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A rare and treasured fish…at least this year! There’s been a dearth of wahoo caught this year. Only a handful have shown all season when we should be really getting into them! But Harry Hsu got this 30-pound class ‘hoo fishing with our Las Arenas fleet just south of Cerralvo Island.

Triple generation “man-cation” for Larry Bodle from Huntington Beach, his son, Ernie, and dad Jim. They blasted a nice day of dorado with us as they pose on the beach at Bahia de Los Muertos.

San Diego in the house! Alex Trasvina (closest to the camera) gets in the line up with dad, and cousins after a solid dorado day at Las Arenas. One of their boats had limits before 11 a.m. and were back on the beach goofing for roosterfish.

Bill Hsu from Diamond Bar CA  had a successful 3 days fishing with us as we had better activity than we’ve had in a long time with our Las Arenas fleet. Bill took this nice dorado on bait.

Earlier in the week, we still had lingering clouds and rain, but the dorado still cooperated. This is our son-in-law Brian Reid celebrating his birthday with us, our daughter, Jessie from Las Vegas and that’s Scottie Roughgarden from Hollywood CA playing around in the back!

People often forget that while everyone is a bit offshore chasing the “glamour” gamefish like dorado, inshore offers some great fishing. Stan Yung and his daughter Shantel spent several days working the reefs and rocks and went home with a mess of cabrilla and yellow snapper which are incredibly delicious eating! Stan was on his first trip with us and is from Glendale CA.

Gloria Paymani is a producer from Hollywood and is one of our newest fun Tailhunter amigas! She busted several days of fish and tied into this HUGE bonito that she says ran her around for “20 minutes” before she got it to the boat with a hand from smiling Capt. Alfredo with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Colorado has been well-represented this year and this week was no different. Laura and Rob Duerr from Denver rocked the boat with a load of dorado and yellow snapper and pargo this past week and pose on the beach at Bahia de Los Muertos.

Ron Koslowski is probably wondering “How did a trigger fish end up in the fish box with all these dorado?” Fishing with Captain Pancho he and his wife stacked the panga fish box with a load of dorado to take home to Colorado.

LAST MINUTE ADDITION! Just as I was publishing this fishing report (Sunday night), Ernie Bodle and Scott Sylvester sent in their photo from Sunday’s great dorado bite! I had to get it into the report. Ernie got this nice wahoo and took the family jackpot (there were 7 of them fishing) plus Scott nailed the big bull dorado!

POST FULL MOON ANGLERS WORK HARDER FOR FISH BUT LAS ARENAS AREA WAKING UP FINALLY!

La Paz -Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 2-8, 2012

It would seem that our bite during the full moon was a lot better than our bite AFTER the full moon this past week.  While there were definitely some high spots for fishing this week and some good catches, I would have to say that fishing was only spotty to good during this past week.  I’m not sure whether to blame it on the after-effects of last week’s rains; clouded water in some spots; or what.  I really can’t put my finger on it as there really doesn’t seem to be much different this week than last week when we had numerous afternoon showers.  But, the bite definitely wasn’t as good.

Dorado were our main species again this week.  Every day a few boats got into them nicely for both our Tailhunter Las Arenas and our Tailhunter La Paz fleets.  A few boats would find the right spots and get bent nicely but then other boats would scratch and scratch.  The next day, it would be just the opposite.  The “hot boat” or the “hot spot” would get cold and a different boat; set of anglers; or area would turn out to be the hot area.  No real rhyme or reason that even our captains could discern.

Las Arenas did better than it has been.  That was encouraging.  Much more dorado with some nice schoolie fish.  Las Arenas all year has literally been slower than slow except for roosterfish.  But this week we got into some decent dorado, roosterfish plus even a (surprise) wahoo!   Pargo were also a good fallback with pargo mulatto (barred pargo) and yellow snapper filling some coolers.

La Paz was OK.  Steady, but as mentioned, hit-or-miss.  Dorado ranged from smaller 10 pounders to some 25 pounders.  A few larger ones got away.  We also had a few sailfish show up in the bites with all fish released.

Hopefully, this week is just a bump in the road and we’ll be back on track by the time you’re reading this!

By the way…not sure how much of a difference it made, but some of our guys brought fresh frozen squid with them this week and swore it made a difference on the dorado so…if anyone wants to bring FRESH frozen squid (not the stuff you buy at the bait store), it wouldn’t hurt.

