Colder Water Doesn’t Mean Bad Fishing, Fish Abundant

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

It |seems Jack Crevalls are everywhere, fun to catch, strong fighters and we normally can find them. Not considered good eating, but the nationals seem to like them just fine!

After last week’s severe drop in water temperatures due to cold currents pushed down by northern storms water temperatures have snapped back a little. This week we’ve seen the water warm up a little so we’re seeing some, not many, summer species like Dorado still lingering taking advantage of the plentiful bait conditions. As we move deeper into the winter season these lingering Dorado will be moving out. In fact I’m surprised we still have even small numbers of Dorado and Blue Marlin, but they’re out there for the very lucky. So keep this in mind, just because there are “some” out there, doesn’t mean you’ll be the lucky one to boat a Marlin, but then again you may.

This week the area around Corbetena has seen some different action, Cubera Snappers at 50 lbs are picking up in numbers but not super abundant. Sailfish have been seen around the area but only a few have been boated. The ones that were caught have been nice sized running over 120 lbs! Secret here the Sails are taking dead baits, go figure. You have some Striped Marlin and Blue Marlin still roaming the area. Mid-week was very active around the “Rock” but it’s iffy at best. You can have a great time one day, the next is dead. You’ve of course got Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Spinner Dolphin will have 40 lb Yellowfin Tuna running with them as well. Amber Jacks are starting to move in as well at 40 lbs. If you’re in PV and you have a bucket list dream fish, then give it a try. For everyone else the area is on the downswing and may be worth a shot, but the backup plan should be hit the area around Punta Mita.

El Morro and surrounding area has been surprising lately with some nice size Dorado at 25 to 40 lbs happened for a few days this week. Not many people heading towards this area but those that did hoping for Sailfish got very lucky. People in this area also have seen many Sailfish as well, but the simple fact there is so much bait out there that the local species are stuffed. You can find fish, including some football Tuna from 25 to 45 lbs, but they’ll most likely not be taking baits either. One trick that has been working is red feathered lead head lures. Nothing fancy, but they’re doing the trick. With all the Krill and Squid that are red tinged in color lures like this can save the day. Jack Crevalls are picking up in numbers here, Bonito are 30 lbs. The area around Punta Mita though is still on and off. With Spinner Dolphin in the area, you’ve got a 75% chance of finding Football Tuna running with them. Dorado can be around the buoy and of course ten miles off the point you can still run into Striped Marlin at 200 lbs and other smaller Marlin in the 150 lb range, throw those babies back. If jigging in this area Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers are available so give it a shot.

Mixed bag of Bay fish, not huge, but fun for smaller anglers or those looking for table fare….

Inside the bay we’re still having a party. Jack Crevalls are all over the bay and running just under 50 lbs. Sierra Mackerels are great tasting and abundant. So don’t pass them by because they’re at 20 lbs or under, they taste great. Bonito are all over at 30 lbs, Skip jack Tuna are in the 7 lb range. Black Sea Bass have been in front of the rivers, the Ameca river especially just north of Marina Vallarta, just circle the drop off and use your fish finder, electronics can make the difference. There are some Snappers in the area, but you can always get “pan sized” Snapper if you’re willing to do some light tackle fishing around structure. For the next several months you can expect this smaller fish type of action, but these fish fight like demons and you don’t need to “break the bank” to afford a short day fishing in the bay. Put Whales and Manta Rays in the picture and you’ve got a great day on the water. FYI, when you see whales, there is a strong probability that there will be no fish in the area. Basically they don’t want to be a Whales Breakfast, so keep that in mind. Whales in the area means there probably isn’t anything around that would be interested in your bait.

For now a four or six hour fishing charter is your best value. For the guy looking for a finned fantasy then you can still have a shot at a Sailfish or Striped Marlin. A great fishing plan would be head out for an eight hour trip, if things just don’t happen come back into the bay and look for the birds, you’ll have arm burning action before you know it! The bite is finally moving a little earlier in the morning, be sure to arrive at your favorite fishing grounds before 9 a.m. So you’ll be getting up early again. Water temperatures have recovered a bit going back up to 74 degrees from last week’s 64 chill current from hades! As far as baits go, with so much natural bait available it’s surprising how dead bait many times is working better than live bait. Also if you don’t have any small lures, feathers this week are preferable in the one to three inch range will do the job when nothing else will.

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

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Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

                Cooling Water, Massive Amounts of Bait, Challenging Fishing at Best

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

 

Capt Chema Jr from our Super Panga with a sizeable Dorado. As water temperatures drop their numbers are dropping like a rock. Dorado like this now are very rare and in a week or so they will be gone for the winter.

Once we get past the second week of January we normally see water temperatures drop. This is when the warm water species begin bugging out if they haven’t left already. Sailfish are widely spread out and thinning in numbers. Dorado can still be had, but again this is a summer species that’s hanging around for the bait. Jack Crevalls, which normally move in when the winter season starts are here and growing in numbers. All and all the summer fishing season is over, expectations now for Billfish is not realistic any longer. Fishing is still great, but from this point forward its great winter fishing amigos. Don’t be disappointed, be happy there is arm burning action for the family!

Corbetena has been “hanging” on when it comes to Striped Marlin to 250 lbs and Sailfish of nice size. Dorado are mostly closer in or in the bay. You can still get some Football Tuna in the 20 to 40 lb range if you find the Spinner Dolphin which are running between Corbetena and El Banco. I see pictures of other companies with Sailfish and Marlin in this area, but frankly I haven’t seen any Billfish come out of this area for a few days now. For those looking to take a chance, then go for it. If you’re a little short on patience, then I’d suggest a shorter day with a more certain result. These days it’s difficult to give a decent report on El Banco aka The Bank. Most people that “stop” there are either on their way to the Tres Maria Islands fishery or on their way back. For now Corbetena is going to be slow at best until June.

Nice sized Jack Crevalls are moving into the area in large amounts. Strong fighters and abundant this species is the dominant fish locally for the next five months or so.

For those looking for more reliable action the area from El Morro to Punta Mita is still showing signs of summer species life. Dorado are being boated daily, but not by everyone. Sailfish are thin at best, by that I mean they’re widely spread out. No concentrations and frankly “iffy” is an optimistic term in this case. Having said that some nice sized Dorado larger than 20 lbs have been around the buoy and any floating debris. Six miles off the beach of the Four Seasons Hotel Striped Marlin up to 250 lbs seem to be more abundant. Sailfish also are running closer to shore as well and will take a dead Goggle eye if you run one in front of them. One issue is with so much bait in the water you may have fish in the area you don’t know about there and won’t strike as they’re stuffed. For now I suggest an eight hour day, give the Stripers, Sailfish and Dorado a shot. If nothing happens, and there’s a good chance you can blank, then target the Jack Crevalls at 40 to 50 lbs, Bonito at 30 lbs, Maybe find the Spinner Dolphin with 30 lb Yellowfin Tuna Footballs running with them. It’s worth a shot!

Snapper or Pargo as the locals call them are very good tasting and while not many in numbers this will increase with time.

