Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fish for Everyone, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna!

                                  Fish for Everyone, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

270 lb Blue Marlin boated off El Banco with Capt Scooby of Guanatuna Super Panga
270 lb Blue Marlin boated off El Banco with Capt Scooby of Guanatuna Super Panga

Normally in March we´re talking about disappointing winter fishing, not so this year. With El Nino being it´s unpredictable self raising water temperature to late spring equivalents we´re seeing unusual fishing with Black Marlin, tuna, Wahoo, Rooster fish and the list goes on. Yes folks, the fishing is incredible and there´s ¨Fish for Everyone¨!

It seems for the longest time there wasn´t any action at El Banco, a complete waste of your fuel dollar but things have changed drastically. In a month were we´d normally be ignoring this area we´re now pleasantly surprised with huge Black Marlin to 800 lbs, Blue Marlin to 500 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna at 150 to 200+ lb cows! Cubera Snapper for the lucky troller or jigger to 65 lbs. Amber Jacks to 65 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course to 50 lbs, Bonito, flying fish everywhere and favorable ¨spring¨ water temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees. Throw in the teeny tiny red crabs less than an inch long and the shelled squids of about the same size and this is a recipe for a fishing frenzy! I haven´t seen El Banco this alive and active for a long while. Thinking of hitting this area, then stop thinking and do it already. Time to make a move amigos. When ¨they´re¨ there, they´re always bigger at the bank! Corbetena has taken up where El Banco left off, slow and kinda lifeless. About 10 to 15 miles west of the rock there have been 150 lb Yellowfin tuna to be had. They haven´t been around the rock with fields of these crabs and shelled squids they´re happy where they are. If you´re around the area Cubera Snappers are in the 60 lb range. Wahoo are being boated for the lucky here as well. The regular players of Bonito, Jack Crevalls, monster Skip Jack Tuna over 6 lbs are thick. So with the abundance of favorite bait we could see this area explode before you finish reading this article. Hit the Bank first!

75 lb Rooster Fish caught in Sayulita off the Anclote Reef area
75 lb Rooster Fish caught in Sayulita off the Anclote Reef area

El Morro and the area have been on the slow side. In fact if you´re not targeting Wahoo with wire leaders and a faster trolling speed there really isn´t much reason to be here. Rooster fish have diminished in numbers which is surprising with the increase in Sardines in the area. If you’re around Anclote Reef at Sayulita you could have some luck with Rooster fish in the 40 lb range, but you´ll be rolling the dice. Fishing is always a gamble, we do what we can to improve the odds. Punta Mita is the same. The Marietta Islands are a little different with other species in the area I expect Roosters to show up any minute now. All and all the eight hour trip is not your best fishing dollar bang.

Inside the bay we´re seeing absolutely wonderful fishing as long as you´re not looking for Dorado! Around the river mouths there are Jack Crevalls 40 lbs, Roballo 30 lbs, Smaller Snappers to 20 lbs making a four hour family fishing trip affordable and fun with everyone getting all the action they could want. Also in the bay are Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs and the list goes on. Sailfish are gone, but somehow they seem to find a bait in the bay, especially around La Cruz and Los Arcos areas, Buenos Suerte Amigos.

Basically the fishing is wide open and spread out. With abundant bait sprinkled though the area the fish don´t seem to be schooling, instead they´re free swimming with the scattered bait around the bay. So this is keeping the production fishing ships out of the area, they target schools for their nets. So it´s funny to me they´re just waiting for YF Tuna to school so they can clean house. For now the challenges are obvious, but the rewards make it all worth it. If you consider yourself a serious fisherman then get serious. Those in PV now are in the right place at the right time. Crowds are down, the days and seas are perfect. It´s a fishermans paradise in more than one way and I haven´t been able to say this for many moons. With all the Wahoo in the area you might want to target this species, I know I´m heading out after as many as I can get and don´t ask me to share, you´ll have to get your own.

Yellowfin tuna at the Gaff
Yellowfin tuna at the Gaff

With Water temps still between 78 and 80 degrees it looks like ¨winter¨ is passing us by. The early bite is 8:00 a.m, late bite is at 4:00 p.m. so plan accordingly. Bait / Lures: With all the flying fish the best lure to start with is the Blue and silver specs or dots, Petrelaros with purple and brown colors. Skippies are great as bait, but if you can get the bullet bonito they´re like heroin to a fish, they can´t stop themselves.

. Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular (½ Super Panga, 2 person max. per half the boat)! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store. Contact us about a week before coming to PV so we can get you set up early on a shared boat!

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

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

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PV Transitions to Winter Fishing, Rooster Fish Arrive!

                             PV Transitions to Winter Fishing, Rooster Fish Arrive!  

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

 

02 07 2016 WahooAs is natural Mother Nature has once again reset the current clock as we see water temperatures turn chilly to the summer species of Dorado and Black Marlin. Other summer species are still hanging around the deep water locations, but for how much longer? For now fishing has it´s challenges like fishing always does. We see the void being filled in nicely by Sierra Mackerals, Needle Fish, Large Bonito (Tuna in cans), Sailfish and Dorado still hanging north of Corbeteña and El Banco. Yellowfin tuna off Cleophus of the Tres Maria Islands and Blue Marlin between Corbetena and El Banco. Fishing isn´t perfect for the jaded, but for the guy looking for a challenge and some serious action, now is the time to hit it or it may be too late amigos for Tuna and Marlin!

