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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 17-24, 2022


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 17-24, 2022



Wow! When Captain Victor thinks you have a “50 pounds fish” that’s alot of credibility . Greg Hall on his first trip to see us from Portland OR with a beast bull dorado. Cerralvo Island in the background.

Captain Jorge gives Jordan Buscema a hand with another pretty fish off Punta Arenas.

From Colorado, Tanner Allen is another of our first-time visitors and his first-day out he catches this striped marlin just off Punta Perico. The fish was released.

Some two-handed good eating for Chris Arechaederra holding a barred pargo and a cabrilla ready for the fillet table.

Love this shot of Bobby Hara with Captain Boli. The smiles say it all. Pretty fish and pretty photo. A good day on the water!

Our amigo ,Gary Wagner with his son, Miles, visiting from Colorado with a solid dorado and one of the few yellowfin tuna anyone has hooked all year while staying at Gary’s Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos.

Just sheer exuberance! Tim Nishimura has been fishing with us for many many years as a retired fireman from the Sacramento area. Always good to see him and good to see him having fun. This trip was a present from his son, Kenny (in a photo below)

It always seems like Bill Richmond is up to something! He was having fun with his spinning rod and lots of feisty little roosterfish that will grow up to be 100 pound monsters!

Big smiles from our amigo, Sam Sybesma, who visits us yearly with his family. He was out with Captain Chito and put this colorful bull dorado in the box.

Yeow, they should a wall mount of this super dorado. Matt Wallis from Kentucky put the wood to this fish while staying at Bahia Muertos at Gary Wagners Rancho Costa.

This fella fishes all over the U.S. Hailing from New York, Mike Bonczuk had only 1 day to fish, but paid off with several dorado.

These are our new besties! Sarah and Steve Malone started planning this trip 3 years ago, but stuff kept happening (Covid) and came all the way from England to fish with us.

Nora Taylor from Portland had quite a week with us fishing 4 times and putting a number of dorado on the deck like these two. Great folks!

Jordan Buscema had one of the more productive days at Las Arenas this past week. He not only caught marlin, but also dorado. The marlin was not able to be released.

Tim Schlander brought his sons down to see us. Obviously, they had some fun. Great shot!

Karen Chuck was with us this past week for the first time. She went home with LOTS of bags of dorado plus about 2 dozen frozen tamales as well!

This shot is almost frameable. Bob Benjamin and Captain Licho posing with another bull. Fresh one!

I’ve known Grayson Richmond since he was a little kid fishing with us. He’s 17 now and has always been quite an angler. Captain Pancho with the assist.

Hold it up, Dave! Dave Chavez had a good day with a number of dorado and took home some nice chunks of fish.

Kenny Nishimura just graduated from his Masters program and Northwestern and to celebrate, he bought himself and his dad a trip to come fishing with us.

Scott Pitts is a fanatical 24-hour-a-day fisherman and guide from Oregon. Yea…he can fish! Big bull in the boat!

Tanner and Captain Victor with another bull dorado .

Double brothers, Steve and Brian Chuck went home with more dorado than they expected and filled the freezer. Visiting us for the first time, we sure enjoyed their visit. Fun guys!

UH…OK…nice pose. Not a pose we see very often. Dax Wallis from Kentucky visiting at Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos presses a bull dorado for a couple of reps. I used to look like this before covid.

You can tell this is a monster fish because Miles Wagner is about 6’6″ tall. Wow. Pretty bull dorado. Great catch, Miles.  He was out visiting from Colorado at Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos.


Lloyd Johnson back on the beach after another good day on the water has one bull ready to be cut and bagged.

Yes…on the flyrod as well. The dorado were thick this past week. Bill Richmond’s gear and fish with a nice photo.

Micah Sybesma starts college in a few weeks on a volleyball scholarship . He was out with his dad and brother and favorite Captain Chito when he hooked this mahi.

Chance Wallis took this jack crevalle trolling off the south end of Cerralvo Island. You can still see the jig hanging from the fish’s mouth.  He was staying with family at Gary Wagner’s Rancho Costa in Bahia Muertos.

Greg Hall had 3 productively great days on the water with Captain Rogelio. Another dorado on the deck, but first a photo!


I guess I can keep it short-and-sweet this week!  I can just let the photos do the talking and explaining!

It finally “feels” like summer for better or worse after months of cooler than normal temperatures, water and conditions.  With heat now in the high 90’s and accompanying humidity, there’s no doubt that it’s summer finally although it’s almost August.  For fishing, the surest sign are the catches of dorado that should have been here months ago, but only now getting into full gear.

