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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 9-16, 2017


WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best) 

Weather – 8 (Sunny hot and getting hotter.  Great weather!)

Water – 7 (Still recovering from that mess 2 weeks ago, but getting bluer and warmer)

Fishing –  7 (Started slow but got better)

Fish Catching – 8 (Everyone catching)

SPECIES – 8 (I counted 15 different species caught this past week)



Chris Layne came for “one big fish.” We all tried hard to get him a marlin, but he was pretty happy with this giant roosterfish he caught and released near the Las Arenas lighthouse in shallow water!

Whopper slug of a rooster fish for Bennett Clegg from Sacramento CA who has a knack for hitting big roosters when he fishes with Captain Victor of the Tailhunter Fleet. He released the fish. He and his wife hooked 7 large roosters that day.

Chuck Chandler from Alaska landed this big boy dog-tooth snapper off the rocks not far from Punta Arenas while staying at the Rancho Costa lodge in Bahia de los Muertos.

We hooked several wahoo this week, but couldn’t seem to get them to the boat, unlike our amigo, Gary Wagner who rocked this ‘hoo while visiting his place at Rancho Costa in Muertos Bay.

San Diego was well-represented this week with Andrew Harvey who had some nice days of dorado fishing toward the end of this week with his dad.

One of our friends from Canada, MacKay Spence, shows off one of his dorado.

Good start for Jason Amaro from New Mexico who spent the week fishing with us.

Yes, a couple of yellowfin popped into the mix like this one by our San Diego amigo, Scott Harvey.

She’s a regular roosterfish queen whenever she visits, Captain Victor with Alicia Clegg and ANOTHER roosterfish for the report! She and husband, Bennett, hooked and released 7 roosters that day.

Sydney Wagner with big smiles and another nice cabrilla for dinner at her dad’s place at Rancho Costa at Bahia de los Muertos.

Captain Joel with Murielle Chacron from Los Angeles and two of their several nice dorado they hooked fishing north out’ve La Paz.


Carlos didn’t catch this big tuna, but this was caught by Captain Rigo  off the south end of Cerralvo Island fishing for the Tortugas. Big tuna keep popping up, but we can’t seem to get them stuck!  This one was estimated over 100 pounds. If you look closely, you’ll see where a shark took a chunk off it’s back! 

Miles Wagner from Colorado and Garrett Clark from Kansas have themselves a mess of mahi mahi steaks for dinner while staying at Rancho Costa Hotel. Dorado are getting bigger!

Tony and Alex with some of their catch at Muertos Bay. Tony caught and released his first rooster that day.

Alicia and Bennett Clegg got themselves a good day of dorado fishing after catching and releasing a number of dorado that day out’ve La Paz.


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 9-16, 2017

I hate to ever blame things on the full moon, but I need something to use as a scapegoat because early in the week fishing was horrendous.  We had some pretty good fishing going then the week started like a flat tire on a old bicycle.  It wasn’t going anywhere!

Then, as the week progressed, fishing got better!  I don’t know why.  I didn’t see many changes in the weather (hot) or water (warming and bluer) so the only thing I can point to is the full moon because as it waned the fish seemed to wake up.

Tailhunter La Paz Fleet

With our Tailhunter La Paz fleet, the numerous dorado we had been seeing that were all over the place, but not interested in feeding suddenly woke up and got hungry.   Action improved as the week went on with mostly 5-20 pound mahi-mahi north of town.  Add to that some great action on some huge jack crevalle and inshore species like snapper and cabrilla plus bonito and the week ended up on an up-note!

Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet, pretty much the same thing.  Early in the week, it was really slack.  The conditions looked good but the fish just weren’t helping us out. Then, it got better and better each day.
Small football tuna (and some larger ones for commercial boats); big roosterfsh; a few wahoo; some larger pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, bonito and snapper and more dorado turned a nervous week into alot of variety!
Can only hope it gets better!
That’s our story!

Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
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La Paz- Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 2-9, 2017


WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best)

Fishing:    5  (respectably OK at best.  Last week it was a 1 or 2!)

Catching:  3 (some of the biggest fish still getting away…wahoo/ marlin/ dorado/roosterfish/ pargo)

Variety:  8 ( incredible variety possible:  dorado, tuna, wahoo, blue marlin, sailfish, striped marlin, roosterfish, barred pargo, dog-tooth snapper, jack crevalle, sierra, bonito, cabrilla, palometa, pompano, red snapper, yellow snapper, triggerfish all hooked this week)

Weather:  7 (hot and sunny in the mid-90’s with evening and afternoon breezes)

Water:  4 (still messed up from last week’s red tide and cold upwellings, but improved over last week’s 2)


As a reward for finishing his first year at Texas A&M University with good grades, Quinn Mattson from Austin TX got to come down with his dad to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing, and over two days latched onto 10 huge rooster fish at Las Arenas getting 5 to the panga for photos including this monster. Notice the great squint as he holds the rooster for a photo in very tired arms! All fish were released.  He was fishing with Captain Arcangel.

