Sailfish, Dorado, Stripers, Now You See Em, Now You Don’t

                       Sailfish, Dorado, Stripers, Now You See Em, Now You Don’t

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

Amazing Dorado, Very Unusual around Los Arcos right now in the winter season… !

One thing about the world of fishing is you never really know what’s happening from day to day. Fish move, water temperatures change, nothing stays the same for long. Some days you’re all smiles, others you’re not. Those “demanding” to catch fish will rest assured there are fish to be had amigos. Now if you’re going to be picky, then you could get upset and still have a great day of fishing. For now some summer species are cruising Los Arcos making short day trips worth their weight in Dorado!

Sailfish at Corbetena and Punta Mita

This past week we’ve seen some action happening around Corbetena, but not many boats are heading out this far as you can get the same species much closer in. Sailfish are not as thick as they were last week as water temperatures now are cooler than inside the bay. If you find yourself in this area use As a result is the entire fishing community is targeting other locations. Still there are the normal players of Jack Crevalls, Sailfish on an iffy basis, Dorado to 35 lbs are possible, but they’re also in closer to shore. Unless you’re looking for Cubera Snappers which are in the 50 lb range there is little reason to head to this world class location. Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 lb range are a moving target, in reality heading this way is not the best use of your fuel dollar, straight up amigos, that’s the deal! Apply this logic to El Banco and you’ll save your money.

Caught off Sayulita, only one this day, haven’t seen more since

Those looking for late, late season Dorado 25 lbs will still have a decent chance at the buoy at Punta Mita. If you’re looking for Sailfish or Striped Marlin, yes I said Marlin, six to ten miles off the point on a 300 heading northwest,  you’ll put yourself in the right place to maximize your chances. The down side is once again they move. Another downside is the water temperatures drop the farther you go from the shore line. That’s right the water is warmer in the bay, than outside the bay. It explains a-lot. Throw in Jack Crevalls running to 50 lbs, Bonito in

Rooster Fish Quill as he’s chasing a bait at Sayulita

the 30 lb range, Skip Jack Tuna, with a possible Rooster fish near Sayulita and you’ll have a fun day with a shot at larger “wrong” season species. El Morro has 25 lb Football Tuna as well. HEY, give it a shot if nothing happens to your liking, come back in the bay and get some guaranteed arm burning action. One thing to remember if you’re seriously looking for Sailfish heading north of Punta Mita will just increase your chance of boating a billfish. But it’s fishing and it could turn up being a bad idea. Where there were Football Yellowfin Tuna around El Morro has fizzled out. But we’re seeing “some” Rooster Fish in the area and this is a favorite location for this demon species. So the entire area between Punta Mita, El Morro and the Marietta Islands are active fishing grounds and worth the time / money.

Inside the bay is surprisingly active. With water temperatures over 75 now in the bay, it seems most of the warmer water is in the area around Los Arcos. The bait available in this area is insanely abundant. Still seeing Krill Squid and Shrimp, red in color all over the place. Sardines, Goggle Eyes, Skip Jack Tuna, you name a bait, it’s out there. And where there’s bait, there’s normally fish chasing them. We’ve had Dorado in the 25 lb range up around Los Arcos. There are some deep channels in the area that make this spot exceptional in times like these. It’s winter fishing now, but with Sailfish and Striped Marlin in the area anything but anything is possible. Jack Crevalls are everywhere and here’s a secret, they’re full of eggs. This will explain the appetite they’ve had lately. Soon it will mean our “bread and butter” fish will not be biting as they lay eggs, stay tuned. Bonito in the bay is great eating and anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs. Sea Bass are still around the Ameca River at 20 lbs up. For anyone looking to catch fish and save some money, the a four our six hour trip in the bay can be as good if not better than the longer duration trips, so put the “little woman” in a spa and head out, buy the time she’s done getting “beautiful” you’ve be ready for that “beauty”! What you do with that “beauty” is up to you…ha ha.

Water temperature are strange at best this week, in the bay it’s 72 degrees. Punta Mita is 75 degrees and El Morro it’s 72 degrees. Deep water locations are same range for now. Normally this is frigid water to these species, but when bait is everywhere, why leave? The Bite has been a little strange this week, it seems a mid-tide time is the best time to hit it hard. With a bite happening late afternoon it’s not the best idea heading out too early. I’d leave around 9, then the 1:00 to 3:00 pm bite is timed perfectly. So sleep in a bit and let the other guys miss the bite. Baits are an interesting subject this week. Seems dead Goggle eyes work as well as live bait for Sailfish right now. So put that bag of tricks to the test and see what happens amigo. Red colored lures are a good place to start!

2/14/2018 Nutshell UpDate: Ok, Jack Crevalls are all full of eggs so they’re hitting anything that looks like food.. Several Striped Marlin strikes lately about six miles off Punta Mita to the north west. Some Rooster fish around the Buoy of Punta Mita with Dorado. Jack Crevalls are in the bay like Ants, just millions in the bay and they’re hungry for now. Some larger Dorado in the bay running 40 lbs, surprising yet they’re there. Still some 25 lb Football Tuna at El Morro area. Not seeing too many Snappers these days… Fish are taking baits now easily and the fishing is improving for now. Not so “iffy” but it can still be frustrating. Good luck and have fun amigos enjoying the special moments of your life! 

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

Amberjacks at the Marietta Islands!

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Colder Water Doesn’t Mean Bad Fishing, Fish Abundant

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

It |seems Jack Crevalls are everywhere, fun to catch, strong fighters and we normally can find them. Not considered good eating, but the nationals seem to like them just fine!

After last week’s severe drop in water temperatures due to cold currents pushed down by northern storms water temperatures have snapped back a little. This week we’ve seen the water warm up a little so we’re seeing some, not many, summer species like Dorado still lingering taking advantage of the plentiful bait conditions. As we move deeper into the winter season these lingering Dorado will be moving out. In fact I’m surprised we still have even small numbers of Dorado and Blue Marlin, but they’re out there for the very lucky. So keep this in mind, just because there are “some” out there, doesn’t mean you’ll be the lucky one to boat a Marlin, but then again you may.

This week the area around Corbetena has seen some different action, Cubera Snappers at 50 lbs are picking up in numbers but not super abundant. Sailfish have been seen around the area but only a few have been boated. The ones that were caught have been nice sized running over 120 lbs! Secret here the Sails are taking dead baits, go figure. You have some Striped Marlin and Blue Marlin still roaming the area. Mid-week was very active around the “Rock” but it’s iffy at best. You can have a great time one day, the next is dead. You’ve of course got Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Spinner Dolphin will have 40 lb Yellowfin Tuna running with them as well. Amber Jacks are starting to move in as well at 40 lbs. If you’re in PV and you have a bucket list dream fish, then give it a try. For everyone else the area is on the downswing and may be worth a shot, but the backup plan should be hit the area around Punta Mita.

