Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

                Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

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

 

Capt Chema Jr from our Super Panga with a sizeable Dorado. As water temperatures drop their numbers are dropping like a rock. Dorado like this now are very rare and in a week or so they will be gone for the winter.

Once we get past the second week of January we normally see water temperatures drop. This is when the warm water species begin bugging out if they haven’t left already. Sailfish are widely spread out and thinning in numbers. Dorado can still be had, but again this is a summer species that’s hanging around for the bait. Jack Crevalls, which normally move in when the winter season starts are here and growing in numbers. All and all the summer fishing season is over, expectations now for Billfish is not realistic any longer. Fishing is still great, but from this point forward its great winter fishing amigos. Don’t be disappointed, be happy there is arm burning action for the family!

Corbetena has been “hanging” on when it comes to Striped Marlin to 250 lbs and Sailfish of nice size. Dorado are mostly closer in or in the bay. You can still get some Football Tuna in the 20 to 40 lb range if you find the Spinner Dolphin which are running between Corbetena and El Banco. I see pictures of other companies with Sailfish and Marlin in this area, but frankly I haven’t seen any Billfish come out of this area for a few days now. For those looking to take a chance, then go for it. If you’re a little short on patience, then I’d suggest a shorter day with a more certain result. These days it’s difficult to give a decent report on El Banco aka The Bank. Most people that “stop” there are either on their way to the Tres Maria Islands fishery or on their way back. For now Corbetena is going to be slow at best until June.

Nice sized Jack Crevalls are moving into the area in large amounts. Strong fighters and abundant this species is the dominant fish locally for the next five months or so.

For those looking for more reliable action the area from El Morro to Punta Mita is still showing signs of summer species life. Dorado are being boated daily, but not by everyone. Sailfish are thin at best, by that I mean they’re widely spread out. No concentrations and frankly “iffy” is an optimistic term in this case. Having said that some nice sized Dorado larger than 20 lbs have been around the buoy and any floating debris. Six miles off the beach of the Four Seasons Hotel Striped Marlin up to 250 lbs seem to be more abundant. Sailfish also are running closer to shore as well and will take a dead Goggle eye if you run one in front of them. One issue is with so much bait in the water you may have fish in the area you don’t know about there and won’t strike as they’re stuffed. For now I suggest an eight hour day, give the Stripers, Sailfish and Dorado a shot. If nothing happens, and there’s a good chance you can blank, then target the Jack Crevalls at 40 to 50 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs, Maybe find the Spinner Dolphin with 30 lb Yellowfin Tuna Footballs running with them. It’s worth a shot!

Snapper or Pargo as the locals call them are very good tasting and while not many in numbers this will increase with time.

Those looking for shorter days and more reliable “action” would be best suited for a four or six hour fishing day in the bay. Many times in the last few weeks the bay fishing has been better than the more expensive deep water locations. With the super abundant bait of Krill Squids and Shrimps the “locals” are just swimming with their mouth open. We are still seeing the freak 25 lb Dorado around the Los Arcos area with an occasional Sailfish. Jack Crevalls are kinda funny. Sometimes they don’t come up for bait or the bite. Other days they’re cruising the surface and are easy pickings, so they’re not automatic by any stretch of the imagination. Bonito from 10 to 35 lbs have been running with Spinners, but they are free swimming as well in the bay. Snappers at 10 lbs are coming in around the structure areas, small but great for eating. Sierra Mackerels are also great tasting at 15 lbs they should not be ignored. For now until things change bay fishing is your best option. Four hours gets us to where the fish were yesterday, six hours lets us find where they are today. With bait moving all over the bay rapidly, six hours is just a little insurance amigos.

Pictured here are some Sierra Mackerels and Arctic Bonito which is “tuna” in local cans. Smaller game fish for sure, but great tasting. Don’t pass these by hoping for larger fish because they’re great tasting and guarantees something for dinner. They will get larger, but this is on the average size. Perfect for younger Anglers or guys like me that love the flavor! You don’t have to catch Moby Dick to have a great fishing day!

We’ve seen the water temps drop three to four degrees this last few days which is drastic. Jacks and Bonito love it, so do Sierra Mackerels, but we’re moving into winter fishing as is normal at this time of the year. The bite for the fifth week straight is still after 10:00 in the morning so plan your departure accordingly. Bait is a bit of an issue. With Sardines moving in rapidly in large numbers the bait balls are impressive. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Squids, you name it. It’s hard to turn a fishes head when they’re not interested in your presentation. What’s really weird is many times dead bait works best. One thing for sure the fishing is not easy and the baits that work are changing by the hour. Make sure you have a full range of lures, dead bait and live bait at your disposal. You’ll most likely go through all your bag of tricks to find something that works.

Ok, I’m starting a tip of the week thing to help you negotiate fishing charters when looking for a boat. It seems these days there are web sites all over the place promising the best fishing experience in PV. But they have no reviews anywhere on the net to review who they are and review professional opinions of their performance. TripAdvisor comes to mind. First go to TripAdvisor and review the comments. This is not a perfect way to find a fishing company, but it’s a good place to start. Make sure they have a physical location where you can walk in and talk with the agents or Captains etc. Many internet companies are legit, but without some ability to review them professionally you’re just another person rolling the fishing dice. Now those TripAdvisor review are very easily corrupted. that means anyone can get friends, family or even services to put positive comments up on T.A. making you believe they have a long history and superior service. Lots of comments mean really nothing. My TripAdvisor has a few negative comments, mostly from people trying to TA Blackmail us, but nobody is perfect. Look at the reviews, look for detail, not just a one liner. When you feel good about the list of pic’s, then call them directly. You’ll get a feel for what the company is by the person on the phone. When they ask for a deposit you want to hold the boat, but half down on a company you don’t know is a little risky at times. A hundred dollars is all i want for a Down Payment or Deposit. You should expect some sort of confirmation letter with the transaction details, Meeting instructions, name of the boat and a persons name who you are going to meet. A picture of that person is always appreciated so you know who to look for in the morning. 

Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you….

If you have local friends that can personally refer you to a reliable company that would be the best place to start amigos! Nothing beats local knowledge. But never give a large deposit to a person walking independently. You have no legal recourse if your deposit is ripped off and there is no boat or person to meet in the morning. I hate to say it but i see this all the time. They will have “iffy” slips with no company name and no address. You may have a phone number, but mostly they are either bogus, don’t work or frankly the guy you gave the deposit to isn’t answering the sucker they are ripping off! But your biggest protection is the Sectur Licenses required the last couple of  years to be a legit fishing or tour company. It’s a federal license, not a local license. They are now finally enforcing this new license requirement but many still don’t have it. Ask them for this, it may be in work, but if they don’t know what you’re talking about, walk away. Never tell any person or promoter when you are leaving, you are basically telling them when they can return to that area and he can find his next victim. So start with TripAdvisor, make a phone call and get a feel for the company from the agent. Send small deposits, just enough to hold the boat. After all you’re looking to hold the boat in your name so $100 usd is more than enough. That way if you do have an issue, you didn’t lose a significant amount. Next week we’ll discuss the initial basic questions you should ask long before you ask for the price. 

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

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On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

                          On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

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

 

Just a few miles off the point of Punta Mita Sailfish are possible, but it’s mostly luck these days!

As is normally the case, coming into the middle part of January we’re seeing the abundance of warm water species start to thin out. Amazingly enough water temperatures are at 79 degrees. Which is a comfortable temperature for if you’re a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. Once again this week the bay continues to be an “all you can eat bait smorgasbord”. It’s like people going to a food fair, we just have to try everything until we can’t put another “anything” in our mouth. But we do anyway. Same deal, the “locals” have so much to eat you have to find the one with the “munchies”. That may sound dire, but in reality for right now we’re doing well and you can get fish to take baits. If you’re looking for more of a sure thing fishing, you have the bay with action at the ready. Yes we have good fishing, but it’s never automatic amigos. For the last week or so I’ve been suggesting shorter days closer in. For the person looking for larger fish and willing to take a chance, then there are larger fish to be had.

Last week we were looking at a heavy duty full moon and it did seem to effect the fishing, but we’ve moved past that now so we’re actually seeing some warm water species hanging around El Banco and Corbetena this past week. The same week I told you to avoid this area, so much for my crystal balls stats! At El Banco some 10 to 15 miles out you’ll find 250 lb Striped Marlin, Sailfish are also in the area. Look for Spinner Dolphin which are running with Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 to 45 lb range. There could be some Dorado around the high spots but no one has reported any. If in the area worth dropping some baits. Corbetena has been much the same as El Banco with Striped Marlin in the 250 lb range. There was a 500 lb Blue Marlin hook-up this week but it was lost at the gaff. Possible Dorado in the 25 lb range. If you find Spinner Dolphin or birds head in that direction! Your chances of boating fish in these areas is just a bit better than 50 / 50.

Lots of Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals around Nuevo Vallarta and the River Mouth

El Morro is seeing Cubera Snappers at 40 lbs, Punta Mita is still running with 25 lb Dorado or so around the buoy and a touch farther out. 6 to 8 miles off shore you’ll find Striped Marlin as well with possible Sailfish. Not a bad area to head out to and your chances of boating fish are better than farther out. There are plenty of Sierra Mackerels at 12 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and of course there are Jack Crevalls all around the area including the Marietta islands. Eight hours are worth the effort. A worst case scenario is head back into the bay and get smaller game fish action.

Those looking for shorter and less expensive days will find the bay is still alive with arm burning action with the extra advantage of Whales. Bonito are more abundant from 20 to 30 lbs over by Yelapa with some Skippies as well in the 12 lb range and tasty. Sierra Mackerels can be found in the middle of the bay or around the Ameca River on a daily basis. Smaller in size they make up for it in flavor on the table. Don’t ignore these when you come across them. Dorado are still being caught by the lucky in the 20 lb range by Los Arcos as is the freak Sailfish. With plenty of Sardines in the bay you’d think we’d have Rooster fish, but those that are here are small, too small to keep. With massive amounts of bait fish in the bay it’s amazing we’re getting anything to take a bait. Goggle eyes, Flying fish, Sardines, Krill Squid and Shrimp, but they’re all moving. This means if you come across a hungry fish, you’ve got action, good luck with that one amigos! I still suggest six hours in the bay allowing you find where they’ve roamed to today.

Beautiful Bait

If as I discussed La Nina Last week, the fishing for the near term will remain normal with winter species hanging around in the cooler winter waters. When summer comes along we’ll know how deep this is going to be. It could be a little later in the year for us to see warm water species. But this also means they hang around a little longer so this time next year will be good fishing. Then again I consulted my crystal ball, I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for the best. For now water temperatures are holding at 78 / 79 degrees. A touch chilly for Marlin, but with abundant bait they’ll hand around for the easy meal. Bait in the bay is super abundant. As mentioned earlier Sardines are in the area, Flying fish at five inches, Google eyes, Krill Squids and Shrimps and of course the list goes on. The funny thing is when it comes to baits or lures to use this week, trolling dead baits and lures are working best. Go figure. The bite after six weeks now is still anywhere from 10 to 11:30 as the tides have a very subtle change this quarter. Early morning types are not doing themselves any favors getting to the fishing grounds too early, so sleep in a bit, the bite is to your advantage right now.

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

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!

We have decided to continue our Shared Boat Fishing Parties! 2 people, half a super panga for eight hours heading to Punta Mita or El Morro area $275 usd (that’s for two people amigos) which makes this the cheapest fishing you’ll find in Puerto Vallarta. Contact us via email and put your name on the list so we can hook you up with others looking to fish a quality boat at a super dooper affordable price!

Our Malicon or Boardwalk Store at the Light House is rockin. Come visit us and see the new location and say hello to Carlos in the evenings, Ben in the days and who knows, maybe I’ll even be there to answer your questions about fishing or just talk things in general. We closed the store heading out to Conchas Chinas and moved to this new and better location, check out the map below…..

Come find us on the boardwalk, map below
My New Location on the Malicon at 480 Morelos is next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

One last thing: We have all sorts of new products, Beer coolers or Koozies are on their way after running out in a real hurry. We have new cool Posters, Coffee Cups, Shot glasses and Cell Phone waterproof protectors…. all affordable and fun!

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Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

                           Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

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

Released Sailfish

Recently we’ve witnessed many oddities in our world famous fishing grounds. For weeks now we’ve witnessed cold swirling water mixed with warmer water temperatures that frankly are perfect for this time of the season. What this means is the warm water species are moving out, cold water species are moving in and they’re all mixed up in this fish bowl we call the Bay of Banderas. Targeting Marlin and Tuna at this time of the year is a diminishing prospect with chances of boating these treasured game fish dropping by the day. Having said that we still have some Dorado in the area and Sailfish. As the currents continue to swirl we’re also seeing species like Jack Crevalls move in with strong numbers and decent sizes. Needle fish are not exactly abundant, but increasing. Bonito are saving the day in the bay and even with all this “Swirling” going on there are still “some” Striped Marlin to be had. If you’re feeling lucky try an eight hour trip to Punta Mita. If you want more of a sure thing when it comes to action, a nice six hour bay trip will be fun, but you won’t be targeting Moby Dick!

Those heading out to Corbetena and El Banco have come back mostly disappointed this week. There is still abundant bait in the area, but that in itself is a problem. It’s a fish smorgasbord out there with so many different kinds of baits it’s tough to get them to turn their head in the direction of your “presentation” aka bait! Having said that we’ve seen the return of Spinner Dolphin which run with Football tuna (at 40 lbs) as they are now. Cuberra Snappers are not exactly “in” but there have been some boated. Regarding Sailfish and Striped Marlin, you’ve got a 50/50 chance, same goes for Dorado in the 25 lb range as well. Those with private boats are having fun and will catch these species but it’s not automatic and if you’re there for a few days you’ll have a great time. The guy that heads out for the day trip can find his time and fuel dollar better spent closer in.

Dorado are not automatic, but with a little luck you too could be in the picture

The area from El Morro and the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita will find conditions a little better. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs have been boated four to six miles off the point, Dorado are in the 25 lb range with Sailfish locally for the lucky. I mean all these species are a 50/50 shot. Out of ten boats, two will have come back with fish. So check your internal fishing meter as to what level of risk you want to take. Remember it’s fishing, a risk based sport at best…. Jack Crevalls and Bonito anywhere from 35 to 50 lbs are around the area and a super outside chance of a Sailfish on the Corbetena side of the island(s).

Inside the bay is still “Action City” with the same old players, even if they’re not where they’re “supposed” to be. Sailfish are still being boated occasionally around Los Arcos / La Cruz area as are Dorado from 20 to 30 lbs. Bonito are a stable species for the area and these are what we see in the local Tuna Cans. Running anywhere from 20 lbs to 45 lbs now you’ll have a great arm burning action day. Six hours is a great fishing day and a good value for your fishing dollar. Needle fish are still small but picking up in numbers. Striped Marlin is not impossible in the bay, but mostly not probable. Sierra Mackerels at 15 lbs, Snappers for the guy wanting table fare are in the 3 to 5 lb range. There is some nice action in the bay as long as you’re looking for fun and not Moby Dick!

Jack Crevalls are a fishing stable at this time of the year. Considered not the best tasting fish, Victors Restaurant in Marina Vallarta, yum!

The bite is still in the mid-morning time frame. It seems as the tide comes up is when the fish are striking, so follow the rising tide and that would be a good indication as to when to head out. Sleep in a little, it won’t hurt a thing. Water temperatures are still at 79, a constant for the last three weeks. Bait conditions are still excessive. Krill Squids and Shrimps, Three inch Squids, Flying fish, Sardines, it’s just crazy. No wonder the fish that are here are being picky. Then again, that’s why the Whales are here in big numbers this year, they’re just swimming around with an open mouth.

There have been several articles of late how we have a 75% chance of La Nina, the opposite of El Nino. We see the swirling currents coming up from the south which to the locals is the first indication. This may mean some last cold water situations for fishing. You can read more about La Nina here:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-la-nina-20161110-story.html and here:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.shtml

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

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Luck of the Draw Fishing Continues, Marlin Spread Out

                  Luck of the Draw Fishing Continues, Marlin Spread Out

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

Released Sailfish

As we come to the end of another High Season for World Class fishing in Puerto Vallarta we’re still seeing scattered species in all the different locations. For those looking for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin and your fantasy then now would be a good time to hit it. The overabundance of bait is still a bit of an issue, but we have fish and that’s a good thing. Fishing is never without it’s challenges. There is no such thing as perfect fishing conditions, but we’re not too far from it amigos!

As we enter the New Year we find Corbetena is still the place to be if looking for larger species like Blue and Black Marlin running anywhere from 250 to 500 lbs. Warm / Cool currents are still swirling so we also find some cooler water species moving is as well as should be expected in January. Sailfish are picking up in strikes if not in numbers for some reason and are taking baits, we won’t complain. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs are in the 40 lb range but they’re moving around following the bait so it may take some extra effort to find them but worth it. Wahoo are still in the area but are a non-schooling species so you can target them easily, troll about 8 miles an hour and you could get lucky. Remember if targeting Wahoo wire leader is suggested as these fish have a mouth like a razor knife. Dorado are also possible but not automatic at 25 to 30 lbs as well. Skippies around the “Rock” have been in the 20 lb range and this is huge for Skip Jack Tuna. Everything you catch is just full of three inch pink Squids. When we see Squids show up we know we’re looking at the seasonal current changes just around the corner. So if you’re looking for summer species you’d better get out there or you’ll be waiting another season for your “finned fantasy”. El Banco is alive as well, but for the most part the fishing has been consistently better at Corbetena and with it being closer-in the prospect of saving fuel money can be a determining factor.

It’s been very interesting the “Island situation” these last few weeks. For the area around the Marietta Islands and El Morro to Punta Mita, just a few miles out you’ll find Black and Blue Marlin. We’ve seen several Striped Marlin but they’re not taking baits, it could be their breeding season, but no hook-ups I’m aware of this past week. Sailfish in the 100 lb range are roaming the area and are taking baits better this week thankfully. Bonito are picking up in numbers and are in the 20 to 30 lb range, remember this is what they put in “Tuna” cans so they’re worth your time and efforts. In fact the entire area off the islands are producing very well with a 70% chance of boating a Billfish for sure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained amigos.

Inside the bay is a real mixed bag. We have Whales, Manta Rays, Sailfish around La Cruz and Los Arcos area in the channels. Dorado to 25 lbs, a Possibility of a Marlin in the bay which is still a strange occurrence even though it seems to be happening on a regular basis. Jack Crevalls are huge at 50 lbs in the bay, Snappers are thinning out for now but should pick up in numbers shortly. With Needle Fish to 30 lbs and there are Sailfish in the bay still. It’s surprising that many times you’ll find the fishing better in the bay than at the deep water locations. One issue in the bay, if you can call it that, is that the bait is moving, no surprise. That means that the fish are moving around as well. Where they were yesterday is not where they’ll be tomorrow. Be prepared to spend six hours, not four if fishing inside the bay, you’ll be glad you did.

The bite is still late morning just around 10 and it’s been like that for a few weeks now so heading out too early, especially in the bay is not helping your cause any. Sleep in a bit, head out about 8 and you’ll be on time, hopefully you’ll be in the right area! Water temperature is still in the 79 degree range which is very acceptable for this time of the year. Bait is another thing, Sardines, Squid of 3 inches, Flying fish of 4 inches, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on. Be sure to bring lures of Pink and black to mimic the Squids and this could be a help. Dead baits have been attracting Sails and Marlin as well so don’t be afraid to switch up your trolling presentations (lures and baits) often.

All and all we have fish, it’s more about finding them in the mood to eat. But even with full stomachs they’re hitting baits and lures so it’s “fishing” in the classic sense. You’ll have a great time on the water but remember, where Whales are, fishing is normally bad. How’d you like to be a small fish waiting to be eaten by a whale? Now you know why fishing and Whales don’t mix well, but hey, they’re fun and beautiful to watch and be around. Just keep that in mind!  

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

 

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A Big Bay of “Fish Soup”, Hot or Cold Just Depends

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

Wahoo between El Morro and Corbetena for the super lucky!

As we inch our way closer and closer to the winter season the holidays are upon us. Many holiday travelers hope to catch a bucket list fish during this time of the year. Most of the time we can provide this list item, but this year is different. We’re seeing cold currents continue, but they’re coming up from the south, not north. We’re also seeing these cold currents in a swirling pattern that means we have warm water species and cold water species all sharing the same neighborhood. With all the “crowding” there is still plenty of bait in the bay. Now this is normally a positive, but when there is so much bait that they don’t give your bait a look, this can be a bit of a problem. The up side, we have lots of fish to choose from! Those with a little luck will be going home with memories of a lifetime!

Amazingly water temperatures are still in the 80 degree range, dipping just a tad lower at times. What this means we have perfect conditions for warm water species like Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and others. We also have enough bait in the area to keep the “locals” interested as we move into the last stretch of high season for fishing. Corbetena has been improving with Sailfish, Blue Marlin in the 250 to 350 lb range, Yellowfin

Jack Crevalls are moving in again

Football Tuna are in the 40 lb range as well. Now they’re looking at all sorts of bait, so they may look at your presentation, then move on. This will drive you crazy. But they’ll take baits as well, so it just depends on what your target species comes across first. Dorado are still in the area, but they’re moving around. Where they were yesterday is not going to be where they are today. Fish move, they’re funny that way. Make sure you give yourself the time and a boat that will use fuel, which means not bargain boats. Many times bargain boats will not tell you there are fish off a bit in the distance as it would cost them money, impacting their bottom line. You on the other hand “thought” you paid to go fishing and you did. So make sure you ask the correct question along with “how much”! Some boats come in with fish, some don’t, it can all come down to fuel usage. With blue water, plenty of bait, you’re about a 70% shot at coming in with a Bucket list fish. El Banco is seeing fish as well, but with Corbetena running hot not many are using the extra fuel just to find no improvement on conditions. If targeting Marlin this is the best place to try as the numbers are greater in this area for the moment.

The eight hour trips taking you to El Morro / The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita point has been producing nicely. Dorado in the 30 lb range, Sailfish in the 90 lb range, Wahoo are in the area and taking baits, but catching them is not easy and they’re not a schooling species so they taste great and you’ll be lucky for sure. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs. With Blue Marlin over 300 lbs in the area you can essentially catch the same species at Corbetena, save money and if all fails, come back into the bay and hit the “freaks” hanging around La Cruz marina. With Sardines in the bay you’d have a Rooster fish expectation, but you’ll be disappointed. We had some larger Roosters last week, this week they’re much smaller. Throw in Jack Crevalls at 25 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and maybe even some 30 lb Snappers and you’ll have a fun day for sure.

Inside the bay is still and always will be great. Inside the bay we normally see smaller fish. Recently, well for some time now actually, we’ve seen Sailfish around La Cruz, Dorado around Los Arcos to 25 lbs, Needle fish to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerels running 15 lbs and tasty. Snappers are around the bait balls and in between the Bottle Nose Dolphin feeding on the abundant Krill squids and Shrimps. Maybe even some Yellowfin Footballs around Yelapa. Four hours will do the “trick”, but six hours give you some time to find them.

For three weeks now the bite has remained after 10 a.m. so getting up and hitting it too early may work against your cause, especially if you’re heading out for four hours. You could be back before the bite happens! Water temperatures remain surprisingly high at 78 to 80 degrees we move closer to winter with the swirling currents.

INSIDE INFORMATION YOU CAN USE: Since you’re here on the web page, getting your information fresh and unfiltered I have to say things fishing wise are up and down. The “Fish Soup” title is just that, you don’t know what  you’re going to get. For now we’re seeing Krill Shrimp and Squids that everything in the by just loves to eat. You can get lucky and find some fish that haven’t stuffed themselves. Then again, you could find fish that are so full they won’t take a bait, but they may take a couple of looks, then move on. Now that will drive you crazy! We’ve seen many Dorado and Sailfish from the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita. Some days this is the only place to be. The problem is fish move, so where they are today is not where they’ll be tomorrow, not surprising. The question is “Where are they today”? If my crystal ball would get back “online” i’d be able to tell you. But until then it’s a search to enjoy mission. With many boats in the bay, they have radios and know that people catching fish is good for the overall health of the Sportfishing industry. Now if you’re on a “bargain basement boat” with no radio, not only is this dangerous and illegal, they can’t hear the updates of where the fish are. Another thing to think about is the boat you reserved, did you get a great price just to discover the boat you’re on is trolling baits at ten miles an hour. Twice the real trolling speed, which means you’re not fishing as they create the perception that you are. It helps keep you from getting mad about the boat speed as other boats are passing you left and right. You may at this point get the idea that you’re getting exactly what you paid for. Nobody in your party ask how fast you head to the fishing grounds? Now you know. Your fishing time in the water reality is that at ten miles an hour it will take you two hours to get to the Marietta islands or Punta Mita. That’s two extra hours of fishing you don’t get! On top of that, you have no shot  at catching a fish, none! It is meant to make you think you’re “fishing” yet they know you’re not. Two hours to the Marietta Islands or Punta Mita point, and then they do the same “slow boat, fast troll” back to the Marina. On an eight hour trip, you got screwed out of at least two hours of real fishing. If you compare the time fishing vs the money you paid per hour of “real fishing” then you’ll understand your real cost. This is very common. With fuel prices jumping twenty percent in the last year and there have been more announcements of continued fuel increases of another twenty percent. That’s forty percent fuel increase in an already expensive market. Mexico has so many social programs connected to energy that with people using less fuel, the revenues are down as you’d expect. So they kicked up the cost even more to make up for the shortcomings. With fuel cost a constant factor in an already expensive activity those looking to save money should question what they’re getting for their money. Another inside fact about these boats is the captain more than 80% of them do not own their boats, that’s a fact. When they quote a price, they are cutting it to their quick. If for example the crew hears there are fish striking near by, the captain of the boat would need to kick it in gear and zip over to where the fish are and you’d expect they would. They won’t. The won’t go because if they use too much fuel the boat owner will take it from their pay. Or worse, take their pay and then fire the poor guy. Not all are like this, but a significant amount of them operate in this manner. So, if you’re looking at price exclusively, ask if the boat heads out at 20 plus miles per hour. Ask how much bait comes with the price of the charter. Many charge fishing licenses, walk away from any idiot that says that. Ask if the boat has a radio, i know that sounds strange but many don’t as they pay the port authority a mordida or bribe to operate an illegal boat! Do they have insurance, Illegal boats of course don’t. The Navy has just taken the daily operations of Marina Vallarta over in an effort to stop these boats from operating, but that’s only with licenses to operate legally. The slow boat “syndrome” is still legal so it’s a buyer beware scenario so asking the right questions are the most important part of the negotiations. But there is little you can do if they lie to you. If the price of the boat is the only question you’re asking, think about what i just put in writing here amigo.  

SHARED FISHING CHARTERS: We’re still running our hugely popular shared fishing charters 8 hr trips for $275 usd for half a beautiful Super Panga, good for two people, you’ll target Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish and Marlin. Just send us an email and let me know the dates you’ll be in PV and we will do our best to “Hook You Up” with others. We will do our best to match you up with others before you arrive in PV. Or if you arrive you’ll find our shop in the Marina Vallarta or on the Boardwalk to make your reservation. 

TOURS: For years I’ve pretty much ignored the “tours” and left that for others. I now realize I can save clients some time and money by helping them with tour reservations so you can book fishing charters and tours all at the same time! Call Benjamin for details … from the states: 011 52 322 222 6086 at our downtown boardwalk store… or locally: (322) 222 60 86  

OUR NEW LOCATION: We have vacated the other downtown location heading out to Mismaloya for our new digs on the Malicon. We’re still in Marina Vallarta as well with our new location on the Boardwalk or Malicon in spanish. You will find our great products, fishing charters and tours in both locations. My downtown store map is below and we’re open until 9 p.m. evenings. 

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

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

Christmas is here and so are our shits online: Just click on the picture and it will take you to the Ebay site where we’re selling this one design!

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Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

                            Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

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

 

As we begin to wind down from the summer season into fall we’re seeing cold water currents moving into the area as we normally do. To me it seems a little early this year and indeed when you see cold currents coming up from the south, not north as normal you have recognize that there are some unusual conditions springing up. Because of this we’re seeing warm water species mixed in with winter or cold water species which doubles your fishing options. Those looking for Monster Marlin may be disappointed. The fishing is great, but just like a box of chocolates, you never know what exactly you’re going to get.

Wahoo between Corbetena and El Morro for the super lucky!

This week Corbetena and El Banco about equal when it comes to fishing. Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are still in the 350 to 500 plus lb range. The issue here is getting them to seriously consider your bait. We have massive amounts of Krill Squid and Shrimps that are just too tasty to ignore for all species. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Sardines in massive amounts and the list goes on. There are no issues for bait, if you’re a fish that is. If you’re a sportsman then you may have a slight problem with fish giving your “presentation” or bait a good hard look, then turning away. We can put you on fish, we can’t make them bite! Having said that, there are Marlin boated daily, you’ll be trolling the day away and there is not likely to be too many strikes, but there should be some if you’re patient. Dorado are still thin in numbers, the good news is they’re in the 30 lb range finally! Sailfish are participating nicely, when they’re hungry. We’ve also seen some Wahoo turn up in sparse numbers as they’re a non-schooling species. With mouths like a Gansu knife, if you’re not running wire leader and you catch one, that my friend is pure luck. Targeting Wahoo will mostly eliminate other species as you have to troll faster for them to pay attention to your bait, but they will. The only question is how long are you willing to give it all a try or quit?

For now very few are this sized, but they can be found if you’re willing to give it a chance.

The area around the Marietta Islands and El Morro Rocks are seeing Sailfish and Striped Marlin a few miles off in the direction of Corbetena. This is a strange time of the year, as mentioned many fish are not taking baits, partly because there are so many species right now in breeding season, they just don’t eat! Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 25 lbs, Needle fish possible to 25 lbs, Snappers are in the area from 10 to 30 lbs but they move in then out so it’s a moving target. All and all for an eight hour trip you’d be better off around the Sayulita Area from the point of Punta Mita where a few miles off the shore there are 30 lb Dorado, Sailfish and even some 250 lb Striped Marlin for the lucky!

Dorado in the bay!!

Inside the bay, we’re still seeing this “Crazy Fishing” where you can see just about any species you can think of. Snappers are moving in taking advantage of the Krill Squids and Shrimp like all the other players. Sometimes they find your bait before they find the massive bait balls which is your ideal situation, cross your fingers. Still, Dorado at 20 to 35 lbs anywhere around the Los Arcos area. Sailfish are still hanging in this area and around La Cruz. Rooster fish are much, much smaller this week which doesn’t make sense with the massive amounts of Sardines, but there you are. Jack Crevalls around 25 lbs, Sierra mackerel’s to 20 lbs, Bonito under 30 lbs, Skippies are breeding and not eating. Remember the bay fishing is always great, but when Whales are in the area, no matter how cool they are to us, fish think they want to eat them! So fishing around Whales can always be better. At that point you have to decide to watch the Whales or continue fishing. Normally you can’t do both, it just doesn’t work that way, keep this in mind. Six hours in the bay is perfect, time to find fish and still not keep the “little woman” waiting in the spa too long! Mid-day length trips are perfect for the vacation or occasional angler. Hard core types, you’ll have fun, but a Striped Marlin or larger in the bay is still a freak occurrence, which seems to be daily now. Stay tuned!

My Friend Brad Benter loves to get his picture taken with fish, I like showing them!

Bite with the full tide has been later around 10 or later. With no “Super” moon to light up bait fish we’ll most likely see some help fishing from a darker night sky. Water temperature are still at 79 at the deep water location, but 80 in the bay. As far as bait goes, I suggest live bait, dead bait for Marlin and lures (gucamayos, Petroleros) are best for the moment. Remember to tip your captains and bring cold beer in the morning as you can’t purchase beer before 9am amigos.  As a reminder, the holidays are coming soon and we’ll be out of boats to book early. If thinking of going on a boat for any reason, reserve early so you can guarantee you the boat you want during the coming few weeks, important so keep this in mind.

WaHoo !

If you haven’t been in the shop in a while, we’ve got a new location and we’re getting new products all the time… New this week, some super cool coffee mugs, Shot glasses, Lighters with fish and our logo, Koozies are on the way again and we have some new carry bags for groceries that fit over your shoulder. Today i ordered Calendars for the coming new year, Fish porn calendars… too fun!

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

Visit our new store:

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

Or our Marina Vallarta Location:

Marina Vallarta Location and Yes, We’re still alive, still in business! Don’t be fooled and know you know exactly where to find us! On the Boardwalk / Malecon, south end…

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

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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

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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

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