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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 21-28, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE MINI-VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of May 21-28, 2017

WEEK at a GLANCE (1-10)

Weather – 8 (what an improvement although still some wind!) But sunny and great!

Fishing – 6 (better than it has been all season, but lots of room to get better)

Catching – 5 (only because we lost so many darned good fish!)

Quality of Fish –  7 (Wahoo / big roosters / big cabrilla and pargo/ lost marlin and tuna)

Bait – 1 (Las Arenas almost non-existent) . 4 (La Paz not bad but not great)

THE BIG PICTURE AND REPORT 

Largest pargo liso of the season and one of the largest we’ve seen in a long time for Oregon amigo, Cody Johnson and Captain Pancho.

Captain Armando went out with Dwayne and Debbie Petenaude from the San Diego Anglers Fishing Club that’s here with us this week and put this beast wahoo in the boat!

Scott Damron from Oregon was the un-questioned roosterfish king of the week with 5 or 6 huge roosterfish (I lost count!) taken that averaged 60-80 pounds! All released like this big boy with a hand from Captain Pancho.

From Huntington Beach CA, first-timer with Tailhunter Sportfishing Mark Garrity and his wahoo with Captain Gerardo.

Great mix of eating fish for Dave Codding from Idaho and Captain Armando including big triggerfish, a dorado and some nice pargo.

Our good amigo, Tom Mullican from Idaho finally put a wahoo in the box after getting bit off or losing several during the week. With Captain Jorge!

Another huge roosterfish for the Damron family! Dale Damron used to be a charter captain in Oregon and is all smiles with Captain Pancho for another catch-and-release giant roosterfish.

Paul Markowitz had only one day to fish with us, but hit a homerun with this wahoo. Paul is from Idaho.

Kyle Monsrud really wanted to get a roosterfish and got this beauty fishing out of Las Arenas with our Tailhunter fleet. Kyle is from Portland and released the fish.

Gorgeous bull dorado for Mark Garrity of Huntington Beach CA. One of our largest dorado so far. We are seeing more and more dorado this season! He was fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleeet north of town.

Good eating meat with this trophy cabrilla taken by Kirk Petre from Colorado who pulled this nice fish outta the rocks north of La Paz.

Captain Arcangel with the Duffy boys from New York with quite a variety including red snapper, dorado and wahoo.

Deanna Damron with Captain Adolfo had just hooked and fought a huge roosterfish but came up short, but right after, hooked this big old barred pargo.

Kyle and Holli Monsrud from Portland with a handful including a big bull dorado and a huge jack crevalle while fishing with our La Paz fleet.

Another nice wahoo on the first try! New York in the house!

Is this a big needlefish or what? Captain Adolfo gives Deanne Damron a hand with this monster!

Well-done Kyle! A good week for some big dorado like Kyle’s bull here.

WINDS LAY DOWN AND FISH WAKE UP!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 21-28, 2017

What a difference a week makes and what a difference in the fishing when the winds give us a break!  For weeks, we’ve been lamenting the winds and how it affected the fishing, but we finally got the winds to dial-it-back for the most part and although fishing wasn’t WFO, or even great, it was 500% better than it has been with lots of variety and big fish.  I think this week I saw over a dozen different species caught including wahoo, tuna, marlin, roosterfish, several species of pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, pompano, sierra, several species of bonito, triggerfish, snapper and more!  You just never knew what you were going to hook up!