El Morro and surrounding area has been surprising lately with some nice size Dorado at 25 to 40 lbs happened for a few days this week. Not many people heading towards this area but those that did hoping for Sailfish got very lucky. People in this area also have seen many Sailfish as well, but the simple fact there is so much bait out there that the local species are stuffed. You can find fish, including some football Tuna from 25 to 45 lbs, but they’ll most likely not be taking baits either. One trick that has been working is red feathered lead head lures. Nothing fancy, but they’re doing the trick. With all the Krill and Squid that are red tinged in color lures like this can save the day. Jack Crevalls are picking up in numbers here, Bonito are 30 lbs. The area around Punta Mita though is still on and off. With Spinner Dolphin in the area, you’ve got a 75% chance of finding Football Tuna running with them. Dorado can be around the buoy and of course ten miles off the point you can still run into Striped Marlin at 200 lbs and other smaller Marlin in the 150 lb range, throw those babies back. If jigging in this area Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers are available so give it a shot.

Mixed bag of Bay fish, not huge, but fun for smaller anglers or those looking for table fare….

Inside the bay we’re still having a party. Jack Crevalls are all over the bay and running just under 50 lbs. Sierra Mackerels are great tasting and abundant. So don’t pass them by because they’re at 20 lbs or under, they taste great. Bonito are all over at 30 lbs, Skip jack Tuna are in the 7 lb range. Black Sea Bass have been in front of the rivers, the Ameca river especially just north of Marina Vallarta, just circle the drop off and use your fish finder, electronics can make the difference. There are some Snappers in the area, but you can always get “pan sized” Snapper if you’re willing to do some light tackle fishing around structure. For the next several months you can expect this smaller fish type of action, but these fish fight like demons and you don’t need to “break the bank” to afford a short day fishing in the bay. Put Whales and Manta Rays in the picture and you’ve got a great day on the water. FYI, when you see whales, there is a strong probability that there will be no fish in the area. Basically they don’t want to be a Whales Breakfast, so keep that in mind. Whales in the area means there probably isn’t anything around that would be interested in your bait.

For now a four or six hour fishing charter is your best value. For the guy looking for a finned fantasy then you can still have a shot at a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. A great fishing plan would be head out for an eight hour trip, if things just don’t happen come back into the bay and look for the birds, you’ll have arm burning action before you know it! The bite is finally moving a little earlier in the morning, be sure to arrive at your favorite fishing grounds before 9 a.m. So you’ll be getting up early again. Water temperatures have recovered a bit going back up to 74 degrees from last week’s 64 chill current from hades! As far as baits go, with so much natural bait available it’s surprising how dead bait many times is working better than live bait. Also if you don’t have any small lures, feathers this week are preferable in the one to three inch range will do the job when nothing else will.

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

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“Give it a try” Fishing, Drastic Drop in Water Temps

   

                              “Give it a try” Fishing, Drastic Drop in Water Temps

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

Yellowfin Tuna at the Gaff, Running with Spinner Dolphin

We’ve had a roller coaster week when it comes to fishing in our world famous Bay of Banderas. We’ve been pretty lucky with relatively warm water temperatures lingering later than usual into late January.  This week we’ve seen dramatic changes in water temperatures which means we’re square in the middle of winter fishing with cold water species picking up in numbers as the warm water species bug out. While not surprising or devastating it doesn’t stop people from coming into the shop looking for Moby Dick! Human High Season and Fishing High Season are at opposite ends of the calendar amigos!

We all know that Corbetena and El Banco are world famous locations to check off that Bucket List fish you’ve dreamed of. But for the next four or five months we’ll be looking at completely different species. Smaller species but no less fun to catch. Normally for some strange reason we will have freak occurrences of Sailfish north of San Pancho. Species like Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks, Bonito, Jack Crevalls to name a few will be taking over the rock and El Banco. Now most people don’t head out 35 miles for species you can readily catch at the Marietta Islands or even closer in. That means for the most part people will be ignoring these famous deep water locations. For those still hoping to find a stray Striped Marlin or Sailfish can still have them if you’re willing to “give it a try”. For those with less disposable income I’d suggest shorter days and smaller species expectations. I have been getting reports of even Dorado at Corbetena, but that would be one out of five boats for the whole day. Not a good percentage of success if you ask me. So for now your best bang for your fishing dollar, for the average person that is, would be closer in, straight up. So if you’re lucky give it a shot, if on a budget save your money on a shorter day with plenty of action. Then tell the wife it’s because you want to be with her and not spend the whole day away. If she buys that let me know, it never worked for me!

Nice Amberjack at the Marietta Islands

Again it’s that time of the year when the area around the Marietta Islands will once again come to life as they are now. We’ve seen Amberjacks to 45 lbs around the Marietta Islands andEl Morro. Pompano are also picking up in numbers and size to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls are picking Up in numbers again. Red Snappers are a possible in the 10 to 25 lb range, maybe larger. Rooster fish normally follow Sardines into the area, but we’ve seen this general rule fall apart all last year so you can’t really get excited about the Sardines moving in. What is exciting is there have been Spinner Dolphin around the area with Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at about 40 lbs running with them! But the simple fact is when you see Spinners there is most likely Football Tuna running with them. It’s Not a perfect rule, but it works. We’ve seen some smaller Blue and Striped Marlin cruising the area about three to seven miles off shore so keep your eyes peeled. For those looking for some great action with hopes of a Sail or Striped Marlin then “give it a try” amigos.

Jack Crevalls, Strong, Plentiful and a lot of fun to catch!

Inside the bay we’re still firing on all cylinders! Skip Jack Tuna are running large in the bay at 15 lbs, but they’re full of these red Krill Squids and Shrimps or what I call “Whale Chowder”. It’s like a cloud where the Whales are just swimming with their mouth open in a “fishy” smorgasbord! Put the massive Sardine bait balls along the flying fish and you’ve got fish heaven in the bay. Sailfish are also feeding on this abundance of bait as is every other fish in the bay. Having said that Jack Crevalls are in the 30 to 50 lb range, Bonito to 35 lbs, Red Snappers are 20 lbs around structure or in schools in the bay. Black Bass, yes I said Bass at 20 lbs or larger are at the Ameca River mouth just a few minutes by boat from Marina Vallarta. When the swells calm down and the shore break is smaller there is a great chance you’ll find good sized Rooster Fish as well. Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs are almost automatic. Yes there’s plenty of action to be had in a four to six hour fishing trip amigos. We may be sliding into Winter Fishing now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great day fishing, but don’t expect Moby, he’s vacationing in Costa Rica right about now.

