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. 

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

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!

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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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Luck of the Draw Fishing Continues, Marlin Spread Out

                  Luck of the Draw Fishing Continues, Marlin Spread Out

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

Released Sailfish

As we come to the end of another High Season for World Class fishing in Puerto Vallarta we’re still seeing scattered species in all the different locations. For those looking for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin and your fantasy then now would be a good time to hit it. The overabundance of bait is still a bit of an issue, but we have fish and that’s a good thing. Fishing is never without it’s challenges. There is no such thing as perfect fishing conditions, but we’re not too far from it amigos!

As we enter the New Year we find Corbetena is still the place to be if looking for larger species like Blue and Black Marlin running anywhere from 250 to 500 lbs. Warm / Cool currents are still swirling so we also find some cooler water species moving is as well as should be expected in January. Sailfish are picking up in strikes if not in numbers for some reason and are taking baits, we won’t complain. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs are in the 40 lb range but they’re moving around following the bait so it may take some extra effort to find them but worth it. Wahoo are still in the area but are a non-schooling species so you can target them easily, troll about 8 miles an hour and you could get lucky. Remember if targeting Wahoo wire leader is suggested as these fish have a mouth like a razor knife. Dorado are also possible but not automatic at 25 to 30 lbs as well. Skippies around the “Rock” have been in the 20 lb range and this is huge for Skip Jack Tuna. Everything you catch is just full of three inch pink Squids. When we see Squids show up we know we’re looking at the seasonal current changes just around the corner. So if you’re looking for summer species you’d better get out there or you’ll be waiting another season for your “finned fantasy”. El Banco is alive as well, but for the most part the fishing has been consistently better at Corbetena and with it being closer-in the prospect of saving fuel money can be a determining factor.

It’s been very interesting the “Island situation” these last few weeks. For the area around the Marietta Islands and El Morro to Punta Mita, just a few miles out you’ll find Black and Blue Marlin. We’ve seen several Striped Marlin but they’re not taking baits, it could be their breeding season, but no hook-ups I’m aware of this past week. Sailfish in the 100 lb range are roaming the area and are taking baits better this week thankfully. Bonito are picking up in numbers and are in the 20 to 30 lb range, remember this is what they put in “Tuna” cans so they’re worth your time and efforts. In fact the entire area off the islands are producing very well with a 70% chance of boating a Billfish for sure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained amigos.

Inside the bay is a real mixed bag. We have Whales, Manta Rays, Sailfish around La Cruz and Los Arcos area in the channels. Dorado to 25 lbs, a Possibility of a Marlin in the bay which is still a strange occurrence even though it seems to be happening on a regular basis. Jack Crevalls are huge at 50 lbs in the bay, Snappers are thinning out for now but should pick up in numbers shortly. With Needle Fish to 30 lbs and there are Sailfish in the bay still. It’s surprising that many times you’ll find the fishing better in the bay than at the deep water locations. One issue in the bay, if you can call it that, is that the bait is moving, no surprise. That means that the fish are moving around as well. Where they were yesterday is not where they’ll be tomorrow. Be prepared to spend six hours, not four if fishing inside the bay, you’ll be glad you did.

The bite is still late morning just around 10 and it’s been like that for a few weeks now so heading out too early, especially in the bay is not helping your cause any. Sleep in a bit, head out about 8 and you’ll be on time, hopefully you’ll be in the right area! Water temperature is still in the 79 degree range which is very acceptable for this time of the year. Bait is another thing, Sardines, Squid of 3 inches, Flying fish of 4 inches, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on. Be sure to bring lures of Pink and black to mimic the Squids and this could be a help. Dead baits have been attracting Sails and Marlin as well so don’t be afraid to switch up your trolling presentations (lures and baits) often.

All and all we have fish, it’s more about finding them in the mood to eat. But even with full stomachs they’re hitting baits and lures so it’s “fishing” in the classic sense. You’ll have a great time on the water but remember, where Whales are, fishing is normally bad. How’d you like to be a small fish waiting to be eaten by a whale? Now you know why fishing and Whales don’t mix well, but hey, they’re fun and beautiful to watch and be around. Just keep that in mind!  

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

 

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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”.

Christmas is coming!! We’re selling these as a Christmas special on Ebay for $14.00 usd… click the pic it’s linked to Ebay!

