On The Water

Capt. Gregory Pilkington


You only live once, so live right – get out on the water and create unforgettable memories!
Due to the close encounter with Hurricane Lorena, not much fishing occurred last week. By the time this hits the press, the seas will be calm and the fishing red-hot once again.

In the meantime, instead of our normal fishing report, here is something a bit different – a guide to 5 of the most sought after species of fish commonly caught around the Bay of Banderas region this time of year.
We are blessed to have such a world-class, year-round fishery with so many options. There is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience or budget.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get on the water!

Catching and releasing a Marlin is viewed by many anglers as the pinnacle of sportfishing.
There is nothing better than seeing the bill of a big Marlin show up in your spread and jumping on your bait or lure. The ensuing aerial show and awe-inspiring blistering runs will challenge and impress even the best angler and crew. Our Blue Marlin and Black Marlin are quite large by world standards with fish over 500 pounds frequently encountered. Grander Marlin (those over 1000 pounds) are mixed in and can show up at any time, particularly from September to December.
Better make sure you have a top crew and the best heavy tackle if you want to tangle with these monsters.

Arguably the most popular offshore game fish in the world. Dorado are not only beautiful but they also have voracious appetites, will strike almost anything, put up a good fight with spectacular jumps, and taste great.
Not near as daunting as a marlin, running more in the 10-50 pound range, Dorado are great for inexperienced anglers and children on medium tackle and experienced anglers on light tackle.
Look for floating debris and weed lines and you should find the fish. For this reason, fishing is best in the rainy season as more debris is pushed out of local rivers into the bay and waters just offshore.

We are famous here for having the largest Yellowfin Tuna on the planet. Those over 200 pounds are called Cows and the ones over 300 pounds are called Super Cows.
The vast majority of these Cow Tuna are caught on multi-day trips to the Tres Maria Islands some 70 – 120 miles offshore. In closer at Corbatena and El Banco, the fish tend to run a bit smaller but are still big enough to test even the best angler (20-150 pound fish are common).Most often taken on live bait, these fish will also take poppers and jigs which provides for some of the most active and exciting fishing known.

You will never forget your first Roosterfish hot on the trail of your live bait, lure or fly. The distinctive plume of a dorsal fin cutting thru the waters just off our beaches is one of fishing’s great sights.
Roosterfish fight with the stamina of a Yellowfin Tuna and are known to jump from time to time which adds to their appeal.
Fish up to 50 pounds swim our beaches and can be caught from shore or by boat. This is inshore fishing at it’s best!

While Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado are two of the best-tasting fish you will ever come across, Marlin and Roosterfish are not particularly tasty and are much more valued as sport fish.
Please employ sustainable fishing practices (use only circle hooks with live bait and don’t pull big fish out of the water for photos) and release these fish to make someone else’s day in the future.
A sustainable fishery benefits all of us.

Most people think that Tuna sashimi is best just after the fish is caught. The truth is that if you can wait a couple or three days the taste gets noticeably better.
For best results, wrap your tuna fillets in paper towels and seal tight in a ziplock bag. Replace the paper towels each day and reseal. You will be amazed by the difference.
Don’t forget the wasabi and soy sauce!