+52 322 209 1128

Marina Vallarta Las Palmas I Local 3

                        Sails, Marlin, Mahi, Clean Green Water and Yellowfin Tuna

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


With ever changing conditions we’re smack in the middle of the yearly transition from warm water fish to smaller cold water species. For those looking to hit the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbetena are still in the area, but for how long. Late Bite a full moon and Yellowfin Tuna, it’s a little confusing but we can steer you through it all.

At this time of the year “fishing” is living up to it’s reputation which means you can have some bad days and great days, but some days will make you pull your hair out. One of our biggest challenges is dealing with the constantly changing conditions. Last week we had dirty water because of stirred up muck from the ocean floor in the bay. Which is of course normal, but now we’ve moved into the “clear green” water phase at all the locations. Green water like this is normally cold, at least a few degrees lower than blue water if in the area. Corbetena and El Banco are actually performing pretty well with all the conditions considered. Yellowfin Tuna are still running anywhere from 40 to over 80 lbs at El Banco with Sailfish and Striped Marlin to 2150 lbs in the area. Blue Marlin strangely enough has been in the Corbetena Area. But be warned, the fishing is spread out. You’ll be working your crews to near exhaustion changing baits and doing what they can to get you a strike. Dorado can be to 30 lbs in both these areas. With Flying fish and other baits, both Corbetena and the Bank could produce bucket list fish if you’re lucky, mixed with a splash of skill. But to be straight up Corbetena had some strange days where it was hard to turn a fishes head. Coming out of a full moon now we could see the bite get in a more normal hour. Oh, if targeting Yellowfin Tuna, the bite is at sunrise and before the sun goes down into the dark evening hours.

El Morro to Punta Mita has Dorado to 30 lbs, maybe larger, Sailfish and Striped Marlin are about 15 miles off shore. And then again off the back side of El Morro. Be warned the patrols are around the Marietta Islands again so they’re picking off people working the reef, like they should actually. Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs of course. Snapper for those who want to bottom fish, Rooster fish tease out there, nothing substantial to tickle your pocketbook. Bonito to 25 lbs, Needle fish, Pompano off the back side of the Marietta Island but again, it’s being watched. For now since the Striped Marlin are only in the area for a short while I’d take a shot at a Stripper, if nothing works you can come in the bay or work another area. But for my fishing dollar it’s worth the challenge.

Inside the bay is getting that Clean Green water as well, the visibility is good in this water, may even help the eyes of fish. The bottom line is there have been Dorado or Mahi boated four miles off the shore. Bonito as bait, Sailfish near La Cruz Marina as always, Dorado too. Anything is possible out there my friends, but again fishing is more work at this time of the year. Sierra Mackerels are great tasting but on the smaller side. Jack Crevalls everywhere of course from 30 to 50 lbs, fun to catch, plenty around the bay. All and all the fishing is good in the bay and Capt Cesar calls it “Jack City”

The bite is still late, unless you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna and then you better be there and fishing before Sunrise as the daily window on Yellowfin Tuna. Otherwise the bite is still after 09:00 in the morning. Water temperatures are hovering at 76 degrees, but this will change soon. With massive amounts of bait in and around the bay it’s hard to suggest a color or type of lure, but Dorado mimic type lures and blue with silver would be a good place to start.

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

We’ve had some great success matching people up on our shared Super Panga program. It’s still the best fishing deal in PV! Looking for a fishing Deal? If you’re here in Puerto Vallarta, we’ll “Hook U Up” with others looking for the same thing. Eight hours in a super Panga, half the boat, each half a max of two people, $275 usd, again that’s per half the boat. It’s the best deal in Puerto Vallarta and the book quickly. Taking reservations now. Also, if you’re looking for Tours, consider us your supplier, book a boat, tours and keep it simple.  

Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 7571 or our international number is: 011 52 322 209 1128 10 to 9 local time. #MasterBaitersSportfishing on Instagram, Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.