Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

Blue Marlin over 500 lbs at Corbetena if you're "Lucky"
Blue Marlin over 500 lbs at Corbetena if you’re “Lucky”

I know, the title looks like something I’ve been saying all summer so far. We’ve seen a few Hurricanes and a few more tropical storms close to the Bay of Banderas and it takes its toll on fishing. But it has been a few days now and things are returning back to normal a little more each day. We’ve also had some heavy rains as a result of these systems forming and moving through the area. Having said that the water is blue and beautiful outside the bay. Fishing always has its challenges but there are fish to be had and somebody is going to get them, it might as well be you amigos.

Just a few days after the last article I wrote things got a little better than we had another tropical storm form and turn into Hurricane Lidia. We’re dealing with the after math of the rains as dirty water just pours into the bay. Needless to say there is a lot of Stumps, branches, refrigerators and more just floating in the bay, real hazards to props and shaft supports. For this reason we don’t leave port now until the sun comes up a little so we can see these hazards, something the fishing community needs to live with at this time of the year and it’s nothing new. For now this doesn’t hurt your opportunity to catch fish because the morning bite is more like mid-morning.  The late bite is happening around 6 p.m. so it’s a late bite no matter how you look at it.

Looking at Corbetena this week we see the return of the Spinner Dolphin which means Football Tuna are most likely with them. For now this is holding true with 20 to 35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna running with them. Find Spinners, you’ll catch smaller Tuna amigos. Sailfish are thinning out and spread out as well. They’re anywhere and everywhere from inside the bay to Corbetena. For a more exacting location try to the north of the rock about seven to twelve miles and you can improve your chances. For now you can find Sailfish closer in so that is not much of a reason to hit this popular location. But we also have Blue Marlin over 450 lbs. Now are they abundant, no. Are they out there, yes, so this is your challenge, welcome to Big Time fishing amigos. Nothing is ever easy so you’ll have to put the work in, but if you do, you too can come in with a world class trophy fish worthy of mounting. Of course there are always the Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs and Bonito to 30 lbs, perfect sized for bait. With a little luck and a few days without a tropical system passing us fishing will gradually improve with the coming days. El Banco, same as last week, doesn’t seem to be anyone heading out this way, the ones that do are normally the ones you hear about and see pictures of. I wouldn’t be afraid to venture out to Corbetena and give a billfish a shot if nothing, work your way back in.

I have had reports of Sailfish returning to the Punta Mita area, which includes the El Morro and Marietta Islands. Now they’re spread out like all the other locations, but they’re “there” and with some work, skill and luck you’ll boat one for the family picture album.  Also we still have smaller Dorado, I thought they’d be larger by now, but 15 to 25 lb Dorado aren’t too bad, just remember less than 15 lbs throw them back and let them become adults. Jack Crevalls are still there for the taking at 30 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs as well. Again, some days are hot, others are cold, and a little luck never hurts.

Yellowfin Tuna show up at Corbertena.. they're a little bigger every day now!
Yellowfin Tuna show up at Corbertena.. they’re a little bigger every day now!

Inside the bay we’re seeing that coffee brown water from all the rains both locally and inland. It’s thick also, no planers will help get you into clean water. But there are still Sailfish, several were boated last week even with dirty water. Jack Crevalls everywhere, Dorado around the Trash line which range from babies at 5 lbs to keepers at 20 lbs, just depends on your luck again. Football Tuna around Yelapa anywhere from 20 lbs to 40 lbs. Inside the bay is once again a great option for those looking to catch fish and not spend a whole day on the water. Catching fish isn’t hard in the bay, they’ll be a touch smaller than Moby Dick, but Moby is moving around a little too much lately. All and all my best suggestion this next few days would be to take a six hour fishing trip, we’ll load the boat up with spinning reels and you’ll have a great time if catching fish is the goal.

We’ve seen the water temperatures hang at 88 degrees. Not too warm, but warm enough where the Tuna will start sounding or go down to about 150 feet to keep their body temps cool and comfortable. The bite is still late-is, anywhere from 9 a.m. to around 11a.m. So getting out too early doesn’t help your cause, especially if going out for a shorter day. You wouldn’t want to miss the bite now would you? Lures are not working great, but Petroleros are always the best lure to start with. Dead bait is still the best and working well, so keep your dead bait and freeze them when you get home for future use. That is if your wife lets you get away with it, that is…

Football Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena range in size by the day now...
Football Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena range in size by the day now…

With Football Tuna at Corbetena and the tropical systems out of the area we should see more and more fish moving into the area with the abundant bait we still have. It could take a few days for the brown water to clean up, but this is something our captains have grown up with and know how to deal with it. But it’s not a perfect situation to begin with, no excuses please.

