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

 

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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

Quickie Report: Water Temperatures Rocket, Sailfish, Striped Marlin Sightings, Fishing High Season is coming fast!

 Rooster Fish at Litibu

Rooster Fish at Litibu

I don´t normally write something on my blog if there is nothing happening fishing wise, but I do like to let all thirty of you know when conditions are changing and what we think, hope would be a better word, might be a possibility, maybe….. you get the point.

The last few days the humidity has spiked to where the air temperatures in Puerto Vallarta have remained in the normal range (81 Degrees), the humidity shot up to 79% with a high pressure center sitting right over us , which means the 81 degrees felt like 94 degrees as per the weather channel! It was shocking to say the least how this just sprung up like this, the humidity that is. You may say ¨What does this mean to me¨?  Well every year as summer marches in you can feel the curtain of humidity envelop your body as you walk in the sun. May if the beginning of the heat and the humidity. For most people this is called low season when it comes to tourism. But in reality, we´re talking about fishing here and while the seasonal tourist leave before they melt, we of course know this is the sign we´ve been looking for.  For better or for worse, the seasonal changes are beginning now!

Water temperatures have jumped up to 79 degrees, four degrees warmer in just three days. This means the currents are changing and we are glad to see this. With the warm currents we will find the Sailfish and Marlin return shortly. In fact there have been several sightings near Guyavitos of Sailfish, Striped Marlin and now Dorado! YeHa! There is plenty of bait in the water, the conditions are perfect as they presently are for Billfish return. That‘s the positive news, but there is a down side to currents changing. And that would be the dirty water. You see the mountains here in the area are Adobe clay. When it rains in the summer this adobe silt works its way down to the bay via streams and rivers. This will eventually settle on the bottom of the bay and other areas near the bay. When the currents clash it creates swirling situations that basically mix it all up. Now this is a unwelcome sight or condition, but it is necessary since this is an early sign that the currents have changed in earnest!

Once again what does this mean to us as fisherman, well let’s hope it means more fish, the return of Dorado in larger numbers and the possibility of Yellowfin Footballs coming into the area. Now my crystal ball is broken, and the duct tape I have holding it together gets in the way, but this is what came through so let’s see what happens….

On the present conditions it is still all about Rooster Fish and Snappers at either Litibu, which is north of Punta Mita or the area around El Morro or the Marietta Islands. The temperature changes are a neutral condition to them…. No Sailfish or Marlin boated yet that I know of and with very few boats leaving to go fishing in the morning it is even more difficult to say what is exactly happening. Short days in the bay are always producing fish, but nothing the magazine reader would be interested in. Yet smaller kids and adults looking for a smaller game fish can still have a great time in four to six hours as well.

OK, that is it for now… remember, this is a quickie….  Report that is!  Hahahaa….

Big Snappers, Larger Rooster Fish hitting Large Rapallas!

Big Snappers, Larger Rooster Fish hitting Large Rapallas!

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

 

My desk top Weather Channel icon tells me today that it is 81degrees, Humidity over 70%, Smooth seas, and cool breezes in the evening. Puerto Vallarta (PV) is perfect weather for us Human types right now, but the calendar tells us that we are now moving into tourisms slow season. Many of the hotels will scale back employees, close down others for the summer and go into a holding pattern.  Gone or going are the family types who want to just go out in the bay for a short day, see some whales and catch Moby Dick! The Month of May is one of the worst for businesses in PV. Even the Mexican Nationals desert this jewel of a city. So much for people, now comes High Season for Fishing! As winter lingers on this has to be the longest run of Rooster Fish I have ever seen! For weeks now we have been seeing these Mohawk headed demons at the Marietta Islands and off Sayulita.

Little has changed as late and if you were targeting Rooster fish, you got your wish and fuel money’s worth for sure! The same goes for Pargo or Snappers as well. Plenty of bait, extremely smooth seas, perfect weather, clear green water or blue water farther out. The Roosters at the Marietta Islands and Sayulita are anywhere from 40lbs to 70lbs it just depends on your luck. There are still Grouper, Sierra Mackerals and a few Bonito at the Marietta Islands as well.

