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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2018

FISH GET PICKY AS SEASON TRANSITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Short Attention Span Week at a Glance

Weather – Beautiful sunny days, but winds are definitely up.  Erratically so.  Sometimes in the morning.  Sometimes in the afternoon.  Comes from different directions and sometimes several changes during the same day.  So, it can be bumpy and rough some days…some places…but not others.  Otherwise, it’s a really pretty time to be in town.  Snowbirds starting to filter back to the city.  Daytime temps low to mid-80’s.

Water – Winds are causing water temps to drop.  Also, less blue water and water getting turned over now.  The agitated water is also making it harder to get bait…very important in fishing production.

Fishing – Up and down.  So many variables now.  More wind.  Cooler waters.  More difficult to find bait. Big moon.  By themselves not a big deal, but combined fishing very much affected. Fish are moving around. Different species biting.  Still some tuna and dorado around.  Still some of those big pargo.  More cooler water fish inshore.  Had a good wahoo week.  Also, surprisingly strong for big roosterfish this past week.

Outlook – As the wind continue, things will continue to change towards the cooler, rougher water.  We’re not fishing much out’ve La Paz anymore with more focus fishing from Muertos/ Las Arenas where it’s a little more protected.

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Sorry we couldn’t get Marcus his marlin although he tried really hard at it, but he finally got his roosterfish as he and Captain Victor struggle to get a photo and get the big fish released. Punta Perico in the near background.

Captain Pancho with our fun Montana friends who had a super day. Darrel Zauner and daughter, Marni got two wahoo and a tuna and had a big dog-tooth on the line too!

Smiles from George Shaw who finally hit the fish on their 3rd day.

Fat tuna in the hands of Darcie…her first tuna and she rocked it like a boss.

Good week for wahoo. Came up from the East Cape to find the skinnies.

Hi Renee! Fun week with Renee and her husband who hung in there during a scratchy week and finally got into the fish.

Johnny from Rancho Costa got himself a wahoo for dinner too!

Captain Victor watched Marcus hoist his catch from Bahia Muertos.

We had an up-and-down week here.  We had some of the prettiest postcard days, but also some days when the sun was out but the winter winds were blowing making it tough to fish.  Oh, and a full moon as well!

 

I will officially now say we have passed from the warm water season into the cooler off-season.  Winds are starting to blow erratically now.  Some from the north, some from the south.  It changes from day-to-day and can even change several times during the same day.

 

The result is that the waters have cooled or are getting mucked up.  Bait is getting increasingly harder to find and the bait guys either can’t find it or you have to wait until they get enough to sell.  Folks get impatient, but what you gonna do?  Go fish without bait?  That’s the way it is this time of year.

 

We pretty much aren’t doing much fishing with our La Paz fleet the last week-and-a-half or so. The outside waters are just too unpredictable; fish are scattering now; and bait has become an issue.

 

So, most of our fishing is with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet.

 

On the days when we could get bait, there’s still some stray  10-25 pound tuna hanging out. A few dorado here and there.  Still some of those nice big pargo liso and big dog-snapper in the rocks, although we didn’t get any to the boat this week and lost all of them in the rocks on busted lines.

 

However, wahoo are still around.  Dark Rapalas are still the best option to get them.  We got some 20-40 pounders hooked up this week.  Also, I was really surprised that we got so many and so many LARGE roosterfish as well.  Really not a very prominent time for roosterfish, but I guess they’re still there.  Pretty much any of our anglers this week who wanted to get one hooked up at least one and all of them were respectable legit fish.

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

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

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 12 -19, 2018

TUNA and DORADO SUMMER BITE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 12-19, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – Warm and sunny.  Highs all week high 90’s.  Nightime dropping to high 70’s.  Pretty humid.  Not unusual to get some electrical and thunderstorms and showers here and there.  Nothing lasts long or affected the fishing .

Water – Blue with surface temps high 80’s.  Great snorkeling and diving time.  Some thermoclines down 30′-40′ much chillier by 5-8 degrees.

Fishing – More football-sized tuna showing up in the 10-15 pound class, but big bruisers still around.  Dorado are 80% of the catch, but the bite is often later in the day for the dorado.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose.  Lost some wahoo and billfish this week.  So, no photos, but the fish are there!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Eric Hill visiting us for the first tim from Colorado rocked it with a hefty yellowfin tuna off Punta Arenas .

