TUNA NOT COOPERATIVE IN FISHING ON THURSDAY BY THE PACIFICO
Feb. 10, 2007, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, charter boat Pacifico, Drew Pickerel:
I went out fishing on Thursday in Puerto Vallarta on the Pacifico with Captain Manny Ocaranza and crew of Tony Ocaranza and Luis.
We arrived at El Banco at 0730 hours with good signs of bait and very green fishing water.
There were sporadic signs of medium sized yellowfin tuna that seemed keyed on baby calamari.
The Pacifico found good meter marks through the first half of the day and we scored a 30-pound bull dorado along with 4 cuberas snappers between 20 and 35 pounds, and 2 more yellow-eyed snappers of around 8 pounds.
In the afternoon, we cruised over to Roca Corbeteña to find more green fishing water and some light signs of tuna.
At around 1730 hours, we saw some breaking fish at about 7 miles to the west of the Pacifico, and came upon some fast moving 60-80 pound tuna.
However, as soon as they broke the surface, they were back down.
We only wished we had a bit more time to work these fish, as the sun was setting, but our efforts with the poppers and caballitos baits were futile.
Hopefully this water will clean up a bit and those fish will be on the chew.
The water temperature at El Banco was 74.8 to 76 degrees. I didn't look at the Rock, but it had to be close to that.