Record Rains in Mexico, Black Marlin love it, Plentiful Bait, Look for the Birds!

 

Magnifico and another Blue Marlin

Magnifico and another Blue Marlin

Record Rains in Mexico, Black Marlin love it, Plentiful Bait, Look for the Birds!

 

 

Right now, Puerto Vallarta is the place to be for Sportfishing this week. With Black Marlin off the hook and Blue Marlin not far behind. We’re seeing fewer boats heading out to the fishing grounds, it´s even worse than last year when the swine flu scare chased everyone from Mexico.  I can´t imagine why any person with a bank account and an interest here now with the incredibly affordable prices for air fare and hotels. But, there you are. So if you were here you would be enjoying packed fishing grounds. We are also seeing the number of Sailfish on the rise. We know that come October Sailfish will take over the area and it looks like this year is no exception. A Large Sailfish will run you just under a hundred pounds. But they can easily go over that and be in excess of 100 inches in length.

Lets discuss the fishing: El Banco, Black Marlin (250 – 800 lbs), Blue Marlin (250 – 500 lbs), Sailfish, Amber Jacks (40 – 60 lds), Cubera Snappers (40 – 75 lbs) and of course Dorado (25 – 40 lbs) have all been boated here in the past week. With water temperatures running in the 86 degree range the water is a little warm for Yellowfin. But don´t dispare, they are there and they´re large. But you´ll have to work to get a 200 plus pound Yellowfin boated. Not that they are impossible to find, but they are not exactly looking for your bait, so present it the best way you can! Most of our boats this week have been running down riggers and looking for the thermal layers on the screen of those expensive electronics. This is where the better your electronics increase your possibilities at Yellowfin because you know where or what depth to set your downrigger! So if you’re heading out, make sure you have one of these along!

Corbeteña is a cookie cutter forecast.  When booking a boat I would plan for El Banco and use Corbeteña as a fallback position. Not that Corbeteña is bad, in fact it’s great. But if you are looking for the largest of whatever species you come across, just remember, everything is bigger at El Banco. But, Corbeteña has so many variables, I consider Corbeteña a more consistent fishing ground. So for those of you who believe bigger is better, the hit El Banco. If you want consistency then hit Corbeteña. If you keep an open mind and open wallet, then you will have the best of both worlds.

The area between El Banco and Corbeteña is mostly forgotten about. But again, those expensive electronics can show you the ridges and galleys’ that are about half way between the two spots and many a tournament winner has been pulled from the depths here! Keep this as your tournament secret file for the upcoming Pez Vela Tournament Nov. 10th to 14th!

With the Sailfish returning in bigger numbers the Point of Punta Mita is doing better.  This is normally a high Dorado area, but with the long Liners being allowed to operate just north of there it has all but killed the Dorado fishing in this area. It doesn´t help that the commercial fisherman are fishing this species illegally. But where there are laws and no enforcement, what are you going to do? For the most part for now I would avoid this area. But around the corner at Sayulita, they are still hitting Roosters fish. It is more miss than hit, but still worth the time and effort. If you head our due west from the beaches in Sayulita you will run into Striped Marlin just ten miles in from The Bank. So if you are looking for Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado, then this area is where you want to be.

The Marietta Islands have been their consistent self with Snappers to 40 lbs, Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs, Rooster fish to 45 lbs, Needle fish, Dorado around anything floating, Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, and the list goes on. Well known for its action, be sure to stay away from the reefs, this is still a protected area and you would not want to get hit with a hundred thousand dollar fine!

Right now if you are in Vallarta and you´re heading out to the deep water locations, then you are catching fish amigos. With the abundance of fish it´s easy for a captain or boat to claim he is the king of fishing. It´s easy to catch fish when we head into this time of the year, so even a half way good captain will catch fish! But these guys are all business men like I am. And being a business guy, I know what it takes to operate a boat at prices that allow you to keep a well maintained boat, updated equipment, a large selection of lures by color, and a fully fueled boat. Sadly those looking for a cheap boat are expecting the same services we provide at Master Baiter´s.  When ¨would-be¨ clients come in the shop and quote a ridiculous price that I WOULD NEVER try to compete with walk out because I refuse to put my boats out at less than cost. But the simple fact is you are not getting what you would expect from these low cost providers. They don´t operate at a loss either, but they don’t tell you the product you purchased is diminished, they just let you find this out as you head out. So as you save a hundred dollars or so on your fishing trip, let me tell you what you are going to get for a price that can’t be believed. First, as you leave the marina, the captain and crew will immediately drop lures, not live bait. You will troll out to the fishing grounds, which ever you´ve decided on, at 7 to 9 miles per hour with only lures (bait die being pulled this fast). Once you arrive at the fishing area, then they´ll drop live baits and fish for the time frame that allows THEM ample time to turn around and troll back to the marina. Their concern is not for you to catch fish, but to make sure they made money on this fishing trip. You, you want a fast boat, because after all you are paying to catch fish, not a boat ride. But in fact, that is exactly what you are paying for, at a reduced price and got something other than what you actually wanted! So four hours later you make Corbeteña,  you make one or maybe two turns around the rock and then you´re heading back to the Marina. When you ask about this, they say this is what you paid for, yet you think you paid for a better quality trip. So once again, the cheap get raped and many will catch fish and think they did very well. I guess we should not down play a happy fisherman, but those of us that know, we paid for fuel, we want to use that fuel. We paid for top notch equipment, we want that equipment  on board, not a burlap bag with ten lures from 1950!

