Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

 

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

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

07 13 2017 Magnifico, 8 hrs, 600 pxls MBTextAs we move deeper into the summer season we see things are pretty much about the same and that’s not bad. We still have Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Rooster Fish make an appearance finally. Water temperatures are still favorable at 82 degrees. High Visibility Blue Water at all the fishing grounds with plenty of bait. A formula for world class fishing rolled up in one of the most popular and safest destinations in the whole world, how lucky are you? For me, it’s the plan!

These are the kind of “cookie cutter” reports I like. Fishing can be such a roller coaster that what was happening yesterday is no guarantee it will happen today. As we enter the best time of the year for Sportfishing in one of the best fishing grounds in the world you should have high expectations. World class species you expect running in the larger ranges size wise. Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Sailfish is a sportsman dream and on many an Anglers buck list. For now those heading to the deep water locations of Corbetena have the opportunity to boat a Black Marlin over 500 lbs, but we’ve seen over 700 lbs  the last few days or so. Blue Marlin are also large running 500 lbs and are all over these two areas. If near Corbetena about five miles before you see the rock we’re still seeing Dorado in smaller numbers, so challenges exist, nothing new there. What is new the Long Liners are back with a seven mile long line (yes they’re illegal) between El Morro and Corbetena just destroying the Dorado fishing in this area. Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 to 80lb range are a little smaller than last week. But who’s complaining. Remember there could be some very large Yellowfin Tuna locally soon so keep your ears to the wind. Sailfish are sprinkled thought the area but are only taking dead baits! Even with super abundant bait in the area dead baits are working, live bait doesn’t. Our little secret. . . Lots of other possibilities as well like Cuberra Snappers, Bonito, Skippies and more. All  and all if both el Banco  and Corbetena are doing well then Corbetena would be my first choice, then north to the area in-between that is widely ignored.  That is until tournament time and these two locations are stuffed with competing anglers. One thing to remember is the bite is happening late, after 3:00 pm for the Big Marlin and other species like Sailfish. El Banco is a bust, no bait, no real fish in the area….. but this should chance so stay tuned….

The Marietta Islands have a pulse although not much of one. Red Snappers have been caught from 20 to 30 lbs, Needle fish and small Grouper are also around but not much of a draw. Just to the north at Punta Mita we’re seeing Sailfish of nice size, Dorado can be found around any stump or clumps of crap due to the seasonal rains. Many are super tiny so don’t keep anything that looks small and you know what I mean. Rooster fish finally made  an appearance and are at the point of Punta Mita running 30 to 40 lbs!  North of this area there are Rooster fish around the San Pancho area as well, but this is a ten hour trip amigos, but they’re 20 to 30 lbs. Might be a little far for these but if they’re up there, they’ll be down here shortly, stay tuned.

07 12 2017 Bay fishing, Magnifico 550 pxls MBTextInside the bay is it’s normal amazing self that it has been for some time now. We have tons of Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 45 lbs and smaller around Yelapa, but you need to be fishing about 6 P.M. or forget about it. For other species it’s an all day affair where you’ll have possible Sailfish off Los Arcos, somebody is getting them might as well be you. Jack Crevalls are still all over the bay but diminishing in numbers as they should. Needle fish are all around the bay but heaviest around Los Arcos as well. Dorado of teeny tiny sizes are feeding on the trash line, not keepers. But you could hit a larger Mahi if you’re in deeper bay water. Near the river mouths there is a 50 / 50 chance of hooking into a nice sized Sea Bass from 20 to 30lbs, feeling lucky?

Special Announcement:  Master Baiter’s is expanding and opening a new location on the Malicon, Board walk to us gringo types, next to Sr. Frogs clothing stores at the Light House. We are very excited and will be getting in new and different Master Baiter’s Products we have not sold in many moons.  We took the keys and are doing our best to make it a worthy location. We’ll have a Grand Opening party so keep your eyes peeled. We will be getting back into our branded tackle and fishing products as time moves on. You will also be able to book fishing trips, book tours, or just get real information from real people. And remember, at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