Those looking for shorter days and more reliable “action” would be best suited for a four or six hour fishing day in the bay. Many times in the last few weeks the bay fishing has been better than the more expensive deep water locations. With the super abundant bait of Krill Squids and Shrimps the “locals” are just swimming with their mouth open. We are still seeing the freak 25 lb Dorado around the Los Arcos area with an occasional Sailfish. Jack Crevalls are kinda funny. Sometimes they don’t come up for bait or the bite. Other days they’re cruising the surface and are easy pickings, so they’re not automatic by any stretch of the imagination. Bonito from 10 to 35 lbs have been running with Spinners, but they are free swimming as well in the bay. Snappers at 10 lbs are coming in around the structure areas, small but great for eating. Sierra Mackerels are also great tasting at 15 lbs they should not be ignored. For now until things change bay fishing is your best option. Four hours gets us to where the fish were yesterday, six hours lets us find where they are today. With bait moving all over the bay rapidly, six hours is just a little insurance amigos.

Pictured here are some Sierra Mackerels and Arctic Bonito which is “tuna” in local cans. Smaller game fish for sure, but great tasting. Don’t pass these by hoping for larger fish because they’re great tasting and guarantees something for dinner. They will get larger, but this is on the average size. Perfect for younger Anglers or guys like me that love the flavor! You don’t have to catch Moby Dick to have a great fishing day!

We’ve seen the water temps drop three to four degrees this last few days which is drastic. Jacks and Bonito love it, so do Sierra Mackerels, but we’re moving into winter fishing as is normal at this time of the year. The bite for the fifth week straight is still after 10:00 in the morning so plan your departure accordingly. Bait is a bit of an issue. With Sardines moving in rapidly in large numbers the bait balls are impressive. Flying fish, Goggle eyes, Squids, you name it. It’s hard to turn a fishes head when they’re not interested in your presentation. What’s really weird is many times dead bait works best. One thing for sure the fishing is not easy and the baits that work are changing by the hour. Make sure you have a full range of lures, dead bait and live bait at your disposal. You’ll most likely go through all your bag of tricks to find something that works.

Ok, I’m starting a tip of the week thing to help you negotiate fishing charters when looking for a boat. It seems these days there are web sites all over the place promising the best fishing experience in PV. But they have no reviews anywhere on the net to review who they are and review professional opinions of their performance. TripAdvisor comes to mind. First go to TripAdvisor and review the comments. This is not a perfect way to find a fishing company, but it’s a good place to start. Make sure they have a physical location where you can walk in and talk with the agents or Captains etc. Many internet companies are legit, but without some ability to review them professionally you’re just another person rolling the fishing dice. Now those TripAdvisor review are very easily corrupted. that means anyone can get friends, family or even services to put positive comments up on T.A. making you believe they have a long history and superior service. Lots of comments mean really nothing. My TripAdvisor has a few negative comments, mostly from people trying to TA Blackmail us, but nobody is perfect. Look at the reviews, look for detail, not just a one liner. When you feel good about the list of pic’s, then call them directly. You’ll get a feel for what the company is by the person on the phone. When they ask for a deposit you want to hold the boat, but half down on a company you don’t know is a little risky at times. A hundred dollars is all i want for a Down Payment or Deposit. You should expect some sort of confirmation letter with the transaction details, Meeting instructions, name of the boat and a persons name who you are going to meet. A picture of that person is always appreciated so you know who to look for in the morning. 

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….

If you have local friends that can personally refer you to a reliable company that would be the best place to start amigos! Nothing beats local knowledge. But never give a large deposit to a person walking independently. You have no legal recourse if your deposit is ripped off and there is no boat or person to meet in the morning. I hate to say it but i see this all the time. They will have “iffy” slips with no company name and no address. You may have a phone number, but mostly they are either bogus, don’t work or frankly the guy you gave the deposit to isn’t answering the sucker they are ripping off! But your biggest protection is the Sectur Licenses required the last couple of  years to be a legit fishing or tour company. It’s a federal license, not a local license. They are now finally enforcing this new license requirement but many still don’t have it. Ask them for this, it may be in work, but if they don’t know what you’re talking about, walk away. Never tell any person or promoter when you are leaving, you are basically telling them when they can return to that area and he can find his next victim. So start with TripAdvisor, make a phone call and get a feel for the company from the agent. Send small deposits, just enough to hold the boat. After all you’re looking to hold the boat in your name so $100 usd is more than enough. That way if you do have an issue, you didn’t lose a significant amount. Next week we’ll discuss the initial basic questions you should ask long before you ask for the price. 

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

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Best Fishing in Puerto Vallarta in last five years!

                                    Best Fishing in Puerto Vallarta in last five years!

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

07 07 2016 Sailfish Release A 600 pxls MBTextIf you look at the local conditions in Puerto Vallarta you´ll have a hard time finding a word that would fit better than ¨Perfect¨! Here in Puerto Vallarta we´re seeing the best fishing we´ve had in five years (per Capt. Cesar of Magnifico) and we´re as happy as we can be! With water temperatures at 85 degrees of High visibility blue water all our different species available now mixed in with the amounts and availability of bait every bait there is under the sun, it´s going to be sometime before we see any changes! Prepare for cookie cutter reports that resemble the following!

Corbetena: Just pick a fish! Sailfish are thick, Blue Marlin are between 200 and 600 lbs, Black Marlin are the same. Dorado are in the 15 to 30 lb range, they came back. Yellowfin tuna for those trolling are in the 30 to 45 lb mark running with Spinner Dolphin for the most point. Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Skippies are feeding on small squids ( which could draw in larger YF tuna so stay tuned ) .. For those looking for larger Yellowfin Tuna they´re out there running 60 to 80 lbs but only if you´re using a kite! Keep that as our little secret. Also all of a sudden we´ve seen Lemon Sharks at 100 lbs or so coming in. They´re a white meat fish, they´re like reeling in a whale and if you can boat one they´re great eating! For now if you want it, whatever it is, it´s at Corbetena! As far as El Banco, nobody is going to this location because Corbeteña is closer and why go farther to get the same species? Still, if in the Area of El Banco you can expect the same species and conditions at El Banco. The only reason I would head to El Banco is on the off chance Yellowfin Tuna are in the larger ¨cow¨ category. Nothing ventured…. but in this case is nothing lost.

The Marietta Islands and around the area are really no better than fishing in the bay. So for your best fishing it´s either in the bay or out at Corbeteña. If in the area of The Marietta islands you´ll find fish like Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito to 30 lbs, Needle fish to 30 lbs, Fluke Rooster Fish to about 30 lbs, Snappers for the jiggers and you get the idea. The Point off Punta Mita is alive and well with Sailfish in tournament winning sizes, Dorado if you can find ¨debris¨ or trash in the water. Striped marlin if lucky ten miles off the point between a heading of 285 to 300 will put you in the right place. All and all, the only thing that could change is if Rooster fish turn up or the Dorado get larger which should happen soon.

