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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 26-June 2, 2023

STARTING TO FEEL LIKE SUMMER FISHING AT LAST!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 26-June 2, 2023

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN FISHING REPORT

WEATHER – Warming up.  Still very very cool and breezy in the mornings and evening but sunny and pretty most days into the high 80’s and low 90’s.  Very comfortable time to be here.

WATER – Definitely clearing up now that the winds are diminishing.  More blue water.  Sargasso weeds building up north of town which draws in the dorado and billfish.

FISHING (Scale of 1-10) – 6

SPECIES CAUGHT THIS WEEK – barred pargo, pargo liso, yellow snapper, dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito, striped marlin, wahoo, dorado, yellowtail, amberjack, pompano, trevally, triggerfish, rainbow runners

LAS ARENAS FISHING – Definitely the spot to get the most species and variety.

LA PAZ FISHING – Better for the most dorado mostly but inshore are the usual, pargo, cabrilla, rockfish.

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Right off the rocks, Todd Beckman from Vancouver WA got his first and biggest roosterfish with Captain Gerardo. It’s a big fatty! The fish was released.

Load of YFT…yellowfin tuna off Cerralvo Island for Andy Harrison and Joe Vondrak who have been with us many years and had a great 3 days.

Oh man…that’s alot of bull! Dorado that is! Chris Salanga on his first trip with us shows off two of his big bull dorado plus there’s another one on the table. But, he only has 2 hands!

Steve Bryan from Seattle, is our roosterfish king. He comes every year for 2 weeks to fish for big roosters and has been here a week and taken about a half-dozen big fish…so far! Other photos of his roosters are in this report. Steve releases all his roosters

Matt and his dad Jason Correia from San Diego started off their 3 days fishing with a super variety of fish with Captain Gerardo. On the cutting table, I see yellowtail, rainbow runner, cabrilla, snapper and pargo!

Kolby Zipperer from Colorado with his buddy Robbie Scales says it’s a “catch of a lifetime” with this striped marlin off Las Arenas. He was hunting the tuna schools when this striper hit the baits. The fish was not able to be released.

Jan and Chris Sommer from Orange Co. CA took home a nice load of fish over 3 days like this full table of dorado and snapper!

Two of the nicest folks…Dave and Diane Kosnowsky…from Washington State always do well fishing with us and show of a couple of dorado they caught with Captain Alfredo with our La Paz Fleet.

First one is a trophy! Matt Correia took this roosterfish not to far off the Las Arenas point and released it!

All the way from North Carolina, Emmett Ball was with Captain Victor when he hooked this colorful bull dorado.

Katie Olson lives up in the Sierra Mountains near Mammoth CA and has been our sweet amiga for many years. This lady knows how to fish and has fished all over the world! Her last day she got  an box full of limits of dorado north of La Paz including a couple of legit bulls.

This is Johnny Stone…always fun to have him down from San Diego and he always gets fish every year like this double-fist of dorado from near Espirito Santo Island

Todd Beckman says he must have caught about a dozen species fishing all week with us. This table alone shows trevally, rainbow runners, snapper, pargo, cabrilla and there might even be a triggerfish buried in there as well!

The “right kind” for Jeff Correia on this legit roosterfish for a quick photo and release.

Steve Bryan with another big catch-and-release roosterfish. He is still fishing a few more days as I write this, but I think he has 7 big fish from last week. All released.

 

Captain Boli gives Jan Sommer a hand and a gaff with another dorado in the box! That’s Espirito Santo Island in the back north of La Paz. Check that flat ocean!

We call this a good start to a week of fishing. Dave and Diane again with some great eating pargo, snapper and even a little yellowtail in there!

Captain Armando is not small. He just looks that way next to Jon Eide and John Vondrak posing with a table of yellowfin tuna.

It might not be the heaviest dorado of the week, but boy…it sure has to be the “longest” dorado of the week and definitely the biggest dorado Steve Bryan has caught in all his years fishing with us. It’s still a beast!

It’s Doreen’s birthday and she has a pretty nice rack of fish on the cutting board to pose with including yellow snapper and some trophy cabrilla.

That’s alot of fish to clean! But, Rey Salanga and nephew Chris had a great day and great week of fishing with super variety like this!

 

Keaton Lesnik and his dad only had 2 days to squeeze in on a quick turn-around trip, but rocks the fish with dorado, cabrilla, snapper, pargo and yellowtail.

Captain Jorge with Jim Elrod and his big dorado!

Chris Salanga and the magic touch for big bull dorado all week!

The dorado fishing north of La Paz ramped up nicely for fish like Jason Correia’s that he put in the boat.

Chris, Captain Pancho and a mess of football tuna to get on ice!

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We are still not quite up-to-speed with where we should be with the fishing but it sure has improved tremendously over the last 2 weeks or so from what we had in April and May!

This all has to do with the weather.  It’s still chilly and breezy in the mornings, but overall the air temps have improved and we’re now in the high-80’s and low 90’s.  Waters have cleared up and we’re finding more blue waters now.  Winds have abated tremendously.

And the fishing has improved as well.

Still a tremendous amount of variety with cold water species like yellowtail, sierra, amberjack, pargo, snapper, rainbow runners and others still in the fish catches with some good sized catches and trophy fish if you want to stay fishing over the rocks and reefs.  This can be all-day fun and action.

However, it’s the other species that are really starting to take off a bit and we’re hopeful it will continue to improve.

Dorado, for one, started showing up in bigger numbers about 2 weeks ago.  Most were school-sized 5-12 pounders. If you found the right school, you could take limits very quickly of eager fish with many smaller fish getting thrown back.

However, the larger models started to make their presence known with with in the 20-40 pound class some some perhaps larger that got unbuttoned or broke lines.

