Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

Conditions Improve, Spread Out Fishing, Feeling Lucky?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too!

                                                      600 Pound Plus Black Marlin at Corbetena, Dorado Too              

 

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

 

25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at Corbetena.
25 lb Dorado all of a sudden made a welcome appearance at CorbetenA.

Warning; As we move into the second week of July we find every single condition both perfect and frustrating. Bait, we have tons of bait at all the fishing grounds, bait is not a problem. The water is blue, we have some really big fish out there right now which shows that even when things are about as good as they’re going to get, fishing on a world class scale is never without its challenges. For now we’re seeing very happy fish with full stomachs. That is the challenge, how do you get a world class specimen to take your bait when they’re as full as they can possibly get? Well, frankly that’s why I’m here, to share with you some small secrets that will hopefully make a difference or entertain those too far away to take advantage of the paradise I live in. An example of this is Corbetena. 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta we have Big Black Marlin starting at 600 lbs and going up from there! Blue Marlin up to 500 lbs, Sailfish swarming and Yellowfin Tuna from 50 to 100 lbs. Update 7/4/2017: Dorado moved in today and our clients boated two nice Dorado and a big Sailfish about a mile past the rock today, to my knowledge these are the first in season Dorado this year. Hopefully this will  not be a fleeting thing as we’ve had dismal Dorado fishing for the last couple of years! Now if this doesn’t get you excited Mr. Sportsman, check your pulse, you may be dead. With abundant and varied baits, perfect high visibility blue water, perfect water temperatures, it’s hard to imagine better conditions possible.  Ok, that’s the up side and there is always a down side.  Which is the bite. With so many red tuna crabs, it’s tough to get a YF Tuna to take a bait. For now it seems the late bite is after 5 p.m. So if you’re looking for Yellowfin Tuna that’s the time to be at the fishing grounds.  Marlin can have the same bite, but they’ll hit trolled baits during the day if they’re not full.  So you’ll have to work that one out amigos, Buenos suerte or Good Luck.  When it comes to El Banco I can’t tell you much this week. With Corbetena the fishing has been so good there isn’t any real reason to spend the extra money on fuel heading out farther. I do expect there would be Black and Blue Marlin as well as Sailfish in comparable sizes to what’s running around Corbetena, then again maybe not. Feel free to roll the dice, then let me know what your day was like.

07 04 2017 Carl Taz Jones y wife Sailfish 550 pxls MBTextThe area around the Marietta Islands is still on the slow side, not really much of a reason to hit this area for the time being. Now if you’re around the point off Punta Mita then anything is possible in this area. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as you’d expect. Marlin are out about ten miles past the point, but start looking around at the three mile mark. Dorado is starting to move into the area, but they are babies and should be thrown back! With plenty of bait in the area this is our best eight hour option.

Those looking for some fun on the water but either time or other factors are affecting your vacation, then four to six hours in the bay is just what the doctor ordered. With smaller Sailfish still in the bay around the deep channel in front of Los Arcos and baby Dorado too this area has been producing nicely for the last ten months! Jack Crevalls at 45 lbs are huge, thick in numbers and fun to catch. Bonito to 35 lbs, hell even the possibility of a Striped Marlin.  The fishing is wonderful in the bay, lots of options species wise and the expense is on the small side.  Now that we’re seeing more rain in the evenings we’ve had a Trash Line the baby Dorado’s have been feeding on. This naturally attracts larger fish so don’t ignore that strip of crap, it’s the best fish attractor there is.

When it comes to bait, it’s crazy what’s available. Rainbow runners, Goggle Eyes, Red Crabs, Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on and on. For now running a lure is still a good idea, a Petroleros or Iguana of yellow and green color is a good place to start, don’t be afraid to change color if it isn’t working amigos. Water temperatures have hung in the 81 degree mark, it’s not perfect, but close enough for the fish we play with. The bite has been a moving target.  The morning bite is all over the place, so make sure you’re where you want to be fishing early, that way you can’t miss the bite as it moves daily. The late bite is predictable, but late around 5. Plan accordingly amigos for max. Effectiveness.

