Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Spread Out and Challenging!

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

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For now we’re seeing excellent conditions, blue water, great water temperatures, plenty of bait and fairly good weather and sea conditions. We’ve seen several Hurricanes and Tropical storms this year closer to the shoreline which takes its toll. As we come to the end of low season we’ll soon see more tourist interested in fishing as is normal come the beginning of October. For now your best fishing is outside the bay. But the fish are spread out, spread paper thin. There are all the favorite players to be had species wise, but nothing is easy or automatic. It’s quite possible you’ll come back in empty handed.

Those that take the challenge of the possibility of not catching fish understand it’s not an exact science. This week the deep water locations of Corbetena and El Banco have changed a little, not that you’d notice! Corbetena is back to seeing Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 to 75 lbs and they’re taking bait! Sailfish are a little thing as are Marlin in the 500 lb range, both blue and black. Dorado are in the 20 to 40 lb range, but they’ve been taking green runners, keep that in your back pocket when heading out. El Banco, forget about it. If heading out to more distant fishing grounds it would be worth a pit stop and see what’s happening. With so few fishing boats heading out this way these days let me know if you catch anything! Finally it’s worth a trip to Corbetena amigos! Buenos Suerte or Good Luck and be patient.

Why? Well there is a long list of “Why’s”, feel free to create your own excuse. But the fact remains it difficult at times to understand the fishing conditions in these world famous fishing grounds. Today I am going to blame the “spring back” from El Nino, yes El Nino. Things don’t just spring back to normal after a super strong El Nino. Fish have a tendency to stay where it’s comfortable which seems to be San Diego right now. It takes two whole seasons to get back into a normal flow of sea currents, which by the way is next year.

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The most visited area these days are in the area of Punta Mita / El Morro / Marietta Islands. Sailfish are sprinkled though out the area and can be found anywhere from four miles off shore to twenty miles, but you’ll be in the “ball park” which is the best I can do. Dorado from 15 to 30 lbs are roaming the area. Find a log or floating debris and you’ll most likely find Dorado. Skippies are sprinkled through the area as well. Some Rooster fish were reported at Punta Mita running 40 lbs, but only a few reports so stay tuned. The water is blue once you pass the point but remember there is a lot of crap in the water so don’t push your captain to leave too early or go too fast. It can be tricky with dark skies and hidden water obstacles, it can ruin your day and the boat as well.

Inside the bay it’s been challenging at best. Four to six hour trips are hard to recommend with the brown, dirty water. With all the rain we normally have it washes the mud and debris into the bay in the form of brown and dirty river water. Now it’s fresh water and it can be shallow, but you don’t know this until you’re in it. If a fish can see your bait, then you have a shot, if not then it’s best to avoid this overwhelming obstacle. Find clean water and you’ll catch fish. In dirty water, if you do hit anything it’s luck since fish don’t see baits well. Right place, right time, and a little luck is the way things are going now in the bay. Having said that we still have the cold water species of jack Crevalls at 30 lbs around the river mouths, they like the fresh water. Sailfish and Small Dorado are around the Los Arcos area, had some boated this week when the fish see the bait. 20 lb Football Tunas have been around Yelapa, close to the mountain and for some reason the water can be cleaner or even clean in this area. It’s a gamble for sure. Bonito is a constant at 30 lbs with varied other fish to choose from, again if they see your baits. For now I’d look closer at eight hour trips and if budget constrained do a shared charter with us. Or we have some fairly priced boats if you’re a single and not looking to “share”.

With the cloudy skies and rain fish are confused, no sun as a reference. It seems the bite is happening around 8 a.m. which is not a bad time. But when considering the amount of debris in the bay, you may be able to talk your captain into leaving a bit earlier, but you’ll go super slow so figure that into your duration as the clock starts as you leave Marina Vallarta. With the afternoon bite is around 2 p.m. it may be better to leave a little later and head out faster, it’s a judgment call amigos, flip a coin on that one. When it comes to water temperatures they’ve been a steady and constant 88 degrees for the last three weeks or so now. Perfect for Marlin and Sailfish, Dorado and Tuna can easily tolerate this especially if there is plenty of bait in the area. Speaking of bait we’ve seen 5 inch flying fish around the point of Punta Mita and farther out. Green runners are thick and of course we always have Goggle Eyes and Mullets. So bait issues, unless you factor in that one issue may be too much bait, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

We’re experiencing the old trick the time share promoters use saying Master Baiter’s is “Dead” or out of business. It still amazes me that people come in the shop and tell me “they said you were dead” or “They said there’s a guy there but it’s not Stan, he died” or “Hacienda, the Mexican tax man, Arrested Stan and they’re out of business”! Funny, I don’t feel dead or out of business! This is nothing new, my Mexican Competition at its best, trying to make sure you don’t talk to me for any reason trying steal my business. As a reminder we are located at the South End of Marina Vallarta, between Docks A and B on the boardwalk or on the Malecon behind the black and white striped light house, next to Sr.Frogs, so don’t be confused or lied to. Master Baiter’s is alive and well. Tours, Fishing, T-shirts, hats, Polo shirts, ladies shirts and our world famous Koozies and more. So come in, Say hello and let’s go fishing!

