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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

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Tropical Conditions Pushing Fish Out of Area Momentarily, Bay Fishing is Great!

Tropical Conditions Pushing Fish Out of Area Momentarily, Bay Fishing is Great!

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

 

Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector boats a Sailfish in the bay near La Cruz
Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector boats a Sailfish in the bay near La Cruz

Summer has arrived in all its glory now. It’s warm, normally around 90 to 100 degrees daily. Humidity is unbearable for those from a drier climate running normally over 80 percent. It can be unbearable at times. Puerto Vallarta is for all practical purposes a “Fish Bowl” that holds humidity. With a little pressure from a microscopic system will cause rain daily. Sometimes those tiny “systems” can be a bit of a problem as fish in the area will feel this pressure in the water! When this happens the fish will move out. We’ve seen some of this the past week. Having said that, the fishing is still great, but you will come back empty handed if heading out past the Marietta Islands. With blue water conditions and plenty of bait in the area, this will be short lived.

This week if you’re heading to the deep water locations of Corbetena or El Banco you may come back with fish, but then again if the last few days are an indicator, it may be wise to wait a day or two. We have times when things just fall apart, the locals say it’s “slow”. We have blue water, plenty of bait, water temp is a little high at 88 but not a disaster. It’s just this high pressure “zones” that move in and out now that’s the issue. You could find Sailfish and Marlin in the northern area past Corbetena, but then again if the last few days are any example then wait for some news. Of course you can always Jig for Cubera Snappers and go with “luck”, it happens, but for now save those fuel dollars for better days.

08 15 2017 Magnifico Sail Punta Mita 2 400 pxls MBTextAround Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have been equally as disappointing. We saw some great days last week with super abundant Sailfish, some nice Dorado and of course we had some 40 lb Rooster fish near the shoreline and reefs type areas of Anclote, north of Sayulita. But that was short lived as these high pressure “eddies” continue to swirl around the “fish bowl” we have here. It saves our butts for Hurricanes, but you can feel the pressure making the heat and humidity more intense. Vacationers just think it’s hot and hotter. For now things can change before you finish reading this article so don’t be discouraged, just fire me an email and I’ll get you the latest and greatest information amigos.

Once again amigos inside the bay wins the prize as the best fishing PV has to offer. Sailfish in both ends of the bay, Small Yellowfin Tuna to 30 lbs around Yelapa and abundant. Jack Crevalls are peppered throughout the area. Bonito, Skippies, 40 lb Rooster fish still possible near Estiladeras or close to La Cruz in the surf. Six hours got a client a nice Sailfish, we haven’t seen Sailfish for a few days and to boat one in the bay is pretty unusual, but unusual has turned into the norm for the last year! Those looking to have some great and fun action would be well served to consider the bay as your first and best option for the next twenty minutes….

Water temperatures have gone up a bit to 88 degrees as mentioned earlier, but this is not the problem, it’s the pressure these fish feel that has been their issue. Water it blue and perfect. We’re also seeing lots of Baby Skip Jack Tuna by the billions, Some Sardines, Goggle eyes and the list goes on. For now lures are not that great to use, but Petroleros and Blue with Silver are working well, start there and go through your lures one at a time. Something will work. The bite is hard to call this week. We’ve seen lots of cloud cover and a fair amount of rain if you’ve seen the news services or seen Facebook accounts. There is a lot of floating debris in the bay so if you’re on a boat be sure to keep an eye open for floating stumps or dead heads as they’re called. The trash line could be something to pay attention to, but only small Dorado are there, so throw the babies back.

All and all the fishing has been running hot and cold. One day it’s so hot we’ll have twenty five strikes within three boats. The next day it’s a fish “ghost town”. For now we’ll just play to our strengths and play in the bay. It’s less expensive and if you want to catch fish this is probably your best option and you will catch fish. If that’s the goal and you’re not hoping to catch Moby Dick, then you’ll have a great day amigos…  Malicon Location map 600 Pxls20170818_105611

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

 

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

 

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

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Sailfish Spread Out, Yellowfin Tuna Bite Late in Day

Sailfish Spread Out, Yellowfin Tuna Bite Late in Day

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

 

Sailfish at El Morro to Punta Mita, boated on Magnifico!
Sailfish at El Morro to Punta Mita, boated on Magnifico!

Writing a fishing article weekly is like aiming at a moving target. We all know what the fishing was like yesterday is not really an indication for what will happen tomorrow in conditions like we presently have. Now the fishing in Puerto Vallarta is never anything but good. But, if you’re looking for Moby Dick, He’s out there, but he’s not in the bay. Last week things got hot, then cold, then hot again. It’s very difficult to get a feel for fishing this year, it normally is right after an El Nino, but that’s not to say fishing is bad. In fact the fishing is great, but if you’re targeting a specific species or area, you could be disappointed. If you are inclined, multiple days fishing will always pay fish dividends… Those with high expectations of specific species can be disappointed at times. Those looking to have a fun time and be happy with what hits your bait, then you’ll have a wonderful time.

Once again we see the deep water locations are hot and cold. When it comes to Corbetena, right at the rock it’s been very slow and not easy to find Marlin, Sailfish or Tuna. If you only circle the rock you diminish your chances of a trophy fish greatly. Corbetena is just the target spot, you have to find the fish once there. If you’re on a low rent boat that goes slow and doesn’t use fuel, then you’ll be circling the rock and “Oh Well, that’s fishing” comes from your crew. But for now it’s also the time you arrive. Lesser fishing companies lock you into a specific time to depart, mostly 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. If that’s the case now, you’re heading to Corbetena looking for Marlin and Sailfish you better be looking for fish north of the rock. If you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, then they’re hitting around 11:30 if you’re lucky, but their strongest bite has been at 7:30 P.M. when the sun is sinking fast. If you are targeting Yellowfin then you’re most likely back before the bite begins. Not what you want to hear, but rather what you got from uninformed, uninterested agents looking for money and not return clients. Enough Said… Right now if you’re north of the rock by about five miles you’ll find 60 to 100 lbs Yellowfin Tuna at sunset. Before the bite Yellowfin won’t take a bait for nothing. There could be Squids or other bait that they’re feasting on all day. But the evening bite has been happening. One boat I know had three strikes at this time just “yesterday” and boated them all at 70 lbs each. Now this is information you can use right now. Blue Marlin are in the 350 to 600 lb range and are taking baits nicely, I am sure there are Black Marlin in the area, but we’ve only seen Blue Marlin this week.  Sailfish are moving all around the area and are spread out. If you’re targeting Sailfish you can do this closer in from El Morro to Punta Mita. Now if you’re looking for Marlin or Tuna hit this area. No Dorado have been boated in this area as late, but this should change as it always does. El Banco once again is having trouble finding a pulse, for now the extra fuel cost does not justify the heading this way. I heard a rumor not long ago that nets from Seiners are stuck to the high spots like flags in the wind and are not helping conditions there much when it comes to bait fish hanging in the area. Something to think about, not sure if it’s true, but it makes sense as one of the best fishing spots in Mexico stops producing? Really? Something is going on here.

