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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 13-20, 2018

CONDITIONS GRADUALLY ON UPSWING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 13-20, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Best weather we’ve had of the season.  Still some wind here and there and mornings are chilly and breezy, but the sun busts out later and it’s in the high 80’s most days.  Nights are comfortable.

Water – Water getting warmer but there’s still currents and some green and brown water around, but clearing up and getting better.

Fishing – Still alot of variety with warm and cold water fish still mixed up and fishing changing daily and from place to place.  Some days better than others.

Catching – Some big tuna, roosterfish and dorado lost and the pargo and cabrilla took alot of folks into the rocks!

 

THE BIG PICTURE AND REST OF THE STORY…

 

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Doctor Desmond Sjauwfoekloy from Los Angeles, is a heart specialist and literally ran out’ve surgery…jumped on a plane…fished a few days and jumped back on a plane and right back to the hospital. In the meantime, he put tuna, dorado and this slugger rooster fish in the panga fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz. The rooster was released.

 

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Captain Armando with a hefty 40-pound class yellowfin tuna that gave Jordan Schmidt quite a workout. Two other larger fish were lost!

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We normally don’t see quality dorado like this until a bit later in the year, but they’re already here just around the La Paz Bay. Nice pose by Blake Warren!

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Best week of the year, so far, for roosterfish. Nice fish for Josh Hobgood from San Clemente. His first rooster ever and was fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet out’ve Bahia de los Muertos using live bait. The fish was released.

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I’m not sure the yellowfin have ever left since last year! They keep popping up just off the rocks in relatively shallow water like this one here caught by Desmond.

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Peter Holland is spending several months traveling on a motorcycle from Australia and had just one day to fish! He hit it out’ve the park fishing with our La Paz fleet taking several great species including this fat yellowtail that ended up as sashime and poke at our Tailhunter Restaurant

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Not sure what our Captain Victor has in the bottle…maybe salad dressing? Or marinade? Homemade maple syrup? But Randy Choate, our Idaho amigo has himself a nice bull dorado.

 

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Western Outdoor News Editor Blake Warren from Capistrano Beach CA came down from some RNR vacation time in La Paz and got his biggest rooster fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet using a live lady fish for bait. The fish was released.

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As pretty a picture as you’ll see of a fully-lit dorado with great colors! Gorgeous fish for Desmond just off Espirito Santo Island.

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That’s a fun day of action fishing and a great expression and pose to go with it! Blake Warren has himself a mess of snapper, pargo and seabass headed home to Orange Co.

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Shakedown cruise for our amiga, Sandra Wellborn and the first fish caught on her new cruiser “The Harmony.”

Conditions are improving with every week, but we’re still getting some jags of winds and off-color water as we move into warmer conditions. However, overall, it was maybe the best weather of the season with mostly great sunny days and generally flat seas.
 It wasn’t a great week of fishing, but wasn’t bad either.  As we transition into more pelagic warm-water species, there’s a lot of variety in the water. Cooler water species like yellowtail and amberjack seem to still be lingering around and we got some up to about 20 pounds.  Other cooler-water species like pargo, snapper and cabrilla also made for some great action.
However, the presence of more species like tuna, wahoo, dorado and billfish are evident of the changing conditions.  There’s not a lot of blue water stuff yet, but we’re getting a few here and there and seemingly more with each passing week.  Also more big-time rooster fish are showing up as well in the 40-60 pound class.
The biggest issues is that fish are everywhere!  But the problem is that they are not everywhere ALL THE TIME!  Conditions can be so erratic that what’s biting one day doesn’t necessarily mean they will bite the next day.  Or, one fishing hot spot can suddenly go cold as fast as the currents change and the water colors change.  Or, a spot that’s great for pargo, will turn into a jack crevalle spot the next day or conversely one of our boats will be bent on fish while a boat a few yards away can’t get a single chew!  It’s ever-changing and changing daily and hourly!
That’s our story!
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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 6-13, 2018

CONDITIONS CHANGING SHOWS VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 6-13, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Chilly windy mornings give way to beautiful sunny days.  Day time temps mid-80’s.  Still too much wind for my liking but it’s less every week.

