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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 15-22, 2023

COLD and WINDY WEEK BUT…

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 15-22, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Local La Paz amigos out’ve Bahia Muertos with a great day catch of cabrilla, sierra, bonito and even a couple of dorado!

Fernando was out with our Captain Pancho and was able to get across the channel to the south side of Cerralvo Island and got this hefty slugger yellowfin tuna on dead sardines.

As storms battered much of the U.S. this week, especially the west coast, it also had an effect on Baja and for us in La Paz.  For most of the week it was cold and windy so fishing opportunities were limited which is pretty typical for this time of year.

Most of the folks who were out are locals who have flexible schedules and can pick-and-choose which days or even what hours are best for diminished winds.

Not surprisingly, there are fish to be caught.

If you can make your way across the rough channel to the south end of Cerralvo Island, there has been a little jag of 50-100 pound tuna.  Nothing wide open, but a few have been hooked, especially by commercial panga fishermen.   But, it can be a really rough ride out there especially with the winds roaring down the channel.

Not surprisingly, however, there is a nice mix of fish closer inside including sierra, jacks, cabrilla, snapper and even some dorado which is surprising and leads me to believe there’s still some warm water patches around.  Bait is not a problem and jigs and lures are working effectively also.

THANK YOU RENO!

Thanks to everyone who came to visit us at our booth in Reno, Nevada last week for the Wild Sheep Foundation Show at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.  It was great fun and great chatting with lots of old and new amigos and glad many of you signed up to come down.

It was also fun (for us, but maybe not for alot of others) to get snow.  Living in Mexico, it’s quite a novelty to get snow, but know that last week wasn’t fun for many of our friends especially in California with all the rain and snow.

This is the view from our hotel room as the snow started to fall about 2 hours into a 2 day storm in Reno.

Our next show is a BIG ONE.  One of the largest we will have this year. It’s the

WESTERN HUNT & CONSERVATION SHOW

Feb. 2-5

SALT PALACE CONVENTION CENTER

SALT LAKE CITY UT

This is a view of only about 1/3 of the show floor

It’s our only show in Utah this year, but it’s massive and if you’re anywhere near the area, you can spend all 3 days in the show and still never see all the hunting, fish, camping, RV’s and more.  We’ll be in our booth all 3 days to talk about coming to La Paz.  Just look for the booth that has a bunch of our Tailhunter Nation friends hanging out there!

We’re filling up really fast so let us know if you want to come visit us this year to come fishing!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
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 Jan. 8-14, 2023

STILL WINDY BUT SOME SURPRISE TUNA POP

UP!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 8-14, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amigo and owner of famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo, Gary Wagner (r) was hosting some friends at his place at Bahia Muertos Rancho Costa including former Golden State Warrior Clifford Ray had quite a day. They found a window between bouts of wind and got over to Cerralvo Island where they hit snapper, sierra and surprising yellowfin tuna.

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We had the usual windy rough conditions most of the week, but earlier in the week some windows of opportunity popped up and we got some friends out from Bahia Muertos.  They tell me there’s a ton of sardines out there and the waters are loaded with sierra.  They got out to the south end of Cerralvo Island and found some 50-pound grade yellowfin tuna on dead sardines.  Plus added in some pargo and sierra as well. Winds came up later in the week again and shut things down.

It’s been mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s in the days and in the high 50’s at night.  The extended forecast is showing the winds will be down early in the week, but mid-week the winds will really ramp up and there’s a good chance the port captain will shut down boat traffic and close the port.

TAILHUNTER ROAD TOUR 2023 DOWN THE ROAD…

We’re just finishing up an amazing showing at the Wild Sheep Foundation Convention at the Reno Convention Center.  Thank you to everyone who came to visit us in our booth and welcome to our old and new Tailhunter amigos.  To many of you, thank you especially for your reservations!  We’re looking forward to having you visit us this year in La Paz!

Here’s our show schedule for the next few weeks!  Hope we’ll see you at one of our shows.  But, don’t wait.  We’re filling up really fast so get in touch with us so we can set you up for fishing with us in La Paz.

 

Our next show:

WESTERN HUNT & CONSERVATION SHOW

Feb. 2-5

Salt Lake City UT

Salt Palace Convention Center

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan. 1-7, 2023

FEW FISHERMEN OUT DUE TO WINDS BUT

FISH ARE THERE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Jan.1-7, 2023

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Gama Santiago (on the right) and his amigo, Ivan, bundled up and had a surprisingly good day and a great mix of fish including amberjack, dorado, yellowtail and bonito. The fish were caught with a mix of live sardines and also using vertical jigging.

Miles Wagner with dad, Gary, owner of Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos were out jumping all over the sierra. Gary says there’s lots of bait and the sierra are thick!

Nice yellowtail hamachi of Gama. He was using a yo-yo jig on the fish.