We had a great week of dorado fishing on all levels.  Whether you wanted quantity or quality.  There were schools of feisty 10-15 pound fish, especially north of the city and could suddenly blow up and turn a slow day into full-blown pandemonium and fish landing on the deck or being caught-and-released as fast as a hook hit the water.
On the other hand, the “quality” of some of these fish has been really remarkable with some bulls in the 30-50 pound class (by the captain’s opinion, not the clients because many clients think all their fish are 50 pounders!).  There are some true trophies prowling the waters right now.
Additionally, the billfish bite also looks like it’s stepping up with stripers up to about 120 pounds and some 100 pound sailfish getting hooked daily with most fish getting released or breaking off on light tackle.
Grayson “G-Man” Richmond has been fishing with us since he was a little kid.  He’s now 17 and in high school.  He hooked this striped marlin and battled it to the boat.  However, the fish was so exhausted, it didn’t look like it would make it when Grayson tried to release it.
He “swam” the big fish back and forth trying to oxigenate it’s gills, but to ono avail.  So, he then jumped into the water and continued to swim the fish back and forth until it got strong enough to finally swim away.  Check the photos below and turn up the sound on the video clip!
Really well done!
That’s my story!
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing


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

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 July 9-16, 2022


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 9-16, 2022



First timer Wrin Wells (left) on his first day on the water gets a hand from his amigo, Ryan, on this trophy bull dorado he pulled while fishing just past Cerralvo Island.

Our long-time amigo, Dave Lopez got his personal best biggest dorado while fishing with Captain Gerardo. A beastie bull!

A darned good day for our Oregon amigos, Scott and Sarah Pitts. Check out all the meat on the cleaning table with 3 big dorado plus a couple of rainbow runners.

Holy cow…well, a bull actually! Captain Pancho estimated this bull dorado to be well over 50 pounds caught by Cheyenne Wenholz from Fresno CA. She had quite a week. Check out her other photos below!

There are two parts to this photo of the nice sailfish…her first…caught by our daughter-in-law Diana Pfost from Lakeside CA near San Diego on light tackle. See the photo below.

Such a trooper! Diana and Captain Pancho released the fish (Congratulations!), but Diana gets a big of dorsal fin in the face! She was fine. Fish was fine. All good!

It’s a long way from Illinois but Ted Leitliter had quite a week fishing with us. Here’s his big roosterfish he caught and released fishing with Captain Victor.

Quite a story here! Kelly and Diego Jimenez have been our Tailhunter friends for several decades. Kelly hooked this big marlin on a spinning rod with 15 pound test and a tiny hook that had sardine on it! She battled this fish for almost 3 hours before getting it to the boat with both fish and Kelly exhausted. The fish was not able to be released. Kelly never relinquished the rod!

Oh yea! Marcus Yu is an army major who visits us at least twice a year. This trip, he only had a quick 2 days to fish but got into a thick dorado bite off La Paz including these two nice fish.

Pink-shirted Captain Alfredo lifts up another nice dorado for Renee Daly from Oregon who were with us for 9 days on their vacation.

Scott Pitts can fish! He always does well. Great pose with this colorful bull dorado.

Bob Woodard on his first day fishing on his first fishing trip with us got his bucket list roosterfish off Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Crystal Barnhart and Chris Crawford are always such a pleasure to have down with us. They were with us for two weeks and got in a few day of fishing. I’m glad they got into the nice dorado bite before heading back to Oregon.

Ahhhh…John Ehlers from Colorado has been fishing with us for ages. Always great fun to have with us and always does well. He and Pancho with another bull for the fish box.

Yes…quite a week of fishing for Cheyenne. She battled this striped marlin off Las Arenas then was able to happily release it! Nicely done!

Dennis Conn with Captain Victor on his first trip with us from Illinois caught and released his first roosterfish.

Captain Pancho said this is the largest rainbow runner he had ever seen. Just another fish for Cheyenne! She and her grandpa John brought the fish back to our Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner that evening.

Beautiful shot and fish for Ryan Bottensak with Captain Jorge. They got two nice bulls that day but 3 others got away. All big fish!

Crazy fish guy, Diego Jimenez from Colorado seems to never stop fishing. One more dorado on the deck!

Normally, Jay Daly is the guy doing the guiding, but he got away from his guide service up in Oregon to put on some shorts and flip-flops to visit us. Obviously, he knows how to fish! He hung these two dorado just north of the city towards Espirito Santo Island.

