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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | November 2009 

Bills and Chills, Banderas Bay Area Fishing Continues to Improve
email this pageprint this pageemail usStan Gabruk - PVNN
November 18, 2009

Heading out on Guanatuna with Captain Torri for a four hour in the bay fishing trip resulted in the spectacular catch of this nice-sized Sailfish of 82 inches and approximately 90 lbs.
As I wrote this article, the 54th Pez Vela Torneo or 54th Sailfish Tournament in Puerto Vallarta was happening. The improved conditions came right on time and the fishing grounds were alive with action. More on the tournament later...

The Bank or El Banco in Spanish has continued to be the place to be for big fish. Marlin running in the 400 to 700 lb range have been hanging steady for the last couple of weeks. Several boats have also been successful in the area between Corbeteña and El Banco if you´re using a down rigger and trolling back and forth across the ridges just four to ten miles out from Corbeteña.

The Yellowfin Tuna have been running anywhere from 60 to 200 lbs and we're not complaining. The bait is running large as well right now, try 40 lb Bonito all over the bay. So large bait equates to larger fish or so goes the theory.

Corbeteña, the other popular location for visiting anglers has been doing very well as well. They've seen more Blue and Striped Marlin this week, Yellowfin Tuna in the running range we just mentioned. Sailfish everywhere, Dorado in the 400 lb range and a host of other fish just waiting for you to show up! Lots of entrants to the tournament were in this area, but those in the know, knew to avoid the crowds and hit their secret spots. Well worth the time, effort and fuel expense.

El Morro and the Marietas Islands are still alive with fall fishing action with Bonito, Sailfish, Dorado, Jack Crevalls, the occasional Rooster Fish is here as well. Plenty of bait in the water insures these conditions should continue for weeks to come. Those looking for a shorter day, this is the area to visit. Perfect place to go in a Super Panga.

In fact, this week we've seen Sailfish action in closer to share than I can ever remember. Off the Nuevo Vallarta Area, just three to five miles out, Sailfish in the 80 lb range, large for Sailfish, are surprising those expecting smaller game fish. So literally anything can happen out there right now and that's a good thing.

Same holds for the south end of the bay. Smaller Dorado or Mahi Mahi are abundant with Bonito, Snook at the river mouths, Snapper, Needle fish and of course the list goes on. Those looking for outstanding fishing in short time frames now will find it in spades!

With the holiday season coming upon us, we're seeing more charters heading out and more people in Marina Vallarta. The season has turned around and things are finally getting better.

That's about it for this week, until next time, 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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