07 16 2015 Kevin Lawry, Pecositas II, 6 Hrs 650 pxls MBTEXTFishing around the area has turned to ¨slow¨ which means nothing is on ¨automatic¨ as we have become accustomed to. Even with its challenges fishing is still world class by any measuring device you may have, including your imagination! When you hook into a 400 lb Blue Marlin, this is not a small fish. Dorado to 45 lbs north of Corbeteña Sailfish and of course Striped Marlin to 250 lbs. With a half full glass attitude anything is probable! Bottle Nose Dolphin are still around the rock and the high spots of El Banco so you´ll have to deal with those bait stealing hooligans as they laugh at you! Wahoo is still around the area with average sizes being in the 60 lb to 80 lb range but we´ve seen larger around the area. If you´re at El Banco and north there are Yellowfin tuna 60 to 120 lbs to be had just this side of Cleophus by twenty miles. So for the deep water, ¨I wanna a big fish¨ kind of guy we´re able to scratch that itch amigo. Corbeteña and El Banco are both alive with action which includes Cubera Snappers for the jiggers and of course the side species of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals are just part of a long list of species available. For now your best fishing ¨bang for the buck¨ is in a ten hour trip.

06 22 2015 Small Dorado y Bullet bonito 450 pxls MBTextMarietta Islands and the reefs in the area are seeing Wahoo just hanging out. We don´t normally see Wahoo handout in the area so this is a great opportunity to get this extremely sought after species. Their flavor is just incredible but don´t leave the boat with the Captain promising to bring your fish to the hotel, he just ripped off your fish dude! Fish is something just short of legal tender, about the only thing you can´t pay for with fish is your phone and electric bills! Smaller Dorado are also possible in the 20 lb range, but thinning out daily. Needle fish to 45 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, maybe a misguided Sailfish chasing Skip jack Tuna. It´s all alive with more action around the Marietta Islands and El Morro Island. Eight hours is a decent trip, if nothing happens you can always come back to the bay and hit the winter species. There is no reason not to catch some fish, hopefully it´s the species you´re targeting! Punta Mita is slow, Dorado and Sailfish are still in the area but it´s more miss than hit right now. Anclote Reef may have some Rooster fish. If targeting Rooster fish use Bullet Bonito or Bullet Skippies and for lures use Green Runners, they´ll improve your odds!

Inside the bay we´re settling into our normal winter pattern with a twist. Everyone knows that this is Whale Season and there have been many comments that the Whale populations are diminished this season. Fishing in the bay can have its challenges as well with whales scaring all the speices out of ¨strike¨  range. Basically they don´t want to be Moby Dicks lunch! Another negative are the Killer or Orca Whales. They are eating everything, even Jack Crevalls like they´re candy. This has chased the Blue and Grey whales, etc out of the bay and around the Marietta Islands and points off Punta Mita and Cabo Corrientes. Killer whales will also target the youngling whales, Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress. Jack Crevalls all around the bay, especially around the Nuevo Vallarta Area. Dorado to 20 lbs can still be boated around the Los Arcos Rocks along with a slim chance of smaller Sailfish chasing abundant bait in the bay. Bonito to 40 lbs around Yelapa, Needle fish to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals, Rooster fish in the 15 lb range around the surf areas. Find a jetty and have at it. Four hour fishing trips in the bay can be very fruitful if you have an open mind and are looking for some pure action!

03 11 2010 Mi Jenny, RedPix 6 hrs, Ken Sutula 002All and all the fishing is great, but it´s not October fishing as we see colder currents move into the area dropping the water temps to 77 degrees with a downward trend. There has been some green water around Corbeteña, so go north about four miles and you´ll find high visibility blue water. Dirty water is another indications of current changes and we may find more dirty water next week as sediments are stirred up as is normal for this time of the year, like it or not. The bit is happening a little later in the mornings now, be ¨there¨ by 8:30 a.m. and you should be on time.

Around 1:00 so you can hit both bites of you time things right. Lures: Are still blue with silver that mimic flying fish will do the trick and of course petrelaros with brown, green and purple are automatic.

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store.

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

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

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Fishing Spreads Out, Yellow Fin at El Banco, Wahoo Too!

                     Fishing Spreads Out, Yellow Fin at El Banco, Wahoo Too!

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

01 25 2016 Bob Johnson y Glen Mewhiny, Nofa, 10 hrs, Corbeteña, 650 pxls MBTextAs we continue to see amazing fishing in mid January we wonder if this can continue for much longer. With warm water temperatures that stretch way, way north we could be in pretty good shape for summer species hanging out around our World Famous Fishing grounds for weeks or months to come, cross your fingers. Having said that we are still seeing Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado all around the place. One nice surprise is we´re finally seeing some decent sized Yellowfin tuna around El Banco or The Bank in English. The water is High Visibility blue at all the fishing grounds but of course there are always challenges when it comes to fishing and this week is no different.

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Let’s start with El Banco, just like a few weeks ago at Corbeteña, the Bottle nose Dolphin (flipper) are causing the same havoc stealing your baits and laughing at you. The main challenge is getting a bait around Flipper to your target species. Good luck, we mostly give up and head off in the distance away from these bait thief’s!  We finally have Yellowfin Tuna finally around the high spots in the 60 to 180 lb, so El Banco has life once again. Black Marlin are scarce but those in the area run 250 lbs to 600 lbs, be warned the bite for these is late around 3:00 p.m. or later. So be at whatever fishing grounds you choose before 8:00 a.m. or after 3. Anywhere in between will be ¨challenging¨. Wahoo around 60 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Dorado to 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sailfish and who knows what else. Don´t be surprised if a Cubera Snapper hits your trolled baits! For now, forget about Corbeteña, it´s dead and while we know things will change in a heartbeat, for now I´d look to El Banco if looking for larger fish! Now, ten miles north of Corbeteña, in the golden triangle area I refer to often is just alive with Marlin of the Blue and Black variety and you´ll also find Wahoo just roaming the area. So there you are, get there early or stay late and you´ll get ¨lucky¨. One last thing, tiny Red Tuna Crabs are floating in so lets hope the YF Tuna are following them in…

