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Yelowfin TUna

Here we are again, a week later and as expected things are ticking in the correct direction when it comes to Puerto Vallarta’s world class fishing grounds. All your favorite players are coming in right on time. Marlin, both blue and black. Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and more. What’s even more surprising is the fact both Corbetena and El Banco are firing on all cylinders. All the pieces now are falling in place, water temperatures are perfect, blue water, plenty of larger bait in the form of Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes, Flying fish and more. We’re moving into the summer tourism season, the fisherman in that group will have all the fishing action they could possibly want. Once we hit the first of July, there is no turning back, high season for fishing is happening now in Puerto Vallarta, but only if you’re here! You excited yet?

Last week we finally had some decent news about El Banco, aka The Bank. For years, the action around El Banco has been bordering on disastrous. For some reason, things have changed lately. Starting with Blue and Black Marlin between 250 and 325 lbs with some reports of 450 lb Black Marlin. Sailfish are running the area as well, but the best news is Yellowfin Tuna from 40 to 100 lbs are running the entire area around the high spots. So this is exciting, but Corbetena is also “holding its own”. Yes, we have Blue and Black Marlin running the area in the same size ranges of 250 to 350 lbs. Sailfish as well. Dorado and Yellowfin tuna around the rock is less than exciting, but this will change soon as well. Skip Jack Tuna and baby Bonito are running these areas and big bait, means big fish. With water temperatures at 84 degrees these conditions will only improve.

Some interesting developments around El Morro this week are large Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs and there are some Rock Fish in the 35 lb range as well. Naturally there are plenty of Jack Crevalles, Bonito and Sierra Mackerels. Now there should be some sailfish running the area just east of the rocks. Dorado are thin, but if you’re off the point of Punta Mita and you find a buoy the Dorado could be in the 20 lb range. Remembering it’s still early in the fishing season, the fact there is Dorado in the area at all is super positive sign. The area north of Punta Mita should be seeing some Sailfish and if you head out about 15 miles from the point there could be some smaller blue Marlin. Right now anything is possible as we move deeper into the early stages of high season for fishing.

Inside the bay has been active and well worth the time and money. For some reason the bay is full of Jack Crevalles in the 30 to 50 lb range and they’re all over the bay. Sierra Mackerels are thick, but should be moving out with the warmer water temps as well. There are many Dorado at the south end of the bay near Los Arcos. In fact they’re only about 12 lbs, so keep one for dinner and throw the rest back. But the action is undeniable, Capt. Pablo on our super Panga has been boating between 10 and 15 Dorado daily! There is also Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and even the possibility of a freak Sailfish in the bay. Again the water is blue, water temperatures are between 82 to 84, which of course if perfect. For now I suggest a six hour trip that gives you time to get to the south end of the bay.

Now the details, the bite is happening around 08:00 right now, but outside the bay can be later, closer to 09:00 to 10:00. I suggest getting out early, no later than 07:00 to take advantage of the favorable conditions. Skip Jack Tuna in the 12 lb range, perfect larger bait, is thick around Corbetena and of course El Banco! Flying fish, Goggle eyes and more. Live bait for now is king, but lures and dead baits are always options. So fill those Tuna tubes amigos.

As you all know, we’re in an El Nino year, this means currents, water temperatures and potentially the fishing in the area will be affected. Normally in an El Nino condition, the primary currents we have coming up from the south can move out as much as 75 miles from its normal treck. When we see this happen, we normally see this same current run right into Cabo and then run up the coast to the Southern California boys. For now it doesn’t look like we’ll be living with those conditions. The reason for this is the fact that El Banco has action! We’re seeing Yellowfin Tuna early in the season, normal season that is. We didn’t even see any Black Marlin last year and now they’re already here! With Dorado in the area, even though they’re small and young, they’re here! For the last couple of years the Dorado populations have been improving with the change in the Mexican laws that did allow for this species of fish to be the only real fish you could ship out of the country. Now that this practice has been outlawed, things are improving.

Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

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