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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 10-17, 2021

SUMMER VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of July 11-17, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Bennett Clegg always does well on the light tackle. This pretty bull dorado he caught while fishing with Captain Joel is no exception.

Ken Smith had just one day to squeeze in to try to catch his bucket-list rooster. He and Captain Armando rocked this big one and several others. All released.

That’s some good eating! Scott Pitts put this nice cabrilla in the fish box.

With Captain Rogelio our first-timer Utah amigos, Morgan Robinson and her dad, Cody just off Espirito Santo Island.

Tim Weaver is usually wearing black robes and has a gavel in his hand as a judge from Arkansas. This time he’s got himself a nice roosterfish. One of several all released.

I love this photo and we love this amiga…sheer joy! Toni Brown and Captain Alfredo with a fresh dorado on the gaff!

She’s been with us for years and always does well with her favorite Captain Pancho. Dolores Ehlers with another roosterfish. Photo and release!

Scott Dull squeezed in a quick drive down from Loreto to fish one day with us and ended with a sucessful catch of pargo, cabrilla and triggerfish to drive back up north.

Morgan Robinson with her first roosterfish off Bahia Muertos. Photo and release.

I THINK this is Greg Wetherbee behind the mask! He worked his flyrod for five days and caught a number of species including this slugger jack crevalle.

Pro fishing guide, John Daly, was a first-time visitor with us and shows off his first roosterfish outside of Suenos for a photo and release.

Now, here’s a nice photo! Colorful bull dorado caught by young Drake Rowland from Texas.

Ben Rodriguez, another of our first-timers this week, shows off a first-day catch off the reef with triggers cabrilla, big pargo and snapper .Ben is from San Diego.

Tim had himself a pretty active week with lots of species including this dog-tooth snapper. He did release alot of fish too!

Always a pleasure to have Mark Brown visit us. Last year, they had to cancel, but he was back this week and fished with Captain Alfredo taking this fat roosterfish north of La Paz. The fish was released .

I’ve known Ray Laney for years and he brought his son, Daniel, down for his high school graduation. They had to work hard for their fish, but the last day finally turned on with some nice dorado. Ray is from Oxnard CA

Dave Elliott and Bill Cogdall are two more of our new amigos who had to cancel last year, but came back this year for 3 days on the water with us. Great guys and glad to have them finally make it. They did pretty good on the dorado!

Cindy Weaver with her first rooster! Captain Armando lends a hand and helps with the release afterwards.

This photo is just too special. John Carser and his wife, Carol from Huntington Beach CA brought grandson Patrick to La Paz. Patrick is from Rhode Island and spending the summer with grandma and grandpa. This was his first time saltwater fishing and this was his first dorado! He did it! But, check the great facial expression! Grandpa John is all smiles.

His first marlin plus on live bait…on light tackle…and from a panga in shallow water! Tim Weave with his first striper…caught and released.

Hard to tell, but I think this is Mark Buddy behind the mask showing off one of several roosterfish he took on the fly while fishing the whole week with us . He got a number of species on the flyrod. All fish were released.

One of the best guys around…long time amigo from Denver, John Ehlers with his favorite Captain Pancho. John’s got another rooster to put back in the water as soon as he takes the photo.

Alicia Clegg from the East Bay of San Francisco can fish! She does so well every year. She’s got another dorado for the box!

Captain Rogelio poses with one of our new Utah friends, Stephanie Robinson and a nice dorado on the gaff.

Sam Sybesma from Bellflower is another of our good amigos who has been fishing with us for years. He brought down his son, Micah, this year. I think Micah caught bigger fish than dad!

Lots of first-timer roosterfish. Captain Armando with Teal Smith and her first gallo!

Late season rainbow runner caught by Crystal Bernhart outside of Bahia Muertos. Great eating fish we usually catch in the springtime months.

When you’re hot, you’re hot. Tim with another rooster for a photo and release!

Dan Hibma was visiting us for the first time from S. California and it looks like he’s got a nice dorado ready for the box.

