Mexico offers fantastic saltwater fishing adventures

It’s always nice to get away in the winter, especially this year because we’ve been inundated with so much snow and cold.
My girlfriend, August, and I headed south to Mexico last week and had a great trip. We were invited to attend the wedding of our friends, Adam Bachynski and Charlotte Rosewarne, in Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast.
The whole trip went great—the wedding was good and the weather was awesome. Adam is a fishing buddy so it was no surprise that between him and a few other friends, there were a number of fishing rod tubes loaded on the plane when we left Winnipeg.
Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay and offers fantastic saltwater fishing opportunities for a variety of species. I don’t get to do it very often, but saltwater fishing is absolutely a blast so I always try to take advantage of it when I get the chance.
One incredible thing about the ocean is how much life there is. We hired a guide for the outings that we went on. They knew where to put us on fish and we constantly were seeing baitfish being chased, fish busting on the surface, and whales and dolphins swimming by.
We brought down our own tackle to fish with, so we did not have the gear to land any of the big saltwater critters like tuna or marlin. Large reels and heavy rods are necessary to land any of the big saltwater fish.
We did manage to push our gear to the limits and land some big fish, though. Local anglers Scott Dingwall, Andrew Rogozinski, and Ryan Marlowe all were in on the action. We pushed our heavy bass and musky tackle, and landed most of the fish we hooked.
We did break off some 60- and 80-pound line on a few fish and broke the hooks off of our lures a couple of times. These saltwater fish all have teeth and they are so tough.
We caught numerous Jack Crevalle (an aggressive fish that is common in the warm water regions of the Pacific and Atlantic), red snapper (a bright orange fish that is very good eating), and then a whole bunch of other fish—some we knew the names of, others we didn’t.
It was just fun to get some action out of a boat.
If you have plans to go south this winter or in the future, finding a guide or someone to take you fishing on the ocean usually is not too difficult around any of the tourist areas.
Research online will put you in touch with guides just about anywhere or you can do like we did and scout around the area when you get there to find someone you think you’ll enjoy sharing the boat with.
?There was a small community about the size of Sioux Narrows some 10 minutes north of where our resort was, and we were able to catch a bus for a dollar per person to get there and back. Once there, we asked around and found a great guy named Erasmo who took us out on three different days.
He was very knowledgeable and fun in the boat.
Saltwater fishing guides cost more than a freshwater guide does, but you need to consider the boats they run. Our guy had a 26-foot boat with twin 115 h.p. Mercury motors. The rate was about $300 for four hours.
But divided between three of us, that was plenty fair. He would have burned quite a bit of gas, and these guys all have a helper on the boat to assist in driving the boat and baiting lines.
Because of the strong current and big waves, the main engines always are running so it works out good for these guys to have a helper in the boat with them.
If you want to get on a bigger boat and chase big tuna or sailfish, you can expect to pay $800 plus per day to fish with someone who will put you on fish and give you a good experience.
Again divided by four-six people, the cost is fair.
The cost of the equipment these guys need to run a good operation are high from boats and motors to reels, line, and bait.
If you are headed south this winter and get near some saltwater, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
You’ll be glad you did!

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