Yellowfin Picky, Marlin Hang, Bay Fishing Explodes!

                               Yellowfin Picky, Marlin Hang, Bay Fishing Explodes!

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

12 17 2014 James Thompson, Magnifico, 10 hrs 02 400 pxls

What was so promising last week at Corbeteña and El Banco tuned into a disappointment factory the last few days. With perfect conditions, perfect blue water, perfect water temperatures and plenty of bait you´d think Moby Dick would be in the area, and he is! But Moby Dick isn´t very interested in your bait or lures and this will make you crazy. The same can be said for Marlin and Sailfish as well. I´d have an easier time reading my ex-wife’s mind than figuring out these fish, but looking around the ¨area¨ there are indicators of why things have cooled off. As I suspected, when we get weird situations where we have plenty of Yellowfin tuna, yet they´re ignoring whatever you put in front of them, then something is up. It turns out the famous red crabs are back and the YF Tuna are just chowing down on these crispy critters and that explains it all.

El Banco has gone from hot to luke warm in a heartbeat.  We had a couple of weeks of great action, but with the arrival of Tunas favorite bait in the form of these red crabs, you have no shot getting their attention amigo. These crabs will float with the tides and currents using little air bladders in their systems that help them float and sink at well. They float until they decide to release the bladder air and sink to eat or just rest on the sea floor bottom. Yellowfin tuna don´t care if they´re floating or on the sea floor, they´ll take a free meal where ever they can find one. To keep things brief, YF Tuna are stuffed with these crabs and until they move out we´re going to have to deal with this condition. Marlin has been ignoring baits here for about a week now. Dorado have moved out, for now you´ll do better closer in.

12 09 2014 Steve Horton  8 Hrs 600 PXLsCorbeteña, well they´re pretty much the same, but at least at Corbeteña there are some Marlin taking baits, Some Sailfish to be had and like El Banco the Dorado have moved out. Out of ten boats at Corbeteña yesterday (figuratively) one boat got one Black Marlin. Cubera Snappers are taking baits that are jigged, but if you´re trolling at either of these locations you could get lucky, somebody will, but for the next ten minutes or so you´d be better closer in. Still Black Marlin in excess of 300 lbs is average, same goes for Blue Marlin. We´re seeing Striped Marlin coming in now, another indicator species of dropping water currents as they come down from Cabo. Cubera Snappers are on tap for the jiggers or bottom fishing types. If you´re in the area, give it a shot.

The Channel between the Marietta Islands and the point off Punta Mita is alive with Dorado and some, make that some Sailfish. Dorado are anywhere from half a mile to about two miles off  Punta Mita and they´re in the 35 lb range and consistent. Around Anclote there are some Rooster fish as Sardines are moving in, so we could see Rooster fish populations explode, stay tuned. At the Marietta islands we´re seeing some nice sized Snappers between 15 to 25 lbs. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Jack Crevalls and the list goes on. All and all, for the same species, in the bay is better.

IMG_20141202_124512340_HDRSpeaking of the bay, for the moment it´s on fire! There are larger Dorado at 35 to 40 lbs in the bay than there are at Corbeteña and El Banco! Jack Crevalls at 25 to 40 lbs all over Nuevo Vallarta by the billions. Skip Jack Tuna abundant, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals to 25 lbs and even Sailfish are chasing bait into the bay, even with dropping water temperatures these warm water species are hanging out with the abundant bait. For those looking for a short day, plenty of action and an affordable day on the water, then the bay is perfect and in fact inside the bay for the moment is better than the more expensive trips to Corbeteña and El Banco. It´s not the norm, but for those in PV right now, why not take advantage of the bay. Whales are abundant also, so who knows, it could all turn into an unexpected treat to fish and whale watch at the same time. One down side about the Whales, fish are normally no were to be found around them when they´re lounging in the bay, they think they´ll be lunch so you can´t exactly blame those fish! So be a little patient, you´ll be glad you were.

Conditions and the Bite: Water temps are still around 80 degrees  (78 degrees in the bay) at the deep water locations and the Marietta Islands. Bait is plentiful, especially around Punta Mita. Bullet Bonito, Flying fish, Google eyes, you name it, even Sardines are moving into the area. For most of us when we see these sorts of conditions, we just know there´s a fish ¨just about to strike¨ and then they don´t.  With perfectly clean and clear blue water, it´s a fish paradise out there right now, we just need them to rediscover us which should be pretty darn quick (PDQ). The bite is happening right now about 11:00 a.m., make sure you check with me since this time can change, but you definitely don´t need to be an early bird for the time being. Live bait is still king, but lures running red color could be surprisingly strong. Bullet Bonito baits if you make bait are your best choice, every fish love Bullets!

20141027_122726Since you´re still reading, if planning a future fishing trip to Puerto Vallarta and You want to  target our summer fish, then you´ll need to get here quick. Marlin, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna will be moving out of the area about the second week of January, just after New Years. This is normal and is a general prediction based on years of experience and paying attention to seasonal changes. Right now we´re still in warm water but with currents changing as they do at this time of the year, the clock is ticking. We´re coming in off the back end of an El Nino and things could be a little interesting, if not strange in the coming weeks as the currents get their act back together and become the predictable creature we hope to have.

For those of you who know Marina Vallarta, the fiasco continues and the Marina Policies of charging between seventy and forty pesos per person to load / unload a boat is still in force. In case you don´t know, those fishing from Marina Vallarta are being forced to pay this fee even though the boats paying slip fees and / or own the slips have no recourse, period. It´s B.S., but there you are. If this is part of your fishing trip or day from Marina Vallarta, remember to keep the receipt they give you, which surprises me to no end they give a receipt, anyway, keep the receipt in case they try to tell you that you did not pay because you don’t have a receipt and they charge you again! It´s their compensation program to pay the employees of the Marina. FYI, keep this in mind. The Marina has many issues for sure with the new management company, but this is the one you´d be burdened with. This goes for tour boats out of Marina Vallarta as well. So now you know….

I hate to say it, but the cost of fuel in Mexico is still going up by a peso a liter, per month. This equates to an average of thirty dollars a month increase in the cost of operation for an eight hour fishing trip. Naturally the fishing community doesn´t want to increase prices on fishing since it´s already expensive and always has been. But the laws of nature and business cannot be ignored so you as a fisherman, actually a customer for any product is going up at a steady pace. Mexico has decided to build their own refineries to process the countries abundant crude oil. Right now they ship all their oil to Galveston, Texas to be refined, it´s shipped back and it´s expensive. Mexico stopped subsidizing fuel and with the new policies it doesn´t matter what the cost of oil is, it won´t stop increasing in price at the pump here in Mexico for some time to come. Naturally fuel cost drive everything up, especially fuel necessary excursions like fishing and Whale Watching to name a few. So keep this in mind for the near future, it´s a condition that will continue until further notice.

