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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Fantasy Winter Fishing Continues, Marlin Hang-out

Fantasy Winter Fishing Continues, Marlin Hang-out

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

Warm water conditions, perfect for late spring are happening right now in our world famous fishing grounds as El Nino flexes its muscles. Water temperatures hovering in the upper 70`s to low 80´s are keeping Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna in the area. Insanely abundant bait is just the cherry on the top for these summer species as they continue to hang-out (in winter) in Banderas Bay. For the Angler who knows his stuff, he knows that fishing in a perfect and comfortable climate is never spoken in the same sentence as ¨Black Marlin¨. My suggestion, get your butt on the water and catch something spectacular and take advantage of your good fortune!02 27 2014 Travis Cusimano, Shannon friend 06 Tail wrapped and dead Marlin

I never thought I´d be writing summer time ¨cookie cutter¨ fishing articles in the middle of winter, but here we are. With warm weather and perfect water conditions there is really no reason for these fish to take a powder when it all feels comfortable like a favorite pair of jeans. Such is the case in the Golden Triangle, the area between El Banco, Corbeteña and the Marietta Islands. Fertile ground for Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado right now. It´s not too complicated, get there, get a bait in front of them and get ready for some heart pounding action. Black Marlin are running in the area of 350 to 600 lbs, Blue Marlin at 250 lbs and Striped Marlin are about 175 to 200 lbs. Dorado at El Banco on the high spots, larger Bull Dorado in the 50 lb range to be exact. Sailfish, Marlin, and if lucky some spinner Dolphin with Yellowfin Tuna running partners in the 50 to possible 120 lb range. Not exactly everywhere, but if you find them, be grabbing distance from a pole. Right now when you catch bait, make sure you´re using lures large enough to catch larger baits. Smaller lures will not get you the baits you´re shooting for which for now are bullet Bonito or slightly larger. Bullet Bonito baits are like candy to your eight year old. Having the right bate makes the difference, especially if you´re targeting Rooster fish!

Speaking of Rooster fish, the area around the Marietta Island over to El Morro is alive with these comb headed demons. If you have bullet Bonito baits these fish are strong, aggressive and have an attitude. You will at first think you hooked a submarine the way the pole reacts! Snappers 35 to 50 lbs, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish, Pompano, Skip jack Tuna, and more. Sailfish about eight miles off the Rock islands of punta Mita.08 10 2008 Discovery, Thomas Harris, 10hrs, Corb. Sail, Marlin 009

If you´re heading out to the legal areas around the Tres Maria Island there are some nice sized Yellowfin Tuna in the 160 lb range and up to over 200 lbs. Single day fishing trips to the Tres Maria Islands are a fourteen to sixteen hour, it´s a long haul. For those who are putting in the time, the rewards are worth the effort. Running downriggers to get baits down from the surface will get you YF Tuna bragging rights. Big enough for a real fight, small enough where you don´t have to hand the pole of and this sized YF Tuna are great tasting! Remember to observe the 15 mile restricted area from the prison islands and the federales will leave you alone. This is best done overnight for those who want to catch the early bite!

Details: With blue / blue water the fishing conditions are at their best. Abundant bait and perfect water temperatures, those here in Puerto Vallarta have opportunities to boat world class gamefish that if not for the El Nino water currents would not be available. This is bonefied opportunity amigos! The bite is mid morning right now and mid afternoon. If you´re running lures use Purple or Green and Yellow mixed. 539570_10151615223003040_436785500_n

     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/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

 

Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Thank You El Nino

Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Thank You El Nino

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

I know this is a strange title, but it´s accurate and appropriate. While El Nino will present problems for fishing come September, for now we´re seeing summer species in the dead of winter. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish, Snappers, Jack Crevalls and the incredible list just goes on. Unusually warm water temperatures will remain with us until summer, this means that out of season species will be available to those who will never be here in the heat of summer. This is a genuine opportunity to boat a bucket list fish and still be comfortable. For those with the time, money and frankly the luck to be here in Puerto Vallarta, you have a chance to experience world class fishing in the best possible conditions. If this doesn´t get your heart beating you better change the battery in your pace maker!02 14 2014 Tom Robinson, Guanatuna, 80 lb Amber Jack on gaff 600 pxls wText

Before I get started, no matter where you head out to, you will catch your fill of fish. Bait is abundant to the tenth power. Water temperatures are still running in the early summer ranges of 79 to 81 degrees (No kidding). And the water conditions of Blue / Blue water are just like summer at the deep water locations. For those in the know, you will never find conditions like this in late February unless El Nino is pushing the currents.

