600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too!

                                                      600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too              

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

                              Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

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

Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 ... Congrats Capt Juan, well done!
Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 … Congrats Capt Juan, well done!

Right after I wrote last week’s report things flipped for the better. The ¨Clean Green water we´ve had for the last weeks is not gone. Blue water has returned to the area and we´re seeing an increase in Dorado in both numbers and locations. Marlin are still the main game fish out there, but they´re out there! Yellowfin around El Banco but they´re Footballs of 60 lbs. We have fish and they´re hungry for your bait amigo. High Season for fishing has finally kicked in big time so get your butt to PV and join the fun!

Subtle things can change in a heartbeat here in PV and this week we´re happy to see ¨High Visibility Blue water¨ return to our world famous fishing grounds again. El Banco this week is seeing some small Yellowfin Tuna 40 to 65 lbs, we call them ¨Footballs¨.  Blue and Black Marlin are still running from 250 lbs to over 600 lbs. But you have to be patient, they´re spread out and it could take some time to get a strike. Dorado are still sparse at El Banco, wait a week and we´ll hopefully see this change. Rainbow Runners around 45 lbs and great tasting. Sailfish of course and a host of other possible game fish to choose from. When the fish are at El Banco, they´re always a little bigger. With almost perfect conditions and water temperatures it should be considered when making your fishing day plan with the captain!

Big Dorado at Corbetena!
Big Dorado at Corbetena!

It´s still ¨Rockin¨ at the Rock, better known as Corbeteña! Take everything I just said about El Banco and add Dorado of 40 to 60 lbs. In fact anywhere from El Morro to Corbeteña has turned into Dorado City! It´s nice to be able to write this since we´ve seen no Dorado to speak of at all this season and frankly it worries me. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as well and of course we have Blue and Black Marlin again in the 250 to 600 lb range, possibly larger with any luck. Plenty of bait, blue water and possibilities. Looking for Yellowfin Tuna, at the rock at a heading of 210, about four miles out you´ll find the drop where you´ll find Tuna. But if you don´t have electronics that is a hard thing to find and you´ll be fishing blind so spend the extra money for a boat with electronics, especially if targeting larger or even smaller Yellowfin tuna! It´s a ten hour day, but well worth the money!

Punta Mita had some smaller Dorado for a few days but they´re getting sparse now for some reason. But bait is not an issue so we have to tell ourselves ¨Fish Move¨ and leave it at that. But just a little farther out in front of El Morro is where you want to start looking for Dorado. Eight miles off the point we were seeing some Striped Marlin in the cooler clean green water, but they moved out. There is a possibility of a Sailfish in the area, but I wouldn´t hold my breath. All and all if you´re heading out for eight hours to hit this area, spend the extra money and hit the Rock, you´ll be glad you did.

Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !
Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !

Inside the bay, you could insert last week’s information and be on the money. Jack Crevalls are still in the area and will be until next spring. Needle fish are not quite as available but they´re good fighters and amazing enough taste great so don´t give them up as ¨trash fish¨. Bonito to 40 lbs and some Football Tuna have been boated around Yelapa at 40 lbs! No Dorado in the bay as yet, the rainy season really wasn´t rainy at all. So the trash line we love so much and draw Dorado or Mahi into the bay was a disappointment this year. We´re still seeing Freak Sailfish in the bay so who knows, feeling lucky!

We´re still seeing water temperatures at or near 88 degrees and now with blue water anything is possible from this point forward until New Years! The bite is a moving target this week. We were seeing a mid day bite, but now it looks to be on the early side so be where you want to be fishing before 9 and you should be good. The afternoon bite is elusive as well, good luck amigo! Baits: well when it comes to baits the Green and yellow lures of last week have turned ¨dark¨. Dark in color that is, Dark Blue with green, or Black with brown. Petroleros are your best bet and are always reliable, a good place to start with plastics. Live bait is working as well, but it´s best to purchase bait in the morning as insurance and make bait at the location you´re heading to.

One thing we´re seeing now is the fishing is great one day, the next it´s not so great. The fishing is spread out like it has been and we see no reason for this to change. But the tournament this week was spectacular with some huge fish and there are more out there. Be Patient and at the ready, Moby Dick is in the ¨House¨!

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

My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !
My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Unpredictable Fishing, Swirling Currents!

                                          Unpredictable Fishing, Swirling Currents!

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

 

Our Store Mgr Ange (Fish ¨N¨ Chic) holding a 35 lb Rooster fish boated off Sayulita
Our Store Mgr Ange (Fish ¨N¨ Chic) holding a 35 lb Rooster fish boated off Sayulita

This past week we´ve seen Yellowfin Tuna Cows move into El Banco and Corbeteña just to watch the Tuna Boats, the Seiners or those boats that run the nets and decimate the fishing and now there are none! What remains now is a void of fish at our World Famous Fishing grounds. For now it ¨appears¨ that we have Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish, but only in between the Tuna Boat Sweeps. Long liners all over the Tres Maria Islands, our last fishery and if you´re a true conservationist this breaks your heart. But the bay and Marietta Islands are picking up the void or slack and you can still have great action as long as you understand Moby Dick has been chased out of PV!

