Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!

                             Big Black Marlin, Big Dorado, Great Fishing!                   

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

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

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

10 ft Sailfish, Tournament sized for sure!

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

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

Marlin Jumpin …

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

It’s a Party, You’re Invited!

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

Half a Super Panga, two people at this price, 8 hrs, $275 usd …. With a Quality captain, professional equipment and tackle. Ice, bait, English speaking captain… it’s a real fishing trip for the budget minded!

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

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

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

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Client Questions Welcome: Snook fishing in PV

Hola Stan;

I have two gentlemen who want to go on a snook fishing charter in one of the rivers.

Do you have someone who does that?

Ralph

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Stan To: Ralph, 

yes we can do that, but here’s the deal, the commercial fisherman have lines strung up all along the river mouths, but with rains the lines can get ripped out.. let me check

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Ralph to: Stan

Ok just let me know. They were asking if it’s better to wait a few weeks and the temperatures go down a little and maybe less bugs

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Stan to: Ralph

Well yes the temperatures go down, but so do the rains and the fresh water is what attracts the Robalo or Snook in english… waiting will make things less likely… but yes the temperatures will be better….
 
But no agua dulce
 
Everyone is out fishing, when i get a captain I’ll hit you up amigo… Stan
Snook around the River Mouth 
 
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Stan to: Ralph
 
Ok, here’s the deal, nobody has been boating any snook lately… the river flows are down and less “agua dulce” or fresh water. No issues with commercial guys, that’s good news….
 
My other captain has a different opinion and he does catch fish. he says around La Cruz River there have been snook and says they’re there… he’s hungry for work, but he is a super duper fisherman and will find them if there….
 
Four hours would work, but six hours would works better… Super panga would be the best type of boat to use as it will get closer to shore, could be the trick….
 
$360 usd 4 hrs . . . .  $420  for 6hrs…. Ready to go…
 
Stan
Master Baiter’s
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Ralph to: Stan

Ok I will relay the info to them. They will be here in about two weeks.
Thanks Stan….

If you have any questions like Ralph Did, feel Free to contact me. I’ll tell you straight up what the deal is, you can decide when you have all the facts…..

Stan Gabruk

Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle

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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

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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!

Unpredictable Fishing, Swirling Currents!

                                          Unpredictable Fishing, Swirling Currents!

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

 

Our Store Mgr Ange (Fish ¨N¨ Chic) holding a 35 lb Rooster fish boated off Sayulita
Our Store Mgr Ange (Fish ¨N¨ Chic) holding a 35 lb Rooster fish boated off Sayulita

This past week we´ve seen Yellowfin Tuna Cows move into El Banco and Corbeteña just to watch the Tuna Boats, the Seiners or those boats that run the nets and decimate the fishing and now there are none! What remains now is a void of fish at our World Famous Fishing grounds. For now it ¨appears¨ that we have Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish, but only in between the Tuna Boat Sweeps. Long liners all over the Tres Maria Islands, our last fishery and if you´re a true conservationist this breaks your heart. But the bay and Marietta Islands are picking up the void or slack and you can still have great action as long as you understand Moby Dick has been chased out of PV!

 

This week is much the same if not exactly the same as last week. Water temperatures are down a degree from last week, but still hovering around the 73 / 72 degree mark at the deep water fishing grounds of El Banco and Corbeteña. Still with these temperatures you´d think the chill factor would be enough to push them out, but we´re seeing warm swirls in the currents that keep the fish hanging around. We´ve seen heavy amounts of Sardines, Bullet Bonito around these areas so the fishing isn´t bad, it´s the Production Fishing boats we just mentioned that decimate the fishing for days and days after they sweep an area. At both El Banco and Corbeteña we had 180 to 220 Yellowfin tuna (Cows) but the minute the Seiners got word and that was the end of it. Everything, No Marlin now, No Sails, No Tuna, nothing but bottom fishing which isn´t bad with Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, but it´s a long way to go for something you can catch at the Marietta Islands. Sure you´ll find Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Tons of Bullet bonito for bait… This is basic fishing you´ll find much closer in. Unless these production fishing boats have left and the fishing is picking up, you pretty much have to catch it in between Seiner Sweeps…. These desperate fishing companies are putting themselves and the Sportfishing industry out of business as fast as they possibly can. It´s stupid and the govt doesn´t do its job (corruption) as they take payoffs from the Long Liners and the Illegal practices of the fishing fleets…..