Then you´ve got these same guys telling you the fishing license is not included! That is nothing more than a lie, all boats that are licensed in Marina Vallarta have a fishing license. It is difficult to find a daily license in Puerto Vallarta because they are not sold individually here! You either buy them online out of San Diego or you purchase enough licenses for the entire year for a packed boat! This runs us in the neighborhood of $125.00 usd per license for one person / per year. Figure we will have enough licenses to accommodate the max number of people the insurance company allows on the boats for fishing. So the fishing license scam will no longer work right …. Wrong! I see people fall for this every day and if you say anything about this to would-be victims, they think it’s just sour grapes… I get a lot of business this way.

With the cost of fuel heading up daily (nearly two dollars a gallon in two months), the low cost operators , more and more boats that have no Matriculas or Legal License to operate a fishing charter boat and no insurance have been putting reputable fishing companies out of business. Nine businesses that focus on Sportfishing in Marina Vallarta have closed their doors  in the last 18 months. Some of the remaining fishing companies have converted to selling timeshare to cover their nuts. But it looks like the port authority which has been taking under the table propinas to allow these companies to operate may have seen this all change, lets hope anyway. You see representatives from the port authority have come around the fishing shops like mine to inform them there is a meeting coming up to address this issue of  ´PIRATE¨ Sportfishing boats. Now we have had several Port Authorities in the past, they all make the same noise when they are new and ultimately they all take the bribes that allow Pirate companies to operate and who under price their boats putting taxpaying businesses out of business! That is the good news…..

So when you get this price you can´t believe, and you get taken on a slow boat ride to china, you were told of the situation! You should get the best price you can, but don´t let the price be the only thing you focus on. Ask questions, what exactly does this price include? Fast boat?  Bait or Carnada?  Licenses? Ask for a scenario of what the day is going to be like. Remember in Mexico you will never, ever, get what you pay for with disreputable companies.  Better Captains cost more than those pretending to be a captain.  Fresh line is essential, check to see how fresh it is on the boat. Dull, yellowing line, bad ….  Short selection of lures and colors, bad…  Can´t communicate, pretends not to understand you when you try t o tell him what you want.. Bad! Kills your fish when you want to release it, bad! And I could go on forever! Be sure you know what you´re getting and the best way to do that is discuss what you are looking for from a reputable company that can communicate with you in your own language. Now if you´re Mexican, I may be in a little trouble with that one, but keep this in mind. Should you need a recommendation or suggestion on who to go with outside of Puerto Vallarta, then contact me and I will steer you in the right direction ….

As we are now in the thick of Fishings High Season in Vallarta, the fishing is as good as it will get for the year and should continue into late December. Find yourself a way down here and enjoy the action. If not you´ll just be another year older and another year more expensive. You can have the Fishing Grounds to yourself literally right now, so take advantage of these conditions, you may never have a chance to see conditions like this again!

Right now we are coming into the Sailfish Season where they move in, in large numbers, just in time for the 54th Pez Vela Torneo.. Or The 54th Sailfish Tournament sponsored by the Club De Pesca.  So mark your calendars and check out their web site at: www.fishvallarta.com for the details if you would care to participate. The dates this year are November 10, 11, 12 and 13th, so check it out.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or 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

 

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Black Marlin Take Over Corbeteña and El Banco Fishing Grounds, World Class Sportfishing Starts NOW!

 

 Big Blue Marlin 550  lbs at Corbeteña

Big Blue Marlin 550 lbs at Corbeteña

Black Marlin Take Over Corbeteña and El Banco Fishing Grounds, World Class Sportfishing Starts NOW!

 

For those of you out there that read my articles on a regular basis, you know that when we reach this time of the year you can expect some of the best fishing in the world! As I put Magnifico out this morning there was an air of excitement we haven´t experienced since this time last summer. Black Marlin are now taking over Puerto Vallartas favorite fishing grounds. Black Marlin ranging from 300 to 800 lbs are setting up house anywhere from Corbeteña to El Banco.  Warm currents have created the perfect conditions for mega amounts of bait creating frenzy conditions and arm burning action!

Corbeteña last week was luke warm and any fish coming from the Rock was the result of hard work. Changing lures, using planers, down riggers, you had to use all your options in your bag of tricks. While last week was hit and miss, this week is all Hit, Hit, Hit! Multiple hook-ups can prove to be a real problem is you are running four or more lines when there is huge Marlin looking for a free hand out! Naturally live bait is king and this week was no different.  And Black Marlin are not the only players, Cubera Snappers are still plentiful running in the 60 to 75 lb range. You may need a down rigger to get to them, they like the water just a touch cooler and being a bottom fish, they will be below the thermal lines. Sailfish are picking up in numbers, but we´re still early for them, but they´re moving into the area. Not to be forgotten, Yellowfin Tuna are  taking some surface baits, so if you see a boil be sure to hit, but if you don’t find the birds and the boils, run the downrigger for the Yellowfin, it will produce, but again it will be work!

