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MIXED WEATHER KICKS OUT MIXED BAG OF

FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of May 19-25, 2022

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IN A NUTSHELL:

Fishing on a Scale of 1-10 (10 being best):  6

Temps:  Weirdly cold.  Mid 50’s at night to high 80’s in the day (bring a sweatshirt)

Las Arenas:  Lots of variety but mostly coldwater species.  A few tuna, dorado, wahoo.  But great roosterfish to 50+ pounds.  Pargo, cabrilla, snapper, pompano, trevally, palometa, sierra, jack crevalle, dog-tooth, amberjack, yellowtail, bonito.  Have to go to the island to find bait.

La Paz:  Mostly big yellowtail 10-40 pounds.  Some cabrilla and rockfish.   Rougher waters in the mornings and cold!  Catching mackerel for bait to catch the big yellowtail.

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MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Right up in the surf near the Punta Arenas lighthouse, Troy Kuzminsky from Washington found a big rooster and was able to release it!

I lost count of how many roosterfish Guy Markus from Utah caught and released over 2 days. Maybe 6 of them, but here’s one of the big ones!

Paul Markowitz (right) brought his amigo Rick Willis with him to fish with us in La Paz and these were Rick’s first ever salt-water fish. It included cabrilla, triggerfish, white bonito and a yellowfin tuna.

Yeow! Captain Pancho was out with Dave Kosnosky from Washington when this huge roosterfish…estimated at over 80 pounds…pounced on Dave’s 22″ ladyfish bait. Dave said the fish blew up and actually tail-walked across the water like a marlin! They were able to release the fish unharmed.

Captain Jorge and Troy Clovis with one of the few dorado caught this past week. We should be catching alot more normally this time of year, but waters remain on the cool side.

Trolling a Rapala xRap in the shallows, Dave nailed this big cabrilla.

Alot of good-eating variety here! Mike Lubliner and Pat Boyle have cabrilla, rainbow runners, mullet snapper, yellow snapper and dog-tooth snapper on the cleaning board with Captain Jorge

Bob Kuzminsky’s rooster was taken on a live bait just yards from shore near Punta Arenas.  They released the fish.

Enjoying his new retirement, Ruben Cornejo picked up then released this roosterfish just off the beach. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

If Steve Wright looks a little tired, it’s because his arms are probably a little worn from fighting several big roosterfish like this one! Steve released all his fish.

Yellowfin tuna, yellow snapper, dog tooth snapper and a big pargo liso made for a great day of action!

Another big rooster for Steve. He rocked several big roosters and was able to release them all.

Big smiles from Bob Kuzminsky and another roosterfish!

It was an up-and-down week, to be honest.  What’s going on??? CRAZY!

This is more like late March or April weather and fishing!

Winds, waves and colder weather…even fog were issues that affected the fishing and had us working harder for the fish. Bait was sometimes an issue as well because it was also affected by conditions and some days were just plain rough. These cooler conditions are lingering alot longer than normal when we should be into almost summer climates by this time. It’s a long thermometer to be sure. Nights are in the low to mid 50’s (cold) and then jumping into the high 80’s by daytime.

Roosterfish running 10-50 pounds (and larger)  have truly been a highlight as the fish are now prowling the shores and beaches around Las Arenas and Bahia Muertos. Our anglers are catching them on sardines, but the larger ones are falling for the bigger ladyfish (sabalo) baits slow trolled behind our pangas. Those same areas are holding jack crevalle, pargo, snapper, cabrilla, sierra and amberjack. Schools of white bonito have added to the action. Occasionally someone hooks a dorado. Billfish are swimming around, but not quite ready to bite. We are getting more pompano and trevally than I have ever seen. Same with rainbow runners…baby cousin to yellowtail.

Surprisingly, yellowtail up to 40 pounds should be long gone, but they’re still on the area north of La Paz and feeding on mackerel. I think as long as the waters stay some what cooler than normal and the mackerel stick around, so will the yellowtail. No doubt this has been the best yellowtail season in my memory after 30 years down here, but I wish the dorado would show up finally.

Football season starting?  Football-sized tuna here and there!   Troy got one!

Keeping an eye out…we’ve had little teasers of tuna and wahoo lately.  Trying not to get too excited then get disappointed, but it’s encouraging that they are around!  We’ll keep you posted.

Captai Armando put Matt Harringer and his guys onto a couple of nice little fun yellowfin tuna as well.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

FULL MOON and WINDS CRAMP FISHING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 11-18, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Brad Sleder visits us a few times a year from S. Carolina and was out with Captain Pancho when he got this big roosterfish to chomp down on a live ladyfish he was using for bait. They were fishing just south of the Punta Arenas lighthouse and were able to release the big rooster.

