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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 2-9, 2017

Jeff Brown from Minnesota on the 2nd of two weeks fishing with us and Captain Joel scored his share of nice yellowtail like this one off Espirito Santo Island, but still left enough in the water for future trips (He comes every year!) as a number of fish took ’em into the rocks! Yellowtail are tough fighters!

Now that’s a nice day of trophy cabrilla! Fishing with Captain Hugo they’re posed just inside of Bahia de los Muertos, it’s our good friends Roger and Donna Thompson with their amigo. Some great eating!

Tanner Whitmarsh from San Diego had himself a good few days of fishing (see other photos below) while staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay including a number of nice roosterfish like this beauty. Catch and release!

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa always gets fish and poses with a huge jack crevalle just off Punta Perrico rocks where nice schools of these jacks hang out. The fish was released.

Iron man, Roger Thompson from Long Beach and La Ventana was fishing the iron dropping a Salas 6X blue and white at the north east side of Cerralvo Island when he got chomped by this big boy cabrilla! Captain Hugo to the head to make the soup!

Kayak fishing can be pretty productive over the reefs just off the beach in Bahia de Los Muertos. Check out Tanner Whitmore with his two giant barred pargo! Thanks for the photos, Gary Wagner.

Two fishing brothers, Rod and Jeff Brown. Rods from Alaska and Jeff’s from Minnesota and always come to fish with us every year for a few weeks. They pose with a couple of nice yellowtail with Espirito Santo Island in the backgrounds. They also got cabrilla and snapper, but Rod tells me that over the two weeks alot of fish rocked them and busted off. All these fish hang out in rocky structure.

Donna Thompson with another big cabrilla makes the report again!

San Diego in the house! Trever and Tanner Whitmarsh with more of those nice barred pargo from just off the beach at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

NICE MIX OF QUALITY FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 2-9, 2017

Happy Easter everyone! 

In all honesty, not a bad week.  Not a great week, but not a bad week either.  Unless you counted lots of bonito for great action or a fun day to just get bent or take out the kids (lots of folks on Easter break), there were not alot of fish.  However, the quality of the fish we caught were pretty impressive. So it was a week of quality over quantity with some nice trophy fish taken.  For a good number of our clients, they got personal bests…largest fish ever!  

Also, week-by-week, the winds are diminishing from the crazy erratic winter we endured…as did much of the western continent.  So, although we had a bumpy windy day or two, for the most part, they were the exception, not the rule and looking at the coming week, that pattern looks like it’s gonna continue.  We’ll be having more calm days than windy let’s-just-stay-on-the-beach days!

If you’re coming down, keep in mind that Holy Week is really a busy week in Baja.  Not only are folks jammed down for spring break, but it’s also a really big holiday week for Mexico as well.  Many families travel back to visit friends and relatives in Mexico plus many locals take the week off and expect the beaches to be jammed with campers, picnickers, boaters and more.  This is probably NOT the week if you’re looking for piece and quiet at many beaches that are normally deserted so be prepared and join in the fun.

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Not much in the way of pelagic species.  We chased the tuna and wahoo and hoped for dorado, but nothing stuck.  However, the inshore action kept things interesting with some sweet rooster fish between 20 and 40 pounds plus some big-boy snapper and pargo…especially the cargo mulatto (barred pargo).  Just for fun and action, there were alot of bonito which folks had fun with “til’ my arms hurt!”  So that made for some good rod bending. 

Also, there’s some huge cabrilla (Mexican sea bass) and jack crevalle over the shallow reef areas near Punta Perrico and then at Cerralvo Island.  Our guys slow trolling Rapalas or dropping iron and jigging really did some great fish. 

Still no sardines to speak of but there’s ballyhoo, mackerel and caballitos. 

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This is where our larger fish were this past week.  Some hefty slugger yellowtail up to 40 pounds ended up in the boxes, but probably twice as many fish took guys into the rocks or ripped up the tackle.  Also some nice amberjack as well in the same areas up to about 20 pounds were in the counts.  One guy on his first trip told me, “these ocean fish don’t nibble!”  Right.  This isn’t trout fishing.  These fish slam and head right back down to the structure and if you don’t lean into them and pull hard, you’re already toast!

There were also some nice yellow snapper, pargo and cabrilla caught as well as some smaller dorado. 

That’s our story!  God bless for a safe, happy and peaceful Easter and Easter week!

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor

 

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Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

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https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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La Paz – Las Arenas / Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

He made the most of one day to fish! Mike Sinott from Tilamook, Oregon found some sunshine and a quality yellowtail fishing with Captain Victor just outside of Bahia de los Muertos! First time for Mike with us!

Our good friend, Ken Gragg, from Bakersfield got himself a nice yellowtail earlier in the week, and ran into
“double Trumps” on the beach!

From Folsom CA, Mike McGuffin, was able to get his family out early in the week and got an early season dorado and a sierra. We haven’t seen many sierra this year!

Pretty typical of our winter-season fishing, Garrett Sills from Utah with a cabrilla and yellow snapper.

This guy is everywhere, but needs to smile a little bit! He’s all puckered up! Captain Pancho with The Donald. I think if all politicians took some time to go fishing, the world would be a better place!

Thanks Long Beach and all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us this past week at the Fred Hall Fishing Show at the Long Beach Conventione Center! It was a grand time…as always!

WEATHER MORE COOPERATIVE…FISH NOT SO MUCH…THEN THE WEATHER CAME BACK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

The week started off better than expected with sunny skies and relatively calm seas and minimal winds.  Given how erratic it has been over the previous weeks with wind, rain, and other crazy conditions, it was a welcome thing to put folks on the water and have them actually ENJOY not getting bounced around!  

I think however, even the fish didn’t know what to do with it.  We had some great schools of mackerel fire up in Bahia de los Muertos with yellowtail and some indications of possibly tuna feeding as well under the yellowtail.  The reality didn’t quite match the excitement.  We got a few yellowtail.  Really nice quality fish and lost a few, and no tuna showed up when our boats were there, but other than some dorado and a few reef fish like cargo and cabrilla, the fish seemed to be a bit lock-jawed.  But, at least it was encouraging to get into some better quality fish like these yellowtail. Just no volume and nothing consistent. 