Sailfish and Lemon sharks at Corbetena on Magnifico with Capt. Alonso
Sailfish and Lemon sharks at Corbetena on Magnifico with Capt. Alonso

Inside the bay is incredible. Dorado on the organic ¨crap¨ from the rains in the bay, it´s not exactly a trash line since we have only had swollen with rain rivers pouring into the bay from the Guadalajara rains, so no real trash line to speak of. Still we have Football Tuna around Yelapa to 40 lbs with a touch of luck, bigger than at Corbeteña! Sailfish have been boated this week at Los Animas, Los Arcos, La Cruz Marina, if you´re looking for Sailfish you have a strong chance of boating one in a four hour trip now! Dorado are in the 15 to 20 lb range, small babies, throw them back. Rooster fish can be in the surf line so for the Surf Fishing guys try Rapallas, silver diamond jigs and three inch lures with skirts of green and yellow with black markings. The water around the shoreline could be murky, but this can be on the surface only so using a planer will get your baits below the dirty water and where they can be seen. With massive amounts of Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Needle fish, Snook around the river mouths and snapper around the structure the bay is alive with action. And lets face it, if you can fish close in and get what you´re targeting then why spend the extra money on a ¨maybe¨ especially if heading to El Banco.  But this is just my opinion, I’ve been wrong before, just ask my ex wife (said with a smile)!

30 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna, for larger Tuna use a kite!
30 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna, for larger Tuna use a kite!

Right now the only thing that could make things better (with a cherry on top) is Yellowfin Tuna of real size at El Banco or Corbeteña. Other than that we´re looking at the best fishing we´ve had in five years. While we may be scratching our heads, we´re not complaining, Water temperatures are where we like then at 85 degrees, up slightly from last week. High visibility blue water with massive amounts of every type of bait you could imagine should continue for months to come. With other baits like coming in like Squids and possibly Red Crabs as I´ve heard of in San Diego presently the Yellowfin Situation will only get better. The bite is still happening around the 11 a.m. period but would expect that to get earlier and earlier as the moon is fuller by the day. Lures / Baits: Right now Dead bait is working well, go figure. Live bait is preferable just make sure you´ve got a full live well and make bait when  you get to where you want to be to make sure you´ve got the locals dinner special on your line! If running lures like you should start with these color combinations first. Purple combinations, including Petroleros, Green with black stripes with yellow on the bottom or Pink with blue marking and of course all should be six inches or smaller while trolling these baits.

07 09 2016 Guanatuna, 8 hrs, Sailfish 600 pxls MBTextIn Summary: We´ve seen very little rain the last week, Guadalajara is getting it´s fill of rain for sure. When it returns we´ll have the trash line back around the rivers. But one secret is Snook or Robalo, they love the fresh water coming out of the streams, with mostly clean water out of the rivers the visibility for baits is improved and that means if you cast a jig in the Agua Dulce or Sweet Water (fresh water) they´ll see it easier and be more aggressive, something to think about. Sometimes it´s best to follow a Mex. Nationals lead.

Master Baiter´s just got another freezer so this means we can once again Freeze Your Fish! Master Baiter´s clients get this service for free, non clients will pay $150 pesos ($7.00 usd each bag) and can rest assured it won´t be stolen by the concierge, bell boy or anyone passing your fish in the freezer with sticky fingers. And of course we´re the only ones offering this service in Marina Vallarta. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

I also have a new, smaller panga with a super superior captain and for the next two weeks I am offering this 26 ft Panga for four hours at $200 usd which is at a loss for me, but we´re introducing this panga so we can earn your business in the future! But you have to mention you read it here in this article to get this deal or mention you read this in the PV Mirror (www.pvmcitypaper.com ) !!

Smoke Your Fish: As another exclusive service of Master Baiter´s we´re offering a Fish Smoking Service where we´ll smoke your fish, bag it and prepare it for shipping, we take half for payment. People are loving this service and frankly I love the taste of smoked Marlin / Smoked Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish or any other fish you catch. Even Jack Crevall taste good smoked!! Just call us and we´ll come to the boat and get it with instructions on how to reach us, we´ll deliver it a few days later or trade you what we have in stock, but not the day of the trip amigo, call us, we´ll fix you up! I can´t tell you how good this is with a beer!!

July Fishing Special: Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. Option II: For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance and how much fuel we use. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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

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

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Our Best Fishing in Two Years, It´s Fish City in PV!

                                               Our Best Fishing in Two Years, It´s Fish City in PV!

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

Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point
Capt. Cesar Releasing a Sailfish of Punta Mita Point

 

Puerto Vallarta is not one of those tropical destinations that just gradually warm up after the preferable climate of winter. No we just sort of start warming up mid May, then BOOM it´s June and it´s hot and humid. Now I say hot and humid to the California types, to the Houston, Florida and other humid areas, PV is mild to your summer standards. But when it does get warm, the warm currents come with it and with the currents come Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing Reputation as being one of the top ten fishing locations in the world! Right now Puerto Vallarta is living up to that reputation with abundant ¨Bucket List¨ trophy gamefish and happy Anglers, YeHa!

06 30 2016 Magnifico 5 Black Marlin 500 pxls MBTextThe report this week is much the same as last week, with small variances that make a difference. At Corbeteña it´s been another spectacular week. Yellowfin tuna are no longer over 100 lbs, what we´re seeing now is Spinner Dolphin moving into the area and with Spinners we normally find Tuna running with them. And they´re running anywhere from 20 lbs to 60 lbs. Smaller yes, but great tasting and large numbers of these smaller succulent YF Tuna are fun to catch, they don´t take hours to boat, the meat has a great flavor and remember everything counts in large amounts! Then we have Blue Marlin starting at 400 lbs and up, Black Marlin at 600 lbs, Striped Marlin to 225 lbs, Sailfish of trophy size are picking up in increasing numbers, Amber Jacks at 50 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs and more! Bait is off the hook and readily abundant, get the bait in the morning, but check the bait in the area when you arrive at the fishing grounds to see what baits are in the area. Mahi Mahi or Dorado are moving into the area now, not many to speak of around the rock, be patient, next week this should change, more to come. With the fishing this good, it´s insane to wait for things to get ¨better¨.… YF Tuna of any larger sizes, that would be better but not much… stay tuned.

El Banco, normally these two areas will be about the same, with small differences. This week is no different with the simple fact they´re seeing Yellowfin Tuna to 60 lbs when you find the spinners. Remember, if you´re looking for big fish, they´re normally larger at El Banco if they´re ¨there¨. El Banco can be temperamental, but for now, it´s well worth the time, fuel and verbal abuse you´ll receive from the ¨little woman¨ for taking off on the spot to catch some world class fishing! And don´t forget the area in between these two locations, many a tournament winning fish have been caught ¨in between¨.

Dorado Return to Punta Mita, better late than like last year!
Dorado Return to Punta Mita, better late than like last year!

Those with a limited budget will still find world class action around the point off Punta Mita. Eight to twelve miles off the point on a 285 heading you´ll find nice sized Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range (mostly 25 lbs). Sailfish are everywhere and surprisingly thick, Striped Marlin to over 225 lbs. Rooster fish in the surf line and around the reefs, but not like two weeks ago. Still this eight hour trip is affordable and full of action! Around the Marietta Islands you´ll still find the normal players of Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Amber Jacks to 30 lbs and with some luck you could run into a Dorado or Sailfish.

