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The right kind! Slugger yellowtail for Jeff Brown who comes fishing with us every spring to enjoy some sunshine, fishing and his favorite Tailhunter captain Joel. He got this big yellow north of La Paz.

Roosters are back! Just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos, Beth McDonald is all smiles with her big fish. This was a catch-and-release fish and Beth is from Colorado Springs, CO and was staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos. Thanks to Gary Wagner for the photo.

Big boy jack crevalle just off the rocks for Colto Hallauer from San Diego. Thanks Gary Wagner for the photo.

Starting early! Zach Benisek is 13 years old and he brought his dad, Eric out and showed him how to land a nice roosterfish! That’s Muertos Bay in the background. The day was too windy to go out too far so roosters filled the gap inshore. Bravo to Zach for releasing the fish!

Our amigo from Wrangell AK, Rod Brown comes down for two weeks sometimes twice a year to fish with us and check out tis huge yellowtail he landed fishing with Captain Joel near Espirito Santo Island.

La Paz side has some roosters too! Eric Benisek was fishing Sunday in great conditions and caught and released another nice rooster!

Alaska in the house! Nice trophy cabrilla for Ken Ward nailed on a trolled Rapala near Punta Perico. Ken was staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay. Gracias to owner Gary Wagner for the photo.

Early season dorado for Jeff and Captain Joel! Normally, we’re not seeing dorado of this size so early, but Jeff Brown got two of these plus some snapper fishing out’ve La Paz.

Another rooster! Tanner Whitmarsh from San Diego was just outside of Bahia de los Muertos. He was staying at Rancho Costa.  The fish was released.

Headed for the dinner plate! Eric Benisek has a yellowtail on the gaff taken near Espirito Santo Island.

CONDITIONS TRANSITION and PRODUCE VARIETY

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 25-April 2, 2017

It was an up-and-down week of fishing and weather as we transition from winter-to-spring, but things look promising.  Basically, it was the same formula.  When the winter winds blew, it was tough to get bait and tough to fish, even if the bait was available. When the weather laid down, there was spotty action with a mix of species.  Nothing spectacular, but some OK catches.  The season still hasn’t really kicked in yet so on the days when conditions were OK, some boats got fish while others had to really work hard and pick at it.    There was really no pattern or consistency.  The good side is that there aren’t many fishermen in town yet.   Most of the folks around are spring-break or snow birds looking for a day or two of fishing, if even that.

But, let’s break it down.  We actually had boats fishing with both of our fleets this past week as weather finally allowed us to put everyone out on both sides of the peninsula.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

On the days we were able to get out, there were a few tuna around that were a nice grade, 15-40 pounds.  Those fish were over by the island and eating chunked bits of fresh squid.  Some days they would show up and other days, it was a gamble.  If you went out there and put in the effort, but the fish didn’t show, sometimes it was too late to try to put in the time for other species.  So, it was swinging for the fences.  But every now and then a boat would connect.  

Closer to Muertos Bay, there was a nice mix of fish including snapper, pargo, some nicer cabrilla over the rocky areas, bonito, jack crevalle and even a few sierra. The nicest surprise was finding some decent early-season rooster fish running 15-40 pounds.  This was especially good on the windy days when we couldn’t get too far away from the beach which made for perfect hunting for the gallo.  It’s good to know the roosters are around.  

LA PAZ

We were finally able to put out our La Paz boats with more consistency this past week as there were some better days where the winds weren’t so erratic or strong.  Finding bait was the issue.  If the winds blew, then getting and finding the live bait became problematic.   However, using a combination of trolling, jigging and baits, there was a good mix of fish, if not alot of them. 

Hefty 30-45 pound yellowtail were taken and others lost in the rocks.  There were even a few 15-20 pound dorado which is a bit nuts to have them so early since they are a warm water fish, but a good sign because the last two years, the dorado bite has been a bit anemic, especially with the larger dorado. 

