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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

Blue Marlin over 500 lbs at Corbetena if you're "Lucky"
Blue Marlin over 500 lbs at Corbetena if you’re “Lucky”

I know, the title looks like something I’ve been saying all summer so far. We’ve seen a few Hurricanes and a few more tropical storms close to the Bay of Banderas and it takes its toll on fishing. But it has been a few days now and things are returning back to normal a little more each day. We’ve also had some heavy rains as a result of these systems forming and moving through the area. Having said that the water is blue and beautiful outside the bay. Fishing always has its challenges but there are fish to be had and somebody is going to get them, it might as well be you amigos.

Just a few days after the last article I wrote things got a little better than we had another tropical storm form and turn into Hurricane Lidia. We’re dealing with the after math of the rains as dirty water just pours into the bay. Needless to say there is a lot of Stumps, branches, refrigerators and more just floating in the bay, real hazards to props and shaft supports. For this reason we don’t leave port now until the sun comes up a little so we can see these hazards, something the fishing community needs to live with at this time of the year and it’s nothing new. For now this doesn’t hurt your opportunity to catch fish because the morning bite is more like mid-morning.  The late bite is happening around 6 p.m. so it’s a late bite no matter how you look at it.

Looking at Corbetena this week we see the return of the Spinner Dolphin which means Football Tuna are most likely with them. For now this is holding true with 20 to 35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna running with them. Find Spinners, you’ll catch smaller Tuna amigos. Sailfish are thinning out and spread out as well. They’re anywhere and everywhere from inside the bay to Corbetena. For a more exacting location try to the north of the rock about seven to twelve miles and you can improve your chances. For now you can find Sailfish closer in so that is not much of a reason to hit this popular location. But we also have Blue Marlin over 450 lbs. Now are they abundant, no. Are they out there, yes, so this is your challenge, welcome to Big Time fishing amigos. Nothing is ever easy so you’ll have to put the work in, but if you do, you too can come in with a world class trophy fish worthy of mounting. Of course there are always the Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs and Bonito to 30 lbs, perfect sized for bait. With a little luck and a few days without a tropical system passing us fishing will gradually improve with the coming days. El Banco, same as last week, doesn’t seem to be anyone heading out this way, the ones that do are normally the ones you hear about and see pictures of. I wouldn’t be afraid to venture out to Corbetena and give a billfish a shot if nothing, work your way back in.

I have had reports of Sailfish returning to the Punta Mita area, which includes the El Morro and Marietta Islands. Now they’re spread out like all the other locations, but they’re “there” and with some work, skill and luck you’ll boat one for the family picture album.  Also we still have smaller Dorado, I thought they’d be larger by now, but 15 to 25 lb Dorado aren’t too bad, just remember less than 15 lbs throw them back and let them become adults. Jack Crevalls are still there for the taking at 30 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs as well. Again, some days are hot, others are cold, and a little luck never hurts.

Yellowfin Tuna show up at Corbertena.. they're a little bigger every day now!
Yellowfin Tuna show up at Corbertena.. they’re a little bigger every day now!

Inside the bay we’re seeing that coffee brown water from all the rains both locally and inland. It’s thick also, no planers will help get you into clean water. But there are still Sailfish, several were boated last week even with dirty water. Jack Crevalls everywhere, Dorado around the Trash line which range from babies at 5 lbs to keepers at 20 lbs, just depends on your luck again. Football Tuna around Yelapa anywhere from 20 lbs to 40 lbs. Inside the bay is once again a great option for those looking to catch fish and not spend a whole day on the water. Catching fish isn’t hard in the bay, they’ll be a touch smaller than Moby Dick, but Moby is moving around a little too much lately. All and all my best suggestion this next few days would be to take a six hour fishing trip, we’ll load the boat up with spinning reels and you’ll have a great time if catching fish is the goal.

