The one thing we know happens every year after New Year’s is we get the “change”. Happens every year, the cold water currents come down, warm water species bug out. Basic, but different because currents are all important, but what really makes the difference is bait. Right now we’re seeing wave after wave of Krill Squids and Shrimp. Sardines are thick as are smaller Flying fish. So bait is an issue of overabundance. Sounds like bad news but actually there are lots of great warm water species still in the area. This means we have an interesting mix of fish. Some days are more challenging than others, nothing in machine gun strikes, but they’re here and they’re being caught. Patience pays.
For the last week we’ve had our challenges with “too much” of a good thing. Water temperatures had been hanging at the 79 to 81 degree mark but that changed in the last few days where we’re now seeing 76 degrees throughout the area. Now these water temps will still support warm water species and they’re still here. With the massive bait we’re competing with their favorite foods, there lies the challenge. There is always plenty of action to be had in the area, but the action and the players will be changing as we move into the winter season.
Every year like clockwork we see the changing of the seasons just about the second or third week of January. This means the water temperatures drop, currents change, and abundant “Whale Food” in the form of hard shell Squids, Red Crabs and massive amounts of Krill Shrimp and Squids. And this is just the tip of the iceberg amigos. At times “too much” bait can be a problem for the vacationing Angler looking for a bucket list Fish to be checked off. But never fear, we have fish if you can get them to take your bait.
As we begin to see the end of the peak fishing season we’re lucky to have good if not unpredictable action. Fishing is a “liquid” sport and I mean that in forms of the word. Fish move and they’re moving all around the bay. With winter here the Whales are back as are the Porpoise everyone but fisherman love. For those looking to boat that bucket list fish before another year passes, I’d suggest you “Get it in gear” before the Marlin head for South America.
Before I get started let me first say this, anything and everything can change in a heartbeat in the world of fishing. By the time you read this everything has most likely changed. So check the local conditions first before deciding anything amigos. An ominous introduction of there ever was one. Now to lighten things up a bit, the bay fishing is incredible right now. Great time to save some money and have a lot of arm burning action.
Sailfish and Dorado Primary Players, Good Days, Bad Days, it’s fishing Written by: Stan Gabruk
As we get ready to move into December we’re seeing an earlier than normal drop in the water temperatures. We normally start to see 80 degree water temperatures at locations like the Rock in the second week of January almost like clock-work. This year with the 80 degree mark happening about a month early we’re dealing with the challenges and the opportunities this all presents. With the continued massive amounts of bait in the area and especially the bay the fishing has remained world class.
I love writing these articles for you all, especially when the fishing is at the world class level like we are now. We’ve seen a lot of “fish moving” these days, especially when it comes to sailfish. The weather couldn’t be better if you asked, we’re in the peak of the fishing season and of course the fishing is better than great! A short day trip will get you great you plenty of action. A longer trip could pay off in a fish “bigger than your car”!
Last week all eyes were on the Hurricane marching up the coast. Now that it’s past, the fishing has exploded with plenty of bait, perfect water temperatures and of course sparkling high visibility blue water. All conditions are coming together now to create a perfect situation where larger fish and smaller species are all in the area feeding on the abundant bait. For the angler looking to make an “impact” in his life, a 700 lb Marlin or maybe a 100 lb Yellowfin Tuna might just do that amigos!
As we enter the best three months of the year here in Puerto Vallarta for world class fishing we’re reminded that PV is considered one of the top ten fishing grounds in the world! As me move out of October we’re seeing the yearly Sailfish invasion. Dorado are picking up unexpectedly in numbers, Marlin are making you work for them, but the simple fact a 400 to 700 lb Marlin could be in your future is a pretty exciting concept. But first you have to get on the water amigos! No more excuses, time to tell the “little woman” you may be going AWOL with Stan this week, it’s ok, she’ll understand… maybe.
hey say that a picture can speak a thousand words, then this week I’ll let the Pictures do the talking for the most part. But for the person who craves details, here they are. Corbetena is still looking good with Sailfish, Marlin from 300 to 600 lbs, Small Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna Footballs to 60 lbs with reports of many YF Tuna in the 90 lb range. With Plenty of “Skippies”, Goggle Eyes, Flying fish and more a ten hour trip to this area, is producing with better than a 70% shot at boating a Marlin! El Banco is showing much the same, the only question is which direction?
This week Sailfish, Big Marlin, Dorado and Tuna have moved into the area. I was a little worried with so much bait in the area that it might be tough to turn a world class pelagics head!! But that’s not the case, in fact it’s the complete opposite. Marlin are now hitting live bait, lures, dead bait, if you put a hook on your car keys they’d probably hit that! Fishing in PV is always great, doesn’t matter what season it is. At this time of the year you can increase last week’s factor by three times. But the simple fact is we’re moving into the absolute best time of the year for Anglers looking for that “Bucket List Fish”.
It’s been an interesting week as we move deeper into peak fishing season in Puerto Vallarta. Marlin are at Corbetena and off Punta Mita, Sailfish are picking up in numbers. Dorado are around any debris or stump, all with perfect water temperatures. Massive bait, perfect days, it’s wide open and anything is possible out there.
As we move deeper into the best time of the year for fishing here in the Banderas Bay of Puerto Vallarta, we see things change slowly. Daily there are small improvements that all add up to world class fishing. We’re seeing Marlin, Sailfish and Tuna moving in and out of the area. Nothing is set in stone and remember fish move. At this time of the year we see the inshore fishing less attractive with the dirty water, the results of heavy rain in Guadalajara and locally. This is normal, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have great fishing in the bay, on the other hand 500 lb Marlin won’t be on the “menu” in the bay. Decisions, Decisions….
Marlin and Sailfish Roaming from Corbetena to El Banco Written
These days there has been a lot of talk about the Tres Maria Islands. When you ask a Yellowfin Tuna Fanatic, they don’t know much more than the “rumors” they’ve heard and the Pictures they’ve seen. And yes, they’re impressive. For the Pacific side of Mexico, Yellowfin Tuna are revered as the top game fish Sportsmen are looking for. With the secret out, there has been a lot of attention turning in the direction of Puerto Vallarta. I’ve stolen some information and inserted my own slant to develop what seems to be the only real independent description of the Tres Maria Islands. He I have stolen a little history and there’s a little “Wikki” in there too. To my knowledge this is the best description of the area and the fishing conditions available.
As the fishing has been gradually improving it’s the time of the year when things can change dramatically. This past week in the deep water fishing grounds of El Banco and Corbetena were barely breathing. Now as we move forward we’ll have fewer and fewer “emergency room” moments. The good news, the patient has come back to life now with Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna running the neighborhood. It may just be time to break into the piggy bank you hid from the wife!
One thing is for sure, nothing stays the same for long in “Fish City”. Things have stepped down a notch from last week and we’re seeing what was concentrated around Corbetena and El Banco has spread out again. Marlin and Sailfish are out there, but for the next few days you’ll need to move some water. In layman terms that means you’ll be moving around from El Banco to Corbetena so you’ll need longer days on the water. The good news is there are fish out there!
We’ve been struggling the last few weeks, it’s been a real head scratcher for sure. Perfect conditions, perfect water temperatures, perfect bait conditions and of course blue water for miles. It’s finally all come together and our world famous deep water fishing grounds have exploded with world class fishing!
In the world of Big Game Fishing, nothing ever stays the same from day to day. For the last few weeks it’s been wide open. By that I mean the fish are moving around the area with no real concentration for any real length of time in any one location. So, this means you have to be prepared to move around and find the fish. This is actually normal, but for those on a thin fuel budget this could be an issue if targeting large Marlin, Sailfish or Tuna. We have fish, but we don’t have them in a barrel.
YeHa! El Banco this has become the place to be. I always say “They’re bigger at The Bank” and this week we are seeing some incredible fishing at the high spots! That is one heck of a lead in and that’s really all you need.