Turbulent Conditions, Good Days, Bad Days, Summer Fishing!

                                        Turbulent Conditions, Good Days, Bad Days, Summer Fishing!

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

Normally at this time of the year you can have a mixed bag. Some weeks can be affected by passing Hurricanes, or rain storms that bring dirty water to the area for days. Then of course these fish have their own ideas of where they want to be so finding them at times can be difficult. We have the basic fishing grounds, but what happens when they’re not where “they’re supposed to be”. This is the case right now, fish are out there, but they’re being a little weird. Bite is a moving target, Baits are plentiful and many times ignored. Weird baits may work, regular baits may not. Late Afternoon bites can throw a monkey wrench in your day if you’re coming back in too early and of course it never hurts to be lucky

Normally we go through the fishing report location by location but this week it’s so spread out that anything can happen right now if you find blue water. Now that seems to be the issue, recent rains inland have brought heavy amounts of water into the Bay of Banderas. Now it brings nutrients and all kinds of good stuff for the fishing industry, but it screws up the fishing in the dirty water areas. Jack Crevalls seem to hit baits in dirty water, it doesn’t bother them too much. I can’t say the same for Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish, which of course are our primary “players” for the Sportfishing crowd. For now those heading out need to find clean water. We’ve had a few days where even the deep water locations had dirty water to be followed the next day with blue water. It’s enough to make your head spin. Even though you have clean blue water is no guarantee you’ll catch fish. We’ve seen Sailfish and Marlin peppered throughout the area. Now when they’re taking baits is a mystery but we do know the afternoon bite is the best bite. This means if you’re serious and want to catch some fish you need to be at the correct place (another dilemma) around 3:00 in the afternoon! Marlin in the Corbetena area are anywhere from 350 to over 500 lbs if you come across one and they want your presentation! Now that can be confusing as 45 lb Yellowfin Tuna were ignoring live and dead baits yet taking a shot at “Hoochies”. Hoochies are a small rubber lure the size of a wall nut that are normally strung together to catch bait fish. White with a peppering of red is working best which suggest there are small krill squids in the area we don’t know about. Dead baits seem to be working for these sporadic species. El Banco, forget El Banco for now, what used to be the place to be has turned into a less reliable fishing area than Corbetena. It looks like the rains and hurricanes are calming down and I expect the fishing to improve greatly as it normally does in September. Just leave a little later, arrange for bait and be ready to go mid to late afternoon. Good Luck.

Closer  in between the Corbetena and the Marietta Islands is another area that is normally great for dropping baits as you troll towards the rock island of Corbetena. Sailfish and Marlin have a fondness for this area and can be very productive so don’t ignore. It amazes me how people get a locked in mindset and head for a specific location and never work the entire area. Those that do adjust to these conditions understand that fish move and it’s wide open out there right now. If heading to Corbetena drop baits here. If heading around the Marietta Islands the area around El Morro can be very surprising with Sailfish and even Rooster fish at times. For now there are naturally plenty of Jack Crevalls, Reef Fish, Sparse Sailfish, and a shot at a smaller Blue Marlin in the 350 lb range. It is challenging. If you’re around the point off Punta Mita just a few miles off the point there have been some Sailfish boated here in the mid-afternoon hours. Dorado are also in the area but they’re small and not keepers. If you’ll notice Dorado are showing up later and later in the fishing season around PV. Long Liners with guns fishing illegally are a huge problem as their lines get everything passing the area. Buoys with decent sized and super plentiful good sized Dorado will find Long liners the next day streaked with these illegal fisherman killing the Sportfishing! Having said that there were some nice 30 to 40 lb Dorado for a few days, now if you’re lucky you’ll find some larger one and again they move so if not today, maybe tomorrow! Bonito are sprinkled in the area at 30 lbs and there is always the possibility of Needle fish or Dorado. Keep positive the fishing at this time of the year normally explodes, so great fishing could be happening as we speak!

The bay, well let’s just say go slow! With three major rivers spilling into the bay with dirty water colored by the melting adobe soil Mexico is so famous for has changed the bay from blue to a coffee colored, obstacle filled mixed blessing. We have lots of trash, stumps and even debris like old floating refrigerators waiting for your prop or shaft support to find! If you can find clean water the fishing will naturally be better. For now the bay is “challenging” at best. Blue water will present Yellowfin Football Tuna in the 35 lb range at Yelapa. Sailfish are still around the Los Arcos area about a mile out. Dorado love this area as well and can surprise with some larger fish. If you come across a trash line, the Dorado there are just babies and should be ignored, but keep the bigger Dorado that do check out the Trash line. Bonito of course to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls at 35 lbs, Needle fish at 30 lbs and a host of other species around the structure or rocky shoreline. There are fish to be had, it’s just finding the cleanest water. If we get a break from the rains the bay will return to blue water quickly so check conditions from us, we’re as close as your phone for the latest information. Especially since this publication will be taking a vacation for the next week or so. Good luck and remember even less than perfect conditions can produce some great action amigos… Good Luck!

