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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   Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!

                             Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!                   

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

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

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

10 ft Sailfish, Tournament sized for sure!

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

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

Marlin Jumpin …

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

It’s a Party, You’re Invited!

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

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

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

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

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

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Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

Blue Marlin over 500 lbs at Corbetena if you're "Lucky"
Blue Marlin over 500 lbs at Corbetena if you’re “Lucky”

I know, the title looks like something I’ve been saying all summer so far. We’ve seen a few Hurricanes and a few more tropical storms close to the Bay of Banderas and it takes its toll on fishing. But it has been a few days now and things are returning back to normal a little more each day. We’ve also had some heavy rains as a result of these systems forming and moving through the area. Having said that the water is blue and beautiful outside the bay. Fishing always has its challenges but there are fish to be had and somebody is going to get them, it might as well be you amigos.

Just a few days after the last article I wrote things got a little better than we had another tropical storm form and turn into Hurricane Lidia. We’re dealing with the after math of the rains as dirty water just pours into the bay. Needless to say there is a lot of Stumps, branches, refrigerators and more just floating in the bay, real hazards to props and shaft supports. For this reason we don’t leave port now until the sun comes up a little so we can see these hazards, something the fishing community needs to live with at this time of the year and it’s nothing new. For now this doesn’t hurt your opportunity to catch fish because the morning bite is more like mid-morning.  The late bite is happening around 6 p.m. so it’s a late bite no matter how you look at it.

Looking at Corbetena this week we see the return of the Spinner Dolphin which means Football Tuna are most likely with them. For now this is holding true with 20 to 35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna running with them. Find Spinners, you’ll catch smaller Tuna amigos. Sailfish are thinning out and spread out as well. They’re anywhere and everywhere from inside the bay to Corbetena. For a more exacting location try to the north of the rock about seven to twelve miles and you can improve your chances. For now you can find Sailfish closer in so that is not much of a reason to hit this popular location. But we also have Blue Marlin over 450 lbs. Now are they abundant, no. Are they out there, yes, so this is your challenge, welcome to Big Time fishing amigos. Nothing is ever easy so you’ll have to put the work in, but if you do, you too can come in with a world class trophy fish worthy of mounting. Of course there are always the Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs and Bonito to 30 lbs, perfect sized for bait. With a little luck and a few days without a tropical system passing us fishing will gradually improve with the coming days. El Banco, same as last week, doesn’t seem to be anyone heading out this way, the ones that do are normally the ones you hear about and see pictures of. I wouldn’t be afraid to venture out to Corbetena and give a billfish a shot if nothing, work your way back in.

I have had reports of Sailfish returning to the Punta Mita area, which includes the El Morro and Marietta Islands. Now they’re spread out like all the other locations, but they’re “there” and with some work, skill and luck you’ll boat one for the family picture album.  Also we still have smaller Dorado, I thought they’d be larger by now, but 15 to 25 lb Dorado aren’t too bad, just remember less than 15 lbs throw them back and let them become adults. Jack Crevalls are still there for the taking at 30 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs as well. Again, some days are hot, others are cold, and a little luck never hurts.

Yellowfin Tuna show up at Corbertena.. they're a little bigger every day now!
Yellowfin Tuna show up at Corbertena.. they’re a little bigger every day now!

Inside the bay we’re seeing that coffee brown water from all the rains both locally and inland. It’s thick also, no planers will help get you into clean water. But there are still Sailfish, several were boated last week even with dirty water. Jack Crevalls everywhere, Dorado around the Trash line which range from babies at 5 lbs to keepers at 20 lbs, just depends on your luck again. Football Tuna around Yelapa anywhere from 20 lbs to 40 lbs. Inside the bay is once again a great option for those looking to catch fish and not spend a whole day on the water. Catching fish isn’t hard in the bay, they’ll be a touch smaller than Moby Dick, but Moby is moving around a little too much lately. All and all my best suggestion this next few days would be to take a six hour fishing trip, we’ll load the boat up with spinning reels and you’ll have a great time if catching fish is the goal.

We’ve seen the water temperatures hang at 88 degrees. Not too warm, but warm enough where the Tuna will start sounding or go down to about 150 feet to keep their body temps cool and comfortable. The bite is still late-is, anywhere from 9 a.m. to around 11a.m. So getting out too early doesn’t help your cause, especially if going out for a shorter day. You wouldn’t want to miss the bite now would you? Lures are not working great, but Petroleros are always the best lure to start with. Dead bait is still the best and working well, so keep your dead bait and freeze them when you get home for future use. That is if your wife lets you get away with it, that is…

Football Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena range in size by the day now...
Football Yellowfin Tuna at Corbetena range in size by the day now…

With Football Tuna at Corbetena and the tropical systems out of the area we should see more and more fish moving into the area with the abundant bait we still have. It could take a few days for the brown water to clean up, but this is something our captains have grown up with and know how to deal with it. But it’s not a perfect situation to begin with, no excuses please.

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!

Jack Crevalls everywhere from 25 to 40 lbs
Jack Crevalls everywhere from 25 to 40 lbs

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Fishing Slows Dramatically, Marlin/Tuna Spread Out, Hot and Cold Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Fishing Slows Dramatically, Marlin/Tuna Spread Out, Hot and Cold Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

Cap[t Chema on Profeta with a beauty of a Sailfish at Punta Mita
Cap[t Chema on Profeta with a beauty of a Sailfish at Punta Mita
Well we’re smack into August now, the water temperatures are about where they should be, plenty of bait and seas have been surprisingly calm. It’s summer fishing and we’re looking at the major species of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin and Dorado surprising sparse and fickle. Yes there are crazy amounts of bait in the bay, but that many times can be a problem. Recently with all the bait in the bay and surrounding area the “locals” have been hitting dead baits. So it all can make your head spin trying to develop a game plan, but then again, when was a “fish” ever predictable?

Corbetena this week went from warm to lukewarm as Marlin that were all over the area last Wednesday turned into a ghost town by Friday. Last Tuesday the Sailfish population close to the Rock had filtered out and disappeared for the last couple of days. Having said that there are still Black Marlin over 500 lbs, but they’re not cooperating with the fisherman. Sailfish are closer in, closer to the Marietta islands than the rock and yes, they’re a little thin in this area for the last couple of days. Yellowfin tuna are still hanging out, but not coming up and they’re not real hungry. There are of course Bonito to 30 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs for the jiggers. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs and there are a host of other “possible”. All and all, unless you hear some news or read it here, I’d shy away from this area for now. When it comes to El Banco or The Bank in English, nothing new here either so the deep water locations could be better for the moment. Things change quickly, three days and it seems everything changes. Be patient and stay tuned.