Inshore, there were triggerfish, jacks, roosters and bonito. 

Daytime temps have been in the high-80’s to low 90’s, but cooler at night dropping pretty far down into the high 50’s. 

BLESSED AND GRATEFUL…NOW LET”S GET FISHING!

Well…HECK YA!!!!  We’re on our way home after almost 4 months on the road…13 shows and criss-crossing so many states!  Just tore down the booth and packed it all up for another year in the van and we’re rolling and all I can hear in my ears is Jackson Browne singing “STAY!”

It’s our 21st year on the Tailhunter Tour and we started in Denver and finished in Bozeman, MT with another great show!  Everywhere we went, nothing but smiles and hospitality.  Thanks to each of you who made us feel so welcome and treated us like family on the road and for all of you who are coming to visit us in La Paz…”Let’s crank it up and let’s get fishing!”

We’ll see you in La Paz!

God bless you all!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

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

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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

“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.”

Dr. Nathan Beckord had only one day to squeeze in to a tight schedule visit to La Paz, but stuck it to this nice yellowfin tuna with Captain Jorge earlier in the week before the winds kicked back up. He’s standing on the Beach at Muertos Bay.

Big smiles and calm seas for Patricia Trautman from Issaquah WA who was out with Captain Hugo when she put the hurt to this beautiful yellowfin tuna.

Captain Jorge looks on as Dr. Brian Beckord poses with a nice early season wahoo taken off the south end of Cerralvo Island.

On Sunday, winds calmed down enough for Gilbert Sylvia from Oregon to get out his flyrod and have some fun light action on snapper, bonito, jack crevalle and cabrilla. (Jack crevalle in photos below)

Tough fish on a flyrod, a fiesty jack crevalle by Gilbert Sylvia on the flyrod.

NATURE NOT READY TO GIVE UP WINTER…JUST YET

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 19-26, 2017

Although the calendar says spring has started, winter isn’t quite ready just yet to give itself up.  Last week we had a decent week of fishing as the winds abated and, to some degree, the early part of this week wasn’t bad either.  But, then the winds kicked in again, much to the joy of the windsurfers and kite boarders, but it sure didn’t do our fishermen any favors.   As the week went on the winds got worse.   Over the weekend, there was a huge triathlon in La Paz and the waves and wind in the normally calm Bay of La Paz was tossing swimming competitors back onto the beach.  

So, in a quick summary, early in the week we did get a few tuna again.  Don’t get me wrong.  This is NOT a “tuna bite” per se.  It’s not like the fish are crashing.  But considering this is so early in the year, it’s surprising to see tuna around and of this size and quality with fish going 20-50 pounds near the south side of Cerralvo Island. But, these are some isolated fish.  For the time being, it’s a nice bonus, but until I see more, I wouldn’t call this a tuna bite.  Still, it was worth headed to the nearby grounds and taking a swing for the fence and trying to hit a home run.  There were also a few biters on wahoo. 

More common were the types of inshore fish that we usually get during the winter that included some bonito, snapper, pargo, jack crevalle, sierra and even a few amberjack and rooster fish which is a good sign.   But that’s when it all hit a snag as the winds came roaring back again as I mentioned.  However, as you’re reading this, it looks like the coming week the winds are gonna lay back again so we’re encouraged as we head towards spring break and Easter!

TAILHUNTER 2017 ROAD TOUR

Many thanks for the great hospitality this past week as Jill and Jonathan had to split up to cover to great shows.  Jonathan was in Scottsdale AZ for the ISE show.  Jill took the other booth to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego CA for the Fred Hall Show.  We both had a great time and lots of reservations came in and super to see all our old amigos!  Muchas gracias!

But now…onto OUR LAST SHOW after 3 months on the road.  We’re headed to Montana to Bozeman for the Great Rockies Sportsmans Show.   We’re headed to one of our most favorite states and all the fun folks there.  We’ll be there for three days from Friday through Sunday (March 31-April 2).  Hope to see you there!

