Tropical Conditions Pushing Fish Out of Area Momentarily, Bay Fishing is Great!

Tropical Conditions Pushing Fish Out of Area Momentarily, Bay Fishing is Great!

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

 

Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector boats a Sailfish in the bay near La Cruz
Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector boats a Sailfish in the bay near La Cruz

Summer has arrived in all its glory now. It’s warm, normally around 90 to 100 degrees daily. Humidity is unbearable for those from a drier climate running normally over 80 percent. It can be unbearable at times. Puerto Vallarta is for all practical purposes a “Fish Bowl” that holds humidity. With a little pressure from a microscopic system will cause rain daily. Sometimes those tiny “systems” can be a bit of a problem as fish in the area will feel this pressure in the water! When this happens the fish will move out. We’ve seen some of this the past week. Having said that, the fishing is still great, but you will come back empty handed if heading out past the Marietta Islands. With blue water conditions and plenty of bait in the area, this will be short lived.

This week if you’re heading to the deep water locations of Corbetena or El Banco you may come back with fish, but then again if the last few days are an indicator, it may be wise to wait a day or two. We have times when things just fall apart, the locals say it’s “slow”. We have blue water, plenty of bait, water temp is a little high at 88 but not a disaster. It’s just this high pressure “zones” that move in and out now that’s the issue. You could find Sailfish and Marlin in the northern area past Corbetena, but then again if the last few days are any example then wait for some news. Of course you can always Jig for Cubera Snappers and go with “luck”, it happens, but for now save those fuel dollars for better days.

08 15 2017 Magnifico Sail Punta Mita 2 400 pxls MBTextAround Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have been equally as disappointing. We saw some great days last week with super abundant Sailfish, some nice Dorado and of course we had some 40 lb Rooster fish near the shoreline and reefs type areas of Anclote, north of Sayulita. But that was short lived as these high pressure “eddies” continue to swirl around the “fish bowl” we have here. It saves our butts for Hurricanes, but you can feel the pressure making the heat and humidity more intense. Vacationers just think it’s hot and hotter. For now things can change before you finish reading this article so don’t be discouraged, just fire me an email and I’ll get you the latest and greatest information amigos.

Once again amigos inside the bay wins the prize as the best fishing PV has to offer. Sailfish in both ends of the bay, Small Yellowfin Tuna to 30 lbs around Yelapa and abundant. Jack Crevalls are peppered throughout the area. Bonito, Skippies, 40 lb Rooster fish still possible near Estiladeras or close to La Cruz in the surf. Six hours got a client a nice Sailfish, we haven’t seen Sailfish for a few days and to boat one in the bay is pretty unusual, but unusual has turned into the norm for the last year! Those looking to have some great and fun action would be well served to consider the bay as your first and best option for the next twenty minutes….

Water temperatures have gone up a bit to 88 degrees as mentioned earlier, but this is not the problem, it’s the pressure these fish feel that has been their issue. Water it blue and perfect. We’re also seeing lots of Baby Skip Jack Tuna by the billions, Some Sardines, Goggle eyes and the list goes on. For now lures are not that great to use, but Petroleros and Blue with Silver are working well, start there and go through your lures one at a time. Something will work. The bite is hard to call this week. We’ve seen lots of cloud cover and a fair amount of rain if you’ve seen the news services or seen Facebook accounts. There is a lot of floating debris in the bay so if you’re on a boat be sure to keep an eye open for floating stumps or dead heads as they’re called. The trash line could be something to pay attention to, but only small Dorado are there, so throw the babies back.

All and all the fishing has been running hot and cold. One day it’s so hot we’ll have twenty five strikes within three boats. The next day it’s a fish “ghost town”. For now we’ll just play to our strengths and play in the bay. It’s less expensive and if you want to catch fish this is probably your best option and you will catch fish. If that’s the goal and you’re not hoping to catch Moby Dick, then you’ll have a great day amigos…  Malicon Location map 600 Pxls20170818_105611

Remember to visit our new location on the Malicon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house. Also look at our web page, we have some new boats, removed older boats and have some different options. We are showing some less expensive boats for the budget hunters. Then we have the nice boats that are priced accordingly. Then we have a few new yachts for fishing or cruising. We’ll be adding Sailboats shortly for the Sailors out there. We also have some different products in the Boardwalk store I don’t have in the marina store as yet. So go in say hello to Ben or Carmen and check out my newest location!

