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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for the Week of July 25-Aug. 1, 2022


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



Oh yea! What a haul of big dorado for Jim and Daniel Bovee from San Diego out with Captain Pancho.

Captain Rogelio looks on as Seth Crowder from Oregon hefts a bull dorado into the boat. Seth was visiting us for the first time from Oregon.

Texas smile in the house! First time fishing with us and Valerie Burgin puts a roosterfish in the photo. The fish was released.

Captain Jorge give Oscar Alba with his big bull dorado. Not only was this his first time fishing in La Paz, but this was Oscar’s first-ever dorado and it turned out to be a trophy fish! He wanted the head for soup and it weighed 18 pounds all by itself and we had trouble vacuum sealing it for him!

The fun Kraushaar Family in a super pose after a day on the water with some cooperative dorado. It’s Tanner, Ashley (mom), Tallen and Jason (dad).  This could easily turn into their Christmas card photo!

Hero move by Chase Willis from Kentucky staying at Bahia Muertos at Rancho Costa who boated this pretty striped marlin then released it!

One of the nicest guys you could possibly meet or fish with, this is Chris Burgin from Texas who got to cross roosterfish off his bucket list on his first try. He also released his catch!

Julia and Josh Robert from Nashville were also some of our first-timers this week and had a great time each day on the water . Here’s a picture of the with their first day catch of dorado, rainbow runner and triggerfish. Great folks!

Captain Pancho estimated that Jim’s big dorado weighed somewhere around 60 pounds! That’s just a beast! Everyone thinks their fish weighs a huge amount, but when the captain says “60 pounds” that’s alot of cred. Jim fought this fish on light tackle for over an hour!

When this happened earlier in the week, I wanted to get really excited when Daniel and Jim Bovee and some of our other boats ran into. school of football tuna busting the water. This is about as many tuna as we caught all last year. But, I didn’t want to jinx things because I figured the tuna were just breezing through. Sure enough, it was a one-day hit-and-run.

Tallen has a nice tasty cabrilla for dinner. Captain Rogelio helps out. Espirito Santo Island in the background.

Yes! Valerie wil tell you she caught largest dorado on her boat that day! Captain Rogelio would not disagree.

Long-time Tailhunter amigo, George Bonner brought is grandsons  Dan and Jack down to fish with us and experience La Paz. First day out with Captain Jorge, a striped marlin and a bunch of dorado. Dan fought the marlin on a spinning reel for over an hour.

Captain Pancho with Shane, Valerie and Chris Burgin and a nice load of fish headed to the freezers.

Big smile from Jason Kraushaar and help from a mystery hand in posing with his dorado.

Tanner Kraushaar is headed back in a few weeks for his senior year as QB for his high school football team, but is getting in some summer fishing first!



We had one of our most consistent weeks of fishing this past week.  That’s not saying everyone caught fish every day or the every boat always caught fish, but given that most of our folks fish 2-6 days, most everyone had lots of action and probably better fishing than they thought and everyone went home with a load of fish that wanted a load of fish.

With weather in the high 90’s, there’s no doubt it’s summertime.  Water temps are in the mid to upper 70’s now which is a good sign . We waiting some extra months for this to happen.
The dorado were more than cooperative.  Both our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet and Tailhunter La Paz Fleet had steady to spectacular bites on the mahi.  For sheer numbers, our Tailhunter La Paz fleet was the place to fish.  Pretty much sure fire action on 5 to 10 pound fish with some larger fish around as well .
For quality, our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet finally got into the game after being surprisingly slow for several weeks with bigger dorado in the 10-30 pound class not uncommon and some beasts in the 40-50 pound range taken every day (captains’ estimates on the sizes!).  In addition, we had one day where the tuna erupted and produced footballs in the 10-15 pound class.
I got really excited about the tuna, but had to temper my enthusiasm as the tuna are anemic and I didn’t want everyone to get excited. Sure enough that was the one day that the tuna blew up.
However, it’s been a pretty good week of striped marlin.  It was probably the best marlin week we’ve had all season with several getting hooked every day.  Most lost or break off.  Most of the ones that got to the boats were released.  Size ranged up to about 120 pounds .
Still some roosterfish around up to about 40 pounds and surprisingly some cold water fish like rainbow runners and pargo liso were still being caught.
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 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 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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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 18-24, 2022




La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 18-24, 2022




George Hatziyiannis from Oregon was on his first visit to us and was great to have him visit and also get his first dorado!

Sara Kirkpatrick and Dave Baker from Houston TX could not have been happier tangling with their first marlin that they hooked fishing outside La Paz Bay. Dave said he has his smoker ready. The fish could not be released.  Surprisingly, it’s only our 3rd marlin of the season.  Hopefully, more soon!