Yelapa has their fill of smaller Yellowfin Tuna ¨Footballs¨
Yelapa has their fill of smaller Yellowfin Tuna ¨Footballs¨

Inside the bay we´re about the same as last week, but a little different. It´s the subtle differences that make all the difference. One strange thing is Sailfish are all over the bay! Now I can remember reports where I have said it´s impossible to find Sailfish in the bay, well these days I have changed my tune. I know of at least eight Sailfish that were brought in and many more hook-ups that were lost. Right now you´ll find Sailfish around Los Arcos, Mid Bay, La Cruz, and points in between! Jack Crevalls are still the dominant species to 45 lbs. The trash line is in when we have rain and small Dorado of 10 lbs have been feeding on this organic trail mix nicely. Bonito to 35 lbs, Football YF Tuna to 40 lbs at Yelapa, Snapper in front of the River mouths with Snook to 25 lbs. The list goes on, you can´t lose fishing in the bay so grab the family and have some fun.

Water temperatures are still a perfect 84 degrees. Around the bay the water is mostly clear green, not bad, the fish don`t seem to mind, but once you get five miles off the point of Punta Mita it´s all High Visibility Blue water! Baits: most of the Marlin this week were caught on dead bait (surprised me) and lures. Marlin like the Blue with pink marking or Petrelaros of green, brown, purple skirts! Sailfish are looking for Green with Yellow color combinations. Start with these colors in your pattern. Bite: It´s been a moving target lately, the last few days it´s been 11:00 to 1:00 before they seem to get serious about taking baits, so sleep in, be patient and it will all pay-off amigos.

More Yellowfin Tuna around Corbeteña in small to large sizes, just depends on what you come across!
More Yellowfin Tuna around Corbeteña in small to large sizes, just depends on what you come across!

In Summary: With the way things are forming up, it looks like we could have larger and more abundant Dorado in the coming days. Remember it was August last year before we saw ten pound babies while San Diego got the bulk of our Dorado. This year it looks like we´ll be in a more normal pattern. Striped Marlin in the area to me is a little surprising since they normally like the cooler waters of Cabo. Last I heard Cabo waters were still chilly so we´ll consider this a ¨windfall¨ and be thankful in PV for that. Very seldom will you have the three different species of Marlin, we have all in the same area at the same time. Sailfish are thick and will be thick until January, but not normally in the bay!! Yellowfin Tuna it´s still a little early for us, but we´re knocking on the door for Prime time Tuna Fishing so stay tuned.  And as always we´ve got some great summer deals for family fishing so call us and let’s get you on the water!

Right now we´re running a special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is only $250 usd for a ¨Full Service¨ fishing Trip. You´ll have a shot at Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster fish in the surf and around reefs, and with some luck Dorado. For those looking to just get on the water and do some basic fishing our 4 hr trip from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos trolling for smaller game fish is only $195 usd, four people, same as the 250 trip but you´ll be limited on distance. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part is still empty.

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

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

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Yellowfin Tuna & Much More at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                             Yellowfin Tuna & Much More at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what you come across right now.. Start at the Rock, then head ten miles out and you´ll find more like this!
Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what you come across right now.. Start at the Rock, then head ten miles out and you´ll find more like this!

Well summer came to Puerto Vallarta this past week with 70 percent humidity under a warm and unforgiving tropical sun. The summer is ¨off season¨ as family tourism picks up a few notches from July to the end of August which is also when the local weather gets hot and tropical. With this dramatic change in seasons, when things are as hot and humid as they´re going to get, this is when you´ll find the Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Big Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish and more. It would be very nice to have prime fishing in high season for tourism, but it doesn´t work that way amigos. For those in the area, we´re seeing Deep Sea fishing now like we haven´t seen for years. I was half way expecting the fishing to pull back a little since it just exploded out of the blue last week. But that´s not the case, in fact the fishing is still outstanding and picking up on a daily basis. Short day trips or long days targeting world class gamefish, whatever you´re looking for, we have it now!

This Sailfish was boated less than half a mile inside the bay from Marina Vallarta! It´s been Freaky in the Bay!
This Sailfish was boated less than half a mile inside the bay from Marina Vallarta! It´s been Freaky in the Bay!

This week we´ve seen another dramatic increase in water temperatures from 81 to 84 degrees or warmer in some locations. Because of this we´re seeing the summer currents bring with them 3 inch squids, a Yellowfin Tuna favorite bait. Eight miles off Corbeteña jumping Schools of Yellowfin Tuna are now running 40 to 110 kilos or 88 lbs to 250 lbs. They´re taking lures of blue and silver with yellow dots or markings, run at least one lure of this color starting out with your live bait spread. Blue Marlin over 500 lbs are not eating those squids so have plenty of local bait. Sailfish are all over the place in increasing numbers daily. Dorado disappeared for the most part. Cubera Snappers of course for those jigging, but they´re also taking trolled baits as well. Jack Crevalls of course to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs and you may run into footballs (Yellowfin Tuna) in the 35 to 50 lb range. Very good eating so don´t ignore them! El Banco is pretty much the same, for me Corbeteña is a better choice. The Dorado at El Banco have disappeared or are much smaller in the 10 to 15 lb range, young. All and all if heading out to either of these locations you´re very likely to come in with a trophy gamefish, good luck.

Capt. Mony with another 75 lb Rooster fish caught off the reef in Sayulita! Yes she´s a woman and Yes she catches fish! In fact Capt Mony is a High Performance Professional so don´t let her gender stop you, she learned on the docks form the time she was in diapers.
Capt. Mony with another 75 lb Rooster fish caught off the reef in Sayulita! Yes she´s a woman and Yes she catches fish! In fact Capt Mony is a High Performance Professional so don´t let her gender stop you, she learned on the docks form the time she was in diapers.

At the point of Punta Mita or rather eight miles off the point we´re seeing good concentrations of Striped Marlin to 200 lbs, Sailfish at 90 lbs or so. Rooster fish are still in the surf areas but have thinned out considerably even with tons of Sardines and bullet Bonito to temp them. Around the Marietta islands is the same as last week, Skip jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Rooster fish possibilities and with some luck Dorado will show up soon, cross your fingers. El Morro has had Sailfish but you have to be about six miles out from the island and drop baits. Good area for Striped Marlin and a Freak Blue Marlin Hook up…

Inside the bay we´re still firing on all eight cylinders with Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals (still here) Bonito, Football Yellowfin Tuna around Yelapa to 50 lbs. They´re concentrated also near Los Arcos as well. The Trash line is attracting small Dorado, under 15 lbs, but we expect this sort of thing and we´re happy about it. They draw in larger fish so everything is right on time. In front of the river mouths you´ll find Snook to 35 lbs, Snapper starting at 20 lbs and a host of other species enjoying the fresh water pouring into the bay. No matter where you go in the bay there are fish. If around Los Arcos, La Cruz Marina or points in between you have the freak opportunity to boat a Sailfish and they´re surprisingly abundant. So you may be looking for smaller fish for the family and get a Sailfish strike! Don´t be surprised to see these captains running larger baits on heavier tackle in the bay for this reason. Remember in the bay you should be fishing with lighter tackle, not something to bring in Moby Dick!  Four hour trips will get you to Yelapa and then get ready to hit the 50 lb Yellowfin Footballs, they´re great tasting and amazingly strong.

