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

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

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

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

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

Sailfish at Corbetena and Punta Mita

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amberjacks at the Marietta Islands!

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A Big Bay of “Fish Soup”, Hot or Cold Just Depends

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

Wahoo between El Morro and Corbetena for the super lucky!

As we inch our way closer and closer to the winter season the holidays are upon us. Many holiday travelers hope to catch a bucket list fish during this time of the year. Most of the time we can provide this list item, but this year is different. We’re seeing cold currents continue, but they’re coming up from the south, not north. We’re also seeing these cold currents in a swirling pattern that means we have warm water species and cold water species all sharing the same neighborhood. With all the “crowding” there is still plenty of bait in the bay. Now this is normally a positive, but when there is so much bait that they don’t give your bait a look, this can be a bit of a problem. The up side, we have lots of fish to choose from! Those with a little luck will be going home with memories of a lifetime!

Amazingly water temperatures are still in the 80 degree range, dipping just a tad lower at times. What this means we have perfect conditions for warm water species like Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and others. We also have enough bait in the area to keep the “locals” interested as we move into the last stretch of high season for fishing. Corbetena has been improving with Sailfish, Blue Marlin in the 250 to 350 lb range, Yellowfin

Jack Crevalls are moving in again

Football Tuna are in the 40 lb range as well. Now they’re looking at all sorts of bait, so they may look at your presentation, then move on. This will drive you crazy. But they’ll take baits as well, so it just depends on what your target species comes across first. Dorado are still in the area, but they’re moving around. Where they were yesterday is not going to be where they are today. Fish move, they’re funny that way. Make sure you give yourself the time and a boat that will use fuel, which means not bargain boats. Many times bargain boats will not tell you there are fish off a bit in the distance as it would cost them money, impacting their bottom line. You on the other hand “thought” you paid to go fishing and you did. So make sure you ask the correct question along with “how much”! Some boats come in with fish, some don’t, it can all come down to fuel usage. With blue water, plenty of bait, you’re about a 70% shot at coming in with a Bucket list fish. El Banco is seeing fish as well, but with Corbetena running hot not many are using the extra fuel just to find no improvement on conditions. If targeting Marlin this is the best place to try as the numbers are greater in this area for the moment.

The eight hour trips taking you to El Morro / The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita point has been producing nicely. Dorado in the 30 lb range, Sailfish in the 90 lb range, Wahoo are in the area and taking baits, but catching them is not easy and they’re not a schooling species so they taste great and you’ll be lucky for sure. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs. With Blue Marlin over 300 lbs in the area you can essentially catch the same species at Corbetena, save money and if all fails, come back into the bay and hit the “freaks” hanging around La Cruz marina. With Sardines in the bay you’d have a Rooster fish expectation, but you’ll be disappointed. We had some larger Roosters last week, this week they’re much smaller. Throw in Jack Crevalls at 25 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and maybe even some 30 lb Snappers and you’ll have a fun day for sure.

Inside the bay is still and always will be great. Inside the bay we normally see smaller fish. Recently, well for some time now actually, we’ve seen Sailfish around La Cruz, Dorado around Los Arcos to 25 lbs, Needle fish to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerels running 15 lbs and tasty. Snappers are around the bait balls and in between the Bottle Nose Dolphin feeding on the abundant Krill squids and Shrimps. Maybe even some Yellowfin Footballs around Yelapa. Four hours will do the “trick”, but six hours give you some time to find them.

For three weeks now the bite has remained after 10 a.m. so getting up and hitting it too early may work against your cause, especially if you’re heading out for four hours. You could be back before the bite happens! Water temperatures remain surprisingly high at 78 to 80 degrees we move closer to winter with the swirling currents.

