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!

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Ready or Not Puerto Vallarta, Here Comes Hurricane Jova, Cat. 3 (10 10 2011)

Ok, for any of you out there thining they were going to duck a bullet in Puerto Vallarta,  you are partially right, but mostly wrong.

Hurricane Jova right now looks like it is going to hit the coast of Mexico south of Puerto Vallarta.. Most of what  you will be reading has been cut and pasted with web address to visit your self. Updates happen about every six hours, so keep the site and refer back to it as of ten as you like… Here is the latest as of Monday late afternoon….

– East Pacific Major Hurricane Jova will make landfall somewhere on the Pacific coast of central Mexico Tuesday night, probably as a major hurricane, category 3 or stronger

– East Pacific Tropical Storm Irwin is west of and farther offshore than Jova, but will also head toward the Pacific coast of central Mexico and could make landfall there in several days, possibly as only a tropical depression

– Another new eastern Pacific depression has some chance to form east of Jova in the next couple of days, and then move northeastward and affect southeastern Mexico or northern Central America later this week

Check it  out  here: http://www.weather.com/newscenter/hurricanecentral/update/index.html

Here is the Tracking : Click on the pictures to enlarge to readable size…

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011

Here is the 5 day Forecast :

Hurricane Jova 5 Day Tracking forcast 10 10 2011

Hurricane Jova 5 Day Tracking forcast 10 10 2011

Another perspective….

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011Storm centered satelite image

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011Storm centered satelite image

 

And the series of different computer models on the possible path….. looks like spaghetti to me

Hurricane Jova Ensemble computer models, White pathe believed probable

Hurricane Jova Ensemble computer models, White pathe believed probable

You can see Jova will be hitting land around Manzanillo with some forceful winds and swells to around 12 ft. But it sounds like the area around Manzanillo is where it will hit land… which is about 150 miles or so south of us here in PV. Now it could turn north, but with the mountain range around Puerto Vallarta this should protect the bay area, like it  always has.  That is my call on what is going  to happen. If the path follows  the southern route we in PV should see a good windy few days with a whole lot of rain, but as far  as much damage we should get through this ok… if it follows the southern  route. If not, and it move more to the north, we should still be pretty good, but it could get intense. What worries me is the thought of it moving drasticaly to the north and then the storm surge would cause some serious problems. Remember PV is only 20  feet above sea level, so a storm surge and big waves would seriously hurt PV. Now if you are in La Cruz Marina, I would be looking for a open dock in Marina Vallarta which is protected and the only place to be in a storm. But even this could be nasty… very nasty if it comes intot he bay!

 

Right  now it is a big guess… so be prepared with more than cigarettes amigos…. water and food that can be eaten cold is my suggestion… batteries for clocks, radios and flash lights should be stocked up on…. Candles are important and be sure to unplug any electronic device for obvious reasons…

 

One last thing, the fisherman in me want s to head out, but don´t. The fishing has been incredible as it can get before a big storm or tormenta as they say in spanish. If you can  get out after the ¨all clear¨announcemtns, go, it could be some of the bes tfishing you will eve r have a shot at… or not… it `s still fishing amigo.

 

Below is the official warning as of 9:00 or so tonight…. the latest  and scariest is yet to come…

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

http://www.Masterbaiters Stan on Facebook….

http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx web site…  official forcast below….

2100 UTC Mon Oct 10 2011

changes in watches and warnings with this advisory...

the government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for the northwestern coast of Mexico from north of Cabo Corrientes northward to San Blas.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect...

a Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Punta San Telmo northward to Cabo Corrientes Mexico

a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Lazaro Cardenas northward to south of Punta San Telmo Mexico

a tropical storm watch is in effect for... * north of Cabo Corrientes northward to San Blas Mexico

a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area...generally within 48 hours.

Hurricane center located near 16.8n 106.2w at 10/2100z
position accurate within  15 nm

present movement toward the northeast or  50 degrees at   6 kt

estimated minimum central pressure  955 mb
eye diameter 15 nm
Max sustained winds 110 kt with gusts to 135 kt.
64 kt....... 15ne  15se  15sw  15nw.
50 kt....... 40ne  40se  40sw  35nw.
34 kt....... 80ne  80se  80sw  70nw.
12 ft seas..210ne 300se 300sw 120nw.
Winds and seas vary greatly in each quadrant.  Radii in nautical
miles are the largest radii expected anywhere in that quadrant.

Repeat...center located near 16.8n 106.2w at 10/2100z
at 10/1800z center was located near 16.5n 106.5w

forecast valid 11/0600z 17.2n 105.8w
Max wind 115 kt...gusts 140 kt.
64 kt... 20ne  20se  20sw  20nw.
50 kt... 40ne  45se  45sw  40nw.
34 kt... 80ne  90se  90sw  75nw.

Forecast valid 11/1800z 18.2n 105.2w
Max wind 115 kt...gusts 140 kt.
64 kt... 25ne  25se  20sw  20nw.
50 kt... 45ne  50se  50sw  40nw.
34 kt... 90ne 100se 100sw  85nw.

Forecast valid 12/0600z 19.5n 104.7w...inland
Max wind 100 kt...gusts 120 kt.
64 kt... 25ne  25se  20sw  20nw.
50 kt... 50ne  55se  55sw  45nw.
34 kt...100ne 110se 110sw  90nw.

Forecast valid 12/1800z 21.1n 104.5w...inland
Max wind  60 kt...gusts  75 kt.
50 kt... 30ne  50se  50sw  30nw.
34 kt... 60ne 110se 110sw  75nw.

Forecast valid 13/1800z 22.7n 104.6w...inland
Max wind  35 kt...gusts  45 kt.
34 kt... 20ne  40se  70sw  20nw.

Extended outlook. Note...errors for track have averaged near 150 nm on day 4 and 200 nm on day 5...and for intensity near 20 kt each day

outlook valid 14/1800z 24.5n 105.0w...Post-trop/remnt low
Max wind  20 kt...gusts  30 kt.

Outlook valid 15/1800z...dissipated

request for 3 hourly ship reports within 300 miles of 16.8n 106.2w

next advisory at 11/0300z

$$
forecaster Stewart

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Tropical Storm, Soon to be Hurricane Jova Update (10 8 2011), Hurricane Irwin Enters the Picture

Ok, it still looks like we here on the west coast of Mexico need to believe this Tropical Storm is going to turn into a Hurricane sometime today, but it seems to be taking it´s sweet  time in doing so.

All the models I am interested in still shows  the Hurricane coming towards  the Bay of Banderas which of course is where Puerto Vallarta  is.

If you follow my blog, and you have a boat here in Puerto Vallarta  it is important to remember there are things like storm surges that  will raise the level of the water we normally deal with in the Marinas. Ever wonder why those concrete pillars are so high, this is why, so docks don´t break free or come un-hooked and then play bumper boats in hundred mile an hour winds. So if you have a boat and you believe there may be an issue here, it is time to act… You can decide what that means in your case. But in any case, PV is going to get hit with some bad weather. Possible two or god forbid three hurricanes.

Hurricane Jova is the primary threat, it is behind Irwin and Irwin is not moving for nothing. Jova is behind it, running into it, which of course is why Jova is moving erratically. T he pressure systems seem to be showing the two hurricanes turning from Sea and moving towards the coast. There is also another tropical depression nobody is talking about but is sitting quietly, like a lingering tumor you know nothing of as yet and for now we will just  be aware it is there….

OK, so here´s t he beef amigos……

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011

Then here is your 5 day forecast…….

5 day tracking.... Jova,  10 8 11

5 day tracking.... Jova, 10 8 11

And now the computer Model…..

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

And then there is the Expanded version computer model…..

Expanded Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

Expanded Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

So there you go folks, use this information wisely.

Remember you can subscribe to these  articles I write and get notices and information on what is happening on the docks and in the fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta. It does not cost a dime and as far as I can see, I am the only  person with this sort of daily or weekly information coming out of Puerto Vallarta.  For my weekly fishing reports, not found here at this location go to my web page  http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx for up to date information without much horn blowing… Hahahaaa…..

OK, look for the next update on the Hurricane situation tomorrow…..

 

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Puerto Vallarta,  Mexico

Fish Porn, Safe for your 12 yr old (10 04 2011)

Hey There….

 

FYI, I post a weekly fishing report on my web site that is different than my blog report. Subscribe to this blog and remember to c eck out my web page for different information weekly…..  Now it´s time for  me to post some more Fish Porn, Safe for Your 12 year old ……

Dorado at Corbeteña....

Dorado at Corbeteña....

 

 Lisa Frick Dorado in the bay

Lisa Frick Dorado in the bay

 

Sailfish, Rod Hewitt, Jason & Melissa Reiner, CaboCorr, Magnifico

Sailfish, Rod Hewitt, Jason & Melissa Reiner, CaboCorr, Magnifico

 

 Casey Hocker fishon1

Casey Hocker fishon1

 

 Casey Hocker caseytuna

Casey Hocker caseytuna

 

Yellowfin Footballs,  Michelle Stewart, El Banco, Animal House, I just like this pic!

Yellowfin Footballs, Michelle Stewart, El Banco, Animal House, I just like this pic!

 

First mate Lobo loading up the Flags.....

First mate Lobo loading up the Flags.....

 

 Sunrisepv Casey Hocker, 8 hrs, Cabo Corrientes

Sunrisepv Casey Hocker, 8 hrs, Cabo Corrientes

Now for some older photos we all love to look at ……..

This is the biggest tuna I have ever seen, circa 2004

This is the biggest tuna I have ever seen, circa 2004

 

Yelowfin  Tuna at the Dock

Yelowfin Tuna at the Dock

 

3 Monster YF and a six foot tall college student, circa 2002

3 Monster YF and a six foot tall college student, circa 2002

 

Zev and his huge Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin!

Zev and his huge Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin!

 

Ok, that is it for now… Remember my blog is different from my web page with different articles and information… Subscribe to my blog, I like seeing readers and I need or I should say I want more than three regular readers… You can also follow MasterBaiters on Tweeter…  Take care and enjoy your fish porn!

 

 

Special Article: Yellowfin Tuna, What Do You Really Know of These Spectacular Fish?

Yellowfin Tuna, What Do You Really Know of These Spectacular Fish?

Written by Stan Gabruk

Owning Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle in Puerto Vallarta it seems come summer time everyone walking in my door wants to hook into a Yellowfin Tuna, I don´t blame them. Most people will tell me how they have always wanted the chance to challenge a Monster Yellowfin Tuna on their ¨Bucket List¨.  But other than that, what do you personally know about Yellowfin Tuna? For most of you out there you`re going to say ¨not much ¨.  Well amigos, we´re going to change that, at least a little, right now!

Yellowfin Migration Ranges between latitudes of approximately 40°N to 35°S

Yellowfin Migration Ranges between latitudes of approximately 40°N to 35°S

 

Yellowfin tuna are pretty much everywhere in the world except the Mediterranean Seas and will migrate between latitudes of approximately 40°N to 35°S, is a highly migratory species but in the Pacific Ocean there is very little evidence of east / west or north / south long range migrations. This means there is little opportunity to intermix species forming sub species. To me this means they follow the bait and water temperatures wit h no specific migration patterns.

Yellowfin Tuna have gone by many English language ¨common¨ names which include:  Yellowfin Tuna, Yellow fin tuna, Allison tuna, Long Fin Tunny, Longfin, Pacific Long-Tailed Tuna, and Tuna. Other common names include,  Ahi (Hawaiian), Albacora (Portuguese), Rabil (Spanish), and the list goes on…

Habitat

Yellowfin Tuna prefer it between 65 to 88°F (18-31°C).  I know we have seen YF Tuna sound to 150 feet or deeper to adjust body temperatures to surrounding water temperate as the surface water temps were over 90°F which of course is uncomfortable for them. Yellowfin will stay in an area if there is plenty of bait and clean water. But when Areas like Puerto Vallarta has warm water temperatures YF Tuna will migrate north in to the Cabo San Lucas area where historically water temperatures are slightly cooler than PV. So like we saw in El Nino a few years back, Tuna sounded or moved north to cooler water as an example of this. Normally YF Tuna will go as deep as 330 feet if they have a reason to do so.  Yellowfin tuna’s circulatory system acts to retain metabolic heat. This warms their bodies above ambient temperature and allows them to process food and transport oxygen more efficiently. Their ability to stay warm does not match the near warm-blooded bluefin tuna, and as a result, their migration range is more limited by water temperature as I just mentioned. Their sensitivity to cooler temperatures also limits vertical movements to the relatively thin layer between the thermocline and surface.

Schooling Yellowfin Tuna

Schooling Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna are more likely to ¨School¨ with other species of the same size than their own. Here in the Eastern Pacific off Puerto Vallarta you will find them running with several Dolphin species including Spinner Dolphin. When we see this we know we`ll be catching Football sized Yellowfin at the smallest. Spinners are always our friend here in PV! This example of YF Tuna ¨schooling¨ with other species is not seen anywhere except in this area. The rest of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans do not see this which makes this behavior unique.

It  also seems that Yellowfin Tuna tend to school only on the surface, the deeper they are the less likely they are to ¨school¨ and will fragment or scatter.

                                                     200 pound Yellowfin Tuna caught in Puerto Vallarta, Felipe Bravo of Gueroazteca

Distinctive Features

The Yellowfin is a large tuna. Its body deepest under its first dorsal fin, while tapering considerably towards the caudal peduncle. Two dorsal fins are present. In adults, the second dorsal fin is very long, as is the anal fin, which is directly below the second dorsal. These fins become relatively longer in larger individuals. The pectoral fin is also long, reaching beyond the space between the dorsal fins. The caudal peduncle is very slender and includes three sets of keels.  With seven to ten dorsal and ventral finlets are present. A swim bladder is present. The eyes are small; teeth are small and conical.

Below are some descriptions of Tuna species running in the Eastern Pacific:

 

Coloration

The body is metallic dark blue or greenish above, while the belly and lower sides are silvery white and crossed by many vertical, interrupted lines. Perhaps most distinctly, a golden stripe runs along the side. The second dorsal and anal fins and finlets are bright yellow, and the finlets are bordered by a narrow band of black.

 

Size, Age, and Growth

The maximum length reported for Yellowfin is 110 inches ( 9ft or280 cm) total length and the maximum weight is 880 lbs. (400 kg). The all-tackle record recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is 388 lbs. 8 oz. (176.4 kg). This latter example is more indicative of the common maximum size for the species. But that doesn´t mean there are not larger YF Tuna out there. We have had Yellowfin Tuna larger than 400 lbs boated with our certified scale in Cabo waiting for calibration so nothing official for us. And he 388lb record is suspect since this information is from a few years back.

 

Food Habits

Primary prey include fish, cephalopods (ceph·a·lo·pod [sef-uh-luh-pod], noun, 1. any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, and octopus.), and crustaceans (crus·ta·cean  [kruh-stey-shuhn] noun, 1.  any chiefly aquatic arthropod of the class Crustacea, typically having the body covered with a hard shell or crust, including the lobsters, shrimps, crabs, barnacles, and wood lice.). A study by Watanabe (1958) found 37 families of fish and 8 orders of invertebrates in Yellowfin stomachs. Fish species consumed by the yellowfin tuna include dolphinfish, pilchard, anchovy, flyingfish, mackerel, lancetfish, and other tunas. Other prey are cuttlefish, squid, octopus, shrimp, lobster, and crabs. Yellowfin are sight-oriented predators, as their feeding tends to occur in surface waters during daylight.

 

Reproduction
Reproduction occurs year-round, but is most frequent during the summer months in each hemisphere. It is believed that 79°F (26°C) is the lower temperature limit for spawning. In the tropical waters of Mexico and Central America, it has been determined that Yellowfin spawn at least twice a year. Each female spawns several million eggs per year. The juveniles grow quickly, weighing approximately 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) at 18 months and 140 pounds (63.5 kg) at 4 years.    

Yellowfin tuna larvae: A.) 5.1 mm  B.) 6.0 mm  C.) 8.5 mm  D.) 46.0 mm  (NOAA Tech Memo NMFS-SEFC-240)

Yellowfin tuna larvae:
A. 5.1 mm NL, B. 6.0 mm SL, C. 8.5 mm SL, D. 46.0 mm SL

                                                                                     (NOAA Tech Memo NMFS-SEFC-240)
Parasites

Yellowfin tuna can host up to 40 parasites including protozoans, digenea (flukes), didymozoidea (tissue flukes), monogenea (gillworms), cestoda (tapeworms), nematoda (roundworms), acanthocephala (spiny-headed worms), and copepods.

Well there are, the basics when it comes to Yellowfin Tuna and how it relates to us as fisherman. Useful information if you are an angler looking for the challenge of boating a Monster Yellowfin Tuna or if you are a lure manufacturer looking to understand what the species prefers when it comes to feeding habits.

Hopefully you know a little more now about  Yellowfin  Tuna and their habits  than you did a few minutes ago….

 

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle (http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx)

 

It´s Fish City at Corbeteña, El Banco Remains Quiet, Huge Dorado at Punta Mita

It´s Fish City at Corbeteña, El Banco Remains Quiet, Huge Dorado at Punta Mita

Written by Stan Gabruk

 

As we finish September and enter October we begin to see tourist return for several reasons.  One of those reasons is our world class fishing. With the possibility of returning to the dock with a 250 lb Yellowfin Tuna or a Black Marlin over 500lbs or a Dorado over 50 lbs there is plenty to gain. The peso is weak right now which means the exchange rate gives you an automatic discount on purchases of products and services! With great deals on hotels and airlines the list of opportunities go on and on. In Puerto Vallarta, it is the lowest of low season. Tourists are on hold waiting for cooler weather to arrive. But for fishing, this is high season and the fish are larger and more abundant by the day. Those in the know like popular fishing magazines, televised fishing programs on channels like ESPN and assorted sports writers around the world descend on Puerto Vallarta. They produce stories and film / pictures to document our world class fishing in every manner. With the fishing grounds deserted the chances of fish sounding (going deep to avoid noise and boats) is non-existent which increases your chances of coming in with that ¨Bucket List¨ finned fantasy. There are world record fish out there to be had for those lucky enough to be here right now.

Again this week’s fishing report is not going to sound much different from last weeks and hopefully next week’s report. This is because when things are great, it can´t get much better.  Having said that the fishing grounds are again as deserted as they will ever be. The water temperatures are perfect, the water may not always be the perfect blue we like to see, but clear green works just fine.

El Banco, has seen some brave souls heading out to this famous location just to find it slow and disappointing when compared to Corbeteña or the Rock as many of us call it. Yes you will catch fish, but nothing you won´t find closer in so most are saving on the fuel cost. It´s been like this now for weeks and frankly for now my suggestion is to keep your ears open and be patient. OR go to Corbeteña…