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After many years writing fishing articles and the likes I have to tell you that nobody knows why fish do what they do. We can “predict” what they’ll do from what we’ve seen in the past years, but that is nothing more than a guess. We can tell you what happened yesterday, but in reality that doesn’t mean it will be the same tomorrow since fish move and so does the bait. Sometimes what seems so simple is anything but simple. For years I’ve taken what I’ve seen, experienced and have done my best to predict and report the best I can. Having said that it’s difficult these days to figure out what is happening, let alone what will happen. We’ve seen outstanding seasonal conditions. Blue water, no issues there unless in the bay. Bait is super abundant and varied! Water temperatures are in the normal range and very comfortable for warm water species. So you have to ask what’s the deal with El Banco? No fish? Or really is it that nobody is heading out this way as the clientele is looking for shorter and cheaper fishing charters? Who knows, could be part or all of it. For now it’s difficult to get you any word on El Banco as nobody, but nobody is heading out this far unless they’re on the “way” or returning from an overnight trip for example. They’re passing the area, might as well give it a try. But even then we’ve seen little action at The Bank so it’s hard to discuss what the deal is there. Well we know what the deal is, fuel expenses are the deal frankly. It determines how fast the boat you chartered is and where they’ll go. Again all depending on fuel usage. So El Banco being 50 miles one way with a slim shot at fish is what the deal is with El Banco for now. I could be wrong, just ask my ex-wife.To continue, Boats that use fuel and go fast are more expensive, can’t get around physics and the minimum wage. Factor in “real full time” captains like feeding their families on a regular basis charge more. Good Captains cost, cheap captains don’t, I’m sure you can figure that one out. Slow and un-maintained boats with faulty equipment will be cheaper, but not cheap. With us seeing lower end clientele these days in PV product quality for many companies (internet mostly with no location) has dropped. When you’re the slowest boat heading out it becomes obvious why they’re “cheap”. Another trick of the low end companies and it’s common is to drop baits at the buoys leaving the marina, you’re getting the short end of the fishing stick amigos. They troll too fast, they’re not fishing, they’re in route believe it or not at half speed. They’re just making you think you’re fishing. Your travel time to the fishing grounds is double what the more expensive boats are which means you miss on hours of fishing in slow boats! At that point how cheap are they? Slow boats equal less fishing time with your line in the water, simple physics. You’ll also find the captain (working for day “pay”) of a cheap boat will not leave the “area” or stretch your “duration mileage” even if there are fish just a little farther out.  We could do the same, but the quality and service is what our clients are looking for. We’re held to a higher standard and all things in fishing are not created equal. Remember this is Mexico. What you think you’re paying for is not what you get and if you don’t ask the correct questions, other than price that is, then what you don’t know just “gaffed” you in the back side. For people that have never gone fishing or are inexperienced this all seems quite acceptable. For those that know better, well you know better. If you want a slow boat, bad captain, tell me, they’re easy to find and you have to agree to not put a bad comment on Tripadvisor. But either way talk to us by phone or come in and discuss what’s happening and ask all the questions you want. You’ll see the difference and understand what the real deal is before heading out. Not some Timeshare promoter(s) telling you Moby Dick is in the bay, dirty water and all…. There are other contributing factors as well, but they’re too numerous to go into. Now fishing companies like Master Baiter’s live and die by our reputation. If you’re not catching fish, then the specific company was too expensive no matter what the cost was. If you catch fish, the cost of the charter is never remembered. If you’re looking for guarantees in the fishing world, good luck. We used to guarantee you’d catch fish, but even then it was hit and miss at times and those days were different.

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

Our New Location On the Boardwalk in Down Town at the light house, come in and say hello to Carmen or Benjamen….

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!

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Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo, & Long Liners!

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

01 07 2015 Siebert, Guanatuna, 8 hrs Sailfish MBTextPeople come in my shop all the time and want to discuss fishing and many other things. This week I found myself talking about how we have fish everywhere and where there are fish there are long liners killing your chances as the issue remains unsolved and those in the position of authority remain uninterested. Fishing is great, but don´t have expectations around the Long Liners, the good news is we can avoid them but you´ll be using more fuel than you should have to.

Corbeteña: Fish, fish everywhere, how you´ll get to them is another thing. Challenges abound, Flipper is stealing your bait as they laugh at you. Long lines around the rock aren´t helping. It´s disgusting but it´s what we have to deal with. So to combat this we are heading out a little farther than the rock, not too much farther. Flipper isn´t taking your baits out there. Now we´re seeing Blue, Black and Striped Marlin. Stripers are a little smaller in the 150 lb range as the Black and Blue Marlin are averaging in the 300 to 400 lb range with some larger ones chasing baits over 600 lbs, so good luck. Still worth the fuel dollar. Dorado in the 25 to 40 lb range, Wahoo in the flats around the rock, so you´ll need your electronics to find them. Yellowfin Tuna have been in the 60 lb range but again at about 150 ft down, no electronics, forget the Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna. Plenty of fish, find the time, you´ll be glad you did. El Banco is pretty much the same. Except Long Liners have taken over the high spots.  Once past the rock of Corbeteña Capt. Cesar of Magnifico says drifting with the currents with free swimming baits are working very well for Marlin, but keep this to yourself, it´s our secret!

01 09 2015 Neihart, Punta Mita, Guanatuna sp, 8 hrs, 500 pxls MBTextThe Marietta Islands have been pretty much dead all summer, they´re a little better now. Some smaller Sailfish, some Dorado in the 25 lb range. Bonito to 30 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna around 6 lbs, basically bait. Jack Crevalls upwards from 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals in the 10 to 15 lb range. Rooster fish are coming in, but they´re only 10 lbs, nothing to get excited about as yet, but this could change rapidly as Sardines are moving in again. But if you´re at the point of Punta Mita you have an excellent shot at larger Dorado to 45 lbs, Sailfish of nice size, maybe six feet long and 90 lbs. Striped Marlin are all around the area about ten miles off the point. Sayulita or Anclote Reef is also seeing smaller Rooster fish and well and this could improve in the near future so stay tuned.

