Abundant Rooster Fish, Pargo and Milk Fish at the Marietta Islands!

Abundant Rooster Fish, Pargo and Milk Fish at the Marietta Islands!

Once again Paradise had another wonderful week when it comes to Tourism and of course fishing in our world famous fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta. We are seeing some increases in water temperatures which is good for the cause of course, but the currents are swirling and the warm water can be hard to find. If you can find a warm streak, then you‘ve got fish, if not, then best wishes! We’ve been waiting on summer and the larger game fish to arrive which is like watching a clock, it will never move until you look away.  With the warmer water we are starting to see some of the cold water species like Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals, stables for us during the winter, move out. There are still some of them around and some in good size ranges, but this is their last hurrah and will be gone before June arrives! These welcome changes are painfully slow for a guy like me. But this is normal and right on time. With the moves upwards in water temperatures we are seeing some positive signs which mean the larger fish like Sailfish and Striped Marlin will be heading our way soon, but not soon enough for me!

Milk Fish at Marietta Islands on Policonfondido , 8 hr day!

Milk Fish at Marietta Islands on Policonfondido , 8 hr day!

The area north of Punt a Mita, Sayulita to b e exact is still smoking wit h Rooster Fish action and some Dorado are starting to hang out in the area, but no promises amigo. Roosters are anywhere from 30 to 70 lbs and Dorado while s till on the smaller side of 30lbs are still fun to catch and better to eat! Live bait is king, but lures of yellow and black are working well.

One of the early season indicators that summer is on its way in is when the foot ball Yellowfin Tuna show up.  At Corbeteña this week we have seen them arrive. Now they are not worth heading gout 38 miles for, but they will hopefully draw some larger fish into the area looking for a nice free meal!  Sailfish have been seen in the area, again… but none have been boated.

Inside the bay things are less than spectacular, but there are still plenty of Jack Crevalls to keep the visiting Anglers happy.  Snappers and Needle fish are taking up the slack. For now the younger Anglers are doing well in the areas of structure or rocks around the Los Arcos area.

As a whole the fishing is good, but it will get better soon. One thing we are dealing with right now as I mentioned earlier are the swirling currents.  Some days you will find clean green water. Others you´ll find it murky at best. You will have to be flexible and patient, once you find some warm water then anything is possible.  There is plenty of bait in the water, the days are longer and t he conditions are as they should be for this time of the year. From now until the first few weeks of June we will be in a transition period where the conditions and fish will change daily. With Sailfish in the areas of Manzanillo and Barra we know that when the wager clears up the fish will be coming in. Save your fuel dollars when you can get a better bang for your fuel buck or head to the Marietta Islands for a nice 8 hour day. Your time and money will be well spent!   The fishing will turn world class in the next few weeks, until then do whatever it takes to make the little woman happy. Get yourself some extra points and when the fishing gets to a frenzy level again, you’ll have some wiggle room. It won’t hurt to send them to the spa these days either. Just remember, it’s cheaper to keep her!

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

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

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

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It’s All About Rooster Fish and Red Snappers, We’re Happy to Have Them!

It’s All About Rooster Fish and Red Snappers, We’re Happy to Have Them!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Rooster Fish at the Marietta Islands with Steve Orcutt on Magnifico 4/16/11

Rooster Fish at the Marietta Islands with Steve Orcutt on Magnifico 4/16/11

It’s still about Rooster Fish and Snappers when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now. If you are heading out to the deep water locations of El Banco or Corbeteña, you’d be better off fishing at the Marietta Islands or El Morro. Rooster fish and Snappers have been ranging in the 20 to 70lb range. Those heading out for less than eight hours expecting fish will find very small game fish to choose from at best. Jack Crevalls are being seen less and less, but I did see some today when sailing, should have had a pole with me… But Jacks like cold water, but the water is warming up ever so slightly day by day. So they´re moving out and they have saved many a day fishing for clients and kept my guaranteed charters happy!