07 16 2015 Kevin Lawry, Pecositas II, 6 Hrs 650 pxls MBTEXTThe Marietta Islands are the same as last week, Bonito to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs with the average at 35 lbs and this is the real story. Jack Crevalls have taken over everywhere, close in or far out, it´s still Jack City and we thank our lucky fish stars for that simple fact! Needle fish are still taking baits to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are dropping in numbers, not too available either in the 12 to 20 lb range. Cubera Snappers have been surprisingly large around this area, for those using down riggers you´ll have a shot at 60 lb Cuberas but here´s the secret, you need to run a live bullet bonito or skip jack tuna then Wham, the game is on….. No Sailfish this week, but the Rooster fish are still in the area running anywhere from 35 to 45 lbs. Moni, our capt off Bella Del Mar boated a Roosterfish at 70 lbs, it was bigger than she is! It was boated in the surf line off the Punta Mita Point, I mean right in the surf where the waves are breaking under the boat….. Cast a diamond jig then be prepared!

Capt. Cesar on Magnifico with a nice sized Snapper
Capt. Cesar on Magnifico with a nice sized Snapper

Inside the bay, it´s the same report, Sierra Mackerals are thinning out but still in the bay. The infusion of massive amounts of Sardines and Bullet Bonito have drawn in some species you´d expect to be gone since they´re not at the deep water locations. Bonito all over at 30 lbs, Skip jack and some Football Tuna at 35 lbs around Yelapa, not automatic!  Another Sailfish was boated off La Cruz Marina (surprising, but happening more and more these days for some reason). Snapper around the rocks and structure. All the Regular players are keeping the best fishing for now in the bay and around the Punta Mita Point……

Bite: happening around 10 am in the morning, 2 p.m. in the afternoon, Jack Crevalls bit all day…. Water temps have dipped a little to 72 degrees outside the bay, still 73 in the bay with the shallower water and circular circulation the bay water temps are normally a touch warmer. Bait: Live bait is king, lures of a particular color didn´t matter. Start with Petrelaros, Rapallas close in, Diamond Jigs in the surf changing lure baits often.

Another Beautiful Snapper...
Another Beautiful Snapper…

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

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: tp://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Transitional Fishing, Fish Bug Out!

                                           Transitional Fishing, Fish Bug Out!

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

Capt. Moni of Bella Del Mar with a 75 lb Rooster Fish that is bigger than she is. Don´t be fooled, this woman is a fish catching machine!!
Capt. Moni of Bella Del Mar with a 75 lb Rooster Fish that is bigger than she is. Don´t be fooled, this woman is a fish catching machine!!

Every year we know we have to deal with the Spring Time Transition. Yes folk’s we´re moving into Spring Fishing from what has been summer fishing all winter long. Bait is not an issue, Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Goggle eyes, Flying fish, it´s a fish smorgasbord out there. So you may ask where did the fish go?  Nobody knows. The main thing is to remember El Nino gave us all a gift of summer species in winter. We are now seeing the conditions we would normally see in February. This is transitional fishing, so we will play to our strengths. If you´re the kinda person that thinks fishing is an action sport and you´re looking for action, which we can do easily. Now if you´re going to demand Moby Dick join you on the way back for pictures, expectations of this nature may leave you disappointed amigo. Welcome to the world of Fishing in PV.

Basically, to put it all in a nut shell it´s ¨Jack City¨. That´s right Damas y Caballeros Jack Crevalls are the dominant species in the area and we´re thanking our lucky stars for that or there would be trouble in fish city. So lots of bait, lots of Jacks and lots of cold water. Water temperatures are still at the 74 degree mark in the bay, but to put that into perspective, water temps should be in the 70 degree range, not what it has been for the last three months. The Water is Blue and the currents look to be finally changing, changing to what we don´t know, we´ll figure that out as things move along. We could be moving into an La Nina conditions, but the judge is still out on that one.

Corbeteña / El Banco: Nothing, except Jacks that is. No Marlin or any kind, but you may still come across Striped Marlin, they´re still in the area, my best guess would be 30% chance optimistically, but it´s positively work to catch anything. Yellowfin tuna, they´re around the Tres Maria Islands, but I got reports that there were at least twenty Seiners raping the only real fishery we have. Sailfish are a possibility they´re in season now, Cubera Snapper with wounded bait trick produces 50 to 75 lb picture opp. Plenty of bait in all the fishing grounds, high visibility blue water. For some reason we still have Wahoo at 60 lbs in the area and they would be a strong possible, target them with wire leader though or you´ll be lucky to boat one. Transition periods don´t last long, but for now I´d go for shorter days. But, if you´re looking for 50 lb Jacks, there´s plenty in the area.

