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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.

NEW TRIBE MEMBER!

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

 

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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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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.”

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!

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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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Here’s Jerry Siegel from Colorado Springs showing a striped marlin he took early this week while trolling a Rapala in just 40′ of water near Bahia de los Muertos fishing for cabrilla and other rockfish! The fish could not be released and they donated the fish to the local orphanage. Thanks to our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho la Costa there in Muertos Bay.  Check out the video below!

 

 

STRONG WINDS AND EVEN RAIN MARK THE WEEK

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 12-20, 2017

Not much to report this week.  Earlier in the week it was calm enough to go out although still breezy, but the constant winds have turned alot of the water green and murky with alot of suspended particulate in it. The good side is that this is normal stuff for this time of year and with El Nino, for two years, we didn’t get the cold water in winter.  This meant there were no nutrients for bait which is a big reason why the last two seasons the bait stocks up and down the Sea of Cortez were so minimal. 

So, although it didn’t help us this week, in the long run this seems to bode well for the coming fishing season.  I did have someone recently tell me that down in Cabo San Lucas, about 100 miles south of us, they’re seeing more bait than they’ve seen in several years.  So…bring it on!!!  

However, back to the present, again not many folks out on the water since this is off-season and mostly snowbirds in town.  Not surprisingly alot of our good amigos from Canada and other chilly places.  Even though it’s windy and cold by our standards, they’re still enjoying the sunshine in the high 70’s! 

For the fishing, there were some scattered dorado caught and a few of the nice-grade 20-pound class yellowtail.  Inshore, some small pargo and cabrilla mixed with a few jack crevalle.  I’m surprised that we’re not seeing more sierra.  But, it’s still early.  We did get a surprise marlin (see the video and photo above thanks to Gary Wagner from Rancho Costa) that was hooked while slow trolling a Rapala nearshore in shallow water.  CRAZY!!!

Anyway…

Later in the week the winds kicked up and this past weekend it rained pretty somewhat steadily from time to time. The general rule of thumb is that if it’s storming or windy or raining hard in the Western United States, chances are it’s doing it in Baja… just a bit warmer.  This coming week after the storm passes, it looks like the first part of the week will have some of the strongest winds in quite awhile in double-digit speeds at the backend of the storm. 

WHALES AT BAHIA MAGDALENA

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Our Tailhunter amigos for many years, Dale and Deborah Van Dellen spent two days at Bahia Magdalena whale watching with us.

On the upside, our whale watching tours are going full-speed at Bahia Magdalena and folks are really enjoying the numerous whales that have taken up residence for the next few months in the shallow waters there.  We’re running day trips until about mid-March.  Also, right in La Paz Bay, we’ve got quite a few folks swimming with the baby whalesharks and we’re running daily trips weather permitting.  The whales are only a few hundred yards in front of the La Paz Malecon waterfront in about 10 feet of water!    

If you’re interested in either tour, contact us at Tailhunter Sportfishing International at:  Jonathan@tailhunter.com

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It’s a pretty neat experience!

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Yes, they can get pretty close! This one wants to know what’s in the ice chest for lunch! Whales are usually around until about mid-March.

 

CARNIVAL STARTS THIS WEEK in LA PAZ!  Viva Carnival 2017!

If you’re in La Paz, Carnival starts this Thursday and goes until next Tuesday with massive fiestas, street fairs, festivities and parades.  It’s non-stop party similar to Mardi Gras in other cities.  The best place to watch the parades is right at our Tailhunter Restaurant with 3 stories of restaurant overlooking the waterfront and malecon street below with all the floats and marchers.  Not to mention enjoying some great food and drinks!  Here’s some shots from previous years!

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WHAT A SHOW!  TAILHUNTER’s FIFTH SHOW AT THE WESTERN HUNT EXPO IS OFF THE CHARTS!

Bring it on! Let's go fishing in La Paz! Salt Lake City was an awesome super show for us!

Bring it on! Let’s go fishing in La Paz! Salt Lake City was an awesome super show for us!

Well, we just wrapped up our 5th show of the season in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace for the 4-days Great Western Hunting and Conservation Expo!  Holy cow, what a great show!  Jill and I were slammed for 4 days with great friends and new amigos and lots of interest and bookings for the 2017 fishing season in La Paz!

Thanks for the great welcome and ohana hospitality, Utah!  You’re always good to us!