01 07 2015  Guanatuna, 8 hrs Sailfish 500 pxls MBTextInside the bay we´re seeing winter fishing with a twist. Sailfish are still being boated, but they´re babies and should be thrown back. These Sailfish are only three to four feet long, but they´re taking baits off Los Arcos rocks. Jack Crevalls averaging 35 lbs around Nuevo Vallarta and all areas in between. Fishing in the bay is actually great with Sierra Mackerals of the average size of ten pounds and they´re great tasting. Needle Fish are spreading out a little and fun to catch, but they´re a weird looking fish for sure but great tasting. Don´t be surprised if the captain gives you a bunch of tubular looking fish to take to Victors Café Te Cuba to be prepared. Did I say they´re good tasting?

Like I mentioned earlier the fishing is great as long as you can find a way around the long liners. They spread their lines around the whole area.. Miles long, baited hooks, I´d like to know why the authorities ignore this, then again it´s not hard to figure out. For now don´t let this keep you from going out, you´ll catch fish, we just have to fish around these lines and use the expertise you´re paying for. So the radio thing is a help and a hindrance, what would you do. I am about ready to start using smoke signals!!

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Water temperatures are still hovering around 80 degrees and this is a result of El Nino, we aren´t complaining. We could have summer type species into March and April, we´ll just have to see what happens. High Visibility blue water and plenty of Bullet or baby Bonito and Skip jack tuna insure fish will be around for a while. But remember one day they´re here, then next they´re somewhere else. We always start where they were yesterday, and then go from there. With the Corbeteña Flipper eating your bait issue, lures are doing the trick for Marlin, Dorado, Sails and even Wahoo. But with Wahoo you need wire leader, which excludes other species, so good luck. It´s tough to lose lures to these razor mouthed beauties, but there you are! The bite is a little later, but I suggest being where you want to be before 8:00 a.m. to be sure to catch the morning bite. The late bite we´re having is around 3:00 p.m. so if leaving later in the morning, then hand in the afternoon for good luck. Lures as mentioned are working well around Corbeteña, use Petrelaros of green, brown and purple. For Marlin and Dorado blue upper with white dots and pink lower skirts will do the trick, well for today anyway. Having the correct equipment and electronics right now will make the difference in catching and wanting!

IMG-20160103-WA0003Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa!

Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

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Spring Has Sprung, Sailfish Moving In, Water Temps Up!

Cubera Snapper, Dinner Table Sized at the Marietta Islands on Policonfondido
Cubera Snapper, Dinner Table Sized at the Marietta Islands on Policonfondido

Spring Has Sprung, Sailfish Moving In, Water Temps Up!

People ask me all the time when the fishing is best in Puerto Vallarta. That is always a moving target because everyone wants a little something different. My standard answer is Mid July to the second week of January. But for some reason people seem to take that as if the fishing is bad any other time. This of course is not the case, but we do know up front that January, February, March and early April are not Billfish months. But we´re in March now, the water is warming up daily, we have seen Sailfish fifty miles out at The Bank or El Banco in Spanish.  There is still plenty of bait in the bay, the water is clearer and bluer every day. Spring is right on time this year with the weather conditions coming in line with expectations and water temperatures moving into the range summer fish prefer! Yes Amigos if you are into fishing, then this is the time of year when things will change for the better. Larger, more abundant gamefish are already here, time to think about your summer fishing trips!

Lots of news this week so lets get this party started! Flash: If you didn’t know from these reports the Marietta Islands are considered protected areas. Those fishing the Marietta islands or the reefs close at hand are basically breaking the law. But like all laws, if there is nobody to enforce them, is it really a law? The answer is yes, it is a law, but when the cat is away….. About once a year the Navy will head out to these islands and the last few days they were enforcing the ¨no fishing zone ¨.  Then, they´re gone and everything goes back to how it was as is the case for now. If you are in the area of the Marietta Islands, there are large Snappers that have been banging on the 30 lb range. Cubera Snappers are up to 40lbs, African Pompano getting less abundant are still in the mid 20’s. Something new is the appearance of larger Needle Fish, Bonito are moving back in and the Jack Crevalls are looking at numbered days since they prefer the cooler water temperatures. Interesting thing, the Rooster Fish are back again, fair sized, but they like structure so they´re at the reefs… same old story. Update 3/22: Rooster Fish (40 lbs plus) have moved in big time into the Marietta Islands and El Morro. African Pompano are back for now in the 25 to 45lb range, Cubera Snappers are now in the 30lb range, there are also Amber Jacks of great size taking bait as well in the 25 to 45lb range (see picture).

Cubera Snapper, Dinner Table Sized at the Marietta Islands on Policonfondido
Cubera Snapper, Dinner Table Sized at the Marietta Islands on Policonfondido

The area off Sayulita is still seeing Dorado in the 25 to 40lb range and this should improve. Rooster Fish have been fairly large in the 35lb size range. Snappers on the rocks and structure. African Pompano still there, but not too many and that will change shortly to nothing as the water continues to warm up. This should all improve shortly so stay tuned…

The bay is still full of Jack Crevalls, Needle Fish, Sierra Mackerals, Snappers closer in and a lot of other possibilities if you are interested in a four to six hour trip. Not real large, but you´ll always find action in the Bay of Banderas. So those on a budget, you can still find affordable boats on a vacation budget. Make sure you check my blog for the latest and greatest information.

Corbeteña and El Banco, for now just forget those locations. El Banco is starting to see some Sailfish as they move down from up north. In the next week or two these Sailfish will be setting up house. If you are in the area, Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks and Rainbow runners are still out there. But most people are not looking to jig or bottom fish.  No Marlin or Tuna to speak of. The Tres Maria islands have been slow. I should say those fishing this location have been staying the legal distance from the Islands, which are a Mexican Prison. Matter what you hear about these islands stay away from them. Those pushing the envelope have been arrested lately and all those bloody decks guys don´t seem to report this fact! So don’t be stupid!