First lets get the report out of the way. Like the title says the fishing is mostly about Rooster Fish and Snappers at the Marietta Islands and El Morro, they are taking live bait and lures. Color or size appropriate types make no difference.  The one fact that is messing with peoples day is that most people have this thing in their mind that early morning fishing is best. Well if you are on some lake or stream, this may hold true. But here in Puerto Vallarta the bite is a moving target. We’ve been looking at the early stages of a full moon which normally means the bite is early in the morning. But this is not the case and if you pay attention to one thing in this article it is this: The bite is in the afternoon after 1 O’clock and then again about sunset. So you early morning types are going to find the afternoon better for you if you want to boat fish. At the Marietta Islands there have been recent days when you could see the fish under the boat, but they would not take bait for nothing. When this happens there is a very, very good chance that these fish (Roosters and Snappers) are eating jelly fish! At this time of the year they can be found in several areas of the bay and the Marietta Islands or El Morro are no strangers to these conditions. So every day is not on fire fishing wise and then there are days when you can´t get a bait in the water fast enough. Like always it just depends on what you come across and your lucky stars!  So there is your report amigos. If you are in the bay. Less than 25 miles out of Marina Vallarta, then you are catching smaller gamefish of Snappers, Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, Snook  and even small Barracudas.

If you do head out to the islands, remember the reef is still being patrolled by the navy and I heard one boat was cited for fishing in a non-fishing / restricted zone. The ticket was $1,500.00 usd equivalent in pesos. Not fun for the captain or the clients.

North of Sayulita there are still smaller Dorado in the area but nothing to get excited about, hand in there they´ll be  getting larger soon and moving into the Marietta Island area hopefully soon. But one never knows! Presently up near San Pancho or San Francisco in English you can boat these blue and gold beauties if you have a strong itch to spend some fuel money!

Just forget heading out to El Banco or Corbeteña until the water warms up enough to warrant the trip. Bottom fishing is alright, but for the money you are still better off at the Marietta Islands.

Bait is not an issue, we have plenty of bait fish in the area and have seen the flying fish move in. I expected to see Sailfish or Striped Marlin to move in but this has not happened. I have gotten to the point where I should stop talking about what is normal and just report what is happening.  But when things or conditions move outside of normal, then you have to ask yourself why or what is different than previous years. Last year was a La Nina Year, so we know we have El Nino and La Nina is out of our hair for at least a few years. That explains what has happened to the fishing here in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. We are now moving into the summer fishing season where we should shortly see huge fish. I am keeping my eyes open watching water temps, type of fish coming in or of course not coming in! March is normally the month we see Sailfish move into the area, but it’s now mid April and there have been a few sightings, with nothing being boated. So they are late, but not too late.

As I mentioned earlier, is very difficult to know what we can plan for. With Yellowfin Tuna following the currents, El Banco has not been the hot spot for Yellowfin Tuna it normally is in the summer for the last couple of years! El Banco is fifty miles out of Puerto Vallarta. The currents generally favor El Banco and hits this area dead on. This helps the fishing off what I call the Marlin McDonald’s of the sea. With plenty of bait hanging around the deep and not so deep structure there, if the currents are swinging in the El Banco area we will have huge, Monster Yellowfin Tuna.  That goes for Marlin and Sailfish also. But for the record, we get huge Black Marlin, Big Blue Marlin and Sailfish here in the area even if the Yellowfin pass us up…… You will normally see good Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in cabo when the currents are farther west than El Banco, just like the last couple of years!
With few boats at best heading out fishing it is difficult at best to relay information to folks looking for condition and bite information. Master Baiter’s is right there as well with few boats heading out daily. With rising fuel prices and economic conditions night mares are made of, there has been a real down turn in tourism here in Mexico, to be specific Puerto Vallarta!

Remember, the fish don’t care if you show up or not. So if you are going out there go fishing when the bite is happening, not when it is most convenient for you and the family / wife.  That way you can get the biggest bang for your fuel buck. Not hear later how you left before the bite even started! If that is the case, and the bite is not at a convenient time for you and the other reasons (people / tours), then you would be better off golfing with that money.  I see this happen every day and for now it is best to sleep in and catch fish in the afternoon!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

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

 

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

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

Simi Quickie Report: It´s all Red Snappers and Rooster Fish

Rooster Fish like this at the Marietta Islands!

Rooster Fish like this at the Marietta Islands!

Just a quickie report….. It’s still about Rooster Fish and Snappers when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now. If you are heading out to the deep water locations of El Banco or Corbeteña, you’d be better off fishing at the Marietta Islands or El Morro. Rooster fish and Snappers have been ranging in the 20 to 70lb range. Those heading out for less than eight hours expecting fish will find very small game fish to choose from at best. Jack Crevalls are being seen less and less, but  I did see some today when sailing, should have had a pole with me… But Jacks like cold water, the water is warming up ever so slightly day by day. So they´re moving out and they have saved many a day fishing for clients and kept my guaranteed charters happy!

Bait is not an issue, we have plenty of bait fish in the area and have seen the flying fish move in. I expected to see Sailfish or Striped Marlin to move in but this has not happened. I have gotten to the point where I should stop talking about what is normal and just report what  is happening.  But when things or conditions move outside of normal, then you have to ask yourself why or what is different than previous years. Last year was a La Nina Year, so we know we have El Nino and La Nina is out of our hair for at least a few years. That explains what has happened fishing wise to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. We are now moving into the summer fishing season where we see huge fish and I am keeping my eyes open for the time of year, water temps, type of fish coming in or of course not coming in!

March is normally the month we see Sailfish move into the area, but it’s now mid April and there have been a few sightings, but no boatings. So they are late, but  too late.

We normally see Dorado turn up about this time of the year in stronger numbers. This year Dorado are moving into the areas  north of Sayulita. While it seems late, it is better than last  year when the Dorado of any size did not show up until July. And not  in abundant numbers either! In fact  Dorado all last summer was a tough nut to crack… that is if you could find them. Even the commercial buoys we normally invade were slim pickings for sure. Many of the captains blamed the long liners and gill netters for the down turn in Dorado Fishing. But even the long liners were slim when it came to fish.

Right now, as I mentioned earlier, is very difficult to know what we can plan for. With Yellowfin Tuna following the currents, El Banco has not been the hot spot for Yellowfin Tuna it normally is in the Summer! El Banco is  fifty miles out of Puerto Vallarta. The currents generally favor El Banco and hit them dead on. This helps the fishing off what I call the Marlin McDonald’s of the sea. With plenty of bait hanging around the deep and not so deep structure there, if the currents are swinging in the El Banco area we will have huge, Monster Yellowfin Tuna.  That goes for  Marlin and Sailfish also. But for the record, we get huge Black Marlin, Big Blue Marlin and Sailfish here in the area even if the Yellowfin pass us up…… You will normally see good Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in cabo when the currents are farther west than El Banco, just like the last  couple of years!
Bloody Decks and their crew of wise asses have been telling anyone on that bulletin board site how cool they are by going cowboy and fishing a place all the old timers, the same guys I learned from years and years ago, won´t go  because of one big fat reason, you will have your boat confiscated by the prison authorities at the Tres Maria Islands! You see the prison islands or Tres Maria Islands are eighty miles or so there one way from Vallarta. These idiot cowboys started heading up this way and making noises how they had discovered this new ¨frontier¨ for fishing where Monster Yellowfin Tuna in winter waters , the same way several of them take credit for finding El Banco 30 years after the locals were making a living here fishing! Now those big fat blow hards are keeping a low profile as  these cowboys and their boats are being taken in. Several captains have been put in with the prison population but only after their heads have been shaved. I have written several articles on several boats that have had issues with the authorities there for fishing within the 15 mile limit. That’s right folks, there is a 15 mile no fishing zone for those who don’t  have one of those impossible licenses it takes to fish there.  I am not going to mention names and companies, but if you ask Capt. Steve Torres off Ana Maria about his four days in prison and what his cowboy clients had to go through, you´ll find a big mouth who learned how to keep his mouth shut. But he forgot to share these experiences on  Bloody Decks. There have been several boats that Bloody Decks supports (or has a vested interest in) that have been approached like the Maximus who didn’t  have enough fishing licenses, a Bogus permit to fish the islands,  insurance or life preservers. Yet they are very  happy to  take your $1,500.00 dollars as they put you on the illegal fishing boat out of La Cruz Marina! So much for this bulletin board on steroids as being a real source of information as they promote their own agenda here in PV. So the moral of this story is don´t listen to those beating their chest, talk with those that have been here in the Marina for years and ask them what you should be doing. It´s funny, there are several Captains / people that know better on better  quality boats that have been heading out this way to the Tres Maria Islands because if they didn’t go, there were those who would.  They were cautious, but still there…

With few boats at best heading out fishing it is difficult at best to relay information to folks looking for condition and bite information. Master Baiter’s is right there as well with few boats heading out daily. With rising fuel prices and economic conditions night mares are made of, there has been a real down turn in tourism here in Mexico, to be specific Puerto Vallarta!

For now there is decent fishing for those who can  handle a short 8 hr day. Those looking for shorter days are finding themselves hearing reports on the radio of fishing frenzies as they’re hoping to hook into something within the bay ……. There are also those in the Marina and else where who will tell you that Moby Dick in the bay… He isn’t and never will be, so be informed!

I attached a recent picture that represents the size of Snappers and Rooster fish we are seeing …. Some days are better than others and if you are not at the fishing grounds  around 1 O’clock  to about 7:00 pm, you will be hard pressed to catch fish.

Remember, the fish don’t care is you show up or not. So if you are going out there go fishing when the bite is happening, not when it is most convenient for you and the family / wife.  That way you can get the bang for your buck you just paid for. Not hear how you left before the bite even started! If that is the case, and the bite is not at a convenient time  for you and the other reasons (people / tours), then  you would be better off golfing with that money.  I see this happen every day and for now it is best to sleep in and catch fish in the afternoon!

So much for a quickie report…. I will be posting a fishing report in the next day or two…Any thing is possible when it comes to fish… Stay tuned…..

Waiting for Summer, Snappers at El Morro Big Time!

Waiting for Summer, Snappers at El Morro Big Time! Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

 Rooster Fish and Grant Charbonett , Magnifico,  Puerto Vallarta

Rooster Fish and Grant Charbonett , Magnifico, Puerto Vallarta

Well spring break has come and gone as we say good bye to the thousands and thousands of young visitors that safely enjoyed Puerto Vallarta. Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner. The water temperatures are inching up daily and the water is clear and green for the most part. We are waiting for the Sailfish to show up and there have been tons of sightings, but no hook-ups I can speak of except the freak occurrence. But the Islands of El Morro and the Marietta Islands are still and luckily for us, the place to be! Snappers, Rooster Fish, Sierra Mackerals and more are the predominant species at the moment, but that is today, it can all change before you finish reading this! For the moment, just say no to Corbeteña and El Banco. The dirty water has moved out and it is clear green water. Not ideal for fishing, but it works as long as the fish can see the bait. There are always Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks, Rainbow Runners and Jack Crevalls to be had bottom fishing and trolling. But for the most part those coming to Vallarta are not looking to do bottom fishing. In fact they are looking for Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish and Marlin, which of course are still out of season. North of Punta Mita, there have been some and I mean some Dorado spotted, even fewer caught. But having said that the ones that are being boated are in the 25 to 40lb range. Good sized and if you are in the area, give it a shot. But don´t make a special trip there unless you´re looking for Rooster Fish. Yes amigos the Rooster fish are gaining in size when you might expect them to fade out. With plenty of bait in the water there is no reason to go looking for greener pastures! 8 hr trips will put you in the thick of things and the conditions are perfect water temperature wise and clear. You will always find Sierra Mackerals there at this time of the year and some other species that are smaller. Head out this direction for the Rooster fish and give the Dorado a shot. Like I said earlier, the Islands are still on fire when it comes to fishing. With Red Snappers taking over El Morro and off the Marietta Islands your blue plate special is waiting to be caught. Snapper are in the 20 to 45lb range (just depends on what is looking at your presentation), Rooster fish are in both locations but seem to be on average larger at El Morro. The upwelling’s and currents around the island favor Rooster Fish pallets with organic ¨stuff¨ being stirred up from the bottom. Experienced Captains know where to go, but watch the water. Upwelling can look like a calm boil where the water is moving but not churning in a circle. Troll around these and anything is possible if you are looking for one of these demons of the ocean!  They´re my favorite fish to catch with the way they attack bait they truly look like something from the depth of the ocean. You´ll also find Jack Crevalls in the 20 to 50lb range, Sierra Mackerals, Cubera snappers on the smaller side of 25lbs but there have been some in the 40lb range. Both Snapper species taste great, so no worries there amigos.

Jackie Charbonett with her Jack Crevall, Magnifico, Puerto Vallarta, Marietta Islands

Jackie Charbonett with her Jack Crevall, Magnifico, Puerto Vallarta, Marietta Islands

The bay is the bay. There are always fish in the bay. Four and six hour trips can be productive and then again you can come in empty handed. With tourist looking for cheaper boats be sure you have a boat with a fish finder / sounder. If you don´t know where the ridges, reefs and channels are, you will not catch fish.  Saving money on an under equipped boat will cost you the fish you are paying to get. So don´t get scammed by some guy throwing a cheap price at you appealing to your greedy side. There are minimums that you can´t get a round and these cheap boat sellers will tell you whatever you want to hear to sell you that boat. Fresh line, fresh drags, electronics, a series of lures, maintenance, motors, oil and the list goes on.

Rooster Fish by Griffin Charbonett, Magnifico, Puerto Vallarta

Rooster Fish by Griffin Charbonett, Magnifico, Puerto Vallarta

If you want to catch fish then by all means get the best deal you can get. But don´t step on your trip by not asking the correct questions. When you ask if this boat has electronics, ask them what they mean when they say yes, what electronics exactly they have. You will probably get them to proudly tell you they have a radio and a hand held GPS. If you ask them if they run fluorocarbon leader, they will tell you yes. But you need to ask them how heavy of a leader  they´re running. When they tell you or show you the 400lb s tuff, you might as well be running cable for all it will do you. Line shy fish will see any line over 125lbs. Fluorocarbon leader is designed to be at ten fathoms or about sixty feet down before it is invisible, or as invisible as it will get. Most cheap boats will not have a full time captain or first mate. They will hire the cheapest, not best skilled because they cost  money, captains they can find for the time you will be on the boat  coming in from who knows where. Ask how fast you are going t o be heading out to the fishing grounds. The easiest way to screw clients is to go to the fishing grounds as slow as possible. They will save money, you will lose time with your line in the water, which of course is what you are paying for. Most of these cheap boats are also not insured, ask for proof of insurance or you have none if something happens. The law says here in Mexico that if a person is hurt on your boat or charter that is not insured, the person selling the boat is responsible for t heir lost wages if they cannot work or worse, like having to pay their wages for the rest of their life if they get hurt. Businesses with offices will not put you on a boat you possibly will be hurt on for that reason. These other guys, they will just wait until you go home and will never be able to find them. Also cheap boats are many times a scam that will never show up after you give them a deposit for fishing and tours…. I see this happen every day, I hate having to try and open your mind, but people, at least six groups a week in Marina Vallarta come down to find no boat as they discover that cheap boat was never coming. When you feel like an idiot, you’ll be looking for Master Baiters next time! I get a lot of business like that, so avoid the hassle and the problems that come with greed! As a legitimate business owner, it drives me crazy to have to compete with those who illegally compete with my fishing business and I have never gone after these guys.  The only thing they make money on is tours, so Master Baiter’s is now going into the tour business and we will get you the absolute best prices you can get on Vallarta Adventure tours! If you go fishing with us, we will get you all the tours you want with discounts that Vallarta Adventures won’t let me advertise. Larger groups will be very happy with the money you’ll save , big discounts. Lets face it, fishing and tours are expensive. With this new program, you might be able to save enough money to pay for your fishing trip, of course this depends on which boat, but our intentions are clear. We want to make sure you have fun, don´t get ripped off and become your source for information, fishing, tours or Unique Products. So there you are, I have declared a price war on all Hotel or Timeshare / Vacation Ownership agents / promoters! Just stay away from those people, they don´t care about you, they just want your money. Don´t do anything you wouldn´t do at home and you´ll be fine! As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like The WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask! That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish! Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx