Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster Fish, Summer Sportfishing Explodes!

 

Yellowfin Tuna by Punta Mita

First YellowFin Tuna for these guys in PV, the y’re coming back soon!

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Rooster Fish, Summer Sportfishing Explodes!

 

 Things are getting hot in Puerto Vallarta and I am not only talking about the weather.  Every year I write about how when the weather gets hot, so does the fishing. Many can handle the heat and humidity that comes along with Monster Yellowfin Tuna and Black Marlin. For those, the season is early for these species and the season is shaping up nicely.  This is the time of year where those who want to cry about having to head out twelve hours to hit world class fishing grounds are better off staying off the water. You see here in Vallarta we have some unique conditions that keep this area one of the best fishing locations in the world. That’s right amigos, I SAID THE WORLD!

One example of how things are beginning to take off is the invasion of flying fish into the area. By in the area I mean in the Bay of Banderas, which is drawing in Billfish in front of La Cruz Marina all the way down to Nuevo Vallarta in front of the hotels! The flying fish are large also, 15 inches in length and it isn´t hard to find flying fish with all the flying birds engaging in war fare bombing tactics on these fish!  When these flying fish arrive, a Marlins favorite food, or one of them anyway, when they arrive there are always Marlin close behind. An example of this is the reappearance of Blue and Black Marlin at Corbeteña. This area has been void of bait for more weeks than I care to remember. But how, this has changed and there will be more action at the rock shortly if not right now! Smaller Yellowfin Tuna have arrived here as well in the 40 to 60 lb range for the moment. But this is the Rock and things can get better or for that fact worse in a heartbeat. Water conditions here for the most part have been very favorable. But there have been those days where we have had the green or dirty water chasing currents out this way. So be sure to check the reports if possible the day before…. Those looking for Wahoo, they have been taking baits just off the finger that extends below the water line off the rock. Break the instructions out for those expensive electronics you paid for… there is another use other than the GPS features amigos!

 If you´re thinking of hitting El Banco, the time is right to get those fuel dollars together. Finally the Yellowfin are on the high spots! Now they can be anywhere from 60 to 175 lbs depending on your luck. But there are finally large Marlin here as well. In fact anywhere between the high spots and the point can be a very fertile location. For now, not much else out there, Dorado are noticeably absent which is unusual for this time of the year. Keep an ear open for the conditions and avoid the full moon on an outgoing tide.  Also, remember during a full moon the Tuna Bite is early and late, again check the conditions before heading out. Here’s a secret to help those looking for large Yellowfin at El Banco: about five miles towards the Tres Maria Islands, there is a drop off where many a large Yellowfin or Black Marlin has been boated. Again, use the fish finder option and see if anything is running below you, drop a down rigger with a chorra or skip jack tuna. Charter boats that charge a little extra will always have this option and is one reason why they will return in with fish when others are fishing blind. Remember, this is what you are paying for, catching fish on well equipped boats.  

 With more people in town we´re seeing more people willing to head out to the more distant blue water locations. But the closer in areas of El Morro and the Marietta Islands are finally showing signs of Sailfish life. They are mostly small for Sailfish, but you can always throw them back… release is the word! Nothing fancy, just troll a google eye or live bait, preferably a skip jack or Bonito and you´ll be into some arm burning action! Roosters are still here between 30 and 55 lbs., Sierra Mackerals are large, plenty of Jack Crevalls, Pompano, snappers and the list goes on. Still the place to be if you are looking for smaller fish and lots of action.

 This week in the bay the fishing has been amazing and surprising as well. Sailfish have gotten large compared to last week and are still hanging in the area from La Cruz Marina south to a few miles off the shore of Nuevo Vallarta in front of the resorts. If you are looking to squeeze a six hour trip into a Billfish Safari, then now would be a good time to do it! Now here’s one that will surprise you, Striped Marlin in the 80 kilo range (180 lbs) are chasing those flying fish! Jack Crevalls are still hanging out there and there are always Bonito. Anything is possible in this area and is generally ignored by the locals with big egos! For those who think catching fish is just fine, then you´re the guy I am talking to here!

Many people for some reason never explore the option of Shore or surf fishing. If you are in Nuevo Vallarta the Roosters are close in and looking for something to sink their teeth into. If you’re in the river mouth areas in Nuevo or Boca Tomatlan, then Roballo or Snook in English are incredibly good tasting and ignored by the vacationing anglers. One down side is you’ll need to come down with your own equipment, nothing to rent in Vallarta as far as I know. I used to send people with all the gear and tackle they would need, but it never came back!

