Written by Stan Gabruk, owner of Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle
I think the title says it all. If you’ve been watching the news lately there have been Hurricanes all over the evening news. Puerto Vallarta had a Hurricane skirt past us but that didn’t stop the massive amount of rain. Normally Hurricanes either push fish into the area, a great thing. Or push fish out of the area, a bad thing. You never know which it’s going to be until you get out to the fishing grounds. At that point it’s all about rolling the dice. With massive amounts of debris and trees and trash in the bay and out of the bay, it’s best you wait a few days before heading out. The fishing was great before the Hurricane so it’s going to be great again in the next few days. So let’s focus on the positive and there is plenty positive about fishing in Puerto Vallarta!
It’s funny, my reports are all about what happened in the last few days. The fishing was just on the edge of exploding at Corbetena with Blue and Black Marlin in the 250 to 400 lb range, Sailfish and Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 40 to 60 lb range. With the Hurricane passing us just hours ago, it’s hard to tell what the actual conditions are out there right now. But there was massive amounts of Skipjack Tuna for Bait, Rainbow and Green Runners as well all over the place. The small Krill bait was finally moving out or eaten by the new bait fish. Things will return to the way it was in a few days so stay tuned! El Banco this week had a few boats head out, one Black Marlin was boated at 350 lbs, but that’s the only information I have from that world famous fishing area.
The area around the Marietta Islands was strong with Sailfish just a mile off El Morro. Cubera Snappers to 45 lbs, Bonito to 20 lb, Jack Crevalls surprisingly enough and some Rooster fish in the 35 lb range. Things will return to normal probably before you read this! The only Dorado around the area was here and at the point of Punta Mita. Now remember there is going to be plenty of Dorado Hotels in the form of floating logs and clumps of debris. This is how you turn lemons into Lemonade!
Inside the bay, good luck! The Swollen Rivers full of dirty water, trees, dead horses, refrigerators and more is pretty much a mess for the moment. Buy Wednesday things will change for the positive. When we didn’t have this damn Hurricane we had Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 45 lbs at Yelapa. Sailfish numbers were surprisingly abundant when they probably shouldn’t be. Jack Crevalles are in the bay, dirty water doesn’t seem to bother them. And again, give it a few days, call me if you like for the latest conditions.
Thankfully some things won’t change. The bite is still mid-morning so there isn’t any need to get to your chosen fishing grounds until mid-morning. Water temperatures now are perfect at 88 degrees. Live bait was finally moving into the area feeding on the krill, which are now gone. So conditions will be in perfect shape shortly so be a little patient.
For those who may not be aware, PV was skirted by a Hurricane where if you weren’t on a river, chances are you’re fine. But there were deaths and serious property damage to properties on rivers and those where heavy flooding turned El Centro into a giant pond. PV is tough, luckily the Hurricane made land at Mito Tomatlan running head first into the Sierra Madre Mountains taking the stuffing out of that Hurricane “muffin”. So there is no reason to avoid Puerto Vallarta at all. In fact by the time you read this article we’ll be out of the Red Light scenario and all bars and dance clubs will open again! Also remember it’s Tournament season, we have world class captains, boats and fair prices. Let us know and we can get you fixed up, feeling lucky?
Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!
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