Here’s some info:   http://www.greatrockiesshow.com/bozeman-visitors

That’s our story!

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.”

Yes, yellowfin this week! This is our amiga, Taylor Murphey from Lakewood CA fishing on her uncle’s boat with Captain Hugo who hung this nice YFT just south of Cerralvo Island. The tuna were taking Rapalas as well as chunked squid.

 

Always in the fish and always with the great photo, Roger Thompson with a pretty wahoo on the gaff off the south end of Cerralvo. The wahoo this week were also off the rocks just off Punta Perrico.

Portland, Oregon in the house! Austin Tighe had just one day to fish on this trip and got essentially our first and biggest tuna of the season fishing with Captain Victor and posing on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

The right kind! Tal Nazani with some good-sized and GREAT EATING cabrilla (Mexican seabass). It has been a good few weeks for the feisty reef fish.

If you want some tough action, look no further than the schools of jack crevalle that are near the rocks and beaches right now! Related to roosterfish, there’s a reason the Mexican name for them is “toro.”(Bull). Captain Armando is the masked man!

What great colors on this fresh one! Taylor Murphey had herself quite a week with a variety of fish including this yellowtail hung on a Rapala in the same spot where tuna and wahoo were taken this week. Fishing with Captain Hugo.

As mentioned above, good week for the tasty cabrilla, but with all the bait in Muertos Bay, hordes of bonito have provided some awesome rod-bending as well.

I’ve posted so many photos of our amiga, Donna Thompson! But that’s because she’s always nailing the fish including another early-season yellowfin tuna!

 

BEST WEEK of the SEASON…FINALLY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 12-19, 2017

Finally, after so many up-and-down-weeks of windy weather and cold waters, Mother Nature smiled and sent calm seas, gentle breezes and warming waters!  The result was a variety of fish we haven’t seen so far this season and is encouraging now that we’re finally getting away from the erratic weather of winter and finally moving towards spring!  For the moment, we reveled in it, as we’re not quite out’ve the clutches of winter quite yet as forecasts show more wind is on the way.  

But for now, it’s nice to have a decent report to show-off.  

Not only did we get into some of our regular winter catches, but the quickly warming waters produced unusual pelagic blue-water species we usually don’t see until later in the season.  But who’s complaining?  It was far from wide-open, don’t get me wrong.  But the variety was a great bonus.  It was almost a “I-have-no-idea-what-we-will-catch-today” kind of fishing.  Some days really had some nice action and with many first-timers or snowbirds fishing who really only fish one day of their vacation, this kind of fishing was ideal for having some fun and catching some dinner too!  Boats side-by-side often caught different fish that didn’t seem to synch with the time of the year!  

Inshore cold-water species this week included a smattering of yellowtail, several varieties of pargo and snapper, some really nice cabrilla (sea bass) out’ve the rocks, plus hefty bad-tempered jack crevalle, bonito, and even some sierra which should be abundant this time of year, but have rarely made an appearance.   

But the blue-water species really sparked some raised eye-brows.  It’s March yet some fun-sized 25-30 pound tuna showed up at the southside of the island. These are our first verified tuna of the season.   So, did wahoo and even some respectable dorado.  These are species we normally would not see until May or so depending on the water temperature.  And, I think that’s the key!  Water temps were showing 70-75 degrees and not as green and dirty as they had been in previous weeks when winds were kicking up.  It remains to be seen what will happen this coming week when forecasts show that winds will roll in again and predominate for the better part of the week. 

Another variable that worked in our favor was the presence of a variety of bait.  Unfortunately, no sardines showing up, but larger baits like ballyhoo, mackerel, small jacks worked well as live and dead baits.  Cut fresh squid worked as well, but slow trolling Rapalas and Yo-Zuris produced big strikes as well.  Interestingly, dragging the big crank baits over rocky areas that should have produced cabrilla, pargo, and yellowtail resulted in open-water surprises from tuna and wahoo…in shallow water!  As I often tell folks, you don’t have to go out far in our area to get the glamour species!   Dropping and jigging yo-yo iron also worked!

