Spring Fishing in January, Dorado, Football Yellowfin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin!

Spring Fishing in January, Dorado, Football Yellowfin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin!

Written by Stan Gabruk


OK, Alright, I know, I know, I have been telling everyone that this is a freak current and not to expect this sort of freak occurance to last for any length of time.  I started to make those comments a few weeks back and now I am thinking that  these strange conditions may continue into  Spring. I am not saying winte

Ed Fik and wife on GuanaTuna at the Marietta Islands

r fishing is done, but I am saying you will find species at our world famous fishing grounds that, well, shouldn´t be there!

El Banco, after a miserable summer last year, we are seeing Yellowfin Tuna Action anywhere from five miles before the high spots to ten miles or so off the points. Yep, YF Tuna in the 40 t to 200 lb rang is possible if you have a mind to set out and take a chance. Yellowfin here at El Banco is anything but automatic.  For those who understand what the term ¨Fishing¨ means, then this is pure fishing where you may come in with an empty fish box. On the other hand you will probably come in with either Y ellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado or even a Striped Marlin. Roll the dice amigo, if you´re looking for guarantees you´d be better off waiting until summer before heading out.

Corbeteña has always had fish, the only question for Anglers is if they wanted to catch a specific species or it they were open to catching what was out there. Now we all know we get what we get, again this is fishing and there are no waiting lines for your bait amigo. Those with the time, money and bones to take a chance are finding Dorado up to 40 lbs, Striped Marlin, Cubera Snappers, Sailfish and who knows what else is out there. Some days live bait, other days lures.  My suggestion is to run both, changing color often until something works, then stick with that! Keep in mind that fish move, but the area golden triange, the area between El Banco, Corbeteña and the Marietta Islands have been churning and producing lately so don´t  lock your mind into a rut or box. My best spots are between the Marietta Islands and Corbeteña for the moment. So keep this to yourself and start trolling after passing the islands towards the Rock!

Dorado and Rooster Fish at the Islands

The bay has done the same amigos… All of a sudden the Yellowfin Tuna that have been hanging out in front of Yelapa have started taking baits (lures and live bait).  30 lb Yellowfin Footballs are are abundant, but they will be work. Mimic the local bait fish in the area. If that means you´re using micro hooks with teeny tiny sardines, then this is what you have to do. For t hose willing to put in the effort there is the reward of Tuna on the table tonight.  Or you can do like most of these lazy captains and just troll a Google eye and call that an effort.  This is why you pay more for a boa t and captain, t hey work for their money because their reputation is on the line and they know I am watching. Some smaller Dorado has been also boated by accident, so give it a try and see what happens.

Now the Islands, El Morro and the Marietta’s have been hanging steady for the last couple of weeks. Rooster fish are still in the area and are a little more abundant than last week. Bonito in the 30 lb range, Sailfish on occasion, Dorado can be large at times to 40 lbs or so, Jack Crevalls are strong at 35 lbs, Snappers, Pompano and the list goes on. An eight hour trip is now worth your time and money. Super Pangas can get you to the fish for a more affordable price and if you put your name on my list I will hook you up others looking to share a Super Panga for 8 hrs, $225.00 usd for half the boat, 2 people max. Just let me know if you´re interested.

You may ask yourself what the deal is here with Dorado in late January, well we´re all scratching out heads. It appears the cold water from the north as normal has been cut off by a warm current coming in from the west which means the Hawaii area currents have made a hard right turn and are giving us these spring fishing conditions. Now the Whales may not like this much, but the tourist looking to catch fish on a shorter day can come in satisfied and happy with their catch.

I was hesitant to get too excited about these warm currents moving into the area because in fishing things can be short lived. I am now thinking that this could continue into spring and if this is true those who are here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) can have a wonderful day on the water and catch summer species and not have to bake like a potato under an equator sun to boat that bucket list fish.

Like always, stay tuned, if I don`t post an article, it means things have not changed….

Remember, this is my blog, my regular weekly fishing reports are normally posted by Tuesdays so book mark this page and my home page (www.masterbaiters.com.mx) and get  it  from both angles. I will update my blog a couple of times a week in short format for the people looking to head out and are here to take advantage of and react to these daily conditions.

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That´s it for now….. Stay tuned and thanks for reading… tell your friends.

Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta has gotten Strange and Almost Unbelievable.

Hello everyone… Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta has gotten to the strange and almost unbelievable.

