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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
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 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

“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 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

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 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

“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 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
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 Sept. 10-17, 2020

DORADO BIG ROOSTERFISH BEND STICKS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

There’s a number of photos this week of roosterfish with Dan Stewart from Bishop, CA. They are NOT the same fish! Dan had a banner few days chasing the big gallos and caught a number of them like this fish in the 50-pound class! All fish were released.

Could not find a better roosterfish shot than Paul Nagata and Captain Pancho with this big-headed bull. Paul has a knack for putting good fish in the boat every year.

Johnny Lucero from the Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos was trolling the marlin lures and hooked THREE wahoo like this one!

One of our new “best amigos!” This is Bruce “White bread and baloney” Blumenthal who made his first trip down to see us and started off with a nice table o dorado to put in the freezer!

Fishing with out Tailhunter La Paz fleet, Eric shows off one of his mahi. He had 2 good days of fishing with us.

If she looks grim, Tanya McGarr from snowy Rock Springs, Wyoming it’s not because she’s unhappy! This big roosterfish not only busted her chops before she beat it, but she’s struggling to hold the big head up for a photo. Captain Pancho helps out. The fish was released!

Campbell CA, amigo, Rob “Leon Redbone” Martinez shows some of the crazy variety that is still around with a sierra in hand plus dorado, pargo and cabrilla on the cleaning table. All great-eating fish!

 

Dan has another big rooster and it’s a slug! Cerralvo Island just behind him and Captain Gerardo with the thumbs-up!

 

Texas in the house y’all! Randy Moe and Kevin Preuss from Thrall TX started out their fishing week with a mess of dorado fillets for dinner. Thanks to Randy who brought Jilly and I some big Texas steak from his ranch!

Goofing for the photo…Andrew Harrison, Captain Gerardo, Joe Vondrak and Joe Eide.

GAK! Captain Victor with the scourge of the sea…a big needlefish.

Kevin, Bob and Dave made it down to see us again this year from L.A. and really worked hard to get tuna and wahoo. However, they were alot more successful with the dorado!

This time wife, Becky, gives Dan Stewart a hand with another roosterfish for the camera before releasing the big fish.

Steve Bryan is too fun. No stress. Just easy fishing while hanging with us almost 2 full weeks here in La Paz! Captain Jorge helped get Steve into a day of dorado.

 

Jim Glaze has the gaff. Bruce Blumenthal holds the fish. They were with Captain Joel and our Tailhunter La Paz fleet for two days and had fun with the dorado schools.

Dan has yet ANOTHER rooster!

This past week was the exact opposite of the previous week.

We started excruciatingly slow with a picky bite at best. Had to really work hard to get fish and find fish.

However, as the week progressed, fishing picked up speed. Still not fast, but compared to the week before, it was nice to have folks come back to shore with big smiles and fish in the box.

Dorado were once again center-stage. Most got limits or near limits on most days. Not every boat on every day did OK, but for the most part every boat still came back with daily fish and if one particular boat had a slack day, the next day made up for it.  Locations and schools kept changing, but overall, the fish were nicely cooperative this week.

The dorado were schoolies-sized fish. Most were 5 to 15 pounds with the occasional fish in the 20-pound class. Lots of smaller fish were released. The fish hit live bait mostly, but would also hit trolled lures or cut bait.

It was also nice to see a few wahoo in the counts. We haven’t seen many this year and the wahoo that were caught this week were taken by anglers who were trolling lures trying to catch something else when the wahoo bit. But, I would still say, it’s been a down year for the speedsters. Same with tuna. We should be thick in the tuna, but after several years of tuna biters, we’ve not seen any at all. There’s some tuna biting to the south of us so hopefully, they’ll start swimming north.

After several weeks of no roosters, it’s good to know they are still out there. Normally, this is too late in the year to see the roosters around, but several fish running 25-60 pounds were caught and released.  Just when I thought they were gone after not seeing any for a few weeks, the big boys came back.

If you go outside-the-box, there’s not many folks fishing the structure around the reefs and rocks because most anglers are chasing the blue-water species, but there’s big triggerfish to be had as well as cabrilla, pargo, snapper and even sierra!

E-MAIL SNAFU at TAILHUNTER

If you’ve tried to reach us the last few days, our server has been down that handles all our e-mails.  Apparently, it either got hacked or corrupted so the brainy-guys in New York are working on it.

