Most people who come to Puerto Vallarta to go fishing in high season are surprised that the fishing isn’t what they’ve been reading about all summer. Puerto Vallarta fishing is considered some of the best you’ll find on the west coast of Mexico, but the best fishing happens when the weather and the humidity is at its most intense. You see the warmer the water, the better the fishing. And naturally we have our warmest water in the months from June to the end of December. Remembering up to mid-November is when we normally see the temperatures break and the climate transitions into “winter”. If you can call 85 degrees daily “winter” weather. Those conditions are happening now and the results are Black Marlin have finally moved into the area. Right now you could boat a Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin in the same areas on the same day. Throw in Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena and you’ve got world class fishing. That Bucket list fish or yours waiting for you now, but this won’t last forever so get it in gear!
Finally this week we have something different to talk about, Marlin to be specific. As I mentioned last week it was about time Black Marlin showed up and they have! Right now Corbetena is sporting Blue Marlin and Black Marlin in the 350 to 500 lb range. Yellowfin Tuna are on average running in the 40 lb range, but there was one larger Yellowfin Tuna at 150 lbs at the rock! Throw in Sailfish, 25 to 30 lb Dorado, plenty of bait in the form of Skip Jack Tuna and you’ve got a day you’ll never forget. With Blue water, perfect bait conditions and very few boats heading out, a ten hour trip is now a serious consideration, especially if looking for Black Marlin.
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Finally we can discuss Sailfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna in the same paragraph at the same location! I will say this, the Yellowfin Tuna aren’t “easy”. You’ll be dropping baits, running kites, jigging, top water fishing, be sure you have an experienced captain or this fantasy could turn into a frustration. FYI: this could all be happening at El Banco, but with no boats in the area, hard to make a call. Feeling lucky?
The area around Punta Mita to El Morro is showing more signs of life regarding Sailfish. Especially about five miles off El Morro towards Corbetena. Dorado are everywhere, but if you’re targeting Sailfish and looking for a better chance of Dorado then 6 to 8 miles off the shore is the place to be. With the rains coming to an end, trash lines are harder to find, but floating debris or logs, well that’s a Dorado goldmine. The water is blue, bait is abundant and here’s a secret, dead bait and lures of pink, purple and Mimic Dorado colors. Gucamayos are also working well, so have plenty of color and don’t ignore dead bait at times like these.
Inside the bay, it’s almost a fantasy record you just can’t hear enough. Dorado are all over the south end of the bay, but at times north end is a little sparse on Dorado for some reason. That’s not much of a surprise, what is surprising is Sailfish are at la Cruz and at the south end of the bay. In fact the chances of boating a Sailfish or a Striped Marlin for that matter has happened for the lucky few. Not so much luck as it is following bait into the bay. Head towards Yelapa and there are smaller Yellowfin Tuna that come up with chunking. So be prepared if targeting the Yelapa Tuna. Right now the majority of trips I’m sending out are for eight hours and it’s still the best bang for your fishing dollar. The rains are sparse, so the trash lines are disappearing. Possible Snook and Jack Crevalles near the river mouths. This should continue for the near future, but not forever. It’s a perfect time to be on the water amigos!
The bite is a touch earlier about 08:00 to 11:00 so be where you want to be. Bait is abundant, but many times dead bait is working better or with lures of pink, blue and Dorado colors will work well.
Thanks for your support and like always, until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!
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