 

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 Spread Out, Yellowfin Tuna Bite Late in Day

Sailfish Spread Out, Yellowfin Tuna Bite Late in Day

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

 

Sailfish at El Morro to Punta Mita, boated on Magnifico!
Sailfish at El Morro to Punta Mita, boated on Magnifico!

Writing a fishing article weekly is like aiming at a moving target. We all know what the fishing was like yesterday is not really an indication for what will happen tomorrow in conditions like we presently have. Now the fishing in Puerto Vallarta is never anything but good. But, if you’re looking for Moby Dick, He’s out there, but he’s not in the bay. Last week things got hot, then cold, then hot again. It’s very difficult to get a feel for fishing this year, it normally is right after an El Nino, but that’s not to say fishing is bad. In fact the fishing is great, but if you’re targeting a specific species or area, you could be disappointed. If you are inclined, multiple days fishing will always pay fish dividends… Those with high expectations of specific species can be disappointed at times. Those looking to have a fun time and be happy with what hits your bait, then you’ll have a wonderful time.

Once again we see the deep water locations are hot and cold. When it comes to Corbetena, right at the rock it’s been very slow and not easy to find Marlin, Sailfish or Tuna. If you only circle the rock you diminish your chances of a trophy fish greatly. Corbetena is just the target spot, you have to find the fish once there. If you’re on a low rent boat that goes slow and doesn’t use fuel, then you’ll be circling the rock and “Oh Well, that’s fishing” comes from your crew. But for now it’s also the time you arrive. Lesser fishing companies lock you into a specific time to depart, mostly 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. If that’s the case now, you’re heading to Corbetena looking for Marlin and Sailfish you better be looking for fish north of the rock. If you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, then they’re hitting around 11:30 if you’re lucky, but their strongest bite has been at 7:30 P.M. when the sun is sinking fast. If you are targeting Yellowfin then you’re most likely back before the bite begins. Not what you want to hear, but rather what you got from uninformed, uninterested agents looking for money and not return clients. Enough Said… Right now if you’re north of the rock by about five miles you’ll find 60 to 100 lbs Yellowfin Tuna at sunset. Before the bite Yellowfin won’t take a bait for nothing. There could be Squids or other bait that they’re feasting on all day. But the evening bite has been happening. One boat I know had three strikes at this time just “yesterday” and boated them all at 70 lbs each. Now this is information you can use right now. Blue Marlin are in the 350 to 600 lb range and are taking baits nicely, I am sure there are Black Marlin in the area, but we’ve only seen Blue Marlin this week.  Sailfish are moving all around the area and are spread out. If you’re targeting Sailfish you can do this closer in from El Morro to Punta Mita. Now if you’re looking for Marlin or Tuna hit this area. No Dorado have been boated in this area as late, but this should change as it always does. El Banco once again is having trouble finding a pulse, for now the extra fuel cost does not justify the heading this way. I heard a rumor not long ago that nets from Seiners are stuck to the high spots like flags in the wind and are not helping conditions there much when it comes to bait fish hanging in the area. Something to think about, not sure if it’s true, but it makes sense as one of the best fishing spots in Mexico stops producing? Really? Something is going on here.

El Morro, Marietta Islands to the Punta Mita is great fishing for Sailfish, but they’ve spread out and are not hanging in one location for the time being. You may come across some Dorado, they’re not exactly large, but you can still find a 20 pounder or two. Rooster fish are around the shore line at Anclote Ref area, Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls still everywhere to 40 lbs and assorted reef fish. The fishing is great even if there aren’t that many trophy fish “types” in the area. Worth the money for an eight hour trip. What was perfectly blue water in this area last week has turned clean green but the water temperatures as you would expect to be cooler aren’t. Fish don’t love green like this, but Sailfish don’t seem to mind and that’s your best species to target for now.08 15 2017 Magnifico Sail Punta Mita 2 400 pxls