Listen, if you´re in Puerto Vallarta and you´ve been burned by some OPC / Agent / Promoter from the timeshare guys, Vacation ownership is the same animal, then I hate to say this, but you set yourself up to get screwed. With the season being slow, even for High Season as it is now, those OPC’s or Promoters as they like to call themselves are ripping people off left and right. If you decide to go fishing, purchase a tour, or buy anything else from some guy who has no office, no business license, or way to contact them if you need to, then run away from this person. It is illegal for ¨Promoters¨ to sell you anything! But they can give you items, trips, tours, fishing trips for free if you take some of your precious vacation time and attend a ¨vacation ownership¨ presentation. Those that let greed take the driver’s seat are finding they will not be able to find that agent who sold them the Vallarta Adventures tour is nowhere to be found when they discover they got screwed out of their money when the tour company doesn´t have a clue as to who you are. There have been on average of six to ten people a week showing up at the docks in the morning waiting for a fishing boat that is not coming. Vallarta Adventures has had a rash of ¨Promoters¨ stealing deposits in their name as are other tour companies. Please, Please, Please protect yourself by dealing with agents that have hard walls around the office or place of business. Make sure they have a business license, not just some plastic chairs in some open space with a bunch of tour posters scattered around. Master Baiter’s is no going into the tour business and we will get you the absolute best prices you can get on Vallarta Adventure tours! If you go fishing with us, we will get you all the tours you want with discounts that Vallarta Adventures won’t let me advertise. Larger groups will be very happy with the money you´ll save. Lets face it, fishing and tours are expensive. With this new program, you might be able to save enough money to pay for your fishing trip, of course this depends on which boat, but our intentions are clear. We want to make sure you have fun, don´t get ripped off and become your source for information, fishing, tours or Unique Products. So there you are, I have declared a price war on all Hotel or Timeshare / Vacation Ownership agents / promoters! Just stay away from those people, they don´t care about you, they just want your money. Don´t do anything you wouldn´t do at home and you´ll be fine!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like The WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Early Indicators Show Early Spring Fishing, Warm Water Species Returning!

Early Indicators Show Early Spring Fishing, Warm Water Species Returning!

Don DuVan with his 25lb Red Snapper
Don DuVan with his 25lb Red Snapper

As we mentioned the last few weeks there are still large Yellowfin Tuna a t the Tres Maria Islands. I hate to talk of this location since anyone heading out to this location is at risk of being arrested and held for days on end. Now those who think they can get around this simple fact may discover that being an idiot does not pay dividends and no matter what is out there, there is no reason to risk your boat! Those who have headed out this is way the last week are still boating Yellowfin Tuna which range between 100 to 200lbs! But for the most part there are not many heading out this way.

El Banco and Corbeteña are still areas that have been ignored. There are always Cubera Snappers to be had in the structure areas that are only 75ft. deep. Lots of Jack Crevalls and some Sailfish sightings, but that is about it for now…

The bay is still working on smaller fish, Sierra Mackerals, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Bonita are returning, Needle fish and the list goes on. Four to six hours are productive and fun for sure. Perfect for the visiting angler with an itch to catch some tropical fish. Well worth the expense right now. So if you are looking for a short day on the water, you’ll catch fish.

Once more the big story is El Morro and the Marietta Islands. The Snappers have moved in to the El Morro and Marietta Islands in a big way. That ´s the good news, the bad news is there is plenty of bait in the water so you want to make sure you are there when the bite happens. Last week it looked like a 2:00 p.m. bite. But now we´re seeing them go for the bait earlier in the mornings so it may be worth your while to head out early. Even if you are only heading out for four hours, the bite I a little earlier right now. So keep your ears open and you´re fuel money handy! El Morro has some large Rooster Fish now ranging from 30 to 65lbs, but the same situation with the bait and the bite. Both the Marietta Islands and El Morro have some smaller to very large African Pompano as well

The last couple of weeks we’ve seen the Sayulita area strong with Rooster Fish and African Pompano. There are also some nice sized Dorado in the area that nobody for some reason is excited about. But if you are looking for something for the dinner table, then this has Dorado in the 25 to 40lb range. So don´t forget about this location. Now the long liners out there may not like you being there, but that is their problem!

As I mentioned in the title, the water is warming up where the temps in the bay are in the mid 70’s at the moment. This is good news for those looking to see billfish move into the area should not have a long wait. We should see Sailfish in the next few weeks, I predict an early spring! The Needle fish are an early indicator of seasonal current directions changing and that is good news for the fisherman. But the weather will start warming up also, so keep an eye on the conditions to see if you can get some great Billfish fishing in before it turns into the humid oven all tropical jungle areas become in the summer !

One Constant is the fact that every species out there right now is gorging themselves on live bait. But they are also taking lures. So make sure you give your lure bag a workout. There are times when fish will take a lure and ignore live bait, not often, but they are looking at everything being presented to them. So if you can make it   fish sexy, then you may look like a stud to your wife and when was the last time that happened to you??

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Lots of Fish, Tons of Bait, There lies The Problem!

Lots of Fish, Tons of Bait, There lies The Problem!

Bait, Bait, everywhere there is bait. May not seem like a bad thing, but when there is too much bait in the water, why would a fish pay any attention to what you are presenting to them? Such is the case this week with plenty of nice sized game fish at our world famous fishing grounds. Jack Crevalls, Snappers and the reappearance of Rooster fish, but don´t get excited, it´s not a piece of cake out there right now.

Another Slow Day in The Bay! Does this look slow??
Another Slow Day in The Bay! Does this look slow??

