Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Spread Out and Challenging!

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

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For now we’re seeing excellent conditions, blue water, great water temperatures, plenty of bait and fairly good weather and sea conditions. We’ve seen several Hurricanes and Tropical storms this year closer to the shoreline which takes its toll. As we come to the end of low season we’ll soon see more tourist interested in fishing as is normal come the beginning of October. For now your best fishing is outside the bay. But the fish are spread out, spread paper thin. There are all the favorite players to be had species wise, but nothing is easy or automatic. It’s quite possible you’ll come back in empty handed.

Those that take the challenge of the possibility of not catching fish understand it’s not an exact science. This week the deep water locations of Corbetena and El Banco have changed a little, not that you’d notice! Corbetena is back to seeing Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 to 75 lbs and they’re taking bait! Sailfish are a little thing as are Marlin in the 500 lb range, both blue and black. Dorado are in the 20 to 40 lb range, but they’ve been taking green runners, keep that in your back pocket when heading out. El Banco, forget about it. If heading out to more distant fishing grounds it would be worth a pit stop and see what’s happening. With so few fishing boats heading out this way these days let me know if you catch anything! Finally it’s worth a trip to Corbetena amigos! Buenos Suerte or Good Luck and be patient.

Why? Well there is a long list of “Why’s”, feel free to create your own excuse. But the fact remains it difficult at times to understand the fishing conditions in these world famous fishing grounds. Today I am going to blame the “spring back” from El Nino, yes El Nino. Things don’t just spring back to normal after a super strong El Nino. Fish have a tendency to stay where it’s comfortable which seems to be San Diego right now. It takes two whole seasons to get back into a normal flow of sea currents, which by the way is next year.

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The most visited area these days are in the area of Punta Mita / El Morro / Marietta Islands. Sailfish are sprinkled though out the area and can be found anywhere from four miles off shore to twenty miles, but you’ll be in the “ball park” which is the best I can do. Dorado from 15 to 30 lbs are roaming the area. Find a log or floating debris and you’ll most likely find Dorado. Skippies are sprinkled through the area as well. Some Rooster fish were reported at Punta Mita running 40 lbs, but only a few reports so stay tuned. The water is blue once you pass the point but remember there is a lot of crap in the water so don’t push your captain to leave too early or go too fast. It can be tricky with dark skies and hidden water obstacles, it can ruin your day and the boat as well.

Inside the bay it’s been challenging at best. Four to six hour trips are hard to recommend with the brown, dirty water. With all the rain we normally have it washes the mud and debris into the bay in the form of brown and dirty river water. Now it’s fresh water and it can be shallow, but you don’t know this until you’re in it. If a fish can see your bait, then you have a shot, if not then it’s best to avoid this overwhelming obstacle. Find clean water and you’ll catch fish. In dirty water, if you do hit anything it’s luck since fish don’t see baits well. Right place, right time, and a little luck is the way things are going now in the bay. Having said that we still have the cold water species of jack Crevalls at 30 lbs around the river mouths, they like the fresh water. Sailfish and Small Dorado are around the Los Arcos area, had some boated this week when the fish see the bait. 20 lb Football Tunas have been around Yelapa, close to the mountain and for some reason the water can be cleaner or even clean in this area. It’s a gamble for sure. Bonito is a constant at 30 lbs with varied other fish to choose from, again if they see your baits. For now I’d look closer at eight hour trips and if budget constrained do a shared charter with us. Or we have some fairly priced boats if you’re a single and not looking to “share”.