Inside the bay this week we can make the argument it’s the best fishing location for PV right now. We’ve seen some rain, but this year the rainy season is spotty at best. This means we’re not seeing the trash line as we would normally see. Having said that there are baby Dorado in the 5 lb range that are willing to hit just about any bait in front of them that isn’t bigger than they are. Don’t keep the babies, let them grow to adults and help the Dorado Populations that have been decimated over the last few years by Seiners looking to pick up the slack as they fished Yellowfin Tuna to the levels they are now. Don’t be part of the problem amigos. Now there are some larger Dorado to be had off Los Arcos in the 30 lb range if you’ve got the luck of the Irish. Sailfish are spreading out in the bay as well, La Cruz area is a hot spot as well as is the middle of the bay. If you’re in the La Cruz area the Rooster fish are still in close to shore and are in the 30 to 40 lb range and can be had easily surf fishing, but a boat is better. Surprisingly to me Rooster fish have been around the mouth of the Ameca River in the 40 lb range as well, worth a shot for sure. Jack Crevalls all over the place to 40 lbs and if you’re close to Yelapa there is always the chance of a Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 to 45 lb range, feeling lucky?

The bite this week has been a moving target. Inside the bay anything can happen from 8:30 a.m. on. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna then you may want to head out later as they’re bite is around 11:30 on.. And from 7:30 p.m. into the evening. Now you have the real information, use it wisely. As far as bait goes we’re seeing tons if baby Skip jack Tuna and this is causing a frenzy for Roosters and Sails. Lures are not working that well, but if targeting Tuna use the reliable Cedar Plugs, Blue and yellow lures and of course the Petroleros and Iguana Lures. Water temperatures are at a very nice and comfortable 87 degrees so there are no issues there.

Come See Us at our new location on the Malicon on Morelos next to Sr.Frogs
Come See Us at our new location on the Malicon on Morelos next to Sr.Frogs

Remember to visit our new location on the Malicon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house. Also look at our web page, we have some new boats, removed older boats and have some different options. We are showing some less expensive boats for the budget hunters. Then we have the nice boats that are priced accordingly. Then we have a few new yachts for fishing or cruising. We’ll be adding Sailboats shortly for the Sailors out there. We also have some different products in the Boardwalk store I don’t have in the marina store as yet. So go in say hello to Ben or Carmen and check out my newest location!

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

20170730_094315Web 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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Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ..... Come in, Say hello, see our newest products....
Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

Punta Mita Explodes with Sailfish and Dorado

                                     Punta Mita Explodes with Sailfish and Dorado

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

 

 

Welcome back to another week of exciting fishing. We’ve seen several weeks where the fishing has gone from great to terrible, then back to great again. Now I can’t say the fishing is “great” but I can say it’s very good. The conditions are hard to beat right now, it is warm and humid but that’s to be expected especially at this time of the year. We’ve seen some swings as to “hot and cold” fishing, again that’s normal. One thing that is keeping the fishing good is the amount of Sailfish and Dorado available for the last week or so, this makes the fishing good. Now if Corbetena or El Banco would get their act together then maybe we could call it all “Great”.

Sailfish Heaven at Punta Mita with Capt. Chema (R) on Profeta, one of our four super pangas.
Sailfish Heaven at Punta Mita with Capt. Chema (R) on Profeta, one of our four super pangas.

Last week Corbetena was cooking, today it’s more of slow simmer. Same can be said for El Banco or The Bank as we call it in English. Normally at this time of the year we see some heated action on these spots. One issue has been we had a tropical storm from over the Bay of Banderas which of course pushed the “pressure” up considerably. Fish feel this, hell I can feel this. You know when the pressure is high, you feel like you’re in low grade pressure cooker that just is unbearable until the rain starts then it’s more comfortable. Well until the sun comes out and the process starts again. For now with no real boats heading this direction be sure you check the conditions before heading out. I will say this, there were some strange currents in the area as well so this could have been the biggest problem for fishing in this area. Just remember slow today is hot in a few days, stay positive and it will be to your advantage amigos. Water temperatures have risen in these areas to close to 90 degrees. When this happens Yellowfin Tuna will hand in deeper water where they can more easily regulate their body temperatures. So a sounder and downrigger is essential if fishing in this area. The simple fact that not many are heading in this area, that is until somebody starts boating fish again, means you own those fishing grounds and with some insight it could be a fishing trip to remember. Then again, maybe not…

Good Sized Jack Cervalls still "hangin" in the bay. Strong fighters, always "there" ....
Good Sized Jack Cervalls still “hangin” in the bay. Strong fighters, always “there” ….