As mentioned we’ve seen massive amounts of bait move into the bay, that’s the biggest reason Whales hang out here! Flying fish of three inches are inside the bay as well, Google Eyes are working well, but dead bait is also working, go figure. Remember if using squid jigs, red is the color to use. Water temperatures have dropped significantly this week from 74 degrees to 64 degrees. That is a monster change and explains the cool weather we’ve been having. When this happens it’s like the closing curtain on summer fishing. You don’t have to like it, but there’s nothing you can do about it. The bite once again due to tidal movements is still mid to late morning! Figure being where you want to be around 09:30 and hope for the best. There are days when overstuffed fish will not take baits so the bite is a generality depending on if the fish in the area want to take a look at your presentation.

Tip of the week: For all my local friends, we’ve all complained about the long liners coming into the area and setting their illegal long lines in the best fishing areas. You ever wonder how they know where to set their long lines? Well it’s called “listening to the radio”! As we all get fish, we call out the location to our friends on other boats to come and join the party. Guess who is listening, the Long Liners of course. When sharing your fish location information, stop using the radio and call your friends… ask them for their number and call them, don’t announce this information on the radio or you’ll soon have a bunch of illegals infringing on YOUR fishing grounds amigo. So keep this in mind, share info with your cell phone, cut the Long Liners out and we’ll all have better fishing… 

Until next week, Don’t forget to kiss Your Fish!

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Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

                Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

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

 

Capt Chema Jr from our Super Panga with a sizeable Dorado. As water temperatures drop their numbers are dropping like a rock. Dorado like this now are very rare and in a week or so they will be gone for the winter.

Once we get past the second week of January we normally see water temperatures drop. This is when the warm water species begin bugging out if they haven’t left already. Sailfish are widely spread out and thinning in numbers. Dorado can still be had, but again this is a summer species that’s hanging around for the bait. Jack Crevalls, which normally move in when the winter season starts are here and growing in numbers. All and all the summer fishing season is over, expectations now for Billfish is not realistic any longer. Fishing is still great, but from this point forward its great winter fishing amigos. Don’t be disappointed, be happy there is arm burning action for the family!

Corbetena has been “hanging” on when it comes to Striped Marlin to 250 lbs and Sailfish of nice size. Dorado are mostly closer in or in the bay. You can still get some Football Tuna in the 20 to 40 lb range if you find the Spinner Dolphin which are running between Corbetena and El Banco. I see pictures of other companies with Sailfish and Marlin in this area, but frankly I haven’t seen any Billfish come out of this area for a few days now. For those looking to take a chance, then go for it. If you’re a little short on patience, then I’d suggest a shorter day with a more certain result. These days it’s difficult to give a decent report on El Banco aka The Bank. Most people that “stop” there are either on their way to the Tres Maria Islands fishery or on their way back. For now Corbetena is going to be slow at best until June.

Nice sized Jack Crevalls are moving into the area in large amounts. Strong fighters and abundant this species is the dominant fish locally for the next five months or so.

For those looking for more reliable action the area from El Morro to Punta Mita is still showing signs of summer species life. Dorado are being boated daily, but not by everyone. Sailfish are thin at best, by that I mean they’re widely spread out. No concentrations and frankly “iffy” is an optimistic term in this case. Having said that some nice sized Dorado larger than 20 lbs have been around the buoy and any floating debris. Six miles off the beach of the Four Seasons Hotel Striped Marlin up to 250 lbs seem to be more abundant. Sailfish also are running closer to shore as well and will take a dead Goggle eye if you run one in front of them. One issue is with so much bait in the water you may have fish in the area you don’t know about there and won’t strike as they’re stuffed. For now I suggest an eight hour day, give the Stripers, Sailfish and Dorado a shot. If nothing happens, and there’s a good chance you can blank, then target the Jack Crevalls at 40 to 50 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs, Maybe find the Spinner Dolphin with 30 lb Yellowfin Tuna Footballs running with them. It’s worth a shot!

Snapper or Pargo as the locals call them are very good tasting and while not many in numbers this will increase with time.

Those looking for shorter days and more reliable “action” would be best suited for a four or six hour fishing day in the bay. Many times in the last few weeks the bay fishing has been better than the more expensive deep water locations. With the super abundant bait of Krill Squids and Shrimps the “locals” are just swimming with their mouth open. We are still seeing the freak 25 lb Dorado around the Los Arcos area with an occasional Sailfish. Jack Crevalls are kinda funny. Sometimes they don’t come up for bait or the bite. Other days they’re cruising the surface and are easy pickings, so they’re not automatic by any stretch of the imagination. Bonito from 10 to 35 lbs have been running with Spinners, but they are free swimming as well in the bay. Snappers at 10 lbs are coming in around the structure areas, small but great for eating. Sierra Mackerels are also great tasting at 15 lbs they should not be ignored. For now until things change bay fishing is your best option. Four hours gets us to where the fish were yesterday, six hours lets us find where they are today. With bait moving all over the bay rapidly, six hours is just a little insurance amigos.

Pictured here are some Sierra Mackerels and Arctic Bonito which is “tuna” in local cans. Smaller game fish for sure, but great tasting. Don’t pass these by hoping for larger fish because they’re great tasting and guarantees something for dinner. They will get larger, but this is on the average size. Perfect for younger Anglers or guys like me that love the flavor! You don’t have to catch Moby Dick to have a great fishing day!

We’ve seen the water temps drop three to four degrees this last few days which is drastic. Jacks and Bonito love it, so do Sierra Mackerels, but we’re moving into winter fishing as is normal at this time of the year. The bite for the fifth week straight is still after 10:00 in the morning so plan your departure accordingly. Bait is a bit of an issue. With Sardines moving in rapidly in large numbers the bait balls are impressive. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Squids, you name it. It’s hard to turn a fishes head when they’re not interested in your presentation. What’s really weird is many times dead bait works best. One thing for sure the fishing is not easy and the baits that work are changing by the hour. Make sure you have a full range of lures, dead bait and live bait at your disposal. You’ll most likely go through all your bag of tricks to find something that works.