It looked like it might be a decent week, but as the weekend hit, crash…thunder, lightning, wind, and rain hit us again and that pretty much shut things down.  Back to winter!

I did sent out some recon boats to check out fishing the La Paz side given that it’s been such a windy winter and my La Paz captains are aching to get out’ve the blocks and get going, but the waters were still very green, cold and dirty…for now.  The winds will have to settle for the waters to settle.  Spring can’t come soon enough!

WHALES STILL HANGING OUT

Mike McGuffin got to spend a day at Mag Bay with us hanging out with the whales.

Almost coming out to the end of our whale-watching season, but Mike McGuffin and his family from Folsom CA had a nice little day spending time with the whales.

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I just had to post this.  Sorry to dote.  He’s our first grandchild,  Nolan Frederick Reid last Sunday night.  Jill and I were there in Vegas all weekend sleeping in the hospital parking lot waiting for him to arrive, but he took his time!  When he still hadn’t shown up, Jill had to make the call that we would have to cancel her appearing at the Boise Sportsmans’ Show and cancel her flight.  So sorry, Boise!  We’ll make it up to you next year!

Then, Nolan showed up!

I only had time to see him for a few minutes.  I have yet to hold him but only kiss mom and rush out the door and hit the road to get from Vegas to Long Beach to set up the booth for the Fred Hall Show.  I arrived at 3 a.m.  Can’t wait to get back to Vegas in two weeks on our way to Salt Lake City to hold the little guy!

THANKS LONG BEACH AND SO-CAL!  SEE YOU IN BAKERSFIELD!

Had another spectacular outing this past week at the Long Beach Convention Center for the 5-day Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show.  The aisles were packed with thousands every day and I’m hoarse from all the talking even tho’ I used my microphone system!  What a blast!  Great to see you all and thanks for all of you who brought gifts and birthday wishes.  You’re the best!  Lots of bookings for La Paz fishing too!

We now pack up the van for the Bakersfield Fairgrounds for the Sportsman’s Show there from Friday to Sunday.  Come see us and say hi!

Here’s some photos from some of the fun!

Dave Balthius, the head man at Costa Sunglasses came out to visit from Florida!

He braved the snows of Idaho to visit the Fred Hall Show for the first time, Tom Mullican will be back to visit us twice this year!

The best part of the week was a visit by my dad who just celebrated his 90th birthday!

So many great cards and birthday gifts from friends!

All-around good guy, Pat McDonell, head editor of Western Outdoor News.

The best! The famous “twins” Caroline Collette and Judy Passorello who work with us at Western Outdoor News for the Tuna Jackpot Tournament each November in Cabo San Lucas.

Ty and Spike! Out of control and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

 

 

Love these folks! Always a party!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb 20-26, 2017

Gary Wagner, the owner of the famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo San Lucas also has his Rancho La Costa there in Bahia de los Muertos and went out in the afternoon to try to catch some dinner and came back with this sweet fat yellowtail right off the rocks at Punta Perrico using dead mackerel.

Gary Wagner, the owner of the famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo San Lucas also has his Rancho La Costa there in Bahia de los Muertos and went out in the afternoon to try to catch some dinner and came back with this sweet fat yellowtail right off the rocks at Punta Perrico using dead mackerel.

GREEN COLD WATER…AGAIN!  (But wait…)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 20-27, 2017

It was a chilly windy and even rainy week in the La Paz area this past week.  You had a little bit of everything and from day-to-day, the weather patterns were so erratic it was hard to pinpoint.  You could go through several different “conditions” all in the same day or even moving a mile or two away produced completely different conditions.  But, that’s how it’s been all winter.  Up down and sideways. 

The effect on the fishing and fishermen has been just as erratic.  We normally, don’t have that many folks out on the water anyway during the winter, but the few walk-in clients we’ve had have been disappointed when we turn then away after warning them of impending winds and rough water or…they decide to go out anyway and, except for the occasional flat day, they get tossed all over and the fishing is not that good. 

After several months of pretty consistent wind, also, the waters are green, cold and cloudy from all the turbulence. My captains on both the Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay side as well as my captains in La Paz tell me the waters are really turned over.  That’s going to take awhile to settle down…once the winds consistently take a powder.  The upside is that this is the kind of winter conditions we need.  The colder water brings in the nutrients.  That brings in the baitfish.  That’s a good sign for the upcoming fishing season.  In the past two years with El Nino, the waters stayed warm and the nutrients for the baitfish never showed up.  Ergo, there wasn’t much baitfish!

Just the same, there were some small windows of fishing available!  Or, if you were willing to brave the elements there were some scattered fish to be caught.  

There’s a few ranging dorado either holdovers from last year or the advance scouts for the upcoming season.  They’ve been running between 8-12 pounds.  We also found some yellowtail off the south end of Cerralvo Island and Punta Perrico just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.  Mackeral are the preferred bait or fishing the yo-yo iron, but the bait is key.  However, if the waters are too rough, it’s hard to catch the bait.  The yellowtail we caught were nice grade 20-25 pound fish.   There’s also jack crevalle, bonito, snapper and cabrilla.  I’m surprised we’re not catching more sierra this time of year. 

It's been breezy in Bahia Magdalena for the whalewatching this year, but on the calm days, the whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

It’s been breezy in Bahia Magdalena for the whalewatching this year, but on the calm days, the whales have been more than cooperative to come visit with the boaters!

Can you scratch this little itch on my nose?

Wil you scratch my nose for me? My mom can’t do it for me!

WHALE WATCHING STILL GOING WELL

We’re still running our daily trips out to Bahia Magdalena for the whale watching.  It’s been a bit windy and breezy this season, but the whales are literally a “stone’s throw” from the beach so it’s been fun and great to see so many folks enjoying communing with these awesome creatures with whom we share the planet.

We only have probably just a few more weeks until they start heading back north to the Bering Sea so if you’re interested in a day or multi-day trip, let us know!  Write me directly at Jonathan@tailhunter.com

IT”S TIME FOR THE BIG SHOW in LONG BEACH!