It´s Jack City in the bay...
It´s Jack City in the bay…

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Well the Rooster fish that were picking up so nicely last week, took a powder. You may find Rooster fish in the 30 lb range, be patient and you just might hit one or three working it for the whole day!  Wahoo are still hanging out in the channels around El Morro and we´re still boating them in the 45 to 80 lb range. Jack Crevalls anywhere from 25 to over 50 lbs are all over the area as you would expect in transitional fishing. Needle fish to 45 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are still plentiful to 20 lbs and of course around the reefs you´ll always find Snapper and sizeable Amber Jacks to over 50 lbs. Very few Sailfish are seen, not many hookups. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs are sparse, but there, somebody is going to catch them. For the most part if heading out for eight hours would give you a shot at Stripers, Rooster fish, Amber Jack around el Morro and of course Jack Crevalls in the bay. Stay tuned things change quickly.

Inside the Bay, for the average angler this following week it would be a great idea to thing small. Small days, smaller fish, plenty of action at affordable prices. To speak of the freak occurrences, we had another Sailfish boated in the area of La Cruz Marina. Striped Marlin strikes happened in the middle of the bay chasing Sardines Bait Balls the size of McDonald’s parking lot! Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalles to 50 plus pounds, Needle Fish 35 lbs plus, Snapper around structure. The river mouth of Ameca, right there at the airport is seeing Snook in the 25 lb range, Snapper to over 40 lbs with down riggers. The only real consistent and predictable action is in the bay, Flat out straight talk no sugar added!

The water is High Visibility blue, Water temps are a chilly 74 in the bay, 73 outside the bay. The Bite is basically happening all day. The Moon is full so it doesn´t hurt to be early at your favorite spot on the early side. As far as lures go it’s all about live bait, dead bait and Rapallas. For now the fishing isn´t perfect, if you´re a little flexible with your targeted species then you´ll have a great day.

12 31 2045 Jack Crevall, Iwan y Roxann, Magnifico 600 pxls MBTextShared boats: Yes we´re still ¨Hooking¨ you up with others on shared boats. Contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This Special is half a super panga, you can have two people max fishing or sightseeing for $275 usd for eight hours (not per person). This is the best fishing deal in town. If downtown visit our Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Flip Flop Fishing Returns, Water Temps Drop!

                                          Flip Flop Fishing Returns, Water Temps Drop!

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

 

Andy took a chance when I heard the Tuna were happening off Corbeteña. Andy hit a nice Football YF Tuna
Andy took a chance when I heard the Tuna were happening off Corbeteña. Andy hit a nice Football YF Tuna

Welcome to another week of Flip Flop Fishing. What does that mean? Well two weeks ago we saw the water temperatures drop to 73 degrees. As a result the Marlin, Tuna, etc took a powder. Then the water temps a week later went back up to 77 degrees and the Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish came back to the super plentiful bait in the area. Now, it´s dropped again to 74 degrees and we´re seeing the results as Marlin are sparse again, Tuna are moving out. Yet we´re seeing a slight increase in Rooster fish chasing the massive amount of Sardines around the point. On top of that I read from NOAA that we´re looking at a 60% chance that El Nino is going to turn into La Nina, the polar opposite of El Nino! Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/el-nino-weakens-la-nina-meteorologists-38399919 It´s looking like it´s going to be a while before we see ¨normal¨ fishing currents and seasons return. With swirling currents and radical increases / drops in water temperature we´re in for a ¨Bumpy Ride¨ for the coming year or so.

Capt. Hector, a Fish Catching Machine!
Capt. Hector, a Fish Catching Machine!

Corbeteña: this area has turned into a big guessing game. Last week we were boating 80 to 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna, this week there isn´t a YF Tuna over forty pounds. That only happens if you find the Spinner Dolphin which Football Tuna run with. Now there are Cubera Snappers hungry for your bait and they´re in the 80 lb range!! Personally I have never seen a Cubera Snapper this large, but they´re taking baits at the Rock. Put a Skip Jack Tuna or Bullet Bonito on a down rigger set at seventy feet and get ready to sweat. Sailfish are thin in numbers but the possibility is there. Marlin have moved out for the most part if referring to Black or Blue species. Strippers seem to be on the increase as they do like the cooler water temps. Striped marlin could pick up if the water temps remain like they are. Jack Crevalls, Bonito, are no brainers, Wahoo have been a little absent, they may have moved out, I hope not. For the moment it´s not your best option for fishing. El Banco or The Bank is a little better with the number of fish, but the species out there doesn´t justify the fuel dollar expense. Cubera Snappers (as mentioned earlier) are here as well as are the ¨usual suspects¨ of Jack Crevall, Bonito, Sailfish, and Amber Jacks. You will always find fish at El Banco, but they may be the same fish at El Morro, be informed amigo, I´ll do what I can to help with that!

Then Andy boated Rooster fish on the way back near the Marietta Islands and El Morro!
Then Andy boated Rooster fish on the way back near the Marietta Islands and El Morro!

