As Spring Moves in, Fishing is Up and Down!

 

The Family Charbonnett with Rooster Fish on Magnifico!

As Spring Moves in, Fishing is Up and Down!

It’s kinda funny how those that are here in Puerto Vallarta during High Season assume this is the best time of the year for fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. While there is never a bad time to go fishing in Puerto Vallarta (PV).  But in fact it is the slowest time for fishing which means the average fish to be caught will be between 15 to 50 pounds. Now if you’re from a place where the fishing is considerably less sizeable, then you’ll have a great time on the water. If you’re a person from a place where you´re used to smaller fresh water fish, then you’ll have great time fishing in the Bay of Banderas. If you are like a few in PV and a fish less than 100 pound won’t grab your interest, then maybe you should wait another month or two before you consider heading out fishing. But be warned, anything can happen at any time, especially at El Banco. So stay tuned as conditions change… You’re best source of information for what is happening on the docks in PV is still this article and my blog…..

The big story this week is the same as it was last week, The Marietta Islands are up one day and down the next. The story of fishing in this area is good and bad. This past week I have sent boats out to see them come in with Rooster fish in the 44 inch range and other larger fish, then the next day come in with nothing. Fishing is fishing we all know that and there is always the chance you will come in with nothing, even with the best captain and best equipped boat. That is why it is important to keep track of the bite times and the bait they are or aren´t taking. The whole game is a moving target where experience and equipment in the right combination will pay off if the fish gods allow it. Those who were up to the challenge this week saw some great pay-offs with large Roosters in the 50 lb range, Snappers in the 35 lb range including Cubera Snappers about the same size. We’ve seen milk fish around the reef which are kinda rare here, but great fighters and can be sizeable at 40lbs. There are also a couple of other fish I can´t even tell you their name, have not seen them here at the islands before, but they fight like demons (see picture).  Live bait works as will lures. Make sure you have some basic lures, diamond jigs, Rapallas, Poppers and some smaller jigs with skirts of Orange, Yellow, Blue and purple in color will do the job.

With few boats heading out to El Banco and Corbeteña, there is little to report. But Sailfish have been sighted but not boated as yet as far as I know. Now that we’ve come into April, it is just a matter of time now before we see this exciting billfish invade the area. Warmer water conditions have drawn them back and other species will follow shortly. Dorado may start moving into the area, but it was July last year before we had the chance to see any that were sizeable. For now, other areas are a better bang for your fuel buck.

Sayulita is still strong, very strong with Rooster Fish in the larger size ranges around the structure. Diamond Jigs and poppers are working well. But there have been long liners out there screwing things up and these guys can be aggressive if you get close to their gill nets or long lines. But this is nothing new.

The Tres Maria Islands have lost their recent popularity as the prison officials have decided to get back to the hard line of enforcing boundary distances. Remember these are prisoners and boats just a short distance off the islands represent a possible threat of escape from the island on conviently placed fishing boats. This area has always been here, yet those who have been around for a while know why we don´t go there. It´s those Cowboy types that want to push the envelope and be reckless with others boats, money and reputation. Be smart and wait for summer when the Yellowfin are at El Banco. This area around the Tres Maria islands is not worth risking your boat and freedom amigos. Just because a few with big ideas are getting fish, it doesn´t mean you have to jump off the cliff with them! Again, this is the reason the old timers shake their heads at those Cowboys as their boats get confiscated.

The bay is still full of Sierra Mackerals and are in different size ranges. If you are near the shore, they are naturally small. Further out, they´re larger and sometimes in the 30 lb range. Large for a Sierra Mackerals! Needle fish, Jack Crevalls, and a series of smaller gamefish are out there. Yet where can be the question. If you hit fish in one place, they probably won´t be there the next day as is the case many times.

3/28/11 UpDate: The currents are acting up again and the water has gotten dirty again as is normal for this time of the year. The Marietta Islands are being patrolled by the navy now and there have been some tickets written, so keep your distance. Snappers have invade El Morro and the Rooster fish in the safe area around the reefs are getting bigger by the day, largest one so far this week is 60 inches and that is five feet long! Water temperatures still hovering in the mid 70’s with plenty of bait in the water. It´s just a matter of time when it all explodes now with summer on its way. Stay tuned for more updates as they´re warranted.