Water – Changing all the time.  Areas of blue clear water then some dirty water areas.  Strong currents pushing things around and can change from hour to hour affecting fishing and bait

Bait – Difficult for our Las Arenas Fleet.  Much easier for our La Paz fleet

Fishing – Not bad. Could be better.  Some days a struggle or one boat does well and boat next to it has to pick at it.  Lots of variety, however…tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish (finally), dog-tooth snapper, pargo liso, pargo mulatto, cabrilla, triggerfish, bonito, skipjack, jack crevalle, amberjack, sierra, yellowtail and yellow snapper all caught this week.

Catching – Wish we didn’t lose so many large fish!  But, I guess that’s why they are larger than their friends!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our first “official” roosterfish of the season! (No one has really been asking to fish them so far until this week!). But Diane Kosnosky from Arlington WA with Captain Victor picked up this 40-pound class rooster on the line then released it! They also lost two others!

First official “wahoo” of the season too! (We’ve had others on, but the toothy critters have bit off!). Jerry Siegal from Colorado Springs our our amigo “Goyo” Wagner owner of the Rancho Costa Resort in Muertos with a speedster wahoo!

If he looks familiar, no, it’s not Captain Pancho! It’s his brother, Miguel. Early in the week when the tuna were foaming he was with Doctor Ernesto and Santiago harvesting some “meat” for the freezer. The tuna tapered as the week went on.

The “right kind” for Bill Johnson of Colorado with a trophy cabrilla going into the freezer.

So great to be getting quality dorado so early in the season like this beauty caught by Dave Kosnosky from Washington not far off the rocks!

Is there another doctor in the house? Doc Gianni Checa from Denver area was one of the funnest guys of the week and holds up another yellowfin tuna on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Arizona team of Rob and son, Craig Hoffman rapped this gorgeous dog-tooth snapper out’ve the rocks near Punta Perrico.

Captain Luis on the gaff work for Diane Kosnosky just north of La Paz and her bull dorado!

Quality yellowfin tuna for yet another doctor this week! Dr. Roy Stringfellow poses with his catch just off the south end of Cerralvo Island where the tuna boiled for a few days!

First-day double fisted pargo for George Talbott from Rio Vista CA on the north end of San Francisco Bay. Great eating fish and super fighters!

Dave Johnson from Denver showing off one of his good-looking mahi that he caught on one of his days fishing from La Paz around Espirito Santo Island.

Slugger tuna early in the week when they were rocking just outside of Muertos Bay, Punta Arenas and the south end of Cerralvo Island. Craig Hoffman from Arizona got his first tuna ever…and then a few more!

I know it’s the upside down belly photo of the fish, but it’s really a dandy cabrilla held up by Captain Boli caught by Joe Vondrak from Portland.

Double-D dorado for Dave and Diane Kosnosky visiting us from Washington

Our amigo, Gary Wagner on the beach in front of Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay with a tuna no double headed for dinner at the resort.

This might be the last yellowtail of the season. A little guy but still tasty. Waters are now getting too warm for many more yellowtail which are cooler-water fish. Dave Johnson does the honors.

Fat bonito provided action all week for many of our anglers and are bulldogs on a rod and reel! Tim Cherwin from Montana shows how big they are right now.

Another of our Oregon amigos, Mike Lohrey, had a pretty nice day on the water judging from this photo of all his dorado. He was fishing just outside of La Paz Bay.

Parting shot! Too funny guys…Mark Bigalk and Gianni Checa…goofing for the camera with some tuna.

 

Not a great week but not a bad week either.  We’re in that transition time between cooler waters moving out and warmer waters moving in.  Add in the variable winds that can still be ver strong and erratic and there’s a lot of currents pushing water temperatures, conditions and the fish around.  Quite frankly, you’re just never sure what you’re going to catch right now as it varies from day-to-day and even from boat-to-boat next to each other.

