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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 5-12, 2021

YELLOWTAIL A BIT SPOTTIER THIS WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 5-12, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Great shot of Brenda Bovee with big smiles and a big yellowtail with Captain Pancho. Brenda came to see us from San Diego.

Taken on the troll, Jim finally got a yellowtail in the boat the last day and it’s a thick one.

More San Diego boys in the house! Mike Mauzy brought his buddies down for a day of fishing with us. Big yellowtail, again taken on the troll, this time on a Nomad lure on the way back from Cerralvo Island to Bahia Muertos as well as a tasty pargo. They were fishing with Captain Victor.

Keith and Mark from Washington with Captain Pancho took a nice box of yellows at the end of a slower day.

Nick and Brandy Wilks with Kim and Brett Kopchitz on the beach at Muertos with a nice day’s catch. Everyone is from Detroit.

Beautiful beach weather all-week for spring breakers and post Easter visitors with temps in the high 80’s and down to the 60’s at night. Actually, in the early mornings, it was rather chilly. All of us had sweatshirts and jackets on in the mornings and the fishing clients in shorts and t-shirts were laughing at us.

Despite the beach weather, it wasn’t always the best on the water.

Those problematic winter winds have been diminishing every week, but there are times when the winds dig their heels in and come roaring back every few days. Additionally, some days Las Arenas was calmer. Some days La Paz was calmer. It kept flip-flopping. If you were fishing with our Las Arenas fleet and you had a blustery day, the fishing was terrible to be honest. If you were fishing with our La Paz fleet, it would be calm and the fishing was much better.

The next day, it could totally flip-flop. Just a matter of being in the right spots fishing at the right time or the wrong spot at the wrong time.

Fortunately, most of our anglers fish several days and are flexible. Also, having fleets in both areas, it was pretty easy to flip folks back and forth depending on the wind forecasts. The biggest problem were the few days where the forecast said nothing about the winds and they roared up during fishing hours then just as quickly died down after a few hours.

Jim and Brenda Bovee, our San Diego amigos with yellowtail, jack crevalle, a big sierra and several tasty white bonito.

The other issue was with folks that were only fishing 1 day. No flexibility because of whatever…travel schedules…etc. so the weather was…what the weather was. Pot luck. Some did OK. Others, regretfully, not so much.

When the fish DID bite, the yellowtail were still the hot bite. Areas around Cerralvo Island were again productive especially the north and south ends of the islands plus the backside at Los Pilis. Fish were also found between Bahia Muertos and the Punta Arena lighthouse.

For our La Paz Fleet heading north to fish around the deeper drop-offs at Espirito Santo Island were the most productive especially on the eastern side of the island all the way up to the El Baja Seamount.

Interestingly the last few weeks yo-yo iron seems to produce more and bigger fish when it came to yellowtail fishing. However, this past week, it seemed that there were days when the fish were not interested at all in the jigs and would only eat live bait. Good size on these forkies…15-30 pound fish on the average.

Other species this week included both common bonito and the tastier white bonito plus a good bite of jack crevalle and rounded out with cabrilla, pargo, snapper, amberjack, sierra and even the occasional dorado. We’re seeing a number of wahoo, but they’re just not ready to bite. Could be any day as the waters warm up the deeper we get into the season.

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

We had our first group of amigos head out to Bahia Magdalena to fish the mangroves around Lopez Mateos there on the Pacific Side.  Two days of fishing with Captain Rigo produced a great variety of fish including halibut, spotted bay bass, pargo, triggerfish, croaker, snook and lots of corvina all on light tackle.  Dr. Guy Nazareno and his daughters Bella and Nataly come with family friend, Verda Boyd, every year to whale watch and fish.  Check out the photos!

 

Verda’s leopard grouper

Bella and Nataly with a table full of spotted bay bass.

Great day of corbina fishing!

Guy has a halibut to add to the filet table!

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for March 28-April 4, 2021

FULL MOON YELLOWTAIL BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 28-April 4, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

All the way from Detroit for one day of fishing and she made the most of it. Brandy Wilks and her husband Nick fished with Captain Victor and crushed the yellowtail and even a dorado in the box! They generously gifted all the fish to everyone too!

This is called a “good start” to 3 days of fishing. Eric and Mark.

Great shot of Captain Victor sticking the gaff for Kim Kopchitz from Michigan on one of several big yellowtail.

On the spinning rod, another fat yellowtail on a Rapala for Darrell Manginelli.

Captain Pancho with Mark Diegert and a feisty jack crevalle. Great tough fish on light tackle. The fish was released.

Lures like this little Rapala mackerel pattern were deadly on the cabrilla slow trolled over the rock as Darrell found out and took alot of cabrilla home with him.