INSIDE INFORMATION YOU CAN USE: Since you’re here on the web page, getting your information fresh and unfiltered I have to say things fishing wise are up and down. The “Fish Soup” title is just that, you don’t know what  you’re going to get. For now we’re seeing Krill Shrimp and Squids that everything in the by just loves to eat. You can get lucky and find some fish that haven’t stuffed themselves. Then again, you could find fish that are so full they won’t take a bait, but they may take a couple of looks, then move on. Now that will drive you crazy! We’ve seen many Dorado and Sailfish from the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita. Some days this is the only place to be. The problem is fish move, so where they are today is not where they’ll be tomorrow, not surprising. The question is “Where are they today”? If my crystal ball would get back “online” i’d be able to tell you. But until then it’s a search to enjoy mission. With many boats in the bay, they have radios and know that people catching fish is good for the overall health of the Sportfishing industry. Now if you’re on a “bargain basement boat” with no radio, not only is this dangerous and illegal, they can’t hear the updates of where the fish are. Another thing to think about is the boat you reserved, did you get a great price just to discover the boat you’re on is trolling baits at ten miles an hour. Twice the real trolling speed, which means you’re not fishing as they create the perception that you are. It helps keep you from getting mad about the boat speed as other boats are passing you left and right. You may at this point get the idea that you’re getting exactly what you paid for. Nobody in your party ask how fast you head to the fishing grounds? Now you know. Your fishing time in the water reality is that at ten miles an hour it will take you two hours to get to the Marietta islands or Punta Mita. That’s two extra hours of fishing you don’t get! On top of that, you have no shot  at catching a fish, none! It is meant to make you think you’re “fishing” yet they know you’re not. Two hours to the Marietta Islands or Punta Mita point, and then they do the same “slow boat, fast troll” back to the Marina. On an eight hour trip, you got screwed out of at least two hours of real fishing. If you compare the time fishing vs the money you paid per hour of “real fishing” then you’ll understand your real cost. This is very common. With fuel prices jumping twenty percent in the last year and there have been more announcements of continued fuel increases of another twenty percent. That’s forty percent fuel increase in an already expensive market. Mexico has so many social programs connected to energy that with people using less fuel, the revenues are down as you’d expect. So they kicked up the cost even more to make up for the shortcomings. With fuel cost a constant factor in an already expensive activity those looking to save money should question what they’re getting for their money. Another inside fact about these boats is the captain more than 80% of them do not own their boats, that’s a fact. When they quote a price, they are cutting it to their quick. If for example the crew hears there are fish striking near by, the captain of the boat would need to kick it in gear and zip over to where the fish are and you’d expect they would. They won’t. The won’t go because if they use too much fuel the boat owner will take it from their pay. Or worse, take their pay and then fire the poor guy. Not all are like this, but a significant amount of them operate in this manner. So, if you’re looking at price exclusively, ask if the boat heads out at 20 plus miles per hour. Ask how much bait comes with the price of the charter. Many charge fishing licenses, walk away from any idiot that says that. Ask if the boat has a radio, i know that sounds strange but many don’t as they pay the port authority a mordida or bribe to operate an illegal boat! Do they have insurance, Illegal boats of course don’t. The Navy has just taken the daily operations of Marina Vallarta over in an effort to stop these boats from operating, but that’s only with licenses to operate legally. The slow boat “syndrome” is still legal so it’s a buyer beware scenario so asking the right questions are the most important part of the negotiations. But there is little you can do if they lie to you. If the price of the boat is the only question you’re asking, think about what i just put in writing here amigo.  

SHARED FISHING CHARTERS: We’re still running our hugely popular shared fishing charters 8 hr trips for $275 usd for half a beautiful Super Panga, good for two people, you’ll target Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish and Marlin. Just send us an email and let me know the dates you’ll be in PV and we will do our best to “Hook You Up” with others. We will do our best to match you up with others before you arrive in PV. Or if you arrive you’ll find our shop in the Marina Vallarta or on the Boardwalk to make your reservation. 

TOURS: For years I’ve pretty much ignored the “tours” and left that for others. I now realize I can save clients some time and money by helping them with tour reservations so you can book fishing charters and tours all at the same time! Call Benjamin for details … from the states: 011 52 322 222 6086 at our downtown boardwalk store… or locally: (322) 222 60 86  

OUR NEW LOCATION: We have vacated the other downtown location heading out to Mismaloya for our new digs on the Malicon. We’re still in Marina Vallarta as well with our new location on the Boardwalk or Malicon in spanish. You will find our great products, fishing charters and tours in both locations. My downtown store map is below and we’re open until 9 p.m. evenings. 

My New Location on the Malicon next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

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

Christmas is here and so are our shits online: Just click on the picture and it will take you to the Ebay site where we’re selling this one design!

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 Fishing is Great in Between the Long Liners!

                             Fishing is Great in Between the Long Liners!                   

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

All the way from England Paul Davis was looking to catch a Sailfish! He got a Marlin instead! Not to mention three Dorado and a small Shark! What a day!

With warm days and brisk mornings Puerto Vallarta is once again seeing the return of tourism, especially as the snow begins to fall in the northern regions of the USA and Canada. We’re in the perfect season for fishing. Name a Species, we have it. But like we’ve come to expect the Long Liners, Illegal I might add, have lined up at the fishing grounds which is impeding our ability as Sportfishing charter companies to “do our job”.