Snapper at the gaf, Marietta Islands, Puerto Vallarta

Snapper at the gaf, Marietta Islands, Puerto Vallarta

Snappers have also taken over the playground near both El Morro and the Marietta Islands. From mid-sized to larger anything is possible. The smallest keeper is about 20 lbs up to 45lbs on the Snappers, but larger sizes on the Pargo.

Dorado Sightings ten miles outside of Corbeteña is the first Dorado seen in this area. This is a good sign, but my crystal ball has a crack in it and the duct tape keeps getting in the way. The best I can make out is the water temperatures are warming up daily, ever so slightly. There have been flying fish at El Banco, but they come in quickly and leave quickly. As a favorite food of Marlin and Sailfish you would expect to see some sort of Billfish show up soon. Namely Sailfish… My picture is fading, but Corbeteña is showing some signs of life in the Cubera Snapper department if you are trolling near some structure or bottom fishing.  You can get snappers at the Marietta Islands, so wait for the day something is there to catch… I know it´s like watching a clock. Sailfish are more than a month late, let’s hope this is not an indication of a late summer fishing season. Well the picture has faded….stay tuned!

Snapper On The Gaff

Snapper On The Gaff

With very few people in Marina Vallarta, there are very few fishing boats going out so it is difficult to know what exactly is happening out there. But there have been several short day trips that are great for kids right now. Smaller fish like Jack Crevalls to 30lbs, Snappers, Needle fish and smaller grouper are around the rocks and structure. For winter fishing there are always fish to be had in the bay, but it won’t be Moby Dick no matter what that timeshare OPC’s told you….

Now you can go out there and run live bait which is always a safe way to go. But the inside story on getting a hit is to use Rapallas of larger size, trolled forty to sixty feet. Using a down rigger is not a bad idea. Also if you are in the area where you may think there are flying fish, troll poppers on the surface at a higher speed of six to eight miles an hour skipping the popper on the surface. Silver with pink is working well for colors right now. Yellow and pink are both good colors to run right now. Remember this is our inside secret to keep it to yourself.

All and all we are still watching the clock for the Sailfish to arrive. We won’t see any Marlin until the second to third week of June… that is if they are on time this year. Yellowfin Tuna will start moving into the area surrounding Corbeteña and El Banco come early to late July if all goes according to what is normal and what my fractured crystal ball tells me! Remember early reservations on boats will guarantee you get the quality boat and service from higher end captains and boats. But don’t reserve blindly, make sure you know what the conditions are before you book. I would say to wait until you hear encouraging news on the fishing front before you book fishing trips and hotels. I suggest The Marriott Casa Magma or the Westin Hotels in Marina Vallarta. Located on top of the Village in Marina Vallarta and the tenth best privately owned marina in the world, you are just steps away from the fishing boats and all you will want or need…

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

Abundant Rooster Fish, Pargo and Milk Fish at the Marietta Islands!

Abundant Rooster Fish, Pargo and Milk Fish at the Marietta Islands!

Once again Paradise had another wonderful week when it comes to Tourism and of course fishing in our world famous fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta. We are seeing some increases in water temperatures which is good for the cause of course, but the currents are swirling and the warm water can be hard to find. If you can find a warm streak, then you‘ve got fish, if not, then best wishes! We’ve been waiting on summer and the larger game fish to arrive which is like watching a clock, it will never move until you look away.  With the warmer water we are starting to see some of the cold water species like Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals, stables for us during the winter, move out. There are still some of them around and some in good size ranges, but this is their last hurrah and will be gone before June arrives! These welcome changes are painfully slow for a guy like me. But this is normal and right on time. With the moves upwards in water temperatures we are seeing some positive signs which mean the larger fish like Sailfish and Striped Marlin will be heading our way soon, but not soon enough for me!

Milk Fish at Marietta Islands on Policonfondido , 8 hr day!

Milk Fish at Marietta Islands on Policonfondido , 8 hr day!

The area north of Punt a Mita, Sayulita to b e exact is still smoking wit h Rooster Fish action and some Dorado are starting to hang out in the area, but no promises amigo. Roosters are anywhere from 30 to 70 lbs and Dorado while s till on the smaller side of 30lbs are still fun to catch and better to eat! Live bait is king, but lures of yellow and black are working well.

