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Fishing Puerto Vallarta, Yellowfin Tuna Playground

Large Yellowfin Tuna in Puerto Vallarta

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 The Season is developing nicely. Water temperatures are up to a perfect level and after all that Spinner action last week with smaller Tuna, we’re now seeing some sizeable Yellowfin Tuna.

Sailfish are increasing in numbers and size, Stripers aka Striped Marlin are still in the area even with the increased water temps. Big surprise yesterday was a Blue Marlin boated off Corbetena. Early summer fishing couldn’t be better than it is now. Even Punta de Mita has come to life. We have arm burning action and by all indications this is just the beginning of a great season, Yee-Ha!

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Corbetena, located 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta, is considered one of the best fishing grounds in Mexico and is world class in all ways. Lately Yellowfin Tuna have increased in size and numbers. Capt. Cesar Perez boated this 180 lb Yellowfin Tuna early in the morning. Right now the bite for Yellowfin Tuna (YF Tuna) is happening about an hour before sundown. That means you have to be at Corbetena about 7:30 p.m. to hit the late bite. Using a kite increases your chances. There hasn't  been anybody chasing the early bite as it’s before sunup. Best thing for Yellowfin right now is an overnight trip. Hitting it late, and then again early, makes for a fun trip!!! We also have Blue Marlin in the 250 lb size and increasing, Sailfish at 85 lbs and up, Dorado are in the area but they’re “schoolies,” or about two pounds / one kilo each. Strong attraction for larger species. Striped Marlin are still hanging around, even with the warmer water temperatures due to massive amounts of Skipjack tuna and Goggle Eye baits. Pick a fish, it’s out there! El Banco is breathing again with reports of Tuna, Stripers, Sailfish as well. If you’re willing to put in the time and the risk of the unknown you could catch El Banco perfect. Feeling lucky? 
 
Punta de Mita last week was dead as a door nail, but now things are happening with Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Skip Jack Tuna,and Jack Crevalls 35 to 50 lbs. Bonito are bullet sized and perfect to have in the area. With some rains there are some floaters out there so see if you can find a log and there could be Dorado. But be warned, Dorado are in good sized numbers but there are babies, so release the babies. Well worth an eight hour trip. 
 
Inside the bay this week is just magic. Jack Crevalls are still running the area at 25 to 45 lbs, depends on where you are. Sailfish are splashing all over the place in front of Garza Blanca hotel. Yellowfin Tuna at Yelapa, but there are some tricks to catch these Tuna. Skip jack Tuna, Sierra Mackerels still. Perfect family fishing in the bay, and for the beginner especially. Dorado are like I said increasing in numbers and size soon.
 
The bite now is a moving target. For the guy heading out for anything other than Yellowfin Tuna, everything is happening late morning from 10:00 to about 1:00. Yellowfin Tuna have the late bite as well before sundown. Water temperatures have increased slightly to 85 degrees, perfect for the locals. I was a little concerned that we may be seeing an El Nino year, but it looks like we’re going to have a favorable season when it comes to fishing. With empty fishing grounds and the fishing improving daily, this year could be the best fishing this area has had to offer for many a season! If you can, come on down to Peurto Vallarta, give me a call, and we’ll get you your “Dream Fish” amigos… 
 
Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish! 
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