The Marietta Islands are much the same as last week, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Possible Sailfish if lucky. There have been small Dorado in the area, but let the babies and females go amigos to keep the fish numbers up. Plenty of reef fish, but stay off the reefs these days as there are always water sports guys out there around the Island to make sure there are not too many people in the protected reserve areas. Now if you’re around Punta Mita, you had a great week, well up until Wednesday that is. The Sailfish population was thick and hungry. Drop any bait in the water and a Sailfish would hit it in a bling of an eye. Sadly it’s not like that now, but with the local rains there have been some Dorado of nice size around any floating debris, stump, you name it. Again, worth a try as the Sails will be back soon and you could be there at the right time, or maybe not, feeling lucky?

05 20 2016 Adrianas 8 hrs b Adjusted 600 pxls MBTextInside the bay we’re still seeing the same old reliable bay fishing. For the moment fishing inside the bay beats every other fishing area around amigo. For the last year what was almost an impossibility for the many, many years I’ve been here, Sailfish at Los Arcos, has now become normal. Yes it’s better Sailfish “fishing” in the bay than the deep water locations, so save some money and have some fun amigos. Dorado are in this area as well anywhere from 5 lbs (babies don’t you dare keep these) to about twenty pounds. To be fair if you can find a log or stump you hit the jackpot my friend, there will be Dorado up the “what-ever” out there. Tuna, yes small Skip Jack or possible “football” roaming the area near Yelapa with it’s deep water areas. Needle fish are picking up in numbers and are fun to catch, good eating also. Jack Crevalls are still hanging in the warm water, we won’t complain as many people get their arm burning with these reliable species. Yes, take six hours, maybe do some snorkeling, make a day of it and you won’t go wrong. A six hour trip in the bay right now is your best bang for your fishing buck, but be aware this will change rapidly and as usual the bite will be  happening in the next day or so. Be sure to have the latest info before heading out, it could save your day and a lot of fuel money.

One thing about world class fishing is “you never know what you’re going to get” to quote Forest Gump. This week we’ve seen El Banco just stop performing, don’t waste your time. Yet we see Corbetena continue to be its reliable self. Water is super blue and there is plenty of bait in the area so the fishing is great, not perfect, but what is?

Our new Downtown Store on the Malicon or Boardwalk in Spanish
Our new Downtown Store on the Malicon or Boardwalk in Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First thing that comes to my mind it the fact water temperatures have increased to 86 from 84 in one week, this is not bad, but we don’t want it any warmer for now. Marlin are still roaming around the Corbetena area but they’re not concentrated in any one place. Rather Black Marlin are roaming anywhere from the “rock” to areas north about eight miles. The Marlin are both blue and black running anywhere from 300 to over 500 lbs. One secret here is dead bait, yes dead bait which is a little surprising with all the live bait in the area. Another secret is some days there are Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) in the area, some days they’re not. Skippies are working well as far as live bait goes, so if you can make bait, don’t delay. If you can’t use Iguana Lures of yellow and green with black accents. They work well and with all the five pound Dorado in this area it’s a perfect bait. Dorado are great bait and Marlin and Tuna love them. The reason we don’t use Dorado as a trolled bait is they die and just spin. That’s not a good thing. They can’t handle the volume of water I guess. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area and jumping about one mile north of Corbetena. Now remember fish move, so start here and let me know how you do! Yellowfin are running in the 100 lb mark but they are only taking baits when they come up. Capt Cesar of Magnifico tells me that if you’re lucky enough to be in the area they come up in, anything is possible. Feeling lucky? If you’re in the area, Tuna and Marlin are not bad options! Sailfish are also hanging out in the area but they’re kinda sparse. Plenty of bait, but that doesn’t go for Skippies which may or may not be around the rock. If you can make bait before you get to Corbetena it’s cheap insurance. I could spend some time on El Banco or The Bank in English, but it’s not happening, enough said.

The Red Star Marks the new location on the Malicon right next to Sr.frogs at the Light House or El Faro
The Red Star Marks the new location on the Malicon right next to Sr.frogs at the Light House or El Faro
Carmen our newest employee
Carmen our newest employee

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting lately unless you’re looking for Sailfish and they’re about six miles or so before you come to Corbetena or about five miles out from the islands. Lots and lots of small 5 lb Dorado, too small to keep, but Mucho! It was about this time last year when we finally saw the Dorado numbers pick up so cross your fingers hoping for their big brothers to show up. Don’t ever keep females or Dorado under ten pounds and help keep the numbers from dropping any worse than they are. FYI we’ve seen long liners raise their ugly heads again and they many times have guns to protect their illegal long lines. It would be nice if there was some enforcement, but it’s Mexico and everything has a price, no matter what’s good for the general population and the fishing industry as a whole. Not too much happening around the Marietta Islands. Needle fish to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. and of course there are always reef species. All and all not a great time to visit this area. Now if you are heading to the point of Punta Mita there have been Marlin about twelve miles off the point (take a heading of 300 to 320) and be there at mid-day, can’t hurt. Dorado are in the area as well, but they’re small as well. This will change soon with the numbers of smaller Dorado increasing the lager family members should be showing up soon, stay tuned.

Inside the bay is the same old story. Plenty of smaller species to choose from. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs. or larger. Sierra Mackerel’s surprisingly enough are still in the area at around 15 to 20 lb maximum. Normally a cold water fish like Jack Crevalls they will defy explanation. Sailfish are still in front of Los Arcos as are an incredible amount of baby Dorado feeding on any trash line there may be. It’s been a funny year we haven’t see too much rain so we’re not getting the trash line. Now yes we are getting rain, just not enough to really wash the local mountains of leave, twigs, berries, seeds, you name it they’ll eat it. There has been Sailfish around Nuevo Vallarta as well believe it or not, but don’t hold your breath waiting on a strike. The Football Yellowfin Tuna we had last couple of weeks around Yelapa have bugged out. As always the action in the bay is still great by any stretch of the imagination and well worth the expense. Which reminds me, we can make it a fishing trip, snorkeling trip and who knows, a Yelapa trip to cook your catch on the beach with a cold beer. Ask me more about this option, it’s like two trips in one.

