On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

                          On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

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

 

Just a few miles off the point of Punta Mita Sailfish are possible, but it’s mostly luck these days!

As is normally the case, coming into the middle part of January we’re seeing the abundance of warm water species start to thin out. Amazingly enough water temperatures are at 79 degrees. Which is a comfortable temperature for if you’re a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. Once again this week the bay continues to be an “all you can eat bait smorgasbord”. It’s like people going to a food fair, we just have to try everything until we can’t put another “anything” in our mouth. But we do anyway. Same deal, the “locals” have so much to eat you have to find the one with the “munchies”. That may sound dire, but in reality for right now we’re doing well and you can get fish to take baits. If you’re looking for more of a sure thing fishing, you have the bay with action at the ready. Yes we have good fishing, but it’s never automatic amigos. For the last week or so I’ve been suggesting shorter days closer in. For the person looking for larger fish and willing to take a chance, then there are larger fish to be had.

Last week we were looking at a heavy duty full moon and it did seem to effect the fishing, but we’ve moved past that now so we’re actually seeing some warm water species hanging around El Banco and Corbetena this past week. The same week I told you to avoid this area, so much for my crystal balls stats! At El Banco some 10 to 15 miles out you’ll find 250 lb Striped Marlin, Sailfish are also in the area. Look for Spinner Dolphin which are running with Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 to 45 lb range. There could be some Dorado around the high spots but no one has reported any. If in the area worth dropping some baits. Corbetena has been much the same as El Banco with Striped Marlin in the 250 lb range. There was a 500 lb Blue Marlin hook-up this week but it was lost at the gaff. Possible Dorado in the 25 lb range. If you find Spinner Dolphin or birds head in that direction! Your chances of boating fish in these areas is just a bit better than 50 / 50.

Lots of Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals around Nuevo Vallarta and the River Mouth

El Morro is seeing Cubera Snappers at 40 lbs, Punta Mita is still running with 25 lb Dorado or so around the buoy and a touch farther out. 6 to 8 miles off shore you’ll find Striped Marlin as well with possible Sailfish. Not a bad area to head out to and your chances of boating fish are better than farther out. There are plenty of Sierra Mackerels at 12 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and of course there are Jack Crevalls all around the area including the Marietta islands. Eight hours are worth the effort. A worst case scenario is head back into the bay and get smaller game fish action.

Those looking for shorter and less expensive days will find the bay is still alive with arm burning action with the extra advantage of Whales. Bonito are more abundant from 20 to 30 lbs over by Yelapa with some Skippies as well in the 12 lb range and tasty. Sierra Mackerels can be found in the middle of the bay or around the Ameca River on a daily basis. Smaller in size they make up for it in flavor on the table. Don’t ignore these when you come across them. Dorado are still being caught by the lucky in the 20 lb range by Los Arcos as is the freak Sailfish. With plenty of Sardines in the bay you’d think we’d have Rooster fish, but those that are here are small, too small to keep. With massive amounts of bait fish in the bay it’s amazing we’re getting anything to take a bait. Goggle eyes, Flying fish, Sardines, Krill Squid and Shrimp, but they’re all moving. This means if you come across a hungry fish, you’ve got action, good luck with that one amigos! I still suggest six hours in the bay allowing you find where they’ve roamed to today.

Beautiful Bait

If as I discussed La Nina Last week, the fishing for the near term will remain normal with winter species hanging around in the cooler winter waters. When summer comes along we’ll know how deep this is going to be. It could be a little later in the year for us to see warm water species. But this also means they hang around a little longer so this time next year will be good fishing. Then again I consulted my crystal ball, I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for the best. For now water temperatures are holding at 78 / 79 degrees. A touch chilly for Marlin, but with abundant bait they’ll hand around for the easy meal. Bait in the bay is super abundant. As mentioned earlier Sardines are in the area, Flying fish at five inches, Google eyes, Krill Squids and Shrimps and of course the list goes on. The funny thing is when it comes to baits or lures to use this week, trolling dead baits and lures are working best. Go figure. The bite after six weeks now is still anywhere from 10 to 11:30 as the tides have a very subtle change this quarter. Early morning types are not doing themselves any favors getting to the fishing grounds too early, so sleep in a bit, the bite is to your advantage right now.