However, that means for the past few days, we have not been able to receive or send e-mails!  GACK!  That means we’ve been dead-in-the-water with our communications and unable to respond with our usual speediness!  We apologize and are on hectic damage control!

For the time being, please use these e-mails:

Jonathan:   tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

Jilly:  Jillyroldan@gmail.com

Thanks for understanding.

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/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept 2-9, 2020

WEEK STARTS STRONG THEN GETS TOUGH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 2-9, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Back home in Denver, it was below freezing. Here in La Paz, it was 102 and after 2 slow days of fishing, John Lowdermilk and Gianni Checa finally hit the dorado schools and filled a box of fish!

By far, the best catches of a slower week, was had by our long-time amigos, Daniel and his dad, Jim Bovee from San Diego. Talk about a crazy season. Only our 2nd wahoo of the season. A big amberjack that usually is only around in the spring and two big pargo that are also usually cooler-water fish!

Eastern Washington in the house with Dan McKinley and Darrel Startin on their first trip down to visit us. They had one of the better days of fishing this past week.

Great prized catch for Don Busse who has fished with us for years and never gotten a pargo liso (mullet snapper). They are not only a difficult fish to pull from the rocks, but it’s September and these are cold-water fish we normally see in March and April. It’s a crazy year. Don is from Lakewood CA.

Firefighter Mike Welch on his first trip to visit us, shows off two of his dorado, but take a look at the box below. It was one of the better outtings this past week.

Dave Burnett with one of the tough bonito that at least provided some pulling action, even when the dorado weren’t biting.

 

Don Busse again with probably the biggest dorado of the week! Nice bull mahi!

The bonito north of town around Espirito Santo Island were especially tough and big fast sluggers like this one with Mike Welch hooked in between dorado.

Dave’s got another dorado in the boat. Lots of dorado did get released this week.

 

With the full moon, the week surprisingly started really strong! Limits of dorado for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Thunderstorms that were predicted, never materialized and we finally had a great combination of solid fishing action and sunny weather with fairly flat seas.

The dorado weren’t big. The largest ran maybe 20 pounds, but with the 5-10 pounders, there was alot of action and many boats often limited early then caught-and -released fish. Lots of fillets ended up at our Tailhunter Fubar Cocina Restaurant every night.

In addition, we had a bit or unexpected variety. The wahoo made a show although we only got one to the boat, but it was only the 2nd wahoo of the season, but some of the other boats got hook-ups as well.

Additionally some great inshore fishing with nice cabrilla, pargo, snapper, roosterfish, amberjack plus big bonito an jacks made for some good days of fishing.

As the week went on, amazingly, the full moon waned and so did the fishing! Our Las Arenas fleet really had to work hard to find fish, but our La Paz fleet continued to do OK.  But straight up…it really got tough.  Overall, the fishing action dropped off tremendously.

I have no idea why.  Conditions seemed normal for the time of year.  Lots of bait.  The fish just went “lockjaw” and captains and anglers alike really struggled to get into a solid bite of any note.  Everyone who wanted to take home fish, still took home fish, but it was spotty at best!

Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this we’ll be back up-to-speed.

Maybe the best news of the week was the re-opening of the beaches and our water-front malecon after almost 5 months or Covid-closure! It was good to see people in the water; walking along the waterfront and cruising the Malecon in the evenings. It really put people in an up-beat mood and you could feel the palpable joy in the locals as well as the tourists.

Along with that, the decrease in restrictions, also applied to the opening of churches (with protocols); gyms, the movie theaters, salons, spas and so man non-essential businesses that were shuttered.

That’s our story!

Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 7-May 14, 2020

LOTS OF CONFLICTING REPORTS (SOUND FAMILIAR?)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for May 7-14, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Maybe the La Paz Malecon will be open after May 30th? Almost feels like there should be some tumbleweeds blowing across the street.

Police checkpoints are still in effect with “supposedly” only 2 persons per car and an 8 p.m. curfew.

 

A man in a beer store stands behind a sign reading “I don’t have beer” following the shortage of beer, after the breweries countrywide closed their production due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Monterrey, state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Julio Cesar AGUILAR / AFP) (Photo by JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP via Getty Images)

 

View of empty fridges and freezers in a store due to the shortage of beer, after the breweries countrywide closed their production due to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Monterrey, state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Julio Cesar AGUILAR / AFP) (Photo by JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP via Getty Images)

 

TUEDAY May 12- Mexico recorded it’s highest number of deaths for a single day of 353 fatalities. (Mexico Daily News)

 

Short story…no fishing to report.  Ports and Marinas still closed down as well as beaches and hotels.

