Large Rooster Fish Invade Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands

Large Rooster Fish Invade Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands

Written by Stan Gabruk of Master Baiter ´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Well we are now seeing some great weather in Puerto Vallarta as the tourist / Snow birds begin their annual trek back to our little corner of Paradise. Whales are moving in and getting thicker by the day. Water temperatures are still on the downward slide, but not cold. Rooster fish (30-65 lbs) invade the Marietta Islands and off the Reef at Punta Mita. At Corbeteña as we move into winter fishing conditions does not mean the fishing is tapering off, for those still interested in Big Fish, we still have them, but  don`t  delay if you´re looking for Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna.

Corbeteña is still doing well with Sailfish, large Dorado in the 45lb range. Black Marlin are thinning out a little and a little smaller in the 400lb range. Cubera Snappers to 60lbs, Yellowfin Tuna in the smaller ranges from 45 to 160lbs if you can get them to turn their head with all the Krill Shrimp in the area.  This is the favorite food for Yellowfin Tuna and when they are in the area, if you are not running squid or Shrimp, then target something else. One thing to remember is the bite is happening in the morning hours around 7 a.m. if targeting YF Tuna.

The bay is smoking and a six hour trip is a great value and there is plenty of action for your fishing buck amigos! Off Yelapa, Los Arcos and north near Nuevo Vallarta there have been Yellowfin Football Tuna for weeks and right now for those catching the bite right they are in the 35 to 60lb range. Probably the best fishing deal in PV for sure. Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, California Bonito that are great eating, Snappers and the list goes on.

Butch and Bob Drake, 8 hrs, Mi Jenny,  Capt. Chema Holding Fish

Butch and Bob Drake, 8 hrs, Mi Jenny, Capt. Chema Holding Fish

As we move deeper into winter we are seeing an invasion of Rooster fish at the Marietta Islands and at the Reef off Punta Mita this week. For those interested in taking a shot at some Dorado, then you are still in luck, but again, don`t doddle amigos, you may find yourself wondering where they went. Sailfish are also around these two locations as well, so take 8 hrs and go have some fun! Money is tight, no worries, I have options! Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, Sailfish and more are here at the Marietta Islands and around El Morro as well. After months of slow action at the Marietta Islands it´s great to see some action here!

All and all the fishing is still great, but we are moving into a transition period from summer to winter fishing conditions as we speak. Moby Dick and his brothers will be moving out shortly, but his cousin will be in the area all winter in the form of Sailfish some Striped Marlin, but not many up north near San Pancho.

Now that I have the report details finished I want to talk about why it is important to remember seasonal weather patterns and water temperatures. When we come into the winter, one of the first signs we are seeing winter currents and weather conditions are the arrivals of species like Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals and of course the Whales. Another thing that happens is the arrival of Krill Shrimp and Squids, Tuna and of course Whale food. When we see these colder water conditions coming into the area you have to be aware of what is happening and then improvise and adjust to take advantage of these changing conditions. If you are a boat that is not equipped to take advantage of these conditions, then you just paid too much for the boat you´re on. I am sure you expected a well equipped boat for the money you paid. Now being well equipped means having squid rigs or squid lures on hand. It means running light line on these lures or you´ll scare away a line shy Yellowfin Tuna. Small or large, they are Yellowfin!

 Jake Robbins, 1st Mate Fleco, Capt. Pepê , Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs

Jake Robbins, 1st Mate Fleco, Capt. Pepê , Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs

Now when you are talking about YF Tuna like we are, Fluorocarbon leaders are a basic necessity if you are targeting Yellowfin Tuna of any size as I just mentioned. Many people know to ask for it, but asking for it seems simple enough and the answer will automatically be yes. But in Mexico you have to ask the second question that seems like it is unneeded like ¨How heavy a line are you using?¨ Now this is the correct fluorocarbon question, because the answer is most likely 400 lb leader. Now this is like running a telephone cable expecting it to be invisible in the water and do the job when it is impossible. So the follow-on questions are important and nothing should be taken for granted when negotiating a price. Or  use your regular guy if you are satisfied he is looking out for you and now only the money he is going to get!

The reason I am mentioning this is because I forgot, yes I forgot to tell you all this is important and noticed some clients heading out on a boat I was surprised they paid to get on.  They were heading out to Yelapa with reels that were WAY too big for the job and I notice heavy fluorocarbon leader. It was leaving the dock and it was too late to help them. I never burn people at the docks as they are going out. But when you are the only boat in the area not catching fish, then there is a reason and in this case it can´t be the fault of the captain, or is it? It is their responsibility to fix you up with the correct equipment, the correct bait and all the other stuff you pay for which is expensive any way you look at it.  So if you are focused only on your bottom line,  this that is where you will feel it, in the bottom as you kick yourself later!

Another very import ant question is when the bite is happening. Now every single captain and first mate that is heading out fishing will be able to tell you this with no hesitation at all, they know! Agents who are out for commissions only and don´t give a flip will tell you anything that will sell you a boat. This is why I mention the bite times in my articles along with other important information. Why, because if you are on a small boat for four hours, you at least want to make sure you are on the water for the correct four hours, don´t you?? Of course you do. If you put out clients for four hours and they come back to the dock before the bite happens, they will think there are no fish. No fish, what, this is Puerto Vallarta, there are always, always fish in PV.  So ask these questions and be a little more informed than the other guy and that happens by keeping your ear to the wind and eyes on the dock. If you can´t do that, then read my articles and I WILL give it to you straight amigos. My promise to you is to tell you when the fishing could be better. I will tell you when a short trip is a better deal than heading out fifty miles, like now! I hate the idea some ¨joker¨ who is such a ¨nice guy¨ sells you a bucket list dream just to be scammed. It reflects badly on a business made mostly of honest people who want to help you have a once in a lifetime experience. So listen, learn and be informed for your own sake and keep the wife off your back, which in some ways is the real pay off!

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One more thing, they tell me this is not a good thing for me to do, but screw who ever had this attitude… If you are looking for a great  source of local information in English, I have a couple of sites I would like to recommend to you. First, The PV Mirror (www.pvmirror.com) , a local paper in the summer and an internet publication in the summer. They have local news and information along with interesting articles when it comes to what to do, see or go in Puerto Vallarta.  The other site is  The Banderas News site (www.banderasnews.com) where local events, news, services and just about  any thing else you could imagine is available on their site. B ot h publications have a heart and  support the locals in charities and benefits of all kinds around the area. If it is happening in town, you´ll find it in a refreshing format and in English, which helps with the language barrier amigos… !!

Until next time, 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 of Stan Gabruk.

 

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Cold Water Conditions / Species Indicate Early Winter is upon PV Fishing

Cold Water Conditions / Species Indicate Early Winter is upon PV Fishing

Written by Stan Gabruk of Master Baiter ´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Everywhere you go you see and feel the seasons change. The mornings now are cool to the point of wearing long sleeved T-shirts as I send boats and clients out on their shot at a finned fantasy.  The Cruise ships are back, Escapees from cold weather conditions are finally in Marina Vallarta. There has been some hot and cold Marlin conditions, nothing much over five hundred pounds. Sierra Mackerals arriving in large numbers are an early indication of cold water arriving. Jack Crevalls are more abundant by the day. Rooster Fish are picking up around the usual locations. Bullets (baby Bonito) are magic as bait, the Sun is shining, the dollar is strong and Life is Good in Puerto Vallarta Amigos.

