Puerto Vallarta, Mexico



March 5, 2005, Kurt Hjort, Esperanza Sportfishing, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Fishing Report:

The fishing in Puerto Vallarta can be summed up in one word...weird.

Fishing will be hot as hell one day and fish lockjaw the next. But overall, there are some very nice catches being seen at Puerto Vallarta, both inshore and offshore.

Corbetena and El Banco have seen tunas all through the week and some marlin and big yellowfin are still being landed. Puerto Vallarta fishing is not like two weeks ago, but it is still worth the effort.

I have concentrated the fishing this last week on roosterfish and two fly fishing charters, and we scored well on all the trips.

North of Punta Mita, we had good roosterfish and jack crevalle fishing, using goggleyes slow trolled, and we were cut in half a number of times on large 7-10 pound Spanish mackerel with the attitude of wahoo!

After we stuck on a stinger hook, we landed a few to provide fresh ceviche for the afternoon snack.

Sailfish and dorados are still around in the usual Puerto Vallarta sportfishing spots between 3-10 miles out, and to the north of Punta Mita around the floating palapa leaves that are buoyed up.

Puerto Vallarta water temperatures in the fishing areas will vary between the mid 70s and off color, to near 80 degrees with the warmer, cleaner water.

Puerto Vallarta is starting to see sardine hatches inshore and with that will be some explosive roosterfish on topwater poppers and live baits. The weather is great and fishing is too.

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