We’ve seen the water temperatures hang at 88 degrees. Not too warm, but warm enough where the Tuna will start sounding or go down to about 150 feet to keep their body temps cool and comfortable. The bite is still late-is, anywhere from 9 a.m. to around 11a.m. So getting out too early doesn’t help your cause, especially if going out for a shorter day. You wouldn’t want to miss the bite now would you? Lures are not working great, but Petroleros are always the best lure to start with. Dead bait is still the best and working well, so keep your dead bait and freeze them when you get home for future use. That is if your wife lets you get away with it, that is…

Football Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena range in size by the day now...
Football Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena range in size by the day now…

With Football Tuna at Corbetena and the tropical systems out of the area we should see more and more fish moving into the area with the abundant bait we still have. It could take a few days for the brown water to clean up, but this is something our captains have grown up with and know how to deal with it. But it’s not a perfect situation to begin with, no excuses please.

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!

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

Jack Crevalls everywhere from 25 to 40 lbs
Jack Crevalls everywhere from 25 to 40 lbs

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

 

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Koozies 2017Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Water, Big Marlin…All That And A Bag of Potato Chips

                                                                      Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Water, Big Marlin

                                                                    ……All That And A Bag of Potato Chips

 

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

Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña . .  Not guaranteed... ready to take a shot?
Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña . . Not guaranteed… ready to take a shot?

 

It’s nice this year to be able to report some great and improving action and conditions. For the last several years we’ve been less than happy with the way the fishing season started. Granted we’ve been dealing with the mother of all El Niño’s, but that’s over now. Water and bait conditions couldn’t be better. It’s low season as the thermometer continues to climb, hand in hand with heavy amounts of humidity. It may be the off season for tourism, but when it comes to fishing for world class species in world class fishing grounds, you need look no further. Yes folks High Season for Fishing is developing nicely

Believe it or not, things are much the same as last week, I don’t mind some cookie cutter articles when the fishing is great. But we’ve had some nice “adjustments” to the fishing this week at El Banco or The Bank to us Gringos. For the last several weeks I have suggested any fishing grounds before el Banco as it’s been dead, not the fishing machine we all know and remember so well. Everything will change if you give it enough time and “it’s” been enough time. Having said that there have been some Yellowfin Tuna 3 to five miles to the west of the high spots in the 40 to 100 lb range, finally! There is a bit of a challenge as these YF Tuna are not exactly taking your bait easily or enthusiastically at all. There are tons of these tiny “shrimp cocktail” sized shrimps all around the bay. When you do get Tuna to take a bait, their stomachs are stuffed full of these tiny pink shrimp. Blue and Black Marlin are anywhere from 300  to possible over 600 lbs. Dorado, yes I said Dorado are hanging out around the high spots at 25 lbs. Sailfish are in the area and they have an appetite for dead baits,  go figure. All and all the fishing here is outstanding and lets face it, when El Banco is producing it can be hard to beat and “They’re always bigger at The Bank”!

07 09 2016 Guanatuna, 8 hrs, Sailfish 600 pxls MBTextCorbetena this week is much the same as El Banco, but a little different. The Dorado at Corbetena are 25 lbs as well, but they’re five miles before you come to the “rock”. Naturally Corbetena is closer to Marina Vallarta than el Banco so the fuel expense is always a consideration. For now unless you’re coming in from the north for some reason, the rock is producing and it’s closer. You’ll have to make a judgment call. Now remember there are some huge ridges between Corbetena and The Bank that have produced many a tournament winning Marlin so don’t forget about these fishing grounds “in between”.  It’s rocking here right now, don’t think, just get on a boat already!

The Marietta Islands remain disappointing once again this week. There were some reports of Rooster fish caught on the reef, we’re not supposed to be there fishing, so that’s an issue.  Bonito to 30 lbs, Jacks to 40 lbs, other misc. species. All and all not many reasons to hit this area. El Morro on the other hand, just a bit south is producing nice sized Sailfish and a few miles out from two dome rocks you’ll find Dorado in the 25 lb range and we’re thanking our lucky stars for this as last year it was the end of August before we saw any sustained Dorado run in the area. So this is a good sign. Needle fish are also picking up in numbers and are at 30 lbs. The point off Punta Mita has been on fire the last few days with nice sized Dorado to 30 lbs, Sailfish increasing in numbers daily and about three to seven miles off the point you have a strong chance of Blue Marlin and a stray Black Marlin in the 350 lb range. Maybe even a Striped Marlin, but the water temperatures are a touch warm for them, so they’ll be heading north to Cabo where the water is always a touch cooler than PV.

05 20 2016 45 lb JackCrev Punta Mita 650 pxls MBTextInside the Bay, with the seasonal rains and Hurricane activity we are seeing the return of the Trash Line. A band of seeds, weeds, leaves, twigs, you name it, it’s organic and the smaller fish in the bay love it. It attracts smaller fish, and that attracts bigger fish, it’s a beautiful thing. Football Yellowfin Tuna to 45lbs at Yelapa, but they’re finicky, and they too are full of Red Tuna Crabs, tiny pink shrimps and the list goes on when it comes to available baits in the bay. Needle fish to 35 lbs, Sailfish in the Los Arcos area about three miles out, Possible Dorado to 15 lbs (possibly larger), Bonito at 30lbs and at the Ameca River mouth there have been some large Sea Bass over 35 lbs and looking for your bait. Jack Crevalls are still everywhere. The bay is a great value for everyone right now and it’s almost criminal not to get on the water right now, we’ll make it affordable.

Conditions  are always changing so I do what I can to keep you up to date when it comes to things that will affect your day(s), this week we see water temperatures hanging around the same level they were last week at 82 degrees Fahrenheit (or 28  degrees Celsius). Perfect for most species, no complaints about water temperatures and the water is a high visibility blue once you get close to leaving the bay. Bait conditions: It’s a cornucopia of bait all around the bay. Flying fish 5 inch, Rainbow Runners (green and blue included), Goggle eyes, Tuna Crabs, Tiny pink Shrimp,

Bullet Bonito, Skippies and the list is incredible. With all this bait it can be a touch frustrating to them interested if you’re at the right place, but the wrong time. The bite is still weird, anything can happen between 9 am and 3 PM. Get there early, be prepared, you’ll catch fish amigos. Lures, I always say you should run a lure on the outrigger. The regular lures, old reliable are working so give it a try. Petroleros like normal of purple and green are working well as usual. Cedar plugs will work so don’t be afraid to run one. Also try lures with blue and pink combinations. Red print is working well as are orange and black print combos. Things always change, but these colors are a good place to start.

We are seeing our big game species of Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna hanging around the deep water locations for extended periods now and this is a great sign. Coming out of El Nino this spring it was a washing machine for fishing with currents, wildly fluctuating water temperatures and available species at times limited to Bonito and Jack Crevalls. As yet we have not seen any Rooster fish move into the area now and they’re about five months late now. Normally they will follow the Sardines, not so this past spring, surprising. So it’s encouraging to see El Banco come back to life as we were wondering if it still had a pulse, it does! Fishing is a roller coaster, one day up, on day down. For now we’re “Up” and it looks like it will be this way for the coming months, it actually looks like we could have a normal season this “fishing season”, let’s hope.

For those looking to participate in the Puerto Vallarta fishing tournament come mid November is already getting attention. If you’re like to participate in this or any of the local tournaments Master Baiter’s has reasonably priced world class boats and captains accustomed to winning tournaments. We are already seeing interest in booking boats for this famous local tournament. If you plan on coming down to the tournament and participating make sure you contact us at Master Baiter’s, we can make it all happen. Come be part of Team Master Baiter’s, the shirt alone would be worth the entry fee…. Ok, maybe not..Ha ha.