Now…coming up…the big boy of big boy shows.  The oldest and largest!  It’s the Fred Hall Fishing and Boating show at the Long Beach Convention Center for FIVE giant days March 1-5!  Come see us and our new booth!  Grab a copy of our new 24 -page brochure and get yourself one of our new “Rooster Girl” long-sleeved t-shirts and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz!

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Chad, Marsha and son Walker Schearer from Belt Montana and hosts of the popular TV show “Shoot Straight.” They are always so good to Jill and I and the best friends!

Denny and Cherie Gallegos have visited us a zillion times in La Paz and always take care of us in a zillion ways. They live in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Denny and Cherie Gallegos have visited us a zillion times in La Paz and always take care of us in a zillion ways. They live in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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My favorite photo of the week is Jilly with our super amigo, Colby Chambers! Thanks for the goodies, Colby!

There's mischief afoot when Alaska's own Jeremiah Johnson of the great white north from Xtreme Expeditions is around. Jeff is a hunting guide and bush pilot and all-around funny guy!

There’s mischief afoot when Alaska’s own Jeremiah Johnson of the great white north from Xtreme Expeditions is around. Jeff is a hunting guide and bush pilot and all-around funny guy!

Skip leads safaris all over Africa. He wants to come visit us in La Paz!

Skip leads safaris all over Africa. He wants to come visit us in La Paz!

That’s our story!

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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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Steve Green from Alaska staying at Rancho Costa in Bahia de los Muertos took a nice big cabrilla with some afternoon fishing dragging a deep diver. Thanks Gary Wagner for the photo.

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You can tell it’s a little chilly when folks from Alaska like Mic Ward is wearing long pants and fleecewear! But another nice cabrilla off the rocks while staying at Rancho Costa.

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Captain Moncho working for Rancho Costa there in Muertos Bay used a Rapala to hang this grouper with Chuck Chandler from Idaho.

CHILLY AND COLD KEEPS THE FISHING TO INSHORE SPECIES

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 5-12, 2017

The cold and windy conditions returned this past week which was the downside.  The upside is that there weren’t many folks fishing.   But, that’s how it is in the winter off-season.  The fishing that could be had was confined mostly to inshore fishing so we couldn’t follow up on last-week’s yellowtail bite over at the sound end of Cerralvo Island.  Or look for mackerel. 

That being said, slow trolling off the rocky areas of Punta Perrico and just outside the point at Bahia de los Muertos using Rapalas.  The areas also produced yellow snapper, jack crevalle and barred pargo.  Just off the drop-off, we also found some bonito.   Encouragingly, we also spotted some rooster fish off the Arenas lighthouse, but the fish weren’t interested and were moving fast.  

Looks like there’s going to be a bit more wind this coming week and a chance of rain.  We’ll keep you posted. 

WHALES WATCHING SEASON IN FULL SWING

Our yearly whale-watching tours in Bahia Magdalena are in full swing right now.  The whales are here usually until mid-March.  Check out this video sent to us by our Tailhunter Restaurant manager, Gerry Becerra.  Turn up your sound!  Write us directly for more info and we’ll set you up for an incredible time!  Write to me at:  Jonathan@tailhunter.com

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THANKS FOR THE HOSPITALITY OREGON!

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We just spent an incredible awesome week in Portland at the Northwest Sportsmans Expo…the largest hunting and fishing show Pacific Northwest.  Once again, Oregon, you were great and we always have an awesome time and it was great to see so many of our good friends and Tailhunter Tribe!  You rock.  We are also looking forward to seeing lots of you in La Paz this year and we got lots of reservations.

Now after 5 weeks and 4 weeks of shows…Denver…Sacramento…Seattle…Portland in the books,  here we come Salt Lake City and the Western Hunt Show at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.   Thursday to Sunday!  Come see us.  To wrap up. here’s some fun shots from last weeks’ show.

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Thanks to Bob Layko and Craig Brown for the great BEAVER STATE gift. The life ring is actually off a ship that Bob worked on and will look great in our Tailhunter Restaurant if we can find a way to get it down there!

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Funny shirt! Posing with Jilly and Shea!

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It’s always a party at the Tailhunter Booth! Our Oregon friends toasting with something in those little dixie cups!

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The original Bob LeBeau originator of the Hunter Hohner knife sharpener “Making Knives Great Again” who has been on the road with us over 30 years!

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Two of the best! Phil and Matt sharing some laughs and an adult beverage with Jilly! Thanks for the “goodies” guys! We love the care package!

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Once again, Craig Brown and Bob Layko! They’re coming back to visit us in October for the 5th straight year!

