Yellowfin Tuna Turn Up At El Banco Today, Tomorrow Who Knows?

Yellowfin Tuna Turn Up At El Banco Today, Tomorrow Who Knows?

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

The Smith Family went out for a 12 hr day on Oscars or 32ft Black Fin and returned with these beauties and you can too!  Very nice people on a very nice day!
The Smith Family went out for a 12 hr day on Oscars or 32ft Black Fin and returned with these beauties and you can too! Very nice people on a very nice day!

The dreaded El Nino has finally come to an end, but that doesn´t mean the fishing is going to be any better amigos. The ultimate weeks and months of El Nino can drive you crazy if you´re in my business. People think that when and El Nino ends that everything is going to return to normal and the fishing will be incredible. Well that´s not exactly correct. When we see the currents swirling with warm water, then cold water we know there are going to be challenges to fishing. After an El Nino the following year, primarily summer is a bag of frustration. Right now one day the fishing is world class. The next day the fishing fleet gets word of this and BAM, no fish for love or money!  The next day, who knows, it´s challenging for sure. The fish are out there, the only question is can you get them to take your bait!

Just mention the word(s) Yellowfin Tuna and the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up if you´re a fanatic like so many of my readers. This year it´s been pretty sparse for Yellowfin Tuna. When we do have YF Tuna it´s ¨fish city¨. When they´re not there or more likely not biting, you may just come in bald headed! Three days ago there were some 180 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco. Actually they were anywhere from 60 lb to 180 lbs, averaged at 100 lbs. The next day nothing, zip, nada. Fishing is never a guaranteed sport and true fisherman know that when you´re going for world class gamefish like Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin and Especially YF Tuna it´s not always a ¨happy ending¨ (and the illegal fishing is not helping). For me, to ignore El Banco because it may be a little ¨Iffy¨ is short sighted and with a plan you´ll have a great day, YF Tuna or not. If you decide to take the challenge a good place to start is 2 miles west of the high spots. No Marlin, No Dorado, but there are still 50 lb plus Cubera Snappers taking trolled baits, no jigging necessary. Those two are pretty much what´s happening.

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Just as El Banco has no Marlin, Corbeteña has pretty much only Marlin and Sailfish, maybe. Same situation, one day it´s fish city, the next day it´s a fishing ghost town. Make no mistake, the Marlin are there, no doubt about it, but they may not be interested in your bait. Why, well there are Bullet bonito bait balls the size of a healthy McDonalds, parking lot and all. Sprinkle some large six inch Sardines (Sardinas in Spanish) and you´ve got a Yellowfin Tuna Sundae they have no reason to resist. Hard to turn a Tunas head when your presentation doesn´t measure up. For a ¨fighting¨ chance the best place to start dropping baits is on the 240 compass reading from the rock out about five miles. Use your electronics to find the drop and this is where all the action is, if there is action that is. So always, always get local baits for a fighting chance. Not much else to say for now about El Banco. Stay tuned….

Not everyone wants a ten hour day to Corbeteña or a twelve hour day to El Banco. For those the fishing around the Marietta islands to Punta Mita they´re being rewarded with Sailfish and small Blue Marlin. For some reason in this area the Marlin and Sailfish have no issues taking your presentation. I say presentation because if they don´t like the way your bait looks, they ignore it! If you´re lucky enough to find yourself 3 to 6 miles off the Marietta islands you´ll find a mixed bag of Sailfish and Blue Marlin running 200 to 350 lbs. Or you may find yourself with a Sailfish or three in the same area. So it´s Sailfish or Marlin from this area out. Punta Mita is mostly about Sailfish, but there are Marlin in this area as well. So in a nut shell, the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita re alive with action. Jack Crevalls (25 to 45 lbs) for some reason are starting to thin out but still in decent numbers. Bonito at 20 to 35 lbs are common. Sierra Mackerals near shore and at Punto Burro, just this side of the Anclote Reef there has been a few 35 to 60 lb Rooster Fish chasing Sardines. Oddly enough these particular Roosters took cedar plugs, that’s a new one on me. Lots of people ask me when the Rooster fish will be in, well they´re coming in now! Cross your fingers the Sardines do their job and get these puppies back in the area. El Morro has been quiet, but they normally have Sails in the area so don´t forget to give this area a look.