Yes! Looks like wahoo are finally back in the area. Jim Sweet from Montana decided to commit a whole day to chase wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island and got this wahoo with Captain Armando on a trolled Rapala.

Thumb’s up from Captain Alfredo with Ryan Hales who put the hurt on this big boy yellowtail in surprisingly calm waters near Espirito Santo Island.

Kallie Steever just got married and came down with her husband specifically to catch a roosterfish. She did pretty good right off the rocks south of Bahia Muertos on this rooster that she photo’d and released. She and her husband are both firefighters from Grass Valley CA.

Keith Hemstreet from Washington gets a hand from buddy Brad Sleder on one of the few dorado caught this week…a nice bull.

Big smiles for Dr. Bruce Mullen from San Diego area and his rooster he caught and released just off Punta Perrico.

Captain Victor poses with our Arizona amigos, Mike and Roxsand McCleary and quite a great mixed catch of good-eating fish including cabrilla, rainbow runners, pargo, triggerfish and snapper.

Oh yea! Kirt Steever caught and released 3 of these roosterfish fishing with Captain Jorge right off the shore in shallow water. Beautiful fish.

That’s alot of fillet! Barbara and Bruce have cabrilla, snapper, huachinango, triggerfish and a few others on the cutting table after a day of fishing.

Great shot of first-timer with us from Jordan UT, Guy Markus and his roosterfish caught and released on a live sardine.

Two of our new Montana friends, Mil and Ann Siefke with rainbow runners (yellowtail0, pargo, snapper and cabrilla.

Whoa! That’s a hog of a cabrilla caught by Kendra Hales and even Captain Alfredo is straining to lift the big-belly fish!

First one for Steve Wright from Utah taken north of Punta Pescadero in shallow water with live bait. The fish was released.

All the way from Michigan where he said they are still able to ice fish, this is Ryan Morgan with one of several roosterfish he caught and released.

Captain Victor put Brad on another wahoo this week as well as one of the few dorado caught. Hopefully, the dorado kick in soon as waters warm

Ryan Hales had himself a pretty good week of fishing with us. Here’s another roosterfish to pose with and Captain Jorge before releasing the fish.

I have never seen so many palometa (yellow pompano) as we have caught the last 2 or 3 weeks. We are catching more in a day than we would catch in a normal year. Great eating too! Mil Siefke and Jim Sweet check out their haul.

Kendra’s first is a big rooster with Captain Jorge. The fish was taken on live bait in that shallow area just north of Boca de Alamo.

Another of the better cabrilla caugh this week. This time it’s Guy Markus.

It was a strange week on so many levels. Everyone caught fish, but the weather and water conditions made it a bit more difficult than it had to be. Mostly, just when I thought winter was done, it reminded us that anything can happen out on the water. Couple that with a full moon and (of all things) a solar eclipse and  there were some crazy moments out on the water.  It couldn’t help but affect the fishing!

For one, just when I thought we were done with the winter winds, they kicked up again from the north. In fact, they were so strong, the port captain shut down all boat traffic in-and-out of La Paz Bay for 2 days. That meant no fishing! Fortunately, we were able to put folks out with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet on the east side, so everyone could get out. However, one day the waters were so rough, the bait guys couldn’t catch bait. So, there was no live bait to sell or use. Therefore, not much caught. The next day, the waters were a bit calmer and the anglers could get bait, but there was a big swell and alot of chop.

Despite all that, air temps were still a very pleasant 90 degrees and sunny on the average and we still had a huge variety of fish. Normally, by now we’re in to the warmer water species like tuna, dorado, wahoo and billfish.

Cory Stewart with his dad, Dennis, and Captain Adolof check out the day’s catch of pargo, snapper and ‘cabrilla.

However, I think due to the winds keeping the waters cooler, the catch mainly consisted of cooler water fish with no shortage of pargo (dog-tooth as well as spawning mullet snapper/ pargo liso), snapper, cabrilla and jack crevalle. Plus some super catches of pompano and big palometa amarillos. Overall, I think I counted about 14 different species caught.

Captain Pancho poses with one of the larger pargo liso that are now moving into our waters to spawn.

Not so good eating, but tough when you finally hook them. Jack crevalle are called “toro” in Spanish because of their feisty and belligerent nature at the end of a line.

The real spotlight, however, remained on the nice catches of roosterfish which seem to get larger every week. Lots of legit fish in the 10-40 pound class were caught and released falling for live sardines and larger ladyfish. Some 50 pound class fish were also hooked most close to the shore between the Punta Arenas lighthouse and just south of Bahia Muertos.

Kirt has another one!

Crystal Baker with one of her caught-and-released roosters. Crystal is from Michigan.