After you’ve been fighting a big fish in the hot sun for a long time, it’s kinda hard to lift it for a photo as Jules found out in this photo. Punta Arenas and Cerralvo Island in the distance.

I couldn’t get a photo of Donovan Ackerman and his big dorado, but I do have a photo of the big dorado with Captain Ramiro on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Laura Hernandez with another fat fat yellowfin just off the beach at Arenas. Laura is from San Diego.

Amigo, Roger McCracken from Oregon was fishing with Shelly Donnell north of La Paz when they had a good day on the dorado and even a football tuna.

The right kind! Nice football tuna double-fisted by Mark Buchanan from San Diego.

We had more of a fairly typical summer fishing week these past few days. Temperatures in the high 90’s with night temps in the high 70’s. Days start often with clouds then the Baja sun busts through giving way to stronger breezes and the return of clouds in the afternoons and even some thundershowers that cool off the evenings.

Waters have settled and are mostly blue and holding some pretty decent fish!

We still have those larger model tuna off Punta Arenas that seem to average about 40-50 pounds and have really been tough dogged sport these past few weeks and schooling a lot of anglers in how powerful these fish can be. Especially, when success tips in favor of the fish since they are mostly eating light 25-40 pound test which really puts a strain in the angler and his gear. We sure lose a lot of them.

However, this past week, we saw fewer of the larger fish and more football tuna seemed to have taken up station. These fish are much much more manageable to most angler since these footballs are 10-20 pounders. They’ll pull hard, but at least they don’t kill you!

Rounding out the box, there’s some nicer 10-30 pound dorado that have moved in. Most surprising are the pargo, pompano and some other cooler water species we normally do not see this time of year with the waters so warm. Maybe the waters are already cooling?

For our La Paz Tailhunte fleet, the bay and around the islands north of town, dorado are still the mainstay with limits or near limits most days. The problems is about finding the spots. It seems the concentrations of fish move around, but once located, it can be crazy off-the-chart fishing.

Just a heads-up that the best bite is later in the day or afternoon so be patient. The fish are more willing to feed sometimes just about the time much of the fleet is heading back in. But, our Tailhunter pangas have been staying out a bit later to take advantage of the later bite .

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 5-12, 2018

HURRICANE JOHN CRASHES PARTY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug 5-12, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Report

Week at a Glance

Weather – We had Hurricane John that bounced in and bounced out.  Some flooding, but honestly nothing serious as it headed out towards the Pacific, but enough that we had a few days of winds, rain and waves.  Enough to cause a nuisance and shut down fishing for 2 days.   But, even after it technically went it’s way the days in the aftermath still were cloudy…some rain…some thunder and lightning and winds.  Very unpredictable and erratic.

Water – Did not take as bad a hit as after other storms where the water is very turned over and dirty.  Since there wasn’t torrential rain, there wasn’t enough run-off to dirty the water.  Waters relatively blue and clear at 83 degrees.

Fishing – Week started pretty well with big tuna, and dorado.  Then the storm hit and you always wonder what it will do to the fishing.  How long will the fish take to recover.  Surprisingly, the fish were fair good to us.  Not great, but not as bad as other times.  We still had action although we had to work harder for them, but everyone caught fish.  Surprised to see cooler water fish like pargo and pompano showing up.  Are waters getting colder already?  We usually don’t see these fish except in late winter and spring!

Catching – Still losing the majority of those big tuna; a couple of wahoo bites; and more dorado than we should!  But that’s fishing!  Everyone took home meat that wanted meat.

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Big tuna for Laura Hernandez and Mark Buchanan from San Diego who battled the big fish just off Punta Arenas. The fish were measured at about 50-55 pounds each.

A good reason NOT to be out fishing! Waterspout off Cerralvo Island during the storm! (Taken from the beach!) . Thanks for the shot, Rusty Cain!

Little vide of the beginning of Hurricane John.

Even after the hurricane “left” we still had localized and intermittent shower and thunderstorms all week. Pretty shot! Thanks, Mark Buchanan!

The fishing rabbi from Portland Oregon,  our amigo, Sheldon Donnell used to have a temple in Orange Co, but retired to Portland and often came to fish in La Paz with Tailhunter Sportfishing. He got this nice bull just off the rocks near Punta Arenas.

