Just When You got it all figured out, Everything Changes!

First Striped Marlin of the Season, winter is coming now!Just When You got it all figured out, Everything Changes!

Last week my article was telling you that finally everything had changed, the Yellowfin Tuna were in and waiting for you to show up. But the moment the article was published, everything changed! Currents shifted, Water Temperatures temporarily dropped and the bait left the building. The Yellowfin Tuna dropped in size from 150 lbs to average around 50 lbs. You had to jig, chum and pray to get a Yellowfin Tuna this week. Black Marlin has all but disappeared and it’s getting harder by the day to make a recommendation to potential clients when the conditions are constantly flipping.

So now what? El Banco is not the place to be going today. Water Temperatures have been fluctuating for just at 75 degrees to 84 degrees. The other day there were 15 boats here and only one came in with Yellowfin Tuna, and nothing else was boated. Now things can change again before I finish writing this article. You’ll just have to keep your ears open for what is happening out there or better yet, send me an email if you’re in town and I will get you the latest and greatest! Lately the bottle nose Dolphins have been making it impossible to fish as they eat the bait you’re trolling. Kinda cute the first couple of time, but not so cute when you realize you’re not going to get a chance to run this bait in front of a Gamefish any time soon.

Now Corbeteña is another story. At the rock there has been a lot of action, but it will make you pull your hair out. Tuna Jumping, Sailfish and Marlin are all over the place and they may not bite. You see there is a ton of bait in the water and we never know exactly what they’re eating, that is unless you can get a fish to see what he’s eating. One of the frustrating factors this week has been the type of bait in the water. The Krill shrimp right now are the preferred food for Yellowfin and Dorado. There are these tiny little Yellow Fin ¨bullets¨ as they´re called. They’re about six to eight inches in length and are perfect bite size morsels for every fish near Corbeteña right now. Now if you were going for Cubera Snapper this week, now that was a different story. Cubera in the 45 to 60 lb range this past week was very common and if you had a smart captain who wasn’t being a ¨Macho¨ Captain, you came in with something for the table. Dorado and even Wahoo have been boated here this week. So Corbeteña is still your best bet for deep water fishing. Conditions for the most part have been calm, with some mornings being a little choppy with some unexpected breezes in the A.M. hours. The bite has been happening lately in the early morning hours, so you may want to check with your local fishing authority as to what the real deal has been. As long as the blue water conditions exist like they are now at Corbeteña, this is still a great fishing area and should always be considered. If you’re targeting larger fish, this is where you have to start. But remember, the area north of Corbeteña has ridges and gulley’s to troll across and should always be considered if things are not happening near the rock itself.

North of Punta Mita about fourteen miles off shore, the Sailfish have been setting up house, Dorado also. With the fluctuating water temperatures, closer in to the shore has been a better place to spend your fuel dollar. As we settle into a winter pattern with water temps and currents, this area will continue to get more attention and will ultimately be the place to be for larger game fish after Mid January.

Same conditions exist around the Marietta Islands and El Morro. Always dependable and with the Jack Crevalls coming into the area in big numbers, you can expect the 8 hr days to continue to be productive.

Inside the bay this week we’re seeing larger Dorado in front of the Los Arcos rocks all the way up past Yelapa. Dorado in the 20 to 35 lb range makes a perfect blue plate special. So don´t be discouraged about in the bay fishing. It may not be a Marlin, but it will be fun to catch and eat. Besides, with all the Sailfish caught in the bay this past summer, anything is possible. Again, Jack Crevalls, Dorado, Snapper, Bonito, Skip Jack Tunas, and more are here waiting for you now!

Master Baiter´s, I should say we are now selling our world famous T-Shirts online at www.MasterBaitersGear.com … We only have two designs up for the time being, but if things go well, we’ll increase the products offered. Hopefully I will have tackle in the name of Master Baiter’s online soon. So check us out. As soon as I can get my web master to respond to a phone call or email, I will have my link put up. For now, go to the site and order away. A Perfect gift for the fisherman in your life as a Xmas present, guaranteed to get a chuckle. Delivery has been quick and reliable so what’s stopping you…?

Come be my Facebook ¨Friend¨. You can contact me at MasterBaiter Stan (username). I blog also: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com for the local inside information on what is happening in Marina Vallarta…..

