¨Summer¨ fishing in March with Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
You know I can´t figure it out, we have winter species in the bay like Jack Crevalls, Needle Fish, Sierra Mackerals. Then we have the summer species of Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish in the same waters at the same time. Yes folks this is El Nino with it´s scrambled egg approach to fishing. We don´t know what to expect on a weekly basis, but we do know there are big fish at El Banco and Corbetena. We have Sailfish around the Marietta and Punta Mita area with Rooster fish. Then we have freak fishing situations like Blue Marlin being boated in the Bay. So fishing right now is like a trend we should ride and not get too much into the ¨why it´s happening now¨, just keep reeling!
Last week the fishing was great, this week it´s even better. But that´s not to say it´s perfect, it´s still work, nothing is automatic. But just having Big Black Marlin in the area is reason enough to get excited. To have Yellowfin Tuna in the neighborhood in what is barely spring is a gift from the heavens that should be taken advantage of amigos. And right now! Corbeteña rocking again with Blue Marlin to 500 lbs, no real Black Marlin here (next week), Sailfish are back in town and picking up in numbers around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 50 to 65 lbs, Wahoo for the lucky at 60 pounds plus. Jack Crevalls and Bonito are a given. With tons of Skip Jack Tuna in the area and the abundance of flying fish, Goggle Eyes and Bullet Bonito fish are spread out like last week. And like last week the production fishing ships (Seiners) out of Mazatlan are nowhere to be found, thank the fishing gods! FYI, to get to the Sailfish and the Tuna you have to be 15 miles or so South West of the rock. Use this info wisely. El Banco is all this with larger Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 65 lbs all the way up to 200 lbs north of the high spots, Black Marlin starting at 350 lbs all the way to over 600 lbs have been boated this week. The areas in between these two famous locations are alive as well. So don´t just sit on the high spots or circle Corbeteña, have plenty of fuel and go on the hunt, this is spring fishing like you´ll probably not see again until another nutzy El Nino year so get out there and have some fun. If the wife complains blame me, then promise a Spa Day, remember it´s cheaper to keep her!.
El Morro is cooking with Wahoo, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals. Wahoo are just hanging out and not many are targeting this highly desirable pescado (fish). Almost impossible to target, those boating these fish are basically lucky their razor sharp mouth didn´t cut the line. But luck is part of fishing and we´ll take all we can get. Sailfish are in the area as well with some Rooster fish, but not many. Around the Marietta islands, on the back side there have been small, baby sized Dorado, throw them back. Rooster fish are here as well in the 40 lb size range, larger at the Anclote Reef off Sayulita. Rooster fish are hot then cold, but your best chances are around the Sayulita shoreline and especially around Anclote. Lots of Sailfish in the area and about 18 miles off the point you´ll start to see Marlin and more Sailfish. So the 8 hr trips are working well.
Inside the bay it´s insane. Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Sierra Mackerals over 30 lbs, a Blue Marlin and Sailfish was boated off Los Arcos in a freak thing. Bonito to 40 lbs, Snook and Snapper in front of the river drop offs and the list goes on. Great action in the bay for the younglings and adultos alike. Have fun, a four hour trip is worth it´s weight in smiles, memories and good times. Four people, four hours, $320 bucks, that´s only 60 dollars per person and I´ll throw in the bait, licenses and ice!
This week we´re seeing high visibility blue water with temps hanging at 79 degrees which is a middle ground all the local species are able to ¨live¨ with. About the only species missing is Dorado and they should be back in the area hopefully soon. The Red Tuna Crabs and one inch squids have moved out with the tide and the Tuna are still here?! Skippies are everywhere and large, but not taking baits so that´s a challenge when the bait won´t bite! With the super abundance of flying fish if running lures, and you should run one lure, it should still be the deep blue with silver marking if this doesn´t work move to petrelaros with purple. The Bite is happening a little earlier this week so be sure to be on the water early.
Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular (½ Super Panga, 2 person max. per half the boat)! 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! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store. Contact us about a week before coming to PV so we can get you set up early on a shared boat!
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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