Turbulent Conditions, Good Days, Bad Days, Summer Fishing!

                                        Turbulent Conditions, Good Days, Bad Days, Summer Fishing!

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

Normally at this time of the year you can have a mixed bag. Some weeks can be affected by passing Hurricanes, or rain storms that bring dirty water to the area for days. Then of course these fish have their own ideas of where they want to be so finding them at times can be difficult. We have the basic fishing grounds, but what happens when they’re not where “they’re supposed to be”. This is the case right now, fish are out there, but they’re being a little weird. Bite is a moving target, Baits are plentiful and many times ignored. Weird baits may work, regular baits may not. Late Afternoon bites can throw a monkey wrench in your day if you’re coming back in too early and of course it never hurts to be lucky

Normally we go through the fishing report location by location but this week it’s so spread out that anything can happen right now if you find blue water. Now that seems to be the issue, recent rains inland have brought heavy amounts of water into the Bay of Banderas. Now it brings nutrients and all kinds of good stuff for the fishing industry, but it screws up the fishing in the dirty water areas. Jack Crevalls seem to hit baits in dirty water, it doesn’t bother them too much. I can’t say the same for Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish, which of course are our primary “players” for the Sportfishing crowd. For now those heading out need to find clean water. We’ve had a few days where even the deep water locations had dirty water to be followed the next day with blue water. It’s enough to make your head spin. Even though you have clean blue water is no guarantee you’ll catch fish. We’ve seen Sailfish and Marlin peppered throughout the area. Now when they’re taking baits is a mystery but we do know the afternoon bite is the best bite. This means if you’re serious and want to catch some fish you need to be at the correct place (another dilemma) around 3:00 in the afternoon! Marlin in the Corbetena area are anywhere from 350 to over 500 lbs if you come across one and they want your presentation! Now that can be confusing as 45 lb Yellowfin Tuna were ignoring live and dead baits yet taking a shot at “Hoochies”. Hoochies are a small rubber lure the size of a wall nut that are normally strung together to catch bait fish. White with a peppering of red is working best which suggest there are small krill squids in the area we don’t know about. Dead baits seem to be working for these sporadic species. El Banco, forget El Banco for now, what used to be the place to be has turned into a less reliable fishing area than Corbetena. It looks like the rains and hurricanes are calming down and I expect the fishing to improve greatly as it normally does in September. Just leave a little later, arrange for bait and be ready to go mid to late afternoon. Good Luck.

Closer  in between the Corbetena and the Marietta Islands is another area that is normally great for dropping baits as you troll towards the rock island of Corbetena. Sailfish and Marlin have a fondness for this area and can be very productive so don’t ignore. It amazes me how people get a locked in mindset and head for a specific location and never work the entire area. Those that do adjust to these conditions understand that fish move and it’s wide open out there right now. If heading to Corbetena drop baits here. If heading around the Marietta Islands the area around El Morro can be very surprising with Sailfish and even Rooster fish at times. For now there are naturally plenty of Jack Crevalls, Reef Fish, Sparse Sailfish, and a shot at a smaller Blue Marlin in the 350 lb range. It is challenging. If you’re around the point off Punta Mita just a few miles off the point there have been some Sailfish boated here in the mid-afternoon hours. Dorado are also in the area but they’re small and not keepers. If you’ll notice Dorado are showing up later and later in the fishing season around PV. Long Liners with guns fishing illegally are a huge problem as their lines get everything passing the area. Buoys with decent sized and super plentiful good sized Dorado will find Long liners the next day streaked with these illegal fisherman killing the Sportfishing! Having said that there were some nice 30 to 40 lb Dorado for a few days, now if you’re lucky you’ll find some larger one and again they move so if not today, maybe tomorrow! Bonito are sprinkled in the area at 30 lbs and there is always the possibility of Needle fish or Dorado. Keep positive the fishing at this time of the year normally explodes, so great fishing could be happening as we speak!

The bay, well let’s just say go slow! With three major rivers spilling into the bay with dirty water colored by the melting adobe soil Mexico is so famous for has changed the bay from blue to a coffee colored, obstacle filled mixed blessing. We have lots of trash, stumps and even debris like old floating refrigerators waiting for your prop or shaft support to find! If you can find clean water the fishing will naturally be better. For now the bay is “challenging” at best. Blue water will present Yellowfin Football Tuna in the 35 lb range at Yelapa. Sailfish are still around the Los Arcos area about a mile out. Dorado love this area as well and can surprise with some larger fish. If you come across a trash line, the Dorado there are just babies and should be ignored, but keep the bigger Dorado that do check out the Trash line. Bonito of course to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls at 35 lbs, Needle fish at 30 lbs and a host of other species around the structure or rocky shoreline. There are fish to be had, it’s just finding the cleanest water. If we get a break from the rains the bay will return to blue water quickly so check conditions from us, we’re as close as your phone for the latest information. Especially since this publication will be taking a vacation for the next week or so. Good luck and remember even less than perfect conditions can produce some great action amigos… Good Luck!