For La Paz, just when I thought the yellowtail have to be gone because of the time of year, the big fork tails bit hard. We had one day where all of our boats got 2-7 big yellowtail running 20-40 pounds with lots of fish lost to the rocks or inexperience with these hard sluggers. Most of the fish were caught on live mackerel.

A stocky fat yellowtail for Dennis Stewart who was celebrating his birthday.

A few dorado caught, but until the waters warm up a tad, they’re just mostly not ready to feed although we’re seeing scattered schools. Same with the billfish and tuna.

MEXICAN FISHING LICENSE UPDATE!

For everyone that has been struggling with trying to obtain their Mexican Fishing license online:

https://www.sportfishingbcs.gob.mx/

It’s been a head-banger of frustation.  IT IS NOT YOU!!

Apparently, the bank that supports the credit card transactions bailed so they had to find a new bank to handle the transactions.  The search has taken week and its been a nightmare.

But, apparently the issue has been solved and the website is working!!!  Pick SANTANDER Bank when you fill out the application online.

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.”

CRAZY VARIETY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-9, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jason Munroe from San Diego says he finally got his “bucket list” fish with this big rooster. He was out with Captain Gerardo.  The fish was released.

All smiles as Pat Schwyhart from Washington State hefts this big yellowtail and Captain Rogelio looks on.

On the flyrod! Fred Telleen runs a guide service and flyshop in Montana and was visiting us for the first time. Check out this big roosterfish caught on the flyrod out’ve Las Arenas. The fish was released.

One of our newest great amigos. Ken Bays came in from Oregon where he lives up on top of a mountain and was fishing La Paz for the first time. He had not fished in 30 years, but did well catching a number of species including one of the only dorado of the week.

There you go! Captain Blas helps Crystal Baker from Michigan with one of the big boy yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island. Sweet fish!

Another flyrod roosterfish! This catch-and-release by Omar from Montana who was staying out at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

From Denver, Brad and Brian Svoboda pose with a pair of yellowtail that fell to live mackerel north of La Paz off Espirito Santo Island.

 

Our long-time Alaska, amigo, Mike Schoder shows how it’s done. On the flyrod outside of Bahia Muertos with another rooster before the quick release.

She finally got one! Captain Rogelio help Ela Schwyhart with her yellowtail off the island. Ela looks pretty happy!

Love this photo of the ladies with Captain Jorge. Jordan Goodman, Gail Svoboda and Rebekah Goodman (Jordan’s mom) with some of their palometas on the beach. They’re from the Denver area.

A good start. Ela and Paul Schwyhart got a bunch of snapper and pargo that Ela loves whole to fry up and make fish soup!

 

A slug yellowtail in the boat for Mike Schoder from Alaska headed to Tailhunter Restaurant for some sashime and Hawaiian poke!

Chad came out from Minnesota with his amigos Jason and Steve Munroe from San Diego with a good day on the water posing with their 4 yellowtail.

 

When Jorge give you a thumbs-up, you know it’s a good day. One for the camera as Dave Edwards from idaho takes a quick photo of one of his roosters before releasing it.

David Goodman and sister, Libby started the week off with a mix of palometas, snapper and triggerfish.

Brad gets a roosterfish his first day on the water and it’s a nice one. The fish are getting bigger by the week. Brad was able to let this one go and grow bigger.

Jim Stahlman’s wife, Naraiza, loves it when Jim brings fish back to Idaho. Here’s some yellowtail and a big cabrilla for her. More in the fish box.  Jim is coming back in September.

Somewhere behind that mask, Ken has a grin, as he tried to hang onto this heavy roosterfish. That’s Las Arenas beach in the background. Ken was able to let this one go. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

 

Ryan Morgan and Crystal Baker with Captain armando with a nice variety on the beach including palometas, cabrilla, triggerfish and pompano.

Fishing guide from Montana, Fred actually gets to fish. He took home this chunky yellowtail for some ceviche!

It’s all relative. Our amigo, Gary Wagner who owns the Rancho Costa Resort there in Bahia Muertos loves taking his itty-bitty trout rod out and has a blast all day catching and releasing feisty roosterfish like this little fella.

 

Dave’s got another rooster on the day!

Hre we go. Flat waters close to shore produced this good-looking rooster for one of the nicest guys, Jason Goodman. Jason brought his whole family from Colorado on their first trip, although Jason has been with us before.

Fred Leuchte, Captain Gerardo, Zelda Rincon and Dave Ducas started their week with a dorado and a bunch of pargo and snapper.

There ya go! Ryan Morgan with the assist from Captain Blas on another yellowtail. Ryan came in from Michigan for his first trip with us.

This past week had a bit of everything going on with it. A little of this. A little of that.