 With the rainy season upon us, the evenings are always threatening and as we get into the later months of summer this will be a daily occurrence. Now the rain is a good thing, but like all things it has it’s up and down sides. The up side is naturally the fish get excited with the water drops hitting the water, it makes them think bait is re- entering the water, they get more excited than my ex-wife at a Nordstroms or Neiman Marcus sale…. Something to think about, I have a guide who will take you for a decent day for $150.00 usd, comes with all the tackle you´ll need and it will be with an American living in the area that is well versed in locations and secret spots!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Master Baiter’s is now all over the place. Stan Gabruk post articles as a feature writer in publications, reputable web sites, Vallarta Fishing Experience host and member of better known fishing social networking sites. As the Premier Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta, we pride ourselves on service and value to our customers. All boats are insured and have correct and legal operational licenses. Feel free to contact Stan at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx. You can also purchase one of my famous shirts online now at: www.MasterBaitersGear.com   Blog: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com   Facebook: search for MasterBaiters Stan, or look for me on Twitter: www.Masterbaiters/twitter.com and for local information that is priceless visit: www.Banderasnews.com and keep up with Puerto Vallarta…

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Oil Spill Disaster Multiplied One Hundred Fold, A Must Read: Toxic Acid Rain killing Crops, More Than Fish and Beaches At Stake, Serious Implications

The oil spill Disaster issue just grew a hundred fold! I just had a friend turn me on to this and I have to say it shocks and scares me to my core. As an owner of a sportfishing company this hits home… that is when it comes to fishing.. But now as a human being and an American I have to say i am pissed off and getting more upset by the day.

The two addresses I have attached are to YouTube and come to find out the press is keeping this story away from the general public so you will only hear  about this here amigos.

Check out the search engine site:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F2jGygOVWE

This sounds like a religious program on the radio, bear with it, for the first few minutes, even with the religious stuff, it  has some very interesting information. The back end of the video the are news broadcast from local television stations…. The govt and CNN is not letting this information out like it should…. Scarey stuff and there is plenty of info on YouTube about this. Just type in ¨Oil Spill Rain¨. This is your food supply amigos…. Spread the word, it’s time the country stood up and demanded the shut down,  and there are ways beyond the relief well, now before the world has even more serious issues coming from this unbelieveable catatrophy….. and yes, this is of biblical proportions. Coming for a non-religious guy, this will open your eyes…. Makes the locost plagues in the bible look like a cake walk!

The search engine search I used is below. There were several other videos people posted, so you can surf for yourself and get the inside the Goverment, CNN and BP don´t want you to know….

Once you´re shocked as well, make your voice heard to your congressman, Senator, Govenor,  neighbor, anyone that cares about this country…..

It all just makes me sick……

Quickie ept: June 22, Marlin at Corbeteña, 150 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco!

Beer, Boats, Yellowfin Tuna, and a few laughs... Good times on Guerro Atzeca

Beer, Boats, Yellowfin Tuna, and a few laughs… Good times on Guerro Atzeca

As we move deeper into Summer we are finally seeing conditions improve to what we could call normal, but what  is normal?

Corbeteña is coming back to life with plenty of bait in the area and Marlin ranging from 450 to 850 lbs! If there are Marlin there now, it is just a m atter of time before we see the Yellowfin there as well… still, it´s a ten hour day no matter how you look at it….. which is normal for us in puerto vallarta anyway….

Yellowfin Tuna in the 150 lb range at El Banco, not outside El Banco, but on the high spots. This marks a change from the last few weeks, so no need to worry about that extra fuel cost. Twelve  hour days return and big fish on the high spots. If you are local, time to call in sick!

Smaller YF Tuna are off Sayulita about ten miles or so out. Only in the sixty pound range, but it’s well worth the effort. Rooster fish are exploding off Sayulita as well…..

Dorado are still very small and should be thrown back….. Give it another month and things will be more normal for the Dorado…..

Hotels are projecting a 17% occupancy rate for  PV this summer, this means deals you may never see again. With the peso heading south and the strong dollar comparitively speaking, Mexico is the deal of the century!

The press is smearing Mexico and Vallarta is as safe as any city in the states. If you are in chicago, then Vallarta is safer… same goes for L.A., N. Y. City, Detroit, and a thousand other cities with high population and high crime rates should be avoided before PV… but hey, I live here, i know the news companies are lying……

The fishing is improving and the weather is warming up finally. You may never see deals like this out of Mexico again, worth taking advantage of….

Check out: www.thetruthaboutmexico.com for the  details and real story for what is happening in Mexico…. You´ll be impressed by the  people who write for this site…. People you will recognize and trust… get around the Mexico Haters and get the real stories after the sensationalised headlines …

That is all for now, Enjoy your day and the fish pic!