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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Not just a pretty fish, but a pretty photo! I hope our amigo and ace fisherman, Roger Thompson, frames this photo of his golden grouper. He’s caught a ton of great fish over the years, but this one is especially cool. He was fishing with his favorite Captain Hugo and took this on a…(wait for it)…a trolled Rapala!

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Carl Lange and Ken Gragg from Bakersfield visit us 2-3 times a year and are two of our best winter-time fishermen. As Ken told me, “We caught the only two dorado in the bay!” It’s not normal to see warm-water fish like this in the winter.

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Talk about unusual fish in the winter…TUNA? Our own captain Armando was out with his amigo from La Paz and they tied onto these two 30-pound class yellowfin tuna right off the beach near the old Hotel Las Arenas in shallow water using mackerel and squid.

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Donna Thompson always gets fish and on this particular day, she nailed two nice yellowtail…our first documented yellowtail of the season…off the south end of Cerralvo Island and they lost a few more they couldn’t stop from busting off while  trolling Rapalas with Capt. Hugo.

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Happy smile from Chuck Chandler of Idaho with a nice fat cabrilla! Great eating.

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Our friend Gary Wagner who owns the Rancho Costa Hotel and the famous Giggling Marlin Bar in Cabo with a nice cabrilla and Ken Ward from Alaska sort of photo-bombing with a sierra over Gary’s head.

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It was a great week to pull big fish out’ve the rocks! Steve Green from Idaho with another fat cabrilla.

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Not an usual combination this week! Ken Gragg with the cabrilla and Carl Lange with a sierra and their favorite Captain Pancho.

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Jack got into the big yellowtail as well. You can see the deep-running Rapala sticking out’ve the fish’s mouth. He was working that area at the south end of Cerralvo Island just across from where he was staying in La Ventana.

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Here we come, Oregon! We’ve done 3 weeks of shows now…Denver…Sacramento…and Seattle and we’re doing great with reservations! The Tailhunter Tour now takes us to the largest show in the Pacific Northwest. From Wednesday to Sunday, we’ll be at the Portland Expo Center. More info below! Come see us and let’s talk about fishing in La Paz!

WHAT A DIFFERENCE WHEN THE WIND GIVES US A BREAK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2017

What a difference a week makes!  Whereas the past few weeks we had the regularly season strong winds that really stirred things up and made most days unmissable, this past week we had some of the nicest weather in quite a while.  It was still on the cool side (our staff used the word “COLD!”), but it’s all relative, right?  It still usually required fishing with jackets and sweatshirts.  But, having some flat water and lower winds made all the difference. 

It wasn’t wide open or crazy fishing by any stretch, but generally speaking, at least we caught fish and there were some real surprises.  In addition to the usual cold-water fish we catch this time of year that included inshore species like cabrilla, snapper, sierra, bonito and cargo, we also saw some of the quality fish like yellowtail as well as dorado and tuna.  

The yellowtail aren’t a real surprise, although maybe they are a tad early.  It’s great news because these are the first yellowtail we’re seeing.  But, the real surprise was also having warm-water species like dorado and tuna also in the same areas!   Those are the kind of species we might see in May or June mixed together.   Again, nothing spectacular in the bite, but still really a bonus to go out on the water and get species like these!

One of the best spots was at the south end of Cerralvo Island.  We found some mackerel in the area which is great candy-bait for these fish but also trolling deep-running crank baits like the Rapala 15’s and 30’s worked some of these big fish up.  

Hopefully the winds stay down, but generally the windy months continue until March.   We’ll keep you posted!

HERE WE COME PORTLAND SPORTSMANS SHOW!

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One of our funnest shows and the largest in the Pacific Northwest, we’ll be in Portland this week from Wednesday to Sunday in the Tailhunter booth! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Here we come Portland!  Jill and I will be bringing the new Tailhunter booth plus new shirts and brochures to the Portland Expo Center this week.  We’ll be at the Pacific Northwest Outdoor Show from Wednesday to Sunday.  Here’s more info and how to get discount tickets:

https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/pacific-northwest/show-information/

 

This is the largest show in the Pacific Northwest and massively huge with tons of stuff for the whole family to see.  Come say hi and check out the new t-shirts and brochures and let’s chat about fishing in La Paz this year!

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

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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.”

Turn up the sound!  This is some incredible video of what it can be like trying to fish right now.  This is normally calm-flat Bahia de Los Muertos.  Folks get sometimes upset and disappointed when I try to tell them why this is off-season for fishing.

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Robert Hutton hosts another big jack aboard.