OH yea! Two thumbs up for sure from Kevin Beehn, our long-time amigo, currently living in the Lake Tahoe area of California. Talk about a rack of fish variety, I see amberjack, sierra, yellowtail, pompano and cabrilla ready for cleaning and good eating!

Two of our Tailhunter friends that have been with us close to 25 years. With a pair of nice yellowtail, Louis Mogabgab and Roger McCracken got the ‘tails on live mackerel.

Captain Alfredo gives Dave Williamson a hand posing with his big bull dorado. Dave is a hoot and visits from Waco, TX. he wanted a dorado this trip!


Ms Michele! She always catches fish. Michele Conklin has fished with us for years and has a nice cabrilla after her first day fishing. This lady can fish!

Captain Pancho with Shelton Donnell who visits us every year from the Portland OR area. Shelton was able to release the fish. He’s coming back to see us again in about a month! I think we’ve been friends almost 30 years.

Two of our favorite rascals, Larry Chastain and Steve Ritz got a mess of fish to clean! Wow…tons of rainbow runners and some trophy cabrilla!

Captain Alfredo helps Roger with a nice-sized roosterfish right off Punta Perrico near Bahia Muertos. Roger was able to release the fish.


Big smiles from Shelton and his yellowtail that took a live mackerel near Espirito Santo Island.

Captain Archangel looks on as Dylan Hitner holds up a pretty rooster she caught just off the rocks in shallow water. Great shot and a good release as well.


First timer, Sylvia Conklin with Captain Armando and a sizeable rainbow runner. She also put a nice amberjack in the box as well.

His first roosterfish after years of fishing in La Paz, Kevin took a good shot and was able to let the fish swim off strong.

Texas in the house! Dave Williamson and Dave Baker had a full day of action with dorado, cabrilla, rainbow runners, amberjack and even a hawkfish to take home.

This past week seemed to be the first week that it finally felt like some semblance of summer.  It was actually hot with air temps hitting the high 90’s and even the low 100’s.


It hasn’t been like that all season where we’ve had cold waters and cooler temps than normal that have definitely defined and given us an erratic and much different fishing season than normal.


This is the first week that the jackets and sweatshirts came off.  But, have we turned the corner?  I don’t want to jinx things, but I can only hope.  The cooler weather we’ve had has meant rougher water; more winds; greener seas and an unpredictable fishing bite.


With the warmer water this past week, seas seemed flatter.  The winds really tapered off.  But, I’m not sure that it has meant the fishing was better.


For the past 3 months, we’ve mostly been fishing cold water species like pargo, cabrilla, snapper, jacks, pompano, trevally and others.  We’ve had a spectacular yellowtail season unlike any I have ever seen in almost 30 years down here with fish into the 30 pound class.  All of these are cold water species that should have been long gone by April or so.   Instead, we’re still catching them here into the summer.


However, with the waters warming, we’re seeing more dorado although it’s a far cry from what we should be catching when normally by this time of year, dorado should be 70% of the catch.  We also are seeing more billfish including striped marlin and our first sailfish of the season.  However, again, it’s just a smidgen of what we would normally be catching.


In the meantime, we are still catching the cooler water species mentioned above including sierra; rainbow runners (more than I have ever seen);  white bonito (again more than I have ever seen) and roosterfish are still around although not as many of the larger 50 to 80 pounders we’ve caught the last few months.


In all honesty, I can’t say the fishing has improved.  It is still unpredictable.  It is still erratic.  One boat catches fish and the boat right next to it can’t buy a bite.  One day, the fish bite and the next, everyone has to work extra hard just to hook a single fish.   When the fish do bite, there’s no telling what the boats will come back with.


I think we just have to wait and see and hope that the waters continue to warm bringing in more dorado, billfish as well as hopefully wahoo and tuna.  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

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 10-17, 2022


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



WEATHER:  Very erratic.  Chilly mornings one day.  Warm the next morning.  Daytimes usually hot and sunny. Sometimes very humid.  Some mornings very windy.  Other days, the afternoons and evenings are blustery.  Overall, for June much cooler than normal.

WATER:  Slowly very slowly seems to be clearing up, but largely still cooler and off-color than normal.  Green cold water still in many areas.  It doesn’t help that we keep getting winds that stir things up.   Sometimes it makes getting bait difficult.

FISHING:   Up-and-down to be honest.  Varies from day to day and boat-to-boat. Nothing consistent because of the changing weather and water.  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best, I’d say it’s a 2 at worst.  5 at best.

SPECIES:  Yellowtail, roosterfish, lots of white bonito, barred pargo, pargo liso, dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, triggerfish, jack crevalle, rainbow runner, trevally, pompano, some dorado.  Got our first sailfish finally and our 2nd marlin of the season.





Chris Stark from Yucaipa CA rocked this big bull dorado. We should be thick with dorado right now, but conditions are much cooler than normal.

Gerald Damge and Jim Caskey pose with a nice pair of hefty yellowtail caught north of the city. Both guys are from the Denver area.

Daniel and dad, Jim, Bovee! OK…nice yellowtail with Daniel. But, check out Jim. That’s a halibut/ flounder! Just shows you how cold the waters are! In 30 years down here running our operation, I’ve never had an angler hook a flattie! It ate a whole mackerel. Maybe we should start running halibut charters! (Yes, I know it’s a flounder, but locals call these halibut!)

Love this shot! Alan Hed has his big rooster, but Mike Jennings happily photobombs the shot while fighting his own rooster! Both were released. Check out Mike’s big fish below. The guys are from Washington.

Jerry Rost with Captain Rogelio got this big bull while fishing in shallow water right up against the rocks! Crazy fishing. Jerry is from Idaho and, although you can’t see the whole fish, we taped it out at 54″ long!

I have never seen so many white bonito being caught as we have had in the last week. Alex Cardenas has quite a table spread of bonito with Captain Armando. These bonito are quite tasty.

First trip to visit us from Colorado, Phoebe Bleichrodt had just one day to fish and made it a good one! Great weather and several yellowtail in the fish box!

Shane Lindquist from the Logan area of Utah has been talking to me for years and we finally got him down where he got a variety of fish including a personal best dorado.  Good to have him be part of the Tailhunter Tribe finally!

I think Mike is sticking his tongue out here. Not sure if it’s meant for the photographer or because the roosterfish tuckered him out. Great shot and great fish. (released)

This is just a great photo! Grant Checa from Denver has a great story to tell when he gets home. Starting early!

Two more of our Utah amigos that got initiated into the Tailhunter Tribe this week. First timers Andy and son Brandon Nebeker pose with a big first-time roosterfish. The fish was released.

Here you go! Great shot. Long-time amigo, Rich Keogh, with Armando and a sizeable amberjack. Rich gave the fish to a very happy Armando.

First sailfish of the year! Captain Pancho with Tanya and Brandon McGarr from Rock Springs, WYO took this on the east side of Cerralvo Island. Not able to release the fish, much of the meat was donated. They were able to release a striped marlin.

Dave Johnson has fished with us before, but this time, he brought his wife Rachel who took to things very nicely and spent 3 days fishing. Our amigos are from Denver CO.

John Lowdermilk has visited us a number of times and said this past trip was the best fishing has has ever had. Big boy yellowtail on the gaff. John caught about a dozen different species.

Brandon McGarr took only our 2nd marlin of the season with Captain Pancho. Normally, this should be well into billfish, but conditions just aren’t right…yet! Brandon was able to release the fish.

There are lots of big toro (Jack crevalle) running around right now. They are a tough fish to have on the end of your line. “Toro” is the Spanish word for “bull.” Jeri Damge gets a hand from Captain Boli.

Big smiles and a good shot of Greg Saubolle and one of his yellowtail from a really good day on the water. I recall that the boat took 4 or 5 yellowtail that day.

Daniel Bovee always does pretty well. He found a nice amberjack hole and pulled these two sluggers out while trolling for wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island with Captain Pancho. Daniel lives in Costa Mesa CA.

Fun family with Captain Gerardo. Noha, Stephanie and Chris Stark got a few rare dorado plus I see more fish on the cutting table as well.

Two of our best goofy friends, Bob Duncan from Santa Barbra fish slaps everyone’s favorite guy Jorge Romero. They got 5 nice yellowtail on the day.

A good start! Utah in the house and first day catch for Shane Lindquist and Aaron Rudie with yellowtail meat for the box.

Jim Caskey has his first roosterfish for a quick photo and release! Jim came to visit us from Denver.

Flat seas and good fishing. Brett Bleichrodt only had one day to fish but had one of the better days with the yellowtail.

Personal best rooster for Alan Hed with big smiles and Cerralvo Island in the background. I think they hooked and released 4 that day.

This is a classic slugger yellowtail. Mike Jennings hammered this forkie on a live mackerel towards Espirito Santo Island.

Tanya McGarr gets a hand from Captain Pancho on her big rooster battled just off the beach near Punta Arenas. The fish was released.

Captain Joel gives Andy a thumb’s up on his yellowtail. His first!

Oh wow! Robert and his brother Jerry Rost hoist a trio of bull dorado that make quite a surprising catch just off the rocks of Espirito Santo Island.

After fighting a fish, it can be quite a chore to lift it for the camera. Chris Stark gets some grins watching his son, Noah, try to pose for the camera.

Tiffany Floyd from Idaho is one of the funnest folks that ever visits us. Captain Joel helps with a big yellowtail caught actually inside La Paz Bay of the San Rafaelito lighthouse.