Ok, I’m starting a tip of the week thing to help you negotiate fishing charters when looking for a boat. It seems these days there are web sites all over the place promising the best fishing experience in PV. But they have no reviews anywhere on the net to review who they are and review professional opinions of their performance. TripAdvisor comes to mind. First go to TripAdvisor and review the comments. This is not a perfect way to find a fishing company, but it’s a good place to start. Make sure they have a physical location where you can walk in and talk with the agents or Captains etc. Many internet companies are legit, but without some ability to review them professionally you’re just another person rolling the fishing dice. Now those TripAdvisor review are very easily corrupted. that means anyone can get friends, family or even services to put positive comments up on T.A. making you believe they have a long history and superior service. Lots of comments mean really nothing. My TripAdvisor has a few negative comments, mostly from people trying to TA Blackmail us, but nobody is perfect. Look at the reviews, look for detail, not just a one liner. When you feel good about the list of pic’s, then call them directly. You’ll get a feel for what the company is by the person on the phone. When they ask for a deposit you want to hold the boat, but half down on a company you don’t know is a little risky at times. A hundred dollars is all i want for a Down Payment or Deposit. You should expect some sort of confirmation letter with the transaction details, Meeting instructions, name of the boat and a persons name who you are going to meet. A picture of that person is always appreciated so you know who to look for in the morning. 

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If you have local friends that can personally refer you to a reliable company that would be the best place to start amigos! Nothing beats local knowledge. But never give a large deposit to a person walking independently. You have no legal recourse if your deposit is ripped off and there is no boat or person to meet in the morning. I hate to say it but i see this all the time. They will have “iffy” slips with no company name and no address. You may have a phone number, but mostly they are either bogus, don’t work or frankly the guy you gave the deposit to isn’t answering the sucker they are ripping off! But your biggest protection is the Sectur Licenses required the last couple of  years to be a legit fishing or tour company. It’s a federal license, not a local license. They are now finally enforcing this new license requirement but many still don’t have it. Ask them for this, it may be in work, but if they don’t know what you’re talking about, walk away. Never tell any person or promoter when you are leaving, you are basically telling them when they can return to that area and he can find his next victim. So start with TripAdvisor, make a phone call and get a feel for the company from the agent. Send small deposits, just enough to hold the boat. After all you’re looking to hold the boat in your name so $100 usd is more than enough. That way if you do have an issue, you didn’t lose a significant amount. Next week we’ll discuss the initial basic questions you should ask long before you ask for the price. 

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

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On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

                          On Again Off Again Thin Fishing, Dorado, Striped Marlin

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

 

Just a few miles off the point of Punta Mita Sailfish are possible, but it’s mostly luck these days!

As is normally the case, coming into the middle part of January we’re seeing the abundance of warm water species start to thin out. Amazingly enough water temperatures are at 79 degrees. Which is a comfortable temperature for if you’re a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. Once again this week the bay continues to be an “all you can eat bait smorgasbord”. It’s like people going to a food fair, we just have to try everything until we can’t put another “anything” in our mouth. But we do anyway. Same deal, the “locals” have so much to eat you have to find the one with the “munchies”. That may sound dire, but in reality for right now we’re doing well and you can get fish to take baits. If you’re looking for more of a sure thing fishing, you have the bay with action at the ready. Yes we have good fishing, but it’s never automatic amigos. For the last week or so I’ve been suggesting shorter days closer in. For the person looking for larger fish and willing to take a chance, then there are larger fish to be had.

Last week we were looking at a heavy duty full moon and it did seem to effect the fishing, but we’ve moved past that now so we’re actually seeing some warm water species hanging around El Banco and Corbetena this past week. The same week I told you to avoid this area, so much for my crystal balls stats! At El Banco some 10 to 15 miles out you’ll find 250 lb Striped Marlin, Sailfish are also in the area. Look for Spinner Dolphin which are running with Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 to 45 lb range. There could be some Dorado around the high spots but no one has reported any. If in the area worth dropping some baits. Corbetena has been much the same as El Banco with Striped Marlin in the 250 lb range. There was a 500 lb Blue Marlin hook-up this week but it was lost at the gaff. Possible Dorado in the 25 lb range. If you find Spinner Dolphin or birds head in that direction! Your chances of boating fish in these areas is just a bit better than 50 / 50.

Lots of Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals around Nuevo Vallarta and the River Mouth

El Morro is seeing Cubera Snappers at 40 lbs, Punta Mita is still running with 25 lb Dorado or so around the buoy and a touch farther out. 6 to 8 miles off shore you’ll find Striped Marlin as well with possible Sailfish. Not a bad area to head out to and your chances of boating fish are better than farther out. There are plenty of Sierra Mackerels at 12 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and of course there are Jack Crevalls all around the area including the Marietta islands. Eight hours are worth the effort. A worst case scenario is head back into the bay and get smaller game fish action.

Those looking for shorter and less expensive days will find the bay is still alive with arm burning action with the extra advantage of Whales. Bonito are more abundant from 20 to 30 lbs over by Yelapa with some Skippies as well in the 12 lb range and tasty. Sierra Mackerels can be found in the middle of the bay or around the Ameca River on a daily basis. Smaller in size they make up for it in flavor on the table. Don’t ignore these when you come across them. Dorado are still being caught by the lucky in the 20 lb range by Los Arcos as is the freak Sailfish. With plenty of Sardines in the bay you’d think we’d have Rooster fish, but those that are here are small, too small to keep. With massive amounts of bait fish in the bay it’s amazing we’re getting anything to take a bait. Goggle eyes, Flying fish, Sardines, Krill Squid and Shrimp, but they’re all moving. This means if you come across a hungry fish, you’ve got action, good luck with that one amigos! I still suggest six hours in the bay allowing you find where they’ve roamed to today.

Beautiful Bait

If as I discussed La Nina Last week, the fishing for the near term will remain normal with winter species hanging around in the cooler winter waters. When summer comes along we’ll know how deep this is going to be. It could be a little later in the year for us to see warm water species. But this also means they hang around a little longer so this time next year will be good fishing. Then again I consulted my crystal ball, I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for the best. For now water temperatures are holding at 78 / 79 degrees. A touch chilly for Marlin, but with abundant bait they’ll hand around for the easy meal. Bait in the bay is super abundant. As mentioned earlier Sardines are in the area, Flying fish at five inches, Google eyes, Krill Squids and Shrimps and of course the list goes on. The funny thing is when it comes to baits or lures to use this week, trolling dead baits and lures are working best. Go figure. The bite after six weeks now is still anywhere from 10 to 11:30 as the tides have a very subtle change this quarter. Early morning types are not doing themselves any favors getting to the fishing grounds too early, so sleep in a bit, the bite is to your advantage right now.

