Recent Fish Pix From Puerto Vallarta, Keep Calm!

Hello My Fanatical Fisherman Friends……

No need for words when the fishing is this good…. I’ll be posting these in my fish porn section once I figure out how…. just revamped my web page, I’m a “babe in the woods” when it comes to this stuff… but i do know how to post a pic or three… 

Enjoy and Remember, at Master Baiter’s, We Won’t Jerk You Around!

 

Capt Kawi’s Monster Dorado, the pic says 50 lbs, but he days 65 lbs…. Girth matters!

Smaller Yellowfin Tuna Footballs, great tasting, fun to catch and they’re out there right now by the Billions! Ok, that may be an over exaggeration…. kinda….
Lots of my clients have been waiting for Rooster fish, well they’re out there now…. Punta Negra!!
Big Black Marlin at Corbetena!

 

Ok, that’s enough for now… To get these experiences contact Stan … Here’s the new location map below as well as the Main Store in Marina Vallarta….. 

My New Location on the Malicon next door to Sr. Frogs at the south end of the Boardwalk behind the small Light House…
Marina Vallarta Location and Yes, We’re still alive, still in business and anyone that says different is a liar looking to steal my clients! Don’t be fooled and know you know exactly where to find us! On the Boardwalk / Malecon, south end…

 

Don’t forget Christmas is coming, we have lots of shirts online for you to give as gifts…..

Christmas is coming!!

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Take care and as always, thanks for your support….. and Don’t forget to kiss your fish!

Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Spread Out and Challenging!

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

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For now we’re seeing excellent conditions, blue water, great water temperatures, plenty of bait and fairly good weather and sea conditions. We’ve seen several Hurricanes and Tropical storms this year closer to the shoreline which takes its toll. As we come to the end of low season we’ll soon see more tourist interested in fishing as is normal come the beginning of October. For now your best fishing is outside the bay. But the fish are spread out, spread paper thin. There are all the favorite players to be had species wise, but nothing is easy or automatic. It’s quite possible you’ll come back in empty handed.

Those that take the challenge of the possibility of not catching fish understand it’s not an exact science. This week the deep water locations of Corbetena and El Banco have changed a little, not that you’d notice! Corbetena is back to seeing Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 40 to 75 lbs and they’re taking bait! Sailfish are a little thing as are Marlin in the 500 lb range, both blue and black. Dorado are in the 20 to 40 lb range, but they’ve been taking green runners, keep that in your back pocket when heading out. El Banco, forget about it. If heading out to more distant fishing grounds it would be worth a pit stop and see what’s happening. With so few fishing boats heading out this way these days let me know if you catch anything! Finally it’s worth a trip to Corbetena amigos! Buenos Suerte or Good Luck and be patient.

Why? Well there is a long list of “Why’s”, feel free to create your own excuse. But the fact remains it difficult at times to understand the fishing conditions in these world famous fishing grounds. Today I am going to blame the “spring back” from El Nino, yes El Nino. Things don’t just spring back to normal after a super strong El Nino. Fish have a tendency to stay where it’s comfortable which seems to be San Diego right now. It takes two whole seasons to get back into a normal flow of sea currents, which by the way is next year.

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The most visited area these days are in the area of Punta Mita / El Morro / Marietta Islands. Sailfish are sprinkled though out the area and can be found anywhere from four miles off shore to twenty miles, but you’ll be in the “ball park” which is the best I can do. Dorado from 15 to 30 lbs are roaming the area. Find a log or floating debris and you’ll most likely find Dorado. Skippies are sprinkled through the area as well. Some Rooster fish were reported at Punta Mita running 40 lbs, but only a few reports so stay tuned. The water is blue once you pass the point but remember there is a lot of crap in the water so don’t push your captain to leave too early or go too fast. It can be tricky with dark skies and hidden water obstacles, it can ruin your day and the boat as well.

Inside the bay it’s been challenging at best. Four to six hour trips are hard to recommend with the brown, dirty water. With all the rain we normally have it washes the mud and debris into the bay in the form of brown and dirty river water. Now it’s fresh water and it can be shallow, but you don’t know this until you’re in it. If a fish can see your bait, then you have a shot, if not then it’s best to avoid this overwhelming obstacle. Find clean water and you’ll catch fish. In dirty water, if you do hit anything it’s luck since fish don’t see baits well. Right place, right time, and a little luck is the way things are going now in the bay. Having said that we still have the cold water species of jack Crevalls at 30 lbs around the river mouths, they like the fresh water. Sailfish and Small Dorado are around the Los Arcos area, had some boated this week when the fish see the bait. 20 lb Football Tunas have been around Yelapa, close to the mountain and for some reason the water can be cleaner or even clean in this area. It’s a gamble for sure. Bonito is a constant at 30 lbs with varied other fish to choose from, again if they see your baits. For now I’d look closer at eight hour trips and if budget constrained do a shared charter with us. Or we have some fairly priced boats if you’re a single and not looking to “share”.

With the cloudy skies and rain fish are confused, no sun as a reference. It seems the bite is happening around 8 a.m. which is not a bad time. But when considering the amount of debris in the bay, you may be able to talk your captain into leaving a bit earlier, but you’ll go super slow so figure that into your duration as the clock starts as you leave Marina Vallarta. With the afternoon bite is around 2 p.m. it may be better to leave a little later and head out faster, it’s a judgment call amigos, flip a coin on that one. When it comes to water temperatures they’ve been a steady and constant 88 degrees for the last three weeks or so now. Perfect for Marlin and Sailfish, Dorado and Tuna can easily tolerate this especially if there is plenty of bait in the area. Speaking of bait we’ve seen 5 inch flying fish around the point of Punta Mita and farther out. Green runners are thick and of course we always have Goggle Eyes and Mullets. So bait issues, unless you factor in that one issue may be too much bait, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

We’re experiencing the old trick the time share promoters use saying Master Baiter’s is “Dead” or out of business. It still amazes me that people come in the shop and tell me “they said you were dead” or “They said there’s a guy there but it’s not Stan, he died” or “Hacienda, the Mexican tax man, Arrested Stan and they’re out of business”! Funny, I don’t feel dead or out of business! This is nothing new, my Mexican Competition at its best, trying to make sure you don’t talk to me for any reason trying steal my business. As a reminder we are located at the South End of Marina Vallarta, between Docks A and B on the boardwalk or on the Malecon behind the black and white striped light house, next to Sr.Frogs, so don’t be confused or lied to. Master Baiter’s is alive and well. Tours, Fishing, T-shirts, hats, Polo shirts, ladies shirts and our world famous Koozies and more. So come in, Say hello and let’s go fishing!