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

www.MasterBaiters.com.mx

Very Early Season Yellowfin Tuna Just Outside El Banco, Look For the Spinners!

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Very Early Season Yellowfin Tuna Just Outside El Banco, Look For the Spinners!

As we move into the summer, fishing around here goes from the daily cookie cutter report of Bonito and Jack Crevalls into some different conditon every day. Now we move into the ¨What Next¨  season. We know right now we are on the cusp of summer. We see the Blue Marlin move into the area and Sailfish are filtering in. We will also see early season signs of Yellowfin Tuna moving in closer to El Banco or The Bank in English. Anywhere from ten miles west, east or north will produce wildly fluctuating sizes from 60 lb to close to 200 lbs. Fishing forecast are made even more difficult with the uncertain currents and water temperatures. Fasten your seatbelt, Experienced Captains will be worth their weight in gold. The new, brazen Captains will have their words quietly ignored as the local talent will once again shine.

After the last couple of years with the bad economy in the states, the swine flu news lies and now Americans afraid of their shadows in Mexico over reports in the liberal news services warning travelers off Mexico. The fishing industry is going through a consolidation where those who were offering cheap prices on nice boats are no longer in possession of those boats. Those making a fast buck and ignoring market conditions played the wrong hand. As prices continue to go up on fuel, insurance (da!), licenses and dock fees, relying on the uncertain tip at the end of the day is no way to stay in business and feed the family. This was bound to happen with all the new ¨Jimmy Buffets¨ living the Margarita Ville Lifestyle. Once more, the challenges to the Sportfishing industry, everywhere, are formidable. Yet the American Economy is still nervous and the news reports of how the sky is falling in Mexico is taking its toll. If you were in Vallarta this all would be obvious, but we understand. 

For those who braved the reports, the fishing is getting better daily. The summer species like Dorado are still out at El Banco, Blue Marlin at time reaching 800 lbs, Sailfish and of course just outside the bank YF Tuna. With so few boats heading out to these deep water locations, you´ll be operating on ¨give it a shot¨ planning. No stories or reports to base a following days game plan on.  So it can still be a crap shoot, but if you are out there for more than one roll of the dice, then you will have a time to remember!

Corbeteña this week has the Spinner Dolphin with their friends the YF Tuna Footballs chasing bait at the Rock. Now there were only in the 40 to 60 lb range, so don´t get too excited. Still, to have action where previously there was none, we’ll just be grateful and keep an eye out for what develops here. Should see Sailfish, Blue Marlin in this area as well. With the seasonal rains just starting this week, we expect the summer this year to be very ¨tropical¨. By this I mean we will see plenty of rain this year and it should be a good year for Deep Sea Fishing in Puerto Vallarta this year.

Marietta Islands are still rocking with Rooster fish (40  -60 lbs), Lots of Toro’s or Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Snapper to 35 lbs, Needle fish, African Pompano and the list goes on. Sailfish have not been paying much attention to their normal hangout!

Now if you are in the bay, a six hour trip will get you in the middle of Sailfish city which is just down the bay in front of Nuevo Vallarta! Five to ten miles off the shore and you may just find yourself with a billfish hook- up. So don´t be stuck with just light tackle for now in the bay amigos, could take forever to release that billfish! With the rains, the river mouths will be where the locals hang out. With Roballo (Snook) hanging out in the river mouths, you can cast from shore and land dinner amigos…. Great tasting!

Remember, the seasonal rains in Puerto Vallarta are primarily from humidity build up against the local mountains. It cools the city off and cleans the air. The rain is also good for fishing. If you head out in the rain, the seas will still be smooth and the fish will be excited!  If there is a tropical storm or Hurricane that could be heading out from Costa Rica, the storm swell period will normally be no more than three days. It never hurts to schedule your days on the water as early in the vacation week as possible so you can reschedule and still get your days in. Another thing most people don´t consider is after a tropical storm, the fishing can be spectacular. Why, I could speculate, but the fact is when you think it may be too rough and you think you should wait another day, that is the day the fishing will be its best. So trust your Captain, they don´t close the port if the swells are not over six feet with short durations.

Update June 21: Yellowfin Tuna are not in front of Sayulita, ten miles off the shore. Now this is unheard of and it is difficult to explain, but there are tons of Sardines coming in close and that  could be one reason. Now they´re nothing huge, but forty to sixty pounds closer in is a blessing. Sailfish are taking over the inside of the bay, in front of the Nuevo Vallarta area there are sails all over the place. Now this is unusual also, so if you are a local and reading this blog, get your butt out there. If not, well…. Enjoy the photos… hahahahaa…..  