Water temperatures are a wonderful 86 degrees, about the same as our air temperatures. The bite is a moving target as mentioned so early morning departs may not be the best idea so sleep in a bit and be where you want to be about 9-ish to start. Baits have varied greatly, with tons of 5 inch Flying fish, Tons of Skippies or Skip jack Tuna, Baby Dorado all over the bait situation is outstanding. Having said that we find dead baits are still working many times better than live baits. Hoochies as mentioned earlier is a “out of the box” lure you just try out of frustration. And this may be the secret this week, try what you don’t think will work and sit back. Nothing happens, change it up and try again. One will work and you’ll know what to do after that, hopefully… ha ha.

We’re experiencing the old trick the promoters us saying Master Baiter’s is “Dead” or out of business. Nothing new, my Mexican Competition at its best, trying to steal my business. As a reminder we are located at the Westin End of the Marin between Docks A and B on the boardwalk 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. So come in, Say hello and let’s go fishing!

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

Remember to visit our new location on the Malicon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house. Also look at our web page, we have some new boats, removed older boats and have some different options. We are showing some less expensive boats for the budget hunters. Then we have the nice boats that are priced accordingly. Then we have a few new yachts for fishing or cruising. We’ll be adding Sailboats shortly for the Sailors out there. We also have some different products in the Boardwalk store I don’t have in the marina store as yet. So go in say hello to Ben or Carmen and check out my newest location!

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

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Corbeteña / El Banco: Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna!

         Corbeteña / El Banco: Marlín, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna!

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


10 14 2015 Kriss Wachter, 10 hrs, Adrianas 600 pxls, MBTextThe month of October in Puerto Vallarta is normally one of the hottest of the year. It´s normally November when we get the temperature break as the seasons change, but we´re feeling the ¨Indian Summer¨ about four weeks early this year. Not unusual for an El Nino year. The Rainy Days have more or less ended now, the trash line is a thing of the past. But the good news is we have Marlin, Sailfish and finally Yellowfin tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña. But it all comes down to luck and timing. Plenty of bait and high visibility Blue Water as we see enter PV´s High Season for Fishing improving!

First off, Corbeteña / El Banco has Blue and Black Marlin in the range of 250 lbs to over 600 lbs, it just depends on what you come across. Those looking or hoping for these world class gamefish in less than a ten hour day can find themselves empty handed. Those spending the few extra dollars are not disappointed because this extra little ¨bit¨ will get you on 150 lb Fish N Chicks Tuna 650 pxls ProfileYellowfin Tuna, 100 inch Sailfish, 60 lb Cubera Snappers and this is just the beginning. Dorado have shown up again, let’s hope for the rest of the season, they´re running 25 lbs or so. Nothing like what we should be seeing, but we´re happy to have them finally in the area. Blue water, plenty of bait with flying fish, bullet Bonito and Skip Jack tuna round out the package. There is a down side, you´ll get like two or three days straight of wonderful fishing, then one day NOTHING, not even a bite. Fishing is like this, you take what the fish gods dish out and sometimes it´s a blank. I will say this, to be fair, if leave the fishing grounds when these temperamental fish decide to come up, then who failed, the fishing or you? Another reason to have the correct information such as when the bite is!  For the moment, if you´re in PV, bucket list fish are in the neighborhood and somebody will get them, it might as well be you.

Closer in the Marietta Islands are in neutral. Sailfish are around the area, El Morro also. Dorado are still in the area although their numbers are a little thin. Those heading out for eight hours or less you could still have some great fishing, be patient. Dorado to 25 lbs, Sailfish are a little sparse, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Rooster fish if the gods smile on you. For the most part the area around Punta Mita off the point can be very productive, but again, you´re best bang for your fishing buck is at the deep water fishing grounds.

