Mahi-mahi had suddenly moved in within just a mile or two of the beach here in Mexico, so Lauren and I decided to hire a panga boat and try our luck.
In this video we are fishing with local charter captain Juan Santana and his nephew Enrique, in the Los Arcos area of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Incredibly, the water here next to shore drops off quickly to 500 feet. This brings the mahi (and other species like sailfish, marlin and yellowfin tuna) well within reach of small boats fishing just a mile or so off the beach.
Please click play below to watch!
0:01 - departing from the Los Muertos pier
1:21 - rigging a skirted Goggle eye for trolling
3:51 - chatting with captain Juan Santana from http://vikingocharters.com/
4:40 - first fish, skipjack tuna
7:38 - second fish, small skipjack tuna
8:17 - rigging small skipjack for marlin trolling
10:51 - hooked up with mahi mahi (dorado)
13:52 - mahi in the boat, kicks captain Juan in the ear!
17:19 - filleting the mahi
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!