Fishing is Great in Between the Long Liners!

                             Fishing is Great in Between the Long Liners!                   

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

All the way from England Paul Davis was looking to catch a Sailfish! He got a Marlin instead! Not to mention three Dorado and a small Shark! What a day!

With warm days and brisk mornings Puerto Vallarta is once again seeing the return of tourism, especially as the snow begins to fall in the northern regions of the USA and Canada. We’re in the perfect season for fishing. Name a Species, we have it. But like we’ve come to expect the Long Liners, Illegal I might add, have lined up at the fishing grounds which is impeding our ability as Sportfishing charter companies to “do our job”.

Yes folks, we have fish everywhere, but things have changed since last week. We’ve seen the Skippies aka Skip Jack Tuna thin out, which in itself is not too bad. We’ve also seen the water temperatures drop to just under 86 degrees, which is pretty close to “perfect”. Blue water is not an issue and the Seas are smooth. Conditions are actually hard to beat. The time to get on the water is now as the clock is ticking and soon the perfect conditions will transition into winter fishing. Which is great fishing, just smaller fish than we’re seeing now.

Corbetena this week has continued to see Marlin and Sailfish all around the area. Dorado are a little smaller this week averaging 20 lbs. Black Marlin are anywhere from 250 lbs to over 500 lbs, it just depends on how lucky you are. Your best chances will be north of the rock from two miles off the rock outwards. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the 40 to 60 lb range but can be larger, again how lucky do you feel. For now Corbetena is the hot spot in our world famous fishing grounds if you’re up for a ten hour day.

Just outside of El Morro we’ve seen some nice sized Sailfish taking dead baits and lures. Dorado are also in the area but are more spread out than last week so it’s not automatic by any stretch. Punta Mita is pretty much the same but there are some Rooster fish in the shore line and around the Anclote reef just inside the bay. You will also come across Skip Jack Tuna aka Skippies. With plenty of flying fish and bait in the water the fishing is great. We have seen a drop in Skippies in all areas, a favorite bait. Still, there is plenty of bait to choose from in the area so no worries, just get out there before things change. Remember any clump of debris or a stump for instance is a Dorado Paradise, don’t pass it up. The Marietta Islands are still in neutral, this should change soon, cross your fingers and stay tuned.

Inside the bay is still a great value as we’re still seeing some strange occurrences’ of larger Sailfish and even some smaller Blue Marlin chasing baits in front of Los Arcos and points south towards Yelapa. Near La Cruz they’re still boating the freak Sailfish. Jack Crevalls are moving in for some reason in this area as well. And of course around the shoreline you’ll still have a slight chance at Rooster fish. I get questions about Rooster fish all the time, there are always Rooster fish in the area, but they’re so small we don’t mention this as we need the babies to grow into adults, if you know what I mean. Heading out for a four hour trip is producing nicely, six hours give you time to find where they went from yesterday. So six hours is “better” and many times will do better than longer duration trips, keep this to yourself and it will be our little secret.

Ok, the important details are as follows, Water temperatures have dropped a bit to 85.5 degrees, nothing to get excited about. The Bite is happening around 10 am so sleep in a bit, it doesn’t do your cause any good getting to the fishing grounds too early. Late bite is after 2 p.m. Baits to use are simple, Live bait is king, dead bait works with Sails and possible Marlin, Lures of Blue and white, Petroleros as normal of green, brown and purple work well. Cedar plugs are ancient but effective for tuna of all sizes. And of course Iguanas of green, yellow and black flecks will be a good place to start as outrigger baits.

Don’t forget to visit our new store down town on the Malicon at the open end of the Malecon near the arches. We’ve closed the Basillio Badillo site for a better location on the Malecon next to Sr. Frogs! Looking forward to a new and exciting season at our new location.

Update Nov 8th: Yes folks the fishing is great, you know this because Illegal Long Liners are everywhere and they’re screwing up the fishing! They’re all over the place and they’re supposed to be illegal! With the amount of lines out there you’d think this was legal! We’ve complained to the Port Authority, The Navy and they start with the questions. Where’s your fishing license? What is your home address? Phone number? Car license plate number… All designed to intimidate and eliminate any questions of authorities supreme power. Yes folks with two tournaments coming up in one week the secret to winning the tournament is to cruise the line, pull the biggest fish you can find and then go “win” a car! But in between the long lines, the fish that aren’t snagged as yet, well they’re the fish we’re talking about. You won’t find this in my weekly magazine articles, but if you’re fishing in PV and reading this, you’ve got the information you need to know before heading out….