El Banco or The Bank is on fire. Naturally Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Rainbow Runners, Cubera Snappers and a few Dorado are there to be had. Notice I said they are there, where are you?  With few anglers heading out to the fishing grounds you can have the whole area to yourself for the most part. Again the water temperatures are running about 86 degrees and while this is a great temperature for Marlin, the Yellowfin like it more in the 82 to 84 range. So keep an eye on the water temperatures, if you can find surface temps in this range, you will have a strong shot at some 50 to 180 Yellowfin! While live bait is king as I mentioned earlier, Petrileros lures, lures of Black and Brown or Black with yellow are strong for some reason here at the rock.

The Marietta Islands are looking up as well, the Dorado are around any floating log or coconut it seems. Not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but large enough to keep which means they´re running 25 to 40 lbs. It´s been a weak year so far for Dorado, but hopefully this will pick up shortly. There are Snappers to 35 lbs around the reefs, but remember these are protected areas so keep your distance amigos or you may be sorry. Amber jacks, Jack Crevalls, Rooster fish, Needle fish, and more are there waiting for you to present a bait to them that they can´t resist.

The point of Punta Mita is a location I have not talked of much in the last few months, that´s because there really was nothing happening. But that has all changed now with more and more Dorado daily and the early stages of Sailfish moving in as the resident Species, like normal. Rooster fish have also been in Sayulita in the 30 to 50 lb range, but they like the cooler waters as well and we have seen a slight reduction in the size and number of these arm breaking beauties. If you have never caught a Rooster Fish, they will fight like a demon and leave you wondering how a fish of this size can fight like Moby Dick? But fight they do and if you are lucky enough to target these fish with light tackle, you´ll be in for a time you´ll n ever forget. But you better get out there soon or they´ll be following the cooler currents to the north.

Inside the bay is mostly dirty these days, like normal for this time of the year. Well I shouldn´t say normal, the water isn´t exactly clean, it’s a tinted brown. Fish are taking baits, the strong currents cleaned the bay out some and the fishing is doing fine in close to shore. Around the south end of the bay there have been Skip jack Tuna, Bonito, Roballo or Snook in English and the list goes on. For the most part these fish have been running 20 to 35 lbs. For those short on bucks or time, the bay is a great option.  Only down side is you won´t find any Black Marlin in the bay.

Lately we´ve had a lot of non-professional fisherman out at the fishing grounds following the professional boats around like shadows. Now that is ok if you don´t know the area, but it is not OK to rush in to the area where another boat is working a Marlin or Tuna and start casting baits around the boat. But no matter what, do not come so close to a boat so it cuts the line or tangles the other boats fish that is working! Magnifico has had two of these instances with the same clients on two different days. Sorry doesn´t cut it when a guy who just paid a thousand dollars and waited half  his life to catch a finned fantasy just to have some jerk screw up his day! I have seen some serious stuff happen between people on the docks back in marina Vallarta where the boat followed the infringing parties’ boat in to settle things in a violent manner.  There is no excuse for this and if you are one of those guys, have a great day fishing, but not at our expense!

Right now we are coming into the Sailfish Season where they move in, in large numbers, just in time for the 54th Pez Vela Torneo.. Or The 54th Sailfish Tournament sponsored by the Club De Pesca.  So mark your calendars and check out their web site at: www.fishvallarta.com for the details if you would care to participate. The dates this year are November 10, 11, 12 and 13th, so check it out.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or 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

 

 

Black Marlin and Cubera Snapper Set up House at Corbeteña, Deserted Fishing Grounds

 

Cubera Snapper or Dog Tooth Pargo, either way it taste great!

Herbert Harmon with his 75 lb Dog Tooth Pargo (Cubera Snapper in English)

Black Marlin and Cubera Snapper Set up House at Corbeteña, Deserted Fishing Grounds

 

When it comes to Deep Sea Fishing once we enter August we enter High Season for fishing. Normally we have plenty of people hoping to boat a finned fantasy of a Black Marlin or Yellowfin Tuna. But this year has been slower than last year with the non-existent Swine Flu pandemic days of last year. Actually there are fewer people in Vallarta t his year than expected. Having said that, there are huge Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna to be had at Corbeteña or El Banco. The fishing grounds remind me of years ago when you could have the Rock (Corbeteña) to yourself and not worry about other boats snaking into your action! If you decide to head out to Corbeteña make sure you are there between 9 to11:00 am or forget about the bite. For some reason right now this is when they all are getting hungry. If for some reason you get past that time in the day, Cubera Snapper to 65 lbs have been taking trolled and bottom fishing baits.  If you are staying for the evening on an overnight fishing trip, then the bite will happen around 3 – sundown.  Surface baits are working during the bite, but you will have to use a down rigger or planers to get the bait below the surface and that may help.

El Banco has the same story, get there at the same time and you could come in with a Striped or Blue Marlin. They´ve been running in  the 250 to 500 lb range, but it you are at the high spots like most people hit first, then you went too far. About five miles before the high spots you´ll find some underwater ridges that have been attracting Marlin and Sailfish. So slow the boat down, set some lures and live bait before hand, you may find no reason to hit the high spots at all. Yellowfin are here as well running in the 80 to 120 lb range, but of course they can get bigger or smaller depending on what happens to be in the area. Spinner Dolphin have been in the area and they are the fisherman’s friends. You normally find smaller YF Tuna with the spinners. But we all know they still taste great and we´ll take what we find! Amberjacks are on the high spots as are Rainbow runners as well. So for those heading out this way, you can´t go wrong.

