Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish Waiting For You Now!

Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish Waiting For You Now!

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

We have arrived at that time of the year where those looking for world class game fish like Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and of course Yellowfin Tuna can find what they`re looking for! It doesn`t matter what you have in mind, they are out there right now. With perfect conditions, perfect water temperatures and perfect bait conditions the lucky ones heading out are coming in tired, happy and all smiles! High Season for fishing is here, are you ready to have the time of your life, then hang in there, I´ll tell you what you need to know amigos!

Jerry Dalebout and crew on Tournament winnier Animal House wCapt. Luis

Jerry Dalebout and crew on Tournament winnier Animal House wCapt. Luis

Lets start with El Banco, there is every fish you could hope to find here. Like all things there is always an upside and a down side. The down side this week, just like last week is if you can get them to take your bait! Normally we see one or maybe two specific types of bait that are prevalent at any given time as the different types of baits move into the area and out of the area. But right now there are all kinds of bait type fish in and around the bay. This means that running just live bait is not your best option and I don`t know what is! At El Banco or The Bank in English, you need to be running four combinations at least! Yellowfin Tuna and Black Marlin are both being choosy, not finicky or fickle. Surface Poppers, Cedar Plugs, Lures, Live bait, Rapallas, you name it, run it, it may get a strike. That is the hard part or the down side. The up side is of course there are some big fish, even for early summer season fishing.  Yellowfin Tuna have been ranging anywhere from 20 lbs to 200 lbs. Black Marlin are in the 400 to 500 lb range, which sounds like a huge fish, but for Marlin are not huge by any means. Sailfish are a little scarce, but they are here and will take baits as well. Dorado have been exceptionally large the last few days running anywhere from 25 to 45lbs. Again, it all comes down to what baits you are running and what they are in the mood to hit. So the secret is not to leave any one thing that is not working on for too long. One last thing on The Bank, don´t be afraid to venture out from the high spots, many times miles off the high spots are very productive! Hey, it´s fishing, anything is possible and most likely probable.

Corbeteña is about the same as El Banco. Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado all about the same size and situation. The best action has been happening in the area five to ten miles around the rock. You may find fish on top of the rock itself, but you will be there with others, which is not always a good thing. But the water is blue, and the conditions are great here as well. Normally El Banco and Corbeteña have the same fish, but some days El Banco is better than Corbeteña. So keep your ears on and listen for the action while on the water. If you don`t speak Spanish, ask your captain, he will fill you in!

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs and Return client Shannon Trahan (middle), Bella Del mar,

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs and Return client Shannon Trahan (middle), Bella Del mar,

The Marietta Islands have been all but neglected and frankly there are better spots to head to in 8 hrs. Cabo Corrientes, the southernmost point of the Banderas Bay is still alive and kicking and has been for several weeks now. Sailfish have been around the area, but with very few heading out these days the report information is sparse at best. Yellowfin Tuna in the 15 to 40lb range are here as well. Not much in the way of Dorado here for some reason, but there you are.

The Bay this week is the place once again to be. In front of Yelapa there have been Dorado feeding off the organic materials in the water and of f the trash line. They are mostly in the 20 lb range which is a nice size for them.  There is also Football Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from the point to Yelapa. Again, remember fish move so be flexible in the area you are trolling and you`ll find the bay in my opinion your best option as far as fish for your fuel dollar goes. There are even small Sailfish in the area, but please throw the babies back….

On the other side of the bay, Nuevo Vallarta has had all kinds of action when it comes to 20 to 45 lb Yellowfin Tuna amigos. But again, just about anywhere in the bay can be explosive. The point is doing well, but why head out to Punta Mita if you can find the same sorts of fish closer and many times larger than farther out. Remember my goal is not to get you on an expensive boat, but in the know when looking for a fishing boat for sure. So be informed, be armed!

