Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

                Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

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

 

Capt Chema Jr from our Super Panga with a sizeable Dorado. As water temperatures drop their numbers are dropping like a rock. Dorado like this now are very rare and in a week or so they will be gone for the winter.

Once we get past the second week of January we normally see water temperatures drop. This is when the warm water species begin bugging out if they haven’t left already. Sailfish are widely spread out and thinning in numbers. Dorado can still be had, but again this is a summer species that’s hanging around for the bait. Jack Crevalls, which normally move in when the winter season starts are here and growing in numbers. All and all the summer fishing season is over, expectations now for Billfish is not realistic any longer. Fishing is still great, but from this point forward its great winter fishing amigos. Don’t be disappointed, be happy there is arm burning action for the family!

Corbetena has been “hanging” on when it comes to Striped Marlin to 250 lbs and Sailfish of nice size. Dorado are mostly closer in or in the bay. You can still get some Football Tuna in the 20 to 40 lb range if you find the Spinner Dolphin which are running between Corbetena and El Banco. I see pictures of other companies with Sailfish and Marlin in this area, but frankly I haven’t seen any Billfish come out of this area for a few days now. For those looking to take a chance, then go for it. If you’re a little short on patience, then I’d suggest a shorter day with a more certain result. These days it’s difficult to give a decent report on El Banco aka The Bank. Most people that “stop” there are either on their way to the Tres Maria Islands fishery or on their way back. For now Corbetena is going to be slow at best until June.

Nice sized Jack Crevalls are moving into the area in large amounts. Strong fighters and abundant this species is the dominant fish locally for the next five months or so.

For those looking for more reliable action the area from El Morro to Punta Mita is still showing signs of summer species life. Dorado are being boated daily, but not by everyone. Sailfish are thin at best, by that I mean they’re widely spread out. No concentrations and frankly “iffy” is an optimistic term in this case. Having said that some nice sized Dorado larger than 20 lbs have been around the buoy and any floating debris. Six miles off the beach of the Four Seasons Hotel Striped Marlin up to 250 lbs seem to be more abundant. Sailfish also are running closer to shore as well and will take a dead Goggle eye if you run one in front of them. One issue is with so much bait in the water you may have fish in the area you don’t know about there and won’t strike as they’re stuffed. For now I suggest an eight hour day, give the Stripers, Sailfish and Dorado a shot. If nothing happens, and there’s a good chance you can blank, then target the Jack Crevalls at 40 to 50 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs, Maybe find the Spinner Dolphin with 30 lb Yellowfin Tuna Footballs running with them. It’s worth a shot!

Snapper or Pargo as the locals call them are very good tasting and while not many in numbers this will increase with time.

Those looking for shorter days and more reliable “action” would be best suited for a four or six hour fishing day in the bay. Many times in the last few weeks the bay fishing has been better than the more expensive deep water locations. With the super abundant bait of Krill Squids and Shrimps the “locals” are just swimming with their mouth open. We are still seeing the freak 25 lb Dorado around the Los Arcos area with an occasional Sailfish. Jack Crevalls are kinda funny. Sometimes they don’t come up for bait or the bite. Other days they’re cruising the surface and are easy pickings, so they’re not automatic by any stretch of the imagination. Bonito from 10 to 35 lbs have been running with Spinners, but they are free swimming as well in the bay. Snappers at 10 lbs are coming in around the structure areas, small but great for eating. Sierra Mackerels are also great tasting at 15 lbs they should not be ignored. For now until things change bay fishing is your best option. Four hours gets us to where the fish were yesterday, six hours lets us find where they are today. With bait moving all over the bay rapidly, six hours is just a little insurance amigos.

Pictured here are some Sierra Mackerels and Arctic Bonito which is “tuna” in local cans. Smaller game fish for sure, but great tasting. Don’t pass these by hoping for larger fish because they’re great tasting and guarantees something for dinner. They will get larger, but this is on the average size. Perfect for younger Anglers or guys like me that love the flavor! You don’t have to catch Moby Dick to have a great fishing day!