Here in Mexico we have a Consumer Protection Agency called Profeco. It´s their job to make sure you get what you paid for. They are also a govt. organization that acts as your attorney if you have been ripped off or don´t think you got what you paid for on products, services and TOURS. Have an issue or Timeshare complaints or Timeshare Pirates ripping you off, this is where you go. You can reach Profeco here at the local number: 225-0000 / 225-0018 There are English speaking people there. Regalementos are the business police and they are the people you want to call if you´ve been ripped off by seedy types you trusted. Regalementos (business police): 226-8080  . . . If for some reason you feel you´ve been ripped off or treated unfairly or got hit with a bait and switch scenario, call these fine folks and let them know what your situation is before confronting the person, if you can find them, at the location. Meet the Regalementos at the site, don’t warn them, and file charges there. You have consumer rights, the visa insures you the right not to be ripped off so don´t be afraid to call the authorities. Most companies and people in Puerto Vallarta are wonderful people, but the small percentage that lives off tourist can´t be avoided. The problem is you don´t know they´re shady until you have reason to believe so. Enough said…  this is meant as a public service message, it makes me sick to see tourist in these situations!

As always should you have any questions about Puerto Vallarta, Fishing, or anything in general pleas feel free to ask, I field many questions during the week and we´re here to support!

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

200 lb Plus Monster Yellowfin Tuna Own El Banco!

                   200 lb Plus Monster Yellowfin Tuna Own El Banco!

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

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Yellowfin Tuna Series At The Gaff

You know it´s funny, we wait for this short period of time between the beginning of November to the end of December when our world class fishing grounds go into high gear. For now El Banco is sporting Monster Yellowfin tuna well over 200 lbs to close to 300 lbs and possibly even larger. Marlin and Dorado at Corbeteña, Sailfish at the Marietta Islands and the point off Punta Mita. To say this is the time of year to be in Puerto Vallarta looking to boat a bucket list fish would be an understatement.  This level of fishing is hard to find anywhere in the world. To find it here and now in PV is just your good luck. The only question is: Will you take advantage of this perfect opportunity? Life and time wait for no man, maybe you should stop delaying your life and put some ¨living in your life¨. After all, isn´t that what a vacation is all about? If you live in PV, then it´s definitely time you got on the water and experience at least one time in your life the thrill of World Class Sportfishing!

11 18 2014 10 hrs Corbeteña Sailfish Magnifico 01The buzz this week has all been about how El Banco has come to life, after years of waiting for the ¨dead¨ to rise again from the grave, this week it happened. With abundant bait in the area, load your tuna tubes up, set some lines and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Heading six to seven miles north to northwest from the high spots will put you on 200 to 250 lb or larger Yellowfin Tuna. They´re hitting live bait, Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna) and making bait in the area is not hard. Trolling is working fine, but kites are always a plus and will insure a full fish box (it better be a big one). You also have Black Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado in the area. But to be up front, it´s mostly Tuna City out there so you’ve been informed, now make a decision amigo.

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200 lb Yellowfin Tuna with Ken Suytula y Rob Bryant, long term
cusotmers. . .

You would think that with El Banco full of YF Tuna that Corbeteña would be following … but this week the Rock has been slow at best. Yes there are fish to be had, but it seems it was a lot of work to get a strike from a Marlin or any other fish for that matter. Hopefully this is over with Striped Marlin and larger Dorado moving in the area. Sailfish in the mid to large ranges or 80 to 100 lbs, Black Marlin are small running in the 250 to 425 lb range. Blue Marlin are naturally smaller, but they`re running smaller than we like or anywhere from 150 lbs to 350 lbs. Dorado are looking good anywhere from 35 to 60 lbs and picking up in numbers. Wahoo in the 50 lb range if you´re lucky enough to hook one in the corner of their mouth. Cubera Snappers are still for the bottom fishing guys but they´re in the 50 to 65 lb range so don´t be afraid to do some ¨jigging¨ for the dinner table. Corbeteña is a happening area and will continue to be so for the next eight weeks or so. Marlin and Sailfish don´t appease a hunger for Yellowfin Tuna. In the next week or so we should see YF Tuna filter over from El Banco, I think, I´ve been wrong before, just ask my ex-wife!

11 16 2014 Tyler Mathewson 11 yrs 03, Coco Loco super panga 400 pxlsThe Marietta Islands are finally showing signs of life with Sailfish moving in, Dorado in the 35 lb range and up. Maybe a Rooster fish, but don’t hold your breath. Naturally there are plenty of Bonito, Skip jack Tuna and who knows Moby Dick may be just a few miles off the islands. If you´re in the area of Punta Mita, you can troll between the point and the Islands to maximize your chances. The Point of Punta Mita has produced nicely for the entire summer and now is no different. Sailfish, Dorado and a little farther out you have a shot at Stripers or Striped Marlin in normal language. Eight hour trips will not disappoint so get out there already!

The bay is just perfect. For the guy (or gal) looking for a short day and lots of action on smaller fish, maybe not that small, then the bay is for you. Smaller Dorado to 35 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Skip jacks in there same size range, Jack Crevalls, Sailfish in the north part of the bay and Football Tuna around Yelapa. Yep, you´ve got options and all of them end up with you catching fish.

As far as conditions go, the water is perfect but we´re seeing water temperatures fluctuations between deep water, mid distance and in the bay. For the most part water temps are in the 81 to 84 range, we will start seeing Striped Marlin as water temps will srtart to dip in a few weeks. Live bait is king this week and there´s plenty of it. Flying fish all around the bay are always a welcome sight. Most of them are in the six inch size range, Google Eyes, Skip Jack Tuna and Bonito. Blue water, smooth seas, temperate climate, it all adds up to supreior and comforatble conditions for the heat sensitive types.

11 14 2014 Tyler Mathewson and sister , Coco Loco super panga 450 pxls
Tyler & Madison Mathewson on the beach with their catch

There you go, fishing in paradise doesn´t get much better, that is unless the fish jump in your boat, but if that fish has a ¨bill¨ on its face, duck!

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.  Articles written by Stan Gabruk for the Master Baiter’s ® brand is the intellectual property of Stan Gabruk.  Any unauthorized use of these articles without authorization will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.  I´m sorry I have to put that in the newsletter…..

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                             Monster Yellowfin Tuna Take Over El Banco!

