PV Fishing High Season Arrives with Huge Dorado

                   PV Fishing High Season Arrives with Huge Dorado

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

09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, 8 hrs, 650 Pxls MBTEXT

                          

Well it´s finally here, High Season for fishing here in Puerto Vallarta which coincides with October 1 which is the official beginning of High Season for tourism in PV as well. The summer is all but over, the kids are back to school, Tourism is picking up as you would expect and the fishing is incredible. Yellowfin Tuna have pulled back a little, less available these days, but the Black Marlin are filling the void. Dorado have moved in at all the fishing grounds and not any too soon. Water Temperatures are perfect, the water is as blue as you could ask for, when it comes to fishing in Vallarta, if you´re lucky enough to be here, then you´re in the right place at the right time amigo. Fishing in Puerto Vallarta is as good as it will get and if you´re a serious fisherman and this doesn´t excite you, then you´re dead!

Those looking for Yellowfin Tuna right now missed the boat from last week when they were circling the Rock and the High Spots. For now it looks like they´re ¨somewhere else¨ but they´ll be back. With bait thinning out in the area with Bonitos and Skippies at the deep water locations the larger fish will be in these areas. That is how the fishing cookie crumbles, but we´ll be ¨baking¨ more shortly… stay tuned.09 26 2014 Shaun Fieldler, Magnifico, Bay Dorado 8 hrs, 650 Pxls MBTxt

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Hot and Cold Conditions, Corbeteña Still Cooking, Sailfish Invade PV

 Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson for 8hrs  on  Bella Del Mar

Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson for 8hrs on Bella Del Mar

Hot and Cold Conditions, Corbeteña Still Cooking, Sailfish Invade PV

Written by Stan Gabruk of Master Baiter ´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Well I don´t know where to start so I am just going to jump in. Even with the La Nina Conditions this week the fishing has remained exceptional. We still have Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish, Rooster fish and the list goes on. The water is as blue as you could hope for. And the 56th Pez Vela Tournament is in full swing here in Puerto Vallarta. Visitors in Tourism’s high season still have a chance to boat a bucket list fish. Puerto Vallarta is kicking into High Season and you can feel the energy in the air. It´s time to party amigos!

This week we had our Annual 56th Annual Pez Vela Tournament and the conditions were and are exceptional. Those looking to win the tournament have all headed out, for the most part, to Corbeteña. The Rock is still producing very large Yellowfin Tuna, but you better be there early, early in the morning. I mean at sun up looking to catch a brief but important morning bite if you are looking to place in the Yellowfin division. With the closing gun going off at 6:00 PM the late bite around 5 is not helping those who miss the morning bite. Those at Corbeteña from 4 O´clock in the afternoon and later are finding an easy bite with 250 lb Yellowfin. The secret for now is the bait you are using. Lots of bait, but the Yellowfin Tuna are partial to what we call ¨bullets¨ aka baby Bonito or Skip Jack Tuna. They are hitting the bullets, but if you are running larger baits, nothing. Hell the Tuna are striking the bullets as you are making bait!

Marlin are mostly Black Marlin and on the small side from 200 to 500lbs or so. Anything over 500lbs is considered large for what we have been seeing. Sailfish are tournament winning size at the moment of 85 to 105 lbs or so. Dorado are still large, but thinning ranging from 35 to 55 lbs averaging around 40lbs. All the fish or species are biting for the majority of the day, it´s only the Yellowfin Tuna during this full moon that is making the participants pull their hair out… One secret is the Marlin are hitting lures with purple, or petroleros of brown and orange.

El Banco is alive with Black Marlin, but you have to be on the ¨rim¨ a few miles off the high spots. Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna are there as well. If you are a in the mood to head out this way, remember the same rules apply for the daily bite.

The points and the islands of El Morro and the Marietta’s have taken off when it comes to action. Sailfish are thick and large in the 35 to 45 kilo range. Dorado are still around the points and the reefs from 25lbs and up. Rooster fish are mid range around 35lbs and of course you have the regulars of Bonito, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, and whatever else decides to show up. My suggestion is take a super panga to any of these spots for an 8 hour day and just enjoy the day.

The bay is slowly changing to winter fishing as water temperatures continue its downward slide. Yellowfin Tuna are still around Yelapa and are smaller by the day Dorado. Snook at the river mouths, Snappers around structure and rocks, Jack Crevalls everywhere, Bonito, and the list goes on of course. Short days are still fun and the young ones will enjoy smaller but constant fish around the bay. It´s all good when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now. Something to be aware of there has been some red tide in the area just south of Yelapa and of course fish hate this. If you see red water, move on…

The weather is perfect, the water is blue, tourists are coming back and the peso exchange rate is as good as I can remember. The only thing missing is you amigo.
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Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Remember at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx
The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Hurricane jova Fizzles, El Banco Comes to Life, Tournament Season Begins!

Hurricane jova Fizzles, El Banco Comes to Life, Tournament Season Begins !

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

We were under a Hurricane watch for what seemed like an eternity but Hurricane Jova passed us without any issues. Not so for Barra Navidad and Manzanillo who are south of Puerto Vallarta by about 150 miles. Now you may ask how this affected fishing in Puerto Vallarta and my answer would have to be favorably! In front of Hurricane Jova we saw every species we look for coming in closer in front of the storm in larger numbers.  The report may be a little short this week, but I am sure you understand.

 Dorado, Nathan Howard, Punta Mita

Dorado, Nathan Howard, Punta Mita

We had been watching two hurricanes, Jova and Irwin. Irwin is still spinning around, but is little more than a threat of rain and wind about Mid Mexico now on the west coast. Jova on the other hand had us wondering. Most of the time when Puerto Vallarta is threatened it is a series of tropical storms pushing one in the direction of the Mexican coast. Such was the case with Jova this past week and dominated my blog reports. Jova is gone now, short lived once it hit land. As you would expect we got a fair amount of rain which washed down the mountains of all sorts of organic materials like seeds, leaves, roots, bugs, you name it. Just what ¨they¨ like in the bay and these are the materials that form the trash line we speak so much about at this time of the year. So things have taken off to say the least in the bay these last few days with nice Football sized Tuna and tons of Dorado. Nothing fancy, just find your way on the bay and catch fish. Not much more complicated than that. The Football Yellowfin Tuna are running in the 40lb range, great for eating and the Dorado are in the 25lb range as well, large for the bay. There are also Roballo or Snook just stuffing themselves at the river mouth in dirty water, they don´t care. So if you are looking for a short trip, lots of ¨Table¨ fish then you don´t need to go any farther than the bay.

Looking for something a little larger in size, then Corbeteña is the place to start looking. With Marlin hovering between the Marietta islands and the Rock, anywhere past the Marietta or El Morro Island is fertile ground for a smaller Blue Marlin. If you find yourself looking for Yellowfin Tuna at the Rock, it turned a little funny out there after the storm. The Yellowfin moved out for a little while, but I am sure this is short lived and will return shortly like they always do. But there are larger Dorado in the 40lb range, Sailfish, Dog Tooth Pargo, aka Cubera Snappers, Marlin and with a little luck Yellowfin Tuna in the next day or so.

Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña

Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña

El Banco has for some reason sprung to life with Yellowfin Tuna, something that has been missing at this normal Yellowfin Tuna Heaven for sure. Sailfish in the Area as well and there is the chance of a Black Marlin for sure. While the Yellowfin Tuna are not Monsters for sure, still at 100 lbs upwards to 200 lbs can be worth your fuel dollar, finally! With plenty of bait in the water it may just pick up enough for the Pez Vela Tournament to be worthwhile this year.

The points of Punta Mita and Cabo Corrientes are still smoking with action, Dorado and Sailfish mostly. By the reefs at Punta Mita there is always the chance of Rooster Fish on a shinny lure or live Google Eye. Worth your time and money which ever location you choose to hit.

With the port only open a couple of days the sizes of fish are hard to  call or predict. We are still waiting to see people heading out to the fishing grounds. As far as sizes go, not enough reports to actually give sizes. But the fishing is happening and in a few days I will have a better feel for what is happening out there. But before the storm as everyone was nervous the fishing exploded as you can expect in the path of a Hurricane or even tropical storm. The trick here is to get your fishing days in as the pressure pushes the game fish in the direction of where you are at. This does not always work, it just depends, but with us here in Puerto Vallarta we found two storms pushing in our direction and that is when if you find yourself in the right place, you can enjoy the benefits as you cross your fingers hoping the Hurricane heads elsewhere.  

Mexican Footalls, YF Tuna that is, Good Eating!

Mexican Footalls, YF Tuna that is, Good Eating!

Keep an eye on my blog with a more detailed report for this week since the port has only been open for a few days (www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com)

The good news is the water temperatures are holding true even at 84 to 86 degrees with the oncoming of another La Nina year with colder than normal water temperatures circulating enevitable. Plenty of bait and blue water. But we are coming to an end of the rainy season and soon the trash line will be a thing of the past until next year. No worries amigos, fishing will hopefully remain great into January!  

Until next time, don`t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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

 

Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish, Lets go Fishing Amigos, PV has it all!

Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish, Lets go Fishing Amigos, PV has it all!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

For the past several years the Yellowfin Tuna fishing has been less than what we have come to expect from many, many previous years. It used to be there were 250 lb Yellowfin at El Banco and Corbeteña all the time come September in Puerto Vallarta´s fishing grounds. But the last few years we saw the effects of large scale commercial fishing from Mazatlan and the Japanese. These days of Production ships (Seiners) scouring El Banco and Corbeteña have disappeared with hard times and low fishing counts. They essentially put themselves out of business. Now Two years later we are seeing the return of large Yellowfin Tuna within 60 miles of Marina Vallarta. With Marlin and Yellowfin as running mates where you have one, you will normally find the other which is good  news for the fisherman looking to check off another item from his ¨ bucket list¨. Just like days gone by, Puerto Vallarta is once more the place to be for Monster Yellowfin Tuna. Summer is getting on and the best is yet to come, the only thing missing at the fishing grounds is YOU!