As mentioned last week, the area between the Marietta Islands to Corbeteña, then over to El Banco (The Golden Triangle) has turned into a fish producing machine. It´s incredible, just off the Marietta Islands we´re seeing everything! Rooster fish are running in the 35 to 50 lb plus range and they´re taking anything shiny. Baits, lures, your car keys, put a hook on it and throw it in, it´s so easy it´s almost scary. Dorado, yes I said Dorado in the 25 to 40 lb range. Bonito running 30 to 45 lbs, Cubera Snappers and Amber Jacks in excess of 50 lbs (jig baits for larger fish). Black Marlin in the 300 lb plus range, Blue Marlin in the 250 lb range and Striped Marlin in the 200 lb range. If you´re not saying ¨WoW¨ by now, you should be. For your fuel dollar this is the best bet. Throw in the Whales and the ability to do some snorkeling on Magnifico and you have a ¨full Meal Deal¨ that comes with your day on the water.

Corbeteña has blue squared water conditions. Perfect water temps and plenty of bait. The results of these unusually perfect fishing conditions are Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado to 50 lbs, Bonito, Jack Crevalls of course, large Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks, Rainbow Runners and the list goes on. Well worth your fuel dollar, but Corbeteña is in the Golden Triangle so it´s part of the mix. Can´t say enough good things about Corbeteña right now.02 26 2014 Ferguson Group, Magnifico, 8 hrs, 50 lb Rooster 600 Pxls

The same pretty much goes for El Banco, All species of Marlin, Dorado at 50 plus pounds, Sailfish, Jack Crevalls of course and Yellowfin Tuna running with Spinner Dolphin the YF tuna are in the 80 to 120 lb range like last week. Now before you get all excited and head to the high spots the YF Tuna have not exactly been taking baits for the few days we ran into them this last week. It´s strange to see 80 plus Yellowfin Tuna run with Spinner Dolphin like this, although it is a welcome surprise. This will last only a few days at most, so hang in there and check back later. Bait is amazing, a swath of ten square blocks of Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) will blow your mind as you see these world class fish just slashing through this WalMart Sized bait ball! The Tuna by the way are 16 to 20 miles north of El Banco to be more specific.

Inside the bay, four or six hours is perfect for the person who has time on his mind and doesn´t want to be on the water all day. For you we´ve got some serious arm burning action. Jack Crevalls (of course), bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle fish, Sierra Mackerals and the list is never ending. You´ll have a great day and four hours is just perfect for the younglings. 02 15 2014 Capt Tory, Cubera Snapper at Marietta Islands, 60 lbs wText

We do have one small problem I am sure you can appreciate. That problem is the bait you run needs to be larger than three inches or the bait will take your bait! No kidding, you need to run at least six inch baits to get larger fish or the bait fish will eat your bait. It´s an interesting problem we can live with! As far as baits to run, again lures larger than three inches in length. Google Eyes, Rangers, Poppers, Skippies, these fish will hit just about anything presented to them. It reminds me of my ex wife and the shoe sale at Nordstroms, these fish are in a frenzy and they can´t get enough of what you have to offer amigo, so get out there!

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. 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 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is workingFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Summer Fishing in Mid Winter, El Nino Arrives

Summer Fishing in Mid Winter, El Nino Arrives

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

Well folks, We´re seeing things that just don´t make sense species wise as we are still experiencing unusually warm water temperatures. Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin, Sizeable Yellowfin tuna, Cubera Snappers, Rooster fish and the list goes on as if it was late summer fishing. Such are the results of an El Nino year. The news services are announcing how El Nino is alive and well meaning water temperatures are going to remain warm. Which of course affects weather patterns around the world including those folks in Chicago, Atlanta and New York. Yes folks the fishing is going to be anything but normal from this point out until about the same time next year. So sit back and keep an eye on the reports, nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to fishing here in Puerto Vallarta´s world famous fishing grounds during El Nino. http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/  http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/earth_climate/el_nino_and_la_nina/02 15 2014 Capt Tory, Cubera Snapper at Marietta Islands, 60 lbs wText

Ok, first things first, the water is warm, very warm. Come Mid February we should be seeing low seventies (degrees) not upper seventies bordering on eighty degrees. Because of these warm and very comfortable water temperatures we have summer species like Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and yes, Large Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 120 lb range. Now we don´t want you to think this is an automatic fishing in a barrel sort of thing. It can be hot or cold and it´s nothing like in the summer, for the summer species that is. Now Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito and many others are still on the menu as normal winter fish species. So the action couldn´t be better for ¨winter¨ fishing. With these summer species out there, well that is just icing on the cup cake.

