Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

              Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

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

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

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

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

Nice Sized Dorado in the bay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marina Vallarta Location and Yes, We’re still alive, still in business and anyone that says different is a liar looking to steal my clients! Don’t be fooled and know you know exactly where to find us! On the Boardwalk / Malecon, south end…

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

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

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Unpredictable Fishing, Swirling Currents!

                                          Unpredictable Fishing, Swirling Currents!

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

 

Our Store Mgr Ange (Fish ¨N¨ Chic) holding a 35 lb Rooster fish boated off Sayulita
Our Store Mgr Ange (Fish ¨N¨ Chic) holding a 35 lb Rooster fish boated off Sayulita

This past week we´ve seen Yellowfin Tuna Cows move into El Banco and Corbeteña just to watch the Tuna Boats, the Seiners or those boats that run the nets and decimate the fishing and now there are none! What remains now is a void of fish at our World Famous Fishing grounds. For now it ¨appears¨ that we have Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish, but only in between the Tuna Boat Sweeps. Long liners all over the Tres Maria Islands, our last fishery and if you´re a true conservationist this breaks your heart. But the bay and Marietta Islands are picking up the void or slack and you can still have great action as long as you understand Moby Dick has been chased out of PV!

 

This week is much the same if not exactly the same as last week. Water temperatures are down a degree from last week, but still hovering around the 73 / 72 degree mark at the deep water fishing grounds of El Banco and Corbeteña. Still with these temperatures you´d think the chill factor would be enough to push them out, but we´re seeing warm swirls in the currents that keep the fish hanging around. We´ve seen heavy amounts of Sardines, Bullet Bonito around these areas so the fishing isn´t bad, it´s the Production Fishing boats we just mentioned that decimate the fishing for days and days after they sweep an area. At both El Banco and Corbeteña we had 180 to 220 Yellowfin tuna (Cows) but the minute the Seiners got word and that was the end of it. Everything, No Marlin now, No Sails, No Tuna, nothing but bottom fishing which isn´t bad with Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, but it´s a long way to go for something you can catch at the Marietta Islands. Sure you´ll find Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Tons of Bullet bonito for bait… This is basic fishing you´ll find much closer in. Unless these production fishing boats have left and the fishing is picking up, you pretty much have to catch it in between Seiner Sweeps…. These desperate fishing companies are putting themselves and the Sportfishing industry out of business as fast as they possibly can. It´s stupid and the govt doesn´t do its job (corruption) as they take payoffs from the Long Liners and the Illegal practices of the fishing fleets…..

07 16 2015 Kevin Lawry, Pecositas II, 6 Hrs 650 pxls MBTEXTThe Marietta Islands are the same as last week, Bonito to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs with the average at 35 lbs and this is the real story. Jack Crevalls have taken over everywhere, close in or far out, it´s still Jack City and we thank our lucky fish stars for that simple fact! Needle fish are still taking baits to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are dropping in numbers, not too available either in the 12 to 20 lb range. Cubera Snappers have been surprisingly large around this area, for those using down riggers you´ll have a shot at 60 lb Cuberas but here´s the secret, you need to run a live bullet bonito or skip jack tuna then Wham, the game is on….. No Sailfish this week, but the Rooster fish are still in the area running anywhere from 35 to 45 lbs. Moni, our capt off Bella Del Mar boated a Roosterfish at 70 lbs, it was bigger than she is! It was boated in the surf line off the Punta Mita Point, I mean right in the surf where the waves are breaking under the boat….. Cast a diamond jig then be prepared!

Capt. Cesar on Magnifico with a nice sized Snapper
Capt. Cesar on Magnifico with a nice sized Snapper

Inside the bay, it´s the same report, Sierra Mackerals are thinning out but still in the bay. The infusion of massive amounts of Sardines and Bullet Bonito have drawn in some species you´d expect to be gone since they´re not at the deep water locations. Bonito all over at 30 lbs, Skip jack and some Football Tuna at 35 lbs around Yelapa, not automatic!  Another Sailfish was boated off La Cruz Marina (surprising, but happening more and more these days for some reason). Snapper around the rocks and structure. All the Regular players are keeping the best fishing for now in the bay and around the Punta Mita Point……

Bite: happening around 10 am in the morning, 2 p.m. in the afternoon, Jack Crevalls bit all day…. Water temps have dipped a little to 72 degrees outside the bay, still 73 in the bay with the shallower water and circular circulation the bay water temps are normally a touch warmer. Bait: Live bait is king, lures of a particular color didn´t matter. Start with Petrelaros, Rapallas close in, Diamond Jigs in the surf changing lure baits often.

Another Beautiful Snapper...
Another Beautiful Snapper…

Shared boats: Yes we´re still ¨Hooking¨ you up with others on shared boats. This Special is half a super panga, you can have two people max fishing or sightseeing for $275 usd, eight hours. This is the best fishing deal in town. If downtown visit our Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo

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: tp://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Changing Conditions, Mystery Fishing, El Nino Frustrates!

Changing Conditions, Mystery Fishing, El Nino Frustrates!

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

 

Marlin Numbers are thinning out, but we still have Marlin in the area.
Marlin Numbers are thinning out, but we still have Marlin in the area.

I know, I know, you must be saying what kind of title is that? With what is happening it´s appropriate. Water temperatures have dropped drastically and all the lingering summer species are on the sparse side for the moment. But it´s bait city out there, with Bullet Bonito and Skippies everywhere, bait is not an issue. No folk’s, it´s the water temperature that is ¨chilling¨ things these last few days.

Getting straight into it, the fishing was . . and could be a lot better. We were looking at Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo and more. Now we´re wondering what happened. It´s ¨Mystery Fishing¨, which really means where the fish went is a mystery! Sailfish are barely coming back, Marlin that were out there, not abundant but out there are MIA or Missing in Action. We had warm swirling currents which has now changed to cold water. You may ask how cold is it? Well the same areas where the water was 79 / 80 degrees, is now 73 degrees, that´s down seven degrees in days! Talk about a water chill curtain! Will it stay like this? Well this would be in the normal range for April, even though it´s disappointing for those looking for out of season species like we´ve been having. On the other more positive side we have massive amounts of bait in the water, so we´ll see fish return to the area, but will they be winter species or summer species. It´s not all doom and gloom, but it´s important to remember when you read these fishing articles everything can change in a heartbeat. If you´re reading this and getting ready to head out make sure you have checked the pulse of the bay before heading out. I can help, fire me an email and I´ll let you know the last minute stuff.

 

Big Jack Crevall at The Marietta Islands
Big Jack Crevall at The Marietta Islands

El Banco and Corbeteña, after the production fishing ships, ¨Seiners¨ came through and destroyed the fishing at both these locations was great! Before the area could recover from this illegal pillaging the cold water currents moved in and now there are still Black Marlin at 400 to 600 lbs in the area, but not many. Sailfish are returning as well, but they´re at the early part of the season so they´re sparse and small in size. Amber Jacks at 40 lbs plus. Jack Crevalls are everywhere, Cubera Snappers for the jiggers to 55 lbs. Until things change for the better or the water warms up, these are not the location to visit

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita areas: With the winter current conditions this area is actually alive with Bonito 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls between 30 and 50 lbs, Skip jack Tuna, Possible Sailfish, Rooster fish are here and there, with bullet Bonito baits they should be moving in big time, stay tuned. Dorado that was here moved out, but they could come back, who knows. For now I´d take an eight hour trip to catch whatever moves back in, if nothing is working fall back to inside the bay and hit the Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, etc in the bay.

Inside the bay is a freak show, we don´t know what to expect. Last week there were Sailfish boated off La Cruz and Blue Marlin in youngling sizes off Los Arcos. Today we see Jack Crevalls in the area, moving around and not exactly plentiful. The up side is the Jack Crevalls in the bay are ranging from 20 to over 50 lbs. fierce fighters, they are anything but ¨trash fish¨.  With cooler water Jack Crevalls will become more prevalent in the coming days.

04 01 2016 Dan Zelenka, GuanaTuna, Capt. Torri, 8 hrs at M Islands, 500 pxls MBTextThe bite has been happening a little later in the morning, after 9:00 a.m. to mid afternoon. There is plenty of bait in the water and even the bait fish are not taking small baits! Several clients were on fish, they ignored the presentation. So even being in the right place at the right time is of little comfort. You will have to depend on all your fishing knowledge and experience if heading out. If using a rented captain, be sure he has a full bag of lures and assorted tackle to make sure they have something that will turn a fickle fishes head. Lures: Petrelaros, the green with brown and purple, they´re your best option right now. The only variance would be the head, the color is correct, try jet heads, bullet heads, any head you have … hahahaha.  Water Temperatures, we already covered that but for the moment in the deep blue water locations the water is a chilly 73 degrees which is still warm for what normal should be. Shallow areas could be around 75 degrees but don´t expect much more than that.

Normally as we start to move into low season there is a transition period from winter to spring fishing. This year we never experienced the ¨winter¨ fishing with the help of El Nino. Maybe El Niño is beginning to get back into a normal pattern and we could see colder water temps. This would actually be a positive thing with the end result being normal water temperatures of 82 to 86 degrees at all the fishing grounds come September. If not we could see 90 to 92 degree water temps which YF Tuna dislike. They sound or go deep to the 150 ft range, they can´t see your bait and it all turns into a much more difficult process. So cold water now could actually be a good thing if it helps the pendulum swing a little closer to ¨normal¨ conditions.

Family Fishing inside the bay!
Family Fishing inside the bay!

Unless you´re local the mixed up fishing conditions probably won´t much affect you. For those trying to make a living at Sportfishing it´s going to be frustrating for a few days. With the summer season coming on, it doesn´t make much sense for cold water currents to move in when they should be moving out. For this reason I think we´re going to see a slight cooling, then things will turn around at the end of May when a transition begins to warm water. The drop in seasonal tourism coincides with the beginning of water temp increases. One thing for sure, nothing is going to happen over night and we have some time to see how the coming Summer Season is going to shape up. I am predicting a super summer fishing season. With Yellowfin Tuna coming back in the area, Dorado outlawed for export and the weak peso I believe we´ll see a great ¨High Season for Fishing¨. So keep an eye on airfares and hotels in the Marina Vallarta Area, they´re all making deals!

Shared boats: Yes we´re still doing the shared boat thing. It´s a process where if you´re interested you need to contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This is for Half a super panga, which can carry four people. This means you can have two people, fishing or not for $275 usd for eight hours. This is a very popular simi private boat and the best fishing deal in town. For those with budget concerns this is the perfect option. So send us an email or call telling us your phone number, dates you can fish so please provide more than one day so we have the flexibility to match you up with others, email is nice also. That way when we have the ability to contact you and put something together. So don´t delay, don´t worry about money, we´ve got you covered and we´re ¨fishing cheap¨!!

for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular (½ Super Panga, 2 person max. per half the boat)! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store. Contact us about a week before coming to PV so we can get you set up early on a shared boat!

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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Long Liners Retreat, Fishing is Incredible, Wahoo!

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

01 11 2016 Striped marlin on Mamasita 8 hrs, Punta Mita, 500 pxls MBTextWhat a difference a week can make and this week we´re seeing what we probably shouldn´t be, thank El Nino for this amigos! Sailfish, you bet, Marlin are all over our world famous fishing grounds. Dorado increased in size and abundance, Wahoo return, Football Tuna all over the deep water fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco. The bay is boiling with action and frankly if you show up,  you´ll catch fish. Short days smaller gamefish, longer days, more expensive I might add, bigger fish. Summer fishing in High Season, YeHa!

01 12 2016 Dorado, Mamasita, 8 hrs 500 pxls MBTextWith high visibility blue water just four miles of the Punta Mita Point, we have a list of species that is definitely impressive, especially since we´re seeing summer species on a Winter Calendar! Punta Mita, El Morro, and the Marietta Islands are all finally working. El Morro: Dorado and Wahoo are around the area. Remember Wahoo have a razor mouth so you need to run wire leader if targeting this non-schooling fish. Sailfish a real possibility around El Morro. Punta Mita is Dorado city and you can pretty much count on two per trip right now. Head out a little farther towards El Banco and you have a good shot at Striped Marlin. Now when Stripers show up we normally consider then an end of the summer fishing season indicator. Not this year, with water temperatures in the 79 to 80 degree mark we don´t expect things to change quickly. With California getting hit with cold weather storms we´re seen a push of these warm water species south to our corner of the fishing world! Marietta Islands, you are seeing smaller Rooster fish in the 15 lb range, small I know, but don´t be surprised if your forearms get crampy fighting these demon fish. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito 25 to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerals, Larger Needle fish to 45 lbs and the list goes on. Get in the area, catch fish, it´s just that simple!

01 18 2016 Naven Gidwani, Sailfish at Los Arcos, Nofa, 4hrs 600 pxls MBTextCorbeteña and all areas in between, emphasize all areas and you´ll be at the right place. Huge area you may say and you´d be right. Starting with Corbeteña Marlin or the Blue or Black variety are running anywhere from 350 to 700 lbs with the average being around 500 lbs, not a small fish! Yellowfin Tuna are in the football range of 40 to 60 lbs, not Monsters but we´ll be happy with what we´re seeing in late January! Dorado anywhere from 35 to 50 lbs and they´re picking up in numbers, go figure. Sailfish of course and Cubera Snappers in the 55 lb range for you Jiggers! Sometimes they´ll take trolled bait, so be ready. Plenty of bullet Bonitos around, favorite bait. Flying fish everywhere, Goggle eyes and who knows what else. Ditto this for El Banco and for those with the fuel, the area almost exactly in the middle has deep channels and spikes to check out so put those expensive electronic to the test. Oh, the Bottle Nose Dolphin have moved on for the most part, so the rock is happening!!

Inside the bay is a fisherman’s wonderland and I haven´t said anything close to that for some time. Down between Yelapa and Los Arcos you´ll find Dorado in the 30 to 40 lb range, nice sized Sailfish in the 75 to 90 lb range, average sized I guess you ´d say. Jack Crevalls 35+ lbs near Nuevo Vallarta with more Sails in the area. Needle fish are weird looking but great tasting with some nice action. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals everywhere to 15 lbs. Plenty of bait, the water if beautiful, we´re finally firing on all eight cylinders.

01 14 2016 Dorado on Mamasita, 8 hrs, 500 pxls MBTextThe bite: is happening around 8:00 a.m so get out early. Water temps are around 80 degrees, but a little cooler in the bay. Plenty of bait in the form of Goggle Eyes, Flying fish, Bullet Bonito and Skippies. Plenty of Bonito for Chorras (a basic term for bait sized fish under 35 lbs normally). Lures: Petrelaros of course with purple and black and pink lures with blue skirts and black dots are a good choice to start with. Remember always run one lure, the Wahoo are hitting these colors as well, good luck amigos!

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa!

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

Corporate Logo RedPix 650 AdjustedMaster Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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

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

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

 

10 14 2015 Kriss Wachter, 10 hrs, Adrianas 600 pxls, MBTextThe month of October in Puerto Vallarta is normally one of the hottest of the year. It´s normally November when we get the temperature break as the seasons change, but we´re feeling the ¨Indian Summer¨ about four weeks early this year. Not unusual for an El Nino year. The Rainy Days have more or less ended now, the trash line is a thing of the past. But the good news is we have Marlin, Sailfish and finally Yellowfin tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña. But it all comes down to luck and timing. Plenty of bait and high visibility Blue Water as we see enter PV´s High Season for Fishing improving!

First off, Corbeteña / El Banco has Blue and Black Marlin in the range of 250 lbs to over 600 lbs, it just depends on what you come across. Those looking or hoping for these world class gamefish in less than a ten hour day can find themselves empty handed. Those spending the few extra dollars are not disappointed because this extra little ¨bit¨ will get you on 150 lb Fish N Chicks Tuna 650 pxls ProfileYellowfin Tuna, 100 inch Sailfish, 60 lb Cubera Snappers and this is just the beginning. Dorado have shown up again, let’s hope for the rest of the season, they´re running 25 lbs or so. Nothing like what we should be seeing, but we´re happy to have them finally in the area. Blue water, plenty of bait with flying fish, bullet Bonito and Skip Jack tuna round out the package. There is a down side, you´ll get like two or three days straight of wonderful fishing, then one day NOTHING, not even a bite. Fishing is like this, you take what the fish gods dish out and sometimes it´s a blank. I will say this, to be fair, if leave the fishing grounds when these temperamental fish decide to come up, then who failed, the fishing or you? Another reason to have the correct information such as when the bite is!  For the moment, if you´re in PV, bucket list fish are in the neighborhood and somebody will get them, it might as well be you.

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

10 16 2015 GuanaTuna, 8 hrs, Pargo big, DoradoInside the bay is the normal transitional period. Jack Crevalls are all around Nuevo Vallarta, Sailfish are sparse in the bay but they´re being boated around La Cruz marina and in front of Los Arcos. Strange but with the amount of bait in the area it’s not that surprising they´re n the bay. Super small Dorado, throw backs are all over. 40 lb Football Tuna have been boated around the Yelapa area for the last two weeks and these are great fun to catch. The river mouths are still producing Snapper, Snook and other edible table fare. We´re ending our 4 hr economy special super panga Nov. 1, but for now, two hundred dollars and fish on the table tonight is a nice deal. Four people, get in on this deal before we forget it´s fishing high season.

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

10 14 2015 Terminal Blues, 8 hrs, Capt. Oscar 650 Pxls MBTextWater Temperatures this week have inched up a bit running 87 degrees. The water is perfect Blue. Lures, if running them the colors this week to consider are blue, brown, purple, pink, and green… Live bait is your best asset, but run one lure anyway just in case. Yellowfin tuna have been hitting Cedar Plugs, the oldest of all reliable lures! Sometimes ¨tried and true¨ lures even if old of design word well!

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

Corporate Logo RedPix 650 AdjustedCheck out my new weekly Video Fishing Report, it´s nothing fancy, Underground type video with no budget per se. Just solid, accurate, and up to date information you can use to determine a fishing strategy for tomorrow. Or to help you set up your upcoming fishing trip. Real info, real time… that´s why we call it: The Reel Time Video Fishing Report. See it here on my web page or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEInf47Ni4c  My fresh report will go up Wednesday the 21st….

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

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

 

Dirty Water Continues, Corbeteña Clean, 800lb Giant Black Marlin!

Dirty Water Continues, Corbeteña Clean, Giant Marlin!

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

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 If you haven´t heard by now, I´d be surprised if you haven’t, El Nino has raised its ugly head and things current wise are already changing as we enter the meaty part of Fishing Season here in PV. What I´ve been calling dirty water from rains has in fact been current changes churning up the muck on the sea floor bottom. Normally when the seasonal currents change in January again in May we see this condition. But this is August, not January. What´s happening? Now that we´re hearing about El Nino it all makes sense. We´re seeing the winter currents from north to south kicking in early! What the coming fishing season has in store for us is a mystery for us all. With warm water way up north, Places like Ensenada and San Diego are seeing larger Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado and who knows what else, Marlin? For now the season is a ¨toss up¨. It´s something we can deal with, we really have no choice, one thing for sure, it will be interesting! Read all about El Nino on the links provided at the bottom of the article.

The good news is El Banco and Corbeteña are sitting in clean blue water! We still aren´t seeing Dorado anywhere of any size, but we do have Big Black Marlin, Sailfish and Cubera Snapper. So the ¨doom and gloom¨ period is coming to an end. So if you´re in the mood to boat some world class fish, then I suggest El Banco where Capt. Hector of Bella Del Mar, our 28ft Super Pango boated an 800 lb Marlin, Released four Sailfish and had two Marlin chasing baits. This floored me because we´ve been seeing 400 to 600 lb Marlin, decent sized but not large by any means. Now with the abundant bait in the form of Skip jack Tuna (at 10 lbs), Bonito, Flying fish, Goggle Eyes and more it´s nature’s version of McDonalds out there in ¨Fish City¨.  Corbeteña is also ready to rock your fishing world amigo. Put Cubera Snapper on the menu which are in the 60 lb range right now! Last but not least we do have Yellofin tuna Footballs a few miles off the rock at 40 to 60 lbs but you´ll be hard pressed to find them for now. Just look for the birds and go from there. For the person who´s been waiting for the Big Marlin to show up, well they´re here! One last thing about El Banco and Corbeteña, the currents are really strong right now. You could find dirty water where it was clean and blue the day before, and vice versa! So if you´re heading out, try and keep up with the current conditions and if you can´t do that, fire me an email and I´ll fill you in amigo.

Adam Baker Bait Ball at surface 450 pxls MBTextNow we´ve had dirty water for weeks from the shoreline to El Banco, but now things are pulling back to about five miles past the Marietta Islands. You´ll mostly be targeting, Marlin, Sailfish in this area as well, Da. Steer clear of the dirty water, nothing is happening in the dirty water. But there is a chance if you are in dirty water that any fish in the area may just see your bait, then they´ll take it. If around the Island itself, you can find Snappers for the jiggers, Needle fish, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Skip Jack Tuna and other assorted reef fish. Not too exciting I have to agree, but if you have young ones looking to have some fun and catch some smaller game, this is a great option.

Even around the point of Punta Mita where you could ¨half¨ expect to see clean water is still murky, but there are good indications that things are improving with the Marietta Islands clearing out. So give it a week and we´ll at least have clean water again after what, four weeks of this nonsense now?

08 15 2015 Jack Crevalls Nuevo Vta MBTextInside the bay, well it´s still dirty, but it’s a cleaner, clearer green water fish can see better in. Jack Crevalls are all around the Nuevo Vallarta area close to shore and nice sized in the 35 lb range. River mouths still have Robalo or Snook for the English speakers. Snapper, Jack Crevalls, even small grouper. If near Yelapa there have been Sailfish from this area to los Arcos, people are getting strikes, so anything is possible! All and all four hours in the bay will produce fish, but you better find the cleanest water you can or find the river mouths. The trash line is hit and miss since we have sporadic seasonal rains nightly as we like to see. The trash line comes with rain naturally and El Nino is stepping on our ¨rains¨.  At least the Hurricanes are subdued and every hurricane so far this year has headed out towards Hawaii, a plus I guess for PV.

Magnifico Sunset TextReally not much you can say about fishing right now. Bad conditions are changing for the better by the day. We have big fish, but you have to find clean water which for now means at least an eight hour trip where they´ll take you a bit farther than what you´re paying for, but better boats and captains will do this as customer service. The experienced will understand the extra effort of the captain, newbie’s will not have a clue and that´s OK too. It´s our job to provide what you need if you know what that is or not!

Water temperatures are still over 88 degrees, a touch warm for Yellowfin tuna. This will most likely continue for some time, but we should start seeing some larger sized Yellowfin Tuna any day now. With warm water from South America to Oregon these fish are very comfortable up north were the water is better suited temperature wise to their bodies and systems. Maybe these north to south currents will bring some cooler water with them to help the Yellowfin tuna find their way to the surface. Cross your fingers.

With all the families, Nationals and North Americans alike we´re seeing deserted fishing grounds and very, very few boats heading out. Soon we´ll be in the Sept / Oct time frame when we´ll see the Magazines and T.V. Shows turning up to feature Moby Dick on their broadcast. The meaty part of Fishing Season in Fish City is coming upon us and with the Big Marlin moving in, things will only get better. So be patient, it´s time for the conditions to change as they already are!

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

 Marina Vallarta MorningCheck out these articles: (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/07/20/el-nino-intensifying-could-rival-strongest-in-history/ here`s another: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/el-nino-to-be-one-of-strongest/50081969  or NOAA the Authority site with list of articles at: http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/forecast.html ).

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

 

Roller Coaster Conditions as Breeding Season Presents Challenges!

                      Roller Coaster Conditions as Breeding Season Presents Challenges!

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

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Well it had to happen, spring is in the air for the birds, the bees and about every species of fish here in Puerto Vallarta and I assume surrounding area. For the last week we´ve had tons of fish, you can find them, but if you think putting beautiful bait in front of them is enough to turn their head, think again. Nothing is more frustrating that putting a bait in front of the local species to find they couldn´t care less. To put it all in a nut shell, you´ll find fish, normally that´s the hard part. Right now it’s frustrating trying to get them to take a bait when their head is a mess answering Mother Nature’s call to ¨chasing tail¨! That´s the challenge amigos. Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster fish, Skip Jacks, Wahoo, Snappers, you name it, they´re all in the mood for ¨love¨.

El Banco, the Yellowfin Tuna six miles of the high spots, well they´re at the Tres Maria Islands now and running 80 to 100 lbs off the first island. Larger Yellowfin Tuna bordering on 200 lbs are off the third island of the Tres Marias. If you´re looking for Marlin or Sailfish, for the moment they´ve taken a break and that´s that. Cubera Snappers to 50 lbs, Amber Jacks 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jacks and that´s about it. For now I wouldn´t even consider El Banco unless things change and that could happen in twenty minutes so keep your ears to the wind or check with me for the latest and greatest.

Corbeteña is much the same, they also have Cubera Snappers for the Jiggers (55 lbs), Amber Jacks at 40 lbs, Rainbow Runners to 45 lbs, Sailfish, Blue Marlin to 450 lbs, Possible Wahoo, but again, none of them are taking baits. But to be honest, there are very few boats heading out this way for this reason. Stay tuned….

Marietta Islands, Punta Mita, everywhere has the same issue, ¨Spring Sprung¨ fish that don´t give a flip about what bait you´re putting in their direction. Basically I´d love to tell you the fishing world is great, but the game changed in a few days and it´s going to be a few days more before we come out of this slump. There have been some strange occurrences like a Blue Marlin that was boated ten miles off shore at Punta Mita, but you can´t rely on this as an indicator that fish are out of their daze.

03 18  09  8 hrs, Jeff Payne Mi Jenny Roosters and more   007Now that you´ve heard the down side to Hooking into larger fish in the area, inside the bay is the place to be now. Mostly jack Crevalls in the 35 to 55 lb range and at least they´re taking bait. So there is arm action to be had as long as you´re not expecting Moby Dick to take your presentation. Bonito, Skip Jacks to 12 lbs (about double their normal size and great eating), Possible Pompano but I wouldn´t target this species since they are mostly only here for one month out of the year. Robalo at the river mouths if you´re brave and lucky you´ll get one.

Basically every fish has eggs in them and they´re busy with the work of reproduction. Jack Crevalls are taking baits for some reason and we´re happy about that. Wahoo that was all over the place have diminished in numbers, Sailfish are everywhere and abundant, but again, not taking baits. Marlin of Blue and Black over 500 lbs are in and out of El Banco. Rooster fish are thinning out, but they´re not in the ¨mood¨ either. This is normal, we have this period every year and we should be surprised about it. Normally it last about ten days and we´re in that time frame now so it will change as quickly as it came on. Contact me and get the latest information on conditions, things could have changed by the time you read this article and probably will. I will say this, the fish are out there and when they´re back to ¨normal¨ they´ll be hungry and then the fishing will be back to normal.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Water temperatures are still high, in fact they´re 78 degrees, up three degrees from last week and well above what would be considered normal. These are very close to summer time water temperatures and this could be an indicator for what we can expect this summer which looks like hotter water temperatures than we would like. Coming of an El Nino year, we should see some normal summer fishing, but then again my crystal ball is no better than yours.

Update April 22: Well this report kinda left me flat, it´s the truth, but things have loosened up a little and we´re seeing fish are once again taking baits when just a few days ago it was murder to get them to even notice a bait ! Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector hooked up forty Jack Crevalls, Marlin and Sailfish are back at it at Punta Mita and rumor has it Dorado have moved back into the area. I´ll tell you with the amount of bait out there and the varied species, I believe we´ll be seeing summer species early in the season.

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

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

Large Dorado Surprisingly Return To El Morro, Bait Explosion!

                           Large Dorado Surprisingly Return To El Morro, Bait Explosion!

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

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Large Dorado Return to El Morro, Magnifico!

 

The last couple of weeks have been disappointing at best with the change of the season, the current changes and the lack of great fishing to the jaded and spoiled types like myself. But fear not, things have changed for the moment anyway and you´ll find Nice Sized Dorado, Sailfish, even a shot at Striped Marlin so stay tuned, fishing just got better!

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Rooster Fish numbers picking up by the day, not exactly plentiful for the moment!

One of the things that can and does throw the local fishing for a loop is the amount of bait in the area. We want a balance of just enough bait to keep the fish in the area, but not too much bait where they won´t pay attention to your presentation (trolled bait or lure). We now have situation where we´re seeing Krill sized Shrimp with these hard shells arriving in the area. This means the local Sardines that moved into the area in a big way are now feeding on them like my first wife at a free buffet! Bullet Bonito and Bullet Skip Jack tuna are feeding on them, so there´s a balance of sorts in there somewhere. Throw the abundant flying fish in the mix, with who knows what else for bait out in the local fishing grounds and you´ve got a perfect situation the boat captains get excited about. As exciting as this gets the locals, for now your best bet is using lures and dead bait. You´d think these fish would be chowing down on the abundant bait, but no, they´re taking lures of silver and blue color, actually anything that looks like a Sardine will do the job, so check your bag of tricks amigo!

For those looking to boat a Marlin, you´ll have a shot at Corbeteña and El Banco. But when I say you´ll have a ¨shot¨,  that´s about all you´ll have. Jack Crevalls and Bonito have taken over the area and frankly why would you visit a farther out area, for max money for the same fish you can get in the bay. My recommendation, wait until next summer before you seriously consider a trip to this area. If things change, I´ll tell you…. If you have to take a shot at a Striped Marlin head to the point of Punta Mita set a heading of 300 and 14 to 17 miles out you´ll find whatever there is to find, good luck amigos!

The big surprise this week is that larger Dorado to 50 lbs, with 25 to 35 lbs being the average are off El Morro enjoying the upwelling’s and taking advantage of the bait being pushed to the surface. Some Sailfish are also in the area with reports of fair sized ones being boated. If you move in the direction of the Marietta islands just six miles north or so you´ll find the Rooster fish are starting to pick up in numbers with the increased Sardine populations. Roosters for now are in the 35 to 456 lb range but could increase shortly, stay tuned. If you continue in a northward direction you´ll find Dorado are also in the channel between the island and the point off Punta Mita. So for my fuel dollar I´d be looking at this as my first and best option for those looking for something for the dinner table bragging rights. We are expecting to have Red Snappers show up any day. Sierra Mackerals are also running in the 15 to 20 lb range which is huge for this fish since they don´t really get much larger than this. Throw in the Jack Crevalls and Bonito in the 30 to 50 lb range and you´ve got a day you´ll remember for the rest of your life as your arms will be sore for days after. Take care you keep enough flexibility to eat these great fish and if you come in with too much fish, I´d like to suggest me as you favorite charity!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Inside the bay is a machine for Jack Crevalls in the Nuevo Vallarta area, short days and lots of fish, this is the place to go. Plenty of Jacks everywhere in the bay. Bonito, Skip jack Tuna all around Yelapa with Sierra Mackerals rounding out the abundant smaller species available. Rooster fish will be around the shore for the surf fishing guy. You´ll most likely come across several Whales while in the bay and this all adds up to a great day on the affordable side. I can´t stress enough how much fun it is to hook into ten to fifteen Jack Crevalls and if you´re with younglings, all the better…..

The bite is about 11 to just after 3:00, I suggest being where you want to be well before 11:00 a.m.

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Sailfish are still out there, but you´ll have to work to be ¨lucky¨

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

 

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

Dorado Invade Corbeteña / El Banco

Dorado Invade Corbeteña / El Banco

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

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Large Dorado at Corbeteña and El Banco

Every year we know that the first two weeks of September are slow for tourism. In the second two weeks comes the invasion of Mexican Nationals for the Independence Celebrations and Fiestas! But it also marks the time of the year when eyes from around the world turn to Mexico. It´s been no secret that the endless string of tropical storms and Hurricanes which have taken their toll on fishing in PV this year. Normally Hurricanes are hundreds of miles out, but this last one, Hurricane Odile was a little too close four out taste. But it´s past us now, so it´s a mute point. The result of the storms is Dorado are finally here with the currents. El Banco and Corbeteña are the primary locations for now for these desired species, but soon we´ll be seeing them in the bay so cross your fingers. Marlin and Sailfish are still on the job, increasing in numbers. Even the moon phase is in our favor, so be happy, the best part of fishing season has just started!

Well it seemed like forever would pass before we would see Dorado again, they´re a little late, but very welcome. If you´re at Corbeteña or El Banco you can expect to find Dorado in the 50 to 65 lb range. Hungry and aggressive these Gold and Blue beauties are just waiting for you to show up and present your bait! If you´re at Corbeteña, you´ll need to drift four or five miles northish from the rock and you´ll find them with no problems, just look for the birds. Those interested in Sailfish and Marlin will also find they´re in Paradise as they boat ¨finned fantasies¨ weighing in at over 500 lbs for Black marlin. The Sailfish are tournament winners and increasing in numbers daily. Still no sign of Yellowfin Tuna at either El Banco or Corbeteña, not even small ones. Cubera Snappers in excess of 60 lbs, Rainbow runners in the 45 lb to 65 lb range. It´s fish heaven at Corbeteña right now and El Banco right NOW, so get off your ¨Bagel Dog¨ eating duff and do a Marlin Dance with us on Magnifico!

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Blue Marlin, El Banco

Punta Mita is still a little on the slow side this past week, but there are still small Dorado off the point, Sailfish are a little farther out. Not too much happening in this area for the last few days. Just remember everything changes in three days when it comes to fishing.

With all the Tropical Storms and small Hurricanes passing PV on their chosen path, we´ve seen a dramatic increase in the rains so this means the Trash Lines are alive and well inside the bay. This fish trail mix consisting of roots, leaves, seeds, who knows what actually, is a fish smorgasbord where ¨All You Can Eat¨ takes on a new meaning. Stuffing themselves you´ll find small Dorado and Tons of Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito and assorted other ¨fast food junkies¨! Sailfish are still creeping their ways into the bay on occasion which should increase with the abundant bait and calm weather in the next few days. Jack Crevalls for some reason are still in the north end of the bay. Snook is at the river mouths, remember after the rains is the perfect time to be there. Just don´t surf fish near the river mouths, you could turn into a ¨Gringo on a cracker¨ for a Croc! And no matter what I say, don´t pet them!

The Marietta Islands, really I shouldn´t even mention this normally productive area. For now, forget about it, no Dorado, Small Skip Jacks, Small Bonito, mostly bait are hanging out around the reefs and the shallows. Hang in there, soon we´ll be talking about how it´s on fire so stay tuned, things have to change soon.

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Sailfish Photo Represents Catch at Punta Mita

The Tres Maria Islands, needless to say they´re catching Monster Yellowfin Tuna at the fishery. Most cattle car fishing trips to the islands have been cancelled this past week due to Hurricane and Tropical storm concerns. Just remember, if you keep out of the buffer zone as some call it, you´re not a poacher! If you´re in the zone, the authorities have been chasing those breaking the law, so have a fast boat and a keen eye…. Or better yet, don´t fish in our fishery! Enough said.

Conditions: What can you say, things couldn´t be better for fishing, minus the storms. Clean, clear, blue water, plenty of bait, water temps are on the warm side of 86 to 90 degrees, but it´s streaky water temp wise out there. Plenty of Skippies for bait, Google Eyes, Flying fish in the north end, Goggle Eyes, Mullets, Bullet Bonito, it´s a bait convention that the Yellowfin have not found as yet, soon they will. The bite the last few days has been anytime of the day. With Hurricanes the bite becomes a non-issue. Cloud cover at night, clouds during the day, fish are striking biats at all hours for the present. For now tides and moon phases are in your favor! Live bait is king, but once again brown and purple colored lures should be the first colors you look for. I suggest getting bait at the bait boat in the morning, but make bait when you get there to make sure you´re presenting the same area species.

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Dporado on Tap at the deep water fishing ground of Corbeteña and El Banco, RIGHT NOW!

 

Mexico is still stepping up the fuel prices and we´re now paying fifteen pesos a liter or about a $1.25 a liter… which equates to about $4.85 a gallon. Because of this boats and fishing companies are doing what they can to keep prices down and we can all understand that. This means the product being presented to the clients is not what it was in previous years. It´s like when the one pound coffee cans started putting fourteen ounces of coffee in the can. You never noticed you got less for the same price. Using that scenario, slower boats use less fuel, naturally. With less fuel usage, the consumers’ price of the boat should be less and generally they are. Other companies looking to provide the same fast boat fishing products (like a full can of coffee) with superior service where fuel is used liberally are raising prices to reflect the speed at which you´ll head to the fishing grounds. These companies will look for fish once you´re in the area you want to be in and come in quickly. It´s all good as long as you know the product you are purchasing before you get shanghaied paying for a ¨tug boat¨. Remember, fast boats equate to more time with your line in the water fishing in a specified time frame. A ten hour trip on faster boats will get to Corbetena in about an hour and a half, sea conditions apply naturally. A slower boat, going say 30% slower will take at least an additional thirty minutes or more to get to the rock. That´s equates to an additional hour fishing with fast boats, but more expensive for sure. If you need to relocate because the fish gods’ don´t cooperate, that is at a fast pace also. Slow boats trolling baits to another location slowly, that just eats your time and reduces your chances for catching fish. It all adds up amigo and it´s all good if you understand what you´re getting for your hard earned fishing buck. If you don´t tell ¨them¨ you want a fast boat, you´ll find yourself and your boat being passed up by fuel using boats leaving the marina in the morning hours. I´ll tell you right now, that will piss you off when the captain won´t kick up the speed! Another option is, if you ask a more expensive company for slower destination speed boats using less fuel, the more expensive guys will drop their price ( We at Master Baiter´s won´t as our clients expect a fishing trip, not a tour). They will make sure you understand the product you´re receiving is not up to their normal business standards. As long as you understand what you´re paying for, then it´s all good. There are always different levels of service and quality. Slow boat trips may be to your advantage, it just depends. One thing for sure, Mexico’s fuel policies are to continue raising fuel prices to pay for new refineries inside Mexico working towards fuel independence, a smart thing. I guess it all comes down to getting what you ¨think¨you´re paying for.

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

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

It´s Sailfish City, Marlin Teasing, Cubera Snappers Deliver

It´s Sailfish City, Marlin Teasing, Cubera Snappers Deliver

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

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It´s morning, the sun just came up, the air is fresh and the sky is clear in Marina Vallarta. Tourism at this time of the year consist mostly of Mexican Nationals on family vacations from Guadalajara, Tepic, Monterey and everywhere else in Mexico. Yes it´s warm, humid also, but undeniably beautiful. In this warmest of seasons here in Puerto Vallarta we see World Class Gamefish come into the area and feast on the abundant bait. August is when things start to happen, for now Black and Blue Marlin are picking up in numbers. Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco or Corbeteña are in the smaller size varieties, but the Tres Maria Islands are just boiling with 200 lb Yellowfin Tuna. Sailfish are still the main species being targeted, but who can complain about Marlin and Sailfish. The fishing is still great and getting better by the day for the visiting Angler, Professional and amateur alike, Fishing High Season is Here!

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As we move deeper into Summer the conditions still could not be better. Outside the bay the blue water is clear and just beautiful. A deeper blue than the Caribbean, the visibility is amazing. Bait is everywhere and varied in species. Bullet Bonito, YF Tunas favorite bait is all around the point of Punta Mita and in the bay. Flying fish in the four inch length are all around the reefs and the Marietta Islands. Goggle eyes, Chorras (bonito, small tunas) are boiling all over the place. Once again it´s a bait smorgasbord, all you can eat for fish. Sounds like a good thing right, well the down side is there should be more fish here than there are. Maybe this is just my impatience, it is still a little early in the Big Game Fishing season, it´s like Christmas and the presents aren´t under the tree yet, but you know they´re coming.

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El Banco and Corbeteña: There are still Black and Blue Marlin anywhere between the Rock, aka Corbeteña and El Banco to just off the Marietta Islands. Fertile fishing grouns that many ignore and forget about. The numbers of Marlin are down a little, many taking long looks at your presentation and ultimately just giving it a long look. Others are taking baits, but if you´re targeting Marlin, two strikes a day seem to be the average on a ten hour day, for Marlin that is. The Marlin are still between 300 and 450 lbs with larger ones out there being spotted and lost. Sailfish are here as you would expect they´re also a little fickle on the bait now with the abundance I can understand. Cubera Snappers are still biting. Using the ¨wounded bait¨ trick where you cut a Chorra in half and just drop it over the side, as it sinks Cubera will come out of their holes and attack that bait. When Cubera’s are running 70 lbs, they´re another ignored species except to the locals who know how good tasting these fish are! Rainbow runners are at both the locations running over 20 lbs, but these can hit 50 lbs, just depends. If you´re looking for Marlin with a side of Sailfish, then these two locations are worth the expense and the time.  08 05 2014 Herbert  Harmon RedPix 600 75 lb Cubera Snapper, Corbeteña

The Marietta Islands and El Morro have slowed down with the Sailfish moving out farther these last couple of days. We have to remember that fish move, then they come back. So no big thing, wait a few minutes and they´ll be back. We´re seeing Needle fish in the 35 lb range, Bonito and Skip jack Tuna in the same size range. Dorado are absent without leave (AWOL), but this can change in twenty minutes. If you can find a log or some floating Whale, or just a pile of debris bunched up, there are always Dorado in these situations. For now you´re better off heading out to the point of Punta De Mita…

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Speaking of Punta De Mita, Sailfish and Marlin are twenty miles off the point. Two weeks ago they were five miles, again fish move. Find a buoy and you´ll find Dorado about 25 lbs, same size, same story as last week. You can go for ten hours and get the same fish at Corbeteña or take an eight hour trip and target the same fish here. To me this is the fishing value once again for the Big Game Fishing fanatic. But don´t think you´ll just arrive and these fish are just counting the moments for your bait to magically appear before their hungry little bills. You want to make sure you have plenty of lures, since they´ve been working as well as live bait at times.

Inside the bay, it´s strangely active. No trash line due to a lack of rain. We´re having a weird year rain wise and we only have a trash line when the rains cooperate. Besides cooling down the evenings, the rain washes this organic trail mix into the bay that smaller and frankly larger fish like to feed on. We have so many rivers emptying into the Bay of Banderas that there are several trash lines and you can spin the bay looking for the best one. But for now, I´d just target the local species like Jack Crevalls (35 lbs) which are a winter species, still can´t figure this one out. Bonito to 30 lbs everywhere, Skip Jack Tuna to 45 lbs off Yelapa, Rumors of Dorado in the 25 lb range around Los Animas the tourist area. Sierra Mackerals are also hanging out in the 20 lb range. Sailfish have been boated around La Cruz Marina near the point. Snook at River Mouth 2 Needle fish, and there are always other species just moving around. Snook at the river mouths are an ignored species with white meat, great tasting and frankly a local favorite. You don´t need to troll around the whole bay, just pick a species and head to the location. The sweet water or Agua Dulce as the locals call it is where the river fresh water and salt water mix. It´s the pipeline for this Fish Trail Mix and they like being the first in line. The Equivalent of my ex-wife being the first person in line for a Nordstroms Sale with an untapped credit line! So don´t just focus on the ¨movie star¨ species, the ¨stand- ins¨ can be ¨stars¨ also. Four hours will put you on fish, so if the budget is short, we can still make sure you´re catching fish and dinner too!

The Bite: With the evenings being over cast, the full moon is having less of an impact on the bite. For now just make sure you´re on the water early and see what happens. Focus on the hours between 7a.m. and 2 p.m. Water conditions: Water temps are still in the low 90´s, kinda warm, too warm for some species. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna, at El Banco or Corbeteña make sure the boat you´re on has down riggers or you´ll never get a bait in front of a Tuna. Sounders can show were your temperature breaks are so you know how deep to set the down rigger. Frankly I wouldn´t target Tuna on a boat without a Down Rigger amigo, why would you knowing what you know now?  Remember the better equipped boats will always have an edge. Money talks and if you don´t have the correct lure or bait combination, then you don´t catch fish, which is hard enough anyway. Or you´re just paying for excuses. Lures: Same as last week, Petrelaros of brown and purple color of about six inches. Diamond Jigs and Rapallas around the shallows or Trash Lines. Brown and purple combinations are working, but mix it up a bit when you´re running lures.

Tres Maria Islands: For the guy that absolutely, positively, has to have a Yellowfin Tuna, well they´re at the Tres Maria Islands and they´re thick as ants. You know, I’m like the guy who wants everyone to catch fish, but at what cost. You can head out more than a hundred miles, spend the majority of the time traveling to this Fishery (Breeding grounds) just to get chased by the authorities. The local companies raking in money don´t tell you anything inside what they call the ¨buffer zone¨ is poaching, it´s illegal plain and simple. Now is it poaching if nobody is enforcing the laws anyway? I don´t know what to say, maybe we should ask an Elephant how he feels about being poached as people still want Elephant products no matter how short the supply of Elephants are. So I feel like I`m watching these so called fishing companies put themselves out of business making you think ¨it´s all ok amigo¨. Well if you´re inside the buffer zone, and you´ll have to be inside the buffer zone to catch 200 lb Yellowfin tuna because they´re not twelve miles away from the structure. Another thing is the Tres Maria Islands are a prison, the larger island. So the authorities don’t want fishing boats close in. Fishing happens within two to six miles normally to the islands, same distance to the prisoners. They jump off the islands from time to time and imagine if there´s a fishing boat in the area?! Let your imagination run a while with thatone, say good bye to your vacation and a bunch of money. You want the same situation as the marine being held in a Tijuana Jail now for months for something insignificant? Yellowfin Tuna just a few short years ago used to be abundant around Corbeteña and El Banco has become a thing of the past. Now the local poachers charging for three day trips are just raping the resource. So yes there are Monster Yellowfin Tuna at the Tres Maria Islands. I just feel a social responsibility as a ´SPORTSMAN´ not to make a bad situation worse. What you don´t hear about is how the Navy, police or the enforcers are chasing private boats trying to bring them in and this is something you do not want and won´t hear about through the promotional media sites as they show poachers standing next to three hundred pound Yellowfin Tuna. Fishing boats are a prime trophy that they don´t have to return. If you head to the Tres Maria Islands and you keep outside the legal boundaries, more power to you, but you won´t catch fish this far from the islands and structure, period. Everyone knows this, but the pictures shown by these famous reel companies and fishing sites are no better than poachers going after Elephants.. Most people aren´t told it´s illegal to fish this area since their agenda is making money at the futures expense. Remember this Fishery is nothing new, but the trips to this area are. The old timers know you don´t kill the future for quick profits. If the truth be known, there have been many, many incidents where captains are held for days upon days in the general population as the clients had to find a way back. I can tell you of incidents where boat owners who live in Canada are chased all the time pushing the envelope. There are tons of stories about bribes and close calls. Sooner or later there will be something serious happen, do you want to volunteer to be there when it all comes down? It´s not fun if it´s not legal or safe! I don´t want to be Mr. Negative, but this is just ridiculous.  

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

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