Recent Fish Pix From Puerto Vallarta, Keep Calm!

Hello My Fanatical Fisherman Friends……

No need for words when the fishing is this good…. I’ll be posting these in my fish porn section once I figure out how…. just revamped my web page, I’m a “babe in the woods” when it comes to this stuff… but i do know how to post a pic or three… 

Enjoy and Remember, at Master Baiter’s, We Won’t Jerk You Around!

 

Capt Kawi’s Monster Dorado, the pic says 50 lbs, but he days 65 lbs…. Girth matters!

Smaller Yellowfin Tuna Footballs, great tasting, fun to catch and they’re out there right now by the Billions! Ok, that may be an over exaggeration…. kinda….
Lots of my clients have been waiting for Rooster fish, well they’re out there now…. Punta Negra!!
Big Black Marlin at Corbetena!

 

Ok, that’s enough for now… To get these experiences contact Stan … Here’s the new location map below as well as the Main Store in Marina Vallarta….. 

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…

 

Don’t forget Christmas is coming, we have lots of shirts online for you to give as gifts…..

Christmas is coming!!

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Take care and as always, thanks for your support….. and Don’t forget to kiss your fish!

Quickie Report: Fish, Fish Everywhere, Tuna, Marlin and Dorado if you “Dare”!

Nice Sized Dorado in the bay!

I know, I got a little creative in the title, but that’s about the whole story in a nut shell right now. Our world famous fishing grounds here in Puerto Vallarta are all pretty much firing on all cylinders right now. . . . 

Corbetena, Dorado to 30 lbs or larger. Some in the 50 lb range.. Black and Blue Marlin anywhere from 300 lbs upwards and over 500 lbs! Tuna are a little small, but they’re abundant from 20 to 60 lbs, there have been some boated over 120 lbs. Sailfish are almost automatic all over, presently most are about ten feet long, tournament winners for sure! Calm, blue water, it’s a fishing paradise at Corbetena right now.

Striped Marlin Boated at El Morro on Magnifico

Closer in the Marietta Islands continue to be a bit disappointing and not the best place to be dropping baits at the Moment. The point of Punta Mita is another story. Dorado are anywhere there’s a clump of trash, or log, anything that cast a shadow and you’ll find Dorado. Sailfish are sprinkled throughout the area and they have been taking dead baits, now this is changing becasue there are so many Skippies aka Skip Jack Tuna as bait it’s hard to say no to, fish wise that is. Eight hours trips are coming in with nice Sailfish, Dorado in the 20 lb range. If you head out a little farther you’ll have a shot at Marlin, say ten miles off the point on a heading of say 300. Be ready, an explosion of screaming reels is not unusual at all. 

Inside the bay, it’s a short day fishermans dream. Off Los Arcos there have naturally be nice Dorado, mostly in the 20 lb range, but there are smaller one which should be returned for another day! Sailfish are also being boated in this area as there is so much bait, it just draws them into the area. Not to be out done, smaller Blue Marlin in the 200 lb range have been chasing skippies as well and not many, but a few have been caught and released. Remember a 200 lb fish is big, but in Marlin terms they’re just “bables”. Have fun, then “throw” it back for the future health of the industry and future anglers who will most likely keep it when it’s older and bigger. 

Bait conditions are plentiful with all kinds of flying fish at three to four inches in length. Lots of “bullet Skippies” or baby skipjack tuna which just happen to be a favorite bait option! Sailfish are also hanging around La Cruz Marina so pick either end of the bay and cross your fingers. 

The all important bite is around mid morning now, after 10 a.m., then again just after 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Heading to the fishing grounds too early could make it a sketchy morning leaving back for the marina as the bite happens? Don’t do that! leave a little later in the morning, 8 is plenty early and squeeze as much action in as possible..

A Stump like this is a Dorado Machine, cast a bait and get ready for action!