Black Marlin 300lbs on Magnifico at  Corbeteña

Black Marlin 300lbs on Magnifico at Corbeteña

Like I mentioned, it´s like we´re turning the clock back the way fish are behaving lately. Take inside the bay for instance. Years and years ago it really was not unusual for Marlin to come into the bay. Many people forget for some reason that Marlin love Dorado and will chase them down. Now in the bay near Los Animas on the south end are seeing smaller Marlin chasing down these nice sized Dorado so there have been some real surprises when those fishing with light tackle hook into a good sized Black Marlin. Dorado are not a fish you hear about used for trolling, that is because they die quickly when trolled. But dead Dorado trolled can still work if you have Marlin in the area.

In front of Los Arcos, not far from Marina Vallarta at all, Capt. Cesar took his family fishing and the Dorado pictures are a result of that fishing trip… Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Snook at the river mouths. It is really a happening place in the bay right now. If you follow the trash line from this area out to El Morro you can get Sailfish as well. Imagine catching all of this in less than six hours in the bay.

Moving out to the points, Punta Mita is on automatic. Sailfish, Dorado, Roosters near Sayulita, the reefs are alive at Anclote and many are still targeting this area as their first choice heading out in the morning. There is no way you can go wrong with an eight hour day in this area.

The Marietta Islands have fish, they always have fish. But when they have the same fish in close, why head out there? Well for one reason Sailfish love this area and the area between Corbeteña and the Marietta Islands have been ignored making this area a untouched opportunity. If you are heading out past the Marietta Islands drop a few baits and see what is happening, may just surprise you with some Black Marlin and closer in sizeable Yellowfin Tuna, wouldn`t be the first time this happened!

Dorado Everywhere including Los Arcos where this was caught by Capt. Cesar

Dorado Everywhere including Los Arcos where this was caught by Capt. Cesar

The real deal this past week continues to be Corbeteña. I mean the Rock is on fire and with no crowds you can linger and let the bite happen instead of trying to hurry things before some other boat moves in to your ¨space¨ trying to get your fish! You name it, Marlin in the 300 to 700lb range with possibilities of larger, much larger at this time of the year. Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 60 to over 250lbs. Magnifico boated a Black Marlin and just when the Marlin started jumping less than thirty feet from the boat, all of a sudden Yellowfin of 250 lbs were hurling themselves from the water to the point it looked like they were flying Volkswagens! So Buckwheat, you ever catch a fish bigger than your car!! It could happen amigos! Large sailfish, even the Dorado here are in the 35 to 50 lbs. I mean you could not ask for better conditions. With deep blue water and perfect water temperatures of 84 Degrees fantasies can come true RIGHT NOW!  Here´s a secret, if you are not running Google Eyes, smaller Sardines or Bonito you will not be catching anything. Plastics stopped working this week, you`ve been informed now use this information wisely grasshopper!

Sailfish like this one at Punta Mita make 8 hr trips worth while!

Sailfish like this one at Punta Mita make 8 hr trips worth while!

El Banco, this place has been dead, dead, dead… But there is now some signs of life, nothing spectacular but still a weak pulse of sorts. Yellowfin of 60 to 80 lbs have turned up in the Green Water out there. Why it is green water, your guess is as good as mine. But if you have bullet Bonito baits, small babies, The Yellowfin will hit it hard. But if you are running any other bait, forget about it, you will never know there was a fish around. No Marlin, No Sailfish and no Dorado. If all you are going to get is smaller, fickle Yellowfin why spend the extra fuel cost on a more distant location.

So here we go again, another week with perfect conditions, plenty of bait, blue water and large amounts of Trophy Game Fish! Uncrowded fishing grounds, cheap hotel prices, and over 12 pesos to the dollar means Puerto Vallarta is a bargain.

Remember mid November this year will be when the 56th Annual Pez Vella and Marlin tournament will be happening. So make your mind up to participate. You can get all the information you need at: www.fishvallarta.com .

Well that is the latest and greatest for now. Stay tuned and watch my blog for on the deck and breaking news and even some fish porn (safe for your 12 yr old) pictures of naked fish!

Until next time, don`t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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

 

My Mexico, A Resident’s View on life, safety and Living in Puerto Vallarta

My Mexico, A Resident’s View on life, safety and Living in Puerto Vallarta

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle (www.masterbaiters.com.mx)

I have lived in Puerto Vallarta now for about ten years and change now. I am constantly asked if Mexico is a safe place to live. Now I have not lived in many places in Mexico, only Puerto Vallarta in Marina Vallarta mostly. It´s an isolated pocket where mostly Americans and Canadians own homes / condos.  There is also a large number of Mexican owners as well, with the vast majority of the Mansions in Marina Vallarta owned by Mexican Nationals as you should expect.  The popular misconception that All Mexicans are broke and have no money is a promoted misconception. Mexicans have money. One look around at the cars traveling down the road is an indication that Puerto Vallarta is Mexicos Palm Beach!

People here live their daily lives like people in North America, they go to work, pay their bills, raise their families and try to squeeze as much out of life as we all do.  Puerto Vallarta has grown dramatically in the last ten years. The flow of money was steady and strong.  North Americans have been steadily visiting Puerto Vallarta since the mid 60´s, but it was the Bubble Days when Free Money was there for the taking in the states that has created what we now know as PV.  Puerto Vallarta Grew and Grew and then got more expensive.  Life was good, everyone was making money, the bubble was growing and  the money machine was in full swing.

During this time there was never any talk in the American press of Drug Cartels, or how Mexico is more dangerous than Iraq as the American press quotes quite often. But the politics of the time started talking about how there was crime in Mexico. Now this is not the subject, crime in Mexico, it exist just like crime exist in Beverly Hills, you can never avoid crime.  When you take a place that has no mention and is pretty much forgotten by the press like Mexico, it can be a shock when you read some of the press Mexico has been getting in the past two years. Suddenly there is crime in Mexico and Drugs, OMG Run for the hills!

OK, so what´s the surprise here amigo, there are drugs everywhere and where people are dealing in drugs there are always drug related deaths, does this really surprise anyone. If you are one of those ¨Scar Face¨ type characters, then you may be one of those guys you are reading about. But hey, I live here, I don´t see those guys in PV! I know people that smoke pot, and they are not some bent nose criminals dealing in drugs all over city…

I live in a small residential area about eight blocks from Marina Vallarta called Colonia Aramara. I have a small hardware store, a fruit market, butcher, laundry and grocery store a stone’s throw from my little  house. The house I live in is a two bedroom, two bath Casita.  A small place with a very nice garden patio, modern appliances, air conditioned, very comfortable place for $5,500.00 pesos or $458.00 dollars per month. My Electric bill during the summer is $1,300.00 pesos or $108.00 dollars for two months with air conditioning going in the evenings since there is nobody home during the day time working hours. By all accounts, this is cheap, very cheap living. When I lived in the Marina I paid $8000.00 pesos ($660.00 usd) a month and paid $350.00 usd for electricity for a month of air conditioning.  The Marina is referred to by Nationals as Gringo Landia or Land in English. You can see my electric bill for one month in the Marina is essentially six months of air conditioning in my Residential Casita.

Casa Pine, My Casita in a Mexican Neighborhood

Casa Pine, My Casita in a Mexican Neighborhood

My Neighbors are normal working class people just like my parents were in our residential neighborhood of Venice California (which was considered dangerous when I was growing up). If you are looking for a connection, there is always somebody close to contact, just like any neighborhood in the states. There are no gangs looking for Gringos with Machetes as the press would have you believe. There are no mass murderers in the streets as is the Perceptions of Americans of Puerto Vallarta and all of Mexico. The occasional party can drive you crazy as Nationals love to find a reason to turn the music up and have a party! But if you are being kept awake, join them, you will be welcome even if you don´t speak Spanish, or Spanglish in my case! Your neighbors look out for your house when you are away, just like normal neighbors. When things go bad, the neighbors all pitch in or set up neighborhood groups to take care of common areas and parks. Normal daily stuff to me. Not that different than any Neighborhood in the western world.

But  when I come to work (my fishing shop), in PV, I open the daily Drudge Report, CBS News, Fox News, CNN and the rest just to discover I am in grave danger of  Drug Cartels looking to cut my head off or worse  since I am being told my little neighborhood is more dangerous than Iraq!! Iraq, WHAT ??  I grew up in California, Venice to be exact. When I was a kid just walking down the street in decent clothes was enough for someone to come after you. Nice shoes, your gold chain, you name it, if it you looked like you had money, you got attacked by all sorts of ¨minority types¨.   Yet I am told Los Angeles is safe. Safe for who? Drive By shootings was the reason I moved away from there in the first place and went to Seattle and worked for Boeing as an Engineer!

El Faro or The Light House in Englis, the focal point of Marina Vallarta

El Faro or The Light House in Englis, the focal point of Marina Vallarta

Two years ago the world, mostly the USA went on a rant about how horrible Mexico was because the H1N1 Flu Pandemic started in Cancun. The press made a big, big deal sending CNN´s medical reporters and doctors to document the deaths that were occurring in Mexico. But there was nothing to report because in all there were only 83 people in all of Mexico that ultimately died of the H 1N1 Flu Virus in all of Mexico. Most of them contracted it in the United States and brought it back with them.  There were travel warnings not to visit anywhere in Mexico or you could die. This went on, and on… and on.   It was so bad it like they were all ¨Chicken Little´ running around saying the sky was falling! A year later it came out in the press in small text in the back of the news papers that the Pandemic was actually started in Los Angeles and these student types had communicated the disease long before coming to Cancun who ultimately got the blame. So tourism and business travel to Mexico was halted like throwing a stick in the spokes of a bike! Of course this was all over the world. When it came out that this was all a farse, a hoax of biblical proportions, then came another reason to focus on Mexico. Drug Cartels!

Suddenly Juarez on the border becomes big news for the national news services in the United States. Juarez has always been a bad area, Mexico knows it, America knows it, no secret here. Long before the cartels were the lead news story in the press, Juarez was a place to stay away from. I figure it will always be a place to stay away from. But the news is really off base, Juarez has been less and less violent yearly for the past twenty five years. But with the internet and the biased news services Juarez is all of a sudden news worthy. Juarez has always been about Mexicans shooting Mexicans in No Mans Land, Again, nothing new here. My only question is if Juarez has improved to the point where crime and deaths are down in number, no matter what you hear or read, why is it now Dangerous for North Americans now to visit Mexico. Why wasn`t it dangerous twenty years ago, ten years ago, why now? Did the American press not care about Americans safety in Mexico then?  There are a lot of reasons for this, I will not go into them except to say the main goal here is to keep American Dollars in America. Tourism is a huge thing in Mexico since it is so close to the United States, it draws many, many Americans and Canadians. Again nothing new….