 

The big surprise this week is the point off Punta Mita. For a few days last week it was on fire with Sailfish and Dorado, then everything changed shortly after I wrote last week’s article. Then in a few days, like I always say, everything broke loose and the bite was on. With three boats out at the Point of Punta Mita there were 25 Sailfish Strikes and the Dorado are in the 20 to 30 lb range. It was surprising how fast things snapped back to action, but that’s fishing for you. The minute the Tropical Storm that formed over the bay moved out to sea, the fishing exploded again which brings up to date. For now this area is your best band for your fishing buck. Just hit the point, take a heading of 310 or and eight miles later you’ll be where you want to be amigos. Now last week dead bait was the secret, this week they’re hitting super baby YF Tuna “babies” all over the area as are Flying fish with Sardines around the shore in limited amounts. Eight hours will get you a nice length day, not too intense and fish for everyone. This should continue as long as there are small baby YF Tuna the size of a dollar bill, buy the billions I should say so hopefully they grow into “cows”! The area around the Marietta Islands have had fish, mostly Needle fish, fun to catch and good tasting, but not a primary trophy species for sure. They’re fun to catch, even taste great, but weird looking and it has a bill, like a Sailfish but much smaller. Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, maybe a freak Rooster Fish but you should consider yourself lucky if you boat one, not skillful. Off the El Morro Island there have been Sailfish and some Blue and Black Marlin circulating in the area, about seven miles toward Corbetena, but not something you can count on. But if in the area, give it a shot. Remember dead baits were working better than live bait as late so have at least one dead bait and a Petrolero lure out for sure. Update 8/15/217: Today we saw the Arrival of Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin at 250 to 350 lbs and a marked increase in Sailfish Numbers off Punta Mita. Anywhere from Los Animas to Nuevo Vallarta and frankly up to La Cruz area. Dorado are thin, but picking up with several boated the last couple of days, but not automatic. Where are they? Take a heading of 300 off the point and five to eight miles out some billfish will find your baits. The fishing just got even better. 20170730_164407 20170730_164823

 

The other best place to find action once again is inside the bay. You have a possibility of some smaller Yellowfin Tuna to 15 lbs around Yelapa, with some luck they could be larger. Sailfish are still taking baits and are more abundant than you might thing in front of the Los Arcos area. There have also been some freak Dorado over 15 lbs in the same general area, so be positive. Jack Crevalls at 30 lbs are thinning in numbers as you would expect, but with ample bait in the bay they’ve been hanging around in warmer water than they normally like. Needle fish are anywhere from 10 lbs to 40 lbs and while a strange looking fish, they’re great tasting and great fighters. They like to jump a lot which is a visual treat to be sure. If around structure or rocks you can always jig for Snappers or more. All and all the bay is still great fishing and when you can save a few bucks and still have great action, where’s the down side? Update: As mentioned earlier Sailfish are in front of Los Arcos, and frankly anywhere from Los Animas to La Cruz you have a better than “fair”  shot at a Sailfish inside the bay! 

20 lb Dorado at Punta Mita
20 lb Dorado at Punta Mita

 

Water temperatures have been raising slightly and it depends on where you are as to what the water temps are. Inside the bay it’s 86 degrees, cool rain water pouring in the bay can make the difference here. At the Marietta Islands it’s 88 degrees and at the rock (aka Corbetena) it’s closer to 90 degrees as mentioned earlier and can be an issue. Bait this week is a little different. As mentioned if you’re around the Punta Mita Point there are just massive bait balls of tiny Yellowfin Babies the size of dollar bills. Not good for eating, but good tasting to a Sailfish or Dorado. Dead baits are still working nicely, Petrolero lures are also working well as are Rapallas with silver and black markings. Update: for now the lures that are working and they’re working best right now are Tuna Lures with Blue and Gold coloring, Green Lures, and Pink with Blue Lures. They’re striking these because the baby YF Tuna in the four inch range are even thicker. The bite has been all over the place lately, but for the last few days the bite has been around 9 a.m. Be sure to get out early and be where you want to be at this time, you’ll improve your chances and it’s cooler in the morning hours. Just a reminder, it’s rainy season here in PV and while it normally doesn’t rain in the morning hours, it can. Rain is never an excuse to not go fishing as the fish bite better in the rain. Strange but true, the splashes on the water from a fishes point of view looks like baby baits re-entering the water. They get excited and you can really be on the lucky end of that stick. If it does rain the morning it’s normally short lived and it won’t be long before you see blue skies. So remember, rain or shine, the boats go out and nobody will return a deposit if you’re made out of sugar!20170728_190232

Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ..... Come in, Say hello, see our newest products....
Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

 

Special Announcement: I can finally announce we’ve opened a new location on the Boardwalk or Malicon in Spanish, right next to Sr. Frogs and we’re very excited. We are behind the Light House or El Faro in the open area near the Arches amphitheater area. I included a map as to the location for your convenience as I could probably describe where we are better. We vacated the location on Basillio Badillo and Insurgentes. There is another fishing shop there looking to pick up my unknowing customers there, but you’ll see it’s not us. An old employee may be wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt to make you think it’s Master Baiter’s, but it isn’t so keep that in your back pocket and come to the new location. I also have a new employee, Carmen Amores, she speaks both Spanish, Spanglish and English so she can understand whatever you’re “speaking”. Ben is also there and even I put time in so come by, say hello and if you say you came in at my invitation we’ll sell you my classic Corporate Logo shirt for ten dollars. That’s half off for our loyal friends and clients!

Sunset over Vallarta
Sunset over Vallarta

 

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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Fishing Slows Dramatically, Marlin/Tuna Spread Out, Hot and Cold Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Fishing Slows Dramatically, Marlin/Tuna Spread Out, Hot and Cold Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

Cap[t Chema on Profeta with a beauty of a Sailfish at Punta Mita
Cap[t Chema on Profeta with a beauty of a Sailfish at Punta Mita
Well we’re smack into August now, the water temperatures are about where they should be, plenty of bait and seas have been surprisingly calm. It’s summer fishing and we’re looking at the major species of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin and Dorado surprising sparse and fickle. Yes there are crazy amounts of bait in the bay, but that many times can be a problem. Recently with all the bait in the bay and surrounding area the “locals” have been hitting dead baits. So it all can make your head spin trying to develop a game plan, but then again, when was a “fish” ever predictable?

Corbetena this week went from warm to lukewarm as Marlin that were all over the area last Wednesday turned into a ghost town by Friday. Last Tuesday the Sailfish population close to the Rock had filtered out and disappeared for the last couple of days. Having said that there are still Black Marlin over 500 lbs, but they’re not cooperating with the fisherman. Sailfish are closer in, closer to the Marietta islands than the rock and yes, they’re a little thin in this area for the last couple of days. Yellowfin tuna are still hanging out, but not coming up and they’re not real hungry. There are of course Bonito to 30 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs for the jiggers. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs and there are a host of other “possible”. All and all, unless you hear some news or read it here, I’d shy away from this area for now. When it comes to El Banco or The Bank in English, nothing new here either so the deep water locations could be better for the moment. Things change quickly, three days and it seems everything changes. Be patient and stay tuned.

The Marietta Islands are much the same as last week, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Possible Sailfish if lucky. There have been small Dorado in the area, but let the babies and females go amigos to keep the fish numbers up. Plenty of reef fish, but stay off the reefs these days as there are always water sports guys out there around the Island to make sure there are not too many people in the protected reserve areas. Now if you’re around Punta Mita, you had a great week, well up until Wednesday that is. The Sailfish population was thick and hungry. Drop any bait in the water and a Sailfish would hit it in a bling of an eye. Sadly it’s not like that now, but with the local rains there have been some Dorado of nice size around any floating debris, stump, you name it. Again, worth a try as the Sails will be back soon and you could be there at the right time, or maybe not, feeling lucky?