It’s tournament season now, we have one coming up on the 10th of November. No expensive for a two day tournament at $2,000 pesos, or just a smidge over a hundred dollars. Fun, in expensive and the prize money is nothing that will make you rich, but there is a nice trophy with a few pesos! Something to think about. 

Also on the 15th of November we have the Puerto Vallarta annual Marlin and Sailfish Fishing Tournament and it’s a real “happening”. Entry fees are reasonable and we have boats at the ready. 

Watch for my full on report in a few days, but for now this should get your heart beating a bit faster!

Until next time, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

Stan 

Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

              Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

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

You know I wait all year long to write my best articles about Puerto Vallarta’s World Class Fishing so this report is a real treat for me. We are seeing some of the best fishing of the year with no signs of things changing as we’re smack in the middle of tournament season! Superior Conditions, with moderating air temperatures as we move deeper into fall makes for comfortable days with fish the size of your car. These are the “Bucket List” days. Come join us for the time of your life!

Big Marlin anywhere past El Morro to Corbetena. Tournament Season is here amigos!

El Banco aka The Bank has shown some signs of life, some smaller Tuna and one big one was boated the other day. Some Black and Blue Marlin but the problem is not too many bait fish in the form of Skippies (aka Skip Jack Tuna). Blue Water, Smooth seas, conditions are favorable. Corbetena has seen more action and is more reliable, but it’s time El Banco got a pulse again. Stay tuned, they’re always bigger at The Bank, if they’re there!

Nice Sized Dorado in the bay!

Corbetena continues to be the place to be. Big Black and Blue Marlin running on average at 500 plus lbs are picking up in numbers and they’re here to party! The good news about Marlin is they’re all spread out so anything, anywhere is possible. They seem to be more abundant at the Rock, but anywhere from El Morro / Marietta Islands out are fertile territory amigos. One secret, run dead baits for Marlin. Skip Jack Tuna are the bait of choice right now for most species, lures are working as well, but if you come across schools of Skippies go ahead and fill the Tuna Tubes. This will almost guarantee a “screaming reel Marlin Party”! Dorado running 20 to over 60 lbs are more abundant by the day, which is saying something from last week! Sailfish are getting thicker also and they’re anywhere from 7 to 9 feet long! Yellowfin Tuna are a little disappointing this week running mostly in the 40 to 80 lb range (I’ve seen picture of some at 200 lbs as luck is a factor). But they’re taking baits and ready to take your presentation! So you have the idea, this is where you want to be and the sooner the better. Days like this you can’t go wrong. There have been two inch flying fish everywhere as bait. Krill shrimp are tasty for Dorado, Sails and Tuna so be prepared with Hoochies and related rigs.

The Marietta Islands are still in “neutral” and I have no explanation. If you’re a touch north of here the Point at Punta Mita have seen Sailfish and 30 lb Dorado spread through the area. Find a clump of debris and you’re hit the Dorado Jackpot. Just 7 miles or so off the point on a 310 heading you will find Sailfish and yes, more Black and Blue Marlin! Eight hours and longer are producing at least three strikes a day. We’ll put you on fish, it’s up to you to boat it! Around El Morro there are Skippies, so this area is drawing in larger fish. Black and Blue Marlin are roaming the area so a shorter day could produce nicely if you’ve got any luck at all. The trick here is to ride the current. That means the fish will surf this current, being pushed and this is where the bait is. So get in the current, not crossing it and you’ll see the difference. Locals worth their “salt” know this, experience pays.

Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena looking for a fast “bite”…

Inside the bay it’s reliable, affordable and fun! There are 10 to 20 lb Football Tuna around Yelapa and can be larger. Dorado in front of the Los Arcos Rocks in the 20 lb range. Sailfish are chasing Skippies in the bay as are some freak smaller Marlin around 300 lbs. Bonito are a stable and in the 30 lb range and great tasting. More Needle fish seem to be in the area, but not really catching many for now. For now even a super cheap four hour trip will pay off in sore arms and face hurting grins. You can’t go wrong fishing anywhere in PV these days.