Water temperatures are a wonderful 86 degrees, about the same as our air temperatures. The bite is a moving target as mentioned so early morning departs may not be the best idea so sleep in a bit and be where you want to be about 9-ish to start. Baits have varied greatly, with tons of 5 inch Flying fish, Tons of Skippies or Skip jack Tuna, Baby Dorado all over the bait situation is outstanding. Having said that we find dead baits are still working many times better than live baits. Hoochies as mentioned earlier is a “out of the box” lure you just try out of frustration. And this may be the secret this week, try what you don’t think will work and sit back. Nothing happens, change it up and try again. One will work and you’ll know what to do after that, hopefully… ha ha.

We’re experiencing the old trick the promoters us saying Master Baiter’s is “Dead” or out of business. Nothing new, my Mexican Competition at its best, trying to steal my business. As a reminder we are located at the Westin End of the Marin between Docks A and B on the boardwalk so don’t be confused or lied to. Master Baiter’s is alive and well. Tours, Fishing, T-shirts, hats, Polo shirts, ladies shirts and our world famous Koozies. So come in, Say hello and let’s go fishing!

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

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!

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

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Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

 

Excitement Builds with Black Marlin And Yellowfin Tuna

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

07 13 2017 Magnifico, 8 hrs, 600 pxls MBTextAs we move deeper into the summer season we see things are pretty much about the same and that’s not bad. We still have Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Rooster Fish make an appearance finally. Water temperatures are still favorable at 82 degrees. High Visibility Blue Water at all the fishing grounds with plenty of bait. A formula for world class fishing rolled up in one of the most popular and safest destinations in the whole world, how lucky are you? For me, it’s the plan!

These are the kind of “cookie cutter” reports I like. Fishing can be such a roller coaster that what was happening yesterday is no guarantee it will happen today. As we enter the best time of the year for Sportfishing in one of the best fishing grounds in the world you should have high expectations. World class species you expect running in the larger ranges size wise. Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Sailfish is a sportsman dream and on many an Anglers buck list. For now those heading to the deep water locations of Corbetena have the opportunity to boat a Black Marlin over 500 lbs, but we’ve seen over 700 lbs  the last few days or so. Blue Marlin are also large running 500 lbs and are all over these two areas. If near Corbetena about five miles before you see the rock we’re still seeing Dorado in smaller numbers, so challenges exist, nothing new there. What is new the Long Liners are back with a seven mile long line (yes they’re illegal) between El Morro and Corbetena just destroying the Dorado fishing in this area. Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 to 80lb range are a little smaller than last week. But who’s complaining. Remember there could be some very large Yellowfin Tuna locally soon so keep your ears to the wind. Sailfish are sprinkled thought the area but are only taking dead baits! Even with super abundant bait in the area dead baits are working, live bait doesn’t. Our little secret. . . Lots of other possibilities as well like Cuberra Snappers, Bonito, Skippies and more. All  and all if both el Banco  and Corbetena are doing well then Corbetena would be my first choice, then north to the area in-between that is widely ignored.  That is until tournament time and these two locations are stuffed with competing anglers. One thing to remember is the bite is happening late, after 3:00 pm for the Big Marlin and other species like Sailfish. El Banco is a bust, no bait, no real fish in the area….. but this should chance so stay tuned….

The Marietta Islands have a pulse although not much of one. Red Snappers have been caught from 20 to 30 lbs, Needle fish and small Grouper are also around but not much of a draw. Just to the north at Punta Mita we’re seeing Sailfish of nice size, Dorado can be found around any stump or clumps of crap due to the seasonal rains. Many are super tiny so don’t keep anything that looks small and you know what I mean. Rooster fish finally made  an appearance and are at the point of Punta Mita running 30 to 40 lbs!  North of this area there are Rooster fish around the San Pancho area as well, but this is a ten hour trip amigos, but they’re 20 to 30 lbs. Might be a little far for these but if they’re up there, they’ll be down here shortly, stay tuned.

07 12 2017 Bay fishing, Magnifico 550 pxls MBTextInside the bay is it’s normal amazing self that it has been for some time now. We have tons of Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 45 lbs and smaller around Yelapa, but you need to be fishing about 6 P.M. or forget about it. For other species it’s an all day affair where you’ll have possible Sailfish off Los Arcos, somebody is getting them might as well be you. Jack Crevalls are still all over the bay but diminishing in numbers as they should. Needle fish are all around the bay but heaviest around Los Arcos as well. Dorado of teeny tiny sizes are feeding on the trash line, not keepers. But you could hit a larger Mahi if you’re in deeper bay water. Near the river mouths there is a 50 / 50 chance of hooking into a nice sized Sea Bass from 20 to 30lbs, feeling lucky?

Special Announcement:  Master Baiter’s is expanding and opening a new location on the Malicon, Board walk to us gringo types, next to Sr. Frogs clothing stores at the Light House. We are very excited and will be getting in new and different Master Baiter’s Products we have not sold in many moons.  We took the keys and are doing our best to make it a worthy location. We’ll have a Grand Opening party so keep your eyes peeled. We will be getting back into our branded tackle and fishing products as time moves on. You will also be able to book fishing trips, book tours, or just get real information from real people. And remember, at Master Baiter’s we won’t sell you a timeshare!

