Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

                           Welcome to Winter Fishing, Dorado, Marlin “Iffy”

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

Released Sailfish

Recently we’ve witnessed many oddities in our world famous fishing grounds. For weeks now we’ve witnessed cold swirling water mixed with warmer water temperatures that frankly are perfect for this time of the season. What this means is the warm water species are moving out, cold water species are moving in and they’re all mixed up in this fish bowl we call the Bay of Banderas. Targeting Marlin and Tuna at this time of the year is a diminishing prospect with chances of boating these treasured game fish dropping by the day. Having said that we still have some Dorado in the area and Sailfish. As the currents continue to swirl we’re also seeing species like Jack Crevalls move in with strong numbers and decent sizes. Needle fish are not exactly abundant, but increasing. Bonito are saving the day in the bay and even with all this “Swirling” going on there are still “some” Striped Marlin to be had. If you’re feeling lucky try an eight hour trip to Punta Mita. If you want more of a sure thing when it comes to action, a nice six hour bay trip will be fun, but you won’t be targeting Moby Dick!

Those heading out to Corbetena and El Banco have come back mostly disappointed this week. There is still abundant bait in the area, but that in itself is a problem. It’s a fish smorgasbord out there with so many different kinds of baits it’s tough to get them to turn their head in the direction of your “presentation” aka bait! Having said that we’ve seen the return of Spinner Dolphin which run with Football tuna (at 40 lbs) as they are now. Cuberra Snappers are not exactly “in” but there have been some boated. Regarding Sailfish and Striped Marlin, you’ve got a 50/50 chance, same goes for Dorado in the 25 lb range as well. Those with private boats are having fun and will catch these species but it’s not automatic and if you’re there for a few days you’ll have a great time. The guy that heads out for the day trip can find his time and fuel dollar better spent closer in.

Dorado are not automatic, but with a little luck you too could be in the picture

The area from El Morro and the Marietta Islands to Punta Mita will find conditions a little better. Striped Marlin to 250 lbs have been boated four to six miles off the point, Dorado are in the 25 lb range with Sailfish locally for the lucky. I mean all these species are a 50/50 shot. Out of ten boats, two will have come back with fish. So check your internal fishing meter as to what level of risk you want to take. Remember it’s fishing, a risk based sport at best…. Jack Crevalls and Bonito anywhere from 35 to 50 lbs are around the area and a super outside chance of a Sailfish on the Corbetena side of the island(s).

Inside the bay is still “Action City” with the same old players, even if they’re not where they’re “supposed” to be. Sailfish are still being boated occasionally around Los Arcos / La Cruz area as are Dorado from 20 to 30 lbs. Bonito are a stable species for the area and these are what we see in the local Tuna Cans. Running anywhere from 20 lbs to 45 lbs now you’ll have a great arm burning action day. Six hours is a great fishing day and a good value for your fishing dollar. Needle fish are still small but picking up in numbers. Striped Marlin is not impossible in the bay, but mostly not probable. Sierra Mackerels at 15 lbs, Snappers for the guy wanting table fare are in the 3 to 5 lb range. There is some nice action in the bay as long as you’re looking for fun and not Moby Dick!

Jack Crevalls are a fishing stable at this time of the year. Considered not the best tasting fish, Victors Restaurant in Marina Vallarta, yum!

The bite is still in the mid-morning time frame. It seems as the tide comes up is when the fish are striking, so follow the rising tide and that would be a good indication as to when to head out. Sleep in a little, it won’t hurt a thing. Water temperatures are still at 79, a constant for the last three weeks. Bait conditions are still excessive. Krill Squids and Shrimps, Three inch Squids, Flying fish, Sardines, it’s just crazy. No wonder the fish that are here are being picky. Then again, that’s why the Whales are here in big numbers this year, they’re just swimming around with an open mouth.

There have been several articles of late how we have a 75% chance of La Nina, the opposite of El Nino. We see the swirling currents coming up from the south which to the locals is the first indication. This may mean some last cold water situations for fishing. You can read more about La Nina here:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-la-nina-20161110-story.html and here:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.shtml

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

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Everyday is a Different Challenge, Chilly Water!

                                                                           Everyday is a Different Challenge, Chilly Water!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Roller Coaster Conditions as Breeding Season Presents Challenges!

                      Roller Coaster Conditions as Breeding Season Presents Challenges!

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

04 01 2015 Tuffley E

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.