One day waters are blue and the next day or even the next hour in the exact same spot, the waters are turned over and coffee colored and you have to find a different spot.  One day that only has picky fishing for bottom fish suddenly turns into a tuna or dorado hot spot the next day.   For sure, if you’re looking for variety, this is time of year.
For example for our Tailhunter Fleet from Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, we had a nice jag of 20-40 pound yellowfin tuna early in the week just off Punta Perico, Punta Arenas and the south end of Cerralvo Island very close to shore and in relatively shallow water.  The bite tapered as the week went on (but also probably had a lot to do with the fact that live sardines were difficult to find).  But, then inshore species like big cabrilla (especially at the north end of the island), pargo mulatto, barred pargo, sierra, amberjack,  bonito and others filled the gap. Not a lot of fish, but enough to keep things interesting.
We saw more billfish in the area, but not really willing to bite just yet.  But good news with our first rooster fish (30-50 pounders) and wahoo finally getting into the count.
For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, the bite was more consistent, especially around Espirito Santo Island.  We didn’t get a lot and some days were better than others, but some surprisingly legit-sized dorado running 15-25 pounds caught on live bait and dead stripped bonito.  Some of the fish were taken in water so shallow you could see the bottom!
The same areas also kicked out some hefty bonito, pargo, snapper, cabrilla and a few left-over yellowtail as well which will probably be the last of the season.
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
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 28-May 6, 2018

TUNA and BIG DORADO SAVE THE WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 30-May, 6, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Still windier than I would like, especially earlier in the week.  I’m starting to get upset.  It better stop soon!  Got better as the week went on.  Daytime temps hight 80’s and sunny.  Nights low 60’s

Water – Pretty blue and warming up. So why are we still getting cold water fish like sierra and yellowtail?

Fishing – Most of the week, it was sticky.  Decent action, but nothing too special.  Got way better late in the week.  Way mo’ bettah!

Catching – See “Fishing above.”  But, with bigger fish, catching got a little harder…BIGGER fish are tougher fish.  Some of our anglers got “played” and toyed with by the big fish!  LOL .  But if the fishing wasn’t good, there could be no “catching, ” right?

THE REST OF THE STORY

Wow! Now THIS is a good day of fishing! Captain Pancho hooked up Craig and his dad, Robert Hoffman with 8 yellowfin tuna, a dorado and a big dog-tooth snapper near Las Arenas!

Traci Weaver is an accomplished flyfisher from Oregon, but when big winds and waves made it tough, she grabbed a conventional rod for the first time. She said, “I didn’t even know which side was up and the handle seemed to be on the wrong side!” However, her first biter turned into a trophy dog-tooth snapper just off the rocks at Punta Perrico near Las Arenas with Captain Moncho of the Tailhunter Fleet.

Colorado in the house! Ed Eversol with his first tuna and a great pose on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Chunky yellowfin!

 

From San Diego, Rebecca Coxsey fished in La Paz for the first time with Tailhunter Sportfishing and got her first dorado and had fun with lots of bonito and pargo as well. She thought it was pretty funny that the dorado matched her bikini. The fish was caught just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

 

It started this week a nice smattering of yellowfin at Muertos Bay…that got better. Dave Hill is from Grand Junction CO with this tuna.

Popular Captain Gerardo with Dr. Gianna Checa and some of their yellowfin tuna plus a few other assorted fish on the cutting table!

Pretty smile for Traci Weaver and the nice dorado she caught off Espirito Santo Island north of La Paz.

His first tuna…finally! Craig Hoffman visited us from Arizona and was able to spank this tough yellowfin tuna just outside Bahia de los Muertos near Las Arenas.

Dave and Bill Johnson share some photo time with Bill’s tuna!

Big bull for a big fella! Jason Robbins from Washington put the wood to this bull dorado fishing with our Tailhunter Fleet out’ve La Paz near Espirito Santo Island north of town.

Trophy grouper in the boat! Don’t see many of these, not because they’re not around, but getting them out’ve the rocks is quite a task. Marc Garrison from Chicago staying there in Muertos at Rancho Costa.

 

We don’t often have Captain Boli of our Tailunter La Paz fleet, but he’s got a big sonrie going on here with Mike Lohrey from Portland OR and one of several sizeable dorado he caught.

 

Another of our first-timers this week who rocked it! Louis Agassiz from Canada was in town for a wedding and only had limited time to fish. He had never fished in warm water before, but his first fish turned out to be our first marlin of the season. He also got this nice dorado! The marlin could not be released but the meat was shared.

