Sailfish, Dorado, Stripers, Now You See Em, Now You Don’t

                       Sailfish, Dorado, Stripers, Now You See Em, Now You Don’t

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

Amazing Dorado, Very Unusual around Los Arcos right now in the winter season… !

One thing about the world of fishing is you never really know what’s happening from day to day. Fish move, water temperatures change, nothing stays the same for long. Some days you’re all smiles, others you’re not. Those “demanding” to catch fish will rest assured there are fish to be had amigos. Now if you’re going to be picky, then you could get upset and still have a great day of fishing. For now some summer species are cruising Los Arcos making short day trips worth their weight in Dorado!

Sailfish at Corbetena and Punta Mita

This past week we’ve seen some action happening around Corbetena, but not many boats are heading out this far as you can get the same species much closer in. Sailfish are not as thick as they were last week as water temperatures now are cooler than inside the bay. If you find yourself in this area use As a result is the entire fishing community is targeting other locations. Still there are the normal players of Jack Crevalls, Sailfish on an iffy basis, Dorado to 35 lbs are possible, but they’re also in closer to shore. Unless you’re looking for Cubera Snappers which are in the 50 lb range there is little reason to head to this world class location. Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 lb range are a moving target, in reality heading this way is not the best use of your fuel dollar, straight up amigos, that’s the deal! Apply this logic to El Banco and you’ll save your money.

Caught off Sayulita, only one this day, haven’t seen more since

Those looking for late, late season Dorado 25 lbs will still have a decent chance at the buoy at Punta Mita. If you’re looking for Sailfish or Striped Marlin, yes I said Marlin, six to ten miles off the point on a 300 heading northwest,  you’ll put yourself in the right place to maximize your chances. The down side is once again they move. Another downside is the water temperatures drop the farther you go from the shore line. That’s right the water is warmer in the bay, than outside the bay. It explains a-lot. Throw in Jack Crevalls running to 50 lbs, Bonito in

Rooster Fish Quill as he’s chasing a bait at Sayulita

the 30 lb range, Skip Jack Tuna, with a possible Rooster fish near Sayulita and you’ll have a fun day with a shot at larger “wrong” season species. El Morro has 25 lb Football Tuna as well. HEY, give it a shot if nothing happens to your liking, come back in the bay and get some guaranteed arm burning action. One thing to remember if you’re seriously looking for Sailfish heading north of Punta Mita will just increase your chance of boating a billfish. But it’s fishing and it could turn up being a bad idea. Where there were Football Yellowfin Tuna around El Morro has fizzled out. But we’re seeing “some” Rooster Fish in the area and this is a favorite location for this demon species. So the entire area between Punta Mita, El Morro and the Marietta Islands are active fishing grounds and worth the time / money.

Inside the bay is surprisingly active. With water temperatures over 75 now in the bay, it seems most of the warmer water is in the area around Los Arcos. The bait available in this area is insanely abundant. Still seeing Krill Squid and Shrimp, red in color all over the place. Sardines, Goggle Eyes, Skip Jack Tuna, you name a bait, it’s out there. And where there’s bait, there’s normally fish chasing them. We’ve had Dorado in the 25 lb range up around Los Arcos. There are some deep channels in the area that make this spot exceptional in times like these. It’s winter fishing now, but with Sailfish and Striped Marlin in the area anything but anything is possible. Jack Crevalls are everywhere and here’s a secret, they’re full of eggs. This will explain the appetite they’ve had lately. Soon it will mean our “bread and butter” fish will not be biting as they lay eggs, stay tuned. Bonito in the bay is great eating and anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs. Sea Bass are still around the Ameca River at 20 lbs up. For anyone looking to catch fish and save some money, the a four our six hour trip in the bay can be as good if not better than the longer duration trips, so put the “little woman” in a spa and head out, buy the time she’s done getting “beautiful” you’ve be ready for that “beauty”! What you do with that “beauty” is up to you…ha ha.

Water temperature are strange at best this week, in the bay it’s 72 degrees. Punta Mita is 75 degrees and El Morro it’s 72 degrees. Deep water locations are same range for now. Normally this is frigid water to these species, but when bait is everywhere, why leave? The Bite has been a little strange this week, it seems a mid-tide time is the best time to hit it hard. With a bite happening late afternoon it’s not the best idea heading out too early. I’d leave around 9, then the 1:00 to 3:00 pm bite is timed perfectly. So sleep in a bit and let the other guys miss the bite. Baits are an interesting subject this week. Seems dead Goggle eyes work as well as live bait for Sailfish right now. So put that bag of tricks to the test and see what happens amigo. Red colored lures are a good place to start!