El Morro, Marietta Islands to the Punta Mita is great fishing for Sailfish, but they’ve spread out and are not hanging in one location for the time being. You may come across some Dorado, they’re not exactly large, but you can still find a 20 pounder or two. Rooster fish are around the shore line at Anclote Ref area, Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls still everywhere to 40 lbs and assorted reef fish. The fishing is great even if there aren’t that many trophy fish “types” in the area. Worth the money for an eight hour trip. What was perfectly blue water in this area last week has turned clean green but the water temperatures as you would expect to be cooler aren’t. Fish don’t love green like this, but Sailfish don’t seem to mind and that’s your best species to target for now.08 15 2017 Magnifico Sail Punta Mita 2 400 pxls

Inside the bay this week we can make the argument it’s the best fishing location for PV right now. We’ve seen some rain, but this year the rainy season is spotty at best. This means we’re not seeing the trash line as we would normally see. Having said that there are baby Dorado in the 5 lb range that are willing to hit just about any bait in front of them that isn’t bigger than they are. Don’t keep the babies, let them grow to adults and help the Dorado Populations that have been decimated over the last few years by Seiners looking to pick up the slack as they fished Yellowfin Tuna to the levels they are now. Don’t be part of the problem amigos. Now there are some larger Dorado to be had off Los Arcos in the 30 lb range if you’ve got the luck of the Irish. Sailfish are spreading out in the bay as well, La Cruz area is a hot spot as well as is the middle of the bay. If you’re in the La Cruz area the Rooster fish are still in close to shore and are in the 30 to 40 lb range and can be had easily surf fishing, but a boat is better. Surprisingly to me Rooster fish have been around the mouth of the Ameca River in the 40 lb range as well, worth a shot for sure. Jack Crevalls all over the place to 40 lbs and if you’re close to Yelapa there is always the chance of a Football Yellowfin Tuna in the 30 to 45 lb range, feeling lucky?

The bite this week has been a moving target. Inside the bay anything can happen from 8:30 a.m. on. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna then you may want to head out later as they’re bite is around 11:30 on.. And from 7:30 p.m. into the evening. Now you have the real information, use it wisely. As far as bait goes we’re seeing tons if baby Skip jack Tuna and this is causing a frenzy for Roosters and Sails. Lures are not working that well, but if targeting Tuna use the reliable Cedar Plugs, Blue and yellow lures and of course the Petroleros and Iguana Lures. Water temperatures are at a very nice and comfortable 87 degrees so there are no issues there.

Come See Us at our new location on the Malicon on Morelos next to Sr.Frogs
Come See Us at our new location on the Malicon on Morelos next to Sr.Frogs

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

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk

20170730_094315Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ..... Come in, Say hello, see our newest products....
Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, It’s Finally Fish City Again

                                                                           Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, It’s Finally Fish City Again

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

Sailfish and Smaller Dorado in the bay
Sailfish and Smaller Dorado in the bay

We finally we have warm, blue water stuffed full of bait fish at our world famous deep water locations of Corbetena and El Banco. Yes Marlin of blue and black, Sailfish, even sizeable Yellowfin Tuna in several locations. With the warmer water temperatures, the invasion of the bay with massive amounts of bait was bound to happen, why it took so long is a mystery. For now we’ll count our lucky stars and go with the flow. For the record, it’s “Fish City” out there and High Season for world class Sportfishing begins now!

Let’s start with Corbetena, like last week we’re still seeing red crabs drawing in Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 lbs to 80 lbs, it just depends on your luck at the time. Sailfish of nice size, some Striped Marlin at 250 lbs, Black Marlin over 500 lbs, Blue Marlin at 500 lbs, and a host of smaller fish.  One issue is there are still Bottle Nose Dolphin stealing trolled baits so be aware. The good news is there is other bait to be caught out in the fishing grounds area, but they get those also. Be patient or use the staples in the bait tail trick to help your cause. Blue water, flying fish, warm water temperatures, the conditions are close to perfect and hopefully the season will build on all this. After such a dismal start to the season it’s nice to see things turn for the best. For the locals there is no excuse for not finding your way on the bay.

Blue Marlin, Corbetena
Blue Marlin, Corbetena

El Banco is much the same, but with Corbetena closer and fuel cost being what it is none of the local boys, charter companies that is, are heading out this way. My local friends, those with private boats are telling me the same story though. Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin but no Dorado in either location. Like I said, with Corbetena closer, the fuel cost being an issue, the majority (which isn’t many) have been hitting the rock. I guess this means the area will be deserted leaving you the high spots to yourself! Imagine having some of Mexico’s best fishing grounds to yourself, alone amigo. Same deal with bait, water temperatures, blue water, the conditions are world class and waiting for you to show up. FYI there are red crabs, the “Tuna Crabs” have hung around for a week so be ready to mimic those baits as well, just a thought.

Punta Mita / Marietta Islands finally have a pulse as Sailfish and Striped Marlin move in off the point of Punta Mita. Heading out three miles from the shore you’ll find beautiful high visibility blue water stuffed full of flying fish, Skip Jack tunas 6 lbs and a perfect bait. Bullet Bonito are also thick so you can expect the fishing in this area to continue to get better in the coming days. Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Needle fish are in the area at 30 lbs as well. There is a host of game fish in  very active area. The Marietta islands are the same, we’re just hoping to see Dorado soon.

