THREE BLUE MARLIN IN 1 DAY ABOARD THE SPORTFISHING BOAT TOP GUN
July 23, 2006, Thomas Lin, Fishing 5 days at Puerto Vallarta aboard the Mr. Marlin charter boat Top Gun:
I just returned from Puerto Vallarta fishing 5 days, July 17-21st, on the boat Top Gun with Captains Juan Pablo Moll and Tony Ocaranza, and first mate "Rooster".
The fishing was on the slow side, but I did manage to successfully release 3 blue marlin in one day. Capts. Tony and Juan both estimated the bigger fish to be 750-plus pounds. The other 2 blue marlin were 200 and 350 pounds. All of the marlin were caught on live black skipjacks using 12/0 Super Mutu hooks.
During the last 3 days of fishing, we did see signs of some larger yellowfin tuna breezing. We were fortunate to have caught one of them on the kite due to the efforts given by the captains.
Puerto Vallarta weather and water conditions were perfect, and the water temperature was 87-88 degrees.
However I have not seen the bird schools that I am used to seeing down there. There was also a fair amount of small crabs that the captains felt contributed to the slower fishing.
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