NEW ADDRESS

Tailhunter International has moved it’s U.S. address.  While Jill and I still live full-time down here in La Paz, our U.S. office is:

TAILHUNTER INTERNATIONAL

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Have a great week!  This coming week is going to be crazy…MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY is like New Year’s Eve and Spring Break and 4th of July all rolled into one on the 15th/ 16th of this week!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

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Tailhunter Captain Victor goofs with Gerry Acosta and Victor Gildelmontes who got into the nice bite of football tuna late in the week of Cerralvo Island. The guys got into the bite but ran out’ve beer and came back to shore. Then, they went back out and caught more fish! All the tuna were fun 8-12 pounders, but the first school-sized fish we’ve seen all season.

Mario Salazar and Luis Arandia started hooking tuna when this nice sailfish bit while fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet. Attempts to release the sail weren’t successful and the meat was donated. The guys also got some nice dorado while fishing several days with us.

Our long time amigo, Victor Ochoa with Captain Jorge. This is one of the great stories. Several years ago, Victor was fishing with us and Capt. Jorge was running the panga. As the day went on, they realized they were COUSINS! Victor’s mother had moved to California but was the cousin to Capt. Jorge’s mother! So, the two guys are related and always fish well together plus have a good time showing off one of their larger dorado of the trip.

Pam Sharp rocked her day with this trophy roosterfish that was released while she was fishing off the Ventana-Cerralvo area with Capt. Fabio. Great fish and super shot. (Thanks Hawk!)

We have sure had some good fishermen from New Mexico this season! Darren Hanson flew his own plane down and spent several days on the water with us. He took this huge bull north of La Paz near Espiritu Santo Island.

Our buddy, James “Hawk” Davis, took this incredible shot of Pam Sharp’s marlin doing the dance as it’s close to the panga. You can see her special “pink lure” on the line as the fish does it’s thing. Great shot and Pam also released the big fish.

Jim Lipkowski wanted one day to get a shot at getitng a roosterfish and successfully got this nice pez gallo of Las Arenas.

Nice buffet…yellowfin tuna…a pargo…even a small mako shark as Captain Archangel with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet poses with Don Slaiman. 

TUNA SHOW UP AT LAS ARENAS WHILE DORADO CONTINUE FULL MOON FEEDING!

La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of July 29 to Aug. 5, 2012

Despite the full moon, it wasn’t a bad week of fishing at all!  The past few months, the full moon has actually been our better fishing.  However, while the fishing seemed to slow just a tad, it was still pretty steady enough to fill some ice chests and keep anglers happy.

The dorado bite north of La Paz continued.  Some days were better than others and some of our pangas did better than others but overall, if you fished a few days, you were going to get some nice limits of dorado that averaged about 15 pounds, but no unusual to have others in the 20-45 pound class as well.  As far as I can remember this week, we had a lot of pangas out and I think pretty much everyone had shots at some of the bigger boys.  Some of them caught them and some well…got away!  That’s why they’re BIG!  But there was some great action.  The biggest factor seemed to be the wind.  Some days were a little breezy and those days made finding the dorado a bit harder.  The less wind…the better the dorado bite seemed to be.

The nicest surprise was the tuna boil that took place late in the week off Cerralvo Island.  In spots between the island and the 88 spot to the east there were some nice boils of tuna going off.  Nothing big, but for some pangas all the football sized 8-15 pounders they could handle!   At the time of this writing, I don’t know if this is a fluke or the start of some nice tuna shots, but at least at the end of the week things sure looked promising.  Some of the commercial guys who were out as far as 25-35 miles said there were some spots of larger fish in the 30-50 pound category.

But for our Las Arenas fleet, even if they didn’t fish for tuna, it remains the spot for roosterfish.  Boy, did we have some nice roosterfish going this week.  Several of the fish were in the 40-65 pound class plus a good number in the 20-30 pound class.  It continues to be one of the best roosterfish seasons in a long time.

Also, quite  few marlin and sailfish around still.  We’re not specifically targeting them, but we hooked a number just while fishing for dorado or other species.  Most were released.

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

 

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
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No doubt dorado…like this nice bull take between Cerralvo Island and the peninsula are around. Not in great numbers, but it’s surprising that we’re getting big bulls of this quality so early.

Two legends go fishing. On the left, Hall of Fame NBA player Rick Barry poses next to legendary owner of the Giggling Marlin Restaurant in Cabo Lucas, Gary Wagner in front of Gary’s place at Bahia de Los Muertos.