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

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

Jack Crevalls everywhere from 25 to 40 lbs
Jack Crevalls everywhere from 25 to 40 lbs

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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Tropical Conditions Pushing Fish Out of Area Momentarily, Bay Fishing is Great!

Tropical Conditions Pushing Fish Out of Area Momentarily, Bay Fishing is Great!

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

 

Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector boats a Sailfish in the bay near La Cruz
Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector boats a Sailfish in the bay near La Cruz

Summer has arrived in all its glory now. It’s warm, normally around 90 to 100 degrees daily. Humidity is unbearable for those from a drier climate running normally over 80 percent. It can be unbearable at times. Puerto Vallarta is for all practical purposes a “Fish Bowl” that holds humidity. With a little pressure from a microscopic system will cause rain daily. Sometimes those tiny “systems” can be a bit of a problem as fish in the area will feel this pressure in the water! When this happens the fish will move out. We’ve seen some of this the past week. Having said that, the fishing is still great, but you will come back empty handed if heading out past the Marietta Islands. With blue water conditions and plenty of bait in the area, this will be short lived.

This week if you’re heading to the deep water locations of Corbetena or El Banco you may come back with fish, but then again if the last few days are an indicator, it may be wise to wait a day or two. We have times when things just fall apart, the locals say it’s “slow”. We have blue water, plenty of bait, water temp is a little high at 88 but not a disaster. It’s just this high pressure “zones” that move in and out now that’s the issue. You could find Sailfish and Marlin in the northern area past Corbetena, but then again if the last few days are any example then wait for some news. Of course you can always Jig for Cubera Snappers and go with “luck”, it happens, but for now save those fuel dollars for better days.

08 15 2017 Magnifico Sail Punta Mita 2 400 pxls MBTextAround Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have been equally as disappointing. We saw some great days last week with super abundant Sailfish, some nice Dorado and of course we had some 40 lb Rooster fish near the shoreline and reefs type areas of Anclote, north of Sayulita. But that was short lived as these high pressure “eddies” continue to swirl around the “fish bowl” we have here. It saves our butts for Hurricanes, but you can feel the pressure making the heat and humidity more intense. Vacationers just think it’s hot and hotter. For now things can change before you finish reading this article so don’t be discouraged, just fire me an email and I’ll get you the latest and greatest information amigos.

Once again amigos inside the bay wins the prize as the best fishing PV has to offer. Sailfish in both ends of the bay, Small Yellowfin Tuna to 30 lbs around Yelapa and abundant. Jack Crevalls are peppered throughout the area. Bonito, Skippies, 40 lb Rooster fish still possible near Estiladeras or close to La Cruz in the surf. Six hours got a client a nice Sailfish, we haven’t seen Sailfish for a few days and to boat one in the bay is pretty unusual, but unusual has turned into the norm for the last year! Those looking to have some great and fun action would be well served to consider the bay as your first and best option for the next twenty minutes….

Water temperatures have gone up a bit to 88 degrees as mentioned earlier, but this is not the problem, it’s the pressure these fish feel that has been their issue. Water it blue and perfect. We’re also seeing lots of Baby Skip Jack Tuna by the billions, Some Sardines, Goggle eyes and the list goes on. For now lures are not that great to use, but Petroleros and Blue with Silver are working well, start there and go through your lures one at a time. Something will work. The bite is hard to call this week. We’ve seen lots of cloud cover and a fair amount of rain if you’ve seen the news services or seen Facebook accounts. There is a lot of floating debris in the bay so if you’re on a boat be sure to keep an eye open for floating stumps or dead heads as they’re called. The trash line could be something to pay attention to, but only small Dorado are there, so throw the babies back.

All and all the fishing has been running hot and cold. One day it’s so hot we’ll have twenty five strikes within three boats. The next day it’s a fish “ghost town”. For now we’ll just play to our strengths and play in the bay. It’s less expensive and if you want to catch fish this is probably your best option and you will catch fish. If that’s the goal and you’re not hoping to catch Moby Dick, then you’ll have a great day amigos…  Malicon Location map 600 Pxls20170818_105611

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

 

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

 

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.

