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Puerto Vallarta 12/15-17 with the Osunas

bnzbnz Posts: 183 Deckhand
We were joined by Mike and Scott for our trip to Puerto Vallarta this year and can't say how honored we were to have them along (Vietnam vet and 9/11 responder). For all the troubles we had putting this trip together I can't say how well it ended up going for us. If you've never been our trip went something like this:

Fly in to Puerto Vallarta


Stay the first night at a B&B a few blocks from the marina


Eat dinner that night


And lunch the next afternoon while waiting to board the Marla IV


Leave the marina some time after 5 pm and cruise all night out to the islands. By early the next morning you are ready to begin your fishing.


After discussing our options with Capt Scott we decided to head out to the furthest island as he said there were a lot of big tuna spread out there lately. We could have fished the first island where the smaller ones were schooled up but we came to try for the big girls. Mike had been on a 3.5 day trip on the boat two weeks prior and they did well the first 2 days but skunked out the last after an accident with their bait and it all died. He especially was wanting a tuna over 200 lbs. At the third island we knew patience was going to be the name of the game.

Mike ready to get the balloon out


And sometime that morning we hooked up and Mike was first


But this fish was not to be. It came unzipped on him. Later in the morning we had another hook up and it was Scott's turn.


It came in at 67" and 196 lbs. Got the lines back out to wait again and later in the morning we had another hook up. Called for Mike to take this one and the fight was on.


We knew this one was another good one but didn't realize how nice it was until it died down deep and Mike had to winch it up. The only thing we saw was a big head coming straight up out of the water at us.


The fish was so big that not even three of the Osunas could get it over the rail like they usually do.


So it was through the door it came.


Ended up being 82.5" and 347 lbs. Mike's goal of surpassing a 200 lb fish was far surpassed. Of course the hook was saved for posterity.

That afternoon the bite pretty much died down so we went closer inshore for some pargo, triggers, and amberjack. I turned in early as I was tired and the others stayed up to sabiki some bait for the next day. I ended up waking around 3 am, and since everyone else was asleep grabbed a squid jig and was able to jig up around 40 squid for the next day. We were set for bait.

The morning started out the same in getting our lines out and it wasn't long before one of the free lined squids was hit. It was my turn.


The only problem was that as I was fighting this fish the handle on the reel seized up on me and I could barely turn it. I was fighting the reel more than I was the fish. The Osuna's jumped right in and we were able to tie on to another rod and reel and continue the fight.


The fish ended up being 70" and 202 lbs. A little while later we had another hook up on a freelined bait and it was LB's turn. We got her strapped into her harness and it was on.


Had to chase this fish around the boat a couple of times but she handled it like a pro.


Got it up and down.


And the gaff shot.


Before we could get LB's pic with the tuna standing up one of the ballooned baits was hit and Scott was back up.


It wasn't long into his fight that a freelined bait on my titan H jigging rod and alutecnos gorilla 20 was hit as well.


Double hook up.


I had my drag set at 35 lbs and this fish pulled drag all the way to the last minute. I was able to get it up and down and as close as 30' under the boat and there the fight went on for another 30 min.


You can see where Scott had landed his fish (68" and 180 lbs) but I was stuck gaining and losing ground to this fish. Finally was able to get it close enough for the gaff and it was over. Mine ended up being 67.5" and 185 lbs.


The trio


After this we were all tired and were probably grateful the fishing had slowed again in the afternoon. We decided to end the trip with another run inshore to go after some pargo but it was the triggers that took the day.


The sun was setting and it was time to head back to the dock.


An unforgettable trip with new friends made. The food was simple but great and as always the Osunas work hard and are pleasurable to fish with.


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