As a legitimate business owner, it drives me crazy to have to compete with those who illegally compete with my fishing business and I have never gone after these guys.  The only thing they make money on is tours, so Master Baiter’s is now going into the tour business and we will get you the absolute best prices you can get on Vallarta Adventure tours! If you go fishing with us, we will get you all the tours you want with discounts that Vallarta Adventures won’t let me advertise. Larger groups will be very happy with the money you´ll save. Lets face it, fishing and tours are expensive. With this new program, you might be able to save enough money to pay for your fishing trip, of course this depends on which boat, but our intentions are clear. We want to make sure you have fun, don´t get ripped off and become your source for information, fishing, tours or Unique Products. So there you are, I have declared a price war on all Hotel or Timeshare / Vacation Ownership agents / promoters! Just stay away from those people, they don´t care about you, they just want your money. Don´t do anything you wouldn´t do at home and you´ll be fine!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like The WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

 

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

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Quickie Report: Very Brief to the Moment.. Spring fishing Up and Down

A friend of mine sent me an email asking what the action was like, he lives in the area so I did not go into much detail, but I realized after wrote him t his brief report, that it said it all with few words so until i finish my latest report, this is what is happening in a nut shell….

Ron , Started seeing some  Roosters of nice size …. 44 inches…    Milk Fish which are strong fighters and in the area which is unusual… Cubera and red snappers, needle fish are moving into the area so the water is warming up… Sailfish off El Banco and they´re right on time….  Gil Netters have surrounded  some areas around the Marietta Islands. It´s funny to hear  commercial fisherman complain about sports fisherman and at times carry guns…vice versa…. but it´s still basically illegal for the both of them to be there fishing in the first place!…..   Dorado near Sayulita but long liners are screwing things up again…. Some Jack Crevalls still …. Fishing is up and down, some days you hit the jack pot , others are tough at best…. Best fishing is still in the 8 hr range, but 4 and 6 hrs has small fish. Bite happening sometimes around 8 right now, but the late day bite is between 12 and 3… Now go get me some pictures to publish amigo!!

Stan

Spring Has Sprung, Sailfish Moving In, Water Temps Up!

Spring Has Sprung, Sailfish Moving In, Water Temps Up!
I have to apologize for not posting very many reports during these past weeks as is normal for me, but when things are the same with very little news to report, then those reports sound like a cookie cutter article. It´s no fun to read and no fun to report. But things are moving in the right direction now so you´ll be hearing and seeing more ¨fish porn¨as i LIKE  to call my fish picture gallery postings.But you can rely on at least one article a week with updates as they become pertinent!

As far as I KNOW, I am the only PUBLISHED WRITER (Western Outdoor News  / World Wide Fishing Guide) that reports what the local conditions are as they change. I don´t blow smoke up your butt or mine telling you all how bitchen I am. My job here is to inform and draw attention to Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and to Puerto Vallarta.  You want to hear crowing, it is easy to find on the net!

Now to the report and thanks for reading my humble little fishing blog. if you like it, tell your friends, I have a target of fifty regular readers by the end of the summer.

Cubera Snappers at the Marietta Islands Caught in Policonfondido our panga

Cubera Snappers at the Marietta Islands Caught in Policonfondido our panga

People ask me all the time when the fishing is best in Puerto Vallarta. That is always a moving target because everyone wants a little something different. My standard answer is Mid July to the second week of January. But for some reason people seem to take that as if the fishing is bad any other time. This of course is not the case, but we do know up front that January, February, March and early April are not Billfish months. But we´re in March now, the water is warming up daily, we have seen Sailfish fifty miles out at The Bank or El Banco in Spanish.  There is still plenty of bait in the bay, the water is clearer and bluer every day. Spring is right on time this year with the weather conditions coming in line with expectations and water temperatures moving into the range summer fish prefer! Yes Amigos if you are into fishing, then this is the time of year when things will change for the better. Larger, more abundant gamefish are already here, time to think about your summer fishing trips!