I will be putting together a news letter, if you would like to get on the mailing list, fire me an email and I will do just that. Also, I basically get no money for putting this blog out , and I have no sponsors or advertisers, so this is the pure stuff…. Tell your friends about my site and my blog. Facebook (MasterBaiters Stan) or www.masterbaitersPV@gmail.com is the address to send the invitation to. Friends always get breaks on anything they by or anything they do with me at Master Baiter´s® … another reason to sign up!   

Remember, don´t be fooled by imposters in Puerto Vallarta using my corporate logo and trademarked name of Master Baiter’s® Sportfishing and Tackle. If anyone other than Stan Gabruk, the owner contacts you via email, you are being scammed! These folks have gone as far as coping my web site almost word for word to confuse my age old clients. You can reach me at my web page of MasterBaiters dot com dot mx, that way you know you have the original and only Master Baiter´s which is located in Marina Vallarta! Trade Marks on file if proof is necessary!

One last thing, if you are coming to Vallarta or thinking of coming, check out www.banderasnews.com for what is happening in the area and get the general news of all of mexico. You’ll be glad you visited the site!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Master Baiter’s is now all over the place. Stan Gabruk post articles as a feature writer in publications, reputable web sites, Vallarta Fishing Experience host and member of better known fishing social networking sites. As the Premier Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta, we pride ourselves on service and value to our customers. All boats are insured and have correct and legal operational licenses. Feel free to contact Stan at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx. You can also purchase one of my famous shirts online now at: www.MasterBaitersGear.com   Blog: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com   Facebook: search for MasterBaiters Stan, or look for me on Twitter: www.Masterbaiters/twitter.com and for local information that is priceless visit: www.Banderasnews.com and keep up with Puerto Vallarta…

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QUICKIE REPORT: Yellowfin Hunters Chomping at the bit!

Sexy Yellowfin Tuna at the dock!

When was the last time you came in with something similiar!

Thurday, June 17th, we had our first thunder and lightening storm last night and it officially rings in Summer and the Rainy Season. But fear not anglers, this is  what we are looking for and the fishing will only get better from here out….

Magnifico went out this morning looking for Yellowfin in excell of 100 lbs. Heading to El Banco and farther we will see if the rain last  night helped with conditions!

Marlin are setting up house finally off Punta Mita, ten to fifteen  miles out from the point… Plenty of bair in the water, but it never hurts to make bait when you can. Sailfish are also moving in to all the areas, but this area has a high concentration of fish at the moment….

Speaking of Sailfish for some reason they are in the bay, in the Nuevo Vallarta area, so a short day can have a billfish payoff….

Dorado and Marlin are at El Banco as well…

Corbeteña has signs of life with spinner dolphin which means football Yellowfin tuna.  Finally there is some action at the rock. For this area to be without fish for so long is highly unusual… but it looks like we’ll be paying closer attention to this area from here on out….

Roosters are still taking baits in the Marietta Islands …. Weather temperatures have warmed up and the water temps are fluctuating betwen cool and perfect. Look f or the birds and you’ll know where  you need to be….

The tournament in  San Blass last week  had a great turn out, few fish. First day saw 100 boats head out, two return  with weigh able fish….

Word has it Manzanillo has cold, cold water, so that means no fish…. if you’re heading down that way, check conditions before heading out from a reputable source.  Not some guy who will tell you anything you  need to hear to get you on the boat….. good luck with that one….

A few more boats have been repossed in Marina Vallarta, the consolidation continues. More changes coming, stay tuned…

More and more

Stan

Master Baiter´s … Marina Vallarta

BEHIND THE SCENES: Mexicos Fishing Industy Consolidation Continues

When people think of Sportfishing companies throughout the world, they think they are run by major corporations with very deep pockets. We have learned from the Gulf oil spill that the majority of Sportfishing companies are small and have most of their money tied up in boats where the bank has the note. When something like the Gulf Oil Spill brings out how vulnerable the fishing industry anywhere is to market conditions and eco castrophies

Here in Mexico, it doesn´t take much to stop tourism, just like in the gulf. Last year it was the Swine or H1N1 flu smear campaign against Mexico. It was all fabricated. Now a year later the W.H.O. comes out and says that they ¨over exaggerated¨ the whole situation. In fact, the swine flu was and is not nearly as dangerous to human life as the normal flu that kills 36 thousand people a year. More people died last year worldwide falling off cruise ships (280 people) than from swine flu in all of Mexico A year later, it comes out that the WHO has a connection of some sort with the company that manufactures the vaccine for this swine flu.  So now it looks like Mexico is a victim of rampant capitalism. Then comes the drug wars, which are / is happening to keep the drugs out of the United States market, which is rapidly expanding, not contracting!  The point here being Mexico has gone through similar situations as the gulf coast fishing industry is going through now for the last two years! No Comparisons, our disaster is far smaller than what is happening and will happen in the Gulf and we all feel just sick about that!  Mexicans understand what is happening to this part of the world maybe better than just about anybody else in the world.