The north side of Cerralvo Island turned out to be one of the more productive places in an otherwise slow week of fishing as huge amberjack, big cousins to yellowtail, put on a bite. The largest of these three amberjack weighed out at 87 pounds!

I usually don’t post up many marlin photos over the years for several reasons. First we encourage catch and release so a majority of our hooked marlin get let go and secondly, well, many marlin bust off! We had several hooked up this week that are still swimming after breaking off. More marlin seem to be showing up, but not all are willing to take a bait or lure just yet. This striper ate a trolled jig.

Even when fishing is slow, often our fallback are the feisty tough bonito that can really chew up tackle. Captain Yofo of our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet took a shot on a flyrod and found himself in about a 15 minute battle on a 10wt fly rod.  The fish was released.

SPOTTY FISHING AT BEST DURING DARK MOON AND SOLAR ECLIPSE

La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of May 13-20, 2012

In a few words, fishing this week around La Paz was…”WEIRD…SCRATCHY…SPOTTY.”  Things are definitely changing and we’re going through that transition right now between the cooler waters and spring and the warmer summer waters.  The fish are going through it too and so they’re adjusting. It’s a bit like when you bring a goldfish home from the church carnival in the little plastic bag.  At home, it takes awhile for them to get acclimated to their new surroundings in the home aquarium with temperatures and oxygen levels different.

I think that’s what happened this week.  Every day was different.  Some days the fish bit.  Some days they did not and it was like pulling teeth.   One day one species would be the hot species and the next day a completely different species would take center stage and the fish that were hot the day before, were nowhere to be found!

The other thing was that bait got scarce!  Sardine schools, the foundation of our fishing…just vanished.  We got a little, but it was like pulling teeth to find enough to fish.  Even the bait guys had problems finding it or found only a handful to sell or, it took the better part of the morning looking for bait to start fishing.  So, of course, that also reflected on the fishing numbers.  But, I’m not sure that would have made that much of a difference either because some folks went to trolling lures in the absence of bait…and they didn’t exactly light the world on fire either!

AND THIS WAS NOT A FULL MOON!  AND THERE WAS NOT MUCH WIND EITHER!  So, all you folks that think the fish bite better ALL the time during a dark moon, don’t say I never told you so!

This was bad all over.  I hear on the East Cape and down in Cabo, the bite just dropped off the charts all of a sudden as well.  Hopefully, it’s just the little dark before the big fish explosion!

So, what did we catch?

Well a little of this and a little of that…roosterfish along the shores were still active.  Pargo and cabrilla also bit, but that always works better when you have bait!  We had some really exciting catches on big amberjack and some very nice dorado were picked up as well as a few marlin. Here’s one example of crazy fishing.  The awesome yellowtail bite we had going for 3 months fell apart about 3 weeks ago.  Waters are just too warm. We’re gearing up for the bluewater species like dorado and tuna.  One of our pangas went out for dorado and came back with…two nice yellowtail!  Go figure!

The guys fishing conventionally, did better since they had more to work with.  I really felt badly for the flyfishers.  With no bait, it’s hard to chum fish up and get them interested.  Fortunately, we didn’t have any flyfishers this week, but I know other friends who were out there doing their best in a difficult situation. They resorted to trolling or else using hookless lures to tease fish within casting range.

As for what’s coming up?  The conditions look ripe.  The waters look good. They are already up into the low to mid-80’s on the surface. Air temperatures in in the mid-90’s.   I continue to think we’re right on the cusp of some really good fishing!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

 

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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Look at the head on this bull dorado! Randy Pelcher from Bishop CA was on his first trip here and took this big guy on his first day of his trip. There's some big dorado down here right now! Randy got this on a live sardine with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.

It was another week where the ladies sometimes outfished the guys! Robin Sawaske from Carpenteria CA, was on her first trip ever and took this 40-pound class dorado fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

It wasn't a spectacular week for tuna but we did have some nice flurries of tuna off Cerralvo Island that kept the rods bent on fish in the 10-30 pound category. On break from med school in Virginia, Robert Jackson, Jr, mugs with goofball captain Victor holding up a couple of tuna at Las Arenas Beach.

This has probably been one of the slowest wahoo years I can remember. Only a handful so far this season although we've been seeing the occasional fish here and there. But no one has been catching any! At least until Kevin Davis from Mustang, Oklahoma and nephew of our La Paz amigo Hawk Davis got this sweet fish north of Cerralvo Island. I dunno...I think he flew in from Oklahoma with a horseshoe in his back pocket. In additon to this trophy wahoo, he also got a blue marlin and released an 80-pound class roosterfish! Talk about first-timer luck! Great trip!

