Quickie Report: It’s All Happening Now, The Bite is on in front of Puerto Vallartas Front Porch!

Sailfish in Puerto Vallarta

Quickie Report: The Bite is on in front of Puerto Vallartas Front Porch!

This has been a hard season to call with the strange weather patterns and the formation of tropical storms and Hurricanes off our coast t his year. It must have looked like a weather circus out the there and trust me the year is not over as yet. Strange currents, warmer than preferred water temperatures, and a noticeable lack of some species still have us scratching our heads.

The season has been short on Dorado or Mahi Mahi, which ever you prefer… But the word is they ´re finally here in larger numbers and larger sizes. NOTHINg HUGE now but fun and more plentiful everyday. Punta Mita, El Morro, Marietta Islands, you´ll find them. If you find a log or something favorable floating you’ll have a Dorado day to remember. Mostly in the 25 lb range, they´re keepers for dinner. But the numbers look like they can be dwindling, hopefully not, but always, always, always throw the females back!

Sailfish are moving in stronger by the moment. Punta Mita, Marietta Islands, El Banco, Corbeteña, they will take a lure, live bait, your car keys with a hook, they don´t seem to care much the last few days…. These guys are right on time and will be here long after the first of the New Year.

Looking for Black Marlin, well you won’t be looking long, they will find you. The word is out on the Black, Blue and Striped Marlin that will be our resident species for the rest of the year into the first week of January. Marlin are mostly in the 350 to 700 lb range. But several have been released much smaller in the 250 lb range and some even in the larger ranges in excess of 800 lbs! Now these are big fish and these fish are hungry.

Last but not least the Yellowfin Tuna are showing up a little better than they have the last few weeks. Running from 50 to 160 lbs with many over 200 lbs being brought in the drought seems to be over and hopefully they’ll just be more plentiful and larger. Again, take what you need and don’t over keep. One 200 lb Yellowfin can feed an army for a week, so remember this. Look for water temperatures, if running warm, use down riggers. If birds are surface diving, make a bee-line to it! Remember not to run over anyone’s lines, been having a lot of this problem with other people rushing in lately……

Remember, this is the time of the year that everyone declares they are superman when it comes to boating Black Marlin, but let them do that. They are measuring their ¨Manhood’s¨ on the docks and to impress clients into thinking he is superman as well. The same goes for Sailfish, Excess Dorado, Excess Rooster Fish, Excess any fish, just don´t do it. More fish in the bay, the better it is for all of us!

So get off your duff and get out there!

Until next time, Kiss your fish….

Record Rains in Mexico, Black Marlin love it, Plentiful Bait, Look for the Birds!

 

Magnifico and another Blue Marlin

Magnifico and another Blue Marlin

Record Rains in Mexico, Black Marlin love it, Plentiful Bait, Look for the Birds!

 

 

Right now, Puerto Vallarta is the place to be for Sportfishing this week. With Black Marlin off the hook and Blue Marlin not far behind. We’re seeing fewer boats heading out to the fishing grounds, it´s even worse than last year when the swine flu scare chased everyone from Mexico.  I can´t imagine why any person with a bank account and an interest here now with the incredibly affordable prices for air fare and hotels. But, there you are. So if you were here you would be enjoying packed fishing grounds. We are also seeing the number of Sailfish on the rise. We know that come October Sailfish will take over the area and it looks like this year is no exception. A Large Sailfish will run you just under a hundred pounds. But they can easily go over that and be in excess of 100 inches in length.

Lets discuss the fishing: El Banco, Black Marlin (250 – 800 lbs), Blue Marlin (250 – 500 lbs), Sailfish, Amber Jacks (40 – 60 lds), Cubera Snappers (40 – 75 lbs) and of course Dorado (25 – 40 lbs) have all been boated here in the past week. With water temperatures running in the 86 degree range the water is a little warm for Yellowfin. But don´t dispare, they are there and they´re large. But you´ll have to work to get a 200 plus pound Yellowfin boated. Not that they are impossible to find, but they are not exactly looking for your bait, so present it the best way you can! Most of our boats this week have been running down riggers and looking for the thermal layers on the screen of those expensive electronics. This is where the better your electronics increase your possibilities at Yellowfin because you know where or what depth to set your downrigger! So if you’re heading out, make sure you have one of these along!