 

This week is much the same if not exactly the same as last week. Water temperatures are down a degree from last week, but still hovering around the 73 / 72 degree mark at the deep water fishing grounds of El Banco and Corbeteña. Still with these temperatures you´d think the chill factor would be enough to push them out, but we´re seeing warm swirls in the currents that keep the fish hanging around. We´ve seen heavy amounts of Sardines, Bullet Bonito around these areas so the fishing isn´t bad, it´s the Production Fishing boats we just mentioned that decimate the fishing for days and days after they sweep an area. At both El Banco and Corbeteña we had 180 to 220 Yellowfin tuna (Cows) but the minute the Seiners got word and that was the end of it. Everything, No Marlin now, No Sails, No Tuna, nothing but bottom fishing which isn´t bad with Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, but it´s a long way to go for something you can catch at the Marietta Islands. Sure you´ll find Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Tons of Bullet bonito for bait… This is basic fishing you´ll find much closer in. Unless these production fishing boats have left and the fishing is picking up, you pretty much have to catch it in between Seiner Sweeps…. These desperate fishing companies are putting themselves and the Sportfishing industry out of business as fast as they possibly can. It´s stupid and the govt doesn´t do its job (corruption) as they take payoffs from the Long Liners and the Illegal practices of the fishing fleets…..

07 16 2015 Kevin Lawry, Pecositas II, 6 Hrs 650 pxls MBTEXTThe Marietta Islands are the same as last week, Bonito to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs with the average at 35 lbs and this is the real story. Jack Crevalls have taken over everywhere, close in or far out, it´s still Jack City and we thank our lucky fish stars for that simple fact! Needle fish are still taking baits to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are dropping in numbers, not too available either in the 12 to 20 lb range. Cubera Snappers have been surprisingly large around this area, for those using down riggers you´ll have a shot at 60 lb Cuberas but here´s the secret, you need to run a live bullet bonito or skip jack tuna then Wham, the game is on….. No Sailfish this week, but the Rooster fish are still in the area running anywhere from 35 to 45 lbs. Moni, our capt off Bella Del Mar boated a Roosterfish at 70 lbs, it was bigger than she is! It was boated in the surf line off the Punta Mita Point, I mean right in the surf where the waves are breaking under the boat….. Cast a diamond jig then be prepared!

Capt. Cesar on Magnifico with a nice sized Snapper
Capt. Cesar on Magnifico with a nice sized Snapper

Inside the bay, it´s the same report, Sierra Mackerals are thinning out but still in the bay. The infusion of massive amounts of Sardines and Bullet Bonito have drawn in some species you´d expect to be gone since they´re not at the deep water locations. Bonito all over at 30 lbs, Skip jack and some Football Tuna at 35 lbs around Yelapa, not automatic!  Another Sailfish was boated off La Cruz Marina (surprising, but happening more and more these days for some reason). Snapper around the rocks and structure. All the Regular players are keeping the best fishing for now in the bay and around the Punta Mita Point……

Bite: happening around 10 am in the morning, 2 p.m. in the afternoon, Jack Crevalls bit all day…. Water temps have dipped a little to 72 degrees outside the bay, still 73 in the bay with the shallower water and circular circulation the bay water temps are normally a touch warmer. Bait: Live bait is king, lures of a particular color didn´t matter. Start with Petrelaros, Rapallas close in, Diamond Jigs in the surf changing lure baits often.

Another Beautiful Snapper...
Another Beautiful Snapper…

Shared boats: Yes we´re still ¨Hooking¨ you up with others on shared boats. This Special is half a super panga, you can have two people max fishing or sightseeing for $275 usd, eight hours. This is the best fishing deal in town. If downtown visit our Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: tp://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Fish for Everyone, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna!

                                  Fish for Everyone, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

270 lb Blue Marlin boated off El Banco with Capt Scooby of Guanatuna Super Panga
270 lb Blue Marlin boated off El Banco with Capt Scooby of Guanatuna Super Panga

Normally in March we´re talking about disappointing winter fishing, not so this year. With El Nino being it´s unpredictable self raising water temperature to late spring equivalents we´re seeing unusual fishing with Black Marlin, tuna, Wahoo, Rooster fish and the list goes on. Yes folks, the fishing is incredible and there´s ¨Fish for Everyone¨!

It seems for the longest time there wasn´t any action at El Banco, a complete waste of your fuel dollar but things have changed drastically. In a month were we´d normally be ignoring this area we´re now pleasantly surprised with huge Black Marlin to 800 lbs, Blue Marlin to 500 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna at 150 to 200+ lb cows! Cubera Snapper for the lucky troller or jigger to 65 lbs. Amber Jacks to 65 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course to 50 lbs, Bonito, flying fish everywhere and favorable ¨spring¨ water temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees. Throw in the teeny tiny red crabs less than an inch long and the shelled squids of about the same size and this is a recipe for a fishing frenzy! I haven´t seen El Banco this alive and active for a long while. Thinking of hitting this area, then stop thinking and do it already. Time to make a move amigos. When ¨they´re¨ there, they´re always bigger at the bank! Corbetena has taken up where El Banco left off, slow and kinda lifeless. About 10 to 15 miles west of the rock there have been 150 lb Yellowfin tuna to be had. They haven´t been around the rock with fields of these crabs and shelled squids they´re happy where they are. If you´re around the area Cubera Snappers are in the 60 lb range. Wahoo are being boated for the lucky here as well. The regular players of Bonito, Jack Crevalls, monster Skip Jack Tuna over 6 lbs are thick. So with the abundance of favorite bait we could see this area explode before you finish reading this article. Hit the Bank first!