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After many years writing fishing articles and the likes I have to tell you that nobody knows why fish do what they do. We can “predict” what they’ll do from what we’ve seen in the past years, but that is nothing more than a guess. We can tell you what happened yesterday, but in reality that doesn’t mean it will be the same tomorrow since fish move and so does the bait. Sometimes what seems so simple is anything but simple. For years I’ve taken what I’ve seen, experienced and have done my best to predict and report the best I can. Having said that it’s difficult these days to figure out what is happening, let alone what will happen. We’ve seen outstanding seasonal conditions. Blue water, no issues there unless in the bay. Bait is super abundant and varied! Water temperatures are in the normal range and very comfortable for warm water species. So you have to ask what’s the deal with El Banco? No fish? Or really is it that nobody is heading out this way as the clientele is looking for shorter and cheaper fishing charters? Who knows, could be part or all of it. For now it’s difficult to get you any word on El Banco as nobody, but nobody is heading out this far unless they’re on the “way” or returning from an overnight trip for example. They’re passing the area, might as well give it a try. But even then we’ve seen little action at The Bank so it’s hard to discuss what the deal is there. Well we know what the deal is, fuel expenses are the deal frankly. It determines how fast the boat you chartered is and where they’ll go. Again all depending on fuel usage. So El Banco being 50 miles one way with a slim shot at fish is what the deal is with El Banco for now. I could be wrong, just ask my ex-wife.To continue, Boats that use fuel and go fast are more expensive, can’t get around physics and the minimum wage. Factor in “real full time” captains like feeding their families on a regular basis charge more. Good Captains cost, cheap captains don’t, I’m sure you can figure that one out. Slow and un-maintained boats with faulty equipment will be cheaper, but not cheap. With us seeing lower end clientele these days in PV product quality for many companies (internet mostly with no location) has dropped. When you’re the slowest boat heading out it becomes obvious why they’re “cheap”. Another trick of the low end companies and it’s common is to drop baits at the buoys leaving the marina, you’re getting the short end of the fishing stick amigos. They troll too fast, they’re not fishing, they’re in route believe it or not at half speed. They’re just making you think you’re fishing. Your travel time to the fishing grounds is double what the more expensive boats are which means you miss on hours of fishing in slow boats! At that point how cheap are they? Slow boats equal less fishing time with your line in the water, simple physics. You’ll also find the captain (working for day “pay”) of a cheap boat will not leave the “area” or stretch your “duration mileage” even if there are fish just a little farther out.  We could do the same, but the quality and service is what our clients are looking for. We’re held to a higher standard and all things in fishing are not created equal. Remember this is Mexico. What you think you’re paying for is not what you get and if you don’t ask the correct questions, other than price that is, then what you don’t know just “gaffed” you in the back side. For people that have never gone fishing or are inexperienced this all seems quite acceptable. For those that know better, well you know better. If you want a slow boat, bad captain, tell me, they’re easy to find and you have to agree to not put a bad comment on Tripadvisor. But either way talk to us by phone or come in and discuss what’s happening and ask all the questions you want. You’ll see the difference and understand what the real deal is before heading out. Not some Timeshare promoter(s) telling you Moby Dick is in the bay, dirty water and all…. There are other contributing factors as well, but they’re too numerous to go into. Now fishing companies like Master Baiter’s live and die by our reputation. If you’re not catching fish, then the specific company was too expensive no matter what the cost was. If you catch fish, the cost of the charter is never remembered. If you’re looking for guarantees in the fishing world, good luck. We used to guarantee you’d catch fish, but even then it was hit and miss at times and those days were different.

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

Our New Location On the Boardwalk in Down Town at the light house, come in and say hello to Carmen or Benjamen….

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

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

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Punta Mita Explodes with Sailfish and Dorado

                                     Punta Mita Explodes with Sailfish and Dorado

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

 

 

Welcome back to another week of exciting fishing. We’ve seen several weeks where the fishing has gone from great to terrible, then back to great again. Now I can’t say the fishing is “great” but I can say it’s very good. The conditions are hard to beat right now, it is warm and humid but that’s to be expected especially at this time of the year. We’ve seen some swings as to “hot and cold” fishing, again that’s normal. One thing that is keeping the fishing good is the amount of Sailfish and Dorado available for the last week or so, this makes the fishing good. Now if Corbetena or El Banco would get their act together then maybe we could call it all “Great”.

Sailfish Heaven at Punta Mita with Capt. Chema (R) on Profeta, one of our four super pangas.
Sailfish Heaven at Punta Mita with Capt. Chema (R) on Profeta, one of our four super pangas.

Last week Corbetena was cooking, today it’s more of slow simmer. Same can be said for El Banco or The Bank as we call it in English. Normally at this time of the year we see some heated action on these spots. One issue has been we had a tropical storm from over the Bay of Banderas which of course pushed the “pressure” up considerably. Fish feel this, hell I can feel this. You know when the pressure is high, you feel like you’re in low grade pressure cooker that just is unbearable until the rain starts then it’s more comfortable. Well until the sun comes out and the process starts again. For now with no real boats heading this direction be sure you check the conditions before heading out. I will say this, there were some strange currents in the area as well so this could have been the biggest problem for fishing in this area. Just remember slow today is hot in a few days, stay positive and it will be to your advantage amigos. Water temperatures have risen in these areas to close to 90 degrees. When this happens Yellowfin Tuna will hand in deeper water where they can more easily regulate their body temperatures. So a sounder and downrigger is essential if fishing in this area. The simple fact that not many are heading in this area, that is until somebody starts boating fish again, means you own those fishing grounds and with some insight it could be a fishing trip to remember. Then again, maybe not…

Good Sized Jack Cervalls still "hangin" in the bay. Strong fighters, always "there" ....
Good Sized Jack Cervalls still “hangin” in the bay. Strong fighters, always “there” ….

