Fishing Spreads Out, Yellow Fin at El Banco, Wahoo Too!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
As we continue to see amazing fishing in mid January we wonder if this can continue for much longer. With warm water temperatures that stretch way, way north we could be in pretty good shape for summer species hanging out around our World Famous Fishing grounds for weeks or months to come, cross your fingers. Having said that we are still seeing Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado all around the place. One nice surprise is we´re finally seeing some decent sized Yellowfin tuna around El Banco or The Bank in English. The water is High Visibility blue at all the fishing grounds but of course there are always challenges when it comes to fishing and this week is no different.
Let’s start with El Banco, just like a few weeks ago at Corbeteña, the Bottle nose Dolphin (flipper) are causing the same havoc stealing your baits and laughing at you. The main challenge is getting a bait around Flipper to your target species. Good luck, we mostly give up and head off in the distance away from these bait thief’s! We finally have Yellowfin Tuna finally around the high spots in the 60 to 180 lb, so El Banco has life once again. Black Marlin are scarce but those in the area run 250 lbs to 600 lbs, be warned the bite for these is late around 3:00 p.m. or later. So be at whatever fishing grounds you choose before 8:00 a.m. or after 3. Anywhere in between will be ¨challenging¨. Wahoo around 60 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Dorado to 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sailfish and who knows what else. Don´t be surprised if a Cubera Snapper hits your trolled baits! For now, forget about Corbeteña, it´s dead and while we know things will change in a heartbeat, for now I´d look to El Banco if looking for larger fish! Now, ten miles north of Corbeteña, in the golden triangle area I refer to often is just alive with Marlin of the Blue and Black variety and you´ll also find Wahoo just roaming the area. So there you are, get there early or stay late and you´ll get ¨lucky¨. One last thing, tiny Red Tuna Crabs are floating in so lets hope the YF Tuna are following them in…
The area around El Morro is seeing some action in the form of Wahoo which of course are non-schooling fish. Maybe some sailfish, but for the moment not much else. The Marietta Islands are a little more exciting with Rooster fish in the 10 lb range, fun on light tackle. Jack Crevalls 40 lbs, Needle fish to 50 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, some Dorado in the 15 lb range. Can´t say too much about the area. Punta Mita Point, we´re still seeing the same stuff but the Dorado are in the 30 to 40 lb range and while they´re going with the early and late bite, they are there, good luck! Sailfish in the 100 inch range are nice sized and are less abundant than last week..
The Bay is still full of action with surprising hook-ups with nice sized Sailfish in the bay. Dorado area from 15 to 20 lbs around the Los Arcos area. Needle fish while weird looking taste great and are in the 25 to 45 lb range around the bay. Of course there are always Jack Crevalls around Nuevo Vallarta, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, and a host of other species to choose from. You can´t go wrong in the bay for a short day on the water.
Water temperatures have dropped a degree or two to 78 / 79 degrees but the water is high visibility blue at all of our fishing grounds. The bite is all important right now, the early bite in the full moon phase is triggering most of the species. The late bite may be more reasonable after 3:00 O´clock to target afternoon fishing can´t hurt. Lures: right now blue with silver that mimic flying fish will do the trick, but use the 5 inch lures, nothing larger or you may find yourself wondering what happened……
Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo. I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa!
Something to think about: Just a brief mention, the Seiners or production fishing ships are roaming the high spots illegally once again. Last week it was the long liners interfering with the Sportfishing community. It´s a sad thing to see these Seiners because they´re killing their own business and they scour the area doing everything they can to deplenish the local fisheries and Yellowfin Tuna Populations. There are also several boats now in the area that take clients to the Tres Maria Islands, a protected game reserve that is not so protected when the locals will allow you to break internation conservation laws to promote a money making venture!? I don´t understand this, but this is how it works. So when you read or see promotions to the Tres Maria Islands south of Cabo and north of Puerto Vallarta, almost directly in the middle, you are promoting Poachers! Any long distance or multi-day Monster Tuna trip, you can consider yourself an uninformed and unwilling (hopefully) poacher. If this was happening in the States the tour operators would rot in jail for many years to come. But since it´s easy to pull the wool over their eyes these Reel and Fishing line and Fishing Boat companies are raking in dinero as invisible criminals. Look to Bloody Decks to promote these companies or Maximus in particular to join the poachers. Me, I don´t promote or even write about this area since for the last fifty years the locals left this area alone to insure fishing for future generations for Yellowfin Tuna. These days it´s all about the money and not about conservation as the Yellowfin Tuna numbers are not even a third of what they used to be. So take the Seiners, the long liners and the local fishing companies raping the last Mexican reachable fishery and there should be no question as to why we don’t have YF Tuna like just ten years ago. Now go check out these Accurate Reel adverts with Monster Yellowfin Tuna and ask yourself, why would you believe these Monster Yellowfin tuna were caught in the legal areas? I would like to know why they´re fishing even close to this area when it´s means so much to the local Sportfishing industry? The answer is obvious, no enforcement, no accounttablility and no ethics when it comes to fishing companies across the board.
Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .
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