75 lb Rooster Fish caught in Sayulita off the Anclote Reef area
75 lb Rooster Fish caught in Sayulita off the Anclote Reef area

El Morro and the area have been on the slow side. In fact if you´re not targeting Wahoo with wire leaders and a faster trolling speed there really isn´t much reason to be here. Rooster fish have diminished in numbers which is surprising with the increase in Sardines in the area. If you’re around Anclote Reef at Sayulita you could have some luck with Rooster fish in the 40 lb range, but you´ll be rolling the dice. Fishing is always a gamble, we do what we can to improve the odds. Punta Mita is the same. The Marietta Islands are a little different with other species in the area I expect Roosters to show up any minute now. All and all the eight hour trip is not your best fishing dollar bang.

Inside the bay we´re seeing absolutely wonderful fishing as long as you´re not looking for Dorado! Around the river mouths there are Jack Crevalls 40 lbs, Roballo 30 lbs, Smaller Snappers to 20 lbs making a four hour family fishing trip affordable and fun with everyone getting all the action they could want. Also in the bay are Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs and the list goes on. Sailfish are gone, but somehow they seem to find a bait in the bay, especially around La Cruz and Los Arcos areas, Buenos Suerte Amigos.

Basically the fishing is wide open and spread out. With abundant bait sprinkled though the area the fish don´t seem to be schooling, instead they´re free swimming with the scattered bait around the bay. So this is keeping the production fishing ships out of the area, they target schools for their nets. So it´s funny to me they´re just waiting for YF Tuna to school so they can clean house. For now the challenges are obvious, but the rewards make it all worth it. If you consider yourself a serious fisherman then get serious. Those in PV now are in the right place at the right time. Crowds are down, the days and seas are perfect. It´s a fishermans paradise in more than one way and I haven´t been able to say this for many moons. With all the Wahoo in the area you might want to target this species, I know I´m heading out after as many as I can get and don´t ask me to share, you´ll have to get your own.

Yellowfin tuna at the Gaff
Yellowfin tuna at the Gaff

With Water temps still between 78 and 80 degrees it looks like ¨winter¨ is passing us by. The early bite is 8:00 a.m, late bite is at 4:00 p.m. so plan accordingly. Bait / Lures: With all the flying fish the best lure to start with is the Blue and silver specs or dots, Petrelaros with purple and brown colors. Skippies are great as bait, but if you can get the bullet bonito they´re like heroin to a fish, they can´t stop themselves.

. Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular (½ Super Panga, 2 person max. per half the boat)! 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! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store. Contact us about a week before coming to PV so we can get you set up early on a shared boat!

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Winter Fishing Finally Arrives, Water Temps Drop

                          Winter Fishing Finally Arrives, Water Temps Drop

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

01 30 2016  Wahoo, Corbeteña, Mamasita 600 pxls MBTextWell folks it had to happen, winter is moving in. With the present El Nino being one of the strongest in history I have been expecting conditions to remain the same for a while longer. There were a few storms up north in Southern California that threw some nasty cold temperatures and rain at them which pushed down some cold currents and fronts. These conditions changed quickly and once the water temperatures dropped drastically like they did this past week something had to give. Having said that if you´re happy with winter species, you´ll be fine. The winter storm pattern is setting up in northern waters and the currents being pushed down will affect the area. Winter fishing is here in Puerto Vallarta.

First water temperatures are 76 / 77 degrees which is close to a three degree drop in one week, this is significant. The differences we will see will be the winter migration to southern waters for species like Marlin, Tuna and Dorado as is normal for this time of the year. When looking to our world class fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco we had no indicators to what the season was going to bring at all this year. Yellowfin Tuna really didn´t happen this year, Marlin were in good numbers, but nothing great and the Dorado were very late for the season. Sailfish picked up the slack, but how many sails are you going to catch before you´ve had enough of them? So even with El Ninos hot breath, we´re seeing winter water temperatures moving in with the result of very few Yellowfin Tuna likely moving in. The Seiners (production fishing boats) out of Mazatlan are running around our fishing grounds and if you´re lucky you´ll find 40 to 60 ish lbs YF Tuna that they missed. Marlin are thinning out drastically yet there are still some hook-ups up into the 600 lb range. Sailfish are still in the 100 inch range and they´ll be around for a while longer. Wahoo have been boated in the 60 to 80 lb range for the lucky ones not running wire leaders. Dorado are still north of the rock (Corbetela) like every other species and Bottle Nose Dolphins are having their way with your trolled baits here. Cubera Snappers of course for those who don´t mind jigging. All and all you´ll still have fish to catch at Corbeteña but it will be increasingly challenging amigo, good luck, you´ll need some. El Banco is pretty much the same story, Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado all north of the high spots by about 8 miles. Yellowfin Tuna to 60 lbs around the high spots, Wahoo possibilities, Dorado are still in the 45 lb range. Striped Marlin are in closer to the Punta Mita point. All and all the same conditions exist at El Banco as Corbeteña, I suggest you flip a coin as to which location is best.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Point of Punta Mita and the Marietta islands are little changed from last week. Jack Crevalls are everywhere of course and they´re here as well. Sierra Mackerals, Sailfish in the 70 inch range. Skip Jack Tuna at 6 lbs, Bonito, small Rooster fish which are nothing to get excited over. Wahoo off the back side of El Morro. Things should pick up soon for this area but for now go long or go short. Mid range fishing locations are less than exciting but can change in a heartbeat.

