Pete Vines


Our local fishing report starts off with some changes this month.  First and foremost the cooling weather ( which is [perfect this time of the year )  and some water temperature changes In the Bay and offshore. We had incredible temperatures in November. ( around 78 deg . )  Since the temperatures had dropped a few degrees for inshore and offshore fishing.The water never gets really cold here in the Bay of Puerto Vallarta or offshore. But it does have an effect on our fishing and the way that we fish during the winter months. 

For the inshore fishing, there will still be mahi-mahi around, yellowtail, roosterfish, Spanish mackerel, and the fantastic eating California Bonita. The best way to catch these is on the troll. If we are lucky enough to find them schooling we can use some pitch baits or different jigs we have for casting. We will start seeing large schools of the yellowtail here and they are usually caught on live bait. If you catch him schooling on some of the bait balls that are moving in for the winter month they'll buy it on anything. We should start seeing some more roosterfish over on the South Shore in a couple of small coves we catch them in the winter months and this is usually done with live bait or some pitch baits. It's not uncommon this time of the year to start seeing schools of snapper inside the Bay and just offshore. If you're looking for a fun time this winter and don't wanna spend all day on a boat choose one of our four or six-hour trips and you'll have the time of your life here in Puerto Vallarta. Be sure and send us an e-mail or call our toll-free line to make sure we have availability. Around Christmas time everyone thinks folks are around the fireplace with grandma but I guarantee you a lot of them are gonna be down here on the beach with us or offshore fishing.

The offshore fishing will change as the water cools down some of the larger marlin and tunas will move further offshore. They will be replaced by the strike Marlin that love the cooler water and of course, the tuna will be catching them on the thermoclines. You can't find tuna schooling this time of the year but not as much as in the fall. One of our favorite trips is 8 hours going out for big game we're the sailfish, striped Marlin, and mahi- mahi. If the action is not there we can always revert back and come into some of the places that are producing inside the Bay and catch a boatload of fish for the clients.

During the winter, the best type of fishing offshore is trolling using skip baits with some high speed lures and some swen up baits like goggle eye or mullet. When we know there's a large concentration of Marlin or tuna around we'd love to fish with the live bait. The 5 to 10 lbs bonitas work perfect . Three rules of fishing offshore live bait, live bait, and of course, live bait.

As I said inside the Bay the water had dropped a little bit cooler so you're looking at some 70's to  76 degrees here inside the bank in most places. Offshore fishing is seeing a little warmer water 78 deg. most places with great water clarity. The wind is laid down this is a very pretty flat for most of the trips that we've been doing. If you're coming down for the weekend just want to check the latest conditions feel free to give me Captain Pete call on our toll-free line we'll be more than happy to answer any questions about fishing or any other water-related sports.

Merry fishmas and hope to see everyone out there on the water


Capt. Pete and crew

Fish Species: sailfish,marlin,mahi-mahi,tuna
Bait Used: mullet,goggle eye,lures
Tackle Used: avet and gold penn stand up
Method Used: trolloing,kite,jiggingd,pictch baits
Water Depth: 300 plus
Water Temperature: 76
Wind Direction: n/a
Wind Speed: 7 knots

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Pete Vines

About The Author: Captain Pete Vines

Company: Puerto Vallarta Fishing

Area Reporting: Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Bio: Been here in Puerto Vallarta offering my charter services for over 35 years at great prices, we have fishing,sailing,snorkeling and whale watching at discount prices.

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