LAS ARENAS TAILHUNTER FLEET
Usually, this is the area where we get the most action and the most variety, but that just wasn’t the case this past week.  This is where the bigger fish were hanging out!  We must have lost 4 out’ve every 5 wahoo hooked up.  Early in the week, I don’t think we landed a single wahoo and it wasn’t until later in the week when the guys started putting some ‘hoo into the pangas and not losing so many.  In their defense, these are fast powerful fish with sharp teeth, but it would have been nice to land a few more!
We also got some huge roosterfish.  The average rooster ran about 60 pounds this week with a number of fish in the 80 pound class.  These were beasts and you had to catch the big foot-long ladyfish to use for bait.  There’s a reason we’re called the roosterfish capital of the world.
We also hooked some striped marlin and rounded things out with bonito, triggerfish and some jack crevalle, reef fish and dorado.  One of our guys had on a 50-pound tuna lost at color after about a 30 minute battle as well!
This was the best fishing we’ve seen in the area all year.  Nothing spectacular by our standards, but any improvement was welcome.  It can only get better.  We did have one day where the winds blew our folks all over the place but they still caught fish.  But, mostly this is bigger fish we’re seeing.  So, you either get big fish and hit home run, or you don’t do so well.  There’s not a lot of “in-between” action right now.   If you chase roosterfish or wahoo or marlin, if you get one, you’re a hero.  But you could also be one of the boats that gets goose-egged.
The biggest issue is bait. For all intents and purposes, there’s no live bait to be had so we’re using dead bait.  We are selling bags of fresh frozen mackerel in the mornings and some of the guys are bringing fresh dead squid as well.
Fly fishing is a non-issue.  We’ve had a handful of flyfishers this season, but they’ve done OK because they were also willing to use conventional gear and have some fun.  Some of the fly fishing only outfitters in town are really hurting.  If you’re coming with a flyrod, be ready to use conventional gear and you’ll have a good time.  Bring the flyrod just-in-case the opportunity presents itself, but not only has it been pretty breezy to throw the rod, but also with no live bait to chum with, it’s hard to get the fish to come up.
Conditions are improving so have our fingers crossed and like I said, this was the best consistent bite we’ve seen.
LA PAZ TAILHUNTER FLEET
Normally, this is where the larger fish are found and the variety is over at Las Arenas.  It’s been just the opposite this past week with fishing steadily improving as the week went on!
We got into some nicer dorado…in fact, some of the nicest dorado we’ve seen in two seasons.   Plus there were big cabrilla, pargo, triggerfish and snapper to be had as well.  Really some nice action and just like at Las Arenas, regretfully so many big fish lost, especially in the rocks.  I think we lost about 60% of the hookups to inexperience of to rocks.  But, still fun.
My captains are telling me the conditions are looking great.  There were places where dorado and marlin were jumping everywhere, but just weren’t ready to chew quite yet.  There’s sargasso weed building up everywhere which is a great sign for more dorado.  They say it’s just about ready to bust loose if the water temps edge up just a degree or two more!
Hopefully soon!

 That’s our story!

Jonathan Roldan’s
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 14-21, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT for WEEK of MAY 14-21, 2017

THE WEEK AT A GLANCE (SCALE of 1-10)

Weather –  7 if you like sunshine.  2 if you like wind

Water – 8 if you’re from a cold place.  3 if you’re fishing.  (colder than normal)

Fishing – 3 at best . (read below…it’s worth it!)

Fish Catching – 3 at best . (keep reading…it’s really worth it!)

Happy fella!  What a day for the Damron family from Oregon! BIG ROOSTERS! Scott Damron got FOUR huge fish. Dad Dale and cousin Cody nailed another TWO! All fish SIX released strong!  Several others broke off!

Former Oregon charter captain, Dale Damron and nephew Cody Johnson caught and released two big roosterfish off the Las Arenas lighthouse and had another bust off.

First-time Arizona amigo, Dan Cherry caught two of the larger dorado of the season fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet north of the city near El Coyote.

Brian Hoff had a good day pulling cabrilla out’ve the rocks! Nice chunks of the fish ended up getting grilled up at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

Another of Scott Damron’s four big roosterfish on the same day. The Las Arenas lighthouse in the background. All fish released.

Big smiles for Dan Cherry and another big cabrilla.

Dan Cherry and Betty Woods posing with more of their cabrilla.

BUT WAIT…LOOK WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST DAY!  Just as I was going to print!

Nice pair for first -timer Mike Miller and return Tailhunter tribe amigo, Dave Codding and some sweet mahi mahi meat and Captain Armando!

Our buddy, Tom Ames, with Captain Jorge and some of the largest dorado we’ve seen this year! Tom is from Idaho and has fished with us several times over the years. Always good to have him back!

Tom Mullican, our amigo from Idaho who fishes with us several times a year and is about as hard-core as they come, with another dorado!

Brent and Amy Hyde from Montana with their first dorado fishing with Captain Victor!