Inside the bay it´s looking more and more like winter fishing. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs are all over the Nuevo Vallarta area as should be expected. With a host of regulars like Bonito to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Sailfish for the lucky around Los Arcos or La Cruz. Dorado are still being boated around the Yelapa and north around the beach areas. Footballs Tuna around Yelapa to 40 lbs. There are plenty of fish in the bay so a four to eight hour trip will be a great day fishing and you won´t have to worry about missing a species that isn´t ¨there¨ at the deeper fishing grounds.

All and all the fishing is a notch or two down from the high measure mark. But this is normal and it looks like we´ll be moving into winter fishing which means you can expect the Billfish and Dorado at the very least to start moving out if the water temps stay the same or continue to drop.  We could see the water temperatures tip upwards a bit if we don´t see any crazy cold currents come down from northern storms. This is normal, we know it´s coming every year but we do what we can to pretend the predictable is not going to happen this year.

WahooThe bite has changed a little, but for those looking to catch fish, I suggest an early depart around 7:00 a.m. It will give you to time to get to your chosen fishing grounds and some time to prepare. It could be earlier in the afternoon around 1:00 so you can hit both bites of you time things right. Lures: Are still blue with silver that mimic flying fish will do the trick and of course jPetrelaros with brown, green and purple are automatic.

Shared 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¨. . .

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Currents Change, Long Liners Invade Punta Mita, Everywhere

                    Currents Change, Long Liners Invade Punta Mita, Everywhere

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

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIn the ever changing world of fishing, currents can change and all of a sudden everything changes in a heartbeat and this is where we are now amigos. We have seen a strange current, a cool current come through Corbeteña this past week and all of a sudden the fishing just stopped at the Rock. At t his time of the year this is not exactly strange or unusual, but it is very unwelcome. The early part of the week was rocking at the rock, but the last couple of days have turned into a roll of the dice. Now this doesn´t mean the fishing is bad, it just had a hiccup or two.

We had a few days of rough water, nothing to stop the fishing, but still enough to get some a little sickish fishing and with the current changes we´re seeing the arrival of Jack Crevalls in mass, Needle Fish, and Sierra Mackerals. These are all winter species fish and we know when the currents come from the north we see Sierra Mackerals and Needle Fish. With El Nino conditions in full swing, we have warm water with cooler water starting to mix together. Your electronics will be more important these next few days so you can make sure you´re trolling in warm water and not ice water. Yes amigos, winter fishing is knocking on our door.

02 15 2013 Skip Jack Footballs Yelapa Red600 pix wTextCorbeteña had its challenges this week as things just came to a stop, no fish, nothing chasing a bait, even Cubera Snappers that take bait consistently were AWOL! With the ¨sudden¨ change in currents that are inevitable at this time of year it is actually an announcement that winter is coming to PV. For the moment, inside the bay would be better than tossing your fuel dollar into a wasted effort. Now I want to make sure you understand this is temporary and things are probably already better, fish don´t leave this area for long. El Banco, Pretty much the same. Where did the Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna go, your guess is as good as mine. Before heading out be sure you drop me a line and I´ll let you know the latest conditions and discuss a plan of attack amigo, more than happy to help any way I can.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESInside the bay, it´s freak fishing. I mean seriously weird stuff happening. Last week I posted a picture of a 350 lb Black Marlin that was boated in the bay in front of the Los Arcos rocks by about five miles. Dorado are all over the bay with the smallest being in the 30 lb range, which is nice indeed! Bonito in the 30 lb range, Jack Crevalls are moving in nicely to 45 lbs, average is 30 lbs. Needle Fish are in the south end of the bay and some of them are six feet long and over 50 lbs! They´re great tasting and fun to catch, so don´t think Needle fish are trash fish. Sailfish are still all over the bay, especially near La Cruz and sough of the Los Arcos rocks. Snook seem to be backing off a little, but some are still around close to shore and around the river mouths. I can´t remember when the fishing in the bay was this outstanding! My suggestion for this week: Six hours in the bay, target Dorado and keep your eyes open for the Whales all over the Bay of Banderas. For the moment, this area will give the best bang for your fishing dollar amigo. Just remember everything could change before you finish reading this paragraph!

The bite is still in the mid morning hours around 8 a.m until about 12:00, and then the afternoon bite is around 4 in the afternoon to dusk. Lures to use this week are once again the petrelaros of purple, green and brown. Lures of white and blue mimic flying and working well and lures of Green in color with flecks of yellow to imitate a Dorado are your best lure choices this week. Live bait is always king, but you should always run at least one lure Water temperatures have dropped from 85 degrees to 82 degrees, this is perfect for many species and we should start seeing Striped Marlin coming into the area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere in Puerto Vallarta the fishing is great, but you´d never know it because there are hundreds and hundreds of long lines running from Corbetena to El Banco, to Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands. These ¨long liners¨ are pulling tons and tons of Dorado, Sailfish, Marlin and anything else swimming in our world famous fishing grounds! It´s sickening! The local authorities give you comforting words as they do absolutely nothing to enforce the laws they are responsible for enforcing. Once again, the greater good is ignored for a single persons mega profit essentially receiving ¨permission¨ to break the law. So the fishing is great, the challenge is getting to a fish before it´s empaled on a hook of a ten mile long, long line! Now we need help, but we don´t know who to go to. This is classic corruption and when the locals turn to Cartel(s) types to get justice! It´s completely upside down and this is how govt works in Mexico. So where do you go? Like i said the fishing is incredible, but the long liners are raping Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing Grounds!! Any ideas, share them with me, but don´t be from outtside of Mexico, if you´re experienced with situtations like this we can go there. This is how people wind up dead. .. .