For now we couldn’t be happier with how the season is progressing. If all goes well soon we’ll have larger Yellowfin tuna at the primary fishing grounds in sizes we haven’t seen in some time. With water temperatures hovering around 84 degrees this is a good place to start. High visibility super blue water is another friend to the fisherman. With plenty of bait fish in the bay like Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes, Bullet Bonito, Bonito, Flying fish you name it we have it for bait. Red Tuna crabs are thinning in numbers and not an obstacle any longer. Now if you’re at Corbetena and El Banco there is a bait issue as in there is none to speak of. Bring it with you in this area. The bite is happening late in the day now, normal fish at anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 P.M. so be ready for this, fishing doesn’t always happen on our schedules amigos. As far as Baits / Lures:  For the most part dead baits are working best, but run live bait anyway. Lures are working also, so it’s a mixed bag. Lures should be Petroleros, Iguanas of green and yellow, cedar plugs are good places to start. There are a few you can’t forget, but for the most part this week you need to remember that for now dead bait works as well as live bait. Go figure but that’s the way it is for now…. As we see water temperatures climb a bit more we may see more of the larger gamefish moving in, cross your fingers!

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

Koozies 2017Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 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, Blue Water, Big Marlin…All That And A Bag of Potato Chips

                                                                      Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Water, Big Marlin

                                                                    ……All That And A Bag of Potato Chips

 

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

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?

 

It’s nice this year to be able to report some great and improving action and conditions. For the last several years we’ve been less than happy with the way the fishing season started. Granted we’ve been dealing with the mother of all El Niño’s, but that’s over now. Water and bait conditions couldn’t be better. It’s low season as the thermometer continues to climb, hand in hand with heavy amounts of humidity. It may be the off season for tourism, but when it comes to fishing for world class species in world class fishing grounds, you need look no further. Yes folks High Season for Fishing is developing nicely

Believe it or not, things are much the same as last week, I don’t mind some cookie cutter articles when the fishing is great. But we’ve had some nice “adjustments” to the fishing this week at El Banco or The Bank to us Gringos. For the last several weeks I have suggested any fishing grounds before el Banco as it’s been dead, not the fishing machine we all know and remember so well. Everything will change if you give it enough time and “it’s” been enough time. Having said that there have been some Yellowfin Tuna 3 to five miles to the west of the high spots in the 40 to 100 lb range, finally! There is a bit of a challenge as these YF Tuna are not exactly taking your bait easily or enthusiastically at all. There are tons of these tiny “shrimp cocktail” sized shrimps all around the bay. When you do get Tuna to take a bait, their stomachs are stuffed full of these tiny pink shrimp. Blue and Black Marlin are anywhere from 300  to possible over 600 lbs. Dorado, yes I said Dorado are hanging out around the high spots at 25 lbs. Sailfish are in the area and they have an appetite for dead baits,  go figure. All and all the fishing here is outstanding and lets face it, when El Banco is producing it can be hard to beat and “They’re always bigger at The Bank”!

07 09 2016 Guanatuna, 8 hrs, Sailfish 600 pxls MBTextCorbetena this week is much the same as El Banco, but a little different. The Dorado at Corbetena are 25 lbs as well, but they’re five miles before you come to the “rock”. Naturally Corbetena is closer to Marina Vallarta than el Banco so the fuel expense is always a consideration. For now unless you’re coming in from the north for some reason, the rock is producing and it’s closer. You’ll have to make a judgment call. Now remember there are some huge ridges between Corbetena and The Bank that have produced many a tournament winning Marlin so don’t forget about these fishing grounds “in between”.  It’s rocking here right now, don’t think, just get on a boat already!

The Marietta Islands remain disappointing once again this week. There were some reports of Rooster fish caught on the reef, we’re not supposed to be there fishing, so that’s an issue.  Bonito to 30 lbs, Jacks to 40 lbs, other misc. species. All and all not many reasons to hit this area. El Morro on the other hand, just a bit south is producing nice sized Sailfish and a few miles out from two dome rocks you’ll find Dorado in the 25 lb range and we’re thanking our lucky stars for this as last year it was the end of August before we saw any sustained Dorado run in the area. So this is a good sign. Needle fish are also picking up in numbers and are at 30 lbs. The point off Punta Mita has been on fire the last few days with nice sized Dorado to 30 lbs, Sailfish increasing in numbers daily and about three to seven miles off the point you have a strong chance of Blue Marlin and a stray Black Marlin in the 350 lb range. Maybe even a Striped Marlin, but the water temperatures are a touch warm for them, so they’ll be heading north to Cabo where the water is always a touch cooler than PV.

