Great Fishing, Rooster fish, Sailfish, Dorado, and Jacks are Back!



Great Fishing, Rooster fish, Sailfish, Dorado, and Jacks are Back!

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

It’s a funny thing, the other day I was telling some friends that I’ve noticed a pattern that once we pass the New Year’s holiday, we normally get hit with a cold snap. Then amazingly enough when it looks like the fishing is “over” for the rest of the “warm water” year. Then of course suddenly about the second week of January to the first week or so of February we have a second season. I don’t’ know for sure, but it seems that the warm water species are bailing the Southern California area heading to warmer southern waters. Presently we’re seeing a resurgence of Dorado, Sailfish, Striped Marlin and we’ve seen Rooster fish move in, Ye-Ha!

Corbetena is alive and well thank you very much. Sailfish are in the Northwest area past the Rock by about 6 to 12 miles. Yellowfin Tuna 60 to 120 lbs are thinning out a bit, but they’re still ignoring your bait. Massive amounts of Squids and Crabs are the issue we need to overcome. Dorado are still in the 20 lb range. Water conditions are perfect, plenty of bait in the area in the form of Skip Jack Tuna, Sardines, flying fish and of course the list goes on. Right now it’s well worth the ten hour day. Freak Black Marlin have been seen, but no reports of any being boated. All and all Corbetena is living up to its reputation. El Banco now is not exactly on top of the list for fishing destinations. Heading farther out is a fuel risk. There are some Blue Marlin in the 300 lb range running the area, but not for much longer and reports of Marlin of any kind are on the down swing. Yet I’ve heard there are Sailfish and Dorado around the high spots. Keep your ears on and message me for details if heading out!

Punta Mita, El Morro are still active and alive. Surprising enough there are nice sized Rooster fish in the 30 lb range around the sandy beaches from La Cruz Marina to Sayulita! Not surprising with Sardines moving as massively as they have. Jack Crevalls are finally coming in and taking baits running 25 to 50 lbs! Dorado and Sailfish are still in the area, but the secret is they’re from 5 to 12 off the shoreline. Not a normal thing so take this advice when heading out, start shallow, work your way deep. Striped Marlin are still in the area as the water temperatures now are very favorable. Just look for diving birds and get your back side over there! Well worth the time and money for an eight hour trip.

Inside the bay we’re seeing more action that Jack Crevalls (at 35 lbs) have come home to the bay! With massive amounts of Sardines around the shoreline Jacks are being caught very close in at times. Dorado are also around Los Arcos area as are freak Sailfish. Skip Jack Tuna are all over the place at 7 lbs, Sierra Mackerels (10 lbs) picking up in numbers and should not be ignored as they’re delicious! With this kind of fishing there is no reason to not get out on the bay amigos!

The bite has been solid around 09:00 so getting out too early, especially on a four hour trip could see you miss the bite for the most part. The late bite is still about 1:30 in the afternoon. So get out a bit late and give yourself your best chances. Water temperatures are hanging around the 77 degree range. Not too cold, but not warm. So this transitions period isn’t happening any too quickly. Bait is abundant, everything you can think of, but the one secret locally is dead bait. That’s right, dead bait at times, especially when were “stuffed with bait” in the area, go figure.

We’re not renting Surf fishing rigs, 11 ft. pole and a few lures. We’re also still looking for people interested in having a fun fishing day for half the money. That’s right folks the shared super pangas are booking. So you can have all the fun for half the cost. And of course tours, we can fix you up and you’ll know you were treated very well and got a good price on tours etc.

Until next week, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

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200 lb Plus Monster Yellowfin Tuna Own El Banco!

            200 lb Plus Monster Yellowfin Tuna Own El Banco!

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

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You know it´s funny, we wait for this short period of time between the beginning of November to the end of December when our world class fishing grounds go into high gear. For now El Banco is sporting Monster Yellowfin tuna well over 200 lbs to close to 300 lbs and possibly even larger. Marlin and Dorado at Corbeteña, Sailfish at the Marietta Islands and the point off Punta Mita. To say this is the time of year to be in Puerto Vallarta looking to boat a bucket list fish would be an understatement.  This level of fishing is hard to find anywhere in the world. To find it here and now in PV is just your good luck. The only question is: Will you take advantage of this perfect opportunity? Life and time wait for no man, maybe you should stop delaying your life and put some ¨living in your life¨. After all, isn´t that what a vacation is all about? If you live in PV, then it´s definitely time you got on the water and experience at least one time in your life the thrill of World Class Sportfishing!

11 18 2014 10 hrs Corbeteña Sailfish Magnifico 01 MBTextThe buzz this week has all been about how El Banco has come to life, after years of waiting for the ¨dead¨ to rise again from the grave, this week it happened. With abundant bait in the area, load your tuna tubes up, set some lines and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Heading six to seven miles north to northwest from the high spots will put you on 200 to 250 lb or larger Yellowfin Tuna. They´re hitting live bait, Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna) and making bait in the area is not hard. Trolling is working fine, but kites are always a plus and will insure a full fish box (it better be a big one). You also have Black Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado in the area. But to be up front, it´s mostly Tuna City out there so you’ve been informed, now make a decision amigo.

11 20 2014 Ken sutula y Robert 225 lb YFTuna MBTextYou would think that with El Banco full of YF Tuna that Corbeteña would be following … but this week the Rock has been slow at best. Yes there are fish to be had, but it seems it was a lot of work to get a strike from a Marlin or any other fish for that matter. Hopefully this is over with Striped Marlin and larger Dorado moving in the area. Sailfish in the mid to large ranges or 80 to 100 lbs, Black Marlin are small running in the 250 to 425 lb range. Blue Marlin are naturally smaller, but they`re running smaller than we like or anywhere from 150 lbs to 350 lbs. Dorado are looking good anywhere from 35 to 60 lbs and picking up in numbers. Wahoo in the 50 lb range if you´re lucky enough to hook one in the corner of their mouth. Cubera Snappers are still for the bottom fishing guys but they´re in the 50 to 65 lb range so don´t be afraid to do some ¨jigging¨ for the dinner table. Corbeteña is a happening area and will continue to be so for the next eight weeks or so. Marlin and Sailfish don´t appease a hunger for Yellowfin Tuna. In the next week or so we should see YF Tuna filter over from El Banco, I think, I´ve been wrong before, just ask my ex-wife!

The Marietta Islands are finally showing signs of life with Sailfish moving in, Dorado in the 35 lb range and up. Maybe a Rooster fish, but don’t hold your breath. Naturally there are plenty of Bonito, Skip jack Tuna and who knows Moby Dick may be just a few miles off the islands. If you´re in the area of Punta Mita, you can troll between the point and the Islands to maximize your chances. The Point of Punta Mita has produced nicely for the entire summer and now is no different. Sailfish, Dorado and a little farther out you have a shot at Stripers or Striped Marlin in normal language. Eight hour trips will not disappoint so get out there already!11 16 2014 Tyler Mathewson 11 yrs 03, Coco Loco super panga 400 pxls MBText

The bay is just perfect. For the guy (or gal) looking for a short day and lots of action on smaller fish, maybe not that small, then the bay is for you. Smaller Dorado to 35 lbs, Bonito to 35 lbs, Skip jacks in

there same size range, Jack Crevalls, Sailfish in the north part of the bay and Football Tuna around Yelapa. Yep, you´ve got options and all of them end up with you catching fish.

As far as conditions go, the water is perfect but we´re seeing water temperatures fluctuations between deep water, mid distance and in the bay. For the most part water temps are in the 81 to 84 range, we will start seeing Striped Marlin as water temps will srtart to dip in a few weeks. Live bait is king this week and there´s plenty of it. Flying fish all around the bay are always a welcome sight. Most of them are in the six inch size range, Google Eyes, Skip Jack Tuna and Bonito. Blue water, smooth seas, temperate climate, it all adds up to supreior and comforatble conditions for the heat sensitive types.

There you go, fishing in paradise doesn´t get much better, that is unless the fish jump in your boat, but if that fish has a ¨bill¨ on its face, duck!

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.  Articles written by Stan Gabruk for the Master Baiter’s ® brand is the intellectual property of Stan Gabruk.  Any unauthorized use of these articles without authorization will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.  I´m sorry I have to put that in the newsletter…..

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I am not dead as my competition would have you believe! I am still in Business, The Tax Man did not close me down and if they tell you the guy that used to be there is gone, and it´s somebody else, well they don´t want you to talk with me for some reason.

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Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

                     Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

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

11 01 2014  Bill y Wendy No 4 , Magnifico, Group Fish MBTextWe all know that predicting what will happen in the world or Sportfishing is almost impossible. Now we can tell you what happened yesterday and what we ¨think¨ will happen tomorrow, but in the end we´re just throwing out a best guess when targeting gamefish. The only thing that balances out fishing predictions is if it happened ¨there¨ yesterday, it could still be happening ¨there¨ today. Of course you´re always disappointed when you visit yesterdays spot and your targeted fantasy fish is nowhere to be found. What is exciting is when you catch a species that you didn´t expect and right now that´s Yellowfin Tuna. That´s right, I used the ¨YF¨word, but it´s far from automatic amigos, but the chance is there!
11 01 2014 Hewett and Reiner party MBTextAnyone who knows fishing in PV knows that if you want big, world class fishing, you have to be at either Corbeteña or El Banco (or anywhere in between), both are our famous deep water, deep sea star fishing grounds. Especially at this time of the year when anything impossible can become possible as screaming reels announce ¨Fish On¨. As mentioned earlier El Banco has shown ¨some¨ signs of life in the form of Yellowfin tuna in the 100 to 150 lb range. So you have a chance, how much of a chance you may ask? Well if you`re in the area the chances improve. Black and Blue Marlin, mostly Blue Marlin are also around the area running anywhere from 350 lbs to over 800, just depends on your luck. And for the present Dorado in the 35 lb range are moving into the area as well. With Rainbow runners, Cubera Snappers and Sailfish, there isn´t many species you don´t have a shot at right now! Oh, if targeting Yellowfin, make sure you´re using a kite, keep that between us!
11 01 2014 Yellowfin Tuna 60lbs off El BancoCorbeteña is about the same, Yellowfin Tuna have arrived and the numbers are picking up by the minute. Still the Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Snappers  should also catch your attention. Corbeteña is a little cheaper trip, a little closer and for my money, may be a better choice for the next ten minutes or so.  Decisions, Decesions!
If you´re around the Marietta Islands there is finally some signs of life with some, I said some Rooster fish in the area, tons of Bonito 20 to 45 lbs, Needle fish in the 40 lb range. Maybe a slight shot at Dorado. But Sailfish are close to El Morro and I see no reason why they´re not closer to the Marietta Islands, but there you are. Heading out towards Corbeteña trolling, Blue Marlin have been hanging out around the area, so being in the area is the first requirement amigo! Now if you´re in the area off the point off Punta Mita, you´re still boating Sailfish and Dorado, nothing new since it´s been like this all summer. If you´re looking at only 8 hrs, then these two places will get you some arm burning action.