 

The big surprise this week is the point off Punta Mita. For a few days last week it was on fire with Sailfish and Dorado, then everything changed shortly after I wrote last week’s article. Then in a few days, like I always say, everything broke loose and the bite was on. With three boats out at the Point of Punta Mita there were 25 Sailfish Strikes and the Dorado are in the 20 to 30 lb range. It was surprising how fast things snapped back to action, but that’s fishing for you. The minute the Tropical Storm that formed over the bay moved out to sea, the fishing exploded again which brings up to date. For now this area is your best band for your fishing buck. Just hit the point, take a heading of 310 or and eight miles later you’ll be where you want to be amigos. Now last week dead bait was the secret, this week they’re hitting super baby YF Tuna “babies” all over the area as are Flying fish with Sardines around the shore in limited amounts. Eight hours will get you a nice length day, not too intense and fish for everyone. This should continue as long as there are small baby YF Tuna the size of a dollar bill, buy the billions I should say so hopefully they grow into “cows”! The area around the Marietta Islands have had fish, mostly Needle fish, fun to catch and good tasting, but not a primary trophy species for sure. They’re fun to catch, even taste great, but weird looking and it has a bill, like a Sailfish but much smaller. Jack Crevalls to 30 lbs, maybe a freak Rooster Fish but you should consider yourself lucky if you boat one, not skillful. Off the El Morro Island there have been Sailfish and some Blue and Black Marlin circulating in the area, about seven miles toward Corbetena, but not something you can count on. But if in the area, give it a shot. Remember dead baits were working better than live bait as late so have at least one dead bait and a Petrolero lure out for sure. Update 8/15/217: Today we saw the Arrival of Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin at 250 to 350 lbs and a marked increase in Sailfish Numbers off Punta Mita. Anywhere from Los Animas to Nuevo Vallarta and frankly up to La Cruz area. Dorado are thin, but picking up with several boated the last couple of days, but not automatic. Where are they? Take a heading of 300 off the point and five to eight miles out some billfish will find your baits. The fishing just got even better. 20170730_164407 20170730_164823

 

The other best place to find action once again is inside the bay. You have a possibility of some smaller Yellowfin Tuna to 15 lbs around Yelapa, with some luck they could be larger. Sailfish are still taking baits and are more abundant than you might thing in front of the Los Arcos area. There have also been some freak Dorado over 15 lbs in the same general area, so be positive. Jack Crevalls at 30 lbs are thinning in numbers as you would expect, but with ample bait in the bay they’ve been hanging around in warmer water than they normally like. Needle fish are anywhere from 10 lbs to 40 lbs and while a strange looking fish, they’re great tasting and great fighters. They like to jump a lot which is a visual treat to be sure. If around structure or rocks you can always jig for Snappers or more. All and all the bay is still great fishing and when you can save a few bucks and still have great action, where’s the down side? Update: As mentioned earlier Sailfish are in front of Los Arcos, and frankly anywhere from Los Animas to La Cruz you have a better than “fair”  shot at a Sailfish inside the bay! 

20 lb Dorado at Punta Mita
20 lb Dorado at Punta Mita

 

Water temperatures have been raising slightly and it depends on where you are as to what the water temps are. Inside the bay it’s 86 degrees, cool rain water pouring in the bay can make the difference here. At the Marietta Islands it’s 88 degrees and at the rock (aka Corbetena) it’s closer to 90 degrees as mentioned earlier and can be an issue. Bait this week is a little different. As mentioned if you’re around the Punta Mita Point there are just massive bait balls of tiny Yellowfin Babies the size of dollar bills. Not good for eating, but good tasting to a Sailfish or Dorado. Dead baits are still working nicely, Petrolero lures are also working well as are Rapallas with silver and black markings. Update: for now the lures that are working and they’re working best right now are Tuna Lures with Blue and Gold coloring, Green Lures, and Pink with Blue Lures. They’re striking these because the baby YF Tuna in the four inch range are even thicker. The bite has been all over the place lately, but for the last few days the bite has been around 9 a.m. Be sure to get out early and be where you want to be at this time, you’ll improve your chances and it’s cooler in the morning hours. Just a reminder, it’s rainy season here in PV and while it normally doesn’t rain in the morning hours, it can. Rain is never an excuse to not go fishing as the fish bite better in the rain. Strange but true, the splashes on the water from a fishes point of view looks like baby baits re-entering the water. They get excited and you can really be on the lucky end of that stick. If it does rain the morning it’s normally short lived and it won’t be long before you see blue skies. So remember, rain or shine, the boats go out and nobody will return a deposit if you’re made out of sugar!20170728_190232

Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ..... Come in, Say hello, see our newest products....
Our New Shop On the Malicon or Boardwalk in English, right behind El Faro or the Light House ….. Come in, Say hello, see our newest products….

 

Special Announcement: I can finally announce we’ve opened a new location on the Boardwalk or Malicon in Spanish, right next to Sr. Frogs and we’re very excited. We are behind the Light House or El Faro in the open area near the Arches amphitheater area. I included a map as to the location for your convenience as I could probably describe where we are better. We vacated the location on Basillio Badillo and Insurgentes. There is another fishing shop there looking to pick up my unknowing customers there, but you’ll see it’s not us. An old employee may be wearing a Master Baiter’s shirt to make you think it’s Master Baiter’s, but it isn’t so keep that in your back pocket and come to the new location. I also have a new employee, Carmen Amores, she speaks both Spanish, Spanglish and English so she can understand whatever you’re “speaking”. Ben is also there and even I put time in so come by, say hello and if you say you came in at my invitation we’ll sell you my classic Corporate Logo shirt for ten dollars. That’s half off for our loyal friends and clients!

Sunset over Vallarta
Sunset over Vallarta

 

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

 

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

Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Marlin, Sailfish, Challenges Exist: Porpoises / Sharks!

                          Marlin, Sailfish, Challenges Exist: Porpoises / Sharks!

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

Black Marlin at Corbeteña are a Challenge to be sure, but they´re there and this one was boated on Guanatuna with Capt. Scooby!
Black Marlin at Corbeteña are a Challenge to be sure, but they´re there and this one was boated on Guanatuna with Capt. Scooby!

It´s been another interesting week here in Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing grounds with Big fish and big challenges. For the last couple of weeks Corbeteña has been the place to be, unfortunately the Porpoises and Lemon Sharks are of the same opinion. What does this mean, well for one thing you´re playing cat and mouse with the porpoises or Dolphin of the flipper variety. With all the bait in the water you´d think making bait (catching bait) would be a no brainer.  But in fact once you´re past the Marietta Islands you better make bait or you´ll have issues (like I did the other day). With Dolphin in the area they love to get your free offering and they take it up to the hook! Shark are there as well, but you can´t see them, they´re below the surface and they´re just sniping your baits. You can always tell it was a shark when they rake the leader and the line has little curly curls like butter does with a butter knife. If you can get bait at the rock, you can but it´s time consuming! If you can get a bait around these ¨challenges¨ then you´ve got a decent shot at big Blue Marlin or Big Black Marlin. We´ve been hoping for larger Yellowfin Tuna, we had a few over 180 lbs boated last week, but again, you have got to get the bait to them. There are always Cubera Snappers, but again, challenges. As far as fish go you don´t have many options at Corbeteña. Now if you ask me what´s happening at El Banco, I can´t tell you. Nobody is heading out to this area since the action has been so reliable at Corbetena. Now don´t get the wrong idea, it´s not a cake walk at

¨Bait Robbers¨, they´ll drive you nutz . . .
¨Bait Robbers¨, they´ll drive you nutz . . .