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

Half a Super Panga, two people at this price, 8 hrs, $275 usd …. With a Quality captain, professional equipment and tackle. Ice, bait, English speaking captain… it’s a real fishing trip for the budget minded!

We have decided to continue our Shared Boat Fishing Parties! 2 people, half a super panga for eight hours heading to Punta Mita or El Morro area $275 usd (that’s for two people amigos) which makes this the cheapest fishing you’ll find in Puerto Vallarta. Contact us via email and put your name on the list so we can hook you up with others looking to fish a quality boat at a super dooper affordable price!

Our Malicon or Boardwalk Store at the Light House is rockin. Come visit us and see the new location and say hello to Carlos in the evenings, Ben in the days and who knows, maybe I’ll even be there to answer your questions about fishing or just talk things in general. We closed the store heading out to Conchas Chinas and moved to this new and better location, check out the map below…..

Come find us on the boardwalk, map below
My New Location on the Malicon at 480 Morelos is next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

One last thing: We have all sorts of new products, Beer coolers or Koozies are on their way after running out in a real hurry. We have new cool Posters, Coffee Cups, Shot glasses and Cell Phone waterproof protectors…. all affordable and fun!

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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Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

                           Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

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

Released Sailfish

Recently we’ve witnessed many oddities in our world famous fishing grounds. For weeks now we’ve witnessed cold swirling water mixed with warmer water temperatures that frankly are perfect for this time of the season. What this means is the warm water species are moving out, cold water species are moving in and they’re all mixed up in this fish bowl we call the Bay of Banderas. Targeting Marlin and Tuna at this time of the year is a diminishing prospect with chances of boating these treasured game fish dropping by the day. Having said that we still have some Dorado in the area and Sailfish. As the currents continue to swirl we’re also seeing species like Jack Crevalls move in with strong numbers and decent sizes. Needle fish are not exactly abundant, but increasing. Bonito are saving the day in the bay and even with all this “Swirling” going on there are still “some” Striped Marlin to be had. If you’re feeling lucky try an eight hour trip to Punta Mita. If you want more of a sure thing when it comes to action, a nice six hour bay trip will be fun, but you won’t be targeting Moby Dick!

Those heading out to Corbetena and El Banco have come back mostly disappointed this week. There is still abundant bait in the area, but that in itself is a problem. It’s a fish smorgasbord out there with so many different kinds of baits it’s tough to get them to turn their head in the direction of your “presentation” aka bait! Having said that we’ve seen the return of Spinner Dolphin which run with Football tuna (at 40 lbs) as they are now. Cuberra Snappers are not exactly “in” but there have been some boated. Regarding Sailfish and Striped Marlin, you’ve got a 50/50 chance, same goes for Dorado in the 25 lb range as well. Those with private boats are having fun and will catch these species but it’s not automatic and if you’re there for a few days you’ll have a great time. The guy that heads out for the day trip can find his time and fuel dollar better spent closer in.

Dorado are not automatic, but with a little luck you too could be in the picture

The area from El Morro and the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita will find conditions a little better. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs have been boated four to six miles off the point, Dorado are in the 25 lb range with Sailfish locally for the lucky. I mean all these species are a 50/50 shot. Out of ten boats, two will have come back with fish. So check your internal fishing meter as to what level of risk you want to take. Remember it’s fishing, a risk based sport at best…. Jack Crevalls and Bonito anywhere from 35 to 50 lbs are around the area and a super outside chance of a Sailfish on the Corbetena side of the island(s).

Inside the bay is still “Action City” with the same old players, even if they’re not where they’re “supposed” to be. Sailfish are still being boated occasionally around Los Arcos / La Cruz area as are Dorado from 20 to 30 lbs. Bonito are a stable species for the area and these are what we see in the local Tuna Cans. Running anywhere from 20 lbs to 45 lbs now you’ll have a great arm burning action day. Six hours is a great fishing day and a good value for your fishing dollar. Needle fish are still small but picking up in numbers. Striped Marlin is not impossible in the bay, but mostly not probable. Sierra Mackerels at 15 lbs, Snappers for the guy wanting table fare are in the 3 to 5 lb range. There is some nice action in the bay as long as you’re looking for fun and not Moby Dick!

Jack Crevalls are a fishing stable at this time of the year. Considered not the best tasting fish, Victors Restaurant in Marina Vallarta, yum!

The bite is still in the mid-morning time frame. It seems as the tide comes up is when the fish are striking, so follow the rising tide and that would be a good indication as to when to head out. Sleep in a little, it won’t hurt a thing. Water temperatures are still at 79, a constant for the last three weeks. Bait conditions are still excessive. Krill Squids and Shrimps, Three inch Squids, Flying fish, Sardines, it’s just crazy. No wonder the fish that are here are being picky. Then again, that’s why the Whales are here in big numbers this year, they’re just swimming around with an open mouth.

There have been several articles of late how we have a 75% chance of La Nina, the opposite of El Nino. We see the swirling currents coming up from the south which to the locals is the first indication. This may mean some last cold water situations for fishing. You can read more about La Nina here:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-la-nina-20161110-story.html and here:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.shtml

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

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A Big Bay of “Fish Soup”, Hot or Cold Just Depends

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

Wahoo between El Morro and Corbetena for the super lucky!

As we inch our way closer and closer to the winter season the holidays are upon us. Many holiday travelers hope to catch a bucket list fish during this time of the year. Most of the time we can provide this list item, but this year is different. We’re seeing cold currents continue, but they’re coming up from the south, not north. We’re also seeing these cold currents in a swirling pattern that means we have warm water species and cold water species all sharing the same neighborhood. With all the “crowding” there is still plenty of bait in the bay. Now this is normally a positive, but when there is so much bait that they don’t give your bait a look, this can be a bit of a problem. The up side, we have lots of fish to choose from! Those with a little luck will be going home with memories of a lifetime!

Amazingly water temperatures are still in the 80 degree range, dipping just a tad lower at times. What this means we have perfect conditions for warm water species like Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and others. We also have enough bait in the area to keep the “locals” interested as we move into the last stretch of high season for fishing. Corbetena has been improving with Sailfish, Blue Marlin in the 250 to 350 lb range, Yellowfin

Jack Crevalls are moving in again

Football Tuna are in the 40 lb range as well. Now they’re looking at all sorts of bait, so they may look at your presentation, then move on. This will drive you crazy. But they’ll take baits as well, so it just depends on what your target species comes across first. Dorado are still in the area, but they’re moving around. Where they were yesterday is not going to be where they are today. Fish move, they’re funny that way. Make sure you give yourself the time and a boat that will use fuel, which means not bargain boats. Many times bargain boats will not tell you there are fish off a bit in the distance as it would cost them money, impacting their bottom line. You on the other hand “thought” you paid to go fishing and you did. So make sure you ask the correct question along with “how much”! Some boats come in with fish, some don’t, it can all come down to fuel usage. With blue water, plenty of bait, you’re about a 70% shot at coming in with a Bucket list fish. El Banco is seeing fish as well, but with Corbetena running hot not many are using the extra fuel just to find no improvement on conditions. If targeting Marlin this is the best place to try as the numbers are greater in this area for the moment.