North of La Paz, the sargasso weed patches are starting to form up which is good news to bring in more dorado to the area.

Additionally, it looks like the waters have warmed up enough that the marlin are finally feeding.  For weeks they have been sunning on the surface oblivious to everything.  This week, however, we’re getting some fish willing to finally go!  Blue marlin around Cerralvo Island as well as striped marlin in several areas are now showing up with several hooked, landed and released.   The same areas are also producing some wahoo hook-ups although this past week nothing was landed.  We know the fish are there!

Likewise, with each week, we seem to get more of the large trophy roosterfish.  The smaller 5-10 pounders have been around for weeks, but only the last two weeks are we seeing the bigger models move in to feed on the large ladyfish that have moved into the beach areas as well.  So the big roosters are following their food source.

The nicest surprise were the football yellowfin tuna that popped up for several days.  These were fun-sized 8-15 pounders that put on a nice show. Not big enough to hurt anyone, but alot of fun bending rods and a real treat.  We hope this is a good sign of the start of a tuna season.

We got a full moon this week.  It will be interesting to see how that affects things.  Last month it put the brakes on things, but that was also because we had big winds and strong tides and currents.  We don’t have those right now.  Fingers crossed.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
www.tailhunter.com



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U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 19-25, 2023

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fshing Report for Week of May 19-25, 2023

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN REPORT

WEEKLY RATING – (scale of 1-10).  I give it a 6.  It was about a 3-4 for weeks!

WIND – Finally gave us a break from those gusty cold winds we’ve had for months!

WATER – As winds have diminished, water temps have risen. Water has also gotten clearer and less cloudy.

TEMPS – High 60’s / Low 70’s at night to High 80’s and Los 90’s in the day time.

BAIT – Sardines, mackerel, bullitos, caballitos, strips and chunks or fresh bonito

LAS ARENAS FISHING

Still lots of species, but increasingly more of the warm-water species as the temps rose and winds cut back.  Still getting pargo, snapper, cabrilla and others, but more and larger roosterfish, dorado and wahoo now.

LA PAZ FISHING

Waters stayed largely colder than Las Arenas most of the week, but late in the week temps rose a bit more and we’ve gone from rockfish to more dorado action.

FISH CAUGHT THIS WEEK:

Dorado, marlin, tuna, wahoo, pargo, snapper, grouper, bonito (3 kinds), jack crevalle, amberjack, yellowtail, sierra, rainbow runners, barracuda, cabrilla, triggerfish, roosterfish.

AMIGOS VISITING FROM:  Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Montana, Colorado, South Carolina,  California,  Honduras, Michigan, Wisconsin. We had a full-house!

 

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Finally, some of the larger roosterfish started to show with Captain Gerardo and Ron Woita from Oregon who spent the better part of a week chasing the roosters. Each day they seemed to get a little bigger. Here’s one of the larger models with lots of smiles! All roosters were released all week.

Captain Pancho gives Nancy Enright from San Diego a hand with a good-looking bull dorado!

Technically, our first marlin of the season caught by our long-time amigo, Art Flippin from Colorado who was on his 2nd visit to us. He was here in April as well. The marlin was deep hooked and unable to be released.

Now THIS is a healthy legit big-boy cabrilla! David Noble was on his first trip with us and took this guy just off Espirito Santo Island where we’ve found a number of these larger fish.

All the way from S. Carolina, Dr. Bob Garrison hooked this tasty barred pargo just off the shallow beach near Punta Arenas.

The right kind! It was a good week for the wahoo to finally show up. Lora Burke pulled this ‘hoo off near Cerralvo Island.

Armando with Karl Davis and Don Markus the day the dorado finally started to chew near Las Arenas! They were a little late this year, but finally arrived. Hopefully to stay around a bit!

Marie Wirtz just had the one day to squeeze in a day of fishing and boated a number of species like this roosterfish she photo’d and released!

Somewhere behind the gaff Sue Stanley from San Diego is smiling as she tries to lift her big cabrilla with help from Captain Alfredo.

Yup! We even had some football tuna show up of Cerralvo Island. That’s Ryan and his dad Bruce Bonsack from the Seattle area.

Here’s Ed Aguilar and Kent Markus with a nice variety for their first day on the water including dorado, snapper, cabrilla, pompano and trevally!

Talk about a banner day! On 2 pangas, they caught Mark, Ryan and Bruce Bonsack from Washington caught 5 wahoo and several more were lost!

Texas in the house! Good amigo Allen Cazier with Captain Licho holding the gaff on another of those large cabrilla off Espirito Santo Island.

That’s alot of good looking fish meat on the cleaning table! Matt Shipley from Texas and Kelly Kartchner from Utah have trevally, pargo and dorado ready to get into the ice chests!

First timers Michael and Louise McMichael always had the best smiles. They were on the water that day the dead whale was found floating offshore holding all the dorado anyone could want like these!

I can see Captain Gerardo with a big small and I think that’s Sam Woita from Kansas behind the mask and dorsals of another big roosterfish. (released!)

Bob Stanley from San Diego with a good-looking cabrilla for the fish box with Captain Alfredo lending a hand!

Marie Wirtz and our Captain Victor with a lengthy colorful dorado. She’s from Bend, Oregon.

The story I got is that Denise Peters hooked the fish and fought it, but finally it got the best of her and she handed it to my long-time amigo, Don Peters, who finished off the big dorado. They came to visit us from Oklahoma.

John Pooley and Billy Harrison with some nice variety after their first day on the water with pargo, snapper, cabrilla and triggerfish.

Of course, Lori Thorpe caught the “big one” a nice dorado with Captain Arcangel. Husband Jeff helps the pose. Other species on the cutting table.

Captain Victor and Arthur Wirtz and another rooster for a photos and release.

 

Diane Kosnosky knows how to fish and always puts fish in the box whenever she visits like this solid cabrilla. Diane is from Washington.

 

Ed Aguilar was fun to have visit this week and he nailed this trophy dorado out’ve Bahia Muertos.

 

On the flyrod! Dave Noble with a cute little roosterfish for the photo and release.

Guy Markus and Steve Wright on their 2nd trip visiting us in La Paz started their fishing week with a pargo liso (mullet snapper); a rare barracuda; 2 rainbow runners and a triggerfish.

Jim Elrod from Bakersfield was visiting us for the first time and gets a hand with this dandy bull dorado from his amigo, Luis, to get the great photo.

 

Lots of fine eating and a day full of action for Don, Karl and Captain Armando who has his work cut out for him cleaning all these cabrilla and pargo!

 

We finally strarted to see dorado with our La Paz fleet and around Espirito Santo Island. Asa has one for the fish box and dinner back at Tailhunter Restaurant.

You can’t see her, but Lora Burke is back there helping hold up her striped marlin. They couldn’t release the fish.

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Let’s start by saying that the fishing still is NOT up to where it should be at this time of year.

However, compared to what it’s been like for the past month, it’s a zillion-times waaaaay better!

Here’s the deal.  Just like the winter which was harsh down here, we continued with chilly weather, strong winds, cloudy overturned water and a chillier-than-normal ocean.  That meant really scratch fishing pretty much all of April and May when we should have been getting bit pretty nicely.

Well, this past week the sun got warmer.  The winds gave us a break.  The ocean turned bluer.  The rough current settled down.  And not surprisingly it made all the difference.

If you just look at all the photos or compare them to the previous reports, anyone could tell our fishing was markedly improved.

No doubt there’s still cooler waters down below the surface which produced cold-water species like yellowtail, rainbow runners, amberjack, several species of pargo, sierra, cabrilla (some huge ones!) plus the usual bonito and jack crevalle.

However, with the warmer water, we got more pompano, palometa (trevally), the larger roosterfish, but also the much-desired warm-water pelagic species like some wahoo,;our first few marlin of the season; and finally some dorado!

In fact, one day there was a dead whale near Cerralvo Island. According to one of our anglers, there were “hundreds” of dorado everywhere flashing through the waters and as many as 20 pangas were out there with everyone completely bent and dorado flying everywhere.  Everyone nailed limits of 10-pound class schoolie-sized dorado.

Then, as the week went on, the dorado got bigger with more 20-30 pound fish in the counts!

Then, there were the wahoo.  We knew they were there, but they sure were reluctant to bite.   Well, they finally came to the party.  One day we had 5 back to the beach and another 4-5 lost!  Some of these wahoo were conservatively estimated 50-60 pound fish or larger.

One day, we even had football-sized tuna show up as well.

Additionally, with the bigger ladyfish baits finally swimming along the shallows, not surprisingly the larger roosterfish in the 40-70 pound class also started biting.  We’ve been waiting for several weeks!  But, even without them, there were good numbers of 5-15 pound roosters to have fun.

If the weather continues to improve, I expect the fishing will also improve.

Additionally, the unusual fish arrivals continued!  A few weeks ago, we got rare totuava in the counts.  Illegal to keep so they were released, but those fish are usually found way up 1000 miles north in the Sea of Cortez and I’ve never seen totuava down here.

Then, we got a few more species that I’ve never seen down here in 30 years:

Captain Pancho with a red-bearded-brotula (brotula a la lengua).

A star-studded grouper caught by Mark Bonsack

Lora with another grouper also called a baqueta by locals.

All-in-all an interesting and much better week.  What a difference a week makes!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones: 
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 11-18, 2023

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL – Crazy Fishing!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of May 11-18, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO FISHING REPORT

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN REPORT

OVERALL FISHING (Scale of 10) – 3

WEATHER – Big thermometer.  50’s to 80’s.  Really chilly mornings and unseasonably windy.  Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket you can take off

WATER – Because of the erratic winds, water temps are all over.  Water is also cloudier and greener than usual because of it. Gotta hunt around . There’s warm blue water mixed with the turbid waters.

BAIT – Mostly no problem getting live bait of sardines, mackerel, caballitos, cocineros

FISHING – Really up-and-down.  Different from day-t0-day and boat -to-boat.  Lots of variety, but really gotta work for the fish and find a spot where they are biting.

SPECIES CAUGHT THIS WEEK – pargo mulatto, rainbow runner, yellowtail, amberjack, sierra, bonito, jack crevalle, pompano, trevally, cabrilla, palometa, tuna, dorado, totuava, roosterfish

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

 

Just when I thought the waters had warmed and the yellowtail were gone, Troy Kuzminsky came back with this double haul from the island.

Some dorado starting to move in. Captain Jorge has a thumbs-up for our good amigo, Johnny Chung, from Oregon!

Daniel Bovee comes down every year and does well. He put the first wahoo into the boat for the season off Cerralvo Island.

Just way too cute of a photo. Summer Kuzminsky’s first rooster! She also released the fish!

It’s all about the smiles and good times! Megan Nay from Colorado with her first-ever fish!

Neil Kanemoto from Hawaii on his first trip with us hung ths nice trevally off the rocks with Captain Rogelio.

Captain Armando with two of our funnest amigas from Oregon, Tracy Chung and Patty Killian with quite a variety of rock and reef fish. Alot of it ended up for dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

The “Cabrilla Master.” Glen Adkins hadn’t had a bite all day but right at the end, Captain Edgar put him over a rock pile that produced a half-dozen of these trophy cabrilla. Gorgeous and great eating fish!

Marie Wirtz from Bend OR had just one day to squeeze in for fishing and got this pretty dorado fishing with Captain Victor.