For the last few months it’s been all about “inside the bay”. The surprising thing is the bay is still incredible and for the person on a limited budget you still have a slight chance at a Striped Marlin from 120 to 200 lbs. Sailfish are also still running the neighborhood and from Los Arcos you’ll find Yellowfin Football Tuna anywhere from 20 lbs to 45 lbs. The closer to Yelapa the chances are they’ll be larger. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Skip Jack Tunas at 6 lbs. These are very tasty and should not be ignored for the dinner table amigos.  Needle fish are in the 20 lb range for now and there are just so many species in the bay now we can’t come close to touching them. If you’re in town now and you don’t get on the water for a short day at the very least then you have missed something you’ll never forget. Oh, almost forgot to mention, we have small Dorado in the bay, hopefully this is an early sign of things to come. Cross your fingers and toes!

06 15 2017 Kevin Lawry, Pecositas II, 6 Hrs 600 pxls MBTextBait: as mentioned earlier we have bait city which makes “Fish City” possible. If you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna they’ve been hitting early in the morning, sometime before sunrise, yet we don’t have a full moon. Or the late bite is before sundown, so be on the water at 6 p.m. or so and get ready but if trying to get them to take a bait before they’re ready will just frustrate you. If you’re looking for Marlin, they’ve been taking dead baits as are Sailfish but they’ll take baits at all hours of the day right now, so it can be confusing. If you’re in the area of El Banco to Punta Mita be sure you have baits that will mimic flying fish as there are just fields of 3 to 5 inch beauties. Lures have been working well also especially for Marlin and Sailfish.  Petroleros (brown, purple and green), Iguanas (yellow and green) and cedar plugs are working well. Lures of yellow and blue will also get action, so bring your bag of tricks with these colors prominent. Water temperatures increased another degree so we’re in the perfect temperature range for the time being, YeHa! Bite: that’s a moving target but if you’re where you want to be before 9 a.m. this will serve you well.

We’ve been some morning rains, not much so we’re not as yet seeing a massive trash lines as we hope to see. We are seeing smaller trash “patches” that work well for Dorado and is the probable reason we have tiny Dorado in the bay, feeding on this organic fast food. This will change soon of course and we’ll have even more species options to choose from.

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

Smoked Fish Illustration We.ll Smoke your CatchRemember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours at $275 us for half a panga or two people max. We´re also selling clients smoked fish, or just give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed so you don´t have to freeze it to get it home! It´s great for less than tasty fish like Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish and more. Now if you have a Dorado, Snapper or Bonito they´re just outstanding. So call us on the way in, we´ll meet you at the dock and get your details, any company, any boat, just have fish!

Tours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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Still lots of Jack Crevalls in the bay and waiting for you to arrive!
Still lots of Jack Crevalls in the bay and waiting for you to arrive!

Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

                              Blue Water, Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish and Football Tuna

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

Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 ... Congrats Capt Juan, well done!
Capt. Juan Pablo Moll took First Place in Yellowfin Tuna Catagory in the La Cruz Tournament Oct 2nd, 2016 … Congrats Capt Juan, well done!

Right after I wrote last week’s report things flipped for the better. The ¨Clean Green water we´ve had for the last weeks is not gone. Blue water has returned to the area and we´re seeing an increase in Dorado in both numbers and locations. Marlin are still the main game fish out there, but they´re out there! Yellowfin around El Banco but they´re Footballs of 60 lbs. We have fish and they´re hungry for your bait amigo. High Season for fishing has finally kicked in big time so get your butt to PV and join the fun!

Subtle things can change in a heartbeat here in PV and this week we´re happy to see ¨High Visibility Blue water¨ return to our world famous fishing grounds again. El Banco this week is seeing some small Yellowfin Tuna 40 to 65 lbs, we call them ¨Footballs¨.  Blue and Black Marlin are still running from 250 lbs to over 600 lbs. But you have to be patient, they´re spread out and it could take some time to get a strike. Dorado are still sparse at El Banco, wait a week and we´ll hopefully see this change. Rainbow Runners around 45 lbs and great tasting. Sailfish of course and a host of other possible game fish to choose from. When the fish are at El Banco, they´re always a little bigger. With almost perfect conditions and water temperatures it should be considered when making your fishing day plan with the captain!

Big Dorado at Corbetena!
Big Dorado at Corbetena!

It´s still ¨Rockin¨ at the Rock, better known as Corbeteña! Take everything I just said about El Banco and add Dorado of 40 to 60 lbs. In fact anywhere from El Morro to Corbeteña has turned into Dorado City! It´s nice to be able to write this since we´ve seen no Dorado to speak of at all this season and frankly it worries me. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as well and of course we have Blue and Black Marlin again in the 250 to 600 lb range, possibly larger with any luck. Plenty of bait, blue water and possibilities. Looking for Yellowfin Tuna, at the rock at a heading of 210, about four miles out you´ll find the drop where you´ll find Tuna. But if you don´t have electronics that is a hard thing to find and you´ll be fishing blind so spend the extra money for a boat with electronics, especially if targeting larger or even smaller Yellowfin tuna! It´s a ten hour day, but well worth the money!

Punta Mita had some smaller Dorado for a few days but they´re getting sparse now for some reason. But bait is not an issue so we have to tell ourselves ¨Fish Move¨ and leave it at that. But just a little farther out in front of El Morro is where you want to start looking for Dorado. Eight miles off the point we were seeing some Striped Marlin in the cooler clean green water, but they moved out. There is a possibility of a Sailfish in the area, but I wouldn´t hold my breath. All and all if you´re heading out for eight hours to hit this area, spend the extra money and hit the Rock, you´ll be glad you did.

Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !
Winning La Cruz Black Marlin at 274 kilos or 600 lbs !

Inside the bay, you could insert last week’s information and be on the money. Jack Crevalls are still in the area and will be until next spring. Needle fish are not quite as available but they´re good fighters and amazing enough taste great so don´t give them up as ¨trash fish¨. Bonito to 40 lbs and some Football Tuna have been boated around Yelapa at 40 lbs! No Dorado in the bay as yet, the rainy season really wasn´t rainy at all. So the trash line we love so much and draw Dorado or Mahi into the bay was a disappointment this year. We´re still seeing Freak Sailfish in the bay so who knows, feeling lucky!