 

A load of fish headed to the Tailhunter Restaurant for sashime and Hawaiian poke! This is Matt Bigalk with a couple of nice yellowfin tuna. Matt is from Colorado.

Our buddy, Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa and the famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo with one of several amberjack caught this week.

Rob Hoffman lost his first one but finally got his first yellowfin tuna into the panga! He’s from Scottsdale AZ. He has is “best fishing day ever!”

Marc Garrison from Chicago with another YFT! Just south of Cerralvo Island on the high spot.

It’s easier said than done to pose with a fresh powerful dorado and take a good photo when you’re tired and the fish is trying to whack you in the shins! But, Mike Lohrey poses with one of the larger dorado of the week!

These big bonito kept everyone busy when not much else was happening and believe me, they tore up some of our anglers. Mauricio Villanueva poses with a pig boney! Thanks for the photo, Gary Wagner!

Washington boys on deck with Jason Robbins, Brian Izzi and Dave Wentworth and quite a variety of fish taken with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet!

Barred pargo / pargo mulatto for Craig Hoffman just off Punta Perrico.

Marc has another one for the fish box. This time it’s a great eating pargo.

First amberjack showing of the season. This is Dr. Roy Stringfellow showing off his fish while staying at Rancho Costa there at Muertos Bay.

This is what guys from rainy Washington do when they come down here. Parting shot from Jason Robbins getting some sunshine.

 

The week started with a lot of promise.  The end of last week, it seemed like the fish were ready to go even with a full moon and windy conditions.  However, that’s what you get when you start guessing on Mother Nature.
The week started out pretty scratchy.  We had to work hard to find and get fish.  It wasn’t for lack of trying by the anglers or captains.  It’s just the way it was.  Big waves and winds didn’t help.  We did have some action, don’t get me wrong.  Thankfully, pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle and big bonito kept rods bent when nothing else was happening but there just wasn’t any quality to the fish…nothing really to put in the ice chest or bring back to the restaurant!
Dangit!
Then…right at the end of the week, we recovered in the 9th inning!
Tuna and dorado saved our bacon!
Some slugger 15-30 pound yellowfin tuna showed up for our Tailhunter Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay fishers.  For many, their first experience on yellowfin and we lost some fish after some rough battles.  Actually, we had the best tuna bite of the season with the kind of tuna we don’t usually see until later in the year!
Also, we got wahoo bit and we also got our first marlin as well plus amberjack and a big dog-tooth snapper out’ve the rocks. The biggest thing was finding bait and waiting for winds to abate.  Tough time for many of our flyfishers.  They went to conventional gear and still had fun.
Our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet fared a bit bitter.  Good action in the rocks for snapper, pargo, big cabrilla and lots of big triggerfish plus a smattering of dorado and lots of huge bonito.  Then, like our Las Arenas fleet…the end of the week capped it off nicely when bigger dorado in the 10-30 pound class showed up and decided to chew!  Way fun, especially for a lot of our first-timers to see these big mahi charging through the water and hit the baits!  Just like the tuna… These are the size and type of dorado we normally don’t see until the fall and we have not seen this grade of fish in 2 seasons!
We saw schools of boiling tuna, but all moving too fast to jump on them.
Hopefully, things will continue to improve!
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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 22-29, 2018

WIND + FULL MOON = BETTER FISHING?  REALLY?

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

Mexican Minute Weekly Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Picture-perfect most of the week.  Highs in the hi-80’s to lo-90’s.  Got windier later in the week

Water – Blue and warming

Bait – Tough to get for our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay guys better on the La Paz side for sardines

Fishing – Lots of variety.  Warm and cold water species still around.  I thnk I counted about 14 different species caught this week not including junk fish!  Fishing was picky and scratchy however but got better as the week went on (and the winds got stronger and we moved towards the full moon!) . Crazy!

Catching – Lost alot of nice fish in the rocks.  Lost wahoo.  Lost tuna.  Lost yellowtail.  That’s why these are bigger fish!

THE BIG PICTURE

Chris Cribbs has been fishing with Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter Fleet for years and came down with buddy Matt McSweeney from San Gabriel CA.  They rocked the hat trick with a big tuna, cabrilla and a fat barred pargo.  The tuna, surprisingly was caught while they were inshore trying to catch rooster fish in shallow water!