05 20 2016 45 lb JackCrev Punta Mita 650 pxls MBTextInside the Bay, with the seasonal rains and Hurricane activity we are seeing the return of the Trash Line. A band of seeds, weeds, leaves, twigs, you name it, it’s organic and the smaller fish in the bay love it. It attracts smaller fish, and that attracts bigger fish, it’s a beautiful thing. Football Yellowfin Tuna to 45lbs at Yelapa, but they’re finicky, and they too are full of Red Tuna Crabs, tiny pink shrimps and the list goes on when it comes to available baits in the bay. Needle fish to 35 lbs, Sailfish in the Los Arcos area about three miles out, Possible Dorado to 15 lbs (possibly larger), Bonito at 30lbs and at the Ameca River mouth there have been some large Sea Bass over 35 lbs and looking for your bait. Jack Crevalls are still everywhere. The bay is a great value for everyone right now and it’s almost criminal not to get on the water right now, we’ll make it affordable.

Conditions  are always changing so I do what I can to keep you up to date when it comes to things that will affect your day(s), this week we see water temperatures hanging around the same level they were last week at 82 degrees Fahrenheit (or 28  degrees Celsius). Perfect for most species, no complaints about water temperatures and the water is a high visibility blue once you get close to leaving the bay. Bait conditions: It’s a cornucopia of bait all around the bay. Flying fish 5 inch, Rainbow Runners (green and blue included), Goggle eyes, Tuna Crabs, Tiny pink Shrimp,

Bullet Bonito, Skippies and the list is incredible. With all this bait it can be a touch frustrating to them interested if you’re at the right place, but the wrong time. The bite is still weird, anything can happen between 9 am and 3 PM. Get there early, be prepared, you’ll catch fish amigos. Lures, I always say you should run a lure on the outrigger. The regular lures, old reliable are working so give it a try. Petroleros like normal of purple and green are working well as usual. Cedar plugs will work so don’t be afraid to run one. Also try lures with blue and pink combinations. Red print is working well as are orange and black print combos. Things always change, but these colors are a good place to start.

We are seeing our big game species of Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna hanging around the deep water locations for extended periods now and this is a great sign. Coming out of El Nino this spring it was a washing machine for fishing with currents, wildly fluctuating water temperatures and available species at times limited to Bonito and Jack Crevalls. As yet we have not seen any Rooster fish move into the area now and they’re about five months late now. Normally they will follow the Sardines, not so this past spring, surprising. So it’s encouraging to see El Banco come back to life as we were wondering if it still had a pulse, it does! Fishing is a roller coaster, one day up, on day down. For now we’re “Up” and it looks like it will be this way for the coming months, it actually looks like we could have a normal season this “fishing season”, let’s hope.

For those looking to participate in the Puerto Vallarta fishing tournament come mid November is already getting attention. If you’re like to participate in this or any of the local tournaments Master Baiter’s has reasonably priced world class boats and captains accustomed to winning tournaments. We are already seeing interest in booking boats for this famous local tournament. If you plan on coming down to the tournament and participating make sure you contact us at Master Baiter’s, we can make it all happen. Come be part of Team Master Baiter’s, the shirt alone would be worth the entry fee…. Ok, maybe not..Ha ha.

Special Announcement:  Master Baiter’s is expanding and opening a new location on the Malicon, board walk to us gringo types, next to Sr. Frogs clothing stores at the Light House. We are very excited and will be putting new and different Master Baiter’s Products we have not sold in many moons.  We open our doors on July 15th, we’ll have a Grand Opening party so keep your eyes peeled. We will be getting back into our branded tackle and fishing products as time moves on. You will also be able to book fishing trips, book tours, or just get real information from real people. And remember, at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

Beautiful Bait
Beautiful Bait
Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point
Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point

Shared Boats: We’re still sharing boats, save some money and we’ll try and fix you up with other nice people, $275 usd, half a super panga for eight hours, hit me up with an email and get your name on the list,  we’ll do what we can to “Hook you up”.  We are still smoking fish as well, we take half as payment, so it’s free for clients. Jack Crevalls are many times considered a less than desirable fish for eating. Smoked jack Crevalls are great tasting especially with beer. Marlin, Sailfish also taste wonderful, Dorado is incredible… so keep this in mind the next time you give that trash fish to your crew. We’ll come get it and leave you information on the whole process.

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

Tours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

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

600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too!

                                                      600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too              

 

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

 

25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at Corbetena.
25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at CorbetenA.

