Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Massive Bait and Moving Fish!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Welcome back to another interesting week in the world of Puerto Vallarta Sportfishing. We like to think we can predict conditions, see patterns and generally beat our chest with our “local knowledge”. When in reality everything is different every day. If we’re real lucky, maybe whatever species was “there” yesterday, will hopefully be there today.
One day the bite is early, the very next day it’s in the afternoon. Some days not even the reliable Jack Crevalls will take bait. Remember it’s Whale city out there. One reason they love this bay and surrounding area is the super abundant Krill, Sardines, and Anchovies etc. Basically you’ve got Mother Nature’s version of “fast food”, a virtual Fish McDonalds!
Now you’ve got that picture in your mind, the next thing to remember is there are fish to be had. Corbetena has Striped Marlin to 280 lbs, Sailfish of a nice size range, Cubera Snappers for jiggers, Jack Crevalls with Football Yellowfin Tuna about 40 lbs with the possibility of a freak over 100 lbs. Welcome to the inexact science called Deep Sea Fishing. Feeling lucky?
The area around Punta Mita for a full day of fishing is your “best bang for your fuel dollar”. With recent storms up north we see floating debris like logs, stumps etc. Dorado at 15 lbs or so are there. Some run 20 lbs, anything under that is not a “keeper”. Sailfish, Rooster fish at the point in smaller size ranges. Striped Marlin, aka Stripers are 8 miles off shore. Jacks are everywhere. Anything is possible in this area. Well worth your time and the views are hard to beat from the water.
Inside the bay is a fishing wonderland. Dorado are still being boated around the bay, los Arcos is a favorite location. Needle fish to 25 lbs but can be much larger. Sierra Mackerels are in the 15 lb range and tasty. Bonito in smaller size ranges, good for bait. Possible Sea Bass around the Ameca River or any river mouth. The area around Nuevo Vallarta have been sporting Sailfish and large Jack Crevalls 50 lbs or larger. You can have a great day with these arm breaking demons! Maybe not the best tasting, but certainly a strong fighter and a favorite for the Fly Fishing guys. Challenging fishing or family fishing you’ll have a great day on the water in the bay!
The bite is “the bite”… Again, start early, it’s been all around the clock depending on what fast food “they’re” in the mood for. Best bite bet is be on the water before 08:00 a.m. Water temperatures are a warm for February 75 degrees. Baits to use, for those looking to use lures, the Iguanas or Dorado colored lures are a basic and great first choice. Flying fish lures of Blue / Silver with black dots is a good second choice but give live bait a try as well, ha ha.
Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!
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