Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

                            Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

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

 

As we begin to wind down from the summer season into fall we’re seeing cold water currents moving into the area as we normally do. To me it seems a little early this year and indeed when you see cold currents coming up from the south, not north as normal you have recognize that there are some unusual conditions springing up. Because of this we’re seeing warm water species mixed in with winter or cold water species which doubles your fishing options. Those looking for Monster Marlin may be disappointed. The fishing is great, but just like a box of chocolates, you never know what exactly you’re going to get.

Wahoo between Corbetena and El Morro for the super lucky!

This week Corbetena and El Banco about equal when it comes to fishing. Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are still in the 350 to 500 plus lb range. The issue here is getting them to seriously consider your bait. We have massive amounts of Krill Squid and Shrimps that are just too tasty to ignore for all species. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Sardines in massive amounts and the list goes on. There are no issues for bait, if you’re a fish that is. If you’re a sportsman then you may have a slight problem with fish giving your “presentation” or bait a good hard look, then turning away. We can put you on fish, we can’t make them bite! Having said that, there are Marlin boated daily, you’ll be trolling the day away and there is not likely to be too many strikes, but there should be some if you’re patient. Dorado are still thin in numbers, the good news is they’re in the 30 lb range finally! Sailfish are participating nicely, when they’re hungry. We’ve also seen some Wahoo turn up in sparse numbers as they’re a non-schooling species. With mouths like a Gansu knife, if you’re not running wire leader and you catch one, that my friend is pure luck. Targeting Wahoo will mostly eliminate other species as you have to troll faster for them to pay attention to your bait, but they will. The only question is how long are you willing to give it all a try or quit?

For now very few are this sized, but they can be found if you’re willing to give it a chance.

The area around the Marietta Islands and El Morro Rocks are seeing Sailfish and Striped Marlin a few miles off in the direction of Corbetena. This is a strange time of the year, as mentioned many fish are not taking baits, partly because there are so many species right now in breeding season, they just don’t eat! Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 25 lbs, Needle fish possible to 25 lbs, Snappers are in the area from 10 to 30 lbs but they move in then out so it’s a moving target. All and all for an eight hour trip you’d be better off around the Sayulita Area from the point of Punta Mita where a few miles off the shore there are 30 lb Dorado, Sailfish and even some 250 lb Striped Marlin for the lucky!

Dorado in the bay!!

Inside the bay, we’re still seeing this “Crazy Fishing” where you can see just about any species you can think of. Snappers are moving in taking advantage of the Krill Squids and Shrimp like all the other players. Sometimes they find your bait before they find the massive bait balls which is your ideal situation, cross your fingers. Still, Dorado at 20 to 35 lbs anywhere around the Los Arcos area. Sailfish are still hanging in this area and around La Cruz. Rooster fish are much, much smaller this week which doesn’t make sense with the massive amounts of Sardines, but there you are. Jack Crevalls around 25 lbs, Sierra mackerel’s to 20 lbs, Bonito under 30 lbs, Skippies are breeding and not eating. Remember the bay fishing is always great, but when Whales are in the area, no matter how cool they are to us, fish think they want to eat them! So fishing around Whales can always be better. At that point you have to decide to watch the Whales or continue fishing. Normally you can’t do both, it just doesn’t work that way, keep this in mind. Six hours in the bay is perfect, time to find fish and still not keep the “little woman” waiting in the spa too long! Mid-day length trips are perfect for the vacation or occasional angler. Hard core types, you’ll have fun, but a Striped Marlin or larger in the bay is still a freak occurrence, which seems to be daily now. Stay tuned!

My Friend Brad Benter loves to get his picture taken with fish, I like showing them!

Bite with the full tide has been later around 10 or later. With no “Super” moon to light up bait fish we’ll most likely see some help fishing from a darker night sky. Water temperature are still at 79 at the deep water location, but 80 in the bay. As far as bait goes, I suggest live bait, dead bait for Marlin and lures (gucamayos, Petroleros) are best for the moment. Remember to tip your captains and bring cold beer in the morning as you can’t purchase beer before 9am amigos.  As a reminder, the holidays are coming soon and we’ll be out of boats to book early. If thinking of going on a boat for any reason, reserve early so you can guarantee you the boat you want during the coming few weeks, important so keep this in mind.