A mostly sunny week with nice temps between the mid-50’s and mid-60’s, but still not many folks on the water because of northern winds roughing up the waters.  We had to cancel several trips because of it.

However, here and there some folks got out and found some windows of opportunity to get out in between gusts.  Many of the folks we do get out are locals who have the opportunity to have flexible schedules to find the better days or else tourists who have wiggle-room in their vacation agendas to avoid the windier times.

Surprisingly, there’s still some dorado around which are usually gone by October or November.  That leads me to believe there’s still some warm water patches here and there.  However, most catches were colder water fish like small yellowtail and numerous sierra as well as bonito, jacks and cabrilla.

There’s lots of live sardines around although yo-yo jigs have also been productive if you can keep them out’ve the rocky bottoms.

THANK YOU DALLAS SAFARI CLUB!

We just finished up the huge Dallas Safari Club Convention with over 1000 other outfitters, guides and charter operations from around the world and thousands of visitors over 4 days!  It was incredible and thank you Dallas for all the hospitality and everyone who came to visit and chat about fishing with us in La Paz!  We got alot of bookings for this season so we’re looking forward to seeing ya’ll later this year.

Me and Jill in the booth

Fun fun visit from Brad and Cheryl Richards. Thanks for all the goodies!

Over 1000 exhibitors, vendors, outfitters, guides and lodges. This is just one of 6 halls packed with lots to see!

Drove all the way just for a short visit with us and always good to see Chris and Valerie Burgin.

Me and my long-time amiga, Angie Robles, the wife of my long time hermano, Ed Robles.

NEXT UP…RENO WILD SHEEP FOUNDATION SHOW!

From Texas now to snowy Reno, Nevada for the Wild Sheep Foundation Show.  It’s going to be at the Reno Convention Center Jan. 12-14.  Last year was our first invitation to the show and we did super and met so many old and new friends and booked a load of visits to see us in La Paz.  Come visit us!

Check out their promo video:

 

Here’s additional info:

https://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention

Hope to see you there!

That’s our story…

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
“Today Only Comes Once!” 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 21-31, 2022

U.S. WEATHER IMPACTS WEATHER SOUTH OF

THE BORDER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Dec. 21-31, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Again, not much to report.  Most of the past few days were again blown out by strong winds.

As I often mention, winter time, fierce north winds blow down the Sea of Cortez making it not only rough and choppy but at times unsafe, especially if you’re headed north of town since the winds come out’ve the north and you need to go north to get out’ve La Paz Bay.

Alot of folks coming down are here to grab some sunshine and there’s no shortage of that, but then are surprised about the winds.  Folks seem to think that weather stops being bad at the U.S. border.

Not so!  If there’s storms in the north as there have been the last few weeks in the states, then it has a direct affect on weather in Baja and Mexico.  In fact, the storms have been quite severe over the holidays and it’s been reflective on the winds in La Paz.  They have been stronger and more severe than normal.

About the only folks out are locals and commercial fishermen who either need to work to feed their families or can pick-and-choose which dates are better to be on the water given windows of calmer conditions.  I’m hearing there have been catches of sierra, some yellowtail, a few dorado (must be some warm water around), plus reef fish like snapper, triggerfish, cabrilla and some pargo.

The current forecast for the week shows more winds and maybe two days that are borderline in terms of getting on the water.  The last few weeks, we’ve had to cancel any reservations that were made.  These days it’s about a 50-50 chance of getting canceled or blown out.  Hate to be a buzzkill, but would rather be honest about expectations.

TAILHUNTER SHOW SEASON STARTING

Jill and I will be starting our annual 3 month show season on the road.  We’ll be in our booth meeting and greeting and looking forward to seeing you and talking about having you visit us in La Paz in 2023.

Our first show will be at the Reno Convention Center in Reno, Nevada for the Wild Sheep Foundation Show.  Big big show with lots to see for hunting, fishin, camping, travel and more!

Check out this great video that will tell you all about this show:

We hope to see you there in the new year and in La Paz in 2023!

The next show after that will be Feb. 2-5 in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center downtown for the Western Hunt and Conservation Show!

Happy and Blessed New Year to everyone!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
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 Sportfishing for Week of Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2022

QUIET TIMES IN TOWN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Dave Wancyzk (middle) and two of his buddies are in town for work, but got away one day and found some nice dorado surprisingly.

More sierra like this one that Monty caught are showing up with more frequency now that the waters are getting colder.

Not much happening on the water.  Mostly folks in town for Thanksgiving holidays.  Had several folks interested in fishing this week, but winds changed their minds.   This coming week doesn’t look much better with most of the days gusting 15-20 mph.