We’re still seeing heavy action when the water is clean at the Marietta Islands. Remember there is a reef located here and running into it will ruin your boat and your bank account so remember to stay clear of the reefs. But, just off the reefs you´ll find Amberjacks, Bonito, Snappers, Dorado (small), Rooster Fish and much more. The islands have been clear and clean lately, but again, with the heavy rains we have in PV at this time of the year conditions can change quickly.

The point of Punta Mita has been slow at best, but around the corner they are still boating Rooster fish in the 45 to 60lb range. Remember, they like anything shinny and prefer water temps just a bit cooler, so your electronics can come in handy when it comes finding Roosters!

At the river mouths the Snook or Roballo in Spanish have been taking anything shinny. While they love live bait, they will go after anything in the murky water that grabs their attention. With Snappers in the 30 lb range and Skip Jack Tuna up to 40 lbs a short day on the water can still pay off…

Remember this is summer in the tropics. Tropical storms and Hurricanes can spring up and move through quickly. Keep an eye on the weather and if you plan on scheduling a fishing charter, schedule it early in your vacation week so you can be flexible and still your fishing days in.  These four weather conditions normally don´t last long, but when they do happen they are never convenient.

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta make sure you visit The Village at Marina Vallarta. With 150 shops and Restaurant row it´s the number one attraction for Puerto Vallarta. Check out the daily catch on the docks or the jewelry stores or window shop for a new condo… What’s that, You´ve never heard of the Village? Then it’s time you came on down and checked it all out.  If you need it, it can be found in the Village! Check out their Facebook page (The Village at Marina Vallarta) and hit the ¨Like¨ Button to keep up with all the exciting changes as they happen!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or 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

As the Premier Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta, we pride ourselves on service and value to our customers. All boats are insured and have correct and legal operational licenses. Feel free to contact Stan at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx. You can also purchase one of my famous shirts online now at: www.MasterBaitersGear.com   Blog: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com   Facebook: search for MasterBaiters Stan.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

Fish Porn: Eye Candy Rated G….

250 lb Monster Yellowfin Tuna.... the kid is 6 ft tall for comparison

250 lb Monster Yellowfin Tuna…. the kid is 6 ft tall for comparison

Flying fish.... R u pUMPEed YeT?

Flying fish…. R u pUMPEed YeT?

Striped Marlin, Small at 200 lbs !  You ever see one in the wild?

Beautiful pic, Striped Marlin, Small at 200 lbs !

Big Bull Dorado.... Food for a week, with friends!

Big Bull Dorado…. Food for a week, with friends!

Everything counts in large amounts.... 35 Skip Jack Tuna th is day... Given away to the locals for dinner etc.

Everything counts in large amounts…. 35 Skip Jack Tuna th is day… Given away to the locals for dinner etc.

Yellowfin Tuna, another great day with Master Baiter´s Sportfishing..

Yellowfin Tuna, another great day with Master Baiter´s Sportfishing..

Blue Marlin, Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, another normal day!

Blue Marlin, Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, another normal day!

Blue Marlin, I love Fish ¨N¨ Chicks... get it? ......do you?

Blue Marlin, I love Fish ¨N¨ Chicks… get it? ……do you?

Sailfish released, Small boats can catch Big Fish Toooo !!

Sailfish released, Small boats can catch Big Fish Toooo !!

Dorado, These guys walked into the Marriott hotel in Marina Vallarta just like this!

Dorado, These guys walked into the Marriott hotel in Marina Vallarta just like this!

Rooster Fish or Pez Gallo in  spanish, either way they fight like demons!

Rooster Fish or Pez Gallo in spanish, either way they fight like demons!

Everyone loves fish pictures, so here are some that are guaranteed to get your otor started and hopefully motivate you to get off  your duff and get you here to PV…. It´s high season for fishing and these are photos from days gone by… Enjoy…. Master Baiter´s

Yellowtail Tuna, Black / Striped Marlin Abundant, Hurricane Frank Fishing Opportunities

 Yellowtail Tuna, Black / Striped Marlin Abundant, Hurricane Frank Fishing Opportunities 

 

Sailfish at Corbeteña

Sailfish at Corbeteña, 10 hrs and worth it!

W

ell, all the kids are back in school, North American types as well as the Mexican nationals.  It´s slow season folks in Vallarta, but that is not to say the fishing is slow! In fact it is just the opposite as we enter High Season for Fishing in Puerto Vallarta. That’s right, the kids are in school, tourism is down, Deals are all over the internet and the fishing is getting better by the day. Yellowfin Tuna are abundant at El Banco running anywhere from 80 to 180 lbs. Striped Marlin are coming on strong lately off the point of Punta Mita. Rooster fish at Sayulita, the whole bay is rockin and waiting for you to show up amigos!

The big news this week is Hurricane Frank. When this article was written it had stalled directly 300 miles off  Puerto Vallarta. It is now a  Category one hurricane and moving at a snails pace of  5 knots (6 mph). This means we may have to deal with the swell sizes, which are surprisingly smaller than I would expect, for now anyway. To the avid angler, this is not exactly bad news if your schedule is a little flexible. When these Hurricanes come through it can make the day after incredible. I have two guys in town now waiting for it to pass so they can pillage the fishing grounds.

Most places in the world where you can expect to find world class Billfishing will have conditions where it is hot, sticky and humid when the bite is on. Since we all know these world class game fish like warm water in the mid eighties, this means you will always have warm conditions when heading out looking for Monsters! So if you cannot prepare yourself mentally, then you better find the one or two air conditioned boats that rent for a premium. But no matter how you find your way to the fishing grounds, it´s time to be there! We are seeing the annual explosion of Black Marlin up to 800 lbs, and Yellowfin Tuna that will make any Monster (Tuna) Hunter Happy with many bordering on 250 lbs!

Fifty miles out from Puerto Vallarta is El Banco or The Bank in English. I commonly refer to this as a Marlin McDonalds and they will setup house as the resident species here. Known as one of the best fishing grounds in Mexico, El Banco has two spikes that are 58 and 65 ft respectively below the surface. Now these spikes jut up from a strange rock formation that has gulleys, ridges and valleys. You can find Black Marlin there as we did this week bordering on 500 to 800 lbs. The Yellowfin Tuna will range between 80 and 250 lbs (it just depends on conditions). Cubera Snappers are taking trolled surface baits, if there is a log the Dorado or Mahi Mahi as they´re also known as will be around floating logs or any sort of floating ¨thing¨ they can find. After a strong rain, this is a great find and can make your day and your evening dinner! The one thing about El Banco is the fact that everyday anything is possible. If you’re looking to hook into Moby Dick, this would be the place you want to be NOW.

Thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta is Corbeteña or more commonly known as the ¨Rock¨.  This is the most flexible location we have in PV when it comes to conditions. With the rock jutting up from the ocean bottom and the deep trenches surrounding it and with the structure on the north side anything is possible. Black Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna are there waiting for you to present them a bait. Cubera Snappers are taking surface trolled baits here as well. Several YF tuna have been boated here the last few days. With the number of tourist in town way down, there are not that many boats out there. So there are no issues driving the fish down and away from your baits! If you are looking for a world class day on the water at a reduced expense when it comes to fuel, this is the place to be.

The Marietta Islands are still the place to be for those looking for a shorter day with arm burning action. We’ve seen Amberjacks, Snappers to 35 lbs, Skip Jack Tuna to 40 lbs, Sailfish, Jack Crevalls and the list goes on. For an eight hour trip you can´t go wrong. Well worth the time and the money.

Around the point of Punta Mita, 26 miles north from Marina Vallarta there have been several Striped Marlin eight miles to fifteen miles off the point. Dorado (20 to 35 lbs) are around the floating logs or whatever you can find floating (you can only imagine what you´ll find floating out there). Just a little north of Punta Mita, Sayulita has been showing some why it´s Rooster Fish City. Around the shallows and the rocks they have been running anywhere from 35 lbs to 70 lbs! Not known as a good eating fish, my Mexican friends invited me to try a piece fresh off the grill and let me tell you, I liked it. So don´t be afraid to filet up one for the dinner table. Live dangerously and give it a try….

The bay is a confusing place these days. With the rivers just pouring silty water into the bay after the monsoon intensity rains we´ve been having our difficulties. If the fish can´t see the bait, they won´t take the bait. So be smart and head to the rocky shore areas and hit the Snappers and Roballo (Snook) for some great action and the blue plate special! Last week they were hitting 40 lb Skip Jack Tunas at will in front of Yelapa. So keep your ears on and for any positive news. A four hour trip is cheap and will get you a fishing fix for less.

As I m mentioned earlier we are in our Hurricane Season. Most people cringe when I say this, but the locals know this provides an opportunity to boat fish that are hungry. One of the biggest secrets is to chase the Hurricanes and fill the fish boxes with hungry fish. You can only do this is you are flexible, here and ready to go at a moments notice. So don´t be afraid of Hurricanes, they almost never hit land here in PV (70 yrs now) and normally work their way north or west… or north west.

For those of you out there worried about your safety in Puerto Vallarta, I would wonder about you if you weren´t. The things you hear about in the news are a world away, exaggerated and don’t affect us here in PV. Air fares are down, Hotels are cheap and the fishing is great, the best it will be for the year from now until the end of December. If you are considering a fishing vacation, remember Puerto Vallarta has drinkable water (I drink it, could be my problem), World class game fishing, reduced prices and everyone speaks English. So keep PV on your Bucket List and  check at least one life experience off the things you´ve always wanted to do!

Remember we have the Pez Vela Tournament or Sailfish Tournament coming in November from the 10th to 14th so start making plans to be here for this (www.fishvallarta.com).  I have several boats we are keeping at a lower rate to make things more affordable. If interested I have several boats that are still open and available. Several o f them past winners with winning captains!  If you have never been in a tournament with Master Baiter’s Sportfishing and Tackle, we don´t mess around and we come prepared … So play to win with Master Baiter´s and we’ll see you at the awards ceremony! When more information is available I will let you know in my articles.

One last thing to remember, with the rains comes the dirty water. Many times you will find this coffee colored water as far out as El Banco. Be prepared with down riggers and planers. Many times the farther out you are, the more likely this dirty water is on the surface only. Drop the down rigger and give it a chance. If you have those expensive electronics on the market as most do, use them to see where the temperature breaks are and this will give you an idea as to how deep to set them.

Marina Vallarta is a place that even the well traveled and familiar with Puerto Vallarta often times will know nothing about, even after visiting Vallarta for years on end! There is a business association newly formed to promote the ¨Village in Marina Vallarta¨ now and we are looking for local businesses to become involved. If you are a manager or owner of a business in the Marina Vallarta area we would like to invite you to become involved. Remember, there are 150 shops, Restaurant Row with the top restaurants in Vallarta, Real Estate Services, Massages, Tequila Tasting, Sportfishing (naturally) and much, much more. If interested in checking out our Facebook page to to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Village-at-Marina-Vallarta/113471265373196?v=wall#!/pages/The-Village-at-Marina-Vallarta/113471265373196?v=info  You´ll be glad you did!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

As the Premier Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta, we pride ourselves on service and value to our customers. All boats are insured and have correct and legal operational licenses. Feel free to contact Stan at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx. You can also purchase one of my famous shirts online now at: www.MasterBaitersGear.com   Blog: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com   Facebook: search for MasterBaiters Stan.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

The Master Baiter´s® brand name is protect under national and international law and is the legal property of Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters® Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. Any person, company or organization using this registered trademark will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

 

Cubera Snapper, 55 lbs, Seng Sok with Frist Mate Charlie, Magnifico

Cubera Snapper, 55 lbs, Seng Sok with Frist Mate Charlie, Magnifico

High Season for Big Game Fishing Hits Vallarta Fishing Grounds, Pro Anglers Flock to Vallarta

 

Ok Folks, High Season for Fishing kicks in NOW! By the end of August we see the tournaments kick in as our world famous fishing grounds once again defend their place on the list of best fishing spots in the world. When it comes to Black Marlin, Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster Fish (and the impressive list goes on) PV has you covered with plentiful and abundantly packed fishing grounds!  September begins the highest of Sportfishings high season. You will now see famous fishing publications like Marlin Magazine or ESPN’s fishing programs around the docks in the Village of Marina Vallarta.  Heading out to Corbeteña or El Banco, these crews will get the stories you will be reading about next fall and winter. Now you can read about them / watch someone else catch your Marlin or you can live it! No Excuses..

Those with the bones and the bucks will find Monster Yellowfin Tuna well over 250 lbs.,  Black Marlin over 850 lbs, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Rooster fish as big as 70 lbs, Cubera Snapper in the 50 to 75 lb range, Dorado and of course Sailfish!   The options are endless when it comes to our Emerald Bay of Banderas.

Starting at El Banco we’ve seen some strange conditions as late. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, large Cubera Snappers in the 45 to 65 lb range are all hanging out at this Marlin McDonalds! Yellowfin have been in the area and large, anywhere from 100 to 250 lbs. But you better be patient, it´s been a ¨on / off / on¨ again situation that will drive you a little crazy. Magnifico came in last week with a Yellowfin from nowhere. No boils, no other YF Tuna in the area, yet a 100 lb Yellowfin Tuna hit a dead trolled bait. It was a surprise, but one we can live with. It appears the water temperatures are warming to the point of driving the YF Tuna down to cooler water temps. Using Google Eyes, you’ll entice them if you are in the right area and at the right dept. Use those expensive electronics to see where the temperature change is and set your down riggers to that depth. It should increase your luck. Also, early in the day may be your best bet right now as well if hunting YF Tuna. With the area thick with Skip Jack Tuna, bait is not an issue. Remember things can chang e in a heartbeat so keep up with the reports or feel free to call or email me for the latest and greatest.

Corbeteña is pretty much the same story as El Banco. Black Marlin in the ridges before you come to the Rock seems to still be the secret to boating this Big Beautiful billfish. Sailfish are also in the area. Cubera Snappers have been thinck in both locations, but more so in the trenches around the island. Again, nothing fancy, just a trolled chorra or Skip Jack will do the trick. Again, don´t be afraid to use that down rigger and keep an eye on the sounder / fish finder, make that thing do its job! The water is clean, that’s a plus and the season has been hurricane issue free so far for the year. Corbeteña is the best bang for your fishing buck at the moment.

If you’ve been thinking of heading out for some Rooster Fish, well, they´re back. If you are in the Sayulita area or a little north, these fierce fighters have been running anywhere from 35 to 65 lbs of arm breaking action. The Marietta islands have exploded with these beauties. There are also good sized Amber Jacks, Snappers, Needle fish and Dorado if you can find a log or something of that nature floating around the area. But the Dorado this year have not been much over the 25 lb range. You can point a lot of fingers, but that is the case at the moment. Rooster Fish are also enjoying the abundant bait in the water so if you are looking for a shorter day and a better fit for your vacation budget, then a 8 hr trip to the Marietta Islands is a great option.

Like I said, the Sayulita area is seeing an explosion in Rooster fish and that is not all. Sailfish are setting up house and anywhere from five to fifteen miles off shore you’ll find these babies. It is still a little early in the season for Sailfish to start showing up in larger numbers. Sailfish are always in the area, even in the winter, but come the end of September the population explodes. So nothing strange or unusual to report here as yet….

Inside the bay has been a little strange lately. The area by Yelapa has been seeing a steady stream of Skip Jack Tuna up to 20 kilos or about 50 lbs. Not a small fish and frankly this area has had better action than many of the other deep water fishing ground. The bay is clean and dirty depending on where you are.  There are also a lot of Snappers and Needle fish in the shore areas with structure. Roballo like always at the river mouths. Jack Crevalls are still strong and willing to take your baits should you choose to present something to them! A four or six hour fishing trip will put you in the thick of the action and you can fin d some great deals in this time frame on smaller boats with us at the moment. If you are at the other end of the bay, same thing. The area in front of the hotels in Nuevo Vallarta have been alive with action and again, for a short day, you can´t go wrong. Seems to be mostly Skip Jacks and Jack Crevalls right now.

The Fourth  Marlin and Pez Vela Tournament was a little disappointing with smaller fish that we normally see for tournament winners. Visit the web site: www.rivieranayaritfishingtournament.com for additional details. There were 26 boats as I understand it in the tournament this year and is proving to be a well managed and fun tournament out of La Cruz.  Remember we have the 54th Pez Vela Tournament coming up in Marina Vallarta. You can come in and catch all the action in the Village at Marina Vallarta by Brandos Bar. So mark November 10 , 11,12 and 13th on your calendar. The web site is not updated as yet, but you can have the address of their site: www.fishvallarta.com for details as they come available.

If you are true Big Game Fisherman, Forget the cost, forget the heat, forget the humidity, get your butt on a boat and have a ¨Bucket list ¨ day on the water enjoying the pinnacle of World Class Sportfishing here in affordable Puerto Vallarta! I know the economy is bad in the Northern Americas, I know you all are hurting and licking your wounds. You invested in banks, financial institutions, houses and stocks. Everyone of these financial avenues has come up short at best. Invest in yourself, your memories and check off at least one thing of your ¨Bucket List¨….. Remember, you can always make another dollar, but you will never be able to make another Day! You can’t turn the clock back or stop the sands of time. But hey, this is the way I think, I´ve been wrong before.  If you are truly interested in fishing and you have a short budget, I will make sure you get out there for less money than a  round of golf, I won´t jerk you around amigos….

The kids are back in school, the family travel days have come to an end for Mexican Nationals and North Americans alike as summer ends for the seasonal traveler. The town is slower, quieter and has a siesta feel. This is the real Mexico, the Real Vallarta. No crowds in the restaurants, many shops will close for the next month, the beaches are wide open with no issues of being served a cold beer.  The peso is cheap, The Hotels are pushing deals, and air fares are dropping like a rock as the locals prepare to party. If you have never spent a summer in Vallarta, you will never understand Vallartas core. There is a strange fellowship amongst those in PV at this time of the year. This is when we can kick back, relax and get out batteries recharged as we get ready for the next tourism high season. But for now, it’s time to enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer.

Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, My favorite place in the whole world!

Also remember, if you mention you read my blog, article or are a Facebook friend, I will give you a nice discount!

Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

As the Premier Fishing Company in Puerto Vallarta, we pride ourselves on service and value to our customers. All boats are insured and have correct and legal operational licenses. Feel free to contact Stan at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx. You can also purchase one of my famous shirts online now at: www.MasterBaitersGear.com   Blog: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com   Facebook: search for MasterBaiters Stan.. Master Baiter´s is also the only company in Puerto Vallarta that Guarantees your catch with a 30% money back guarantee on full priced charters! We take the risk with you, a t Master Baiter´s®, We Don´t Jerk You Around!

The Master Baiter´s® brand name is protect under national and international law and is the legal property of Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters® Sportfishing and Tackle in Marina Vallarta. Any person, company or organization using this registered trademark will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.   

Fishing Report: Yellowfin Tuna More Abundant By The Day, Marlin Everywhere, Big Snappers Return, Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta Rocks!

Stephen and Mathias Trihey (9 yrs) Yellowfin Tuna on Magnifico

Stephen and Mathias Trihey (9 yrs) Yellowfin Tuna on Magnifico

Yellowfin Tuna More Abundant By The Day, Marlin Everywhere, Big Snappers Return, Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta Rocks!

The world of sport fishing is a small and close knit community. The same ones you will read about and see in the magazines and TV shows are the same people you will see around the Village in Marina Vallarta as we get deeper into High Season. When it comes to World Class Deep Sea Fishing or Big Game Fishing, it is hard to beat the reputation of Puerto Vallartas fishing grounds! Right now we are seeing the sorts of things we look for in a world class location like Giant Marlin, very large Yellowfin Tuna, large Sailfish and more. In fact there are YF Tuna over 200 lbs outside of El Banco, but be patient it may take some time to find these monsters, but worth the wait.

If you are one of those serious Fishing fanatics and you are dead set on Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs, then you´re in luck. But you´re in for a long day and a fair distance before you´ll find that finned fantasy! Anywhere from five miles south to the Tres Maria Islands you can find what you´re looking for. Perfect water temperatures and plenty of bait have our favorite species hanging out and setting up house as residents. But the real story is still Black Marlin running anywhere from 450 lbs to over 800 lbs. So, have you ever caught a fish bigger than your car? Now would be your chance. Wahoo have been boated at the high spots of El Banco and if you’re lucky you’ll run into some larger Dorado. Sailfish are here as well, but you don´t need to come this far if you´re looking for those.