Lots of news this week so lets get this party started! Flash: If you didn’t know from these reports the Marietta Islands are considered protected areas. Those fishing the Marietta islands or the reefs close at hand are basically breaking the law. But like all laws, if there is nobody to enforce them, is it really a law? The answer is yes, it is a law, but when the cat is away….. About once a year the Navy will head out to these islands and the last few days they were enforcing the ¨no fishing zone ¨.  Then, they´re gone and everything goes back to how it was as is the case for now. If you are in the area of the Marietta Islands, there are large Snappers that have been banging on the 30 lb range. Cubera Snappers are up to 40lbs, African Pompano getting less abundant are still in the mid 20’s. Something new is the appearance of larger Needle Fish, Bonito are moving back in and the Jack Crevalls are looking at numbered days since they prefer the cooler water temperatures. Interesting thing, the Rooster Fish are back again, fair sized, but they like structure so they´re at the reefs… same old story. Update 3/22: Rooster Fish (40 lbs plus) have moved in big time into the Marietta Islands and El Morro. African Pompano are back for now in the 25 to 45lb range, Cubera Snappers are now in the 30lb range, there are also Amber Jacks of great size taking bait as well in the 25 to 45lb range (see picture).

Very Nice Sized Amber Jack, Marietta Islands on Policonfondido

Very Nice Sized Amber Jack, Marietta Islands on Policonfondido

The area off Sayulita is still seeing Dorado in the 25 to 40lb range and this should improve. Rooster Fish have been fairly large in the 35lb size range. Snappers on the rocks and structure. African Pompano still there, but not too many and that will change shortly to nothing as the water continues to warm up. This should all improve shortly so stay tuned…

The bay is still full of Jack Crevalls, Needle Fish, Sierra Mackerals, Snappers closer in and a lot of other possibilities if you are interested in a four to six hour trip. Not real large, but you´ll always find action in the Bay of Banderas. So those on a budget, you can still find affordable boats on a vacation budget. Make sure you check my blog for the latest and greatest information.

Corbeteña and El Banco, for now just forget those locations. El Banco is starting to see some Sailfish as they move down from up north. In the next week or two these Sailfish will be setting up house. If you are in the area, Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks and Rainbow runners are still out there. But most people are not looking to jig or bottom fish.  No Marlin or Tuna to speak of. The Tres Maria islands have been slow. I should say those fishing this location have been staying the legal distance from the Islands, which are a Mexican Prison. Matter what you hear about these islands stay away from them. Those pushing the envelope have been arrested lately and all those bloody decks guys don´t seem to report this fact! So don’t be stupid!

 

Listen, if you´re in Puerto Vallarta and you´ve been burned by some OPC / Agent / Promoter from the timeshare guys, Vacation ownership is the same animal, then I hate to say this, but you set yourself up to get screwed. With the season being slow, even for High Season as it is now, those OPC’s or Promoters as they like to call themselves are ripping people off left and right. If you decide to go fishing, purchase a tour, or buy anything else from some guy who has no office, no business license, or way to contact them if you need to, then run away from this person. It is illegal for ¨Promoters¨ to sell you anything! But they can give you items, trips, tours, fishing trips for free if you take some of your precious vacation time and attend a ¨vacation ownership¨ presentation. Those that let greed take the driver’s seat are finding they will not be able to find that agent who sold them the Vallarta Adventures tour is nowhere to be found when they discover they got screwed out of their money when the tour company doesn´t have a clue as to who you are. There have been on average of six to ten people a week showing up at the docks in the morning waiting for a fishing boat that is not coming. Vallarta Adventures has had a rash of ¨Promoters¨ stealing deposits in their name as are other tour companies. Please, Please, Please protect yourself by dealing with agents that have hard walls around the office or place of business. Make sure they have a business license, not just some plastic chairs in some open space with a bunch of tour posters scattered around. Master Baiter’s is no going into the tour business and we will get you the absolute best prices you can get on Vallarta Adventure tours! If you go fishing with us, we will get you all the tours you want with discounts that Vallarta Adventures won’t let me advertise. Larger groups will be very happy with the money you´ll save. Lets face it, fishing and tours are expensive. With this new program, you might be able to save enough money to pay for your fishing trip, of course this depends on which boat, but our intentions are clear. We want to make sure you have fun, don´t get ripped off and become your source for information, fishing, tours or Unique Products. So there you are, I have declared a price war on all Hotel or Timeshare / Vacation Ownership agents / promoters! Just stay away from those people, they don´t care about you, they just want your money. Don´t do anything you wouldn´t do at home and you´ll be fine!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like The WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

 

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Early Indicators Show Early Spring Fishing, Warm Water Species Returning!