The bite has been inching it’s way earlier and earlier so be ready to go early and be at your chosen fishing grounds by eight-ish in the morning. Water temperatures jumped five whole degrees to 88, not causing any issues though. Blue water and clear skies as we exit the rainy season. Live bait is working for some species, but Marlin are preferring dead baits as some Sails will take lure and dead bait before live bait, go figure. Lures of blue and white, purple Petroleros, iguanas that mimic Dorado are also working well. Flying fish are only two inches long, but they’re out there in the Billions! Some days can be more difficult than others, these fish have plenty to eat and they’re not shy about it. The fish are there, the challenge it to find the correct bait for the day, so bring your bag of tricks and good luck.

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

Remember to visit our new location on the Malecon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house (next to Sr.Frogs). And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well! Benjamin can fix you up with Tours if you’re looking to do something other than fishing as well.

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…

The Marina Store Location is still at the end of Marina Vallarta between Docks A & B. It is being said by my competition that Master Baiters, the guy who owns it is Dead. I am happy to say I am still alive and kicking, but obviously my so called “competition” is scared to death you’ll talk with me and then they’ll be a forgotten thought. We’ve been fishing here in PV for 17 years and counting. We’re the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta so don’t believe them. If asking where we are, mention you want top purchase a t-shirt, they seem to let that go…. it’s a mexican joke I live with daily!

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

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   Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!

                             Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!                   

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

Capt Kawi’s Monster Dorado, the pic says 50 lbs, but he days 65 lbs…. Girth matters!

The simple title pretty much says it all. Marlin are more abundant and larger. Dorado are increasing in size and Sailfish are all over the place. Yellowfin Tuna are still hanging around, but their size is around 40 to 60 lbs, no larger Tuna like last week, but this can change quickly. Conditions which were already good are now great with Blue water, comfortable water temperatures and plenty of bait make for a winning combination as High Season for Fishing is well underway. It’s time to join the party amigos, consider this your invitation.

10 ft Sailfish, Tournament sized for sure!

To put things simply, the fishing is better this week than it’s been in a year! With Blue water, super abundant bait, perfect water temperatures and all the main players around our world famous fishing grounds, you can’t go wrong. Short day, long day, just get on the water and join the party. Corbetena is the place to be this week once again. If you’re looking for a “Bucket” list fish, then now would be a great time to realize that dream with “hungry” Black and Blue Marlin roaming the area between El Morro and Corbetena. These Marlin are running anywhere from 300 lbs to over 500 lbs. Anything is possible right now, maybe even some “Ganders” at 1,000 lbs! Sailfish are all over this area and they’re fairly large. Dorado in larger sizes have finally showed up for some “recreation” as Capt Kawi hit a larger Dorado this week. Yellowfin Tuna are a little disappointing this week on the 40 to 60 lb range, but this will most likely change as the water temperatures are finally to their liking. A trip to this area will make you glad you spent those extra fuel bucks amigos. It’s time to break the piggy bank and come back with a smile and sore arms! UpDate: Oct 17th: Sharks are circling the Rock at Corbetena and if you’re running live bait, well they’re worse than Dophin because they’ll eat your lure, bait, hook, everything. So you could boat some 80 lb or larger Lemon sharks. If you’re a shark guy, this is great. But if you’re looking for Marlin, Tuna or Dorado, then this is frustrating! But you’re in luck, they’re all hitting lures now. So run Tuna Lures of Blue / gold bottom…. Iguanas or Gold and yellow with blue if you have it… Petroleros work also but not as well of purple, brown and green…maybe some orange will help. Cedar plugs for Tuna as well. Everyone is getting at least three strikes a day, Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish mostly. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 60 lb range but with massive amounts of Skippies around Corbetena and in the bay, with other vaired baits like Krill squids or Teeny tiny red crabs make it a smorgasbord all you can eat fish fast food. 

