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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Fishing Spreads Out, Warm Water to California, Jacks Take over the Bay

              Fishing Spreads Out, Warm Water to California, Jacks Take over the Bay

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


01 04 2016 Magnifico, Dorado, Punta Mita, 650 pxls, MBTextAs we all welcome the New Year we see our World Class Fishing Grounds move into ¨neutral¨ for lack of a better descriptive. Normally at this time of the year we see water temperatures drop sharply forcing our Billfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna out of the area without as much as a ¨Good By¨.  This year things are going to be a little different. With water temperatures still at the 80 degree mark we find we still have a fair amount of Marlin and Dorado cruising the area. We won´t complain about these conditions, the only thing is, this normal cold water conditions act as a barrier keeping fish from ¨wandering¨ north. This is not the case at the moment. So what does this mean, well these ¨fish¨ move and they move erratically. For now, they´re moving up the coast and out to sea. Basically our fishing grounds are ¨spreading out¨ and we can´t do a thing to stop it. The good news is we still have great fishing. The active word being ¨Fishing¨.  Lately I´ve heard people say things like ¨Fishing is not catching¨ . Well Friends when it comes to fishing, you take the good with the bad. Fishing is fishing and we do all we can to coax these finicky finned creatures to take a bait. But first they have to be there to coax. So it´s wide open out there, the more time you give yourself the better you´ll find the ¨fishing¨.  For the jaded, the fishing is not automatic. For the tourist, you´d be better off taking a series of days fishing or not go at all. It´s a risk sport amigos, Fishing is Fishing and Fishing is never perfect. Having said that, give yourself some time, you´ll catch fish.

12 31 2015 Sailfish, Magnifico 500 pxls MBTextCorbeteña is stilt the place to be. Located thirty five miles out of Puerto Vallarta the ¨Rock¨ has seen most of the larger Bottle Nose Dolphin (Flipper) move out and this means you can actually get a bait to a potential hook-up candidate. With Marlin to 600 lbs, Sailfish at Tournament winning size of over 100 lbs and Dorado in the 35 to 60 lb range this is about as good as it gets. You may ask about Yellowfin Tuna, nothing, not even footballs. There are still Wahoo in the 60 lb range, but again a non-schooling species is hard to target. Do you feel lucky? El Banco, nobody but nobody has hit this normally producing area. For now it´s best to keep your attention focused on Corbeteña.

You second best fishing bet is the point of Punta Mita. Ever since the long liners bugged out the area has been producing well. I wouldn´t say it exploded, but six to ten miles off the point there are Blue Marlin taking Baits if they see it. With high visibility blue water, seeing a bait is not an issue. What has been surprising is the lack of bait and we still have fish in the area. So lures have been filling the gap nicely. For those with a full array of color the ones you´ll want to start with are the green and yellow combinations, Dorado mimics. Blue with silver spots is also a great second choice and of course anything with purple in it will also be a good place to begin. Boats with limited equipment will find catching fish almost impossible. Make sure you have plenty of live bait in the morning to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity to boat something impressive.

12 31 2015 Striped Marlin, Magnifico, 500pxls MBTextThe Marietta Islands are less than disappointing and have been all summer. I can´t tell you what the deal is there, but it´s not happening. With their fill of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs, Skip Jack Tunas, Sierra Mackerals to 25 lbs  (good size for sierras), Needle Fish a mix of other reef fish and maybe, maybe a Sailfish. I can´t recommend this area since you can get the same species in the bay.

Which brings us to inside the bay. Billions of Jack Crevalls around the Nuevo Vallarta area in the 35 lb range are great arm burners, but not great tasting, always a down side. My National friends can make then palatable, but don´t try it yourself. Bonito to 35 lbs, Needle fish to 40 lbs and possible larger. False Marlin are the nick name of these fish and while weird looking, they are good eating and a fun fight. Skip Jack Tuna, with some luck they´re still boating Sailfish around the La Cruz Area and off the rocks of Los Arcos and Dorado, yes Dorado in the bay. Short day trips can pay off nicely and not hurt the wallet to badly! All sort of action in the bay, on a budget it´s a great option.

12 31 2045 Jack Crevall, Iwan y Roxann, Magnifico 600 pxls MBTextA funny thing about this week, we saw the famous Red Tuna Crabs float in and there are no Yellowfin Tuna to be found, period! Now for us in PV this is very unusual, it´s essentially been a Tuna Free Season, unless of course you braved the time and distance to the Tres Maria Islands. You know the game preserve and fishery the Bloody Decks types have been raping as they say they´re outside the ¨buffer¨ zone. Well if you´re not fishing in the ¨Buffer Zone¨ which is the legal boundaries you should never go in since it´s a prison island. You normally have a 50 / 50 chance of boating Tuna of any size. Now normally they´re large, over 200 lbs, but it´s a long way and not cheap fishing. The Maximus I understand is now more or less being forced to keep it´s distance, and they normally do pretty well for cattle car fishing trips. But if you were looking for any sizeable Yellowfin Tuna, you had to be here or you were left wanting. With the Red Tuna Crabs rolling in we may see some YF Tuna turning up, but who knows for sure? Cross your fingers and look to the heavens for a little help!! In the mean time, the rock or Corbeteña is still your best option.

The bite moving a little later in the morning now so be where you want to fish by 8 O´clock in the a.m. Lures are working very well with sparse bait, use Green with Yellow, Blue with silver dots or lures with purple combinations, petrelaros are a good start. You´ll need a full array of color with bait not so abundant. Remember this when renting a charter boat. 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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50 lb Dorado & Marlin Return to Corbeteña!

50 lb Dorado & Marlin Return to Corbeteña!

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

Every year when the season’s change, the returning of the whales is the main indicator that winter is here. We see the fishing in the bay take a steep drop in action due to the Whales. We Love the Whales, but the fish, now that´s another thing. In the bay, the bait has taken a powder, split, vanished, left the building. Seems they think they´re going to be lunch. Same goes for the Marietta Islands which for the last couple of weeks has been less than spectacular. Of course what would you expect with no bait to speak of this past week? That´s not to say there is not great fishing still to be had amigos. Corbeteña, the machine is alive and producing well for those seriously interested in catching world class fish in some of the best fishing grounds in the world. If you´re on the cheap, the bay still has smaller fish. So we have you covered amigos.Jpeg

As I mentioned Moby Dick and his family have returned to the bay of Banderas for some good times, a little whoopee and a lot of new arrivals as baby Whales are being born all over the bay! And as I mentioned earlier, the bait believes it´s in their best interest to vacate the area before they get eaten. So needless to say you´re fishing ¨luck¨ will be less than spectacular in the middle of the bay. If you´re dead set on fishing in the bay Yelapa is still sporting Yellowfin Footballs in the 35 lb range, tasty for smaller Tuna. Bonito in the same size range along with Jack Crevalls in the 35 lb range as well are hovering at the south end of the bay. We are seeing Jack Crevalls increase in numbers and we always know the water temperatures are heading south when they arrive. But for now we´re very happy to have fish and the Whales in our watery back yard. Sailfish can still be found up near La Cruz Marina, but less abundant in the area for some reason.

The point at Punta Mita is still alive and well, but the action has slowed down a bit with some Sails to be had and Dorado still around the buoys. This will change soon, so get out there if you´re looking to stock some Dorado in your fridge. Blue and Black Marlin in the 400 to 600 lb range are still about fifteen miles off the point, not far from El Banco. So if you´re in the area, you may want to head a few miles farther out and see what´s happening around the high spots at El Banco! Marlin, Smaller Yellowfin in the 80 lb range are ¨in and out¨ as well.

The only real reliable fishing ground this week is once more Corbeteña. Thirty five miles out it will take about an hour and half to get there at a fair clip, but the journey is worth every minute once you hook into your first Marlin or Sailfish. Dorado has increased in size as well and are now running in the 40 to 60 lb size range. Blue and Black Marlin in the smaller ranges of 400 to 600 lbs are around the area now that there is Bait and more favorable water temperatures in the 81 degree range with blue water and smooth seas. I mean the conditions are so good, we forget how good we have it now until late March has us looking forward to summer once more! Cubera Snappers in the 50 lb range, Wahoo are still in the area. As a no schooling fish, Wahoo can be tricky to catch, you have to troll a little faster for them. The sharp razor like teeth make wire leaders a must. So you have to be ready to catch one if you´re targeting Wahoo. Now there are those who get lucky and just hook the fish in the corner of the mouth. These are the luck fish, the fish you should have never caught, but did! Those taste the best! Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 175 lb range, good luck in your search, it´s not going to be easy. Still, a few miles off the rock can produce some great results if you´re adventurous.

A little local news, after years of corrupt port authorities allowing illegal boats to ¨operate¨ under the radar has finally decided to crack down on illegal fishing and tour boats in all the marinas here in the Puerto Vallarta area. For years these illegal boats who had no requirements for safety equipment, insurance, licenses or even the common sense to have a radio have operated and mostly put every legit fishing company out of business in Marina Vallarta. JpegThere we nearly fifty boats seized and ticketed throughout the area in the last few days. Finally!!!! For a couple hundred bucks a month illegal boats could operate a ¨business¨ and not worry about being put under a microscope. Those of us that went to the powers that be got deaf ears and excuses about how they deserve to make a living also, so it was never a even playing field. Now that these boats are being weeded out, the legal boats are seeing an upsurge in business as is Master Baiter´s. These enforced regulations will make it safer for the general public who will sacrifice safety for a better price. Of course safety is something you don´t think about until you need it. It´s like insurance, you don´t want to pay for it, until it´s needed and then you´re glad you had it. Same goes for a sinking boat, there is little chance you´ll have an issue even on an uninsured boat, but what do you do if the boat is sinking and your captain only has a cell phone and no radio. I guess you´d have to either swim in and hope they have a life jacket or hope the person he calls can tell who ever they reach to come find you and the boat in the great big bay before you get soaked and worse. Think about it, remember there are no liability laws in Mexico, be safe, be sure and be smart.

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 and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. Email your Questions to me at:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is workingFacebook: trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.