10 16 2015 GuanaTuna, 8 hrs, Pargo big, DoradoInside the bay is the normal transitional period. Jack Crevalls are all around Nuevo Vallarta, Sailfish are sparse in the bay but they´re being boated around La Cruz marina and in front of Los Arcos. Strange but with the amount of bait in the area it’s not that surprising they´re n the bay. Super small Dorado, throw backs are all over. 40 lb Football Tuna have been boated around the Yelapa area for the last two weeks and these are great fun to catch. The river mouths are still producing Snapper, Snook and other edible table fare. We´re ending our 4 hr economy special super panga Nov. 1, but for now, two hundred dollars and fish on the table tonight is a nice deal. Four people, get in on this deal before we forget it´s fishing high season.

The bite these days is getting earlier and earlier. Right now if you´re at the fishing grounds around 9 am you´re good. The bite has been hitting about 10:00 a.m or a little later, so sleeping in a bit won´t hurt your chances, just remember being there early won´t hurt. Also, keep in mind there is normally a late day bite, especially for Tuna. So if you´re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, it´s best to consider an overnight trip where you can catch the early bite, the late bite and wake up again for the early bite the next day…. This will normally run you double the price, but it´s your best shot at boating Yellowfin Tuna.  When things are hot one day, cold the next, this insures fish to take home!

10 14 2015 Terminal Blues, 8 hrs, Capt. Oscar 650 Pxls MBTextWater Temperatures this week have inched up a bit running 87 degrees. The water is perfect Blue. Lures, if running them the colors this week to consider are blue, brown, purple, pink, and green… Live bait is your best asset, but run one lure anyway just in case. Yellowfin tuna have been hitting Cedar Plugs, the oldest of all reliable lures! Sometimes ¨tried and true¨ lures even if old of design word well!

If you´re coming to Puerto Vallarta and you´re looking for a shared charter let me know, I´ve come up with a system to hook people up and get them fishing on the cheap. It´s been working nicely so contact me with your dates and I´ll see if I have others on the list or advertise for half a boat. Either way for those on a budget you can still catch world class fish on vacation! I have several people looking to share a super pangas and larger boats for the next couple of weeks. Fire me an email and I´ll do what I can to get you matched up!

Corporate Logo RedPix 650 AdjustedCheck out my new weekly Video Fishing Report, it´s nothing fancy, Underground type video with no budget per se. Just solid, accurate, and up to date information you can use to determine a fishing strategy for tomorrow. Or to help you set up your upcoming fishing trip. Real info, real time… that´s why we call it: The Reel Time Video Fishing Report. See it here on my web page or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEInf47Ni4c  My fresh report will go up Wednesday the 21st….

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

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


Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Trash Line, Perfect Conditions, What More Do You Want?

         Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Trash Line, Perfect Conditions, What More Do You Want?

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


07 09 2015 Dorado, Bella Del mar, 10 hrs 650 pxls MBTextBeing here in PV for as long as I have it´s funny how days in paradise can kinda meld together into seasons. The Season I see coming at us is very promising. Ten years ago, come July we had Yellowfin tuna footballs in early July. As we do NOW. Ten  years ago as NOW we had perfect blue water at the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña. Considered one of the top ten fishing locations in the world Puerto Vallarta is the place for fishing on the west coast of Mexico! Ten years ago we had super large Marlin move in overnight. Just like NOW. But ten years ago you couldn´t find space to drop a line around the rock or the High Spots. NOW, you can have the whole place almost to yourself. Imagine having one of the best places on the planet for fishing to yourself. It´s Mind Boggling and Priceless!

Big lead in I know, but right now I fell like a race horse waiting for the gate to open at Kentucky Derby. We´re looking at perfect water temperatures in the bay and around the deep water locations. High visibility Blue Water makes for improved strike chances. Bait availability will make your head spin. Skippies from bullet size to 8 lbs and Bullet Bonito are just stuffed in pockets all around the area. Corbeteña: located 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta are where the bigger fish are showing up now. Blue Marlin in the 550 lb range are picking up both in size as well as in numbers. Sailfish of nice Size are running the rock. Dorado have finally showed up, only running 30 lbs they´re not exactly abundant, but right on time from my last thoughts. Should be more abundant and larger as we get deeper into fishing High Season in PV. Cubera Snappers aka Dog Tooth Pargo are in the 50 to 65 lb range and are also taking trolled Bullet Bonito (dead or alive). Wounded fish trick jigging works very well, so jigging or trolling is working fine for this great tasting species. You might ask about Yellowfin Tuna… Well Footballs in the 40 to 60 lb range are four to five miles out off the rock, north-west-ish…They come to the surface, go to the depths, they´re just doing a rollercoaster thing having fun in paradise. One last thought on Corbeteña, it´s bait heaven out there, look for birds, lots of birds and don´t worry what´s chasing it, get ready!

