Spring Fishing in March, Summer Species Hang!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Well the unusual conditions and the fishing is still great. I mean off season great with summer species we normally don´t see in the dead of winter. As the northern states and Canada seem to be under Freezer like conditions, we´re seeing warmer than normal weather as El Nino begins to raise its head with Pacific water temperatures well above the 70 degree range as water temperatures remain about 79 degrees. This is very comfortable for Marlin, Yellowfin, Dorado and of course Sailfish. Winter species are mixed in as well with Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Needle fish and of course Sierra Mackerals. It´s mixed up out there for sure. The upside, there are fish everywhere and they´re waiting for you to come out and play!
First off, the Yellowfin Tuna Fanatics are happy this week with Yellowfin Tuna from 75 to over 200 lbs at the Tres Maria Islands, more commonly known as the Prison Islands. Remember to keep your distance and not get pinched for being inside the 12 to 15 mile ¨buffer¨ zone. The down side, the bite has been in the evening and at about sunrise with the full moon doing it´s thing. Some days are better than others, but if you´re looking for Yellowfin Tuna, then this is where you have to be for a sizeable trophy fish. It´s at least a sixteen hour day, so it´s not for everyone.
The best bang for your fishing buck is once again the Marietta Island and the point of Punta Mita. Sailfish, 45 lb Dorado, 50 lb Rooster fish, 20 lb Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list just goes on and on. Clean blue water, plenty of bait (including bullet bonito) and perfectly smooth seas makes this location a no brainer.
Corbeteña and El Banco, ditto from last week. Warm water, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Sailfish, Blue and Black Marlin in the 250 to 500 lb range, but iffy at best for Marlin. About three a day are hooking up, so it´s not automatic like summer time, but still for winter fishing you can´t complain about the opportunity for a bucket list fish in winter! Some days are off the hook, others are ¨nothing on the hook¨ days.
Inside the bay it´s as good as it gets in March with plenty of Jack Crevalls to guarantee an exciting day with plenty of action. Small Snappers perfect for dinner around ten pounds have been sprinkled around the bay. Needle fish are springing back to life with Bonito and Skip jack Tunas balancing it all out. Average fish weights in the bay are from 10 to 35 lbs, not bad for younger anglers to handle.
Sunny and temperate days make this time of the year perfect for catching winter species. Since we´re seeing summer species when we shouldn´t, that makes a fishing trip right now an opportunity you may never see again if you don´t live here in PV. The chance to boat a sailfish in March with Dorado in the area or better yet, a 200 lb Yellowfin Tuna or maybe even a Marlin!? I mean give me a break and stop the procrastination amigo. Stop thinking, get the little womans master card before she limits the thing out and get out on the water. Life is what you do, not what you watch others do. If you call me and tell me you´re a couch potato, I´ll give you a special, but you have to bring me a bagel dog from Costco or the deal if off!
The bite has been very early and kinda late in the afternoon. As you read this the moon phase will change again so check to see if the bite has moved later in the day. For now I would make a point to get out on the water earlier than later. So no sleeping in and not too many Tequilas in the evening and you´ll be out there with a smile stretching from PV to your home town. Don´t forget to take pictures and remember we´re here if you need any questions answered or fishing predictions! When you call just tell me what your wife needs to hear and we´ll be good!
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/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.
El Nino References: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/MJO/enso.shtml