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!

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Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

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

01-09-2017-curtis-martubeau-on-kate-corbetenaEvery year we know it´s coming, the end of high season for fishing here in PV. Normally by the second week of the New Year we see water temperatures drop and everything changes.  This year we saw this happen a little early, we´ve had 76 degree water temps now for about two weeks. We should see Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and others bugging out. But that´s not the case as we see larger Dorado being boated, Striped Marlin in a frenzy, Blue Marlin are small but there. So no matter how contradictory it may sound, we have cool water and good fishing! Notice I didn´t say ¨great fishing¨ as it´s not. Having said that we´re seeing what Capt. Cesar of Magnifico calls a ¨Bait current¨. We´re seeing squids of three inches filling the area on a deep, warm current keeping Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin very handy. One thing for sure as we get deeper in the month, the fishing will be less and less reliable for summer species. Ah, but fear now, we have fish, we will continue to have great fishing, they will be different species. So if you want a Marlin of any king you better get your backside in gear amigo.

Corbeteña this week has turned mostly into a into a fish ¨Ghost Town¨. There are smaller fish like Cubera Snappers to 35 lbs schooling, Rainbow runners to 40 lbs and Lemon Sharks. As you absorb this information don´t think things haven´t changed by the time you read this. It could be better, it could be worse. With the In / Out condition of fishing, you can still see days that are a sportsman’s dream or night mare. For now it´s best to get the recent info, call me, I´ll share with you!

01-05-2017-mexican-footalls-yf-tuna-that-is-good-eat-ing-copyEl Banco is a completely different story! Looking for Yellowfin Tuna, how about footballs to 45 lbs and thick. Cubera Snappers at (15 to 35 lbs) are schooling, Blue Marlin at 250 lbs, small but there. A big surprise is we have Striped Marlin in frenzy 4 to 7 miles either north or west of the high spots. Sailfish are also taking baits. Rainbow Runners 45 lbs, and who knows what else. It´s a 12 hr day, but worth it. Finally El Banco comes to life. Be advised the ¨Bait Current¨ is bringing in 3 inch squids and the YF Tuna are stuffed to the gills. Bring baits to mimic these and you´ll have a wonderful day.

01-06-2011-policonfodido-cubera-snapper-small-marietta-islands-copyThe Punta Mita point is rocking with 40 lb Dorado off the Reef Buoy just two miles off shore! This is the best sized Dorado in this area for the whole season so don´t hesitate, get out there now! Sailfish are a little tough to find but there for sure. Snappers to 20 lbs are also in the area. Small Rooster fish in the surf line and Anclote reef. Plenty of Jack Crevalls around El Morro. Pompano to 15 lbs at the Marietta Islands, don´t forget 35 lb Bonito as well. Right now eight hours is a great option to El Banco if looking at the time or the money issues, nice to have options. Oh, if targeting Dorado in this area dead bait is working better than live bait and lures.

12-17-2016-hector-marlin-02-800-pxls-mbtextInside the bay is surprising right now with abundant Sailfish. Yes I said abundant! If you´re around la Cruz or Los Arcos you have a great chance at boating a healthy sized Sailfish. You also have a good probability of catching a 25 lb Sailfish as well, not a keeper! Some small Dorado to 20 lbs, Bonito 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls are massively abundant. River mouth could sport Snook and Snappers. So it could be said that bay fishing is better than any other fishing grounds for the next twenty minutes. Again, surprising and perfect for the client looking for a short day and plenty of action, not mention affordable!!

The bite has been happening a little earlier these days so be where you want to be early, before 8 a.m. Water temperatures are hovering at 76 to 77 degrees but with the Bait current it doesn´t seem to matter to these locals for now.

My down town store is now being Manned by Benjamin, he’s a super guy and he is now working the Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes location in much longer hours and the results are very obvious in our bottom line. We see a great future for Benjamin in Master Baiter’s and we’re lucky to have him, next week I’ll have a picture…. We also pained the front of the Marina Shop to be more like the Mural we have on the Downtown store, I’ll tell

marina-vallarta-location-01-01-2017For those of you that read my articles weekly, I have to appologize for my lack ot posting as I normally do, no excuses . . . I’ve been a very busy and getting busier which is a great problem, so thank you for your patience and we’ll make sure to get you fresh and accurate information to make informed vacationing decisions!

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

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Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm Water Species Return, Blue Water

Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm  Water Species Return, Blue Water

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
12-16-2016-guanatuna-dorado-650-pxls-mbtext-2For the last two weeks I have not posted a fishing report because things changed so drastically i didn´t want to put the ¨Doom and Gloom¨ down on everyone. We had water temps drop in ten days form 87 degrees to 74 degrees. It was when the cold snap happend a few weeks ago:

The water got dirty, the swirling currents mixed up the sediment on the ocean floor bottom and frankly to me it looked like the fishing season was over just when things were finally, finally getting back to what PV was famous for fishing wise. Every warm water species bugged out, or found warm spots in the ice water we had move in. That was two weeks ago, things have changed, thank the fish gods for that. Watert temps gradually moved back up to 80 degrees presently. Dorado, Sailfish and even Wahoo came back into the area and now things look great for the next few weeks anyway.

I never really paid much attention to currents, water temperatures or the like until I started writtting this fishing report when I took over the company in 2004. Now after years of paying attention I´ve learned that El Nino is not something that just ¨ends¨ like turning a light switch off. No, rather it´s a slow process, a washing machine effect on currents and water temps. Now finally it looks like we´re in a normal pattern after perdictions of La Nina coming in immeadeately after wards as can happen.

Having said all that, we move into the present conditions which are not perfect, but we can work with it. Bait is moving back into the area in the form of two inch Shrimp, you know the shirmp that cost too much and the fish are eating it for free! Red crabs came in also, so we know the Yellowfin Tuna will soon follow. But the Shrimp and Tuna Crabs are examples of a normal current returning. We see this happen every spring and winter and is normal. A normal we like to see. So for the record, we´re getting back to a normal seasonal flow and that is a good thing. Now on to this weeks fishing report….

Dec. 20th, 2013

A little better than two weeks ago we had perfect conditions when it comes to fishing. High Visibility Blue Water, perfect water temperatures, plenty of fish and plenty of bait. A combination made in fishing heaven, but that changed quickly with a super frigid current that pushed down the west coast all the way to Mexico. If you remember the cold snap in the news, it all started then. Now I am glad say that the water temperatures that at one time hit 74 degrees are back to 80 degrees and climbing slowly back to where we would like to see them. Yes folks, the scare is over and we now have Wahoo, Wahoo!