Captain Ramiro got his guys from the Hoppa Group into the dorado too!

 

 

TOUGH WINDS – TOUGH CURRENTS – TOUGH FISHING…(Until the last day!)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 14-21, 2017

Winter just won’t let go.  Just like in so many spots in the U.S. where winter continues to cling or come back and brought snow, winds and rain this past week, we’re just as affected down here in La Paz.   We had viscious winds early in the week that forced us to cancel two days with our Las Arenas fleet and fish everyone out’ve La Paz.  Even when the winds diminished, it was still breezy and left us with green water and strong currents that made fishing difficult, unpredictable and with areas of green cold water.

The result, generally speaking, made for some difficult fishing.  Strong current made it tough to get bait.  When we did have live bait, the fishing areas changed from one place to the other.  A spot that was hot one way would go totally slack the next day. Areas that were like a desert one day without any sign of life would suddenly hop with fish.  An area that was blowing wind and choppy would be calm the in an hour and areas that were flat calm would suddenly be buffeted by double-digit gusts of winds.  I think even the fish are confused!
Having our two fleets in two different areas helped because we tried to remain flexible to move folks to whatever fleet was doing better, but Mother Nature always has the last word and all we can do is make educated guesses.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET
It was one of the more difficult weeks in the early season for this area.  The first two days, of the week, it was again blowing so hard, we couldn’t even get in the pangas.  Just not worth it.  When we did get out, the currents were rolling so strong and fast that we had trouble getting any live bait.  Even the commercial guys couldn’t catch any to sell.
We got some sierra, bonito and hooked a few dorado and that was pretty much it.  Scratchy fishing at best.
Then, later in the week, conditions came together better and we rebounded with some of the best roosterfish of the season with some big trophy fish in the 30-80 pound class right off the sand at the Punta Arenas lighthouse.  All the fish caught on big live ladyfish (sabalo).
Some billfish were also hooked as striped marlin and sailfish seemed to finally wake up.
LA PAZ TAILHUNTER FLEET
This is the area that had been really scratchy the last few weeks while the better fishing had been at Las Arenas.
However, true to form, everything flip-flopped this week!  We actually had far better fishing north of La Paz.
Early in the week!
Near the islands and outcroppings we hit some big cabrilla and pargo.  Lost even more big fish in the rocks including yellowtail and amberjack.  Made up for it with good action on big triggerfish and fat bonito.  Not great fishing, but decent action and a lot of fish lost!  And we also have live mackerel and big sardines which makes a difference.
Around the peninsula near Coyote and Las Cruces we found some schools of 15-25 pound early season dorado!  Some of the largest dorado that we’ve seen all year.
Then late in the week, things flipped again.  Strong currents shut down the bite.  And things went slack again.  Just as the Las Arenas fleets started to find fish!
It’s a guessing game every week.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!  (SEE THE DORADO PHOTOS ABOVE!)

 

Go figure.  Just as I was going to print with the weekly report, our La Paz fleet turned in some big cabrilla, lots of action on triggers and other great reef fish . BUT WHOA!!!!  Suddenly DORADO go off for our Las Arenas Fleet at Muertos Bay!  Best dorado bite of the season and larger than any dorado we generally saw last year!
So, just when I’m whining….Mother Nature has another laugh on me!  SUNDAY was a good day of fishing!  We were due!
A WORD ABOUT FLYFISHING
We really haven’t had many flyfishers yet this season and generally most of our flyfishers don’t come in until later.  But, we’re good friends with some of the flyfishing outfitters who don’t live here, but come to town for a a month or two and bring only flyfishers to fish here.
With all the winds and lack of bait, they’re not doing well.   Several are canceling parts of their season or seeing a big drop off in their bookings. Or their fishermen are having to fish conventionally.  These are outfitters who ONLY do flyfishing.
If you’re coming with a flyrod, my suggestion, as it has always been is to bring the flyrod, but be ready to fish conventionally.  Have fun.  We don’t mind if you grab one of our conventional rods or bring your own.  If the opportunity presents itself, by all means throw the flies.  But, if not, there’s no sense in just sitting in the panga bored or wearing out your arms.
Early indications show it’s not going to be a great flyfishing season so I’d rather be honest than blow smoke and mirrors at you.

