Puerto Vallarta Fishing Report September 01, 2018

El Banco and Corbetena Explode, Marlin, Tuna Sails, Dorado, Pick Your Fish Time Again!

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

This week we’ve seen an explosion of species at both Corbetena and El Banco. The two locations have come to life with Yellowfin Tuna from 120 to 160 lbs with larger possible. Black and Blue Marlin at both locations are from 400 to 600 lbs, with Striped Marlin (aka Stripers) at just under 200 lbs. Stripers are normally a cooler water species so this is a little unusual. But where there’s bait, there will be fish.

Sport Fishing Report september 1, 2018
Sport Fishing Report september 1, 2018

Dorado are also springing up in the 25 to 35 lb range around the high spots and again at the Rock. With plenty of Skip jack Tuna aka “Skippies” there is no shortage of bait and the locals are taking live bait very well. Goggle eyes being the primary bait in mass right now. Sardines are thinning out. The high visibility blue water is almost purple. One boat the other day boated eight Dorado on the high spots. Bottom guys jigging will find Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs as well. The area between these two world class locations is full of possibilities as well. It’s that time of the year where we could see some world record sized fish

El Morro to Punta Mita is sprinkled with Sailfish. El Morro to Corbetena is a better direction to head out for Sailfish for about six miles. With some light Roosterfish activity in the area, the rocks at El Morro are always a great place to take advantage of upwellings, especially in rainy season. Punta Mita around the buoys or any debris or floating stumps etc. will produce nice sized Dorado. Sailfish in the Sayulita area or north, so it seems even this area is improving. A few miles off the PM point on a 300 setting could also run into Blue and Black Marlin. A few Sailfish have been boated off Sayulita


Inside the bay, Football Yellowfin Tuna from 10 to 35 lbs have been hanging out in front of Yelapa. Dorado 10 lbs and Sailfish are hanging in the area of Los Arcos but it’s not automatic. Bonito all over the bay to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls in good numbers. Snook or Robalo in the 20 to 35 lb range close to the shorelines where the rivers pour fresh water into the bay which they love. Over near La Cruz Sailfish are showing up strangely as are more Jack Crevalls. Down near the south point, Cabo Corrientes area with sandy beaches there has been Roosterfish in the 30 to 60 lb range!! With Sardines moving out of the bay for the moment this is surprising to me, but hey, we’ll take it!

The bite is across the whole day lately with all the cloud cover. I’ve seen the bit in the afternoon around 4 p.m.…. Morning bite is a moving target, you can never get hurt being early for the bite. When it comes to baits, live bait is king. Goggle Eyes, Skippies and Flying fish at Punta Mita and around the bay mouth. Lures to run are once again Petroleros, Iguanas and maybe a diamond jig for possible wahoo in the area… Water temperatures have been at a steady 84 to 87 degree depending on currents, but with high visibility blue water away from the shoreline’s your chances to boat a bucket list fish has never been better.

Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!

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