It wasn’t a spectacular week of fishing to be honest.  There weren’t alot of big trophy fish caught.
But, it was good steady summer fun fishing!  Except for a few slack times, overall, everyone caught fish.  There was plenty of action to go around.
Sometimes when it’s all big fish, especially for families, kids or first timers, big fish can be a tough fight.  And often a big disappointment when they break off.  With the fish we had this week, it was just pretty good steady fun fishing.
There might be the occasion off day, but most of our anglers fish several days.  The good days usually made up for the slower days and the bite produced a good mix of dorado, billfish, lots of small to medium roosterfish, jack crevalle, big bonito, pargo, snapper, cabrilla and even some late season amberjack and rainbow runners.
The dorado have definitely slowed from the wild bite of a few weeks ago, but fish are still out there holding especially under the sargasso paddies.  There were two days when there were lots of fish all around, but they just wouldn’t bite.  It was frustrating.  We figured it was just because the tides were especially slack and the fish simply weren’t feeding.  That applied to the dorado as well as other species.  The currents picked up and they fish started biting again.
Marlin have tapered as well.  I think that has alot to do with the current, but also there has been so much traffic on the fishing grounds that the marlin have gotten lock-jawed.  The marlin have been so thick over the last month that everyone and their brother, especially locals have been pounding the waters for the billfish. Hopefully, the bite comes back.
If you’re coming down, it’s been warm!  High 90’s to low 100’s with humidity.
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 July 2-9, 2021

GREAT MIX POST ENRIQUE

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 2-9, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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NOTE:  MARLIN and SAILFISH PHOTOS! Folks…before you send me e-mails or post up hate messages, please take notice that there are ALOT of billfish photos in this report. These represent perhaps 5% of the billfish that our fishing fleet hooked this past week.  There are THAT many billfish out there.  Some days, the waters are thick with billfish.  Many times our anglers are NOT trying to catch billfish.  But the billfish are biting.  The vast majority of the fish that we hook are released by our anglers or (being big fish), they  break off or get unhooked).  In many cases, the billfish you see here were unable to be released or, after the photo was taken, the fish were indeed returned to the water.  In many cases, when the fish was not or could not be released, the meat was donated to local folks who were very grateful for the meat.  But, that being said, anglers are entitled to keep a billfish if they did want to keep one and we are very stringent about never exceeding the billfish limits.

One guy who loves to fish light tackle is our amigo, Bennett Clegg from the East Bay Area of San Francisco. Nice fat roosterfish. A quick photo and a good release!

Speaking of releasing fish, Mark Bonsack from Washington is one of our frequent amigos and a solid angler. He and Captain Pancho release a blue marlin that Pancho estimated went between 250 and 300 pounds.

Our own! Had a great week of fishing. Our son, Jarrett Pfost from Lakeside CA and his wife, Diana, with a big boy bull dorado she hooked and fought north of La Paz with Captain Chito.

Our Utah amigo, Monte Aldridge, made a last minute trip to come visit us and shows off one of 3 marlin he hooked and released while fishing with Captain Armando.

Texas in the house! Big smile from young Drake Rowland with a feisty roosterfish. The fish was released.

That’s a great eating mess o’ fish! Cathy and Dave Boos with a cleaning table full of dorado, snapper, cabrilla, pargo and triggerfish!

Impressively done! Patrick-Ewick-Chouinard from New Jersey is 11-years-old and battled this big bull dorado all by himself. Posing here on the beach with Captain Adolfo! He later hooked a marlin as well.

Our boy, Jarrett put this colorful bull on the deck. Check the colors! Jarrett caught this dorado off a string of sargasso paddies between North Cerralvo Island and Punta Gorda.

Won’t find a sweeter lady than Dolores Ehlers who loves fishing with Captain Pancho. Dolores is from Colorado and has fished with us for years.

Captain Gerardo poses with our good friends, John and Arla Washington from Carson City NV who put a marlin, some cabrilla, snapper and pargo fillets in the box. Most of the meat was donated.

Captain Armando and Jonathan Strain visiting us for the first time on a trip that was delayed from last year because of Covid, but made up for with numerous marlin over 3 days of fishing including this thick one. Almost all the marlin were released.

More good Utah friends, brothers John and Bic Lesser with Captain Jorge and John’s first marlin plus some snapper on the table. First time trip for John and Bic.

Alicia Clegg is one of the best roosterfish anglers we see here every year and this gal can fish! Another rooster in the boat for a quick photo before release.

Cathy Boos so wanted a billfish! Well, she hooked two on this particular day and fought this one close to two hours. The fish could not be released. Dave helps with the photo.

Captain Pancho with a smiling Jas and her first roosterfish. First-time ever fishing! The rooster was released.

