Turbulent Conditions, Good Days, Bad Days, Summer Fishing!

                                        Turbulent Conditions, Good Days, Bad Days, Summer Fishing!

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

Normally at this time of the year you can have a mixed bag. Some weeks can be affected by passing Hurricanes, or rain storms that bring dirty water to the area for days. Then of course these fish have their own ideas of where they want to be so finding them at times can be difficult. We have the basic fishing grounds, but what happens when they’re not where “they’re supposed to be”. This is the case right now, fish are out there, but they’re being a little weird. Bite is a moving target, Baits are plentiful and many times ignored. Weird baits may work, regular baits may not. Late Afternoon bites can throw a monkey wrench in your day if you’re coming back in too early and of course it never hurts to be lucky

Normally we go through the fishing report location by location but this week it’s so spread out that anything can happen right now if you find blue water. Now that seems to be the issue, recent rains inland have brought heavy amounts of water into the Bay of Banderas. Now it brings nutrients and all kinds of good stuff for the fishing industry, but it screws up the fishing in the dirty water areas. Jack Crevalls seem to hit baits in dirty water, it doesn’t bother them too much. I can’t say the same for Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish, which of course are our primary “players” for the Sportfishing crowd. For now those heading out need to find clean water. We’ve had a few days where even the deep water locations had dirty water to be followed the next day with blue water. It’s enough to make your head spin. Even though you have clean blue water is no guarantee you’ll catch fish. We’ve seen Sailfish and Marlin peppered throughout the area. Now when they’re taking baits is a mystery but we do know the afternoon bite is the best bite. This means if you’re serious and want to catch some fish you need to be at the correct place (another dilemma) around 3:00 in the afternoon! Marlin in the Corbetena area are anywhere from 350 to over 500 lbs if you come across one and they want your presentation! Now that can be confusing as 45 lb Yellowfin Tuna were ignoring live and dead baits yet taking a shot at “Hoochies”. Hoochies are a small rubber lure the size of a wall nut that are normally strung together to catch bait fish. White with a peppering of red is working best which suggest there are small krill squids in the area we don’t know about. Dead baits seem to be working for these sporadic species. El Banco, forget El Banco for now, what used to be the place to be has turned into a less reliable fishing area than Corbetena. It looks like the rains and hurricanes are calming down and I expect the fishing to improve greatly as it normally does in September. Just leave a little later, arrange for bait and be ready to go mid to late afternoon. Good Luck.

Closer  in between the Corbetena and the Marietta Islands is another area that is normally great for dropping baits as you troll towards the rock island of Corbetena. Sailfish and Marlin have a fondness for this area and can be very productive so don’t ignore. It amazes me how people get a locked in mindset and head for a specific location and never work the entire area. Those that do adjust to these conditions understand that fish move and it’s wide open out there right now. If heading to Corbetena drop baits here. If heading around the Marietta Islands the area around El Morro can be very surprising with Sailfish and even Rooster fish at times. For now there are naturally plenty of Jack Crevalls, Reef Fish, Sparse Sailfish, and a shot at a smaller Blue Marlin in the 350 lb range. It is challenging. If you’re around the point off Punta Mita just a few miles off the point there have been some Sailfish boated here in the mid-afternoon hours. Dorado are also in the area but they’re small and not keepers. If you’ll notice Dorado are showing up later and later in the fishing season around PV. Long Liners with guns fishing illegally are a huge problem as their lines get everything passing the area. Buoys with decent sized and super plentiful good sized Dorado will find Long liners the next day streaked with these illegal fisherman killing the Sportfishing! Having said that there were some nice 30 to 40 lb Dorado for a few days, now if you’re lucky you’ll find some larger one and again they move so if not today, maybe tomorrow! Bonito are sprinkled in the area at 30 lbs and there is always the possibility of Needle fish or Dorado. Keep positive the fishing at this time of the year normally explodes, so great fishing could be happening as we speak!

The bay, well let’s just say go slow! With three major rivers spilling into the bay with dirty water colored by the melting adobe soil Mexico is so famous for has changed the bay from blue to a coffee colored, obstacle filled mixed blessing. We have lots of trash, stumps and even debris like old floating refrigerators waiting for your prop or shaft support to find! If you can find clean water the fishing will naturally be better. For now the bay is “challenging” at best. Blue water will present Yellowfin Football Tuna in the 35 lb range at Yelapa. Sailfish are still around the Los Arcos area about a mile out. Dorado love this area as well and can surprise with some larger fish. If you come across a trash line, the Dorado there are just babies and should be ignored, but keep the bigger Dorado that do check out the Trash line. Bonito of course to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls at 35 lbs, Needle fish at 30 lbs and a host of other species around the structure or rocky shoreline. There are fish to be had, it’s just finding the cleanest water. If we get a break from the rains the bay will return to blue water quickly so check conditions from us, we’re as close as your phone for the latest information. Especially since this publication will be taking a vacation for the next week or so. Good luck and remember even less than perfect conditions can produce some great action amigos… Good Luck!

Water temperatures are a wonderful 86 degrees, about the same as our air temperatures. The bite is a moving target as mentioned so early morning departs may not be the best idea so sleep in a bit and be where you want to be about 9-ish to start. Baits have varied greatly, with tons of 5 inch Flying fish, Tons of Skippies or Skip jack Tuna, Baby Dorado all over the bait situation is outstanding. Having said that we find dead baits are still working many times better than live baits. Hoochies as mentioned earlier is a “out of the box” lure you just try out of frustration. And this may be the secret this week, try what you don’t think will work and sit back. Nothing happens, change it up and try again. One will work and you’ll know what to do after that, hopefully… ha ha.

We’re experiencing the old trick the promoters us saying Master Baiter’s is “Dead” or out of business. Nothing new, my Mexican Competition at its best, trying to steal my business. As a reminder we are located at the Westin End of the Marin between Docks A and B on the boardwalk so don’t be confused or lied to. Master Baiter’s is alive and well. Tours, Fishing, T-shirts, hats, Polo shirts, ladies shirts and our world famous Koozies. So come in, Say hello and let’s go fishing!

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

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

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Fishing Slows Dramatically, Marlin/Tuna Spread Out, Hot and Cold Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Fishing Slows Dramatically, Marlin/Tuna Spread Out, Hot and Cold Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

Cap[t Chema on Profeta with a beauty of a Sailfish at Punta Mita
Cap[t Chema on Profeta with a beauty of a Sailfish at Punta Mita
Well we’re smack into August now, the water temperatures are about where they should be, plenty of bait and seas have been surprisingly calm. It’s summer fishing and we’re looking at the major species of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin and Dorado surprising sparse and fickle. Yes there are crazy amounts of bait in the bay, but that many times can be a problem. Recently with all the bait in the bay and surrounding area the “locals” have been hitting dead baits. So it all can make your head spin trying to develop a game plan, but then again, when was a “fish” ever predictable?