The new challenge this week, and there is always a new challenge, is a bait issue. Yes folks we´re seeing the Tuna or Red Crabs come back in with massive amounts of small, one to two inch shrimp. Everything is getting its fill of these succulent crustaceans and frankly they´re not looking at other live bait offerings! But we can work with this issue, cold water is another thing.

12-17-2016-hector-marlin-02-800-pxls-mbtextCorbeteña: The water is high visibility blue now and the water temperatures are back up to 80 degrees. We have Blue and Black Marlin from 400 to 600+ lbs, Sailfish, Dorado to 40 lbs, Yellowfin tuna to 50 lbs, Wahoo at 60 to 80 lbs and the ¨locals¨ are jumping everywhere. Down side, those shrimp are everywhere and even the Marlin are hitting them. One trick that could work, bullet Skippies or Bonito. That will turn their heads, good luck finding them. Try around the Marietta Islands on the way out and you hit a home run amigo. Goggle Eyes are finally working if you can´t get a bullet bait. El Banco or The Bank: Pretty much the same story amigo. But remember things can change drastically from now until ¨then¨ so ckeck conditions regularly.

The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita / El Morro, the whole area has come to life and we´re seeing Rooster fish (30 to 50 lbs) for the first time since I don´t know when off the back side of El Morro and around the reef areas of the Marietta Islands, but the shore areas are alive also so remember that with Roosters. Dorado of course at 25 to 30 lbs, Sailfish, and even the possibility of 60 lb Wahoo off the back side of El Morro towards Corbeteña. Don´t be afraid to use a little fuel in this area, there are fish to be had finally in an eight hour day fishing trip!

12-15-2016-buddy-jacks-03-450-oxls-mbtextInside the bay we´re still seeing Jack Crevalls which are filling up on Shrimp as well, Bonito to 35 lbs, Freak Sails around Los Arcos and La Cruz still. Snook in front of the rivers mouths and along the shore in rocky areas. Sierra Mackerals, possible Dorado around Yelapa along with some football Yellowfin Tuna to 40 lbs. Four hour trips are catching a nice selection of fish and the whales are back in the bay. You´ll have the extra pleasure of seeing Moby Dick at rest in the bay amigos!

The Bite has been a moving target and mid day seems to be the best, but get out before 9 to be safe. Water Temps are increasing from the 74 they were last week to the present 80 degree mark so we expect fishing to continue for at least a few more weeks… months no! Baits: With all the shrimp and Red Crabs it´s hard to get a bait in front of these fish that will turn their heads. But as mentioned earlier Goggle eyes seem to be doing the trick, so give it a try. As far as lures go, same stuff, petrolerso, inguanas of green and yellow with black flecks or stripes.

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

window-art-advert-02mbtext-bright-textRemember Master Baiter´s is freezing and storing your catch sin charge for customers. Non customers are covered also but there is a fee for this service if you don´t fish with us. Raffa is my new tour expert and we won´t be undersold so fishing, freezing and fun, we´ve got you covered amigos!

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It´s Prime Time Fishing, 800 lb Black Marlin!

                                 It´s Prime Time Fishing, 800 lb Black Marlin!

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

Mike Morris Fishing on Thunnus with Capt. Luis boated this nice Black Marlin at Corbeteña
Mike Morris Fishing on Thunnus with Capt. Luis boated this nice Black Marlin at Corbeteña

It´s has been an interesting week. We had a few days where Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish were circling Corbeteña and taking baits at will. I put friends out on one of our boats and they found nothing, not even bait. For twelve other boats that day it was the same thing, no bait, no fish, nothing. Two days later we have world class trophy Game fish all over these same fishing grounds. One problem was / is Bottle Nose Dolphin, the ones like Flipper. They are bait thieves and will eat your trolled bait right up to the hook. Lemon Sharks are just as smart and they´re doing the same thing. In the mean time Yellowfin Tuna will run with Dolphin as we see all the time, they´re buddies. The bigger the Dolphin the bigger the Yellowfin Tuna (don´t use this as a general rule though). So if you can get a ¨live¨ trolled bait past the sharks and past the Bottle Nose Dolphin, then you´ve got a great shot at Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 lbs to over 200 lbs. Just depends on what comes across your bait presentation. While super sized Marlin of all species are cruising the neighborhood, they´re taking lures, not live bait, but that´s probably because they can´t get to a bait! The Sharks and Bottle Nose Dolphin can see the difference and ignore the lures. Sailfish and Marlin are not that smart and have been going for lures of green and yellow, Petrelaros of purple green and brown or dark blue with gold marking to mimic a tuna bait.  Sailfish are here on tap also, Cubera Snappers over 50 lbs if you want to jig with all these Marlin around. Yellowfin Tuna, we`ll as mentioned they´re at the rock, but you have to get a bait between the sharks and the Bottle Nose Dolphin before a Tuna can ever see it! But the water is blue and the water temperatures at 88 degrees may be a little too warm for YF Tuna, but for Marlin the conditions are perfect. Bait is an issue, everywhere or all the other fishing grounds we have no issues with bait. The Dolphin and Tuna have gone through most of it in the area, that´s why if you make bait early before you come too close to the rock, your chances go up proportionately.El Banco is still the ugly step child for the moment. Some smaller Yellowfin tuna Footballs running 30 to 45 lbs are in and out. Sailfish are a no brainer here. Cubera Snappers, Bonito, Skippie bullets for bait, Jack Crevalls. All good fish, but not a good enough reason to hit the Bank. This will most likely change in the next few days as the fish are normally bigger at the bank. For now Corbeteña is a better choice. UpDate: I had Magnifico out at Corbeteña today 7/19, there were thirteen boats out and only two had strikes. Surprising, no excuses, but we got skippies for bait, and nothing. Something to consider if reading this article in points world wide. Fishing is still going to be great, but we´ll see times like this after Dolphin desimate the local bait, no reason for fish to hang around. But they´re out there, we´ll give it another try tomorrow!!

Capt Cesar on Magnifico releasing another Sailfish!
Capt Cesar on Magnifico releasing another Sailfish!