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The area around El Morro is seeing some action in the form of Wahoo which of course are non-schooling fish. Maybe some sailfish, but for the moment not much else. The Marietta Islands are a little more exciting with Rooster fish in the 10 lb range, fun on  light tackle. Jack Crevalls 40 lbs, Needle fish to 50 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, some Dorado in the 15 lb range. Can´t say too much about the area. Punta Mita Point, we´re still seeing the same stuff but the Dorado are in the 30 to 40 lb range and while they´re going with the early and late bite, they are there, good luck! Sailfish in the 100 inch range are nice sized and are less abundant than last week..

The Bay is still full of action with surprising hook-ups with nice sized Sailfish in the bay. Dorado area from 15 to 20 lbs around the Los Arcos area. Needle fish while weird looking taste great and are in the 25 to 45 lb range around the bay. Of course there are always Jack Crevalls around Nuevo Vallarta, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, and a host of other species to choose from. You can´t go wrong in the bay for a short day on the water.

Water temperatures have dropped a degree or two to 78 / 79 degrees but the water is high visibility blue at all of our fishing grounds. The bite is all important right now, the early bite in the full moon phase is triggering most of the species. The late bite may be more reasonable after 3:00 O´clock to target afternoon fishing can´t hurt. Lures: right now blue with silver that mimic flying fish will do the trick, but use the 5 inch lures, nothing larger or you may find yourself wondering what happened……

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa!

IMG-20160103-WA0003Something to think about: Just a brief mention, the Seiners or production fishing ships are roaming the high spots illegally once again. Last week it was the long liners interfering with the Sportfishing community. It´s a sad thing to see these Seiners because they´re killing their own business and they scour the area doing everything they can to deplenish the local fisheries and Yellowfin Tuna Populations. There are also several boats now in the area that take clients to the Tres Maria Islands, a protected game reserve that is not so protected when the locals will allow you to break internation conservation laws to promote a money making venture!? I don´t understand this, but this is how it works. So when you read or see promotions to the Tres Maria Islands south of Cabo and north of Puerto Vallarta, almost directly in the middle, you are promoting Poachers! Any long distance or multi-day Monster Tuna trip, you can consider yourself an uninformed and unwilling (hopefully) poacher. If this was happening in the States the tour operators would rot in jail for many years to come. But since it´s easy to pull the wool over their eyes these Reel and Fishing line and Fishing Boat companies are raking in dinero as invisible criminals. Look to Bloody Decks to promote these companies or Maximus in particular to join the poachers. Me, I don´t promote or even write about this area since for the last fifty years the locals left this area alone to insure fishing for future generations for Yellowfin Tuna. These days it´s all about the money and not about conservation as the Yellowfin Tuna numbers are not even a third of what they used to be. So take the Seiners, the long liners and the local fishing companies raping the last Mexican reachable fishery and there should be no question as to why we don’t have YF Tuna like just ten years ago. Now go check out these Accurate Reel adverts with Monster Yellowfin Tuna and ask yourself, why would you believe these Monster Yellowfin tuna were caught in the legal areas? I would like to know why they´re fishing even close to this area when it´s means so much to the local Sportfishing industry? The answer is obvious, no enforcement, no accounttablility and no ethics when it comes to fishing companies across the board.

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

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

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Fishing Spreads Out, Warm Water to California, Jacks Take over the Bay

              Fishing Spreads Out, Warm Water to California, Jacks Take over the Bay

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

 

01 04 2016 Magnifico, Dorado, Punta Mita, 650 pxls, MBTextAs we all welcome the New Year we see our World Class Fishing Grounds move into ¨neutral¨ for lack of a better descriptive. Normally at this time of the year we see water temperatures drop sharply forcing our Billfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna out of the area without as much as a ¨Good By¨.  This year things are going to be a little different. With water temperatures still at the 80 degree mark we find we still have a fair amount of Marlin and Dorado cruising the area. We won´t complain about these conditions, the only thing is, this normal cold water conditions act as a barrier keeping fish from ¨wandering¨ north. This is not the case at the moment. So what does this mean, well these ¨fish¨ move and they move erratically. For now, they´re moving up the coast and out to sea. Basically our fishing grounds are ¨spreading out¨ and we can´t do a thing to stop it. The good news is we still have great fishing. The active word being ¨Fishing¨.  Lately I´ve heard people say things like ¨Fishing is not catching¨ . Well Friends when it comes to fishing, you take the good with the bad. Fishing is fishing and we do all we can to coax these finicky finned creatures to take a bait. But first they have to be there to coax. So it´s wide open out there, the more time you give yourself the better you´ll find the ¨fishing¨.  For the jaded, the fishing is not automatic. For the tourist, you´d be better off taking a series of days fishing or not go at all. It´s a risk sport amigos, Fishing is Fishing and Fishing is never perfect. Having said that, give yourself some time, you´ll catch fish.

12 31 2015 Sailfish, Magnifico 500 pxls MBTextCorbeteña is stilt the place to be. Located thirty five miles out of Puerto Vallarta the ¨Rock¨ has seen most of the larger Bottle Nose Dolphin (Flipper) move out and this means you can actually get a bait to a potential hook-up candidate. With Marlin to 600 lbs, Sailfish at Tournament winning size of over 100 lbs and Dorado in the 35 to 60 lb range this is about as good as it gets. You may ask about Yellowfin Tuna, nothing, not even footballs. There are still Wahoo in the 60 lb range, but again a non-schooling species is hard to target. Do you feel lucky? El Banco, nobody but nobody has hit this normally producing area. For now it´s best to keep your attention focused on Corbeteña.

You second best fishing bet is the point of Punta Mita. Ever since the long liners bugged out the area has been producing well. I wouldn´t say it exploded, but six to ten miles off the point there are Blue Marlin taking Baits if they see it. With high visibility blue water, seeing a bait is not an issue. What has been surprising is the lack of bait and we still have fish in the area. So lures have been filling the gap nicely. For those with a full array of color the ones you´ll want to start with are the green and yellow combinations, Dorado mimics. Blue with silver spots is also a great second choice and of course anything with purple in it will also be a good place to begin. Boats with limited equipment will find catching fish almost impossible. Make sure you have plenty of live bait in the morning to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity to boat something impressive.

12 31 2015 Striped Marlin, Magnifico, 500pxls MBTextThe Marietta Islands are less than disappointing and have been all summer. I can´t tell you what the deal is there, but it´s not happening. With their fill of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Skip Jack Tunas, Sierra Mackerals to 25 lbs  (good size for sierras), Needle Fish a mix of other reef fish and maybe, maybe a Sailfish. I can´t recommend this area since you can get the same species in the bay.

Which brings us to inside the bay. Billions of Jack Crevalls around the Nuevo Vallarta area in the 35 lb range are great arm burners, but not great tasting, always a down side. My National friends can make then palatable, but don´t try it yourself. Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 40 lbs and possible larger. False Marlin are the nick name of these fish and while weird looking, they are good eating and a fun fight. Skip Jack Tuna, with some luck they´re still boating Sailfish around the La Cruz Area and off the rocks of Los Arcos and Dorado, yes Dorado in the bay. Short day trips can pay off nicely and not hurt the wallet to badly! All sort of action in the bay, on a budget it´s a great option.

12 31 2045 Jack Crevall, Iwan y Roxann, Magnifico 600 pxls MBTextA funny thing about this week, we saw the famous Red Tuna Crabs float in and there are no Yellowfin Tuna to be found, period! Now for us in PV this is very unusual, it´s essentially been a Tuna Free Season, unless of course you braved the time and distance to the Tres Maria Islands. You know the game preserve and fishery the Bloody Decks types have been raping as they say they´re outside the ¨buffer¨ zone. Well if you´re not fishing in the ¨Buffer Zone¨ which is the legal boundaries you should never go in since it´s a prison island. You normally have a 50 / 50 chance of boating Tuna of any size. Now normally they´re large, over 200 lbs, but it´s a long way and not cheap fishing. The Maximus I understand is now more or less being forced to keep it´s distance, and they normally do pretty well for cattle car fishing trips. But if you were looking for any sizeable Yellowfin Tuna, you had to be here or you were left wanting. With the Red Tuna Crabs rolling in we may see some YF Tuna turning up, but who knows for sure? Cross your fingers and look to the heavens for a little help!! In the mean time, the rock or Corbeteña is still your best option.

The bite moving a little later in the morning now so be where you want to fish by 8 O´clock in the a.m. Lures are working very well with sparse bait, use Green with Yellow, Blue with silver dots or lures with purple combinations, petrelaros are a good start. You´ll need a full array of color with bait not so abundant. Remember this when renting a charter boat. Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa!

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

01 01 2016 PV Sunset coming into MVallartaMaster Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Marlin, Sails, Tuna, Fish Everywhere, El Banco Slow

      Marlin, Sails, Tuna, Fish Everywhere, El Banco Slow

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

 

10 20 2015 Sailfish, Punta Mita 650 pxls MBTextEvery once in a while mother nature lets us know who´s boss and this week Hurricane Patricia was a big, huge news story around the world. It had its impact on Manzanillo and other coast areas, but thankfully they were sparsely populated. There have been reports that Puerto Vallarta had big issues with Patricia, but in fact we got little more than constant, medium heavy rain. Not even a breeze thanks to the Cabo Corrientes Mountains once again. After this scary Hurricane we see the fishing is off the Richter Scale with abundant Blue Marlin and Sailfish. They´re everywhere which of course means shorter days can pay off in Billfish! Fishing is on fire in PV and I hear they have plenty of hotel availability also….

Every angler, visitor or local alike have endless possibilities from the moment you leave Marina Vallarta. It´s an amazing thing come this time of the year, Sailfish increase in numbers to the point of being the dominant species in the area. This week you can pretty much find Sailfish any where you´re heading to, anywhere. At Corbeteña there are plenty of Sails in the 200 inch range, well over 150 lbs, Plenty of Blue Marlin in the 350 to 600 lb range. Cubera Snapper to 60 lbs on trolled Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies). One nice development this week is Yellowfin Tuna are a little more abundant running 40 to 80 lbs, with some in the 125 lb range if lucky. I have also gotten 300 pounder Monster Reports, but nobody has seen any pictures, so I´ll leave that up to you.

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El Banco is slow, which is a nice way to say nothing much is happening there. Couldn´t tell you why, but the action for the moment is mostly away from El Banco.

What has happened this week, the fish have spread out. Once you´re at the Marietta Islands, it´s best to drop baits and start trolling. Anything can happen as close as four miles off El Morro towards Corbeteña. Sailfish are picking up baits like crazy and even a 400 lb Blue Marlin was boated barely off the Marietta Islands. Strange, a little, but this whole year is upside down. Any area from the Marietta Islands and El Morro, to Corbeteña, then back down again to the point of Punta Mita is alive and active with world class gamefish. An eight hour day will get you in the thick of it, but ten hours will get you bigger fish in deeper water.

You already know the Marietta´s and El Morro are cooking with gas already with Sails and the possibility of Marlin a few miles farther out. For now this area is still mostly about Bonito, Skip Jack tuna, Jack Crevalls seem to be moving in with larger numbers, the warm water is the reason. Another symptom of El Nino. There are some larger Cubera Snappers for the ¨jiggers¨, but they´re taking trolled Skippies readily, so here´s a secret to keep to yourself. Rooster fish, yes I said Rooster Fish are in tiny numbers around the Reef, nothing you can plan for, but they´ve been taking bullet Bonito Baits, Skip jacks and full sized baits over twenty pounds! They´re big, Rooster fish in the 50 lb range are serious fighters and well worth the risk when you hook up!

10 22 2015 Dorado off Morro, 480 pxls MBTextThe bay is hard to keep up with this week, 40 lb Yellowfin around Yelapa, Sailfish off Los Arcos, plenty of Jack Crevalls around Nuevo Vallarta. Bonito and Skippies are also everywhere. With the other regular players of Bonito, Snapper and Snook at the river mouth. But the rain water is flowing heavily so be warned, the bay is getting full rivers of dirty water dumping in the bay. So how the bay fishing is going to be for the next three or four days is yet to be seen, stay tuned!

The bite is in the morning, be where you want to go before 9:30. But in reality the bite has been happening all day, just this time in the morning is when they´ve started taking baits. The late bite has been around 4, not too late, but when everyone has left the Rock at 4, then it´s time to do some Rockin of your own, alone. Talk about a fisherman’s dream! If using lures, Green, Purple are working well. But what´s working well is Pink upper color, blue lower colors and a silver belly… Bank on it! Bait: Plenty of Bait in the bay and around the fishing grounds in the form of Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies), Goggle Eyes, Bonito, Flying fish and the list goes on.

Patricia 10 23Hurricane Patricia: For all of you out there that heard about the ¨Worst Hurricane¨ ever in the western hemisphere, well it roared when it landed, then turned into a kitten. It´s hard to call the storm a kitten, but compared to the predictions, the closing of ALL businesses in PV, the money, the time lost, but it´s better to be safe than sorry. There was plenty to think about, except one thing, all the comparisons from years ago were different animals. Manzanillo and Colima, Colima mostly got the full force of the storm. This is a sparsely populated area, so the press shows the same small areas that did get slammed. Here in Puerto Vallarta I was telling people that first 1) A Catagory five hurricane can not sustain winds of that force for too long. 2) Once the hurricane hits land it will lose some juice. Such was the case in Patricia, hit land, almost automatically it´s a Cat. 4 … Third 3) it had to travel hundreds of kilometers to get to the Cabo Corrientes mountains (PV resides on the inward side), another drain on the storms ¨Juice¨…. Fourth) If the Hurricane does hit the mountains it will lose more Juice and if it goes over the Mountains (a big ¨if¨), the end of the Sierra Madre´s, then it would have little ¨juice¨ after that. For that reason I was not worried in the least and tried to share this with my friends as much as I could. I evenpostedthis on my Facebook pages (Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle). But the press was a contradictory voice. I prepared by pulling the electrical plugs from my electric stuff and that was about it…  What happened was it came through Manzanillo and Colima, went toward the mountains, bumped off them as I expected and headed for Guadalajara. They got hit with some heavy wind and rain, but the news services are not talking about how hard GDL got hit, they were talking more about the heavy rain in Dallas of all places! So keep this in the back of your mind if you visit PV regularly, if the strom or Hurricane is coming down the pipe of the Bay of Banderas, then  you should start to worry. But for the last seventy years these mountains have protected my favorite place in Mexico and will continue to be a major factor in why PV is one of the safest locations in all of Mexico and always has been. Weather, crime, PV is safe, hell you can even drink the water! I´ve been doing that for years and  years…. then again it could explain a few things… hahahahaa… So ignore the press reports that PV is slammed, we´re slammed with perfect weather and world class fishing… I can live with that! Enough said from a guy who takes picture of dead fish and sells T-shirts for a living!! It´s hard to complain about my lifestyle, but I still do, that´s how you know I`m not dead!!

We´re still doing shared charters, just contact me with your date and we´ll see if we can hook you up. Naturally the more that are interested in shared pangas, the better it works. So tell your friends and share this article, could save you money amigos! Those on a budget you can still catch world class fish on vacation with this option!

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

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.Corporate Logo RedPix 650 Adjusted

 

Great Fishing Continues, Marlin & Sailfish Abundant

                              Great Fishing Continues, Marlin & Sailfish Abundant

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

10 18 2014 Nathan Howard, 10 hrs Super Panga 650 Pxls
Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña with my friend Nathan Howard

 

10 15 2014 Black Marlin, 225 lbs, 

It seems that we can fall into a pattern here in Puerto Vallarta where it seems like my weekly fishing report will sound much like the week before and this week is going to be the same. But it´s not like that is bad news when the fishing is great and there are plenty of fish to be had. Every Species we´re famous for in PV is here, working its ¨tail¨ off and chasing bait. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado but forget larger Yellowfin Tuna. But you´ll have to get out of the bay to get your targeted ¨finned fantasy¨. We´re also smack in the middle of tournament season, and why would you schedule a tournament in anytime other than Fishings High Season?

Let’s start with the bay, our famous Bay of Banderas. First say good-bye to the Trash Line. The seasonal rains have all but come to an end as is normal as we enter the early weeks of October, but by mid October the threats of Hurricanes may not be gone, but they´re pretty much done for the year. So we don´t get the extra little attraction of easy fishing, but that doesn´t mean the fishing is any worse. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Yellowfin Footballs around Yelapa and yes, even Sailfish in the bay! Four hour fishing trips will produce, but six hours is better since you may need to spend some time and fuel looking for finned pay load.

10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, Corbeteña Dorado, Text 600 pxls
Dorado with different markings, they´re not always gold and blue, Brian boated this beauty at Corbeteña pictured in the background.

Once you´re at the mouth of the bay, the possibilities step up a notch. Anywhere from El Morro to Punta Mita is a wide open watery field of Sailfish and Dorado. With tons of Flying fish and ¨Bullet Bonito¨, a favorite bait for Marlin and Sailfish you can´t go wrong. Dropping lines as you exit the bay in any direction will produce arm burning action. Sailfish are a touch smaller this week in the 30 to 35 kilo range or about 80 lbs in average. Not exactly tournament winners, but they´ll be in the hunt. Dorado, anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs if lucky. It´s not exactly Dorado City out there, but when you´ve hooked-up and you´re in the battle, the only thing that matters then is boating that gold and blue dinner special.

 

10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, El Morro, Text
And yet another Sailfish from Corbeteña, check out how blue the water is, perfect conditions are necessary for perfect fishing like it is now!

So there you have it in a nut shell, great fishing is not only a state of mind, it´s sore arms the next day. Fishing is mostly about the conditions and conditions are as good as they can get! Water temperatures are a perfect 84 degrees with perfect blue water. Clean, clear and high visibility blue water, combined with preferred baits like Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, 25 lb Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna), Google Eyes, and who knows what else is on the fish menu, but it´s all good! The bite is happening right now (as this article is being written) from 8:30a.m. to just after 1:00p.m.. Plan your day accordingly. If you´re looking to run lures, and you should run at least one, make sure it´s a pink and yellow combo or a petrelaro or something with purple in it (Marlin are diggin the purple right now). So there you are, I can´t believe I got this report finished with so few words, my publisher will love me this week!

10 17 2014 Marina Vallarta Sunset, 715 a.m.
Marina Vallarta Sunrise, Beauty is all around us if you just look!

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

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

July Fishing Explodes with Sailfish and Dorado at El Morro

                        July Fishing Explodes with Sailfish and Dorado at El Morro   

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

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For the last three weeks it´s been all about ¨Bait, Bait, Bait¨ with perfect conditions, purple blue water, perfect water temps and ultimately Nada, Nada, Nada or in English, Nothing, Nothing, Nothing would take a bait. Talk about a monster frustration, there was fish everywhere, maybe not the exact species we would ask the fish gods for, but no shortage of fish. The past weeks were about as close as a ¨cookie cutter¨ report from the previous week as you can get. I continually spoke of how ¨Any Day Now¨, and of course it didn´t come. Well I am happy to report things are changing for the better. We´re finally past the midpoint of July which is a milestone for our world class fishing. Breeding season is finally over, migrations are still happening, but soon that will stop also. For now we´re bursting with Sailfish and Dorado in the 25 to 30 lb range. They`re taking bait and they´re not shy about it, that´s great news, but there is some really weird stuff happening as well.

As we enter the early weeks of the 2014 Fishing Tournament season we´re seeing less than exciting action at El Banco and Corbeteña. Marlin Sightings, few strikes. Blue Marlin mostly in the 250 lb range, but they´re sparse at best. With massive amounts of bait, perfect conditions and few boats heading this direction we can safely say this is not the place to be for the moment. The good news is you can save your fuel dollars and get plenty of action closer in. It´s still early in our fishing season to get excited about missing fish, but the expectations are high for what will be coming in hopefully soon. Plenty of 35 lb Skip Jack Tuna, perfect for bait are here for the taking. If Targeting Marlin, this is the perfect bait to use. Great tasting, machine gun hook-ups, you´ll have a fun day, but really, you don´t spend the kind of money on fuel these days for Tuna of this size. But then again, if looking for fun and money is not a concern, take a tour and hit El Morro or the point of Punta De Mita on the way back in. A fun time is guaranteed for all.

07 20 2014 Golden Sailfish, 2 of 2 600 PXlS sin MBText

Once again this week Sailfish and nice sized Dorado between 20 and 30 lbs are not disappointing. Where you might ask? El Morro is the place to be. We don´t always speak much of El Morro, just six miles south of the Marietta Islands this is an area that is not ignored by the saltier captains in Puerto Vallarta (PV). Many times you can come across ¨up currents or upwelling’s¨ in the area and for some reason this will attract fish and keep them here. For now, we´re very happy to have Sailfish in the area. Many times they´ll be hanging out near the point or off the Marietta Islands. Now six miles is not a huge distance but when ¡t comes to local fishing, many times when the Marietta Islands are on the slow side, El Morro will have action. The lesson here, don´t forget about this location or you could miss out.07 20 2014 Golden Sailfish, 1 of 2 600 PXlS sin MBText Keep this in your back pocket for future reference. Rooster fish will many times hang around this area for the same reason, upwelling’s and plenty of food in the water. Figure on about an eight hour day and you´ll come back with a full fish box. Just remember to always throw the females back, full of eggs, you wouldn´t want to diminish the populations when throwing the females back will insure future fishing for future generations.

The Marietta Islands seems to be on ¨hold¨ for the moment. If you find yourself in the area there are millions of Needle fish, commonly called False Marlin, they´re long, skinny, they have a ¨bill¨ and are great fighters. They taste great if you know how to prepare them. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and other sparse pickings are here as well. All and all, El Morro is the better choice, or…

The Lemon Sharks are still between the Marietta Islands and Punta Mita off Anclote. They´re something we don´t normally plan on, but they´re still here. White meat fish, small though, about three to five feet, perfect for Shark Steaks. They won´t be here much longer and frankly I am surprised they´re still hanging out. So if you have ever wanted to target shark, now is the time.

Hit the point of Punta De Mita (Spanish for ¨lookout point¨), Sailfish and Dorado are still taking bait as fast as they can. About eight to ten miles off the point you´ll find them feeding on massive bait balls. Dorado are here as well and presently a dead Whale carcass floating here with many smaller fish are feeding on, including 30 lb Dorado. While it´s sad to see a dead Whale, this is nature and the cycle of life continues. Word is out about the dead Whale, so don´t expect to be the only one looking for an easy catch.

04 01 09 Tuffley B, www.masterbaiters.com.mx Inside the bay we´re seeing some strange things. Primarily the presence of Spanish Mackerals and Jack Crevalls! Both are winter current arrival indicator species, so you may ask why they´re in the area when we have very warm water (84 to 86 degrees). Well your guess is as good as mine, but they´re taking bait and they´re great for arm burning action without having to go the distance to leave the bay. In front of Yelapa there are Football Tuna up to 45 lbs, they´re taking bait as well, but you could spend the whole day there and only get one or two strikes. If in the area, run Goggle eyes with skirts and you can most likely have Sashimi tonight. If you´re around the river mouths there is always the possibility of Robalo, Snook in English. White meat fish, very flavorful and close in, worth a shot, don´t forget to discuss this option with your captain if heading out in the bay. In the northern part of the bay there have been reports of Sailfish hanging around the La Cruz Marina, so the bay is wide open, the only thing missing is you. We´re not seeing the normal amount of rain here in PV so the Trash Line is is not there. More rain will change all that, but until then don´t spend time looking for it. Another result of El Nino, no rain, seems strange I know.

It´s been all over the news, El Nino is here and we have to deal with it. Strange things can happen, things like winter species (Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals for example) can show up chasing bait. For now Cabo is seeing a surge in Blue Marlin and Dorado along with Sailfish. The currents from the south are out unusually far. A few years back with the last El Nino we saw this same phenomenon which is the primary reason Cabo should have a great fishing season this year. Normally the warm summer northern currents will come up and push through about thirty to sixty miles out from the PV shoreline. When El Nino hits this moves the warm currents out anywhere from seventy five miles to over a hundred miles. Cabo is only 350 miles north or so from Puerto Vallarta, but the direct path of these currents as they roll down the coast. This will bring pelagic species directly to the area off Cabo. It just slams into the Cabo area as these same currents continue northward. There have been reports of nice sized Yellowfin Tuna in San Diego, another indication of El Nino currents. I also remember the last time we had currents like this they reported Sailfish in the Puget Sound area in Seattle, super strange for sure! What´s the point of all this information that seemingly has nothing to do with Puerto Vallarta Fishing? Well with the layout of the land or sea in this case, we expect the area between Cabo and Puerto Vallarta to ¨back fill¨. Once these pelagic find fast food in abundant bait, they´ll hang-out in the area. So we may have a bit of a wait for Yellowfin Tuna and Black Marlin, but the fishing is great right now, no complaints. Somehow we still do, so let me be the first to appreciate the species we have and suggest ¨Fish are where you find them¨. If coming to Puerto Vallarta, plan on a four to eight hour day fishing, you´ll have a great day, it won´t break the bank and you´ll have a memorable day with good friends and family. An experience you´ll never forget.

For the last few years the economy has been the biggest challenge to get over here in PV. Few boats are heading out to the deep water locations, but as school ends we´re seeing the return of long term visitors to Marina Vallarta. Located just a scant mile from the airport, Marina Vallarta is one of the top ten private Marinas in the world. With fifteen restaurants alone, you can find cheap food to elegant dining.  But you won´t see a boat, water or even a sign indicating how to find the Marina in PV. Blocked by condos and buildings,  I know, ñklyou won´t know Marina Vallarta is hereunless you´re ask where it is! it´s amazing, but if you´re in town, tell a taxi Driver you want to see Marina Vallarta, he´ll drop you off in front of million dollar yachts right on a beautiful boardwalk. The light house is a great place to have a cold one and enjoy the best view in Marina Vallarta. If you´re lucky enough to be in the light house and see a thunder / lightning storm, you´ll catch the beauty of nature and have an experience worthy of sharing with friends, you may even see someone famous inside as well. As you enter Marina Vallarta from the street,  at our famous Whale Statue, turn down the street StarBucks is on, at the end of Restaurant Row you´ll find Marina Vallarta, the best kept secret in PV. After visiting the largest concentration of restaurants and shops in the north end of town, look for Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle at the southern end of the Marina next to Victors Café Te Cuba between docks A and B. We´d love to see you and who knows, maybe even get you out fishing. Mention you read my articles and we´ll give you a nice discount off the listed price. One of the perks of reading this labor of love. Be warned, if you ask the pirate ¨promotors¨ they´ll tell you I´m dead, out of business and who knows what else, but we´re alive, doing well and looking forward to making a new friend or two!

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

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

Punta De Mita Explodes with Sailfish / Lemon Sharks (Report for Week 7/12/2014)

Punta De Mita Explodes with Sailfish / Lemon Sharks                             Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle (Report for Week 7/12/2014)

It´s the old ¨Good¨ vs. ¨Bad¨ when it comes to fishing here in PV these past few weeks. Change happens, which is not always for the best, but with the ¨bad¨ there is always a balancing ¨good¨. For now the ¨bad¨ equates to the bay water turning dirty, you know, that coffee colored water fish hate. It seems that every year before the fishing actually takes off (improves) we have to see the dirty water. Normally this is an indication that the seasonal currents have changed and frankly this dirty water is long overdue. The ¨Good¨ part or the balance is you can find clean, clear, blue water just outside the bay where you have a great shot at Sailfish and Dorado. But then again there´s the balance, Mother Nature puts her spin on it all this week with thousands of 3 to 5 foot long lemon sharks migrating. So what does this mean, well for one thing trying to get bait around these sharks to the local Sailfish and Dorado can present a challenge. Unless of course you don´t mind catching Sharks like me! Getting the hook out of their eight tiers of teeth in their mouth is a whole new danger in itself. But to focus on the ¨good¨, we have fish taking bait, the conditions are perfect outside of the bay!

Ok, in Banderas Bay as I just mentioned the bay is nothing but dirty water. Normally I would say this is because of the seasonal rains flooding down the mountain sides dumping into the bay. But in reality it hasn´t been raining much this past week, which of course means the bay trash line has gone missing. The seasonal currents swirling in the bay stirs up the sediment sitting on the sea floor and in a way this is a good thing. So to keep it short, fishing in the bay is a waste of your fuel dollar and your time until this dirty water flushes out. Normally it takes about three days for things to change, for better or worse. Once the rains start again, and that will be in a day or two at the most, we´ll have the trash line back so if you´re reading this in real time and are on my mailing list, don´t fret, just wait a few days, things change…

The Marietta Islands, is outside of the dirty water bay, for some reason the perfect conditions have resulted in only smaller gamefish. Needle Fish, Small snappers, small Dorado, Bonito in the 30 lb range, Skip Jack tuna at 5 lbs, yes I said 5 lbs, perfect bait, bad catch. The water is clean, clear and full of bait and that´s about the best thing I can say about this area for now. Last week about five miles off the islands north there were Sailfish that weren’t taking baits, may be worth a try now.

El Banco and Corbeteña, forget about it. Bait is plentiful, the water is beautiful purple blue color. Visibility is the water is the best I have ever seen at forty five feet. Now there have not been many boats heading out fishing, but the reports are less than stellar. Blue and Black Marlin (300 to 500 lbs) for the most part are missing in action. For the ones you do find, they´re chasing baits and that is about as far as it goes. There are Sailfish in the area, but they´re no reason to travel the distance and you´ll know why in just a second. Yellowfin Tuna, forget about it, they´re running less than 30 lbs which qualifies as bait. Dorado are there, running a whole 20 lbs, more bait if you will. It´s been a tough early season for the deep water locations. Again, perfect conditions, perfect water, perfect temps, smooth seas, no fish. I guess I could polish that up a bit and be a little more positive, but that would be a spin and we couldn´t have that.

Punta Mita, What we´ve discussed so far has pretty much all been ¨bad¨, now here´s the balance or the ¨good¨. Once you´re out of the bay and you turn the corner at Punta De Mita, about six miles off the point you´ll find large very large Sailfish, Tournament winning sizes. They are taking bait, and they are chasing bait. About half the fish chasing will take the bait. There are also very nice sized Dorado running in the 35 lb range. And as mentioned in the first paragraph, there are thousands and thousands of Lemon Sharks running about 3 to 5 feet dominating the area. The bad news is the sharks are so plentiful that you´ll have a hard time getting bait to anything other than the sharks. Magnifico boated a couple of Sailfish the other day, but they also boated several Sharks, which are great eating, so no complaints. They are nice sized, a quick catch, but not huge. Now remember any report is always about what happened yesterday, these Lemon Sharks are migrating, they´ll be moving out of the area fairly quickly, so if you have been wanting to target Shark, NOW is the time to hit it, don´t wait, don´t think, and don´t ask the wife (you may want to ignore that comment), just get your butt out there and give it a shot. Chum could only help. The Clean water starts at Anclote so give yourself a ten hour day to insure clean water and a great day. Oh, there is a trash line in this area, so take advantage of it, where it came from is anybody’s guess.

Bait situation, general conditions: like last week there are tons upon tons of bait. This week we´re seeing massive amounts of Flying fish about four inches, perfect for Dorado and other species. Skip Jack Tuna are running five pounds and thick. If you prepare these small Skippies (with wings) use a skirt of green(dangling off the nose) with red flecks or lines, it will drive the Sailfish straight out of their mind. Mullets, Goggle Eyes, and more are creating bait boils of monster proportions.

Water visibility as mentioned earlier is 30 to 45 feet and clear as a bell. Water temps have inched up to 86 degrees which is of course perfect. Those of you that are interested in Spear Fishing, this would be the place to be, but remember Lemon Sharks will take a bite out of you if you chum, no chumming if you´re in the water. We have Video of these sharks taking baits, soon to be online, I´ll put the link up next week, it´s a killer video Michele is putting together.

All and all, as fisherman we know fish are where you find them. For now they´re at Anclote around the corner from Punta De Mita. It´s about the only place I could suggest knowing what you now know. So get out there, have fun and remember not to leave too early in the dark of morning to avoid the ¨dead heads¨ or other obstacles that can ruin your boat, prop, support, shaft, did I leave anything out?  

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

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