Jed Hinkle, state senator from Montana, on his first trip to Mexico and first time fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz hooked and released 5 of these big rooster fish in a day right off the rocks and beach at Las Arenas east of La Paz all on live ladyfish in shallow water.

I”m sorry we didn’t get Chris Layne his marlin, but his first day started out with a nice rack of dorado north of La Paz fishing with his wife Anna!

Lisa Hernandez from Orange Co. saved the day with this big rooster she cradles in her arms just off the rocks at Punta Perrico east of La Paz. The fish was released.

Cathy Corda, a regular visitor yearly to fish with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz with her favorite captain Pancho, poses with her wahoo she caught just outside of Bahia de Los Muertos on a deep running Rapala.

Yes, some football tuna popped up . Nick Ferguson on the beach in front of the Rancho Costa Hotel in Bahia de los Muertos.

Big smiles from Captain Pancho and Kimiko Inoue and a trophy cabrilla that ended up partially prepared at Tailhunter Restaurant as delicious sashime! She and husband Keith also got some tuna as well.

These two had the best week of fishing! Duane and son, Quinn with a pair of the larger dorado they caught with Captain Rogelio and our Tailhunter La Paz fleet over near Las Cruces.

She’s the best! Michele Conklin, our amiga, from Washington fished hard when fishing was tough and pulled out this nice big snapper!

Last week, for some reason, this great roostefish photo of Randy Kuntz didn’t post and it’s a beauty of a fish. Big smiles and a strong release! Well done, Randy!


Good start for long-time friend, Steve Duran (left) and Zainul Abedin (right) both from the Los Angeles area with a dorado and two awesome-eating barred pargo.

Montana in the house with Captain Gerardo once again and a great photo and big rooster for Kyndall Hinkle on her first time visiting us! She got several of these and released them all!

Captain Arcangel with Duane Mattson from Texas with one of several nice roosters he battled and released!

Alot of dog-tooth snapper for Mike Feign from Colorado! Wow. Thanks to Gary Wagner owner of Rancho Costa there in Bahia de los Muertos for the photo of Mike.

Lisee Ferguson from Colorado with Gary Wagner and a pretty barred pargo ready for dinner at Rancho Costa!

Yes! The roosters are big! Mark Buchanan and Lisa Hernandez pose with another big rooster before letting it go. The rocks of Punta Perico right behind them. These fish are in shallow water!

Tony from Montebello CA  and Juan Licon from Carson CA  with a nice pair of Muertos Bay dorado to pack home!

Check out the great variety of inshore fish from Kyndall and Jed Hinkle from Montana. Yellow snapper…cabrilla…palometa…triggerfish…pompano all in the mix and all great-eating! Jed and Kyndall came to visit from Montana.

First day on the water for Quinn Mattson turned out to be epic with one of several huge roosterfish he took just off the Punta Arenas lighthouse and released!

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa there in Bahia Suenos got out with his daughter, Sydney, on a successful day for gallos!

A visit from Canada and a tough jack crevalle for MacKay Spence and Captain Armando.

Captain Arcangel was on fire this week with the roosterfish. Here with Duane Mattson and another rooster for him! All fish released.

Kris Kobach from Kansas with Gary Wagner and another big catch-and-release roosterfish this week!

Just an amazing week of roosterfish! Jed Hinkle with a monster and captain Gerardo running the boat right off the rocks. Fish was released.

Nice smattering of yellowfin tuna this week. Quinn and his dad, Duane, got this one in addition to roosterfish.

Strangest story of the week…one of our La Paz fishing boats was out north of La Paz and found this pig swimming out in the middle of the ocean. The little guy was shivering when pulled aboard and no idea what or why he was doing way out there. He was brought back to shore and reportedly doing well. No…he was not made into carnitas and eaten!


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 2-9, 2017

It wasn’t great fishing.  It was good at best, but “spectacular” compared to the previous week when cold waters from Hurricane Dora to the south pushed in and turned waters green and cold.  Then warmer waters from the north set off a huge red tide algae bloom that not only turned waters the color of rust and wine but chokes oxygen out’ve the waters and shut down what had been a very promising bite.

(I barely had any photos two weeks ago!!!)