The area from Punta Mita to El Morro and the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting for so long it’s almost not worth mentioning. Yes there are Sailfish and Dorado around any clump of “crap” or log floating and that’s good news. Sailfish are sprinkled throughout the area but can run “hot and cold” so be patient with them. Skip jack Tuna (10 lbs max.) are everywhere and are drawing in larger Dorado on occasion, nothing is ever automatic. But with larger Dorado finally moving in again, larger ones can’t be far behind, anything is possible. For now if you’re doing eight hours to this area, you’d be better off laying down the cash for a ten hour day where the best fishing is and getting better!

Marlin Jumpin …

Inside the bay has been surprising once again. Sailfish of decent size are still hanging around Los Arcos as are “some” decent sized Dorado close to 20 lbs, but mostly around 15 lbs. We’ve even had a larger Black Marlin chasing Skippies aka Skip jack Tuna in front of the Sheraton about a mile out. Very strange for this to happen, but it’s an example of plentiful bait in the bay. Now the water in many locations is still a touch dirty, but the rains are slowing down and the water from the rivers is much cleaner as the rainy season comes to an end. Bonito to 30 lbs are always standard fair. Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 to 40 lb range are in and out anywhere from Los Arcos to Yelapa and a touch south up the shoreline. There are massive amounts of Skippies in the bay, like there used to be so larger fish are coming “freakishly” into the bay for some fast food. Four hours in the bay, six is better, will make you a happy vacationer, if not a sore vacationer! Great value and with our super inexpensive four hour trips you can’t go wrong. Contact us for further information or come in the shop for details.

It’s a Party, You’re Invited!

For now the best fishing values with the most fish are at Corbetena and in the bay. But if you find any floating logs or debris around the Punta Mita area you could make me a liar! Keep the radio on and listen for the news as other captains will broadcast to others so we all can share in the “good times”. Water temperatures have dropped a bit to 83 degrees at the “Rock” aka Corbetena. 85 degrees in the bay. The Bite is still happening a little later in the morning, but if heading out to Corbetena make sure you’re leaving as the sun rises. Those looking to leave before daybreak will find captains a little hesitant to go fast. If you hit a log or submerged stump it will ruin your day. So getting out too early is not an advantage amigos at this time. Bait in the water ranges from Flying fish, Bullet Bonito and Skippies, Flying fish, Goggle eyes and more. We’ve seen Sardines moving in which means there have been some smaller Rooster fish around Punta Negra but they’re only 10 lbs or so, leave them alone for now. Some strangeness lately with Tuna crabs in the bay, but they’re teeny tiny, about a half inch across. The Skippies are full of them so we may see some larger Tuna crabs soon and that’s a good thing for the Tuna Guys! Even Krill shrimps are coming in so the possibilities for next week are encouraging, stay tuned! Sails are still partial to dead baits and lures of blue and white are working well. Like always have your Dorado lures at the ready. Just try everything, then let me know what works for you, I won’t tell, ha ha….

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!

We also have a great four hour trip, it’s nothing fancy but it’s a product that is perfect for times like these where we troll to Los Arcos from the marina area and slowly around the area. It’s a half standard four hour fishing trip, but for now it’s all you need to have fun if you’re on a budget and want some nice action. Contact us for more details.

Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November

Remember to visit our new location on the Malecon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house (next to Sr.Frogs). And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well!

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

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 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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Quickie Report: Fish, Fish Everywhere, Dorado, Marlin and Sails, Corbetena is the place to be!

         

Dorado Everywhere like the old days at Corbetena

 Written by Stan Gabruk, owner of Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle

When things start to happen I like to post these “Quickie” Reports so if you’re in PV you can take advantage of special conditions and there are some great things happening. 

Anywhere from El Morro to Corbetena there are some big Dorado to be had. Black and Blue Marlin are also in the area, but there are also Sharks. This means they’re taking any live bait you’re trolling. That’s the bad news, the good news is the Sharks are ignoring lures and taking live and dead baits. This makes your “bag of tricks” very important. 

