Master Baiter´s Associate Felipe Bravo with a nice 75 lb Yellowfin Tuna
Master Baiter´s Associate Felipe Bravo with a nice 75 lb Yellowfin Tuna

Fishing Frenzies and Empty Fishing Grounds, It´s like the 70´s in PV



This year we´re seeing the season shape up much better than last year. The fishing grounds are alive with action, blue water and smooth seas. Plenty of carnada or bait in English and if that´s not enough, you can have the high spots at El Banco to yourself! These are the kind of conditions that fisherman all over the world hope to experience on their next trip. Puerto Vallarta is famous for its Big Game fishing, but you would be surprised by the lack of takers. I guess with the Economy in the states and the other issues CNN loves to distort, those with the disposable income have dropped off considerably. We all understand market conditions, especially here in PV, but the fish, they don´t care at all. In fact, not having charter boats out there means they´ll hang near the surface instead of being chased down by too many boats. So conditions are really about as good as they can get when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta.


One great example of this is Mamba Negra, Master Baiter´s 36 ft. Luhrs convertible, came back with Felipe Bravo, Master Baiter´s partner, came in with some sizeable Yellowfin at El Banco and Corbeteña. That´s him in the photo. Running between El Banco and Corbeteña Capt. Carlos and first Mate Juan put Felipe on fish and the rest of the day was non-stop action. Yellowfin Tuna running in the 60 to 150 lb range were abundant around the high spots with plenty of Chorras in the water! Sailfish and large Dorado are here in the area as well. Now that we´re out of the full moon, we should be moving in an even better time frame for Yellowfin. Hopefully if all goes as normal, the monsters or Yellowfin over 200 lbs will be at all the favorite spots!


Corbeteña this week was its normal and consistent self with Pargo or Cubera Snappers in English, Sails, Tuna ranging from good sized to large in the 120 lb range. Of course there are always Marlin in the area and the water has been perfect. Blue and 86 degrees makes for a perfect combination and should continue into Mid January now.


You know, writing this report this week is like stating the same facts over and over again, but this is consistency and we should all be glad we have that. Take Punta Mita and The area around the Marietta Islands / El Morro. This area is boring to write about. It´s almost automatic in these areas at this time of the year. You can always rely on Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Roosters if there´s bait in the water, Snapper, Needle fish, Jacks, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list is endless. Just trolling a goggle eye in calm water will surprise you with freight train hits from a determined Dorado. Running in the 25 to 40 lb. range can truly make your day and you don´t have to be on a boat for the whole day. 8 hrs in this area is perfect for vacationing anglers and locals alike. Unless you´re looking for really big Marlin or Yellowfin, this area can give you just about everything else when it comes to game fish!


With Rainy season not being so rainy, the Trash line fishing has not been in the picture. With the little rain the mountains have been seeing, this usually reliable, yet moving target has not been producing this year like it normally does. This being an El Nino year again, I suspect this is the reason for the dry weather. But things can change in a heartbeat and the local fishermen know how to boat fish even without a trash line. So no worries just get out there!


Don´t forget we have the 3rd Annual Marlin and Tuna Tournament in Riviera Nayarit coming up Aug. 13, 14 and 15th. For more information check out their web site at:  for all the details. If you´re interested in a tournament ready boat for this tournament or any of the tournaments coming up in the area you can contact me and we´ll fix you up. Contact info at the bottom of the page….


One interesting thing that came up this week was an offer I received to do an internet program on the local fishing to help build tourism to Puerto Vallarta, but more importantly building business for the Marina Vallarta. It´s amazing, people have been coming to PV for years and years, but there is no promotion of Marina Vallarta in any way so most people think Marina Vallarta is the Cruise Ship Marina. People who have stayed in the Marina in the local hotels had no clue that just a few hundred feet out of their hotel room there was a huge area stuffed with Restaurants, shopping, sports bars, and of course fishing companies like mine. Did you know that Marina Vallarta is considered one of the best private Marinas in the whole world! It´s the only protected Marina from San Diego to Panama. Just tell the taxi driver you want to go to the light house in Marina Vallarta or El Faro in Spanish and see what you may have been missing!


I´ve been doing the Twitter thing (MasterBaiters) if you´d like to follow, or if you know of any interesting fishing tweets, let me know! I am also writing a blog ( ) about three times a week to post news-ish type information as well as the fishing going on. I always post a fish pic of the day, so check it out. And I of course I have a Facebook site under the name Master Baiter Stan for those who want to be friends and follow us in what we do. The internet program and city promotions will be just two subjects we focus on…. So come join us in the fun and who knows, you just may like what you see!



That’s about it for now, until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!


We Still Guarantee Your Catch or 30% of your money back.  We are the only company I KNOW OF that does this anywhere! Only on specific company boats (company boats only in Marina Vallarta Store on the boardwalk). If you ask, we are also giving free hour fishing with every charter (except 12 hr charters) and a free T-shirt to who ever catches the biggest fish! That’s about a $125.00 usd value. Take advantage of this insider offer for reading my articles.


Master Baiter´s now has a host of sites and features you can check out or become involved in. OK, if you´re interested in my Biweekly news letter contact me at:   Or My Public  Photo gallery is here: Puerto Vallarta!  Facebook:  MasterBaiter Stan …. My Post Cards from Paradise, Puerto Vallarta Sport Fishing Blog:  We have World Famous T-shirts, Hats and other souvenirs items to choose from. We’re recommended in Fodor’s Travel guide for PV. Fishing and Tours Phone from Canada / USA: 011 52 322 209 11 28.. In P.V.: (322) 209 11 28


Warning: There is a pirate Master Baiter’s site that is in the process of being closed down by the Mexican authorities both on the internet and in a store in town. But the legal system is slow in Mexico, so if you visit any cloned site that claims to be Master Baiter´s offering guaranteed prices, at sites OTHER than, you are NOT dealing with me (Stan Gabruk) directly, . They even say they´re me on the phone, so don´t be fooled by imposters!


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Fishing Report for Aug. 9, 2009 for Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle

Written by: Stan Gabruk.

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