Warning; As we move into the second week of July we find every single condition both perfect and frustrating. Bait, we have tons of bait at all the fishing grounds, bait is not a problem. The water is blue, we have some really big fish out there right now which shows that even when things are about as good as they’re going to get, fishing on a world class scale is never without its challenges. For now we’re seeing very happy fish with full stomachs. That is the challenge, how do you get a world class specimen to take your bait when they’re as full as they can possibly get? Well, frankly that’s why I’m here, to share with you some small secrets that will hopefully make a difference or entertain those too far away to take advantage of the paradise I live in. An example of this is Corbetena. 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta we have Big Black Marlin starting at 600 lbs and going up from there! Blue Marlin up to 500 lbs, Sailfish swarming and Yellowfin Tuna from 50 to 100 lbs. Update 7/4/2017: Dorado moved in today and our clients boated two nice Dorado and a big Sailfish about a mile past the rock today, to my knowledge these are the first in season Dorado this year. Hopefully this will  not be a fleeting thing as we’ve had dismal Dorado fishing for the last couple of years! Now if this doesn’t get you excited Mr. Sportsman, check your pulse, you may be dead. With abundant and varied baits, perfect high visibility blue water, perfect water temperatures, it’s hard to imagine better conditions possible.  Ok, that’s the up side and there is always a down side.  Which is the bite. With so many red tuna crabs, it’s tough to get a YF Tuna to take a bait. For now it seems the late bite is after 5 p.m. So if you’re looking for Yellowfin Tuna that’s the time to be at the fishing grounds.  Marlin can have the same bite, but they’ll hit trolled baits during the day if they’re not full.  So you’ll have to work that one out amigos, Buenos suerte or Good Luck.  When it comes to El Banco I can’t tell you much this week. With Corbetena the fishing has been so good there isn’t any real reason to spend the extra money on fuel heading out farther. I do expect there would be Black and Blue Marlin as well as Sailfish in comparable sizes to what’s running around Corbetena, then again maybe not. Feel free to roll the dice, then let me know what your day was like.

07 04 2017 Carl Taz Jones y wife Sailfish 550 pxls MBTextThe area around the Marietta Islands is still on the slow side, not really much of a reason to hit this area for the time being. Now if you’re around the point off Punta Mita then anything is possible in this area. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as you’d expect. Marlin are out about ten miles past the point, but start looking around at the three mile mark. Dorado is starting to move into the area, but they are babies and should be thrown back! With plenty of bait in the area this is our best eight hour option.

Those looking for some fun on the water but either time or other factors are affecting your vacation, then four to six hours in the bay is just what the doctor ordered. With smaller Sailfish still in the bay around the deep channel in front of Los Arcos and baby Dorado too this area has been producing nicely for the last ten months! Jack Crevalls at 45 lbs are huge, thick in numbers and fun to catch. Bonito to 35 lbs, hell even the possibility of a Striped Marlin.  The fishing is wonderful in the bay, lots of options species wise and the expense is on the small side.  Now that we’re seeing more rain in the evenings we’ve had a Trash Line the baby Dorado’s have been feeding on. This naturally attracts larger fish so don’t ignore that strip of crap, it’s the best fish attractor there is.

When it comes to bait, it’s crazy what’s available. Rainbow runners, Goggle Eyes, Red Crabs, Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on and on. For now running a lure is still a good idea, a Petroleros or Iguana of yellow and green color is a good place to start, don’t be afraid to change color if it isn’t working amigos. Water temperatures have hung in the 81 degree mark, it’s not perfect, but close enough for the fish we play with. The bite has been a moving target.  The morning bite is all over the place, so make sure you’re where you want to be fishing early, that way you can’t miss the bite as it moves daily. The late bite is predictable, but late around 5. Plan accordingly amigos for max. Effectiveness.

Just a reminder, rain is no reason to cancel a fishing trip and deposits will not be returned on rain! Having said that the fishing is better in the rain. Those rain drops look like fish landing on the water.  This gets fish more excited that my ex-wife with a new Nordstroms credit line! Trust me, that’s “excited“! With the summer fishing season on us we all need to remember hurricanes are a part of life in this part of the world when it comes to fishing here in PV.  Many people freak out when I mention Hurricanes, but in reality we see many during the season. Very few are threats or even a “concern”. It can cause some rough seas or stormy conditions. The port authority here in PV is worse than my ex when it comes to being a safety freak. It’s a good thing, but you’ll never hit unsafe conditions because when swells hit six feet, even with super intervals, the port will be closed. So you’re fishing and boating safety is all important to us all. You’re covered, safe and informed as long as you continue to read these articles amigos, my promise to you!

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

Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .
Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .

Remember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

Tours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

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