The golden Triangle, that´s what I call it, is alive and producing nicely. The area between the Marietta Islands to Corbeteña, then out to El Banco is a fertile area that is greatly ignored. The old timers know that dropping baits on the way to Corbeteña (outside the Marietta Islands) and trolling to the rock many times will have better results fishing than the primary destination. For now starting at El Banco, 10 to 15 miles off the high spots north you´ll find Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 120 lb range. This is an opportunity that won´t last long and it may already be too late if you´re reading this. If that´s not enough reason to head to El Banco the 50 lb Dorado may sway you. Sailfish are in the mix and Jigging for Cubera Snappers and Amber Jacks will produce a nice dinner time conversation as you chow down on the days catch. Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and even Black Marlin are in this same area. So you can understand why basically this weeks report is focused on this area. 12 14 2012 Magnifico 125 lb Yellowfin Tuna

Now if you can´t afford the time, or you plain don´t feel like an hour plus travel time to Corbeteña or El Banco, then the Marietta Islands are just what the doctor ordered. An eight hour day will produce 50 lb Rooster Fish, Snappers to 50 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls all in the 35 to 45 lb range. Needle fish, grouper, large African Pompano ( great tasting) and Amber Jack! In fact Capt Tory of Guanatuna caught a 80 lb Amber Jack Jigging the bottom near the islands and ten minutes late got a Snapper in the 50 lb range as pictured. So if you have 8 hrs, we´ve got action for you amigo, YeHa!

The Punta Mita Point is still alive with Sailfish, Striped Marlin (250 lbs) about ten miles off the point, Sailfish and of course Rooster Fish off the Anclote reef. Great action, but for my dollar the Marietta Islands are a better option. Inside the bay, it´s wonderful! Jack Crevalls everywhere, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on.

We´re coming out of the full moon so the bite will be happening a little later in the morning, figure about a 8:00 a.m. / mid afternoon bite. So plan accordingly and sleep in a touch. Bait is abundant everywhere, but you should be warned, the boats are averaging about two fish a day and sometimes none. Being a hot / cold situation you don´t know which day you´ll have until you get out there. With small squids baits abundant trolled baits could be ignored. But as a whole the fishing is great and you will catch fish, no worries there. With Blue Water, Blue runners as lures are your best tool if not fishing with live Google Eyes or Chorras (generic name for Bonito or Skip Jack Tuna). Marlin Hooked 

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. Email your Questions to me

Warm Water Keeps Dorado, Sails and Rooster fish in PV

12 24 2013 Mark Dombowsky, Magnifico, PUnta MitaWarm Water Keeps Dorado, Sails and Rooster fish in PV

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

As we read the news and watch television reports of how the entire USA and Canada are basically under a blanket of snow or ice, things couldn´t be better in Puerto Vallarta. Warm Weather, delightful tropical breezes in the afternoon and for the fishing enthusiast we have a nice cherry on that cake and it´s called Rooster Fish amigos! Yes we are looking at three weeks straight of very large Rooster fish in the 60 lb range hanging off the Anclote Reef near Sayulita. For now the winter species has a touch of summer in air with Marlin and Sailfish still hanging out in the deep water areas north of Punta Mita. Warm weather, beautiful scenery and world class fishing, what the heck else could you ask for?

To be straight up with my loyal readers, all 54 of you, February is not the best month of the year to be fishing here in Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay to be exact. Not that the fishing is lacking, but because most people are looking for Monster fish like Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo to name a few. Now we still have Dorado, Rooster fish and Sailfish if you are in the right location, which is not in the bay amigo. Yes we´re moving into winter fishing which means Jack Crevalls coming out of our ears, billions of Sierra Mackerals that are great tasting, but not large. Snappers are picking up in numbers and size, just depends on where you head out to. Water conditions are the big factor here, cold water fish are here because at seventy something degrees, these fish are cold. As long as you keep this in mind, you´ll have the time of your life on the water with all the action you could ask for. So it all comes down to your expectations mixed with a strong shot of reality. The bottom line is there is a lot of fun to be had in the bay and it won´t cost you an arm and a leg.01 28 2014 Chris Federekson, Bella Del Mar 03 - Copy

For those lucky enough to head out to the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco, well you´re seeing Blue Marlin in the 400 lb range sprinkled throughout the area. Water temps are warm enough at 77 degrees for them to tolerate. With abundant bait what self respecting fish would leave a favorite and abundant meal, a fish McDonalds if you will? Cubera Snappers taking trolled live bait to 70 lbs as well at Corbeteña. Find the spinner Dolphin and you´ll find Football Tuna in the 35 to 50 lb range. Not much else to say about these summer spots for the next few months, but for those looking for Marlin, this is where you want to be.

