Water Temp Roller Coaster, Fish In/Ou

Water Temp Roller Coaster, Fish In/Out

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

09 15 2011 300lb Black Marlin, Magnifico, Corbeteña RedPix 400 MBTextBy now you should be sick and tired of hearing me talk about El Nino, but here we are again. When people learn about El Nino and how it all works, nobody expects conditions to change all at once. When it does change it can be like a ¨Log Jam¨ busting. Two weeks ago the water was 87 degrees, five days later it was 74 degrees, then back up to 80 degrees and now it´s 76 degrees. From these roller coaster fluctuations its toll on fishing. Warm water fish like Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, and Dorado will run from this cold water and not think twice about it.

So, with a lead in like that, I don´t think I need to tell you that the fishing at this exact moment, not tomorrow or the day after, but this minute the water is so cold the only real location to find fish is in the bay! Los Arcos is alive with different baits and this is drawing in Sailfish and Marlin to the area! A freak thing, the fishing in the bay is better than at El Banco or Corbeteña, again at this exact moment. I say this because I don´t want people reading this article a week from now and thinking the fishing is bad when it´s bad for the moment. Everything changes quickly here and in three days things will be different. We are at the end of High Season for fishing and the water temperatures may not make it back into the 80´s again, lets hope not.

Corbeteña and El Banco: Well the water is that clean green color, which is an indication of cold water. The locals don´t mind it, they´ll take baits in it, but they´ll shy away from the cold. Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna have all bugged out with the frigid water. This could be a cold local current or it could be the real deal and El Nino is finally coming to an end. Either way for this particular moment, fishing in this area is rolling the dice. Could change in a few days, Stay tuned.

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Well if you can imagine the water is a little warmer in this area, but not much. We´ve seen some Rooster fish, some I say around the El Morro area in the 50 lb range.  If you have Goggle Eyes for bait, you may have a chance at a roaming Sailfish or Rooster fish. Chances of seeing Dorado are slim. Dorado does not handle cold water snaps very well and will be the first to vacate an area when the chill hits. This area and north can still get warm water that trickles down the cost form the Seas of Cortez so it´s not ¨doom and gloom¨ conditions amigo. It just means we have to figure out a solution to a challenge, again.

08 27 2015 Kathleen Moore, Bella Del Mar  6 Hrs 400 pxlsInside the bay is the best fishing we have available to you in Puerto Vallarta for the moment. Warm water is still in the bay as currents are much slower to do their work with low circulation. For that reason and the fact that we have super abundance of bait in the bay, has drawn in some unexpected species. Sailfish are still hanging out around Los Arcos and three were boated just a few days ago. Freak fishing, you bet, but we´ll take it. We´re seeing Cubera Snappers at the river mouths for trolling and Jigging, Jack Crevalls at 35 to 50 lbs, Snook to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals. You know except for the freak Sails around La Cruz and Los Arcos it´s all going to be small fish amigos.

The bite is still happening around 11:00 a.m so plan accordingly to take full advantage of a four hour fishing trip. Otherwise you could be coming in when the bite is just starting. Water temperatures are a mess. We don´t know if they´ll go back up or stay where they are now. But we do know this, things change quickly and if you give it a few days things will change again for the better. Right now we´re seeing 76 degree water which is about as cold as it will get, so it should mix in with the warm water and who knows, maybe it will make the fishing hold out until after new years. The best baits to use right now are Goggle Eyes as they´re turning ¨everyone’s¨ head. The shrimp and Red Tuna Crabs have left the area with the currents. I´m not sure if that´s a good thing or a bad thing, but it´s a thing we have to deal with. Bullet Bonita, Bullet Skippies are also a great choice if you can find them. For lures it´s the same again, Petroleros of brown, green and purple, Iguanas of Yellow and Green to mimic Dorado baits, Pink / Blue and Blue / Silver are good place to start.

UpDate: Like the article says wait three days and things can change. Not that things have changed dramatically but there seems to be some warm water fish coming back in. Today (12/30/2016) Magnifico boated and released two Striped Marlin and a nice Dorado at 35 lbs. Two days ago Corbeteña has no fish, not even Jack Crevalls and now it looks like for today anyway there were decent fish at Corbeteña. For now El Banco is still barely breathing, but We´re seeing the area around Punta Mita to El Morro coming to life a little also with some Dorado and Sailfish a touch more abundant, but nothing automatic. Inside the bay we´re still seeing Sailfish, freak thing, but there you go. There are some Dorado being boated around Puta Mita points north to Guyabitos where you can see Sails and Striped Marlin as well, but you´ll need to plan a ten hour day for this. All and all the fishing has improved a bit, but it´s not good by any measurement. Water temperatures are still around 78 degrees, up a touch from the 76 degrees reported here, but it seem Dorado are hanging at areas where there is plenty of bait and some swirling warm currents. So it´s not ¨Doom & Gloom¨ as the report suggest any longer…YeHa!

Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!

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01 17 2013 Magnifico Dorado, Marietta Islands

Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm Water Species Return, Blue Water

Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm  Water Species Return, Blue Water

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
12-16-2016-guanatuna-dorado-650-pxls-mbtext-2For the last two weeks I have not posted a fishing report because things changed so drastically i didn´t want to put the ¨Doom and Gloom¨ down on everyone. We had water temps drop in ten days form 87 degrees to 74 degrees. It was when the cold snap happend a few weeks ago:

The water got dirty, the swirling currents mixed up the sediment on the ocean floor bottom and frankly to me it looked like the fishing season was over just when things were finally, finally getting back to what PV was famous for fishing wise. Every warm water species bugged out, or found warm spots in the ice water we had move in. That was two weeks ago, things have changed, thank the fish gods for that. Watert temps gradually moved back up to 80 degrees presently. Dorado, Sailfish and even Wahoo came back into the area and now things look great for the next few weeks anyway.

I never really paid much attention to currents, water temperatures or the like until I started writtting this fishing report when I took over the company in 2004. Now after years of paying attention I´ve learned that El Nino is not something that just ¨ends¨ like turning a light switch off. No, rather it´s a slow process, a washing machine effect on currents and water temps. Now finally it looks like we´re in a normal pattern after perdictions of La Nina coming in immeadeately after wards as can happen.

Having said all that, we move into the present conditions which are not perfect, but we can work with it. Bait is moving back into the area in the form of two inch Shrimp, you know the shirmp that cost too much and the fish are eating it for free! Red crabs came in also, so we know the Yellowfin Tuna will soon follow. But the Shrimp and Tuna Crabs are examples of a normal current returning. We see this happen every spring and winter and is normal. A normal we like to see. So for the record, we´re getting back to a normal seasonal flow and that is a good thing. Now on to this weeks fishing report….

Dec. 20th, 2013

A little better than two weeks ago we had perfect conditions when it comes to fishing. High Visibility Blue Water, perfect water temperatures, plenty of fish and plenty of bait. A combination made in fishing heaven, but that changed quickly with a super frigid current that pushed down the west coast all the way to Mexico. If you remember the cold snap in the news, it all started then. Now I am glad say that the water temperatures that at one time hit 74 degrees are back to 80 degrees and climbing slowly back to where we would like to see them. Yes folks, the scare is over and we now have Wahoo, Wahoo!

The new challenge this week, and there is always a new challenge, is a bait issue. Yes folks we´re seeing the Tuna or Red Crabs come back in with massive amounts of small, one to two inch shrimp. Everything is getting its fill of these succulent crustaceans and frankly they´re not looking at other live bait offerings! But we can work with this issue, cold water is another thing.

12-17-2016-hector-marlin-02-800-pxls-mbtextCorbeteña: The water is high visibility blue now and the water temperatures are back up to 80 degrees. We have Blue and Black Marlin from 400 to 600+ lbs, Sailfish, Dorado to 40 lbs, Yellowfin tuna to 50 lbs, Wahoo at 60 to 80 lbs and the ¨locals¨ are jumping everywhere. Down side, those shrimp are everywhere and even the Marlin are hitting them. One trick that could work, bullet Skippies or Bonito. That will turn their heads, good luck finding them. Try around the Marietta Islands on the way out and you hit a home run amigo. Goggle Eyes are finally working if you can´t get a bullet bait. El Banco or The Bank: Pretty much the same story amigo. But remember things can change drastically from now until ¨then¨ so ckeck conditions regularly.

The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita / El Morro, the whole area has come to life and we´re seeing Rooster fish (30 to 50 lbs) for the first time since I don´t know when off the back side of El Morro and around the reef areas of the Marietta Islands, but the shore areas are alive also so remember that with Roosters. Dorado of course at 25 to 30 lbs, Sailfish, and even the possibility of 60 lb Wahoo off the back side of El Morro towards Corbeteña. Don´t be afraid to use a little fuel in this area, there are fish to be had finally in an eight hour day fishing trip!

12-15-2016-buddy-jacks-03-450-oxls-mbtextInside the bay we´re still seeing Jack Crevalls which are filling up on Shrimp as well, Bonito to 35 lbs, Freak Sails around Los Arcos and La Cruz still. Snook in front of the rivers mouths and along the shore in rocky areas. Sierra Mackerals, possible Dorado around Yelapa along with some football Yellowfin Tuna to 40 lbs. Four hour trips are catching a nice selection of fish and the whales are back in the bay. You´ll have the extra pleasure of seeing Moby Dick at rest in the bay amigos!

The Bite has been a moving target and mid day seems to be the best, but get out before 9 to be safe. Water Temps are increasing from the 74 they were last week to the present 80 degree mark so we expect fishing to continue for at least a few more weeks… months no! Baits: With all the shrimp and Red Crabs it´s hard to get a bait in front of these fish that will turn their heads. But as mentioned earlier Goggle eyes seem to be doing the trick, so give it a try. As far as lures go, same stuff, petrolerso, inguanas of green and yellow with black flecks or stripes.

Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!

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