05 20 2016 Adrianas 8 hrs b Adjusted 600 pxls MBTextInside the bay we’re still seeing the same old reliable bay fishing. For the moment fishing inside the bay beats every other fishing area around amigo. For the last year what was almost an impossibility for the many, many years I’ve been here, Sailfish at Los Arcos, has now become normal. Yes it’s better Sailfish “fishing” in the bay than the deep water locations, so save some money and have some fun amigos. Dorado are in this area as well anywhere from 5 lbs (babies don’t you dare keep these) to about twenty pounds. To be fair if you can find a log or stump you hit the jackpot my friend, there will be Dorado up the “what-ever” out there. Tuna, yes small Skip Jack or possible “football” roaming the area near Yelapa with it’s deep water areas. Needle fish are picking up in numbers and are fun to catch, good eating also. Jack Crevalls are still hanging in the warm water, we won’t complain as many people get their arm burning with these reliable species. Yes, take six hours, maybe do some snorkeling, make a day of it and you won’t go wrong. A six hour trip in the bay right now is your best bang for your fishing buck, but be aware this will change rapidly and as usual the bite will be  happening in the next day or so. Be sure to have the latest info before heading out, it could save your day and a lot of fuel money.

One thing about world class fishing is “you never know what you’re going to get” to quote Forest Gump. This week we’ve seen El Banco just stop performing, don’t waste your time. Yet we see Corbetena continue to be its reliable self. Water is super blue and there is plenty of bait in the area so the fishing is great, not perfect, but what is?

Our new Downtown Store on the Malicon or Boardwalk in Spanish
Our new Downtown Store on the Malicon or Boardwalk in Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First thing that comes to my mind it the fact water temperatures have increased to 86 from 84 in one week, this is not bad, but we don’t want it any warmer for now. Marlin are still roaming around the Corbetena area but they’re not concentrated in any one place. Rather Black Marlin are roaming anywhere from the “rock” to areas north about eight miles. The Marlin are both blue and black running anywhere from 300 to over 500 lbs. One secret here is dead bait, yes dead bait which is a little surprising with all the live bait in the area. Another secret is some days there are Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) in the area, some days they’re not. Skippies are working well as far as live bait goes, so if you can make bait, don’t delay. If you can’t use Iguana Lures of yellow and green with black accents. They work well and with all the five pound Dorado in this area it’s a perfect bait. Dorado are great bait and Marlin and Tuna love them. The reason we don’t use Dorado as a trolled bait is they die and just spin. That’s not a good thing. They can’t handle the volume of water I guess. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area and jumping about one mile north of Corbetena. Now remember fish move, so start here and let me know how you do! Yellowfin are running in the 100 lb mark but they are only taking baits when they come up. Capt Cesar of Magnifico tells me that if you’re lucky enough to be in the area they come up in, anything is possible. Feeling lucky? If you’re in the area, Tuna and Marlin are not bad options! Sailfish are also hanging out in the area but they’re kinda sparse. Plenty of bait, but that doesn’t go for Skippies which may or may not be around the rock. If you can make bait before you get to Corbetena it’s cheap insurance. I could spend some time on El Banco or The Bank in English, but it’s not happening, enough said.

The Red Star Marks the new location on the Malicon right next to Sr.frogs at the Light House or El Faro
The Red Star Marks the new location on the Malicon right next to Sr.frogs at the Light House or El Faro
Carmen our newest employee
Carmen our newest employee

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting lately unless you’re looking for Sailfish and they’re about six miles or so before you come to Corbetena or about five miles out from the islands. Lots and lots of small 5 lb Dorado, too small to keep, but Mucho! It was about this time last year when we finally saw the Dorado numbers pick up so cross your fingers hoping for their big brothers to show up. Don’t ever keep females or Dorado under ten pounds and help keep the numbers from dropping any worse than they are. FYI we’ve seen long liners raise their ugly heads again and they many times have guns to protect their illegal long lines. It would be nice if there was some enforcement, but it’s Mexico and everything has a price, no matter what’s good for the general population and the fishing industry as a whole. Not too much happening around the Marietta Islands. Needle fish to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. and of course there are always reef species. All and all not a great time to visit this area. Now if you are heading to the point of Punta Mita there have been Marlin about twelve miles off the point (take a heading of 300 to 320) and be there at mid-day, can’t hurt. Dorado are in the area as well, but they’re small as well. This will change soon with the numbers of smaller Dorado increasing the lager family members should be showing up soon, stay tuned.