So…

Since the beginning of the Baja quarantine, I’ve been doing my best to keep y’all posted. Folks are asking where I’m getting my info. As I may have mentioned, I’ve become a news junkie lately.

 

For my wife and I and our employees in Mexico, our livlihood and your vacations depend on it.

 

So, here’s some links below that have daily updates. The three newspapers are in Spanish, but will translate to English automatically. Might not be grammatically correct all the time, but you’ll get the idea.

 

One thing you’ll notice is that what the governor of one Mexican state says is often different from what the Mexican President says…is different from what a city mayor says…is different from what the business people say…and is completely different from what the health officials and doctors say.

 

And everyone LOVES to point fingers!

 

The curve is up…the curve is down. This is “under control.” We are “not ready for this.” It’s the “President’s fault.” We don’t care “what the government says.” Face masks work. Face mask don’t work. Blah blah blah…

 

Sound familiar? As different as we are, the more we are the same.

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As of today:

Mexico – more than 40,000 cases / more than 4,000 deaths/ more than 123,000 suspected cases
State of Baja Norte (Tijuana, Ensenada/ Mexicali/ San Felipe ) 2,300 cases/ 365 deaths
State of Baja Norte (Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Mulege) 373 cases/ 22 deaths

The Baja quarantine is still in effect until May 30th, with health officials saying the next week or two will be the apex of the pandemic.

HOWEVER…just as I was putting this report together, the governor or Southern Baja, Carlos Mendoza Davis, and the health officials are now saying they probably will NOT re-open June 1 as it is one of several Mexican states where the virus has not flattened.

Click this link:

BAJA ON HIGH ALERT – AS VIRUS SPIKES

 

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Here are the links with explanations with some of my comments:

WIKIPEDIA – COVID 19 Pandemic in Mexico

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Mexico

 

Great site updated daily. It chronicles almost a daily diary of the progression of the disease in Mexico from day 1 to the current day. If you like charts, graphs and maps, this is a one-stop information source.

COVID 19 DASHBOARD by Johns Hopkins University COVID 19 MEXICO by Johns Hopkins University

 

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.ht ml#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

 

https://conabio.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html #/06ab0b883d6b42e0bf4fef1ff0b56d25

Incredible interactive maps of every country, city, state, province, county IN THE WORLD that is infected with the statistics charted every day. You can spend hours on these. But, completely interactive press, click, enlarge, scan…very thorough.

BAJA CALIFORNIA NEWS

 

https://www.bcsnoticias.mx/lapaz/

 

Takes a bit getting used to having Spanish translated to English, but this covers La Paz/ Cabo/ Loreto/ Mulege and areas in between with headline news, government, politics, sports, tourism, etc. Stories are short and concise.

MEXICO DAILY NEWS

 

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/

 

Good writing and in English! Short stories like a smaller version of USA TODAY. Main stories are free. A few of the more in-depth stories you need a subscription for $2.50 a month. But, I haven’t needed it yet. I think even if COVID wasn’t around, I think I would enjoy this website.

THE INDEPENDENT DAILY NEWS

https://www.diarioelindependiente.mx/

 

This site IS EXACTLY like reading USA TODAY. Lots of good short articles about Baja, Mexico from news to sports to culture plus international news.

By the way, because a lot of these articles are translated from Spanish, “PEACE” is actually “LA PAZ” which is the the word for “Peace.” So, whenever you see that they are referring to the City of La Paz.

In a past life many many galaxies and lifetimes ago, I was a TV, radio and newspaper reporter. I was also a litigation attorney.  There’s always several sides to every story.   I learned to read and watch ALOT of different sources.  Everyone slants their news or their version of events one way or the other, either intentionally or unintentionally.

You’re really doing yourself a disservice if you only get your news and stories from one source.  That’s why I read from so many different sources and suggest you do the same.  You’re smart enough that you can sort out what’s truly relevant to you and where each source if really coming from.  Kinda like if you only get your news from CNN or FOX or only read the Los Angeles Times, etc.

My personal opinion, for what it’s worth, is that Baja Sur is gearing up to open after May 30th.  That includes restaurants, hotels and other facilities.