One of our favorite all-time families! Diego and Kelly Sanchez from Loveland, Colorado brought granddaughter, Selena down who had a great time fishing. Here’s one day’s fun of tuna, dorado, triggerfish and pargo! Plus they released jack crevalle and bonito.

Bryan Forward from Carlsbad wasn’t fishing for roosterfish just north of La Paz, but while fishing in a dorado school with Captain Rogelio from the Tailhunter Fleet, this big boy popped up and chewed his bait and the battle was on. The fish was released.

I think one day, Al Sandstrom will probably move down here. He just has too good a time fishing! Dorado in hand caught with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet.

Skies are still cloudy but the smiles are real! Captain Jorge with Mark Hawkins and Harry Hsu posed with 3 of their 5 yellowfin on the beach at Muertos.

That’s alot of mahi mahi for Mark Buchanan and wife, Laura Hernandez from San Diego. Always in the fish!

He’s a little tired! Tony Smith has 4 big tuna on the table. First time down here and he had a good time.

Lee Carlson with Captain Moncho of the Tailhunter Fleet is from Denver. He hooked this roosterfish not far off the beach near Punta Perrico near La Paz and fought it for over an hour on light tackle and said “The fish did me in!”

The best is when someone catches their first fish ever! Rob Forward of Carlsbad and Captain Rogelio with his first dorado!

So crazy unusual to be catching pargo liso because normally, they are cooler water fish we catch from Feb. to April! But, Shelly Donnell got this one off the rocks at Punta Perrico. Great eating! Tough fighter too!

Hope came to visit us from Idaho for the first time and got her first dorado showing here on the beach at Balandra! Great to have her down!

Colorado friends since college, these two have been Tailhunter amigos for many years. Always smiling, Frank Kunze and Lee Carlson with a pretty good day out’ve Muertos Bay of tuna and dorado.

 

This one weighed out at over 52 pounds for Laura Hernandez. These are beast fish! Check out how close she is to the beach at Punta Arenas!

Football-sized yellowfin tuna showed up later in the week that were alot of fun and surely easier than the 60 pounders earlier in the week. San Diego boys in the house!

 

Captain Gerardo photo-bombs a dorado photo of Cal Lambert from Colorado trying to pose with one of several nice dorado caught just before the storm hit!

Harry Hsu and John Land with Captain Jorge and a nice haul of dorado and triggerfish.

Alex Moser from San Diego and his amigos with a big 50 pounder that took over an hour to land!

Laura has a knack for getting big fish! Nice bull dorado off Las Arenas Point!

We had a strange and crazy week. Things were going pretty nicely and then out’ve nowhere, what looked like a week of intermittent showers and occasional rain suddenly got a name and turned into “Hurricane John!” It got us scrambling!

These things are un-predictable and although it was only a “Category One” storm, we’ve seen them do some erratic things over the years and while the storm path didn’t have John barreling directly into us, it was going to glance off the southern tip of Baja and bounce out pretty hard.

The storm warnings went out and the clouds, wind and rain came in. Thunder, lightning and even water spouts! Some flights got diverted and although we never got the heavy hit, it was enough to have the Port Captain shut down the port and ban all boat traffic. Big waves and strong winds didn’t help.

Of course, that meant cancelations; no fishing; and lots of schedule juggling. It’s too bad because fishing had been pretty good.

Then the storm left. Sort of.

The port opened, but for several days, we didn’t know if the port captain would change his mind and shut things down again. So there were days when we had everyone ready, but also telling them they might have to head back to their rooms if the port captain shut things down again.

Because while “John” moved off, it never really completely left and almost each day, we had threats of wind, rain and big seas and occasional thundershowers and left everyone wondering what the next day would be like and days when we went fishing and still got wet.

Fortunately, the waters didn’t take too hard a hit from the storm and fishing the rest of the week was a lot better than I thought it would be although it still was not quite as good as it had been.

Everyone still got fish!

At Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, the big tuna were still around although a bit pickier. However, smaller fun football sized 10-20 pounders showed up right off Punta Arenas not far from the lighthouse. Also, decent dorado up to about 25 pounds rounded things out and surprisingly we got pompano and nice big pargo liso snapper that usually we only catch in the springtime. It makes me wonder if cooler waters are already moving in! Several roosterfish also hooked and released in the 30-50 pound category.