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Despite the crazy weather, bravo to Robert Hutton who still wanted to go out two days and did remarkably well with big jacks, cabrilla and a few other other species fishing both days with Captain Armando

 

Cold and Windy Days Mark the Week

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Jan. 22-29, 2017

I guess I could fib a bit and finally say fishing was great and conditions are great, but that wouldn’t be true and definitely not do anyone any good.  I’d rather be up-front.  It was cold.  It was windy.  There were waves.  Even locals hunkered down a bit.  

But, I keep getting asked why, it’s like this and why the fishing reports sound repetitive.  It’s like this because IT’S WINTER!  It’s ALWAYS like this in winter.  It’s windy.  It’s cold.  That’s why it’s called W-I-N-T-E-R.  From December to about March or so, this is how it can be.  It’s not like winter in say, Canada or Montana or anywhere like that, but relatively speaking, we think it’s kinda chilly when it’s in the high 60’s in the day and down to 50 at night.  That’s kinda chilly for those of us south of the border.  To our snowbirds that are in town, that are visiting from Massachusetts or Colorado, it’s wonderful and sunny.   It beats being in the snow, right?

However, not so good being on the water. 

Anyway, despite the less than stellar conditions, we did have some folks who wanted to brave the elements.  I was surprised by how well they did.  In addition to bonito, some huge yellowtail jacks (not THE yellowtail), smaller pargo, snapper and even some small dorado, we almost had two marlin baited.  All of these were pretty much close to shore since we couldn’t get too far out anyway.  But, given the weather situation and the time of year, I’m surprised we’ve got marlin and dorado around. But that’s encouraging.  

The weather forecast looks to be improving for the coming week, but normally, this is gonna be like this off-and-on until about March or April. 

WHALEWATCHING SEASON ROCKING IT!

Our annual whale watching season is in full swing and we’re making daily trips out to Bahia Magdalena at Lopez Mateos where the whales migrate to and hang out every year from January to March.  It’s a great family outing to visit the whales in the shallow warm waters for the bay.  Contact me directly for more info and how we can set you up.  Jonathan@tailhunter.com

THANKS WASHINGTON – TAILHUNTER TOUR MOVES TO OREGON NOW!

Turn up the volume.  A quick video of some of the action at our Tailhunter booth at the Washington State Sportsman’s Show this past week!

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We had another fantastic 5-day show at the Washington State Fairgrounds this past week.  Great to see so many old amigos and we’re looking forward to so many coming to see us again in La Paz to come fish.   Here’s some quick shots of some of the fun and friends.

We’re now headed to the awesome Pacific Northwest Sportman’s Show.  It’ll be at the Portland Expo Center and this is massive.  It’s the largest show in the Pacific NW and it’s huge.  Incredible things for the whole family.  Come visit us and let’s chat about visiting La Paz this year!

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Dave Rose and his family have been part of the Tailhunter Tribe for so many years. He and the boys, A.J. and Sean will be visiting us again in August.

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Travis Millspaugh and his family visited us for the first time last year. And they’re coming back this October!!!

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What a great surprise to have our La Paz friends, Tom and Jeanne Brown suddenly just jump on a plane and show up in Washington to see us!

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Jilly shares some special “Tailhunter Brew” with Matt and Darcia Garrett…and that’s how it started…LOL

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Karen Egbert just found out her photo from last year with her big roosterfish just showed up on our new tablecloth and our 2017 brochure!

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Dan and Lisa Hicks with Sammy…one of our most favorite of families will be visiting us again this September!

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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Whale watching season is in full swing at Lopez Mateos in Bahia Magdalena. With each week more and more whales are showing up to spend the winter in the warm shallow waters. Tailhunters can set up a great family trip for you.

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Just out front of the La Paz waterfront in the shallow bay waters, baby whalesharks are now here. We’re arranging daily trips to spend a few hours swimming with these gentle animals.

LA PAZ and BAJA REFLECT U.S. CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of January 15-23, 2017

Not much to tell you on the fishing scene.  As you probably know, the western U.S. was smacked around again pretty much all last week with ice, snow, wind and rain.  Well, there’s a pretty good rule of thumb.  If the U.S. is getting it then Baja is also getting it and vice versa.  Weather does not simply “STOP” because there’s an international border.  

So, although in La Paz, it obviously wasn’t raining or snowing, it was still cold enough for us to fire up the heaters at our Tailhunter Restaurant and turn on the fire pit on the 2nd level terrace.  Additionally, it was also windy most of the week, and while we could go fishing and just wear jackets to ward off a bit of the chill, there’s nothing that will make the wind stop blowing or the ocean from being choppy.   

