Yellowtail Tuna, Black / Striped Marlin Abundant, Hurricane Frank Fishing Opportunities

 Yellowtail Tuna, Black / Striped Marlin Abundant, Hurricane Frank Fishing Opportunities 

 

Sailfish at Corbeteña

Sailfish at Corbeteña, 10 hrs and worth it!

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ell, all the kids are back in school, North American types as well as the Mexican nationals.  It´s slow season folks in Vallarta, but that is not to say the fishing is slow! In fact it is just the opposite as we enter High Season for Fishing in Puerto Vallarta. That’s right, the kids are in school, tourism is down, Deals are all over the internet and the fishing is getting better by the day. Yellowfin Tuna are abundant at El Banco running anywhere from 80 to 180 lbs. Striped Marlin are coming on strong lately off the point of Punta Mita. Rooster fish at Sayulita, the whole bay is rockin and waiting for you to show up amigos!

The big news this week is Hurricane Frank. When this article was written it had stalled directly 300 miles off  Puerto Vallarta. It is now a  Category one hurricane and moving at a snails pace of  5 knots (6 mph). This means we may have to deal with the swell sizes, which are surprisingly smaller than I would expect, for now anyway. To the avid angler, this is not exactly bad news if your schedule is a little flexible. When these Hurricanes come through it can make the day after incredible. I have two guys in town now waiting for it to pass so they can pillage the fishing grounds.

Most places in the world where you can expect to find world class Billfishing will have conditions where it is hot, sticky and humid when the bite is on. Since we all know these world class game fish like warm water in the mid eighties, this means you will always have warm conditions when heading out looking for Monsters! So if you cannot prepare yourself mentally, then you better find the one or two air conditioned boats that rent for a premium. But no matter how you find your way to the fishing grounds, it´s time to be there! We are seeing the annual explosion of Black Marlin up to 800 lbs, and Yellowfin Tuna that will make any Monster (Tuna) Hunter Happy with many bordering on 250 lbs!

Fifty miles out from Puerto Vallarta is El Banco or The Bank in English. I commonly refer to this as a Marlin McDonalds and they will setup house as the resident species here. Known as one of the best fishing grounds in Mexico, El Banco has two spikes that are 58 and 65 ft respectively below the surface. Now these spikes jut up from a strange rock formation that has gulleys, ridges and valleys. You can find Black Marlin there as we did this week bordering on 500 to 800 lbs. The Yellowfin Tuna will range between 80 and 250 lbs (it just depends on conditions). Cubera Snappers are taking trolled surface baits, if there is a log the Dorado or Mahi Mahi as they´re also known as will be around floating logs or any sort of floating ¨thing¨ they can find. After a strong rain, this is a great find and can make your day and your evening dinner! The one thing about El Banco is the fact that everyday anything is possible. If you’re looking to hook into Moby Dick, this would be the place you want to be NOW.

Thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta is Corbeteña or more commonly known as the ¨Rock¨.  This is the most flexible location we have in PV when it comes to conditions. With the rock jutting up from the ocean bottom and the deep trenches surrounding it and with the structure on the north side anything is possible. Black Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna are there waiting for you to present them a bait. Cubera Snappers are taking surface trolled baits here as well. Several YF tuna have been boated here the last few days. With the number of tourist in town way down, there are not that many boats out there. So there are no issues driving the fish down and away from your baits! If you are looking for a world class day on the water at a reduced expense when it comes to fuel, this is the place to be.

The Marietta Islands are still the place to be for those looking for a shorter day with arm burning action. We’ve seen Amberjacks, Snappers to 35 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna to 40 lbs, Sailfish, Jack Crevalls and the list goes on. For an eight hour trip you can´t go wrong. Well worth the time and the money.

Around the point of Punta Mita, 26 miles north from Marina Vallarta there have been several Striped Marlin eight miles to fifteen miles off the point. Dorado (20 to 35 lbs) are around the floating logs or whatever you can find floating (you can only imagine what you´ll find floating out there). Just a little north of Punta Mita, Sayulita has been showing some why it´s Rooster Fish City. Around the shallows and the rocks they have been running anywhere from 35 lbs to 70 lbs! Not known as a good eating fish, my Mexican friends invited me to try a piece fresh off the grill and let me tell you, I liked it. So don´t be afraid to filet up one for the dinner table. Live dangerously and give it a try….