Don’t forget we´re still doing our best to hook you up on shared boats, 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 and we´re smoking fish now, half the fish is your payment. Call Chris (El Centor Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for details for fishing, fish smoking or to purchase T-shrts amigo, YeHa!

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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It´s Fish City: Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna!

                                It´s Fish City: Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna!

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

 

12 12 2015 Benny y Carlos Bronco Tuna 600 Pxls MBTextHigh Season fishing in the middle of an out of control El Nino can be interesting, and challenging. More challenging than normal I should say. Normally we´ll have specific areas with specific species and circumstance but all that is out the window this year. Water temperatures in California to Oregon are still elevated so many of our ¨fish¨ are on vacation in Southern Calif. We´re seeing seriously great fishing and it doesn´t really matter where you go, lots and lots of fish with lots and lots of bait, blue water and sore arms to go around. Puerto Vallarta has once again turned into Fish City!

Right now, get in a boat and go anywhere, you´ll find fish! Corbeteña is a hot spot, finally, with Marlin to 500 or more pounds, Sailfish around 100 lbs, Dorado 30 to 50 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs, Wahoo at 40 lbs, Jacks Crevalls are back and good sized up to 50 lbs., and Yellowfin tuna 25 to 60 lbs which is small, but they should be getting larger soon as water temperatures are finally starting to come down a bit. The good news is water temps are dropping as well which is bringing the Yellowfin tuna up to the surface. Yellowfin have been hanging in deeper water to regulate their body temperatures. Now that the water is cooling, they´re very comfortable pretty much at all depths now, including the normally warmer water sea surface. There are also tons of bullet Bonito and Skip Jack as bait everywhere. When it comes to El Banco, all I can say is Ditto!  Those looking for the Cows, Yellowfin Tuna over 300 lbs then you need to head to the Tres Maria Islands where boating big Yellowfin Tuna is happening on a daily basis. The down side, it´s way out there and it´s going to be a long, long day, figure 16 hrs or more.

Coming closer in, guess what, the same fish except they´ll most likely be a touch smaller. There are times when smaller can be better especially when measuring the benefits against the cost of fuel! The Marietta islands besides the Dorado, Jack Crevalls, and nice sized Sailfish also we´re seeing some Rooster Fish in the 35 to 50 lb range right now. Not exactly plentiful, we´re just glad to see these fierce demon fish back in the area. With Sardines around, this should just get better. A little farther down the street around the Punta Mita area you´ll find plenty of Dorado, Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, off the point ten miles you´ll be looking for Marlin as well. Well worth your fuel dollars amigos!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESInside the bay is absolutely the best fishing value I have seen in many a moon Kimosabe. Dorado of course at 30 lbs which is tough to beat, Sailfish have been boated more than you could expect in the bay, many are babies, throw backs of course. Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 lb range off Yelapa. Also for the Surf Fishing guys, remember Roosters like the shore line (Nuevo Vallarta), structure and the reefs in the area. Right now there is a lot of Sardines close to shore so this is where you should be looking for Roosters. Using Diamond jigs, poppers that don´t float like a cork, Rapallas is about all the lures you need for these silver and black ¨arm crampers¨.  Fields of 40 lb Jack Crevalls around Nuevo Vallarta and for a day or two we had a beautiful trash line from the recent heavy rains.

The bite has been happening from a little later in the day, so you can sleep in a little and catch it right around 9 a.m until about 2:00 in the afternoon, and then the afternoon bite is picking up again at around 4 in the afternoon to dusk. Lures to use this week are once again the petrelaros of purple, green and brown. Lures of white and blue mimic flying fish which are still ¨popping¨ up everywhere.. ha-ha. Zukers 5.5´s Green in color is killing em out there, but remember to keep this to yourself. Water temperatures have dropped from the 85 degrees they have been all summer to 82 degrees and this is perfect for many species as they come to the surface because nobody likes it too ¨hot¨.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESRight now unless you’re looking for Moby Dick, who is out there right now, there is really no reason to head out past the Marietta Islands or Punta Mita. Short days are paying nice dividends in the form of decent sized Dorado, Sails in the bay for the lucky and we even had my new panga boat a 350 lb Black Marlin. So we´re basically seeing freak fishing (should be the title) and we´re not complaining. We should expect these conditions to continue after New Years and after that, it´s all up to Senor El Nino to lead the way, Scary but true.

Don’t forget we´re still doing our best to hook you up on shared boats, just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest.

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Dorado Finally Return to Puerto Vallarta

                                     Dorado Finally Return to Puerto Vallarta

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

11 07 2015 Magnifico, 10 hrs No 5 650 Pxls MBTextThe big news this week is the return of Dorado in our world class fishing grounds. Late, yes they are. But like the old saying ¨better late than never¨. Marlin are in and out, mostly in. Sailfish are everywhere, Blue Water, plenty of Bait, smooth seas, it´s all a fisherman’s dream and those lucky enough to be here are looking at Prime Time Fishing!

