Master Baiter’s Quickie Report: Winter has come to the Fishing Ground of Puerto Vallarta
Everyone in the world has heard of global warming and all the problems that come along with it. Now I really don´t care too much about what they say, but I do know this, the entire United States is an icebox! Mexico is no different. Right now we are seeing dropping water temperatures in the 74 to 78 degree range which is about what we would be expecting in late January. So we are about a month ahead of schedule. But as we all know by now, water temps affect weather patterns and it is no wonder everyone in the States is freezing. Even Los Angeles had a high of forty degrees a week or so ago. So it should be no surprise the fishing conditions have changed drastically in the last week. It is changing so quickly that it is difficult to keep up with things and I live on the docks…
If you are looking for Yellowfin Tuna, if you don´t head to the Tres Maria Islands (prison islands), you have a slim chance of success! If you´re looking for Marlin, Even striped Marlin, it’s highly unlikely you´ll be coming in with one of those as well… even Striped Marlin have moved out and they like cooler water.
Dorado are in the area, but they too will soon be thinning out early as even the water will be too cool for them as well.
So what does this all mean to you, the fishing public that is hoping to boat a Yellowfin Tuna over the Christmas / New Year’s holiday? Basically if you still plan on going out fishing, you will have to change your plan…
Now the fishing in Puerto Vallarta is always great, but we too have fishing seasons and you have to start thinking winter fishing. This means the invasion of Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, Rooster Fish, and more. Sailfish are normally still in the area for most of the year, but you will have to set out for San Pancho or San Francisco in English, which is a minimum of a ten hour day straight up the coast.
At the Marietta Islands the Rooster Fish are thick, but they´re not taking bait for nothing. The reason for this is because those Krill shrimps are everywhere! Now you remember I HAVE been talking about Krill Squids, they have changed to Shrimps… It’s this sort of food in the water that attracts the Whales to the Bay of Banderas and makes the tour companies a fortune! But when it comes to fishing, it can make you pull your hair out….
Right now a 8 to 10 hr trip is what the doctor ordered for the average guy looking to catch fish. If you are into Yellowfin Tuna, be warned: You will be heading out 80 miles one way amigos.. But with Yellowfin that are huge, it may just be worth the extra time and expense….