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

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We have decided to continue our Shared Boat Fishing Parties! 2 people, half a super panga for eight hours heading to Punta Mita or El Morro area $275 usd (that’s for two people amigos) which makes this the cheapest fishing you’ll find in Puerto Vallarta. Contact us via email and put your name on the list so we can hook you up with others looking to fish a quality boat at a super dooper affordable price!

Our Malicon or Boardwalk Store at the Light House is rockin. Come visit us and see the new location and say hello to Carlos in the evenings, Ben in the days and who knows, maybe I’ll even be there to answer your questions about fishing or just talk things in general. We closed the store heading out to Conchas Chinas and moved to this new and better location, check out the map below…..

Come find us on the boardwalk, map below
My New Location on the Malicon at 480 Morelos is next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

One last thing: We have all sorts of new products, Beer coolers or Koozies are on their way after running out in a real hurry. We have new cool Posters, Coffee Cups, Shot glasses and Cell Phone waterproof protectors…. all affordable and fun!

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El Banco Springs to Life, Corbeteña has Marlin in Between

                              El Banco Springs to Life, Corbeteña has Marlin in Between

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

08 16 2016 Sandra Rattray Party, 10 hrs, on Oscars 01 900 pxls MBTextHello everyone, it´s been another interesting week with much the same and some surprising news. To start we´ve still got some very large Marlin around the area. We still have challenges in the form of Bottle Nose Dolphin and Sharks at Corbeteña. El Banco has sprung to life with Marlin as well. Dorado which have been MIA or Missing in Action have shown up at Punta Mita. Water and Bait conditions couldn´t be better and the general health of Sportfishing in PV is incredible. As we enter the lowest part of the season where a tourist is pretty scarce, the fishing improves and the conditions, financial as well will only make it more attractive to come fishing in some of the best fishing grounds in the world! The best is yet to come!

For the last three weeks or more we´ve been talking about how for some reason Corbeteña has become home to Lemon Sharks and Bottle Nose Dolphins (Porpoises / Flipper) and Big Marlin. The trick has been to get a bait in-between these bait stealers to where a Marlin can see it! Big Challenge since all the fish are spread out, you´ve heard this before. Bait is available, but not plentiful. Just as last week the smart are getting their Tuna Tubes stuffed around the Marietta Islands before heading out to Corbeteña. The smarter ones are dropping baits and trolling to Corbeteña just past the Marietta´s. Now if you´re just trolling around the rock, that may be a great place to get bait as you´d expect, but it´s also where the Sharks and B.N. Dolphin are as well. You´re better off targeting Marlin off the rock a few to several miles to the west or Northwest direction. Once you´re five miles away from the rock there will be less if any sharks and Dolphin and frankly the larger Marlin are in this area. Speaking of ¨which¨ Marlin is another story. For now the water temperatures have risen to the level where Striped Marlin have returned to the cooler waters of Cabo, this is normal. What´s not normal is to have Striped Marlin in and around Puerto Vallarta in April, May and June! Blue Marlin are running anywhere from 300 to over 700 lbs and these are ¨bucket list¨ fish worth of mounting. Black Marlin are in the same size range but can be larger than 700 lbs so make sure you´re equipment is up to the test! Boats heading to this area with light tackle will find the ¨fight extended and of course the longer you fight the greater your chances of losing it. Sailfish are moving into the area slightly but for now it´s all about Marlin at Corbeteña. With high visibility blue water, it may not be automatic and you may have to wait but they´re there and they´re taking baits so be patient. The other natural players are there, possible Cubera Snappers for jiggers, Jack Crevalls, maybe a Wahoo, but again for now it´s Marlin City and we´re not complaining.  We have seen some Yellowfin Tuna Footballs around 25 lbs this past week, but they´re in and out, can´t rely on them to be there, but this is a good indication of what could come in the near future so stay tuned.

