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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.

TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET

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.

TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET

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
TAILHUNTER LA PAZ FLEET
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.
TAILHUNTER LAS ARENAS FLEET
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
 
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muerto Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 2-9, 2017

Jeff Brown from Minnesota on the 2nd of two weeks fishing with us and Captain Joel scored his share of nice yellowtail like this one off Espirito Santo Island, but still left enough in the water for future trips (He comes every year!) as a number of fish took ’em into the rocks! Yellowtail are tough fighters!

Now that’s a nice day of trophy cabrilla! Fishing with Captain Hugo they’re posed just inside of Bahia de los Muertos, it’s our good friends Roger and Donna Thompson with their amigo. Some great eating!

Tanner Whitmarsh from San Diego had himself a good few days of fishing (see other photos below) while staying at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay including a number of nice roosterfish like this beauty. Catch and release!

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa always gets fish and poses with a huge jack crevalle just off Punta Perrico rocks where nice schools of these jacks hang out. The fish was released.

Iron man, Roger Thompson from Long Beach and La Ventana was fishing the iron dropping a Salas 6X blue and white at the north east side of Cerralvo Island when he got chomped by this big boy cabrilla! Captain Hugo to the head to make the soup!

Kayak fishing can be pretty productive over the reefs just off the beach in Bahia de Los Muertos. Check out Tanner Whitmore with his two giant barred pargo! Thanks for the photos, Gary Wagner.

Two fishing brothers, Rod and Jeff Brown. Rods from Alaska and Jeff’s from Minnesota and always come to fish with us every year for a few weeks. They pose with a couple of nice yellowtail with Espirito Santo Island in the backgrounds. They also got cabrilla and snapper, but Rod tells me that over the two weeks alot of fish rocked them and busted off. All these fish hang out in rocky structure.

Donna Thompson with another big cabrilla makes the report again!

San Diego in the house! Trever and Tanner Whitmarsh with more of those nice barred pargo from just off the beach at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

NICE MIX OF QUALITY FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 2-9, 2017

Happy Easter everyone! 

In all honesty, not a bad week.  Not a great week, but not a bad week either.  Unless you counted lots of bonito for great action or a fun day to just get bent or take out the kids (lots of folks on Easter break), there were not alot of fish.  However, the quality of the fish we caught were pretty impressive. So it was a week of quality over quantity with some nice trophy fish taken.  For a good number of our clients, they got personal bests…largest fish ever!  

Also, week-by-week, the winds are diminishing from the crazy erratic winter we endured…as did much of the western continent.  So, although we had a bumpy windy day or two, for the most part, they were the exception, not the rule and looking at the coming week, that pattern looks like it’s gonna continue.  We’ll be having more calm days than windy let’s-just-stay-on-the-beach days!

If you’re coming down, keep in mind that Holy Week is really a busy week in Baja.  Not only are folks jammed down for spring break, but it’s also a really big holiday week for Mexico as well.  Many families travel back to visit friends and relatives in Mexico plus many locals take the week off and expect the beaches to be jammed with campers, picnickers, boaters and more.  This is probably NOT the week if you’re looking for piece and quiet at many beaches that are normally deserted so be prepared and join in the fun.

LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY

Not much in the way of pelagic species.  We chased the tuna and wahoo and hoped for dorado, but nothing stuck.  However, the inshore action kept things interesting with some sweet rooster fish between 20 and 40 pounds plus some big-boy snapper and pargo…especially the cargo mulatto (barred pargo).  Just for fun and action, there were alot of bonito which folks had fun with “til’ my arms hurt!”  So that made for some good rod bending. 

Also, there’s some huge cabrilla (Mexican sea bass) and jack crevalle over the shallow reef areas near Punta Perrico and then at Cerralvo Island.  Our guys slow trolling Rapalas or dropping iron and jigging really did some great fish. 

Still no sardines to speak of but there’s ballyhoo, mackerel and caballitos. 

LA PAZ

This is where our larger fish were this past week.  Some hefty slugger yellowtail up to 40 pounds ended up in the boxes, but probably twice as many fish took guys into the rocks or ripped up the tackle.  Also some nice amberjack as well in the same areas up to about 20 pounds were in the counts.  One guy on his first trip told me, “these ocean fish don’t nibble!”  Right.  This isn’t trout fishing.  These fish slam and head right back down to the structure and if you don’t lean into them and pull hard, you’re already toast!

There were also some nice yellow snapper, pargo and cabrilla caught as well as some smaller dorado. 

That’s our story!  God bless for a safe, happy and peaceful Easter and Easter week!

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

 

TAILHUNTER FISHING FLEET #1 Rated on Trip Advisor

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

 

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Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

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https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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

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

 

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Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of MARCH 19-26, 2017

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

 

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Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report: 

https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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

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

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

 

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Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

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

Phones: 

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-53311

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

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

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