Recent Fish Pix From Puerto Vallarta, Keep Calm!

Hello My Fanatical Fisherman Friends……

No need for words when the fishing is this good…. I’ll be posting these in my fish porn section once I figure out how…. just revamped my web page, I’m a “babe in the woods” when it comes to this stuff… but i do know how to post a pic or three… 

Enjoy and Remember, at Master Baiter’s, We Won’t Jerk You Around!

 

Capt Kawi’s Monster Dorado, the pic says 50 lbs, but he days 65 lbs…. Girth matters!

Smaller Yellowfin Tuna Footballs, great tasting, fun to catch and they’re out there right now by the Billions! Ok, that may be an over exaggeration…. kinda….
Lots of my clients have been waiting for Rooster fish, well they’re out there now…. Punta Negra!!
Big Black Marlin at Corbetena!

 

Ok, that’s enough for now… To get these experiences contact Stan … Here’s the new location map below as well as the Main Store in Marina Vallarta….. 

My New Location on the Malicon next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…
Marina Vallarta Location and Yes, We’re still alive, still in business and anyone that says different is a liar looking to steal my clients! Don’t be fooled and know you know exactly where to find us! On the Boardwalk / Malecon, south end…

 

Don’t forget Christmas is coming, we have lots of shirts online for you to give as gifts…..

Christmas is coming!!

Link here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/COOL-SPORTFISHING-T-SHIRT-MASTER-BAITER-/322560705052?var=&hash=item4b1a1dc21c

Take care and as always, thanks for your support….. and Don’t forget to kiss your fish!

Quickie Report: Fish, Fish Everywhere, Tuna, Marlin and Dorado if you “Dare”!

Nice Sized Dorado in the bay!

I know, I got a little creative in the title, but that’s about the whole story in a nut shell right now. Our world famous fishing grounds here in Puerto Vallarta are all pretty much firing on all cylinders right now. . . . 

Corbetena, Dorado to 30 lbs or larger. Some in the 50 lb range.. Black and Blue Marlin anywhere from 300 lbs upwards and over 500 lbs! Tuna are a little small, but they’re abundant from 20 to 60 lbs, there have been some boated over 120 lbs. Sailfish are almost automatic all over, presently most are about ten feet long, tournament winners for sure! Calm, blue water, it’s a fishing paradise at Corbetena right now.

Striped Marlin Boated at El Morro on Magnifico

Closer in the Marietta Islands continue to be a bit disappointing and not the best place to be dropping baits at the Moment. The point of Punta Mita is another story. Dorado are anywhere there’s a clump of trash, or log, anything that cast a shadow and you’ll find Dorado. Sailfish are sprinkled throughout the area and they have been taking dead baits, now this is changing becasue there are so many Skippies aka Skip Jack Tuna as bait it’s hard to say no to, fish wise that is. Eight hours trips are coming in with nice Sailfish, Dorado in the 20 lb range. If you head out a little farther you’ll have a shot at Marlin, say ten miles off the point on a heading of say 300. Be ready, an explosion of screaming reels is not unusual at all. 

Inside the bay, it’s a short day fishermans dream. Off Los Arcos there have naturally be nice Dorado, mostly in the 20 lb range, but there are smaller one which should be returned for another day! Sailfish are also being boated in this area as there is so much bait, it just draws them into the area. Not to be out done, smaller Blue Marlin in the 200 lb range have been chasing skippies as well and not many, but a few have been caught and released. Remember a 200 lb fish is big, but in Marlin terms they’re just “bables”. Have fun, then “throw” it back for the future health of the industry and future anglers who will most likely keep it when it’s older and bigger. 

Bait conditions are plentiful with all kinds of flying fish at three to four inches in length. Lots of “bullet Skippies” or baby skipjack tuna which just happen to be a favorite bait option! Sailfish are also hanging around La Cruz Marina so pick either end of the bay and cross your fingers. 

The all important bite is around mid morning now, after 10 a.m., then again just after 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Heading to the fishing grounds too early could make it a sketchy morning leaving back for the marina as the bite happens? Don’t do that! leave a little later in the morning, 8 is plenty early and squeeze as much action in as possible..

A Stump like this is a Dorado Machine, cast a bait and get ready for action!

It’s tournament season now, we have one coming up on the 10th of November. No expensive for a two day tournament at $2,000 pesos, or just a smidge over a hundred dollars. Fun, in expensive and the prize money is nothing that will make you rich, but there is a nice trophy with a few pesos! Something to think about. 

Also on the 15th of November we have the Puerto Vallarta annual Marlin and Sailfish Fishing Tournament and it’s a real “happening”. Entry fees are reasonable and we have boats at the ready. 

Watch for my full on report in a few days, but for now this should get your heart beating a bit faster!

Until next time, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

Stan 

Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

              Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

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

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

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

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

Nice Sized Dorado in the bay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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   Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!

                             Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!                   

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

Capt Kawi’s Monster Dorado, the pic says 50 lbs, but he days 65 lbs…. Girth matters!

The simple title pretty much says it all. Marlin are more abundant and larger. Dorado are increasing in size and Sailfish are all over the place. Yellowfin Tuna are still hanging around, but their size is around 40 to 60 lbs, no larger Tuna like last week, but this can change quickly. Conditions which were already good are now great with Blue water, comfortable water temperatures and plenty of bait make for a winning combination as High Season for Fishing is well underway. It’s time to join the party amigos, consider this your invitation.

10 ft Sailfish, Tournament sized for sure!

To put things simply, the fishing is better this week than it’s been in a year! With Blue water, super abundant bait, perfect water temperatures and all the main players around our world famous fishing grounds, you can’t go wrong. Short day, long day, just get on the water and join the party. Corbetena is the place to be this week once again. If you’re looking for a “Bucket” list fish, then now would be a great time to realize that dream with “hungry” Black and Blue Marlin roaming the area between El Morro and Corbetena. These Marlin are running anywhere from 300 lbs to over 500 lbs. Anything is possible right now, maybe even some “Ganders” at 1,000 lbs! Sailfish are all over this area and they’re fairly large. Dorado in larger sizes have finally showed up for some “recreation” as Capt Kawi hit a larger Dorado this week. Yellowfin Tuna are a little disappointing this week on the 40 to 60 lb range, but this will most likely change as the water temperatures are finally to their liking. A trip to this area will make you glad you spent those extra fuel bucks amigos. It’s time to break the piggy bank and come back with a smile and sore arms! UpDate: Oct 17th: Sharks are circling the Rock at Corbetena and if you’re running live bait, well they’re worse than Dophin because they’ll eat your lure, bait, hook, everything. So you could boat some 80 lb or larger Lemon sharks. If you’re a shark guy, this is great. But if you’re looking for Marlin, Tuna or Dorado, then this is frustrating! But you’re in luck, they’re all hitting lures now. So run Tuna Lures of Blue / gold bottom…. Iguanas or Gold and yellow with blue if you have it… Petroleros work also but not as well of purple, brown and green…maybe some orange will help. Cedar plugs for Tuna as well. Everyone is getting at least three strikes a day, Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish mostly. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 60 lb range but with massive amounts of Skippies around Corbetena and in the bay, with other vaired baits like Krill squids or Teeny tiny red crabs make it a smorgasbord all you can eat fish fast food. 

The area from Punta Mita to El Morro and the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting for so long it’s almost not worth mentioning. Yes there are Sailfish and Dorado around any clump of “crap” or log floating and that’s good news. Sailfish are sprinkled throughout the area but can run “hot and cold” so be patient with them. Skip jack Tuna (10 lbs max.) are everywhere and are drawing in larger Dorado on occasion, nothing is ever automatic. But with larger Dorado finally moving in again, larger ones can’t be far behind, anything is possible. For now if you’re doing eight hours to this area, you’d be better off laying down the cash for a ten hour day where the best fishing is and getting better!

Marlin Jumpin …

Inside the bay has been surprising once again. Sailfish of decent size are still hanging around Los Arcos as are “some” decent sized Dorado close to 20 lbs, but mostly around 15 lbs. We’ve even had a larger Black Marlin chasing Skippies aka Skip jack Tuna in front of the Sheraton about a mile out. Very strange for this to happen, but it’s an example of plentiful bait in the bay. Now the water in many locations is still a touch dirty, but the rains are slowing down and the water from the rivers is much cleaner as the rainy season comes to an end. Bonito to 30 lbs are always standard fair. Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 to 40 lb range are in and out anywhere from Los Arcos to Yelapa and a touch south up the shoreline. There are massive amounts of Skippies in the bay, like there used to be so larger fish are coming “freakishly” into the bay for some fast food. Four hours in the bay, six is better, will make you a happy vacationer, if not a sore vacationer! Great value and with our super inexpensive four hour trips you can’t go wrong. Contact us for further information or come in the shop for details.

It’s a Party, You’re Invited!

For now the best fishing values with the most fish are at Corbetena and in the bay. But if you find any floating logs or debris around the Punta Mita area you could make me a liar! Keep the radio on and listen for the news as other captains will broadcast to others so we all can share in the “good times”. Water temperatures have dropped a bit to 83 degrees at the “Rock” aka Corbetena. 85 degrees in the bay. The Bite is still happening a little later in the morning, but if heading out to Corbetena make sure you’re leaving as the sun rises. Those looking to leave before daybreak will find captains a little hesitant to go fast. If you hit a log or submerged stump it will ruin your day. So getting out too early is not an advantage amigos at this time. Bait in the water ranges from Flying fish, Bullet Bonito and Skippies, Flying fish, Goggle eyes and more. We’ve seen Sardines moving in which means there have been some smaller Rooster fish around Punta Negra but they’re only 10 lbs or so, leave them alone for now. Some strangeness lately with Tuna crabs in the bay, but they’re teeny tiny, about a half inch across. The Skippies are full of them so we may see some larger Tuna crabs soon and that’s a good thing for the Tuna Guys! Even Krill shrimps are coming in so the possibilities for next week are encouraging, stay tuned! Sails are still partial to dead baits and lures of blue and white are working well. Like always have your Dorado lures at the ready. Just try everything, then let me know what works for you, I won’t tell, ha ha….

Half a Super Panga, two people at this price, 8 hrs, $275 usd …. With a Quality captain, professional equipment and tackle. Ice, bait, English speaking captain… it’s a real fishing trip for the budget minded!

With more and more clients looking for shared boats we’re promoting our special deal for half a super Panga at $275 usd, good for two people. It’s the best eight hour fishing deal you’ll find in PV so fire us an email and get your name on our list to match up. Save money, Catch fish, have fun, seems pretty simple to me!

We also have a great four hour trip, it’s nothing fancy but it’s a product that is perfect for times like these where we troll to Los Arcos from the marina area and slowly around the area. It’s a half standard four hour fishing trip, but for now it’s all you need to have fun if you’re on a budget and want some nice action. Contact us for more details.

Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November

Remember to visit our new location on the Malecon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house (next to Sr.Frogs). And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well!

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

Fire me an email and get on my mailing list so we can send you these reports directly fresh and useful! Or visit the web page and subscribe, it all works the same!

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 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

We are the ony real fishing company now in Puerto Vallarta, soon we´ll be back in our branded Master Baiter´s Tackle

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

Client Questions Welcome: Snook fishing in PV

Hola Stan;

I have two gentlemen who want to go on a snook fishing charter in one of the rivers.

Do you have someone who does that?

Ralph

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Stan To: Ralph, 

yes we can do that, but here’s the deal, the commercial fisherman have lines strung up all along the river mouths, but with rains the lines can get ripped out.. let me check

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Ralph to: Stan

Ok just let me know. They were asking if it’s better to wait a few weeks and the temperatures go down a little and maybe less bugs

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Stan to: Ralph

Well yes the temperatures go down, but so do the rains and the fresh water is what attracts the Robalo or Snook in english… waiting will make things less likely… but yes the temperatures will be better….
 
But no agua dulce
 
Everyone is out fishing, when i get a captain I’ll hit you up amigo… Stan
Snook around the River Mouth 
 
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Stan to: Ralph
 
Ok, here’s the deal, nobody has been boating any snook lately… the river flows are down and less “agua dulce” or fresh water. No issues with commercial guys, that’s good news….
 
My other captain has a different opinion and he does catch fish. he says around La Cruz River there have been snook and says they’re there… he’s hungry for work, but he is a super duper fisherman and will find them if there….
 
Four hours would work, but six hours would works better… Super panga would be the best type of boat to use as it will get closer to shore, could be the trick….
 
$360 usd 4 hrs . . . .  $420  for 6hrs…. Ready to go…
 
Stan
Master Baiter’s
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Ralph to: Stan

Ok I will relay the info to them. They will be here in about two weeks.
Thanks Stan….

If you have any questions like Ralph Did, feel Free to contact me. I’ll tell you straight up what the deal is, you can decide when you have all the facts…..

Stan Gabruk

Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle

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

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!

GoTtA ThRoW tHe LoGo In NoW & aGaIn

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.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

 

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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