We’ve seen the water temps drop three to four degrees this last few days which is drastic. Jacks and Bonito love it, so do Sierra Mackerels, but we’re moving into winter fishing as is normal at this time of the year. The bite for the fifth week straight is still after 10:00 in the morning so plan your departure accordingly. Bait is a bit of an issue. With Sardines moving in rapidly in large numbers the bait balls are impressive. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Squids, you name it. It’s hard to turn a fishes head when they’re not interested in your presentation. What’s really weird is many times dead bait works best. One thing for sure the fishing is not easy and the baits that work are changing by the hour. Make sure you have a full range of lures, dead bait and live bait at your disposal. You’ll most likely go through all your bag of tricks to find something that works.

Ok, I’m starting a tip of the week thing to help you negotiate fishing charters when looking for a boat. It seems these days there are web sites all over the place promising the best fishing experience in PV. But they have no reviews anywhere on the net to review who they are and review professional opinions of their performance. TripAdvisor comes to mind. First go to TripAdvisor and review the comments. This is not a perfect way to find a fishing company, but it’s a good place to start. Make sure they have a physical location where you can walk in and talk with the agents or Captains etc. Many internet companies are legit, but without some ability to review them professionally you’re just another person rolling the fishing dice. Now those TripAdvisor review are very easily corrupted. that means anyone can get friends, family or even services to put positive comments up on T.A. making you believe they have a long history and superior service. Lots of comments mean really nothing. My TripAdvisor has a few negative comments, mostly from people trying to TA Blackmail us, but nobody is perfect. Look at the reviews, look for detail, not just a one liner. When you feel good about the list of pic’s, then call them directly. You’ll get a feel for what the company is by the person on the phone. When they ask for a deposit you want to hold the boat, but half down on a company you don’t know is a little risky at times. A hundred dollars is all i want for a Down Payment or Deposit. You should expect some sort of confirmation letter with the transaction details, Meeting instructions, name of the boat and a persons name who you are going to meet. A picture of that person is always appreciated so you know who to look for in the morning. 

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….

If you have local friends that can personally refer you to a reliable company that would be the best place to start amigos! Nothing beats local knowledge. But never give a large deposit to a person walking independently. You have no legal recourse if your deposit is ripped off and there is no boat or person to meet in the morning. I hate to say it but i see this all the time. They will have “iffy” slips with no company name and no address. You may have a phone number, but mostly they are either bogus, don’t work or frankly the guy you gave the deposit to isn’t answering the sucker they are ripping off! But your biggest protection is the Sectur Licenses required the last couple of  years to be a legit fishing or tour company. It’s a federal license, not a local license. They are now finally enforcing this new license requirement but many still don’t have it. Ask them for this, it may be in work, but if they don’t know what you’re talking about, walk away. Never tell any person or promoter when you are leaving, you are basically telling them when they can return to that area and he can find his next victim. So start with TripAdvisor, make a phone call and get a feel for the company from the agent. Send small deposits, just enough to hold the boat. After all you’re looking to hold the boat in your name so $100 usd is more than enough. That way if you do have an issue, you didn’t lose a significant amount. Next week we’ll discuss the initial basic questions you should ask long before you ask for the price. 

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

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On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

                          On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

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

 

Just a few miles off the point of Punta Mita Sailfish are possible, but it’s mostly luck these days!

As is normally the case, coming into the middle part of January we’re seeing the abundance of warm water species start to thin out. Amazingly enough water temperatures are at 79 degrees. Which is a comfortable temperature for if you’re a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. Once again this week the bay continues to be an “all you can eat bait smorgasbord”. It’s like people going to a food fair, we just have to try everything until we can’t put another “anything” in our mouth. But we do anyway. Same deal, the “locals” have so much to eat you have to find the one with the “munchies”. That may sound dire, but in reality for right now we’re doing well and you can get fish to take baits. If you’re looking for more of a sure thing fishing, you have the bay with action at the ready. Yes we have good fishing, but it’s never automatic amigos. For the last week or so I’ve been suggesting shorter days closer in. For the person looking for larger fish and willing to take a chance, then there are larger fish to be had.

