Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

              Think Puerto Vallarta, Big Black Marlin, Sailfish & Dorado

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

You know I wait all year long to write my best articles about Puerto Vallarta’s World Class Fishing so this report is a real treat for me. We are seeing some of the best fishing of the year with no signs of things changing as we’re smack in the middle of tournament season! Superior Conditions, with moderating air temperatures as we move deeper into fall makes for comfortable days with fish the size of your car. These are the “Bucket List” days. Come join us for the time of your life!

Big Marlin anywhere past El Morro to Corbetena. Tournament Season is here amigos!

El Banco aka The Bank has shown some signs of life, some smaller Tuna and one big one was boated the other day. Some Black and Blue Marlin but the problem is not too many bait fish in the form of Skippies (aka Skip Jack Tuna). Blue Water, Smooth seas, conditions are favorable. Corbetena has seen more action and is more reliable, but it’s time El Banco got a pulse again. Stay tuned, they’re always bigger at The Bank, if they’re there!

Nice Sized Dorado in the bay!

Corbetena continues to be the place to be. Big Black and Blue Marlin running on average at 500 plus lbs are picking up in numbers and they’re here to party! The good news about Marlin is they’re all spread out so anything, anywhere is possible. They seem to be more abundant at the Rock, but anywhere from El Morro / Marietta Islands out are fertile territory amigos. One secret, run dead baits for Marlin. Skip Jack Tuna are the bait of choice right now for most species, lures are working as well, but if you come across schools of Skippies go ahead and fill the Tuna Tubes. This will almost guarantee a “screaming reel Marlin Party”! Dorado running 20 to over 60 lbs are more abundant by the day, which is saying something from last week! Sailfish are getting thicker also and they’re anywhere from 7 to 9 feet long! Yellowfin Tuna are a little disappointing this week running mostly in the 40 to 80 lb range (I’ve seen picture of some at 200 lbs as luck is a factor). But they’re taking baits and ready to take your presentation! So you have the idea, this is where you want to be and the sooner the better. Days like this you can’t go wrong. There have been two inch flying fish everywhere as bait. Krill shrimp are tasty for Dorado, Sails and Tuna so be prepared with Hoochies and related rigs.

The Marietta Islands are still in “neutral” and I have no explanation. If you’re a touch north of here the Point at Punta Mita have seen Sailfish and 30 lb Dorado spread through the area. Find a clump of debris and you’re hit the Dorado Jackpot. Just 7 miles or so off the point on a 310 heading you will find Sailfish and yes, more Black and Blue Marlin! Eight hours and longer are producing at least three strikes a day. We’ll put you on fish, it’s up to you to boat it! Around El Morro there are Skippies, so this area is drawing in larger fish. Black and Blue Marlin are roaming the area so a shorter day could produce nicely if you’ve got any luck at all. The trick here is to ride the current. That means the fish will surf this current, being pushed and this is where the bait is. So get in the current, not crossing it and you’ll see the difference. Locals worth their “salt” know this, experience pays.

Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena looking for a fast “bite”…

Inside the bay it’s reliable, affordable and fun! There are 10 to 20 lb Football Tuna around Yelapa and can be larger. Dorado in front of the Los Arcos Rocks in the 20 lb range. Sailfish are chasing Skippies in the bay as are some freak smaller Marlin around 300 lbs. Bonito are a stable and in the 30 lb range and great tasting. More Needle fish seem to be in the area, but not really catching many for now. For now even a super cheap four hour trip will pay off in sore arms and face hurting grins. You can’t go wrong fishing anywhere in PV these days.

The bite has been inching it’s way earlier and earlier so be ready to go early and be at your chosen fishing grounds by eight-ish in the morning. Water temperatures jumped five whole degrees to 88, not causing any issues though. Blue water and clear skies as we exit the rainy season. Live bait is working for some species, but Marlin are preferring dead baits as some Sails will take lure and dead bait before live bait, go figure. Lures of blue and white, purple Petroleros, iguanas that mimic Dorado are also working well. Flying fish are only two inches long, but they’re out there in the Billions! Some days can be more difficult than others, these fish have plenty to eat and they’re not shy about it. The fish are there, the challenge it to find the correct bait for the day, so bring your bag of tricks and good luck.

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

Remember to visit our new location on the Malecon or boardwalk on Morelos right at El Faro or the light house (next to Sr.Frogs). And don’t forget about our Marina Vallarta Store as well! Benjamin can fix you up with Tours if you’re looking to do something other than fishing as well.