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

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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El Banco Comes to Life with Yellowfin Monsters, Grande Marlin

Big Yellowfin Tuna 200lbs

YellowFin Tuna at El Banco

Below is the Article I write weekly for Western Outdoor news weekly. I am a featured writer in their publications delivered to thousands of homes in the Mid West of America. I haven’t been posting these, but I don’t know why.. so from here on, I will post those as well.. I also write for World Wide Fishing Guide, the PV Mirror news paper and several other publications.

Stan Gabruk                November 20, 2009            Western Outdoor News

El Banco Comes to Life with Yellowfin Monsters, Grande Marlin

The Bank or El Banco in Spanish has caught on fire! What was just a Luke warm location and not worth the fuel expense has turned into Yellowfin Tuna Central. Not twenty miles past the bank or on some heading north, but rather over the high spots you will boat a Yellowfin Tuna Monster amigos. Blue and Striped Marlin have shown up in increasing numbers. Huge Dorado of 45 to 60 lbs., hell even the whales are filtering in. Yes friends, high season is here and Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta is as good as I’ve seen it all year. Fish that won the Pez Vela Tournament would not have been able to compete with what is coming out of our world famous fishing grounds. Small Skip Jack Tuna have moved into the area and this is drawing the fish back in. The Marlin McDonalds is back in Business!!

I also believe the currents are changing as fall is upon us. One indication of this is the upwelling outside of the bay. As currents change, there are like little voids that will swirl. This stirs up the sentiment from the bottom and you get dirty water. So the currents look like they’re moving into a more normal pattern for now, lets hope this last. One thing is for sure, there is plenty of bait in the water (live bait is king)  and the water temps are perfect. All the elements look to be coming together, finally!

Corbeteña this week was alive with Sailfish, Trophy sized Sailfish amigo. Marlin are jumping all over the place. But Corbeteña was barely outside of the dirty water and this is of course an opportunity. Cubera Snapper is hitting well off the structure just on the north end of the rock. That is if you don’t mind giving bottom fishing a try. Tuna will be showing up there soon if they´re not out there already. Right now the best bang for your buck is El Banco and Corbeteña. Now the area between these two locations is very fertile as well with ridges, upwelling areas and deep structure. Many a tournament winner has come in from this area about twelve miles as the Seagull flies towards El Banco. But keep these spots to yourself! That would be all twenty five of you loyal and dedicated readers!

Off Punta Mita and points north, guess what, the fishing is great. Sailfish in the 100 inch range and Dorado in the 35 lb range are ten miles off shore and hungry. So if you´re up in La Cruz Marina, it’s just around the corner from you! With a little luck you might see a Striped Marlin or maybe a Rooster Fish.

In the bay, same deal, it´s incredible. Six hour trips get NICE FISH. In fact I have this new single engine boat that I use only for the bay and it’s great and very affordable. Everything is top notch, but without a motor investment, I can sell it cheaper, but only for inside the bay. If you´re heading to the Yelapa area, just about 12 miles south of Marina Vallarta, you too may boat large for the bay Dorado of 25 to 30 lbs. Maybe even a Sailfish, they’ve been in the bay at all the best locations.

Check out the www.MasterBaiters.com.mx web page for some exciting news. I have finally gotten my web page up to sell T-shirts to you in the United States and not have to charge you an arm or leg to get them. They are priced to sell at $19.99 (Cheaper than in PV). Go to: www.MasterBaitersGear.com and you’ll see the one or possibly two styles of shirts we’re starting with. We will be adding more and more items as we see what kind of response we get. The icon is not up quite yet on the web site. So being one of my readers you’ll appreciate this information. Now I can finally answer the endless request for shirts and products! Check it out and remember, I am on Facebook as well under MasterBaiter Stan. I have 800 people who are real friends and interested anglers from all over the world. I share my blog, information, stories, you name it on interesting Marina Facts and some fiction! Hahahaaa…

Well I just ran out of room so I guess that’s it for this week. Until next time, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

Billfish Abundant at Corbeteña, Yellowfin Tuna Size Varies, Fishing is Great

 

200 lb plus Yellowfin Tuna ¨Cow¨

Yellowfin Tuna ¨Cow¨ at El Banco

Billfish Abundant at Corbeteña, Yellowfin Tuna Size Varies, Fishing is Great

 

November is here, the seasons are changing as we feel the coolness in the morning air. Noticeably, there is more action in Marina Vallarta with full restaurants, shops and offices. Yes the tourists are coming back as we head in to the Thanksgiving Holiday Season. Not only are the tourists returning, we’re already spotting the first whales in the area, a sure indication of changing seasons. One thing that has changed is the availability of Billfish at Corbeteña and El Banco.

That’s right, Sailfish and Marlin are abundant at Corbeteña and they’re hungry. Dorado in the 35 to 50 lb range, Cubera Snappers in the 45 lb range, even some Wahoo! The bite was later in the day last week, but with the changing Moon phase, we’re seeing the bite later in the morning and a little earlier in the afternoon. What this means, any time from 8:30 to about 3:00 in the afternoon the action has been picking up. Good information if you´re trying to keep your time on the water down. Be sure that if you see bait boils on the way out you stop and get some. For those inexpensive boats without Tuna Tubes or Tubes in good working condition you’re just hoping for luck to on your side with some bait in the area to catch. Now Google Eyes are always a necessity and easy to purchase. But Skip Jack Tuna or Bonito are another thing and are used for larger fish. With the availability of bait in question at the Rock, under equipped or cheap boats without the necessary basics will actually cost you a fishing trip if you don´t have at least some stunned bait.

El Banco was quiet for a long time, but we’re seeing Black Marlin in the area with some nice ones boated over 700 lbs this past week. Yellowfin Tuna are lingering in the area with a size range from anywhere between 60 to 200 lbs, it just depends on what is in the area at the time. Live bait is sparse here as well, so the same thing holds true here as well, make bait while you can. With the water temperatures more in line now with what is normal, El Banco can change in a heartbeat, so keep your ears open or feel free to fire me an email for the latest conditions. I won’t tell you a story to get you on a boat, I want your return business!

El Morro and the Marietta Islands are still alive with Dorado, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, and Sailfish. Trolling a Google eye around the rocks may even get you a Rooster fish, but they’ve been AWOL lately. This is an area where you can rely on fish all season or year long. Well worth the fuel dollar, but I suggest hitting Corbeteña since it’s only ten or so miles farther out than El Morro. The same goes for the Marietta Islands, being so close to each other they normally have the same conditions, but not always.

Punta Mita and the surrounding area have been kinda quiet. With most charters heading towards the Islands and Corbeteña, not much information is available as to what is happening there. The few reports I have gotten are showing Dorado and Sails are still in the area and the boats from La Cruz Marina have been taking short trips to the rocks or islands as the locals call them. Around the corner at Sayulita, there is a chance at some Rooster fish if you’re feeling lucky. Roosters have been strangely absent even here in the last couple of weeks. But they can show up at any moment, so stay tuned.

Inside the bay if you’re looking for some light action is well worth a four or even six hour day. Around the area of Los Arcos to Yelapa there have been many Skip Jack Tuna, Mackerals, Bonito, small Dorado, Needle fish and Snappers to name a few. Any fish in the bay may wind up on your line if you give it a shot. River mouths are alive with Snook at the moment as well, so give it a shot.

Remember when you’re looking through the web pages or talking to agents, cheap boats come with less skilled captains and crews. Your better, tried and true captains can actually demand some decent wages because they catch fish. Cheap boats get cheap crews, less experience, no insurance and ultimately can cost you the fish with their lack of skills and professionalism. Remember lower prices should come with lowered expectations. Stay away from any guy carrying a notebook telling you he has 12 boats, but can’t tell you the captains’ names. These guys are ¨pirates¨ and they´re operating illegally playing off your greed. If you want a cheap boat real bad, that’s exactly the way you´ll get it.

That’s if for this week, until next time, don’t forget to kiss your fish!

You can contact me for more information at CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  You can also be my Facebook Friend at: MasterBaitersPV@gmail.com for you Fish Pic of the day. I also have a blog that is linked so if you´re interested in the daily happenings around Marina Vallarta and the fishing scene, connect with me and you´ll be informed and armed when it comes time to go fishing! It’s real time information and those in the area of Marina Vallarta will find it useful (www.MasterBaiters.wordpress.com). Remember, at Master Baiter’s ¨we won’t jerk you around!¨

 

 

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Yellowfin Tuna and Black Marlin have finally Arrived!

Around here conditions can change in a heart beat and that is the case we´re seeing right now! Where as just a few days ago we saw perfect conditions at our world famous fishing grounds, the fish we anywhere but here! But like I said, this has all changed and the conditons now are some of the best I’ve seen for the whole year if you’re targeting Yellowfin Tuna or Black Marlin!

El Banco has been less than active the last few weeks, while on the other hand Corbetena has been alive with action.  Sailfish, Dorado, Black and Blue Marlin and of course Yellowfin Tuna.  The Tuna have been running anywhere from 30 lbs to 300 lbs and frankly anything is possible at the rock right now. Having said that, my expectations for the next few days is that wé’ll boat a large Marlin tomorrow (11/6) at Corbetena! We’ll be filming this day, hopefully we’ll get something for the people to watch with some interest! Stay tuned for more on this later….

Right now we’re coming out of the full moon phase and what has turned from bad to good, should move straight into great. The bite has been happening late in the day, so no sense in leaving early, that is unless you want to be out there two hours before day light trying to catch that morning bite. With all the crap in the water from the rains etc I wouldn´t suggest heading out to the fishing grounds at break neck speed in the early moring hours

The photo is of what was brought in today from Corbeteña by the Super Panga Pecositas…. This Black Marlin is estimated to be between 700 and 750 lbs! One of the biggest I´ve seen for some time. This would have been a tournament winner in Cabo just this past week!

I´ll have some more news for you Saturday after I give it my shot tomorrow… I´ll be filming, so I won’t be the star, just the host….

Stan

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

www.MasterBaiters.com.mx

700 + lb Black Marlin @ Corbeteña

Big, Black and Beautiful 700+ lb Marlin

 

 

Crazy Currents, Changing Conditions is Challenging Puerto Vallarta Anglers

 

Dorado Hermoso RedPix

Nice Bull Dorado

Crazy Currents, Changing Conditions is Challenging Puerto Vallarta Anglers

 

 

 

It’s been a rough year for Puerto Vallarta Fishing all around. In April CNN spoke lies about the conditions in Mexico concerning Drug Issues, Swine Flu and the general state of Mexico. It put the brakes on all tourist related businesses and has hurt Puerto Vallarta to the bone. Now that we´ve entered November we’re all looking forward to people returning to our fair city, no matter what that may be. One thing for sure, whatever it is, it will be better than what we’ve been seeing for the last six months.

But we’re into November now and tourism is returning, slowly but surely. Demand for Restaurants, Services, shops and yes Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta is on the upswing. Conditions have changed a little this week, but that’s to be expected as currents dictate the ¨flow¨ of things when it comes to fish. We’ve seen the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco run hot and cold. Hot in the form of warm water and cold as in Yellowfin tuna. First, the conditions for the last week were not great. We had a storm south of PV and a cold front come down from California causing rolling seas and rough days beyond the bay. Having said that, Sailfish, Blue and Striped Marlin (350 lbs), Dorado (40 lbs) and Cubera Snapper (45 lbs – 60 lbs) are still hanging around the rock at Corbeteña. At El Banco, Dorado have been running in the 45 lb range, Sailfish are large also in the 80 to 100 inch range and can be anywhere from 80 lbs to 130, it just depends. Yellowfin have been in and out at both locations, but your chances of boating one of these beauties right now is greater on the down side. Thank god for the other species or we’d be hurting for fish.

Closer in to El Morro and the Marietta Islands what was so automatic last week is now a little more work. Sailfish, Jack Crevalls and Sailfish are still in the area. But it’s not like fishing in a barrel like last week. But using live bait, Google eyes or Skip Jack Tuna along with Petrileros lures of four to six inches will get you something to brag about as the blue plate special that evening! Haven’t seen any Rooster fish the last few days, but like always, things can change in a heartbeat.

In the bay the fishing has returned to normal from the unusual conditions of Dorado in every nook and corner of the bay. Again with the current changes we’ve seen less Dorado, but plenty of Snappers, Roballo, Bonito, Needle fish, Skip Jack Tuna, Snook and more. The point off Cabo Correntes is showing signs of nice sized Sailfish and rumors of Rooster fish. May be worth the time and trouble. The trash line is fading and soon will be a thing of the past as the seasonal rains come to an end. If you can catch the trash line, it’s a fish machine and make sure you stop by and cast a few diamond jigs at it on the clean water side. This will make a slow day take off with action.