So here I am living in Mexico, Listening to the news services, reading the news in the papers and I start think I am living in a dangerous place!  After ten years of living in Puerto Vallarta and not seeing one incident, or involved in any sort of unusual incident, I was still concerned for my life. I mean after all the press can ´t be making this all up, right? I started telling my friends I was leaving and they all, every one of them pointed out that I was being manipulated by the press and I knew better. I knew I was safe, my family is safe and my friends are safe. If you are in the drug trade in Mexico or Detroit, it is all the same. Lazy, uneducated people with big guns and small minds thinking they can make quick and easy money fast.  It  works  that way until some other small  minded, uneducated  person with another bigger gun gets the same idea and then wants to take over this guys territory.  Then the cycle returns and gets more intense as more and more top drug cartel heads are captured and sent to the United States to be prosecuted.  Naturally this leaves a void, the void is filled with another group(s) of big guns / small minded criminal types, primarily Mexican Nationals, who are the ones dying, not tourist. That is unless they are coming to Mexico to be a drug dealer themselves, then that makes the news also! Out of most of the deaths you will hear about in the States and Canada, the vast majority are dealing in things they have no business being involved with! But the news forgets to put that in the story!

So I hear stuff about dead beheaded bodies being hung up in Cancun. When you look at the story, knowing Mexico, Cancun is like fifty miles away from where the incident happened in an area a law abiding citizen would not be.  Then you see pictures of Juarez where there were dead bodies across in the street as they talk about Acapulco, show Juarez and talk Acapulco, is this a lie??  Even the picture states it was from Juarez a year prior to the article in very fine print.  I get more nervous, remember I own a company here. It once again was pointed out to me that this was another bogus story meant to scare Americans out of Mexico and keep those tourism dollars in the states….

The bottom line here is I walk the streets here in PV late at night. I take the bus and watch and listen as some magician or musician or snake oil salesman performs his show on the buses. I eat at the local taco stands and find the food and the people wonderful. I hang out in Mexican National Cantinas and love the Banda Music and the Ladies! I associate with rich types and the guys who wash the cars and even have been known to buy a six pack and throw a few down with these happy and simple amigos.

I come into my shop in the Marina and get questions on the internet from people asking if it is safe in Mexico. How do you argue with the press? I tell everyone I know, Mexico is safe. It is every bit as safe if not safer than the United States. But we in the states are desensitized in the press. We hear stories of how some guy goes walking into an iHOP and kills eleven people. Or the day before how 47 people were killed  (www.nbcnewyork.com) in new York n labor day. If this happened in Mexico it would be world news, in New  York it is forgotten the next day, of course except for the victims family…..

My Shop on the Boardwalk in Marina Vallarta

My Shop on the Boardwalk in Marina Vallarta

You walk into a Mexican Emergency Room on a Saturday night and you see some scarey stuff, car accident injuries, broken bones, heart attacks, normal stuff. Go into the emergency room of East Los Angeles or Chicago, you see bullet wounds on clearly criminal types, stab wounds, drive by shooting victims, basically war zone injuries…..

Tonight I will close the shop, got Fajita Banana Restaurant and have some great ribs and a few beers. I will then go to Dante Restaurant and have a conversation with the owners as my friends. I will then walk down the street to my lady friends house and spend a little time, then I will take the bus home and walk through my quiet neighborhood before I watch a movie in my air conditioned house and watch the American news as it scares me once more about living in Mexico.

For the record, Mexico for those visiting tourist areas is as safe as you could hope to be. If you are coming down and wanting to enter the drug business, I would suggest you stay as far away from that as possible… If you want to come to Mexico and open a business, I would support that as well because Mexico is the land of opportunity. Now there are some cultural and business challenges, but so what.  You can live cheaper, better and healthier in Puerto Vallarta than California. You can drink the water, the Medical care is all done by board certified, America Trained and educated doctors. Housing is one third the price of the states and the weather is mild when compared to places like Kentucky, florida or even Chicago.

If you have any reservations, then th ere are dozens of web sites that talk about the situation in Mexico and how the North Americans are being misled to believe they will die if they come to Mexico.   Feel free to contact me and ask me anything you want to know.

For now, I am staying here in Mexico. I am safe, retired, and living a life most of my friends would love to have. My health is good, my mind is clear and I worry about what is happening in the United States when Americans cannot afford to retire and live on reduced retirements as the govt. tells the American Citizens they have to tighten the belt a little more each year. In Mexico, I live well and will continue to live well as you all watch the demonization of Mexico.

While I am in a tourist business, when tourism is down, that only means I own Puerto Vallarta and that is not a bad place to be amigos.

Next time you are in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta to be exact, come by and say hello! You´ll find me at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle daily watching the seasons turn and enjoying what Mexico has to offer!

Remember you read this the next time you hear a news story pointing a finger at Mexico,  then ask yourself what the hidden agenda behind the story is!

Fish Porn (2), Safe 4 Your 12 Yr Old!

I have put a  few recent photos for your viewing pleasure…   High season for fishing has come to  Puerto Vallarta with any fish you could want to catch. Here are some examples of what Master Baiter´s has been coming in with amigos… Enjoy and if you like what you see, tell your friends. I need more  subscribers!

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs.. Dinner tonight, then fill the freezer...

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs.. Dinner tonight,Yellowfin Tuna, 100 lbs, Capt. Victor and his brother 1st Mate Fleco, Tres maria Islands

then fill the freezer…

Groupers at the Marietta Islands... Largest Grouper I have seen caught here in PV!

Groupers at the Marietta Islands... Largest Grouper I have seen caught here in PV!

Milk Fish at the Marietta Islands, very unusual to find these locally!

Milk Fish at the Marietta Islands, very unusual to find these locally!

Sailfish started to show up in June... this is an example

Sailfish started to show up in June... this is an example

August  was a great month for Rooster Fish this year...

August was a great month for Rooster Fish this year...

Michelle Stewart Crosby with Yellowfin Tuna, El Banco, Animal House, 12hr day

Michelle Stewart Crosby with Yellowfin Tuna, El Banco, Animal House, 12hr day

06 26 2011 Dorado, Magnifico, 8hrs, CaboCorrientes Trash Line. Late for Dorado this year

06 26 2011 Dorado, Magnifico, 8hrs, CaboCorrientes Trash Line. Late for Dorado this year

06 30 2011 Casey Hocker's , Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs , Cabo Corrientes

06 30 2011 Casey Hocker's , Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs , Cabo Corrientes

 Shannon Trahan, Bella Del mar, 8 hrs, Football Tuna City!

Shannon Trahan, Bella Del mar, 8 hrs, Football Tuna City!

Snapper On The Gaff

Snapper On The Gaff

Ok, that is about it for now… Enjoy and tell your fishing friends to check out this blog…. who knows maybe I will actually get someone to read the thing. And don`t forget to visit my web page at: http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx

Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, The Big Game / Trophy Fish are Here, Where are You?

Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, The Big Game / Trophy Fish are Here, Where are You?

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Sportfishing is taking it on the shins in Puerto Vallarta. Bad Economies worldwide and people nervous about what the future may hold has given a lethal Blow to tourism in all of Mexico, not just Puerto Vallarta. This is a challenge to Sportfishing companies like Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle who has to deal with on a daily basis. But summer is here and the Magic is starting to happen big time at our world famous fishing grounds. What does this mean to you the Sports Fisherman, well it means opportunity at the fishing grounds without crowds. It means cheap packages on hotel rooms with airfare. It means if you have the time, money and can ignore the bad misleading press, you can have the fishing grounds almost to yourself!  Yellowfin Tuna are increasing in population by the day. Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are picking up in abundance daily. Sailfish that were scarce just a few weeks ago have taken over the playground! Dorado in the Bay, The Points of Banderas Bay is doing well! In general, the Magic is happening in our world famous fishing grounds and the season looks very promising. This is it amigos, Moby Dick is in the house!

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

As we inch deeper and deeper into summer we are beginning to see what we normally expect to see at this time of the year. Yellowfin Tuna are bigger by the day. Right now Corbeteña and El Banco are seeing Yellowfin in the 70 to 225lb range. They´re big for sure, but they are being finicky in the baits they choose. The larger Yellowfin Tuna can be like that, ignoring what they would normally go after, they may take unusual baits or baits you may never suspect they would attack. Right now cedar plugs, Kites, some live bait, all are working well but the secret for this particular moment is Mackerals. Not Sierra Mackerals, don´t get confused, I mean the Mackerals that look like Bonito. If you have one of these on the troll, you got a Tuna! There are also Black Marlin Mostly, but there are some Blue Marlin in the area, well they are in the 500 lb range with some smaller cousins in the area. But they are looking to be ¨woo-ed¨ as well. They prefer live bait, so Google eyes are still worth the time and money in the morning.  Once more both Corbeteña and El Banco are about the same on this one.

The big surprise this week is the fact that the Sailfish have picked up in numbers dramatically. Anywhere from El Banco to Yelapa has a chance for some good sized Sailfish. Now we´ve been waiting for this since March, so they are not early by any means, but we are very happy to have them back. The Marietta Islands, Cabo Corrientes, and the point off Punta Mita is full of larger Sailfish. Hopefully this will continue and I have no reason to think they would not!

If you are looking for Dorado, Mahi Mahi, Dolphin, whatever you want to call them, they are finally more abundant and increasing in size. Naturally the deep water locations are seeing larger Dorado in the 35 to 50lb range.  But in the bay you can find them in the 20 to 25lb range. Yelapa has been a hot spot to check out for Dorado that are fairly close in. Here at Yelapa you will find Skip Jack Tuna, Football Tuna, Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, and maybe even a Sailfish. No telling, but for a short day, this is a hot area for the time being.

Yellowfin Tuna with  Karl & Marlise, 100 lb or pure fight here!

Yellowfin Tuna with Karl & Marlise, 100 lb or pure fight here!