As mentioned earlier the water temperatures are at 86 degrees which is a neutral as it doesn’t really affect anything but it will if starts to get warmer. The bite has been a moving target and frankly hard to predict these days. If you’re at the fishing grounds you choose before 9 it should serve you well. But Tuna are coming up at any time for a short, short while. You will have to have the luck of the Irish but stranger things have happened. One guy came in the other day and caught it perfect for fifteen minutes, got a 100 pounder YF Tuna. As far as baits go, dead bait seems to be the bait of choice lately. With plenty of Blue and Green runners, Goggle Eyes and flying fish to me it’s surprising that dead bait and lures are working best. Lures, of course we’re still talking as mentioned earlier of Iguanas, but Cedar plugs are worth a shot with the YF Tuna around Corbetena. 

Special Announcement: For all my readers and friends Master Baiter’s has opened another location, this time on the Malicon next to Sr. Frogs at the light house or El Faro. We have the same great shirts, same great fishing trips and now we have another new employee Carmen. I’ll be posting pictures and as soon as I can figure this all out we’ll have a Grand Opening… Master Baiter’s on the Malicon… kinda has a ring to it don’t you think? We’ll be carrying more product and we hope you come by and say hello. We will keep the marina location as I can’t imagine not having a presence in the Marina. We vacated the location we had on Basillo Badillo and Insurgentes. They kept the Mural, they did change the company name, but the guy who used to work for me is in that location now working for my competition so don’t be fooled. Even if the guy inside is wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt, he is not with me or Master Baiter’s. Come by! And remember at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

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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Black Marlin Continue to Dominate, El Banco is “Iffy” at Best

Black Marlin Continue to Dominate, El Banco is “Iffy” at Best

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

 

11-11-2016-capt-scooby-400-lb-black-marlin-650-pxls-mbtextOne thing about world class fishing is “you never know what you’re going to get” to quote Forest Gump. This week we’ve seen El Banco just stop performing, don’t waste your time. Yet we see Corbetena continue to be its reliable self. Water is super blue and there is plenty of bait in the area so the fishing is great, not perfect, but what is?

First thing that comes to my mind it the fact water temperatures have increased to 86 from 84 in one week, this is not bad, but we don’t want it any warmer for now. Marlin are still roaming around the Corbetena area but they’re not concentrated in any one place. Rather Black Marlin are roaming anywhere from the “rock” to areas north about eight miles. The Marlin are both blue and black running anywhere from 300 to over 500 lbs. One secret here is dead bait, yes dead bait which is a little surprising with all the live bait in the area. Another secret is some days there are Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) in the area, some days they’re not. Skippies are working well as far as live bait goes, so if you can make bait, don’t delay. If you can’t use Iguana Lures of yellow and green with black accents. They work well and with all the five pound Dorado in this area it’s a perfect bait. Dorado are great bait and Marlin and Tuna love them. The reason we don’t use Dorado as a trolled bait is they die and just spin. That’s not a good thing. They can’t handle the volume of water I guess. Yellowfin Tuna are still in the area and jumping about one mile north of Corbetena. Now remember fish move, so start here and let me know how you do! Yellowfin are running in the 100 lb mark but they are only taking baits when they come up. Capt Cesar of Magnifico tells me that if you’re lucky enough to be in the area they come up in, anything is possible. Feeling lucky? If you’re in the area, Tuna and Marlin are not bad options! Sailfish are also hanging out in the area but they’re kinda sparse. Plenty of bait, but that doesn’t go for Skippies which may or may not be around the rock. If you can make bait before you get to Corbetena it’s cheap insurance. I could spend some time on El Banco or The Bank in English, but it’s not happening, enough said.

The area around the Marietta Islands have been less than exciting lately unless you’re looking for Sailfish and they’re about six miles or so before you come to Corbetena or about five miles out from the islands. Lots and lots of small 5 lb Dorado, too small to keep, but Mucho! It was about this time last year when we finally saw the Dorado numbers pick up so cross your fingers hoping for their big brothers to show up. Don’t ever keep females or Dorado under ten pounds and help keep the numbers from dropping any worse than they are. FYI we’ve seen long liners raise their ugly heads again and they many times have guns to protect their illegal long lines. It would be nice if there was some enforcement, but it’s Mexico and everything has a price, no matter what’s good for the general population and the fishing industry as a whole. Not too much happening around the Marietta Islands. Needle fish to 25 lbs., Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. and of course there are always reef species. All and all not a great time to visit this area. Now if you are heading to the point of Punta Mita there have been Marlin about twelve miles off the point (take a heading of 300 to 320) and be there at mid-day, can’t hurt. Dorado are in the area as well, but they’re small as well. This will change soon with the numbers of smaller Dorado increasing the lager family members should be showing up soon, stay tuned. Update Aug 4th: Sailfish have all but taken over Punta Mita and the surrounding area. Also there are some smaller Black Marlin just a few miles off the point. Lots of rain the last night or two now, so there are lots of opportunities for Dorado around this floating oasis for these fish… Now go put this info to good use…..

Inside the bay is the same old story. Plenty of smaller species to choose from. Jack Crevalls of course to 35 lbs. or larger. Sierra Mackerel’s surprisingly enough are still in the area at around 15 to 20 lb maximum. Normally a cold water fish like Jack Crevalls they will defy explanation. Sailfish are still in front of Los Arcos as are an incredible amount of baby Dorado feeding on any trash line there may be. It’s been a funny year we haven’t see too much rain so we’re not getting the trash line. Now yes we are getting rain, just not enough to really wash the local mountains of leave, twigs, berries, seeds, you name it they’ll eat it. There has been Sailfish around Nuevo Vallarta as well believe it or not, but don’t hold your breath waiting on a strike. The Football Yellowfin Tuna we had last couple of weeks around Yelapa have bugged out. As always the action in the bay is still great by any stretch of the imagination and well worth the expense. Which reminds me, we can make it a fishing trip, snorkeling trip and who knows, a Yelapa trip to cook your catch on the beach with a cold beer. Ask me more about this option, it’s like two trips in one.

As mentioned earlier the water temperatures are at 86 degrees which is a neutral as it doesn’t really affect anything but it will if starts to get warmer. The bite has been a moving target and frankly hard to predict these days. If you’re at the fishing grounds you choose before 9 it should serve you well. But Tuna are coming up at any time for a short, short while. You will have to have the luck of the Irish but stranger things have happened. One guy came in the other day and caught it perfect for fifteen minutes, got a 100 pounder YF Tuna. As far as baits go, dead bait seems to be the bait of choice lately. With plenty of Blue and Green runners, Goggle Eyes and flying fish to me it’s surprising that dead bait and lures are working best. Lures, of course we’re still talking as mentioned earlier of Iguanas, but Cedar plugs are worth a shot with the YF Tuna around Corbetena. 