Master Baiter’s has several boats open for the 54th Pez Vela Tournament in Puerto Vallarta coming up this November 11th through the 14th. I have several boats that were running at the normal daily price, not double that is the norm for tournaments… Contact me for more information or check out the web site at: www.fishvallarta(dot)com for all the details…..

Well, that’s enough for this week, until next time, don’t forget to kiss your fish….

You can contact me for more information at CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  You can also be my Facebook Friend at: MasterBaitersPV@gmail.com and see my Fish Pic of the day. I also have a blog that is linked so if you´re interested in the daily happenings around Marina Vallarta and the fishing scene, connect with me and you´ll be informed and armed when it comes time to go fishing! It’s real time information and those in the area of Marina Vallarta will find it useful

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. Because people are looking for deals, yet still want to hit the better fishing grounds, we at Master Baiter´s ® have started a Shared Boat Fishing Party for $250.00 usd per person. You´ll head out to Corbeteña with a well equipped boat and a ¨real¨ shot at boating that finned fantasy you came to Mexico for. You can contact me for more information at CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  You can also be my Facebook Friend at: MasterBaitersPV@gmail.com and see my Fish Pic of the day. I also have a blog that is linked so if you´re interested in the daily happenings around Marina Vallarta and the fishing scene, connect with me and you´ll be informed and armed when it comes time to go fishing! It’s real time information and those in the area of Marina Vallarta will find it useful. I also post weather conditions like Hurricanes etc.  I am doing everything you can do including Twitter (MasterBaiters) and I also have a new fishing program where I do a show called Vallarta Fishing Experience (http://www.banderasnews.com/sfproductions/vallarta-fishing-experience.htm). We promote the Puerto Vallarta Yacht and Fishing Charter Association (PVYAFCA) in an effort to direct people to boats of better quality.

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

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

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

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Changing Conditions, Changing Currents, Dorado on the Move

This is the article I writer for Westen Outdoor news, a news paper distributed throughout the middle west of the United States….

Cole Brook is 12 and this is his first Deep sea Fish

Capt. Chema left, First Mate Jimmy in the middle, Cole Brook as the happy angler!

Changing Conditions, Changing Currents, Dorado on the Move

As we move out of October we see once again the fish are on the move. With the strange currents we´ve seen this year it´s hard to predict where to fish from day to day. The past two weeks the most reliable locations were El Morro and the Marietta Islands. With Dorado off the hook, why head anywhere else. But that was last week, this week we see that El Morro and the Marietta Islands have cooled off a little with Dorado and Sailfish for the most part moving into deeper waters. You´ll still find game fish here, but it’s not like fishing in a barrel like it was this past week. Still worth the effort and while in diminished numbers, Sailfish, Dorado, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, and more. Remember, live bait is always king and with the action near the rocks, you´ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of live bait to cast and troll.

Same for inside the bay. It seems the currents have changed and the abundance of Dorado and Sailfish that was unusual has gone back to the normal conditions of just very good! There have been some rumors of Rooster Fish around the point of Cabo Correntes along with some Sailfish as well. May be worth the trip if you´re so inclined. While heading that way don´t forget to troll from Los Arcos to the point. Of course make sure you´re a few miles out to avoid rocks and other structure hazards. But there are Snappers, Bonito, and Needle fish, Snook at the rivers, Roballo, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on. You won´t see the size you will outside of the bay, but you will see action. For the fly fisherman, this is the perfect place to test your gear with some outstanding fishing.

This week the bulk of the action has moved out to Corbeteña and El Banco. Large Dorado, Sailfish, Blue and Striped Marlin have all been boated in these two hot spots for Puerto Vallarta Sportfishing enthusiast. Like always, the water has been perfect and blue, plenty of live bait in the water with fluctuating water temperatures driving us nuts! A few days last week we witnessed the water temps peak around 87 degrees and since then it´s been a roller coaster. If you can find some cooler spots around the rock at Corbeteña you just might get lucky. The bite for the most part is a ¨Right place at the right time¨ sort of thing. You may also find yourself working this area for a good portion of the day before you get a chance to get excited. But be patient, fishing is not for the most part going to be done on a stop watch.

Even though the fishing was a little less spectacular this week than last week, don’t think the fishing is bad, it´s never bad. But when you´re as jaded as we are here, we expect to be boating Monsters every ten minutes. We all know this is not possible, but at least in Puerto Vallarta, it can happen!

That´s about it for this week, until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx