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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 3-9, 2022

CRAZY VARIETY!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of May 3-9, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jason Munroe from San Diego says he finally got his “bucket list” fish with this big rooster. He was out with Captain Gerardo.  The fish was released.

All smiles as Pat Schwyhart from Washington State hefts this big yellowtail and Captain Rogelio looks on.

On the flyrod! Fred Telleen runs a guide service and flyshop in Montana and was visiting us for the first time. Check out this big roosterfish caught on the flyrod out’ve Las Arenas. The fish was released.

One of our newest great amigos. Ken Bays came in from Oregon where he lives up on top of a mountain and was fishing La Paz for the first time. He had not fished in 30 years, but did well catching a number of species including one of the only dorado of the week.

There you go! Captain Blas helps Crystal Baker from Michigan with one of the big boy yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island. Sweet fish!

Another flyrod roosterfish! This catch-and-release by Omar from Montana who was staying out at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

From Denver, Brad and Brian Svoboda pose with a pair of yellowtail that fell to live mackerel north of La Paz off Espirito Santo Island.

 

Our long-time Alaska, amigo, Mike Schoder shows how it’s done. On the flyrod outside of Bahia Muertos with another rooster before the quick release.

She finally got one! Captain Rogelio help Ela Schwyhart with her yellowtail off the island. Ela looks pretty happy!

Love this photo of the ladies with Captain Jorge. Jordan Goodman, Gail Svoboda and Rebekah Goodman (Jordan’s mom) with some of their palometas on the beach. They’re from the Denver area.

A good start. Ela and Paul Schwyhart got a bunch of snapper and pargo that Ela loves whole to fry up and make fish soup!

 

A slug yellowtail in the boat for Mike Schoder from Alaska headed to Tailhunter Restaurant for some sashime and Hawaiian poke!

Chad came out from Minnesota with his amigos Jason and Steve Munroe from San Diego with a good day on the water posing with their 4 yellowtail.

 

When Jorge give you a thumbs-up, you know it’s a good day. One for the camera as Dave Edwards from idaho takes a quick photo of one of his roosters before releasing it.

David Goodman and sister, Libby started the week off with a mix of palometas, snapper and triggerfish.

Brad gets a roosterfish his first day on the water and it’s a nice one. The fish are getting bigger by the week. Brad was able to let this one go and grow bigger.

Jim Stahlman’s wife, Naraiza, loves it when Jim brings fish back to Idaho. Here’s some yellowtail and a big cabrilla for her. More in the fish box.  Jim is coming back in September.

Somewhere behind that mask, Ken has a grin, as he tried to hang onto this heavy roosterfish. That’s Las Arenas beach in the background. Ken was able to let this one go. This is “Roosterfish Alley.”

 

Ryan Morgan and Crystal Baker with Captain armando with a nice variety on the beach including palometas, cabrilla, triggerfish and pompano.

Fishing guide from Montana, Fred actually gets to fish. He took home this chunky yellowtail for some ceviche!

It’s all relative. Our amigo, Gary Wagner who owns the Rancho Costa Resort there in Bahia Muertos loves taking his itty-bitty trout rod out and has a blast all day catching and releasing feisty roosterfish like this little fella.

 

Dave’s got another rooster on the day!

Hre we go. Flat waters close to shore produced this good-looking rooster for one of the nicest guys, Jason Goodman. Jason brought his whole family from Colorado on their first trip, although Jason has been with us before.

Fred Leuchte, Captain Gerardo, Zelda Rincon and Dave Ducas started their week with a dorado and a bunch of pargo and snapper.

There ya go! Ryan Morgan with the assist from Captain Blas on another yellowtail. Ryan came in from Michigan for his first trip with us.

This past week had a bit of everything going on with it. A little of this. A little of that.

We had mornings that were chilly enough where we had to wear jackets and sweatshirts with blustering winds that kicked up waves that eventually gave way to sunny skies and flast seas. We had fog. We had cloudy days. We had days without a cloud in the sky. It’s what we call the “transition” time when warmer spring/summer weather is moving in, but the winter chill isn’t giving up and going away with some scratching and clawing.

It was the same with the fishing. Just when I think the cooler water species have all but left and the warm water species have moved in, the cold-water species keep jumping back into the ring.

The mix has created an incredible variety of possible species getting hooked. I think this week, I counted 15 different species of fish!

For instance…

We’re starting to see more warmer water species like dorado and billfish poke in and out of the reports. We even had a great jag of yellowfin tuna as well as wahoo. Roosterfish are crusing the beaches in greater number and bigger sizes. Other related members of the jack family that are usually associated with the warmer waters like several species of pompano are also swimming around now and biting the baits.

