Every year the fishing season develops differently. Forest would say “Fishing is like a box of chocolates”! With constantly changing currents and weather conditions we never know what we’re going to get. This year we’re seeing some exciting indicators and frankly I haven’t been this excited for the new fishing season for many years. Water temperatures are perfect, Bait conditions are perfect, the seas are as smooth as I’ve ever seen. Yellowfin Tuna of good size, early season Dorado in large numbers. I mean we even have had some rain so there are mature Trash Lines, it’s very exciting stuff. Want to know more, keep reading…
Fishing Puerto Vallarta, All Fishing Grounds Productive Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, Right on Time!
The Season is developing nicely. Water temperatures are up to a perfect level and after all that Spinner action last week with smaller Tuna, we’re now seeing some sizeable Yellowfin Tuna. Sailfish are increasing in numbers and size, Stripers aka Striped Marlin are still in the area even with the increased water temps. Big surprise yesterday was a Blue Marlin boated off Corbetena. Early summer fishing couldn’t be better than it is now. Even Punta Mita has come to life. We have arm burning action and by all indications this is just the beginning of a great season, YeHa!
This year it seems the seasonal rains are slow in arriving. We’ve seen rain, not the heavy, all night type of pours we’re used to s we’re getting trash lines. This of course means the water in the bay is clean for the most part. What was encouraging last week, has trickled down to finding Spinner Dolphin and hoping they’re running with Football Tuna. It’s a 60 / 40 thing, with vs. without. Other than that there are fish in our fishing grounds. You’ll either want to go for a shorter day or ten hours. Eight hours is on the thin side right now with few Dorado and Stripers in some areas. The bottom line is it seems the fish are swimming freely with no real issues with too many fishing boats in our fishing grounds for the moment. If you’re here in PV this is a great time to be in a boat!
Let’s start with the deep water fishing grounds of Corbetena. Locally known as the “Rock”, things have been happening in our absence. Sailfish are circling the area now, Striped Marlin are running the area also from 60 to 150 lbs. It’s early and we’ll see some smaller Stripers but this is a temporary thing as they’ll continue moving north to the Cabo area with cooler water temperatures. Yellowfin Tuna are a surprise to me running anywhere from 40 to 100 lbs in June! We aren’t seeing any real numbers of Black or Blue Marlin, but the water temperatures are in the correct range so it’s just a matter of time, stay tuned.
I was talking with Capt. Cesar a few weeks back and I was asking him what Fluorocarbon line was going for, as he replied about two dollars a meter or yard, it sounded correct, but expensive. Monofilament is 75% cheaper. Both have specific good and bad points. But when you walk into a tackle shop and you look around you are in essence in a fish hardware store. Each product has a specific use, it is up to you to decide how it’s all going to be put together hopefully using your local knowledge to guide your way. But what if you don’t know “why” you would want a specific type product? It’s just fishing, right? Fishing line is just fishing line, right? The answer is of course, yes, it’s just fishing, and Leonardo just painted pictures. It all depends on how you decide to look at things.
As we come into the summer season, for the most part now the ‘breeding season’, you know Spring fishing season when the fishing is not at it’s best. No worries, it passed us by this year, but that means we’re coming into the beginning of High Season for Big Game Fishing! Sailfish will be picking up in numbers, Striped Marlin may already be roaming PV’s deep water locations and this is just the beginning. It gets pointed out to me all the time that most people don’t have my level of knowledge about the bay. Now I am a long way from being an expert, but I am familiar with the local area and this is what we’ll be seeing in the next few coming weeks. Puerto Vallarta is coming back to life, Fishing is open, but the supporting local businesses open June 1st and we’re already getting reservations.
I was talking with my friend and business associate Carlos, he mentioned that he loves my “Stuff”… But, insert pause, I”m not really learning anything. So, coming from a guy who is more about business than fishing, he doesn’t have a clue as to what fish are in the bay. Carlos and his family are “PataSalada” or translated: They’ve been here since before the Love Boat found us! Know’s nothing except the basics of Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish. I can imagne there are many people who really aren’t into fishing, but would find this interesting, so here we go folks.
I was telling a friend about the things I learned from a group from the Scripts Institute, students from the world famous College of Oceanography in San Diego county. Living in Southern California, to me this college was the way people actually got their foot in the door, in the oceanography world that is. So when I noticed a scientific type / military-ish boat was just “marching” a ‘step’ at a time around the bay it was out of the ordinary. You never really know what many of these ships are doing in the bay. This particular day the crew from this ship came to my shop to get some of our world famous T-shirts.
During this “Pandemic” fishing here in Puerto Vallarta is locked down, we’re not even allowed to go fishing on a private boat. For now of course we’re in the same boat as the rest of the world. Being in the “Big Game Fishing” business I’m naturally very keen on the market around me. With the internet now we have all sorts of options available online. Great looking sites, look very professional, but what do you know about this company, I mean it’ not Amazon now is it? With companies like Master Baiter’s or Mikes Fishing, you can easily find the owner and get any contact information you may want. But when you’re looking at some web page which is booking second or third rate fishing boats in Puerto Vallarta, what do you know about these people or this company. Remember online sites are not regulated by the authorities. What does this mean, stay tuned!
Visiting a new place is always a fun and exciting adventure. Puerto Vallarta is no different than any other world class vacation destination. Hotels, restaurants, shopping centers all want to attract your business and of course your tourist dollars. We all also know that when you travel to places like Puerto Vallarta, it’s important to remember that you are not “In Kansas any more”. While it is easy to forget in many ways that you’re in a foreign land, people seem to put their “thinking caps” in their back pockets many times. It’s almost a back handed complement, North American types with big hearts many times are easy marks for the unaware. A simple rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t do “it” at home, then don’t do it here in PV. The things I have seen are amazing, enough said.
For all my loyal readers, I guess we’re all in the same boat, rough seas (aka COViD-19) and all. I think the glass is half full and refuse to believe it’s the end of the world. Most of Mexico in this moment is actually situated pretty well. Yes the numbers change daily but we live in a warm if not hot and very humid environment. All on the plus side, if you don’t melt that is. But I’m in the fishing world and I think it’s time to focus on something else if for only a few minutes. The silver lining is I actually get a chance to “speak” with you about more than a fish count. So lean back for a moment and lets talk about our fishery!
ell, here we all are, stuck in a pandemic as Puerto Vallarta gets shut down like the rest of the world! This week’s report is about the bay and the possibilities which are mostly ignored. Fish don’t know there’s a pandemic so they’re ignoring the whole situation. With 68 degree water temperatures we’re still seeing the cold water species like Sea Bass, Snappers and Groupers around the river mouths. But there are some “secret” spots in the Bay where you’ll be alone and catch all you want. The point being you don’t need to go to the deep water locations, especially at this time of the year to get some wonderful action in our world famous Banderas Bay of Puerto Vallarta.
One of the things that always happens is people who read my articles always come in asking for Marlin, Dorado etc. For now they’re south for the winter but will be back in a few months. For now we’re taking shorter day trips for the most part and catching winter species, but of course it’s still fishing so there are always challenges. Snapper are moving in, Stripers are still roaming the area, Wahoo are moving in and you couldn’t ask for better weather here in Puerto Vallarta, Yeha!
We’ve been lucky this whole winter high season when it comes to fishing. We’ve had warm water, summer species and incredible action. For a while there I was concerned that this could be an El Nino year, but thank your lucky stars things have changed. So this means were back on a “normal schedule”. That means the water temperatures are dropping to where “normal” is and the warm water species we’ve enjoyed are finally thinning out. Now this sounds almost tragic, but in reality it’s not. Winter Species are now moving in which means Jack Crevalls are more plentiful and larger in size. Sierra Mackerels which are great tasting and while smaller are great “machine gun” action at will. Grouper are showing up at the Ameca River mouth, still small but in a week or two this will be the secret spot. Yes folks we’re changing seasons now but that doesn’t mean fishing has stopped. It just means we need to change our focus to smaller and more abundant species looking for that all important arm burning action!
If you go back and review any of my old reports, you’d notice they all follow a seasonal pattern. Warm water means big summer species like Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish and Dorado. Winter Species of Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito, limited Sailfish are also in the area. So for us to have most of the aforementioned species is just incredible! Water temperatures are cool, but not freezing for fish. Bait is off the hook and frankly we have plenty of fish, but with super amounts of “whale” food, all the players are participating in the worlds largest “fish smorgasbord”! If you’re looking for some great action, we’ve got what you’re looking for.
Well, it’s finally happening, the water temperatures have dropped to the “degrees” that would be normal for this time of the year. Up to this point visiting angles have had the luxury of having several summer species hanging around in the “winter” fishing season. Dorado, Striped Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna will be fading out shortly. Normally or this time of the year 74 to about 72 degrees is normal, but will probably continue to drop for a few weeks more before we see things reverse itself around the beginning of May. From about now to that time frame we’ll be seeing our normal winter species and fishing conditions. This is normal, don’t be alarmed! In fact it’s great news to me personally, it was looking like a possible El Nino year, which we could do without!
Well, here we are again, another week and more unexpected conditions. In recent weeks we’ve seen the unusually warm water fueling our deep water fishing grounds with Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and more. But now we’re seeing some “Clean Green” water which is about 74 degrees. This of course means we’re seeing swirling currents with mixed water temperatures. Not a monster obstacle to overcome, but if you don’t have electronics to know the water temperatures it will impact your day. Every increasing whale food in the form of Krill Squids and Shrimps, small Sardines and who knows what else is both a blessing and curse.
We’re seeing some strange things happening in our world famous fishing grounds. First, we have 81 degree water, no kidding. It should be in the neighborhood of 75 degrees or lower. As a result of this and the storms up north we’re seeing an explosion of Fish! Sailfish, Dorado, Striped Marlin, even Blue Marlin are being boated. The entire area is alive with great action. Smaller fish in the bay for great family fishing days with Sierra Mackerels and then the larger species outside of the bay! With mostly blue water, there are some dirty water areas closer to shore. Plenty of blue water. Lot’s going on out there so stay with me!
Every day is Different, Water Temps Drop Drastically, and Massive Bait, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish for Near Future!
Well it had to happen, the calendar is getting long in the tooth and the cool water finally came in. It always happens at the end of December, this year we we’re lucky! But luck doesn’t last forever as we see strong and cold currents coming down from the north. With this cold water is coming the winter bait, the whale food so to speak. Squids, Krill Shrimp, Sardines to name a few have flooded the area. This is a double edged sword ….
As we come into this time of the year we see a bit of a rollercoaster out there. With swirling currents of different temperatures it can be challenging to say the least. One of those challenges is the massive amount of “Whale food” that comes in the form of Krill Squids, Krill Shrimps and many other different baits. Yes the Whales love it, so does every other species in or around the bay. As a result of this massive amounts of bait, at times you’re hard pressed as to which type of bait to use. And as always you’ll probably be wrong until you hit that magic combination or lure! But we have fish, boy do we have fish!
Normally as we enter late December we hope and pray for warm water to continue into the holiday season. This year it looks like we’re going to be lucky as water temperatures continue to be warm. Sailfish and Marlin numbers are starting to thin-out in some areas. But we also need to remember “Fish Move”! So what looks like thin numbers could be more about them concentrating in certain areas and not others. Where might those areas be? Well, continue reading amigo, we have another exciting week to report to you!