For those of you looking for the big game fish of Sailfish, Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna, well for the most part you are out of luck. It’s just the wrong time of the year for these species, which is why many will call this the slow season. There is Yellowfin Tuna at the Tres Maria Islands and you can get them in the 150 to 200lb size range. But they are 80 miles out and the folks around the Tres Maria Islands are not as flexible lately as they have been. If you are out there, be prepared with all the necessary documentation and if someone tells you they have a permit to fish this area, there is a 90% chance that is a bogus statement and they are taking chances with YOUR money and vacation fishing trip! I cannot stress enough how the islands have a 15 mile limit, but they will allow 10 miles for a buffer. Boats like the Anna Marie who was grabbed and the captain was held for four days should be enough to get these guys straight. But the Anna Maria is still making the track daily. So even if they get busted, they don’t learn.  Maybe if it the money was coming from their pocket and they told you the real situation then you may not choose to head out there. There are very many boats in the marina, seasoned boats with seasoned captains that don’t see fishing the Tres Maria islands as a risk they are willing to take. One of these days a boat will not be given back and the crew will be kept in the prison. I guess that is when these ¨envelope¨ stretchers will learn a lesson the old timers already stress, but like most older types are ignored! Don´t let the lure of big fish blind you to what can happen out there!

Now if you’re looking for more modest sized fish then Puerto Vallarta is the place for you come February, March and April. If you find yourself at the Marietta Islands you’ll be trolling for Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Groupers, Rooster fish, Bonito, and the list goes on. Now these fish may or may not want what you are presenting so be mentally prepare d to come in empty handed. One fact that will help is knowing when the bite is so you have the best chance of actually catching something out there! Right now it pays to be out there at or around, earlier is better, 2:00 in the afternoon, but be warned, the bite can change in a heartbeat so check the reports or contact me for the latest information….

Anywhere inside the bay you are dealing with the same situation, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Snappers, some Bonito and more are there waiting for you. But like I mentioned earlier getting them to take bait when there is just so much of in the water is where the challenge is!

Sayulita is still full of Rooster fish and African Pompano, same condition with bait, tooooo much is a bad thing. But if you are in the area, give it a shot. Those that have been boated are running between 35 and 50lbs. The Marietta Islands are still the same. At the risk of sounding a little cookie cutter here, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Snappers, the odd Rooster fish, Bonito, Small Grouper and more are still there! They will take baits, but you better be creative and running at least one lure may be a good idea since they seem to be taking plastics!

The big secret this week is the area around El Morro, just south of the Marietta Islands. The currents are such where there are upwelling where the currents clash with the island and forces nutrients up from the bottom. Now Rooster fish love this sort of thing as they do the trash lines in the summer.  For some reason here at El Morro the Rooster fish, Jack Crevalls and Amber Jacks are attacking baits. The Roosters and Jacks are all in the 35 to 60 lb range. On light tackle this is a day you won’t forget!  This is where the fish are at this week and not everyone is heading out this was as well, so you may have the area to yourself, now that is a fantasy!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Quickie Report: El Morro Springs to Life With Rooster Fish

Now this is action!
Now this is action!

One of the places I don´t write much about is El Morro. Located about ten (10) miles  south of the Marietta Islands, El Morro is one of those locations that can be dead for extended periods of time and then just explode with action. One reason is the bottom of the bay in that area works to produce upwelling’s that contain all sorts of organic materials that have settled on the bottom from the summer months. This is a little known area that a new comer would not know of unless a local told him about it.

There are certain conditions and times of the year when those with some experience will remember and then take the time to check out from time to time. When we see the colder water start to go up in temperature and at the same time we see the water getting dirty we know the currents are changing. Currents don´t change overnight and it takes time for the water to change in temperature as well. So once this starts happening we can have as much as a week of great fishing in an area where few will venture. So you can imagine how those in the know will keep this area a secret as long as possible as it explodes with action that is relatively close in. The Rooster fish out there are taking baits of all sizes so there is no need to worry about presenting the correct sized bait for the time being. If surface trolling running poppers will work well as will the three and six inch silver diamond jigs. These fish are for the most part not picky and will hit anything that is splashy or shinny.

Off Sayulita, around the corner and up from Punta Mita the Rooster fish have fallen off a little. But the Dorado are picking up in numbers (nothing major for the moment), the Sierra Mackerals have gotten huge for the species of 25 to 35 lbs! Snappers are here as well around the rocks, but the primary players will be Mackerals, Jack Crevalls (larger at 340 lbs), Snappers, Pompano and Rooster Fish which are increasing in numbers.

The bay is full of bait, the water temperatures are up and down as is normal but they are creeping up. So this is all good news. As we move into March we should see the Sailfish coming back soon. Buy the middle to end of April we should see the Dorado come back. Last year it was July before we saw any size to the Dorado, but that was a La Nina year so looking back it wasn´t that surprising.

Jack Crevalls are still in the bay and picking up in numbers and size by the day. The six hour trips are worth their salt now since it gives you enough time to reach the far end of the bay in both directions which insures you have plenty of action. My boats heading out in the bay the last few days have been hooking into at least twenty fish a day! So while the fish may be winter sized, there are decent numbers out there so people are catching fish and having light tackle fun!

Looking around the area Barra to the north and Manzanillo to the south both have lots of Dorado (or Dolphin or Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, and even Marlin. The water temperatures there are a touch warmer, but the fact that Barra Navidad and Manzanillo are both north and south of us is a good indicator that the currents are moving. The simple fact that Puerto Vallarta is a little on the chilly side in comparison is of no concern since we are moving  into late winter now and shortly the gap will fill in with warmer water as well…. Stay tuned!

