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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too!

                                                      600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too              

 

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

 

25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at Corbetena.
25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at CorbetenA.

Warning; As we move into the second week of July we find every single condition both perfect and frustrating. Bait, we have tons of bait at all the fishing grounds, bait is not a problem. The water is blue, we have some really big fish out there right now which shows that even when things are about as good as they’re going to get, fishing on a world class scale is never without its challenges. For now we’re seeing very happy fish with full stomachs. That is the challenge, how do you get a world class specimen to take your bait when they’re as full as they can possibly get? Well, frankly that’s why I’m here, to share with you some small secrets that will hopefully make a difference or entertain those too far away to take advantage of the paradise I live in. An example of this is Corbetena. 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta we have Big Black Marlin starting at 600 lbs and going up from there! Blue Marlin up to 500 lbs, Sailfish swarming and Yellowfin Tuna from 50 to 100 lbs. Update 7/4/2017: Dorado moved in today and our clients boated two nice Dorado and a big Sailfish about a mile past the rock today, to my knowledge these are the first in season Dorado this year. Hopefully this will  not be a fleeting thing as we’ve had dismal Dorado fishing for the last couple of years! Now if this doesn’t get you excited Mr. Sportsman, check your pulse, you may be dead. With abundant and varied baits, perfect high visibility blue water, perfect water temperatures, it’s hard to imagine better conditions possible.  Ok, that’s the up side and there is always a down side.  Which is the bite. With so many red tuna crabs, it’s tough to get a YF Tuna to take a bait. For now it seems the late bite is after 5 p.m. So if you’re looking for Yellowfin Tuna that’s the time to be at the fishing grounds.  Marlin can have the same bite, but they’ll hit trolled baits during the day if they’re not full.  So you’ll have to work that one out amigos, Buenos suerte or Good Luck.  When it comes to El Banco I can’t tell you much this week. With Corbetena the fishing has been so good there isn’t any real reason to spend the extra money on fuel heading out farther. I do expect there would be Black and Blue Marlin as well as Sailfish in comparable sizes to what’s running around Corbetena, then again maybe not. Feel free to roll the dice, then let me know what your day was like.

07 04 2017 Carl Taz Jones y wife Sailfish 550 pxls MBTextThe area around the Marietta Islands is still on the slow side, not really much of a reason to hit this area for the time being. Now if you’re around the point off Punta Mita then anything is possible in this area. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as you’d expect. Marlin are out about ten miles past the point, but start looking around at the three mile mark. Dorado is starting to move into the area, but they are babies and should be thrown back! With plenty of bait in the area this is our best eight hour option.

Those looking for some fun on the water but either time or other factors are affecting your vacation, then four to six hours in the bay is just what the doctor ordered. With smaller Sailfish still in the bay around the deep channel in front of Los Arcos and baby Dorado too this area has been producing nicely for the last ten months! Jack Crevalls at 45 lbs are huge, thick in numbers and fun to catch. Bonito to 35 lbs, hell even the possibility of a Striped Marlin.  The fishing is wonderful in the bay, lots of options species wise and the expense is on the small side.  Now that we’re seeing more rain in the evenings we’ve had a Trash Line the baby Dorado’s have been feeding on. This naturally attracts larger fish so don’t ignore that strip of crap, it’s the best fish attractor there is.

When it comes to bait, it’s crazy what’s available. Rainbow runners, Goggle Eyes, Red Crabs, Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on and on. For now running a lure is still a good idea, a Petroleros or Iguana of yellow and green color is a good place to start, don’t be afraid to change color if it isn’t working amigos. Water temperatures have hung in the 81 degree mark, it’s not perfect, but close enough for the fish we play with. The bite has been a moving target.  The morning bite is all over the place, so make sure you’re where you want to be fishing early, that way you can’t miss the bite as it moves daily. The late bite is predictable, but late around 5. Plan accordingly amigos for max. Effectiveness.