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

SONY DSCWelcome back to yet another great week of fishing here in our world class fishing grounds of Banderas Bay. We are smack in the middle of the best time of the year to realize a bucket list fantasy fishing trip. That´s right folks, we have Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Dorado, just pick a species, set a heading, anything is possible including the shot at a possible world record fish! As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday season we know we´re going to see thousands of first time visitors to PV catch their first Billfish, I see no reason why this can´t be you!

It´s the time of the year I love putting together ¨cookie cutter¨ fishing reports because the fishing will only get better until the end of the year. October, November and December are the best fishing months of the year as the weather turns from intense to comfortable. Water temperatures are staying in the perfect range of 84 degrees of blue, clear inviting water. If you´re a fish you´re more comfortable than my ex-wife with a new credit card at Nordstroms! While these fish may not be charging credit cards, they are charging baits.

11 18 2014 10 hrs Corbeteña Sailfish Magnifico
Sailfish at Corbeteña

Corbeteña this week continued to fire on all cylinders with Blue Marlin and sizeable Dorado along with Sailfish being almost ¨On Tap¨. Most of the Marlin I´ve seen this week were under 600 lbs. Not a small fish by any measure, it seems smaller Marlin are in the area, but there are some Moby Dick Sized Marlin out there, my crystal ball tells me so! Dorado in the 35 to 50 lb range. Sailfish are not exactly tournament winners, getting a little small, but they´re taking baits and we´re enjoying the fight. Please remember to release Billfish, keep what the regulations allow, but any more is abuse of Mother Nature. Cubera Snappers always there for the bottom fishing guys, Rainbow runners in the 45 lb range and a chance at Wahoo! For the moment, unless you´re looking for large Yellowfin Tuna, Corbeteña is the place to be.

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Monster Yellowfin tuna at El Banco, it´s been five years since we´ve seen El Banco with ¨Cows¨. All are running over 200 lbs Right Now!

Now if you´re a Yellowfin Tuna Monster Fanatic, which seem to be fewer by the day, El Banco is the where you want to be. Hovering around the high spots is the place to be as in the ¨good old days¨. Black and Blue Marlin are hanging out here as well as some big Dorado in the 50 lb range. Don´t forget the Sailfish, they´re in the area. Here´s the deal, the numbers are not as plentiful as Corbeteña, but when El Banco has fish, they´re always bigger at the bank! It´s a decision and an expense, but taking a shot at trophy sized gamefish can come up empty handed. Oh well, you can always hit Corbeteña on the flip side! Oh, I forgot to mention Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco are anywhere from 120 lbs to over 300 lbs with 200 lbs on the average, just depends on what you come across. Plenty of bait all around the area in the form of Goggle eyes, bonito, and we still have flying fish exciting the local fish population.

 

The Marietta Islands are showing signs of live with smaller Dorado, a stray Rooster fish or two, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls and some other smaller fish to choose from. Sailfish are just south and to the north at either El Morro Island or the point off Punta Mita. Same story, different week, things should get more active soon.

Bay fishing is working well at Yelapa where we´re seeing a steady supply of fun sized tuna in the 25 to 50 lb range makes me feel lucky. Sailfish are incredibly still in the bay around la Cruz, Dorado to 30 lbs and Sailfish with an attitude around La Cruz Marina area. Jack Crevalls are in the bay and they´re great action for young and kinda young alike. Bonito, Needle fish, and small Snapper around the structure makes a four to six hour fishing trip well worth its weight in lures. You may even find a stray Rooster Fish, so by any measure the bay fishing is outstanding.

The bite is a comfortable time of the day right now, so sleep in a bit. Just make sure you´re where you want to be around 9 a.m. to early afternoon, same as last week. With blue water we´re seeing live bait work well, but if you do run a lure then start with a purple or pink option, maybe mixed. There were some days last week where Dorado were only hitting lures, so don´t be afraid to mix things up and try something different! Water temps at a perfect 84 degrees and blue, smooth seas makes fishing comfortable for even the least experienced. Whales are coming in the bay strongly and it won´t be long before they´re a fishing hazard, but we love the Whales and no matter how many times you`ve seen on, they never stop impressing. Yes folks, I live in paradise and these are but a few of the reasons I will never leave Vallarta. I know I am not alone and in the end, it´s all about the life you live and not the life you worked through with no free time or adventure with your loved ones. So get out and do some living, take some pictures and then send them to a family member who needs some living in his life…..

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Luis pictured here is an experienced mariner and he did everything correctly. It just shows that even the alert can get hurt. Sliced like butter by a Marlin ¨Bill¨ it required 65 stitches to close him up.

To change gears, many of you who have been reading my scribblings will remember how I like to remind people that fishing can be very dangerous and yearly there are many, many reports of people getting speared by Marlin and Sailfish. We need to remember these fish are just stressed out to begin with, it´s their nature.  When a several hundred pound fish with a sword attached to its face that is about to be boated is the most dangerous time. When you see video of some guy with Kevlar gloves being tossed around by a fish in the water you have to be careful and even being careful isn´t good enough to stop a serious and life threatening accident. This is why it´s so important that everyone in the cockpit works as a team. This means keeping the line tight, no slack as the fish comes onboard. Stay out of the way as much as possible as  a flailing bill can slice you like butter. Below is an example of how Luis of Yolaray, a seasoned professional got sliced with a Marlin Bill like he was made of butter.

11 16 2014 Luis of Yolaray Marlin Sliced 02 close up descriptive text onlyWhat happened here is as Luis was getting to the point where you can grab the bill with both hands, the fish whipped his tail and shot out of the water like a Marlin missile.  Luis was lucky he was on the side of the bill and not in front of the bill at the time. This knowledge comes from experience and even then he slipped up, but only slightly. The slice you see in his chest took 65 stitches and it was bleeding like Niagra Falls! Had Luis been just a little bit side-ways, he would have had a punctured lung or worse.

You also have to be careful with other fish as well, not just the Billfish. I remember not so long ago we had a client that boated a huge Dorado, close to 65 lbs.  He had his friend get in position with a camera as he stepped over this huge Dorado, squatted down for a closer picture and as he got to the bottom of the squat, the Dorado tail wapped this poor guy in the family jewels and I swear this guy turned purple!

So the moral of the story is to be alert, think before acting and remember these fish are looking at the end of their life to become your own personal ¨blue plate special¨.  Even smaller fish can present problems with hooks through hands and fingers ,  getting spiked by a gaff with a flailing fish attached, slipping and falling on lures or hooks or even secured gaffs. I´ve seen it all and it happens when you think you´ve got it all figured out, then you learn you don´t.  The bottom line here is if your boat is cheap and uninsured, it could be the most expensive boat you ever chartered! So Be safe people….