We did get a couple of guys out for one day.  We had to juggle a bit to find a day that was least windy.  He had them fish with our Las Arenas fleet which is more protected and the fishing grounds are closer.  Surprisingly, so late in the season, but they got into some healthy legit dorado.  Warm water fish!  We figured dorado season kinda left us when things got cooler, but I guess there’s a few still hanging around.  Nice surprise.

Beyond that…it’s mostly cold water species.

Some of the locals and commercial guys are out catching snapper, cabrilla and sierra inshore.  Live bait is hard to get when the winds are blowing so mostly using frozen baits and lures.
Town is pretty quiet, but getting fuller for the holidays.  It’s kind of a real nice time to be around!
That’s my story!
Jonathan
 
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com
Mexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 766443Phones:
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 Oct. 15-22, 2022

COOLER WINDIER ROUGHER – SEASON IS

CHANGING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 15-22, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s a good look! Kenji Yamada from Juneau, Alaska with another nice bull for the box. Mom, Jackie is on another fish. They own the Shelter Lodge operation up there in Juneau and always great to have them visit!

Ed Mitoma with a beautiful bull to match his shirt! Ed has been coming to visit us for years and only had two quick days to squeeze in a fishing vacation and hit this mahi his last day.

Oh man! Where have these tuna been? Leif Dover from Atlanta, GA and Kevin Todd who lives near Austin TX with Captain Gerardo and a trio of fat tuna plus a dorado and cabrilla on the cleaning deck.

Captain Victor poses with Doug Dickerson from Kentucky who brought his son down for two days of fishing and started out on the right track with a table of dorado.

As the waters cool off, we’re seeing more and more rainbow runners back in the count. These cousin to yellowtail are tasty eaters. Angela Ventura is all smiles.

Surprising to have roosterfish in the counts this time of year, but there are still some around. Richard Yamada, owner of Shelter Lodge up in Juneau, Alaska with a nice one off Punta Perrico that he caught and released.

Captain Jorge with two of our favorite folks from Henderson NV, Lois and Gary Tsunoda started 3 days of fishing with some dorado to put in the cooler.

First time, amigos from Utah, Colton Francis and his dad, Kent with Captain Jorge and one of several dorado on the day . Good to have them visit!

Adam Staible and Tony Riley with a colorful shot of dorado on the beach at Ensenada Muertos.

I neglected to post this last week, but Greg Saubolle from N. California has come to see us twice this year and was out with Captain Arcangel when he got this big dorado as well as a bunch of others and I also see a sizeable barred pargo on the cleaning board as well!

Just another good day on the water. Keith, Leif and Kevin with a good harvest of dorado and tuna.

Roy is pretty happy.

Ron Byrd with John and Nancy Quiring got on top of the tuna when they came up. Nice dorado and pargo too!

The right kind! Mike Jennings from Washington came back to see us on a last-minute trip and hit the dorado schools for 3 days including this nice bull mahi.

Cross a roosterfish off the bucket list for Joey Nawa. Caught and released!

Another sign of cooler waters. Eric has himself a little trevally!

One of the nicests and sweetest of our amigas, Jackie Yamada brought her crew from Shelter Lodge in Juneau AK for 3 days of fishing and gets a hand here from Captain Pancho on another bull mahi.

Two double fists of dorado for Dave and Candi Staigle on a first-time visit with us here in La Paz.

Captain Jorge with a thumbs-up for Brian and Chris from Atlanta who fished 6 days with us. Dorado, rainbow runner and a snapper on the cutting board.

Leif and Chris…another good day!

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It was another fairly good week of fishing, but there’s no doubt that the seasons are changing and our top-water warm-season fishing is tapering off.

Winds are getting stronger and breezier, especially from the north.  It’s getting choppier and waters are starting to cool off.   The result is a gradual change in the species of fish as more colder water fish start showing up.  There are some areas where it is starting to get too rough and we will not be able to fish those spots any longer.

Not co-incidentally, fewer fishermen as it not only gets cooler and rougher but we get closer to the holidays.  As we get fewer fishermen, we’ll start to see more snow-birds hit town who are just here to get some sunshine and not particularly here for fishing plus windsurfers from around the world as the winds increase.

That being said, the dorado are still biting with most fish in the 5-15 pound class and larger fish up to about 30 pounds.  Both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and our Tailhunter La Paz fleets are finding the schools which range in a wide area.  I would say there are more fish around La Paz and as close as the tankers anchored in the bay, however, the larger fish are found around Las Arenas and Cerralvo Island.

Oh yea! Wayne Vanzandt with Captain Jorge, did a “bait dump” on the way back into the beach at the end of the day and tossing all their live and dead bait into the water at the same time and the waters blew up with dorado including this big bull.

We did have a little jag or two of legit quality 25-40 pound tuna on-and-off.  Nothing to denote a full “tuna bite.”  However, a few fish showed up in the counts mostly from south of Bahia Suenos.