Just a reminder, rain is no reason to cancel a fishing trip and deposits will not be returned on rain! Having said that the fishing is better in the rain. Those rain drops look like fish landing on the water.  This gets fish more excited that my ex-wife with a new Nordstroms credit line! Trust me, that’s “excited“! With the summer fishing season on us we all need to remember hurricanes are a part of life in this part of the world when it comes to fishing here in PV.  Many people freak out when I mention Hurricanes, but in reality we see many during the season. Very few are threats or even a “concern”. It can cause some rough seas or stormy conditions. The port authority here in PV is worse than my ex when it comes to being a safety freak. It’s a good thing, but you’ll never hit unsafe conditions because when swells hit six feet, even with super intervals, the port will be closed. So you’re fishing and boating safety is all important to us all. You’re covered, safe and informed as long as you continue to read these articles amigos, my promise to you!

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

Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .
Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .

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

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

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

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

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

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Everyday is a New Adventure, Football Tuna, Sailfish

                             Everyday is a New Adventure, Football Tuna, Sailfish

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

Peter Again with a small freak Dorado off Los Arcos
Peter Again with a small freak Dorado off Los Arcos

You can definitely see and feel the seasons are on the verge of change. Water temperatures have inched up a bit more this week, water color isn´t the dark green it has been and is changing to a clean green which is preferable.. But it´s not blue water as we prefer for the most part. We´re also seeing more Squid bait move in which normally results in Football Tuna at this time of the year, so we have Football Tuna in many areas. Marlin are still north of Punta Mita and ten miles off El Banco to the north. It´s still spring fishing with all those challenges, but when was fishing ever predictable or easy?

Sailfish are pretty much everywhere, but they´ll be picking up in numbers big-time in October. This one is a real beauty, love the coloring and it was released!
Sailfish are pretty much everywhere, but they´ll be picking up in numbers big-time in October. This one is a real beauty, love the coloring and it was released!

I don´t mention too much about Corbeteña and El Banco at this time of the year as these are not cold or cool water locations. By that I mean Marlin, Tuna, Dorado and Sailfish will call this area  home when the water is in the 81 degree mark, until then this area is not known as a producer unless you´re in a El Nino year where water temps will hold warmer, fishing is better, but again this is freak conditions. So you really shouldn´t expect too much from this area until mid June at the earliest. Having said that We´re seeing Striped marlin at or under 200 lbs ten miles north of El Banco. Yes there are jack Crevalls (30 – 50 lbs), Bonito to 35 lbs and a host of other off species. There are Spinner Dolphin from Corbetena to El Banco and normally you´ll find Football tuna running with them. For now this is holding true so there is hope amigos! These Football YF Tuna are chasing squid baits of four inches and they´re abundant. For my thinking with Squids in the area last week I thought we´d see more tuna. If things change for the positive I´ll be sure you have the same information amigo. I will say this Corbeteña has fields of Football Tuna from 15 to 30 lbs, great for bait, but fuel cost is a limiting factor when weighed against the reward. For me, Football Tuna are all over, save the money for now and keep it closer in.

Smoke Your Fish 6 Framed With TextMarietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Normally at this time of the year this area is alive with Rooster fish, Sailfish and the list goes on. For now we´ve seen less than seasonally expected species. Jack Crevalls in the 35 lb range. Bonito also at 30 lbs, Freak Sailfish and there are massive amounts of Football Tuna from 20 to 45 lbs from El Morro to Yelapa. So you don´t need to head all the way to the islands to find Yellowfin Tuna Footballs, but the area is a good place to start. For now the area is not exactly on fire, but soon we´ll see Sailfish and more so be patient and don´t eat the bait…ha ha. If you´re lucky enough to find Jacks coming up to get Sardines you may just get lucky and find Red Snappers to 25 lbs that follow Jacks up from the bottom to feed. It´s about the only way you´ll find Snapper in the area for now.

Inside the bay we´re still rocking with Jack Crevalls all over the bay, give yourself six hours and you´ll have all the arm burning action you could possibly want. From Yelapa to El Morro you`ll find 30 lb Footballs in mass, not bad tasting I might add. Sailfish are still in the bay and we´ll your chance of boating a Sailfish in the bay are better than any other fishing ground we have in PV. So take this info to the bank and basically fish in the bay on a six hour trip. Remember we can snorkel, fish, tour, the bay is beautiful and the sea life will make your heart skip a beat. For now your best bang for your fishing dollar is once again in the bay.