Jeff Floyd has one for the box amid a good yellowtail bite they found just outside of La Paz Bay.

Ryan Melnick was on his first trip to visit us and got his first yellowtail worth the big smile and a good photo!

I just don’t know what to make of this season except to say, nothing is predictable. Nothing is “normal.”

Looking at all the photos, it looks like wow!!! Fishing MUST be great!

Here is the general picture. It has been a very cold cold season. Waters are 5 to 10 degrees cooler/ colder than normal. That might not seem like much, but it makes all the difference in the world to fishing. Air temps are getting warmer, but the daytime temperatures can vary from 25-35 degrees during the day. Cool and cold in the mornings then blazing hot in the afternoon. Some days very windy and choppy. Some days calm .
Some waters are green and cold. Some water is blue and clear. And that is just on the surface!

Down below under the water, our divers are saying there’s a big thermocline 20-30 feet below the surface that is another 5 more more degrees colder.

Every day seems different. Every location is different. Two fishing boats can be in easy sight of each other and have such completely different experiences that you wonder if they were even in the same ocean.

On top of it all, we had a “SUPER MOON” this week to thrown another wrench in the mix. A super moon is not just a full moon (which can be problematic all by itself!). A super moon happens rarely but it means the moon is something like 50,000 miles closer to the earth . The means huge tide swings. It means stronger currents. It affects the whole fishing environment.

In fact, I want to be perfectly honest. We had 2 of the worst days fishing this week that I can ever remember. Even on “bad” days folks still catch fish. Maybe not as many or not the species they wanted. But, they still get some action .

There were two days this week when the ocean was like a desert! Some boats didn’t get a single bite. Not even from “junk fish.” Some boat got maybe one little fish. Our captains were frustrated. Our anglers were frustrated. Everyone working hard at it, but nature just didn’t want to give it up!

That’s just the way it is. Some really “off days.” Then a good day. We get excited. Then a so-so day. Then a good day. Then a bad day. The fishing is really sideways. One boat catches fish. The boat right next to it can’t even get a seagull interested.

We should be into our summertime bite right now with dorado, tuna, billfish and wahoo.

Instead, we’re still getting cold-water species. It’s not terrible fishing. It’s just strange fishing.

We’re having an incredible yellowtail season with fish up to 35 pounds or so. But normally, the yellowtail are done by April, maybe May. But, when they have been biting, it’s been great. But even the yellowtail take a day off or two.


There’s a few dorado here and there. We got only our 2nd marlin of the season. We got our first sailfish of the season. Thankfully, big roosterfish up to 60 pounds or more are still in the area and willing to bend the rods.

Other than that, lots and lots of white bonito, pargo, cabrilla, plus trevally, amberjack, rainbow runners, jack crevalle and (just to show you how cold it is) we even got a halibut. Well, a flounder, but the locals call any flat fish a “halibut.” But in 30 years down here, I’ve never seen anyone catch a halibut/ flounder. Usually, those are in very much cooler waters.

So, if you’re coming down, just be prepared for anything. Perhaps more cold water will continue. Or, suddenly things will click and everything will change!

UPDATE: Can’t catch a break. Even as I write this, we have to weather situations to the south of us. Hurricane Blas and Tropical Storm Celia are formed up way way way down the south of the Mexican Pacific Coast. They are NOT going to hit us, but nevertheless are sending up big waves and swells as well as strong winds. There’s a possibility of some afternoon rain.

The total effect is that it looks like for the next 2 days, the sun will be out, but the waters could be rough and for our Las Arenas fleet, my captains tell me there will be no live bait for fishing out’ve Las Arenas. So, we’ll probably have everyone fish with our La Paz fleet.

ON THE UPSIDE:  No more covid testing to return to the U.S. They finally got rid of it!


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 Week of June 3-9, 2022



La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Bahia Suenos Fishing Report for June 3-9, 2022


Scale of 1-10 (10 being best):  6 at best.

Temps:  Cold windy mornings in the high 50’s to low 60’s with rough water but then gets hot into mid-90’s by late morning and seas flatten.  Sweatshirt not a bad idea.

Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet – Most variety of fish.  More fish per rod.  Seems like a little of everything.  Pargo, dog-tooth snapper, yellowt snapper, rainbow runner, roosterfish, bonito, jack crevalle, amberjack, yellowtail, pompano, trevally, sierra, cabrilla and a tease of wahoo and tuna

Tailhunter La Paz Fleet – Fewer but bigger fish.  Mosty 20-40 pound yellowtail and some larger amberjack.  Smattering of bonito and jacks.  Maybe some of the best yellowtail fishing in years.





That’s a hog yellowtail! OINK! Rich Pope puts another big boy in the boat. Great shot!

