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Eric Svendsen didn’t have a lot of money, but he wanted to take his family fishing. We put him on Marshal, our new-ish 28 ft Bertram. With plenty of action, six hours later it was all smiles!

Finally, a report I can “sink my teeth into”. I’m sure from that statement you understand that the Red Tide problem has finally moved out. And what is happening in Puerto Vallarta’s fishing grounds is exciting. Yes water temperatures are still down and it looks like the winter fishing season is arriving early. All of that is true, but for now we have action all around our world class fishing grounds. As colder currents and dropping water temperatures are indications of the switch to winter fishing, early this year I might ad. What we’re seeing now may be what we would normally see in February when the Dorado north near Cabo flee the cold water. As they, the Dorado pass Puerto Vallarta fishing grounds heading south, they’re hungry, this should last for a little while. The good news is we have action, YeHa!!

Corbetena has been less than exciting the last few weeks with all its “personal” issues like cool water and too much red tide. That is now a thing of the past and there is beautiful high visibility blue water. I mentioned last week about the commercial buoys north and west of the rock. There you’ll find Dorado in larger sizes and they’re “thick”. In fact there are so many Dorado it’s hard to get your bait in front of the Sailfish or possible Blue Marlin. Sailfish are also in the mix, but I got word this afternoon that some of the private boats have been hitting Yellowfin Tuna up to 100 kilos or in excess of 200 lbs. You want good news, there you have it. To elaborate a bit, the Yellowfin Tuna are anywhere from 40 lbs to 200 lbs, feeling lucky? If you’ve been meaning to get on the water, but have been waiting for some better news, like I’ve suggested, well it’s time to hit it hard amigos!

They found the buoy and it was non-stop action off Corbetena!

The entire area from El Morro to Punta Mita is on the “iffy” side. If you’re looking for Dorado and possible Sailfish, you need to drop your baits about seven miles off the point of Punta Mita, aka Punta Nayarit. Blue water is here as well  and the fish like it. For those looking for Rooster fish, Sardines or Sardinas as they call them in Mexico, they’re thick everywhere and quite attractive to hungry fish, especially Rooster fish around the Sayulita area or Marinal rock. Most trips have been avoiding this area until recently as the red tide finally disappeared. Will probably improve by the next report. You’ll find Jack Crevalles and plenty of baby Bonito and baby Skip Jack Tuna as well.

Inside the bay, the red tide lingered, bays have funny current patterns and it takes longer for the red tide to work its way out of the bay. But we’re now fishing in blue water and we have all the action you could want. As we move into the winter season fishing patterns, we see Jack Crevalles picking up in both size and numbers. As I write this report 20 lb Dorado have moved back into the bay around the Los Arcos area and are taking bait, Krill isn’t an issue as yet. But the Krill will insure the Dorado hang around a while longer. Dorado are also off the Punta Negra area and with some luck the surf fishing guys could get a nice surprise over there. As you’d expect, other cool water species like the Arctic Bonito, which are part of the Tuna family are anywhere from baby size to 15 lbs. and are a favorite food to most species. Sailfish in larger than usual number have also moved into the bay. The area off La Cruz for some reason is a favorite spot for these finned fantasies as well as Jack Crevalls. The down side La Cruz and Los Arcos are in different ends of the bay. So if heading out, you’ll need to make a conscious decision. Feeling lucky? Worth mentioning is the possibility of Rooster fish at near the Cabo Corrientes area or Mito in the sandy shoreline with structure. And again at Punta Negra with any luck, but that’s a pure play with no reports. After writing a couple of disappointing reports, for me anyway, it’s nice to see the action pick up just prior to the holiday season. These conditions are perfect for family fishing where you don’t want to catch a Marlin, but a fighting Jack Crevalle will make any “youngling” smile from ear to ear. Life long memories for a few pesos.

Family Fishing, look at his face, that’s what it’s all about!

I think the bite is carved in stone, it hasn’t changed for the longest time. But to be straight up, it all starts just about 07:30 and fish have been taking baits for most of the day. Water temperatures are hovering at 79 degrees. Black Marlin prefer warmer water, but every other species is in the game! With massive amounts of Sardines, Flying fish, Krill, baby Bonito, Baby or bullet Skip Jack Tuna, the list is endless. The nice this is even the bait is fun to catch! Right now live bait is king, but I’d still run one lure until you get a clear idea what they’re hitting, then go strong with that. For those of you interested, I post on Instagram daily and have video fishing reports on YouTube when things change for better or worse. Nothing fancy, but they’re Informative. Google it, you’ll be glad you did.   

Pictured is a Jack Cravelle, many will call this a trash fish. I disagree, it’s a strong fighting Gamefish that will tear your arms off. Action at it’s finest. You want Action, Jack Crevalles are plentiful, fun to catch and not the best eating! Throw it back, repeat!

Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

It’s gotten to the point again that I need to inform my reading public, therefor my clients, that there are several people around Puerto Vallarta telling people that they have “Master Baiter’s Boats” or that they themselves are associated or even “own” Master Baiter’s. Some have brochures with my trademarked image on them. Others somehow have some of my T-shirts and use those props to make you believe that they are me! Don’t be fooled, if you are talking to anyone other than Rodrigo, Stan or Karen, you’re giving your trust and your money to frauds. It’s Mexico and there is no such thing as a level playing field or shortage of those looking to pull the wool over your eyes at both of our expenses. Enough said.

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