With the cloudy skies and rain fish are confused, no sun as a reference. It seems the bite is happening around 8 a.m. which is not a bad time. But when considering the amount of debris in the bay, you may be able to talk your captain into leaving a bit earlier, but you’ll go super slow so figure that into your duration as the clock starts as you leave Marina Vallarta. With the afternoon bite is around 2 p.m. it may be better to leave a little later and head out faster, it’s a judgment call amigos, flip a coin on that one. When it comes to water temperatures they’ve been a steady and constant 88 degrees for the last three weeks or so now. Perfect for Marlin and Sailfish, Dorado and Tuna can easily tolerate this especially if there is plenty of bait in the area. Speaking of bait we’ve seen 5 inch flying fish around the point of Punta Mita and farther out. Green runners are thick and of course we always have Goggle Eyes and Mullets. So bait issues, unless you factor in that one issue may be too much bait, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

We’re experiencing the old trick the time share promoters use saying Master Baiter’s is “Dead” or out of business. It still amazes me that people come in the shop and tell me “they said you were dead” or “They said there’s a guy there but it’s not Stan, he died” or “Hacienda, the Mexican tax man, Arrested Stan and they’re out of business”! Funny, I don’t feel dead or out of business! This is nothing new, my Mexican Competition at its best, trying to make sure you don’t talk to me for any reason trying steal my business. As a reminder we are located at the South End of Marina Vallarta, between Docks A and B on the boardwalk or on the Malecon behind the black and white striped light house, next to Sr.Frogs, 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 and more. So come in, Say hello and let’s go fishing!

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After many years writing fishing articles and the likes I have to tell you that nobody knows why fish do what they do. We can “predict” what they’ll do from what we’ve seen in the past years, but that is nothing more than a guess. We can tell you what happened yesterday, but in reality that doesn’t mean it will be the same tomorrow since fish move and so does the bait. Sometimes what seems so simple is anything but simple. For years I’ve taken what I’ve seen, experienced and have done my best to predict and report the best I can. Having said that it’s difficult these days to figure out what is happening, let alone what will happen. We’ve seen outstanding seasonal conditions. Blue water, no issues there unless in the bay. Bait is super abundant and varied! Water temperatures are in the normal range and very comfortable for warm water species. So you have to ask what’s the deal with El Banco? No fish? Or really is it that nobody is heading out this way as the clientele is looking for shorter and cheaper fishing charters? Who knows, could be part or all of it. For now it’s difficult to get you any word on El Banco as nobody, but nobody is heading out this far unless they’re on the “way” or returning from an overnight trip for example. They’re passing the area, might as well give it a try. But even then we’ve seen little action at The Bank so it’s hard to discuss what the deal is there. Well we know what the deal is, fuel expenses are the deal frankly. It determines how fast the boat you chartered is and where they’ll go. Again all depending on fuel usage. So El Banco being 50 miles one way with a slim shot at fish is what the deal is with El Banco for now. I could be wrong, just ask my ex-wife.To continue, Boats that use fuel and go fast are more expensive, can’t get around physics and the minimum wage. Factor in “real full time” captains like feeding their families on a regular basis charge more. Good Captains cost, cheap captains don’t, I’m sure you can figure that one out. Slow and un-maintained boats with faulty equipment will be cheaper, but not cheap. With us seeing lower end clientele these days in PV product quality for many companies (internet mostly with no location) has dropped. When you’re the slowest boat heading out it becomes obvious why they’re “cheap”. Another trick of the low end companies and it’s common is to drop baits at the buoys leaving the marina, you’re getting the short end of the fishing stick amigos. They troll too fast, they’re not fishing, they’re in route believe it or not at half speed. They’re just making you think you’re fishing. Your travel time to the fishing grounds is double what the more expensive boats are which means you miss on hours of fishing in slow boats! At that point how cheap are they? Slow boats equal less fishing time with your line in the water, simple physics. You’ll also find the captain (working for day “pay”) of a cheap boat will not leave the “area” or stretch your “duration mileage” even if there are fish just a little farther out.  We could do the same, but the quality and service is what our clients are looking for. We’re held to a higher standard and all things in fishing are not created equal. Remember this is Mexico. What you think you’re paying for is not what you get and if you don’t ask the correct questions, other than price that is, then what you don’t know just “gaffed” you in the back side. For people that have never gone fishing or are inexperienced this all seems quite acceptable. For those that know better, well you know better. If you want a slow boat, bad captain, tell me, they’re easy to find and you have to agree to not put a bad comment on Tripadvisor. But either way talk to us by phone or come in and discuss what’s happening and ask all the questions you want. You’ll see the difference and understand what the real deal is before heading out. Not some Timeshare promoter(s) telling you Moby Dick is in the bay, dirty water and all…. There are other contributing factors as well, but they’re too numerous to go into. Now fishing companies like Master Baiter’s live and die by our reputation. If you’re not catching fish, then the specific company was too expensive no matter what the cost was. If you catch fish, the cost of the charter is never remembered. If you’re looking for guarantees in the fishing world, good luck. We used to guarantee you’d catch fish, but even then it was hit and miss at times and those days were different.