The Mexican name of the amberjack is “Pez Fuerte” (The strong fish) for good reason. These bruisers can be over 100 pounds and are related to the yellowtail and roosterfish. Corey Fujita tugged this one up on the El Baja Seamount north of Espirito Santo Island. Check the yo yo jig still dangling from the fish’s mouth!

One tuna! Every now and then, we get a reminder that tuna should be here, but aren’t! Mark Malloy and Captain Ramiro pose with a yellowfin on the beach at Muertos.

I think this roosterfish was a personal best for Mike Muehl from San Diego. His buddy Bob lends a hand (Bob’s photos are below). Mike was able to release the big roosterfish.

Our first marlin of the season! He’s 5-years-old, but Owen Fujita actually pulled on this fish (with a little help from dad)! Note the marlin is missing it’s top bill! They donate the meat to folks at Aguamarga.

John Lowdermilk says it was his best day fishing here after putting the hurt on this big dog-tooth snapper. John is from Denver.

Captain Gerardo has alot of fish cleaning to do. Dave and Rachel Johnson had quite a bit of action by the looks of their table where I see golden trevally (palometa), rainbow runner, cabrilla, pompano, snapper and pargo.

Tiffany Floyd from Idaho is just a joy whenever she visits. Great pose with Captain Armando and a big roosterfish she caught off Bahia Muertos and released.

This lady loves fishing! Dee Dee Pope gets a hand on the gaff from Captain Alfredo and another big-shouldered yellowtail for the box.

Captain Arcangel with our long-time amigo, Doug Oclassen for a quick photo and roosterfish release.

Bob Francy has a big roosterfish to lift after a good battle so he can get it back in the water. I think Bob said this was his personal best rooster.

These folks were sure fun! Jim Caskey with Jeri and Gerald Damge from Colorado started their fishing week with a variety including cabrilla, rainbow runner, white bonito and snapper.

Good shot and a good fish for Rick Baer fishing north of La Paz where the yellowtail have been hanging out.

OH yea! Our roosterfish “poster boy” Steve Bryan cradles another big rooster for the photo so he can get it back in the water. Steve must have caught more than 8 of these big sluggers and released them all.

Not many dorado have shown up so far this year with the waters staying cold, but Dan Northrop got one of the larger models to bite a live bait while fishing with Captain Pancho

Bill Johnson with John Lowdermilk “We wore our arms out!” with a great rack of fish. Big amberjack, dog-tooth snapper, yellow snapper, cabrilla, yellowtail and rainbow runner on the day. This doesn’t show all the fish they released either!

Three generations of Fujitas! Robert, Owen (grandson) and Corey (son) with a couple of Cerralvo Island roosterfish for the photo then released.

It’s hard to lift a big fish after the battle, but Al Beilstein does his best with this big roosterfish for a quick photo then release!

Captain Adolfo with Bob Lederer from Massachusetts and a hefty yellowtail for the fish box taken off Las Arenas.

Every reason for the smile and the thumb’s-up as Rich puts another big yellowtail aboard. As I recall, this as his 2nd of the day.

Corey Fujita had to get a little height to photo this big bull dorado he caught north of Espirito Santo Island.

Great colors! Great smile. Nice fish for Grant Checa from Colorado and a nice barred pargo to take home!

Captain Gerardo and Jacob Pulsifer with a nice photo-and-release roosterfish. Jacob was another of our Colorado first-time anglers who visited this past week.

It was another week of anemic weather for us here in the La Paz area. We have had unseasonably cool weather and water this year. It has been reflected in mostly cold-water species being caught which normally are not hear this later in the year.

Two weeks ago, temperatures soared and I was sure we had turned the corner into summer-time conditions. We also saw more warmer water species like dorado start to bite. It was encouraging!

However, this past week, temperatures dropped again. Winds picked up, especially in the mornings that had our skippers and even clients reaching for sweatshirts and jackets. Waters had been clear and blue and instead got murkier and greener with the erratic change in weather.

So, we were back with the cooler water species. It wasn’t bad fishing at all. It was just unusual fishing for this time of year, but there was plenty of action with a huge variety of species.

However, it seemed to change from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.  One day Las Arenas is better.  The next day La Paz is better.   One boat gets a great bite.  The boat next to it can’t buy a fish.  Some days the fish came easy but the next day we had to work harder to find fish or get them to bite.   For most of our anglers fishing several days, however, it usually evened out and everyone went home with fish.


Big yellowtail continued to bite on live mackerel for our clients fishing out’ve La Paz in the bay or out towards the island of Espírito Santo to the north. This is maybe the best yellowtail season we have ever had.  Boats were averaging 1-3 fish per boat, but losing 3, 4 or more fish! Some occasional dorado and big cabrilla and bonito were also caught, but the focus was on the bigger yellowtail and occasionally, some bigger amberjack the cousin to the yellowtail.