Just like the Gulf, Mexico is suffering from low to no tourism based on manmade situations that are only getting worse. Just like the Gulf, Mexican fishing boats are sitting at the docks with no customers. Just like American fishing companies, Mexican companies are trying to figure out how to keep in business and not lose everything they have worked for in the last twenty years.

Since my blog is about Mexico, what has happened here in the last years is everyone thought the finance bubble would never go away. Many went out and purchased several new boats to service the demand. Then the sky fell, the financial markets raped the financial accounts of almost every American in the country in one way or another….  The boat industry is suffering from the glut of repossessed boats across the USA. An example of over abundant credit and bad market conditions mixed in with a dash of unqualified buyers and you’re eating a dogs breakfast!  The ¨smart¨ ones figured they had an opportunity to get cheap boats and open a Sportfishing company somewhere, PV for example. So the next thing you know, there are miniature Jimmy Buffets everywhere looking to live the Margarita Ville Lifestyle in PV. Six month to a year later we´re into the swine flu disaster  (fresh off the heels of the worst financial period for the world since the great depression) and now they´re all looking to sell their boats, which they are stuck with for now. Or they want to find some way out of the business and take a major loss on their investments. Go Figure, nothing new to me, but I KEEP seeing this happen over and over again. They just keep coming and they go out of business in two to three years. Master Baiter´s is the longest lived fishing company in PV, so they see me and they think they can undercut me and steal the business. But it doesn´t work like that and those who think under-cutting the competition is going to get them a leg up will shortly find it gets them nothing but piling maintenance bills that can´t be paid.

So to say there is a shake up in the fishing industry; I’m not just talking PV.  Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana or Puerto Vallarta are all dealing with the same market conditions.  Those new to the business are learning new lessons in business. Long lived by those with experience, the truly professional companies are the ones who have longevity.  They’re out there, now how do you find them?? Everyone in the Sportfishing industry is learning again that this is a very expensive sport and it is not meant for everyone. Golf is cheap by comparison to fishing and the community is small to say the least. Profit margins on fishing boats are amazingly low.

Another thing to remember is the cost of things are not going down. In f act, they are sky rocketing. Fuel prices for diesel marine went up just about fifty cents a gallon and are expected to continue to go up for the next  two months,  In biweekly increments, which makes things more expensive for everyone in a down market!?!??

Fishing companies who are trying to survive have dropped their prices to just a little more than fuel, hoping the tip will cover the rest of the expenses. Companies who have been around for years and understand the ups and downs of the industry are not dropping their prices because you can´t get around the minimum wage or cost of operation!  Not if you are going to offer a quality product, no short cuts here….

It’s the same in Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean, Louisiana coast and everywhere else where companies are trying to provide a service to a limited few.  The bottom line here is all fishing companies are feeling the same pain, especially the Gulf Coast Boys.  You can expect Sportfishing to remain for the few and the lucky. My job is to find ways to get you to the fish and not raid the whole vacation fund.

Soon the shake-out will be finished and the level of boats to customers will find a balance.  Those that have been in the business for years will most likely remain. New upstarts who are fifty something  ¨sixteen  year olds¨ looking to  throw their shingle up to live in Margarita Ville and  take over  the world and undercut me, will yet again come to steal my business because  they are just that cool…. again…

How to protect yourself, well the low cost provider is not there to provide service, not at all. The expensive guy, the guy you pay three to four thousand dollars a day to may have a great operation, but for the money, where is the value?  What you need to find or look for is a company that is recommended in places like Fodor’s travel guide, Lonely Planet guide, or Trip Advisor online to learn what past clients have to say about the company. Finding a better recommendation out there is impossible since companies are not allowed to put up their own information, Actual clients do. So these sites are good places to start looking for a company. If you’re coming to a place like PV and you have friends, ask them who to use, they will usually know. If not, look in Western Outdoor news for Mexico or where ever.  These companies are professional since it cost money to be able to publish on these sites. No fly by night operations here. Look in the Fishing clubs and ask who they would use.  These are great resources to start with and get a feel for what a charter in the area you are looking for should run. Every area is priced differently depending on the conditions you have to deal with. In PV, we have to go 25 miles just to get into the blue water fishing grounds. So fuel is always a consideration. A ten hour day will run 350 dollars in fuel before price hikes…. The guy offering prices like 550 to 650 dollars for a boat to Corbeteña is hoping for a tip. But again, buyers beware… you may not even get what you pay for and this is common for people looking to find the cheapest guy in the marina. Remember, fishing companies are like street hookers, there is always a cheaper one on the next corner. At some point   you should ask yourself why this guy is so much cheaper than the other guys. The guy that turns down your business is probably the guy you want to at least talk with for a while.  For at some point, everyone will say no thanks…….

