Mixed up Season, Warm Water, Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado!
Written by: Stan Gabruk
Wow, if you think you have a clue about what the fishing is going to be like today, tomorrow or next week you´re a crystal ball is better than mine! Last week I though the fishing had finally turned into winter conditions, yet here we are with Sailfish off El Morro and the Marietta Islands, Sailfish! They never left! Water temperatures are still running in the mid 70´s, with plenty of bait the mixed summer and winter species living and eating in the same area are likely to hang for a while. Strange, yes.. But if you´re out there fishing in this mixed up season, you`re catching fish you shouldn´t be seeing!
An example of this is the Rooster fish, not unusual for this time of the year, but they are very large, they´re in charge and you can boat one at will in the 40 to 60 lb range. Many have been boated in the ranges above sixty pounds, by the time you read this things can change so check things before heading out. Now this is around the Marietta Islands and El Morro. Which is best (?), who knows, they´re close enough to each other to check this out yourself, that is if you have a boat and crew who will use fuel and no just sit in one place. While there, you´ll also find Pompano to 35 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna in the 30 lb range, Snappers to 35lbs, Jack Crevalls everywhere in varying sizes with 25lbs being the smallest right now. Plenty of action for sure and an eight hour day at the islands is well worth breaking the piggy bank!
About ten miles off the Marietta and El Morro Islands there are Striped Marlin and Sailfish stretching out to Corbeteña and the point off Punta Mita. It´s amazing, it´s unusual and it´s time to take advantage of these unusual conditions to the fullest. Those visiting the area will be glad to find action at affordable prices on super pangas, call us we´ll fix you up.
Corbeteña is once again alive with action for those with the courage to take a chance and catch nothing. Which is almost impossible, but your fallback position is always the Marietta Islands. So your worst case scenario may have to be a Striped Marlin or a Sailfish in the 70 to 85 lb range, not small for Sailfish. The Striped Marlin are still off the rock as well, but Yellowfin Tuna are running in the same areas and a YF tuna in the 60 to 80 lb range is getting the local boat owners on the water, maybe you should be also! Add to the list Cubera Snappers in the 60 lb range, Dorado to 35 lbs, mostly in the 25 lb range for now. Amber Jacks, Rainbow runners and the occasional Wahoo round out the package. So get your butt out there before things get ¨winterish¨.
El Banco and the area to the west, yes I said west, is alive with all sorts of Yellowfin Tuna action with 60 lb YF Tuna burning your arms out so pace yourself. Catch them at will, but you´ll need to plan for a 12 hour day. Seems like this time of the year not many want to hit the Rock, not because of the fishing, but because they don´t want a twelve hour straight fishing trip. Not recommended for sea sick types, swells are rolling and the chop in the afternoon is guaranteed sea sick city for the squeamish. Those with normal sea legs will be fine, sensitive types find a patch! Striped Marlin in towards shore a little. Much the same players as Corbeteña (the Rock), so if you´re heading out to the Tres Maria islands, you´ll find Tuna before the islands for the less adventurous.
The bay is still full of Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Rooster fish off the Nuevo Vallarta shoreline. So if you have a surf casting pole, take a few poppers and diamond jigs along. You may find 40lb Rooster fish giving your bait ¨what for¨!
With plenty of Squid, Sardines, krill squid and shrimps you may find it difficult to turn their heads, so be patient, be equipped and have plenty of bait. Those who scrimp on bait find they go home early when they could have kept reeling…. With March here, we won´t be seeing water temperatures dip much lower, but then again who knows. But if this goes the way I am thinking we´ll have Dorado and Sailfish from this point forward. So keep up with the latest reports and don´t be afraid to fire me an email about what the up to the minute conditions and species are. As far as the bite, mid morning around 7 to 8 is a good time to arrive at your selected spots amigo…
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Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
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