We had mornings that were chilly enough where we had to wear jackets and sweatshirts with blustering winds that kicked up waves that eventually gave way to sunny skies and flast seas. We had fog. We had cloudy days. We had days without a cloud in the sky. It’s what we call the “transition” time when warmer spring/summer weather is moving in, but the winter chill isn’t giving up and going away with some scratching and clawing.

It was the same with the fishing. Just when I think the cooler water species have all but left and the warm water species have moved in, the cold-water species keep jumping back into the ring.

The mix has created an incredible variety of possible species getting hooked. I think this week, I counted 15 different species of fish!

For instance…

We’re starting to see more warmer water species like dorado and billfish poke in and out of the reports. We even had a great jag of yellowfin tuna as well as wahoo. Roosterfish are crusing the beaches in greater number and bigger sizes. Other related members of the jack family that are usually associated with the warmer waters like several species of pompano are also swimming around now and biting the baits.

Talk about some variety. Chris and Jen Sommer had only one day to fish and Captain Armando put them on a bunch of big pargo and jacks!

However, the big yellowtail that should have been gone by now are still holding in the cooler waters around the north side of La Paz where schools of mackerel are also keeping the fish near a ready food source. The ‘tails are a healthy 10-30 pound size and larger ones are getting lost. I’d have to say this is the best yellowtail bite that I’ve seen in years.

First time’s the charm! Jen has her first roosterfish with Captain Armando.

Additionally, other species usually associated with the cooler months and cooler waters include pargo, cabrilla, snapper, sierra, amberjack, sheephead and others. Lots of both common and white bonito, jack crevalle and even barracuda are keeping rods bent as well.

Just a good day to be on the water. Ken Bays with his first roosterfish. Quickly released.

Teaser…we now know they are out there.  Wahoo and tuna popped up for JUST ONE DAY!

Hopefully, more to come before we get too excited! That’s more wahoo than we caught the entire last year!

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.”

FINALLY FEELING LIKE SPRING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 26-May 2, 20022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Boli gives our Oregon amigo, Jeff Killian, a hand to pose with one of his yellowtail caught around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Pretty sight. Another big yellowtail coming aboard! The fish this week were 15-30 pound sluggers!

Utah first-timer with us, Mike Luna caught and released 3 of these roosterfish just off the shoreline on his first day fishing.

Bob Kashka from the San Diego area had just one day to fish and had a pretty banner day with 4 roosters caught-and-released.

She’s on fire! Patty Killian took a number of these hefty yellowtail over 2 days of fishing!

Some dorado starting to show up. Rancho Costa owner Gary Wagner with Mauricia Villanueva and an early season dorado.

It’s like a cheeseboard of fish! A colorful board of fish variety not unusual in the spring with some great eating inshore species . Jim Stahlman and Dave Edwards from Idaho with Captain Jorge holding a polometa (pompano) plus I see snapper, cabrilla and a rainbow runner as well (related to yellowtail). Good start!

Big pompano! It’s that time of year for the jacks to move in. Jason Wagner with dad, Gary, show off a big tasty pompano just outside of Bahia Muertos.

A big boy yellowtail for Mike Luna. There’s another tail sticking out’ve the box at the bottom!

Related to the pompano, roosterfish and yellowtail, this palometa took a bait fished by Bob Kashka.

Beautifuly released of a roosterfish by Mike Luna. He caught three of these his one day fishing.

Rancho Costa owner, Gary Wagner with a springtime rooster soon to be released.

YIkes! Jason got himself a HUGE needlefish!

Way too fun on a trout rod! Baby roosters right in Bahia Muertos all day long with Tracy and Gary Wagner. All fish released.

 

Even Captain Pancho made the gallery with one of Bob Kashka’s four roosterfish.

Not a bad week at all. Mostly very cooperative warm and sunny weather with highs in the low 90’s and nights in the mid-to-upper 60’s. Things are definitely warming although I went into the water and it was still chilly as are the early mornings! Not a bad idea to bring a windbreaker or light sweatshirt for the mornings until the sun comes up!

As for fishing, we’re moving into warmer species to go along with the warming conditions. We’re seeing a few more dorado which is indicative of the warmer species as well as more roosterfish and jacks such as pompano, jack crevalle and palometas. These are all typical of spring-fish.

However, we still got some really decent cold-water fish, especially the yellowtail from waters north of the city where the waters are cooler than to the south. Some of the yellowtail have been legit 20-35 pound fish and are eating sardines, mackerel, caballitos and jigs.

Inshore fishing for big cabrilla, pargo…like dog-tooth snapper, huachinango, sierra and bonito are still there for some fun action a tad closer to shore.

