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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Flip Flop Fishing Returns, Water Temps Drop!

                                          Flip Flop Fishing Returns, Water Temps Drop!

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

 

Andy took a chance when I heard the Tuna were happening off Corbeteña. Andy hit a nice Football YF Tuna
Andy took a chance when I heard the Tuna were happening off Corbeteña. Andy hit a nice Football YF Tuna

Welcome to another week of Flip Flop Fishing. What does that mean? Well two weeks ago we saw the water temperatures drop to 73 degrees. As a result the Marlin, Tuna, etc took a powder. Then the water temps a week later went back up to 77 degrees and the Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish came back to the super plentiful bait in the area. Now, it´s dropped again to 74 degrees and we´re seeing the results as Marlin are sparse again, Tuna are moving out. Yet we´re seeing a slight increase in Rooster fish chasing the massive amount of Sardines around the point. On top of that I read from NOAA that we´re looking at a 60% chance that El Nino is going to turn into La Nina, the polar opposite of El Nino! Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/el-nino-weakens-la-nina-meteorologists-38399919 It´s looking like it´s going to be a while before we see ¨normal¨ fishing currents and seasons return. With swirling currents and radical increases / drops in water temperature we´re in for a ¨Bumpy Ride¨ for the coming year or so.

Capt. Hector, a Fish Catching Machine!
Capt. Hector, a Fish Catching Machine!

Corbeteña: this area has turned into a big guessing game. Last week we were boating 80 to 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna, this week there isn´t a YF Tuna over forty pounds. That only happens if you find the Spinner Dolphin which Football Tuna run with. Now there are Cubera Snappers hungry for your bait and they´re in the 80 lb range!! Personally I have never seen a Cubera Snapper this large, but they´re taking baits at the Rock. Put a Skip Jack Tuna or Bullet Bonito on a down rigger set at seventy feet and get ready to sweat. Sailfish are thin in numbers but the possibility is there. Marlin have moved out for the most part if referring to Black or Blue species. Strippers seem to be on the increase as they do like the cooler water temps. Striped marlin could pick up if the water temps remain like they are. Jack Crevalls, Bonito, are no brainers, Wahoo have been a little absent, they may have moved out, I hope not. For the moment it´s not your best option for fishing. El Banco or The Bank is a little better with the number of fish, but the species out there doesn´t justify the fuel dollar expense. Cubera Snappers (as mentioned earlier) are here as well as are the ¨usual suspects¨ of Jack Crevall, Bonito, Sailfish, and Amber Jacks. You will always find fish at El Banco, but they may be the same fish at El Morro, be informed amigo, I´ll do what I can to help with that!

Then Andy boated Rooster fish on the way back near the Marietta Islands and El Morro!
Then Andy boated Rooster fish on the way back near the Marietta Islands and El Morro!

El Morro / Punta Mita / Marietta Islands: Last week this area had Wahoo and some Rooster fish. This week the Rooster Fish Numbers have picked up to favorable with some in the 50 to 70 lb range. Just make sure you´re using Bullet Bonito for bait and you won´t be disappointed amigo. With Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish to 40 lbs, Bonito, Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Snapper of all sizes, Pompano possibilities and 80 lb Amber Jacks us using a down rigger! Yes folks an eight hour trip may not be the perfect fishing trip, but it´s fairly close and very affordable. As I was writing this article I just got a phone call from Capt. Ceasar of Magnifico informing me that eight miles off the point of Punta Mita at a setting of 300 you´ll find Striped Marlin very plentiful. One boat had eight strikes from Striped Marlin alone. So it´s not bad, not really and it appears there is reason for some excitement. It´s not every day you can boat a Marlin in an eight hour day. With the conditions being so ¨flippy floppy¨ anything is possible and quite probable.

My friend Monique took a day off, Went Fishing, Had Fun, That Simple. . . She´s a Looker!
My friend Monique took a day off, Went Fishing, Had Fun, That Simple. . . She´s a Looker!

Inside the Bay: For those looking for shorter days and smaller fish we have what the doctor ordered. Near Yelapa we´re seeing Bonito in the 35 lb range, Needle fish, tasty Seirra Mackerals all over the bay. Jack Crevalls have set up house around Nuevo Vallarta to La Cruz. Sailfish are even in the bay, this week we had strikes off Los Arcos Rocks, so anything is possible, even weird stuff. Some days are better than others, fish move. For the family guy looking to treat the family to some fun on the water let me suggest a six hour trip. We can throw some snorkel equipment on the boat, you can do some fishing, let the kids do some snorkeling around Los Arcos or Yelapa and see the abundant Dolphin, Giant Bait balls, Schools of all sorts of fish, it´s a giant aquarium out there and it´s cool!

UpDate: I just posted this Report yesterday and things have already changed for the better. Sardines, already in massive numbers around the Marietta Islands have moved into the bay. And as you can expect when Sardines finally move in, the fish are following them. For now the bay exploded with 50 lb Jack Crevalls, A 60 lb Cubera Snapper was boated using a down rigger in front of the Ameca river just a mile north of Marina Vallarta! Manta Rays are also all over the bay for those interested in seeing this spectacular species… Rooster fish look to be picking up in numbers as well. Striped Marlin are even closer in than reported, one was boated five miles off the Punta Mita Point  yesterday around 250 lbs. It´s amazing how when Sardines come in, normally around mid February with the cool water currents. So the cool currents are not exactly doom and gloom. Execpt for the Tuna and Marlin types of course. Hopefully we´ll see things swing around again to warmer water shortly. But for now those in PV have a chance to have great, wonderful action in the bay and save those fuel dollars for when they´re farther out… Rooster Fish Enthusiast, now is the time to hit it!! OH, Snappers to 50 lbs are schooling around the bay as well, possibly Punta mita, they´re great eating, so get yourself a reservation and lets go fishing amigos……

The water is High Visibility blue, Water temps are chilly but not deadly and the days are perfect with warm days, cool evenings and quick sun burns. The days are longer now so the Equator sun will take its toll on the unprepared. The Bite this week is between 9 to 10 a.m. so be where you want to be by then. With cool water temps this week will be a ¨tell¨ as to what to expect in the coming weeks. It´s about the time we see the winter currents turn warm as the northerly flow starts. As far as lures go it’s all about live bait. But if you are running one lure like I always suggest the old reliable Petrelaros of brown, green and purple would be the first lure I´d run! For now the fishing isn´t perfect, if you´re a little flexible with your targeted species then you´ll have a great day. If you have to catch Moby Dick, then right now would not be a good time to target him, Moby that is… Ja Ja Ja (Spanish for Ha Ha Ha).

Share a Super Panga, two people for Half the boat is $275 usd for the both. Call Now, it´s the best fishing deal in town!
Share a Super Panga, two people for Half the boat is $275 usd for the both. Call Now, it´s the best fishing deal in town!

Shared boats: Yes we´re still doing the shared boat thing, if you´re interested contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This Special is Half a super panga, you can have two people, fishing or not for $275 usd for eight hours. This is very popular option on a semi private boat and the best fishing deal in town for those with a vacation budget.

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

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