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                                Massive Rain, Huge Trash Line, Sailfish at Sayulita

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

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!

Corbetena and El Banco this week has seen a gradual drop in Marlin Numbers and the larger Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area, but they’re chasing bait so they’re moving around. Water is still blue. Water temperatures are perfect at a constant 86 degrees. There is plentiful bait in the form of huge Skip jack Tuna to 10 lbs, Sardines and of course Flying fish and Goggle eyes. The water from San Pancho to Cabo Corrientes is much the same which means for now keep your eyes open and the radio speaker volume up. Cubera Snappers are still there for the bottom fishing guys to 50 lbs. Amber Jack are there as well from 35 lbs up. Sailfish are here as well, but they’re thinning a bit as is normal. For the guy looking for larger Blue and Black Marlin over 400 lbs anything is possible. I don’t want to be too positive on this, on the other hand there are fish to be had, it’s just going to be a little work. A ten or twelve hour trip will give you your best opportunities at boating a trophy Marlin or Sailfish.


The area around El Morro has had dirty water with the massive amounts of rain we’ve been getting lately in the bay. For the trash line it’s perfect, but at times it’s been a little too much of a good thing. Robalo or Snook in English is alive and well, find a river mouth, troll the area and you could hit a nice Snook to 35 lbs. They’ll have to see your bait so be patient and I’d suggest silver diamond jigs for visibility. Smaller Dorado have been in the Sayulita and Punta Mita area in the 25 lb range. Find some debris or log and you’ll be in Dorado heaven, but keep this to yourself. Sailfish are being boated six miles off Punta Mita as well, no word on any Stripers in the area. For now you’re better off heading out to the deep water locations. There are massive amounts of Flying fish and Sardines in the area so where there may be roaming fish, there is also massive amounts of bait.

Inside the bay we’re seeing lots of dirty water flooding in from the mountains from the recent rains. Trash line is alive and well, but with so much dirty water it’s best to find the cleanest water you can in the south end of the bay. Los Arcos is still seeing Dorado in the 10 lb range so please throw the ladies in that size range back. Keep one for dinner. Bonito are all over the area in the 20 lb range. Skip Jack Tuna or Skippies are thick and also 10 lbs which is huge for a Skippie. They’re mixed in with Yellowfin Tuna footballs in the same size range. They’re moving around the bay so be flexible, find blue water and enjoy the amazing action of these smaller Tuna. Light tackle is perfect for your day in the bay. Jack Crevalls are thinning as they’re a cold water fish. This is no surprise, yet we’ll miss them for now. Lots of fish to be had around structure and debris. Snappers are around structure, so don’t be afraid to try something a little different.

The bite is a little earlier this week, be where you want to be before mid-morning and you’ll be right on time. But the bite has been an all-day thing with all the cloud coverage in the evening and mid mornings. As mentioned the water temperature is hovering at a perfect 86 degrees. I can’t suggest a specific set of lures to run this week as every bait has its day. Be prepared to rotate baits, try lures and anything else you can think of, this is why you have so much color in your bag of tricks. For those who speak English I mean this is why you have so many color options on your lures, so go through them all and see what works. It’s a process of elimination right now. Once you find the “key” then it’s a wide open door after that.  

Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!

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