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…

The Marina Store Location is still at the end of Marina Vallarta between Docks A & B. It is being said by my competition that Master Baiters, the guy who owns it is Dead. I am happy to say I am still alive and kicking, but obviously my so called “competition” is scared to death you’ll talk with me and then they’ll be a forgotten thought. We’ve been fishing here in PV for 17 years and counting. We’re the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta so don’t believe them. If asking where we are, mention you want top purchase a t-shirt, they seem to let that go…. it’s a mexican joke I live with daily!

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

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Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On / Off Again Bite Frustrates, Roosters Return, Water Temps Increase Drastically

     

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

 

Rare Sailfish boated on our new panga Azul Profundo with Captain Arrow
Rare Sailfish boated on our new panga Azul Profundo with Captain Arrow

Another week into the weird season we are seeing some strange occurrences that will affect our world class fishing for the next several months. The Calendar shows it´s March yet the water temperatures are telling us it´s early summer with water temps jumping to 80 degrees or about 23 Celsius. This is highly unusual as we´re officially in the middle of the winter fishing season where water temps should be around 70 to 72 degrees. For now with some Sardines and massive amounts of Bullet Bonito and Skippies (babies) as bait conditions are improving a bit. Rooster fish are spotty, Marlin are moving back in, kinda. Forget Dorado and Sailfish, they´re done for now. Then again there are still Sails being boated in the bay?! What does this all mean, who knows, but we´ll figure it all out together so stay tuned, things could get interesting!

Lets start with Corbeteña, normally our most versatile fishing location it´s been slow as in no action to speak of. Yes you´ll find Cubera Snappers, Jack Crevalls and maybe some 35 lb to 50 lb Yellowfin tuna, if lucky. Surprisingly no Marlin, no Sails, no Dorado. For now Corbeteña is better than last week, but still other options are better.

And El Banco is that option with Black Marlin to 600 lbs, Blue Marlin to 500 lbs. Larger Cubera Snappers to 70 lbs are taking trolled baits. Jack Crevalls of course and plenty of Skip Jack tuna as bait. Wahoo are all around the area, many anglers coming in with frayed line and no lure, bait or fish. Wire leader is required for Wahoo, but they´re line shy, so if you can find invisible wire, you´re good to go. Otherwise target Wahoo at your own risk. Losing lures when they´re not taking live bait, can get expensive targeting this species. So good luck, Wahoo is coveted and might just be valuable enough to pay your phone bill! No real Tuna to speak of and if there was the Seiners would be there Raping the fishing grounds. Long Liners are there on top of the High Spots AGAIN. Feel free to run over their lines, they´re illegal, but be warned, they sometimes have guns and the authorities are a ways off. We run the lines, let the authorities sort it all out as something stupid is bound to happen with this ignored situation. For those determined to hunt Yellowfin of any size El Banco is on again, off again. For those willing to roll the dice, nothing ventured nothing boated…Stay tuned.

Rooster Fish and Pampano are around the Marietta Islands and Anclote Reef near Sayulita, if YOU´RE LUCKY!
Rooster Fish and Pampano are around the Marietta Islands and Anclote Reef near Sayulita, if YOU´RE LUCKY!

El Morro is Wahoo city with some Rooster fish but not enough to target or count on. Many frayed lines with nothing to show for it. The Marietta Islands are seeing some nice sized Pampano in the 35 to 50 lb range, great tasting and strong fighters. Round off the area with Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Skip jack tuna to 12 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Needle fish, maybe some Snappers and the occasional freak Sailfish! Rooster fish are here and around the Anclote reef off Sayulita but they´re not exactly plentiful. For the angler targeting Roosters you have a shot, but be prepared to change your plan late in the fishing day. Punta Mita is slow, no Dorado, no Sailfish but you may find some Striped Marlin anywhere from 8 to 16 miles off the point. With the mixed variety of species and the changing conditions improving an eight hour fishing day is worth the money.

Inside the bay is normally automatic fishing, not so for the last few days. You need six hours, four hours gets you to where the fish were yesterday, the extra couple hours lets us find where they went today! Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Bonito 30 lbs, Needle Fish at 40 lbs, and who knows what else is cruising the neighborhood. For the family and younglings a shared boat for eight hours is the best deal in town.