Captain Alfredo gives Scott a hand with another bull and the gaff. I think it’s the cool dorado shorts that Scott wears when he fishes. Fish can’t see him!

Marcus Yoo on his first day. Baby blue marlin in the boat off Punta Arenas.

Our local amigo from here in La Paz, Jimmy Williams on the right got out and jumped on the big dorado bite as well finding his fish around La Ventana. A good chunk of that fish came to Tailhunter Restaurant where Jimmy hosted some friends for a big fish cook-out dinner!

It’s almost as big as her. Sarah Pitts get an assist from husband Scott and her bull dorado on the beach after a good day on the water. Lots of meat to pack up!

For sure a thumb’s up for Teds big dorado.

Colorful shot and fish for the camera. Bob Woodard does the honors. The dorado were definitely more cooperative this week! Bob is from Oregon.


Cheyenne hooked this on a little fresh water spinning rod. She fought this dorado for almost 45 minutes and that’s why she looks a little disheveled and heated! Well done, chica!


Fishing is still more erratic than I would like it to be and definitely more erratic than what it would normally be.  But we sure had a nice week of fishing finally.

Sure, there were some low spots and some slow spots, but overall, we had the most consistent weather and fishing bite of the season with dorado, especially big bulls making their presence known.   Jags of schoolie-sized 10-15 pounders often provided some non-stop action, especially north of the city but then there were some spots of sturdy 30-50 pound beasts willing to bite, fight and in a good number of cases lost!  That’s why they’re big fish!

The bottom line is that I think we are finally into our long-awaited summer bite about 2 months late!  If you’re coming down to get onto the huge yellowtail chew we’ve had or to catch some cold-water species like amberjack, pargo, trevally, sierra and pompano, you might have missed the boat.

With cold La Nina conditions that stubbornly held on for months and provided an unusual cold-water catch, it’s nice to finally get back on track hopefully, with warmer water species like the dorado, and even a few wahoo.

Still no sign of any tuna willing to bite although we did find breaking fish here and there, but nothing willing to jump a line.   Nevertheless, we had the best billfish bite of the season, again about a month or two later than normal with striped marlin, sailfish and even a few small blue marlin getting hooked.

Like I said, there were some slow spots and some boats would get hooked and the boat next to it would be sitting slack all day.  Or one spots that was hot turns cold the next.  However, overall, a nice week to be on the water.

That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing


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

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 for Week of July 2-8, 2022


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos / Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 2-8, 2022



Dave Lopez (middle) has been fishing with us for a few decades. He gets a hand with his big dorado for the photo! Some big bulls showed up this past week!

From Washington on his first trip with us, Walt La Boda put the hurt on this beautiful dorado north of La Paz. Great colors and a super fish!

Not bad for a first timer! Kevin Lister was fishing with us for the first time from Oregon and right-off-the-bat hooks this striper. The fish was not able to be released and Kevin donated all the meat to the pueblo.

One of our roosterfish kings! Bennett Clegg has so many big fish every time he visits Baja and us in La Paz. Another catch-and-release rooster for the photo.

Maybe with waters now worming, these might be the last few yellowtail we see for the best yellowtail season I can remember. The yellowtail are definitely being found in deeper colder water when we do find them. Nice shot with Robert, Robert Jr. and Karel!

Super shot and a great day for Taylor Sering and Jakelyn Enriquez on the dorado spot. Tay has been with us several fun times. For Jakelyn, it was not only her first time to visit us, it was her first time EVER to even go fishing! She did great!

I’ve known James Kikkawa from Rosemead CA since he was in high school about 30 years ago. I’ve been trying to get him to visit us in La Paz. Well, he finally visited ,but only had 1 day to fish and got his bucket list big yellowtail with captain Arcangel. The fish was released!

One of the first indications that the dorado had moved in was Justin Jenks hooking this beast bull dorado early on! After that, the dorado bite just got better for the next few days. Justin was visiting us for the first time and is from Washington.

Oh geeze…what a fish! Jennifer Meyer is a professor at Utah Tech University and was out with Captain Rogelio when she stuck this incredible bull dorado.

What a great shot! Mike Meyer with Captain Gerardo and a pretty roosterfish. Mike is from Michigan and was able to release the fish.

There are no boring times around this fella! Marty Sering always has us laughing every time he visit. Nice dorado right in the shallow waters near the rocks. You can see the bottom. No need to go a zillion miles off-shore!

April and Ryan Perry with a double handful of bull dorado from the channel north of La Paz. They got a fish box full of these in short order and were back on the beach early.