 

Red Snapper, Don DuVan, 2/12/11  Marietta Islands

Red Snapper, Don DuVan, 2/12/11 Marietta Islands

Early Indicators Show Early Spring Fishing, Warm Water Species Returning!

 

It seems at times that all I do is rewrite what I said the week before and I guess that is normal when your primary subjects, fish in this case, don´t change habits drastically in the winter. Normally for February the sailfish are still here and we´ll see Dorado in diminishing numbers and smaller as time passes. In March we see the water temperatures normally warm up a bit. After a La Nina year I have no clue what to expect. But remember this La Nina Year came after an El Nino year which is hot water temps. Now that we are hopefully moving into a normal current pattern we are seeing warm water species move back in to the area. The fish I am talking about here are primarily Needle Fish. Just as we see the Sierra Mackerals and Jack Crevalls indicate that water temperatures have cooled down come the end of winter in to fall. So it looks like we will see an early spring this year is this is any indication.

As we mentioned the last few weeks there are still large Yellowfin Tuna a t the Tres Maria Islands. I hate to talk of this location since anyone heading out to this location is at risk of being arrested and held for days on end. Now those who think they can get around this simple fact may discover that being an idiot does not pay dividends and no matter what is out there, there is no reason to risk your boat! Those who have headed out this is way the last week are still boating Yellowfin Tuna which range between 100 to 200lbs! But for the most part there are not many heading out this way.

El Banco and Corbeteña are still areas that have been ignored. There are always Cubera Snappers to be had in the structure areas that are only 75ft. deep. Lots of Jack Crevalls and some Sailfish sightings, but that is about it for now…

The bay is still working on smaller fish, Sierra Mackerals, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Bonita are returning, Needle fish and the list goes on. Four to six hours are productive and fun for sure. Perfect for the visiting angler with an itch to catch some tropical fish. Well worth the expense right now. So if you are looking for a short day on the water, you’ll catch fish.

Once more the big story is El Morro and the Marietta Islands. The Snappers have moved in to the El Morro and Marietta Islands in a big way. That ´s the good news, the bad news is there is plenty of bait in the water so you want to make sure you are there when the bite happens. Last week it looked like a 2:00 p.m. bite. But now we´re seeing them go for the bait earlier in the mornings so it may be worth your while to head out early. Even if you are only heading out for four hours, the bite I a little earlier right now. So keep your ears open and you´re fuel money handy! El Morro has some large Rooster Fish now ranging from 30 to 65lbs, but the same situation with the bait and the bite. Both the Marietta Islands and El Morro have some smaller to very large African Pompano as well

The last couple of weeks we’ve seen the Sayulita area strong with Rooster Fish and African Pompano. There are also some nice sized Dorado in the area that nobody for some reason is excited about. But if you are looking for something for the dinner table, then this has Dorado in the 25 to 40lb range. So don´t forget about this location. Now the long liners out there may not like you being there, but that is their problem!

As I mentioned in the title, the water is warming up where the temps in the bay are in the mid 70’s at the moment. This is good news for those looking to see billfish move into the area should not have a long wait. We should see Sailfish in the next few weeks, I predict an early spring! The Needle fish are an early indicator of seasonal current directions changing and that is good news for the fisherman. But the weather will start warming up also, so keep an eye on the conditions to see if you can get some great Billfish fishing in before it turns into the humid oven all tropical jungle areas become in the summer !

One Constant is the fact that every species out there right now is gorging themselves on live bait. But they are also taking lures. So make sure you give your lure bag a workout. There are times when fish will take a lure and ignore live bait, not often, but they are looking at everything being presented to them. So if you can make it   fish sexy, then you may look like a stud to your wife and when was the last time that happened to you??

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!  

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Quickie Report: El Morro Springs to Life With Rooster Fish

Quickie Report: El Morro Springs to Life With Rooster Fish

March 2, 2011

 

FuN, fUn, FuN... Small Gamefish, Plenty of Action!

FuN, fUn, FuN… Small Gamefish, Plenty of Action!

 

There are certain conditions and times of the year when those with some experience will remember and then take the time to check out from time to time. When we see the colder water start to go up in temperature and at the same time we see the water getting dirty we know the currents are changing. Currents don´t change overnight and it takes time for the water to change in temperature as well. So once this starts happening we can have as much as a week of great fishing in an area where few will venture. So you can imagine how those in the know will keep this area a secret as long as possible as it explodes with action that is relatively close in. The Rooster fish out there are taking baits of all sizes so there is no need to worry about presenting the correct sized bait for the time being. If surface trolling running poppers will work well as will the three and six inch silver diamond jigs. These fish are for the most part not picky and will hit anything that is splashy or shinny.

