Puerto Vallarta, Mexico



Dec. 1, 2006, Josh Temple, Prime Time Adventures Sportfishing, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico:

The epic bite of giant tuna and black and blue marlin continues unhindered in Puerto Vallarta. The fishing here is getting to the point where we are starting to feel sorry for each bait we deploy behind the boat because it's not a matter of not if, but when that little bugger's lights go out.

We caught tons of sails, dorado, tuna and blue and black marlin. To be honest we caught too many giant tunas to count. It's that crazy down here right now. Also I just bought a new Cabo 40 Express charter boat called the Conquistador.

Blue Marlin and Black Marlin are competing with shoals of yellowfin tuna from 100 to 300 pounds on the Puerto Vallarta offshore fishing banks right now for any kind of live or dead bait you throw in the water.

Perhaps for the first time in Prime Time Adventures sportfishing history, our anglers hooked a quadruple-header this week, consisting of two giant tunas, one sailfish, and one dorado. After pulling the hook on one of the giant tunas, the boys successfully released the sailfish and stuck the gaffs in the other tuna and the dorado. If it's happened before I haven't heard of it. That moment will live forever in my memory.

The biggest fish of the week for our Prime Time Adventures boats Frantic Pace, Top Gun, Chappy One, and Bad Influence was captured by Steve Danziger after a grueling 4 hour battle. Steve's 288 pounder came as part of a triple header of giant tunas while we were fishing a massive school of bait and fish 8 to 10 miles outside of one of our favorite high spots.

Steve Danziger, Michael Bogart, and I all hooked our fish on fresh caught skipjack flylined in the middle of the frothing bait school.

I pulled my hook shortly thereafter but Michael Bogart bested his fish which topped the scales at 250 pounds. Once Bogi's fish was landed, we went to work on Steve's fish, but it still took another 2.5 hours to tame the demon which boasted a whopping 60-inch girth. It was a mean one at 288 pounds.

I'd also like to note that I landed my first blue marlin. After guiding anglers to literally hundreds of marlin releases I'd never had the opportunity to reel one in for myself. At 450 pounds and still out there swimming I'm still enjoying the glow.

I could go on and on, but there are so many highlights from this last week of fishing that they have all kind of blended into one for me.

Without a doubt, this past month has once again reconfirmed the fact that Puerto Vallarta has to be one of the best places on earth for fishing for giant tuna and marlin.

Puerto Vallarta fishing water temperatures are still in the mid 80's and the current continues to push from the south.

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