The point off Punta Mita is still, after three weeks running now the place to be. Rooster fish in the 60 lb and up range are still chasing Sardinas all over the place. A large bull Dorado was boated also in the 45 lb range, but this was not common place then or now. Still, the Dorado are in the 40 lb range and a little less abundant daily, so keep this in mind and get out there asap. Sailfish are taking live and trolled lures with Green and black combinations (petrelaros). Now this is not abundant fishing, which means your captain and crew will be changing baits on a regular basis (15 to 20 minutes). But you´ll find fish out there if you´re patient and positive minded!

El Morro and the Marietta Islands are seeing some strong Pompano action. A great tasting fish, you´ll be able to boat your fill in a few short hours. Snappers are in and out in the 30 lb range. Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, Amber Jacks, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, and even a shot at a Rooster fish in the 30 lb range. So it´s not exactly bad fishing out there!

Inside the bay it´s like fishing in a barrel. If you don´t catch at least one Jack Crevall never use that captain or boat again! Yelapa is seeing some football tuna in the 35 lb range and seems to be setting up house again. Bonito, Sierra Mackerals (good tasting) and a host of other possibilities like Snook or Robalo at the river mouths are always a possibility. Water flows are down and this may affect the number and size of the snook, but if near a river mouth give it a try. 01 28 2014 Chris Federekson, Bella Del Mar 01 - Copy

Those heading to the Tres Maria Islands, or the prison islands will find sizeable Yellowfin Tuna. But remember to keep your distance from the islands of 12 miles. Otherwise you may find the Federalies chasing you down. Also when you see those Monster Yellowfin Tuna posted on the various bloody decks post, if you´re inside the limit area or boundaries and you´re catching fish, then you too are a POACHER! No way around it, just because there are some popular boats and web sites boasting the size and amount of Yellowfin they´re catching, they´re POACHING and they know it. You don´t, that´s why I´m here…. So keep your distance, keep your boat and keep out of jail! It all just amazes me how ¨sportfishing companies¨ will kill future fishing populations for today´s illegal rewards. Where can this all lead but to disaster?

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. 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 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is workingFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Punta Mita Still Rocking With Rooster Fish / Sailfish

Punta Mita Still Rocking With Rooster Fish / Sailfish

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

For late January, the fishing is surprising good. Normally Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are long gone by now, but we´re seeing these fish hanging out around Punta Mita. By contrast, the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco are disappointing at best. But then again, these are summer species locations so this is no surprise as we expect these conditions to continue for the short term. For the visiting Angler, there is plenty of action to be had, so don´t be discouraged, you just have to know where to go.

First, El Banco and Corbeteña are for all practical purposes not the best place to head out to as Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are pretty much done for the winter. Corbeteña has Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Bonito, Jack Crevalls and that´s about it for now. El Banco has Spinner Dolphin in the area so Yellowfin Tuna of 25 to 40 lbs are running with them for now, but this is no reason to head out this far as the fuel dollar is going to become a concern as prices continue to sky rocket in Mexico. Don´t waste your time or money for now.

Once more the point off Punta Mita is the place to be and will most likely stay that way for the months to come. It´s not far from Puerto Vallarta and an eight hour trip will produce the desired results. Rooster fish are still in the area and running very large at 60 to 70 lbs! Dorado are thinning out as you´d expect but still out there in the 40 to 60 lb range as well. Sailfish are thinning out as well, but they´ll be in the area for some time to come, just not in larger numbers. As long as you understand that, it´s worth a shot with these other desirable species hanging out.  Skip Jack tuna or ¨Skippies¨ are large, bait size large and up to 35 lbs. Great tasting and fun to catch, smaller folk will appreciate these exciting fighters. Sailfish in the area will be found 13 to 15 miles off the point on a heading of 300 degrees. Same place I always tell you about, so keep this information handy for future reference. You may also find Striped Marlin in the area as water temps drop as expected weekly.

Marietta Islands are not far from Punta Mita so you can imagine things are improving here as well. Pompano in the 25 to 40 lb range are abundant in number and sized nicely as I write this article. Not the most popular species for some reason, they´re great tasting fish. Rooster fish in the 35 lb range, Jack Crevalls (they´re everywhere), Bonito, And Spanish Mackerals are still in the area and taste great as well.