Corbeteña, out of four boats (only four boats the other day) three got Marlin Hook ups and they were boated at 600 lbs approx. each and one over 500 lbs. You´ll get a strike, but you´ll also spend the whole day trying to get one of these finned fantasies so be patient. The Marlin were mostly caught on lures, one on live bait. If running lures in this area make sure you are using Guacamayos (orange, Green and Black stripes at the top), Petroleros (Green, brown and purple) or Iguanas (Breen, Black stripes, yellow belly. Start with these lure combinations, I would be running at least two, maybe three around Corbeteña.

For the moment, the area twelve to fourteen miles north of Corbetena are some channels where there is always tons of bait and the fish density is pretty good, I think you have a better chance boating a big Marlin in this area, so another option especially if bait is an issue! Damn porpoises…

07 20 2016 Sailfish, Marietta Islands, Chelita, 900 pxls, MBTextJust west of El Morro and the Marietta Islands we have been seeing Sailfish action pick up a little, but half way to Corbeteña they´ll be dropping off. Striped Marlin begins eight miles off the point of Punta Mita and from that point out anything is possible. So don´t jam to Corbeteña and then wonder where the fish are, they´re all over the area, drop baits early and pay attention, be ready, when they strike you have to act quickly or they´ll drop the bait, happened to me twice yesterday, nobody determined who would take the pole first, beginner mistakes for sure.

Around El Morro, Punta Mita and points west you´ll find Sailfish, Striped Marlin. Farther out the Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are picking up the slack. For now we have seen no Dorado, Jack Crevalls are still around but they´re thinning in numbers. Bonito are always here, Snapper around the reefs and structure. All and all the fishing this week is all about Marlin and Sailfish if outside the bay.

Now that the rains have started Snook (or Robalo in Spanish) are hanging out in front of the several River Mouths where they feed on twigs, leaves, roots, berries, who know´s what, but it´s a white meat fish that will get up to 45 lbs if you get a big one!
Now that the rains have started Snook (or Robalo in Spanish) are hanging out in front of the several River Mouths where they feed on twigs, leaves, roots, berries, who know´s what, but it´s a white meat fish that will get up to 45 lbs if you get a big one!

Inside the bay we´re still dealing with the Rains, the trash line and the weather. We´re seeing lots of tropical storms, which means unexpected and unpredicted rains of decent intensity, in other words it pours like Louisiana!  Jack Crevalls everywhere, Snapper and Snook at the river mouths and they´re good fighters and tasty! Bonito, Skip Jacks for sure. Sails are slowing down a bit, but the rains are back so this will draw in more sails, which is already a freaky situation. Smaller tuna around yelapa with a host of other species to choose from…. With the rains and the trash line comes dirty, coffee colored water. Don´t be alarmed, this water is just a few feet thick and  you´re captain should be running a planer to get baits below this brown coffee water. It´s basically blue and clean water under the surface, so don´t flip out, its part of the plan!

Bite, with the full moon on it´s way you´d think it would be getting earlier and earlier in the day but that´s not the case. for the last couple of weeks now the bite has been after 12.00 PM or early, early afternoon. The bit has been going until after 6 pm so getting to the fishing grounds early will not do anything for you so use this information wisely, give yourself the best chance to boat something memorable! Water temps are still at 86 to 88 degrees, in the bay with all the cool rain swollen rivers you can expect this. Live bait is always king, but in the bay you may want to run the same lure colors to catch Marlin at Corbeteña here they are again: Guacamayos (orange, Green and Black stripes at the top), Petroleros (Green, brown and purple) or Iguanas (Breen, Black stripes, yellow belly. Start with these lure combinations. Also pink and white combinations worked well on the hoochies the other day so something to think about.

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 that I know of. If you get ten bags of fish it makes us the cheapest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce some Spectacular Sunsets, this was taken from my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta, Que Hermosa!
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce some Spectacular Sunsets, this was taken from my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta, Que Hermosa!

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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                                  Corbeteña / El Banco: Marlín, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna!

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

Fish N Chicks Tuna 650 pxls ProfileThe month of October in Puerto Vallarta is normally one of the hottest of the year. It´s normally November when we get the temperature break as the seasons change, but we´re feeling the ¨Indian Summer¨ about four weeks early this year. Not unusual for an El Nino year. The Rainy Days have more or less ended now, the trash line is a thing of the past. But the good news is we have Marlin, Sailfish and finally Yellowfin tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña. But it all comes down to luck and timing. Plenty of bait and high visibility Blue Water as we see enter PV´s High Season for Fishing improving!

First off, Corbeteña / El Banco has Blue and Black Marlin in the range of 250 lbs to over 600 lbs, it just depends on what you come across. Those looking or hoping for these world class gamefish in less than a ten hour day can find themselves empty handed. Those spending the few extra dollars are not disappointed because this extra little ¨bit¨ will get you on 150 lb Yellowfin Tuna, 100 inch Sailfish, 60 lb Cubera Snappers and this is just the beginning. Dorado have shown up again, let’s hope for the rest of the season, they´re running 25 lbs or so. Nothing like what we should be seeing, but we´re happy to have them finally in the area. Blue water, plenty of bait with flying fish, bullet Bonito and Skip Jack tuna round out the package. There is a down side, you´ll get like two or three days straight of wonderful fishing, then one day NOTHING, not even a bite. Fishing is like this, you take what the fish gods dish out and sometimes it´s a blank. I will say this, to be fair, if leave the fishing grounds when these temperamental fish decide to come up, then who failed, the fishing or you? Another reason to have the correct information such as when the bite is!  For the moment, if you´re in PV, bucket list fish are in the neighborhood and somebody will get them, it might as well be you.

10 14 2015 250 lb Marlin, Corbeteña, Adrianas 600 Pxls MBTextCloser in the Marietta Islands are in neutral. Sailfish are around the area, El Morro also. Dorado are still in the area although their numbers are a little thin. Those heading out for eight hours or less you could still have some great fishing, be patient. Dorado to 25 lbs, Sailfish are a little sparse, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Rooster fish if the gods smile on you. For the most part the area around Punta Mita off the point can be very productive, but again, you´re best bang for your fishing buck is at the deep water fishing grounds.