One of the early season indicators that summer is on its way in is when the foot ball Yellowfin Tuna show up.  At Corbeteña this week we have seen them arrive. Now they are not worth heading gout 38 miles for, but they will hopefully draw some larger fish into the area looking for a nice free meal!  Sailfish have been seen in the area, again… but none have been boated.

Inside the bay things are less than spectacular, but there are still plenty of Jack Crevalls to keep the visiting Anglers happy.  Snappers and Needle fish are taking up the slack. For now the younger Anglers are doing well in the areas of structure or rocks around the Los Arcos area.

As a whole the fishing is good, but it will get better soon. One thing we are dealing with right now as I mentioned earlier are the swirling currents.  Some days you will find clean green water. Others you´ll find it murky at best. You will have to be flexible and patient, once you find some warm water then anything is possible.  There is plenty of bait in the water, the days are longer and t he conditions are as they should be for this time of the year. From now until the first few weeks of June we will be in a transition period where the conditions and fish will change daily. With Sailfish in the areas of Manzanillo and Barra we know that when the wager clears up the fish will be coming in. Save your fuel dollars when you can get a better bang for your fuel buck or head to the Marietta Islands for a nice 8 hour day. Your time and money will be well spent!   The fishing will turn world class in the next few weeks, until then do whatever it takes to make the little woman happy. Get yourself some extra points and when the fishing gets to a frenzy level again, you’ll have some wiggle room. It won’t hurt to send them to the spa these days either. Just remember, it’s cheaper to keep her!

That’s about it for now, 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

It’s All About Rooster Fish and Red Snappers, We’re Happy to Have Them!

It’s All About Rooster Fish and Red Snappers, We’re Happy to Have Them!

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

Rooster Fish at the Marietta Islands with Steve Orcutt on Magnifico 4/16/11

Rooster Fish at the Marietta Islands with Steve Orcutt on Magnifico 4/16/11

It’s still about Rooster Fish and Snappers when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now. If you are heading out to the deep water locations of El Banco or Corbeteña, you’d be better off fishing at the Marietta Islands or El Morro. Rooster fish and Snappers have been ranging in the 20 to 70lb range. Those heading out for less than eight hours expecting fish will find very small game fish to choose from at best. Jack Crevalls are being seen less and less, but I did see some today when sailing, should have had a pole with me… But Jacks like cold water, but the water is warming up ever so slightly day by day. So they´re moving out and they have saved many a day fishing for clients and kept my guaranteed charters happy!

First lets get the report out of the way. Like the title says the fishing is mostly about Rooster Fish and Snappers at the Marietta Islands and El Morro, they are taking live bait and lures. Color or size appropriate types make no difference.  The one fact that is messing with peoples day is that most people have this thing in their mind that early morning fishing is best. Well if you are on some lake or stream, this may hold true. But here in Puerto Vallarta the bite is a moving target. We’ve been looking at the early stages of a full moon which normally means the bite is early in the morning. But this is not the case and if you pay attention to one thing in this article it is this: The bite is in the afternoon after 1 O’clock and then again about sunset. So you early morning types are going to find the afternoon better for you if you want to boat fish. At the Marietta Islands there have been recent days when you could see the fish under the boat, but they would not take bait for nothing. When this happens there is a very, very good chance that these fish (Roosters and Snappers) are eating jelly fish! At this time of the year they can be found in several areas of the bay and the Marietta Islands or El Morro are no strangers to these conditions. So every day is not on fire fishing wise and then there are days when you can´t get a bait in the water fast enough. Like always it just depends on what you come across and your lucky stars!  So there is your report amigos. If you are in the bay. Less than 25 miles out of Marina Vallarta, then you are catching smaller gamefish of Snappers, Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, Snook  and even small Barracudas.

If you do head out to the islands, remember the reef is still being patrolled by the navy and I heard one boat was cited for fishing in a non-fishing / restricted zone. The ticket was $1,500.00 usd equivalent in pesos. Not fun for the captain or the clients.

North of Sayulita there are still smaller Dorado in the area but nothing to get excited about, hand in there they´ll be  getting larger soon and moving into the Marietta Island area hopefully soon. But one never knows! Presently up near San Pancho or San Francisco in English you can boat these blue and gold beauties if you have a strong itch to spend some fuel money!

Just forget heading out to El Banco or Corbeteña until the water warms up enough to warrant the trip. Bottom fishing is alright, but for the money you are still better off at the Marietta Islands.

Bait is not an issue, we have plenty of bait fish in the area and have seen the flying fish move in. I expected to see Sailfish or Striped Marlin to move in but this has not happened. I have gotten to the point where I should stop talking about what is normal and just report what is happening.  But when things or conditions move outside of normal, then you have to ask yourself why or what is different than previous years. Last year was a La Nina Year, so we know we have El Nino and La Nina is out of our hair for at least a few years. That explains what has happened to the fishing here in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. We are now moving into the summer fishing season where we should shortly see huge fish. I am keeping my eyes open watching water temps, type of fish coming in or of course not coming in! March is normally the month we see Sailfish move into the area, but it’s now mid April and there have been a few sightings, with nothing being boated. So they are late, but not too late.

As I mentioned earlier, is very difficult to know what we can plan for. With Yellowfin Tuna following the currents, El Banco has not been the hot spot for Yellowfin Tuna it normally is in the summer for the last couple of years! El Banco is fifty miles out of Puerto Vallarta. The currents generally favor El Banco and hits this area dead on. This helps the fishing off what I call the Marlin McDonald’s of the sea. With plenty of bait hanging around the deep and not so deep structure there, if the currents are swinging in the El Banco area we will have huge, Monster Yellowfin Tuna.  That goes for Marlin and Sailfish also. But for the record, we get huge Black Marlin, Big Blue Marlin and Sailfish here in the area even if the Yellowfin pass us up…… You will normally see good Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in cabo when the currents are farther west than El Banco, just like the last couple of years!
With few boats at best heading out fishing it is difficult at best to relay information to folks looking for condition and bite information. Master Baiter’s is right there as well with few boats heading out daily. With rising fuel prices and economic conditions night mares are made of, there has been a real down turn in tourism here in Mexico, to be specific Puerto Vallarta!

Remember, the fish don’t care if you show up or not. So if you are going out there go fishing when the bite is happening, not when it is most convenient for you and the family / wife.  That way you can get the biggest bang for your fuel buck. Not hear later how you left before the bite even started! If that is the case, and the bite is not at a convenient time for you and the other reasons (people / tours), then you would be better off golfing with that money.  I see this happen every day and for now it is best to sleep in and catch fish in the afternoon!

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!

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

 

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Simi Quickie Report: It´s all Red Snappers and Rooster Fish

Rooster Fish like this at the Marietta Islands!

Rooster Fish like this at the Marietta Islands!

Just a quickie report….. It’s still about Rooster Fish and Snappers when it comes to fishing in Puerto Vallarta right now. If you are heading out to the deep water locations of El Banco or Corbeteña, you’d be better off fishing at the Marietta Islands or El Morro. Rooster fish and Snappers have been ranging in the 20 to 70lb range. Those heading out for less than eight hours expecting fish will find very small game fish to choose from at best. Jack Crevalls are being seen less and less, but  I did see some today when sailing, should have had a pole with me… But Jacks like cold water, the water is warming up ever so slightly day by day. So they´re moving out and they have saved many a day fishing for clients and kept my guaranteed charters happy!

Bait is not an issue, we have plenty of bait fish in the area and have seen the flying fish move in. I expected to see Sailfish or Striped Marlin to move in but this has not happened. I have gotten to the point where I should stop talking about what is normal and just report what  is happening.  But when things or conditions move outside of normal, then you have to ask yourself why or what is different than previous years. Last year was a La Nina Year, so we know we have El Nino and La Nina is out of our hair for at least a few years. That explains what has happened fishing wise to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. We are now moving into the summer fishing season where we see huge fish and I am keeping my eyes open for the time of year, water temps, type of fish coming in or of course not coming in!

March is normally the month we see Sailfish move into the area, but it’s now mid April and there have been a few sightings, but no boatings. So they are late, but  too late.

We normally see Dorado turn up about this time of the year in stronger numbers. This year Dorado are moving into the areas  north of Sayulita. While it seems late, it is better than last  year when the Dorado of any size did not show up until July. And not  in abundant numbers either! In fact  Dorado all last summer was a tough nut to crack… that is if you could find them. Even the commercial buoys we normally invade were slim pickings for sure. Many of the captains blamed the long liners and gill netters for the down turn in Dorado Fishing. But even the long liners were slim when it came to fish.

Right now, as I mentioned earlier, is very difficult to know what we can plan for. With Yellowfin Tuna following the currents, El Banco has not been the hot spot for Yellowfin Tuna it normally is in the Summer! El Banco is  fifty miles out of Puerto Vallarta. The currents generally favor El Banco and hit them dead on. This helps the fishing off what I call the Marlin McDonald’s of the sea. With plenty of bait hanging around the deep and not so deep structure there, if the currents are swinging in the El Banco area we will have huge, Monster Yellowfin Tuna.  That goes for  Marlin and Sailfish also. But for the record, we get huge Black Marlin, Big Blue Marlin and Sailfish here in the area even if the Yellowfin pass us up…… You will normally see good Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in cabo when the currents are farther west than El Banco, just like the last  couple of years!
Bloody Decks and their crew of wise asses have been telling anyone on that bulletin board site how cool they are by going cowboy and fishing a place all the old timers, the same guys I learned from years and years ago, won´t go  because of one big fat reason, you will have your boat confiscated by the prison authorities at the Tres Maria Islands! You see the prison islands or Tres Maria Islands are eighty miles or so there one way from Vallarta. These idiot cowboys started heading up this way and making noises how they had discovered this new ¨frontier¨ for fishing where Monster Yellowfin Tuna in winter waters , the same way several of them take credit for finding El Banco 30 years after the locals were making a living here fishing! Now those big fat blow hards are keeping a low profile as  these cowboys and their boats are being taken in. Several captains have been put in with the prison population but only after their heads have been shaved. I have written several articles on several boats that have had issues with the authorities there for fishing within the 15 mile limit. That’s right folks, there is a 15 mile no fishing zone for those who don’t  have one of those impossible licenses it takes to fish there.  I am not going to mention names and companies, but if you ask Capt. Steve Torres off Ana Maria about his four days in prison and what his cowboy clients had to go through, you´ll find a big mouth who learned how to keep his mouth shut. But he forgot to share these experiences on  Bloody Decks. There have been several boats that Bloody Decks supports (or has a vested interest in) that have been approached like the Maximus who didn’t  have enough fishing licenses, a Bogus permit to fish the islands,  insurance or life preservers. Yet they are very  happy to  take your $1,500.00 dollars as they put you on the illegal fishing boat out of La Cruz Marina! So much for this bulletin board on steroids as being a real source of information as they promote their own agenda here in PV. So the moral of this story is don´t listen to those beating their chest, talk with those that have been here in the Marina for years and ask them what you should be doing. It´s funny, there are several Captains / people that know better on better  quality boats that have been heading out this way to the Tres Maria Islands because if they didn’t go, there were those who would.  They were cautious, but still there…

With few boats at best heading out fishing it is difficult at best to relay information to folks looking for condition and bite information. Master Baiter’s is right there as well with few boats heading out daily. With rising fuel prices and economic conditions night mares are made of, there has been a real down turn in tourism here in Mexico, to be specific Puerto Vallarta!

For now there is decent fishing for those who can  handle a short 8 hr day. Those looking for shorter days are finding themselves hearing reports on the radio of fishing frenzies as they’re hoping to hook into something within the bay ……. There are also those in the Marina and else where who will tell you that Moby Dick in the bay… He isn’t and never will be, so be informed!

I attached a recent picture that represents the size of Snappers and Rooster fish we are seeing …. Some days are better than others and if you are not at the fishing grounds  around 1 O’clock  to about 7:00 pm, you will be hard pressed to catch fish.

Remember, the fish don’t care is you show up or not. So if you are going out there go fishing when the bite is happening, not when it is most convenient for you and the family / wife.  That way you can get the bang for your buck you just paid for. Not hear how you left before the bite even started! If that is the case, and the bite is not at a convenient time  for you and the other reasons (people / tours), then  you would be better off golfing with that money.  I see this happen every day and for now it is best to sleep in and catch fish in the afternoon!

So much for a quickie report…. I will be posting a fishing report in the next day or two…Any thing is possible when it comes to fish… Stay tuned…..