We´re still seeing water temperatures at or near 88 degrees and now with blue water anything is possible from this point forward until New Years! The bite is a moving target this week. We were seeing a mid day bite, but now it looks to be on the early side so be where you want to be fishing before 9 and you should be good. The afternoon bite is elusive as well, good luck amigo! Baits: well when it comes to baits the Green and yellow lures of last week have turned ¨dark¨. Dark in color that is, Dark Blue with green, or Black with brown. Petroleros are your best bet and are always reliable, a good place to start with plastics. Live bait is working as well, but it´s best to purchase bait in the morning as insurance and make bait at the location you´re heading to.

One thing we´re seeing now is the fishing is great one day, the next it´s not so great. The fishing is spread out like it has been and we see no reason for this to change. But the tournament this week was spectacular with some huge fish and there are more out there. Be Patient and at the ready, Moby Dick is in the ¨House¨!

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

My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !
My Friend Nelly and her nice sized Sailfish !

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

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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Dorado Finally Show Up At Corbeteña, Marlin, Sails, Tuna Too!

Dorado Finally Show Up At Corbeteña, Marlin, Sails, Tuna Too!

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

Dorado finally move into Corbeteña, Late but Welcome! Magnifico with Carlos First Mate, Capt Cesar and Chico Second Mate.....
Dorado finally move into Corbeteña, Late but Welcome! Magnifico with Carlos First Mate, Capt Cesar and Chico Second Mate…..

Normally we´ll see Dorado in Puerto Vallarta’s fishing grounds anytime after April. For years now we´ve seen the arrival of Dorado later and later in the fishing season and this year is the latest I can remember. With all the long liners, indiscriminate fishing (poaching) at out fisheries like the Tres Maria Islands, aka Prison Islands it doesn´t surprise me at all. But for now, we have some very large Dorado for a week straight now at Corbeteña. El Banco is still alive with Action as well. The water is still a clear green which is always an indication of cool water moving in. Bait is plentiful and the fishing grounds are deserted. To be able to have Corbeteña or El Banco to yourself with Marlin and more is for many a fantasy. A Fantasy that could come true but first you have to be here!

I keep waiting for something dramatic to happen, but instead we´re seeing subtle changes from week to week which is a good thing, it means we can predict where to fish and what to present them with bait wise. As mentioned we´ve seen the second week now of Clean Green Water. The fish don´t mind it, but this clean green water is always an indication that there are some changes coming as we move into peak fishing season. Eight miles off the point of Punta Mita the water is high visibility blue which is preferable, but there is no reason to avoid this clean green water amigos.

For the moment, who knows how long this will last, but we have mid sized Yellowfin Tuna to large Yellowfin Tuna. It just depends on what´s in the area when you´re there!
For the moment, who knows how long this will last, but we have mid sized Yellowfin Tuna to large Yellowfin Tuna. It just depends on what´s in the area when you´re there!

Corbeteña this week continued with what happened early in the week, I am of course talking about larger Dorado in the 40 to 60 lb range and it´s the only location we seem to have them in for the moment. Many people come into the shop looking for Dorado and I´m glad I can finally tell them we have these golden beauties again. Sailfish are also all over the place and they have no bait issues, find Sails and they´ll take your bait. Marlin as well are still hanging closer to the rock than for the last two months. Black Marlin are still starting at 350 lbs and Blues are right there with them. When it comes to Marlin you can expect three to four strikes, so you better make the best of them. Yellowfin Tuna have showed up eight miles off the rock to the west or North West. Just look for the Spinners (Spinner Dolphin that spin when they jump from the water) and you´ll find 15 to 40 lb Football Yellowfin Tuna. Not huge, but they still taste great and we won´t complain about even smaller Yellowfin tuna. Plenty of other species in the area like Cubera Snappers, Bonito to 35 lbs (bait), Jack Crevalls and who knows what else. It´s time to hit the rock amigos!

Puerto Vallarta circa 1957, the gentleman on the far right is Capt Cesars Grandfather. Generations of Captains Live and Work these world class fishing grounds. These are the guys that built Puerto Vallarta´s Reputation!
Puerto Vallarta circa 1957, the gentleman on the far right is Capt Cesars Grandfather. Generations of Captains Live and Work these world class fishing grounds. These are the guys that built Puerto Vallarta´s Reputation!

El Banco, I always say ¨they´re  bigger at the Bank¨ and for now that still holds true. Yellowfin tuna in the 30 to 80 lb range are running wild about 7 miles off the high spots with spinner dolphin. There are massive amounts of Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) that are catching the attention of Black Marlin anywhere from 350 to 800 lbs. Blue Marlin are in the same size range and they´re hungry. Sailfish of course, Dorado NO! No Dorado at El Banco but you have to ask yourself for how much longer? For now I would think Dorado are there but I have no sightings or reports so for the moment so I can´t recommend a trip to El Banco for these golden beauties. For now the range of fishing in this area is impressive.

Around the point off Punta Mita we can´t say too much. We haven´t had any rain so there is no trash line which draws Dorado in. For now we still have Striped Marlin with blue water eight to ten miles from the point on a 300 heading. Jack Crevalls and Bonito around the Marietta Islands, with a possibility of Sailfish as well. Some small Rooster fish have been caught, but not enough to get excited about. Needle fish in the 30 lb range and that´s about as exciting as it gets around this are right now. Eight hours of fishing is less than exciting, but you could hit a Sail and hopefully soon Dorado, stay tuned.

Inside the bay, it´s exactly the same as last week, Dorado in the 10 lb range have been around any floating trash, but you need to throw these babies back. Football Tuna have been in the 15 to 40 lb range around Los Arcos for some reason, but we´ve seen Sailfish boated in the area all year so there is some attraction for them. Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Needle fish to 25 lbs and a host of other smaller game fish. Inside the bay fishing is great, but you won´t find Moby Dick in the bay so reduce your expectations amigos.

Sailfish are pretty much everywhere, but they´ll be picking up in numbers big-time in October. This one is a real beauty, love the coloring and it was released!
Sailfish are pretty much everywhere, but they´ll be picking up in numbers big-time in October. This one is a real beauty, love the coloring and it was released!

