Change is in the air, Dorado, Sailfish and Marlin Explode!


Snapper, Dorado, Sails and more..

Larry Tyson on Bella Del Mar in middle, First Mate Fleco(l) and Capt. Victor (r)

Change is in the air, Dorado, Sailfish and Striped Marlin Explode as Bait thins out!


Trying to keep up with rapidly changing conditions around here is enough to make your head spin. We’ve seen the introduction of Striped Marlin back in our world famous fishing grounds and this is an early indication that our summer fishing season is coming to an early end this year. Whales are in the area in huge numbers as we enter December. Rooster Fish have reappeared at the Marietta Islands and Sailfish are plentiful, if you’re willing to go the distance. All and all the fishing is great right now in Puerto Vallarta!

Everyone always wants to know the skinny on the Yellowfin Tuna. Well Yellowfin are out there and they´re big. Ranging from 80 to over 200 lbs they are jumping and stuffing themselves on those “#¿$&/?# Krill shrimps and sardines the size of your thumbnail. So there are Yellowfin tuna to be had 25 miles off Corbeteña and El Banco. You see the dirty water is back with the currents raking up the muck off the ocean floors bottom. If you can find clear, blue water, the Yellowfin will be there if there is bait. But be warned, they are jumping like crazy hurling themselves ten feet in the air, but they are not taking bait for nothing. Several Captains that only specialize in Yellowfin Tuna have been heading out to the Tres Maria Islands for YF Tuna. This is not always working and it doesn’t matter what you do, if you’re not presenting them a bait they’d be interested in, then you might as well consider the closer in options that are frankly a better option for the moment. That is unless you have your mind set on YF Tuna, then I say go for it amigo.

But I have gotten ahead of myself, the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña this week has been plagued by dirty water being churned up from the bottom. This has forced any game fish that would normally be in the area waiting for you to move out to where the water is fresh and blue. So for the most part those who wanted to catch fish went elsewhere.

So, as you ask where that might be, well I’ll tell you.. North, go north and you will find Sailfish as thick as I have ever seen them. Dorado in the 25 to 50lb range  and 250 lb Striped Marlin are all north. Once you pass Punta Mita, there are Dorado in the 25lb range, but if you head north to San Pancho or even farther you will find clear, blue water and plenty of fish. Nothing fancy, Google Eyes surface trolling is doing the trick. The only kicker is the distance. You will need to plan on a ten hour day for best results. The Stripers are picking up in numbers now that we’re seeing the colder currents flood the area, but they will be hanging in the area now for the next few months anyway. Stripers tend to hang around this area late into the winter season for Marlin.

At Sayulita we have seen the Rooster Fish population Explode once more and they’re running in a good size range of 40 to 65lbs near the shore. For those of you who love Rooster Fishing now would be a good time to head out and let them tear your arms off! Dorado are here as well, but smaller. You may also run into a 35lb Snapper as a few clients have in the last day or two.  So north of Punta Mita is the hot spot for this week.

Now the Marietta Islands have been smoking lately as well and there is no reason to think things will cool off. As we just mentioned, Rooster fish are here and abundant as well. Larger than expected, off the reefs they´re running in the 40 to 50lb range here as well. Nice to know they´ll take a silver diamond jig or a surface popper. Those are always killer baits for these fish and they’re cheap! Live bait, hell your car keys will work if you put a hook on them.  Sailfish are huge in the 100 lb plus range right and they have no problem taking whatever it is you are offering them as bait. Dorado in the 30lb range are there but less abundant than north. If you´re spending the same time and money, if you’re targeting Dorado, you´re better off at the northern fishing grounds. Snapper in the 30lb range, African Pompano are thick and taste great.  Even some Wahoo have been accidently boated! Accidently because they weren’t using wire leader and got them on the boat anyway. There are just too many species here to mention and they’re all hungry..  YeHa!

Inside the bay there is some improving winter action with the arrival of Jack Crevalls. Now Jack Crevalls are pretty much here all year long, but as the water cools they move in, in much larger numbers. There is many a day that that Jack Crevalls saved a vacationing anglers day on the water! The bay has been mostly clear and clean making it a heaven for the Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Roballo (Snook) and the list is endless. Four to six hours can still produce nice amounts of game fish. So if your budget is tight, this is an option!