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

Our New Location On the Boardwalk in Down Town at the light house, come in and say hello to Carmen or Benjamen….

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!

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

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Porpoise Return to Corbeteña, Sailfish in the Bay

Porpoise Return to Corbeteña, Sailfish in the Bay

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

Capt Cesar of Magnifico with a nice Black Marlin at the dock after another successful day!
Capt Cesar of Magnifico with a nice Black Marlin at the dock after another successful day!

In years that follow an El Nino, like we´re in now, we never know how the fishing season is going to develop. So far we´ve seen days when the fishing is great, the next day we´re scratching our heads. So far we´re not seeing any Yellowfin Tuna or Dorado. That being said we´re seeing some large Blue and Black Marlin at Corbeteña, Not El Banco. Bait is moving into the area like crazy in the form of three inch Sardines which of course attract Rooster fish so cross your fingers. All and all the fishing could be better, but you can always say that. If you´re targeting Blue Marlin and Black Marlin you are in the right place. Yellowfin Tuna will be moving in shortly as water temperatures drop north of the border. Patience prevails, just make sure your tank is full!

I always like to start with Corbeteña and this week those ¨Darn¨ Porpoises returned, we should call them bait stealers. Capt Cesar of Magnifico was telling me how smart these Bottle Nose Dolphin / Porpoise are. Cesar was cruising three to four miles off the island, it looked like the Dolphin were not in the area just to find them coming up from the bottom with no surface signs of their presence, they´re smart! Now this will flip you out! If you can get a bait past these Porpoises you´ll have a solid chance at a Blue or Black Marlin from 200 to 600 lbs! Water temperatures here are down to 85 which is considered perfect and the water is a high visibility blue so no issues there. Cubera Snappers for the jiggers are plentiful, but nobody goes to Corbeteña for Cuberas except me of course. I love them! And when they´re running over 50 lbs of white meat bliss, who´s complaining. Now here´s a secret Capt Cesar shared with me, you know those staplers, the ones for stapling papers together, well if you put staples in the tails of your bait the Porpoises can ¨taste¨ the metal. You see their oral ¨sensors¨ can detect the metal and it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. They may still come up and put it their mouth, but they´ll drop that bait like a hot potato! So there you have the trick of the day, put staples in the baits tail, no issues with Flipper! Now the Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, tuna, they don´t have the same sort of mouth a Porpoise does so the staples won´t stop them from taking a bait. So there you have it, the perfect solution. So don´t forget your new fishing equipment and don´t worry if the staples rust, it just makes them work even better! Moving on, with some luck you´ll also find Rainbow Runners to 45 lbs along with Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs and who knows what else. El Banco, well no fish, no bait, it´s dead unless you want to troll for Cubera Snappers which are taking trolled baits. So good luck, let’s hope the fishing is ¨on¨.

Sailfish moved into the bay as Sardines were massive around the bay!
Sailfish moved into the bay as Sardines were massive around the bay!

Punta Mita / El Morro / Marietta Islands: Notice how I clumped them together, that´s because as a group they are not producing well. Sailfish have moved into these areas chasing the endless supply of Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Flying fish and Goggle eyes. We´re also seeing a very strong northern current, I suspect that´s why we´ve seen a two degree temperature drop in one week. Other than Sailfish there isn´t much to target in these areas for now. Capt Cesar thinks if we see one more degree drop we´ll start seeing Dorado drifting south from their vacation home in Southern Calif. All and all an eight hour trip is heading out towards Corbeteña in an effort to bring back fish for the paying customers. But like always, when it´s bad, it doesn´t stay bad for long.

Inside the bay seems to be where the recent action under a hundred pounds is happening. Sailfish babies have moved into the bay chasing the abundant Sardines. Less than a hundred yards off the river mouth in Ameca all the way to La Cruz they´re boating baby Sailfish at will. Don´t let your captain kill this fish or keep it. They sell these fish illegally to the fish markets and will kill it before it´s on deck. If this happens, have them throw it back anyway, dead or not. Something in the water will make good use of it and the Captain will see his tip and his fish ¨sink¨. Bonito 35 lb to larger range, they´re good tasting as well so don´t avoid these. Sierra Mackerals are all over the place and great tasting to 15 lbs now. Skip Jack Tuna are also great tasting as these mini Yellowfin Tuna will only hit six pounds or so, eat all you can get, they´re super succulent! Plenty of action in the bay and frankly it´s probably your best value for the time being, stay tuned!

Jack Crevalls in the 35 to 50 lb range very common right now in the bay!
Jack Crevalls in the 35 to 50 lb range very common right now in the bay!

Ok, so everyone is wondering what to do with these up and down conditions. Well there isn´t much  you can do, be informed, take advantage of what is here and forget about complaining what isn´t in the area as it will only frustrate you further. Yellowfin Tuna should be showing up any moment with Dorado now! Sailfish will be as thick as flies shortly and thank the big guy in the sky for that!

This week we´re seeing water temps at 85 degrees as mentioned previously with Blue water and increasing bait levels. The bite is still mid day, three weeks not, afternoon bite is still after four to as late as sundown so use your time and fuel wisely grasshopper! Forget lures this week, grab the stapler and go straight to Corbeteña, do not stop to collect anything except bait and beer! YeHa….

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch! We´re also freezing your catch, clients for free. With My new Agent, Rafael is not one of the guys I warn you about, so feel free to talk with Rafael, he won´t ¨Jerk You Around¨ either! He is also an expert on Tours at discounted prices, you won´t find a cheaper tour (I can´t mention specifics, the companies get mad at the discounts). Canopy, Rhythms, Pirate Ship, Yelapa, you name it, we´ll beat ¨their¨best price.

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

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

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. 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.

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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200 lb. Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, Dorado Too

200 lb. Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, Dorado Too

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

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As you have probably seen we had a serious Hurricane pass Puerto Vallarta, the Cabo Corrientes Mountains knocked the stuffing out of the storm as it was close to shore and the mountains are a natural barrier that protects Puerto Vallarta. So PV is fine, Cabo, that´s another thing. Fish fleeing the storms were pushed into the area, finally and as a result there are 200 lb Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and at El Banco (no room in the title to say that part, ha ha). To cut to the chase in the first paragraph of this article, everything you could possibly want to catch is in our World Famous Fishing Grounds Right Now! You locals have waited for it, you deserve it and the season has finally arrived. Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta is hot, smoking hot and that could be an understatement. Abundant bait fish in the water, perfect blue water, perfect water temps, abandoned fishing grounds, I mean if you sat down and wrote what your perfect fishing day would be like, this would be it. Big Fish Return to Puerto Vallarta and it´s about time, YeHa!

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Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, What Else do you want??

Now before you fanatics rush and make airline reservations, I just want you to know the Yellowfin are not exactly thick. In fact they´re kinda on the sparse side, but these are the first to move into the area and since this is a real time report this could and should just be the tip of the iceberg. Small or big Tuna, I´m not judging, I´m just happy. The Marlin and the Sailfish are leveling out the fishing grounds species with very large Dorado in the 50 to 65 lb range just taking bait at-will. This is what we all wait for, this is how Puerto Vallarta got famous for fishing, this is how we built our reputation as world class fishing grounds. To be frank, the rest of the report is pretty much unnecessary, but I like to write and I have plenty to talk about anyway…

