It´s Fish City, Bucket List Fish Everywhere!

It´s Fish City, Bucket List Fish Everywhere!

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

Capt Scooby once again with a nice Black Marlin caught at Corbeteña
Capt Scooby once again with a nice Black Marlin caught at Corbeteña

Ok Folks, what do you want to catch, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish, Marlin and Snook at the river mouths finally. Yes, it s ¨Fish City¨ and fishing in PV right now is as good as it´s going to get! Time to break the piggy bank and lie to the little woman if you have to, but get on the water now!

El Banco, Yellowfin Tuna 120 to over 300 lbs are sprinkled throughout the area and are picking up slightly in numbers 4 to 6 miles northwest of the high spots. The illegal long liners are camped out on the high spots so making bait is an issue. Make sure you fill your tuna tubes with Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) or bullet Bonito because making this type of bait with the long liners is close to impossible. If you have this bait, you have a strong shot at a Monster Yellowfin Tuna amigos and I am so happy to be able to finally say that! Black and Blue Marlin are in the 250 to 500 lbs or larger. Sailfish naturally are in the larger size ranges. Dorado, of course and they´re at 30 to 45 lbs so there is really no excuses left amigo, get out there and get it on!

Corbeteña, No Tuna, nothing but maybe small footballs to 45 lbs. Sailfish of course, Dorado to 45 lbs, Rainbow runners to 45 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs for jiggers but they will take a trolled bait. There are Porpoise in the area so be on the lookout for these bait stealers. Blue and Black Marlin to 500 lbs or larger. Bonito, Skippies all over the place unlike El Banco. This area is well worth the fuel and time factors as Yellowfin should be turning up any minute now.

Take 8 hrs, get on a Super Panga and anything can happen!
Take 8 hrs, get on a Super Panga and anything can happen!

El Morro / The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita: Rooster fish have returned in limited numbers in all these areas and they´re running 40 lbs.  For you ¨Rooster¨ guys this is the time to hit it as we´ve waited way too long! Sailfish are thick behind El Morro. Dorado are picking up in numbers finally around the point off Punta Mita. This whole area which has been so disappointing for so long finally is showing serious sings of life! Eight hour trips can put you in the thick of the action!

Inside the bay, well we´re still seeing Sailfish being boated at La Cruz and around Los Arcos. Black marlin have been boated in the bay this week again as they chase abundant bait into the bay. The river mouths finally are showing signs of Snook or Robalo in Spanish as promised. Rooster fish in the shore line for the surf fishing guys. Football Tuna around Yelapa to 40 lbs with more Sails in the area as well with larger Dorado to 35 lbs. Throw in Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackeral to 15 lbs and the list goes on. A four hour fishing trip will put a smile on your face yet be kind to the vacation budget!

We´re seeing water temperatures hovering around 85 degrees which is almost perfect. Bait is not an issue but if running lures Petroleros are the first choice. Iguanas of yellow and green with black stripes is a solid second choice and then try Pink and Blue lures before you go deeper into your bag of tricks. Bait is not super abundant so be smart and make bait while you can and hopefully you have tuna tubes. The bite is a little later in the morning so be at your favorite fishing spot before 8:30 a.m. and you´ll have the best chance of boating Moby Dicks cousin!

11_29_2016_chema_on_profeta_8_hrs_009-650-pxls-mbtextRemember Master Baiter´s is freezing and storing your catch sin charge for customers. Non customers are covered also but there is a fee for this service if you don´t fish with us. Raffa is my new tour expert and we won´t be undersold so fishing, freezing and fun, we´ve got you covered amigos!

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

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Sailfish ready to be released. . . . .
Sailfish ready to be released. . . . .

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Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

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

Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco 3 miles to the west of the high spots
Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco 3 miles to the west of the high spots

It´s that time of the year when fishing is not going to get any better than it is now as we enter the thanksgiving and Mexican National Holiday season. Water temperatures, bait conditions / availability, it´s fish city again! Yellowfin Return, Sailfish on tap, Dorado increasing, Marlin, even Rooster fish are all happening now at your favorite fishing grounds amigos, don´t hesitate, just get out there! Blame me if you have too, I can take it!