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After 6 weeks on the road and fantastic shows in Denver, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland and our last show at the Great Western Hunt and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City that was completely off-the-charts…here we come to the biggest  and oldest fishing show of all.  In fact the Largest in the World!

It’s the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating Show in it’s 71st year and will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach CA from Wednesday to Sunday. This show is massive!  Anyone who is anyone, especially if you’re a bluewater or freshwater angler…and hunter…or spearfisherman is there!   Great place for the family and so much to see, learn and purchase from boats to gear to guns.  Folks come from all over the country to see this show!  They start lining up hours in advance.

Here’s more information plus how to get online tickets:   http://www.fredhall.com/long-beach/

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Lots to see and do from seminars to demonstrations and the aisles get pretty packed sometimes!  But, there’s just a ton going on!

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And or course, with about 100,000 of our “best friends” coming to visit and talk about fishing in La Paz, it’s always a party at the Tailhunter Booth!

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Me and Jilly! Let’s talk fishing!

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On year the lights went out in the whole Long Beach Convention Center…it didn’t stop the revelry at the Tailhunter Booth! Thankfully, there is “flash photography!”

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All my best friends in the fishing industry come by the Tailhunter Booth. It’s like a gathering of tribes!

 Come say hi!  We’ll see you here in Long Beach!

WILL NOT BE A THE BOISE SHOW – OH NO!

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Regretfully, we are also always at the awesome Boise Show at the Boise Fairgrounds in Idaho. We love Boise!!!  Because of the conflicting show schedules this year and last,  Jill  does that show and we were really looking forward to seeing so many of our friends there.  However, this week, we have our first grandchild on the way, and as if writing this, the kid didn’t get the memo and is a tad late.  So, Jilly will stay with our daughter, Jessie in Las Vegas and hopefully our new grandson!  We’ll make it up to you, Boise!  If you want to write to Jill, her e-mail is Jilly@talhunter.com.  Mine is Jonathan@tailhunter.com

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

“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 Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Jan 8-15, 2017

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Ashlee Patterson from Massachusetts got out on the water one day and on the flyrod, got this feisty little dorado on light line off Punta Perrico. The fish was released.

MORE WHALES THAN FISHERMEN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 8-15, 2017

Honestly, not much going on in terms of fishing.  It’s still been windy and there’s just not many fishermen in town this time of year or folks wanting to go fishing either.  It’s just that time of year…the lull after the holidays.   There’s not even that many folks in town.  

We did get out fishing a few days.  Surprisingly, given it’s winter and chilly, there’s still some dink dorado around, which are usually warm water fish.  Nothing big, but still fun.  The rest of the catch focused on bonito, some snapper and cabrilla.    Mostly inshore species.  The nice days on the water are nice…85 degree sunshine.  But, if you mis-time it, the north winds can make it blustery so we always check the weather before we go fishing.  If you’re coming down, try to be flexible on your fishing days so we can move you around to the best days to give you a better shot and having a fun day. 

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On the other hand, whalesharks are back in the bay and starting the year with a great opportunity to swim in the shallow waters of La Paz Bay with these “baby” whalesharks that can reach 20′ in length.  If you’re interested, contact us directly via e-mail at: Jonathan@tailhunter.com

GRAY WHALE SEASON STARTS!

Speaking of whales, the grey whales have also returned to Bahia Magdalena on the Pacific side so we’ve officially kicked off our 2017 whale watching season at Lopez Mateos.  We’re running daily trips to spend a day or two with the whales in the warm waters there.  Again, contact us directly at Jonathan@tailhunter.com.   It’s a great family trip!  Check out the video above.   Thanks to amigo, Jorge Romero for the video!  “Touch the mama!”

THANK YOU DENVER!  HERE WE COME SACRAMENTO! 

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Set up our new booth Tuesday night in Denver after a crazy drive through the snow and ice of the rockies the two avalanches that blocked the road.

Me, Jilly and Catlyn in the van.  This is how we roll for 3 months like road gypsies!

It was a pretty incredible drive into Denver with ice, snow, road closures, several avalanches blocking the highway and generally nasty conditions…but still, through some of the most beautiful and majestic places you’d ever want to see.  Nothing like the Colorado Rockies!

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John Rader fished with us for the first time last year. Funny guy!

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No matter your political views, it’s a funny shirt.

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“Doctor” Art Flippin has fished with us a zillion times and is coming back this year to fish in the fall.

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Art and Connie Petz are coming to see us for the first time in La Paz . Fun couple!

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Matt Deischel brought us a framed and signed photo of his 38.5 pound barred pargo WORLD RECORD he shot and then weighed at our Tailhunter IGFA scale. Massive fish and Matt is an incredible bluewater hunter. Thanks, Matt. We’re honored!

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Charter member of the Tailhunter Family, Jeff Sakuda, visits us at least twice a year. He’s a pilot for United and was on a layover in Denver and he came out to see us. Thanks for the Subway Sandwiches, Jeff!

 

There's trouble a-foot! Louis Sanchez brings me the traditional "burrito bomb" burrito for me to eat in the van while we're travelling!

There’s trouble a-foot! Louis Sanchez brings me the traditional “burrito bomb” burrito for me to eat in the van while we’re traveling!

Well, we just finished our first show of the “Tailhunter 2017 Road Tour” with a spectacular time at the Denver Convention Center and the International Sportsman’s Expo.  In our 16 years there, I think this was the best show we’ve ever had visiting with lots of friends and making new ones and signing up an incredible number of reservations to book spend time with us in La Paz fishing this year!   Thanks, Denver for once again taking such good care of us!

Now onto Sacramento and historically one of the biggest shows of the year for us.  We’ll be at the SACRAMENTO STATE FAIRGROUNDS from this Thursday to Sunday in our booth! It’s Jan. 19-22nd.   Come say hi and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz.  Get one of our new t-shirts and 24-page brochures.

Almost 700 vendors will be there with lots to see for the whole family!  Check out the video:

Hope to see you this week!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g

“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 Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of January 1-8, 2017

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Here we go! We’re starting our 2017 Road Tour! Jill and I will be on the road for our 21st year travelling with our booth to all the best and biggest fishing and hunting shows and this week, we kick it off at the Denver Convention Center for the International Sportsmens Expo. It’s Jan. 12-15th. Come see us and let’s talk fishing!

