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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | September 2009 

On the Water with Vallarta Fishing Experience Host Stan Gabruk
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September 28, 2009

Local sport fishing expert Stan Gabruk's Puerto Vallarta fishing report for September 2009
Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta is shifting into high gear, amigos, with some impressive fish coming off the boats in the Marina Vallarta. Here's your fishing report for September 2009.

Finally, it's fish city at Corbeteña and El Banco. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and yes, even Yellowfin Tuna, are biting big time. Water conditions are close to perfect, the moon phase is in full cooperation, and there's plenty of bait in the deep, blue-water locations. We've also seen more tourists, due to the incredible vacation deals to Mexico. If you're not here in Mexico, it's time you thought about coming down!

This past week, El Banco has been running hot and cold when it comes to Yellowfin Tuna; they're running in the 60-100 lbs. range. A few lucky folks have boated 200-300 lb. Yellowfin - but that's the exception to the rule. If you're looking for some serious game fish, Marlin are running 300-650 lbs - not too shabby. Sailfish and large Dorado are hitting live bait and lures alike. So there's no reason to pinch the fuel dollars now!

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Corbeteña, the other popular deep water location, is also alive with action. Cubera Snappers have been coming up in the 45-65 lb range. Sailfish are very large and getting more abundant by the day. Amberjacks and Rainbow runners have been in and out for some reason. But Yellowfin have been mostly "in." Surface trolling has been working, but down riggers are still suggested, just in case! When it comes to Yellowfin Tuna, Kites are still your best option, so don't forget it or forsake it!

El Morro and the Marietas Islands have exploded this week again with more Sailfish, smaller Dorado, Rooster fish and several other species just waiting to get to your bait! Trolling, casting and drifting are the best way to go this week. It has actually turned into a no-brainer; all you need to do is find a way out there and you'll discover what I am talking about. For those of you on a budget, 8-hr days are relatively cheap and very productive.

Those interested in bay fishing will be happy to hear that the area out near Punta Mita and a bit north are producing very nice-sized Dorado or Mahi in the 40 lb. range. Yesterday, I had a boat come in with at least four in this size range. Other species are available as well, but they're not Dorado. A six-hour day will put you onto these golden green-and-blue beauties!

Water temperatures are staying in line with normal. So far, we're seeing a late season, but a season nonetheless. Those coming to Puerto Vallarta fishing grounds will be happy to know the primary locations are still percolating with action and waiting for you to arrive. We expect these conditions to carry us into November when we have the Pez Vela Tournament. There should be plenty of fish for all of us until January, when the seasons once again change.

That's it for now - and don't forget to kiss your fish!

Stan Gabruk is the owner of Master Baiters Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. He came to Puerto Vallarta for a brief, three-week vacation and never left. You can find Stan at his Master Baiters Sportfishing shop in Marina Vallarta, located on the boardwalk down from the lighthouse next to Tikul Restaurant. for more information about fishing in Puerto Vallarta, visit or email Stan at Catchfish(at)

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