Warm Weather, Warm Water, It´s Fish Soup!

Warm Weather, Warm Water, It´s Fish Soup!

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

Strange title I know, but it´s appropriate and to the point. More tropical storms, warm water and challenging fishing conditions for sure. A more appropriate title would be ¨fishing in soup¨. Even though the water is still warm, we have all the fish you could hope to find right now, but they are on the smaller side. For the visitor looking for something for the dinner table, we can still fix you up amigo. Deep water locations are tapering off, but still producing. Punta Mita, once again is the place to be and those in the area are boating Sailfish, Dorado and small Blue Marlin. Yes folks, we have fish! 10 14 2013 Travis Cusimano, Shannon friend 06 Tail wrapped and dead Marlin Enhanced MBText

I´ll tell you, after yet another tropical depression passing us, we are still suffering from the effects of these systems pushing out larger species from the area. This of course is normal, but it´s not normal to have as many systems pass us like this. So we do the best we can and that means shooting the gaps and hitting the spots we know have fish. Now your crystal ball is probably better than mine, one thing for sure, if fishing was easy, we´d all be world champions!

The rains have been tapering off and soon the trash line will be a thing of the past as we move into fall. But for the moment you can still find plenty of players in the trash lines around the bay. The best area for a trash line for the last couple of weeks is the point off Punta Mita at the north end of the bay of Banderas. Fair sized Sailfish in the 80 lb range are all over the place. Dorado, running on the smaller side of 20 to 35 lbs are still abundant around any floating log or group of debris. Heading out about ten miles there are smaller Blue Marlin in the 150 to 225 lb range, but remember these are babies, no matter how big they are, so don´t let them die or bring them in for photos, you´ll look like an idiot. For now this is the best bet for your fishing dollar amigos.

El Banco and Corbeteña are still a little on the disappointing side with very small Yellowfin Tuna in the 35 lb range. If you want these small at best YF Tuna, you´ll be chunking (chumming). Now you can use ground up Bonito, Skip Jacks, any bait fish really. Normally I am not a fan of chunking unless you´re chunking squid for really large Yellowfin Tuna. Sailfish are everywhere, Dorado are the same size as Punta Mita in the 35 lb range. Yes Cubera Snappers are there, but they´re not a great draw for the visiting fisherman looking for Monster Yellowfin Tuna. For the moment, you can find better fishing closer in. 10 22 2013 Yellowfin Tuna 85 lbs enhanced 500 pxls MBText

The Marietta Islands, always producing, are weak at best this week. Sailfish in the smaller sizes or 50 to 70 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jacks, no Rooster fish. Dorado, sure in the smaller sizes as well. Not much of a story this week at the Marietta Islands, but this will change with a break in the storm paths!

Many people forget about the bay. Now most will go troll for Bonito, Dorado or whatever strikes. But for these days when you´re looking for something tasty for the dinner table, I suggest the river mouths. Now this is not going to get you a trophy but Snook, my favorite tasting fish, Robalo in Spanish are all over the bay. I even watched a guy with a hand line on the tourist boardwalk down town bring one in. At the openings of the river mouths they´ll sit waiting for that tasty little morsel flow down the river. Right where the fresh water mixes with the salt water is the place you want to be. This is called Sweet water or agua dulce in spanish and they love this. You can also find other fish in the area that are smaller, tasty as well. So remember, it may not be a monster Marlin, but it´s better to eat and best of all, easy to get to and easy on the wallet.

The problem once more this week is the unusually warm water temperatures. We´re seeing the results of smaller fish and fewer fish. The storms are not helping, but the water temps are the real issue. These conditions exist all the way to Cabo where the local tournaments leading up to the Bisbee’s have been lack luster. Yellowfin Tuna a missing in action, but there are Sailfish and plenty of them. Bait in the area is abundant, no worries for there being plenty to attract them back, but for now, bait is everywhere in the form of Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito and Google Eyes. For now amigos, be patient, the breaks are worth waiting for and if you can´t wait, then hit the bay for some smaller action, but great tasting! Oh, the bite, about 9 am and around 3:30…. Time your trips accordingly! Sunsets in Paradise

 

For the moment. When these storms stop, the fish come back in a hurry with all the bait we have in the bay and at the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco.  