WaHoo !

If you haven’t been in the shop in a while, we’ve got a new location and we’re getting new products all the time… New this week, some super cool coffee mugs, Shot glasses, Lighters with fish and our logo, Koozies are on the way again and we have some new carry bags for groceries that fit over your shoulder. Today i ordered Calendars for the coming new year, Fish porn calendars… too fun!

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

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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!

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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!

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Roller Coaster Conditions as Breeding Season Presents Challenges!

                      Roller Coaster Conditions as Breeding Season Presents Challenges!

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

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Well it had to happen, spring is in the air for the birds, the bees and about every species of fish here in Puerto Vallarta and I assume surrounding area. For the last week we´ve had tons of fish, you can find them, but if you think putting beautiful bait in front of them is enough to turn their head, think again. Nothing is more frustrating that putting a bait in front of the local species to find they couldn´t care less. To put it all in a nut shell, you´ll find fish, normally that´s the hard part. Right now it’s frustrating trying to get them to take a bait when their head is a mess answering Mother Nature’s call to ¨chasing tail¨! That´s the challenge amigos. Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster fish, Skip Jacks, Wahoo, Snappers, you name it, they´re all in the mood for ¨love¨.

El Banco, the Yellowfin Tuna six miles of the high spots, well they´re at the Tres Maria Islands now and running 80 to 100 lbs off the first island. Larger Yellowfin Tuna bordering on 200 lbs are off the third island of the Tres Marias. If you´re looking for Marlin or Sailfish, for the moment they´ve taken a break and that´s that. Cubera Snappers to 50 lbs, Amber Jacks 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jacks and that´s about it. For now I wouldn´t even consider El Banco unless things change and that could happen in twenty minutes so keep your ears to the wind or check with me for the latest and greatest.

Corbeteña is much the same, they also have Cubera Snappers for the Jiggers (55 lbs), Amber Jacks at 40 lbs, Rainbow Runners to 45 lbs, Sailfish, Blue Marlin to 450 lbs, Possible Wahoo, but again, none of them are taking baits. But to be honest, there are very few boats heading out this way for this reason. Stay tuned….

Marietta Islands, Punta Mita, everywhere has the same issue, ¨Spring Sprung¨ fish that don´t give a flip about what bait you´re putting in their direction. Basically I´d love to tell you the fishing world is great, but the game changed in a few days and it´s going to be a few days more before we come out of this slump. There have been some strange occurrences like a Blue Marlin that was boated ten miles off shore at Punta Mita, but you can´t rely on this as an indicator that fish are out of their daze.

03 18  09  8 hrs, Jeff Payne Mi Jenny Roosters and more   007Now that you´ve heard the down side to Hooking into larger fish in the area, inside the bay is the place to be now. Mostly jack Crevalls in the 35 to 55 lb range and at least they´re taking bait. So there is arm action to be had as long as you´re not expecting Moby Dick to take your presentation. Bonito, Skip Jacks to 12 lbs (about double their normal size and great eating), Possible Pompano but I wouldn´t target this species since they are mostly only here for one month out of the year. Robalo at the river mouths if you´re brave and lucky you´ll get one.

Basically every fish has eggs in them and they´re busy with the work of reproduction. Jack Crevalls are taking baits for some reason and we´re happy about that. Wahoo that was all over the place have diminished in numbers, Sailfish are everywhere and abundant, but again, not taking baits. Marlin of Blue and Black over 500 lbs are in and out of El Banco. Rooster fish are thinning out, but they´re not in the ¨mood¨ either. This is normal, we have this period every year and we should be surprised about it. Normally it last about ten days and we´re in that time frame now so it will change as quickly as it came on. Contact me and get the latest information on conditions, things could have changed by the time you read this article and probably will. I will say this, the fish are out there and when they´re back to ¨normal¨ they´ll be hungry and then the fishing will be back to normal.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Water temperatures are still high, in fact they´re 78 degrees, up three degrees from last week and well above what would be considered normal. These are very close to summer time water temperatures and this could be an indicator for what we can expect this summer which looks like hotter water temperatures than we would like. Coming of an El Nino year, we should see some normal summer fishing, but then again my crystal ball is no better than yours.