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Whalewatching season is finally on! The whales have started arriving at Bahia Magdalena and Tailhunter is running day trips or overnight trips to spend time with these unbelievable creatures! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Ask me about details: Jonathan@tailhunter.com

Whalesharks are now in the bay in the shallow water just a few hundred yards from the malecon. We're running trips to go swim with the whalesharks now. Ask us about this incredible adventure!

Whalesharks are now right in La Paz Bay in the shallow water just a few hundred yards from the malecon. We’re running trips to go swim with the whalesharks now. Ask us about this incredible adventure!

MOSTLY INSHORE FISH and WIND to START THE YEAR

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 2-9, 2017

Not much to tell this week.  I think the town and visitors were still in “holiday hangover” from Christmas and New Years.  Normally, this time of year, the folks who come fishing are walk-in clients off the street.   Instead of being anglers who book months in advance who come for a “fishing trip,” these are visitors to town or snowbirds who’d just like a day of fishing.  

However, it’s windy this time of year so either we’re up-front and tell them it can be rough and bumpy or the day they want will be so bad, we don’t recommend going out at all.  Or, in some cases, they look out at the bay and see all the white-caps they decide to just soak up the 80 degree sun on the beach with a margarita instead.  Nothing wrong with that scenario either!  

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So, just not many folks out fishing. 

HERE WE COME DENVER!

We only had about 2 days this past week that were fishable.  Inshore is where most of the action was found with cabrilla (sea bass), snapper, barred pargo and jack crevalle.  All fun action especially on lighter tackle, but a few of the larger pargo broke off in the rocks even on the heavier gear.  Offshore, a few wahoo bit and were lost, but a few of the commercial fishermen landed a couple and also some tuna were hooked.  We’ll keep an eye on that.  Pretty unusual to see blue-water species like that this time of year!

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Tailhunter Sportfishing starts it’s 2017 “road tour” this week.  We’ll be at the International Sportsman’s Expo in our booth at the Denver Convention Center from Thursday to Sunday, January 12-15th.  Come visit us and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz this year! 

Here’s a link to all the info:

http:/http://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/denver/

And here’s a link to get discount tickets:   http:/http://www.sportsexpos.com/coupons/dencoupons/

Hope to see you there!

That’s our story

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Nov. 20-27, 2016

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A little of this.  A little of that. This is pretty typical of what our catch is like now that the seasons are changing.  Some bonito, sierra, pargo.

SNOWBIRDS IN TOWN – THE GAP BETWEEN HOLIDAYS

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 20-27, 2016

Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving week!

Not much going on this past week.  Very few folks in town and most of the visitors are from colder climates and these snowbirds are just trying to find some sunshine.  They’re not necessarily in town to fish, or snorkel or participate in other water sports…except for the windsurfers who are starting to head towards La Ventana/ El Sargento near Las Arenas.  As our winds get strong and stronger, that area in the channel by Cerralvo Island is world-class for wind sports. 

As far as our fishing, well, it is indeed getting windier and not the most ideal for fishing.  So, you it is what it is if you plan to fish in the off-season.  It’s definitely usually sunny, but winds can make it bumpy and/ or limit the areas we can fish and the types of species we can fish for. 

Indeed, that’s what happened this week.  No big pelagic to report for the first time all season.  No dorado.  No tuna. No rooster fish.  No billfish.  So, maybe the warm-water season has finally ended.  

Or, maybe it’s just an aberration.  When there’s not many boats on the water, a few boats can’t be everywhere at once checking out all spots.  So, there could well be spots of big game fish still out there.  Or not.  As the season goes along and rolls into December, things will get clearer.  It’s definitely a transition time right now. 

So, what we got were some cargo, cabrilla, sierra and bonito.  Pretty much inshore species.  For now.  We should get a few more folks on the water now that Thanksgiving weekend is over. 

BUT WAIT!!!

Don’t close the curtains just yet…

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From Twin Falls, Idaho, Terry Robinson had a great day nailing this huge wahoo…losing a few others…tangling with a big dorado for a bit and also getting the wahoo below.

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And here’s the nice tuna. Chunky fish for November!

Just as I was putting out this report to make my deadline, we had some of our anglers hit wahoo and tuna!  And lost others!  So, hold everything.  Maybe it’s not over yet!

That’s our story

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2016

EXPRESS VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather –  Nice Sunny high 80’s to low 90’s.  Getting a little more breezy and cooling down.  More north winds.

Water – Still nice, but cooling.  Mid-80’s.  Seeing more cooler water fish moving in.  Colder thermoclines.

Quality of Fish – Billfish, tuna and wahoo are good sized when you can get them.

Quantity of Fish – If you fish La Paz, you can get lots of dorado.  If you fish Las Arenas, fewer fish, but bigger fish.

Forecast – For coming week weather looks good.  Nothing special forecast except sun! But winds getting stronger.

Jonathan’s Attitude – Great!  It’s been a long season and we’re coming to end of our 21st season.  And fish are still biting!

THE BIG PICTURE FULL EDITION FISHING REPORT

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Bruce McFadden is the sales director at the famous Peregine Lodge in Canada and had just one day to fish on a quick visit to us in La Paz. With his wife Leticia and Captain Pancho, they tied into Bruce’s first marlin that he fought for 40 minutes before it got off. (they were going to release it) Then, they got this sailfish but were unable to let it go and generously donated the meat to the pueblo.

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Our good amigo, Paul Nagata from San Francisco, with a chunky tuna he caught earlier in the week off Las Arenas on dead squid.

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Really great first-timer with us, Scott Evans, tied into this yellowfin tuna and is all smiles and thumbs with Captain Jorge.

LATE SEASON STILL HOLDING BLUE WATER FISH

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2016

Conditions couldn’t have been nicer this past week for weather and water although it’s obvious that everything is changing as we move through the late fall and towards winter.  The sun is out and you really couldn’t ask for nicer days in the high 80’s with cooler nights in the low 70’s and high 60’s.  (Us locals are wearing sweatshirts and even some jackets now!).  Water is getting a little cooler too.  All part of the cycle. 