Talk about some variety. Chris and Jen Sommer had only one day to fish and Captain Armando put them on a bunch of big pargo and jacks!

However, the big yellowtail that should have been gone by now are still holding in the cooler waters around the north side of La Paz where schools of mackerel are also keeping the fish near a ready food source. The ‘tails are a healthy 10-30 pound size and larger ones are getting lost. I’d have to say this is the best yellowtail bite that I’ve seen in years.

First time’s the charm! Jen has her first roosterfish with Captain Armando.

Additionally, other species usually associated with the cooler months and cooler waters include pargo, cabrilla, snapper, sierra, amberjack, sheephead and others. Lots of both common and white bonito, jack crevalle and even barracuda are keeping rods bent as well.

Just a good day to be on the water. Ken Bays with his first roosterfish. Quickly released.

Teaser…we now know they are out there.  Wahoo and tuna popped up for JUST ONE DAY!

Hopefully, more to come before we get too excited! That’s more wahoo than we caught the entire last year!

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: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 18-25, 2022

YELLOWTAIL and ROOSTERS BITE IN MIXED

CONDITIONS

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

Our Oregon amigos, Jeff Killian and John Chung hung these 3 nice yellowtail using live caballitos of Espirito Santo Island.

 

Cheers from Patty Killian and Tracy Chung on their way back to La Paz from Espirito Santo Island with 7 big yellowtail on the deck!

Now THIS is a trophy cabrilla that Kahuku Oades caught right off the shoreline in front of Punta Perrico.

Mike Luna from Utah on his first visit to La Paz got our first big dog-tooth snapper (Pargo Perro) of the season.

Easy to see why they’re called dog-tooth snapper! Check out the choppers on this bad boy.

Randy “Doodles” Gumns had a banner day with a variety of fish including this bonito, snapper, cabrilla and others.

Brent Gumns had only one day to fish and squeezed in a day with Captain Gerardo and got these two cabrilla among others.

First time out and first day fishing, Mike Luna caught and released 3 roosterfish off Bahia Muertos.

We had some strange weather this week. Very windy mornings then calm afternoons. Calm mornings that turned into windy afternoons. Warm water current. Cold water currents. We even had a rare day of thick fog that made it look like something out’ve fishing the Oregon or Washington Coastal areas!

Except for the fog, of which I’ve only seen a handful of times in 30 years here in La Paz, the rest is pretty typical of this transition time between our cold water and warm water seasons. The weather (and fishing) can be erratic an unpredictable. One hot spot one day becomes ice cold the next day for fishing. One species of fish that is foaming one day can completely disappear and a different species pops up somewhere else.

It does, however, make for some fun fishing with some crazy variety.

A week ago, I was predicting that the yellowtail and cooler water fish were diminishing and moving off. Yellowtail counts were down and so were other cooler water species like the sierra and snapper. We were seeing more of the warmer water species like dorado and billfish starting to show up.

Well, I guess I was wrong. The yellowtail bit strong again, especially north of La Paz toward the Espírito Santo Island area where waters remain cooler than further south around Cerralvo Island. The fish were a healthy 15-25 pounds and willing to take live sardines, caballito and jigs. Lots of bigger fish are getting lost to the rocks, inexperience and simply being tough fish!

Further south for our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, not so much in terms of yellowtail. The waters were windier, rougher and more of the fishing was confined closer to shore. As mentioned above, one day it was not only cold, but so foggy, it was impossible to even see Cerralvo Island across the channel and the bait guys couldn’t find the bait spots. So, anglers had to use lures and jigs for the day.

But, the good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!

Along the rocks, some big cabrilla getting taken along with snapper, pargo, sierra, jack crevalle and lots of common and white bonito.

THANK YOU BRETT!

For almost  15 years, the Tequila Bandito has wandered the tables of our Tailhunter Restaurant as a purveyor of fun and conduit to free tequila shots to our guests.  His famous bandoleros were shadows of their former glory and the leather was literally disintegrating daily and was due to be retired.  If only that belt could talk and tell stories!

New ones are impossible to find.  The guy down in Baja is no longer in business.  Can’t find any makers on the internet or in the states.

The newly- retired bandoleros. So disintegrated the shot glass holders were splitting and able to hold only a handful of “shot bullets.”  Had to duct tape the belts to keep them on.