Sheer joy! Mark Bonsack and Eric Deigert from Washington jigged up 6 big yellowtail before 8:30 a.m. Mark said they saw an 80-pound wahoo swim by but couldn’t get him to bite!

OH yea…some good eating there on the cutting board. Big cabrilla for Brad and Eric plus a nice amberjack.

The week started started slow with a return of those blustery wintry winds really tearing up the waters. Each week conditions get better, but winter still isn’t quite done with us and it kicks and screams from time-to-time.

Even when the winds cut out, the waters were still a mess. Temps had cooled and the cooler murkier water knocked down any kind of bite that we had.

However, as the week went on, things cleared up significantly with the yellowtail again returning to centerstage with fish up to 30 pounds eating live sardines, yo-yo iron, knife jigs as well as trolled Rapala-style lures.

The areas were spread from Punta Perrico and Bahia Muertos (Suenos) up to the Las Arenas lighthouse and across to Cerralvo Island where fish blew up at both the north and south ends of the island as well as on the backside at Pilis.

Cerralvo Island showing north point. Facing south. Las Arenas way in the distance haze. Pilis is about 1/3 down the left side (eastern side) of the island.

Wahoo were seen, but wouldn’t chew. However, big cabrilla, snapper, pargo, jack crevalle and lots of bonito rounded out some good solid action the latter part of the week.  There was also a stray dorado or two (waters getting warmer) and some early amberjack.

That’s our story!

Happy Easter, everyone!

 

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 March 21-27, 2021

BEST BITE OF THE SEASON

BEST YELLOWTAIL SEASON in…FOREVER!

 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 21-27, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great say to spend Spring Break…fishing! Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs CO, put this big mossback yellowtail in the boat off the back side of Cerralvo Island.

A great start for our long-time amigo, Darrell Manginelli, who started his 3 days of fishing with a spectacular day of 5 big yellowtail and a huge cabrilla. one yellowtail was caught on a sardine, but other fish fell for butterfly jigs.

Checking out a trophy catch! Campbell Grage has his hands full with a big-time barred pargo taken off the reef in shallow water. Check how calm the ocean is!

These two characters always get fish! Our Tailhunter amigo, Jimmy Williams and Bill McCarthy came back with 3 yellowtail and a big snapper using bait at the north end of Cerralvo Island, but Jimmy told me the fish were thick and so many of the powerful fish they could not stop on 60-pound-test!

Great to see Mike O’Neill on the water. Our amigo was jigging with light tackle for yellowtail and snagged this 140-pound striped marlin instead! Game on! Mike battled the fish for over and hour on the light rig. You can see the jig attached to the reel. First marlin of the season. The fish was not able to be released and meat was donated.

Speaking of “characters” most of you know our awesome drivers, Jorge and Esteban Romero looking like twins now that Esteban has grown a beard! They got in on the yellowtail bite as well this week and took two big forkies plus a nice dog-tooth snapper, a fat cabrilla and a huachinango (not pictured) that I think they gave to Captain Armando.

Great photo of a smiling Captain Pancho with amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of the El Rancho Resort holding the gaff on this slug yellowtail.

What a great week! Simple as that.

The winds cut us some slack. We had anglers on the water. The fish bit. All the planets lined up and what a week it was!

With general calm waters most of the week, we had probably the best week of fishing in many months.
It was also the best week of yellowtail fishing of the season.
On top of that, I’d have to say this is the best yellowtail season we have had in many many years.

That’s alot of meat! Yellowtail and pargo for dinner right after a quick beach photo.

 

Straight up, I’ll tell you that La Paz is NOT a big-time yellowtail spot.  Areas way north of us such as Loreto and Mulege are traditionally the hot spots for yellowtail further up the Sea of Cortez.  We’re known more for tuna, dorado, roosterfish and marlin.

 

But, what to make of these last 3 months?   Yellowtail in numbers we have not seen in many years!  I mean, we get our share, but nothing like what we’re seeing these days!  I have no idea how long it will last.  It could be over by the time you read this.  Maybe the full-moon coming up will blow it apart.   But, we’re sure enjoying it RIGHT NOW!

 

With fish scattered in a number of hot spots, yellowtail from 10-40 pounds were schooling up and chomping live bait, trolled lures and yo-yo/ stick jigs. Fish were stacked up at the north end of Cerralvo Island. They were at the south end of Cerralvo Island. They were caught as close as the rocks right outside of Bahia Muertos between Punta Perrico and the Punta Arenas lighthouse. On top of that they also came up to foam around Espirito Santo Island for the first time this year.