Great small game fishing inside the bay will be like this for the foreseeable future, Jack Crevalls in the 30 lb range and plentiful, Snappers around the structure and schooling, Snook at the river mouths and shoreline, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals for the near term and the list goes on. Four to eight hour fishing days are your best fishing bet for the next few months as should be expected.

As far as early winter fishing goes, we´re doing great with plenty of action, perfect fishing conditions and decent water temperatures of 76 degrees. Water conditions are mostly blue, but the bottom muck has stirred up a bit with changing currents so the water is not perfect, but good enough at most locations. Lures have been working well for Tuna and sailfish, jet heads are working best. Color wise, purple and yellow lures, Blue and Pink and Brown with black stripes are the ones you want in your bag of tricks this week. Dead Bait trolled is working well also. As mentioned earlier water temperatures are inching their way south which for the near term means Striped Marlin will be coming in for a short time as they head south to warmer waters with their cousins.

Something to think about, fuel prices due to the new laws that began Jan. 1,  are rising at a brisk clip. Calculating the break down to dollars and gallons, you´ll be looking at about 30 cents a gallon increase monthly for the foreseeable future. No kidding, this is going to make fishing more expensive. The new tax laws that were scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1 have been postponed until April 1. This is also a giant pain and will put fishing boats that operate under the radar more difficult to operate, impossible in fact, but it´s Mexico they´ll find a way around it. For now we´re looking at some challenges to keep the industry ¨afloat¨ but like all increases the clients will bear the burden. We´re looking at some interesting times ahead in the next year, if you have any questions on how this will affect you and your fishing, feel free to contact me.

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. 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 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is workingFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

 

Sharp Drop in Water Temps, Striped Marlin Return, Jacks also

Sharp Drop in Water Temps, Striped Marlin Return, Jacks also

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

 

The air is warm, the humidity is way up and all of a sudden these cold currents show up out of nowhere! That´s right amigos, just when you think it´s going to be a great day fishing, the water gauge shows water temperatures that are hitting a chilly 75 Degrees. As a result Black and Blue Marlin have moved out of the area for the moment, that´s the down side. The up side; Striped Marlin are back in the area and they´re good sized running 300 lbs, but you won´t see Striped Marlin occupy the same areas as Black Marlin with their preferences in water temperatures being at different levels. Having said that the fishing is great, but you may have a mixture of winter and summer species fighting for your bait!04 01 2013 Kathleen Moore Bella Del Mar 6 hrs

Mid way through June, heading straight into July, this drastic change in water temperatures is weird to say the least. Because of this we´re seeing Red Snappers increase in big numbers all around the bay. The biggest signal water temperatures dropped is the presence of Jack Crevalls again around the Marietta Islands, El Morro and in the bay. All of a sudden Sierra Mackerals are thinning out, Needle fish are not being seen, let alone caught. Yet there are Dorado off the point of Punta Mita. If this all sounds confusing, especially if you have to suggest a location to target, it can make your head spin. For now what would ¨I ¨ expect? Well, my crystal ball is cracked and my ability to predict the future is greatly diminished, but I do predict fun times ahead, that is if you get out to where the fish ¨are¨.

If you were looking for midsized Yellowfin Football Tuna, then you´re in luck, Yelapa and the surrounding area is seeing 40 lb Yellowfin Tuna Footballs. Great sized, great fighters and they´re great tasting. If you have a four hour trip scheduled make sure you´re not on the ¨looper¨ charter to nowhere! Make sure if renting a boat for four to six hours the company will get you directly to the Yelapa side of the bay. Those charging cheap prices are doing a loop from Conches Chinas to the Marina area. There are no fish in this area for now. You´re just throwing your money away amigos. But if you find your way into the actual bay, there are Red Snappers schooling, Roballo are collecting at the river mouths as we are starting to see some mountain rains bring organic food into the bay. Sierra Mackerals in the warm areas, Jack Crevalls in the cold currents and a host of other possibilities.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Marietta Islands are in the middle of these cold currents. As a result there are Jack Crevalls running up to 40 lbs, Dorado in the 30 lb range, a slight chance at a Rooster fish, Sailfish are in the area, better around El Morro. The area is alive with all sorts of possibilities, you will catch fish if you head out to the Marietta Islands, my crystal ball has spoken!

