Tournament winning Dorado
Tournament winning Dorado

High Season Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta, The Bite is On!


We´ve finally made it to High Season for Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Sailfish are now dominating the fishing grounds! 

What a difference a week can make, there are some big fish out there right now, but you better be equipped to the ¨Gills¨ and ready to put some work in! If you are really in the game, the payoff is a Monster Yellowfin Tuna of 200 lbs or more. Many are smaller, but the Monsters are out there and the fishing grounds are empty! You may never, ever, have the opportunity to find big fish and empty fishing grounds in a world class location like Puerto Vallarta again in your life time! 

First, forget El Banco, don´t waste your time or fuel money on this normally productive location. Yes there are fish here, there always are fish in this famous spot, especially at the high spots. But for the guy looking to get as much bang for his fuel buck, this is not the place to be as of the time this article was written. Now things can change in a heartbeat, and they probably will, but at this moment other spots are firing a little more consistently…. 

One such spot is Corbeteña. The rock is in my opinion, the most flexible and consistent fishing location Puerto Vallarta has to offer! On any given day you have Sailfish, Cubera Snapper (60 lbs), Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi, Rainbow Runners, Amber Jacks and the list goes on and on. For the 3rd Annual Marlin and Tuna Tournament this past week all the winners came back from this spot after the leading Tuna came in on the first day direct from Corbeteña. Pictured is a 248.5 lb. Yellowfin Monster that ultimately got the $20,000.00 usd Prize Money and was boated by Mario Davilo from Guadalajara. Not to mention the daily jackpot that was packed on top of that. This fish was caught on the first day and stayed in the lead. Capt. Hector was the winning Captain on Pecositas II which is no surprise to those who know the producing captains in Marina Vallarta.   

But this wasn´t the only winning fish from Corbeteña, The first and third place Marlin (Animal House) was also caught here as was the winning Dorado! After the first day at El Banco, everyone and I mean everyone, headed to The Rock and for the first time in weeks, there were boats out there competing for position. 

Capt. Steve on Sirena once again placed first in the Catch and Release Sailfish category on the ridges between Corbeteña and El Banco. If you remember last weeks article, I mentioned how this area was largely ignored and almost never given the respect it is due. So guys like Capt. Steve use their Global Positioning Electronics to mark the spots they like and BANG, RESULTS! For some reason people think the only place to catch fish is either Corbeteña or El Banco and when you put yourself in a box like that, you get left behind! So remember to keep an open mind, try new spots and for goodness sake use your electronic and mark these ridges, troughs and reefs! Of course scouting trips for serious contenders are always part of the game. As PV becomes a bigger and bigger player in the Marlin and Yellowfin Tournament Circuit, those who put in the extra effort will show the results. Those who don´t, will be left wanting! 

Of course there are other locations that are quite active in our world famous fishing grounds worth mentioning. El Morro and the Marietta Islands this week were very consistent with smaller Mahi, Rooster fish, Needle fish, Bonito and others for the person with short time and a budget. Lots of options between here and Punta Mita where Sails, Mahi and Roosters are hard hitting and a real challenge on light tackle! 

For those looking for a deep water day but short on vacation funds, Master Baiter´s® once again is offering our famous fishing parties. For $250.00 usd per person we´ll put you on fish with other people. Now which boat this will be on will be determined by how many people are interested in heading out. I now have several boats to choose from so being told there weren’t enough people to load the boat are words your ears will never hear. These boats are first class, with tournament winning captains, world class all the way. With the tight economy we´re just happy to be able to offer a deep water option for a reasonable price! You´ll be heading out most likely to Corbeteña and we´re the only charter company who has the bones to offer this trip. A shared boat that heads out to one spot, with limited equipment and very little concern for service (8 hrs) will run you close to $200.00 usd (after the tack on fees of $30.00 usd for a fishing license they already have for the entire boat). So this is a better option than the only one that existed up until now! We can schedule this option as far out as you like and is always very popular with people looking to save some money and still get Billfish or Tuna! Remember, the guarantee we offer is not valid on this trip, but you will get a chance at a World Record Possibility. If interested go to my web site at and fire me an email! This is news so it isn´t reflected on the web site just yet, stay tuned, if it´s a success it will go up! 

I now have a Master Baiters Facebook page where I post my ¨Fish Pic of the Day¨ and it´s very popular. You can fire me an email and I´ll send you an invitation. Or just look me up at MasterBaiters Stan (catchfish@ You´ll be glad you did, it´s interesting and it´s fun! I´ve been doing the Twitter thing as well (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 daily activities of Marina Vallarta when it comes to fishing and other interesting information my fish head friends like hearing about. I do my best to keep it interesting. The internet television 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 under the name: Puerto Vallarta!  Facebook:  MasterBaiter Stan …. My, 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!  

Master Baiters Sportfishing and Tackle ™ is a registered trade mark and is protected under Mexican and international law.  Unlawful use of this trade mark will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law in the applicable country 

Fishing Report for Aug. 16, 2009 for Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle

Written by: Stan Gabruk.

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