 Marina Vallarta Sunset with El Faro Bar prominent

Marina Vallarta Sunset with El Faro Bar prominent

It´s no secret what the press is writing about in the States when it comes to Mexico. You hear how this cruise line stopped coming to Puerto Vallarta because of the dangerous conditions. Yet the Cruise line has not stopped it´s operation even after it´s false comments, yet that doesn´t make the news! You hear how dangerous it is in Mexico, yet there are no danger or caution warnings from the American Consulate in Jalisco, the largest state in Mexico. The H1N1 flue scare where America and the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) announced a flu epidemic you would most likely die from was all a fabrication by the W.H.O. and the American Press who went and flew off the handle and screamed the Sky Was Falling in Mexico.  In fact the flu ¨Pandemic¨ started in Los Angeles, funny how nobody was warned to stay out of the states. But in a nut shell, the propaganda is killing the fishing business in Puerto Vallarta. As I read this horrible and over run articles by people with an agenda, I can´t believe how the press gets away with printing editorialized fiction. So for the record, Puerto Vallarta and 90% of the country is safe for anyone who isn`t looking to get into the drug trade. You wouldn´t walk at midnight in the worst part or your city, why would you look for trouble. In Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun and other areas you are perfectly safe. Just ask those who were afraid to come, came and they couldn´t understand the commotion in the press…. Ok, if you have a question relative to your safety, call or email me. I live in a place where the press would tell you I am going to die. I live in a city that the cruise ship lines would have you believe is dangerous, but in fact the tourism trade is so bad here now that they can`t operate to locations like PV. Yet the Mexican Nationals are not detoured in the least. Trust me, the love their families as much as you or any other parent! So take this information, process it and then do some of your own research on what is happening in Mexico. To be honest, I feel safer in Mexico than I do in Los Angeles when I head back home to visit. OK, I will get off my soapbox now…..

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

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

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. 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!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: 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.

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Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

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

It´s been interesting this past week since my last report. Hurricane Dora marched up the coast line a couple of hundred miles out from shore and while we did not feel any affects from this tropical storm, the fishing is still doing well. Yellowfin tuna, Marlin and Sailfish are still at El Banco (The Bank) and at Corbeteña (the Rock). That is the good news. The bad news is if you are targeting larger Yellowfin Tuna, you will need to have patience and complete line of lures and baits. You see not any one single thing is drawing the attention of these YF Tuna. Surface Poppers, Lures, Live bait, Kites, you name it, they all may work or they may not work. It just depends on the mood of the fish you are trying to coax!  So keep changing your baits every twenty minutes or so.  There are Yellowfin Tuna coming in daily, so it all comes down to how much you want to spend on a boat or fuel. If you want action, then a ten or twelve hour day is not necessarily your best option if you are looking for action. Now if you want Moby Dick, his cousin is at El Banco and Corbeteña. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, what`s a fisherman to do?

Sailfish or Pez Vela in Spanish... In The Wild, Spectacular!

Sailfish or Pez Vela in Spanish... In The Wild, Spectacular!

You know the funny thing about Yellowfin Tuna, they can be at your favorite location and they will be everywhere around the area. Jumping or in schools under the boat. But no matter how many you see, you can ´t make them take your bait. It´s kinda like giving your kids advice, they should take it, but they probably won´t. For those who have been to Corbeteña or El Banco, like those in last week’s tournament, they are just not taking the bait. This means they are eating something else and my guess would be krill shrimps. Now I have nothing to go on to make this call, not even a full belly of a tuna, but if it´s not them, it´s something else. I am not alone trying to figure out this dilemma, but with time all will make itself known. So the best we can do for now is hang in there and hopefully your experienced captain has a few tricks up his sleeve you can benefit from. For sure boats with a short line of lures and equipment will not help your cause. So make sure you get the best price you can get on a charter boat, but make sure you don´t pay for what you are not getting in the way of Equipment. I mentioned kites, there were a few boats that came in this week and if it was not for the kite, they would not have Tuna for dinner!

If it likes fish, you may hook into something you are not targeting! (Photo: jeff Illingsworth)

If it likes fish, you may hook into something you are not targeting! (Photo: jeff Illingsworth)

Black Marlin and Sailfish are both at Corbeteña and El Banco, but like the other species, they are picking and choosing what they want to eat. Marlin are still running in the 450lb range and the Sailfish are more abundant this week as they should be since it is late in the season for them to be arriving, normally it is March when we get the first of these spear headed beauties to show up, so they`re late! No worries, they`re here and we won´t complain! Water temperatures are perfect everywhere, the water is clear and blue at The Bank and Corbeteña and the conditions in general are perfect. If there were more people heading out we would probably have a better report, but with tourism down, it is hard to get a feel for what is happening at our world famous fishing grounds from day to day.

Inside the bay we are seeing a lot of action and is probably your best bang for your fishing dollar. Sailfish, I should say very small Sailfish are off Yelapa. No wonder there is plenty of bait in the water there and the fish are happy with the conditions. Dorado and yes Yellowfin tuna Footballs are here as well. Four hours out of Marina Vallarta will put you in the fish, I suggest six hours to give yourself some time to find them in the bay. But unless you are shooting for Monster Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs or a Marlin, then the fishing is better in the bay right now. So the guy telling you that you have to head out 35 to 50 miles to catch fish is just shaking money out of you! There are still Needle fish, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and more to choose from in the bay. So again, don´t lock your mind into one train of thought where it has to be one way or no way. Flexibility in these days is your best ally amigos! Dorado is mostly around Yelapa and the trash line we have in the bay for now. Dorado are anywhere from 15 lbs to 25lbs, perfect for dinner.

Blue Marlin in Puerto Vallartas Fishing Grounds like this one pictured now!

Blue Marlin in Puerto Vallartas Fishing Grounds like this one pictured now!

Around Sayulita there has been some, I say SOME Rooster fish action, but not enough to say you´ll hook into one for sure. Yet if you are in the area they are worth giving a try! Now the point of Punta Mita, just a touch south has been seeing some nice Dorado in the 30lb range around the buoys. I have mentioned this several times in the past and even wrote a few weeks past that these buoys will kick in shortly and it looks like they are. But like the Sailfish, Dorado are late moving in as well, but we won`t complain about this either!

Normally the Marietta Islands are Sailfish heaven this time of the year, but like Corbeteña and El Banco, you will have to be patient and ready to come in with an empty fish box. But if you are looking for smaller game fish, then Dorado, Needle Fish, Bonito and Snappers are still there. But for the distance and expense why head out this way when you can get the same thing closer in for less time and $$$ !

Lightening Storm in the Bay as viewed from El Faro Bar or the PV Lighthouse

Lightening Storm in the Bay as viewed from El Faro Bar or the PV Lighthouse

So to summarize the state of fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now I would say the fishing is great in the bay, lots of YF tuna around Nuevo Vallarta in the 20 to 40lb range. You have Dorado in the bay as well which are pretty handy. For those looking for larger trophy fish, then El Banco and Corbeteña can drive you crazy, but there are big fish waiting to be tempted. Use small baits like Hoochies and see what happens, but the trip is worth the time and money.

Not too much to say this week with the weather conditions second guessing if they should go out fishing or not. But summer is here and the yearly Tuna Fanatics will start pouring in the next few weeks as the season moves into full swing. So hang in there with me, tell your friends of my reports and my blog (www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com) for info on things like the recent Hurricane Dora and to keep abreast of the action here in PV. Tell your friends or better yet, sign up on my blog and you will be notified when I post articles about the fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. My web page also has my latest fishing report and is always up to the moment when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta.

It´s not all about work you know.... Ujena Models from  Bikini Jam in PV

It´s not all about work you know.... Ujena Models from Bikini Jam in PV

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

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

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. 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!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: 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.

 

Quickie Report: Hurrican Dora Fizzles Out!

Hurrican Dora passed Puerto Vallarta today without an incident and none was expected.

As I have been writing about the last few days, the warm water is closer to shore with cooler currents about 250 mles out. This is why I believe the last three hurricanes have run out of gas as they pass Puerto Vallarta….

As we stand Hurricane is now a category 1 hurricane with diminished winds and will soon be just a good blow on the water , not a danger…

It may still raise the ocean swells, but that will not last long as well…. The port was not closed today, so that is a positive sign we may see no affects from this storm at all.. lets hope…..

 Hurricane Dora is now a Cat 1 and fizzeling out !

Hurricane Dora is now a Cat 1 and fizzeling out !

Quickie: Hurrican Dora Continues on Predicted path, No Public Warnings for Coastlines!

Hurricane Dora is still working its way North West….

Winds are from 155mph with gust  to 190 mph…. It´s moving NW at 11 mph and will bring rain, thunder storms and wind for the next 24 hrs with lingering rain coming towards PV for today and probably tomorrow…

There are no public warnings for the coat line up to Cabo San Lucas although we should expect some swells to 12 ft w th short intervals anytime from this point until Saturday. Southern facing beaches will have some large waves of six feet and up …. surfers get  your boards ready….

In the bay fishing is fantastic for Dorado and YF Tuna footballs… four or six hours is all you need if looking for action and not exactly looking to hook-up with Moby Dick, you´ll have fun!

Below is the latest and greatest for Hurrican Dora´s path… right now it h as been accurate within 15 Nautical Miles…

Hurricane Dora Track 7/21/2011

Hurricane Dora Track 7/21/2011

Marine Forcast link below for those interested….

Marine Forecast : http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/ep201104.marine.html#a_topad

Stan

Master Baiter`s sportfishing and Tackle

http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

Quickie Report: Hurrican Dora Marches up the west coast of Mexico

The latest and greatest on the storm activity likely to affect Puerto Vallarta is Hurricane Dora….

Dora is moving quickly at about 17 mph and is causing waves on the shoreline. Dora is only 250 or so miles out to sea in the warm water currents. But the projections say once it heads farther north or east, it will most likely peter-out… We have seen this several times already this year, once these tropical storms turned Hurricane head west, they lose gas because of the cooler currents ….

Be prepared to have the port authority close the port.to boats fishing outside of the bay…. If you have an insured boa t, this means if you head out past  the point of the Marietta Islands, and something does happen  then you are S.O.L Amigo….

Inside the bay, no worries, the norther shores will see some wave action, with some good sized waves up to the 12 height possible, most likely in the 6 ft range…..

Friday or saturday at El Banco or  Corbeteña could be the place to be with Hurricanes forcing fish out of it´s path, they will most likely move inward towards shore. So watch the currents and the swell activity before heading out……. Master Baiter Stan…. http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

5 Day Projection for Hurricane Dora July 20 2011

5 Day Projection for Hurricane Dora July 20 2011

 

Quickly.. Fishing: Yellowfin tuna are from 40 to 200 lbs. Some days in the bay can be better than at  El Banco if looking for action and not size… Dorado are still fickle and the Marlin are ranging from 350 lbs to 650 lbs… just depends.

Tell your friends about my blog and sign up on the RSS for notices when I put up more local information… and catch my weekly reports as well….

That is all for now…. Stan

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and tackle

Dorado in Yelapa, Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco, Seasonal Rains Begin!

Dorado in Yelapa, Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco, Seasonal Rains Begin!

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

As we march into summer and Fishings High season we see that the predictable seasonal rains, down pours would be a better description has all kinds of trees and assorted things running in to the bay of Banderas. The up side is that Dorado are moving into the bay and although they are on the smaller, not tiny side, they are still fun to catch and great to eat! Black and Blue Marlin are around Corbeteña and El Banco, but you may have to work a little for these highly desirable gamefish. Favorable conditions are here in Puerto Vallarta´s world class fishing grounds now. The only thing lacking is YOU!

Dorado at tournament weigh-in

Dorado at tournament weigh-in

We´ve had a lot of local faces show up this week, faces I normally see a little more often here in Marina Vallarta. But we all know we are dealing with the ¨New World¨ when it comes to the financials of our yearly visitors dealing with a wavering economy in North America! Fishing companies are struggling to deal with a lack of interest in those coming to Puerto Vallarta in Deep Sea Fishing for sure. So the catch has been a void of sorts on information in the different locations. This week we have the 5th International Marlin and Tuna Tournament of Riviera Nayarit, just about ten or so  miles north of Puerto Vallarta marina, held in the La Cruz Marina, which of course is the reason we have been seeing more boats at the regular places than normal. So I get reports, but with the tournament coming on people are tight lipped about their strategies…..  For those interested, there are a lot of locations in our fishing grounds that don´t get any attention at all, which should! The area between El Banco and Corbeteña can be a real winner for you who like to participate in the local Puerto Vallarta Tournaments! With all kinds of ridges and valleys, you need to use those expensive electronics to find them and to mark them on your GPS. There are also areas to the south east of Corbeteña where many tournament winners have been produced as well! Off El Banco, five to ten miles, many times there will be no action on the high spots, where everyone fights for position. Many times the area between El Banco and Punta Mita can produce trophy winning Dorado, Sailfish and even Marlin. So when you head out to the fishing grounds, zig when everyone is heading to the same two locations. Also if you are a serious competitor, these large boats that do 30 mph at best are comfortable, but they´re built for comfort, not competition. Fast boats can get where slower and larger boats can only wish they could get to and back before the daily gun at about 5in the afternoon!

If you are looking for Yellowfin Tuna, for the tournament or just to fill your fridge, then one thing you want to bring and keep with you is a kite. Nothing new about kites for sure, but this past week those getting larger Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbeteña over 125 lbs are using kites. When it comes to Yellowfin Tuna, which is the big draw right now, you better be patient and have a good bag of tricks or in common terms, you better have a great selection of lures. Poppers, Cedar Plugs, Jet heads, Soft head lure, and even live bait of larger and smaller size varieties are all working, but no one thing works more than a couple of times in a day. So change lures, and have a kite rigged with the double trouble swivels so you can run more than two baits amigo… keep this to yourself as always….. It´s out secret.

