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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Roller Coaster Fishing Conditions Continue, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Return

Roller Coaster Fishing Conditions Continue, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Return

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

04 10 2016 Andy K, Corbeteña, Bella Del Mar wCapt Hector 80 lb Tuna 650 Pxls MBText

Hello everyone and welcome back to another high season. If you live in Vallarta you´re well aware that the humidity has been brutal (but is calming down now). The reason for that is because water temperatures, the single biggest fish catching factor, went from 84 to over 90 in four days. It was a swift and warm current from hell and obliterated fishing. I was having a hard time being positive about people’s chances for boating fish, thankfully I have an improved opinion of your chances. But that´s not to say there aren´t challenges. We have fish, the question is if they´ll take your bait!

El Nino doesn´t work like a light switch where conditions change rapidly. We´re in the middle of the transition period where confused currents and water temperatures are like a big blender out there. Because of this you have to weigh your options and risk factors against the weight of your wallet! We have world class fish and they´re good sized. We also have so much bait in and around the area that it appears to be a bit of an issue. Especially when you rely on the ¨hunger¨ factor to motivate them. Like Thanksgiving, once you finally push yourself away from the table, you´re not exactly in the mood to stuff more food in your mouth. Well, that is until you see the pumpkin pie, then you´ll do your best to squeeze down a piece or two. Well these fish are the same, they´re stuffed with all sorts and varieties of bait. You can still tease them with a impressive presentation. Like the pumpkin pie example, if your presentation can grab their eye you´ve got a shot. So tackle and equipment is all important, if you need a yellow with green lure with black stripes and you don´t have it, a situation like this could mean the difference in catching fish or coming in empty handed.

Right now the fishing is spread out and that´s an understatement. Anywhere from Corbeteña to the first island of the Tres Maria islands are fertile fishing grounds. For the fourth week in a row now there are no concentrations around the Rock or El Banco. The area in between El Banco and Corbeteña is just as fertile as it has always been. Yet so many Anglers ignore this area. Mostly because of the fuel factor, they load up for a certain distance, but not a roaming ¨pad¨. It´s horrible when people lose fish that are close because the boat you just chartered is cutting fuel usage to the quick. Now a Mexican company will never lose money, so you have to ask these sorts of things before you book the boat. Pay extra for fuel if need be but make sure the boat will ¨go the distance¨ to catch Moby Dick!

Corbeteña is still alive and breathing with Blue and Black Malin 300 to 600 lbs. The best place to start is in the shallow area on the west side to 3 miles out in a circular pattern. They prefer live bait but make sure you run at least one lure. Sailfish are nice sized at 130 to 150 lbs, which would win many a tournament 8 miles to the north. Seems weird they´re both in the same area, but separated. So cover this area and you should see results. Cubera Snappers from 45 to 65 lbs are good sized and taking trolled baits as well as jigging. Dorado are still missing in action. You´ve naturally got the regular players of Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito and last but not least Yellowfin tuna 80 to 120 lbs. But before you jump up and find a boat it´s on again / off again fishing all over. You´re going to have to work for what you can get amigos.

El Banco is much the same, Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 140 lbs at the high spots to the first Island, Cleophus of the Tres Marias Islands. That´s about a forty mile distance to cover. The closer you get to Cleophus the larger the Yellowfin Tuna. A few, not many have been boated at 240 to 350 lbs so it´s a risk that can pay off in Tuna steaks or nothing. Sailfish are abundant around the high spots as are Blue and Black Marlin in the 500 lb range. Cubera Snappers at 65 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs and who knows what else!

Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have been pretty quiet as late, but things are improving now where I would recommend an 8 hr trip where you´ll have a decent shot at Sailfish and a little farther out Marlin in the 300 lb and up range. Sorry, no Dorado. Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals are also in the area. If you`re targeting larger fish on a budget this would be a good option.

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

Inside the bay we´ve been dealing with red tide for the week. Things are now improving, just north of Bucerias which is about half way across the bay you´ll find clean, blue water so we can still fish in the bay if you remember this info point. Plenty of Sierra Mackerals in the 12 lb range, Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs and smaller Sailfish off La Cruz Marina, this still surprises me. The river water now is running clear again and the water levels are down so the Snook or Robalo in Spanish should be picking up soon. They love the agua dulce or fresh water where they can scavenge. Just get a three inch silver diamond jig in front of them and you´ll be eating one of the tastiest fish we have in the bay. Give it a few days everything should be back to normal. A four hour trip is inexpensive and productive. We have a great single engine panga for $200 usd special, good for up to four people and is a great option for those on a budget.

Many people are not coming in with fish because they´re ignoring the bite which is weird. With a full moon nowhere in sight the bite is happening mid morning from 11 is in the morning to 5 O´clock to dusk. So if you left the dock at seven, you got back probably before the bite happened. If you´re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, they´ve been taking baits earlier in the morning and the late bite will be at dusk, which means around 7 p.m. You may not like what I just told you, but you´re armed with the facts now. Decisions, decisions…. Water temperatures have dropped significantly to 87 degrees from 90 degrees the last few days and you can feel that with the reduced humidity. Bait is always an issue and you want to run live bait with a Iguana lure (yellow head, green skirt with black stripes). As far as bait that is available it´s a wide spectrum. Flying fish, Bullet bonito all over Punta Mita. Sardines invading the shore areas in massive bait balls and Goggle Eye alamode in between. That is also a possible reason fish will ignore your bait when you know they´re ¨there¨. Just another normal fishing challenge, an experienced captain will have a few tricks up his sleeve. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna be advised that there have been these shelled Squid that they´re just stuffing themselves with and it a favorite food. It´s hard to turn their heads when they´re stuffed with ¨turkey¨, they won´t go the ¨pumpkin pie¨!

Our newest member Raffa has 25 yrs of experience working with the hotels and concierges is invaluable to us at Master Baiter´s. Raffa is the only Mexican National in Marina Vallart that won´t sell you a timeshare! Raffa is dedicated to getting you the best prices possible on all of our available services. So come say hello to Raffa and make a new trusted friend. We´re lucky to have him!

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

window-art-advert-02mbtext-bright-textMaster Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. 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.

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch

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

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

Fish N Chicks Tuna 650 pxls ProfileThe month of October in Puerto Vallarta is normally one of the hottest of the year. It´s normally November when we get the temperature break as the seasons change, but we´re feeling the ¨Indian Summer¨ about four weeks early this year. Not unusual for an El Nino year. The Rainy Days have more or less ended now, the trash line is a thing of the past. But the good news is we have Marlin, Sailfish and finally Yellowfin tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña. But it all comes down to luck and timing. Plenty of bait and high visibility Blue Water as we see enter PV´s High Season for Fishing improving!

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

10 14 2015 250 lb Marlin, Corbeteña, Adrianas 600 Pxls MBTextCloser in the Marietta Islands are in neutral. Sailfish are around the area, El Morro also. Dorado are still in the area although their numbers are a little thin. Those heading out for eight hours or less you could still have some great fishing, be patient. Dorado to 25 lbs, Sailfish are a little sparse, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Rooster fish if the gods smile on you. For the most part the area around Punta Mita off the point can be very productive, but again, you´re best bang for your fishing buck is at the deep water fishing grounds.

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

10 14 2015 Terminal Blues, 8 hrs, Capt. Oscar 650 Pxls MBTextThe bite these days is getting earlier and earlier. Right now if you´re at the fishing grounds around 9 am you´re good. The bite has been hitting about 10:00 a.m or a little later, so sleeping in a bit won´t hurt your chances, just remember being there early won´t hurt. Also, keep in mind there is normally a late day bite, especially for Tuna. So if you´re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, it´s best to consider an overnight trip where you can catch the early bite, the late bite and wake up again for the early bite the next day…. This will normally run you double the price, but it´s your best shot at boating Yellowfin Tuna.  When things are hot one day, cold the next, this insures fish to take home!

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

Corporate Logo RedPix 650 AdjustedIf you´re coming to Puerto Vallarta and you´re looking for a shared charter let me know, I´ve come up with a system to hook people up and get them fishing on the cheap. It´s been working nicely so contact me with your dates and I´ll see if I have others on the list or advertise for half a boat. Either way for those on a budget you can still catch world class fish on vacation! I have several people looking to share a super pangas and larger boats for the next couple of weeks. Fire me an email and I´ll do what I can to get you matched up!

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

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