 Bottom line for this past week was that fishing was definitely on the re-bound as waters recovered daily from nature’s quirks! But still some “bumps” in the fishing.  Not back to status quo yet.
The week started slow.  Very slow.  To some degree waters remained chillier than normal and relatively off-color as it re-bounded from the previous week.
But, the fish definitely woke up about mid-week led by some outstanding rooster fish.  It wasn’t consistent, but some days we had 2, 3, 4 or more hookups per panga with big fish close to shore in shallow water and taking it out on many first-time anglers. The “smaller fish” were 30 pounders.  The larger fish were in the 70-80 pound class and willing to hit live ladyfish.  It all depended on getting the lady fish which were like gold.  All fish were released.
The amount of variety was more akin to May or April fishing.  When the fish finally got with the program, we had not only rooster fish, but dorado, barred pargo, yellow and red pargo (snapper), dog-tooth snapper, big cabrilla (seabass), jack crevalle, sierra, triggerfish, pompano, palometa, some wahoo, a few football tuna and even some marlin hooked!  You just never knew what would hit.  Some boats did better than others but compared to last week at least the fish gave it some effort to the relief of all of us!  Still scratchy fishing to where it SHOULD be, but things improving.
Last minute note:  As of writing this, an offshore storm on the Pacific side on Saturday shut down fishing at Las Arenas with big waves and winds and dropped fishing back down.  Can’t win.  Nature always comes out on top.  Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, it bounces back.
The red tide that shut down fishing a week ago it taking it’s time leaving us.  The water was so choked with algea that some places almost looked like someone had poured red wine into the sea.  You could put your hand into the ocean and not see your hand!  That’s how bad it was and all that algae depletes the oxygen from the fish.   The fish were lock-jawed all last week and it took awhile for them to get with the program this week.
Things got better as the week went on. Not great, but better.  Waters turned blue again although still not up to speed.  Fish activity increased as both dorado and marlin can easily be seen. The problem is that they didn’t alway bite or show much interest.  However, as the week progressed, the dorado started to wake up. There were some nice flurries of 5-25 pound mahi-mahi and some full-on dorado rodeos with multiple rods bending.  But one boat could be going full tilt and just a handful or yards away, another boat could be staring at limp rods.  Same with the marlin.  They’re showing up more and more but just not quite ready to go yet!
That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 25-July 2, 2017


WEEK AT A GLANCE (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (sunny and warm low 90’s / humid at times/ some breezes)

Water – 2 (some places dropped of cold / other places got warm and algae bloom started – see red tide below)

Fishing – 2 (at best)

Catching – 2 (when fishing is bad to begin with PLUS you lose fish…that hurts!!)


Victor Higerada from Texas with one of the larger dorado of the week and Captain Jorge.

Washington in the house and always smiles when Michele Conklin visits us. She can fish too! She took this hefty yellow snapper on a rough day out’ve Las Arenas.

The start of summer vacation for Micah Sybesma who came down with his dad and took this nicer dorado fishing north from La Paz.

Our good buddy, Rex Smith, who has been with us so many years looks a bit tired and that’s because he is! He battled this big roosterfish and couldn’t lift it for the photo!  He did, however, get it back into the water and honestly, told me he was just trying to keep the fish still so it wouldn’t beat itself up so he could release it.  Well done!

Sam Sybesma in the center with a nice group shot. Sam has fished with us many time but for John Slager, Geoff Wilkinson, Micah Sybesma and AJ Wilkinson, their first dorado! Nice shot!

The Basadre guys got themselves a nice handful of fish with some nice cabrilla and a jack crevalle! They’re from Long Beach.  It’s Felix and his son, David!

Darrell Manginelli and Rob Bogartz started off their week with a couple of dorado.

A hat trick mix of fish for Captain Jorge in the center with an amberjack. Victor Higerada on the left has a football yellowfin tuna and Ed Martinez on the right has a dorado.

Double dorado! Micah on the right and AJ on the left with their first dorado ever!

A fish to match the outfit! It was great having Jeff Swift and his family fishing with us. He’s got a dorado on the gaff just off the island.

Jack crevalle might not be great eating, but they are tough fighers and here in Mexico they are called “Toros.” That’s Spanish for “bull” which is a good name. Darrell Manginelli had his hands full with this big jack!


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 25-July 2, 2017

Just when I thought we had turned the corner and the season was “ON!” And being so high on the fishing a week ago, we got slapped back this week with some of the worst fishing I have ever seen.   Fishing literally went into the tank.  The waters turned into the Sahara desert in terms of life!

It was a combination of a number of things.  And what a crazy mix and just a bad combination of weather conditions.
Hurricane Dora way way way to the south of us that skirted far down and quickly went out west to the Pacific.  It didn’t bring rain.  It didn’t bring clouds.  The skies remained sunny and hot.  In fact, humidity got up to 80% one morning when I was putting out the boats.  But, what it did bring was upwelling and swells of cold water that dropped water temperatures 5-10 degrees!  Not only did the waters turn from blue to green, but I think the fish were just in shock like when your hot water turns off in the shower or your neighbor flushes the head and you get a jolt of cold water.  The fish went lockjaw.

Hurricane Dora this past week way to the south of us, but it pushed some colder upwellings towards us that affected the fishing.

On top of that we had several days of winds that gusted here…but not there…and there…but not here.  One place flat as a pond but several miles away white-capping waves that again, didn’t do much for clearing up the water.
(We’re told pretty much all of Southern Baja from La Paz to the East Cape to Cabo were hurting this week for fishing…not just us!.  We were getting calls and e-mails from folks in the other areas asking if our fishing was any better because they wanted to come up to fish.)

This is what red tide looks like and the algae bloom goes off and gets so thick it’s like a soup.  Algae blooms deplete the water o oxygen.

Algae soup!

The biggest issue was a red tide that really put the slammer on everything.  This result from…of all things…warm water that sets off a massive algae bloom that gets so out-of-hand and so thick that waters can looks “red” or “rusty” in places but surely cloudy and filmy and dirty.  In fact, local restaurants are warned not to use local shellfish during a red-tide and for fishing, the algae bloom chokes the oxygen out’ve the water and in some cases like shallow bays kills off marine life.
So, fish just disappeared.  We busted our butts and clients worked hard, but limits of dorado went down to looking for a single dorado bite.  Fish we saw, weren’t interested in eating.  Or, the waters were just empty.
We got a dorado here and there.  We lost the occasional wahoo.  Pargo and and cabrilla and triggerfish were still in the rocks if that’s what you wanted.  A few jack crevalle and rooster fish.  But that was it!
Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll have swung around again.  Things change fast.  The thing with the algae blooms is that the warm water that creates will suddenly kill it off as the temperatures continue to climb.  Then, the waters turn blue.  Fingers crossed.


Thank for the big hearts guys!  Donations last week went to the Care for Kids Program.  This week, thanks to Geoff Wilkinson and Sam Sybesma for their donations and also, Felix Basadre and his sons Dave and Tony who hauled down two full ice chests of clothes that will go to the women’s shelter.  (I’m sorry I didn’t get your photos!)   Muchas gracias, guys!
 Have a great week everyone!
That’s my story!
Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 17-25, 2017



WEEK AT A GLANCE . (Scale of 1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (getting warmer, but overall nice and sunny mid-90’s in the day / maybe some rain showers this week)

Wind – 6 (still breezy and brisk in the mornings)

Water – 5 (got a little bumpy and rough some days / still cooler green water around/ more clear blue water showing)

Fishing – 6 (More dorado and good action!  Yay…finally dorado!)

Catching – 4 (larger fish frustrating anglers…larger dorado…wahoo…marlin…pargo…cabrilla…many lost!  That’s fishing!)



Lots of reasons to love this great photo! First…nice roosterfish just off the beach! Second…Claire Swift’s big smile on her first roosterfish that she REALLY came down to catch! Third…in 20 years of working for us, Captain Arcangel rarely smiles for the camera although he’s a fun guy! He’s got it going on here in this photo! They had 3 other fish that got away also! This beauty was released as well! Claire is from Dana Point CA.

Great start of the week of fishing for our great Washington friends, Grant and Carol Darby with Captain Gerardo and a nice box of dorado!

Every year, Diego Jimenez from Loveland, Colorado comes to visit us and does well. Check out the big roosterfish with Captain Pancho. The fish was released.

We call him the “Mayor.” Butch Tropez from Los Angeles brought the family to see us this year and usually makes at least one or two trips a year to come fish. He got into the dorado right off the Punta Perrico rocks just outside of Muertos Bay. Don’t have to go far for these fish!

Grant Darby from Washington has fished with us a zillion years, but got into three sizeable roosters with Captain Gerardo and said, “No mas!” These fish are a handful. All released.  Grant had fun on the light tackle.

This lady can fish! Verda Boyd visits us every year and our amiga loves to fish…so much so that she left husband Tim back in the San Francisco area and came alone! He wishes he had come now after she had a full 3 days of pretty good fishing with Captain Victor!

From Colorado, Craig Weitzer was fishing with Captain Armando when he got two huge roosters . The largest got released but this one was not able to be let go, but the meat was donated. His first two roosters were beasty-fish!

Another of our regular great amigos who visits us sometimes twice a year and loves fishing with Captain Jorge, John McVey got into this week’s dorado bite.

This lady always gets her fish! Big roosterfish for Kelly Jimenez (Happy Anniversary, amiga!) with Captain Pancho. The fish was released .

Limits for our friend and first time, visitor Jeff Swift from Dana Point, who got a limit of dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. (Those wily pargo and cabrilla are waiting for your next trip, Jeff!)

Carol Darby had quite a week with the dorado and also this roosterfish that’s almost as big as she is and a smiling big Captain Gerardo! They caught the fish not far off the Arenas lighthouse on light tackle. They also released the fish.

Verda Boyd has a nice variety of fish for the day with Captain Victor and Carlos including dorado, a big pompano, triggerfish, a barred pargo and a palometa! All great eating!

Captain Jorge and Diego Jimenez started his week off with some pretty dorado to fill the ice chest.

Wow! We’ve had some big needlefish this season but this one is prehistoric! Captain Rogelio helps Carol Darby (longer than she is tall!) pose with this creature!


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 17-25, 2017

It’s been a long time…several seasons actually…since I’ve been able to blow the “dorado trumpet!”  After about 2  1/2 seasons where el Nino conditions kept the dorado eenie-meenie small or almost non-existent, it’s nice to have the mahi-mahi back in our waters and, while not beasts, they’re nice good-sized fun fish that kept rods bent and folks (especially first-timers) happy.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say these two words…”DORADO LIMITS!”

While there’s still a bit of chill and wind in the mornings, it’s warm and sunny during the day and some of the best conditions we’ve seen in awhile.  I’m sure that has had a lot to do with the improved fishing.  Still some bump out there, but surely better than it has been and, although I hear there’s been a crazy heat wave in much of the lower U.S. and Pacific States, it’s been a balmy 95 here most of the week.


There’s still some big rooster fish around.  There’s still wahoo around.  But, our counts surely didn’t show it this week although we did get a few of each.  For once, there was something else to chase and for alot of folks, the opted for fun and action chasing the dorado schools that moved in rather than spend long hours chasing the bigger home run fish like the roosters and wahoo.
The roosters we did get were in the 25-60 pound class.  The wahoo…well…we lost most of them but were about 30 pounders.
The excitement focused on some of the best dorado fishing we’ve seen in ages.  Not huge fish, but good respectable 8-20 pounders and we were getting limits or near limits on some days with fish being released, especially smaller or female fish!  There were also some larger bulls in the 25-30 pound class as well.
Another good sign is that these dorado will wake up the billfish and sure enough there was a huge black marlin and a blue marlin hooked as well!
Still some white bonito, pompano, huge jack crevalle and pargo mixed in as well.


Another nice mix of fish with dorado leading the way. Again, it’s been awhile since dorado have been center-stage and even a longer time since I’ve been able to say that both our La Paz and our Las Arenas fleets are into the fish!
Like Las Arenas, the dorado have been that nice-grade medium-sized with occasionally larger bulls and not unusual to get early limits.  The issue, mostly is finding the fish. There’s still some thick cold green water muddling around the island so the idea is to find the warmer water and blue currents.  It’s so markedly different you can stand in the panga and see the two waters next to each other like night-and-day.
In the inshore waters, you can have fun all day if you’re tired of chasing dorado.  In the rocks we had some great…but frustrating acition…on tough pargo, cabrilla and amberjack that rocked alot our efforts!
That’s our story!


Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International
TAILHUNTER RESTAURANT BAR Top 5 – Rated in La Paz on Trip Advisor
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U.S. Office: 8030 La Mesa, Suite #178, La Mesa CA  91942
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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:

“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 Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 11-17, 2017


June 11-17, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE (1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (Pretty nice.  Sunny days / comfortable nights/ cool breezes)

Wind – 6 (Still pesky but better than before.  Messes up the fishing water)

Fishing – 5 (Decent, not great.  Should be way way better for this time of year.  Changes daily.)

Catching – 4 (Still losing alot of bigger fish that would change alot of things)

Bait – 4 (At best.  Better in La Paz than Las Arenas)


Laura Weinholtz from Denver, Colorado was with Captain Pancho of the Tailhunter Fleet near La Paz when she hooked this huge bull dorado not far from Bahia de los Muertos on a live bait. It’s the largest dorado so far of the season. She had a pretty good trip! She also got a wahoo. See photos below!

Damon Chin from Massachusetts was on his first fishing trip to La Paz and fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing and got a wahoo pretty much bigger than him on his first at-bat! He needed a hand from his buddy, Tim Mistler and Captain Gerardo who is about 6’5” tall. Fish is estimated at about 65 pounds.

Good start for the Pacific NW! Captain Arcangel with Kelly Steck from Washinton and dad, Ed, from Oregon and a nice pair of dorado to start the week!

Megan Garrison tied into this beautiful wahoo just outside of Bahia de los Muertos and got it to the panga to pose. Megan is from San Diego.  Thanks to Gary Wagner for the photo.  Megan was staying at his place a Rancho Costa.

Doctors in the house! Jim Good and his son, Marshall Bell, are both heart doctors from Colorado. They got a nice little adrenaline buzz off these two dorado south of Bahia de los Muertos.

What a week for Arizona cattleman, Rick Skaaler, and Captain Gerardo with another big fish. This time, a hefty roosterfish. Released.

From Park City, Utah, it was great to finally get Jim Pankow down to visit us. He scored one of the larger dorado with our La Paz fleet so far this season fishing with Captain Boli.

Captain Armando shares a smile and photo with our Denver amigos, Diane and GaryKaiser and their dorado.

Big smiles from Dr. Marshall Bell and his dad, Dr. Jim Good, who baited our first striped marlin of the season then had himself quite a stand-up battle just off the east side of Espirto Santo Island. The fish could not be released. Father and son are from Colorado.

Hard to have more fun than Katie Skaaler from Arizona who got her first wahoo with us and Captain Gerardo!

From San Diego, Karl Ferreira, only had one day to fish with us and did himself well with several dorado in the box and brought to dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant for dinner!

For someone who hasn’t done alot of fishing, Laura Weinholtz had herself a dandy week of fishing including this nice wahoo with Captain Pancho.

Funny pose with Captain Jorge and amigo, Craig Weitzel, from Denver and a couple of schoolie dorado.

Good bonito action for both our fleets with several species of bonito. Anyone who doubts the feistyness of these members of the tuna family has never had one on a hook! They pull perhaps harder pound-for-pound than anything in the water. If they were only 50 pounds larger ,they’d probably yank fishermen right into the water. Captain Pancho and John Ehlers, our amigo from Colorado, with a big fat bonito!


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 11-17, 2017

Not a terribly bad week.  Even with the big moon!
Good sunny  weather and diminishing winds helped conditions improve although there are still some big patches of cold green water and erratic fishing patterns as the season still tries to get in gear.  Some high spots.  Some low spots.  Every day seemed different.  Hot fishing spots changed daily.  Bait availability changed daily.   What we caught changed daily.
It’s just traces of winter still lingering as we’re about 5-8 degrees cooler than normal as are the waters. Even my scuba divers are telling me that there’s warm “green water” up on top but then 30’ below the surface the water is clear, but icy cold!  Usually, it’s just the reverse.  Warmer waters are clear and colder waters are greener.  There are also current lines where one side of the current is green and the other side is clear.
Apparently, fishing is erratic all over as we’re getting calls from other locations and folks staying in other areas asking how our fishing is doing!
However, overall, the best thing about the week is that the dorado look like they’re finally joining the show about 1-2 months late!  The conditions we’re seeing right now are basically what we should have seen at the end of April or through May, not mid-June.


We saw more and bigger dorado than we’ve seen in a long time.  Not a lot of mahi-mahi, but anything is an improvement over what we’ve had, especially over the last two years when fish averaged about 12” long!  The dorado we saw this week were nicer 8-20 pounders with a few in the 25-35 pound range and it was great to see some actual schools of dorado instead of one or two free-swimmers!
Wahoo are also still around with us getting some fish in the 20-30 pound class, but also one estimated over 60 pounds.  Not sure how much longer they will be around as the waters get warmer which is bringing some of the billfish into the waters as we’re seeing more sails, striped and blue marlin hanging out the the surface just waiting for the waters to kick it up a notch or two in temperature and they’ll start biting.
Not much in the way of rooster fish this week but that’s also a function of the fact that folks weren’t really chasing the in-edible rooster fish although they are a spectacular fish to catch and a real trophy. They’re not good eating so most of our clients were out chasing dorado and wahoo.  But the fish we did catch were all chunky 30 pound class fish or larger.
Live bait is still an issue.  Flyfishers are pretty much giving up although two of our flyfishers did see some action on sabalo and dorado.  The flyfishers down here have all pretty much been fishing conventionally if they want to catch fish.


Very very encouraging to see more dorado finally with 10-20 pound fish in the mix.  Better than it has been in a long time.  But, a lot of the fish are just not quite ready to go yet.
My captains are telling me the area is set to blow up.  Waters are getting bluer away from the islands (still green) and there are dorado everywhere, just not yet feeding on much or not willing to take a bait or lure.  But, it’s bubbling and promising to hear that there’s dorado activity that could go off soon!
Same for billfish.  More and more billfish showing up and look like they could go on the chew if waters warm and clear up just a tad more .
Inshore, there’s still amberjack, pargo, snapper and cabrilla  as well as triggerfish biting nicely.


Thanks to our folks who brought us donations this week for our on-going community out-reach programs.  So many great things.  We just sent several hundred pounds to one of the outlying La Paz communities where they have no water or electricity.  This batch might be headed to the women’s shelter.  But big gracias to Grant and Carol Darby, John Ehlers and his family with Laura Weinholtz his daughter; Jim and Jeff Pankow from Utah and more Colorado amigos, Diego and Kelly Jimenez plus the Ferreira Family from San Diego.

From Washington, Carol and Grant Darby with toothbrushes, toothpaste, school supplies and toys!


John Ehlers and his daughter Laura Weinholtz with school items, hygiene things and more.


Every year, they bring the big hearts.  Diego and Kelly Jimenez from Colorado!


My dad is giggling as I shave him. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I miss you!

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 4-11, 2017


WEEK AT A GLANCE (from 1-10 being best)

Weather – 7 (still some wind, but not as bad as before)

Heat – 9 (cooler than normal . Sunny and near perfect beach weather)

Fishing – 6 (lots to be caught)

Catching – 3 (losing alot of fish)

Fish Quality – 6 (some big fish around but losing too many)

Outlook for the coming Week – 7 (conditions improving)

Live bait – 3  (at best)

That’s a beast of a wahoo for good amigo, Doug Oclassen, fishing with Captain Jorge. Doug got two in a row. Photo further down.

I love this photo of Katie Skaarer and Captain Gerardo and one of the largest roosters of the season! She’s a bit tired, but what a gamer! Check out how close they are to Punta Perrico. Katie is from Arizona.

First timer to visit us, Kurt Gallow from Washington and Captain Armando pulled out this big-time dog-tooth snapper.


Big smiles for Mark Jacklin and Dana Wolff from Grants Pass, Oregon who spent the week with us and got a variety of fish including Mark’s first wahoo.

The whole week, I don’t think Brad Cooper from Arizona ever stopped smiling. It was great! Just like when he caught his first roosterfish. The big fish was released.

Another big wahoo for Captain Gerardo and Rick Skaarer, who runs a cattle business in Arizona and got some nice fish this week. It was his first time visiting us at Tailhunter.

Another of our good Arizona amigos, Mike Guest, has a habit of putting wahoo into the boat and he didn’t miss on this one either!

With his first rooster, Shawn Westberg from Copperopolis, California, makes the report in this nice photo!

Captain Armando rocked it again with Bruce Eads and his first roosterfish. It’s a nice one!

Talk about a variety of great eating fish, John Shields has about a half-dozen different types of fish after a great day of action including snapper, dorado, triggerfish, cabrilla and white bonito.

One of the nicer bull dorado of the week get to pose with Charlie Rodriguez who gets an assist from Brad Cooper.

It’s Captain Armando again who got Kurt Gallow a fat wahoo on Kurt’s last day fishing with us.

The 2nd of two wahoo in a row for Doug Oclassen in this great photo! Spectacular shot!

Charlie Rodriguez and Brad Cooper had a good trip fishing together shown here with the first wahoo of their trip!

First day of fishing for Kurt and Brenda Gallow with Captain Armando produced a couple of nice dorado and a hard-charging Jack Crevalle.

Somewhere behind that dorsal fin is Mark Jacklin with his 2nd rooster of the trip. The fish was released.


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 4-11, 2017

The full moon week still had more breeze than we would like, but overall pretty fishable weather and water with a good variety of fish.  We’re still a little cooler than normal and seemingly still in that “transition” phase between the cooler waters of spring and the warmer conditions of summer.  The fishing reflects that with both cooler and warmer water species hitting you just never know what’s going to be biting.  Live bait continues to be an issue.  There’s no small sardines per se, but we’ve had big sardines, caballitos and mackerel.  Still losing more fish than we’re catching which is just part of the sport!  Big fish are big fish for a reason and we’re still losing fish to the rocks, teeth, inexperience or just bad luck.  But, if you look at the photos there’s some awfully big fish being caught as well!


This is where most of the wind was all week which had our pangas mostly fishing on the lee side of Espirito Santo Island to get away from the winds. But that was fine because inshore and up tight against the rocks, we got a great variety from dorado to amberjack and pargo to big triggerfish.
 Some of the cabrilla and pargo were especially nice grade horses that the anglers were able to get out’ve the rocks, but so many others were simply unstoppable. If the winds would just give us a break, water conditions are really looking better and better and sargasso weeds are building up which should be a good sign for better dorado fishing.  Also, we’ve got some nice live bait every day.


This is where our big boy fishing has been.  There’s no small fish for our anglers that fished with our Las Arenas Fleet.  Just like the last several weeks, it’s big or go home.  Hit a home run or strike out.  There’s no small toy fish.
You get one or two shots at bigger fish and that’s pretty much it, but if you do get to hang one, it’s a good fish.  Larger 20-35 pound dorado;  rooster fish running 20-80 pounds and wahoo in the 20-50 pound class are what we were seeing this week with a smattering of jack crevalle, bonito, some big pargo, smaller cabrilla and snapper.  But those were just filler.  The bigger “cooler filler” fish were the norm.  Good to see better dorado too!
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La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Tailhunter International for Week of Aug. 4-11, 2013

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Joey Fuschetti and Kent Hawkins from Orange Co. California had a great 2 days fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet. They got big racks of dorado, plus sailfish and pargo as well. They’re on the sand here in Balandra Bay. Joey has been fishing with Tailhunters now for 18 years!  Joey has been in the fishing report for many years but says he has NEVER been the first picture!  So…here you go, Joey!  Thanks , guys!


