Black Marlin Take Over Corbeteña and El Banco Fishing Grounds, World Class Sportfishing Starts NOW!


 Big Blue Marlin 550  lbs at Corbeteña

Big Blue Marlin 550 lbs at Corbeteña

Black Marlin Take Over Corbeteña and El Banco Fishing Grounds, World Class Sportfishing Starts NOW!


For those of you out there that read my articles on a regular basis, you know that when we reach this time of the year you can expect some of the best fishing in the world! As I put Magnifico out this morning there was an air of excitement we haven´t experienced since this time last summer. Black Marlin are now taking over Puerto Vallartas favorite fishing grounds. Black Marlin ranging from 300 to 800 lbs are setting up house anywhere from Corbeteña to El Banco.  Warm currents have created the perfect conditions for mega amounts of bait creating frenzy conditions and arm burning action!

Corbeteña last week was luke warm and any fish coming from the Rock was the result of hard work. Changing lures, using planers, down riggers, you had to use all your options in your bag of tricks. While last week was hit and miss, this week is all Hit, Hit, Hit! Multiple hook-ups can prove to be a real problem is you are running four or more lines when there is huge Marlin looking for a free hand out! Naturally live bait is king and this week was no different.  And Black Marlin are not the only players, Cubera Snappers are still plentiful running in the 60 to 75 lb range. You may need a down rigger to get to them, they like the water just a touch cooler and being a bottom fish, they will be below the thermal lines. Sailfish are picking up in numbers, but we´re still early for them, but they´re moving into the area. Not to be forgotten, Yellowfin Tuna are  taking some surface baits, so if you see a boil be sure to hit, but if you don’t find the birds and the boils, run the downrigger for the Yellowfin, it will produce, but again it will be work!

El Banco or The Bank is on fire. Naturally Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Rainbow Runners, Cubera Snappers and a few Dorado are there to be had. Notice I said they are there, where are you?  With few anglers heading out to the fishing grounds you can have the whole area to yourself for the most part. Again the water temperatures are running about 86 degrees and while this is a great temperature for Marlin, the Yellowfin like it more in the 82 to 84 range. So keep an eye on the water temperatures, if you can find surface temps in this range, you will have a strong shot at some 50 to 180 Yellowfin! While live bait is king as I mentioned earlier, Petrileros lures, lures of Black and Brown or Black with yellow are strong for some reason here at the rock.

The Marietta Islands are looking up as well, the Dorado are around any floating log or coconut it seems. Not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but large enough to keep which means they´re running 25 to 40 lbs. It´s been a weak year so far for Dorado, but hopefully this will pick up shortly. There are Snappers to 35 lbs around the reefs, but remember these are protected areas so keep your distance amigos or you may be sorry. Amber jacks, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish, Needle fish, and more are there waiting for you to present a bait to them that they can´t resist.

The point of Punta Mita is a location I have not talked of much in the last few months, that´s because there really was nothing happening. But that has all changed now with more and more Dorado daily and the early stages of Sailfish moving in as the resident Species, like normal. Rooster fish have also been in Sayulita in the 30 to 50 lb range, but they like the cooler waters as well and we have seen a slight reduction in the size and number of these arm breaking beauties. If you have never caught a Rooster Fish, they will fight like a demon and leave you wondering how a fish of this size can fight like Moby Dick? But fight they do and if you are lucky enough to target these fish with light tackle, you´ll be in for a time you´ll n ever forget. But you better get out there soon or they´ll be following the cooler currents to the north.

Inside the bay is mostly dirty these days, like normal for this time of the year. Well I shouldn´t say normal, the water isn´t exactly clean, it’s a tinted brown. Fish are taking baits, the strong currents cleaned the bay out some and the fishing is doing fine in close to shore. Around the south end of the bay there have been Skip jack Tuna, Bonito, Roballo or Snook in English and the list goes on. For the most part these fish have been running 20 to 35 lbs. For those short on bucks or time, the bay is a great option.  Only down side is you won´t find any Black Marlin in the bay.

Lately we´ve had a lot of non-professional fisherman out at the fishing grounds following the professional boats around like shadows. Now that is ok if you don´t know the area, but it is not OK to rush in to the area where another boat is working a Marlin or Tuna and start casting baits around the boat. But no matter what, do not come so close to a boat so it cuts the line or tangles the other boats fish that is working! Magnifico has had two of these instances with the same clients on two different days. Sorry doesn´t cut it when a guy who just paid a thousand dollars and waited half  his life to catch a finned fantasy just to have some jerk screw up his day! I have seen some serious stuff happen between people on the docks back in marina Vallarta where the boat followed the infringing parties’ boat in to settle things in a violent manner.  There is no excuse for this and if you are one of those guys, have a great day fishing, but not at our expense!

Right now we are coming into the Sailfish Season where they move in, in large numbers, just in time for the 54th Pez Vela Torneo.. Or The 54th Sailfish Tournament sponsored by the Club De Pesca.  So mark your calendars and check out their web site at: for the details if you would care to participate. The dates this year are November 10, 11, 12 and 13th, so check it out.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

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