The fish were generally around structure, but about half of the fish were breaking off either from sheer power or from taking lines back into the rocks. One angler told us, that even with 60-pound-test, he had trouble stopping a number of fish.

One more day to go! Darrell had 3 days of fishing. Day 1 produced 5 yellowtail and 1 cabrilla. This is day 2…with three yellowtail and limits of cabrilla for him and Captain Pancho. All caught trolling Rapalas.

On top of that, we had big cabrilla also in the area and taking the jigs, the live bait and the trolled Rapalas. Dog tooth snapper up to about 20 pounds were also bending rods plus big schools of tasty white hard-fighting bonito, jack crevalle and even the occasional dorado.

Matt, Gary, Campbell with some chunky bonito.

We also got our first marlin of the season when one of our amigos was jigging for yellowtail and snagged about a 140-pound striped marlin he ended up fighting over an hour on crazy light tackle.

All-in-all a solid week and maybe the start of a great fishing season.

YELLOWTAIL LURES

 

Darrell got this mossback yellowtail to swallow a lively sardine.

Just a head’s up on what these yellowtail have been eating.  No telling how long this bite will last, but wanted to pass along some info.  There are 3 main ways to catch them.  Live bait such as sardines always get the fish to bite.

 

However, slow trolling diving lures over the rocky areas is also very effective for these yellows as well as pargo, cabrilla and even wahoo.   Lures such as this purple/black Rapala Xrap 20 is an example but other companies make similar lures such as Yo-Zuri and others.  The numbers such as “20” represent an approximation of how deep these lures will “dive” when trolled or retrieved.  So, the example below will get down to about 20′.  They also make an Xrap 10, 30, and 40.

 

Another deadly method involves using “yo-yo iron” or “yo-yo technique. ”

Lip-hook on a jig with a powerful yellowtail and Jorge Romero on the jig rod.

One of the most exciting moments in fishing big sportfish is having one take your jig and slam it right in the jaw! It’s an electrifying strike!

This requires using heavy lures and casting or free-spooling them to the bottom.  Then rapidly winding them back towards the boat.  But, then stopping.  Letting the lure flutter back down.  Then rapidly retrieving again in a “Z” type pattern back to the boat.  It can be tiring, but incredibly effective as all kinds of sportfish will often viciously slam the lure as it flutters down or as soon as the retrieve takes place.

Here’s some samples:

A number of companies make similar lures like Salas, UFO, Sea Strike, Daiwa, Diamond Jigs, Raider Lures and so many others. My favorite colors include blue and white; chrome combinations; scrambled egg; zuchino or dorado color; all white.

Some of the jigs in my tackle box. Looking busted up because they’ve been beat up and eaten by fish many times!

These are all Shimano lures, but so many other companies make similar lures. I’m not paid by Shimano or Rapala or any other company and am only using these as an example.

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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for March 11-20, 2021

WINDS CHASE FISHERMEN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for March 11-20, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Omar and Fay live in La Paz and took the afternoon to fish with Captain Pancho and had a good few hours on the water with nice-sized cabrilla and a trio of yellowtail using yo-yo jigs.

If the conditions are right, limits of slugger yellowtail were not uncommon. Jimmy got these at south point.

Our amigo..Jimmy Williams got out on a flat day before the winds and was able to make it over to Cerralvo Island and took a limit of yellowtail including some big-shouldered ones like this one that jumped on a live sardine.

Nothing but smiles for Paco. He’s taking home this yellowtail headed for the grill.

An uptick in the winds and chillier weather chased off alot of the local folks that were fishing earlier in the month. No question, there was much less traffic on the water. Not so many vacation anglers around, but many locals had been fishing getting in on the good yellowtail bite we’ve had over the last few weeks.

However, in those interim moments when winds slacked off, yellowtail to 25 pounds were still to be found…sometimes alot of them…in the usual hot spots around the backside of Cerralvo Island as well as south point of the island over the high spots. As well, fish were taken just outside of Bahia Muertos and ranging up towards the lighthouse at Punta Arenas following the beach to the north.

The fish took a combination of live sardines; slow trolled lures or yo-yo jigs. Lots of fish getting lost in the rocks. The strong fish need to be turned quickly to keep them from heading back to their structure.

On the windier days or when it’s difficult to get to the yellowtail spots, there’s some occasional dorado biting, but inshore along the shallows, especially over the reefs and rocks, there’s a decent bite of nice-sized cabrilla mixed with snapper, jacks, pargo and sierra.

Town is getting a little more crowded, but mostly just folks coming for Spring Break or Easter vacations. Not many fishermen visiting yet.

 

FIELD & STREAM

First issue 1899…a different time.