The bay is a confusing place these days. With the rivers just pouring silty water into the bay after the monsoon intensity rains we´ve been having our difficulties. If the fish can´t see the bait, they won´t take the bait. So be smart and head to the rocky shore areas and hit the Snappers and Roballo (Snook) for some great action and the blue plate special! Last week they were hitting 40 lb Skip Jack Tunas at will in front of Yelapa. So keep your ears on and for any positive news. A four hour trip is cheap and will get you a fishing fix for less.

As I m mentioned earlier we are in our Hurricane Season. Most people cringe when I say this, but the locals know this provides an opportunity to boat fish that are hungry. One of the biggest secrets is to chase the Hurricanes and fill the fish boxes with hungry fish. You can only do this is you are flexible, here and ready to go at a moments notice. So don´t be afraid of Hurricanes, they almost never hit land here in PV (70 yrs now) and normally work their way north or west… or north west.

For those of you out there worried about your safety in Puerto Vallarta, I would wonder about you if you weren´t. The things you hear about in the news are a world away, exaggerated and don’t affect us here in PV. Air fares are down, Hotels are cheap and the fishing is great, the best it will be for the year from now until the end of December. If you are considering a fishing vacation, remember Puerto Vallarta has drinkable water (I drink it, could be my problem), World class game fishing, reduced prices and everyone speaks English. So keep PV on your Bucket List and  check at least one life experience off the things you´ve always wanted to do!

Remember we have the Pez Vela Tournament or Sailfish Tournament coming in November from the 10th to 14th so start making plans to be here for this (www.fishvallarta.com).  I have several boats we are keeping at a lower rate to make things more affordable. If interested I have several boats that are still open and available. Several o f them past winners with winning captains!  If you have never been in a tournament with Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle, we don´t mess around and we come prepared … So play to win with Master Baiter´s and we’ll see you at the awards ceremony! When more information is available I will let you know in my articles.

One last thing to remember, with the rains comes the dirty water. Many times you will find this coffee colored water as far out as El Banco. Be prepared with down riggers and planers. Many times the farther out you are, the more likely this dirty water is on the surface only. Drop the down rigger and give it a chance. If you have those expensive electronics on the market as most do, use them to see where the temperature breaks are and this will give you an idea as to how deep to set them.

Marina Vallarta is a place that even the well traveled and familiar with Puerto Vallarta often times will know nothing about, even after visiting Vallarta for years on end! There is a business association newly formed to promote the ¨Village in Marina Vallarta¨ now and we are looking for local businesses to become involved. If you are a manager or owner of a business in the Marina Vallarta area we would like to invite you to become involved. Remember, there are 150 shops, Restaurant Row with the top restaurants in Vallarta, Real Estate Services, Massages, Tequila Tasting, Sportfishing (naturally) and much, much more. If interested in checking out our Facebook page to to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Village-at-Marina-Vallarta/113471265373196?v=wall#!/pages/The-Village-at-Marina-Vallarta/113471265373196?v=info  You´ll be glad you did!

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

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.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

The Master Baiter´s® brand name is protect under national and international law and is the legal property of Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters® Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. Any person, company or organization using this registered trademark will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

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Cubera Snapper, 55 lbs, Seng Sok with Frist Mate Charlie, Magnifico

Cubera Snapper, 55 lbs, Seng Sok with Frist Mate Charlie, Magnifico

High Season for Big Game Fishing Hits Vallarta Fishing Grounds, Pro Anglers Flock to Vallarta

 

Ok Folks, High Season for Fishing kicks in NOW! By the end of August we see the tournaments kick in as our world famous fishing grounds once again defend their place on the list of best fishing spots in the world. When it comes to Black Marlin, Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster Fish (and the impressive list goes on) PV has you covered with plentiful and abundantly packed fishing grounds!  September begins the highest of Sportfishings high season. You will now see famous fishing publications like Marlin Magazine or ESPN’s fishing programs around the docks in the Village of Marina Vallarta.  Heading out to Corbeteña or El Banco, these crews will get the stories you will be reading about next fall and winter. Now you can read about them / watch someone else catch your Marlin or you can live it! No Excuses..