Corbeteña is a cookie cutter forecast.  When booking a boat I would plan for El Banco and use Corbeteña as a fallback position. Not that Corbeteña is bad, in fact it’s great. But if you are looking for the largest of whatever species you come across, just remember, everything is bigger at El Banco. But, Corbeteña has so many variables, I consider Corbeteña a more consistent fishing ground. So for those of you who believe bigger is better, the hit El Banco. If you want consistency then hit Corbeteña. If you keep an open mind and open wallet, then you will have the best of both worlds.

The area between El Banco and Corbeteña is mostly forgotten about. But again, those expensive electronics can show you the ridges and galleys’ that are about half way between the two spots and many a tournament winner has been pulled from the depths here! Keep this as your tournament secret file for the upcoming Pez Vela Tournament Nov. 10th to 14th!

With the Sailfish returning in bigger numbers the Point of Punta Mita is doing better.  This is normally a high Dorado area, but with the long Liners being allowed to operate just north of there it has all but killed the Dorado fishing in this area. It doesn´t help that the commercial fisherman are fishing this species illegally. But where there are laws and no enforcement, what are you going to do? For the most part for now I would avoid this area. But around the corner at Sayulita, they are still hitting Roosters fish. It is more miss than hit, but still worth the time and effort. If you head our due west from the beaches in Sayulita you will run into Striped Marlin just ten miles in from The Bank. So if you are looking for Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado, then this area is where you want to be.

The Marietta Islands have been their consistent self with Snappers to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Rooster fish to 45 lbs, Needle fish, Dorado around anything floating, Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, and the list goes on. Well known for its action, be sure to stay away from the reefs, this is still a protected area and you would not want to get hit with a hundred thousand dollar fine!

Right now if you are in Vallarta and you´re heading out to the deep water locations, then you are catching fish amigos. With the abundance of fish it´s easy for a captain or boat to claim he is the king of fishing. It´s easy to catch fish when we head into this time of the year, so even a half way good captain will catch fish! But these guys are all business men like I am. And being a business guy, I know what it takes to operate a boat at prices that allow you to keep a well maintained boat, updated equipment, a large selection of lures by color, and a fully fueled boat. Sadly those looking for a cheap boat are expecting the same services we provide at Master Baiter´s.  When ¨would-be¨ clients come in the shop and quote a ridiculous price that I WOULD NEVER try to compete with walk out because I refuse to put my boats out at less than cost. But the simple fact is you are not getting what you would expect from these low cost providers. They don´t operate at a loss either, but they don’t tell you the product you purchased is diminished, they just let you find this out as you head out. So as you save a hundred dollars or so on your fishing trip, let me tell you what you are going to get for a price that can’t be believed. First, as you leave the marina, the captain and crew will immediately drop lures, not live bait. You will troll out to the fishing grounds, which ever you´ve decided on, at 7 to 9 miles per hour with only lures (bait die being pulled this fast). Once you arrive at the fishing area, then they´ll drop live baits and fish for the time frame that allows THEM ample time to turn around and troll back to the marina. Their concern is not for you to catch fish, but to make sure they made money on this fishing trip. You, you want a fast boat, because after all you are paying to catch fish, not a boat ride. But in fact, that is exactly what you are paying for, at a reduced price and got something other than what you actually wanted! So four hours later you make Corbeteña,  you make one or maybe two turns around the rock and then you´re heading back to the Marina. When you ask about this, they say this is what you paid for, yet you think you paid for a better quality trip. So once again, the cheap get raped and many will catch fish and think they did very well. I guess we should not down play a happy fisherman, but those of us that know, we paid for fuel, we want to use that fuel. We paid for top notch equipment, we want that equipment  on board, not a burlap bag with ten lures from 1950!

Then you´ve got these same guys telling you the fishing license is not included! That is nothing more than a lie, all boats that are licensed in Marina Vallarta have a fishing license. It is difficult to find a daily license in Puerto Vallarta because they are not sold individually here! You either buy them online out of San Diego or you purchase enough licenses for the entire year for a packed boat! This runs us in the neighborhood of $125.00 usd per license for one person / per year. Figure we will have enough licenses to accommodate the max number of people the insurance company allows on the boats for fishing. So the fishing license scam will no longer work right …. Wrong! I see people fall for this every day and if you say anything about this to would-be victims, they think it’s just sour grapes… I get a lot of business this way.