Have a great week!
That’s our story!
Jonathan and Jilly
Jonathan Roldan’s

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 7-14, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT VIDEO for May 7-14, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 with 10 being best)

Weather – 4 (Sunny, but so windy the early in the week we had to cancel trips)

Fishing – 4 (when the winds weren’t blowing there was action…when it was blowing not so much)

Fishing Quality – 4 (When we could fish there were some bigger grade yellowtail and other species available, but big fish are hard to put in the boat and some really big fish were lost too!)

 

THE BIG PICTURE

Wow! You don’t see many of these around unless maybe you’re diving! Jessica McPartin of San Diego caught quite the grouper just inside of Bahia de Los Muertos near La Paz in the shallow waters by the reef point fishing with Captain Hugo.

Kevin Shiotani of Thousand Oaks CA has a reputation everytime he comes to La Paz to fish several times a year. He put this huge horse yellowtail in the boat fishing out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos.

One of the best eating fish in our waters! Megan Richman poses with a beautiful cabrilla taken off the rocks just south of Bahia de los Muertos. She was staying at Rancho Costa there.

Winds were down! Lee Hance with a hand from Captain Victor got himself bookends of nice yellowtail today. Lee is from Colorado.

Daniel Shay from San Diego doing it the fun way. Standup on light tackle throwing a popper with his spinning rod rocks an awesome butt-kick jack crevalle! Well done!

I’m told this is Jessica McPatin again with another cabrilla. Kinda hard to tell! But yes, it’s a cabrilla!!!

More nice yellowtail for Megan and friends! Thanks for Rancho Costa and Gary Wagner for the photo again! Bahia de Los Muertos in the background.

MIXED WEATHER – MIXED FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 7-14, 2017

A bit of an up-and-down week for weather and fishing with the two directly related to each other this past week.  Winds were back up, especially during the early part of the week.  They weren’t just up.  They were strong enough that fleets either canceled boats or boats had to come back to shore.  Fortunately, we didn’t have too many folks early in the week or they had enough vacation time so that they could make up the lost days later in the week when the winds diminished…somewhat.

Weather otherwise was pretty nice…except for the winds.  Sunny and warm with highs in the high 80’s.  Nightime lows in the mid-to-high-70’s.
On the days we got out, the bite was mixed. Again, we’re in that transition time between cooler and warmer conditions so the water conditions and the fish species are all over the map.  Most of the catch this week reflected cooler water species since the winds generally kept the fishing closer to shore.
Some nice yellowtail popped taken on live bait or jigs.  Schools of bonito and jack crevalle always made for great action.  Along the reefs, we got into snapper, cabrilla and pargo and hooked (but lost) some larger amberjack. We saw a few marlin that weren’t quite ready to feed yet.  Commercial fishermen saw some fast-moving schools of tuna and we did hook a few smaller bonito.

Forecast for the coming week show some slowing down of the winds, but there’s still some forecast for double-digit breezes and gusts.

That’s our story!  Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day and thank to all you mom’s out there!

Jonathan Roldan’s
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Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 1-7, 2017

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT – May 1-7, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10)

Fishing Quality  – 4 (not many big fish but we are seeing them!)

Fishing Quantity – 6 (lots of action on smaller to medium fish)

Weather – 7 (Sunny but windy and not too hot)

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE FISHING REPORT 

Raquel Johnson from Phoenix AZ on her first trip to La Paz only had one day to fish and scored this nice rooster right off the rocks just outside Bahia de los Muertos with Captain Victor for the Tailhunter Sportfishing Fleet. The fish was released.

Robin Weber from Washington lives in La Paz for part of the year and was trolling a Rapala behind his 75’ sailboat not too far offshore this huge yellowtail slammed him! Between trying to control a sailboat under full sail and battling the big fish he had his hands full, but finally got the fish to gaff. Estimated over 50 pounds.

Hefty barred pargo for our amigo, Gary Wagner from Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

Ben Lindell from La Grande, Oregon on his first trip to La Paz was fishing in Bahia de los Muertos with the Tailhunter Fleet and ran into a thick school of amberjack in the shallows and pulled several out on light tackle as well as big triggerfish!