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/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

 

Water Temperatures Jump, Dorado thin out!

Water Temperatures Jump, Dorado thin out!10 04 2013 Shannon Trahan, Magnifico, 001

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

After what seemed like a whole season, but was in fact just a few weeks we are now back in what seems to be our normal summer pattern of Tropical Storms turning into Hurricanes! By the time you read this the storm will have already hit mid Baja, hopefully not doing too much damage. With Hurricane Octave passing us, it has once more screwed up the fishing with the high pressure pushing fish out of its path. At the moment this article was being written I spied another weather disturbance that was forming just south of Acapulco. The projections show it heading for the Baja area as well. Not a good thing for the Bisbee´s tournament is coming up and in the last five years three tournaments have been either shortened or concerned. This has in fact only really affected the deep water locations, now the water temperatures, that´s another story…. Stay tuned.

We have seen the comfortable water temperatures shoot up to 86 degrees plus again this past week. This of course has sent Yellowfin Tuna to the depths once more. Dorado are moving into cooler waters and getting smaller as well. We´re still seeing evening rains as it is the season. This is how the Trash line is formed and is of monster size off Punta Mita. This is also the best area for the moment to find nice sized Dorado in the 40 lb range and Sailfish in the 100 lb range. Once more this area is the place to be.10 04 2013 Shannon Trahan, Magnifico, 001e shannon Sailfish 3

Corbeteña and El Banco are cooling off fishing wise, but we know the water temperatures are soaring. Cubera Snappers are abundant to 70 lbs at both spots. Black and Blue Marlin are still hanging in the area, but not exactly abundant. Sailfish, they don´t seem to care much water temps, they are looking for food and a full belly. No problem, there is so much bait out there in the form of Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Google Eyes they are not going hungry. Water can still be dirty, it has been for the last week, but it clears up around three to five miles before you reach the rock at Corbeteña. For now, I´d hang tight for word of fish returning in more sizeable numbers.

Marietta Islands and El Morro are still seeing their share of decent sized Sailfish, over 80 lbs. If you are lucky enough, there have been very large Rooster fish with the Sardines back in the area. Small Dorado if there is a lot of bait, Skip Jacks, Bonito and the list of regulars no matter what the water heats up to.

Inside the bay has been interesting. It seems the water temperatures are tad lower so we are still seeing Dorado around the trash line in the bay, may be the rain water cooling things down. Bonito to 35 lbs, Skip Jacks to around 45 lbs near Yelapa. Sailfish have set up house off the La Cruz area as well. Snook or Robalo are hanging out in front of the river mouths in the sweet water they love. Take a short day and forget about just shooting for Yellowfin, Dorado, Sails… go for something that you can eat, taste great and are abundant. Why people ignore this fine white meat blue plate special is just a mystery to me.10 04 2013 Shannon Trahan, Travis Cusimano Magnifico, 001dorado

For now I would keep an eye on the weather in PV if you´re a local looking to catch fish. While the seas have not been rough, this is a blessing. Water temps are running in the above favorable ranges and with the recent past history we may be in for more of the same. We all know things can change before I finish this article, but you still need to be informed so keep coming back for more.

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/88817121325The 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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Puerto Vallarta is Fish City, Rooster Fish, Marlin, 65 lb Dorado!

Puerto Vallarta is Fish City, Rooster Fish, Marlin, 65 lb Dorado!

