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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 29-July 6, 2020

MARLIN DORADO OTHERS MAKE GOOD SHOWING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 29-July 6, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Nice looking bunch of fish for the day from Ismael Hernandez and Paul Rodriguez holding with two bull dorado apiece while fishing out of Bahia Muertos south of La Paz. Both anglers live in La Paz.

Captain Pancho took two of his friends Omar and Chema from La Paz out fishing from Bahia Muertos. They hooked 3 marlin and released 2 of them. This one could not be released but the meat was welcomed by the three families.

One of the marlin released by Captain Pancho and his friends.

There are some good numbers of sizable roosterfish prowling the La Paz beaches right now. Big ones like this one caught by the Barta Family from Colorado was hooked near Punta Arenas while they were staying at Rancho Costa resort. The fish was released.

Captain Ramon ( “Moncho”) with the Tailhunter Fleet took out the son of one of his friends. Young Paul Rodriguez, Jr. from La Paz poses with his great looking bull dorado.

Another local, Erick was out and poses with one of his dorado. Great colors!

More pretty colors and a healthy roosterfish caught and released by Jovani who lives in La Paz.

Alisha Clegg and husband Bennett have fished with us many years and always do well. They started fishing this week just a bit south of us on the East Cape and Palmas de Cortez. They’ll be fishing with us later this week in La Paz. They caught and released 3 striped marlin.

Bennett Clegg in on the action too with another caught and released striper to start the day.

The Cleggs also put some fat football tuna in the box as well. Hopefully, the tuna will follow the Cleggs to La Paz this week.

I could sum it all up in 3 sentences. Fishing is pretty great. Weather is pretty hot. Tourism is slow but getting a little better.

Warm water species typical of this time of year are getting on on the action although truthfully, there’s not really that many folks in town and even fewer that are fishing. Mostly, it’s our captains and friends or locals taking themselves out. The city, like the rest of Baja Sur, has only been open for about 3 weeks now and the wheels are taking a bit to get up-to-speed.

Normally, this would be prime time, but many businesses are still cleaning and sanitizing as well as implementing the health protocols required by the government. Like everywhere else that has opened up their economies, Baja is watching it’s covid infections surge as well. The government says it was not unexpected although they are certainly worried about new spikes, just like in the U.S.

Baja is currently in Level 5 Orange.

Initially, many locals ignored the restrictions about masks and social distancing as well as only 30% maximum occupancy of hotels, restaurants, businesses and beaches. Consequently, this past week, the government has shut down the beaches once again, although they indicated this may only be for a week or two.  This pretty much includes all of the beaches from Mulege all the way down the Peninsula. The only exception are the beaches in Cabo San Lucas which remain open.  However, in Cabo, they shut down all watersports business like kayaks, booze cruises, parasailing and scuba, but kept sportfishing open.

Sportfishing is not affected in La Paz even with the beaches closed.  Hoewever…The La Paz Malecon is also closed except for vehicles and bikes.  Likewise, alcohol sales have been limited to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One other thing is the the border between the U.S. and Mexico is still closed through the latter part of July.  However, this does NOT apply to travel by plane, rail or boat.   That being said, I know lots of folks who seem to have crossed the border going both way via car without any real problem.

 

Empty beaches once again.

However, the fishing has been fairly solid although things change from day-to-day and place to place. It’s difficult to get a good read on anything since there’s just not the usual boat traffic on the water.

However, blue water species like marlin, tuna and dorado have come in, pretty much marking the summer season as waters get warmer.

Some boats are hooking (and releasing) multiple marlin which are mostly stripers in the 90-120 pound range. One huge black marlin of about 400 pounds was landed by some commercial fishermen in a panga when the massive fish got tangle in the grapples of their anchor and anchor line.

Dorado numbers are increasing as well with quality fish up to about 30 pounds which we normally don’t see this early. With lots of bait along the beaches, roosterfish and other jacks such as pompano and jack crevalle are providing great inshore action. Some of the roosterfish are running between 50 and 70 pounds and most getting released.

Bottom fishing on the reefs is producing pargo, snapper, cabrilla and triggerfish.

CRAZY STORY

Commercial fishermen were out in a panga when this huge black marlin estimated at maybe 400 pounds got tangled in their anchor lines and snagged itself on the grapple hooks of the anchor.  Check out the photo and the two videos!  In the photo, you can see the anchor!

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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 19-27, 2020

OPENING HOLDING IN PLACE…FOR NOW

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay for June 19-29, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Dennis Gaetz lives there near Bahia Muertos and is able to get out and jump on some of the roosterfish that have shown up along the beaches. This hefty fella was caught on live bait and released.

Bryan lives there in Todos Santos and was out fishing from Bahia Muertos when he got this colorful bull dorado.

Still not many fishermen around yet, but our captains are rocking it to catch food to eat or taking out neighbors and friends. Our Tailhunter Captain Luis (Chito’s nephew / Raul’s Grandson) stuck 4 of these big dog-tooth at the island!  I’m sure someone took that head to make a big pot of soup!

Our captain Pancho took out a doctor friend of the family and got one of the roosterfish showing up along Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Early in the year for such nice dorado, but Captain Blas and Captain Alfredo (his dad) took their neighbor out from La Paz Bay and stuck this sweet dorado near Espirito Santo Island.

Beautiful colors…the water…the fish…a good day for Yohan and this roosterfish that he released.

Mostly alot of locals like our captains out fishing with friends and neighbors and yea…dorado showing up! Our popular Captain Moncho’s son, Ramon Jr. , was out with a friend from Todos Santos.

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La Paz is still figuring it’s way through the “new normal” after restrictions started to lift on June 16th and the government especially tries to find a balance between health and a struggling economy.   Currently, restrictions include only 30% occupancy for all activities and locations including restaurants, hotels, businesses and even beaches.  Facemarks are also a requirement.

It was hoped that restrictions might be further loosened, but like many places, folks have been taking advantage of the eased restrictions and ignoring prohibitions, so the government has extended the current restrictions and is threatening to revert back to full lockdown.  So, for the time-being things remain at ORANGE LEVEL 5.