Right now if you have the fuel money, you will get just about whatever you could hope for in the area. The bay is strong with smaller fish, naturally. But even these smaller fish are great tasting and not that small! So it´s off the hook out there and well worth your fuel dollar to any location you could hope to head out to. I have not said that for months and months now amigo. For the next five to six months now we should be in the middle of some world class fishing action.

Naturally we are in the middle of the rainy season so the sediment washing down the mountains and into the rivers and streams are naturally putting some dirty water in the bay. For those snorkeling in this stuff, it can be a pain. But for guys like me the trash line that comes along with it is a welcome sight to fisherman. Now once you are in front of the trash line the water is clean and full of fish!

Water conditions are perfect and there is still plenty of bait in the water. All and all these are the conditions we wait for and they are finally here!

Master Baiter’s is starting a new fishing program for those  who want to go fishing when in Puerto Vallarta, but find it hard to squeeze it in when it comes time to make sure they are all having fun. So what my plan is, is to take payments and apply this money to your fishing trip when you come down, when ever that is. Here is the concept, Fishing is expensive and getting more expensive every day with fuel, maintenance cost, salaries and the list goes on. What I am in the process of now is setting up an investment account where I will deposit your money, in your name, and when you do come down, whatever amount you have in your account will go towards your fishing trip. Send a little, send a lot, don´t send anything. But whatever you send forward by week or month, this money is there so you don ´t have to take the hit to your vacation budget for taking a fishing trip. This way you don`t have to feel guilty if the family doesn´t get that tour in or your wifey doesn´t get that new outfit. This way they get what they want and you as the responsible ¨provider¨ can still go fishing and not even notice the money is gone. So smart planning will always make your life easier…  If there is excess money in an account, you can always pull it out or pay it forward to the next trip. Kinda like a lay-away plan for fishing. If you are interested in something of this nature, feel free to contact me at: www.catchfish@masterbaiters.com.mx and we`ll fix you up…..

Sailfish everywhere, just ask John Kessler on Mi Jenny, 10 hrs, Corbetena

Sailfish everywhere, just ask John Kessler on Mi Jenny, 10 hrs, Corbetena

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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

 

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

It´s been interesting this past week since my last report. Hurricane Dora marched up the coast line a couple of hundred miles out from shore and while we did not feel any affects from this tropical storm, the fishing is still doing well. Yellowfin tuna, Marlin and Sailfish are still at El Banco (The Bank) and at Corbeteña (the Rock). That is the good news. The bad news is if you are targeting larger Yellowfin Tuna, you will need to have patience and complete line of lures and baits. You see not any one single thing is drawing the attention of these YF Tuna. Surface Poppers, Lures, Live bait, Kites, you name it, they all may work or they may not work. It just depends on the mood of the fish you are trying to coax!  So keep changing your baits every twenty minutes or so.  There are Yellowfin Tuna coming in daily, so it all comes down to how much you want to spend on a boat or fuel. If you want action, then a ten or twelve hour day is not necessarily your best option if you are looking for action. Now if you want Moby Dick, his cousin is at El Banco and Corbeteña. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, what`s a fisherman to do?

Sailfish or Pez Vela in Spanish... In The Wild, Spectacular!

Sailfish or Pez Vela in Spanish... In The Wild, Spectacular!

You know the funny thing about Yellowfin Tuna, they can be at your favorite location and they will be everywhere around the area. Jumping or in schools under the boat. But no matter how many you see, you can ´t make them take your bait. It´s kinda like giving your kids advice, they should take it, but they probably won´t. For those who have been to Corbeteña or El Banco, like those in last week’s tournament, they are just not taking the bait. This means they are eating something else and my guess would be krill shrimps. Now I have nothing to go on to make this call, not even a full belly of a tuna, but if it´s not them, it´s something else. I am not alone trying to figure out this dilemma, but with time all will make itself known. So the best we can do for now is hang in there and hopefully your experienced captain has a few tricks up his sleeve you can benefit from. For sure boats with a short line of lures and equipment will not help your cause. So make sure you get the best price you can get on a charter boat, but make sure you don´t pay for what you are not getting in the way of Equipment. I mentioned kites, there were a few boats that came in this week and if it was not for the kite, they would not have Tuna for dinner!

If it likes fish, you may hook into something you are not targeting! (Photo: jeff Illingsworth)

If it likes fish, you may hook into something you are not targeting! (Photo: jeff Illingsworth)

Black Marlin and Sailfish are both at Corbeteña and El Banco, but like the other species, they are picking and choosing what they want to eat. Marlin are still running in the 450lb range and the Sailfish are more abundant this week as they should be since it is late in the season for them to be arriving, normally it is March when we get the first of these spear headed beauties to show up, so they`re late! No worries, they`re here and we won´t complain! Water temperatures are perfect everywhere, the water is clear and blue at The Bank and Corbeteña and the conditions in general are perfect. If there were more people heading out we would probably have a better report, but with tourism down, it is hard to get a feel for what is happening at our world famous fishing grounds from day to day.

Inside the bay we are seeing a lot of action and is probably your best bang for your fishing dollar. Sailfish, I should say very small Sailfish are off Yelapa. No wonder there is plenty of bait in the water there and the fish are happy with the conditions. Dorado and yes Yellowfin tuna Footballs are here as well. Four hours out of Marina Vallarta will put you in the fish, I suggest six hours to give yourself some time to find them in the bay. But unless you are shooting for Monster Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs or a Marlin, then the fishing is better in the bay right now. So the guy telling you that you have to head out 35 to 50 miles to catch fish is just shaking money out of you! There are still Needle fish, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and more to choose from in the bay. So again, don´t lock your mind into one train of thought where it has to be one way or no way. Flexibility in these days is your best ally amigos! Dorado is mostly around Yelapa and the trash line we have in the bay for now. Dorado are anywhere from 15 lbs to 25lbs, perfect for dinner.

Blue Marlin in Puerto Vallartas Fishing Grounds like this one pictured now!

Blue Marlin in Puerto Vallartas Fishing Grounds like this one pictured now!

Around Sayulita there has been some, I say SOME Rooster fish action, but not enough to say you´ll hook into one for sure. Yet if you are in the area they are worth giving a try! Now the point of Punta Mita, just a touch south has been seeing some nice Dorado in the 30lb range around the buoys. I have mentioned this several times in the past and even wrote a few weeks past that these buoys will kick in shortly and it looks like they are. But like the Sailfish, Dorado are late moving in as well, but we won`t complain about this either!

Normally the Marietta Islands are Sailfish heaven this time of the year, but like Corbeteña and El Banco, you will have to be patient and ready to come in with an empty fish box. But if you are looking for smaller game fish, then Dorado, Needle Fish, Bonito and Snappers are still there. But for the distance and expense why head out this way when you can get the same thing closer in for less time and $$$ !

Lightening Storm in the Bay as viewed from El Faro Bar or the PV Lighthouse

Lightening Storm in the Bay as viewed from El Faro Bar or the PV Lighthouse

So to summarize the state of fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now I would say the fishing is great in the bay, lots of YF tuna around Nuevo Vallarta in the 20 to 40lb range. You have Dorado in the bay as well which are pretty handy. For those looking for larger trophy fish, then El Banco and Corbeteña can drive you crazy, but there are big fish waiting to be tempted. Use small baits like Hoochies and see what happens, but the trip is worth the time and money.

Not too much to say this week with the weather conditions second guessing if they should go out fishing or not. But summer is here and the yearly Tuna Fanatics will start pouring in the next few weeks as the season moves into full swing. So hang in there with me, tell your friends of my reports and my blog (www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com) for info on things like the recent Hurricane Dora and to keep abreast of the action here in PV. Tell your friends or better yet, sign up on my blog and you will be notified when I post articles about the fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. My web page also has my latest fishing report and is always up to the moment when it comes to Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta.

It´s not all about work you know.... Ujena Models from  Bikini Jam in PV

It´s not all about work you know.... Ujena Models from Bikini Jam in PV

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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

 

Quickie Report: Hurrican Dora Fizzles Out!

Hurrican Dora passed Puerto Vallarta today without an incident and none was expected.

As I have been writing about the last few days, the warm water is closer to shore with cooler currents about 250 mles out. This is why I believe the last three hurricanes have run out of gas as they pass Puerto Vallarta….

As we stand Hurricane is now a category 1 hurricane with diminished winds and will soon be just a good blow on the water , not a danger…

It may still raise the ocean swells, but that will not last long as well…. The port was not closed today, so that is a positive sign we may see no affects from this storm at all.. lets hope…..

 Hurricane Dora is now a Cat 1 and fizzeling out !

Hurricane Dora is now a Cat 1 and fizzeling out !

Quickie: Hurrican Dora Continues on Predicted path, No Public Warnings for Coastlines!

Hurricane Dora is still working its way North West….

Winds are from 155mph with gust  to 190 mph…. It´s moving NW at 11 mph and will bring rain, thunder storms and wind for the next 24 hrs with lingering rain coming towards PV for today and probably tomorrow…

There are no public warnings for the coat line up to Cabo San Lucas although we should expect some swells to 12 ft w th short intervals anytime from this point until Saturday. Southern facing beaches will have some large waves of six feet and up …. surfers get  your boards ready….

In the bay fishing is fantastic for Dorado and YF Tuna footballs… four or six hours is all you need if looking for action and not exactly looking to hook-up with Moby Dick, you´ll have fun!

Below is the latest and greatest for Hurrican Dora´s path… right now it h as been accurate within 15 Nautical Miles…

Hurricane Dora Track 7/21/2011

Hurricane Dora Track 7/21/2011

Marine Forcast link below for those interested….

Marine Forecast : http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/ep201104.marine.html#a_topad

Stan

Master Baiter`s sportfishing and Tackle

http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

Quickie Report: Hurrican Dora Marches up the west coast of Mexico

The latest and greatest on the storm activity likely to affect Puerto Vallarta is Hurricane Dora….

Dora is moving quickly at about 17 mph and is causing waves on the shoreline. Dora is only 250 or so miles out to sea in the warm water currents. But the projections say once it heads farther north or east, it will most likely peter-out… We have seen this several times already this year, once these tropical storms turned Hurricane head west, they lose gas because of the cooler currents ….