Thank you Brett Bleichrodt who recently gifted the Bandito a brand new hand-made set of shiny bandoleros!  Brett is a leather-goods artisan from Colorado who has fished with us for several years and makes some dandy leather items.  The bandolero is his first, but probably not his last. If anyone wants a set, I can put you in touch with our amigo!  Muchas gracias, Brett!

Armed and ready! The new set and enjoying with Rita Luna from Utah!

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: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 11-18, 2022

SLOWER WEEK WITH WIND and FULL MOON

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of April 11-18, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

 

Starting to see a few more roostefish. Christian was out with Captain Pancho who put him on this legit roosterfish right off the rocks near Bahia Muertos. The fish was released. Hopefully, start seeing more of the big gallos.

Waters are warming and more billfish being seen. They aren’t quite ready to bite just yet, but we did have two hook ups on the pangas this past week ,but none of them stuck.

Our buddy, Jimmy Williams was dropping lines around the north of Cerralvo Island hanging some nice cabrilla when this nice bull dorado bit!

 

Honestly, it wasn’t exactly a super-dooper for fishing. Lots of folks in town for spring break and Easter as expected with hotels, restaurants and beaches pretty packed, so not exactly alot of folks wanting to go fish to begin with. With daytime temps in the high 80’s and nighttime in a comfortable high 60’s, it was an enjoyable time in town.

However, the biggest issues with fishing were the return of blustery winds combined with a full moon.

I guess the winter winds are not completely gone yet as we had some windy days that made fishing less than stellar and confined most of the fishing closer to shore for inshore species. Even when the winds didn’t blow in the daytimes, they winds came up in the afternoons and evenings which overturns the water clouding it up and affecting fish and bait patterns.

Add to that a full moon that also affects currents and tides and our fishermen and captains had to really work hard for species like cabrilla, jacks, snapper, pargo, sierra and bonito. Decent action but hardly spectacular.

One thing is that waters are warming as is typical this time of year and based on recent catches, I’d have to speculate that maybe our yellowtail season is on the wane. As waters get warmer, the big jacks start moving to cooler water. The ’tails definitely were more elusive and harder to find this week and we saw a few more dorado and billfish in our waters. All indicative of warming conditions.

We did see more roosterfish this week that were quality 20-40 pound fish. All released. That’s a good sign as hopefully these are the vanguard to start the influx of big boy roosterfish we get in the springtime. So, we’ll keep an eye on that. If the bigger baits like mullet and ladyfish start moving up to the shallows, the big gallos will follow up their food source

 

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:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

 

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 3-10, 2022

THE LULL BEFORE EASTER

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bania Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for April 3-10, 2022

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s alot of ceviche! Gary Wagner, out amigo and owner of Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos got himself a big sierra!

Hugo, our popular driver, even got into the bite one day with a fat yellowtail off Punta Perrico.

Kyle Skibsted from Salt Lake City was out with Captain Gerardo again and got a nice variety including the big yellowtail, pargo, sierra, sheephead and triggerfish. All great eating on the table!

Tought day of fishing, but young Jesue Denogean got the lone yellowtail of the day out’ve La Paz. Captain Licho lends a hand. That’s Captain Rogelio in the back who was also aboard that day.

Greg Garrison is back and poses with an good-eating pargo he pulled off the reef. Greg is from Colorado.

Third day fishing for Nancy and Kyle and they have more fish to take home. I see cabrilla, sierra and bonito on the cutting table.

Gary’s taking a tasty yellowtail back to is place!

Captain Gerardo even got into the action with his own yellowtail this past week.

Not too bad of a week. Not great but not bad. There were high and low spots depending upon conditions. Winds came up somewhat again so it did hamper some of the bite and it wasn’t as good as the week before.

However, it’s really hard to tell. This past week is the lull before spring break and Easter Week when the crowds really hit. So, normally we haven’t had many folks on the water and this past week there were even fewer. Most folks coming in are here on holiday and not necessarily to fish. Maybe, they want a day on the water, but that’s it. So, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific bite.

We did have yellowtail again as the prime target. Fish ran from 15 to 30 pounds, but the bite varied from day-to-day and place-to-place. It even varied from boat-to-boat. It really was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The captains and clients all worked hard to find the fish, but it wasn’t always as productive as we would have liked.

Still, in the right spots, the yellowtail fell for live sardines, mackerel, trolled jigs and dropped iron and knife jigs. A number of nice fish were lost to the rocks because these fish hold close to structure which could mean, rocks reefs or other underwater objects. The same areas held their cousin amberjacks and some nice cabrilla (seabass) in the 3-8 pound class.

