Water Temps Drop, Abundant Bait, Picky Fish!

Water Temps Drop, Abundant Bait, Picky Fish!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Sometimes what seems like a good thing can actually turn into a ¨pain in the drain¨. Right now there is abundant bait to the tenth power. And there is a variety of bait to choose from if you’re a game fish here in Banderas Bay and vicinity. Water temperatures have returned to 74 degrees, not a bad thing, and the fishing is great, but only if you hit the bite. Which of course means we know the place, we just have to be there at the right time which of course now is mid afternoon with a full moon. As the moon fades like it is now, there will be a morning bite. The full moon was causing problems this past week as fish were using the light of the moon looking upward to zero-in on the baits. As far as winter fishing goes, it´s still great, but the summer species may be harder to find until the water warms up a little. Since it´s spring, that won´t be long.DSCF0407
Instead of going into the normal report this week, I am going to use a situation to describe what is happening in our world famous fishing grounds. Every boat gets bait in the morning as we leave Marina Vallarta, we pay about a dollar or so a bait and get ten to fifteen, standard procedure for the fishing boats. But that doesn´t mean that the fish will prefer these baits (Google Eyes). If you head out to an area and find there are plenty of targeted fish, you could gaff them up on the boat (but that´s not being a sportsman), but they won´t take the bait you have. At that point, you better have the bait they´re seeing around them which of course means you have to catch what they´re biting. Once you catch what they´re hitting, then you too have a chance to get one or several as well. You may also find these fish are so ¨full¨ from a nite or super early morning feed, they won´t even glance at your presentation. This has been the case as well this week at all the fishing grounds, period.

First you have to get to the area where you can  find bait like this. Hand held GPS´s and hand held CB radios are not what you want  to see on the boat.

First you have to get to the area where you can find bait like this. Hand held GPS´s and hand held CB radios are not what you want to see on the boat.

Inside the bay the Snappers are picking up in numbers, the bite will be great in the next few days as the full moon continues to fade. They are running 20 to 30lbs if you can get them to take a bait. Jack Crevalls are just thick in the Los Animas / Mahuitas areas. Sierra Mackerals are great eating, but better for bait to lure Rooster fish. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, the normal winter species are all here as well. Late Day fishing is great, but the morning hours are not working, so sleep in a little and keep an ear to the wind amigos.
The Marietta Islands and the Punta Mita Point are great with action with a variety of species available. Just like everywhere this week, finding fish is not difficult, getting a fish like a ¨stuffed to the brim¨ Rooster fish from feeding all night long to take your bait is the challenge. Rooster fish in the 35 to 50 lb range, hitting Sierra Mackerals or their favorite bait of bullet Bonito. Sailfish and Dorado are 3 miles off the point and the Marietta Islands are stuffed as well. Snappers to 35 lbs, mostly smaller in the 15 lb range are picking up in numbers. Bonito, Skip Jacks in the 30 lb range are abundant as are Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. Mucho Pompano, and the list goes on. Next few days should show improvement.

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

Dorado in the bay… Robert Dunn Party

El Banco, Corbeteña, the same story. Cubera Snappers to 60lbs, No Marlin, No Sailfish and smaller Yellowfin with the spinner dolphin in the 35 to 55 lb range. Not enough reason to head to this area. Wait a week, things could change and normally does. Water everywhere is back to the bluest it can be. Next week could be a different story.
This past week we´ve seen White Tip Sharks hanging around the Marietta Islands. They´ve been biting your baits in two and there is nothing you can do about it amigo. So for now keep an eye open and avoid the shark infested waters or you won´t be getting any fish, Sharks si, they are never around for long.
Look for the bite to begin again in the earlier morning hours after the moon fades, so get out early if you can. The afternoon bite is going to be about 2:00 P.M. so plan accordingly.
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 between docks A and B on the boardwalk. 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 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name

Spring Fishing in March, Summer Species Hang!

Spring Fishing in March, Summer Species Hang!Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

Well the unusual conditions and the fishing is still great. I mean off season great with summer species we normally don´t see in the dead of winter. As the northern states and Canada seem to be under Freezer like conditions, we´re seeing warmer than normal weather as El Nino begins to raise its head with Pacific water temperatures well above the 70 degree range as water temperatures remain about 79 degrees. This is very comfortable for Marlin, Yellowfin, Dorado and of course Sailfish. Winter species are mixed in as well with Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Needle fish and of course Sierra Mackerals. It´s mixed up out there for sure. The upside, there are fish everywhere and they´re waiting for you to come out and play!08 14 2011 Shawn Pendelton, 8 hrs, Bella Del Mar 3

First off, the Yellowfin Tuna Fanatics are happy this week with Yellowfin Tuna from 75 to over 200 lbs at the Tres Maria Islands, more commonly known as the Prison Islands. Remember to keep your distance and not get pinched for being inside the 12 to 15 mile ¨buffer¨ zone. The down side, the bite has been in the evening and at about sunrise with the full moon doing it´s thing. Some days are better than others, but if you´re looking for Yellowfin Tuna, then this is where you have to be for a sizeable trophy fish. It´s at least a sixteen hour day, so it´s not for everyone.

The best bang for your fishing buck is once again the Marietta Island and the point of Punta Mita. Sailfish, 45 lb Dorado, 50 lb Rooster fish, 20 lb Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and the list just goes on and on. Clean blue water, plenty of bait (including bullet bonito) and perfectly smooth seas makes this location a no brainer.03 22 2011 PoliconFodido,Aber Jack, Marietta Islands 3

Corbeteña and El Banco, ditto from last week. Warm water, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs, Sailfish, Blue and Black Marlin in the 250 to 500 lb range, but iffy at best for Marlin. About three a day are hooking up, so it´s not automatic like summer time, but still for winter fishing you can´t complain about the opportunity for a bucket list fish in winter! Some days are off the hook, others are ¨nothing on the hook¨ days.

Inside the bay it´s as good as it gets in March with plenty of Jack Crevalls to guarantee an exciting day with plenty of action. Small Snappers perfect for dinner around ten pounds have been sprinkled around the bay. Needle fish are springing back to life with Bonito and Skip jack Tunas balancing it all out. Average fish weights in the bay are from 10 to 35 lbs, not bad for younger anglers to handle.

Sunny and temperate days make this time of the year perfect for catching winter species. Since we´re seeing summer species when we shouldn´t, that makes a fishing trip right now an opportunity you may never see again if you don´t live here in PV. The chance to boat a sailfish in March with Dorado in the area or better yet, a 200 lb Yellowfin Tuna or maybe even a Marlin!? I mean give me a break and stop the procrastination amigo. Stop thinking, get the little womans master card before she limits the thing out and get out on the water. Life is what you do, not what you watch others do. If you call me and tell me you´re a couch potato, I´ll give you a special, but you have to bring me a bagel dog from Costco or the deal if off! 08 15 2011 Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs, Sails, Toro, Bonito 7 RedPix

The bite has been very early and kinda late in the afternoon. As you read this the moon phase will change again so check to see if the bite has moved later in the day. For now I would make a point to get out on the water earlier than later. So no sleeping in and not too many Tequilas in the evening and you´ll be out there with a smile stretching from PV to your home town. Don´t forget to take pictures and remember we´re here if you need any questions answered or fishing predictions! When you call just tell me what your wife needs to hear and we´ll be good!

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 between docks A and B on the boardwalk. 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 cell phone direct Facebook: 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.

El Nino References:  http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/MJO/enso.shtml

http://www.businessinsider.com/noaas-fall-summer-outlook-2014-el-nino-2014-3 

 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-25/el-nino-seen-approaching-as-models-highlight-warmer-pacific.html

http://www.kvoa.com/news/el-nino-watch-issued-for-summer-2014/ or http://time.com/6526/el-nino-event-likely-in-2014-researchers-say/ 

Reverse Season Fishing Strangeness Continues

Reverse Season Fishing Strangeness Continues

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

It´s all over the news now no matter where you live. El Nino is here for the next year or so and we´re seeing the beginning stages in the form of unusually warm water conditions which are keeping summer species in the area as winter comes to an end. Weather patterns always follow water temperatures, which of course means things are upside down. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, even huge Yellowfin Tuna possibilities are alive and well at our deep water locations of Ël Banco and Corbeteña. As a local here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) I´ve come to learn that predicting fishing conditions are impossible. So for now, we´re just flying by the seat of our pants. One good thing, PV´s winter visitors have Sportfishing opportunities that don´t exist in March unless El Nino is in full force. 03 07 2014 metzelaa, 8 hrs Magnifico Dorado 014

The fishing has been great, but it´s anything but automatic. With the bluest of blue water conditions, visibility for baits is as good as it´s going to get. Water temperatures hovering around 80 degrees are perfect for species like Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado. We never see these fish in predictable numbers in February or March. But that is not the case right now. Corbeteña this week had 300 lb Yellowfin Tuna just off the rock about ten miles to the north. El Banco is alive with 50 lb Dorado and Black Marlin in the 450 lb range. Sailfish all over the place north of Punta Mita about ten miles. It´s just a mixed bag and depending on the day anything is possible, even the seemingly impossible like Monster Yellowfin Tuna. To be fair there was a storm way north of us here in PV and it pushed  cool water currents south down the California coast. Well of course the cooler water is uncomfortable and these warm water species headed south as would be expected. These two or three days were just like summer with Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna being boated in the ¨Golden Triangle¨ between the Marietta Island, El Banco and Corbeteña. The good news is we know they´re out there. The bad news is we don´t know exactly which direction to point the boat. Since fish move, where they were yesterday is a good place to start. But don´t linger if you don´t have any action. Another plus and negative are bait conditions. Plenty of bait and a variety of baits mean that you may find hungry fish taking baits you don´t have. Google Eyes are the standard bait here and they´re available for sale every morning from the local bait boats. The last few days purchasing bait has been necessary of course, but you will be making bait once you arrive at the fishing grounds to make sure you´re trolling what they´re looking for. Baby Bonito or Bullets are everywhere and are a favorite bait for all the species we have in the area. What I call them sardines, the locals call them Sardinas. are like candy to our local fish and that´s a problem. Jack Crevalls are just chowing down on this delicious ¨fast food¨ so forget about turning their heads if you come across a boil. Nothing more frustrating that finding fish and not being able to get a hook-up. You could gaff them on the boat, but that wouldn´t be sportsman like now would it?!03 05 2014, Gueroazteka, 12 hrs, Corbeteña

The Marietta Islands are alive with acton. Dorado in the 25 to 40 lb range have moved back in and are there for the moment. Of course this could change in a heartbeat, but this area is a great option for fish on a simi-short full day of fishing. Rooster fish are in schools all over the place and are feeding on Sardinas as well, but will take lures and more importantly if you can find bullet Bonito you´ll get Roosters for sure. No bullet baits, you´ll be in the frustration boat like the rest of us. Jack Crevalls, Bonito in the 35 lb range, Snappers 15 to 30 lbs, Sierra Mackerals, Pompano, and the list goes on. Plenty of action for sure and great for kids to experience Big Game fishing and not hook into Moby Dick! 

The bite has been happening between 9 and 10 a.m. so sleep in a little. Live bait is king, but if you can´t get the baits they´re looking for, run six inch silver diamond jigs, Poppers of grey and black or Rapallas of any color, but in the six inch range as well. The fishing is great, but you will have to work for these fickle creatures since they have plenty of bait choices. So don´t get frustrated, just keep changing baits, keep your ears open and be ready. Locals can take action when the conditions are perfect, so keep a finger on the fishing pulse, you could come in with a world record fish amigos! YeHaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 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 between docks A and B on the boardwalk. 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 cell phone direct Facebook: 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.

Fantasy Winter Fishing Continues, Marlin Hang-out

Fantasy Winter Fishing Continues, Marlin Hang-out

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

Warm water conditions, perfect for late spring are happening right now in our world famous fishing grounds as El Nino flexes its muscles. Water temperatures hovering in the upper 70`s to low 80´s are keeping Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna in the area. Insanely abundant bait is just the cherry on the top for these summer species as they continue to hang-out (in winter) in Banderas Bay. For the Angler who knows his stuff, he knows that fishing in a perfect and comfortable climate is never spoken in the same sentence as ¨Black Marlin¨. My suggestion, get your butt on the water and catch something spectacular and take advantage of your good fortune!02 27 2014 Travis Cusimano, Shannon friend 06 Tail wrapped and dead Marlin

I never thought I´d be writing summer time ¨cookie cutter¨ fishing articles in the middle of winter, but here we are. With warm weather and perfect water conditions there is really no reason for these fish to take a powder when it all feels comfortable like a favorite pair of jeans. Such is the case in the Golden Triangle, the area between El Banco, Corbeteña and the Marietta Islands. Fertile ground for Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado right now. It´s not too complicated, get there, get a bait in front of them and get ready for some heart pounding action. Black Marlin are running in the area of 350 to 600 lbs, Blue Marlin at 250 lbs and Striped Marlin are about 175 to 200 lbs. Dorado at El Banco on the high spots, larger Bull Dorado in the 50 lb range to be exact. Sailfish, Marlin, and if lucky some spinner Dolphin with Yellowfin Tuna running partners in the 50 to possible 120 lb range. Not exactly everywhere, but if you find them, be grabbing distance from a pole. Right now when you catch bait, make sure you´re using lures large enough to catch larger baits. Smaller lures will not get you the baits you´re shooting for which for now are bullet Bonito or slightly larger. Bullet Bonito baits are like candy to your eight year old. Having the right bate makes the difference, especially if you´re targeting Rooster fish! 02 26 2014 Ferguson Group, Magnifico, 8 hrs, 50 lb Rooster 600 Pxls

Speaking of Rooster fish, the area around the Marietta Island over to El Morro is alive with these comb headed demons. If you have bullet Bonito baits these fish are strong, aggressive and have an attitude. You will at first think you hooked a submarine the way the pole reacts! Snappers 35 to 50 lbs, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Needle fish, Pompano, Skip jack Tuna, and more. Sailfish about eight miles off the Rock islands of punta Mita.

If you´re heading out to the legal areas around the Tres Maria Island there are some nice sized Yellowfin Tuna in the 160 lb range and up to over 200 lbs. Single day fishing trips to the Tres Maria Islands are a fourteen to sixteen hour, it´s a long haul. For those who are putting in the time, the rewards are worth the effort. Running downriggers to get baits down from the surface will get you YF Tuna bragging rights. Big enough for a real fight, small enough where you don´t have to hand the pole of and this sized YF Tuna are great tasting! Remember to observe the 15 mile restricted area from the prison islands and the federales will leave you alone. This is best done overnight for those who want to catch the early bite!IMG_2072

Details: With blue / blue water the fishing conditions are at their best. Abundant bait and perfect water temperatures, those here in Puerto Vallarta have opportunities to boat world class gamefish that if not for the El Nino water currents would not be available. This is bonefied opportunity amigos! The bite is mid morning right now and mid afternoon. If you´re running lures use Purple or Green and Yellow mixed. 

     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 between docks A and B on the boardwalk. 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 cell phone direct Facebook: 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.