Corbetena this week went from warm to lukewarm as Marlin that were all over the area last Wednesday turned into a ghost town by Friday. Last Tuesday the Sailfish population close to the Rock had filtered out and disappeared for the last couple of days. Having said that there are still Black Marlin over 500 lbs, but they’re not cooperating with the fisherman. Sailfish are closer in, closer to the Marietta islands than the rock and yes, they’re a little thin in this area for the last couple of days. Yellowfin tuna are still hanging out, but not coming up and they’re not real hungry. There are of course Bonito to 30 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs for the jiggers. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs and there are a host of other “possible”. All and all, unless you hear some news or read it here, I’d shy away from this area for now. When it comes to El Banco or The Bank in English, nothing new here either so the deep water locations could be better for the moment. Things change quickly, three days and it seems everything changes. Be patient and stay tuned.

The Marietta Islands are much the same as last week, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Possible Sailfish if lucky. There have been small Dorado in the area, but let the babies and females go amigos to keep the fish numbers up. Plenty of reef fish, but stay off the reefs these days as there are always water sports guys out there around the Island to make sure there are not too many people in the protected reserve areas. Now if you’re around Punta Mita, you had a great week, well up until Wednesday that is. The Sailfish population was thick and hungry. Drop any bait in the water and a Sailfish would hit it in a bling of an eye. Sadly it’s not like that now, but with the local rains there have been some Dorado of nice size around any floating debris, stump, you name it. Again, worth a try as the Sails will be back soon and you could be there at the right time, or maybe not, feeling lucky?

05 20 2016 Adrianas 8 hrs b Adjusted 600 pxls MBTextInside the bay we’re still seeing the same old reliable bay fishing. For the moment fishing inside the bay beats every other fishing area around amigo. For the last year what was almost an impossibility for the many, many years I’ve been here, Sailfish at Los Arcos, has now become normal. Yes it’s better Sailfish “fishing” in the bay than the deep water locations, so save some money and have some fun amigos. Dorado are in this area as well anywhere from 5 lbs (babies don’t you dare keep these) to about twenty pounds. To be fair if you can find a log or stump you hit the jackpot my friend, there will be Dorado up the “what-ever” out there. Tuna, yes small Skip Jack or possible “football” roaming the area near Yelapa with it’s deep water areas. Needle fish are picking up in numbers and are fun to catch, good eating also. Jack Crevalls are still hanging in the warm water, we won’t complain as many people get their arm burning with these reliable species. Yes, take six hours, maybe do some snorkeling, make a day of it and you won’t go wrong. A six hour trip in the bay right now is your best bang for your fishing buck, but be aware this will change rapidly and as usual the bite will be  happening in the next day or so. Be sure to have the latest info before heading out, it could save your day and a lot of fuel money.

One thing about world class fishing is “you never know what you’re going to get” to quote Forest Gump. This week we’ve seen El Banco just stop performing, don’t waste your time. Yet we see Corbetena continue to be its reliable self. Water is super blue and there is plenty of bait in the area so the fishing is great, not perfect, but what is?

Our new Downtown Store on the Malicon or Boardwalk in Spanish
Our new Downtown Store on the Malicon or Boardwalk in Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First thing that comes to my mind it the fact water temperatures have increased to 86 from 84 in one week, this is not bad, but we don’t want it any warmer for now. Marlin are still roaming around the Corbetena area but they’re not concentrated in any one place. Rather Black Marlin are roaming anywhere from the “rock” to areas north about eight miles. The Marlin are both blue and black running anywhere from 300 to over 500 lbs. One secret here is dead bait, yes dead bait which is a little surprising with all the live bait in the area. Another secret is some days there are Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) in the area, some days they’re not. Skippies are working well as far as live bait goes, so if you can make bait, don’t delay. If you can’t use Iguana Lures of yellow and green with black accents. They work well and with all the five pound Dorado in this area it’s a perfect bait. Dorado are great bait and Marlin and Tuna love them. The reason we don’t use Dorado as a trolled bait is they die and just spin. That’s not a good thing. They can’t handle the volume of water I guess. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area and jumping about one mile north of Corbetena. Now remember fish move, so start here and let me know how you do! Yellowfin are running in the 100 lb mark but they are only taking baits when they come up. Capt Cesar of Magnifico tells me that if you’re lucky enough to be in the area they come up in, anything is possible. Feeling lucky? If you’re in the area, Tuna and Marlin are not bad options! Sailfish are also hanging out in the area but they’re kinda sparse. Plenty of bait, but that doesn’t go for Skippies which may or may not be around the rock. If you can make bait before you get to Corbetena it’s cheap insurance. I could spend some time on El Banco or The Bank in English, but it’s not happening, enough said.

The Red Star Marks the new location on the Malicon right next to Sr.frogs at the Light House or El Faro
The Red Star Marks the new location on the Malicon right next to Sr.frogs at the Light House or El Faro
Carmen our newest employee
Carmen our newest employee

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting lately unless you’re looking for Sailfish and they’re about six miles or so before you come to Corbetena or about five miles out from the islands. Lots and lots of small 5 lb Dorado, too small to keep, but Mucho! It was about this time last year when we finally saw the Dorado numbers pick up so cross your fingers hoping for their big brothers to show up. Don’t ever keep females or Dorado under ten pounds and help keep the numbers from dropping any worse than they are. FYI we’ve seen long liners raise their ugly heads again and they many times have guns to protect their illegal long lines. It would be nice if there was some enforcement, but it’s Mexico and everything has a price, no matter what’s good for the general population and the fishing industry as a whole. Not too much happening around the Marietta Islands. Needle fish to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. and of course there are always reef species. All and all not a great time to visit this area. Now if you are heading to the point of Punta Mita there have been Marlin about twelve miles off the point (take a heading of 300 to 320) and be there at mid-day, can’t hurt. Dorado are in the area as well, but they’re small as well. This will change soon with the numbers of smaller Dorado increasing the lager family members should be showing up soon, stay tuned.

Inside the bay is the same old story. Plenty of smaller species to choose from. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs. or larger. Sierra Mackerel’s surprisingly enough are still in the area at around 15 to 20 lb maximum. Normally a cold water fish like Jack Crevalls they will defy explanation. Sailfish are still in front of Los Arcos as are an incredible amount of baby Dorado feeding on any trash line there may be. It’s been a funny year we haven’t see too much rain so we’re not getting the trash line. Now yes we are getting rain, just not enough to really wash the local mountains of leave, twigs, berries, seeds, you name it they’ll eat it. There has been Sailfish around Nuevo Vallarta as well believe it or not, but don’t hold your breath waiting on a strike. The Football Yellowfin Tuna we had last couple of weeks around Yelapa have bugged out. As always the action in the bay is still great by any stretch of the imagination and well worth the expense. Which reminds me, we can make it a fishing trip, snorkeling trip and who knows, a Yelapa trip to cook your catch on the beach with a cold beer. Ask me more about this option, it’s like two trips in one.