Yes folks, we have fish everywhere, but things have changed since last week. We’ve seen the Skippies aka Skip Jack Tuna thin out, which in itself is not too bad. We’ve also seen the water temperatures drop to just under 86 degrees, which is pretty close to “perfect”. Blue water is not an issue and the Seas are smooth. Conditions are actually hard to beat. The time to get on the water is now as the clock is ticking and soon the perfect conditions will transition into winter fishing. Which is great fishing, just smaller fish than we’re seeing now.

Corbetena this week has continued to see Marlin and Sailfish all around the area. Dorado are a little smaller this week averaging 20 lbs. Black Marlin are anywhere from 250 lbs to over 500 lbs, it just depends on how lucky you are. Your best chances will be north of the rock from two miles off the rock outwards. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the 40 to 60 lb range but can be larger, again how lucky do you feel. For now Corbetena is the hot spot in our world famous fishing grounds if you’re up for a ten hour day.

Just outside of El Morro we’ve seen some nice sized Sailfish taking dead baits and lures. Dorado are also in the area but are more spread out than last week so it’s not automatic by any stretch. Punta Mita is pretty much the same but there are some Rooster fish in the shore line and around the Anclote reef just inside the bay. You will also come across Skip Jack Tuna aka Skippies. With plenty of flying fish and bait in the water the fishing is great. We have seen a drop in Skippies in all areas, a favorite bait. Still, there is plenty of bait to choose from in the area so no worries, just get out there before things change. Remember any clump of debris or a stump for instance is a Dorado Paradise, don’t pass it up. The Marietta Islands are still in neutral, this should change soon, cross your fingers and stay tuned.

Inside the bay is still a great value as we’re still seeing some strange occurrences’ of larger Sailfish and even some smaller Blue Marlin chasing baits in front of Los Arcos and points south towards Yelapa. Near La Cruz they’re still boating the freak Sailfish. Jack Crevalls are moving in for some reason in this area as well. And of course around the shoreline you’ll still have a slight chance at Rooster fish. I get questions about Rooster fish all the time, there are always Rooster fish in the area, but they’re so small we don’t mention this as we need the babies to grow into adults, if you know what I mean. Heading out for a four hour trip is producing nicely, six hours give you time to find where they went from yesterday. So six hours is “better” and many times will do better than longer duration trips, keep this to yourself and it will be our little secret.

Ok, the important details are as follows, Water temperatures have dropped a bit to 85.5 degrees, nothing to get excited about. The Bite is happening around 10 am so sleep in a bit, it doesn’t do your cause any good getting to the fishing grounds too early. Late bite is after 2 p.m. Baits to use are simple, Live bait is king, dead bait works with Sails and possible Marlin, Lures of Blue and white, Petroleros as normal of green, brown and purple work well. Cedar plugs are ancient but effective for tuna of all sizes. And of course Iguanas of green, yellow and black flecks will be a good place to start as outrigger baits.

Don’t forget to visit our new store down town on the Malicon at the open end of the Malecon near the arches. We’ve closed the Basillio Badillo site for a better location on the Malecon next to Sr. Frogs! Looking forward to a new and exciting season at our new location.

Update Nov 8th: Yes folks the fishing is great, you know this because Illegal Long Liners are everywhere and they’re screwing up the fishing! They’re all over the place and they’re supposed to be illegal! With the amount of lines out there you’d think this was legal! We’ve complained to the Port Authority, The Navy and they start with the questions. Where’s your fishing license? What is your home address? Phone number? Car license plate number… All designed to intimidate and eliminate any questions of authorities supreme power. Yes folks with two tournaments coming up in one week the secret to winning the tournament is to cruise the line, pull the biggest fish you can find and then go “win” a car! But in between the long lines, the fish that aren’t snagged as yet, well they’re the fish we’re talking about. You won’t find this in my weekly magazine articles, but if you’re fishing in PV and reading this, you’ve got the information you need to know before heading out….

Shared Boats: We are still hooking clients interested in fishing for an eight hour trip. two people max, half the boat: $275 usd… That’s one of the best fishing deals in Puerto Vallarta and you won’t find it anywhere else.

My two locations: Many people have been coming into my Marina Shop asking “where I went”? The answer is I moved our operation once again to a new and better location on the Boardwalk, Malecon in spanish. Just next to Sr.Frogs where the Light House is. Or just check out the map below! Come in, We’re open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. .. Or is you prefer we’re on Morelos side walk side of the street on short block before the old City Hall!

My New Location on the Malicon next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…
Marina Vallarta Location and Yes, We’re still alive, still in business and anyone that says different is a liar looking to steal my clients! Don’t be fooled and know you know exactly where to find us! On the Boardwalk / Malecon, south end…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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!

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

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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.

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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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

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

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