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, it seemed like there were a dozen species caught every day. We just never knew.

In addition to some continued great action on big roosterfish up to 70 pounds, we also caught rainbow runners, cabrilla, snapper, several species of pargo, sierra, jack crevalle, pompano, golden trevally, bonito, and amberjack among others.


When you’ve been doing this down here for almost 3 decades, we are blessed to have been part of so many special moments and to have known so many special amigos…part of our Tailhunter Tribe.

Sometimes, when we live and work here daily, we forget how special this place is, however.  To many of our friends, this is their happy spot.  It’s a place where they made so many memories with their own friends and families.

Over time, it’s invariable that we bid adios to more and more of our long-time Tailhunter Family.  It’s an even more important honor when they want their ashes spread or a memorial done on our waters.

This past week, we said good-bye to Glenn Oclassen.  Family and friends gathered in Bahia Muertos to place a wreath and cast individual roses in the water for him.

Glenn was one of my first customers who brought his family and friends to fish with us back in the 90’s.  He had a long history in Baja even before Tailhunters and it was always a joy to be around him and his smile every year.  I was honored to have been his friend and blessed with his memory.

Adios, my friend.  Be with the angels and we’ll see you again sometime on the waters!

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/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 26-June 2, 2022


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



Scale of 1-10 with 10 being best:  6.  OK to Good.  Not great.  Some days better than others.  Some boats better than others

Our Las Arenas Fishing Fleet:  Lots of variety.  Several species of pargo, cabrilla, rainbow runners, bonito, jack crevalle, roosterfish, dorado, tuna, marlin, snapper, pompano, trevally, rainbow runners, wahoo.

Our La Paz Fishing Fleet:  Yellowtail and dorado. (more and bigger than Las Arenas)  Some bonito and rockfish.

Temps:  Air 57 to 103. Water 70-75 degrees.




Each May, Steve Bryan our Seattle amigo becomes our roosterfish poster-child. He catches and releases so many big roosterfish over the course of a week, we lose count. I think this one might have been number 6 or 7. Punta Perico in the background.

Captain Gerardo gives the big thumb’s-up to first-time visitor Lucas Pepin from San Diego who put this pretty dorado on board.

That’s alot of meat to heft! Fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet, Jeff Correia and John Stone pulled a dorado and 3 big thick yellowtail off the rock fishing with live bait north of La Paz. The guys come see us each year for many years.

Love this photo of Dave Kosnosky, another of our good Washington tribe members. Sticking out his tongue while another yellowtail dangles on the gaff.

Two of the funnest of our Utah friends, Doug and Penny Nuffer have themselves a cleaning table full of pargo, snapper and rainbow runners.

Adam Toeniskoetter from Saratoga CA has been visiting us for years and topped of his trip with a double hit of wahoo while fishing with Captain Victor.

Just a great shot of Captain Pancho with Mark Stewart and his roosterfish just before the release. Mark was on his first trip to visit us from San Diego.

It was a good week for amberjack! Gary Wagner from his Rancho Costa Resort in Muertos Bay holds a nice one. Amberjack are related to yellowtail, pompano and roosterfish.

Big smiles from Diane Kosnosky after boating another yellowtail. That’s Espirito Santo Island in the background. Amiga Diane is from Washington.

Here you go! Start off the day with Mr. Hoo! Lucas Pepin with his first wahoo he nailed first thing on the morning.

Dan Maynard from Phoenix is staying out at Rancho Costa and caught one of the spawning pargo (mullet snapper) that are now schooling up on the shallows.

On the 3rd day, Al Cazier finally got his roosterfish after his wife and daughter had already caught theirs! Al is from San Antonio and it’s always good to have him visit. The rooster was released.

A pretty yellowtail gets a good look from Mike Lubliner from San Diego before it hits the box.

Dan Northrop from Oregon got his big roosterfish not far off the Punta Arena lighthouse. He was able to release the fish.

Matt Coreia’s dad, Jason comes down all the time to fish with us, but this was his first trip and he poses with his dorado and a double handful of yellowtail.

Captain Armando lends and hand on a couple of big palometas (golden trevally) caught by Tony and Matt Montini from the San Jose area of California. First trip for them!

Some good eating right there! A tuna, some cab rilla, snapper, pargo, amberjack are getting ready for the fillet knife! Dan and Casey Northrop were with us for the first time from Oregon.

Steve has been trying since 2007 in La Paz to get a wahoo and finally racked one this week! He’s giving it the “finger.”

First-day roosterfish for Matt Stewart who caught this not far from the Las Arenas lighthouse and quickly released it.

Bob and Troy Kuzminsky from Washinton got themselves a nice pair of yellowtail ready to pack up and bring home.

Steve is behind the mask with another of his roosterfish . It’s another big one!