 

In the meantime, Covid infections are unabated much like many places in the world that open up.  The government says this was to be expected and the levels are acceptable, but in places like Cabo, they have already shut down water-based activities again, such as water tours, kayaking, paddle boards, wakeboard operations, snorkeling, diving, booze cruises and others.  Sportfishing has remained open but with restrictions.

The government says restrictions will remain at Orange Level 5 for now.

It’s important also that U.S. and Mexico extended the border closure until July 22, but it does NOT apply to travel by air, water or rail.

For fishing in La Paz, not many sport fishermen out yet since hotels are still struggling to get open by early July and training their staffs and airlines are scrambling to re-open and re-schedule routes.

 

However, locals, including our captains have been fishing and doing pretty well.

 

Our Las Arenas captains that have gone out’ve Bahia Muertos, are finding lots of live bait and good spots of rooster fish between 20-80 pounds. Lots of jacks, bonito are also around as well as decent action over structure for barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, red and yellow snapper and big mullet snapper and cabrilla. Some small spots of dorado between 5 and 30 pounds also starting to show up.

 

For our La Paz captains working north from la Paz Bay, yellowtail, pargo and amberjack have been bending rods over the reefs and more dorado are being found including some legit-sized bulls as sargasso weed starts to build up in the current lines.

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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 12-19, 2020

WE ARE FINALLY OPEN – (MOSTLY!)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 12-19, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT & UPDATE

 

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Luis lives in La Paz and got out with his neighbor for a day of fishing and put up this nice brace of pargo liso (mullet snapper)..

Nothing wrong with this fat pargo that probably ended up getting cooked up whole! Omar lives in La Paz. Locals were permitted to fish during the quarantine which ended earlier this week.

Our own captain Pancho with a barred pargo for the family. Cerralvo Island in the background. He says there’s roosterfish along the beaches!

 

LOTS OF IMPORTANT INFO…

La Paz has been downgraded to Level 5

 

The State of Baja Sur, which includes, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, the East Cape, Loreto and Mulege has been re-opened!  Finally.  But it’s with some precautions!

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JONATHAN@TAILHUNTER.COM

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Like everything else these days, this is gonna take some getting used to.

 

As you’re reading this, Baja is slowly re-opening after some 3 months of lockdown.  This is happening, despite the fact that Covid-19 still seems to be raging right along.

 

But that depends on who’s statistics you’re looking at and who you’re listening to.  Not too different from the U.S. actually.

 

Be that as it may, as of June 16th, Baja Sur begins it’s emergence into a new and unexplored era.  But, it’s not like they’re throwing the gates wide open.

 

Baja remains in a cautionary state and there are still restrictions.

 

For instance, restaurants, hotels , beaches and other locales must grapple with the requirement that occupancy will not exceed 30%.  This is further, complicated by the mandate of 4 square meters per person.

 

I was never good in math, but I think that’s 43 square feet per person?   Either way, that’s A LOT of social distancing.

 

There’s a lot that goes into opening up for tourism.  Everything has to be sanitized to-to-bottom.  Businesses must  obtain a certification of health as well.

 

Staff needs to be re-trained.

 

Imagine a 100-room hotel or a restaurant.  Every piece of bedspread; matress; curtains and surface must be cleaned after 3 months of being closed.  But, it also has to be sanitized as well.  Every air duct. Every air-conditioner. Every nozzle has to be cleaned.

 

Most hotels also have restaurants and bars.

 

In all fairness, it’s a work-in-progress.  There’s no blueprint for this and it’s gonna take some time and tweaking.

 

However, if you’re planning to come down, here’s what you should be expecting and how you can make things go smoother.

 

Bring a bunch of masks.  You’re going to have to use them on the plane and you will probably want to use them at the airport.  You will definitely need them once you land.

 

Just like you’ve learned already, keep your hands clean.  Wash often.  Bring sanitizer along.  Restaurants and hotels will put supplies in rooms and other public areas.  But, bring your own.

 

Check with your airlines.  Some airlines are allowing larger bottles of sanitizer on the plane these days.

 

Bring wipes!

 

Airlines are going hardcore on their sanitation processes, but you know thay can’t get every little spot on and around your seat.  No telling who the last person was in your seat.

 

So wipe-wipe-wipe.  Tray tables, latches, switches, the entertainment console or any knobs need to be touched up.

 

We may have seen the last of in-flight food and drink services.  Check with your airlines.

 

Once you’re at your destination, it won’t hurt to hit up your room before you do anything else.  You have no idea about that last guest.  Or how long it has been since the room was occupied or how well it was cleaned.

 

Wipe down phones, TV’s, remotes, faucet handles, table and sink tops as well as light switches.  Unfortunately,  don’t count on there being a stocked hospitality refrigerator any longer.

 

Don’t forget to wipe down any luggage.  You don’t know who’s hands have been on it.  Baggage handlers; drivers; bellmen have probably all touched it.

 

What about restaurants?  Eating out is at least half-the-fun when travelling.  But, remember in the new “normal” no more than 30% occupancy and 4 square meters allowed per person.

 

So, it’s probably good to have reservations.  Be prepared to wait for a table during the busiest times.

 

Each table must be disinfected after someone leaves.

 

The table will probably not be “set.”

 

Linens, utensils, adornments will be set up in front of the new patrons when the guests are seated.  We’ll also have less interaction with your waiter and don’t be surprised if there is no menu.

 

Menus will be digital or perhaps on a blackboard.  Food comes out of the kitchen with foil or some kind of cover.   I guess the days of the buffet are gone as well unless someone is directly serving it to the customer.

 

Beaches?  I have no idea how they will calculate 30% occupancy.  As of this moment,  no groups allowed larger than 5 are allowed.  Groups are required to stay a 1 ½ meters apart from each other.  Beaches will also only be open during specific hours.

 

No mention about whether masks must be worn on the beaches.

 

For sportfishing, scuba, snorkeling or other water sports, your guess is as good a mine about how to manage social distancing on a vessel.  But, I guess once the boat is off the beach or out’ve the marina, it’s going to be hard for anyone to check.

 

Knowledge is power.  And, in these times, knowledge is safety, no matter if you’re travelling or staying home.

 

Everything is a work in progress.