We are seeing some subtle changes in the conditions. Blue water is still off the point of Punta Mita once you´re out eight miles, then it ´s blue all the way past El Banco. But around Corbeteña we have the Clean Green Water which is always cooler water. It´s an indication that we have changing currents and it also indicates a change in the seasons as well. With cooler water north we should see our warm water species that have been vacationing in San Diego find their way south. So hopefully we´ll see larger Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado, cross your fingers! Bait is plentiful with Skippies everywhere. Bullet Bonito, Flying fish of 6 inches, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on, no issues making bait amigos. The all important water temperatures are still at 88 degrees, but with the clean green water surface temperatures could be cooler so don´t be afraid to use a plainer to get the baits just a bit deeper. The bite is still mid day, after 10 a.m. so plan accordingly and late in the afternoon around 7 p.m. So the early bird will miss the fish. As far as lures go we´re still seeing green / yellow working very well. As are the pink / blue lures. Live bait of course is working very well but if you´re running one lure like I suggest then anything is possible! October promises to be an interesting month with cool water moving into the north areas pushing Dorado and YF Tuna in our direction as peak fishing season begins.

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

Master Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

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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Dorado Finally Return to Puerto Vallarta

                                     Dorado Finally Return to Puerto Vallarta

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

11 07 2015 Magnifico, 10 hrs No 5 650 Pxls MBTextThe big news this week is the return of Dorado in our world class fishing grounds. Late, yes they are. But like the old saying ¨better late than never¨. Marlin are in and out, mostly in. Sailfish are everywhere, Blue Water, plenty of Bait, smooth seas, it´s all a fisherman’s dream and those lucky enough to be here are looking at Prime Time Fishing!

We´re still seeing some crazy days when we´ll have like three days straight of great fishing with Marlin, Sailfish and even Dorado are picking up nicely in numbers. But you´ll still have a day or two a week when it seems the fish have disappeared. With strong changing currents and warm water all up and down the coast to points well north of California it´s like open range. Fish move and with an abundance of bait, they may be ¨stuffed¨ before you find them. Other days are off the hook, Sails, Dorado and Marlin are all possible in the same day! The Water is High Visibility Blue in color and in almost all cases the fishing is hard to beat. For those taking one day to go fishing, it´s always possible to get skunked, so multiple days insure a great experience. I had a long term client head out asking for a specific Captain the other day, very capable and experienced captain, got one or two small fish, nothing major. The next day, same captain, same places, boated a big Black Marlin, released two sailfish. Same everything. So fishing is never an exacting sport, but right now, you want to make sure you are at your chosen fishing grounds no later than 8 in the a.m. to catch the bite. So what we´re doing now is planning on ten hour trips, head to the Punta Mita point, take a heading of 300, head out about ten miles and drop your baits. From there start trolling towards Corbetena. Now Corbeteña may not have a Marlin in sight, but we don´t know this until we get there.

11 09 2015 Hill Party, Magnifico, 650 pxls, MBTextCorbetena this week was the place to be, most days. It´s been kinda weird, fish that would normally ¨hang¨ around the rock with all the varied underwater terrain, are in and out. Blue and Black Marlin are in the area running from 250 lbs to over 600 lbs. Sailfish are still in the 125 lb range, nice sized. Bonito 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls 30 lbs, and the Cubera Snappers or Dog Tooth Pargo at 50 lbs are coming to the surface to take trolled baits. One problem around Corbeteña and El Banco is there are large Bottle Nose Dolphin which are taking your bait right up to the hook, then bug out. The first time this happened to me I thought it was ¨kinda cool¨. But when they took almost all my baits, it wasn´t so funny and they´re doing that same exact thing now. So you´ve been warned. No Yellowfin Tuna to speak of, but this can change in twenty minutes!

The point off Punta Mita is once again the secret location. As mentioned earlier, hit the point, aim the boat at Corbeteña or El Banco and drop baits. There have been days where the area between Corbeteña and Punta Mita is where all the fish are. But, a day or two of trolling around this area with nothing can make you wonder what the deal is. Well, don´t analyze a fish, they´re worse than my ex-wife!  Same Fish, Marlin, Sails, Dorado, Snapper around the reef. We have lots of floating logs mixed with all sorts of organic stuff from the rivers and the Dorado are loving this! Find a patch of these leave, seeds and stumps and you have Dorado running 25 to 35 lbs amigo, finally!

11 08 2015 floating debrix, Dorado heavenThe Marietta Islands and El Morro, it´s Sailfish city, but again, you´ll be going around this area off Punta Mita as a spring board. Most are boating at least one sailfish and many times two, released I might add. Bonito to 35 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna, Snapper for those who don´t mind jigging. All and all, not a location to spend much time in.

11 09 2015 shannon Hill, Magnifico, 10 hrs, 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay, well it´s the bay and the fishing for now is average. Jack Crevals around Nuevo Vallarta beaches, Bonito in the 25 lb range. Some smaller Snook around the river mouth(s). For the lucky there have been some nice sized football Tuna around Yelapa. Sailfish off the Los Arcos Rocks, again for the lucky. But the north end of the bay was dirty for a few days, so check conditions before heading inside the bay.

The bite time this week is all important. We´re not exactly in the full moon stage, but the bite has been happening in the morning mostly. Be where ever you´re heading by 8:00 a.m. after about 1:00 it will be a touch slower. But around 4:00 it picks up again, use this info wisely grasshopper! Water temps are still in the 85 degree range, I expected things to cool a bit, but they´re hanging in there. It makes me think we may have warm water well past January this year. If so things could be very interesting this winter, stay tuned. Lures: Blue, Pink, Purple in color are favorable, nothing new with these colors. Petrelaros are their reliable selves so give them a shot at least. Live bait is king, but with so many type of live bait right now, it´s best to make bait at the fishing ground, but still stop by and buy the Goggle eyes as insurance.