Many locals have been ignoring the restrictions from the beginning or finding ways to circumvent the quarantine whether that be having private parties; descending on the beaches; using social media to find their way around police roadblocks, operating past curfews and blackmarketing “non-essential items.”  Once businesses start re-opening, it’s going to be hard to shut them down again.  Or keep people inside.   Even if that is in defiance of the quarantine.

Remember, this isn’t like the U.S.  There’s alot of people living together in small spaces.  There’s often no TV.  There’s no internet.  Without work, there is no food.  I think they will have a difficult time keeping people inside.

But…also, just because businesses re-open does NOT mean tourists, the lifeblood of the economy, will return in right away or in big numbers.  That’s the key.  Hotels and restaurants might unilaterally shut themselves down if no one shows up.

And then again, it begs the question on all our our minds.  What will the new “NORMAL” be like?

I think fishing will be just fine.

But, if beaches are technically still closed.  If restaurants are still closed or no one is in them? If the bars and clubs aren’t really open or if not really anyone is on the street, that’s all part of the vacation and fun…it’s the “BAJA EXPERIENCE.” Will tourists still come?  Will fishermen still come?

Your guess is as good as mine.

We are planning to be back home the first week of June…all things considered.

 

 

Hope you find these interesting and informative.

That’s my story!  God bless.  Be well. Stay well, amigos!

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:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 2-10, 2020

EARLIER THE BETTER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 2-10, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Not a bad day! Three yellowtail and this hefty yellowfin tuna on a quick run across the channel to the far side of Cerralvo Island for Rafael Guarte who took this tuna on a live mackerel.

Our local ace, and one of the best fishermen around, Roger Thompson hoists up a Cerralvo Island wahoo just off the beach.

Rack of yellowtail ready for the freezer and grill!

Mostly windy and cold again, as erratic weather north of the border certainly affected conditions south of the border. However, earlier in the week, there were a few windows of opportunity when winds laid down. Or, in some cases some anglers raced to fishing spots…caught fish…then raced back in as the winds got stronger.

Basically, earlier in the week, at least for a brief while, it was better and earlier in the day it was better to fish.

That being said…

I’m surprised by some of the species that did come in when the anglers could get out.

There were some small jags of dorado which is surprising insofar as dorado are warm water species. However, also several tuna biters as well as wahoo close to shore mixing it up in the same areas as the more seasonal yellowtail.

The ticket to the tuna and yellowtail was being able to get some live mackerel, especially around the east side of Cerralvo Island all the way near Los Pilis which can be quite a run, especially if it’s windy. The mackerel weren’t always there and, in general, live bait of any kind can be difficult to obtain because of the winds.

When the bait can’t be obtained, yo-yo iron jigging for the yellowtail has been effective and they will also grab a rapala as will the wahoo that apparently have come into the area.

Additionaly species we saw this week included some big jack crevalle, bonito, barred pargo and cabrilla.

WHALE WATCHING TRIPS THIS WEEK

Here’s some video from our Tailhunter Whalewatching Trips at Bahia Magdalena:

There’s still time to book a trip.  Contact us at Jonathan@tailhunter.com. Or check the website: http://www.tailhunter.com

 

PACKING UP AND HEADED SOUTH…to ARIZONA

The Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show in Long Beach was simply off-the-charts for us.  The Long Beach Convention Center was mostly packed shoulder-to-shoulder for five straight days and especially around our Tailhunter fishing booth!

Thanks to all our friends and Tailhunter Nation for showing up and giving us such a fun good time and also for all of our new amigos and all the folks who signed up to come fishing with us in 2020.  This show is the largest saltwater fishing show in the world and it’s the 76th year for this massive event and, Jill and I always have a non-stop party going on at the booth.

Thank you, especially to everyone who came by the booth to wish me happy birthday and for all the cards, gifts, food goodies and high-fives.  Plus a big shout-out to all our amigos who came to party with us for a few hours at Joe Jost’s Bar in Long Beach.  I’m beyond grateful for all the smiles and good times!  Tailhunter Nation rocks!

So now, we’re on our way to Arizona for the:

INTERNATIONAL SPORTMANS EXPO

Westworld

Scottsdale AZ

Friday to Sunday (Mar. 13-15)

 

Here’s a link for more info: ISE SPORTSMANS EXPO – SCOTTSDALE AZ

Hope to see you there!  Jilly and I will be in the booth all 3 days.

That’s our story!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan & Jilly

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 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
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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