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Inside the bay is off the hook with interesting fishing for sure. Interesting because we have Sailfish all over the bay chasing those Sardines everywhere and not bad sized. A few years back I would argue with you about Sailfish in the bay, but there they are. If you´re around La Cruz Marina the water is blue and they´re hanging out. In the middle of the bay, off Los Arcos, they´re all over the bay and they´re taking bait. A four hour trip right now can pay off in Billfish. We also have tons of Sierra Mackerals at 12 lbs. Not too big, but very tasty! Jack Crevalls as mentioned are thinning but still plentiful enough. Bonito like always to 30 lbs and soon the Snook will be in front of the rive mouths when they stop pouring dirty water into the bay. Capt Cesar and I were talking how we need to fill the fridge. Wait a couple of weeks and we could have out fill of Rooster fish and Snook or Robalo in Spanish!

Ok, here´s some strangeness for you. We´re seeing water temperatures at 86 degrees at El Banco and Corbetena. But in the bay it´s 87 degrees and sometimes warmer. Strange stuff and for me the swirling warm and cold currents are the biggest reason these world class species are in and out. The fast currents of last week look to be calming down, so things could be changing now. Bait buy mouth full is plentiful, which is another challenge to deal with. But experienced Captains know what to do if all the elements come together. With all the live bait running lures may not be the best idea, but if you do, the Green Iguana lures are where you want to start (Green with black stripes with yellow on top). The bite seems to be a moving target so get out early and be at the ready.

We have a new team member in Raffa, his 25 yrs of experience working with the hotels and concierges is invaluable to us at Master Baiter´s. Raffa is a tour expert where I never approached this lucrative field as I focus on fishing. But we can now offer the lowest prices on tours you´re going to get in PV. It´s a loss leader but they charge too much for these tours because they pay monster commissions. We figure if you read these articles or are fishing with us you deserve a break. We also have many options you won´t hear from the local ¨promoters¨ as they call themselves. So come say hello to Raffa and remember, he and we won´t sell you a timeshare! Trust Raffa, I do!

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

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch

Shared Boats: It´s that time of the year again where we are looking for people to share a Super Panga for eight hours. it works like this, send me an email, ask to be put on the shared boat list, I´ll do what I can to ¨hook You up¨ with another couple for eight hous of fishing in a super panga with a head or bathroom. Half the boat is $275 usd and that´s good for up to two people. No scrimping on these trips either, English speaking crews, top notch equipment, beautiful boats that catch fish. Capt Scoobyis incredible.

4 hr fishing tip int he bay $200 usd: For those who are looking for a budget fishing I have a new single engine panga for four hours of fishing in the bay. Bano or porta potty, everything included but dock boarding fees and what you want to eat and drink. That simple, on either one of these boats… Super Shaddy, which means you won´t get sun burnt and we´ll put snorkel equipment on the boat as well so for four people it´s the cheapest tour or fishing boat in the bay. You won´t beat this price, period!

Master Baiter´s is located 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. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Porpoise Return to Corbeteña, Sailfish in the Bay

Porpoise Return to Corbeteña, Sailfish in the Bay

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

Capt Cesar of Magnifico with a nice Black Marlin at the dock after another successful day!
Capt Cesar of Magnifico with a nice Black Marlin at the dock after another successful day!

In years that follow an El Nino, like we´re in now, we never know how the fishing season is going to develop. So far we´ve seen days when the fishing is great, the next day we´re scratching our heads. So far we´re not seeing any Yellowfin Tuna or Dorado. That being said we´re seeing some large Blue and Black Marlin at Corbeteña, Not El Banco. Bait is moving into the area like crazy in the form of three inch Sardines which of course attract Rooster fish so cross your fingers. All and all the fishing could be better, but you can always say that. If you´re targeting Blue Marlin and Black Marlin you are in the right place. Yellowfin Tuna will be moving in shortly as water temperatures drop north of the border. Patience prevails, just make sure your tank is full!