Even with the challenges of spread out fish, the fishing is still great. Short day trips can be as much fun as longer duration trips with smaller fish, but plentiful. With water temperatures back up to 80 degrees we could see Yellowfin tuna moving back into the area, it wouldn´t surprise me. Marlin are going to be here for the next several months, why would they leave. Corbeteña is challenged with bait issues, but the bait moves and we expect Corbeteña to come back little by little. Capt. Cesar from Magnifico predicts Yellowfin over 200 lbs this March, it happened last year so I´ll keep an eye peeled.

Marina Vallarta Store Mgr Ange is Modeling our new ladies shirt .. Fish ¨N¨ Chix which comes in three colors to choose from. Only in PV for the moment... stay tuned!
Marina Vallarta Store Mgr Ange is Modeling our new ladies shirt .. Fish ¨N¨ Chix which comes in three colors to choose from. Only in PV for the moment… stay tuned!

Important stuff: the bite is a little late happening after 11 a.m., bait is limited around Corbeteña but Bullet Bonito and Bullet Skippies are a favorite snack so we have good reason to think things are on the upside. Lures: Ok, Magnifico went through the whole collection of more than a hundred lures and found some worked for a while, then they didn´t. So have plenty of color, dead bait, live bait and make bait for bullets. With all this and the Goggle Eye bait we hit you with in the morning should have you covered. Your captain will need all his secret spots and tricks, but the payoff is there, Buenos Suertes amigos! Blue water everywhere so bait visibility is not an issue…..

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular (½ Super Panga, 2 person max. per half the boat)! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-IMG-20160303-WA0001shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store. Contact us about a week before coming to PV so we can get you set up early on a shared boat!

Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

Master Baiter´s is located 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. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Striped Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo & Rooster Fish, Summer Fishing in February

      Striped Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo & Rooster Fish, Summer Fishing in February  

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

 

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Hello… this report this week is about four days late, but the info is still accurate….. I got a little under the weather this week… so forgive this late report and you´ll have another one in a few days ….

Well once again El Nino has us scratching our heads wondering what is coming next. Last week it looked like the ¨summer¨ fishing season had finally ended. Then all of a sudden Striped Marlin move in off Sayulita in force, the Dorado move back in to the Punta Mita area, Yellowfin Tuna for now at El Banco, it´s a real mixed bag with summer species swimming alongside winter species. It´s anyone’s guess from this point how the season is going to shape up for the rest of the winter, but if this is any example of what we can expect, I´m excited at the possibilities.

Let’s start with Corbeteña: Of all the fishing grounds, Corbeteña is the least active. Now the rock has strikes, not an issue, but north of Corbeteña by 6 to 7 miles you´ll find Striped Marlin around 350 to 400 lbs on tap. Blue Marlin are also in the area in the same size range. Dorado are thinning out a little but they´re still in the 30 to 40 lb range. Cubera Snappers in the 50 lb range if jigging, but they will take trolled bait. Sailfish are not exactly thick, they are there and taking baits! Wahoo in the area from 60 to 80 lbs and worth targeting! Wahoo are kinda rare around here and we don´t have them for long, but they´re here now so get your butt on the water, now!!

El Banco is the best choice now if choosing between our two primary deep water fishing grounds. Sailfish, you bet to over 120 inches, Striped Marlin (400 lbs) are not exactly automatic. Blue Marlin in the 500 lb range, Blue and Big Black Marlin over 500 lbs.  Wahoo to 80 lbs possible (best around El Morro), Dorado to 40 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna 80 to 120 lbs and they´re at the high spots, not miles north. El Banco is finally the place of choice for big fish!

02 16 2016 Punta Mita Point 650 pxls adjustedEl Morro is alive with Wahoo primarily, there are also Rooster fish in the 35 lb range, not exactly abundant, but picking up and Red Snappers in the 30 lb range are great tasting table fare. Around the Marietta Islands we´re still waiting for this area to ¨turn on¨. With Jack Crevalls and Bonito on tap it’s not much of a reason to hang around the area. Snapper are close, but not like El Morro. Bonito to 25 lbs, Sierra Mackerals, Red Snappers under 25 lbs, possibility of some Rooster fish in the 35 lb range. Punta Mita is alive with Dorado in the 40 lb range. Striped Marlin have taken over the area in the 350 lb plus range. Around Sayulita’s Anclote Reef there are more Rooster fish (40 lbs) larger than what is hanging around the shore line of Nuevo Vallarta. Be warned, once you pass the eight mile mark from the point of Punta Mita you´ll find a dead area with no fish, zilch, you´ve been warned. But if you continue to the 14 mile mark you´ll find even more Striped Marlin in big numbers. Capt Cesar of Magnifico called me all excited to share how the fishing was on fire in this area so I could share this all with you. So there you go, Capt Cesar of Magnifico says hit this area NOW!

