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Vallarta Fishing Experience: Winter Season Fishing Explodes with Yellowfin Tuna, Rooster Fish!
email this pageprint this pageemail usStan Gabruk - PVNN
January 19, 2010

With arm killing action, David and Linsey Bullock from Austin Texas boated this beautiful example Dorado off the island of Punta Mita.
For those of you who read my articles on a regular basis, you all know my crystal ball is not working like it did before I dropped it eight years ago. But, I do know this, just when you think you've got it figured out, you're wrong!

Another thing that is automatic, whatever you report at the moment, everything will change before you get the article finished! But at this moment in space and time, Yellowfin Tuna are all over El Banco. Also there are large Dorado, Striped Marlin and even Cubera Snapper here as well.

If you've been waiting for the Yellowfin to make a showing, the time is now and they are running a hundred pounds. Perfect size for a great day on the water without too much of a battle. Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta continues strong into late January!

Capt. Manny of 'Matador' is a local Captain who is known for his ability to boat Yellowfin Tuna. For the last week now, he and his crew have been coming in with Yellowfin Tuna in the 100 lb range every day. Now you're talking a twelve hour day, but right now they'll hit anything shiny, even a bare hook! Last week, I would have bet the farm that we had seen the last of larger Yellowfin Tuna. That ¨*$%&"#/¨ crystal ball failed me again!

Not many boats heading out to Corbeteña, but there are Yellowfin Tuna there as well. Which shouldn't surprise anyone, but the water has been a little shifty there lately. Dirty at times, blue water at other times. Sailfish, Cubera Snappers around 45 lbs, the YF Tuna are anywhere from 45 to 125 lbs., it just depends. Plenty of variety in the species for sure, even the possibility of Wahoo off the jutting finger.

If you have a sounder, use it and make use of that ridge, good idea for more than just Wahoo. Plenty of bait in the waters around the rock. Large bait will bring with it large fish and the bait is large! Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Mackerels, plenty to choose from. Personally I like knowing I don't have to worry about catching bait... With the storms up north and the increase in the fish population, this may be a fleeting condition, so if you're one of those serious YF guys, then I would suggest raiding the piggy bank or sneaking off with the wife's credit card and beg for forgiveness later!

The really good news this week is closer in, at the Marietta Islands, in the bay or closer in to shore, the fishing has remained strong with the invasion of Jack Crevalls, Snapper, Sierra Mackerels, Robalos (Sea Bass), Dorado and the list goes on. For those looking for a short day with great sized fish, your quest is over. Everything is running twenty pounds or larger, so if this seems slow to you, you're jaded.

The islands, or large rocks, off of Punta Mita have been proving to be Rooster Fish heaven. I couldn't tell you what they find so attractive there, but I know where to find them and that's good enough. With the shallow water and the changing tides and currents, this area can get a little rough, maybe that's the attraction for Roosters. But whatever it is, visiting anglers have arm killing action at their finger tips!

Large Dorado are here as well, so why not hit this spot? It's worth the pesos! Again, they're hitting lures and google eyes and they're rude about it! Just remember the tides and don't get too close to the islands, they're still protected you know...

Bay action is strong as well, I can't remember when every fishing location we have in PV was firing like this.

The nice thing about the present conditions is that you don't need anything fancy. Kites, balloons, series of lures, dredges, teasers, you name it - it works! All you really need is live bait or a shiny diamond jig or shiny equivalent and they will hit it. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated and nothing too expensive. From a boat, from shore or from a rock jetty, you will catch fish and they won't be trout, amigos.

So, in a nut shell, the fishing is hot, the temperatures are mild and the dollar turns into a ton of pesos. If that isn't enough, there are deals to be had in Puerto Vallarta hotels, restaurants - and if you ask nice, I'll break you a deal as well, but only if you mention you read my article!

One last thing, remember to support our advertisers who need your business and keep this publication operational.

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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