Puerto Vallarta Big Game Fishing Delivers, Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna R Here Now!
Written by Stan Gabruk
One thing about fishing, I don’t care where you are, that never changes is the fact that everything changes. The only real question is how long will it take for things to change. Change can be good or it can be bad. For us the “change” has been positive. Yellowfin Tuna have moved back into the area, Sailfish are in and out, but mostly in. Blue and Black Marlin are increasing in Numbers and size. Bait is plentiful, Chorras mostly. Those lucky enough to be in Puerto Vallarta are seeing why Puerto Vallarta’s Fishing Grounds are the talk of the world. If you are into Deep Sea Fishing or Big Game Fishing, or Sportfishing, I don´t care what you choose to call it….. The time has come to get your game in gear and enjoy deserted fishing grounds with world class fish. If you want to pretend you’re Hemingway, it wouldn’t be hard to do!
The first paragraph pretty much explains it all, now comes the details… First, the bay is what the bay always turns into during the Rainy Season. It’s muddy along the shore line because of the sediment coming down the Adobe Clay earth of the local mountains. The trash line is a result of these rains, which alway presents opportunities. But the rains have not been nightly for the last week so the trash line is pretty much picked clean. As a result the bay fishing has been less than exciting. For those who are willing to go after species other than Dorado and Tuna, then the bay does have great opportunities for fishing in short day trips. Where the Agua Dulcé or Sweet water in English meets the salt water there are some really large Cubera type snappers for the bay. Running 25 to 40lbs they are feeding off the fresh water shrimp coming down the streams and rivers. Snook are also big sweet water fish with white meat they are very tasty indeed! Well worth a four to six hour trip targeting something to fill the cooler is always fun if you’re not snubbing-out for only the usual species. Find out what the nationals know and where they go. Bonito in the 20 lb’s range are common, Dorado are still small around 15 lbs, Snappers, Needle fish, Skip Jack Tuna around Yelapa. Still possibilities of Sailfish in the bay around Yelapa, not a big percentage opportunity though. Four hours works if you get the right boat and mind set, Your captain is the key with equipment a close second!
Marietta Islands have been less active, but there are still nice fish in the area. For some reason things have calmed down here. Sailfish are closer to El Morro, Small Dorado, Snappers, Amber Jacks, Small Groupers, you get my drift. The trash line sometimes will reach to the islands, this is always a good thing, but for now your best shot is Sailfish and Snappers. Again, things change and last August Rooster Fish took over the Marietta Islands for a month. So think positive as you do the chant for Roosters to come to the islands…Ommmmmmm……
The point off Punta Mita is active, but nothing you won´t find in the bay or at the Marietta Islands. Small Dorado, Sailfish in deeper water. Not many anglers heading this way with better producing areas closer in. Stay tuned…
Now with the Season coming on, High Season for fishing here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) does a slow trickle as the bay fills with opportunities. Rare Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are being drip fed into the area as those who did head out to El Banco and Corbeteña returned with Big Smiles and sore arms. Both Blue Marlin and Black Marlin are running in the 500 to 650lb range. Not a bad sized fish by any yardstick! Yellowfin Tuna just a few miles off the High Spots at El Banco are running anywhere from 50 lbs to 175 plus pounds. There have been some reports of Yellowfin Tuna in the 277 lb range, but those reports are in reality from the Tres Maria Islands. A Little outside of the ball park, but still within reasonable range for the Southern Calif. Guys.
With perfect water temperatures between 86 and 91 degrees and abundant bait, the stage is set for world class, world record sized Marlin and Tuna to move in. Those that are here in PV or planning on coming to PV are coming into the time of the year people always ask about. When they ask, ¨what time of the year is the fishing the best¨? Well from now until the first week of January will be your window amigo. September / October for those looking to boat a world record fish will find them most likely here during the hottest and most humid months of the year. Remember as the weather heats up, so does the fishing.
On Guanatuna (34 ft Gulf Stream), the first half of an overnight trip produced 10 fifty pound Yellowfin Tuna, 1 50lb Cubera Snapper, 1 Sailfish, and a nice sized Rainbow Runner. That´s about 13 fish to the boat not counting the lost hook-ups (spit hooks).
With the close proximity of El Banco and Corbeteña there are many times where currents will favor Corbeteña and not El Banco. Bait moves, water temperature change, clean blue water can change to dirty water in a heartbeat. Either The Rock or Corbeteña is firing one day, the next El Banco is on fire. You never really know which one is producing unless there are reports coming in, which are few and most likely crap from captains keeping the rest off their trail. Welcome to the game…
I find that most people are linear thinkers. They will for the most part listen to others about a location like Corbeteña or El Banco and what do they do, they make a bee-line to these places as fast as possible to get to these big game fish. If you´re off the point of Punta Mita heading to El Banco, why not drop a line about eight miles before you come to the high spots and see if you can get lucky. The area between the Marietta islands, Corbeteña and El Morro has been known to produce tournament winning Sailfish off the ridges. Yellowfin Tuna in tournament winning sizes are also in the stretch between El Banco and Corbeteña. Don´t just kick it in gear and head straight to the next point ASAP.. Deep Trenches, Ridges, swirling currents are all favorite hangouts to Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna, especially as water temperatures rise. Especially Yellowfin Tuna amigos. One more thing, just because you don´t see any birds diving or fish jumping, it doesn´t mean they´re not under you amigo!
As you are all aware of, you can get seriously hurt on a fishing boat and it can happen as fast as a bullet flying at you in the form of a flying lure spit from the mouth of that Game Fish you hoped to mount. Next thing you know you´ve got a very painful injury with the closest hospital two hours away as the Sea Gull Flies. Gaffs, Hooks, Lures, Knives, and soft flesh in the form of bare feet and body parts will always lose the battle. Be sure you are conscience of the area, don´t leave unsecured lures on counter tops or along the deck. Gaffs need to be secured and handy when not in use. Being lazy can be hazardous, so keep your wits about you amigos…..
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Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish….
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