Inside the bay is the same old story. Plenty of smaller species to choose from. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs. or larger. Sierra Mackerel’s surprisingly enough are still in the area at around 15 to 20 lb maximum. Normally a cold water fish like Jack Crevalls they will defy explanation. Sailfish are still in front of Los Arcos as are an incredible amount of baby Dorado feeding on any trash line there may be. It’s been a funny year we haven’t see too much rain so we’re not getting the trash line. Now yes we are getting rain, just not enough to really wash the local mountains of leave, twigs, berries, seeds, you name it they’ll eat it. There has been Sailfish around Nuevo Vallarta as well believe it or not, but don’t hold your breath waiting on a strike. The Football Yellowfin Tuna we had last couple of weeks around Yelapa have bugged out. As always the action in the bay is still great by any stretch of the imagination and well worth the expense. Which reminds me, we can make it a fishing trip, snorkeling trip and who knows, a Yelapa trip to cook your catch on the beach with a cold beer. Ask me more about this option, it’s like two trips in one.

As mentioned earlier the water temperatures are at 86 degrees which is a neutral as it doesn’t really affect anything but it will if starts to get warmer. The bite has been a moving target and frankly hard to predict these days. If you’re at the fishing grounds you choose before 9 it should serve you well. But Tuna are coming up at any time for a short, short while. You will have to have the luck of the Irish but stranger things have happened. One guy came in the other day and caught it perfect for fifteen minutes, got a 100 pounder YF Tuna. As far as baits go, dead bait seems to be the bait of choice lately. With plenty of Blue and Green runners, Goggle Eyes and flying fish to me it’s surprising that dead bait and lures are working best. Lures, of course we’re still talking as mentioned earlier of Iguanas, but Cedar plugs are worth a shot with the YF Tuna around Corbetena. 

Special Announcement: For all my readers and friends Master Baiter’s has opened another location, this time on the Malicon next to Sr. Frogs at the light house or El Faro. We have the same great shirts, same great fishing trips and now we have another new employee Carmen. I’ll be posting pictures and as soon as I can figure this all out we’ll have a Grand Opening… Master Baiter’s on the Malicon… kinda has a ring to it don’t you think? We’ll be carrying more product and we hope you come by and say hello. We will keep the marina location as I can’t imagine not having a presence in the Marina. We vacated the location we had on Basillo Badillo and Insurgentes. They kept the Mural, they did change the company name, but the guy who used to work for me is in that location now working for my competition so don’t be fooled. Even if the guy inside is wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt, he is not with me or Master Baiter’s. Come by! And remember at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

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

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

Black Marlin Continue to Dominate, El Banco is “Iffy” at Best

Black Marlin Continue to Dominate, El Banco is “Iffy” at Best

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

 

11-11-2016-capt-scooby-400-lb-black-marlin-650-pxls-mbtextOne thing about world class fishing is “you never know what you’re going to get” to quote Forest Gump. This week we’ve seen El Banco just stop performing, don’t waste your time. Yet we see Corbetena continue to be its reliable self. Water is super blue and there is plenty of bait in the area so the fishing is great, not perfect, but what is?

First thing that comes to my mind it the fact water temperatures have increased to 86 from 84 in one week, this is not bad, but we don’t want it any warmer for now. Marlin are still roaming around the Corbetena area but they’re not concentrated in any one place. Rather Black Marlin are roaming anywhere from the “rock” to areas north about eight miles. The Marlin are both blue and black running anywhere from 300 to over 500 lbs. One secret here is dead bait, yes dead bait which is a little surprising with all the live bait in the area. Another secret is some days there are Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) in the area, some days they’re not. Skippies are working well as far as live bait goes, so if you can make bait, don’t delay. If you can’t use Iguana Lures of yellow and green with black accents. They work well and with all the five pound Dorado in this area it’s a perfect bait. Dorado are great bait and Marlin and Tuna love them. The reason we don’t use Dorado as a trolled bait is they die and just spin. That’s not a good thing. They can’t handle the volume of water I guess. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area and jumping about one mile north of Corbetena. Now remember fish move, so start here and let me know how you do! Yellowfin are running in the 100 lb mark but they are only taking baits when they come up. Capt Cesar of Magnifico tells me that if you’re lucky enough to be in the area they come up in, anything is possible. Feeling lucky? If you’re in the area, Tuna and Marlin are not bad options! Sailfish are also hanging out in the area but they’re kinda sparse. Plenty of bait, but that doesn’t go for Skippies which may or may not be around the rock. If you can make bait before you get to Corbetena it’s cheap insurance. I could spend some time on El Banco or The Bank in English, but it’s not happening, enough said.