Trash Line, it can be debris or a thin line of crap but inside this debris are all sorts of smaller fish looking for fast food. A danger to navigation the trash line is your ¨friend¨as it draws in small fish which in turn draw in larger fish!
Trash Line, it can be debris or a thin line of crap but inside this debris are all sorts of smaller fish looking for fast food. A danger to navigation the trash line is your ¨friend¨as it draws in small fish which in turn draw in larger fish!

The bite has been a little late, about 11:00 am or Noon-ish for the most part. So sleep in a little and be out there before things get too warm and have a great day. Water temps as stated earlier are up dramatically from 81 degrees to 84 degrees and that´s a heck of a swing. Water conditions are still high visibility Blue Water unless you´re around the rivers, the water can be a little murky there, but that´s nature for you. Lures: you need blue with silver and yellow spots or markings. There are times these color combinations are working better than live bait. I will say this, all the Tuna that have been cut open to see what they´re eating are stuffed full of squids, so have the correct lure combinations handy in your bag of tricks. Live Bait, we´ve got live bait coming out of our ears, but you may want to wait until you´re in the area of where you´ll be fishing to see what baits are in the immediate area. But get the Goggle Eyes in the morning anyway, can´t hurt a thing.

What´s Next: We´ve seen some slowdown, a few evenings where there has not been much rain so the trash line is weak at the moment. Dorado moving into the bay is encouraging and hopefully is an indication of this beautiful species returning in larger numbers, be positive, it helps. Yellowfin will continue to increase as long as the production Tuna Fishing fleets keep their distance, cross your fingers. It´s Prime Time for fishing, Fishing High Season so to speak and there is no reason to see things changing for the near term. What this means to you the Angler with a fantasy, it´s time to get on a plane and get on the water. If you have a bucket list that includes Marlin and Yellowfin then it´s time to hit it. We have not seen these sorts of wonderful conditions in many moons and it would be a shame if you´re a serious fisherman and you missed these ¨finned fantasy¨ opportunities.

Master Baiter´s Promotion A: Right now we´re running a Special for the month of July, 4 hrs, four people max, Ice, bait, captain, crew, licenses, on insured boats with English speaking captains is ony $250 usd or $62.50 per person on a four person boat, Up to four people max. You´ll have a shot at Rooster fish in the surf, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle Fish, possible Sailfish, Snook and Snapper to name a few and with some luck Dorado. Air fares are cheap, hotels are all running specials and the fishing grounds for the most part are still empty.

Family Fishing Special, A Fish Box full of plate sized Snapper...this was a ¨shopping¨ day on Bella Del Mar. They taste great, they´re not too much for your 8 yr old and they taste great!
Family Fishing Special, A Fish Box full of plate sized Snapper…this was a ¨shopping¨ day on Bella Del Mar. They taste great, they´re not too much for your 8 yr old and they taste great!

Master Baiter´s Promotion B: Family Fishing Package, We know fishing is not the cheapest activity out there, never has been. If fishing wasn´t planed in the budget, but you´d still like to get the family on the water, we´re offering a very Basic Fishing Trip of four hours for $200 usd, four people max, you´ll troll baits from Marina Vallarta to Los Arcos and surrounding area targeting Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Snapper, Robalo (Snook), Sierra Mackerals, and what ever else we come across. Now this is not a full blown fishing trip but we´ve watched our competition rip people off on these sorts of trips, no boat shows, etc. The margin is thin on this package, but we want you and your family to get on the water and see the magical ¨other side¨ of Puerto Vallarta. Take us up on this deal especially for my readers so let me know you read it here and get a free beer cooler or Koozie just for telling me you read it here!

Now that we´re in Prime Time Fishing Season I´m starting up with the Video Fishing Reports again. You can see my less than impressive videos full of information you just can´t find anywhere else when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. It´s my cell phone and a selfie stick with my ¨take me or leave me¨ attitude where we don´t take ourselves too seriously . . . . With two reports a week now you have no reason to not be informed. That way when you talk with these ¨insect promoters¨ you´ll know if he´s blowing smoke up your pant leg!

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

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

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It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

                     It´s Fish City: Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco!!

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

Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador
Larry Lionetti with his 130 lb Yellowfin Tuna boated off the high spots of El Banco on Pescador

What a difference a week can make and man have things changed so lets get into it! El Banco, Blue Marlin in the 400 lb plus range have returned to the high spots. Yellowfin Tuna are in the 150 to 200 lb range and they´re taking bullet skip jack tuna as favorite bait. No worry, they´re plentiful all around the bay so make bait early and get out there!! Dorado at 25lbs, good size, have also shown up  Sailfish, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs. Targeting YF Tuna, here´s the secret, if you´re not using a kite, you won´t boat a tuna. Naturally we have Jack Crevalls, Bonito, with Bait, bait and more bait. Blue Water, it´s as close to perfect as it will get amigos, if this doesn´t draw you out of your man-cave nothing will.

Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña
Magnifico and several Yellowfin Tuna around the 100 lb mark at Corbeteña

Corbeteña: Much the same, Blue Marlin over 400 lbs, Stripe Marlin around 150 lbs, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna 120 to 200 lbs again using kites and running Skippie bullets as bait will pay off. No Dorado, no Black Marlin either for the moment. Wahoo have taken a powder for the moment and of course we always have Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks and some Rainbow runners. It´s fish city for the moment and conditions are perfect.  Throw in the locals of Jack Crevalls, Bonito and the list goes on….

El Morro, Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands are all on fire as well, finally. Ten miles off Punta Mita Striped Marlin to 175 lbs are all over the place. Sailfish, naturally. The big news in this area is Rooster Fish, they´re back and they´re hungry. Head north of Punta Mita point to the Malinal Reef area and cast six inch Diamond jigs and get ready for some intense arm burning action amigos, YeHa!! No Dorado in the area but that should change very soon, they may already be out there! Watch for a trash line in the area and they´ll be plenty of fish looking for a free breakfast!

06 18 2016 Marlin, 8 Hrs 650 pxls MBTextInside the bay is downright freaky! Sailfish, yes Sailfish are being boated in front of Marina Vallarta, not miles, but blocks out in the bay. Sailfish are all around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina as well! You may ask why this freaky activity is happening now, well all I can say is Bait, Bait and more Bait! Pick a bait, it´s out there in monstrous amounts. Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 15 lbs, Possible Snook in front of the river mouths, they love the ¨Agua Dulce¨ or fresh water pouring into the bay. Dorado will feed all day long on a Trash Line and because of this Dorado should turn up in the area soon so stay tuned.

Bait, boy do we have bait, Sardines, Bullet Bonito, Bullet Skip Jack Tuna or as I call them bullet Skippies. We have Goggle eyes, flying fish and more to temp these finned fantasies. I would suggest to still purchasing bait in the morning on the way out, but making bait will not be an issue anywhere.

505 01 2016 glens Sailfish 900 pxls MBTextThe seasonal rains have begun again so you can expect a trash line around any river dumping into the ocean. Dorado are the normal feeders on these trash lines, but they´re not here yet. What does that mean, well something is eating on this organic fish granola and they´ll be waiting for you to present them a bait they just can´t refuse. Four to six hour trips in the bay are perfect for those taking the family out or looking for decent fishing and having to go to El Banco or Corbeteña to find it. If you don´t know what a ¨trash line¨ is, when we get the seasonal rains normally beginning by the second week of June, the rains was all the loose leaves, roots, tree stumps, you name it runs into the rivers which of course empty into the Bay of Banderas. You will find a ¨trash line¨ near rivers where the water has a floating edge where the water behind it is a shallow dirty coffee colored. In front of the trash edge is clean water. Fish love to feed on this organic granola of seeds, leaves, roots, insects, all sorts of good stuff for fish to eat. So the trash line will normally produce Dorado, Bonito, maybe some snapper on occasion. Smaller fish normally, that in turn draw larger fish. So you can have big fish in the bay at times chasing smaller baits feeding on the trash line. The Trash Line is our friend and with the right equipment it can be a fun time for sure!

Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!
Dorado Return to El Banco, Shortly they´ll be all throughout the area!

Conditions: Well we have perfect, high visibility blue water to start with. Water temperatures are a solid 81 degrees and as mentioned bait is not an issue…. The bite is still happening a little later in the morning, so I suggest being at your fishing grounds before 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be ¨Right on time¨. If running Lures this week use color the best working color combinations have been small lures of 3-4 inches in pink. Or same size but Blue with Gold coloring would be the best combinations to begin with.

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

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

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Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

                                        Marlin Return in Style at El Banco / Corbeteña!

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

06 10 2016 Misc Photos for Fishing Reports 650 Pxls MBTextAt this time of the year we normally get a transitional period where the cold water fish move out and the warm water species like Sailfish and Marlin move in big time. Water Temperatures have jumped dramatically as we see warm southern currents doing their job. But this year we´re faced with the possibility, I should say probability (NOAA 70% chance) of a la Nina, So we´ve seen funny things happen with water temps, especially up north around Cabo where the fishing reports are less than exciting as their water temperatures are ¨chilly¨. We´ve also seen a slight drop in water temperatures which is going the wrong direction. Somehow with these changing conditions Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and some Black Marlin have found their way in the area around the deep water fishing grounds. Right now we´re 70% sure if you go out for eight hours or more, you´ll boat a Trophy Billfish! I suspect that since the water in Cabo is in the 74 degree range we´re getting the benefits of that. And since PV is only 350 miles or so south of Cabo so we will most likely see this ¨migration¨ continue.

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It´s nice to finally report something other than the same old cookie cutter reports where I take conditions and focus on the positive. This week we are seeing some real action. I got reports around last Wednesday from Capt. Cesar of Magnifico that there were many striped Marlin strikes just to find everything changed the next day to a fish ghost town! Well, that has changed once again, frankly I was expecting what is happening now last week. So Much for Life in Fish City!!

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The funny thing about our deep water fishing locations is they´re about twenty five miles apart, we´re referring to Corbeteña and El Banco, aka The Bank. You would think that with them being in fairly close proximity, these fish would be bouncing back and forth like pin balls, but that´s not the way it works amigos. For the last several weeks I´ve been reporting them both as if they were the same animal, this week there´s a difference. El Banco, where if there are fish, the chances of them being larger than other locations is pretty good. Bait conditions are unchanged from last week and the ¨locals¨ are eating everything they can find. With Bullet Bonito (more like small bonito) all over the place, it´s one of the favorite baits for all species. This week it seems Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin have finally followed them to the high spots! Blue Marlin in the 400 to 600 lb range (possibly larger) are in decent numbers and you´ll get strikes, if you boat them is up to you Senor Angler! It seems everyone heading to El Banco is coming in with a Marlin, so get your butt in gear because things change quickly around here. Sailfish are also in the area as well in a decent size range of 45 kilos or around 100 lbs. Cubera Snappers are a no brainer at 55 lbs, some are chasing surface baits. Jack Crevall of course in the 45 lb range everywhere. Bonito to 35 lbs, Wahoo in the 60 lb range and with some luck a Black Marlin, may sighting, one boated here this week at 575 lbs. So there are fish at El Banco and it´s about time. If you´re going to take a run at Yellowfin tuna they´ve been hitting just about anything, but cedar plugs are working very well, feathers also… now use this information wisely!

Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City
Look for the Birds! You´ll find Bait City

Corbeteña has been a little different this week, Sailfish are getting thicker by the moment, and Blue Marlin for the moment seems to be a little smaller in the 250 to 400 lb range. Naturally we have Cubera Snappers, Rainbow at 45 lbs, Jack Crevalls of course 40 lbs, Bonito 35 lbs, you get the idea. Definitely worth your time and money amigo, but you need to be here first!

Around the point of Punta Mita we´re seeing many Striped Marlin coming in. This is an eight hour day to get to this area and now it´s a great deal. Sailfish are getting thicker as we would expect. Jack Crevalls of course, Bonito, not too many Rooster fish around the surf line but with so many Sardines especially in the bay it surprises me we´re not seeing Rooster Fish more abundant, stay tuned. Wahoo around El Morro with the possibility of Snappers 10 to 25 lbs around the area, especially the Marietta Islands. The whole are is close enough to check them all out, just make sure your captain has a radio to hear the other captains calling out where the fish are. Remember we all try and share information like this so we all do well and help the industry as a whole. Something to remember on these illegal and cheap fishing boats!! Not to mention the safety angle of not having a radio, cell phones don´t cut it! Plenty of bait and blue water, time to hit it.

Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!
Had a great group of Ladies have a great four hour fishing trip on Magnifico with large Jack Crevalls!

Inside the bay, for what has been the best fishing in weeks is still great and for the family guy looking for smaller fish for the younglings then a four to six hour trip will be short enough to be interesting and action enough to make the trip seem too short in length! With Jack Crevalls, Bonito to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals to 20 lbs, Snappers of all sizes from very small to larger, freak chance of Sailfish around Los Arcos and La Cruz Marina still has me scratching my head. The fishing is great in the bay and it looks like we´ll be moving into some better fishing days as the weeks go by.

The bite is early, be where ever you want to be before 9 a.m. in the morning, Afternoon bite is around 2:30 p.m to about 5 P.M. Water Temps: well they´re in the 78 to 81 mark depending on the location. The area around Punta Mita was 78 degrees, so this is a little strange and we´re looking for strange as we have a strong possibility (70% chance) of La Nina as reported by NOAA for this year. Cabo has lower than normal water temperatures and this could mess with their fishing. It will affect us also here in PV, but we´re farther south and we normally have warmer water than Cabo, only time will tell but keep an eye on Cabo as an ¨indicator¨. Bait: We have bait, every kind of bait you could hope for so no issues with bait at all. Lures, same as before, Petrelaros of brown, green and purple should be the first lure you try, then go to purple and silver. We have blue water everywhere so water is not an issue. Cabo is plagued with the clean green water so we´ll be looking to see if this condition moves this way.

02 27 2015 Football YFTuna 450 Pxls MBTextIn summary the fishing has improved dramatically and conditions couldn´t be better. Perfect water temps, perfect bait conditions, blue water, fish, and it´s all improving daily! So if you´re in PV and you´re a fisherman, take advantage of the deserted fishing grounds and improving action.

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

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

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It´s the same Story, Same Conditions /Frustrations

                              It´s the same Story, Same Conditions /Frustrations

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

 

Not many, but there are a few Sailfish in the area...lucky guy!
Not many, but there are a few Sailfish in the area…lucky guy!

Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta is little changed from Last week with some small differences.Water is a clear green until you get about five miles past Punta Mita point where it´s a high visibility blue. Water Temps are up drastically from the 79 degrees it was last week to 81 degrees and climbing. Bait conditions are still superior with plenty of Flying fish around six inches, Plenty of Bullet Bonito and Skip jack tuna, Goggle Eyes, Sardines and the list goes on, it´s  a fish smorgasbord out there bait wise!

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

At Corbeteña and El Banco we´re seeing Blue and Black Marlin running between 500 and 600 lbs moving in gradually. We also began seeing Sailfish moving in on Wednesday, but it was just a tease. For now if you want to see Sailfish you need to go to Guyavitos north of San Pancho so you need to figure on a ten hour day for a species that may or may not be there. Fishing is always about rolling the dice at this time of the year! Still there are the regular players here, Jack Crevalls over 40 lbs, Bonito to 45 lbs, occasional Wahoo to 60 lbs with the average if you boat one at 40 lbs. Cubera Snappers to 50 lbs but you may need to jig for them. Unless you´re targeting Marlin at about a 50 / 50 chance then your fuel dollar would be better spent closer in. I will say this, there were a few days were we started to see Striped Marlin move in, but now they´re MIA again. To be frank, the area between the Rock and El Banco have been the most productive areas so don´t be afraid to wander a bit. With all the bait in the area it´s hard to imagine conditions wouldn´t change for the better soon.UpDate 6/7/2016: Well things seem to be changing already as Striped Marlin are migrating into Corbeteña and El Banco, which means they´ll be by Punta Mita soon. Blue and Black marlin are also picking up in numbers around both these locations and areas in between! No Yellowfin tuna as yet but this could happen any day now as the water temps are rising aided by longer days. Sailfish are picking up in numbers as well at these famous locations. Sailfish should be showing up at the Marietta Islands, Punta mita and El Morro areas. Last minute information, use it wisely!!

Red Snapper Frenzy!
Red Snapper Frenzy!

At the Marietta Islands, Punta Mita and el Morro, lets just say it´s the same as last week, no better or worse! Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Sierra Mackerals are dropping in numbers but still at 15 lbs. The off possibility of a Sailfish and it´s happened this week a few times.  Bonito to 40 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna, the super rare Rooster fish are around the surf line so be careful. All and all the species in the area, other than some Wahoo at 50 lbs around El Morro can be found in the bay so if you´re looking for or hoping for a shot at a Striped marlin or Sailfish this is the place to be on a shorter day, good luck!

Inside the bay we´re in a holding pattern. Massive amounts of Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs are all over the bay. Massive amounts of bait are in the bay as well so we´re seeing the occasional Sailfish wander around Los Arcos and at La Cruz Marina area. Snappers are here and there, Bonito are everywhere to 35 lbs. Sierra Mackerals are thinning out at 15 lbs, Skip jack Tuna, Needle fish, Cubera Snappers around the river mouth if you use downriggers, possible Snook or Robalo in Spanish… Nothing to get too excited about, but there is plenty of action so we´ve turned into a paradox, go for larger fish and maybe see nothing or go for smaller and more abundant fish and have a fun day….

Big Bad Jacks Everywhere!
Big Bad Jacks Everywhere!

As far as lures go, we always run at least one and this week lures many times have worked better than live bait as long as the lures were Purple and Black in color or Petrelaros of brown, green and purple in color. If these colors miss, then you´ll have to go through the colors systematically. The Bite has been happening now around 9 a.m. so be where you want to be by then. Water temperatures will continue to rise and we´re on the look-Out for La Nina Conditions but for now the water is warm, the currents are still warm and all we need now if more fish and we´ll be smiling again soon!

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

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

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The Challenge: Big Fish (iffy) vs. Guaranteed Action

                                    The Challenge: Big Fish (iffy) vs. Guaranteed Action

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

Cubera Snapper of 20 lbs is perfect size for eating, for a family of four that is. Caught on Adriana´s with Capt. Aristo at Punta Mita Point
Cubera Snapper of 20 lbs is perfect size for eating, for a family of four that is. Caught on Adriana´s with Capt. Aristo at Punta Mita Point

For the third week running now we´ve had the same conditions now. Plenty of beautiful high visibility blue water, perfect water temperatures and massive amounts of bait yet we´re seeing few boats if any coming in with larger species. I was hopeful last week that we´d see Sailfish move in and ¨save the day¨. Many boats heading in different directions and all had the same results, frustration! Yes we have Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Rooster fish, the question is  ¨Where are they¨?

You couldn´t ask for a better set up condition wise. Blue water, massive amounts of varied bait, perfect water temperatures and it feels like we´re looking for a needle in a hay stack. We have fish, but not too many. We know where they should be, but aren´t. I´ve sent several people out this week and I´ve been leery of telling them that they´ll come in with any fish, for those targeting our larger species that is. But if you´re looking for some arm burning action, you´ll have to set your sights a little lower amigo. Now this could be the yearly transition we normally experience, but I don´t think that´s it. It has turned into a waiting game and soon all the players will be back, any day now. But until then, you can take a shot at the deep water locations or you can keep it ¨close¨ and head out to the point of Punta Mita where you´ll get smaller fish, but many.

El Banco and Corbeteña are struggling. Bait, Blue Water and Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, around the Rock of Corbeteña and the high spots of El Banco. Most don´t take the time and fuel dollars to hit this tasty species. Sailfish have been spotted, but no hookups. Jack Crevalls to 50 lbs is huge for a Jack, but they´re the same size in the bay! We should have fish in these world class fishing grounds, but for the moment it´s ¨Iffy¨ at best. Now somebody will be out there and get a strike or three, but you have to be there for this to happen. So the risk takers are the ones we´re looking to for positive signals. Stay tuned.

Jack Crevalls are thick in the bay, just ask Capt. Scooby on Guanatuna
Jack Crevalls are thick in the bay, just ask Capt. Scooby on Guanatuna

El Morro to Punta Mita, including the Marietta Islands are your best fishing options for the moment. Sailfish are being seen, one was boated. Striped Marlin have been cruising the area, one boated at 225 lbs. Snappers are in the 10 to 20 lb range and they´re very tasty. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls 30 – 50 lbs. With some luck you´ll find a Rooster fish or two, but it´s better to be closer to the surf line. Hard to get excited over this week’s fishing report, I´d love to fluff this up, but this is about as good as it gets. For me, I´d take an eight hour trip, take a shot at a Sail, maybe a Striped marlin that´s lost. Try for some Snappers and Roosters, then if it´s coming up short, you can always hit the Jack Crevalls, Bonito etc in the bay.

05 20 2016 Adrianas 8 hrs b Adjusted 600 pxls MBTextSpeaking of the bay, you´ll catch all the Jack Crevalls you can handle, they´re big, they fight like demons and readily available. A four to six hour fishing trip would be mostly these species. But then again we see Sailfish around La Cruz Marina and Cubera Snappers at the river mouths. Bonito are all over the place anywhere from 15 lbs to 40 lbs. Sierra Mackerals seem to be moving out a little, not surprising with warm water. This doesn´t sound like much, but we´re seeing some great action with what we have. If you´re looking for Moby Dick, you´ll have to roll the dice. But if you hit something large, send me a picture and I´ll share it here next week. One thing for sure this is not going to last much longer amigos and I´ll be there with you when they finally show up. Like lost relatives, sooner or later they´ll be at our front door knocking. So stay positive, roll the dice, it´s the risk takers in the world of fishing that come in with the Prize Billfish!

Now remember this can all change before you finish reading this article. That is why I don´t put dates on things. To assume the fishing is bad would be a mistake. You will catch fish, but probably not over 60 lbs. For many this is a large fish, for some they won´t waste their time, for me fishing is fun and I want action. Fish snobs, well maybe you should wait for some news before heading to El Banco. But if you´re bold, then the world is your oyster, take a shot, the worst thing that can happen is you come back in and catch some nice sized Snappers for the table. Trust me, when you take that first bite of this delicious white meat fish you´ll forget everything else.

05 11 2015 Capt Aristio, Adrianas, 8 hrs, Punta Mita, Grouper on AdrianasBite: Who knows, things are so mixed up I´d suggest being where you think you´ll find fish before 8:30 a.m. Bait / Lures: Well there you go again, plenty of Bullet Bonito, Flying fish, Goggle Eyes, Skip Jack Tuna are everywhere so bait is not an issue. If using a lure, Magnifico tried twenty five different colors and still had the same result. I´d start with Petrelaros, then move into the Mahi´s which are green and yellow.

Stay positive out there, things may have already changed, but we won´t know until someone comes in with something to brag about. The sun is high in the sky, water temps are getting better by the day. Plenty of bait keeps me optimistic and to be frank, we have these same issues every year so be a little patient.

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

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

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Plenty of Bait, Blue Water, Challenging Fishing!

                                         Plenty of Bait, Blue Water, Challenging Fishing!

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

Monster Sized Jack Crevall everywhere!
Monster Sized Jack Crevall everywhere!

 

These days when clients call or email me asking about fishing I have two basic questions, do you want to go after big fish? Or are you interested in lots of arm burning action? The answer will determine how much you´ll need to spend for a day of fishing that will meet your desires! We have large fish, but they´re moving in then out. We have plenty of Jack Crevalls, Bonito, and 30 lb Snappers with more species on the list, but they´ll be closer in, cheaper to get to and you´ll have plenty of action. For those looking for Moby Dick, well he´s mostly out, but one thing for sure, Marlin are not going to be overly plentiful or easy! So there you have it, go for action or go for larger species, but you could do both!

This week not much has changed from the last article and if you read last week’s article then you know what the deal is amigo. For those that didn´t read the article, we´ve found the roller coaster water temperatures have settled once again in the 79 ish degree level. Bait, nothing changed, bait balls the size of Mc Donald’s, parking lot and are scattered throughout the bay!

Corbeteña, forget about it, well for the next twenty minutes anyway. With so few boats heading out it´s been very difficult to get a feel for what is exactly happening at out deep water fishing grounds. El Banco, I should group them together this week. We´re still seeing warm water temperatures, hovering around79 degrees, I thought by now the warm water species would be moving in, but so far they haven´t. Yellowfin Tuna that was outside El Banco and Corbeteña, well they took a power for parts unknown! With some luck you´ll hit a Wahoo around 80 lbs, Striped Marlin, but you´d be trolling the whole day hoping for a strike, so make the most of it amigos. Cubera Snappers are always at both locations, you may want to bring your jigging rigs or we´ll provide them for you… part of the service! Jack Crevalls, Bonito, maybe Amber jack to 45 lbs. To be straight up, you can get whatever species they have at these deep water locations closer in. Not much reason to hit these fishing grounds until things loosen up. But remember,  it´s the guys that head out to uncertain conditions that we always write about. So don´t be discouraged, be prepared for anything. You can always come closer in and hit the overly available species as a worst case scenario. Not a bad option, take a shot at larger species like Marlin or Sailfish, no bueno, then come back into the Marietta or El Morro area and find plenty of action.

Sailfish Return to El Morro! On GuanaTuna, our 28 ft Super Panga with Capt Scooby
Sailfish Return to El Morro! On GuanaTuna, our 28 ft Super Panga with Capt Scooby

Speaking of El Morro, Punta Mita and of course the Marietta Islands, once again much the same as last week. 35 – 50 lb Jack Crevalls all over the place! Bonito to 30 lbs, Needle fish are still hanging out at 30 lbs, Red Snappers are chasing bait balls and we boated a nice one the other day at 40 lbs, surprising! Sailfish should be around the area, but they´re missing for some reason. Rooster fish are taking a powder it seems, but it doesn´t make sense since we have so many Sardines and Bullet bonito, a favorite of Rooster fish. Still there are a few out there, they´ll be anywhere from 35 to 75 lbs, feeling lucky? Wahoo have been hanging out here for some time now, just remember the best time to hit this razor mouthed white meat fish is in the early morning hours, after that head out for some other species. Striped Marlin are in the area, probably the best location to chase a Billfish for the moment. Stripes have been 15 to 20 miles on the 310 to 320 heading from Punta Mita. Not automatic by any expectation or the imagination, but they´re being boated, it might as well be you! I expect this all to change as we see the warm water species move back in, it does take a little time for this. UpDate: Sailfish are moving into the area as you read this article. The lag between current flows looks to be coming to an end as Sailfish, and not just a few are moving in quickly. Several were spotted in the bay, yes i said the bay feeding on the monster bait balls. Same goes for El Morro, Punta Mita areas. I suspect if we wait a few more days we´ll see fishing improve, hopefully drastically!

More PreHistoric Sized Jacks! They fight like demons!
More PreHistoric Sized Jacks! They fight like demons!

Inside the bay, ditto from last week. At the south end, Yelapa and area, there have been some 20 to 30 lb Football Tuna, but nothing reliable. Sailfish have been seen around the los Arcos area, again. Same goes for the La Cruz area, there one was boated this week. Jack Crevalls all over the place, but in front of Nuevo Vallarta beaches they seem to be thickest as around La Cruz. Bonito are all over the bay as always to 35 lbs. Skippies at 6 lbs, perfect for bait and ceviche! Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish, and all the other regulars in the bay.

So once again your choices come down to if you want to target larger fish and go ¨deep¨. Or go close and catch your fill of action, but nothing that will blow your mind. Well maybe, if you´re used to catching trout, then a Jack will amaze you, and they are amazing! A forty pound Jack Crevall will put any angler to the test and they´re just about as big a you´d want your youngling to have to face! You won´t go wrong in the bay, the rest is for there for the bold!

08 27 2015 Kathleen Moore, Bella Del Mar  6 Hrs 400 pxlsWe´re seeing the bite between 9 am and 11a.m…. Afternoon bite is after 2 p.m.  The water around everywhere is clean, but the water outside the bay is a high visibility blue making baits very visible! Lures: Purple, start there and move to Petrelaros of brown, green and purple colors.

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

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

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