07 10 2015 Sailfish, Punta Mita, 650 pxls MBTextEl Banco or The Bank is beginning to live up to its reputation. As I mention often, they´re ¨Bigger at The Bank¨.  Blue and Black Marlin here at The Bank are running 750 lbs and chasing baits quite nicely. Not exactly abundant, but with blue water you have the edge with the only bait and perfect visibility. If he wants it, he´ll find it! Sailfish of course, Yellowfin Tuna should be in the area, there are certainly enough Bottle Nose Dolphin (Flipper type) all over the area. Now they´re cool and all that, but they also like to take your baits as both fun and easy pickings! Marlin and Sails are hitting lures as well, so you can put a stop to those bait bandits. Run a purple lure or green combinations. There are always a variety of fish at El Banco and now is no different. For the moment, those targeting Big Black Marlin should be heading to El Banco, hands down. The High Spot is doing its job after a long hiatus. Overnight trips put you in the perfect place around the clock giving you even better chances of boating that Finned Fantasy! Just ask the boys off Magnifico, blue and Black Marlin Chasing Lures and baits result in Marlin Hook-Ups. It´s all a frenzy with Crazy amounts of baits, birds and screaming reels. Don´t be surprised if you find me on the water with you!

07 011 2015 Reef Fish 480 pxls MBTextMarietta Islands, strange this week, it´s like fishing fell off the table and all but stopped. Snappers have pretty much moved out, Roosters are super sparse, Dorado are starting to move in, but aren´t ¨Keepers¨ . . . . Sailfish is around El Morro and off the Mariettas…. Needle Fish, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, reef fish. With all the heavy rain inland from PV we are seeing a bit of a trash line in the Marietta Island area. Not really producing much, small Dorado in the bay are taking advantage of this organic granola floating in the water.  The good news is the rains have started and the trash line will be another option to the experienced captain.

For an eight hour trip I`d head to Punta Mita. Sailfish are 1.5 to 2.5 miles off the point. Head out a little farther, like ten to fifteen miles and you´ve got more Blue and Black Marlin. Forget the Rooster fish, look for them when the Sardines reappear. .  For those in the Sayulita area beach pangas could be a great option. We also have several boats in La Cruz Marina if you need one let me know, A/C and plenty of shade….

07 08 2015 Needle Fish y Dorado, Bella Del mar, 8 hrs 650 pxls mBtExTInside the bay, surprisingly enough you´ll find some outstanding fishing in the bay. The north part of the bay has a trash line, this had small throw back Dorado. For Sailfish they´re all ¨Keepers and are chasing them as bait. So inside the bay anywhere from Los Animas to Los Arcos, to Nuevo Vallarta and off La Cruz you can and will find Sailfish. I have never seen so many sailfish in the bay and is not a normal occurrence to have this number in the bay. All the better for you, give yourself six hours and come in happy! Nuevo Vallarta still has Jack Crevalls, go figure. Needle fish are moving into the bay and are fun to catch, real jumpers! Bonito, Skip Jacks everywhere, Bullet bonito and Skippies. Robalo at the river mouths with Snappers. Football Tuna around the Yelapa area and Destiladeras. Get on a boat, you´ll catch something, I suggest at least six hours.

07 09 2015 Fooball Tuna, 4 hrs 650 pxls MBTExtBite has been happening a little later in the day and Mid Afternoon. So if Moby Dick doesn´t chase your line in the first forty five minutes it may be an hour or three. Welcome to fishing amigo. Fishing will happen. Water Temperatures: Running between 83 and 85 you couldn´t ask for a better range. Inside the bay the water is cooler around the rivers and the fresh water will attract many species for the fly fishing guys! I still suggest a ten wt. rod with sinking line amigos…. Flies will work well now.  As we are entering the rainy season, it could be raining in the moring as you head out. Normally if this happens the rain is only heavy for an hour or so and is actually great for fishing conditions as fish get excited. Rain is no reason for backing out of a fishing trip, especially when it´s the best time to be on the water, sin Lightening of course. Water is blue in the bay in front of the trash line, naturally behind is another color. Anything can happen right now for the few that are out there. If you´re just a little lucky, you may wind up with Mody Dick at El Banco, but you have to be there or somebody else will boat your ¨finned fantasy¨. . .

If you´d like to receive this report weekly in my news letter directly as soon as I finish it, then fire me an email at: MasterBaitersPV@gmail.com and we´ll put you on the list. Many People ask me where I go as a local. Well I started putting my favorite places to visit in PV at the bottom of the letter for the fun of it. So have a ¨Vacation Adventure¨ in My Hangouts!  So just ask and it´s a done deal!

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

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