Just a reminder, Summer is coming and spring break happens in late April this year. If you are thinking of doing a Yellowfin Tuna or Marlin fishing trip this year (summer begins for monsters in mid July), remember early bookings will save you money. With the negative and bogus news of how Mexico is dangerous the prices and numbers of people visiting this summer will be down. This means you will save some serious cash if you book early and it looks like it will be an early summer this year. So start salting your pennies, nickels and dimes away for that fishing trip this year.

Just a reminder, the press in the states is blowing the situation with the narcos or drug cartels out of proportion. 60% of whatever you hear is happening in the places where it has always happened, nothing new is happening here! If the press would show real numbers / statistics on the drug cartel situation here in Mexico you would realize that sensationalized headlines sell news as they promote Obamas agenda to keep the tourism dollar in the states! To put it this way, If I was thinking of the United States as if it was size of how Mexico is perceived, would you not go to Los Angeles because somebody got shot in Florida? Well it’s just that stupid. There are not bands of Mexicans looking to kill tourist, there are not drug dealers with guns in the streets. The only way you will find trouble in Mexico is if you go looking for it. If you go into the slums of Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Houston, New  York, Los Angeles and the list goes on, looking for drugs then you will have the same situation. Mexico is statistically safer than Brazil! Mexico is not dangerous and no matter what, there will always be crime in every corner of the world, you can´t get around that. But if you are smart, you can take advantage of the bogus perception the press has created about Mexico! As the sheep run away from the nonexistent wolf, you can zig when they zag and get some great deals, in a safe place for the whole family and have Mexico pretty much to yourself! Like the Swine H1N1 lies they spewed all over the place creating the perception you would die in Mexico from this disease, the press has a chip on it’s shoulder when it comes to Mexico. Mexico is safer than most of the larger cities in America and you wouldn´t avoid New York or Baltimore which are statistically speaking more dangerous than Mexico. So be informed, see through the smoke and take advantage of an opportunity!

Until then, take care and don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Rollercoaster Conditions, Rollercoaster Results, Yellowfin Possibilities

Rollercoaster Conditions, Rollercoaster Results, Yellowfin Possibilities

You´ve heard the old saying; ¨what goes up, must come down¨! When it comes to fishing, truer words were never spoken. With the rollercoaster conditions we´ve been seeing of  clean water, then dirty water, then warm currents, bait issues, strange tides, and no consistency it can make your head spin! While water temperatures have not changed much in the last week.

One thing we always want to know as fisherman is what it the bait fish situation. There are times when there is too much bait in the water. At those times it is impossible to get fish to pay attention to your bait, no matter how you are presenting it.. Other times there is not enough bait and the fish move on…  Right now we are a little heavy on bait, but other areas around the area are also heavy on bait. And when the ¨getting is good¨ why move on, it won´t be any ¨greener¨ down the road! In the bay there is plenty of bait to attract fish, so that is not our problem right now. Our problem is getting them to come in our direction. Of course we will be waiting for them, but for now it´s best to focus on what is at hand and available.  So nobody should be expecting to catch Moby Dick inside 75 miles. If anyone tells you otherwise, walk away….

Like in recent weeks the big fish are still out 75 miles. Now that is really not that far, but when you´re looking at three hours of travel time one way, unless you are dedicated (fanatic) to boating a 200lb Yellowfin Tuna, then you will be settling for smaller game fish. But no worries, for those interested in some arm straining action! With Jack Crevalls in the 25lb range, African Pompano to 50lbs, Cubera Snappers if you’re lucky just off the reefs. Sierra Mackerals in the 10 to 30lb range with 15lbs being the average. There is a mix of smaller groupers, small Snappers and several others to choose from closer in. So if you hear the fishing is slow, this is what slow is when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta!

Now I need to warn all of you out there about the Tres Maria Islands. I have been writing a lot about this location lately since there have been so many boats heading out to this protected area. One thing to remember when heading out this way, the limit is fifteen (15) miles. Any closer than that and you are risking being arrested and taken in. When you are on some of the popular bulletin boards on Puerto Vallarta you will see them all puffing their chest up about the Monster Yellowfin Tuna and then proceed to tell the world how cool they are as the guy in his living room is reading this crap. Now the Yellowfin Tuna are out there, but look at the Maximus. A newly operating long distance charter boat that can handle up to ten people was caught the other day with no insurance, no fishing licenses and a forged permit to fish the islands. Now this boat gets more than $1,500.00 per person for a three day trip. That is top dollar for anywhere, especially here in Mexico! The guys onboard all read their articles, they all believed this operation to be first class and they all found out that they got duped! The boat was too close to the PRISON ISLANDS withe phony documentation, then missing necessary documentation, the passengers were all mad as hell! One of the boats I warned you of previously, The Anna Maria was grabbed by the Navy and the captain Steven Torres was held for four days along with his boat. He was held for four days where they shaved his head and then they put him with the general population. This guy is promoting himself all over the place and he looks legit until you have an incident like this happen.  Take Care!

Now that you have that information under your belt, twenty to twenty five miles west of The Bank or El Banco, there are just herds of Yellowfin Tuna. It´s amazing how we have a current running by the islands that is really warm. This is an indication that the seasonal current changes are in flux. This also means an early summer, something most of us would welcome. If you are looking for Yellowfin Tuna and are willing to pay the price, you can have what you want and not get arrested in the process! Striped Marlin are nowhere to be found unless you are up north or south a hundred miles or so. But these fish move and they will find their way to pv SOON.