Be prepared to have the port authority close the port.to boats fishing outside of the bay…. If you have an insured boa t, this means if you head out past  the point of the Marietta Islands, and something does happen  then you are S.O.L Amigo….

Inside the bay, no worries, the norther shores will see some wave action, with some good sized waves up to the 12 height possible, most likely in the 6 ft range…..

Friday or saturday at El Banco or  Corbeteña could be the place to be with Hurricanes forcing fish out of it´s path, they will most likely move inward towards shore. So watch the currents and the swell activity before heading out……. Master Baiter Stan…. http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

5 Day Projection for Hurricane Dora July 20 2011

5 Day Projection for Hurricane Dora July 20 2011

 

Quickly.. Fishing: Yellowfin tuna are from 40 to 200 lbs. Some days in the bay can be better than at  El Banco if looking for action and not size… Dorado are still fickle and the Marlin are ranging from 350 lbs to 650 lbs… just depends.

Tell your friends about my blog and sign up on the RSS for notices when I put up more local information… and catch my weekly reports as well….

That is all for now…. Stan

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and tackle

Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco!

Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, as the mercury climbs the thermometer we definitely know we are moving into summer. Water Temperatures are still in the perfect range, the water is blue, plenty of bait, and those with the fuel money are coming in every day with fish! Just in time for the 5th annual International Marlin and Tuna Tournament of Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit! This starts this weekend on the 15th with the registration party and then Saturday and Sunday the tournament begins. Those of you involved, good luck, you have some fish to make it worth entering this year!

Dorado at Corbeteña on Mi Jenny with Capt. Chema

Dorado at Corbeteña on Mi Jenny with Capt. Chema

We have been waiting for Dorado to show up in some decent numbers since May and finally we are looking at these gold and blue beauties picking up in numbers in places like Sayulita, Marietta Islands, off Punta Mita and even Yelapa in the bay.   Now these are not huge, but they´re running in the 15 to 25lb range which is perfect for the freezer. I had to get that in first since I have been wanting to tell people there were Dorado out there but couldn`t suggest targeting them until now… so there you go, happy Dorado hunting!

Like I mentioned earlier, Black Marlin are still at Corbeteña and El Banco. Now things can be hot or cold, it just depends on the day. There were a few days this past week where we were scratching our heads. The Yellowfin in these two deep water locations are a little fickle right now. They are taking bait, but you´ll have to be on your game and be patient for them to strike. The bite has been happening now about 11:00 a.m. so getting out to the fishing grounds too early will not do you any good. For those planning closer in trips this is important information so you can make sure you hit the best time to be on the water and now waste valuable fishing time or fuel dollars trolling around waiting for the bite. Keep this in mind if heading out fishing.

Both Corbeteña and El Banco are seeing the numbers of Black Marlin increase by the day. They are not so abundant you can count on catching one, but there are enough out there to give you a heck of a shot at one. They have been ranging between 400 to 550 lbs for now. Now that sounds like a huge fish, it is big by any measurement, but we´re still on the small side as these babies can reach the 1,000 lb range in late August to early November. So keep this in mind as you get strikes. July 13 Update: El Banco the last two days has produced some Yellowfin Tuna over 125lbs! They are fickle as well, Poppers, cedar plugs, lures, live bait, you name it. But the one thing that has been helping is a kite… That´s right folks the kites are working again so if you don´t have one or are on a well equipped boat with a kite, then you will probably still catch fish, but then again….. remember the boat with the correct equipment and tackle is what you are paying for, give yourself the best chance to catch fish,  but make sure you spend the money and get a well equipped boat. Blue Marlin are also here along with the Black Marlin … they are both running in the 500lb range, nothing changing there….

Sailfish on Magnifico, Thomas Harris, 10hrs, Corbeteña

Sailfish on Magnifico, Thomas Harris, 10hrs, Corbeteña

Sailfish are finally picking up in numbers and Corbeteña the last few days have been alive with Sailfish action. You can expect plenty of Sailfish action at Corbeteña but that will be a ten hour day. Worth the distance and the fuel dollar if you shake enough change from the couch cushions! Sailfish are having no problems going after bait and the bait at both the Rock and El Banco are very large Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna in the football size which is perfect size for bait, for larger fish that is.

The bay has been hot one day, cold the next. The football sized Yellowfin Tuna have been moving around and some days you can find them, but getting them to take bait can be frustrating for sure. Again, keep your patience, they will take the bait eventually. Now if you are around Yelapa there have been some smaller Dorado, but Dorado none the less. With Sierra Mackerals, Bonito, Needle Fish and the list goes on, the bay is well worth your time and fuel dollar. Even a four hour day will be productive and fun! So there are plenty of reasons to head out on the bay fishing and things are just getting better amigos!

Tourism for Puerto Vallarta is as bad AS I CAN REMEMBER. There are very few boats heading out in the morning and it is very difficult to get a feel for what is happening when very few boats are heading out of the bay. The clientele is just not here in Puerto Vallarta and I don´t see this condition improving until November. This means the summer season in Puerto Vallarta can be yours with cheap airfares after August and incredible fishing from Now until New Years. If you are planning on heading down to Puerto Vallarta and have any questions on fishing, local tournaments, or are just looking for a boat at the best price available, then let me know and we`ll get you on the right boat, for the right prices. For recent news. My blog will have the latest during the week so you can get the latest info there: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com sign up for notifications of new articles…….

Dorado For Dinner at Punta Mita

Dorado For Dinner at Punta Mita

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

So for now the fishing at Corbeteña and El Banco is worth the time and fuel. The bay is still alive with action for those on a budget or plain don`t want to spend too many hours on a boat. Punta Mita is picking up and is a great place to find Dorado with Sayulita boiling with them as well….  You ,may also find a Rooster fish looking for your bait as well, they´re in the area! Marietta Islands are still alive, but the point at Cabo Corrientes is still getting captains attention. As a summary the fishing is getting better by the day, the conditions are perfect and the fishing grounds are fairly empty. The world is yours in Puerto Vallarta, all you have to do is show up!

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Dorado Pick Up, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs Everywhere, Corbetena Comes to Life!

Dorado Pick Up, Yellowfin Tuna Footballs Everywhere, Corbetena Comes to Life!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

This week we’ve seen a tropical storm from Cancun head west over land which has created the heavy rain we need in the mountains. With the rain water comes organic materials like leaves, seeds, roots all sorts of things which fish love to feed on. The trash line is the fisherman’s friend and we see the level of fish move up dramatically when we hit this time of the year. Short trips of six to eight hours will put you on Dorado, Football sized Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito, Sierra Mackerels’ and the list goes on. Water temperatures are perfect and the amount of bait in the water is mind blowing. The conditions are perfect as we move into fishing’s High Season here in Puerto Vallarta, Stand by for details….

 Dorado, Magnifico, 8hrs, CaboCorrientes, Michelle Crosby caught and photo

Dorado, Magnifico, 8hrs, CaboCorrientes, Michelle Crosby caught and photo

Normally when we hit July we know the rainy season is on our door step and we also know that while we may have to deal with Hurricanes passing us by causing rain and sometimes rough seas, we also know this is when the Monster Yellowfin Tuna come home to Puerto Vallarta! Now we are not exactly seeing the Monster Yellowfin Tuna as yet, but we are seeing YF Tuna in the 70 to 85lb range at Corbetena. Not bad when you boat 15 to 20 of these arm burning demons! Corbetena has also seen Dorado Move into the area in the 20 to 35 lb range, but they are moving into places closer in towards the bay and less expensive fuel wise. So no need to head to the rock just for Dorado. Black Marlin are more abundant, with several in the 400 lb range running with the YF Tuna. Conditions for Black Marlin are getting better by the day so theses Gamefish are worth the fuel dollars and we’re lucky they are here. Sailfish are here as well, but the main players for now are the Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin. The water is very blue at both the Rock and El Banco. Both are doing very well for early season fishing. Another main factor in fishing, water temperatures are still hanging in the 84 to 86 degree range and there are plenty of chorras in the water or smaller SkipJack Tuna (Skippies) or Bonito to use as bait. Lures are working well also, but remember classic lures like Cedar Plugs are old technology that still does the trick. When those hundred dollar lures fall short, remember the old reliable, the fish don’t k now they’re not supposed to hit these!  Don’t get caught trying to catch fish amigos. Remember names like Wilkenson, Hi-5, and Cabo name brands as well. They work well and t he price leaves you with more for your buck!

Important to pay attention to the bite, the moon phases right now. I don’t care if you are in the bay or out to El Banco, the bite is happening from about 7:00a.m. To about 11:00 a.m. then things get slow until about 2:00 in the afternoon or so till sundown. Use your time and this information wisely grasshopper!

Dorado at Cabo Corrientes,  Casey Hocker on Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs

Dorado at Cabo Corrientes, Casey Hocker on Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs

With the bay on fire with action the few heading out from Marina Vallarta have been coming back with plenty of Football Yellowfin Tuna. Not unusual to see 15 or so 20 to 40 lb Tuna on a boat. Many are heading out to fill the freezer for summer! With good reason, the rains we have talked about in this and past articles have left some dirty water from the hills forming a nice little trash line. But the dirty water is only on the surface as you would expect from mountain rains. There is a lot of bushes, sea weed, logs, just clumps of debris and vegetation where the Football Tuna and Dorado are hanging out. This condition is around the rivers feeding into the bay and farther out. The amount of bait in the bay is insane, surface trolling running poppers is working well also, planers getting Google eyes below the surface dirty water is working. It all works, but you have to be out there to make it all happen.

The Marietta Islands are still producing some Rooster Fish or 30lbs or so off the back side of the islands. They’re have been hanging around but with so many Football Tuna in the bay t he Rooster Fish has faded in the minds of the locals. Same here as just about everywhere around the bay, Football Tuna,  Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, Rooster fish, Smaller Dorado, Needle fish and more. The Marietta islands are a great place to drop a few lines, but with other places firing as well not many heading out to this location.

06 26 2011 Dorado, Magnifico, 8hrs, CaboCorrientes Trash Line

06 26 2011 Dorado, Magnifico, 8hrs, CaboCorrientes Trash Line

 

Same goes for Punta Mita, this time of the year there are almost always Sailfish moving in, Dorado love this spot and Sayulita is famous for it’s surprising sized Rooster Fish from shore or Surf Fishing. Magnifico is heading out to check things out and see if we can fill the freezer this week. There are also mature buoys out this way as well, stay tuned we’ll let you know what happens for sure.

Just a reminder, when everyone zigs sometimes it’s good to zag like Magnifico. We know you’re going to catch a bunch of fish around the bay of banderas, why not explore a little in places where others are ignoring. El Morro is one of those places. Cabo Corrientes is always someplace to think about. The River Mouths are perfect for Snook right now and maybe Rooster fish and Dorado…. Everything is perfect for the time being for the Big Gamefish to arrive and they will shortly. A few more weeks and we could explode around here. We are seeing what appears to be close to shore currents this year which make it look like we’ll have a leg up this season and 12 hr days hopefully won’t turn into 16 hr days hunting for Yellowfin Tuna. Keep an eye open and an ear peeled…. For recent news. My blog will have the latest during the week so you can get the latest info there: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com sign up for notifications of new articles…….

Magnifico, Great Boat^& Crew, Available for charters and tournaments

Magnifico, Great Boat^& Crew, Available for charters and tournaments

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Blue Water, Plenty of Bait, Perfect Water Temps, No Wonder Lots of Fish NOW!

Blue Water, Plenty of Bait, Perfect Water Temps, No Wonder Lots of Fish NOW!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

I have been looking at the present conditions and trying to not get too excited about the things I am seeing. From my desk in Marina Vallarta I am on top of things and i see what has been happening with our world famous fishing grounds. One thing that is happening is there is just a ton of bait everywhere in the bay and outside the bay! Water temperatures are hovering in the 82 to 84 degree mark which is perfect for Yellowfin Tuna and Black Marlin. Skip Jack Tuna as a bait is everywhere. Some are in the twenty pound range, others are bullets. But the size of the bait is not important, what is important is there are fish to be caught and you don’t need to spend a fortune right now to have the time of your life!

Lets start with the deep water locations of El Banco or The Bank in English and Corbetena. Yellowfin are moving in nicely in sizes ranging from 20 lbs to 80lbs, it just depends on the luck of the draw. The nice thing about the Yellowfin Tuna in these areas is they’re hungry. Right now a Cedar Plug, the oldest technology out there and the cheapest lure you can buy is working like it always has! Poppers, Plugs, live bait, it all works right now and the YF Tuna are in the “mood”. While it is still early for Black Marlin we have seen some hook-ups the last couple of days and they’ve been youngsters in the 150 lb range. For Black Marlin, it’s too small to keep and frankly why keep billfish anyway…. Always release when possible!  In reality it is still early for Yellowfin Tuna as well, so to have both Marlin and Tuna at the High Spots at El Banco is exciting.

Mahi Mahi or Dorado Hook up... Rose Lentz

Mahi Mahi or Dorado Hook up... Rose Lentz

Now Corbetena is a little more versatile location for sure. Now there are Yellowfin Tuna in the same size range as we just mentioned, but there is the possibility of Sailfish, Dorado and Marlin here as well. Cubera Snappers are always in the structure for sure, but right now, there is plenty of action from Cabo Corrientes to El Morro to Corbetena.

From shore to El Banco, fifty miles out we see the water temperatures and currents doing exactly what we want to see at this time of the year. This is an indication that the currents are running a little closer in to shore and hitting El Banco head on this year. Unlike the last couple of years when we were looking for Yellowfin we were looking outside of El Banco. This meant a lot of would be Marlin Fisherman decided to go golfing instead of dealing with a day in excess of twelve hours. This year with the recent hurricane activities hanging close to the shore south of PV, when these storm tracks head out to sea the Hurricanes seem to dissipate quickly once they hit 175 miles or so out  to sea. To me this says cooler water is out there. For those who may remember these things, warm water will build the strength of hurricanes and cool water will tear them down. Now when we you see this happen as it has twice now in the last couple of months, it means there is cooler water out there. So again warm water / currents are hitting Corbetena and El Banco dead on, not like the last three years. This in turn keeps the billfish and game fish closer in to shore and that makes it better for all of us, fisherman and fishing companies. This is exciting stuff and for those of us who pay attention to this sort of stuff it is an early indication of how the currents are going so lets hope this continues into August!

If you are looking for Dorado then you have a moving target. These gold and blue beauties have been hanging out in  some serious numbers near Guyavitos in the 20 to 45 lb range anywhere from two to seven miles from shore. They are thick and taking bait. Dorado are also at the Marietta Islands and around Punta Mita, but they will be in the 25lb range at most for the moment. We should be seeing more Dorado in the area, especially at this time of the year. This should change shortly… stay tuned.

Rose Lentz Big Dorado for the papers

Rose Lentz Big Dorado for the papers

For those looking for Rooster fish we have seen the numbers hovering in the not too abundant arena. But that is not to say you won’t have a strike by this quill headed demon! The Marietta Islands near the reefs are still producing some Rooster fish. The area around Punta Mita is also showing some improved signs of life with Rooster fish around Anclote the reef. I would not make a  special trip for Roosters if I were you, but if you’re in the area targeting Dorado, you may have some luck so run a silver diamond jig just in case!

Inside the bay it is still a great value for your fishing dollar. Some days it is actually better fishing in the bay than at the deep water locations. Magnifico (31 ft  Bertram Classic) went out the other day to El Banco and found the fishing better in the bay on the way back in. In fact seven miles out of the Marina there were herds of Yellowfin Footballs in the 20 to 30lb range. It looked like a giant boiling pot of water as the birds were diving and the tuna jumping! So keep an eye on the bay, Near Yelapa to Chimo and points close in to the north there are small, very small Black Marlin and Small Sailfish to be had. Surprising, yes, impossible, of course not. Anything in the bay is possible right now with the perfect water and bait conditions we presently have.

Magnifico 31 ft. Bertram Classic, Best Boat in the Marina

Magnifico 31 ft. Bertram Classic, Best Boat in the Marina

In fact there is so much bait in the water, if you draw a line from Punta Mita to El Banco, there is so much bait in the water that it looks like just one boil after another! So all the building blocks are in place, we just need the players to get here so the game can begin in Ernest!

Magnifico 31 ft. Bertram Classic Cockpit

Magnifico 31 ft. Bertram Classic Cockpit

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Quickie Report! Trash Line Returns with Seasonal Rains, Dorado, Rooster Fish & More! Fish Pictures!

As we enter the Rainy season here in tropical Puerto Vallarta we are all looking forward to the Trash Line we get in the bay as a result of the seasonal rains washing all sorts of organic materials and matter down the mountain sides. This  in turn forms a line or a ribbon of stuff that looks like leaves, dirt, just crap in general that will stretch for as much as miles in any direction. This is a good thing for summer fishing in the bay amigos…

Dorado on the Trash Line

Dorado on the Trash Line

Now this cat and mouse game has been going on forever and the larger fish do wind up getting some smaller fish for lunch for sure. But this is how it all works in nature and who are we to judge. But we can use this information to make our fishing days on the water more productive!

Now introduce a three inch silver diamond trolled or cast just a foot or on the clean side of the trash line and you will have arm burning action on light tackle.

Rooster Fish on the Trash Line, Say AhhHHhHHhH

Rooster Fish on the Trash Line, Say AhhHHhHHhH

The Trash line is in the bay everyday once the rains start in ernest. These trash lines can go out for miles and miles and are not always centered in the bay. But for the most part this is where you will find this trash line in the bay. This means short days will be productive  for those on a short budget or just want to head out for smaller gamefish. Either way it works all around.

Dorado, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin, it all taste the same amigos!

Dorado, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin, it all taste the same amigos!

One more reminder, fishing in the rain is a good thing. When the rain drops hit the water surface, from a fish point of view it looks like bait falling back into the water after jumping from the water for a brief escape from harms way. But what goes up must come down. So the rain excites fish like Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna into a frenzy. So the next time you think you want to wait until the rain is gone, it may be a good idea to think that one over again….

I attached a few pictures of Trash Line types of fish you will come across when fishing on the trash line.

So now you know why the Trash Line is Your Friend…..

More Dorado....

More Dorado....

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Another Hurricane Marching up Mexicos Coast, Now Worries, Nothing Special Here.

Below is the latest and greatest NOAH Path for Hurricane Beatriz. This tropical storm became a Hurricane at 2 p.m. this afternoon and is kicking up some clouds, but as yet no rain in the Puerto Vallarta Area….. Check it out….

Hurricane Beatriz 06 20 2011 route

Hurricane Beatriz 06 20 2011 route

Spring Marches into summer as Sailfish and Dorado Move into PV’s Fishing Grounds!

Spring Marches into summer as Sailfish and Dorado Move into PV’s Fishing Grounds!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Sitting in my chair sometimes can be a little frustrating when it comes to a popular subject like Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. Naturally we want to put a positive spin on things and point out what is good and try to stay away from anything negative. Normally we are in winter when we try to keep the visiting anglers spirits up. But we are moving into summer, spring is rapidly disappearing as we begin to feel the summer heat and humidity in and around the Bay of Banderas. With the summer heat and barely bare able humidity for the locals, this is when those world class gamefish of Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and of course Yellowfin Tuna set up house at El Banco or Corbetena.  Looking at the Calendar you may think it’s July with the Available species at your finger tips, but it is still June which means it is early for this sort of fishing here in PV. So we’re happy with what we have for the time being and the fishing is great as long as you have fuel money and remember it’s still early season fishing. If you keep yourself with that state of mind, you will have a wonderful time fishing this month. The beautiful thing is you don’t have to head out for ten hours to catch some nice game fish. If you are looking for larger fish, then your day will be a little longer, but worth the effort.

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at El Banco with Michelle Crosby on Animal House

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at El Banco with Michelle Crosby on Animal House

This week we have seen the Sailfish moving into their primary summer hang-outs, off Punta Mita, Cabo Corrientes, El Morro and the Marietta Islands.  With plenty of bait in the water in the form of Bonito and Skip Jack Tuna, they are having a field day. The water has been very, very blue, almost Cancun blue so the visibility in the water is great for these hungry gamefish for sure. For the coming weeks and months we will be talking about these reliable Billfish in the 8 hr range for the most part. But Sailfish are not limited to closer fishing destinations, you will find them anywhere there is bait and blue water.