BORDER CLOSURE EXTENDED

The closing of the border has been extended through July because of the infections along the border.  The closure DOES NOT apply to travel by plane, water or rail!

OTHER NOTES

  • Smaller hotels and boutique hotels are open or opening
  • Larger hotels like La Concha Beach Resort and Hotel Perla will be open at the beginning of July
  • Costa Baja Resort is largely open

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 June 1-12, 2020

YES!  NO!  Uh…MAYBE!  STAY TUNED!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for June 1-12, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Dennis Gaetz lives in San Pedro near Bahia Muertos where we usually launch our pangas and got out for a day with his wife. He shows off a tasty pompano.

 

Debbie Gaetz with a jack crevalle she caught while fishing with her husband (photo above). Too bad the jacks aren’t real good eating. Although sportfishing is prohibited right now, locals are permitted to subsistence fish. Apparently there’s alot of bait and they saw alot of roosterfish, but the roosters wouldn’t bite.

Our folks in Bahia Magdalena who work with us were out catching some food. Captain Saul was out with family and has a nice pargo on the line.

Some really good eats! From the Bahia Magdalena shallows in the mangroves an ice chest with some fat grouper.

 

It looked like there was a ray of hope there for a bit regarding opening Baja for tourism again.  Indeed, there was a bright spot as June 16th was repeatedly bandied about as the day the quarantine and lockdown would be lifted.

 

Health inspections were taking place.  Businesses were sending employees to classes to learn about new health protocols.  Hotels and restaurants were digging themselves out from almost 3 months of dusty Baja darkness.

 

It seemed there was a green light in the distance and everyone was moving towards it.

 

But wait.  Not just yet.

 

That green light still sits at the end of the tunnel, but it’s gotten a bit dimmer.  Or perhaps it’s because it has moved further away.

 

I waited to post this latest update and report because I knew that last Wednesday, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis, the governor of Baja Sur, was going to post a new state address about the re-opening.    He was going to give a more definitive word about what was going to happen after June 15th.

 

Well, last Wednesday, the governor broadcast the message and all it did was leave alot of us scratching our heads; others pulling their hair out; and others just laughing at the ambiguity of the message.  I sort of get it.  I’m glad I’m not a politician right now.

In a nutshell the government has broken down re-opening into six “traffic light” segments based on how bad they think the infection situation is.  Here’s the chart.  See if it makes sense:

 

The governor’s new “traffic light” chart. Every business will get assigned a color which will be announced after June 15th. The chart tells you what a business can and cannot do.

 

Every business or entity will be judged by and given a “light.”  That will determine if they can open and then, in what capacity they can operate.  All of this, of course, is also based on how badly the pandemic is doing at that particular time.   And, just because you have a certain “color” designation does not pre-clude that your color can be changed at any time.  Kinda like a kid’s game board…up…back…sideways.  Do not pass “Go.”  Skip ahead 2 spaces…etc.

 

Shutting down again is not out of the question…just like the rest of the world.

 

However…Governor Mendoza Davis is not going to tell anyone their color UNTIL JUNE 15th…NEXT MONDAY!

 

It begs the question…how is anyone going to monitor this?

 

That hotel gets a green.  The one next to it is a yellow.  One restaurant is red.  The other is an orange.  Who is counting the number of people on the beaches or parks to make sure that only a certain percentage are on the beach or park at a given time?  Who is measuring the distance between tables in a restaurant?

 

And this is based on so many conflicting reports.  Just in the last few days here’s what I pulled from Mexican news sources.  Many contradict their own stories:

  • Some World Tourism Organization declared Cabo to be the first “safe” destination on Baja’s Pacific Coast (but no one has heard of this organization)
  • But…Health officials say the virus is spiking again and thing are opening too soon
  • Many businesses have received their official “health certification.”
  • But…Health officials say the the peak of infections has not yet hit and Baja Sur is one of the new hot spots in Mexico
  • Some tourists are already filtering back into Cabo
  • But…most hotels cannot yet open
  • The government says the curve has flattened according to the statistics
  • But…other groups says the numbers are skewed and falsely reported in order to get the businesses open again
  • The severe lockdown is still in place for locals and non-essential businesses
  • But…many people are ignoring it.  Businesses found in violation are simply given a warning.  People in violation are told to go home.

 

And on and on…

 

 

The lifting of the Baja quarantine was predicated upon the diminishing number of infections in the area. Compared to the rest of the country, Baja, as a whole, was doing pretty good.  Only a handful of cases compared to other areas.

 

However, in the past week or so, there has been a steady up-surge in Covid infections attributable possibly to a number of variables.

 

For one, about 2 weeks ago, local residents largely ignored social-distancing and came out in numbers for parties related to Mothers’ Day as well as Childrens Day.   Police busted hundreds of secret parties.  Numerous groups where chased off the beaches.

 

Add to that the fact that locals have just been antsy.  Police can’t stop everyone.  They can’t be everywhere.

 

So, out everyone went.  Social distancing be damned and folks just started getting out.  Vendors started selling.  People were out shopping.  Folks were eating out.  As soon as police cleared one beach, folks just drifted off to other beaches or other areas.   Social media was used to warn each other about areas to avoid where police might be checking.  A big game.

 

And to some degree, the police either stopped caring or realized the futility of too few resources for too big a job.

 

And, so up go the numbers.

 

Many businesses that had planned to open after mid-June are now saying that they will wait for an “official” word to re-open.  Others have not even started to open.  Others don’t care.  They have to work and so they open and hope not to get caught.  Most stay closed.

 

As one business owner told me, “I can’t afford to bring back all our staff and pay them to clean up and sanitize our place and take health classes.  Then, they will only have to sit around waiting for a real opening date.  Or I send them home again.  I can’t afford to do that nor do I want to do that to my employees.”

 

So, he will just wait.

 

In fact, Baja’s government is now being accused by health administrators of covering up their true infection numbers so that they could jumpstart the economy.

 

In the rest of the country, the virus appears to be raging, especially in urban areas where social distancing is difficult and medical attention is already inundated.

 

The government says the worst is over. The curve is flattening.  Health officials scratch their heads and say, Mexico is just heading into the worst of it as bodies stack up in hospital storage rooms and morgues still not officially reported Crematoriums can’t keep up.