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, dorado were centerstage again. Most of the fish were 5 to 20 pounders, but if you find the right spot, it could be crazy frenzied fishing. Most days, the boats got limits or near limits although some days the bite didn’t take off until late in the day. If boats left too early they sometimes missed the bite.

So, overall, not too bad given the weather. It could have been a lot worse!

TAILHUNTER OUTREACH – GRACIAS!

Diego Jimenez and his family from Loveland CO

Wes Perkins and Roger Hall from Oregon

Matt Chase, Terry Biggs, Mitch Embry and Rich Keogh

I’m sorry I don’t have ALL the photos of everyone who brought donations or school supplies, clothes, shoes, hygiene and other needed items for our Tailhunter Outreach Program.  But, e are so grateful for the generosity.   This year alone, we’ve collected over 1000 pounds of much-needed items that we distribute to the community.  Some of the photos above are just from the last week and all of this went to the school and orphanage in Los Planes near Las Arenas.  With school starting this week, the supplies and clothes were much appreciated!

Tailhunter Tribe rocks!  Thank you all!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 1-8, 2018

DORADO FINALLY MAKE A SHOW

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

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT 

Sorry about the audio quality.  It really wasn’t THAT windy, but I forgot my wind-screen microphone and I had to do this all in one take because I was almost out’ve batteries on my camera!  Hope you can still understand it!  With apologies for being an idiot!

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Hot and humid for the most part.  Day time in the mid-90’s and nights in the low 80’s.  In short, perfect fishing weather.  We did have a little bit of drizzle one morning for about an hour then the sun came blazing.

Water – Getting warmer and bluer each week.  Plus sargasso weed is building which co-incidentally has alot to do with the better dorado bite.

Bait – Not an issue for our La Paz Fleet.  Still hit or miss sometimes with our Las Arenas fleet

Fishing – Not so many big tuna this week. They were there and sometimes would chew and other times not.  But dorado, wahoo and roosterfish helped fill the slack.  Some days better than others.  Some boats luckier than others.

Catching – The bigger the fish, the more we lose!  Lost some big marlin, big dorado, bit tuna and big dorado this week.

 

THE BIG PICTURE & THE REST OF THE STORY…

Happy fella! Darrell Manginelli from Ventura CA shows off a rack of nice dorado plus two nice snapper after a day fishing out’ve Bahia de los Muertos.

First day is a good day! Captain Jorge with Mike and Marta Shaw showing off some quality tuna and dorado near Las Arenas.

Whoa! Nice bull, Jason! Yes, you made the report, amigo! Starts off his trip with a quality bull dorado. Jason is from the San Diego area.

Glenn Rowland has a habit of dozing off on our pangas then his rod goes off all by itself and he reels in big fish like this nice wahoo that ate a Rapala while fishing with Captain Pancho . Glenn is from Ventura CA

Bennett Clegg has a habit of visiting us at Tailhunter each year and sticking some nice big fish like this big bull he caught while fishing with Captain Victor.

A little cloud mid-week down here, but the dorado bit for Jeff Klassen who got limits in the box and poses with two on the beach.

Like I said above, Bennett Clegg from Santa Rosa CA seems to always find big fish and was fishing light tackle 12-pound test in a school of medium dorado when this huge roosterfish blew up on his sardine and battled him on a very light rod for over an hour! The fish was photo’d and released strong. Bennet…not so much. He called it day after that and came in! Fish estimated at 50-60 pounds by the Tailhunter Captain.

Christina Morales from Lakewood CA has never been fishing and is about as tiny and petite as a button. She and her family came to fish with Tailhunter in La Paz and her very first fish ever is this pig tuna she wrestled over an hour in the sun in a spinning rod with Captain Arcangel. But, she got it in with no help although Captain Arcangel did a great job maneuvering the panga and was as proud as Christina to get the big fish.

I’ve seen this guy with so many nice fish over the years that he has caught with us. Sam Sybesma hold up one of his limits of dorado. He said while he battled this big bull, his buddy, Jeff caught 4 others!

If his tongue is hanging out, it’s for good reason. Mike Shaw from Oceanside CA battled this beast of a freckled roosterfish over an hour when it slammed his live bait north of La Paz fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet. The fish was caught not too far off Punta Coyote and was released. Estimated at over 70 pounds!