El Morro / Punta Mita / Marietta Islands: Last week this area had Wahoo and some Rooster fish. This week the Rooster Fish Numbers have picked up to favorable with some in the 50 to 70 lb range. Just make sure you´re using Bullet Bonito for bait and you won´t be disappointed amigo. With Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish to 40 lbs, Bonito, Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Snapper of all sizes, Pompano possibilities and 80 lb Amber Jacks us using a down rigger! Yes folks an eight hour trip may not be the perfect fishing trip, but it´s fairly close and very affordable. As I was writing this article I just got a phone call from Capt. Ceasar of Magnifico informing me that eight miles off the point of Punta Mita at a setting of 300 you´ll find Striped Marlin very plentiful. One boat had eight strikes from Striped Marlin alone. So it´s not bad, not really and it appears there is reason for some excitement. It´s not every day you can boat a Marlin in an eight hour day. With the conditions being so ¨flippy floppy¨ anything is possible and quite probable.

My friend Monique took a day off, Went Fishing, Had Fun, That Simple. . . She´s a Looker!
My friend Monique took a day off, Went Fishing, Had Fun, That Simple. . . She´s a Looker!

Inside the Bay: For those looking for shorter days and smaller fish we have what the doctor ordered. Near Yelapa we´re seeing Bonito in the 35 lb range, Needle fish, tasty Seirra Mackerals all over the bay. Jack Crevalls have set up house around Nuevo Vallarta to La Cruz. Sailfish are even in the bay, this week we had strikes off Los Arcos Rocks, so anything is possible, even weird stuff. Some days are better than others, fish move. For the family guy looking to treat the family to some fun on the water let me suggest a six hour trip. We can throw some snorkel equipment on the boat, you can do some fishing, let the kids do some snorkeling around Los Arcos or Yelapa and see the abundant Dolphin, Giant Bait balls, Schools of all sorts of fish, it´s a giant aquarium out there and it´s cool!

UpDate: I just posted this Report yesterday and things have already changed for the better. Sardines, already in massive numbers around the Marietta Islands have moved into the bay. And as you can expect when Sardines finally move in, the fish are following them. For now the bay exploded with 50 lb Jack Crevalls, A 60 lb Cubera Snapper was boated using a down rigger in front of the Ameca river just a mile north of Marina Vallarta! Manta Rays are also all over the bay for those interested in seeing this spectacular species… Rooster fish look to be picking up in numbers as well. Striped Marlin are even closer in than reported, one was boated five miles off the Punta Mita Point  yesterday around 250 lbs. It´s amazing how when Sardines come in, normally around mid February with the cool water currents. So the cool currents are not exactly doom and gloom. Execpt for the Tuna and Marlin types of course. Hopefully we´ll see things swing around again to warmer water shortly. But for now those in PV have a chance to have great, wonderful action in the bay and save those fuel dollars for when they´re farther out… Rooster Fish Enthusiast, now is the time to hit it!! OH, Snappers to 50 lbs are schooling around the bay as well, possibly Punta mita, they´re great eating, so get yourself a reservation and lets go fishing amigos……

The water is High Visibility blue, Water temps are chilly but not deadly and the days are perfect with warm days, cool evenings and quick sun burns. The days are longer now so the Equator sun will take its toll on the unprepared. The Bite this week is between 9 to 10 a.m. so be where you want to be by then. With cool water temps this week will be a ¨tell¨ as to what to expect in the coming weeks. It´s about the time we see the winter currents turn warm as the northerly flow starts. As far as lures go it’s all about live bait. But if you are running one lure like I always suggest the old reliable Petrelaros of brown, green and purple would be the first lure I´d run! For now the fishing isn´t perfect, if you´re a little flexible with your targeted species then you´ll have a great day. If you have to catch Moby Dick, then right now would not be a good time to target him, Moby that is… Ja Ja Ja (Spanish for Ha Ha Ha).

Share a Super Panga, two people for Half the boat is $275 usd for the both. Call Now, it´s the best fishing deal in town!
Share a Super Panga, two people for Half the boat is $275 usd for the both. Call Now, it´s the best fishing deal in town!

Shared boats: Yes we´re still doing the shared boat thing, if you´re interested contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This Special is Half a super panga, you can have two people, fishing or not for $275 usd for eight hours. This is very popular option on a semi private boat and the best fishing deal in town for those with a vacation budget.

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Water Temps Increase, Marlin and YF Tuna Return!

                             Water Temps Increase, Marlin and YF Tuna Return!

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

 

02 16 1206 GuanaTuna, Yellowfin Tuna 80 lbs Raw Photo 2  650 Pxls MBTextEaster is behind us now, the tourism season is slowing down with tourist thinning out by the day. You can feel the days are a little warmer, a little more humid, yes spring is here and summer is about to appear in our little corner of Paradise. Last week we saw a chill current chase all the billfish and Yellowfin Tuna out, the Production Fishing ships are still in the area and once they figure out there are Yellowfin tuna around El Banco it´s just a matter of what could be hours before they decimate the deep water locations all the way into the Marietta Islands. Yes folks fishing is great if you can get to the fish before the Seiners. Welcome to corruptions in the world of Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta!