A tiger dorado in the boat for Lucas Pepin. Check out the flat ocean. That’s Espirito Santo Island back there.

Smiles over a big load of variety for Ken and Jen Nelson who show off some tuna, pompano, triggerfish, snapper, cabrilla, dorado and even an topsail trevally.

Captain Armando with Matt and Tony Montini posing with mullet snapper, barred pargo, snapper, cabrilla, tuna, triggerfish and jack crevalle.


The week was light night-and-day.

For the past two months, it’s been unseasonably cold, windy and rough. The fishing reflected it as well. Many cooler water species were being caught like yellowtail, amberjack (some big ones!), pargo, cabrilla, snapper, sierra, and about a half-dozen other species more indicative of winter and early spring fishing.

Lucas Pepin had a fun first day!

It wasn’t bad fishing. There was lots of action. It just was very unusual to still be catching these species when the calendar says it’s almost summer. Likewise with erratic winds and waves, it wasn’t always the most pleasant time to be on the water and at times, we really had to work hard to get our bites.


Then, about mid-week, it was like someone threw a switch.

It didn’t get just warmer. It got hot! Temps board into the high-90’s and low 100’s. Water temps jumped 5 degrees and cleared up.

And the complexion of the fishing suddenly changed as well.

Dave’s got a bull!

We were still catching the yellowtail, amberjack, rainbow runners, sierra, pargo, pompano and all the other cooler water species. But suddenly, the warmer water species decided to come to get into the game as well.

We got some smatterings of yellowfin tuna. We got some wahoo to finally bite. The marlin woke up and we got our first billfish of the season. And for both our Las Arenas and La Paz fleet, the numbers of boated dorado finally jumped up as well with flat calm seas all around.

And the roosterfish got bigger too! Some of our regular anglers are telling me they’ve never seen so many roosterfish. Multiple catches per boat are resulting in fish running 30-80 pounds on a regular basis!

Is our fantastic yellowtail season over?

I hate to see such a great yellowtail season possibly being done, but hopefully, we’re back on track like a normal year with these better conditions. Not sure if the rough and windy part of the year are completely done and I’ve learned never to say “never” when it comes to the weather, but hopefully, this is the start of the summer season!


Don’t get caught!  For years, we have always recommended getting trip insurance before coming down.  Even before Covid hit, economic trip insurance can help you recoup expenses for the unexpected  and unforseen things like bad weather cancellations; accidents; injury; getting sick on the trip; delays and flight delays or cancellations all of which are TYPICALLY NON-REFUNDABLE as stated in all of our documentation.   (Not to mention all the covid-related things, aftermath and fallout. )

Just this past week, more than 7,000 flights got cancelled by the airlines.  Lack of pilots and airline personnel; rising fuel costs and other adjustments have things in a jumble.  A number of our clients have had to change vacation plans this summer to adjust as well.  Don’t get caught.

There’s alot of good companies offering economic plans. Lonely Planet or The Travel Insurance Center and Global Rescue or Sky Med are a few that come to mind.

Here’s a link to help you get started: https://www.insuremytrip.com/


After several months, the Mexican Fishing License Website is now functioning.  Yay!  Sorry for all the frustration.  It’s been a PITA to us as well.   Here’s the site: https://www.sportfishingbcs.gob.mx/


Lots of our anglers are now telling us they’re able to get their permits!

If you are still having issues, two possible fixes:

1.  In the spot where it says to choose the bank choose SANTANDER.  (Just found that out)
2.  One reason that credit cards get rejected is that it sees you’re trying to access a Mexican website and it’s protecting you from fraud.  Call your bank and let them know.

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

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 May 11-18, 2022


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



Brad Sleder visits us a few times a year from S. Carolina and was out with Captain Pancho when he got this big roosterfish to chomp down on a live ladyfish he was using for bait. They were fishing just south of the Punta Arenas lighthouse and were able to release the big rooster.

Yes! Looks like wahoo are finally back in the area. Jim Sweet from Montana decided to commit a whole day to chase wahoo at the south end of Cerralvo Island and got this wahoo with Captain Armando on a trolled Rapala.

Thumb’s up from Captain Alfredo with Ryan Hales who put the hurt on this big boy yellowtail in surprisingly calm waters near Espirito Santo Island.

Kallie Steever just got married and came down with her husband specifically to catch a roosterfish. She did pretty good right off the rocks south of Bahia Muertos on this rooster that she photo’d and released. She and her husband are both firefighters from Grass Valley CA.

Keith Hemstreet from Washington gets a hand from buddy Brad Sleder on one of the few dorado caught this week…a nice bull.

Big smiles for Dr. Bruce Mullen from San Diego area and his rooster he caught and released just off Punta Perrico.

