Drastic Water Temp Increase, Trash Line Dorado, Sailfish, Marlin, Fish are Spreading Out, Too Much Bait
On a weekly basis we normally see gradual changes in our world famous fishing grounds. This week that doesn’t hold true. We’ve seen a massive invasion of bait throughout the area. Water temps jumped to late summer temp levels. Trash line is working now that we’re getting some rain, but there is also a lot of Sea Weed as well which is not a bad thing. When it comes to fishing, conditions are never perfect, but with the blue water, a trash line and more bait by the minute, great things can happen. But first you need to step up and check off another Bucket List life goal!
Water Temps Up, Trash Line Working, Black Marlin, Sailfish, 150 lb Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena / El Banco
As we move deeper into the “High Season” for fishing we’re seeing the season develop as we’d expect. Water temperatures have taken a step up again, plenty of bait, warm blue water with perfect bait conditions are adding up to world class fishing you don’t want to ignore. The weather is hot, humid and uncomfortable to many visitors. Not really any worse than Houston or New Orleans, but still something to deal with. Fish don’t know this, they like the warm water and easy food. Locals should be considering heading out for at least eight hours, longer days will get you trophy gamefish and a story to last a lifetime.
Puerto Vallarta now is considered one of the top vacation destinations in the world these days. Because of this Puerto Vallarta is getting more and more attention regarding Art, Food and of course our World Class Sportfishing. As the summer months come on we see less and less of the fair weather tourist. Right now we’re seeing warmer days and high humidity, but not much in the way of Seasonal Rains. Our most sought after species of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado are finally moving back into the area. Bait conditions are text-book perfect. Water temperatures are in a gradual rise gratefully. Blue water is the norm and with the little rain we have been getting, there has been a nice little trash line. So finally, high season for fishing is upon us and things are shaping up!
The days are longer now, the sun is more intense, and naturally the days are very warm with plenty of humidity. Perfect conditions for our summer species which are finally moving in. Bait is more than plentiful and we’ve seen the Seasonal Rains once again. We’re finally coming into the Season when we can expect larger fish, maybe not in large numbers, but things are picking up by the day. With the rains returning we’ve got several trash lines not to mention Sea Weed coming down from California. Get ready amigos, Puerto Vallarta is in the summer grove now and things will gradually improve from this point forward.
So You Want to Boat a Yellowfin Tuna, well you’ve come to the right place! Tuna Season under way now!
We normally hear about specific locations, Corbetena, El Banco, El Morro, and the golden Triangle as I like to call it. Last week it was pretty much the same conditions. Now why is this important, because your best chance to boat a Blue Marlin, Sailfish, or Yellowfin Tuna is in between these three specific points. Or in the golden triangle. So what this means if you’re looking to catch fish of any size, you’ll be moving some water, or I should say using fuel! These days in the war against increasing prices, most boats are selling area, not fishing. That’s a problem, fish move.
For the last three weeks now I’ve been surprised at the amount of Striped Marlin in the bay. As water temperatures rise we normally see Striped Marlin leaving the area. But when there is so much “Fast Food” why would you leave? Smaller Dorado are in the bay which is encouraging. For now we’re focusing on the “water” conditions. We’re in a “current” transition period where clashing currents can create dirty water and hair pulling frustration.
It’s been an interesting week with some frankly strange fishing conditions. For now we’re still seeing Stripers aka Striped Marlin anywhere from 40 to 175 lbs, but mostly in the smaller ranges. Water temperatures are moving up as they should be. Air temperatures are still on the cool side for May, but this will change soon enough. Bait is moving into the deep water locations and inside the bay as well. Massive bait in the bay keeps the fishing great and the expenses down!
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Changing Conditions, Warming Water, Dorado at Los Arcos!
I’ve been in Puerto Vallarta long enough now to recognize fishing patterns come spring. Water temperatures drop to the coolest levels of the year. Then fish are spawning or breeding. The thing here is this, you won’t always have perfect days at this time of the year. You can find fish, that doesn’t mean they’re interested in your bait. But then again, they’re not always going to ignore what you’re offering. So it’s “Up and Down”. Last week when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, things changed, for one day, drastically. So it went from “nothing biting” to “Fish City”. Now we’re at least getting a bite from Jack Crevalls and Bonito, but it’s still challenging at best.
If you’re a Yellowfin Tuna enthusiast, then you’re well aware of the Tres Maria Islands. Located about 100 miles to the north of Puerto Vallarta the area has become super famous for Yellowfin Tuna from 200 to 400 lbs. Those running boats down this way to PV from Southern California, The Red Rooster, Apollo and Constitution to mention a few, I call these guys the “Chest Beaters”. You may ask: Why do I call them this? Well the answer is obvious, they want to show the So. Cal types that they’re boating these “incredible YF Tuna” like crazy in Mexico. This is of course “Off Season” revenue for these guys when the winter fishing craps out in Southern California. They come down to Puerto Vallarta (aka PV), beat their chest then head back to their own back yard to hit the summer season. I can’t blame them. They do well, they make a few bucks, people are being treated well and having fun. It’s all good. There’s just one down side, it’s México’s “off season” for fishing as well.
Puerto Vallarta like any other place goes though seasonal changes. Here in March we’re in the depth of winter at 85 degrees and suffering. The killing chill is what tourist feel when they walk into my shops and discover that Moby Dick is still here, but not his Marlin friends. Yes folks thing have gone full pendulum with water temperatures now a solid 71 degrees and stabilizing. Yes it looks like we’re settling into a pattern now that will be with us for a while. Now while this may sound negative, it’s part of the game. But in reality it’s a very positive thing as most tourist aren’t interested in heading out 12 hours to find a species that may not be there.
Welcome back to another interesting week in the world of Puerto Vallarta Sportfishing. We like to think we can predict conditions, see patterns and generally beat our chest with our “local knowledge”. When in reality everything is different every day. If we’re real lucky, maybe whatever species was “there” yesterday, will hopefully be there today.
When the Marlin and Sailfish and Dorado and Tuna have all left for warmer southern waters, people for some reason think the fishing just dies or something. But seriously, with cooling water temperatures having expectations of “machine gun hook-ups” is unrealistic. Now if you’re looking for a great day on the water, now I can do that amigo. Corbetena is seeing the seasonal change as well with fewer and smaller Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 to 40 lb Football range. Sailfish possible with sparse Stripers in the 225 range. They should be picking up in numbers, they like the 76-ish water temps. Amber Jacks are here as well and be in excess of 50 lbs easily. Again, it’s that time of the year so expectations need to be kept in check.
With ever changing conditions we’re smack in the middle of the yearly transition from warm water fish to smaller cold water species. For those looking to hit the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbetena are still in the area, but for how long. Late Bite a full moon and Yellowfin Tuna, it’s a little confusing but we can steer you through it all.