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

Marlin Return to Corbetena

The Season is developing nicely. Water temperatures are up to a perfect level and after all that Spinner action last week with smaller Tuna, we’re now seeing some sizeable Yellowfin Tuna. Sailfish are increasing in numbers and size, Stripers aka Striped Marlin are still in the area even with the increased water temps. Big surprise yesterday was a Blue Marlin boated off Corbetena. Early summer fishing couldn’t be better than it is now. Even Punta Mita has come to life. We have arm burning action and by all indications this is just the beginning of a great season, YeHa!

Capt Cesar Perez, Corbetena, 180 lb Yellowfin Tuna

Corbetena, located 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta is considered one of the best fishing grounds in Mexico and is world class in all ways. Lately Yellowfin Tuna have increased in size and numbers. Capt. Cesar Perez boated this 180 lb Yellowfin Tuna early in the morning. Right now the bite for Yellowfin Tuna (YF Tuna) is happening about an hour before sundown. Right now that means you have to be at Corbetena about 7:30 p.m. to hit the late bite. Using a kite increases your chances. There has been nobody chasing the early bite as it’s before sunup. Best thing for Yellowfin right now is an overnight trip. Hit it late, and then again early, makes a fun trip… We also have Blue Marlin in the 250 lb size and increasing, Sailfish at 85 lbs and up, Dorado are in the area but they’re “schoolies” or about two pounds / Kilo each. Strong attraction for larger species. Striped Marlin are still hanging even with the warmer water temperatures due to massive amounts of Skip jack tuna and Google eye baits. Pick a fish, it’s out there! El Banco is breathing again with reports of Tuna, Stripers, Sailfish as well. If you’re willing to put in the time and take the fuel risk of the unknown, you could catch El Banco perfect. Feeling lucky?

Punta Mita last week was dead as a door nail, but now things are happing with Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Skip Jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls 35 to 50 lbs, Bonito are bullet sized and perfect to have in the area. With some rains there are some floaters out there so see if you can find a log and there could be Dorado. But be warned Dorado are in good sized numbers but they’re babies so release the babies. Well worth an eight hour trip.

Inside the bay this week is just magic. Jack Crevalls are still running the area at 25 to 45 lbs, depends on where you are. Sailfish are splashing all over the place in front of Garza Blanca hotel (Punta Negra). Yellowfin Tuna at Yelapa, but there’s some tricks to catch these Tuna. There are Skip jack Tuna, Sierra Mackerels still and a host of smaller species around structure and rocks. Perfect family fishing in the bay and for the beginner especially. Dorado are like I said increasing in numbers and size soon.

Que Rico!

The bite now is a moving target. For the guy heading out for anything other than Yellowfin Tuna, everything is happening late morning from 10:00 to about 1:00. Yellowfin Tuna have the late bite as well before sundown. Water temperatures have increased slightly to 85 degrees, perfect for the locals. I was a little concerned that we may be seeing a El Nino year, but it looks like we’re going to have a favorable season when it comes to fishing. With empty fishing grounds and the fishing improving daily, right now could be the best this time of the year has had to off for many a season! If you can, get to PV, give me a call and we’ll get you on that “Dream Fish” amigos…

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

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