With the arrival of Striped Marlin it is only a matter of time now before the Yellowfin will be moving out to points south and to the Tres Maria Islands which are 80 miles from Marina Vallarta.  For the fanatics there is always YF Tuna to be had, but the size will vary from small to large, it just depends on your luck!

Don’t forget to visit The Village in Marina Vallarta to catch the charter boats coming in from their day of fishing and be part of the action. The Villages Restaurant Row has any sort of restaurant you could hope to find ready and willing to cook your catch / fish in any fashion you like. Don´t forget to visit the shops, salons and leather shops in the Marina Village as well….  Don´t forget, this is the other Malicon and is the most popular tourist attraction in Puerto Vallarta!

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


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Strong Southerly Currents, Dropping Water Temps, Plentiful Bait!


Dorado at the Gaff

Dorado at the gaff…

Strong Southerly Currents, Dropping Water Temps, Plentiful Bait!



Like the title says, the currents that have been churning in the bay have gotten stronger in the last few days which are coming down from the north. As you may remember Puerto Vallarta is enjoying some cooler than normal temperatures for this time of year. As we all know weather patterns follow water temps and while the weather is perfect, the ocean conditions turning cooler means that it won’t be long before the trophy game fish of Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna head for warmer waters  to the south. The main reason we still have large trophy fish at the moment is because of the massive abundance of bait in the bay and at the fishing grounds.  If you are looking to boat a Black Marlin or a monster Yellowfin Tuna, then you better get your butt in gear and get out there or it will be another year before you can cross this off your bucket list!

One indication that the water is cooling down quickly, is the Whales have arrived! Normally it is December before the official Whale Watching season begins, but with the numbers of whales increasing daily there are sightings from the beaches and hotels now! Other indicators are the arrival of Sierra Mackerals in large numbers as well as Jack Crevalls. These fish are here all year long, but when the water cools down, they become very abundant and with water temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s in the bay and just a little warmer of 78 degrees at El Banco and Corbeteña. It’s just a matter of time before we head into full winter mode when it comes to fishing. So put that in the back of your mind for now and make your fishing plans accordingly!

This week we are seeing flying fish all over the place, not the species but rather the action itself. Yellowfin tuna over 200 lbs are still hurling themselves out of the water and like last week it is still difficult to get them to pay attention to what you are presenting to them bait wise. As these fish, Black Marlin included, swim through the monster clouds of krill squids and sardines the size of your thumbnail with their mouth open, you have a slim chance of boating one of these prized game fish. Now this is not to say they won’t take your bait under any circumstances, but you better be there when they’re ready to take baits. This time of the day is commonly called the ¨Bite¨ and it can spring on you unexpectedly, and then make all the difference.

As we see the cooler temps at El Banco, the YF Tuna are still there. The better captains with a selection of equipment and lures are finding ways to entice them to pay attention to what they are offering.. If you hit the bite just right. Yes there are Black Marlin and Sailfish here as well, but the same conditions exist and they love these krill squid like you can’t imagine! Running a string of Hoochies or small krill squid lures can pay off, but you better be patient! The Red Tuna Crabs seem to the thinning out after three weeks of these crabs enjoying their perfect conditions as they follow the currents. But they are still out there and this is another issue a savvy captain can deal with, but again only if he has the tools to do his job.

Corbeteña is much the same. Big fish, lots of Tuna and Marlin, lots of bait in the water. One different thing about Corbeteña this week is we have seen the Cubera snappers start to school and they have been surface feeding. They are running in the 45 to 60lb range presently and will take a google eye in a second. Wahoo has also been on the finger jutting out under the water from the rock and those using wire leaders are boating some nice sized Wahoo in the 65lb range. But remember, these are a non-schooling fish so be prepared to target a different species, but still give it a try, you may be surprised on what you may hit! And if you ask the captain if they taste good, they may just say no! So listen to me, they are the best tasting fish out there in my book and anyone who doesn’t know what they just caught, when in doubt, take the fish! Dorado are here in the 35lb range, Sailfish up to 120 inches or 100lbs are also taking the opportunity to stuff themselves on these krill squids! The area between the Bank and Corbeteña is always ignored until tournament time, so be smart and hit this area as a secondary or backup plan.

