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

Normally as we enter late December we hope and pray for warm water to continue into the holiday season. This year it looks like we’re going to be lucky as water temperatures continue to be warm. Sailfish and Marlin numbers are starting to thin-out in some areas. But we also need to remember “Fish Move”! So what looks like thin numbers could be more about them concentrating in certain areas and not others. Where might those areas be? Well, continue reading amigo, we have another exciting week to report to you!

Corbetena this week has been exciting and frustrating all at the same time. We’ve seen a rollercoaster for the last couple of weeks, but the better captains come in with fish. Corbetena was a great example of this with Blue Marlin at 300 to 500 lbs, Sailfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna in the Cow range of 200 lbs and up. Knowing they’re out there and getting them to take your bait, there lies the challenge. YF Tuna have been hanging out for three weeks now, same problem every week, getting them to turn their heads is difficult at best. Dead Bait seems to be the ticket, but then again tomorrow could be lures again. Be prepared for the rollercoaster and ready to move some water (move around). South and north of the rock are also “interesting” areas to check out. El Banco this week was in need of CPR!

Shannon Hill and old friend and return client had a great day on Magnifico!

Something interesting between Corbetena and El Morro is there are Sailfish and Striped Marlin off the back side but about 2 to 5 miles. Between El Morro and Punta Mita we’re seeing a strange mix of Dorado at 30 lbs, Sailfish, Needle fish and Striped Marlin to 300 lbs which is huge for a Striper. Blue water and perfect conditions make this area a wonderful alternative to a ten hour trip to Corbetena or El Banco. Well worth the fuel dollar amigos.

Inside the bay we’re still seeing some great fishing with Dorado at 30 lbs, Sailfish are still running the area around La Cruz and Los Arcos. Jack Crevalls seem to have taken a step back, but the void is being filled with Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs which is huge. Snappers are picking up around some structure and of course Needle fish are starting to come in. With the relative warm water in the bay the cold water species are not here as yet. I see that as a good thing if you are targeting warm water species! A bay trip for the family will be well worth the money and you’ll probably see whales.

We’re seeing warm water still in the bay with water temperatures still hovering around 81 degrees unless you see that clean green cold water, not a good place to be. The bite is still on the mid-morning side from 09:00 to 10:00 and again after 1:00 in the early afternoon! Dead bait has been working better than live bait many times as are lures of Guacamayos, Petroleros and lures with purple and white with red stripes.

We are in the Shared Boats time of the year so ask us about sharing a super Panga for eight affordable hours. We’re also now renting Surf Fishing Rigs again with a small deposit. And of course we’ve still got our Tres Maria Yellowfin Experience trips heading out for 2.5 to 4.5 day trips affordably on a private yacht. Contact us for more details. And of course if you’re going fishing, why not book tours at the same time!  

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

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