Abundant Fish Gorging Themselves on Squid, Time to Get Creative

Abundant Fish Gorging Themselves on Squid, Time to Get Creative

Written by Stan Gabruk


I have come to learn that fishing is more than just finding monster fish and then just boating those monsters like it´s an everyday deal. That is what comes across the air waves on television programs, magazines and web sites. But in the real world it´s a daily challenge to get fish. Not find fish, we have plenty of fish, but getting fish, that can be another story. To get a fish, you first have to get that fish to be interested in what you´re offering. At times like this live bait is not going to do you much good. Presently this is the situation in our world famous fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta which means it´s time to get creative.

Blankets of one inch brown and black Squid or Calamari in Spanish have invaded the fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta.  When this happens it can be hard to get fish to turn their heads since this is their favorite food, like Godiva Chocolates to my ex-wife. So before we talk ¨fish¨ we better discuss what the plan is. There is an old saying, ¨Elephants eat peanuts too¨, so you better put some baits together that can mimic conditions. Now you can get these squid lures or ¨Hoochies¨ for next to nothing in the states, but here in Mexico they´re stupid expensive but available.  Forget live bait (run one line), make a daisy chain or two and troll slowly. Have live bait on hand for sure because things change and you don´t want to be left unprepared.

Now the other condition worth note is the ´clean¨ Green Water we´ve been plagued by for the last three weeks. Fish will take baits in this condition but fish will only come into these conditions if there is plentiful bait.  So there you are.

The ever more popular Tres Maria Islands this week had a few days where those going the distance came in lacking of fish of any real size.  Still 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna are better than a sharp stick in the eye. For the guy who can´t wait until August, this may be what the doctor ordered. I would wait a few days before booking a trip to the Islands waiting for news of improvement.

El Banco and Corbeteña have seen Dorado in the 40 lb range last week. Blue water is moving into these areas and with a little luck there will be greater numbers of Sailfish soon. Amber Jacks, Dog Tooth Pargo, Rainbow Runners and more. You´ll have to make the call if you want to spend your fuel dollar for these species.

The Marietta Islands is still the place to be if you want fish. Rooster Fish, Snappers both up to 40 lbs still if fair numbers. Bonito, Jack Cravalls, Amber Jacks and a host of others are all here. Amber Jacks will take live bait as will the Bonito and Jack Cravalls.  Clear Green waters are here as well, with any improvement in conditions this area will explode.  

Punta Mita and Sayulita have had some favorable reports of Dorado and Rooster fish taking baits. Going against the ¨grain¨ so to speak the water around this area seems to be a little cleaner at times than inside the bay.  Striped Marlin were ten miles off the point and farther north there is a shot of Sailfish near San Pancho and points north. For Sailfish make plans for a ten hour day.

Inside the bay things could be better but there are still small fish to be had around structure. Snappers, Grouper, and assorted bottom fish are great for the younglings and are affordable. Jack Cravalls and Bonito are always around for those looking for some stiffer action.

Master Baiter´s is back and up running again in our new Marina Vallarta Location directly in front of the public phone at Dock D. We´re in store front area between Los Palomas Restaurant and Chappy´s Bar next to Charlies Fishing.  So once again reports of my death have once more exceeded reality!

That´s about it for now from PV… Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is located in Marina Vallarta on the Boardwalk in front of Dock D. Facing the water turn to your right and we´re down four doors or so from Las Palomas the Restaurant. Come by and say hello!  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 at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.



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