We´re still seeing some crazy days when we´ll have like three days straight of great fishing with Marlin, Sailfish and even Dorado are picking up nicely in numbers. But you´ll still have a day or two a week when it seems the fish have disappeared. With strong changing currents and warm water all up and down the coast to points well north of California it´s like open range. Fish move and with an abundance of bait, they may be ¨stuffed¨ before you find them. Other days are off the hook, Sails, Dorado and Marlin are all possible in the same day! The Water is High Visibility Blue in color and in almost all cases the fishing is hard to beat. For those taking one day to go fishing, it´s always possible to get skunked, so multiple days insure a great experience. I had a long term client head out asking for a specific Captain the other day, very capable and experienced captain, got one or two small fish, nothing major. The next day, same captain, same places, boated a big Black Marlin, released two sailfish. Same everything. So fishing is never an exacting sport, but right now, you want to make sure you are at your chosen fishing grounds no later than 8 in the a.m. to catch the bite. So what we´re doing now is planning on ten hour trips, head to the Punta Mita point, take a heading of 300, head out about ten miles and drop your baits. From there start trolling towards Corbetena. Now Corbeteña may not have a Marlin in sight, but we don´t know this until we get there.

11 09 2015 Hill Party, Magnifico, 650 pxls, MBTextCorbetena this week was the place to be, most days. It´s been kinda weird, fish that would normally ¨hang¨ around the rock with all the varied underwater terrain, are in and out. Blue and Black Marlin are in the area running from 250 lbs to over 600 lbs. Sailfish are still in the 125 lb range, nice sized. Bonito 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls 30 lbs, and the Cubera Snappers or Dog Tooth Pargo at 50 lbs are coming to the surface to take trolled baits. One problem around Corbeteña and El Banco is there are large Bottle Nose Dolphin which are taking your bait right up to the hook, then bug out. The first time this happened to me I thought it was ¨kinda cool¨. But when they took almost all my baits, it wasn´t so funny and they´re doing that same exact thing now. So you´ve been warned. No Yellowfin Tuna to speak of, but this can change in twenty minutes!

The point off Punta Mita is once again the secret location. As mentioned earlier, hit the point, aim the boat at Corbeteña or El Banco and drop baits. There have been days where the area between Corbeteña and Punta Mita is where all the fish are. But, a day or two of trolling around this area with nothing can make you wonder what the deal is. Well, don´t analyze a fish, they´re worse than my ex-wife!  Same Fish, Marlin, Sails, Dorado, Snapper around the reef. We have lots of floating logs mixed with all sorts of organic stuff from the rivers and the Dorado are loving this! Find a patch of these leave, seeds and stumps and you have Dorado running 25 to 35 lbs amigo, finally!

11 08 2015 floating debrix, Dorado heavenThe Marietta Islands and El Morro, it´s Sailfish city, but again, you´ll be going around this area off Punta Mita as a spring board. Most are boating at least one sailfish and many times two, released I might add. Bonito to 35 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna, Snapper for those who don´t mind jigging. All and all, not a location to spend much time in.

11 09 2015 shannon Hill, Magnifico, 10 hrs, 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay, well it´s the bay and the fishing for now is average. Jack Crevals around Nuevo Vallarta beaches, Bonito in the 25 lb range. Some smaller Snook around the river mouth(s). For the lucky there have been some nice sized football Tuna around Yelapa. Sailfish off the Los Arcos Rocks, again for the lucky. But the north end of the bay was dirty for a few days, so check conditions before heading inside the bay.

The bite time this week is all important. We´re not exactly in the full moon stage, but the bite has been happening in the morning mostly. Be where ever you´re heading by 8:00 a.m. after about 1:00 it will be a touch slower. But around 4:00 it picks up again, use this info wisely grasshopper! Water temps are still in the 85 degree range, I expected things to cool a bit, but they´re hanging in there. It makes me think we may have warm water well past January this year. If so things could be very interesting this winter, stay tuned. Lures: Blue, Pink, Purple in color are favorable, nothing new with these colors. Petrelaros are their reliable selves so give them a shot at least. Live bait is king, but with so many type of live bait right now, it´s best to make bait at the fishing ground, but still stop by and buy the Goggle eyes as insurance.

My weekly Video Fishing Report on my web page is a huge success and I even have clients coming in saying how much they love the straight forward approach. Hell I may even do it as a selfie type report if I have to. But the information is fresh and great, I normally post on Friday so you´ve got ¨Reel Time¨ information designed for locals heading out. It´s a lot of fun actually, but it´s done with a Cell Phone Camera and my computer program, so expectations of a super production values should be left next to your mouse. It´s  ¨Reel Time¨  information designed to be used tomorrow! Shared boats: We´re also doing what we can to help those looking to share a Super Panga or large ¨hook-up¨. We are now focusing on 8 hrs or 10 hr shared trips to enable me to keep my sanity with those switching and changing minds. So contact me and we´ll fix you up, I have more names by the day so you´re chances of ¨Hooking Up¨ are great!  We´re still doing shared charters just contact me with your date and we´ll see if we can hook you up. Naturally the more that are interested in shared pangas, the better it works. So tell your friends and share this article, could save you money amigos! Those on a budget you can still catch world class fish on vacation with this option!

