Fishing Report:

Black Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna Increase

Author: Stan Gabruk

Mid August 2020 Puerto Vallarta Fishing Report

Puerto Vallarta Mexico Tuna Fishing

                            Black Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna Increase

      Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Has Been Great!

As we move deeper into the fishing season things are much the same and that’s not bad. With perfect water temperatures, plenty of bait in the water, Black and Blue Marlin numbers increasing it’s hard to complain. With Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna and high visibility blue water, you pretty much have perfect conditions. With the Mexican National tourist gone as school breaks come to an end, the fishing grounds are wide open. The North Americans aren’t here yet and that’s a beautiful thing for the local fisherman. Having world class fishing grounds completely vacant, priceless!

Corbatena Rock August Fishing Report

Corbetena this week is much the same as last week with increasing numbers of Sailfish, Blue Marlin to 600 lbs, Black Marlin to 500 lbs and Yellowfin Tuna from 60 to 150 lbs. With Massive amounts of bait in the form of Sardines, Goggle eyes, Skipjack Tuna, Blue runners and the list goes on, you won’t have any problems making bait. Keep an eye open for jumping Marlin and birds. Short but simple description, but there you are. I’ve heard there are 75 to 150 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco. But be advised, I got word from a reader that the local authorities are checking licenses and stealing your Tuna! Just a reminder, El Banco is not a protected area and you should take pictures of anyone coming up to your boat, enough said.

Puerto Vallarta Sailfish

Seasonal Rains Make For Mahi & Sailfish In The Bay Of Banderas

We’ve been getting some seasonal rains again so we have a mature Trash line working in the Punta Mita area. Sailfish are still running between El Morro, Punta Mita and Sayulita the whole area is alive with possibilities. Rooster fish are still hitting trolled baby Bonito and Sardines. Dorado are also a mixed bag, find some debris and it could be Dorado heaven. Dorado are anywhere between 10 and 30 lbs. Sailfish and smaller Blue Marlin are anywhere from 6 to 12 miles off the point on a heading of 310. An eight hour trip is going to be a little more work so don’t expect any automatic “hits”.

Inside the bay we’re seeing some dirty water close to the shorelines as would be expected with the rains. We have several trash lines in the bay, some are better than others, but it’s best to find the more mature trash lines if possible. We’re still seeing some jack Crevalls around the river mouths. Snook love the fresh water at the river mouths and while I haven’t heard much about Snook (aka Robalo), they should be there. Rooster fish of 01 to 20 lbs off Estela Dera and off Punta Negra, both at opposite ends of the bay. Sailfish possible near La Cruz and by Los Arcos. Dorado are mostly smaller at 12 to 15 lbs so throw the babies back, but go ahead and keep one for dinner amigos. Four hours don’t exactly cut it this week with fish all over the bay and some killer whales still roaming the bay. I’d suggest six hours for now. Once again plenty of bait but there is dirty water near the shoreline, but an experienced captain knows how to deal with this simple challenge.

Sailfish at Punta Mita

With the bite still after 09:00 in the morning it doesn’t make much sense to get up too early unless you’re on an eight or ten hour fishing day. Water temperatures are still at 85 / 86 degrees and he water is a beautiful blue! No need to make bait before you arrive at Corbetena but it never hurts amigos. 

I have been writing several articles about everything under the sun or in the water of Puerto Vallarta. Below is a link that takes you to: 

  Puerto Vallarta, The Forgotten World Class Fishing Grounds  


Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

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