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.  Articles written by Stan Gabruk for the Master Baiter’s ® brand is the intellectual property of Stan Gabruk.  Any unauthorized use of these articles without authorization will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.  I´m sorry I have to put that in the newsletter…..

Finally, Large Yellowfin Tuna Return to El Banco

                        Finally, Large Yellowfin Tuna Return to El Banco

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

11 07 2014 Yellowfin Cow at Gaff 450 pxls
Yellowfin Tuna at the Gaff…. Monster City at El Banco

I have deliberately not talked much about El Nino conditions as they existed this year because it can be depressing to a guy like me. A regular occurrence every three to seven years, El Nino sends warm currents farther out to sea than normal. This means our local fishing grounds can´t enjoy the benefits of migrating Dorado or Yellowfin tuna in our area. Fishing reports from San Diego and even Catalina have been full of Dorado photos as well as Yellowfin Tuna who thrive in warmer water temps. Just looking at those reports got under my skin with no relief as there is little you can do about Mother Nature and her ways. But it looks like El Nino is pulling back, the water temperatures up north have began cooling down and we´re seeing our normal Summer Species return to the local Fishing Grounds. This week we´ve seen Large Yellowfin Tuna return running anywhere between 125 to 200 lbs at El Banco. For the moment YF Tuna at Corbeteña is not happening, but anything can change in a heartbeat and usually does. For those looking to boat a trophy sized Yellowfin Tuna, now is your chance.

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Finally Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco with MasterBaiter´s Capt Oscar

After another week that witnessed yet another Hurricane pass PV, we´re seeing larger Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna return to the Bay of Banderas. They may be late in the season, but they´re here and we´re glad for that. Since we´re talking about El Banco, the Tuna turned up a few days ago unannounced. For the moment there is no need to head to the Tres Maria Islands and poach the islands when you can find the same fish, maybe a smidge smaller at El Banco. That’s the good news, but other than the occasional Marlin or Sailfish, Yellowfin is the primary player around the high spots. Dorado are just now starting to move in so it´s hard to tell the size ranges, but the ones boated there recently have all been in the 30 to 40 lb range. If you´re targeting Larger Yellowfin, the only place to find them for the moment is El Banco. Locals Speculate there has been no real visitors to El Banco and that the lack of fishing boats in the area could be one reason Yellowfin are there now. Who knows, we´re just plickeled Tink they´re back!

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Sailfish around El Morro, Punta Mita Point and the Marietta Islands, 8 hr days make these fish close in and available!

Since Corbeteña is only twenty five miles to the south, you´d think Yellowfin Tuna would here as well, but you´d be like me, wrong! Now I’m not saying YF Tuna are not on the way there right now, I´m just saying yesterday they weren´t there to be found, but tomorrow is another day amigo. Still if the draw of Black and Blue Marlin gets your heart pounding then you´re in luck. If you´re targeting Marlin then Corbeteña has been good for about three to five being boated per day, which is great since we´re only seeing about that many boats a day around our world famous Corbeteña. Dorado to 50 lbs possible, but the average is still between 35 and 40 lbs. Large and hungry Sailfish, Cubera Snappers for the bottom fishing guys, but don´t be surprised if they take trolled bait. Rainbow runners, a shot a Wahoo and smaller Yellowfin in the 50 lb range, but I expect this to change in quick order. Perfect conditions with blue water, plenty of bait and smooth seas makes Corbeteña a primary choice that will only get better by the day.

El Morro and the Marietta Islands are showing more signs of life. Sailfish are moving back in, Dorado are available in the 25 lb range, Rooster fish have made an appearance around El Morro and the Marietta Islands, but don´t hold your breath. Skip Jack tuna in the 30 lb range, Needle fish and maybe some smaller Dorado if lucky. Compared to the Point of Punta Mita where Sailfish and Dorado have been all but automatic, you´ll have to make a morning decision as both are toss ups when determining which is preferable.

The bay is great, Skip Jack Tuna are abundant as are Bonito. If around the Yelapa area for some reason there are football sized Tuna to 50 lbs. Jack Crevalls, small Dorado to 25 lbs and Sailfish around La Cruz round off the bay fishing experience. There are tons of fish in the bay now, there is no reason to avoid the bay on short trips now. Looking for some fun, short day and plenty of fish to choose from, take a panga for six hours, you´ll be glad you did!

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Dorado and YF Tuna, great tasting, fun to catch and available to those lucky enough to be in PV Now!

The water is blue, water temps are perfect for every species we hope for and the abundant bait in the form of Flying fish, Goggle Eyes, Bullet bonito and more insure your fishing day. Make sure you´re carrying lures on your boat of rainbow colors because Dorado are preferring lures of yellow, Pink or combination of rainbow colors to live bait for some reason. Marlin on the other hand are only hitting Skip jack Tuna or Bonito baits, commonly grouped together as ¨chorras¨ are the only live bait working for them. Naturally running at least one lure is always a good idea so give it a shot. The bite should be happening in the early morning hours, but the cloud cover blocking the moon light has messed with bite so for a few days the bite was happening around 11:00 a.m. Now it looks like the bite is stretching from 9 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. Wide open times I know, but if you use this info it can maximize your fishing experience and help to make sure you´re at the fishing grounds at the right time. Hope this helps.

Since this is the newsletter version of my weekly fishing report that is published in the local papers and web sites I can expand a little on what I expect to happen in the next several weeks. As mentioned in the beginning of this article, El Nino years where our warm water currents by-pass PV and head directly to Southern California and all points north brought with it our Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado. As a result our Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna fishing, excluding the fisheries the poachers call home, are finally returning to our ¨neighborhood¨. From this point forward we should have larger Yellowfin Tuna in the area until the end of the year. Corbeteña should start firing sometime this week, but fish are literally a moving target, so anything is positive, remember the pendulum swings both ways, but I am optimistic the best of our fishing season is in front of us. So if you´ve been waiting for YF Tuna, then your wait is over so reserve now for the holidays or you could find the best boats are booked. With all the Cabo traffic for fishing coming to PV we´re finding demand high and supply short. So when you know you`re coming down, contact your favorite fishing company and lock in a date or you may have trouble when you get here… just a little FYI.

04 30 2008 Steve Horton Mi Jenny 8 Hrs 014
Dorado and Skip Jack Tuna Footballs in the bay, short days are productive right now so don´t ignore the bay, do what the locals do!
11 07 2014 Animal House  Cow Country
Large Yellowfin Tuna waiting for you to Arrive…

My utility man Jaime was walking around Marina Vallarta in the early morning last Sunday Morning about 8:00a.m. And noticed this family of 5, pale as ghost looking confused. Jaime being the friendly type brought them a copy of the PVMirror and asked if he could be of any assistance. It´s the sort of thing tactic the timeshare pirates use, so you´re mostly assured folks like this will believe the same and bolt. Never the less, Jaime asked and was greeted with a pleasant response. The folks ASKED if we knew anything about fishing and we of course said yes. At that point they started firing questions like a machine gun about what I would consider the most basic of questions. It reminded me of how few people in the world actually have an understanding of World class Sportfishing. And once again I am reminded that everyday folks are P.V.´s ¨Bread and Butter¨. These trusting people in Mexico, for the first time I might add to timeshare pirates are fresh meat. I constantly warn people to make sure they understand and know exactly what they´re purchasing. If for some reason the product is not what you were led to believe or worse, the product was never delivered, you have a legal defense as a tourist and resident alike. Profeco (Pro-fek.O) 225-0000 or 225-0018. The first people you should call are the ¨business police¨ or Regalementos at 226-8080. You also have the Tourism Protection folks at 223-2500 Ext. 230 and 232. I suggest you have a person who speaks Spanish help with the phone call so there is no misunderstandings with the language barrier. If you are abused by some timeshare pirate or other person don´t be afraid of the police coming. The perception or belief North Americans have about the police in PV is skewed. They are here to help and tourism in PV is very important to us all. In the fishing industry types like this will deter folks from going out on a boat which of course hurts all the water tourism or tour companies. Now you are armed with information that will protect you from the tourism abusers. . . Use it well!

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

                                Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

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

11 01 2014  Bill y Wendy No 4 , Magnifico, Group FishWe all know that predicting what will happen in the world or Sportfishing is almost impossible. Now we can tell you what happened yesterday and what we ¨think¨ will happen tomorrow, but in the end we´re just throwing out a best guess when targeting gamefish. The only thing that balances out fishing predictions is if it happened ¨there¨ yesterday, it could still be happening ¨there¨ today. Of course you´re always disappointed when you visit yesterdays spot and your targeted fantasy fish is nowhere to be found. What is exciting is when you catch a species that you didn´t expect and right now that´s Yellowfin Tuna. That´s right, I used the ¨YF¨word, but it´s far from automatic amigos, but the chance is there!

11 01 2014 Hewett and Reiner party sintextAnyone who knows fishing in PV knows that if you want big, world class fishing, you have to be at either Corbeteña or El Banco (or anywhere in between), both are our famous deep water, deep sea star fishing grounds. Especially at this time of the year when anything impossible can become possible as screaming reels announce ¨Fish On¨. As mentioned earlier El Banco has shown ¨some¨ signs of life in the form of Yellowfin tuna in the 100 to 150 lb range. So you have a chance, how much of a chance you may ask? Well if you`re in the area the chances improve. Black and Blue Marlin, mostly Blue Marlin are also around the area running anywhere from 350 lbs to over 800, just depends on your luck. And for the present Dorado in the 35 lb range are moving into the area as well. With Rainbow runners, Cubera Snappers and Sailfish, there isn´t many species you don´t have a shot at right now! Oh, if targeting Yellowfin, make sure you´re using a kite, keep that between us!

11 01 2014 Yellowfin Tuna 60lbs off El Banco Corbeteña is about the same, Yellowfin Tuna have arrived and the numbers are picking up by the minute. Still the Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Snappers  should also catch your attention. Corbeteña is a little cheaper trip, a little closer and for my money, may be a better choice for the next ten minutes or so.  Decisions, Decesions!

11 02 2014 John Curcio, MiJenny, Marietta Islands 400 pxlsIf you´re around the Marietta Islands there is finally some signs of life with some, I said some Rooster fish in the area, tons of Bonito 20 to 45 lbs, Needle fish in the 40 lb range. Maybe a slight shot at Dorado. But Sailfish are close to El Morro and I see no reason why they´re not closer to the Marietta Islands, but there you are. Heading out towards Corbeteña trolling, Blue Marlin have been hanging out around the area, so being in the area is the first requirement amigo! Now if you´re in the area off the point off Punta Mita, you´re still boating Sailfish and Dorado, nothing new since it´s been like this all summer. If you´re looking at only 8 hrs, then these two places will get you some arm burning action.

Inside the bay is great with massive amounts of Bonito, Skip jack Tuna to 50 lbs around Yelapa still, Needle fish, Jack Crevalls are here as well and they´re primarily a winter fish. Sailfish are still being boated by the lucky few in the bay, to me this is unusual, but lately it´s been kinda normal.. go figure.

11 02 2014 Mike Profita Party, Guanatuna II, 8 hrs  Capt Juan, Oliver first mate, full size 2So you pretty much can´t lose when it comes to fishing for the time being. Water temps are slightly cooler, but not cold. Northern water temps around California are dropping quickly so we´re expecting to see Yellowfin Tuna numbers pick up for the late season, same for Dorado. With this being an El Nino year, our fish have been vacationing in Southern California so we´ll welcome them back with open arms and a gaff. Blue water and smooth seas have been the norm, but we´re always on the watch for late season Hurricanes. The full moon will be on us soon, so be aware and have some fun. One last thing, some days it seems that Dorado are only taking lures, so have some blue, silver and pink lures at the ready. Live bait is plentiful with bullet Bonito, Google Eyes, Flying fish and the list of course goes on. For the moment the bite is happening around 11:00 a.m. , so getting to the fishing grounds too early will not help  your situation. But again, the full moon is just a few days from now and the Yellowfin especially will be using the moon light to full advantage stuffing themselves with abundant bait.  Another piece of  useable ¨reel time¨ fishing information that can make a difference in your fishing safari amigo!

233648W5_NL_smNewsletter Extra:  Many of you find I post these same articles in the local news papers and the busiest web pages in PV.  They post my articles a little late and that´s the reason I send these ¨Reel Time¨ fishing reports to the locals. This is information you will be glad you have if you´re heading fishing in the next couple of days…  Hurricane Vance is marching north and will be well outside of Puerto Vallarta, so don’t panic. But it will pass us and this could put some rough seas on us as well as some stormy weather. Now the mountains that surround PV protects us and we´re happy for that! But the track is looking like Cabo will be at the end of it´s track. There is a low pressure front coming down from the north which could push the system inward.  For now we´re seeing calm seas and blue water.  It may also be nothing, but then again, it´s something to keep an eye on if scheduled for a fishing charter in the next few days. Below I show some information as to it´s tracking and systems that are working.

Nov. 4th Update: Magnifico went to Corbeteña, it was smooth seas in the morning, but in the after noon the wind and rain picked up, got windy and the sea´s picked up in size and frequency. But now Hurrican Vance will make landfall before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Morning, so the storm is on a fast track to the mainland! I have boats scheduled to head out tomorrow morning, Wednesday, keep your fingers crossed.

Whales:  Normally Whales don´t show up until December, but we´re already seeing Whales moving into the area.  Magnifico spotted two today, one with a baby already! This means we need to be watchful for whales just under the surface, fast boats can easily hit a Whale, I´ve done it, it´s not pretty!  Also remember if you´re chasing whales around the bay

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

It´s Dorado and Billfish City at Corbeteña and El Banco

                           It´s Dorado and Billfish City at Corbeteña and El Banco

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

10 24 2014 Bill Jeke, Magnifico, 10 hrs, Sailfish, MasterBaiters.com.mx 600 pxls
Bill Jeke and his Tournament Winning Sized Sailfish on Magnifico

 

As we march into tourisms high season, fishing is still at peak performance with perfect conditions all over our world famous fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco. Blue water, plenty of bait varieties and enough fish to support weekly local tournaments and sport fisherman alike. It´s simple, get on a boat, get to the Marietta Islands, drop baits and lures, head towards Corbeteña or El Banco and get ready for the action to begin amigo. It´s summer fishing in paradise and it´s time for you to get your share!

Once again this week we´ve seen no rain as the rainy and Hurricane season comes to an end. This of course means the Trash Line is mostly a thing of the past, but that doesn´t mean there isn´t great fishing around the bay of Banderas. Bonito are still all over the bay running 25 to 35 lbs, perfect bait size for Sailfish and Marlin. Jack Crevalls, a winter species is still in the bay in nice numbers. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs around Yelapa, Sailfish around La Cruz to Punta Mita, with 20 lb Dorado all over the bay. For the visiting Angler who is looking to catch something for the dinner table, then you´re in luck amigo. Give yourself a six hour trip to make sure you get a chance to find that arm burning action. Remember, fish move and they have most likely changed location from the day before, so give yourself some ¨looking time¨ unless of course they know you´re coming, then that´s another thing!

The area around the Marietta Islands have been on the slow or dead side now for weeks, but this doesn´t mean these normally reliable fishing grounds can`t spring to action. Sailfish and Dorado can be in the area, but they´ve been mostly out of the area towards the deep water locations. El Morro has had Sailfish action and is more reliable, but once you´re in the area, drop baits and start trolling outwards from the bay. The farther you move out from the island area the more likely you´ll boat a Sailfish, Blue Marlin or Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range. Any day now we´ll see this area explode with action again, but that day is not today amigo, other areas are more attractive for now and I wouldn´t spend much time here unless you see bait balls in the area.

10 26 2014 d Cubera Snapper, Magnifico, Corbeteña 600 pxls
Cubera Snapper or Dog Tooth Pargo on Magnifico at Corbeteña

Punta Mita is all about Sailfish and if you can find any floating trash or logs, then you´ll be in Dorado City. The area around Sayulita seems to be a recent hangout out. No guarantees, but if you´re heading to the Marietta Islands, then take a few minutes and try out the point.

As is normal in Summer the best fishing grounds are either El Banco or Corbeteña. It´s been like that forever and this week is no different. Marlin anywhere from 250 to 800 lbs are possible, Black or Blue, they`re both hanging out. Sailfish are all tournament winners, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs for the bottom fishing types. Yellowfin Tuna are not exactly on tap, but there have been some strange incidents where 100 lb Yellowfin have been boated. For the most part Yellowfin Tuna will be between 25 and 40 lbs around the High Spots in El Banco or at Corbeteña. No promises you´ll boat a nice Yellowfin tuna, but you have a ¨chance¨. Ten hour trips are what the doctor is ordering these days to Corbeteña, El Banco is a little farther and the possibilities of a thousand pound Marlin is always there. If you´re fishing and you want it world class, then you need to be in these two areas.

With perfect blue water, plenty of Flying fish, Skippies, Goggle Eyes and bullet Bonito, there is no shortage of choices for the local species. Now that we´re out of the worst of Hurricane Season there is no reason to believe the fishing will take a turn for the worse until after the New Year´s Holiday season. So make your vacation plans to go fishing now, we´ll be waiting to hear from you.

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Great Fishing Continues, Marlin & Sailfish Abundant

                              Great Fishing Continues, Marlin & Sailfish Abundant

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

10 18 2014 Nathan Howard, 10 hrs Super Panga 650 Pxls
Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña with my friend Nathan Howard

 

10 15 2014 Black Marlin, 225 lbs, 

It seems that we can fall into a pattern here in Puerto Vallarta where it seems like my weekly fishing report will sound much like the week before and this week is going to be the same. But it´s not like that is bad news when the fishing is great and there are plenty of fish to be had. Every Species we´re famous for in PV is here, working its ¨tail¨ off and chasing bait. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado but forget larger Yellowfin Tuna. But you´ll have to get out of the bay to get your targeted ¨finned fantasy¨. We´re also smack in the middle of tournament season, and why would you schedule a tournament in anytime other than Fishings High Season?

Let’s start with the bay, our famous Bay of Banderas. First say good-bye to the Trash Line. The seasonal rains have all but come to an end as is normal as we enter the early weeks of October, but by mid October the threats of Hurricanes may not be gone, but they´re pretty much done for the year. So we don´t get the extra little attraction of easy fishing, but that doesn´t mean the fishing is any worse. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Yellowfin Footballs around Yelapa and yes, even Sailfish in the bay! Four hour fishing trips will produce, but six hours is better since you may need to spend some time and fuel looking for finned pay load.

10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, Corbeteña Dorado, Text 600 pxls
Dorado with different markings, they´re not always gold and blue, Brian boated this beauty at Corbeteña pictured in the background.

Once you´re at the mouth of the bay, the possibilities step up a notch. Anywhere from El Morro to Punta Mita is a wide open watery field of Sailfish and Dorado. With tons of Flying fish and ¨Bullet Bonito¨, a favorite bait for Marlin and Sailfish you can´t go wrong. Dropping lines as you exit the bay in any direction will produce arm burning action. Sailfish are a touch smaller this week in the 30 to 35 kilo range or about 80 lbs in average. Not exactly tournament winners, but they´ll be in the hunt. Dorado, anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs if lucky. It´s not exactly Dorado City out there, but when you´ve hooked-up and you´re in the battle, the only thing that matters then is boating that gold and blue dinner special.

 

10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, El Morro, Text
And yet another Sailfish from Corbeteña, check out how blue the water is, perfect conditions are necessary for perfect fishing like it is now!