Inside the bay is great as well with the usual suspects of Jack Crevalls around the Nuevo Vallarta area, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna to 6 lbs, Bonito 20 to 40 lbs, Needle fish to 35 lbs, Dorado around the Los Arcos area for the lucky. There is just plenty of fish to be had and there is no excuse for coming in empty handed!

Water Temperatures are still in the 77 to 79 degree range with warm swirling currents keeping species like Dorado in the area, thank your lucky stars for that. Warm water still extends to southern California so our ¨winter fishing season¨ is going to be a real mixed bag, stay tuned! The Bite is later in the morning now, but with the cloudy mornings from a marine layer I suggest getting to where ever you want to be on the early side. No worries, a 7 a.m. depart time will be perfect, just not too early or you´re waiting for no good reason for fish. Lures: Flying fish lures (blue with silver spots and stripes) along with Petrelaros are ¨no brainers¨. Live bait is working well also, but live bait near Corbeteña is sparse, plan accordingly. If things continue like they are the Easter could be very interesting. With the surprise of larger YF Tuna (not big ok) over 80 lbs in February then anything is possible so keep an eye on these reports, the standard speak and crap being spread around Marina Vallarta by these local ¨promoters¨ is not worth listening to. They´re still quoting my last article and they´re way behind the power curve, you´ve been informed.

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store. Contact us about a week before coming to PV so we can get you set up early on a shared boat!

Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

Master Baiter´s is located 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. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Plenty of Fish, Crazy Conditions Present Challenges

                         Plenty of Fish, Crazy Conditions Present Challenges

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

 

12 02 2015 Magnifico 7 650 pxls MBTextAs we swing into the tail end of fishing´s High Season we see that things have changed and you may have to change your plan of attack. Water temperatures are more in the range we would prefer at 84 degrees with high visibility blue water at all our world class fishing grounds. Plenty of bait and perfect sea conditions. Tuna are hit and miss right now, more miss. Marlin is still hanging out, but they´re a little thinner or less abundant than last week. Sailfish and Dorado have moved in closer, including inside the bay and you may wonder what the title for this article is all about? Well, Corbeteña has Bottle Nose Dolphin, they like to hang with Marlin and Tuna, they´re buddies so to speak. For the last month these large Dolphin (Flipper type) have been sneaking up and eating your bait right up to the hook. First time is funny, second time is not so funny, the third time and you´re getting worried. They´ll take even Goggle eyes and this is an issue. So, the challenge, if you´re willing to accept this mission, is catch fish at Corbeteña without the bait bandits getting between you and your ¨Finned Fantasy¨!

Corbeteña: Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin and Bottle Nose Dolphin. If you can get around these pesky and very cool mammal’s you´ll catch fish. I don´t want to make it sound like a walk in the park, you´ll have to work for that catch. Yesterday Magnifico had three Marlin hook-ups. Barely touched, they were mostly just giving it a bump. Got the hook in three, spit three times as well. These were Black Marlin in the 350 to 700 lb range, there could be larger out there, when we don´t have to worry about bait bandits we´ll know. Sailfish are good size in the 80 to 100 lb range. Bonito in the 40 lb range (bait), Skip jack Tuna (more bait), huge Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs or larger. Yellowfin are in the area before you come to the Rock and ten miles north of the rock, they move so they can be anywhere tomorrow!  With so much ¨bullet¨ Skippies and Bonito you´ll need to make bait in the area to make sure you´ve running what they want. For now the frustration of these ¨Flippers¨ will make your hair fall out. The fish are there, but getting to them is the ¨challenge¨. Good Luck amigos, you´ll need it.

IMG-20151017-WA0001El Banco, at least there are no Dolphin out there. Same Deal, Marlin to 700 lbs, Sailfish, Rainbow runners to 50 lbs and reports of Wahoo to 80 lbs for the ¨Uber Lucky¨. Don´t even think of targeting Wahoo, they´re a non-schooling fish and if targeting them you need wire leader and run (troll) lures a touch faster and you may get ¨lucky¨. No Dorado to speak of but as usual, things can change in a New York minute. There have been some reports of Yellowfin Tuna in the 250 lb range in the Tres Maria Island area. With the up and down ¨mood swings¨ this area can be producing like a machine or they´ll have nothing. It´s all in for this area, so you´ve been informed, roll the dice.

12 09 2015 Dorado, Guanatuna, 6 hrs 650 Pxls MBTextThe Marietta Islands and El Morro had a glimmer of Rooster Fish this week. Nothing you could count on, but those off the back side of El Morro and around the reef there have boated some, not many, but some Rooster fish in the 50 to 75 lb range. With Sardines in the area, they could pick up in numbers, it´s been some time since we had a shot at this quill headed demon fish! Snappers at 25 lbs for the jiggers, Bonito like normal in the 30 lb range, Jack Crevalls are moving in a little early this year and there are even some Sierra Mackerals showing up in the bay. Sailfish are off the back side of these islands. If looking for a chance at Rooster Fish then take a shot, you can always head over to the Point of Punta Mita and clean up on Dorado which are still in the 30 lb range and larger.

Inside the bay is still the place to be if you want to target Dorado! After a whole year of no Dorado in the bay they´re making up for lost time. Around the area of Los Animas and the Los Arcos rocks you´ll find 30 – 40 lb Dorado just hanging out and no Bottle Nose Dolphin to frustrate you! Football YF Tuna are in the area as well to 40 lbs. Sailfish (smaller range of 70 lbs) have also been boated again this week a few miles off the rocks and around La Cruz. Tons of Jack Crevalls in the 30 lb range around La Cruz Marina. Snook around the river mouths, shore and structure of any kind. Bonito to 35 lbs, Skippies, even some Sierra Mackerals and Needle fish to keep the Whales company. I suggest six hours in a super panga to make your day and impress that special person with your manly catch as you have it prepared at Victors Café Te Cuba, they´ll prepare it five different ways, I love this place!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSo with the BN Dolphin being bait bandits, then hot and cold days at El Banco, I´d focus on eight hour or less days where you´ll boat all kinds of fun fish including Dorado, Football Tuna, and maybe even a Sailfish and still keep a few pesos in your fishing fund. We had a few days with some larger swells with wide intervals that are diminishing. Bite has been pretty much all day, but the Yellowfin Tuna are hitting the ¨late¨ bite if you want to call it that around 2:30 p.m. Otherwise the bite for every other species is mostly mid morning into the afternoon! Live bait is king, Bullet Bonito or Skip Jack Tuna are your best weapon if you can keep the BN Dolphin at bay. For now Lures are your best option around Corbeteña in Green with some Yellow and Blue with Red skirts. Everywhere else you´ll want to use live bait, but still run one lure, you never know! Moon phase is not an issue now. Blue water, Plenty of bait, hell it´s a fisherman’s paradise out there right now and you do this on the cheap!

Extended Version: One of the conditions I did not mention is the human condition created when people do things they shouldn´t. For now we´re seeing hundreds of long lines all around the area as these illegal fisherman are once again raping the natural resources in the Bay of Banderas. Capt Cesar told me yesterday that there were three hundred long lines with many Sailfish, Dorado and Marlin dead on the lines. It´s sickening to see these beautiful fish just dead illegally. The navy doesn´t seem to care, they won´t react when told, same goes for the Port Authority or Captain of the Port! The Govt. doesn´t seem to care even though there are federal laws against this. Nobody in Mexico cares if there isn´t some sort of ¨Pay off¨ in the form of a mordida or bribe. If anyone knows a resource or person we can get in touch with we will! But the sad reality is whoever we talk with will most likely give us the flapping jaw routine with nice words and no action…. Once again. These long liners patrol their lines with guns at their side. So don´t be brave and think you´ll run over their lines which can be several miles long, it will just get you in deeper shit than you will want to deal with. Me, I know how to deal with this sort of home grown corruption, but it involves embarrassing those in power. Now all I need to do is find the right guy and put a bug in his ear. Update: 12/11/2015... We still have bottle nose Dolphin, but some days they´re not there, others they are… YF Tuna around the Rock at 80 lbs, Sailfish and Dorado in the 50 lb range just north of the rock by ten miles. You still have to make a decision, choose wisely!

I am continuing with my MBTV Video Fishing Reports which are very popular and a second report in the end of the week after we publish this report earlier in the week. So there is now no reason not to be up to the minute for fishing conditions!  Shared fishing charters: if you get me your name and hotel you´ll be at I can try and Hook-U-Up with others looking to share a fishing trip. We´re matching up eight and ten hour clients on either a super panga or Magnifico / Mama Sita. Don’t wait until you arrive because it makes it very difficult to match people up after the fact. People can match up easier before coming down. It makes things easier on me and works better all around.

Until next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

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