Update April 22: Well this report kinda left me flat, it´s the truth, but things have loosened up a little and we´re seeing fish are once again taking baits when just a few days ago it was murder to get them to even notice a bait ! Bella Del Mar with Capt Hector hooked up forty Jack Crevalls, Marlin and Sailfish are back at it at Punta Mita and rumor has it Dorado have moved back into the area. I´ll tell you with the amount of bait out there and the varied species, I believe we´ll be seeing summer species early in the season.

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.

Punta Mita Sees Return of Sardines, Rooster Fish, Pompano

Punta Mita Sees Return of Sardines, Rooster Fish, Pompano

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & TackleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every year at about the second week of April winter begins to change into summer. When this happens we call it a ¨Transition period¨. Those involved in the fishing business (Captains, Crews, etc.) know and understand that this is essentially the worst time of year to go fishing. First and foremost is the fact that the local species are just full of eggs keeping their interest anywhere except in taking your bait. Then there´s the annual change of currents as they flip directions now moving south to north. As warm water moves in the sun hangs longer daily in the Tropical Skies of Puerto Vallarta. This churned, swirling water conditions can result in brown, coffee colored water as the sediment on the sea floor inside the bay gets churned up. Typically all at the same time, we have warm currents, cold currents and fish that are not interested in your trolled baits. That´s the bad news, the good news is; that will shortly be behind us. May brings stability, dominant summer currents and of course world class species, Sailfish being the first to arrive in thin numbers. For the last month, I´ve done my best to make this sound as positive as I possibly can and still keep the truth factor firmly in place.04 26 2014 Mi Jenny, 8 hrs, Chema 026

Having said all that, some of the best news this week was the fact that Sardines, which have been in, then out, are in again. Water temperatures are still moderate and on the cool side, but inching their way up to 75 degrees or so on average. Not exactly blue water, but the clear green water we have, getting clearer everyday, is not hindering the fish. Blue water is preferable, green works. Now you may be asking yourself ¨Where¨ is it getting better? One place, the best place, is still off the point of Punta Mita. To be exact, the area around Sayulita and a bit north are just exploding with Rooster fish in the 35 to 60 lb range, Pompano running 45 lbs, Snapper are also taking trolled baits and are running the same general size of 15 to 30 lbs. Sailfish are in the area, but sparse. Dorado, forget about them for now. Eight hour trips are mandatory if you’re looking for any sizeable fish to put on the table. Sorry, that´s just the way it is.

Forget about the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña, same issues, cold water, no fish. Don´t waste your money heading out to these distant locations until you hear word of any action first. For the guys looking for sizeable Trophy Game fish, then you´ll need to bite the bullet when it comes to the fuel budget. Not to mention the sheer time it will take to get there and back on a slow boat conserving fuel so you can actually make it back under power, a biggie for sure. Yellowfin Tuna are about the only players at the Tres Maria Islands, so don´t go expecting anything other than Yellowfin Tuna. The Tres Maria Islands are a fishery, so I have a real issue with those fishing in this area, legal buffer zone or not. Once they fish out the fisheries, like the Seiners are doing now, then we can fold up the fishing industry and sell T-Shirts to tourist… wait, I already do that!04 24 2014 8 hrs, Jeff Payne Mi Jenny 600 pxls

Those looking at short day fishing will still find fun action in the bay with Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, smaller snappers to 20 lbs max and more Sierra Mackerals than you can count. For younglings or those looking for some fun on the bay with a limited budget, then a super panga on the bay for four to six hours will do you nicely.

For now the fishing could be better, but it´s not bad. For now the latest fishing information for the locals or visiting tourist is key. You need to know when the bite is, mid morning by the way, what the water temperatures are and where the ¨hot¨ spots are. I started to put updates out to my Facebook friends. If you would like to receive my weekly updates, normally about two a week if things change, then send me an email and I´ll put you on my contact list. I will also start a video fishing report shortly, I have done one already, but I´m as exciting as watching paint dry, so we´re working on that as well. So if you want to be informed of the latest and greatest, especially if you have local clients like the travel agents I work with, then this is a free service that is invaluable when you need it. My contact information is at the bottom of this article…  Looking forward to seeing your responses and questions amigos…..  

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

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta 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.