It’s nice to have calm waters again mostly! It’s a pretty time to be here.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

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

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

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

YELLOWTAIL and ROOSTERS BITE IN MIXED

CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Our Oregon amigos, Jeff Killian and John Chung hung these 3 nice yellowtail using live caballitos of Espirito Santo Island.

 

Cheers from Patty Killian and Tracy Chung on their way back to La Paz from Espirito Santo Island with 7 big yellowtail on the deck!

Now THIS is a trophy cabrilla that Kahuku Oades caught right off the shoreline in front of Punta Perrico.

Mike Luna from Utah on his first visit to La Paz got our first big dog-tooth snapper (Pargo Perro) of the season.

Easy to see why they’re called dog-tooth snapper! Check out the choppers on this bad boy.

Randy “Doodles” Gumns had a banner day with a variety of fish including this bonito, snapper, cabrilla and others.

Brent Gumns had only one day to fish and squeezed in a day with Captain Gerardo and got these two cabrilla among others.

First time out and first day fishing, Mike Luna caught and released 3 roosterfish off Bahia Muertos.

We had some strange weather this week. Very windy mornings then calm afternoons. Calm mornings that turned into windy afternoons. Warm water current. Cold water currents. We even had a rare day of thick fog that made it look like something out’ve fishing the Oregon or Washington Coastal areas!

Except for the fog, of which I’ve only seen a handful of times in 30 years here in La Paz, the rest is pretty typical of this transition time between our cold water and warm water seasons. The weather (and fishing) can be erratic an unpredictable. One hot spot one day becomes ice cold the next day for fishing. One species of fish that is foaming one day can completely disappear and a different species pops up somewhere else.

It does, however, make for some fun fishing with some crazy variety.

A week ago, I was predicting that the yellowtail and cooler water fish were diminishing and moving off. Yellowtail counts were down and so were other cooler water species like the sierra and snapper. We were seeing more of the warmer water species like dorado and billfish starting to show up.

Well, I guess I was wrong. The yellowtail bit strong again, especially north of La Paz toward the Espírito Santo Island area where waters remain cooler than further south around Cerralvo Island. The fish were a healthy 15-25 pounds and willing to take live sardines, caballito and jigs. Lots of bigger fish are getting lost to the rocks, inexperience and simply being tough fish!

Further south for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, not so much in terms of yellowtail. The waters were windier, rougher and more of the fishing was confined closer to shore. As mentioned above, one day it was not only cold, but so foggy, it was impossible to even see Cerralvo Island across the channel and the bait guys couldn’t find the bait spots. So, anglers had to use lures and jigs for the day.

But, the good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!

Along the rocks, some big cabrilla getting taken along with snapper, pargo, sierra, jack crevalle and lots of common and white bonito.

THANK YOU BRETT!

For almost  15 years, the Tequila Bandito has wandered the tables of our Tailhunter Restaurant as a purveyor of fun and conduit to free tequila shots to our guests.  His famous bandoleros were shadows of their former glory and the leather was literally disintegrating daily and was due to be retired.  If only that belt could talk and tell stories!

New ones are impossible to find.  The guy down in Baja is no longer in business.  Can’t find any makers on the internet or in the states.

The newly- retired bandoleros. So disintegrated the shot glass holders were splitting and able to hold only a handful of “shot bullets.”  Had to duct tape the belts to keep them on.

Thank you Brett Bleichrodt who recently gifted the Bandito a brand new hand-made set of shiny bandoleros!  Brett is a leather-goods artisan from Colorado who has fished with us for several years and makes some dandy leather items.  The bandolero is his first, but probably not his last. If anyone wants a set, I can put you in touch with our amigo!  Muchas gracias, Brett!

Armed and ready! The new set and enjoying with Rita Luna from Utah!

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.”

SLOWER WEEK WITH WIND and FULL MOON

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 11-18, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Starting to see a few more roostefish. Christian was out with Captain Pancho who put him on this legit roosterfish right off the rocks near Bahia Muertos. The fish was released. Hopefully, start seeing more of the big gallos.

Waters are warming and more billfish being seen. They aren’t quite ready to bite just yet, but we did have two hook ups on the pangas this past week ,but none of them stuck.

Our buddy, Jimmy Williams was dropping lines around the north of Cerralvo Island hanging some nice cabrilla when this nice bull dorado bit!

 

Honestly, it wasn’t exactly a super-dooper for fishing. Lots of folks in town for spring break and Easter as expected with hotels, restaurants and beaches pretty packed, so not exactly alot of folks wanting to go fish to begin with. With daytime temps in the high 80’s and nighttime in a comfortable high 60’s, it was an enjoyable time in town.

However, the biggest issues with fishing were the return of blustery winds combined with a full moon.