Special Announcement: For all my readers and friends Master Baiter’s has opened another location, this time on the Malicon next to Sr. Frogs at the light house or El Faro. We have the same great shirts, same great fishing trips and now we have another new employee Carmen. I’ll be posting pictures and as soon as I can figure this all out we’ll have a Grand Opening… Master Baiter’s on the Malicon… kinda has a ring to it don’t you think? We’ll be carrying more product and we hope you come by and say hello. We will keep the marina location as I can’t imagine not having a presence in the Marina. We vacated the location we had on Basillo Badillo and Insurgentes. They kept the Mural, they did change the company name, but the guy who used to work for me is in that location now working for my competition so don’t be fooled. Even if the guy inside is wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt, he is not with me or Master Baiter’s. Come by! And remember at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

20170728_190232Until 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

Web 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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Out World Famous Koozies
Out World Famous Koozies

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Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November
Same Great Products and More coming Grand Opening in November

Striped Marlin Numbers Increase, Spinners and Football Tuna

 

Striped Marlin Numbers Increas, Spinners and Football Tuna

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

Jack Crevalls caught on Buddy our 26 ft super panga...
Jack Crevalls caught on Buddy our 26 ft super panga…

Before we get to the fishing report this week, many have been asking me why the fishing reports have been lacking, not posted.   Well the reports have been cookie cutter reports and frankly it´s kinda boring writing about nothing. But after three weeks of no report i was contacted and made to understand that there are those addicted to my writing, for some reason…. ha ha. We will always make sure you have accurate information, even if it´s kinda dated. For now we´re seeing some slight changes. As we begin to move into spring we´re looking at what´s shaping up with increases in water temperatures, four degrees this week which is significant. Because of this increase and the sun being higher in out tropical sky daily we´re on the verge of summer. We never really transitioned into winter fishing with Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish and abundant Snappers this year. We´ve seen Jack Crevalls hang around in warmer waters as is not what I´m used to seeing. Sailfish have been in the bay year round, used to be a complete oddity. We always have a weird transition after an El Nino or La Nina year. For now we should shift nicely into summer waters as it already is starting to warm up a bit. So on to the report….

Snook or Robalo in Spanih around the rivers mouths, shoreline and structure...
Snook or Robalo in Spanih around the rivers mouths, shoreline and structure…

I have to say, this last winter has been a strange season. Now you can point a finger in several different directions, blame global warming, Long Liners, Over Fishing and the list continues. What the deal ¨is¨ I haven´t a clue, but I do know this we´re starting to see some small changes that hopefully will turn into big changes. The bottom line is after an El Nino year it takes it takes time for currents and water temperatures to settle down, things don´t just snap back. We may lag a little coming into spring fishing but water temps are inching up a bit and except for Skippies, we have plenty of bait in the area. There is still plenty of action to be had in the bay and for those looking for a Striped Marlin, well it´s possible if not likely.

Sea Bass !!
Sea Bass !!

For the last four weeks you could pretty much copy and paste the conditions at Corbeteña and El Banco. The good news is water temperatures in this area are up slightly from 68 degrees to 72 degrees. Now that could be the sun higher in the sky as spring is in the air. But more likely it s a hint of warmer currents. I would say Corbeteña is not a great options, even Cubera Snappers, a stable are not taking baits at all. But if you head out past Punta Mita on a heading of 290 to 320 head out about ten miles and look for Striped Marlin, that´s right, Striped Marlin. There is also massive amounts of smaller Squids of 3 to 5 inches. We´re also seeing Spinner Dolphin with Football Tuna, very spotty, but there you are. A little secret, there are no Skip Jack Tuna or Skippies in this area. If you make bait, Skippie bait, then your chances increase by a factor of three. Feeling lucky?

In the area of El Morro / Punta Mita / Marietta Islands are once again on par as for the last few weeks. We´re still seeing Pompano averaging 20 lbs, Jack Crevalls are everywhere, but they´re full of eggs. They´ve been finicky and will only ¨bite¨ when the Sardines are up in bait balls. Good thing we have super abundant Sardine Bait balls. The Sardines are in the 3 inch size and birds are having a field day. Find the birds, find fish, that easy. Bonito in the 12 inch variety make great bait. I´ve heard of some Amber Jacks being boated in the 30 lb range. Wahoo could be in the area of El Morro and I´m still super surprised we don´t have Rooster fish in the area, strange for sure.

We are the ony real fishing company now in Puerto Vallarta, soon we´ll be back in our branded Master Baiter´s Tackle
We are the ony real fishing company now in Puerto Vallarta, soon we´ll be back in our branded Master Baiter´s Tackle

Inside the bay, you once again can cut and paste last weeks report, it´s just stagnant conditions. Sailfish are still around Los Arcos, boated four this week. Dorado are possible, one boated, many sightings. Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls everywhere and they´re in the 40 inch length sizes. Sea Bass are still in the area around the Rivers and shoreline with structure. Some Football tuna possible around Yelapa and a host of others like Sierra Mackerals. The bay for now is still your best bang for your fishing buck amigo.

The Bite is still around 10:00 to 11:30, just keep an eye out for birds, when the Sardines come up, the bite is on. But remember we´re in the spring fling period when a fish’s eye can turn to the ladies. Don´t be surprised in the next weeks that most of the species will be ignoring baits, even if they´re thick as molasses. Water temperatures this week have inched up a bit at the deep water locations to 72 degrees, a dramatic increase of close to four degrees. Currents could be changing or surface water temps are better as the sun is higher in the sky. Baits this week are the same, live bait is king, but they´ll take a dead Goggle eyes or Rapalla or Yellow, green and black.

As we come into the Easter Season we see another transition period coming shortly. Once we get through breeding season we´ll find better conditions, more species moving in and fewer people at the fishing grounds as temperature will soon increase and we should start seeing Striped Marlin numbers begin to increase. So Stay tuned for the latest and greatest. Don´t be afraid to contact me with any questions you may have amigos, I´m here to help.

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

Web 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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Marlin, Sailfish, Challenges Exist: Porpoises / Sharks!

                          Marlin, Sailfish, Challenges Exist: Porpoises / Sharks!