We’ll keep you posted!  Things are changing!

TAILHUNTER TOUR – JILL & JONATHAN SPLIT UP!

We had another super show with lots of reservations and great times with all our Salt Lake City amigos at the International Sportsman’s Expo this past week.  Thanks for the great visit UTAH!

And now…Jill and I go our separate ways for the week.  Jill will head to California and be at:

The FRED HALL FISHING and BOATING SHOW at the Del Mar Fairgrounds . March 23-26 (Thursday to Sunday)   http://www.fredhall.com/san-diego/

Jonathan will be taking the other trail to the ISE Show and Arizona Boatshow  at Scottsdale, Arizona at the Westworld Center March 23-26 (Thursday to Sunday)

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

Hope to see you there!

Here’s our parting shots from Salt Lake City and all our friends!

They visit us every year and will be back again this year…Sherman and Shelley McDonnell from Rock Springs, Wyoming!

It’s too bad we don’t have fun! Jilly with Kathy and John Terbu and…? The Terbus will be back with us in La Paz in September.

Its always a party at the Tailhunter booth!

JIlly, Kathy, John, Brian, Trudy…will all be back in La Paz in September!

My high school classmate Maria Hidalgo Gurrister and her husband, Tom came to visit us at our booth!

Catlyn our “Rare Mexican Pocket Panther” hangs out in the booth with us!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

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

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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

“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.”

Feisty jack crevalle and sunny days just near the rocks at Muertos Bay provided great fun and bent rods.

Gary Wagner at his place at Rancho Costa in Bahia de los Muertos took this nice yellowtail mid-week. Gary tells us there’s a ton of bait in the bay.

Another jack crevalle lip-gaffed ready for the photo then a quick release!

Thanks for the great time, Bakersfield! We had blast at the Fred Hall Central Coast Fishing Show this past week. Thanks to everyone who visited and came to say hi or sign up for visits to La Paz!

WATER STILL OFF BUT GOOD WEEK OF ACTION!

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

For once, the weather cooperated and we didn’t have too much wind.  We’re finally getting closer to spring and away from some really crazy winter weather.  The result was a pretty good week for fishing action.  Not alot of big fish, but there were some big yellowtail and pargo lost.  However, there seemed to be plenty of inshore action characteristic of this time of year with a great variety of fish.

There were a few dorado, but there were some big-time 10-20 pound jack crevalle.  Good numbers of bonito.  A surprising number of 3-8 pound cabrilla, pargo and red snapper as well, despite the waters remaining pretty cold, green and dirty from so much wind for so long.  There’s an incredible amount of mackerel and ballyhoo in Muertos Bay which should be bringing in the fish any time!  C’MON SPRING!

HERE WE COME SALT LAKE CITY ISE SHOW!

Jilly and I will see you this week at the International Sportsmans Expo at from Thursday to Sunday at the South Town Expo Center just south of Salt Lake City, Utah.

We just finished a bang-up show at the Fred Hall Central Valley Fishing and Hunting Show at the Kern Co. Fairgrounds and now count 8 shows down and 4 to go for our 2017 Tailhunter Tour!

We’re now on our way back to one of our favorite city at Salt Lake City for the International Sportsman’s Expo.  This is a big show and goes from Thursday to Sunday and it always fun with so much to see and do!  We’re filling rapidly for 2017 but still have some spots available for your La Paz fishing trip so talk to us or get in touch with us ASAP!  We want to make sure we have you covered!

Here’s some info about the Salt Lake City Show!   http://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/saltlakecity/

Hope to see you this week!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

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

 

Now follow us on FACEBOOK TOO

 

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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

“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.”

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

 

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.”

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

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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.”