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting lately unless you’re looking for Sailfish and they’re about six miles or so before you come to Corbetena or about five miles out from the islands. Lots and lots of small 5 lb Dorado, too small to keep, but Mucho! It was about this time last year when we finally saw the Dorado numbers pick up so cross your fingers hoping for their big brothers to show up. Don’t ever keep females or Dorado under ten pounds and help keep the numbers from dropping any worse than they are. FYI we’ve seen long liners raise their ugly heads again and they many times have guns to protect their illegal long lines. It would be nice if there was some enforcement, but it’s Mexico and everything has a price, no matter what’s good for the general population and the fishing industry as a whole. Not too much happening around the Marietta Islands. Needle fish to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. and of course there are always reef species. All and all not a great time to visit this area. Now if you are heading to the point of Punta Mita there have been Marlin about twelve miles off the point (take a heading of 300 to 320) and be there at mid-day, can’t hurt. Dorado are in the area as well, but they’re small as well. This will change soon with the numbers of smaller Dorado increasing the lager family members should be showing up soon, stay tuned. Update Aug 4th: Sailfish have all but taken over Punta Mita and the surrounding area. Also there are some smaller Black Marlin just a few miles off the point. Lots of rain the last night or two now, so there are lots of opportunities for Dorado around this floating oasis for these fish… Now go put this info to good use…..

Inside the bay is the same old story. Plenty of smaller species to choose from. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs. or larger. Sierra Mackerel’s surprisingly enough are still in the area at around 15 to 20 lb maximum. Normally a cold water fish like Jack Crevalls they will defy explanation. Sailfish are still in front of Los Arcos as are an incredible amount of baby Dorado feeding on any trash line there may be. It’s been a funny year we haven’t see too much rain so we’re not getting the trash line. Now yes we are getting rain, just not enough to really wash the local mountains of leave, twigs, berries, seeds, you name it they’ll eat it. There has been Sailfish around Nuevo Vallarta as well believe it or not, but don’t hold your breath waiting on a strike. The Football Yellowfin Tuna we had last couple of weeks around Yelapa have bugged out. As always the action in the bay is still great by any stretch of the imagination and well worth the expense. Which reminds me, we can make it a fishing trip, snorkeling trip and who knows, a Yelapa trip to cook your catch on the beach with a cold beer. Ask me more about this option, it’s like two trips in one.

As mentioned earlier the water temperatures are at 86 degrees which is a neutral as it doesn’t really affect anything but it will if starts to get warmer. The bite has been a moving target and frankly hard to predict these days. If you’re at the fishing grounds you choose before 9 it should serve you well. But Tuna are coming up at any time for a short, short while. You will have to have the luck of the Irish but stranger things have happened. One guy came in the other day and caught it perfect for fifteen minutes, got a 100 pounder YF Tuna. As far as baits go, dead bait seems to be the bait of choice lately. With plenty of Blue and Green runners, Goggle Eyes and flying fish to me it’s surprising that dead bait and lures are working best. Lures, of course we’re still talking as mentioned earlier of Iguanas, but Cedar plugs are worth a shot with the YF Tuna around Corbetena. 

Special Announcement: For all my readers and friends Master Baiter’s has opened another location, this time on the Malicon next to Sr. Frogs at the light house or El Faro. We have the same great shirts, same great fishing trips and now we have another new employee Carmen. I’ll be posting pictures and as soon as I can figure this all out we’ll have a Grand Opening… Master Baiter’s on the Malicon… kinda has a ring to it don’t you think? We’ll be carrying more product and we hope you come by and say hello. We will keep the marina location as I can’t imagine not having a presence in the Marina. We vacated the location we had on Basillo Badillo and Insurgentes. They kept the Mural, they did change the company name, but the guy who used to work for me is in that location now working for my competition so don’t be fooled. Even if the guy inside is wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt, he is not with me or Master Baiter’s. Come by! And remember at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

20170728_190232Until 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

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

Out World Famous Koozies
Out World Famous Koozies

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Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November
Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November