El Banco is finally living up to its reputation with Black Marlin and Blue Marlin in the 500 to 800 lb range. Yellowfin Tuna 100 to 200 lbs are three miles to the east of the high spots, not directly on the high spots since Porpoise (Flipper) are stealing baits for sport again. Sailfish are at decent size 45 to 50 kilos or about a 100 lbs. Dorado have finally showed up and is running in the 25 to 35 lb range but be prepared for fish that are not impressed with your bait! Right now it all can have you pulling your hair out, there are fish, we can see them jumping or under the boat, but there are times when they won´t take a bait, which can drive you crazy. For Yellowfin Tuna be advised that they`re looking for Skip Jack Tuna for bait, so plan accordingly since there have been no Skippies at El Banco! Find a Skippie, catch a Yellowfin Tuna, that simple.

Large Dorado in the bay last week!
Large Dorado in the bay last week!

Corbeteña is much the same, except the Yellowfin Tuna are only about 20 to 45 lb footballs. Sailfish and of course Black and Blue Marlin in the 600 lb range are roaming the area. Dorado at 40 lbs are here as well, but not in any numbers to speak of. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Sailfish of tournament winning size and a host of smaller players like Rainbow runners, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies), Jack Crevalls etc. There are big fish and no Porpoises in this area. Well worth the time and money.

Closer in around El Morro, Punta Mita, Marietta Islands you´ll find Rooster fish to 40 lbs, a little on the sparse side they´re there and that´s good enough for now. Sailfish are getting thick off the back side of El Morro and there are also more Rooster fish in this area as well. Dorado to 25 lbs are sprinkled throughout the area, nothing dependable, but you should boat at least one, maybe two in a day. Striped Marlin are about ten miles off the point of Punta Mita as well. Look for any floating debris and there will be a Dorado opportunity.

Inside the bay will surprise you, Dorado of course but if you can find one they´ll be over 25 lbs. Sailfish are still hanging out at La Cruz and in front of Los Arcos. Bait has filled the bay and now that means we have Black and Blue Marlin, smaller ones, coming into the bay and some have been boated anywhere from 175 lbs to 375 lbs. Impressive and freaky at the same time, this is not normal on any scale. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (bait for El Banco), Sierra Mackerals, Needle Fish, Snapper and hopefully Snook or Robalo around the river mouths make the bay full of options amigos!

Sailfish off Punta Mita and El Morro!
Sailfish off Punta Mita and El Morro!

Bait looks great, maybe too good as the ¨locals¨ are not taking bait and seem very finicky. With Bullet Bonito, Green runners, Flying fish, Bonito, Skippies, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on it´s a virtual fish smorgasbord in the bay. As far as lures go Petroleros with purple lures, pink and blue, Iguanas of yellow and green with black stripes will be a good place to start as always. The bite is mid day, but with the last huge full moon it´s a moving target. Full moon, targeting Tuna, you need to be at the fishing grounds at least an hour before sunrise. Other species is fine after 9 a.m. mid day bite for every species but Tuna is after 4 p.m. now, good luck figuring this out! Water temperatures have dropped to a comfortable 85 degrees finally and we´ll have perfect water conditions until after New Years and that´s a good thing. Deep high visibility blue water is just the cherry on the cake!

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Great Week for Captain Scooby with Dorado in this pic at Punta Mita
Great Week for Captain Scooby with Dorado in this pic at Punta Mita

Yellowfin Tuna Increasing in Numbers, Marlin Abundant, Dorado Surprise

Yellowfin Tuna Increasing in Numbers, Marlin Abundant, Dorado Surprise

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

One fo the first few Dorado since months and months ago
OLne fo the first few Dorado since months and months ago

The big surprise this week is the arrival of Dorado! Normally we see them in June or July, May in some years, but this past year has been terrible. Finally we´re seeing some show up around Punta Mita. Where there are some there are surely more in the area. Blue Marlin are picking up in numbers and Black Marlin are also more available. Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña, life is good!

Corbeteña: Yellowfin Tuna running 100 to 140 lbs have picked up in numbers and in size the last week with the arrival of massive amounts of bait in the water. No issues making bait as Skip Jack Tuna are all over the area. Blue and Black Marlin are concentrating around the Rock more and seem to be looking for your presentation. Sailfish are partying with the Marlin. Cubera Snappers are taking trolled baits and the water conditions are a perfect high visibility blue, almost purple. Yes Amigos Corbeteña is well worth the fuel expense, finally!