I guess the winter winds are not completely gone yet as we had some windy days that made fishing less than stellar and confined most of the fishing closer to shore for inshore species. Even when the winds didn’t blow in the daytimes, they winds came up in the afternoons and evenings which overturns the water clouding it up and affecting fish and bait patterns.

Add to that a full moon that also affects currents and tides and our fishermen and captains had to really work hard for species like cabrilla, jacks, snapper, pargo, sierra and bonito. Decent action but hardly spectacular.

One thing is that waters are warming as is typical this time of year and based on recent catches, I’d have to speculate that maybe our yellowtail season is on the wane. As waters get warmer, the big jacks start moving to cooler water. The ’tails definitely were more elusive and harder to find this week and we saw a few more dorado and billfish in our waters. All indicative of warming conditions.

We did see more roosterfish this week that were quality 20-40 pound fish. All released. That’s a good sign as hopefully these are the vanguard to start the influx of big boy roosterfish we get in the springtime. So, we’ll keep an eye on that. If the bigger baits like mullet and ladyfish start moving up to the shallows, the big gallos will follow up their food source

 

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.”

 

 

 

THE LULL BEFORE EASTER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bania Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for April 3-10, 2022

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s alot of ceviche! Gary Wagner, out amigo and owner of Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos got himself a big sierra!

Hugo, our popular driver, even got into the bite one day with a fat yellowtail off Punta Perrico.

Kyle Skibsted from Salt Lake City was out with Captain Gerardo again and got a nice variety including the big yellowtail, pargo, sierra, sheephead and triggerfish. All great eating on the table!

Tought day of fishing, but young Jesue Denogean got the lone yellowtail of the day out’ve La Paz. Captain Licho lends a hand. That’s Captain Rogelio in the back who was also aboard that day.

Greg Garrison is back and poses with an good-eating pargo he pulled off the reef. Greg is from Colorado.

Third day fishing for Nancy and Kyle and they have more fish to take home. I see cabrilla, sierra and bonito on the cutting table.

Gary’s taking a tasty yellowtail back to is place!

Captain Gerardo even got into the action with his own yellowtail this past week.

Not too bad of a week. Not great but not bad. There were high and low spots depending upon conditions. Winds came up somewhat again so it did hamper some of the bite and it wasn’t as good as the week before.

However, it’s really hard to tell. This past week is the lull before spring break and Easter Week when the crowds really hit. So, normally we haven’t had many folks on the water and this past week there were even fewer. Most folks coming in are here on holiday and not necessarily to fish. Maybe, they want a day on the water, but that’s it. So, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific bite.

We did have yellowtail again as the prime target. Fish ran from 15 to 30 pounds, but the bite varied from day-to-day and place-to-place. It even varied from boat-to-boat. It really was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The captains and clients all worked hard to find the fish, but it wasn’t always as productive as we would have liked.

Still, in the right spots, the yellowtail fell for live sardines, mackerel, trolled jigs and dropped iron and knife jigs. A number of nice fish were lost to the rocks because these fish hold close to structure which could mean, rocks reefs or other underwater objects. The same areas held their cousin amberjacks and some nice cabrilla (seabass) in the 3-8 pound class.

We did have a few dorado hooked and the marlin are getting more active. We had a couple of billfish shakers, but none of the hookups stuck. No wahoo or tuna yet, but more roosterfish are starting to show up. Nothing big to speak-of. However, some of the anglers had fun on light tackle with 3-10 pound fish. Several larger 20 pound class fish were released. We also had jacks, cabrilla, sierra and lots of bonito in the counts.

Winds might be increasing this week, but overall, we’ve been looking at sunny days in the mid-80’s and nighttime temps in the mid-60’s. Pretty time to be in town!

That’s my story!   Happy Easter and Easter Week everyone!  Blessings always!

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.”

STILL GOT SOME WINDS BUT FISHING

IMPROVING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s ALOT of quality meat on the table! Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh our long-time friends from Salt Lake City started their week with alot of filets for the ice chest! I see big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, a big yellowtail, sierra and snapper!

Jim Bovee and Pancho are always a good team. Jim ran into some of the winds, but still picked up this good-looking yellowtail on a pink yo zuri. Jim was staying at Rancho Costa this time there at Bahia Muertos.

First-timers from Santa Barbara who only had one day to fish, Jack and son Lucas Bohnet have some terrific fish to take home with this yellowtail and big trophy cabrilla.

Another amigo with only one day to squeeze in, Chris Anthony put this yellowtail in the box, but also battled a big hammerhead shark as well fishing off Espirito Santo Island.

First-time friends from Utah, Kyle and Nancy Skibsted were out with Captain Armando and caught the only dorado of the week as well as some white bonito on the table and a tasty sierra! They also threw back a bunch of hard-charging skipjack.