We still have some marlin and sailfish taking baits and lures plus inshore pargo, cabrilla, snapper, jack crevalle and lots of bonito some days.  However, the presence of sierra, rainbow runners, pompano and trevally are all indicative of cooler colder waters that have moved in corresponding to the changing seasons.

Bottom line…our official 2023 season is just about tapering off.  It’s been a helluva season!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, MexicoPhones: 
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 Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2022

DORADO DON’T CARE ABOUT FULL MOON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Hugo Rafael from Santa Ana was with Captain Pancho from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz and really just wanted to catch some inshore pargo and cabrilla for some dinner when he hooked this massive bull dorado. He was using a dead sardine for the rockfish and only had 25 pound test line. He battled the fish for about 30 minutes before landing it and when they put it on a handscale, it weighed out at 26 kilos (57 pounds). Hugo is only about 5’3” tall! He never did catch any rockfish, but had plenty of meat for dinner.

This is what you call a good fun day. Denver amigo, Joe Hicks with sons, Marco ad Hudson. A box of dorado plus a striped marlin that they all got to pull on.

Rusty Cain has been visiting us for years and was not gonna pass the rod of during his 4 hour battle on 25 pound test with this trophy sailfish. His hand was still cramping and shaking when he posed for this photo. Alot of the meat was donated.

Our long-time San Diego amigos, Byron Shovlain and George Bonner with their favorite captain Arcangel (managing a rare smile!) and some of their yellowfin tuna.

I”ve been waiting almost 3 years for Billy Bates from Idaho to finally make it down after Covid and other things forced cancelations. He finally made it with his son, Royal from San Diego, and they started the vacation with a nice rack of dorado and a legit yellowfin tuna. Two thumbs-up!

Sweetiest folks from Oregon on their 4th visit to us. This is Mari and Chris Bedsaul showing off their first-day catch at Ensenada Muertos.

Kentucky in the house! Doug Dickerson fished with us early this year and had time for two quick days this past week so he brought his son down for two days on the water before heading to Sammy Hagar’s birthday in Cabo.

Carson City, Nevada is where John and Arla Washington live and it’s such a pleasure seeing them each year. Could not be more fun and they pose here with a fat tuna and some good mahi on the cutting table.

Friends since kingergarten, Walt Menda and Dave Wakabayashi have been visiting us for years until Covid hit in 2020, but finally came to see us.

Buddy Middaugh and Mike Gistlink teamed up for a nice table of mahi!

Alan Martz has visited us for several years now with his dad and brother. He’s got another dorado for the box!

There you go! Nice bull dorado for Angelo Oliverio, Captain Jorge and Joe Malone. Outside the photo, there’s also a nice bunch of dorado on the cleaning table.

Austin Texas visiting us with Mark Trutna and Jason Hurst on their visit with us at Tailhunter.

Good start for Marco, Joe and Hudson on a 3 day outing with us from Denver. They rocked it for 3 days on the water.

Captain Julio in the mask with Billy and Royal Bates after a day fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

We had Chris Girard from Washington for 14 days of great fun! He gives a thumbs-up on his catch of dorado plus a rainbow runner at the end of the table.

Gorgeous shot of Chris Bedsaul and his bull. Great colors.

Craig Shijo and smiling Walt Menda with a dorado hooked just outside of La Paz Bay.

Dale Martz has another dorado!

Joe and Angelo had some great days with Captain Jorge who has some fish cleaning to do!

Brad Baker needs a pink shirt like Captain Arcangel and Jim Adair. Some big dorado, but check out the nice pargo on the table too!

Fishing inshore in the rocks is a hoot! Mari Bedsaul with one of several cabrilla and pargo she caught.

What’s wrong with this picture of Joe Hicks? LOL. He didn’t realize until I saw this photo. Nice bull dorado!

Kenny (“K.C.”) Campbell one of the best guys ever, brings a bunch of his amigos to visit us each year. Mike Gistlink was on his first visit to us and they were out with Captain Armando.

Nice chunks of meat! Debbie and Chris Girard spent 14 days with us and were incredible fun the whole time!

Even with the full moon and some breezier conditions, still a nice solid week of fishing with a good mix of surface biters. Temporatures are definitely cooling and the seasons are changing a little sooner than normal, but it’s been that kind of strange year and we’re just happy the fish kept biting.

Once again, for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, dorado were the main attractions. Here and there one boat might have a slow days, but overall, it was limits or near limits for all our anglers. The dorado were more numerous for our La Paz anglers, but larger fish seemed to show up with our Las Arenas anglers. But, frankly, you just never knew what was coming back in the fish boxes. If you had a bait in the water, you might hit a ferocious school of 10-15 pound voracious juveniles willing to hit anything and fight each other for it or you might get that 25-40 pound trophy that you never expected and always seems to hit your lightest line and smallest reel! There were definitely some big fish lost.