11 02 2014 Mike Profita Party, Guanatuna II, 8 hrs MBTextInside the bay is great with massive amounts of Bonito, Skip jack Tuna to 50 lbs around Yelapa still, Needle fish, Jack Crevalls are here as well and they´re primarily a winter fish. Sailfish are still being boated by the lucky few in the bay, to me this is unusual, but lately it´s been kinda normal.. go figure.
So you pretty much can´t lose when it comes to fishing for the time being. Water temps are slightly cooler, but not cold. Northern water temps around California are dropping quickly so we´re expecting to see Yellowfin Tuna numbers pick up for the late season, same for Dorado. With this being an El Nino year, our fish have been vacationing in Southern California so we´ll welcome them back with open arms and a gaff. Blue water and smooth seas have been the norm, but we´re always on the watch for late season Hurricanes. The full moon will be on us soon, so be aware and have some fun. One last thing, some days it seems that Dorado are only taking lures, so have some blue, silver and pink lures at the ready. Live bait is plentiful with bullet Bonito, Google Eyes, Flying fish and the list of course goes on. For the moment the bite is happening around 11:00 a.m. , so getting to the fishing grounds too early will not help  your situation. But again, the full moon is just a few days from now and the Yellowfin especially will be using the moon light to full advantage stuffing themselves with abundant bait.  Another piece of  useable ¨reel time¨ fishing information that can make a difference in your fishing safari amigo!

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  Many of you find I post these same articles in the local news papers and the busiest web pages in PV.  They post my articles a little late and that´s the reason I send these ¨Reel Time¨ fishing reports to the locals. This is information you will be glad you have if you´re heading fishing in the next couple of days…  Hurricane Vance is marching north and will be well outside of Puerto Vallarta, so don’t panic. But it will pass us and this could put some rough seas on us as well as some stormy weather. Now the mountains that surround PV protects us and we´re happy for that! But the track is looking like Cabo will be at the end of it´s track. There is a low pressure front coming down from the north which could push the system inward.  For now we´re seeing calm seas and blue water.  It may also be nothing, but then again, it´s something to keep an eye on if scheduled for a fishing charter in the next few days. Below I show some information as to it´s tracking and systems that are working.

Nov. 4th Update: Magnifico went to Corbeteña, it was smooth seas in the morning, but in the after noon the wind and rain picked up, got windy and the sea´s picked up in size and frequency. But now Hurrican Vance will make landfall before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Morning, so the storm is on a fast track to the mainland! I have boats scheduled to head out tomorrow morning, Wednesday, keep your fingers crossed.

11 02 2014 John Curcio, MiJenny, Marietta Islands 400 pxls MbTextWhales:  Normally Whales don´t show up until December, but we´re already seeing Whales moving into the area.  Magnifico spotted two today, one with a baby already! This means we need to be watchful for whales just under the surface, fast boats can easily hit a Whale, I´ve done it, it´s not pretty!  Also remember if you´re chasing whales around the 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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: Facebook: The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

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


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It´s Dorado and Billfish City at Corbeteña and El Banco

                       It´s Dorado and Billfish City at Corbeteña and El Banco

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

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As we march into tourisms high season, fishing is still at peak performance with perfect conditions all over our world famous fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco. Blue water, plenty of bait varieties and enough fish to support weekly local tournaments and sport fisherman alike. It´s simple, get on a boat, get to the Marietta Islands, drop baits and lures, head towards Corbeteña or El Banco and get ready for the action to begin amigo. It´s summer fishing in paradise and it´s time for you to get your share!

Once again this week we´ve seen no rain as the rainy and Hurricane season comes to an end. This of course means the Trash Line is mostly a thing of the past, but that doesn´t mean there isn´t great fishing around the bay of Banderas. Bonito are still all over the bay running 25 to 35 lbs, perfect bait size for Sailfish and Marlin. Jack Crevalls, a winter species is still in the bay in nice numbers. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs around Yelapa, Sailfish around La Cruz to Punta Mita, with 20 lb Dorado all over the bay. For the visiting Angler who is looking to catch something for the dinner table, then you´re in luck amigo. Give yourself a six hour trip to make sure you get a chance to find that arm burning action. Remember, fish move and they have most likely changed location from the day before, so give yourself some ¨looking time¨ unless of course they know you´re coming, then that´s another thing!

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The area around the Marietta Islands have been on the slow or dead side now for weeks, but this doesn´t mean these normally reliable fishing grounds can`t spring to action. Sailfish and Dorado can be in the area, but they´ve been mostly out of the area towards the deep water locations. El Morro has had Sailfish action and is more reliable, but once you´re in the area, drop baits and start trolling outwards from the bay. The farther you move out from the island area the more likely you´ll boat a Sailfish, Blue Marlin or Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range. Any day now we´ll see this area explode with action again, but that day is not today amigo, other areas are more attractive for now and I wouldn´t spend much time here unless you see bait balls in the area.

Punta Mita is all about Sailfish and if you can find any floating trash or logs, then you´ll be in Dorado City. The area around Sayulita seems to be a recent hangout out. No guarantees, but if you´re heading to the Marietta Islands, then take a few minutes and try out the point.

As is normal in Summer the best fishing grounds are either El Banco or Corbeteña. It´s been like that forever and this week is no different. Marlin anywhere from 250 to 800 lbs are possible, Black or Blue, they`re both hanging out. Sailfish are all tournament winners, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs for the bottom fishing types. Yellowfin Tuna are not exactly on tap, but there have been some strange incidents where 100 lb Yellowfin have been boated. For the most part Yellowfin Tuna will be between 25 and 40 lbs around the High Spots in El Banco or at Corbeteña. No promises you´ll boat a nice Yellowfin tuna, but you have a ¨chance¨. Ten hour trips are what the doctor is ordering these days to Corbeteña, El Banco is a little farther and the possibilities of a thousand pound Marlin is always there. If you´re fishing and you want it world class, then you need to be in these two areas.

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With perfect blue water, plenty of Flying fish, Skippies, Goggle Eyes and bullet Bonito, there is no shortage of choices for the local species. Now that we´re out of the worst of Hurricane Season there is no reason to believe the fishing will take a turn for the worse until after the New Year´s Holiday season. So make your vacation plans to go fishing now, we´ll be waiting to hear from you.

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Great Fishing Continues, Marlin & Sailfish Abundant

                             Great Fishing Continues, Marlin & Sailfish Abundant

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

10 18 2014 Nathan Howard, 10 hrs Super Panga 650 Pxls MBText


It seems that we can fall into a pattern here in Puerto Vallarta where it seems like my weekly fishing report will sound much like the week before and this week is going to be the same. But it´s not like that is bad news when the fishing is great and there are plenty of fish to be had. Every Species we´re famous for in PV is here, working its ¨tail¨ off and chasing bait. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado but forget larger Yellowfin Tuna. But you´ll have to get out of the bay to get your targeted ¨finned fantasy¨. We´re also smack in the middle of tournament season, and why would you schedule a tournament in anytime other than Fishings High Season?

Let’s start with the bay, our famous Bay of Banderas. First say good-bye to the Trash Line. The seasonal rains have all but come to an end as is normal as we enter the early weeks of October, but by mid October the threats of Hurricanes may not be gone, but they´re pretty much done for the year. So we don´t get the extra little attraction of easy fishing, but that doesn´t mean the fishing is any worse. Bonito to 35 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Yellowfin Footballs around Yelapa and yes, even Sailfish in the bay! Four hour fishing trips will produce, but six hours is better since you may need to spend some time and fuel looking for finned pay load.10 15 2014 Black Marlin, 225 lbs, MBText

Once you´re at the mouth of the bay, the possibilities step up a notch. Anywhere from El Morro to Punta Mita is a wide open watery field of Sailfish and Dorado. With tons of Flying fish and ¨Bullet Bonito¨, a favorite bait for Marlin and Sailfish you can´t go wrong. Dropping lines as you exit the bay in any direction will produce arm burning action. Sailfish are a touch smaller this week in the 30 to 35 kilo range or about 80 lbs in average. Not exactly tournament winners, but they´ll be in the hunt. Dorado, anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs if lucky. It´s not exactly Dorado City out there, but when you´ve hooked-up and you´re in the battle, the only thing that matters then is boating that gold and blue dinner special.

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As you troll out from the islands, anything is possible and probable. The farther out you troll the more likely you´ll run into a Black or Blue marlin anywhere from 225 to 550 lbs. If you´re at El Banco, they´re bigger. Dorado in the 25 to 40 lbs are possible, at El Banco they´re bigger. It seems that the fish have spread out and you can now find just about any fish you wish, except Tuna, but then again that´s not exactly correct. There have been a few YF Tuna in the 100 lb range boated, but don´t hold your breath. So it all comes down to how lucky you are. . .  ¨Feeling Lucky¨ dude (in my best Clint Eastwood)? If you hit Corbeteña right now, there is no way you won´t hit some billfish looking to ¨hook-up¨. Enough Said, just get on the water and enjoy some of the best fishing grounds in the whole world.