Corbeteña after such a long period of very little action has turned into a hot bed of action. Just a few miles inland from the rock you will find Black Marlin in the trenches and most forget to look in these areas when the fishing is so abundant like now. Many a tournament winner boated a winning fish in this area and it should be on the list of places to mark on your GPS. Sailfish are here in the 85 inch range, Blue and Striped Marlin are in the area and running in the 250 to 550 lb range. But the real story for those looking for a trophy fish is Black Marlin this week and Yellowfin Tuna. You may have to circle the rock moving outward, but the extra effort will be worth the time and trouble. Blacks are between 400 and 850 lbs, Yellowfin are ranging from small to very large depending on if you run into Spinner dolphin or porpoises. But with the size range as it is, you can find Yellowfin from 40 lbs to 250 lbs, it just depends. Wahoo have been out in numbers, but unless you’ve got Wahoo rigs, boating one is pure luck. Cubera Snappers have hit the big time as well since spawning season for them has finally come to an end. Seng Sok from southern California boated a 65 lb Cubera Snapper and was nothing but smiles on Magnifico our 30 Bertram Classic. No bottom fishing here, this Pargo (Spanish for Snapper) took trolled bait on the surface. Just remember, these fish fight like Sailfish, but taste much better! Dorado have been missing, but if you can find a log, you´ve got dinner! Right now if you are looking for the best bang for your buck, then Corbeteña is the place to be.

The Marietta islands this week are still doin their thang! Rooster fish have reappeared and are running anywhere from 30 lbs to 50 lbs and are hungry! Snappers, Bonito, Needle fish (false marlin since they have a bill) Jack Crevalls, Mackerals and small Dorado are just a few to choose form. If you find floating logs or something of that nature you’re liable to hit the jack pot with some larger sizes of the perfect dinner fish, Dorado! For an 8 hr day, you could do a lot worse and spend a lot more. Don´t forget El Morro, the place seems to get ignored, but there are always fish in the area so keep this quiet location in the back of your mind.

The bay is kinda strange lately. Some days you’ll find 35 lb Skip Jack Tuna in front of Yelapa. Other days the Roballo are hitting hard at Boca Tomatlan, and if you hit the Nuevo Vallarta area anything from Sailfish to Jack Crevalls will be waiting for you to show up with something that will grab their attention! So a four our six hour bay day will still give those with a short budget the chance to get some PV Action under fighting belts! You may even save some money on dinner amigos!!

The businesss owners in Marina Vallarta have formed a small committee to promote ¨The Village in Marina Vallarta¨. If you are in Puerto Vallarta be sure to look for us or ask about us. We have 150 shops, Restaurant Row and every service under the sun available. Weekly farmers markets, flea market nights and more are planned so tell your friends and lets see the ¨Village in Marina Vallarta¨ take off with your support. As one of the top ten privat marinas in the world it´s hard to believe we need to promote such a cool place, but there you are, so tell your friends!

Also this week I notice the news services are depicting Mexico as a dangerous place to live or visit. Well folks, there are those dangerous places in every corner of the world. The American appetite for drugs is causing Mexico problems in more ways than one. But the one thing Mexico is not getting credit for is fighting the good fight. Mexico does not have to fight the drug lords, the problem is Americas. Drug lords are bad guys, no question, but the issues the press is putting in front of the American public are skewed and biased! America has come out with travel warning just before every high travel period for Americans trying to scare them into not coming to Mexico and keeping their vacation dollars home. I can tell you first hand, Mexico is safer than Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland and the list goes on. The places with the issues are places close to the border and this has always been the case there. This area has always been an area of high tension and crime, nothing new there. But don´t let the news and the travel warnings scare you from visiting the primary tourism areas, they are safe, fun and now very affordable so take advantage of the deals and money exchange!

Be sure to remember we have the Pez Vela Tournament coming this November 10, 11, 12 and 13th. Remember the 10th is just sign in, the tournament starts the following morning at 7:00a.m..Possibly 6:00 am….. More information on the tournament when available, web site not updated as yet…. I have several boats priced to go and all Master Baiter´s boats are tournament ready with fresh drags (no jerking), fresh line, new bearings, everything we could slide by with, but winning tournaments comes first from preparation, after that luck and captain skills take over… Contact me if interested in winning a tournament with Magnifico or Discovery or any of the other options I have in my secret bag of tricks! Another reminder, if you are not dealing with a licensed and insured fishing company in Puerto Vallarta, you don´t have any recourse should something go wrong. Like giving some guy on the board walk a deposit just to find the guy doesn´t show up the day you´re supposed to be heading out fishing. Just don´t do anything you wouldn´t do in your home town and everything will be wonderful when you head out. The reason I say this so many times I see this sort of thing happen all the time. In fact today I put a unexpected boat out just for this reason. I gave the guys fishing with me, both are in the throes of a divorce, a nice discount. And remember, if you mention you read my blog, article or are a Facebook friend, I will give you a nice discount! Until next week, don´t forget to kiss your fish! Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at: http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx or 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