With the cost of fuel heading up daily (nearly two dollars a gallon in two months), the low cost operators , more and more boats that have no Matriculas or Legal License to operate a fishing charter boat and no insurance have been putting reputable fishing companies out of business. Nine businesses that focus on Sportfishing in Marina Vallarta have closed their doors  in the last 18 months. Some of the remaining fishing companies have converted to selling timeshare to cover their nuts. But it looks like the port authority which has been taking under the table propinas to allow these companies to operate may have seen this all change, lets hope anyway. You see representatives from the port authority have come around the fishing shops like mine to inform them there is a meeting coming up to address this issue of  ´PIRATE¨ Sportfishing boats. Now we have had several Port Authorities in the past, they all make the same noise when they are new and ultimately they all take the bribes that allow Pirate companies to operate and who under price their boats putting taxpaying businesses out of business! That is the good news…..

So when you get this price you can´t believe, and you get taken on a slow boat ride to china, you were told of the situation! You should get the best price you can, but don´t let the price be the only thing you focus on. Ask questions, what exactly does this price include? Fast boat?  Bait or Carnada?  Licenses? Ask for a scenario of what the day is going to be like. Remember in Mexico you will never, ever, get what you pay for with disreputable companies.  Better Captains cost more than those pretending to be a captain.  Fresh line is essential, check to see how fresh it is on the boat. Dull, yellowing line, bad ….  Short selection of lures and colors, bad…  Can´t communicate, pretends not to understand you when you try t o tell him what you want.. Bad! Kills your fish when you want to release it, bad! And I could go on forever! Be sure you know what you´re getting and the best way to do that is discuss what you are looking for from a reputable company that can communicate with you in your own language. Now if you´re Mexican, I may be in a little trouble with that one, but keep this in mind. Should you need a recommendation or suggestion on who to go with outside of Puerto Vallarta, then contact me and I will steer you in the right direction ….

As we are now in the thick of Fishings High Season in Vallarta, the fishing is as good as it will get for the year and should continue into late December. Find yourself a way down here and enjoy the action. If not you´ll just be another year older and another year more expensive. You can have the Fishing Grounds to yourself literally right now, so take advantage of these conditions, you may never have a chance to see conditions like this again!

Right now we are coming into the Sailfish Season where they move in, in large numbers, just in time for the 54th Pez Vela Torneo.. Or The 54th Sailfish Tournament sponsored by the Club De Pesca.  So mark your calendars and check out their web site at: www.fishvallarta.com for the details if you would care to participate. The dates this year are November 10, 11, 12 and 13th, so check it out.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

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

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

 

Black Marlin Take Over Corbeteña and El Banco Fishing Grounds, World Class Sportfishing Starts NOW!

 

 Big Blue Marlin 550  lbs at Corbeteña

Big Blue Marlin 550 lbs at Corbeteña

Black Marlin Take Over Corbeteña and El Banco Fishing Grounds, World Class Sportfishing Starts NOW!

 

For those of you out there that read my articles on a regular basis, you know that when we reach this time of the year you can expect some of the best fishing in the world! As I put Magnifico out this morning there was an air of excitement we haven´t experienced since this time last summer. Black Marlin are now taking over Puerto Vallartas favorite fishing grounds. Black Marlin ranging from 300 to 800 lbs are setting up house anywhere from Corbeteña to El Banco.  Warm currents have created the perfect conditions for mega amounts of bait creating frenzy conditions and arm burning action!

Corbeteña last week was luke warm and any fish coming from the Rock was the result of hard work. Changing lures, using planers, down riggers, you had to use all your options in your bag of tricks. While last week was hit and miss, this week is all Hit, Hit, Hit! Multiple hook-ups can prove to be a real problem is you are running four or more lines when there is huge Marlin looking for a free hand out! Naturally live bait is king and this week was no different.  And Black Marlin are not the only players, Cubera Snappers are still plentiful running in the 60 to 75 lb range. You may need a down rigger to get to them, they like the water just a touch cooler and being a bottom fish, they will be below the thermal lines. Sailfish are picking up in numbers, but we´re still early for them, but they´re moving into the area. Not to be forgotten, Yellowfin Tuna are  taking some surface baits, so if you see a boil be sure to hit, but if you don’t find the birds and the boils, run the downrigger for the Yellowfin, it will produce, but again it will be work!

