Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!

                             Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!                   

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

Capt Kawi’s Monster Dorado, the pic says 50 lbs, but he days 65 lbs…. Girth matters!

The simple title pretty much says it all. Marlin are more abundant and larger. Dorado are increasing in size and Sailfish are all over the place. Yellowfin Tuna are still hanging around, but their size is around 40 to 60 lbs, no larger Tuna like last week, but this can change quickly. Conditions which were already good are now great with Blue water, comfortable water temperatures and plenty of bait make for a winning combination as High Season for Fishing is well underway. It’s time to join the party amigos, consider this your invitation.

10 ft Sailfish, Tournament sized for sure!

To put things simply, the fishing is better this week than it’s been in a year! With Blue water, super abundant bait, perfect water temperatures and all the main players around our world famous fishing grounds, you can’t go wrong. Short day, long day, just get on the water and join the party. Corbetena is the place to be this week once again. If you’re looking for a “Bucket” list fish, then now would be a great time to realize that dream with “hungry” Black and Blue Marlin roaming the area between El Morro and Corbetena. These Marlin are running anywhere from 300 lbs to over 500 lbs. Anything is possible right now, maybe even some “Ganders” at 1,000 lbs! Sailfish are all over this area and they’re fairly large. Dorado in larger sizes have finally showed up for some “recreation” as Capt Kawi hit a larger Dorado this week. Yellowfin Tuna are a little disappointing this week on the 40 to 60 lb range, but this will most likely change as the water temperatures are finally to their liking. A trip to this area will make you glad you spent those extra fuel bucks amigos. It’s time to break the piggy bank and come back with a smile and sore arms! UpDate: Oct 17th: Sharks are circling the Rock at Corbetena and if you’re running live bait, well they’re worse than Dophin because they’ll eat your lure, bait, hook, everything. So you could boat some 80 lb or larger Lemon sharks. If you’re a shark guy, this is great. But if you’re looking for Marlin, Tuna or Dorado, then this is frustrating! But you’re in luck, they’re all hitting lures now. So run Tuna Lures of Blue / gold bottom…. Iguanas or Gold and yellow with blue if you have it… Petroleros work also but not as well of purple, brown and green…maybe some orange will help. Cedar plugs for Tuna as well. Everyone is getting at least three strikes a day, Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish mostly. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 60 lb range but with massive amounts of Skippies around Corbetena and in the bay, with other vaired baits like Krill squids or Teeny tiny red crabs make it a smorgasbord all you can eat fish fast food. 

The area from Punta Mita to El Morro and the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting for so long it’s almost not worth mentioning. Yes there are Sailfish and Dorado around any clump of “crap” or log floating and that’s good news. Sailfish are sprinkled throughout the area but can run “hot and cold” so be patient with them. Skip jack Tuna (10 lbs max.) are everywhere and are drawing in larger Dorado on occasion, nothing is ever automatic. But with larger Dorado finally moving in again, larger ones can’t be far behind, anything is possible. For now if you’re doing eight hours to this area, you’d be better off laying down the cash for a ten hour day where the best fishing is and getting better!

Marlin Jumpin …

Inside the bay has been surprising once again. Sailfish of decent size are still hanging around Los Arcos as are “some” decent sized Dorado close to 20 lbs, but mostly around 15 lbs. We’ve even had a larger Black Marlin chasing Skippies aka Skip jack Tuna in front of the Sheraton about a mile out. Very strange for this to happen, but it’s an example of plentiful bait in the bay. Now the water in many locations is still a touch dirty, but the rains are slowing down and the water from the rivers is much cleaner as the rainy season comes to an end. Bonito to 30 lbs are always standard fair. Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 to 40 lb range are in and out anywhere from Los Arcos to Yelapa and a touch south up the shoreline. There are massive amounts of Skippies in the bay, like there used to be so larger fish are coming “freakishly” into the bay for some fast food. Four hours in the bay, six is better, will make you a happy vacationer, if not a sore vacationer! Great value and with our super inexpensive four hour trips you can’t go wrong. Contact us for further information or come in the shop for details.

It’s a Party, You’re Invited!