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

The bite is still in happening later than you would think even after coming out of a full moon. If you´re looking to be at the right place at the right time the bite is actually happening after 10 a.m and then again at 3:00 in the afternoon. The smart captain will get you in both bites so think about when you´re leaving in the morning. Remember a flat blanket departure of time of 7 am is not helping your cause so be sure you have this information straight or you can be throwing your money away by missing the bite all together. Water temperatures are still inching up and are at the 77 degree mark. Bait Conditions: Well Rapalla lures seem to be your best option, we ran some Hoochies, small rubber baits in line with small hooks and boated many bonito along with Jacks. Run dead baits off your outrigger for the odd Sailfish.

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

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

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Transition Fishing Conditions Continue, Take it Day by Day

                        Transition Fishing Conditions Continue, Take it Day by Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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!

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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

100 lb Yellowfin Tuna Move Back in For Now!

                                                 100 lb Yellowfin Tuna Move Back in For Now!

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

Rooster Fish !!
Rooster Fish !!

Here is Marina Vallarta we´ve experienced the beginnings of the summer heat. Humidity is up, no surprise for the locals. Temps are inching up daily and of course we´re entering low season for tourism in Puerto Vallarta. Tourisms High Season and Fishing High season are at different places on the calendar for the most part. As we enter low season for tourism we see the fishing which has been up and down, is up again. Water temperatures are about the same as last week, but the sun is staying higher in the sky these days and with the intensity the water temps will soon increase, that is if we don´t get hit with the La Nina they´re talking of… only time will tell.

Corbeteña: let’s start with the good news, Yellowfin Tuna are once again around the Corbeteña area, kinda. Well Ok, the Tuna are 20 miles off the rock, this is not a bad thing but you should plan on a twelve hour day. The Tuna Boats or Seiners don´t wander around in this area much, too far out and not concentrated enough. So you lucky fisherman in the area it´s time to head out, well worth the fuel dollar. Now Black and Blue Marlin are not in the area at all but Striped Marlin at 250 lbs are picking up in numbers again. Cubera Snappers at 55 lbs are taking some trolled baits, you will not be disappointed! Some Sailfish, Amberjacks to 50 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito 30 lbs, Skip jack Tuna, and the list goes on. El Banco is another thing, not too much of anything going on. But when there are few boats heading out daily it´s hard to get a feel for the area. You may get lucky, feel like rolling the dice?

My Good Friend Glen... Thumbs Up!
My Good Friend Glen… Thumbs Up!

The Marietta Islands are breathing a little better these days and has come back to life. Jack Crevalls of course to 45 lbs or larger, Snapper to 30 lbs and smaller but abundant, Sailfish is a maybe. Around Punta Mita they´re seeing Stripers again in the 250 lb and smaller range. Rooster fish, you bet 35 to 50 plus pounds. Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish to 45 lbs, no shortage of action and the bait is abundant in the area. Rooster fish are also in the Sayulita Area so if in that area a beach panga to this area would be a great value!

Inside the bay we´ve seen some strange Striped Marlin occurrences, once again these are freak things. But when they´re  happening as much as they have been, maybe we should start targeting Stripers in the bay?? Sailfish have also been boated around Los Arcos and again in front of La Cruz! Bonito everywhere especially around Yelapa, Jack Crevalls of course and good sized at 35 lbs. Cubera snappers in front of the river mouths with down riggers. You may get lucky and hit a Robalo or Snook in English. Needle fish, Possible schooling Snappers, Sierra Mackerals are thinning out. All and all a four to six hour trip in the bay with the family or not is worth the time and expense amigos!

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Water temperatures have stayed stable for the last week at the 72 / 74 degree range, cooler in the open water. We´re still seeing swirling currents, this is where you´ll find the Striped Marlin. With the amount of bait in the area, especially Sardines around the bay it not really that surprising Sails and Stipers are cruising the neighborhood. Speaking of bait, Flying fish are all around the point, plenty of six pound Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle Eyes, it´s basically bait city and the fish won´t leave with this kind of ¨fast food¨ locally.  I expect Rooster fish to pick up, with all the Sardines it doesn´t make sense we´re seeing low Rooster numbers. Snappers are moving back in, it´s encouraging and they´re great tasting! All and all I am pretty optimistic about the whole situation! If that doesn´t scare you nothing will… Ja ja. Bite: still happening around 9:00 am in the morning, 1.45 p.m. in the afternoon, Jack Crevalls bite all day…. Bait: Live bait is always king, lures of black and silver to mimic Sardines are working well. Surprisingly Green lures are working as well. Use Petrelaros, Rapallas close in then go from there.