El Banco or The Bank is on fire. Naturally Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Rainbow Runners, Cubera Snappers and a few Dorado are there to be had. Notice I said they are there, where are you?  With few anglers heading out to the fishing grounds you can have the whole area to yourself for the most part. Again the water temperatures are running about 86 degrees and while this is a great temperature for Marlin, the Yellowfin like it more in the 82 to 84 range. So keep an eye on the water temperatures, if you can find surface temps in this range, you will have a strong shot at some 50 to 180 Yellowfin! While live bait is king as I mentioned earlier, Petrileros lures, lures of Black and Brown or Black with yellow are strong for some reason here at the rock.

The Marietta Islands are looking up as well, the Dorado are around any floating log or coconut it seems. Not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but large enough to keep which means they´re running 25 to 40 lbs. It´s been a weak year so far for Dorado, but hopefully this will pick up shortly. There are Snappers to 35 lbs around the reefs, but remember these are protected areas so keep your distance amigos or you may be sorry. Amber jacks, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish, Needle fish, and more are there waiting for you to present a bait to them that they can´t resist.

The point of Punta Mita is a location I have not talked of much in the last few months, that´s because there really was nothing happening. But that has all changed now with more and more Dorado daily and the early stages of Sailfish moving in as the resident Species, like normal. Rooster fish have also been in Sayulita in the 30 to 50 lb range, but they like the cooler waters as well and we have seen a slight reduction in the size and number of these arm breaking beauties. If you have never caught a Rooster Fish, they will fight like a demon and leave you wondering how a fish of this size can fight like Moby Dick? But fight they do and if you are lucky enough to target these fish with light tackle, you´ll be in for a time you´ll n ever forget. But you better get out there soon or they´ll be following the cooler currents to the north.

Inside the bay is mostly dirty these days, like normal for this time of the year. Well I shouldn´t say normal, the water isn´t exactly clean, it’s a tinted brown. Fish are taking baits, the strong currents cleaned the bay out some and the fishing is doing fine in close to shore. Around the south end of the bay there have been Skip jack Tuna, Bonito, Roballo or Snook in English and the list goes on. For the most part these fish have been running 20 to 35 lbs. For those short on bucks or time, the bay is a great option.  Only down side is you won´t find any Black Marlin in the bay.

Lately we´ve had a lot of non-professional fisherman out at the fishing grounds following the professional boats around like shadows. Now that is ok if you don´t know the area, but it is not OK to rush in to the area where another boat is working a Marlin or Tuna and start casting baits around the boat. But no matter what, do not come so close to a boat so it cuts the line or tangles the other boats fish that is working! Magnifico has had two of these instances with the same clients on two different days. Sorry doesn´t cut it when a guy who just paid a thousand dollars and waited half  his life to catch a finned fantasy just to have some jerk screw up his day! I have seen some serious stuff happen between people on the docks back in marina Vallarta where the boat followed the infringing parties’ boat in to settle things in a violent manner.  There is no excuse for this and if you are one of those guys, have a great day fishing, but not at our expense!

Right now we are coming into the Sailfish Season where they move in, in large numbers, just in time for the 54th Pez Vela Torneo.. Or The 54th Sailfish Tournament sponsored by the Club De Pesca.  So mark your calendars and check out their web site at: www.fishvallarta.com for the details if you would care to participate. The dates this year are November 10, 11, 12 and 13th, so check it out.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

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

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

 

 

Black Marlin and Cubera Snapper Set up House at Corbeteña, Deserted Fishing Grounds

 

Cubera Snapper or Dog Tooth Pargo, either way it taste great!

Herbert Harmon with his 75 lb Dog Tooth Pargo (Cubera Snapper in English)

Black Marlin and Cubera Snapper Set up House at Corbeteña, Deserted Fishing Grounds

 

When it comes to Deep Sea Fishing once we enter August we enter High Season for fishing. Normally we have plenty of people hoping to boat a finned fantasy of a Black Marlin or Yellowfin Tuna. But this year has been slower than last year with the non-existent Swine Flu pandemic days of last year. Actually there are fewer people in Vallarta t his year than expected. Having said that, there are huge Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna to be had at Corbeteña or El Banco. The fishing grounds remind me of years ago when you could have the Rock (Corbeteña) to yourself and not worry about other boats snaking into your action! If you decide to head out to Corbeteña make sure you are there between 9 to11:00 am or forget about the bite. For some reason right now this is when they all are getting hungry. If for some reason you get past that time in the day, Cubera Snapper to 65 lbs have been taking trolled and bottom fishing baits.  If you are staying for the evening on an overnight fishing trip, then the bite will happen around 3 – sundown.  Surface baits are working during the bite, but you will have to use a down rigger or planers to get the bait below the surface and that may help.

El Banco has the same story, get there at the same time and you could come in with a Striped or Blue Marlin. They´ve been running in  the 250 to 500 lb range, but it you are at the high spots like most people hit first, then you went too far. About five miles before the high spots you´ll find some underwater ridges that have been attracting Marlin and Sailfish. So slow the boat down, set some lures and live bait before hand, you may find no reason to hit the high spots at all. Yellowfin are here as well running in the 80 to 120 lb range, but of course they can get bigger or smaller depending on what happens to be in the area. Spinner Dolphin have been in the area and they are the fisherman’s friends. You normally find smaller YF Tuna with the spinners. But we all know they still taste great and we´ll take what we find! Amberjacks are on the high spots as are Rainbow runners as well. So for those heading out this way, you can´t go wrong.

We’re still seeing heavy action when the water is clean at the Marietta Islands. Remember there is a reef located here and running into it will ruin your boat and your bank account so remember to stay clear of the reefs. But, just off the reefs you´ll find Amberjacks, Bonito, Snappers, Dorado (small), Rooster Fish and much more. The islands have been clear and clean lately, but again, with the heavy rains we have in PV at this time of the year conditions can change quickly.

The point of Punta Mita has been slow at best, but around the corner they are still boating Rooster fish in the 45 to 60lb range. Remember, they like anything shinny and prefer water temps just a bit cooler, so your electronics can come in handy when it comes finding Roosters!

At the river mouths the Snook or Roballo in Spanish have been taking anything shinny. While they love live bait, they will go after anything in the murky water that grabs their attention. With Snappers in the 30 lb range and Skip Jack Tuna up to 40 lbs a short day on the water can still pay off…

Remember this is summer in the tropics. Tropical storms and Hurricanes can spring up and move through quickly. Keep an eye on the weather and if you plan on scheduling a fishing charter, schedule it early in your vacation week so you can be flexible and still your fishing days in.  These four weather conditions normally don´t last long, but when they do happen they are never convenient.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

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

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

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!

Fish Porn: Eye Candy Rated G….

250 lb Monster Yellowfin Tuna.... the kid is 6 ft tall for comparison

250 lb Monster Yellowfin Tuna…. the kid is 6 ft tall for comparison

Flying fish.... R u pUMPEed YeT?

Flying fish…. R u pUMPEed YeT?

Striped Marlin, Small at 200 lbs !  You ever see one in the wild?

Beautiful pic, Striped Marlin, Small at 200 lbs !

Big Bull Dorado.... Food for a week, with friends!

Big Bull Dorado…. Food for a week, with friends!

Everything counts in large amounts.... 35 Skip Jack Tuna th is day... Given away to the locals for dinner etc.

Everything counts in large amounts…. 35 Skip Jack Tuna th is day… Given away to the locals for dinner etc.

Yellowfin Tuna, another great day with Master Baiter´s Sportfishing..

Yellowfin Tuna, another great day with Master Baiter´s Sportfishing..

Blue Marlin, Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, another normal day!

Blue Marlin, Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, another normal day!

Blue Marlin, I love Fish ¨N¨ Chicks... get it? ......do you?

Blue Marlin, I love Fish ¨N¨ Chicks… get it? ……do you?

Sailfish released, Small boats can catch Big Fish Toooo !!

Sailfish released, Small boats can catch Big Fish Toooo !!

Dorado, These guys walked into the Marriott hotel in Marina Vallarta just like this!

Dorado, These guys walked into the Marriott hotel in Marina Vallarta just like this!

Rooster Fish or Pez Gallo in  spanish, either way they fight like demons!

Rooster Fish or Pez Gallo in spanish, either way they fight like demons!

Everyone loves fish pictures, so here are some that are guaranteed to get your otor started and hopefully motivate you to get off  your duff and get you here to PV…. It´s high season for fishing and these are photos from days gone by… Enjoy…. Master Baiter´s