Off Espirito Santo Island, Tom Worley from Colorado got one of the nicer roosterfish of the week for a photo and release.

A slug tuna! Troy was dropping a jig off Espirto Santo Island for yellowtail when he got hammered by this 50-60 pound tuna. He said never ever fought as hard!

Dean Sensui is the TV of of the show long running “Hawaii Goes Fishing” back in Hawaii and shows off a nice little rooster for the camera before putting it back in the water.

Another of our Hawaii brothers who visited us, Mark Mitsuyasu with a taste barred pargo.

Big smile from Crystal Kuzminsky and her roosterfish. We’re starting to see more coming in finally. Crystal released her fish.

Damon Donovan from Reno and dad, Jim Donovan, from Connecticut on the beach with a little yellowtail and amberjack.

Johnny with a fat bonito and Captain Jorge. The bonito have been big fat and feisty this week.

Captain Armando helps Nate Abe get a quick photo of a nice jack crevalle.

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If you’ve been reading our other fishing reports these past weeks, you can tell that it was probably a better fishing week than before just by the increasing number photos.

That’s true to some degree.

Overall, last week was so slow with the full moon and wind that any improvement had to be better and indeed, in terms of numbers, quantity and quality it was an up-tick.

However, we still had to work hard for the fish.

For one, these winds are really chilling things off.  These aren’t the northern winds that blow us off the water every winter.  These winds are from the south and usually warmer, but this whole past month, it’s been darned cold, especially in the mornings.

I’m wearing a heavy sweatshirt and long pants.  Captains have heavy jackets.  Clients are scrambling to Walmart and Sears to buy sweatshirts.  I’m not kidding.  If you’re coming down, it wouldn’t hurt to throw something into the suitcase that you can wear and take off later, because later in the day it turns into sunshine and 85 degree weather.

But the winds have been blowing from the south…then switching to the west…back to the south…now from the north.  It’s all over and un-predictable!

The winds have made it rougher than we normally have it this time of year plus the winds have stirred up the waters so that they are cloudier and definitely colder than usual.

To that end, the fishing has been well…less than stellar.  Being perfectly honest.

No problem getting live bait like sardines, mackerel, cocineros and caballitos.  But, the fishing has been all over the place.  It’s hard to know what will bite or where they will bite. Every day is different.  Every spot is different.  Our captains are busting their chops and burning engine gass working hard to find fish our folks.

Some boats struggle to get a bite.  The boat right next to them is hooking fish in the same spot.  One hot spot turns cold the next day.  We go looking for one species of fish and something totally different shows up.  Some boats struggle all day.  Their friends come back talking about a fun day of action!  Go figure.

On the good side…

This our Art’s 2nd time down this month! He’s been a long-time Tailhunter amigo from Colorado and has a pig of a bonito in this photo.

We’re getting alot of different species.  That is typical of this time of year.  You can just tell by looking at the the photos!   And it’s good to be getting more roosterfish although not yet seeing those big hog roosters.   I think when the larger sabalo (ladyfish) move into the shallows, the bigger roosters will show up as the sabalo are a favorite food for the big gallos.

We also got our first wahoo of the season as well.  We’ve seen them around for several weeks, but haven’t gotten any to stick.  Also, there’s obviously some tuna in the area and billfish as well hopefully ready to go-off soon  Nice to see more dorado as well, which means the waters are warming a bit.

We are also seeing billfish sunning themselves on the surface waiting for the ocean to get a big warmer and hopefully, they get ready to bite!

UNUSUAL CATCH

Daniel Bovee’s totuava!

In the mid 1900’s  you could catch 100-200 pound totuava way up 1000 miles in the northern Sea of Cortez.  San Felipe was well known for these huge fish which are related to the smaller white seabass many southern California ocean fishermen are familiar with.  These fish were massive.  And delicious often described and “buttery” in flavor.  Parts of the fish were also popular on the Asian market as well.

Unfortunately they were also popular sportfish and commercial fish.  Unregulated fishing back then depleted the fish population almost to extinction and hence fishing for them was banned.  It’s now illegal to catch them.  The ones sometimes found on menus are supposedly “farm raised” fish.

However, this past week we caught TWO of them!

Not the massive ones, but still legit 20-pound-class fish.  In my 30 years here in La Paz, I’ve never seen even one of these.  Mostly these fish are relegated far up the Sea of Cortez in cooler waters.  So it was quite a surprise.  Both fish were released.

From what I found out later, there’s a totuava fish farm somewhere in the bay and they have a big fast hole in the net and fish have been escaping.  So this might not be the last totuava we see!

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 3-10, 2023

ERRATIC FISHING FUELED BY CHANGING WIND AND FULL MOON

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of May 3-10, 2023

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather – Big thermometer.  Down into the chilly 50’s (again) up to the high 80’s and low 90’s.

Water – strong winds keeping the waters murky and disturbed.

Fishing – I’d give it at best a 3 on a scale of 10.  One day Las Arenas would be better.  The next La Paz would be better.  Very un predictable.

Species Caught this week:  Pargo mulato, pargo liso, cabrilla, sierra, jack crevalle, bonito, amberjack, yellowtail, tuna (just 1), dorado, snapper, rainbow runner, pompano, trevally

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our Wyoming amigo, Will Dolinar caught and released this pretty rooster just outside of Bahia Muertos. Roosters finally making their way into us. Will was able to releas the fish!

Good guy, Jimmy Williams was at Cerralvo Island just hoping to catch a few pargo and cabrilla for dinner, but saw a bunch of boiling fish and tossed a live sardine into the crashing fish and it ended up being this slug yellowfin tuna. Good thing Jimmy is a good fisherman because he ended up fighting this fish for 2 hours on 30 pound test!