04 09 2016 Tuna on GuanaTuna 650 Pxls MBTextWhile it´s frustrating to deal with Seiners, the fishing is on the upswing. What was a fish ghost town at El Banco has turned into ¨Fish City¨. Black Marlin have also move in running between 350 and 600 lbs, several were hooked the last few days, lost them all so no pics! But we´re happy to say they´re out there and the conditions couldn´t be better if it was October! Yellowfin Tuna are between 7 to 14 miles west of El Banco and they´re hitting trolled Bullet Bonito like my ex would jump at a new credit card! We also have varied baits, like one inch squids that are transparent and plentiful. Small baits can present challenges when trying to mimic them, but it can be done with a skillful captain and first mate. Throw in Cuberra Snappers, Bonito to 35 lbs as swimming bait, Jack Crevalls, Some Sailfish in the 90 lb range. Wahoo possibilities still and running 50 to 80 lbs. By contrast Corbeteña is still a little sluggish. Sailfish, Wahoo, Red Snapper and Cuberra Snapper. Marlin and Tuna may show up soon, stay tuned, what happens at one many times will transfer to the other location.

Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have ¨warmed¨ up a bit with Rooster fish picking up in numbers and size. Average size is 35 to 40 lbs with some larger ones in the 75 lb range. So finally we have some Rooster fish we can target. Bullet Bonito are their bait of choice so don´t worry to much about buying bait in the morning, get out to the fishing grounds and see what they´re hitting. Like I said, small almost transparent squids are all over the place out there and if you don´t mimic, you have to catch! Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are on the large side of 20 lbs, Arctic Bonito to 40 lbs, Needle Fish, Possible Pompano, Snappers and the list goes on. Eight hours fishing is well worth the fuel dollar! We had a freak occurance at El Morro where we had 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna taking advantage of the upwellings so lightening can strike.

04 09 2016 Monique Fishing in bay 2 650 Pxls MBTextInside the bay was very slow, but now we are rolling with Jack Crevalls 630 to 50 lbs, Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish or various sizes averaging around 25 lbs, Snapper around the river mouths and structure. Bonito to 30 lbs and the list is endless. The bay is full of bait and this is attracting some Sailfish around the La Cruz and Los Arcos areas. Now don´t expect to boat a Sailfish, but it´s been happening….

All the fishing ground outside the bay are seeing beautiful high visibility blue water. Bait is more than abundant everywhere, but at the mouth of the bay we´re still seeing flying fish, Bullet Bonito, Some Sardines, Squids of 1 inch around the Rock and high spots of El Banco. Water temperatures have jumped back up to 77 degrees and well it´s still warm for this time of calendar year, but it´s right in with El Nino. If heading out make sure you check to see if the seiners have desimated the deep water fishing grounds. But when Yellowfin tuna aren´t schooling and free swimming it´s safer for the sportfisherman since these ships don`t target single tuna, they can´t. If running lures this week make sure you have Yellow lures with red specs or green in color. Do this and you have a better chance of coming in with a fish you can kiss!

This was a shared boat and they were a Happy Group at the end of the day! Bella Del Mar with Captain Hector!
This was a shared boat and they were a Happy Group at the end of the day! Bella Del Mar with Captain Hector!

Shared boats: Yes we´re still doing the shared boat thing, if you´re interested contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This Special is Half a super panga, you can have two people, fishing or not for $275 usd for eight hours. This is very popular option on a simi private boat and the best fishing deal in town for those with a vacation budget. So don´t delay and don´t worry about money, we´ve got you covered! The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is still open as High Season ends. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa! We are also Smoking your fish, we keep half, but man is this stuff good. Call Chris for Details in my El Centro store.

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

Another Incredible Sunset , PV I love You!
Another Incredible Sunset , PV I love You!

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Changing Conditions, Mystery Fishing, El Nino Frustrates!

Changing Conditions, Mystery Fishing, El Nino Frustrates!

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

 

Marlin Numbers are thinning out, but we still have Marlin in the area.
Marlin Numbers are thinning out, but we still have Marlin in the area.

I know, I know, you must be saying what kind of title is that? With what is happening it´s appropriate. Water temperatures have dropped drastically and all the lingering summer species are on the sparse side for the moment. But it´s bait city out there, with Bullet Bonito and Skippies everywhere, bait is not an issue. No folk’s, it´s the water temperature that is ¨chilling¨ things these last few days.

