(Tropical Storm Javier then Hurricane Kay)

La Paz- Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 2-9, 2022




Mean and angry. Hurricane Kay barrels up the Pacific Coast to Baja and Southern California.

Just before the storm, Chris Binkley was able to put the wood to a number of dorado . Clouds starting to gather behind.

Like a boss! Jim Stahlman crushed it on his last day fishing with Captain Jorge and a boatload of quality dorado out’ve Bahia Muertos.

Kay isn’t messing around. Category 3 hurricane coming up the coast!

Captain Blas give Ted Tamborski a hand with thi legit bull dorado. Espirito Santo Island in the background .

Scott Evans was able to get out between storms and got some nice dorado.


Kay looks like she’s pretty angry! You can see all the related bands of water scattered everywhere.


It was an eventful week…to say the least!

We got in a little fishing.  We even got a little fish.

But, the whole story was the two storms that hit us this past week.  Up to then, the fishing had been pretty decent.  Dorado biting steadily if not full turbo.  Everyone catching at least something ever day if not more.  Dorado running maybe 5-15 pounds on the average.  Some larger.  A few marlin hooked.  A few wahoo hooked.  Lots of bonito and a smattering of inshore fish like cabrilla, snapper, pargo, trevally and sierra.

Then, Tropical Storm Javier popped up on us. Lots of strong rain.  Had to cancel fishing for a day.


We got boats out the next day, but I wasn’t very hopeful about the fishing.  Often after a strong rain, the waters can be dirty from the runoff.  Waters can still be rough.  Bait is scattered or difficult.

But, surprise, the boats actually came back with about a limit of dorado each.  Much better than expected.

The next few days, we were able to fish again.  It was not as good as we would have liked and not as good as it had been before the storm as it took awhile for the waters to normalize.  However, there were dorado biting.  If not very strong, at least somewhat and mixed with some other species, at least there was some action .

Tony has one for the fish box!

Then we started hearing about “INVEST 12E” another storm building down the coast.  We watched it building.  It got ominous when it got upgraded to “TROPICAL STORM KAY.”

Within a day, it was re-named HURRICANE KAY with predictions of it being a Category 2 or 3.  We warned everyone flying down.  We warned everyone that we had here. We had to pull boats out’ve the water as the port captain shut down all boat traffic.

And the wind and rain started up again.

Here’s the deal.  We’ve had hurricanes in the past.  Very strong hurricanes including Hurricane Odile in 2014 that was the strongest hurricane in Mexican history that hit Category 4 levels and wrecked homes, businesses, and boats.  Power outtages for weeks.  Chaos.

But, in all the hurricanes I’ve experienced, most storms blow over in a day.  Hurricane Odile was over in about 8 hours.  They move fast.

Hurricane Kay was a lightweight.  And it was slow.  It sat on La Paz for 3 days.  Not strong at all.  Wind…some drizzle…wind…rain.  Calm.  drizzle…rain…more wind.

Just enough to keep everyone stuck in their hotel rooms and our boats tied up.  No fishing.  No doubt it would have been dangerous to be on the water and the port captain had things locked up, but Kay just stuck around and stuck around!

Thankfully, no damage.  No real flooding.  No one hurt.

(Much different in other areas and along the Pacific Coast)

However, it locked down our fishing for 3 days and our anglers shut down as well.  Some guys never got to ever get on the water before going home.  Others lost several days of their fishing days.  Jill and I and the rest of our team felt really badly.  In our 30 years down here, I’ve never had a storm that kept folks off the water for so long and we appreciated that most of our anglers kept their patience with us and with the weather and a situation we couldn’t control nor was it expected.

The fall is our busiest and best fishing time, but now and then, yea…a storm comes through.

As I write this, we did finally get a few boats out.  For some of our anglers, it’s the ONLY day they will be able to fish before they head home.  I’m not real hopeful as the water are still rough and murky and I’m not sure they’ll find bait.  But everyone is just happy to get out.

OH…and since it’s been cloudy the last 4 days, I never noticed…IT’S A FULL MOON!  Can’t catch a break.

That’s my story!  Hoping for a better report next week!


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.”




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



Jimmy Williams (right) was out on the north end of Cerralvo Island with his neighbor Derrek when they hit these pair of jurassic bull dorado! Jimmy was fishing a live cocinero and Derrek nailed his fish on a flyrod!

Captain Ramiro helps Doctor Angie with her first dorado. First time visitor and first time fishing. She took home a nice load of fish.

Really fun folks visiting us for the first time and spent a few days fishing with us while staying at Rancho Costa. John and Sally Jongsma started their trip with a nice pair of just inside Bahia Muertos.

Steve Fajardo from Havasu City AZ looks like a postcard holding his bull there in Bahia Muertos!