Special Announcement:  Master Baiter’s is expanding and opening a new location on the Malicon, board walk to us gringo types, next to Sr. Frogs clothing stores at the Light House. We are very excited and will be putting new and different Master Baiter’s Products we have not sold in many moons.  We open our doors on July 15th, we’ll have a Grand Opening party so keep your eyes peeled. We will be getting back into our branded tackle and fishing products as time moves on. You will also be able to book fishing trips, book tours, or just get real information from real people. And remember, at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

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

Shared Boats: We’re still sharing boats, save some money and we’ll try and fix you up with other nice people, $275 usd, half a super panga for eight hours, hit me up with an email and get your name on the list,  we’ll do what we can to “Hook you up”.  We are still smoking fish as well, we take half as payment, so it’s free for clients. Jack Crevalls are many times considered a less than desirable fish for eating. Smoked jack Crevalls are great tasting especially with beer. Marlin, Sailfish also taste wonderful, Dorado is incredible… so keep this in mind the next time you give that trash fish to your crew. We’ll come get it and leave you information on the whole process.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Marlin, Corbetena
Blue Marlin, Corbetena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transition Fishing Conditions Continue, Take it Day by Day

                        Transition Fishing Conditions Continue, Take it Day by Day

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

02 04 2017 AngePozwa, Adrianas, MBText 650 pxlsOk Folks, let me start with an appology for not posting an article for the last few weeks, no excuses. Busy and I¨m limited by the hours in a day and the projects I can juggle. But it´s all a good thing as we´re looking for a new beach location so we can finally get a Master Baiter´s ¨Fish ¨N¨ Chix¨ Beach Club with super affordable beer, a free shot of Tequila (Maybe my brand), Cuban Cigars and of course Chix! Stay tuned… I might actually get this to happen! In the mean time I return you to your Fishing Reportt….

Every February we see the same conditions, strong cold currents, species changing and difficult days at the fishing grounds. Nothing strange and nothing unexpected, it´s winter fishing and we all need to adjust.

It´s going to be a short report this week. We´ve seen Corbetena and El Banco turn into a fish ghost town. For now it´s a complete waste of your fishing dollar and time. So those promoters pushing you to take a ten hour trip to catch Marlin and Tuna, it´s total crap. And it´s not going to change anytime soon. Don´t give these guys a single peso, they´re Tourist Abusers! Anything farther out than the Marietta Islands

Speaking of the Marietta Islands there are still Pompano to 35 lbs but the numbers for some reason are diminishing. Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs and picking up in numbers as you´d expect. Some reports of Sailfish, but nothing solid. Sardines of a half inch in length are flooding the area, the six inch Sardines are moving out and the Rooster Fish we hoped for, they never came in!

01 25 2017c Capt Scooby, Guanatina, 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay we´re seeing the same situation as the Marietta Islands, without Pompano´s. Snapper around the structure, Snook around the river mouths if you can get your baits around the long lines set up in front of the river mouths. People are still seeing Sailfish in the bay, but no boatings as I am aware of. Football Tuna around Yelapa if you´re lucky and Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs everywhere in the bay. For the angler on a budget you´ll catch fish for a fair price and have a great time. Now if you consider Jack Crevall trash fish, then I don´t know what to tell you, but they´ll tear your arms off so throw them back and stop the bad mouthing! Jeez…

At El Morro, Sierra Mackerals, Pompano & YF Football, Tuna, Jack Crevalls and a Snapper!
At El Morro, Sierra Mackerals, Pompano & YF Football Tuna!

We´ve seen water temperatures take a step up to 74 degrees in the bay to 72 degrees at El Banco and Corbeteña. Better than the 70 degrees we had last week, so be happy water temps have hopefully hit bottom… The bite is happening early around 8:30 so be sure to leave early, even if fishing only four hours be sure you´re where you want to be by this time… Baits: Who knows… ha ha ha… If you can figure out how to mimic half inch Sardines let me know!

For those looking for a Shared Boat, we´re going full speed ahead and we´re scheduling shared boats daily. $275 usd, two people, half a super panga for eight hours, a great deal for those on a budget. So contact me if coming down to PV and lets ¨Hook U Up¨. Also Raffa, the only Mexican in PV that won´t sell you a ¨timeshare¨ is my tour expert. He´ll get you such discounts on tours I can´t even tell you because the local companies get upset. But our clients can expect major discounts on Vallarta Adventures, The Pirate Ship, you name it. Be patient with Raffa, he´s a little slow, but his heart is in the right place for Master Baiter´s Clients.

Remember we Freeze Fish Free for cutsomers… And we´re the only real fishing company in PV anymore so it makes sense we´re the only ones with enough money to get a freezer!!

We´re Still Hooking-People up with Shared Boats, 8 hrs, 2 people, Half a super panga at $275 usd, you wonñ´t beat that deal. Call us, Email us before coming down and we´ll do what we can to match you up...

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

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Yellowfin Tuna Turn Up At El Banco Today, Tomorrow Who Knows?

Yellowfin Tuna Turn Up At El Banco Today, Tomorrow Who Knows?

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

The Smith Family went out for a 12 hr day on Oscars or 32ft Black Fin and returned with these beauties and you can too!  Very nice people on a very nice day!
The Smith Family went out for a 12 hr day on Oscars or 32ft Black Fin and returned with these beauties and you can too! Very nice people on a very nice day!

The dreaded El Nino has finally come to an end, but that doesn´t mean the fishing is going to be any better amigos. The ultimate weeks and months of El Nino can drive you crazy if you´re in my business. People think that when and El Nino ends that everything is going to return to normal and the fishing will be incredible. Well that´s not exactly correct. When we see the currents swirling with warm water, then cold water we know there are going to be challenges to fishing. After an El Nino the following year, primarily summer is a bag of frustration. Right now one day the fishing is world class. The next day the fishing fleet gets word of this and BAM, no fish for love or money!  The next day, who knows, it´s challenging for sure. The fish are out there, the only question is can you get them to take your bait!

Just mention the word(s) Yellowfin Tuna and the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up if you´re a fanatic like so many of my readers. This year it´s been pretty sparse for Yellowfin Tuna. When we do have YF Tuna it´s ¨fish city¨. When they´re not there or more likely not biting, you may just come in bald headed! Three days ago there were some 180 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco. Actually they were anywhere from 60 lb to 180 lbs, averaged at 100 lbs. The next day nothing, zip, nada. Fishing is never a guaranteed sport and true fisherman know that when you´re going for world class gamefish like Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin and Especially YF Tuna it´s not always a ¨happy ending¨ (and the illegal fishing is not helping). For me, to ignore El Banco because it may be a little ¨Iffy¨ is short sighted and with a plan you´ll have a great day, YF Tuna or not. If you decide to take the challenge a good place to start is 2 miles west of the high spots. No Marlin, No Dorado, but there are still 50 lb plus Cubera Snappers taking trolled baits, no jigging necessary. Those two are pretty much what´s happening.

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Just as El Banco has no Marlin, Corbeteña has pretty much only Marlin and Sailfish, maybe. Same situation, one day it´s fish city, the next day it´s a fishing ghost town. Make no mistake, the Marlin are there, no doubt about it, but they may not be interested in your bait. Why, well there are Bullet bonito bait balls the size of a healthy McDonalds, parking lot and all. Sprinkle some large six inch Sardines (Sardinas in Spanish) and you´ve got a Yellowfin Tuna Sundae they have no reason to resist. Hard to turn a Tunas head when your presentation doesn´t measure up. For a ¨fighting¨ chance the best place to start dropping baits is on the 240 compass reading from the rock out about five miles. Use your electronics to find the drop and this is where all the action is, if there is action that is. So always, always get local baits for a fighting chance. Not much else to say for now about El Banco. Stay tuned….

Not everyone wants a ten hour day to Corbeteña or a twelve hour day to El Banco. For those the fishing around the Marietta islands to Punta Mita they´re being rewarded with Sailfish and small Blue Marlin. For some reason in this area the Marlin and Sailfish have no issues taking your presentation. I say presentation because if they don´t like the way your bait looks, they ignore it! If you´re lucky enough to find yourself 3 to 6 miles off the Marietta islands you´ll find a mixed bag of Sailfish and Blue Marlin running 200 to 350 lbs. Or you may find yourself with a Sailfish or three in the same area. So it´s Sailfish or Marlin from this area out. Punta Mita is mostly about Sailfish, but there are Marlin in this area as well. So in a nut shell, the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita re alive with action. Jack Crevalls (25 to 45 lbs) for some reason are starting to thin out but still in decent numbers. Bonito at 20 to 35 lbs are common. Sierra Mackerals near shore and at Punto Burro, just this side of the Anclote Reef there has been a few 35 to 60 lb Rooster Fish chasing Sardines. Oddly enough these particular Roosters took cedar plugs, that’s a new one on me. Lots of people ask me when the Rooster fish will be in, well they´re coming in now! Cross your fingers the Sardines do their job and get these puppies back in the area. El Morro has been quiet, but they normally have Sails in the area so don´t forget to give this area a look.

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Inside the bay is off the hook with interesting fishing for sure. Interesting because we have Sailfish all over the bay chasing those Sardines everywhere and not bad sized. A few years back I would argue with you about Sailfish in the bay, but there they are. If you´re around La Cruz Marina the water is blue and they´re hanging out. In the middle of the bay, off Los Arcos, they´re all over the bay and they´re taking bait. A four hour trip right now can pay off in Billfish. We also have tons of Sierra Mackerals at 12 lbs. Not too big, but very tasty! Jack Crevalls as mentioned are thinning but still plentiful enough. Bonito like always to 30 lbs and soon the Snook will be in front of the rive mouths when they stop pouring dirty water into the bay. Capt Cesar and I were talking how we need to fill the fridge. Wait a couple of weeks and we could have out fill of Rooster fish and Snook or Robalo in Spanish!

Ok, here´s some strangeness for you. We´re seeing water temperatures at 86 degrees at El Banco and Corbetena. But in the bay it´s 87 degrees and sometimes warmer. Strange stuff and for me the swirling warm and cold currents are the biggest reason these world class species are in and out. The fast currents of last week look to be calming down, so things could be changing now. Bait buy mouth full is plentiful, which is another challenge to deal with. But experienced Captains know what to do if all the elements come together. With all the live bait running lures may not be the best idea, but if you do, the Green Iguana lures are where you want to start (Green with black stripes with yellow on top). The bite seems to be a moving target so get out early and be at the ready.

We have a new team member in Raffa, his 25 yrs of experience working with the hotels and concierges is invaluable to us at Master Baiter´s. Raffa is a tour expert where I never approached this lucrative field as I focus on fishing. But we can now offer the lowest prices on tours you´re going to get in PV. It´s a loss leader but they charge too much for these tours because they pay monster commissions. We figure if you read these articles or are fishing with us you deserve a break. We also have many options you won´t hear from the local ¨promoters¨ as they call themselves. So come say hello to Raffa and remember, he and we won´t sell you a timeshare! Trust Raffa, I do!

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

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.

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

Shared Boats: It´s that time of the year again where we are looking for people to share a Super Panga for eight hours. it works like this, send me an email, ask to be put on the shared boat list, I´ll do what I can to ¨hook You up¨ with another couple for eight hous of fishing in a super panga with a head or bathroom. Half the boat is $275 usd and that´s good for up to two people. No scrimping on these trips either, English speaking crews, top notch equipment, beautiful boats that catch fish. Capt Scoobyis incredible.

4 hr fishing tip int he bay $200 usd: For those who are looking for a budget fishing I have a new single engine panga for four hours of fishing in the bay. Bano or porta potty, everything included but dock boarding fees and what you want to eat and drink. That simple, on either one of these boats… Super Shaddy, which means you won´t get sun burnt and we´ll put snorkel equipment on the boat as well so for four people it´s the cheapest tour or fishing boat in the bay. You won´t beat this price, period!

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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Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

                              Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

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

Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 ... Congrats Capt Juan, well done!
Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 … Congrats Capt Juan, well done!