The good news is they’re all taking lures so your fishing day doesn’t have to be a disaster. Running lures that mimic Tuna, Blue and gold on the bottom are like gold. Iguanas that mimic Dorado of Green / yellow and black spots and the flying fish lures of Blue and White are all magic amigos. 

Marlin Jumpin …

With blue water and perfect water temperature of 83 degrees at Corbetena the party is going strong right now!

Marlin are anywhere between 300 and 600 lbs… Dorado are in the 20lb to 60 lb range. Sailfish are all over nine feet long. Everyone in the area around the Rock are getting several strikes. Now if you can convert that into a boated finned fantasy is up to you amigo. 

They are all located about two radius from the rock, south, east, west or north, two miles…  The water is blue, water temperatures are perfect, plenty of bait, but you know to use lures and the bite is about 9:30 a.m.

So there you go, the information you need, when you need it most…..

Now go have some fun already….. 

Oh…Don’t forget to subscribe and get my weekly reports right in your mailbox….

We also have two stores now, one in Marina Vallarta and the other on the Malecon or Boardwalk in downtown, maps below. 

If you come to Marina Vallarta, my competition is once again telling people I’m dead, out of business or worse, if being dead isn’t bad enough…ha ha ha…. Don’t believe them, Master Baiter’s is healthy, alive and well… 

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!

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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

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Corbetena of Old, Big Tuna, Marlin, Sails & Dorado Now!

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

 

Sailfish at Corbetena, Punta Mita and El Morro

Before we get started I want to extend my appreciation for all your support over the years here in Puerto Vallarta. This is the only comprehensive fishing article / report about Puerto Vallarta Fishing by a real fishing company, for real fisherman and those looking for entertainment. Again, thank you for your years of unending support!

Every year we wait for October as the fishing always explodes in October! This year we’re blessed with some larger Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado are moving in as well. Sailfish and of course it’s Marlin City with hard to beat conditions of super blue water, plenty of bait and perfect water temperatures. If you’re a fisherman and you don’t head to Corbetena, you may have missed out on the best fishing of YOUR life!

The year following an El Nino can be a mixed bag of good days, bad days and then there are the Hurricane days that push fish out. We’ve seen mixed water currents, dirty water, clean water with no bait. This year we’ve seen it all that’s for sure. But we haven’t seen fishing this good and predictable or many years. It looks like we’re returning to “normal”, whatever that is. For now if you’re in Puerto Vallarta by plan or by accident, you’re a lucky “puppy”. The best fishing of the year is from October 1st to the end of December. You looking for a specific species, we’ve got it.

80 to 100 kilos at Corbetena

Lets start with Corbetena, for the first time in a long time the fishing is incredible. I mean like the famous Corbetena of old. Why would I say this, well to start there are Yellowfin Tuna in the 160 lb range and we haven’t seen this for a long time. Yes some here and there, but not consistently like now! Marlin, Blue or Black, take your pick they’re in the 250 to 500 lb plus range. Sailfish, you bet and they ‘re all over the area. Dorado you say, I am glad to report there are Dorado in the 20 to 40 lb range and they’re waiting for you to arrive amigos. Super Duper Blue Water, perfect water temperatures and the whole crew are taking baits faster than my ex-wife with a new credit card at a Nordstrom’s Shoe sale!! If you’re looking for a Trophy fish now would be a great time to get on the water.