A rare shot of Captain Arcangel smiling while helping Corey Giles from Utah on the gaff and photo. Arkie has worked for us almost 30 years at Tailhunter and a great guy and captain, but rarely smiles when the camera comes out.

All the way from Michigan, Jason Brown holds a legit bull dorado while uncle Brian McClelland looks on.

Steve has doubles! Both caught fishing just outside of La Paz Bay.

Always smiling, Sue McClelland has visited us many times from Utah and always gets into some nice fish.

Bringing back a nice load of dorado meat! Peggy Fry and Corey Giles headed back to the beach.

New addition to our Tailhunter Tribe, Brian Devlin from Colorado, spent 3 days fishing the dorado with us.

Big beast bull dorado! Captain Armando helps pose it with Tricia and Gary Bondoc.



Just as I was about to publish this week’s report, Tropical Storm Xavier hit us.  Well…mostly it glanced off the Baja and headed west to sea, but enough of it so that today (Friday Sept 2) it’s now raining and winds are blowing up to 30 mph.  Some areas have lost electricity.  In the video you can hear car and building alarms that got set off by the storm.

The port captain has shut down all boat traffic in and out’ve the port so we regretfully had to cancel all fishing for our guests.   Hope we can get back on the water soon!



It took a long time for summer to reach us down here with summer-time fishing as La Niña kept waters cool and fishing unseasonable until almost mid-July.  Then, things finally hit stride and the fishing has been solidly summer and conditions more normal with sunshine, blue waters and typical Baja humidity.

However, this past week, it almost seems like the seasons are already changing to fall conditions.  It’s been sunny but cooler.  Warm, but breezier.  We’ve had afternoon tropical showers.  In fact, this coming week, the weather predictions show chances of thunderstorms here and there almost every day. (See update above…”tropical showers” turned into major tropical storm!)

Afternoon rainshower blows across La Paz Bay.

Hopefully, things aren’t changing too fast because the fishing has been mostly very good, especially for dorado.  That being said, we even hooked some “cold water” fish like sierra that we usually catch in the winter and pompano and trevally that we usually see in the cooler spring!  We’ll have to see…


It wasn’t a fantastic week of fishing, but overall pretty good.  Some good days.  Some not so much.

The mahi have been 98% of the catch with fish in a wide area.  You can pick up fish here and there all day or you can hit that one school and have dorado pandemonium for an hour until your bait is gone and the fish box is full of limits and exhausted fishermen say they’re too tired!  Many of the fish have been school-sized 10-15 pounders.  Many smaller fish are getting kicked back.  A few 20-30 pounders in the mix with larger ones breaking off.

Not much else showing up in the counts, but I think alot of that has to do with folks are fishing for and having fun for the dorado.  They’re great fun and abundant and it’s not complicated fishing.  So, no one is really chasing roosters, marlin, tuna, wahoo or the inshore species.  We have had a few marlin and wahoo hookups, but nothing landed and the bites were incidental.  (The anglers were fishing for dorado!).  The few times that folks fished the rocks, they hit pargo, cabrilla and even some pompano, but everyone really is chasing the dorado.

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.”


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



Our long-time amigo from Camarillo CA has another big-head bull dorado to put in the box. Note the clouds, but flat seas.

Big smile…Raleigh Inglis fishing off Espirito Santo Island with some mahi fillets for dinner.

Idaho John Stevenson fishing just off La Ventana got an early morning dorado to put in the box.

I’m always teasing Roger that he doesn’t smile enough when he’s fishing! With Captain Rogelio in La Paz Bay.

Jeff Inglis with a fresh mahi coming over the rail!

Shiloah and Pete Wilson had a good day on the water!

Shelton Donnell looks a big disheveled after battling a tough jack crevalle, but he’s been fishing with us for decades and he’s always up for the fight. His 2nd trip this year from Portland.

It was another decent week of fishing overall except for two things that made it different. Once again, dorado were the mainstay of the bite with fish running 5 to 15 pounds on the average and conditions being mostly hot and humid.

However, the week had a few bumps in terms of the weather. We did have a couple of those little baby tropical rainstorms blow through that really kicked it up. Not that we don’t need some rain, but when it rains down here, it really rains. Flooding is not unusual.

Often, these storms are not on the weather radar. With all the heat, they suddenly just build into a big weather conditions.

Usually, it’s sporadic and isolated. For example it can rain in one spot, but 200 yards away it’s dry. It can rain for 10 minutes solid or an hour solid, then the sun comes blazing out. If it happens while you’re on the water, you need to either come back in and hunker down for a bit and let it pass or, if possible, at least drive to a spot where it’s not raining.

We had one day, when one of these storms raced up and it was big enough to chase all the boats off the water. These things are to be expected this time of year. At least (so far), none of these has been a hurricane. Just alot of wind and rain.

