Just checking in with some of you derelicts! Haven't been on the water much due to nasty offshore conditions and my work schedule the past few months but LB and I just returned from our annual Puerto Vallarta trip.
We were fortunate enough to be joined by Herbert (cudaman) and Neil, both friends with whom I've fished with before. Went a day early just to hang out and chill at the Casa Villa Magnolia B&B:
And partake of some of the local cuisine:
There's a lobster tail down in there somewhere.
We were on the Marla II this year for a 2.5 day trip. It is a 35" blackfin that has bunks for four:
The highlight of the trip was Neil catching his first cow yellowfin. It's measured weight was 237 lbs:
Of course there were also some disappointments. Herbert was up first on a short lived fight due to the tuna running into a nearby longline and breaking off:
Next was my wife LB and I on a fish that we fought for 1.5 hours only to have the hook pull approximately 20-30' from the boat:
Here is what a large tuna looks like just before the hook pulls:
Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pics; Choup is going crazy now trying to re-create all those wonderful dishes ...
Wow, that was a hell-of-a big Yellowfin!! How are you fishing for those guys -- livebait? Chasing birds, or just slow trolling areas?
Is there any fishing from the beach areas (Fly fishing opportunities for roosterfish, etc.)?
Looks like you had a great time -- well done!!
The first morning fishing for tuna we were flatlining squid and “caballitos” (a type of goggle eye) without any hits. The captain was on the radio talking to a couple of other boats out there who also didn’t have any hits so we switched and went and caught some skipjack tuna to use for trolling. The skipjacks were the ticket on this trip.
The mates/cook on the boat would not be happy with me... I'm a simple, rather picky, food selection and eating person. Pretty much a meat or fish and potatoes or pasta kind of person.... I'd take a protion, but then slide the fixin;s off to the side and just eat the fish.
Old fugger with a bad heart, who just wants to fish