Nice rack of rainbow runner and pargo for Spencer on the beach at Las Arenas.

First timer, Gayana Kikkawa, wasn’t sure she wanted to go fishing, but check out the big roosterfish she caught and released with the help of Captain Arcangel.

So many years! Finally, Taylor gets his roosterfish…even if it’s a small guy! Captain Fili thinks he needs some help! All fun. The fish was released.

We call these “tiger dorado.” One of the most colorful fish in our waters. Mike and Captan Rogelio with one on the gaff.

A masked Captain Licho helps Kevin with a bull dorado that looks to be about 5 1/2 feet long! Wow. Kevin had a good couple of days with us!

All smiles. Jakelyn Enriquez with a smiling Captain Fili and a Las Arenas roosterfish for the camera. The fish was released.

Young Kale Jenks had quite a week with a marlin, a sailfish and yellowtail among others! Kale was visiting us from Washington with his dad.

She’s a regular poster-girl for us down here. Always in the big fish and she’s especially good on the roosterfish, but Alicia Clegg got her biggest rooster this past week.

Walt La Boda had himself a blast tossing baits and lures into the shallows on light tackle hooking fish like these snapper, pargo and cabrilla!

One of the toughest fish you could hook into down here pound-for-pound. The Mexican name for them is “TORO” which means “Bull.” Jennifer with a big jack crevalle just off the sand at Punta Arenas.

Another yellowtail for the cooler for Justin! Some good eating to take home to Washington.


A good day on the water is off to a good start when the dorado are biting early. Spencer Sering as the sun comes up!

Well, Mother Nature gave us a tease again.

We’ve been locked in this cold-water La Nina condition now for months.  Waters are cooler. Air temps are cooler.  Water is cold and green and cloudy.  Consequently, fishing has been pretty erratic, unpredictable and frankly confined to mostly cold-water species.

We’ve been catching species that we normally catch in the winter and early spring instead of the warm-water species that should have been biting 2 months ago.

That’s not to say fishing is bad.  It’s just well..ABNORMAL!

We’ve had probably the best yellowtail season in memory.  Big 20-40 pound yellowtail have been our bread-and-butter fish now most of the season.  But, these are cold-water fish that are usually gone by April!

We’ve also had a great catch of rainbow runner, cabrilla, pargo, snapper, pompano, trevally, jack crevalle and white bonito.  All fun fish and we’re indeed still putting alot of these into the box.

However,  most of these fish, like the yellowtail should be long gone!

Fortunately, we’ve still got big roosterfish running around and these pigs are still 20 to 60 pound fish.


Where are the tuna, wahoo, billfish and dorado?  We’ve had little teasers, but nothing has broken loose.  Just need the waters to warm up!

Well, this week, it finally seems like things blew open in a big way.  We had several days where our anglers fishing straight out’ve La Paz just hammered all the dorado they could handle.  I mean, dozens of fish everywhere.  Catching and releasing so many and coming back to the beach with fish boxes completely plugged!  Big bulls in the 20-40 pound class were not uncommon.  It was crazy good dorado fishing like we have not seen in ages.

Then, just when we got all fired up…

There’s a hurricane far to the south of us.  It never reached us, but the arms of the storm were enough to blow cold water and winds up our way again.  Our waters got cold and green.  Bait got harder to find.  The fishing tanked!

A few dorado showed up here and there.  Some billfish were hooked.  But, we were back to inshore rock fishing again!

We just need things to settle down.  In some respects, the fact that our waters are cooler kept the hurricane away from as these storms track the warm water.  On the other hand, it still blew waves, winds and cold water back up our way.


That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing


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

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 the Week of June 25-July 1, 2022


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for Week of June 25-July 1, 2022




First day biggest fish ever! Chris Graham from Louisiana hit his personal best fish on his first day out with this big roosterfish just off the Punta Arenas lighthouse. The fish was released.

Long-time Tailhunter amigo, Dave Conklin, was fishing deep just off the rocks near Punta Coyote when he stuck this nice yellowtail to add to his fish box.

She’s a regular poster-girl for Tailhunter ever year with the fish she catches . Alicia Clegg is always on the fish. Big bull dorado and she obviously could have used one more hand with that dorsal fin!

Young Kale Jenks from Washington had himself a banner week of fishing and got a hand from his dad, Justin, on this big sailfish he caught on a sardine off Bahia Muertos

It’s been awhile since Kevin Beehn from Lake Tahoe CA has visited us but he picked up right where he left off putting fish, like this big yellowtail onto the deck.