Chuck Toeniskoetter gets photo-punked by his favorite Captain Victor as the show off some nice pargo liso, a trevally and some sierra. Chuck gave all the fish to Victor and the family.

Jimmy also surprisingly pulled this bull dorado off the island as well. There’s a few starting to swim around. Definitely, the largest of the week. Hopefully, more to come!

Definitely a good day. Stan Andre and Terry Hawk have been fishing with us for years and had a banner day on the tough pargo liso plus a trio of snapper. They donated all the fish.

Nice smiles and cold beers in hand from Donna and Will with a nice rack of yellowtail, amberjack, cabrilla, snapper, pargo and triggerfish. Pretty much a great catch of reef fish that they brought over to our Tailhunter Restaurant to have prepared for dinner.  Many thanks to them as well for bringing me some fresh real butter from the U.S.  Totally gold down here!

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Just when I thought things were starting to take off for our fishing season, we hit a bump in the road.  It was like we had taken the proverbial “two steps forward and one step back.”

But, there’s no controlling nature.

It was combination of things that hampered fishing.  I don’t want to sugarcoat things.

First, the winds came back.  Not those crazy northern winter winds that blew us all around for 5 months.  But, erratic winds that seemed to blow from different directions all during the days.  Sometimes from the south.  Sometimes from the west.  It might be a morning wind or an afternoon northern for a few hours that turns the water into white caps.   Totally unpredictable.

And some days there was no wind…

However, the windy effect not only dropped the ambient air temperatures (it got chilly and nippy again) but moreso, really turned over the waters and clouded them up again.

On top of it, we had a massive full moon this week.  Normally, I don’t worry too much about full moons, but in combination of the winds, we got a double whammy as it produced some strong tides and currents.

The overall effect was a mixed and unpredictable bag of fish.

I’ll be honest, some days were incredibly slow and picky with the fish simply refusing to chew.  Other times, a regular hot-spot would go cold.  Or one boat would find fish and the boat right next to it would struggle mightily.

The catch seemed different from day-to-day.  We got cabrilla, snapper, sierra, bonito, jack crevalle, amberjack, rainbow runner, pompano, trevally and triggerfish.  There were a few smallish yellowtail here and there, but overall, I think the waters have warmed and the yellowtail have moved off.  There were also a few dorado and one tuna hooked, but nothing to get too excited about with no further hook-ups.

Those big pargo liso that were schooling were biting earlier in the week then disappeared.  We’re seeing a few billish on the surface, but not yet willing to bite.  Hopefully, soon!

Roosterfish in the 5-20 pound class have moved in.

That’s my story

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 25-May 2, 2023

BIG SPAWNING PARGO BENDING RODS IN SHALLOW WATER 

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 25-May 2, 2023

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN REPORT AT A GLANCE:

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WEATHER – 65 to 85 degrees.  Cold windy mornings

FISHING – (Scale of 1-10) – 4  but getting better.  Lots of variety.  Las Arenas has been better than La Paz

WIND – Still being a pain, but it’s now coming from the south instead of the north which are the real problematic winds.  South is manageable.  But it’s keeping the waters cool and somewhat cloudier than we would like.

TYPES of FISH CAUGHT THIS WEEK:

Yellowtail, amberjack, pargo liso, pargo mulato, dog tooth snapper, cabrilla, rainbow runner, triggerfish, bonito, jack crevalle, roosterfish, parrotfish, sierra.

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MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Fresh one in the boat! Stan Andre has been with us numerous times over the years and he’s hooked ’em, but never able to land one of these tough pargo. He got several this week to break the jinx!

Oh the sheer joy! Great photo of Jan’s first fish with a photo assist from Captain Pancho.

Love these guys! Been coming for years. Steve Halgrimson and Chuck Toeniskoetter got quite a variety on the table of pompano, snapper, pargo and trevally! Threw back a bunch too!

Dan Shay always does well on his spinning rod. He chummed up some yellowtail at the island and cast his jig into the middle of the boils and had this nice forkie blow up on his lure!

These are horses! (The fish…not the guys!). Terry Hawk and Stan Andre with two more legit pargo liso in the boat!

Jan and Art…fished with us a week ago and came back to catch more pargo. Art made the mistake of trying to fish the pargo with light line and missed several other fish in the rocks!

I suppose the biggest news is that it’s still windy!

But this is different.  It’s not those dastardly northern winds that blew us around all winter and kept everyone off the water. These are southern winds that are alot more manageable.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the winds are making for some crazy chilly mornings even though it warms up to the mid-80’s the rest of the day.  All of us are wearing jackets and sweatshirts in the mornings.  I kid you not!  If you’re coming down soon, it wouldn’t hurt to bring something you can take off later!

What the winds are doing is keeping the waters on the cool side and making the ocean alot murkier than we would prefer.  That’s the part that’s affecting the bite.

That’s not to say we’re not catching fish.

We’re catching quite a variety of species!  However, where and when you fish has alot to do with the results.  This past week, the fishing out’ve La Paz was so-so at best.  The yellowtail largely got lock-jaw and wouldn’t bite which I think had alot to do with the winds and erratic seas.  So, most of the catch was a smattering of rock and reef fish.

On the other hand, our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet did remarkably better with a super variety of species that included jack crevalle, bonito, smaller roosterfish, sierra, amberjack, yellowtail, cabrilla, rainbow runner and several species of pargo including the big pargo liso (mullet snapper) that school up in the shallows this time of year and can give anglers fits.

In the photos, some of them might not look that big, but they can pull as big as fish 3x their size and are equipped with sharp teeth; sharp scales and gill plates plus quickly pull you into the rocks because these powerfish fish are in the shallows.  They also have a really bad attitude!  I often tell our anglers, if you hook 5 or 6 of them and get one to the boat, you’re doing pretty good!

This wasn’t from this week, but this is about a “medium” sized one just to give you an idea. This is the kind that can leave you in tears!

A few dorado swimming around.  A few tuna noticed by the commercial anglers and we’re seeing our first billfish of the season starting to sun themselves on the surface but not yet quite ready to chew!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas / Muertos Bay / Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 17-23, 2023

ACTION IMPROVES AS WINDS DIMINISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of April 17-24, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

The pargo or schooling and spawning in the shallow and exciting to see but real horses to try to pull out’ve the rocks. However, Mike Luna from Utah got this big guy out while fishing with Captain Victor! They are often willing to bite ,but most are lost because of sharp teeth and scales and they head back to the rocks! Nice catch!

We’ve know Cole Chavira since he was about 3 feet tall. He’s from the San Diego area and an excellent angler who has been in La Paz a zillion times. He picked up this roosterfish on the east side of Espirito Santo Island. Nice to see the roosters start to move in. The fish was released.

Our amigo, Doctor Art Flippin, had just one day to fish and was drifting the shallows over the rocks fishing for cabrilla and pargo and got surprised by this nice bull dorado. Art looks kinda happy! He did also get pargo, jacks, cabrilla and rainbow runner as well.  Art lives in Colorado.

Big smile from Sophia with a tasty barred pargo ready for the fish box. Tough fighting fish, but great eating!

Captain Victor has a smile as he tries to help Rita Luna with her rainbow runner. Cousins to yellowtail, the fish are schooling up over the shallow areas right now and make great sashime and cooked up as well.

Our long-time amigo, Mark Bonsack from Washington comes down several times a year and is an excellent angler. He had just one day to fish, but rocked it with two hefty pargo liso. Tough to pull out’ve the rocks and most fish are lost. As a matter of fact, Mark says they broke off 4 others!

I think I’m coming over for fish tacos. Our amigo, Jimmy Williams was with Phil Desautels and Phil Perrone and I see dorado, ca brilla, pargo and yellow snapper on the table. They got hit by the winds, but these guys have experience and were able to hide in a cove and found a honey hole of fish!

East side of Cerralvo Island is a light tackle mecca. Art Flippin has a slugger jack crevalle he caught and released. The jacks are cousins to the roosterfish and fight just as hard, but don’t have the “mohawk” dorsal fin.

Mike Luna with Captain Victor on the beach. Check out the two nice pargo liso and the rainbow runner on the table, but the HUGE palometa (trevally) on the table is also a trophy fish!

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It’s all about the wind.   It’s been that way all winter.

But finally, after a horrendous few months, the winds seem to be diminishing somewhat.  Fortunately, during those crazy rough months, I warn folks about the winds so we don’t have too many anglers.   But this week, the season started to kick in just in time as the winds cut back back on us a bit to allow for some decent fishing.

Early in the week, we got into quite a variety of fish.

It looks like the big pargo have come inshore to spawn.  These tough fish are schooling over the rocks and are difficult fighters but great sport.  Even the smaller 5-10 pounders can be brutally frustrating with their sharp teeth and scales plus their ability to get back into the rocks.  We did get some larger 15-25 pounders, however, and many were lost to the rocks.

The same areas also held rainbow runners, barred pargo, snapper, smaller yellowtail, amberjack, cabrilla as well as bonito and jack crevalle making for some excellent fulls-speed action.   As well, we’re starting to see some roosterfish in the area up to about 20 pounds plus a few free-swimming dorado moving into the area which keeps it promising.

Later in the week, the winds kicked in again and the only folks out on the water enjoying were the kiteboarders and windsurfers.

Check out this video of the channel in front of Cerralvo Island (turn up your volume)!

It was blowing even stronger before this video was taken.

It should get calmer with each passing week.  Fingers crossed!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 9-16, 2023

WINDS DIMINISHING (SOMEWHAT) – FISHING IMPROVING (SOMEWHAT)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 9-16, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our San Diego friends, Maureen and Skip got a couple of nice yellowtail to take home fishing with Captain Victor.

Russ Osterstein got a pretty early season dorado just off the rocks outside of Bahia Muertos where he was staying at Rancho Costa at Gary Wagner’s place.

Sometimes, it’s not the size or quantity, it’s just about having fun. Sage Fleener and his dad had just one day to fish and wanted to take light spinning tackle to fish the rocks. Had a kick with over 30 fish hooked including 7 or 8 species. They released everything except a few for dinner.  See the photo below of Sage with Captain Jorge!

Just so much fun on light tackle! Another hook-up! This is all-day fun!

From Colorado, Chris Bee with a legit yellowtail headed for the kitchen at Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos.

Skip and Maureen Coomber with some of their friends and a varietal catch. That’s FOG in the background!

With daytime temps hitting the low 80’s now, it finally started to feel like spring with a tinge of summer thrown in as winds (at least for now) diminished enough to get some folks out on the water.

As mentioned numerous times, this has been the windiest and roughest winter we can remember in our 30 years in La Paz.   Normally, November to April is our off-season because it’s just too crazy on the water more-often-than-not.  However, this past winter has been historic.

We’re not quite done with the winds yet,  but at least for this past week, there were enough calmer days where the winds abated and we got folks out on the water.

We actually sent our first boats of the year with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet to try fishing north of the city where there had been a good jag of big yellowtail.  However, some boats got blown out one day and another day, it was calmer.  But the fish just weren’t going to have any of it and lock-jawed on us resulting in just a few bonito.  Not just us, but boats from other fleets as well.

By far, the better bite remained with our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet pushing out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Jack crevalle on light tackle will pull you out’ve your socks and great fun. Maureen has a big smile!

There was a nice mix of yellowtail, snapper, bonito, jack crevalle, cabrilla, pargo, sierra and even a few small roosterfish and dorado making for some nice action.   No tuna to report, but that could also be because the yellowtail have been the focus being so close inshore or over the reefs and much more ready to bite.

A bonus included some spectacular whales breaching as well.   Pretty thrilling to be so close to shore and seeing these great animals i the water!

Bonus whale breaching! Great shot and hard to catch on camera!

Looking at the extended forecast, the winds aren’t quite done with us yet.  However, with each passing week, it usually gets a little better as we head towards the summer months.

One interesting thing happened this week.  Crazy weather continuing as our anglers encountered FOG!  Yup…real thick clinging fog!  In my 30 years on the water in La Paz, I think I’ve run into Fog maybe twice.  You just never know!

COMING HOME!  FIND MY SHORTS ‘n’ FLIP FLOPS!

After almost 4 months on the road, we’re just wrapping up our final show here in Indianapolis, Indiana at the NRA Convention.  That means I’m finally coming home to La Paz.  Big thanks and shout out to everyone who came to see us at all the shows across the U.S. every week to say hi and all the crazy good hospitality, smiles, grins and laughs and for those of you coming to visit, we’ll be waiting for you in La Paz!

By the way…who knew?  Never been to Indianapolis before and had no idea what to expect.  Hey, Indy…we are totally enamored with you! What a great city to visit.  Great folks.  Great restaurants.  Zero traffic.  Incredibly clean and so much history as well.  We’ll be back soon and hopefully not working.  It bears much more exploring.  Thanks for having us!

We still have some openings this year so get in touch with us before we’re completely sold out!

Write me: Jonathan@tailhunter.com

 

Also, thank you so much to everyone for all the good wishes ya’ll sent to Jilly on her birthday.  We had to work and travel, but we had (and continue to celebrate all week) a great time!  She just keeps getting mo’ bettah!  I’m blessed!

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for March 28-April 6, 2023

UP DOWN (AND SIDEWAYS) FISHING ACTION

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Mar. 28-April 6, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

A bit longer than normal because there was alot to catch up on, but hope you find it interesting!

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

These barred pargo can be awfully tough to pull out’ve the rocks and are great fighters, but super tasty on the table, especially cooked up whole. Russ Osterstein was staying at Gary Wagner’s Rancho Costa at Bahia Muertos when he got this pair.

Katie Delsaso and her amiga have big smiles posing with this legit pair of spring-time yellowtail while at Rancho Costa.

John Saggese had only one day to squeeze in for fishing and hit one of the least windy days when he was out with Captain Armando from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz. The day paid off with this legit yellowtail.

Debbie Jackson got her crew of amigos out with us on one of those lucky days when the winds gave us a little brake and resulted in a nice variety of yellowtail, sierra, bonito and dorado.

Some great eating as this nice sierra ended up as fish tacos in La Paz. It was caught by Sara McCarthy fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz just off Punta Arenas.

Sorry this one is once again later than usual!

For almost 30 years, I’ve tried to do these every week, but as many of you know, we’ve been on the road now for almost 4 months doing the fishing and hunting shows and just finished our more recent show in Long Beach CA at the Bart Hall Fishing & Boating Show.  The reports are hard to do after 4 or 5 days talking in the booth for 10 hours or so and coming back to a hotel room or driving several hundred miles a day.

Well, I lost my voice about a month ago at the Pacific Coast Sportsmans Show…I still haven’t gotten it back fully and then came down with a case of bronchitis, a low-grade fever and several other crazy ailments from just a little too much wear-and-tear from all those road miles and shows.

On top of all that, well…

Even I get tired of saying there’s really been no fishing because it’s been windy and rough plus, I wanted to wait a tad until I at least had something to report.

So, that’s my excuse.   And I’m sticking to it.  We have one more show to do (more on that below) and plus the weather is getting better and the fishing season will soon kick in full-speed so we’ll get back to our regular schedule.

Plus…I’m headed home to La Paz finally!  Gotta get fishing!

In a nutshell…Fishing is still up-and-down relative and dictated by how much wind is blowing and how rough the seas happen to be.  Not much of anyone out fishing which is few and far between trying to figure out which days will be the least windy and even then fishing can be difficult or, in extreme cases, simply having to cancel the trips completely.   More wind on the way.

However, in most years, as we get closer to May, the winds calm down.   Right now, the trick is figuring which days the wind won’t blow because there are definitely some fish to be caught and if the winds finally abate,  would not be surprised if fishing blows up nicely!

For now…Catches have been mostly inshore to include sierra, jacks, bonito, snapper and some larger yellowtail from 10-30 pounds.   Some dorado also thrown in here and there.
Oh…one exciting piece of news.  Got our first roosterfish of the season!

Young Mr. Meadows had a bit of thrill with this roosterfish which he released.

LAST SHOW FOR THE TAILHUNTER 2023 ROAD TOUR

What a great time we had at the Long Beach Convention Center last week at the Bart Hall Fishing & Boating Show.  After a 3 year-hiatus, the show was great fun and thank you to so many of our friends who came by to say hi and book with us to visit in 2023!

Now…our last show of the year is something really different.

We’re headed to the NRA (National Rifle Assoc.) Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this week for a 3 day show April 14-16 (Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday).   It seems like a short show and awfully far from any ocean, especially us in Mexico.   However, they are expecting some 90,000 visitors from ALL OVER THE WORLD at the show.   YEOW!  So, this should be interesting.

If you’re in the area or even if you’re not, come check out this huge show and all the interesting exhibits!

Here’s more info.  Click the link!

https://www.nraam.org/

 

After that, we finally get to go home in La Paz and we’ll see ya’ll there!

Hope you and yours have a safe, happy and peaceful Easter!

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Mar. 18-27, 2023

WINDS BACK – FISHING NO BUENO AGAIN

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 18-27, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Honestly, not a tremendous amount to report other than to apologize that it took so long for me to put together a new report.   I try to do them weekly, but circumstances prevented it.

For one, since our last report, we did a nice show in Bakersfield CA at the Kern Co. Fairgrounds, but I was still suffering the effects from the show the previous week.  At the Orange Co. Pacific Coast Sportsmans Show, I lost my voice the very first day!

It reduced me to painfully trying to shake hands and squawk trying to be heard above the din.  My voice still has not recovered so it was difficult to make our weekly video.  Further, somewhere in the interim, I also caught some kind of upper-respiratory crud that layed me low.

So, many apologies!

But, to be up-front, you didn’t miss much.

The winds came roaring back in Baja and you wouldn’t have recognized some of the famous picturesque beaches that are usually flat calm…like lakes…but reporting 4-8′ waves crashing onto the shore and lots of white-caps.

We did have a handful of hearty folks who booked despite my warnings, but ultimately, had to cancel.  One that did make it out, just got a few bonito.

However, by the end of the period, there were some small windows allowing some of our folks to get out and get into that nice yellowtail bite we’ve been having as well as some sierra and other inshore species.

But that was pretty much it.

And as the umpteenth storm moves towards California again,  we’re expecting more wind in the coming week.

BART HALL FISHING & BOATING SHOW – LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER

Another big reason I need my voice this week…

After a 2 year Covid hiatus, the famous Bart Hall (formerly Fred Hall) Fishing & Boating Show takes place this week from March 29-April 2nd.  That’s Wednesday to Sunday.  A huge 5-day event in the Long Beach Convention Center.

This will be the 76th year for the show and it promises to be a super show for everyone.  Bring the family.  Kids are free.  Tons to see in fishing, boating, camping and the outdoors!

Jill and I will be in the booth all 5 days and would love to talk to you.

Also, for the first time on our show circuit this year, we will have a limited number of our logo t-shirst and hats in various styles and colors.  Long sleeve and short sleeves too!  Including our roosterfish logo and our O.G. Blue Mermaid that first appeared almost 30 years ago and is rarely offered.

When we run out…that’s it!

Everything $20 cash.

That’s our story!

We’ll see you in Long Beach!

Jonathan

Jonathan
 
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 10-17, 2023

WIND SLACKS – YELLOWTAIL and MORE BUST LOOSE!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Marc. 10-17, 2023

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Not a bad day! 3 yellowtail and a dorado headed for the ice chest for Pepe and Miguel!

Jorge Romero…has a well-deserved grin after landing this hefty yellowfin fishing at the southend of Cerralvo Island off the high spot where tuna as well has yellowtail have been breezing. He took advantage of lowered winds to get across the channel.

Captain Victor poses with Curtis Popp and his yellowtail joined by his family on the beach at Bahia Muertos.

Gary Wagner at his place at Costa Baja at Bahia Muertos. Gary has a knack for landing trophy cabrilla.

It must be the great shirt! Using both jigs and caballitos, Jorge shows off his catch of yellowtail and a singular tuna. He said he lost another 4 big fish in the rocks.

 

Scott Kratzmann and Steve Kehler had a nice bit of action squeezing in one day of fishing with several smaller yellowtail, bonito, sierra and Scott said they lost several other fish.

 

Miles Wagner with a toad yellowtail and a big smile. Staying at his dad’s place at Muertos Bay at Rancho Costa. Miles is from Colorado Springs CO.

What a difference a week or even a day-or-two makes!

It’s been one of the coldest, windiest roughest winters than we can remember in our almost 30 years in La Paz and it’s been close to impossible to get on the water, let alone to fish!  That’s why, even in a normal winter year,  we consider November to April to be off-season.

However, we know there are fish out there and really for the first time in months, we had a few days of manageable winds and calmer seas as the gusts diminished enough for locals and visitors to get out on the water.

It was some of the best fishing we’ve seen in a long time.

We knew yellowtail had moved into the area, but for a few days this week, they were crashing the boats all over the La Paz area!  North, south and east sides of Cerralvo Island were hot as well as points around Espirito Santo Island.  Areas near Bahia Muertos, Punta Perrico and Punta Arenas also produced fish that ran from 10-40 pounds with many fish lost in the rocks, reefs or just because it’s like hooking a freight train!

A nice day’s catch laid out o the cutting table of yellowtail.

As well, some nice-grade 30-70 pound yellowfin tuna were also hooked.

Many of these are areas we could not have gotten to if the winds were blowing so the wind was really the dispositive factor.

The fish ate a variety of live baits including sardines, mackerel and caballitos.  They were also willing to hit y0-yo and knife jugs plus trolled deep-running Rapalas , Yo-zuris and Nomads.

Inshore, there was some great action as well on cabrilla, sierra, jack crevalle, bonito and snapper.  Plus some free-swimming dorado were also boated.

The captains have their work cut out for them…so to speak. Lots of fish to clean and fillet! It’s a good thing!

GRANDADDY COMING UP!

Just finished a fun show at the Kern Co. Fairgounds in Bakersfield with the Central Valley Fishing Boating and RV show.  Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi and chat us up at the booth about coming to fish in La Paz.

Now, it’s onto one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year.  It’s back!  It’s been the big show for 75 years!

Long Beach Convention Center for the Bart Hall Fishing and Boating Show.

After a 2-year hiatus, it’s back and promises to be a super show.  Great gear, boats, RV’s, seminars, activities and more!  We’ll be in the booth a full 5-days from Wednesday to Sunday!  Come see us!

Click the link!

BART HALL SHOW LONG BEACH

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.com

Mexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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