For now we couldn’t be happier with how the season is progressing. If all goes well soon we’ll have larger Yellowfin tuna at the primary fishing grounds in sizes we haven’t seen in some time. With water temperatures hovering around 84 degrees this is a good place to start. High visibility super blue water is another friend to the fisherman. With plenty of bait fish in the bay like Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes, Bullet Bonito, Bonito, Flying fish you name it we have it for bait. Red Tuna crabs are thinning in numbers and not an obstacle any longer. Now if you’re at Corbetena and El Banco there is a bait issue as in there is none to speak of. Bring it with you in this area. The bite is happening late in the day now, normal fish at anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 P.M. so be ready for this, fishing doesn’t always happen on our schedules amigos. As far as Baits / Lures:  For the most part dead baits are working best, but run live bait anyway. Lures are working also, so it’s a mixed bag. Lures should be Petroleros, Iguanas of green and yellow, cedar plugs are good places to start. There are a few you can’t forget, but for the most part this week you need to remember that for now dead bait works as well as live bait. Go figure but that’s the way it is for now…. As we see water temperatures climb a bit more we may see more of the larger gamefish moving in, cross your fingers!

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

Koozies 2017Web 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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Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sails, Corbetena Boogies

 

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

 

06 20 2017 Brad Andelé, 100 lb YF tuna 580 pxls MBTxtIt’s nice once again to be able to write a real fishing report and a cookie cutter report again. As water temperatures continue to hang over 80 degrees and the super abundance of varied baits are not moving out as for bait, things are great. The water is blue everywhere, including the bay except for the normal brown ring around the bay from the evening rains. Yes we have rain, but it’s not the rainy season as yet. We have some hurricane activity but like every year it doesn’t amount to much except the possibilities of stormy seas and better fishing. We have our world famous species hanging out now, even though it’s early for species like Tuna and Dorado, but they’re here presently. The good news is we’re coming into the season nicely. Better news is that things from this point will only improve, with a bump or two I am sure. Yes folks “Fishing” has returned to Puerto Vallarta!

Web Page “Extra”: For you all reading this on the web site I can include this info since it doesn’t ferment for a week likes some of my outlets let it do. Having said that we’ve been seeing a Hurricane, Dora just hand out about a couple hundred miles from Puerto Vallarta. The direction and “juice” is heading in the opposite direction so no issues for us except rain. Well humidity needs to be included as you can cut the air with a knife. Not much different that Houston or Miami or even Michigan. We’ve been getting rain, heavy at times, a slight breeze as well, so this would get you to think “Trash Line” would form, but that’s not the case. We do have some trash spots, but no trash line of any real measurement. 06 23 2017 Mr. Voves, 10 hrs, 01 MBTxt 500 plxlsThis will naturally change shortly and this is good news. With Dorado signs, we may see this help the Dorado Numbers increase, let’s hope.

Corbetena, one of the most famous fishing grounds and name in the world and for good reason. When it’s good at Corbetena that is about all you need to know to get your neck hair standing up, then comes the ants in your pants. If you’re one of those guys I suggest you move on to the next paragraph because I’m about to get that neck hair standing. Then give me a minute or two and you’ll be squirming in your seats (Ha ha).  Black Marlin are all over the “Rock” running 500 to 700 lbs, possibly bigger and they’re taking bait! Then we also have Blue Marlin right at 500 lbs and they’re taking bait as well. Sailfish, of course and big. Yellowfin Tuna are still circling the rock and running anywhere from 40 to over 100 lbs! After a winter season of dismal fishing if this doesn’t get you “squirmy“nothing is going to. Problem with Tuna right now is they’re not taking bait unless you catch them at the perfect time and place. You see we have these massive amounts of what we call “Tuna Crabs”, they’re red, the size of a quarter or a little larger and they float. I have called these a “thin crust Tuna Pizza” as they slash through this “fast food” without a though to you and your presentation. If you find yourself at Corbetena in the morning around 5 a.m. then you may want to do some trolling, then or around 6 p.m. otherwise it isn’t going to be easy amigos. They’re jumping and playing, all the stuff a Tuna does except take baits, be patient amigos. My suggestion, do an overnight, hit the late and early Tuna bite, then chase Marlin the rest of the day. There are abundant Skip Jack tuna bait to 7 lbs, Bullet Bonito, Green Runners, Flying fish, Goggle eyes, you name it, it’s out there. El Banco on the other hand is not doing very well, slow is polite. El Banco can at times take the lead and other times The Bank is happy to relax. Well el Banco is relaxing for now, as Marlin and Tuna are passing this area. With insane amounts of Bait you’ll still find “some” Marlin and Sailfish in thin numbers for now. This will change soon and when it does I predict this world famous location for super big fish will be back in the game. For the moment your fuel dollar could be better spent, stay tuned.

