Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

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

01-09-2017-curtis-martubeau-on-kate-corbetenaEvery year we know it´s coming, the end of high season for fishing here in PV. Normally by the second week of the New Year we see water temperatures drop and everything changes.  This year we saw this happen a little early, we´ve had 76 degree water temps now for about two weeks. We should see Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and others bugging out. But that´s not the case as we see larger Dorado being boated, Striped Marlin in a frenzy, Blue Marlin are small but there. So no matter how contradictory it may sound, we have cool water and good fishing! Notice I didn´t say ¨great fishing¨ as it´s not. Having said that we´re seeing what Capt. Cesar of Magnifico calls a ¨Bait current¨. We´re seeing squids of three inches filling the area on a deep, warm current keeping Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin very handy. One thing for sure as we get deeper in the month, the fishing will be less and less reliable for summer species. Ah, but fear now, we have fish, we will continue to have great fishing, they will be different species. So if you want a Marlin of any king you better get your backside in gear amigo.

Corbeteña this week has turned mostly into a into a fish ¨Ghost Town¨. There are smaller fish like Cubera Snappers to 35 lbs schooling, Rainbow runners to 40 lbs and Lemon Sharks. As you absorb this information don´t think things haven´t changed by the time you read this. It could be better, it could be worse. With the In / Out condition of fishing, you can still see days that are a sportsman’s dream or night mare. For now it´s best to get the recent info, call me, I´ll share with you!

01-05-2017-mexican-footalls-yf-tuna-that-is-good-eat-ing-copyEl Banco is a completely different story! Looking for Yellowfin Tuna, how about footballs to 45 lbs and thick. Cubera Snappers at (15 to 35 lbs) are schooling, Blue Marlin at 250 lbs, small but there. A big surprise is we have Striped Marlin in frenzy 4 to 7 miles either north or west of the high spots. Sailfish are also taking baits. Rainbow Runners 45 lbs, and who knows what else. It´s a 12 hr day, but worth it. Finally El Banco comes to life. Be advised the ¨Bait Current¨ is bringing in 3 inch squids and the YF Tuna are stuffed to the gills. Bring baits to mimic these and you´ll have a wonderful day.

01-06-2011-policonfodido-cubera-snapper-small-marietta-islands-copyThe Punta Mita point is rocking with 40 lb Dorado off the Reef Buoy just two miles off shore! This is the best sized Dorado in this area for the whole season so don´t hesitate, get out there now! Sailfish are a little tough to find but there for sure. Snappers to 20 lbs are also in the area. Small Rooster fish in the surf line and Anclote reef. Plenty of Jack Crevalls around El Morro. Pompano to 15 lbs at the Marietta Islands, don´t forget 35 lb Bonito as well. Right now eight hours is a great option to El Banco if looking at the time or the money issues, nice to have options. Oh, if targeting Dorado in this area dead bait is working better than live bait and lures.

12-17-2016-hector-marlin-02-800-pxls-mbtextInside the bay is surprising right now with abundant Sailfish. Yes I said abundant! If you´re around la Cruz or Los Arcos you have a great chance at boating a healthy sized Sailfish. You also have a good probability of catching a 25 lb Sailfish as well, not a keeper! Some small Dorado to 20 lbs, Bonito 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls are massively abundant. River mouth could sport Snook and Snappers. So it could be said that bay fishing is better than any other fishing grounds for the next twenty minutes. Again, surprising and perfect for the client looking for a short day and plenty of action, not mention affordable!!

The bite has been happening a little earlier these days so be where you want to be early, before 8 a.m. Water temperatures are hovering at 76 to 77 degrees but with the Bait current it doesn´t seem to matter to these locals for now.

My down town store is now being Manned by Benjamin, he’s a super guy and he is now working the Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes location in much longer hours and the results are very obvious in our bottom line. We see a great future for Benjamin in Master Baiter’s and we’re lucky to have him, next week I’ll have a picture…. We also pained the front of the Marina Shop to be more like the Mural we have on the Downtown store, I’ll tell

marina-vallarta-location-01-01-2017For those of you that read my articles weekly, I have to appologize for my lack ot posting as I normally do, no excuses . . . I’ve been a very busy and getting busier which is a great problem, so thank you for your patience and we’ll make sure to get you fresh and accurate information to make informed vacationing decisions!

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

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It´s Prime Time Fishing, 800 lb Black Marlin!

                                 It´s Prime Time Fishing, 800 lb Black Marlin!

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

Mike Morris Fishing on Thunnus with Capt. Luis boated this nice Black Marlin at Corbeteña
Mike Morris Fishing on Thunnus with Capt. Luis boated this nice Black Marlin at Corbeteña