The other thing that happened is that there was a noticeable downtick in the number of fishermen on the water and folks in town. This is the bit of slowdown during the season when many families and fishermen are ending summer vacations. Kids are going back to school. Parents have family things to attend to like football and other school or athletic-related activities. So, while fishing remains good, the crowds are diminishing.

Although dorado are the central focus because they are numerous, we also hooked a few striped marlin plus rounded out catches with bonito, jack crevalle, small roosterfish, cabrilla and snapper.


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.”


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug 10-17, 2022



Just another good day on the water! Joni and John Stevenson from Idaho with some fish for the freezer!

Kyle Alexander, first time fishing with us and Captain Jorge, hooked two of these striped marlin and released them both. Really well done! On light tackle at that! Cerralvo Island in the background .

Jeanne Cabales from San Diego is always fun to have visit. Check out her two dorado and the rest of the catch sitting on the transom behind her .

Pete Wilson got two of these mahi on the flyrod as well as bonito and took several on bait.

The Blisses just had one day to fish and Captain Jorge put them on some nice dorado.

Long time Tailhunter amigo who has been fishing with us for about 20 years sometimes twice a year, Darrell Manginelli always gets into the fish. Another good day of dorado fishing here with some big mahi on the cleaning table. Darrell is from Camarillo CA .

Brothers Greg and Wade Gomes from Oregon and Nevada respectively have fished with us for years and got in 3 solid days on the dorado schools and topped it with their last day and a box full of bulls.

Mark Alexander from Sacramento CA was visiting us for the first time. He poses with one of his many dorado he caught over 3 days.


Kevin Ritchie from Galt CA finally got down to us and poses with a few of his dorado ready for the cleaning table.

Captain Victor with Elsie Mulcare from Pendleton OR who is pretty happy with her dorado. Looks like husband Kevin in the background might have another on the line.

Big smiles from Joni Stevenson posing on the beach at Bahia Muertos with one of her dorado.

Trophy pargo for Pete Wilson who gets a hand from his wife, Shiloah. They caught this in the channel between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island.

Favorite goofball friends…Ray and Jeanne Cabales from San Diego. Always fun having them visit.

Tough jack crevalle and a big one too! Shiloah with another great shot.

The Wilsons stacked up the dorado over 4 days of fishing with us.

Dan’s a happy fella! Good day on the water.

Nothing wrong with two nice bull dorado in hand for Wade Gomes. Good way to end 3 days of fishing with us. He had more in the fish box.

Ray…always a funny guy! Love these shots!

Going into this week, I was a bit nervous what would happen to our bite because of the big Super Moon that was predicted.  It’s the 3rd and last time this will occur this year and is a larger-than-normal full moon.  Indeed, especially early in the morning as I boarded our fishermen, the moon was spectacularly huge and gorgeous sitting over the dark waters in the early hours.

However, our fishing bite has been really solid the last few weeks and I was worried what such a big moon might do as it affects currents, tides, the bait situation and how the fishing schools would react…especially the dorado.  Over the past 3 or 4 weeks, we have finally gotten into a more typical summer-time bite that we expected for so long and was delayed for several months by La Nina conditions which kept the water chillier than normal.

Well, after all was said-and-done, I won’t say the moon didn’t have an effect, it did.  But, not as drastically as I had feared.

Overall, at the end of the day, everyone caught fish.  Everyone that wanted to bring home fish brought home fish.  Maybe not quite as abundantly as the week before the full moon, but the fishing days were sold, if not spectacular.

Perhaps the fish were a tad smaller.  Maybe not as many of those huge trophy bull dorado.  And the schools seemed a little more scattered over a wider area and had dispersed along the warmer water currents.  However,  many days our anglers were back on the beach early with limits.

Most fish were 5-15 pounds.  Lots of fish released. Some larger fish in the 20-30 pound class.  Overall, lots of action that varied from day-to-day and boat-to-boat.  A hot boat one day could find it a little slower the next.  And vice versa.  Or a cold spot one day could be the hot spot the next.

Fortunately, most of our anglers fish multiple days so slower days for dorado were off-set by better days and everyone went home with fish.

In addition to the dorado, we had a few nice biters or striped marlin.  A few scattered roosterfish between 10 and 30 pounds are still hanging out and some of our light-tackle anglers are having a blast catching-and-releasing all the little 2 and 3 pound dink roosters along the shore.

As well, there’s still some horse bonito, jack crevalle, pargo and cabrilla rounding out the mix.

One last thing, no doubt this is summer.  It’s very tropical. Very humid!  Every day, we get a little rain shower or some intermittent thundershowers that can last 5 minutes to an hour.  It can be a drizzle or a downpour.  Then, it’s over.  Sun comes blazing out again.