My weekly Video Fishing Report on my web page is a huge success and I even have clients coming in saying how much they love the straight forward approach. Hell I may even do it as a selfie type report if I have to. But the information is fresh and great, I normally post on Friday so you´ve got ¨Reel Time¨ information designed for locals heading out. It´s a lot of fun actually, but it´s done with a Cell Phone Camera and my computer program, so expectations of a super production values should be left next to your mouse. It´s  ¨Reel Time¨  information designed to be used tomorrow! Shared boats: We´re also doing what we can to help those looking to share a Super Panga or large ¨hook-up¨. We are now focusing on 8 hrs or 10 hr shared trips to enable me to keep my sanity with those switching and changing minds. So contact me and we´ll fix you up, I have more names by the day so you´re chances of ¨Hooking Up¨ are great!  We´re still doing shared charters just contact me with your date and we´ll see if we can hook you up. Naturally the more that are interested in shared pangas, the better it works. So tell your friends and share this article, could save you money amigos! Those on a budget you can still catch world class fish on vacation with this option!

11 07 2015 Magnifico, 10 hrs No 3 650 pxls MBTextUntil next time, don´t forget to ¨Kiss Your Fish¨. . .

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

 

Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

                                Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

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

11 01 2014  Bill y Wendy No 4 , Magnifico, Group FishWe all know that predicting what will happen in the world or Sportfishing is almost impossible. Now we can tell you what happened yesterday and what we ¨think¨ will happen tomorrow, but in the end we´re just throwing out a best guess when targeting gamefish. The only thing that balances out fishing predictions is if it happened ¨there¨ yesterday, it could still be happening ¨there¨ today. Of course you´re always disappointed when you visit yesterdays spot and your targeted fantasy fish is nowhere to be found. What is exciting is when you catch a species that you didn´t expect and right now that´s Yellowfin Tuna. That´s right, I used the ¨YF¨word, but it´s far from automatic amigos, but the chance is there!

11 01 2014 Hewett and Reiner party sintextAnyone who knows fishing in PV knows that if you want big, world class fishing, you have to be at either Corbeteña or El Banco (or anywhere in between), both are our famous deep water, deep sea star fishing grounds. Especially at this time of the year when anything impossible can become possible as screaming reels announce ¨Fish On¨. As mentioned earlier El Banco has shown ¨some¨ signs of life in the form of Yellowfin tuna in the 100 to 150 lb range. So you have a chance, how much of a chance you may ask? Well if you`re in the area the chances improve. Black and Blue Marlin, mostly Blue Marlin are also around the area running anywhere from 350 lbs to over 800, just depends on your luck. And for the present Dorado in the 35 lb range are moving into the area as well. With Rainbow runners, Cubera Snappers and Sailfish, there isn´t many species you don´t have a shot at right now! Oh, if targeting Yellowfin, make sure you´re using a kite, keep that between us!

11 01 2014 Yellowfin Tuna 60lbs off El Banco Corbeteña is about the same, Yellowfin Tuna have arrived and the numbers are picking up by the minute. Still the Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Snappers  should also catch your attention. Corbeteña is a little cheaper trip, a little closer and for my money, may be a better choice for the next ten minutes or so.  Decisions, Decesions!

11 02 2014 John Curcio, MiJenny, Marietta Islands 400 pxlsIf you´re around the Marietta Islands there is finally some signs of life with some, I said some Rooster fish in the area, tons of Bonito 20 to 45 lbs, Needle fish in the 40 lb range. Maybe a slight shot at Dorado. But Sailfish are close to El Morro and I see no reason why they´re not closer to the Marietta Islands, but there you are. Heading out towards Corbeteña trolling, Blue Marlin have been hanging out around the area, so being in the area is the first requirement amigo! Now if you´re in the area off the point off Punta Mita, you´re still boating Sailfish and Dorado, nothing new since it´s been like this all summer. If you´re looking at only 8 hrs, then these two places will get you some arm burning action.

Inside the bay is great with massive amounts of Bonito, Skip jack Tuna to 50 lbs around Yelapa still, Needle fish, Jack Crevalls are here as well and they´re primarily a winter fish. Sailfish are still being boated by the lucky few in the bay, to me this is unusual, but lately it´s been kinda normal.. go figure.

11 02 2014 Mike Profita Party, Guanatuna II, 8 hrs  Capt Juan, Oliver first mate, full size 2So you pretty much can´t lose when it comes to fishing for the time being. Water temps are slightly cooler, but not cold. Northern water temps around California are dropping quickly so we´re expecting to see Yellowfin Tuna numbers pick up for the late season, same for Dorado. With this being an El Nino year, our fish have been vacationing in Southern California so we´ll welcome them back with open arms and a gaff. Blue water and smooth seas have been the norm, but we´re always on the watch for late season Hurricanes. The full moon will be on us soon, so be aware and have some fun. One last thing, some days it seems that Dorado are only taking lures, so have some blue, silver and pink lures at the ready. Live bait is plentiful with bullet Bonito, Google Eyes, Flying fish and the list of course goes on. For the moment the bite is happening around 11:00 a.m. , so getting to the fishing grounds too early will not help  your situation. But again, the full moon is just a few days from now and the Yellowfin especially will be using the moon light to full advantage stuffing themselves with abundant bait.  Another piece of  useable ¨reel time¨ fishing information that can make a difference in your fishing safari amigo!

233648W5_NL_smNewsletter Extra:  Many of you find I post these same articles in the local news papers and the busiest web pages in PV.  They post my articles a little late and that´s the reason I send these ¨Reel Time¨ fishing reports to the locals. This is information you will be glad you have if you´re heading fishing in the next couple of days…  Hurricane Vance is marching north and will be well outside of Puerto Vallarta, so don’t panic. But it will pass us and this could put some rough seas on us as well as some stormy weather. Now the mountains that surround PV protects us and we´re happy for that! But the track is looking like Cabo will be at the end of it´s track. There is a low pressure front coming down from the north which could push the system inward.  For now we´re seeing calm seas and blue water.  It may also be nothing, but then again, it´s something to keep an eye on if scheduled for a fishing charter in the next few days. Below I show some information as to it´s tracking and systems that are working.

Nov. 4th Update: Magnifico went to Corbeteña, it was smooth seas in the morning, but in the after noon the wind and rain picked up, got windy and the sea´s picked up in size and frequency. But now Hurrican Vance will make landfall before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Morning, so the storm is on a fast track to the mainland! I have boats scheduled to head out tomorrow morning, Wednesday, keep your fingers crossed.