In fact the whole area between Corbetena and El Morro is which I refer to as the “golden triangle” is alive with possibilities. It’s a wide range so drop baits in this area and troll towards Corbetena, something is going to happen so don’t go too far from the pole. This area is known for Sailfish when other areas are void of fish. Just a touch out farther you’ll find Marlin so if a ten hour trip to Corbetena is too far, an eight hour trip can get you close. All and all you’d be better off putting down the cash to get the big fish on tap. The Marietta Islands just down the way a few miles has been less than impressive for some reason but they still have a nice selection of reef fish, Bonito to 30 lbs, Skip jack Tuna to 7 lbs, maybe and I do mean maybe some Dorado and there have been Rooster fish in the area so with some luck you’ll have a great day. Again, I’d put the extra cash down and hit the rock. The area around Punta Mita has seen Sailfish and Dorado around any stump, trash or clump of anything. Dorado are in the 25 lb range and could be larger. Some Rooster fish in the 40 lb range have been boated in this area as well. Sailfish are also in the area, north of the point, not in the Marietta Island area. You could hit some Marlin if you head out five to eight miles or so. Give it a shot.

Nice Dorado

Inside the bay has been tough the last few weeks. We’ve seen pretty much the largest thrust of Hurricanes with the torrential rains settle down a bit. The rains still remain but they’re not strong inland so we’re seeing some clean water in the bay which makes things easier for the person in the market for a short day trip. The clean water allows the fish to see your bait, sorta kinda important!  The Trash Line this year has been less than impressive, yet there are still smaller fish feeding off the berries, twigs, seeds, leaves and whatever else they think they can digest. Sailfish are still sprinkled throughout the bay and they’ll take a bait, but it’s not automatic and can be frustrating. If targeting Sailfish you’d be better off hitting the El Morro area. Sails in the bay, somebody is going to catch them and you could get lucky. Yellowfin “Football” Tuna in the bay and in the same area are running 25 to 45 lbs are perfect for the table and fun to catch. Tuna in the bay is reason enough for a six hour fishing trip, but in this case four hours would do you nicely. Just remember to hit the bite at the right time or you’ll come back in with something, but probably not Tuna. Bonito of course are all around at 30 lbs, Skippies aka Skip jack Tuna are everywhere and “thick” which is drawing in Sailfish, wink wink. Jack Crevalls around the river mouths as they like the fresh water and there is a host of possibilities there you’d never know about. So head out and have a memorable day with “sore” arms.

The bite right now is happening just around 9 a.m. which is perfect so you can still leave Marina Vallarta at 7:00 a.m. and be at your chosen fishing grounds right on time. The late bite is around 4:30 p.m. The water temperatures this week are hovering at 86 degrees, down a bit but still in the “perfect” range for all our favorite species. The water can’t get any bluer and there’s plenty of bait. Speaking or bait, Dead Bait, live bait and lures are working well. Dead baits seem to be the preference for Sailfish and some Marlin. Tuna on the other hand are hitting Skippies and Bonito or Chorras. Lures that are working the best mimic flying fish so Blue and white lures are working well. As are gucamayos of green, orange and black. Don’t forget Tuna will hit a cedar plug always. So don’t think these are old and outdated, they work, they’re cheap and did I say they “work”? So have a full bag of tricks or lures in your world and don’t be late.

Shared Boats: For those of you looking to share a boat we can fix you up. You’ll share half a super panga for 8 hrs, this works for up to two people for half the boat. Ice, bait, captain, crew that speaks english, top notch professional equipment and tackle, everything except what you eat and drink… All that and a bag of potato chips for $275 usd! Two people max, half the super panga… that’s the deal of the century amigos… We’ll run this all year so if you want to save some money, have lots of fun and hit some Sails and Dorado, then this is the deal for you! 

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! 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. The authorities are not enforcing this law as yet, but be warned. If you do business with persons or companies without this license then anything that happens is on you. Master Baiter’s to the best of my knowledge, I checked, is one of the very few fishing charter companies that have this license. These new laws were written to protect you for a good reason. So look for this license, if it’s not show ask for it. If they don’t know what you’re talking about, they’re pirates flying under the radar. Another interesting development is the Navy now has taken over the operation of the boats coming and going along with all the necessary licensing. This would be legal matriculas, which in Mexico is a mandatory permit to operate a fishing charter business. One way the many illegal boats have been able to stay in business is by paying off the port authority, they say they’re legit but never are. The navy now is checking these necessary documents and will be fining these illegal operatiors that put money in the hand of the “port authority” to operate a fishing boat. This is my biggest problem as they don’t pay taxes, insurance, they get away with this by bribing the authorities. This is the biggest reason the Port authority has been taken out of the loop. Yes you still get your documents thru this office, but they don’t run the marina any longer! Legit businesses have been run out of business because they can’t compete, but this has changed for the better. Safe boats are what we’re all paying for. Things like radios, life preservers and first aid kits save lives. Do you really want a cheap boat that risk your safety with a lack of these basic safety elements? Then you’ll be glad the Navy has your “tourist” back at heart!