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

Normally at this time of the year I am writing cookie cutter reports about huge Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin and Dorado on Tap, but that has not been the case. So it´s a pleasure to tell you we have once again turned into Fish City as we normally do for weeks and even months before October, normally. We have seen an explosion of species returning to our world famous fishing grounds in increasing numbers. You want to catch something that will be a lifetime memory, then now would not be a bad time amigo. For the locals, you waited for it, it´s time to jump and get out there. Visitors, well you will catch fish, I guarantee it in writing amigo. Time to take action or it´s just going to be another season before you boat that Finned Fantasy you have always dreamed of! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This week the real story is about the changing conditions, water temperatures and the rains. Water temperatures have been a real issue this season and have dropped considerably changing the fishing landscape. Water temps in the 79 to 82 degree range is just perfect. Yellowfin, Tuna and Dorado are loving these changes and with the abundant bait in the water, they´re hitting anything shinny. Bait, doesn´t matter, Google eyes, Bonito, Skip Jacks, all are working well. Lures are working well also, so you don´t need to be rich, just have a few tricks and you´ll be coming in with ¨bucket list life desires¨ in the form of finned fantasy. For the record, Moby Dick is out there now, are you up for the challenge?

Corbeteña for your fuel dollar, from my stand point is the place to be.  Blue Marlin, you bet, not crazy abundant, but out there, same with Black Marlin running in the 750 lb range and downright hungry. Dorado, of course and they´re in the 65 lb range, I MEAN  they´re big! Sailfish in the 110 lb range, tournament winner sized will take anything shinny, lure, bait, car keys, you name it. Cubera Snappers at 65 to 75 lbs are taking surface baits. Yellowfin Tuna, for the most part they´re small in the 60 to 100 lb range, most in the 60´s though. Strange, but we had a 365 lb Monster boated out there a few days prior, this is not the norm, but possible. Rainbow runners to 50 lbs, you name it, it will probably be there waiting for you. Worth the time and money, you bet. One thing you should know, the water is dirty until just about five miles before the rock it turns sapphire blue. So no worries amigo, you´re going to catch world class game fish. This is Deep Sea Fishing at its best, it would be a shame if you missed an opportunity like this! 12 07 07 Gus Huynh 1 Bella Del Mar 111 inch Sailfish Paper 600pxls

El Banco has been left behind a little. Black Marlin in the 600 to 800 lb range are roaming the high spots. They are anything but abundant. Rainbow runners, Sails, Dorado, Cubera Snappers etc. you can copy much of what is happening at Corbetena and paste it here. For the fuel dollar, the high spots historically are better for Monster Yellowfin Tuna, so if you´re targeting that fantasy, hit El Banco. If you´re looking for reliable fishing, no guessing, Corbetena is a better bet for now…

The Marietta Islands, not much to speak of for weeks has now turned into Fish Central. Dorado in the 35 lb range, Skip Jack tuna in the 35 lb range (bait), Snappers, Sailfish, and Rooster Fish up to 80 lbs. Now we´ve been wondering where the roosters have gone and they´ve return to the Marietta Islands. Again, no special tricks of the trade, get there, cast a bait, get ready, it won´t be long before your arms are burning and your face hurts from smiling! Light tackle or fly fishing types, you have no clue what you´re missing. Capt Hector from Pecositas has fly fishing equipment, great quality stuff, lures, etc and the experience. So if you want to fly fish, Master Baiter´s (not masterbaitersfishing) has you covered.. make sure you´re contacting us not the bogus site online for now.

Punta Mita, Black Marlin about ten miles off the point to the High Spots of El Banco, Rooster Fish around the north end, north of Sayulita, surf fishing for Roosters there is working well also. For the surf fishing guys, use a popper or some iron in the form of a heavy spinner or diamond jig. Have fun and be ready for a hella strong fish for their size. 11 10 08 Mi Jenny 10 hrs Capt. Chema, Jose 350 lb Marlin 001a

Find a trash line, you´re got fish. Enough said, just get out there already!

By now I am sure you understand that everywhere is perfect. The bay is worth whatever trip you want to take, you will catch blue plate specials all over the bay. The situation is such that the fishing is so good, it really doesn´t matter where you head out to, you´ll have the time of your life. These are the times of the year where Puerto Vallarta got its reputation to begin with. Now with tourism just starting to pick up, you can have fishing ground to yourself. This is a luxury that only a down American economy can create. For those with the means, enjoy your day(s) on the water, you´re living the dream. The stuff life is made of. It´s so much better out there right now than I can hope to express, I thank my lucky fishing stars every day for living in Puerto Vallarta, my paradise. What about you?

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/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.