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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 23-30, 2021

FULL MOON and ECLIPSE FISHING?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report Week of May 23-31, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Troy Kuzminsky really wanted a roosterfish! Just off the rocks he pulled this beauty. The fish was released! Troy is from Washington!

First-timer Dave Bundy fishing with our Arizona amigo, Rick Kasper found the dorado schools north of La Paz around Punta Coyote.

Maybe a new IGFA World Record for Gama Morales! Officially weighed on a certified scale at Tailhunter at 46-pounds besting the current 2007 record of 45 pounds. See more information below! Taken in the same area…south end of Cerralvo Island.

Lots of “beasty” fish, lately! Wow. This hog dog-tooth snapper was caught by Clayton Cersonsky from Austin TX on live bait outside of Bahia Muertos. That’s Gary Wagner owner of Rancho Costa there in the bay.

A pretty picture! Colorado in the house with a pair of legit dorado caught north of La Paz. That’s Dr. Giani Checa and his amigo Dan Le.

I’m sure he can think of some great things to do with this nice cabrilla! Professional chef Preston Hix was visiting us for the first time from Florida.

You won’t find much dorado in Montana! Ken Miller has a beauty for this picture. Great photo, Ken!

Celebrating his graduation from Texas A & M in Wildlife, Quinn Mattson was with us 4 years ago after graduating from high school. Nice rack of fish with Captain Arcangel…pargo, cabrilla, snapper and pompano!

Fire Captain Mark Ferreira took some days off for his first visit to La Paz and shows off his first roosterfish caught and released near Punta Arenas.

This gal can fish! Always has big fish! Taylor Murphey from Lakewood CA has a nice early season wahoo. Cerralvo Island in the background!

This is Ted! He’s a funny guy and caught a bunch of roosterfish on spinning gear and had a blast. All fish released.

First day variety for Ricky Bacon and Pat Talbott at Bahia Muertos.

The right kind! They’re still around…the tough pargo liso! Duane Mattson from Texas with a big grin over a big fish!

We got so many good folks from Montana like Chuck Hinkle here who took this pretty bull dorado off Espirito Santo Island.

Lorena always has a great smile with her fish! Just off the rocks south of Bahia Muertos. Catch-and-release roosterfish!

One of the prettiest photos of the week. Our good amigo, Mike Schoder from Alaska…on the flyrod! His last day fishing and down to only 4 baits to chum got this awesome bull to take his fly! They ate a bunch of it at our Tailhunter Restaurant that night!

Captain Rogelio strains to lift the marlin on the gaff caught by Ron Baughman even though wife, Valerie gets in the photo! Great Colorado folks who had a spectacular fishing week (see more below). This fish was hooked on 30 pound test and swallowed the hook.

I’m gonna make William our new poster-child for Tailhunter. He never fails to take great photos with his fish like this rooster he hooked just off the surfline near Punta Arenas (in the background). The fish was released.

Great colors and big smile form Kyndall Hinkle who got in a few days fishing with us from Montana while Captain Raul looks on!

Flat waters and hungry fish like this bull dorado make for a great day. John Hamilton had alot of fun over 3 days. I think that’s Captain Boli’s hands…lending a hand for the good photo.

Great fun fish…rooster poses with Pat Talbott for a photos before getting returned to the water.

Matt Talbott is a tall fella and this dorado he caught outside La Paz Bay is almost as long!

Here we go…dorado make for some great colorful shots! Duane Mattson and Quinn Matson found the schools!

Another one on the flyrod! Another long-time Alaska amigo, John Daley rocked this rooster on the fly before releasing it.

I count five different species on the cutting table including pompano, a rainbow runner, cabrilla, snapper and pargo! Chuck Hinkle from Montana with son Jed who is actually a Montana State Senator!

Thumbs-up from Captain Joel with Steve Dietrich who make a last minute trip with friends when one of the party didn’t have a current passport.

Dr. Giani Checa has all the right colors and outfit for fishing roosterfish with Captain Jorge. Giani wins the best-dressed for the week! It’s a good look to go with a good roosterfish!

Jerry Hill…fun amigo! He’s got another dorado for the box! Really enjoyed him and his amigo, Johnny Hamilton. On their first trips to visit with us!

It was a good solid week on so many levels.

There continues to be an incredible amount of variety of species being caught as more warm water species move in like dorado, marlin, wahoo and tuna however, cooler water species like yellowtail, amberjack, pompano, and sierra continue to linger and are willing to bite.

I believe I counted 18 different species of fish caught this week.

