Dorado, Marlin and Sailfish, In Between Long liners!

                    Dorado, Marlin and Sailfish, In Between Long liners!                   

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

 

Here we are again in another wonderful week in paradise aka Puerto Vallarta to be exact. In my world, the world of world class fishing we’re still in the best time of the year to boat that bucket list fish. For the next six weeks or so the fishing will be the best it’s going to be for the rest of the year. Marlin and Sailfish are the dominant species right now, Dorado are a close second. Yellowfin Tuna are a bit disappointing for the moment, but this can change in a blink of an eye. For the Sport Fisherman you couldn’t ask for better conditions. I guess that’s why the long liners are out there screwing up the fishing.

We’ve seen the same perfect conditions continue this week at Corbetena, the problem is there have been some super days and some less spectacular days. Like always the size of the fish and species you catch is mostly luck, getting it to the boat is where the real skill comes in. If you head to the Rock this week we’re still seeing large Black Marlin over 500 lbs, Sailfish in tournament winning sizes, Dorado are mostly in the 20 to 30 lb range and of course the Yellowfin Tuna are thin and on the small side. The water is blue and the bait is abundant, Skippies are thinning so make sure you make bait before reaching this area. Dropping baits outside of the Marietta Islands and trolling to Corbetena is probably your best shot. But be patient, nothing is happening automatically, it could take some time to hear a screaming reel, but when it starts, the adrenalin kicks in. Be at the ready! El Banco is so hit and miss, mostly miss, I would suggest sticking to areas that have been more productive lately.

Nice Dorado in the Bay

In the area around Punta Mita to the Marietta Islands this week has been hot and cold. If you’re a lucky type then you’ll have a good shot at Sailfish and Dorado in the 20 to 30 lb range and of course smaller than this should be released for another day. Rooster fish are not exactly abundant, but there are always small Roosters to be had, for now not the best species to target in this area. Anywhere in the area of El Morro, Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands is fertile territory! Good luck and again, be patient.

10th Los Muertos Dorado Tournament Winners

Inside the bay we’re having the same wonderful fishing conditions we’ve had for months now. Dorado seem to be hanging around the La Cruz area in the 15 to 25 lb range. Sailfish have been a little freaky hanging out in this area, several were boated this week here. Many boats are just heading to this area first and it’s been paying off. Rooster fish could be in the surf line as we are seeing some Sardines moving in, not a whole lot, but it’s encouraging. Small Football Tuna are still in the 20 to 35 lb range around Yelapa at the south end of the bay. Many Sailfish and Striped Marlin, yes I said Marlin, have been chasing baits but not taking them at times. So be ready, the Marlin are small and any Marlin under 200 lbs should be released. I know, it sounds like a big fish, but when they can reach over a thousand pounds like Black Marlin can hit, 200 lbs is a baby! Release it! Jack Crevalls are returning and have been taking baits and providing in the bay, arm burning action. Then again, inside the bay has it’s challenges as well. With abundant bait, you may see Dorado chasing lures, but not taking any baits. There lies the challenge amigos, good luck!

The bite this week has been early, getting earlier by the day. For now it’s about 9:00 a.m. and again at about 2:00 pm. A correctly timed eight hour fishing trip can put you on both. Water temperatures are a perfect 84.5 degrees F and the water is a “high visibility” blue. When it comes to baits live bait is king of course. But lures of blue with red flecks or small lines are working well, don’t ask me why! Of course all the old reliable lures are worth trying as well. Also the 62nd Marlin and Sailfish tournament starts on the 16th thru 18th so be sure to check it all out and be part of the fun! And come visit my new location on the Malecon next to Sr. Frogs by the light house!

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

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

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

It’s “Fish City” in PV, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin & More!  

                         It’s “Fish City” in PV, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin & More!  

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

 

What we’ve been waiting for has finally happened. Corbetena has just improved on itself from last week in a big way. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area around Corbetena, El Morro is alive With Sailfish and Dorado. The bay is on “fire” fishing wise. Water conditions are just this side of perfect and frankly the party is happening now, with or without you amigos. Right now it’s difficult not to catch fish, no matter which fishing grounds you choose, they’re all producing as we speak!

First I know we’re not talking much about El Banco a.k.a. The Bank in English, but the fact is not many people are heading out to this area because Corbetena is closer and it’s full of fish! Nobody is spending the extra time and fuel expense to discover if El Banco is better or worse than Corbetena. It just doesn’t matter when Corbetena is on fire! Rumors of Marlin and 100 lb Tuna have been circulating with no “proof”, so if you’re a mind to take the chance. This is one of those times when you don’t want to be left “behind” and right now if you’re not heading out this way you’re missing out. Ok, well that may be strong, but the action is incredible and the bite is on amigos.

For those lucky enough to be here in Puerto Vallarta (PV), Corbetena is still rocking. As if the clock has been turned back the fishing has improved from last week and that’s saying something. Marlin of the Black and Blue Variety are running anywhere from 300 lbs to over 500 lbs., maybe way over 500 lbs, you just can’t tell with Marlin. Sailfish are also cruising the area as well, they’re good sized and will gradually increase in numbers from now to the end of the year. Yellowfin Tuna have decided to hang around with all the Skippies in the area. Also known as Skip Jack Tuna that don’t get much larger than 6 lbs, but make a perfect and tasty bait. Dorado or Mahi have arrived in larger numbers but still in the 20 to 30 lb range and we’ll “take it”. The Water is blue and the bait is abundant. Conditions have been outstanding here so it’s time to break open that “piggy bank”. If that doesn’t work swipe the “little woman’s” new credit card and don’t miss out on this! You can always blame me, wouldn’t be the first time… Ha Ha.

If for some reason you find yourself around the Marietta Islands you’ll most likely be disappointed, not much happening in this area which is strange because it’s in the middle of “fish city”. Needle fish have moved in a little early, but they’re fun to catch and we’ll see their numbers increase as the days go by. Great tasting and weird fish, don’t believe your captain if he tells you these don’t taste good! There should be Sailfish and Dorado in the area, maybe next week, stay tuned.

Anywhere from El Morro to Corbetena, square inside what I call the golden triangle you’re in for some serious action. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as we speak and they’re taking baits like a starving man. Dorado in the 20 to maybe 30 lb range are roaming the area and are not so spread out as the last couple of weeks. Most boats heading out this way are getting several strikes and boating many Mahi here. Again plenty of bait in the form of Skippies, Goggle eyes, Flying fish or five inches, Bullet Skippies and the list goes on. This is a bit outside an eight hour trip, but we’ll “go there” for our clients in eight hours! And, in fact you could wind up with a Blue Marlin in the area, stranger things have happened. If you’re around Punta Mita then any clump of debris or stump (or similar) will put you on some nice and hungry Dorado! Sails are bit farther out, but frankly if looking for Dorados you’d be better off heading towards El Morro. Rooster fish have made a slight appearance this week in the area, but nothing you can count on. Maybe there will be more to report in the coming days, cross your fingers.

Inside the bay it’s a fishing machine. For the person looking for a great half day full of arm burning action, with smaller fish naturally, then you’re in the right place at the right time. Yellowfin tuna in the 20 to 30 lb range may not be “Monsters” but they’re in huge schools and they’re hungry. That alone is reason enough for a four hour trip. Our Loss Leader four hour, $225 usd boat would be perfect for the budget minded. The boats a little slower, a little smaller and a lot less expensive. For now this is the deal of the week and it’s good for four people, but I only have two boats at this price so make your reservations early. I’ll be out there this week hitting it in the bay myself. “Blue Plate Special” Tuna for the table and a few select friends, hard to beat. Sailfish are still around Los Arcos with Dorado in the 15 lb range and up. In fact anywhere from Los Arcos to Los Muertos beach is a perfect place to start and you may find you don’t go any farther. Needle fish are sprinkled around, Bonito are the old reliables, Jack Crevalls around the river mouths but not in big numbers. You can’t go wrong in four hours, six is better, but you’re in for a great day on the water if you’re lucky enough to be here in PV!

What you need to know is the bite is happening around 10:30ish, so no need to get up too early on short day trips and miss the bite! The late bite is around 4 p.m. Water temperatures are still at 89 / 87 degrees, perfect for the “boys”. There’s a great selection of bait in the area in the form of Rainbow Runners, Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Skippies, Bullet Skippies (baby Skippies) and the list goes on. Even with all this available bait the Sails have mostly been hitting dead baits and lures of Blue and white. Now the Petroleros of green /brown and purple always work well. Dorado lures of green, blue and yellow have been working on and off. Don’t forget Cedar plugs, they’re cheap and such old technology many like to ignore them for those “Black Bart’s”, but they don’t work any better! So be wise and don’t neglect the old reliables!

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

With more and more clients looking for shared boats we’re promoting our special deal for half a super Panga at $275 usd, good for two people. It’s the best eight hour fishing deal you’ll find in PV so fire us an email and get your name on our list to match up. Save money, Catch fish, have fun, seems pretty simple to me!

Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

FYI, Mexico a few years back passed a new law meant to protect the consumer from scam artist and other unscrupulous “promoters and timeshare” types that continually cause issues which means you get screwed out of money. Sectur working with Profeco the consumer protection agency has made it mandatory to have a specialized license to sell tours and fishing charters! If it’s not licensed it’s not safe! This license needs to be presented so the public can see if they have it, but more importantly if they don’t have this new Sectur license they are selling you tours and fishing charters illegally. Remember to visit our new location on the Malicon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house. And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well!

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

Fire me an email and get on my mailing list so we can send you these reports directly fresh and useful! Or visit the web page and subscribe, it all works the same!

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

 

Visit our Store on the Malecon or in Marina Vallarta

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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

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

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

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.

 

Fishing Spreads Out, Warm Water to California, Jacks Take over the Bay

              Fishing Spreads Out, Warm Water to California, Jacks Take over the Bay

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

 

01 04 2016 Magnifico, Dorado, Punta Mita, 650 pxls, MBTextAs we all welcome the New Year we see our World Class Fishing Grounds move into ¨neutral¨ for lack of a better descriptive. Normally at this time of the year we see water temperatures drop sharply forcing our Billfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna out of the area without as much as a ¨Good By¨.  This year things are going to be a little different. With water temperatures still at the 80 degree mark we find we still have a fair amount of Marlin and Dorado cruising the area. We won´t complain about these conditions, the only thing is, this normal cold water conditions act as a barrier keeping fish from ¨wandering¨ north. This is not the case at the moment. So what does this mean, well these ¨fish¨ move and they move erratically. For now, they´re moving up the coast and out to sea. Basically our fishing grounds are ¨spreading out¨ and we can´t do a thing to stop it. The good news is we still have great fishing. The active word being ¨Fishing¨.  Lately I´ve heard people say things like ¨Fishing is not catching¨ . Well Friends when it comes to fishing, you take the good with the bad. Fishing is fishing and we do all we can to coax these finicky finned creatures to take a bait. But first they have to be there to coax. So it´s wide open out there, the more time you give yourself the better you´ll find the ¨fishing¨.  For the jaded, the fishing is not automatic. For the tourist, you´d be better off taking a series of days fishing or not go at all. It´s a risk sport amigos, Fishing is Fishing and Fishing is never perfect. Having said that, give yourself some time, you´ll catch fish.

12 31 2015 Sailfish, Magnifico 500 pxls MBTextCorbeteña is stilt the place to be. Located thirty five miles out of Puerto Vallarta the ¨Rock¨ has seen most of the larger Bottle Nose Dolphin (Flipper) move out and this means you can actually get a bait to a potential hook-up candidate. With Marlin to 600 lbs, Sailfish at Tournament winning size of over 100 lbs and Dorado in the 35 to 60 lb range this is about as good as it gets. You may ask about Yellowfin Tuna, nothing, not even footballs. There are still Wahoo in the 60 lb range, but again a non-schooling species is hard to target. Do you feel lucky? El Banco, nobody but nobody has hit this normally producing area. For now it´s best to keep your attention focused on Corbeteña.

You second best fishing bet is the point of Punta Mita. Ever since the long liners bugged out the area has been producing well. I wouldn´t say it exploded, but six to ten miles off the point there are Blue Marlin taking Baits if they see it. With high visibility blue water, seeing a bait is not an issue. What has been surprising is the lack of bait and we still have fish in the area. So lures have been filling the gap nicely. For those with a full array of color the ones you´ll want to start with are the green and yellow combinations, Dorado mimics. Blue with silver spots is also a great second choice and of course anything with purple in it will also be a good place to begin. Boats with limited equipment will find catching fish almost impossible. Make sure you have plenty of live bait in the morning to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity to boat something impressive.

12 31 2015 Striped Marlin, Magnifico, 500pxls MBTextThe Marietta Islands are less than disappointing and have been all summer. I can´t tell you what the deal is there, but it´s not happening. With their fill of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Skip Jack Tunas, Sierra Mackerals to 25 lbs  (good size for sierras), Needle Fish a mix of other reef fish and maybe, maybe a Sailfish. I can´t recommend this area since you can get the same species in the bay.

Which brings us to inside the bay. Billions of Jack Crevalls around the Nuevo Vallarta area in the 35 lb range are great arm burners, but not great tasting, always a down side. My National friends can make then palatable, but don´t try it yourself. Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 40 lbs and possible larger. False Marlin are the nick name of these fish and while weird looking, they are good eating and a fun fight. Skip Jack Tuna, with some luck they´re still boating Sailfish around the La Cruz Area and off the rocks of Los Arcos and Dorado, yes Dorado in the bay. Short day trips can pay off nicely and not hurt the wallet to badly! All sort of action in the bay, on a budget it´s a great option.

12 31 2045 Jack Crevall, Iwan y Roxann, Magnifico 600 pxls MBTextA funny thing about this week, we saw the famous Red Tuna Crabs float in and there are no Yellowfin Tuna to be found, period! Now for us in PV this is very unusual, it´s essentially been a Tuna Free Season, unless of course you braved the time and distance to the Tres Maria Islands. You know the game preserve and fishery the Bloody Decks types have been raping as they say they´re outside the ¨buffer¨ zone. Well if you´re not fishing in the ¨Buffer Zone¨ which is the legal boundaries you should never go in since it´s a prison island. You normally have a 50 / 50 chance of boating Tuna of any size. Now normally they´re large, over 200 lbs, but it´s a long way and not cheap fishing. The Maximus I understand is now more or less being forced to keep it´s distance, and they normally do pretty well for cattle car fishing trips. But if you were looking for any sizeable Yellowfin Tuna, you had to be here or you were left wanting. With the Red Tuna Crabs rolling in we may see some YF Tuna turning up, but who knows for sure? Cross your fingers and look to the heavens for a little help!! In the mean time, the rock or Corbeteña is still your best option.

The bite moving a little later in the morning now so be where you want to fish by 8 O´clock in the a.m. Lures are working very well with sparse bait, use Green with Yellow, Blue with silver dots or lures with purple combinations, petrelaros are a good start. You´ll need a full array of color with bait not so abundant. Remember this when renting a charter boat. 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¨. . .

01 01 2016 PV Sunset coming into MVallartaMaster 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.