First, blue, blue water, bluer than at El Banco or  Corbeteña has moved into the Bay of Banderas.  We have seen Yellowfin Tuna for the last few weeks that are very large in front of Yelapa but you´d be hard pressed to get them to take a bait. Then BAM, Dorado move into the area, that´s right amigos they are in the bay, at the points of Punta Mita, Just before you hit Cabo Corrientes. The Marietta Islands have added Dorado to the list as well.   The surprise here is the simple fact that the water is much colder than they like, but there is bait in the bay and while the water is cool, not cold, Dorado can be boated off Los Arcos! I mean I have never seen this before in mid January to have Dorado on our door step.

Dorado on Guanatuna II at The Marietta Islands

Sailfish, yes Sailfish are now taking bait as well and are in the Marietta Island and El Morro Area. There was even a Sailfish hook-up on Guanatuna II yesterday, but Capt. Juan and the boys lost it because nobody expected to have a hundred pound fish on light line!  The Bait  is still plentiful, so if you know what is going on,  tell me please.

At El Banco, we have been waiting for Yellowfin All summer long to turn up, disappointing summer at The Bank for sure.   Then all of a sudden El Banco lights up like a Christmas Tree with Yellowfin From 60 to 160 lbs! Now this does not happen in January at El Banco, at the Tres Maria Islands, yes but not El Banco (The Bank in English). Finding YF Tuna on the way to those islands was a blessing from the fish gods and made these Fishin Safari guys happy if for nothing else, shortening the day and coming in with Yellowfin anyway!

Rooster Fish, Capt Cesar on Magnifico on his ¨day off¨

No word on Corbeteña, but if the Bank is hitting then Corbeteña is  never far behind.

Rooster fish, Snappers to 35 lbs, Dorado, Sailfish, Pompano, and the list goes on for an 8 hour trip to the islands or the points. The Bonito, Arctic Bonito I sh ould say have gotten larger in size to anywhere from 10 lbs to 35 lbs, many times these are also referred to as Skip Jack Tuna and are great tasting just like Yellowfin Tuna….

For the guy looking for Summer fishing in January, if you hurry you have a shot at the improbable for a  short time. Si tuat ions or  conditions like this a re never long lived. If we get three days of t his sort of thing we´re lucky. It has been two days now and today so we may see this change again shortly if not already.

Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Rooster fish, it´s all out there!

For  more information you can check out my web page for the latest fishing report (www.masterbaiters.com.mx).  Wit h more fish and more options the crowded conditions at the Marietta Islands should spread them all out again. Nothing worse than having a boat cross you line as other boats try to invade your bait ball. Happens all the time and it is not cool for sure! For guys like me, I see my lures, hooks and fluorocarbon leaders wasted which cost me money because some guy is rude and does not care that I had my favorite lucky lure in this fishs mouth… This is the stuff that causes dock fights and hard feelings. So if this is you, don´t do that!

You name it, Jeff McGuire caught it..

Why is this happening, well who knows. Cold water currents from up north have done some strange moves. The Jet stream is pushing warm currents to the west coast of the Americas. Basically these currents have to be coming from Hawaii, there is no o ther explanation amigos. But nwhat ever the answer is, the fishing has improved dramatically and is well worth your  time. The days are sunny and warm, the evenings have a bit of a chill in the air for me, but visitors th ink I am nuts for wearing a jacket! I guess I have been here in PV for too many years and my blood is as thin as water.

Well that is it for now…  Take Care….


Master Baiter´s

F ish Porn, Safe for your 12 yr old… January 2012 Edition

Hello  Everyone…. Time for more Fish Porn… Some new, some old, some very old.. but great pictures none the less…..

For those of you who enjoy my weekly fishing report,  you´ll have to visit  my web page, my tech guy tells me I am spamming myself so I need to get you all to go there for the weekly report, but the day in and day out stuff will now be the focus for my blog……

Master Baiter´s Fishing Reports: http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx  ….. like my corporate page while you are at it….. in the mean time, enjoy the Porn..Hahahahahaa…..


Rooster Fish, a lucky day all around, 8 hr


Pompano, these are small and tasty, but they get much bigger......


Big Red Snappers are also at the Marietta Islands and El Morro


Roger Callard and Sammy wi th some 45 lb Rooster Fish


That ´s Me holding a Jack Crevall, body shaking, i couldn´t hold this fish for long....


More Rooster Fish... lots at El Morro if they take the bait, you too will get a picture like thisCapt.Cesar of Magnifico fishing alone... Nice Roosters


Roosters and Snappers caught with Capt. Juan on Guanatuna II our 28 ft Super Panga


All recent pictures… Enjoy your day…



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