Gary Wagner helps out Jen Wilson from Colorado with a sunset biter of a big jack crevalle.

WINDS BACK UP BUT GOOD VARIETY AT MUERTOS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 1-7, 2017

 

Weather is warming and a great time to be in La Paz this past week, but lingering winds made fishing difficult in some areas and during various parts of the day.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS

This is where we had everyone fishing this week.  With the winds back up, it was easier to send folks here where fishing was closer to shore; there was variety and action (especially with so many one-time fishermen this week); and there was more protection for the winds.
We had some shots at yellowtail and there were some tuna boils, but none of the bigger game fish showed up.  But, also we had quite a few folks just fishing either for the first time or they just had one day and we wanted them to have some fun and action rather then trying for home runs.
So, we did get into some nice variety.
There were some spots of smaller dorado.  In the structures, we found some nice schools of amberjack, pargo and cabrilla.  Closer to the beaches, pompano and jack crevalle offered some tough battles as well as sierra.
Roosterfish in the 10-40 pound class were found off the shore breaks and in the rocky areas around Punta Perrico.
Another indication that the waters are warming and the season is changing is that there’s marlin starting to show up.  They’re not quite ready to bite yet, but we did get one hooked this week and others were seen.

LA PAZ

 Not much to report.  As stated above, it was easier to just have everyone fish out’ve Las Arenas this past week.  With winds coming from the north and blowing up whitecaps and chop, it was too exposed to fish comfortably.  Nice to have two fleets so that we could move folks over to Las Arenas and still catch fish! It’s supposed to be fun, not an exercise in staying dry and keeping your kidneys from rattling!  No one seemed to mind when we moved them!

That’s our story

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
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Mexico Office: 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico
Phones:
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from Mexico: 044-612-53311
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 24-May 1, 2017

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of  April 24-May 1, 2017

I’m a bit rusty as it’s been 4-months since my last video, but if you’re short on time, here it is in a nutshell!  Forgive my verbal stumbling!

PAST WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Pretty windy at times. Sunny. Daytime temps high 70’s to low 80’s.  Nights high 60’s.

Water – Mostly blue and clear but choppy from winds some days.

Fishing: 5 on a scale of 10.  Good action on bonito.  Big fish, but many lost.  Yellowtail surprised us.

THE BIG PICTURE

Attaching photo of Patty Killian’s big amberjack. She and Tracy Chung were with Capt. Chito and she fought the fish for a long time . As the fish got to the boat and was right next to it, the hook just came out. Simply came out of the mouth.
The fish was flapping on the surface and quick thinking Chito when he realized that moved fast with a long reach and gaffed it quick as it was swimming away from the boat on the surface. You can see where he barely got the gaff in near the tummy. Chito and Patty rocked it. She’s from Portland.

Paul Nagata has some fun with his yellowtail along with buddy Michi Nakota and Captain Pancho who has a big pompano to go along with the forktails. The amigos are from San Francisco.

Now THIS is a big yellowtail because Paddi is 6’5″ and this is a horse of a fish! Caught at the north end of Cerralvo using jigs and fishing with Captain Hugo.

Always cracking up! Jeff Killian from Oregon poses with his nice yellowtail on the beach at Muertos.

From Colorado, Jeff Ferguson, holds a huge sierra! Jeff was staying at the Rancho Costa in Muertos. Thanks for the shot, Gary!

You know the sierra are big when they’re almost…not quite…as big as the yellowtail! Michi Nakota and Paul Nagata have some good eating in store!

Big smiles for Angie Meehan from Montana who just had one day to fish driving up from Cabo San Lucas and had a big jack crevalle to show off plus hooking other fish for her first time on salt water!

Captain Armando and Jeff Killian showing off some of the big sierra we had this week near Muertos.

First yellowtail is a fine one for Michi Nakota getting a hand on the gaff from our buddy, Paul Nagata.

Angie Meehan again from Montana holds up her sierra. She had two dorado on the line, but got away.

John Chung, Captain Armando and Jeff Killian had a pretty good day on the water with some hefty yellowtail and three others got off!

Roosterfish for Jen Wilson from Colorado right inside of Bahia de los Muertos. Caught and released!