2/14/2018 Nutshell UpDate: Ok, Jack Crevalls are all full of eggs so they’re hitting anything that looks like food.. Several Striped Marlin strikes lately about six miles off Punta Mita to the north west. Some Rooster fish around the Buoy of Punta Mita with Dorado. Jack Crevalls are in the bay like Ants, just millions in the bay and they’re hungry for now. Some larger Dorado in the bay running 40 lbs, surprising yet they’re there. Still some 25 lb Football Tuna at El Morro area. Not seeing too many Snappers these days… Fish are taking baits now easily and the fishing is improving for now. Not so “iffy” but it can still be frustrating. Good luck and have fun amigos enjoying the special moments of your life! 

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

Amberjacks at the Marietta Islands!

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Water Temps up, Sailfish Move In, Great Fishing Now!

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

Amberjacks at the Marietta Islands!

For the last few weeks I’ve discouraged people from taking fishing trips longer than eight hours. Now as we surprisingly see that water temperatures have jumped back to comfortable range at Corbetena and other fishing grounds. It’s almost like late fall fishing as we even have Dorado in the area, yep I said Dorado! The Marietta Islands are showing signs of life and of course short day trips will guarantee some arm burning action for both young and old alike, Yeha!

This week the previously dead fishing grounds of Corbetena and El Banco aka The Bank are showing this area is never “dead”, just sleeping. Yellowfin Tuna from 30 lbs up to 60 lbs or maybe larger. Striped Marlin at 120 to 175 lbs are not big, but fun to release after caught. Sailfish are also in the area and they’re all hungry. With 80 degree water temperatures and plenty of bait in the area anything is possible. Throw in Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skippies and more means anything is possible, stay tuned.

Pompano, AmberJacks and more at the Marietta Islands

The area from Punta Mita to El Morro and don’t forget the Marietta Islands is finally showing life. Pompano are hanging out around El Morro to the Marietta Islands of good size from 15 to 30 lbs. Amberjacks are picking up in numbers and size around the Marietta Islands. Dorado to 30 lbs hanging around the buoy at the point. Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 lb range are running with Spinner Dolphin. Kick in Jack Crevalls, Bonito, and possible Sailfish and you’ve got great fishing in an eight hour day. Well worth your fuel dollar to take a chance at some fun sized fishing. Frankly anywhere from Punta Mita out 6 to 10 miles off the point at a heading of 300 you could also run into a Striped Marlin of 120 lbs or even a nice Sailfish. What else do you need to hear? I’ll see you out there!

Jack Crevall by the millions in the Bay of Banderas

For those looking for short days and tons of action then inside the bay is smoking hot! Jack Crevalls are naturally everywhere, but they’re over 40 lbs in the bay. Sierra Mackerels are looking good at 20 lbs max., Bonito to 30 lbs, possible Yellowfin Tuna footballs at 30 to 40 lbs just look for the Spinner Dolphin they run together. Dorado possible but not likely around the Los Arcos area. Snapper around structure from pan size to larger. Robalo aka Snook are running the shore area in 20 lbs up. You can’t go wrong fishing in the bay at all, ever! For those who have younger children looking for smaller fish with light tackle then now is a perfect time to see the excitement on their faces and feel the joy in your heart. Fishing can bring families together and keep the moment in both fun and memories for years to come.

It |seems Jack Crevalls are everywhere, fun to catch, strong fighters and we normally can find them. Not considered good eating, but the nationals seem to like them just fine!

As mentioned water temperatures outside the bay have gone up to 80 degrees, no kidding, this is happening in February?! In the bay the water temps are at 72 degrees, that’s just about as cool as the water in the bay will get. So this means warm and cold water species are quite possible. It just depends on the duration you’re heading out. With super abundant bait in the area it seems that the fish are taking trolled baits a little better this week. Sardines, Goggle eyes, Krill Squids and Shrimps, flying fish and the list goes on are super abundant. The bite is still a little weird, but for now the bite seems to be happening all day long. This means young children hard to get moving in the morning can have some extra time to get that “sleep” out of their eyes!

Great tasting pan size Snappers

We’ve been on a fishing Rollercoaster and we’re on the way back up. We never know how long the conditions will last, so if you’re in PV, it’s a great time to go fishing. If you’re on a budget contact us and get on our “shared boat” list. Save money, have fun, enjoy the adventure.