That’s my story!



La Paz – Las Arenas/ Bahia Muertos/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Aug. 2-9, 2022




Captain Gerardo gives gives a big smile and thumbs-up to Shiloah Wilson’s bull dorado caught south of Cerralvo Island. Pretty fish on live bait. She’s from Meridian ID.

Two of our long-time friends from Portland OR, Roger McCracken and Shelton Donnell started off their trip with a table full of dorado.

First fish of the day is a nice one for Wayne Small with Captain Jorge.

Elsie Mulcare from Pendleton OR was out with Captain Victor and had a fun time for her first time fishing our area.

John and Joni Stevenson pose on the beach at Bahia Muertos with a rack full of sizeable dorado for the cooler. Fun folks from Idaho.

This is a big wahoo! Sheldon with Captain Pancho were into the wahoo until a sudden rainstorm pushed the brakes and boats had to run for the beach.

Nashville in the house. Josh Robert was with us the first time and had a good day with Captain Joel fishing outside of La Paz Bay.

Beast wahoo for amigo, Joe Treves, who was dragging the purple Rapala still hanging from the fish’s mouth when this big wahoo crushed it! Captain Gerardo with the gaff and happy face.

A fish you cannot discount for it’s tenacious fighting ability, but taken and released by Julia Robert from Tennessee. Big fish!

Corpus Christi, TX representing! Our long-time amigo, Raphael Rios stuck this gorgeous bull dorado off the beach at Bahia Muertos.

More dorado for the ice chest. Wayne Small and Kevin Cunanan pose with a good day’s catch.

Josh got his marlin to the boat.

From Sacramento CA, Kyle and Mark Alexander finally made it down and we got them on the water for their first day with Captain Jorge and some great dorado action!

First time fun family from Pendleton OR, the Mulcare trio of Elsie, Kevin and Robert on their first day out.

The rain clouds were just about to bust open, but not before Roger finally got his first wahoo after so many years fishing with us. He insists that he’s smiling!

Pancho and Paolo teamed up for this huge bull dorado.


Yup…there’s still a few around! Josh finally got his roosterfish and Captain Gerardo pumps his fist in the air! The fish was released.

Except for an unexpected bump in the weather at the end of the week, it was pretty solid week of fishing.  Sunny hot temperatures mixed with some good to excellent fishing.

I guess if there was a downside to things, there wasn’t alot of variety.  Compared to earlier in the summer when we had 8, 10, 14 different varieties of fish when the water was unseasonably cool, there’s no doubt that our summer bite is firmly in place.  I say that because probably 95% of the catch this past week was dorado.
…and more dorado!

OH yea! Great way to start the day with sunrise just popping up. Pete Wilson kicks it off with a legit bull dorado! Pete is from Idaho.

Our Tailhunter La Paz fleet needed to run as far as San Juan de la Costa to find the schools, but then in an hour or less, some boats were nailing limits of 10-15 pound fish then catching-and-releasing sometimes as many as they could.
As one of our anglers said, “The dorado schools were like an aquarium.  As soon as a hook hit the water, the dorado seemed to fight to grab the bait. “  Some larger fish in the 20-25 pound class were in the mix, but often, the smaller fish were so much more voracious and fast that the larger ones in the school or cruising the perimeter never got a chance.    I didn’t hear many complaints as our boats came back with alot of worn-out anglers most of the time.
For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, the dorado bite wasn’t quite so good.  It could be a bit sticky at times and we had to work harder to find the fish.  However, for what the bite lacked in numbers, the dorado we caught were usually larger with some fish hitting the 30-40 pound class.
The big news as the appearance of wahoo near the south end of Cerralvo Island.  We had some fat 30-50 pound “skinny” ‘ hoo taken, but some of our other anglers reported that they got bit off clean through their lines or the wahoo shook off or bit through the wire of their trolled Rapalas.  Dark-rapalas seemed to be the most productive.

They get to be the “wahoo kings” of the week. Roger McCracken and Shelton Donnell had a few others bite off.  Then, it started to rain and they had to fun for shore

I think we would have caught even more if not for a surprise storm that came rolling through late in the week that was never on anyone’s radar.  Strong wind and rains chased the boats off the water while the bite was still going strong causing pangas to race for shore.
We call these storms “toritos” (little bulls) because the heat from the ocean suddenly rears up an unexpected lashing of rain like a little hurricane.  It lasts 10 minutes to an hour or so then blows out.  But, you definitely don’t want to be out there in the middle of one so heading for shore is the more prudent thing to do and wait-it-out until is dissipates.  Then go back out.
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.”


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
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.”


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

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.”


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s my story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter Sportfishing


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

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter Sportfishing

8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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

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.”


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

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.”


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

“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.”