 

The entire country…all the Mexican states…have been painted red by the health ministers.  Red as in “Code Red.”

 

However, the individual states are being left to decide for themselves whether and when they will make their moves to re-open.  Like everywhere, it’s a precarious decision.

 

For now, as far as I can discern from the numerous new reports that emanate daily, Baja is on hold.  Wait-and-see.  Until after June 15th.

 

Ports and marinas are slated to be open by June 16th.  The border closing is supposed to terminate (driving only) by June 22.  Beaches are supposed to be open June 30th.  But wait-and-see.

 

International Terminal 2 at the Cabo Airport, maybe not until July.

 

But, if there’s no hotels, airlines, restaurants or other services open, it’s going to be very difficult to ramp up the tourism machine…just yet.

 

Head towards that green light in the distance, but pump the breaks and slow it down a bit.  We finally have tickets to fly home June 23rd.  But, that may change if we have no place to live and hotels aren’t open yet.

 

Personally, I think things won’t be back until July.   I can guarantee one thing.  Probably everything you just read and saw on this report will change by the time you’re seeing this.

 

IN OTHER NEWS...

Social distancing? What’s that? Beer is flowing again!

Breweries have been re-opened and have been deemed “essential” to business and are now trucking out cases as fast-as-they-can to re-fill shelves and refrigerators after many weeks of no beer sales!  Yes…even THAT beer with the unlucky name of a certain virus is back on the shelves too!

YES! It is indeed essential!

 

 

No matter what…please take care of each other and be good to each other!  These are trying times indeed.

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 May 23-June 1, 2020

GRADUAL OPENINGS NOW SET FOR JUNE 16th!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 23-June 1, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Popular Captain Pancho got out to fish close-in for some cabrilla and pargo for the family and said there’s alot of roosterfish along the shoreline like this one he caught and released.

Dennis is a Canadian amigo who lives in San Pedro near Muertos Bay and was out trying to catch some food. He ran into this hefty jack crevalle.

With no fishing allowed, the fish have no pressure!  Check this crazy video of jack crevalle on a feeding frenzy in the Cabo Marina.  Turn up the sound.  Thanks for the Pisces Fleet in Cabo for the footage!

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Looks like La Paz will slowly be opening after June 15th.

 

Although Covid is raging in many parts of Mexico, La Paz has been designated as the safest tourist city by Mexican Health authorities and will have a gradual re-opening mid-month.  Authorities are saying, it would still probably take 10-14 days for businesses to resurrect themselves plus establish the safety and sanitation protocols that are being required to re-open.  Some, but not all airlines are also re-establishing routes and services.

 

 

As I’ve stated before, just because everyone gets the green light on June 16th to open, that doesn’t mean automatically everyone suddenly opens!  Like the U.S. many businesses suddenly just turned the keys and had to walk out.  Some will take time to re-open.  Others may never open again.

 

 

As of right now, I have no idea who plans to be open and when!!!!

 

 

Businesses are required to pass a health certification inspection.  New sanitary protocols have to be put in place.  Employees have to be found…and re-trained.  Everything has to be cleaned extensively after being vacant for almost 3 months.   Hotel rooms need to be sanitized from the ground up.  So do restaurants.  Even sportfishing boats need to be sanitized.

 

 

And then what?  How will folks eat in restaurants?  How many people in the shuttle from the airport?  Can hotel rooms be located next to each other?  How do you clean the rooms after a guest leaves?  So many moving parts!

 

TAILHUNTER SPORTISHING

 

The bottom line for us is that we will be back in La Paz June 23rd.  We finally found a flight home!  But, that also gives hotels, etc. a chance to get going and establish new routines, etc.   We lost our Tailhunter Restaurant permanently in the early days of the quarantine so we don’t have much to prep.  We are READY to fish!

 

 

But, we don’t (and can’t ) have you down if we don’t even know if the hotels will be ready!  Some still aren’t answering phones or e-mails because no one is in the offices.  Even if you have reservations, there might not yet flights…so many airlines seem to be making adjustments daily!

 

 

I’ve sent e-mails to everyone who had reservations for the month of June to contact us.  For all practicality, I think we’ll be up and going July 1st.  I hope.

 

That’s my story!
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 14-23, 2020

DELAYS and a NEW NORMAL?

La Paz  – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 14-23, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Secret parties being held all the time! Despite the quarantine.

Curfew time is 8 p.m. everyone off the streets, but locals use Facebook to let others know where the checkpoints are or where patrols will be.

This last weekend alone more than 8,000 people were chased off La Paz beaches which have been “closed” almost two months…supposedly. At one point, law enforcement confiscated everyone’s picnic gear, beach gear, floatie toys and ice chests.

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No fishing to report – Ports/ Marinas and all sportfishing and water activities continue to be closed and under quarantine.

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The news from Mexico and Baja continues to be conflicted and baffling…to say the least.

 

Amid reports that the State of Mexico and Mexico City seemingly keep setting records each week for infections and deaths, more than 300 “less infected” areas have started to ease their quarantines.  This is occurring despite warnings that Mexico has not even faced it’s worst infections…yet.

 

So, some areas have started re-opening.  Some industries like mining, auto manufacturing and construction might be re-starting.

 

Baja is not one of them.

 

Originally, slated for re-opening June 1, the government now says it is more likely to keep things shuttered until June 15th…or later. For, sure it definitely doesn’t look like anyone is opening up June 1st.  Everyone from hotels to restaurants and airlines is back-peddling now.

 

This comes in the face of many hotels, restaurants and other businesses, and airlines who were already making plans to open their services at the beginning of June.

 

The U.S and Mexico also agreed to continue with the border being closed until June 22. However, this does NOT apply to air, sea or rail travel.

 

The problem is that Baja is among a handful of Mexican states where the virus has not abated.  In fact, in areas such as Mexico City, many reports say that the infection and death counts are highly “under-reported.”

 

It sounds a bit like China.  Experts hypothesize that the real statistics might be as much as 3 times higher than reported.  As of this writing, there are  more than 66,000 confirmed infections with more than 7000 deaths. Numbers that might only be 1/4 or 1/3 of the actual numbers.

 

In Baja, the big issue is that Baja Norte,  which includes the border cities such as Tijuana and Mexicali are seeing very high numbers.  It is being lumped together with Baja Sur (which includes Los Cabos, La Paz, Mulege and Loreto) which has relatively few cases.

 

It’s somewhat like grouping North Carolina and Southern Carolina together.  Two different areas.  Different cities and populations, etc. Or comparing New York and North Dakota.

 

However PER CAPITA, Baja has among the highest infection and death rates in the country.  It’s always in the top 4 or so.  And that’s not good and has the health officials concerned.

 

The tourism zones of Cabo and La Paz have been quarantined now for over a month.  All non-essential businesses are closed.  So, are hotels, beaches and restaurants.  The ports and marinas are closed so no sportfishing is allowed either.

 

There’s also 8 p.m. curfews and many other restrictions.

 

However, as one of my gringo amigos living in La Paz told me, “The locals either ignore the restrictions or don’t give-a-s#@t!  They party…sneak out to the beaches…have secret gatherings…you should have seen Mothers Day and Childrens Day!”

 

“The authorities are supposed to enforce the quarantine, but it is very arbitrary.  Anyway, the locals use social media and other clandestine means to avoid checkpoints and to inform each other when the police are searching areas.  It’s like a big game to not get caught!  Many folks during the daytime wander downtown as if nothing is going on.”

 

So, bottom line is that no one really knows what’s going to happen.  There are a lot of moving pieces.

 

And, I have to ask, what is the new “normal” going to look like?  Do any of us even know what normal will look like in our own towns and cities in the U.S.?

 

In Mexico, we come to fish, dive and party and spend time with family and friends.

 

Fishing might be the vehicle that brings us to Mexico, but it’s the whole ambience that keeps us coming back.  We come for the beaches, the great food, the nightlife, the shopping, and more.

 

I have no doubt that when Baja opens up again, it’s going to take time to get on it’s feet again.  Whether things open up in early June, late June or whenever, it’s going to be a slow opening.

 

Officials predict 20-30% of all restaurants will not be able to open.  I know our own Tailhunter Restaurant in La Paz had to be closed permanently as a casualty of the pandemic.

 

I think fishing will be some of the best ever.  The fish have been left alone for months.  But, which operators will still be running?  I once heard that Cabo has over 500 “charter” operators.  But, what now?  Many could not afford the high slip fees in the marinas during the quarantine.

 

And what about the hotels and restaurants.

 

New sanitary protocols will have to be in place.

 

Does that mean social distancing in restaurants? In hotels?  Wearing masks around town or to go to night spots or shopping?  What does that mean for tours like snorkel tours or booze cruises where big groups get together?  Hanging out on the beach with a mask or walking the waterfront or marina but not after a certain time or keeping social distancing?  How are rooms going to be cleaned?  Everyone will have to be re-trained.

 

How is all that going to work out?

 

I just don’t know.   We’re all figuring it out as we go.  Everywhere.

ON THE GOOD NEWS FRONT! THANK YOU ALL!

Hugo, our awesome Tailhunter team member, amigo and popular driver for our fishermen to Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos was hospitalized about 2 weeks go with Covid.  It was touch-and-go for a bit.

Happy to say that he has been released and is re-cuperating at home!

I made sure to alert him to all of the e-mails, and facebook messages and prayers that you all sent on his behalf.  He saw them all and said to thank you and tell you that the messages were “the best medicine.”  He’s looking forward to getting back on his feet and seeing you all again in La Paz very soon!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and 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

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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


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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 April 6-13, 2020

EASTER WEEK IN LOCKDOWN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 6-14, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

East side of Cerralvo Island is still holding sizeable yellowtail in shallow water not far off the beach like this one that Miles Wagner took. He’s been staying at his dad’s place at Bahia Muertos now for almost a month so still has the ability to go fishing now that his school back in Colorado is shut down.

La Paz resident, Erik Holthouse was with his brother Juan were out at Bahia Muertos with Captain Moncho and found a nice school of dorado.

Gary Wagner who lives there in Bahia Muertos has thankfully kept sending me photos and has the ability to fish very easily there and has been on top of the yellowtail schools all week and for the past month.

Not much if anyone fishing at all except gringos who live in the area or locals. And even then, not much and the waters are empty.  However, the few reports we got this week showed there are still slugger yellowtail around especially the rocky areas around Espirito Santo Island and Cerralvo Island on the northeast side.

 

 

More schools of dorado in the 5-15 pound class also becoming more prevalent as the  waters warm.  There’s a nice spawn of those big mullet snapper (pargo liso) that have shown up.  If you can get one of these horses to the boat in that shallow water, they’ve been 15-20 pounders in the school.

 

Aguamarga on the road to Las Arenas basically says all visitors and you’re not welcome.

More Todos Santos – basically says stay at home. This is not for vacation. There is a national quarantine. Be responsible.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Thank you.

Bahia Muertos is usually covered with folks during Easter Week.
     All hotels are still closed until at least April 30th.  Police and military are enforcing the closure of the malecon and all beaches, especially during Holy Week/ Easter Week which has traditionally been a big beach week for Mexico with many people still ignoring the shelter-in-place laws.
      Authorities are now posting signs, but the local population has also started unilaterally blocking entrances into their areas for tourists, visitors and even some of their own residents, if the residents have been out’ve the area.  In an attempt to block the spread of the virus, Mulege, Loreto, San Xavier, Todos Santos, Pescadero, Cedros Island and others have all blocked their roads.
     Around La Paz, the road to Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay with entrances to the pueblitos where many of the fishermen and their families live including, Aguamarga, San Pedro, Bahia Muertos, Punta Arenas and Los Alamos have blocked their roads.  They’re asking everyone to please stay away and if you leave, they might not let you back in.

HEADLINES FROM MEXICO

Please remember this is a changing situation so anything you read here might have changed by the time you’re reading it.
  • STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, MEXICO’S VIRUS CASES HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE LAST WEEK.

 

  • MEXICO REPORTS MORE THAN  5000 CASES WITH OVER 300 DEATHS.  HEALTH OFFICIALS THINK THE UNOFFICIAL COUNT IS PROBABLY OVER 20,000 CASES SINCE NOT MUCH TESTING OR OFFICIAL REPORTING IS GOING ON.

 

  • IN THE SPAN OF A WEEK, BAJA HAS BECOME THE #1 HIGHEST RATE OF VIRUS INCIDENT (PER CAPITA) THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN MEXICO BEHIND ONLY MEXICO CITY.  BAJA HAS ABOUT 500 CASES AND HAS SEEN 20 DEATHS.

 

  • IT WAS A VERY SLOW EASTER WEEK WHICH IS TRADITIONALLY PACKED WITH LOCAL AND FOREIGN TOURISTS.

 

  • DESPITE THE QUARANTINE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MILITARY HAD TO STILL CHASE MANY PEOPLE OFF THE BEACHES

 

  • ONE BEACH IN OAXACA THAT IS USUALLY COVERED WITH BATHERS IS NOW FULL OF CROCODILES THAT HAVE RETURNED AFTER DECADES OF ABSENCE.

 

  • WITH NO COORDINATED QUARANTINE PLAN MANY PEOPLE ARE STILL IGNORING THE RESTRICTIONS. THOUSANDS PACKED SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER AT THE MEXICO CITY FISH MARKET TO PURCHASE FISH FOR GOOD FRIDAY

 

  • MUCH TO THE DISTRESS OF RETAIL GROCERY STORES, MANY VENDORS HAVE TURNED TO SELLNG PRODUCE, MEAT AND OTHER ITEMS FROM THE SIDE-OF-THE-ROAD AT PRICES HUGELY BELOW RETAIL

 

  • HEALTH CARE WORKERS ARE REFUSING TO WORK BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY

 

  • SADLY, HEALTH CARE WORKERS ARE ALSO BEING ATTACKED IN SOME CITIES BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WILL CARRY THE DISEASE INTO THE COMMUNITY.

 

  • SANITATION STATIONS FOR HAND WASHING HAVE BEEN SET UP IN VARIOUS CITIES.  HOWEVER, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STEALING THE SANITATION STATIONS.

 

  • MANY CITIES AHVE ENACTED “DRY LAWS” PROHIBITING LIQUOR SALES OF ANY KIND.  CABO SAN LUCAS INITIALLY WAS PART OF THAT GROUP, BUT HAS SINCE CHANGED THE RULE ONLY RESTRICTING THE HOURS FOR ALCOHOL SALES. “PEOPLE NEED ALCOHOL TO STAY CALM DURING THE STRESS.”

 

  • BREWERIES LIKE CORONA/MODELO WERE SHUT DOWN TWO WEEKS AGO DEEMED “NON-ESSENTIAL” BUSINESS. THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE ALLOWED THEM TO RE-OPEN LAST WEEK…FOR ONE DAY…THEN THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH OVER-RODE THE EDICT AND SHUT THE BREWERIES DOWN AGAIN.

 

Hope you all had a good, safe, and healthy Easter all things considered.  Jill and I are still stuck in the states. There’s no flights from where we have our house and there’s nothing to go back to at the moment in La Paz.  No fishermen.  No fishing.  Our restaurant is closed.  The hotel we live at is closed.  So, we’re staying put like so many of you and still grateful and blessed to have a roof and food and yes…even toilet paper and paper towels!

After almost a month of staying away from family, we finally had a little get together with our two kids and two grandkids Easter Sunday for a little chicken on the barbecue.  Nothing spectacular.  Just good to see them after so long and not be talking on Facetime.  It was Jill’s birthday this past weekend and we were all supposed to be in Hawaii for the weekend, but that understandably got canceled.

We are eating too much, watching more TV than ever, catching up on reading and I’m getting more sleep than ever in my life.  Usually, by this time of year, we’re getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night and now, there’s no alarm jolting me awake at 4 a.m. to put the fishermen out.   But, we’re still working hard trying to keep everyone abreast of what’s happening and/or calming folks down who don’t know what’s going on.    Hopefully, we’ll get to the other side of this sooner rather than later.

Thank you to everyone who writes to us.

I can tell alot of you are at home and on your cellphones or computers. I must get about 100 jokes, memes and videos every day.  I just can’t watch them all or respond to them all but thanks for thinking of us!

In the meantime, please be well, stay well, stay healthy!

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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 30-April 6, 2020

FISH BITING BUT BAJA GOES INTO LOCKDOWN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 30-April 6, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Scott McClure was fishing with local friends before the shutdown and caught our first rooster fish of the season near Cerralvo Island. The fish was released. Captain Beto from La Ventana was running the panga.

When you’re staying at your dad’s place at Bahia Muertos, it’s easier to get in a little early evening fishing. Miles Wagner’s dad owns the Rancho Costa resort in Bahia Muertos near La Paz and got out to fish the nearby rocks where the big pargo have shown up. They lost quite a few of the tough fish even with their drags buttoned down, but Miles put this big pargo liso (mullet snapper) in the boat. Miles normally lives in Colorado Springs CO, but with school closed down, he’s spending the off-time fishing in Baja.

Phil Perrone from Oregon was out with our La Paz amigo, Keith Wiliams, where they worked that area on the east side of Cerralvo Island and boated a few nice yellowtail like this one.

He’s always into fish! Keith Williams moved to La Paz a couple of years ago and is able to spend a fair amount of time fishing. He took some friends out before the lockdown last week and added this schoolie dorado to the fish box.

Gary Wagner sits in a sweet spot at his place in Muertos Bay, Rancho Costa and he’s on prime waters. He got this rare hawkfish (china maru) just down the beach off the rocks fro his place.

 

Roger and Captain Hugo both wore masks while fishing but took his off for this pose with his yellowtail.

Hard to believe that dorado this big are running around in April, but Tailhunter Captain, Luis Martinez took this big bull north of La Paz.

Like everywhere else, the world has changed drastically in Baja which finally jumped in to full-lockdown this past week.

 

Good news is that the fish are biting and there’s alot of variety. Some of the best fishing of the season.

 

The bad news is that the only ones fishing are locals or folks who have their own boats. All commercial and Sportfishing activities have been banned. By national decree, all the beaches and public beaches are shut down. All hotels have closed as of April 5 until 30th (but maybe longer). Any one hanging out, we evicted.

 

All restaurants are closed. The La Paz Malecon is closed. All the ports have closed. In Cabo, and a number of other cities all alcohol sales of any kind have been prohibited. In some cities, even drinking alcohol is now being stopped. La Paz is probably not far behind.

 

On land and water, sadly, it’s a ghost town and the military and police are enforcing the restrictions. Many people are expecting a curfew soon.

 

But, on the water, the fish haven’t been on lockdown. It’s like Murphy’s Law.

We’re seeing our first roosterfish of the season. The big mullet snapper (pargo liso) have started to spawn and are showing up in the shallows. Dorado between 10 and 30 pounds are cruising through the warmer currents. Closer inshore, cabrilla, snapper and sierra are holding. There are also all the bonito you could want and yellowtail up to about 25 pounds can be found around structure, banks and reefs. And, there’s live bait too! Oh, and the weather has been pretty good too with temps in the low to mid-80’s although some very strong winds are predicted for this week.

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES (always wanted to say that)…

Just to give you a quick nutshell of what’s going on in Mexico, here’s some bullet points of information.  Just please keep in mind that things are changing daily and rapidly.  Anything you read here might and probably will have changed by the time you are reading this:

  • The Mexican government is finally asking folks to stay home although President Obrador continues to go out meeting and hugging people and shaking hands ignoring his own edicts. His own health officials say it’s too little to late.
  • The government this week has officially closed all beaches, public areas and non-essential businesses.All hotels in the nation will be closed from April 5-30th. Anyone trying to stay has/ will be evicted. Staffs have been sent home. Administrators are trying to work from home. So, all La Paz hotels are now shuttered.
  • The government shut down the beaches and public areas because when schools and businesses were closed last week, many people decided it was “vacation” time and thousands headed to the beach.Mexico does not have many outbreaks…so far…and less than 100 fatalities. However, experts do not find the statistics reliable because Mexico does not have the means to test many people.
  • The La Paz Malecon has been shut down. Army and police are enforcing the lockdown.
    All restaurants have closed.
  • Mexico has 133 million people, but only 400 ICE beds. High obesity, diabetes and heart disease are rampant in the population which is between 10 and 15% of the population.
  • Many places are ignoring the requirements for social distancing. About 60% of the working population are from the “unofficial economic sector” and work day-to-day and hand-to-mouth existence as vendors, laborers, street works. If they stop work, they don’t eat.As many as
  • 10 million Mexicans do not have access to water so “washing hands” is pretty much out’ve the question.
  • A growing number of cities, including Cabo San Lucas have banned all alcohol sales completely. The fear is that with so many people locked-down, violence from drinking will increase.
  • A number of breweries such as Corona/Modelo have or are shutting down since there are no distributions points any longer. Some of the breweries are converting to manufacturing anti-bacterial gel.
  • Panic buying has already started. But, it is not toilet paper. People are starting to go crazy buying cartloads of beer and hoarding.
  • Some Mexican cities are blocking the roads so no outsiders may enter. The government says it is illegal but locals are putting up roadblocks.
  • Airports are generally open, but there are very very few flights with many airlines canceling services.
  • There is a growing interest to close the borders of Mexico to Americans so they don’t bring down more infections.
  • Mexico is asking Americans to please stay home.A group of 70 University of Texas students flew a charter to Cabo San Lucas on spring break. When they came back 44 of them tested positive for the virus.
  • Many Americans were shooting across the border from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to shop in Mexico which has not had the depletions of goods in grocery stores. That being said, places like Costco have huge lines and are now limiting customers.The U.S. State Department is telling all Americans to come home immediately or be prepared to stay in Mexico for an indefinite period of time.

SADLY ADIOS TO OUR TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT AFTER 13 YEARS…

LOTS OF FUN TIMES!

     It’s been a difficult several weeks trying to keep Tailhunter Restaurant open.  Jilly worked tirelessly trying to make it go using only “take out” but more importantly to save everyone’s jobs.  Many of our employees have been with us for many great years.
     With the national closing of ALL restaurants,  there were not many options.
     We resolved it to the best of our capabilities.  Cantina is officially closed indefinitely.
     The nation has closed all restaurants until April 30th.  Then, they think this will all go away.  We know better.  Mexico hasn’t even begun to get sick yet.
     Closing was the in the best interests of our staff and economically better for us than keep going 30 days…then another 30 days…ad infinitum bleeding money because we would still have the same costs plus having to pay everyone their full salaries. We were not allowed to lay anyone off during the pandemic.
     However, by completely closing the restaurant, we are best able to take care of the employees so they do not have to worry.  They have money and we continued their health insurance. It’s not like they have other places to find work right now with everything closed.
Consequently…
     We paid all employees three full months generous salaries, with full benefits, all earned and accrued vacations and bonuses.  They can go home and sit this out safely and not have to wait for the other shoe to drop and should have a buffer to find work on the other side.  They are all highly skilled, trained and prized food and beverage industry workers.  The best we could do for them…
    When the dust settles on this Covid mess, we will then turn all attention, time and talent to getting the fishing company up and running full steam asap.  60 more families of captains, drivers, caterers and managers are counting on us, not even to mention the resorts and their staff, taxi drivers etc…..

We are tremendously touched by the outpouring of sentiments via e-mails, phone calls and social media from around the world as well as our La Paz community.  Tailhunter Nation is the best!

 

Let’s get on the other side of this as soon as possible!  In the meantime please be well and stay well.  Take care of each other.

 

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 for Week of March 23-March 30, 2020

YELLOWTAIL AND OTHERS WONDERING WHERE THE

FISHERMEN WENT!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 23-30, 2020

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Captain Pancho got out one day with his son and were dragging a Rapala when they hit up this big husky yellowtail.

Visiting his dad in Bahia Muertos, Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs, Colorado has time off from school so he’s been fishing the last two weeks and found a some sweet spots of pargo on the far east side of Cerralvo Island near La Paz.  This is that time of year when the big pargo liso like this come into the shallows to spawn.

Prime time ceviche if I know what Gary Wagner will do with this nice sierra. Despite being a member of the mackerel family, sierra have a delicate white flesh that is incredibly tasty.

