Special Article: Yellowfin Tuna, A Spectacular Species

Written by Stan Gabruk As we come into “High Season” for fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Yellowfin Tuna Fishing is considered one of the most desired Game Fish there is. The Tres Maria Islands, our local fishery is full of Yellowfin Tuna at this moment bordering on 300 lbs and up. And it’s a daily occurrence […]

Living Like A Local: Timeshare

So you did it, you’re the proud owner of a new Vacation Club Travel Package for the next 25 years, aka a “Timeshare”! Well welcome to Puerto Vallarta the land that Timeshare built. It’s “Time-Share-Landia” amigos from top to bottom. Most everything you see, taste, feel or hear has roots deep in the timeshare industry in Puerto Vallarta. I mean it’s an amazing thing, but it works very well, thank you very much.

Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Warmer Water, Massive Bait and Trash Lines!

After weeks of stagnant conditions, small changes can make all the difference. With water temperatures up it looks like the swirling currents should be coming to an end soon. With the seasonal rains finally beginning, we have a trash line again, YeHa! Sailfish are picking up in numbers, the first of “reliable” Blue Marlin are moving in. With sprinklings of Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado, things are changing, finally! We’re still transitioning, but not for much longer.

Living Like a Local: “Gringo” Origin  

As long as I can remember the word “Gringo” has been a word used to refer to “Americans” by the Mexican nationals. Many of us wonder why they call us “Gringos”. Canadians say that they’re not Gringos, only Americans are gringos. The question of where the term came from seems to be something of a rumor at best. So I started looking into it, just for my own knowledge, being a “Gringo”.

Rollercoaster Fishing Continues, Great Conditions

It’s funny, but what goes up, must come down and sometimes goes sideways. That pretty much sums things up for this week. Things were good, bad and in between depending on where you chose for fishing grounds. Water temperatures take another tick up after being down. Bait is moving in and is a double edged thing. But most importantly people are coming back to Puerto Vallarta and that’s a good thing. Normally the fishing is lacking at this time of the year, but we’re doing alright with several new species showing up and with Blue water everywhere, the conditions are great. The only thing missing is you amigo!

Picking a Charter Company, What You Don’t know Will Hurt You Part 1 of 2

Written by Stan Gabruk Introduction: I wrote this article last year for a local publication last year and thought it’s good to revisit this article and remind folks that we’re coming into High Season for Fishing. Most people assume our high season is in the winter. Tourism likes the cooler weather, fishing favors the hot […]

Living Like A Local: Travel Advisory Scams!

     Written By Stan Gabruk Before I start this article, I have to say the latest travel warning posted by the United States surprised me. I expected them to warn the world about Covid-19 again. Put the fear of god into you travelers, but that’s not the case at all. In fact the U.S. Travel […]

Massive Bait, Stripped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Fishing Dramatically Improves!

           Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle It’s been a weird “off season” for fishing, but it looks like things are returning to what we would think of as “normal conditions” for winter fishing. We’ve seen massive amounts of bait move into the area. In reality that is an understatement, Squids, Flying […]

Conditions Much the Same, Water Temps Drop a bit, Sea Bass, Stripers

Normally at this time of the year we’re in a “loop”. It’s not summer fishing so we’re not going to see Dorado or most of the warm water species. Striped Marlin are still roaming the area and that’s about the largest fish and only Marlin you’ll find in the area. Jack Crevalles which are “our bread and butter” come winter time are lacking in their normal numbers. So the longer day fishing trips are targeting just a few species which is “normal”. The good news is we’re still seeing Sea Bass, Grouper and Snook. The weather is perfect and the bite is on.

Cold Water Fishing, Spotty Red Tide, Stripers “Iffy”, Feeling Lucky?

With the present conditions, things could be better for fishing. Not a great opening statement but things got weird. Water temperatures that dropped drastically a few weeks back have picked up a little. Corbetena water temperatures are up drastically but the Stripers that were in the area last week seem to have disappeared. This is what a transition period looks like. It’s a rollercoaster out there right now with some days “iffy” at best. UpDate: things change quickly in the world of fishing, things have improved since I first wrote this so read on as El Morro has turned into “Striper City”