10 14  2014 Brian Canadian, Corbeteña Dorado, MBText 600 pxlsSo there you have it in a nut shell, great fishing is not only a state of mind, it´s sore arms the next day. Fishing is mostly about the conditions and conditions are as good as they can get! Water temperatures are a perfect 84 degrees with perfect blue water. Clean, clear and high visibility blue water, combined with preferred baits like Flying fish, Bullet Bonito, 25 lb Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna), Google Eyes, and who knows what else is on the fish menu, but it´s all good! The bite is happening right now (as this article is being written) from 8:30a.m. to just after 1:00p.m.. Plan your day accordingly. If you´re looking to run lures, and you should run at least one, make sure it´s a pink and yellow combo or a petrelaro or something with purple in it (Marlin are diggin the purple right now). So there you are, I can´t believe I got this report finished with so few words, my publisher will love me this week!10 17 2014 Marina Vallarta Sunset, 715 a.m.

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Yellowfin Tuna Fade, Marlin Increase, Sailfish Moving

                 Yellowfin Tuna Fade, Marlin Increase, Sailfish Moving

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

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125 lb Yellowfin tuna at Corbeteña


One thing for sure, when it comes to fishing what happened yesterday is no guarantee it will happen again tomorrow. Fishing is Fishing and as long as fishing is fishing, then it´s going to be fishing, which is the reason we don´t call it catching (I bet you re-read that a couple of times). Those who jumped on a boat last week expecting Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña for the most part came in empty handed. The sixty pounders turned into twenty five pounders, which may seem negative, but these smaller Yellowfin Tuna are perfect bait size and that is what the Marlin are chasing. Dorado are still happening at will and of course as you´d expect Sailfish have taken over. Even if the Tuna are on the sparse side, the fishing is still world class here in Puerto Vallarta.

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Sailfish at Corbeteña,

There has been some definite weirdness going on this past week. Sailfish have moved farther off shore, so for the moment hanging around El Morro is not the place to be for Sails. But if you head over to the Punta Mita Point you´ll find all the Sailfish you could hope to find. Dorado are also in the area anywhere from 20 to 35 lbs. And if you have the inkling to head out a little, you will find Blue Marlin, not bad if you ask me.

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The Rock at Corbeteña,

Those heading to the deep water fishing grounds of El Banco and Corbeteña will find this is where the Sailfish have moved in mass. The Yellowfin Tuna as mentioned earlier are now in the bait sized range, which of course is disappointing for those looking for Monster Tuna. On the other hand, Marlin love this sized ¨bait¨ and as a result it has drawn in more Blue and Black Marlin into the area. Those heading to El Banco will see even larger Marlin and could run into the 750 lb range, up from the 250 to 550 lb range of last week. There have been sighting of larger Yellowfin Tuna around the high spots, but the hook-ups spit the hook, so no pictures, no Tuna. Dorado anywhere from 25 to 55 lbs, Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs for the bottom fishing guys with the occasional and unexpected Wahoo in the 40 to 60 lb range. Most don´t target Wahoo (known as Ono in Hawaii) since you need to run wire leader. You see Wahoo have teeth like a Ginsu Knife and will cut through your line like butter. Most boated Wahoo here in PV is done by accident, the fish will somehow hook themselves in the corner of their mouth which means if this is you, you got lucky.  For now if you´re looking to target larger fish then you´ll be heading out to Corbeteña or El Banco, good luck amigo.

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225 lb Black Marlin, Corbeteña,

The Marietta Islands and El Morro are less than exciting right now. You have a slight shot at Dorado, but the Bonito and jack Crevalls, maybe some Snappers. All and all, nothing in the area for the moment that will grab your attention.

Inside the bay with the lack of the Seasonal Rains (as rainy season comes to an end) we are not getting that beautiful trash line. Still, there are small Dorado in the 15 lb range, Bonito everywhere, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs around the Yelapa area again, possible Sailfish in the La Cruz Area (who knows why) and a wealth of possibilities around the structure and rocks. If you´re lucky enough to be around the river mouths, you still have a shot at nice Snook (Robalo in Spanish). They´re great tasting and for the person looking for a short day where you come in with something for the dinner table, then do as the locals do. They don´t have to be huge to be fun and dinner table worthy!

Dorado with different markings at Corbeteña,

Dorado with different markings at Corbeteña,

One last thing, remember the female Dorado are all full of eggs. If you keep the females, then you´re just hurting the future of fishing in the area. When it comes to Sailfish, or any Billfish, there is no reason to bring in six for pictures. If you´re captain kills the Sailfish and Marlin, don´t tip them. If you are fishing inside the Tres Maria Islands, anywhere inside the twelve mile limit, even if you are on a paid charter boat, you´re a POACHER. It´s time we started thinking conservation in Mexico for future generations and for ourselves as we are ultimately responsible for the actions of the crews we´re paying for (subsidizing actually). If your crew keeps killing Billfish and you told them not to, they won´t listen to you. You see, you just took $150 usd out of their pocket for every Sailfish from fish markets. Now this is illegal, Charter boats are not commercial fishing operations, but when nobody enforces the regulations, then there are no regulations. Have fun, but be aware, you have the power of the tip and your return business.

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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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

                               Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish Invade Marlin City

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


It´s funny, the first day of October was like a cosmic fish cornucopia and out came massive amounts of Sailfish, Black Marlin, Dorado and yes Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 lb range. The water is a perfect blue, bait is abundant, the Trash Line is doing its magic and the bite is on. It´s Prime time for fishing amigos and if you ever doubted that Puerto Vallarta was a world class fishing area, all you have to do is get on the water and let the humidity melt those doubts as you down another beer, YeHa!

There are presently fish everywhere, pick a spot, take a shot. If you decide to start in the bay, you´ll find the Trash Line is doing its work and Skip Jack Tuna, small Dorado and a host of other species are lining up to feast on this organic trail mix, it´s an all you can eat fish smorgasbord that washes down the mountains and pours into the bay. Skip Jack tuna in the 15 to 25 lb range are all over the Yelapa area, Sailfish sightings and hook ups are not exactly automatic, but you have a solid chance in a six hour day of hook-ups with one of the finned fantasies. Snook at the river mouths and we even still have Jack Crevalls filling in the list. Short on Doe, not much time to go, then the bay will do the trick ¨fo-Sho¨. . .OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Heading out to the Marietta islands, one mile off the rock of El Morro or so you´ll find a sea full of Sailfish and smaller Dorado in the 25 lb range. It´s that time of the year where the Sailfish populations explode as we lead into the Pez Vela Tournament (Sailfish Fishing Tournament in English). In fact it´s so easy to get a Sailfish strike you´ll get tired of reeling them in. Not unusual to have five Sailfish strikes a day now in this area stretching out to Corbeteña.

Speaking of Corbateña, considered by many to be one of the top fishing grounds in the world with its varied abundant species you can´t go wrong at the rock right now. Starting with Black Marlin in the 250 to 500 lb range, the sizes of these world class gamefish will increase as we move deeper into October. World record sized Sailfish in the 45 kilo or 110 pound range are thick. Yellowfin Tuna in the 50 to 75 lb range are moving in nicely, but the bite with them has been a little weird as they were slow to take baits. Dorado in the average range of 35 lbs with occasional bulls weighing in at over 50 lbs. Cubera Snappers for the bottom fishing guys in the 45 lb range with Rainbow runners possible. Located thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta, it will take you about two hours to get to the Rock, but once there your chances of boating a world record sized fish is not unthinkable amigos. Take the ten hour day and keep a bucket list memory in your mental hard drive. El Banco, ditto. Just remember if you´re looking for the large, huge fish, El Banco has it´s days. So toss a coin, they´re both on fire, El Banco is showing signs of some larger Black Marlin, so it´s a decision for the your morning discussion and plan development with the Captain!

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Punta Mita, all I can say is AH Chihuahua. . It´s turned into Sailfish Central. Dorado are around any floating debris like a log or clump of weeds or even floating refrigerators. If you find a buoy, you hit the jackpot! If you´re around Sayulita and the Anclote Reef, then you´ll find all the arm burning action you could imagine.10 02 2014  Karl & Marlise Vitture  75lbTuna 600 pxls MBText

As far as fishing conditions go, you can´t beat them, water temperatures are in the perfect range of 86 degrees, 84 in the bay. Abundant Skip Jacks, Bonito, Google Eyes and Flying fish or 4 to 8 inches insure that we´ll have fish in the area and frankly I don´t understand why it took so long for these fish to find us again! The water is blue, close to shore it´s dirty as you would expect from the rain but it´s not very far from shore. Yes there seems to be a lot of ¨trash´ in the bay, that just means you go a little slower heading out to the fishing grounds, but this trash is necessary amigo. The bite is anywhere from 8:30 a.m. to after 10:00 am and in the afternoon after 1:00 p.m. and live bait is king, but run a petrelaro lure for the heck of it.


We´ve waited for it, and now we have it. Big fish, perfect conditions, plenty of bait and the weather is holding. Water temperatures are not too hot and they’re not too cold, they´re prefect. If this is your first time visiting or hearing about the fishing in Puerto Vallarta then you´re in for a real experience. Boats are available and waiting for your business, just find Marina Vallarta, walk the boardwalk, enjoy the Yachts and fishing boats, have a nice dinner and tell your friends. Fishing season is in full swing in Puerto Vallarta, come find out what World Class Fishing is all about!10 04 2014 Chelita Humberto, Jed, Roxann Tammye 10 hrs Corbetena 600 pxls MBText

Just a word or two about Cabo: It looks like the Bisbee´s Tournament is still on in Cabo, but the relief work continues. The Airport is open now, but the locals and tourism are on their knees. To Help those in need in Cabo you can donate whatever you can to help 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 worthy organization that will make sure those who need help will get help. You can donate here at the Bisbee’s Tournament Site: . .    10 02 2014  Karl & Marlise Vitture  45 lb Dorado 600 pxls

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: 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

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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.09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, Bay Dorado 8 hrs, 650 Pxls MBTxt

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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

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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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Mexico Fishing Regulations, Fish on the Right Side of the Law

Mexico Fishing Regulations, Fish on the Right Side of the Law

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

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Hello everyone, every year I begin go get questions on what the fishing regulations are here in Mexico. It´s never been a secret, but they are different. Licenses are still required and this is a moving target. More on that later, but for now we´re going discuss what is considered legal in Mexico regarding what species, number of species and how the ¨point¨ system works…..

Ok, fishing is fishing and that means as a sportfisherman you are expected and required by Mexican law to use Fishing Poles, Hooks, Lures, Live or dead bait, you know the normal stuff. No explosive divices, no fancy indeas to boat fish in a non sportsman like manner. Simple stuff.

Fishing Licenses are required for any sportfisherman to fish legally within a fifty miles of the shore line. Outside the fifty miles radius form the shore line is not a worry, but remember most of the fishing you´ll be in the fifty mile 05 13 2014  Andy and Chris Gallen on Magnifico

There are basically nine species that are reserved for sports fisherman are four species of Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Tarpon fish, Rooster fish and Dolphin fish (aka Dorado or Mahi Mahi). Mexico Fishing Regulations 2

Fresh water fishing has a limit of five fish. Saltwater has a limit of ten fish per day with a species break down as follows:

* Not more than five fish or any one species

* Marlin / Sailfish / Swordfish / Shark have a limit of one (1) specimen per day per person.  Any catch  of these species are the equivalent of /to five or any other species.  So you get ONE of these listed species per day, per person.

* Tarpon / Dorado / Rooster Fish max limit is allowed is two (2) species per person, per day and is considered the equivalent of five of any other species. Doesn´t sound like much does it?

* Not Mentioned on this list is Yellowfin Tuna. Each YF Tuna is one point. 35lbs or 200 lbs,       each Yellowfin Tuna or Tuna in general is one ¨fish¨. The legal limit for YF Tuna as with any species is five fish per day, per licensed person.

* Surf Fishing, there is no mention of license requirements for ocean surf fishing, therefore you  must be protected surf fishing with a license.

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There are also severl other interesting point of information of employment, tourism dollars, etc in this picture … may be worth reading if interested…..

When it comes to obtaining Mexican Fishing Licenses you can go to this site and they have all the information necessary. I hear we can apply for a license to sell fishing licenses through my shop, but it´s a rumor and so far I have had some wild goose chases. So for now this is your best option to purchase fishing licenses in Mexico:

Ok, having said all that, I have only seen the navy enforce license requirements on the holidays and only twice in three years. So your chances of having someone check the boat for fishing licenses as almost nill. It´s a risk, I suggest purchasing fishing licenses, end of story.

It will take several days to get these fishing licenses, so don´t wait until the last minute, there is a process that is less than efficient. Licenses are date specific, but you can purchase for longer periods of time for just a few dollars more….

Good Luck and Keep safe and Legal….10 01 2007 Black Marlin Release






Sportfishing Puerto Vallarta or all of Mexico, What you don’t know can hurt you No. 2 in the Series.

Sportfishing Puerto Vallarta or all of Mexico, What you don’t know can hurt you No. 2 in the Series.

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

Recently in the news there have been several accounts of Booze Cruise (etc.) tours in several places in Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica and other popular tourist destinations. Stories of how people go out on chartered boats (of all types) have some sort of accident, the boat sinks with everyone on it and inevitably people get hurt or worse. The logical assumption is that the boats are insured with liability insurance just in case such a thing should happen. Only to discover that there is no insurance, the people who own the charter or tour company pulled the wool over the eyes of the local officials. Or worse they paid off the “guy”, who of course isn’t there any longer and can’t be found, blah blah blah….  That means you start looking back upstream, to the vendor who sold you the tour or charter or what ever. The person who believes that everything is in order as far as the business and insurance necessities are in place, is the guy who’s held liable for this “accident”.  I mean after all, these companies handle anywhere from hundreds of people per year, to hundreds of people per day. This includes every sort of tour from helicopter tours, boat tours and of course Fishing Charters. SONY DSC

As an owner of a Fishing Charter company, and being a “Gringo” in Mexico, I have to make sure that everything is in place on the charter boats and tours I send people out on. Or naturally, I leave myself liable for legal action if something should happen. But things like insurance, certified captains, safety equipment, etc cost money, a lot of money. Of course these expenses are passed down to the customer who gladly pays the price of a ticket assuming these sorts of basics are covered in the price of a ticket. Well friends I’m not here to burst your bubble, but what you don’t know can hurt you, or worse, your family!

Having said all that, owning one of the largest charter companies in Puerto Vallarta, (Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle Est. 2000), we’ve sold hundreds of tours and charters yearly to reputable, safe and experienced companies who are also sold through Hotels in the area. But when a person comes into my shop looking for a fishing charter, they start quoting the guy down the way with the ridiculously low price for a full day charter thinking it’s going to be their leverage to get me to drop my price, after all “They’d rather go with me, but only if the price is right”.  The clients only concern is the price, naturally assuming the quality is equal to the service I offer. But they don’t really know what they’re saying when they confront me with competition issue on price.

As a Charter Company owner and broker of other boats as well, it’s my responsibility to look out for or protect the clients from themselves. There is no way the client can know a fraction of what I know when it comes to my area of expertise. People like this will visit some forum on the internet and read about how to get the best deal here or there and what they need to do to get it. So they come in the door thinking they’re armed with knowledge that will make me succumb to their negotiation tactics and that lower my prices. Well folks, that can’t happen because I sell safe charters, with safety equipment the law calls for and then some.

Now I’m not saying I won’t budge on price, my prices aren’t fixed so I can. But you just can’t get around the minimum expenses for a charter. Fixed cost means if it cost me more in maintenance, fuel, INSURANCE, than I’m going to make at the end of the month, then I’m out of business. So when I see, or rather hear these people talk these crazy / stupid prices from Pedro down the way or the guy who now is brokering charters when just six months ago went out of business selling broasted chicken, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

The obvious things to look for would be quality of the boat, the quality of the equipment and the quality of the people. What isn’t obvious and doesn’t come to mind is how safe is this boat you’re putting yourself and your family on to save a few bucks? You have to ask yourself “What am I not getting for this really cheap price”?  I guarantee you they don’t think a bit about their safety or the emergency procedures that exist, or I should say doesn’t exist?

You see in Mexico there is no Coast Guard to come to the rescue! The only safety people that will come to you are the people the captain can raise on the radio, if there’s anyone in range when you’re fifty miles out. Even then it will most likely be an hour at best before any help gets out to you!! It will probably be some beat up boat with a captain who will want money from you to cover the expense of fuel and to line his pockets or swim home, it’s your choice! This is the choice you made which goes all the way back to the point of you looking for the cheapest tour provider amigos. At this point, you made the most expensive choice you could have possibly made and you risked you and possibly your families life in the process. The person who booked you on this boat had no concern except for the commission he would get, so he met your price and now if you’re unlucky, you’re swimming in waters where there are animals that will eat you! 02 14 2014 Tom Robinson, Guanatuna, 80 lb Amber Jack 600 pxls enhanced

I recently saw just this sort of thing happen in Cancun on CNN. There were like sixty people on a Booze Cruise just off shore and the boat started taking on water. Guess who the first people off the boat were, the CREW! No concern for the clients, it was horrible. There was a death and the “rescue” boat was a private boat that went to get the crew, nobody else. There were some injured people, everyone was panicing and guess what, no insurance, nothing. They did have safety jackets though, so at least people could float and the water was warm. But if you know anything about that area of the world, there are sharks and Man o War Jelly fish with 100 ft or longer tentacles that can kill a person.

Another problem when it comes to safe boats are the guys who sell or rather the guys who try and get you into a timeshare presentation. Their only goal is to get you into a presentation and will put you on a cheap boat and tell you that there are Marlin 100 ft off shore. There are those who believe this B.S. and will go out on what they’re told is a safe boat. But these guys in Puerto Vallarta are prohibited from selling anything, let alone a charter. Many of the third tier or lower boats will work heavily with these guys because that’s the only way they can get business. They’ll tell you all kinds of things and in the end, you’ll discover you were duped and wound up on a fishing nightmare. If there is an emergency, you might as well be on Mars without a space suit amigo. Now I’m not a doom and gloom kinda person, but when you walk in my door and tell me Pedro just offered you a fishing trip for a full day for less than half what I would charge you for the same trip, ask yourself, why would Pedro be so cheap and Master Baiter’s is more expensive. That’s because at Master Baiter’s “We Won’t Jerk You Around” even if you want us to! Be safe, have fun and remember for the same money as a Jet Ski goes for on the beach per hour, you can have a safe half million dollar boat with fifty thousand dollars worth of fishing equipment. You’ll have the time of your life and you’re safety will never be in question!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle at I’ll do my best to answer any question no matter how simple or complicated…. Because that’s what I do! 11 15 2013 Sailfish released 600pxls

If you would like to have some questions answered or need information about Puerto Vallarta or Mexico in general, feel free to contact me with what is on your mind.

I have a facebook page now, MasterBaiter Stan or you can send me the friend request to: and you will get my weekly fishing reports, photos, Fish of the Day Pic and other interesting things daily on  your computer.

Master Baiter´s is also selling it’s world famous T-shirts online at:

Remember, there are imposters out there using my trade mark protected name of Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle ®, so don´t be fooled.

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk.

I am not dead as my competition would have youbelieve! The Tax Man did not close me down . For some reason my competitin doesn´t want you to talk with me about fishing here in PV. Mabye it´s because we´re  the only American owned and operated fishing company in Puerto. We are located in Marina Vallarta, on the Malicon or Boardwalk just down from Victors Café Te Cuba between Docks A and B. If you ask where we are, you will hear I am dead and out of business. The last time I checked, I was breathing, so call me or email me before you come in to get the living instructions to me…..

Until later, don´t forget to kiss your fish…..


Fish Porn, Safe for your 12yr Old, May 29, 2014

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Picking a Charter Company, What You Don’t know Will Hurt You

Picking a Charter Company, What You Don’t know Will Hurt You

Written by Stan Gabruk


The following is a Re-Posted article I wrote a while back, but it still applies. With the cost of fuel going up at half a peso a day, or about thirty dollars a month per eight hour trip, things are getting dicy around fishing companies looking to cut corners and sell a product you think you´re getting, until you get on the boat. Review the important facts, some of you will see yourself being ripped off and how it happened. Still some will read this article and think they know how to handle things. Either way, if you are here in Mexico, Florida, Hawaii or Thailand, these priciples appy and are good reading. There is a second part to this article I will post in a few days which with my schedule means next week, or so.. Hahahaa… Anyway, check it out and sorry, no pictures of bad boats, they´d get upset and then maybe I would be dead, not just the rumors my competition puts out there….  

Since the year 2000, Master Baiter’s has been in the Sportfishing Charter business. Some call it Deep Sea Fishing, others call it Sportfishing, what ever you choose to call it, it’s expensive and there’s no way around that simple fact of life. I always have potential clients enter my shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta and they naturally ask for prices. When I collect all the information I need from them to make a recommendation, they are seldom happy about the price and that in itself is a deal breaker. Especially for many vacationing Anglers with a “whim” to go fishing for “Moby Dick”. When I do finally figure out the correct or best option for the client, he’s usually grabbing his chest from the heart palpitations he’s experiencing. I can understand that reaction for sure. When you tell a potential client that a ten hour trip on a nice and nicely equipped boat is going to run on average $1,000.00 usd for up to five people (total, not each person), this is normal. After years of this I think it’s finally time to get down in writing why things are the way they are. When you stop and realize that for the same money, you can rent a Jet Ski and pay more for that per hour than you are for a multi-hundred thousand dollar boat! Just to put things in perspective. Lets go into a little more detail on this since it can be a deal breaker.


Start-up and Operating Expenses: First, let’s take a look at the expense of the boat itself. If you’re lucky and you buy a three year old Luhrs Express with fresh engines for example, you’d be lucky to get one of these for $180,000.00 usd (it’s a ball park number so don’t beat me up for this over present market conditions). Now the engines on a Charter Boat that’s going out 15 to 20 times a month (which is a lot) will last three years before you’ll need to start thinking about what the engines remaining life span is. Without getting into this too heavily, I use the accounting / business standard three year return on my investment (ROI) formula for this, as do some others in Marina Vallarta. The boat payment alone, without interest attached for 36 months (3 yrs) is a $6,000.00 usd per month payment alone. Most financing a boat like this will extend the terms so their payment is in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 usd per month for multiple years, with a substantial down payment.  Tack on Fuel, insurance, water, electricity, cleaning products, oil changes, Equipment, salaries, fishing licenses for a year, Line, Lures, Poles, maintenance, Reels, ADVERTISING, more equipment and you start to get a feel for what the upfront expenses are before you ever see a dime in profit. Don’t forget, you’re a startup company so people won’t know of or about you.  With all these expenses and some I didn’t mention, the actual running expenses / cost of the 32 ft. boat will ultimately run approx. $743.00 usd per 12 trip (1/3 to 1/2 being fuel alone, rest being fixed cost). If as an owner you charge $1,000.00 for that trip, the owner saw maybe $257.00 usd over operating expenses in profit. Hit this amount with taxes or Hacienda as they call it here in Mexico, and I’m sure you can see where this is going. I’d also like to emphasize that 15 trips a month is considered a heavy traffic month, so the numbers can go south in a heart beat if demand for your services dry up due to bad economies like in the USA now. Put this all together and you’ve got a dicey situation for the Deep Sea Fishing industry, especially if you’re new in the “neighborhood”. A risky business venture to be sure, yet we get those who want to retire and become Jimmy Buffet Living in Margarita Ville where life is a constant party. Well folks, it doesn’t work like that, it’s not glamorous or a big money maker.

Average time in business for start up charter companies is 2.5 yrs in business or less. That’s how long it usually takes people to figure out they’re not having fun or making any money and most likely both. Hell, they’re not even covering their expenses with low charter months and eventually the money will just dry up and there goes the fantasy. The competition doesn’t help when they sell their boats for less than operating cost, but hey, they got few dollars I their pocket today. They worry about tomorrow when they can’t avoid it any longer.


Charter Services in Florida, Hawaii, and Cabo all price their charters considerably higher which makes Puerto Vallarta the best value for your Sportfishing dollar as things stand now! With Marine Fuel in the $2.40 (conservative) a gallon range, it’s less than half what they’re paying for it in the Caribbean, Hawaii or Florida!


Recently in PV, Many existing charter companies with good reputations are updating their charter boats with newer boats, yet prices are staying stable because of a noticeable slow down in tourism. With all the financial balls people are juggling in North America the budget fisherman has been hit hard. But the growth in popularity of Puerto Vallarta and the sport is off setting the lower levels in tourism. People with money will always have the money they want to do what they want. Big Game Fishing has never been cheap and it never will be. For those with the necessary cash flow, The World has turned its eyes our way and things are changing accordingly…..


One thing to look out for is the guy who says he can take a deposit on a specific boat, he may even have a slip of paper with a number on it, but it doesn’t mean a thing amigo. Last week I placed two different sets of people who gave a person a deposit for a day of fishing, just to find out when it came time to go, the boat was no where to be found. No contact, Nobody. I tried calling the boat that was “chartered” only to find the boat was already booked and confirmed for other people. Those unsuspecting folks were robbed and didn’t find out for three days after they dropped the deposit. Don’t be fooled, Use an established Charter company with an office from which they work from. If you don’t have that, and I don’t mean a mini mart, you’ve got a possible vacation disaster.  So beware of who you’re dealing with…..



About Captains and Crews: They say there is no substitute for experience and here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) truer words were never spoken. Many, if not most of the Captains here grew up on the docks learning from their Fathers and Grand Fathers. There are many third generation charter Captains that know this area better than the back of their hand. The problem is, this is Mexico and most Mexican Captains and crews don’t speak English (all of ours do). This can make communication difficult for the vacationing Angler. So the Captain with good, maybe not great English skills will be favored over the non-English speaking Captains. Now I can more than understand this since a person coming down from Canada or the States will find a comfort factor in being able to communicate with the Captain….. Imagine that. So when a boat owner chooses a Captain, he has to choose from a limited few that may or may not be the best choice available. Coming down to the Marina or reading articles online will help the decision making process but you never know what you’ve got until you’ve been out with one. Many people come to PV year after year going from one company to another looking for the correct combination of ability, quality, comfort factor, and price! Since people are creatures of habit, if they have fun, you’ve got a locked in return client! They’ll come back year after year, since they already like the boat and crew, why change??


Some Captains come in consistently with fish, while others will tell you they’re the best, yet choke when the chips are down. Now we all know fishing is fishing and on any given day you can come in skunked, it happens to the best of us. But as a charter company owner I’m looking for everything, Perfect English, Experience, reliability, a dash of personality and the ability to come in with a full fish box when others are coming back “empty handed”. For those off days when you come back with an empty fish box, we’ve all heard the horror stories, the very least you want is a Captain and Crew that you feel gave it their all. Changed lure color often, tried different things and had the tools necessary for several fishing methods! Not just trolling the six lures they may have.


So how would the general public coming down to Puerto Vallarta know which Captain is best for them? Well amigos, it’s almost impossible to tell if you’re not in the middle of the action. That’s where we come in, making sure we have the best Captains available on our boats so you don’t have to worry about such things. The boat you were on last year may have been great then, but things change rapidly in Marina Vallarta and the captain and crew, hell even the owner may have changed since the last time you went out fishing with them. Everything has changed about that boat, except the name that is. So choose a reputable Fishing Charter Company and you’ll most likely not be disappointed with your day on the water.


Now remember, this article is for the average guy hoping to learn a little something from an insiders view. Again the goal of this article is to share information with the average person so “he” can better understand why things are, the way they are!



Lets Talk Equipment / Tackle:  Sportfishing makes the expense of Golf look like nothing in comparison. When it comes to Big Game or Deep Sea Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta (PV), where it’s very possible to boat a world record fish, you just know it’s going to be expensive. If you compare a rig as I call it, or a fishing pole / reel set-up to that of a bag of golf clubs (about the same cost, balls and all), you could spend between $1,200.00 to $2,000.00 usd dollars in the blink of an eye. Take this number, multiply it by ten to fifteen times and you’ll have a basic idea of the minimum requirements for a professional charter boat when it comes to poles, reels, line and lures. If you’re looking for smaller fish inshore or larger fish at El Banco or Corbetena, you have to have the correct rig for the species targeted and for conditions that day. Mix in hooks, line, Flouro Carbon leader (expensive), gaffs, harnesses, swivels ($15 usd each), Kites, Down Riggers etc. , the list just goes on and on. Nothing is cheap, tack 30% on to the normal USA cost for these items just because you’re buying them in Mexico and you start to see what we’re talking about. You can try sneaking it in, but good luck, they love finding new fishing gear in suitcases as they’re checked in Customs.


Now the Charter Boat that doesn’t have the best equipment and tackle, well this will become obvious when you head out and snap the line ten times in one day on a boat who’s using stressed line….. We all lose fish, but not a bunch in a row from broken line. If this happens it’s old, chaffed, and ready for the trash bin. The Angler spending a thousand dollars for a trip to catch Moby Dick deserves much more than the opportunity to lose a fish on a half full spool of stressed line.


That’s another point, Getting spooled in this day and age is unacceptable and you should never go on a boat that doesn’t have Spectra Backed reels. Especially when you’re looking at Grander Marlin and Monster Yellowfin tuna from June to Mid January! Once you’ve boated or fought a larger billfish or Yellowfin Monster you’ll be glad you had new line. But even then, the life span of the line is between five and ten big fish, especially billfish. The fishing line these days are designed to perform, but not forever. It stretches and gets chaffed by bills, sun, salt and age. Fresh line on full reels is very easy to see and is an indicator for what you could expect on that charter boat. So the next time you’re out choosing a charter, ask to see the equipment if possible. The whole day will depend on the mere fact that the charter boat owner spends fifty dollars to reline a reel so these things won’t happen for the worse constantly. But remember, like I said earlier, breaking line is part of the game, but not ten times in one day! Everyone wants to save a buck or two, but make sure you get what you think you’re paying for, not what your wallet tells you. You’re better off waiting another year and doing it right with the opportunity to have the time of your life….



Let’s talk about the service end of the business: I’ve talked before on how people look for a charter company. First they may check out the internet at home, but many wait until they come down to Puerto Vallarta to get the “feel” of the area. First they talk with the guy who gets their luggage to the taxi at the airport when you first arrive. Then he’ll talk with the taxi driver, Next comes the concierge at the hotel, the waiter in the restaurant, people around the pool and finally he’ll find his way to Marina Vallarta and walk the gauntlet. There are companies in Marina Vallarta that are the flavor of the month. One guy or company which just sprung up this past summer went out of business selling Roasted Chicken and now books really cheap boats out of Los Penas Marina. They’ve got a nice, cheap office with pretty furniture and a nice logo to impress you. Then also got a guy who’s standing on the board walk (or walking the boardwalk) asking you if you need anything from a tour to a fishing charter. Now this guy can’t tell you what kind of baits are working right now, but he’s quick to talk of his twelve boats. Of course he can’t remember the names of but two, but he’s got twelve!


Check out internet travel forum sites about the area or sites like Trip Adviser, World Wide Fishing Guide or Fodor’s travel guide, where slouch companies can’t afford the price of participation. Look for recommendations from travel agencies, articles, travel guides again like Fodor’s, the hotel concierge, but locals that live in the area are always the best. Word of mouth is still the best advertising. Vacationers and travelers in general are always more than willing to share their experiences, mostly bad. I’ve always found that flattering words may go unsaid, but a bad time will get plenty of volume when it’s time to speak of horrible experiences


Service is first and foremost, no matter how much you paid for your day on the water. Naturally lower cost providers should come with lowered expectations.  Having said that, I don’t care if you live in Mexico or on Mars, service is a basic fact of life in any business. Service doesn’t cost the operator or Owner a thin dime more than he’s already spending. It all comes down to getting the most from your people and making sure clients are not only having fun, but are being provided the service they don’t know they need. Do they meet you on time at an agreed to meeting place? Is the boat fueled up with bait and ice, ready to go? Are there any money issues that you’re unaware of until that moment of departure (This happens all the time)? Do you have your contact persons phone number if need be? Do you know your boats name / location? All important stuff that should not be a mystery! Was the crew courteous and pleasant? Do they interact with you? Do they listen to your request? Do they release when informed of this desire or not? Did they tell you they speak English, just to later discover they know ten words of English? This and the list could go on for ever.


All very important things to consider when choosing a charter company…..


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Black / Blue Marlin at El Banco, San Pancho Dorado & Sailfish

Black / Blue Marlin at El Banco, San Pancho Dorado & Sailfish

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

10 07 2011 Zwlema Saldivar, Dorado, Bella Del Mar, 6hrs

 Zwlema Saldivar, Dorado, Bella Del Mar, 6hrs

Well here we are once again, the end of High Season for tourism and the beginning of High Season for Fishing. As the seasonal visitors head back north it´s the biggest signal the seasons are changing. Soon the fishing fanatics looking for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Tuna, etc. will descend on PV. We are already seeing signs of Black and Blue Marlin at El Banco. Water temperatures are inching up slightly, bait is more abundant (if that´s possible), the water is clear green and breeding season is all but finished, finally! Yes we´re on track for a wonderful fishing season and it all starts NOW!

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We are now reserving the blog page for Daily conditions, interesting special articles, and of course our famous ¨Fish Porn,Safe for Your 12 yr Old¨ …… Stay tuned, but I´ll always link the report, so you´re covered….


Summer Pushes Forward, Water Temps Up, Sailfish Hungry

Summer Pushes Forward, Water Temps Up, Sailfish Hungry

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & 05 09 2014 Chelita Sailfish

If you were in Puerto Vallarta you´d think it was summer. Water Temperatures are back up around the 78 to 81 degree range. Bait is thick, Breeding Season is coming to an end as all the species are taking bait again. It´s still the clear green water conditions for the most part, but that´s OK since it really doesn´t hurt anything, blue is still preferable for visibility reasons. Dorado are moving back in, early actually for the season, but Dorado have been in the area all winter long, so why would this surprise any of us? Sounds great, right? Well for the ¨salty¨ captains this is the situation, they´re catching fish. Lesser Captains and crews are still coming in ¨wanting¨, again nothing new there. From this point on, it will only get hotter, both for the weather and for fishing. So get your loose change together, it´s time to think ¨World Class Fishing¨!

Shortly after the last report, things began to break loose. Rooster fish are sizeable at 60 lbs, but will now take Goggle eyes for bait, not only the abundant Sardines. You´ll have to hit the area around Anclote, the reef off Sayulita, north of Punta Mita. While there, find a Buoy and you´ll also find Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range. Not exactly abundant, but there. North of Sayulita near San Pancho the Sailfish are still having a fiesta as they party around bait balls the size of McDonalds, parking lot and all. Plan a ten hour fishing day and you too can join in the 05 13 2014  Andy and Chris Gallen on Magnifico

Marietta Islands are also coming back to life with Rooster Fish as well. Also running in the 60 lb range, these quill backed demons will show you what Deep Sea Fishing is all about. Not the best tasting of species, as long as they´re a little under cooked, they´re not too bad. Dorado are here as well, but not in numbers you can rely on. This will change in the next few days so don´t get your panties in a bunch, be patient. Snappers in the 12 to 35 lb range are perfect as a blue plate special. Amber Jacks are thicker as they are running 40 lbs or so and they´re great tasting. Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Skip Jacks Tuna round out what´s happening in the area. It´s an eight hour day, it´s going to be very warm to hot (warm for acclimated types) and worth the time and money to boat a Sailfish here. Yes I said Sailfish, not thick like San Pancho, but picking up in numbers as we speak.

Corbeteña and El Banco are still a little quiet, this will change in the coming weeks. Still lots of Jack Crevalls, Cubera Snappers in the 50lb range, Amber Jacks to 60 lbs and Orca Whales everywhere. Can´t figure that one out since these are cold water fish, must be the abundance of bait! For now, save your fuel dollar for better days in this area. Now if you just absolutely, positively have to have a Monster Yellowfin Tuna, then head to the Tres Maria Islands. Yellowfin Tuna are running over 250 lbs for the lucky angler. Average size for this past week has been 140 lbs. Just remember keep your distance, it´s still a fishery and the local authorities will chase you out of the restricted area or grab you, your boat and your equipment. You could also be stuck on that prison island like some have been for a good stretch of time. So be smart or you may find yourself in a high security prison even the hardened criminals can´t get away from! Plan on a 16 hr day minimum when making this trip, overnight trips make the most sense. 05 12 2014 Skip Jack Tuna at MariettA iSLands 600 pxls

Inside the bay, believe it or not small Dorado in the 15 to 20 lb range (babies that need to be thrown back) are picking up in numbers. A great indication of things to come. I would not be surprised if Sailfish move into the Bay of Banderas chasing these delectable bait treats! Remember, Billfish love to eat Dorado, but when you troll a Dorado as bait, they die too quickly. But they will chase them so if you´re in the bay and find Dorado, keep a peeled eye, you may be glad you did.

We are still seeing some swirly currents, water temps are still a little streaky, but we´re a little early for fishing’s High Season to begin. The bite is moving earlier in the day and by the end of the week will be earlier than later, so plan accordingly. Bait is plentiful, maybe a little too plentiful. An experienced captain knows how to maneuver around these challenges, just make sure you´re paying for a superior captain or the few bucks you saved will result in disappointing day fishing. One piece of advice, fuel prices are going up at least thirty dollars a trip, per month with the fuel pricing strategy the Mexican Govt has. The smart money is booking boats before the prices jump considerably and they are moving upwards now. World Class Deep Sea or Sportfishing as it´s called is not for people looking to save money. Now I am not saying throw your money away, but stop and think about it, we all have the same expenses, legit companies that is, why are some boats or companies so much cheaper than others? One reason is Insurance, well paid crews, fuel usage on fast boats, electronics, fresh line, smooth drags, radios (no joke) and a service oriented company will always be ¨cheap¨ insurance for a fun, productive and safe day. Be smart, what you don´t know can hurt you and your family… 05 12 2014 Red Snappers Marietta Islands

Master Baiter´s is now producing a weekly news letter and posting up to the minute fishing conditions on my blog. Fire me an email if you care to get on my travel agent list so you have the up to the minute information that can make or break your day amigos.. YeHa! I´ll be standing by to hear from  you…..

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Sailfish Return to San Pancho, Dorado and Rooster Fish Pick Up

Sailfish Return to San Pancho, Dorado and Rooster Fish Pick Up Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & TackleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Every spring, beginning in the second week of April we run into breeding season. To say love is in the air in Banderas Bay was an understatement. Everything stops as the mind and body of several species focus on procreating. That´s April, now that we´re in May we´re seeing things change as water temperatures inch upwards. Bait is increasingly more abundant with mostly smaller Sardines and Google Eyes. Yes folks, it´s still winter transition fishing but the end is in sight as summer species move back in. For now the water is still ¨clear green¨ in color, which works fine for fishing, doesn´t affect the bite much. Water temperatures are now in the 75 to 78 degree range, but the currents are still swirling, so electronics on the boat is a welcome tool which will direct you to where to drop your baits. If you´re lucky enough to find yourself in the San Pancho (San Francisco) area north of Punta Mita you´ll find nice sized Dorado in the 35 to 60 lb range. Sailfish are also hanging out in the area as is normal for this early part of the fishing season. In this area you´ll want to use Google Eyes or whatever they´re hitting locally at the time you reach the fishing grounds. The down side is this will be a ten hour day due to the distance for these fishing grounds. If you´re looking for sizeable gamefish, for now you´ll need to put the time in, but it´s not that much time amigos! Corbeteña, a location I have not discussed for weeks and weeks is seeing an invasion of Snappers in the 35 lb range. Fields of red water is impressive. With all the Sardines in the area, the smaller Snappers are just chowing down as they come to the surface and take surface baits. With a little luck you´ll find Sailfish here at the rock, but don´t bet the farm on it. For the moment not much of a reason to head to Corbeteña Pic 0002 It´s a tossup between the Marietta Islands and the point of Punta Mita. Rooster fish are once again chasing the ever increasing amount of Sardines. These are the smaller Sardines, not the longer ones, so use smaller spinner type jigs if trolling lures. Snappers are also in the Marietta Islands, but on the smaller side between 15 and 25 lbs, perfect for the Blue Plate Special. With a bit of luck we´ll see Dorado move back in to the Marietta Islands, if water temps hold up that is. Add the regular players of Jack Crevalls in the 30 lb range, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Sierra Mackerals and then you´ll have a feel for the conditions. Inside the bay, it´s the same as it has been now for weeks. Plenty of Sierra Mackerals ranging from 5 lbs to 25 lbs, they´re great tasting but not excuse enough to hit four hours in the bay. Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack and smaller Snapper around the structure areas will round it all out. For younger Anglers it´s perfect. For older types looking to have some short day fun with light tackle, you´ll be happy. With clear and clean water in the bay, the currents have not churned up the sea floor sediments causing dirty water. So we´re counting the blessings we have in the fishing world in spring. With the moon in a favorable phase, getting to the fishing grounds at the break of dawn will most likely be too early. Be where you want to be by 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be on time! Traditionally fishing season begins in May, but May is the lowest part of low tourism season which means you´ll find some deals on the hotels. The humidity is getting a little more intense by the day, but this is normal. The seasonal expats are beginning to head back north. The Marina is noticeably empty as we move into tourisms low season, but it´s the beginning of High Season for Fishing amigos. So get your equipment tuned up, get the line changed on your reels and back it all up with Spectra for the Marlin Days. For now we´re not exactly on fire when we talk fishing, but we will be soon. So get ready, stash those pennies and contact me about our new lay-away fishing plan. We’ll take deposits, build up an account where we can take the sting out of fishing and make the vacation dollars, especially with families, go farther and at the same time insure your day on the water. Contact me for more details as we develop the program. Basically for the cost of a Starbucks cup of coffee, you can get an eight hour fishing trip on a super panga for the equivalent amount. Funny how a few dollars can add up to hundreds in no time. Something to think about.

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Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”! Pic 0001 Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Special Article: Industry Challenges, How this affects the Consumer and the Future fishing in PV

 Puerto Vallarta Fishing Industry Challenges, How this affects the Consumer and the Future fishing in PV

I love Marina Vallarta, if you´ve never been there (here) the place is full of life and of course this is where the World Class Sportfishing Companies and crews are. As I walk around the Marina you can´t help but notice the ever vanishing Sportfishing boats from the slips. After more than thirty years Marina Vallarta has changed ownership and has naturally raised prices (slip cost) for boat owners, including the fishing boats already suffering from seven straight ¨depression¨ years. As a result fishing boats that were on the edge have left the industry or gone out of business. Boats that are still operational are searching for affordable options in La Cruz and Nuevo Vallarta Marinas, good luck. Some are biting the bullet, staying and paying. Raising slip cost are just one factor driving the cost of all water sports up, not just fishing boats.   One major factor which can´t be ignored are fuel prices which are going up an average of half a peso a day, or about the equivalent of thirty cents a gallon a month until further notice! Another Stab to the gut for Sportfishing Companies. Of course this is a recipe for disaster for everyone involved. I could come up with a laundry list of what drives the prices of Sportfishing up. Marina Rebuild 01The bottom line is World Class Sportfishing is not cheap or for the financially challenged. Guys like me find ways to do what we can to make a hobby pay off, but in the end we all succumb to market conditions. To expand on this just a little, the cost of fuel is causing some funny things based on bad perceptions potential by potential clients. For example, there are many people advertising four hour fishing trips for $180 usd. I sell the same duration for more than double that price. You may ask ¨Why¨? Well first of all we are not selling the same product. The unsuspecting, first time client will look only at price because he doesn´t know any better. If you assume that all the boats in Puerto Vallarta are required to have safety equipment, life preservers, radios, licenses, insurance, certified Captains and a business license you´d be normal. Included in that assumption is the thought process that if all the fishing boats and companies have to adhere to these laws or they can´t operate a business (legally), you´d be correct. The one flaw in these inexperienced and naive clients is that this is Mexico and corruption runs wild. My direct competition will tell you that they are cheaper than others, but in fact they are offering a low quality, slow, bad equipment, no insurance, no license product that is less than adequate if measuring others with the same scale! Basically what happens is this, they travel out slowly, saving fuel the main expense in fishing trips. This means at twelve knots, it will take you two hours to get to the Marietta Islands which are 26 miles out from Puerto Vallarta. Master Baiters heads out at twice that speed so this means you get at least two more hours of fishing and not two hours extra of travel time. If you measure the cost of fishing and not traveling, this means we are offering a different product with justified higher cost. These low priced, illegal boats will lead you to believe you are getting a superior product, until you see the boat and head out slowly while reputable companies boats fly past you. Now that would make me mad, but that hundred dollars you saved will look expensive in a short time leaving the marina! If insurance is important, I won´t put a person on a boat that is not insured for legal reasons. I would be responsible if you get injured legally in Mexico. That is because I am findable. The guy you booked this other slow boat with, he´s gone with the wind. I could write a book about this, but when you´re looking for a boat, Radios are important. Many boats that are illegal use cell phones for communication. Now I don´t know about you, but a boat that is in distress, sinking or has mechanical problems using a cell phone looking for help is criminal at best. What is the so called captain going to do, call his friends and have them come find you in some corner of the bay? What would he do if he was sinking, call his mother in law? Radios are also important so you can communicate with others in the area as to where they may have found fish? No maintenance on cheap boats, that´s why they´re disappearing, they´re breaking down and they´re not getting the necessary maintenance, so they sit in some slip or worse… So make sure you know the product, not just the price. What you don´t know can hurt you. Keep this in mind.  Ok, so we know where the market conditions are heading, you´d be a fool not to see that we (guys like me) need to come up with ways for people to go fishing and still not suck up all their ¨fun money¨. Lets face it, one fishing trip on a private, professionally equipped boat with a professionally salaried top quality Captain and crew, which is fully insured and licensed is going to eat a chunk of the family $$ earmarked for tours and souvenirs. Insured and Licensed boats are key here. Mainly because we´re ¨findable¨ we are held to a higher level of accountability and frankly we want to be. Right now Marina Vallarta has changed hands after ten years of being in receivership. The new owners have come in and like a new broom is sweeping clean the dead wood slip occupants (lease holders) with expired leases. The new owners are using a monopoly mentality where you are the consumer of a limited product that is now controlled by a new regime. You might say, what does this mean to me, as a boat owner, business owner, I have to have slips for my boats or I´m not in business. After the new owners more than tripled slip rents, boats are leaving like rats from a sinking ship. On top of all that, the powers that be pissed off some of these Billionaire Mexican National types who have now thrown their considerable influence and army of attorneys into the mix. I would not want to be the on the receiving end of those law suits, no sir! Now I am not the only one challenged with how to stay in business where the prime attractions are the boats. But boats are vacating Marina Vallarta as fast as they can move to less expensive Marinas. People come to the Marina to see the boats and have dinner, walk, enjoy the night life, etc. Not look at an open wound where boats used to be. It is driving property values south like a duck in winter! I could go on about this for sure. The boat that can afford or barely afford the slip they are renting are going to be your only ¨obvious¨ options and of course expenses drive cost up. So expect fishing charters prices to go up. Add the increasing fuel cost daily and frankly holding cost down and trying to keep some level of profitability is turning out to be almost impossible. Cheap boats are always there to find. New local laws that enforce owners and brokers alike to prove insurance, Marticula (operating license), and boat registration with the local Port Authority to book fishing trips is going to decrease availability of fishing boats. Here at Master Baiter´s, we don´t see this as a huge issue since so much of our business is word of mouth and return business. The boats and brokers looking for ¨walk by¨ traffic to pounce on, on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta are looking at hard times ahead. So now we´re looking at fewer choices and higher prices as operational cost skyrocket. But the biggest issue the consumer will be looking at is how familiar faces in Marina Vallarta you used to rent from have disappeared. For many this will mean not being able to enjoy one of the greatest attractions Puerto Vallarta has to offer, which of course is the Bay of Banderas. If you have not been on the water here in PV while on vacation, you missed spectacular experiences like seeing a Giant Manta Rays (14 ft. tip to tip) launching themselves from the oceans in a display for the ladies. Whales doing the same thing. Dolphin by the thousands, Fish, Bait balls, Snorkeling, exploring, it´s just a magical experience. So where do we go from here. Well, I know I have to do something. One thing I´ve been thinking about, is a ¨lay-away¨ fishing plan. Send money in, I´ll put it in an account for you, when you show up you´ll literally have money in the bank to cover your fishing trip, less pain than dropping a chunk of $$ on my counter! Another option is fishing parties for smaller boats on shorter durations. $100 usd per person for an eight hour trip would be affordable for most, you´d be one of four people, the difference being you´ll be targeting Sailfish amigo, not Bonito. Accepting PayPal is something we should have done ages ago, we´re working now… I am also am trying to come up with a way to match clients up to share boats as well. Not sure how this is going to work, but stay tuned for whatever ideas I can come up with. As far as creativity goes, there seems to be no original thought or thoughts on most subjects. My mixed up mind thinks that this will make fishing more affordable even as conditions start to work against the average working guy looking to enjoy Deep Sea Fishing at an affordable price. One thing for sure, if I don´t do something like this, nobody in Marina Vallarta or the area will…. Such is the goal, wish me luck.

Punta Mita Sees Return of Sardines, Rooster Fish, Pompano

Punta Mita Sees Return of Sardines, Rooster Fish, Pompano

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´sSportfishing & TackleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every year at about the second week of April winter begins to change into summer. When this happens we call it a ¨Transition period¨. Those involved in the fishing business (Captains, Crews, etc.) know and understand that this is essentially the worst time of year to go fishing. First and foremost is the fact that the local species are just full of eggs keeping their interest anywhere except in taking your bait. Then there´s the annual change of currents as they flip directions now moving south to north. As warm water moves in the sun hangs longer daily in the Tropical Skies of Puerto Vallarta. This churned, swirling water conditions can result in brown, coffee colored water as the sediment on the sea floor inside the bay gets churned up. Typically all at the same time, we have warm currents, cold currents and fish that are not interested in your trolled baits. That´s the bad news, the good news is; that will shortly be behind us. May brings stability, dominant summer currents and of course world class species, Sailfish being the first to arrive in thin numbers. For the last month, I´ve done my best to make this sound as positive as I possibly can and still keep the truth factor firmly in place.

Having said all that, some of the best news this week was the fact that Sardines, which have been in, then out, are in again. Water temperatures are still moderate and on the cool side, but inching their way up to 75 degrees or so on average. Not exactly blue water, but the clear green water we have, getting clearer everyday, is not hindering the fish. Blue water is preferable, green works. Now you may be asking yourself ¨Where¨ is it getting better? One place, the best place, is still off the point of Punta Mita. To be exact, the area around Sayulita and a bit north are just exploding with Rooster fish in the 35 to 60 lb range, Pompano running 45 lbs, Snapper are also taking trolled baits and are running the same general size of 15 to 30 lbs. Sailfish are in the area, but sparse. Dorado, forget about them for now. Eight hour trips are mandatory if you’re looking for any sizeable fish to put on the table. Sorry, that´s just the way it is.04 26 2014 Mi Jenny, 8 hrs, Chema 026

Forget about the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña, same issues, cold water, no fish. Don´t waste your money heading out to these distant locations until you hear word of any action first. For the guys looking for sizeable Trophy Game fish, then you´ll need to bite the bullet when it comes to the fuel budget. Not to mention the sheer time it will take to get there and back on a slow boat conserving fuel so you can actually make it back under power, a biggie for sure. Yellowfin Tuna are about the only players at the Tres Maria Islands, so don´t go expecting anything other than Yellowfin Tuna. The Tres Maria Islands are a fishery, so I have a real issue with those fishing in this area, legal buffer zone or not. Once they fish out the fisheries, like the Seiners are doing now, then we can fold up the fishing industry and sell T-Shirts to tourist… wait, I already do that!

Those looking at short day fishing will still find fun action in the bay with Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, smaller snappers to 20 lbs max and more Sierra Mackerals than you can count. For younglings or those looking for some fun on the bay with a limited budget, then a super panga on the bay for four to six hours will do you nicely. For now the fishing could be better, but it´s not bad.

For now the latest fishing information for the locals or visiting tourist is key. You need to know when the bite is, mid morning by the way, what the water temperatures are and where the ¨hot¨ spots are. I started to put updates out to my Facebook friends. If you would like to receive my weekly updates, normally about two a week if things change, then send me an email and I´ll put you on my contact list. I will also start a video fishing report shortly, I have done one already, but I´m as exciting as watching paint dry, so we´re working on that as well.04 24 2014 8 hrs, Jeff Payne Mi Jenny 600 pxls So if you want to be informed of the latest and greatest, especially if you have local clients like the travel agents I work with, then this is a free service that is invaluable when you need it. My contact information is at the bottom of this article…  Looking forward to seeing your responses and questions amigos…..  

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.  

Seasonal Transition Fishing, Conditions Improve Slightly

Seasonal Transition Fishing, Conditions Improve Slightly

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle04 22 2014 John Miller . Capt  Tory. Rooster Fish 59 inches 600 pxls

Compared to what the fishing was like last week, we´ve improved. Not greatly, but we´ll take it an inch at a time if we have to. Fish are still in a transition period between summer and winter where breeding in spring takes precedence over feeding. Which of course means it can be frustrating when you see the fish, you know they´re there, but they just won´t pay a speck of attention to your trolled master piece (bait). Along with the change in seasons come water temperature swings. The summer currents don´t just take over, they mix in with winter currents and this creates a swirling affect which can make experienced captains pull their hair out. This is where even cheap electronics will tell you the water you´re in is either warmer or cold. When you can´t see or find fish, trolling in the warm streaks and currents greatly improve your chances. Cheap boats, no equipment, no fish, it´s that easy. This is nothing new, having an experienced captain with a full bag of tricks (lures and baits) as well as a radio and electronics to me are basics clients should not have to ask about or for. Better boats will already have them in an effort to win your future business. Fly by the seat of their pants type boats and owners will find fish, but it´s luck so keep this in mind, it will ultimately help your cause.

On the positive side water temperature are up slightly, clear green water conditions are still present, not a bad thing. Bait has started to return, especially near the point of Punta Mita in the form of Sardines. Rooster fish are still chasing these Sardines so you´ll find Roosters near the reef of Anclote off Sayulita. With the chilled waters, Dorado have not shown any signs, but Snappers to 35 lbs are coming up and taking trolled baits. Pompano in the 45 lb range and of course Rooster fish over 35 lbs are not exactly abundant, but they are around. For now, no Sailfish, but this will change soo, Sailfish normally move into the area around late April to mid May.04 20 2014 Robery Bryant 2, Cubera Snapper, Magnifico, 10 hrs 600 pxls

The Marietta Islands are still seeing sketchy fishing. Some days plenty of fish, other days will make you pull your hair out. Mackerals of the Sierra variety, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Snappers in the 35 lb range coming to the surface, Amber Jacks in the 40 lb range, Rooster fish if Sardines are in the area and of course Jack Crevalls, the standard day saver fish. All and all, nothing too spectacular, but for the visiting angler it´s the place to be to catch fish.

Those of you interested in off season fishing for Yellowfin Tuna can find satisfaction at the Tres Maria Islands. Again, these are protected fisheries, breeding grounds that surround a prison island that holds hardened criminals here in Mexico. As long as you stay outside of the restricted area, many call this the ¨buffer zone¨, you won´t have problems with the Federalies or other local authorities. Inside, well you´ll be chased like all the other guys ¨cheating¨ the boundaries. Yellowfin Tuna are running anywhere from 125 to 275 lbs right now. Bait swarming around the rocky areas makes this heaven for Yellowfin Tuna. It´s a long haul and an overnight trip is what makes the most sense, double the opportunities for double the price. The travel time is what kills you so get up with the bite and hook into a finned fantasy. Again, respect the boundaries and You´ll have fun.

Inside the bay is still on the short side. Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackeral and that is about it. Naturally you´ll find all kinds of species around structure and a skilled captain with experience will always have his own secret spots.

With the full moon phase out of the way, you´ll remember the red moon, the bite is inching it´s way to mid morning. My suggestion is leave Marina Vallarta at or about 7:00 a.m. and you´ll be right on time. As far as bait goes, most of the natural bait has moved out of the bay for the moment, but again as stated earlier Sardines are coming back slowly so I expect things to pick up nicely by the time you read this article. Water temperatures are still chilly, but the sun is higher in the sky daily as summer gets closer by the day. So don´t be discouraged, you´ll catch fish, but it´s going to be work amigo. For now your best bet is still in the Punta Mita / Marietta Island areas until the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña begin firing again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct

Shocking Cold Green Water, Bait Takes a Powder

Shocking Cold Green Water, Bait Takes a Powder

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle04 10 2014 Shannon Trahan, Magnifico, 001a



Spring Fishing has its own special challenges. It´s actually a transition period where winter currents turn into summercurrents, which means swirling currents. This mixes up the sediment on the sea floor bottom, which in turn means dirty, coffee colored water. Fish hate this, it would be like walking around breathing through an open mouth behind a soot spewing buss! The currents pushing this sediment up from the bottom is normal, but not welcome. Bait fish, just like normal fish, don´t like this nasty tasting water so they leave. So all of a sudden we have breeding fish leaving the area due to cold, nasty water. It normally takes about three days for these types of conditions to settle down. For now Jack Crevalls are the dominant species and will stay in areas other fish won´t. Like I said, challenging…

That right there is pretty much your fishing report. One thing I can say, when you read this article it will have already changed for the better. For now these breeding fish still have Love / Amor on the brain. Some areas have yellow eggs, which look like dark mustard floating on the water surface. Jelly fish have exploded and are breeding in the Yelapa down to Los Arcos area. The good news is Jack Crevalls are still in the area and will take bait if it can see it. In the clear swirls, you´ll find Skip Jack Tuna, Sierra Mackerals, and Snapper in the 10 to 25 lb range. Bonito of course. No advice this week on lure color or choice, so get creative. I suggest purple combinations.

The Marietta Islands are a little better than the bay, but the cold water conditions are here as well. Rooster Fish which have been chasing small sardines have moved out for the moment, they´ll be back. Pompano in the 35 lb range, Sierra Mackerals, Bonito running 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls, Amber Jack 25 to 50 lbs, and the list goes on. Don´t get too excited, the fishing is still challenging, finding a warm streak, with clear green water would be your best bet for the moment. The bite is getting earlier each day as we enter the full moon period of the month. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

The Deep Water Locations are void of fish as well. Yes you´ll always find Cubera Snappers at 50 lbs, Amber Jacks, Rainbow Runners, Jack Crevalls and others. For now your fuel dollar would be better spent pointing the boat in a different Direction. UpDate 4/15/2014: The brown, coffee colored water has already dissipated and now we´re seeing clear green water. Not the perfect conditions we are used to, but still good conditions for fishing have come back. Jack Crevalls are leading the pack in taking bait. Still not much bait in the area, but the water temps are inching their way up. So the negative side is a little less negative.

For now the only real, professional and serious action is happening at the Tres Maria Islands, commonly known as the prison islands. For the casual fisherman, the distance is enough to shut you down. For those looking in the off season for Monster Yellowfin Tuna, then this is the only place you´ll be interested in. Running 150 to well over 250 lbs your fuel dollars will be well spent. Now how many dollars that will be depends on how fast you want to get there. At better than a hundred miles out of Marina Vallarta, those needed dollars will be substantial. Be warned, the Federalies are out chasing those inside the legal ¨buffer¨ zone as some call it. It´s a boundary basically, those fishing inside this boundary will find themselves facing situations they would rather not face. Be smart, have fun, catch fish and stay the Heck out of Jail.

This past week my brother John Gabruk passed away suddenly in Jamaica. John and his wife Tonya started Master Baiter´s in 2000 and became an undeniable force in the fishing industry. Master Baiter´s boats won the 2000 and 2001 WBS Billfishing Series world championships and from that time on John was a respected source of information and humor. John will be missed by many of us in Puerto Vallarta, the Captains, the Clients and the local business owners all knew and respected his humor and Abilities. John was happiest when he was fishing and I am sure he is trolling right now in Heavenly Skies with Heavenly blue seas and a never ending bite. John was my only brother and in the end a little part of Master Baiters went with him. Rest in peach John.  04 11 2014 John Gabruk Marlin

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:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.