Inside the bay is the normal transitional period. Jack Crevalls are all around Nuevo Vallarta, Sailfish are sparse in the bay but they´re being boated around La Cruz marina and in front of Los Arcos. Strange but with the amount of bait in the area it’s not that surprising they´re n the bay. Super small Dorado, throw backs are all over. 40 lb Football Tuna have been boated around the Yelapa area for the last two weeks and these are great fun to catch. The river mouths are still producing Snapper, Snook and other edible table fare. We´re ending our 4 hr economy special super panga Nov. 1, but for now, two hundred dollars and fish on the table tonight is a nice deal. Four people, get in on this deal before we forget it´s fishing high season.

10 14 2015 Terminal Blues, 8 hrs, Capt. Oscar 650 Pxls MBTextThe bite these days is getting earlier and earlier. Right now if you´re at the fishing grounds around 9 am you´re good. The bite has been hitting about 10:00 a.m or a little later, so sleeping in a bit won´t hurt your chances, just remember being there early won´t hurt. Also, keep in mind there is normally a late day bite, especially for Tuna. So if you´re targeting Yellowfin Tuna, it´s best to consider an overnight trip where you can catch the early bite, the late bite and wake up again for the early bite the next day…. This will normally run you double the price, but it´s your best shot at boating Yellowfin Tuna.  When things are hot one day, cold the next, this insures fish to take home!

Water Temperatures this week have inched up a bit running 87 degrees. The water is perfect Blue. Lures, if running them the colors this week to consider are blue, brown, purple, pink, and green… Live bait is your best asset, but run one lure anyway just in case. Yellowfin tuna have been hitting Cedar Plugs, the oldest of all reliable lures! Sometimes ¨tried and true¨ lures even if old of design word well!

Corporate Logo RedPix 650 AdjustedIf you´re coming to Puerto Vallarta and you´re looking for a shared charter let me know, I´ve come up with a system to hook people up and get them fishing on the cheap. It´s been working nicely so contact me with your dates and I´ll see if I have others on the list or advertise for half a boat. Either way for those on a budget you can still catch world class fish on vacation! I have several people looking to share a super pangas and larger boats for the next couple of weeks. Fire me an email and I´ll do what I can to get you matched up!

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

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

Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Trash Line, Perfect Conditions, What More Do You Want?

         Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Trash Line, Perfect Conditions, What More Do You Want?

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

 

07 09 2015 Dorado, Bella Del mar, 10 hrs 650 pxls MBTextBeing here in PV for as long as I have it´s funny how days in paradise can kinda meld together into seasons. The Season I see coming at us is very promising. Ten years ago, come July we had Yellowfin tuna footballs in early July. As we do NOW. Ten  years ago as NOW we had perfect blue water at the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña. Considered one of the top ten fishing locations in the world Puerto Vallarta is the place for fishing on the west coast of Mexico! Ten years ago we had super large Marlin move in overnight. Just like NOW. But ten years ago you couldn´t find space to drop a line around the rock or the High Spots. NOW, you can have the whole place almost to yourself. Imagine having one of the best places on the planet for fishing to yourself. It´s Mind Boggling and Priceless!

Big lead in I know, but right now I fell like a race horse waiting for the gate to open at Kentucky Derby. We´re looking at perfect water temperatures in the bay and around the deep water locations. High visibility Blue Water makes for improved strike chances. Bait availability will make your head spin. Skippies from bullet size to 8 lbs and Bullet Bonito are just stuffed in pockets all around the area. Corbeteña: located 35 miles out from Marina Vallarta are where the bigger fish are showing up now. Blue Marlin in the 550 lb range are picking up both in size as well as in numbers. Sailfish of nice Size are running the rock. Dorado have finally showed up, only running 30 lbs they´re not exactly abundant, but right on time from my last thoughts. Should be more abundant and larger as we get deeper into fishing High Season in PV. Cubera Snappers aka Dog Tooth Pargo are in the 50 to 65 lb range and are also taking trolled Bullet Bonito (dead or alive). Wounded fish trick jigging works very well, so jigging or trolling is working fine for this great tasting species. You might ask about Yellowfin Tuna… Well Footballs in the 40 to 60 lb range are four to five miles out off the rock, north-west-ish…They come to the surface, go to the depths, they´re just doing a rollercoaster thing having fun in paradise. One last thought on Corbeteña, it´s bait heaven out there, look for birds, lots of birds and don´t worry what´s chasing it, get ready!

07 10 2015 Sailfish, Punta Mita, 650 pxls MBTextEl Banco or The Bank is beginning to live up to its reputation. As I mention often, they´re ¨Bigger at The Bank¨.  Blue and Black Marlin here at The Bank are running 750 lbs and chasing baits quite nicely. Not exactly abundant, but with blue water you have the edge with the only bait and perfect visibility. If he wants it, he´ll find it! Sailfish of course, Yellowfin Tuna should be in the area, there are certainly enough Bottle Nose Dolphin (Flipper type) all over the area. Now they´re cool and all that, but they also like to take your baits as both fun and easy pickings! Marlin and Sails are hitting lures as well, so you can put a stop to those bait bandits. Run a purple lure or green combinations. There are always a variety of fish at El Banco and now is no different. For the moment, those targeting Big Black Marlin should be heading to El Banco, hands down. The High Spot is doing its job after a long hiatus. Overnight trips put you in the perfect place around the clock giving you even better chances of boating that Finned Fantasy! Just ask the boys off Magnifico, blue and Black Marlin Chasing Lures and baits result in Marlin Hook-Ups. It´s all a frenzy with Crazy amounts of baits, birds and screaming reels. Don´t be surprised if you find me on the water with you!

07 011 2015 Reef Fish 480 pxls MBTextMarietta Islands, strange this week, it´s like fishing fell off the table and all but stopped. Snappers have pretty much moved out, Roosters are super sparse, Dorado are starting to move in, but aren´t ¨Keepers¨ . . . . Sailfish is around El Morro and off the Mariettas…. Needle Fish, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, reef fish. With all the heavy rain inland from PV we are seeing a bit of a trash line in the Marietta Island area. Not really producing much, small Dorado in the bay are taking advantage of this organic granola floating in the water.  The good news is the rains have started and the trash line will be another option to the experienced captain.

For an eight hour trip I`d head to Punta Mita. Sailfish are 1.5 to 2.5 miles off the point. Head out a little farther, like ten to fifteen miles and you´ve got more Blue and Black Marlin. Forget the Rooster fish, look for them when the Sardines reappear. .  For those in the Sayulita area beach pangas could be a great option. We also have several boats in La Cruz Marina if you need one let me know, A/C and plenty of shade….

07 08 2015 Needle Fish y Dorado, Bella Del mar, 8 hrs 650 pxls mBtExTInside the bay, surprisingly enough you´ll find some outstanding fishing in the bay. The north part of the bay has a trash line, this had small throw back Dorado. For Sailfish they´re all ¨Keepers and are chasing them as bait. So inside the bay anywhere from Los Animas to Los Arcos, to Nuevo Vallarta and off La Cruz you can and will find Sailfish. I have never seen so many sailfish in the bay and is not a normal occurrence to have this number in the bay. All the better for you, give yourself six hours and come in happy! Nuevo Vallarta still has Jack Crevalls, go figure. Needle fish are moving into the bay and are fun to catch, real jumpers! Bonito, Skip Jacks everywhere, Bullet bonito and Skippies. Robalo at the river mouths with Snappers. Football Tuna around the Yelapa area and Destiladeras. Get on a boat, you´ll catch something, I suggest at least six hours.

07 09 2015 Fooball Tuna, 4 hrs 650 pxls MBTExtBite has been happening a little later in the day and Mid Afternoon. So if Moby Dick doesn´t chase your line in the first forty five minutes it may be an hour or three. Welcome to fishing amigo. Fishing will happen. Water Temperatures: Running between 83 and 85 you couldn´t ask for a better range. Inside the bay the water is cooler around the rivers and the fresh water will attract many species for the fly fishing guys! I still suggest a ten wt. rod with sinking line amigos…. Flies will work well now.  As we are entering the rainy season, it could be raining in the moring as you head out. Normally if this happens the rain is only heavy for an hour or so and is actually great for fishing conditions as fish get excited. Rain is no reason for backing out of a fishing trip, especially when it´s the best time to be on the water, sin Lightening of course. Water is blue in the bay in front of the trash line, naturally behind is another color. Anything can happen right now for the few that are out there. If you´re just a little lucky, you may wind up with Mody Dick at El Banco, but you have to be there or somebody else will boat your ¨finned fantasy¨. . .

If you´d like to receive this report weekly in my news letter directly as soon as I finish it, then fire me an email at: MasterBaitersPV@gmail.com and we´ll put you on the list. Many People ask me where I go as a local. Well I started putting my favorite places to visit in PV at the bottom of the letter for the fun of it. So have a ¨Vacation Adventure¨ in My Hangouts!  So just ask and it´s a done deal!

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

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

PV Fishing High Season Arrives with Huge Dorado

                           PV Fishing High Season Arrives with Huge Dorado

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

09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, 8 hrs, 650 Pxls Txt
30 lb Dorado Return to Banderas Bay, El Banco, Corbeteña and Punta Mita

Well it´s finally here, High Season for fishing here in Puerto Vallarta which coincides with October 1 which is the official beginning of High Season for tourism in PV as well. The summer is all but over, the kids are back to school, Tourism is picking up as you would expect and the fishing is incredible. Yellowfin Tuna have pulled back a little, less available these days, but the Black Marlin are filling the void. Dorado have moved in at all the fishing grounds and not any too soon. Water Temperatures are perfect, the water is as blue as you could ask for, when it comes to fishing in Vallarta, if you´re lucky enough to be here, then you´re in the right place at the right time amigo. Fishing in Puerto Vallarta is as good as it will get and if you´re a serious fisherman and this doesn´t excite you, then you´re dead!

Those looking for Yellowfin Tuna right now missed the boat from last week when they were circling the Rock and the High Spots. For now it looks like they´re ¨somewhere else¨ but they´ll be back. With bait thinning out in the area with Bonitos and Skippies at the deep water locations the larger fish will be in these areas. That is how the fishing cookie crumbles, but we´ll be ¨baking¨ more shortly… stay tuned.

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Clumps of organic earth, leaves, branches etc are all Dorado Hangouts

Inside the bay, the Trash Line is doing it´s job. Now that we´re seeing rain again in the evenings there are Trash Lines all over the place. Just pick a river and head in that direction. Dorado in the bay are in the 15 to 25 lb size range and taking anything shinny trolled in the clean water near it. Snappers, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle Fish and others are all taking part in the Organic Trail mix smorgasbord we call the trash line. Just look for debris, or a log or a branch. Anything that can cast a shadow will have fish around it. Four or six hour fishing trips in the bay are worth the time and money, so have fun with the kids!

09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, Bay Dorado 8 hrs, 650 Pxls Txt
Trash Line Dorado, Show up Action at it´s best!

With evening clouds and rain most evenings the bite has been kinda all day. Water is blue, the bait is thinning out. We´re seeing plenty of Chorras (baby Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna) near El Banco and Corbeteña, but inside the bay the bait has pretty much taken a powder for some reason. Yet there are still Sailfish reports for inside the bay near La Cruse and Los Arcos, a little surprising but we´ll take it. As far as lures to run, Petrelaros are still king, brown, purple combo colors are working well as they always do. Live bait is working well also, make sure you hit the bait boats in the morning or you may have trouble making bait at the fishing grounds.

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Black Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco, 500 lbs plus

All and all the fishing is great and as you would expect at this time of the year your best option for now is ten hour trip where you can actually boat some world class Gamefish right now. With Cabo taking it squarely on the chin, Puerto Vallarta is seeing an increase in tourism we normally don´t see until November. A back handed windfall if there ever was one, but they have to go someplace and PV is a logical option. As far as fishing report this week, it´s simple and short. For those of you out there that may want to help some people who are truly in need you can donate whatever you can to these folks through the Bisbee´s Fishing Tournament Organizers who for years and years have supported Cabo with a world class fishing tournament. Bisbee´s is a trust worty organization that will make sure those who need help will get help. It´s been a tough time for these people who are lacking in food, water and electricity. Many people are sleeping in the streets as their homes were destroyed and any help is appreciated. You can donate here at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site: https://bisbeesconservationfund.org/donate/CaboRelief . .    

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

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

200 lb. Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, Dorado Too

200 lb. Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, Dorado Too

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

09 18 2014 Yellowfin Tuna Monster 600 pxls

As you have probably seen we had a serious Hurricane pass Puerto Vallarta, the Cabo Corrientes Mountains knocked the stuffing out of the storm as it was close to shore and the mountains are a natural barrier that protects Puerto Vallarta. So PV is fine, Cabo, that´s another thing. Fish fleeing the storms were pushed into the area, finally and as a result there are 200 lb Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and at El Banco (no room in the title to say that part, ha ha). To cut to the chase in the first paragraph of this article, everything you could possibly want to catch is in our World Famous Fishing Grounds Right Now! You locals have waited for it, you deserve it and the season has finally arrived. Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta is hot, smoking hot and that could be an understatement. Abundant bait fish in the water, perfect blue water, perfect water temps, abandoned fishing grounds, I mean if you sat down and wrote what your perfect fishing day would be like, this would be it. Big Fish Return to Puerto Vallarta and it´s about time, YeHa!

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Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, What Else do you want??

Now before you fanatics rush and make airline reservations, I just want you to know the Yellowfin are not exactly thick. In fact they´re kinda on the sparse side, but these are the first to move into the area and since this is a real time report this could and should just be the tip of the iceberg. Small or big Tuna, I´m not judging, I´m just happy. The Marlin and the Sailfish are leveling out the fishing grounds species with very large Dorado in the 50 to 65 lb range just taking bait at-will. This is what we all wait for, this is how Puerto Vallarta got famous for fishing, this is how we built our reputation as world class fishing grounds. To be frank, the rest of the report is pretty much unnecessary, but I like to write and I have plenty to talk about anyway…

With the string of Hurricanes we´ve seen this year, which is frankly normal (we´ve seen 16 so far this year) and we´ve been waiting for this exact thing. Finally we´re seeing Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco. Abundant Chorras (Bonito) as bait circling the rock. Same goes for El Banco or The Bank in English. Name a fish, it´s out here, Wahoo to 45 lbs, Marlin to 700 lbs, Dorado in the 50 to 65 lb. range, Sailfish in tournament winning sizes and Yellowfin Tuna to 200 lbs RIGHT NOW! What else can you say, pick a fish, go after it, no complaining, no whining, get you’re A double S out there amigo. This is the whole reason I put these reports together, so my People like you, my clients base, know what is happening and when to take advantage of being here in PV. Take your pick, El Banco or Corbeteña, they´re both on fire…

The Marietta islands are still slow, but we´re finally seeing some snappers from 25 to 35 lbs, Dorado to 25 lbs (small but there), Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs. Standard fish, at least the Dorado and Snappers are back. No Rooster fish and Sailfish are in and out, nothing you could plan for. This area could improve drastically all of a sudden, so keep your ears on.

The Point off Punta Mita is still a little slow as well. Dorado are small, but if you can find some floating object like a stump, or clump or ¨trash¨ or buoy. Sailfish are out about ten to fifteen miles as are Blue Marlin. All and all the area is doing ok, but not spectacular. For me the Marietta Islands are a better location for an eight hour day.

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Getting Ready to fillet and make a little Sushimi

Inside the Bay, things are great with small Dorado around the Trash Line and for once, taking baits in the bay. So look for the diving birds, surface trolling is working. This could also improve drastically in the next few days. Sailfish are being boated on a limited basis around Cabo Corrientes Light house and around La Cruz. Jack Crevalls to 35 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jacks in the 35 lb range at Yelapa and a host of other fish that just spring up. Four to six hour fishing trips are worth the time and the money, great family fishing trips for younger kids. Not too long, not too expensive and you´ll catch fish for dinner amigos. Don´t forget the river mouths for Snook in varying sizes.

The Bite right now is still ALL DAY. No worries about getting out too early, before day break I mean. With the rains and the trash and stumps and even refrigerators, hitting some water obstacle, that is barely exposed will ruin a prop, shaft or even puncture the hull not to mention ruin your fishing day. Something to remember, when leaving in the morning. You can leave early, go very slow to make sure you miss the obstacles. Or you can go later (sun up), go faster (assuming you chartered a fast boat) and get to the desired fishing grounds about the same time. Especially when the bite is all day like now, you have nothing to lose and a little sleep to gain….

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Black Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish all in the same day!

Once Again, I mentioned earlier that we´ve seen a real string of Hurricanes this year. So far we´re up to the letter ¨P¨ for Polo. Hurricane Odile was in the news recently and hit Cabo full force, Cat.4 which was reduced to a Cat.3 shortly after landfall. It was a direct hit, you couldn´t be hit any harder by a Hurricane if you tried. Friends have shared with me how the Eye of the Hurricane went through down town Cabo (second hand account). The airport is devastated, but it´s the working class that took it the hardest and these types don´t insure because the insurance seldom pays what it is supposed to and insurance cost money. There are several boats that came through undamaged per-se, but the fishing industry is over for the season at the very least. There are all kinds of sites out on the net taking donations for those in this ravaged area I suggest the donation fund at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site:  https://bisbeesconservationfund.org/donate/CaboRelief . . FYI, the Mexican Govt. is helping in the form of delayed taxes, financial support with reduced interest rates, but there is nothing like FEMA in Mexico. Please do what you can, it all helps….

As always, if you have any questions about Puerto Vallarta feel free to ask. It doesn´t have to be about fishing, questions can be about anything, food, restaurants, services, I have a handle on most things so feel free to ask.

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Small Dorado on the Trash Line in Banderas Bay

 

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

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

Off Season Species Hangin-Out at the Marietta Islands

Off Season Species Hangin-Out at the Marietta Islands

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Spring like temperatures continue here in Puerto Vallarta which of course is very welcome to the locals and tourist as well. Fishing is incredible as Dorado, Sailfish and Striped Marlin have made their minds up to hang out for a while longer. Plenty of bait in the water and perfect fishing conditions means you can still have that finned fantasy in an eight hour trip. The good news is the fishing is great and while the warm water will eventually turn chilly, for now, it´s time to go fishing!

If you´re looking for smaller fish and a ton of action, then Jack Crevalls are just what the doctor ordered. Inside the bay Jack Crevalls have turned into the dominant species along with Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the occasional Snapper. In front of Yelapa there are still Yellowfin Tuna Footballs in the 35 to 45 lb range, but they shouldn´t be there. With the rivers and the structure near the shore and under the water, the fishing is great and to be frank this will be a cookie cutter paragraph for the next few months.

The Marietta Islands are the place to be for the time being. Those who missed the Sailfish this summer have a second chance off the islands with the warm currents that are keeping them in the area. Dorado can run anywhere from 15 to 35 lbs, Rooster fish have moved out, but they were replaced by Jack Crevalls. Not exactly good tasting fish, but they fight like demons and the crew will make good use of them. Some Snappers at 25 lbs, Plenty of Bonito and there are just too many fish to list here. With these strange currents from who knows where we´re seeing some interesting possibilities. Me, I want the Rooster fish to come back. For a 8 hour day, you can have fun…01 17 2013 Magnifico Sierra Mackeral

Corbeteña and El Banco are still sporting Striped Marlin to 250 lbs, Dorado to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 45 lbs, Wahoo of 60 lbs, Sailfish around the rock. I mean it´s like summer, but better with the perfect weather and sea conditions. Yellowfin Tuna from 60 lbs are still running the rock and the high spots. This is a twelve hour day, so you have to weight your options. At the Tres Maria Islands the YF Tuna are still running in the 200 lb plus range, not cheap, but there you are you fanatics!