So there you have it in a nut shell, great fishing is not only a state of mind, it´s sore arms the next day. Fishing is mostly about the conditions and conditions are as good as they can get! Water temperatures are a perfect 84 degrees with perfect blue water. Clean, clear and high visibility blue water, combined with preferred baits like Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, 25 lb Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna), Google Eyes, and who knows what else is on the fish menu, but it´s all good! The bite is happening right now (as this article is being written) from 8:30a.m. to just after 1:00p.m.. Plan your day accordingly. If you´re looking to run lures, and you should run at least one, make sure it´s a pink and yellow combo or a petrelaro or something with purple in it (Marlin are diggin the purple right now). So there you are, I can´t believe I got this report finished with so few words, my publisher will love me this week!

10 17 2014 Marina Vallarta Sunset, 715 a.m.
Marina Vallarta Sunrise, Beauty is all around us if you just look!

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Yellowfin Tuna Fade, Marlin Increase, Sailfish Moving

                          Yellowfin Tuna Fade, Marlin Increase, Sailfish Moving

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

10 15 2014 Black Marlin, 225 lbs,
Black Marlin at Corbeteña

 

One thing for sure, when it comes to fishing what happened yesterday is no guarantee it will happen again tomorrow. Fishing is Fishing and as long as fishing is fishing, then it´s going to be fishing, which is the reason we don´t call it catching (I bet you re-read that a couple of times). Those who jumped on a boat last week expecting Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña for the most part came in empty handed. The sixty pounders turned into twenty five pounders, which may seem negative, but these smaller Yellowfin Tuna are perfect bait size and that is what the Marlin are chasing. Dorado are still happening at will and of course as you´d expect Sailfish have taken over. Even if the Tuna are on the sparse side, the fishing is still world class here in Puerto Vallarta.

There has been some definite weirdness going on this past week. Sailfish have moved farther off shore, so for the moment hanging around El Morro is not the place to be for Sails. But if you head over to the Punta Mita Point you´ll find all the Sailfish you could hope to find. Dorado are also in the area anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs. And if you have the inkling to head out a little, you will find Blue Marlin, not bad if you ask me.

Corbeteña Master Baiter´s Billboard
I´ve wanted to do this for a long time. . .

Those heading to the deep water fishing grounds of El Banco and Corbeteña will find this is where the Sailfish have moved in mass. The Yellowfin Tuna as mentioned earlier are now in the bait sized range, which of course is disappointing for those looking for Monster Tuna. On the other hand, Marlin love this sized ¨bait¨ and as a result it has drawn in more Blue and Black Marlin into the area. Those heading to El Banco will see even larger Marlin and could run into the 750 lb range, up from the 250 to 550 lb range of last week. There have been sighting of larger Yellowfin Tuna around the high spots, but the hook-ups spit the hook, so no pictures, no Tuna. Dorado anywhere from 25 to 55 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs for the bottom fishing guys with the occasional and unexpected Wahoo in the 40 to 60 lb range. Most don´t target Wahoo (known as Ono in Hawaii) since you need to run wire leader. You see Wahoo have teeth like a Ginsu Knife and will cut through your line like butter. Most boated Wahoo here in PV is done by accident, the fish will somehow hook themselves in the corner of their mouth which means if this is you, you got lucky.  For now if you´re looking to target larger fish then you´ll be heading out to Corbeteña or El Banco, good luck amigo.

The Marietta Islands and El Morro are less than exciting right now. You have a slight shot at Dorado, but the Bonito and jack Crevalls, maybe some Snappers. All and all, nothing in the area for the moment that will grab your attention.

10 15 2014 Sails and Dorado 600 pxls
Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña and El Banco
10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, El Morro, Text
Sailfish off Corbeteña with Bryan

One last thing, remember the female Dorado are all full of eggs. If you keep the females, then you´re just hurting the future of fishing in the area. When it comes to Sailfish, or any Billfish, there is no reason to bring in six for pictures. If you´re captain kills the Sailfish and Marlin, don´t tip them. If you are fishing inside the Tres Maria Islands, anywhere inside the twelve mile limit, even if you are on a paid charter boat, you´re a POACHER. It´s time we started thinking conservation in Mexico for future generations and for ourselves as we are ultimately responsible for the actions of the crews we´re paying for (subsidizing actually). If your crew keeps killing Billfish and you told them not to, they won´t listen to you. You see, you just took $150 usd out of their pocket for every Sailfish from fish markets. Now this is illegal, Charter boats are not commercial fishing operations, but when nobody enforces the regulations, then there are no regulations. Have fun, but be aware, you have the power of the tip and your return business.

10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, Corbeteña Dorado, Text 600 pxls

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish Invade Marlin City

                                     Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish Invade Marlin City

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

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It´s funny, the first day of October was like a cosmic fish cornucopia and out came massive amounts of Sailfish, Black Marlin, Dorado and yes Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 lb range. The water is a perfect blue, bait is abundant, the Trash Line is doing its magic and the bite is on. It´s Prime time for fishing amigos and if you ever doubted that Puerto Vallarta was a world class fishing area, all you have to do is get on the water and let the humidity melt those doubts as you down another beer, YeHa!

There are presently fish everywhere, pick a spot, take a shot. If you decide to start in the bay, you´ll find the Trash Line is doing its work and Skip Jack Tuna, small Dorado and a host of other species are lining up to feast on this organic trail mix, it´s an all you can eat fish smorgasbord that washes down the mountains and pours into the bay. Skip Jack tuna in the 15 to 25 lb range are all over the Yelapa area, Sailfish sightings and hook ups are not exactly automatic, but you have a solid chance in a six hour day of hook-ups with one of the finned fantasies. Snook at the river mouths and we even still have Jack Crevalls filling in the list. Short on Doe, not much time to go, then the bay will do the trick ¨fo-Sho¨. . .

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Heading out to the Marietta islands, one mile off the rock of El Morro or so you´ll find a sea full of Sailfish and smaller Dorado in the 25 lb range. It´s that time of the year where the Sailfish populations explode as we lead into the Pez Vela Tournament (Sailfish Fishing Tournament in English). In fact it´s so easy to get a Sailfish strike you´ll get tired of reeling them in. Not unusual to have five Sailfish strikes a day now in this area stretching out to Corbeteña.