Sailfish Spread Out, Yellowfin Tuna Bite Late in Day

Sailfish Spread Out, Yellowfin Tuna Bite Late in Day

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

 

Sailfish at El Morro to Punta Mita, boated on Magnifico!
Sailfish at El Morro to Punta Mita, boated on Magnifico!

Writing a fishing article weekly is like aiming at a moving target. We all know what the fishing was like yesterday is not really an indication for what will happen tomorrow in conditions like we presently have. Now the fishing in Puerto Vallarta is never anything but good. But, if you’re looking for Moby Dick, He’s out there, but he’s not in the bay. Last week things got hot, then cold, then hot again. It’s very difficult to get a feel for fishing this year, it normally is right after an El Nino, but that’s not to say fishing is bad. In fact the fishing is great, but if you’re targeting a specific species or area, you could be disappointed. If you are inclined, multiple days fishing will always pay fish dividends… Those with high expectations of specific species can be disappointed at times. Those looking to have a fun time and be happy with what hits your bait, then you’ll have a wonderful time.

Once again we see the deep water locations are hot and cold. When it comes to Corbetena, right at the rock it’s been very slow and not easy to find Marlin, Sailfish or Tuna. If you only circle the rock you diminish your chances of a trophy fish greatly. Corbetena is just the target spot, you have to find the fish once there. If you’re on a low rent boat that goes slow and doesn’t use fuel, then you’ll be circling the rock and “Oh Well, that’s fishing” comes from your crew. But for now it’s also the time you arrive. Lesser fishing companies lock you into a specific time to depart, mostly 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. If that’s the case now, you’re heading to Corbetena looking for Marlin and Sailfish you better be looking for fish north of the rock. If you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, then they’re hitting around 11:30 if you’re lucky, but their strongest bite has been at 7:30 P.M. when the sun is sinking fast. If you are targeting Yellowfin then you’re most likely back before the bite begins. Not what you want to hear, but rather what you got from uninformed, uninterested agents looking for money and not return clients. Enough Said… Right now if you’re north of the rock by about five miles you’ll find 60 to 100 lbs Yellowfin Tuna at sunset. Before the bite Yellowfin won’t take a bait for nothing. There could be Squids or other bait that they’re feasting on all day. But the evening bite has been happening. One boat I know had three strikes at this time just “yesterday” and boated them all at 70 lbs each. Now this is information you can use right now. Blue Marlin are in the 350 to 600 lb range and are taking baits nicely, I am sure there are Black Marlin in the area, but we’ve only seen Blue Marlin this week.  Sailfish are moving all around the area and are spread out. If you’re targeting Sailfish you can do this closer in from El Morro to Punta Mita. Now if you’re looking for Marlin or Tuna hit this area. No Dorado have been boated in this area as late, but this should change as it always does. El Banco once again is having trouble finding a pulse, for now the extra fuel cost does not justify the heading this way. I heard a rumor not long ago that nets from Seiners are stuck to the high spots like flags in the wind and are not helping conditions there much when it comes to bait fish hanging in the area. Something to think about, not sure if it’s true, but it makes sense as one of the best fishing spots in Mexico stops producing? Really? Something is going on here.

El Morro, Marietta Islands to the Punta Mita is great fishing for Sailfish, but they’ve spread out and are not hanging in one location for the time being. You may come across some Dorado, they’re not exactly large, but you can still find a 20 pounder or two. Rooster fish are around the shore line at Anclote Ref area, Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls still everywhere to 40 lbs and assorted reef fish. The fishing is great even if there aren’t that many trophy fish “types” in the area. Worth the money for an eight hour trip. What was perfectly blue water in this area last week has turned clean green but the water temperatures as you would expect to be cooler aren’t. Fish don’t love green like this, but Sailfish don’t seem to mind and that’s your best species to target for now.08 15 2017 Magnifico Sail Punta Mita 2 400 pxls

Inside the bay this week we can make the argument it’s the best fishing location for PV right now. We’ve seen some rain, but this year the rainy season is spotty at best. This means we’re not seeing the trash line as we would normally see. Having said that there are baby Dorado in the 5 lb range that are willing to hit just about any bait in front of them that isn’t bigger than they are. Don’t keep the babies, let them grow to adults and help the Dorado Populations that have been decimated over the last few years by Seiners looking to pick up the slack as they fished Yellowfin Tuna to the levels they are now. Don’t be part of the problem amigos. Now there are some larger Dorado to be had off Los Arcos in the 30 lb range if you’ve got the luck of the Irish. Sailfish are spreading out in the bay as well, La Cruz area is a hot spot as well as is the middle of the bay. If you’re in the La Cruz area the Rooster fish are still in close to shore and are in the 30 to 40 lb range and can be had easily surf fishing, but a boat is better. Surprisingly to me Rooster fish have been around the mouth of the Ameca River in the 40 lb range as well, worth a shot for sure. Jack Crevalls all over the place to 40 lbs and if you’re close to Yelapa there is always the chance of a Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 to 45 lb range, feeling lucky?