For now the best fishing values with the most fish are at Corbetena and in the bay. But if you find any floating logs or debris around the Punta Mita area you could make me a liar! Keep the radio on and listen for the news as other captains will broadcast to others so we all can share in the “good times”. Water temperatures have dropped a bit to 83 degrees at the “Rock” aka Corbetena. 85 degrees in the bay. The Bite is still happening a little later in the morning, but if heading out to Corbetena make sure you’re leaving as the sun rises. Those looking to leave before daybreak will find captains a little hesitant to go fast. If you hit a log or submerged stump it will ruin your day. So getting out too early is not an advantage amigos at this time. Bait in the water ranges from Flying fish, Bullet Bonito and Skippies, Flying fish, Goggle eyes and more. We’ve seen Sardines moving in which means there have been some smaller Rooster fish around Punta Negra but they’re only 10 lbs or so, leave them alone for now. Some strangeness lately with Tuna crabs in the bay, but they’re teeny tiny, about a half inch across. The Skippies are full of them so we may see some larger Tuna crabs soon and that’s a good thing for the Tuna Guys! Even Krill shrimps are coming in so the possibilities for next week are encouraging, stay tuned! Sails are still partial to dead baits and lures of blue and white are working well. Like always have your Dorado lures at the ready. Just try everything, then let me know what works for you, I won’t tell, ha ha….

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!

With more and more clients looking for shared boats we’re promoting our special deal for half a super Panga at $275 usd, good for two people. It’s the best eight hour fishing deal you’ll find in PV so fire us an email and get your name on our list to match up. Save money, Catch fish, have fun, seems pretty simple to me!

We also have a great four hour trip, it’s nothing fancy but it’s a product that is perfect for times like these where we troll to Los Arcos from the marina area and slowly around the area. It’s a half standard four hour fishing trip, but for now it’s all you need to have fun if you’re on a budget and want some nice action. Contact us for more details.

Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November

Remember to visit our new location on the Malecon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house (next to Sr.Frogs). And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well!

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

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Client Questions Welcome: Snook fishing in PV

Hola Stan;

I have two gentlemen who want to go on a snook fishing charter in one of the rivers.

Do you have someone who does that?

Ralph

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Stan To: Ralph, 

yes we can do that, but here’s the deal, the commercial fisherman have lines strung up all along the river mouths, but with rains the lines can get ripped out.. let me check

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Ralph to: Stan

Ok just let me know. They were asking if it’s better to wait a few weeks and the temperatures go down a little and maybe less bugs

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Stan to: Ralph

Well yes the temperatures go down, but so do the rains and the fresh water is what attracts the Robalo or Snook in english… waiting will make things less likely… but yes the temperatures will be better….
 
But no agua dulce
 
Everyone is out fishing, when i get a captain I’ll hit you up amigo… Stan
Snook around the River Mouth 
 
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Stan to: Ralph
 
Ok, here’s the deal, nobody has been boating any snook lately… the river flows are down and less “agua dulce” or fresh water. No issues with commercial guys, that’s good news….
 
My other captain has a different opinion and he does catch fish. he says around La Cruz River there have been snook and says they’re there… he’s hungry for work, but he is a super duper fisherman and will find them if there….
 
Four hours would work, but six hours would works better… Super panga would be the best type of boat to use as it will get closer to shore, could be the trick….
 
$360 usd 4 hrs . . . .  $420  for 6hrs…. Ready to go…
 
Stan
Master Baiter’s
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Ralph to: Stan

Ok I will relay the info to them. They will be here in about two weeks.
Thanks Stan….

If you have any questions like Ralph Did, feel Free to contact me. I’ll tell you straight up what the deal is, you can decide when you have all the facts…..

Stan Gabruk

Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dirty Water Moves in, Fish Move Out, Wait Three Days!

Dirty Water Moves in, Fish Move Out, Wait Three Days!

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

 

08 29 2015 Dunn and Lindsay Marlin MBTEXTI´ve been talking about how we haven’t seen the seasonal rains that are so normal for this time of the year. About a month late they´ve finally arrived. We´ve seen rain inland, Guadalajara has been seeing regular rains for weeks now. For the last few days we´ve seen some heavy rains and this of course translates to muddy, dirty water washing down the hills and into the rivers. This of course means the rivers dump into the ocean at some point. Here in Marina Vallarta we have at least three rivers that spill into the Bay of Banderas creating a Trash Line. But it also brings dirty, coffee colored adobe mud water to the whole area. This is a good thing until it becomes too much. Too much means there are heavy rains locally and the amount of water filling the bay is magnified to the point of undesirable conditions. In a nutshell, the bay has dirty water, so the fishing isn´t exactly easy at the moment.