If you know how to fish iron, here’s some samples of the iron that worked this week on the yellowtail, but most of the fish were caught on mackerel which are abundant right now.

WIND BACK BUT SO ARE THE YELLOWTAIL!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 24-May 1, 2017

Just when I thought the winter winds were finally behind us and we were forward into the warmth of the season, Mother Nature came up with a (hopefully) final reminder that she can do what she wants and is entitled to be fickle.  After several really nice weeks we were into double-digit winds again for the better part of the week, mostly coming up in the mornings (ugly) then at night (nice…to cool things down).

It was still sunny and a great place to be for vacation, but it did make for some really rough fishing some days.
By the same token, just when it looked like we were into our “warm water species” it was like the clock turned backwards a month or two.  Not a terribly bad thing because we still got some really nice fish.  But they were the cooler water fish that we hadn’t seen in awhile.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY FLEET

What I said above was probably best reflected in our catch this past week from Muertos Bay and working around Cerralvo Island.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen more and more warm water species like tuna, wahoo and such.  Barely any cold water species!
Well, I’m not sure what happened.  As mentioned, the winds did come back but the water surface temperatures stayed pretty warm about 72-75 degrees.  All I can think of is that maybe the turbulence brought up some of the deeper cooler waters from down below so there was a sub-surface thermocline that caused the cold water species to come up and get active.
For sure, not much in the way of the bluewater fish (a few dorado)  but holy cow…we got big yellowtail all of a sudden!  Maybe our best yellowtail week of the year and this is already MAY!  This is what we should have been catching in March!  These yellowtail were 20-40 pound slugs and we probably lost 3 times as many as were caught.  Many went right back to the rocks or simply busted off for other reasons.
Areas at both the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island produced fish willing to eat mackerel, squid, Rapalas and jigged iron. They also showed up just off the rocky areas at Punta Perico and Castillo near the Arenas lighthouse.  These are heavy, healthy powerful fish and the same areas produced pargo and cabrilla as well.  Generally fish we associate with cooler water fishing!
It was’t wide open and it wasn’t every day and some boats struggled ever day despite best efforts from the captains and anglers themselves, but there were quality fish to be found.
In addition, we had some of the largest sierra I have seen in a long time. These were thick long and more like baby wahoo than big mackerel!  Great eating and we just haven’t seen many of them all season until this week.  There’s also lots of bonito for action including white bonito which are great eating and have a soft pink meat not unlike their big cousin tuna.
Some rooster fish around, but hard to tell since not many folks are fishing for them right now and are chasing the more edible fish.

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For our La Paz Fleet fishing straight north out’ve the bay and around Espirito Santo Island, they were most affected by the winds which come mostly from the north making it a rough rough trip to the fishing grounds then getting bounced around until the winds settle down in the day.
There’s a few dorado around, but most of the focus was on the yellowtail and amberjack around the island with a number of big fish lost, but some really nice amberjack in the 30-60 pound class caught.  A few rooster fish around mixed with pargo, cabrilla and triggerfish.

PACK FOR A PURPOSE

Thanks for Paul Nagata and Michi Nakota who hauled down an ice chest full of school supplies, dental supplies  and medical things for our charities! Thanks, guys!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 16-23, 2017

I lke putting first-timers up. Especially great guys like John Pol all the way from Alberta, Canada who told me he had never fished in the ocean and his first fish turns out to be a yellowfin tuna that he battled for 2 hours! Nice start! Next day he rolls a 50-pound roosterfish and his last day, a fat pompano (picture down below).

Darrin Williams is another first timer who came to visit this week and had one day full of bonito bendo then his 2nd day ran into some nice dorado north of La Paz. He’s from the Bay Area and runs a very popular basketball academy in the Bay Area. Check him out on Google. Great to have him visit!

You probably wont’ see many great photos like this one. Great colors and this is what a tuna should look like! Roger Thompson our amigo living in La Ventana was working Cerralvo Island with Captain Hugo and rocked this bad boy on some chunked squid.

Eli Rush poses with about a 45-pound amberjack he took off Espirito Santo Island. Eli is from San Diego. It was a good day of action as they also got into alot of big bonito.

