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

Well, here we are again, another week and more unexpected conditions. In recent weeks we’ve seen the unusually warm water fueling our deep water fishing grounds with Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and more. But now we’re seeing some “Clean Green” water which is about 74 degrees. This of course means we’re seeing swirling currents with mixed water temperatures. Not a monster obstacle to overcome, but if you don’t have electronics to know the water temperatures it will impact your day. Every increasing whale food in the form of Krill Squids and Shrimps, small Sardines and who knows what else is both a blessing and curse.

Corbetena is still the place to be with Yellowfin Tuna at 60 lbs and still impossible to get their attention. There may be some small crabs floating around the area but the new bait or “whale” food are these four inch, almost transparent Sardines. Yep, just about everything in the area is stuffing themselves on these Sardines and Krill. Sailfish and 150 lb Striped Marlin are six miles due north of the Rock! Dorado are still in the area, now they’re taking baits with the small crabs drifting out of the area. Cubera Snappers at 50 lbs will make the bottom fishing types happy as well. The fishing in this area has been consistent now for weeks and for now is probably your best bang for your fuel dollar!

If for some reason you can’t make it to Corbetena then your second best options is the area from Punta Mita to El Morrow. The whole area is alive with smaller Striped Marlin, Sailfish are running strong north of Punta Mita. Dorado are around any debris or trash so don’t pass any of this up. Throw in Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerels, Bonito and you’ve got a great day ahead of you amigos.

Inside the bay it’s still a family fishing paradise. In fact this past week I’ve had family types come in and not want to catch fish too large. I can’t exactly promise that when the Jack Crevalls are running anywhere from 30 to 50 lbs. When the Sailfish are still in the bay they could boat one as well as they’re still running the La Cruz area and the Los Arcos locations. But they’re possible all throughout the bay. A freak Striped Marlin was boated four miles of the los Muertos Pier! Sierra Mackerels, great tasting and still large at 12 lbs. Bonito are getting a little larger now, Dorado are still off Los Arcos. Snook not too far from the river mouths. I mean the bay is alive and firing on all cylinders so get out on the water and see the half of Vallarta you can’t experience from the Boardwalk / Malicon!

Tres Maria Tuna Trips: Ok folks it’s Tuna Time. This isn’t the best time of the year to be fishing for world class Yellowfin Tuna, but with the Southern California boats coming down in their off season, the demand is not, not in the summer. But even being “Off Season” for our summer species the fishing has been great! With continued warmer water temperature we’re seeing Yellowfin Tuna in the 140 to 270 pounders consistently. The more crowded boats, the High Density type boats are boating 2 to 3 fish for the 2.5 day trip. What is referred to as “Super Cows” is what I’d call “Monsters”. Any Tuna over 300 lbs in Puerto Vallarta has always been referred to as “Monster” Tuna. Having said that there have been several boated over 300 lbs!! Other “bottom dwellers” or bottom fishing species while jigging include hard hitting Amberjacks, Groupers, Snappers (Cubera) and even some Dorado! The preferred bait of Cabaitos and Squids are working perfectly. Everyone heading out to the Marias are seeing three Tuna not counting the “bottom dwellers”. All and all well worth the expense for this world class area! Remember we’ve got a nice 60 ft Hatteras for 2.5 to 4.5 day trips on a more private and luxurious experience, for less money than the high density long range type boats. For less money you can have a much better “all inclusive” experience in a private cabin. Six people max on the boat, three private cabins, three private bathrooms / heads for less per person than my competition. Check out advertisement at the bottom of the page, check out the 360 tour of the boat, then get back to us!   

With crazy water temperatures it’s hard to predict where the fish will be. Just keep an eye on your temperature gauge and run baits and lure in the warmer water. Also remember Sailfish, Jack Crevalls and Striped Marlin will run in this cold green water, it doesn’t seem to bother them so keep this info in your back pocket. The bite is a moving target again, now it seems the best time to be at your chose fishing grounds is after 10:00 am, but I’d be there early in case things change a bit. With lots of varied and natural bait in the bay it’s hard to suggest a lure, but the Guacamayos are a good place to start.

We have some new services like renting surf fishing poles (comes with a small pack of lures), you can now share a boat for eight hours affordably. And we also have some loss leader promotions you’ll find on my Facebook pages (Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle). Benjamin our Tour Expert can wrap this all up in one nice package so you don’t need to fret with some of these Bozos out there. 

Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

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