But that’s what’s to be expected during our off-season winter months.  For better-or-worse, not many fishermen are out either.  Commercial guys that are going out are telling us there’s some breezing tuna around and the occasional dorado, but most of our few anglers that got out, ran into snapper, cabrilla (sea bass) and some smaller cargo as well as bonito and jack crevalle.  Good light tackle stuff and for the few folks we have this time of year, often snowbirds just looking for a day in the sun on the water, that’s fun.  

As for other activities our whale watching tours are in full-swing now that the grey whales have started arriving in Bahia Magdalena.  More and more seem to be arriving weekly and they usually stick around until about mid-March or so.   

Also, right in La Paz Bay, we’ve got whalesharks now and we’re also arranging daily “swim with the whale sharks” excursions.  The fish are right in the shallow in front of town.

If you’d like any information or have us set up your whale “adventure” e-mail us directly at Jonathan@tailhunter.com

THANKS FOR BEING SUCH GREAT HOSTS SACRAMENTO!

HERE WE COME WASHINGTON!

We had a spectacular show at the California State Fairgrounds for the ISE show last week.  It was incredible…maybe our best show ever with huge numbers of bookings from new friends and old friends coming to see us this year in La Paz.  It’s gonna be a fantastic year!  Thanks to all our Sacramento and Bay Area amigos for al the hospitality!

One caveat…we are filling many dates very very fast!  Not kidding!  Many dates are already sold out.  We have two more months of shows.  Do not wait!  If you’re planning to visit us this year, send me an e-mail to Jonathan@tailhunter.com and let’s get you booked before your dates and favorite captains are taken!

We now move onto the Washington Sportsman’s Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds just south of Seattle!  This is a mammoth 5 day show from Wednesday to Sunday!  The WASHINGTON SPORTSMANS SHOW has so many awesome Tailhunter friends.  We hope to see you there!  Here’s a link for more info and how to get discount tickets:

https://www.thesportshows.com/shows/washington/show-information/

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Wow! Sacramento ISE was “off-the-hook” fantastic! One of our best shows ever! So great to see so many friends and we have a ton of you coming back making reservations to see us this year! Let’s go fishing!

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Some of our best Sacramento friends who have visited us many many times in La Paz! Julia McCabe, Dick Winslow, Randy Lyons, Tim Nishimura and Scott Johnson.

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We love our Tailhunter families!

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Some of the perks of the job! Jonathan Sandwich between Jilly and Barbara Steinberg famous outdoor writer!

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Whether visiting us in Sacramento or La Paz, Kelly and Stephanie Mizuno are always welcome smiles! Thanks for bringing us the goodies to the booth. They were yummy!

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One of the great icons of the industry, Rick Copeland from Wilderness Unlimited came by to visit and pose with Jilly in the booth

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How can you not love this photo! Jilly with our amiga, Carrie Wilson, biologist and awesome writer for the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife.

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They are coming back to La Paz for the umpteenth time this October. From the bay area, our amigos, John McLucas and Bill Lee.

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Best friends or Tailhunter for so many years, Verda Boyd, Dave Frausto and Tim Zimmer! Part of the tribe!

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Wyoming outfitters…TV celebrities…bestest amigos…Rick and Amy Kasper came from their booth to visit with us for awhile. We’ll see the in La Paz!

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Always good to see these smiling faces! Jilly with Ed Byrd and Rich Keogh who are coming to us again this summer in La Paz!

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Retired CHP officers and great friends for many many years, Randy Lyons and Dick Winslow. Contemplating bringing their boat down to La Paz next time!

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The “King of Craft Beer!” He just came back from three days in Belgium just to drink beer and knows every beer in the world! Kris Honkola is an excellent fisherman as well and will be coming back to La Paz in October!

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Cheers to new friends, Stephanie and Lou Torres who drove all the way up from San Jose to visit us in Sacramento to book their first trip to fish with us in La Paz.

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Favorite family! Tim Butterworth with his daughter Danielle and her husband Dave posing with Jilly. Tim will be coming back to get another wahoo or two in the fall with us. He’s been visiting La Paz for over 20 years.

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The Vagabundos del Mar! Gloria and Fred Jones have been part of the Baja scene with the Vags for decades! Always good to have them visit our booth.

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…and then there’s our Mexican Pocket Panther, Catlyn guarding the booth and greeting friends!

That’s our story!  Come see us in Washington if you’re around!

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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.”