The eight hour trips taking you to El Morro / The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita point has been producing nicely. Dorado in the 30 lb range, Sailfish in the 90 lb range, Wahoo are in the area and taking baits, but catching them is not easy and they’re not a schooling species so they taste great and you’ll be lucky for sure. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs. With Blue Marlin over 300 lbs in the area you can essentially catch the same species at Corbetena, save money and if all fails, come back into the bay and hit the “freaks” hanging around La Cruz marina. With Sardines in the bay you’d have a Rooster fish expectation, but you’ll be disappointed. We had some larger Roosters last week, this week they’re much smaller. Throw in Jack Crevalls at 25 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and maybe even some 30 lb Snappers and you’ll have a fun day for sure.

Inside the bay is still and always will be great. Inside the bay we normally see smaller fish. Recently, well for some time now actually, we’ve seen Sailfish around La Cruz, Dorado around Los Arcos to 25 lbs, Needle fish to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerels running 15 lbs and tasty. Snappers are around the bait balls and in between the Bottle Nose Dolphin feeding on the abundant Krill squids and Shrimps. Maybe even some Yellowfin Footballs around Yelapa. Four hours will do the “trick”, but six hours give you some time to find them.

For three weeks now the bite has remained after 10 a.m. so getting up and hitting it too early may work against your cause, especially if you’re heading out for four hours. You could be back before the bite happens! Water temperatures remain surprisingly high at 78 to 80 degrees we move closer to winter with the swirling currents.

INSIDE INFORMATION YOU CAN USE: Since you’re here on the web page, getting your information fresh and unfiltered I have to say things fishing wise are up and down. The “Fish Soup” title is just that, you don’t know what  you’re going to get. For now we’re seeing Krill Shrimp and Squids that everything in the by just loves to eat. You can get lucky and find some fish that haven’t stuffed themselves. Then again, you could find fish that are so full they won’t take a bait, but they may take a couple of looks, then move on. Now that will drive you crazy! We’ve seen many Dorado and Sailfish from the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita. Some days this is the only place to be. The problem is fish move, so where they are today is not where they’ll be tomorrow, not surprising. The question is “Where are they today”? If my crystal ball would get back “online” i’d be able to tell you. But until then it’s a search to enjoy mission. With many boats in the bay, they have radios and know that people catching fish is good for the overall health of the Sportfishing industry. Now if you’re on a “bargain basement boat” with no radio, not only is this dangerous and illegal, they can’t hear the updates of where the fish are. Another thing to think about is the boat you reserved, did you get a great price just to discover the boat you’re on is trolling baits at ten miles an hour. Twice the real trolling speed, which means you’re not fishing as they create the perception that you are. It helps keep you from getting mad about the boat speed as other boats are passing you left and right. You may at this point get the idea that you’re getting exactly what you paid for. Nobody in your party ask how fast you head to the fishing grounds? Now you know. Your fishing time in the water reality is that at ten miles an hour it will take you two hours to get to the Marietta islands or Punta Mita. That’s two extra hours of fishing you don’t get! On top of that, you have no shot  at catching a fish, none! It is meant to make you think you’re “fishing” yet they know you’re not. Two hours to the Marietta Islands or Punta Mita point, and then they do the same “slow boat, fast troll” back to the Marina. On an eight hour trip, you got screwed out of at least two hours of real fishing. If you compare the time fishing vs the money you paid per hour of “real fishing” then you’ll understand your real cost. This is very common. With fuel prices jumping twenty percent in the last year and there have been more announcements of continued fuel increases of another twenty percent. That’s forty percent fuel increase in an already expensive market. Mexico has so many social programs connected to energy that with people using less fuel, the revenues are down as you’d expect. So they kicked up the cost even more to make up for the shortcomings. With fuel cost a constant factor in an already expensive activity those looking to save money should question what they’re getting for their money. Another inside fact about these boats is the captain more than 80% of them do not own their boats, that’s a fact. When they quote a price, they are cutting it to their quick. If for example the crew hears there are fish striking near by, the captain of the boat would need to kick it in gear and zip over to where the fish are and you’d expect they would. They won’t. The won’t go because if they use too much fuel the boat owner will take it from their pay. Or worse, take their pay and then fire the poor guy. Not all are like this, but a significant amount of them operate in this manner. So, if you’re looking at price exclusively, ask if the boat heads out at 20 plus miles per hour. Ask how much bait comes with the price of the charter. Many charge fishing licenses, walk away from any idiot that says that. Ask if the boat has a radio, i know that sounds strange but many don’t as they pay the port authority a mordida or bribe to operate an illegal boat! Do they have insurance, Illegal boats of course don’t. The Navy has just taken the daily operations of Marina Vallarta over in an effort to stop these boats from operating, but that’s only with licenses to operate legally. The slow boat “syndrome” is still legal so it’s a buyer beware scenario so asking the right questions are the most important part of the negotiations. But there is little you can do if they lie to you. If the price of the boat is the only question you’re asking, think about what i just put in writing here amigo.  

SHARED FISHING CHARTERS: We’re still running our hugely popular shared fishing charters 8 hr trips for $275 usd for half a beautiful Super Panga, good for two people, you’ll target Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish and Marlin. Just send us an email and let me know the dates you’ll be in PV and we will do our best to “Hook You Up” with others. We will do our best to match you up with others before you arrive in PV. Or if you arrive you’ll find our shop in the Marina Vallarta or on the Boardwalk to make your reservation. 

TOURS: For years I’ve pretty much ignored the “tours” and left that for others. I now realize I can save clients some time and money by helping them with tour reservations so you can book fishing charters and tours all at the same time! Call Benjamin for details … from the states: 011 52 322 222 6086 at our downtown boardwalk store… or locally: (322) 222 60 86  

OUR NEW LOCATION: We have vacated the other downtown location heading out to Mismaloya for our new digs on the Malicon. We’re still in Marina Vallarta as well with our new location on the Boardwalk or Malicon in spanish. You will find our great products, fishing charters and tours in both locations. My downtown store map is below and we’re open until 9 p.m. evenings. 