Darrell Manginelli is from Ventura CA and fishes with us every year. Captain Pancho poses with him and one of Darrell’s wahoo.

Nothing like having kids hook up! Eleven-year-old Fernando Balderrabano was with his dad, Manuel, when they got a nice pair of bulls plus a bunch of other dorado in the box while fishing north of the city with Captain Rogelio.

Great colors on this dorado that Alicia Clegg caught among several others fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. Check those flat waters!

Light tackle monster for Dan Shay of San Diego who was fishing with a spinning rod when he knocked this fat amberjack.

 

Captain Armando with Greg Ponte and a great eating barred pargo taken off the rocks.

Mike Shaw on the beach at Muertos Bay with the tail of a nice yellowfin tuna. The fish is bigger than it looks. Mike’s a tall guy!

Great photo and a nice dorado for smiling Alicia Bennett.

Glenn Rowland with the 2nd of two wahoo he caught while fishing with Captain Pancho.

All the way from Sweden! Mike Sjosvard had a few roosterfish hooked, but got away. He still got a nice jack crevalle…close cousin!

The Morales Family…Ruby…Christina and Jesus from Lakewood CA with enough to fill a few ice chests including dad’s wahoo and two big tuna.

Incredible colors here on this bull dorado with Darrell Manginelli.

First-timers Scott Van Essen and Joel Warners have their hands full with a couple of schoolie dorado.

It was croaking according to Bennett Clegg who caught this near Espirito Santo Island. Jack crevalle are tough fighters and yes…they do make a croaking noise!

One of the happiest guys to visit us. Glenn Rowland from Ventura CA had himself a nice week of big fish.

Hope you had a great 4th of July holiday week!

For us…

It wasn’t a great week of fishing, but it wasn’t too bad either!  For sure… The fish are there and the highlight was the appearance of a nice grade of dorado.

The thing about the fishing this week was that it could still be spotty here-and-there. One boat could get fish and another right next to it would struggle. One boat can’t get bit and the two next to it are bent all day. No rhyme or reason. It’s just fishing!

Most of our folks who fish with us fish for 2, 3, 4 or more days . There could be an off-day or two. But, the good days usually more than made up for the down days with big fish or plentiful action . The biggest problem might be with folks who were walk-in clients or only scheduled one day of fishing. They could be the boat that just happens to have a slow day or the boat that loses their biters as often walk-in clients don’t have a lot of experience.

But, overall, some nice fishing this week for the most part.

Our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Tailhunter Fleet found the tuna a little closer to home base this week. The tuna were found off the south side of the big island negating the run all the way up to the north end of the island. The fish are quality 40-60 pounders. The issue is that they did not always want to bite. Some days, the went on the chew. Other days, especially when bait was tougher to find, the fish had lockjaw or guys saw then boiling or they were fast movers and just didn’t want to eat.

Wahoo made up for the slack on some of those days with some quality 30-40 skinnies that ate the Rapalas or Mega Baits or bit the live bait. Also, some big roosterfish and better quality dorado between 15 and 40 pounds helped ease things.

Still, for the most part, fishing Las Arenas/ Muertos area got you big fish or not much.

The better action was still with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet. Encouraging to see more schools of dorado gathering up. Especially if you can find the patches of sargasso weeds floating on the surface or the right current line. Nicer fish in the 20-30 pound class showed up too.

Some days, you’d pick-pick-pick getting a dorado here and there or, if you found the honey hole, then it could be dorado rodeo with every rod bent non-stop.

Some holdover amberjack and yellowtail are still around in the rocks as well as pargo, cabrilla, snapper and jack crevalle. Some unusually big roosterfish too!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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La Pa – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 3-10, 2018

QUALITY TUNA ROLL THROUGH

CERRALVO ISLAND

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-10, 2018

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Got cloudier later in the week as bits from distant hurricane Aleta took away some of the sunshine. (It blew out to sea hundreds of miles away)  But with the cloud cover, the humidity and heat rose.  Days are in the high 90’s.  Nights in the upper 70’s.  Thankfully, every night the Corumuel Breeze blows through and cools things down . Hurricane Ben coming up behind, but we’re keeping an eye out.  Might give us a few showers and wind later in the week.