Todd Ross from Granite Bay CA and Ken McConnell from Chico CA are two more first timers who got into the bonito as well as this speedy wahoo while fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.

Amigo Gavin Chun has fished with us several times and shows off some nicer dorado from La Paz as well as one of several nice cabrilla he caught. Gavin is from San Francisco.

Big bonito like this are really tough to pull in, let alone hold up for a photo, but there’s lots of bonito providing action right now like this one in the hands of Julianne Argent from San Diego.

It’s our Canadian amigo, John Pols again, this time with a photo of his big pompano!

NICE WEEK ON THE WATER – FISHING WAKING UP!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 16-23, 2017

Kids here all heading back to school and “spring break” for Mexican kids comes to a close. It’s been a crazy busy two or three weeks with lots of folks on the beaches and on the water as these holidays are actually the largest in Mexico. Even bigger than Christmas in terms of traveling and visiting. It’s also been just great beach weather with highs in the mid-80’s and evenings in the low 60’s.

For fishing, it’s been a decent week. Not great. But not bad either. Lots of action but that needs some explaining. Everyone is catching fish, but we’re still transitioning from winter/ cooler to spring/warmer conditions so the fishing is still mixed up. Those pesky winter winds seemed to have finally calmed down. The last two weeks it’s been great weather to be on the water, but as I write this, the coming week, the winds are coming back up! So, it could be a bumpy week.

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If you wanted action this was a great place to fish all week. There’s tonnage of mackerel and ballyhoo in the bay. Still not much sign of sardines which doesn’t bode well for our fly fishers who have been watching the reports, but most of them don’t show up for awhile when the winds start dying down. Still, the sardines are what we like to see.

However, the schools of mackerel have drawn in big spots of bonito that are just ripping everyone up. It’s great fun, especially for a lot of our first-timers; snow birds; or light tackle folks. A dozen or two bonito a day with every bait hitting the water getting slammed is awesome sport! Most of the fish are getting tossed back to chew again, but there’s also white bonito in the mix which are pretty good eating. So, if your captains suggest you keep a bonito, don’t scrunch up your face! Keep it! Don’t tell folks it’s bonito and they will think it’s tuna! Honest. Seen it happen a lot, especially for the white bonito. Makes pretty good poke and sashimi too!

The other side of the great bonito explosion is that there’s also some nice 20-50 pound tuna in the area and near the south end of Cerralvo. The tuna are deeper and not as as as the scooting bonito! So, often as soon as a bait hits the water, the bonito blow up on it and the bait never has a chance to get down to the tuna or for the lumbering tuna (no slouch for speed) to get up and grab the bait.

However, yes, there’s some bigger model tuna around and we did get a couple. Squid is also working on them as well as the mackerel. Also, we have some wahoo swimming up in the same areas too!

There’s been some rooster fish action along the beaches, but it’s hard to gauge because everyone is out chasing the fast action on the bonito or looking for the tuna, wahoo or other species they can eat.

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For our anglers that fished with our La Paz fleet north out’ve La Paz and around Espirito Santo Island, the effects of the transition from cooler to warmer water is definitely evident.

The cooler water around the island is still holding nice yellowtail, some pargo and cabrilla. We hooked a number of yellowtail this week, but the problem is that these fish are tough and in the rocks and near reefs. So many fish were busted off. You really gotta lean into these fish or you’re gonna end up with some limp line and a frown. If you look at our numbers, it doesn’t look good, but it doesn’t tell the whole story because some big fish got lost.

Outside of the island, waters are warming and the sargasso weeds are starting to build up which are a great haven for the dorado. There’s not a lot yet, but the conditions look great. Blue water and sargasso are a great combo plus bait to eat! We just need the waters to warm a tad. We did get a few nicer mahi-mahi in the 20-pound class near San Juan de la Costa.

There’s some big roosters near the white sand beaches and along the rocks, cabrilla, pargo and triggers are around.

However, just like for our Las Arenas fleet, there’s big schools of bonito. Not only are the schools big, but the bonito are heffers too! Good rod-bending action, but getting through the bonito schools with your bait so you can get other species was an issue all week.

THE REDHEAD IS LOOSE!

First bottle out’ve the first case for a “test drive.”