My New Location on the Malicon next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

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

Christmas is here and so are our shits online: Just click on the picture and it will take you to the Ebay site where we’re selling this one design!

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Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

                            Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

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

 

As we begin to wind down from the summer season into fall we’re seeing cold water currents moving into the area as we normally do. To me it seems a little early this year and indeed when you see cold currents coming up from the south, not north as normal you have recognize that there are some unusual conditions springing up. Because of this we’re seeing warm water species mixed in with winter or cold water species which doubles your fishing options. Those looking for Monster Marlin may be disappointed. The fishing is great, but just like a box of chocolates, you never know what exactly you’re going to get.

Wahoo between Corbetena and El Morro for the super lucky!

This week Corbetena and El Banco about equal when it comes to fishing. Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are still in the 350 to 500 plus lb range. The issue here is getting them to seriously consider your bait. We have massive amounts of Krill Squid and Shrimps that are just too tasty to ignore for all species. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Sardines in massive amounts and the list goes on. There are no issues for bait, if you’re a fish that is. If you’re a sportsman then you may have a slight problem with fish giving your “presentation” or bait a good hard look, then turning away. We can put you on fish, we can’t make them bite! Having said that, there are Marlin boated daily, you’ll be trolling the day away and there is not likely to be too many strikes, but there should be some if you’re patient. Dorado are still thin in numbers, the good news is they’re in the 30 lb range finally! Sailfish are participating nicely, when they’re hungry. We’ve also seen some Wahoo turn up in sparse numbers as they’re a non-schooling species. With mouths like a Gansu knife, if you’re not running wire leader and you catch one, that my friend is pure luck. Targeting Wahoo will mostly eliminate other species as you have to troll faster for them to pay attention to your bait, but they will. The only question is how long are you willing to give it all a try or quit?

For now very few are this sized, but they can be found if you’re willing to give it a chance.

The area around the Marietta Islands and El Morro Rocks are seeing Sailfish and Striped Marlin a few miles off in the direction of Corbetena. This is a strange time of the year, as mentioned many fish are not taking baits, partly because there are so many species right now in breeding season, they just don’t eat! Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 25 lbs, Needle fish possible to 25 lbs, Snappers are in the area from 10 to 30 lbs but they move in then out so it’s a moving target. All and all for an eight hour trip you’d be better off around the Sayulita Area from the point of Punta Mita where a few miles off the shore there are 30 lb Dorado, Sailfish and even some 250 lb Striped Marlin for the lucky!

Dorado in the bay!!

Inside the bay, we’re still seeing this “Crazy Fishing” where you can see just about any species you can think of. Snappers are moving in taking advantage of the Krill Squids and Shrimp like all the other players. Sometimes they find your bait before they find the massive bait balls which is your ideal situation, cross your fingers. Still, Dorado at 20 to 35 lbs anywhere around the Los Arcos area. Sailfish are still hanging in this area and around La Cruz. Rooster fish are much, much smaller this week which doesn’t make sense with the massive amounts of Sardines, but there you are. Jack Crevalls around 25 lbs, Sierra mackerel’s to 20 lbs, Bonito under 30 lbs, Skippies are breeding and not eating. Remember the bay fishing is always great, but when Whales are in the area, no matter how cool they are to us, fish think they want to eat them! So fishing around Whales can always be better. At that point you have to decide to watch the Whales or continue fishing. Normally you can’t do both, it just doesn’t work that way, keep this in mind. Six hours in the bay is perfect, time to find fish and still not keep the “little woman” waiting in the spa too long! Mid-day length trips are perfect for the vacation or occasional angler. Hard core types, you’ll have fun, but a Striped Marlin or larger in the bay is still a freak occurrence, which seems to be daily now. Stay tuned!

My Friend Brad Benter loves to get his picture taken with fish, I like showing them!

Bite with the full tide has been later around 10 or later. With no “Super” moon to light up bait fish we’ll most likely see some help fishing from a darker night sky. Water temperature are still at 79 at the deep water location, but 80 in the bay. As far as bait goes, I suggest live bait, dead bait for Marlin and lures (gucamayos, Petroleros) are best for the moment. Remember to tip your captains and bring cold beer in the morning as you can’t purchase beer before 9am amigos.  As a reminder, the holidays are coming soon and we’ll be out of boats to book early. If thinking of going on a boat for any reason, reserve early so you can guarantee you the boat you want during the coming few weeks, important so keep this in mind.

WaHoo !

If you haven’t been in the shop in a while, we’ve got a new location and we’re getting new products all the time… New this week, some super cool coffee mugs, Shot glasses, Lighters with fish and our logo, Koozies are on the way again and we have some new carry bags for groceries that fit over your shoulder. Today i ordered Calendars for the coming new year, Fish porn calendars… too fun!

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

Visit our new store:

My New Location on the Malicon next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…

Or our Marina Vallarta Location:

Marina Vallarta Location and Yes, We’re still alive, still in business! Don’t be fooled and know you know exactly where to find us! On the Boardwalk / Malecon, south end…

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Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

 Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

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

After all these years of writing articles many consider me an expert on the fishing world of Puerto Vallarta. For the moment we’re seeing some interesting conditions, primarily cold currents coming up from the south, not north. This is changing the water conditions and the species we’re presently seeing in the area. Yes we still have Marlin of all varieties, but we’re also seeing cold water species like Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerel’s and Needle fish mixed in with our normal summer species. The added “plus” side is that we have even more fish to choose from for your daily fishing list. The down side is this indicated the early arrival of winter waters. Stay tuned!

This week we’ve seen cold currents drop the water temperatures to right at 80 degrees, another significant drop and the second in two weeks. This hasn’t stopped the fishing any and Marlin are finally to be had at El Banco! Yes, I said El Banco as there have been some big Black Marlin in the 600 lb range taking live baits and sometimes ignoring your bait. Sailfish are also in the area as you’d expect, but the numbers are picking up as well. Dorado are also hanging around the “High Spots” where there are peaks that come as close as 60 ft from the surface. Normally a prime fishing location the whole summer has been less than interesting at this world famous fishing location. For now there is ample reason to head to El Banco to try for that Finned Fantasy you’ve always dreamed of. For once I can say that Corbetena is following El Bancos lead. Corbetenas main advantage as always is that it’s closer and cheaper to get to. With fuel prices and “time” always being too short Corbetena remains my first choice. Once again I should emphasize that the area between these two fishing ground is fertile as well. Many a Marlin has been boated in the deep canyons and channels in between, a fact the locals know all too well. Throw in some Cubera Snappers for the jiggers and the possibility of a Wahoo and cross your fingers! One interesting thing, the Skippies aka Skip Jack Tuna are all full of eggs. So for the next week or two you could find it difficult to get Skippies to take your bait, so you have bigger bait, make sense?

The area around Punta Mita to El Morro is alive with Flying fish. As a result there are 25 lb Dorado and good sized Sailfish cruising the area. Rooster fish are around the La Cruz Marina area north chasing Sardines that have been increasing in numbers for the last few weeks. Throw in the Jack Crevalls at 25 lbs that are increasing in number. Include a dash off Sierra Mackerel’s and 30 lb Needle fish then you’ve got a fun day ahead of you. Figure eight hours with the possibility of a rouge Marlin and a smile that won’t go away!

Needle Fish, they have a bill and they’re great “fighters” .. but they look a little weird… Great Tasting!

Inside the bay it’s just plain weird! We’ve seen water temperatures hold a little warmer than the deep water locations, an invasion of bait like Krill Squids and Shrimps. This means that most of the locals are stuffing themselves with this abundant food which can make it difficult to get them to pay attention to your presentation. Then there are those that take the bait quite easily and readily. I guess it just depends on if you get to them before they find the equivalent of a fish McDonalds! Dorado are hanging out at Los Arcos as are Sailfish. Dorado are not unusual, Sailfish are and they’re at La Cruz Marina as well, go figure. Buddy our Panga released a 250 lb Black Marlin four hundred years off the beach in front of the Sheraton and last week there was a 500 lb Black Marlin boated off La Cruz! Rooster fish off Estella Dera, between La Cruz and the point. For now many times the bay fishing has been better than the longer durations. But of course fishing is 70% skill and 90% luck, to use a Yogi-ism. For the recreational fisherman fishing in the bay is perfect. For the person looking for larger species the longer durations hold the possibility of a bucket list fish. Decisions, Decisions!

We’re seeing Red Snappers in the bay and around the area. Great tasting, but they are stuffing themselves with Shrimp and Krill Squids!

Water temperatures this week have dropped at the deep water locations to 80 degrees with swirling currents. But in the bay things are still on the warmer side of 83 degrees, this explains the warm water species of Marlin and Sailfish moving into the bay. Normally this is very unusual but for the last year we’ve seen this happen more and more. With bait on the constant increase, which is one reason the Whales are here, fishing if great. The bite for some reason is on the later side about mid-morning around 10:30 a.m.  So leaving too early will not help your cause amigos. For now live bait is king. With so much Krill Squid and Shrimps you may find making bait difficult as these fish are full! With Skippies getting ready to lay eggs they’ve been in a feeding frenzy but looks to have stopped as it’s time to now lay eggs. If you can make bait then fill those tuna tubes, even if it’s closer in, make it, could be difficult at the deep water locations!! As a reminder, the holidays are coming soon and we’ll be out of boats to book early. If thinking of going on a boat for any reason, reserve early so you can guarantee a boat during the holiday period here in Marina Vallarta. I always run out of boats to book and the best captains always go first, so keep that in the back of your mind.

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

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Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado in Unexpected Places!

                         Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado in Unexpected Places!                   

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

Just when you think you have things figured out, all tied up with a nice fish bow, everything changes. You’ll find Marlin at the deep water locations here in our world class fishing grounds. Then again, you could find a freak Marlin around Los Arcos. With Massive amounts of bait moving into the area as is normal for this time of the year, freaky fishing is possible. Now you may say “What does that mean”? Well when you see a 600 lb Blue Marlin boated in the bay, that’s “freaky”.

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As the opening paragraph indicates the fishing is erratic and unpredictable these days. The main reason for this is the massive amounts of Krill Squids of half an inch in length. But there are still incredible amounts of Flying fish, Sardines, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on. Because of this you could possibly find larger species in the bay than at Corbetena hitting a freak Marlin! Now you can’t plan on any of that so if you’re looking for Marlin you’re still better off taking a ten hour trip to Corbetena. In reality anywhere between Corbetena and El Banco can produce tournament winning sized fish, it just depends on how lucky you are. Many people seem to lock themselves into this idea that it’s either El Banco or we’ll go to Corbetena looking for world class species. The local secret is that anywhere in between these two locations are fertile fishing grounds. Ten miles off the rock heading north you’ll find a deep canyon that has produced many a tournament winner. This area right now could be better than El Banco or Corbetena on any given day. For now this entire area, including El Banco (which is nice to finally talk about) is alive with Black Marlin to 400 lbs and Blue Marin in the same size range. Sailfish are roaming everywhere and you’ll also find Dorado from 15 to 30 lbs here as well. My prediction is a Ten hour fishing trip will most likely put you on a Blue or Black Marlin, then again my crystal ball is a little murky.

The area from El Morro to the point of Punta Mita is alive again with Sailfish and Dorado to 25 lbs. The area off Punta Mita has shown signs of Rooster fish in the 40 lb range, but again nothing is predictable and the surf line will always have Roosters. If you hit one it will most likely be smaller if at all. Then again, anything is possible with the Sardines moving in. Some Striped Marlin have shown up lately right on time running in the 250 lb range. With eight hours you can most assuredly find some arm burning action.

Inside the bay is where we are finding surprises daily. Sailfish of 100 lbs have been caught here in the last week. One freak Marlin this week was at 600 lbs which was caught over the channel at Los Arcos Rocks! Highly unusual, but again with massive amounts of bait it’s not that surprising. Needle fish are now in the bay anywhere from 20 lbs to 35 lbs. Strong fighters, they’re a little weird looking with a small bill like a Sailfish would have. Jack Crevalls are around the rivers and moving into the middle of the bay chasing bait. Sierra Mackerels are delicious but normally not much larger than 20 lbs, don’t pass them up as they’re great eating. The area around La Cruz marina has been very active and some days it’s been on fire! For now anything is possible in the bay and short day trips can produce memories for a lifetime.

This Sailfish was caught in the bay near La Cruz Marina where it’s been a Sailfish hotspot!

Water temps have been up and down. Last week we had 87 degree temperatures at Corbetena, this week it’s 84, a significant drop which is more comfortable for the local fish population. Inside the bay it’s a brisk 82 degrees as the whales like it. When it comes to bait in the bay, when we see the Whales we know we’ll have what I call feeder baits. Krill squids and shrimps of half an inch in length are like clouds in the water. Sardines are moving in with bait balls the size of a Mack truck drawing attention. Flying fish are near the Point drawing in every hungry fish around. The bite has been a moving target as late, so be where you want to be by 8:00 a.m to be safe! 

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

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