no craft beer or fancy restaurants.  It’s dusty and largely unspoiled.   It’s not for tourists.

Little fishing pueblos are spotted here and there.  Hard-working blue-collar fishermen and their families.  All making a living in one way-shape or form from the sea…for generations.

And,  it’s an incredible area and an unbelievable ecosystem.  Birdlife…wildlife…lobster…shrimp…clams…oysters…and so many varieties of fish!

I lost count, but I believe we caught about 17 different varieties of fish that included snook, several species of pargo, seabass, corvina, croaker, and more.  They told me fishing was “slow” because of the strong currents, but it was the best inshore, light tackle fishing I have ever had in Baja!  And this is just the inshore stuff.

I’ve fished offshore and there’s bountiful grounds for wahoo, tuna, dorado, marlin, yellowtail and grouper.   That will be on our next trip.  If you’re interested, get in touch with us!  We’ll set up the transportation, hotel, meals and fishing!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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