Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

                            Massive Bait, Cooler Water, Marlin & Dorado in Bay

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


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

Wahoo between Corbetena and El Morro for the super lucky!

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

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

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

Dorado in the bay!!

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

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

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

WaHoo !

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

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

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Winter Fishing Finally Arrives, Water Temps Drop

                          Winter Fishing Finally Arrives, Water Temps Drop

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

01 30 2016  Wahoo, Corbeteña, Mamasita 600 pxls MBTextWell folks it had to happen, winter is moving in. With the present El Nino being one of the strongest in history I have been expecting conditions to remain the same for a while longer. There were a few storms up north in Southern California that threw some nasty cold temperatures and rain at them which pushed down some cold currents and fronts. These conditions changed quickly and once the water temperatures dropped drastically like they did this past week something had to give. Having said that if you´re happy with winter species, you´ll be fine. The winter storm pattern is setting up in northern waters and the currents being pushed down will affect the area. Winter fishing is here in Puerto Vallarta.

First water temperatures are 76 / 77 degrees which is close to a three degree drop in one week, this is significant. The differences we will see will be the winter migration to southern waters for species like Marlin, Tuna and Dorado as is normal for this time of the year. When looking to our world class fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco we had no indicators to what the season was going to bring at all this year. Yellowfin Tuna really didn´t happen this year, Marlin were in good numbers, but nothing great and the Dorado were very late for the season. Sailfish picked up the slack, but how many sails are you going to catch before you´ve had enough of them? So even with El Ninos hot breath, we´re seeing winter water temperatures moving in with the result of very few Yellowfin Tuna likely moving in. The Seiners (production fishing boats) out of Mazatlan are running around our fishing grounds and if you´re lucky you´ll find 40 to 60 ish lbs YF Tuna that they missed. Marlin are thinning out drastically yet there are still some hook-ups up into the 600 lb range. Sailfish are still in the 100 inch range and they´ll be around for a while longer. Wahoo have been boated in the 60 to 80 lb range for the lucky ones not running wire leaders. Dorado are still north of the rock (Corbetela) like every other species and Bottle Nose Dolphins are having their way with your trolled baits here. Cubera Snappers of course for those who don´t mind jigging. All and all you´ll still have fish to catch at Corbeteña but it will be increasingly challenging amigo, good luck, you´ll need some. El Banco is pretty much the same story, Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado all north of the high spots by about 8 miles. Yellowfin Tuna to 60 lbs around the high spots, Wahoo possibilities, Dorado are still in the 45 lb range. Striped Marlin are in closer to the Punta Mita point. All and all the same conditions exist at El Banco as Corbeteña, I suggest you flip a coin as to which location is best.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Point of Punta Mita and the Marietta islands are little changed from last week. Jack Crevalls are everywhere of course and they´re here as well. Sierra Mackerals, Sailfish in the 70 inch range. Skip Jack Tuna at 6 lbs, Bonito, small Rooster fish which are nothing to get excited over. Wahoo off the back side of El Morro. Things should pick up soon for this area but for now go long or go short. Mid range fishing locations are less than exciting but can change in a heartbeat.

Inside the bay it´s looking more and more like winter fishing. Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs are all over the Nuevo Vallarta area as should be expected. With a host of regulars like Bonito to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Sailfish for the lucky around Los Arcos or La Cruz. Dorado are still being boated around the Yelapa and north around the beach areas. Footballs Tuna around Yelapa to 40 lbs. There are plenty of fish in the bay so a four to eight hour trip will be a great day fishing and you won´t have to worry about missing a species that isn´t ¨there¨ at the deeper fishing grounds.

All and all the fishing is a notch or two down from the high measure mark. But this is normal and it looks like we´ll be moving into winter fishing which means you can expect the Billfish and Dorado at the very least to start moving out if the water temps stay the same or continue to drop.  We could see the water temperatures tip upwards a bit if we don´t see any crazy cold currents come down from northern storms. This is normal, we know it´s coming every year but we do what we can to pretend the predictable is not going to happen this year.

WahooThe bite has changed a little, but for those looking to catch fish, I suggest an early depart around 7:00 a.m. It will give you to time to get to your chosen fishing grounds and some time to prepare. It could be earlier in the afternoon around 1:00 so you can hit both bites of you time things right. Lures: Are still blue with silver that mimic flying fish will do the trick and of course jPetrelaros with brown, green and purple are automatic.

Shared boats for 8 hrs targeting Dorado has been very popular! Just fire me an email so I know when you´ll be here and we´ll do the rest. The Downtown Store on Basidillo Badillo and Insurgentes is open for High Season. Call Chris (El Centro Mgr) at (044) 322 112 9558 for fishing, tours or T-shrts amigo.  I am still in Marina Vallarta so take your pick. YeHa!

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

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