Last week we were looking at a heavy duty full moon and it did seem to effect the fishing, but we’ve moved past that now so we’re actually seeing some warm water species hanging around El Banco and Corbetena this past week. The same week I told you to avoid this area, so much for my crystal balls stats! At El Banco some 10 to 15 miles out you’ll find 250 lb Striped Marlin, Sailfish are also in the area. Look for Spinner Dolphin which are running with Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 to 45 lb range. There could be some Dorado around the high spots but no one has reported any. If in the area worth dropping some baits. Corbetena has been much the same as El Banco with Striped Marlin in the 250 lb range. There was a 500 lb Blue Marlin hook-up this week but it was lost at the gaff. Possible Dorado in the 25 lb range. If you find Spinner Dolphin or birds head in that direction! Your chances of boating fish in these areas is just a bit better than 50 / 50.

Lots of Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals around Nuevo Vallarta and the River Mouth

El Morro is seeing Cubera Snappers at 40 lbs, Punta Mita is still running with 25 lb Dorado or so around the buoy and a touch farther out. 6 to 8 miles off shore you’ll find Striped Marlin as well with possible Sailfish. Not a bad area to head out to and your chances of boating fish are better than farther out. There are plenty of Sierra Mackerels at 12 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and of course there are Jack Crevalls all around the area including the Marietta islands. Eight hours are worth the effort. A worst case scenario is head back into the bay and get smaller game fish action.

Those looking for shorter and less expensive days will find the bay is still alive with arm burning action with the extra advantage of Whales. Bonito are more abundant from 20 to 30 lbs over by Yelapa with some Skippies as well in the 12 lb range and tasty. Sierra Mackerels can be found in the middle of the bay or around the Ameca River on a daily basis. Smaller in size they make up for it in flavor on the table. Don’t ignore these when you come across them. Dorado are still being caught by the lucky in the 20 lb range by Los Arcos as is the freak Sailfish. With plenty of Sardines in the bay you’d think we’d have Rooster fish, but those that are here are small, too small to keep. With massive amounts of bait fish in the bay it’s amazing we’re getting anything to take a bait. Goggle eyes, Flying fish, Sardines, Krill Squid and Shrimp, but they’re all moving. This means if you come across a hungry fish, you’ve got action, good luck with that one amigos! I still suggest six hours in the bay allowing you find where they’ve roamed to today.

Beautiful Bait

If as I discussed La Nina Last week, the fishing for the near term will remain normal with winter species hanging around in the cooler winter waters. When summer comes along we’ll know how deep this is going to be. It could be a little later in the year for us to see warm water species. But this also means they hang around a little longer so this time next year will be good fishing. Then again I consulted my crystal ball, I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for the best. For now water temperatures are holding at 78 / 79 degrees. A touch chilly for Marlin, but with abundant bait they’ll hand around for the easy meal. Bait in the bay is super abundant. As mentioned earlier Sardines are in the area, Flying fish at five inches, Google eyes, Krill Squids and Shrimps and of course the list goes on. The funny thing is when it comes to baits or lures to use this week, trolling dead baits and lures are working best. Go figure. The bite after six weeks now is still anywhere from 10 to 11:30 as the tides have a very subtle change this quarter. Early morning types are not doing themselves any favors getting to the fishing grounds too early, so sleep in a bit, the bite is to your advantage right now.

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

Half a Super Panga, two people at this price, 8 hrs, $275 usd …. With a Quality captain, professional equipment and tackle. Ice, bait, English speaking captain… it’s a real fishing trip for the budget minded!

We have decided to continue our Shared Boat Fishing Parties! 2 people, half a super panga for eight hours heading to Punta Mita or El Morro area $275 usd (that’s for two people amigos) which makes this the cheapest fishing you’ll find in Puerto Vallarta. Contact us via email and put your name on the list so we can hook you up with others looking to fish a quality boat at a super dooper affordable price!

Our Malicon or Boardwalk Store at the Light House is rockin. Come visit us and see the new location and say hello to Carlos in the evenings, Ben in the days and who knows, maybe I’ll even be there to answer your questions about fishing or just talk things in general. We closed the store heading out to Conchas Chinas and moved to this new and better location, check out the map below…..