Here you go!!! On day and BOOM! Captain Gerardo put Mike Gollick and his wife onto a sweet bite of hefty yellowtail plus bonito and sierra.

Bucket list for San Diego angler Jonathan Vilchez. Tough day fishing, but they did get one yellowtail fishing with captain Rogelio and Licho, but Jonathan put the hurt on his first roosterfish and one of our first of the season as well. The fish was released!

No big thing! Jim and Kip again with another good day on the water. Check out the size of these yellowtail plus the nice amberjack as well. I see a triggerfish and cabrilla peeking out as well.

YEOW! Craig Wong and Martin Aguilera have some pig yellowtail in hand there in Bahia Muertos!

This is a trophy cabrilla that Captain Pancho is lipping for Jim Bovee! Jim took it on a spinning rod and trolling a big lip Rapala. Nicely done, guys!

 

All indications are that with each passing week, the conditions are warming and improving. We’re not completely done yet with the strong northern winds of winter that often blow us off the water from November to April, but we had one one of the better fishing weeks, all things considered.

Still not many folks fishing, but overall the area has become much more fishable with only about 3 days that were gusty. We still had daytime temps in the low 80’s and nighttime temps in the high 60’s.

Fishing success was just really determined by where you fish and what day you picked. If it was one of the windier days, then it was more difficult. Also, if it’s windy, it’s hard to get live bait. Either because the winds make it difficult for the bait guys to catch the bait under the rough conditions or because there simply aren’t that many fishermen out right now, it’s not economic for them to go out if there aren’t enough anglers to purchase the bait. So, that means using alot more lures than normal. Also, alot of it is luck. On any given day, some boats just did better than others.

Two things especially stand out. First, the yellowtail are still around and biting nicely. Not sure how long they’ll stay around, but some nice healthy 20-35 pound fish are being hung on the high spots around Cerralvo and Espirito Santo Island as well as some of the inshore shallower rock reefs. The fish are eating jigs, lures and live bait. Hopefully, these fish will hang out a bit longer, but as the waters get warmer, these fish will move off to deeper water and replaced by warmer water species like the dorado of which we caught a few this week. In the same areas as the yellowtail, we also rocked some nice amberjack which are the cousins of the yellowtail and also pretty tasty on the table.

The big surprise were the big cabrilla (seabass) caught this week. Trophy-sized 5-12 pounders that looked like baby grouper were not uncommon and found in many of the rocky places where we were also hitting the yellowtail and amberjack .

In addition, action was also pretty good on several species of bonito and skipjack, snapper, pargo, sierra and jack crevalle.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“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.”

NICE JAGS OF YELLOWTAIL

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great shot that sort of captures the whole thing. It’s like a travel poster shot…Mariah Vitolo in the warm sands and blue waters and a nice looking yellowtail. Mariah was staying at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

Captain Blas with his dad Captain Alfredo found a nice school of yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island on one of the nice calm days this past week.

OH yea! Another ‘tail in the box. There’s were some nice spots of yellowtail around Espirito Santo Island and the north and south ends of Cerralvo.

Whitney Jones only had one day to squeeze in for fishing with her husband and caught a couple of bonito and a sierra that they had us cook up at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant.

A big slug toad yellowtail for Dr. Sergio caught on a Rapala.

Although winter winds still persisted, things appear to be slowly improving as spring approaches and there were some nice highlights to the week with waters warming and a handful of really nice fishing days.

There still aren’t that many folks fishing yet, but we did have a few out and fishing ranged to so-so to very good. It really all depended on conditions. The windier the days, the slower the fishing.

On the windier days, boats were restricted to fishing closer to shore or having to do more trolling than we normally like to do because of the lack of live bait which is difficult to get if it’s too rough or there aren’t many fishermen. The bait guys simple don’t go out.

The inshore bite consisted of mostly some scratchy cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jacks and sierra. We did have a few boats try for wahoo unsuccessfully. A handful of dorado were also picked up which is very indicative of the warming trend in the waters as we head into spring.

The highlights for the week were the nice grade of yellowtail. Again, dictated by wind and water conditions. On the calmer days, our boats got 1-5 really tough-fighting yellowtail each ranging from 20-30 pounds. Larger ones were lost to the rocks.

A good day on the fishing grounds this past week!

The fish fell for a variety of bait including sardines and mackerel as well as jigging with knife jigs and deeper running Rapalas and Yo-Zuris in darker or mackerel colors. The fish were found generally over structure like deeper rocks and reefs around both Cerralvo and Espírito Santo Island as well as Punta Perico and Punta Gorda fairly close to shore.

Darker mackerel-patterned deeper running lip-baits like this Rapala XRap 20 have been effective on the yellows.

Knife jig for straight drops.

