OFFSHORE FISHING BY THE BOAT CONQUISTADOR
March 2, 2007, Prime Time Adventures, Josh Temple, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico:
Lucky anglers this week here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, enjoyed some truly phenomenal late season giant yellowfin tuna fishing action just 15 miles off the beach.
The Gulden family joined me and crew aboard Prime Time Adventures' newest charter boat the 40 Cabo Express "Conquistador" this week and scored dorado, striped marlin, and an epic yellowfin tuna catch consisting of multiple fish in the 140 to 170-pound range.
The tuna were biting live and dead baits, as well as chunk baits cut from a 6-foot Humboldt giant squid the crew found floating, in 76 to 78-degree clear green water.
Most of the tuna action came from the kite but the chunk baits were getting their fair share of action too.
Dorado continue to provide excellent fishing around the FADs near shore. Most of the dorado coming off the FADs are peanuts in the 10 to 15-pound range but there are also some very big bull-cow pairs hanging out in deeper water that are cooperating while trolling lures or bait.
Sailfish action is spotty but there are some striped marlin showing in local waters now.
While winds have been a little sporty, blowing from the northwest at 15 to 20 knots, the trades have produced ideal fishing conditions for tailing striped marlin off the Mexican coast so crews with sharp eyes are scoring several releases per day out there.
Adrian Michas, Chris Porter, and Becky and Patrick Klahre also joined me and the Conquistador crew this week and caught boat loads of hefty yellowfin tunas.
While our crews did release much of the catch over 4 days of fishing, the overall week's tally was 35 yellowfin tuna, 7 dorado, and 2 striped marlin releases over 4 days.
It was an epic catch for the month of February by anyone's standards.