Best summer fishing in years for marlin and tuna. Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) finally show up. Roosterfish off the beaches.
The waters off of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas offer some of the best fishing on the planet. And this year is shaping up to be one to remember.
First, let’s talk yellowfin tuna. Fish in the 20-150 pound range have been found most days out at Roca Corbatena. On a trip last week we even saw one easily over a 100 pounds amongst the baby Dorados on the outer edge of the Bay of Banderas.
If you want a shot at a marlin or sailfish, they can be found anywhere from Punta Mita on out with Roca Corbatena and El Banco offering up your best chance.
Roosterfish on your bucket list? They are increasing in both size and numbers as we head into fall. The beach south of Cabo Corrientes is the place to be.
Our best bet for the serious angler
With Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado out at Roca Corbatena in good numbers the odds are stacked in your favor to get into some nice fish.
The best thing about fishing this area is that you have a shot at that fish of a lifetime, and as a fallback, you almost certainly will catch something memorable (and tasty). Another nice thing about fishing Corbatena right now is that you can try several different methods of fishing. Our favorite approach at the moment is to drop a jig down as soon as we mark a school of tuna on the sonar. There is nothing better than hooking up on that first drop. A 9.5 hour trip on a fast boat will let you experience what world-class fishing is all about.
Our best bet for the weekend warriors and casual anglers
With the recent rains we are starting to finally get some decent weed/trash lines in close and that means Dorado as well as fish that feed on the smaller Dorado (Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin).
Basically, head Northwest off of Punta Mita and locate the color change (green to blue water) and weed lines and you are pretty much guaranteed to find the fish. This is sportfishing at it’s best!
Our best bet for those just wanting to get on the water
Last week we reported that Dorado were still scarce in the bay, but that could and should change.
Well, the good news is that the Dorado arrived in the bay with the heavy rain last Tuesday. We have been finding them out by one of our favorite reefs for bottom fishing between Punta Mita and The Marieta Islands.
For a mixed bag, drop a jig to the bottom and you have a good chance at adding a Snapper (Pargo), Grouper (Cabrilla), or Amberjack.
Pray for rain leading up to your next trip and your chances of success will improve dramatically.
Dorado (also called Mahi-Mahi or Dolphinfish) is one of the most popular game fish in the world. Easily recognized by their beautiful gold, green and blue colors, they put on a great acrobatic show when hooked.
Most anglers also love to eat Dorado given that it is one of the milder tasting fish species.
What most people don’t know is that Dorado grow extremely fast and reproduce after approximately 5 months. In fact, a recent study of a fish living under optimal conditions grew over 50 pounds in under a year.
For these reasons, it makes sense from a conservation and economic standpoint that in most places there is a minimum size for harvesting a Dorado. Unfortunately, there is no such regulation here in Mexico.
Since there are so many undersized Dorado around this time of year, please release any fish under 24 inches in length. Better still, contact the Dolphinfish Research Program and start tagging these undersize fish…and don’t forget to give them a kiss before you send them back on their way.
For more information, go to https://dolphintagging.com/
Sleep in if you are on holiday. This time of year we often find the bite comes on after 4pm. Very civilized.