The Champagne days of Sportfishing Continues!

The Champagne days of Sportfishing Continues!

Written by Stan Gabruk


If I told you that in the highest part of high season for both fishing and tourism you could have Puerto  Vallarta´s world famous fishing grounds absolutely to yourself, you´d probably think I was telling you a fishy story. But these are indeed the conditions that exist at Corbeteña and El Banco. Now you may think the fishing must be horrible if there are no boats heading out, but that would be an ¨inaccurate¨ presumption. The reason I say this is because the fishing is incredible with not a single sportsman in sight. Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, all the players are here. The only thing missing is YOU.

Capt Cesar of Magnifico with his 125lb Yellowfin tuna using a cedar plug off Corbeteña

Capt Cesar of Magnifico with his 125lb Yellowfin tuna using a cedar plug off Corbeteña

These champagne days of Sportfishing are short lived. They only happen between Thanksgiving and just after New Year’s Day. The water conditions are predictably the best they will be for the year and right now you will find it all to yourself. Lets face it fishing is not cheap, it never has been and never will be. Those looking to cut corners are always just that, cutting corners and missing the big opportunities. Those looking for a real fishing experience of a lifetime can have it now, but it´s going to cost you if you are going to play to win. For now this means going the distance, El Banco, Corbeteña and of course the Tres Maria Islands. How far is far, that depends I guess on what you´re used to. Those Southern Cal guys, they´ll  go hundreds of miles to boat 60 lb Albacore. We use this sized Tuna as bait or Karnada in Spanish. Those guys think fifty to over a hundred miles is a short trip. Others think an eight hour day to the Marietta Islands is too long. They want to catch Moby Dick off Yelapa and if I could be so kind as to arrange it so he (Moby) is there at 2:30 P.M. so they don´t have to wait. OK amigo, you got it…..

For the very, very few that are heading out they´ll find whatever species they are looking for, that is if you go for more than six hours. These four hour trips are catching nothing you would want to write home about, unless you´re near Yelapa, then you have a shot at some nice sized footballs or 40 lb YF Tuna… or Skippies as we call them. Maybe, just Maybe a Sailfish if you’re off the beach by about seven to ten miles. So no complaining about what these “promoters” promised before they stole your deposit as you stand by waiting for a boat that is not coming. Me, already they tell everyone I am dead or they’re ME. So I guess you have a ghost writing this from the grave.

Marietta Islands have sprung back into shape after a few slow days. Dorado is the main player around the islands right now running anywhere from35 to 50 lbs. Remember to throw the babies and the females back if you ever want to fish them again in the future. I don’t care how much you like the “roe” you are eating my next catch and release fantasy! So throw them back, this is serious stuff. Yellowfin Footballs running 35 to 45 lbs, but mostly out from the island. Snappers at 25 lbs, Bonito, Sailfish in the 80 lb range which is nice sized. The bite is still in the mid morning into the mid day, then a round 3 O’clock in la Tarde or in the afternoon! Live bait is still king, silver diamond jigs are working well, if you put a hook on your car keys that will probably work as well, no rocket science here amigo.

Yellowfin Football Tuna

Yellowfin Football Tuna

Corbetena, El Banco, take your pick, the players are going back and forth so it’s a coin toss for now. I still prefer Corbetena to El Banco, but El Banco has potential for the larger Marlin, but just when you discount the rock, you’ll be sorry. So toss a coin and have faith brother! Yellowfin Tuna can run from 75 lbs to well over 200 lbs. If you have time on your hands and the desire for YF Tuna runs deep, you could be working a 250 lb Cow until your arms fall off at the Tres Maria Islands on a “ Find the Fish” overnight trip. My suggestion, make sure that cheap boat you’r going out on has a harness so you can lean your body weight into the fight. Twice the power, half the strain. Dorado are running 45 to 55 or so pounds. Larger Sailfish are still prevalent for now, they seem to be preferring Google Eyes for bait and I would run a cedar plug as well. Cedar plugs may be an old favorite you may ignore, but you should be running one with live bait and you never know what may happen next. Blue water, perfect temperatures, abundant bait and big fish. You want it amigo, we’ve got your “fish hangin”!

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba and will be opening soon. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place! Everyone coming by to see my new location will  get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!Master Baiters is still the only real fishing company in Marina Vallarta with its own exclusive boats that are reliable, fast, English Speaking, fish catching professionals!  Questions on any subject: feel free to ask at my email: Web page: or call me directly locally at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is working). You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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Champaign days of Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta Written by Stan Gabruk

Champagne days of Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta  Written by Stan Gabruk

Normally in December we see the turn of the season, the days are cooler, the evening cold to those who live here in Puerto Vallarta Year Round. This December as yet has been unseasonably warm keeping our world famous fishing grounds warm and abundant with fish! A machine for Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna. Dorado are still strong around the Marietta Islands, with some nice bulls still hanging out around ignored El Morro. With empty fishing grounds, the seasonal Sportsman has everything he could possibly want. Perfect temperatures, blue water, abundant fishing, deserted fishing grounds, it´s like you´re in the 50´s but with newer equipment. For a short time every year the conditions come together and form the Champagne days of Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. 07 08 2012 Andelé Yellowfin El Banco 3 wText

We have seen the Yellowfin Tuna filter back in off Corbeteña as the moon phase becomes more favorable moving the bite to later in the morning. So no worries about getting up before the chickens, 7:00 am depart times are perfect, Long range guys leave the afternoon before so you can open you´re eyes with a pole in your hand. Either way you´re heading out to do something many only fantasize about. Black Marlin running 600 lbs are still around Corbeteña, Dorado are in the 45 to 55 lb range. Sailfish are still here in big numbers, but they seem to be thinning, yet there are still plenty to go around. Marlin are still a picky bunch, but they are taking live bait so be sure to have your live well clean and stuffed. Again, no secrets, just get there and the story begins. Yellowfin Tuna seem to be in and out. Still running from 70 to 200 lbs if heading in a western direction. Cubera Snappers for those who like jigging for 65 lb Blue Plate Specials. Well worth the ten hours it takes for the day.

At El Banco or The Bank the song remains the same. Dorado are larger around the high spots running in the 35 to 50 lb range. Google Eye and Bonito as bait are working well so why change things. YF Tuna about twelve miles to the north heading towards the Tres Maria Islands. Black Marlin in the 600 to 700 lb range, but will drive you nuts with ¨bill whaps¨ and not take bait. Rainbow runners sprinkled in the area, Sailfish that are still large, very large. Again nothing special to remember or do, get there and get in the game. Blue water and temperatures in a perfect 82 degrees, these are rare days indeed.

Those who are serious about their fishing and don´t mind taking the overnight ¨Find the fish¨ trips will find Yellowfin Tuna in Excess of 200 lbs at the Tres Maria Islands. You can be assured Master Baiter´s has no interest in losing out boats so you can catch fish. We won´t risk your safety or well being to make a buck. Others Companies are well inside the boundary lines and many boats are being seized, you won´t hear this on Bloody Decks amigos. You´ll be for the most part be targeting only Yellowfin Tuna, so you will be a one target trip. Let me know if you´d be interested in sharing a trip of approx. 16 hrs and we´ll get you that finned fantasy. 11 21 2912  Shannon Trahan Dorado, 8 hrs, wife Betty RdPxls 600

Punta Mita as late has come to life and is surprisingly large Dorado running 35 to 45 lbs. something shinny is working incredibly well as does live bait. Sailfish in the 90 lb range is everywhere and taking just about any bait put in front of them. Like always about 15 miles off the point you´ll still find smaller Blue Marlin. An eight hour trip will do you well amigo.

Well that´s it for now, until next week don´t forget to kiss your fish and always remember at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around¨!¨

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba and will be opening soon. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place! Everyone coming by to see my new location will  get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is located in Marina Vallarta on the Boardwalk next to Victors