Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Puerto Vallarta now is considered one of the top vacation destinations in the world these days. Because of this Puerto Vallarta is getting more and more attention regarding Art, Food and of course our World Class Sportfishing. As the summer months come on we see less and less of the fair weather tourist. Right now we’re seeing warmer days and high humidity, but not much in the way of Seasonal Rains. Our most sought after species of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado are finally moving back into the area. Bait conditions are text-book perfect. Water temperatures are in a gradual rise gratefully. Blue water is the norm and with the little rain we have been getting, there has been a nice little trash line. So finally, high season for fishing is upon us and things are shaping up!
These days we always talk about the ever increasing price of fuel. When there are great opportunities at Corbetena you’ll need to go the distance? In the last few days the “population” of the area has increased and will continue as we move deeper into the summer fishing season. We’ve seen Striped Marlin thinning out in the area generally, but many have moved back inside the bay again following the bait. Black Marlin as recent arrivals are averaging 400 lbs. Sailfish have been moving around at under 100 lbs, Cubera Snappers aka “Dog Tooth Pargo” have been taking surface trolled baits and they’re nice looking at 50 lbs. Not much for Dorado in the area, but who knows what it will be like in twenty minutes! Yellowfin Tuna have been a little picky and not taking baits at times. With massive amounts of squids in the area last week we were seeing YF Tuna anywhere from 40 lbs to over 200 lbs. You’ll be working it all day and for the lucky a couple of worthy strikes is about what you can hope for, so cover! With plenty of Skip Jack Tuna (aka Skippies) at 6 lbs it’s the perfect bait for everything in the area. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Bullet bonito and the list goes on. I’ve been getting some nice reports from El Banco with Black Marlin and even Blue Marlin in the area. Tuna and Dorado are mostly likely in the area as well. Like I said, fuel cost can kill you. On the other hand, if you’re not moving water using fuel, you’re not catching fish. World Class Deep Sea Fishing is not in-expensive, a full tank will increase your “Fish Karma”.
The area from El Morro to Punta Mita is seeing some nice Sailfish action, a few smaller Dorado in the 10 to 15 lb range. There are also possible Striped Marlin in the 80 lb range, Jack Crevalls 35 lbs are making another appearance for some reason. Bonito to 20 lbs and of course there are Skippies everywhere. Plenty of bait in the area and there are some trash lines running with floating debris and sea weed which Dorado just love. For an eight hour trip with possible Stripers and a freak blue Marlin would be quite a day indeed! Remember the water behind this Trash Line is always dirty. Naturally in front it’s clean water, and the “trash is like a ribbon of leaves and other floating organic stuff mostly. Also this dirty water behind the trash line normally is only a few inches deep to a few feet, but there is clean water under the dirty coffee colored water.
Inside out beautiful bay has seen some another week of Striped Marlin moving back into the bay chasing bait. Dorado 15 – 20 lbs are peppered all over the bay but it looks like the primary concentration will be around Los Arcos to Yelapa. Many Bonito to 30 lbs in the same area. Stripers are also all over the bay but this should be short lived as water temperatures are warmer than they normally like it. When the bait thins out so will the bay Stripers. If you’re looking for smaller game fish or a family day in the bay you won’t go wrong with a four or six hour day. Our Super Pangas (with bathroom / Head) are a great value so contact us for more info.
The bite is still on the early side so be at your preferred fishing grounds about 08:00. For now there is so much bait in the area it’s hard to make a call on which one is working best. I will say this, the Marlin and Tuna have been hitting the Skippies better than anything else. Be advised that there have been times when dead bait worked very well, so keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something different when the others don’t. Goggle eyes are still a standard bait so have several in your live well. Water temperatures are still at the 82 degree with blue water. Hard to complain about conditions like this.
For the moment our Fishing Season is right on time. With some luck the Dorado will continue to pick up in size and abundance. Marlin and Sails are a little thin in numbers right now but I can already see improvements as they’re showing up in locations we previously haven’t seen them like around Punta Mita. El Banco is a spot that should happening but with few reports from this area it’s hard to make a call. For the Tuna Guy looking or Yellowfin Tuna in excess of 200 lbs … Well we can fix you up amigo. Our northern Tuna Fishing grounds are just now kicking into second gear with Yellowfin Tuna over 250 lbs a daily occurrence. From this point into mid-January every time you put your line in the water it could come back with a world record Yellowfin Tuna! This is no exaggeration. I have several affordable “Tuna Safari” packages, contact me for more info. Luxury fishing accommodations for less money than the “high density” boats… Let that sink in for a moment.
Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!
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