Moreso, you can tell we’ve pretty much come to the end of our regular season.  

We’ve been rolling full steam since the end of March with as many as 20-50 anglers per day for 7 days-per-week.  Now, we’re down to about less than 10 per week and that will continue to taper.  From November to March, we might see only a handful as winds get stronger from the north; the waters get a bit rougher; and the “glamour” fish go elsewhere.  There will still be fish to catch, but the majority will be inshore species and cooler water species like pargo, cabrilla, rainbow runners and sierra.  That doesn’t mean fishing is bad.  Just different and surely not to discount some of our cooler water “beasts” like amberjack and yellowtail that can still yank you right outta your socks! 

So…to be more specific…we didn’t really fish too much with our La Paz fleet.  Winds are already coming from the north and making it bumpy and most of our anglers might do one or two days, and catch a cooler of small dorado between 5-10 pounds, but then want to chase the larger species.

So most of our fishing has been with our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fleet.  

There’s some larger dorado there.  The wahoo are still hanging around and surprisingly some marlin and sailfish pretty late in the season.  There were two blue marlin hooked this week and several stripers and at least one-sailfish.  

No tuna for once, but there are several factors that might play into that:

1.  The tuna might have started moving out after about 2 months of them being around. 

2.  We did see some tuna, but moving fast on the surface and headed elsewhere and too fast to get on them

3.  Not as many anglers out there from our fleet or any fleet to really pinpoint where the fish might be.  (It’s alot easier when a number of pangas are on the water)

4.  The few anglers we had this week wanted to spend most of their time chasing other species. 

I guess we’ll see how it goes this week! 

Some of the other species we got were rainbow runners, pargo, cabrilla and small bonito. 

18th ANNUAL LOS CABOS TUNA JACKPOT TOURNAMENT

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Team “Tu Corazon” from Los Barriles had the biggest tuna of the tournament with a fish that pulled at 298 pounds. It was worth over $100 thousand dollars, but was not the biggest money winner of the tournament. It did win for biggest fish of the tournament and biggest fish of the first day.

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There were lots of fish in the 80-150 pound class that were caught by the 169 teams, but were never weighed because they would not have qualified since we had alot of 180-200 pounders and 8 fish over 200 pounds. These were beasts that were taking 3-4 hours to pull aboard.

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Lots of big wahoo were caught both days. The two winning wahoo were 53 and 52 pounds respectively and were worth more than $60 thousand dollars each.

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There were a record breaking 169 teams involved from all over the world and all over the U.S. and Mexico. Lots of teams from California, Arizona, Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. We had one team from Luxembourg and we’ve had teams from Japan and Russia competing. Good to see so many local teams and also teams from Mexico City as well.  There was a record payout for the tournament of almost $800 thousand dollars.

Mark Rayor's boat the "Vaquera" briefly held the money lead with this 251-pound yellowfin. This was the largest tournament in Mexico history and the largest tuna tournament in the world.

Mark Rayor’s boat the “Vaquera” briefly held the money lead with this 251-pound yellowfin. This was the largest tournament in Mexico history and the largest tuna tournament in the world.

The teams from Texas are always colorful! "It's not fuschia...that's too big a word in Texas...It's PINK!" they told us!

The teams from Texas are always colorful! “It’s not fuschia…that’s too big a word in Texas…It’s PINK!” they told us!

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On the last day with only minutes to go before the scales closed, Team Reel Quest literally destroyed the field when they backed into the docks with 5 huge yellowfin tuna parked up against their transom weighing between 150 and 274 pounds. No one had seen anything like it and the huge crowd was cheering! Their 274 and another fish of 251 were the 2nd and 3rd largest fish of the tournament. Largest was a 298 caught the first day.

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Team Reel Quest’s fish of 274 pounds wasn’t the largest fish of the tournament, but it was the largest of the 2nd day and it swept all the jackpot categories and resulted in the highest payout ever in the history of the tournament of almost $400 thousand dollars.

Jill and spent this last week working at the Western Outdoor News 18th Annual Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament in Cabo San Lucas.   It’s always fun and great to see so many good friends every year.

This year had the largest field ever with 168 teams and 621 anglers from around the world.   Lots of teams from the Western U.S including California, Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, Washington and Idaho.  Plus so many teams from Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Florida.  I met anglers from Russia, Japan and even one team from Luxembourg in Europe…a first!  (And their first time ever in Cabo or Mexico!).

Mexico also had a great representation with a huge number of teams from Cabo San Lucas, Los Barriles and La Paz plus teams from Mexico City and Puerta Vallarta as well.  As you can imagine, these local “experts” all did well!

The field made this the largest tuna tournament in the world…and the largest tournament in Mexico.  We had a record purse of almost $800 thousand dollars plus raised almost $40 thousand in charity funds for dental work for kids in Los Cabos.

Thanks to everyone who made it the best tournament ever.  What a great time with great friends!

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 18-Oct.2, 2016

VIDEO FISHING REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE  (1-10 being best)

Weather – 8 (sunny low to mid 90’s / but cooler than normal/ humid)

Water – 8 (up to 88 degrees, but some cooler patches moving in)

Winds – 8 (not an issue)

Fishing Overall – 6 (not bad)

Quality of Fish – 6 (not alot of huge or trophy fish although some nicer tuna and roosters)

Quantity of Fish – 7 (limits of dorado / 1-4 tuna per day/ lots of bonito)

Live Bait – 2 (Dismal / We’re selling fresh squid for $30 per day and using other dead baits but all working good)

Jonathan’s Attitude – 7 (Optimistic but I can see the end of the season coming up!)

Quote of the Day – “Fish.  An animal that grows in size between the time it’s caught and the story told to friends.”

THE BIG PICTURE

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Our Colorado fish brother, John Ehlers comes every year and has caught a bunch of fish on his bucket list, but until this week, a wahoo has always eluded him! He made up for the lost time with this beauty!