Just a reminder, rain is no reason to cancel a fishing trip and deposits will not be returned on rain! Having said that the fishing is better in the rain. Those rain drops look like fish landing on the water.  This gets fish more excited that my ex-wife with a new Nordstroms credit line! Trust me, that’s “excited“! With the summer fishing season on us we all need to remember hurricanes are a part of life in this part of the world when it comes to fishing here in PV.  Many people freak out when I mention Hurricanes, but in reality we see many during the season. Very few are threats or even a “concern”. It can cause some rough seas or stormy conditions. The port authority here in PV is worse than my ex when it comes to being a safety freak. It’s a good thing, but you’ll never hit unsafe conditions because when swells hit six feet, even with super intervals, the port will be closed. So you’re fishing and boating safety is all important to us all. You’re covered, safe and informed as long as you continue to read these articles amigos, my promise to you!

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

Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .
Emanuel Rameriz fishing with his father Capt Cesar of Magnifico with some beautiful Karnada, Bait to us gringos. . .

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.

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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Everyday is a New Adventure, Football Tuna, Sailfish

                             Everyday is a New Adventure, Football Tuna, Sailfish

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

Peter Again with a small freak Dorado off Los Arcos
Peter Again with a small freak Dorado off Los Arcos

You can definitely see and feel the seasons are on the verge of change. Water temperatures have inched up a bit more this week, water color isn´t the dark green it has been and is changing to a clean green which is preferable.. But it´s not blue water as we prefer for the most part. We´re also seeing more Squid bait move in which normally results in Football Tuna at this time of the year, so we have Football Tuna in many areas. Marlin are still north of Punta Mita and ten miles off El Banco to the north. It´s still spring fishing with all those challenges, but when was fishing ever predictable or easy?

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

I don´t mention too much about Corbeteña and El Banco at this time of the year as these are not cold or cool water locations. By that I mean Marlin, Tuna, Dorado and Sailfish will call this area  home when the water is in the 81 degree mark, until then this area is not known as a producer unless you´re in a El Nino year where water temps will hold warmer, fishing is better, but again this is freak conditions. So you really shouldn´t expect too much from this area until mid June at the earliest. Having said that We´re seeing Striped marlin at or under 200 lbs ten miles north of El Banco. Yes there are jack Crevalls (30 – 50 lbs), Bonito to 35 lbs and a host of other off species. There are Spinner Dolphin from Corbetena to El Banco and normally you´ll find Football tuna running with them. For now this is holding true so there is hope amigos! These Football YF Tuna are chasing squid baits of four inches and they´re abundant. For my thinking with Squids in the area last week I thought we´d see more tuna. If things change for the positive I´ll be sure you have the same information amigo. I will say this Corbeteña has fields of Football Tuna from 15 to 30 lbs, great for bait, but fuel cost is a limiting factor when weighed against the reward. For me, Football Tuna are all over, save the money for now and keep it closer in.

Smoke Your Fish 6 Framed With TextMarietta Islands / El Morro / Punta Mita: Normally at this time of the year this area is alive with Rooster fish, Sailfish and the list goes on. For now we´ve seen less than seasonally expected species. Jack Crevalls in the 35 lb range. Bonito also at 30 lbs, Freak Sailfish and there are massive amounts of Football Tuna from 20 to 45 lbs from El Morro to Yelapa. So you don´t need to head all the way to the islands to find Yellowfin Tuna Footballs, but the area is a good place to start. For now the area is not exactly on fire, but soon we´ll see Sailfish and more so be patient and don´t eat the bait…ha ha. If you´re lucky enough to find Jacks coming up to get Sardines you may just get lucky and find Red Snappers to 25 lbs that follow Jacks up from the bottom to feed. It´s about the only way you´ll find Snapper in the area for now.