Water – Blue and mostly calm.  Summer conditions.  Weeds burning off.  Water about 82 degrees on the surface.

Fishing – Bigger 30-100 pound tuna bent rods and broke hearts this week.  Everyone focused on those sluggers.  But, dorado, pargo, big jack crevalle, some roosterfish, cabrilla, and several species of bonito around for anyone who wanted.

Catching – Bigger fish meant more losses.  Everyone WANTS a big fish until they’re fighting in the hot sun and realize they have a beast.  Some anglers fighting fish 1 or 2 hours and losing them, but that’s why they’re BIGGER fish!  More fish lost than caught.  But you’ll never catch one if you don’t put a line in the water!

THE BIG PICTURE and THE REST OF THE STORY…

Our amigo, Tom Mullican, from Idaho comes twice-a-year for 10 days at a time. Fishing with Captain Jorge, he got the 60-pound tuna then fought the 100 pounder for 2 hours! He said his arms were too tired and shaky to hold the fish up for the photo!

Craig Wong, Mark Buchanan and Laura Hernandez with quite a hault of yellowfin tuna and red snapper. They’re all from San Diego areas.

Captain Boli with Gene and Travis Harp from chillier climes in Oregon showing off one of their nice big bull dorado inside La Paz Bay.

Tom Hinmon, from Laguna Beach CA, had himself quite a week. Here’s one of his good days with Captain Pancho and a load of big yellowfin.

Our new amigos from North Caroline, Shanon Spivey and Steve Gray with Captain Archangel do the beach pose with their big tuna and a dorado. One day, I will get Arcangel to smile. He’s been with us 23 years so maybe there’s still hope!

Last minute trip for Desiree Winn and Ryan Bottensek from Florence Beach, Oregon produced these nice tuna with Captain Armando.

Victor from Wiconsin had only 1 day to fish, but squeezed it in and got himself one of the largest yellowtail of the season plus a big tuna.

When the tuna weren’t on the chew everyone seemed to get hung with these big schools of jack crevalle that really tore things up! Tom Hinmon poses with one of the big grunts before releasing it.

 

One of the few amberjack we got this year and caught by Gary Galbreath from Huntington Beach CA off Cerralvo Island. Note the big tuna at his knees also! Amberjack are great eating down here. Like sweet yellowtail meat and can get over 100 pounds.

Big smiles from big guys! Captain Gerardo grins with Jude Martinez and Scott/ Steve Ellis from San Diego with a trio of solid tuna and a couple more in the foregrounds. Grey skies already coming in!

This might be the largest bull dorado so far this season which is just getting underway, but Vince Acosta put the hurt on this flyer while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet in La Paz Bay.

 

Captain Victor looks on as a tired John Gaskins hold up another yellowfin with 2 more YFT’s on the cutting table at Muertos Bay.

Some prize! Craig Wong from San Diego with a hog of a cabrilla that he pulled off the rocks!

Two of our favorites! Captain Jorge and Vince Acosta ham it up for the camera with 4 nice tuna on the beach.

A good day for tuna for Craig Wong and Mark Buchanan from San Diego to add to their boxes going home!

Steve McGavern from Loreto drove down for a quick two days of fishing just at the start of the tuna run with us holding two fish ready to be cleaned and packed up.

Steve/ Scott Ellis and Captain Gerardo are two big guys which gives you some perspective on the nice size of the tuna Steve caught.

With the steep cliffs of the north end of Cerralvo Island in the background , Tom Hinmon put the gaff to this yellowfin tuna not far from the lighthouse rock.

There’s some nice grade dorado around north of La Paz! Randy Forestiere with Captain Raul hold one up for the camera!

Yes, you have three of them! Nice day of tuna for John Carser from Huntington Beach.

Fat tuna and big smiles from Laura Hernandez from San Diego who boated this one outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

They might not have been long, but these fish were plugs and big round bombs when they hit the lines like this one caught by Gary Galbreath.

Our long-time buddy Ricardo (Ranchero) Sawaske with Captain Raul and a young bull fresh on the gaff and going to dinner!

Favorite photo of the week. John Carser and Mark Rodman. Thanks, guys. Enjoy all the fish you brought home this week!

As we watch cloudy gray skies move in on us that might eventually bring us some rain later in the week, it’s been a good week for fishing.  Not a great week for a lot of fish, but a great week for BIG fish!