Capt Cesar of Magnifico Got this image at the right time just before it was released. Sailfish numbers have increased drastically around El Morro and Punta Mita
Capt Cesar of Magnifico Got this image at the right time just before it was released. Sailfish numbers have increased drastically around El Morro and Punta Mita

Finally this week at El Banco we´re seeing charter boats venture to this area frustrated by bait stealing Dolphin / Sharks at Corbeteña. This out of the box thinking has produced nice results in the form of Big Black Marlin up to and over 700 lbs as well as ¨they´re bigger at the bank¨! Blue Marlin, just like Corbeteña are all around the area and could top 600 lbs or larger, it´s possible and someone will be bringing in Marlin of this size this week! With no Dolphin / sharks at El Banco we´re seeing Sailfish move in as well and nicely sized at around 90 lbs. Bait is plentiful, no issues making bait. Yellowfin Tuna, yes I said Yellowfin Tuna Footballs of 25 to 40 lbs are patchy, but it´s a good draw for larger Yellowfin Tuna to follow in. Wahoo could be in the area, but they like the water a little cooler than what we´ve been running. With many other possible species to catch the high spots are working well for bait, but there are other species, not room to mention now, that are great tasting and available here as well. Dorado have now shown up yet but I am expecting this to change soon with Dorado closer in and just north of Punta Mita, more on this shortly…..

Dorado have finally made an appearance at Punta Mita, find the floating debris and get ready for action!
Dorado have finally made an appearance at Punta Mita, find the floating debris and get ready for action!

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than impressive for some time now. El Morro on the other hand has been quietly doing its own brand of Magic producing ever increasing amounts of nice sized Sailfish, Needle fish, Bonito, Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals. An eight hour trip to this area has been producing nice Sailfish in pairs so a couple in a day would not be an unreasonable ¨hope¨. New this week is the area around the point of Punta Mita is finally alive with some nice sized Dorado in the 25 to 30 lb range and it seems they came out of the blue. We saw some small babies of less than ten pounds the other week, but this week they ´re larger and hopefully this trend will continue. If you can find some debris or just a clump of trash mixed with tree branches and assorted ¨stuff¨ then you hit the jackpot! Just North a bit around the reefs and Sayulita there have been ¨some¨ Rooster fish, but they´ve been under 25 lbs so they´re small and they should also be released. Hopefully this trend will continue as well and we haven´t seen many Rooster fish this year so cross your fingers! All and all once you´re three to four miles off Punta Mita, drop baits and anything is possible, maybe a Sailfish, farther out, probably a Marlin. So an eight hour trip can pay off in larger fish without having to spend the twelve hours it would normally take, but you´ll need some luck, felling lucky?

No Shortage of Sailfish right now at our World Famous Fishing Grounds!
No Shortage of Sailfish right now at our World Famous Fishing Grounds!

Inside the bay is the same story. We´re not seeing any Dorado of any size in the bay, but this could change as well soon, let’s hope. Sailfish are still amazingly being boated in the bay, it´s shocking how often this has happened in the last few months, but we´ll be happy for it. Sails are mostly found around Los Arcos Rock out a few miles and around La Cruz Marina, then in the middle of the bay as well. So you have a shot at a sailfish, Jack Crevalls everywhere from 20 to 35 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs at Yelapa with some possible Yellowfin Tuna Footballs around 30 lbs. Sierra Mackerals are great tasting and abundant. The river mouths when it rains can produce some nice sized Snook or Robalo in Spanish to over 30 lbs of this white meat and tasty fish! All and all the fishing is great in the area and there is no reason not to go fishing! The trash line is on and off with the inconsistent rains, but when the trash line is working the Dorado should be coming in to feed on it. But we need local rain for this!!

Ok, some helpful basics this week, The Bite is mid morning or mid day, now ever you want to call it. Getting up too early won´t help your cause this week as the bite is after 10:00 a.m. or later! No real morning bite, and this is when they´re hitting it hardest so use this information wisely ¨Grass Hopper¨. Water temperatures are still at 88 degrees and that´s working perfectly, if we see Yellowfin Tuna we´ll see what level they´re ¨living at¨ with our sounders! Bait: well bait is not an issue anywhere from inside the bay to around the point and the islands. With Skippies, Bonito, Flying fish, Sardines, Goggle eyes, Green Runners, bullet skip jacks and bonito and who knows what else there is plenty of ¨sexy bait¨ to bring the fish to you! The lures that have been working lately are once again the classic Petroleros of green, brown and purple or black. You should have this lure if you don’t get it, it´s one of the best result lures you can have and it´s old school big time! Also lures of Blue / Pink combinations or Green / Yellow colorings are all a good place to start this week! Water temperatures as mentioned are hovering around 88 degrees and the water is a perfect high visibility blue everywhere but in the bay around the shoreline. Conditions don´t get much better amigos so get on the water already!

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

Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you....
Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you….