As has become normal, the Marietta Islands are still cooking with  Snappers in the 35lb range, the occasional Rooster Fish of 35 to 60lbs, Pompano to 50 lbs, Sierra Mackerals everywhere to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls are plentiful, but in and out. For the most part this area has been one of the two 8 hr trip locations that are worth heading out to for the time being. There is a lot of small baby Mackerals in the water and it may be hard to turn a fishes head so bring your bag of tricks, you may need everything you own !North of Punta Mita in the Sayulita area there have consistently been Rooster fish, but a whole lot more African Pompano and this area is probably the best bang for your fishing buck right now. A super panga can handle this destination nicely and save you a few bucks. Six inch rapallas with spoons about ten inches off the tail is working nicely. Now the color of the Rapalla is the question here. I suggest Yellow and black or black and purple if the water is dark in color. Snappers are also around the structured areas and may be a little on the small side, but they still taste great amigos!

As we approach March, we will see water temperatures creep up slowly, this is when we should start to see the Sailfish start to come back in to the area. Something to look forward to.  So if by chance you will be on a boat near the Gaviotas or San Pancho area, keep this in mind and bring the right equipment for the task!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

Smaller Game fish, Lighter Tackle, Lots of fun!
Smaller Game fish, Lighter Tackle, Lots of fun!

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Mind Boggling Mixed Conditions, But There are Fish Out There!

Mind Boggling Mixed Conditions, But There are Fish Out There!

Here I go again trying to make sense of a senseless season. We are still seeing some strange currents for this time of the year so it is possible to come across dirty water from silt being stirred up from the bottom. Water temperatures are hovering between 68 and 73 degrees, which is a good thing. In general what was miserable fishing conditions a few short weeks ago has returned to our normal winter fishing conditions.

Two weeks ago I turned away more people than I care to think about with the truth about what the actual conditions were in the bay. Four hour trips, unless you like checking out sea life and whales, was pretty much a waste of your time and money. Same for Six hour trips and even the eight hour days were coming in at times with empty fish boxes. But as the warmer water is working its way back into the area we have seen the normal players  like Jack Crevalls return in a big way. Tons of smaller Red Snappers, Pompano and several larger Rooster Fish and the list goes on. One thing for sure, there is no reason now to hold back. Even the four hour trip

Pompano at The Marietta Islands
Pompano at The Marietta Islands

s are averaging 10 to 15 fish or all types.

The best bang for your fishing dollar right now is either the Marietta Islands or the point at Punta Mita to Sayulita again this week. Larger African Pompano have moved into the Sayulita area and can surprise you at 50 lbs!  Now for the most part the Roosterfish have bailed out of the area, but there were a few boated off Sayulita in the 70lb range with some smaller ones around 35lbs. This was a big surprise since there have been few Roosters boated in the last ten days or so. At the point, African Pompano have gotten more and more abundant, they´re fierce fighters and they taste wonderful! Snappers are in the area as well, but for the most part will be smaller in the 10lb range.

At the Marietta Islands, I still sound like a broken record here. The Roosters are still here, but not in huge numbers and if you do boat one or two, consider yourself lucky. Snappers are plentiful, Sierra Mackerals have taken over the bay, and Jack Crevalls are larger than normal in the 30 lb and up size range. Small groupers, and to be frank, several fish I have no clue what they are. Boats heading out to this area may find some dirty water as it moves in and out, but the good thing about this location is the reefs are the area we are all hitting lately and the fish will pop out of their holes if you are trolling the edge of the reef! Dirty water or not, if they can see it, they´ll go for it! If you don´t have a sounder (electronics) to see the reef on your screen, then you chances of getting a nice Cubera Snapper will be greatly diminished. Remember, you´re paying for a decent boat, make sure you have the equipment you need or fishing on that boat, no matter how cheap, is still relying on luck, and little else.

The area between Corbeteña and El Banco is still a dead zone. Jack Crevalls at Corbeteña are large in the 50lb range, but who heads out 35 miles for Jacks?  El Banco has been about the same as Corbeteña, some Hammer Head sharks have been hanging out there and they taste good, but not exactly what most people are looking for. If you want to burn diesel, this is the trip for you, but you won´t be happy with the fishing. Still, this could change in a heartbeat so keep your ears open for recent conditions or check my blog out.

For the last few months there have been Yellowfin Tuna  at the Tres Maria Islands. The last few days they (Yellowfin Tuna & Striped Marlin) seem to have moved farther north near the third and farthest north island of the Tres Marias. To give you an idea of how far this is, Zig Zag with Capt. Pepino and my buddies all headed out 130 miles just to find Spinner Dolphins. Normally this is a great indicator that there are smaller Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 lb range, but not always as was the case in the last couple of days. All and all I would hold off on the long distance trips for the next few days.

So to sum things up this week, the fishing is best in the eight hour range and is pretty good by all accounts. Six hours and four hours are still in the bay fishing, but if you don´t mind Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Snappers, Pompano and the occasional Rooster fish, then you will have some light tackle action that will be affordable and more than satisfying for the visiting Angler. With whales in the bay, you get an extra bang for your buck!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Quickie Report: Jacks Move in Strong, Pompano at the Point

 Jack Crevalls everywhere !
Jack Crevalls everywhere !

Feb. 15, 2011

We are seeing the water temperatures hover in the low 70’s and while that is still cold water for us here in Puerto Vallarta, it is still much better for fishing than the low 60’s we were dealing with last week. There were some mornings where my Mexican side wanted a parka from the cold in the mornings! Thankfully that has all changed now and even the air temperatures are coming up to the normal 80 degree mark in the days!

Naturally tropical fish like tropical waters, even cold tropical water comes with a group of fish we won´t see much of come summer. African Pompano have pretty much taken over the areas with structure where you would expect Rooster fish to be lately. You can expect to find many, but not overly abundant around the corner of Punta Mita in Sayulita and at the Marietta Islands around the reef. Small sardines are the food of choice right now for most of the fish out there since they, the Sardines have taken over the point! So that makes it easy, local bait always works best. So Google Eyes may be ignored so have some bait choices. Lures have been working as well, Pink, Yellow, Orange, black, in combinations are working well.. Six inch lures with skirts the size you should be trying first. But squid baits may work as well with all the Squid we´ve seen in the area as lately….