06 23 2017 Travis Cusimano, Shannon friend Tail wrapped pxls 650 MBtextMarietta Islands, we’ll they’re still there, can’t say much more about the area. Some Sailfish, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, a few miles off the islands there have been smaller Marlin and schools of Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna of 6 lbs, very tasty. Nothing special for the time and distance. A better option would be the Point off Punta Mita where there have been Dorado, yes I said Dorado 12 to 20 lbs around any floating debris or clump or “crap”. As mentioned earlier we’re seeing some rain due to Hurricane Dora which will be short lived. No real trash line as yet, but there are “trash spots” floating around which can be very productive not to mention fun. Jack Crevalls 40 lbs of course along with Bonito 30 lbs, even Sailfish in the 100 lb range. So this whole area can explode soon so keep your ears open and we’ll share what we know for sure.

This all of course brings us to The Bay where the action now for months has been unusually great. I guess when something like this continues indefinitely we can call this normal? I don’t know, but what I do know is there are tons of fish for the enthusiast, amateur or professional alike. Jack Crevalls to over 40 lbs in some cases. Bonito to35 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs to 45 lbs this week all around Yelapa (they’re full of red crabs too), Sailfish out a ways in front of Los Arcos, even smaller Striped Marlin are hanging out around the bay! Can’t complain about that, some will. With the bite being so mixed up the fishing is happening all day, remember to pay attention to the tuna bite and you’ll be fine. My suggestion for now is hit it hard for Football Tuna early near Yelapa, then when it looks like the bite has faded give some Jack Crevalls a shot, then mid day hit the Sailfish and Striped Marlin. Follow a plan like that and you’ll give it your best shot.

Bait Conditions, well I told you most of the secrets already, but there are Blue Runners, Green Runner, Rainbow runners, Goggle eyes, Red Crabs, Bullets, Skippies, you name it, we have it for bait.  Nice thing is bait can be made just about anywhere you go so no need to sweat bait. Water Temperatures have taken a slight step down to 81 degrees at Corbetena, 80 degrees at El Banco and 82 degrees in the bay. Not perfect, but not far from it. Bite is, well, a moving target these days. With plenty of bait the bite is more of a ‘whim’ they, the fish that is, can take advantage of at a whim. Be early, you’ll give yourself the best chance you’ll have for the day. Bring a camera, the morning sunrise is incredible with tropical mornings like we have.

06 10 2017 8 hrs Mi Jenny, Jim Kelly, 2 sails, 005When it comes to your boating safety in general, make sure understand the product you are purchasing and make sure you’re comfortable with the people you are dealing with. We’ve seen some tough years here in Mexico and many familiar companies are no longer in business as others try to fill the void. Many are great, some are horrible, some are dangerous. You really don’t know what you have until you get to the boat. You have several resources to choose from, Trip Advisor is just one. Do your homework, check out the available options and always make sure you come armed with information you collect from these articles so some promoter doesn’t fill you full of happy facts, but is short on delivery. When it comes to fishing, we hope you’ll choose Master Baiter’s. As responsible business people we send you to the best PV has to offer, not who pays me the best commission. We can help steer you in the right direction for just about anything you can think of, we’d be happy to help. Benjamin can help you with your tour needs and, well, I’ll just keep doing what I’ve always done…. Live the Master Baiter’s Lifestyle, there is always room for another!

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

We will smoke your fish, but you will get half back, we can't " smoke  that much....hahahahaha
We will smoke your fish, but you will get half back, we can’t ” smoke that much….hahahahaha

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Marlin, Corbetena
Blue Marlin, Corbetena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Condition Changes, Warm Water, Yellowfin Tuna!

                                                      Extreme Condition Changes, Warm Water, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

After what has been a dismal and disappointing spring we’re in the game again big time with warm water at the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbetena. Bait is super plentiful everywhere and we’re seeing summer species like Sailfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna trickling into the area. It’s all good and we’re about to enter high season for fishing here in PV!

For the last few months you could have used a cookie cutter to put my reports together.  It seemed like the same fishing elements never changed. I’m very happy to say that this is finally all coming to an end as we have seen water temperatures jump from 72 degrees to 81 degrees in one week! This is drastic and surprising. Blue water is two miles out from Punta Mita, a huge plus. Bait conditions are incredible with massive amounts of flying fish three to six inches from Punta Mita all the way to Corbetena! Bullet Skip Jack and Bonito all over the area especially around the Marietta Islands. But that’s not to say the fishing is fast and easy.

My Friend Curtis Martineau with a nice 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated on Magnifico at Corbetena
My Friend Curtis Martineau with a nice 60 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated on Magnifico at Corbetena