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

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Colder Water Doesn’t Mean Bad Fishing, Fish Abundant

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

It |seems Jack Crevalls are everywhere, fun to catch, strong fighters and we normally can find them. Not considered good eating, but the nationals seem to like them just fine!

After last week’s severe drop in water temperatures due to cold currents pushed down by northern storms water temperatures have snapped back a little. This week we’ve seen the water warm up a little so we’re seeing some, not many, summer species like Dorado still lingering taking advantage of the plentiful bait conditions. As we move deeper into the winter season these lingering Dorado will be moving out. In fact I’m surprised we still have even small numbers of Dorado and Blue Marlin, but they’re out there for the very lucky. So keep this in mind, just because there are “some” out there, doesn’t mean you’ll be the lucky one to boat a Marlin, but then again you may.

This week the area around Corbetena has seen some different action, Cubera Snappers at 50 lbs are picking up in numbers but not super abundant. Sailfish have been seen around the area but only a few have been boated. The ones that were caught have been nice sized running over 120 lbs! Secret here the Sails are taking dead baits, go figure. You have some Striped Marlin and Blue Marlin still roaming the area. Mid-week was very active around the “Rock” but it’s iffy at best. You can have a great time one day, the next is dead. You’ve of course got Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Spinner Dolphin will have 40 lb Yellowfin Tuna running with them as well. Amber Jacks are starting to move in as well at 40 lbs. If you’re in PV and you have a bucket list dream fish, then give it a try. For everyone else the area is on the downswing and may be worth a shot, but the backup plan should be hit the area around Punta Mita.

El Morro and surrounding area has been surprising lately with some nice size Dorado at 25 to 40 lbs happened for a few days this week. Not many people heading towards this area but those that did hoping for Sailfish got very lucky. People in this area also have seen many Sailfish as well, but the simple fact there is so much bait out there that the local species are stuffed. You can find fish, including some football Tuna from 25 to 45 lbs, but they’ll most likely not be taking baits either. One trick that has been working is red feathered lead head lures. Nothing fancy, but they’re doing the trick. With all the Krill and Squid that are red tinged in color lures like this can save the day. Jack Crevalls are picking up in numbers here, Bonito are 30 lbs. The area around Punta Mita though is still on and off. With Spinner Dolphin in the area, you’ve got a 75% chance of finding Football Tuna running with them. Dorado can be around the buoy and of course ten miles off the point you can still run into Striped Marlin at 200 lbs and other smaller Marlin in the 150 lb range, throw those babies back. If jigging in this area Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers are available so give it a shot.

Mixed bag of Bay fish, not huge, but fun for smaller anglers or those looking for table fare….

Inside the bay we’re still having a party. Jack Crevalls are all over the bay and running just under 50 lbs. Sierra Mackerels are great tasting and abundant. So don’t pass them by because they’re at 20 lbs or under, they taste great. Bonito are all over at 30 lbs, Skip jack Tuna are in the 7 lb range. Black Sea Bass have been in front of the rivers, the Ameca river especially just north of Marina Vallarta, just circle the drop off and use your fish finder, electronics can make the difference. There are some Snappers in the area, but you can always get “pan sized” Snapper if you’re willing to do some light tackle fishing around structure. For the next several months you can expect this smaller fish type of action, but these fish fight like demons and you don’t need to “break the bank” to afford a short day fishing in the bay. Put Whales and Manta Rays in the picture and you’ve got a great day on the water. FYI, when you see whales, there is a strong probability that there will be no fish in the area. Basically they don’t want to be a Whales Breakfast, so keep that in mind. Whales in the area means there probably isn’t anything around that would be interested in your bait.

For now a four or six hour fishing charter is your best value. For the guy looking for a finned fantasy then you can still have a shot at a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. A great fishing plan would be head out for an eight hour trip, if things just don’t happen come back into the bay and look for the birds, you’ll have arm burning action before you know it! The bite is finally moving a little earlier in the morning, be sure to arrive at your favorite fishing grounds before 9 a.m. So you’ll be getting up early again. Water temperatures have recovered a bit going back up to 74 degrees from last week’s 64 chill current from hades! As far as baits go, with so much natural bait available it’s surprising how dead bait many times is working better than live bait. Also if you don’t have any small lures, feathers this week are preferable in the one to three inch range will do the job when nothing else will.

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

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