Right after I wrote last week’s report things flipped for the better. The ¨Clean Green water we´ve had for the last weeks is not gone. Blue water has returned to the area and we´re seeing an increase in Dorado in both numbers and locations. Marlin are still the main game fish out there, but they´re out there! Yellowfin around El Banco but they´re Footballs of 60 lbs. We have fish and they´re hungry for your bait amigo. High Season for fishing has finally kicked in big time so get your butt to PV and join the fun!

Subtle things can change in a heartbeat here in PV and this week we´re happy to see ¨High Visibility Blue water¨ return to our world famous fishing grounds again. El Banco this week is seeing some small Yellowfin Tuna 40 to 65 lbs, we call them ¨Footballs¨.  Blue and Black Marlin are still running from 250 lbs to over 600 lbs. But you have to be patient, they´re spread out and it could take some time to get a strike. Dorado are still sparse at El Banco, wait a week and we´ll hopefully see this change. Rainbow Runners around 45 lbs and great tasting. Sailfish of course and a host of other possible game fish to choose from. When the fish are at El Banco, they´re always a little bigger. With almost perfect conditions and water temperatures it should be considered when making your fishing day plan with the captain!

Big Dorado at Corbetena!
Big Dorado at Corbetena!

It´s still ¨Rockin¨ at the Rock, better known as Corbeteña! Take everything I just said about El Banco and add Dorado of 40 to 60 lbs. In fact anywhere from El Morro to Corbeteña has turned into Dorado City! It´s nice to be able to write this since we´ve seen no Dorado to speak of at all this season and frankly it worries me. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as well and of course we have Blue and Black Marlin again in the 250 to 600 lb range, possibly larger with any luck. Plenty of bait, blue water and possibilities. Looking for Yellowfin Tuna, at the rock at a heading of 210, about four miles out you´ll find the drop where you´ll find Tuna. But if you don´t have electronics that is a hard thing to find and you´ll be fishing blind so spend the extra money for a boat with electronics, especially if targeting larger or even smaller Yellowfin tuna! It´s a ten hour day, but well worth the money!

Punta Mita had some smaller Dorado for a few days but they´re getting sparse now for some reason. But bait is not an issue so we have to tell ourselves ¨Fish Move¨ and leave it at that. But just a little farther out in front of El Morro is where you want to start looking for Dorado. Eight miles off the point we were seeing some Striped Marlin in the cooler clean green water, but they moved out. There is a possibility of a Sailfish in the area, but I wouldn´t hold my breath. All and all if you´re heading out for eight hours to hit this area, spend the extra money and hit the Rock, you´ll be glad you did.

Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !
Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !

Inside the bay, you could insert last week’s information and be on the money. Jack Crevalls are still in the area and will be until next spring. Needle fish are not quite as available but they´re good fighters and amazing enough taste great so don´t give them up as ¨trash fish¨. Bonito to 40 lbs and some Football Tuna have been boated around Yelapa at 40 lbs! No Dorado in the bay as yet, the rainy season really wasn´t rainy at all. So the trash line we love so much and draw Dorado or Mahi into the bay was a disappointment this year. We´re still seeing Freak Sailfish in the bay so who knows, feeling lucky!

We´re still seeing water temperatures at or near 88 degrees and now with blue water anything is possible from this point forward until New Years! The bite is a moving target this week. We were seeing a mid day bite, but now it looks to be on the early side so be where you want to be fishing before 9 and you should be good. The afternoon bite is elusive as well, good luck amigo! Baits: well when it comes to baits the Green and yellow lures of last week have turned ¨dark¨. Dark in color that is, Dark Blue with green, or Black with brown. Petroleros are your best bet and are always reliable, a good place to start with plastics. Live bait is working as well, but it´s best to purchase bait in the morning as insurance and make bait at the location you´re heading to.

One thing we´re seeing now is the fishing is great one day, the next it´s not so great. The fishing is spread out like it has been and we see no reason for this to change. But the tournament this week was spectacular with some huge fish and there are more out there. Be Patient and at the ready, Moby Dick is in the ¨House¨!

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

My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !
My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !

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

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