Inside the bay we´re still rocking with Jack Crevalls all over the bay, give yourself six hours and you´ll have all the arm burning action you could possibly want. From Yelapa to El Morro you`ll find 30 lb Footballs in mass, not bad tasting I might add. Sailfish are still in the bay and we´ll your chance of boating a Sailfish in the bay are better than any other fishing ground we have in PV. So take this info to the bank and basically fish in the bay on a six hour trip. Remember we can snorkel, fish, tour, the bay is beautiful and the sea life will make your heart skip a beat. For now your best bang for your fishing dollar is once again in the bay.

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

The bite is still in happening later than you would think even after coming out of a full moon. If you´re looking to be at the right place at the right time the bite is actually happening after 10 a.m and then again at 3:00 in the afternoon. The smart captain will get you in both bites so think about when you´re leaving in the morning. Remember a flat blanket departure of time of 7 am is not helping your cause so be sure you have this information straight or you can be throwing your money away by missing the bite all together. Water temperatures are still inching up and are at the 77 degree mark. Bait Conditions: Well Rapalla lures seem to be your best option, we ran some Hoochies, small rubber baits in line with small hooks and boated many bonito along with Jacks. Run dead baits off your outrigger for the odd Sailfish.

Remember we´re still doing our best to hook you up with partners for shared super panga trips of eight hours for half a panga or two people max. We´re also smoking Your fish, give us half your catch, you´ll get the other half back smoked and vacuum sealed, 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! Or we´ll sell you smoked fish from our fridge. Come in for a free sample!

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

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Striped Marlin Numbers Increase, Spinners and Football Tuna

 

Striped Marlin Numbers Increas, Spinners and Football Tuna

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

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

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

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

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

Sea Bass !!
Sea Bass !!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

Fish Everywhere, Perfect Conditions!

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

Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco 3 miles to the west of the high spots
Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco 3 miles to the west of the high spots

It´s that time of the year when fishing is not going to get any better than it is now as we enter the thanksgiving and Mexican National Holiday season. Water temperatures, bait conditions / availability, it´s fish city again! Yellowfin Return, Sailfish on tap, Dorado increasing, Marlin, even Rooster fish are all happening now at your favorite fishing grounds amigos, don´t hesitate, just get out there! Blame me if you have too, I can take it!

El Banco is finally living up to its reputation with Black Marlin and Blue Marlin in the 500 to 800 lb range. Yellowfin Tuna 100 to 200 lbs are three miles to the east of the high spots, not directly on the high spots since Porpoise (Flipper) are stealing baits for sport again. Sailfish are at decent size 45 to 50 kilos or about a 100 lbs. Dorado have finally showed up and is running in the 25 to 35 lb range but be prepared for fish that are not impressed with your bait! Right now it all can have you pulling your hair out, there are fish, we can see them jumping or under the boat, but there are times when they won´t take a bait, which can drive you crazy. For Yellowfin Tuna be advised that they`re looking for Skip Jack Tuna for bait, so plan accordingly since there have been no Skippies at El Banco! Find a Skippie, catch a Yellowfin Tuna, that simple.

Large Dorado in the bay last week!
Large Dorado in the bay last week!

Corbeteña is much the same, except the Yellowfin Tuna are only about 20 to 45 lb footballs. Sailfish and of course Black and Blue Marlin in the 600 lb range are roaming the area. Dorado at 40 lbs are here as well, but not in any numbers to speak of. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Sailfish of tournament winning size and a host of smaller players like Rainbow runners, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies), Jack Crevalls etc. There are big fish and no Porpoises in this area. Well worth the time and money.

Closer in around El Morro, Punta Mita, Marietta Islands you´ll find Rooster fish to 40 lbs, a little on the sparse side they´re there and that´s good enough for now. Sailfish are getting thick off the back side of El Morro and there are also more Rooster fish in this area as well. Dorado to 25 lbs are sprinkled throughout the area, nothing dependable, but you should boat at least one, maybe two in a day. Striped Marlin are about ten miles off the point of Punta Mita as well. Look for any floating debris and there will be a Dorado opportunity.

Inside the bay will surprise you, Dorado of course but if you can find one they´ll be over 25 lbs. Sailfish are still hanging out at La Cruz and in front of Los Arcos. Bait has filled the bay and now that means we have Black and Blue Marlin, smaller ones, coming into the bay and some have been boated anywhere from 175 lbs to 375 lbs. Impressive and freaky at the same time, this is not normal on any scale. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna (bait for El Banco), Sierra Mackerals, Needle Fish, Snapper and hopefully Snook or Robalo around the river mouths make the bay full of options amigos!

Sailfish off Punta Mita and El Morro!
Sailfish off Punta Mita and El Morro!

Bait looks great, maybe too good as the ¨locals¨ are not taking bait and seem very finicky. With Bullet Bonito, Green runners, Flying fish, Bonito, Skippies, Goggle Eyes and the list goes on it´s a virtual fish smorgasbord in the bay. As far as lures go Petroleros with purple lures, pink and blue, Iguanas of yellow and green with black stripes will be a good place to start as always. The bite is mid day, but with the last huge full moon it´s a moving target. Full moon, targeting Tuna, you need to be at the fishing grounds at least an hour before sunrise. Other species is fine after 9 a.m. mid day bite for every species but Tuna is after 4 p.m. now, good luck figuring this out! Water temperatures have dropped to a comfortable 85 degrees finally and we´ll have perfect water conditions until after New Years and that´s a good thing. Deep high visibility blue water is just the cherry on the cake!

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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Great Week for Captain Scooby with Dorado in this pic at Punta Mita
Great Week for Captain Scooby with Dorado in this pic at Punta Mita

Yellowfin Tuna Increasing in Numbers, Marlin Abundant, Dorado Surprise

Yellowfin Tuna Increasing in Numbers, Marlin Abundant, Dorado Surprise

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

One fo the first few Dorado since months and months ago
OLne fo the first few Dorado since months and months ago

The big surprise this week is the arrival of Dorado! Normally we see them in June or July, May in some years, but this past year has been terrible. Finally we´re seeing some show up around Punta Mita. Where there are some there are surely more in the area. Blue Marlin are picking up in numbers and Black Marlin are also more available. Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña, life is good!

Corbeteña: Yellowfin Tuna running 100 to 140 lbs have picked up in numbers and in size the last week with the arrival of massive amounts of bait in the water. No issues making bait as Skip Jack Tuna are all over the area. Blue and Black Marlin are concentrating around the Rock more and seem to be looking for your presentation. Sailfish are partying with the Marlin. Cubera Snappers are taking trolled baits and the water conditions are a perfect high visibility blue, almost purple. Yes Amigos Corbeteña is well worth the fuel expense, finally!

11-05-2016-snapper-650-pxls-mbtextMuch the same for El Banco as Blue Marlin to 600 lbs are taking baits nicely. Black Marlin in the same range, Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Sailfish of course, and Yellowfin Tuna at 180 to 200 lbs! Finally we can justify the fuel coast. Start at the ¨high spots¨ and work your way out to 1 to 3 miles to the west and things will work well for you. Bait is plentiful, water is blue, No Dorado as yet but this will change hopefully soon, stay tuned.

Punta Mita / El Morro areas are springing to life as well amigos. Sailfish are becoming more and more abundant. Blue Marlin are off El Morro and Dorado are off the point so drop your lines about three miles out and get ready for some arm burning action. Put Jack Crevalls, Bonito (Tuna) and Sierra Mackerals into the picture and you´ll have a fun day.

Freak Dorado in the bay feeding at the river mouth of the Ameca River.
Freak Dorado in the bay feeding at the river mouth of the Ameca River.

Inside the bay is much the same as the last few weeks. Jack Crevalls are starting to decrease in number as they should with warm water. We´re still seeing freak incidences of Sailfish being boated off the La Cruz to Los Arcos. Don´t expect them and one will show up. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls at 40 lbs and your fill of Mackerals! A four hour trip in the bay will be well worth the time and money. The red tide is gone and it´s full speed ahead for fishing in PV right now! Update: Inside the bay some Dorado have moved in around the river mouth with Snappers, Bonito and Jack Crevalls.

Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña . .  Not guaranteed... ready to take a shot?
Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña . . Not guaranteed… ready to take a shot?

Water temperatures are still hovering at 86 degrees, considered almost perfect. All the fishing grounds are seeing high visibility blue water to the point of being purple! The Bite is ealier now at 7:00 am or a bit later and the late bite is just after the noon to 1 p.m. time frame, plan accordingly. Lures to use this week are Option 1: Purple with red stripes. Option 2: Green with Yellow and black stripes. And another option: Pink / Blue.

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

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

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch

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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Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you....
Master Baiter´s is the only company in Puerto Vallarta that offers Free Fish Freezing to our clients. Once again we Support Our Clients with Necessary Services. Fish with someone else, we´ll still help, but it will cost you….

Roller Coaster Fishing Conditions Continue, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Return

Roller Coaster Fishing Conditions Continue, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Return

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

04 10 2016 Andy K, Corbeteña, Bella Del Mar wCapt Hector 80 lb Tuna 650 Pxls MBText

Hello everyone and welcome back to another high season. If you live in Vallarta you´re well aware that the humidity has been brutal (but is calming down now). The reason for that is because water temperatures, the single biggest fish catching factor, went from 84 to over 90 in four days. It was a swift and warm current from hell and obliterated fishing. I was having a hard time being positive about people’s chances for boating fish, thankfully I have an improved opinion of your chances. But that´s not to say there aren´t challenges. We have fish, the question is if they´ll take your bait!

El Nino doesn´t work like a light switch where conditions change rapidly. We´re in the middle of the transition period where confused currents and water temperatures are like a big blender out there. Because of this you have to weigh your options and risk factors against the weight of your wallet! We have world class fish and they´re good sized. We also have so much bait in and around the area that it appears to be a bit of an issue. Especially when you rely on the ¨hunger¨ factor to motivate them. Like Thanksgiving, once you finally push yourself away from the table, you´re not exactly in the mood to stuff more food in your mouth. Well, that is until you see the pumpkin pie, then you´ll do your best to squeeze down a piece or two. Well these fish are the same, they´re stuffed with all sorts and varieties of bait. You can still tease them with a impressive presentation. Like the pumpkin pie example, if your presentation can grab their eye you´ve got a shot. So tackle and equipment is all important, if you need a yellow with green lure with black stripes and you don´t have it, a situation like this could mean the difference in catching fish or coming in empty handed.

Right now the fishing is spread out and that´s an understatement. Anywhere from Corbeteña to the first island of the Tres Maria islands are fertile fishing grounds. For the fourth week in a row now there are no concentrations around the Rock or El Banco. The area in between El Banco and Corbeteña is just as fertile as it has always been. Yet so many Anglers ignore this area. Mostly because of the fuel factor, they load up for a certain distance, but not a roaming ¨pad¨. It´s horrible when people lose fish that are close because the boat you just chartered is cutting fuel usage to the quick. Now a Mexican company will never lose money, so you have to ask these sorts of things before you book the boat. Pay extra for fuel if need be but make sure the boat will ¨go the distance¨ to catch Moby Dick!

Corbeteña is still alive and breathing with Blue and Black Malin 300 to 600 lbs. The best place to start is in the shallow area on the west side to 3 miles out in a circular pattern. They prefer live bait but make sure you run at least one lure. Sailfish are nice sized at 130 to 150 lbs, which would win many a tournament 8 miles to the north. Seems weird they´re both in the same area, but separated. So cover this area and you should see results. Cubera Snappers from 45 to 65 lbs are good sized and taking trolled baits as well as jigging. Dorado are still missing in action. You´ve naturally got the regular players of Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Bonito and last but not least Yellowfin tuna 80 to 120 lbs. But before you jump up and find a boat it´s on again / off again fishing all over. You´re going to have to work for what you can get amigos.