Off Sayulita, around the corner and up from Punta Mita the Rooster fish have fallen off a little. But the Dorado are picking up in numbers (nothing major for the moment), the Sierra Mackerals have gotten huge for the species of 25 to 35 lbs! Snappers are here as well around the rocks, but the primary players will be Mackerals, Jack Crevalls (larger at 340 lbs), Snappers, Pompano and Rooster Fish which are increasing in numbers.

The bay is full of bait, the water temperatures are up and down as is normal but they are creeping up. So this is all good news. As we move into March we should see the Sailfish coming back soon. Buy the middle to end of April we should see the Dorado come back. Last year it was July before we saw any size to the Dorado, but that was a La Nina year so looking back it wasn´t that surprising.

Jack Crevalls are still in the bay and picking up in numbers and size by the day. The six hour trips are worth their salt now since it gives you enough time to reach the far end of the bay in both directions which insures you have plenty of action. My boats heading out in the bay the last few days have been hooking into at least twenty fish a day! So while the fish may be winter sized, there are decent numbers out there so people are catching fish and having light tackle fun!

Looking around the area Barra to the north and Manzanillo to the south both have lots of Dorado (or Dolphin or Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, and even Marlin. The water temperatures there are a touch warmer, but the fact that Barra Navidad and Manzanillo are both north and south of us is a good indicator that the currents are moving. The simple fact that Puerto Vallarta is a little on the chilly side in comparison is of no concern since we are moving  into late winter now and shortly the gap will fill in with warmer water as well…. Stay tuned!

Just a reminder, Summer is coming and spring break happens in late April this year. If you are thinking of doing a Yellowfin Tuna or Marlin fishing trip this year (summer begins for monsters in mid July), remember early bookings will save you money. With the negative and bogus news of how Mexico is dangerous the prices and numbers of people visiting this summer will be down. This means you will save some serious cash if you book early and it looks like it will be an early summer this year. So start salting your pennies, nickels and dimes away for that fishing trip this year.

Just a reminder, the press in the states is blowing the situation with the narcos or drug cartels out of proportion. 60% of whatever you hear is happening in the places where it has always happened, nothing new is happening here! If the press would show real numbers / statistics on the drug cartel situation here in Mexico you would realize that sensationalized headlines sell news as they promote Obamas agenda to keep the tourism dollar in the states! To put it this way, If I was thinking of the United States as if it was size of how Mexico is perceived, would you not go to Los Angeles because somebody got shot in Florida? Well it’s just that stupid. There are not bands of Mexicans looking to kill tourist, there are not drug dealers with guns in the streets. The only way you will find trouble in Mexico is if you go looking for it. If you go into the slums of Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Houston, New  York, Los Angeles and the list goes on, looking for drugs then you will have the same situation. Mexico is statistically safer than Brazil! Mexico is not dangerous and no matter what, there will always be crime in every corner of the world, you can´t get around that. But if you are smart, you can take advantage of the bogus perception the press has created about Mexico! As the sheep run away from the nonexistent wolf, you can zig when they zag and get some great deals, in a safe place for the whole family and have Mexico pretty much to yourself! Like the Swine H1N1 lies they spewed all over the place creating the perception you would die in Mexico from this disease, the press has a chip on it’s shoulder when it comes to Mexico. Mexico is safer than most of the larger cities in America and you wouldn´t avoid New York or Baltimore which are statistically speaking more dangerous than Mexico. So be informed, see through the smoke and take advantage of an opportunity!

Until then, take care and don´t forget to kiss your fish!

 

Rollercoaster Conditions, Rollercoaster Results, Yellowfin Possibilities

Rollercoaster Conditions, Rollercoaster Results, Yellowfin Possibilities

You´ve heard the old saying; ¨what goes up, must come down¨! When it comes to fishing, truer words were never spoken. With the rollercoaster conditions we´ve been seeing of  clean water, then dirty water, then warm currents, bait issues, strange tides, and no consistency it can make your head spin! While water temperatures have not changed much in the last week.

One thing we always want to know as fisherman is what it the bait fish situation. There are times when there is too much bait in the water. At those times it is impossible to get fish to pay attention to your bait, no matter how you are presenting it.. Other times there is not enough bait and the fish move on…  Right now we are a little heavy on bait, but other areas around the area are also heavy on bait. And when the ¨getting is good¨ why move on, it won´t be any ¨greener¨ down the road!

A Little Bit of Everything Out There

A Little Bit of Everything Out There

In the bay there is plenty of bait to attract fish, so that is not our problem right now. Our problem is getting them to come in our direction. Of course we will be waiting for them, but for now it´s best to focus on what is at hand and available.  So nobody should be expecting to catch Moby Dick inside 75 miles. If anyone tells you otherwise, walk away….

Like in recent weeks the big fish are still out 75 miles. Now that is really not that far, but when you´re looking at three hours of travel time one way, unless you are dedicated (fanatic) to boating a 200lb Yellowfin Tuna, then you will be settling for smaller game fish. But no worries, for those interested in some arm straining action! With Jack Crevalls in the 25lb range, African Pompano to 50lbs, Cubera Snappers if you’re lucky just off the reefs. Sierra Mackerals in the 10 to 30lb range with 15lbs being the average. There is a mix of smaller groupers, small Snappers and several others to choose from closer in. So if you hear the fishing is slow, this is what slow is when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta!

Now I need to warn all of you out there about the Tres Maria Islands. I have been writing a lot about this location lately since there have been so many boats heading out to this protected area. One thing to remember when heading out this way, the limit is fifteen (15) miles. Any closer than that and you are risking being arrested and taken in. When you are on some of the popular bulletin boards on Puerto Vallarta you will see them all puffing their chest up about the Monster Yellowfin Tuna and then proceed to tell the world how cool they are as the guy in his living room is reading this crap. Now the Yellowfin Tuna are out there, but look at the Maximus. A newly operating long distance charter boat that can handle up to ten people was caught the other day with no insurance, no fishing licenses and a forged permit to fish the islands. Now this boat gets more than $1,500.00 per person for a three day trip. That is top dollar for anywhere, especially here in Mexico! The guys onboard all read their articles, they all believed this operation to be first class and they all found out that they got duped! The boat was too close to the PRISON ISLANDS withe phony documentation, then missing necessary documentation, the passengers were all mad as hell! One of the boats I warned you of previously, The Anna Maria was grabbed by the Navy and the captain Steven Torres was held for four days along with his boat. He was held for four days where they shaved his head and then they put him with the general population. This guy is promoting himself all over the place and he looks legit until you have an incident like this happen.  Take Care!

Now that you have that information under your belt, twenty to twenty five miles west of The Bank or El Banco, there are just herds of Yellowfin Tuna. It´s amazing how we have a current running by the islands that is really warm. This is an indication that the seasonal current changes are in flux. This also means an early summer, something most of us would welcome. If you are looking for Yellowfin Tuna and are willing to pay the price, you can have what you want and not get arrested in the process! Striped Marlin are nowhere to be found unless you are up north or south a hundred miles or so. But these fish move and they will find their way to pv SOON.

As has become normal, the Marietta Islands are still cooking with  Snappers in the 35lb range, the occasional Rooster Fish of 35 to 60lbs, Pompano to 50 lbs, Sierra Mackerals everywhere to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls are plentiful, but in and out. For the most part this area has been one of the two 8 hr trip locations that are worth heading out to for the time being. There is a lot of small baby Mackerals in the water and it may be hard to turn a fishes head so bring your bag of tricks, you may need everything you own !

North of Punta Mita in the Sayulita area there have consistently been Rooster fish, but a whole lot more African Pompano and this area is probably the best bang for your fishing buck right now. A super panga can handle this destination nicely and save you a few bucks. Six inch rapallas with spoons about ten inches off the tail is working nicely. Now the color of the Rapalla is the question here. I suggest Yellow and black or black and purple if the water is dark in color. Snappers are also around the structured areas and may be a little on the small side, but they still taste great amigos!

As we approach March, we will see water temperatures creep up slowly, this is when we should start to see the Sailfish start to come back in to the area. Something to look forward to.  So if by chance you will be on a boat near the Gaviotas or San Pancho area, keep this in mind and bring the right equipment for the task!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

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