Come find us on the boardwalk, map below
My New Location on the Malicon at 480 Morelos is next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

One last thing: We have all sorts of new products, Beer coolers or Koozies are on their way after running out in a real hurry. We have new cool Posters, Coffee Cups, Shot glasses and Cell Phone waterproof protectors…. all affordable and fun!

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Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

                           Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

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

Released Sailfish

Recently we’ve witnessed many oddities in our world famous fishing grounds. For weeks now we’ve witnessed cold swirling water mixed with warmer water temperatures that frankly are perfect for this time of the season. What this means is the warm water species are moving out, cold water species are moving in and they’re all mixed up in this fish bowl we call the Bay of Banderas. Targeting Marlin and Tuna at this time of the year is a diminishing prospect with chances of boating these treasured game fish dropping by the day. Having said that we still have some Dorado in the area and Sailfish. As the currents continue to swirl we’re also seeing species like Jack Crevalls move in with strong numbers and decent sizes. Needle fish are not exactly abundant, but increasing. Bonito are saving the day in the bay and even with all this “Swirling” going on there are still “some” Striped Marlin to be had. If you’re feeling lucky try an eight hour trip to Punta Mita. If you want more of a sure thing when it comes to action, a nice six hour bay trip will be fun, but you won’t be targeting Moby Dick!

Those heading out to Corbetena and El Banco have come back mostly disappointed this week. There is still abundant bait in the area, but that in itself is a problem. It’s a fish smorgasbord out there with so many different kinds of baits it’s tough to get them to turn their head in the direction of your “presentation” aka bait! Having said that we’ve seen the return of Spinner Dolphin which run with Football tuna (at 40 lbs) as they are now. Cuberra Snappers are not exactly “in” but there have been some boated. Regarding Sailfish and Striped Marlin, you’ve got a 50/50 chance, same goes for Dorado in the 25 lb range as well. Those with private boats are having fun and will catch these species but it’s not automatic and if you’re there for a few days you’ll have a great time. The guy that heads out for the day trip can find his time and fuel dollar better spent closer in.

Dorado are not automatic, but with a little luck you too could be in the picture

The area from El Morro and the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita will find conditions a little better. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs have been boated four to six miles off the point, Dorado are in the 25 lb range with Sailfish locally for the lucky. I mean all these species are a 50/50 shot. Out of ten boats, two will have come back with fish. So check your internal fishing meter as to what level of risk you want to take. Remember it’s fishing, a risk based sport at best…. Jack Crevalls and Bonito anywhere from 35 to 50 lbs are around the area and a super outside chance of a Sailfish on the Corbetena side of the island(s).

Inside the bay is still “Action City” with the same old players, even if they’re not where they’re “supposed” to be. Sailfish are still being boated occasionally around Los Arcos / La Cruz area as are Dorado from 20 to 30 lbs. Bonito are a stable species for the area and these are what we see in the local Tuna Cans. Running anywhere from 20 lbs to 45 lbs now you’ll have a great arm burning action day. Six hours is a great fishing day and a good value for your fishing dollar. Needle fish are still small but picking up in numbers. Striped Marlin is not impossible in the bay, but mostly not probable. Sierra Mackerels at 15 lbs, Snappers for the guy wanting table fare are in the 3 to 5 lb range. There is some nice action in the bay as long as you’re looking for fun and not Moby Dick!

Jack Crevalls are a fishing stable at this time of the year. Considered not the best tasting fish, Victors Restaurant in Marina Vallarta, yum!

The bite is still in the mid-morning time frame. It seems as the tide comes up is when the fish are striking, so follow the rising tide and that would be a good indication as to when to head out. Sleep in a little, it won’t hurt a thing. Water temperatures are still at 79, a constant for the last three weeks. Bait conditions are still excessive. Krill Squids and Shrimps, Three inch Squids, Flying fish, Sardines, it’s just crazy. No wonder the fish that are here are being picky. Then again, that’s why the Whales are here in big numbers this year, they’re just swimming around with an open mouth.