As mentioned earlier the water temperatures are at 86 degrees which is a neutral as it doesn’t really affect anything but it will if starts to get warmer. The bite has been a moving target and frankly hard to predict these days. If you’re at the fishing grounds you choose before 9 it should serve you well. But Tuna are coming up at any time for a short, short while. You will have to have the luck of the Irish but stranger things have happened. One guy came in the other day and caught it perfect for fifteen minutes, got a 100 pounder YF Tuna. As far as baits go, dead bait seems to be the bait of choice lately. With plenty of Blue and Green runners, Goggle Eyes and flying fish to me it’s surprising that dead bait and lures are working best. Lures, of course we’re still talking as mentioned earlier of Iguanas, but Cedar plugs are worth a shot with the YF Tuna around Corbetena. 

Special Announcement: For all my readers and friends Master Baiter’s has opened another location, this time on the Malicon next to Sr. Frogs at the light house or El Faro. We have the same great shirts, same great fishing trips and now we have another new employee Carmen. I’ll be posting pictures and as soon as I can figure this all out we’ll have a Grand Opening… Master Baiter’s on the Malicon… kinda has a ring to it don’t you think? We’ll be carrying more product and we hope you come by and say hello. We will keep the marina location as I can’t imagine not having a presence in the Marina. We vacated the location we had on Basillo Badillo and Insurgentes. They kept the Mural, they did change the company name, but the guy who used to work for me is in that location now working for my competition so don’t be fooled. Even if the guy inside is wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt, he is not with me or Master Baiter’s. Come by! And remember at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

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

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

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Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

 

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

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

07 13 2017 Magnifico, 8 hrs, 600 pxls MBTextAs we move deeper into the summer season we see things are pretty much about the same and that’s not bad. We still have Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Rooster Fish make an appearance finally. Water temperatures are still favorable at 82 degrees. High Visibility Blue Water at all the fishing grounds with plenty of bait. A formula for world class fishing rolled up in one of the most popular and safest destinations in the whole world, how lucky are you? For me, it’s the plan!

These are the kind of “cookie cutter” reports I like. Fishing can be such a roller coaster that what was happening yesterday is no guarantee it will happen today. As we enter the best time of the year for Sportfishing in one of the best fishing grounds in the world you should have high expectations. World class species you expect running in the larger ranges size wise. Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Sailfish is a sportsman dream and on many an Anglers buck list. For now those heading to the deep water locations of Corbetena have the opportunity to boat a Black Marlin over 500 lbs, but we’ve seen over 700 lbs  the last few days or so. Blue Marlin are also large running 500 lbs and are all over these two areas. If near Corbetena about five miles before you see the rock we’re still seeing Dorado in smaller numbers, so challenges exist, nothing new there. What is new the Long Liners are back with a seven mile long line (yes they’re illegal) between El Morro and Corbetena just destroying the Dorado fishing in this area. Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 to 80lb range are a little smaller than last week. But who’s complaining. Remember there could be some very large Yellowfin Tuna locally soon so keep your ears to the wind. Sailfish are sprinkled thought the area but are only taking dead baits! Even with super abundant bait in the area dead baits are working, live bait doesn’t. Our little secret. . . Lots of other possibilities as well like Cuberra Snappers, Bonito, Skippies and more. All  and all if both el Banco  and Corbetena are doing well then Corbetena would be my first choice, then north to the area in-between that is widely ignored.  That is until tournament time and these two locations are stuffed with competing anglers. One thing to remember is the bite is happening late, after 3:00 pm for the Big Marlin and other species like Sailfish. El Banco is a bust, no bait, no real fish in the area….. but this should chance so stay tuned….

The Marietta Islands have a pulse although not much of one. Red Snappers have been caught from 20 to 30 lbs, Needle fish and small Grouper are also around but not much of a draw. Just to the north at Punta Mita we’re seeing Sailfish of nice size, Dorado can be found around any stump or clumps of crap due to the seasonal rains. Many are super tiny so don’t keep anything that looks small and you know what I mean. Rooster fish finally made  an appearance and are at the point of Punta Mita running 30 to 40 lbs!  North of this area there are Rooster fish around the San Pancho area as well, but this is a ten hour trip amigos, but they’re 20 to 30 lbs. Might be a little far for these but if they’re up there, they’ll be down here shortly, stay tuned.

07 12 2017 Bay fishing, Magnifico 550 pxls MBTextInside the bay is it’s normal amazing self that it has been for some time now. We have tons of Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 45 lbs and smaller around Yelapa, but you need to be fishing about 6 P.M. or forget about it. For other species it’s an all day affair where you’ll have possible Sailfish off Los Arcos, somebody is getting them might as well be you. Jack Crevalls are still all over the bay but diminishing in numbers as they should. Needle fish are all around the bay but heaviest around Los Arcos as well. Dorado of teeny tiny sizes are feeding on the trash line, not keepers. But you could hit a larger Mahi if you’re in deeper bay water. Near the river mouths there is a 50 / 50 chance of hooking into a nice sized Sea Bass from 20 to 30lbs, feeling lucky?

Special Announcement:  Master Baiter’s is expanding and opening a new location on the Malicon, Board walk to us gringo types, next to Sr. Frogs clothing stores at the Light House. We are very excited and will be getting in new and different Master Baiter’s Products we have not sold in many moons.  We took the keys and are doing our best to make it a worthy location. We’ll have a Grand Opening party so keep your eyes peeled. We will be getting back into our branded tackle and fishing products as time moves on. You will also be able to book fishing trips, book tours, or just get real information from real people. And remember, at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

For now we couldn’t be happier with how the season is progressing. If all goes well soon we’ll have larger Yellowfin tuna at the primary fishing grounds in sizes we haven’t seen in some time. With water temperatures hovering around 84 degrees this is a good place to start. High visibility super blue water is another friend to the fisherman. With plenty of bait fish in the bay like Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes, Bullet Bonito, Bonito, Flying fish you name it we have it for bait. Red Tuna crabs are thinning in numbers and not an obstacle any longer. Now if you’re at Corbetena and El Banco there is a bait issue as in there is none to speak of. Bring it with you in this area. The bite is happening late in the day now, normal fish at anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 P.M. so be ready for this, fishing doesn’t always happen on our schedules amigos. As far as Baits / Lures:  For the most part dead baits are working best, but run live bait anyway. Lures are working also, so it’s a mixed bag. Lures should be Petroleros, Iguanas of green and yellow, cedar plugs are good places to start. There are a few you can’t forget, but for the most part this week you need to remember that for now dead bait works as well as live bait. Go figure but that’s the way it is for now…. As we see water temperatures climb a bit more we may see more of the larger gamefish moving in, cross your fingers!

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

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

Koozies 2017Web 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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600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too!

                                                      600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too              

 

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

 

25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at Corbetena.
25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at CorbetenA.

Warning; As we move into the second week of July we find every single condition both perfect and frustrating. Bait, we have tons of bait at all the fishing grounds, bait is not a problem. The water is blue, we have some really big fish out there right now which shows that even when things are about as good as they’re going to get, fishing on a world class scale is never without its challenges. For now we’re seeing very happy fish with full stomachs. That is the challenge, how do you get a world class specimen to take your bait when they’re as full as they can possibly get? Well, frankly that’s why I’m here, to share with you some small secrets that will hopefully make a difference or entertain those too far away to take advantage of the paradise I live in. An example of this is Corbetena. 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta we have Big Black Marlin starting at 600 lbs and going up from there! Blue Marlin up to 500 lbs, Sailfish swarming and Yellowfin Tuna from 50 to 100 lbs. Update 7/4/2017: Dorado moved in today and our clients boated two nice Dorado and a big Sailfish about a mile past the rock today, to my knowledge these are the first in season Dorado this year. Hopefully this will  not be a fleeting thing as we’ve had dismal Dorado fishing for the last couple of years! Now if this doesn’t get you excited Mr. Sportsman, check your pulse, you may be dead. With abundant and varied baits, perfect high visibility blue water, perfect water temperatures, it’s hard to imagine better conditions possible.  Ok, that’s the up side and there is always a down side.  Which is the bite. With so many red tuna crabs, it’s tough to get a YF Tuna to take a bait. For now it seems the late bite is after 5 p.m. So if you’re looking for Yellowfin Tuna that’s the time to be at the fishing grounds.  Marlin can have the same bite, but they’ll hit trolled baits during the day if they’re not full.  So you’ll have to work that one out amigos, Buenos suerte or Good Luck.  When it comes to El Banco I can’t tell you much this week. With Corbetena the fishing has been so good there isn’t any real reason to spend the extra money on fuel heading out farther. I do expect there would be Black and Blue Marlin as well as Sailfish in comparable sizes to what’s running around Corbetena, then again maybe not. Feel free to roll the dice, then let me know what your day was like.

07 04 2017 Carl Taz Jones y wife Sailfish 550 pxls MBTextThe area around the Marietta Islands is still on the slow side, not really much of a reason to hit this area for the time being. Now if you’re around the point off Punta Mita then anything is possible in this area. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as you’d expect. Marlin are out about ten miles past the point, but start looking around at the three mile mark. Dorado is starting to move into the area, but they are babies and should be thrown back! With plenty of bait in the area this is our best eight hour option.

Those looking for some fun on the water but either time or other factors are affecting your vacation, then four to six hours in the bay is just what the doctor ordered. With smaller Sailfish still in the bay around the deep channel in front of Los Arcos and baby Dorado too this area has been producing nicely for the last ten months! Jack Crevalls at 45 lbs are huge, thick in numbers and fun to catch. Bonito to 35 lbs, hell even the possibility of a Striped Marlin.  The fishing is wonderful in the bay, lots of options species wise and the expense is on the small side.  Now that we’re seeing more rain in the evenings we’ve had a Trash Line the baby Dorado’s have been feeding on. This naturally attracts larger fish so don’t ignore that strip of crap, it’s the best fish attractor there is.

When it comes to bait, it’s crazy what’s available. Rainbow runners, Goggle Eyes, Red Crabs, Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on and on. For now running a lure is still a good idea, a Petroleros or Iguana of yellow and green color is a good place to start, don’t be afraid to change color if it isn’t working amigos. Water temperatures have hung in the 81 degree mark, it’s not perfect, but close enough for the fish we play with. The bite has been a moving target.  The morning bite is all over the place, so make sure you’re where you want to be fishing early, that way you can’t miss the bite as it moves daily. The late bite is predictable, but late around 5. Plan accordingly amigos for max. Effectiveness.

Just a reminder, rain is no reason to cancel a fishing trip and deposits will not be returned on rain! Having said that the fishing is better in the rain. Those rain drops look like fish landing on the water.  This gets fish more excited that my ex-wife with a new Nordstroms credit line! Trust me, that’s “excited“! With the summer fishing season on us we all need to remember hurricanes are a part of life in this part of the world when it comes to fishing here in PV.  Many people freak out when I mention Hurricanes, but in reality we see many during the season. Very few are threats or even a “concern”. It can cause some rough seas or stormy conditions. The port authority here in PV is worse than my ex when it comes to being a safety freak. It’s a good thing, but you’ll never hit unsafe conditions because when swells hit six feet, even with super intervals, the port will be closed. So you’re fishing and boating safety is all important to us all. You’re covered, safe and informed as long as you continue to read these articles amigos, my promise to you!

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

Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .
Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .

Remember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

Tours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

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

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

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

 

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

 

06 20 2017 Brad Andelé, 100 lb YF tuna 580 pxls MBTxtIt’s nice once again to be able to write a real fishing report and a cookie cutter report again. As water temperatures continue to hang over 80 degrees and the super abundance of varied baits are not moving out as for bait, things are great. The water is blue everywhere, including the bay except for the normal brown ring around the bay from the evening rains. Yes we have rain, but it’s not the rainy season as yet. We have some hurricane activity but like every year it doesn’t amount to much except the possibilities of stormy seas and better fishing. We have our world famous species hanging out now, even though it’s early for species like Tuna and Dorado, but they’re here presently. The good news is we’re coming into the season nicely. Better news is that things from this point will only improve, with a bump or two I am sure. Yes folks “Fishing” has returned to Puerto Vallarta!

Web Page “Extra”: For you all reading this on the web site I can include this info since it doesn’t ferment for a week likes some of my outlets let it do. Having said that we’ve been seeing a Hurricane, Dora just hand out about a couple hundred miles from Puerto Vallarta. The direction and “juice” is heading in the opposite direction so no issues for us except rain. Well humidity needs to be included as you can cut the air with a knife. Not much different that Houston or Miami or even Michigan. We’ve been getting rain, heavy at times, a slight breeze as well, so this would get you to think “Trash Line” would form, but that’s not the case. We do have some trash spots, but no trash line of any real measurement. 06 23 2017 Mr. Voves, 10 hrs, 01 MBTxt 500 plxlsThis will naturally change shortly and this is good news. With Dorado signs, we may see this help the Dorado Numbers increase, let’s hope.

Corbetena, one of the most famous fishing grounds and name in the world and for good reason. When it’s good at Corbetena that is about all you need to know to get your neck hair standing up, then comes the ants in your pants. If you’re one of those guys I suggest you move on to the next paragraph because I’m about to get that neck hair standing. Then give me a minute or two and you’ll be squirming in your seats (Ha ha).  Black Marlin are all over the “Rock” running 500 to 700 lbs, possibly bigger and they’re taking bait! Then we also have Blue Marlin right at 500 lbs and they’re taking bait as well. Sailfish, of course and big. Yellowfin Tuna are still circling the rock and running anywhere from 40 to over 100 lbs! After a winter season of dismal fishing if this doesn’t get you “squirmy“nothing is going to. Problem with Tuna right now is they’re not taking bait unless you catch them at the perfect time and place. You see we have these massive amounts of what we call “Tuna Crabs”, they’re red, the size of a quarter or a little larger and they float. I have called these a “thin crust Tuna Pizza” as they slash through this “fast food” without a though to you and your presentation. If you find yourself at Corbetena in the morning around 5 a.m. then you may want to do some trolling, then or around 6 p.m. otherwise it isn’t going to be easy amigos. They’re jumping and playing, all the stuff a Tuna does except take baits, be patient amigos. My suggestion, do an overnight, hit the late and early Tuna bite, then chase Marlin the rest of the day. There are abundant Skip Jack tuna bait to 7 lbs, Bullet Bonito, Green Runners, Flying fish, Goggle eyes, you name it, it’s out there. El Banco on the other hand is not doing very well, slow is polite. El Banco can at times take the lead and other times The Bank is happy to relax. Well el Banco is relaxing for now, as Marlin and Tuna are passing this area. With insane amounts of Bait you’ll still find “some” Marlin and Sailfish in thin numbers for now. This will change soon and when it does I predict this world famous location for super big fish will be back in the game. For the moment your fuel dollar could be better spent, stay tuned.

06 23 2017 Travis Cusimano, Shannon friend Tail wrapped pxls 650 MBtextMarietta Islands, we’ll they’re still there, can’t say much more about the area. Some Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, a few miles off the islands there have been smaller Marlin and schools of Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna of 6 lbs, very tasty. Nothing special for the time and distance. A better option would be the Point off Punta Mita where there have been Dorado, yes I said Dorado 12 to 20 lbs around any floating debris or clump or “crap”. As mentioned earlier we’re seeing some rain due to Hurricane Dora which will be short lived. No real trash line as yet, but there are “trash spots” floating around which can be very productive not to mention fun. Jack Crevalls 40 lbs of course along with Bonito 30 lbs, even Sailfish in the 100 lb range. So this whole area can explode soon so keep your ears open and we’ll share what we know for sure.

This all of course brings us to The Bay where the action now for months has been unusually great. I guess when something like this continues indefinitely we can call this normal? I don’t know, but what I do know is there are tons of fish for the enthusiast, amateur or professional alike. Jack Crevalls to over 40 lbs in some cases. Bonito to35 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs to 45 lbs this week all around Yelapa (they’re full of red crabs too), Sailfish out a ways in front of Los Arcos, even smaller Striped Marlin are hanging out around the bay! Can’t complain about that, some will. With the bite being so mixed up the fishing is happening all day, remember to pay attention to the tuna bite and you’ll be fine. My suggestion for now is hit it hard for Football Tuna early near Yelapa, then when it looks like the bite has faded give some Jack Crevalls a shot, then mid day hit the Sailfish and Striped Marlin. Follow a plan like that and you’ll give it your best shot.

Bait Conditions, well I told you most of the secrets already, but there are Blue Runners, Green Runner, Rainbow runners, Goggle eyes, Red Crabs, Bullets, Skippies, you name it, we have it for bait.  Nice thing is bait can be made just about anywhere you go so no need to sweat bait. Water Temperatures have taken a slight step down to 81 degrees at Corbetena, 80 degrees at El Banco and 82 degrees in the bay. Not perfect, but not far from it. Bite is, well, a moving target these days. With plenty of bait the bite is more of a ‘whim’ they, the fish that is, can take advantage of at a whim. Be early, you’ll give yourself the best chance you’ll have for the day. Bring a camera, the morning sunrise is incredible with tropical mornings like we have.

06 10 2017 8 hrs Mi Jenny, Jim Kelly, 2 sails, 005When it comes to your boating safety in general, make sure understand the product you are purchasing and make sure you’re comfortable with the people you are dealing with. We’ve seen some tough years here in Mexico and many familiar companies are no longer in business as others try to fill the void. Many are great, some are horrible, some are dangerous. You really don’t know what you have until you get to the boat. You have several resources to choose from, Trip Advisor is just one. Do your homework, check out the available options and always make sure you come armed with information you collect from these articles so some promoter doesn’t fill you full of happy facts, but is short on delivery. When it comes to fishing, we hope you’ll choose Master Baiter’s. As responsible business people we send you to the best PV has to offer, not who pays me the best commission. We can help steer you in the right direction for just about anything you can think of, we’d be happy to help. Benjamin can help you with your tour needs and, well, I’ll just keep doing what I’ve always done…. Live the Master Baiter’s Lifestyle, there is always room for another!

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

We will smoke your fish, but you will get half back, we can't " smoke  that much....hahahahaha
We will smoke your fish, but you will get half back, we can’t ” smoke that much….hahahahaha

Remember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

Tours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

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

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

 

Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, It’s Finally Fish City Again

                                                                           Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, It’s Finally Fish City Again

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

Sailfish and Smaller Dorado in the bay
Sailfish and Smaller Dorado in the bay

We finally we have warm, blue water stuffed full of bait fish at our world famous deep water locations of Corbetena and El Banco. Yes Marlin of blue and black, Sailfish, even sizeable Yellowfin Tuna in several locations. With the warmer water temperatures, the invasion of the bay with massive amounts of bait was bound to happen, why it took so long is a mystery. For now we’ll count our lucky stars and go with the flow. For the record, it’s “Fish City” out there and High Season for world class Sportfishing begins now!

Let’s start with Corbetena, like last week we’re still seeing red crabs drawing in Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 lbs to 80 lbs, it just depends on your luck at the time. Sailfish of nice size, some Striped Marlin at 250 lbs, Black Marlin over 500 lbs, Blue Marlin at 500 lbs, and a host of smaller fish.  One issue is there are still Bottle Nose Dolphin stealing trolled baits so be aware. The good news is there is other bait to be caught out in the fishing grounds area, but they get those also. Be patient or use the staples in the bait tail trick to help your cause. Blue water, flying fish, warm water temperatures, the conditions are close to perfect and hopefully the season will build on all this. After such a dismal start to the season it’s nice to see things turn for the best. For the locals there is no excuse for not finding your way on the bay.

Blue Marlin, Corbetena
Blue Marlin, Corbetena

El Banco is much the same, but with Corbetena closer and fuel cost being what it is none of the local boys, charter companies that is, are heading out this way. My local friends, those with private boats are telling me the same story though. Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin but no Dorado in either location. Like I said, with Corbetena closer, the fuel cost being an issue, the majority (which isn’t many) have been hitting the rock. I guess this means the area will be deserted leaving you the high spots to yourself! Imagine having some of Mexico’s best fishing grounds to yourself, alone amigo. Same deal with bait, water temperatures, blue water, the conditions are world class and waiting for you to show up. FYI there are red crabs, the “Tuna Crabs” have hung around for a week so be ready to mimic those baits as well, just a thought.

Punta Mita / Marietta Islands finally have a pulse as Sailfish and Striped Marlin move in off the point of Punta Mita. Heading out three miles from the shore you’ll find beautiful high visibility blue water stuffed full of flying fish, Skip Jack tunas 6 lbs and a perfect bait. Bullet Bonito are also thick so you can expect the fishing in this area to continue to get better in the coming days. Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Needle fish are in the area at 30 lbs as well. There is a host of game fish in  very active area. The Marietta islands are the same, we’re just hoping to see Dorado soon.

For the last few months it’s been all about “inside the bay”. The surprising thing is the bay is still incredible and for the person on a limited budget you still have a slight chance at a Striped Marlin from 120 to 200 lbs. Sailfish are also still running the neighborhood and from Los Arcos you’ll find Yellowfin Football Tuna anywhere from 20 lbs to 45 lbs. The closer to Yelapa the chances are they’ll be larger. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Skip Jack Tunas at 6 lbs. These are very tasty and should not be ignored for the dinner table amigos.  Needle fish are in the 20 lb range for now and there are just so many species in the bay now we can’t come close to touching them. If you’re in town now and you don’t get on the water for a short day at the very least then you have missed something you’ll never forget. Oh, almost forgot to mention, we have small Dorado in the bay, hopefully this is an early sign of things to come. Cross your fingers and toes!

06 15 2017 Kevin Lawry, Pecositas II, 6 Hrs 600 pxls MBTextBait: as mentioned earlier we have bait city which makes “Fish City” possible. If you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna they’ve been hitting early in the morning, sometime before sunrise, yet we don’t have a full moon. Or the late bite is before sundown, so be on the water at 6 p.m. or so and get ready but if trying to get them to take a bait before they’re ready will just frustrate you. If you’re looking for Marlin, they’ve been taking dead baits as are Sailfish but they’ll take baits at all hours of the day right now, so it can be confusing. If you’re in the area of El Banco to Punta Mita be sure you have baits that will mimic flying fish as there are just fields of 3 to 5 inch beauties. Lures have been working well also especially for Marlin and Sailfish.  Petroleros (brown, purple and green), Iguanas (yellow and green) and cedar plugs are working well. Lures of yellow and blue will also get action, so bring your bag of tricks with these colors prominent. Water temperatures increased another degree so we’re in the perfect temperature range for the time being, YeHa! Bite: that’s a moving target but if you’re where you want to be before 9 a.m. this will serve you well.

We’ve been some morning rains, not much so we’re not as yet seeing a massive trash lines as we hope to see. We are seeing smaller trash “patches” that work well for Dorado and is the probable reason we have tiny Dorado in the bay, feeding on this organic fast food. This will change soon of course and we’ll have even more species options to choose from.

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

Smoked Fish Illustration We.ll Smoke your CatchRemember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

Tours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

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

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

Still lots of Jack Crevalls in the bay and waiting for you to arrive!
Still lots of Jack Crevalls in the bay and waiting for you to arrive!

Extreme Condition Changes, Warm Water, Yellowfin Tuna!

                                                      Extreme Condition Changes, Warm Water, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

After what has been a dismal and disappointing spring we’re in the game again big time with warm water at the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbetena. Bait is super plentiful everywhere and we’re seeing summer species like Sailfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna trickling into the area. It’s all good and we’re about to enter high season for fishing here in PV!

For the last few months you could have used a cookie cutter to put my reports together.  It seemed like the same fishing elements never changed. I’m very happy to say that this is finally all coming to an end as we have seen water temperatures jump from 72 degrees to 81 degrees in one week! This is drastic and surprising. Blue water is two miles out from Punta Mita, a huge plus. Bait conditions are incredible with massive amounts of flying fish three to six inches from Punta Mita all the way to Corbetena! Bullet Skip Jack and Bonito all over the area especially around the Marietta Islands. But that’s not to say the fishing is fast and easy.

My Friend Curtis Martineau with a nice 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated on Magnifico at Corbetena
My Friend Curtis Martineau with a nice 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated on Magnifico at Corbetena

From El Banco to Corbetena is about twenty five miles and there can be a world of difference between these two world famous fishing grounds.  For now we’ve seen drastic changes from last week.  First off we see water temperatures jumping to 81 degrees from 72 as previously stated. That’s a nine degree increase in just a few days which is unheard of.  The clear green, red tide and cold water has changed to high visibility blue water two miles out from Punta Mita.  What was considered a deserted fishing ground has once again come to life at El Banco with Sailfish moving in nicely. Marlin is expected soon. Cuberra Snappers are also in the area taking baits to 50 lbs but on for the jiggers. Naturally there is abundant Skip Jack, bullet Bonito, flying fish, Mullets, Goggle eyes and the list is endless, Sardines are around but thinning out in numbers. So making bait is not a real issue anywhere in the bay. Oh, if targeting Sailfish they’re only hitting dead trolled baits and lures that mimic flying fish.  Keep this information in your back pocket as our little secret. Corbetena is another story completely. With abundant bait in the water we’ve seen 60 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna move into this area aggressively. Some Sailfish in the area, but not like El Banco. With the good you must take the bad, which means there are bottle nose Dolphin, Flipper if you will, taking your trolled Bonito or larger Chorras. This will drive you nuts as they lay in waiting to zing you and steal that bait, they’re both smart and lazy. Capt.  Cesar tells me it you put regular staples in the tail the Dolphins advanced sense of taste will not like  the metal  taste of the staples and leave your bait alone. Worth a try, me, I never have a stapler on the boat, never thought if it as “tackle” before. Tuna are on top of the rock so you don’t need to get fancy. One thing to remember, it’s a full moon out there which means the Yellowfin Tuna will be biting before dawn! If you can’t make it to the fishing grounds about 4:30 in the a.m., then you’ll be better off hitting the late bite which is occurring around 2:00 P.M.. They’re jumping and attacking cedar plugs better than baits. A classic lure that works but it’s not pretty. Live baits are working outside the rock from the Dolphin. About a mile past the rock you have a decent chance at Blue and Black Marlin.  Their numbers will be picking up shortly so a little patience will pay off. Jack Crevalls, Cuberra Snapper, and other assorted species moving in and out.

For now your fuel dollar piggy bank needs to be emptied and remember don’t ask the wife to go fishing. It’s better to beg for forgiveness and ask for permission. But remember also, being divorced twice DQ’s me as a marriage consular.

The Marietta Islands have been another big disappointment for the last three months, and nothing much has changed. Water temps are way up in this area as well, but for some reason this area for now is a fish ghost town. I am surprised we haven’t seen sailfish move in the area, stay tuned. So the normal players of Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs and tasty. Nothing too exciting and frankly you can find better action closer in the bay. Punta Mita is not exactly alive with action but there are some Sailfish in the area and more will be coming. With massive amounts of flying fish for bait it’s going to be hard for incoming species to resist the temptation of hanging around. Won’t be long before this area is a fish machine once again.06 07 2017 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico 800 pxls MBText

Talking about inside the bay things are great! Needle fish are moving in, a strange species they’re fun to catch and taste great.   Bonito everywhere to 30 lbs, Football Yellowfin tuna 30 to 45lbs if lucky all around Yelapa and in the middle of the bay. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs but beginning to thin out in numbers as water temperatures increase. Sailfish are still hanging out around Los Arcos out a few miles or closer in, who knows? The main point being inside the bay fishing is an incredible deal right now and well worth the price of participation! Throw in Sierra Mackerels, Needle fish and the list goes on. For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

Remember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

06 07 2017 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico 800 pxls MBTextTours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

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

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

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

 

Everyday is a Different Challenge, Chilly Water!

                                                                           Everyday is a Different Challenge, Chilly Water!

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

Striped Marlin Boated at El Morro on Magnifico
Striped Marlin Boated at El Morro on Magnifico

At this time of the year we normally see water temperatures inching their way up, it isn’t happening. Last week we had Freak Black Marlin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin and then BAM! Water temps dropped like a rock, blue water disappeared for the most part and we’re all scratching our heads about this. For the next few days expect no Marlin of any kind, No Tuna of any kind unless “footballs” as bait conditions begin to change. It’s a weird week so put your seat belts on, it’s a “Chilly Story” this week.

Frankly this is surprising to me, I figured we had a cold current that would be a thing of the past in a few days. Here we are a week later and we’re seeing conditions that are more like early winter and not early summer fishing at all! Sardines are thinning out, we still have bullet Bonito which are a favorite bait for the “locals”, red Tuna Crabs have shown up again so it’s a real mixed bag out there. Corbetena and El Banco are not happening, don’t waste your time, you’re burning fuel for “iffy” fishing at best. With the clean green water coming in we naturally know it’s going to be cold water. But we also have some red tide spots scattered around the area. Brown water, then there are also blue water spots. If you can find blue water it’s in the upper 70’s degree wise. If the water is green or brown it’s in the super low seventies. If you find yourself in this area Cuberra Snappers will come up for baits, so it’s a right place at the right time scenario.  Rainbow runners in the 40 lb range, Amber Jacks to 50 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and if you see Spinner Dolphin you’ll most likely find Football Tuna in the 30  lb range. For both Corbetena and El Banco that’s the best I can say. Stay tuned, this will change or it means we’re entering a la Nina Year which is very possible, stay tuned!

Jack Crevalls everywhere. Caught on Guanatuna or 28 ft Super Panga
Jack Crevalls everywhere. Caught on Guanatuna or 28 ft Super Panga

Now imagine you do find fish and they’re not taking bait for love or money. It’s a head scratcher, but with cold water we know we have a real challenge finding warm water species. The Sailfish have taken a powder, Dorado right now is a fantasy, Rooster fish are iffy at best. If you find yourself around the Marietta Islands, El Morro or Punta Mita area you can find plenty of Jack Crevalls, Smaller bonito to 25 lbs, possible Pompano, it’s a short list this week. Things can change before you finish this article so keep positive and save those fuel dollars for the coming weeks.

And once again Inside the bay the fishing is superior to most of the other fishing grounds. Your chance of boating a Sailfish is better in the bay than outside the bay. So if you need a fishing fix, you can scratch that itch in the bay. Plenty of Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs, Bonito of course to 30 lbs, all the regular players including Sea Bass (Yeha!) that came back to the opening of the Ameca River. Now the bay fishing has its challenges as well, but it’s still the best bang for your fishing buck amigo. Fish on the cheap, we have $200 bare bones trips, no frills, but it’s a great deal that will get you on the water and having fun, good for up to four people, why aren’t you calling me now already!?

After what seemed like “forever” we’re finally seeing the bite get earlier in the morning. Leave early since there is a double earlier bite one after 8:00 a.m. and the other around 1:00 in the early afternoon. For now figure on being where you want to be by 8:00 and you can´t be late for the bite! Water temperatures moved down dramatically to 70 with the previously mentioned cooling trend around the area. Water conditions could be better, avoid the red tide at all cost, fishing wise that is. Literally, the moving target a.k.a. Bait is not what it was. Sardines are moving out, Bullet Bonito are still thick in the area so that’s promising. Tuna Crabs have drifted in around the size of a ten peso piece. Naturally there are always Skip jack Tuna, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on. Running plastics this week was a real disaster. Capt. Cesar of Magnifico took every single lure and trust me he has hundreds, couldn’t get one fish to take a look. So you’re on your own this week. If you discover a something that is working, let me know!

Remember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

Consignment Flyer picMaster Baiter’s is jumping into the Used Fishing Equipment, tackle, polls, down riggers, lures, life preservers, Kayaks, water sports items of all sorts, radios, anything fishing or water sports related and we’ll sell it for you. We all have too much and always not enough when it comes to fishing tackle and equipment.  We also will be announcing another new location and need old or cool fishing antique type stuff so lets get this party started!

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

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

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Water Temp Roller Coaster, Fish In/Ou

Water Temp Roller Coaster, Fish In/Out

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

09 15 2011 300lb Black Marlin, Magnifico, Corbeteña RedPix 400 MBTextBy now you should be sick and tired of hearing me talk about El Nino, but here we are again. When people learn about El Nino and how it all works, nobody expects conditions to change all at once. When it does change it can be like a ¨Log Jam¨ busting. Two weeks ago the water was 87 degrees, five days later it was 74 degrees, then back up to 80 degrees and now it´s 76 degrees. From these roller coaster fluctuations its toll on fishing. Warm water fish like Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, and Dorado will run from this cold water and not think twice about it.

So, with a lead in like that, I don´t think I need to tell you that the fishing at this exact moment, not tomorrow or the day after, but this minute the water is so cold the only real location to find fish is in the bay! Los Arcos is alive with different baits and this is drawing in Sailfish and Marlin to the area! A freak thing, the fishing in the bay is better than at El Banco or Corbeteña, again at this exact moment. I say this because I don´t want people reading this article a week from now and thinking the fishing is bad when it´s bad for the moment. Everything changes quickly here and in three days things will be different. We are at the end of High Season for fishing and the water temperatures may not make it back into the 80´s again, lets hope not.

Corbeteña and El Banco: Well the water is that clean green color, which is an indication of cold water. The locals don´t mind it, they´ll take baits in it, but they´ll shy away from the cold. Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna have all bugged out with the frigid water. This could be a cold local current or it could be the real deal and El Nino is finally coming to an end. Either way for this particular moment, fishing in this area is rolling the dice. Could change in a few days, Stay tuned.

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Well if you can imagine the water is a little warmer in this area, but not much. We´ve seen some Rooster fish, some I say around the El Morro area in the 50 lb range.  If you have Goggle Eyes for bait, you may have a chance at a roaming Sailfish or Rooster fish. Chances of seeing Dorado are slim. Dorado does not handle cold water snaps very well and will be the first to vacate an area when the chill hits. This area and north can still get warm water that trickles down the cost form the Seas of Cortez so it´s not ¨doom and gloom¨ conditions amigo. It just means we have to figure out a solution to a challenge, again.

08 27 2015 Kathleen Moore, Bella Del Mar  6 Hrs 400 pxlsInside the bay is the best fishing we have available to you in Puerto Vallarta for the moment. Warm water is still in the bay as currents are much slower to do their work with low circulation. For that reason and the fact that we have super abundance of bait in the bay, has drawn in some unexpected species. Sailfish are still hanging out around Los Arcos and three were boated just a few days ago. Freak fishing, you bet, but we´ll take it. We´re seeing Cubera Snappers at the river mouths for trolling and Jigging, Jack Crevalls at 35 to 50 lbs, Snook to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals. You know except for the freak Sails around La Cruz and Los Arcos it´s all going to be small fish amigos.

The bite is still happening around 11:00 a.m so plan accordingly to take full advantage of a four hour fishing trip. Otherwise you could be coming in when the bite is just starting. Water temperatures are a mess. We don´t know if they´ll go back up or stay where they are now. But we do know this, things change quickly and if you give it a few days things will change again for the better. Right now we´re seeing 76 degree water which is about as cold as it will get, so it should mix in with the warm water and who knows, maybe it will make the fishing hold out until after new years. The best baits to use right now are Goggle Eyes as they´re turning ¨everyone’s¨ head. The shrimp and Red Tuna Crabs have left the area with the currents. I´m not sure if that´s a good thing or a bad thing, but it´s a thing we have to deal with. Bullet Bonita, Bullet Skippies are also a great choice if you can find them. For lures it´s the same again, Petroleros of brown, green and purple, Iguanas of Yellow and Green to mimic Dorado baits, Pink / Blue and Blue / Silver are good place to start.

UpDate: Like the article says wait three days and things can change. Not that things have changed dramatically but there seems to be some warm water fish coming back in. Today (12/30/2016) Magnifico boated and released two Striped Marlin and a nice Dorado at 35 lbs. Two days ago Corbeteña has no fish, not even Jack Crevalls and now it looks like for today anyway there were decent fish at Corbeteña. For now El Banco is still barely breathing, but We´re seeing the area around Punta Mita to El Morro coming to life a little also with some Dorado and Sailfish a touch more abundant, but nothing automatic. Inside the bay we´re still seeing Sailfish, freak thing, but there you go. There are some Dorado being boated around Puta Mita points north to Guyabitos where you can see Sails and Striped Marlin as well, but you´ll need to plan a ten hour day for this. All and all the fishing has improved a bit, but it´s not good by any measurement. Water temperatures are still around 78 degrees, up a touch from the 76 degrees reported here, but it seem Dorado are hanging at areas where there is plenty of bait and some swirling warm currents. So it´s not ¨Doom & Gloom¨ as the report suggest any longer…YeHa!

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

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

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

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01 17 2013 Magnifico Dorado, Marietta Islands

Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

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

Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco 3 miles to the west of the high spots
Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco 3 miles to the west of the high spots

It´s that time of the year when fishing is not going to get any better than it is now as we enter the thanksgiving and Mexican National Holiday season. Water temperatures, bait conditions / availability, it´s fish city again! Yellowfin Return, Sailfish on tap, Dorado increasing, Marlin, even Rooster fish are all happening now at your favorite fishing grounds amigos, don´t hesitate, just get out there! Blame me if you have too, I can take it!

El Banco is finally living up to its reputation with Black Marlin and Blue Marlin in the 500 to 800 lb range. Yellowfin Tuna 100 to 200 lbs are three miles to the east of the high spots, not directly on the high spots since Porpoise (Flipper) are stealing baits for sport again. Sailfish are at decent size 45 to 50 kilos or about a 100 lbs. Dorado have finally showed up and is running in the 25 to 35 lb range but be prepared for fish that are not impressed with your bait! Right now it all can have you pulling your hair out, there are fish, we can see them jumping or under the boat, but there are times when they won´t take a bait, which can drive you crazy. For Yellowfin Tuna be advised that they`re looking for Skip Jack Tuna for bait, so plan accordingly since there have been no Skippies at El Banco! Find a Skippie, catch a Yellowfin Tuna, that simple.

Large Dorado in the bay last week!
Large Dorado in the bay last week!

Corbeteña is much the same, except the Yellowfin Tuna are only about 20 to 45 lb footballs. Sailfish and of course Black and Blue Marlin in the 600 lb range are roaming the area. Dorado at 40 lbs are here as well, but not in any numbers to speak of. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Sailfish of tournament winning size and a host of smaller players like Rainbow runners, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies), Jack Crevalls etc. There are big fish and no Porpoises in this area. Well worth the time and money.

Closer in around El Morro, Punta Mita, Marietta Islands you´ll find Rooster fish to 40 lbs, a little on the sparse side they´re there and that´s good enough for now. Sailfish are getting thick off the back side of El Morro and there are also more Rooster fish in this area as well. Dorado to 25 lbs are sprinkled throughout the area, nothing dependable, but you should boat at least one, maybe two in a day. Striped Marlin are about ten miles off the point of Punta Mita as well. Look for any floating debris and there will be a Dorado opportunity.

Inside the bay will surprise you, Dorado of course but if you can find one they´ll be over 25 lbs. Sailfish are still hanging out at La Cruz and in front of Los Arcos. Bait has filled the bay and now that means we have Black and Blue Marlin, smaller ones, coming into the bay and some have been boated anywhere from 175 lbs to 375 lbs. Impressive and freaky at the same time, this is not normal on any scale. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (bait for El Banco), Sierra Mackerals, Needle Fish, Snapper and hopefully Snook or Robalo around the river mouths make the bay full of options amigos!

Sailfish off Punta Mita and El Morro!
Sailfish off Punta Mita and El Morro!

Bait looks great, maybe too good as the ¨locals¨ are not taking bait and seem very finicky. With Bullet Bonito, Green runners, Flying fish, Bonito, Skippies, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on it´s a virtual fish smorgasbord in the bay. As far as lures go Petroleros with purple lures, pink and blue, Iguanas of yellow and green with black stripes will be a good place to start as always. The bite is mid day, but with the last huge full moon it´s a moving target. Full moon, targeting Tuna, you need to be at the fishing grounds at least an hour before sunrise. Other species is fine after 9 a.m. mid day bite for every species but Tuna is after 4 p.m. now, good luck figuring this out! Water temperatures have dropped to a comfortable 85 degrees finally and we´ll have perfect water conditions until after New Years and that´s a good thing. Deep high visibility blue water is just the cherry on the cake!

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

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

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

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

Great Week for Captain Scooby with Dorado in this pic at Punta Mita
Great Week for Captain Scooby with Dorado in this pic at Punta Mita