The bite this week has been a moving target. Inside the bay anything can happen from 8:30 a.m. on. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna then you may want to head out later as they’re bite is around 11:30 on.. And from 7:30 p.m. into the evening. Now you have the real information, use it wisely. As far as bait goes we’re seeing tons if baby Skip jack Tuna and this is causing a frenzy for Roosters and Sails. Lures are not working that well, but if targeting Tuna use the reliable Cedar Plugs, Blue and yellow lures and of course the Petroleros and Iguana Lures. Water temperatures are at a very nice and comfortable 87 degrees so there are no issues there.

Come See Us at our new location on the Malicon on Morelos next to Sr.Frogs
Come See Us at our new location on the Malicon on Morelos next to Sr.Frogs

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

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

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

20170730_094315Web 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.

Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ..... Come in, Say hello, see our newest products....
Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

Black Marlin Continue to Dominate, El Banco is “Iffy” at Best

Black Marlin Continue to Dominate, El Banco is “Iffy” at Best

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

 

11-11-2016-capt-scooby-400-lb-black-marlin-650-pxls-mbtextOne thing about world class fishing is “you never know what you’re going to get” to quote Forest Gump. This week we’ve seen El Banco just stop performing, don’t waste your time. Yet we see Corbetena continue to be its reliable self. Water is super blue and there is plenty of bait in the area so the fishing is great, not perfect, but what is?

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

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting lately unless you’re looking for Sailfish and they’re about six miles or so before you come to Corbetena or about five miles out from the islands. Lots and lots of small 5 lb Dorado, too small to keep, but Mucho! It was about this time last year when we finally saw the Dorado numbers pick up so cross your fingers hoping for their big brothers to show up. Don’t ever keep females or Dorado under ten pounds and help keep the numbers from dropping any worse than they are. FYI we’ve seen long liners raise their ugly heads again and they many times have guns to protect their illegal long lines. It would be nice if there was some enforcement, but it’s Mexico and everything has a price, no matter what’s good for the general population and the fishing industry as a whole. Not too much happening around the Marietta Islands. Needle fish to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. and of course there are always reef species. All and all not a great time to visit this area. Now if you are heading to the point of Punta Mita there have been Marlin about twelve miles off the point (take a heading of 300 to 320) and be there at mid-day, can’t hurt. Dorado are in the area as well, but they’re small as well. This will change soon with the numbers of smaller Dorado increasing the lager family members should be showing up soon, stay tuned. Update Aug 4th: Sailfish have all but taken over Punta Mita and the surrounding area. Also there are some smaller Black Marlin just a few miles off the point. Lots of rain the last night or two now, so there are lots of opportunities for Dorado around this floating oasis for these fish… Now go put this info to good use…..

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

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

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

20170728_190232Until next week, Don´t forget to kiss Your Fish!

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

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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Out World Famous Koozies
Out World Famous Koozies

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Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November
Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

 

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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!

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!

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

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Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Temp Roller Coaster, Fish In/Ou

Water Temp Roller Coaster, Fish In/Out

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

09 15 2011 300lb Black Marlin, Magnifico, Corbeteña RedPix 400 MBTextBy now you should be sick and tired of hearing me talk about El Nino, but here we are again. When people learn about El Nino and how it all works, nobody expects conditions to change all at once. When it does change it can be like a ¨Log Jam¨ busting. Two weeks ago the water was 87 degrees, five days later it was 74 degrees, then back up to 80 degrees and now it´s 76 degrees. From these roller coaster fluctuations its toll on fishing. Warm water fish like Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, and Dorado will run from this cold water and not think twice about it.

So, with a lead in like that, I don´t think I need to tell you that the fishing at this exact moment, not tomorrow or the day after, but this minute the water is so cold the only real location to find fish is in the bay! Los Arcos is alive with different baits and this is drawing in Sailfish and Marlin to the area! A freak thing, the fishing in the bay is better than at El Banco or Corbeteña, again at this exact moment. I say this because I don´t want people reading this article a week from now and thinking the fishing is bad when it´s bad for the moment. Everything changes quickly here and in three days things will be different. We are at the end of High Season for fishing and the water temperatures may not make it back into the 80´s again, lets hope not.