11 07 2015 Magnifico, 10 hrs No 3 650 pxls MBTextUntil next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

 

Dorado Invade Corbeteña / El Banco

Dorado Invade Corbeteña / El Banco

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

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Large Dorado at Corbeteña and El Banco

Every year we know that the first two weeks of September are slow for tourism. In the second two weeks comes the invasion of Mexican Nationals for the Independence Celebrations and Fiestas! But it also marks the time of the year when eyes from around the world turn to Mexico. It´s been no secret that the endless string of tropical storms and Hurricanes which have taken their toll on fishing in PV this year. Normally Hurricanes are hundreds of miles out, but this last one, Hurricane Odile was a little too close four out taste. But it´s past us now, so it´s a mute point. The result of the storms is Dorado are finally here with the currents. El Banco and Corbeteña are the primary locations for now for these desired species, but soon we´ll be seeing them in the bay so cross your fingers. Marlin and Sailfish are still on the job, increasing in numbers. Even the moon phase is in our favor, so be happy, the best part of fishing season has just started!

Well it seemed like forever would pass before we would see Dorado again, they´re a little late, but very welcome. If you´re at Corbeteña or El Banco you can expect to find Dorado in the 50 to 65 lb range. Hungry and aggressive these Gold and Blue beauties are just waiting for you to show up and present your bait! If you´re at Corbeteña, you´ll need to drift four or five miles northish from the rock and you´ll find them with no problems, just look for the birds. Those interested in Sailfish and Marlin will also find they´re in Paradise as they boat ¨finned fantasies¨ weighing in at over 500 lbs for Black marlin. The Sailfish are tournament winners and increasing in numbers daily. Still no sign of Yellowfin Tuna at either El Banco or Corbeteña, not even small ones. Cubera Snappers in excess of 60 lbs, Rainbow runners in the 45 lb to 65 lb range. It´s fish heaven at Corbeteña right now and El Banco right NOW, so get off your ¨Bagel Dog¨ eating duff and do a Marlin Dance with us on Magnifico!

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Blue Marlin, El Banco

Punta Mita is still a little on the slow side this past week, but there are still small Dorado off the point, Sailfish are a little farther out. Not too much happening in this area for the last few days. Just remember everything changes in three days when it comes to fishing.

With all the Tropical Storms and small Hurricanes passing PV on their chosen path, we´ve seen a dramatic increase in the rains so this means the Trash Lines are alive and well inside the bay. This fish trail mix consisting of roots, leaves, seeds, who knows what actually, is a fish smorgasbord where ¨All You Can Eat¨ takes on a new meaning. Stuffing themselves you´ll find small Dorado and Tons of Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito and assorted other ¨fast food junkies¨! Sailfish are still creeping their ways into the bay on occasion which should increase with the abundant bait and calm weather in the next few days. Jack Crevalls for some reason are still in the north end of the bay. Snook is at the river mouths, remember after the rains is the perfect time to be there. Just don´t surf fish near the river mouths, you could turn into a ¨Gringo on a cracker¨ for a Croc! And no matter what I say, don´t pet them!

The Marietta Islands, really I shouldn´t even mention this normally productive area. For now, forget about it, no Dorado, Small Skip Jacks, Small Bonito, mostly bait are hanging out around the reefs and the shallows. Hang in there, soon we´ll be talking about how it´s on fire so stay tuned, things have to change soon.

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Sailfish Photo Represents Catch at Punta Mita

The Tres Maria Islands, needless to say they´re catching Monster Yellowfin Tuna at the fishery. Most cattle car fishing trips to the islands have been cancelled this past week due to Hurricane and Tropical storm concerns. Just remember, if you keep out of the buffer zone as some call it, you´re not a poacher! If you´re in the zone, the authorities have been chasing those breaking the law, so have a fast boat and a keen eye…. Or better yet, don´t fish in our fishery! Enough said.

Conditions: What can you say, things couldn´t be better for fishing, minus the storms. Clean, clear, blue water, plenty of bait, water temps are on the warm side of 86 to 90 degrees, but it´s streaky water temp wise out there. Plenty of Skippies for bait, Google Eyes, Flying fish in the north end, Goggle Eyes, Mullets, Bullet Bonito, it´s a bait convention that the Yellowfin have not found as yet, soon they will. The bite the last few days has been anytime of the day. With Hurricanes the bite becomes a non-issue. Cloud cover at night, clouds during the day, fish are striking biats at all hours for the present. For now tides and moon phases are in your favor! Live bait is king, but once again brown and purple colored lures should be the first colors you look for. I suggest getting bait at the bait boat in the morning, but make bait when you get there to make sure you´re presenting the same area species.

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Dporado on Tap at the deep water fishing ground of Corbeteña and El Banco, RIGHT NOW!

 

