Puerto Vallarta´s Perfect Fishing Conditions, 500 lb Blue Marlin, Blue Water, Abundant Bait!
Written by Stan Gabruk
After six hurricanes passing us by so far this year, dirty water, no bait and a mixed bag of other night mare conditions that hit us at El Banco and Corbeteña have moved out and what replaced it is what dream fishing conditions are made of. Perfect water temperatures between 82 and 90 degrees set the stage for 500 lb Blue and Black Marlin increasing in abundance daily. Flying fish for bait are moving in as well, every species out there love flying fish! Yellowfin are also abundant in the football sized ranges for the moment everywhere past the Marietta islands. It´s all coming together now. The long winter wait for world record sized possibilities in our world class fishing grounds is over. If you are looking to boat a ¨Bucket List¨ fish, now is the time to start making preparations. From this point forward the fishing will be more intense for those with the inclination and the time. But be prepared, this is no game for pansies and I don´t mean flowers!
Things are much the same this week with conditions improving ever so slightly daily as you would hope to expect come August. The conditions are right as the stage is set for larger Yellowfin Tuna to move in as they normally do at this time of the year. As we move into August it turns into Yellowfin Tuna Season. So don´t be discouraged or disappointed if you´re here in PV now, this is normal and the calendar is never something you can hurry.
The area between Corbeteña and El Banco is just alive with action when it comes Yellowfin Football Tuna ranging between 30 and about 60lbs. Now for Marlin and Larger YF Tuna this is bait. So you can catch some fun sized Tuna without the monster fight or hit Black or Blue Marlin in the 300 to 600lb range. Blue Marlin for now is the dominant species at Both Corbeteña and El Banco. Black Marlin is sprinkled in the mix, but as a whole Black Marlin are really not ¨in¨ as yet. Corbeteña and El Banco are seeing Cubera Snapper surface feeding and running about 50 lbs of pure dinner table delight. Sailfish are here as well, they´re everywhere, enough said. The difference this week as I mentioned in last week’s article the area between Corbeteña and El Banco is where many a tournament winner has been boated. This week those going between these two locations found Sailfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna Footballs. So just a remember, fish move amigos and sticking to one location or plan will many times bite you in the butt. For those with the time, money and inclination it is well worth your time and fuel dollars. The nice thing about Footballs is they are not an hour fight, now it may take you twenty minutes or so, but this is a nice fight for most of us. Now the Monsters and Cows, referred to of tuna over 200lbs can take an hour per hundred pounds in a chair, so if you are looking for action but not the sore muscles, then these conditions are exactly what the doctor ordered amigos!
At the point of Punta Mita and around the corner to Sayulita, same story as last week, Sailfish, Dorado and little else if you hang close to shore. But like always there are Marlin in between the point and El Banco. If you are staying in the Punta Mita are, the fishing is worth if off the beach boats
El Morro and the Marietta Islands are not exactly fishing machines right now, but they are doing well if you don´t mind Sailfish, Pargo or Red Snappers in the 30lb range. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Needle Fish and more are there and there is plenty of action as always. Small kids will not be intimidated by these fish, so no worries. It´s worth the time and money, but there are no larger fish except Sailfish in the area. Eating fish, there are plenty. So weight the options.
At this time of the year you always have to deal with the dirty water that surrounds the shoreline where the fishing is less than spectacular. That doesn´t mean there are no fish if you´re in the right place and using the right baits. Those interested in some great action and fish for the table should consider the river mouths as opportunities others ignore. Well the nationals or local Mexican fisherman know where to find dinner for sure. When you are in the area where the fresh water meets the dirty sea water you will find Pargo or Snappers, Roballo or Snook like crazy! Those who ignore these options and go straight for only Dorado, Skippies or other species that they read about will find the Trash line their best option. Inside the bay we´re seeing more blue water than is usual. This simply means the abundance of smaller Dorado and Snappers are feeding on this fish Mc Donald’s! There are also Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Needle fish, Dorado as mentioned and who knows what else. But you´ll never know how it is first hand if all you do is read my reports. If you have never been on the water, come to my shop I will take pity on you and give you a ¨get your ass on the water deal¨ you won´t be able to say no to…. So there you are, call me amigo, you´re covered!
From this point forward the Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna will become more abundant and larger in size. The Fishing grounds are all but deserted so you don´t have crowding issues at the rock or over the high spots at El Banco. All and all, everything is perfect and the fishing is right on time. We´ve seen several world record sized fish boated in Puerto Vallarta´s fishing grounds so the possibility of another world record Tuna is more than possible. This is the time of year to be here in PV Fishing or just enjoying the city and all it has to offer.
Don´t forget to visit Marina Vallarta with its 150 shops, restaurants and professional services. It´s Puerto Vallarta´s other Malicon or Boardwalk and it´s largely ignored by tourist with no real promotion by the city, why.. Who knows, but it is how it is amigos. With yachts, and the energy, you owe it to yourself to come down and see it!
22 million visitors with ¨deaf¨ ears came to Mexico last year, a record year for tourism even with the news. Find out more here and calm your fears amigo: http://theintelhub.com/2012/06/29/tourism-booms-in-mexico- as-crime-rises/
Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish….
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