There have been several articles of late how we have a 75% chance of La Nina, the opposite of El Nino. We see the swirling currents coming up from the south which to the locals is the first indication. This may mean some last cold water situations for fishing. You can read more about La Nina here:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-la-nina-20161110-story.html and here:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.shtml

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

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Luck of the Draw Fishing Continues, Marlin Spread Out

                  Luck of the Draw Fishing Continues, Marlin Spread Out

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

Released Sailfish

As we come to the end of another High Season for World Class fishing in Puerto Vallarta we’re still seeing scattered species in all the different locations. For those looking for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin and your fantasy then now would be a good time to hit it. The overabundance of bait is still a bit of an issue, but we have fish and that’s a good thing. Fishing is never without it’s challenges. There is no such thing as perfect fishing conditions, but we’re not too far from it amigos!

As we enter the New Year we find Corbetena is still the place to be if looking for larger species like Blue and Black Marlin running anywhere from 250 to 500 lbs. Warm / Cool currents are still swirling so we also find some cooler water species moving is as well as should be expected in January. Sailfish are picking up in strikes if not in numbers for some reason and are taking baits, we won’t complain. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs are in the 40 lb range but they’re moving around following the bait so it may take some extra effort to find them but worth it. Wahoo are still in the area but are a non-schooling species so you can target them easily, troll about 8 miles an hour and you could get lucky. Remember if targeting Wahoo wire leader is suggested as these fish have a mouth like a razor knife. Dorado are also possible but not automatic at 25 to 30 lbs as well. Skippies around the “Rock” have been in the 20 lb range and this is huge for Skip Jack Tuna. Everything you catch is just full of three inch pink Squids. When we see Squids show up we know we’re looking at the seasonal current changes just around the corner. So if you’re looking for summer species you’d better get out there or you’ll be waiting another season for your “finned fantasy”. El Banco is alive as well, but for the most part the fishing has been consistently better at Corbetena and with it being closer-in the prospect of saving fuel money can be a determining factor.

It’s been very interesting the “Island situation” these last few weeks. For the area around the Marietta Islands and El Morro to Punta Mita, just a few miles out you’ll find Black and Blue Marlin. We’ve seen several Striped Marlin but they’re not taking baits, it could be their breeding season, but no hook-ups I’m aware of this past week. Sailfish in the 100 lb range are roaming the area and are taking baits better this week thankfully. Bonito are picking up in numbers and are in the 20 to 30 lb range, remember this is what they put in “Tuna” cans so they’re worth your time and efforts. In fact the entire area off the islands are producing very well with a 70% chance of boating a Billfish for sure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained amigos.

Inside the bay is a real mixed bag. We have Whales, Manta Rays, Sailfish around La Cruz and Los Arcos area in the channels. Dorado to 25 lbs, a Possibility of a Marlin in the bay which is still a strange occurrence even though it seems to be happening on a regular basis. Jack Crevalls are huge at 50 lbs in the bay, Snappers are thinning out for now but should pick up in numbers shortly. With Needle Fish to 30 lbs and there are Sailfish in the bay still. It’s surprising that many times you’ll find the fishing better in the bay than at the deep water locations. One issue in the bay, if you can call it that, is that the bait is moving, no surprise. That means that the fish are moving around as well. Where they were yesterday is not where they’ll be tomorrow. Be prepared to spend six hours, not four if fishing inside the bay, you’ll be glad you did.

The bite is still late morning just around 10 and it’s been like that for a few weeks now so heading out too early, especially in the bay is not helping your cause any. Sleep in a bit, head out about 8 and you’ll be on time, hopefully you’ll be in the right area! Water temperature is still in the 79 degree range which is very acceptable for this time of the year. Bait is another thing, Sardines, Squid of 3 inches, Flying fish of 4 inches, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on. Be sure to bring lures of Pink and black to mimic the Squids and this could be a help. Dead baits have been attracting Sails and Marlin as well so don’t be afraid to switch up your trolling presentations (lures and baits) often.

All and all we have fish, it’s more about finding them in the mood to eat. But even with full stomachs they’re hitting baits and lures so it’s “fishing” in the classic sense. You’ll have a great time on the water but remember, where Whales are, fishing is normally bad. How’d you like to be a small fish waiting to be eaten by a whale? Now you know why fishing and Whales don’t mix well, but hey, they’re fun and beautiful to watch and be around. Just keep that in mind!  

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

 

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