Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!

                             Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!                   

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

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

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

10 ft Sailfish, Tournament sized for sure!

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

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

Marlin Jumpin …

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

It’s a Party, You’re Invited!

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

Half a Super Panga, two people at this price, 8 hrs, $275 usd …. With a Quality captain, professional equipment and tackle. Ice, bait, English speaking captain… it’s a real fishing trip for the budget minded!

With more and more clients looking for shared boats we’re promoting our special deal for half a super Panga at $275 usd, good for two people. It’s the best eight hour fishing deal you’ll find in PV so fire us an email and get your name on our list to match up. Save money, Catch fish, have fun, seems pretty simple to me!

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

Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November

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

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

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It’s “Fish City” in PV, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin & More!  

                         It’s “Fish City” in PV, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin & More!  

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

 

What we’ve been waiting for has finally happened. Corbetena has just improved on itself from last week in a big way. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area around Corbetena, El Morro is alive With Sailfish and Dorado. The bay is on “fire” fishing wise. Water conditions are just this side of perfect and frankly the party is happening now, with or without you amigos. Right now it’s difficult not to catch fish, no matter which fishing grounds you choose, they’re all producing as we speak!

First I know we’re not talking much about El Banco a.k.a. The Bank in English, but the fact is not many people are heading out to this area because Corbetena is closer and it’s full of fish! Nobody is spending the extra time and fuel expense to discover if El Banco is better or worse than Corbetena. It just doesn’t matter when Corbetena is on fire! Rumors of Marlin and 100 lb Tuna have been circulating with no “proof”, so if you’re a mind to take the chance. This is one of those times when you don’t want to be left “behind” and right now if you’re not heading out this way you’re missing out. Ok, well that may be strong, but the action is incredible and the bite is on amigos.

For those lucky enough to be here in Puerto Vallarta (PV), Corbetena is still rocking. As if the clock has been turned back the fishing has improved from last week and that’s saying something. Marlin of the Black and Blue Variety are running anywhere from 300 lbs to over 500 lbs., maybe way over 500 lbs, you just can’t tell with Marlin. Sailfish are also cruising the area as well, they’re good sized and will gradually increase in numbers from now to the end of the year. Yellowfin Tuna have decided to hang around with all the Skippies in the area. Also known as Skip Jack Tuna that don’t get much larger than 6 lbs, but make a perfect and tasty bait. Dorado or Mahi have arrived in larger numbers but still in the 20 to 30 lb range and we’ll “take it”. The Water is blue and the bait is abundant. Conditions have been outstanding here so it’s time to break open that “piggy bank”. If that doesn’t work swipe the “little woman’s” new credit card and don’t miss out on this! You can always blame me, wouldn’t be the first time… Ha Ha.

If for some reason you find yourself around the Marietta Islands you’ll most likely be disappointed, not much happening in this area which is strange because it’s in the middle of “fish city”. Needle fish have moved in a little early, but they’re fun to catch and we’ll see their numbers increase as the days go by. Great tasting and weird fish, don’t believe your captain if he tells you these don’t taste good! There should be Sailfish and Dorado in the area, maybe next week, stay tuned.

Anywhere from El Morro to Corbetena, square inside what I call the golden triangle you’re in for some serious action. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as we speak and they’re taking baits like a starving man. Dorado in the 20 to maybe 30 lb range are roaming the area and are not so spread out as the last couple of weeks. Most boats heading out this way are getting several strikes and boating many Mahi here. Again plenty of bait in the form of Skippies, Goggle eyes, Flying fish or five inches, Bullet Skippies and the list goes on. This is a bit outside an eight hour trip, but we’ll “go there” for our clients in eight hours! And, in fact you could wind up with a Blue Marlin in the area, stranger things have happened. If you’re around Punta Mita then any clump of debris or stump (or similar) will put you on some nice and hungry Dorado! Sails are bit farther out, but frankly if looking for Dorados you’d be better off heading towards El Morro. Rooster fish have made a slight appearance this week in the area, but nothing you can count on. Maybe there will be more to report in the coming days, cross your fingers.

Inside the bay it’s a fishing machine. For the person looking for a great half day full of arm burning action, with smaller fish naturally, then you’re in the right place at the right time. Yellowfin tuna in the 20 to 30 lb range may not be “Monsters” but they’re in huge schools and they’re hungry. That alone is reason enough for a four hour trip. Our Loss Leader four hour, $225 usd boat would be perfect for the budget minded. The boats a little slower, a little smaller and a lot less expensive. For now this is the deal of the week and it’s good for four people, but I only have two boats at this price so make your reservations early. I’ll be out there this week hitting it in the bay myself. “Blue Plate Special” Tuna for the table and a few select friends, hard to beat. Sailfish are still around Los Arcos with Dorado in the 15 lb range and up. In fact anywhere from Los Arcos to Los Muertos beach is a perfect place to start and you may find you don’t go any farther. Needle fish are sprinkled around, Bonito are the old reliables, Jack Crevalls around the river mouths but not in big numbers. You can’t go wrong in four hours, six is better, but you’re in for a great day on the water if you’re lucky enough to be here in PV!

What you need to know is the bite is happening around 10:30ish, so no need to get up too early on short day trips and miss the bite! The late bite is around 4 p.m. Water temperatures are still at 89 / 87 degrees, perfect for the “boys”. There’s a great selection of bait in the area in the form of Rainbow Runners, Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Skippies, Bullet Skippies (baby Skippies) and the list goes on. Even with all this available bait the Sails have mostly been hitting dead baits and lures of Blue and white. Now the Petroleros of green /brown and purple always work well. Dorado lures of green, blue and yellow have been working on and off. Don’t forget Cedar plugs, they’re cheap and such old technology many like to ignore them for those “Black Bart’s”, but they don’t work any better! So be wise and don’t neglect the old reliables!

Half a Super Panga, two people at this price, 8 hrs, $275 usd …. With a Quality captain, professional equipment and tackle. Ice, bait, English speaking captain… it’s a real fishing trip for the budget minded!

With more and more clients looking for shared boats we’re promoting our special deal for half a super Panga at $275 usd, good for two people. It’s the best eight hour fishing deal you’ll find in PV so fire us an email and get your name on our list to match up. Save money, Catch fish, have fun, seems pretty simple to me!

Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

FYI, Mexico a few years back passed a new law meant to protect the consumer from scam artist and other unscrupulous “promoters and timeshare” types that continually cause issues which means you get screwed out of money. Sectur working with Profeco the consumer protection agency has made it mandatory to have a specialized license to sell tours and fishing charters! If it’s not licensed it’s not safe! This license needs to be presented so the public can see if they have it, but more importantly if they don’t have this new Sectur license they are selling you tours and fishing charters illegally. Remember to visit our new location on the Malicon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house. And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well!

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

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

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

 

Sailfish at Corbetena, Punta Mita and El Morro

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

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

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

80 to 100 kilos at Corbetena

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

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

Nice Dorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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