Most of the fish were caught on live and dead sardines, but trolled feathers and hootchies also worked and many of the larger fish were caught on strips of fresh bloody bonito. Catching the bonito, in and of itself, provided plenty of action in between the dorado bites.

No wahoo to speak of in a year that has seen a dearth of the prized speedsters, but every day we’re still hanging some 20-30 pound yellowfin tuna south of Cerralvo Island. It’s usually an early bite before all the boat traffic shows up.

In addition, we’re having a pretty good bite on billfish. Most are un-intentional hook-ups when an angler is in the middle of a school of bonito or dorado, but we’ve hooked some nice sailfish, striped marlin and smaller blue marlin with most fish getting released.

Surprisingly, even though it’s not the season, some 5-20 pound roosterfish are biting along with sierra and rainbow runners!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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

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

Phones: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2022

TUNA BILLFISH BULL DORADO!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Another big-headed beast! Captain Pancho holds up the tail end of a huge bull dorado caught by Marlene Kikuchi!

Show me the meat! Good amigo, Dana Murray from Idaho, has a thumbs-up for 3 nice yellowfin tuna and a few dorado for the fillet table!

Honeymoon marlin for Terry Sandmeier and his wife Caroline with an assist from Captain Gerardo. The day before, Terry had a marlin on and it popped off. He want back the 2nd day and this time he rocked it. The fish was not able to be released. The Sandmeiers are from Colorado on their first visit to us in La Paz.

Yes! We finally found some tuna. Funny guys Nat Hargett and Steve Manney hung some nice yellowfin to go along with their dorado. The guys are from Washington and come visit us each year.

Paul Nagata has become a regular poster-boy over the years with all the great fish he has caught . Check out this pretty bull mahi! Paul is from San Francisco.

We finally got a visit from Stan Andre and Terry Hawk who fish with us each year until Covid got in the way two years ago then had to cancel again last year and earlier this year. However, they made up for it. They donated all of this dorado meat to the Captain Pancho and the pueblo.

First timer with us Ken Fritz battled this marlin on light tackle while fishing outside of La Paz Bay. He also put some dorado in the box as well. The marlin could not be released.

First timer who had never been to Mexico, Jim Gibson, was fun to have visit us. Nice day of dorado fishing on the sand at Balandra Bay.

Just a great photo that’s worth framing! Grant Nakagawa and Captain Armando with a legit bull.

Whoa!!! That’s some quality mahi. Wesley Peterson (middle) needs some assistance posing with his big bull dorado.

Jim Barlow from San Juan Capistrano with son-in-law Riley had 3 good days on the water like this one with a cleaning table full of dorado. Jim used to fish La Paz many years ago but hadn’t been down for years until giving us a try.

The hat-trick for Nat! A dorado…a tuna…and a marlin that he shared with his amigos. A good day!

Dale Ringer and Andy Hall pose with Captain Jorge and some of their dorado catch.

Double tuna. Double dorado! Terry and Stan…fishing buddies with us for many years.

First-timer from Oklahoma, John Grigsby had fun with his first time fishing for dorado . That’s Espiritu Santo Island in the background.

Big smiles for the honeymoon couple . Terry and Caroline Sandmeier took home alot of fish after spending a week with us scuba diving and fishing.

Ken Fritz with another bull for the fish box.

Les Bek from Oregon was with us for the first time this week and had some good fishing in the dorado schools.

Captain Armando with Dave Eady and Tom Fausnight after a day fishing out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Pete Walker from Washington got into the tuna that first day they showed up!

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Long story short…Dorado everywhere!

Although we nervously watched the approach of Hurricane Orlene, it veered off and went inland hundreds of miles to the south leaving us with excellent conditions all week and solid fishing with voracious dorado biting all week. Both our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet and Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet hit the mahi every day with easy limits most days and limits hit early that most of our anglers released more fish than they kept.

It seemed there were more but smaller 5-15 pound fish with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet scattered from San Juan de la Costa to Espiritu Santo Island to the channel between the islands. It can be a pick-pick all day to fill the fish box or BAM…hit the spot and it’s madness for an hour or pandemonium with fish everywhere like a trout pond hitting anything that hits the water.

That included sardines, strips of bonito, jigs and feathers and casting iron.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet, fewer, but bigger fish. Good amount of school-sized fish, but larger 25-50 pound bulls were also evident with some of the best big mahi fishing of the year. Many of our anglers caught their largest fish ever.

As well, we had a nice bite of marlin and sailfish with the bills often swimming and feeding in the middle of the dorado schools or, in some cases, feeding on the smaller dorado and bonito. Several “small” blue marlin in the 100-200 pound class were hooked and lost, but several striped marlin and sails were hooked, landed and released. There were a few long long battles on light tackle!

The big surprise was the show of tuna with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet. Fish up to 30 pounds hit baits for the first time all year! No idea if they’ll stick around, but it was alot of fun or a year when the tuna have been scarce.  Mostly, it was an early quick bite south of Bahia Muertos.  The fish would stick around until all the traffic showed but, but it has been a nice grade of fish.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept 18-27, 2022

DORADO KEEP CRUSHING IT

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 18-27, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Our amigo, Tim Larson, has been visiting us for years, but this past week landed his personal best largest dorado. Great shot and a pretty bull mahi!

Captain Alfredo gives Steve Ritz a hand with this big-headed bull. Steve has been with us for years and usually makes two trips a year. He tangled with this dorado on light tackle and fought it for over an hour! Steve is 86-years-young!

First day meat day! Brian Rubino and Mike Martins stacked the dorado on their first day of fishing big time!

Love this photo and this lady! Lisa Hicks from Washington has big smiles with her favorite Captain Victor out’ve Bahia Muertos. We’ve know Lisa for almost 20 years of visits to Tailhunter.

Oh yea! Josh Robert was just here about a month ago from Nashville. He had so much fun he came back and had his way with several big bull dorado like this one.

Two of our long-time favorite characters. Jess Franco from Prescott AZ and Mac Treasure from Reno NV. Both retired fire captains.

Oh my! No, Josh did not catch this. He’s just helping with the photo. Actually, Julia his wife, caught this beast on 30-pound test and battled it for over an hour. She refused to give up the rod even tho’ she said her hands were cramping and her arms were shaking! Well-done!

Captain Victor with Tim Larson and Paul Jordan with a good start to 3 days of fishing.

Vonnie McGonigal is the owner of the famous Vonnie’s Fishing Fleet in Sitka, Alaska. At the end of the season, she treats her crew and lodge workers to a big trip and this year brought them down to see us! Sandy Cromley works in the fish packing area of their lodge and the two ladies cranked out some fun dorado fishing!

Dan and Sammy Hicks! Sammy is 12 now and Dan has been fishing with us even before Sammy was born. Great fun family from Washington and one of our favorites. Lots of meat on the table!

It’s been a few years, but Patricia and Phil Andreason came to visit us after several postponed efforts because of Covid. They made up for lost time with Captain Armando.

The start of 3 days fishing for Grant and Julie Nakagawa who are always fun every year. They’ve already given dates for next year with their favorite Captain Armando.

Love this shot! Gerry Hermosillo from L.A. is feeling pretty powerful after his day of fishing! LOL

Two of our newest Tailhunter Tribe amigos…Bruce and Tanner Robert came down to celebrate Tanner becoming a dentist. Check out the size of Tanner’s bull! Whoa!!!

Captain Jorge with another of our new amigos! Terry Suminski came to visit from Sitka Alaska for some warm-water style fishing.

Our Utah amigos, Bick Lessor has been with us before, but brought first-timer Scott Bowes to come fish with Captain Gerardo. I have no idea how that little pompano ended up getting caught with this good mess o’ dorado!

Two more of our great retired firefighters, Jimmy Andrews and Gary Bowie with Captain Armando got a cleaning table full of dorado.

Fishing with their favorite Captain Pancho, Marlene and Taky Kikuchi hooked up on a good batch of dorado plus a tasty barred pargo.

Josh…with another big bull in the fish box! He had a banner trip on the dorado.

Jon Eide has been fishing with us for years from Minnesota, but never ever got a roosterfish until this past week! It’s even more remarkable since this is not usually roosterfish season! Jon released the fish post photo!

Jeff Sakuda has been with us about 20 years and loves fishing with Captain Jorge! Jeff is from Cypress CA and a retired pilot for United and comes down twice-a-year.

Captain Alfredo approves of Wade White’s dorado he caught just outside of La Paz Bay.

Lee Hazelquist with his first sailfish! The fish ate a live sardine and Lee battled it on light tackle. The fish could not be released.

Rapid City, S. Dakota is a long way from the ocean, but it was fun to have Dick and Lucy Mahlendorf come visit us for the first time. They sure took home alot of dorado fillets to share with neighbors!

Two of the best! On their 2nd visit this year, Steve Ritz and Larry Chastain. The got into a swarm of dorado by the looks of it with their favorite Captain Gerardo.

Two more of our newest Tailhunter amigos who were out with Captain Jorge, Vicky and Mark Sherwood from Washington had a good day on the dorado schools.

Pretty photo and great colors! Juli has another dorado!

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We had a little “tickle” of a storm that was supposed to pass through that had us all watching nervously as it bounced outside to the Pacific and didn’t affect us as we had feared like other storms these past few weeks.

But, other than that and a few cloudy days,  it was a wonderfully boring week for weather finally with just super conditions and it left us with some terrifically solid fishing.  In fact, it was one of the better fishing weeks of the season.