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John Pooley and Captain Victor with a good start to a fishing trip! Five nice yellowfin tuna! John and his wife Leslie were on their first trip to visit us from Tribuco Canyon CA

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Hard to find a nicer couple than Monte and Marlene Aldridge who came for the SECOND TIME this year on a last-minute-whim! The also got into some nice tuna as well as dorado and other species. They’re from Annabella Utah.  They also brought a load of stuff for our women’s shelter!  (See photos way down the report!).

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Captain Armando helps out a smiling Jim and Christi Brenneman from Idaho with their first fish of the trip on the beach at Muertos Bay. They also spent time with us snorkeling and swimming with the whalesharks!

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Whoa! This is the “RIGHT KIND!” This is what ALL our dorado normally look like! Bill Stewart from Oregon and Captain Gerardo with a heck-of-a-nice bull dorado!

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Neighbors from Folsom, CA, Jae Park and Mike Kingsmore show off a yellowfin tuna and a rainbow runner they caught near Punta Perico.

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Not a bad day of dorado fishing for Kinh Duong who only had one day to fish! He’s from the San Jose CA area.

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All the way from Wisconsin, Jeff and Wendy Elgin with Captain Armando started their trip with a bunch of yellowfin tuna.

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Pacific Northwest amigos, Bill Stewart from Oregon and Dave Parker from Washington with some of their dorado they caught north of La Paz Bay.

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Two of our favorites! (The people…not the fish although we love tuna!). John and Dolores Ehlers have been good friends of ours for years!

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Some people have too much fun! This is Al “Bonito” Basye and Mike Witt who rocked the yellowfin tuna their first day out. I think they got 6 fish that day.

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Mike and Dan from the Northrup Grumman Fishing Club came to fish with their amigos and take a knee to pose with 4 chunky yellowfin.

ANGLERS TARGET TUNA AND DORADO

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2016

It wasn’t a spectacular week by any stretch, but there was some good to solid fishing most of the time.  Tuna and dorado were the main targets but the catches were rounded by billfish, wahoo and big rooster fish.

It was a pretty easy breakdown on where to fish and what you wanted to catch.  The areas were pretty distinct.  It makes for an easy report this week.

LA PAZ FLEET FISHING

If someone only had one day to fish…if someone wasn’t too particular and just wanted action and catch a fish, the areas around La Paz with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet was the place to be.  If you had a line in the water, you couldn’t help but catch a dorado.

They weren’t everywhere, but there were enough spots that sooner or later, you’d run into them and then it was “game on.”  Sometimes, the bite was early.   Sometimes it was late.  But almost every one of our pangas this week that fished La Paz got limits or near limits of dorado.

The downside of all that is that alot of these fish were only 5-10 pounders.  Great on light tackle, but a 15-20 pound fish would have been big…and unusual.  Normally, during this time of year, that size fish would have been one of our “smaller fish.”

But, as I said, there was no shortage of action and you just had to weed through the short guys if you were to have any chance at larger fish.

The other side of so many small fish was that this is what billfish like to eat and there were several marlin hookups (nothing stuck for long) while anglers were right in the middle of fishing for the school dorado.

One other issue…

For the last two years as we’ve endured El Nino conditions, finding live bait has been a struggle.  But, for our La Paz fishermen, more often than not, we found enough to go place scarce as it might be.  Well, this past week, we couldn’t even find a minuscule amount.  It was tough.  We resorted to doing a little more trolling than normal and also using dead bonito and other dead bait.  But, they all seemed to work just fine even without the live bait.  Good thing dorado, aren’t too picky.

Like I told you…EVERYONE CAUGHT FISH!

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

While fishing out of La Paz was a sure thing and there were lots of dorado (albeit small) to catch, if you fished with our Tailhunter Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay fleet you were taking it to another level.

There weren’t many dorado at all.  But, tuna were the primary targets and most days each panga got 1-6 decent-sized yellow”fun” tuna in the 10-25 pound size.  Fun size for most folks!

The trick on these tuna were the fresh dead squid we have been acquiring for our fisher folks; cutting it up; bagging it and making it available for each of our anglers.  This had to be fresh restaurant quality calamar and preferably the white bodies, to the tentacles.  Picky fish!  But, two or three of these fish would fill up an ice chest.

Other species that rounded out the Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay catch included a few wahoo and some 40-70 pound rooster fish that are still hanging around the beach areas.

UPDATE:  SUNDAY – As this was going to print…easy limits of dorado for La Paz.  Las Arenas, really slow.  Only one tuna.  One wahoo.  One big roosterfish.  Hope it’s just a one-day aberration.  😦

TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION

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Big group of generous hearts! Jim and Christi Brenneman, Dolores and John Ehlers, Jeff and Ann Lilla hauled clothes, school supplies, bookbags and toys down for our charities!

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The filled ice chests full of shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, school supplies and other things for our women’s shelter and orphanage and filled ’em up with fish fillets! Big kudos to Marlene and Monte Aldridge from Utah for helping out! Much appreciated!

Quick shout out to our Tailhunter Tribe member show brought down stuff for the schools, women’s shelter and orphanage!  More grateful than you can know and I only wish you could see the smiles when these things are delivered.  You DO make a difference!

That’s our story!

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 28 -Sept. 4, 2016

MINI-VIDEO FISHING REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 8 (like a postcard most of the week)

Water – 7 (mostly great and blue with some patches of dirty or cold)

Fishing Action and Quantity –  8 (Las Arenas)  4 (La Paz)

Fishing Quality – 7 (nice tuna to big marlin)

Fishing Outlook for Coming Week– 3 (worried about the storm coming Tuesday and winds on Wednesday)

Jonathan’s Attitude – 7 (If you’re happy, I’m happy – lots of happy fishermen mostly!)

Fishing Quote of the Week“Men and fish are alike.  They get in trouble when the open their mouths.”

THE BIG PICTURE

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First time with us, Jason Rudloff and his dad, Robert, from California started out their fishing trip with a bang. They hung all these nice yellowfin tuna plus dorado (released some too!) just outside of Bahia de los Muertos.

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John Titman from Oregon, has one of the best weeks of any angler all year. Here he is with Captain Adolfo and their wahoo plus some chunky yellowfin tuna. John caught so much fish (including the blue marlin below) that he went home with about 150 pounds of fillets (and that was AFTER he released fish and gave fish away!)

