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Old 11-21-2019, 06:09 PM   #1
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Puerto Vallarta! *November 16-20, 2019

november 16, 2019

so, i'm flying down to PV with a short layover at LAX. *we board the plane and who do i see but none other than the world famous wahoodad, david choate! *he will be on the constitution with jeff shapiro, francisco del mundo and david gee! *



i will be joining marlas sportfishing on the el pescador. *running the boat will be danny osuna, roberto osuna, first mate zanate and chef fernando macedo! *



we arrive in puerto vallarta and pick up bohemias at the oxxo and wait. *a marlas sportfishing employee picks us up at the airport and drives us to the dock, with a short detour for tequila at the local mega supermarket. *after stowing our gear on the boat, we have dinner at oso, the restaurant at the top of the dock. *with me are jonny nguyen, ed hayden, rich kubota, paul rowles and doc paul dennis.



at 5pm, we are underway!




november 17, 2019

danny osuna knows me pretty well. *for any fishing trip, it's nice to get a few fish in the box as soon as possible. *we arrived at the islands at 5am and he has jig rods for us. *there were big pargo everywhere. *i had half a dozen vicious bites, but nothing stuck to the jig. *of course, it was then that danny suggested that i take the covers off the hooks......



we settled back into yellowfin mode and saw fish busting everywhere. *big ones. *but no takers. *lunch was pretty much the only thing we scored until late. *





it was not until late that we actually hooked up. *the first hit was jonny bravo! *here's the first half of the fight.

https://youtu.be/kpoY2IZ3dFI

he was doing well but the fish was starting to wear him down. *towards the end, jon got really tired. *this fish taped out at 180 pounds.

https://youtu.be/Pu3XB8j_7PU

by the time rich hooked up, it was pouring. *i couldn't risk video in the rain, so we just have a few photos. *for the last 15 years, rich has been trying to catch a cow. *on the first day of our trip, he got it. *rich, congratulations!











and jonny's fish!




november 18, 2019

for all of the morning and most of the afternoon, it was fish busting out everywhere, but no biters. *i'm tellin' you, this guy is great!





ed finally got an 80 pounder that stuck!



https://youtu.be/IvNXKDcdZAc

this evening was far different from the storms of the previous night!



right at dusk, our chef hooked up on a 130 pound bait rod and handed it off to doc. *then he grabbed the closest rod to him, which just happened to be one of those jig sticks. *it was an high speed okuma tessoro 12S and an okuma pch 7.5 foot jig stick rated 12-25. *and 60 seconds later, he hooked up again.......

https://youtu.be/nHg0uE54SRQ




november 19, 2019

happy birthday to my brother, ed tani, and to my other brother, danny osuna!!!!!



all day, fish jumping everywhere and no biters! *

we get a double, late afternoon. *both fish are fought!

https://youtu.be/ht3hXoY3k9U

both fish are gaffed!

https://youtu.be/_Ka5fliYG5g

finally evening comes. *another double!

https://youtu.be/kvOQ7N1CNKQ

and another double!

https://youtu.be/O2EUJ9OQpiY

my fish dies about 300 feet out.

https://youtu.be/IER9MPtjOqM

finally up! *it tapes out at 230 pounds. *it felt like 330 pounds because it was dead and was getting dragged up sideways. *one hook of the "double trouble" rig was in his mouth and the other hook was in his tail. *

https://youtu.be/vXH3nqQlFl0

doc's fish will tape out at 280 pounds.

https://youtu.be/vERC__uY7CU



exhausted, we cleaned up, had dinner, and all collectively passed out around 9pm. *while we were doing this, the crew was cutting up, vacuuming packing and freezing our fish until probably midnight. *so, yes, these guys ARE probably the hardest working guys ever. *


november 20, 2019

with the late bite, we got back to the harbor way later than usual, close to 8am. *while the crew cleaned up the boat and packed our fish, we headed out to breakfast. *the crew works so hard. *we all tipped them extra!



you've really gotta see that the osuna's run an incredible operation. *danny and roberto had a plan. *they stuck to it and it worked. *zanate is always there to help. *and even with a bad cold, fernando was always working. *this was probably one of the most difficult trips for the crew that i have ever been on. *catching fish late in the evening like this meant that the crew stayed up even later to process our fish. *it literally doubled their workload.

as far as the actual boats go, the 55 foot delta that the osuna family is working on is still not ready, but it's getting close. *until then, they are fortunate to have access to the 50 footer. *larry lionetti's el pescador is an impressive platform to fish from. *she's a 50 foot delta with a forward v-berth that sleeps 4 and a port cabin that sleeps 2. *the lower bunks in the forward cabin are a little cramped, so the skinny guys have to sleep there, but it's not a problem. *she is starting to show here age, but this vessel is obviously well cared for. *there is plenty of fresh water, the hot water is hot, the air conditioning is cold, the drains all work, the heads work, the ventilation is good, the cushions are thick, and there is plenty of room to move around. *everything on this boat is well maintained, and everything works. *i know it may not sound like much, but these are things that you will definitely miss in boats that are not as well cared for!

these are still small boats, but it's amazing what you can do from this kind of platform with the right people at the helm. *so that is trip number one down, three more trips - december, january and march - to go! *stay tuned!

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Old 11-21-2019, 06:29 PM   #2
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:34 PM   #3
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Great report, looks like you had a great trip. Heading down to fish with the Osuna's the end of January and really looking forward to the trip.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:37 PM   #4
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Great story and photos- you caught some monsters!

PV is awesome
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:58 PM   #5
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Wow! What a trip!! Congrats on the fish! That’s awesome.

One question, how does a fish die during a fight? Lol


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Old 11-21-2019, 07:02 PM   #6
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Alan,

Another great write up.

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Keep the reports coming.

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Old 11-21-2019, 08:23 PM   #7
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Great report, looks like you had a great trip. Heading down to fish with the Osuna's the end of January and really looking forward to the trip.
we will be fishing again with scotty from january 23 to 27.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:53 PM   #8
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Wow! What a trip!! Congrats on the fish! That’s awesome.

One question, how does a fish die during a fight? Lol


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it couldn't swim and suffocated. one hook in the mouth and one hook in the tail.

fishing with a helium balloon, you hang a pair of circle hooks on a pair of 300 pound leaders, then one cabellito on each hook to dance around on the surface of the water, hanging from the balloon. big fish love these.

this yellowfin swallowed one bait, then had the other hook swing around and snag the tail. usually, it's an older 350 pound fish that has a coronary during the fight. that's what i originally thought i had!
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Old 11-22-2019, 12:54 AM   #9
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Very cool story and pix.
Probably can never afford that kind of trip, but can live it through your stories.
Keep on posting.
I'm too dang old and out of shape to try to tangle with those monsters, but the tale / tail is great.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:01 AM   #10
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Nice trip bud.
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:39 AM   #11
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Thats an amazing fishery down there. The Osunas are making good use of that new Delta.
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Great report, looks like you had a great trip. Heading down to fish with the Osuna's the end of January and really looking forward to the trip.
Our trip with the Osuna's starts on Feb. 1.
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Way to go Alan. Your friends are gunna eat good this winter.
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On your advice a friend and I went down in June. What a great trip and we're going back this June. It's pretty hot there in June but the schedule fits better for us. Thanks for heading us in the right direction.
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Another great write up.

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