I always like to start with Corbeteña and this week those ¨Darn¨ Porpoises returned, we should call them bait stealers. Capt Cesar of Magnifico was telling me how smart these Bottle Nose Dolphin / Porpoise are. Cesar was cruising three to four miles off the island, it looked like the Dolphin were not in the area just to find them coming up from the bottom with no surface signs of their presence, they´re smart! Now this will flip you out! If you can get a bait past these Porpoises you´ll have a solid chance at a Blue or Black Marlin from 200 to 600 lbs! Water temperatures here are down to 85 which is considered perfect and the water is a high visibility blue so no issues there. Cubera Snappers for the jiggers are plentiful, but nobody goes to Corbeteña for Cuberas except me of course. I love them! And when they´re running over 50 lbs of white meat bliss, who´s complaining. Now here´s a secret Capt Cesar shared with me, you know those staplers, the ones for stapling papers together, well if you put staples in the tails of your bait the Porpoises can ¨taste¨ the metal. You see their oral ¨sensors¨ can detect the metal and it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. They may still come up and put it their mouth, but they´ll drop that bait like a hot potato! So there you have the trick of the day, put staples in the baits tail, no issues with Flipper! Now the Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, tuna, they don´t have the same sort of mouth a Porpoise does so the staples won´t stop them from taking a bait. So there you have it, the perfect solution. So don´t forget your new fishing equipment and don´t worry if the staples rust, it just makes them work even better! Moving on, with some luck you´ll also find Rainbow Runners to 45 lbs along with Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs and who knows what else. El Banco, well no fish, no bait, it´s dead unless you want to troll for Cubera Snappers which are taking trolled baits. So good luck, let’s hope the fishing is ¨on¨.

Sailfish moved into the bay as Sardines were massive around the bay!
Sailfish moved into the bay as Sardines were massive around the bay!

Punta Mita / El Morro / Marietta Islands: Notice how I clumped them together, that´s because as a group they are not producing well. Sailfish have moved into these areas chasing the endless supply of Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Flying fish and Goggle eyes. We´re also seeing a very strong northern current, I suspect that´s why we´ve seen a two degree temperature drop in one week. Other than Sailfish there isn´t much to target in these areas for now. Capt Cesar thinks if we see one more degree drop we´ll start seeing Dorado drifting south from their vacation home in Southern Calif. All and all an eight hour trip is heading out towards Corbeteña in an effort to bring back fish for the paying customers. But like always, when it´s bad, it doesn´t stay bad for long.

Inside the bay seems to be where the recent action under a hundred pounds is happening. Sailfish babies have moved into the bay chasing the abundant Sardines. Less than a hundred yards off the river mouth in Ameca all the way to La Cruz they´re boating baby Sailfish at will. Don´t let your captain kill this fish or keep it. They sell these fish illegally to the fish markets and will kill it before it´s on deck. If this happens, have them throw it back anyway, dead or not. Something in the water will make good use of it and the Captain will see his tip and his fish ¨sink¨. Bonito 35 lb to larger range, they´re good tasting as well so don´t avoid these. Sierra Mackerals are all over the place and great tasting to 15 lbs now. Skip Jack Tuna are also great tasting as these mini Yellowfin Tuna will only hit six pounds or so, eat all you can get, they´re super succulent! Plenty of action in the bay and frankly it´s probably your best value for the time being, stay tuned!

Jack Crevalls in the 35 to 50 lb range very common right now in the bay!
Jack Crevalls in the 35 to 50 lb range very common right now in the bay!