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San Diego in the house! Mike Rose and Doug Ladderbush stuck some nice tuna and dorado with Captain Gerardo on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos. They said to me, “Uh your “football tuna” are alot bigger than our San Diego football tuna! “

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Happy fella, John Titman and Captain Chito and a blue marlin estimated at over 220 pounds. John donated 1/2 the fish. It was quite a week for billfish with a number of fish lost and most released.

 

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Captain Armando had a great day with Joe Hill and girlfriend, Shelly Andrade from the Sacramento CA area who had a banner day during the tuna bite during the week.

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We have some great amigos that come from Kansas, including Elijah Florence who fishes the light tackle spinning rods and got these 5 feisty dorado.

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Dave Hill from Texas has been fishing with me since about 1999! With his favorite Captain, Jorge, he shows of a couple of his yellowfin tuna!

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First time speedster wahoo for Steve Douds  from Arizona! He explained that his facial expression as well as sore arms and hand joints were attributed to the battle with the wahoo.

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Beautiful shot of first-timer, Debby Champley, with Captain Jorge and another yellowfun tuna in the boat!

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Oh-oh! Here’s the path that “INVEST 90E” is showing as it heads towards the Baja Peninsula. It’s not slated to be a hurricane, but winds in the mid-70’s are expected and a few inches of rain.  No bueno. Just a one day event fortunately. I hope.

BEST WEEK AS TUNA CRASH…BUT WAIT!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2016

It turned out to be one of the best weeks of the season down here.  Not only did we have some outstanding weather with warm (but not hot) sunny skies and blue calm waters, but for the first time in about 2 years, the tuna crashed for our Tailhunter Fleet at Las/ Arenas Muertos Bay with some outstanding catches.  Mixed with some of the other species, it was the kind of week we have rarely seen since the El Nino weather conditions dropped in on us 2 seasons ago…and now apparently are diminishing.

Will it continue?  Read on…

LAS ARENAS/ BAHIA de LOS MUERTOS

In a scene reminiscent of the glory days of the area, for about 4 days this week, yellowfin tuna came up from the trenches to within a few hundred yards of the beach or closer and crashed our pangas!  It started with some football 5-10 pounders, but these turned into heftier beefier feistier 20-25 pounds fish and pulled many first-time anglers right out’ve their flip-flops!

Literally, a long casting distance from the beach in an area that stretched from just south of Bahia de los Muertos to just around the corner to Punta Perrico and the old Hotel Las Arenas, the tuna rolled up with an appetite.  Our pangas were slamming fish with limits in a few hours, then turning their attention to other species like dorado, wahoo and billfish.  What a luxury.  (For once, rooster fish weren’t center stage!).  Even releasing fish, anglers were filling their take-home ice-chests in a single day of action!

I spoke to one person who was scuba diving in the area and he told me, “There’s huge schools of tuna milling around down there, even in the shallow waters!”

For many of our anglers, not only was this the first tuna they had ever encountered, (“Man, I didn’t know tuna were THAT strong!), but for some, it was their first fish or first time fishing (“I caught two and had to sit down because my back and arms were cramping!”).  Imagine your first-fish ever is a 20 pound yellowfin tuna!

But, here’s the rub…the ONLY bait that was working was squid!  Bellies of the fish were filled with small squid that the fish must have followed up from the deep.  That’s why they were in the area.

However, it’s impossible for us to catch little tiny squid!  It’s impossible for to hook them unlike when the huge Humboldt squid come up from the deep with monsters that are 10-80 pounds and we can actually fish for them!

Therefore, it became incumbent on us to scour the city of La Paz looking to buy all the squid we could find.  The better stuff was the bodies, but squid bodies were in short supply.  Also, this couldn’t be “bait quality” squid.  This has to be fresh-dead squid that’s restaurant/ table quality stuff.  So, I had stuff running around and over the course of just a few days, we purchased over 220 pounds of blocks of fresh-frozen squid and then vacuum sealing them into 2 kilo bags for our anglers to have!  It made for some long days, but you do what you gotta do!  As it is, there’s not much other bait out there at Las Arenas.

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This stuff is COLD!!! Big 20 pound bricks of frozen giant squid had to be packed everyday hoping to give our folks a bit of an “edge” getting the tuna to bite. We went through about 250 pounds of giant squid in 3 days and scoured every store, market and fish store to have enough everyday! I’ll keep doing it too…if it means the difference on our folks getting bit!

Anyway, after 4 days, the bite quieted down and the frenzy turned to a trickle as the fish moved further south.  At the time of my writing this report,  we have our whole fleet looking south today for the fish!

However, as the tuna diminished, small to medium dorado came up which was the first time we’ve ever really seen dorado in the area so that was good news!  We’ll keep you posted.

And…also wahoo around as well and hitting the dark Rapalas as usual!

My biggest concern as of the time of writing this is that there’s a bit of a storm and rain coming on Tuesday that might be a complete game-changer.  It could make things better or it could dirty up the water; cold water; and scatter the fish..and then it will take several days to clear up again.  Then, who knows?

LA PAZ

The story for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet were the billfish.  I think almost every one of our pangas hooked a billfish at some point in the week.  One day each of our pangas hooked at least one sailfish or marlin.  Most were lost.  Or, after a fight, they were released (thanks guys!).  A few of the larger ones that were blue marlin were either kept (perfectly legal!) or were unable to be revived.    The fish seemed to be right in the areas where, not surprisingly, we also found small dorado and small bonito which are perfect candy-food for billfish.

Dorado were also around with a few of the better quality in the 20-25 pound class around and alot getting lost and released as well

Inshore, still some good steady action on big triggers and small-to-medium cabrilla and pargo.

 TAILHUNTER DONATION NATION

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Joe Hill, Shelley Andrade, (Jorge Romero photobomb), Debby Champley and Dave Hill brought a LOAD of much needed school supplies in several ice chests!

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Mega and Dave Bosteter from Phoenix, AZ, hauled down clothes, toys, little girl costumes and bathroom supplies for our kids and their families!