Good start to their week of fishing for Jason and Rebecca Coxsey from the San Diego area with a boatload of action with great snapper plus some white and black bonito chargers.

 

It’s a wonder! Our good friends for so many years, Angela and Tim Farrell from Oceanside CA got some great food quality fish with some nice cabrilla and pargo. They have caught some big with with us over the years!

From Utah, Jackie Cole, her first time fishing and visiting La Paz with some late season sierra plus white bonito and cabrilla.

Angela with another fatty cabrilla to add to her list of big fish she’s caught here with Tailhunter and her favorite Captain Moncho!

Finally got a dorado in the boat for Captain Armando with Rebecca and Jason from San Diego to add to the collection of white bonito, snapper and cabrilla!

Captain Jorge with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet poses with one of the better dorado of the week caught by Chris Cribbs.

 

The rest of the story…

Crazy sport, this fishing thing.  I’ve been whining for weeks about how the winds have detrimentally affected the fishing down here.  It’s been a long agonizing first 5 months of the year!

 

Well, this week, we had some of the nicest weather I’ve seen all season.  We’ve had some nice days in the past, but it was never consistent.  But, this week, beautiful sunshine…blue waters…calm seas.  Not too hot.  Not too breezy.  Barely a trace of humidity.  If, you asked me to predict, I’d have said it was perfect fishing weather.

 

 

But, it wasn’t.  It was scratchy.  It was picky.  Frustratingly difficult most of the week.  With the good weather.  A few fish here.   A few fish there.  And our captains and anglers had to work pretty hard to find them too!

 

 

And then, as the week went on…it started getting breezier and breezier.  Oh no.  Not again.  This can’t get any worse!

 

 

But, heck…the fishing got better when the winds blew a bit!  And not only that, we had a full moon coming up on us as well that I thought for sure was gonna just crush us in a double whammy!  But, as I said, the fishing actually got better!  Not great, by any stretch, but it surely improved!

 

 

At Las Arenas, we found a few tuna.  A few yellowtail.  Some barred pargo.  Some red snapper.  Some yellow snapper.  A few dorado and Sierra. Some nice horse-sized cabrilla too!   Even had wahoo bite (off).  Plus lots of good action on both Pacific and those tasty white bonito.  All pretty much late in the week!

 

 

For our La Paz fleet, the same thing.  Better as the week went on.  Lots of inshore pargo and cabrilla that guys had a hoot with trying to keep them outta the rocks plus some sizable cabrilla, pompano and dorado as well.  We also saw schools of breezing tuna that just need a kick to get to bite!

 

 

So, go figure.  Full moon plus wind meant better fishing this week!  I give up!

LA PAZ SUNSET THIS WEEK

Told ya the weather has been incredible.  The kind of weather the La Paz Board of Tourism brags about and they make postcards with.  Thought I’d share a little video of one of the sunsets from our Tailhunter Restaurant.  Turn up the sound!

FOODIES PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR for THIS WEEK! 

Coming this week to La Paz!

If you’re coming to La Paz this week, on Friday, May 4th the 8th Annual Gastronomica (“TASTE OF LA PAZ”) Food Festival will be taking place.  It’s an incredible event we have every year with more than 150 restaurants and food vendors participating.

It’s all you can eat and drink from the best restaurants in La Paz plus some from Cabo, Todos Santos, the East Cape and Cabo!   Plus lots of great live music.  It goes from 7 p;m to midnight and it’s right on the beach and one of the largest city events of the year.

You’ll find food from the different regions of Mexico and Baja; Italian; American; Japanese; Chinese; bakeries; pastries; the culinary schoools, the hotel restaurants; the caterers; as well as tequila, wine and beer vendors and distributors as well.

Cost is about $40 per ticket for all-you-can-eat.  We’ll be there with Tailhunter Restaurant samples!

THANK YOU!

Norm and Jackie Cole from Utah brought dow a case of kids toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and other great dental hygiene things that went out to the orphanage at Los Planes!

