News from Around Banderas Bay | November 2009
|On the Water with Vallarta Fishing Experience Host Stan Gabruk|
November 20, 2009
This year the 54th Annual Pez Vela or Sailfish Tournament was a big success and everyone involved had a time to remember. This year's event went smoothing and was a class act operation from the Captains Meeting where participants sign up for the tournament the night before it starts.
|Local sport fishing expert Stan Gabruk reports from the 54th Annual Puerto Vallarta Marlin & Sailfish Tournament. Go to Part Two Video|
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This year we saw diminished numbers of Anglers entering the Tournament and several of the sponsors backed out due to the weak economy. With sponsor support wavering, Club De Pesca had its challenges in front of them. Having said that, the event was a success and the local turnout was greater than expected.
The winning Marlin this year was 175 kilos or just under 400 lbs. It was caught by Tom from the "Kokomo" with Capt. Victor at the helm. Tom is a long time visiting resident who has his boat here in Marina Vallarta and is no stranger to the tournament scene here in Puerto Vallarta.
The Winning Sailfish was from the boat "Lazy Days" and the Angler who brought in the winning Pez Vela was Ray. This Sailfish was 3909 kilos or just about 89 lbs and was 106 inches in length. The winning Yellowfin Tuna was 62.2 kilos or just at 140 lbs. Small for Yellowfin at this time of the year, but still a respectably sized fish.
The action on the docks where the weigh in took place was electric as the contending boats arrived with their catch. As they ran up the ramp to the scales, people could see all the action from the sidewalk or from the bleachers that were set up so the public could have a clear view of the action.
While most people wouldn't share their strategy, most contestants went to the Corbeteña area in the morning and drifted out to their secret spots shortly after. The action in Puerto Vallarta's World Famous fishing grounds provided many sizeable fish to contend in the various categories. While the fish were on the smaller side as compared to earlier years, the action was hot.
This year we had some exciting events take place as well. The 52 ft. Tiara named "Ce La Vie" caught on fire in the channel as you enter the Private Marina Vallarta area and held the action up. The boat unfortunately burned to the water line and there were some hurt individuals.
This was a popular boat in Marina Vallarta and was heavily chartered by locals and vacationers alike. The crew did manage to save the third place Dorado and ultimately would up on the podium. The Dorado they came in with had the tail half missing and singed areas around the tail. But it was determined to be allowable by tournament officials.
There was one individual on the boat that was injured as he tried to leap from the burning boat to another boat along side. With three broken ribs and a concussion this unnamed person wound up in intensive care and was seriously injured. But a day after the tournament he was released and is fine now.
The Awards Dinner was wonderful with a great meal, wonderful entertainment and of course the presentations of checks, trophies and Cars! Even with the bad economy to deal with, the tournament was a great success as we look forward to the 55th Annual Pez Vela Torneo next year in November 2010. Plan on attending or better yet, enter the tournament. Who knows, you may just wind up having to figure out how to get that car you just won to the States!
That's it for now - and don't forget to kiss your fish!
Stan Gabruk is the owner of Master Baiters Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. He came to Puerto Vallarta for a brief, three-week vacation and never left. You can find Stan at his Master Baiters Sportfishing shop in Marina Vallarta, located on the boardwalk down from the lighthouse next to Tikul Restaurant. for more information about fishing in Puerto Vallarta, visit MasterBaiters.com.mx or email Stan at Catchfish(at)MasterBaiters.com.mx.
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