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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 Fishing is Great, But Maybe Not Exactly “Where” You Are  

                       Fishing is Great, But Maybe Not Exactly “Where” You Are                   

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

 

Capt Cesar Perez of El Jefe boated this Beautiful Blue Marlin inside the bay! Amazing yes, Kinda freaky to be honest, but WoW!!

You know the thing about fishing is, it’s never what you expect it to be and it’s as predictable as the weather. We do what we can to forecast the future, but that all depends on the quality of your crystal ball. What happened yesterday or last week is no indication of what will happen tomorrow. Lately we’ve experienced some great, absolutely wonderful days which build expectations for the following days. Many times things work out, then there are the days when it seems like the “lights are on, but nobody’s home”. Such is the case lately. We always, always have great fishing, but there are times when expectations are not met due to the forces of nature and the fickle mind of a fish. We do our best to make sure that doesn’t happen, that’s the main reason for this weekly report. If you’re flexible and can understand this fact of nature, then we always, always have great fishing. The only question is: What do you want? Big “iffy” fish where you roll the dice? Or lots of arm burning action with smaller species?

Dorado at the Gaff, La Crua area.

After what was weeks of huge Marlin and Sailfish on tap, things changed. There could be several reasons for this, many of which we as fishermen will never know. But there are still Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado in our world famous fishing grounds. If you don’t mind rolling the dice, head out to Corbetena. With an early bite to later in the morning can see Sailfish and Marlin looking your baits up and down, with the possibility of “snake eyes”. On the other hand if you’re of a positive mind, which I believe helps, anything is possible. Let’s face it, catching fish is the goal, fun is the result. Sailfish are running anywhere from 50 lbs to 90 lbs at Corbetena.  There are also fields of smaller Yellowfin Tuna around the rock at 40 lbs jumping everywhere. I have had some reports of decent sized 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna, but lately nothing. Ready to roll the dice? El Morro which is a closer in location of course will see a possibility of Striped Marlin and Sailfish. Dorado are in and out in this area, but they’re just one species you have a shot at so don’t stress.  

Our Super Panga Buddy does it again

The “Golden Triangle” as I call it, the triangular area from El Morro, to Corbetena, up to El Banco and back again is the area you should be focusing on if looking for Sails and Marlin. We’ve seen some Striped Marlin as we’ve seen swirling currents with swirling water temperatures as well. Cooler water has Sierra Mackerels and Jack Crevalls in the mix as well. Ten miles or so north of Corbetena the “Canyons” have a step drop off and many a tournament winner has been boated in this area. You may want an eight hour trip to get you around the islands, then fall back to inside the bay if snake eyes come up. More likely than not you’ll find Sailfish and Dorado, but I’ve been wrong before. Just ask my ex-wives!

Brad Benter a recently retired friend of mine. Just goes to show even the Greenest Gringo can catch fish in Puerto Vallarta… just kidding Brad!

Conservative types that don’t want a full day, yet want a memorable day will find just that in a six hour day inside the bay. You may also see Whales as it’s that time of the year again. Now don’t be too surprised if you find whales and no fish in the area. Funny how they bug out when they think they’re “lunch”. Dorado are still hanging around the Los Arcos area as are some stray Sailfish. A better option of late is the La Cruz area where many smaller Sailfish have been boated. Small Rooster fish have been chasing the small Sardines that are finally moving into the area around the surf line. With the cooler currents you will also find Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerels which are delicious, don’t pass them up for the dinner table. Huge Skip jack Tuna in the 12 lb range are everywhere, tasty too. There is one issue though, there are tons of Krill shrimp, small Squids, Small Sardines and there are 12 inch Flying fish at the opening of the bay. This is huge for this species and they’re drawing in larger fish like Striped marlin. Again in the fishing world what you don’t expect will normally happen. You won’t go wrong in six hours amigos so go have some fun on the less expensive side. The bite is 8–11 a.m. and again at 3 in the afternoon. Well that’s all for now folks, I just ran out of space!

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

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Dorado, Marlin and Sailfish, In Between Long liners!

                    Dorado, Marlin and Sailfish, In Between Long liners!                   

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

 

Here we are again in another wonderful week in paradise aka Puerto Vallarta to be exact. In my world, the world of world class fishing we’re still in the best time of the year to boat that bucket list fish. For the next six weeks or so the fishing will be the best it’s going to be for the rest of the year. Marlin and Sailfish are the dominant species right now, Dorado are a close second. Yellowfin Tuna are a bit disappointing for the moment, but this can change in a blink of an eye. For the Sport Fisherman you couldn’t ask for better conditions. I guess that’s why the long liners are out there screwing up the fishing.

We’ve seen the same perfect conditions continue this week at Corbetena, the problem is there have been some super days and some less spectacular days. Like always the size of the fish and species you catch is mostly luck, getting it to the boat is where the real skill comes in. If you head to the Rock this week we’re still seeing large Black Marlin over 500 lbs, Sailfish in tournament winning sizes, Dorado are mostly in the 20 to 30 lb range and of course the Yellowfin Tuna are thin and on the small side. The water is blue and the bait is abundant, Skippies are thinning so make sure you make bait before reaching this area. Dropping baits outside of the Marietta Islands and trolling to Corbetena is probably your best shot. But be patient, nothing is happening automatically, it could take some time to hear a screaming reel, but when it starts, the adrenalin kicks in. Be at the ready! El Banco is so hit and miss, mostly miss, I would suggest sticking to areas that have been more productive lately.

Nice Dorado in the Bay

In the area around Punta Mita to the Marietta Islands this week has been hot and cold. If you’re a lucky type then you’ll have a good shot at Sailfish and Dorado in the 20 to 30 lb range and of course smaller than this should be released for another day. Rooster fish are not exactly abundant, but there are always small Roosters to be had, for now not the best species to target in this area. Anywhere in the area of El Morro, Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands is fertile territory! Good luck and again, be patient.

10th Los Muertos Dorado Tournament Winners

Inside the bay we’re having the same wonderful fishing conditions we’ve had for months now. Dorado seem to be hanging around the La Cruz area in the 15 to 25 lb range. Sailfish have been a little freaky hanging out in this area, several were boated this week here. Many boats are just heading to this area first and it’s been paying off. Rooster fish could be in the surf line as we are seeing some Sardines moving in, not a whole lot, but it’s encouraging. Small Football Tuna are still in the 20 to 35 lb range around Yelapa at the south end of the bay. Many Sailfish and Striped Marlin, yes I said Marlin, have been chasing baits but not taking them at times. So be ready, the Marlin are small and any Marlin under 200 lbs should be released. I know, it sounds like a big fish, but when they can reach over a thousand pounds like Black Marlin can hit, 200 lbs is a baby! Release it! Jack Crevalls are returning and have been taking baits and providing in the bay, arm burning action. Then again, inside the bay has it’s challenges as well. With abundant bait, you may see Dorado chasing lures, but not taking any baits. There lies the challenge amigos, good luck!

The bite this week has been early, getting earlier by the day. For now it’s about 9:00 a.m. and again at about 2:00 pm. A correctly timed eight hour fishing trip can put you on both. Water temperatures are a perfect 84.5 degrees F and the water is a “high visibility” blue. When it comes to baits live bait is king of course. But lures of blue with red flecks or small lines are working well, don’t ask me why! Of course all the old reliable lures are worth trying as well. Also the 62nd Marlin and Sailfish tournament starts on the 16th thru 18th so be sure to check it all out and be part of the fun! And come visit my new location on the Malecon next to Sr. Frogs by the light house!

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

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 Fishing is Great in Between the Long Liners!

                             Fishing is Great in Between the Long Liners!                   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Recent Fish Pix From Puerto Vallarta, Keep Calm!

Hello My Fanatical Fisherman Friends……

No need for words when the fishing is this good…. I’ll be posting these in my fish porn section once I figure out how…. just revamped my web page, I’m a “babe in the woods” when it comes to this stuff… but i do know how to post a pic or three… 

Enjoy and Remember, at Master Baiter’s, We Won’t Jerk You Around!

 

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

Smaller Yellowfin Tuna Footballs, great tasting, fun to catch and they’re out there right now by the Billions! Ok, that may be an over exaggeration…. kinda….
Lots of my clients have been waiting for Rooster fish, well they’re out there now…. Punta Negra!!
Big Black Marlin at Corbetena!

 

Ok, that’s enough for now… To get these experiences contact Stan … Here’s the new location map below as well as the Main Store in Marina Vallarta….. 

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

 

Don’t forget Christmas is coming, we have lots of shirts online for you to give as gifts…..

Christmas is coming!!

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Take care and as always, thanks for your support….. and Don’t forget to kiss your fish!