Our season is on and already, we’re floored by the generosity of our Tailhunter tribe members who have already delivered more than 200 pounds of clothes, shoes, hygiene items and school items that we distribute to various charities!  Cheers and gracias to all of you!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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:

 

“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/ 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


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www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 8-15, 2018

WINDS LEAVE US WITH PICKY FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 8-15, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE La Paz Fishing Report

WEEK at a GLANCE

Weather – Sunny and super with highs mid-80’s, but cool enough for a light sweatshirt in the mornings and evenings

Wind – CURSED!  Storm in the U.S. = winds in Baja.  They were back again.  Maybe only 2 days this week not windy.  One day winds were gusting 20-25 knots and the port captain shut everything down in La Paz.  No boats in or out . Fortunately, we have our Las Arenas fleet and our folks were able to fish, but it was still a difficult effort.

Water – Warming, but with the winds, there were strong currents and big rollers at time.  Even crashing surf here in La Paz Bay which is highly unusual.  On the days the wind was not blowing the waters were really turned up and cloudy from the winds.

Fishing – Dictated by the winds.  Better fishing on days when it was less windy.  Hard to get bait also when it’s windy.

Catching – Nice variety.  Some tuna, dorado, yellowtail, several species of pargo and snapper, cabrilla and some hefty white bonito.

LAST MINUTE FLASH – Just as we were going to post this report and too late to make changes, we had a great dorado bite take off. Go figure!  Will have more in next week’s report.

THE BIG PICTURE

Not sure how much longer there will be yellowtail in the water with waters getting warmer, but this forktail didn’t know that and got hammered by Chuck Toeniskoetter.

Chuck Toeniskoetter and son, Adam, from Los Gatos CA try to come down to La Paz at least once a year to fish and did relatively well despite tough conditions while fishing, once again, with the Tailhunter Fleet. This one day rack of fish shows an incredible variety including yellowfin tuna, a big yellowtail, a nice cabrilla, white bonito, pargo mulatto and a red snapper.

Captain Victor with a big cabrilla and some great reef fish including pargo liso, barred pargo and huachinango.

You remember the thrill? Big bonito for 12-year-old Nick Genovese with Captain Armando. He also had a big tuna on for awhile.

Sweet yellowfin tuna for Adam Toeniskoetter.

Couldn’t be any nicer folks! Steve Friemark with a handful of tasty white bonito and Captain Jorge on the beach at Muertos.

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Just when we thought it might be mellowing out, those winds came back and hit us again this week.  In fact, one day the northerns were so bad, there were surfable breakers in our normally calm La Paz Bay and the port captain closed the port for any boats leaving.   As one person described it, it’s like winter all over the Northern hemisphere being like an angry boyfriend or girlfriend who stomps out’ve the room then comes back and says, “And One More Thing!!!”  Blah blah blah…

Basically, as long as storms keep showing up in the U.S., it’s going to affect things in Baja and the Sea of Cortez!

 

So, it wasn’t the greatest week for fishing.
There was some variety, but not much for quantity although some days there was some great action on some pig bonito. Not only good fighters, but these are “white bonito.”  (Bonito Diente).  They have teeth, but also have some incredible great white meat for table fare.  Most folks would not be able to tell it from tuna.
In addition, we did have some 15-30 pound yellowfin tuna show up around Cerralvo Island and some larger that were lost after long battles.  But, the issue is getting across the channel to the island.  If there’s wind and rollers happening then getting across to the island (and to get sardines) is pretty futile.
But, inshore offered alternatives like several species of pargo including pargo mulatto (barred pargo); pargo liso (mullett snapper); cubera snapper (pargo perro/ dog-tooth snapper) as well as red and yellow snapper (huachinango). We also got some action off cabrilla (seabass) and some decent triggerfish and jack crevalle.
Honestly, however, not the best fishing and kudos to our anglers who hung in there and grinned through it all the kept smiling.  But, one reason, not many folks are fishing this early in the season.
BUT WAIT…Just as I was posting this up but too late to make changes, we had dorado go off in La Paz Bay!  Go figure . I’ll have more on that in the next report!
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
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 1-April 8, 2018

BETTER CONDITIONS and LOTS OF VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay/ Mag Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 1-8, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

WEEK at A GLANCE

Water – Warming and better and flatter this past week.  Coming week maybe not so much.