Ok, so we know the bay is full of dirty water, but how far does this dirty water go you may ask?? The dirty water has found its way to Corbeteña, but not El Banco. The Marietta Islands / El Morro area is the same. In front of the ¨trash line¨ the water is almost always clean and clear. The smaller Dorado, Skip jack Tuna, Bonita, Snappers and a host of other fish will chow down on the organic roots, berries, leaves, seeds, you name it. It´s a organic trail mix fish love and it´s a good thing. Again, smaller fish feed on this ´fast food¨ and of course this draws other fish in looking for a quick ¨bite¨.  So if you´re fishing in the bay, for now this is your best chance for catching fish. If you´re in front of the river mouths the fresh water mixes with the salt water that energizes the fish, frenzied they’ll hit anything shinny. Robalo to 30 lbs, Snappers from small to larger at 30 lbs. Jack Crevalls can still be had around the Nuevo Vallarta area, the dirty water doesn´t seem to affect this species like others. If Jacks can see your bait, they´ll take it. As far as Skip jack tuna, it´s hard to get their attention and they´re small in the 6 to 10 lb range. Even getting Skip Jacks (Skippies) to pay attention to your bait has been challenging at best. For the next few days, the bay may not be your best fishing option so check to see if there is any clean water in the bay before heading out. Now fishing from shore around the river mouth(s) is a different thing amigo…. Targeting smaller fish from shore is probably better than getting on the water for the moment. But as always, this can change before you get this message, so check with me or a local before heading out.

07 27 2015 Striped Marlin 650 Pxls MBTEXTThe Marietta islands and El Morro are also dealing with this muddy coffee colored water. So Sailfish and Marlin are moving out towards the deep water locations for the moment. Still there are Needle fish in the 35 lb range. Baby, I mean baby Dorado in the 10 lb range, so throw them back. Bonito to 30 lbs, some very small Rooster fish 20 lbs and a host of other reef and assorted small fish. All and all this is going to be the first area to clean up, so keep an eye open.

Normally around Punta Mita, just north of the point the water is normally cleaner than other areas when conditions like this exist. Anclote Reef is clean for the moment so fishing north of Punta Mita in Clean water, if you can find it, will produce Sailfish of nice size. Maybe some Dorado, but they´re babies in this area as well. If fishing out of Sayulita or Punta Mita I have a couple of boats now in La Cruz Marina so we can accommodate North Bay fishing trip clients staying in Sayulita, Punta Mita, and areas near La Cruz Marina, so now you know.

07 27 2015 Kennys Pargo RedPix 500 pxls mBTEXTCorbetena has been affected by this dirty water as well. For now there are few strong currents moving this water out so even the Rock is slow and all the entails. Sailfish are hard to find, but they´re in the area because you can see them on the surface, but they´re not taking Bait. I can say the same for Black and Blue Marlin to 650 lbs. Some big-boys for sure, but they´re only chasing baits, not taking baits. Some of these Marlin are trophy sized. So this will make you pull your hair out, have a beautiful Marlin chase and give your bait a hard look just to be snubbed. For the moment, I´d wait to hear about clean water before running off to boat Moby Dick amigo. Even the Cubera Snappers that take jigged baits aren´t! When that happens it´s just best to be patient for a few days. We know these conditions are normal and at times they can work against us. This will all change in a few days so stay tuned.

El Banco has some clean water, one place, but you´ll be heading out fifty miles to find a Marlin or Sailfish. I expect this dirty water to find its way to El Banco as well, if not there already. If you find yourself at the high spots and the water is clear then you´ve got a shot at Sailfish to 90 lbs, Marlin to 650 lbs and who knows what else. Yellowfin Tuna are nowhere to be found right now, they have moved out and are avoiding the dirty water, who could blame them?

Water temperatures are still perfect. Bait is still abundant, but moving out as well. Flying Fish are still around Punta Mita and the Marietta Island area. Goggle Eyes, Skippies that are perfect bait size, Bullet Bonito and the list goes on. The bite is in the mid-morning from around 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. and then in the afternoon after 2:00 p.m. time frame. Another issue we´ve been dealing with is a full moon. We´re seeing cloudy evenings which make the clouds in the area like giant light bulbs reflecting the moon rays. Then with cloudy and overcast days, these fish are a little mixed up and this could possibly account for Marlin chasing baits but not taking. It looks that for now it´s best to be patient, save that fuel dollar, in a few days we´ll see the bay clean up, the Rock turn back to blue water and who knows, maybe even some Yellowfin Tuna. Cross your fingers for larger Dorado to show up as well.

Last word: Normally I try to put a positive spin on the conditions, but this week it´s best you understand that fishing is fishing and not every day is a good day in fish city. The up side to this is things can change in a heartbeat and by the time you get around to reading this article things could already have improved. It can happen just that fast. So if you´re in Puerto Vallarta and read this article, call me before making a decision and get the updated report. At Master Baiter´s We Won’t Jerk You around! One way we don’t jerk you around is by telling you the straight up truth. We´ll turn your business away if the fishing is bad because reputations like ours don´t get built on lies and unhappy customers.

10 14 2013 Travis Cusimano, Shannon friend 03Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Marlin at Corbeteña / El Banco, Abandoned Fishing Grounds

Marlin at Corbeteña / El Banco, Abandoned Fishing Grounds

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

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July is a funny month, the conditions are perfect, unbelievable amounts of bait, perfect water temperatures, it´s just a little early in the Tournament Season. As we come into late July we expect to see the larger Gamefish like Blue or Striped Marlin which are now moving in behind Sailfish. Dorado can be a moving target, for now we´re seeing the 25 to 35 lb variety. Fair sized, great tasting, reliable as my ex wife. The seasonal rains have returned  bringing with it the Trash Line, making short day fishing trips worth the time and the expense. With July comes warm weather and an equator sun. The first time visitor will quickly learn what spots were ¨missed¨ by sunscreen. Cheap air fares, deep discounts on hotel rates, deserted fishing grounds, empty Spas for the ladies and the shopping is unique. For the guy reading my weekly endeavors, this is the time to be here in PV. If you live here in PV and are digesting this information, you´re in the right place at a great time, so get on the water already. From now until the second week of January anything is possible in our world class fishing grounds. World Class, we´re not talking trout, Shad, Carp, Salmon, or Muskie, no folks, we´re talking the Real Deal in the world of Sportfishing. By the end of October those Deep Sea Fishing trips we´ll have produced world record sized ¨fish¨. It´s time to think finances, scratch those pennies together, grab the wifeys credit card and split before she knows you put a fishing trip on it…. Paradise is calling! I take no responsibilities as to husband behaviors, but I am an instigator!

07 26 2014 Skip Jack Tuna, Yelapa,

Inside the bay: To start with the seasonal rains have returned after a long, dry stretch. The high daily humidity normally turns to cool afternoon or evening rains. No rain, no trash line. The Trash line can be found around river mouths outward, so you´ll find several in the area since PV has several rivers and streams. Smaller fish are attracted to this organic smorgasbord washing down the rivers and streams. This attracts bigger fish, etc. Just imagine what a bait ball, stopping in mass to feed on this organic trail mix would look like to a Dorado? Talk about the mother load! Right now around the Trash Line there have been Dorado at 20 lbs or so and Skip Jack Tuna in the 20 to 35 lb range. At the north end of the bay we´re still seeing Sailfish in the La Cruz area with flying fish being the main attraction. Jack Crevalls about 30 lbs, who knows what´s up with the Jacks, Sierra Mackerals too, go figure.  Plenty of fishing in the bay, six hour day will find your daily limit. Don´t forget about Robalo at the river mouths, especially after a rain, they love the agua dulce or sweet water in English. Snappers and Grouper have been known to hang out in the river mouths as well. You don´t need to go after Moby Dick to have a great time fishing here in PV!

El Morro / Marietta Islands: Well El Morro is still seeing Sailfish chasing small Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes and Flying fish, tons of flying fish out there. Plenty of action, but they´ve moved off the island a little closer to Corbeteña. Sailfish is about all that´s happening in this area. The Marietta Islands are still running in low gear with the usual, Bonito, Skip Jacks, no Sailfish here to speak of, not the best place to spend your fuel dollar right now.07 25 2014 Big Blue Marlin

Punta De Mita and Area: Well this area has been the ¨go to¨ location if you wanted the best chance to hook into a Sailfish or Dorado. Nothing has really changed, life is good to these fish, perfect conditions, plenty of bait, no real reason to leave. One new development, Marlin are 10 to 14 miles off the point, just pick a direction from a Corbeteña to El Banco heading. Literally it´s wide open fishing in this wedge I call the Golden Triangle. If around Anclote, there are Dorado over 35 lbs, if you can find a buoy all the better. If fishing out of La Cruz Marina this would be a shorter day. Even a beach guy boat will be able to hit Dorado, maybe Marlin. Again, fishing is happening everywhere and you can have it all pretty much to yourself, now that´s a luxury. Another thing to know is the amount of bait three to four miles off the shore in this area is mind boggling. Mostly Skip Jack Tuna, the surf fishing should be outstanding. When there is this much bait in the area why would a fish even consider leaving. For the moment this area is a great place to be.

Ok, Corbeteña: For the last couple of weeks Corbeteña (aka The Rock) has been less than active, in a word; dead. But conditions never stay bad for long and things have changed. Blue Marlin, Black Marlin both in the 250 to 450 lb range have moved in as expected and they´re taking bait, YeHa! Rainbow Runners in the 35 to 60 lb range, Sailfish in the 100 lb range, it´s a hot spot and it´s about time! If in the area it´s worth dropping baits and spending some time between the Rock and Punta Mita…. Or….07 24 2014 Dunn and Lindsay Marlin 600 pxls

El Banco has finally come to life. Sailfish of course, Black and Blue Marlin 250 to 450 lbs or larger. Dorado in the 40 lb range, Skip Jack Tuna all over the place as bait. Rainbow Runners in the 50 lb range, Cubera Snappers, it´s open season at El Banco. For now the deep water locations have larger Marlin than closer in. El Banco is running on eight cylinders right now and worth your attention. I know this didn´t take up much article space, but when things are good, you don´t need a lot of words to get to the point.

YellowfinTuna: If you haven´t noticed, I am not talking much about Yellowfin Tuna, there´s a reason for this. The currents this year are running very far outside of the normal trek. Yellowfin are following these currents and for now they´re very far out. Too far for most people. The Tres Maria Islands have Yellowfin Tuna swarming. One thing about the Tres Maria´s, you don´t just show up and start dropping lines, it doesn´t work that way. There are spots that the saltier captains know about, won´t share and if you don´t have a spot, you don´t get Yellowfin Tuna. Unfortunately those locations are inside the legal boundaries. Not to mention this area is a recognized fishery or breeding ground. Personally I don´t believe we should be fishing the fishery, but what do I know? If laws are not enforced, are they really laws or just an excuse to enforce an opportunity to fleece gringos of more money?

Conditions: Lets discuss conditions for the moment. For the last few weeks I´ve talked about how the water was blue-er than blue. Well when the water gets this almost purple blue, it´s incredibly beautiful, but not always preferable. We find in the ¨Purple Blue¨ water, visibility goes down. The fish don´t mind the darker blue water, but they won´t see your presentation as easily as the lighter blue colored water as has been our experience. The light blue water produces more strikes. Sometimes what you think is perfect will have an unexpected down side.

The Bite: Right now if you´re at your favorite fishing spot a good time to be there is between 11:00 to 13:00 military time. Getting an early start for the moment is for getting to distant locations in time for the bite conserving fuel. 06 15 2014 Sailfish Stan

Lures / Bait: This week Capt. Cesar of Magnifico tells me that the lures they´ve been using are purple with some blue or just blue in color. Blue Soft Head Lures are working great for Sails and Marlin. With Skip Jacks, Flying fish and Goggle eyes (and others) in abundance it doesn´t hurt to ¨make bait¨ when you get to your favorite spot. Having live bait on hand from the local bait vendors is essential, but getting local bait is always preferable. Most of the time the bait vendors will have what is being hit, never the less having a casting net is always a handy thing to have.

That is about everything I can think of for now. As always if you have any questions about local fishing or activities feel free to send me an email.

We have also expanded into more Tours, so we´re jumping into the tour market. This new thing called Fly boarding is a hose from a jet ski attached to a skate board type thing, your feet are strapped in, and if you can imagine being pushed around by the powerful jet ski water jet, you can basically fly in and out of the water. This company gives you 50 minutes, three times that of Vallarta Adventure tours and training is not included in your usage time. $1,500 pesos, or about 120 usd for the better part of an hour you can be a sea serpent with a water jet under your feet…. That´s a new one this week….. I have not tried it yet, but they tell me a familiarization trial is being scheduled. We also make sure we´re competitive and as always reliable…..

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.