Punta Mita and off the point is still producing Stripe Marlin, around 175lbs, Dorado at the Buoys running 25 lbs, Rooster fish possibilities around the reef off Sayulita. I mean it´s like summer fishing…

Just a simple reminder, there are a lot of Mexican owned boats now putting very low end products out to people who are only conscience of price. Ask specifically if the the crew includes a captain and a first mate, who both speak English. Nothing worse than wanting something and the crew pretends to speak anything but English, not good.  Make sure you´re moving at a decent pace when heading out, many boats charging going out of business pricing go eight to ten miles an hour to the fishing grounds, not acceptable for anyone who knows fishing. My boats go twenty five miles an hour. You are paying for time with your line is the water, not a tug boat ride to china. This can mean as much as three to four hours more fishing on an eight hour trip. So if you start trolling out of the marina, you got screwed. Make sure you have a radio on the boat, many of these illegal captains and operators are using cell phones as communication tools. That may be great if the captains wife wants to reach him, but it falls short if there is an emergency on the boat. Now imagine the boat is sinking, what are these guys going to do, call the wife and have her send someone thrity miles out to find you?? Sounds stupid doesn´t it, but it is happening all the time. If some guy sporting neck tattoos walking down the street or boardwalk wants to show you his twenty five boat fleet, ask him the captains name, the owners name, and don´t pay any more of a deposit than you have to. This way if the boat that shows up is not what you wanted or they raise the price, walk away and kiss the money goodbye. If somebody rips you off on tours or boats in Marina Vallarta, come by and I will tell you how to get your money back and how to make sure this never happens again. But just use common sense when doing things in PV, it´s safe for sure, but it´s still Mexico, a different culture and a different way of thinking, believe me I know. So be safe, have fun and make sure your greed doesn´t cloud your common sense. For those who think this is sour grapes or trying to squash my competition, that is not the case. I have peole come into my shop everyday and tell me Horror stories. So beware, be safe and have fun, just don´t be stupid!

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! Everyone coming by to see my new location will get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!Master Baiters is still the only real fishing company in Marina Vallarta with its own exclusive boats that are reliable, fast, English Speaking, fish catching professionals!  Questions on any subject: feel free to ask at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or call me directly locally 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 working). You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Summer Like Weather, Warm Currents, Wahoo at Corbeteña

Summer Like Weather, Warm Currents, Wahoo at Corbeteña

Written by Stan Gabruk

Summer time fishing conditions have made fishing a real dream at the Marietta Islands, Dorado running 25 to 35 lbs are still hanging in the warm currents. Water temperatures are still in the mid seventies with blue water conditions everywhere reachable in a day…. Snappers in the 30 lb range are more abundant daily. Rooster fish are still here, but for some reason have slowed down. You may come in empty handed if targeting Roosters, but the Jack Crevalls will more than make up for their absence. Skip Jack Tuna in the 30 lb range, Even Needle fish are taking baits in this cooler than normal water for this species.

Bobby Ross and Father Roger … Happy fisherman with www.MasterBaiters.com.mx… Bull Dorado in winter… something strange indeed, but we´ll take all we can get!

The full moon has been doing its job and the Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco are taking baits, not a problem there, but their size seems to be diminishing by the day. For now Yellowfin Tuna are running in the 60 lb range, not in the 150 lb range like last week.  Again, It´s been a full moon the last few days and that of course means super early bites and late afternoon bite for YF Tuna. Not a bad thing unless you don´t want to get up early or your wife doesn´t want you out too late, those dinner reservations with friends are fish day killers! Wahoo have been in the area and are running 80 lbs. Most captains have not been running wire leaders and have essentially got lucky to hook-em perfectly. With razor teeth they can cut even wire leaders that are too thin. Dorado still in the warm currents, but smaller at 25 lbs. Striped Marlin in the 125 to 275 lb range, they do like cooler water and this is perfect conditions for them. Cubera Snappers Jigging in the 50 lb range and the list just goes on. Great fishing at Corbeteña and El Banco…

The Marietta Islands are still producing like a fish machine, this will continue through the winter so get used to it. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Needle fish, Dorado in the 25 lb range. Snappers to 25 lbs, Rooster fish are in and mostly out for now, but they chase bait so we´ll wait to see what happens… like we have a choice. Eight hours right now is a great value for the money. Mikes Fishing 8 hr fishing party for solo fisherman is your best value at $175.00 usd. We can fix you up, just let us know. But stay away from these super cheap pangas with no radio. Remember a boat with no radio is dangerous and a cell phone cannot call an S.O.S. if you´re sinking. Besides, you can´t hear the other captains for where to find fish! Don’t let a cheap boat risk what can´t be replaced! I mean really, what are they going to do call the wife to  send someone out to save you from  a sinking boat with no radio…please, but it happens every day.

Jack Crevalls everywhere … PV winter fishing is Great!

Inside the bay it´s Sierra Mackeral city, running to 35 lbs you will see why these are favorites of light tackle and fly fishing types… Needle fish, also known as false Marlin are strong fighters and will attack a bait that grabs their fancy. Jack Crevalls everywhere and they have an attitude. Jack Crevalls are not fussy fish, they hit anything shinny that swims. So you don´t need much expensive gear, you just need to get out there amigo. Four hour trips in the bay are well worth it if looking for arm burning action for now. Oh, there are still Skippies at Yelapa to close to 40 lbs, but again you can´t do that from the arm chair.

Punta Mita is still showing signs of Sailfish, but they are moving farther north by the day to catch warm currents coming down from baja via Mazatlan. Rooster fish around the Anclote reef, but thinning as well as Sardines become sparse. With plenty of bait to be had like Bullet Bonita and Google Eyes are the primary players regarding bait fish.

Rooster fish, Not great tasting, but great fighters!

FYI, I have a new person working the shop during the day, her name is Gloria and she´s a local lady who I´ve known for years. We are open days now, and we´re next to Victors Café Te Cuba so come down and get that free tour. Gloria is also working with condo rentals so you can get what you need fishing and lodging wise at Master Baiter´s now. Again, come in and say hello!

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! Everyone coming by to see my new location will  get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!Master Baiters is still the only real fishing company in Marina Vallarta with its own exclusive boats that are reliable, fast, English Speaking, fish catching professionals!  Questions on any subject: feel free to ask at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or call me directly locally 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 working). You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.