Jason Hite zoomed down to the restaurant as soon as he heard we had the beer…and his band broke down on the way and he still was there to drink the first official bottle!

We wanted to welcome our new Tailhunter IPA to our Tailhunter Restaurant.  It finally arrived and we have it for sale now at our place on the La Paz Malecon.  It’s our first micro-brewed craft beer with more to follow and we’re excited and really proud to finally have it waiting for you all chilled up!  It’s a micro-brew so it’s being hand-crafted and made only in small batches.  It’s pretty tasty especially on a sunny La Paz afternoon!

That’s our story


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 9-16, 2017

Wade Ichimura from San Mateo CA got bent by this fat yellowfin tuna that ate a live mackerel off the south end of Cerralvo Island east of La Paz. This was Wade’s first trip to fishing La Paz waters. He’s posing for the photo on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

Dylan Steinberg from Manhattan Beach CA happily hoists a fat yellowfin tuna over his head at the Beach at Bahia de Los Muertos near La Paz. The fish was caught off the high spot just south of Cerralvo Island. He was fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet.

Al has himself a big tasty pargo mulatto and he poses with Gary Wagner and their captain inside Bahia de los Muertos. Al is from San Diego and is staying at Gary’s place at Rancho Costa.

Soon Choy and Captain Gerardo from the Tailhunter Fleet pose with a nice yellowfin and a wahoo. The wahoo is bigger than it looks. Captain Gerardo is about 6’3”. The tuna was taken on a live mackerel. The wahoo fell for a trolled Rapala. Soon Choy is from San Mateo CA.

GOOD WEEK TO BE ON THE WATER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 9-16, 2017

Happy Easter everyone!

Overall a really nice week to be fishing or just to be out on the water for Easter week.  Nice sunny weather in the high 80’s with just a bit of breeze and some left over late gusts as winter leaves us.  The beaches were full of vacationers…mostly locals who all take the week off as Easter is a major holiday in Mexico.   It also meant a lot more folks on the water as well with locals, spring breakers, snow birds, etc.  It’s not like Cabo or anything, but there was definitely a lot more going on if you were in town or on the beach.  Just a nice place to have spent the week no matter what you were doing.

Fishing had some good moments.  Nothing spectacular, but everyone caught fish so there was good action.  Especially good since there were so many first-timers, kids and families with lines in the water.   That probably had a lot to do with the quality of the fish caught.  There’s some nice-sized fish out there, but not a lot of them made it to the boats because they were lost.  But that’s fishing!
Take a look at the particulars
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If you look at the actual numbers, it doesn’t look like we had a good week on the water.  If all you looked at were numbers of fish caught, you’d be deceived.  There actually were some very good fish caught!  They just didn’t land many of them!  Big yellowtail and amberjack took lines into the rocks.  Especially true for many of our inexperienced anglers or kids.  These fish don’t “nibble.”  They are freight trains!   So, overall, what came back were a few of this and that.  Some smaller yellowtail. Some jacks.  Some bonito and cabriole.  A few dorado.   Fun days.
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This was the spot for not only better action, but more quality fish.  But again, some really nice fish were lost.  If you were looking for action, there as some massive schools of bonito rampaging through the area so.  This was great for the kids or families or just hanging out on the water because you could spank bonito all day and have a blast until your arms fell off.    Some of these weren’t the regular barriletes.  There were some good eating white and blue bonito in the mix that pass very well for their cousins, the yellowfin tuna.
There were also some big feisty jack crevalle, yellow and red snapper and sierra caught.
There’s a lot of mackerel and ballyhoo in the water right now so using live bait, we did get into some nicer grade 25-50 pound yellowfin tuna off the south end of Cerralvo Island.  Chunked fresh calamari also worked.  These are lively, fast-movers and they surprised a lot of our first-timers with the power.  These are not football tuna!   It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.  There were a lot more boats out there than usual because of the holidays and a lot of boat traffic drives the fish down so we’ll see what happens after the crowds leave.  This could be promising.
Some yellowtail still around as well, but fewer and fewer as the waters warm up.
Also, it looks like the wahoo are still around and willing to hit those dark Rapalas!
That’s our story!
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
 
TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor
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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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“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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