Just a smidge north of the Marietta Islands you have the area in front of Punta Mita. The rocky shore line is threatening to those who venture too close. But for those who know where to go, these rocky areas are a wealth of fish. Off Punta Mita is a favorite area for commercial fisherman to set up buoys that will be under water and invisible unless you understand what the marker looks like. But if you find a buoy the Dorado are running in the 30 lb range. Sailfish are normally off the point about ten miles, sometimes closer. Red Snappers, Pompano, Amber Jack, they´re all there, the only thing missing is you.Reels and Sunsets

Corbeteña and El Banco have had a strange week. With the cooler water temperatures we are seeing Striped Marlin but no Blue or Black Marlin which were thick at both of these locations last week! So goes fishing, things can change faster than a Texas weather report! Water is clean, Blue and inviting, just cold. There are still Sailfish to 85 lbs, Striped Marlin as mentioned to 350 lbs or so. Cubera Snappers for the bottom fishing guys or the jiggers. For now, Yellowfin are MIA, who knows where they went, but for this exact moment, the Tres Maria Islands would be your best option for Yellowfin Tuna. If heading out a hundred miles one way is a nice boat ride to go fishing, then you´ll be fine. If this is your idea of hell, then I suggest fishing in the bay… Hahahaha.

For now, we normally know what to expect. But with these swirling currents, then chilly water coming in, anything is possible, unpredictable. One thing for sure, we have fish and you will have a great day on the water. The only real question is which fish are going to show. For now I suggest the Marietta Islands and enjoy your day. Don’t get fixed on one species and you´ll have some arm burning action you´ll never forget. All and all the fishing is not yet what we expect for summer months, but we´re still early in the fishing season which means things will improve as they always do.

Once the seasonal rains begin we´ll have the ¨Trash Line¨ of organic materials like leaves, seeds, roots, fruit, you name it. The Dorado, Rooster fish and frankly any fish in the bay will feed on this line of organic stuff. When this happens, summer fishing will take a turn for the better making short day fishing trips worth every peso. Rainy season is just a few weeks away, so be patient if you´re a local living in Puerto Vallarta, summer is almost here!

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. 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 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is workingFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Bull Dorado off the Marietta Islands, Striped Marlin at El Banco!

Bull Dorado off the Marietta Islands, Striped Marlin at El Banco!

Written by: Stan Gabruk

 

Welcome to another amazing week of fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. This year we´ve been blessed by the fishing gods with warm water in the middle of winter. With these warm water temperatures running around 78 degrees we have some serious fishing happening here and now. Plenty of bait in the water insures these summer species like Bull Dorado, Striped Marlin and Sailfish won´t be leaving anytime soon. As we move into spring, it looks like this years fishing season may be something to remember.01 07 2009 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico wTEXT

The best action this week was just off the Marietta Islands with big Bull Dorado running over 50 lbs. Yep, that´s what I said. Sailfish in the 70 lb range are hanging, Red Snappers to 35 lbs just south of the Islands, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Rooster Fish (35 – 50 lbs), the place is awash in action. This isn´t rocket science, show up, catch fish, and be happy. This is a rare treat, it´s the right place and now is the right time, so get off your duff and get it in gear amigos! Normally it´s March when we begin to start to see some Sailfish coming in. But they never left this year so we´re primed for what could be an exciting Sailfish Season!

El Banco is a little surprising as well this week. Striped Marlin are all over the area and are picking up in numbers. Again it looks like late summer fishing in March. There are herds of Spinner Dolphin around the high spots, which of course means there are football sized Yellowfin Tuna in the 35 lb range running with them. Cubera Snappers for the jiggers, Amber Jacks, and the possibility of some larger Yellowfin Tuna, but that is rolling the dice. Mid Sized lures of Pink, Green and Blue are working best. Also trolled dead bait seems to be a preference, but bring live bait just in case.

The Tres Maria Islands this week saw several boats come in with Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs and this will not change. Just remember it´s close to 100 miles out, so consider overnight trips to get more bang for your fishing bucks.03 23 08 Week of 001 wTEXT

Corbeteña was a little slow this week. The bottom fishing for Cubera Snappers, Striped Marlin, and some Yellowfin Tuna doesn´t make this area worth the fuel dollars, for this moment anyway. Things can change in a heartbeat so make sure you get the latest and greatest before heading out.  Not much to say about Corbeteña.

Punta Mita is also seeing many Sailfish, Striped Marlin about 15 miles off the point and Rooster fish at the Anclote reef in Sayulita. For the moment the Marietta Islands would be a better choice.

