Experienced Captains the Secret to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta
For the last eight years I have seen every guy with a line of credit and a thirty foot Gradey White center console put out a shingle and declare his superior quality and performance. They will have nice, shinny newer boats, of course they want to be the star, so you’ve got yourself a ¨hot-shot¨ owner / operator running his own little circus. After all, if this guy can catch fish in (fill in the blank), then he can fish anywhere. They have the new shinny Black Barts.. and can talk a good game. They may or may not catch fish. Lets face it, in PV there are times that if you just show up, you will look good and come in with lots of fish! Me, give me the guy with experience, not the prettiest boat, and not running one single Black Bart Lure. These are the guys who grew up in the area, know the bay like the back of their hands and well, to be frank, for a price will teach that new guy with the new boat where to find fish and what they need to do! But they don’t teach the instincts a good, local captain will have. You can build a reputation on those guys, and around those types. Now managing them can be another thing… Hahahaha…..
This week, the experienced captains like Jose Luis, our captain on our 25 ft panga, he took clients and fished the surf line, not trolling the middle of the bay. Came in with several nice sized Rooster fish, Jack Crevalls, Snapper and Bonito. Chris Ramsey from Campassas Texas came in with tired arms and a sore face from smiling. I can’t remember the last time I had a client this happy. When you’re looking for action, you don’t have to pay to see where Moby Dick ¨was´.
The Hot spots right now are El Morro, the Marietta Islands and the Rocks or Islands off the point of Punta Mita. The locals call them islands, so we will too. Rooster Fish, Dorado in the 25 lb to 35 lb range, Bonito around 30 lbs, Some Needle fish, Snappers from 10 to 20 lbs, even Sailfish if you’re lucky. Lures of purple are working well, Google Eyes and silver diamond jig baits will get you results. These areas are for the time being the place to be if you are interested in Action and not boating a monster. At this time of the year most of the fisherman in the area is here on vacation, not looking for that trophy billfish.
Those who still want to take a shot at Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin will have to be prepared mentally and financially to meet this desire. Ten hours minimum, maybe even sixteen to eighteen hours for Yellowfin Tuna. But that’s the bad news, the good news: if you’re truly serious about boating something along these lines, then going out for one day is like visiting a world class ski area, and skiing one day. Of course with one key difference, you can always find the slopes, not always true with gamefish! Make sure you have a kite, fluorocarbon leaders, and a multiday trip. If you take a shot at these beauties, you need to do what it takes, and that is at least an overnight trip. Maybe even a three day trip if you can find a boat captain that will do that. Do this, you´ll get your trophy, go on the less expensive side, and roll the dice.
Remember guys, these papers don’t come cheap and advertisers are still getting their feet under them after the last seasons tourism issues. Remember to let the advertisers supporting this publication that you are supporting their businesses and keep the paper in print!
One last thing, if you have had a bad fishing experience with any company in PV, you can post your comments on the Vallarta. Net site (http://www.puertovallarta.net/forum/). You can also post positive comments to help those companies doing what they can to provide service, smiles and fish! Help the good guys, hurt the bad guys!
Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish….
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