Bull Dorado off the Marietta Islands, Striped Marlin at El Banco!

Bull Dorado off the Marietta Islands, Striped Marlin at El Banco!

Written by: Stan Gabruk

Welcome to another amazing week of fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. This year we´ve been blessed by the fishing gods with warm water in the middle of winter. With these warm water temperatures running around 78 degrees we have some serious fishing happening here and now. Plenty of bait in the water insures these summer species like Bull Dorado, Striped Marlin and Sailfish won´t be leaving anytime soon. As we move into spring, it looks like this years fishing season may be something to remember.Image

The best action this week was just off the Marietta Islands with big Bull Dorado running over 50 lbs. Yep, that´s what I said. Sailfish in the 70 lb range are hanging, Red Snappers to 35 lbs just south of the Islands, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Rooster Fish (35 – 50 lbs), the place is awash in action. This isn´t rocket science, show up, catch fish, and be happy. This is a rare treat, it´s the right place and now is the right time, so get off your duff and get it in gear amigos! Normally it´s March when we begin to start to see some Sailfish coming in. But they never left this year so we´re primed for what could be an exciting Sailfish Season!Image

El Banco is a little surprising as well this week. Striped Marlin are all over the area and are picking up in numbers. Again it looks like late summer fishing in March. There are herds of Spinner Dolphin around the high spots, which of course means there are football sized Yellowfin Tuna in the 35 lb range running with them. Cubera Snappers for the jiggers, Amber Jacks, and the possibility of some larger Yellowfin Tuna, but that is rolling the dice. Mid Sized lures of Pink, Green and Blue are working best. Also trolled dead bait seems to be a preference, but bring live bait just in case.Image

The Tres Maria Islands this week saw several boats come in with Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs and this will not change. Just remember it´s close to 100 miles out, so consider overnight trips to get more bang for your fishing bucks.

Corbeteña was a little slow this week. The bottom fishing for Cubera Snappers, Striped Marlin, and some Yellowfin Tuna doesn´t make this area worth the fuel dollars, for this moment anyway. Things can change in a heartbeat so make sure you get the latest and greatest before heading out.  Not much to say about Corbeteña.

Punta Mita is also seeing many Sailfish, Striped Marlin about 15 miles off the point and Rooster fish at the Anclote reef in Sayulita. For the moment the Marietta Islands would be a better choice.

Inside the bay there are just fields of smaller Jack Crevalls under five pounds, but you can catch 30 to 40 in a four hour day. So you have affordable action and you´re on the water amigo, it could be a lot worse!

Right now we´re seeing warmer than usual water temperatures, which is why the Sailfish and Dorado Bulls are heavy around the Marietta Islands. I have no reason to believe this will change as we move into spring in a short while. The bite is after mid day and runs to about 5 O´clock in the afternoon. So getting out there too early is not to your advantage. We´ve seen some red tide this week as well, but it´s streaky and that was at the mouth of the bay. So be prepared to change your game plan if the water turns red.

Remember we are Official Agents for Mikes Fishing Parties and right now you can book with us 8 hrs on a group boat for $170.00 dollars per person. Lunch and sodas included BYOB or Tequila!

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. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place. Email your Questions to me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone 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 workingFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325

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Mixed up Season, Warm Water, Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado!

Mixed up Season, Warm Water, Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado!

Written by: Stan Gabruk

Wow, if you think you have a clue about what the fishing is going to be like today, tomorrow or next week you´re a crystal ball is better than mine! Last week I though the fishing had finally turned into winter conditions, yet here we are with Sailfish off El Morro and the Marietta Islands, Sailfish! They never left! Water temperatures are still running in the mid 70´s, with plenty of bait the mixed summer and winter species living and eating in the same area are likely to hang for a while. Strange, yes.. But if you´re out there fishing in this mixed up season, you`re catching fish you shouldn´t be seeing!11 24 2011 Butch and Bob Drake, 8 hrs, Mi Jenny,  RedPix 650 wText

An example of this is the Rooster fish, not unusual for this time of the year, but they are very large, they´re in charge and you can boat one at will in the 40 to 60 lb range. Many have been boated in the ranges above sixty pounds, by the time you read this things can change so check things before heading out. Now this is around the Marietta Islands and El Morro. Which is best (?), who knows, they´re close enough to each other to check this out yourself, that is if you have a boat and crew who will use fuel and no just sit in one place. While there, you´ll also find Pompano to 35 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna in the 30 lb range, Snappers to 35lbs, Jack Crevalls everywhere in varying sizes with 25lbs being the smallest right now. Plenty of action for sure and an eight hour day at the islands is well worth breaking the piggy bank!

About ten miles off the Marietta and El Morro Islands there are Striped Marlin and Sailfish stretching out to Corbeteña and the point off Punta Mita. It´s amazing, it´s unusual and it´s time to take advantage of these unusual conditions to the fullest. Those visiting the area will be glad to find action at affordable prices on super pangas, call us we´ll fix you up.

Corbeteña is once again alive with action for those with the courage to take a chance and catch nothing. Which is almost impossible, but your fallback position is always the Marietta Islands. So your worst case scenario may have to be a Striped Marlin or a Sailfish in the 70 to 85 lb range, not small for Sailfish. The Striped Marlin are still off the rock as well, but Yellowfin Tuna are running in the same areas and a YF tuna in the 60 to 80 lb range is getting the local boat owners on the water, maybe you should be also! Add to the list Cubera Snappers in the 60 lb range, Dorado to 35 lbs, mostly in the 25 lb range for now. Amber Jacks, Rainbow runners and the occasional Wahoo round out the package. So get your butt out there before things get ¨winterish¨.

El Banco and the area to the west, yes I said west, is alive with all sorts of Yellowfin Tuna action with 60 lb YF Tuna burning your arms out so pace yourself. Catch them at will, but you´ll need to plan for a 12 hour day. Seems like this time of the year not many want to hit the Rock, not because of the fishing, but because they don´t want a twelve hour straight fishing trip. Not recommended for sea sick types, swells are rolling and the chop in the afternoon is guaranteed sea sick city for the squeamish. Those with normal sea legs will be fine, sensitive types find a patch! Striped Marlin in towards shore a little. Much the same players as Corbeteña (the Rock), so if you´re heading out to the Tres Maria islands, you´ll find Tuna before the islands for the less adventurous.

The bay is still full of Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Rooster fish off the Nuevo Vallarta shoreline. So if you have a surf casting pole, take a few poppers and diamond jigs along. You may find 40lb Rooster fish giving your bait ¨what for¨!09 27 2011 Lisa Frick  Sail RedPix wText

With plenty of Squid, Sardines, krill squid and shrimps you may find it difficult to turn their heads, so be patient, be equipped and have plenty of bait. Those who scrimp on bait find they go home early when they could have kept reeling…. With March here, we won´t be seeing water temperatures dip much lower, but then again who knows. But if this goes the way I am thinking we´ll have Dorado and Sailfish from this point forward. So keep up with the latest reports and don´t be afraid to fire me an email about what the up to the minute conditions and species are. As far as the bite, mid morning around 7 to 8 is a good time to arrive at your selected spots amigo…

Remember we are Official Agents for Mikes Fishing Parties and right now you can book with us 8 hrs on a group boat for $170.00 dollars per person. Lunch and sodas included, BYOB or Tequila! Contact Gloria at the shop, and no we are not married!

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. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place!!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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx 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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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Winter with 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, What??

Winter with 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, What??

Written by: Stan Gabruk

Normally come March, I am almost apologizing for the poor fishing and cookie cutter reports. But this year, as was a few years ago, the water is full of summer species fish. Amazing, but true, we won´t discuss El Nino quite yet, but whatever the cause, there were and possibly still are 120lb Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco about ten miles to the north of the high spots. In a word, ¨Strange¨ at best! We all know fish are where you find them and for now anyway, they can be found off all the world famous fishing grounds of Banderas Bay.02 27 2012 120 lb Rooster Fish, Andele,Capt Kawie wText 600pxls

We have continued to see unseasonably warm water temperatures and this is one of the main reasons water temperatures are hovering in the 70´s. Southern California is seeing these flying Squid that follow currents that are normally only found in Japan. This is not a new thing, but it is new for this time of the year amigo. So we have Yellowfin Tuna gorging themselves on not only squid, they´re hitting Sardines and krill squid as well. We had a couple of boats head out the other day we found the fish, just couldn´t get them to pay any attention to the beautiful baits we were presenting! Now that will drive you crazier than your wife spending money and telling you how much she just saved you!

If you have the time and inclination you will find fish everywhere, the challenge is getting them to pay attention to your bait as mentioned. Rooster Fish are stuffing themselves at every corner on Krill squid and Sardines. If you find Roosters in the 35 lb range and larger, then they don´t eat, you better find squid jigs or start running Hoochies amigo. Remember, Elephants eat peanuts too, small works! Corbeteña is still seeing a few Striped Marlin, Bull Dorado ten miles west of Corbeteña are plentiful! Cubera Snappers coming up after the Sardines, Wahoo between 60 and 75 lbs, Amber Jacks, and YF Tuna. Nothing is automatic amigo, so keep your witts with you!02 25 2013 Andele, YF Tuna 120 lbs, Capt Kawi and crew 04 Text

Pretty much the same story at El Banco, Andelé went out to El Banco, got there, the bite was on. 15 hook-ups in 8 hrs of fishing. Nonstop action and burning arms was the order of the day. Yellowfin from who knows where are heavy and running with Dolphin between the high spots and twenty miles north towards the Tres Maria Islands. Who needs a long trip like that when you can have them in a twelve hour day and be home before the little woman notices after a day in the spa! Check the latest report or contact me before going out to make sure you have the latest fishing conditions.

The Marietta Islands are running strong, but there are times when you´ll come in wondering what happened. Rooster fish at El Morro as well, all running large in the range of 35 to 50 lbs and even larger. No real Dorado to speak of, small if any, but the Red Snappers are picking up the slack in the 25 to 35 lb range. Pompano to 30 lbs and great tasting, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, and more. So keep this in mind, they´re there, but they may not be hungry!

Remember we are Official Agents for Mikes Fishing Parties and right now you can book with us 8 hrs on a group boat for $170.00 dollars per person. Lunch and sodas included, BYOB or Tequila! Contact Gloria at the shop, and no we are not married!

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. 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 CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR at our cost ($100mn)!  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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx 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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.