El Banco is much the same, Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 140 lbs at the high spots to the first Island, Cleophus of the Tres Marias Islands. That´s about a forty mile distance to cover. The closer you get to Cleophus the larger the Yellowfin Tuna. A few, not many have been boated at 240 to 350 lbs so it´s a risk that can pay off in Tuna steaks or nothing. Sailfish are abundant around the high spots as are Blue and Black Marlin in the 500 lb range. Cubera Snappers at 65 lbs, Bonito to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs and who knows what else!

Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands have been pretty quiet as late, but things are improving now where I would recommend an 8 hr trip where you´ll have a decent shot at Sailfish and a little farther out Marlin in the 300 lb and up range. Sorry, no Dorado. Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals are also in the area. If you`re targeting larger fish on a budget this would be a good option.

Magnifico circling Corbeteña Rock looking for Marlin and more!
Magnifico circling Corbeteña Rock looking for Marlin and more!

Inside the bay we´ve been dealing with red tide for the week. Things are now improving, just north of Bucerias which is about half way across the bay you´ll find clean, blue water so we can still fish in the bay if you remember this info point. Plenty of Sierra Mackerals in the 12 lb range, Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs and smaller Sailfish off La Cruz Marina, this still surprises me. The river water now is running clear again and the water levels are down so the Snook or Robalo in Spanish should be picking up soon. They love the agua dulce or fresh water where they can scavenge. Just get a three inch silver diamond jig in front of them and you´ll be eating one of the tastiest fish we have in the bay. Give it a few days everything should be back to normal. A four hour trip is inexpensive and productive. We have a great single engine panga for $200 usd special, good for up to four people and is a great option for those on a budget.

Many people are not coming in with fish because they´re ignoring the bite which is weird. With a full moon nowhere in sight the bite is happening mid morning from 11 is in the morning to 5 O´clock to dusk. So if you left the dock at seven, you got back probably before the bite happened. If you´re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, they´ve been taking baits earlier in the morning and the late bite will be at dusk, which means around 7 p.m. You may not like what I just told you, but you´re armed with the facts now. Decisions, decisions…. Water temperatures have dropped significantly to 87 degrees from 90 degrees the last few days and you can feel that with the reduced humidity. Bait is always an issue and you want to run live bait with a Iguana lure (yellow head, green skirt with black stripes). As far as bait that is available it´s a wide spectrum. Flying fish, Bullet bonito all over Punta Mita. Sardines invading the shore areas in massive bait balls and Goggle Eye alamode in between. That is also a possible reason fish will ignore your bait when you know they´re ¨there¨. Just another normal fishing challenge, an experienced captain will have a few tricks up his sleeve. If targeting Yellowfin Tuna be advised that there have been these shelled Squid that they´re just stuffing themselves with and it a favorite food. It´s hard to turn their heads when they´re stuffed with ¨turkey¨, they won´t go the ¨pumpkin pie¨!

Our newest member Raffa has 25 yrs of experience working with the hotels and concierges is invaluable to us at Master Baiter´s. Raffa is the only Mexican National in Marina Vallart that won´t sell you a timeshare! Raffa is dedicated to getting you the best prices possible on all of our available services. So come say hello to Raffa and make a new trusted friend. We´re lucky to have him!

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

window-art-advert-02mbtext-bright-textMaster Baiter´s will Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free. Non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each Gallon Zip Lock bag). You can make arrangements to pick up your fish just before leaving PV to keep cold as long as possible. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

We´re now offering Geno´s Box Lunches delivered to your boat at the dock in the morning. You don´t have to fish with us to take advantage of this service. Geno (pronounced Heno) worked and ran a local coffee shop / Deli and she´s delivering a wonderful and abundant product so let me know if you´re hungry, I´ll be able to scratch that itch

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