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
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!
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….
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