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

Black Marlin at Corbeteña are a Challenge to be sure, but they´re there and this one was boated on Guanatuna with Capt. Scooby!
Black Marlin at Corbeteña are a Challenge to be sure, but they´re there and this one was boated on Guanatuna with Capt. Scooby!

It´s been another interesting week here in Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing grounds with Big fish and big challenges. For the last couple of weeks Corbeteña has been the place to be, unfortunately the Porpoises and Lemon Sharks are of the same opinion. What does this mean, well for one thing you´re playing cat and mouse with the porpoises or Dolphin of the flipper variety. With all the bait in the water you´d think making bait (catching bait) would be a no brainer.  But in fact once you´re past the Marietta Islands you better make bait or you´ll have issues (like I did the other day). With Dolphin in the area they love to get your free offering and they take it up to the hook! Shark are there as well, but you can´t see them, they´re below the surface and they´re just sniping your baits. You can always tell it was a shark when they rake the leader and the line has little curly curls like butter does with a butter knife. If you can get bait at the rock, you can but it´s time consuming! If you can get a bait around these ¨challenges¨ then you´ve got a decent shot at big Blue Marlin or Big Black Marlin. We´ve been hoping for larger Yellowfin Tuna, we had a few over 180 lbs boated last week, but again, you have got to get the bait to them. There are always Cubera Snappers, but again, challenges. As far as fish go you don´t have many options at Corbeteña. Now if you ask me what´s happening at El Banco, I can´t tell you. Nobody is heading out to this area since the action has been so reliable at Corbetena. Now don´t get the wrong idea, it´s not a cake walk at

¨Bait Robbers¨, they´ll drive you nutz . . .
¨Bait Robbers¨, they´ll drive you nutz . . .

Corbeteña, out of four boats (only four boats the other day) three got Marlin Hook ups and they were boated at 600 lbs approx. each and one over 500 lbs. You´ll get a strike, but you´ll also spend the whole day trying to get one of these finned fantasies so be patient. The Marlin were mostly caught on lures, one on live bait. If running lures in this area make sure you are using Guacamayos (orange, Green and Black stripes at the top), Petroleros (Green, brown and purple) or Iguanas (Breen, Black stripes, yellow belly. Start with these lure combinations, I would be running at least two, maybe three around Corbeteña.

For the moment, the area twelve to fourteen miles north of Corbetena are some channels where there is always tons of bait and the fish density is pretty good, I think you have a better chance boating a big Marlin in this area, so another option especially if bait is an issue! Damn porpoises…

07 20 2016 Sailfish, Marietta Islands, Chelita, 900 pxls, MBTextJust west of El Morro and the Marietta Islands we have been seeing Sailfish action pick up a little, but half way to Corbeteña they´ll be dropping off. Striped Marlin begins eight miles off the point of Punta Mita and from that point out anything is possible. So don´t jam to Corbeteña and then wonder where the fish are, they´re all over the area, drop baits early and pay attention, be ready, when they strike you have to act quickly or they´ll drop the bait, happened to me twice yesterday, nobody determined who would take the pole first, beginner mistakes for sure.

Around El Morro, Punta Mita and points west you´ll find Sailfish, Striped Marlin. Farther out the Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are picking up the slack. For now we have seen no Dorado, Jack Crevalls are still around but they´re thinning in numbers. Bonito are always here, Snapper around the reefs and structure. All and all the fishing this week is all about Marlin and Sailfish if outside the bay.

Now that the rains have started Snook (or Robalo in Spanish) are hanging out in front of the several River Mouths where they feed on twigs, leaves, roots, berries, who know´s what, but it´s a white meat fish that will get up to 45 lbs if you get a big one!
Now that the rains have started Snook (or Robalo in Spanish) are hanging out in front of the several River Mouths where they feed on twigs, leaves, roots, berries, who know´s what, but it´s a white meat fish that will get up to 45 lbs if you get a big one!

Inside the bay we´re still dealing with the Rains, the trash line and the weather. We´re seeing lots of tropical storms, which means unexpected and unpredicted rains of decent intensity, in other words it pours like Louisiana!  Jack Crevalls everywhere, Snapper and Snook at the river mouths and they´re good fighters and tasty! Bonito, Skip Jacks for sure. Sails are slowing down a bit, but the rains are back so this will draw in more sails, which is already a freaky situation. Smaller tuna around yelapa with a host of other species to choose from…. With the rains and the trash line comes dirty, coffee colored water. Don´t be alarmed, this water is just a few feet thick and  you´re captain should be running a planer to get baits below this brown coffee water. It´s basically blue and clean water under the surface, so don´t flip out, its part of the plan!

Bite, with the full moon on it´s way you´d think it would be getting earlier and earlier in the day but that´s not the case. for the last couple of weeks now the bite has been after 12.00 PM or early, early afternoon. The bit has been going until after 6 pm so getting to the fishing grounds early will not do anything for you so use this information wisely, give yourself the best chance to boat something memorable! Water temps are still at 86 to 88 degrees, in the bay with all the cool rain swollen rivers you can expect this. Live bait is always king, but in the bay you may want to run the same lure colors to catch Marlin at Corbeteña here they are again: Guacamayos (orange, Green and Black stripes at the top), Petroleros (Green, brown and purple) or Iguanas (Breen, Black stripes, yellow belly. Start with these lure combinations. Also pink and white combinations worked well on the hoochies the other day so something to think about.

Master Baiter´s just got another freezer so this means we can once again Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free, non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each bag) and can rest assured it won´t be stolen by the concierge, bell boy or anyone passing your fish in the freezer with sticky fingers. 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.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce some Spectacular Sunsets, this was taken from my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta, Que Hermosa!
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce some Spectacular Sunsets, this was taken from my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta, Que Hermosa!

I also have a new, smaller panga with a super superior captain and for the next two weeks I am offering this 26 ft Panga for four hours at $200 usd which is at a loss for me, but we´re introducing this panga so we can earn your business in the future! But you have to mention you read it here in this article to get this deal or mention you read this in the PV Mirror (www.pvmcitypaper.com ) !!

Smoke Your Fish: As another exclusive service of Master Baiter´s we´re offering a Fish Smoking Service where we´ll smoke your fish, bag it and prepare it for shipping, we take half for payment. People are loving this service and frankly I love the taste of smoked Marlin / Smoked Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish or any other fish you catch. Even Jack Crevall taste good smoked!! Just call us and we´ll come to the boat and get it with instructions on how to reach us, we´ll deliver it a few days later or trade you what we have in stock, but not the day of the trip amigo, call us, we´ll fix you up! I can´t tell you how good this is with a beer!!

