AFTERNOON OFFSHORE FISHING BITE HAS BEEN EPIC FOR TUNA AND MARLIN
Oct. 8, 2006, Josh Temple, Prime Time Adventures, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico:
Sportfishing conditions this week at Puerto Vallarta continued to cooperate as winds averaged 10 knots from the northwest and seas were deep blue and swells were less than 2 feet.
Puerto Vallarta's fishing water temperatures are pushing 88 degrees and there is still an abundance of bait around both inshore and offshore locations.
This past week we saw the giant cow yellowfin tuna show in force and multiple shots were common out there among the offshore sportfishing fleet through Sunday. Three yellowfin tuna over 300 pounds were taken, and with an average tuna size pushing 275 pounds out there, anglers had their hands full to say the least.
The giant yellowfin tuna are showing a preference for extra large live and dead baits. The downrigger baits have produced on those hot, calm afternoons when fish are refusing to take a surface livey. As always, the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish.
The blue marlin and black marlin this season have certainly produced epic, world class fishing at Puerto Vallarta, and many of our anglers have released up to 6 of these marlin in a single day. This past week alone we raised 4 fish over 750 pounds on our charter fishing boat Torture Chamber and released a whopping 11 combined blue marlin and black marlin.
Sailfish are starting to stack up and the dorado are finally moving through in catchable numbers. All in all it's madness and mayhem out there when the bite is on.
Biggest piece of fishing advice I can relay for Puerto Vallarta's offshore waters right now is do not give up too early out there. The afternoon bite has been epic and it's right there in the same water that proved unproductive prior in the day. Stick and stay and make it pay, words to live by out there offshore at Puerto Vallarta right now.
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