Just 35 cents in 1963!

…and 2014…times have changed!

We were recently interviewed by one of the most iconic outdoor publications, Field & Stream, which has been in print for over 100 years.  It was pretty cool.  The interview was published about a week ago.   Here’s a link to the edition.  Hope you enjoy it.

 

https://www.fieldandstream.com/story/fishing/2021-best-year-to-book-fishing-trip/?fbclid=IwAR2DiojCAMFphvnLlFNomFyjb__L1YEM18ZtJfmF0QBcuyIsQsMlA8_I3VY

 

WE DON’T WANT TO MISS YOU THIS YEAR! 

Dates for 2021 already filling!

We were not able to do our usual shows these past 3 months because they were all cancelled.  However, bookings have been coming in heavy to make reservations for this 2021 fishing season.  Many dates are already sold out or your favorite captains have already been taken.  Don’t miss out.  Get in touch with us ASAP so we make sure we have you covered.  You can write me directly at tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com. 

 

See you down here!

 

 

 

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 Feb. 18-27, 2021

YELLOWTAIL BITE ADDS TO MIXED BAG

La Paz/ Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos Fishing Report for Feb. 18-27, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Jim and his buddy live in Los Barriles and came all the way up to get in on the yellowtail bite. Fishing with Captain Moncho they got a great load of yellowtail, cabrilla and even some surprise dorado.

Fishing with Captain Pancho, Dr. Santiago is a physician in La Paz and he and Pancho stuffed the fish box with some legit yellowtail on the backside of Cerralvo Island.

Our own popular Captain “Fettucini” Alfredo Gaxiola got out with his wife to fish around Cerralvo Island on one of the calmer days and he nailed this horse of a trophy cabrilla.

Lots of boats were on the hot spots at the backside of Cerralvo Island taking yellowtail like Dr. Santiago’s fish.

Our own Tailhunter amigos and popular favorite van drivers, Jorge and Esteban Romero took the spinning rods out to Bahia Muertos with the plastic jigs and took home a cooler full of tasty snapper and cabrilla. All fishing from the beach and rocks.

Relatively speaking the winds cut us some slack again this past week and we probably had the best week of fishing in the last 2 or so months. While the United States was largely wrapped in ice and snow, things were reversed in La Paz which is normally windy and generally quite windy this time of year making it difficult to fish.

With temps in the high 70’s to low 80’s, sunny skies and mostly moderate seas, anglers were able to get in on that hot yellowtail bite that’s been going on for the better part of two weeks. There aren’t many tourist anglers as this is off-season, but captains, their families and locals from La Paz and as far as Los Barriles (the East Cape) far to the south were jumping on boats to get on top of these fish.  Last weekend on Saturday, as many as 80 pangas and other assorted vessels were sitting on the honey-holes taking limits.  On Sunday fewer fish with about half the boats counted.   But, that’s to be expected when there’s that much traffic on the water.   However…

It’s maybe one of the best yellowtail bite we’ve see in years with fish running 10-25 pounds and taking a variety of jigs including yo-yo and knife jigs plus sardines when around. Some reported larger fish are also being lost as these fish are generally in heavy structure and the waters are not especially deep. Therefore, if you can’t turn their heads, these bruising fish are busting anglers off in the rocks.

Hot spots included the areas around Bahia Muertos (Suenos) up to Punta Perrico and then to the areas just around the Las Arenas lighthouse at Castilla. Another spot that has been on fire is Los Pilis which up the backside of Cerralvo Island about 2/3 of the way up the island. One of our Tailhunter captains counted “at least” 40 boats there one day.

But, the travel has been worth it. Boats are landing limits or near limits of the feisty fork tails.  I saw photos of the parking lot at Muertos and you would think there was a rock concert going on.  There were no parking spaces with all the trucks, cars, boat trailers and vans parked there.

Additionally, there have been white bonito (tasty) plus jack crevalle, cabrilla, snapper, Sierra and pargo mixed in as well.

The biggest surprise was that a few respectable tuna have mixed in and some wahoo and dorado also showed up this week. These are normally warmer water fish and we don’t see these until later in the year unless these are hold-over fish from last season.

At the time of this writing, winds were already starting to ramp up again so hopefully the return of the winds doesn’t knock the bite back down. We know the fish are surely there!

SHALLOW WATER…LIGHT TACKLE…Great results!

 

Not much going on right now for driving so everyone’s favorite guy and driver, Jorge Romero went out a 2nd day later in the week.  In the photos above, he was just out walking the beach with his brother, Esteban.  This time he got out on one of the pangas.   Still recovering from neck surgery he had at the end of last season, he didn’t want to try tangling with a big yellowtail, tuna or dorado…doctor’s orders!  However…

 

He got in a quick 4 hour trip.  It was late in the afternoon.  There was not even live bait available.  But using dead bait and poppers on light line and light tackle,  he had a pretty epic day.  All in shallow water close to shore in and over the rocks.  A big pompano and lots of feisty tasty cabrilla in the box!

Trophy pompano for Jorge. We usually don’t see these guys until later spring, but I guess some warm water has moved in. These are fun fighters and make great table fare…especially sashime!

This is an epic day on light tackle in shallow water! The cabrilla heads are especially prized for soup and the meat is tender white and highly prized.

Cabrilla that fell to a surface popper.

GOOD NEWS ON COVID FRONT

This past week, the authorities lowered the covid restrictions from orange (level 4) to yellow (level 3).

This allows all work activities again with occupancy increased from 40% to 50% for places like hotels, restaurants and other businesses.  The La Paz Malecon has been re-opened with restricted hours that will be monitored.

 

Also, since the CDC implemented the new rules requiring all international travellers entering or returning to the U.S. (like American tourists coming home from Mexico) to show evidence of a negative covid test within 72 hours of travel,  Mexico has really ramped up it’s efforts to construct facilities at hotels, airports, and around the various cities, especially those that see a large influx of international travel.

 

After one month, Cabo San Lucas (where most folks fly to get to us) has had more than 60,000 international travelers. Of that, only 50 persons tested positive and none of them ended up exhibiting symptoms.

 

They were not allowed to fly, but hotels now have special discounted rooms, dining and services for those that get detained.  They are given a new covid test every 2 days and as soon as they test negative, they are allowed to leave!

 

That’s my 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/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 8, 2021

FORKIES CHEW CLOSE to SHORE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Jan. 26-Feb. 8, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Five for the cooler ready to be filleted! Drs. Beltran and Santiago took some time from their offices in La Paz to fish with us and caught these working the waters with yo-yo iron for these yellowtail.

Not a bad morning. Raul Chollet from La Ventana was out fishing with us and nailed these thick yellowtail just off Punta Perrico.

Mostly locals fishing right now and a great catch is to get into a school of tasty sierra. If you hit a spot, you can load up pretty fast! This one fell to the blue Rapala still stuck in the mouth.

Trophy fish on a dark purple Rapala trolled over th rocks. Raul with a big cabrilla and knowing Raul, every bit of this fish is gonna be part of dinner!

It was chilly and cold again this week but there were finally some opportunities to fish which has been rare the past weeks with lots of gusty winds. However, this past week, the winds let up for about 3 days or, at least didn’t start blowing until late. Since we’re really not having to go very far to get to fish right now, it at least allowed anglers to get in a few productive hours of fishing early before the winds kicked in.

Not many fishermen at all this time of the year. It’s mostly locals or captains fishing for their families.

However, literally within 20-50 years of the beach, there’s a good jag of yellowtail that have shown up near Punta Arenas near Punta Perrico where the old Hotel Las Arenas used to be. The fish are a nice hefty grade of 18-25 pound fish that are taking alot of guys into the rocks.

Sardines are working when you can get them, but it’s often difficult getting live bait because of the winds and the bait guys can’t get to the rocky or sandy areas where the bait usually holds out. Waves either scatter the bait or make it hard for the bait guys to get into the rocky areas which are treacherous.

When, there’s no sardines, the guys are using the yo-yo iron. It’s tiring work, but productive dropping the iron and lifting and reeling back to the boat. Alternatively, trolling lures like Rapalas and Yo-Zuris are also working and producing other species like sierra, jacks, cabrilla and barred pargo.

CDC and COVID TESTING

 

     In case you hadn’t heard, as of Jan. 26th, the CDC has mandated that anyone traveling by plane into the U.S. must show they have had a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their trip.  This only applies to air travel.  You are NOT required to quarantine once you get into the U.S. although it has been suggested.
     Nevertheless, the new rules sent everyone in the tourism industry from airlines to hotels and folks like us into a mad scramble.   We were all just on the verge of rebounding after a difficult 2020.
     However, the government and tourism boards made rapid adjustments.
     Testing facilities have been set up at all international airports including Cabo, La Paz and Tijuana as well as others around the country.  According to the Cabo Board of Tourism, all hotels and timeshare operations in Cabo San Lucas now offer testing services and more laboratories and testing facilities are popping up all over.
     The test only takes 15 minutes and costs between $20-25 dollars.  Results are returned within an hour and you receive either a printed result or get them online to show before you board your flights.
That’s my story…
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Jan. 15-25, 2021

COLD WINDY WET ROUGH FOGGY – Take Your Pick

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Jan. 15-25, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY

For the past 25 or so years, I’ve done these reports religiously almost every single week.  I think I can only count about a dozen weekends that I missed and one of them was the weekend Jill and I got married 13 years ago when she told me to put away my computer that weekend.

 

It’s just that with covid happening and then alot of bad weather and no one really fishing, well…I hate sounding like a broken record although I know alot of folks look forward to getting the reports regularly.

 

I promise things will get better.  I has to!

 

Winter doesn’t last forever and the warmer weather, water and big fish will show up.  Like they always do!

 

They’ll get a handle on Covid too.  I have to believe that and have some faith.

 

But…here you go…to be honest…

 

Not a whole lot to report. Opportunities to fish have been few and far between with very few anglers around and not many chances for anyone to fish. For almost two weeks it has been cold, windy, rough, rainy or wet. Or a combination of any two of those conditions. The thermometer has been all over the place with temps as low as the lower 30’s and as high as the high 60’s. It’s quite erratic.

In the small windows for opportunity have arisen, it’s mostly local captains or local residents. Mostly sustenance fishing to put something on the table or frig.

Sierra like this are great fun on light tackle and are incredible on the table cooked or a local favorite as ceviche.  There’s some nice schools of sierra around La Paz right now.

Our amigo, Keith “Jimmy” Williams went out and caught a mess of sierra and I asked him for a photo I could use. I expected a typical fishing photo. Instead, he sends me this photo of his fish cooked at our Tailhunter Restaurant…which might be even better! Alot of good things going on here…sierra sauteed in garlic…crispy french fries…poblano chili en cream sauce…fresh tortillas…a shot of tequila…a Heineken…a bottle of Topo Chico. He’s got it going on full turbo! Thanks, Jimmy!

 

Most of the catch has been inshore as not too many folks want to venture very far when the waters are so rough and winds are blustery. It also makes it difficult to catch live bait. So, catches of cabrilla, snapper, common and white bonito, pargo and some nice-sized sierra have made up the majority of the catch.

CDC BIG NEWS – IMPORTANT FOR MEXICO TRAVELERS (MUST READ)

Big news dropped on us last week when the CDC announced that it will now require proof of a negative covid test to enter the U.S. by air.   Alternatively, medical documentation that you have recovered from covid is also valid.  Needless to say…  It sent everyone from airlines to hotels to charter operations and anyone involved in tourism scrambling to find a solution to this since the new restrictions begin promptly on Jan. 26th.

 

As it turns out a number of hotels in Cabo San Lucas already have testing facilities and more are being set up in that city as well as other cities.  The Mexican government is setting up facilities at Cabo San Lucas Airport, La Paz Airport as well as airports in Tijuana, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and others.

 

The test seems like it will only take about 15 minutes and results online in about an hour.  Costs range average about $20-25 dollars with the government trying to obtain further discounts.   They’re doing their best to make this as convenient and easy as possible, but ask that you arrive at the airport an extra hour earlier than normal.

 

For us in La Paz, we’ll keep you posted about facilities at La Paz Airport, but there are plans for some hotels to offer the test and in checking around the city, we found at least a half-dozen labs offering the tests.   As this only applies to air travel at the moment, that means “international flights” so for many of you folks that arrive on Volaris from Tijuana, I don’t think any of this will apply to you since you will be returning through Tijuana and not FLYING back to the U.S.

 

This is a developing story and fluid issue.

 

As mentioned, this just dropped like a ton of bricks about a week ago.  Most of our fishermen don’t even start showing up until April or May so many things could change as this goes into effect and Mexico steps up to meet the challenge of the vital tourism industry.  Also, we can only hope that with new measures plus the vaccine, things will get under control.

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 4-12, 2021

WIND SLACKS – CRAZY VARIETY of BITERS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 4-12, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Crazy variety for a few hours of morning fishing for Fernando, his brother and son. On the rack…dorado, big sierra, snapper, pargo liso and cabrilla.

They’re early! The big pargo liso (mullet snapper) normally don’t start schooling up until spring-time but they’re already here and hunkered in the rocks and reefs and will bust you up!

It’s January, but yes, those are wahoo on the cutting board along with dorado, cabrilla and tasty white bonito.

Some big sierra crusing around right now like this tasty fella caught by amigo, Gary Wagner, from his Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos.

Nothing wrong with these items. Tasty cabrilla (Mexican seabass) posed with Jason and Alisa..

Not many folks fishing post-holidays, but town is pretty busy with escapees from the colder weather in the U.S. and Canada. However, this contrary to the gusting winds normally associated with this time of year, there were some incredibly pretty days right out’ve a postcard this past week. Winds settled, skies cleared and day-time temps reached into the 70’s. We could not have asked for better weather and a great window to get on the water.

That being said, it allowed folks to get out in the bay to swim with the whalesharks finally. The shallow water just inside the bay has been holding 6-10 baby whalesharks to swim with, but often it’s too windy and choppy to find them.

With the fishing, it’s been confusing and mixed…in a good way!

Normally, this time of year, when we can get out, we’re hitting mostly cold-water species inshore because well, the waters are cooler and it’s often too rough to get too far out.

However, not only did anglers find the cooler water species like cabrilla, snapper and some unusually big sierra, but a bit crazy because they also hit dorado, white bonito, wahoo and even a few marlin were seen and hooked!

This is indicative of some warm water still holding over so maybe these species will stick around. It’s making for a great variety of fish. Also with abundant sardines for bait, the fish are ready to chew.

One noticeably event seems to be that the big pargo liso (mullet snapper) that we don’t see until later in the spring have already shown up and are schooling over the rocky areas like Cerralvo Island and Punta Perrico. These tough fish are really difficult to wrestle out’ve the rocks and can test both angler and his gear, but are spectacular fighters and great eating and look like giant goldfish.

Also, flights are now coming in directly from the United States to La Paz now for the first time in 14 years. American Airlines from Dallas and Phoenix has been bringing folks now for almost a month.

Nice to have American Airlines now flying directly from Phoenix and Dallas to La Paz. First time we’ve had direct flights in over a decade. No more long drives up from Cabo. The flights have been very popular since they started a month ago.  Easy flights into the uncrowded La Paz Airport then it’s just a few minutes to your hotel.

 

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 Dec. 25, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021

DORADO – WHALES & WHALESHARKS!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 25, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Find the right spot and there’s still some water water areas holding dorado between 5-15 pounds as waters get cooler.

An incredible experience to get in the water and snorkel with the whalesharks in La Paz Bay.

 

It’s been rather quiet and subdued this past week for the holidays. It still has been festive, but like much of the world, things are just at a lower key and lower volume. Most folks coming to town are not looking to fish. They’re just spending vacation time for the holidays and hoping for a little sunshine and and put their toes in the sand!

The glitch in that this week was that it was actually been a bit chilly along with the normal seasonal gusty winds from the north. In fact, it’s been that way for well over a week now. Daytime temperature struggling to get out’ve the 60’s. Night temps dropping to the crazy 40’s! Yes, even in Baja, it can get chilly.

Tourists are still in their shorts and t-shirts, but La Paz residents are talking about 2-3 blankets at night and folks are wearing long pants and jackets.

For fishing, there’s still some dorado around. Most 5-12 pound school-sized fish indicative of the probably the last patches of warm water still lingering around. Inshore, there’s a good smattering of snapper, jacks, seabass (cabrilla) and some barred pargo. For most folks simply looking for a day on the water and a bit of action, these fish are perfect and alot of fun. Plus provide some good fish to take to a local restaurant. Everyone is happy.

Honestly, most folks coming to town intent on some time on the water are mostly here for either swimming with the whalesharks in the bay or headed to a whale-watching trip.

The whalesharks in the bay are mostly 10-12’ juveniles in shallow water only minutes from the Malecon. The only problem is that if it’s windy and choppy it can be difficult to find them.

In the shallow waters of La Paz Bay, the whalesharks are usually 10-15′ long “babies”.

On the other hand, the official start of whale-watching season has started as the annual migration of grey whales has seen them starting to arrive over at Bahia Magdalena where they’ll enjoy the warm shallow water, breeding and calving before heading back north to the Bering Sea around March.

So, we’re booking trips now for the grey whales, swimming with the whalesharks and the occasional fisherman.

THE NO SHOW – NO SHOWS in 2021!

We will surely miss the packed aisles of friends this year!

 

Normally this time of year, we’re hitting the road beginning our 3 month road-tour to all the biggest and best fishing/hunting expos in the western U.S.  With our Catlyn (our rescue cat); the  booth, thousands of brochures and lots of winter clothes and tire chains; our road vehicle is packed floor-to-ceiling and right about now we’re on our way to our first show of the year at the Denver Convention Center…then followed the next week in Sacramento at the State Fairgrounds.  Each week, a different show to see all of you!

We’ll see you for a cold one in La Paz in 2021!

In 2021, that’s not to be the case, unfortunately, as Covid restrictions have shut down all the shows.  So for the first time in about 30 years, regretfully, we won’t be in our booth.

 

That just means, you’re all staying safe and you’ll have to contact us directly to book trips ( jonathan@tailhunter.com) and come visit us in La Paz!

 

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
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 15-23, 2020

NICE TIME TO BE IN LA PAZ – BUT NOT NECESSARILY FOR FISHING

EVERY DAY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 15-23, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE from Our Family to Yours!


Jill and I just wanted to send the best blessings of the season to your family from ours.  It’s been a tough year, but we’re hanging in there as we hope you are.  All things aside, we are blessed to be together and to have you as our friends and extended Tailhunter Tribe and Family.  Best fishes and Felices Fiestas!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Long-time amigo, Tom Rautert from Arizona brought his son, Fred who lives in Manteca CA for the first time to La Paz to fish with us. As luck would have it, on the one and only day they had to fish, Fred outfished dad as they found a nice school of dorado.

Thumbs-up for Fred with a nice winter-bull dorado. Usually, we don’t find dorado when the waters and temperatures start to get colder in December.

For most folks visiting La Paz these last weeks, the town has been pretty perfect. It’s a great time to be in town. Beaches aren’t real crowded. Restaurants and hotels aren’t real crowded. It’s been about 73 degrees in the day and 60 at night. Nice breeze. It beats being in New York or N. Dakota or Canada this time of the year.

Not alot of hard-core fishers in the groups. If anyone wants to go out, they want to go maybe a day and that’s it.

Regretfully, as nice as it is on the shore, on the water, it’s not always so accommodating. November to April, there aren’t alot of fishermen because it can be pretty windy. Northerly winds blow down the Sea of Cortez this time of year and it can be incredibly and deceptively rough. There are times, when it’s impossible or worthless to even go out.

So, anyone that wants to fish, we try to ask them to be flexible with their dates so we can check the forecasts to see which days might be better than others. This time of year, maybe 2-4 days per week might be OK. Other days, the winds can howl!

So, we did have some folks out and surprisingly, it wasn’t that they caught fish. It was the quantity and quality of fish! Normally, but this time of year, we’re into the inshore species like cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle and pargo. But, apparently, there’s still some warm water spots here-and-there holding schools of quality dorado, wahoo and even some billfish.

The biggest issues, really is that with so few boats on the water, it’s tough to find some spots sometimes. When there’s alot of boats on the water like during the regular season, word gets out and spreads about the hot spots. When there’s only 1 or 2 boats out, it’s a different story! Fortunately, we are able to jump into the good areas and hit the bite this past week.

This coming week, looks pretty gusty with winds up to 25 knots per hour as the day goes on. Maybe two days look promising. Check with us!

TIME TO BOOK!  NEW DIRECT FLIGHTS TO LA PAZ FIRST TIME

Probably the biggest news of the week has to do with flights!

Finally! We hope others will follow up and add more routes!

 

Water cannon salute for the first plane!

 

Knuckle bumps from Governor Carlos Mendoza-Davis to the first arrivals!

It’s hard to believe it has been that long but for the first time in over a decade, we have direct flights into La Paz from the U.S. American Airlines inaugurated direct flights from both Phoenix and Dallas! The first flights were greeted by governor Carlos Mendoza-Davis with water cannon salutes and knuckle bumps from the head man!

We are hopeful that American Air will add more routes and even moreso that other airlines will jump aboard as well. American has some great rates too and statistics are showing that even with the pandemic, Americans are flocking to Mexico and finding it’s an easy and quick get-away.

For us at Tailhunter, alot of reservations are rolling in daily for 2021. Don’t wait! I’m not kidding. If you have a favorite hotel or captain or time-of-year, dates are filling up and some are already sold out. Get in touch with us so we make sure we have you covered! Write me directly at: tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

NO SPORTSMENS SHOWS THIS YEAR!

Me, Catlyn and Jilly driving to the next big show.  We’ll miss seeing you this year!

Our booth…sort of a 10 x 10 home-away-from home for 14 weeks each year. I will NOT miss setting it all up and taking it down!

Those icy drives through Wyoming, Idaho and Montana were grueling, but an adventure.

For the first time in almost 30 years, we will NOT be on the road from January to March.  All of the fishing & hunting shows where we see so many of you have either been cancelled…will be cancelled…or it just doesn’t make economic sense to travel that far for only one show. Normally, it’s a different show every week for 14 weeks!

We will miss all our friends and seeing YOU especially.  It is what it is, regretfully.

However, all the more reason to get in touch with us to lock in your spots for fishing in 2021.  Everyone is booking online with us so don’t wait!  We don’t want to miss you!

 

That’s our story!

Be well. Be safe.  Hug each other and Merry Christmas!

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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