11-05-2016-snapper-650-pxls-mbtextMuch the same for El Banco as Blue Marlin to 600 lbs are taking baits nicely. Black Marlin in the same range, Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Sailfish of course, and Yellowfin Tuna at 180 to 200 lbs! Finally we can justify the fuel coast. Start at the ¨high spots¨ and work your way out to 1 to 3 miles to the west and things will work well for you. Bait is plentiful, water is blue, No Dorado as yet but this will change hopefully soon, stay tuned.

Punta Mita / El Morro areas are springing to life as well amigos. Sailfish are becoming more and more abundant. Blue Marlin are off El Morro and Dorado are off the point so drop your lines about three miles out and get ready for some arm burning action. Put Jack Crevalls, Bonito (Tuna) and Sierra Mackerals into the picture and you´ll have a fun day.

Freak Dorado in the bay feeding at the river mouth of the Ameca River.
Freak Dorado in the bay feeding at the river mouth of the Ameca River.

Inside the bay is much the same as the last few weeks. Jack Crevalls are starting to decrease in number as they should with warm water. We´re still seeing freak incidences of Sailfish being boated off the La Cruz to Los Arcos. Don´t expect them and one will show up. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls at 40 lbs and your fill of Mackerals! A four hour trip in the bay will be well worth the time and money. The red tide is gone and it´s full speed ahead for fishing in PV right now! Update: Inside the bay some Dorado have moved in around the river mouth with Snappers, Bonito and Jack Crevalls.

Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña . .  Not guaranteed... ready to take a shot?
Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña . . Not guaranteed… ready to take a shot?

Water temperatures are still hovering at 86 degrees, considered almost perfect. All the fishing grounds are seeing high visibility blue water to the point of being purple! The Bite is ealier now at 7:00 am or a bit later and the late bite is just after the noon to 1 p.m. time frame, plan accordingly. Lures to use this week are Option 1: Purple with red stripes. Option 2: Green with Yellow and black stripes. And another option: Pink / Blue.

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

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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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….

Roller Coaster Fishing Conditions Continue, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Return

Roller Coaster Fishing Conditions Continue, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Return

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

04 10 2016 Andy K, Corbeteña, Bella Del Mar wCapt Hector 80 lb Tuna 650 Pxls MBText

Hello everyone and welcome back to another high season. If you live in Vallarta you´re well aware that the humidity has been brutal (but is calming down now). The reason for that is because water temperatures, the single biggest fish catching factor, went from 84 to over 90 in four days. It was a swift and warm current from hell and obliterated fishing. I was having a hard time being positive about people’s chances for boating fish, thankfully I have an improved opinion of your chances. But that´s not to say there aren´t challenges. We have fish, the question is if they´ll take your bait!

El Nino doesn´t work like a light switch where conditions change rapidly. We´re in the middle of the transition period where confused currents and water temperatures are like a big blender out there. Because of this you have to weigh your options and risk factors against the weight of your wallet! We have world class fish and they´re good sized. We also have so much bait in and around the area that it appears to be a bit of an issue. Especially when you rely on the ¨hunger¨ factor to motivate them. Like Thanksgiving, once you finally push yourself away from the table, you´re not exactly in the mood to stuff more food in your mouth. Well, that is until you see the pumpkin pie, then you´ll do your best to squeeze down a piece or two. Well these fish are the same, they´re stuffed with all sorts and varieties of bait. You can still tease them with a impressive presentation. Like the pumpkin pie example, if your presentation can grab their eye you´ve got a shot. So tackle and equipment is all important, if you need a yellow with green lure with black stripes and you don´t have it, a situation like this could mean the difference in catching fish or coming in empty handed.

Right now the fishing is spread out and that´s an understatement. Anywhere from Corbeteña to the first island of the Tres Maria islands are fertile fishing grounds. For the fourth week in a row now there are no concentrations around the Rock or El Banco. The area in between El Banco and Corbeteña is just as fertile as it has always been. Yet so many Anglers ignore this area. Mostly because of the fuel factor, they load up for a certain distance, but not a roaming ¨pad¨. It´s horrible when people lose fish that are close because the boat you just chartered is cutting fuel usage to the quick. Now a Mexican company will never lose money, so you have to ask these sorts of things before you book the boat. Pay extra for fuel if need be but make sure the boat will ¨go the distance¨ to catch Moby Dick!

Corbeteña is still alive and breathing with Blue and Black Malin 300 to 600 lbs. The best place to start is in the shallow area on the west side to 3 miles out in a circular pattern. They prefer live bait but make sure you run at least one lure. Sailfish are nice sized at 130 to 150 lbs, which would win many a tournament 8 miles to the north. Seems weird they´re both in the same area, but separated. So cover this area and you should see results. Cubera Snappers from 45 to 65 lbs are good sized and taking trolled baits as well as jigging. Dorado are still missing in action. You´ve naturally got the regular players of Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito and last but not least Yellowfin tuna 80 to 120 lbs. But before you jump up and find a boat it´s on again / off again fishing all over. You´re going to have to work for what you can get amigos.

El Banco is much the same, Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 140 lbs at the high spots to the first Island, Cleophus of the Tres Marias Islands. That´s about a forty mile distance to cover. The closer you get to Cleophus the larger the Yellowfin Tuna. A few, not many have been boated at 240 to 350 lbs so it´s a risk that can pay off in Tuna steaks or nothing. Sailfish are abundant around the high spots as are Blue and Black Marlin in the 500 lb range. Cubera Snappers at 65 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs and who knows what else!

Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have been pretty quiet as late, but things are improving now where I would recommend an 8 hr trip where you´ll have a decent shot at Sailfish and a little farther out Marlin in the 300 lb and up range. Sorry, no Dorado. Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals are also in the area. If you`re targeting larger fish on a budget this would be a good option.

Magnifico circling Corbeteña Rock looking for Marlin and more!
Magnifico circling Corbeteña Rock looking for Marlin and more!

Inside the bay we´ve been dealing with red tide for the week. Things are now improving, just north of Bucerias which is about half way across the bay you´ll find clean, blue water so we can still fish in the bay if you remember this info point. Plenty of Sierra Mackerals in the 12 lb range, Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs and smaller Sailfish off La Cruz Marina, this still surprises me. The river water now is running clear again and the water levels are down so the Snook or Robalo in Spanish should be picking up soon. They love the agua dulce or fresh water where they can scavenge. Just get a three inch silver diamond jig in front of them and you´ll be eating one of the tastiest fish we have in the bay. Give it a few days everything should be back to normal. A four hour trip is inexpensive and productive. We have a great single engine panga for $200 usd special, good for up to four people and is a great option for those on a budget.

Many people are not coming in with fish because they´re ignoring the bite which is weird. With a full moon nowhere in sight the bite is happening mid morning from 11 is in the morning to 5 O´clock to dusk. So if you left the dock at seven, you got back probably before the bite happened. If you´re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, they´ve been taking baits earlier in the morning and the late bite will be at dusk, which means around 7 p.m. You may not like what I just told you, but you´re armed with the facts now. Decisions, decisions…. Water temperatures have dropped significantly to 87 degrees from 90 degrees the last few days and you can feel that with the reduced humidity. Bait is always an issue and you want to run live bait with a Iguana lure (yellow head, green skirt with black stripes). As far as bait that is available it´s a wide spectrum. Flying fish, Bullet bonito all over Punta Mita. Sardines invading the shore areas in massive bait balls and Goggle Eye alamode in between. That is also a possible reason fish will ignore your bait when you know they´re ¨there¨. Just another normal fishing challenge, an experienced captain will have a few tricks up his sleeve. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna be advised that there have been these shelled Squid that they´re just stuffing themselves with and it a favorite food. It´s hard to turn their heads when they´re stuffed with ¨turkey¨, they won´t go the ¨pumpkin pie¨!

Our newest member Raffa has 25 yrs of experience working with the hotels and concierges is invaluable to us at Master Baiter´s. Raffa is the only Mexican National in Marina Vallart that won´t sell you a timeshare! Raffa is dedicated to getting you the best prices possible on all of our available services. So come say hello to Raffa and make a new trusted friend. We´re lucky to have him!

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

window-art-advert-02mbtext-bright-textMaster 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

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.