What a beast! Phil has himself a monster pompano.

Keith Hemstreet from Washington State had been thwarted on several trips to hook a roosterfish. Well, his first was a dandy! Captain Pancho estimated the fish to be about 80 pounds and was released.

Steve Strain had a marlin magnet in his back pocket! Everytime he put a hook in the water, the marlin couldn’t help themselves. With Captain Joel around Espirito Santo Island. Steve’s birthday trip!

Silas Bartlet visiting us from Texas has himself a nice roosterfish off the rocks for a quick photo and release.

One of the rare days that we could get out far to where we’ve seen tuna about 15-18 miles offshore, Mark Bonsack and Keith Hemstreet found all the football tuna the could handle. Actually, ran out’ve bait! After this, the days got too windy to go out there.

 

Hi Diana! Great smile to go with the great fish! Another roosterfish catch-and-release!

 

Captain Gerardo with Cody Robinson and his first marlin. Cody donated the fish. His first time with us!

Mark always does well with us and always wears the same lucky shirt every year. I think it’s the camo pattern that does it. He’s also a pretty good fisherman! The rooster was released.

 

Now here’s a nice variety catch! Monte and Captain Armando with dorado, big fat triggerfish, pargo and cabrilla are definitely going into the ice chest.

Another successful CPR! Catch. Photo. Release. My guy, Jarrett Pfost.

You would think Spiderman took a day off and went fishing, but that’s Monte Aldridge under there with another marlin for a quick photo and release. Tough to see from this angle, but I almost thought this might be a short-billed spearfish or white marlin, but just speculating.

 

 

It’s Mark’s camo shirt. That’s the secret. Dorado going back to Washington with him.

 

Anytime a big storm blows through, I’m always a bit tenuous about the bite in the aftermath.  About 2 weeks ago, Tropical Storm Enrique tracked through La Paz with enough wind and rain to cause the port captain to shut things down and keep boats off the water.
Post-storm, you just don’t know how the waters are affected.
Heavy rain waters cause run-off into the ocean which produces dirty cloudy water.  High winds can further stir things up and enough wind can cause cold water up-wellings from deeper water at worst and create bumps post-storm wave action at best. Winds can also change currents and disturb the bait stocks.
There’s alot of variables.  Any one can significantly affect the bite.  Any combination of those variables could completely crush the bite.
Prior to the storm, we had an incredible marlin bite going full speed.  Dorado were voracious.  Roosterfish were hungry and huge.
So, with some trepidation, we got our boats back on the water.
Surprisingly, the conditions didn’t take that long to start producing again.  With each passing day after the departure of the storm, conditions improved and not surprisingly so did the bite.
Dorado in the 20-40 pound class were not as numerous and had gotten scattered, but were definitely around.  Big roosterfish continued to prowl the shallows with fish up to 80 pounds although most were safely 20-40 pounders.  Plenty big on light tackle.
Marlin were frenzied at times with pangas getting numerous hook-ups. Stripers up to 120 pounds; sailfish mixed in up to 80 pounds and even some sizable blues up to 300 pounds readily picked up live bait, dead bait and lures.
Inshore action remained steady with snapper, huachinango, pargo and cabrilla with a good dose of triggerfish mixed in.  Big bonito and jack crevalle were fun feisty pests.
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 June 24-July 1, 2021

ENRIQUE INTERRUPTUS  #%$#&

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 24- July 1, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Enrique was the first big storm of the season. It started as a hurricane, but thankfully petered to a tropical storm by the time it hit La Paz.

Enrique did alot more damage to the south of us along mainland Mexico. By the time it hit La Paz it was alot milder.

By the time Enrique hit La Paz it had lost of of it’s force, but enough to bring several days of strong winds.

…and enough rain to get things wet and lose electrical power in La Paz for a few hours.

We launch our Las Arenas boats in Bahia Muertos / Suenos and this is what it normally looks like 99% of the time.

This is what Bahia Muertos looked like several days this week as a result of Enrique.

Our Utah amigo, Jason Kocherans makes a great photo of this great roosterfish caught just off the beach at Las Arenas. The Arenas lighthouse is in the distance. The fish was released.

Captain Victor with Brian Tippie with his uncle Ron Tippie who came all the way from Illinois and started their fishing week with a trio of bull dorado.

Our long-time Tailhunter amigo, Terry Biggs from northern California with a nice cabrilla to put in the fish box.

