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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 19-25, 2023


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A star-studded grouper caught by Mark Bonsack

Lora with another grouper also called a baqueta by locals.

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

That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing


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


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



OVERALL FISHING (Scale of 10) – 3

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

That’s true to some degree.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the good side…

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

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

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

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


Daniel Bovee’s totuava!

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

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

However, this past week we caught TWO of them!

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

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

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

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Tailhunter Sportfishing
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La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

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


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


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

Water – strong winds keeping the waters murky and disturbed.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

But, there’s no controlling nature.

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

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

And some days there was no wind…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s my story


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
P.O. Box 159
Hewitt TX. 76643Phones:
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 25-May 2, 2023


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



WEATHER – 65 to 85 degrees.  Cold windy mornings

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

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s the good news.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing

www.tailhunter.comMexico Office:

Tailhunter Sportfishing
755 Paseo Obregon

La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:

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

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