Speaking of Corbateña, considered by many to be one of the top fishing grounds in the world with its varied abundant species you can´t go wrong at the rock right now. Starting with Black Marlin in the 250 to 500 lb range, the sizes of these world class gamefish will increase as we move deeper into October. World record sized Sailfish in the 45 kilo or 110 pound range are thick. Yellowfin Tuna in the 50 to 75 lb range are moving in nicely, but the bite with them has been a little weird as they were slow to take baits. Dorado in the average range of 35 lbs with occasional bulls weighing in at over 50 lbs. Cubera Snappers for the bottom fishing guys in the 45 lb range with Rainbow runners possible. Located thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta, it will take you about two hours to get to the Rock, but once there your chances of boating a world record sized fish is not unthinkable amigos. Take the ten hour day and keep a bucket list memory in your mental hard drive. El Banco, ditto. Just remember if you´re looking for the large, huge fish, El Banco has it´s days. So toss a coin, they´re both on fire, El Banco is showing signs of some larger Black Marlin, so it´s a decision for the your morning discussion and plan development with the Captain!10 02 2014  Karl & Marlise Vitture  75lbTuna 600 pxls

Punta Mita, all I can say is AH Chihuahua. . It´s turned into Sailfish Central. Dorado are around any floating debris like a log or clump of weeds or even floating refrigerators. If you find a buoy, you hit the jackpot! If you´re around Sayulita and the Anclote Reef, then you´ll find all the arm burning action you could imagine.

As far as fishing conditions go, you can´t beat them, water temperatures are in the perfect range of 86 degrees, 84 in the bay. Abundant Skip Jacks, Bonito, Google Eyes and Flying fish or 4 to 8 inches insure that we´ll have fish in the area and frankly I don´t understand why it took so long for these fish to find us again! The water is blue, close to shore it´s dirty as you would expect from the rain but it´s not very far from shore. Yes there seems to be a lot of ¨trash´ in the bay, that just means you go a little slower heading out to the fishing grounds, but this trash is necessary amigo. The bite is anywhere from 8:30 a.m. to after 10:00 am and in the afternoon after 1:00 p.m. and live bait is king, but run a petrelaro lure for the heck of it.10 04 2014 Chelita Humberto, Jed, Roxann Tammye 10 hrs Corbetena 600 pxls

We´ve waited for it, and now we have it. Big fish, perfect conditions, plenty of bait and the weather is holding. Water temperatures are not too hot and they’re not too cold, they´re prefect. If this is your first time visiting or hearing about the fishing in Puerto Vallarta then you´re in for a real experience. Boats are available and waiting for your business, just find Marina Vallarta, walk the boardwalk, enjoy the Yachts and fishing boats, have a nice dinner and tell your friends. Fishing season is in full swing in Puerto Vallarta, come find out what World Class Fishing is all about!

Just a word or two about Cabo: It looks like the Bisbee´s Tournament is still on in Cabo, but the relief work continues. The Airport is open now, but the locals and tourism are on their knees. To Help those in need in Cabo you can donate whatever you can to help these folks through the Bisbee´s Fishing Tournament Organizers who for years and years have supported Cabo with a world class fishing tournament. Bisbee´s is a trust worthy organization that will make sure those who need help will get help. You can donate here at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site: https://bisbeesconservationfund.org/donate/CaboRelief . .    11 25 08  8 hrs Cpt. Chora, Juan, Mamba Negra, 8 hrs Rooster Mah 007

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

PV Fishing High Season Arrives with Huge Dorado

                           PV Fishing High Season Arrives with Huge Dorado

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

09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, 8 hrs, 650 Pxls Txt
30 lb Dorado Return to Banderas Bay, El Banco, Corbeteña and Punta Mita

Well it´s finally here, High Season for fishing here in Puerto Vallarta which coincides with October 1 which is the official beginning of High Season for tourism in PV as well. The summer is all but over, the kids are back to school, Tourism is picking up as you would expect and the fishing is incredible. Yellowfin Tuna have pulled back a little, less available these days, but the Black Marlin are filling the void. Dorado have moved in at all the fishing grounds and not any too soon. Water Temperatures are perfect, the water is as blue as you could ask for, when it comes to fishing in Vallarta, if you´re lucky enough to be here, then you´re in the right place at the right time amigo. Fishing in Puerto Vallarta is as good as it will get and if you´re a serious fisherman and this doesn´t excite you, then you´re dead!

Those looking for Yellowfin Tuna right now missed the boat from last week when they were circling the Rock and the High Spots. For now it looks like they´re ¨somewhere else¨ but they´ll be back. With bait thinning out in the area with Bonitos and Skippies at the deep water locations the larger fish will be in these areas. That is how the fishing cookie crumbles, but we´ll be ¨baking¨ more shortly… stay tuned.

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Clumps of organic earth, leaves, branches etc are all Dorado Hangouts

Inside the bay, the Trash Line is doing it´s job. Now that we´re seeing rain again in the evenings there are Trash Lines all over the place. Just pick a river and head in that direction. Dorado in the bay are in the 15 to 25 lb size range and taking anything shinny trolled in the clean water near it. Snappers, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle Fish and others are all taking part in the Organic Trail mix smorgasbord we call the trash line. Just look for debris, or a log or a branch. Anything that can cast a shadow will have fish around it. Four or six hour fishing trips in the bay are worth the time and money, so have fun with the kids!

09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, Bay Dorado 8 hrs, 650 Pxls Txt
Trash Line Dorado, Show up Action at it´s best!

With evening clouds and rain most evenings the bite has been kinda all day. Water is blue, the bait is thinning out. We´re seeing plenty of Chorras (baby Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna) near El Banco and Corbeteña, but inside the bay the bait has pretty much taken a powder for some reason. Yet there are still Sailfish reports for inside the bay near La Cruse and Los Arcos, a little surprising but we´ll take it. As far as lures to run, Petrelaros are still king, brown, purple combo colors are working well as they always do. Live bait is working well also, make sure you hit the bait boats in the morning or you may have trouble making bait at the fishing grounds.

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Black Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco, 500 lbs plus

All and all the fishing is great and as you would expect at this time of the year your best option for now is ten hour trip where you can actually boat some world class Gamefish right now. With Cabo taking it squarely on the chin, Puerto Vallarta is seeing an increase in tourism we normally don´t see until November. A back handed windfall if there ever was one, but they have to go someplace and PV is a logical option. As far as fishing report this week, it´s simple and short. For those of you out there that may want to help some people who are truly in need you can donate whatever you can to these folks through the Bisbee´s Fishing Tournament Organizers who for years and years have supported Cabo with a world class fishing tournament. Bisbee´s is a trust worty organization that will make sure those who need help will get help. It´s been a tough time for these people who are lacking in food, water and electricity. Many people are sleeping in the streets as their homes were destroyed and any help is appreciated. You can donate here at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site: https://bisbeesconservationfund.org/donate/CaboRelief . .    

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.