Tried-and-true candy bar style yo-yo iron. This is a Tady 4/0. This zucchini color is good as are blue/white and all chrome.

BAHIA MAGDALENA

They mangroves of Bahia Magdalena! Miles and miles of inlets and changing currents and shoals!

Carolyn Cain had a nice day on the light tackle with a bunch of grouper taken in the shallows as well as a mess of corvina as well. I see a halibut in there as well!  They donated all the fish to the local families.

The Lopez Mateos mangroves holding some incredible fish and wildlife.

Not a bad start for Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh for the Salt Lake City area with a load of corvina, grouper and spotted bay bass.

IT’S A WRAP!

After 3 months on the road, Jill and I are finally coming home.

As you’re reading this, we’re closing it up at our last show here in Colorado at the Denver Convention Center.

We’ve been through more than a dozen states and want to thank everyone for all the hospitality in all our show cities of Reno, Sacramento,  Puyallup (Seattle), Salt Lake City, Portland, Redmond, Spokane and now here in Denver.  Plus all the dozens upon dozens of little cities, towns and cross-roads in between criss-crossing the western U.S.  Hey folks…it’s still a great country with great people!  The best!

Thanks to all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us these past months at all the shows and are coming to see us this year in La Paz!

It’s been great.  It’s been liberating to be out again and see so many of you out again.  We’re blessed as we watch everyone trying to climb and claw out of the calamity of the last 2 years.

But for now, I think we’re done with late night Denny’s meals, microwave burritos and hotel oatmeal breakfasts.  Middle-of-the-night laundry.  Tired backs, legs and hoarse voices from 10 hour days in the booth 4 and 5 days per week.  Waking up in hotel rooms and not sure what city we are in!  Snow…ice…rain…wind…

…and 10,000 miles of driving while gas prices rose over 5 bucks a gallon.

Jilly the road warrior driving through the snow and ice!

Microwave burritos from countless truck stops along the way.  Oh…3 months on the road and 10,000 miles of driving watching gas prices shoot over 5 bucks a gallon!

Me and my girl in the booth!

So….

We’re headed home to La Paz! Ready to put our toes in the sand!  Let’s get this season rolling and get cranked up for SHOWTIME in LA PAZ!   We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

When it’s as calm as this in Muertos Bay, the winds are down and the fish go turbo. Or you can just park it on the beach and throw your cell phone as far as you can. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“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.”

 

CHANGING CONDITIONS MIX FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 11-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Blas has been rocking the yellowtail when he can get out. This big one ate a live mackerel off Espirito Santo Island.

YEOW! Dr. Jesus Velarde was out with Captain Pancho and nailed this mossback yellowtail on a Rapala outside of Bahia Muertos.

Yea…the yellowtail can be horses right now.

Water condition are changing and definitely warming as indicated by some of the species that are starting to show up. The only issues is the winds still make it rough and difficult to fish. About half the days this week were not fishable or so bad that the port captain shut down all boat traffic. The other issue is that often, because of the winds or lack of fishermen this time of the year, the bait guys aren’t going out to get live bait or the bait is difficult to get.

That being said, we did have a few folks out on the 2-3 days that were fishable. Again, as mentioned, bait was difficult, but using jigs and frozen bait, yellowtail were still the targeted catch, but other species showed up as well. The yellowtail could be close to shore in shallow water and with the fish going 20-30 pounds it could be a tough battle keeping the powerful fish from the rocks. The areas around Punta Perrico as well as the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island were all holding fish as were the west and east sides of Espirito Santo Island inside the coves and high spots.

Other species included some nice jags of sierra, pargo, cabrilla and snapper as well as bonito.

However, some dorado are starting to show up which is a good sign that waters are warming up earlier than normal. There were also marlin sightings although no hook ups .

SPOKANE – BIG HORN OUTDOOR SHOW WASHINGTON

We’ve been on the road for the better part of 3 months now and we’re finally coming to the end of the trail.  It’s been great!  Thanks to everyone and all the hospitality at the Central Oregon Show in Redmond last week!  Incredible fun!

This week, we’re at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for the Big Horn Outdoor Show that runs Thursday to Sunday.  This is our first time in this area and it’s a massive production and huge show with almost 500 exhibitors, live music, food, seminars, demonstrations, RV’s, boats and more!  Stuff for the whole family. Come out and see us!

Here’s more info:  https://www.inwc.org/big-horn-show/

After this, just one more show…one of our favorites.  The International Sportsmans Expo at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Then, we head home to La Paz!

Don’t get left out from fishing this year!   We’re filling fast.  Contact us soon.  I can be reached directly at jonathan@tailhunter.com

Even if you can’t make the show, we’ll apply the show discounts if you reach out before the end of March!

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com

 

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

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

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

“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.”