The Sectur Required Tourism license for selling Tours and Fishing charters looks like this. If they don’t have it, proceed at your own risk. It’s now the law to have this in Mexico as a extra security factor for the protection of tourist from shady types including the guy in the timeshare arena.

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!

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

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

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

 

Quickie Report: Corbetena Time Wharp, Good Times and Big Fish Return

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner of Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle

 

Nice Dorado at Corbetena, Punta Mita… Right Now!

If you’ve been fishing in Puerto Vallarta back before 2007 you remember when heading out to Corbetena was thrilling. It would get your heart pumping as you drop baits coming on to the “rock”. You didn’t know what you were going to catch, but you knew it was going to be big, powerful and draining. 

Right now we’ve got some incredible fishing. I don’t mean good, I mean incredible.

Marlin, Black or Blue take your pic, running from 250 to 600 lbs. Five boats yesterday, Six Marlin boated.

Dorado from 20 to 40 lbs! Sailfish on tap. Yellowfin Tuna 40 to 100 lbs plus, finally!

It’s on fire amigos.. Water temps are 87 degrees. The water is as blue as you can imagine. 

Plenty of bait in the form of Skippies aka Skip Jack Tuna, Green runners, Goggle Eyes, Flying fish and it’s just incredible. Flying fish lures of Blue/Silver are working well. Guyacamayos (I spelled that badly) or Green/orange and some yellow flecks. Live bait, dead bait, it’s all working. 

Captain Cesar with his Mom boating a nice Football Yellowfin Tuna around Yelapa, 4 hr day!

Bite can be early so be sure to leave at day break…. 

Yes Folks, We’ve got fish, High season is coming and we’re all excited. The only thing missing is you amigos. 

Until next time, don’t forget to kiss your fish. 

FYI a few years back Mexico in an attempt protect consumers of fishing charters and tours made it necessary to get a second business license allowing them to sell these products to the public after you’ve been thoroughly checked out. It’s not easy or fast to get this permission. Two years later i just discovered that I and Mikes fishing are the only companies either online or in Marina Vallarta that has this specialized permit / License. This means that if you are dealing with anyone like timeshare, various offices and especially web pages you are working with people who are working under the radar and have not been approved to sell these products, Period!  So you might ask if they’re Illegal how do they operate? Well they have a regular business license if they have a “local” or shop. If they’re online they don’t even have a business license (think about that one) you don’t know what you’re dealing with. Soon the authorities will be roaming the Marina closing these locals down until they can get this license.  

 I am Master Baiter’s and We’re legal, insured, documented and service oriented. If you don’t see this license in their window, ask for it. This is what it looks like and  you can check it out if you like. The Mexican Govt saw it necessary to require this license in an effort to protect you from unscrupulous types as there is a long history of pirates stealing deposits and worse, timeshare especially. This is for the consumers protection and if you don’t have this information, you’d never know. With no license from Sectur for Tourism, it doesn’t matter how nice they are, they’re not legal. Use this information well as it’s for your protection….. Enough Said

The Sectur Required Tourism license for selling Tours and Fishing charters looks like this. If they don’t have it, proceed at your own risk. It’s now the law to have this in Mexico as a extra security factor for the protection of tourist from shady types including the guy in the timeshare arena.

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

 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.

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

 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.