Us this article as a guide and good luck, fishing is fishing, I don’t care where you are, the universals are the same. So get informed, save money and get what you paid for, just don´t be a victim!

I have provided recommendations to clients for years to companies all around the world, if you need some help, I will do what I can….. Feel free to contact me….

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta 

When people think of Sportfishing companies throughout the world, they think they are run by major corporations with very deep pockets. We have learned from the Gulf oil spill that the majority of Sportfishing companies are small and have most of their money tied up in boats where the bank has the note. When something like the Gulf Oil Spill brings out how vulnerable the fishing industry anywhere is to market conditions and eco castrophies

Here in Mexico, it doesn´t take much to stop tourism, just like in the gulf. Last year it was the Swine or H1N1 flu smear campaign against Mexico. It was all fabricated. Now a year later the W.H.O. comes out and says that they ¨over exaggerated¨ the whole situation. In fact, the swine flu was and is not nearly as dangerous to human life as the normal flu that kills 36 thousand people a year. More people died last year worldwide falling off cruise ships (280 people) than from swine flu in all of Mexico A year later, it comes out that the WHO has a connection of some sort with the company that manufactures the vaccine for this swine flu.  So now it looks like Mexico is a victim of rampant capitalism. Then comes the drug wars, which are / is happening to keep the drugs out of the United States market, which is rapidly expanding, not contracting!  The point here being Mexico has gone through similar situations as the gulf coast fishing industry is going through now for the last two years! No Comparisons, our disaster is far smaller than what is happening and will happen in the Gulf and we all feel just sick about that!  Mexicans understand what is happening to this part of the world maybe better than just about anybody else in the world.

Just like the Gulf, Mexico is suffering from low to no tourism based on manmade situations that are only getting worse. Just like the Gulf, Mexican fishing boats are sitting at the docks with no customers. Just like American fishing companies, Mexican companies are trying to figure out how to keep in business and not lose everything they have worked for in the last twenty years.

Since my blog is about Mexico, what has happened here in the last years is everyone thought the finance bubble would never go away. Many went out and purchased several new boats to service the demand. Then the sky fell, the financial markets raped the financial accounts of almost every American in the country in one way or another….  The boat industry is suffering from the glut of repossessed boats across the USA. An example of over abundant credit and bad market conditions mixed in with a dash of unqualified buyers and you’re eating a dogs breakfast!  The ¨smart¨ ones figured they had an opportunity to get cheap boats and open a Sportfishing company somewhere, PV for example. So the next thing you know, there are miniature Jimmy Buffets everywhere looking to live the Margarita Ville Lifestyle in PV. Six month to a year later we´re into the swine flu disaster  (fresh off the heels of the worst financial period for the world since the great depression) and now they´re all looking to sell their boats, which they are stuck with for now. Or they want to find some way out of the business and take a major loss on their investments. Go Figure, nothing new to me, but I KEEP seeing this happen over and over again. They just keep coming and they go out of business in two to three years. Master Baiter´s is the longest lived fishing company in PV, so they see me and they think they can undercut me and steal the business. But it doesn´t work like that and those who think under-cutting the competition is going to get them a leg up will shortly find it gets them nothing but piling maintenance bills that can´t be paid.

 So to say there is a shake up in the fishing industry; I’m not just talking PV.  Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana or Puerto Vallarta are all dealing with the same market conditions.  Those new to the business are learning new lessons in business. Long lived by those with experience, the truly professional companies are the ones who have longevity.  They’re out there, now how do you find them?? Everyone in the Sportfishing industry is learning again that this is a very expensive sport and it is not meant for everyone. Golf is cheap by comparison to fishing and the community is small to say the least. Profit margins on fishing boats are amazingly low.

Another thing to remember is the cost of things are not going down. In f act, they are sky rocketing. Fuel prices for diesel marine went up just about fifty cents a gallon and are expected to continue to go up for the next  two months,  In biweekly increments, which makes things more expensive for everyone in a down market!?!??

Fishing companies who are trying to survive have dropped their prices to just a little more than fuel, hoping the tip will cover the rest of the expenses. Companies who have been around for years and understand the ups and downs of the industry are not dropping their prices because you can´t get around the minimum wage or cost of operation!  Not if you are going to offer a quality product, no short cuts here….

It’s the same in Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean, Louisiana coast and everywhere else where companies are trying to provide a service to a limited few.  The bottom line here is all fishing companies are feeling the same pain, especially the Gulf Coast Boys.  You can expect Sportfishing to remain for the few and the lucky. My job is to find ways to get you to the fish and not raid the whole vacation fund.

Soon the shake-out will be finished and the level of boats to customers will find a balance.  Those that have been in the business for years will most likely remain. New upstarts who are fifty something  ¨sixteen  year olds¨ looking to  throw their shingle up to live in Margarita Ville and  take over  the world and undercut me, will yet again come to steal my business because  they are just that cool…. again…

How to protect yourself, well the low cost provider is not there to provide service, not at all. The expensive guy, the guy you pay three to four thousand dollars a day to may have a great operation, but for the money, where is the value?  What you need to find or look for is a company that is recommended in places like Fodor’s travel guide, Lonely Planet guide, or Trip Advisor online to learn what past clients have to say about the company. Finding a better recommendation out there is impossible since companies are not allowed to put up their own information, Actual clients do. So these sites are good places to start looking for a company. If you’re coming to a place like PV and you have friends, ask them who to use, they will usually know. If not, look in Western Outdoor news for Mexico or where ever.  These companies are professional since it cost money to be able to publish on these sites. No fly by night operations here. Look in the Fishing clubs and ask who they would use.  These are great resources to start with and get a feel for what a charter in the area you are looking for should run. Every area is priced differently depending on the conditions you have to deal with. In PV, we have to go 25 miles just to get into the blue water fishing grounds. So fuel is always a consideration. A ten hour day will run 350 dollars in fuel before price hikes…. The guy offering prices like 550 to 650 dollars for a boat to Corbeteña is hoping for a tip. But again, buyers beware… you may not even get what you pay for and this is common for people looking to find the cheapest guy in the marina. Remember, fishing companies are like street hookers, there is always a cheaper one on the next corner. At some point   you should ask yourself why this guy is so much cheaper than the other guys. The guy that turns down your business is probably the guy you want to at least talk with for a while.  For at some point, everyone will say no thanks…….

Us this article as a guide and good luck, fishing is fishing, I don’t care where you are, the universals are the same. So get informed, save money and get what you paid for, just don´t be a victim!

I have provided recommendations to clients for years to companies all around the world, if you need some help, I will do what I can….. Feel free to contact me….

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta

It’s Fish City in Puerto Vallarta Fishing Grounds, Summer is Here!

