130 Pound Yellowfin Tuna off Corbeteña in Upside Down Season
Written by: Stan Gabruk
Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, it´s February and I´m writing about Yellowfin Tuna running 130 lbs at Corbetena in February? Warm currents continue from Japan to the west coast cutting off the cold water we are used to getting come this time of the year. Now we´re seeing species we should not really be seeing at our world famous fishing grounds. Yellowfin Tuna are not the only species out there that will surprise you amigos. The season is now upside down and from here out, who knows what´s going to happen. Cookie cutter fishing reports, not here amigo.
Ok, one more time, 130lb Yellowfin Tuna are circling the ¨Rock¨ and they´re taking bait in what is highly unusual for February. Warm water temperatures of 75 degrees are keeping Striped Marlin of 250 lbs, Dorado in the 35 to 50 lb range, even Wahoo are still taking baits. Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs, Sailfish as well. They are all taking live bait, so Google eyes are worth their weight in tortillas! Drop your lines just west of the rock and start there. El Banco is a carbon copy of what Corbeteña is doing, but Striped Marlin are more abundant at the Bank.
The Marietta Islands have not been disappointing at all amigos. Rooster Fish 35 at lbs have returned to the area and Dorado 25lbs and up are more abundant as well. So there is plenty of action to be had in an eight hour trip. Sailfish about a mile off the island, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals all running in the 30 lb range are like fishing insurance. Blue water, calm seas, abundant bait, no reason to risk longer day trips when the fishing is outstanding in so close. Now 28 miles may not seem so close, but makes a full day seem kinda short. For now this is the place to be and you may come across Pompano and milk fish, stay tuned.
Punta Mita is alive and doing well. Dorado around the buoys, Sailfish off the point and Striped Marlin about ten miles off the point makes the beach pangas in the area well worth a four hour trip. Just make sure these boats are equipped with lures and live bait. For now, this area is a no brainer, but the Islands are performing better so if coming from Vallarta proper, Punta Mita is less desirable.
Inside the bay is fish city. Nothing huge, but if you want plenty of action the Jack Crevalls are filling the order. Running 35 to 50 lbs if lucky, these fish are demons and will give you a nice fight on light tackle. Heavy poles and line for these fish ruin the adventure and you can just mussel them in easily. Make sure you´re Charter Company has light tackle before renting or he fishing could be less than sportsman like.
For now tourist can experience summer species on winter days. The fishing is great and now the market conditions for fishing companies is less than favorable for business. But for the consumer the prices are remaining down even with ever growing fuel cost. The budget minded four hour fishing trips for Skip Jack Tuna off Yelapa is not exactly world record fishing, but it is fishing and smaller people like kids will get their share of smiles and memories. Also don´t forget, if you´re a single fisherman, we have options for you through Mikes Fishing. Fishing parties are 175 dollars a person for eight hours and includes lunch and sodas, BYOB.
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
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