El Banco / Corbetena Yellowfin Tuna 75 – 150 lbs, Marlin Picking Up in Size, Dorado Smaller and Perfect Water Conditions! What more could you want?

Lately it’s looking like the “good old days” have come back to our world famous fishing grounds. After years of diminished fishing, the Seiners (production fishing ships) have mostly faded away and we’re finally seeing small schools of Yellowfin tuna roaming the entire area. Dorado are still thin, but they’re “trickling in” daily. Water temps are hovering and water conditions are about as good as you could ask for. Even Hurricanes are “Tranquillo”. We’ve moved into our Summer Fishing pattern where in the bay fishing is not going to provide you with Marlin and Tuna. For the next four or five months we’ll be seeing the best fishing outside of the bay. Now that doesn’t mean the fishing in the bay is anything other than great, they’re just smaller that’s all. So family fishing or Big Game fishing for trophies, either way They’re just what the “Vacation Doctor” ordered!

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Up & Down fishing, Tuna at 100 lbs but fickle, Marlin at El Banco, Dorado Numbers Drop, Water, Sailfish and Rooster Fish if You Know Where to Look

This past week Puerto Vallarta has lived up to its “rainy” reputation. Yes folks we have finally started to get rain on a regular basis. As a result, water temperatures have dropped a bit inside the bay to a comfortable “fish” temperature. Yet we’re seeing reduced numbers of Dorado for some reason. Corbetena has slowed a bit, but there are still reports of Marlin and Tuna. Fishing is never predictable, but we’re looking at great conditions, plenty of bait and some world class fishing. It’s going to take some time and effort, but the fishing is great! One interesting thing, the Hurricane season has been very mild. No open water issues at all!

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Water Temps Up, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, El Banco is Back and Now Rooster Fish, YeHa!

“What goes up, must come down”, or so the old saying goes. In the world of fishing, the equivalent saying would be “Fishing is Fishing”. What that means is you never really know what the conditions are going to be until you get “out there”. That was the case this week. After last week and the drastic increase in water temps, the fish were shocked and they took off. Now with the same water temperatures we’re seeing our deep water fishing grounds of El Banco / Corbetena are beginning to look like 15 yrs. ago. Even inside the bay has seen some surprising species, throw in a trash line and abundant bait and you’ve got close to a fisherman’s dream.

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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!

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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.

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Corbetena: Marlin and Sailfish and Tuna, Oh My! And El Banco Too!

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!

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Yellowfin Cows 200 to 250 lbs, some over 300 lbs at Corbetena, Dorado in Bay, Sailfish El Morro

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.

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Summer Fishing Begins, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Stripers, Yellowfin Tuna and yes even some Dorado!

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.

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Stripers in Bay, Smaller Dorado, Massive Bait Amounts, Warming Water, Fishing is Great!

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.

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It’s All About Striped Marlin in the Bay, Sailfish at Corbetena, Football Yellowfin Tuna Arri

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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The “Ups” and “Downs” of Spring Fishing, Normal Frustrations

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.

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World Record Class Yellowfin Tuna, Fishing at The Tres Maria Islands, Master Baiter’s ™ Style

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. 

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Settling into Winter Fishing Conditions, Plenty of Fishing Action!

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.

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