Getting straight into it, the fishing was . . and could be a lot better. We were looking at Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo and more. Now we´re wondering what happened. It´s ¨Mystery Fishing¨, which really means where the fish went is a mystery! Sailfish are barely coming back, Marlin that were out there, not abundant but out there are MIA or Missing in Action. We had warm swirling currents which has now changed to cold water. You may ask how cold is it? Well the same areas where the water was 79 / 80 degrees, is now 73 degrees, that´s down seven degrees in days! Talk about a water chill curtain! Will it stay like this? Well this would be in the normal range for April, even though it´s disappointing for those looking for out of season species like we´ve been having. On the other more positive side we have massive amounts of bait in the water, so we´ll see fish return to the area, but will they be winter species or summer species. It´s not all doom and gloom, but it´s important to remember when you read these fishing articles everything can change in a heartbeat. If you´re reading this and getting ready to head out make sure you have checked the pulse of the bay before heading out. I can help, fire me an email and I´ll let you know the last minute stuff.

 

Big Jack Crevall at The Marietta Islands
Big Jack Crevall at The Marietta Islands

El Banco and Corbeteña, after the production fishing ships, ¨Seiners¨ came through and destroyed the fishing at both these locations was great! Before the area could recover from this illegal pillaging the cold water currents moved in and now there are still Black Marlin at 400 to 600 lbs in the area, but not many. Sailfish are returning as well, but they´re at the early part of the season so they´re sparse and small in size. Amber Jacks at 40 lbs plus. Jack Crevalls are everywhere, Cubera Snappers for the jiggers to 55 lbs. Until things change for the better or the water warms up, these are not the location to visit

Marietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita areas: With the winter current conditions this area is actually alive with Bonito 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls between 30 and 50 lbs, Skip jack Tuna, Possible Sailfish, Rooster fish are here and there, with bullet Bonito baits they should be moving in big time, stay tuned. Dorado that was here moved out, but they could come back, who knows. For now I´d take an eight hour trip to catch whatever moves back in, if nothing is working fall back to inside the bay and hit the Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, etc in the bay.

Inside the bay is a freak show, we don´t know what to expect. Last week there were Sailfish boated off La Cruz and Blue Marlin in youngling sizes off Los Arcos. Today we see Jack Crevalls in the area, moving around and not exactly plentiful. The up side is the Jack Crevalls in the bay are ranging from 20 to over 50 lbs. fierce fighters, they are anything but ¨trash fish¨.  With cooler water Jack Crevalls will become more prevalent in the coming days.

04 01 2016 Dan Zelenka, GuanaTuna, Capt. Torri, 8 hrs at M Islands, 500 pxls MBTextThe bite has been happening a little later in the morning, after 9:00 a.m. to mid afternoon. There is plenty of bait in the water and even the bait fish are not taking small baits! Several clients were on fish, they ignored the presentation. So even being in the right place at the right time is of little comfort. You will have to depend on all your fishing knowledge and experience if heading out. If using a rented captain, be sure he has a full bag of lures and assorted tackle to make sure they have something that will turn a fickle fishes head. Lures: Petrelaros, the green with brown and purple, they´re your best option right now. The only variance would be the head, the color is correct, try jet heads, bullet heads, any head you have … hahahaha.  Water Temperatures, we already covered that but for the moment in the deep blue water locations the water is a chilly 73 degrees which is still warm for what normal should be. Shallow areas could be around 75 degrees but don´t expect much more than that.

Normally as we start to move into low season there is a transition period from winter to spring fishing. This year we never experienced the ¨winter¨ fishing with the help of El Nino. Maybe El Niño is beginning to get back into a normal pattern and we could see colder water temps. This would actually be a positive thing with the end result being normal water temperatures of 82 to 86 degrees at all the fishing grounds come September. If not we could see 90 to 92 degree water temps which YF Tuna dislike. They sound or go deep to the 150 ft range, they can´t see your bait and it all turns into a much more difficult process. So cold water now could actually be a good thing if it helps the pendulum swing a little closer to ¨normal¨ conditions.

Family Fishing inside the bay!
Family Fishing inside the bay!

Unless you´re local the mixed up fishing conditions probably won´t much affect you. For those trying to make a living at Sportfishing it´s going to be frustrating for a few days. With the summer season coming on, it doesn´t make much sense for cold water currents to move in when they should be moving out. For this reason I think we´re going to see a slight cooling, then things will turn around at the end of May when a transition begins to warm water. The drop in seasonal tourism coincides with the beginning of water temp increases. One thing for sure, nothing is going to happen over night and we have some time to see how the coming Summer Season is going to shape up. I am predicting a super summer fishing season. With Yellowfin Tuna coming back in the area, Dorado outlawed for export and the weak peso I believe we´ll see a great ¨High Season for Fishing¨. So keep an eye on airfares and hotels in the Marina Vallarta Area, they´re all making deals!

Shared boats: Yes we´re still doing the shared boat thing. It´s a process where if you´re interested you need to contact us before you arrive in Puerto Vallarta so we can start working on matching you up with other people. This is for Half a super panga, which can carry four people. This means you can have two people, fishing or not for $275 usd for eight hours. This is a very popular simi private boat and the best fishing deal in town. For those with budget concerns this is the perfect option. So send us an email or call telling us your phone number, dates you can fish so please provide more than one day so we have the flexibility to match you up with others, email is nice also. That way when we have the ability to contact you and put something together. So don´t delay, don´t worry about money, we´ve got you covered and we´re ¨fishing cheap¨!!

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

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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¨Summer¨ fishing in March with Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish!

                             ¨Summer¨ fishing in March with Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish!

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle09 20 2008 Discover, Capt. Oscar, Yellowfin 200 + Lbs, 10 hrs 004

 
You know I can´t figure it out, we have winter species in the bay like Jack Crevalls, Needle Fish, Sierra Mackerals. Then we have the summer species of Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish in the same waters at the same time. Yes folks this is El Nino with it´s scrambled egg approach to fishing. We don´t know what to expect on a weekly basis, but we do know there are big fish at El Banco and Corbetena. We have Sailfish around the Marietta and Punta Mita area with Rooster fish. Then we have freak fishing situations like Blue Marlin being boated in the Bay. So fishing right now is like a trend we should ride and not get too much into the ¨why it´s happening now¨, just keep reeling!

05 18 2015 Football Tuna, CorbeteñaLast week the fishing was great, this week it´s even better. But that´s not to say it´s perfect, it´s still work, nothing is automatic. But just having Big Black Marlin in the area is reason enough to get excited. To have Yellowfin Tuna in the neighborhood in what is barely spring is a gift from the heavens that should be taken advantage of amigos. And right now! Corbeteña rocking again with Blue Marlin to 500 lbs, no real Black Marlin here (next week), Sailfish are back in town and picking up in numbers around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at 50 to 65 lbs, Wahoo for the lucky at 60 pounds plus. Jack Crevalls and Bonito are a given. With tons of Skip Jack Tuna in the area and the abundance of flying fish, Goggle Eyes and Bullet Bonito fish are spread out like last week. And like last week the production fishing ships (Seiners) out of Mazatlan are nowhere to be found, thank the fishing gods! FYI, to get to the Sailfish and the Tuna you have to be 15 miles or so South West of the rock. Use this info wisely. El Banco is all this with larger Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 65 lbs all the way up to 200 lbs north of the high spots, Black Marlin starting at 350 lbs all the way to over 600 lbs have been boated this week. The areas in between these two famous locations are alive as well. So don´t just sit on the high spots or circle Corbeteña, have plenty of fuel and go on the hunt, this is spring fishing like you´ll probably not see again until another nutzy El Nino year so get out there and have some fun. If the wife complains blame me, then promise a Spa Day, remember it´s cheaper to keep her!.

Wahoo at El Morro !!
Wahoo at El Morro !!

El Morro is cooking with Wahoo, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals. Wahoo are just hanging out and not many are targeting this highly desirable pescado (fish). Almost impossible to target, those boating these fish are basically lucky their razor sharp mouth didn´t cut the line. But luck is part of fishing and we´ll take all we can get. Sailfish are in the area as well with some Rooster fish, but not many. Around the Marietta islands, on the back side there have been small, baby sized Dorado, throw them back. Rooster fish are here as well in the 40 lb size range, larger at the Anclote Reef off Sayulita. Rooster fish are hot then cold, but your best chances are around the Sayulita shoreline and especially around Anclote. Lots of Sailfish in the area and about 18 miles off the point you´ll start to see Marlin and more Sailfish. So the 8 hr trips are working well.

Large Sierra Mackerals are great eating and fun for the whole family to catch!
Large Sierra Mackerals are great eating and fun for the whole family to catch!

Inside the bay it´s insane. Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Sierra Mackerals over 30 lbs, a Blue Marlin and Sailfish was boated off Los Arcos in a freak thing. Bonito to 40 lbs, Snook and Snapper in front of the river drop offs and the list goes on. Great action in the bay for the younglings and adultos alike. Have fun, a four hour trip is worth it´s weight in smiles, memories and good times. Four people, four hours, $320 bucks, that´s only 60 dollars per person and I´ll throw in the bait, licenses and ice!

This week we´re seeing high visibility blue water with temps hanging at 79 degrees which is a middle ground all the local species are able to ¨live¨ with. About the only species missing is Dorado and they should be back in the area hopefully soon. The Red Tuna Crabs and one inch squids have moved out with the tide and the Tuna are still here?! Skippies are everywhere and large, but not taking baits so that´s a challenge when the bait won´t bite! With the super abundance of flying fish if running lures, and you should run one lure, it should still be the deep blue with silver marking if this doesn´t work move to petrelaros with purple. The Bite is happening a little earlier this week so be sure to be on the water early.

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

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Fish for Everyone, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna!

                                  Fish for Everyone, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

270 lb Blue Marlin boated off El Banco with Capt Scooby of Guanatuna Super Panga
270 lb Blue Marlin boated off El Banco with Capt Scooby of Guanatuna Super Panga

Normally in March we´re talking about disappointing winter fishing, not so this year. With El Nino being it´s unpredictable self raising water temperature to late spring equivalents we´re seeing unusual fishing with Black Marlin, tuna, Wahoo, Rooster fish and the list goes on. Yes folks, the fishing is incredible and there´s ¨Fish for Everyone¨!

It seems for the longest time there wasn´t any action at El Banco, a complete waste of your fuel dollar but things have changed drastically. In a month were we´d normally be ignoring this area we´re now pleasantly surprised with huge Black Marlin to 800 lbs, Blue Marlin to 500 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna at 150 to 200+ lb cows! Cubera Snapper for the lucky troller or jigger to 65 lbs. Amber Jacks to 65 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course to 50 lbs, Bonito, flying fish everywhere and favorable ¨spring¨ water temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees. Throw in the teeny tiny red crabs less than an inch long and the shelled squids of about the same size and this is a recipe for a fishing frenzy! I haven´t seen El Banco this alive and active for a long while. Thinking of hitting this area, then stop thinking and do it already. Time to make a move amigos. When ¨they´re¨ there, they´re always bigger at the bank! Corbetena has taken up where El Banco left off, slow and kinda lifeless. About 10 to 15 miles west of the rock there have been 150 lb Yellowfin tuna to be had. They haven´t been around the rock with fields of these crabs and shelled squids they´re happy where they are. If you´re around the area Cubera Snappers are in the 60 lb range. Wahoo are being boated for the lucky here as well. The regular players of Bonito, Jack Crevalls, monster Skip Jack Tuna over 6 lbs are thick. So with the abundance of favorite bait we could see this area explode before you finish reading this article. Hit the Bank first!

75 lb Rooster Fish caught in Sayulita off the Anclote Reef area
75 lb Rooster Fish caught in Sayulita off the Anclote Reef area

El Morro and the area have been on the slow side. In fact if you´re not targeting Wahoo with wire leaders and a faster trolling speed there really isn´t much reason to be here. Rooster fish have diminished in numbers which is surprising with the increase in Sardines in the area. If you’re around Anclote Reef at Sayulita you could have some luck with Rooster fish in the 40 lb range, but you´ll be rolling the dice. Fishing is always a gamble, we do what we can to improve the odds. Punta Mita is the same. The Marietta Islands are a little different with other species in the area I expect Roosters to show up any minute now. All and all the eight hour trip is not your best fishing dollar bang.

Inside the bay we´re seeing absolutely wonderful fishing as long as you´re not looking for Dorado! Around the river mouths there are Jack Crevalls 40 lbs, Roballo 30 lbs, Smaller Snappers to 20 lbs making a four hour family fishing trip affordable and fun with everyone getting all the action they could want. Also in the bay are Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 45 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs and the list goes on. Sailfish are gone, but somehow they seem to find a bait in the bay, especially around La Cruz and Los Arcos areas, Buenos Suerte Amigos.

Basically the fishing is wide open and spread out. With abundant bait sprinkled though the area the fish don´t seem to be schooling, instead they´re free swimming with the scattered bait around the bay. So this is keeping the production fishing ships out of the area, they target schools for their nets. So it´s funny to me they´re just waiting for YF Tuna to school so they can clean house. For now the challenges are obvious, but the rewards make it all worth it. If you consider yourself a serious fisherman then get serious. Those in PV now are in the right place at the right time. Crowds are down, the days and seas are perfect. It´s a fishermans paradise in more than one way and I haven´t been able to say this for many moons. With all the Wahoo in the area you might want to target this species, I know I´m heading out after as many as I can get and don´t ask me to share, you´ll have to get your own.

Yellowfin tuna at the Gaff
Yellowfin tuna at the Gaff

With Water temps still between 78 and 80 degrees it looks like ¨winter¨ is passing us by. The early bite is 8:00 a.m, late bite is at 4:00 p.m. so plan accordingly. Bait / Lures: With all the flying fish the best lure to start with is the Blue and silver specs or dots, Petrelaros with purple and brown colors. Skippies are great as bait, but if you can get the bullet bonito they´re like heroin to a fish, they can´t stop themselves.

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

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

Master Baiter´s is located in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx  , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct. Come like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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