Captain Luis fishes with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet and has been fishing with family north of La Paz but was out alone and stuck this pair of slugger yellowtail towards Espirito Santo Island using live bait.

Gary’s got another yellowtail to put in the fish box!

 

Mixed weather conditions but generally flat seas and a decent bite on yellowtail and other species.  Just no one really fishing except locals and captains with family and friends.

 

     Temps are warming up into the 80’s and so is the fishing.  The yellowtail have been biting in a number of areas and are taking sardines, mackerel, ballyhoo live baits as well as chasing slow trolled Rapalas, Yo-Zuris or jigging with iron.  The fish have been chunky at times too!  Some of the fish running up into the 30-pound class.
     In those same areas, we’ve also had amberjack biting with some hefty fish over 50-pounds.  Plus pargo, cabrilla and snapper are willing to bend rods as well.  Plus add in bonito, jack crevalle and sierra and there’s no shortage of biters.  Offshore a few yards, the possibility of dorado and even tuna (rumored) plus big squid are in the area.
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BREAKING UPDATE…Just as I was finishing this up,  Gary Wagner sent me this story about tying into a tuna he estimated at 300 pounds:
“..last Thursday was the only day of the week that was fishable. So Miles and I ran out to Cerralvo Island. After catching some Pargo, white bonita, Cabrilla and all the Skip jack you could ever want, we tied into a Tuna. Not just any tuna but the Tuna from Hell. In our 6 hour and 15 minute fight we got to see this 55 gal drum about 10 times. Over 300 lbs, we hooked the Tuna at 8:30 in the morning in 50 ft of water, and then the Tuna headed for Mazatlan. Took us due East 2 miles then turned and headed right back to where we hooked it. Then out again, the fish turned and eventually broke us off in the rocks on the North end of the Island. We were using a top shot of 30# Flouracarbon with 50# braid, so we really couldn’t pull his lips off. One heck of a father and son memory, we both could use a Chiropractor right about now.”
Here’s Miles Wagner just a few hours into the fight…
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     But, like I said, there’s no one around.  Things are pretty quiet.  Hotels have staff on reduced hours or skeleton crews.  A few hotels are either closing or in the process of closing.  Bars are closed if they are just selling alcohol, but restaurants remain open…or trying to stay open and hoping to stay afloat with food delivery.
     The Marina in Cabo was closed this past week to all boat traffic and water activities and it is expected that La Paz might not be far behind.  We’ll see.  Changes coming daily.

JILL JONATHAN and LA PAZ

     Jilly and I are still in the states dug in and hunkered down like everyone else.  Our last two fishing/ hunting expos in Salt Lake City and San Diego, respectively, got canceled so we’ve come off the road and are in the same “wait-and-see” mode like most folks.
     The few reservations we had for late March and April have all postponed until later in the year.  Flights down are limited or non-existent as airlines have drastically curtailed flights.  But, even if we went back home to La Paz, what then?
    Not only are there no fishermen, but town is pretty empty.  Mostly, it’s our captains fishing with their friends and family to put some meat on the table.  Although there’s generally no mandatory closures in La Paz, since no one is around, many places are shuttered.  New regulations have closed down bars that only serve alcohol, but restaurants like Tailhunter have been allowed to stay open because we also serve food.
     However, we’ve had to move tables apart and found it necessary to severely curtail hours and regretfully, have had to let some of our employees go.  Hopefully, we can remain open and keep our employees working.  Just like in the U.S. we’re trying to augment business with take-out service and food specials.
     Baja is taking the virus pretty seriously especially because of the state’s reliance upon tourism and the handful of cases in Baja have mostly all been related to folks who traveled or came in contact with travelers.
     Mainland, Mexico, on the other hand has not been very quick to re-act.  President Obregon has told the people that it’s not time to panic and they should continue with social activities, eating out, and getting together.  He says Mexico is ready for anything should the virus blow up, but even one of the governors came out this week and said, “Poor people are immune from the virus.”
     However, Mexican health authorities are bracing themselves.  Mexico has serious problems with diabetes (10% of the population); obesity (right up there with the United States); hypertension; heart disease and other health issues.  However, it does not have the ability to cope with an outbreak.  Mexico City alone has 15 million people, but only 400 ICE beds in the whole city.  Plus, especially in the cities, social distancing will be very difficult because of the population density with many people living in close proximity.  Plus, even if closures are put into effect, something like 60-70% of the working population live day-to-day and hand-to-mouth in small mom-and-pop stands or tiny businesses.  If they don’t work, they don’t eat.
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CAVEAT:  WITH THINGS CHANGING SO RAPIDLY ANYTHING WRITTEN HERE IS DONE WITH THE FACTS AT THE GIVEN MOMENT.  BY THE TIME YOU ARE READING THIS THINGS COULD HAVE AND PROBABLY WILL HAVE CHANGED.  I ONLY CLAIM ACCURACY FOR THE FISHING PART! AND OUR WISHES THAT YOU AND YOURS STAY WELL!
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     So, with Jill and I, we do not want to be the ones who perhaps bring an infection to our friends, family and employees.  It’s about social responsibility.  Although we feel fine, we could be carriers.  Even if not, we could easily pick up something in the airport, a car, the airplane…this virus is so resilient that I have problems with anyone going down to Mexico right now “for fun.”
     I’ve had e-mails from folks asking me about going down “because the fishing is good; airline prices are cheap; and there’s no one else on the water!”   Just my personal opinion, that until we get ahead of this thing, folks who go down right now could be the one that’s responsible for killing someone.  And they’ll never know it.  No way to know who is contagious because the virus can be completely asymptomatic.
     So, we’re hunkered down for the time-being just like you.  We’re working like crazy from home (reservations for later in the year are still coming in).  Jill is making big batches of soups and casseroles to store for later.  She’s organizing her office.  I’m cleaning out the garage and trying (failing) to get in some work outs!  We’re not hoarding, but we’ve got enough toilet paper.  We’re watching movies we’ve never had time to watch together and catching up on a bit of reading and staying in touch with family on FaceTime.
     Trying to stay well and keep others well.  I hope you are well and stay that way also!  Please take care of each other and let’s take this seriously so we can get back to normal and hopefully catch some fish!
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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