We did have a few dorado hooked and the marlin are getting more active. We had a couple of billfish shakers, but none of the hookups stuck. No wahoo or tuna yet, but more roosterfish are starting to show up. Nothing big to speak-of. However, some of the anglers had fun on light tackle with 3-10 pound fish. Several larger 20 pound class fish were released. We also had jacks, cabrilla, sierra and lots of bonito in the counts.

Winds might be increasing this week, but overall, we’ve been looking at sunny days in the mid-80’s and nighttime temps in the mid-60’s. Pretty time to be in town!

That’s my story!   Happy Easter and Easter Week everyone!  Blessings always!

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: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April, 2, 2022

STILL GOT SOME WINDS BUT FISHING

IMPROVING!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 26-April 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

That’s ALOT of quality meat on the table! Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh our long-time friends from Salt Lake City started their week with alot of filets for the ice chest! I see big cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, a big yellowtail, sierra and snapper!

Jim Bovee and Pancho are always a good team. Jim ran into some of the winds, but still picked up this good-looking yellowtail on a pink yo zuri. Jim was staying at Rancho Costa this time there at Bahia Muertos.

First-timers from Santa Barbara who only had one day to fish, Jack and son Lucas Bohnet have some terrific fish to take home with this yellowtail and big trophy cabrilla.

Another amigo with only one day to squeeze in, Chris Anthony put this yellowtail in the box, but also battled a big hammerhead shark as well fishing off Espirito Santo Island.

First-time friends from Utah, Kyle and Nancy Skibsted were out with Captain Armando and caught the only dorado of the week as well as some white bonito on the table and a tasty sierra! They also threw back a bunch of hard-charging skipjack.

Here you go!!! On day and BOOM! Captain Gerardo put Mike Gollick and his wife onto a sweet bite of hefty yellowtail plus bonito and sierra.

Bucket list for San Diego angler Jonathan Vilchez. Tough day fishing, but they did get one yellowtail fishing with captain Rogelio and Licho, but Jonathan put the hurt on his first roosterfish and one of our first of the season as well. The fish was released!

No big thing! Jim and Kip again with another good day on the water. Check out the size of these yellowtail plus the nice amberjack as well. I see a triggerfish and cabrilla peeking out as well.

YEOW! Craig Wong and Martin Aguilera have some pig yellowtail in hand there in Bahia Muertos!

This is a trophy cabrilla that Captain Pancho is lipping for Jim Bovee! Jim took it on a spinning rod and trolling a big lip Rapala. Nicely done, guys!

 

All indications are that with each passing week, the conditions are warming and improving. We’re not completely done yet with the strong northern winds of winter that often blow us off the water from November to April, but we had one one of the better fishing weeks, all things considered.

Still not many folks fishing, but overall the area has become much more fishable with only about 3 days that were gusty. We still had daytime temps in the low 80’s and nighttime temps in the high 60’s.

Fishing success was just really determined by where you fish and what day you picked. If it was one of the windier days, then it was more difficult. Also, if it’s windy, it’s hard to get live bait. Either because the winds make it difficult for the bait guys to catch the bait under the rough conditions or because there simply aren’t that many fishermen out right now, it’s not economic for them to go out if there aren’t enough anglers to purchase the bait. So, that means using alot more lures than normal. Also, alot of it is luck. On any given day, some boats just did better than others.

Two things especially stand out. First, the yellowtail are still around and biting nicely. Not sure how long they’ll stay around, but some nice healthy 20-35 pound fish are being hung on the high spots around Cerralvo and Espirito Santo Island as well as some of the inshore shallower rock reefs. The fish are eating jigs, lures and live bait. Hopefully, these fish will hang out a bit longer, but as the waters get warmer, these fish will move off to deeper water and replaced by warmer water species like the dorado of which we caught a few this week. In the same areas as the yellowtail, we also rocked some nice amberjack which are the cousins of the yellowtail and also pretty tasty on the table.

The big surprise were the big cabrilla (seabass) caught this week. Trophy-sized 5-12 pounders that looked like baby grouper were not uncommon and found in many of the rocky places where we were also hitting the yellowtail and amberjack .

In addition, action was also pretty good on several species of bonito and skipjack, snapper, pargo, sierra and jack crevalle.

That’s my story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

NICE JAGS OF YELLOWTAIL

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 18-25, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Great shot that sort of captures the whole thing. It’s like a travel poster shot…Mariah Vitolo in the warm sands and blue waters and a nice looking yellowtail. Mariah was staying at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa.

Captain Blas with his dad Captain Alfredo found a nice school of yellowtail off Espirito Santo Island on one of the nice calm days this past week.