From El Banco to Corbetena is about twenty five miles and there can be a world of difference between these two world famous fishing grounds.  For now we’ve seen drastic changes from last week.  First off we see water temperatures jumping to 81 degrees from 72 as previously stated. That’s a nine degree increase in just a few days which is unheard of.  The clear green, red tide and cold water has changed to high visibility blue water two miles out from Punta Mita.  What was considered a deserted fishing ground has once again come to life at El Banco with Sailfish moving in nicely. Marlin is expected soon. Cuberra Snappers are also in the area taking baits to 50 lbs but on for the jiggers. Naturally there is abundant Skip Jack, bullet Bonito, flying fish, Mullets, Goggle eyes and the list is endless, Sardines are around but thinning out in numbers. So making bait is not a real issue anywhere in the bay. Oh, if targeting Sailfish they’re only hitting dead trolled baits and lures that mimic flying fish.  Keep this information in your back pocket as our little secret. Corbetena is another story completely. With abundant bait in the water we’ve seen 60 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna move into this area aggressively. Some Sailfish in the area, but not like El Banco. With the good you must take the bad, which means there are bottle nose Dolphin, Flipper if you will, taking your trolled Bonito or larger Chorras. This will drive you nuts as they lay in waiting to zing you and steal that bait, they’re both smart and lazy. Capt.  Cesar tells me it you put regular staples in the tail the Dolphins advanced sense of taste will not like  the metal  taste of the staples and leave your bait alone. Worth a try, me, I never have a stapler on the boat, never thought if it as “tackle” before. Tuna are on top of the rock so you don’t need to get fancy. One thing to remember, it’s a full moon out there which means the Yellowfin Tuna will be biting before dawn! If you can’t make it to the fishing grounds about 4:30 in the a.m., then you’ll be better off hitting the late bite which is occurring around 2:00 P.M.. They’re jumping and attacking cedar plugs better than baits. A classic lure that works but it’s not pretty. Live baits are working outside the rock from the Dolphin. About a mile past the rock you have a decent chance at Blue and Black Marlin.  Their numbers will be picking up shortly so a little patience will pay off. Jack Crevalls, Cuberra Snapper, and other assorted species moving in and out.

For now your fuel dollar piggy bank needs to be emptied and remember don’t ask the wife to go fishing. It’s better to beg for forgiveness and ask for permission. But remember also, being divorced twice DQ’s me as a marriage consular.

The Marietta Islands have been another big disappointment for the last three months, and nothing much has changed. Water temps are way up in this area as well, but for some reason this area for now is a fish ghost town. I am surprised we haven’t seen sailfish move in the area, stay tuned. So the normal players of Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs and tasty. Nothing too exciting and frankly you can find better action closer in the bay. Punta Mita is not exactly alive with action but there are some Sailfish in the area and more will be coming. With massive amounts of flying fish for bait it’s going to be hard for incoming species to resist the temptation of hanging around. Won’t be long before this area is a fish machine once again.06 07 2017 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico 800 pxls MBText

Talking about inside the bay things are great! Needle fish are moving in, a strange species they’re fun to catch and taste great.   Bonito everywhere to 30 lbs, Football Yellowfin tuna 30 to 45lbs if lucky all around Yelapa and in the middle of the bay. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs but beginning to thin out in numbers as water temperatures increase. Sailfish are still hanging out around Los Arcos out a few miles or closer in, who knows? The main point being inside the bay fishing is an incredible deal right now and well worth the price of participation! Throw in Sierra Mackerels, Needle fish and the list goes on. For those of you who don’t know, Mexico has just increased fuel prices. They are being gradually increased so we’re going to have to increase pricing to account for this soon. If coming to PV soon I would suggest you lock in lower prices that will be honored at a later date.

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

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

06 07 2017 Bill and Wendy Smith, Magnifico 800 pxls MBTextTours: If coming to Puerto Vallarta and you plan on doing tours Benjamin can handle your request and put a whole fishing and tour package put together making your life easy and Ben a bit of a commission.

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

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Everyday is a Different Challenge, Chilly Water!

                                                                           Everyday is a Different Challenge, Chilly Water!

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

Striped Marlin Boated at El Morro on Magnifico
Striped Marlin Boated at El Morro on Magnifico

At this time of the year we normally see water temperatures inching their way up, it isn’t happening. Last week we had Freak Black Marlin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin and then BAM! Water temps dropped like a rock, blue water disappeared for the most part and we’re all scratching our heads about this. For the next few days expect no Marlin of any kind, No Tuna of any kind unless “footballs” as bait conditions begin to change. It’s a weird week so put your seat belts on, it’s a “Chilly Story” this week.

Frankly this is surprising to me, I figured we had a cold current that would be a thing of the past in a few days. Here we are a week later and we’re seeing conditions that are more like early winter and not early summer fishing at all! Sardines are thinning out, we still have bullet Bonito which are a favorite bait for the “locals”, red Tuna Crabs have shown up again so it’s a real mixed bag out there. Corbetena and El Banco are not happening, don’t waste your time, you’re burning fuel for “iffy” fishing at best. With the clean green water coming in we naturally know it’s going to be cold water. But we also have some red tide spots scattered around the area. Brown water, then there are also blue water spots. If you can find blue water it’s in the upper 70’s degree wise. If the water is green or brown it’s in the super low seventies. If you find yourself in this area Cuberra Snappers will come up for baits, so it’s a right place at the right time scenario.  Rainbow runners in the 40 lb range, Amber Jacks to 50 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and if you see Spinner Dolphin you’ll most likely find Football Tuna in the 30  lb range. For both Corbetena and El Banco that’s the best I can say. Stay tuned, this will change or it means we’re entering a la Nina Year which is very possible, stay tuned!

Jack Crevalls everywhere. Caught on Guanatuna or 28 ft Super Panga
Jack Crevalls everywhere. Caught on Guanatuna or 28 ft Super Panga

Now imagine you do find fish and they’re not taking bait for love or money. It’s a head scratcher, but with cold water we know we have a real challenge finding warm water species. The Sailfish have taken a powder, Dorado right now is a fantasy, Rooster fish are iffy at best. If you find yourself around the Marietta Islands, El Morro or Punta Mita area you can find plenty of Jack Crevalls, Smaller bonito to 25 lbs, possible Pompano, it’s a short list this week. Things can change before you finish this article so keep positive and save those fuel dollars for the coming weeks.

And once again Inside the bay the fishing is superior to most of the other fishing grounds. Your chance of boating a Sailfish is better in the bay than outside the bay. So if you need a fishing fix, you can scratch that itch in the bay. Plenty of Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerels to 15 lbs, Bonito of course to 30 lbs, all the regular players including Sea Bass (Yeha!) that came back to the opening of the Ameca River. Now the bay fishing has its challenges as well, but it’s still the best bang for your fishing buck amigo. Fish on the cheap, we have $200 bare bones trips, no frills, but it’s a great deal that will get you on the water and having fun, good for up to four people, why aren’t you calling me now already!?

After what seemed like “forever” we’re finally seeing the bite get earlier in the morning. Leave early since there is a double earlier bite one after 8:00 a.m. and the other around 1:00 in the early afternoon. For now figure on being where you want to be by 8:00 and you can´t be late for the bite! Water temperatures moved down dramatically to 70 with the previously mentioned cooling trend around the area. Water conditions could be better, avoid the red tide at all cost, fishing wise that is. Literally, the moving target a.k.a. Bait is not what it was. Sardines are moving out, Bullet Bonito are still thick in the area so that’s promising. Tuna Crabs have drifted in around the size of a ten peso piece. Naturally there are always Skip jack Tuna, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on. Running plastics this week was a real disaster. Capt. Cesar of Magnifico took every single lure and trust me he has hundreds, couldn’t get one fish to take a look. So you’re on your own this week. If you discover a something that is working, let me know!

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

Consignment Flyer picMaster Baiter’s is jumping into the Used Fishing Equipment, tackle, polls, down riggers, lures, life preservers, Kayaks, water sports items of all sorts, radios, anything fishing or water sports related and we’ll sell it for you. We all have too much and always not enough when it comes to fishing tackle and equipment.  We also will be announcing another new location and need old or cool fishing antique type stuff so lets get this party started!

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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Transition Fishing Conditions Continue, Take it Day by Day

                        Transition Fishing Conditions Continue, Take it Day by Day

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

02 04 2017 AngePozwa, Adrianas, MBText 650 pxlsOk Folks, let me start with an appology for not posting an article for the last few weeks, no excuses. Busy and I¨m limited by the hours in a day and the projects I can juggle. But it´s all a good thing as we´re looking for a new beach location so we can finally get a Master Baiter´s ¨Fish ¨N¨ Chix¨ Beach Club with super affordable beer, a free shot of Tequila (Maybe my brand), Cuban Cigars and of course Chix! Stay tuned… I might actually get this to happen! In the mean time I return you to your Fishing Reportt….

Every February we see the same conditions, strong cold currents, species changing and difficult days at the fishing grounds. Nothing strange and nothing unexpected, it´s winter fishing and we all need to adjust.

It´s going to be a short report this week. We´ve seen Corbetena and El Banco turn into a fish ghost town. For now it´s a complete waste of your fishing dollar and time. So those promoters pushing you to take a ten hour trip to catch Marlin and Tuna, it´s total crap. And it´s not going to change anytime soon. Don´t give these guys a single peso, they´re Tourist Abusers! Anything farther out than the Marietta Islands

Speaking of the Marietta Islands there are still Pompano to 35 lbs but the numbers for some reason are diminishing. Bonito to 30 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs and picking up in numbers as you´d expect. Some reports of Sailfish, but nothing solid. Sardines of a half inch in length are flooding the area, the six inch Sardines are moving out and the Rooster Fish we hoped for, they never came in!

01 25 2017c Capt Scooby, Guanatina, 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay we´re seeing the same situation as the Marietta Islands, without Pompano´s. Snapper around the structure, Snook around the river mouths if you can get your baits around the long lines set up in front of the river mouths. People are still seeing Sailfish in the bay, but no boatings as I am aware of. Football Tuna around Yelapa if you´re lucky and Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs everywhere in the bay. For the angler on a budget you´ll catch fish for a fair price and have a great time. Now if you consider Jack Crevall trash fish, then I don´t know what to tell you, but they´ll tear your arms off so throw them back and stop the bad mouthing! Jeez…

At El Morro, Sierra Mackerals, Pompano & YF Football, Tuna, Jack Crevalls and a Snapper!
At El Morro, Sierra Mackerals, Pompano & YF Football Tuna!

We´ve seen water temperatures take a step up to 74 degrees in the bay to 72 degrees at El Banco and Corbeteña. Better than the 70 degrees we had last week, so be happy water temps have hopefully hit bottom… The bite is happening early around 8:30 so be sure to leave early, even if fishing only four hours be sure you´re where you want to be by this time… Baits: Who knows… ha ha ha… If you can figure out how to mimic half inch Sardines let me know!

For those looking for a Shared Boat, we´re going full speed ahead and we´re scheduling shared boats daily. $275 usd, two people, half a super panga for eight hours, a great deal for those on a budget. So contact me if coming down to PV and lets ¨Hook U Up¨. Also Raffa, the only Mexican in PV that won´t sell you a ¨timeshare¨ is my tour expert. He´ll get you such discounts on tours I can´t even tell you because the local companies get upset. But our clients can expect major discounts on Vallarta Adventures, The Pirate Ship, you name it. Be patient with Raffa, he´s a little slow, but his heart is in the right place for Master Baiter´s Clients.

Remember we Freeze Fish Free for cutsomers… And we´re the only real fishing company in PV anymore so it makes sense we´re the only ones with enough money to get a freezer!!

We´re Still Hooking-People up with Shared Boats, 8 hrs, 2 people, Half a super panga at $275 usd, you wonñ´t beat that deal. Call us, Email us before coming down and we´ll do what we can to match you up...

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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Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

Seasonal Transition Begins, Large Dorado at Punta Mita

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm Water Species Return, Blue Water

Dramatic Increase in Water Temp, Warm  Water Species Return, Blue Water

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
12-16-2016-guanatuna-dorado-650-pxls-mbtext-2For the last two weeks I have not posted a fishing report because things changed so drastically i didn´t want to put the ¨Doom and Gloom¨ down on everyone. We had water temps drop in ten days form 87 degrees to 74 degrees. It was when the cold snap happend a few weeks ago:

The water got dirty, the swirling currents mixed up the sediment on the ocean floor bottom and frankly to me it looked like the fishing season was over just when things were finally, finally getting back to what PV was famous for fishing wise. Every warm water species bugged out, or found warm spots in the ice water we had move in. That was two weeks ago, things have changed, thank the fish gods for that. Watert temps gradually moved back up to 80 degrees presently. Dorado, Sailfish and even Wahoo came back into the area and now things look great for the next few weeks anyway.

I never really paid much attention to currents, water temperatures or the like until I started writtting this fishing report when I took over the company in 2004. Now after years of paying attention I´ve learned that El Nino is not something that just ¨ends¨ like turning a light switch off. No, rather it´s a slow process, a washing machine effect on currents and water temps. Now finally it looks like we´re in a normal pattern after perdictions of La Nina coming in immeadeately after wards as can happen.

Having said all that, we move into the present conditions which are not perfect, but we can work with it. Bait is moving back into the area in the form of two inch Shrimp, you know the shirmp that cost too much and the fish are eating it for free! Red crabs came in also, so we know the Yellowfin Tuna will soon follow. But the Shrimp and Tuna Crabs are examples of a normal current returning. We see this happen every spring and winter and is normal. A normal we like to see. So for the record, we´re getting back to a normal seasonal flow and that is a good thing. Now on to this weeks fishing report….

Dec. 20th, 2013

A little better than two weeks ago we had perfect conditions when it comes to fishing. High Visibility Blue Water, perfect water temperatures, plenty of fish and plenty of bait. A combination made in fishing heaven, but that changed quickly with a super frigid current that pushed down the west coast all the way to Mexico. If you remember the cold snap in the news, it all started then. Now I am glad say that the water temperatures that at one time hit 74 degrees are back to 80 degrees and climbing slowly back to where we would like to see them. Yes folks, the scare is over and we now have Wahoo, Wahoo!

The new challenge this week, and there is always a new challenge, is a bait issue. Yes folks we´re seeing the Tuna or Red Crabs come back in with massive amounts of small, one to two inch shrimp. Everything is getting its fill of these succulent crustaceans and frankly they´re not looking at other live bait offerings! But we can work with this issue, cold water is another thing.

12-17-2016-hector-marlin-02-800-pxls-mbtextCorbeteña: The water is high visibility blue now and the water temperatures are back up to 80 degrees. We have Blue and Black Marlin from 400 to 600+ lbs, Sailfish, Dorado to 40 lbs, Yellowfin tuna to 50 lbs, Wahoo at 60 to 80 lbs and the ¨locals¨ are jumping everywhere. Down side, those shrimp are everywhere and even the Marlin are hitting them. One trick that could work, bullet Skippies or Bonito. That will turn their heads, good luck finding them. Try around the Marietta Islands on the way out and you hit a home run amigo. Goggle Eyes are finally working if you can´t get a bullet bait. El Banco or The Bank: Pretty much the same story amigo. But remember things can change drastically from now until ¨then¨ so ckeck conditions regularly.

The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita / El Morro, the whole area has come to life and we´re seeing Rooster fish (30 to 50 lbs) for the first time since I don´t know when off the back side of El Morro and around the reef areas of the Marietta Islands, but the shore areas are alive also so remember that with Roosters. Dorado of course at 25 to 30 lbs, Sailfish, and even the possibility of 60 lb Wahoo off the back side of El Morro towards Corbeteña. Don´t be afraid to use a little fuel in this area, there are fish to be had finally in an eight hour day fishing trip!

12-15-2016-buddy-jacks-03-450-oxls-mbtextInside the bay we´re still seeing Jack Crevalls which are filling up on Shrimp as well, Bonito to 35 lbs, Freak Sails around Los Arcos and La Cruz still. Snook in front of the rivers mouths and along the shore in rocky areas. Sierra Mackerals, possible Dorado around Yelapa along with some football Yellowfin Tuna to 40 lbs. Four hour trips are catching a nice selection of fish and the whales are back in the bay. You´ll have the extra pleasure of seeing Moby Dick at rest in the bay amigos!

The Bite has been a moving target and mid day seems to be the best, but get out before 9 to be safe. Water Temps are increasing from the 74 they were last week to the present 80 degree mark so we expect fishing to continue for at least a few more weeks… months no! Baits: With all the shrimp and Red Crabs it´s hard to get a bait in front of these fish that will turn their heads. But as mentioned earlier Goggle eyes seem to be doing the trick, so give it a try. As far as lures go, same stuff, petrolerso, inguanas of green and yellow with black flecks or stripes.

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

window-art-advert-02mbtext-bright-textRemember Master Baiter´s is freezing and storing your catch sin charge for customers. Non customers are covered also but there is a fee for this service if you don´t fish with us. Raffa is my new tour expert and we won´t be undersold so fishing, freezing and fun, we´ve got you covered amigos!

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

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It´s Fish City, Bucket List Fish Everywhere!

It´s Fish City, Bucket List Fish Everywhere!

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

Capt Scooby once again with a nice Black Marlin caught at Corbeteña
Capt Scooby once again with a nice Black Marlin caught at Corbeteña

Ok Folks, what do you want to catch, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish, Marlin and Snook at the river mouths finally. Yes, it s ¨Fish City¨ and fishing in PV right now is as good as it´s going to get! Time to break the piggy bank and lie to the little woman if you have to, but get on the water now!

El Banco, Yellowfin Tuna 120 to over 300 lbs are sprinkled throughout the area and are picking up slightly in numbers 4 to 6 miles northwest of the high spots. The illegal long liners are camped out on the high spots so making bait is an issue. Make sure you fill your tuna tubes with Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) or bullet Bonito because making this type of bait with the long liners is close to impossible. If you have this bait, you have a strong shot at a Monster Yellowfin Tuna amigos and I am so happy to be able to finally say that! Black and Blue Marlin are in the 250 to 500 lbs or larger. Sailfish naturally are in the larger size ranges. Dorado, of course and they´re at 30 to 45 lbs so there is really no excuses left amigo, get out there and get it on!

Corbeteña, No Tuna, nothing but maybe small footballs to 45 lbs. Sailfish of course, Dorado to 45 lbs, Rainbow runners to 45 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs for jiggers but they will take a trolled bait. There are Porpoise in the area so be on the lookout for these bait stealers. Blue and Black Marlin to 500 lbs or larger. Bonito, Skippies all over the place unlike El Banco. This area is well worth the fuel and time factors as Yellowfin should be turning up any minute now.

Take 8 hrs, get on a Super Panga and anything can happen!
Take 8 hrs, get on a Super Panga and anything can happen!

El Morro / The Marietta Islands / Punta Mita: Rooster fish have returned in limited numbers in all these areas and they´re running 40 lbs.  For you ¨Rooster¨ guys this is the time to hit it as we´ve waited way too long! Sailfish are thick behind El Morro. Dorado are picking up in numbers finally around the point off Punta Mita. This whole area which has been so disappointing for so long finally is showing serious sings of life! Eight hour trips can put you in the thick of the action!

Inside the bay, well we´re still seeing Sailfish being boated at La Cruz and around Los Arcos. Black marlin have been boated in the bay this week again as they chase abundant bait into the bay. The river mouths finally are showing signs of Snook or Robalo in Spanish as promised. Rooster fish in the shore line for the surf fishing guys. Football Tuna around Yelapa to 40 lbs with more Sails in the area as well with larger Dorado to 35 lbs. Throw in Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackeral to 15 lbs and the list goes on. A four hour fishing trip will put a smile on your face yet be kind to the vacation budget!

We´re seeing water temperatures hovering around 85 degrees which is almost perfect. Bait is not an issue but if running lures Petroleros are the first choice. Iguanas of yellow and green with black stripes is a solid second choice and then try Pink and Blue lures before you go deeper into your bag of tricks. Bait is not super abundant so be smart and make bait while you can and hopefully you have tuna tubes. The bite is a little later in the morning so be at your favorite fishing spot before 8:30 a.m. and you´ll have the best chance of boating Moby Dicks cousin!

11_29_2016_chema_on_profeta_8_hrs_009-650-pxls-mbtextRemember Master Baiter´s is freezing and storing your catch sin charge for customers. Non customers are covered also but there is a fee for this service if you don´t fish with us. Raffa is my new tour expert and we won´t be undersold so fishing, freezing and fun, we´ve got you covered amigos!

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

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Sailfish ready to be released. . . . .
Sailfish ready to be released. . . . .

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