It´s has been an interesting week. We had a few days where Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish were circling Corbeteña and taking baits at will. I put friends out on one of our boats and they found nothing, not even bait. For twelve other boats that day it was the same thing, no bait, no fish, nothing. Two days later we have world class trophy Game fish all over these same fishing grounds. One problem was / is Bottle Nose Dolphin, the ones like Flipper. They are bait thieves and will eat your trolled bait right up to the hook. Lemon Sharks are just as smart and they´re doing the same thing. In the mean time Yellowfin Tuna will run with Dolphin as we see all the time, they´re buddies. The bigger the Dolphin the bigger the Yellowfin Tuna (don´t use this as a general rule though). So if you can get a ¨live¨ trolled bait past the sharks and past the Bottle Nose Dolphin, then you´ve got a great shot at Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 lbs to over 200 lbs. Just depends on what comes across your bait presentation. While super sized Marlin of all species are cruising the neighborhood, they´re taking lures, not live bait, but that´s probably because they can´t get to a bait! The Sharks and Bottle Nose Dolphin can see the difference and ignore the lures. Sailfish and Marlin are not that smart and have been going for lures of green and yellow, Petrelaros of purple green and brown or dark blue with gold marking to mimic a tuna bait.  Sailfish are here on tap also, Cubera Snappers over 50 lbs if you want to jig with all these Marlin around. Yellowfin Tuna, we`ll as mentioned they´re at the rock, but you have to get a bait between the sharks and the Bottle Nose Dolphin before a Tuna can ever see it! But the water is blue and the water temperatures at 88 degrees may be a little too warm for YF Tuna, but for Marlin the conditions are perfect. Bait is an issue, everywhere or all the other fishing grounds we have no issues with bait. The Dolphin and Tuna have gone through most of it in the area, that´s why if you make bait early before you come too close to the rock, your chances go up proportionately.El Banco is still the ugly step child for the moment. Some smaller Yellowfin tuna Footballs running 30 to 45 lbs are in and out. Sailfish are a no brainer here. Cubera Snappers, Bonito, Skippie bullets for bait, Jack Crevalls. All good fish, but not a good enough reason to hit the Bank. This will most likely change in the next few days as the fish are normally bigger at the bank. For now Corbeteña is a better choice. UpDate: I had Magnifico out at Corbeteña today 7/19, there were thirteen boats out and only two had strikes. Surprising, no excuses, but we got skippies for bait, and nothing. Something to consider if reading this article in points world wide. Fishing is still going to be great, but we´ll see times like this after Dolphin desimate the local bait, no reason for fish to hang around. But they´re out there, we´ll give it another try tomorrow!!

Capt Cesar on Magnifico releasing another Sailfish!
Capt Cesar on Magnifico releasing another Sailfish!

A little closer in around Punta Mita Point there are Sailfish all around the area. But if you hit a heading or 285 to 300 after ten miles out you´ll find Striped Marlin anywhere from 175 to 225 lbs. Once you head out a little farther in deeper water you´ll be in Marlin Territory to about five miles before Corbeteña. If you find Skippies, bullet bonito or Skippies, any bait fish really, make sure you ¨make bait¨ or in plain terms, get a bunch! The local baits are always the best, but once again if you want until you get to the rock, you´ll be disappointed in what´s available there. So be smart, get bait early and the whole area between the Marietta Islands and Corbeteña is alive with bucket list fish. Now would be a good time to be here in PV! Dorado are tiny, Rooster fish are n the surf line and possibly in the reef areas, but they´re more difficult to find by the day. Snappers in front of the river mouth areas with Snook. If you want to hand around the Marietta Islands, Punta Mita Point and El Morro, well you can catch fish, but they´re the same fish in the bay. So save some money if not heading to Corbeteña and fish these same species in the bay. All with high visibility blue water, the conditions are almost perfect, nothing more to say.

Inside the bay, well it´s the same as last week and that´s just fine. We have had a few days of local rain so we´re seeing a nice trash line. Those heading out in the morning need to be aware of the possible invisible debris just below the water line, this can ruin your day if you hit a stump or dead animal. So go slower in the bay than you would in the winter months, it´s just part of the game. With Jack Crevalls being the dominant species in the bay at 40 lbs. You can still find Needle fish to 35 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna at 6 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Snook to 30 lbs at the river mouths, Snappers of all sizes around the structure. The surprising thing is you can still get Sailfish in the bay in several locations and while it is a freak fishing situation, it´s happening so much it´s almost normal now! Four hours will get fish, six hours will get you bigger fish in the bay. So you don´t need to head out for Moby Dick, but he´s there if you want to take the chance!

The bite is on the late side, the afternoon bite is at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and the morning bite is about 10:00 a.m. so plan your day accordingly. Again with clean blue water and water temps of 88 degrees.

One thing that makes itself obvious is when a boat has less than maintained equipment you lose fish. Drags slip, old line is chaffed or just plain breaks. With big Marlin running the area, they will not only test the limits of your tackle, they will test your limits as well. One reason you´ll spend more $$ on one boat and less on another is the invisible equipment factor. The guys who charge a little more, not much more, have fresh line, smooth and maintained drags, full line of color for lures, planers, down riggers and working radios not to mention lite tackle and heavy tackle rigs for all fishing conditions. Let’s face it, you didn´t enter ¨that¨ tournament to lose it because the boat owner didn´t put fresh line on the reels or back it with spectra as you get spooled? When Targeting World class Marlin all your equipment needs to be Professional Grade and you´re Captain needs to be experienced. It´s a symphony of elements that all need to come together as one as you do your best to boat a tournament winning Marlin! A hundred dollars a trip can mean the difference in winning a tournament or participating. Something to think about amigos!IFlying Fish classicn Summary: Conditions are getting more stable, but the water temperatures keep heading upwards. Yellowfin Tuna will sound around these temperatures so make sure you´ve got a down rigger with you when heading out, which means you have the weight that goes with it or it´s useless. Ask the correct questions like if they have a down rigger, do they have the weight? If you´re dealing with an agent, he may not even know what a down rigger is, so talk with someone knowledgeable and demand the truth!

Master Baiter´s just got another freezer so this means we can once again Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free, non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each bag) and can rest assured it won´t be stolen by the concierge, bell boy or anyone passing your fish in the freezer with sticky fingers. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

I also have a new, smaller panga with a super superior captain and for the next two weeks I am offering this 26 ft Panga for four hours at $200 usd which is at a loss for me, but we´re introducing this panga so we can earn your business in the future! But you have to mention you read it here in this article to get this deal or mention you read this in the PV Mirror (www.pvmcitypaper.com ) !!

Smoke Your Fish: As another exclusive service of Master Baiter´s we´re offering a Fish Smoking Service where we´ll smoke your fish, bag it and prepare it for shipping, we take half for payment. People are loving this service and frankly I love the taste of smoked Marlin / Smoked Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish or any other fish you catch. Even Jack Crevall taste good smoked!! Just call us and we´ll come to the boat and get it with instructions on how to reach us, we´ll deliver it a few days later or trade you what we have in stock, but not the day of the trip amigo, call us, we´ll fix you up! I can´t tell you how good this is with a beer!!

July Fishing Special: Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. Option II: For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance and how much fuel we use. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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

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

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Our Best Fishing in Two Years, It´s Fish City in PV!

                                               Our Best Fishing in Two Years, It´s Fish City in PV!

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

Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point
Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point

 

Puerto Vallarta is not one of those tropical destinations that just gradually warm up after the preferable climate of winter. No we just sort of start warming up mid May, then BOOM it´s June and it´s hot and humid. Now I say hot and humid to the California types, to the Houston, Florida and other humid areas, PV is mild to your summer standards. But when it does get warm, the warm currents come with it and with the currents come Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing Reputation as being one of the top ten fishing locations in the world! Right now Puerto Vallarta is living up to that reputation with abundant ¨Bucket List¨ trophy gamefish and happy Anglers, YeHa!

06 30 2016 Magnifico 5 Black Marlin 500 pxls MBTextThe report this week is much the same as last week, with small variances that make a difference. At Corbeteña it´s been another spectacular week. Yellowfin tuna are no longer over 100 lbs, what we´re seeing now is Spinner Dolphin moving into the area and with Spinners we normally find Tuna running with them. And they´re running anywhere from 20 lbs to 60 lbs. Smaller yes, but great tasting and large numbers of these smaller succulent YF Tuna are fun to catch, they don´t take hours to boat, the meat has a great flavor and remember everything counts in large amounts! Then we have Blue Marlin starting at 400 lbs and up, Black Marlin at 600 lbs, Striped Marlin to 225 lbs, Sailfish of trophy size are picking up in increasing numbers, Amber Jacks at 50 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs and more! Bait is off the hook and readily abundant, get the bait in the morning, but check the bait in the area when you arrive at the fishing grounds to see what baits are in the area. Mahi Mahi or Dorado are moving into the area now, not many to speak of around the rock, be patient, next week this should change, more to come. With the fishing this good, it´s insane to wait for things to get ¨better¨.… YF Tuna of any larger sizes, that would be better but not much… stay tuned.

El Banco, normally these two areas will be about the same, with small differences. This week is no different with the simple fact they´re seeing Yellowfin Tuna to 60 lbs when you find the spinners. Remember, if you´re looking for big fish, they´re normally larger at El Banco if they´re ¨there¨. El Banco can be temperamental, but for now, it´s well worth the time, fuel and verbal abuse you´ll receive from the ¨little woman¨ for taking off on the spot to catch some world class fishing! And don´t forget the area in between these two locations, many a tournament winning fish have been caught ¨in between¨.

Dorado Return to Punta Mita, better late than like last year!
Dorado Return to Punta Mita, better late than like last year!

Those with a limited budget will still find world class action around the point off Punta Mita. Eight to twelve miles off the point on a 285 heading you´ll find nice sized Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range (mostly 25 lbs). Sailfish are everywhere and surprisingly thick, Striped Marlin to over 225 lbs. Rooster fish in the surf line and around the reefs, but not like two weeks ago. Still this eight hour trip is affordable and full of action! Around the Marietta Islands you´ll still find the normal players of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Amber Jacks to 30 lbs and with some luck you could run into a Dorado or Sailfish.

Yelapa has their fill of smaller Yellowfin Tuna ¨Footballs¨
Yelapa has their fill of smaller Yellowfin Tuna ¨Footballs¨

Inside the bay we´re about the same as last week, but a little different. It´s the subtle differences that make all the difference. One strange thing is Sailfish are all over the bay! Now I can remember reports where I have said it´s impossible to find Sailfish in the bay, well these days I have changed my tune. I know of at least eight Sailfish that were brought in and many more hook-ups that were lost. Right now you´ll find Sailfish around Los Arcos, Mid Bay, La Cruz, and points in between! Jack Crevalls are still the dominant species to 45 lbs. The trash line is in when we have rain and small Dorado of 10 lbs have been feeding on this organic trail mix nicely. Bonito to 35 lbs, Football YF Tuna to 40 lbs at Yelapa, Snapper in front of the River mouths with Snook to 25 lbs. The list goes on, you can´t lose fishing in the bay so grab the family and have some fun.

Water temperatures are still a perfect 84 degrees. Around the bay the water is mostly clear green, not bad, the fish don`t seem to mind, but once you get five miles off the point of Punta Mita it´s all High Visibility Blue water! Baits: most of the Marlin this week were caught on dead bait (surprised me) and lures. Marlin like the Blue with pink marking or Petrelaros of green, brown, purple skirts! Sailfish are looking for Green with Yellow color combinations. Start with these colors in your pattern. Bite: It´s been a moving target lately, the last few days it´s been 11:00 to 1:00 before they seem to get serious about taking baits, so sleep in, be patient and it will all pay-off amigos.

More Yellowfin Tuna around Corbeteña in small to large sizes, just depends on what you come across!
More Yellowfin Tuna around Corbeteña in small to large sizes, just depends on what you come across!

In Summary: With the way things are forming up, it looks like we could have larger and more abundant Dorado in the coming days. Remember it was August last year before we saw ten pound babies while San Diego got the bulk of our Dorado. This year it looks like we´ll be in a more normal pattern. Striped Marlin in the area to me is a little surprising since they normally like the cooler waters of Cabo. Last I heard Cabo waters were still chilly so we´ll consider this a ¨windfall¨ and be thankful in PV for that. Very seldom will you have the three different species of Marlin, we have all in the same area at the same time. Sailfish are thick and will be thick until January, but not normally in the bay!! Yellowfin Tuna it´s still a little early for us, but we´re knocking on the door for Prime time Tuna Fishing so stay tuned.  And as always we´ve got some great summer deals for family fishing so call us and let’s get you on the water!

Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. You´ll have a shot at Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster fish in the surf and around reefs, and with some luck Dorado. For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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

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

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It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                     It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador
Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador

What a difference a week can make and man have things changed so lets get into it! El Banco, Blue Marlin in the 400 lb plus range have returned to the high spots. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 150 to 200 lb range and they´re taking bullet skip jack tuna as favorite bait. No worry, they´re plentiful all around the bay so make bait early and get out there!! Dorado at 25lbs, good size, have also shown up  Sailfish, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs. Targeting YF Tuna, here´s the secret, if you´re not using a kite, you won´t boat a tuna. Naturally we have Jack Crevalls, Bonito, with Bait, bait and more bait. Blue Water, it´s as close to perfect as it will get amigos, if this doesn´t draw you out of your man-cave nothing will.

Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña
Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña

Corbeteña: Much the same, Blue Marlin over 400 lbs, Stripe Marlin around 150 lbs, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna 120 to 200 lbs again using kites and running Skippie bullets as bait will pay off. No Dorado, no Black Marlin either for the moment. Wahoo have taken a powder for the moment and of course we always have Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks and some Rainbow runners. It´s fish city for the moment and conditions are perfect.  Throw in the locals of Jack Crevalls, Bonito and the list goes on….

El Morro, Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands are all on fire as well, finally. Ten miles off Punta Mita Striped Marlin to 175 lbs are all over the place. Sailfish, naturally. The big news in this area is Rooster Fish, they´re back and they´re hungry. Head north of Punta Mita point to the Malinal Reef area and cast six inch Diamond jigs and get ready for some intense arm burning action amigos, YeHa!! No Dorado in the area but that should change very soon, they may already be out there! Watch for a trash line in the area and they´ll be plenty of fish looking for a free breakfast!

06 18 2016 Marlin, 8 Hrs 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay is downright freaky! Sailfish, yes Sailfish are being boated in front of Marina Vallarta, not miles, but blocks out in the bay. Sailfish are all around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina as well! You may ask why this freaky activity is happening now, well all I can say is Bait, Bait and more Bait! Pick a bait, it´s out there in monstrous amounts. Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Possible Snook in front of the river mouths, they love the ¨Agua Dulce¨ or fresh water pouring into the bay. Dorado will feed all day long on a Trash Line and because of this Dorado should turn up in the area soon so stay tuned.

Bait, boy do we have bait, Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Bullet Skip Jack Tuna or as I call them bullet Skippies. We have Goggle eyes, flying fish and more to temp these finned fantasies. I would suggest to still purchasing bait in the morning on the way out, but making bait will not be an issue anywhere.

505 01 2016 glens Sailfish 900 pxls MBTextThe seasonal rains have begun again so you can expect a trash line around any river dumping into the ocean. Dorado are the normal feeders on these trash lines, but they´re not here yet. What does that mean, well something is eating on this organic fish granola and they´ll be waiting for you to present them a bait they just can´t refuse. Four to six hour trips in the bay are perfect for those taking the family out or looking for decent fishing and having to go to El Banco or Corbeteña to find it. If you don´t know what a ¨trash line¨ is, when we get the seasonal rains normally beginning by the second week of June, the rains was all the loose leaves, roots, tree stumps, you name it runs into the rivers which of course empty into the Bay of Banderas. You will find a ¨trash line¨ near rivers where the water has a floating edge where the water behind it is a shallow dirty coffee colored. In front of the trash edge is clean water. Fish love to feed on this organic granola of seeds, leaves, roots, insects, all sorts of good stuff for fish to eat. So the trash line will normally produce Dorado, Bonito, maybe some snapper on occasion. Smaller fish normally, that in turn draw larger fish. So you can have big fish in the bay at times chasing smaller baits feeding on the trash line. The Trash Line is our friend and with the right equipment it can be a fun time for sure!

Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!
Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!

Conditions: Well we have perfect, high visibility blue water to start with. Water temperatures are a solid 81 degrees and as mentioned bait is not an issue…. The bite is still happening a little later in the morning, so I suggest being at your fishing grounds before 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be ¨Right on time¨. If running Lures this week use color the best working color combinations have been small lures of 3-4 inches in pink. Or same size but Blue with Gold coloring would be the best combinations to begin with.

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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Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

                                        Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

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

06 10 2016 Misc Photos for Fishing Reports 650 Pxls MBTextAt this time of the year we normally get a transitional period where the cold water fish move out and the warm water species like Sailfish and Marlin move in big time. Water Temperatures have jumped dramatically as we see warm southern currents doing their job. But this year we´re faced with the possibility, I should say probability (NOAA 70% chance) of a la Nina, So we´ve seen funny things happen with water temps, especially up north around Cabo where the fishing reports are less than exciting as their water temperatures are ¨chilly¨. We´ve also seen a slight drop in water temperatures which is going the wrong direction. Somehow with these changing conditions Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and some Black Marlin have found their way in the area around the deep water fishing grounds. Right now we´re 70% sure if you go out for eight hours or more, you´ll boat a Trophy Billfish! I suspect that since the water in Cabo is in the 74 degree range we´re getting the benefits of that. And since PV is only 350 miles or so south of Cabo so we will most likely see this ¨migration¨ continue.

06 08 2016 Bella Del Mar, Stan & Friends 650 pxls MBTexxt

It´s nice to finally report something other than the same old cookie cutter reports where I take conditions and focus on the positive. This week we are seeing some real action. I got reports around last Wednesday from Capt. Cesar of Magnifico that there were many striped Marlin strikes just to find everything changed the next day to a fish ghost town! Well, that has changed once again, frankly I was expecting what is happening now last week. So Much for Life in Fish City!!

04 10 2016 Andy K, Corbeteña, Bella Del Mar 80 lb Tuna 2 650 Pxls MBText

The funny thing about our deep water fishing locations is they´re about twenty five miles apart, we´re referring to Corbeteña and El Banco, aka The Bank. You would think that with them being in fairly close proximity, these fish would be bouncing back and forth like pin balls, but that´s not the way it works amigos. For the last several weeks I´ve been reporting them both as if they were the same animal, this week there´s a difference. El Banco, where if there are fish, the chances of them being larger than other locations is pretty good. Bait conditions are unchanged from last week and the ¨locals¨ are eating everything they can find. With Bullet Bonito (more like small bonito) all over the place, it´s one of the favorite baits for all species. This week it seems Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin have finally followed them to the high spots! Blue Marlin in the 400 to 600 lb range (possibly larger) are in decent numbers and you´ll get strikes, if you boat them is up to you Senor Angler! It seems everyone heading to El Banco is coming in with a Marlin, so get your butt in gear because things change quickly around here. Sailfish are also in the area as well in a decent size range of 45 kilos or around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers are a no brainer at 55 lbs, some are chasing surface baits. Jack Crevall of course in the 45 lb range everywhere. Bonito to 35 lbs, Wahoo in the 60 lb range and with some luck a Black Marlin, may sighting, one boated here this week at 575 lbs. So there are fish at El Banco and it´s about time. If you´re going to take a run at Yellowfin tuna they´ve been hitting just about anything, but cedar plugs are working very well, feathers also… now use this information wisely!

Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City
Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City

Corbeteña has been a little different this week, Sailfish are getting thicker by the moment, and Blue Marlin for the moment seems to be a little smaller in the 250 to 400 lb range. Naturally we have Cubera Snappers, Rainbow at 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course 40 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, you get the idea. Definitely worth your time and money amigo, but you need to be here first!

Around the point of Punta Mita we´re seeing many Striped Marlin coming in. This is an eight hour day to get to this area and now it´s a great deal. Sailfish are getting thicker as we would expect. Jack Crevalls of course, Bonito, not too many Rooster fish around the surf line but with so many Sardines especially in the bay it surprises me we´re not seeing Rooster Fish more abundant, stay tuned. Wahoo around El Morro with the possibility of Snappers 10 to 25 lbs around the area, especially the Marietta Islands. The whole are is close enough to check them all out, just make sure your captain has a radio to hear the other captains calling out where the fish are. Remember we all try and share information like this so we all do well and help the industry as a whole. Something to remember on these illegal and cheap fishing boats!! Not to mention the safety angle of not having a radio, cell phones don´t cut it! Plenty of bait and blue water, time to hit it.

Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!
Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!

Inside the bay, for what has been the best fishing in weeks is still great and for the family guy looking for smaller fish for the younglings then a four to six hour trip will be short enough to be interesting and action enough to make the trip seem too short in length! With Jack Crevalls, Bonito to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Snappers of all sizes from very small to larger, freak chance of Sailfish around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina still has me scratching my head. The fishing is great in the bay and it looks like we´ll be moving into some better fishing days as the weeks go by.

The bite is early, be where ever you want to be before 9 a.m. in the morning, Afternoon bite is around 2:30 p.m to about 5 P.M. Water Temps: well they´re in the 78 to 81 mark depending on the location. The area around Punta Mita was 78 degrees, so this is a little strange and we´re looking for strange as we have a strong possibility (70% chance) of La Nina as reported by NOAA for this year. Cabo has lower than normal water temperatures and this could mess with their fishing. It will affect us also here in PV, but we´re farther south and we normally have warmer water than Cabo, only time will tell but keep an eye on Cabo as an ¨indicator¨. Bait: We have bait, every kind of bait you could hope for so no issues with bait at all. Lures, same as before, Petrelaros of brown, green and purple should be the first lure you try, then go to purple and silver. We have blue water everywhere so water is not an issue. Cabo is plagued with the clean green water so we´ll be looking to see if this condition moves this way.

02 27 2015 Football YFTuna 450 Pxls MBTextIn summary the fishing has improved dramatically and conditions couldn´t be better. Perfect water temps, perfect bait conditions, blue water, fish, and it´s all improving daily! So if you´re in PV and you´re a fisherman, take advantage of the deserted fishing grounds and improving action.

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

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The Challenge: Big Fish (iffy) vs. Guaranteed Action

                                    The Challenge: Big Fish (iffy) vs. Guaranteed Action

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

Cubera Snapper of 20 lbs is perfect size for eating, for a family of four that is. Caught on Adriana´s with Capt. Aristo at Punta Mita Point
Cubera Snapper of 20 lbs is perfect size for eating, for a family of four that is. Caught on Adriana´s with Capt. Aristo at Punta Mita Point

For the third week running now we´ve had the same conditions now. Plenty of beautiful high visibility blue water, perfect water temperatures and massive amounts of bait yet we´re seeing few boats if any coming in with larger species. I was hopeful last week that we´d see Sailfish move in and ¨save the day¨. Many boats heading in different directions and all had the same results, frustration! Yes we have Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Rooster fish, the question is  ¨Where are they¨?

You couldn´t ask for a better set up condition wise. Blue water, massive amounts of varied bait, perfect water temperatures and it feels like we´re looking for a needle in a hay stack. We have fish, but not too many. We know where they should be, but aren´t. I´ve sent several people out this week and I´ve been leery of telling them that they´ll come in with any fish, for those targeting our larger species that is. But if you´re looking for some arm burning action, you´ll have to set your sights a little lower amigo. Now this could be the yearly transition we normally experience, but I don´t think that´s it. It has turned into a waiting game and soon all the players will be back, any day now. But until then, you can take a shot at the deep water locations or you can keep it ¨close¨ and head out to the point of Punta Mita where you´ll get smaller fish, but many.

El Banco and Corbeteña are struggling. Bait, Blue Water and Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, around the Rock of Corbeteña and the high spots of El Banco. Most don´t take the time and fuel dollars to hit this tasty species. Sailfish have been spotted, but no hookups. Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs is huge for a Jack, but they´re the same size in the bay! We should have fish in these world class fishing grounds, but for the moment it´s ¨Iffy¨ at best. Now somebody will be out there and get a strike or three, but you have to be there for this to happen. So the risk takers are the ones we´re looking to for positive signals. Stay tuned.

Jack Crevalls are thick in the bay, just ask Capt. Scooby on Guanatuna
Jack Crevalls are thick in the bay, just ask Capt. Scooby on Guanatuna

El Morro to Punta Mita, including the Marietta Islands are your best fishing options for the moment. Sailfish are being seen, one was boated. Striped Marlin have been cruising the area, one boated at 225 lbs. Snappers are in the 10 to 20 lb range and they´re very tasty. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls 30 – 50 lbs. With some luck you´ll find a Rooster fish or two, but it´s better to be closer to the surf line. Hard to get excited over this week’s fishing report, I´d love to fluff this up, but this is about as good as it gets. For me, I´d take an eight hour trip, take a shot at a Sail, maybe a Striped marlin that´s lost. Try for some Snappers and Roosters, then if it´s coming up short, you can always hit the Jack Crevalls, Bonito etc in the bay.

05 20 2016 Adrianas 8 hrs b Adjusted 600 pxls MBTextSpeaking of the bay, you´ll catch all the Jack Crevalls you can handle, they´re big, they fight like demons and readily available. A four to six hour fishing trip would be mostly these species. But then again we see Sailfish around La Cruz Marina and Cubera Snappers at the river mouths. Bonito are all over the place anywhere from 15 lbs to 40 lbs. Sierra Mackerals seem to be moving out a little, not surprising with warm water. This doesn´t sound like much, but we´re seeing some great action with what we have. If you´re looking for Moby Dick, you´ll have to roll the dice. But if you hit something large, send me a picture and I´ll share it here next week. One thing for sure this is not going to last much longer amigos and I´ll be there with you when they finally show up. Like lost relatives, sooner or later they´ll be at our front door knocking. So stay positive, roll the dice, it´s the risk takers in the world of fishing that come in with the Prize Billfish!

Now remember this can all change before you finish reading this article. That is why I don´t put dates on things. To assume the fishing is bad would be a mistake. You will catch fish, but probably not over 60 lbs. For many this is a large fish, for some they won´t waste their time, for me fishing is fun and I want action. Fish snobs, well maybe you should wait for some news before heading to El Banco. But if you´re bold, then the world is your oyster, take a shot, the worst thing that can happen is you come back in and catch some nice sized Snappers for the table. Trust me, when you take that first bite of this delicious white meat fish you´ll forget everything else.

05 11 2015 Capt Aristio, Adrianas, 8 hrs, Punta Mita, Grouper on AdrianasBite: Who knows, things are so mixed up I´d suggest being where you think you´ll find fish before 8:30 a.m. Bait / Lures: Well there you go again, plenty of Bullet Bonito, Flying fish, Goggle Eyes, Skip Jack Tuna are everywhere so bait is not an issue. If using a lure, Magnifico tried twenty five different colors and still had the same result. I´d start with Petrelaros, then move into the Mahi´s which are green and yellow.

Stay positive out there, things may have already changed, but we won´t know until someone comes in with something to brag about. The sun is high in the sky, water temps are getting better by the day. Plenty of bait keeps me optimistic and to be frank, we have these same issues every year so be a little patient.

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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Big Black Marlin at El Banco, They´re Back!

                                     Big Black Marlin at El Banco, They´re Back!

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

What a difference a week can make and what a week it´s been! With the cold front that came through, closed the port and messed with the fishing it was little more than a night mare for a few days there. But with the cold front came a cold current that ¨pushed¨ Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and other species into the area in decent numbers. For the lucky sole that is here in Puerto Vallarta looking to go fishing, you just hit he jackpot!

Marlin at the GaffEl Banco is the place to be if looking for out of season Billfish and Yellowfin Tuna. Located fifty miles out of Marina Vallarta this world famous fishing location is living up to its reputation. Right now, this very minute Big Black Marlin tipping the scales anywhere from 600 to over 800 lbs is available to the guy with the ¨bones¨ to be fishing a spot that just last week was pronounced DOA! Today it´s the life of the party so to speak. Blue Marlin over 500 lbs, Cubera Snapper to 65 lbs, Sailfish are in the area, Wahoo for sure to 80 lbs, no Dorado for the moment but could change quickly. Natural live bait in the area are seven inch Flying Fish, Sardines, Skippies over 6 lbs and huge and the list goes on. Remember if they´re out there, they´re always bigger at the bank! Corbetena for the week has been mostly dead, still…there are Yellowfin tuna 13 to 20 miles off the rock anywhere between 60 and 200 lbs, it just depends on how your luck is. There have been fields of spinner Dolphin in the area, always a welcome sight to fisherman with football Tunas from 60 to 75 lbs. So keep an eye peeled! Sailfish have been seen in the area, some Blue Marlin, not many. For the moment your best option is El Banco, but this could change before this ink dries!

09 15 2011 300lb Black Marlin, Magnifico, Corbeteña RedPix 400 MBTextOff the point of Punta Mita at the seven mile point are Sailfish! Rooster fish are around the shore line to the Anclote Reef area. With Sardines finally picking up in numbers the Rooster Fish should be a more common occurrence but for now they´re work, mucho trabajo amigos!  A Dorado or two have been boated in this area, but don´t expect one, then again it´s happening! Surprised no Stripers in the area, but this could change shortly. The Marietta Islands have also come to life with some Rooster fish (not easy) around 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs and picking up in numbers, Pompano to 40 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, Skippies for bait, Needle fish, Sierra Mackerals, and more! One trick, if targeting Wahoo and you should, be sure to run wire leader even if this species is line shy. Troll at a faster pace and be at the fishing grounds before sunrise. 80 lb Wahoo are around El Morro so you don´t even need to go too far out to hit this coveted fish!

Needle fish like these in the bay and around the Marietta Islands
Needle fish like these in the bay and around the Marietta Islands

Inside the bay not too much changes yet the fishing’s great for the guy looking for a short day and smaller gamefish to keep an experienced or first time angler happy. Jack Crevalls avg. 35 lbs, Bonito 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals 22 lbs, Needle fish, an off shot at a freak Sailfish. You and the family can´t go wrong in the bay for now.

Water temps are still between 78 and 80 degrees. Water is blue ten miles off Punta Mita, but the clean green water hasn´t interfered with fishing anywhere. Bait: Sardines are moving in finally, Roosters like that. Bullet Bonito and Skip jacks are filling the area. Flying fish of 7 inches are from the point of Punta Mita to El Banco and Corbeteña not to mention Goggle eyes bait is great. Lures: Obviously blue with silver specks or dots with Flying fish. But Gold and Blue are doing well mimicking YF Tuna, start with those.

Amber Jacks around El Banco and Corbeteña
Amber Jacks around El Banco and Corbeteña

The cold front pushed down some warm water species that have been hanging out in Southern Cal finally and we should see some interesting developments in the coming days. If we see these errand fish coming back to their home waters then we could have a spring fishing season that could blow your fishing mind. Stay tuned, we´ll put you on fish amigos!

Shared boats 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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Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo, & Long Liners!

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

01 07 2015 Siebert, Guanatuna, 8 hrs Sailfish MBTextPeople come in my shop all the time and want to discuss fishing and many other things. This week I found myself talking about how we have fish everywhere and where there are fish there are long liners killing your chances as the issue remains unsolved and those in the position of authority remain uninterested. Fishing is great, but don´t have expectations around the Long Liners, the good news is we can avoid them but you´ll be using more fuel than you should have to.

Corbeteña: Fish, fish everywhere, how you´ll get to them is another thing. Challenges abound, Flipper is stealing your bait as they laugh at you. Long lines around the rock aren´t helping. It´s disgusting but it´s what we have to deal with. So to combat this we are heading out a little farther than the rock, not too much farther. Flipper isn´t taking your baits out there. Now we´re seeing Blue, Black and Striped Marlin. Stripers are a little smaller in the 150 lb range as the Black and Blue Marlin are averaging in the 300 to 400 lb range with some larger ones chasing baits over 600 lbs, so good luck. Still worth the fuel dollar. Dorado in the 25 to 40 lb range, Wahoo in the flats around the rock, so you´ll need your electronics to find them. Yellowfin Tuna have been in the 60 lb range but again at about 150 ft down, no electronics, forget the Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna. Plenty of fish, find the time, you´ll be glad you did. El Banco is pretty much the same. Except Long Liners have taken over the high spots.  Once past the rock of Corbeteña Capt. Cesar of Magnifico says drifting with the currents with free swimming baits are working very well for Marlin, but keep this to yourself, it´s our secret!

01 09 2015 Neihart, Punta Mita, Guanatuna sp, 8 hrs, 500 pxls MBTextThe Marietta Islands have been pretty much dead all summer, they´re a little better now. Some smaller Sailfish, some Dorado in the 25 lb range. Bonito to 30 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna around 6 lbs, basically bait. Jack Crevalls upwards from 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals in the 10 to 15 lb range. Rooster fish are coming in, but they´re only 10 lbs, nothing to get excited about as yet, but this could change rapidly as Sardines are moving in again. But if you´re at the point of Punta Mita you have an excellent shot at larger Dorado to 45 lbs, Sailfish of nice size, maybe six feet long and 90 lbs. Striped Marlin are all around the area about ten miles off the point. Sayulita or Anclote Reef is also seeing smaller Rooster fish and well and this could improve in the near future so stay tuned.

01 07 2015  Guanatuna, 8 hrs Sailfish 500 pxls MBTextInside the bay we´re seeing winter fishing with a twist. Sailfish are still being boated, but they´re babies and should be thrown back. These Sailfish are only three to four feet long, but they´re taking baits off Los Arcos rocks. Jack Crevalls averaging 35 lbs around Nuevo Vallarta and all areas in between. Fishing in the bay is actually great with Sierra Mackerals of the average size of ten pounds and they´re great tasting. Needle Fish are spreading out a little and fun to catch, but they´re a weird looking fish for sure but great tasting. Don´t be surprised if the captain gives you a bunch of tubular looking fish to take to Victors Café Te Cuba to be prepared. Did I say they´re good tasting?

Like I mentioned earlier the fishing is great as long as you can find a way around the long liners. They spread their lines around the whole area.. Miles long, baited hooks, I´d like to know why the authorities ignore this, then again it´s not hard to figure out. For now don´t let this keep you from going out, you´ll catch fish, we just have to fish around these lines and use the expertise you´re paying for. So the radio thing is a help and a hindrance, what would you do. I am about ready to start using smoke signals!!

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Water temperatures are still hovering around 80 degrees and this is a result of El Nino, we aren´t complaining. We could have summer type species into March and April, we´ll just have to see what happens. High Visibility blue water and plenty of Bullet or baby Bonito and Skip jack tuna insure fish will be around for a while. But remember one day they´re here, then next they´re somewhere else. We always start where they were yesterday, and then go from there. With the Corbeteña Flipper eating your bait issue, lures are doing the trick for Marlin, Dorado, Sails and even Wahoo. But with Wahoo you need wire leader, which excludes other species, so good luck. It´s tough to lose lures to these razor mouthed beauties, but there you are! The bite is a little later, but I suggest being where you want to be before 8:00 a.m. to be sure to catch the morning bite. The late bite we´re having is around 3:00 p.m. so if leaving later in the morning, then hand in the afternoon for good luck. Lures as mentioned are working well around Corbeteña, use Petrelaros of green, brown and purple. For Marlin and Dorado blue upper with white dots and pink lower skirts will do the trick, well for today anyway. Having the correct equipment and electronics right now will make the difference in catching and wanting!

IMG-20160103-WA0003Shared 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¨. . .

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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It´s Fish City: Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna!

                                It´s Fish City: Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna!

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

 

12 12 2015 Benny y Carlos Bronco Tuna 600 Pxls MBTextHigh Season fishing in the middle of an out of control El Nino can be interesting, and challenging. More challenging than normal I should say. Normally we´ll have specific areas with specific species and circumstance but all that is out the window this year. Water temperatures in California to Oregon are still elevated so many of our ¨fish¨ are on vacation in Southern Calif. We´re seeing seriously great fishing and it doesn´t really matter where you go, lots and lots of fish with lots and lots of bait, blue water and sore arms to go around. Puerto Vallarta has once again turned into Fish City!

Right now, get in a boat and go anywhere, you´ll find fish! Corbeteña is a hot spot, finally, with Marlin to 500 or more pounds, Sailfish around 100 lbs, Dorado 30 to 50 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs, Wahoo at 40 lbs, Jacks Crevalls are back and good sized up to 50 lbs., and Yellowfin tuna 25 to 60 lbs which is small, but they should be getting larger soon as water temperatures are finally starting to come down a bit. The good news is water temps are dropping as well which is bringing the Yellowfin tuna up to the surface. Yellowfin have been hanging in deeper water to regulate their body temperatures. Now that the water is cooling, they´re very comfortable pretty much at all depths now, including the normally warmer water sea surface. There are also tons of bullet Bonito and Skip Jack as bait everywhere. When it comes to El Banco, all I can say is Ditto!  Those looking for the Cows, Yellowfin Tuna over 300 lbs then you need to head to the Tres Maria Islands where boating big Yellowfin Tuna is happening on a daily basis. The down side, it´s way out there and it´s going to be a long, long day, figure 16 hrs or more.

Coming closer in, guess what, the same fish except they´ll most likely be a touch smaller. There are times when smaller can be better especially when measuring the benefits against the cost of fuel! The Marietta islands besides the Dorado, Jack Crevalls, and nice sized Sailfish also we´re seeing some Rooster Fish in the 35 to 50 lb range right now. Not exactly plentiful, we´re just glad to see these fierce demon fish back in the area. With Sardines around, this should just get better. A little farther down the street around the Punta Mita area you´ll find plenty of Dorado, Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, off the point ten miles you´ll be looking for Marlin as well. Well worth your fuel dollars amigos!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESInside the bay is absolutely the best fishing value I have seen in many a moon Kimosabe. Dorado of course at 30 lbs which is tough to beat, Sailfish have been boated more than you could expect in the bay, many are babies, throw backs of course. Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 lb range off Yelapa. Also for the Surf Fishing guys, remember Roosters like the shore line (Nuevo Vallarta), structure and the reefs in the area. Right now there is a lot of Sardines close to shore so this is where you should be looking for Roosters. Using Diamond jigs, poppers that don´t float like a cork, Rapallas is about all the lures you need for these silver and black ¨arm crampers¨.  Fields of 40 lb Jack Crevalls around Nuevo Vallarta and for a day or two we had a beautiful trash line from the recent heavy rains.

The bite has been happening from a little later in the day, so you can sleep in a little and catch it right around 9 a.m until about 2:00 in the afternoon, and then the afternoon bite is picking up again at around 4 in the afternoon to dusk. Lures to use this week are once again the petrelaros of purple, green and brown. Lures of white and blue mimic flying fish which are still ¨popping¨ up everywhere.. ha-ha. Zukers 5.5´s Green in color is killing em out there, but remember to keep this to yourself. Water temperatures have dropped from the 85 degrees they have been all summer to 82 degrees and this is perfect for many species as they come to the surface because nobody likes it too ¨hot¨.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESRight now unless you’re looking for Moby Dick, who is out there right now, there is really no reason to head out past the Marietta Islands or Punta Mita. Short days are paying nice dividends in the form of decent sized Dorado, Sails in the bay for the lucky and we even had my new panga boat a 350 lb Black Marlin. So we´re basically seeing freak fishing (should be the title) and we´re not complaining. We should expect these conditions to continue after New Years and after that, it´s all up to Senor El Nino to lead the way, Scary but true.

Don’t forget we´re still doing our best to hook you up on shared boats, just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest.

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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