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Marina Vallarta Las Palmas I Local 3

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. Marlin and Sailfish are spread out and small in size for the moment. But the obvious current changes and predictable drop in water temperatures means seasons will soon be changing. Flying fish are just massive, Red Crabs have shown up at Corbetena. Wahoo are in the areas as well. Yes folks the fishing is great right now where ever you are. The deep water guys are still covered with Tuna and Marlin, Temperatures are more comfortable by the day. Life is Dream in PV!

Lets start with the rock, which is still rocking. Yellowfin Tuna from 60 to 200 lbs are jumping like flying Volkswagens. Dorado are a little thing running 20 to 35 lbs on average. Something to be aware of the Dorado like the Yellowfin are gorging themselves on the Red Tuna Crabs. Getting them to turn their head in your direction is difficult at best. Marlin of the Black and Blue varieties are in the area, but they’re spread out. Frankly if you’re targeting Marlin the best areas are in between El Morro to Corbetena. And from Punta Mita to El Banco, I’d pick the Corbetena option. Could be some Schooling Cubera Snappers or Dog Tooth Pargo running 35 to 50lbs. Keep an eye open for Red Snappers. Wahoo like the cooler water temperatures and there have been some pics posted, but none of my boats have Wahoo reports.

El Banco is full of Dorado and Sails, Few Marlin though. Cubera Snappers are plentiful and schooling here as well so it’s a great place to be if you find yourself there.. Yogi-ism.. No Tuna reports for this area, so there you are.

The Punta Mita area to north of Sayulita has been producing nicely. Sailfish are still in the area but are beginning to thin in numbers. Dorado around any floating debris or trash is a gold mine with Dorado in the 35 lb range and could product four to five Dorado in situations like this. Possible Blue and Black Marlin in the 150 lb range, not big so throw them back. Rooster fish a possibility as always. Bonito are coming in as are Jack Crevalls along with Sierra Mackerels so there is no shortage of action out there.

Inside the bay is fantastic. Over by Los Arcos you’ll find Dorado 15 to 25 lbs at the trash line that has been working for the last two weeks. Sailfish are very possible with a fair chance of boating one. A Blue Marlin was boated in front of the Ameca River just north of Marina Vallarta! Dorado are also all along the bay and in the bay. Concentrated also in the La Cruz area of the bay. Jack Crevalls are moving in but that’s just some heads up. Bonito to 20 lbs, Sierra Mackerels to 12 lbs and tasty. The bay is exciting for six hours or less. The bay is happening for the beginner or the more experienced for an affordable price, that’s my job!

Water temperatures have bounced off the 79 degree level with warm spots in the mix. Swirling currents are challenging but electronics will help. Bait is massive in the form or Red Crabs (Tuna Crabs), Flying fish from 3 to 7 inches in length and I suspect Krill squids as well. The bite has gone even later in the day now happening about 11:00 am …. Lures are working well, surprising but if you’re running a reddish brown lure with black tiger print or a pink and blue lure you’re chances pick up dramatically! 

Well we’re seeing more and more tourist find their way back to Puerto

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

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