Inside the bay there are just fields of smaller Jack Crevalls under five pounds, but you can catch 30 to 40 in a four hour day. So you have affordable action and you´re on the water amigo, it could be a lot worse!

Right now we´re seeing warmer than usual water temperatures, which is why the Sailfish and Dorado Bulls are heavy around the Marietta Islands. I have no reason to believe this will change as we move into spring in a short while. The bite is after mid day and runs to about 5 O´clock in the afternoon. So getting out there too early is not to your advantage. We´ve seen some red tide this week as well, but it´s streaky and that was at the mouth of the bay. So be prepared to change your game plan if the water turns red.08 10 2008 Discovery, Thomas Harris, 10hrs, Corb. Sail, Marlin 009 wTEXT

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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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. 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 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is workingFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Warm Water Winter, Stripers, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna

Warm Water Winter, Stripers, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna

Written by: Stan Gabruk

Lately I have had a many people asking me about global warming, the strange fishing conditions and what I make of them. Well I used to think I actually knew something about our local species, currents, and what we should expect under fairly normal conditions. When it comes to fishing, it will always defy logic.  For now we´re seeing summer time species like Dorado, Sailfish and Yellowfin tuna around our world famous fishing grounds. Now why they´re here in the winter, your guess is as good as mine. While we´re having spring like weather during the days, it will also help keep water temperatures up. With warm, swirling currents these strange conditions have persisted and who are we to complain. For now the visitor looking for some great fishing action can actually target fish that should be long gone.  Welcome to fishing amigo, it will drive you crazy!Red Fish Boil

Corbeteña is alive and well with Yellowfin Tuna to 80 lbs, Same for El Banco. Dorado running in the 35 to 50 lb range is turning into a ¨normal¨ thing. Sailfish, Striped Marlin to 250 lbs. Wahoo average in the 80 lb range for now. It´s just great fishing and there´s plenty of live bait to keep these summer species around.  With the lower numbers of tourist fishing the local spots are all deserted with just a few boats if any. Cubera Snappers, there is plenty of action if you have the inclination amigo.

At the Marietta Islands and El Morro, the fishing is great, but like you should expect these fish are moving all over the place. Some days can be tough trying to get the interest of a fish that is so stuffed he can´t eat another bait fish, but thank your lucky stars they do! Sailfish are still hanging out, Dorado in the 25to 35 lb range, Snappers to 30 lbs, Trigger fish around the reef area are tasty! Rooster fish which were so active the last week have thinned out considerably with the Sardines moving. Picking up the slack Jack Crevalls are all over the place, Sierra Mackerals also, it´s wide open here and it´s only an eight hour day. Mikes Fishing party can help the single guy looking for some action on a shoe string for $175 dollars per person. Cheap for sure and Mikes Fishing is a superior product for a fair price. Come by and ask us about this great and affordable option while here in Puerto Vallarta as a single fisherman.02 02 13  Dorado  Footballs wText

Punta Mita, the other point to the north is alive as well with Sailfish off the point and north a bit. Striped Marlin almost to El Banco and Dorado bulls. Rooster fish may be there, but no reports as late from Sayulita. But the fact a four hour trip off a beach panga that is equipped well will get you something for the dinner table tonight, fresh from the sea. It doesn´t get any better than this when it comes to fresh sea food! I would hit the Marietta Islands before you consider this area.

Inside the bay is still Jack Crevall City as you would expect from years and years of steady winter time stable. Dorado are not in the bay, but Sierra Mackerals are running between and  15 and 35 lbs, great tasting as well but make sure you find those golden spots near the dorsal fin so don´t eat that California Mackeral, it´s horrible! Skip Jack Tuna around Yelapa just don’t understand they`re not supposed to be there. Perfect for younger anglers who are not exactly looking to hook into Moby Dick!

Water Temperatures are hovering in the 71 to 75 degree range. Bait fish are all over the place with many smaller bait balls. Lures are always something you should run, but for now if you´re trolling live bait it will do the job. Google Eyes for now are the bait of choice. Presently you have a real opportunity to catch some great and tasty fish that should not be here in the area. So take the chance to see nature up close and personal, who knows, you may even see a whale!02 10 2012 Snappers on Andele 600Pxls

For those who don´t know yet, Gloria, a personal friend (not my wife) is now working the shop during the day and is handling my marketing and office during the day. For every person who comes in the door and says hello will receive a free jungle or city tours.  Gloria is a great lady and you`ll understand when you meet here. We´ve also got some new T-shirt styles in our new location just down a few doors from Victors Restaurant at the south end of the marina. Come in and get your tour amigos…..

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place! Everyone coming by to see my new location will get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!Master Baiters is still the only real fishing company in Marina Vallarta with its own exclusive boats that are reliable, fast, English Speaking, fish catching professionals!  Questions on any subject: feel free to ask at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or call me directly locally at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is working). You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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

Summer Like Weather, Warm Currents, Wahoo at Corbeteña

Summer Like Weather, Warm Currents, Wahoo at Corbeteña

Written by Stan Gabruk

Summer time fishing conditions have made fishing a real dream at the Marietta Islands, Dorado running 25 to 35 lbs are still hanging in the warm currents. Water temperatures are still in the mid seventies with blue water conditions everywhere reachable in a day…. Snappers in the 30 lb range are more abundant daily. Rooster fish are still here, but for some reason have slowed down. You may come in empty handed if targeting Roosters, but the Jack Crevalls will more than make up for their absence. Skip Jack Tuna in the 30 lb range, Even Needle fish are taking baits in this cooler than normal water for this species.

Bobby Ross and Father Roger … Happy fisherman with www.MasterBaiters.com.mx… Bull Dorado in winter… something strange indeed, but we´ll take all we can get!

The full moon has been doing its job and the Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco are taking baits, not a problem there, but their size seems to be diminishing by the day. For now Yellowfin Tuna are running in the 60 lb range, not in the 150 lb range like last week.  Again, It´s been a full moon the last few days and that of course means super early bites and late afternoon bite for YF Tuna. Not a bad thing unless you don´t want to get up early or your wife doesn´t want you out too late, those dinner reservations with friends are fish day killers! Wahoo have been in the area and are running 80 lbs. Most captains have not been running wire leaders and have essentially got lucky to hook-em perfectly. With razor teeth they can cut even wire leaders that are too thin. Dorado still in the warm currents, but smaller at 25 lbs. Striped Marlin in the 125 to 275 lb range, they do like cooler water and this is perfect conditions for them. Cubera Snappers Jigging in the 50 lb range and the list just goes on. Great fishing at Corbeteña and El Banco…

The Marietta Islands are still producing like a fish machine, this will continue through the winter so get used to it. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Needle fish, Dorado in the 25 lb range. Snappers to 25 lbs, Rooster fish are in and mostly out for now, but they chase bait so we´ll wait to see what happens… like we have a choice. Eight hours right now is a great value for the money. Mikes Fishing 8 hr fishing party for solo fisherman is your best value at $175.00 usd. We can fix you up, just let us know. But stay away from these super cheap pangas with no radio. Remember a boat with no radio is dangerous and a cell phone cannot call an S.O.S. if you´re sinking. Besides, you can´t hear the other captains for where to find fish! Don’t let a cheap boat risk what can´t be replaced! I mean really, what are they going to do call the wife to  send someone out to save you from  a sinking boat with no radio…please, but it happens every day.

Jack Crevalls everywhere … PV winter fishing is Great!

Inside the bay it´s Sierra Mackeral city, running to 35 lbs you will see why these are favorites of light tackle and fly fishing types… Needle fish, also known as false Marlin are strong fighters and will attack a bait that grabs their fancy. Jack Crevalls everywhere and they have an attitude. Jack Crevalls are not fussy fish, they hit anything shinny that swims. So you don´t need much expensive gear, you just need to get out there amigo. Four hour trips in the bay are well worth it if looking for arm burning action for now. Oh, there are still Skippies at Yelapa to close to 40 lbs, but again you can´t do that from the arm chair.

Punta Mita is still showing signs of Sailfish, but they are moving farther north by the day to catch warm currents coming down from baja via Mazatlan. Rooster fish around the Anclote reef, but thinning as well as Sardines become sparse. With plenty of bait to be had like Bullet Bonita and Google Eyes are the primary players regarding bait fish.

Rooster fish, Not great tasting, but great fighters!

FYI, I have a new person working the shop during the day, her name is Gloria and she´s a local lady who I´ve known for years. We are open days now, and we´re next to Victors Café Te Cuba so come down and get that free tour. Gloria is also working with condo rentals so you can get what you need fishing and lodging wise at Master Baiter´s now. Again, come in and say hello!

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place! Everyone coming by to see my new location will  get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!Master Baiters is still the only real fishing company in Marina Vallarta with its own exclusive boats that are reliable, fast, English Speaking, fish catching professionals!  Questions on any subject: feel free to ask at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or call me directly locally at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is working). You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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