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The guys from the Helena Chemical Company…you guys are TOO much! They hauled down 7 full ice chests of kids clothes and other supplies for our Women’s Shelter and the Alberga Kid’s Shelter Orphange in Los Planes.

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And a well-deserved mango margarita toast by the Helene Chem guys for bringing down so much needed items!

An awesome shout-out to our Tailhunter Tribal amigos who went an extra step and brought down donations for our two schools, the women’s shelter and the orphanage.  This last week almost 300 pounds of items went to one of the orphanges.  These new items might be headed to one of the schools or the women’s shelter.  Tailhunter Donation Nation rocks!  Thank you all!

Thanks also to Jason and Robert Rudloff for their donation.  I didn’t get their photo except ABOVE with BIG FISH!

That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly and Catlyn the Fishing Cat

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

http://www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Aug. 21-28, 2016

THE MINI-VIDEO REPORT

WEEK AT A GLANCE- Scale of 1-10 being best

Water – 7 (way better than previously)

Weather – 7 (funky early in the week, but mostly gorgeous and low 90’s cooler than normal)

Fishing Conditions – 7 (much much improved)

Fishing Quality –  6-8 (can’t argue with marlin, dorado and big roosters and if only the dorado were larger!)

Fishing Quantity – 4 (lost alot of fish or counts would have been higher)

Traffic – 8 (town is quietly empty as summer vacationers leave)

Jonathan’s Attitude – 7 (hopefully optimistic with dorado and better fishing showing up!)

Quote of the Week – “My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I told her it cost.”

THE BIG PICTURE

Jeff Sakuda, our amigo, from Cerritos CA, who usually makes two trips a year to fish with us and Captain Jorge had a banner week landing 4 wahoo and losing one fish that was even larger. Note how close to shore they area. This is Punta Perrico just outside Bahia de los Muertos.

Jeff Sakuda, our amigo, from Cerritos CA, who usually makes two trips a year to fish with us and Captain Jorge, had a banner week landing 4 wahoo and losing one fish that was even larger. Note how close to shore they area. This is Punta Perrico just outside Bahia de los Muertos.

Marlin bit strong this week, especially for our clients that fished with our La Paz fleet around Espirito Santo Island. Striped marlin and bigger blues really bent some rods. Most fish were released.

Marlin bit strong this week, especially for our clients that fished with our La Paz fleet around Espirito Santo Island. Striped marlin and bigger blues really bent some rods. Most fish were released.

Finally, some decent showing of dorado this past week with Wade Gomes, Greg Gomes and Hugh Fielder.

Finally, some decent showing of dorado this past week with Wade Gomes, Greg Gomes and Hugh Fielder.

Captain Jorge with Jeff and Marianne Sugawara and another wahoo plus a rainbow runner, cousin to yellowtail, which is a cooler water fish.

Captain Jorge with Jeff and Marianne Sugawara and another wahoo plus a rainbow runner, cousin to yellowtail, which is a cooler water fish.

Another catch-and-release rooster! It continues to be a banner year for big roosterfish. This week, they ran 20-40 pounds along the beaches.

Another catch-and-release rooster! It continues to be a banner year for big roosterfish. This week, they ran 20-40 pounds along the beaches.

And yes! Dorado at Las Arenas too!

And yes! Dorado at Las Arenas too!

No, it's not all the same fish. Jeff and Marianne caught 4 of them over 2 days.

No, it’s not all the same fish. Jeff and Marianne caught 4 of them over 2 days.

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for week of August 21-28, 2016

A much much better week than we have had in awhile…at last!  Early on in the week we had some wind and a few sporadic showers, but as the week went on, both weather and water conditions improved and it was probably the best we have had in several weeks.  Not surprisingly, the fishing also corresponded with the conditions and there were some nice catches.  Still not up to what we’re usually at, but definitely a marked improvement over the past month!

The only thing was that it’s the end-of-summer and there weren’t many fishermen around.  It’s like that every year.  In fact, all of La Paz seemed to have “exhaled” as summer wound up and lots of vacationers and families went back to school including the local kids.  Airplanes were less than full.  Hotels have quite a bit of vacancy and La Paz activity dropped quite few notches.  For at least a week or two, it’s a “sleepy little city” again.  But, after Labor Day, we ramp up again and it’s full-steam into the meat of the season and our busiest months of September and October.  So, having a good fishing report is incredibly encouraging.

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The bad news is that the bait situation has not gotten better.  It’s negligible at best.  There’s a scarce mix of caballitos, sardines, ladyfish (sabalo) and mackerel.  At best…

The good news…we’re still catching fish and we had one of the better weeks in awhile.

For one, there’s marlin and sailfish around.  Both stripers and blues and smaller sailfish.  And they’re close.  The other good news is that we had a great week on wahoo.  The fish are also close in…literally a hundred or so yards off Punta Perrico.  Fish in the 20-40 pound class mostly with some larger ones lost!

Plus, in the rocks, the pargo and cabrilla are also eating and of course, there’s big rooster fish still around.  And…we finally saw some dorado in the counts as well.  Very encouraging!

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The best news is we finally found spots of dorado in several places, but the area around Rosario produced the kind of bite we’ve been waiting for.  Not big fish, by any stretch.  Normally, our smaller fish right now should be 20 pounders!  However, we caught more dorado in the last few days of the week than we caught all year.  Most of the fish were 8-15 pounders, with some 20 pounders in the mix and a few larger fish lost.  My captains tell me that there’s some spots where there’s so many baby dorado, you can sit on the spot all day long whacking and releasing all the babies.

That bodes well for the coming weeks as these “babies” grow fast.  Fortunately, all of our anglers this week went for the larger fish and got away from the voracious punk fish that will eat anything.  As one of them told me, “some of the giant baits were larger than the dorado!”

Perhaps as part of the dorado showing up are the billfish that have also really kicked it up a notch.  Favorite food of the marlin…blues and stripers…are baby dorado!  We had a number of billfish hooked but most either were released or came off.

Inshore, still all the triggerfish, pargo and cabrilla you could want, but it was nice that the blue water fish went on the chew a bit so we could give the inshore species a rest.

 That’s our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

.

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

Tailhunter YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

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