With the string of Hurricanes we´ve seen this year, which is frankly normal (we´ve seen 16 so far this year) and we´ve been waiting for this exact thing. Finally we´re seeing Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco. Abundant Chorras (Bonito) as bait circling the rock. Same goes for El Banco or The Bank in English. Name a fish, it´s out here, Wahoo to 45 lbs, Marlin to 700 lbs, Dorado in the 50 to 65 lb. range, Sailfish in tournament winning sizes and Yellowfin Tuna to 200 lbs RIGHT NOW! What else can you say, pick a fish, go after it, no complaining, no whining, get you’re A double S out there amigo. This is the whole reason I put these reports together, so my People like you, my clients base, know what is happening and when to take advantage of being here in PV. Take your pick, El Banco or Corbeteña, they´re both on fire…

The Marietta islands are still slow, but we´re finally seeing some snappers from 25 to 35 lbs, Dorado to 25 lbs (small but there), Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs. Standard fish, at least the Dorado and Snappers are back. No Rooster fish and Sailfish are in and out, nothing you could plan for. This area could improve drastically all of a sudden, so keep your ears on.

The Point off Punta Mita is still a little slow as well. Dorado are small, but if you can find some floating object like a stump, or clump or ¨trash¨ or buoy. Sailfish are out about ten to fifteen miles as are Blue Marlin. All and all the area is doing ok, but not spectacular. For me the Marietta Islands are a better location for an eight hour day.

09 19 2014 Tuna Caserole 600 pxls
Getting Ready to fillet and make a little Sushimi

Inside the Bay, things are great with small Dorado around the Trash Line and for once, taking baits in the bay. So look for the diving birds, surface trolling is working. This could also improve drastically in the next few days. Sailfish are being boated on a limited basis around Cabo Corrientes Light house and around La Cruz. Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jacks in the 35 lb range at Yelapa and a host of other fish that just spring up. Four to six hour fishing trips are worth the time and the money, great family fishing trips for younger kids. Not too long, not too expensive and you´ll catch fish for dinner amigos. Don´t forget the river mouths for Snook in varying sizes.

The Bite right now is still ALL DAY. No worries about getting out too early, before day break I mean. With the rains and the trash and stumps and even refrigerators, hitting some water obstacle, that is barely exposed will ruin a prop, shaft or even puncture the hull not to mention ruin your fishing day. Something to remember, when leaving in the morning. You can leave early, go very slow to make sure you miss the obstacles. Or you can go later (sun up), go faster (assuming you chartered a fast boat) and get to the desired fishing grounds about the same time. Especially when the bite is all day like now, you have nothing to lose and a little sleep to gain….

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Black Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish all in the same day!

Once Again, I mentioned earlier that we´ve seen a real string of Hurricanes this year. So far we´re up to the letter ¨P¨ for Polo. Hurricane Odile was in the news recently and hit Cabo full force, Cat.4 which was reduced to a Cat.3 shortly after landfall. It was a direct hit, you couldn´t be hit any harder by a Hurricane if you tried. Friends have shared with me how the Eye of the Hurricane went through down town Cabo (second hand account). The airport is devastated, but it´s the working class that took it the hardest and these types don´t insure because the insurance seldom pays what it is supposed to and insurance cost money. There are several boats that came through undamaged per-se, but the fishing industry is over for the season at the very least. There are all kinds of sites out on the net taking donations for those in this ravaged area I suggest the donation fund at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site:  https://bisbeesconservationfund.org/donate/CaboRelief . . FYI, the Mexican Govt. is helping in the form of delayed taxes, financial support with reduced interest rates, but there is nothing like FEMA in Mexico. Please do what you can, it all helps….

As always, if you have any questions about Puerto Vallarta feel free to ask. It doesn´t have to be about fishing, questions can be about anything, food, restaurants, services, I have a handle on most things so feel free to ask.

09 16 2014 Bay Dorado, Percect small Dorado 600 pxls
Small Dorado on the Trash Line in Banderas Bay

 

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

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