A little closer in around Punta Mita Point there are Sailfish all around the area. But if you hit a heading or 285 to 300 after ten miles out you´ll find Striped Marlin anywhere from 175 to 225 lbs. Once you head out a little farther in deeper water you´ll be in Marlin Territory to about five miles before Corbeteña. If you find Skippies, bullet bonito or Skippies, any bait fish really, make sure you ¨make bait¨ or in plain terms, get a bunch! The local baits are always the best, but once again if you want until you get to the rock, you´ll be disappointed in what´s available there. So be smart, get bait early and the whole area between the Marietta Islands and Corbeteña is alive with bucket list fish. Now would be a good time to be here in PV! Dorado are tiny, Rooster fish are n the surf line and possibly in the reef areas, but they´re more difficult to find by the day. Snappers in front of the river mouth areas with Snook. If you want to hand around the Marietta Islands, Punta Mita Point and El Morro, well you can catch fish, but they´re the same fish in the bay. So save some money if not heading to Corbeteña and fish these same species in the bay. All with high visibility blue water, the conditions are almost perfect, nothing more to say.

Inside the bay, well it´s the same as last week and that´s just fine. We have had a few days of local rain so we´re seeing a nice trash line. Those heading out in the morning need to be aware of the possible invisible debris just below the water line, this can ruin your day if you hit a stump or dead animal. So go slower in the bay than you would in the winter months, it´s just part of the game. With Jack Crevalls being the dominant species in the bay at 40 lbs. You can still find Needle fish to 35 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna at 6 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Snook to 30 lbs at the river mouths, Snappers of all sizes around the structure. The surprising thing is you can still get Sailfish in the bay in several locations and while it is a freak fishing situation, it´s happening so much it´s almost normal now! Four hours will get fish, six hours will get you bigger fish in the bay. So you don´t need to head out for Moby Dick, but he´s there if you want to take the chance!

The bite is on the late side, the afternoon bite is at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and the morning bite is about 10:00 a.m. so plan your day accordingly. Again with clean blue water and water temps of 88 degrees.

One thing that makes itself obvious is when a boat has less than maintained equipment you lose fish. Drags slip, old line is chaffed or just plain breaks. With big Marlin running the area, they will not only test the limits of your tackle, they will test your limits as well. One reason you´ll spend more $$ on one boat and less on another is the invisible equipment factor. The guys who charge a little more, not much more, have fresh line, smooth and maintained drags, full line of color for lures, planers, down riggers and working radios not to mention lite tackle and heavy tackle rigs for all fishing conditions. Let’s face it, you didn´t enter ¨that¨ tournament to lose it because the boat owner didn´t put fresh line on the reels or back it with spectra as you get spooled? When Targeting World class Marlin all your equipment needs to be Professional Grade and you´re Captain needs to be experienced. It´s a symphony of elements that all need to come together as one as you do your best to boat a tournament winning Marlin! A hundred dollars a trip can mean the difference in winning a tournament or participating. Something to think about amigos!IFlying Fish classicn Summary: Conditions are getting more stable, but the water temperatures keep heading upwards. Yellowfin Tuna will sound around these temperatures so make sure you´ve got a down rigger with you when heading out, which means you have the weight that goes with it or it´s useless. Ask the correct questions like if they have a down rigger, do they have the weight? If you´re dealing with an agent, he may not even know what a down rigger is, so talk with someone knowledgeable and demand the truth!

Master Baiter´s just got another freezer so this means we can once again Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free, non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each bag) and can rest assured it won´t be stolen by the concierge, bell boy or anyone passing your fish in the freezer with sticky fingers. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

I also have a new, smaller panga with a super superior captain and for the next two weeks I am offering this 26 ft Panga for four hours at $200 usd which is at a loss for me, but we´re introducing this panga so we can earn your business in the future! But you have to mention you read it here in this article to get this deal or mention you read this in the PV Mirror (www.pvmcitypaper.com ) !!

Smoke Your Fish: As another exclusive service of Master Baiter´s we´re offering a Fish Smoking Service where we´ll smoke your fish, bag it and prepare it for shipping, we take half for payment. People are loving this service and frankly I love the taste of smoked Marlin / Smoked Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish or any other fish you catch. Even Jack Crevall taste good smoked!! Just call us and we´ll come to the boat and get it with instructions on how to reach us, we´ll deliver it a few days later or trade you what we have in stock, but not the day of the trip amigo, call us, we´ll fix you up! I can´t tell you how good this is with a beer!!

July Fishing Special: Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. Option II: For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance and how much fuel we use. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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.

Best Fishing in Puerto Vallarta in last five years!

                                    Best Fishing in Puerto Vallarta in last five years!

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

07 07 2016 Sailfish Release A 600 pxls MBTextIf you look at the local conditions in Puerto Vallarta you´ll have a hard time finding a word that would fit better than ¨Perfect¨! Here in Puerto Vallarta we´re seeing the best fishing we´ve had in five years (per Capt. Cesar of Magnifico) and we´re as happy as we can be! With water temperatures at 85 degrees of High visibility blue water all our different species available now mixed in with the amounts and availability of bait every bait there is under the sun, it´s going to be sometime before we see any changes! Prepare for cookie cutter reports that resemble the following!

Corbetena: Just pick a fish! Sailfish are thick, Blue Marlin are between 200 and 600 lbs, Black Marlin are the same. Dorado are in the 15 to 30 lb range, they came back. Yellowfin tuna for those trolling are in the 30 to 45 lb mark running with Spinner Dolphin for the most point. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Skippies are feeding on small squids ( which could draw in larger YF tuna so stay tuned ) .. For those looking for larger Yellowfin Tuna they´re out there running 60 to 80 lbs but only if you´re using a kite! Keep that as our little secret. Also all of a sudden we´ve seen Lemon Sharks at 100 lbs or so coming in. They´re a white meat fish, they´re like reeling in a whale and if you can boat one they´re great eating! For now if you want it, whatever it is, it´s at Corbetena! As far as El Banco, nobody is going to this location because Corbeteña is closer and why go farther to get the same species? Still, if in the Area of El Banco you can expect the same species and conditions at El Banco. The only reason I would head to El Banco is on the off chance Yellowfin Tuna are in the larger ¨cow¨ category. Nothing ventured…. but in this case is nothing lost.