Yellowfin Tuna are still heavy in the area, but they are moving or I should say thinning out a little in the bay. The  last few weeks a four hour day fishing off Yelapa or Chimo was a no brainer and it was actually better fishing here than at the deep water locations. Well that is changing now as we see the numbers of Yellowfin Tuna in the 10 to 30 lb range moving around the bay out to the point of Cabo Corrientes where ten miles off the light house you can still hit Black Marlin in the smaller range. Yellowfin Tuna can run up to 100 lbs on rare instances and of course there are Sailfish as we mentioned earlier. Last week we were changing lures every fifteen minutes, now we are seeing simple old fashioned plugs like Cedar Plugs work. I gave some painted plugs of purple to Capt. Tory off Bella Del Mar the other day which he said worked great. Of course he lost one of the two I gave him, so we restocked the boat and they’re out there now giving them a work out. Don’t be afraid to switch your rigs if they aren’t working in 20 minutes or so. Anything is possible and the possibilities change every day. Keep your Mexican ears open on the radio as well, many times they captains are sharing what is working in different areas and this can be a help to you as well. That is if you understand Spanish, so have the crew keep an open ear.

Dorado have been on the slim to none side lately. Punta Mita is showing some signs of life out there with Dorado or Mahi Mahi five to ten miles off the point right up to the rocks off the point. Corbetena has also seen more of these gold and blue beauties move in as well. For now we are still on the low side of what we would be normally seeing when it comes to Dorado here, stay tuned, this will improve as the weeks move by and we enter July….

There has been Black Marlin in the area between Cabo Corrientes and Corbetena, but not at the Rock, strange indeed. There have been some Black Marlin at El Banco, but it is still early for Marlin as we all know, so anything here is a blessing.

The Summer savior, Sierra Mackerels are picking up in number and they will be a day saver for those looking for short days and lots of light tackle action. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle fish and more will keep the bay happening. When the rains start in earnest, we will see the trash line form where Dorado and Rooster fish love to feed on the organic materials that flow into the bay. Snook will be doing the same thing at the river mouths.

Here in Puerto Vallarta we have seen many evenings that are threatening rain, but so far the seasonal rains have not started. This is something the locals look and hope for since it will for one thing make the area fresh for a while until the sun steams things up again. But more importantly with the rains the area explodes with fish and the rain water hitting the surface looks like small bait fish hitting the surface. It drives them nutz, but this is when it rains.

Yellowfin Tuna, 35lbs, Michelle Stewart Crosby, Ed McClintock, El Banco, Animal House

Yellowfin Tuna, 35lbs, Michelle Stewart Crosby, Ed McClintock, El Banco, Animal House

For those of you thinking of entering our local tournaments from Barra to Manzanillo, Master Baiter’s Captains are the best in Puerto Vallarta with many being multi-tournament winners. We keep our prices down as much as possible for tournaments because we like to be in the action too! So if saving some money and not paying double the regular price of a charter per day appeals to you, then contact me about the tournament you are interested in and we will fix you up with tried and true captains, boats and crews with fresh line, top notch equipment and tackle and of course English speaking, professional crews of course! So come be part of Team Master Baiter’s and find out for yourself that “We Won’t Jerk You Around!”

Sailfish at Cabo Corrientes on Magnifico, 1st Mate lobo, Capt. Cesar

Sailfish at Cabo Corrientes on Magnifico, 1st Mate lobo, Capt. Cesar

 

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Yellowfin Tuna Invade El Banco, Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Good!

Yellowfin Tuna Invade El Banco, Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Good!

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Normally as we enter June we don’t expect much in the way of Tuna Fishing, but then again we only think we can predict what is going to happen around Puerto Vallarta and the world famous fishing grounds we are known for. Famous or not, we never really know what we’re going to get out there. So I guess fishing is like a box of chocolates, you never really know what you’re going to get until you sink your teeth into it! Right now we are sinking our teeth into Yellowfin Tuna, nothing considered monsters or Cows for sure, but big enough to be worth your while and fuel dollar to head out to El Banco! Now that I’ve got your panties wet, the Yellowfin are the primary species in any of the fishing grounds right now! So now what are you going to do? Summer is here and it´s time to put your money where your finned fantasy lies. Stay tuned!

Yellowfin Tuna At El Banco, They are everywhere, Use Lures and live bait!

Yellowfin Tuna At El Banco, They are everywhere, Use Lures and live bait!

Let’s start with the real news. For the last couple of weeks we’ve had bait, perfect water temperatures, clear green water, and nobody heading out to the fishing grounds due to the seasonal slump that normally comes in May and early June. But we are moving out of that period now and we have Yellowfin Tuna coming out of our ears at El Banco! That’s right folks, El Banco has come to life with good sized fish in the 40 to 80 lb range. Plentiful, hungry, aggressive, all those words apply to what is happening out there right now. As normal when the Yellowfin Tuna invade El Banco, the abundant bait is less abundant as they stuff themselves. Right now if you rigged your car keys with a hook, you would be catching fish as fast as you could boat them. Now this is some straight up news amigos and this may not last for long as these Yellowfin Tuna have a tendency to move in, and then move out. But for now, they are here and hanging around the high spots. But if for some reason you’re a few miles off the peaks, no worries, there are Yellowfin everywhere. One strange thing is you won’t see diving birds indicating where the fish are! So don´t be fooled, they are there and they are looking for a free meal, plastic, wood or living, they will hit anything you put in front of them for sure, so you don’t need much more than a pole and a shinny hook! Lures, Cedar plugs, it is all working so just get your butt out there! And do it now! For the record, the water is BLUE, 85 degrees with smooth seas.

Something I have not mentioned lately is that Marlin are trickling into the area. Again off El Banco there have been some Striped Marlin in the 250 lb range and some Sailfish sightings with very few being boated! This is just the beginning so be patient.

Corbeteña, if you are at this moment looking for Yellowfin at Corbeteña, forget it. Not there and for some reason the conditions are perfect for every sportfish we have there as well. So until things start firing there, don’t waste your time, money or fuel here. Of course we have Cubera Snappers, and other smaller fish, but nothing I would be hunting for at this moment… stay tuned, this could change before you finish reading this report!

The Marietta Islands after a winter of nonstop action has slowed down. There are still Rooster fish, but not abundant. There are lots of Jack Crevalls, but they will be moving out shortly, frankly I am still surprised they are in the bay with water temperature climbing by the day. Bonito, Skippies (small skip jack tuna), Needle fish or False Marlin as they are called are picking up in numbers. A weird looking tubular fish, they fight very well and are perfect for kids in the bay or at the Islands. For now a day will produce smaller gamefish, perfect for light tackle days.  Now when the Sailfish move-in with larger numbers the Marietta Islands will have Sailfishas well, so save those pennies and dimes for a few weeks more and we should see some changes. Or that is what my crystal ball shows, but it’s a little hard to see around the cracks and duct tape so don’t hold me to this!

First mate Fleco, Me (Stan Gabruk), and Capt. Tori, 6 hrs in the Bay

First mate Fleco, Me (Stan Gabruk), and Capt. Tori, 6 hrs in the Bay

Off Punta Mita, a place I haven’t spoken much of in the last few months, but there are Sailfish off the point about seven miles. The numbers have been increasing, very few heading out for Sailfish right now, but this will change shortly since an 8 hour day will get you some Billfish! Live bait is king and they are taking baits if you come across one. So good luck and send me a picture of what you caught!

Inside the bay is still alive with some great light tackle action. Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna have been all over the southern end of the bay from Yelapa to the tip of Cabo Corrientes. Magnifico the other day was boating 40 lb Yellowfin Tuna like crazy.  Jack Crevalls, Needle fish, Bonito and when the rains start shortly you´ll have the trash line to work as well. So hang in there, the field is ready for all the players to arrive.

Just a reminder, the Marina Vallarta is empty, yet it is still the ¨Other Malicon or Boardwalk¨ in Vallarta. With 15 restaurants and tons of shopping you can find that little something you just have to give _____ insert name… Don’t forget to visit El Faro Bar or the Light House Bar depending on if you speak Spanish or English. It is atop the light house on the boardwalk in the village in Marina Vallarta. With appetizers and a great drink menu they can order Italian food from my favorite restaurant in Marina Vallarta, Dante Ristorante. So tell Teresa in the El Faro Bar that Stan from Master Baiter’s said to come by and check out a sunset in the most romantic view and bar in Puerto Vallarta. You´ll be glad you did…

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Strange, Plenty of Bait, Marlin in the Bay?

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Strange, Plenty of Bait, Marlin in the Bay?

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

It’s an amazing thing out there right now, nothing is as you would hope for and yet we are ass still positive about the upcoming season. The water temperatures are right, the water is either clear green or blue if you are out far enough. Bait is not an issue, plenty of bait for sure, which is always a good thing! The stage is set, now all we need are the players. That is not to say there are no fish, but if you are heading out to the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco, your fuel dollars can be better spent right now.

Lets touch bases on the deep, blue water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña. What you have to look forward to is blue water about 28 miles out from Marina Vallarta. You will see lots of bait in the water, but you won’t find any fish. My suggestion on Corbeteña is to head out to the drop, about 15 miles or so west of the rock and see what may be there. There has been the occasional Dorado and Striped Marlin Hook-up, but not enough to get me to open my wallet for ever increasing fuel prices! The Same goes for El Banco, you may find something if you head out far enough, but GuerroAzteca headed out for a two day trip and found nothing but nothing to interested in the baits they were offering. So for the present, steer clear of these normally hot summer locations.

 Black Marlin at Cabo Corrientes?? You  Bet.... Closer in than you might think!

Black Marlin at Cabo Corrientes?? You Bet.... Closer in than you might think!

North, quite a ways north is Guyavitos and they have fish, probably. Sailfish and Striped Marlin have been hanging out about 20 miles or so off shore. Dorado are also in the area and the ones that have been boated are of good size in the 30 to 40ish pound range. You will spend the whole day looking for fish in this area, but if you are hungry for billfish, then this is probably you r best bet right now….

Punta Mita is a little slow right now, but some of these ¨wise guy¨ captains have been setting up buoys of coconut palm leaves in the Punta Mita Area closer in. So if you are not one of the privileged few to know the locations, run the sounder in the usual locations and you will know where to find them. Bait fish and diving birds that don’t move is a strong indication of what is going on there.

The Marietta Islands are less than spectacular right now, again with the clear green water which is loaded with bait in the form of Skip Jack Tuna and Bonito. Rooster Fish are still here in diminishing numbers, but the few that have been boated are in the 40 lb range. But be patient, they won’t be jumping in the boat amigo!  Still for the buck, I would consider this location if you´re flush with fuel cash… There have been a few Dorado here as well, small, but encouraging for sure. Stay tuned….

699  lb Black Marlin, June 6, 2006.... This is the pattern Early to Mid June Yearly

699 lb Black Marlin, June 6, 2006.... This is the pattern Early to Mid June Yearly

Strange enough, the place to be right now is in the bay if you are looking for some decent action. No kidding, Jack Crevalls, Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna) in the 20lb range,  Bonito about the same size. Snappers around the rocks and soon with the seasonal rains on the way, there will be Robalo going crazy near the river mouths as all that organic food like leaves, bugs, seeds, roll down the mountains directly into the fish food chain! Off Yelapa there has been so much bait and the water is perfect temperature that a Black Marlin, 150 lbs only, was boated about twelve miles off the beach. Strange stuff indeed, but I guess it just shows fish are where you find them!

Further south in the bay, Cabo Corrientes specifically is really a great place to head out to with some light tackle.  Skip Jack Tuna a little larger in the 40 lb range are there taking baits like nutz!  Magnifico boated a  Black Ma rlin  and then yesterday hit a 100 lb Plus Yellow Fin Tuna. So this area is firing right now. Head out to Chimo and drop anything you want, they will hit it lure wise. Lures are working better than live bait for this brief moment in time. Yellow, the Mexican flag (green, white & red), Rapallas, Blue, Daisy Chains, you name it, give it a try on light tackle. You´ll be glad you did. It would not surprise me much if you found Sailfish in the area and maybe some Marlin if you head out a little ways. Of course this all depends on how thick your wallet is!  A ten hour day will show some results. With some luck you may find Sailfish there as well….

As we enter June the Marlin normally, notice I say normally…. Come in. We get a week of big Billfish like Blue or Black Marlin mix in the deep water locations. Could be the first, second or even third week, but it has been a pattern now for the last few years and hopefully we can count on this to hold true. Cross your fingers, toes and whatever else you can cross on your body, stay away from crossing your eyes, we wouldn´t want to get anything stuck now would we??

Very few boats heading out in the mornings gives us a pretty thin thread to base a fishing report. But Magnifico has been heading out to the areas I just mentioned and as one of the finest boats in the Marina Vallarta, everyone will agree in the know, if they don´t catch fish, there are no fish to be had. Now they have been coming in with fish, but it has been work. No worries, it´s late May and things will start to pick up again hopefully in Mid June. It´s just a matter of time before we see larger Yellowfin Tuna turn up along with their running mates of Black and Blue Marlin.

With the Bonito and especially the Skip Jack Tuna out there, it is just a matter of time before we see desired results of big fish moving into the area. Let’s hope it’s sooner than later.

I know I write a lot about how you need to be careful with cab drivers. But I had this gentleman come in today, a regular reader, tell me a story of how he left 20 pesos with a cab driver who promised to bring him change in the morning. Ordinarilly this sort of situation would wind up with this trusting sole never seeing his change. You see if a cab driver does not have change, you don’t legally have to pay the guy and frankly I wouldn’t have given this guy the extra trust. But I just wanted to balance out the comments, there are good people who are trust worthy out there… I love Mexico!

El Faro Bar, At The Top of The Light Hose, Sunsets, Lightening, Romance is here!

El Faro Bar, At The Top of The Light Hose, Sunsets, Lightening, Romance is here!

Just a reminder, the Marina Vallarta is empty, yet it is still the ¨Other Malicon or Boardwalk¨ in Vallarta. With 15 restaurants and tons of shopping you can find that little something you just have to give _____ insert name… Don’t forget to visit El Faro Bar or the Light House Bar depending on if you speak Spanish or English. It is atop the light house on the boardwalk in the village in Marina Vallarta. With appetizers and a great drink menu they can order Italian food from my favorite restaurant in Marina Vallarta, Dante Ristorante. So tell Teresa in the El Faro Bar that Stan from Master Baiter’s said to come by and check out a sunset in the most romantic view and bar in Puerto Vallarta. You´ll be glad you did…

That’s about it for now, until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Stagnates Slightly as Summer Slowly Rolls in

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Stagnates Slightly as Summer Slowly Rolls in

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle

I have been a little reluctant to write this fishing report since what was working well has suddenly come to a screeching halt. This is not exactly unexpected, but it still isn´t something we can be happy about. Water temperatures are hovering in the 78 degree range with changing currents. As a result the water has turned a mercy-clear brown at the Marietta Islands and will probably be spreading to El Banco and Corbeteña. May is a transition month and the winter fish are moving out as the summer fish are rolling in slowly. With tourism down, I guess that if this is going to happen, it is a good thing it is happening now. Now this is not to say there are no fish to be had…. Stay tuned!

For the last several months the Marietta Islands have been the place to be. As we all know nothing stays the same forever and the fishing has fallen off a little lately. The last few days an eight hour trip to the Marietta‘s has still been productive, but not like a few weeks ago. One change in the area is that Bonito are moving in, the first sign that summer is creeping up on us. Jack Crevallsare becoming less abundant and what we were seeing in the bay is thinning out. Nothing strange here, again, the seasons are changing.

Sailfish At Corbeteña

Sailfish At Corbeteña

There are still Dorado north of Punta Mita, but you may find them smaller than you would hope for at 15 to 25 lbs. May is right on time for these fish, but when they move in like they seem to be, then larger Dorado can spring up on you in a heartbeat. So be positive, be equipped and give it a chance. If you don´t see any Dorado, then head to Anclote to see if there are still any Rooster Fish in the area. With a little luck you´ll find some light tackle action. Use Google Eyes for live bait or Diamond Jigs before you jump into color, lures that is.

Inside the bay the Skip Jack Tuna have returned around the Yelapa to the point of Cabo Corrientes. Sierra Mackerals are a thing of the past these days as water temperatures increase. Jack Crevalls are dropping in numbers quickly as we see Needle fish begin to take their place. Yes folks, it´s May, the transition month. Bonito are moving in with the Skippies as well. To have these 20lb game fish in the area is a big draw for Billfish. Inside the bay, these are great fish for those looking for some arm burning act ion on light tackle. Fishing on the fly is perfect around the rocks near Los Arcos. The shallows and  rock reefs in Nuevo Vallarta is a place where Skippies will hang out on occasion, so if on a short day, this may be an area to remember as everyone heads south!

El Banco has been quiet. With tourism down once again we are having a hard time getting a feel for what is happening there. Normally what happens at Corbeteña will happen sooner or later at El Banco.

Now Corbeteña on the other hand is opening it’s sleepy eyes as Skip Jack Tuna of 20 to 30 lbs reappear in their summer playground. Naturally the Sailfish and Striped Marlin there are happy to see them as well. Google Eyes for live bait have been working well, but lures are doing well also. Petrileros are on top of the list with purple combinations being a good second choice. Don´t be afraid to mix colors up when trolling. They are fickle creatures and you may find something different will catch their eyes, so be creative amigos. The Sailfish are small in the 50 to 70 lb range and the Striped Marlin are only in the 125 to 175 lb range. So have fun and remember to release these ¨Babies¨ to live and play another day!

People are always asking me why some boats are price one way and others are priced another way. When looking for a fishing boat, remember it all comes down to what you want to pay, and what you expect for the money. If you are one of those guys who thinks a fishing boat is a fishing boat, then you’re right. If you are one of those types who want a great and experienced captain, first mate and excellent working boat, then you are right as well… Here in Puerto Vallarta there are times when you can catch fish on your car keys. In those times you don’t need anything special, even electronics are a waste if you are surface trolling and hitting bait balls with diving birds. A cheap boat can catch fish just as well as an expensive boat in those cases. The difference is when the fishing is not like fishing in a barrel, then is when you might expect to pay for a better level of professionalism. Many times it can come down to the color of the lure you are running. Other times you can run a silver diamond jig and come back in looking like a king. But when it comes to deep water fishing, you might want to know where the ridges and valleys are. Without Electronics, you have no clue where they are exactly. If you are at El Banco, many a time I have only caught fish directly over the high spot! Twenty feet off the spots and forget it, no fish. Or what do you do when the fish, Yellow Tuna in particular,     when they go deep how do you know what depth to set your down rigger? Fast boats are also going to cost more than a slower boat. Now if you are heading into the bay, a slow boat to China will be to your liking. But fast boats, boats that actually use fuel as it goes up in price, well you´ll have to pay a little more for those. Remember, you are paying for time with your line in the water, not heading out and back from the fishing grounds. If you are looking at a cheap boat that needs to find a different captain every time it heads out, then they will be an economy boat that may catch fish and you´ll hopefully have fun. But there are those who want an experienced Captain who has a track record of catching fish when POSERS are telling how good they are, yet are ill-equipped to the challenge, lacking  in skill and knowledge , with a low level of equipment and tackle. But then again, this will cost you more money. So how do you find a boat that is a happy balance between price and quality?  Well when you figure that one out, let me know. Boats don´t have to be pretty, but appearance is always a sign of maintenance. Your captain doesn’t have to speak English, but communication is a good thing. You don´t have to get a boat that provides bait, but you´ll have to pay for it anyway on the way out. You don’t have to head out on an insured boat and there are many that are not, but what if something happens? It all comes down to price vs. expectations. Me, I want fish, I know nothing is free and I also know that if everyone is in one price range, the cheapest guy wins almost all the time for those looking to go fishing on a slim budget. More expensive boats with better captains and clients who are willing to pay for this level of world class fishing, will find the extra expense is always worth it if the difference means not catching fish. So how do you pick a boat?

Well that is about it for now, until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish……

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. Nobody, but nobody in Puerto Vallarta can come close to us in quality or price when it comes to world class fishing boats. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask!

For questions or suggestions you can reach me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property to Stan Gabruk.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter