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

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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!

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

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¨Summer¨ fishing in March with Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish!

                             ¨Summer¨ fishing in March with Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish!

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle09 20 2008 Discover, Capt. Oscar, Yellowfin 200 + Lbs, 10 hrs 004

 
You know I can´t figure it out, we have winter species in the bay like Jack Crevalls, Needle Fish, Sierra Mackerals. Then we have the summer species of Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish in the same waters at the same time. Yes folks this is El Nino with it´s scrambled egg approach to fishing. We don´t know what to expect on a weekly basis, but we do know there are big fish at El Banco and Corbetena. We have Sailfish around the Marietta and Punta Mita area with Rooster fish. Then we have freak fishing situations like Blue Marlin being boated in the Bay. So fishing right now is like a trend we should ride and not get too much into the ¨why it´s happening now¨, just keep reeling!

05 18 2015 Football Tuna, CorbeteñaLast week the fishing was great, this week it´s even better. But that´s not to say it´s perfect, it´s still work, nothing is automatic. But just having Big Black Marlin in the area is reason enough to get excited. To have Yellowfin Tuna in the neighborhood in what is barely spring is a gift from the heavens that should be taken advantage of amigos. And right now! Corbeteña rocking again with Blue Marlin to 500 lbs, no real Black Marlin here (next week), Sailfish are back in town and picking up in numbers around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 50 to 65 lbs, Wahoo for the lucky at 60 pounds plus. Jack Crevalls and Bonito are a given. With tons of Skip Jack Tuna in the area and the abundance of flying fish, Goggle Eyes and Bullet Bonito fish are spread out like last week. And like last week the production fishing ships (Seiners) out of Mazatlan are nowhere to be found, thank the fishing gods! FYI, to get to the Sailfish and the Tuna you have to be 15 miles or so South West of the rock. Use this info wisely. El Banco is all this with larger Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 65 lbs all the way up to 200 lbs north of the high spots, Black Marlin starting at 350 lbs all the way to over 600 lbs have been boated this week. The areas in between these two famous locations are alive as well. So don´t just sit on the high spots or circle Corbeteña, have plenty of fuel and go on the hunt, this is spring fishing like you´ll probably not see again until another nutzy El Nino year so get out there and have some fun. If the wife complains blame me, then promise a Spa Day, remember it´s cheaper to keep her!.

Wahoo at El Morro !!
Wahoo at El Morro !!

El Morro is cooking with Wahoo, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals. Wahoo are just hanging out and not many are targeting this highly desirable pescado (fish). Almost impossible to target, those boating these fish are basically lucky their razor sharp mouth didn´t cut the line. But luck is part of fishing and we´ll take all we can get. Sailfish are in the area as well with some Rooster fish, but not many. Around the Marietta islands, on the back side there have been small, baby sized Dorado, throw them back. Rooster fish are here as well in the 40 lb size range, larger at the Anclote Reef off Sayulita. Rooster fish are hot then cold, but your best chances are around the Sayulita shoreline and especially around Anclote. Lots of Sailfish in the area and about 18 miles off the point you´ll start to see Marlin and more Sailfish. So the 8 hr trips are working well.

Large Sierra Mackerals are great eating and fun for the whole family to catch!
Large Sierra Mackerals are great eating and fun for the whole family to catch!

Inside the bay it´s insane. Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Sierra Mackerals over 30 lbs, a Blue Marlin and Sailfish was boated off Los Arcos in a freak thing. Bonito to 40 lbs, Snook and Snapper in front of the river drop offs and the list goes on. Great action in the bay for the younglings and adultos alike. Have fun, a four hour trip is worth it´s weight in smiles, memories and good times. Four people, four hours, $320 bucks, that´s only 60 dollars per person and I´ll throw in the bait, licenses and ice!

This week we´re seeing high visibility blue water with temps hanging at 79 degrees which is a middle ground all the local species are able to ¨live¨ with. About the only species missing is Dorado and they should be back in the area hopefully soon. The Red Tuna Crabs and one inch squids have moved out with the tide and the Tuna are still here?! Skippies are everywhere and large, but not taking baits so that´s a challenge when the bait won´t bite! With the super abundance of flying fish if running lures, and you should run one lure, it should still be the deep blue with silver marking if this doesn´t work move to petrelaros with purple. The Bite is happening a little earlier this week so be sure to be on the water early.

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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Striped Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo & Rooster Fish, Summer Fishing in February

      Striped Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo & Rooster Fish, Summer Fishing in February  

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

 

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Hello… this report this week is about four days late, but the info is still accurate….. I got a little under the weather this week… so forgive this late report and you´ll have another one in a few days ….

Well once again El Nino has us scratching our heads wondering what is coming next. Last week it looked like the ¨summer¨ fishing season had finally ended. Then all of a sudden Striped Marlin move in off Sayulita in force, the Dorado move back in to the Punta Mita area, Yellowfin Tuna for now at El Banco, it´s a real mixed bag with summer species swimming alongside winter species. It´s anyone’s guess from this point how the season is going to shape up for the rest of the winter, but if this is any example of what we can expect, I´m excited at the possibilities.

Let’s start with Corbeteña: Of all the fishing grounds, Corbeteña is the least active. Now the rock has strikes, not an issue, but north of Corbeteña by 6 to 7 miles you´ll find Striped Marlin around 350 to 400 lbs on tap. Blue Marlin are also in the area in the same size range. Dorado are thinning out a little but they´re still in the 30 to 40 lb range. Cubera Snappers in the 50 lb range if jigging, but they will take trolled bait. Sailfish are not exactly thick, they are there and taking baits! Wahoo in the area from 60 to 80 lbs and worth targeting! Wahoo are kinda rare around here and we don´t have them for long, but they´re here now so get your butt on the water, now!!

El Banco is the best choice now if choosing between our two primary deep water fishing grounds. Sailfish, you bet to over 120 inches, Striped Marlin (400 lbs) are not exactly automatic. Blue Marlin in the 500 lb range, Blue and Big Black Marlin over 500 lbs.  Wahoo to 80 lbs possible (best around El Morro), Dorado to 40 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna 80 to 120 lbs and they´re at the high spots, not miles north. El Banco is finally the place of choice for big fish!

02 16 2016 Punta Mita Point 650 pxls adjustedEl Morro is alive with Wahoo primarily, there are also Rooster fish in the 35 lb range, not exactly abundant, but picking up and Red Snappers in the 30 lb range are great tasting table fare. Around the Marietta Islands we´re still waiting for this area to ¨turn on¨. With Jack Crevalls and Bonito on tap it’s not much of a reason to hang around the area. Snapper are close, but not like El Morro. Bonito to 25 lbs, Sierra Mackerals, Red Snappers under 25 lbs, possibility of some Rooster fish in the 35 lb range. Punta Mita is alive with Dorado in the 40 lb range. Striped Marlin have taken over the area in the 350 lb plus range. Around Sayulita’s Anclote Reef there are more Rooster fish (40 lbs) larger than what is hanging around the shore line of Nuevo Vallarta. Be warned, once you pass the eight mile mark from the point of Punta Mita you´ll find a dead area with no fish, zilch, you´ve been warned. But if you continue to the 14 mile mark you´ll find even more Striped Marlin in big numbers. Capt Cesar of Magnifico called me all excited to share how the fishing was on fire in this area so I could share this all with you. So there you go, Capt Cesar of Magnifico says hit this area NOW!

Inside the bay is great as well with the usual suspects of Jack Crevalls around the Nuevo Vallarta area, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna to 6 lbs, Bonito 20 to 40 lbs, Needle fish to 35 lbs, Dorado around the Los Arcos area for the lucky. There is just plenty of fish to be had and there is no excuse for coming in empty handed!

Water Temperatures are still in the 77 to 79 degree range with warm swirling currents keeping species like Dorado in the area, thank your lucky stars for that. Warm water still extends to southern California so our ¨winter fishing season¨ is going to be a real mixed bag, stay tuned! The Bite is later in the morning now, but with the cloudy mornings from a marine layer I suggest getting to where ever you want to be on the early side. No worries, a 7 a.m. depart time will be perfect, just not too early or you´re waiting for no good reason for fish. Lures: Flying fish lures (blue with silver spots and stripes) along with Petrelaros are ¨no brainers¨. Live bait is working well also, but live bait near Corbeteña is sparse, plan accordingly. If things continue like they are the Easter could be very interesting. With the surprise of larger YF Tuna (not big ok) over 80 lbs in February then anything is possible so keep an eye on these reports, the standard speak and crap being spread around Marina Vallarta by these local ¨promoters¨ is not worth listening to. They´re still quoting my last article and they´re way behind the power curve, you´ve been informed.

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. 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

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