Corbeteña and El Banco: Well the water is that clean green color, which is an indication of cold water. The locals don´t mind it, they´ll take baits in it, but they´ll shy away from the cold. Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna have all bugged out with the frigid water. This could be a cold local current or it could be the real deal and El Nino is finally coming to an end. Either way for this particular moment, fishing in this area is rolling the dice. Could change in a few days, Stay tuned.

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Well if you can imagine the water is a little warmer in this area, but not much. We´ve seen some Rooster fish, some I say around the El Morro area in the 50 lb range.  If you have Goggle Eyes for bait, you may have a chance at a roaming Sailfish or Rooster fish. Chances of seeing Dorado are slim. Dorado does not handle cold water snaps very well and will be the first to vacate an area when the chill hits. This area and north can still get warm water that trickles down the cost form the Seas of Cortez so it´s not ¨doom and gloom¨ conditions amigo. It just means we have to figure out a solution to a challenge, again.

08 27 2015 Kathleen Moore, Bella Del Mar  6 Hrs 400 pxlsInside the bay is the best fishing we have available to you in Puerto Vallarta for the moment. Warm water is still in the bay as currents are much slower to do their work with low circulation. For that reason and the fact that we have super abundance of bait in the bay, has drawn in some unexpected species. Sailfish are still hanging out around Los Arcos and three were boated just a few days ago. Freak fishing, you bet, but we´ll take it. We´re seeing Cubera Snappers at the river mouths for trolling and Jigging, Jack Crevalls at 35 to 50 lbs, Snook to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals. You know except for the freak Sails around La Cruz and Los Arcos it´s all going to be small fish amigos.

The bite is still happening around 11:00 a.m so plan accordingly to take full advantage of a four hour fishing trip. Otherwise you could be coming in when the bite is just starting. Water temperatures are a mess. We don´t know if they´ll go back up or stay where they are now. But we do know this, things change quickly and if you give it a few days things will change again for the better. Right now we´re seeing 76 degree water which is about as cold as it will get, so it should mix in with the warm water and who knows, maybe it will make the fishing hold out until after new years. The best baits to use right now are Goggle Eyes as they´re turning ¨everyone’s¨ head. The shrimp and Red Tuna Crabs have left the area with the currents. I´m not sure if that´s a good thing or a bad thing, but it´s a thing we have to deal with. Bullet Bonita, Bullet Skippies are also a great choice if you can find them. For lures it´s the same again, Petroleros of brown, green and purple, Iguanas of Yellow and Green to mimic Dorado baits, Pink / Blue and Blue / Silver are good place to start.

UpDate: Like the article says wait three days and things can change. Not that things have changed dramatically but there seems to be some warm water fish coming back in. Today (12/30/2016) Magnifico boated and released two Striped Marlin and a nice Dorado at 35 lbs. Two days ago Corbeteña has no fish, not even Jack Crevalls and now it looks like for today anyway there were decent fish at Corbeteña. For now El Banco is still barely breathing, but We´re seeing the area around Punta Mita to El Morro coming to life a little also with some Dorado and Sailfish a touch more abundant, but nothing automatic. Inside the bay we´re still seeing Sailfish, freak thing, but there you go. There are some Dorado being boated around Puta Mita points north to Guyabitos where you can see Sails and Striped Marlin as well, but you´ll need to plan a ten hour day for this. All and all the fishing has improved a bit, but it´s not good by any measurement. Water temperatures are still around 78 degrees, up a touch from the 76 degrees reported here, but it seem Dorado are hanging at areas where there is plenty of bait and some swirling warm currents. So it´s not ¨Doom & Gloom¨ as the report suggest any longer…YeHa!

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

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01 17 2013 Magnifico Dorado, Marietta Islands

Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm Water Species Return, Blue Water

Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm  Water Species Return, Blue Water

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
12-16-2016-guanatuna-dorado-650-pxls-mbtext-2For the last two weeks I have not posted a fishing report because things changed so drastically i didn´t want to put the ¨Doom and Gloom¨ down on everyone. We had water temps drop in ten days form 87 degrees to 74 degrees. It was when the cold snap happend a few weeks ago:

The water got dirty, the swirling currents mixed up the sediment on the ocean floor bottom and frankly to me it looked like the fishing season was over just when things were finally, finally getting back to what PV was famous for fishing wise. Every warm water species bugged out, or found warm spots in the ice water we had move in. That was two weeks ago, things have changed, thank the fish gods for that. Watert temps gradually moved back up to 80 degrees presently. Dorado, Sailfish and even Wahoo came back into the area and now things look great for the next few weeks anyway.

I never really paid much attention to currents, water temperatures or the like until I started writtting this fishing report when I took over the company in 2004. Now after years of paying attention I´ve learned that El Nino is not something that just ¨ends¨ like turning a light switch off. No, rather it´s a slow process, a washing machine effect on currents and water temps. Now finally it looks like we´re in a normal pattern after perdictions of La Nina coming in immeadeately after wards as can happen.

Having said all that, we move into the present conditions which are not perfect, but we can work with it. Bait is moving back into the area in the form of two inch Shrimp, you know the shirmp that cost too much and the fish are eating it for free! Red crabs came in also, so we know the Yellowfin Tuna will soon follow. But the Shrimp and Tuna Crabs are examples of a normal current returning. We see this happen every spring and winter and is normal. A normal we like to see. So for the record, we´re getting back to a normal seasonal flow and that is a good thing. Now on to this weeks fishing report….

Dec. 20th, 2013

A little better than two weeks ago we had perfect conditions when it comes to fishing. High Visibility Blue Water, perfect water temperatures, plenty of fish and plenty of bait. A combination made in fishing heaven, but that changed quickly with a super frigid current that pushed down the west coast all the way to Mexico. If you remember the cold snap in the news, it all started then. Now I am glad say that the water temperatures that at one time hit 74 degrees are back to 80 degrees and climbing slowly back to where we would like to see them. Yes folks, the scare is over and we now have Wahoo, Wahoo!

The new challenge this week, and there is always a new challenge, is a bait issue. Yes folks we´re seeing the Tuna or Red Crabs come back in with massive amounts of small, one to two inch shrimp. Everything is getting its fill of these succulent crustaceans and frankly they´re not looking at other live bait offerings! But we can work with this issue, cold water is another thing.

12-17-2016-hector-marlin-02-800-pxls-mbtextCorbeteña: The water is high visibility blue now and the water temperatures are back up to 80 degrees. We have Blue and Black Marlin from 400 to 600+ lbs, Sailfish, Dorado to 40 lbs, Yellowfin tuna to 50 lbs, Wahoo at 60 to 80 lbs and the ¨locals¨ are jumping everywhere. Down side, those shrimp are everywhere and even the Marlin are hitting them. One trick that could work, bullet Skippies or Bonito. That will turn their heads, good luck finding them. Try around the Marietta Islands on the way out and you hit a home run amigo. Goggle Eyes are finally working if you can´t get a bullet bait. El Banco or The Bank: Pretty much the same story amigo. But remember things can change drastically from now until ¨then¨ so ckeck conditions regularly.

The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita / El Morro, the whole area has come to life and we´re seeing Rooster fish (30 to 50 lbs) for the first time since I don´t know when off the back side of El Morro and around the reef areas of the Marietta Islands, but the shore areas are alive also so remember that with Roosters. Dorado of course at 25 to 30 lbs, Sailfish, and even the possibility of 60 lb Wahoo off the back side of El Morro towards Corbeteña. Don´t be afraid to use a little fuel in this area, there are fish to be had finally in an eight hour day fishing trip!

12-15-2016-buddy-jacks-03-450-oxls-mbtextInside the bay we´re still seeing Jack Crevalls which are filling up on Shrimp as well, Bonito to 35 lbs, Freak Sails around Los Arcos and La Cruz still. Snook in front of the rivers mouths and along the shore in rocky areas. Sierra Mackerals, possible Dorado around Yelapa along with some football Yellowfin Tuna to 40 lbs. Four hour trips are catching a nice selection of fish and the whales are back in the bay. You´ll have the extra pleasure of seeing Moby Dick at rest in the bay amigos!

The Bite has been a moving target and mid day seems to be the best, but get out before 9 to be safe. Water Temps are increasing from the 74 they were last week to the present 80 degree mark so we expect fishing to continue for at least a few more weeks… months no! Baits: With all the shrimp and Red Crabs it´s hard to get a bait in front of these fish that will turn their heads. But as mentioned earlier Goggle eyes seem to be doing the trick, so give it a try. As far as lures go, same stuff, petrolerso, inguanas of green and yellow with black flecks or stripes.

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

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