Not much variety to speak of, but that’s because the dorado were so numerous and voracious!  They weren’t giving any other species a chance, but no one was complaining.  Some boats were done by 9 or 10 a.m. with full limits of mahi and had released even more fish than they had caught.

The fish were generally legit 10-20 pound fish with some in to the 30 and 40 pound class.  Many anglers laughingly complained that they had dorado all around them feeding “like a fish pond” and would see some big dorado on the perimeter, but the “smaller” fish were so aggressive that the big ones never had time to grab a bait.

Still, everyone had fun.  Everyone who wanted dorado or had never caught a dorado got into fish!

We also have some decent billfish hook-ups on sailfish and marlin as well, this week with about 80% of the fis lost or released.  One big blue marlin actually snapped the rod in half!

Other species included cabrilla, rainbow runners, triggerfish, snapper and lots of tough bonito!

BOOKING FOR 2023 STARTING TO FILL UP!

Just a heads-up that we’re already starting to fill up early for our 2023 fishing season! We’re getting reservations daily and we don’t want to miss you!

In order to accommodate growing tastes we’ve broadened our hotel offerings once again.  Lots of different choices depending on where to stay…

OUR OLD FAVORITE LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT – ON THE BEACH ROOMS

HOTEL GAVIOTAS – WATERFRONT BAY VIEW CONDOS ON THE MALECON

HOTEL MORO – OLD STYLE MEXICAN OASIS ON THE MALECON

CASA AL MAR – BOUTIQUE CONDOS ON THE MALECON WATERFRONT

MARINE WATERFRONT HOTEL (Formerly Hotel Marina) – Modern Vacationing

COSTA BAJA RESORT COMPLEX- 5 STAR LUXURY ROOMS VILLAS CONDOS

RANCHO COSTA – BAHIA MUERTOS REMOTE LUXURY

Get in touch with us and we’ll customize a fishing package just for you!  If you’re already part of the Tailhunter nation and you want specific rooms or your favorite captain, don’t wait.  We’re booking fast!

The best fishing is May to October!

Write me directly:  tailhunterfishinglapaz@gmail.com

We’ll look forward to seeing you in 2023!

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
 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2022

DORADO ROAR AFTER STORM AND FULL

MOON!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 10-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Dan McKinley from Washington was with us last week with his family. He was having so much fun, he stayed to fish an extra two days, but sent the rest of the family home, including son, Ryan. Nice dorado too!

Larry Barnard with his favorite Captain Victor has fished with us many years, but this was his “personal best” dorado. He foul-hooked it on the side which made the battle triple-tough, but he got the big bull to gaff!

Captain Jorge poses with Andy LeVeque from Washington and his Tecate to finish off a good first day on the water at Bahia Muertos.

Clark Torres, Mike and Melissa LeVeque with some big-boy legit bull dorado. Check out all that meat! They had 3 solid days of fishing and brought the family of 10 to visit us for the week.

John Waters and Erin Martin started their week off with a nice box of dorado!

This is the way to start the morning with a brilliant sunrise and a big wahoo that bit John Vondrak’s “banana red” Rapala with Captain Gerardo. It was the first of 2 wahoo this day. (scroll down for the 2nd photo)

From Montana, Lee and Renee Leveque with Captain Victor and a nice day of dorado and a striped marlin. It could not be released and meat was donated.

Kim Spicer is telling husband Brian that she caught more dorado than he did! Fun couple visiting us for the first time and they did well over 3 days fishing.

Jess Keller fortunately was able to get in only one day fishing after the storms because the other days got cancelled, but he did well with nice rack of dorado headed for the freezers.

Ted Tamborski with Captain Edgar was another victim of Hurricane Kay that got several days fishing cancelled, but was able to get out 3 days and hung this sailfish north of La Paz.

Yea…tackle busting big bonito kept rod bent and folk smiling. Darrel had a kick on his light tackle rigs.

This isn’t roosterfish season, but there are some little fellas still hanging out here and there. Wes Miles put this on on the boat off Punta Perico for a quick photo and release.

Dan and Lisa Hicks from Washington with their son Sammy have been fishing with us almost 20 year, even before Sammy came along. Always good to have them visit. They started their week with some great mahi action.

Gary Piekaar and Chris Biggs came down for a quick 2-day trip and went home with some good dorado meat. It was their first time with us at Tailhunter.

Konrad “Mad Hatter” Knoeferl has had to keep postponing his trip for several seasons, but it was good to finally get him down with Pal Chris Lucas posing with some of their dorado they caught fishing out’ve La Paz Bay.

Dan, Ryan and Wes…nice day of dorado, guys! All from Washington visiting us for the week.

Mike Guest from Arizon has fished with us many times over the years and told me he was coming down for a wahoo even though I told him there weren’t many wahoo around this year. I’m glad he proved me wrong!

Captain Jorge gives Brian Spicer the “thumbs-up” after catching this rooster just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Don McKinley is a former missionary and 93-year-young and still going strong! Grandson Ryan helps with the photo, but 3 days of fishing and Don didn’t need any help reeling fish! Great to have him visit us .

John’s 2nd wahoo of the day on his funky yellow Rapala with Captain Gerardo. This one’s a fatter ‘hoo!

Double D!  Darrel and Don from Washington.  Some huge bulls on the table there in front to them.

 

Captain Armando having some fun with amigos, John Eide from Minnesota and Joe Vondrak on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

First-timer Lori Worthington from Oregon sadly lost 2 days fishing to the storms, but got in one day with Captain Gerardo and made the best of things with a fun dorado day.

Captain Gerardo with Andrew Harrison and John Vondrak. Quite a variety…dorado…wahoo…rainbow runner…pompano and snapper!

Andrew with the big smile for another dorado.

Carrie “Sparkle” McKinley is just a joy to have visit us from Washington. She can fish too!

John Eide with another fish for the box.

Beautiful morning shot of Kim Spicer with Captain Jorge just outside of La Ventana across from Cerralvo Island

I have no idea who’d behind the fish, but I do know that Captain Ramiro got him a huge bull dorado.

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After stormy weather, you just never know what the fishing is going to be like.   We had a tropical storm…followed by a 3 days hurricane…followed by a full moon last week.  It was a triple whammy-punch-in-the-nose kinda week with lots of cancelled fishing trips and disappointed anglers.

After a storm it could take days for the water to clear and settle down.   You just never know and after all the run-off from the rain, I figured it was gonna take awhile.  A full moon was not going to do us any favors either!

But, right off the bat it seemed the fish were as eager to eat as we were anxious to go fishing and catch them.  It just seemed to get better the further we got away from the stormy days.  At times, it seemed like there were so many dorado in the water it was like hand-feeding fish in a pond.  Turn up the sound and check out this video and look at all the dorado in the water!

There were some days where the boats were done by 9 or 10 a.m. and the anglers were tired and headed back to shore with full fish boxes!

It didn’t happen every day and it wasn’t like this for every boat, but overall, it’s been the best dorado fishing in several weeks.  Our Tailhunter La Paz fleet seemed to catch more fish, but they were smaller.  Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet got fewer fish but they were definitely larger models.

The nice surprise were the wahoo that finally started biting.  We picked up a few between Cerralvo Island and Bahia Muertos boating some nice 20-40 pounders and losing others.   We haven’t hooked many wahoo this season so it was a nice bonus.

In addition to the wahoo, also hooked some marlin and sailfish and the catch was rounded out with some big bonito, pompano , trevally, cabrilla, snapper, pargo and even a few out-of-season roosterfish!  All-in-all a pretty solid fishing week

Parting shot. Pelicans can be a pain in the B stealing your bait all the time, but Andrew seems to have made a new bestie!

TAILHUNTER ADDS MORE HOTELS TO OUR ROSTER

Many of you have stayed with us for decades at our beach favorite, La Concha Beach Resort or had us set you up at Costa Baja Resort/ Marina  or Casa al Mar on the Malecon.  We love all those spots!

However, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added several new locations in order to give our anglers more choices and more variety.  Over the new few weeks, we’ll show you some of our new additions.

This week, we wanted to show off a real gem and a hidden special spot for us…Gaviotas Beach Resort.  It’s right on the Malecon so you can walk to everything.  These are 2 BR/ 2 Bath condos so you get lots of space and a full kitchen, not to mention spectacular views of the bay and waterfront from your huge waterfront patio.  Spa services available as well!

GAVIOTAS BEACH RESORT

Unmatched view of the La Paz Bay.

The beach is steps away.  There’s a great seafood restaurant next door and a baby Starbuck gourmet coffee shop on the other side. Our Tailhunter Restaurant is a stone’s throw away as well.  There’s a sundeck. Barbecue.  Netflix and Wi-fi.  And washer/dryer on the premises plus bicycles!  For fishing or other activities, we’ll pick you up right out front.

If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll put together a complete package for you.  jonathan@tailhunter.com

Two huge master bedrooms

Cool off in the pool or grab some rays on the upper sundeck

Full living room with wifi and Netflix overlooking the water.

Lots of space to relax!

Wake up to this every morning!

Happy hour in the pool!

 

Full-sized kitchen and frig!

S. CAL FRED HALL SHOWS ARE BACK!

In case you hadn’t heard, after a two year hiatus, the Hall Shows are back after a 76-year-run. The dates will be a little different than in the past with the San Diego/ Del Mar Show being the first and Long Beach is now the 2nd show.  Jill and I will be there along with all your favorites!  Make your plans!

 

Turn up the sound and click the lower right “square” square to watch full-screen.

 

That’s our story!  Have a great week!

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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