OH yea! Another ‘tail in the box. There’s were some nice spots of yellowtail around Espirito Santo Island and the north and south ends of Cerralvo.

Whitney Jones only had one day to squeeze in for fishing with her husband and caught a couple of bonito and a sierra that they had us cook up at our Tailhunter Sea Level Restaurant.

A big slug toad yellowtail for Dr. Sergio caught on a Rapala.

Although winter winds still persisted, things appear to be slowly improving as spring approaches and there were some nice highlights to the week with waters warming and a handful of really nice fishing days.

There still aren’t that many folks fishing yet, but we did have a few out and fishing ranged to so-so to very good. It really all depended on conditions. The windier the days, the slower the fishing.

On the windier days, boats were restricted to fishing closer to shore or having to do more trolling than we normally like to do because of the lack of live bait which is difficult to get if it’s too rough or there aren’t many fishermen. The bait guys simple don’t go out.

The inshore bite consisted of mostly some scratchy cabrilla, snapper, bonito, jacks and sierra. We did have a few boats try for wahoo unsuccessfully. A handful of dorado were also picked up which is very indicative of the warming trend in the waters as we head into spring.

The highlights for the week were the nice grade of yellowtail. Again, dictated by wind and water conditions. On the calmer days, our boats got 1-5 really tough-fighting yellowtail each ranging from 20-30 pounds. Larger ones were lost to the rocks.

A good day on the fishing grounds this past week!

The fish fell for a variety of bait including sardines and mackerel as well as jigging with knife jigs and deeper running Rapalas and Yo-Zuris in darker or mackerel colors. The fish were found generally over structure like deeper rocks and reefs around both Cerralvo and Espírito Santo Island as well as Punta Perico and Punta Gorda fairly close to shore.

Darker mackerel-patterned deeper running lip-baits like this Rapala XRap 20 have been effective on the yellows.

Knife jig for straight drops.

Tried-and-true candy bar style yo-yo iron. This is a Tady 4/0. This zucchini color is good as are blue/white and all chrome.

BAHIA MAGDALENA

They mangroves of Bahia Magdalena! Miles and miles of inlets and changing currents and shoals!

Carolyn Cain had a nice day on the light tackle with a bunch of grouper taken in the shallows as well as a mess of corvina as well. I see a halibut in there as well!  They donated all the fish to the local families.

The Lopez Mateos mangroves holding some incredible fish and wildlife.

Not a bad start for Jim Molinari and Kip Slaugh for the Salt Lake City area with a load of corvina, grouper and spotted bay bass.

IT’S A WRAP!

After 3 months on the road, Jill and I are finally coming home.

As you’re reading this, we’re closing it up at our last show here in Colorado at the Denver Convention Center.

We’ve been through more than a dozen states and want to thank everyone for all the hospitality in all our show cities of Reno, Sacramento,  Puyallup (Seattle), Salt Lake City, Portland, Redmond, Spokane and now here in Denver.  Plus all the dozens upon dozens of little cities, towns and cross-roads in between criss-crossing the western U.S.  Hey folks…it’s still a great country with great people!  The best!

Thanks to all the amigos and Tailhunter Tribe members who came to see us these past months at all the shows and are coming to see us this year in La Paz!

It’s been great.  It’s been liberating to be out again and see so many of you out again.  We’re blessed as we watch everyone trying to climb and claw out of the calamity of the last 2 years.

But for now, I think we’re done with late night Denny’s meals, microwave burritos and hotel oatmeal breakfasts.  Middle-of-the-night laundry.  Tired backs, legs and hoarse voices from 10 hour days in the booth 4 and 5 days per week.  Waking up in hotel rooms and not sure what city we are in!  Snow…ice…rain…wind…

…and 10,000 miles of driving while gas prices rose over 5 bucks a gallon.

Jilly the road warrior driving through the snow and ice!

Microwave burritos from countless truck stops along the way.  Oh…3 months on the road and 10,000 miles of driving watching gas prices shoot over 5 bucks a gallon!

Me and my girl in the booth!

So….

We’re headed home to La Paz! Ready to put our toes in the sand!  Let’s get this season rolling and get cranked up for SHOWTIME in LA PAZ!   We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

When it’s as calm as this in Muertos Bay, the winds are down and the fish go turbo. Or you can just park it on the beach and throw your cell phone as far as you can. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

That’s our story!

Jonathan

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing
http://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:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

 

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 11-17, 2023

CHANGING CONDITIONS MIX FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 11-17, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Captain Blas has been rocking the yellowtail when he can get out. This big one ate a live mackerel off Espirito Santo Island.

YEOW! Dr. Jesus Velarde was out with Captain Pancho and nailed this mossback yellowtail on a Rapala outside of Bahia Muertos.

Yea…the yellowtail can be horses right now.

Water condition are changing and definitely warming as indicated by some of the species that are starting to show up. The only issues is the winds still make it rough and difficult to fish. About half the days this week were not fishable or so bad that the port captain shut down all boat traffic. The other issue is that often, because of the winds or lack of fishermen this time of the year, the bait guys aren’t going out to get live bait or the bait is difficult to get.

That being said, we did have a few folks out on the 2-3 days that were fishable. Again, as mentioned, bait was difficult, but using jigs and frozen bait, yellowtail were still the targeted catch, but other species showed up as well. The yellowtail could be close to shore in shallow water and with the fish going 20-30 pounds it could be a tough battle keeping the powerful fish from the rocks. The areas around Punta Perrico as well as the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island were all holding fish as were the west and east sides of Espirito Santo Island inside the coves and high spots.

Other species included some nice jags of sierra, pargo, cabrilla and snapper as well as bonito.

However, some dorado are starting to show up which is a good sign that waters are warming up earlier than normal. There were also marlin sightings although no hook ups .

SPOKANE – BIG HORN OUTDOOR SHOW WASHINGTON

We’ve been on the road for the better part of 3 months now and we’re finally coming to the end of the trail.  It’s been great!  Thanks to everyone and all the hospitality at the Central Oregon Show in Redmond last week!  Incredible fun!

This week, we’re at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for the Big Horn Outdoor Show that runs Thursday to Sunday.  This is our first time in this area and it’s a massive production and huge show with almost 500 exhibitors, live music, food, seminars, demonstrations, RV’s, boats and more!  Stuff for the whole family. Come out and see us!

Here’s more info:  https://www.inwc.org/big-horn-show/

After this, just one more show…one of our favorites.  The International Sportsmans Expo at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Then, we head home to La Paz!

Don’t get left out from fishing this year!   We’re filling fast.  Contact us soon.  I can be reached directly at jonathan@tailhunter.com

Even if you can’t make the show, we’ll apply the show discounts if you reach out before the end of March!

That’s our 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:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2022

WIND RIP AGAIN BUT SOME FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Mar. 3-10, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Jimmy Williams, pulled this nice yellowtail off Cerralvo Island. See his comments below about a tough day fishing although he and his buddy ended up with two ‘tails on the day.

Justin Sawyer from Salt Lake City had just one day to fish and he and his wife drove all the way up from Todos Santos to squeeze a day on the water. He hooked this slap yellowtail plus a sierra and several big cabrilla (on the table). They also released our first roosterfish of the season.

Our good amigos, Marianne and Jeff Sakuda from Cypress CA with Captain Pancho and a nice rack of sierra plus two yellowtail. They had trouble finding live bait because of the winds so they hooked everything on lures or Rapalas.

A nice week to be in La Paz, but not necessarily a good week, once again, to be on the water. Winds tore things up early in the week, then again, later in the week, the winds came back. As a matter of fact, at the time I’m writing this, the port captain has shut down all boat traffic out of La Paz because of the fierce winds and rough seas. Winds are blowing as much as 20+ mph.

We did have about 2 days of waters that were calm enough to get a few folks out. It was fortunate, because these were the only days that these anglers had to fish. As with so many folks during the off-season, folks are in town for some vacation, not necessarily to fish and then decide maybe to get a day on the water and try some fishing. I always warn them about the weather.

Fortunately for the few anglers this week, they picked the two days that were the least windy. Fishing out’ve Las Arenas and pushing out’ve Bahia Muertos, there was some decent action inshore for sierra, jacks, bonito and hefty cabrilla. We even got our first roosterfish of the season which was released and surprisingly a little early in the season to see roosters, but good to know. There were also a few stray dorado.

Over the inshore drop offs and then over at the north and south end of Cerralvo Island, there were a few yellowtail taken when the weather allowed. These were a nice great 20-30 pound class fish. A few nicer ones broke off.

This is how our amigo, Jimmy Williams, reported about his day on the water:

“Slow day fishing yesterday for us but the fish are there. Only problem catching quality sardines sucks right now. Nothing but pinhead bait for us. We even left the playa at El Sargento at 5: 30 to beat the masses. We went out to La Reina and made green jacks for bait. Big schools of perfect size jacks were all around La Reina. We ended up with 2 yellows for me and Phil lost 1 to the rocks. Nothing else.. Nada.. We fished between north end and La Reina and hooked all the yellows on green jacks. Shaw some dorado being caught as well.”

Captain Alfredo took a few of our guys to the west side of Espirito Santo Island norht of La Paz and hooking this nice yellowtail.

It was a similar story for the few anglers we had fishing straight out’ve La Paz Bay towards Espirito Santo Island. Hiding from the wind in the coves, they found shallow water action on snapper, cabrilla and small amberjack, but also the occasional heftier 20 pound yellowtail.

YEOW!!!!

Just had to post this one up.  Captain Alonso is one of the independent panga skippers in the area and he had this client (I wish I knew her name) and 30 pound test jigging at the north end of Cerralvo Island.  Take a look at this best of a grouper she battled to the boat!  HOLY COW! On 30-pound test and check out the little noodle-stick fishing rod!  Well done! Yes…there are still big fish around!

  TWO MORE SHOWS TO GO

As you’re reading this, we are currently at the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond Oregon.  The show goes through Sunday.

We’ve been on the road now almost 3 months and 2 more shows to go:

BIG HORN SHEEP SHOW

Spokane, Washington

March 17-20

and the

INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMENS EXPO

Denver Convention Center

DENVER CO

March 24-27

Come see us and let’s get you set up for fishing in La Paz this year.  Don’t wait. Dates are filling fast.  If you can’t come see us, take a look at this:

Hope to see you down the road or in La Paz this year.  The fishing is really heating up already!

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:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

“When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 23-Mar. 2, 2022

SMALL BREAK IN WIND PRODUCES FISH

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 23-Mar. 2, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Her biggest fish is a nice fat yellowtail. Big smile from Captain Alfredo. Even bigger laugh from Renee Deinken who lives in Lake Tahoe CA

Jim Kappes took his wife out for a single day fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and came back with some tasty white bonito and a nice load of sierra.

Chris Early with the right kind! A nice springtime yellowtail caught just north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Another fat yellowtail into the fix box.

The sun was out and the winds were kind early in the week which gave us about a 2 days window to get some folks fishing. It’s a good thing because before that the winds kicked badly enough from the north that the few boats that were out might as well have stayed on the beach (as I had warned them prior) and later in the week, the winds were even fiercer. So bad that the port captain shut down the port to all boat traffic in the interests of safety.

However, in those few openings that presented themselves, we had a nice little jag of fish and fish variety.

We had the usual inshore species of cabrilla, jacks and some really nice sierra as well as white and blue bonito (the good-eating ones!). There were also a few free-swimmer 10-pound class dorado.

The trophy fish were the nice grade of yellowtail up to about 30 pounds that ate yo-yo and knife jigs as well as mackerel for live bait. The fish were found in the usual spots around structure especially at the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island, Punta Gorda, Punta Perrico and the east side of Espírito Santo Island. Some bigger fish broke off even on heavier lines.

The tuna that briefly popped up the prior week and got everyone excited didn’t come back.

SHOW TIME!

Jill and I are back on the road.  We just had maybe the best show of the tour season at the Portland Expo at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman’s Show.  It was honestly off-the-hook and thanks to all our amigos who came to the booth to say howdy and booked trips with us this year.

Our next show:

CENTRAL OREGON SPORTSMAN’S SHOW

Redmond, Oregon

March 10-13

 

Come say hi and let’s get you set up for La Paz this year!

NO FRED HALL SHOW LONG BEACH

In case you hadn’t heard, after 76 years, the Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center has been cancelled next week.   There will also be no further shows in in San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  It’s really very sad.

Our spots for the year are filling fast.  Don’t miss out.  If you haven’t been able to make it to our shows we had in Reno, Sacramento, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Portland and can’t make it to our next 3 shows, no worries.  Check this out below if you reserve before the end of our show season in 4 weeks at the end of March!

Don’t miss out on your La Paz fishing trip this year!

SPEEDY RECOVERY TO REAL HERO

We talk about supporting our military, but we really want to give a shout-out to one of our own Tailhunter Nation Fish Brothers and ask for your prayers for his quick recovery. Talk about sacrifice and being the ultimate badass good man…
Rob Chambers just DONATED ONE OF HIS KIDNEYS to a 24-year-old-veteran on the East Coast who needed the organ. ONE OF HIS KIDNEYS! Let that sink in!
Most of us have trouble sharing our french fries, let alone surgically removing a kidney to help a fellow vet.  He’s my new action hero.
Rob doesn’t know the young man. Site unseen. They have never met. Rob found out he was a match and a vet needed help and stepped up. And Rob’s no spring chicken. God bless you, Rob, and blessings to the young man whose life you just changed and saved.
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: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 15-22, 2022

A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of Feb. 15-22, 2022

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

The BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY...

Some legit nice grade of yellowtail have been on the chew at the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island as well as other high spots and even in the shallows!

Not a bad mix of fish for February! Some bull dorado, a few good-sized cabrilla, white bonito and a sierra!

The area around Espirito Santo Island straight out’ve La Paz Bay is also holding yellowtail on the days the north winds aren’t blowing in your face and you can get out!

 

Our amigo, Gary Wagner, at his place the Rancho Costa Resort at Bahia Muertos with an uncharacteristic (for this time of year). dorado!

It was a kinder-gentler week from winter winds this past week. Most of the days were actually fishable much to the concern of all the windsurfers and kiteboarders, but much better for fishing.

Given it’s still technically “winter” the signs have been encouraging. Daytime temps touching the high 80’s and nighttime in the comfortable high 60’s and when the winds aren’t blowing those days been relatively calm for this time of year and good enough to get some folks on the water. There’s still not many as this is off-season, but most folks this time of year just want a day of fishing or so and are in town on vacation unlike the fishermen who show up later specifically to fish for numerous days.

“Catching” hasn’t been to bad either. Often, there’s a big difference between “fishing” and “catching,” but the catching lately has produced a nice variety of fish. In addition to the usual cabrilla (seabass), sierra, pargo, jacks, and numerous bonito including tasty white bonito, along the inshore areas, there are some toad-sized yellowtail coming off the high spots and rocky areas. Fish have been in the 20-30 pound class. There have also been some free-swimmer dorado in the 10-15 pound size starting to show up earlier than normal in the season.

Here’s what one of our local friends, Jimmy Williams,  wrote after fishing this past week and hitting the winds, but then finding some big yellowtail he couldn’t stop:

 

“I fished Wednesday out of El Sargento.. West wind was up when we reached the north end of Cervalvo, so we made beautiful large sardines just south of the red rocks on northeast side. Fished a few areas over there for a while for only 1 grande sierra. Left there and headed to La Riena and got our ass kicked getting out there, but when we drift fished just west of the rock over the pinnacles, we picked up 2 nice Dorado, 8 grande bonito, and some nice cabrilla. We hooked 4 brute yellows on live bait and couldn’t get one to boat. All 4 rocked us and I was using 60# with the drag buttoned down.”

It was also exciting to hear that at the north end of Cerralvo Island, some big 60-80 pound yellowfin tuna were blowing up in the chumlines although there were no bitters. I was told that they came up just aft of a big school of feeding yellowtail.

BUT WAIT!!!!

Just as I was going to post up this report, check out this slugger 150 pound yellowfin tuna caught at Bahia Muertos!  YEOW!  I guess the tuna ARE around!  It took 5 hours to boat this toad fish!

These pig tuna can put the hurt on you in the worst way!!! Be careful what you wish for! LOL

Stand by!!!  Maybe more coming soon!

THANK YOU PORTLAND!

Just finished up one of our favorite shows and saw so many of our good friends and clients!  It was a crazy 5 days, but always fun.  Thanks for all the hospitality, Portland, and we’re looking forward to everyone who signed up for trips to come fish with us in La Paz this year!

NEXT STOP – The Central Oregon Sportsmens Show!

We’re packing up our rig and now headed to Redmond, Oregon to the fairgrounds and we’ll be there March 10-13th.  We’re looking forward to seeing you.  However, don’t wait.  We are filling up so crazy fast!  Grab your calendars and get in touch with us so we don’t miss you.  Lots of regulars are coming back.  Lots of folks are tired of staying home.  So, come down and fish with us.

In fact, we know alot of folks didn’t want to venture out into the crowds at the show.  We perfectly understand!  However, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on our show special discounts!  Check this out:

Also, we’ve been doing this 30 years and we know alot of you have stayed with us at La Concha, on the beach, but we have some new locations as well on the Malecon so you don’t need taxis to get around!  We have suites, condos and single rooms overlooking the water or on the waterfront so make sure to ask us about them!

WHALES FULL SPEED!

Don’t forget that our whalewatching is in in full-season right now in the shallow waters of Bahia Magdalena.  The whales usually stay through March, before heading back north to the Bering Sea.  Contact us today and we’ll set you up for a lifetime experience!
That’s our 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: 
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
When your life finally flashes before your eyes, you will have only moments to regret all the things in life you never had the courage to try.”

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