Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Thank You El Nino

Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Thank You El Nino

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

I know this is a strange title, but it´s accurate and appropriate. While El Nino will present problems for fishing come September, for now we´re seeing summer species in the dead of winter. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster fish, Snappers, Jack Crevalls and the incredible list just goes on. Unusually warm water temperatures will remain with us until summer, this means that out of season species will be available to those who will never be here in the heat of summer. This is a genuine opportunity to boat a bucket list fish and still be comfortable. For those with the time, money and frankly the luck to be here in Puerto Vallarta, you have a chance to experience world class fishing in the best possible conditions. If this doesn´t get your heart beating you better change the battery in your pace maker!02 14 2014 Tom Robinson, Guanatuna, 80 lb Amber Jack on gaff 600 pxls wText

Before I get started, no matter where you head out to, you will catch your fill of fish. Bait is abundant to the tenth power. Water temperatures are still running in the early summer ranges of 79 to 81 degrees (No kidding). And the water conditions of Blue / Blue water are just like summer at the deep water locations. For those in the know, you will never find conditions like this in late February unless El Nino is pushing the currents.

As mentioned last week, the area between the Marietta Islands to Corbeteña, then over to El Banco (The Golden Triangle) has turned into a fish producing machine. It´s incredible, just off the Marietta Islands we´re seeing everything! Rooster fish are running in the 35 to 50 lb plus range and they´re taking anything shiny. Baits, lures, your car keys, put a hook on it and throw it in, it´s so easy it´s almost scary. Dorado, yes I said Dorado in the 25 to 40 lb range. Bonito running 30 to 45 lbs, Cubera Snappers and Amber Jacks in excess of 50 lbs (jig baits for larger fish). Black Marlin in the 300 lb plus range, Blue Marlin in the 250 lb range and Striped Marlin in the 200 lb range. If you´re not saying ¨WoW¨ by now, you should be. For your fuel dollar this is the best bet. Throw in the Whales and the ability to do some snorkeling on Magnifico and you have a ¨full Meal Deal¨ that comes with your day on the water.02 26 2014 Ferguson Group, Magnifico, 8 hrs, 50 lb Rooster 600 Pxls

Corbeteña has blue squared water conditions. Perfect water temps and plenty of bait. The results of these unusually perfect fishing conditions are Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado to 50 lbs, Bonito, Jack Crevalls of course, large Cubera Snappers, Amber Jacks, Rainbow Runners and the list goes on. Well worth your fuel dollar, but Corbeteña is in the Golden Triangle so it´s part of the mix. Can´t say enough good things about Corbeteña right now.

The same pretty much goes for El Banco, All species of Marlin, Dorado at 50 plus pounds, Sailfish, Jack Crevalls of course and Yellowfin Tuna running with Spinner Dolphin the YF tuna are in the 80 to 120 lb range like last week. Now before you get all excited and head to the high spots the YF Tuna have not exactly been taking baits for the few days we ran into them this last week. It´s strange to see 80 plus Yellowfin Tuna run with Spinner Dolphin like this, although it is a welcome surprise. This will last only a few days at most, so hang in there and check back later. Bait is amazing, a swath of ten square blocks of Skip Jack Tuna (Skippies) will blow your mind as you see these world class fish just slashing through this WalMart Sized bait ball! The Tuna by the way are 16 to 20 miles north of El Banco to be more specific.

Inside the bay, four or six hours is perfect for the person who has time on his mind and doesn´t want to be on the water all day. For you we´ve got some serious arm burning action. Jack Crevalls (of course), bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle fish, Sierra Mackerals and the list is never ending. You´ll have a great day and four hours is just perfect for the younglings.10 04 2013 Shannon Trahan, Magnifico, 001a

We do have one small problem I am sure you can appreciate. That problem is the bait you run needs to be larger than three inches or the bait will take your bait! No kidding, you need to run at least six inch baits to get larger fish or the bait fish will eat your bait. It´s an interesting problem we can live with! As far as baits to run, again lures larger than three inches in length. Google Eyes, Rangers, Poppers, Skippies, these fish will hit just about anything presented to them. It reminds me of my ex wife and the shoe sale at Nordstroms, these fish are in a frenzy and they can´t get enough of what you have to offer amigo, so get out there!

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.

Summer Fishing in Mid Winter, El Nino Arrives

Summer Fishing in Mid Winter, El Nino Arrives

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

Well folks, We´re seeing things that just don´t make sense species wise as we are still experiencing unusually warm water temperatures. Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin, Sizeable Yellowfin tuna, Cubera Snappers, Rooster fish and the list goes on as if it was late summer fishing. Such are the results of an El Nino year. The news services are announcing how El Nino is alive and well meaning water temperatures are going to remain warm. Which of course affects weather patterns around the world including those folks in Chicago, Atlanta and New York. Yes folks the fishing is going to be anything but normal from this point out until about the same time next year. So sit back and keep an eye on the reports, nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to fishing here in Puerto Vallarta´s world famous fishing grounds during El Nino. http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/  http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/earth_climate/el_nino_and_la_nina/

Ok, first things first, the water is warm, very warm. Come Mid February we should be seeing low seventies (degrees) not upper seventies bordering on eighty degrees. Because of these warm and very comfortable water temperatures we have summer species like Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and yes, Large Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 120 lb range. Now we don´t want you to think this is an automatic fishing in a barrel sort of thing. It can be hot or cold and it´s nothing like in the summer, for the summer species that is. Now Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito and many others are still on the menu as normal winter fish species. So the action couldn´t be better for ¨winter¨ fishing. With these summer species out there, well that is just icing on the cup cake. 02 15 2014 Capt Tory, Cubera Snapper at Marietta Islands, 60 lbs wText

The golden Triangle, that´s what I call it, is alive and producing nicely. The area between the Marietta Islands to Corbeteña, then out to El Banco is a fertile area that is greatly ignored. The old timers know that dropping baits on the way to Corbeteña (outside the Marietta Islands) and trolling to the rock many times will have better results fishing than the primary destination. For now starting at El Banco, 10 to 15 miles off the high spots north you´ll find Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 120 lb range. This is an opportunity that won´t last long and it may already be too late if you´re reading this. If that´s not enough reason to head to El Banco the 50 lb Dorado may sway you. Sailfish are in the mix and Jigging for Cubera Snappers and Amber Jacks will produce a nice dinner time conversation as you chow down on the days catch. Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and even Black Marlin are in this same area. So you can understand why basically this weeks report is focused on this area.

Now if you can´t afford the time, or you plain don´t feel like an hour plus travel time to Corbeteña or El Banco, then the Marietta Islands are just what the doctor ordered. An eight hour day will produce 50 lb Rooster Fish, Snappers to 50 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Jack Crevalls all in the 35 to 45 lb range. Needle fish, grouper, large African Pompano ( great tasting) and Amber Jack! In fact Capt Tory of Guanatuna caught a 80 lb Amber Jack Jigging the bottom near the islands and ten minutes late got a Snapper in the 50 lb range as pictured. So if you have 8 hrs, we´ve got action for you amigo, YeHa!Marlin Hooked

The Punta Mita Point is still alive with Sailfish, Striped Marlin (250 lbs) about ten miles off the point, Sailfish and of course Rooster Fish off the Anclote reef. Great action, but for my dollar the Marietta Islands are a better option. Inside the bay, it´s wonderful! Jack Crevalls everywhere, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list goes on. 12 14 2012 Magnifico 125 lb Yellowfin Tuna Adjusted

We´re coming out of the full moon so the bite will be happening a little later in the morning, figure about a 8:00 a.m. / mid afternoon bite. So plan accordingly and sleep in a touch. Bait is abundant everywhere, but you should be warned, the boats are averaging about two fish a day and sometimes none. Being a hot / cold situation you don´t know which day you´ll have until you get out there. With small squids baits abundant trolled baits could be ignored. But as a whole the fishing is great and you will catch fish, no worries there. With Blue Water, Blue runners as lures are your best tool if not fishing with live Google Eyes or Chorras (generic name for Bonito or Skip Jack Tuna).  

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

Warm Water Keeps Dorado, Sails and Rooster fish in PV

Warm Water Keeps Dorado, Sails and Rooster fish in PV

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

As we read the news and watch television reports of how the entire USA and Canada are basically under a blanket of snow or ice, things couldn´t be better in Puerto Vallarta. Warm Weather, delightful tropical breezes in the afternoon and for the fishing enthusiast we have a nice cherry on that cake and it´s called Rooster Fish amigos! Yes we are looking at three weeks straight of very large Rooster fish in the 60 lb range hanging off the Anclote Reef near Sayulita. For now the winter species has a touch of summer in air with Marlin and Sailfish still hanging out in the deep water areas north of Punta Mita. Warm weather, beautiful scenery and world class fishing, what the heck else could you ask for?12 24 2013 Mark Dombowsky, Magnifico, PUnta Mita

To be straight up with my loyal readers, all 54 of you, February is not the best month of the year to be fishing here in Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay to be exact. Not that the fishing is lacking, but because most people are looking for Monster fish like Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo to name a few. Now we still have Dorado, Rooster fish and Sailfish if you are in the right location, which is not in the bay amigo. Yes we´re moving into winter fishing which means Jack Crevalls coming out of our ears, billions of Sierra Mackerals that are great tasting, but not large. Snappers are picking up in numbers and size, just depends on where you head out to. Water conditions are the big factor here, cold water fish are here because at seventy something degrees, these fish are cold. As long as you keep this in mind, you´ll have the time of your life on the water with all the action you could ask for. So it all comes down to your expectations mixed with a strong shot of reality. The bottom line is there is a lot of fun to be had in the bay and it won´t cost you an arm and a leg.

For those lucky enough to head out to the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco, well you´re seeing Blue Marlin in the 400 lb range sprinkled throughout the area. Water temps are warm enough at 77 degrees for them to tolerate. With abundant bait what self respecting fish would leave a favorite and abundant meal, a fish McDonalds if you will? Cubera Snappers taking trolled live bait to 70 lbs as well at Corbeteña. Find the spinner Dolphin and you´ll find Football Tuna in the 35 to 50 lb range. Not much else to say about these summer spots for the next few months, but for those looking for Marlin, this is where you want to be.

The point off Punta Mita is still, after three weeks running now the place to be. Rooster fish in the 60 lb and up range are still chasing Sardinas all over the place. A large bull Dorado was boated also in the 45 lb range, but this was not common place then or now. Still, the Dorado are in the 40 lb range and a little less abundant daily, so keep this in mind and get out there asap. Sailfish are taking live and trolled lures with Green and black combinations (petrelaros). Now this is not abundant fishing, which means your captain and crew will be changing baits on a regular basis (15 to 20 minutes). But you´ll find fish out there if you´re patient and positive minded!01 28 2014 Chris Federekson, Bella Del Mar 02 - Copy

El Morro and the Marietta Islands are seeing some strong Pompano action. A great tasting fish, you´ll be able to boat your fill in a few short hours. Snappers are in and out in the 30 lb range. Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, Amber Jacks, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, and even a shot at a Rooster fish in the 30 lb range. So it´s not exactly bad fishing out there!

Inside the bay it´s like fishing in a barrel. If you don´t catch at least one Jack Crevall never use that captain or boat again! Yelapa is seeing some football tuna in the 35 lb range and seems to be setting up house again. Bonito, Sierra Mackerals (good tasting) and a host of other possibilities like Snook or Robalo at the river mouths are always a possibility. Water flows are down and this may affect the number and size of the snook, but if near a river mouth give it a try.

Those heading to the Tres Maria Islands, or the prison islands will find sizeable Yellowfin Tuna. But remember to keep your distance from the islands of 12 miles. Otherwise you may find the Federalies chasing you down. Also when you see those Monster Yellowfin Tuna posted on the various bloody decks post, if you´re inside the limit area or boundaries and you´re catching fish, then you too are a POACHER! No way around it, just because there are some popular boats and web sites boasting the size and amount of Yellowfin they´re catching, they´re POACHING and they know it. You don´t, that´s why I´m here…. So keep your distance, keep your boat and keep out of jail! It all just amazes me how ¨sportfishing companies¨ will kill future fishing populations for today´s illegal rewards. Where can this all lead but to disaster?01 28 2014 Chris Federekson, Bella Del Mar 01 - Copy

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.