Large Dorado Surprisingly Return To El Morro, Bait Explosion!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
The last couple of weeks have been disappointing at best with the change of the season, the current changes and the lack of great fishing to the jaded and spoiled types like myself. But fear not, things have changed for the moment anyway and you´ll find Nice Sized Dorado, Sailfish, even a shot at Striped Marlin so stay tuned, fishing just got better!
One of the things that can and does throw the local fishing for a loop is the amount of bait in the area. We want a balance of just enough bait to keep the fish in the area, but not too much bait where they won´t pay attention to your presentation (trolled bait or lure). We now have situation where we´re seeing Krill sized Shrimp with these hard shells arriving in the area. This means the local Sardines that moved into the area in a big way are now feeding on them like my first wife at a free buffet! Bullet Bonito and Bullet Skip Jack tuna are feeding on them, so there´s a balance of sorts in there somewhere. Throw the abundant flying fish in the mix, with who knows what else for bait out in the local fishing grounds and you´ve got a perfect situation the boat captains get excited about. As exciting as this gets the locals, for now your best bet is using lures and dead bait. You´d think these fish would be chowing down on the abundant bait, but no, they´re taking lures of silver and blue color, actually anything that looks like a Sardine will do the job, so check your bag of tricks amigo!
For those looking to boat a Marlin, you´ll have a shot at Corbeteña and El Banco. But when I say you´ll have a ¨shot¨, that´s about all you´ll have. Jack Crevalls and Bonito have taken over the area and frankly why would you visit a farther out area, for max money for the same fish you can get in the bay. My recommendation, wait until next summer before you seriously consider a trip to this area. If things change, I´ll tell you…. If you have to take a shot at a Striped Marlin head to the point of Punta Mita set a heading of 300 and 14 to 17 miles out you´ll find whatever there is to find, good luck amigos!
The big surprise this week is that larger Dorado to 50 lbs, with 25 to 35 lbs being the average are off El Morro enjoying the upwelling’s and taking advantage of the bait being pushed to the surface. Some Sailfish are also in the area with reports of fair sized ones being boated. If you move in the direction of the Marietta islands just six miles north or so you´ll find the Rooster fish are starting to pick up in numbers with the increased Sardine populations. Roosters for now are in the 35 to 456 lb range but could increase shortly, stay tuned. If you continue in a northward direction you´ll find Dorado are also in the channel between the island and the point off Punta Mita. So for my fuel dollar I´d be looking at this as my first and best option for those looking for something for the dinner table bragging rights. We are expecting to have Red Snappers show up any day. Sierra Mackerals are also running in the 15 to 20 lb range which is huge for this fish since they don´t really get much larger than this. Throw in the Jack Crevalls and Bonito in the 30 to 50 lb range and you´ve got a day you´ll remember for the rest of your life as your arms will be sore for days after. Take care you keep enough flexibility to eat these great fish and if you come in with too much fish, I´d like to suggest me as you favorite charity!
Inside the bay is a machine for Jack Crevalls in the Nuevo Vallarta area, short days and lots of fish, this is the place to go. Plenty of Jacks everywhere in the bay. Bonito, Skip jack Tuna all around Yelapa with Sierra Mackerals rounding out the abundant smaller species available. Rooster fish will be around the shore for the surf fishing guy. You´ll most likely come across several Whales while in the bay and this all adds up to a great day on the affordable side. I can´t stress enough how much fun it is to hook into ten to fifteen Jack Crevalls and if you´re with younglings, all the better…..
The bite is about 11 to just after 3:00, I suggest being where you want to be well before 11:00 a.m.
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.