There’s still a lot of pargo and cabrilla around and more and more dorado, but everyone eschewed the fast action and ability to fill an ice chest to go for the bigger boy tuna that showed up at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Everyone had shots at these quality tuna that were as small as 30 pounds, but some in the 60 to 100 pound class!
Not everyone caught fish and the week started a bit slow.  But the fish were there.  Everyone eventually who wanted fish went home with full coolers of slabbed ahi.  One boat would get them and another boat next to them would miss.  One guy would hit two or three and his buddy would only run interference and pick off bonito.  Or needlefish.
Like I said, these fish were powerful and strong.  Stronger then most of our anglers had ever tangled with.  Fights of 1-2 hours were not uncommon.  More heartbreaking were the stories of fish that broke off after long fights or came unbuttoned.  Tougher still were stories of even larger fish that straightened a hook or broke a rod. For some of our anglers…1 fish was enough for the day!  Careful what you wish for.
There were funny stories about guys tossing a mackerel and immediately getting slammed.  After a long fight and a swig of water, they would routinely just toss in their 2nd bait of the day.  WHAM!  Bit again and on for another long long battle.  And regretting it!
No doubt there were more fish lost than were caught!
Live mackerel were the ticket so we had to get out there early and it’s a long run to the north end of Cerralvo Island.  But even with few baits, somedays every bait would get bit…and that was enough when you’re battling big fish for a long time!  When macs didn’t work, yo-yo iron also produced fish for the guys that knew how.
Still some variety around as well.  But, like I said, most of the focus was on the tuna grounds. So more tuna than anything else showed up in the boxes.  Nevertheless, when the tuna weren’t biting hefty jack crevalle put on a show that had guys shaking their heads with the power of these fish.  Not good eating, but made for great sport.
Also,  there’s a few yellowtail and sierra still lingering and for our La Paz Fleet, dorado, pargo, cabrilla and snapper

We’re keeping an eye on the weather.  A category 4 hurricane named “Aletta” became the first of the season far far south us by hundreds of miles and blew itself out to sea, but did send gray skies over us this past weekend and ramp up the humidity.  However, a 2nd blow by the name of “Bud” might bring us some bitty showers later this week and some worrisome winds.  We’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 28-May 6, 2018

TUNA and BIG DORADO SAVE THE WEEK!

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE

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

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

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

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

THE REST OF THE STORY

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 18-25, 2018

NOT MUCH TO TELL YOU THIS WEEK

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2018

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of  March 18-25, 2018

 

THE REST OF THE STORY…

Jorge Romero with one of the rare quality fish picked up the whole week and has a nice yellowtail in hand he caught with sardines. He also said there were quite a few bonito, but overall no one was getting too much of anything, Nice shirt!

There were few bright spots for fishing this past week as it was mostly a windy, cloudy rough time.  It’s fairly common during the winter months which is why we don’t have many folks fishing during these months.  We had one or two days at most that were somewhat fishable and even then, it was picky fishing at best.  Some snapper…some pargo…a few cabrilla…and a few yellowtail were about it.  Oh, and alot of bonito for some grateful action.  And that was the whole enchilada for the week.  Fortunately, not many anglers.  However, with spring break and Easter on it’s way, things are going to start getting crowded and we can only hope the weather and winds drop back a notch or two.  Early predictions so far look a bit iffy.  Just being honest.

TAILHUNTER 2018 ROAD TOUR COMES TO AN END!


 

After almost 4 months on the road and a journey that started back in December and took us through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, California, Washington and Oregon…we come to the end of the road.

Jilly wrapped things up a the Fred Hall Show in San Diego.  I was out in the Phoenix, Arizona area with the International Sportsmans Expo.  Both shows were super and good to see so many Tailhunter tribe members and new amigos!

Its been another epic road tour after 23 years and we are so grateful to everyone who took the time to come see us all of the hunting and fishing shows.  It was great and we appreciate all the smiles and hospitality.  God bless you all!

To those of you who signed up to come visit us this year fishing in La Paz, let’s get going!  We’re gonna have a great season and we’re looking forward to seeing you down with us.  We have to unpack the van and the cat and then saddle up and get home to La Paz right after Easter.  So, we’ll see you down there!  Thanks again.

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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


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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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