Black Marlin 300+ lbs, Magnifico, Corbeteña

Black Marlin 300+ lbs, Magnifico, Corbeteña

Corbeteña on the other hand is on fire. You name the species, it is out there for the most part. Yellowfin Tuna are still between 80 and 200lbs or larger. Black Marlin are picking up in numbers and size to between 300 and 700lbs. Sailfish are still large and of course Dorado are here for the taking. If you send me an email I will let them all know you are coming.  One thing to keep in mind where ever you are fishing, there are abundant Goggle Eyes and Sardines for bait out there. So if you are using lures, like I always run, you may find it ignored in favor of goggle eyes. If you have a casting net onboard you can catch your own bait out there like Magnifico does (our 31 ft. Bertram) but the Sardines were not working as well as the Goggle Eyes. So put that piece of information in your back pocket. One other thing, make sure you have plenty of bait. With the number of Dorado out there right now you will find you can go through your bait quickly. Don´t be cheap and caught short on your fishing trips, bait is cheap insurance and you can´t scrimp on the basics. If you are heading out with another company make sure they provide at least 25 baits. I suggest in time like these the more bait the better, you can always throw it back in the bay if you don`t use it. But if you need it and you don´t have it, then this can be an issue, a big issue….

For those in the know, know that the point of Punta Mita is smoking once more. Ten miles of the point, just like last week you will find very large Sailfish in the 90 to 100+ inch range. Or if you prefer, 80 to around 100 lbs which is great sized! Dorado are insane right now and very large in the 30 to 55 lb range. They are so thick out there, there are times when you think you could walk on them. Rooster fish possibilities around the reefs make this the place to be. Again forget plastics and lures for now, but run one anyway (I swear I don´t have multiple personalities )… I always run one just in case.

Dorado At  Punta Mita, Dinner hanging!

Dorado At Punta Mita, Dinner hanging!

For those interested in shorter days on more economical boats, a super panga will do the trick. Yelapa at the southern end of the bay has Dorado, Skip Jack Tuna in the 35lb range, Snappers, and the list goes on. One issue is the dirty water from the rains as  it run down the hills into the bay. This can be good or bad and you never really know until you are out there. The trash line is still our friend, Magnifico came in from a six hour trip with a nice sail and two 30 lb Dorado off this trash line. So no worries, you don´t have to head out looking for Moby Dick amigos. But if you have kids or just want a shorter day, you can have your fill of fishing and come back with something for the table. Don´t forget to have your captains check the river mouths for Snook or Raballo in Spanish.

Something else for you all coming down to think about. I posted some information that came from NOAA about La Nina. It is coming back again, back to back La Nina´s would be more accurate. We are seeing water temperatures in the 83 degree range right now, but ten miles out from Corbeteña this week there were noticeable changes in water temperatures on the cooler side. To me this is just another indication of an early winter.  Remember weather patterns follow water temperatures and it looks like things are already changing out there. My first indication of this was the past couple of Hurricanes that past us hundreds of miles out, the minute they turned away from shore, they fizzled out. A strong indication of cooler water temperatures. I wrote about this and now it looks like we will be lucky t o have Monster Yellowfin Tuna into early January as we (I) normally expect. So if you think you are going to wait until the holidays and then get the cooler weather and great fishing, you may be caught short amigos. Keep an eye on my blog and reports for what is happening directly. The fishing is great and like the story goes, you have to hit it when it is hot. You never know what will happen, but my cracked crystal ball it telling me t o take advantage of the moment!

Well I think that is about it for now…. Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle. My daily blog is www. Masterbaiters.wordpress.com where you can sign up for updates and when I post articles.

Sept. 23 Hurrican Hilary Update

Hola, I hope everyone reading my blog gets this infor mation, especially if you are heading this way towards Puerto Vallarta  to go fishing!

Hurricane Hilary is slow moving and strong. It became a category four Hurricane in  the last 24 hours. I predict that  once the Hurricane makes its way out to sea, it will fizzle with the cooler water. Remember NOAA is sa ying we are looking at  back to back La Nina Yea rs which means cold water and later cold weather patterns in the northern states and Canada. Canada and much of north America is cooling down quickly early in the year already. For us here in PV, we have not seen  really warm water temperatures this year. Which of course is perfect for fishing this year, but  will effect the end of the season I predict with an early chill …  This means cold water fish moving int o the area before New Years again this year, lets hope not. Check out the pa th of the Hurricane and  don´t sweat it, most  likely will not affect us here in PV much except for some rain and mildly  rough seas…

Hurricane Hillary 9 23 2011

Hurricane Hillary 9 23 2011