Sailfih or Pez Vela in Spànish at weigh-in

Sailfih or Pez Vela in Spànish at weigh-in

At Corbeteña Magnifico (our 31ft. Bertram Classic) ran into herds of bait eating Needle fish, commonly called false Marlin, these fish are great fighters and kinda strange looking tubular fish with a small bill. They look kinda like a barracuda with a bill or a balleyhos that was stretched out! Keeping bait away from these Needle fish is hard and when you are targeting larger fish, this will leave you short on bait and scratching your head. So be a little stingy on your bait usage and when you see Needle fish springing up as they will everywhere, run lures on a few lines or move out of the area. Sailfish are still here as are Blue Marlin and Black Marlin the 40 to 600 pound range. Not too abundant, but enough to justify the fuel expense. So keep an eye out for what you are targeting and don´t get stung feeding fish you don´t want your valuable bait! El Banco is the same, sin Needle fish!

The point of Punta Mita is seeing more in the way of Sailfish off the point about seven to twelve miles off the point. More Dorado are moving into the area here as well. Dorado in this area are normally more abundant, so I expect this area to improve quickly…. Or not… who really knows for sure, stay tuned!

The bay is seeing the seasonal rains dump the water into the bay via the streams and rivers. This means there is plenty of organic materials in the bay for the Dorado to eat as the Trash Line(s) become a real factor when fishing in the bay. As normal the organic materials that wash down the hillsides are like a free buffet for smaller fish. And of course this draws larger fish, so look for the line what looks like dirt floating on the water. Cast a diamond jig, or Rapalla in the water about two feet or so in the clean water side and you may find you´ll catch more fish than those heading out to the deep water locations! Needle fish, Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on are all waiting for you to come out and play! I put a couple of ladies out the other day for four hours and they came in with several nice Dorados for dinner! So remember, the guy looking for huge fish has to head out to the deep water locations, but if you´re looking for some action on smaller but great fighting fish, and then we have all your options covered amigo!

Water Temperatures are perfect, plenty of bait in all the locations you`ll be heading out to makes conditions favorable. But remember, fish move so what you found in one place today, may be completely different tomorrow. So be flexible, have a plan and be ready to improvise and adapt as the day goes by.

Sailfish on El Duende, Happy campers!

Sailfish on El Duende, Happy campers!

For those of you looking to book fishing trip this year remember the warmer it gets the better the fishing is. August is a great time of the year for those who are serious about fishing to come to Puerto Vallarta a for fishing. In fact from Mid July to the second week of January is when you want to plan your fishing trip here if possible. As the weather cools down, the fishing is still great, but to be up front, the really big fish, the ones that go in the record books are caught from the beginning of August to the end of October. I hope that is not too confusing… Hahahaa..

For those interested, the American consulate has not issued any warning about the Jalisco area as being dangerous or having drug cartel problems. Listen to the news for sure, but realize there are a lot of false statements in the North American press, talk with people who have come to Mexico,  you`ll find they all had a good time and no issues! Frankly as I look around the empty fishing grounds, empty hotels and empty Marina, most I talk with tell me these sorts of comments how nobody is in any danger!!! If you have any questions, feel free to con tact me at Master Baiter´s dot com dot mx and I will be happy to answer any questions or concerns, even if you don´t want to go fishing amigos!!

One word of caution: a small stick pointing out from the water may have a giant root ball under it. I have seen dead horses, floating refrigerators, furniture, you name it. I don`t know where it all comes from, but there you are amigos. Running out too early is not always the best idea when you have to go slow so you can avoid these half exposed prop and shaft hazards. Charter boats will be going a touch slower the darker it is in the morning.  So if you want to head out to the deep water locations early, allow for the slowness of the boat time wise….. or just go a little later and go a little faster. For those who want to be at the fishing grounds first thing in the morning, do a over- night, you will sleep under the stars, cook your catch and be there for the bite without having to worry about wiping out the prop in the morning… something to think about amigos!

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

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

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. 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!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: 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.

 

Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco!

Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco!

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

Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, as the mercury climbs the thermometer we definitely know we are moving into summer. Water Temperatures are still in the perfect range, the water is blue, plenty of bait, and those with the fuel money are coming in every day with fish! Just in time for the 5th annual International Marlin and Tuna Tournament of Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit! This starts this weekend on the 15th with the registration party and then Saturday and Sunday the tournament begins. Those of you involved, good luck, you have some fish to make it worth entering this year!

Dorado at Corbeteña on Mi Jenny with Capt. Chema

Dorado at Corbeteña on Mi Jenny with Capt. Chema

We have been waiting for Dorado to show up in some decent numbers since May and finally we are looking at these gold and blue beauties picking up in numbers in places like Sayulita, Marietta Islands, off Punta Mita and even Yelapa in the bay.   Now these are not huge, but they´re running in the 15 to 25lb range which is perfect for the freezer. I had to get that in first since I have been wanting to tell people there were Dorado out there but couldn`t suggest targeting them until now… so there you go, happy Dorado hunting!

Like I mentioned earlier, Black Marlin are still at Corbeteña and El Banco. Now things can be hot or cold, it just depends on the day. There were a few days this past week where we were scratching our heads. The Yellowfin in these two deep water locations are a little fickle right now. They are taking bait, but you´ll have to be on your game and be patient for them to strike. The bite has been happening now about 11:00 a.m. so getting out to the fishing grounds too early will not do you any good. For those planning closer in trips this is important information so you can make sure you hit the best time to be on the water and now waste valuable fishing time or fuel dollars trolling around waiting for the bite. Keep this in mind if heading out fishing.

Both Corbeteña and El Banco are seeing the numbers of Black Marlin increase by the day. They are not so abundant you can count on catching one, but there are enough out there to give you a heck of a shot at one. They have been ranging between 400 to 550 lbs for now. Now that sounds like a huge fish, it is big by any measurement, but we´re still on the small side as these babies can reach the 1,000 lb range in late August to early November. So keep this in mind as you get strikes. July 13 Update: El Banco the last two days has produced some Yellowfin Tuna over 125lbs! They are fickle as well, Poppers, cedar plugs, lures, live bait, you name it. But the one thing that has been helping is a kite… That´s right folks the kites are working again so if you don´t have one or are on a well equipped boat with a kite, then you will probably still catch fish, but then again….. remember the boat with the correct equipment and tackle is what you are paying for, give yourself the best chance to catch fish,  but make sure you spend the money and get a well equipped boat. Blue Marlin are also here along with the Black Marlin … they are both running in the 500lb range, nothing changing there….

Sailfish on Magnifico, Thomas Harris, 10hrs, Corbeteña

Sailfish on Magnifico, Thomas Harris, 10hrs, Corbeteña

Sailfish are finally picking up in numbers and Corbeteña the last few days have been alive with Sailfish action. You can expect plenty of Sailfish action at Corbeteña but that will be a ten hour day. Worth the distance and the fuel dollar if you shake enough change from the couch cushions! Sailfish are having no problems going after bait and the bait at both the Rock and El Banco are very large Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna in the football size which is perfect size for bait, for larger fish that is.

The bay has been hot one day, cold the next. The football sized Yellowfin Tuna have been moving around and some days you can find them, but getting them to take bait can be frustrating for sure. Again, keep your patience, they will take the bait eventually. Now if you are around Yelapa there have been some smaller Dorado, but Dorado none the less. With Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, Needle Fish and the list goes on, the bay is well worth your time and fuel dollar. Even a four hour day will be productive and fun! So there are plenty of reasons to head out on the bay fishing and things are just getting better amigos!

Tourism for Puerto Vallarta is as bad AS I CAN REMEMBER. There are very few boats heading out in the morning and it is very difficult to get a feel for what is happening when very few boats are heading out of the bay. The clientele is just not here in Puerto Vallarta and I don´t see this condition improving until November. This means the summer season in Puerto Vallarta can be yours with cheap airfares after August and incredible fishing from Now until New Years. If you are planning on heading down to Puerto Vallarta and have any questions on fishing, local tournaments, or are just looking for a boat at the best price available, then let me know and we`ll get you on the right boat, for the right prices. For recent news. My blog will have the latest during the week so you can get the latest info there: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com sign up for notifications of new articles…….

Dorado For Dinner at Punta Mita

Dorado For Dinner at Punta Mita

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So for now the fishing at Corbeteña and El Banco is worth the time and fuel. The bay is still alive with action for those on a budget or plain don`t want to spend too many hours on a boat. Punta Mita is picking up and is a great place to find Dorado with Sayulita boiling with them as well….  You ,may also find a Rooster fish looking for your bait as well, they´re in the area! Marietta Islands are still alive, but the point at Cabo Corrientes is still getting captains attention. As a summary the fishing is getting better by the day, the conditions are perfect and the fishing grounds are fairly empty. The world is yours in Puerto Vallarta, all you have to do is show up!

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

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