The Marietta Islands and around the area are really no better than fishing in the bay. So for your best fishing it´s either in the bay or out at Corbeteña. If in the area of The Marietta islands you´ll find fish like Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Needle fish to 30 lbs, Fluke Rooster Fish to about 30 lbs, Snappers for the jiggers and you get the idea. The Point off Punta Mita is alive and well with Sailfish in tournament winning sizes, Dorado if you can find ¨debris¨ or trash in the water. Striped marlin if lucky ten miles off the point between a heading of 285 to 300 will put you in the right place. All and all, the only thing that could change is if Rooster fish turn up or the Dorado get larger which should happen soon.

Sailfish and Lemon sharks at Corbetena on Magnifico with Capt. Alonso
Sailfish and Lemon sharks at Corbetena on Magnifico with Capt. Alonso

Inside the bay is incredible. Dorado on the organic ¨crap¨ from the rains in the bay, it´s not exactly a trash line since we have only had swollen with rain rivers pouring into the bay from the Guadalajara rains, so no real trash line to speak of. Still we have Football Tuna around Yelapa to 40 lbs with a touch of luck, bigger than at Corbeteña! Sailfish have been boated this week at Los Animas, Los Arcos, La Cruz Marina, if you´re looking for Sailfish you have a strong chance of boating one in a four hour trip now! Dorado are in the 15 to 20 lb range, small babies, throw them back. Rooster fish can be in the surf line so for the Surf Fishing guys try Rapallas, silver diamond jigs and three inch lures with skirts of green and yellow with black markings. The water around the shoreline could be murky, but this can be on the surface only so using a planer will get your baits below the dirty water and where they can be seen. With massive amounts of Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Needle fish, Snook around the river mouths and snapper around the structure the bay is alive with action. And lets face it, if you can fish close in and get what you´re targeting then why spend the extra money on a ¨maybe¨ especially if heading to El Banco.  But this is just my opinion, I’ve been wrong before, just ask my ex wife (said with a smile)!

30 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna, for larger Tuna use a kite!
30 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna, for larger Tuna use a kite!

Right now the only thing that could make things better (with a cherry on top) is Yellowfin Tuna of real size at El Banco or Corbeteña. Other than that we´re looking at the best fishing we´ve had in five years. While we may be scratching our heads, we´re not complaining, Water temperatures are where we like then at 85 degrees, up slightly from last week. High visibility blue water with massive amounts of every type of bait you could imagine should continue for months to come. With other baits like coming in like Squids and possibly Red Crabs as I´ve heard of in San Diego presently the Yellowfin Situation will only get better. The bite is still happening around the 11 a.m. period but would expect that to get earlier and earlier as the moon is fuller by the day. Lures / Baits: Right now Dead bait is working well, go figure. Live bait is preferable just make sure you´ve got a full live well and make bait when  you get to where you want to be to make sure you´ve got the locals dinner special on your line! If running lures like you should start with these color combinations first. Purple combinations, including Petroleros, Green with black stripes with yellow on the bottom or Pink with blue marking and of course all should be six inches or smaller while trolling these baits.

07 09 2016 Guanatuna, 8 hrs, Sailfish 600 pxls MBTextIn Summary: We´ve seen very little rain the last week, Guadalajara is getting it´s fill of rain for sure. When it returns we´ll have the trash line back around the rivers. But one secret is Snook or Robalo, they love the fresh water coming out of the streams, with mostly clean water out of the rivers the visibility for baits is improved and that means if you cast a jig in the Agua Dulce or Sweet Water (fresh water) they´ll see it easier and be more aggressive, something to think about. Sometimes it´s best to follow a Mex. Nationals lead.

Master Baiter´s just got another freezer so this means we can once again Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free, non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each bag) and can rest assured it won´t be stolen by the concierge, bell boy or anyone passing your fish in the freezer with sticky fingers. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

I also have a new, smaller panga with a super superior captain and for the next two weeks I am offering this 26 ft Panga for four hours at $200 usd which is at a loss for me, but we´re introducing this panga so we can earn your business in the future! But you have to mention you read it here in this article to get this deal or mention you read this in the PV Mirror (www.pvmcitypaper.com ) !!

Smoke Your Fish: As another exclusive service of Master Baiter´s we´re offering a Fish Smoking Service where we´ll smoke your fish, bag it and prepare it for shipping, we take half for payment. People are loving this service and frankly I love the taste of smoked Marlin / Smoked Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish or any other fish you catch. Even Jack Crevall taste good smoked!! Just call us and we´ll come to the boat and get it with instructions on how to reach us, we´ll deliver it a few days later or trade you what we have in stock, but not the day of the trip amigo, call us, we´ll fix you up! I can´t tell you how good this is with a beer!!

July Fishing Special: Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. Option II: For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance and how much fuel we use. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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.

Our Best Fishing in Two Years, It´s Fish City in PV!

                                               Our Best Fishing in Two Years, It´s Fish City in PV!

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

Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point
Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point

 

Puerto Vallarta is not one of those tropical destinations that just gradually warm up after the preferable climate of winter. No we just sort of start warming up mid May, then BOOM it´s June and it´s hot and humid. Now I say hot and humid to the California types, to the Houston, Florida and other humid areas, PV is mild to your summer standards. But when it does get warm, the warm currents come with it and with the currents come Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing Reputation as being one of the top ten fishing locations in the world! Right now Puerto Vallarta is living up to that reputation with abundant ¨Bucket List¨ trophy gamefish and happy Anglers, YeHa!

06 30 2016 Magnifico 5 Black Marlin 500 pxls MBTextThe report this week is much the same as last week, with small variances that make a difference. At Corbeteña it´s been another spectacular week. Yellowfin tuna are no longer over 100 lbs, what we´re seeing now is Spinner Dolphin moving into the area and with Spinners we normally find Tuna running with them. And they´re running anywhere from 20 lbs to 60 lbs. Smaller yes, but great tasting and large numbers of these smaller succulent YF Tuna are fun to catch, they don´t take hours to boat, the meat has a great flavor and remember everything counts in large amounts! Then we have Blue Marlin starting at 400 lbs and up, Black Marlin at 600 lbs, Striped Marlin to 225 lbs, Sailfish of trophy size are picking up in increasing numbers, Amber Jacks at 50 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs and more! Bait is off the hook and readily abundant, get the bait in the morning, but check the bait in the area when you arrive at the fishing grounds to see what baits are in the area. Mahi Mahi or Dorado are moving into the area now, not many to speak of around the rock, be patient, next week this should change, more to come. With the fishing this good, it´s insane to wait for things to get ¨better¨.… YF Tuna of any larger sizes, that would be better but not much… stay tuned.

El Banco, normally these two areas will be about the same, with small differences. This week is no different with the simple fact they´re seeing Yellowfin Tuna to 60 lbs when you find the spinners. Remember, if you´re looking for big fish, they´re normally larger at El Banco if they´re ¨there¨. El Banco can be temperamental, but for now, it´s well worth the time, fuel and verbal abuse you´ll receive from the ¨little woman¨ for taking off on the spot to catch some world class fishing! And don´t forget the area in between these two locations, many a tournament winning fish have been caught ¨in between¨.

Dorado Return to Punta Mita, better late than like last year!
Dorado Return to Punta Mita, better late than like last year!

Those with a limited budget will still find world class action around the point off Punta Mita. Eight to twelve miles off the point on a 285 heading you´ll find nice sized Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range (mostly 25 lbs). Sailfish are everywhere and surprisingly thick, Striped Marlin to over 225 lbs. Rooster fish in the surf line and around the reefs, but not like two weeks ago. Still this eight hour trip is affordable and full of action! Around the Marietta Islands you´ll still find the normal players of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Amber Jacks to 30 lbs and with some luck you could run into a Dorado or Sailfish.

Yelapa has their fill of smaller Yellowfin Tuna ¨Footballs¨
Yelapa has their fill of smaller Yellowfin Tuna ¨Footballs¨

Inside the bay we´re about the same as last week, but a little different. It´s the subtle differences that make all the difference. One strange thing is Sailfish are all over the bay! Now I can remember reports where I have said it´s impossible to find Sailfish in the bay, well these days I have changed my tune. I know of at least eight Sailfish that were brought in and many more hook-ups that were lost. Right now you´ll find Sailfish around Los Arcos, Mid Bay, La Cruz, and points in between! Jack Crevalls are still the dominant species to 45 lbs. The trash line is in when we have rain and small Dorado of 10 lbs have been feeding on this organic trail mix nicely. Bonito to 35 lbs, Football YF Tuna to 40 lbs at Yelapa, Snapper in front of the River mouths with Snook to 25 lbs. The list goes on, you can´t lose fishing in the bay so grab the family and have some fun.

Water temperatures are still a perfect 84 degrees. Around the bay the water is mostly clear green, not bad, the fish don`t seem to mind, but once you get five miles off the point of Punta Mita it´s all High Visibility Blue water! Baits: most of the Marlin this week were caught on dead bait (surprised me) and lures. Marlin like the Blue with pink marking or Petrelaros of green, brown, purple skirts! Sailfish are looking for Green with Yellow color combinations. Start with these colors in your pattern. Bite: It´s been a moving target lately, the last few days it´s been 11:00 to 1:00 before they seem to get serious about taking baits, so sleep in, be patient and it will all pay-off amigos.

More Yellowfin Tuna around Corbeteña in small to large sizes, just depends on what you come across!
More Yellowfin Tuna around Corbeteña in small to large sizes, just depends on what you come across!

In Summary: With the way things are forming up, it looks like we could have larger and more abundant Dorado in the coming days. Remember it was August last year before we saw ten pound babies while San Diego got the bulk of our Dorado. This year it looks like we´ll be in a more normal pattern. Striped Marlin in the area to me is a little surprising since they normally like the cooler waters of Cabo. Last I heard Cabo waters were still chilly so we´ll consider this a ¨windfall¨ and be thankful in PV for that. Very seldom will you have the three different species of Marlin, we have all in the same area at the same time. Sailfish are thick and will be thick until January, but not normally in the bay!! Yellowfin Tuna it´s still a little early for us, but we´re knocking on the door for Prime time Tuna Fishing so stay tuned.  And as always we´ve got some great summer deals for family fishing so call us and let’s get you on the water!

Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. You´ll have a shot at Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster fish in the surf and around reefs, and with some luck Dorado. For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Yellowfin Tuna & Much More at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                             Yellowfin Tuna & Much More at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what you come across right now.. Start at the Rock, then head ten miles out and you´ll find more like this!
Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what you come across right now.. Start at the Rock, then head ten miles out and you´ll find more like this!

Well summer came to Puerto Vallarta this past week with 70 percent humidity under a warm and unforgiving tropical sun. The summer is ¨off season¨ as family tourism picks up a few notches from July to the end of August which is also when the local weather gets hot and tropical. With this dramatic change in seasons, when things are as hot and humid as they´re going to get, this is when you´ll find the Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Big Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish and more. It would be very nice to have prime fishing in high season for tourism, but it doesn´t work that way amigos. For those in the area, we´re seeing Deep Sea fishing now like we haven´t seen for years. I was half way expecting the fishing to pull back a little since it just exploded out of the blue last week. But that´s not the case, in fact the fishing is still outstanding and picking up on a daily basis. Short day trips or long days targeting world class gamefish, whatever you´re looking for, we have it now!

This Sailfish was boated less than half a mile inside the bay from Marina Vallarta! It´s been Freaky in the Bay!
This Sailfish was boated less than half a mile inside the bay from Marina Vallarta! It´s been Freaky in the Bay!

This week we´ve seen another dramatic increase in water temperatures from 81 to 84 degrees or warmer in some locations. Because of this we´re seeing the summer currents bring with them 3 inch squids, a Yellowfin Tuna favorite bait. Eight miles off Corbeteña jumping Schools of Yellowfin Tuna are now running 40 to 110 kilos or 88 lbs to 250 lbs. They´re taking lures of blue and silver with yellow dots or markings, run at least one lure of this color starting out with your live bait spread. Blue Marlin over 500 lbs are not eating those squids so have plenty of local bait. Sailfish are all over the place in increasing numbers daily. Dorado disappeared for the most part. Cubera Snappers of course for those jigging, but they´re also taking trolled baits as well. Jack Crevalls of course to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and you may run into footballs (Yellowfin Tuna) in the 35 to 50 lb range. Very good eating so don´t ignore them! El Banco is pretty much the same, for me Corbeteña is a better choice. The Dorado at El Banco have disappeared or are much smaller in the 10 to 15 lb range, young. All and all if heading out to either of these locations you´re very likely to come in with a trophy gamefish, good luck.

Capt. Mony with another 75 lb Rooster fish caught off the reef in Sayulita! Yes she´s a woman and Yes she catches fish! In fact Capt Mony is a High Performance Professional so don´t let her gender stop you, she learned on the docks form the time she was in diapers.
Capt. Mony with another 75 lb Rooster fish caught off the reef in Sayulita! Yes she´s a woman and Yes she catches fish! In fact Capt Mony is a High Performance Professional so don´t let her gender stop you, she learned on the docks form the time she was in diapers.

At the point of Punta Mita or rather eight miles off the point we´re seeing good concentrations of Striped Marlin to 200 lbs, Sailfish at 90 lbs or so. Rooster fish are still in the surf areas but have thinned out considerably even with tons of Sardines and bullet Bonito to temp them. Around the Marietta islands is the same as last week, Skip jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Rooster fish possibilities and with some luck Dorado will show up soon, cross your fingers. El Morro has had Sailfish but you have to be about six miles out from the island and drop baits. Good area for Striped Marlin and a Freak Blue Marlin Hook up…

Inside the bay we´re still firing on all eight cylinders with Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals (still here) Bonito, Football Yellowfin Tuna around Yelapa to 50 lbs. They´re concentrated also near Los Arcos as well. The Trash line is attracting small Dorado, under 15 lbs, but we expect this sort of thing and we´re happy about it. They draw in larger fish so everything is right on time. In front of the river mouths you´ll find Snook to 35 lbs, Snapper starting at 20 lbs and a host of other species enjoying the fresh water pouring into the bay. No matter where you go in the bay there are fish. If around Los Arcos, La Cruz Marina or points in between you have the freak opportunity to boat a Sailfish and they´re surprisingly abundant. So you may be looking for smaller fish for the family and get a Sailfish strike! Don´t be surprised to see these captains running larger baits on heavier tackle in the bay for this reason. Remember in the bay you should be fishing with lighter tackle, not something to bring in Moby Dick!  Four hour trips will get you to Yelapa and then get ready to hit the 50 lb Yellowfin Footballs, they´re great tasting and amazingly strong.

Trash Line, it can be debris or a thin line of crap but inside this debris are all sorts of smaller fish looking for fast food. A danger to navigation the trash line is your ¨friend¨as it draws in small fish which in turn draw in larger fish!
Trash Line, it can be debris or a thin line of crap but inside this debris are all sorts of smaller fish looking for fast food. A danger to navigation the trash line is your ¨friend¨as it draws in small fish which in turn draw in larger fish!

The bite has been a little late, about 11:00 am or Noon-ish for the most part. So sleep in a little and be out there before things get too warm and have a great day. Water temps as stated earlier are up dramatically from 81 degrees to 84 degrees and that´s a heck of a swing. Water conditions are still high visibility Blue Water unless you´re around the rivers, the water can be a little murky there, but that´s nature for you. Lures: you need blue with silver and yellow spots or markings. There are times these color combinations are working better than live bait. I will say this, all the Tuna that have been cut open to see what they´re eating are stuffed full of squids, so have the correct lure combinations handy in your bag of tricks. Live Bait, we´ve got live bait coming out of our ears, but you may want to wait until you´re in the area of where you´ll be fishing to see what baits are in the immediate area. But get the Goggle Eyes in the morning anyway, can´t hurt a thing.

What´s Next: We´ve seen some slowdown, a few evenings where there has not been much rain so the trash line is weak at the moment. Dorado moving into the bay is encouraging and hopefully is an indication of this beautiful species returning in larger numbers, be positive, it helps. Yellowfin will continue to increase as long as the production Tuna Fishing fleets keep their distance, cross your fingers. It´s Prime Time for fishing, Fishing High Season so to speak and there is no reason to see things changing for the near term. What this means to you the Angler with a fantasy, it´s time to get on a plane and get on the water. If you have a bucket list that includes Marlin and Yellowfin then it´s time to hit it. We have not seen these sorts of wonderful conditions in many moons and it would be a shame if you´re a serious fisherman and you missed these ¨finned fantasy¨ opportunities.

Master Baiter´s Promotion A: Right now we´re running a Special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is ony $250 usd or $62.50 per person on a four person boat, Up to four people max. You´ll have a shot at Rooster fish in the surf, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle Fish, possible Sailfish, Snook and Snapper to name a few and with some luck Dorado. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part are still empty.

Family Fishing Special, A Fish Box full of plate sized Snapper...this was a ¨shopping¨ day on Bella Del Mar. They taste great, they´re not too much for your 8 yr old and they taste great!
Family Fishing Special, A Fish Box full of plate sized Snapper…this was a ¨shopping¨ day on Bella Del Mar. They taste great, they´re not too much for your 8 yr old and they taste great!

Master Baiter´s Promotion B: Family Fishing Package, We know fishing is not the cheapest activity out there, never has been. If fishing wasn´t planed in the budget, but you´d still like to get the family on the water, we´re offering a very Basic Fishing Trip of four hours for $200 usd, four people max, you´ll troll baits from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos and surrounding area targeting Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Snapper, Robalo (Snook), Sierra Mackerals, and what ever else we come across. Now this is not a full blown fishing trip but we´ve watched our competition rip people off on these sorts of trips, no boat shows, etc. The margin is thin on this package, but we want you and your family to get on the water and see the magical ¨other side¨ of Puerto Vallarta. Take us up on this deal especially for my readers so let me know you read it here and get a free beer cooler or Koozie just for telling me you read it here!

Now that we´re in Prime Time Fishing Season I´m starting up with the Video Fishing Reports again. You can see my less than impressive videos full of information you just can´t find anywhere else when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. It´s my cell phone and a selfie stick with my ¨take me or leave me¨ attitude where we don´t take ourselves too seriously . . . . With two reports a week now you have no reason to not be informed. That way when you talk with these ¨insect promoters¨ you´ll know if he´s blowing smoke up your pant leg!

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                     It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador
Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador

What a difference a week can make and man have things changed so lets get into it! El Banco, Blue Marlin in the 400 lb plus range have returned to the high spots. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 150 to 200 lb range and they´re taking bullet skip jack tuna as favorite bait. No worry, they´re plentiful all around the bay so make bait early and get out there!! Dorado at 25lbs, good size, have also shown up  Sailfish, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs. Targeting YF Tuna, here´s the secret, if you´re not using a kite, you won´t boat a tuna. Naturally we have Jack Crevalls, Bonito, with Bait, bait and more bait. Blue Water, it´s as close to perfect as it will get amigos, if this doesn´t draw you out of your man-cave nothing will.

Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña
Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña

Corbeteña: Much the same, Blue Marlin over 400 lbs, Stripe Marlin around 150 lbs, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna 120 to 200 lbs again using kites and running Skippie bullets as bait will pay off. No Dorado, no Black Marlin either for the moment. Wahoo have taken a powder for the moment and of course we always have Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks and some Rainbow runners. It´s fish city for the moment and conditions are perfect.  Throw in the locals of Jack Crevalls, Bonito and the list goes on….

El Morro, Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands are all on fire as well, finally. Ten miles off Punta Mita Striped Marlin to 175 lbs are all over the place. Sailfish, naturally. The big news in this area is Rooster Fish, they´re back and they´re hungry. Head north of Punta Mita point to the Malinal Reef area and cast six inch Diamond jigs and get ready for some intense arm burning action amigos, YeHa!! No Dorado in the area but that should change very soon, they may already be out there! Watch for a trash line in the area and they´ll be plenty of fish looking for a free breakfast!

06 18 2016 Marlin, 8 Hrs 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay is downright freaky! Sailfish, yes Sailfish are being boated in front of Marina Vallarta, not miles, but blocks out in the bay. Sailfish are all around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina as well! You may ask why this freaky activity is happening now, well all I can say is Bait, Bait and more Bait! Pick a bait, it´s out there in monstrous amounts. Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Possible Snook in front of the river mouths, they love the ¨Agua Dulce¨ or fresh water pouring into the bay. Dorado will feed all day long on a Trash Line and because of this Dorado should turn up in the area soon so stay tuned.

Bait, boy do we have bait, Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Bullet Skip Jack Tuna or as I call them bullet Skippies. We have Goggle eyes, flying fish and more to temp these finned fantasies. I would suggest to still purchasing bait in the morning on the way out, but making bait will not be an issue anywhere.

505 01 2016 glens Sailfish 900 pxls MBTextThe seasonal rains have begun again so you can expect a trash line around any river dumping into the ocean. Dorado are the normal feeders on these trash lines, but they´re not here yet. What does that mean, well something is eating on this organic fish granola and they´ll be waiting for you to present them a bait they just can´t refuse. Four to six hour trips in the bay are perfect for those taking the family out or looking for decent fishing and having to go to El Banco or Corbeteña to find it. If you don´t know what a ¨trash line¨ is, when we get the seasonal rains normally beginning by the second week of June, the rains was all the loose leaves, roots, tree stumps, you name it runs into the rivers which of course empty into the Bay of Banderas. You will find a ¨trash line¨ near rivers where the water has a floating edge where the water behind it is a shallow dirty coffee colored. In front of the trash edge is clean water. Fish love to feed on this organic granola of seeds, leaves, roots, insects, all sorts of good stuff for fish to eat. So the trash line will normally produce Dorado, Bonito, maybe some snapper on occasion. Smaller fish normally, that in turn draw larger fish. So you can have big fish in the bay at times chasing smaller baits feeding on the trash line. The Trash Line is our friend and with the right equipment it can be a fun time for sure!

Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!
Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!

Conditions: Well we have perfect, high visibility blue water to start with. Water temperatures are a solid 81 degrees and as mentioned bait is not an issue…. The bite is still happening a little later in the morning, so I suggest being at your fishing grounds before 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be ¨Right on time¨. If running Lures this week use color the best working color combinations have been small lures of 3-4 inches in pink. Or same size but Blue with Gold coloring would be the best combinations to begin with.

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

                                        Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

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

06 10 2016 Misc Photos for Fishing Reports 650 Pxls MBTextAt this time of the year we normally get a transitional period where the cold water fish move out and the warm water species like Sailfish and Marlin move in big time. Water Temperatures have jumped dramatically as we see warm southern currents doing their job. But this year we´re faced with the possibility, I should say probability (NOAA 70% chance) of a la Nina, So we´ve seen funny things happen with water temps, especially up north around Cabo where the fishing reports are less than exciting as their water temperatures are ¨chilly¨. We´ve also seen a slight drop in water temperatures which is going the wrong direction. Somehow with these changing conditions Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and some Black Marlin have found their way in the area around the deep water fishing grounds. Right now we´re 70% sure if you go out for eight hours or more, you´ll boat a Trophy Billfish! I suspect that since the water in Cabo is in the 74 degree range we´re getting the benefits of that. And since PV is only 350 miles or so south of Cabo so we will most likely see this ¨migration¨ continue.

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It´s nice to finally report something other than the same old cookie cutter reports where I take conditions and focus on the positive. This week we are seeing some real action. I got reports around last Wednesday from Capt. Cesar of Magnifico that there were many striped Marlin strikes just to find everything changed the next day to a fish ghost town! Well, that has changed once again, frankly I was expecting what is happening now last week. So Much for Life in Fish City!!

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The funny thing about our deep water fishing locations is they´re about twenty five miles apart, we´re referring to Corbeteña and El Banco, aka The Bank. You would think that with them being in fairly close proximity, these fish would be bouncing back and forth like pin balls, but that´s not the way it works amigos. For the last several weeks I´ve been reporting them both as if they were the same animal, this week there´s a difference. El Banco, where if there are fish, the chances of them being larger than other locations is pretty good. Bait conditions are unchanged from last week and the ¨locals¨ are eating everything they can find. With Bullet Bonito (more like small bonito) all over the place, it´s one of the favorite baits for all species. This week it seems Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin have finally followed them to the high spots! Blue Marlin in the 400 to 600 lb range (possibly larger) are in decent numbers and you´ll get strikes, if you boat them is up to you Senor Angler! It seems everyone heading to El Banco is coming in with a Marlin, so get your butt in gear because things change quickly around here. Sailfish are also in the area as well in a decent size range of 45 kilos or around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers are a no brainer at 55 lbs, some are chasing surface baits. Jack Crevall of course in the 45 lb range everywhere. Bonito to 35 lbs, Wahoo in the 60 lb range and with some luck a Black Marlin, may sighting, one boated here this week at 575 lbs. So there are fish at El Banco and it´s about time. If you´re going to take a run at Yellowfin tuna they´ve been hitting just about anything, but cedar plugs are working very well, feathers also… now use this information wisely!

Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City
Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City

Corbeteña has been a little different this week, Sailfish are getting thicker by the moment, and Blue Marlin for the moment seems to be a little smaller in the 250 to 400 lb range. Naturally we have Cubera Snappers, Rainbow at 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course 40 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, you get the idea. Definitely worth your time and money amigo, but you need to be here first!

Around the point of Punta Mita we´re seeing many Striped Marlin coming in. This is an eight hour day to get to this area and now it´s a great deal. Sailfish are getting thicker as we would expect. Jack Crevalls of course, Bonito, not too many Rooster fish around the surf line but with so many Sardines especially in the bay it surprises me we´re not seeing Rooster Fish more abundant, stay tuned. Wahoo around El Morro with the possibility of Snappers 10 to 25 lbs around the area, especially the Marietta Islands. The whole are is close enough to check them all out, just make sure your captain has a radio to hear the other captains calling out where the fish are. Remember we all try and share information like this so we all do well and help the industry as a whole. Something to remember on these illegal and cheap fishing boats!! Not to mention the safety angle of not having a radio, cell phones don´t cut it! Plenty of bait and blue water, time to hit it.

Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!
Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!

Inside the bay, for what has been the best fishing in weeks is still great and for the family guy looking for smaller fish for the younglings then a four to six hour trip will be short enough to be interesting and action enough to make the trip seem too short in length! With Jack Crevalls, Bonito to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Snappers of all sizes from very small to larger, freak chance of Sailfish around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina still has me scratching my head. The fishing is great in the bay and it looks like we´ll be moving into some better fishing days as the weeks go by.

The bite is early, be where ever you want to be before 9 a.m. in the morning, Afternoon bite is around 2:30 p.m to about 5 P.M. Water Temps: well they´re in the 78 to 81 mark depending on the location. The area around Punta Mita was 78 degrees, so this is a little strange and we´re looking for strange as we have a strong possibility (70% chance) of La Nina as reported by NOAA for this year. Cabo has lower than normal water temperatures and this could mess with their fishing. It will affect us also here in PV, but we´re farther south and we normally have warmer water than Cabo, only time will tell but keep an eye on Cabo as an ¨indicator¨. Bait: We have bait, every kind of bait you could hope for so no issues with bait at all. Lures, same as before, Petrelaros of brown, green and purple should be the first lure you try, then go to purple and silver. We have blue water everywhere so water is not an issue. Cabo is plagued with the clean green water so we´ll be looking to see if this condition moves this way.

02 27 2015 Football YFTuna 450 Pxls MBTextIn summary the fishing has improved dramatically and conditions couldn´t be better. Perfect water temps, perfect bait conditions, blue water, fish, and it´s all improving daily! So if you´re in PV and you´re a fisherman, take advantage of the deserted fishing grounds and improving action.

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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It´s the same Story, Same Conditions /Frustrations

                              It´s the same Story, Same Conditions /Frustrations

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

 

Not many, but there are a few Sailfish in the area...lucky guy!
Not many, but there are a few Sailfish in the area…lucky guy!

Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta is little changed from Last week with some small differences.Water is a clear green until you get about five miles past Punta Mita point where it´s a high visibility blue. Water Temps are up drastically from the 79 degrees it was last week to 81 degrees and climbing. Bait conditions are still superior with plenty of Flying fish around six inches, Plenty of Bullet Bonito and Skip jack tuna, Goggle Eyes, Sardines and the list goes on, it´s  a fish smorgasbord out there bait wise!

Magnifico circling Corbeteña Rock looking for Marlin and more!
Magnifico circling Corbeteña Rock looking for Marlin and more!

At Corbeteña and El Banco we´re seeing Blue and Black Marlin running between 500 and 600 lbs moving in gradually. We also began seeing Sailfish moving in on Wednesday, but it was just a tease. For now if you want to see Sailfish you need to go to Guyavitos north of San Pancho so you need to figure on a ten hour day for a species that may or may not be there. Fishing is always about rolling the dice at this time of the year! Still there are the regular players here, Jack Crevalls over 40 lbs, Bonito to 45 lbs, occasional Wahoo to 60 lbs with the average if you boat one at 40 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 50 lbs but you may need to jig for them. Unless you´re targeting Marlin at about a 50 / 50 chance then your fuel dollar would be better spent closer in. I will say this, there were a few days were we started to see Striped Marlin move in, but now they´re MIA again. To be frank, the area between the Rock and El Banco have been the most productive areas so don´t be afraid to wander a bit. With all the bait in the area it´s hard to imagine conditions wouldn´t change for the better soon.UpDate 6/7/2016: Well things seem to be changing already as Striped Marlin are migrating into Corbeteña and El Banco, which means they´ll be by Punta Mita soon. Blue and Black marlin are also picking up in numbers around both these locations and areas in between! No Yellowfin tuna as yet but this could happen any day now as the water temps are rising aided by longer days. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as well at these famous locations. Sailfish should be showing up at the Marietta Islands, Punta mita and El Morro areas. Last minute information, use it wisely!!

Red Snapper Frenzy!
Red Snapper Frenzy!

At the Marietta Islands, Punta Mita and el Morro, lets just say it´s the same as last week, no better or worse! Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are dropping in numbers but still at 15 lbs. The off possibility of a Sailfish and it´s happened this week a few times.  Bonito to 40 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna, the super rare Rooster fish are around the surf line so be careful. All and all the species in the area, other than some Wahoo at 50 lbs around El Morro can be found in the bay so if you´re looking for or hoping for a shot at a Striped marlin or Sailfish this is the place to be on a shorter day, good luck!

Inside the bay we´re in a holding pattern. Massive amounts of Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs are all over the bay. Massive amounts of bait are in the bay as well so we´re seeing the occasional Sailfish wander around Los Arcos and at La Cruz Marina area. Snappers are here and there, Bonito are everywhere to 35 lbs. Sierra Mackerals are thinning out at 15 lbs, Skip jack Tuna, Needle fish, Cubera Snappers around the river mouth if you use downriggers, possible Snook or Robalo in Spanish… Nothing to get too excited about, but there is plenty of action so we´ve turned into a paradox, go for larger fish and maybe see nothing or go for smaller and more abundant fish and have a fun day….

Big Bad Jacks Everywhere!
Big Bad Jacks Everywhere!

As far as lures go, we always run at least one and this week lures many times have worked better than live bait as long as the lures were Purple and Black in color or Petrelaros of brown, green and purple in color. If these colors miss, then you´ll have to go through the colors systematically. The Bite has been happening now around 9 a.m. so be where you want to be by then. Water temperatures will continue to rise and we´re on the look-Out for La Nina Conditions but for now the water is warm, the currents are still warm and all we need now if more fish and we´ll be smiling again soon!

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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