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!
Black Marlin Numbers Increase, Sailfish Spread out, Blue Marlin off Punta Mita, Massive Bait and Plenty of Challenges and Opportunities
We’re smack in the middle of summer now. It’s about as hot as it gets in Puerto Vallarta on a daily basis now. Water temperatures are still very warm, but not really unusual for this time of the year. We have some very large pelagic species out there, but they’re spread out. Insane amounts of bait, Blue water and mostly smooth seas. In reality the conditions are very good and just what we’d expect and hope for. We’re entering the best time of the year to boat that bucket list finned fantasy you’ve dreamed of. One of the things you can’t buy are uncrowded fishing grounds, where you’re the one and only boat at places like Corbetena and El Banco. The result of reduced tourism as we’re in the slowest of the slow time of year. Because of the very few boats heading out, there are very few reports coming in so it’s difficult to make daily calls for locations and fishing grounds. But that’s why you’re reading this article amigo and while it may seem a negative, in reality it’s a perfect opportunity. Stay tuned!
El Banco / Corbetena Yellowfin Tuna 75 – 150 lbs, Marlin Picking Up in Size, Dorado Smaller and Perfect Water Conditions! What more could you want?
Lately it’s looking like the “good old days” have come back to our world famous fishing grounds. After years of diminished fishing, the Seiners (production fishing ships) have mostly faded away and we’re finally seeing small schools of Yellowfin tuna roaming the entire area. Dorado are still thin, but they’re “trickling in” daily. Water temps are hovering and water conditions are about as good as you could ask for. Even Hurricanes are “Tranquillo”. We’ve moved into our Summer Fishing pattern where in the bay fishing is not going to provide you with Marlin and Tuna. For the next four or five months we’ll be seeing the best fishing outside of the bay. Now that doesn’t mean the fishing in the bay is anything other than great, they’re just smaller that’s all. So family fishing or Big Game fishing for trophies, either way They’re just what the “Vacation Doctor” ordered!
Up & Down fishing, Tuna at 100 lbs but fickle, Marlin at El Banco, Dorado Numbers Drop, Water, Sailfish and Rooster Fish if You Know Where to Look
This past week Puerto Vallarta has lived up to its “rainy” reputation. Yes folks we have finally started to get rain on a regular basis. As a result, water temperatures have dropped a bit inside the bay to a comfortable “fish” temperature. Yet we’re seeing reduced numbers of Dorado for some reason. Corbetena has slowed a bit, but there are still reports of Marlin and Tuna. Fishing is never predictable, but we’re looking at great conditions, plenty of bait and some world class fishing. It’s going to take some time and effort, but the fishing is great! One interesting thing, the Hurricane season has been very mild. No open water issues at all!
Water Temps Up, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, El Banco is Back and Now Rooster Fish, YeHa!
“What goes up, must come down”, or so the old saying goes. In the world of fishing, the equivalent saying would be “Fishing is Fishing”. What that means is you never really know what the conditions are going to be until you get “out there”. That was the case this week. After last week and the drastic increase in water temps, the fish were shocked and they took off. Now with the same water temperatures we’re seeing our deep water fishing grounds of El Banco / Corbetena are beginning to look like 15 yrs. ago. Even inside the bay has seen some surprising species, throw in a trash line and abundant bait and you’ve got close to a fisherman’s dream.
Drastic Water Temp Increase, Trash Line Dorado, Sailfish, Marlin, Fish are Spreading Out, Too Much Bait
On a weekly basis we normally see gradual changes in our world famous fishing grounds. This week that doesn’t hold true. We’ve seen a massive invasion of bait throughout the area. Water temps jumped to late summer temp levels. Trash line is working now that we’re getting some rain, but there is also a lot of Sea Weed as well which is not a bad thing. When it comes to fishing, conditions are never perfect, but with the blue water, a trash line and more bait by the minute, great things can happen. But first you need to step up and check off another Bucket List life goal!