Whales:  Normally Whales don´t show up until December, but we´re already seeing Whales moving into the area.  Magnifico spotted two today, one with a baby already! This means we need to be watchful for whales just under the surface, fast boats can easily hit a Whale, I´ve done it, it´s not pretty!  Also remember if you´re chasing whales around the bay

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: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

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Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish Invade Marlin City

                                     Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish Invade Marlin City

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

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It´s funny, the first day of October was like a cosmic fish cornucopia and out came massive amounts of Sailfish, Black Marlin, Dorado and yes Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 lb range. The water is a perfect blue, bait is abundant, the Trash Line is doing its magic and the bite is on. It´s Prime time for fishing amigos and if you ever doubted that Puerto Vallarta was a world class fishing area, all you have to do is get on the water and let the humidity melt those doubts as you down another beer, YeHa!

There are presently fish everywhere, pick a spot, take a shot. If you decide to start in the bay, you´ll find the Trash Line is doing its work and Skip Jack Tuna, small Dorado and a host of other species are lining up to feast on this organic trail mix, it´s an all you can eat fish smorgasbord that washes down the mountains and pours into the bay. Skip Jack tuna in the 15 to 25 lb range are all over the Yelapa area, Sailfish sightings and hook ups are not exactly automatic, but you have a solid chance in a six hour day of hook-ups with one of the finned fantasies. Snook at the river mouths and we even still have Jack Crevalls filling in the list. Short on Doe, not much time to go, then the bay will do the trick ¨fo-Sho¨. . .

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Heading out to the Marietta islands, one mile off the rock of El Morro or so you´ll find a sea full of Sailfish and smaller Dorado in the 25 lb range. It´s that time of the year where the Sailfish populations explode as we lead into the Pez Vela Tournament (Sailfish Fishing Tournament in English). In fact it´s so easy to get a Sailfish strike you´ll get tired of reeling them in. Not unusual to have five Sailfish strikes a day now in this area stretching out to Corbeteña.

Speaking of Corbateña, considered by many to be one of the top fishing grounds in the world with its varied abundant species you can´t go wrong at the rock right now. Starting with Black Marlin in the 250 to 500 lb range, the sizes of these world class gamefish will increase as we move deeper into October. World record sized Sailfish in the 45 kilo or 110 pound range are thick. Yellowfin Tuna in the 50 to 75 lb range are moving in nicely, but the bite with them has been a little weird as they were slow to take baits. Dorado in the average range of 35 lbs with occasional bulls weighing in at over 50 lbs. Cubera Snappers for the bottom fishing guys in the 45 lb range with Rainbow runners possible. Located thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta, it will take you about two hours to get to the Rock, but once there your chances of boating a world record sized fish is not unthinkable amigos. Take the ten hour day and keep a bucket list memory in your mental hard drive. El Banco, ditto. Just remember if you´re looking for the large, huge fish, El Banco has it´s days. So toss a coin, they´re both on fire, El Banco is showing signs of some larger Black Marlin, so it´s a decision for the your morning discussion and plan development with the Captain!10 02 2014  Karl & Marlise Vitture  75lbTuna 600 pxls

Punta Mita, all I can say is AH Chihuahua. . It´s turned into Sailfish Central. Dorado are around any floating debris like a log or clump of weeds or even floating refrigerators. If you find a buoy, you hit the jackpot! If you´re around Sayulita and the Anclote Reef, then you´ll find all the arm burning action you could imagine.

As far as fishing conditions go, you can´t beat them, water temperatures are in the perfect range of 86 degrees, 84 in the bay. Abundant Skip Jacks, Bonito, Google Eyes and Flying fish or 4 to 8 inches insure that we´ll have fish in the area and frankly I don´t understand why it took so long for these fish to find us again! The water is blue, close to shore it´s dirty as you would expect from the rain but it´s not very far from shore. Yes there seems to be a lot of ¨trash´ in the bay, that just means you go a little slower heading out to the fishing grounds, but this trash is necessary amigo. The bite is anywhere from 8:30 a.m. to after 10:00 am and in the afternoon after 1:00 p.m. and live bait is king, but run a petrelaro lure for the heck of it.10 04 2014 Chelita Humberto, Jed, Roxann Tammye 10 hrs Corbetena 600 pxls

We´ve waited for it, and now we have it. Big fish, perfect conditions, plenty of bait and the weather is holding. Water temperatures are not too hot and they’re not too cold, they´re prefect. If this is your first time visiting or hearing about the fishing in Puerto Vallarta then you´re in for a real experience. Boats are available and waiting for your business, just find Marina Vallarta, walk the boardwalk, enjoy the Yachts and fishing boats, have a nice dinner and tell your friends. Fishing season is in full swing in Puerto Vallarta, come find out what World Class Fishing is all about!

Just a word or two about Cabo: It looks like the Bisbee´s Tournament is still on in Cabo, but the relief work continues. The Airport is open now, but the locals and tourism are on their knees. To Help those in need in Cabo you can donate whatever you can to help these folks through the Bisbee´s Fishing Tournament Organizers who for years and years have supported Cabo with a world class fishing tournament. Bisbee´s is a trust worthy organization that will make sure those who need help will get help. You can donate here at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site: https://bisbeesconservationfund.org/donate/CaboRelief . .    11 25 08  8 hrs Cpt. Chora, Juan, Mamba Negra, 8 hrs Rooster Mah 007

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

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

Yellowfin Tuna Finally Turn Up at Corbeteña

Yellowfin Tuna Finally Turn Up at Corbeteña

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

09 13 2014 Brads Yellowfin Tuna 600 pxls

After living and playing in Puerto Vallarta now for about fourteen years, I have come to expect certain things from Mother Nature regarding fishing. We expect to see Dorado at this time of the year, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna also. Sailfish are turning into a year round species for those willing to go the distance and have the time. Normally by the end of August we see the fishing kick in gear and frankly we´re looking forward to the next few weeks. Marlin are still the primary player at our world famous fishing grounds of Corbeteña and The Bank, El Banco in Spanish. In many, I should say most ways the fishing conditions are much the same as last week. So this may sound a little ¨cookie cutter-ish¨, but things can change slowly when your eye is on the calendar. But don´t fret amigo, the fishing is great and any thoughts that fishing here in Puerto Vallarta is anything less than great should be cast from your mind and insert a mental picture of a 700 lb Black Marlin. If that doesn´t work, I put one in this REEL TIME report, just to get you thinking about the possibility of you boating a monster fish and crossing another thing off your bucket list.

Now that we´re in August, the weather or temperatures I should say are about as hot as they´re going to get. If you are in Houston or Florida, or many places in the USA you´re experiencing the same sort of conditions. Here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) we´re used to the humidity, the warm days and the tropical nights. For the fisherman in the family this is the best time of the year to be fishing here bringing with it a chance to boat a world class and maybe world record sized fish. This is more than just talk amigo.08 11 2014 Black_Marlin

Having said that, Yellowfin Tuna of size have finally shown up at Corbeteña running anywhere from 80 to 150 lbs and it´s about time they appeared. But it´s not unusual to find them showing up at the middle to end August. But wait, that´s not all folks, those with the means are also catching Sailfish, Marlin in the 400 to 700 lb range, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Rainbow runners to 45 lbs and that ain´t bad!

If that isn´t enough for you, then El Banco is sporting some super sized Marlin in excess of 700 lbs. No Yellowfin Tuna as yet, but they´re coming shortly. Sailfish are also a dominant player in the area and frankly anything is possible as far as species showing up unexpected. I am looking forward to being surprised that Large Dorado have moved in, don´t get excited, they´re not here as yet in any real size.

Marietta Islands, it´s very strange and disappointing that the Marietta’s are just flat when it comes to fishing. Bonito in the 25 lb range, Needle fish running 30 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna in the same size ranges and that is about it. Sailfish are off El Morro a ways south of the Marietta Islands, but this is what it´s like out there for the moment. We`re expecting to see Dorado begin to turn up shortly with recent current and perfect conditions, so stay tuned.09 13 2014 Magnifico Sail

The point off Punta Mita is still the place to be for the most part if looking for a shorter day where Marlin is not being targeted. Sailfish in tournament winning sizes are still living large. Some days the Sailfish are just five to ten miles off the point to some days where they´re twenty five miles out, but they´re there and that is all we can ask for. You also have a shot at a Blue Marlin if they´re closer in, stranger things have happened. Great location, great fishing in an 8 hr fishing day.

Now that we´re in August, the weather or temperatures I should say are about as hot as they´re going to get. If you are in Houston or Florida, or many places in the USA you´re experiencing the same sort of conditions. Here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) we´re used to the humidity, the warm days and the tropical nights. For the fisherman in the family this is the best time of the year to be fishing here bringing with it a chance to boat a world class and maybe world record sized fish. This is more than just talk amigo. 

Inside the bay has snapped back with all the rains we´ve had, which of course means the Trash Line is doing its job attracting smaller fish which in turn attracts larger fish. With several rivers emptying into the Bay of Banderas we have plenty of trash line locations to choose from, one is near you now. You know, we´ve seen some really strange stuff in the bay, Sailfish were being boated off the rocks at Los Arcos. Sailfish have also been boated off the Marina at La Cruz. Jack Crevalls, even being a winter species is all over the bay in fairly large sizes of 35 to 45 lbs. Arm burners for sure you´ll find a short day with these fish satisfying and fun. Needle fish of 25 lbs, Bonito at 15 to30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals and I have to say it, Sailfish for the lucky few that are here to take advantage of their unusual presence. Yellowfin Tuna can also be found around the Yelapa area and can run up to 50 lbs. So the bay is a great option, short days, plenty of action and perfect conditions.09 13 2014 Magnifico Jack Crevalls, Bay fishing

Speaking of Conditions: The water is still a perfect blue, water temps are hovering between 88 and 91 degrees, a little warm but it works. Bait is plentiful, Flying fish near the point of Punta Mita, Bullet Bonito everywhere, Goggle Eyes, Mullets, you name it, the whole area is just packed with bait. The common belief is this is a big fish draw and we´re waiting, but not holding our breath. The bite is getting a little later in the day, but if out on the water during normal fishing hours you´ll be fine. If I have to break it down to be exact, 8 to 12 and then again 3p.m. to 7:00 p.m….. These times can fluctuate a little so give it some slack. 03 22 2011 PoliconFodido,Aber Jack, Marietta Islands 3. .

Ok, some insight into the fishing industry here in PV and I would assume in all of Mexico. As fuel prices continue to inch their way up due to the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto plan to build refineries. Naturally these cost are being transferred to the public and what was govt. subsidized fuel to the general public in the form of cheap fuel prices has come to an end. Fuel being a primary expense and a determining factor of the price of a fishing trip is a bitter pill to swallow for a Mexican National who is trying to keep his cost down. The market has changed and the pricing for everything to do with a boat or anything that is considered ¨Marine¨ from soap to radios has doubled in price since 2008. Boat owners pressure Captains not to use fuel, yet you have to use fuel if you´re on a boat. So in their only defense to a public that is chocking every last bit of life out of a dollar, they use less fuel. Now a National, no matter how nice will not lose money. Quoted prices are not for what you may expect from past years when it comes to how fast you get to the fishing grounds, how quickly you come back as well. But more importantly, they don’t use fuel to seek fish when they know the area is not going to produce. Looking at it from a consumers point of view, if there are no fish in the area after changing baits and giving it a chance, then I expect to move to another area that may be better. One thing for sure, it can´t be any worse if you´re not catching even a bite or glimpse of a fish of any kind. When fuel is an issue, the boat will move, but you won´t pull lines up from the water and boogie to the next spot. If you´re not experienced, if this was your first time fishing, then you have no clue you´re being screwed. So the price may be right, but the product you will receive at this lower price is substandard and if I was on one of those boats, I´d tell them to take me back in and demand my money back. In reality most people that go fishing don´t have a clue what they paid for, what to expect, where they´re going or even the name of the boat they reserved as they show up in the morning with not a clue in the world except Pocco is supposed to meet me ¨here¨ at seven in the morning.

One last thing, I am not putting videos together, some are a little ¨rough¨ but it´s all a learning experience and it´s all just about fun anyway, there are no professional camera types, no scripts, just a guy or two recording some fun and having a great day… Check out the ¨Fishing Video Album¨ and spend a few minutes watching my less than perfect videos…. http://masterbaiters.com.mx/fishing-video-album/

 

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

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