Ok, so everyone is wondering what to do with these up and down conditions. Well there isn´t much  you can do, be informed, take advantage of what is here and forget about complaining what isn´t in the area as it will only frustrate you further. Yellowfin Tuna should be showing up any moment with Dorado now! Sailfish will be as thick as flies shortly and thank the big guy in the sky for that!

This week we´re seeing water temps at 85 degrees as mentioned previously with Blue water and increasing bait levels. The bite is still mid day, three weeks not, afternoon bite is still after four to as late as sundown so use your time and fuel wisely grasshopper! Forget lures this week, grab the stapler and go straight to Corbeteña, do not stop to collect anything except bait and beer! YeHa….

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch! We´re also freezing your catch, clients for free. With My new Agent, Rafael is not one of the guys I warn you about, so feel free to talk with Rafael, he won´t ¨Jerk You Around¨ either! He is also an expert on Tours at discounted prices, you won´t find a cheaper tour (I can´t mention specifics, the companies get mad at the discounts). Canopy, Rhythms, Pirate Ship, Yelapa, you name it, we´ll beat ¨their¨best price.

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

Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you....
Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you….

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Master Baiter´s is located 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. Come like me on 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.

Roll the Dice Fishing, They`re out there, Felling Lucky?

Roll the Dice Fishing, They`re out there, Felling Lucky?

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

 

10-9-2016-mark-graziano-2-600-pxls-mbtextWell, here we are again scratching our heads wondering what happened. During the La Cruz fishing tournament just seven short days ago we had Marlin on tap! Dorado were large and running wild. Sailfish were almost annoying and we had small to large Yellowfin Tuna which is not the case right now. So this all sounds pretty bleak I know, but don´t get discouraged. Conditions change daily and we have fish for sure. It all comes down to having the correct equipment, patience and plenty of fuel to hunt these finned fantasies down. If you´re just circling Corbeteña or the High Spots at El Banco you need to open your mind and think about the ignored area between these two world class locations. The fish are there, it´s not automatic but Moby Dick is in the area!

I know everyone who is coming to Puerto Vallarta wants me to tell them what they want to hear and normally at this time of the year I can! But things are in flux and frankly I don’t understand the conditions we´ve been having. We went through a period where Corbeteña was taken over by sharks and Porpoises (Flipper) which meant we were playing a cat and mouse game to keep those ¨bait stealers¨ away from your precious Skippy! Now the Sharks and Porpoise´s are gone but that doesn´t mean the fishing is getting any easier. We´re seeing streaky, Hot / Cold fishing, one day it´s great, next day it´s a fish ghost town. October is the beginning of the highest part of fishing high season so to me this is a little disappointing, but not shocking. It´s also the time of the year we see currents start to change and we´re seeing signs of this as well. Dirty water in the bay is a great indicator when  it´s not from rain. So currents are stirring up the muck and sentiment sitting on the bottom of the bay. Just past La Cruz Marina the water turns to clear green water, another indication currents are changing. Clean Green water as Capt Cesar calls it isn´t an issue, but it is cool water. But four miles past the point off Punta Mita is High Visibility Blue Water so the bay is mixed up.

Bait, the basic fishing element is super plentiful around El Banco and Corbeteña in the form of billions of Skip Jack Tuna in the six pound range and that´s about as big as they get. So there are no issues with bait. Once you´re past Punta Mita, Water temperatures are still 87 degrees which is about perfect.  So what is it, what´s the problem? Well for one thing most people just circle the rock at Corbetena or circle the ¨High spots¨ at El Banco and scrimp on fuel, especially low cost providers. If you´re scrimping on fuel you´re not catching fish. The area between Corbeteña and El Banco are fertile and once again the tournament winning Marlin last week was caught in this ¨void¨ which isn´t void at all. So the first thing you need to do if fishing, serious fishing is fill up your tank. Cheap it´s not going to be, but who said fishing was ever cheap? Hit El Banco, Circle it a few times and then start circling outwards until you finally head south to Corbeteña. It´s about twenty five miles between these world class locations and if you´re ignoring this area to save money, then you can´t blame anybody, including the captain for being cheap. Now if you´re on a boat that took you to El Banco, but won´t search for fish in any measurable distance away from the high spots, then you just got what you paid for. Trips like I´m talking about will not come cheap and low end, low cost provider fishing trips should have lower expectations, to me frankly they should have no expectation to roam or search for any species away from where they paid to go!