From Ogden UT, Marcus Yoo, only had time to come down and squeeze in two quick days of fishing but made the most of it with 2 big days of dorado fishing and big bulls like this one…his personal best…that he caught off Las Arenas.

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Finally had the big squid show up this week and there’s nothing like starting the day out pulling these bad boys up from the deep to use for bait (or saving for eating!). The dorado and tuna both love them. Big grin from Russ Blount visiting us from Oregon holding up another big beast. The squid are just off Las Arenas.

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First time in Mexico. First time fishing. First fish ever…a trophy bull dorado! The smile says it all. Maricris Bugutan gets a hand from Captain Adolfo from our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet in posing with her trophy bull dorado.

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Our good amigo, Craig Corda, has visited us many times from his farm in the Imperial Valley CA and always seems to do well. He shows off one of his dorado with the classic pose and grin on the panga fishing off Las Arenas.

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This is a big fish and you can tell because Russ Blount is also a big guy! This bull dorado was one of several he caught along with a marlin his first day fishing with us this week.

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Not sure she wants to touch it! Maricris laughs at another big squid hauled aboard! This one ended up cooked up with garlic at our Tailhunter Restaurant that night for dinner!


Captain Chito poses with my long-time friend and fishing buddy, Bob “Tio” Horton from Palm Springs CA The fish were caught around Espirito Santo Island and Las Cruces on a late-day bite.


Yes…I still get out! (Thanks, Jilly) I’m showing off this bull mahi on the beach at Balandra Bay after a great day of dorado fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet We got limits that day.


One of the best highlights of the week! Paul and Mike Zech from Sacramento CA like the street-cart hot dogs we serve at our Tailhunter Restaurant and showed up with these funny shirts! Just had to take a photo!


La Paz – Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of August 4-11, 2013

The fishing week started out OK, then got kinda picky but everyone still got fish.  It was just one of those weeks where a boat would get 1 or 2 fish and the next boat got 4 or 5 fish for no rhyme or reason or you would go fishing and put 1 in the boat…then an hour later another fish…two hours later 2 fish….2 hours later 1 fish…and the day would go on like that.   And you would think, “Geeze…fishing is slow!”  Then you would look in the fish box or get back on the beach and realize you had nearly a limit of fish!

It might have had something to do with some strange cooler and greener water that just shows up mid-week. We didn’t have any storms.  There was no strong winds.  There was nothing that would tip-the-hand to show why patches of great blue water suddenly went dry on us!  Conditions were otherwise great…flat glassy seas…brilliant Baja sunshine…decent bait…patches of sargasso…but strangely very reluctant or absent fish.  You really had to work it hard to find them.

I made it out one day and we got a limit of nice dorado, but we must’ve put 50 miles on the panga going up, back out, in, around…we covered a lot of water.  By 1 p.m. we had only 3 fish in the box.  But, as our captains often do, our fleet hung out there and at 3 p.m.-4 p.m. the fish started feeding!  And we put another 5 nice-sized dorado in the box that topped out the day.

That is one big difference for us…especially for our La Paz fleet.  We’re out on the water at 6 a.m. and getting live bait.  We see some of the other fleets…some of them…not even getting out on the water until 7 or 8 a.m. when the sun is already up blazing and you can’t get bait that late.  Then, they’re back on the beach at 1 or 2 a.m. when our guys are still out there pushing to keep finding fish.  It really makes a difference when the fishing is picky.  And it often means the difference between 1 or 2 fish and a limit of fish…having live bait and staying out the extra time!

But, the nice thing too is that as the week went on, we got a great charge of fish at the end of the week.

Our La Paz fleet started finding better spots of dorado in the 10-20 pound class with some larger bulls to 30 pounds.  Using the bait we catch…caballitos, mackerel…then some sardines as well as fresh-caught bonito, we have several options most days for offering different baits to the fish.  The larger baits, I think, also are the reason we get more sailfish and marlin hook ups as we did this week with all fish being released.

For our Las Arenas fleet, it was also scratchy early-on with just a few dorado per boat, but pretty much all of them decent to monster bulls.  So, what we lacked in quality, we made up for in quantity.  However, later in the week the fish turned it up a notch and we not only got into dorado, but also had some wahoo hookups, some billfish hook ups and even a big 60 pound tuna found way outside.

The difference at Las Arenas, I believe, were the giant squid that finally came up out’ve the deep trenches.  We started catching these beasts, which not only make for great eating, but cut up in chunks are good for chumming up dorado around the buoys and chunking for tuna.  Hopefully, they’ll stick around.  Historically, when the big squid come up from the deep, the tuna often follow them up as well!

That’s our story!

Jonathan and Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

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