Mexico is still stepping up the fuel prices and we´re now paying fifteen pesos a liter or about a $1.25 a liter… which equates to about $4.85 a gallon. Because of this boats and fishing companies are doing what they can to keep prices down and we can all understand that. This means the product being presented to the clients is not what it was in previous years. It´s like when the one pound coffee cans started putting fourteen ounces of coffee in the can. You never noticed you got less for the same price. Using that scenario, slower boats use less fuel, naturally. With less fuel usage, the consumers’ price of the boat should be less and generally they are. Other companies looking to provide the same fast boat fishing products (like a full can of coffee) with superior service where fuel is used liberally are raising prices to reflect the speed at which you´ll head to the fishing grounds. These companies will look for fish once you´re in the area you want to be in and come in quickly. It´s all good as long as you know the product you are purchasing before you get shanghaied paying for a ¨tug boat¨. Remember, fast boats equate to more time with your line in the water fishing in a specified time frame. A ten hour trip on faster boats will get to Corbetena in about an hour and a half, sea conditions apply naturally. A slower boat, going say 30% slower will take at least an additional thirty minutes or more to get to the rock. That´s equates to an additional hour fishing with fast boats, but more expensive for sure. If you need to relocate because the fish gods’ don´t cooperate, that is at a fast pace also. Slow boats trolling baits to another location slowly, that just eats your time and reduces your chances for catching fish. It all adds up amigo and it´s all good if you understand what you´re getting for your hard earned fishing buck. If you don´t tell ¨them¨ you want a fast boat, you´ll find yourself and your boat being passed up by fuel using boats leaving the marina in the morning hours. I´ll tell you right now, that will piss you off when the captain won´t kick up the speed! Another option is, if you ask a more expensive company for slower destination speed boats using less fuel, the more expensive guys will drop their price ( We at Master Baiter´s won´t as our clients expect a fishing trip, not a tour). They will make sure you understand the product you´re receiving is not up to their normal business standards. As long as you understand what you´re paying for, then it´s all good. There are always different levels of service and quality. Slow boat trips may be to your advantage, it just depends. One thing for sure, Mexico’s fuel policies are to continue raising fuel prices to pay for new refineries inside Mexico working towards fuel independence, a smart thing. I guess it all comes down to getting what you ¨think¨you´re paying for.

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Sailfish Return to San Pancho, Dorado and Rooster Fish Pick Up

Sailfish Return to San Pancho, Dorado and Rooster Fish Pick Up

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & TackleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every spring, beginning in the second week of April we run into breeding season. To say love is in the air in Banderas Bay was an understatement. Everything stops as the mind and body of several species focus on procreating. That´s April, now that we´re in May we´re seeing things change as water temperatures inch upwards. Bait is increasingly more abundant with mostly smaller Sardines and Google Eyes. Yes folks, it´s still winter transition fishing but the end is in sight as summer species move back in.

For now the water is still ¨clear green¨ in color, which works fine for fishing, doesn´t affect the bite much. Water temperatures are now in the 75 to 78 degree range, but the currents are still swirling, so electronics on the boat is a welcome tool which will direct you to where to drop your baits. If you´re lucky enough to find yourself in the San Pancho (San Francisco) area north of Punta Mita you´ll find nice sized Dorado in the 35 to 60 lb range. Sailfish are also hanging out in the area as is normal for this early part of the fishing season. In this area you´ll want to use Google Eyes or whatever they´re hitting locally at the time you reach the fishing grounds. The down side is this will be a ten hour day due to the distance for these fishing grounds. If you´re looking for sizeable gamefish, for now you´ll need to put the time in, but it´s not that much time amigos!MasterBaiters.com.mx Pic 0002

Corbeteña, a location I have not discussed for weeks and weeks is seeing an invasion of Snappers in the 35 lb range. Fields of red water is impressive. With all the Sardines in the area, the smaller Snappers are just chowing down as they come to the surface and take surface baits. With a little luck you´ll find Sailfish here at the rock, but don´t bet the farm on it. For the moment not much of a reason to head to Corbeteña for.

It´s a tossup between the Marietta Islands and the point of Punta Mita. Rooster fish are once again chasing the ever increasing amount of Sardines. These are the smaller Sardines, not the longer ones, so use smaller spinner type jigs if trolling lures. Snappers are also in the Marietta Islands, but on the smaller side between 15 and 25 lbs, perfect for the Blue Plate Special. With a bit of luck we´ll see Dorado move back in to the Marietta Islands, if water temps hold up that is. Add the regular players of Jack Crevalls in the 30 lb range, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Sierra Mackerals and then you´ll have a feel for the conditions.

Inside the bay, it´s the same as it has been now for weeks. Plenty of Sierra Mackerals ranging from 5 lbs to 25 lbs, they´re great tasting but not excuse enough to hit four hours in the bay. Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack and smaller Snapper around the structure areas will round it all out. For younger Anglers it´s perfect. For older types looking to have some short day fun with light tackle, you´ll be happy. With clear and clean water in the bay, the currents have not churned up the sea floor sediments causing dirty water. So we´re counting the blessings we have in the fishing world in spring. With the moon in a favorable phase, getting to the fishing grounds at the break of dawn will most likely be too early. Be where you want to be by 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be on time!MasterBaiters.com.mx Pic 0001

Traditionally fishing season begins in May, but May is the lowest part of low tourism season which means you´ll find some deals on the hotels. The humidity is getting a little more intense by the day, but this is normal. The seasonal expats are beginning to head back north. The Marina is noticeably empty as we move into tourisms low season, but it´s the beginning of High Season for Fishing amigos. So get your equipment tuned up, get the line changed on your reels and back it all up with Spectra for the Marlin Days. For now we´re not exactly on fire when we talk fishing, but we will be soon. So get ready, stash those pennies and contact me about our new lay-away fishing plan. We’ll take deposits, build up an account where we can take the sting out of fishing and make the vacation dollars, especially with families, go farther and at the same time insure your day on the water. Contact me for more details as we develop the program. Basically for the cost of a Starbucks cup of coffee, you can get an eight hour fishing trip on a super panga for the equivalent amount. Funny how a few dollars can add up to hundreds in no time. Something to think about.

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