Funnest family! Kelly and Diego Jimenez from Loveland CO always come down this time of year and usually bring one of the grandkids. This time Neriah got the nod and a table full of fish including rainbow runners, a hawkfish and pompano.

Montana in the house! Andy Malone was with us for the first time this week and really wanted a roosterfish! Not a bad first try. Good catch and release with Captain Gerardo.

One of the nicest guys on his first trip with us. Justin Jenks from Washington sure went home with alot of fish including some nice yellowtail fillets!

Thumbs-up from Captain Jorge and Robbie Sickels, Jr. who put this big roosterfish aboard on his 27th birthday! The fish was released. Punta Perrico in the background.

A great fishing team every year. Captain Joel and Bennett Clegg know how to put fish on a rod like this yellowtail north of La Paz Bay.

Captain Pancho estimated this roosterfish to go 40 kilos…about 85 pounds and his biggest of the season. It was also the biggest fish ever for Andy Lauber as well! Andy was able to release the big gallo and is from New Orleans.

We sure don’t get many of these! Ken Smith from Idaho picked up a rare barracuda! I’ve seen schools of the while diving, but maybe only 2 or 3 caught on hook and line in my 30 years here.

Our own Ms. Michele! Big smile and a big yellowtail on the gaff for Michele Conklin who has visited us many times over the years from Spokane WA.


Not many dorado so far this year, but Bennett Clegg found a few one day including this nice bull.

Not a bad start for Kale Jenks. His first time to La Paz. His first day on the water. His first bait in the water! And this striped marlin picks it up! Captain Boli with the smiles and asssit!

Just another day in paradise for Alicia who never fails to put fish on the deck. She can fish! Nice yellowtail, Alicia!

The bonito are all over and voracious! Ask Kelly Jimenez! These bonito are actually the white bonito and very good eating. They are all over this season.

Louisiana in the house! Chris and Andy with two big yellowtail ready for the fillet table.

If Captain Jorge has his thumb in the air, it’s always a good sign. Rob Sickels, Sr. got his first catch-and-release rooster right up against the rocks of Punta Perrico.

Tough-fighting jack crevalle will pull you all over the panga! Ken Smith would probably agree!

It’s the lucky sunglasses. Dave with another yellowtail. Flat waters like a lake!


Well…we sure have alot more photos than last week!   It makes for a better looking fishing report, right?

But, remember, to be perfectly candid, it’s like watching the NFL highlights on a Sunday night.  You get to see all the touchdowns and the all-star moves!  You’re not seeing all the plays that got stuffed!

It’s been like that with fishing.  Mother Nature just won’t give us a break.  C’mon, Man!

Not only are we in a La Nina year when it’s obvious by now that waters are colder and cooler than normal along with the air temperatures…all affecting our fishing.  But, the weather gods threw another wrench at us this past week.

Tropical Storm Celia hit about 500 miles south of us.  It didn’t come any closer.  But, that didn’t stop it from sending strong winds and big waves up our way and really jacking up our south-facing fishing areas…like Las Arenas where we had to cancel fishing for 2 days and have everyone fish with our La Paz fleet.  Even after the storm conditions had passed, it’s been several days now, but waters there are still turned over, dirty , green and cold.  It’s difficult to get live bait as well because of the conditions.  Check out this video below and turn up the sound:

So, fishing with our Las Arenas fleet, which should be on fire under normal conditions, has been sticky and picky to say the least.  There are still some big roosterfish around between 10 and 80 pounds, but other than that, there’s just some inshore action on lots of bonito, rainbow runners, pompano, trevally, jack crevalle, pargo and bonito.

I think until the waters clean up, that’s the kind of fishing it’s going to be over on that side.  Our captains and clients are working really hard to find fish for sure!

For our La Paz Fleet, thankfully, the fishing closer to La Paz has rescued us much of the time.  The yellowtail bite continues strangely.  I say “strangely” because the yellowtail are a cold-water fish that are usually gone by April.

However, here it is in July and they are still around and have been biting strong.  Fish between 20 and 40 pounds are not uncommon.  Lots of these strong fish have been getting lost. They’re beasts and surprising alot of folks with their power.

We ARE starting to see more dorado so maybe that’s an indication that waters are warming (I hope!).  I don’t want to get too excited.  We should be thick into dorado by this time, but it just hasn’t happened.  However, we did catch more dorado this week than we have all season.  So, fingers crossed!

That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing


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

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

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