Just as I think the waters have sufficiently warmed and we shouldn’t be catching the cooler water fish, species like the yellowtail, sierra, pompano and pargo continue to pop up. However, the clearest indication of the warming season is the big uptick in the dorado.

The bite started to kick in about mid-May. The fish had been in the area, but just weren’t quite ready to bite. This week, the area around Espirito Santo Island and in the channel between the north end of Cerralvo Island and Las Cruces/ Punta Gorda were filled with sargasso weed floating around. This produced excellent cover for baitfish like the flying fish and drew in hungry schools of dorado.

Using live bait, the dorado are normally smallish this time of year with a 10-pounder being typical. However, like so many other species we are finding in 2021, the dorado this year are healthy legit 15-25 pound fish with some larger 30-pound class fix mixed in . It has been a long time since we’ve seen this kind of abundance and size to our dorado. I think , like many other fish we are seeing, keeping everyone off the water last year because of Covid, really had an effect on letting these fish grow!

In addition, other warm water species also made their presence known. We got our first tuna this week of about 25 pounds and other fish were seen in the area but not quite ready to bite. We got our first marlin around Espirito Santo Island this week plus our first wahoo of the season all are warm-water indicators.

There’s still plenty of roosterfish around, but the size has diminished from the 80-100 pound bruisers we have been seeing. Most are in the 10-30 pound class right now. Alot of that has to do with their food source changing. The big fish like the large 12-18” ladyfish (sabalo), but the sabalo seems to have moved on and taken the larger sluggers with them, so we’re using the smaller sardines and that likely has much to do with the smaller fish.

The eclipse and full moon were a bit strange. Normally, a full moon doesn’t seem to affect us too badly. I was really worried about the lunar eclipse which was really something to see at 5 a.m. in the morning when we were launching our boats in the dark!

The eclipse had zero affect on the bite from what I could tell.

Not so the full moon which was a “blood full moon” and one of the largest of the year. The big luna really had a dramatic effect on the tides and currents and for about two days the fish just didn’t want to bite. We really had to work hard for the fish. However, as the moon diminished, the bite seemed to jump right back to where it had been.

One very remarkable note:

We might have a new IGFA all-tackle record!

Gama Morales with his big boy pargo liso (mullet snapper) that hit 46 pounds…one better than the current IGFA record of 45 pounds in 2007. Both caught at the south end of Cerralvo Island.

Gama Morales was trolling at the south end of Cerralvo Island near La Paz with a live caballito through a school of feeding bonito in about 60’ of water when he hung a huge pargo liso (mullet snapper). We brought the fish to our certified IGFA scale at Tailhunter and the fish weighed in at 46-pounds!

Yup! Our Tailhunter certified scale reads it right…46 POUNDS!!!!

We had to figure a place to hang and weigh such a big fish. So, we did it right in front of our taco window on the sidewalk at our Tailhunte Restaurant on the La Paz Malecon. It drew quite a crowd.

We needed help to lift it up, but now that all the official stuff is done and the crowds have left, Gama needs help to take it down! He said it would feed alot of folks!

The current record was set in 2007 again at Cerralvo Island with a fish that weighed 45-pounds. We will be submitting an application to the IGFA for a new all-tackle record.  We’re pretty excited.

AND YES WE ALSO FISHED MAGDALENA BAY!

Captain Rigo took Valerie and Ron Baughman from Colorado for 2 days to fish the mangroves inside the bay for some shallow water light tackle action and they caught and released numerous species and fish.  The grouper fishing was especially productive!

Leaving the docks in the morning.

First day!!! Wow…grouper, pargo, cabrilla, halibut!

Ron has a pargo for the fish box.

Tasty hard-fighting grouper pulled out from the mangrove roots and bushes (background) in the shallow waters of Mag Bay.

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 7-14, 2021

SPRING CONDITIONS FINALLY BRING LOTS OF SPECIES

AND ACTION!

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of May 7-14, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Nice 1 day catch that doesn’t include all the roosterfish and jack crevalle they released, but left to right holding pompano, yellow trevally, snapper and pargo are Sy Thomas (Thousand Oaks CA), Brian and Kelly Bowman (Payson AZ) and Rick Kasper (Arizona/ Wyoming/ Texas/ California).

Yes, this is a massive pargo liso! See more about this fish below. Scroll down!

Another incredible week for these beautiful pompano. Maybe the best pompano bite I can remember! Just off the Punta Arenas lighthouse sands, Roger Thompson holds up a whopper!

Jordan Curet right off the rocks, she and her husband caught and released 6 roosterfish in a single day.

Todd Hembry was fishing north of La Paz around Espirito Santo Island with Captain Boli when this huge cabrilla bent his rod!

Roger again…wahoo again! Finally, the wahoo started biting this week. That’s Cerralvo Island in the backgroun and Roger has a knack for these speedsters!

Bryce Gordon with one of several nice roosterfish he caught and released this particular day just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Captain Jorge with Sy Thomas and Rick Kasper and a trio of tasty pompano.

Early season dorado and one of the first of the year for us with Todd Hembry caught just outside of La Paz Bay.

Bryce and Jordan Gorgon with a double double of nice pompano.

 

No shortage of action when the jack crevalle schools move into the shallow. Our amigo, Gary Wagner from Rancho Costa.

The man in the mask, Bryce Gordon, with another rooster for a quick photo and release.

No doubt, I can officially say the seasons are changing. Generally warmer sunnier weather with gentler kinder winds (most of the time!) herald that we’re finally moving out from the colder harsher winter conditions to an actual spring-time season.

The best indication of that are the water conditions understandably coupled with a change in the complexion of the fishing.

Although we still got occasional days of brutal winds, for the most part now, they are the anomaly rather than the norm. Waters are warming and in many areas changing from the cloudier-colder greenish gray to clearer blue waters.

After maybe the most spectacular yellowtail season in decades, colder water fish like the yellowtail are diminishing along with other cooler-water species like sierra and amberjack, although there’s still no shortage of a host of other winter-ish species like snapper, pargo-liso, barred pargo and some huge cabrilla/ grouper. If you like shallow-water fishing you can bend rods all day over the rocks fishing for these great fun fish.

However, more and bigger roosterfish have moved in. Fish in the 20-60 pound class can now be found along the shallow sandy beaches as well as near the rocky drop-offs near cliffs and around both Espirito Santo Island and Cerralvo Island. We had one day where 3 of our pangas totaled 18 roosters caught and released on a single day.

However, other members of that same jack-family like the roosterfish have been abundant as well to add to the species list. Big schools of slugger jack crevalle are cruising the inshore channels with fish up to 15 pounds but the biggest surprise has been the huge African pompano that have shown up.

This past week, we had more pompano catches than I have ever seen. Usually, the fish are 5-9 pounders, but the past several weeks has produced fish up between 10-15 pounds with multiple hook-ups on some pangas. Mixed in are giant yellow trevally (palometa) as well which are also members of the jack family and also great eating.

Related to the warming waters, we’re also finally hooking up some wahoo and some schools of dorado have moved into the fishing counts as well. Hopefully more of both in the coming weeks as conditions improve!

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA (WORLD RECORD?)

This past week, we had a pretty exciting catch.  Popular Captain Pancho with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet was out with Dr. Jesus Velarde when this huge pargo liso (mullet snapper) bit his sardine.  Now, MOST pargo we see are 5-10 pounders and they are TOUGH TOUGH fish to pull out’ve the rocks!

However, this fish was estimated by Pancho to be about 50 pounds!

After checking the photo, I went to the IGFA website to check the official world record.  It turns out to have been Rolla Cornell’s big 45 pounder caught in 2007 in our area with our friend David Jones’ Fisherman’s Fleet.  Take a look at the two fish and see if Pancho’s is larger.  They’re pretty close!

Rolla Cornell’s 2007 world record mullet snapper of 45 pounds caught in our waters fishing with David Jones’ Fisherman’s Fleet.

Dr. Velarde’s fish…maybe not as long as the Cornell fish, but most folks seem to think it’s much thicker!

It’s too bad, but still an incredible catch.  There have been so many records and near records taken out’ve our La Paz waters over the years.  The world record roosterfish of 114 pounds is still in the books and personally, we’ve had 2 world records set by our anglers and maybe another 6 that would have been world records except we cut them up into fillets and then checked the photos and record books later!  We DO have an IGFA scale at our offices.

You never know what that next fish will be!!!

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/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfising for Week of April 21-28, 2021

WEEK FINISHES BETTER THAN IT STARTED…(sort of)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of April 21-28, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Not bad for one day. 2 nice yellowtail, a snapper and some white bonito.

Biggest rooster of the season so far. Right off the Perrico Rocks in shallow water. Gary with a nice catch-and-release.

Jimmy Williams spent the day spanking the big cabrilla at the north end of Cerralvo. He and his buddies came back with full fish boxes.

Just when I thought the yellowtail might have left…double ‘tails plus cabrilla, pargo and bonito.

Captain Jorge had a good day with the boys…Bonito, big sierra and a yellowtail. No shortage of action.

The right kind! Gary Wagner with a big dog-tooth snapper just outside of Bahia Muertos and his place at Rancho Costa.

Hard to beat a cold Modelo after a good day on the water of a fat yellowtail, some snapper and cabrilla.

Nancy Enright from Lemon Grove CA has a tasty pompano just off the rocks.

Geoff Wilkinson from Lakewood CA has a big yellowtail ready to slice up for sashime.

Captain Gerardo mugs with Gregg Wurtz on a first-time trip with us. Lots of meat on the fillet table with yellowtail, big bonito, snapper and some good-sized cabrilla.

Tough fish…fun guy! Johnny Enright battled this feisty jack crevalle just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Gary sure had a good week. Check out this big big big cabrilla!

Like the week before, things started slowly despite really excellent conditions with air temps in the low 80’s during the day and high 50’s at night with just daily breezes.

The early week bite mostly consisted of inshore species like cabrilla, pargo, sierra and snapper taken over the rocky areas and shallow structure.

However as the week went on the bite got stronger with yellowtail once again jumping into the picture and fish up to about 25 pounds taken on baits and yo-yo jigs around Cerralvo Island. Even some tuna popped up, but quickly disappeared and getting everyone excited.

In addition to the yellowtail, lots of huge white bonito blew up plus some larger roosterfish caught and released to add to fish boxes of big cabrilla and even some dog-tooth, barred and lisa pargo.

I was surprised with the yellowtail. It has been on-and-off for the last 2 weeks and I figured that the fish might have moved off to deeper water since the ocean appears to be warming and more bluewater species expected. But, it was great to have the fish back in the counts.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the full moon!

BUT WAIT…!!!

Just as I was about to publish this week’s fish report…an update!

WINTER decided to kick back . Holy cow.  It got cold and windy again.

This is how it looked one day:

Gorgeous.  Beautiful.  Not a cloud in the sky.  85 degree sunshine.

TURN UP THE SOUND!

Then this is what happened the next day.  Blew us off the water.  Could not even fish.  Could not even launch the boats!  Winds came out’ve nowhere. They were not even on the weather advisories.  It was like someone threw a switch:

 

 

Hopefully, just a one-day thing!

That’s my story!

Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

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

YELLOWTAIL A BIT SPOTTIER THIS WEEK

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BAHIA MAGDALENA REPORT

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

 

Verda’s leopard grouper

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

Great day of corbina fishing!

Guy has a halibut to add to the filet table!

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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

WINDS CHASE FISHERMEN

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FIELD & STREAM

First issue 1899…a different time.

Just 35 cents in 1963!

…and 2014…times have changed!

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

 

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

 

WE DON’T WANT TO MISS YOU THIS YEAR! 

Dates for 2021 already filling!

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

 

See you down here!

 

 

 

That’s my story!

 

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 8, 2021

FORKIES CHEW CLOSE to SHORE

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CDC and COVID TESTING

 

     In case you hadn’t heard, as of Jan. 26th, the CDC has mandated that anyone traveling by plane into the U.S. must show they have had a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their trip.  This only applies to air travel.  You are NOT required to quarantine once you get into the U.S. although it has been suggested.
     Nevertheless, the new rules sent everyone in the tourism industry from airlines to hotels and folks like us into a mad scramble.   We were all just on the verge of rebounding after a difficult 2020.
     However, the government and tourism boards made rapid adjustments.
     Testing facilities have been set up at all international airports including Cabo, La Paz and Tijuana as well as others around the country.  According to the Cabo Board of Tourism, all hotels and timeshare operations in Cabo San Lucas now offer testing services and more laboratories and testing facilities are popping up all over.
     The test only takes 15 minutes and costs between $20-25 dollars.  Results are returned within an hour and you receive either a printed result or get them online to show before you board your flights.
That’s my story…
Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
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Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 4-12, 2021

WIND SLACKS – CRAZY VARIETY of BITERS!

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 25, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021

DORADO – WHALES & WHALESHARKS!

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NO SHOW – NO SHOWS in 2021!

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 17-24, 2020

DORADO CHEW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 17-24, 2020

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Happy Trio! Jim Stahlman from Idaho on his 2nd trip with us this year; Jim Morelli from Oregon and Captain Jorge show off some of their dorado catch on the beach at Muertos Bay.

Mark Whisler with his first-ever billfish…actually our first sailfish of the year. Caught north of La Paz with Captain Luis. The fish could not be released and meat was donated. Mark is from the Carmel area of California on his first trip with us.

If I ever need a good photo with a big fish, it’s Roger Thompson who hooked one of the rare wahoo of the season. Fishing with his Captain Hugo.

New Tailhunter friends! First time visitors from Arizona with us, Frank and Jadwiga Francuzik had a nice week of dorado fishing. Here with Captain Adolfo and some nice bulls.

From Cambell CA, Rob “Leon Chilibean” Martinez holds up one of several roosterfish he caught and released out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Long time, Tailhunter amigos, we have watched Sean Rose coming here with his dad, Dave for many many years and always good to see them. The Rose’s are from Washington.

 

Brandon McGarr had a banner day on the roosterfish catching and releasing 3 big fish like this one! Brandon is from Rock Springs, Wyoming. (Thanks again for the jalapeno pickles, Tanya!)

If you look really carefully, you’ll see Greg Saubolle giving a thumbs-up with a big bandaged thumb! Nice catch of dorado and triggerfish for the day.

If you only have one day to fish together, this isn’t bad for Dan Millikan and Mari Benson who fished with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet and Captain Alfredo who put them into a school of dorado.

Our San Francisco amigos, Mich Nekota and Paul Nagata added more dorado to their fish box.

These guys are always goofing. Andrew Harrison and Jon Eide with Captain Gerardo.

Greg has some nice variety for the day including a few dorado, some triggerfish, snapper and cabrilla. All great eating!

 

It’s been a pretty good week of fish and weather down here. Everyone who wanted fish, caught fish! Everyone who wanted to bring home fish, brought home fish! Whoever wanted to jump in the ocean or play on the beach; dive or snorkel; dine at a La Paz restaurant was pretty much covered and went home with smiles!

I guess I could end the report. That says it all!

Air temps were in the low 90’s in the day and night temps were in the high 70’s. Both unseasonably cooler than normal, but made life much more pleasant than normal too with less humidity as well. We did have some afternoon thunderstorms pass through that were very tropical, but they blew through quickly and were generally after the fishermen were already back from being on the water.

The fishing was steady-to-good! Again, dorado were the main catch with fish scattered all over wherever the warmer water was located. It could be a pick day with a fish-or-two here and there and at the end of the day you had a good box of fish. Or, anglers could run into a nice school and it would be crazy pandemonium with fish slashing all over and quick limits.

Surprisingly, roosterfish up to about 50 or 60 pounds are still here as well. Most of the fish are around Las Arenas and all our fish were released. But normally, these fish are long gone for the most part. It could have something to do with the cooler temperatures.

Other species included the random (and rare) wahoo that must be hanging out with the tuna that still have not shown up. Plus, inshore species like pargo, cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jack crevalle, cabrilla and even “cold water” sierra.

We did get our first sailfish of the season.  Normally, by now we are usually smack in the middle of billfish season, but there have been very few all year.  Same with tuna.  Just haven’t been around this year…yet!

Honestly, with all the variables, this seems more like late June/ early July fishing.  Crazy year.

Surprisingly, some of those species like dorado are right here in La Paz Bay only a few hundred yards off the beach and within minutes of leaving the beach.

HUGE NEWS…DIRECT FLIGHTS STARTING TO LA PAZ!

For the first time in almost a decade air service will be coming directly from the U.S. to La Paz!  American Airlines has announced flights beginning this December through April.  Then again for the summer.  This is huge big news!

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2020/09/22/american-airlines-adds-flights-to-two-new-mexico-destinations-from-dfw/

 

For almost 10 years, we have had most of our folks having to fly to Cabo San Lucas then have us shuttle you all up 100 miles to La Paz and a 3-4 hour van ride!  Also, if you don’t have to drive that route and can fly directly, that’s a huge savings (more beer and fishing money available!)

 

At this time, flights are only from Dallas to La Paz.  However, American is huge and this hopefully, will mean that other airlines will follow-up or American will add routes from other U.S. cities.

 

BOOKING FOR 2021 – CHECK YOUR CALENDARS!

Dates for 2021 already filling!

 

With many folks having to cancel their trips in 2020 because of you-know-what…many have already given us new dates for 2021.  Many dates are already filling up.  So, give some thought to your calendar, especially if you want a certain date…hotel…or your favorite captain!

 

 

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/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2020

DORADO BIG ROOSTERFISH BEND STICKS!

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dan has yet ANOTHER rooster!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E-MAIL SNAFU at TAILHUNTER

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

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

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

Jonathan:   tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

Jilly:  Jillyroldan@gmail.com

Thanks for understanding.

That’s our story!

Jonathan
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

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