Captain Victor poses with our Arizona amigos, Mike and Roxsand McCleary and quite a great mixed catch of good-eating fish including cabrilla, rainbow runners, pargo, triggerfish and snapper.

Oh yea! Kirt Steever caught and released 3 of these roosterfish fishing with Captain Jorge right off the shore in shallow water. Beautiful fish.

That’s alot of fillet! Barbara and Bruce have cabrilla, snapper, huachinango, triggerfish and a few others on the cutting table after a day of fishing.

Great shot of first-timer with us from Jordan UT, Guy Markus and his roosterfish caught and released on a live sardine.

Two of our new Montana friends, Mil and Ann Siefke with rainbow runners (yellowtail0, pargo, snapper and cabrilla.

Whoa! That’s a hog of a cabrilla caught by Kendra Hales and even Captain Alfredo is straining to lift the big-belly fish!

First one for Steve Wright from Utah taken north of Punta Pescadero in shallow water with live bait. The fish was released.

All the way from Michigan where he said they are still able to ice fish, this is Ryan Morgan with one of several roosterfish he caught and released.

Captain Victor put Brad on another wahoo this week as well as one of the few dorado caught. Hopefully, the dorado kick in soon as waters warm

Ryan Hales had himself a pretty good week of fishing with us. Here’s another roosterfish to pose with and Captain Jorge before releasing the fish.

I have never seen so many palometa (yellow pompano) as we have caught the last 2 or 3 weeks. We are catching more in a day than we would catch in a normal year. Great eating too! Mil Siefke and Jim Sweet check out their haul.

Kendra’s first is a big rooster with Captain Jorge. The fish was taken on live bait in that shallow area just north of Boca de Alamo.

Another of the better cabrilla caugh this week. This time it’s Guy Markus.

It was a strange week on so many levels. Everyone caught fish, but the weather and water conditions made it a bit more difficult than it had to be. Mostly, just when I thought winter was done, it reminded us that anything can happen out on the water. Couple that with a full moon and (of all things) a solar eclipse and  there were some crazy moments out on the water.  It couldn’t help but affect the fishing!

For one, just when I thought we were done with the winter winds, they kicked up again from the north. In fact, they were so strong, the port captain shut down all boat traffic in-and-out of La Paz Bay for 2 days. That meant no fishing! Fortunately, we were able to put folks out with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet on the east side, so everyone could get out. However, one day the waters were so rough, the bait guys couldn’t catch bait. So, there was no live bait to sell or use. Therefore, not much caught. The next day, the waters were a bit calmer and the anglers could get bait, but there was a big swell and alot of chop.

Despite all that, air temps were still a very pleasant 90 degrees and sunny on the average and we still had a huge variety of fish. Normally, by now we’re in to the warmer water species like tuna, dorado, wahoo and billfish.

Cory Stewart with his dad, Dennis, and Captain Adolof check out the day’s catch of pargo, snapper and ‘cabrilla.

However, I think due to the winds keeping the waters cooler, the catch mainly consisted of cooler water fish with no shortage of pargo (dog-tooth as well as spawning mullet snapper/ pargo liso), snapper, cabrilla and jack crevalle. Plus some super catches of pompano and big palometa amarillos. Overall, I think I counted about 14 different species caught.

Captain Pancho poses with one of the larger pargo liso that are now moving into our waters to spawn.

Not so good eating, but tough when you finally hook them. Jack crevalle are called “toro” in Spanish because of their feisty and belligerent nature at the end of a line.

The real spotlight, however, remained on the nice catches of roosterfish which seem to get larger every week. Lots of legit fish in the 10-40 pound class were caught and released falling for live sardines and larger ladyfish. Some 50 pound class fish were also hooked most close to the shore between the Punta Arenas lighthouse and just south of Bahia Muertos.

Kirt has another one!

Crystal Baker with one of her caught-and-released roosters. Crystal is from Michigan.

For La Paz, just when I thought the yellowtail have to be gone because of the time of year, the big fork tails bit hard. We had one day where all of our boats got 2-7 big yellowtail running 20-40 pounds with lots of fish lost to the rocks or inexperience with these hard sluggers. Most of the fish were caught on live mackerel.

A stocky fat yellowtail for Dennis Stewart who was celebrating his birthday.

A few dorado caught, but until the waters warm up a tad, they’re just mostly not ready to feed although we’re seeing scattered schools. Same with the billfish and tuna.


For everyone that has been struggling with trying to obtain their Mexican Fishing license online:


It’s been a head-banger of frustation.  IT IS NOT YOU!!

Apparently, the bank that supports the credit card transactions bailed so they had to find a new bank to handle the transactions.  The search has taken week and its been a nightmare.

But, apparently the issue has been solved and the website is working!!!  Pick SANTANDER Bank when you fill out the application online.

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 Week of May 3-9, 2022


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



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 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

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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