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Dog Tooth Pargo or Giant Red Snappers are taking trolled baits now at El Banco!!

This is all pretty sharp I know, but unless you have an appointment to meet a Marlin at a certain time and location, then you´re in the same boat as the rest of us. So don´t scrimp, pay for extra fuel, get a better quality boat that has the equipment they need. Pay for a Captain that knows the area, not the cheapest guy you can find who just learned how to start the boat last week and you have a serious fighting chance to boat a marlin in the 600 lb range.

Corbeteña: First off the bite is happening between 11.00 and 12:00 a.m so getting to the fishing grounds too early is not going to help your cause much. The afternoon bite is happening around 6:30 p.m. So the bite is mid day to late afternoon. Leave later and catch both bites, your changes of boating a Big Black Marlin will increase exponentially. The Dorado of last week have disappeared and can´t be found anywhere, period! Yellowfin Tuna have also taken a powder, why is a mystery. Sailfish are thin in this area as well right now and they should be picking up in numbers. The bottom line on Corbeteña and El Banco this week comes out the same. Patience prevails amigo and things will not be like this for long if they haven´t already changed. For the moment if you´re looking for Tuna or Dorado in this area you´ll be left holding the pole… I will say this, the Blue and Black Marlin are between 200 and 600 plus pounds.

Those catching fish this past week found live bait to be the best place to start. Dead bait has been working pretty well also, then lures. In some cases lures will work better than dead bait if you´re using the correct colors, which are: Blue with pink, or black and pink with a blue head. With no Dorado around don´t use green lures.

Punta Mita and El Morro have been disappointing now for a few weeks but there are fields of Jack Crevalls in this area. Not a fav of the fishing community but they´re a super strong fighter and will leave your arms numb (in a good way). Sailfish are thin and Dorado are absent. All and all an eight hour trip is not worth the money.

Inside the bay it looks like Jack City! Jack Crevalls are in the 35 to 45 lb range and thick! All you need to do is head to the Ameca river area just north of Marina Vallarta, a four hour trip and you´ll have a great time. Baby Skippies are around the bay, but they´re not worth your attention, not even for bait. Bonito at 30 lbs, Small football Tuna at Yelapa and a host of other smaller fish around Structure.

As I mentioned earlier the bite is mid day to late afternoon or early evening. Water temperatures are perfect at 87 degrees and while there is some clean green water and dirty water closer in it doesn´t mean you shouldn´t fish the area.

The closer we get to November, the bigger and more plentiful the fishing will be. Sailfish will pick up into even greater numbers and if we´re going to see any local sizeable Yellowfin tuna it will be in the coming weeks. Keep a positive outlook, things are not bad, but they could be better. What does that mean, it means go fishing but be patient and ready, Moby Dick is out there waiting for you to show up!

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

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDiscount Tours: We just had Rafael Malacara join our team and his job is to coordinate with the local hotels and to promote tours at extremely favorable prices you won´t find else where. Myh problem has always been I can´t focus on everything and even though tours are a money maker, I didn´t know beans from bananas about tours. But with Rafael we have experice, expertise and he knows all the tricks to get you on a tour a cheap as possible. So if you´re fishing with us we´ll make sure you don´t get over charged when you don´t need to be!

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Master Baiter´s is located 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. Come like me on 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.

Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

                              Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

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

Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 ... Congrats Capt Juan, well done!
Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 … Congrats Capt Juan, well done!