Nice Sailfish for Magnifico and Capt. Cesar

Nic Pez, Pez Vela that is, or Sailfish to us gringos…

It’s Fish City in Puerto Vallarta Fishing Grounds, Summer is Here! It can seem like a thousand years from Easter to mid June when all the summer vacationers find their way back to Vallarta once again. After last year and the swine flu lies the press in the states were spreading around, it had us a little worried that tourism may not bounce back. Now with fishings high season returning the favored species of Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and yes even Dorado have returned to the area just in time for vacationing anglers to boat that finned fantasy in their bucket lists. First, let me say that everyone in Puerto Vallartas fishing companies are just sick to death about the open wound in the oceans floor off Louisiana that continues to spill crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The implications of what is happening are being down played and there are issues that should be addressed NOW! The general public has no clue is really happening as British Petroleum controls the flow of information to the world and the American public. The whole thing is one spin after another and not one fact that has been put before the American people have been accurate. This is a disaster of biblical proportions and to still have this open and gaping wound killing the life in the Gulf of Mexico is unacceptable. The available options that can stop this daily disaster are being ignored. I am sure the corporate mind of British Petroleum (notice I don´t say BP) thinks the damage has been done, so why stop the flow when whatever we can capture can be used to spin that fuel into a community goldmine to give ¨aid¨ to help those in the area?? Obama needs to start leading or get out of the way…. The nuclear option has worked eight times in Russia and will work in the gulf, even with the negative spin that British petroleum is putting on the whole thing. The corporate song and dance meant to head law suits off at the pass is another problem, in our waters! The cutting of the bent pipe that restricted 70% of the flow has been opened up where they are recovering about maybe half of the flow. This means we are seeing 20% more flow into the bay than we had at our worst case scenario if nothing at all had been done. More mistakes, more spin and the oil they are recovering should have been stopped long ago. The president is a lump in the way caring more about anything else than first hand getting in the face of the CEO and other executives of British Petroleum and throwing some powerful American attitude in the face of those who are playing the victim! To all the Gulf Coast, Florida, Caribbean, Cuba, and entire East Coast, our hearts go out to you. Here on the west coast we naturally are counting our lucky stars for sure. But we are also lucky that El Banco has started, finally, firing again. Blue and some Black Marlin have been in the 800 lb range or larger this past week. Yellowfin Tuna, five to fifteen miles west of El Banco are running in the 60 to 150 lb range and they are taking baits! But that is not all, Dorado, scarce elsewhere are abundant and running in the 35 to 50 lb range. If that is not enough, Sailfish have joined the party big time! So right now if you ask me where to go, you just got your answer here, El Banco, El Banco, El Banco! This is still going to be a twelve hour day, nothing new about this since you´ll be heading out a minimum of fifty miles one way! But these are the fishing burdens we have to bear in PV and most likely always will. There are those who believe having their boats in La Cruz Marina is closer to El Banco, this is true, but it’s farther from Corbeteña also, so it is awash in my book. One thing for sure, fish move and there is very little to do in La Cruz if you aren´t into eating around the clock. Me, I could handle a problem like that! Just say no to Corbeteña for the moment. Still after weeks of less than glowing reports the time to hit this normally hot spot is still down the road amigos. But like always, this could change before this article is completed so be sure to contact me for the latest fishing report and conditions! The smaller flying fish that infested the entire area around the Marietta Islands to El Banco have thinned out and moved on. This means you can get that Sailfish to pay attention to what you are presenting to them finally at the Marietta Islands! Rooster fish are a little smaller for some reason this week in the 40 lb range with Snapper (Pargo in Spanish), Jack Crevalls coming out of our ears, Bonito, Skip Jacks, Pompano and the list goes on. Still an 8 hr day but well worth the time and the fuel dollars. Inside the bay as well has been doing well for the last four or five weeks. Nothing has changed and there is at times some arm burning action that will keep you ¨reeling¨ with pleasure…. And fish! Sailfish are being seen chasing skip jacks and even some Yellowfin footballs chasing bait closer in. So keep an open mind and an eye on the poles, explosions can be quick and unexpected. Water temperatures are hovering in summer time ranges and are welcome by the local anglers and visitors alike. Air temperatures have been much, much cooler for June than is normal and is just another indication that La Nina is moving in and setting up house. If you are in the mid west, the tornados are an example of what La Nina can bring. The west coast is seeing rain and lower than normal temperatures as well. So you heard it here first, La Nina is HERE! The good news is you won´t be frying like an egg out there fishing, but don´t get me wrong, Vallarta is always warm so don´t forget the sun screen, the hat and remember to grease up the back of your neck. You would not believe how many ¨Red Necks¨ come in from fishing under an equator sun. Something to remember! With water temperatures perfect, plenty of bait and hungry fish, the following weeks and months promise to be memorable and we are all expecting a better than average season. With airfares, hotel prices and wonderful exchange rate Mexico is a great value. When you hear about the exaggerated account so drug deaths and beheadings, remember the press is conducting a smear campaign against Mexico to keep tourism dollars home. With the oil gushing in a major vacation area of the states, Mexico is a logical choice. It’s safe, inexpensive and in Puerto Vallarta you can DRINK THE WATER RIGHT OUT OF THE TAP! Remember, don´t be fooled by imposters in Puerto Vallarta using my corporate and trade marked name of Master Baiter’s® Sportfishing and Tackle. If anyone other than Stan Gabruk, the owner contacts you via email, you are being scamed! These folks have gone as far as coping my web site almost word for word to confuse my age old clients. You can reach me at my web page of MasterBaiters dot com do mx, that way you know you have the original and only Master Baiter´s which is located in Marina Vallata! Trade Marks on file if proof is necessary! Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish! Master Baiter’s is now all over the place. Stan Gabruk post articles as a feature writer in publications, reputable web sites, Vallarta Fishing Experience host and member of better known fishing social networking sites. As the Premier Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta, we pride ourselves on service and value to our customers. All boats are insured and have correct and legal operational licenses. Feel free to contact Stan at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx. You can also purchase one of my famous shirts online now at: www.MasterBaitersGear.com,   Facebook: search for MasterBaiters Stan, or look for me on www.Banderasnews.com and keep up with Puerto Vallarta… We’re recommended in Fodor’s Travel guide, Trip Advisor and others for Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. For T-shirts, Tours and plain information Phone from Canada / USA: 011 52 322 209 11 28.. In P.V.: (322) 209 11 28 Master Baiters Sportfishing and Tackle ™ is a registered trade mark and is protected under Mexican and international law. Unlawful use of the name or trade mark will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law in the applicable country