Again, It looks like we are going to be seeing some early winter changes in our local fishing. Like I mentioned in the last couple of reports the La Nina Condition continues as we see the winter fish move into the area. This is not a bad thing, just a too early thing for many of us. Last week with the 56th Annual Pez Vela Tournament we saw some serious difficulty bringing in sizeable game fish. The winning Marlin was only 218 Kilos or 450 lbs, not to mention the winning Dorado was only 25lbs. For some unknown reason the tournament every year is scheduled during the full moon although this only really affects the Yellowfin Tuna Bite. During the tournament if you were at the Rock or Corbeteña after 4:30 local anglers were boating 250lb Yellowfin, bigger than any YF Tuna in the tournament ¨running¨, but that was because the Rock is at least 90 minutes back to the Marina which means there is not time to hit the bite (the strong bite now) late and be back in time to win the tournament! Many boats coming in around seven in the evening had 250 lb YFTuna onboard, yet the YF Tuna in the tournaments were under 200 lbs because they were primarily caught in the morning. My friend Tom off KoKomo won the tournament again this year on Yellowfin and this is no surprise. For you guys who are really serious about tournament fishing, then a giant 60 ft Winnebago is not for you. Tom has a 32ft Boston Whaler with dos Yamaha 300`s. Now this boy won the Tuna Category because he had the time to hit the bite, boat the fish and get back under the gun since his boat will do 70 mph easy! He is there first, and he is there when the other floating motor homes are chugging in at a blistering 25 mph pace. Tom took second last year, first this year and is always in the running. Something to think about when you get a boat. Now Tom does not have A/C and a whole lot of shade, nope, he has his juice in the boat and the motors. Of course the boat did not real in or find the fish. That is the rest of the equation, but the boat is a big part of what happens in competition amigos!

Dorado City with  Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson,

Dorado City with Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson,

El Banco, I will tell you I have never seen El Banco D.O.A. before in all my years. It just really never came together for El Banco this year. Don´t ask me why, the conditions were generally every bit as good as Corbeteña. Go figure…. Last week there were Black Marlin around the rim, but that was a few days ago and I have no news since them … no clients heading that way either, stay tuned!

If you are in the right place at the right time, right now that is still Corbeteña, you can still get big fish. Marlin in the 500lb range, Yellowfin Tuna in the 150 to 250lb range if you h it the bite right and have the right bait. Which means the bite has moved to more mid day and the Bullet or Baby Bonito about 8 inches in length are the ¨magic baits¨ right now… keep this secret handy. Sailfish and Dorado which are diminishing in numbers as the days go by. But the good news is they are still large and hungry. One thing to keep an eye open for would be Wahoo.  There is a finger jutting of the Rock that these highly desirable fish hang out around. Now these are not schooling fish, so if you are targeting Wahoo have wire leaders and wire / cable riggings in you lures.

Amazingly the Marietta Islands are coming to life, Sailfish, Rooster fish, Dorado, Snappers, did I say Rooster fish? The action is picking up nicely and the distance only requires an eight hour day. The Marietta´s will be one of the hot spots as we enter winter.

The points are still doing well, but it can be hot and cold. Several boats that have headed out these directions can come in with a bunch of fish or nothing… This is why an eight hour day is preferable since it gives you time to find fish if they don´t pay attention and stay where they are supposed to! Dorado are still reasonably sized if you come across them. Still if you can find a floating object of some sort this always helps. One thing that many ignore is the abundance of Rooster Fish in the 30 pound range up at Punta Mita. Now they are also at the M arietta Islands, so this location is not exclusive to this species amigos.

The amazing thing this week is the fact that there are some great sized Yellowfin Footballs well worth a four hour trip off Yelapa! My beautiful pangas are priced to get the guy on a budget out on the water. At $195.00 dollars for up to three people you can get some great action and maybe something for the dinner table. Like the Yellowfin Football pictured. You don´t have to spend a fortune to have some fun, but you do have to k now what is happening and where the action is, that´s my job, no worries there. As far as a budget boat goes, this is as cheap as they come for a well equipped boat, with a professional at the helm. Of course I have many, many options, just let me k now what you are thinking and we´ll make it happen. So if you have a creative idea, bounce it off me and lets see if it ¨floats¨….

35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna, 11 18 2011 4 hrs, Mr Sweeny Party

35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna, 11 18 2011 4 hrs, Mr Sweeny Party

For those of you who asked me to repost the information about the La Nina we are experiencing, a second time in two years, then you can find all sorts if helpful and educational information at the following two links: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110908_lanina.html and http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/lanina_new_faq.html

Thanks for reading. If you want to sign up for my weekly and biweekly post on my web site sign up for a subscription at: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com and  you will receive a notice of when I post articles, pictures or other stuff you will want to know about…..

For those of you looking for local news, I suggest two different online places, One is: Banderas News (www.banderasnews.com ) and the other is the PV Mirror (published in town and online here: (www.PVmirror.com ) … Both are outstanding publications that you can access online to receive the latest and greatest in Puerto Vallarta´s daily activities and news on Mexico.

They tell me it is a bad thing to put links to other people in my articles…. Oh well…

Until next time, 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 of Stan Gabruk.

 

Hot and Cold Conditions, Corbeteña Still Cooking, Sailfish Invade PV

 Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson for 8hrs  on  Bella Del Mar

Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson for 8hrs on Bella Del Mar

Hot and Cold Conditions, Corbeteña Still Cooking, Sailfish Invade PV

Written by Stan Gabruk of Master Baiter ´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Well I don´t know where to start so I am just going to jump in. Even with the La Nina Conditions this week the fishing has remained exceptional. We still have Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish, Rooster fish and the list goes on. The water is as blue as you could hope for. And the 56th Pez Vela Tournament is in full swing here in Puerto Vallarta. Visitors in Tourism’s high season still have a chance to boat a bucket list fish. Puerto Vallarta is kicking into High Season and you can feel the energy in the air. It´s time to party amigos!

This week we had our Annual 56th Annual Pez Vela Tournament and the conditions were and are exceptional. Those looking to win the tournament have all headed out, for the most part, to Corbeteña. The Rock is still producing very large Yellowfin Tuna, but you better be there early, early in the morning. I mean at sun up looking to catch a brief but important morning bite if you are looking to place in the Yellowfin division. With the closing gun going off at 6:00 PM the late bite around 5 is not helping those who miss the morning bite. Those at Corbeteña from 4 O´clock in the afternoon and later are finding an easy bite with 250 lb Yellowfin. The secret for now is the bait you are using. Lots of bait, but the Yellowfin Tuna are partial to what we call ¨bullets¨ aka baby Bonito or Skip Jack Tuna. They are hitting the bullets, but if you are running larger baits, nothing. Hell the Tuna are striking the bullets as you are making bait!

Marlin are mostly Black Marlin and on the small side from 200 to 500lbs or so. Anything over 500lbs is considered large for what we have been seeing. Sailfish are tournament winning size at the moment of 85 to 105 lbs or so. Dorado are still large, but thinning ranging from 35 to 55 lbs averaging around 40lbs. All the fish or species are biting for the majority of the day, it´s only the Yellowfin Tuna during this full moon that is making the participants pull their hair out… One secret is the Marlin are hitting lures with purple, or petroleros of brown and orange.

El Banco is alive with Black Marlin, but you have to be on the ¨rim¨ a few miles off the high spots. Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna are there as well. If you are a in the mood to head out this way, remember the same rules apply for the daily bite.

The points and the islands of El Morro and the Marietta’s have taken off when it comes to action. Sailfish are thick and large in the 35 to 45 kilo range. Dorado are still around the points and the reefs from 25lbs and up. Rooster fish are mid range around 35lbs and of course you have the regulars of Bonito, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, and whatever else decides to show up. My suggestion is take a super panga to any of these spots for an 8 hour day and just enjoy the day.

The bay is slowly changing to winter fishing as water temperatures continue its downward slide. Yellowfin Tuna are still around Yelapa and are smaller by the day Dorado. Snook at the river mouths, Snappers around structure and rocks, Jack Crevalls everywhere, Bonito, and the list goes on of course. Short days are still fun and the young ones will enjoy smaller but constant fish around the bay. It´s all good when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now. Something to be aware of there has been some red tide in the area just south of Yelapa and of course fish hate this. If you see red water, move on…

The weather is perfect, the water is blue, tourists are coming back and the peso exchange rate is as good as I can remember. The only thing missing is you amigo.
Thanks for reading. If you want to sign up for my weekly and biweekly post on my web site sign up for a subscription at: http://www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com and you will receive a notice of when I post articles, pictures or other stuff you will want to know about…..

Until next time, 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. 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 of Stan Gabruk.