Weather to fish or not to fish, that is

October 21, 2019 by Gregory Pilkington

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Why is it that when it comes to weather, we focus on the negatives?

For example, most people here refer to June thru October as “The Rainy Season”. And, if one checks the online weather forecasts, it looks as if it is going to rain all day, every day.  When in fact, we average 6 hours of sunshine per day over that time.

My gut feeling is other than misinformation regarding how dangerous it is here (it’s not), disinformation regarding the weather keeps more visitors away than any other factor.

Sure, we may get a passing thunderstorm every other day mixed in with the sunny weather, but other than a couple tropical systems each year, it is rare to get persistent rain.

And while we have gotten our fair share of rain this past month from remnants of these tropical storms,  it’s not all bad. Our water supply is back up and our short-lived drought is over.

Best of all, as mentioned before, a couple days after these storms pass, the sun comes out and the fishing goes from extremely good, to red-hot again.

As such, this is the week to break open your piggy banks and hit the water as fishing for Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Marlin and Sailfish should be off-the-charts!

It’s tough to make a recommendation when fishing should be fantastic this week nearly everywhere.

A 7-hour trip just outside the bay on a good boat should get you into some great Dorado and Sailfish action. Perfect for everyone from children and 1st timers to the most avid of anglers.

Meanwhile, a longer trip out to Roca Corbatena might just turn out to be a once in a lifetime experience. In addition to Dorado and Sailfish, reports of Blue and Black Marlin and even big Yellowfin Tuna are coming in. You will want to put in a full 10+ hour day if you are going to run 30-40 miles out, but it should be well worth it.

As always, they do call it fishing, not catching, for a reason, and my predictions could be wrong. But, I’m probably not alone in telling you that I would guarantee you catch fish on a trip of 7 hours or more this upcoming week.

The Puerto Vallarta Fishing Club will be hosting its 64th Anniversary International Marlin & Sailfish Tournament, November 13th to 16th. This is a great chance to make friends and experience tournament fishing at the highest level.

Prizes include new cars, trucks, cash and more.

Half-day trips are outstanding during high-season for less experienced anglers looking to put a bend in a rod amongst the whales and dolphins. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that you are going to have a decent chance at catching a trophy fish on such trips.

Spend a bit more and book at least a 7-hour trip if you really want to experience world class sportfishing. The difference is remarkable and well worth the additional cost.

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