Weather – Mid 80’s now.  Bring the sunscreen.  Breezy at times, especially the afternoons

Fishing – Much better . Alot of vareity as warm water fish move in and mix with colder water fish

Catching – Lost alot of larger fish!

THE BIG PICTURE

Whoa! Just off the rocks, Jeff Brown and his son, Cole, were with Captain Joel Martinez from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz catching smaller snapper, pargo and cabrilla when this big grouper gulped Jeff’s live bait in shallow water and they were able to winch it away from the rocks! Jeff and Cole are from Minnesota and come down every year to La Paz for sunshine and fishing!

Steve and son, Ben Fox from Huntington Beach were visting La Paz for the first time and got into some of those Cerralvo Island yellowfin tuna their first day on live bait.

Good amigo from Wrangell, Alaska, Rod Brown comes down every year for about 10 days of fishing and got a variety of fish again this year. He took yellowtail, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, jacks, tuna and bonito among others while fishing north around Espirito Santo Island.

First-timer with a big smile, Cole Brown, and a real colorful dorado among several he caught fishing with our La Paz fleet.

Love how he fishes! Light tackle and top-water jigs! Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs with one of his nice dorado fishing out’ve Muertos Bay/ Las Arenas.

This kind of fishing is a hoot! Like tackle right up in the rocks for cabrilla, snapper and pargo. All great eating and these are tough fish on light or heavier tackle. Larger fish all lost in the rocks! Cole and dad, Jeff Brown, with Captain Joel.

Anyone who asks me about getting bluewater fish and not believing that the fish can be caught close to shore, take a look at the rocks just behind Jeff and Cole Brown holding a legit yellowfin tuna. Yup…just a few yards off the island!

OVERALL…

Looks like the weather is clearing up just in time for the season to kick off with alot more of our fishermen now arriving in La Paz.  There’s still some wind on tap for this coming week and indeed we had some this past week, but overall, a big improvement in not only the weather, but the fishing, catching, and variety!  Each week seems to get a little better as things warm up!  It’s all about the winds.  If the winds are gone, there’s fish starting to bite.

All signs are encouraging as just to the south of us along the East Cape, things are already starting to go off with the fishing so those conditions are moving north towards us!

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY

It’s not crazy good…yet!  But the fishing is more like May fishing with lots of different variety in the water.  Inshore, pargo liso (mullet snapper), pargo per (dog-tooth snapper) and pargo mulatto (barred pargo) are biting along with several types of snapper, jack crevalle, bonito and cabrilla.
In the deeper water but not far off, dorado are around between 5 and 20 pounds although not in great numbers plus yellowtail up to 25 pounds.  Plus we found some tuna over at nearby Cerralvo Island although, again, not in great numbers.  Some wahoo were seen, but didn’t bite and commercial guys said billfish look like they’re moving into the area.

LA PAZ

For the first time all year, we had some consistent fishing for our La Paz Fleet.  Normally, with the winds blowing in from the north, it’s just often too rough to even get out’ve the bay or, when you get to the spots, it’s hard to fish the areas.
However, with some pretty good post-Easter conditions, I was blown away by the variety of species that ended up on the hook!  We didn’t find quantity of fish, but the variety was remarkable especially for inshore species.  This included several species of pargo, snapper, cabrilla, grouper, jacks and bonito.  As well, we hooked some yellowtail up to about 20 pounds and even got a tuna about 50 yards from the rocks!

BAHIA MAGDALENA

Ben Fox from Huntington Beach CA shows off a nice snook he caught light tackle fishing inside the shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He and his dad caught snook, snapper, pargo, cabrilla and other species using live shrimp and spinning gear.

He’s our guy! Jorge Romero with a nice snook (robabo) taken just outside the treeline in the flats off Bahia Magdalena using live shrimp.

That’s quite a box of pargo and snapper!

Almost all the fish was donated to the local church to clean and distribute.

Some video of the kind of fishing they were doing
We had anglers fishing our inshore waters with light tackle again and they scored great.  Using live shrimp for bait, they rocked snook, cabrilla, corvina and several kinds of snapper working in the shallow waters and in the eddys and backbays and sandbars among the trees.

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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