Right after I wrote last week’s report things flipped for the better. The ¨Clean Green water we´ve had for the last weeks is not gone. Blue water has returned to the area and we´re seeing an increase in Dorado in both numbers and locations. Marlin are still the main game fish out there, but they´re out there! Yellowfin around El Banco but they´re Footballs of 60 lbs. We have fish and they´re hungry for your bait amigo. High Season for fishing has finally kicked in big time so get your butt to PV and join the fun!

Subtle things can change in a heartbeat here in PV and this week we´re happy to see ¨High Visibility Blue water¨ return to our world famous fishing grounds again. El Banco this week is seeing some small Yellowfin Tuna 40 to 65 lbs, we call them ¨Footballs¨.  Blue and Black Marlin are still running from 250 lbs to over 600 lbs. But you have to be patient, they´re spread out and it could take some time to get a strike. Dorado are still sparse at El Banco, wait a week and we´ll hopefully see this change. Rainbow Runners around 45 lbs and great tasting. Sailfish of course and a host of other possible game fish to choose from. When the fish are at El Banco, they´re always a little bigger. With almost perfect conditions and water temperatures it should be considered when making your fishing day plan with the captain!

Big Dorado at Corbetena!
Big Dorado at Corbetena!

It´s still ¨Rockin¨ at the Rock, better known as Corbeteña! Take everything I just said about El Banco and add Dorado of 40 to 60 lbs. In fact anywhere from El Morro to Corbeteña has turned into Dorado City! It´s nice to be able to write this since we´ve seen no Dorado to speak of at all this season and frankly it worries me. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as well and of course we have Blue and Black Marlin again in the 250 to 600 lb range, possibly larger with any luck. Plenty of bait, blue water and possibilities. Looking for Yellowfin Tuna, at the rock at a heading of 210, about four miles out you´ll find the drop where you´ll find Tuna. But if you don´t have electronics that is a hard thing to find and you´ll be fishing blind so spend the extra money for a boat with electronics, especially if targeting larger or even smaller Yellowfin tuna! It´s a ten hour day, but well worth the money!

Punta Mita had some smaller Dorado for a few days but they´re getting sparse now for some reason. But bait is not an issue so we have to tell ourselves ¨Fish Move¨ and leave it at that. But just a little farther out in front of El Morro is where you want to start looking for Dorado. Eight miles off the point we were seeing some Striped Marlin in the cooler clean green water, but they moved out. There is a possibility of a Sailfish in the area, but I wouldn´t hold my breath. All and all if you´re heading out for eight hours to hit this area, spend the extra money and hit the Rock, you´ll be glad you did.

Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !
Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !

Inside the bay, you could insert last week’s information and be on the money. Jack Crevalls are still in the area and will be until next spring. Needle fish are not quite as available but they´re good fighters and amazing enough taste great so don´t give them up as ¨trash fish¨. Bonito to 40 lbs and some Football Tuna have been boated around Yelapa at 40 lbs! No Dorado in the bay as yet, the rainy season really wasn´t rainy at all. So the trash line we love so much and draw Dorado or Mahi into the bay was a disappointment this year. We´re still seeing Freak Sailfish in the bay so who knows, feeling lucky!

We´re still seeing water temperatures at or near 88 degrees and now with blue water anything is possible from this point forward until New Years! The bite is a moving target this week. We were seeing a mid day bite, but now it looks to be on the early side so be where you want to be fishing before 9 and you should be good. The afternoon bite is elusive as well, good luck amigo! Baits: well when it comes to baits the Green and yellow lures of last week have turned ¨dark¨. Dark in color that is, Dark Blue with green, or Black with brown. Petroleros are your best bet and are always reliable, a good place to start with plastics. Live bait is working as well, but it´s best to purchase bait in the morning as insurance and make bait at the location you´re heading to.

One thing we´re seeing now is the fishing is great one day, the next it´s not so great. The fishing is spread out like it has been and we see no reason for this to change. But the tournament this week was spectacular with some huge fish and there are more out there. Be Patient and at the ready, Moby Dick is in the ¨House¨!

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

My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !
My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Master Baiter´s is located 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. Come like me on 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.