There's still some variety down here, especially if you fish the rocks inshore like Joe Adler from Mammoth CA who pulled this hefty barred pargo off a reef near Punta Arenas!

It was a good week for our flyfishers, like Spencer Sawaske who had a banner day catching-and-releasing 12 roosters like this one working the rocky eastern shoreline of Cerralvo Island.

Ken Milici lives up in the Eastern Sierras and came down the mountain to fish with us for the first time and is all smiles with this nice Las Arenas yellowftin tuna. The tuna appear to have moved in closer to the island these days.

Incredible colors on this great shot of Dr. Bill Thomas and Captain Jorge with a fresh dorado on the gaff!

It's rare that we have to do much trolling, but Robert Jackson of San Diego, who has been an amigo for years, decided to troll a cedar plug and knocked down a yellowftin tuna and this monster bull dorado...which set off a run of folks looking for cedar plugs at the local La Paz tackle stores!

THE WEEK IN VIDEO and STILL IMAGES

Click the link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33vtevbrNg4

DODGED A HURRICANE BUT LEFT WITH SCRATCHY FISHING!

La Paz/ Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of July 17-24, 2004

I guess even bigger than the fishing was the amount of focus garnered by the approach of Hurricane Dora that came up from Central America this past week that had us all watching. Reaching Category 4 status with 150 mph winds and huge seas, early predictions had southern Baja in it’s track. So we waited and watched …and waited and watched…and it’s all everyone talked about all week. At our Tailhunter Restaurant Bar on the La Paz waterfront, we were getting the rain ponchos and sandbags ready. We were dreading the weekend since we’ve been full with clients all week and are in the prime of the season.

And then…well…gratefully NOTHING HAPPENED! We did some strong winds and chop with some big swell from the south, but it beat getting battered by Hurricane Dora.  At least we got out fishing and most folks still did OK with the fishing and, although we had to work hard for fish, most folks went home with a load in the coolers.

 The most consistent bite were again the dorado. More prevailant with our La Paz fleet than our Las Arenas fleet, nonetheless, most days it was limits or near limits of mahi ranging from school-sized 5-10 pounders to 20-40 pounders. There might have been some larger ones in the count, but there were some legit 40-50 pounders busted off on lighter tackle after long battles.

 Again, the weed lines north of La Paz were productive areas we as were the areas around SE Espiritu Santo Island, Las Cruces, and Punta Mejia. For our La Las Arenas fleet, dorado were found at the 88 spots, the inner and outer buoys as well as marauding in the areas between Punta Arena lighthouse and South Point of Cerralvo Island.

I don’t know about Las Arenas.  The whole year, the bite there has been anemic.  One week great…next week so-so.  One day great.  Next day we have trouble getting bait.  Hopefully, things will improve.  Some years, La Paz is the tougher side.  This year, it’s just the opposite.  Las Arenas struggles.

For the tuna bite, none of the big sluggers this week, but it seemed that every -other-day for our Las Arenas anglers, the tuna would pop up and everyone would get 3-8 football-sized tuna in the 20-40 pound class. Pretty much the perfect size for most anglers. Enough of a fight without the 1-2 hour battles often ending in heartache when it gets lost. The footballs were plenty work-out for most! Some days the fish, interestingly, would eat only live or dead sardines. The next time they would only eat trolled lures like Rapalas, feathers and for some reason…Cedar Plugs (natural colored) worked nicely when they never seemed to have been very effective before except for catching bonito.

Some other notes…our flyfishermen this week did exceptionally well. Several worked the easter-side of Cerralvo Island and found the schools of 10-15 pound roosters in the shallows that were a great battle on 8-10wt flyrods. Vicki Mitchell from Carmel CA hooked one really sweet 35 pound dorado that put up a big fight and really tore it up on the flyrod for her.

As well, it’s not been a really great wahoo season, but conditions have certainly seemed good for it. However, we’ve caught very few this year. I can only think of a handful taken, but that could also be because no one has really worked the area. Well, this past week, three were hooked and one landed at the north end of Cerralvo Island.

Still quite a few billfish in the area. Sailfish up to 100 pounds and striped marlin up to about 120 were hooked and lost. Most billfish are getting released. However, there were several blues up to about 300 pounds hooked and lost as well plus one fish estimted at possibly being a “grander” (1000 pounder) was seen by some very experienced free divers in the blue water.

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Jonathan and Jill

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