The Marietta Islands have exploded with species you don’t normally associate with this area. Amber Jacks, Wahoo, Sailfish and more are there and surprising those lucky enough to hook into them. The Wahoo that were boated were sheer luck, those hooking them perfectly in the corner of the mouth hit the jackpot! Jack Crevalls, Rooster Fish, Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, and a boat load of African Pompano are there waiting for you now. Right now I recommend 8 hr trips to this location if you’re looking for a short day and plenty action. But be warned, there were a few days last week where if you went out, you probably came back with nothing. There is nothing worse than finding a boil on the surface to find these fish couldn’t care less about what you are offering. Such was the case with a few boats last week. But the nature of the game is such that no matter how good your captain is, how much equipment you have, you aren´t going to come in with fish 100% of the time! Sorry to be the one to break this news to you amigo… but we all do what we can!

The point of Punta Mita to the north is full of Dorado and if you’re near Sayulita and the reefs and rocks, you are finding Rooster Fish, Dorado and Sailfish. Large Sailfish are setting up house about ten miles off the point feeding on Dorado in the 20 to 30lb range. Many a boat that couldn’t turn the head of a YF Tuna or Marlin have come back in to the point to bring in the blue plate special of Mahi for Dinner!

Four hour trips in the bay are seeing mostly Sierra Mackerals, Snappers, some Snook, Bonito, Skip Jacks near Yelapa and Sailfish at the southern point of Cabo Correntes….

With the extreme tides, the full moon and the abundance of bait Captains have had their share of excuses and challenges. But now that we´re finally moving out of these conditions the Sailfish will remain for the next few months and we should see Striped Marlin move in since they are partial to cooler water temps. The secret now with these uncertain water temps and currents is to keep an eye on what is coming in on the docks and where they are coming from. Like always, past results are no guarantee you will enjoy the same results, but it’s a good place to start. Well now that I sound like a stock broker, keep the faith and hang in there. Puerto Vallarta always has world class fishing and as we move into winter conditions we still catch fish when others wish they could! I invite you to see why Puerto Vallartas fishing grounds are considered some of the best in the world for Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin of all species and Sailfish.


The Whales have moved back into the Bay of Banderas, so make sure you keep your eyes open. Turtles, Manta Rays, Bottle Nose Dolphin are everywhere. And remember when you´re in Vallarta make sure you get out on the water. Also While in town don’t forget to visit the Village in Marina Vallarta with Restaurant row and 150 shops from everything from hair salons to Peruvian Cuisine (its lite and wonderful), you´ll have fun, get your food fix and who knows, maybe rediscover how cool the village really is. If it´s been a while since you’ve been on the ¨Other Malicon¨ then it’s time to check It out.

Update: Dirty water has moved into Corbetena and El Banco with the currents churning up the muck from the bottom. Yellowfin Tuna are thick and plentiful twenty five miles out from El Banco and Corbeteña, but even then we are still having troubles getting them to pay any serious attention to any baits being presented. Using the tricks of the trade don’t seem to be helping, even kites aren´t working like we would hope….

Dorado and Sailfish have taken over San Pancho, a great place that is two hours north along the shore line and it´s like fishing in a barrel right now. Most boats are heading up in this direction ….

Not much happening with Marlin, not many sighting and not many hook-ups. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available…..

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


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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

Mexico: A Reality Check, What is really happening here!


This insightful article was written by Charles Simpson and is reprinted here with his permission. He can be reached

First: A reality check on Mexico

Mexico is in a unique position to reap many of the benefits of the decline of the US economy. In order to not violate NAFTA and other agreements the U.S.A. cannot use direct protectionism, so it is content to allow the media to play this protectionist role.   The U.S. media – over the last year – has portrayed Mexico as being on the brink of economic collapse and civil war. The Mexican people are either beheaded, kidnapped, poor, corrupt, or narco-traffickers.  The American news media was particularly aggressive in the weeks leading up to spring break. The main reason for this is money. During that two-week period, over 120,000 young American citizens poured into Mexico and left behind hundreds of millions of dollars.

Let’s look at the reality of the massive drug and corruption problem, kidnappings, murders and money. The U.S.  Secretary of State Clinton was clear in her honest assessment of the problem. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent the weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians,” Clinton said. The other large illegal business that is smuggled into the U.S.A. that no one likes to talk about is Human Traffic for prostitution. This “business” is globally now competing with drugs in terms of profits.

It is critical to understand, however that the horrific violence in Mexico is over 95% confined to the three transshipping cities for these two businesses, Tijuana, Nogales, and Juarez. The Mexican government is so serious about fighting this, that they have committed over 30,000 soldiers to these borders towns. There was a thoughtful article written by a professor at the University of Juarez. He was reminded of the Prohibition years in the U.S.A. and compared Juarez to Chicago when Al Capone was conducting his reign of terror capped off with The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. During these years, just like Juarez today, 99% of the citizens went about their daily lives and attended classes, went to the movies, restaurants, and parks.

Is there corruption in Mexico? YES !!! Is there an equal amount of corruption related to this business in the U.S.A.? YES !!!. When you have a pair of illegal businesses that generate over $300,000,000,000 in sales you will find massive corruption. Make no mistake about the Mexican Drug Cartel; these “businessmen” are 100 times more sophisticated than the bumbling bootleggers during Prohibition. They form profitable alliances all over the U.S.A. They do cost benefit analysis of their business much better than the US automobile industry. They have found over the years that the cost of bribing U.S. and Mexican Border Guards and the transportation costs of moving marijuana from Sinaloa to California have cut significantly into profits. That is why over the past 5-7 years they have been growing marijuana in State and Federal Parks and BLM land all across America. From a business standpoint, this is a tremendous cost savings on several levels. Let’s look at California as an example as one of the largest consumers. When you have $14.2 billion of Marijuana grown and consumed in one state, there is savings on transportation, less loss of product due to confiscation and an overall reduction cost of bribery with law enforcement and parks service people. Another great savings is the benefit to their employees. The penalties in Mexico for growing range from 5-15 years. The penalties in California, on average are 18 months, and out in 8 months. The same economic principles are now being applied to the methamphetamine factories.

FOX News continues to scare people with its focus on kidnapping. There are kidnappings in Mexico.  The concentration of kidnappings has been in Mexico City, among the very rich and the three aforementioned border Cities.  With the exception of Mexico City, the number one city for kidnappings among NAFTA countries is Phoenix, Arizona with over 359 in 2008. The Phoenix Police estimate that twice that number of kidnappings goes unreported, because like Mexico 99% of these crimes were directly related to drug and human traffic. Phoenix, unfortunately, is geographically profitable transshipping location. Mexicans, just like 99% of U.S. Citizens during prohibition, go about their daily lives all over the country. They get up, go to school or work and live their lives untouched by the border town violence.

These same protectionist news sources have misled the public as to the real danger from the swine flu in Mexico and temporary devastated the tourism business. As of May 27 2009 there have been 87 deaths in Mexico from the swine flu. During those same five months there have been 36 murdered school children in Chicago.   By their logic, if 87 deaths from the swine flu in Mexico warrants canceling flights and cruise ships to Mexico, then close all roads and highways in the USA because of record 43,359 automobile related deaths in the USA in 2008.

What is just getting underway is what many are calling the “Largest southern migration to Mexico of people and real estate assets since the Civil War” A significant percentage of the Baby Boomers have been doing the research and are making the life changing decision to move out of the U.S.A. The number one retirement destination in the world is Mexico. There are already over 2,000,000 US and Canadian property owners in Mexico. The most conservative number of American and Canadian Baby Boomers who are on their way to owning property in Mexico for full or part time living in the next 15 years is over 6,000,000. Do the math on 6,000,000 people buying a $300,000 house or condo and you will understand why the U.S. Government is trying to tax this massive shift of money to Mexico through H.R. 3056. The U.S. government calls this “The Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007”. Those who will have to pay it are calling this the EXIT TAX.

Mexico: A better economic choice than China

Another large exodus from the U.S.A is high paying skilled jobs.  The job shift in automobile sector, both car and parts manufacturing, is already known by most investors. In the last few months as John Deere and Caterpillar have been laying off thousands of workers in the U.S.A., and hiring equal numbers in Mexico. The most recent industry that is making the shift is the aerospace manufacturers. In the city of Zacatecas there is currently a $210 million aerospace facility being built. With the 11 U.S. companies moving there, it is estimated to provide over 200,000 new high paying jobs in the coming years.  One of the main factors for the shift in job south to Mexico instead of China is realistic analysis of total production, labor and delivery costs. While the labor costs in China are 40% less on average, the overall transportation costs and inherent risks of a long distance supply chain, and quality control issues, gives Mexico a distinct financial advantage.

Mexico’s real economic future

Mexico has avoided completely the subprime problem that has devastated the U.S. banking industry. The Mexican banks are healthy and profitable. Mexico has a growing and very healthy middle and upper middle class. The very recent introduction of residential financing has Mexico in a unique position of having over 90% of current homeowners owning their house outright. U.S. banks are competing for the Mexican, Canadian and American cross border loan business. It is and will continue to be a very safe and very profitable business. These same banks that were loaning in a reckless manner have learned their lesson and are loaning here the old fashioned way. They require a minimum of a 680 credit score, 30% down payment, and verifiable income that can support the loan. In most areas of Mexico where Baby Boomers are moving to, with the exception of Puerto Penasco (which did not have a national and international base of buyers), there is no real estate bubble. The higher end markets ($2-20 million) in many of these destinations are going through a modest correction. The Baby Boomers market here is between $200,000 and $600,000. With the continuing demand inside the Bay of Banderas, that price point, in the coming years, will disappear. This is the reason the Mexican government is spending billions of dollars on more infrastructure north along the coast all the way up to Mazatlan.

The other major area where America has become overpriced is in the field of health care.  This massive shift of revenues is estimated to add 5-7% to Mexico’s GDP.  The name for this “business” is Medical Tourism. The two biggest competitors for Mexico were Thailand and India. Thailand and India’s biggest drawback is geography. Also recent events, Thailand’s inability to keep a government in place and the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, have helped Mexico capture close to half of this growth industry. In Mexico today there are over 56 world class hospitals being built to keep up with this business.

Mexico is currently sitting on a cash surplus and an almost balanced budget. Most Americans have never heard of Carlos Slim until he loaned the New York Times $250 million. After that it became clear to many investors around the world what Mexicans already knew: that Mexico had been able to avoid the worst of the U.S. economic devastation. Mexico’s resilience is to be admired. When the U.S. Federal Reserve granted a $30 billion loan to each of the following countries Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and Brazil, Mexico reinvested the money in Treasury bonds in an account in New York City.

According to oil traders, Mexico’s Pemex wisely as the price of oil shot to $147 a barrel put in place an investment strategy that hinged on oil trading in the range of $38-$60 a barrel. Since the beginning of 2009 Mexico has been collecting revenues on hedged positions that give them $90-$110 per barrel today. Mexico’s recent and under reported oil discovery in the Palaeo Channels of Chicontepec has placed it third in the world for oil reserves, right behind Canada and Saudi Arabia.

The following is a quote from Rosalind Wilson, President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on March 19, 2009. “The strength of the Mexican economic system makes the country a favorite destination for Canadian investment”.


The answer is simple and old fashioned: SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

The area of Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit inside the Bay of Banderas is an investor’s dream. This area has the comprehensive infrastructure in place, world class hospitals and dental care, natural investment protection from the Sierra Madre Mountains, endless future water supply, low to nonexistent crime, international airport, and limited supply inside the Bay, first class private bilingual schools and higher than average appreciation potential. Like many areas in Mexico there is large demand for full and part time retirement living and a lot of construction underway to meet this demand. Pre construction of course is where the best bargains are available.

I would offer a word of caution for investors in Mexico.  Do not be seduced by the endless natural beauty that is everywhere, both inland in colonial towns and along thousands of miles of beach. Apply conservative medium and long term investment strategies without emotion. The demand for full and part time living by American and Canadian Baby Boomers is evident throughout the country. The top two choice locations are ocean front, and ocean view. The third overall choice, which is less expensive, is inland in one of the many beautiful colonial towns or small cities.

Mexico, with the world’s 13th largest GDP, is no longer a “Third World Country”, but rather a fast growing, economically secure state, as the most recent five-year history of its financial markets when compared to the U.S.A.’s financial markets  suggests.

DOW JONES AVERAGES         MAY 2004   10,200         MAY 2009   8,200          20% LOSS IN 5 YEARS

MEXICAN BOLSA                    MAY 2004   10,000        MAY 2009   23,000       130% GAIN IN 5 YEARS


Changing Seasons, Changing Currents, Experienced Captains A Must!



Another Happy Return Client, Nathan Got His Sailfish!

Another Happy Return Client, Nathan Got His Sailfish!Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, On GuanaTuna 11 04 2010 12 hrs

Changing Seasons, Changing Currents, Experienced Captains A Must!




If you don’t know by now, weather patterns follow water temperatures / currents. If the ocean currents are warm, you have warm and humid weather in Mexico. When currents change to a southern direction you find ocean temperatures drop which in turn brings cooler weather to the mainland.  This is what we are seeing right now with the invasion of Mackerals, Jack Crevalls and several species of bait type fish drifting in the area on the same currents. Last week we saw the Red Tuna Crabs, tiny Squids and Jelly fish drift in. These of course are the three favorite dishes for Yellowfin Tuna. So you can imagine the frustration of the anglers targeting Yellowfin Tuna, seeing the Tuna, casting to fish who couldn’t care less about your bait! That all changed a few days back and now the Yellowfin Tuna are taking baits again. A buy-product of these cooler conditions will eventually result in smaller  Yellowfin Tuna and the beginning of the migration south of Marlin, Sailfish and of course the Tuna. But for now the fishing is still about as good as it gets so don’t delay your trip if possible.

Another indication that the currents are changing is the simple fact we are seeing dirty water to the edge of the deep water fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco. These unsettled waters are churning up the sediments from the bottom kinda like a blender. But no worries, the fish are still biting if you know where to go.

El Banco this week started churning out Yellowfin in the 60 to 180 lb range, but only if you were on the points of El Banco. Now you’ve heard me discuss the high spots a thousand times, but there are more than two peaks at El Banco to pay attention to. As an underwater mountain with strange peaks that look like stalactites (or is it stalagmites) that stick up… anyway the deeper spikes have been the secret this week. But if you were on a cheap or expensive boat with no electronics you would never know where these peaks are, so that would mean if you were targeting Yellowfin that wasn’t on the surface, you were out of luck amigo. Sounders will tell you where the temperature breaks are (to set down riggers) and what the bottom conditions are in the upscale products, not to mention show what fish if any are under the boat. Even the lower cost Electronics will show less detailed information, but good enough for the average fishing fanatic. On the 160 foot deep spike on the north side of El Banco was a fishing machine! But get out of the 100 yard circle about this peak and you would think there were no fish to be had! Black Marlin in the 250 to 500 lb range have also been in the area as were larger Dorado to 50 lbs. No Sails to speak of, but the spinners (Bottle Nose Dolphin) are still in the area and most of the time that means tons of smaller YF Tuna action. If you were targeting YF Tuna this week, that was about the only real reason to be fifty miles out. If you were targeting any other species, there were better options to take advantage of.

One of those options was between El Banco and the point of Punta Mita. Anywhere from five miles out to twenty miles from the point out towards El Banco is alive with Black Marlin in the 250 to 600 lb range, Sailfish in excess of 100lbs, Dorado in the 30 to 45 lb range and even some Blue Marlin are being boated! The bait fish for the most part have been hanging in closer to shore and options on the menu for every species out there is making it hard to determine which bait option to use. Those using the small Hoochies or plastic squids strung in a line, there are names for this rig, we used to call them snag lines…. Will work when larger baits won´t. So if you catch something, look in their stomachs to make sure you know what they are into that day! Remember, elephants eat peanuts too and larger bait is not always the secret. One thing that is a little surprising is there are these tiny little sardines, I mean these bait fish are no larger than your thumb nail and they´re out there by the billions in bait balls the size of WalMarts Parking lot! These can be hard to imitate and present to a receptive fish.  They´re like fish Rice Crispi’s, one won´t do the trick, but if you have a whole bowl full, well that´s another thing!

Corbeteña this week has been alive with smaller Yellowfin in the 60 to 100 lb range. Sailfish are taking over the Rock as are Dorado. Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are north of the Rock about half way to El Banco just over the ridges and canyons where so many tournament sized fish have been caught before. So remember, the whole area is alive with possibilities so don´t lock your mind into just a few locations and refuse to try new things. The water has been on the dirty side here but there is clean, blue water to be found but you may have to hunt for it.

The Marietta Islands and El Morro are as always full of fish and they’re waiting for you to show. This area the past week has been packed full of large Sailfish  over 100 inches,  as is normal for this time of year and are right on time for the Pez Vela Tournament or Sailfish Tournament starting on the 10th of November. Dorado in  the 30 lb range, Rooster fish off the reefs in the 30lb range, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Needle fish, Snapper and more are there waiting for you. The past week this area has been a great place to spend an eight hour fishing day. Remember you don’t always have to hit he deep water, another word for expensive, locations to catch fish. So be aware of what you want to catch and target the correct location. Many times the fishing closer in can be better than what is at El Banco. So the guy who points to just one location on the map and is unaware of what is happening outside the bay is just shaking you down for money and will probably hit the deep water spot, then come back in where the fish may be. Again know what species you are targeting and plan accordingly… and of course keep up with my reports and blog!

If you’re looking for a shorter day with some smaller action the bay is still it´s usual self of Bonito, Snappers, Smaller Dorado, Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls and the list goes on. Four to six hour is perfect for younger kids and adults alike. But be warned, you may hook into a Sailfish or larger Rooster fish around the rocks and structure areas so be ready for anything amigos. If money is an issue, no worries I have boat for every budget. They may not be the most beautiful boats when it comes to economy fish, but they’re rigged and ready to go. The fish don´t care about the boat, they´re looking at the bait so a well equipped and kina ugly boat will meet your expectations, but these ugly boats would never make it on ESPN… Hahahaaa.

With the currents changing early t his year the Yellowfin Days for the Monsters will be limited. With water temperatures still in the low 80’s this will change before our normal turn of current s in early January.  So if you are waiting for a later date trying to schedule everything like a holiday and fishing trip together, I guess you may need to make a decision on if you want Yellowfin Monsters or Yellowfin Footballs. But no worries, we always have fish, just call me so I can put your order in with the fish gods.

While in town don’t forget to visit the Village in Marina Vallarta with Restaurant row and 150 shops from everything from hair salons to Peruvian Cuisine, you´ll have fun, get your food fix and who knows, and maybe rediscover how cool the village really is. If it´s been a while since you’ve been on the ¨Other Malicon¨ then it’s time to check It out.

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


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Fish Porn, OK for the Kids!

Some more recent photos of Master Baiter´s Clients with smiles and of course fish… Nothing like Fish Porn when you need a fishing fix…

We’re Fishing in a barrel, Marlin, Dorado, YF Tuna, Sailfish, PV On Fire!



Yellowfin Tuna on the Deck Sixty pound Blue Plate Specials

Yellowfin Tuna on the Deck Sixty pound Blue Plate Specials

We’re Fishing in a barrel, Marlin, Dorado, YF Tuna, Sailfish, PV On Fire!




Puerto Vallartas reputation for Sportfishing is legendary. With a bay that was formed by a volcano a million years ago it makes a heaven for baitfish and species of all kinds. It´s a perfect breeding ground for Whales, Bottle Nose Dolphin and Manta Rays. And at this time of the year the fishing is white hot! November marks one of the two months that the High Tourism season meshes with High Season for Fishing where vacationers and professionals alike are sharing the same fishing grounds. Now of course they’re mostly looking for Yellowfin Tuna at this time of the year and they´re coming in with full cockpits! Black Marlin have moved back into the area and Sailfish are huge, some in the 120 lb range and 13 feet long! November is always an exciting month in Puerto Vallarta and this year looks to be exciting as well!

Those looking for trophy sized game fish like Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are still finding their luck at El Banco or The Bank. With YF Tuna running mostly in the 80 lb range have set up house, we’re just happy they’re out there.  Black Marlin are running in the 400 to 800lb range like last week and are still closer in to the point of Punta Mita than the high spots.  Unless you’re targeting Yellowfin, then El Banco may not be where you want to be. UPDATE: Those red Tuna Crabs have floated in with the currents along with small Squids and Jellyfish the size of baseballs. All favorites of Yellowfin Tuna. Now this makes boating these beauties difficult at best. But seasoned captains and first mates can improvise and adapt. Make sure your crew is aware of these conditions, they most likely are and head out prepared. Yellowfin now are running in the 120 to 160lb range if you can get their attention. Water temperatures are still in the 82 degree mark, perfect temps to keep them on the surface! Marlin have not been taking live bait, but plastic is working well, but they are still closer in to shore.

Corbeteña for the last week has been on the ¨Iffy¨ side.  But that has changed and there are larger Marlin and Sailfish just north of the Rock towards El Banco. Magnifico, our 31 ft Bertram Classic came in from Corbeteña with record challenging Sailfish as well. Cubera Snappers in the 60 lb range have been going after trolled baits as well. Yellowfin Tuna have also been boated here but have been on the small side of the average in the 60 lb range mostly this week.

The point off Punta Mita (5 to 15 miles) as I mentioned earlier is still a Machine for Black and Blue Marlin, Dorado and Sailfish. Plenty of bait in the water which is smaller in size has drawn in the Billfish towards shore. This will put you in a great area where anything is possible and may be the secret for the coming week. Keep an eye on this area amigos…

The Marietta Islands and El Morro have been getting more active by the day. An eight hour trip has a mixed bag of possible fish. Policonfondido, our 25 ft single engine panga (cheapest boat in the marina) came back in one day alone with two huge Sailfish, Four larger Dorado, 1 needle fish an African pompano and two smaller Rooster fish in the 30 lb range. Unless you´re targeting Marlin or YF Tuna, this may be the place to be if you´re looking at a limited fuel budget and still want some serious action! UPDATE: Larger Dorado up to 35 lbs have moved in to the area between El Morro and the Marietta Islands off the reefs. We’re also seeing Rooster fish in the 25 lb range and some larger Snappers in the 30 to 35 lb range. Surface baits are driving them nuts so bring your poppers and surface jigs along. Many times this is working better than live bait. Sailfish, very large sailfish in the 100 lb plus rang e are still out there taking baits. So the area is h eating up and for an 8 hr day is one of your better options at the moment.

Bait this week is pretty much the same condition as last week. Plenty of bait closer in to shore, not that much once you´re past the islands. Make sure you have bait before you head out to the fishing grounds! If you come across diving birds, get more bait! Get as much bait as you can hold because once you find the fish, this is their gold and your edge on the other boats. If you can´t make bait, Black and purple lures are a good option. Green and orange will also make these fickle fish do a double take. If you have bait, it is like fishing in a barrel out there RIGHT NOW!

While in town don’t forget to visit the Village in Marina Vallarta with Restaurant row and 150 shops from everything from hair salons to Peruvian Cuisine, you´ll have fun, get your food fix and who knows, and maybe rediscover how cool the village really is. If it´s been a while since you’ve been on the ¨Other Malicon¨ then it’s time to check It out. In fact there is a new ¨Diner¨ type of restaurant where Sea Fare used to be that open a few days ago that I´ll be trying tonight!

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


Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: or

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