July Fishing Special: Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. Option II: For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance and how much fuel we use. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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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Yellowfin Tuna & Much More at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                             Yellowfin Tuna & Much More at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what you come across right now.. Start at the Rock, then head ten miles out and you´ll find more like this!
Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what you come across right now.. Start at the Rock, then head ten miles out and you´ll find more like this!

Well summer came to Puerto Vallarta this past week with 70 percent humidity under a warm and unforgiving tropical sun. The summer is ¨off season¨ as family tourism picks up a few notches from July to the end of August which is also when the local weather gets hot and tropical. With this dramatic change in seasons, when things are as hot and humid as they´re going to get, this is when you´ll find the Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Big Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish and more. It would be very nice to have prime fishing in high season for tourism, but it doesn´t work that way amigos. For those in the area, we´re seeing Deep Sea fishing now like we haven´t seen for years. I was half way expecting the fishing to pull back a little since it just exploded out of the blue last week. But that´s not the case, in fact the fishing is still outstanding and picking up on a daily basis. Short day trips or long days targeting world class gamefish, whatever you´re looking for, we have it now!

This Sailfish was boated less than half a mile inside the bay from Marina Vallarta! It´s been Freaky in the Bay!
This Sailfish was boated less than half a mile inside the bay from Marina Vallarta! It´s been Freaky in the Bay!

This week we´ve seen another dramatic increase in water temperatures from 81 to 84 degrees or warmer in some locations. Because of this we´re seeing the summer currents bring with them 3 inch squids, a Yellowfin Tuna favorite bait. Eight miles off Corbeteña jumping Schools of Yellowfin Tuna are now running 40 to 110 kilos or 88 lbs to 250 lbs. They´re taking lures of blue and silver with yellow dots or markings, run at least one lure of this color starting out with your live bait spread. Blue Marlin over 500 lbs are not eating those squids so have plenty of local bait. Sailfish are all over the place in increasing numbers daily. Dorado disappeared for the most part. Cubera Snappers of course for those jigging, but they´re also taking trolled baits as well. Jack Crevalls of course to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and you may run into footballs (Yellowfin Tuna) in the 35 to 50 lb range. Very good eating so don´t ignore them! El Banco is pretty much the same, for me Corbeteña is a better choice. The Dorado at El Banco have disappeared or are much smaller in the 10 to 15 lb range, young. All and all if heading out to either of these locations you´re very likely to come in with a trophy gamefish, good luck.

Capt. Mony with another 75 lb Rooster fish caught off the reef in Sayulita! Yes she´s a woman and Yes she catches fish! In fact Capt Mony is a High Performance Professional so don´t let her gender stop you, she learned on the docks form the time she was in diapers.
Capt. Mony with another 75 lb Rooster fish caught off the reef in Sayulita! Yes she´s a woman and Yes she catches fish! In fact Capt Mony is a High Performance Professional so don´t let her gender stop you, she learned on the docks form the time she was in diapers.

At the point of Punta Mita or rather eight miles off the point we´re seeing good concentrations of Striped Marlin to 200 lbs, Sailfish at 90 lbs or so. Rooster fish are still in the surf areas but have thinned out considerably even with tons of Sardines and bullet Bonito to temp them. Around the Marietta islands is the same as last week, Skip jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Rooster fish possibilities and with some luck Dorado will show up soon, cross your fingers. El Morro has had Sailfish but you have to be about six miles out from the island and drop baits. Good area for Striped Marlin and a Freak Blue Marlin Hook up…

Inside the bay we´re still firing on all eight cylinders with Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals (still here) Bonito, Football Yellowfin Tuna around Yelapa to 50 lbs. They´re concentrated also near Los Arcos as well. The Trash line is attracting small Dorado, under 15 lbs, but we expect this sort of thing and we´re happy about it. They draw in larger fish so everything is right on time. In front of the river mouths you´ll find Snook to 35 lbs, Snapper starting at 20 lbs and a host of other species enjoying the fresh water pouring into the bay. No matter where you go in the bay there are fish. If around Los Arcos, La Cruz Marina or points in between you have the freak opportunity to boat a Sailfish and they´re surprisingly abundant. So you may be looking for smaller fish for the family and get a Sailfish strike! Don´t be surprised to see these captains running larger baits on heavier tackle in the bay for this reason. Remember in the bay you should be fishing with lighter tackle, not something to bring in Moby Dick!  Four hour trips will get you to Yelapa and then get ready to hit the 50 lb Yellowfin Footballs, they´re great tasting and amazingly strong.

Trash Line, it can be debris or a thin line of crap but inside this debris are all sorts of smaller fish looking for fast food. A danger to navigation the trash line is your ¨friend¨as it draws in small fish which in turn draw in larger fish!
Trash Line, it can be debris or a thin line of crap but inside this debris are all sorts of smaller fish looking for fast food. A danger to navigation the trash line is your ¨friend¨as it draws in small fish which in turn draw in larger fish!

The bite has been a little late, about 11:00 am or Noon-ish for the most part. So sleep in a little and be out there before things get too warm and have a great day. Water temps as stated earlier are up dramatically from 81 degrees to 84 degrees and that´s a heck of a swing. Water conditions are still high visibility Blue Water unless you´re around the rivers, the water can be a little murky there, but that´s nature for you. Lures: you need blue with silver and yellow spots or markings. There are times these color combinations are working better than live bait. I will say this, all the Tuna that have been cut open to see what they´re eating are stuffed full of squids, so have the correct lure combinations handy in your bag of tricks. Live Bait, we´ve got live bait coming out of our ears, but you may want to wait until you´re in the area of where you´ll be fishing to see what baits are in the immediate area. But get the Goggle Eyes in the morning anyway, can´t hurt a thing.

What´s Next: We´ve seen some slowdown, a few evenings where there has not been much rain so the trash line is weak at the moment. Dorado moving into the bay is encouraging and hopefully is an indication of this beautiful species returning in larger numbers, be positive, it helps. Yellowfin will continue to increase as long as the production Tuna Fishing fleets keep their distance, cross your fingers. It´s Prime Time for fishing, Fishing High Season so to speak and there is no reason to see things changing for the near term. What this means to you the Angler with a fantasy, it´s time to get on a plane and get on the water. If you have a bucket list that includes Marlin and Yellowfin then it´s time to hit it. We have not seen these sorts of wonderful conditions in many moons and it would be a shame if you´re a serious fisherman and you missed these ¨finned fantasy¨ opportunities.

Master Baiter´s Promotion A: Right now we´re running a Special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is ony $250 usd or $62.50 per person on a four person boat, Up to four people max. You´ll have a shot at Rooster fish in the surf, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle Fish, possible Sailfish, Snook and Snapper to name a few and with some luck Dorado. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part are still empty.

Family Fishing Special, A Fish Box full of plate sized Snapper...this was a ¨shopping¨ day on Bella Del Mar. They taste great, they´re not too much for your 8 yr old and they taste great!
Family Fishing Special, A Fish Box full of plate sized Snapper…this was a ¨shopping¨ day on Bella Del Mar. They taste great, they´re not too much for your 8 yr old and they taste great!

Master Baiter´s Promotion B: Family Fishing Package, We know fishing is not the cheapest activity out there, never has been. If fishing wasn´t planed in the budget, but you´d still like to get the family on the water, we´re offering a very Basic Fishing Trip of four hours for $200 usd, four people max, you´ll troll baits from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos and surrounding area targeting Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Snapper, Robalo (Snook), Sierra Mackerals, and what ever else we come across. Now this is not a full blown fishing trip but we´ve watched our competition rip people off on these sorts of trips, no boat shows, etc. The margin is thin on this package, but we want you and your family to get on the water and see the magical ¨other side¨ of Puerto Vallarta. Take us up on this deal especially for my readers so let me know you read it here and get a free beer cooler or Koozie just for telling me you read it here!

Now that we´re in Prime Time Fishing Season I´m starting up with the Video Fishing Reports again. You can see my less than impressive videos full of information you just can´t find anywhere else when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. It´s my cell phone and a selfie stick with my ¨take me or leave me¨ attitude where we don´t take ourselves too seriously . . . . With two reports a week now you have no reason to not be informed. That way when you talk with these ¨insect promoters¨ you´ll know if he´s blowing smoke up your pant leg!

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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It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                     It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador
Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador

What a difference a week can make and man have things changed so lets get into it! El Banco, Blue Marlin in the 400 lb plus range have returned to the high spots. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 150 to 200 lb range and they´re taking bullet skip jack tuna as favorite bait. No worry, they´re plentiful all around the bay so make bait early and get out there!! Dorado at 25lbs, good size, have also shown up  Sailfish, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs. Targeting YF Tuna, here´s the secret, if you´re not using a kite, you won´t boat a tuna. Naturally we have Jack Crevalls, Bonito, with Bait, bait and more bait. Blue Water, it´s as close to perfect as it will get amigos, if this doesn´t draw you out of your man-cave nothing will.

Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña
Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña

Corbeteña: Much the same, Blue Marlin over 400 lbs, Stripe Marlin around 150 lbs, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna 120 to 200 lbs again using kites and running Skippie bullets as bait will pay off. No Dorado, no Black Marlin either for the moment. Wahoo have taken a powder for the moment and of course we always have Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks and some Rainbow runners. It´s fish city for the moment and conditions are perfect.  Throw in the locals of Jack Crevalls, Bonito and the list goes on….

El Morro, Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands are all on fire as well, finally. Ten miles off Punta Mita Striped Marlin to 175 lbs are all over the place. Sailfish, naturally. The big news in this area is Rooster Fish, they´re back and they´re hungry. Head north of Punta Mita point to the Malinal Reef area and cast six inch Diamond jigs and get ready for some intense arm burning action amigos, YeHa!! No Dorado in the area but that should change very soon, they may already be out there! Watch for a trash line in the area and they´ll be plenty of fish looking for a free breakfast!

06 18 2016 Marlin, 8 Hrs 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay is downright freaky! Sailfish, yes Sailfish are being boated in front of Marina Vallarta, not miles, but blocks out in the bay. Sailfish are all around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina as well! You may ask why this freaky activity is happening now, well all I can say is Bait, Bait and more Bait! Pick a bait, it´s out there in monstrous amounts. Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Possible Snook in front of the river mouths, they love the ¨Agua Dulce¨ or fresh water pouring into the bay. Dorado will feed all day long on a Trash Line and because of this Dorado should turn up in the area soon so stay tuned.

Bait, boy do we have bait, Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Bullet Skip Jack Tuna or as I call them bullet Skippies. We have Goggle eyes, flying fish and more to temp these finned fantasies. I would suggest to still purchasing bait in the morning on the way out, but making bait will not be an issue anywhere.

505 01 2016 glens Sailfish 900 pxls MBTextThe seasonal rains have begun again so you can expect a trash line around any river dumping into the ocean. Dorado are the normal feeders on these trash lines, but they´re not here yet. What does that mean, well something is eating on this organic fish granola and they´ll be waiting for you to present them a bait they just can´t refuse. Four to six hour trips in the bay are perfect for those taking the family out or looking for decent fishing and having to go to El Banco or Corbeteña to find it. If you don´t know what a ¨trash line¨ is, when we get the seasonal rains normally beginning by the second week of June, the rains was all the loose leaves, roots, tree stumps, you name it runs into the rivers which of course empty into the Bay of Banderas. You will find a ¨trash line¨ near rivers where the water has a floating edge where the water behind it is a shallow dirty coffee colored. In front of the trash edge is clean water. Fish love to feed on this organic granola of seeds, leaves, roots, insects, all sorts of good stuff for fish to eat. So the trash line will normally produce Dorado, Bonito, maybe some snapper on occasion. Smaller fish normally, that in turn draw larger fish. So you can have big fish in the bay at times chasing smaller baits feeding on the trash line. The Trash Line is our friend and with the right equipment it can be a fun time for sure!

Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!
Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!

Conditions: Well we have perfect, high visibility blue water to start with. Water temperatures are a solid 81 degrees and as mentioned bait is not an issue…. The bite is still happening a little later in the morning, so I suggest being at your fishing grounds before 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be ¨Right on time¨. If running Lures this week use color the best working color combinations have been small lures of 3-4 inches in pink. Or same size but Blue with Gold coloring would be the best combinations to begin with.

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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Fluctuating Currents and Water Temperatures, It´s Roll the Dice Fishing!

                                      Fluctuating Currents and Water Temperatures,

                                                       It´s Roll the Dice Fishing!

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

 

 

Flying Fish!
Flying Fish!

It´s been a weird spring this year, we´re seeing cold currents mixed with warm water, now we´re seeing warm currents moving in which has raised the water temps to the 79 / 80 degree mark. But in the bay we´re still seeing water temps at 75 degrees. We´re in a funny situation, we had warm water all winter, at the end of April we had a chilled current move in, water temps dropped. Now we´re seeing warm water currents moving back in as we would normally see about now. So what does this mean to the local fishing? It means we´ve got a mixed bag and what you´ll come back with depends on your state of mind, how much you want to spend and the species you want to target. They´re all out there, but are you willing to take the chance of coming in with an empty fish box vs. Coming in with many smaller species that will give you an action filled day? Welcome to Roll the Dice Fishing in PV!

At our world famous deep water fishing grounds we have fish, no surprise here. As I discuss the present conditions understand you can spend the whole day trolling, chunking, and baking in the sun and still only come in with one fish! It could be a Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, even a Yellowfin tuna, but don´t expect it to be easy or automatic. Skill levels, experience and of course the correct equipment will give you a ¨fighting¨ chance. As I mentioned it´s pretty much a mixed bag out there right now, one day the fishing great, the next day it´s a fish ghost town. If you´re around Corbeteña there are Wahoo 60 to 80 + lbs but you´ll be around 15 miles off the rock to the east and north, it´s a wide swatch for sure… Yellowfin Tuna have been in the area, but they´re not automatic and in this same area you´ll find Wahoo and Sailfish. Closer to Corbeteña we have ¨iffy¨ action. If there are fish in the area, they´ll take baits. For now there are fields of Jack Crevalls, Skip jack Tuna and more jack Crevalls. Sailfish are here, but sparse. Surprisingly enough we´re seeing Blue Marlin to 300 lbs, not big but big enough. Striped marlin are in the 225 lb range, but more plentiful. With so few boats heading out to this are it could be a lot better than I am reporting. The reason I say this is because it´s bait city out there, everywhere! Plenty of 8 lb YF Tuna footballs running with Spinner Dolphin to catch, but we don´t head out that far to catch bait! Cuberas Snappers, of course, but you´ll be jigging for these tasty white meat species….. With warm currents coming in I´m encouraged… stay tuned.

Wahoo at El Banco, El Morro and Corbeteña
Wahoo at El Banco, El Morro and Corbeteña

El Banco, we´ll it´s pretty much the same, but twenty five miles due north on your way to the Tres Maria islands you´ll find more Blue Marlin in the 300 lb range, Yellowfin Tuna at the first island of the Tres Maria Islands, remember this is a fishery so I don´t talk much about this location since fishing inside twelve miles makes you a poacher, plain and simple…. Unless you´re heading north there is not much reason to hit this area since you can get the same fish at Corbeteña. I suspect by this time next week if the warm currents continue we could have Black Marlin, more Sailfish and hopefully Yellowfin Tuna.

Around the Marietta Islands, El Morro and the Point off Punta Mita areas have been good, not great. Bonito to 35 lbs, the same stuff you see in local tuna cans. Jack Crevalls are running 30 to 40 lbs in the area. Needle fish are still here, but soon to be heading for cooler water. Snapper last week were thick, now they´re less abundant but still in the 10 to 20 lb range for the lucky. . . . Plenty of bait in the area in the form of Sardines, Flying fish, bullet Bonita and YF Tuna, Google Eyes but Bonito are a favorite of the local species, especially Rooster fish.  Speaking of Rooster fish, Around the Point of Punta Mita the Rooster fish have been taking bait in the shore line, just under the breaking waves. Now this is dangerous on a boat so be careful. For the surf fishing guys this is perfect for you. Just use Poppers, Diamond Jigs and Rapallas and you´ll go back to the hotel happy. There are a few Roosters around the Marietta Islands and El Morro Island, but it doesn´t matter where you are, Rooster fish are sparse, but we have Sardines so things could change again.

Fun for the whole family with smaller fish in the bay!
Fun for the whole family with smaller fish in the bay!

Inside the bay is really the place to be if you´re looking for action. With Jack Crevalls being the dominant species it´s easy to find arm burning action. These jacks are large and all over the bay. Running 35.lbs as a minimum size your children may have a hard time boating these fierce fighters, but that´s why we´re here, we´ll make sure they boat the fish! Then we´ll take pictures! Bonito are also in the bay, smaller at 25 lbs especially around the south end of the bay around Yelapa. Some Needle fish to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals have pretty much moved out again. Sailfish are still chasing bait into the bay. With Visible Bait Balls all around the bay the birds have easy pickings…. All and all inside the bay, a four or six hour trip at this moment is your best bang for your fishing buck…..

We´re seeing the bite between 8 am and 11a.m…. Afternoon bite is after 2 p.m.  The water around everywhere is clean, but the water outside the bay is a high visibility blue making baits very visible! Lures: Purple, start there and move to Petrelaros of brown, green and purple colors.

Bait Ball Birds in the Bay!!All in a Nut Shell: With the drop in tourism we´re having a hard time determining areas to drop lines. Each fishing ground or area has its ups and downs but with warm currents and Wahoo returning we have cause to be optimistic. Blue Marlin are still here in greatly diminished numbers, but here! Striped Marlin are thinning as you´d expect with warming water temps (they like the water a little cooler). Rooster fish are iffy, but we´re poised for some big improvements. We may or may not see water temperatures continue to increase. But we are seeing bait like you couldn´t imagine as you read this from a lounge chair. There are large bait balls of Sardines all over the bay and around the point of Punta Mita. Baby or Bullet Bonito are thick as can be, mixed in with baby Bullet Tunas. This is the reason we see the weird conditions where we have Sailfish taking baits inside the bay around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina. Flying fish are at four inches in length, Goggle eyes are a standard. If warmer currents and massive amounts of bait don´t draw in more of these warm water species by next week I´d be surprised. You see when water temps change, the species that like those temperatures move with the water temp or currents. Now when things start to warm up again it takes some time for the ¨new¨ current species to show up. So when the water temps go from cool to warm, the cool water species with drift with the cool currents. As these cool water fish move out, it takes time for the warm water species to drift in with the warmer currents. We may have a great early summer season. Who knows, but with the threat of La Nina, it makes sense to get your fishing in while you can.

Looking to share a boat? Yes we´re still ¨Hooking¨ you up with others on shared boats. This Special is half a super panga, you can have two people max fishing or sightseeing for $275 usd, eight hours. This is the best fishing deal in town. If downtown visit our Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo

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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