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Heading out about 7:30 a.m. as we´re met with an  explosion of colors as the sun comes up from behind the Sierra Madre Mountains. I love how the color fades into the last remnants of the previous night as it melts into day. This is a daily occurance you too could enjoy if here in Puerto Vallarta.
Heading out about 7:30 a.m. as we´re met with an explosion of colors as the sun comes up from behind the Sierra Madre Mountains. I love how the color fades into the last remnants of the previous night as it melts into day. This is a daily occurance you too could enjoy if here in Puerto Vallarta.

 

 

Marlin, Sailfish, Challenges Exist: Porpoises / Sharks!

                          Marlin, Sailfish, Challenges Exist: Porpoises / Sharks!

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

Black Marlin at Corbeteña are a Challenge to be sure, but they´re there and this one was boated on Guanatuna with Capt. Scooby!
Black Marlin at Corbeteña are a Challenge to be sure, but they´re there and this one was boated on Guanatuna with Capt. Scooby!

It´s been another interesting week here in Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing grounds with Big fish and big challenges. For the last couple of weeks Corbeteña has been the place to be, unfortunately the Porpoises and Lemon Sharks are of the same opinion. What does this mean, well for one thing you´re playing cat and mouse with the porpoises or Dolphin of the flipper variety. With all the bait in the water you´d think making bait (catching bait) would be a no brainer.  But in fact once you´re past the Marietta Islands you better make bait or you´ll have issues (like I did the other day). With Dolphin in the area they love to get your free offering and they take it up to the hook! Shark are there as well, but you can´t see them, they´re below the surface and they´re just sniping your baits. You can always tell it was a shark when they rake the leader and the line has little curly curls like butter does with a butter knife. If you can get bait at the rock, you can but it´s time consuming! If you can get a bait around these ¨challenges¨ then you´ve got a decent shot at big Blue Marlin or Big Black Marlin. We´ve been hoping for larger Yellowfin Tuna, we had a few over 180 lbs boated last week, but again, you have got to get the bait to them. There are always Cubera Snappers, but again, challenges. As far as fish go you don´t have many options at Corbeteña. Now if you ask me what´s happening at El Banco, I can´t tell you. Nobody is heading out to this area since the action has been so reliable at Corbetena. Now don´t get the wrong idea, it´s not a cake walk at

¨Bait Robbers¨, they´ll drive you nutz . . .
¨Bait Robbers¨, they´ll drive you nutz . . .

Corbeteña, out of four boats (only four boats the other day) three got Marlin Hook ups and they were boated at 600 lbs approx. each and one over 500 lbs. You´ll get a strike, but you´ll also spend the whole day trying to get one of these finned fantasies so be patient. The Marlin were mostly caught on lures, one on live bait. If running lures in this area make sure you are using Guacamayos (orange, Green and Black stripes at the top), Petroleros (Green, brown and purple) or Iguanas (Breen, Black stripes, yellow belly. Start with these lure combinations, I would be running at least two, maybe three around Corbeteña.

For the moment, the area twelve to fourteen miles north of Corbetena are some channels where there is always tons of bait and the fish density is pretty good, I think you have a better chance boating a big Marlin in this area, so another option especially if bait is an issue! Damn porpoises…

07 20 2016 Sailfish, Marietta Islands, Chelita, 900 pxls, MBTextJust west of El Morro and the Marietta Islands we have been seeing Sailfish action pick up a little, but half way to Corbeteña they´ll be dropping off. Striped Marlin begins eight miles off the point of Punta Mita and from that point out anything is possible. So don´t jam to Corbeteña and then wonder where the fish are, they´re all over the area, drop baits early and pay attention, be ready, when they strike you have to act quickly or they´ll drop the bait, happened to me twice yesterday, nobody determined who would take the pole first, beginner mistakes for sure.

Around El Morro, Punta Mita and points west you´ll find Sailfish, Striped Marlin. Farther out the Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are picking up the slack. For now we have seen no Dorado, Jack Crevalls are still around but they´re thinning in numbers. Bonito are always here, Snapper around the reefs and structure. All and all the fishing this week is all about Marlin and Sailfish if outside the bay.

Now that the rains have started Snook (or Robalo in Spanish) are hanging out in front of the several River Mouths where they feed on twigs, leaves, roots, berries, who know´s what, but it´s a white meat fish that will get up to 45 lbs if you get a big one!
Now that the rains have started Snook (or Robalo in Spanish) are hanging out in front of the several River Mouths where they feed on twigs, leaves, roots, berries, who know´s what, but it´s a white meat fish that will get up to 45 lbs if you get a big one!