Those with the bones and the bucks will find Monster Yellowfin Tuna well over 250 lbs.,  Black Marlin over 850 lbs, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Rooster fish as big as 70 lbs, Cubera Snapper in the 50 to 75 lb range, Dorado and of course Sailfish!   The options are endless when it comes to our Emerald Bay of Banderas.

Starting at El Banco we’ve seen some strange conditions as late. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, large Cubera Snappers in the 45 to 65 lb range are all hanging out at this Marlin McDonalds! Yellowfin have been in the area and large, anywhere from 100 to 250 lbs. But you better be patient, it´s been a ¨on / off / on¨ again situation that will drive you a little crazy. Magnifico came in last week with a Yellowfin from nowhere. No boils, no other YF Tuna in the area, yet a 100 lb Yellowfin Tuna hit a dead trolled bait. It was a surprise, but one we can live with. It appears the water temperatures are warming to the point of driving the YF Tuna down to cooler water temps. Using Google Eyes, you’ll entice them if you are in the right area and at the right dept. Use those expensive electronics to see where the temperature change is and set your down riggers to that depth. It should increase your luck. Also, early in the day may be your best bet right now as well if hunting YF Tuna. With the area thick with Skip Jack Tuna, bait is not an issue. Remember things can chang e in a heartbeat so keep up with the reports or feel free to call or email me for the latest and greatest.

Corbeteña is pretty much the same story as El Banco. Black Marlin in the ridges before you come to the Rock seems to still be the secret to boating this Big Beautiful billfish. Sailfish are also in the area. Cubera Snappers have been thinck in both locations, but more so in the trenches around the island. Again, nothing fancy, just a trolled chorra or Skip Jack will do the trick. Again, don´t be afraid to use that down rigger and keep an eye on the sounder / fish finder, make that thing do its job! The water is clean, that’s a plus and the season has been hurricane issue free so far for the year. Corbeteña is the best bang for your fishing buck at the moment.

If you’ve been thinking of heading out for some Rooster Fish, well, they´re back. If you are in the Sayulita area or a little north, these fierce fighters have been running anywhere from 35 to 65 lbs of arm breaking action. The Marietta islands have exploded with these beauties. There are also good sized Amber Jacks, Snappers, Needle fish and Dorado if you can find a log or something of that nature floating around the area. But the Dorado this year have not been much over the 25 lb range. You can point a lot of fingers, but that is the case at the moment. Rooster Fish are also enjoying the abundant bait in the water so if you are looking for a shorter day and a better fit for your vacation budget, then a 8 hr trip to the Marietta Islands is a great option.

Like I said, the Sayulita area is seeing an explosion in Rooster fish and that is not all. Sailfish are setting up house and anywhere from five to fifteen miles off shore you’ll find these babies. It is still a little early in the season for Sailfish to start showing up in larger numbers. Sailfish are always in the area, even in the winter, but come the end of September the population explodes. So nothing strange or unusual to report here as yet….

Inside the bay has been a little strange lately. The area by Yelapa has been seeing a steady stream of Skip Jack Tuna up to 20 kilos or about 50 lbs. Not a small fish and frankly this area has had better action than many of the other deep water fishing ground. The bay is clean and dirty depending on where you are.  There are also a lot of Snappers and Needle fish in the shore areas with structure. Roballo like always at the river mouths. Jack Crevalls are still strong and willing to take your baits should you choose to present something to them! A four or six hour fishing trip will put you in the thick of the action and you can fin d some great deals in this time frame on smaller boats with us at the moment. If you are at the other end of the bay, same thing. The area in front of the hotels in Nuevo Vallarta have been alive with action and again, for a short day, you can´t go wrong. Seems to be mostly Skip Jacks and Jack Crevalls right now.

The Fourth  Marlin and Pez Vela Tournament was a little disappointing with smaller fish that we normally see for tournament winners. Visit the web site: www.rivieranayaritfishingtournament.com for additional details. There were 26 boats as I understand it in the tournament this year and is proving to be a well managed and fun tournament out of La Cruz.  Remember we have the 54th Pez Vela Tournament coming up in Marina Vallarta. You can come in and catch all the action in the Village at Marina Vallarta by Brandos Bar. So mark November 10 , 11,12 and 13th on your calendar. The web site is not updated as yet, but you can have the address of their site: www.fishvallarta.com for details as they come available.

If you are true Big Game Fisherman, Forget the cost, forget the heat, forget the humidity, get your butt on a boat and have a ¨Bucket list ¨ day on the water enjoying the pinnacle of World Class Sportfishing here in affordable Puerto Vallarta! I know the economy is bad in the Northern Americas, I know you all are hurting and licking your wounds. You invested in banks, financial institutions, houses and stocks. Everyone of these financial avenues has come up short at best. Invest in yourself, your memories and check off at least one thing of your ¨Bucket List¨….. Remember, you can always make another dollar, but you will never be able to make another Day! You can’t turn the clock back or stop the sands of time. But hey, this is the way I think, I´ve been wrong before.  If you are truly interested in fishing and you have a short budget, I will make sure you get out there for less money than a  round of golf, I won´t jerk you around amigos….

The kids are back in school, the family travel days have come to an end for Mexican Nationals and North Americans alike as summer ends for the seasonal traveler. The town is slower, quieter and has a siesta feel. This is the real Mexico, the Real Vallarta. No crowds in the restaurants, many shops will close for the next month, the beaches are wide open with no issues of being served a cold beer.  The peso is cheap, The Hotels are pushing deals, and air fares are dropping like a rock as the locals prepare to party. If you have never spent a summer in Vallarta, you will never understand Vallartas core. There is a strange fellowship amongst those in PV at this time of the year. This is when we can kick back, relax and get out batteries recharged as we get ready for the next tourism high season. But for now, it’s time to enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer.

Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, My favorite place in the whole world!

Also remember, if you mention you read my blog, article or are a Facebook friend, I will give you a nice discount!

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

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.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

The Master Baiter´s® brand name is protect under national and international law and is the legal property of Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters® Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. Any person, company or organization using this registered trademark will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.   

Fishing Report: Yellowfin Tuna More Abundant By The Day, Marlin Everywhere, Big Snappers Return, Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta Rocks!

Stephen and Mathias Trihey (9 yrs) Yellowfin Tuna on Magnifico

Stephen and Mathias Trihey (9 yrs) Yellowfin Tuna on Magnifico

Yellowfin Tuna More Abundant By The Day, Marlin Everywhere, Big Snappers Return, Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta Rocks!

The world of sport fishing is a small and close knit community. The same ones you will read about and see in the magazines and TV shows are the same people you will see around the Village in Marina Vallarta as we get deeper into High Season. When it comes to World Class Deep Sea Fishing or Big Game Fishing, it is hard to beat the reputation of Puerto Vallartas fishing grounds! Right now we are seeing the sorts of things we look for in a world class location like Giant Marlin, very large Yellowfin Tuna, large Sailfish and more. In fact there are YF Tuna over 200 lbs outside of El Banco, but be patient it may take some time to find these monsters, but worth the wait.

If you are one of those serious Fishing fanatics and you are dead set on Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs, then you´re in luck. But you´re in for a long day and a fair distance before you´ll find that finned fantasy! Anywhere from five miles south to the Tres Maria Islands you can find what you´re looking for. Perfect water temperatures and plenty of bait have our favorite species hanging out and setting up house as residents. But the real story is still Black Marlin running anywhere from 450 lbs to over 800 lbs. So, have you ever caught a fish bigger than your car? Now would be your chance. Wahoo have been boated at the high spots of El Banco and if you’re lucky you’ll run into some larger Dorado. Sailfish are here as well, but you don´t need to come this far if you´re looking for those.

Corbeteña after such a long period of very little action has turned into a hot bed of action. Just a few miles inland from the rock you will find Black Marlin in the trenches and most forget to look in these areas when the fishing is so abundant like now. Many a tournament winner boated a winning fish in this area and it should be on the list of places to mark on your GPS. Sailfish are here in the 85 inch range, Blue and Striped Marlin are in the area and running in the 250 to 550 lb range. But the real story for those looking for a trophy fish is Black Marlin this week and Yellowfin Tuna. You may have to circle the rock moving outward, but the extra effort will be worth the time and trouble. Blacks are between 400 and 850 lbs, Yellowfin are ranging from small to very large depending on if you run into Spinner dolphin or porpoises. But with the size range as it is, you can find Yellowfin from 40 lbs to 250 lbs, it just depends. Wahoo have been out in numbers, but unless you’ve got Wahoo rigs, boating one is pure luck. Cubera Snappers have hit the big time as well since spawning season for them has finally come to an end. Seng Sok from southern California boated a 65 lb Cubera Snapper and was nothing but smiles on Magnifico our 30 Bertram Classic. No bottom fishing here, this Pargo (Spanish for Snapper) took trolled bait on the surface. Just remember, these fish fight like Sailfish, but taste much better! Dorado have been missing, but if you can find a log, you´ve got dinner! Right now if you are looking for the best bang for your buck, then Corbeteña is the place to be.

The Marietta islands this week are still doin their thang! Rooster fish have reappeared and are running anywhere from 30 lbs to 50 lbs and are hungry! Snappers, Bonito, Needle fish (false marlin since they have a bill) Jack Crevalls, Mackerals and small Dorado are just a few to choose form. If you find floating logs or something of that nature you’re liable to hit the jack pot with some larger sizes of the perfect dinner fish, Dorado! For an 8 hr day, you could do a lot worse and spend a lot more. Don´t forget El Morro, the place seems to get ignored, but there are always fish in the area so keep this quiet location in the back of your mind.

The bay is kinda strange lately. Some days you’ll find 35 lb Skip Jack Tuna in front of Yelapa. Other days the Roballo are hitting hard at Boca Tomatlan, and if you hit the Nuevo Vallarta area anything from Sailfish to Jack Crevalls will be waiting for you to show up with something that will grab their attention! So a four our six hour bay day will still give those with a short budget the chance to get some PV Action under fighting belts! You may even save some money on dinner amigos!!

The businesss owners in Marina Vallarta have formed a small committee to promote ¨The Village in Marina Vallarta¨. If you are in Puerto Vallarta be sure to look for us or ask about us. We have 150 shops, Restaurant Row and every service under the sun available. Weekly farmers markets, flea market nights and more are planned so tell your friends and lets see the ¨Village in Marina Vallarta¨ take off with your support. As one of the top ten privat marinas in the world it´s hard to believe we need to promote such a cool place, but there you are, so tell your friends!

Also this week I notice the news services are depicting Mexico as a dangerous place to live or visit. Well folks, there are those dangerous places in every corner of the world. The American appetite for drugs is causing Mexico problems in more ways than one. But the one thing Mexico is not getting credit for is fighting the good fight. Mexico does not have to fight the drug lords, the problem is Americas. Drug lords are bad guys, no question, but the issues the press is putting in front of the American public are skewed and biased! America has come out with travel warning just before every high travel period for Americans trying to scare them into not coming to Mexico and keeping their vacation dollars home. I can tell you first hand, Mexico is safer than Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland and the list goes on. The places with the issues are places close to the border and this has always been the case there. This area has always been an area of high tension and crime, nothing new there. But don´t let the news and the travel warnings scare you from visiting the primary tourism areas, they are safe, fun and now very affordable so take advantage of the deals and money exchange!

Be sure to remember we have the Pez Vela Tournament coming this November 10, 11, 12 and 13th. Remember the 10th is just sign in, the tournament starts the following morning at 7:00a.m..Possibly 6:00 am….. More information on the tournament when available, web site not updated as yet…. I have several boats priced to go and all Master Baiter´s boats are tournament ready with fresh drags (no jerking), fresh line, new bearings, everything we could slide by with, but winning tournaments comes first from preparation, after that luck and captain skills take over… Contact me if interested in winning a tournament with Magnifico or Discovery or any of the other options I have in my secret bag of tricks! Another reminder, if you are not dealing with a licensed and insured fishing company in Puerto Vallarta, you don´t have any recourse should something go wrong. Like giving some guy on the board walk a deposit just to find the guy doesn´t show up the day you´re supposed to be heading out fishing. Just don´t do anything you wouldn´t do in your home town and everything will be wonderful when you head out. The reason I say this so many times I see this sort of thing happen all the time. In fact today I put a unexpected boat out just for this reason. I gave the guys fishing with me, both are in the throes of a divorce, a nice discount. And remember, if you mention you read my blog, article or are a Facebook friend, I will give you a nice discount! Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish! Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk. Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Marlin Becomes Dominant Species, Yellowfin Tuna South of Corbeteña, Fishing in PV

Marlin Becomes Dominant Species, Yellowfin Tuna South of Corbeteña, Fishing in PV

200 lbs of Cow Muscle and sashimi

200 lbs of Cow Muscle and sashimi

It´s still raining (only for a couple of hours in the late afternoon to late evening, not all day) in Puerto Vallarta and of course that means the silty water  is still pouring into the Bay of Banderas.  This is a normal occurrence until the end of October when the rainy season comes to an end. But that is not to say there aren’t interested fish in your baits! It just means you may need to be a little flexible in your fishing plan and be able to adapt to conditions as they change, especially in the bay. You see the water is going to be green somewhere in the bay, if not in the entire bay. Believe it or not, that is an opportunity to find the trash line and make it work for you. Where the dirty water meets the clean water the line or stripe of organic stuff like seeds, leaves and roots are like candy to the fish in the bay. If you can find this trash line, then you will be happy you did. Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Snapper and more will be on this fast and free food as long as they can. So if you are not in the market for a ten or twelve hour day, this is an option to consider.  The bay is still alive with action around the river mouths and where there is structure. Needle fish, Snappers, Bonito, Roballo, and more are waiting for you to show up amigos…

Outside of the bay, the Marietta Islands and El Morro are fishing machines. There are always fish off the reefs and you can take that to the bank. Again larger Needle fish, Snappers, Rooster fish possibilities, Sailfish, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, smaller Dorado and the list continues. Live bait is doing the trick, but lures are also working.  Purple, Yellow and blue combinations are still working… Brown and black seem to be doing well also…

Off the point of Punta Mita we see the Dorado are more abundant although still on the smaller side. But if the commercial guys are going to fish them, we might as well too , just make sure to throw the females back. Sailfish are off the point a few miles. If interested in catching Marlin, Striped and Blues mostly, you can find them twelve miles off the point. If you want to head to Sayulita and the areas with structure / reefs you can boat a large Rooster in the 50 to 70 lb range. Nothing fancy for these fish, live bait or something silver and shinny will get their attention and keep it until they take your bait. Just be careful around the shore break, wouldn´t want to foul a prop on an unmarked line or put a hole in your boat bottom. Well worth an eight hour fishing day. Sayulita even had smaller Yellowfin Tuna not far out, so again, be prepared and flexible!

For those out there looking for the Big Game Fishing, El Banco is alive with all arm breaking action. Black Marlin in the 500 to 800 lb range have taken over! Blue and Striped Marlin are here as well with all of them hungry. Bait as been available, but overly abundant, so remember to make bait when you can and don´t take chances! Yellowfin have been strangely absent, unless you’re talking about football sized fish for the most part. Running in the 25 to 60 lb range, if you´re shooting for Yellowfin Tuna this may not be your best choice, but if you’re going to be there, see what happens! Remember those days when trolling for Tuna doesn´t work, the kite will. Also remember if there are lots of Jack Crevalls in the area, they will eat your bait and the YF Tuna will never have a chance to find it! Larger Dorado were caught here as well last week, but nothing you could rely on. Spotty would be the correct word for this at the moment….

The main action this week again was at Corbeteña. After so many weeks, then months with nothing happening here it’s nice to see the Rock back in the game. On the Rock itself there have been lots of Black Marlin and Sailfish caught. Cubera Snappers have started taking baits again over the volcanic structure and schooling in the area as well. Yellowfin are also at the rock, well not quite at the rock. Twelve miles south of Corbeteña is a hot spot many ignore or just don´t know of that has ¨Whoop De Doos¨ or in more understandable terms, there are ridges and deeper channels that Yellowfin have been hiding out in. On any given day these Yellowfin Tuna can range from 40 lbs to 250 lbs. Several were boated twelve to fifteen miles south of the rock last week, so we know they´re out there! With plenty of varied bait in the area, I predict this area will stay strong for the rest of the season. But this is not much of a stretch for a prediction since Corbeteña has and most likely always will be one of the anchor locations when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta!

We have the 4t h International  Marlin and Tuna Tournament in  Riviera Nayarit coming up next week (Aug. 12, 13 and 14th) in Riviera Nayarit which promises to once more be a big draw for the new marina in La Cruz.  Prize money this year is about the same as last year and there were no increases in entry fees this year also. So this is all good and the tournament founders, Club De Pesca always puts on a first   class event. If you are interested in more information on this check out: www.RivieraNayaritFishingTournament.com or www.FishNayarit.com

Also be sure to remember we have the Pez Vela Tournament coming this November 10, 11, 12 and 13th. Remember the 10th is just sign in, the tournament starts the following morning at 7:00a.m..Possibly 6:00 am….. More information on the tournament when available, web site not updated as yet…. I have several boats priced to go and all Master Baiter´s boats are tournament ready with fresh drags (no jerking), fresh line, new bearings, everything we could slide by with, but winning tournaments comes first from preparation, after that luck and captain skills take over… Contact me if interested in winning a tournament with Magnifico or Discovery or any of the other options I have in my secret bag of tricks!

Another reminder, if you are not dealing with a licensed and insured fishing company in Puerto Vallarta, you don´t have any recorse shoud something go wrong. Like giving some guy on the board walk a deposit just to find the guy doesn´t show up the day  you´re supposed to be heading out fishing. Just don´t do anything you wouldn´t do in your home town and everything will be wonderful when you head out. The reason I say this so many times I see this sort of thing happen all the time. In fact today I put a unexpected boat out just for this reason. I gave the guys fishing with me, both are in the throws of a divorce, a nice discount. And remember, if you mention you read my blog, article or are a Facebook friend, I will give you a nice discount!

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

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.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

The Master Baiter´s® brand name is protect under national and international law and is the legal property of Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters® Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. Any person, company or organization using this registered trademark will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Fishing Report: Marlin Fishing turns World Class as Tournament Season Begins, Sportfishing in PV

 

Marlin Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta

Marlin Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta

Marlin Fishing turns World Class as Tournament Season Begins, Sportfishing in PV

 

One thing is for sure, when we finally reach this time of the year, it doesn´t matter what Obama is doing, it doesn´t matter what is going on with the economy, it doesn´t matter which way the dollar is going. The only thing that will matter to a fanatical fisherman looking for Monster Yellowfin Tuna or huge Black Marlin is getting on the water and getting a strike. It’s like my ex wife with a fresh credit card at a Nordstrom’s sale, you´re not going to stop her, all you can do is hope the damage is kept to a fanatical minimum! I know, what the hell does that mean……

Well right now it means Corbeteña and El Banco have turned on and we have fish at our World famous fishing ground! Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish are the big players. But there are smaller gamefish like Snappers (Pargo), huge Jack Crevalls (Torros), Amber jacks and the list goes on. We are moving into the second tourist season in PV. That’s right folks, Welcome to the beginning of Fishings High Season in Puerto Vallarta and locations up and down the coast from Cabo to Manzanillo! Marlin Mag. Is in town again getting footage and article material to document what we already know!

Corbeteña has been on fire, but if you head all the way to the Rock, you may find it a little barren. That’s right, there are always fish there, no issue there. But four to six miles before you come to the Rock, the channels are smoking and this is where the larger Marlin, mostly Black Marlin and Blue have been boated. How big you may ask, well they´re running in the 300 kilo or about 685 lbs.. Sailfish are running 80 to over 100 inches in length (look like Marlin). Now this is great news and the better news is there are still flying fish in the area to draw these Marlin and Sailfish into the area. Striped Marlin are also here running a little smaller. There was a very large Marlin lost at the leader the other day, so the big boys are out there.

But we all know at Corbeteña there is always other options, always! Right now the Red Snappers have turned back up and are taking baits trolled! Nothing huge, but 20 to 30 lb Snappers are perfect for dinner! During this time of the year the sea can run red for miles as humongous herds of Red Snappers move into the area!

We can´t forget about the Yellowfin Tuna either. The size has been reduced a little, but hooking into a 40 to 80 lb Yellowfin Tuna is still an arm burner! Now there have been some very large YF Tuna, but you have to be there at the right time, welcome to my world! Now remember, there are always larger YF Tuna out there if you are willing to do what it takes. Most people aren’t and that is where the recreational fisherman is separated from the fanatic, he doesn´t care, he just wants to be ¨there¨. The bottom line is you should catch fish. One issue with the Tuna this week is the mere fact there are just so many large Jack Crevalls (Torros) and if you´re running a kite, these guys are taking the bait before a YF Tuna can get to it! Frustration, Si! I find it hard to complain about catching fish, even if I prefer another species. Torros are hard fighters and great for photos… Some Nationals (Mexicans) know how to fix these up, but they´re about the only ones! You catch any of these, offer them to the crew, the family or neighbors will be very glad to have them!

Something to remember is the Monsoon or Seasonal rains come at this time of the year. Many will shy away from fishing if it may be raining because they´re afraid of storms and being caught at sea. Puerto Vallarta is not like that, we do see hurricanes pass he area, but it´s been more than fifty years since one has actually landed. The one in 2000 stalled 50 miles off the entrance to the bay, the waves did the damage, not the wind or rain…. Humidity builds every day in the summer in PV and this eventually turns to rain. The fish think the rain drops on the water are baits re-entering the water after trying to escape. The fish frenzy-up, will attack just about anything that hits the water surface at that point…. What comes with the rains, is dirty water coming down the hills into the rivers and ultimately into the Bay of Banderas. I have seen stuff floating in the bay you would not believe after a deluge from the heavens! Logs, trees, refrigerators, dead horses or cows, all are fish attractors like Dorado, Rooster fish and Snappers! Great for fishing, bad for the props.  That is why you will be heading out of the bay slowly, especially if it’s early and the sun isn´t due up for a few hours…..  Luckily the dirty water is kinda shallow and you can find fish under the dirty stuff with planer boards… just a little secret to keep between us…

At this time of the year, Corbeteña and El Banco are the main players. But not everyone wants to catch Moby Dick, maybe you want some smaller action on a shorter day. For those, we have El Morro, The Marietta Islands. There is always action at these locations, summer or winter, you´ll catch fish. At the moment the fish in these areas, if you’re in clean water, are mostly Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Needle fish, Snappers, and of course the list continues. With changing conditions and species it is important to keep up with the latest reports since things can change before you finish this article! Something that applies to Corbeteña or El Banco, the Sailfish and many marlin have been hitting purple lures, brown and orange combinations, blue and pink are working well also, so there you are… go get ‘em!

Remember when in Puerto Vallarta, come visit The Marina Village with 150 Retail Shops and Restaurant Row. Rediscover Marina Vallarta with the new Star Bucks, The light house, fine dining and not so fine dining. Sports bars, Real Estate, Tours, you name it. The Marina Village is the Number One Attraction in Puerto Vallarta and it would be a shame if you missed one of the top ten private marinas in the world! Just come on down and tell them Stan from Master Baiter´s told  you that they would get a preferred customer  special and see what happens. Hey, you just may get something for free! Either way, I am sure I will get an ear full for that statement! Hahahaha….

Just a reminder, we have the Pez Vela Tournament coming this November 10, 11, 12 and 13th. Remember the 10th is just sign in, the tournament starts the following morning at 7:00a.m..Possibly 6:00 am….. More information on the tournament when available, web site not updated as yet…. I have several boats priced to go and all Master Baiter´s boats are tournament ready with fresh drags (no jerking), fresh line, new bearings, everything we could slide by with, but winning tournaments comes first from preparation, after that luck and captain skills take over… Contact me if interested in winning a tournament with Magnifico or Discovery or any of the other options I have in my secret bag of tricks!

Don´t forget to visit my web page at. www.MasterBaiters.com.mx…. Also tell your friends about my blog so they too can keep up with the action in some of the best fishing grounds in the whole world!! And Imagine, I am the only guy writting about it in blog formatt…..

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

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.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

The Master Baiter´s® brand name is protect under national and international law and is the legal property of Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters® Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. Any person, company or organization using this registered trademark will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.