If you go back and review any of my old reports, you’d notice they all follow a seasonal pattern. Warm water means big summer species like Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish and Dorado. Winter Species of Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito, limited Sailfish are also in the area. So for us to have most of the aforementioned species is just incredible! Water temperatures are cool, but not freezing for fish. Bait is off the hook and frankly we have plenty of fish, but with super amounts of “whale” food, all the players are participating in the worlds largest “fish smorgasbord”! If you’re looking for some great action, we’ve got what you’re looking for.
Well, it’s finally happening, the water temperatures have dropped to the “degrees” that would be normal for this time of the year. Up to this point visiting angles have had the luxury of having several summer species hanging around in the “winter” fishing season. Dorado, Striped Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna will be fading out shortly. Normally or this time of the year 74 to about 72 degrees is normal, but will probably continue to drop for a few weeks more before we see things reverse itself around the beginning of May. From about now to that time frame we’ll be seeing our normal winter species and fishing conditions. This is normal, don’t be alarmed! In fact it’s great news to me personally, it was looking like a possible El Nino year, which we could do without!
Well, here we are again, another week and more unexpected conditions. In recent weeks we’ve seen the unusually warm water fueling our deep water fishing grounds with Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and more. But now we’re seeing some “Clean Green” water which is about 74 degrees. This of course means we’re seeing swirling currents with mixed water temperatures. Not a monster obstacle to overcome, but if you don’t have electronics to know the water temperatures it will impact your day. Every increasing whale food in the form of Krill Squids and Shrimps, small Sardines and who knows what else is both a blessing and curse.
We’re seeing some strange things happening in our world famous fishing grounds. First, we have 81 degree water, no kidding. It should be in the neighborhood of 75 degrees or lower. As a result of this and the storms up north we’re seeing an explosion of Fish! Sailfish, Dorado, Striped Marlin, even Blue Marlin are being boated. The entire area is alive with great action. Smaller fish in the bay for great family fishing days with Sierra Mackerels and then the larger species outside of the bay! With mostly blue water, there are some dirty water areas closer to shore. Plenty of blue water. Lot’s going on out there so stay with me!
Every day is Different, Water Temps Drop Drastically, and Massive Bait, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish for Near Future!
Well it had to happen, the calendar is getting long in the tooth and the cool water finally came in. It always happens at the end of December, this year we we’re lucky! But luck doesn’t last forever as we see strong and cold currents coming down from the north. With this cold water is coming the winter bait, the whale food so to speak. Squids, Krill Shrimp, Sardines to name a few have flooded the area. This is a double edged sword ….
As we come into this time of the year we see a bit of a rollercoaster out there. With swirling currents of different temperatures it can be challenging to say the least. One of those challenges is the massive amount of “Whale food” that comes in the form of Krill Squids, Krill Shrimps and many other different baits. Yes the Whales love it, so does every other species in or around the bay. As a result of this massive amounts of bait, at times you’re hard pressed as to which type of bait to use. And as always you’ll probably be wrong until you hit that magic combination or lure! But we have fish, boy do we have fish!
Normally as we enter late December we hope and pray for warm water to continue into the holiday season. This year it looks like we’re going to be lucky as water temperatures continue to be warm. Sailfish and Marlin numbers are starting to thin-out in some areas. But we also need to remember “Fish Move”! So what looks like thin numbers could be more about them concentrating in certain areas and not others. Where might those areas be? Well, continue reading amigo, we have another exciting week to report to you!
Well it had to come, the seasons are getting ready to change. We’ve seen some cooler currents moving in swirling with the warmer surface water. Fish numbers have been great, so the fact it can be difficult to get these fish to pay attention to your bait is frustrating. This started just a few days after my last report. There’s plenty of fish, maybe a little spread out, but plenty of fish. The issue is their “biting” habits. Bait is not an issue unless you can’t get a fish to turn his head. Water temperatures are fine, dropping as expected slightly. Blue Water and great conditions. In a word, it’s FISHING amigos, improvise, adapt, enjoy!
I think last week you may have gotten the feeling I was a little disappointed in the local action and I was a little. But that has all changed now because any fish you could basically want to catch is out there. You name it, you want good sized to huge Yellowfin Tuna, got it. Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin, got it. But there’s a catch, you have to be on the water to catch these Bucket list fish! With almost perfect conditions the fishing will not get any better this year than it is now!
Written by: Stan Gabruk, of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle We’re seeing signs of the fishing season winding down. Water temperatures are swirling and dropping.
First, let me say the fishing is fantastic! It’s the time of year to turn your “finned fantasy” into a reality! Welcome to Puerto Vallarta. Officially we’re in Peak Fishing Season. Just about any species of fish you’ve heard of or would like to catch “someday” is available right out our front door now. Of course that means it’s also tournament season.
Dorado Everywhere, Marlin are Big, Sailfish Abundant, Peak Fishing Season in Puerto Vallarta is Happening Now!
I have to tell you, I was wondering what happened to our fishing season. We had plenty of blue water just full of bait. But we weren’t seeing decent sized Dorado, the Marlin were here, just spread out so that meant burning fuel! The worst part was I couldn’t with any confidence say “You’d boat a Marlin or Dorado”. Well now I can! In fact Marlin are very thick, Dorado at varying sizes are essentially at every fishing grounds we have. Sailfish are also picking up in size and numbers as we normally expect. We’re moving out of the Hurricane season, that doesn’t mean we won’t see any more, but the possibility will diminish by the day. It’s this time of the year that built Puerto Vallarta’s reputation as being some of the best fishing locations in the world!
Here in Puerto Vallarta we’re “Kinda” unique. Each of our world famous fishing grounds has its own personality and its own personal quirks. We can see long periods of time where the fishing is the same day in and day out. But like your teenage daughter, they can be temperamental and moody. We’ve had a very temperamental last couple of weeks with tropical storms marching up the coastline. The primary conditions we’re dealing with are strange storm currents and plenty of dirty water. The Currents on top of the rain is turning the bay into a dirty water frustration. The deep water locations of Corbetena and El Banco have blue water and it all starts about ten miles off the point of Punta Mita. Yes folks this week it’s been “All about the Marlin”!
One reason why catching a big fish is so exciting is because it’s not as easy as you think. You don’t just drop a line in the water and Bam, you have a trophy gamefish! Especially now as we deal with Tropical storms, the occasional Hurricane, and weird currents to name a few challenges. You can also throw in there wild currents, dirty water, water temperatures and bait availability. Experienced captains know how to handle it all. Big Talking captains follow the ones out who know what they’re doing. At times it can come down to having the right colored feather or the right lure. Yes folks welcome to my world. But when you mix it all up in a bowl and bake it in the Tropical sun, it all adds up to some of the best fishing in the world. Right now it all comes down to skill, luck and your captains’ intuition. Throw in the quality and many times the amount of equipment you have then check your pulse. Of course there’s the other side of the equation, the “pay off” of big Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado and more.
All year long we wait for this part of the “fishing year”. As we are finally entering “Peak Season” for fishing, we’re seeing nothing short of perfect conditions! Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish and of course Yellowfin Tuna are all in the area. Naturally these fish aren’t going to jump into the boat, so there are always challenges. With a positive attitude and plenty of fuel, not to mention a little work, you too could boat a “finned fantasy” on any given day.
We’ve had an interesting year so far, and it will get even more interesting! The seasonal rains have not been what we hope for, so the trash line, which draws in larger fish feeding on smaller fish, has been hurting with no rain. But that’s the only thing that is strange, we’re still seeing Yellowfin
Tuna at Corbetena and El Banco, Black Marlin are picking up in numbers and size. Blue Marlin aren’t far off the Punta Mita shoreline. Dorado is around the area, but not in large numbers like we’re accustomed to and of course we have Sailfish everywhere. As we enter the “Fishing High Season” we’re seeing conditions and species coming together right on time!