Inside the bay we´re still dealing with the Rains, the trash line and the weather. We´re seeing lots of tropical storms, which means unexpected and unpredicted rains of decent intensity, in other words it pours like Louisiana!  Jack Crevalls everywhere, Snapper and Snook at the river mouths and they´re good fighters and tasty! Bonito, Skip Jacks for sure. Sails are slowing down a bit, but the rains are back so this will draw in more sails, which is already a freaky situation. Smaller tuna around yelapa with a host of other species to choose from…. With the rains and the trash line comes dirty, coffee colored water. Don´t be alarmed, this water is just a few feet thick and  you´re captain should be running a planer to get baits below this brown coffee water. It´s basically blue and clean water under the surface, so don´t flip out, its part of the plan!

Bite, with the full moon on it´s way you´d think it would be getting earlier and earlier in the day but that´s not the case. for the last couple of weeks now the bite has been after 12.00 PM or early, early afternoon. The bit has been going until after 6 pm so getting to the fishing grounds early will not do anything for you so use this information wisely, give yourself the best chance to boat something memorable! Water temps are still at 86 to 88 degrees, in the bay with all the cool rain swollen rivers you can expect this. Live bait is always king, but in the bay you may want to run the same lure colors to catch Marlin at Corbeteña here they are again: Guacamayos (orange, Green and Black stripes at the top), Petroleros (Green, brown and purple) or Iguanas (Breen, Black stripes, yellow belly. Start with these lure combinations. Also pink and white combinations worked well on the hoochies the other day so something to think about.

Master Baiter´s just got another freezer so this means we can once again Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free, non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each bag) and can rest assured it won´t be stolen by the concierge, bell boy or anyone passing your fish in the freezer with sticky fingers. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce some Spectacular Sunsets, this was taken from my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta, Que Hermosa!
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce some Spectacular Sunsets, this was taken from my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta, Que Hermosa!

I also have a new, smaller panga with a super superior captain and for the next two weeks I am offering this 26 ft Panga for four hours at $200 usd which is at a loss for me, but we´re introducing this panga so we can earn your business in the future! But you have to mention you read it here in this article to get this deal or mention you read this in the PV Mirror (www.pvmcitypaper.com ) !!

Smoke Your Fish: As another exclusive service of Master Baiter´s we´re offering a Fish Smoking Service where we´ll smoke your fish, bag it and prepare it for shipping, we take half for payment. People are loving this service and frankly I love the taste of smoked Marlin / Smoked Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish or any other fish you catch. Even Jack Crevall taste good smoked!! Just call us and we´ll come to the boat and get it with instructions on how to reach us, we´ll deliver it a few days later or trade you what we have in stock, but not the day of the trip amigo, call us, we´ll fix you up! I can´t tell you how good this is with a beer!!

July Fishing Special: Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. Option II: For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance and how much fuel we use. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

                                        Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

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

06 10 2016 Misc Photos for Fishing Reports 650 Pxls MBTextAt this time of the year we normally get a transitional period where the cold water fish move out and the warm water species like Sailfish and Marlin move in big time. Water Temperatures have jumped dramatically as we see warm southern currents doing their job. But this year we´re faced with the possibility, I should say probability (NOAA 70% chance) of a la Nina, So we´ve seen funny things happen with water temps, especially up north around Cabo where the fishing reports are less than exciting as their water temperatures are ¨chilly¨. We´ve also seen a slight drop in water temperatures which is going the wrong direction. Somehow with these changing conditions Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and some Black Marlin have found their way in the area around the deep water fishing grounds. Right now we´re 70% sure if you go out for eight hours or more, you´ll boat a Trophy Billfish! I suspect that since the water in Cabo is in the 74 degree range we´re getting the benefits of that. And since PV is only 350 miles or so south of Cabo so we will most likely see this ¨migration¨ continue.

06 08 2016 Bella Del Mar, Stan & Friends 650 pxls MBTexxt

It´s nice to finally report something other than the same old cookie cutter reports where I take conditions and focus on the positive. This week we are seeing some real action. I got reports around last Wednesday from Capt. Cesar of Magnifico that there were many striped Marlin strikes just to find everything changed the next day to a fish ghost town! Well, that has changed once again, frankly I was expecting what is happening now last week. So Much for Life in Fish City!!

04 10 2016 Andy K, Corbeteña, Bella Del Mar 80 lb Tuna 2 650 Pxls MBText

The funny thing about our deep water fishing locations is they´re about twenty five miles apart, we´re referring to Corbeteña and El Banco, aka The Bank. You would think that with them being in fairly close proximity, these fish would be bouncing back and forth like pin balls, but that´s not the way it works amigos. For the last several weeks I´ve been reporting them both as if they were the same animal, this week there´s a difference. El Banco, where if there are fish, the chances of them being larger than other locations is pretty good. Bait conditions are unchanged from last week and the ¨locals¨ are eating everything they can find. With Bullet Bonito (more like small bonito) all over the place, it´s one of the favorite baits for all species. This week it seems Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin have finally followed them to the high spots! Blue Marlin in the 400 to 600 lb range (possibly larger) are in decent numbers and you´ll get strikes, if you boat them is up to you Senor Angler! It seems everyone heading to El Banco is coming in with a Marlin, so get your butt in gear because things change quickly around here. Sailfish are also in the area as well in a decent size range of 45 kilos or around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers are a no brainer at 55 lbs, some are chasing surface baits. Jack Crevall of course in the 45 lb range everywhere. Bonito to 35 lbs, Wahoo in the 60 lb range and with some luck a Black Marlin, may sighting, one boated here this week at 575 lbs. So there are fish at El Banco and it´s about time. If you´re going to take a run at Yellowfin tuna they´ve been hitting just about anything, but cedar plugs are working very well, feathers also… now use this information wisely!

Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City
Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City

Corbeteña has been a little different this week, Sailfish are getting thicker by the moment, and Blue Marlin for the moment seems to be a little smaller in the 250 to 400 lb range. Naturally we have Cubera Snappers, Rainbow at 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course 40 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, you get the idea. Definitely worth your time and money amigo, but you need to be here first!

Around the point of Punta Mita we´re seeing many Striped Marlin coming in. This is an eight hour day to get to this area and now it´s a great deal. Sailfish are getting thicker as we would expect. Jack Crevalls of course, Bonito, not too many Rooster fish around the surf line but with so many Sardines especially in the bay it surprises me we´re not seeing Rooster Fish more abundant, stay tuned. Wahoo around El Morro with the possibility of Snappers 10 to 25 lbs around the area, especially the Marietta Islands. The whole are is close enough to check them all out, just make sure your captain has a radio to hear the other captains calling out where the fish are. Remember we all try and share information like this so we all do well and help the industry as a whole. Something to remember on these illegal and cheap fishing boats!! Not to mention the safety angle of not having a radio, cell phones don´t cut it! Plenty of bait and blue water, time to hit it.

Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!
Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!

Inside the bay, for what has been the best fishing in weeks is still great and for the family guy looking for smaller fish for the younglings then a four to six hour trip will be short enough to be interesting and action enough to make the trip seem too short in length! With Jack Crevalls, Bonito to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Snappers of all sizes from very small to larger, freak chance of Sailfish around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina still has me scratching my head. The fishing is great in the bay and it looks like we´ll be moving into some better fishing days as the weeks go by.

The bite is early, be where ever you want to be before 9 a.m. in the morning, Afternoon bite is around 2:30 p.m to about 5 P.M. Water Temps: well they´re in the 78 to 81 mark depending on the location. The area around Punta Mita was 78 degrees, so this is a little strange and we´re looking for strange as we have a strong possibility (70% chance) of La Nina as reported by NOAA for this year. Cabo has lower than normal water temperatures and this could mess with their fishing. It will affect us also here in PV, but we´re farther south and we normally have warmer water than Cabo, only time will tell but keep an eye on Cabo as an ¨indicator¨. Bait: We have bait, every kind of bait you could hope for so no issues with bait at all. Lures, same as before, Petrelaros of brown, green and purple should be the first lure you try, then go to purple and silver. We have blue water everywhere so water is not an issue. Cabo is plagued with the clean green water so we´ll be looking to see if this condition moves this way.

02 27 2015 Football YFTuna 450 Pxls MBTextIn summary the fishing has improved dramatically and conditions couldn´t be better. Perfect water temps, perfect bait conditions, blue water, fish, and it´s all improving daily! So if you´re in PV and you´re a fisherman, take advantage of the deserted fishing grounds and improving action.

Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

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