Sierra Mackerals are everywhere and they are great tasting. Size wise they´re a little on the small side, but still taste great. It is nothing right now to hook into thirty of these in a six hour day, but they are not much larger than bait. Great fishing for younger Anglers for sure.

Jack Crevalls have also become more abundant than the last time I put up a report. In the middle of the bay to the Islands to Sayulita, they have shown up in larger numbers and as long as the temperatures remain in the 70’s they will be in the area. Many a day has been saved by Jack Crevalls or Torros as the locals call them. They are also fairly large in the 25 to 45lb range as well so make sure you are running light tackle to even the challenge and you will have a great time with some nice action!

Striped Marlin are at the Tres Marias, but they are at the third island and close in, closer in than you should be fishing. But it looks like those in charge are getting a little more flexible on the perimeter they guard and have been letting boats in closer than the guidelines permit. So keep your wits. One good thing, they are at least warning you if you are too close to the Tres Maria Islands. Remember these are prison islands and there are some rules that are as flexible as the person enforcing them. So don´t be stupid and get snagged by them! Lots of bottle nose Dolphin in the area, which is always a good sign for Yellowfin Tuna. Depending on conditions, you may still find Tuna, but they may not like what you´re presenting to them so make sure you have a good bag of tricks (lures) on hand.

El Banco to Corbeteña, there have been Sailfish sightings, but I have yet to see anyone boat one, so until somebody comes in with one, I would avoid the distance and fuel cost and hit the Marietta’s or Sayulita.

So for now it looks like your best shot at action is in the eight hour day range which has two advantages. Shorter days at closer in locations. This means fuel and time savings and the little woman can still dress you up and take you to dinner. Let’s hope you´ll be eating your catch that evening!

Until then, take care and don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Conditions Improve, Clear Water, More Sizeable Fish

Conditions Improve, Clear Water, More Sizeable Fish

Feb. 12 , 2011

Broom Tail Grouper, This is what Doug Cole from Traverse City Mi Got Yesterday!
Broom Tail Grouper, This is what Doug Cole from Traverse City Mi Got Yesterday!
Bob Sandtiveit and his 45 lb Cubera Snapper from the Marietta Islands, YeHa!
Bob Sandtiveit and his 45 lb Cubera Snapper from the Marietta Islands, YeHa!

When this time of the year comes around we never really know what to expect when it comes to fishing. For the last few weeks we weren´t expecting much to be straight up. Water temps were cold, the water dirty, red or worse. Bait was hard to make and many a fishing boat came in daily without fish.  Quality of your captain, the level of equipment on hand and the crews experience all came into play. That was last week, this week things have improved and your chances of coming in with a trophy game fish are much better!

The Tres Maria Islands are still the place to be if you’re looking for Yellowfin Tuna.  Running from anywhere between 80 to 200 lbs it just all depends on what you come across. The down side is naturally the distance and time you’ll have to put in, but if you´re looking for Yellowfin at this time of the year, then this is where you have to be until summer. Live bait is the way to go for these beauties,  but have a kite on hand, happy hunting!

The area between Corbeteña and El Banco are Fertile fishing grounds with ridges and canyons are showing signs of life when it comes to Sailfish lately. This is a little strange for sure to find these fish in this area at this time of the year. But who is complaining. This may fall off so make sure you have checked the latest and greatest on my blog.

North of Punta Mita at Guyavitos there are Dorado. Yes, I said Dorado and they are fair sized at 20 to 35 lbs. The commercial fisherman has set out buoys so the Dorado for now may be moving back into the area, keep your fingers crossed this continues, but you´ll need ten hour day for these so prepare your mind for this…

Once more the real story for the average person looking to catch some fish and not spend the best part of the day on a boat is still the Marietta Islands. The big difference this week has been the increase, I should say unexpected increase in the water temperatures in the area. With water warming up to the mid to lower seventies this takes the frigid chill out of the water and we see the normal fish we would see returning now. Some unexpected surprises as well off the reefs. We are seeing some large Broom Tail Grouper, in fact we boated one bordering on 80 lbs just the other day. Cubera Snapper the same day was over 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls in the 25lb range have returned. Snappers of all sizes, many pan sized, many larger are also more abundant by the day. Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, and even the occasional Rooster fish. But Roosters have pretty much disappeared so don´t go hunting them! Lots of African Pompano and a variety of fish I couldn´t even tell you their names. The bottom line here is, head to the Marietta Islands if you want a fun and favorably priced trip. See Doug Cole and Bob Sandtveit with their catch from a great day in this article….

Six hour trips in the bay are worth your time now since there are more Jack Crevalls in the area as well as more and more Snappers near structure / Rocks. But there are more fish moving into the bay so this will only get better. As far as short or half day trips, things may improve in the next few days, but  there is still very little bang for your short day fishing bucks!

An area to keep your eyes on this coming week is the Gravitas area since this area is where Sailfish like to hang out in the winter. With Dorado and Sailfish here I expect this will become a popular area in the coming days.

For those heading out be sure you have your bag of tricks wit h you as well. Lately the bait of choice has been lures for some reason, who knows why. Green, Yellow and Orange combinations are working well. Black and purple combinations are also working well on skirted baits about six inches in length.  So make sure you have some plastics running with your live bait rigs. Remember surface poppers are always a safe bet as well….

I am finally happy to be able to present a positive side to what our fishing has been like.

As always feel free to contact me about the latest and greatest when it comes to getting information on the fishing in Puerto Vallarta, not just what my boats are doing.

There you have the latest and greatest Puerto Vallarta has to offer, so until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter