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La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report from Tailhunter International for Week of Nov. 16-23, 2014

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Jesse had one day to squeeze in for fishing and made the most of it with a nice rack of dorado to put in the freezer. If he’s not smiling, it’s cuz he told me had had a wahoo estimated at 60 pounds all the way to the boat before it broke loose!

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Yes! There’s crazy roosterfish still around. They started showing up about a month ago and have been running up to about 50 pounds! Brian Mee from Eastern Washington was fishing light tackle and shows off a great sampel of the kind of roosters we’re getting. This big boy was released!

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Carlos Cifuentes had never been fishing before he tried a day on the water with our Tailhunter Capt. Armando fishing from Bahia de los Muertos! They got 4 nice dorado and lost several others prompting Carlos to laughing tell us, “My shoulders are so sore! I never caught fish before like this!”

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Some of the wahoo we’re getting are just minutes from leaving the beach just around the corner from Bahia de Los Muertos. Captain Jorge put the guys into this fat ‘hoo!

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Our gran amigo, Art Savedra, the famous “Captain Hook” was here working the Baja 1000 race but stayed a few extra days to get in some fishing and scuba. He’s here on the beach with Captain Armando and dinner!

 

 

DORADO STILL AROUND BUT OTHER SPECIES HELP OUT AS COOLER CONDITIONS COME IN!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 16-23, 2014

A bit windier this week with a few days that were really bouncy, but still overall really pleasant conditions.  But, as we get closer to winter we’re going to see more winds and especially winds from the north.  But, for that very reason is why we’re doing most of our fishing from Las Arenas right now since we can launch from the beach at Bahia de Los Muertos where we’re a bit more protected from the winds and it’s also easier since the fishing is much closer…like RIGHT THERE!

I’m not kidding.  We’re getting a variety of fish within minutes of where we launch.  The bay itself is holding some decent rooster fish up to about 40 pounds.   By the northern point of rocks, there’s jack crevalle and cabrilla.  As soon as you pass the point, drop the lures and there’s always the possibility of wahoo literally within a hundred yards of the rocks!  Go south or just outside to the buoys and you can hit dorado.

Anywhere in between, there’s also the chance of more wahoo, billfish (sails mostly), pargo, and bonito.  Great variety and in between these gusty days, conditions are about as pleasant as you could want with air temps in the low 80’s and water temps just about the same.  Just be flexible on your fishing days, if you can, in case the day you want to go out looks like the wind is going to kick in.

Keep an eye out as well. There’s so much sea life out there.   Schools of dolphin…sea turtles…whalesharks…blue whales…manta rays.  Pretty incredible time to be in La Paz!

A LITTLE THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM US

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We just wanted to take the time to wish you and your family a very peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.  We’ve had a crazy tumultuous year here in La Paz.  Mother Nature did what Mother Nature does and not much to be done about it except roll with it and try to keep smiling.  Crazy El Nino year affected the fishing.  Storms and hurricanes.  Winds and heat…we pretty much had it all.  But, through it all, so many of you kept us smiling and laughing and remembering how very blessed we are to even be here.  Thanks for your support.  Thanks for your patience.  Thanks for your friendship.  Tailhunter tribal family is the best!  God bless you all!

That’ our story!

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Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report from Tailhunter International for Week of Nov. 17-24, 2013

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Another good week for billfish surprisingly for so late in the season. Raul Chollet with Captain Armando got his first marlin. We got quite a few billfish and almost all of them were released. This one was taken just off Punta Perico.

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From Wyoming, Rick and Amy Kasper always do well fishing with us. They got into a nice school of dorado just off Las Arenas. Dorado are getting more scarce as the waters cool, but so far, we’re still finding roaming schools.

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Benny Salgado is often seen playing lead guitar with the Tailhunter Restaurant house band on Friday nights. He went fishing with us for the first time ever on the water and first time fishing. His first fish ever…a striped marlin!

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Raul Chollet has another dorado for the panga. Most of the dorado this week were the 8-20 pound class fish, but they’re hungry and voracious!

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Even though it’s almost December, there’s still roosterfish in the water! Captain Jorge with Amy Kasper just inside Bahia de Los Muertos caught and released this roosterfish.

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Many thanks to our long-time amigo, Bill Boyce (orange shirt) who brought his great camera crew down this week to fish with us and film for his popular TV show “IGFA Saltwater Adventures.” They got some great footage and had some fun with our folks!

BLUE WATER SPECIES STILL HOLDING!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Nov 17-24, 2013

It wasn’t a spectacular week of fishing, but given the time of the year, it wasn’t a bad week either and there were some very good catches. It’s just that seasons are changing and water temperatures are dropping taking with it more and more of the warm water species.

But, still, we had OK numbers of dorado. Limits were harder to come by, but everyone still got a few dorado between 8 and 20 pounds. There were also some decent surprising roosters around near the Las Arenas lighthouse with most fish between 10 an 30 pounds. We also still have decent numbers of billfish around as well. Every day we got at least 1 or more hook-ups on sailfish or marlin with most fish either breaking off or getting released. All of these species are somewhat unusual to still be biting this late in the season so these catches are treats. More likely, we should be fishing for more inshore species like cabrilla, sierra, jack crevalle and pargo.

I imagine, as the waters continue to cool and winds get stronger, we’ll be fishing more and more for these inshore species.

One really nice spark this week were the appearance of wahoo. Mid-week, we got into a nice jag with several of our boats hooking up to the speedsters and a few getting boats. All of these were on the south side of Cerralvo Island and we had not taken any wahoo in about 2 week so this was a nice surprise to get into these trophies!

Our biggest day of the week happened to be when TV show host and IGFA Rep, Bill Boyce brought his film crew down to shoot for his TV show “IGFA Saltwater Adventures.” I was pretty nervous. Fishing had not been real great. It was also a full moon and windy plus being “off-season” wasn’t the best time to be fishing!

Still, Bill and his crew went out with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and brought the cameras. Between our 3 pangas out, we got some great footage! 6 marlin caught and released. Some great action on dorado plus some rooster fish caught in Muertos Bay!
That’s our story!  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website:
http://www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address: Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA 91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate

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A number of the ladies had banner a banner week on the fishing like Marianne Sugawara from Cypress CA who fishes with Tailhunter several times a year. With Captain Joel she was out east of Espirito Santo Island when she got into a really sweet bite of big amberjack including this 45-50 pound slug. The ambers get over 100 pounds and are great eating big-cousins of yellowtail.

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It’s getting a little late in the season, but where there’s still areas of the cooler water, we’re still finding a few stray yellowtail. North of La Paz around Espirito Santo Island has been a good spot for fish like this one that Tyler Ehlers got. Tyler’s from Grand Junction CO.

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One of my favorite photos! Just sheer exhuberance from Stacey Wellborn who battled this big roosterfish right off the surf near the Las Arenas lighthouse. The rooster was released. Captain Jorge from the Tailhunter Fleet has a big smile as well.

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With the waters warming, we’re finally seeing some billfish with striped marlin and sailfish moving into the area. Even moreso than just seeing them, some of them are actually ready to feed and we had several hookups this week including one one a big blue at the 88 spot near Cerralvo Island. Roger Thompson took this beautiful shot and beautiful striper near the island and attempts to revive the fish were not successful. Quite a few fish were hooked and then fought their way off lighter tackle during the week.

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With so much great inshore action along the beaches, the light tackle and flyfishers are having a blast…especially on the roosterfish! Mike Schoeder from Alaska came to enjoy some sunshine and had a great week bending his flyrod and nice roosters like this one taken off the Las Arenas lighthouse. (Thanks for the photo, Mike!)

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John Ehlers has made a number of trips to fish with us here at Tailhunters in La Paz, but called his past trip “his best.” John, from the Denver CO area, spent the better part of a week on roosters, pargo, cabrilla, yellowtail and amberjack including this big rooster near Las Arenas.

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The appearance of doroda the last week has given rise to optimism that the waters are finally warming and we’ll be seeing some of the blue-water species moving in and indeed this past week we saw more dorado in the water. Jeff Sakuda from Montebello CA got great color on this bull dorado when he fished with Captain Jorge of the Tailhunter Fleet out front of La Ventana across from Cerralvo Island.

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Allen Wellborn from Northern California called this hefty amberjack one of the toughest fish he has ever fought. Allen took the slugger near Espirito Santo Island near Isla Ballena. Sardines, mackerel and iron jigs are working well on the big ambers.

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These needlefish are the scourge and pests of our panga fishermen as they steal baits and rip up lines. But, most are 2-3 feet long . Check out this beast! Keep your fingers around from it’s mouth or you’ll find out why they are called “needlefish!”

ROOSTERFISH CENTERSTAGE BUT WARMER WATERS HERALD MORE DORADO AND BILLFISH

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of May 26 to June 2, 2013

It’s been a good solid steady week of fishing with pretty much a lot of smiles and grins and stories of “biggest fish ever”….”my first dorado”…”finally a rooster fish”…”so much variety”…”he busted off after an hour!”

That’s a pretty good week!

Again, the rooster fish were star attractions as we seem to be in the best rooster fish action I’ve seen here in almost 20 years.  It’s been almost a month of multiple-fish per boat.  Light tackle…flyfishers…spin fishermen…lure fishermen…bass fishermen…everyone is having a hoot right up close to the beaches and rocks with fish going 10, 20, 40…even larger.

Almost all the fish are getting released too but they just keep coming back!  That speaks well of the survival rate of these fish as well as their tenacity and voraciousness as well as kudos to the anglers for letting so many fish go…to fight again the next day!

These fish are not far. Literally in just a few feet of water and just yards off the surfline in many cases. Tales of larger fish come back every day as well.  It’s one thing if a fisherman says he saw or hooked an 80 pound rooster, but it’s quite a different story when it’s one of our captains saying that an “80 pound rooster was lost!”

In these same areas, there’s good schools of feisty jack crevalle, african pompano, golden trevally and other members of the jack family and still the occasional sierra although waters may have finally passed the warming mark and the cooler water fish have moved on.

However, in deeper waters, the big excitement were the school dorado that finally moved in.  Swarming schools of fun 10-15 pound youngsters provided some great furious action late in the week but some 20-25 pounders were mixed in plus we got a few in the 30-40 pound class as well.

Add to that some marlin hookups lost as well as a few sailfish taken and released and it looks like things might be turning the corner to warmer conditions although we still had a great week on some yellowtail and super-sized amberjack north of La Paz where waters were still cooler below the thermocline.

We are still getting pesky early morning winds in La Paz that are making it a bit rough to go out in the morning from the Bay.  We thought we had finally hit summer, but as normally happens in May, we get one more blast of colder temps.  Towards the end of the week, the winds kicked in again and made fishing the La Paz side much more difficult and certainly more bumpy so most of our anglers fished the Las Arenas side where winds and seas were calmer.

If you’re going to be visiting us in the next week or so, it’s not a bad idea to bring that windbreaker or light sweatshirt.  It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.  You can always take it off!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jill

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International

Website: 

http://www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, P.O. Box 1149, Alpine  CA  91903-1149

Phones:

from USA : 626-638-3383

from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

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It was a good week for dorado fishing and this nice bull with the great colors was put in the boat by Nash Johnson from Washington with Captain Adolfo. Dorado were hot for both of our Tailhunter fleets this week.

Our La Paz fleet and our Las Arenas fleet were into dorado all week, with excellent weather most of the time. Our amiga, Donna Drucker, who visits us every year was with husband, John, and Captain Joel when she took this nice bull north of the city.

He’s usually running road construction operations in Boise, ID, but Steve Walker got down to see us on his first La Paz trip and had a tussle with this feisty jack crevalle (“toro”).

Long time Tailhunter amigos, Byron Shovlain and George Bonner, spent 3 days fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and Capt. Archangel and filled the box with some nice dorado like these!

Alaska amigo, Rod Brown, extended 3 extra days and it paid off in extra days of fishing and this fat wahoo he got on a purple Yo-Zuri.

Two of the nicest folks…Stephanie and Kelly Mizuno…always spend time with us each year from Sacramento CA. They also got into some great dorado fishing with both of our fleets. “She outfished me 5 – to -1, ” said Kelly!

From S. Dakota, Deneen and Mark Clausen, were on their first trip and grand-slammed some great variety one day with dorado, roosterfish, cabrilla, pargo,  giant squid and bonito. Captain Jorge helps with the photo.

Captain Jorge again…poses with a nice roosterfish off Bahia de Los Muertos. The fish was released. This is typical of the rooster sizes we were hitting this week.

Steve Snead from Boise, ID, started slow but finished in full turbo mode with the dorado fishing after spending the whole week with us. Great shot of a bull dorado taken north of La Paz.

Seems like we get more and more great folks from the state of Idaho! Paul Wakagawa and Mark Echeverria (sorry  ’bout that, Mark!)  were a hoot on their first visit and show off a pair of their dorado on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos.

Nate and dad, Erick Johnson, show off a great day fishing. Check out the dorado, but also the cool “mini-wahoo!”

Utah in the house! From Salt Lake City, Lee and Jeanette Gillman pose with one of their roosterfish caught off Punta Perico. They released the fish.

Captain Rogelio tries to photo bomb Bobby Sherling holding her dorado she caught with our La Paz fleet north of town and shown here on the beach at Balandra.

Although it’s not going to hit us directly, we’re keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Paul which is going to still bring some thunder showers and strong winds Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday. Just when I thought all the rain was done for the year…

DORADO CRASH THE BITE AS FISH PILE UP IN THE BOXES!

La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 7-14, 2012

With almost perfect weather and a perfect moon, the week still started so-so, but gradually got better and better as the week went along with both our Las Arenas and our La Paz fleets pretty much firing on all cylinders and the dorado bending rods on both sides.

Not much to say!  The photos tell it all.  It was a pretty solid good week for fishing!

Our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet really hit it’s stride with some of the most consistent fishing we’ve had all season there after the first few months of the season were really slow.  Sure, there were the occasional times when this panga or that panga had some off-fishing but for the most part, it was all-around great fishing for a variety of species all well that just got better as the week went on.

Sorry, no tuna, but the dorado sure came to play with consistent 10-25 pound fish and on a few days, there were easy and early limits with dorado pandemonium hitting the fleet with double and triple hook ups ripping the anglers.  But, on top of the dorado, by the end of the week we were also getting bent by giant squid, jack crevalle, roosterfish, some wahoo, a few marlin and sailfish, pargo, cabrilla, sierra and lots of bonito.  This made for a lot of tired arms and backs by the end of the day and mostly some big grins and smiles!

For our La Paz fleet, not as many dorado as Las Arenas, but what it lacked in quantity made up for in quality.  The La Paz dorado were generally larger with some fish in the 30 pound class hitting the fish boxes.

You can tell it’s getting cooler and the seasons are starting to change a bit.  Breezes are starting to blow and the shadows are longer. Waters are getting cooler as well.  A bit early this year.  It will be interesting to see what happens to the fishing in the next few weeks.  This week is supposed to be pretty windy with a good chance of rain showers here and there.  As I write this Sunday night, we’re watching Tropical Storm Paul that’s going to give us a little brush so we’ll have to see how that plays out. Click the link for more info:

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=zmw:00000.1.76405

Hopefully, it’ll just be a nuisance.  What a crazy year it has been.

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

 

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International

Website: www.tailhunter-international.com

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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, P.O. Box 1149, Alpine  CA  91903-1149
Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:
http://www.tailhunter-international.com/fishreport.htm

Tailhunter YouTube Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/pangapirate


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