Shared Boats: We are still hooking clients interested in fishing for an eight hour trip. two people max, half the boat: $275 usd… That’s one of the best fishing deals in Puerto Vallarta and you won’t find it anywhere else.

My two locations: Many people have been coming into my Marina Shop asking “where I went”? The answer is I moved our operation once again to a new and better location on the Boardwalk, Malecon in spanish. Just next to Sr.Frogs where the Light House is. Or just check out the map below! Come in, We’re open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. .. Or is you prefer we’re on Morelos side walk side of the street on short block before the old City Hall!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Marlin, Corbetena
Blue Marlin, Corbetena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Condition Changes, Warm Water, Yellowfin Tuna!

                                                      Extreme Condition Changes, Warm Water, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

After what has been a dismal and disappointing spring we’re in the game again big time with warm water at the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbetena. Bait is super plentiful everywhere and we’re seeing summer species like Sailfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna trickling into the area. It’s all good and we’re about to enter high season for fishing here in PV!

For the last few months you could have used a cookie cutter to put my reports together.  It seemed like the same fishing elements never changed. I’m very happy to say that this is finally all coming to an end as we have seen water temperatures jump from 72 degrees to 81 degrees in one week! This is drastic and surprising. Blue water is two miles out from Punta Mita, a huge plus. Bait conditions are incredible with massive amounts of flying fish three to six inches from Punta Mita all the way to Corbetena! Bullet Skip Jack and Bonito all over the area especially around the Marietta Islands. But that’s not to say the fishing is fast and easy.

My Friend Curtis Martineau with a nice 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated on Magnifico at Corbetena
My Friend Curtis Martineau with a nice 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated on Magnifico at Corbetena

From El Banco to Corbetena is about twenty five miles and there can be a world of difference between these two world famous fishing grounds.  For now we’ve seen drastic changes from last week.  First off we see water temperatures jumping to 81 degrees from 72 as previously stated. That’s a nine degree increase in just a few days which is unheard of.  The clear green, red tide and cold water has changed to high visibility blue water two miles out from Punta Mita.  What was considered a deserted fishing ground has once again come to life at El Banco with Sailfish moving in nicely. Marlin is expected soon. Cuberra Snappers are also in the area taking baits to 50 lbs but on for the jiggers. Naturally there is abundant Skip Jack, bullet Bonito, flying fish, Mullets, Goggle eyes and the list is endless, Sardines are around but thinning out in numbers. So making bait is not a real issue anywhere in the bay. Oh, if targeting Sailfish they’re only hitting dead trolled baits and lures that mimic flying fish.  Keep this information in your back pocket as our little secret. Corbetena is another story completely. With abundant bait in the water we’ve seen 60 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna move into this area aggressively. Some Sailfish in the area, but not like El Banco. With the good you must take the bad, which means there are bottle nose Dolphin, Flipper if you will, taking your trolled Bonito or larger Chorras. This will drive you nuts as they lay in waiting to zing you and steal that bait, they’re both smart and lazy. Capt.  Cesar tells me it you put regular staples in the tail the Dolphins advanced sense of taste will not like  the metal  taste of the staples and leave your bait alone. Worth a try, me, I never have a stapler on the boat, never thought if it as “tackle” before. Tuna are on top of the rock so you don’t need to get fancy. One thing to remember, it’s a full moon out there which means the Yellowfin Tuna will be biting before dawn! If you can’t make it to the fishing grounds about 4:30 in the a.m., then you’ll be better off hitting the late bite which is occurring around 2:00 P.M.. They’re jumping and attacking cedar plugs better than baits. A classic lure that works but it’s not pretty. Live baits are working outside the rock from the Dolphin. About a mile past the rock you have a decent chance at Blue and Black Marlin.  Their numbers will be picking up shortly so a little patience will pay off. Jack Crevalls, Cuberra Snapper, and other assorted species moving in and out.

For now your fuel dollar piggy bank needs to be emptied and remember don’t ask the wife to go fishing. It’s better to beg for forgiveness and ask for permission. But remember also, being divorced twice DQ’s me as a marriage consular.

The Marietta Islands have been another big disappointment for the last three months, and nothing much has changed. Water temps are way up in this area as well, but for some reason this area for now is a fish ghost town. I am surprised we haven’t seen sailfish move in the area, stay tuned. So the normal players of Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs and tasty. Nothing too exciting and frankly you can find better action closer in the bay. Punta Mita is not exactly alive with action but there are some Sailfish in the area and more will be coming. With massive amounts of flying fish for bait it’s going to be hard for incoming species to resist the temptation of hanging around. Won’t be long before this area is a fish machine once again.06 07 2017 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico 800 pxls MBText

Talking about inside the bay things are great! Needle fish are moving in, a strange species they’re fun to catch and taste great.   Bonito everywhere to 30 lbs, Football Yellowfin tuna 30 to 45lbs if lucky all around Yelapa and in the middle of the bay. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs but beginning to thin out in numbers as water temperatures increase. Sailfish are still hanging out around Los Arcos out a few miles or closer in, who knows? The main point being inside the bay fishing is an incredible deal right now and well worth the price of participation! Throw in Sierra Mackerels, Needle fish and the list goes on. 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.

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

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!

06 07 2017 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico 800 pxls MBTextTours: 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.

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

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

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

 

Striped Marlin Numbers Increase, Spinners and Football Tuna

 

Striped Marlin Numbers Increas, Spinners and Football Tuna

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

Jack Crevalls caught on Buddy our 26 ft super panga...
Jack Crevalls caught on Buddy our 26 ft super panga…

Before we get to the fishing report this week, many have been asking me why the fishing reports have been lacking, not posted.   Well the reports have been cookie cutter reports and frankly it´s kinda boring writing about nothing. But after three weeks of no report i was contacted and made to understand that there are those addicted to my writing, for some reason…. ha ha. We will always make sure you have accurate information, even if it´s kinda dated. For now we´re seeing some slight changes. As we begin to move into spring we´re looking at what´s shaping up with increases in water temperatures, four degrees this week which is significant. Because of this increase and the sun being higher in out tropical sky daily we´re on the verge of summer. We never really transitioned into winter fishing with Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish and abundant Snappers this year. We´ve seen Jack Crevalls hang around in warmer waters as is not what I´m used to seeing. Sailfish have been in the bay year round, used to be a complete oddity. We always have a weird transition after an El Nino or La Nina year. For now we should shift nicely into summer waters as it already is starting to warm up a bit. So on to the report….

Snook or Robalo in Spanih around the rivers mouths, shoreline and structure...
Snook or Robalo in Spanih around the rivers mouths, shoreline and structure…

I have to say, this last winter has been a strange season. Now you can point a finger in several different directions, blame global warming, Long Liners, Over Fishing and the list continues. What the deal ¨is¨ I haven´t a clue, but I do know this we´re starting to see some small changes that hopefully will turn into big changes. The bottom line is after an El Nino year it takes it takes time for currents and water temperatures to settle down, things don´t just snap back. We may lag a little coming into spring fishing but water temps are inching up a bit and except for Skippies, we have plenty of bait in the area. There is still plenty of action to be had in the bay and for those looking for a Striped Marlin, well it´s possible if not likely.

Sea Bass !!
Sea Bass !!

For the last four weeks you could pretty much copy and paste the conditions at Corbeteña and El Banco. The good news is water temperatures in this area are up slightly from 68 degrees to 72 degrees. Now that could be the sun higher in the sky as spring is in the air. But more likely it s a hint of warmer currents. I would say Corbeteña is not a great options, even Cubera Snappers, a stable are not taking baits at all. But if you head out past Punta Mita on a heading of 290 to 320 head out about ten miles and look for Striped Marlin, that´s right, Striped Marlin. There is also massive amounts of smaller Squids of 3 to 5 inches. We´re also seeing Spinner Dolphin with Football Tuna, very spotty, but there you are. A little secret, there are no Skip Jack Tuna or Skippies in this area. If you make bait, Skippie bait, then your chances increase by a factor of three. Feeling lucky?

In the area of El Morro / Punta Mita / Marietta Islands are once again on par as for the last few weeks. We´re still seeing Pompano averaging 20 lbs, Jack Crevalls are everywhere, but they´re full of eggs. They´ve been finicky and will only ¨bite¨ when the Sardines are up in bait balls. Good thing we have super abundant Sardine Bait balls. The Sardines are in the 3 inch size and birds are having a field day. Find the birds, find fish, that easy. Bonito in the 12 inch variety make great bait. I´ve heard of some Amber Jacks being boated in the 30 lb range. Wahoo could be in the area of El Morro and I´m still super surprised we don´t have Rooster fish in the area, strange for sure.

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

Inside the bay, you once again can cut and paste last weeks report, it´s just stagnant conditions. Sailfish are still around Los Arcos, boated four this week. Dorado are possible, one boated, many sightings. Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls everywhere and they´re in the 40 inch length sizes. Sea Bass are still in the area around the Rivers and shoreline with structure. Some Football tuna possible around Yelapa and a host of others like Sierra Mackerals. The bay for now is still your best bang for your fishing buck amigo.

The Bite is still around 10:00 to 11:30, just keep an eye out for birds, when the Sardines come up, the bite is on. But remember we´re in the spring fling period when a fish’s eye can turn to the ladies. Don´t be surprised in the next weeks that most of the species will be ignoring baits, even if they´re thick as molasses. Water temperatures this week have inched up a bit at the deep water locations to 72 degrees, a dramatic increase of close to four degrees. Currents could be changing or surface water temps are better as the sun is higher in the sky. Baits this week are the same, live bait is king, but they´ll take a dead Goggle eyes or Rapalla or Yellow, green and black.

As we come into the Easter Season we see another transition period coming shortly. Once we get through breeding season we´ll find better conditions, more species moving in and fewer people at the fishing grounds as temperature will soon increase and we should start seeing Striped Marlin numbers begin to increase. So Stay tuned for the latest and greatest. Don´t be afraid to contact me with any questions you may have amigos, I´m here to help.

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

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Yellowfin Tuna Increasing in Numbers, Marlin Abundant, Dorado Surprise

Yellowfin Tuna Increasing in Numbers, Marlin Abundant, Dorado Surprise

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

One fo the first few Dorado since months and months ago
OLne fo the first few Dorado since months and months ago

The big surprise this week is the arrival of Dorado! Normally we see them in June or July, May in some years, but this past year has been terrible. Finally we´re seeing some show up around Punta Mita. Where there are some there are surely more in the area. Blue Marlin are picking up in numbers and Black Marlin are also more available. Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña, life is good!

Corbeteña: Yellowfin Tuna running 100 to 140 lbs have picked up in numbers and in size the last week with the arrival of massive amounts of bait in the water. No issues making bait as Skip Jack Tuna are all over the area. Blue and Black Marlin are concentrating around the Rock more and seem to be looking for your presentation. Sailfish are partying with the Marlin. Cubera Snappers are taking trolled baits and the water conditions are a perfect high visibility blue, almost purple. Yes Amigos Corbeteña is well worth the fuel expense, finally!

11-05-2016-snapper-650-pxls-mbtextMuch the same for El Banco as Blue Marlin to 600 lbs are taking baits nicely. Black Marlin in the same range, Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Sailfish of course, and Yellowfin Tuna at 180 to 200 lbs! Finally we can justify the fuel coast. Start at the ¨high spots¨ and work your way out to 1 to 3 miles to the west and things will work well for you. Bait is plentiful, water is blue, No Dorado as yet but this will change hopefully soon, stay tuned.

Punta Mita / El Morro areas are springing to life as well amigos. Sailfish are becoming more and more abundant. Blue Marlin are off El Morro and Dorado are off the point so drop your lines about three miles out and get ready for some arm burning action. Put Jack Crevalls, Bonito (Tuna) and Sierra Mackerals into the picture and you´ll have a fun day.

Freak Dorado in the bay feeding at the river mouth of the Ameca River.
Freak Dorado in the bay feeding at the river mouth of the Ameca River.

Inside the bay is much the same as the last few weeks. Jack Crevalls are starting to decrease in number as they should with warm water. We´re still seeing freak incidences of Sailfish being boated off the La Cruz to Los Arcos. Don´t expect them and one will show up. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls at 40 lbs and your fill of Mackerals! A four hour trip in the bay will be well worth the time and money. The red tide is gone and it´s full speed ahead for fishing in PV right now! Update: Inside the bay some Dorado have moved in around the river mouth with Snappers, Bonito and Jack Crevalls.

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

Water temperatures are still hovering at 86 degrees, considered almost perfect. All the fishing grounds are seeing high visibility blue water to the point of being purple! The Bite is ealier now at 7:00 am or a bit later and the late bite is just after the noon to 1 p.m. time frame, plan accordingly. Lures to use this week are Option 1: Purple with red stripes. Option 2: Green with Yellow and black stripes. And another option: Pink / Blue.

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

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch

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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Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you....
Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you….

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¨. . .

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On / Off Again Bite Frustrates, Roosters Return, Water Temps Increase Drastically

     

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

 

Rare Sailfish boated on our new panga Azul Profundo with Captain Arrow
Rare Sailfish boated on our new panga Azul Profundo with Captain Arrow

Another week into the weird season we are seeing some strange occurrences that will affect our world class fishing for the next several months. The Calendar shows it´s March yet the water temperatures are telling us it´s early summer with water temps jumping to 80 degrees or about 23 Celsius. This is highly unusual as we´re officially in the middle of the winter fishing season where water temps should be around 70 to 72 degrees. For now with some Sardines and massive amounts of Bullet Bonito and Skippies (babies) as bait conditions are improving a bit. Rooster fish are spotty, Marlin are moving back in, kinda. Forget Dorado and Sailfish, they´re done for now. Then again there are still Sails being boated in the bay?! What does this all mean, who knows, but we´ll figure it all out together so stay tuned, things could get interesting!

Lets start with Corbeteña, normally our most versatile fishing location it´s been slow as in no action to speak of. Yes you´ll find Cubera Snappers, Jack Crevalls and maybe some 35 lb to 50 lb Yellowfin tuna, if lucky. Surprisingly no Marlin, no Sails, no Dorado. For now Corbeteña is better than last week, but still other options are better.

And El Banco is that option with Black Marlin to 600 lbs, Blue Marlin to 500 lbs. Larger Cubera Snappers to 70 lbs are taking trolled baits. Jack Crevalls of course and plenty of Skip Jack tuna as bait. Wahoo are all around the area, many anglers coming in with frayed line and no lure, bait or fish. Wire leader is required for Wahoo, but they´re line shy, so if you can find invisible wire, you´re good to go. Otherwise target Wahoo at your own risk. Losing lures when they´re not taking live bait, can get expensive targeting this species. So good luck, Wahoo is coveted and might just be valuable enough to pay your phone bill! No real Tuna to speak of and if there was the Seiners would be there Raping the fishing grounds. Long Liners are there on top of the High Spots AGAIN. Feel free to run over their lines, they´re illegal, but be warned, they sometimes have guns and the authorities are a ways off. We run the lines, let the authorities sort it all out as something stupid is bound to happen with this ignored situation. For those determined to hunt Yellowfin of any size El Banco is on again, off again. For those willing to roll the dice, nothing ventured nothing boated…Stay tuned.

Rooster Fish and Pampano are around the Marietta Islands and Anclote Reef near Sayulita, if YOU´RE LUCKY!
Rooster Fish and Pampano are around the Marietta Islands and Anclote Reef near Sayulita, if YOU´RE LUCKY!

El Morro is Wahoo city with some Rooster fish but not enough to target or count on. Many frayed lines with nothing to show for it. The Marietta Islands are seeing some nice sized Pampano in the 35 to 50 lb range, great tasting and strong fighters. Round off the area with Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Skip jack tuna to 12 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Needle fish, maybe some Snappers and the occasional freak Sailfish! Rooster fish are here and around the Anclote reef off Sayulita but they´re not exactly plentiful. For the angler targeting Roosters you have a shot, but be prepared to change your plan late in the fishing day. Punta Mita is slow, no Dorado, no Sailfish but you may find some Striped Marlin anywhere from 8 to 16 miles off the point. With the mixed variety of species and the changing conditions improving an eight hour fishing day is worth the money.

Inside the bay is normally automatic fishing, not so for the last few days. You need six hours, four hours gets you to where the fish were yesterday, the extra couple hours lets us find where they went today! Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Bonito 30 lbs, Needle Fish at 40 lbs, and who knows what else is cruising the neighborhood. For the family and younglings a shared boat for eight hours is the best deal in town.

Even with the challenges of spread out fish, the fishing is still great. Short day trips can be as much fun as longer duration trips with smaller fish, but plentiful. With water temperatures back up to 80 degrees we could see Yellowfin tuna moving back into the area, it wouldn´t surprise me. Marlin are going to be here for the next several months, why would they leave. Corbeteña is challenged with bait issues, but the bait moves and we expect Corbeteña to come back little by little. Capt. Cesar from Magnifico predicts Yellowfin over 200 lbs this March, it happened last year so I´ll keep an eye peeled.

Marina Vallarta Store Mgr Ange is Modeling our new ladies shirt .. Fish ¨N¨ Chix which comes in three colors to choose from. Only in PV for the moment... stay tuned!
Marina Vallarta Store Mgr Ange is Modeling our new ladies shirt .. Fish ¨N¨ Chix which comes in three colors to choose from. Only in PV for the moment… stay tuned!

Important stuff: the bite is a little late happening after 11 a.m., bait is limited around Corbeteña but Bullet Bonito and Bullet Skippies are a favorite snack so we have good reason to think things are on the upside. Lures: Ok, Magnifico went through the whole collection of more than a hundred lures and found some worked for a while, then they didn´t. So have plenty of color, dead bait, live bait and make bait for bullets. With all this and the Goggle Eye bait we hit you with in the morning should have you covered. Your captain will need all his secret spots and tricks, but the payoff is there, Buenos Suertes amigos! Blue water everywhere so bait visibility is not an issue…..

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-IMG-20160303-WA0001shrts 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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Rooster Fish Move in, Snapper Save Corbeteña

                                  Rooster Fish Move in, Snapper Save Corbeteña  

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

 

04 24 09 Stan's Roosters 500 pxls MBTextWith this up and down season we are seeing strange and unusual things lately. One day we`re hot as a Jalapeno, the next day it´s not so ¨spicy¨.  The seasons look like they´re trying to change then we see warm days and drastic humidity, which of course relates to warmer surface water temperatures.  Which of course is great for summer species. All and all the fishing is good, but you have to deal with El Nino and other unwelcome challenges.

Corbeteña this week has been less than exciting as it falls asleep with a real slow down in action. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 35 lbs should be drawing in Marlin and the likes but sadly not so. Wahoo are still around the rock at 60 lbs for the lucky angler. Sails are pretty much moving out of the area for some reason. Jack Crevalls are abundant everywhere, Bonito to 35 lbs, Cubera Snappers for the jiggers at 50 lbs, Red Snappers averaging 30 lbs all around the area. Marlin are hard to find and for now Corbeteña isn´t the best option for your fishing buck. Most of the action has been North of Corbeteña. Stay tuned, things change quickly. El Banco has been doing very well for a while with Yellowfin on the high spots, then the production fishing ships came in and decimated the entire area, welcome to the unwelcome challenges I was talking about.

Off Punta Mita, around the Marietta Islands and El Morro are all individual fishing areas and all have their own personality. For now we´re seeing Red Snapper pick up in numbers around El Morro along with Rooster fish in the 30 to 45 lb range. With some outrageous luck maybe a Dorado or Sailfish sighting. Wahoo at 60 lbs are fond of El Morro and there has been a few boatings of this coveted species. The point of Punta Mita is seeing much the same, Red Snappers and some Dorado around 25 lbs for the super lucky. Striped Marlin are still at the 15 mile mark off the point, but not as thick as last week. The Marietta Islands should have Rooster fish, but for some reason they´ve been sparse around this area, this should change in the next twenty minutes.

09 21 2015 Red Snapper, 25lbs 002 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay, it´s another cookie cutter report, Jack Crevalls at 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 12 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 45 lbs and possibilities of stray Dorado in warm currents. Fishing in the bay for Jack Crevalls can be a blast and they´re not too hard to find. Looking for a great fishing day with plenty of action, don´t discount Jack Crevalls as trash fish. They´re stong fighters, perfect size for the family fishing day, even younglings can handle these species and be excited they ¨caught it on their own¨!

With the full moon doing it´s thing, the bite has been surprisingly late around 11:00 a.m. But this is weird so plan on an early bite and be at the place you want to be earlier, you can´t get hurt waiting for the bite! Lures are still working fairly well, still blue skirts with silver or white markings on a five inch lure is a great place to start. Live bait is working well, but the Rooster fish will prefer bullet Bonita or Skippies as bait. Water temperatures are still around 77 degrees with warm days making surface temperatures rise a bit so who knows, it could be a help? Ha ha ha.

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular ( ½ Super Panga, 2 person max.) ! 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¨. . .

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