Looking to share a boat? Yes we´re still ¨Hooking¨ you up with others on shared boats. This Special is half a super panga, you can have two people max fishing or sightseeing for $275 usd, eight hours. This is the best fishing deal in town. If downtown visit our Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo

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

Where is the eye on this Yellowfin Tuna which is for sale in one of the Punta Mita Fish Markets?? Is it deformed, sick, poisoned ?
Where is the eye on this Yellowfin Tuna which is for sale in one of the Punta Mita Fish Markets?? Is it deformed, sick, poisoned ?

Ok, the article is over, the other day Capt Cesar from Magnifico took some pictures of Yellowfin Tuna around 35 lbs or a little larger that had no eyes! These fish were being sold in one of the fish  markets in Punta Mita, it could have been anywhere. You could see something that resembled eyes that didn´t function i would assume. In the pictures here, notice how the big eyes we normally see are gone. Now how do blind fish exist?? I don´t believe these were farmed Yellowfin Tuna, we don´t know where they came from. My first thoughts on this tuna was it was just deformed and that will happen. But there were many

Rough, blistered looking skin, deformed and small fin, would you eat this fish? Yet the locals are being presented this as food???
Rough, blistered looking skin, deformed and small fin, would you eat this fish? Yet the locals are being presented this as food???

with the same situation, then my thoughts went to Fukishima that hasbeen dumping highly, very high levels of radiation in the water now for about five years. That would be 300 thousand tons of radio active water from the Japanese Nuclear Power Plant that was hit with the Tsunami. This was big news, then it faded, but the water is still flowing into our Pacific Ocean like a sewer dumping toxic waste in your back yard. Except you´re eating the stuff that is swimming in this toxic, radio active ¨Death Flow¨ No matter how large you think the worlds oceans are, they are a delicate ecosystem that doesn´t do well with Chemicals or Radiation. What you haven´t heard of on the news broadcast, including Fox News is that nothing is being done. It is difficult I know, but the Japanese are still fishing in these waters and not telling their people where their food is coming from. Radiation levels on California beaches are dramatically higher and the news stories about this are being squashed. Once you understand that Yellowfin Tuna travel thousands and thousands of miles annually, it should be no surprise that there are signs that are now showing. Now I am not saying this is radiation indications, but what if they are. As the currents continue to go from Japan to the west coast, it´s already affecting the coast line but the news is on the back pages. There is no news on Fukishima even though this is the most dangerous disaster the world has ever faced and it´s being ignored by the press which should be jumping up and down like a three  year old throwing a fit screaming at the top of his lungs. So much for them doing their job, special interest have lined their pockets to keep quiet on this. Check out the photo this Tuna has nothing really where the eye should be and the skin is not healthy looking. If this doesn´t concern you now, it will sooner or later. Remember this next time you eat fish, the same fish swimming in in this radioactive water… then think how that is going to play with your system. You family is at risk and nobody is telling you about it. I´ve already sent letters to congressman, Senators and news media outlets, no response as expected. But I think it may be a good idea for others to do the same. In cases like Salmon that go up stream, this means even fresh water species will be affected. Bears eating Salmon, Fish fertilizers, think you´re safe, nothing will happen to you…. ?? I hope you´re right…..

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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Transitional Fishing, Fish Bug Out!

                                           Transitional Fishing, Fish Bug Out!

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

Capt. Moni of Bella Del Mar with a 75 lb Rooster Fish that is bigger than she is. Don´t be fooled, this woman is a fish catching machine!!
Capt. Moni of Bella Del Mar with a 75 lb Rooster Fish that is bigger than she is. Don´t be fooled, this woman is a fish catching machine!!

Every year we know we have to deal with the Spring Time Transition. Yes folk’s we´re moving into Spring Fishing from what has been summer fishing all winter long. Bait is not an issue, Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes, Flying fish, it´s a fish smorgasbord out there. So you may ask where did the fish go?  Nobody knows. The main thing is to remember El Nino gave us all a gift of summer species in winter. We are now seeing the conditions we would normally see in February. This is transitional fishing, so we will play to our strengths. If you´re the kinda person that thinks fishing is an action sport and you´re looking for action, which we can do easily. Now if you´re going to demand Moby Dick join you on the way back for pictures, expectations of this nature may leave you disappointed amigo. Welcome to the world of Fishing in PV.

Basically, to put it all in a nut shell it´s ¨Jack City¨. That´s right Damas y Caballeros Jack Crevalls are the dominant species in the area and we´re thanking our lucky stars for that or there would be trouble in fish city. So lots of bait, lots of Jacks and lots of cold water. Water temperatures are still at the 74 degree mark in the bay, but to put that into perspective, water temps should be in the 70 degree range, not what it has been for the last three months. The Water is Blue and the currents look to be finally changing, changing to what we don´t know, we´ll figure that out as things move along. We could be moving into an La Nina conditions, but the judge is still out on that one.

Corbeteña / El Banco: Nothing, except Jacks that is. No Marlin or any kind, but you may still come across Striped Marlin, they´re still in the area, my best guess would be 30% chance optimistically, but it´s positively work to catch anything. Yellowfin tuna, they´re around the Tres Maria Islands, but I got reports that there were at least twenty Seiners raping the only real fishery we have. Sailfish are a possibility they´re in season now, Cubera Snapper with wounded bait trick produces 50 to 75 lb picture opp. Plenty of bait in all the fishing grounds, high visibility blue water. For some reason we still have Wahoo at 60 lbs in the area and they would be a strong possible, target them with wire leader though or you´ll be lucky to boat one. Transition periods don´t last long, but for now I´d go for shorter days. But, if you´re looking for 50 lb Jacks, there´s plenty in the area.

It´s Jack City in the bay...
It´s Jack City in the bay…

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Well the Rooster fish that were picking up so nicely last week, took a powder. You may find Rooster fish in the 30 lb range, be patient and you just might hit one or three working it for the whole day!  Wahoo are still hanging out in the channels around El Morro and we´re still boating them in the 45 to 80 lb range. Jack Crevalls anywhere from 25 to over 50 lbs are all over the area as you would expect in transitional fishing. Needle fish to 45 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are still plentiful to 20 lbs and of course around the reefs you´ll always find Snapper and sizeable Amber Jacks to over 50 lbs. Very few Sailfish are seen, not many hookups. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs are sparse, but there, somebody is going to catch them. For the most part if heading out for eight hours would give you a shot at Stripers, Rooster fish, Amber Jack around el Morro and of course Jack Crevalls in the bay. Stay tuned things change quickly.

Inside the Bay, for the average angler this following week it would be a great idea to thing small. Small days, smaller fish, plenty of action at affordable prices. To speak of the freak occurrences, we had another Sailfish boated in the area of La Cruz Marina. Striped Marlin strikes happened in the middle of the bay chasing Sardines Bait Balls the size of McDonald’s parking lot! Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalles to 50 plus pounds, Needle Fish 35 lbs plus, Snapper around structure. The river mouth of Ameca, right there at the airport is seeing Snook in the 25 lb range, Snapper to over 40 lbs with down riggers. The only real consistent and predictable action is in the bay, Flat out straight talk no sugar added!

The water is High Visibility blue, Water temps are a chilly 74 in the bay, 73 outside the bay. The Bite is basically happening all day. The Moon is full so it doesn´t hurt to be early at your favorite spot on the early side. As far as lures go it’s all about live bait, dead bait and Rapallas. For now the fishing isn´t perfect, if you´re a little flexible with your targeted species then you´ll have a great day.

12 31 2045 Jack Crevall, Iwan y Roxann, Magnifico 600 pxls MBTextShared boats: Yes we´re still ¨Hooking¨ you up with others on shared boats. Contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This Special is half a super panga, you can have two people max fishing or sightseeing for $275 usd for eight hours (not per person). This is the best fishing deal in town. If downtown visit our Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo

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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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