Great shot and a colorful bull dorado for Dave Martin who always seems to get a trophy fish every time he visits us from Utah.

Jason has another rooster off the surf. Great colors! The fish was released.

Dave Martin has another big boy rooster in the boat taken with live bait before the photo and release.

The week started well-enough.

We were catching fish.  The marlin were still blowing up nicely to the point of being bothersome.  Big roosterfish were still prowling the beach.  Our pangas were coming back daily with some nice dorado mixed with pargo, cabrilla, jacks, triggers, bonito and other species.

It was going pretty well.

Until Enrique showed up on the radar down the coast.  We watched it slowly make its way up the coast.  Initially, it started as a Category 1 hurricane.  It did a bit of battering the mainland Mexico coast to the south of us with flooding, rains, high seas and big winds.

With each day it moved closer to us from the south.  Some predictions had it missing us.  Others had our directly in its path.  By the time it reached us mid-week, it had lost much of it’s force and had diminished to a tropical storm.

Ultimately, it wasn’t too bad.  We had to cancel the fishing for 3 days as big waves, gusting winds and intermittent rain hit us.  But no real damage or flooding.  It was just enough to keep everyone indoors and the boats on trailers or on the beach.  We were lucky.   We’ve seen what big hurricanes can do over the years.

However, we don’t know what the after-effects will be.  At the time of this writing, we’re just getting back on the water.  Normally, it takes a few days for the waters to settle down again.  It takes a few days for the water to clear up.  It takes a few days for the fish to get back on track.  It all depends on how much the winds and water-run-off affected the water.

We’ll just have to see.  The week looks like we could still be in for a bit of wind on the backside of the storm.

By the way, not as many…in fact NONE…no marlin photos this week compared to the previous week.  There’s several reasons for that.  The marlin were biting pretty crazy again, but for one, pretty much all the fish got released and just no one really took photos.  Or, the marlin broke off and no one took photos!  But, we definitely had marlin swimming around again this week…at least before the storm came through.

PEZ GRINGO GROUP

This group of our amigos has been coming to see us for about 20 years.   All the do is fish hard for roosterfish.  And they DO know how to fish ’em.  This year, only 3 of them made the trip.  Donnie Willson, Ron Burgess and Dave Lester.  All of them are from Temecula CA.

Several years ago, they caught and released one rooster that many observers theorized would have broken the 114-pound world record.

This year…

Over 4 days, they caught AND RELEASED 16 roosterfish.  Three guys…

In other years, they have caught more roosters.  However, as they told me, they told me they have never caught so many BIG roosterfish.  Check out the photos of some of their fish.  I think their smallest fish were in the 40-pound class.  Their largest…maybe around the 100-pound mark.

Dave Lester

Ron Burgess

Donnie Willson

Don Willson

Dave Lester

Ron Burgess

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 June 8-15, 2021

IT WAS MOSTLY GREAT…EXCEPT WHEN IT WASN’T…

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 8-15, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Maybe the biggest dorado so far of the season for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet as the dorado are slowly making their way south. Captain Jorge with John McVay and a good-looking bull mahi on the beach at Muertos.

Captain Luis gives Denise Randall with another trophy dorado in that hot spot in the channel between Cerralvo Island and Las Cruces where the sargasso weeds have been building up.

Lucien Sanders from Idaho is our new poster kid for Tailhunter. Every time he comes down he catches the biggest fish and takes the best photos like this pretty bull with Captain Gerardo out’ve Bahia Muertos.

You can almost hear this big roosterfish roar as Sean Barnett from New Hampshire on his first trip to visit us caught and released this big fella just off the beach at Punta Arenas.

Just an incredible fish. An incredible photo. Dr. Jim Good from Denver CO with the understandable smiles.

Dean Kalmbach wanted a roosterfish for 10 years and finally got one and cradles this one for the photo before releasing it.

Elizabeth Vasquez had only one day to fish but was able to get into some of that dorado bite in the channel fishing with Captain Raul.

Our newest fun guy is Rich England who came all the way from Massachusetts. We lost count of his roosterfish catch-and-release record, but here’s a sample of one of them he hooked right in the shallows off Punta Arenas Beach.

One of our newest Tailhunter Tribe members is Cesar Garcia making the most of just squeezing in a single day of fishing with a pretty bull dorado.

Here’s a guy who loves to fish!  Oh yea! Huge big smiles for the big fish for Scott Randall with Captain Armando. The big dorado was released.

No shortage of color in this photos with two colorful dorado caught by Chao and Jacob Sanders from idaho. I think that’s their daughter taking a nap next to them.

This is a great photo. Double doubles for father-son Sean and Nick Barnett who double-teamed this pair of roosterfish and posted the great photo . Both fish released. They came all the way from New Hampshire.

Jim again in the gallery with yet another dorado! He caught alot of dorado and released most of them or gave them away.

Another of our avid lady anglers, Julia Kalmbach, has a feisty jack crevalle on hand before releasing it to torment someone else at a later date. These fish can fight!

What a great photo of a fresh blue dorado posed by young Lucien Sanders.

Katie Sgro squeezed in a day of fishing on one of the days that happened to be among the roughest of the week but still managed a good box of dorado to take home for hanging in there.

Steve Seeley gets the best beard-of-the-week award as he takes a photo with one of several roosterfish he was able to catch-and-release.

Another fish on the deck for Nino. On one of the roughest days in a long time, Nino stayed out and the day produced some good fish.

When the fish are on the chew, it can be lots of fun for the whole family.

Denise with another fish to add to the totals although this rooster was released. Captain Armando helps with the photo.

Emily and her dad Jason had a fun day on the water.

 

It was another good week of solid fishing with lots of action for the most part. . Until it wasn’t so good. There were a couple bumps here and there where maybe one panga did poorly or an area just didn’t produce.

There were also two days late in the week where we had a freak wind storm with winds from the south AND the west crashing and we actually were unable to launch any boats at all.  The subsequent days, the water remained somewhat turbid and green from the winds and it took a bit to get the fishing back on track with some really slow days for awhile.

Also,  some folks swung for the fences and spent their day chasing more elusive species like tuna, marlin or wahoo that didn’t show up.

However, everyone who chased what was there going on, got plenty of fish.  Mostly.  Most of the time.  It was a bit of a weird week.  Frankly, most of the fishing photos you see in this week’s gallery were caught earlier in the week.

Straight up, our La Paz fishing was far better. If you wanted to load up the ice chest, the dorado continue to be more than accommodating. You just have to find the right spot. There’s alot of floating sargasso out there (kelp paddies), but not every spot is holding fish.

The sargasso attracts sardines and other baitfish, especially flying fish that are laying their eggs and for the dorado, it’s like a floating buffet. If you hit the right spot, it can be non-stop action. Some of the “paddies” hold the younger 5-10 pound fish. Many anglers are tossing them back. But other paddies hold 15-30 pound and larger dorado that are really putting the wood to some of the anglers and a good many large fish are getting lost, but still lots of fun.

Our Las Arenas fishing is finally starting to see a few dorado as the sargasso moves south but mostly the bite for our fleet there has been a variety of fish including jack crevalle, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, bonito, amberjack, yellowtail, pompano, yellow jacks. Some days have been better than others. Roosterfish between 10 and 50 pound are still prowling the beaches with some larger. !

We have also had a couple of big striped and blue marlin come up on the lines that I’m told were 150-400 pound fish that hit baits, but the hooks didn’t stick.  As the week progressed, we saw more and more marlin cruising the surface or half-heartedly attaching baits and lures.  They’re in that sleepy state when they’re just getting acclimated to the warmer water and not really feeding to the frustration of many anglers.  However, within the next week or two, I would bet the billfish start going off.

 

FLIGHTS!

Don’t forget that there are now direct flights on American Airlines for the first time in a decade direct from the U.S. to La Paz from Phoenix and from Dallas on selected days of the week!   This will last through summer.  Hopefully, longer if it stays popular.  Many of our clients have booked on these flights.  They’re great and saves that 3 hour drive from Cabo!  Don’t miss out!

Get in touch with us and we’ll put together a complete hotel/ fishing package for you!  Lots of dates are filled or filling fast!  We’re looking forward to seeing you this year!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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

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

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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 1-7, 2021

DORADO DOMINATE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 1-7, 2021

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Dave Lindell has visited us many times over the years and always finds a good fish or two, like this nice roosterfish he caught and released with Captain Armando outside of Bahia Muertos. Dave is from Pendleton, Oregon.

Just a great shot! Big bulls in the hands of our San Diego amigos. Ryan Brock, John Stone and Jeff Correia ran into a nice school of dorado north of La Paz. There were more fish in the box.

Coral Hart always insists she catches more and bigger fish than husband, Jeremy.

We still have some nice grade pompano hanging out in our waters. John Stone is taking this one home.

Captain Jorge has a thumbs-up for Darren Robinson’s snapper that’s going to get added to the fish box for the day.

Dr. James Good from Denver just has too much fun! This particular day he hooked over 20 dorado and released most of them, but this huge bull is coming back to the freezer.

This is as good a photo as it gets. This is Baja. Just a pretty shot of our amigo from Denver, John Lowdermilk and his roosterfish. Fish was released.

Her biggest fish, gets a hand from Captain Alfredo for the photo. Tricia Kidman from Salt Lake City is all smiles.

Pound-for-pound maybe the toughest fighting fish we have down here, especially when they are horse-sized like this bonito caught by Darren Robinson.

One lonely tuna caught at the south end of Cerralvo Island got us all excited. Other fish were seen, but weren’t interested. Frankly, I think the fish was attracted to Bill Johnson’ great fishing shirt! Bill is another of our amigos from Denver.

A graduation trip after he just finished up at Texas A & M and starts work this summer, Quinn Mattson has double fisted dorado in hand .

Yes, marlin have started to show up finally. Tim Dummler with a pretty catch-and-release of this billfish.

Visiting us for the first time from Florida where he’s a professional chef, Preston Hix got into the dorado bite north of La Paz.

Another of our new Tailhunter amigos visiting for the first time, Brent Wischnack had a great few days with us and gets a quick photo with Captain Joel and a pair of nice dorado.

All the way from Massachusetts, Rich England’s day produced alot of action including several catch-and-release roosterfish like this one!

Alway fun. He never has a bad day, Rick Kasper (right) with amigo, Steve Shaolin, pose with 4 of their dorado headed to the freezers.

David Mkrtychev got his first roosterfish this trip fishing just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

A tough fish to pull out’ve the rocks, John Stone adds this nice pargo to the fish box.

Alex Golubev has two more dorado to bring back to shore after fishing in the channel between Las Cruces and Cerralvo Island.

Steve Seeley’s first day and first trip to see us produced 5 roosterfish. All were released.

Gary Wagner has a knack for hitting big cabrilla out’ve the rocks and reefs around his place at Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos.

Texas in the house! Duane and Quinn Mattson have some meat to take home!

Overall, the fishing just got one week better than last week and that week was one of the best period of fishing we have had in a long time. With great sunny weather and water’s continuing to warm and clear up, the schools of dorado around Espirito Santo Island and in the channel between the peninsula and the northern part of Cerralvo Island continued to be the main focus.

The dorado bite is producing some of the biggest and most plentiful dorado we have seen in years. Alot of that probably has much to do with the lack of fishing all last year during the pandemic. Fish this time of year are normally averaging about 10 pounds. This year, most fish are 20-40 pounders.

Sometimes, the bite starts slow and it takes a bit to find the right spot or right school. Some boats might do better than others on any given day. However, overall, limits or near limits of dorado are typical.

In addition to the dorado, numerous other species continue to help bed rods and produce alot of variety. Most encouraging are the marlin that we’re starting to see in our waters plus a smattering of tuna and wahoo.

Onto that, add in roosterfish between 10 and 50 pounds near the shores (all released); some huge bonito; jack crevalle, pargo, amberjack, the occasional yellowtail and sierra, pompano, trevally, rainbow runner, grouper and snapper and folks are getting plenty of action.

This week, American Airlines initiated the first direct flights into La Paz from the U.S from Dallas and Phoenix. These flights will continue until the beginning of September. This is the first time in almost a decade that we have direct flights from the U.S. to La Paz.

 

Note:  Michael Wilson, if you read this, please e-mail me: Jonathan@tailhunter.com.  Send me your e-mail address.

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

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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

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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
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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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

FULL MOON YELLOWTAIL BITE

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s our story!

Happy Easter, everyone!

 

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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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

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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 Feb. 18-27, 2021

YELLOWTAIL BITE ADDS TO MIXED BAG

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

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHALLOW WATER…LIGHT TACKLE…Great results!

 

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

 

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

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

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

Cabrilla that fell to a surface popper.

GOOD NEWS ON COVID FRONT

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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